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  • Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions

    Springwise
    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Add / Remove There's a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don't respect the rules of the road. We've already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. The app can be…
  • Startup Liquid – Personlizalize Your Apps In Real-time Without Changing Code

    SuperbCrew
    SuperbCrew
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    Liquid is a software analytics platform that allows developers to personalize their apps in real-time, without changing the code. Find out more from our talk with Alexandre Vaz, CEO of startup Liquid: Q: Alexandre tell us your story and something more about Liquid? Liquid was born out of frustration with the existing mobile analytics tools available in the market, which don’t offer sufficient user personalization and do not give publishers a full 360º view on what is going on in their apps. Faber Ventures (product development house) and I got together in the autumn of last year since we…
  • How to Create the Perfect Startup Elevator Pitch?

    The Leanometry Blog
    leanometry
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Pitch Grub: Create the perfect startup elevator pitch. Your audience will eat it up. We noticed that one of the main problems that entrepreneurs had when coming to us to present their ideas was to concisely and clearly present their product. Many of them get lost in lots of details regarding what the product will … Continue reading →
  • Content-Marketing Lessons From 4 Successful Kickstarter Campaigns

    Entrepreneur
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    To successfully raise funds for a project, follow the steps taken during these funded efforts.
  • SKULLY AR-1 Smart Helmet Raises $1.95M via Indiegogo

    SuperbCrew
    SuperbCrew
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Skully is an augmented reality helmet that uses a built-in rear-view camera to provide a 180-degree view of what’s behind the rider, which is projected on a heads-up display in front of the rider to radically enhance situational awareness. Skully has raised over $1.95 Million from Indiegogo supporters. HEADS UP DISPLAY – Shows critical information in your line of sight, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road ahead. REARVIEW CAMERA – Gain full situational awareness with ultra wide-angle rear view camera. GPS NAVIGATION – Never miss another turn with an integrated…
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    Fast Company

  • Today in Tabs: Returns Today!

    Reyhan Harmanci
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    World-famous email newsletter available on the web, too.Just a quick note to formally announce that Today in Tabs, everyone's favorite near-daily email newsletter about what to read (or what tabs to close) written by Rusty Foster, will be coming back from its summer hiatus today. And it can be now found on Co.Labs! Go here to sign up for the email, and please check out Co.Labs later today for its fall premiere. (Tabs will be published, both online and as an email, four times a week. Which days, though, are a mystery.)Read Full Story
  • iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Review: Bigger and Better, But Still Your Old iPhone

    Harry McCracken
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Apples new phones go where many an Android model has gone before them, without losing their soul.Years ago, it became clear that the smartphone wars would consist of an epic battle between Apple's iPhone and a bevy of models based on Google's Android. What wasn't immediately obvious was that the two camps would persist in having radically different stances on how large a smartphone should be.Read Full Story
  • Arizona State University Listens To The Most Spotify Music

    Tyler Hayes
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Spotify shares data about schools utilizing its streaming music service.Last semester, music streaming platform Spotify launched a special $4.99 student rate for its premium service. As a result, the company is able to gather some fascinating data about university students' listening habits. Today the company released a list and map, ranking university streaming volumes and outlining preferred genres at different institutions.Read Full Story
  • NASA Gives $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Contracts To Boeing And SpaceX

    Alice Truong
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The move will end U.S. reliance on Russia to transport astronauts to the ISS.NASA announced Tuesday that it has selected Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. In total, these contracts are worth $6.8 billion: $4.2 billion for Boeing and $2.6 billion for SpaceX.Read Full Story
  • Design Debate: Is A Digital Camera Without A Screen A Good Idea?

    Mark Wilson
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Leica's newest camera has no screen. So is it brilliant or absurd?Whether you're a fan of photography or just MTV's Catfish, you've heard of Leica's M line of cameras. These 35mm rangefinders have been in production for 60 years, survived through the industry's transition from film to digital thanks to a design many would call iconic. The camera makes you feel like a better photographer. But will it actually make the photos better? Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • The space between sales and marketing is a big problem, but it’s a bigger opportunity

    Louis Jonckheere, Showpad
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: poznyakov/ShutterstockIn many companies the relationship between sales and marketing is a very difficult one. Unfortunately, this broken relationship is considered to be a standard of internal business dynamics despite costing companies millions of dollars every year. Sales acceleration technology, focused on increasing the velocity of the sales process, can play a huge role in aligning sales and marketing, especially on the field. With approximately 3 million field sales reps (non retail) in North America, there is a tremendous opportunity for tech startups to start…
  • The push for growth: Startup Marketing Conference 2014

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    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    SPONSORED POSTThis sponsored post is produced by Startup Socials. Could be your start-up is just bracing for launch. Or you already have a solid revenue stream and need to break through to the next threshold. Wherever you sit on the start-up spectrum, the one unifying force among all startups is the push for growth. It’s the same driving force behind the Startup Marketing Conference, the only digital and lean marketing education event for startups and innovation teams focused entirely on low-cost and high-impact strategies to drive growth. It’s a chance to acquire essential learning on…
  • Here’s what you can earn at the 20 top tech companies

    Julie Bort, Business Insider
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Image Credit: David Crow/FlickrWhile there’s debate over whether there’s a shortage of qualified tech workers, there’s one thing no one argues about: Tech companies pay their employees well. We’ve heard of senior engineers getting a base salary of $160,000, with stock options and other benefits on top. Some interns are earning $7,000 a month, which amounts to $84,000 a year. So we sifted through job-hunting site Glassdoor to find the best-paying jobs listed on that site, at the best tech companies, according to Glassdoor’s ranking of the best places to work. We…
  • Feds nail Yelp for violating kids’ privacy rights

    Richard Byrne Reilly
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Image Credit: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-31437106/stock-photo-many-dollars-of-money-and-a-judge-hammer.htmlWhen it comes to violating children’s rights online, the Federal Trade Commission picked not a mobile gaming company to hit, as rumored, but Yelp. And today, Yelp admitted to having a “bug” problem. Virtual customer review stalwart Yelp, based in San Francisco, said it paid $450,000 to the FTC for collecting names and other identifiers of children without their consent, a clear violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. This is an…
  • How to maximize your ROI from VC introductions

    Minal Hasan, attorney and investor
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: Len Matthews/FlickrAs a startup lawyer and strategic advisor in Silicon Valley, I find that a significant percentage of my overall time is focused on helping startup founders learn and manage the venture fundraising process and tactics. One of the most common requests I receive from my clients (and many others in my broader network) is for introductions to venture capitalists. They also ask me for advice on how to ask for introductions from other connectors in their network. Connecting with VCs is an issue that not only freshly minted MBAs struggle with. In fact,…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Indiegogo Is About To Launch “Forever Funding” Campaigns Without End Dates

    Josh Constine
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
     Indiegogo is expanding beyond temporary crowdfunding projects and into hosting permanent crowfunded businesses. In the next few days it plans to launch “Forever Funding”, a source close to Indiegogo confirmed to me. This will let creators raise money indefinitely rather than having to set a date for their campaign to stop. The feature could distinguish Indiegogo from its… Read More
  • Korea’s SparkLabs Names Its 4th Startup Intake

    Natasha Lomas
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
     South Korea’s SparkLabs accelerator has named its fourth intake — including its first Internet of Things startup (a company making connected flower pots); it’s first startup from China, a mobile healthcare startup; along with one U.S. business in the marketing automation space. Read More
  • The iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) Go To Disneyland

    Matthew Panzarino
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
     Last week I decided to test the most secretive, hotly anticipated smartphones on earth in a place where there was no danger of them being recognized or damaged or both: Disneyland. Both my wife and I are Disneyphiles of sorts, and visit a dozen times a year or more. I have an appreciation for it because my daughter loves to go, but also because of how carefully the place is planned,… Read More
  • Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Ingrid Lunden
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
     Amazon, the e-commerce giant that recently added smartphones to its growing mobile empire, is now turning on another element to bring more users and usage into its mobile business. It will now enable carrier billing, so that when people buy paid apps and make in-app purchases through Amazon’s appstore, they can charge that directly to their phone bills. Working with UK… Read More
  • Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

    Alex Wilhelm
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
     Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend. Leaving the board are Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon. Marquardt is best known for his work in venture capital, and Dublon for her work at JPMorgan Chase. Taking their places are the appointed Teri List-Stoll from Kraft and Charles Scharf of Visa. Read More
 
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    Knowledge@Wharton

  • Capital Flight: Can Tax Inversions Be Prevented?

    Knowledge@Wharton
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Legislators in Washington are up in arms over a wave of companies pursuing overseas acquisitions so they can escape high U.S. taxes. But can the capital flight be stopped?
  • When Taking a Break Could Be a Matter of Life and Death

    Knowledge@Wharton
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    New Wharton research finds that over the course of a work day, employees pay less and less attention to the secondary tasks that, while not as central to their jobs, can create big problems if overlooked.
  • The Dark Side of Big Data

    Knowledge@Wharton
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Big Data is poised to play a powerful role in sustainability. But that power can be abused and it could remain cloistered in the developed world, providing scant benefit to those who most need it.
  • Can Big Data Feed the World?

    Knowledge@Wharton
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    How will we feed the one billion people now going hungry, plus nearly two billion more mouths by 2050? Big Data could help increase food supplies while using less water, fertilizer and energy.
  • Big Data and Energy: A Clear Synergy

    Knowledge@Wharton
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Utilities and energy companies are finding big savings in Big Data. The flood of new information arrives just as boosting fuel efficiency becomes a top priority.
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    swombat.com

  • The idea funnel

    Daniel Tenner
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Great, solid post by Stef Lewandowski explaining in some details how he goes about how to create lots of projects and then filter them down to a few working projects (an idea which I explored in this post, but which he seems to have taken to the next level!): This last eighteen months, I’ve deliberately tried to go for a strong idea, loosely held approach — to allow myself to be open to lots of things, and to not be too convinced that they will definitely be right. The strategy was to try out many tiny ideas at an early stage, do a series of quick prototypes, play with them, often in…
  • Antilogs: How To Draw The Right Lesson Learned

    Salim Virani
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Bill Barnett at Stanford comments how so many startup pundits fail to learn when observing failures. Indeed, not only are the lessons learned often lost, but also the opportunity to use others' failures as one of the fastest sources of actionable information. Unfortunately, most observers skip the logic part. It is mentally easier to jump to the “obvious” conclusion: If the business failed, the business model must be wrong. Full stop. You can easily tell when this skip happens. The person will name an example as if it were a reason. Is online grocery delivery a viable model? No: Webvan.
  • Non-violent communication

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    First Round Capital's written a thought-provoking guide to internal startup communication: When startups experience conflict — particularly between leaders — efforts quickly become uncoordinated, motivations get misunderstood, and results fall short of expectations. You simply can’t produce an incredible product if the team building it won’t agree on fundamentals. Avoiding problems only allows them to fester and impact more people, while hasty, non-strategic communication can turn a small fire into a blaze. It centralises around a commmon mistake: Watch out, because the jump from…
  • Coding isn’t easy, but it is learnable

    Salim Virani
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Pamela Fox, from Khan Academy: These campaigns are telling students that “coding is easy,” and then they’re trying it, and now not only are they struggling to learn something new, but they’re feeling bad about themselves because hey, “coding is easy”, they shouldn’t be struggling. Nobody should feel bad for struggling to learn something new. They should be commended for trying to learn something new at all. It's interesting that most founders are brazen and keen to tackle a load of business challenges, figuring things out and learning new skills - but we often put "the technical…
  • More about NDAs

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Stef Lewandowski takes a slightly different angle about NDAs. Whereas I previously explored why I wouldn't sign NDAs in initial conversations as a recipient of those documents, Stef looks at why he used to ask for NDAs and how he's changed his mind about it: Non-disclosure-by-default introduces the risk that your company culture could be poisoned by secrecy at an early stage. I distinctly remember moments in a previous “stealth startup” company where I and those around me were so tied down with non-disclosure that we didn’t tell our own families what we were working on. The effect of…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Rackspace names Taylor Rhodes as new CEO

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The open cloud company takes itself off the market, sees stock tank 17%Today was a big day for Rackspace, as the company got a new CEO, and a new lease on life. And investors are decidedly not happy about it. More than six months after Lanham Napier, who has been chief executive officer of Rackspace for eight years, announced his retirement, the search for a new CEO is finally over. Taylor Rhodes, president of Rackspace, is taking the helm of the open cloud company, it was announced on Tuesday. Rhodes has also been named a member of the company's board of…
  • We are spending 21% more time in apps than a year ago

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The growth has mostly been fueled by increases in music streaming and health appsWhen I meet someone who doesn't have a smartphone (and there are increasingly fewer people that I can say that about) I can't help but wonder how they live without mobile apps. I mean, how did any of us ever? App have become the de facto way for us to access the Internet now; they long ago overtook mobile Web browsing, and this year, for the first time, they became more popular than desktop Web browsing as well. There has even been talk of them, eventually, overtaking television consumption, making…
  • Kenshoo picks up fellow Facebook PMD Adquant

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The acquisition will help Kenshoo bolster its offerings on mobile and socialAdvertising on Facebook has become a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and brands need a lot of help navigating the platform in order to deliver the best campaigns they can. Now two of Facebook's ad partners are joining forces, and combining their resources, to create what will likely become the biggest marketing developer on the platform.  Digital marketing software provider Kenshoo has acquired social and mobile advertising agency Adquant, it was announced on Tuesday. Financial…
  • Docker raises $40M to scale its open source platform

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    This funding comes only months after Docker raised a $15 million round earlier this year(Updated with comment from Docker) As you might imagine, creating and maintaining apps has become more difficult, and complex, in recent years. Now, instead of apps being built on top of single tech stack and a single server, there are many different versions of the apps being created across different servers, and lot of different tech stacks. Frankly, its a waste of time and it makes it harder for developers to deploy. Docker, the commercial entity behind the open…
  • Mobile app platform Bluebridge raises $1M

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bluebridge helps organizations like universities and churches to develop a mobile presenceAs the world goes increasingly mobile, its becoming important for every business and organization to have a presence on the platform. But what about organizations that don't have the budget, or expertise, to create the kinds of online experiences that are necessary to drawn people in? They can turn to Bluebridge, a mobile-apps-as-a-service (MAaaS) company, offers services to mid-market organizations that help them create, and maintain, mobile apps to help increase their engagement. Now the company,…
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    Small Business Labs

  • The Rise of Fixed Term Contract Workers

    Steve
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A few weeks ago we reported on the trends that are leading to more workers being on fixed term contracts, which means employment relationships with their employer that terminate after a specific period of time.  A new study by the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk adds more information on this type of work. According to their Freelancing in America study, 5.5 million Americans work under fixed term contracts, which they describe as: Temporary workers: Individuals with a single employer, client, job, or contract project where their employment status is temporary. For example, a…
  • Excellent Presentation Explains Online Talent Marketplaces

    Steve
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Andrew Karpie's Online Work Arrangements Platforms presentation does a great job of explaining the changing ways contingent workers are sourced, engaged and managed by hiring organizations.  It also describes the rapidly growing and diverse online talent marketplace industry.  The key slide in this description is below, but going through the entire presentation is well worth your time. Online work arrangement platform (OWAP) is Andrew's fancy term for online talent marketplaces like Elance-oDesk, Freelancer.com, etc. He uses this term because the process of…
  • Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

    Steve
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Forbes article Survey Says Americans are Losing Their Appetite for McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King covers a study showing that consumers - and especially Millennials - are choosing fast casual restaurants over fast food places. Key quote: Most Millennials surveyed (89%) seek out fast, casual food they deem healthier, tastier and “more customized” than fast food, and they’re willing to pay more for it, the survey revealed. At the same time, the nation's appetite for food trucks continues to grow. Cities across the country are liberalizing food truck laws in…
  • The Rise of Experience Retail

    Steve
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I was shopping recently in Walnut Creek, an affluent east bay suburb of San Francisco. An upscale shopping destination, Walnut Creek has the usual array of high end stores and boutiques. But what caught my eye were two stores that don't actually sell things. Instead, they are meant to be places where potential customers can learn about and experience products and services. Tesla, the high end electric car company, has one of their showrooms in Walnut Creek.  The showroom gives you a chance to see, touch and feel a Tesla as well as arrange for a test drive. But if you want to buy…
  • The Booming Field of Public Relations

    Steve
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Interesting data from Pew Research's The Growing Pay Gap Between Journalism and Public Relations shows that the PR field is booming even while the total number of reporters in declining. As the Pew chart below shows, over the 10 year period from 2004 to 2013 the number of reporters fell by 17%.  Over the same time period, the number of PR professionals increased by 22%.             Public relations is booming because PR is proving to very effective in an online world.  This is leading to more firms investing in PR and related…
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    Mixergy

  • Master Class: How to buy ads – with Justin Brooke

    ArieSaint
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Before Justin Brooke became an expert at ad buying, he was flipping burgers at Wendy’s. “I could barely afford to eat,” says Justin, the founder of IMScalable. “I was paying a bill or two with my online stuff, so it was real at that point, but it was nowhere near a business.” But then Justin took an unpaid internship and got the “education of a lifetime,” he says. “I worked with an information publishing multi-millionaire who…is kind of known for his marketing library. My job was to watch all that stuff and write affiliate reviews.” One year later, Justin went to work…
  • How big of a business can an entrepreneur build by selling headsets? – with Mike Faith

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How big of a business can an entrepreneur build by selling headsets? Mike Faith was having trouble when the headsets he bought weren’t working very well. And after a painful experience trying to return them, he thought, “Hey, if I can’t get what I want with headsets, there’s an opportunity there.” And six weeks later, he started a business selling headsets. Mike is the founder of Headsets.com, which sells headsets online. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Mobile download About Mike Faith Mike Faith is the founder…
  • Patrick Ambron is back with 5 major reasons BrandYourself is so successful

    Andrew Khalili
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was speaking all day at a conference here in San Francisco. During lunch, I ran into Patrick Ambron who told me, “Andrew, a lot happened since I taught a Mixergy course about how to building and protecting an online reputation.” I said, “Yeah? What happened?” That’s when he told me his revenue. So I stopped him and said, “You have to let me interview you about how you did it.” Patrick Ambron is the founder of BrandYourself, a company that helps you look great when employers, clients and even dates Google you. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio?
  • How a Mixergy fan built a profitable e-commerce site – with Jordan Gal

    Andrew Khalili
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How did a Mixergy fan build a profitable e-commerce site? Jordan Gal built and sold YCA Shops, a collection of stores that sold niche products like solar lights and hammocks. Today he runs CartHook, which automatically turns your abandoned carts into paying customers for online stores. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Mobile download About Jordan Gal Jordan Gal is the founder of CartHook, which automatically turns your abandoned carts into paying customers. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey…
  • Master Class: The Happiness of Pursuit – with Chris Guillebeau

    April Dykman
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chris Guillebeau says that life is more fun when you’re on a quest. “I thought it would be awesome if one day in my life, I could say I’ve been to 100 countries, says Chris, founder of The Art of Non-Conformity and author of The Happiness of Pursuit. “Eventually I realized it wouldn’t actually take long to do that, and it also wasn’t super hard if could kind of pick and choose which countries.” So he decided to up the ante. “I decided to set a goal of every country in the world,” he says. “I gave myself the deadline of my 35th birthday, which was eight…
 
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    Venture Hacks

  • How to be an angel investor, Part 3

    Nivi
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    This guest post is by Tyler Willis, an entrepreneur and angel investor. You can learn more about him on AngelList. For several interesting macro-economic reasons [1], more and more people are becoming angel investors. This is a good thing – it allows more investors to participate in a high-growth (but high-risk) area of our economy. That said, investing in private companies is very different from investing in public companies. People who are just getting started in angel investing should get comfortable with the inherent risks and learn the strategies required to be successful angel…
  • Designers at AngelList

    Nivi
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:16 am
    Must be a 1-(wo)man startup. Must code. Must write good copy. Must be passionate about solving problems for our customers, not “designing.” Must fix other people’s designs and front-end code on production (people ship whenever they want). Must help our 1-(wo)man startups with their design problems. Must force your help on them when needed. Must take the words of our founders/whomever straight to mocks without worrying about whether we’re going to build it. Make the mocks, then start evaluating the idea. Pivot it when necessary (always).
  • AngelList new employee reading list

    Nivi
    26 Oct 2013 | 10:02 am
    I do the onboarding for all new AngelList team members. Part of it is asking them to read the following (many candidates have read these before they even come in for an interview). Culture Startups are here to save the world Things we care about at AngelList Doing the wrong things the right way Execution Ask forgiveness, not permission 1-(wo)man startups No email at AngelList 6-year vesting Customer service Internal 360 Review (redacted) Company Strategy (you wish) Internal Github engineering wikis AngelList Twitter Favorites Writings that have influenced us Engineering Management by Yishan…
  • Things we care about at AngelList

    Nivi
    11 Oct 2013 | 5:11 pm
    We care about: Eliminating frictions so startups can change the world Connecting startups with their ideal partners, on the best terms, fast Building tools for investors to help startups Telling startups and investors what we would want to know in their shoes Building products that scale, instead of manual processes or throwing bodies at the problem Having team members work on things they’re excited about, rather than what we think is important Some things we try to care about at AngelList. Learn More: Startups are here to save the world, The entrepreneurial age and No tradeoff between…
  • How much traction do I need to raise money?

    Nivi
    23 Apr 2013 | 11:23 am
    How much traction do you need to raise $1M? AngelList’s Ash Fontana has the answer on TechCrunch: Read the post for details and also see these comments by me, Michael Wolfe, and Shallaba.
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • School of Business 9/13/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show about entrepreneurs. We think most of the entrepreneurs are here in Texas. And that makes us so proud! Includes: our Quote of the Week—a painful truth from American author James Branch Cabell; This Week in Business History includes the innovation of the Thermos bottle, the fluorescent lamp and Apple Computers; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Ralph Vasami

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Do your employees know your raison d’etre? Robin Tooms visits with Ralph Vasami, president and CEO of Universal Weather and Aviation.
  • Devid Kent - Oilpro

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Social media has made the leap to the petroleum industry and it’s catching on fast! In nine months, 180,000 members have joined the new site—30,000 in the last month! Serial entrepreneur and software developer David Kent co-founded Oilpro as a knowledge exchange and to create an online community of oil and gas professionals. The site offers networking, development and support in a constantly changing industry.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Kelsey Ruger

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Jen Lemanski
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The Houston Interactive Marketing Association’s Interactive Strategies Conference is rapidly approaching. HiMA’s president Kelsey Ruger and PKF’s Jen Lemanski discuss focus, content marketing, planning, execution and user experience design.
  • Women Mean Business - Jane Henry

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    How do you get the most from your employees? Leisa Holland-Nelson asks Jane Henry, founder and CEO of Xcution Inc., a management consulting firm.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • The Billion Dollar Fashion Week

    Angelique O'Rourke
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you follow fashion, you’ll know that we’re in the middle of the season and that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York was last week (we’re in full swing in London now). If you’re interested in the economics of New York City, you probably knew that too. Why is fashion week so high profile to... The post The Billion Dollar Fashion Week appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Intellectual Property 101

    Mary Juetten
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Disclaimer: This article is intended to be general information and nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. Does your business have intellectual property? If someone asked whether or not your business has Intellectual Property (IP) and your answer is “I do not... The post Intellectual Property 101 appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding

    Tim Berry
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    How do you find venture funding? I have to start with a major negative: if you have to ask if your startup can get venture capital, then it almost certainly can’t. Venture capital is a very rarified atmosphere of high-end startups and emerging businesses with experienced management teams, high potential growth, secret sauce, and so on.... The post 10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop

    Lisa Furgison
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you the type who loves their morning coffee? A lot of people combine their love of coffee with their entrepreneurial spirit and open a coffee shop. In fact, in the U.S. there are more than 50,000 coffee shops—52,684 to be exact. According to Statista, that number will jump by about 5,000 within two years. And... The post 13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

    Angelique O'Rourke
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    In a global market where the buyers and sellers of coffee are often half a world away from those who grow and maintain the plants themselves, do you know what those worker’s lives are like? Are the working conditions safe, are they getting a wage that reflects their contribution? What about the farms, are they... The post Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • 6 Tales of Conference Missed Connections

    Ronald Barba
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When I’m bored and have nothing to do, occasionally I’ll find myself browsing through Craigslist missed connections. It’s not that weird, really, a lot of people do it (right?), or at least a lot of my own friends do it (one friend even created an app for it). Sure there are a few sketchy posts, but by and large many of the posts in the missed connections section are genuine written confessionals – all wanting to reconnect or start a connection with someone they encountered (or merely saw from afar). This had me thinking: what about all those missed connections at…
  • Boise Accelerator Collabortank to Provide Resources for Local Startups

    Camila Souza
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A coalition of successful business owners and educators have joined forces to create Collabortank, a startup accelerator at Boise Hub co-working space for entrepreneurs. The Boise accelerator comes at a time when the city is starting to get national attention as a growing tech hub, recently ranked top 5 “under-the-radar tech hubs” in the United States. The accelerator, in collaboration with Prodromos Marketing, Inc., and a top-notch executive advisory board wants to create a new culture of innovation in the tech space by providing various resources to entrepreneurs. They…
  • New CoCo Fargo Coworking Space Could Mean Significant Boost to Startup Ecosystem

    Ronald Barba
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    CoCo, the coworking and collaboration space that has grown quickly in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, has just opened up its fourth space in Fargo, North Dakota. The spread from Twin Cities into Fargo marks a significant moment for Fargo, which can benefit from the additional resources to its growing startup community. The new CoCo Fargo space spans across 6,000 square feet on the second floor inside the historic Merchants National Bank Building and can serve at least 100 members. Forum Communications reports that memberships to the space will range from $70 to $350 at the individual level,…
  • DreamIt Austin Accelerator is Taking Applications

    Amanda Quick
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    DreamIt Ventures aims to help accomplished entrepreneurs build great companies. While the Philly program is in full swing, the accelerator program in Austin is taking applications for the 2015 cycle. This is the third year of DreamIt Austin; in the past, Austin classes have included participants from Brazil, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, and Israel. “The geography really doesn’t matter to us,” says Steven Welch, the founder of DreamIt Ventures and the managing director at DreamIt Austin. “What we are looking for is good teams and we bring them to Austin, and Austin is a…
  • Techstars Cofounder David Cohen Explains the Equity-Back Guarantee [Q&A]

    Kira M. Newman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    At the beginning of September, Techstars announced something revolutionary for the world of startup accelerators: an equity-back guarantee starting in 2015. Next year, companies who go through Techstars will have three days after the end of the three-month program to lower or eliminate the amount of equity Techstars took. Right now, Techstars offers $18,000 in funding in exchange for 6% equity, as well as a $100,000 convertible note. The program has expanded to 13 locations and boasts a network of over 3,000 people. We firmly believe in the value of the Techstars accelerator program and in…
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  • Southwest's Rebranding May Be Well-Designed, But It's Poorly Timed

    Denise Lee Yohn
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Southwest’s recent re-branding effort may have gotten the thumbs up from branding gurus, but it’s the timing of the rebranding -- not the design -- that’s problematic.
  • Data Privacy -- Embrace The Positives

    Matthew Fawcett
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Data is your Company's most precious and valuable asset. Personal data is your customers' greatest potential vulnerability. Data breaches can hurt your Company's reputation as much as an oil spill or auto recall. Here's what to do about it...
  • NFL Faces Bills To Kill Tax Exemption Over Redskins Name, Abuse And More

    Robert W. Wood
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Between Ray Rice, Domestic Abuse and the Washington Redskins, the NFL Looks Shaky. Two Senators Have Fired Off Bills that Would Hit the NFL Right Where it Hurts: Taxes.
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Can Save Any Business

    Martin Zwilling
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    One of the realities of being an entrepreneur is that you have to keep learning and changing to survive. Everyone on the startup team knows there is no buffer, and no personal isolation from impact based on your job description that can save you. Thus everyone has to make sure they are focusing on what is important, and making leadership decisions to save the business.
  • MacArthur Awards: What's It Like To Discover You're A 'Genius'?

    Dan Diamond
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I'm smart enough to know that my extended family is significantly smarter. And one branch is particularly, annoyingly bright. A valedictorian of Harvard Law. A CEO who's started two companies. A violist with degrees from Yale, Juilliard, and Curtis.
 
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Startups Need To Capitalize On Every Conversation

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Whether you are trying to motivate your team, close a deal with a customer, or get funding from an investor, a casual conversation is usually a waste of your valuable time. These result is a founder who is always “too busy,” but never seems to get the business done and the team moving. All real business is conversations focused on creating results. Shawn Kent Hayashi, in her recent book “Conversations That Get Results and Inspire Collaboration” makes my point very well as she outlines the top twelve types of conversations that relate to working together in business, and provides tips…
  • Dread Startup Problems Or Learn To Enjoy Challenges

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you can’t solve problems and enjoy it, you won’t make it as an entrepreneur. By definition, an entrepreneur is the first to undertake a given business, and firsts never happen without problems and people frustrations. The toughest problems are people problems, like personnel issues, but there are tough operational problems as well, such as vendor delays and quality surprises. The real entrepreneurs I know are good at overcoming both people problems and business obstacles, and get satisfaction from the challenge. Some people think this is a talent that you must be born with, but experts…
  • 7 Reasons To Think Positively About Competition

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs spend far too much time thinking negatively about competitors, and can’t resist making derogatory statements about them to their own team, investors and even to customers. This approach only makes these important constituents question your integrity, intelligence and your understanding of business basics. Pointing out flaws in others does not give you strength. As an investor, I always listen carefully to what an entrepreneur says, and does not say, about competition. Every business area has competition and every customer has alternatives, so a smart entrepreneur needs to…
  • Smart Entrepreneurs Plan Ahead For A Startup Exit

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    The last thing a new entrepreneur wants to think about for a new startup is how it will end. Yet one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. The answer you give can make or break your ability to get an investment, so you need to have the right answer ready before anyone asks. Here are three important reasons for the question: Good investment paybacks normally require an exit event. Equity investments are not loans, so there is no loan payback period or interest payments. Equity is stock, but private company stock has no market value until the company…
  • Size Up Your Investors Before Accepting Their Money

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. Taking on equity investors to fund your company is much like getting married – it is a long-term relationship that has to work at all levels. Investor due diligence on a startup is not a mysterious black art, but is nothing more than a final integrity check on all aspects of your business model, team, product, customers, and plan. Reverse due diligence on the…
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    Presentation Zen

  • The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

    Garr
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    The Irish Times has a good, short piece on The Moth, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth started in George Dawes Green's living room in 1997, but soon the storytelling club founded by Green started hosting events in cafes and clubs throughout New York City. The name "The Moth" came from the idea that people are attracted to stories the way moths are attracted to a flame. From The Moth website: "Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the…
  • A Story of courage: Hiro Fujita on ending ALS (TEDxTokyo)

    Garr
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    With all the attention the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is receiving this past week, it is a good time to share with you the most touching and most important presentation I saw at TEDxTokyo back in May of this year. The presentation was by a young Japanese man named Hiro Fujita. In November of 2010, Hiro was working happily as Planning Director at McCann Erickson in Tokyo when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). His TEDxTokyo talk is his story and a moving call to action. Perhaps we throw around the word "inspiring" too much. But Hiro inspires me...and thousands of others. After…
  • Robin Williams on the TED stage

    Garr
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    At the 2008 TED Conference held in California, the BBC's "The World Debate" set up a panel discussion to be broadcast worldwide from the TED stage. When they went live with the show there appeared to be a major technical problem followed by several moments of dead air. As my friend Patrick Newell recalled the incident to me today (Patrick was in the audience that day), someone in the back of the room started heckling and dropping f-bombs, wondering why they can't get the technology to work at a technology conference. At first the audience was stunned but then broke into uproarious laughter…
  • 7 things good communicators must not do

    Garr
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    In this simple but informative TED Talk, Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech. This list of seven is a kind of "bad habits to avoid" list. They are not the only elements that can derail effective communication, but it is a good list from which to start. "I call them seven sins somewhat tongue in cheek," Julian says in the comments section on the TED Website. "I am not saying these things are bad or wrong, simply that they tend to make it harder for people to listen, especially when they become habits." Yes, suggesting that one avoid…
  • George Takei's bold story at TEDxKyoto

    Garr
    21 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    George Takei knows how to tell a great story. In this case, a true story of his life. The famed Star Trek actor, activist, and social media star was in town recently to give a remarkable talk as part of a very special TEDxKyoto event. I was invited to watch the rehearsal just before the live event, so I arrived early and grabbed a front row seat. George did not give a speech in the traditional sense. There was no lectern, no notes, no teleprompter. George obviously was reciting the speech from memory—his live version was exactly the same as in the rehearsal—but the speech did not seem…
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    Great Demo!

  • Other Vendors' Demos – Great Source for Learning

    Peter E. Cohan
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I’m occasionally surprised to find presales staff who have never seen another vendor’s demo – not even demos from a competitor…  (So, if you haven’t seen demos from other vendors, it is time to do so!)For everyone, occasionally watching demos from other vendors is a terrific way to regain the customer’s perspective regarding demos.  I typically suggest that you watch demos from vendors where you actually have interest in their products – this helps to make the interaction as real as possible – bea customer.  Sign up for a demo from the vendor’s website and see…
  • Great Demo! Reading List – Recommended Remarkable Books

    Peter E. Cohan
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    A number of folks have asked for a Reading List (books that I often reference in Great Demo! Workshops) – here is a starter list.  You’ll note I’ve largely omitted books on sales methodology and presales-specific books – all great to read, of course – this list is designed to broaden and expand our thinking beyond our day-to-day activities!Brain Rules:  John Medinahttp://www.amazon.com/Brain-Rules-Principles-Surviving-Thriving/dp/0979777747/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375213373&sr=1-1&keywords=brain+rulesHow information is received, filtered and stored…
  • [Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion Alert!] Great Demo! Public Workshop

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Our next Great Demo! Public Workshop will take place October 15-16 – registration and additional information can be found at http://skmcohan141015-cohan.eventbrite.comThis is a 1.5-Day Workshop, with the first day focusing largely on core Great Demo! material and the morning of the second day addressing more advanced topics and techniques.Public Workshops take place in San Jose, California, in conjunction with the folks at SKMurphy.  They are excellent opportunities for individuals, small groups or for teams that have new hires. We’ve found that these sessions are most productive…
  • Uses (and Cautions) of Recorded Demos

    Peter E. Cohan
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Recorded demos offer some wonderful opportunities for delivering content – but need to be used with careful regards to your objectives and customer situations.  Here are a few quick guidelines to contemplate:Training:  -        Excellent application.  -        Recorded demos can provide guided instructions on learning software:  “Here’s how to….”  This is a terrific use for recorded demos, since the use scenarios tend to be reasonably consistent – they should focus on the high-probability tasks…
  • Stunningly Awful Sales Tactics – The Future-Sales Prevention Team

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Stunningly Awful Sales Tactics – The Future-Sales Prevention TeamOrThe Curse of the Hunter-Farmer ModelAre your sales teams traditional, better or truly great?  Contemplate the following (ugly) scenario:  A customer calls his sales person to ask for help implementing software he purchased recently – there seems to be a mismatch regarding the capabilities delivered vs. what he expected…He leaves a voicemail message, but hears nothing back from the sales rep.  He then calls customer service and describes his problem (again) to them.  Customer service promises to look…
 
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    youngentrepreneurfoundation.wordpress.com

  • 2014 Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs – Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winners

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

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

    mollyvyoung
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    It’s summer break, which means you, as an educator should be enjoying your vacation. So instead of providing more entrepreneurial education resources, NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation would like to thank you for a job well done. Sparks and Honey has just released a report about Generation Z (born 1995 to present). The report is fascinating, and covers a wide range of topics about what makes Generation Z unique. Especially interesting to us is the idea that Entrepreneurship is in the DNA of this generation. We believe a lot of that DNA make up has to do with you. In the report, Sparks…
  • How to Pitch a Business – (or yourself): Top Tips from an Expert

    kathykormanfrey
    28 May 2014 | 7:45 am
    An entrepreneur’s worst nightmare is that people drool when they tell someone about their business. (But, not in a good way. More like a catatonic way.) That is sooooo booooring Or, that they share something they consider so interesting about their business and – in return – get the “doe in headlights” look. Pitching, the Right Way. In the NFIB YEF Entrepreneur in the Classroom, one of the key steps in Module 2 is Pitching Your Business Idea. But, how can we make that pitch the most interesting and effective possible? Here are top tips from a globally-known “Intrigue…
  • I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for… Lemonade?

    mollyvyoung
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s almost summer, which means educators across the country need to find a way to engage their students in creative and fun ways. As a way to teach entrepreneurship, why not have your students engage in a lemonade stand? Spring weather is great inspiration for both student salesmen and potential customers. How should an educator go about teaching entrepreneurship through a lemonade stand? Here are 5 easy steps: 1. Do market research. Is lemonade the right thing to sell? Is there another refreshment that will sell better? Who will their target audience be? How much should they charge for…
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    Grade A Entrepreneurs

  • Diateino publishes L’Ere du Contexte, French version of the Age of Context

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Diateino just published the French translation of The Age of Context by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel: L’Ere du Contexte. Here below is the English version of the preface I wrote for the French audience. When we speak  about the “context” of a phrase or an event, we allude to the circumstances and conditions that give that phrase or event its particular meaning, or import. The “context,” then, acting as a backdrop, allows us to understand, to explain, or to justify the things we encounter through resonance to particular times and/or places. Everything that we say and do is…
  • Women in HR should be thrilled about the appointment of Mary Barra as GM’s CEO

    admin
    11 Dec 2013 | 6:55 pm
    I just wrote a post on my company’s blog about Mary Barra: http://blog.talentcircles.com/2013/12/women-in-hr-should-be-thrilled-about.html Of course, I  was thrilled to hear that Mary Barra will be the new CEO of GM. The appointment of any woman at the head of a company is a victory for all women. My post on three takeaways for HR: The value of being able to keep talented interns. The power of internal mobility: Mary Barra was involved over the years with virtually every aspect of the business. The power of an being outstanding VP of GM’s human resources department, a position that…
  • APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch: a must-read

    admin
    10 Dec 2012 | 8:50 am
    APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch is an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to write a book and self-publish. It’s packed with information, advice, tips and resources. Even if you still dream of finding the ideal agent and the most prestigious publisher on the planet, chances are that you will be ignored. So don’t waste your time: take your fate into your own hands and go for self-publishing. This book tells you how to make it right. Is it easy? No… Self-publishing is not easy — but certainly easier than waiting for miracles. Guy…
  • Compete Now: The 2013 New Year Challenge for Entrepreneurs

    admin
    8 Dec 2012 | 11:44 am
    One Million by One Million (1M/1M)celebrated it’s 150th free and online roundtable mentoring session for entrepreneurs a few days ago, and announced its 2013 New Year Challenge. The Prize: The New Year Challenge will award twelve scholarships worth $1,000 each to twelve entrepreneurs. This scholarship allows entrepreneurs to join the 1M/1M premium program that offers private roundtable sessions, a comprehensive curriculum, and introductions to potential customers, channel partners, media, analysts, and investors. How to compete Complete the application process here by December 20. Get at…
  • Great book: Google+ for Small Businesses by Lynette Young

    admin
    3 Dec 2012 | 9:26 am
    I met Lynette Young at Guy Kawasaki’s party at SXSW earlier this year. She contributed to one of the chapters of Guy’s landmark book, What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us. No wonder, Lynette represents the elite of “female googlers,” with over 1.5M followers. Lynette just released an excellent short book. Google+ for Small Businesses. Her goal is to help you to realize that ”Google + makes it easy for the small business owner with limited resources to be on an “even playing ground” with large corporations that have seemingly unlimited…
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Axcient Buys DirectRestore

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Mountain View-based Axcient, which provides cloud-based, data recovery tools, said Tuesday that it has acquired the business and technology of DirectRestore, a developer of file, object, database, and application recovery tools. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • TrueAccord Raises $5M For Debt Recovery

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    San Francisco-based TrueAccord, a developer of technology to help businesses better recover past due debts from customers using software and algorithms, has raised $5M in a Serie A funding.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • 3D Robotics Scores Investment From Richard Branson

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    3D Robotics, a developer of aerial drone technology led by former Wired Editor Chris Anderson, has raised a round of funding from Sir Richard Branson. Size of the investment was not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Fastly Finds $40M For Content Delivery Network

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    San Francisco-based Fastly said this morning that it has raised $40M in a Series C funding, for the company's content delivery network efforts.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Startup Institute Raises $3M

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    The Startup Institute, a startup accelerator which operates programs in Boston, Chicago, New York, London and Berlin, said this morning that it has raised $3M in a funding round from Silicon Valley Bank.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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  • Infographic: The Startup Scene in Austin, Texas

    Bryan Menell
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A handy infographic about the startup scene in Austin, Texas.
  • College Retention Partner Upswing Opens Headquarters in Austin after Graduating from Dallas Tech Accelerator

    Bryan Menell
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Higher education in Austin, and the surrounding areas, may see an increase in student retention rates and technology-facilitated learning, if recently migrated company Upswing has anything to say about it.
  • Acxiom Opens Austin Office, Plans To Hire 150 People

    Bryan Menell
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    AcxiomAcxiom Logo, a publicly traded enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company, today announced that it will be opening a new office in Austin, Texas, to accommodate growing demand in its technology, engineering and operations. The company intends to fill up to 150 positions in technology fields including network engineers, security engineers, systems engineers, security architects, network architects, infrastructure architects, software engineers and project managers.
  • Innotech Beta Summit 2014 Applications Now Open

    Bryan Menell
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    This is my 8th year of running the Innotech Beta Summit, which highlights the freshest new technology companies in Austin. It takes place during the Innotech Conference at the Austin Convention Center on October 15th. Each year we showcase 6 companies who do 6-minute demos of their new products.
  • Intel® kicks of Fall IoT Roadshow in Austin Sept. 20

    Bryan Menell
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    This week Intel® is unveiling new software and hardware at the Intel® Developer Forum in San Francisco. Part of these updates includes new features to their Galileo Gen 2 Development Board. Austin is lucky enough to be the first city to experience these updated Dev Kits first hand. Intel® is kicking off their IoT Roadshow in Austin Sept. 20 and will be handing out free Galileo boards to the first 100 attendees who have registered for the event.
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  • Breaking Bag: Reinventing the Ecommerce Experience

    Linda Bustos
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:02 pm
    This was Amazon’s home page in 1995.By ’98, it had adopted the “catalog” look:The ubiquitous format for most online shops today, one that few have veered from.The Web has changed since ’98Clearly the Web has changed even more dramatically from 1998 to 2014. It’s accessed by many different mobile “pieces of glass” like smartphones and tablets, each with their own dimensions across both portrait and landscape orientation.The way users interact with these devices have changed. UX professionals now must account for touch screens and gestures. Mobile apps have…
  • Your 12-Step Landing Page Recovery Program [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Today I and a few hundred digital marketing professionals from all over the map converge for Unbounce’s Call to Action Conference ( #CTAConf ) right here in Vancouver. We’re also happy here at Elastic Path to have Unbounce as our new downstairs office neighbours!If you’re not reading Unbounce’s conversion optimization blog – head on over and subscribe. This week’s infographic is courtesy of Unbounce, and covers the 12 steps to conversion rehab.Click to enlarge infographic
  • One Online Retailer’s Experience With Bitcoin

    Linda Bustos
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    In January, we asked Is 2014 the Year of Bitcoin for Ecommerce?Since then, we’ve seen the likes of NewEgg, Tiger Direct, Dell, Dish Network, Lord and Taylor and BloomNation jump on board with Bitcoin. Even PayPal is dropping big hints that it will support Bitcoin soon, which could help the cryptocurrency’s mainstream adoption.The founders of BloomNation (think Etsy for flowers – a marketplace that connects consumers directly with local florists) reached out to Get Elastic to share the results of its foray into Bitcoin acceptance since its launch pre-Valentine’s Day.Why did BloomNation…
  • A/B Testing the Untestable in Checkout

    Linda Bustos
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    92% of merchants participating in the e-tailing group’s 16th Annual Merchant Survey ranked A/B, multi-variate or other usability testing as most or somewhat important merchandising tactic for customer retention (second only to web analytics).While testing the small stuff like button color, headline copy, can get reasonable lift, often the most impressive gains come from bigger changes – new approaches to layout, radical redesigns that fix multiple conversion speed bumps and, of more recent popularity, responsive design.And it’s often recommended to start A/B testing your checkout…
  • The State of Mobile Commerce [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    This week’s infographic comes from Etail East, examining the mobile commerce landscape in 2014.TweetablesLess than 42% of retailers have mobile marketing strategies in place Tweet thisOnly 38% of retailers have seen measureable success from mobile marketing efforts Tweet thisFor 54% of retailers, mobile makes up >20% of total sales Tweet this71% of retailers’ mobile conversion rates are lower than desktop Tweet this88% of retailers have mobile optimized sites, only 38% have a mobile app Tweet this
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

    Tim Berry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday somebody posted an interesting comment on the bottom of my post ‘How to Sell an Idea to a Big Company.’ Sadly, that post explains to people why they can’t sell their ideas to big companies. Most of the 70-some comments there are from people who ignore what the post says and share how great their ideas are. This one is slightly different. This commenter This person acknowledges the problem, as follows: How do I sell not an idea but my involvement in creating ideas to a reputable company? Is there a way for me to work (preferably from home) and continually provide my endless…
  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

    Tim Berry
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    … don’t be confused. What they really mean is …  Don’t do a long static formal business plan. Do a lean, just-big-enough business plan. Deal with it as a constantly-renewing latest version, with a shelf life of a few weeks at most. Don’t fill it with excess supporting information. They won’t even look at a business plan until after they’ve understood the main points from a summary memo, and — in most cases — been through the pitch and met the people. The idea that potential investors would read a business plan as a first step, from somebody they’ve never met, without…
  • Audio: Annoying Half Truths in Entrepreneurship

    Tim Berry
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I had a good radio-talk-show visit this morning with Jim Blasingame, Small Business Advocate, of smallbusinessadvocate.com. Time flies; I can’t believe I’ve been joining Jim on his show off and on for 16 years now. I intend to ask him whether being a guest on his show causes gray hair. Here’s my favorite segment, on “do what you love.” It’s radio audio, about seven minutes long. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the <a href=”http://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com”>Small Business…
  • Spot Quiz: What Percent of Small Business Owners Manage Cash Flow

    Tim Berry
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’m fascinated by the numbers Denise O’Berry turns up in her post Use Metrics To Manage Cash Flow – Small Business Expert Denise O’Berry. She quotes results of a survey sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs, which surveyed 500 owners of businesses averaging less than 10 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. According to this, the biggest worry of small business owners, is (drumroll): The number one issue facing small business is ensuring adequate cash flow from operations, according to 83% of survey respondents. That’s Denise quoting Bill Reeb, CPA, surprising…
  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Mixergy Interview, published this week, about how I bootstrapped Palo Alto Software from zero to about $10 million annual revenues: It started one morning at 2 a.m., when I had to deliver a finished set of financials the next morning. It was 2 a.m. and I was tired and done with the financials but I had done something in either Lotus 1, 2, 3 or Excel because I use both. I don’t remember which one it was but I had done something to break the damn spreadsheet! If the financials are going to work, when you change the assumptions the balance still balances and…
 
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • October 2014 Promotional Calendar Ideas [OPT-INS + CONVERSIONS]

    Todd Spear
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to our second instalment of essays focusing on promotional calendar opportunities for a particular month. In creating this essay about October’s awesome calendar of events (and, more importantly, the promotional opportunities it presents), we encountered some real gems – and some real head scratchers. In an example of the latter, we’ve learned that 3 October is Virus Appreciation Day. That’s right, as in viruses, like, you know, influenza and ebola. Yikes! Well, let’s rephrase that. No one is quite sure whether Virus Appreciation Day is meant to in some way celebrate…
  • Breakthroughs, Triggers, Influence + Tested Methods [Noise Reduction .78]

    Florence
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I know I usually rant and rave about the fact that your portfolio needs to be larger than your library. That you need to be taking action and building a portfolio of results — as opposed to spending all your resources on just learning and creating a dusty bookshelf. Well, I’ve learnt that no matter how much I preach, sometimes, as they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. So, in this week’s edition of Noise Reduction, I wanted to share with you a list of what I believe are some of the non-negotiable must-have books in your marketing library. No matter what…
  • Sales Letter Copywriting Cheat Sheet

    Pete
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I can still remember the first and most powerful lesson in the science of copywriting I ever learnt.  I was in Year 10 or 11 of high school (that’s sophomore or junior for our North American friends), and my buddy Martin S. was writing some posters we were going to stick up around campus to get volunteers for a project. As we were trying to brainstorm what to put on the posters he said, “Well, we want as many people to read this as possible, so why not write ‘FREE BEER?’ It will at least get attention that way.” Now that powerful lesson wasn’t how to…
  • Copywriting, Sales Games + September Marketing Ideas [Noise Reduction .77]

    Florence
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    “I’ve always believed writing ads is the second most-profitable form of writing. The first is ransom notes…” - Phil Dusenberry Hey Gang, As you may have seen, we’re having a little sales, influence and copywriting focus here in the Preneur Community at the moment… and that’s spilling over to today’s Noise Reduction below. Now, have you ever noticed that nearly every week there’s some calendar event going on, be it a local, national or international holiday, an awareness week, a cultural celebration, or a lead-up to a major sporting event? Have…
  • September 2014 Promotional Calendar Ideas [CONVERSIONS]

    Todd Spear
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you know that 7 – 13 September 2014 is Migraine Awareness Week? Now, before you think of a million and one smarmy responses to that revelation, think about he marketing possibilities for such a week. As a solutions provider to your customers, you could put a clever spin on the oft maligned migraine by positioning your marketing efforts to offer relief for your customers’ headaches. Okay, so maybe that examples a little too easy, but there’s plenty of merit to the idea. Have you ever noticed that nearly every week there’s some calendar event going on, be it a local, national or…
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    OnStartups

  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’m an introvert at heart. That means I don't draw energy from being around people and definitely don't crave it.  So I usually spend more time in twitter discussions and inbound.org AMAs than face-to-face conversations. As you can imagine, events tend to inspire some anxiety in me. Whether I’m at a conference as an attendee or as a speaker, thousands of humans in one place usually sends me running in the other direction. But, some events are worth standing in place for. At the Business of Software conference each year, I camp out at the venue before and after my talk to…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are two things in my professional life that I'm passionate about. 1.  Startups.  I love startups.  It's an obsession.  I've started three companies, angel invested in over 50 and (hopefully) helped thousands more entrepreneurs in some small way through the OnStartups.com community. 2. Inbound marketing.  I love inbound marketing.  It's the idea that's at the heart of my company, HubSpot.  It's about marketing that focuses on attracting customers — not annoying them with interruptions.  It makes marketing about helping people, not…
  • The Most Important Thing to Do Before Building Your Startup

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    We failed. After 6 months poring over the code quality and refining the design of our mobile app, my partner and I finally launched it in the app store and the downloads started coming in. Then after a few days, BOOM. We got punched in the face by reality. No users returned to the app. This was a devastating shock, since most people we spoke to were excited about the idea. Our app allowed you to take photos and ask questions to learn about what you were looking at. It had all the traits of the most-hyped startup trends that year: mobile, social, local. It was early 2011. Frustrated and…
  • 5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. Type "mistakes entrepreneurs make" into Google and you'll find thousands of articles, sternly forewarning against the most prevalent pitfalls and errors that stand between you and your startup's success. But wait a second. How many times have you heard "We learn from our mistakes"? As an entrepreneur and investor, I've definitely made some doosies - and if my experience is any…
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    ArcticStartup

  • The ArcticStartup Guide to: RIGA

    Marija Odineca
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    With the booming Batic startup scene being mentioned more and more frequently, some of you may want to actually put the boots on the ground and come for a visit. With that in mind, we have compiled a shortlist of your possible destinations and events all about and around the local startup culture. Let’s start with Riga. Hottest startups in Riga: As a shortlist of topics to discuss with local startup folks, here are a few Latvian startups that have recently made the headlines. AirDog - a fully autonomous personal drone filming action sports enthusiasts. The most funded Latvian Kickstarter…
  • Estonia Scores A Landmark Exit: GrabCad Acquired by Stratasys at over €70M

    Dmitri Sarle
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    It has been a while since we have reported an exit for Estonia. Today's news of GrabCad's acquisition, placed around the $100M mark by several sources including TechCrunch, is an extremely important one for many reasons. To date, GrabCad has received a total of around €10.5M in investments and the exit is very important to the Estonian community for many reasons. First, it is just the second venture backed major exit for Estonia, the other one being Modesat Communications that happened roughly two years ago. From what we know, Modesat Communications was a good sized exit, but GrabCad is…
  • Kickstarter opening up in Scandinavia October 21st

    Greg Anderson
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Got a lo-fi album, some smartwatch concept, or a potato salad you want to raise some money for? Kickstarter is soon ending up in Scandinavia in a new country rollout starting officially on October 21st. The U.S. based company announced the news last night meaning creators in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Ireland can now officially start building their Kickstarter project pages, which will then go live on the 21st. Like their UK localization, the money to be raised will be listed in the local currency but will be able to be thrown all together in the international site. The company's policy is…
  • Verto Analytics picks up another €1.85 Million

    Greg Anderson
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Finland's smart metrics company is back in the funding roundups again. Last April Verto Analytics raised $5.4 million (€4.17 million) and has come back again with an additional $2.4 million (€1.85 million) to continue to boost its media measurement platform, this time with fresh cash from Open Ocean Capital and existing investors Conor Venture Partners and a few angel investors. The difficulty for today's marketers and media business leaders is how fragmented our attention is across devices and platforms. In yesteryear we were glued in to the TV and newspapers which were easy enough to…
  • MePIN heads to MasterCard Start Path accelerator

    Greg Anderson
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Two-factor authentication should be easy these days considering most people's smartphones are no farther than arms reach away from each other. Finnish startup MePIN has been fooling around in this secure authentication sector for a few years, launching an API allowing developers to embed a "log me in with MePIN" button on their site, which shoots a push notification to the MePIN app on your phone for you to log in with a touch of a button, your personal pin, or fingerprint on supported devices. A natural extension of their story was to do authentication for purchases, especially in the…
 
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • Performance Round-Up 9/14/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Lots of interesting reading material this week. Dan Harris: Your Brain on Mediation (SwissMiss) Dave Asprey Interviews David Epstein Author of the Sports Gene (Bulletproofexec) Be Humble, Become Wealthy (Psyfitec) Positioning Your Startup (FirstRound) Tim Ferriss Interviews Peter Thiel (Fourhourworkweek) Be the CEO of Your Job (Brad Feld) How To Tell If You’re Not Scaling as a CEO (SneakerheadVC) Three Mistakes Investors Make Again and Again (WSJ) An Interview with Charlie Munger (WSJ) “Warren [Buffet] and I [Charlie Munger] know better than most people what we know and what we…
  • Performance Round-Up 9/07/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Here’s a round-up of links from last week related to performance: What Does a 20 Year Old Need To Know About Personal Finance (Altucher) This simple sleep-hack turned my life around (Sleep Junkies) Using Music to Increase Mental Performance (Abel James) Blameless Post-Mortems (CodeasCraft) The Jack Ma Way (NYTimes) Texting Anxiety Caused by the Bubbles (NYTimes) The post Performance Round-Up 9/07/2014 appeared first on Leveraging Ideas.
  • Performance Round-Up 10/31/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Here’s a collection of links I’ve recently enjoyed. All links address the topic/notion of optimal or ‘peak’ performance. I’m hoping to post more of these regularly and I’m borrowing the format from The Big Picture. What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes? (Gigaom) Mauboussin: Untangling Skill and Luck (Riholtz) 3 Simple Things That Will Make You 10% Happier (Bakadesuyo) Tim Ferriss Interviews Kevin Kelly (Fourhourworkweek) Paul Graham on Money vs. Wealth: How to Get Rich (Brain Pickings) Tyler Tervooren’s Strategy for Becoming…
  • Why Cards Matter

    Sam Huleatt
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:49 pm
    I’ve been struggling for a bit now to really understand the significance of “cards” as a new unit of interaction. Fred Wilson and Benedict Evans have both discussed the significance of cards, but I feel like neither has been able to provide a concrete example that really highlights why a card isn’t simply a design trend. Several years ago Facebook released Open Graph Protocol. The idea was in part that any noun (person, place or thing) on Facebook could have its own Facebook Page, and thus, all the corresponding meta data that accompanied that Page. To me, the notion…
  • Buying Talent

    Sam Huleatt
    16 Dec 2013 | 8:50 pm
    In an interview with Semil Shah, Keith Rabois remarks that he (Rabois) worries startup talent has become too fragmented. Rabois’ conjecture is that to have a true break-away company (a la Facebook, Twitter, etc) you need a concentration of very talented folks. For the most part I agree with this — although I think certain types of Internet driven companies may require less technical human capital than before*. Anyhow, a trend I have observed is that some A and/or B round companies seem to be raising large amounts of cash — more than they would seemingly need so early.
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for LawTrades

    public
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    Company / App Name: LawTrades http://lawtrades.com What does it do? LawTrades is the easiest and most cost-effective way to hire the right lawyer for your legal stuff. Just tell us what you need, and we’ll handle the rest. Why do we need it? – Consumers can’t afford lawyers at $125-$300 per hour. – Lawyers are inconvenient and inefficient to use. – Consumers dislike hourly rates. – Consumers perceive lawyers as high risk in terms of outcomes and cost/benefit. Who is it for? We are targeting startups and individuals that grew up during the rise of the…
  • Pitch for Linkredirector

    public
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Company / App Name: Linkredirector http://linkredirector.com Twitter – @linkredirector What does it do? Linkredirector is a free URL shortener that lets you use one dynamic short link to route visitors to multiple destinations, with real time statistics. Why do we need it? Linkredirector allows you to create short links that will forward your visitors to correct destination depending on what device they use, what country they are from and much more. Who is it for? Link to apps across multiple App Stores, mobile marketing, dynamic QR codes, SMS and TV campaigns, etc. What makes it stand…
  • Pitch for Estilistas

    public
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Company / App Name: Estilistas http://estilistas.co.uk/ What does it do? Estilistas started by a web dev and a fashion stylist. Our passions and skills collided in a way that allowed us to set up a very lean startup with minimal investment (less than £2,000 to date) Why do we need it? Because fashion isn’t accessible enough and there’s no reason for it not to be. Who is it for? Ideally young to middle-aged women with some disposable income and a desire to dress well. Although we are branching into mens style too! What makes it stand out from the crowd? We know what we’re…
  • Pitch for TeamSite.io

    public
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Company / App Name: TeamSite.io http://teamsite.io What does it do? TeamSite.io allows players and coaches to setup a free website for their sports team. Players can view their schedule, receive game reminders, manage scores, stats and much more. Why do we need it? Other solutions are outdated and frustrating to use. The world needs a dead simple team management software that is free. Who is it for? People who manage sports teams such as coaches, parents or rec league players. What makes it stand out from the crowd? A simple and fast web based user interface that works instantly on all…
  • Pitch for AgFunder

    public
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Company / App Name: AgFunder http://agfunder.com What does it do? AgFunder is an investment marketplace for the $6.4T global agriculture industry. AgFunder is using technology to create a gateway to this new asset class. Why do we need it? Rates of consumption are increasing faster than the rates of production and to meet the growing demand for food fuel and fibre, agriculture production will need to nearly double by the year 2050. Who is it for? Angels and Venture Capitalists seeking new innovations in agriculture technology, high networth individuals and family offices seeking an asset…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • How to Know When You Have a Winning Idea

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I recently attended a private seminar on the subject of building a “lean” company that was being held at Stanford College. The main speaker of the event was Tristan Kromer, a major lean startup advocate and product coach for companies such as Swisscom, StumbleUpon, and many more. This event was aimed at Swedish entrepreneurs, as the Swedish startup ecosystem is currently seeking ways to grow and expand its resources. The room was filled with about 50 Swedish entrepreneurs that had all either successfully launched companies or were part of the team of small companies, all set to…
  • Ideas Mean Nothing if You Aren’t the Right Person to Execute

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Launching a startup is one thing, but building a meaningful and enduring company is an entirely different story. In this talk from the San Diego Founder Institute, Ryan Bettencourt gives tips on bringing your idea to life, and how to build a company centered around your passions, values, and bringing meaning to the world.Ryan Bettencourt is the President of Zui (recently acquired by Saban…
  • Take the First Step to Becoming an Entrepreneur at an Upcoming Founder Institute Startup Event

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    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…
  • Have a Business Idea? Get Online Feedback from Startup Expert Adeo Ressi

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur?  Then join us for an upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar, with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute. During this live and interactive online event, viewers can pitch their startups to Adeo, either through text or on screen in a video conference. Adeo will provide blunt and detailed feedback on the idea, the pitch and the business. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to RSVP, log on, and watch how an expert startup advisor evaluates new business ideas.
  • 7 Startup Lessons from Google: It's All About Data

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this second installment, filmed at the 15th Founder…
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    OnlyOnce

  • The 2×4

    Matt Blumberg
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 2×4 I took a Freshman Seminar in my first semester at Princeton in 1988 with a world-renowned professor of classical literature, Bob Hollander.  My good friend and next-door neighbor Peggy was in the seminar with me.  It was a small group — maybe a dozen of us — meeting for three hours each week for a roundtable with Professor Hollander, and then writing the occasional paper.  Peggy and I both thought we were pretty smart.  We had both been high school salutatorians from good private schools and had both gotten into Princeton, right? Then the first paper came due, and…
  • Startup CEO: The Online Course Part II

    Matt Blumberg
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Startup CEO: The Online Course Part II Startup CEO the online course offered by the Kauffman Fellows Academy is back this fall starting September 15!  As many of you know, the course is based on my book Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Your Business. When the course first ran earlier this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Hundreds of students from six continents signed up, all eager to learn as much as they could about entrepreneurship and how to develop their startups.  The students worked together in teams to develop their startup ideas on the unique online educational…
  • Physical Therapist or Chiropractor?

    Matt Blumberg
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Physical Therapist or Chiropractor? I was talking to a good friend the other day who is an executive coach. He was telling me that his clients are all over the map in terms of role (CEO or functional senior exec), need (small issue to large issue), company size and stage. But most important, he noted that his clients have different ways of learning, and that he has to tailor his coaching style to the client. I had two main takeaways from this interaction. First, he had a particularly memorable way of phrasing the differences in client learning styles that inform his approach. Some of his…
  • How to Manage Your Career

    Matt Blumberg
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I gave a presentation to a few hundred Return Path employees in January at an all-hands conference we did called “How to Manager Your Career.” The presentation has three sections — The Three Phases of a Career, How to Get Promoted, and How to Wow Your Manager. While it’s not as good without the voiceover and interactivity, I thought I’d post it here…see the presentation on Slideshare. As I said to my audience, if there’s one thing to take away from the topic, it’s this: Managing your career is up to one, and only one person – you.  It…
  • Book Short: Best Book Ever

    Matt Blumberg
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Best Book Ever The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz, is the best business book I’ve ever read.  Or at least the best book on management and leadership that I’ve ever read.  Period. It’s certainly the best CEO book on the market.  It’s about 1000 times better than my book although my book is intended to be different in several ways.  I suppose they’re complementary, but if you only had time left on this planet for one book, read Ben’s first. I’m not even going to get into specifics on it, other than that Ben does a great job of telling the…
 
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    Startup Houston

  • MEST Conference Returns September 16

    Jeff Reichman
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Houston’s homegrown medicine, space, energy, and technology (MEST) conference comes back to the Rice BRC for its second installment on September 16.  You can get your tickets here. Focusing on some of Houston’s core strengths, the MEST conference is designed to provide cross-industry exposure to startups and other new ideas.  This all-day event brings together 150+ of Houston’s finest physicians, entrepreneurs, technology experts, investors, and community members. We’ll provide additional coverage of the MEST conference through September.  In the meantime, check…
  • Learning Programming has Never Been Easier

    Ben Ochoa
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Are you tired of working the oil and gas rigs? Sick of your day job taking care of the sick at the local medical center? Looking for a new and exciting career away from the drudgery of 20th-century employment? Have you considered a captivating career in writing web pages, applications and other types of programming? It is no secret that Texas is #1 for tech jobs in the US and Houston is #4. Breaking into a tech career via programming has never been easier, thanks to a new type of school, the code academy. Every programmer I have ever known was taught via one of two methods: either they…
  • 3 Questions for Will Clifton of Procyrion

    Tina Nazerian
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    According to Will Clifton, Procyrion‘s Director of Research and Development, over 5 million people will benefit from their heart pump. “The only treatment options are currently medicine, and at some point the medicine is not enough, and these patients get really sick at home,” Clifton said.  “And by sick I mean – a heart failure patient is someone who can’t walk to the mailbox, they get out of breath, they get fluid overloaded, they get all this painful swelling in their bodies, and their heart can’t pump effectively enough. At some point,…
  • Medical Informatics: Saving Babies with JavaScript

    Tina Nazerian
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    The colorful, dancing ballerina pig statues on the first level of the Texas Children’s Hospital‘s Abercrombie building provide an odd sense of visual harmony. Their floral tutus add extra shine, which is hard to come by in a building filled with sick – some of them really sick – children. On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon, Samantha Jacques, Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Texas Children’s Hospital, took me to the Progressive Care Unit, to show me the importance of alarm management. As soon as we entered the hallway, I could hear numerous beeps in the…
  • A Look Inside of AMRI

    Tina Nazerian
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    AMRI, short for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute, is a fellowship program “dedicated to fostering collaboration between the open source Maker community, the DIY Bio community, and the scientific research communities. Fellows at AMRI use their familiarity with open source technology to develop tools used for forwarding scientific research. Mentors at AMRI use their background in scientific research to suggest strategies for overcoming engineering challenges encountered in development of open source technology. The goal is to use this collaboration to improve the general…
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    Techstars

  • R/GA Accelerator Hiring Design & Engineering Hackstars

    Alisha Templeton
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The R/GA Accelerator focuses on startups developing connected hardware products and software in the Internet of Things space. The second class of the three-month, immersive, mentorship-driven accelerator begins October 20 at R/GA’s headquarters in New York. We are currently hiring Hackstars who have the technical skills to help the companies in the program do more faster. Are you an industrial designer, a mechanical engineer or an electrical engineer? Do you want to work alongside ten of the leading IoT companies, with support from R/GA’s technical, product and marketing teams and at one…
  • Applications now open for the 2015 Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars!

    John Fein
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2015 Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars. Following the lead of the awesome 2014 class, we are once again focused on mobile health. If you have an innovative startup that’s health-related, and your product has a mobile component, apply for the 2015 program today! How do we define “mobile health” as we look for our next ten companies? It includes, but isn’t limited to, the following: Wearables – medical devices, movement tracking, vital monitoring etc. Sensor-driven devices and networks Products to help you…
  • FounderCon Keynote Videos

    Megan Sweeney
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Just recently we had our annual FounderCon event in Austin, TX. FounderCon is our annual event for all Techstars companies past and present – with two full days of keynotes and breakout sessions. There were tons of opportunities to network with over 3,000 founders, alumni, mentors, investors, and corporate partners from across our 36 programs to date. We filmed the amazing group of keynote speakers for your enjoyment.  Here are just a few, stay tuned for more later this week. Learn more faster! Ellen Levy, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect Steve Catigan, former VP of Linkedin…
  • Apply to Techstars Cloud Class of 2015!

    Blake Yeager
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I am very excited to announce that this week we opened up applications for our third Techstars Cloud program which will be kicking off in San Antonio, TX this coming January. Our mission for this thematic accelerator is to help build companies that focus on cloud. What does that mean? If you are developing a cloud based technology or platform, a product that is complementary to the cloud, or really any technical product you are probably a fit. If you have an early-stage startup that meets this description, we would love for you to apply to the Techstars Cloud 2015 program. Our first two cloud…
  • Apply to the Techstars New York City 2015 Class!

    Alex Iskold
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    We are delighted to open the applications for our next Techstars class in New York City. The application deadline is October 19th, and the class will kick-off mid January, finishing off with Demo Day in April. To date, we’ve done five programs in NYC, and graduated over 60 companies including Contently, Timehop, Crowdtwist, Moveline, Lua, ClassPass, Plated, Placemeter, TriggerMail, Tutum, and MakersKit. Below is the calendar of our recruiting events. We’d love to meet with you, tell you more about the program and discuss how Techstars NYC can help you accelerate your business. Thu Sep…
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    Valleywag

  • Taxis Have Lost 65 Percent of Their Business, Screwing The Disabled

    Kevin Montgomery
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Uber and Lyft have been squeezing yellow cabs ever since they launched their on-demand car services. But the political shtick that startups are the underdog against "big taxi " is becoming a lie: according to San Francisco's taxi boss, the city's cabs have seen average trips decline by 65 percent in just over two years.Read more...
  • To Solve Phone Addiction, App Shows How Many Times You Check Your Phone

    Kevin Montgomery
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Silicon Valley has made billions off phone addicts. Studies say owners unlock their phones upwards of 150 times every day, which is rewiring our brains and fueling mobile ad sales. Read more...
  • Startup Shirts and the Men Who Wear Them

    Kevin Montgomery
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    In the Bay Area, fashion is just another opportunity to pitch your app. Startups hand out logo and slogan-covered shirts to all employees, creating bands of boy billboards that roam around San Francisco's tech-chic neighborhoods.Read more...
  • Apple Tells Customers How To Delete the Stupid U2 Album Nobody Wanted

    Sam Biddle
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook pranked the entire iPhone-toting world with a gratis copy of U2's new album—"Songs Of Innocence"—beamed directly to everyone's phone, without asking. Today, it's letting you undo this dark magic.Read more...
  • Snapchat Investor Says High-Profile Failures Are Just Around the Corner

    Nitasha Tiku
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Bill Gurley, the Benchmark Capital investor who backed Snapchat and Uber, is uber-bullish when it comes to his own portfolio. But the rest of Silicon Valley, he says, is not nearly frightened enough: "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end."Read more...
 
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  • How to Fix Healthcare: QUOTE!

    Alexander Muse
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    The quickest way to fix healthcare is to require that doctors provide quotes BEFORE delivering service. If most of us knew what our doctors PLANNED to charge before providing their services I suspect healthcare would cost a LOT less. Here is a recent experience I had with a service I would have rejected had I known the cost: In July my daughter was running around her aunt’s house and bumped her head on a chair sustaining a small cut above her eye. It didn’t appear that she needed stitches, but out of an abundance of caution I decided to take her to Doctors Express @ Frankford…
  • Update on ‘TEN’ my Mentoring Program

    Alexander Muse
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Back in April I announced my mentorship experiment I called ‘TEN’. The plan was simple, find ten entrepreneurs and spend a year working with them on their businesses. The idea was that by spending MORE time with FEWER entrepreneurs I could make a more significant impact AND have more time to work on my own startup. Time for an update. After announcing the program I had more than 40+ applications and quickly selected the first ten with plans to bring them on over three months. To date I have ‘turned up’ five entrepreneurs, had three drop out before starting and had one…
  • Announcing ‘TEN’

    Alexander Muse
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    For more than five years I’ve been actively involved in the Dallas startup community. During that time I have advised scores of entrepreneurs; however, I’ve often wondered how valuable my advice really was. For example, in the last thirty days I have ‘touched’ almost 100 different entrepreneurs. Touches include emails, voicemails, texts and face-to-face meetings – 100 unique connections over 30 days. I’m giving advice, making suggestions, referring employees and investors, but there is no way I have enough information about 100 entrepreneurs and startups to…
  • Investor Referrals – HELP ME HELP YOU!

    Alexander Muse
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Remember that scene from Jerry Maguire where he tells his client, “HELP ME HELP YOU!” Each day I get a message from an entrepreneur asking for help finding an investor for his or her startup. The message goes something like this, “Working on the next big thing, can you refer me to a few local investors?” In variably I will put this request in my ‘to-do’ mailbox and forget to respond. Sorry? Not sorry? Here are 9 things I need so that I can you can help me help you: Explain the stage of the product/service: idea, prototype, mvp, revenue, growth, exit……
  • Should you share your idea?

    Alexander Muse
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    You’ve got an idea for the next big thing, a new iPhone application that could change the world, and you’re looking for developers and/or looking to raise capital. You are not entirely certain where to turn so you reach out to local entrepreneurs who have ‘been there and done that’. I get calls like these all of the time. Prior to 2008 most entrepreneurs here in North Texas were scared to share their ideas without getting an NDA in place beforehand. This put them at a HUGE disadvantage over their peers on the West Coast where collaboration and community have a long and…
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  • When Your Computer Won’t Power On

    JohnnyG
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    In today’s technologically advanced society, computers are used for all aspects of our lives; for work, rest and play. Therefore, when you find that your computer won’t power on and is completely unresponsive, it can be an extremely irritating and inconvenient issue. As Kent based IT Support company Premier Choice Internet state; “The effect of unanticipated computer problems can be devastating to your business. Simple problems such as a failed switch can bring your entire network to a standstill”. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take in order to diagnose…
  • Cost of Being Healthy and Trendy

    JohnnyG
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Everyone wants to look their best. To achieve that, you need to not only eat the right foods but to also wear the right clothing. Since branded clothes are not cheap and eating healthy can cost you an additional $1.50 per meal on average, there are some important things to keep in mind. Having a great hairstyle will take people’s attention away from your face. If you have minor lines and wrinkles but vibrant hair, this can be incredibly useful. When you are selecting colors, try to focus on darker colors that don’t bring out the pigments in your face as this can enhance the appearance of…
  • Eating Healthy Foods On A Daily Basis

    JohnnyG
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    Doctors recommend a healthy diet as one of the three most crucial aspects of enjoying a healthy, rewarding and long life. The other two aspects are: first, a moderate exercise program consisting of cardio, strength and flexibility training exercises and; second, sensible lifestyle habits, such as sufficient sleep, effective stress management, and avoidance of cigarettes, illicit drugs, and other harmful substances. Healthy Diet and Disease Why is this so? With a healthy diet, you can prevent many diseases from taking root in your body, so to speak. Your healthy diet should consist more of…
  • Teachers Educate the Future Leaders

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Teachers are very important to our society, more so than most people give them credit for. Every year, these teachers come in contact with a few students that will go on to become the future leaders of our world. These important individuals are one in million and it is critical that these professionals are doing what they can to ensure that our future leaders are having all their educational needs being met. Since schools often have small budget so reducing printing costs and other operational costs is crucial, it is important that they get things right, within the budget that they are…
  • Useful Haircare Tips for Teens

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Teens have enough going on to have to deal with unruly hair too. Taking care of your hair can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are actually many different hair care tips for teens, many which can be used through adulthood. Here are some of these tips to help you better take care of your hair and scalp. Dry scalp is often a problem with teens. It’s dry, it’s itchy, and makes you want to scratch. Dry scalp often happens because you may wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of essential oils that your scalp needs to maintain healthy hair…
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  • Colors, Apps and Cognitive Shortcuts

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
    I have my apps set up so that they will automatically update whenever I am connected to wifi. It’s pretty handy to have the latest version of something, assuming of course they make it better than the previous version. But what I’ve noticed recently, or more aptly haven’t noticed, is that apps have a habit of changing their logo, or colour scheme. Which most often means I can’t find it, and all of a sudden I have the chance to drop the habit of using their service, or even worse finding a replacement. It’s worth remembering that the shape and the colour of an…
  • recent thoughts

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I’ve been publishing a few thoughts for the good people at Pollenizer – two recent articles are below: History repeats: The seminal article written in 1960 by Theodore Levitt of the Harvard Business School called the Marketing Myopia is having a sequel. I wrote about it here and why startups are eating the lunch of many fortune 500’s. Why we don’t have to invent the future: Sometimes it is enough just to participate and facilitate – I wrote about the feeder startup here. In fact just yesterday I was doing a keynote for the financial services industry and…
  • Top 10 thoughts on independent living

    Steve Sammartino
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    I recently gave a talk at the Melbourne Entrepreneurs Club. It was full of current and aspiring entrepreneurs – so I thought I’d lay out the top 10 things I think matter if we want to lead an independent life. Read here, one where you determine your own destiny, are not reliant on a corporation to feed you, and you have enough money (that little reality checker we have in our modern market place) to serve yourself and your family. It was just 10 ideas I wrote down on a piece of paper. I didn’t write an actual speech or have any slides. I just spoke from my heart after I…
  • 2 unrelated questions worth asking

    Steve Sammartino
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The journey we are on is often associated with some goal at the end point. But what if the end point was now? What if we took a thought experiment and pretended the journey was unnecessary? Let’s do that and ask ourselves these two seemingly unrelated questions: How would you spend your time if you had 6 months to live? How would you spend your time if you were a billionaire? I won’t try and answer these for you, but I’m reasonably certain you’ll find two things. Many of the answers overlap, and that many of the things cost very little money. In the end we remind…
  • What we get paid for

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    What we actually get paid for is all the work we did yesterday, and the day before that, and the year before that. In fact, what we get paid for is the work we did when no one was watching and no one was paying.
 
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    Springwise

  • This color-changing nail polish could prevent sexual assaults

    Springwise
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Add / Remove Online dating has made it easier for complete strangers with shared interests to find each other, but a lack of quality control can mean the services are unfortunately used by criminals, facilitating date rapes. Innovations such as pd.id — the personal drug detection kit — have already aimed to arm women with the ability to detect date rape substances in their drinks. Now Undercover Colors is a startup that's aiming to develop a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with known date rape drugs. Developed by a group of male North Carolina State…
  • AR lets customers virtually preview furniture designs in store

    Springwise
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Add / Remove Brick and mortar stores still have a few benefits over web retailers, with the biggest being the ability for customers to try out products in a way they can't online. But they can't even offer that bonus if the items aren't currently in stock. We've already seen Poland's A+D use augmented reality to trial store designs through lifesize projections. Now Vizera is leveraging AR to enable customers to virtually visualize products in a range of different designs. The company has developed a system that is able to detect objects and project various designs and…
  • Service tells businesses what to tweet

    Springwise
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Add / Remove Social media strategies are almost indispensable for many companies, but at times it can feel like maintaining an engaging web presence takes over from more important business tasks. While platforms such as Echobox have aimed to demystify web analytics by giving site owners concrete actions to take to boost traffic, now Zootrock automatically injects businesses’ social media feeds with relevant curated content to engage customers and help them concentrate on running their company. Not only do companies need to constantly maintain their social feeds, but they also need to…
  • Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions

    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Add / Remove There's a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don't respect the rules of the road. We've already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. The app can be…
  • Food Cowboy locates nearby food banks to take unsellable produce

    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Add / Remove Every three weeks, the US throws away the same amount of unused produce that is donated to food banks in 12 months. That's 11 months and 1 week of food that could go to charities, but ends up in landfill instead. Aiming to change this, Food Cowboy is a system that helps those in the food supply chain to find local nonprofits that can use the food they're throwing away. Developed as both a web and mobile app, the system can be used by anyone involved in the production, delivery and retail of food, whether it's farmers, truckers, supermarkets, restaurants, or even…
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  • Do You Care?

    Aruni
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Do you care? It seems like a simple question, and the answer obviously differs based on what you are talking about.  For instance, do you care about your customers? Do you care about your kids? Do you care about the random person walking down the street? Do you care about lizards? There are many case studies of companies who have done well because they truly care about their customers and their employees.  There are writers that write about the critical importance of caring about customers and their readers.  They go so far as to say they “love” their customers. So why is it…
  • How do You do Your Homework?!

    Aruni
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The cutting edge education technology company (Querium), where I run client services and operations, has submitted a a Future 15 session idea for our CEO, Kent Fuka.  Here’s an overview: Ask any math instructor and they’ll tell you that while it’s nice to see a student’s answers to homework and test questions, what they really want to see is how the student got that answer. In this session we will demonstrate expert system technology that provides step-by-step tutoring assistance in a virtual, one-to-one experience. The system has students “show their work” by supporting…
  • A Trip of a Lifetime – Sri Lanka

    Aruni
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Yes, the elephants did strike back!  The trip was amazing and despite me thinking I might have time to type up some blog posts on the plane, sleep, kids, and other distractions (free movies) got in the way. I think we took close to 900 photos in the many cities and tourist sites that we went to on the island.  The kid’s impressed me with their ability to tolerate the long travel and long days with different eating schedules.  I guess that means it was the perfect age for them to go! Last Friday I hosted a slideshow for the folks where I work (Querium).  Lots of people showed up in…
  • Elephants Strike Back

    Aruni
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Phone booths in DubaiThe title of this post comes from my son with affirmation from my daughter.  We are on a journey back to my homeland and plan to see and ride an elephant or two.  As usual, life has been busy and all the blog post ideas that fleet across my mind, never end up making it into a proper post.  I’m hoping that while we are on  numerous airplanes and airports that I will have a few moments to write up some posts to share after we return. I’m writing this post from the Dubai airport in a lounge that has WiFi included.  Thank goodness for WiFi and modern…
  • Magellan International School’s Entry for the Gigabot 3D Printer Giveaway. Happy Father’s Day!

    Aruni
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:28 pm
    My son’s 6th grade class at the Magellan International School, that was founded 5 years ago, is attempting to win a 3D Printer in the The Great Big Gigabot Giveaway!  Their video entry is on Vimeo here:  http://vimeo.com/97991510.  I was trying to find a way to embed the video, but it doesn’t work like YouTube so I included a photo of one of their 3D printers instead. Please watch the video to learn how they plan to use the 3D printer to design and create toys for children at an area hospitals or shelters as part of their community service endeavors.  Then please go to to…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Roundup: What the first reviews say about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

    Jon Russell
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    The first reviews of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been published today, with most critics impressed by the company’s newest smartphone. That said, their reception of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is mixed: some journalists are very taken with it, but others believe it is too big — or at least that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is a better size. We’ve skimmed the internet to bring you the most important comments and analysis from what has already been published. “The iPhone 6 is best smartphone you can buy” — Recode That’s according to Recode founder and veteran tech...
  • Google Glass frames and shades designed by Diane von Furstenberg are now available in the UK

    Nick Summers
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    Following its partnership in the US, online fashion retailers Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter have teamed up with Google once again to offer its ‘computer on your face’ Google Glass wearable in the UK. As before, you can choose from five different bundles on Net-A-Porter that combine a set of stylish frames with some clip-on shades. All of the frames were designed by Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) and come in pastel colors such as Shiny Elderberry, Shiny Lagoon, Matte Java, Matte Ice and Shiny Ink. The shades, also designed by DVF, attach to the original Google Glass Explorer Edition frames,…
  • Goat Simulator, the bizarre and hilarious indie video game, is now on Android and iOS

    Nick Summers
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    Goat Simulator is a bizarre, unrealistic and consistently hilarious video game. After winning the hearts of players on PC, Mac and Linux, developer Coffee Stain Studios is bringing the insanity to mobile. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices, retaining much of the charm and absurdity of the original version. You move the goat around with a virtual stick, tapping on screen buttons to jump, headbutt, or grab an object with its tongue. There are tons of quests and achievements to unlock, but much of the fun spawns from simply running around and causing mayhem. When the... This…
  • Dropbox suspends auto-upload feature in its iOS apps due to an iOS 8 ‘compatibility’ issue

    Jon Russell
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Dropbox has “temporarily suspended” the auto-upload feature that syncs photos and videos in its primary iOS app, and the iOS version of its Carousel photo sharing app, following an issue with iOS 8. The company said in a blog post that it has run into problems with the latest version of iOS, which lead to some users’ media not being auto-uploaded as they expected. That’s a big problem if they then delete it from their device thinking that it is safely stashed in Dropbox’s cloud. “If you upgrade to iOS 8, don’t delete photos or videos from your devices until you’re sure…
  • iOS 8 third-party keyboards: The roundup

    Roberto Baldwin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    No longer are iOS users chained to the default keyboard. If a developer can build it (and get it through the App Store approval process), you can add it to your iPhone and iPad. Get ready for an onslaught of keyboard apps. With the launch of iOS 8 on Wednesday, you will have a plethora of apps that allow input in all manner of ways. From swiping to type, to a keyboard that lets you type out GIFs. It’s an exciting new finger-inputting world out there for iOS and here are our favorite apps to help us navigate to a better tomorrow.... This story continues at The Next Web The post iOS 8…
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  • Ziggeo, Delightfulness and October Vitality!

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Please submit your nominations for 2014’s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator) Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites. Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Ziggeoexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from API pricing models to moderation (thanks to Susan Danziger) Delightfulnessfrom…
  • Some Good Product Management Advice #TBPP

    Jeremy Horn
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) Advice > What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management? Failing is totally ok, so long as you know why you failed.  If you know, then you can adjust, and adjusting is product management.  > What is the hardest less you learned as a…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 30, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Director of Product Management @ Techpros (North of Boston)Keywords: B2B, Compliance, Data Governance, Product Management, Riskhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1028&lf=twf Ad Product Manager @ Hearst Digital Media (New York, NY)Keywords: Ad Operations, Advertising, Campaign, Digital, Producthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1027&lf=twfFiled under: product management Tagged: product management
  • In the Now with Matthew Smith #TBPP

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) In the Now > Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? why? I actually don’t have a single person in mind, but I have always wanted to be part of a “product person swap”.  Specifically, I’ve had this idea that it would be amazing to due a week of…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 24, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Product Developer @ FactSet (New York, New York )Keywords: financial analysis , market data , product management, project management, user experiencehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1025&lf=twf Director Consumer Product Management @ Mobile Technology Company (NYC or Pittsburgh, PA)Keywords: Consumer, Consumer mobile technology products, Get stuff done, Location based apps, Mobilehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1026&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
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  • When Someone Believes in You

    Ben Casnocha
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Something powerful happens when a person who’s not a family member — and therefore someone you perceive as more objective — tells you, with their actions or their words, that he believes in you: You begin to believe in yourself. I’ve known Brad and Amy Feld for a decade. Technology has made it easier to stay lightly in touch with a lot of people, but it hasn’t changed what’s required to maintain close relationships over a long period of time, which is good old-fashioned face to face time. And face time can be hard to come by. People get married, have kids, get…
  • Book Review: Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I loved Phil Jackson’s latest memoir, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, written with Hugh Delehanty. It’s full of interesting stories from his time coaching Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, amusing and at times inspiring riffs on his Zen spirituality beliefs, and smart advice on how to coach a bunch of individual talents to work together as a team. Jackson is one of the winningest coaches ever. And probably the most spiritually inclined. I found plenty of insights on teamwork, leadership, and meditation that are broadly applicable. That said, if you aren’t interested in…
  • Unintended Consequences of Messing with Complex Systems

    Ben Casnocha
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Ecosystems are complex. When you try to intervene and “fix” one discrete part of an interconnected ecosystem, you’ll likely incur unintended and unpredictable consequences elsewhere. An ecosystem can be a biological community; it can also refer to a large company or even an entire economy. I love Arnold Kling’s metaphor of a country’s economy being like a rainforest. It’s a metaphor that should humble any policymaker who thinks he can simply turn a knob here or a knob there to shape economic outcomes. In a recent episode of Econtalk on free market…
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Books. More books. 1. The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health by John Durant. A good introduction to all things paleo. I’m largely convinced that bad carbs are bad for you, and I’m trying to move to a more meat-heavy diet. 2. Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection by Ethan Zuckerman. Ethan is a longtime deep thinker on issues of the internet, and in his first book, he provides his usual astute analysis of what it means to live in the digital age. I enjoyed his emphasis on globalization and how that’s shaping our identities. He makes some…
  • Book Review: Stoner by John Williams

    Ben Casnocha
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    After posting an excerpt of John Williams’ novel Stoner, I knew I had to read the entirety of the book itself. I did, and it totally delivered on my high expectations. The protagonist, named Stoner, is an unglamorous professor at a small university in rural America. The story focuses on his life, his family, his petty academic disputes, his affair, his love of language, his career ambitions (or lack thereof). Nothing crazy happens. It is simply the story of a reasonably straightforward life as lived by one particular man. He accumulates quite a bit of wisdom along the way — wisdom…
 
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  • Forget Cash: What Will You Really Make At Your Startup?

    John Greathouse
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. I consistently remind my UC Santa Barbara startup students that for most people, money is not a sustaining motivator. They might start a venture with the money as a primary goal, but money alone generally isn't an adequate catalyst. For this reason, I encourage my young entrepreneurs to fully understand what they will "make" at their venture, beyond monetary riches. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Poet Slamming Before he became a four-time National Poet…
  • Operate Your Startup Like A Grateful Dead Concert

    John Greathouse
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Imagine the creativity and innovation you could unlock if you operated your company like a Grateful Dead concert. It may sound crazy, but it's possible, once you create a culture in which your employees are: collaborative yet autonomous, inspired and not managed, and motivated by a collective higher purpose. The factors which led to the formation of the Dead's culture offer a number of lessons entrepreneurs can apply to their ventures. One of the primary reasons the Grateful Dead have remained popular for over 40-years is due to the…
  • Startup Advisors: The Good, The Bad And The Commandos

    John Greathouse
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal During the early part of the 20th century, New York City’s Tin Pan Alley was the epicenter of American popular music. During its heyday, Tin Pan Alley musicians devised an inexpensive yet effective method to obtain free, expert advice – they played their  songs to elderly doormen. If the doormen could hum or whistle the tune after hearing it once or twice, then it was deemed suitable for release. Ultimately, this simple assessment became known as the “Old Gray Whistle Test” (OGWT), a reference to the doormen's…
  • 5 Time-Tested Success Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos

    John Greathouse
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Amazon's Founder, Jeff Bezos has had an incredible entrepreneurial career. He has gone from simply selling books online to offering consumers tens of thousands of products. Not satisfied with conquering the online retail world, Amazon then productized access to its infrastructure, ushering in the era of the public cloud. This innovation has eliminated billions of dollars of annual costs previously associated with creating and maintaining web-based businesses. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of Amazon's founding. During the intervening…
  • This Comedian Discovered Jon Stewart AND The Secret To Entrepreneurial Success

    John Greathouse
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Bill Grundfest, Founder of the Comedy Cellar, Golden Globe winner and three time Emmy nominee, recently spoke to an audience of entrepreneurial students as part of UC Santa Barbara's Distinguished Lecture Series. Mr. Grundfest has a nose for comedic talent, discovering and the launching the career of many notable comedians, including Steven Wright, Bill Maher, Ray Romano and Jon Stewart. He was also instrumental in Richard Pryor's comeback campaign. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com…
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  • The Growing Importance Of Mobile Advertising

    Contributor
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    by Kassi Belz, president of MassMedia As consumers increasingly turn to their mobile devices for a wide array of information and entertainment, advertising agencies and brands across the nation are beginning to focus more intently on the integration of mobile advertising strategies. While mobile campaigns present a number of unique challenges, they provide companies with valuable opportunities to reach consumers at the palm of their hands. According to a recent study published by Nielsen, smartphones now represent 70 percent of all mobile phones in America. This is a significant increase…
  • Starting A Business On A Budget

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    With bags of talent, oodles of charisma and a winning sales technique, it can be easy to fancy ourselves as the next Alan Sugar or Richard Branson. You don’t become the CEO of a multi-million pound company overnight though, so we’ve put together this handy guide to help keep start-up costs to a minimum. Follow our tips and up your profit margins today: Start small. Starting up a business is an exciting time for any young entrepreneur and it can be hard to not get carried away. So, before you put a down payment on the plush new office block, think of more affordable options that suit your…
  • Stop Chasing Clients Once And for All: A Five-Day Plan To Bring Them To Your Doorstep

    Contributor
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    by Mark Satterfield, author of “The One Week Marketing Plan: The Set It & Forget It Approach for Quickly Growing Your Business“ In theory, if you want a new client, all you need to do is make your case and ask for the business, again and again and again. Does that approach work? Well… sort of. Ask enough people and eventually someone will say “yes.” But in the process, you run yourself ragged. The time and energy you spend chasing clients could go toward improving other areas of your business. Worse, you end up on a demoralizing “feast or famine” rollercoaster —…
  • Microsoft’s Purchase Of Minecraft Maker Mojang Shows Commitment To Building Cross-Platform Appeal

    Contributor
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    by Jack Narcotta, Devices Analyst at Technology Business Research Microsoft’s $2.5 billion acquisition of Sweden-based software company Mojang, the developer behind the popular building game ““Minecraft”, which has sold over 100 million copies since its release in 2009, illustrates the degree to which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s long-term vision for Microsoft is taking root at that company. Since July 2014 Nadella has evangelized a device-and-platform-agnostic strategy for Microsoft. TBR believes the acquisition of Mojang – combined with Microsoft’s pledge to continue…
  • 4 Ways Social Networks Can Boost A Company’s Reputation

    Contributor
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    By Jenny Q. Ta, CEO of Sqeeqee.com and author of “Wall Street Cinderella” For many companies, the ability to strike the right tone on social networks is a key way for managers, marketing departments, and owners to reach customers and ensure that a great reputation isn’t a company’s best kept secret. Many economists have speculated that the future economy will be based in large part on reputation: As the Internet gives clients the opportunity to find out how a company is regarded through an online search, in other words, the business world will be more “what you…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Question Answering Engine Kngine Announces New Round of Investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center And Vodafone Ventures Egypt

    Gaith Saqer
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Investment in the Question Answering Application Coincides with their Release of Kngine 3.0 Which Outperforms Others By a Factor of 3 Kngine announced today it has received a new round of investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center, USA, and Vodafone Ventures Egypt. The investment round aims to help Kngine further revolutionize the question answering and search technology industry which coincides with their release of its third and latest version.  Sawari Ventures, the Cairo-based venture capital firm, was the first entity to invest in Kngine on the belief that it would create a…
  • Saudi Mobile Operator Mobily Launches VC Fund Invest in Easy Taxi & Anghami

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Saudi telecom operator Mobily announced today “Mobily Ventures”, that is the Corporate Venture Capital arm of Mobily. Mobily Ventures invests in high-tech startup companies in the Telecommunication, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment industries. The focus will be on Early-Stage and Growth-Stage startups in areas including e-commerce & retail innovation, mobile financial services & payment, digital advertising, digital content & entertainment as well as IT & cloud services. As a strategic investor, the goal of Mobily Ventures is to build technological and…
  • Meet the 12 Startups that Just Started Acceleration at Jordan’s Oasis500

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Jordanian startup accelerator Oasis500 is still active and investing and accelerating startups. Around last week 12 new companies started the process which takes about 3 month with an investment of around 15,000 USD here are the companies 1- 3D Mena 3Dmena.com is an online marketplace and community where you can buy and sell custom products with 3D Printing. 2- Engezni Engezni is a website and app that helps consumers order food online and discover new restaurants. 3- Gaugez Gaugez is an online resource for cars and motorcycles. It allows you to research and compare, find workshops and get…
  • Twitter Suspends Thousands of #ISIS Islamic State Fans, Anti Iraqi Government Activists and Independent Iraqi News Accounts

    news
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Many people were optimistic about social media as a platform for free speech and a platform to bring people together and bring change to this world. But that is not the case, Twitter has made a massive suspension move against fans of ISIS or Islamic State accounts along with activist who are against the American and Iranian backed government in Iraq, not just that even the big accounts such as @Iraq_now1 that tweets news from Iraq not found on censored mainstream media has been cut off too. Whatever your point of view regarding  the Islamic State, but people have the right to speak their…
  • ArabCrunch is Back

    news
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Dear ArabCrunch readers, we are sorry for not updating ArabCrunch with news and features in the last period. But we are now back again and we try to be very active, In reporting tech news that covers the Arab world and you free speech and Internet rights. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
 
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The coming Canadian Tech Renaissance

    mark
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    This Monday I went to the Labour Day classic Argos vs. TiCats CFL showdown. As I watched the unfurling of the largest Canadian flag ever, listened the screaming CF-18 overhead and sipped my Molson Canadian I couldn’t help think about the state of our tech scene in Canada. I’ve been in this industry since the late 90s. When I showed up, the tech boom was in full swing. Everyone with a pulse was getting funded. Their was a booming tech IPO market in Canada. All good. We all know what happened when the bubble burst. No, ‘eyeballs’ did not = revenue. And maybe we…
  • FreshBooks First Venture Round

    mark
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Today, FreshBooks announced that it raised $30M in its first venture funding round ever.  This is the single largest transaction I’ve been a part of and I am super excited to welcome our new investors to the team. The path to this announcement began many years ago. For years, we have fielded calls from VCs looking to learn more about us. We knew from the beginning we were looking to build an enduring market leader. So we knew that at some point, seeking institutional backing would become part of the story.  In taking the long run perspective we evaluated every investor we met across the…
  • Building your C Level Team

    mark
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back when I was a seed stage VC I was always amazed to meet founding teams where every one of them had a C level title. CEO, CTO, etc. Now the beauty of having your own company is that you can call yourself whatever you want. But when dealing with institutional investors its important to be open and self aware enough to judge whether you truly have a C level team in their eyes. I’ve been part of many startups now as either an investor or management team member. But FreshBooks is the biggest so far (Shopify is bigger but was much smaller when I was involved). We are at the growth stage,…
  • The Startup Treadmill

    mark
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Do you know why startups fail? Because they run out of money. Yes, there are lots of root causes: wrong market, timing, team, product, execution. But you can get past these sins and keep fighting as long as you have cash. Ironically, the reason why startups run out of money is because they raise capital too early. And they raise the wrong kind of capital too early. As soon as you raise institutional capital of any kind you get on a treadmill where the VCs want you to run harder and burn faster. They want you to use their capital to accelerate – spend, hiring, marketing and ultimately…
  • Operation ‘Hire a VC’

    mark
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    A year ago today I started full time at FreshBooks, completing my transition out of VC. People often ask me if I miss it. The short answer is ‘no’. It’s been a great move for me on every dimension. I was so positive my transition that a few months back I rescued another VC, hiring Russell Samuels away from Mantella Partners to come join our biz dev and corp dev team.  This has also gone really well. Russell is a happy camper and is kicking ass! On the strength of these two moves, I realized that we need more of this. We need to rescue VCs and bring them back from the dark…
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    IttyBiz

  • Let’s All Pretend The Internet Doesn’t Exist

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Woody Allen famously said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” That’s probably true. But when it comes to your ittybiz, the other twenty percent probably includes things like… doing what you do, competently, and also asking people for money in exchange for your goods or services. This last twenty percent is what seems to get a lot of people. They get caught up spending almost all of their time in the “showing up everywhere” arena. They set up their metaphorical shop, they hang out with people and make small talk, and they wait for the money to roll in.
  • 6 Remedial Rules For A Respectable Looking Blog

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    So, recently we posted the 6 unbreakable rules for contact pages. There was the threat of death, and also a kitten. Some time before that, we posted an idea of what to do if you don’t want to blog. This piece was borne of me being sick, and sad that the state of blogging is not what it once was. Well, I’m sick again. This time it was my fault. I broke a cardinal rule, which is: When the question is, “That should be okay to eat still, right?” the answer is NO. I ate something knowing full well I was taking my life into my hands, with predictable results. That leads me,…
  • What To Put On Your Contact Page: 6 Unbreakable Rules to Avoid Certain Death

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    The Contact page seems like such a simple little thing, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t think that certain death was even a possibility. Well! Aren’t you glad you read IttyBiz? Let’s discuss. We’ll start with the basics. Do you have a website? If so, does it have a Contact page? If so, please go to your Contact page now and read it. Go. Now. This will wait. The internet lasts forever. I will quietly hum in your absence. Ok. You’re back. Good. Now, I want you to think of the most exciting person or entity that could ever visit your website. Perhaps it’s the…
  • 13 Lessons on Unschooling and Running A Business

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    For the beautiful Ali Luke, who requested a post about unschooling while running a business. If we’ve never met, and you got here because some lovely unschooler forwarded this to you, hello, and welcome! I’m Naomi, one half of Naomi-and-Dave. I’ve been running IttyBiz since 2006, and we’re unschoolers. The boys - Jack and Michael – are 7 and 15. So. Unschooling and business. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. 1. Embrace multitasking. There is a lot of advice out there saying that when you multitask, you’re less productive. I would agree with that.
  • 4 Steps That Stop Your Brain From Hijacking Your Goals

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 pm
    In our summer business planning class, we ask people to select an Area of Devotion – like lead generation, or building up a back catalog, or improving conversion rates – and then set a goal for that area. Then we ask, “What does success look like for this goal at the end of six months?” The reason we ask this question is because we want them to come up with a specific goalpost that will feel satisfying to reach. It’s like when you’re cleaning up for company to come over – if you don’t know what “success” looks like, then you’ll never…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

    Mark Littlewood
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    We are great believers in encouraging the next generation of software entrepreneurs! Sadly for her, my daughter, Violet has just started ‘big school’ so won’t be joining us this year. She had a brilliant time last year… If you are thinking of bringing your children here are some things that you might like to know: Use hashtag #BoS2014 to connect with other families at the conference. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to sit in on talks as long as they do not distract others. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to…
  • Product vs Problem Manager: the Up-And-To-The-Right Experience

    Hermione Crease
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Is product management the most overlooked market opportunity for software right now? Nils Davis, BoS attendee, is throwing down the gauntlet: Most of you have the ambition to get big. How do you do that? The only way to get big as a product company is for people to buy your product. Preferably a lot of people, for significant amounts of money at a time. Duh! But why would people buy your product? We know there are products that people don’t buy. We don’t want those – because you can’t get big, or even grow at all. If you look at the revenue line for a product that no one buys…
  • Business of Software Conference USA highlights on Storify #BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Follow next week’s Business of Software Conference USA, follow us on Twitter or follow hashtag #BoS2014. We will be posting some of the highlights here on the BoS USA 2014 Storify. View the story “Business of Software Conference USA highlights on Storify #BoS2014″ on Storify
  • Volunteers wanted for Business of Software Conference USA, Boston, 15-17th September

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hey, we are looking for a couple of volunteers to help us out with things at Business of Software Conference USA next week in Boston. The BoS Bad Ass Team needs a couple of extra hands to help out at Business of Software USA Conference next week. The conference runs 15-17th September at the World Trade Center/Seaport Hotel and is an incredible gathering of software entrepreneurs from around the world. We need a couple of good, friendly, reliable people, quite possibly students or startup entrepreneurs who would be able to help us set up on Sunday 13th and be around for the duration of the…
  • Business of Software Conference Europe, the 1 minute summary.

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Very short (1 minute) video. Captures the spirit of Business of Software Conference Europe held earlier this year in Cambridge, England.
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Quick & Dirty Innovation

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Many companies started 2014 with the good intention of “getting after innovation” this year. Was that your organization? How’s that going? Are you jumping for joy or singing the blues? Some companies have worked hard and consistently at innovation all this year. They started the year running and got things done. Look at the slew of announcements Apple just made (to be fair the watch took years). Other companies made a good start but got caught up in the red tape of too much process. So, it’s September now. For those of you who’ve been busy keeping up with…
  • Five Ways to Gain Story Fluency

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Story Fluency and Innovation Every time I blink these days I see another article on story. It’s something of a too popular buzzfad, but for good reason. Clearly, story is important in many aspects of marketing, communication, and innovation. The current literature tends to focus on understanding story, and, aligning a story with a brand, or an organization. There is also the related trend of story telling, ala The Moth. I’ve been involved this last year with a similar regional group, Indigan Storyteller here in Michiana, and its been a transformative experience. I’ve…
  • Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Three Essentials for Magical Innovation Facilitation An essential ingredient to successful innovation projects is good facilitation. Who could argue with that? Innovation combines individual and group activities. Good group collaboration is not a given. Even individual activities need coordination with the group effort. You really need an inspiring, confident, well-trained facilitator to enable innovation. I’m talking about running and managing strategy meetings, ideation sessions, virtual sessions (using IMS), concept writing sessions, and other group work. A good facilitator makes a…
  • Changing Innovation Culture by Doing — Three Reasons It Doesn’t Happen

    GREGG FRALEY
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Innovation culture doesn’t change with assessment or analysis. You can learn a great deal about who you are and what your culture is like with the various assessment tools, but knowing isn’t changing. I’m a huge fan of KEYS, FourSight, and other assessment tools but they are not the answer. Training can help, but training alone will not do the job either. What changes innovation culture then? Doing. You change culture by Doing.  When employees are empowered to solve problems and those solutions are put into play, it’s motivating. It changes hearts and minds. And it…
  • Big Imagination is Blind Spot Remover

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Coming back from a trip to Toronto (visiting with the amazing Min Basadur) I spotted an interesting billboard at O’Hare airport. IBM suggests they can help “Remove the Blind Spots from Your Business” — by using Big Data and analytics. The visual of a man at a kind of virtual desktop that has visibility to ships, trucks, retail, and factories indicates that if you can just know more about what’s going on out there you’ll have nothing to worry about. If only that were so. I’m not bad rapping IBM here, I’m sure they can indeed provide lots of…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Sometimes Old Tech Still Works

    Jeff Cornwall
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Millie Stubblefield talks about success with a print newspaper TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Sometimes Old Tech Still Works appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • A Simple Message Brings Success

    Jeff Cornwall
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Belmont alum Brock Fuller talks about his new business. A simple message brings success. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Simple Message Brings Success appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Diapers with a Triple Bottom Line

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Jessica Alba: The Honest Company Jessica Alba, a successful actress, founded The Honest Company with the vision of pursuing the three “P’s” of a triple bottom line business: profit, people, and planet.  The Honest Company initially sold diapers online, but quickly expanded its product line and began selling through retail stores, such as Target and Costco.  Through its commercial success, the Honest Company has realized economic growth, which is the first “P” of a triple bottom line business.  In 2012, its first year in business, the company had revenues…
  • Entrepreneur Helps Brings Clean Water

    Jeff Cornwall
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Kathy Ku: SPROUTS of Water Kathy Ku, a graduate from Harvard University, applied the knowledge she gained during her college education to solve a pressing social problem.  Uganda has more than 10 million people without safe water to drink.  Ku launched SPROUTS of Water to provide affordable clay water filters to improve water quality and thereby help reduce waterborne illness, which is the leading cause of death among Ugandan children.  The idea for the business came to Ku when she was a nineteen-year-old volunteer at a clinic in Uganda.  Ku started her non-profit…
  • Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Chris Redhage talks about the niche his company is exploiting in healthcare TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    CollegeMogul

  • When Your Computer Won’t Power On

    JohnnyG
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    In today’s technologically advanced society, computers are used for all aspects of our lives; for work, rest and play. Therefore, when you find that your computer won’t power on and is completely unresponsive, it can be an extremely irritating and inconvenient issue. As Kent based IT Support company Premier Choice Internet state; “The effect of unanticipated computer problems can be devastating to your business. Simple problems such as a failed switch can bring your entire network to a standstill”. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take in order to diagnose…
  • Cost of Being Healthy and Trendy

    JohnnyG
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Everyone wants to look their best. To achieve that, you need to not only eat the right foods but to also wear the right clothing. Since branded clothes are not cheap and eating healthy can cost you an additional $1.50 per meal on average, there are some important things to keep in mind. Having a great hairstyle will take people’s attention away from your face. If you have minor lines and wrinkles but vibrant hair, this can be incredibly useful. When you are selecting colors, try to focus on darker colors that don’t bring out the pigments in your face as this can enhance the appearance of…
  • Eating Healthy Foods On A Daily Basis

    JohnnyG
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    Doctors recommend a healthy diet as one of the three most crucial aspects of enjoying a healthy, rewarding and long life. The other two aspects are: first, a moderate exercise program consisting of cardio, strength and flexibility training exercises and; second, sensible lifestyle habits, such as sufficient sleep, effective stress management, and avoidance of cigarettes, illicit drugs, and other harmful substances. Healthy Diet and Disease Why is this so? With a healthy diet, you can prevent many diseases from taking root in your body, so to speak. Your healthy diet should consist more of…
  • Teachers Educate the Future Leaders

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Teachers are very important to our society, more so than most people give them credit for. Every year, these teachers come in contact with a few students that will go on to become the future leaders of our world. These important individuals are one in million and it is critical that these professionals are doing what they can to ensure that our future leaders are having all their educational needs being met. Since schools often have small budget so reducing printing costs and other operational costs is crucial, it is important that they get things right, within the budget that they are…
  • Useful Haircare Tips for Teens

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Teens have enough going on to have to deal with unruly hair too. Taking care of your hair can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are actually many different hair care tips for teens, many which can be used through adulthood. Here are some of these tips to help you better take care of your hair and scalp. Dry scalp is often a problem with teens. It’s dry, it’s itchy, and makes you want to scratch. Dry scalp often happens because you may wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of essential oils that your scalp needs to maintain healthy hair…
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • What We Can Learn from One of the Greatest Investors of All Time

    Jay Turo
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    On the cover of this week’s Fortune Magazine is PayPal founder and famed technology investor Peter Thiel. Within is an awesome 4,000+ word opus on Thiel’s views on technology, investing, education and innovation. Thiel’s career and successes span almost the entirety of the Internet Age - in 1998 he co-founded PayPal, sold to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. More impressively, the managers and engineers that Thiel attracted to PayPal went on to become some of the most famous entrepreneurs of our era – including at least seven that went on to build companies valued at more than $1…
  • The Paradox of Fear

    Jay Turo
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Michael Raynor’s great book - "The Strategy Paradox" - should be required reading for any investor or executive seriously interested in understanding the real connection between risk and return in the modern economy.Raynor’s basic premise is that almost everyone - because of how human beings are fundamentally wired – over-rate the consequences of “things going bad” and consequently default to seemingly safe strategies way too often. Raynor goes on to make the point that while this may be perfectly fine from a personal health and safety perspective, it is disastrous business and…
  • For Emerging Companies, Do Financial Projections Even Matter?

    Jay Turo
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    As any venture capitalist worth his salt will tell you, there is a chasm of difference between the mostly grounded-in-reality financial forecasts offered by public companies, and the almost never to come true "rosy scenario" projections offered as a matter of course by startups and small businesses.And while large public company CEOs and CFOs are judged as a matter of the highest honor on their ability to deliver on projections, exceedingly rare is the entrepreneurial executive that comes anywhere close to meeting forecasted results. For a sense of the extent of how bad this problem is, a…
  • RISK…and what to do about it

    Jay Turo
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    The four letter word in all conversations between entrepreneurs and investors is risk.Investors are always interested in getting ownership stakes in high potential companies but are also always weary of the considerable risk-taking necessary to actually do so.  The most successful investors and entrepreneurs I know take a dispassionate and detached approach.  They don’t get caught up in all of the “drama” around thinking and talking about risk. Rather, they view it for what it actually is - simply a measurement of the likelihood of a set of future outcomes.In the context of…
  • What Do Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and Starbucks have in common?

    Jay Turo
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Wal-Mart.McDonalds. Starbucks.What do they have in common? Well, for one, they are businesses that were not started and grown from scratch by their original founders.Rather, they were all started by others and then bought by ambitious and talented entrepreneurs (i.e. Sam Walton, Ray Croc, and Howard Schultz) who propelled them to a new stratosphere of growth.And while high profile, statistically they are not atypical. Census Bureau statistics show that a purchased business is eleven times more likely to still be in business 5 years from time of purchase as compared to those started from…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Small Business Tips: 5 More Great Online Tools (Have I Mentioned These Before?)

    Mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A few weeks ago I offered up five online tools that I have tested or am currently using (and that I have never written about before). I like to explore these new apps, tools, and services every so often with an eye towards sharing and possibly implementing in our own business (Remember? Here, here, here, here, and here). Some of the best tools and apps we use are available online for little or no money. The best of these reduce workloads, improve productivity, increase capacity, and (yes) can pay for themselves through reduced expenses in other parts of the budget. Plus many of these are…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #234 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above shows 100 of the most iconic movie shots of all time. Some remarkable cinema is represented. What’s missing? Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership – crowdspring.co/1usla8G 8 Excellent Reasons to…
  • 12 Questions: Meet Tal More (USA)

    Audree
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice. We’re very proud to feature Tal More (crowdSPRING username: moretalme) today. Tal lives and works in Los Angeles, California. 1. Please tell us about yourself. Hi crowdSPRINGers and NetBrowsers. My name is…
  • Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership

    Mike
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    What is a manager? What is a leader? In the context of small business and startups these two characteristically different beings are necessarily rolled into one. In the world of the mega-corporation-consultant-advised-worker-powered-behemoths a manager can often be a quietly effective, detail oriented, often cloistered individual who might supervise dozens or even hundreds of others, while displaying minimal, or even non-existent leadership skills. This is not to say that mid-level corporate managers are not often strong leaders, but merely that leadership ability is not always a required…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #233 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! Apple is known for the unique style of their ads. Here’s a fun parody from IKEA, poking fun at those ads and promoting the annual IKEA book catalogue. Very well done by IKEA. Small Business Tips: 5 Great Online Tools (That I’ve…
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  • You can (and should) negotiate everyday prices

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    You can (and should) negotiate everyday pricesGettyFrom gym memberships to cable bills, everything is negotiable, but you just have to know how to do it. Secrets that will slash your billsMore in Savings Experiment Get more music for less moneyMake extra cash with these side jobs
  • Autopsy reveals cause of death for slain Britons

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Autopsy reveals cause of death for slain BritonsFacebookThai authorities conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week.Horrifying details officials revealedMore in the newsAurora parents sue ammo sellersScottish vote makes US nervous
  • Man didn't recognize his date at first ...

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Man didn't recognize his date at first ...Huffington PostWhen Gabriel Vaughan messaged a pretty girl on a dating website, he didn't expect her response: 'Gabe! It's Piper.'What he saved in a box for 14 yearsMore to see'The View' takes on Ray RiceRihanna slams a TV network
  • Vikings do an about-face amid public pressure

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Vikings do an about-face amid public pressureAPConceding to angry fans, Minnesota has reversed their decision to let Peterson play with the team amid legal proceedings.What move means for star RBMore sports headlinesPapelbon gets harsh suspensionNFL could face injury crisis
  • Explosive new details surface on Rivers' death

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Explosive new details surface on Rivers' deathAPCNN has made public two previously unreported details surrounding what took place inside Joan's operating room -- one involving a photo. Allegations that could be damningMore Joan Rivers coverageSeinfeld: Rivers was to be in showHoward Stern: I cried like a baby
 
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    Xconomy

  • New Seattle Angel Fund Forming to Back Northwest Startups

    Benjamin Romano
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Benjamin Romano Seattle Angel, which over the last three years has focused on introducing more qualified people to angel investing, plans a Northwest-focused investment fund set to begin early next year. The investments will made through the Seattle Angel Fund, a separate legal entity managed by Susan Preston, who is also general partner of the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund and the Buerk Endowed Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. (Preston is pictured above.) The fund aims to make five to seven investments each year in “launch stage” companies based in…
  • Proteon, Moving on From Ill-Fated Novartis Deal, Files IPO Pitch

    Ben Fidler
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ben Fidler It wasn’t too long ago that Proteon Therapeutics looked to be a piece of Novartis’ portfolio. That deal flamed out, however, leading the Waltham, MA-based biotech to retrench, find some new investors, and—as the company as just disclosed today—chart a course for Wall Street. Proteon has unveiled plans to go public, aiming primarily to finance the ongoing clinical development of PRT-201, a drug that’s supposed to boost the success rates of a surgical procedure often used to prepare kidney failure patients for dialysis. The SEC filing isn’t necessarily a…
  • McClure Delivers Harsh Truths, Advice to Begin Denver Startup Week

    Michael Davidson
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Michael Davidson Dave McClure isn’t interested in being a cheerleader. If you were at his speech that kicked off Denver Startup Week on Monday, you didn’t get a pat on the back, but rather a kick in the ass—and maybe other parts of the anatomy. “There’s a lot of rainbows and unicorns bullshit that goes on, and I think we have to temper that with some reality,” said McClure, a prominent tech investor and founder of 500 Startups. It was a bracing message to deliver to an audience of several hundred entrepreneurs, investors, and government leaders eager to talk about how exciting…
  • SVB Invests $3M in Startup Institute as Financial Firms Back Techies

    Gregory T. Huang
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Gregory T. Huang Banks and financial institutions are getting deeper into the startup world—now by investing in them at an early stage. Silicon Valley Bank has led a $3 million Series A funding round for Boston-based Startup Institute, which is looking to expand globally. Previous investors in the company include seed-stage firms Project 11 and Boston Seed Capital. From what I hear, the structure of the Series A round is equity, not debt financing, which is what Silicon Valley Bank is better known for. Startup Institute and SVB did not respond to requests for comment last month. Startup…
  • EvoNexus Demo Day Draws Crowd as Incubator Gets Bigger, Better

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Bruce V. Bigelow A little more than five years ago, CommNexus CEO Rory Moore called a news conference outside the former Leap Wireless headquarters to announce the formation of a pro-bono, non-profit incubator for San Diego tech startups. At that time, venture funding in San Diego was in critical condition—especially in the tech sector—and Moore acknowledged that “it’s miserably hard for a company to get funded in the seed round here.” Since then the EvoNexus program has expanded beyond its initial focus on telecommunications startups, and evolved as a startup incubator to…
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    Speaker, Trainer, Author & Human Change Expert

  • I hate CANCER

    Srini Saripalli
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Precisely 6 weeks ago my mother was taken into emergency with immense pain in her chest. Subsequent tests confirmed she has lung cancer and that too stage 4. on August 27, 2014 I hosted my mother on my radio show … Continue reading →
  • LifeStyle Business Explored

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

    Srini Saripalli
    1 Jan 2014 | 10:11 am
    Having trouble watching the video? here are the books I discussed on the video 1. The Art of Thought 2. Thoughts Are Things 3. Thinker or believer? 4. Think and Grow Rich 5. Man’s Search for Meaning 6. Emotional Intelligence: … Continue reading →
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • Setting Kids Up to Fail

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    The nature of work is changing--we all know that.  You're required to be a lot more entrepreneurial, which requires you to build your own networks in order to get customers and collaborators, since these functions won't be under the roof of a big company anymore. You'll need to be more mobile, nimble, and able to go where the work is.  You'll need to think globally.   You will need to be a continuous learner, willing to pick up new skills as the world changes around you--meaning that your sources of education won't necessarily be accredited academic institutions.  …
  • Five Tips for Getting PR for Your Startup

    Charlie O'Donnell
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Because, you know, who doesn't love a good startup list. 1) Figure out who has written about companies like yours and reach out--when you don't need something. Think about who else is in your space--other wearables companies, companies also focused on the smart home, you name it.  Those are going to be the reporters who are most likely willing to write about you.  When you've got that list together, just individually e-mail as many of them as you can.  Just introduce yourself and offer yourself up as a resource. "Hi, I just wanted to thank you for covering this space.  I…
  • Never ask for "Just 5 Minutes!"

    Charlie O'Donnell
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    A few weeks ago, I was talking with a founder that I backed and he was telling me how excited he was about his company.  He said the path was so clear that he could literally see it--and that's the way he's always been since I met him.  He has a quiet confidence and he's excited to talk about his company--and he could go on and on if you let him. It's a stark contrast to people who beg for "just five minutes" of my time.  I understand that fundraising is hard, but if you do you best to leverage your network to connect to a bunch of investors, and you can't even get a first…
  • Invest in Karma for Above Market Returns

    Charlie O'Donnell
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Yesterday, I took my 96 year old Nana to Atlantic City.   As you can see from the photo, she didn't win, but I did.  Almost $200.  Still, she had an awesome time and was thrilled to go.  Protip: Don't bother with the valet at the Taj Mahal.  By the time they get to you, you could have walked over, gotten your car yourself and come back to the front.   Just this morning, someone on a rec sports team that I play on just told me that they lost their job and couldn't pay for softball anymore.  This season costs about $100.  House money, as far as I'm…
  • How Technical Advisors can Help Non-Technical Founders

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    No one wants to be *that* founder--the non-technical founder poking around developer meetups asking for a unicorn with a Github account.  It's not that there aren't great technical people willing to take a lot of risk to join a small team--it's just that there are *so many* people out there looking for them that it's hard to figure out who to take seriously.  This is where a good technical advisor can help.  They can help vet what you're building, give you credibility in the hiring process and help assess candidates. Go find someone technical you could probably never hire.
 
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    OnStartups

  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’m an introvert at heart. That means I don't draw energy from being around people and definitely don't crave it.  So I usually spend more time in twitter discussions and inbound.org AMAs than face-to-face conversations. As you can imagine, events tend to inspire some anxiety in me. Whether I’m at a conference as an attendee or as a speaker, thousands of humans in one place usually sends me running in the other direction. But, some events are worth standing in place for. At the Business of Software conference each year, I camp out at the venue before and after my talk to…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are two things in my professional life that I'm passionate about. 1.  Startups.  I love startups.  It's an obsession.  I've started three companies, angel invested in over 50 and (hopefully) helped thousands more entrepreneurs in some small way through the OnStartups.com community. 2. Inbound marketing.  I love inbound marketing.  It's the idea that's at the heart of my company, HubSpot.  It's about marketing that focuses on attracting customers — not annoying them with interruptions.  It makes marketing about helping people, not…
  • The Most Important Thing to Do Before Building Your Startup

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    We failed. After 6 months poring over the code quality and refining the design of our mobile app, my partner and I finally launched it in the app store and the downloads started coming in. Then after a few days, BOOM. We got punched in the face by reality. No users returned to the app. This was a devastating shock, since most people we spoke to were excited about the idea. Our app allowed you to take photos and ask questions to learn about what you were looking at. It had all the traits of the most-hyped startup trends that year: mobile, social, local. It was early 2011. Frustrated and…
  • 5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. Type "mistakes entrepreneurs make" into Google and you'll find thousands of articles, sternly forewarning against the most prevalent pitfalls and errors that stand between you and your startup's success. But wait a second. How many times have you heard "We learn from our mistakes"? As an entrepreneur and investor, I've definitely made some doosies - and if my experience is any…
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

    Matthew Toren
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may think that programming all your social media messages for the weeks at a time is a good thing, but there are some serious mistakes to that strategy alone. Like any good marketing plan, a balanced blend is what’s needed to succeed and pre-programmed messages alone won’t cut it. Here are 3 tips to help you avoid scheduled social media disaster. Problem: You Look Fake When you schedule all your social media ahead of time through a service like Hootsuite, your posts all show up with a little line of subtext that discloses they’re coming from hootsuite, so everyone knows your faking…
  • 3 Reasons Not Hiring a Coach is Costing You Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may thinking a coach or a paid mentor is something you can’t afford, but the better question to ask yourself is can you really afford not to have one? Coaches come from every profession and can offer you valuable structure, insights and motivation to take your business and yourself to the next level. There is certainly a cost associated with a coach, however they can offer up time savings and experience that will super charge your success. Here are three reasons you need to hire a coach for success. Coaches Can Give You Shortcuts A great coach is someone who is occupying a position or…
  • Two Magic Marketing Tools Every Website Needs For Success

    Blogtrepreneur
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether your business is entirely online or your website compliments your retail space, there are some sales and marketing software integrations that your website needs for success. If you’re neglecting these aspects of your website, you’re letting dollars slip through your company every time a visitor comes to your site. Most of these software integrations will work with each other, which makes implementing easy and using them simple.Here are two marketing tools you need for website success and why. Mixpanel Mixpanel is an incredibly sophisticated data analysis tool that actually tells…
  • 4 Super Stealth Moves To Secure Valuable Domain Names For Cheap

    Adam Toren
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Buying and selling valuable domain names can be a great business if you know how to do it right. Just like buying and selling real estate, you have to know the tricks of the trade to get the right domains at the right price, and then be strategic about selling. You might think that the days of making a profit from securing domain names are long gone now that the internet has become such an integral part of daily life but if you do, you’re missing out on a profitable practice that could earn you some great returns. You just have to be willing to do the research and learn some of the moves…
  • Giving You Your Brain Back — How Passive Brain Fitness Will Change Your Life

    Adam Toren
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know that training your body is important but what about training your brain? Active brain training mechanisms like Luminosity, Sudoku and other puzzles are made to give your mind a workout, which has been proven to improve and enhance neurological pathways. However, is active brain fitness the only method on the market worth practicing? According to Jeff Gignac the answer is no. While Jeff will be the first one to tell you the importance of active brain training, his passion and expertise has focused in on the often-overlooked science of passive brain training. What’s the difference?
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

    Tim Ferriss
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    (Photo: Ariel H.) “One of the rare noncharlatanic books in finance.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Antifragile “There is more to be learned from Jim Paul’s true story of failure than from a stack of books promising to reveal the secret formula for success…this compact volume is filled with a wealth of trading wisdom and insights.” – Jack Schwager, author of Hedge Fund Market Wizards The newest book in The Tim Ferriss Book Club (all five books here) is a fast read entitled What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars. It packs…
  • Can You Rewire Your Brain In Two Weeks? One Man’s Attempt…

    shanesnow
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Can you rewire your brain in two weeks?  The answer appears to be — at least partially — yes. The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company andauthor of the new book SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate SuccessLast year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments.  He knows how to stir up controversy. In this post, Shane tests the “brain-sensing headband” called Muse. It’s received a lot of PR love, but does it stand up to the hype?  Can it…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview with Peter Thiel, Billionaire Investor and Company Creator

    Tim Ferriss
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost This episode’s guest is the incredible Peter Thiel. Peter is a serial company founder (PayPal, Palantir), billionaire investor (first outside investor in Facebook, 100+ others), and author of the new book Zero to One. Whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, or simply a free thinker aspiring to do great things, I highly recommend you grab a copy.  His teachings on differentiation, value creation, and competition alone have helped me make some of the best investment decisions of my life (e.g. Twitter, Uber, Alibaba,…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview of Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder of WIRED, Polymath, Most Interesting Man In The World?

    Tim Ferriss
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This single interview — one of my favorites of all-time — was recorded in three short parts.  You can: Listen to all three on iTunes Download them as MP3s (right click “save as”): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Download the transcript. Or stream them now below (If you’re reading this in e-mail, please click here to stream): This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books that have changed my life. Here’s the list.  You can also find all 20+ episodes of this podcast here. Some are sober and some are drunk, but the guests…
  • The Art of Strategic Laziness

    shanesnow
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    David Heinemeier Hansson (“DHH”) The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, a frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company.  Last year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments. This post is adapted from his new book, SMARTCUTS, and it will teach you a few things: How to use strategic “laziness” to dramatically accelerate progress How “DHH” became a world-class car racer in record time, and how he revolutionized programming (they’re related) A basic intro to computer programming…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • The Easiest Way to Watch Netflix Outside of The United States!

    BarryTE
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Disclaimer: The following is a “paid plug” and was not written by me, but by the advertiser themselves. If you’re interested in purchasing a paid plug, please visit my advertising page. I’ve decided to arrange with Tyler Cruz a guest post to help people unblock online services, so you can access Netflix, Spotify, Pandora and any other streaming service from anywhere in the world. Netflix is one my favourite video streaming services available today, it gives me access to thousands of TV shows and movies, from Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, to House of Cards and Battlestar…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: June 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Let’s get back to business folks. With May 2014 being a great month for me, I was once again motivated to put some effort into my campaigns in order to keep my numbers up. It seems that that effort didn’t go unnoticed, as June 2014 ended up being another great month for me. It’s interesting… at one point I was almost starting to get a bit "bored" of any month that did well, but didn’t set a new personal best, due to my competitive nature. Part of this stems from the fact that I’m still on a fixed salary that I pay myself; I haven’t increased it…
  • An $85,000 Profit Monthly Report: A Guest Post by AffEngineer!

    AffEngineer
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Hello hello! To think one day, lil ol’ affiliate Mateen would be guest posting on TylerCruz.com… Who’s Mateen and What is He Doing on Tyler’s Blog? Before I forget, let me introduce myself, I run a blog called AffEngineer.com. I’ve been monitoring my progress from the day I spent my very first dollar on paid advertising up till today. From seeing 20 days of continuous red, to making a small profit, to turning an 85k profit month in March all within a year of being in this industry, it’s been a crazy roller coaster ride! AffEngineer was inspired by…
  • How I Dramatically Improved My Online Productivity

    Tyler Cruz
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    There was a time, around 6-7 years ago, when I was extremely productive when I worked. All you have to do is take a look at my archives page from 2007-2008 and you can see that I used to average a new blog post every day. I’m lucky now if I get a new one up every week. Go back even further, and I was even more productive. I could basically work the entire day, focused on my work, and be happy (albeit drained afterwards) about it. In fact, going back to around 2001-2002, back when I was still actively developing websites with HTML and Perl myself, I would even work on my own stuff while…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: May 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Well, I better get May’s affiliate marketing income report up before I start to fall too far behind on them again. If you remember, April 2014 did not bode well, netting only $336.55. And then I didn’t post another income report until just now, a month later. Things must have continued in a downwards spiral, right? Wrong. As explained in my previous blog post, I had just been busy looking into real estate investing. My affiliate campaigns did just fine in May, but even if they hadn’t, it’s not like I would purposely try to avoid posting about it. So how well did May…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • 10 Beauty Inventions That Need To Exist Now

    Alicia Zuberbier
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    There are tons of clever and helpful beauty products on the market, but there are a few inventions women are still waiting for. Hopefully the cosmetic industry will hear our woes and help us out! Someone invent these products!
  • Want Your Soup And Crackers In The Same Bowl?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    With the cooler days and nights of autumn and winter on the way making some piping hot soup is beginning to sound more attractive. The trick is to keep your crackers separate from the soup until just the right moment without them sliding off onto the table or floor. With this cool "double-dipping" soup and crackers bowl you can keep them separate and tidy throughout the meal.
  • Suffering From Alzheimer's? Wander Safely With New Wearable Sensor

    Ellen Dudley
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    A young scientist has invented a wearable sensor, SafeWander, that alerts caregivers on their smartphones when their patients wander out of bed. He invented it based on personal experiences with his own grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's and has started to wander.
  • Got More Money Than Sense? These Solid Gold Next-Gen Consoles Are Just The Ticket For You

    Nicholas.Greene
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Got thirteen thousand dollars to spare? If so, do I have a purchase for you. The folks over at The Gatti Luxury Lab have designed both an Xbox One and a PlayStation 4 for the 'luxury' gamer in all of us. They're both made of solid gold, because doing things in moderation is for the poor.
  • Busboys, You Might Be Out Of A Job Thanks To Boris 2

    Tech Light
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A UK research team has solved one of the most complex problems in robotics - the handling of unfamiliar objects. Their creation, Boris 2, is able to accurately assess anything it examines. Evidently, it'll soon be able to load a dishwasher.That's actually a lot more impressive than it sounds. 
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • LOS ANGELES YOUTH NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW HOME FOR FOSTER & HOMELESS YOUTH

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    The Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) opened its doors to a new home for foster and homeless youth in Hollywood. The 10,000 square foot 1919 Craftsman style home replaces LAYN’s current 30-year old barrack style emergency shelter and will enable over 300 foster youth (ages 12-17) a year to receive high quality enhanced services in […]
  • Credit Card Wisdom

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Thinking about a credit counselor? Think again. Many entrepreneurs seek out information to get out of debt and find credit counselor scams. Here is how the scam works. They pay for articles to be posted on blogs with links to their pages. You read the article and feel like you got some great information. Then […]
  • The Client Gift They Will OPENLY Adore

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    There are a lot of products and systems that an entrepreneur can use to thank and support clients. You can send them thank you cards, candy, products with you logo on them. I used to work with a company that gave their clients beach kits in the summer. It consisted of a large towel, bag, […]
  • The Number One Solution For Your Hiring Woes

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    The Number One Solution For Your Hiring Woes The hiring process can be excruciating. From posting the position to sifting through the dozens of replies, it’s a process that requires time, money, and a lot of patience. In fact, the American Staffing Association estimates that hiring a worker can cost 7 to 20 percent of that […]
  • Increase Your Business Efficiency With Liquor Store Management Software

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Ever wish your business “ran itself?” Most people do. From the everyday tasks to monthly obligations, it all can be very overwhelming. Especially, if you have other priorities.Fortunately, liquor and wine store software can solve everything nowadays. It can store your data, track growth, process sales, and even drive sales. What a blessing! Yet, many […]
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    Steve Blank

  • How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

    steveblank
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need. ——- I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. She started by sketching her business model canvas on a napkin, but somehow the conversation quickly shifted to what was really on her mind. “After reading your post on Why Founders Should Know How to Code it looks like…
  • Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same

    steveblank
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    There have been 2 or 3 courses in my entire education that have changed the way I think.  This is one of those. Hobart Harris Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery at UCSF For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a Lean Startup.  Close to 400 teams in robotics, computer science, materials science, geoscience, etc. have learned how to use business models, get out of the building to test their hypotheses and minimum viable product. However, business models in the Life Sciences are a bit…
  • How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: the Inventure Cycle

    steveblank
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and refining minimal viable products in front of potential customers. That’s all well and good if you already have an idea. But where do startup ideas come from? Where do inspiration, imagination and creativity come to bear? How does that all relate to innovation and entrepreneurship? Quite honestly I never gave this much thought. As an…
  • Why Founders Should Know How to Code

    steveblank
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    “By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.” Book of Five Rings A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival. —- I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. Dave was building a mobile app for matching college students who needed to move within a local area with potential local movers. He…
  • What Do Customers Get From You? 2 Minutes to Find Out

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

  • Fashion Association of Denver Fashion Showcase and Fundraiser

    First Class Fashionista
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The Fashion Association of Denver presents ‘A Little Something on Top Plus Sprinkles’ Last Sunday was really sweet because the Fashion Association of Denver presented “A Little Something on Top Plus Sprinkles” fashion showcase and fundraiser with our very own Fashion Denver, Fashion Forward Radio and Little Man Ice Cream. This was the second of FAD’s very first events, and it was hosted at Lisa Ramfjord Elstun’s amazing Fashion Design Center. I love this creative space, which includes studios for rent. The event was a theme-based, local designer…
  • Bloom Jewelry Denver, CO Featurette

    First Class Fashionista
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to speak to a local entrepreneur, Lindsay Bloom, at the headquarters of Bloom Jewelry. Being able to get into the heart of the operation was a rare treat and the whole team was very welcoming; it’s always a delight when someone in the industry is willing to open up their personal space and share with you. Lindsay, as well as Stacy McElhany-Rodgers and Christina Argo all share a close-kit workspace, and work together to keep the brand running smoothly. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing [or owning!] a piece of Bloom Jewelry, let me give you a…
  • Healthy Hair from the Inside Out with Hairfinity

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    At First Class Fashionista, we love to know it first, try it first and share it with you, our valued readers, first! I absolutely love saying that. So what’s new? As a beauty influencer I was asked to try Hairfinity, a healthy hair complex. Before I said yes, I did my homework. I googled the company website to learn more about the product and what was in it. Wow was the word I blurted out when I saw the before and after pictures submitted by actual customers. The ingredients made sense too. I’ve used biotin to stimulate hair growth in the past, but Hairfinity is a complete…
  • Pack and Travel Like a Pro with Pretty Connected and FCF

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    How to Pack and Travel Like a Pro As a fellow Glam Author and lifestyle blogger, I am super excited to feature Lara’s “How to Pack Like a Pro” video at First Class Fashionista. I’ve been a fan of Pretty Connected for years now and I think she did an awesome job. She’s so right. Vacations are supposed to be about getting away from stress, so we definitely shouldn’t let packing (OR traveling) cause any unneeded stress. And, thanks to Carefree Liners, an everyday item to conveniently put in your purse, gym or cosmetic bag–we’re here to help. I was…
  • Pamella Roland NYFW S/S 2015 Inspiration

    First Class Fashionista
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    As I’m certain all my fellow fashionistas are aware, New York Fashion Week 2014 is here! Although it’s not in the cards for most of us to physically be in attendance, watching the shows and getting the NYFW experience gets easier and easier in the digital age. I’ll be watching simulcasts and scouring Twitter. What about you guys? One of the labels that First Class Fashionista has the opportunity to highlight is Pamella Roland. The inspiration for this collection was described by the designer as “The fusion of Japanese design and landscape as seen in the gardens of Kyoto…
 
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    Begin the Begin

  • A contrary view on getting into business with your friends

    jeffhilimire
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    As is the case with every post on this blog, I can only speak from my personal experience. But in my experience, getting into business with friends is the best way to do it. I started my first company (Spunlogic) back in college with two of my best friends. We were such good friends that we were all groomsmen in each other’s weddings. We added a fourth partner about 5 years later and today he’s also one of my best friends. We went through the tough times of starting a company with no revenue and no real prospects for success, all the way to selling our business and working…
  • I was blown away when I visited the Center for Civic Innovation!

    jeffhilimire
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I get to hear about a lot of great non-profit / community efforts in Atlanta. One thing I love about this city is it really embraces “giving back”. This week I met with an amazing guy (Rohit) who has started The Center for Civic Innovation, and I was BLOWN AWAY. Freaking awesome concept. According to the website, it is: A physical space in Downtown Atlanta to regularly bring together leaders in government agencies, nonprofits, corporations, technology, arts, and community to address the current status and future challenges of civic issues. Essentially, its sort of an Atlanta Tech…
  • What it will take for the iPhone 6 to get me back

    jeffhilimire
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    Will Apple introduce a killer iWatch tomorrow?  Tomorrow at 1pm EST is the big Apple event where there will be new iPhones, new iPads and likely, the iWatch. You can watch it live via the Apple website. I’ve been asked by a lot of my friends if I’m considering switching back to the iPhone after the event. Obviously this is a tough question as no one really knows what will be announced tomorrow. I get asked this because I was a devout Apple Fanboy from the moment the first iPhone came out in 2007, but then I switched to Android in March of 2013 and have been using Android devices…
  • Dragon Army – looking back on the first year

    jeffhilimire
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    What an amazing first year it’s been at Dragon Army. I’m so glad I made the decision to start this company and while I’m thrilled with the progress we’ve made, I can honestly say we’re just getting started. Game on. Pics and thoughts on the Dragon Army blog ;)
  • Using Trello as a priority desktop

    jeffhilimire
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Ah, the continued quest to find the perfect task management / email / to-do / etc. tool. It’s never-ending! For the longest time now I’ve been very happy using email as my prime tool for managing to-do list and workload. Between email and my calendar, I’m able to be very efficient with my time. The missing ingredient has been a way to keep track of the “big” things that are going on. For instance, right now I’m planning a trip out West and there are several people I want to see while I’m there. That’s not an easy thing to keep track of in…
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  • How to Know When You Have a Winning Idea

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I recently attended a private seminar on the subject of building a “lean” company that was being held at Stanford College. The main speaker of the event was Tristan Kromer, a major lean startup advocate and product coach for companies such as Swisscom, StumbleUpon, and many more. This event was aimed at Swedish entrepreneurs, as the Swedish startup ecosystem is currently seeking ways to grow and expand its resources. The room was filled with about 50 Swedish entrepreneurs that had all either successfully launched companies or were part of the team of small companies, all set to…
  • Ideas Mean Nothing if You Aren’t the Right Person to Execute

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Launching a startup is one thing, but building a meaningful and enduring company is an entirely different story. In this talk from the San Diego Founder Institute, Ryan Bettencourt gives tips on bringing your idea to life, and how to build a company centered around your passions, values, and bringing meaning to the world.Ryan Bettencourt is the President of Zui (recently acquired by Saban…
  • Take the First Step to Becoming an Entrepreneur at an Upcoming Founder Institute Startup Event

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    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…
  • Have a Business Idea? Get Online Feedback from Startup Expert Adeo Ressi

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur?  Then join us for an upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar, with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute. During this live and interactive online event, viewers can pitch their startups to Adeo, either through text or on screen in a video conference. Adeo will provide blunt and detailed feedback on the idea, the pitch and the business. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to RSVP, log on, and watch how an expert startup advisor evaluates new business ideas.
  • 7 Startup Lessons from Google: It's All About Data

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this second installment, filmed at the 15th Founder…
 
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  • Do All Entrepreneurs Piss Themselves When They Launch Their Business?

    Greg Kyte
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    All joking aside, I’m scared, I’m insecure, and I’m worried that I’m making the stupidest decision of my life.   My mom sold drugs for 20 years on a street corner in Seattle because that’s what pharmacists do. She had a decent job, working part time at a drug store on the intersection of 56th […]
  • Be Aware of Your Cognitive Dissonance

    Adrian Simmons
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    As a small business owner, you have one foot in the future and one foot in the the present: building your firm for the future, while serving the needs of the present. The difference between the two worlds is the gap: the space between where you are and where you’ll be. If you let that […]
  • Enthusiasm Is A Single Transaction Of Passion (Don’t Make It Dirty)

    Greg Kyte
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    When Jason and I interviewed Cal Newport on the ThriveCast, he called BS on following your passion.   Everybody’s been told – and most people believe – that you first find your passion, and then you find a way to make money pursuing that passion.   And we buy it, even though the logic’s clearly […]
  • 9 Things I Learned From Two Years As A Virtual Firm

    Jason Blumer
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    July 1, 2014 was the Blumer CPAs 2 year anniversary of being a virtual firm. We messed some stuff up, but have also learned a lot. I believe our virtualness sets us apart, so we are committed to getting better at being a virtual firm. So that I can add to my learning around being […]
  • It’s Easier to Find a Drug Dealer Than To Hire a Business Coach

    Greg Kyte
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    The title of this post is a lie. We’ll get to that in a minute. Actually, we’ll get to a lot of crap in a minute. Like why it’s maybe not the best idea to post the following status on Facebook:   And also – just a heads up – it’s maybe not a good […]
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  • Partnering with Your Partner: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

    Catherine Morgan
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some of you may be thinking about starting a business with your significant other. Carol worked with her husband for 10 years and shares the plus points and the negatives in her recent post on entrepreneur.com – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on Partnering With Your Partner. There is no right answer for [...]
  • 10 Ways to Beat Business Burnout

    Brad Shorr
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Successful entrepreneurs burn as much energy as champion marathon runners; they not only run long, they also run fast. Some entrepreneurial ventures fail not from a lack of good ideas, but because they run out of gas. Here are 10 ways to avoid burning out before your race is run. Delegate. Trying to do it [...]
  • Tips for a Great Business Meeting

    Carol Roth
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you’re meeting with a potential client, a current client, a colleague or even your staff, sometimes, those meetings go off the rails and leave you scratching your head as to what the purpose of that meeting really was. So, to improve the productivity and ultimately, the success of your business meetings, I have looked [...]
  • Everything Is Marketing but Marketing Is Not Everything

    George and Mary-Lynn
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you sell products or services? Or do you promote a brand? For the most successful small businesses, it’s the latter. They realize that it’s the way to capture mind share with customers and prospects. Everything is marketing If you want to be one of them, you have to realize that everything is marketing. your [...]
  • Why Your Ideas Have No Value

    Catherine Morgan
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Carol’s recent post on entrepreneur.com is a very important one. Many entrepreneurs think that their idea for a business, product, or service is precious and valuable in and of itself. Carol shares why this isn’t true. Here is an excerpt: That’s right: ideas have little to no value. It’s the execution of the ideas that [...]
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  • Last Chance for Summer Sale Prices

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

    Sarah Milstein
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Post by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceWe’ve found more than half the speakers for The Lean Startup Conference, and we’re pretty excited about them. Ranging from Ben Horowitz, Mitch Kapor, Laura Klein and Cheryl Contee to entrepreneurs you probably don’t know but who have valuable stories to share, this year’s speakers—and mentors like Tim O'Reilly and Erin McKean—will help you become a more successful entrepreneur. We’re now seeking a few more speakers for the conference, December 8 – 12 in San Francisco, and we’ve opened a new…
  • A Few Surprising Facts about the 2014 Lean Startup Call for Speakers

    Sarah Milstein
    28 May 2014 | 11:16 am
    Post written by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceWe’re seeking speakers we don’t already know for this year’s Lean Startup Conference, December 10 -11 in San Francisco. Our call for proposals is open now, and if you know already that you want to apply, jump to it (but read the directions first!).If you’ve never applied to speak at The Lean Startup Conference before—or never even considered it before—here are a few things to keep in mind, some of them surprising:You don’t have to be on the speaking circuit already.In fact, we’re psyched if…
  • A New Approach to The Lean Startup Conference

    Sarah Milstein
    21 May 2014 | 6:10 am
    Post by Lean Startup Conference co-hosts Sarah Milstein & Eric RiesWe’re excited to announce this year’s Lean Startup Conference, December 8 – 12 in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now, at the best price we’re offering this year, so we recommend registering today. But that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. Instead, we want to focus on the themes of the conference. This year, we’re defining the conference program as a series of hard questions entrepreneurs commonly face, and we’ll address them in our talks and workshops. Below is our initial list of questions.
  • Two New Experiments from The Lean Startup Conference Team

    Sarah Milstein
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest post by Sarah Milstein, CEO of Lean Startup ProductionsThe 2013 Lean Startup Conference was a hit on several levels, with many people telling us it was the most valuable business conference they’d ever attended. To extend what we learned and help more people build and scale successful companies, we’re testing out two brand new events this spring:* Office Optional, a one-day conference on April 22 in San Francisco. One of our most popular talks at The Lean Startup Conference was my interview with Matt Mullenweg, in which he talked about Automattic’s unusual setup: They have no true…
 
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  • Tech VENTure: Interview with Ryan Fant of Keen Home

    Michael Luchies
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all had restless nights: staring up at the ceiling, hoping to fall asleep. As an air vent blew warm air into the face of Ryan Fant keeping him awake, he faced a dilemma. He could turn off the heat and freeze to death, or pile blankets and pillows over his head to avoid the annoyance. For Ryan, opportunity was staring down at him, and he chose neither option. Instead, he turned to fixing the problem on a wider scale with his own venture. Ryan is co-founder of Keen Home with Nayeem Hussain. Keen Home builds hardware devices that enhance the core functions of the home. The company’s…
  • Four Reasons Why You Should Do Things At Work That Scare You Sh!tless

    Under30CEO
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve made it. You’re here. I can only assume you made it this far because you’re NOT doing things from nine-to-five that scare you sh*tless. Now that I have the assumption train rolling down the tracks, allow me to make one more sweeping—but, very calculated—generalization. I’m fairly confident that the majority of you reading this post, at one point or another in your academic career, became visibly uncomfortable (I’m talking fingernail-biting, palm sweating, I’d-literally-rather-be-anywhere-but-here uncomfortable) anytime a professor stood…
  • 6 Ways to Boost Sales After a Slow Summer

    theyec
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What are some simple strategies I can use to turbocharge sales numbers after a slow summer? The following answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Run Giveaways With Bloggers Run giveaways with bloggers and ask customers to sign up for your email list to enter. This will serve multiple purposes. It gives you…
  • How to Navigate Your Mind’s Propositions

    Under30CEO
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It might seem as if our enlightened brothers & sisters out there have somehow managed to triumphantly overcome the human condition and are now settled comfortably into a place of peace and bliss. Yeah, they are. They really, really are. It’s possible to live this kind of life here on earth. But I have to break something to you: Those thoughts that bring us to our boiling point, that devastate us and feel absolutely horrible, do not go away. They don’t. Sorry. What changes, is: we don’t buy them anymore. Imagine a mall where sales people surround you, enticing you with all kinds of…
  • 6 Mistakes The Healthiest Entrepreneurs Do Not Make

    Under30CEO
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a professional health and performance coach working solely with entrepreneurs, I have seen habits within my healthiest and most successful clients that separate them from the majority of entrepreneurs. Here are the 6 mistakes the healthiest entrepreneurs do not make. #1 Binge Drink Speaking on behalf of every entrepreneur under the age of 30. Most of us don’t do moderation too well. We binge work. We binge eat. We binge exercise. We binge socialize. We binge. Period. The one thing that the healthiest entrepreneurs don’t do on a consistent basis is binge drink. As entrepreneurs, the…
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  • How to Use Twitter’s Newly Opened Analytics to Find Great Blogging Ideas

    Corbett Barr
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Twitter announced (somewhat quietly) recently that Twitter Analytics are now open to everyone. This simple tool makes Twitter much more valuable to people who create and publish things online. Here’s how. If you’re logged in to Twitter, just visit analytics.twitter.com. You’ll see a bunch of interesting data on this page, including the following: Then, below that graph, you’ll get a chronological listing of your tweets, including numbers for impressions, engagement and engagement rate: If you click on an individual tweet, you’ll see the following expanded stats: This detail…
  • Feet on the Ground, Head Down (FS071)

    Chase Reeves
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you keep an eye on the business stuff while in the throws of a new creative endeavor? That’s one of 4 listener questions we get into in this episode. Our thanks to Myke, Greg, Nick and Tom for sending in your questions. Enjoy! (What are you struggling with right now? Ask us and we’ll help you get through it.) Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS How to keep your feet on the ground when your business is going nuts. Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Relay FM — “An independent podcast network for people who are creative, curious and…
  • How I Got 100,000 Podcast Downloads in 62 Days (Without An Existing Platform)

    Grant Baldwin
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Towards the end of last year, I started mentally toying with the idea of doing a podcast. I regularly listened to various shows and had always enjoyed podcasts but for whatever reason, I had never really given any thought to doing my own. But the more I considered it, the more intrigued with the idea I became. For much of my career, I’ve made a living as a professional speaker, primarily talking to high school and college students. I had built a solid business offline but now was eager to start something online. On May 27, we formally launched the How Did You Get Into That?podcast. I had no…
  • What’s the Right Amount of Prep for Your Launch? (FS070)

    Chase Reeves
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a fine line between preparing too little and preparing too much. The former leads to failure. The latter, to nowhere. Listener of the show, Adam, has an idea he really believes in. He’s worried about walking that line. What’s the right amount of prep before he launches? After an unusually large portion of ballyhoo we dive right into Adam’s question and share what we’ve learned about the balance. Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS At what point should you say, “I’ve prepared, I’m confident and now it’s time…
  • As I Write This. Depression, Anxiety & Entrepreneurship

    Chase Reeves
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    As I write this I’m completely directionless. I’m trying to dream up a content strategy for Fizzle. That’s the site you’re on here. We write and podcast for indie entrepreneurs. What a shitty word — “entrepreneur.” Feels like the kind of word French people are super pissed about us using. “Ew du no eeven knogh wat zis wurd meeens.” {le sigh} I’m cynical. This work feels directionless. I try to plan, but as one hand writes down ideas the other hand erases them. I’m getting spun up, like a roiling boil. All this activity, all…
 
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  • 21 'Geniuses' Just Won $625,000 To Spend However They Want

    Dina Spector
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:53 am
    The names of 21 MacArthur Fellows were revealed early Wednesday. These talented individuals will receieve a gift of $625,000, paid out over five years, to be spent anyway he or she chooses. The so-called "genius awards" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have been handed out to around two dozen Americans from all different fields every year since 1981. The money is intended to give recipients the freedom to pursue new ideas or move forward with their current work. "The fellowship is designed to provide recipients with the flexibility to pursue their own artistic,…
  • The 100 Best Companies For Working Moms

    Jacquelyn Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Juggling a career and a family can be challenging. But some employers are making it much easier for women to achieve a healthy balance between the two. Working Mother magazine recently identified the 100 best companies for working moms, to honor those that are setting the standard for work-life practices in the US.  "These companies recognize that helping employees integrate home and work leads to a more successful business and culture," says Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, in a press release.  To compile the list, which is now in its twenty-ninth…
  • 14 Classic Business Books You Can Download For Under $5

    Richard Feloni
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Some of the most influential business books are available for next to nothing (or even nothing) in the Amazon Kindle store. For less than $5, you can gather timeless wisdom from classics like Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People," build your economic background with world-changing texts like John Maynard Keynes' "The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money," and get insight from ancient texts like Marcus Aurelius's "Meditations." A few modern classics, like Susan Cain's "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" are also available. If…
  • Here Are 3 Things You Should Stop Doing At Work Immediately

    Jacquelyn Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We all make mistakes. But some are more career limiting than others — and many of those are avoidable. Career coach Kathy Caprino says in a recent LinkedIn post that throughout her career, she made a number of huge mistakes. "I did some important things right too, but my missteps were legendary (at least in my own mind)," she writes. "When I look back on my 30 years of working, and the careers of the hundreds of folks I train, coach, and teach, five blunders stand out from all the rest as the most negative, damaging, and irreversible in your career and professional life." Here are three of…
  • Men With More Feminine Facial Features Could Lose Out At The Negotiating Table

    Aaron Taube
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    It's well known that women are at a disadvantage in business negotiations when compared to their male counterparts. Studies show that even when women "lean in" and push for raises and promotions, they're not able to achieve the same results as men. But a new research paper published by Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and cited by the Harvard Business Review, suggests that this bias against women is so ingrained that it even extends to men with more feminine facial features like smaller noses, fuller lips, and less-prominent eyebrow ridges. Cornell…
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  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Sally
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. At that point, he realized he could achieve the kind of goal that at one time might have seemed indomitable. But, Guillebeau writes: Experience produces confidence, and confidence produces success. To have traveled the world over, literally, brings to mind a super hero or…
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    dylan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that future and making it work for you, you may want to request an invitation to The FOW Community to further the conversation and start taking action. Before we let him go, we asked Jacob a few quick questions about the questions he has, and where he looks for answers… 1. What is the one unanswered question about business you are…
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Jacob Morgan

    dylan
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Tweet “Everyone always talks about the customer but in my opinion change must start from the inside first. … Employees are the most valuable asset that an organization has and we need to spend more time focusing on them.” ~Jacob Morgan A Q&A with Jacob Morgan on The Future of Work Jacob Morgan has been challenging conventional thinking about the future, about work, and about the future of work at his site, The Future Organization, and on Forbes for year. (In fact, he believes the future of work is all about challenging convention.) If you want to know How To Get Rid Of…
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  • ​A Wynn win for economic common sense

    George Donnelly
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The folks at Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun vehemently disagree, but the Massachusetts Gaming Commission made the right call in choosing Wynn Resorts for the Eastern Massachusetts casino license. After all, the rationale for bringing casino gambling to Massachusetts was to create jobs and bolster the purse of the commonwealth. Under that criteria, it became clear during the recent deliberations in front of the commission that Wynn was the stronger bet. Wynn’s proposal is bigger, better financed,…
  • Saucony returns to Newburyport ad agency Mechanica after walking away two years ago

    Jon Chesto
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:33 pm
    When a consumer company drops its ad agency of record, there’s usually no turning back. But sometimes relationships can be rekindled, divorces undone. That’s just what happened to Saucony and Mechanica, the Newburyport agency that launched the “Find your strong” campaign for the Lexington-based athletic shoe brand. Unlike many bigger agencies, Mechanica outsources much of its creative work such as website design and copy writing. To some extent, this allows the 21-person firm to focus…
  • Belmont Savings pledges $200K to help save town's historic pool

    Mary Moore
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Belmont Savings Bank has stepped in with a $200,000 pledge to help renovate a 100-year-old public pool in the bank’s hometown that state health officials shut down at the end of this summer. A landmark in Belmont, the Underwood Pool is named for the family that owned the Underwood Deviled Ham company. The Underwoods originally gave the land to Belmont to build the pool. The state Department of Public Health had warned for some time that it would close the outdated pool, and a committee of local…
  • Tufts Medical Center celebrates Floating Hospital for Children in new book (SLIDESHOW)

    Jessica Bartlett
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Tufts Medical Center celebrates Floating Hospital for Children in new book (SLIDESHOW)
  • What do you think of the Gaming Commission's choice of Wynn for a casino?

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
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  • The Big Problem With Your Business Website (Infographic)

    Thomas Oppong
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Customers expect nothing less than a great, well designed, responsive and informative website. Anything short of that will be a problem for your business. Most small business sites are poorly designed. Information is difficult to locate. There are no Call-to-actions. Product information is structured poorly. Social links are simply not available or placed at the wrong side of the site.Your business website is a great opportunity to educate your prospective customers about what you do, and what they stand to benefit from you. Make it count. Maintaining an optimized business site is…
  • Surprising Content Marketing Facts That Are Changing The Face of Marketing

    Thomas Oppong
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    The idea of content marketing is to attract and retain customers by creating, curating and sharing relevant and valuable content for your audience instead of promoting just your product. Content marketing continues to dominate and evolve as a core component of a successful marketing strategy – and these are some of the most compelling insights and studies to prove it.These facts about content marketing can help you make an informed decision about where to invest your marketing budget. For better analysis, I encourage you to dig deeper into the source links provided for more detailed…
  • 45 Most Successful People Whose Ages Were No Excuse For Failure

    Thomas Oppong
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    What’s your excuse for not trying? Age shouldn’t be one of them. Actually, you shouldn’t have excuses at all.A few of the most common excuses: I am too old for that. I don’t have the time. I am not capable. Someone else will do it. I’m too tired. It’s too late now. Now is not the right time. I am not talented. I am not ready. I’m too scared. Nobody will help me. What if I fail. I don’t feel motivated. I’d rather do nothing. I don’t have the money, equipment, space for it.These are 45 of history’s most creative and successful people whose ages did not stop…
  • How to Move Your Business to London (Without the Extra Operational Expense)

    Thomas Oppong
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    According to this report in Economia, London is way ahead of other parts of the UK in creating new businesses. This means that it is by far the best place to have the headquarters of your business. You’ll be in the economic capital of the UK, with potential employees for hire once you are ready to employ qualified people, and transport links to the major cities across the world making international business simple.London is uniquely positioned in Europe as a business and financial city. The richness of its creative industries attracts business professionals of all industries.  You new…
  • This Will Help You Kill Your Excuses (for Good)

    Thomas Oppong
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    We all make excuses.But the successful ones are those who can kill the excuses like the miserable maggots they are.Excuses are rationalisations we make to ourselves about people, events and circumstances. They are invented reasons we create to defend our behavior, to neglect taking a particular kind of action, or simply as a means of negating responsibility.Some of the most popular excuses: I’m too tired. I don’t have the time. I am not capable. Someone else will do it. It’s too late now. Now is not the right time. I am not talented. I am not ready. I’m too scared. Nobody will help…
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  • Want to learn python? Hop on to Python Express

    Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    The Python Month is back in a more tech-savvy avatar. The nationwide exercise to bring together students and teachers of this revolutionary programming language will now not only have an automated matching system but will now carry on through the year in its new form, the Python Express. That  India’s potential in coding is unmatched and untapped is no secret. Still, in most colleges, programming is taught as just another subject with no emphasis on employability or real world skills. The normal courseware starts from ‘hello world’ and ends with ‘programs to find out…
  • A lesson India can learn from Kenya – mobile money as an emergency response tool

    Emmanuel Amberber
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Let’s start by mentioning a small thing that India has already learned. On the fateful day of 26/11, when terror hit Mumbai at multiple locations it was the need of the hour to crowdsource resources and collaborate. A brave Mumbaikar with a digital soul, Ajay Kumar, immediately deployed Ushahidi’s crowdmap to crowdsource and visualize help from people in real time. He managed to match people who needed blood with donors; people who were willing to give a ride to stranded commuters and so on. All information/data flowing from tweets, SMS and Facebook updates were visualized on one…
  • With over 5 decades of experience in offline retail, GST Corporation goes the omni channel way, launches Healthgenie

    Jai Vardhan
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Healthcare e-commerce is becoming the fastest growing segment to cater to a growing demand, especially from tier II and III cities. To capture the market share of burgeoning healthcare e-commerce, Manu Grover founded Healthgenie in 2012. It’s an etailing platform that offers myriad of healthcare and wellness products and services to online users in India with a philosophy of ‘nurturing wellness’. Manu is a MBA from Amity University and has over two decades of experience in imports, exports, manufacturing and trading of healthcare products. Healthgenie brings its expertise from the…
  • Startups, do you know your Intellectual Property rights?

    Guest Author
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    This article is a first in the series of articles on IP rights for startups… You have tested your product, researched the market, but are you really ready to launch you product? Are your Intellectual Property Rights secured? Some Intellectual property rights, if not secured at the right time may be lost forever. Intellectual property is a business asset which has commercial value that many startups possess but fail to realize the importance of it. This could be due to the sheer lack of knowledge in the field of IP. Intellectual property rights protect several aspects of a business and…
  • Ex Royal Enfield CEO launches consumer intelligence portal, Choosemybike

    Jubin Mehta
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    R L Ravichandran’s journey in the two wheeler industry began in 1990 when he joined TVS Suzuki as their Head of Sales & Marketing for 2-Wheelers. In 1998, he moved on to work with Bajaj Auto as their VP of BD and Marketing before moving on to becoming the CEO of Royal Enfield in 2005. He has played a key role in the two wheeler industry and has had experience with both scooters as well as bikes. In a span of over 5 years, Ravichandran played a key role in turning around Royal Enfield and making it again the brand that it is today. Since then, Ravichandran been on board a few other…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Women’s Business Center Holds First Annual “In the Company of Women” Luncheon

    Susan Post
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Women’s Business Center powered by ECDI held its first annual lunch to support women entrepreneurs on Thursday Sept. 11 at the Athletic Club of Columbus. Keynote speaker Karen Hough, entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, discussed using improvisation as an engagement and learning tool for powerful presentations, and the WBC honored its members […]
  • Lumos Columbus Creating Novel Space for Entrepreneurs

    Susan Post
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short North is home to a unique new concept in the starup world. Part innovation and strategy consulting for lager corporations, part in-house startup incubator and accelerator, and part tech art gallery, Lumos Columbus is creating different ways to harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking. The first component of their three-tiered business model is strategy consulting […]
  • When Finding Qualified People Seems Hard, It’s Because It Is

    Dessa Augsburger
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Finding qualified people for your open positions is hard – especially without a recruiting staff. An important distinction we need to realize: posting a position online is not recruiting, it’s posting a position online and hoping the right person sees it. Recruiting is a proactive stance to go out and find people. As a small […]
  • Shoply App Creating New Shopping Experience

    Susan Post
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your keychain is full of loyalty cards and you’re tired of scrolling through your email for coupons at the check-out counter, a new app is aiming to make your shopping experience a bit easier. Organizing and optimizing loyalty cards, giftcards, personal coupons and a list of carefully curated deals, Shoply is the new personal […]
  • Traxler Custom Printing Expanding to New Clintonville Facility

    Susan Post
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Traxler Custom Printing is expanding to a 9,100 square-foot facility at  3029 Silver Drive in Clintonville. The printing company will over double the square footage of their current Indianola Avenue facility, allowing increased production and capabilities, as well as the hiring of at least five new employees. Founder Zachary Traxler is hoping to make the […]
 
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  • Doc.pm Will Drive Traffic To Your Site,Links & Its Content

    VisionwizTeam
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Doc.pm: Doc.pm  is a new startup that aims to help you share content & links on social media and it will feature your message on the page that you shared – driving traffic to your site. How It Works: All you need to do is sign up to doc.pm and drop the article URL into their URL converter, or use their Chrome extension to create your doc.pm short URL. Choose the style of your doc.pm window, then select the image or logo be featured in it. Add your message or description and decide on your click-through or call-to-action button. By sharing content with a doc.pm short link anyone who…
  • 4 Upcoming Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    4 Upcoming Startups 1. Starfish Starfish is a  new startup  seat sensor device that notifies your smartphone when you’ve left a certain area – say your car –without your child. 2. The Kitchen Library The Kitchen Library is essentially just like a regular library but instead of lending books they lend stand mixers, juicers, dehydrators, pasta makers, and about 100 other appliances. 3. Food Cowboy Food Cowboy is a new startup that aims to search nearby food bank and  help them  to sell their food waste in form of charities. It can help truckers and other donors search for them by…
  • Basic Rules Of Problem Solving For Your Startup

    Martin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    If you can’t solve problems and enjoy it, you won’t make it as an entrepreneur. By definition, an entrepreneur is the first to undertake a given business, and firsts never happen without problems and people frustrations. The toughest problems are people problems, like personnel issues, but there are tough operational problems as well, such as vendor delays and quality surprises. The real entrepreneurs I know are good at overcoming both people problems and business obstacles, and get satisfaction from the challenge. Some people think this is a talent that you must be born with, but experts…
  • Exit Strategy For Startup Company

    Martin
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The last thing a new entrepreneur wants to think about for a new startup is how it will end. Yet one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. The answer you give can make or break your ability to get an investment, so you need to have the right answer ready before anyone asks. Here are three important reasons for the question: Good investment paybacks normally require an exit event. Equity investments are not loans, so there is no loan payback period or interest payments. Equity is stock, but private company stock has no market value until the company…
  • Improve Your Employees Mood Via MoodHacker

    VisionwizTeam
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Do you know at least 19 million Americans experience depression each year? Are you one of them? So,would you like to try some tool that could help you, your employees, customers, subscribers, or patients to assess and improve their mood? Then try Moodhacker. What Is MoodHacker? Moodhacker is a new startup that aims to help employees track, understand, and improve their mood, and reduce depression symptoms. How It Works: MoodHacker encourages self-management through a practical, real-life, and holistic intervention approach. Healthy habits that encourage physical activity, sleep, nutrition,…
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  • The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – My Discussion With Mark Reardon on KMOX Radio

    Chris Reimer
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are scheduled to ship any day now. The 6 is a 4.7″ phone, while the 6 Plus is a 5.5″ monster phablet. Which one am I going to buy? I am still undecided, but that big phone is so tempting. I use my phone for email, tweeting, texting, […] The post The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – My Discussion With Mark Reardon on KMOX Radio appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV

    Chris Reimer
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with my good friend Angela Hutti to discuss the results of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was only about two weeks ago that I spoke at length on the Mark Reardon show about the Ice Bucket Challenge, and at that time, it seemed like it was just […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Chris Reimer
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Click below to listen to my most recent appearance on the Mark Reardon show on KMOX 1120. We discussed the super-successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge charitable campaign that’s generated well over $60mm in donations, and even more visibility and awareness. Has the backlash begun? How did this campaign take off? When people refuse to do […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

    Chris Reimer
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A few months ago, I joined Mark Reardon on KMOX for a discussion on texting and driving. He noted that I posted about the subject on Facebook and foolishly challenged me to a debate. In all seriousness, I always enjoy going on Mark’s show, and I hope you enjoy the discussion we had. And I […] The post Texting and Driving – Dangerous! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Big Announcement – I’m Headed to Kaldi’s Coffee

    Chris Reimer
    15 May 2014 | 4:28 am
    I am elated to announce that I have joined Kaldi’s Coffee as their new Marketing Director. This is a newly created position that will have me creating and implementing marketing strategies, monitoring and posting on social media, and finding ways to sell more coffee (especially online). I’m thrilled to join the organization, while having mixed […] The post Big Announcement – I’m Headed to Kaldi’s Coffee appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    EpicLaunch

  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

    EpicLaunch
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You just made a killer video. Now, where do you share it? Most marketers want to share their creation on social media. As far as a marketing strategy, though, they’re at a loss as to what to do. Social media alone probably won’t make you a superstar. Here’s what will. Use Metadata By tagging your video with a concise description that contains the right keywords, your metadata will let search engines know what’s in your video. This allows them to index it properly in the search engines. Since the search engines cannot parse your video for content, they need some other…
  • Cool Wheels: Driving an Ice Cream Truck Business on a Dime

    EpicLaunch
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What’s cooler than the sound of the ice cream man roaming through you neighborhood? The sound of cold-hard, cash hitting your register, that’s what. Starting an ice cream truck business used to be difficult. You had to solve major logistical problems, like how to get the truck refrigerated so that the ice cream wouldn’t melt. Of course, today, all of that is solved with commercial freezers installed in the back of the truck. But that doesn’t mean that all of the problems associated with starting an ice cream business are solved.  You Still Have To Choose An Ideal Location Location is…
  • Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

    EpicLaunch
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, has been recognized by GrowFL, an economic development program focused on Florida’s second-stage companies. Recently, GrowFL gathered some of the state’s crowdfunding leaders for a discussion moderated by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shareholder Seth Joseph Mr. Joseph noted that equity crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by the SEC’s October 2013 reversal of a regulation…
  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It seems crazy, in this day and age, that a company wouldn’t accept credit card processing. But, there are many cash-only businesses out there that survive and thrive. At the same time, the companies that accept credit cards have a choice to make: to swipe or type? Here’s why you should consider swiping instead of the old-school method. It’s Easier Companies, like Authorize.net, make taking online payments easy. But it’s not always easy to swipe a card if you’re an online merchant. If you’re a duel merchant, though, you have options. And, one of those options is to just send the…
 
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  • What’s New in WordPress 4.0 – New Features (Video)

    Dilip Kumar
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    WordPress released their latest version 4.0, nicknamed Benny about 10 days back. It is always great to know about a new version coming in be it a software, book, a course or, WordPress installs. With WordPress it is like an anxious wait primarily because of the changes and additions that the guys at Automattic introduce […] The post What’s New in WordPress 4.0 – New Features (Video) appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Why is SumoMe WordPress Plugin One of the Essential Blogging Tools for Success?

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Blogging has changed over the last couple of years. There has to be a more in-depth strategy, if you are looking at making some money with it. And this strategy requires use of some essential tools and worst that the tools come for a cost that most bloggers would want to skip. While these tools […] The post Why is SumoMe WordPress Plugin One of the Essential Blogging Tools for Success? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Running a B2B Business? Here is how you can Benefit from Pinterest

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    Amazon and eBay may provide you with an opportunity to reach out to millions of people by advertising your business or products on their websites, but you cannot do much with the limited space provided to you for convincing the potential customer or buyer. Pinterest, a newbie in the realm of social media, gives you […] The post Running a B2B Business? Here is how you can Benefit from Pinterest appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Don’t Guest Post to Get Backlinks! Guest Posting Benefits from a better Strategy

    Dilip Kumar
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    On 20th January, Matt Cutts published a post with a weird title – “The Decay and Fall of Guest Blogging for SEO”. This post and that day shook the entire blogging world, the after effects of which is still visible to a lot of bloggers. I keep getting emails even today from people who has […] The post Don’t Guest Post to Get Backlinks! Guest Posting Benefits from a better Strategy appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • List Building using Social Media – How to Use Social Media to Build You a Responsive List?

    Dilip Kumar
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Another list building post.. you may think! One hard fact about internet marketing is that the basics just doesn’t change. So if you hear terms like list building, social media, customer engagement, sales funnel etc. you shouldn’t be too much worried. Because this is what Internet marketing is all about. These are some of the […] The post List Building using Social Media – How to Use Social Media to Build You a Responsive List? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Set Up Your Blog with a Focus on Conversions

    Guest Author
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Your blog is the hub of your content marketing strategy. It exists to provide value to anyone reading it. The ultimate aim, though, is to convert these readers into paying customers. After all, you spend a lot of time creating content and time is money. So your blog is really a lead generation machine. Value goes out and leads come in. If your blog isn’t converting visitors into leads or subscribers, then something is wrong. One of the biggest mistakes blog owners make is not designing the home page with conversions in mind. They might be collecting leads on their post pages with pop-ups or…
  • Video Games Are NOT Free

    Guest Author
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wait… Games Aren’t Free? Many people today consume their gaming entertainment via a mobile device (iPhone, tablet or Android device). When they download their game or app, the average price people commonly tell me they spend is FREE. I ask people all the time and a large percent of mobile users pay nothing for their games or apps. It is an unfortunate cultural norm that is generally expected on a mobile device. However, when I ask that same question, “How much do/did you spend on a video game for Nintendo, Playstation or Xbox?” People give me figures from $20 to…
  • 3 Marketing Trends to Watch for the Rest of 2014

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Image credit It is an amazing time to be working in marketing. With the field evolving almost every day, client expectations have soared. There are, however, several diverse and innovative tools available today that help marketers meet their high expectations. The marketing arena has witnessed many changes in the recent years. Marketers are more alert than ever before with their number one priority being to create and strengthen marketing plans for the time to come. The way companies communicate with their customers goes a long in way in establishing how the former will be perceived. While…
  • Free Cloud Storage Options for Entrepreneurs

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    As your small business starts to grow and become more successful, you will probably find that your emails and other computer-based data are starting to overwhelm your computer. Small businesses require more room to store all of their data for a variety of reasons including government regulations that require companies to back up certain types of data, archived emails and large media files that take up a lot of storage space. In order to safely store all of this important information without rendering your office computers utterly useless, many entrepreneurs are starting to look to the cloud…
  • The Benefits and Risks of Issuing Equity In a Startup

    Christine Mortensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This month we answer the question: What are the benefits and risks of issuing equity in my startup and what should I look out for? Startups often compensate employees and/or service providers with equity in exchange for services.  The type and form of equity may vary based on your company’s desired outcome and goals, which come in various forms such as stock options, stock grants, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock to name a few. Advantages When you pay employees with equity, it affords your employees with an opportunity align their interests with those of your company. …
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  • Should SMEs look to alternative crowdfunding?

    guestbloggerSUD
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    2014 has been heralded as the year for crowdfunding. There are literally hundreds of platforms for people to choose from, but with share-based crowdfunding on the rise, consumers and small businesses are faced with a difficult choice. Traditional crowdfunding platforms have huge user bases, tailored for product-based start-ups, which means that if you are lucky enough to make it onto the ‘Popular’ feed, your business idea will be viewed by millions. If, on the other hand, you don’t instantly capture the imagination of would-be investors, your chances of getting funded through these…
  • Five tips for achieving a healthy work-life balance

    guestbloggerSUD
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    For many business owners, striking a happy work-life balance is like finding the pot of gold under the rainbow: it’s something we all strive for but never quite achieve. For anyone who works with family members, it can often seem like nothing more than a fantasy. According to the Institute for Family Business, family firms now account for two thirds of private sector enterprises in the UK and family-run businesses experience a range of unique challenges. Here are my five tips to help you and your family create a healthy work-life balance, as well as create a more productive workplace. 1…
  • Survival of the fittest? A new breed of entrepreneurs rises from the recession.

    guestbloggerSUD
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    How do small businesses started during the recession differ from those started before the economic downturn? Hiscox’s DNA of an Entrepreneur Report surveyed 3500 small businesses and the responses identified a new breed of business, dubbed Generation Recession. These recession start-ups are innovative, positive about the future and more likely to be run by women. Find out how they shape up against pre-recession businesses in the infographic below. Download the full report   Resources:  Is running a business really for you?
  • Dictator? Grumpy? Leachy? Barely There? Nice? Which type of boss are you?

    guestbloggerSUD
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    From the Grumpy Boss to the Barely-There Manager and the “David Brent”, every manager has a different style of management. Officebroker.com looks at ten types of boss. Maybe you’ve worked for one. You may even be one of the following… 1 The 24/7 Boss They put everything into their job and are constantly willing to “take one for the team”. They have no concept of the word “holiday” and are in work regardless of the weather or ill health. They expect their staff to meet their high standards, so employees can forget about leaving early. Ever. 2 The Leachy Boss They are smarmy and…
  • Where do Scotland’s business groups stand on independence: 'och aye' or 'och no'?

    Mark Williams
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:50 am
    So, the second televised Scottish independence debate has aired and many commentators awarded a clear points victory to Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond over ‘Better Together’ figurehead Alistair Darling. According to the BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson: “From the start it was clear that Darling, who won the first debate, was edgy and nervy, while Salmond was better prepared and more confident.” But, with the referendum soon due to take place on 18 September, where do Scotland’s business groups stand when it comes to independence: Och aye the noo or Och no? CBI – No…
 
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  • Entrepreneurship As A Calling

    Sean Murphy
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    A documentary on entrepreneurship as a calling that I found very compelling was “The Call of the Entrepreneur” produced by the Acton Institute. It addresses both practical and spiritual aspects of entrepreneurship from the point of view of three very different entrepreneurs: Brad Morgan, a dairy farmer in Evart, Michigan who transforms a failing farm into a successful dairy and compost company. Frank Hanna, a merchant banker in New York City who explains how entrepreneurship transforms the economy into a positive sum game. Jimmy Lai who grew up in Communist China and then Hong…
  • Tristan Kromer on Testing Customer and Value Hypotheses

    Sean Murphy
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    These are excerpts from  Episode 9 of Outlier on Air: Tristan Kromer, A Lean Approach to Business.  They are in the same sequence the took place in the interview but a number of stories and asides have been omitted to focus on what I felt were some extremely valuable insights from Tristan Kromer on clarifying and testing customer and value hypotheses. Podcast is dedicated to Disruptors, Rule Breakers, and Big Thinkers Melinda Yeamen (@melindayeaman): Today, we are going to talk about having a lean approach to your business. We’ve got Tristan Kromer. He is a freelance lean and…
  • Lee Harris’ Insights on What 9-11 Means

    Sean Murphy
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Some excerpts from Civilization and Its Enemies by Lee Harris, with commentary on the implications of 9-11 for Silicon Valley. We Have An Enemy It is the enemy who defines us as his enemy, and in making this definition he changes us, and changes us whether we like it or not. We cannot be the same after we have been defined as an enemy as we were before. That is why those who uphold the values of the Enlightenment so often refuse to recognize that those who are trying to kill us are their enemy. They hope that by pretending that the enemy is simply misguided, or misunderstood, or politically…
  • No Such Thing as a Random Sample of Five People

    Sean Murphy
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Q: I have 3D printed a couple prototypes of my product. I am going to get user feedback by letting security guards–my target market–test if for free for a few days. How many prospect should I have test it before I can determine if there is a market for the product. Since you are 3D printing and can iterate I would start by getting feedback from five folks: see Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users by Don Norman for some research on why this is a reasonable place to start. You will more than likely end up talking to more folks before deciding if there is a market or not but…
  • What Are Core Skills For Customer Development?

    Sean Murphy
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Q: What is the core mission for customer development at an early-stage start-up? Wat are the skills necessary to execute on that mission? Customer Development Mission Core mission is early customers, early revenue, early references. All of these reduce risk, demonstrate traction, and make subsequent sales efforts easier (and for bootstrappers, keep the lights on). Key Customer Development Skills People who are good at early customer development have empathy both for the product development process and how a prospect will use the product to create value in their business. Early customer…
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  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

    EpicLaunch
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You just made a killer video. Now, where do you share it? Most marketers want to share their creation on social media. As far as a marketing strategy, though, they’re at a loss as to what to do. Social media alone probably won’t make you a superstar. Here’s what will. Use Metadata By tagging your video with a concise description that contains the right keywords, your metadata will let search engines know what’s in your video. This allows them to index it properly in the search engines. Since the search engines cannot parse your video for content, they need some other…
  • Cool Wheels: Driving an Ice Cream Truck Business on a Dime

    EpicLaunch
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What’s cooler than the sound of the ice cream man roaming through you neighborhood? The sound of cold-hard, cash hitting your register, that’s what. Starting an ice cream truck business used to be difficult. You had to solve major logistical problems, like how to get the truck refrigerated so that the ice cream wouldn’t melt. Of course, today, all of that is solved with commercial freezers installed in the back of the truck. But that doesn’t mean that all of the problems associated with starting an ice cream business are solved.  You Still Have To Choose An Ideal Location Location is…
  • Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

    EpicLaunch
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, has been recognized by GrowFL, an economic development program focused on Florida’s second-stage companies. Recently, GrowFL gathered some of the state’s crowdfunding leaders for a discussion moderated by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shareholder Seth Joseph Mr. Joseph noted that equity crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by the SEC’s October 2013 reversal of a regulation…
  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It seems crazy, in this day and age, that a company wouldn’t accept credit card processing. But, there are many cash-only businesses out there that survive and thrive. At the same time, the companies that accept credit cards have a choice to make: to swipe or type? Here’s why you should consider swiping instead of the old-school method. It’s Easier Companies, like Authorize.net, make taking online payments easy. But it’s not always easy to swipe a card if you’re an online merchant. If you’re a duel merchant, though, you have options. And, one of those options is to just send the…
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  • Why Baltimore is becoming a better investment target

    Tyler Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Founders don’t need to leave Baltimore anymore just to get their startups going, and Charm City is getting better at charming outside firms to invest in or move to the city. That was one of the takeaways from the Regional Investor Roundtable, held Tuesday as part of Baltimore Innovation Week. The panel included TEDCO Capital Partners managing partner Chris College, DreamIt Baltimore managing director Jason Hardebeck, NEA venture advisor Paul Palmieri, See Jane Invest founder Kelly Keenan Trumpbour and Onevest cofounder and CMO Shahab Kaviani.The panel, held at the…
  • Take this NewsUp quiz on the Baltimore tech community

    Christopher Wink
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Think you know the Baltimore tech scene well? Take this quiz In celebration of Baltimore Innovation Week, the team behind NewsUp, the quiz-based news and civic engagement tool, has launched in partnership with Technical.ly Baltimore a simple, nine-question temperature check on how closely you’re following Baltimore’s big tech initiatives. You can check out other local quizzes of theirs here. If you can hold back the suspense, come to Friday’s closing Innovation Celebration for a chance to take the quiz in-person with the NewsUp team. There will also be other local tech…
  • Cultural Alliance helps bridge events gap with Culture Fly calendar

    Keisha Reed
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Baltimore is a city filled with dozen of events each night, and it would seem that you would have to be “in” to know what’s happening. Enter Culture Fly, an events calendar designed to be a hub for cultural activity in the Baltimore region. The calendar is a project of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance with content shared among organizations such as Visit Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Baltimore Collegetown Network and more. Originally known as BaltimoreFunGuide.com, Culture Fly relaunched in 2014 after a complete overhaul in…
  • Conscious Venture Lab to host demo day Wednesday

    Tyler Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    Howard County’s Conscious Venture Lab accelerator will hold its first demo day on Wednesday, county officials announced. The demo day marks the culmination of a 24-week program for the lab’s first cohort of seven companies. It will be held Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. at 8161 Maple Lawn Blvd., in Fulton. The accelerator, a project of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, targets social enterprise startups. The first cohort includes six for-profit firms and one nonprofit, including Spend Consciously, Just Good and Self Spark. “We’re really excited about this…
  • How Under Armour fits

    Dena Levitz
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Under Armour has the kind of origin story that MBA students and would-be startup founders dream of. Almost 20 years ago, Kevin Plank turned a problem into a company. While playing football at the University of Maryland, Plank was sick of changing out of sweaty T-shirts worn under his jersey. The frustration inspired him to create T-shirts using moisture-wicking synthetic fabric that would cut down on the sweat factor. The product became a business — originally run out of his grandmother’s basement — and the business is now a global empire with thousands of employees. As the company…
 
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  • StartupHPC Announces Meetup Agenda for SC14 in New Orleans

    Rich
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The newly formed StartupHPC community has posted the agenda for their first-ever Meetup at SC14. The event takes place Nov. 17 in New Orleans.  They invite you to meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community. We’re delighted to feature Adrian Cockcroft of Battery Ventures, and Thomas Thurston of both WR Hambrecht & Co and Growth Science, as two keynoters. The agenda for the meetup will also include advice on how to go about forming a company, building a team, launching the company/product, and finding early…
  • What Matters when Delighting Your Users

    Rich
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    In this video, Evan Doll from Flipboard and James Keller from Walmart discuss how they approach the end user experience for their digital properties. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience 2012.
  • PDX Keynote: The Fight for the Future: The Internet, Censorship, Surveillance, and You

    Rich
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    In this video, Andrew McLaughlin of Betaworks presents: The Fight for the Future: The Internet, Censorship, Surveillance, and You. How is Moore’s Law, ever-cheaper computing, and interconnectedness affecting our world? Activists, individuals, and governments are using digital technologies like social media as powerful forces for change. From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama’s senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology,…
  • Startup Grind Interviews George Zachary

    Rich
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In this video, George Zachary from Charles River Ventures discusses his experience with VCs, funding, and entrepreneurs.
  • Technology as Inspiration for Startup Products

    Rich
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Lindsay Jo Holmes from MapleXO, Garett Stenson from Ziba, and Ken Tomita and Joe Mansfield from Grove discuss technology as inspiration for their Startup products. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience.
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • How to use LinkedIn to generate Sales Leads

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

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

    Banksy
    14 May 2014 | 10:19 am
    What, people who pay me money aren’t necessarily right for me? Surely not. One of the hardest lessons I’ve learnt over the years is that our business doesn’t suit everyone and everyone doesn’t suit our business. The problem I have is that as someone who has a fairly high need for approval (I like to be liked), I’m first to jump into situations I feel need saving and while good at this, its not always the right thing to do.  Customers, clients, people who aren’t right for your business cost you money, time, stress and the opportunity cost of doing better business. The question is…
  • Digital Marketing Tips for 2014

    Banksy
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Afternoon all. I trust you all had a fantastic start to the year? I’m sure, being driven people, that your goals are set, you know what you want to achieve in 2014 and now its just a case of making it happen. As the owner of a digital agency in Exeter I want to cover a few ideas for things you should look to implement within your digital strategy this year. If you take on board just a couple of these you’ll be ahead of the majority of the crowd. I know you guys are always looking for the edge, so please enjoy. Explore the world of Conversion Optimisation (CRO/Split Testing) Offering up…
  • Breathe for Jo

    Banksy
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Dear Friends, Its not often that I’d ask you to support something or give your time to a cause that you might not have any link to but I’d appreciate just 5 minutes of your time to read this and the article it links to. My good friend Jo Smith has two terminal illnesses, pulmonary hypertension and lymphatic cancer. She is thought to be the only person in the world to have both and sadly one stops her from being treated for the other. A possible breakthrough treatment has been found in Thailand but 30k is needed to send her there. A campaign has been launched by her friend Lacey…
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  • Revenue Based Financing

    Jeremy Cairns
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Why It Works For Growing Technology CompaniesThere are multiple options to funding to fuel your growing technology business, but what if you need to:A) get funded fast, B) keep you in control of your company and, C) not risk your personal assetsWebinar: BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital, explains what revenue-based financing is, and why it is a more entrepreneur-friendly path to growth capital. Most startups need capital at some point to revitalize or fuel growth and it is always best to know your options. This webinar will explain:Who it’s designed for, and how to decide if…
  • Startup Public Policy with Congressman Adam Smith

    Joe Wallin
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) will be joining us to discuss some of the very exciting state and federal public policy issues being bandied about both in Olympia and on Capital Hill in Washington D.C.A skilled lawyer and a longtime public servant–starting as a WA State Senator at the young age of 25–Congressman Smith has taken an active role in the advocacy of small business in his district and across the U.S.Currently there are many policies in the works that could benefit the startup community. His insights into how policy is written, some of the obstacles the new policies…
  • Crowdlending for Businesses

    Joe Wallin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    By Tabitha CreightonFinding capital for a startup can be as tough as any other part business and sometimes emotionally draining, since everyone seems to have an opinion on your concept. Borrowing money from a bank can be just as harrowing, however, borrowing money from “the crowd” via the Internet is one of the fascinating new ways for businesses to raise capital.Who is the Lender in Crowdlending?It is way of raising capital that permits high net worth individuals (corporations, trusts, other institutions, etc) to invest in businesses through debt.Lenders discover opportunities to invest…
 
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  • Australian crowdsourcing start-up DesignCrowd has hit $20 million in sales and is expanding to the US

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Sydney-based crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd recently hit a remarkable milestone of $20 million worth of payments to its designers. Now the most astonishing bit is that it took six years to get to $10 million last year and now, just one year later, the start-up has doubled that! “Last year we hit $10 million in payments, [...] The post Australian crowdsourcing start-up DesignCrowd has hit $20 million in sales and is expanding to the US appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • $3 million raised for a product I’m not convinced the world needs [VIDEO]

    Jen Storey
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    People in 75 countries have pre-ordered this cup. While that may be a sign of mega success, I’ve got a bit of an issue with the Vessyl. And, surprisingly, it’s not just the hip spelling of its brand name. This is a cup that ‘knows what you’re drinking’. It’s fitted with sensors and, according to [...] The post $3 million raised for a product I’m not convinced the world needs [VIDEO] appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • DesignCrowd’s Alec Lynch is the 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern region

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Alec Lynch, the founder and CEO of DesignCrowd, was recently named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern Region by Ernst & Young. While working as a management consultant at Booz & Co, Alec discovered that the traditional graphic design industry was slow, expensive and risky. Determined to do something about this, he started DesignCrowd in his [...] The post DesignCrowd’s Alec Lynch is the 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern region appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines?

    Dominic Collins
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    There is a saying, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”. The implication being that each member of the committee advocates their own preferences and wants, compromises occur, and the result is uncomfortable, temperamental and not fit-for-purpose. The current approach to innovation in Australia appears to be something more like a camel than [...] The post Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines? appeared first on Anthill Online.
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  • Machine Failure!

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

    Peter Cauton
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    For as far as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing. I enjoyed paragraph writing in grade school. There was always a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I felt a paragraph was complete, when I felt every word I used was the right one. It was simultaneously art and science for me. This love for word construction continued throughout my high school and college stints. Writing assignments wouldn’t feel like homework. I would volunteer for writing tasks across my different subjects, projects, and the clubs I belonged to. In my first year after graduation, I taught…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job Now and Work for a Startup (With Traction)

    Peter Cauton
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    So, you want to put up a startup. You want to take the leap. But it’s sooooo hard to let go of the cushy job you’ve spent numerous years cultivating… You worry about the sudden disruption of that bi-monthly cashflow you’re now so accustomed to and built your life around. So what now? Here’s a solution – work for a startup. But don’t just work for ANY startup – work for a startup with traction. What’s traction? I like Naval Ravikant’s (Angelist founder) efficient definition of traction: “Quantitative evidence of market…
  • Thursdays Unplugged Postscript (July 31 Edition)

    Peter Cauton
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
      See that bottle of Pepsi in the picture? I started this Thursdays Unplugged session by accidentally dropping the closed bottle, and then proceeding to absent-mindedly open it. The result was an explosion of cola and pride, mostly on my shirt (which, incredibly, looks the same in the picture). It was all uphill from there though! With the third participant calling that he couldn’t make it the last minute, this became a 3-person session. Of course, I loved the result, as Jode, Gerome, and I not only got into the technicalities of the their startup ideas, but more importantly, we…
  • Risk Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

    Peter Cauton
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The older we get, the more permanent our decisions become. In high school, the biggest decision we made was probably what school to take (a lot of people I know didn’t have a choice in this matter as well), or perhaps what course to take. We could then easily shift courses. A lot of people I know even shifted schools. We also choose who to hang out with. This can change easily as well. Then one day, we graduate from college. Then we have to face the next big decision in our lives – what job to take. Not quite happy with our first job, perhaps we transfer to another firm. It…
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  • Formlabs: Making 3D Printing a Reality for Everyone

    joshboyle
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Premium Company:  Formlabs Release Date:  Tue, 09/16/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  3D Printing has been getting a lot of attention lately. More people are talking about it, more companies are popping up, and more people are using 3D printers.  3D Printing has been getting a lot of attention lately. More people are talking about it, more companies are popping up, and more people are using 3D printers. I wonder, though, how many out there are truly familiar with…
  • Patriots’ Julian Edelman Joins CoachUp’s Athlete Advisory Council

    joshboyle
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Premium Company:  CoachUp Release Date:  Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Amidst the recent nonsense surrounding the NFL comes a good local story that we can focus on instead. New England Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman was announced as the newest member of CoachUp’s Athlete Advisory Council. Amidst the recent nonsense surrounding the NFL comes a good local story that we can focus on instead. New England Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman…
  • Startup Bootcamp at MIT [Slideshow]

    joshboyle
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 09/15/2014 - 07:15 Blog Slideshow:  Startup Bootcamp Wendy Cebula - President and COO, edX Joshua Reeves - CEO & Co-Founder, Zenpayroll Katie Rae – Managing Director, Project 11 Daniel Nadler - Cofounder and CEO, Kenshō Adi Rathnam – Co-Founder, Kamcord Nick Chim – Founder, Flux Factory Spenser Skates - Co-founder, CEO, Amplitude Analytic Shauna Mei - CEO and Founder, AHAlife James Windon – President, Brigade Media Harith Rajagopalan - Founder and CEO, Fractyl Teaser:  Startup Bootcamp, presented by StartLabs, is a free one-day event featuring…
  • New Mobile Platform Smacking the Norm for Student Social Interaction

    joshboyle
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 09/15/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Last year, Giuseppe Stuto and his friend Franco Iudiciani started a twitter account to give high school students a place to post school happenings, rival sports talk, and other high school activities. Within a month, @SMACKHigh had over 10,000 followers... Last year, Giuseppe Stuto and his friend Franco Iudiciani started a twitter account to give high school students a place to post school happenings,…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: September 15 - 20

    joshboyle
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:45 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to highlight a few... VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their…
 
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  • How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon

    mholmes
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
        Today I’m going to walk you through the EXACT step by step process that will ensure you make the BEST financial decisions, large or small, every single time. Make sure you read all the way to the end for a special Bonus Guide that will teach you EXACTLY How my wife and I […] The post How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing?

    mholmes
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
      Sometime ago I wrote that you WILL NOT be cursed if you don’t tithe. In fact I said: You will not be cursed. In fact, in Christ you’re eternally blessed! All the curses under the law came upon Christ…All the curses of the Law were laid on Christ at the cross. Period. So no […] The post Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing? appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4)

    mholmes
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
      So we’re finally here: the last installment. In this post we conclude my year of tithing and its results. In case you missed the first 3 installments here they are: My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 1) My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3)

    mholmes
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    In case this is your 1st time here, this case study is an unbiased account of my first year tithing. In my first post I spoke about being fired within my first 90 days of tithing (click here). In the 2nd post, I spoke about being disheartened not seeing the results from my tithing experiment […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2)

    mholmes
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    As I stated in the last post I wanted to give an unbiased and truthful account of my first year with tithing. Up to this point in my life I had never seen anything done like this before. Most people when they talk about tithing are quick to talk about how much of a multiplication […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Verge

  • Using Data to Change an Industry: The felix + iris Story

    Tim Hickle
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    We live in an era where “big data” is more of a buzzword than a business tool, especially for a small or medium-sized team. Solving problems with data is a noble, if cumbersome, task and many teams just aren’t up for it. The team at One Click Ventures, however, isn’t built like most teams. As the founders of the online retailer, Randy and Angie Stocklin saw a problem. They were providing world-class eye wear to their customers, but their customers weren’t nearly as satisfied as Randy and Angie wanted. It was extremely difficult to ensure that customers were…
  • Save the Date: Verge Wants You to Get Connected

    Tim Hickle
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    It feels like every month, there’s another big acquisition in the Indianapolis tech community. Hell, most times it’s a member of the Verge community getting acquired. As a tech entrepreneur, you can’t help but think about what that negotiation looks like. Personally, I do mock buy-out talks every morning in the shower. I think if you look at the numbers, you’ll see that conditioner’s ability to restore hair and add volume could really help shampoo engage with new markets. That’s why I’m so excited for this month’s event. This month, we get the…
  • 3 Pitching Mistakes That Make You Sound “Salesy”

    Matt Hunckler
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    “Draw a line down the center of the paper,” said Mr. Brown. We were on the third hour of back and forth and Brown wasn’t ready to let go without pulling out all the stops. “Now on the left side of the paper, write ‘Reasons For,’ and on the right side, write the word ‘Reasons Against,’” Brown said. This was the first time I had ever been sold anything in a one-on-one situation. But even I knew the “Ben Franklin” close. I’ve seen a lot of pitches since then. It’s surprising how many make the same mistakes—especially because they’re so easily avoided. We’ve all…
  • The Top Qualities to Look for in Your Very First Hire

    The YEC
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Your company is up and running – or at least crawling – and now you get to hire your first employee. You’ve probably worked with a lot of people, maybe you’ve even hired a few, but this is a whole new ball game. This person is patient zero of your startup. You need to make sure you get it right! So what should your startup look for in a great hire? What is the no. 1 quality I should look for in my very first hire and why? 1. Amazing Communication Skills No matter your industry or the position for your very first hire, you absolutely need someone who can…
  • How NOT To Be An Email Spammer

    Tim Flint
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    People often ask Greg Kraios, Founder of 250ok: Why is there spam? He knows that the answer is simply “because it’s profitable…If it didn’t make money, people wouldn’t do it.” Kraios spoke at the August Smartups event about the ins and outs of email marketing. He told of his days at ExactTarget and how spam filtering has evolved since. Back then, emails were content filtered, with words like “free,” “viagra,” and exclamation marks creating the basis for screening. Spammers were quickly able to game the system and be one step ahead of it. So, Internet Service Providers…
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    Startup Flavor

  • Uber Recruiting Drivers During Paid Rides Is Awesome

    Alex Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Twitter exploded today (at least my feed did) with discussion about the fact that Uber pays teams of people to book rides via their competitor, Lyft, and then proceeds to recruit the drivers during those rides to leave Lyft and drive for Uber. I think this is a brilliant strategy. Before going any deeper on ...
  • Outdoor Products and Aviation — Partner With UCAID

    Alex Lawrence
    8 May 2014 | 10:46 am
    I get to work with a unique and diverse set of people at Weber State University. One of the most interesting groups is UCAID, which stands for the Utah Center for Applied Innovation and Design. UCAID serves the nation’s aviation and outdoor products industries by conducting contracted applied scientific and engineering research for our industry ...
  • The NBA – It’s A Franchise

    Alex Lawrence
    30 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I’ve read a few posts lately from some celebrities like Mark Cuban as well as friends of mine via their FB and Twitter updates or comments. The theme of the ones I am referring to go something like this: “Sterling is a horrible person. Racism is despicable and cannot and should not be tolerated.” After ...
  • For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs

    Alex Lawrence
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I wanted to get some feedback from the Utah startup community before we get too far with this idea. Some community members at Startup Ogden have come up with an idea for an “event”. I put that in quotes because all the world needs is *another* entrepreneurship event, right? Right. So this isn’t an event, ...
  • Summit: Outside — From The Inside

    Alex Lawrence
    29 Jul 2013 | 8:53 pm
    Much has been written about Summit, their events and the people that attend them. Summit, as a whole, now includes Powder Mountain and all of the property, employees and outdoor opportunities that come along with these terrific mountains of Northern Utah. They’ve been hosting events for years in different locations around the US but are ...
 
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    Startup Champ

  • Business Saving Ideas: Simple Ways to Minimize Monthly Bills

    Gus
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    In managing a small business, finance is one of those factors that should be closely monitored to ensure business success. It is critical to keep a close eye on cash flow – where the money gets spent and how much money flows into the business. If you are spending more than you are banking, you need to take action quickly before it’s too late. Income vs Expenses In all types of business, the primary objective is to improve profits and increase return on investment (ROI). If your expenses are higher than your income, the business will eventually suffer and the worse scenario is your…
  • Vital Advice For People Starting A Wedding Planning Service

    Gus
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Link to image The wedding industry can be lucrative if you know how to play it. Each year couples spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on weddings, meaning that the industry is stable. If you are considering starting a wedding planning service, there has never been a better time to begin. Weddings are big business, and the industry is an ever-growing beast. If you become a trusted wedding planner, you can make an incredible wage each month. If you are not sure where to start with your business then here is some vital advice that just might help you along the way. Dealing with difficult…
  • Lawyers and Business: In-House versus Outsource

    Gus
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    As a consummate professional, you are undoubtedly keen to make sure that your business is legal and above board. But, as an entrepreneur you are not a legal eagle. This can make it difficult to run your business in an effective way. Fledgling businesses may be keen to outsource their legal affairs. For larger, more established companies they bring their legal team in-house. There is no right or wrong way to do this. But, ensuring that you have a crack team of law gurus at your disposal is important. You cannot dismiss this part of your business. You need to have lawyers on your payroll to…
  • Boosting your New Business: The Benefits of Accepting Card Payments

    Gus
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    When setting up a new business you will invariably start off small; a laptop, smartphone, a list of contacts and some financial backing are the probably backbone of your operations, however the more business savvy may have wisely invested in a card payment system both in store and online – much like the ones you can find at Card Cutters.  These entrepreneurs will quickly begin to realise some of the many advantages that come with accepting card payments – particularly in our current fast-paced technological markets. Improving your Image There are some people who would argue that there is…
  • Tips for Protecting Sensitive Data in Your Organisation

    Gus
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    If your company experiences a data breach, what would happen? Two things, usually. If it enters public knowledge, then the business’s reputation is in danger of plummeting. The second is monetary penalties. Both can cost your business a lot of money. It’s therefore important to make sure that you do everything in your power to prevent a breach of data. Take a look at our tips for protecting yourself against accidental data loss. Encrypt All Confidential Information  Encrypting data means that only the intended recipient with the correct password can access it. Whether it’s password…
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  • How Steve Jobs Started – The Life Of Apple’s Founder

    Anna Vital
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Apple just announced its first new product category since the iPad. And since Steve Jobs. Follow his life path to see how he learned to create and think like a genius. How Steve Jobs Started – The Winding Path As people around the world wondered if innovation at Apple had stopped with Steve Jobs, we want to share with you a snapshot of the genius’s life.  How did Steve Jobs start? His life story is not a straight line, but more like a winding path. From his early years it’s clear that Jobs had no grand plan in the beginning. His search for himself took Jobs through India,…
  • Late Bloomers – Late In Life Success

    Anna Vital
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Late bloomers are people who achieved proficiency in some skill later than they are normally expected to. The key word is “expected.”   School Is a Machine, Learning Is Not Ever since the 19th century, when education was first standardized, learning in popular imagination is highly connected to age. The school system, back then and now, is modeled after a factory – people get education in batches, based on their date of manufacture. If you were manufactured seven years ago, that means it’s time to learn the multiplication table, for instance. And if you are ten…
  • Too Late To Start? Quarter Life Crisis and Late Bloomers

    Anna Vital
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Does success have a deadline?  And if yes, what is the best age to succeed? Here is a visualization of the relationship between age and success. Tap on the circles below and investigate for yourself. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE. quarter-life crisis mid-life crisis by Anna Vital TOO LATE TO START? years of life “The Critical Period” – Do It Early or Bust? Language, it is believed, cannot be learned without an accent after the critical age (usually 16). Musical talent is usually apparent in the first ten years of life. Most people we know as successful programmers started coding as…
  • The Aha Moments – How Entrepreneurs Realized What To Do In Life

    Anna Vital
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Before any entrepreneur became successful there was a time they did not know what to do. And then the aha moment happened. How? About 2200 years ago Archimedes stepped into his bath and exclaimed, “Eureka!” It means “I found it.” At that moment Archimedes found a solution to a problem he had been pondering for a long time. It was a moment of sudden discovery. The eureka effect. A moment of deep insight. It’s an epiphany which translates as “striking appearance.” In that moment a previously unsolvable problem becomes suddenly clear and obvious. Before…
  • Serial Entrepreneurs – The Founders Who Pursue Multiple Opportunities

    Anna Vital
    23 Aug 2013 | 9:21 am
    Do most great entrepreneurs focus on one idea or pursue many? A quick look at billionaire entrepreneurs reveals that most of them are serial entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are known for being able to focus on one thing to the point of making it a reality. Entrepreneurs are also known for their ability to recognize business opportunities when they come. These two qualities can be at odds with each other: focusing on one thing while looking around for more opportunities contradicts itself. For many new entrepreneurs there is a real dilemma here. Should you start a lot of companies, or should you…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Upgrading Your Productivity Using Virtual Assistants with Maren Kate Donovan – TCE 041

    Scott
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes It is a big day competitive edge listeners. Why you ask? Because today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics – Virtual Assistants. I started working with virtual assistants two years ago and it’s changed my life. I get more done and get to do more of what I enjoy and who doesn’t want that! Today’s guest is Maren Kate Donovan CEO of one of my favorite companies, Zirtual. Zirtual is where I got my first dedicated virtual assistant and since using them I haven’t looked back. In this episode, you’ll…
  • Behind the Scenes of Shark Tank and Disrupting the Surfing Industry with Stephan Aarstol – TCE 040

    Scott
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes A few weeks ago I was at an entrepreneur dinner in San Diego that my friend Jason Gaignard who runs mastermind talks threw. It was a collection of amazing people and where I met today’s guest Stephan Aarstol. Once I found out that Stephan’s company Tower Paddle Boards was the fastest growing company in San Diego and named one of the top 10 companies to ever be on Shark Tank I knew I needed to have him on the show. It didn’t hurt that I love paddle boarding and was curious how to start a surfing company. Today Stephan is…
  • How to Naturally Increase Your Testosterone with Chris Walker – TCE 039

    Scott
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Some of you might know this already from my post on how to  double your testosterone and gorilla butter but over the past year I’ve been on a mission to naturally increase my testosterone. I know the T word might freak some people out, but truthfully this hormone is responsible for so many critical factors to a high quality life like our fitness level, energy, emotions, libido and sleep. Assuming we could improve all those things, what dude wouldn’t want to increase their testosterone!? After a year of experimentation I…
  • The Mindsets Behind Entrepreneur On Fire With John Lee Dumas – TCE 038

    Scott
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you listening to the Competitive Edge Show odds are you’re a fan of podcasts…but you may be wondering whether creating that one is really that valuable for your business and if you can actually make some moula putting one out there? Well today my friend John Dumas is here to absolutely obliterate any of those doubts. John’s the host and founder of entrepreneur on fire which has been one of the top business podcasts on itunes over the past year. He’s making over 200,000 a month from his show and inspiring people all…
  • Speedreading People With Vanessa Van Edwards – TCE 037

    Scott
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today is an absolutely fascinating episode and one that I think has the ability to change the way you interact with people ipso facto the quality of your life experience. Our guest Today is Vanessa Van Edwards founder of the Science of People. What the heck is the science of people…well, you’ll find out in a minute when we hear from Vanessa, but I know some people hear the word science and immediately think BORING and I can assure you today’s episode is far from it. A blaring majority of how people perceive us is tied to…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • Paul Hammond – Co-founder of Startup Rounds

    Mario Schulzke
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Action! While having a vision is important, it is imperative to focus on small action oriented steps. I strongly believe in the concept of compounding interest. In other words, actions layered on top of actions will lead to a compounding result that will be far more impactful than any one stand-alone action Paul Hammond was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. After graduating from Northfield Mount Hermon, he went on to get a bachelors in Digital Media from the University of Denver. Paul is a competitive tennis player, and lover of all sports. He has worked in advertising, and with…
  • Mack Dudayev – Founder of InsureChance

    Mario Schulzke
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Read a lot and then read some more. I try to read everything about my industry, marketing, technology, business and when I have time I love reading business biographies. Mack Dudayev is the founder of InsureChance, an online life insurance marketplace located in Boca Raton, Florida. It is one of a kind online life insurance agency that brokers with over 60 life insurance carriers and only transacts business through digital channels. By using this service, clients are able to instantly compare quotes with all the top rated companies and request an application online. The company prides itself…
  • How to define a mission and vision for your startup

    Mario Schulzke
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    (and why they’re so damn important) Today’s awesome guest post is by Jason Halstead, the founder of Gist Brands. I asked Jason to write this because I am a big fan of his work and this is really important stuff for you to think about as you bring to life your idea. Enjoy. When we say “startups,” we think about bootstrapped, edgy, adaptive, and agile cultures that don’t get caught up in the way things have always been done…and don’t really want to. That frequently means they look at “strategy” like the plague and written plans as nothing more than a vehicle for dust.
  • Jake Villarreal – Co-Founder and President of Match Relevant

    Mario Schulzke
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    When I have “big wins” in business or life, I schedule time on my calendar to focus on humility and how I can serve others. Jake Villarreal is the co-founder and president of Match Relevant, an IT-staffing entity that utilizes social media and innovative recruiting practices to deliver award-winning talent for funded tech startups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 organizations. Match Relevant originated in Silicon Valley and was founded to help companies find tech talent quickly and efficiently. The Match Relevant team is a group of successful, entrepreneurial-minded leaders who realized that their…
  • Andy Barkett – CTO for the Republican National Committee

    Mario Schulzke
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Cut out meetings. Shorten them. Skip the small talk, and figure out how to make the meeting last 14 minutes instead of 15. Save everybody time by being efficient. Invest that time in genuine one-on-one interactions, learning, and development. Andy Barkett has more than a decade of experience working in strategy and digital engineering. He’s the CTO for the Republican National Committee and the CEO of Getexp Inc. Previously, Barkett worked for Facebook, where he was in charge of dozens of engineers on six production-engineering teams that were responsible for thousands of servers and scaling…
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    jrodthoughts

  • Scaling Enterprise Software Companies is Harder than Ever

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

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

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

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

    jesusmrv
    8 May 2014 | 5:03 am
    This week I had the opportunity of delivering a session at the eMerge Americas Conference in Miami Beach. This time, my session wasn’t focused on technical or market analysis topic. Instead, I joined Michael McCord (CEO of Learner Nation) to speak to the audience about the experience of building companies in South Florida and other interesting topics related to the emergent tech startup scene in Miami. The session at the eMerge Americas Conference was a very important moment for myself and the KidoZen team. Two years ago, my good friend, the legendary founder to Terremark and now Medina…
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    swombat.com

  • The idea funnel

    Daniel Tenner
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Great, solid post by Stef Lewandowski explaining in some details how he goes about how to create lots of projects and then filter them down to a few working projects (an idea which I explored in this post, but which he seems to have taken to the next level!): This last eighteen months, I’ve deliberately tried to go for a strong idea, loosely held approach — to allow myself to be open to lots of things, and to not be too convinced that they will definitely be right. The strategy was to try out many tiny ideas at an early stage, do a series of quick prototypes, play with them, often in…
  • Antilogs: How To Draw The Right Lesson Learned

    Salim Virani
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Bill Barnett at Stanford comments how so many startup pundits fail to learn when observing failures. Indeed, not only are the lessons learned often lost, but also the opportunity to use others' failures as one of the fastest sources of actionable information. Unfortunately, most observers skip the logic part. It is mentally easier to jump to the “obvious” conclusion: If the business failed, the business model must be wrong. Full stop. You can easily tell when this skip happens. The person will name an example as if it were a reason. Is online grocery delivery a viable model? No: Webvan.
  • Non-violent communication

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    First Round Capital's written a thought-provoking guide to internal startup communication: When startups experience conflict — particularly between leaders — efforts quickly become uncoordinated, motivations get misunderstood, and results fall short of expectations. You simply can’t produce an incredible product if the team building it won’t agree on fundamentals. Avoiding problems only allows them to fester and impact more people, while hasty, non-strategic communication can turn a small fire into a blaze. It centralises around a commmon mistake: Watch out, because the jump from…
  • Coding isn’t easy, but it is learnable

    Salim Virani
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Pamela Fox, from Khan Academy: These campaigns are telling students that “coding is easy,” and then they’re trying it, and now not only are they struggling to learn something new, but they’re feeling bad about themselves because hey, “coding is easy”, they shouldn’t be struggling. Nobody should feel bad for struggling to learn something new. They should be commended for trying to learn something new at all. It's interesting that most founders are brazen and keen to tackle a load of business challenges, figuring things out and learning new skills - but we often put "the technical…
  • More about NDAs

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Stef Lewandowski takes a slightly different angle about NDAs. Whereas I previously explored why I wouldn't sign NDAs in initial conversations as a recipient of those documents, Stef looks at why he used to ask for NDAs and how he's changed his mind about it: Non-disclosure-by-default introduces the risk that your company culture could be poisoned by secrecy at an early stage. I distinctly remember moments in a previous “stealth startup” company where I and those around me were so tied down with non-disclosure that we didn’t tell our own families what we were working on. The effect of…
 
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    Platform Thinking

  • Engineering-as-marketing: How startups transform marketing

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    This is a guest post by Justin Mares, the co-author of  Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers. Get the first 3 chapters free here. You (or your team’s) engineering talents can get your startup traction directly by building tools and resources that reach more people. We call this traction channel engineering as marketing: using engineering time to create useful tools like calculators, widgets, and educational micro-sites to get your company in front of potential customers. These tools then generate leads and expand your customer base. HubSpot, a marketing automation software…
  • Uber: The feedback loop disrupting transportation

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    When Uber was valued at tens of billions of dollars, there was significant criticism from valuation experts (Aswawth Damodaran, no less) and an equally compelling response from one of Uber’s earliest investors, Bill Gurley. One of the best things that emerged from these discussions (in conjunction with a back-of-the-napkin sketch tweeted by David Sacks, founder of Yammer) was a much more nuanced discussion of the feedback loop that drives Uber’s network effect. Uber is a classic two-sided marketplace where more cars on the network attract more travelers and vice versa. But as with…
  • Will peer lending platforms disrupt banking? Feedback loops may hold the key

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Earlier this week, I had an interesting tweet exchange with Giles Andrews, the founder of Zopa, one of the leading peer lending platforms. Clearly, Zopa and peer lending platforms of its ilk are going strong. The strong growth notwithstanding, they are a drop in the ocean of traditional lending models, as is often the case with emerging platforms. Will such platforms ever pose a compelling alternative to the banking industry? The answer to this question may lie in their ability to build a data-driven feedback loop. Feedback Loops A platform’s ability to use data often has a direct…
  • The Lepore-Christensen Debate: A repeatable pattern for Platforms and Disruptive Innovation

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Airbnb was recently valued at an eleven figure sum, which overshadows all, except the largest hotel chains. The usual criticisms to tech valuations aside, the impact of Airbnb on the traditional hotel industry is definitely being felt. But why did the industry fail to spot this threat for so long? How does something like Airbnb come out of the ordinary and change the rules of an entire industry? And how could something like this be repeated in another industry? Getting Blindsided By Platform Thinking Airbnb is the latest in a series of disruptions brought about by internet businesses over the…
  • From Twitter to Tinder: Why you should stop launching at tech conferences

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    If you’re running a tech startup, you’ve probably tried to (or would love to, if you could) do at least one of the following: - Get TechCrunch to cover you - Launch at SXSW Unfortunately, as launch channels go, the more unimaginative the channel, the less successful it is at getting you traction. This is because everyone else is trying to do the same thing as well and the audience has had too much of the same thing. But more importantly, these launch strategies are bumps, they’re not engines. As Paul Graham points out in his startup growth curve, the TechCrunch of initiation…
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    Cdling Capital Services

  • OFFICE HOURS ARE BACK!

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

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

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

    11 Mar 2013 | 12:22 pm
    "Angel investing - one of the leading sources of capital for the innovation economy - is undergoing rapid transformation and growth, with new social media entrants, legislative changes, and the explosion of the start-up environment." - Angel Capital Association Summit 2013 At Startup Grind 2013 conference in Silicon Valley I hosted the “No Harps or Hallows in Angel Funding” section designed to explore the changing early stage funding context.  Coming up in April, ACA Chairman David Verrill and Board Member Jean Peters have invited me to join a related panel: Crowdfunding: Wisdom…
  • OSC Exempt Market Review - Comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710

    8 Mar 2013 | 12:49 pm
    March 8, 2013 John Stevenson Secretary Ontario Securities Commission 20 Queen Street West 19th Floor, Box 55 Toronto, Ontario M5H 3S8 Fax: 416-592-2318 Email: jstevenson@osc.gov.on.ca Dear Sirs/Mesdames, RE:OSC Exempt Market Review - Comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710 As the Founder and owner of Cdling Capital Services Inc. and the Founder & Director of the Toronto Chapter of Startup Grind, I am pleased to provide these comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710. I am also the National VP of Startup Advocacy for CATAAlliance Invest CrowdFund Canada (ICC). My primary…
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    Business Start Ups

  • Small Biz Guide to Social Media

    Caroline Baxter
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Looking for an up to date guide on what to post and how to use all the top social networks? This handy infographic shows you how. Created by Magic Logix, the guide encompasses all the essential networks for your business and gives a great overview of how you can use them for brand exposure, customer […] The post Small Biz Guide to Social Media appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • How To Increase Your Email Response Rates

    Caroline Baxter
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:28 am
    Email Marketing Best Practices Organising your email marketing should be a priority for 2014 You may have been sending emails for years now, but sending emails and getting them to be actually opened and read are two completely different things. Is your database organised? Do you write your emails or newsletters with a goal in […] The post How To Increase Your Email Response Rates appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • Business Writing – The Secret Recipe [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Caroline Baxter
    22 Jan 2014 | 4:22 am
    Magentic Writing Always wanted to write a truly magnetic Blog post? The article readers come back for, time after time? Getting traffic to your website is only part of the recipe for business success. Essentially, there are many ingredients which count towards making your business website the connoisseur of the industry. My article How to get original […] The post Business Writing – The Secret Recipe [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • WordPress Tutorial – An Introduction to WordPress

    Caroline Baxter
    25 Sep 2013 | 6:09 am
    WordPress So how can you have the website you dreamed of, at little or no cost, with a fully integrated CMS (content management system) and thousands of ready to use, free or paid templates? Every business owner knows the importance of having an up to date website. You may also know that getting a new website […] The post WordPress Tutorial – An Introduction to WordPress appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • Master LinkedIn Skills and Expertise in 5 Minutes

    Caroline Baxter
    5 Sep 2013 | 4:08 am
    Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an online social media platform that could show you; Who the key influencers are in your field along with their contact details The exact keywords you should be using in relation to your skillset to optimize your profile What social groups you need to join to connect with […] The post Master LinkedIn Skills and Expertise in 5 Minutes appeared first on Business Start Ups.
 
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    AlleyWatch

  • Even the Mayor of NYC Presented at the September New York Tech Meetup

    Bonnie Halper
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    You know that summer’s over when you’re at the September New York Tech Meetup and Executive Director Nate Westheimer takes to the stage to announce that half the room are VCs who are pissed off...
  • How Much “Free Time” Do Entrepreneurs Really Have?

    Under30CEO
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    One of the primary reasons I quit my job 2 years ago was so that I would have time to do things that I enjoy. Time to read, write, meditate and train my body. Time to learn languages and master new...
  • Change the World

    Lili Balfour
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Regardless of the strategy you choose – IPO, sell or stay private – the best possible outcome for your company is to “make a dent in the Universe,” as Steve Jobs would say. While Apple was changing...
  • App Smart | Learn to Code

    AlleyWatch
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Kit Eaton reviews three apps that will help you learn the basics of computer programming from your mobile device.
  • August 2014 NYC Venture Capital and Angel Funding Report

    AlleyVoice
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Today we take a look at the state of venture capital and angel funding during the all of July, both in New York and nationally. Analyzing some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase,...
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    Startup Freak

  • Airbnb Clone Script – Everestitservices.com

    StartupFreak
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Company Name : Airbnb Clone Script – Everestitservices.com Description : What is Airbnb Clone? Presenting you the Airbnb Clone Script, An Expert built Airbnb Clone App with fully supported Travel and Holiday Rental System, powered by all vital features of AIRBNB to kick start a quick web based rental reservation system. Company Overview : What is Airbnb Clone? Presenting you the Airbnb Clone Script, An Expert built Airbnb Clone App with fully supported Travel and Holiday Rental System, powered by all vital features of AIRBNB to kick start a quick web based rental reservation system.
  • Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre

    StartupFreak
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Company Name : Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre Description : Diabetic Care Centre Company Overview : Dr. Mohan’s DSC was conceived by Dr. V. Mohan, internationally acclaimed diabetologist and his wife Dr. M. Rema, internationally known specialist in diabetic eye diseases. Homepage URL: http://drmohansdiabetes.com Industry : Healthcare Number of Employees : 50 Location : 6B, Conran Smith Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai – 600086, Tamil Nadu, India Key People : Dr.V.Mohan Social Links Padma Shri Dr. V. Mohan is an eminent Indian Diabetologist who has been working in the field of…
  • Global SEO Services

    StartupFreak
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Company Name : Global SEO Services Description : We boast of a highly trained professional team of seo experts who have a proven record of delivering the desired results to our clients. This result-oriented approach makes us a prominent website optimization company that cares for utmost satisfaction of the clients. We provide white hat SEO services India with professional expertise as per the requirements of our clients. Company Overview : We are one the best seo services company with also offers professional seo services. We are titled as best seo services company, professional seo service…
  • HitechITO

    StartupFreak
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Company Name : HitechITO Description : Hi-Tech ITO is ISO 9001:2008 certified India based company. We provide quality services to global clients. Company Overview : We offers our expertise services in the area of Custom web application development, e-Commerce solutions, iPhone applications development, Android applications development, Open source applications customization Business and Technology consulting, Application development services, Custom software development, Maintenance, Independent testing and validation services and IT infrastructure services. Homepage URL:…
  • GoKelp HR Services Private Limited

    StartupFreak
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Company Name : GoKelp HR Services Private Limited Description : KelpHR is a brand defining a synthesizer that brings together corporates and HR professionals. The “K” in the logo is the focal point and a mnemonic representing all aspects – the corporate, the professional and KelpHR. Company Overview : When the excellence of our rich internal experience collaborates with the diversity of external expertise, the result is total customer delight. At KelpHR, this is what we do. We amalgamate our deep understanding of human capital with the power of the marketplace collective and…
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    Onboardly

  • Announcing the #GetStarted2014 Winner: Social Belly

    Heather Carson
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    You may recall a little while back we posted about #GetStarted2014, a great competition for which we teamed up with Simpleweb and Rackspace to find and cultivate the best new idea. With a prize offering of $70,000 worth of services to help make an entrepreneurial dream come true and some of the best judges around (including Cindy Gallop, Srinivas Rao, and Jessica Erickson) reviewing each of the submissions, this contest was well worth getting involved with. Overall, there were 150 awesome ideas submitted from all over the world and over 6,000 votes cast. The community has spoken, the votes…
  • Mommy, Read Me a Press Release? (Said No Kid, Ever)

    Heather Carson
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Chances are, you know – or have at some point known – a 5-year-old kid. There’s tons of them out there, so I feel safe in my assumption that you can picture what he looks like, what his mannerisms might be, and perhaps even what it might sound like for him to ask to be read to before bedtime. Have you ever heard a child ask to be read a press release? I’m guessing not. What they probably asked was: “Mom/Dad (or in my case, Auntie Heather), would you read me a story?” Kids, in the most innocent form of all human behavior, simply want to be entertained by a story. To be…
  • 15 Best SEO Posts of All-Time

    Renee Warren
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every month, we round up our favourite posts of all-time on topics ranging from content marketing and social media to analytics and CRO. We’ll cover everything you need to get your startup the attention and traction it deserves! Before 2014 is up, you’ll be a startup marketing superstar! We’ll make sure of it. So, without further ado, here are our 15 favourite SEO posts of all-time… 1. SEO Expert Quiz Takeaway : “This (SEO) is kind of fun. It may not shed light on the state of  SEO practices, but it’s fun.” 2. 101 SEO Experts Reveal Their Fave Plugins…
  • Simple Growth Hacks for Entrepreneurs: 3-12 Months

    Shanelle Mullin
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Congratulations on a successful launch, my friend. It was a long time coming and it went off without a hitch. But… now what? Once the launch is over, the growth hacking doesn’t stop. Yesterday, we covered how to get your startup on the map during the launch phase. Today, we’re going to look at how to keep your startup on the map. Why settle for 15 minutes of fame, right? There’s a lot of work left to be done now that the launch has come and gone. Don’t worry, we have some simple growth hacks based on years of practical experience (from us and some of our friends, too). These are…
  • Simple Growth Hacks for Entrepreneurs: 0-3 Months

    Crystal Richard
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    In the weeks leading up to the official launch of your product, there are a few things that are inevitable. Time is money and stress is palpable. It constantly feels like no amount of work is ever enough. Will the product ever be 100% ready? The grey hairs on your head are multiplying faster than your runway is disappearing. But who said entrepreneurship was for the faint of heart? There will never be a perfect time to start a company. And there will never be a perfect way to launch a company. Or a perfect way to market a company. Or a perfect way to secure media coverage. Don’t sweat it.
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • 8 Common Mistakes on Business Websites (and How to Fix Them)

    Kaleigh Moore
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    Do you sometimes get the feeling that your website could be better? You look around at other business websites and think, “Hey, that looks great!” But then you come back to your own website and are not sure where to begin making changes. Yes, you know which websites you like—but how do you make your own business website mirror those great qualities? I look at lots of websites every single day while at work, when I’m at home…day and night. So I’ve had some time to pinpoint a few of the places websites excel—and where they fall down, too. Today, I wanted to share those 8 common…
  • 5 Organization Apps That People Actually Use

    Sherice Jacob
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    There’s no shortage of productivity and organization apps out there, but which ones really work? Smartphones and tablets have made it easy to stay organized, but they’ve also brought on an onslaught of apps. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at 5 organization apps that people actually use to help improve their organization and productivity. Give these a try, and let us know what your favorites are. 1. Due for iPhone Let’s say you have something you need to do at a specific time, be it a client appointment or just a reminder to pick up your kid from tonight’s game.
  • How to Organize Your Email Inbox Today

    Mary Mallard
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Inbox zero. What is it? Why should you care about it? Inbox zero is the idea that each message coming into your inbox is a *new* message. When your inbox is at zero, you won’t have any messages that you need to read or sort through. You don’t need zero messages to reach organizational happiness, but you should have a place for every email that comes to you. It isn’t easy. With email being the primary method of communication, you can become overwhelmed with the amount of “URGENT” messages flooding in. There are a ton of strategies, tools and apps to help you tame your…
  • How to Keep Customers: Strategies for Resource-Strapped Small Businesses and Startups

    Sherice Jacob
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    For many small businesses, getting customers is a challenge. You have to differentiate your brand, create a unique selling proposition, and develop a quality product or service. But that’s only half the battle. With the advent of social shopping, comparison sites and “showrooming”, competition for those same customers is fiercer than ever. So with that in mind, how do you keep the customers you already have without investing a lot of time or resources?  Let’s take a closer look at the things you can implement today to improve your customer retention rates and create a loyal…
  • 19 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Acquire Customers

    Justin Mares
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How can I get customers? It’s an entrepreneur’s greatest question. Acquiring customers is the lifeblood of any business, and the only way your company will grow. In our research while writing Traction, we found that there are only 19 ways startups and businesses acquire customers. The good news? There are only 19 channels. The bad news? There are 19 whole channels! Many successful startups experiment with multiple channels (search engine ads, PR, business development, etc.) until they find one that works. Follow their lead and figure out what works for your business. Here are the…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Sensilk

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sensilk- Smart technology clothing- Conductive fibers connected to mobile app- Analyze workouts- Fitness goal customization- Track heart rate- First product is smart technology braScreenshot via Sensilk
  • In the Spotlight - Pixlater

    Eleanor Wall
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pixlater- Upload photos once, distribute to multiple photo-sharing sites- Share images on 500px, Flickr, Facebook, etc- Schedule distribution- Pro subscription offers analytics, personal portfolio, app integration- All subscriptions offer 30-day free trialScreenshot via Pixlater
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Healbe GoBe

    Eleanor Wall
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Healbe GoBe™ - Track caloric intake via skin sensor (glucose)- Pulse sensor (heart rate)- Impedance sensor (fluid level)- Movement sensor (accelerometer)- Smartphone data transfer (Bluetooth)- iOS/Android compatibleScreenshot via Healbe
  • In the Spotlight - 300Editors

    Eleanor Wall
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    300Editors- Real time professional editing as a service- Add-on for Google Docs- Up-front pricing- Editors available in multiple time-zones- Corporate pricing availableScreenshot via 300Editors
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Play-tag

    Eleanor Wall
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Play-tag - Wearables for your dog- Smart ID tag- Connects to mobile app- Set invisible boundaries- LED leash light- Store canine medical records/behavioral data- Track dog's location - Waterproof
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  • [Thailand] Mobile Monday Bangkok #9 – MoMoBKK

    e27 Editorial Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    The 9th episode of Mobile Monday Bangkok (MoMoBKK) brings Xiaomi and Twitter to Thailand Synopsis: Mobile Monday would like to invite all the digital and online professionals to our event. The MoMo team is very excited as this time we are bringing speakers from Xiaomi and Twitter for the first time to Thailand. In addition, our local speakers from Adways will also join the conversation. Here is a list of the speakers who will be at Mobile Monday: Steve Vickers – General Manager, Xiaomi Global Known as the Apple of China. Xiaomi has recently surpassed Apple and Samsung to become the…
  • E-commerce sales worldwide to touch US$2 trillion in 2015

    Maneka Tanwani
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    It took 18 years (1994-2012) for e-comm sales to hit US$1T. But only two years to get to US$1.5T (2014). Bigcommerce says it will reach US$2T in 2015 A Sting CD is the first documented online purchase. That was 20 years ago. By end of this year, e-commerce sales will hit US$1.5 trillion, as per eMarketer. The growth numbers are mind-boggling. According to a study by Bigcommerce, an e-commerce provider that helps businesses sell more online, it took 18 years (1994-2012) for e-commerce sales to hit US$1 trillion worldwide. But only two years to get to US$1.5 trillion (2014). The prediction…
  • Singapore-based game publisher Gamebatte releases new title Konbini Story

    Rahil Bhagat
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    The game is a cross between a retail management simulator and a Bejeweled-style match 3 game Singapore-based game development house Gamebatte has announced the release of its latest game Konbini Story on the Android platform. The game, which the company, in an exclusive conversation with e27, describes as a cross between a retail management simulator and a Bejeweled-style match 3 game has you assume the unassuming role of manager of a Konbini or Japanese convenience store. Your job is simple — turn your fledgling little store from the neighborhood corner joint to retail giant. The…
  • Microsoft gets Minecraft, but will it get the fans?

    geektime
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The buzz around the sale has caused players to become uneasy; Microsoft claims it will do everything to retain the loyalty of Minecraft devotees It was announced yesterday that Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the company that created Minecraft, in a US$2.5 billion deal. Though both parties seem content with the purchase, the decision comes with the departure of its creators and may have Minecraft players feeling a little uneasy. The game, which is essentially the digital equivalent of Lego blocks that allows players to create their own worlds to be shared and edited by others, was originally…
  • Singapore’s Unified Inbox acquires US-based SocialGrow

    Twishy
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The key components of SocialGrow will be integrated into Unified Inbox’s product offerings Unified Inbox, a Singapore-based social communication and collaboration platform, today announced that it has acquired Boston-based social networking application company SocialGrow for an undisclosed amount. SocialGrow’s Chief Marketing Officer and Co-founder Ken Herron will join Unified Inbox as the Head of Marketing. The key components of SocialGrow – an application that makes it easier for organisations and individuals to better connect with the people they know on different social…
 
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    Tech in Asia

  • How tax query to Amazon opens a Pandora’s box for ecommerce in India

    Malavika Velayanikal
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Tax authorities in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, are looking into why Amazon India does not pay value-added taxes – as required under the VAT Act, 2003 – on goods stored in its warehouses. The investigation was first reported by Deccan Herald late last month. Now the matter has escalated. The Enforcement Directorate has issued notices to a number of vendors and stopped the sale of their products from Amazon’s warehouses, Mint reports. VAT, or value-added tax, is a multi-point, destination based system of taxation. At each stage of transaction in the…
  • This 50-year-old Taiwanese man is making coloring cool enough for adults

    Josh Horwitz
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 am
    Readers who grew up in the 90s will fondly remember big boxes of Crayola crayons, full of colors with names like “Radical Red” and “Jungle Green.” When it came to coloring, part of the fun lay in choosing from an array of different hues (120!) in an attempt to find a perfect match. Ufro, a six-man startup from Taipei, is proudly taking coloring to the next level with the Mozbii, which is an iPad stylus made just for kids. Using RGB color sensors, Mozbii can detect the pigment of physical objects – the table, the flower bouquet nearby, the puppy’s coat. Pressing the bendable…
  • Alibaba IPO will make it biggest internet company in China and third biggest in the world

    Paul Bischoff
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Alibaba will be the third-biggest internet company in the world by market cap if analysts’ estimates hold up. It will surpass both US ecommerce giant Amazon and Chinese rival Tencent. Chinese companies take up four of the top 10 spots and make up three of the top six. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) sits at number six, while JD (NASDAQ:JD) rounds out the top 10. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) leads by a long shot with nearly twice the market cap as runner up Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). As Alibaba enters the fray, the landscape looks to be a lot more even between the US and China, but neither have made significant…
  • Wikileaks: Singapore firm with government ties bought cyber snooping software

    Daniel Tay
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    On September 15, Wikileaks released copies of invoices and support tickets from Germany-based software company FinFisher. This revealed the names of most of their clients, and how much they’ve paid for their technology. If you’re wondering why they deserve this, you should know that this particular firm deals in weaponized surveillance malware that reportedly includes the following: …computer intrusion systems, software exploits and remote monitoring systems that are capable of intercepting communications and data from OS X, Windows, and Linux computers as well as Android, iOS,…
  • Pirate3D: our ship isn’t sinking

    Roger Chang
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Roger Chang is the CEO and co-founder of Pirate3D, a company that designs and sells 3D printers. While generally uncontactable as his pirate ship has no mobile reception, he is reachable on Twitter @rogermcchang “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain Concerned friends have been asking me about Pirate3D in the aftermath of our blunder with the Kickstarter refund algorithm. Mistakes were made, but overall it’s been great. Our new round of fundraising is just about done, we are ramping up to high volume production, and we are preparing for retail sales.
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • What you do when everything goes wrong? Find out at #ExpertNight

    James Pember
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s time for another #ExpertNight with the great team over at Elance-oDesk. The last event was a blast, with a capacity crowd gathered at SUP46. This time the topic of the night will be: “Mastering Conflicts” and the SwedishStartupSPace team will be on the ground, covering the event live. To explore this topic, they’ve invited successful entrepreneurs to help you figure out how to manage conflicts within your company. “Being a startup you are bound to go through change. You are disrupting industries. Your business is growing at an accelerated pace. Your…
  • Swedish Startup Socialmaps Makes U.S. Debut At Disrupt SF 2014

    Anders Hassis
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Emerging mobile social discovery platform Socialmaps is the first app to fully leverage the power of location-based services and social media. Developed in Sweden, Socialmaps recently surpassed more than 1 million posts from users across the world. Basically, if you want to know what your friends and colleagues are up to nearby. Socialmaps integrates feeds from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, G+ and Foursquare, and posts real-time status updates directly to the user’s map, delivering instant push notifications whenever friends are nearby. CEO and co-founder Martin Adonis formerly worked at a…
  • Startup Grind founder to visit Stockholm and Gothenburg on his first Europe trip

    Per Bergström
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On September 25-26th, Derek Andersen, founder of Startup Grind, is coming to Sweden on his first trip to visit chapters outside of the U.S. Alongside Stockholm and Gothenburg, the cities of Dublin, London and Tel Aviv will have the honor of his presence for a few days. The Silicon Valley hype, values like giving before taking, making friends rather than contacts and it’s scalable technical platform, are according to the founder two of the secret sauces that has led to the organization’s exponential growth. Today with chapters in 100 cities in 42 countries with 75 000 entrepreneurs at…
  • It’s official. Microsoft are buying Mojang, the company behind Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars

    James Pember
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Well, it’s official. Microsoft are buying Mojang, the company behind Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars. The games creator, Notch has previously heckled companies who’ve “sold out” to big boys and at one point cancelled a cooperation with Oculus Rift for selling to Facebook, making this deal all the most fascinating. We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out. — Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014 Unsuprisingly, the founders of the company will not be joining Microsoft and it’s…
  • Volumental Announces $3M Investment

    Anders Hassis
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    3D customization startup Volumental, based in Stockholm, has taken on one of the largest seed investments in Sweden from Silicon Valley investor FOUNDER.org and Stockholm-based MOOR. Volumental’s cloud-based software enables accurate scanning of the human body using simple 3D depth cameras and will allow individuals to use those scannings to create products that are customized to their own bodies. Several proofs of concepts within orthotics and ecommerce are under way, including a project with Intel using 3D depth- sensing laptops for fitting shoes that was demoed at the Intel Developer…
 
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    Barcinno

  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Conductr

    Stewart Masters
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    This post was written in collaboration with the founders of Conductr, Julià Carboneras Girgas, Oriol Rosell and Albert Minguell Colome. Music has been the pursuit of each generation to leave its stamp on the timeline of humanity. Each generation has advanced in music production capability using the best of the contemporary technology. A couple of decades back, music was an end result […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Conductr appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Job Opening: PHP Developer at Aether Consulting

    Scott Mackin
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    Company: Aether Consulting Area: IT & Media Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer   Aether Consulting was founded in 2011 to offer IT solutions for SME and Startups. We are looking for a talented and creative PHP Developer to join our MVP Startup Division. Where: Barcelona. (Please only apply if you have working visa for Europe, Spain) Ideally with […] The post #Barcelona #Job Opening: PHP Developer at Aether Consulting appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype (part 1 of 3)

    Orsi Tóth
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Most trends and waves run the same course. A few crazy visionaries start it, followed by innovators and early adopters, and then the big ones eventually reach the tipping point, spilling over into mainstream consumerism. They become well known and available to the masses – think last autumn’s high street fast fashion punk inspiration overload – and in the […] The post Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype (part 1 of 3) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Job Opening: Back-end Web Developer at The George BCN

    Scott Mackin
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    Company: The George BCN Area: Marketing Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer The Opportunity We are looking for a back-end web developer who is solution-oriented and innovative for our clients, but also has that extra motivation to grow with us and define future projects. Hello, my name is The George and I am a performance marketing agency with a […] The post #Barcelona #Job Opening: Back-end Web Developer at The George BCN appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Megafounder (@megafounder)

    Stewart Masters
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s clear that there is something special about crowdfunding dynamics; a group of passionate people coming together to help bring projects to life. Whether it’s the coolest cooler in the world or even some dude making a potato salad for the masses, people around the world are prepared to invest in projects they really believe […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Megafounder (@megafounder) appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • Marketplaces

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

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

    Christian Walter
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    For those who would like to visit Turkey but need a good excuse, here it is. Founders, startups, digital nomads and freelancers will have the opportunity to network, work on new ideas, grow business and make new friends in Kemer, Turkey thanks to Coworking Camp. “Even though new coworking spaces are opening every day, and there is a flurry of startup events and incubation programs, it is sometimes difficult to make meaningful connections with other startups from different cities. Coworking Camp is specifically designed to let you meet founders that can help you to grow your network and…
  • Get Ready for I4-X – New Business Accelerator Coming to Bangkok

    Geoffrey Guyonnet
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    “I4-X“ is accepting applications for it’s first term starting  September 15th The 3 month accelerator program  was developed by the Singapore based Expara IDM Venture in collaboration with N-VEst Ventures. Expara is a leading provider of incubation and mentorship to early-stage interactive and digital media (IDM) companies across South-East Asia. I4-X will be based full-time at the co-working space Glowfish, where the companies can meet and discuss with the accelerator coaches and mentors. Each of the startups will receive a small pre-seed investment of THB 250,000 to cover the…
  • WearYouWant raises USD 1.5mil Series A

    Christian Walter
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Bangkok based e-commerce Startup WearYouWant has announced a USD 1.5mil Series A round to expand into South-East Asia. Unlike other e-commerce solutions WyW is unique in that it positions itself as a fashion community. WyW enables local fashion retailers to compete with the online only ecommerce solutions, such as Zalora, by selling their inventory online.   WearYouWant collaborates with local fashion brands in a very unique way. Labels that join the fashion community can sell their products online through the WyW websites. The shops decide which items should be sold online and the…
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    Uncanny Owl

  • LearnDash Review Revisited

    Ryan Moore
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    A few months ago, Ken wrote a brief review of his experiences using LearnDash to develop Grade Hacks, Uncanny Owl’s study skills program. It remains our second most-visited page on this website and attracts a lot of traffic for people searching for LearnDash reviews. Since that article was originally published 6 months ago, LearnDash has gone through a number of big changes, including the release of version 2.0. Ken’s original article is now outdated in a number of areas and we thought it was time to revisit some of the problem areas to see where things stand in the current release (2.0.3…
  • WordPress LMS Showdown: Sensei vs. LearnDash

    Ryan Moore
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    I recently decided to build a new LMS demo site with WooThemes Sensei, which gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of time setting Sensei up and integrated it into an existing site for this review. Since most of Uncanny Owl’s platform consulting work involves LearnDash, it was great to explore a different approach to a WordPress LMS solution. In this quick review I’ll discuss some of what I really liked about Sensei (compared to LearnDash) and where I  have concerns about using the plugin to deliver training. First, some history. Uncanny Owl started working with WordPress LMS…
  • WooThemes Sensei LMS Demo Site

    Ryan Moore
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Ever wanted to see what Sensei looked like with a third-party theme? Maybe try it out on a platform where it could be more directly compared to LearnDash? Now you can! Uncanny Owl now has a completely functional Sensei site up at http://sensei.uncannycloud.com/. Sign in and check out some demo courses and lessons created with Sensei! If the new Sensei site looks familiar, that’s because it’s a clone of our LearnDash demo site. We took a snapshot of that site, replaced LearnDash and iThemes Exchange with Sensei and WooCommerce (and a whole lot of other stuff) and then rebuilt the same demo…
  • Instructor Led Training with WordPress

    Ryan Moore
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Facilitated training isn’t just for the classroom and complex Learning Management Systems. Even though WordPress learning solutions are primarily targeted at self-directed programs, it is absolutely possible to build facilitated learning with them. In this post I’ll share some of the ways we do this for our clients at Uncanny Owl. Let’s suppose you want to offer a 4-week paid course to the public. Each week, you want learners to go through some self-directed lessons (that include text, video, and offline readings), participate in online discussions with you and other learners, and then…
  • Keeping Client Sites Up and Running

    Ryan Moore
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    At Uncanny Owl we do everything we can to make sure our clients are happy before, during and after projects. We design simple, straightforward solutions that are easy to manage, yet the platforms will be do sometimes require periodic updates and oversight to stay secure and operational, just as any other software does. That’s why we build long-term relationships with our partners and help out proactively—so they can focus on their business rather than their systems. In the past we’ve managed ongoing maintenance on an individual basis. It worked, but coordinating everything on…
 
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    NextShark

  • We Dare You To Watch This Gripping Video of Traffic Without Smiling

    Editorial Staff
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Directed by Fernando Livschitz, “Rush Hour” is comprised of amazing footage manipulated to create a “traffic ballet” of all types of vehicles and the pedestrians that are just inches from being run over by them. If only all traffic was this seamless and smooth. Warning: This might give you anxiety. Check out more from Black Sheep Films.
  • Elon Musk’s Startup SpaceX Just Got Its Biggest Interplanetary Break

    Editorial Staff
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    For the first time ever, NASA has awarded contracts for space shuttle missions to private companies, bringing the era of space travel back to the United States. With a total of $6.8 billion to award, NASA chose aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing, which will receive $4.2 billion, and Elon Musk’s interplanetary startup SpaceX, which will receive $2.6 billion. Deeply honored and appreciative of the trust that @NASA has placed in @SpaceX for the future of human spaceflight — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 16, 2014 NASA is shelling out the billions to fund six missions between the two…
  • This Guy Just Won the Award For Tinder Profile Picture of the Year

    Sebastian Dillon
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    If there is one attractive quality a woman likes in a man, it’s someone who doesn’t beat around the bush. In an effort to not waste any time with all the formalities, 29-year-old Tinder user Brandon decided to use a photo of his bank account statement instead of his profile picture to draw attention on the popular dating app. Though we question the type of girls (or guys, if that’s how he rolls) this would attract, at least we know we are dealing with a man who gets straight to the point. Source: Barstool Sports
  • There is a New Social Network and You’re Most Likely Too Poor to Be a Part Of It

    Max Chang
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A Facebook for the financial elite is finally here. For any of you rich folk who are tired of having to connect with us mortals on social media, you now have a support group to voice all of your First World problems. The social network is called Netropolitan and was launched Tuesday (today!). The company explains on their website that they’re a “global online community for affluent and accomplished individuals worldwide to socialize in a completely private and secure manner.” It doesn’t get more pretentious than that. All cheap jokes aside, it’s no secret that social media platforms…
  • This Rapper is Offering $50,000 a Year For the Best Blunt Roller He Can Find

    Alan Van
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Love weed? How about money? If your answer is “yes” to both, then rapper Waka Flocka Flame has THE job for you. Brah, put down the ganja for a second and focus on reading here: Waka is offering a $50,000-a-year salary to one lucky (understatement much?) dude or dudette who can roll his blunts. Like, do you know how many Taco Bell chalupas that will buy? All I can say is: Bon voyage to solid poops. Oh, and also horses. To advertise for his newly created job — apparently, Waka is really good for the economy — the “No Hands” rapper posted to his Instagram account yesterday what…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Featured Startup Pitch: Move over Vevo, Rormix is building an online music video platform for indie artists

    Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    By Emma Owens, Rormix co-founder and CMO ELEVATOR PITCH Rormix is a free app on which allows users to discover music videos from independent and unsigned artists. Officially launched in April, 2014, it has now been downloaded in 180 countries, 100,000 times. All the music videos are curated by a team of in-house music lovers to ensure a high-quality experience for users. Now VC backed and a team of nine and growing, Rormix aims to be the go-to platform for artists to promote themselves and users to discover new music videos. PRODUCT/FEATURE DESCRIPTION AND DIFFERENTIATION Rormix is the new…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Jerusalem-based ThetaRay taps big data to secure big networks

    Editor
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    By Mark Gazit, ThetaRay CEO ELEVATOR PITCH ThetaRay helps critical infrastructure organizations and financial institutions detect and stop unknown threats. Covert APT attacks, fraud, money-laundering and operational faults like device malfunction or looming outage can be stopped before any damage occurs. SERVICE DESCRIPTION Leveraging the entire scope of data emanating across all critical assets, systems and environments in customers’ business and operations is the only way organizations can truly pinpoint what needs to be addressed in order to avert crisis situations. ThetaRay’s…
  • With a big funding round ($6M+) completed, OnBeep looks to bring its wearable, real-time group communications device to market

    Editor
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    A Q&A with OnBeep co-founder and CEO Jesse Robbins. The San Francisco-based startup, which is developing a wearable, gesture-based communications device, announced in late August the closing of a $6.25 million Series A funding round. It was founded last year by Robbins, CTO Greg Albrecht and lead designer Roger Wood. This is its first round of outside funding. SUB: Please describe OnBeep and your primary innovation. RobbinsOnBeep is a wearable communication device company that will aid in creating beautiful experiences through seamless, real-time group collaboration. The device can be…
  • JIBO shatters crowdfunding goal for its robot with ‘heart’

    Editor
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A Q&A with JIBO co-founder and CEO Cynthia Breazeal. The Boston-based robotics startup has passed the $2 million mark in its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (with an original goal of $100,000), with four days left. It was founded in 2012, and also raised a Seed funding round, amount undisclosed, over the summer. SUB: Please describe JIBO and your target markets and users. Breazeal: JIBO is the world’s first family robot that brings intelligence, helpfulness and ‘heart’ to the digital home as a mass consumer product. We are initially targeting use cases for busy families and extended…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Brussels-based Point Shout has built a mobile app that enables instant consumer feedback for brick-and-mortar retailers

    Editor
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    By Ionut Danifeld, Point Shout co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH Established in 2013, Point Shout is a subscription-based mobile and web app solution that enables businesses to listen, engage, and react more effectively to their customers’ needs. We facilitate easier customer feedback while improving customer loyalty. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION In a nutshell, Point Shout comprises of a mobile app (iOS and Android) that visitors to participating venues can download and then complete a short customer feedback survey for the venue they are at. In return, a limited time discount code is displayed on…
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    thinkfuture

  • Apple Watch: A Triumph Of Incremental Innovation

    Chris Kalaboukis
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Always interested in bold new innovation, I watched with bated breath as the new Apple products were revealed this week – once again I was disappointed that Apple took the super safe, non-innovative route to simply copy their Android competitors and simply release a larger version of more or less the same thing, for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that is. If you ask me, there is no real new ground broken here – yes, even Apple Pay – which so many people are now lauding as the “insert_payment_solution_here killer” doesn’t really innovate. Android phones have had…
  • Put Down The Mouse And Step Away From The Computer

    Chris Kalaboukis
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Jonathan Philips / Flickr As someone who’s been steeped in the culture of innovation most of my career and in Silicon Valley for the last 15 years of my career, I sometimes find that those two ethos’s (ethii?) sometimes compete with each other. After all, the Silicon Valley ethos is one of entrepreneurs sacrificing all sorts of things (social life, time, money) in order to build the next big amazing new thing and change the world. This place is rife with stories of people pulling months and months of all nighters and sleeping under their desks in order to just get world changing…
  • The Top 100 Least Innovative Companies

    Chris Kalaboukis
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Now, you didn’t really think that this was going to be a post with a list of the top 100 least innovative companies in it, did you? I mean, how would I go about doing that anyways – call up companies that I think are not innovating and ask if they want to be on this list? I doubt if anyone would admit to it. But I’ll bet that when you saw that headline you probably thought to yourself – hmm – I wonder if MY company is on that list? Tell the truth, how many of you clicked on that link thinking that you’d see your company at the top of that list – or…
  • 100% Of Business Is Following Up

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Iain Watson / Flickr The quote “80 percent of life is showing up” is widely attributed to Woody Allen, although the authority of the internet, Wikipedia, doesn’t confirm it – personally I think its true. But in business, showing up 100% of the time is table stakes. What I do see too much of though is a lack of follow up. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve not gotten as much as a acknowledgement email from someone – even from an INTERNAL person needing a response for an urgent matter, i’d be retired in Hawaii living in a huge mansion. You know what…
  • What Kind Of Innovation Is That?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Tsahi Levent-Levi/Flickr Last week, Forbes reported that the father of disruptive innovation, Clayton Christensen, who wrote the original text on innovation – The Innovator’s Dilemma, said that he may have regretted the use of the word “disruptive”, and may now be working to replace it with something like “quantum” instead. Methinks that people are having a bit of trouble with the meaning of the word “disruptive” because if you ask me, its 100% accurate, and backtracking or revising isn’t going to solve the problem. If you ask me –…
 
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  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/10/14

    John Gannon
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Grovo, a company that teaches internet and modern professional skills with 60-second videos, is hiring a Junior Product Analyst. Eric Olson writes about employee stock options on his blog. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/10/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/8/14

    John Gannon
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    AngelList is hiring an Operations Associate. The Muse is taking one lucky winner and a guest on a tour of Silicon Valley this fall. 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 9/8/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 9/4/14

    John Gannon
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Sean Johnson writes for Medium about how climbing the career ladder depends on what you do out of the office. Jean Walters offers 10 characteristics of great customer success hires. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Career Advice for 9/4/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 9/2/14

    John Gannon
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Placemeter, a computer vision company, is hiring a Product Manager. Nitin Julka writes about how he got his first Valley-based Product Management job in 5 weeks. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Career Advice for 9/2/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Ro knows: How to career switch from management consulting to startup business development

    Ro Gupta
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Ro Gupta landed his startup business development job by networking like crazy, catching a few lucky breaks, and crushing his interview with legendary venture capitalist Fred Wilson. Keep reading to learn how Ro successfully transitioned from the corporate world to leading business development at Disqus, one of the top discussion platforms on the web. You were the 1st business hire at Disqus. How did you hear about the role and what was your interview process like? Are there one or two things you felt were critical to finding the job or doing well in the interview process?  It was 2008 and…
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  • Exploits in Education: Week One

    Elizabeth Randell
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back!  Grab a cup of coffee (tea?  soda?) and get settled in for a bit of a read…. Wow – the first week of Discovering Business in Society was a real eye opener!  I have so many things I want to talk about – the exam, businesses vs. organizations, globalization, technology and challenges in management… But first, I have to comment on my impressions of the course.  Any course which offers blogging prompts is A1 in my books. I believe blogging along with courses only increases the writers understanding of the materials – and of course, the increased…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 2

    Swati Kumar
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp called Coding House in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:  Practice means Progress! Learning Made Easy:  Okay, this is kind of misleading…
  • O2S Courses Starting Soon

    Elizabeth Randell
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Starting on September 15th, Open2Study is bringing to you some fantastic courses!  If you’ve not yet taken the time to visit their website, then you should make it now!  From their easy to use chat forums (in and out of class!), to the ability to connect to classmates, to the awesome badges you can earn by taking part in various activities, Open2Study has a lot to offer on top of some top notch courses!  Check out these courses starting soon! Education & Training   EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – Examine the world of children from 0 to 5 years. Explore how they develop…
  • Featuring Open Yale

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

    Swati Kumar
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
      Massive Open Online Courses are fantastic ways to get a structured education without the typical associated costs, but they often take a long time to get through.  A MOOC could take anywhere from a few days to a few months.  There are other ways to learn something new online within 60 minutes, though.   TED Talks TED Talks might not give you a thorough understanding of Design or Accounting, but many can help you develop a opinion by taking a new spin on things.  They are generally pretty short (some even as short as 5 minutes) and send a message, whether it may be to inform…
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  • SafeLogic CEO for IEEE Panel on IoT Device Design.

    Kevin
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    SafeLogic CEO for IEEE Panel on IoT Device Design. SafeLogic, the company re-inventing how encryption is delivered, has joined forces with IEEE once more! Ray Potter, CEO and co-founder of SafeLogic, will speak at the IEEE Standards Association’s Internet of Things Workshop on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. During the two day workshop, attendees will explore the IoT and the convergence of platforms and services. The agenda has a special focus on interdisciplinary approaches to the design of products and services for the IoT…
  • Bitcoin Users Donate $10,000 to 9/11 Memorial Fund with GAW Miners.

    Kevin
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Bitcoin Users Donate $10,000 to 9/11 Memorial Fund with GAW Miners. World-leading bitcoin hardware supplier GAWMiners released a special limited edition bitcoin miner, The Remember Hashlet, late last week to commemorate heroes of September 11th and to raise donations for the 9/11 Memorial Fund. Remember Haslets. Philanthropists and collectors alike eargerly bought the company’s 500 limited edition Remember Hashlets within hours, raising over $10,000 for the charity overnight. The company’s CEO Josh Garza proudly signed the check publically in the popular bitcoin forum, Hashtalk, Sunday…
  • Patriot Software Gives A New Online Payroll Option Now Available.

    Kevin
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Patriot Software Gives A New Online Payroll Option Now Available. Patriot Software, Inc., provider of online payroll , is now available to the 499,000 small businesses in Missouri. President Mike Kappel explains, “Each state has its own unique requirements for payroll and taxes. That means Patriot must carefully check for accuracy, and Missouri is the 39th state to pass our rigorous testing. “Missouri is known for its pro-business environmen t, and Patriot’s simple, reliable software offers one more advantage for small businesses in Missouri.” The Time Is Right The data coming out…
  • Bluenose Offers Insight On Customer Retention and Growth.

    Kevin
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Bluenose Offers Insight On Customer Retention and Growth. Bluenose, a Customer Success platform that helps businesses reduce customer churn and identify opportunities for growth, has pinpointed the key elements of Customer Success to help businesses capitalize on insights that help retain customers and support the bottom line. Bluenose. Bluenose developed a comprehensive strategic framework, “The 11 Pillars of Customer Success,” that organizations can implement to maximize their Customer Success efforts. The Pillars also provide guidelines for CEOs, Customer Success leaders and Customer…
  • Victory Networks Launches SpeedEdge.

    Kevin
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Victory Networks Launches SpeedEdge. Victory Networks, a leading provider of market data, connectivity and colocation solutions for trading firms, today introduced SpeedEdge, a new ultra-low latency feed handler for futures and equity options. Due to its unique architecture and open API, SpeedEdge offers trading firms a more scalable, flexible and transparent solution than traditional legacy feed handlers. The SpeedEdge. The SpeedEdge API allows trading firms to more quickly and easily integrate market data into their existing software layers. Additionally, SpeedEdge is priced competitively,…
 
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • Five Startups To Keep You Fit and Healthy

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    When it comes to life in a startup, it’s very easy to get caught up in things and work long hours – after all you need to be growing each month. But as you know, … Read more The post Five Startups To Keep You Fit and Healthy appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • What You Need To Know About The New 2015 EU VAT Rules

    Guest Blogger
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    This guest post is written by John McCarthy, CEO of Taxamo, a service solution for the 2015 EU VAT changes, outlines the EU VAT compliance challenges that await online merchants on January 1, 2015.  An … Read more The post What You Need To Know About The New 2015 EU VAT Rules appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • 4 Science Backed Ways To Increase Conversions

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    If you’re like most people, you probably want to do everything in your power to increase sales. Whether it’s through search engine optimization (SEO) or old fashioned banner ads – the goal is the same: … Read more The post 4 Science Backed Ways To Increase Conversions appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • 13 Glorious Tools For Content Marketing

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    Lets be honest. Content marketing is not easy! Sure, anyone can set up a blog, sign up for Twitter and open a MailChimp account. The challenging part however is creating relevant content your target audiences … Read more The post 13 Glorious Tools For Content Marketing appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • The Value of Support in Open Source

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:57 am
    Open source software has never been so popular. With GitHub becoming the “Facebook for Developers” we see a growing amount of new projects every week. Some are initiated by big companies and others by individual passionate developers. But what … Read more The post The Value of Support in Open Source appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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  • SIIB Leadership Series 2014: D-Day

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

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

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

    Prateek Panda
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014. GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and[...]
  • Nurture Talent Partners with IIM Ahmedabad for Entrepreneurship & Business Plan Workshops

    Team TechPanda
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This quote by Gandhi beautifully captures the essence of what drives entrepreneurs to be changemakers. Budding entrepreneurs have ideas but often face difficulty in[...]
 
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • Seven Highlights That Shouldn’t Be Missed At MEDTEC China 2014.

    Kevin C
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Seven Highlights That Shouldn’t Be Missed At MEDTEC China 2014. On September 25 to 26, 2014, China’s sole exhibition focusing on medical design and manufacturing - MEDTEC China - will mark its 10th anniversary at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, bringing together close to 300 leading global suppliers from 25 countries and regions to showcase their latest medical-grade raw materials, parts and processing technologies. There is now only one week remaining for free visitor pre-registration to be completed. To date, more than 70 companies who have…
  • Innovative Non-tobacco Solution For Hookah Lovers is Now Available.

    Kevin C
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Innovative Non-tobacco Solution For Hookah Lovers is Now Available. DeCloud Shisha Fruits, a unique shisha medley made of natural fruits, is a perfect alternative to the traditional shisha tobacco. The product is manufactured by Changning Dekang Biotechnology Co., Ltd. and contains no tobacco or its extracts, no nicotine, and no tar. Innovative. This innovative product may be a perfect solution for those who would like to switch to a less harmful alternative to smoking or to reduce their tobacco consumption. Unlike traditional tobacco, DeCloud produces no smoke, but vapor. The vapor consists…
  • Singapore Holiday Makers Attracted to the Northern Lights.

    Kevin C
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Singapore Holiday Makers Attracted to the Northern Lights. After a spectacular start to the 2014 Northern Lights season following two strong solar flares that reached Earth this weekend, leading Northern Lights travel company, Off the Map Travel, has seen the number of holiday-makers from Singapore searching for a break to experience the greatest light show on Earth rise by 621% on the previous year. “We are in an active period of solar activity called the Solar Maximum, which produces ideal conditions for the Northern Lights,” said Jonny Cooper, founder and director of…
  • ZF Friedrichshafen Agreement to Acquisition TRW Automotive.

    Kevin C
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    ZF Friedrichshafen Agreement to Acquisition TRW Automotive. ZF Friedrichshafen AG and TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which ZF will acquire TRW. The combined company will be a global leader in the automotive supplier business with pro forma combined sales of about EUR 30 billion (approx. US$ 41 billion) and 138,000 employees. Together, ZF and TRW will be uniquely positioned to benefit from the megatrends of the automotive industry on a global basis. Combination. Both companies have acknowledged technology positions in…
  • Huntkey Wins Awards at The 9th Asia Brand Ceremony.

    Kevin C
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    Huntkey Wins Awards at The 9th Asia Brand Ceremony. Huntkey Enterprise Group has been granted the ‘Asia Famous and Fine Brand Award’ at the 9th Asia Brand Award Ceremony held on 9th Sep in Hong Kong, cementing its position as one of the most outstanding company in the industry and region. At the meantime, Mr. Luo Wenhua, president of Huntkey Enterprise, won the honor of ‘Top 10 (Industry) Innovation Personality Award in China.’ Asia Famous and Fine Brand Award. Hosted by the Asia Brand Association, Asia Television Limited, Global Times and China Economic…
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    Technora

  • bigMobilityConference in Bangalore for mobile app developers

    Sarath Budam
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NextBigWhat is organizing a conference for mobile app developers in Bangalore on 13th September 2014. The aim of this conference is to bring insights into mobile application development. Venue : Infantry Hotel, Infantry Road, Commercial Street Near Shivajinagar Bus Stop, Bangalore. Contact : ashish@nextbigwhat.com For more details, you can visit http://events.nextbigwhat.com/bigmobilityconf/
  • Microsoft Azure Dev Camp in Bangalore

    Sarath Budam
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Microsoft is organizing its Azure Dev camp on 18th September at The Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore. Microsoft Azure Dev Camps are fun and no-cost events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in an engaging, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned. You need to register in order to attend […]
  • Toptomato.in- online grocery store

    Susmitha Kasaram
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Toptomato is an e-commerce platform for grocery, personal care and household products. There are many online platforms for a variety of products but the one, which supplies grocery items etc, is a bit different. This makes it a unique concept. Apart from this, Toptomato has e-subscription, which is launched in India for the first time. […]
  • Reviewgist-A product review aggregator site

    Susmitha Kasaram
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Assume that you are planning to buy a gadget, what do you do? Some conventional things what we usually do are we will ask a friend, check some websites to review about the product and finally ratings of the product. But, do you think these things will provide the complete information about the gadget? May […]
  • Freekall

    Susmitha Kasaram
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Freekall is an excellent mobile service that allows us to make free calls, when we run out of balance and in urgent need of making a call. This service is free and we need not to pay a single penny. Some of the mobile services allow making calls for free but after installing the mobile […]
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    Blog - iGoStartup

  • 5 ways to help a business

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    If you are setting up in business as a business consultant, then you have a fantastic opportunity to help a business in many ways. However, not every company is the same, so you may have to work hard to find out what the concerns are for that particular business and then find a way to help them. So the first job is to essentially take an audit of the company and see which aspects of their processes need some help. Once that is done, you can get down to the nitty gritty of providing support and insight.
  • Top Tips For Credit Control When Starting a New Business

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Almost 30% (of the 80%) of all new businesses that fail within their first year say that their reason for going bust was entirely down to their finances. Well-planned credit control practices are imperative to ensuring business continuity, and ensuring you have these in place at the very start will certainly ensure you don’t get into more trouble than you can handle.
  • 5 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    If you’re finding it difficult to juggle the pressing demands of your job and the rest of your life then you’re not alone. Ever since the recession of 2008 the pressure has been on, there were worldwide cutbacks, job losses and premature redundancies, which made people, worry and thus become more dedicated to their work, hoping to secure their positions.
  • Five Problems That Paralyse Business Start Ups

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Small business start-up problems are unavoidable. The majority of problems can be put down to technical issues, associated with getting your business online, or a lack of experience in marketing, financing and overall management. It is a fact that the majority of new business will never see it through the first couple of years; this is in the majority down to the five problems that paralyze business start-ups...
  • Accounting for small business startups

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Accounting, by far, is one of the most important elements of both starting, and operating any small business. It is very easy to be caught up in the glamorous start-up tasks of business card creations, name choosing, website design and so on, yet without a genuine understanding of the accounts, your business will simply not survive.
 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • 5 Ways To Keep Employees Engaged During Meetings

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Company meetings are crucial for small business owners looking to discuss an issue, talk about new policies or simply present the business' state of affairs to the staff. While meetings are necessary for a variety of reasons, oftentimes, they can become mundane, especially if you're discussing something that isn't necessarily intriguing. Next time you gather your employees at a company meeting, consider these five ways to keep them from dozing off during your talk. 1. Vamp up the visuals Visuals are an important component of your small business' strategy, from the content you post to your…
  • Infographic: Small Business Content Marketing - The Secrets To Success

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    As more businesses develop their digital strategies to reach a wider online audience, high-quality website content has become essential for attracting visitors and turning them into sales leads. Developing a content marketing strategy can make your brand more successful in its conversion tactics, and there are several ways to ensure your copy is both effective and intriguing for online visitors. Tailoring your content Before you can decide what content to put on your site, you must first identify your target audience. Choosing your market allows you to more accurately provide content to…
  • 4 Benefits That Stem From Volunteering And Team Building

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Whether you're asking your employees to volunteer during their free time or allowing workers to take part in a community service project with a business team, it's imperative that small business owners look into the benefits of encouraging employees to participate in these kinds of activities. Not only are staff members positively impacted by volunteering, but these initiatives can drastically increase team building efforts adopted by your business. Researchers have long-stressed the importance of volunteering in the workplace, finding that these efforts can lead to a wealth of benefits for…
  • Retail Resources: Fostering Foot Traffic With Facebook

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Social networks are among the most effective and easiest tools at any small business owner's disposal. Whether you prefer perusing pictures on Pinterest or talking to followers on Twitter, these sites offer unique benefits to managers looking to leverage them to find sales leads. While adopting online tactics are preferable for some small business owners, there are ways to blend virtual and in-store promotions to greatly increase your reach among current and potential consumers. Many of these platforms are capable of connecting consumers to companies, but Facebook remains a popular…
  • Everything You Need To Know About Live Tweeting

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    In recent years, social networks have expanded features to provide users with the highest quality tools to enhance their online presence. Twitter, one of the most influential and heavily populated social media sites on the Web, offers a range of resources ideal for small business owners.  Since Twitter allows people to quickly and easily upload short posts, many users have found unique ways to express themselves on this format. One practice frequently adopted during major events is live tweeting, or the act of sending a series of reactive tweets that respond to certain occurrences during…
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    TechJuice

  • Oppo N3 Images Leaked before Release in October

    Immad Khan
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Oppo N1, released last year, impressed tech enthusiasts around the world with its sleek design and a rotating 13-megapixel camera. This year around, we have a successor. Oppo has released a teaser pic of their Oppo N3 on their facebook page, which clearly shows a phone with a rotating camera and…well..an unusual design. Thanks to GSMArena, we were able to get a first hand look on the new device set to be launched in Singapore in October. The design, though unusual, shows a rotating cylindrical look with a camera (and a dual LED flash) in between and, what probably looks like, speakers…
  • Android One Coming to Pakistan by the Year’s End with $100 Smartphones

    Uzair Ahmed
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Google announced its ambitious Android One project to bring the smartphones to the hands of the maximum number of people around the world back in June at I/O 2014. Google’s SVP for Android Sundar Pichai was confident enough to remark that Android’s achievement of gaining a user-base of 1 billion customers has paved the way for next 5 billion in the years to come, and Google has envisioned to get there by offering affordable, entry-level Android smartphones in developing South Asian countries, beginning with India. Android One was officially kick-started this Monday at an event in India…
  • 15 Exceptional Resumes from all over the Internet

    Immad Khan
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Maybe you know what you want to pen down on your resume, but you are not sure of how to do it. There’s a bit of fear overtaking your confidence. Well, not to worry. You can look at these fifteen actual resumes from all over the internet, some extremely creative while some very professionally crafted. These are real resumes from real people who scored real jobs. For security purposes, some information and names have been altered. 1. This is from an Experienced Software Engineer. Simple, effective and to the point. Explains his credentials quite clearly along with his professional summary.
  • An Afternoon with the Founders of EatOye.Pk

    Immad Khan
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    EatOye.pk is a food delivery service operating in 13 Pakistani cities with headquarters in Karachi. Eatoye.pk’s roots can be traced back to 2011, when the same people brought an eating out guide, Food Connection Pakistan, with over 700 restaurants under its umbrella. Today, they have evolved into a food ordering portal, a sophisticated service, serving 100′s of hungry customers everyday. They are the major key shareholders in the 15bn food industry of Pakistan. We were anxious to share their success story to know how they went from being a start-up to becoming the market leaders…
  • 10 Questions asked in an Interview and How to tackle them

    Immad Khan
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Before sitting for an exam, if we even get a hint as to what questions we would have to tackle, we become so elated; we don’t even bother studying for it. And the result…let’s not go there. Job Interviews are not much different either. In one way or another, you will be asked the same questions you did thought about practicing. Here is a list of some top ten frequently asked questions and how to tackle them. 1. The most difficult question of all: Tell me about YOURSELF? This is often the opening question of any interview-interviewee discussion. What most candidates fail to realize…
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, News, Resources, Interviews

  • Naughty Strands – Helping Women Get Dressed, In Style

    Akanksha Samar
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Young entrepreneurs are starting up in areas unheard of. For instance, fashion segment which was once considered the domain of women is slowly giving way to men. And betting big on this shift is Bhuvan Bansal, who has founded Naughty Strands. Sharing the concept of business, Bansal says, “Fashion conscious women want clothes that fit them well and they want a good deal of variety. I found a huge gap in terms of fast fashion which was not available in India time at affordable prices. So there was Zara, Mango which cost Rs 2,500 or more, then Chemistry was in the range of Rs 1200-1300.But if…
  • FreeCharge Raises $33 Miilion Series B Funding From Existing Investor Sequoia Capital And Others

    Asish Das
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    FreeCharge.in, India’s leading online mobile, DTH recharge company has raised 33 million USD in its series B funding. The investors for the fresh round includes existing investor Sequoia Capital along with  Belgium bases Sofina and Russia based RuNet investment firms. FreeCharge was founded in 2010 by Kunal Shah, Sandeep Tandon and Alok Goel which gives free coupons for each recharge done through the website. These coupons are delivered through e-mail, mobile phone which can be redeemed at various foods, entertainment, clothing stores like Dominos, KFC, Flipkart, Amazon, eBay etc.. The…
  • i-lend.in – India’s First Online Peer-To-Peer Lending Platform

    Siddhartha Sarma
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    www.i-lend.in is an innovative startup in the financial space in India and is likely to be a game changer in the largely conservative, regulation driven financial products market in India. In a sector dominated by banks and large NBFCs, www.i-lend.in ’s disruptive capability is attracting interest in this sector which has seen little or no innovation since the advent of micro-finance. i-lend is a marketplace for peer-to-peer loans and seeks to match people who need money with people who have surplus money. This way i-lend eliminates the middleman, in this case, banks or NBFCs who raise…
  • [Exclusive] Quintessential Online Tools For A Successful Dream Home Hunt by Sumit Jain, Co-Founder, CommonFloor.com

    Asish Das
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    This article has been authored by Mr. Sumit Jain, Co-Founder & CEO of CommonFloor.com exclusively for The Startup Journal Despite the evolution of the real estate landscape in India, finding the right property in accordance with several parameters like livability, connectivity, proximity to one’s work place, value for money, returns on investment among others continues to be a daunting task. On one hand the massive increase in real estate activity (fueled by spectacular returns on real estate investments in the early and mid-2000s) has resulted in mind boggling choices for the property…
  • How Hard Is It To Get A Job At Google? [Startup Infographics]

    Asish Das
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Everyone knows that Google is the search giant and hires the best possible candidates for the company. Many of us dreamed about working at Google. But what does it take to get a job at Google? How hard it is to be selected for it? Does your college percentage or high qualification really matters when applying for the search giant? Did you know? It takes an average of 37 days to complete an interview process at Google  with about 5 interviews? How Hard It Is To Get A Job At Google The post How Hard Is It To Get A Job At Google? [Startup Infographics] appeared first on The Startup Journal -…
 
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  • Startup Events and Sport Events. The missing link

    Florin Muresan
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Two big events: startup events and sport ones. Two gatherings at which people come in bulk. Two events which attract a lot of advertising, expectation, nervousness. Both highly appealing. Their major points of difference occur in their theme and key public, even so, while attending Techsylvania this spring, which was held…
  • 5 weird reasons for why VC gives us a headache

    Florin Muresan
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    You know that funny game little girls play with daffodils? “He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not…” Oh well, you get the image. So it is with VCs. Whether you like it or not, you use it as a startup resource or not,…
  • Disney. Cartoons, dolls, music? No, a startup accelerator

    Florin Muresan
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Disney’s startup accelerator [ Image Credits: Joe Penniston flickr. ] Mom:”Honey, what do you wanna be when you grow up?” Mom thinkin’: don’t shoot for the stars, baby. Kid:”I wanna…I wanna…I wanna be Walt Disney.” Mom is all blank face. We’ve all had our fairy-tale type of dreams when we…
  • A successful startup in your face: 9GAG

    Florin Muresan
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Let’s say you have some great intriguing startup ideas on your hands, which you think will win the founders’ hearts and be a sky-rocketing success, and you have a side-project: 9GAG. Without you knowing it, it turns into a successful startup! It all sets off when you’re a student at…
  • Overview on Asia’s startup world: a hub of opportunities

    Florin Muresan
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    It seems that Asia is slowly, but steadily climbing its way to the top of the startup world. You probably already know how evolved their technology is, and how advanced is the machinery they manufacture. In this article, I’ll point out what makes Southeast Asia a great place for entrepreneurs and investors.…
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    outliermagazine.co

  • The World’s Top 10 One-Person Startups

    Ever Gonzalez
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    We want to thank the team at OnlineClock.net for the awesome infographic. CHECK THEM OUT! http://onlineclock.netThe post The World’s Top 10 One-Person Startups appeared first on .
  • Sarah Young – Being a Continuous Learner

    Melinda Yeaman
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The more I learn, the less I know” Albert Einstein Do you know what you get when you Google “Sarah Young and Rock Your Block”? You can easily happen upon a picture of her wearing a Scoopie the ice cream cone mascots costume! Yes ladies and gentleman, she was a giant ice cream cone. In her youth Sarah had many jobs, including working at a burger and custard joint called Culver’s, which is where some of her passion originated from as she dreamt up the idea of Rock Your Block.    …
  • John Richards: Avoiding Common Blunders

    Melinda Yeaman
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The magic answers to success are buried in the brains of the customer” -John Richards This interview is all about the things that investors are wishing you knew. Are you asking the right questions to get legitimate customer validation? John walks us through specific strategies to get it right. Are you solving a problem in the world that is a monetizable pain? Listen to this podcast and ask yourself some hard questions; you will be glad you did. Highlights: Customer Validation Seed Funds Angel Investors…
  • James Lopez: Building a Supporting Cast of Mentors

    Melinda Yeaman
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “Hey, closed mouths do not get fed” I think he just said that “Gary Vaynerchuck is the Jay-Z or the Puffy of the media world.” This is a fun energetic listen that really gives some great insight to finding mentors and making introductions,  even if you are not an entrepreneur in the music business. James shares with Melinda how hard it was to let go of his great corporate job with Random House and how he has learned from people he never thought he could meet. Highlights: How to make…
  • Skylar Topham: 4 Ways to Increase Revenue

    Melinda Yeaman
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Podcast:Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The fortune is in the follow-up” Skylar Topham is currently the co-founder of smartclinic.io, a software in the works that will help hearing practitioners run a far more efficient practice. He’s an avid reader and a surfer living 450 miles inland. While most are keeping up with the Kardashians, and listening to Maclamore, he’s reading to stay current in his craft (sales and marketing) and drives around pumpin’ podcasts. He and his small team also work for a handful of companies, helping them…
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    PAKWIRED

  • Loop Pakistan: Photographers’ Hub

    Hummayun Javed
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Photo-sharing on the internet has taken many forms in the past: ranging from sharing your photos to your network on social media websites, to...
  • GoGhoom: Launching Soon?

    Hummayun Javed
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    GoGhoom is the idea for an online travel site powered by Trechnology that was part of Plan 9’s first batch. It is important to...
  • Pricing Comparison for 3G in Pakistan

    Sanaa Rizwani
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    2014 witnessed the launch of 3G services across Pakistan, with 4 out of the 5 industry players launching their 3G services across the country....
  • BaseCamp: Start-up Hub in Peshawar

    Hummayun Javed
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
      While a lot of the famous start-ups that turned into billion-dollar companies started in garages and basements, there are better options available to...
  • Pakistan Startup Ecosystem Report 2014

    Hummayun Javed
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    If you ever wanted to read one report that would educate you about the latest essentials of the start-up culture end ecosystem in Pakistan,...
 
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    1CLICK.io

  • 1Click’s Live Video Chat iOS Application now Available on App Store

    Deepthi Ramdas
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    1Click’s live video chat has been a success on the web portal. However, in one of my article on the features of 1Click’s live video chat, I had written that … Continue reading →The post 1Click’s Live Video Chat iOS Application now Available on App Store appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Context based Live Video Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    “The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best, but legendary,” – Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart Well clearly not just a good … Continue reading →The post Context based Live Video Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • 1Click VS LiveChat Live Chat Software

    Deepthi Ramdas
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    In a previous article, I compared 1Click’s live video chat with Zopim and Olark live chat software. In that article, I had explained three specific differences between the three softwares … Continue reading →The post 1Click VS LiveChat Live Chat Software appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • How efficient is your 1Click Live Video Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    A live video chat may be a business’ best friend. But just like one should be careful about the best friends they choose for themselves, business’ too should chose a … Continue reading →The post How efficient is your 1Click Live Video Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Archive conversations using 1Click’s Live Video Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    A live chat is used by business’ to effectively communicate with customers. With the help of a live video chat, customers can see who they are talking to and ensure … Continue reading →The post Archive conversations using 1Click’s Live Video Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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    Potknox Blog

  • Why do startups find it so hard to find good talent?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Potknox Co Founder, Pottu Venugopal, tells us why finding talent for startups is a lot like, and as tough as, finding clients, wherein making a hire resembles making a sale. Here’s what he and a number of other startup CXOs had to say about this worldwide worry! “Having been part of a number of startups, I strongly feel that in a startup, ‘finding talent’ is sometimes just as challenging as ‘finding clients’. The sales process is fairly standard: Generate Leads, Follow Up and then Convert Leads i.e. make a sale. Similarly, hiring involves: 1.
  • Summer Recruitment Drive 2014

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    1000 programmers. 28 startups. 10 days. 7 distinct profiles. All from 1500 miles away. The Start of Something On August 1st, 2014 at 10 AM, we met in the room with the big table and chairs. Usually, all five of us would have taken the discussion in five different directions, but today our voices were unanimous. It had been two weeks we’d been waiting to have this conversation, and the moment was finally here. The Believers 14 days earlier, sitting in our Delhi based dream, we had come up with the Summer Recruitment Drive, our very own innovative way of getting startups to explore the…
  • 7 Problems Startups Face with Campus Recruitment

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    Campus  Placements and Working at Startups are two equally promising trends in recruitment that are shaking things up for the corporate world. Question is, why don’t they go together? What’s stopping startups from tapping into this wide pool of talent that’s so much like them- new to nuances, eager to excel, and intelligently innovative? Here are 7 problems startups face with campus recruitment: 1. Lack of Brand Value By far the biggest reason startups avoid/fail at campus recruitment is the lack of brand value attached to them. Especially at particularly prestigious…
  • 4 Alternatives to Resumes

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Dear Employers and Employees alike, to quote Phoebe Buffay as she *pwned* Ross Geller, “Wasn’t there a time when the brightest minds in the world believed that the world was flat? And, up until like what, 50 years ago, you all thought the atom was the smallest thing, until you split it open, and this like, whole mess of crap came out. Now, are you telling me that you are so unbelievably arrogant that you can’t admit that there’s a teeny tiny possibility that you could be wrong about this?” What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time you spent hiring? These four…
  • Startups and Interns Are Made For Each Other

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Interns are to Employees what Startups are to MNCs; both the smart new kid on the block giving the older kids a run for their money. We spoke to 3 young, successful entrepreneurs who agreed that interns have been invaluable to them, when handled with care. But what is it about interns that make them so perfect for startups? Are startups and interns really made for each other? 1. They’re Useful- I solemnly swear I’m up to some good. Interns have been found to be the source of some truly brilliant ideas, thereby giving fantastic returns on investment. Call it beginner’s luck or a…
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    SuperbCrew

  • Startup Liquid – Personlizalize Your Apps In Real-time Without Changing Code

    SuperbCrew
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    Liquid is a software analytics platform that allows developers to personalize their apps in real-time, without changing the code. Find out more from our talk with Alexandre Vaz, CEO of startup Liquid: Q: Alexandre tell us your story and something more about Liquid? Liquid was born out of frustration with the existing mobile analytics tools available in the market, which don’t offer sufficient user personalization and do not give publishers a full 360º view on what is going on in their apps. Faber Ventures (product development house) and I got together in the autumn of last year since we…
  • Startup MorphMail – Best Of Email, SMS and Social Media In One Platform

    SuperbCrew
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    MorphMail is a new communication platform that combines best features of email, SMS and social media into one service. Below is our recent interview with Bryan Young, Founder of MorphMail: Q: What is MorphMail?  A: We originally set out to build a better email client but after doing some research we found that people were using a combination of SMS, chat, social networking, picture sharing, and file sharing to address limitations with using email alone. We dug deeper and found that the type of message determined the medium people used. For example, sharing pictures, articles, and videos…
  • SKULLY AR-1 Smart Helmet Raises $1.95M via Indiegogo

    SuperbCrew
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Skully is an augmented reality helmet that uses a built-in rear-view camera to provide a 180-degree view of what’s behind the rider, which is projected on a heads-up display in front of the rider to radically enhance situational awareness. Skully has raised over $1.95 Million from Indiegogo supporters. HEADS UP DISPLAY – Shows critical information in your line of sight, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road ahead. REARVIEW CAMERA – Gain full situational awareness with ultra wide-angle rear view camera. GPS NAVIGATION – Never miss another turn with an integrated…
  • MOTA SmartRing – Revolutionize Wearable Technology

    SuperbCrew
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    With MOTA Smart Ring you will be able to receive updates from calls, texts, and social media with vibrations from your finger. The MOTA Smart Ring’s companion app for Android and iOS devices allows fine-grained control of notifications to be displayed on the ring. Low energy Bluetooth 4.0 communications provides a stable connection between your phone and your SmartRing. The MOTA SmartRing allows you to stay wire-free, charging your SmartRing via its charging station. Last Updated on September 14, 2014 Activate Social Media:The post MOTA SmartRing – Revolutionize Wearable…
  • New App Weld – The Easiest Way To Schedule on your iPhone

    SuperbCrew
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    San Francisco based startup Weld works with everyday scheduling emails and makes it simple and natural to have conversations about scheduling on your iPhone. Below is our interview with Bill Ferrell, Founder of Weld: Q: What is Weld? A: Weld is a productivity application that simplifies complex tasks down to quick actions that you can complete on your iPhone. Weld makes it easy for you to view and interact with scheduling emails by bringing together the context of your calendar with your email – and providing one touch buttons to quickly schedule a meeting and have a conversation to…
 
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • Start-ups: Build a strong team first

    ventureosity
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    What is the most valuable in a start-up, the product or the team, in this post, the culture of a start-up should focus in building a strong team with high level of communication between its members in order to build a strong product, read more : Your team is more valuable than your product.
  • Apple done it again!!!

    ventureosity
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    The secret is to jump last, they waited and they tested the market then they hit the right wave, and here it is Apple iWatch, something that truly hold the Apple signature with the usual charm  since the time of Jobs. Beside Calls and Texts it has: The walkie-talkie function uses a microphone and built-in speaker to […]
  • Mazing Dreams: Bernie McCabe

    ventureosity
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    We meet Bernie McCabe, owner of Mazing Art Studio an artist inspired by his trips around the world, took the art of “Mazing” to a different scale and turned it into a real venture, from A4 canvas to 1,000 square foot parking lots, he creates Mazes that are a unique work of art. Q: Hi […]
  • Alibaba: Open Seasame!

    ventureosity
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    We kept this post for sometime untouched, waiting for the news to be made, Jack Ma is all over the news, Alibaba is making history. Speculations about the share value, competition rising from everywhere, from China and out of China, Just when the news was about Jack Ma to be the Richest ever in China […]
  • Don’t said ISIS, said: Daa3ish (Daaish, the “IS” hate it by the way)

    ventureosity
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    If you type Isis on Wikipedia and you get the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis_(disambiguation) you will notice beside Our Beloved Goddess Isis everyone who share the name, but there one particular item: (Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant) was named by the media and press regardless if it is the right name or not, and that created a stigma, a […]
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    Spectafy Blog

  • Utility Isn’t Enough, How Social Should Compliment Utility to Drive App Engagement

    Eric Watson
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    If you’re trying to make a big splash in the app world, utility itself is simply not enough anymore.  A bit of background on our app Spectafy connects people to location-specific answers, visually. It’s meant to get people moving, and get them information about locations in real-time without having to leave where they are – so that they can plan and move more efficiently. One of the biggest superpowers of our app is its focus on community, on togetherness, and helping each other. It’s also the biggest thing we weren’t executing on at the beginning of our beta. The funny thing is we…
  • 3 Things You Didn’t Know About Visual Memory and How We Recall Information [SlideShare]

    Eric Watson
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Visual information is incredibly powerful. Here are some interesting things about how we are all wired to consume and remember visuals. Hopefully it’s not only interesting, but helps you learn, design, teach, and more. A picture really is worth 1000 words. Check out this SlideShare: The post 3 Things You Didn’t Know About Visual Memory and How We Recall Information [SlideShare] appeared first on Spectafy Blog.
  • The 7 Best San Francisco Events You Don’t Want To Miss in September

    Sean Smith
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    We are deeply routed in San Francisco, it’s where our community is centered, it’s where we’re headquartered, it’s where we are launching first, and SF just an awesome place! One of our goals is to increase our community’s awareness of interesting things happening around them all the time. There are few things we enjoy more than attending local events in San Fran, and with the breadth of culture in San Francisco, there’s always something interesting to participate. This is why we are putting together a new recurring blog segment that we are going to be…
  • Photos And The Future of Real-time, On-demand Information

    Eric Watson
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Real-time photos, we believe, are going to be a huge part of how we gain information in the next year. We are so connected technologically through our mobile phones and mobile devices that pictures are just an obvious commodity that we can use for more than just selfies. We can use them to plan, to be productive, and to help people. We can use them as we already do to engage in communities, but also to benefit communities. We knew when we got started building our startup, Spectafy, that we would learn a lot about real-time photo sharing and boy have we ever! Just to give you a bit of…
  • 5 Tips for Boosting Per Hour Productivity

    Sean Smith
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Are you always trying to be more productive? Are you always looking to get that extra hour out of your day, or make one footstep travel a mile? We are too. We are constantly trying to optimize our time, our productivity, our output. It’s core to our company and core to who we are. So in the act of trying to optimize our outputs, we would like to pass on some of the things we’ve learned. Check out the 5 ways we at Spectafy optimize our time and lives below! 1. Eat a quick and easy nutritious breakfast Bonus points for pre-sorting! It’s pretty straight-forward, we are always more…
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Security Android Apps You Must Carry While Traveling Alone

    Victoria Andrea
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    They say that traveling the world is the one thing that everyone must do in their lives as there is nothing else that is quite fulfilling. The new connected world we live in has also made it possible to stay safer than ever before with the help of just a few applications installed on your phone. Here are a few must-have applications on your Android phone while you are traveling. Location alert Applications These are applications that utilize the GPS navigation system on all smart phones these days and in case of an emergency send out an alert to pre-programmed numbers with your location.
  • Want To Find Someone, Check Anywho.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Often a need arise that you need to find people for one-to-many times, sometimes even higher than this also. In such a case instead of just roaming here and there and looking forward for the solutions, it is better to go for one single place which helps you attain this. In this review article, I am going to share with you a website name Anywho.com. This site Anywho.com helps end users to find individual people as well as different businesses while it comes equipped with search capabilities like that of white pages, reverse lookup by phone numbers, yellow pages and others. Moreover, one can…
  • Meet SchoolShape, A Tech-Fluent Language Lab That Got People Talking

    KARAN CHOPRA
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    No doubt with a way by which technology makes it stands clear on every possible outlook of life, the very same it makes it entrant in the world of education also. This is because the today’s company which we are featuring belongs to education niche and is name as SchoolShape. If sharing what this start-up does, then in simple words, SchoolShape is a cloud-based language learning platform which helps making teachers lives easier with by integrating different strategies in hand. SchoolShape basically creates a virtual language lab where teachers can give assignments, test and moreover even…
  • Meet Slideee, A Search Engine For Slideshows

    KARAN CHOPRA
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Slideshows plays an important role for businesses around the world. While it is not always easy for anyone to go and develop a slideshows straight away, this is why one does requires some kind of help which lets them think, design and develop a valuable presentation. This is why in this article; I am going to share about a search engine name as Slideee which acts as a search engine for slideshows only. Slideee is a search engine which aggregates slideshows and PowerPoint presentation from across the web while the categories it offers, include Art & Photography, Business & Management,…
  • Preparing For Emergency, Visit MyPatriotSupply Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    You never know when you come under emergency scanner. No one wants to be a part of any problem but no one knows when it comes. Sharing a special review article today, in this article, I am going to share about MyPatriotSupply, a survival store which was founded back in 2008. The site was founded by the people who got huge passion in them for self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness. Moreover, the site aims to drive practice emergency preparedness with earnestly believe that the true freedom comes from attaining self-reliance to certain level. Sounds like a required need, then Visit…
 
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    The Leanometry Blog

  • How to Create the Perfect Startup Elevator Pitch?

    leanometry
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Pitch Grub: Create the perfect startup elevator pitch. Your audience will eat it up. We noticed that one of the main problems that entrepreneurs had when coming to us to present their ideas was to concisely and clearly present their product. Many of them get lost in lots of details regarding what the product will … Continue reading →
  • How to serve your customers while following your product roadmap?

    leanometry
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Guest Blog Post by Krish Subramanian Explosive user growth. Backing from the venture capital elite. Seemingly, never ending interest from media entities. They’re rocketships of the startup world. Startups like Hubspot have seen unbridled growth. For startups that cater to the needs of other businesses, it is a dream to serve customers who’ve attained exponential … Continue reading →
  • 5 Ways Content Creators Get More Shares Using Sharewalla

    leanometry
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Getting more shares on your content is hard. We’re making it easy. Why not ask your most passionate followers to share your downloadable content in order to get access to it? We do this all the time with email marketing (i.e. provide your email for a free ebook). Now let’s do it for social shares, … Continue reading →
  • 5 Good Reasons Why It’s Better To Hire A Conversion Rate Consultant

    leanometry
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest Blog Post by Andy Hunt Hardly a day goes by now when there isn’t another conversion rate optimization startup that launches (including us). Just this past week we were comparing Evergage, Barilliance, Visual Website Optimzer, Optimizely and a handful of other SaaS providers who all claim to make it easy to increase your site’s … Continue reading →
  • Introduction to Angular JS

    leanometry
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Introduction to angular js july 6th 2014 from Simona Clapan
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