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  • Hungry Entrepreneurs Always Seem To Find Capital

    Startup Professionals Musings
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every startup needs access to capital, whether for funding product development, for initial rollout efforts, acquiring inventory, or paying that first employee. Most entrepreneurs think first of bank loans as the primary source of money, only to find out that banks are really the least likely benefactors for startups. Thus “creative” really means maximizing non-bank financing. While sizing up the alternatives, I couldn’t help but pick up a recent book by Karlene Sinclair-Robinson with the creative title of “Spank the Bank: The Guide to Alternative Business Financing.” She plumbs the…
  • IDA launches accreditation programme for Singapore-based startups

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    Terence Ng
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    Startups that receive the IDA Accredited Product from the new Accreditation@IDA programme will be preferred for government contracts How do you know if a startup is credible and not some fly-by-night operation that will shutter its doors the moment it receives a million dollars in funding and leave customers and investors high and dry? The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) aims to assuage this concern by rolling out its in-house accreditation programme Accreditation@IDA. First announced in April, Accreditation@IDA went live this month. Startups that apply to the programme…
  • Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

    Presentation Zen
    Garr
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis and feel unable to choose, and harder still to simplify. Reducing and simplifying in an honest way—a way that makes a message clear and memorable—is one of the hardest things for professionals to do. I am reminded of the old Bruce Lee saying: "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." This is one of the secrets to mastery in general, and hacking away is…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 26 Edition

    Swedish Startup Space
    Anders Hassis
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Do startups really deserve more media coverage? Olle Aronsson, reporter at Dagens Industri gives us his viewpoint on startup-pr, how entrepreneurs should approach trade papers and whether or not tradtional media “do enough” to cover our booming startup scene. Meet NewsHubby, the latest company to jump on the PR-tech wave NewsHubby is one of the latest entrants into PR-Tech space, founded by…
  • Essential Technology for Start-Ups

    Startup Champ
    Gus
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    No matter what kind of business you plan to set up or what type of product you intend to sell, technology is bound to play a role. The vitality of today’s business world is only possible because of the technology that is available to us. Making sure you have the right elements in place from the beginning is essential to future success. These are just some of the fundamental technologies you will need to have in place for your start-up to succeed. Hardware to Make Your Start-up Flexible From the Beginning Once upon a time, all businesses filled their offices with homogeneous desktop…
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    Fast Company

  • Twitter's User Base Grows to 271 Million

    Alice Truong
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The company reported $312.2 million in revenue in the second quarter and $562.7 million for the first half of 2014.Twitter's base grew to 271 million monthly active users in the second quarter, a 6% increase from 255 million users in the previous quarter. The social network also added 13 million users on mobile, bringing the total to 211 million users.Read Full Story
  • How Can Recruiters Grab Engineers' Attention? With More Money (Duh)

    Alice Truong
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Job marketplace Hired recently analyzed 8,000 recruiting messages to see what works and what doesn't when trying to hire engineers.If you can write a lick of code, Silicon Valley is your oyster.Read Full Story
  • Hoping To Rebound, Malaysia Airlines Weighs Name Change

    Alice Truong
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    With the support of the Malaysian government, the airliner is seeking new investors and considering a major rebranding.Business as usual isn't an option for Malaysia Airlines. In a span of months, the commercial airliner lost two planes--MH370 mysteriously disappeared while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and MH17 was shot down over Ukraine while traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur--unnerving travelers who are responding by canceling their flights.Read Full Story
  • Amazon Is Experimenting With A New Homepage Design

    John Brownlee
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    The newer, flatter design puts Kindle, Fire, and Prime categories front and center.Amazon has unveiled a new homepage design to select users, placing a new emphasis on the retail giant's biggest brands: the Kindle e-book platform, its Fire lineup of tablets and smartphones, and the Prime subscription service, which offers users next-day shipping and a huge library of digital content for a yearly fee.Read Full Story
  • Red Lobster Aims For An Elusive Catch: The Upscale Diner

    Ainsley O'Connell
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Er, date night?If "Endless Shrimp" doesn't get you in the door at Red Lobster, maybe gourmet-style "vertical" plating will do the trick?Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Qualifacts raises money to bring its digital health records to more health care providers

    Larry Zhou
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Image Credit: ShutterstockYou probably have heard about hospitals adopting electronic health records for patients. But what about mental health institutions or substance-abust facilities? Qualifacts, a provider of cloud-based electronic health record software, is expanding in this direction, thanks to recapitalization it announced today. Qualifacts provides an online service called CareLogic Enterprise, which enables behavioral health institutions to manage operation, clinical, and financial workflows such as patient intake, authorization, and billing. Behavioral health is a huge market, with…
  • Medium shows off BMW as its first ‘collections’ sponsor as it dives into paid content

    Barry Levine
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Above: Medium's Re:form collection of curated storiesImage Credit: MediumNOTE: GrowthBeat -- VentureBeat's provocative new marketing-tech event -- is a week away! We've gathered the best and brightest to explore the data, apps, and science of successful marketing. Get the full scoop here, and grab your tickets while they last. Medium, whose intention is to point to the future of online publishing, today introduced its first sponsor for a collection of curated stories — and pointed to a model where editorial content can enhance the sponsor’s sense of style. The sponsor is BMW, a…
  • These ex-Googlers are helping hotels Facebook-stalk you, all the better to give you goodies

    Mark Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Image Credit: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-79015114/stock-photo-hotel-card-lock-and-keycard-d-illustration.htmlNOTE: GrowthBeat -- VentureBeat's provocative new marketing-tech event -- is a week away! We've gathered the best and brightest to explore the data, apps, and science of successful marketing. Get the full scoop here, and grab your tickets while they last. The hotel industry has a lot to gain by staying more informed about and better engaged with guests. New York City-based Voyat makes a customer relationship management platform that pulls in all sorts of information about hotel…
  • As of Tuesday, Twitter is a mobile first player. No, really!

    Richard Byrne Reilly
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Above: Twitter signage dominates the NYSE.Image Credit: Eric Blattberg / VentureBeatNOTE: GrowthBeat -- VentureBeat's provocative new marketing-tech event -- is a week away! We've gathered the best and brightest to explore the data, apps, and science of successful marketing. Get the full scoop here, and grab your tickets while they last. Twitter is now a mobile first player. No. Really. At least when it comes to Twitter’s vigorous earnings statements for the second quarter, released Tuesday. Q2 shows the San Francisco microblogging specialists pulled in $312 million in revenue, up from…
  • The big reveal: Instagram’s one-tap photo-sharing app Bolt launches

    Ruth Reader
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Image Credit: http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/29/instagram-bolt/NOTE: GrowthBeat -- VentureBeat's provocative new marketing-tech event -- is a week away! We've gathered the best and brightest to explore the data, apps, and science of successful marketing. Get the full scoop here, and grab your tickets while they last. Instagram officially launched Bolt outside the U.S. today after a false start last week. We can assume the “prerelease” release marketing ploy was the handiwork of parent company Facebook. The social network employed the same gimmick for its ephemeral messaging…
 
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • How I Built a Strong Relationship and Strong Business with my Father

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The stretch of route 78 from exit 12 to exit 48 — from my family home in Hunterdon County to Springfield, New Jersey, the location of Wine Library — was the road that established my relationship with my father, and the foundation of Wine Library’s success. During my high-school and college years in the late nineties, I spent every single weekend, summer break, and holiday vacation driving up and down that highway every morning and every night. The time was spent talking about the business, bouncing ideas off one another, planning for the future, and generally figuring things…
  • The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received Came From a Creepy Old Guy

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    As some of you may know, I grew up in the liquor business. Now, I was fortunate enough to have it turn into the wine business, but it started off as the liquor business. When I was 16, there was a salesman from one of the liquor companies who was always around. He was a real raunchy, 80-something-year-old guy who was about as politically incorrect as you can get. One day he made yet another statement that made me think “you disrespectful dope,” but over the years it kind of stuck, and I think it’s worth sharing: He said — and I need you to imagine this in an “old…
  • The Changes in the Wine World that Blow Me Away

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The way that 20-somethings are into wine these days is totally mind-blowing to me. Honestly, we’re going through an incredible period for wine drinkers, and I’m proud to have helped usher it in
  • I Wrote the Perfect Textbook for F-Students. Read It!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    #JJJRH is the ultimate social marketer’s handbook. I’ve dissected the most powerful variable, the creative, and shown you how to do it right for each platform.
  • Using LinkedIn for Employee Acquisition

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Remember, HR can be a lot like marketing. Use the tools at your disposal like the year you’re actually living in.
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Twitter Acquires Image Search Startup Madbits

    Catherine Shu
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
     Twitter has acquired image search startup Madbits for an undisclosed amount. The purchase makes sense because the social networking site has been focused on building out its image features. Read More
  • Taptalk’s Official Response To Its Clone ‘Instagram Bolt’

    Josh Constine
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
     “F*ck Retakes”. That was Taptalk founder Onno Faber’s reply when I asked for his reaction to Bolt, Instagram’s new standalone app. Bolt lets you send photos and videos with one-touch by tapping a friend’s face…just like Taptalk. And those faces are lined up on the bottom half of the camera screen…just like Taptalk. But that doesn’t seem to… Read More
  • Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

    Alex Wilhelm
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
     Netflix has signed a peering agreement with AT&T that will see the video streaming service pay the ISP for direct connection to its network. Previously, Netflix signed similar agreements with Comcast and Verizon. Interconnection agreements do not deal with how content moves across the network of an ISP, but instead focus on how it gets onto the network. In short, Netflix customers… Read More
  • A TV Show About Online Videos Shows Us We’re In A Weird Place With Content Right Now

    Sarah Buhr
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
     A TV show devoted entirely to showing nothing but online videos is now the No. 1 syndicated show in the nation. You may have seen it on HLN or one of your local channels: It’s on all Cox, Scripps and Raycom stations coast to coast and will soon be syndicated throughout about 91 percent of the country. The show gets over 2 million viewers for each half-hour episode. Comparing some of… Read More
  • Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

    Kyle Russell,Cat Zakrzewski
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
     It’s that time again: 500 Startups just put on demo day for its ninth batch of companies at Microsoft’s conference building in sunny Mountain View, Calif. The seed stage investor and startup incubator showed off 29 products and services that range from making it easier to get a home loan to a marketplace for 3D printed knick-knacks. Read More
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    swombat.com

  • How to ask for introductions

    Daniel Tenner
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Elad Gil on how to ask for intros: One of the key things you learn when building a consumer product is to make things as easy, streamlined, and friction free as possible for your users. When asking an angel, advisor, or other person to make an introduction for you, the same rule applies. The structure below saves a lot of pain & back and forth for you, as well as for the person being asked to make an introduction on your behalf. By spending a little bit of time up front you can make life dramatically easier for the person doing you a favor / offering an introduction. It also increases the…
  • Where does the customer's story actually begin?

    Salim Virani
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Des Traynor at Intercom, wrote a great guide about how to onboard users with stories and addresses a common problem in customer interviews, misunderstanding the customer's true motivation. When conducting your interviews, try to keep the participants focused on their actual actions and feelings when making the switch [into an active user of your product]. People are notoriously unreliable at predicting their future behavior and attitudes, so framing everything around what really happened (not what usually happens, or could have happened) during their onboarding experience keeps your emerging…
  • The choices we make when we build startups

    Salim Virani
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Joel from Buffer on the impact of his strategic choices to the success of his company: They have absolutely shaped what Buffer is today. However, if you were to try and attribute these choices purely to success (maybe take revenue as the metric), then I think we could probably be just as successful with different choices: being a distributed team not raising a Series A doing retreats 3 times a year choosing to not have a sales team and instead focus on self-serve serving small businesses rather than large enterprise customers establishing cultural values early and being disciplined about…
  • Take responsibility for your company’s actions

    Salim Virani
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    Brad Feld writes about the responsibility of running companies: I started noticing that many of the strong CEOs I work with owned whatever was going on at their company. There was simplicity in this - no blame, no excuses, no justification. They just took ownership. He was clear minded. He knew what was working, what wasn't working, and what he needed to change. And he took responsibility for it. There's a growing culture of founders to abdicate their decision-making, especially among first-timers. They either abdicate to processes and methodologies, or to advisors and investors. Since they…
  • Lumosity spiked active users through complexity, not simplicity

    Devin Hunt
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:15 am
    Sushmita Subramanian - director of product design at Luminosty - finally has some data which support a novel UX pattern: When Lumosity launched in 2007 to help people strengthen their brains with mental games, it exercised a common theory: The easier your sign-up process, the more users you’ll bring in, the faster you’ll grow. And for the most part, they were right. But what happened next surprised them: As they made registration more complex, users actually became more valuable. By adding friction to the on-boarding process, people who complete the registration flow are likely to be…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Future revenue at Twitter? Monetizing unique visitors

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Twitter has hundreds of millions of visitors who don't have accounts, but can be monetizedTwitter saw better-than-expected user growth in its second quarter earnings report, which was released after-the close, as average monthly active users (MAUs) grew 24% year-to-year, and 6% quarter-to quarter, to reach 271 million. Mobile MAUs increased 29% year to year, and 7% quarter to quarter, to 211 million. Analysts expected MAUs to grow at 21%. User growth had been a problem for the company in past few quarters, though, and could easily become one again. So what will…
  • Twitter stock soars 29% after outstanding quarter

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Twitter easily beats expectations with $312M revenue, $0.02 EPSShares of Twitter are exploding in after hours trading, after coming in ahead of revenue expectations in its second quarter earnings report, which was released on Wednesday. The stock is up over 29%, after going up 1.74%, or 66 cents, in regular trading to finish at $38.59 a share. The company posted quarterly revenue of $312 million, up 124% year to year, easily beating out analysts expectations of $283 million. Twitter reported non-GAAP EPS of $0.02, which beat expectations of a loss of 1 cents a…
  • Whoa! Flipkart raises a massive $1B funding round!

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Flipkart's round comes in second only to Uber's $1.2 billion in JuneThere's a lot of money that changes hand in the tech world, as companies pay billions of dollars on acquisitions all the time, but it is very rare for a company to raise that much money from venture capitalists. It's something that almost never happens, if ever. Now it has happened twice in two months. Flipkart, India's largest e-commerce company, has raised an absolutely massive $1 billion funding round, the company revealed on Twitter on Tuesday.  Massive milestone for us... we have raised $1 billion in fresh…
  • Say goodbye to in-app messaging on Facebook

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Facebook is decoupling the service, and making users download the separate Messenger app After Facebook's attempt to take over Android phones with Home earlier this year failed, the company took a different track to, pretty much, get to same place: it has been expanding its presence on mobile through a series of stand-alone apps, including Instagram, Paper, Slingshot and Messenger. The idea being that Facebook will, essentially, take over all aspects of your phone, from picture taking, to instant messaging. Of course, that doesn't really work if those services are bundled inside the main app,…
  • Entrepreneur and Investor Talks - Envisioning a vibrant tech ecosystem in Oakland

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    As the tech money flows in, how can Oaklanders optimize it for good?At Vator Splash Oakland, one of the themes was how the city, its residents and businesses, could leverage the opportunities created by the emerging tech ecosystem. It's an exciting time for Oakland as an increasing number of entrepreneurs set up shop, successful companies such as Sungevity create jobs, and local Bay Area startups, like TubeMogul reach IPO exits. Learning from what has happened in neighboring cities like San Francisco (sky-high rents displacing residents as the nouveau riche move in), Oakland can be smarter…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Freelancers and the Rise of Multiple Income Sources

    Steve
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    A recent Freelancers Union post titled 87% of Freelancers Have Multiple Sources of Income covers the gowing trend of freelancers piecing together multiple sources of income - and even multiple careers - to meet their financial, work and lifestyle goals. The data comes from the Freelancers Union study How to Live the Freelance Life, a research project we partnered with the Freelancers Union on.   As the article's title states, 87% of the surveyed freelancers reported having more than one source of income. The chart below shows the number sources of income reported by these…
  • San Francisco's Coworking Boat

    Steve
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    7X7SF's A Boat Owned by Two Tech Geniuses is Charting a New Course in Coworking describes the Maritol, a former car and truck ferry that has been converted into a floating coworking space. Key quote on the ship's amenities: While the amenities arms race rages on among well-heeled and well-equipped tech offices across the city, a floating coworking space that is rusty, drafty, encrusted with birds’ nests, and laden with fish carcasses is luring some of the brightest minds in the Bay Area. To meet the requirements of the San Francisco Port Authority the Maritol has to be…
  • New Homes Going to the Dogs

    Steve
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The AP's Sweet Dog Suites reports on builders adding "doggy suites" to new houses. Standard Pacific Homes is offering a pet suite option in 27 of their developments across the country.   Key quote on the high end pet suite, which is shown in the picture below: The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a…
  • Great Visualization of the Changing Part-Time Workforce

    Steve
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    We really like interesting data visualizations here at Small Business Labs. And the folks at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank have created a couple of great charts on part-time U.S. employment.  The Atlanta Fed chart below (click to enlarge) shows the percentage of people working part-time for economic and non-economic reasons.   People reporting they are working part-time for economic reasons (PTER) would prefer to work full-time but are working part-time because of slack work or business conditions, or because they could find only part-time work.  People reporting they…
  • For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

    Steve
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.). The chart below is from the Freelancers Union report How to Live the Freelance Life. It shows how freelancers turn to their network to find work, collaborate on projects, meet new people and stay on top of their industry.     Most of this was not a surprise to us. But we were surprised that over half of the respondents listed "help me stay sane" as being an important or…
 
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    Mixergy

  • Master Class: How to Profit First

    April Dykman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After selling two multi-million-dollar companies, Mike Michalowicz decided to become an angel investor. “Quite frankly, I became the angel of death,” says Mike, author of The Pumpkin Plan and Profit First. “Every time I put money into a company, I was destroying it.” The problem is that when the companies failed to turn a profit, he “just kept on throwing money at [them],” he says. “And it took me a mere two years to lose everything. I mean, literally every penny I had made.” Today, Mike knows how to put profit first to turn startups into money-making machines. In his Mixergy…
  • How a map upstart is taking customers away from Google – with Eric Gundersen

    Andrew Khalili
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In this interview we’re going to find out how a tattooed do-gooder created an upstart map company that’s taking companies and customers away from Google. Eric Gundersen, is co-founder and CEO of MapBox, which makes it easy for anyone to design and publish custom maps. I invited him here to talk about how he built his company Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Eric Gundersen Eric Gundersen is the CEO at MapBox which makes it easy for anyone to design and publish custom maps. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio…
  • How a former hippie bootstrapped a software company to support his family – with Tim Berry

    Andrew Khalili
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    How does a former hippie and conscious journalist bootstrap a multi-million dollar software company? Tim Berry is the founder of Palo Alto Software, which creates business planning software. I invited him here to tell us how he did it. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Tim Berry Tim Berry is the founder and president of Palo Alto Software, which offers business planning software. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there, freedom fighters. My name is Andrew Warner. I am the…
  • How long do you stick with a company that won’t get off the ground? – with Jason Seeber

    Andrew Khalili
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of a serial entrepreneur who couldn’t get a company to take off–until he hit on the company that he’s here to talk about today. Jason Seeber is the founder of The Wine Spies, a unique wine retailer that features one exceptional wine each day, online, in a limited 24-hour sale. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Jason Seeber Jason Seeber is the founder and CEO of The Wine Spies, a unique wine retailer that features one exceptional wine each day, online, in a limited 24-hour sale. Raw…
  • Master Class: How to use lean B2B ideas – with Étienne Garbugli

    April Dykman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What if you validate an idea, and it still fails? That’s what happened to Étienne Garbugli when he launched one of his first b2b startups. “We [validated] the idea with true cold calls, a landing page, and surveys,” says Étienne, founder of Flagback and HireVoice. “We really focused on getting it right. Doing good validation.” And businesses said they were interested. But when he built the product, they didn’t buy it. Étienne realized that he needed a different strategy for tackling b2b markets. So he figured out where he went wrong and went on to launch two successful…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • School of Business 7/26/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John are back with some pretty powerful surface knowledge about a lot of stuff. This show is just a doozy! Includes: our Quote of the Week—an observation from American poet Robert Frost; This Week in Business History includes the Whiskey Rebellion, the twist and the chunnel; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should; and Dumb Moments—the death of Detroit (Ayn Rand was a genius!).
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Ralph Vasami

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Are your employees living the brand? They should be! Robin Tooms asks Ralph Vasami, president and CEO of Universal Weather and Aviation.
  • Brooks Bassler - BB’s Café

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Brooks Bassler grew up in South Louisiana, which means he grew up around real Cajun food. After graduating from the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston, he perfected his Tex-Orleans menu concept. Years of hard work later, his FOUR restaurant locations are doing well and Brooks has no intention of slowing down. He’s optimistic about building business at his current locations and opening additional locations in the future.
  • Women Mean Business - Annette Monks

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Do little girls dream of growing up to be recruiters? Well, maybe. Leisa Holland-Nelson visits with Annette Monks, president of Carlton Staffing and Carltech Engineering and Technical.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Ryan Istre

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Jen Lemanski
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Guest host Jen Lemanski and PKF audit director Ryan Istre discuss how company culture can shape a person’s career. Plus Jen asks why clients and potential employees are drawn to PKF Texas.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • What is the Biggest Cause of Business Failure?

    Arlene Soto
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are many reasons businesses fail: lack of money, changes in the economy, ineffective management, employee turnover, theft, illness, or death of the owner are just a few. According to SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the main reason businesses fail is ineffective management, whether it be poor planning or not understanding all that is required... The post What is the Biggest Cause of Business Failure? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • #TrackThis Episode 6: ROI of Conferences and Trade Shows

    Sabrina Parsons
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Welcome back to #TrackThis! Today, Matt Rissell, CEO of T Sheets Time Tracking, and I sat down to talk about tracking your ROI of attending conferences and trade shows. It’s an important question: Is it worth attending these events to get your name out there, or to have your people trained? It’s hard to know necessarily,... The post #TrackThis Episode 6: ROI of Conferences and Trade Shows appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What is an L3C?

    Angelique O'Rourke
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In recent years, socially-minded entrepreneurs have begun testing a new type of business entity: the L3C, or Low Profit Limited Liability Corporation. A low-profit limited liability company, or an L3C, is a legal structure (a variation on a limited liability company or LLC) that is relatively new to the United States. The United Kingdom began... The post What is an L3C? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Apps to Save Time on Administrative Tasks

    Lisa Furgison
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In a business, administrative chores can stack up. It might only take 20 minutes to send an email, or five minutes to answer your business cell, but all of these little tasks can take up a significant amount of time. Before you know it, your day is nearly over and you haven’t done half of the... The post 10 Apps to Save Time on Administrative Tasks appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur Overnight

    Candice Landau
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is it possible to become an entrepreneur overnight? Is there a switch you can flick? And if so, how do you do it? Here's my answer along with 5 key ingredients that I believe contribute to the make up of all the best entrepreneurs. The post How to Become an Entrepreneur Overnight appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • 4 Entrepreneurs Tell What Makes Miami a Great Tech Startup Ecosystem

    Will Schmidt
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The Miami stop on the Startup Mixology book tour was epic. Not only was there a certified mixologist there to craft cocktails for the audience, there were also llamas – and an amazing panel of 4 entrepreneurs. Matt Haggman, Lori Anne Wardi, Hugh MacLeod, and Jermaine Dupri all graced the stage with their presence, and they spoke about the promise of greatness Miami has. That is, there has been major growth over the last 4 years in Miami, and these entrepreneurs have been central, or will be central, to maintaining that growth. Haggman, of The Knight Foundation, spoke about fostering a tech…
  • Silk.co has Started an Interactive Database to Track the Number of Women Engineers in Tech

    Ronald Barba
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Silk, a platform that allows anyone to transform their content in an easily readable and more engaging format, has recently started compiling data on the women engineers in tech. With recent attempts by large tech companies like Google and Facebook to increase transparency about the number of women among their ranks, the project is an attempt to further highlight the need the issue of this lacking of diversity among various tech companies – looking specifically at women in software – and to look further into the reasons behind how to improve those numbers. According to Alice…
  • Zainab Zaki Embraced Her Failure and Learned From it

    Will Schmidt
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Part of starting up is failure – that’s a given. It’s never easy, but at the same time it’s a learning process and long does the entrepreneur last who sees failure in this light. Zainab Zaki was the COO at Tappedin, a social discovery tool for professional networking, before they closed their doors. For Zaki, it was a great adventure but, as previously stated, she learned a lot from her failures there. The biggest lesson was to avoid an extreme and almost punishing focus on product-market fit. Zaki and her team at Tappedin had trouble getting traction, spinning their wheels during…
  • 4 Ways Your Company Can Build a Secure and Efficient Mobile Strategy

    Will Schmidt
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a sponsored post by CDW, and we want to thank them for all their support! How many people at your office use their smartphone for both work and personal use? Consider the nightmare this can potentially cause for, not just the IT department, but the company at large. CDW designed and built out a platform, the Mobility Solutions Page, to inform you about issues and then act to build a secure mobile strategy. They want to relieve the burden of worry from your shoulders so that you might invest your time where it’s needed most. No matter what aspect of mobility you may need to improve…
  • 8 Apps That Every New Parent Should Know About

    Camila Souza
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    The first smile, the first steps, the first bottle…every parent agrees that life with a new baby is full of magical moments. But let’s be honest, any help you can get when it comes to becoming a better parent is great. And if it’s an app, even better! Baby Bundle If you prefer a one-stop app for everything baby, Baby Bundle is the app for you. It includes monitoring tools for daily activities (from feeding to diaper changes) to growth tracking to health reference (because searching on the web for symptoms is not enough). The app is free and available on iOS. Cloud Baby…
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  • Returns Drive Fees In Private Equity And Hedge Funds

    Timothy Spangler
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:12 pm
    If returns are meant to justify the fee levels being charged by private equity and hedge funds, then it is incumbent on all parties to clearly understand and report these returns accurately.
  • New Company Offers 'No-skim' Fundraising Tools To Nonprofits

    Devin Thorpe
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Social venture CommitChange has developed a new fundraising platform for nonprofits that doesn't rely on collecting a percentage of funds raised, potentially netting nonprofits with a higher percentage of total donations.
  • Great Employees, Great Company Cultures

    Micah Solomon
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Let's talk, for a change, about the strongest link in your organization, the effect a single great employee can have on a company culture. That one shining employee with an unearthly desire-to-serve glow, empathy with your customers, and an entrepreneurial attitude.
  • Training Customer Service Employees To (Not) Take It Personally

    Micah Solomon
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Here's a paradox of customer service training and customer service leadership. On the one hand, a key to giving great customer service is to let customers know you take it personally. However (and here's the paradox) one of the key traits for customer-facing employees is optimism?which, in the context of customer service work, often means not taking things too personally.
  • Training Customer Service Employees To (Not) Take It Personally

    Micah Solomon
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Here's a paradox of customer service training and customer service leadership. On the one hand, a key to giving great customer service is to let customers know you take it personally. However (and here's the paradox) one of the key traits for customer-facing employees is optimism?which, in the context of customer service work, often means not taking things too personally.
 
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  • Practice Entrepreneur Integrity As Seen By Others

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    As an entrepreneur, your personal integrity is critical for getting and keeping the support of investors and team members, and your company’s integrity is critical for getting and keeping customers and vendors. But in a practical sense, what does that really mean? Most definitions of integrity include something like “the quality of being honest and morally upright.” Yet, I’ve found through experience that both honesty and morality are relative terms, depending on the reference point of both the speaker and the receiver. In business, the only view that counts is that of the receiver.
  • Entrepreneurs Today Don’t Need A Big Budget To Start

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It wasn’t so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free, or a few hundred dollars, with one of the many web building tools available, like Shopify or Weebly Store. A programmer can build a new smartphone app for a few thousand dollars. With the appearance of do-it-yourself services on the Internet, entrepreneur curriculums at every university, and a wealth of new books on the subject, the need for expensive consultants and business advisors has also…
  • Hungry Entrepreneurs Always Seem To Find Capital

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every startup needs access to capital, whether for funding product development, for initial rollout efforts, acquiring inventory, or paying that first employee. Most entrepreneurs think first of bank loans as the primary source of money, only to find out that banks are really the least likely benefactors for startups. Thus “creative” really means maximizing non-bank financing. While sizing up the alternatives, I couldn’t help but pick up a recent book by Karlene Sinclair-Robinson with the creative title of “Spank the Bank: The Guide to Alternative Business Financing.” She plumbs the…
  • Agility Is The Key To Survival In Good Times And Bad

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most small businesses are trying to forget the recent recession, and get back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone conversations, real product information spreads at astounding speeds. Entrepreneurs that are not listening, not engaging, and not changing will be left behind even in the best of times. Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. It is required today for new innovation strategies, analyzing markets for new opportunities, and organizational changes. Today’s…
  • 9 Ways To Inspire Your Startup Team To New Heights

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Startups provide business leadership with new products, services, and new revenue models, but leadership startups can only be built by entrepreneurs who are leaders themselves, and incent leadership in the team around them. Leadership which incents other people to be leaders is called “contagious leadership.” John Hersey, in his book “Creating Contagious Leadership,” describes nine required skills or habits for inspiring a contagious leadership culture within a startup, as well as within other types of businesses, or even life in general. He and I believe that leaders have to make the…
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    Presentation Zen

  • 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…
  • Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

    Garr
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis and feel unable to choose, and harder still to simplify. Reducing and simplifying in an honest way—a way that makes a message clear and memorable—is one of the hardest things for professionals to do. I am reminded of the old Bruce Lee saying: "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." This is one of the secrets to mastery in general, and hacking away is…
  • One man's creativity in an airport "all by myself"

    Garr
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Have you ever found yourself alone in an airport with a lot of time to kill? For most of us this is a rather dismal experience. But for others, such alone time is a nice respite and a bit freedom to be creative and just see what happens. Last week, Richard Dunn, a lighting designer in corporate entertainment who is originally from Canada, was heading back to his current home in Georgia from Las Vegas. But after volunteering to get bumped off his 11:00pm flight home, he found himself with seven hours to kill before the next flight out at 6:00am the next day. So what to do? Many people would…
  • 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

    Garr
    4 Jun 2014 | 3:03 am
    Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies of all time. There is something quite special about Wilder's films. There's a simplicity, clarity, and naturalness that is above all else engaging and human. Even today Wilder is a hero to many filmmakers both young and old. In a 1999 interview with NPR, filmmaker Cameron Crowe talks about his admiration for Wilder's work. It is this…
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    Great Demo!

  • When the Best Solution Is NOT Your Offering

    Peter E. Cohan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Have you ever found, when doing Discovery with a prospect, that the problem they face may not be best addressed by your offering – that another organization’s product would be better choice for them?  Do you go ahead and propose your offering anyway or do you suggest a solution from another company?  (Note – I’m not talking about direct competitors’ products, but other non-direct competitor alternatives…)A few thoughts:First, the quest for rapid revenue may not be the right choice, particularly if the main problem faced by the customer requires capabilities that you…
  • (Warning – Shameless Self Promotion Alert!) Great Demo! Intro Video

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    It’s my pleasure to offer this brief video intro to the Great Demo! methodology:  http://goo.gl/dL72VJ It provides a sample of the key ideas – an appetizer, not the full meal…!   Please contact me if you are interested in exploring further.I want to thank Demos on Demand for this video.  They provide an advanced B2B video platform that’s specifically designed for technology markets—and they do a wonderful job recording demos and whiteboards—really great stuff!
  • Remote Demos: Check for Screen Resolution Readability

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    During a Remote Demo today, where I was the customer on the receiving end of the demo, I asked the vendor to change his screen resolution because the text and images he was sharing were too small for me to see clearly.  He suddenly realized that this problem had been going on for quite a while – and that most of his customers have also been unable to see sufficient detail in his demos…!  I noted that most customers won’t say anything – they either assume that there is nothing that can be changed – that “it is what it is…”  They just live with it and make no…
  • "SC's are not paid by the word..."

    Peter E. Cohan
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Heard from a very wise presales manager recently:  “Presales folks are not paid by the word…!”
  • Another Cooking Analogy for Demos – Length of the Recipe

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    A recent Great Demo! Workshop participant observed that for most home cooks, a recipe that has a long list of ingredients and a long set of instructions is less likely to be chosen over one that is shorter.  He also pointed out that the longer, more complicated recipe presents more chances to make mistakes (“Damn, it wasn’t supposed to look like that…!”).  Clearly these ideas are directly applicable to demos!
 
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Kurbo Finds $5.8M In Funding To Fight Childhood Obesity

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    San Francisco- and Palo Alto-based Kurbo Health, which develops a mobile app specifically aimed at reducing childhood obesity, has raised a $5.8M funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Luvocracy Acquired By WalmartLabs

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    San Francisco-based social shopping service Luvocracy, which operates an online community focused on social discovery of products and sharing of product recommendations from friends and families, has been acquired by @WalmartLabs. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Centric Software Gets $24M

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Los Gatos-based Centric Software, a developer of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, said today that it has raised $24M in a Series D funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • PaxVax Gets $62M For Vaccine Efforts

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Redwood City-based PaxVax, a developer of vaccines for infectious disease, has raised $62M in funding, split between $50M in secured debt financing and $12M in an extension of its Series B funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Leanplum Finds $4.8M In Series A

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    San Francisco-based mobile analytics software developer Leanplum announced this morning that it has raised $4.8M in a funding round. The funding came from Shasta Ventures.... (more) READ MORE>>
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    Austin Startup

  • Self-Funding with OPM (Other Peoples Money)

    Larry Chiang
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Every entrepreneurship insight I get is cited and sourced from a specific legendary business mentor. I pay attention at a depth I consider "motivational listening." In board meetings, lectures, and tech conferences, I seek to out note-take the rest of the room. This article is a snippet of my recent notes, and revolved around the theme of Other People's Money (OPM).
  • Introducing NuHabitat: Comprehensive Online Real Estate Search Where Others Fall Short

    Bryan Menell
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Searching for a new home or investment property in Austin and Central Texas just got a whole lot easier, with today’s launch of NuHabitat, a residential real estate application (and Capital Factory Accelerator company) designed with ease of use, speed and 100% data accuracy in mind.
  • Mobile Commerce in Las Vegas – On the Ground at the Downtown Project

    Steve Guengerich
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Last year, Zappos’s CEO Tony Hsieh spent much of his keynote speech at SXSW V2V 2013 on the Downtown Project, the name he gave to his personal economic and cultural revitalization effort of several acres of the original, downtown Las Vegas. Tony made a considerable financial commitment to the Downtown Project of $350 million, to [...]
  • V is for Venture: Day 3 of V2V 2014

    Steve Guengerich
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    The final day of SXSW V2V 2014 was all about the “v” for “venture” in the name.
  • It Takes Leaving Austin to Know it Better at SXSW V2V

    Steve Guengerich
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Yesterday was a full day of programming, one-on-one meetings, and the great synchronicity of surprise meetings in the lunch-line hallway or at the Tech Cocktail reception at the Chandelier bar, as Day 2 of SXSW V2V unfolded.
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Why MANY Smart People Don’t Get the Support They Deserve

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You may have experienced this (or might have seen someone go through this situation) – you are on to something big and need a LOT of help but even people who have known you for a while are not actively supporting you in your quest. They seem to listen to everything and say encouraging words about your adventure but when it comes to doing something, they shy away from it. It bothers you because you have known these people for a LONG time and these are some people that you would totally expect 100% support from. They should be the ones that should fully understand your potential and lend…
 
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  • The 5 Technologies Driving Always-On Experiences

    Linda Bustos
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    In 2016, the CMO is expected to spend more on technology than the CIO, thanks to consumer demand for always-on immersive, personalized experiences and media across a variety of devices.In Insights 2014: Connecting Technology and Story in an Always-On World SapientNitro cites the Big 5 critical technologies that brands and marketers must need to understand as: mobility, big data and analytics, social media, HTML5/CSS3 and sensors.At Elastic Path we are excited to announce our newest partner, SapientNitro, who will be leveraging their expertise with the Big 5 critical technologies combined with…
  • Tablet Commerce in 2014 [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    This week’s infographic looks at the tablet commerce landscape at a glance, via UsableNet.Click to enlarge infographicTweetablesWorldwide tablet sales increased 68% from 2012 to 2013 Tweet thisOver 1/2 of online time happens on mobile, 12% on tablets Tweet this30% of US households with Internet access own at least 1 tablet, 59% in UK Tweet thisThe avg conversion rate on tablets is 2.63% in the US, 2.5% in the UK Tweet this66% of tablet users research products before buying online, 63% watch product video Tweet this31% of tablet owners in 2014 will use their tablet for purchases, 61% in…
  • API-liate Ecommerce

    Linda Bustos
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Much of the cool, new ways ecommerce sites mesh with social and mobile is thanks to APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces which allow applications to communicate with each other, share data and perform various functions.For example, pulling Pinterest data to create new merchandising sections on your website or mobile app.(If you need a primer on how APIs impact ecommerce <– read this or check out this infographic.)A HUGE area of opportunity for ecommerce APIs is in affiliate marketing. How are APIs are currently and potentially used for merchants and affiliates? (Special thanks…
  • Twitter and Facebook Commerce: Will It Blend?

    Linda Bustos
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Last week was a hot one, with Twitter announcing its acquisition of cross-channel promotions startup CardSpring, and Facebook testing a “Buy” button, joining Twitter who launched the same feature last month.The CardSpring deal is just a deal for now – no indication of when or how this might be rolled into Twitter. There’s speculation that the service will allow social offers to be applied to a credit card or loyalty card that’s registered with the service, with the offer applied at point-of-purchase.For merchants, a clearer way to measure cross-channel response and ROI is…
  • How Data Impacts the Path to Purchase [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    This week’s infographic from Baynote outlines how data influences the customer journey from discovery, to research / purchase intent, to checkout, post-purch and beyond.Click to enlarge infographicTweetables89% of consumers use search engines to research purchases Tweet this62% of all online searchers visit 1 of the top 3 results #SEO Tweet this79% of consumers follow brands on social networks Tweet this92% of consumers trust earned media (personal recommendation, reviews) over other forms of advertising Tweet this70% of shoppers trust product reviews Tweet this63% of consumers use…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

    Tim Berry
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was writing an email to these folks and I just stopped and deleted the draft. Why waste the time raising entrepreneurs I don’t even know. My complaint? I got to my office this morning after a few weeks elsewhere and found the results of a concentrated campaign for me to write about a certain entrepreneur and his startup. He’s all about how he’s so successful as a college dropout. I have one package containing a coffee mug with chocolate drops, and another with a copy of his book. Both contain a personalized letter from him, with what looks like a signature. Both contain business cards…
  • I Really Don’t Like All This Sh*t

    Tim Berry
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Some of the best and brightest, some of the most educated people I know, have decided that it’s cool to use the word “shit” to replace the old-fashioned words “things,” “stuff,” “work,” and so on. That’s too bad. Of course I remember “get your shit straight,” a phrase that’s as old as the golden age of hippies in the late 1960s. That was as common as “groovy” back in the day. So, millennials: you hate “groovy,” right? Yeah, that feels old to me too. And I’m old. But did you have to adopt shit?  But, damn! Google “do epic shit” and you’ll find a…
  • Where Business Wisdom and Life Intersect

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
  • 3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

    Tim Berry
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone in that post to mine in some of my (somewhat confessional) posts on me and my wife and entrepreneurship: My biggest startup boost, for example; or this true story on relationships vs. new business. And yes, my wife and I have been married 44 years, in a relationship that has survived years of…
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • Crafting compelling surveys and questionnaires [Opt-Ins and Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Client reconnaissance. Cool phrase, right? But what does it mean? “Preliminary surveying or research” is the strict answer, of course. And now that we’ve said that, you are likely to already know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you should be learning as much as you can about every lead that enters into your sales funnel. That may tempt you to put surveys allover your various webpages – and you no doubt see lots of businesses doing that. Buy something; hit with a survey. Complain about something; offered a survey. Read a FAQ entry; treated to a survey. Take a survey; how…
  • Insane Guarantees, Micro-Commitments, + Free-Image Sources [Noise Reduction .75]

    florence
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Team, So you may have seen the essay we wrote recently on Guarantees over on the Blog. Well, the team over at MagCast are right at the final stages of their 2014 intake, and have taken their guarantee to the next level: If you publish one issue a month for the next 12 months and you’re not thrilled with the results your digital magazine is getting, they’ll buy your licence back for double what you paid for it. Think about this offer for a moment: they are essentially guaranteeing a 100% ROI for their publishers — a guaranteed minimum exit price for their publishers’…
  • Five Examples of Profitable Marketing with Micro-Commitments [Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A good friend of the Preneur family, James Tuckerman, founder of Anthill Online and Not So Freaky University, has a great little anecdote about building profitable customer relationships. James explains the core of the relationship-building as follows: “You wouldn’t ask someone to marry you before you’ve shared a cup of coffee with them.” James is spot-on about this. Though he’s making a point about starting out baby steps when it comes to earning sales, his philosophy brings to mind a slight caveat. Building a profitable customer relationship is really about…
  • Selling Air, Doubling Conversions, & Acquiring 3.2 Million New Customers [Noise Reduction .74]

    florence
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hi Gang, Hope the start to the back half of 2014 is off to a flyer for you! This week’s Thought of the Week comes from a conversation during a recent Platinum Advisory Board meeting: You can’t control the “outcome” of making a baby, just the “actions and inputs” (bad pun intended). Same in business… we can’t sit down and actually make $10,000 unless we work at the mint printing the stuff. We can only sit down each day and do actions that are consistent with moving the business or project forward. So… what’s your next productive action? Pete…
  • Engaging Alternatives to ‘Can I Help you?’ [Increasing Retail Opt-Ins by Asking Better Questions]

    Todd Spear
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you’ve spent much time working in a face-to-face sales environment, you know that asking “Can I help you?” is the best way not to get a customer to take you up on your offer. In stores, the customary response to that greeting is “I’m just looking.” Generic questions like “can I help you?’ do nothing for encouraging the retail opt-ins you need to grow your business. You need better questions to ask your prospective customers. It goes without saying that “How can I help you?” is a closed-ended question – one that can only elicit a yes or no answer. And when it…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jamie
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality

    12 May 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a guest post by Jenn Steele.  Jen is the Head of Growth at RecruitLoop, an online recruitment marketplace based in San Francisco and Australia. Previously of Amazon and HubSpot, Jenn is passionate about growing humans and companies, working out, and wine. Follow her @jennsteele I fired the first person I ever hired. I didn’t expect to have to do that. I expected that I’d be building my team with this person at my side. I expected this person to add value from the get-go. I expected that this would be a long-term professional relationship. Reality, however, was…
  • Happy Birthday BASIC, Thanks For Making Me Possible

    7 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language. I have fond memories of BASIC -- without it, my life may have turned out very differently. I went to highschool in a small town in India (Bilimora).  It was the mid 1980s  There were no computers at my school.  Best I knew, there were no personal computers in the entire town. Then, I went to mechanical engineering school in a larger town (Surat).  They had PCs.  6 of them, if I recall correctly.  In a "computer lab".  It…
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    ArcticStartup

  • Orbit: Norwegian Artificial Intelligence as a Service

    Rafael Lemarchand
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    If you happen to be a Norwegian, Danish or Swedish journalist or any other type of content rich text manager, you’ll want to pay close attention to Orbit. Orbit is a new startup from Norway which just launched a unique text analysis technology platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to recognize and understand languages (in their case that would currently be Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, though more are sure to follow). Orbit aims to facilitate the integration of background context, leaving the journalist more time and energy to focus on producing better content for…
  • New Latvian VC FlyCap leads Mailigen's $500 000 Seed Fund for advanced Email Marketing

    Rafael Lemarchand
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Double announcement from the Baltics: The new player in the Latvian VC sector, FlyCap, kicked off its portfolio with a half a million seed investment in fellow landsman start up Mailigen. The round was led by FlyCap with participation from investors from Europe, Asia and the US. According to FlyCap's website (only in Latvian) the firm is investing from a €10.5 fund. The round will oil up Mailigen’s development machinery, which aims to produce more innovative marketing features and to create a one stop marketing platform for companies to automate their campaign strategies. In-depth data…
  • CrowdCurity Raises $1 Million to Crowdsource Security for Bitcoin Startups

    Greg Anderson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    For many hacked-together startups, security is an afterthought. But for bitcoin-related startups, and other companies where money is moving through their system, security is a make-it or break-it factor. There are plenty of white-hat security firms out there that will run some tests on your project, but you're relying completely on one firm. To help startups run more of a bug-bounty program (like what Google and the other big companies do) and to make security more accessible, Denmark-founded Crowdcurity crowdsources these security tests and just announced it has raised $1 million. Leading…
  • What these Alcohol apps say about the Nordic countries

    Greg Anderson
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    You can find good insight about a country's alcohol culture by digging through their app store. In the Nordic countries, independent developers have gifted their programming prowess to help their fellow countrymen navigate the government's control of alcohol in order to help import it into the country, find the best deals, or just to find the nearest store. On this slow news day, we've gone through the app store to help our readers find apps to improve their lives. Reisekvote: Alkohol- og tobakkskalkulator Country: Norway Category: Utilities Alcohol is damn expensive in Norway, and as a…
  • FIN-FSA Cracks Down On Equity Crowdfunding Platforms

    Antti Hemmilä / Borenius
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Editor's note: At the end of June while everyone was preparing for summer holidays, the FIN-FSA regulatory body published its new guidelines for equity crowdfunding in Finland, which were near opposite what they presented only a month before that. This sudden change in new guidelines have a huge impact on Finland's crowdfunding industry, which in many ways has been at the forefront of the world's equity crowdfunding scene. Below is a guest post by Antti Hemmilä of Attorneys at law Borenius, who has previously written for us on crowdfunding here. During the last few years, equity crowdfunding…
 
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Invoice Ape

    public
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Company / App Name: Invoice Ape http://www.invoiceape.com Twitter – Invoice Ape What does it do? Tried of standard, boring invoice generator, try a stylish way to invoicing your customers with free or charged templates. it is easy to make your invoices, proposals looks professional just like your business do. Why do we need it? fast, cool and free of charge Who is it for? freelancers, small business What makes it stand out from the crowd? stylish and cool What’s next? more free templates to come Pitch Video http://www.invoiceape.com
  • Pitch for Motoqlik

    public
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Company / App Name: Motoqlik http://motoqlik.com Twitter – motoqlik What does it do? Motoqlik is a Social initiative that allows motorists to connect with one another just by using their License plate number. Why do we need it? We aim to change how motorists fundamentally think. Imagine leaving your car on the road and knowing someone from the community can text you in times of need, or if you are blocking a car for a short moment and you know you are contactable. Who is it for? Drivers, motorists, car lovers, car enthusiasts, road users, daily road commuters What makes it stand out…
  • Pitch for Peardoc Solutions

    public
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Company / App Name: Peardoc Solutions http://www.peardoc.com Twitter – pear_doc What does it do? Enables visitors to your website and password protected intranet/web applications to convert static and dynamic HTML content to PDF, by using a “Save as PDF” link. This is an alternative to HTML to PDF API services. Why do we need it? The service enables: 1. Conversion of HTML to PDF on password protected sites. 2. Conversion of dynamic HTML content. 3. Conversion of selective content on a webpage. 4. Specification of additional styles/script before PDF conversion Who is it for?
  • Pitch for ClipUp

    public
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Company / App Name: ClipUp http://clipup.co Twitter – ClipUpApp What does it do? ClipUp is an iOS universal app which offers everything one would need to quickly and easily plan, remember, categorize, share and report various information. Why do we need it? We wanted to create a nicely designed, full-featured app that can help people improve their productivity and keep better track of their projects. Who is it for? Anyone looking to organize their projects and ideas What makes it stand out from the crowd? ClipUp was developed to be simple, intuitive and easy to use What’s next? To…
  • Pitch for IronWifi

    public
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Company / App Name: IronWifi http://www.ironwifi.com Twitter – IronWifiCom What does it do? Hosted Radius Server providing cloud-based authentication service for wireless and wired networks. Why do we need it? Improve security of your network. Who is it for? To use advanced WPA2-Enterprise security mode to authenticate your network users and devices. What makes it stand out from the crowd? It is cloud based, supports authentication using username/passwords and certificates, supports pulling information about users from your own database, android mobile app and API interface exists too.
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    Techday

  • Govt launches more opportunities to engage ‘curious minds’

    Catherine Murray
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Educate “Lifting engagement and achievement in science education is absolutely vital and the education profession must prepare all New Zealanders to be participants, and leaders, in the 21st century,” Hekia Parata, Education Minister, says.   Read More →
  • ManageEngine – Changing the game in IT management

    Contributor
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Sponsored IT Brief Flourishing as a division of online business giant Zoho, Ganesan believes when it comes to IT management software, ManageEngine fits the target demographic of the New Zealand market.   Read More →
  • Has Dotcom made a Mega cock-up in bashing Xero?

    James Henderson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Featured Start-Up Kim Dotcom’s sudden silence in his war of words with Xero CEO Rod Drury has not gone unnoticed in some circles, with many speculating shareholder pressure to have severely bitten his tongue.   Read More →
  • #iwantaGS5… Who wants to buy Dan Carter’s old phone?

    James Henderson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Featured NetGuide After a standout rugby weekend, Dan Carter’s Trade Me auction is set to break 100,000 views.   Read More →
  • 1, 2, 3, No! – Don’t get lost in questionable numbers…

    Contributor
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    IT Brief I’m constantly amazed at how enamoured people are with numbers. Every time I give a presentation, I see people scribble down statistics about anything even if the validity or actionability of the number is questionable.   Read More →
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • 4 Questions That Will Help You Discover Your Entrepreneurial Strengths

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Founder LaunchPad gives aspiring entrepreneurs exclusive tips and tricks through video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,100+ mentors. For more Founder LaunchPads, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this week's Founder LaunchPad, Marcos Polanco, Co-Director of the Puerto Rico Founder Institute, provides four questions you should answer in order to discover your Entrepreneurial Superpowers. Use this as a guide to help you reveal your startup strengths and unique capabilities: 1. What do you love to do that never bores you? 2. What…
  • Come to a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn from top Startup Experts

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 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…
  • Can Your Passion Withstand Time?

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Founder LaunchPad gives aspiring entrepreneurs exclusive tips and tricks through video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of [total_mentors]+ mentors. For more Founder LaunchPads, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this week's Founder LaunchPad, Marcos Polanco, Co-Director of the Puerto Rico Founder Institute, explains the importance of launching a startup that is deeply rooted in who you are. He challenges his audience to visualize themselves during their last days on earth. What have you created? What do you REFUSE to leave behind? According to…
  • Emberlight’s "Smart" Light Product Profiled on TechCrunch

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Atif Noori and his company Emberlight were recently featured in a TechCrunch article by Sarah Perez titled Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into a “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone. Emberlight is a graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute and was a Finalist in the 15th Founder Showcase. Emberlight aims to make “smart” light bulbs more user-friendly and affordable than existing smart light bulbs on the market, which are often expensive and require additional hardware in order to operate. Rather than selling the bulb itself, Emberlight offers a product that…
  • Don’t Pitch Your Product, Pitch Your Passion

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Founder LaunchPad gives aspiring entrepreneurs exclusive tips and tricks through video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of [total_mentors]+ mentors. For more Founder LaunchPads, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this week's Founder LaunchPad, Marcos Polanco, Co-Director of the Puerto Rico Founder Institute, illustrates the importance of defining your passion through your company’s brand. He continues on to say that business entrepreneurs should never confront sales in the same manner of a car salesman. It’s not about selling your…
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    OnlyOnce

  • The Gift of Feedback, Part IV

    Matt Blumberg
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Gift of Feedback, Part IV I wrote a few weeks ago about my live 360 – the first time I’ve ever been in the room for my own review discussion.  I now have a development plan drafted coming out of the session, and having cycled it through the contributors to the review, I’m ready to go with it.  As I did in 2008, 2009, and 2011, I’m posting it here publicly.  This time around, there are three development items: Continue to spend enough time in-market.  In particular, look for opportunities to spend more time with direct clients.  There was a lot of discussion about this at my…
  • Book Short: Culture is King

    Matt Blumberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Culture is King Joy, Inc.:  How We Built a Workplace People Love, by Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, was a really good read. Like Remote  which I reviewed a few weeks ago, Joy, Inc. is ostensibly a book about one thing — culture — but is also full of good general advice for CEOs and senior managers. Also like Remote, the book was written by the founder and CEO of a relatively small firm that is predominately software engineers, so there are some limitations to its specific lessons unless you adapt them to your own environment. Unlike Remote, though,…
  • Democracy in Action

    Matt Blumberg
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    I went to our local high school gym last night to vote for a smallish ($12mm) school bond issue as well as another proposition I didn’t quite understand about paying for fire alarms in the schools. As is always the case in New York, I was somewhere between amused and appalled that the voting machines are pre-war vintage (possibly Civil, definitely WWI). But this election was a new experience for me. When I finished voting, I ran into a friend of ours who is on the school board, and he suggested I stick around because the polls were closing, and I’d get to hear the results. This…
  • Book short: Life Isn’t Just a Wiki

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book short:  Life Isn’t Just a Wiki One of the best things I can say about Remote: Office Not Required,  by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, is that it was short.  That sounds a little harsh – part of what I mean is that business books are usually WAY TOO LONG to make their point, and this one was blessedly short.  But the book was also a little bit of an angry rant against bad management wrapped inside some otherwise good points about remote management. The book was a particularly interesting read juxtaposed against Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last which I just finished…
  • The 90-Day Reverse Review

    Matt Blumberg
    22 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 90-Day Reverse Review Like a lot of companies, Return Path does a 90-day review on all new employees to make sure they’re performing well, on track, and a good fit.  Sometimes those reviews are one-way from the manager, sometimes they are 360s. But we have also done something for years now called the 90-Day Reverse Review, which is equally valuable.  Around the same 90-day mark, and unrelated to the regular review process, every new employee gets 30 minutes with a member of the Executive Committee (my direct reports, or me if the person is reporting to someone on my team) where…
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    Startup Houston

  • From a Catering Conundrum to a Startup: The Story of GrubSquad

    Tina Nazerian
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    “I was the person in charge of organizing where the food would come from, and who would pick up [what] from where,” Ogo Ifelayo said when we met at White Space Houston in the Heights last week. Ifelayo, the founder of GrubSquad, a web-based restaurant delivery service, was referring to picking up food for his family’s gatherings, including his brother’s wedding. “We probably had food from about 10 different caterers,” Ifelayo said. “So I was like, ok, and I was bringing some equipment stuff back to the event, to the people who’d cooked the food,…
  • Q&A with Primer Grey’s Chris Valdez

    Tina Nazerian
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Recently, Startup Houston sat down with Chris Valdez of Primer Grey, a design and marketing company nearing its 5-year anniversary, to talk about his background, the company, creativity, and Houston’s shifting economy. Startup Houston: What’s your background, and how did you end up here? Chris Valdez: I actually went to school for creative writing and architecture, and through a series of events, ended up at a couple of advertising agencies very early on, first as a copy writer. I had done school abroad in Mexico City and studied editorial design and composition. In the process of…
  • Q&A with Roland von Kurnatowski of TX/RX Labs

    Tina Nazerian
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Recently, Startup Houston sat down with Roland T. von Kurnatowski III, the secretary of TX/RX Labs, to learn more about this dynamic makerspace, situated in East Downtown. Startup Houston: Where did you start off? How did you end up at TX/RX Labs? Roland T. von Kurnatowski III: I went to Rice University for Computer Science and Sociology. I graduated and went to work for a consulting company called Bluware. I worked there for a while and then moved over to JP Morgan Chase, the investment bank, to work on some internal bank projects there. After I did that I decided I was bored with computer…
  • Cobblebot is Crushing it on Kickstarter

    Jeff Reichman
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Within three days, Houston startup Cobblebot has already exceeded its $100,000 Kickstarter goal. The printer offers a large build area (15x15x15) for only $299. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here!
  • From Abstract to Tangible: Bringing Grammar to Life with Grammaropolis

    Tina Nazerian
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    “Kids hated it,” Coert Voorhees said when we met in Salento on Rice Village, on a clear, sunny Friday morning. Voorhees, a tall, friendly man who used to translate plays for a Chilean playwright , taught 7th Grade Writing at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, California for six years. “The kids that I was teaching – half of them had come from the K-6 of this school, and were spectacular [at grammar],” Voorhees said. “The other half of the kids came from schools outside and around the community, and didn’t know grammar at all. I showed up, and had to…
 
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    Techstars

  • Making in Manhattan – NYC hardware has its day

    Jenny Fielding
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hardware, often viewed as the poor step-child of the tech scene, is experiencing a Renaissance with West Coast based companies such as Nest and Oculus being snapped up for mind blowing amounts of cash. However, New York’s hardware scene is flourishing, proving to be a seductive environment for start-ups and partner companies that support the hardware ecosystem. Engrained industries, including marketing and manufacturing have built a formidable platform for new entrants. It’s easy to sense momentum from the dozens of Maker spaces, meetup groups, hack events and conferences centered on…
  • Announcing 12 New Companies for the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

    Don Burton
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’m thrilled to announce the edtech-focused startups that are gathering in New York this summer to participate in the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The 2013 program was a huge success and we have high expectations for this new class of startups. Our intensive, three-month program will help these companies refine their vision and accelerate their progress towards making a real impact on education. These companies have highly motivating projects. Instead of sitting in classrooms learning facts about how to start a company, they are ‘learning-by-doing’ and building…
  • Blake Yeager Joins Techstars as Managing Director, Techstars Cloud

    Blake Yeager
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    My journey to join the Techstars team started in late 2011, when Techstars was ramping up to launch the first Cloud program in San Antonio.  I was working for HP Cloud Services at the time, helping to build HP’s public cloud.  After meeting with Jason Seats, the original Managing Director for the program, I volunteered to serve as a mentor for the program.  I really didn’t know what to expect, but I hoped that I would be able to provide some value to the companies that had been selected. Since that day, I have been continuously impressed by the quality of the people involved with…
  • [Video] Startup Stories on Hammerhead “A software company unafraid of hardware”

    Megan Sweeney
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    We’ve had a bunch of Startup Stories  coming out and here’s a new one! In this video we learn more about Hammerhead, a company who went through the R/GA Accelerator Powered by Techstars. By the way applications are open and the deadline is August 25th, 2014… so APPLY! Hammerhead is creating something amazing for cyclists.  Seriously amazing!  The Hammerhead is a tool that takes complex navigation information and it shows you where to ride using light signals.  They’re creating a way to discover great, safe, bike routes possible anywhere in the world.  You can…
  • Startup Stories – Enertiv “Transforming an Industry”

    Megan Sweeney
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here’s a new video from our Startup Stories series on Enertiv, recent grad of the R/GA accelerator.  Applications are open for this year’s connected devices program, so apply!  You have nothing to lose. Enertiv provides a combination of hardware and software that allows buildings to monitor their energy consumption in real-time to save energy and money.  Commercial buildings in the U.S. waste 30% of the energy they consume which costs them $40 billion each year! It’s amazing to think of what positive impact Enertiv has made on the world.  Watch this short video to learn…
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Lessons in finances by FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    World Cup soccer has lessons that can be applied to how we choose to live our lives. The National Post has a great article on the topic:When Robin Van Persie jumped into the air and headed in the goal against Spain, the crowd went wild. Van Persie earned his reputation as The Flying Dutchman and one of the world's best players. But those astonishing plays are the exception, not the rule; teams can’t rely on them to win games. At the end of the day, good defensive soccer moves are equally important as jaw-dropping goals, although they’re often given less attention. If you want to win,…
  • 5 Ways investing is the same as running a business

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Many of my baby boomer clients wonder whether they should keep their wealth in their businesses, or sell and invest the proceeds elsewhere. While they understand the need to diversify, they find investing in other markets less appealing since they don’t have the experience and perceive it to be a greater risk.Working with business owners, my challenge is just as much about helping them invest money as it is helping them change their perception of themselves. You see, many of my clients view themselves as business owners when they should be thinking of themselves as family wealth managers.
  • River Cree with Crosbie issues the first cross-border bond from a Canadian First Nation

    28 Jan 2014 | 6:53 am
    There has been a complete make over of the Thomson Reuter PE Hub website and the editor, Kirk Falconer, is scooping up stories on a usually closed industry of private equity. Here is his latest story on the innovative deal done by Crosbie with one of the leading First Nations casino enterprises:River Cree Enterprises said it has issued the first cross-border bond from a Canadian First Nation-owned entity, tapping a group of Canadian and U.S. institutional investors. The bond issue, estimated by The Globe and Mailat $200 million, has helped facilitate the Enoch Cree Nation‘s…
  • Cover-FX discovers that Private Equity does take your business to the next level

    7 Jan 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The Globe and Mail has a story of value to entrepreneurs and business owners thinking about growing their company, but choking from lack of capital.Deals with Canadian firms are being closed by large and sophisticated investors that, at first glance, seem to fall well below the revenue threshold usually required for a chat over lunch – never mind an acquisition.Private equity and strategic buyers are dipping their nets into shallower waters and scooping up small companies. U.S. investors, in particular, are not waiting for businesses to grow organically because they recognize there’s a…
  • Barry Critchley, Financial Post: Sluggish tone of Canadian mergers and acquisitions

    28 Nov 2013 | 1:30 pm
    How is the Canadian economy's health? One measurement is to examine the number of mergers and acquisitions being sealed across the country. As usual, finance guru, Barry Critchley, Financial Post gives details in a great article in the Financial Post. It sounds as if it is a good time  to sell your business:Crosbie & Co. has crunched the numbers and the sluggish tone of the Canadian mergers and acquisitions continued in the recently completed third quarter.“According to Colin W. Walker, Crosbie, Strong value in the face of weak activity partly reflects the fact that that many…
 
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    The Freestyle Entrepreneur

  • FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED

    John Ingrisano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    MY FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED As some of you know, I have been working on a novel about the sex trade.The working title is Daughters of an Abandoned Civilization.  It is more than half done and coming along nicely.  Along the way, I have also been carving out free-standing short stories and submitting them for publication.  Though a professional writer for around 40 year, I have never had any fiction published.  No takers … until now. So, I am pleased – more like delighted and thrilled – to announce that, finally, one of my stories, “The Prostitute,” has been accepted and…
  • MAKE NETWORKING WORK FOR YOU

    John Ingrisano
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    by John R. Ingrisano Think of networking as mostly free, word-of-mouth, marketing.  Here are some ideas to make networking work for you: Be in touch.  Thanks to email, it’s never been easier to stay connected with clients and prospects.  Send out very, very short mini-newsletters (200 words at the most) once a month or so to remind them you’re still around. Be involved.  Join organizations — Lions, Optimists, etc. —  in your local community.  The personal and professional relationships are priceless. Polish your elevator talk.  Be prepared to tell people who you are and…
  • PRACTICE EXCEPTIONALISM

    John Ingrisano
    12 Jun 2013 | 10:34 am
    by John Ingrisano The Freestyle Entrepreneur We remember exceptionalism … and the people who do the exceptional. We remember the bad stuff:  Recently, while talking to a cell phone company representative, I was told I needed a ton and a half of special add-ons that would more than double the cost I was told I would pay.  I spent more time deflecting aggressive sales tactics than I did actually learning about what services were best for me and my business.  It was an unpleasant experience, at best.  I will avoid going through it again with that company, and I certainly will not…
  • OFFER: FREE PRESENTATION OR WORKSHOP

    John Ingrisano
    3 Jan 2013 | 7:46 am
    HERE’S A FREE OFFER … WITH A FEW STRINGS ATTACHED:  Do you need a quality keynote or motivational business presentation for your 2013 annual meeting?  Or a speaker for a sales or customer service session or after-dinner talk?  An established business journalist, public speaker and sales trainer, I am giving away a free one-hour program to the first two responders.  If you represent a business or business organizations (such as a Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Rotary, etc.), you are eligible to accept this offer. This offer is valued at more than $3,000.  And it is free.  TWO…
  • ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT

    John Ingrisano
    10 Dec 2012 | 7:49 am
    by John Ingrisano “Will somebody please do something?”  I’ve heard that phrase now and then over the years from frustrated parents, unhappy customers, even business managers. There’s only one problem with this complaint/demand:  It has no clarity, purpose or direction.  Do something?  Do what?  Please be a little more specific.  Seriously, I use the example in my seminars of being a customer who receives a lousy meal and rude service in a restaurant.  If the customer writes a letter of complaint that does nothing more than blow off steam and demand some vague form of…
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  • 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…
  • Please quit asking me to sign your NDA!

    Alexander Muse
    20 Jan 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Everyone in Dallas seems to be doing a startup and lots of these people call or email me to share their ideas with me. More than a few of these entrepreneurs ask me to sign an NDA before they are willing to ask for my feedback and/or advice. The quick answer is that I don’t want to sign your NDA. Feel free to solicit free advice from me, but please quit asking me to sign a contract. Anil Dash wrote a pretty good post titled, “One more time: No NDAs“. Anil points out that a lot of people feel the same way. His reasons were pretty good and worth repeating: When you ask me to sign your…
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  • Business Resources that Simplify Your Workflow

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home.  Today’s Q: What are some business resources you’ve used that has helped you run or launch projects for your internet home-based business? Which ones can you not do without? Cindy Bidar from The […]
  • Homepreneurs Talk: Proudest Business Accomplishments

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home.  Today’s Q is: What aspect of your business, products or services are you most proud of and why? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: One of the things I pride myself on, is being […]
  • The Balancing Act Between Life and Business

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Q: How do you manage your personal and business life while working from home? What have you learned about the concept of work-life balance as it pertains to your business? Samantha Pointer-Foxx from Get […]
  • What Is The Best Way to Get New Customers?

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q is: Q: What medium has proven to be the most successful for attracting clients and customers for your home business? Samantha Pointer-Foxx from Get It Together says: The best medium for me over […]
  • How The Pros Make Real Money Online (From Home)

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q: Can you describe your business model and income streams? How has it evolved since you started? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: As long as I can remember, I’ve relied on multiple […]
 
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  • Comprehending Customer Relationship Management

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Yоur аbіlіtу tо еffесtіvеlу mаnаgе уоur сuѕtоmеr rеlаtіоnѕhір wіll dеtеrmіnе hоw fаr уоu саn gо іn buѕіnеѕѕ. Thіѕ іѕ bесаuѕе сuѕtоmеr rеlаtіоnѕhір mаnаgеmеnt (CRM) іѕ аn оrgаnіzеd рrосеdurе оf kееріng trасk оf соntасtѕ аnd соnvеrѕаtіоn wіth уоur сuѕtоmеrѕ. In bіg соmраnіеѕ, vаrіоuѕ dераrtmеntѕ dеаl wіth thе ѕаmе сuѕtоmеrѕ аnd іt іѕ іmреrаtіvе fоr thеm tо ѕhаrе іnfоrmаtіоn wіth еасh оthеr. Aѕ а rеѕult оf thіѕ, CRM…
  • Content Management System Overview

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Sіnсе thе bеgіnnіng оf thе іnfоrmаtіоn аgе thеrе hаѕ bееn а ѕtrugglе bеtwееn IT аnd, wеll, еvеrуbоdу еlѕе іn thе соrроrаtе іnfrаѕtruсturе. Thе fасt іѕ thаt mоѕt buѕіnеѕѕ mаnаgеrѕ dоn’t undеrѕtаnd whаt thе аvеrаgе IT реrѕоn dоеѕ, nоr dо thеу wаnt tо trу tо. Thіѕ lеаdѕ tо undеrѕtаffеd аnd оvеrwоrkеd IT ѕtаff аnd а lаrgе сhаѕm bеtwееn IT аnd оthеr dераrtmеntѕ. I rеmеmbеr уеаrѕ аgо thеrе wаѕ аn аrtісlе іn аn IT іnduѕtrу mаgаzіnе thаt…
  • Cloud Applications

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Aѕ lоng аѕ уоu hаvе аn Intеrnеt соnnесtіоn, сlоud аррlісаtіоnѕ аnd сlоud-bаѕеd ѕеrvісеѕ аrе ѕuрроѕеd tо bе јuѕt а fеw сlісkѕ аwау – аnd thеу uѕuаllу аrе. Hоwеvеr, thе рublіс Intеrnеt іѕn’t nесеѕѕаrіlу thе fаѕtеѕt dеlіvеrу орtіоn оut thеrе. Nоt оnlу саn ѕеrvісе bе ѕроttу, ѕluggіѕh аnd іnсоnѕіѕtеnt Intеrnеt реrfоrmаnсе mеаnѕ ѕluggіѕh аnd іnсоnѕіѕtеnt аррlісаtіоn реrfоrmаnсе. Fоrtunаtеlу, іt іѕ роѕѕіblе tо…
  • Business Web Solutions

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sеаrсh еngіnе орtіmіzаtіоn, ѕеаrсh еngіnе mаrkеtіng, PPC, аnd орtіmіzеd wеbѕіtе dеѕіgn, thеѕе ѕеrvісеѕ аrе mеаnt fоr thе rісh аnd thе fаmоuѕ, іѕn’t іt? Wrоng. Tоdау, thеrе аrе іnnоvаtіvе аnd соmрrеhеnѕіvе ѕmаll buѕіnеѕѕ wеb ѕоlutіоnѕ thаt саtеr tо thе еvеr grоwіng SMB соmmunіtу. Thе fіrѕt аnd nоtісеаblе dіffеrеnсе bеіng thаt іt wоn’t соѕt уоu аn аrm аnd а lеg tо hіrе thеѕе соmраnіеѕ. Sесоndlу, thеѕе соmраnіеѕ оffеr…
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  • Benefits of Business Advisory Services

    JohnnyG
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    What are business advisory services? These are services that include accountants, tax preparers, investment consultants and others that help businesses do what they need to do to achieve their financial goals. It doesn’t just include these professions either. It also includes consultants and analysts that help promote your business, both off and online. Analysts help you determine what trends are going on in your business, what people are saying about your company, what your competition is going that may be better than you. How can you improve your public relations, and take your business…
  • Do I Really Need Computer Skills?

    JohnnyG
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Is there anyone out there who is still wondering why they need computer skills? These days, any kind of real job requires some kind of computer training. Some of the most important training is using Excel. Excel is a Microsoft program that’s included in Microsoft Office. This program, also known as spreadsheets, is a grid setup where you input information into the different cells. This information can be used for numerous applications. It can be used to record information about your inventory, it can be used to explain how well a company is doing over a period of time. While a beginner may…
  • Some Financial Tips for Youngs

    JohnnyG
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Those that are going out in the world today may have some trouble getting by. It’s different when you live at home with your parents. You don’t have to worry about paying bills, buying and preparing food, or dealing with a lot of the challenges that adulthood throws at you. Even if you have a job through your high school years, chances are you still didn’t have as much responsibility as you probably do now. So what kind of financial tips can young people who are just starting out on their own use? The most important thing is that now that you’re an adult, you have financial…
  • Different Careers in Dentistry

    JohnnyG
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The healthcare industry has many different careers. One of these is dentistry. Everyone wants a healthy smile, and while you can do some things at home to help you maintain a great smile, in order to make sure your teeth stay healthy, you really need to see a dentist twice a year. A dentist as well as others working in this industry are very important. Not only do they help people keep their beautiful smile, they also help people fix problems they have with their teeth. These can be anything from braces, to dentures, or oral surgery. There are a number of dentistry fields, and while we…
  • Extreme Heat in Summer Affects Your Body

    JohnnyG
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 am
    The extreme heat of summer can affect your body in many ways. It can be very dangerous, causing all kinds of health problems. While we can’t talk about all the problems and how to take care of them, here are some of the major ones and tips to help prevent them. One of the biggest problems people face during the summer is heat exhaustion, the beginning of the more fatal version, heat stroke. What is heat exhaustion? It’s when you are overworking yourself, through exercising, working in a place with high temperatures, or even playing sports. What happens is you start sweating profusely,…
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  • Why Apple and IBM’s new romance proves never is a very long time

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The recent strategic alliance of Apple and IBM is not really a surprise. But more than that it reminds us all of a few things about the times we are living through: - Sometimes our enemies become our friends. - Co-opetition is a better strategy than competition. - It’s impossible to service every segment of a market. - It’s difficult to serve both B2B and B2C markets simultaneously. - What we thought yesterday, might not a good thing to think today. - But mostly, that never is a very long time indeed. Often we start our business with a fixed view of the world, and why we think…
  • Local get together – Book launch

    Steve Sammartino
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    As my regular readers would know, I’v recently released a book: The Great Fragmentation – why the future of business is small. Now live and available for sale. I recently sent an email to some of my supporters and friends inviting them to a shindig to help me celebrate – just some drinks and food among like minds. Then I thought, holy wow, there are no greater supporters than the readers of my blog. You’re all part of my inner circle. Despite the fact that 80% of my readers are overseas, there must be a few out there in Melbourne town. And while some of you already…
  • How startups can benefit from the technology paradox

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    A lot of the new technology seems to do the opposite of what it ought to. A kind of paradox is emerging where the solution is so good in the short term, that it eventually eats itself. It solves the problem so well, at such a low price ,that the solution gets buried. Buried deep inside a pool of self perpetuating technology. Omni social connectedness  –> loneliness epidemic. Mass amounts of data –> lack of useful insight. Dropping prices of everything we buy –> increasing debt bondage. Worlds knowledge mere clicks away –> decline in human wisdom.
  • Know who will miss you & act accordingly

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Let’s imagine something horrible for a few moments. Let’s imagine that you die. That something unexpected occurs and your life is over. The plans you had, the lives you’ve touched would all be thrown into disarray. It is incomprehensible to imagine this, our own death. It’s as if we have this built in mechanism to avoid the mere thought of it. But if it did happen, what would happen at the company you work at? Deadlines would be missed. Some stuff wouldn’t get done. Co-workers would be sad or even shocked. Friends we’ve made would be devastated.
  • Why Beacons will become the Pocket Spam of the web of things era

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    There’s a lot of talk about the amazing things beacons will be able to do at retail level. And all of it is true – at least from a functional perspective. For the first time products will be able to directly interact with potential customers at store level. Physical spaces people spend time in will be able to interact with the people inside those spaces. Department stores, farmers markets, concert halls and  football stadiums are all being filled with beacon technology. And it will give birth to a new era of pocket spam. I wonder if what we really need right now is more…
 
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    Springwise

  • Smartphone-connected debit card teaches kids how to take care of their finances

    Springwise
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Add / Remove Money management isn’t something that’s officially taught in schools, which means many people reach adulthood without really knowing what’s best for their finances. The KidZania Mumbai theme park has previously enabled children to roleplay as bank customers in order to teach them about the real world, and now UK-based Osper is a prepaid debit card for pocket money that gives 8-18 year olds independence while providing parents with tools to track their spending. The scheme intends to give children a taste of what it’s like to be in charge of their money,…
  • Lego-style building blocks could be the future of architecture

    Springwise
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Add / Remove Aside from being one of the most popular kids’ toys of the past 50 years, Lego has even proved useful in the adult world, with the company’s Lego Serious Play program enabling product designers to come up with creative prototypes using the simple building blocks. We recently saw OLLA offer modular furniture for kids inspired by Lego, and now Kite Bricks wants to create real-life buildings more quickly and cheaply by using concrete blocks that slot together. The foundation of the system is the Smart Brick, which is made of high-strength concrete and looks just like a…
  • Custom business analytics dashboards for iPhones and iPads

    Springwise
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Add / Remove Analyzing the hard figures from your website can be extremely useful, but a bit overwhelming for some. In the past, Echobox has provided action suggestions to go along with its data, and now Numerics is an app that simplifies and customizes business analytics, making it easier for companies to track their numbers using mobile devices. Developed by India-based Cynapse, the app provides an aesthetically-pleasing, infographic-like alternative to the usual tables and number lists. Users can create their own personalized dashboard using widgets that display the most pertinent figures…
  • It’s impossible to check Facebook in this café

    Springwise
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Add / Remove The modern phenomenon of a group of friends sitting together while individually staring at their smartphones is one that leaves a bitter taste, especially in the mouths of restaurant owners who are finding the atmosphere in their venue is being killed. We’ve already seen Singpore’s Social Rehab offer drink discounts for those who agreed to leave their device at the door, and now Canada’s Faraday Café has gone even further, using a unique architectural design to create a space where all phone and wifi signals are blocked. Located at the Chinatown Experiment…
  • Wireless earphones designed for running also track fitness

    Springwise
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of OwnPhones, the 3D printed earbuds that don’t fall out even when doing physical activity. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Freewavz is another brand of fitness earphones that combine wireless technology with in-built exercise tracking capabilities and audio feedback. Designed by ENT specialist Dr…
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  • Failure IS an Option

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

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

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

    CharlaKucko
    30 May 2014 | 8:41 am
    By: Virginia Smith Today, women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of new businesses in our economy.In fact, an analysis by American Express suggests that the number of women-owned businesses has risen by 200,000 over the past year alone, which is equivalent to just under 550 new women-owned firms created each day.Clearly, women-owned firms are growing greater in numbers, but challenges persist in scaling their operations and garnering market share.At the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), we have the proven tools needed to bridge that gap and to ensure that all…
  • Employee Engagement on the Rise

    CharlaKucko
    4 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    By: Lauren Dixon A Wall Street Journal article detailed a recent Gallup survey that found that one in three employees are “strongly attached to their jobs and organizations,” and 30 percent of employees are “engaged or involved, enthusiastic, and committed to their jobs,” –an increase of two percentage points from 2010. It is refreshing to know that workers are increasingly connected and happy on the job, caring about what they do at work and their co-workers. Studies have shown that happier employees are apt to do better work and apply more energy and effort to…
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  • 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…
  • Songs In The Wild

    Aruni
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I finally faced a big fear of putting my “art” out there for the world to judge, hate, like, love, or be indifferent about.  It’s been a multi-year endeavor, and I published them online via DistroKid back in March 2014.  Getting them on the sites below was the easiest part of this whole endeavor and apparently I’ve made $10.50 on them in March and April!  There’s a two month lag in reporting sales via DistroKid.  I wasn’t sure I’d even get $5, so I’m excited about the extra $5.50 that I can use to buy lottery tickets! I didn’t create the songs…
  • Thinking about Thinking

    Aruni
    31 May 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Thankfully, my life has been very busy with many good and sometimes challenging opportunities.  It’s kind of like waking up with a new puzzle at your feet almost every morning and thinking to yourself that someone must have decided that you love solving puzzles but they forgot to clue you in that you like them.   By the end of the day, you realize you do in fact like solving puzzles and you feel like you’ve accomplished something by solving part of the puzzle put at your feet that morning, but then the next morning it’s a whole new puzzle!  I think someone has done a…
  • Lemonade Day Stand – 2014

    Aruni
    7 May 2014 | 3:22 pm
    We participated in Lemonade Day again this year on May 4, 2014 (May the 4th be with you).  It was so much fun and a great entrepreneurial lesson for the kids last year (see Lemonade Day Austin – May 5, 2013 – Entrepreneurial Kids), that we did it again at the same location.  The three girls made over $165 in profits this year compared to $91 last year.  We changed our product mix and provided coffee, muffins, and lemonade versus lemonade, sport bars, and muffins last year.  Since we were at the Rookie Triathlon, there were already sponsors that were providing free Power Bars! My son…
 
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  • Samsung expands its Kids Store to 900 apps as it seeks to appeal to gadget-buying parents

    Jon Russell
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Fresh from revamping its own Galaxy App Store, Samsung has upgraded its Kids Store which - as the name suggests – covers apps that cater for youngsters and is part of the ‘kids mode’ on two of its newest devices. The store is limited to the Galaxy S5 smartphone and Galaxy Tab S tablet at this point, but Samsung says that it now includes 900 apps dedicated to children, including games, educational apps and more. As well as stocking child-friendly content, kids mode gives parents greater peace of mind with a password protection feature that prevents children from getting access to…
  • Our 9 favorite startups from the 500 Startups Demo Day

    Roberto Baldwin
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    At the ninth edition of 500 Startups’ demo day, 30 startups took to the stage vying for investment and a mention in the tech press. Underneath the rock star claims and hyperbole about changing the world, there were some gems that hit the stage in Mountain View. Today, the companies ranged from child care to bitcoin. As Silicon Valley tries to expand beyond the build-an-app and hope Facebook/Google/Apple/etc buy’s it business plan, start ups have become more eclectic. But shiny rocks, onesies and solos don’t automatically equal solid business plans or something you might find…
  • Amazon explains Hachette dispute: ‘E-books can be and should be less expensive.’

    Josh Ong
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    As Amazon and book publisher Hachette continue their disagreement over e-book pricing, Amazon has spoken out to defend its position. The company asserted that its ultimate goal in the negotiation is to secure lower e-book prices for its customers. Citing its own data, Amazon asserted that pricing books at $9.99 would actually bring in more revenue than $14.99, benefitting all parties, including the customer, author, publisher and, of course, Amazon. E-books should have lower prices, according to the firm, because they cost less to produce, don’t have overstock and loss, and can’t be…
  • Hands on with Bolt, Instagram’s Snapchat competitor

    Owen Williams
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Instagram Bolt launched today with a catch; you have to be in New Zealand, South Africa or Singapore to install. An unusual rollout strategy, but it’s the first time I’ve ever been in one of the rollout countries for an app like this! Bolt’s premise is pretty similar to Snapchat: send images to your friends with very low friction. After a pretty simple signup process (that makes sure you’re in a launch country by requiring your phone number) and asking you to take a selfie for your profile photo, you’re thrown straight into the camera. From there, it’s as simple as taking...
  • Instagram prepares to launch its Bolt messaging app, but only in 3 countries

    Josh Ong
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Instagram today announced the launch of its Bolt app, but only to three countries: New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The new app lets you send one-tap photo and video messages to your friends. While Instagram has marked the release, the app has yet to show up on the App Store and Android in New Zealand, at least not for TNW Weekend Editor Owen Williams. Update: The app is now live in New Zealand. An Instagram spokesperson explained the limited launch as such: We decided to start small with Bolt, in just a handful of countries, to make sure we can... This story continues at The Next…
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    The Product Guy

  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of July 12, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Product Consultant @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, Consultant, Digital, Product Manager, Technologyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1007&lf=twf Product Manager @ DailyBurn (New York, NY)Keywords: consumer facing, fitness, subscription, video contenthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1006&lf=twf Director of Product Management @ Artnet (New York City)Keywords: Agile, Product Manager, Product Owner, Project Manager, Scrumhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1005&lf=twf Associate Product Manager @ ALM (New…
  • Costs, Crowds and August Albums!

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions. Please submit your nominations for 2014’s best product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator)     Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Grapevine.im (formerly known as Vintage)exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of July 5, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Product Manager, Data & Analytics – JW Player @ JW Player (New York City)Keywords: Advertising, Analytics, Big Data, Datahttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1003&lf=twf Product Manager, Video Workflow – JW Player @ JW Player (New York City)Keywords: Content Management, Media Workflow, Streaming, Videohttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1002&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
  • Using Lean Methodology

    Jeremy Horn
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:07 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Steven Cohn, lead a conversation around “Using Lean”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs for 6 months…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of June 28, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Director of User Experience and New Platforms @ Viacom (New York City)Keywords: Product, UXhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1001&lf=twf Product Manager – Content Platforms, Bloomberg Content Service @ Bloomberg LP (New York)Keywords: content, identify, licensing, management, technicalhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=998&lf=twf Product Operations Manager – Bloomberg Media @ Bloomberg LP (New York)Keywords: analytical, digital, organizational, projecthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=997&lf=twf E-commerce…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Talking with Jeff and Reid About The Alliance

    Ben Casnocha
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of facilitating a conversation with Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner (CEO) at LinkedIn, in front of employees. We talked about The Alliance and took questions from the audience. Here’s a full video of the chat. Here’s the 25 minute highlight reel (and embedded) below.
  • “The Must-Read Book of the Summer”

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Two weeks in, here are some of the interesting reviews of The Alliance: Mike Bloomberg: “The Alliance offers useful strategies for combating this kind of complacency and creating environments where innovation flourishes. As the authors explain, it all comes down to people.” Arianna Huffington: “The Must-Read Book of the Summer That Could Change the Way We Work…What’s also great about The Alliance is how it gives concrete ways to implement these ideas.: Josh Bersin (Deloitte): “The big value of the book is that Reid and team clearly make this point: 21st…
  • Visual Summary of The Alliance

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    We published a 60 slide slideshow that expresses the essence of The Alliance and Tours of Duty. Check it out on Business Insider. The combination of visuals and text works really well, I think. It’s already trending heavily on BI (500,000+ views). Thanks to Ian Alas for all his hard work on creating this deck. Update: Here’s the deck on Slideshare and embedded below. More than one million views on Business Insider.
  • How Do You Get Employees to Open Up?

    Ben Casnocha
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One key concept in The Alliance is “mission alignment”: managers and employees ought to  define a mission objective that aligns the employee career goals and values with the company’s. A far cry from the “company man” era, where a notion of an employee’s individuality and autonomy was nonexistent. In an interview with Chris and me at Inc.com, we explore some of the practical things managers can do to create the space for honest conversation about what your employees really care about. Here are are two excerpts: 2. Forget the notion that you and your…
  • Your Company is Not a Family

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Reid, Chris, and I wrote a post on HBR.org about the myth of company as family, and explained why in The Alliance we liken companies to pro sports teams. Here’s how it starts: When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging. But using the term family makes it easy for misunderstandings to arise. In a real family, parents can’t fire their children. Try to imagine disowning your child…
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    John Greathouse

  • The Newest Source Of Startup Funding – The Sharing Economy

    John Greathouse
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. The broad implications of the sharing economy are only beginning to be felt. The ability for people to turn their time, residences, cars and other personal assets into viable income streams is revising the traditional definition of "employment." The sharing economy is also proving to be a significant source of bootstrap startup capital. In the past, a struggling entrepreneur's options for paying the bills were limited. Part time jobs typically generated minimal income while requiring the entrepreneur be at a specific place at a specific…
  • Killer Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Raises > $41,000

    John Greathouse
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. With the 4th of July around the corner, Zack Brown had potato salad on his mind. As any enterprising entrepreneur would do, he initiated a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $10. His appeal is written in a hilarious, deadpan style. For instance, he notes in the Risks section of his campaign that, "It might not be that good. It's my first potato salad." At the time I am writing this, he has enticed nearly 6,000 backers to commit over $49,500, and counting. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly…
  • Why You Should Hire A Gaggle Of Interns At Your Startup

    John Greathouse
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Steve Benson, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Badger Maps, intends to hire so many interns this summer that he will effectively double the size of his startup. According to Steve, "Startups are, by their nature, a great place for interns, because there are more essential things that must get done than there are people to complete them. At the same time, most startups are small enough that the interns are able to interface with people that actually have expertise, so they gain real-world skills while performing meaningful work."  If you…
  • What This Dive Bar Can Teach You About (Not) Marketing

    John Greathouse
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Dirty Franks is a dive bar located in Philadelphia, which is also home of The Wharton School. Although only a short Uber ride away, it is seldom frequented by the business students. Too bad, as they would be well served to study Dirty Franks marketing plan, which has withstood the test of time. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Brand Building The Old Fashion Way During my days at Wharton (long before Uber), the bar had no name, no sign - no indication of what lay behind its…
  • How To Network With Really Busy People

    John Greathouse
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. It has never been easier to network with really busy thought leaders who can have a huge impact on your career. Ironically, the same tools that facilitate connecting with people beyond your current network, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Quora and Facebook, also make it more difficult for highly networked individuals to sort through their inbound messages and determine which are meaningful and which should be ignored. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Old…
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    Young Upstarts

  • The Authenticity Inflection Point

    Contributor
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    by Wes Kussmaul, author of “Quiet Enjoyment – Authenticity Works Where Information Security Technology Has Failed Us“ Fraud and predation pervade everyday online experience. Identities – and cash – are stolen in batches. As the information security industry assures us “we’re working on it,” people grow ever more wary of their Internet experience even as they come to depend upon it more and more. Because the inevitable train wreck that is information security and privacy took place over decades, people have resigned themselves to a permanent state of fraud. It was…
  • 3 Ways To Empower Employees And Build Safety

    Contributor
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist for National Forklift Exchange and a member of Executive Dialogue team for MHEDA One of the toughest tasks for any manager is enforcing safety rules. If following those rules is inconvenient, workers are sometimes reluctant to obey, which could necessitate confrontation or even discipline. Although punishing an employee could prevent the incident from happening again, there are a few preventative strategies that managers can use to encourage safe behavior. This article will introduce you to a few of those strategies. Not only is it important to address…
  • When It’s Time To Expand Your Business

    Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    by Leah Rutherford, career development and entrepreneurial writer and blogger at JetFeeds All successful small business owners – and there are more than 50 million according to the U.S. Small Business Administration! – faces a point when they have to make a big decision either to stay the course or try to expand their business.  Unfortunately, many choose the former path rather than taking the latter, even when all signs point to the need for expansion. This can actually lead to serious problems; if you attempt to keep a small business from growing when it makes practical sense to do…
  • How Can You Find Free-Of-Charge Support For Your Company?

    Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    by Mike Mead of DigitMe, andhead judge of Cartridgesave.co.uk’s 3D Print Cup The great news is – there’s lots of help out there. You just need to invest time in finding it. Whether you’re looking for help with research, training or mentoring, there are numerous organisations like us, funded by the Government or European bodies, which have been set up purely to increase your profitability and safeguard jobs in the region. Their ultimate aim is to generate economic growth. In the North West alone names include Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, Preston College and Business Growth Hub in…
  • Starting Your Business, One Step At A Time

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    There’s an awful lot to think about when you’re starting up your own business; business plans, funding, partners, suppliers, premises, and that’s assuming you’ve already got your ideas and completed your market research. With so much to think about, where do you start? Starting a business is a little like eating an elephant, you have to go about it one bite at a time. Ideas and Research. The starting point of any business is an idea; a realistic product or service to meet a need or requirement. Market research is an essential part of this process, to ensure that the need is real and…
 
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Twitter Suspends Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s Twitter Account While Keeping “Israel Defense Forces” Account

    news
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Activists raised objection regarding Twitter’s decision to suspend Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s @Qassam_Arabic Twitter Account in while keeping Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter account ,as biased and unjustified.   It looks like biased @Twitter suspended @Qassam_Arabic while allowing terrorist account @IDFSpokesperson to keep functioning. — Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) July 18, 2014 Qassam_Arabic was tweeting about Al Qassam military activists from launching rockets into “Israel” and from clashes with Israelis. While IDF twitter account is tweeting propaganda about…
  • Google Shuts Down its Arabic Q&A Site Ejabat

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Google is shutting down its Arabic Q&A site Ejabat, in a message posted on the site,google said it won’t accept answers and questions after 23 of next month however questions asked before that date and the answers on it will be available for web surfers. We asked google around 2 weeks ago about this decision but we got no answer we will try to ask again, however on the page announcing this event, google said the reason is that in emerging markets where it had Q&A sites, many local content sites in the local languages has emerged so the need for a local Q&A site is not…
  • Iraqis Government Blocks the Internet in Revolted Sunni Province and Parts of Baghdad, Iraqis Find Ways to Go Around

    news
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    3 days ago, Iraqi bloggers reported that the Iraqi government has shut down the internet in Sunni revolted province. Arabic tech blog Tech World confirmed this news with a document by Iraqi ministry of communications ordering ISP to block the Internet in: Niniwah province, Al Anabar province, Salah Aldeen province, Karkuk province, Diyala province and parts of Baghdad. The order from the ministry to ISPs is also to block as we reported before, social media sites and mobile messaging services: facebook, YouTube, Twitter, whatsapp, Viber and skype, Tango, weChat, instagram, didi. Activists say…
  • Twitter Deletes All Official Accounts for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (ISIL)

    news
    14 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    At a time of massive victories in Iraq by The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) Twitter deleted all ISIS official accounts on Twitter, this comes one day after the American and Iranian backed Shiat Nuri Al Malki government blocking of social media sites: twitter, facebook and YouTube. The suspension started on Tuesday, the @Nnewsi account live tweeted ISIS’ advance into Mosul was first suspended then followed by almost every ISIS other accounts. Activist say this decision by Twitter is because of CIA pressure on the social media site in order to silence ISIS voice and hide the accurate news…
  • Breaking: Defeated American Backed Shiat Government Blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in Iraq

    news
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    Activists in social media in Iraq has been reporting that facebook, Twitter and youtube are now blocked. AC’s sources inside Iraq confirmed that, also a source at Iraqi Ministry of Communications on Friday told Kuwait News Agnecy the decision by the American poppet Shiat government in Iraq to block those social media sites was implemented today. As it is not a secret anymore that Al Malaki government in Iraq is witnessing a huge defeat by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) 10s of thousands deserted and around 3,500 has been captured by ISIS. Not to ,mention that military bases,…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • 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…
  • Conviction

    mark
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:42 am
    Conviction: This is a word we use a lot at FreshBooks. Why? Well, not because we like to hire ex-convicts, but because we are building a company for the long term and want to be a long term leader in our market. When you look at the World through that lens it clarifies things.  You realize first of all how difficult it is to build an enduring market-leading technology company. CB Insights published some stats last week telling us that 2 out of 3 tech exits last year were startups selling at Series A or earlier. That’s just the companies that even get to exit. If you lump in outright…
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    IttyBiz

  • How To Handle An Overwhelming To Do List Right Now

    Naomi Dunford
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    At the moment, my 7-year-old son, Jack, is in camp. It’s… a challenge. He doesn’t quite have special needs (well, he does, but we don’t say that out loud) but he certainly has unique needs, and those needs are not generally met at camp. We always go. It’s always hell. See you again next year. Mornings on camp days are… a challenge. Early evenings on camp days are about the same. Bedtimes? Let’s not talk about bedtimes. On camp days, absolutely EVERYTHING is a struggle. I become an emotional wreck, I start believing the stakes are far higher than they ever…
  • 7 Very Hard Questions You Must Ask Before You Make That Info Product

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    So you’re probably hearing it from all sides that you should be getting into information products, and you probably have been for five years now. Yes? And you’re supposed to scale, right? And you’re supposed to stop “trading hours for dollars”? Get some freedom already? Somebody said something about making money while you sleep? Right. Want to talk about that? Here are seven things you need to consider before you get into info products. If, having done so, you discover you’re not really in a position to create them right now, feel free to shoot an email to…
  • Write Like It Never Happened

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    So I had writers’ block for four years. That is not an exaggeration. There was a week in the summer of 2010 when I had two life-changing conversations. In both of these conversations, each had with different people, and for different reasons, and ostensibly on different topics, the people I was speaking with suggested that perhaps lil ol’ me would be more successful and make more money and be more awesome if I acted, well, more like them. They didn’t say it like that, of course. People don’t. When well-meaning people want to give advice, they tend to simply paint a…
  • Updates, Some Of Which Are Important!

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Do you see what I did there? With the “some of which are important” thing? Don’t you hate it when somebody makes an “important” announcement, and you’re like, “I’m sure it’s technically possible that a human or two on earth might find that important, but I’m struggling to imagine what they might look like, and regardless, I am not among their undoubtedly few number”? (No? Maybe that’s just me.) Anyway, do you see how I deftly avoided that outcome by allowing YOU to determine which ones are important? Do you see what I did…
  • You’re Probably Not Going To Die Over Your Pricing

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    So I’m looking at buying a book. This book is called Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When The Stakes Are High. I am looking at buying this book because for some reason, Dave and I cannot hold a conversation these days without someone ending up in tears. (I blame the Cardinal Grand Cross. And Mercury in Retrograde. And Neptune in retrograde. And Mars in retrograde. Good Lord, it’s amazing neither of us is dead.) Here is a sample conversation in my office: One of us: So have you had any thoughts about the YouTube thing? The other: Jesus ****ing Christ, why did you have to…
 
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Building successful in house innovation teams. Jeff Gothelf at Business of Software Conference USA 2013

    Mark Littlewood
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Jeff Gothelf left college to run away and join the circus. Not only does he have some great thoughts on keeping innovation fresh within larger, established organisations, he also spills the beans on how the human cannonball works. A great talk that looks at the three core elements you need to consider to give your in house innovation teams as much chance of success as you can in your company. Transcript Jeff Gothelf: Morning. Audience: Morning. Jeff Gothelf: Nice. Excellent. You have this sense that reminds of the psychology 101 course, I signed up for my first semester in the freshman…
  • Future Software Leader? Want to come to BoS? Apply here for an Avangate Scholarship

    Hermione Crease
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you are an ISV – an innovative software vendor – or working on a cool new online service, and you would love to come to BoS but can’t finance it this year, we have some great news.The excellent folk at Avangate are once again supporting Business of Software scholarships that will allow you to join us in September. This is always a fascinating search and this year there are scholarships for three companies – businesses that aim to be future software leaders.We’re very excited to see who will be selected. As well as scholarships, Avangate will also be hosting a dinner…
  • Lightning Talk recommendations – doing a good deed for a friend.

    Hermione Crease
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    So – to borrow a Valley meme – here’s the thing. We know a lot of people out there have great stories that would make epic lightning talks. We know, because other people – their ‘friends’ – tell us so. Sometimes, when we approach these people, they say ‘oh no, I would rather spend the afternoon learning to play the bagpipes while undergoing root canal work than do a Lightning Talk.’ Which is fair enough so we strike them off the list. And sometimes they say: ‘Really? I’ve always wanted to try a Lightning Talk but never thought…
  • Where are they now? Four lightning talks to remember…

    Hermione Crease
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Our search for the 2014 lightning talk stars is continuing. We think every single person who gets on a stage at BoS and puts their story across in 7 and a half minutes is a hero. You can share the thrill (and win a free place at Business of Software) by applying for a Lightning Talk here before the 19th July deadline.  Officially we’re not allowed favourite Lightning Talks. But some talks do stand the test of time better than others – here’s four that have really stuck in our memories. 1. Alexis Ohanian, Reddit (2008) Or is it Pierre Francois of 74 signals? Cutting, funny…
  • What should attendees put up with a software conference? Nothing but the best according to Ian Clifford

    Mark Littlewood
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Ian Clifford, Founder of YouRock, attended Business of Software Europe Conference last week and we were delighted to receive this guest blog post. We LOVE the idea of an Attendee Manifesto. Perhaps we should have it printed on the back of one of these excellent cards from Alex Osterwalder? I attended the Business of Software Conference Europe event in Cambridge last week. It was a revelatory experience and has changed my view of conferences for good. I have a new life marker now. Everything will be measured as ABoS and PBoS (Ante-Business of Software and Post-Business of Software) and…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • 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…
  • Six Ideas for Creative Action

    GREGG FRALEY
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
    What kind of action can you take, today, to advance your dream? What action can you take today to make real your invention, your new business idea, or art project? This is a post about taking creative action. All the great ideas in the world, all the wonderful concepts, all the ground-breaking thoughts we have are useless unless we get into real world action. It’s an easy concept to forget for people who love ideas, concepts, and imaginative thinking. Somehow — we are such great rationalisers — the good vibes generated when we have those lovely thoughts feel like action. But…
  • Harvard’s Kodak Moment?

    GREGG FRALEY
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Nitin Nohria, Dean of HBS — and man in the hot seat Have you ever been in the position where you thought, “gee, if only I was better educated, or just smarter, this complex decision in front of me would be easy.” In the innovation world the agonizing decision of whether to embrace a new trend and leave behind your old business model is always brutally dificult. Organizations have been torn to shreds in the conflict about what to do. Some have made those big choices and survived, like IBM, or, made bad choices and bit the dust, like Kodak. Part of the psychology of leadership…
  • Have You Made the Creative Choice?

    GREGG FRALEY
    28 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    Have you made the Creative Choice? There is a ton of written material about creativity and innovation. I make an effort to keep up with the waves of literature — there’s a new methodology, a new process, fresh brain research, best practices, anti-best practices, etc. Some of this literature is quite good. There is also stuff about how creativity relates to mysticism and spirituality, also quite interesting. Finally there is also a good deal of useless, boring drivel that only reinforces unhelpful mythology about creativity. If you intend to be more creative and to use that…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life

    Jeff Cornwall
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Rob Bellenfant TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Gries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate

    Jeff Cornwall
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Hill TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Also the seven dangers to human liberty… 1. Wealth without work 2. Pleasure without conscience 3. Knowledge without character 4. Business without ethics 5. Science without humanity 6. Religion without sacrifice 7. Politics without principle TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Bailey Spaulding TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    CollegeMogul

  • Benefits of Business Advisory Services

    JohnnyG
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    What are business advisory services? These are services that include accountants, tax preparers, investment consultants and others that help businesses do what they need to do to achieve their financial goals. It doesn’t just include these professions either. It also includes consultants and analysts that help promote your business, both off and online. Analysts help you determine what trends are going on in your business, what people are saying about your company, what your competition is going that may be better than you. How can you improve your public relations, and take your business…
  • Do I Really Need Computer Skills?

    JohnnyG
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Is there anyone out there who is still wondering why they need computer skills? These days, any kind of real job requires some kind of computer training. Some of the most important training is using Excel. Excel is a Microsoft program that’s included in Microsoft Office. This program, also known as spreadsheets, is a grid setup where you input information into the different cells. This information can be used for numerous applications. It can be used to record information about your inventory, it can be used to explain how well a company is doing over a period of time. While a beginner may…
  • Some Financial Tips for Youngs

    JohnnyG
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Those that are going out in the world today may have some trouble getting by. It’s different when you live at home with your parents. You don’t have to worry about paying bills, buying and preparing food, or dealing with a lot of the challenges that adulthood throws at you. Even if you have a job through your high school years, chances are you still didn’t have as much responsibility as you probably do now. So what kind of financial tips can young people who are just starting out on their own use? The most important thing is that now that you’re an adult, you have financial…
  • Different Careers in Dentistry

    JohnnyG
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The healthcare industry has many different careers. One of these is dentistry. Everyone wants a healthy smile, and while you can do some things at home to help you maintain a great smile, in order to make sure your teeth stay healthy, you really need to see a dentist twice a year. A dentist as well as others working in this industry are very important. Not only do they help people keep their beautiful smile, they also help people fix problems they have with their teeth. These can be anything from braces, to dentures, or oral surgery. There are a number of dentistry fields, and while we…
  • Extreme Heat in Summer Affects Your Body

    JohnnyG
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 am
    The extreme heat of summer can affect your body in many ways. It can be very dangerous, causing all kinds of health problems. While we can’t talk about all the problems and how to take care of them, here are some of the major ones and tips to help prevent them. One of the biggest problems people face during the summer is heat exhaustion, the beginning of the more fatal version, heat stroke. What is heat exhaustion? It’s when you are overworking yourself, through exercising, working in a place with high temperatures, or even playing sports. What happens is you start sweating profusely,…
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  • Chief Executives and Chief Shareholders: Never the Twain Shall Meet?

    Jay Turo
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Small business owners lead the most efficient and effective organizations ever designed by human hands - profit-seeking businesses where the Chief Executive Officer also happens to be the Chief (as in largest) Shareholder, too.Among many benefits, this business form fully addresses the Agency Problem - so often found in larger companies - where the interests of the professional managers do not always sync and align with those of the shareholders.This can cause various (and nefarious!) effects like:•    Managers seeking to maximize their shorter term "cash-out" - high…
  • Today’s B2B: Go Mobile or Go Home

    Jay Turo
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    How are the best business-to-business (B2B) companies and brands getting past the noise and the online clutter and connecting with their clients and customers?Well, marketing research firm Motista recently surveyed 3,000 purchasers of 36 B2B brands to find out.I encourage any executive whose business sells primarily to other businesses to read the full report here. It is chock full of fascinating and very high ROI B2B marketing and sales nuggets.In it, I found three particularly prescient ideas as to the Mobile Internet Revolution we are all currently living through, and how smart…
  • The Rise of the Machines

    Jay Turo
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Last week, I shared three themes percolating in the dynamic Internet of Things (IoT) movement: 1) Wearable Devices driving health and wellness breakthroughs 2) Embedded Sensors “incrementally” improving industrial productivity, and 3) The converging trends of miniaturization, affordability, and “de-wireization” driving energy efficiencies and cost reductions the world over.These are big themes - breathtaking in their “macro” - but sometimes very difficult to translate to specific opportunities from which we as entrepreneurs and investors can individually benefit.But try we must,…
  • The Spirit of America

    Jay Turo
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On this great day when we celebrate America, our freedoms and our way of life, please enjoy (and please share on Twitter with the hashtag #SpiritofAmerica) this list of twenty - five of why this is the greatest country in the history of the world:#25. Lexington. Concord. Saratoga. Yorktown – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Fought for here.#24. The Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court. The Rule of Law. Justice served here.#23. The Stock Market. Home Ownership. Low Inflation. Assets built here.#22. Driverless Cars (and Electric too!). Wearable Devices (the iWatch!). The Internet of…
  • The Internet of Things

    Jay Turo
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I had the good fortune to attend GTK’s and Pillsbury’s amazing Internet of Things Private Executive Event in Palo Alto last week.It was a star-studded, technocratic affair - drawn from Kamal Ahmed’s and Ali Tabibian’s amazing Silicon Valley network, by the high-profile speakers and panelists including Qualcomm’s chairman Paul Jacobs, General Electric's Head of Software Bill Ruh, Cisco's Vice President Tony Shakib, Splunk CTO Todd Papaiaonnou and by the incredibly exciting and timely topic itself.Whatever name you want to call it - the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of…
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  • Summertime Logo Fun

    Mike
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Summertime, right? Business tends to slow, strategy meetings are put aside in favor of ling weekends and early-dismissal Fridays. Vacations crowd the schedule, choices have to be made about which music festivals to attend, the grill and that beautiful whole snapper await and, frankly, our focus gets a bit soft. Between the chilled cocktails and the (please pass the) guacamole we find it a bit hard to concentrate. So what better time to take a few minutes for a bit of business fun, right? And what could be more fun than looking at a few great logos and deciphering the meaning hidden in each…
  • Small Business and Startups: 7 Habits of Me

    Mike
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Steven Covey started it all with his seminal book, “7 Habits of Effective People.” His work has spawned hundreds of blog posts – a quick search turns up the “21 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” and the “7 Habits of Effective Managers,”  even the “10 Habits of Happy Mothers.” All of this exploration of habits and success, habits and effectiveness, habits and happiness led me to ask myself: “Self, I ask, what are your habits? Are they effective? Do they lead to my own success and happiness?” “Hmmm,” I answer,…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #229 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:02 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 image above is from a very interesting deconstruction of the impact Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi has on the teams for which he plays. Today, Messi is generally considered to be the top soccer player in the world. Amazingly,…
  • Small Business and Problem-solving: Take a Walk

    Mike
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Sometimes I wake up in the night thinking about my company. On occasion it can be difficult to get back to sleep, especially when some recently wrestled-with and unresolved issue is nagging at me. My mind gets stuck on a problem or a question and sleep can be elusive from that point forward. I think this is a fairly common phenomenon for small business owners and many have  told me they experience the same problem. I just returned from a 2-week vacation, which was greatly appreciated luxury. I visited places I had never been, experienced a culture that was brand-new to me, saw art and…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #228 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:21 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! The image was taken during the filming of the movie Titanic. Although much of the movie is set on the ocean, the “ocean” the actors jump into is just a giant, 3 feet deep pool. More strange and mind blowing movie facts in the…
 
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  • John Mayer looks dramatically thinner

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    John Mayer looks dramatically thinnerGettyFive months after his split with Katy Perry, the singer stepped out in Beverly Hills and appeared noticeably slimmer.What he looks like nowMore to watchSomerhalder puckers up for fanFranco's fans are awful at selfies
  • Massive water main break floods UCLA

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Massive water main break floods UCLAAPA ruptured 30-inch pipe spewed out millions of gallons, wreaking havoc on the Los Angeles campus.Newly refurbished arena swampedMore newsTop Ebola doctor diesA bloody day in Gaza
  • Last member of famed flight crew dies

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Last member of famed flight crew diesAPTheodore VanKirk was just 24 when he and the rest of the crew of the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima during World War II.How it changed his view on nukesMore newsIsrael bombards GazaTop Ebola doctor dies
  • Man fends off shark on New York subway

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Man fends off shark on New York subwayAPIf you think the headline and photo here are ridiculous, just wait until the 'Sharknado' sequel hits your TV screen tomorrow night.Why sequel is 'better and bolder'More newsCanine mystery finally explained Anchor may reveal lost secrets
  • Lakers turn to 'Showtime' star to restore pride

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Lakers turn to 'Showtime' star to restore prideGettyNew coach Byron Scott, who won three titles with the Lakers as a player, inherits a team coming off its worst season in decades.Surprise guests show their supportMore sports coverageSeahawks star hit with huge fineDale Jr. shares funny text from mom
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  • Seattle Jobs? Big Biotech Gives And Takes Away (Mostly The Latter)

    Alex Lash
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Alex Lash Reporting a 25 percent jump in profits, Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) also dealt a blow to Seattle’s biotech job market today. The Thousand Oaks, CA-based biotech drug maker announced a huge round of job cuts, 12 to 15 percent of its staff worldwide, and a shuttering of research and manufacturing groups in Washington state and Colorado. An Amgen spokesman told Xconomy its Seattle R&D site and Bothell manufacturing sites employed 660 people combined, with 430 more in Colorado. The facilities will be closed by the end of 2015. Seattle’s biotech community has seen several…
  • Bloom Energy Lands Utility to Fund “Energy Servers”

    Martin LaMonica
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Martin LaMonica Bloom Energy has found a surprising financial partner—utility Exelon Energy—to fund installation of its walk-in freezer-size fuel cells. The Sunnyvale, CA-based company said on Tuesday that Chicago-based Exelon will provide financing for Bloom’s generators, called “energy servers,” at commercial sites such as office parks. It’s the first time an energy company has provided capital to finance Bloom’s product, and will lead to the company’s biggest round of deployments, according to Bloom. Founded in 2001, Bloom came to fame by appearing on 60…
  • New Leaf CEO: “The Vision Hasn’t Changed” as Payment Tech Heats Up

    Curt Woodward
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Curt Woodward The checkout counter at your neighborhood hangout has become one of the hottest pieces of real estate in technology. Younger companies like Square and Groupon are pushing digital cash registers based on the iPad, and the software that goes along with them. Heavyweights like PayPal, Amazon, and Google are in the mix too, with digital wallet apps and other products aimed at “real world” retail. Meanwhile, legions of startups are hawking payment processing services, custom smartphone payment apps, marketing analytics software, and more. Standing on the other side of this scrum…
  • To Solve Alzheimer’s Mystery, Better Biological Clues Sorely Needed

    Alex Lash
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Alex Lash The other day, I found a video on the website of the Alzheimer’s Association, a nonprofit foundation. It was part of an HBO documentary series produced a few years ago by Maria Shriver to educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease. The first couple minutes showed people going into scanners, doctors gently examining patients, color-contrasted brain scans, that sort of thing: images to let the viewer know that thoughtful science is taking place. Then one of the voices in the voice-over track said, “We are at the brink of controlling one of the major diseases…
  • Accelerator Bags $51M, Makes Long-Awaited Move to NYC

    Ben Fidler
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Ben Fidler Seattle’s Accelerator has talked for a long time about expanding into other relatively untapped life sciences clusters, aiming to offer a helping hand to early-stage biotech entrepreneurs where there aren’t already a bunch of venture capitalists devoted to the task. Today, Accelerator’s finally making that jump. It’s raised a whole bunch of cash and opened up new digs in a place that seems poised to make use of it—New York City. Accelerator today said it’s raised $51.1 million from a big group of industry players and others to close out its latest fund, Accelerator…
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  • Step Up

    Charlie O'Donnell
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    I wrote this note to a young company that had recently raised some money and moved into a shiny new office after busting at the seams in a makeshift setup.  The company was full of super young, vibrant, and incredibly talented people with a huge opportunity ahead of them--and a lot of difficult challenges. Congrats on moving into your new office. While I'm there are still a few bugs, bells, whistles, and bandwidth to work out, let me be the first to officially point out... Shit just got real. You have a real office. You're all together. You're organized into teams that are basically…
  • Growth is a Commodity

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    If there's one thing we've basically figured out in the digital world, it's marketing.  There's no more well tread aspect of building an online business than marketing.  We've got more channels, tools, and analytics to tell you weather or not it's working than you can shake a stick at. It's table stakes.  You spend some dollars to get more dollars out.  It's not complicated.   That's why I care much more about engagement--do people like what you built, versus whether or not more people used it today than they did yesterday.  Plus, the startup world is littered…
  • Towercutting with goTenna

    Charlie O'Donnell
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    I'm excited to share that goTenna, a Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio company, has launched the presale of its point to point communications device.   Have you ever texted anyone in the same room and thought about the infrastructure behind it--about where that message travels to, the great distances it gets bounced around, all to travel ten feet, in just milliseconds.   It's pretty magical. It's also pretty stupid, technically speaking. When you can literally see someone else's phone, even a three year old would suggest that the message should go from point A to point B on a…
  • My Role as a VC: What I am and what I am not.

    Charlie O'Donnell
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    There's been some writing about how VCs and founders interact with each other and it inspired me to take a step back and reflect on what my role is supposed to be with regards to the investments I make and the founders I deal with. Here's what I came up with... First, I have a fiduciary responsibility to my investors who entrusted me with money in the first place.  If I don't do right by them, then I have no money, no fund, no career, full stop.  They count on me to be a good steward of their capital, and to take reasonable and appropriate risk with the expectation of a certain…
  • Reservationhate

    Charlie O'Donnell
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Just to be clear, Reservationhop--the line jumping fake name reservation making most hated startup idea on the internet right now--is not a particularly good idea.   - It's too small of a market with too little monetization per transaction. - It's rather easily foiled by ID checking. - It doesn't provide restaurants with any value. It is not, however, any more morally bankrupt than what a lot of other startup people fawn over.  I'm finding all the ethical hemming and hawing over this to be rather inconsistant.   Let's recap... Napster was totally cool because you got free…
 
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  • 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…
  • Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality

    12 May 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a guest post by Jenn Steele.  Jen is the Head of Growth at RecruitLoop, an online recruitment marketplace based in San Francisco and Australia. Previously of Amazon and HubSpot, Jenn is passionate about growing humans and companies, working out, and wine. Follow her @jennsteele I fired the first person I ever hired. I didn’t expect to have to do that. I expected that I’d be building my team with this person at my side. I expected this person to add value from the get-go. I expected that this would be a long-term professional relationship. Reality, however, was…
  • Happy Birthday BASIC, Thanks For Making Me Possible

    7 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language. I have fond memories of BASIC -- without it, my life may have turned out very differently. I went to highschool in a small town in India (Bilimora).  It was the mid 1980s  There were no computers at my school.  Best I knew, there were no personal computers in the entire town. Then, I went to mechanical engineering school in a larger town (Surat).  They had PCs.  6 of them, if I recall correctly.  In a "computer lab".  It…
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Blinkist Helps You Read Books in Only 15 Minutes

    Blogtrepreneur
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a busy entrepreneur, you have been conditioned to consume an overwhelming amount of information by feverishly scrolling and swiping your way through hundreds of brief news updates and 140-character industry tidbits, so reading actual books from cover to cover has become somewhat of a luxury that many of us can only fit into our occasional weekend getaway (if we’re lucky). Aside from choosing to sleep even less than you already do or squeezing in a chapter here and there during bathroom breaks, there just isn’t a lot of time leftover to read everything on your wishlist from start to…
  • Turning Passion into Profit with the Co-Founders of Kandy Kruisers

    Adam Toren
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is about turning your passion into your profession. That’s certainly what the brilliant minds behind Kandy Kruisers did. And these start-up entrepreneurs are making big waves in the skateboarding market -- while they’re still in college! Timur Daudpota, Hamza Amir and Jesus Hernandez are three college guys from the University of Houston who got together to collaborate and create, Kandy Kruisers, their own vintage inspired, colorful skateboard. Kandy Kruisers began when they were freshman in college and noticed longboards everywhere on campus. They loved longboards, but…
  • Four Ways You Can Succeed as a Social Media Superstar

    Matthew Toren
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder why some small businesses seem to rock at social media whilst others (maybe even yourself) are anything but superstars? I am going to give you the secret formula in this post. People like to buy; they don’t like to be sold to. This can be a tricky proposition and has to be done with a well laid out strategy. The formula consists of four social media basics, that when combined will take your from a ho hum marketer to super stardom.1. Be ConsistentEverything about your social media strategy needs to be consistent––from your tone to the frequency of posts. There’s nothing…
  • Made in America: 3 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Their Businesses Work in the USA

    Adam Toren
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every entrepreneur knows that starting a business is never an easy feat, but starting your business in America is said to be particularly challenging. While there may be challenges to business here in the states, there are plenty of advantages and opportunities, too. While some may find that sourcing your business abroad is the best course of action, there are many entrepreneurs who want to create their products and services at home in their local communities across America. To help you understand some of the challenges and opportunities of making a business in America, here are three…
  • 25 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago

    Matthew Toren
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Twitter hit the scene in 2006 and since then most industry experts have taken notice and have tried to master the art of promotion through this valuable and widely used social network. In 2013, Twitter was one of the 10 most-visited websites, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet” according to Wikipedia. Updates have made the platform more valuable and given brands the opportunity to reach exponential limits. But, don’t we all wish we knew back in 2006 what we know now. Here are 25 tweetable Twitter tips you wish you knew years ago: 1. Tweet and tweet a lot. In the fast paced…
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 20: Dan Carlin – Hardcore History, Building Podcasts, Creativity, and More

    Tim Ferriss
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    The inimitable Dan Carlin. Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream below now: 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. Now, on to our guest… Dan Carlin is the host of my favorite podcast, Hardcore History. But… what?! History?! I know. I thought the same thing. How could a history podcast have a cult following? And yet it did. During research for launching The Tim Ferriss Show, I asked many of the top dogs on the iTunes charts: what is your favorite…
  • How to Gather 100,000 Emails in One Week (Includes Successful Templates, Code, Everything You Need)

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This story is about the launch of Harry’s, a new men’s grooming brand. Specifically, it will explain how they gathered nearly 100,000 email addresses in one week (!).  This post includes all the email templates, open-source code, and insider tricks that you can use to replicate their success.  It’s similar in depth to my previous how-to post, Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days. This post is of great personal interest to me, as I’ll be doing a ton of fun stuff with email soon.  For a sneak peek, click here.  Now, on to Harry’s……
  • How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

    Gabriel Wyner
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s spent the last two years refining his methods and putting them on steroids. Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired, was the one who told me, “You have to check this guy out. His new book is amazing.” Keep in mind that I’d previously told Kevin that I thought…
  • Two E-Mail Autoresponses That Work

    Tim Ferriss
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    E-mail is the single largest interruption in modern life. In a digital world, creating time hinges on minimizing it. The first step towards controlling the e-mail impulse is setting up an autoresponse, which indicates you will be checking e-mail twice per day or less. This is an example of “batching” tasks, or performing like tasks at set times, between which you let them accumulate. In this post, I will share two of my own tried-and-true e-mail autoresponses, one short and one long. Your success with batching — whether laundry, phone calls, or e-mail — will depend on…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 18: James Altucher on How to Say “No”, Fail Better, and Build Businesses

    Tim Ferriss
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    James Altucher Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream it now below: This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is sponsored by Bluehost, which I used for my first WordPress blog, and I still use them for sites today. Click here for a special offer! Now, on to our guest… James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. He has founded or co-founded more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr. 17 have failed, and 3 have made him tens of millions. He has published 11 books, the newest of which is The Power…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • 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…
  • So I’m Thinking of Investing $200,000…

    Tyler Cruz
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Another 3 weeks without a post. What happened? As per usual, I’ve been here all along. I didn’t go on vacation, there wasn’t an emergency, and everything has been going along as per usual. After tending to my e-mails and morning maintenance of my campaigns, I’ve been spending the rest of my work time looking into getting into the investment real estate business – specifically buy-and-hold rental properties. I’ve made my living for the past 10 years entirely from the Internet by working for myself, and have done moderately well as a result. So why the sudden…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: April 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    April’s Report! Only one more report to go and then I’m finally up-to-date! Unfortunately, that’s the only good news you’ll see in this report, as April ended up averaging only $11 net profit a day! Ah, the highs and lows of affiliate marketing. When things are good, things are really good. When things are bad, things are really bad. The swings are almost as bad as in poker, only it’s a lot harder to go into the negative territory in affiliate marketing as you have a lot more control over what happens. In fact, that’s why you have yet to see me finish a…
  • An In-Depth Look at BoxOfAds

    Tyler Cruz
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    I had kept hearing about an ad spy service called BoxOfAds amongst the affiliate marketing crowd for a while now and finally decided to try them out about a month ago. My campaigns were starting to become a little bit stagnant and I wanted to try something new to get some fresh ideas and keep things alive and kicking. Within about an hour of looking into BoxOfAds, I found a couple of landing pages that looked like they had the potential to do well, and took them, made a few small modifications and improvements here and there to match my offers, and split-test them against a direct link (the…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: March 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:09 am
    See, I told you I’d be back up to date with these soon enough. Okay, okay – I’m not quite all the way caught up yet, but I only have 2 more to go and then I will be. So the question is: was February just an outlier and an especially good month, or am I starting to make progress with my affiliate efforts again? After months of crap, it was sure good to see that $10K net in February, that’s for sure. It’s a motivational booster. As with my last few reports, since this report is late in getting published, my memory is going to fail on the particulars of what went on…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Athletic Track's Squared-Off Lanes Impress Officials, Inhibit Runners

    China.new
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When funding cuts give you a damaged athletic track, you... cut corners and pave the turns into right angles? That's exactly what staff at a Heilongjiang, China sports center did when governmental bigwigs sprung a surprise visit and employees wanted the track to look sharp.
  • Your Beer Will Be Assimilated By The Borg Cube Fridge

    John P. Barker
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    If you're a Star Trek fan, you know of the insidious hive-mind known as The Borg Collective.  And now they are out to steal our beer--and keep it as cold as their frosty hearts.
  • Want This New Invention? Microwave S'Mores Maker

    Laurie Kay Olson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    At this time is year there is nothing quite as lovely as gathering around the campfire, roasting marshmallows on sticks, and making them into S'mores. It makes you dream of getting to have them at home. To make that dream come true -- and easy -- a Microwave S'mores Maker is just the thing. Just as tasty without the burned ones -- and without dropping any in the dirt.
  • Groundbreaking Protein Structure Developed To Interfere With Formation Of Amyloid Plague

    T Goodman
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis...  These are just five of the more than 40 identified amyloid diseases, serious diseases that currently have limited treatments and no cure.  But, after 10 years of research, bioengineers at the University of Washington (UW) have created a novel protein that can stop the amyloid protein in its tracks....
  • D-Bag Parkers Beware, Online Parking Shaming Is A Thing Now

    Motors.new
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Has an inconsiderate parking job by some uncaring oaf ever ruined your day, or at least prevented you from parking your vehicle? Of course it has, we've all been there, fuming helplessly – but no more! A pair of frustrated Canadians have set up a Facebook group and a Twitter account specially designed to shame lousy parkers.
 
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    mokoyfman.com

  • "But when the new Umami Burger outlet opens down the street from you (or the new Ivan Ramen outlet,..."

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

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

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

    14 May 2014 | 7:17 am
    The Internet has enabled the seamless flow of commerce in an unprecedented fashion. But where transactions go, so do bad actors. We currently estimate online fraud to be a $40B problem, and it’s just getting worse. The few rarified Internet giants like Google & Amazon have built large dedicated teams and sophisticated technology solutions to combat fraud. But what about everyone else? Even our largest commerce and marketplace investments at Spark suffer from fraud and have turned to third parties for help. I am thrilled today to announce that Spark Capital is leading a $18MM Series B…
  • Welcome back cherry tree. We missed you. (at 16 Schellinger)

    3 May 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Welcome back cherry tree. We missed you. (at 16 Schellinger)
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Favoroute.com: The First Online Market Place For Personal Travel Guidebooks

    Lucy Catten
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On the 17th July 2014 the world’s first digital market place for independent and interactive travel guidebooks, favoroute.com, went online. World travelers can find an abundance of travel guidebooks that are completely independent and composed by the traveler him/herself. Travelers can choose (or share!) their favorite travel guides based on their specific wishes and be inspired by professional travel bloggers and travel journalists.read more
  • Startup Accelerator Metrics: Where to Find Prototypes Worth Time & Money?

    Adriana Galue
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Startup NoiseIt is a well-known fact that startup competitions are growing at a high rate globally. From incubators and accelerators to corporations fostering their own competitions, the hunt for disruptive technological ideas seems to be endless. In a world of startup noise, how are interested parties finding prototypes of what really matters? Adriana Galue investigates.read more
  • StartUp Diaries: From Big Corporate To ‘Going it Alone’

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kirstie White shares her journey and the lessons she has learned from the major corporate world to following her childhood dream of becoming her own boss. The first business I built was ‘Kirstie’s Candy Corner’. It was basically a sweet shop where I created my own sherbet and sold it profitably. The only problem was that I was just seven years old! From there, the entrepreneurial spirit just grew, and the following is a speedy journey through my career and specifically how I started in the big corporate world, but just couldn’t fight that inner entrepreneur. I hope you identify with…
  • Failing and First Drafts

    Misty W. Gibbs
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Misty W. Gibbs explores whether you need to fail or whether you just need a first draft... Fail fast and fail hard. Fail early and fail often. This message is drummed into aspiring entrepreneurs, almost like a badge of honor. The essence of the idea makes sense; you need to make mistakes to learn. And mistakes are unavoidable – you WILL make them. I have yet to meet an entrepreneur or businessperson who doesn’t have an answer to: ‘If I knew then what I know now…’read more
  • Startup Diaries: You Can't Do It Alone

    Kristel Kuit
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kristel Kuit, founder of personal assistant services company Headroom Assistance, talks to The NextWomen about the importance of finding the right people to be in one's start-up life, and shares her top tips for success in entrepreneurship.read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • 4 Divas World Conference

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    This is a Virtual event airing on September 14, 2014. I’m excited to be the Keynote speaker for this event and look forward to hearing all the other speakers. Want to be a part of it? Just call me directly at 909 235 9744!
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    Dr. Letitia Wright
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Crowdfunding 101 (July 23rd @ 10am) Crowdfunding 101 Workshop will cover: The Basics of Crowdfunding How Crowdfunding Works What are the latest developments Where should an entrepreneur start when raising capital When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 10:00 am to Noon Where: Los Angeles SBA District Office, 330 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 1200, Glendale, CA 91203 NO […]
  • One Overlooked Thing About Your Lawyer If You Get Hurt at Work

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
     Being injured on the job can be a complicated situation. Many of my coaching clients became business owners because they were hurt on their jobs and needed to do something else. I’ve heard a lot of the stories. Having a personal injury lawyer on your side can make all the difference in the world. The […]
  • Quick Cash for Emergencies

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s a good idea to be able to get quick cash for personal or business use. Sometimes things come up and they are outside your budget. When you have the freedom of quick cash you can take advantage of new opportunities and good deals. You can use quick cash to pay off debt. Perhaps you […]
  • Want Better Performance and Mood? Start here

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    As a business owner, you need to be at your peak performance in order to run your business. How you run your business is often an by-product of your mood. It’s very easy to fall into a trap of not doing your best after lunch. Our moods can change at lunch because of what we […]
 
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    Steve Blank

  • Not All Startups Are the Same. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch here Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types
  • Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom

    steveblank
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience. ——– The I-Corps program started when the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted my Lean LaunchPad class. Their goal was to train University scientists and researchers to use Lean Startup methods (business model design, customer development and agile engineering) to commercialize their science. Earlier this month the National Institutes of Health announced I-Corps @ NIH, to help scientists doing medical…
  • What Job Needs to be Done? 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development
  • How Big Is It Really? 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development
  • The Path of Our Lives

    steveblank
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not?” Robert Kennedy/George Bernard Shaw I got a call that reminded me that most people live their life as if it’s predestined – but some live theirs fighting to change it. At 19 I joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Out of electronics school my first assignment was to a fighter base in Florida. My roommate, Glen, would become my best friend in Florida and Thailand as we were sent to different air bases in Southeast Asia. An Enemy Attack May Make Your Stay Here Unpleasant On the…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Colorado Fashion Week Preview Fundraiser

    First Class Fashionista
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Colorado Fashion Week Preview Market and Fundraiser Showcase It’s almost that time again! Almost. Colorado Fashion Week 2014 is giving us a taste of cool fashion to combat the heat of the summer. Wow, did I just type that cheesiness? Moving along. Last year, despite the hours it took to get to the actual show, Colorado Fashion Week really impressed me. But! I feel like this event has a solution for my impatience. Before the actual runway presentation, there is a Fashion Market and Sales Event! Attendees actually have time to scope out some of the designs being shown or other pieces by…
  • Febreze Noseblind Test and Giveaway with $60 AMEX Gift Card

    First Class Fashionista
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    I love the Febreze Cat Couch commercial, especially after recently being convinced to giveaway my comfy couch that I had for 9 years. My bestie happens to be a Yorkie…Was I sitting on a Yorkie couch??? LAUGH OUT LOUD…So when I was presented with the opportunity to take the Nose Blind Test with Febreze, I was really excited. To do so, I was asked to host a movie night and invite a few people over. When they arrived, the experiment began. I would soon learn what odor in my home I had apparently become noseblind to. Fortunately, I just got new couches and refinished my floors, so I…
  • 303 Magazine Pool Party and Poolside Fashion Series

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Photo Credit: 303 Magazine Looking to lay poolside this summer with good music, people, food and a nice cold margarita? Well look no further, the 303 Magazine summer pool party series is back. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go to the second 303 Magazine pool party of the summer. With the sun shining and no rain in sight, it couldn’t have been a better day for a pool party. The sunny day brought out the hottest and most beautiful people from all over the state. It was held at one of First Class Fashionista‘s favorite pool party venues, The Breakers Resort in Denver. The…
  • Faded Image Barber Battle Winners, Pics and Video

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Sunday, July 6th 2014 was a battle competition unlike any other. Taking place in the beautiful Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, my co-workers and I, from Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, were able to witness this amazing competition. Prior to the competition, there was an Educational Seminar held from 9am-1pm at International Salon and Spa Academy. According to a source, the seminar really brought back the passion into the barbering industry. There, they released technical knowledge and new techniques. To begin the night of battles everyone gathered into the ballroom for mingling and…
  • Fashionable Activewear

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Okay, since graduating I have been fortunate enough to have some free time on my hands. I had previously agreed not to dive head-first into more work and jobs fresh out of college, so what to do with all that excess energy? Well, I have been channeling it all into getting more fit! It may also help that I’m off to Disney World soon in 100 degree Florida heat. The nicer I can look in shorts, the better; and I’m sure that applies to everyone, everyday, for just about everything we put on. Who doesn’t want to look their best? Wearing the same thing every day to the gym can be…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Taking a break for a while

    jeffhilimire
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    I’ll be taking a break, both from work and from blogging, for a bit of time. We’re taking the family on a much needed long vacation (where I intend to completely unplug) and then when I get back, I’m heading to a game conference in Germany for a week. So I’ll probably pick up with this blog in a month’s time. Until then… Send to Kindle
  • An example of how we should act as people, and an example of how we shouldn’t

    jeffhilimire
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    This is how we should act as people: And this is how we shouldn’t: Recently I was stopped at a stop light near my house and I saw a homeless man holding up a sign that he was hungry. I waived him over to my car so that I could give him the cash that I had on hand, sadly only $8. When the man was about 15 feet from my car, the light turned green. I decided to wait as he quickly made his way to me. The guy driving the car behind me became irate, honking and yelling. The homeless man tried to pick up his pace as he made his way to my car. After handing him the money, I proceeded to…
  • I use email and my calendar to manage my life. Here’s my calendar process.

    jeffhilimire
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    I’ve spent an enormous amount of time trying to optimize the organization of my life – both personal and professional. From basic to-do lists like TuexDuex to complex ones like Omnifocus, I’ve tried them all. I’ve even tried to force Evernote into being a task management tool (which its definitely not). The key with all of this is finding what works best for YOU. What I’ve learned about myself over the years is that if I have too many systems/apps to check to manage myself, eventually only the “must checks” are going to be used. Having separate…
  • How do you get your news?

    jeffhilimire
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    This week at a pitch event (where startups pitch their businesses), I met the creator of a Google Reader replacement called Minimal Reader. While we traded stories about how much we loved Google Reader (which Google killed off a little over a year ago), we started talking about the news / RSS apps we use currently. Today, Google Play Newsstand and a link to the ESPN homepage are the only “news” sites on my phone’s home screen. My phone is where I consume most of my news and articles. I do have a folder on my home screen that is called “Read”, which has several…
  • Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.

    jeffhilimire
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    I saw this on Twitter recently and felt compelled to share it. On more than one occasion I’ve judged someone’s actions before realizing they were going through something difficult in their life, causing them enough pain to affect their behavior. Going forward I’m going to do my best to keep this in mind. Besides, even if they’re just a “mean person”, why not be kind to them and maybe your kindness will rub off. But in my experience, the mean people had battles early in their lives that made them that way, so even they deserve kindness. Ok, back to work :)…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • 4 Questions That Will Help You Discover Your Entrepreneurial Strengths

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Founder LaunchPad gives aspiring entrepreneurs exclusive tips and tricks through video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,100+ mentors. For more Founder LaunchPads, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this week's Founder LaunchPad, Marcos Polanco, Co-Director of the Puerto Rico Founder Institute, provides four questions you should answer in order to discover your Entrepreneurial Superpowers. Use this as a guide to help you reveal your startup strengths and unique capabilities: 1. What do you love to do that never bores you? 2. What…
  • Come to a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn from top Startup Experts

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 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…
  • Can Your Passion Withstand Time?

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Founder LaunchPad gives aspiring entrepreneurs exclusive tips and tricks through video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of [total_mentors]+ mentors. For more Founder LaunchPads, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this week's Founder LaunchPad, Marcos Polanco, Co-Director of the Puerto Rico Founder Institute, explains the importance of launching a startup that is deeply rooted in who you are. He challenges his audience to visualize themselves during their last days on earth. What have you created? What do you REFUSE to leave behind? According to…
  • Emberlight’s "Smart" Light Product Profiled on TechCrunch

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Atif Noori and his company Emberlight were recently featured in a TechCrunch article by Sarah Perez titled Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into a “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone. Emberlight is a graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute and was a Finalist in the 15th Founder Showcase. Emberlight aims to make “smart” light bulbs more user-friendly and affordable than existing smart light bulbs on the market, which are often expensive and require additional hardware in order to operate. Rather than selling the bulb itself, Emberlight offers a product that…
  • Don’t Pitch Your Product, Pitch Your Passion

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Founder LaunchPad gives aspiring entrepreneurs exclusive tips and tricks through video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of [total_mentors]+ mentors. For more Founder LaunchPads, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this week's Founder LaunchPad, Marcos Polanco, Co-Director of the Puerto Rico Founder Institute, illustrates the importance of defining your passion through your company’s brand. He continues on to say that business entrepreneurs should never confront sales in the same manner of a car salesman. It’s not about selling your…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • The only way to guarantee startup success

    Jason
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Everyone said this would be the most embarrassing moment in the band’s eight-year career.Depeche Mode had decided to play the Pasadena Rose Bowl — capacity 60,000 — for the 101st show of their 1988 tour. To sell out would make it one of the largest music concerts ever played in America — highly unlikely for an English electronic band. Claiming they were popular enough to fill that stadium was an audacious act of bravado that critics were eager to see transform to humiliation as they played to a vast, near-vacant space, mocked by the each of the tens of…
  • No, *I’ll* tell you the answer!

    Jason
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you bet a startup will fail, you’ll be right most of the time, but not because you’re insightful. (The Critic)If you bet only on huge ideas, you’ll be wrong most of the time, but because in high tech the financial successes are orders of magnitude larger than failures, this is still a profitable bet. (The Professional Investor)If you bet only on small, conservative ideas, and stay focussed, you’re most likely to actually succeed, with normal-sized outcomes. This is the best bet for sustainable personal fulfillment and freedom, which after all is the core promise of…
  • Why startup biz dev deals almost never get done

    Jason
    28 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    As the founder of WP Engine, I receive weekly emails from startups proposing a “win-win” deal.  So far, approximately zero have resulted in an successful deal.Here’s the problem, and how you can change your approach to business development so that it can succeed.Distribution is the hardest thing for a young startup, defined as “getting in front of potential customers.” Large companies, on the other hand, have solved the distribution problem (proof: 100,000 paying customers).“Maybe,” thinks the startup founder, “I can tap that ass. I mean…
  • The public invisibility of running mid-stage successful companies

    Jason
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Keith Rabois famously quipped, “I don’t know of a single successful CEO or entrepreneur who blogs regularly.”That was five months ago, and people are still talking about it. And agreeing.But why?Sure the usual exceptions are trotted out – Rand Fishkin, Joel Gascoigne, etc.. But the examples outweigh the exceptions 100-to-1.Much easier is listing those who used to blog a lot, but trailed off as their companies grew — Joel Spolsky (who essentially stopped blogging after raising money for StackExchange), Dharmesh Shah (who trailed off substantially when…
  • Smart Bear Live 8: Edwin from MeetingKing.com

    pfoley
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    Welcome back to Smart Bear Live … the show were Jason speaks with entrepreneurs looking to improve their businesses. In this episode, Jason talks to Edwin from MeetingKing.Listen to this episode if you want to hear about a founder who has a product and users and paying customers … and is trying to figure out how to take his company to the next level and grow faster.PRODUCER’S NOTE: Do you wish you could hear Smart Bear Live episodes more often? Well maybe you can help – the show needs a new producer! I’ve loved being part of the show, but now that I’m…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • 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 […]
  • Doodle in the Margins

    Adrian Simmons
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    When I’m reading for content, I’m all about the marginalia: underlines, questions in the borders, even one­ sided hand­written debates with the author. Which is why I was much relieved that the Kindle allows you to digitally underline text and add notes too — you can even export them to a PDF to save and […]
  • The Rise of Superman – Book Review

    Scott Kregel
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    In Thriveal we talk about many key tenants as we are building our practices… value pricing, results only work environments, business models and system design, and knowledge work. Part of knowledge work requires understanding how our brains function and how we build disciplines into our daily, weekly, monthly schedules so that when called upon, we […]
  • Deeper Weekend 2014 – Register Now!

    Jennifer Blumer
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    I love Deeper Weekend. Seriously, it’s right up there with other once a year special occasions to me. Big holidays, vacations, family gatherings. It’s in that category. I just love it. And Deeper Weekend 2014 is coming up in just a few months. It’s time to register! What is Deeper Weekend? It’s Thriveal’s event of […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Gone Fishing: We’re on Vacation!

    Catherine Morgan
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re on vacation. We are going fishing – or going to sit by the pool – or something. It’s summer here in Chicago and Business Unplugged is taking the next two weeks off. We’ll be back on Tuesday, August 5. See you then!
  • When Your Biggest Strength is Your Biggest Weakness

    Carol Roth
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I advise and strategize with entrepreneurs, I am noticing a trend, particularly amongst those driven by creativity and passion. It’s that their biggest strength- the creativity that sets them apart- is often their biggest weakness in business. I have gone deep with the owners of some of the coolest, most interesting business concepts around, [...]
  • Online Marketing: What Not to Do

    Catherine Morgan
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s note: I was so sorry when Rich Gallagher, one of our favorite guest contributors, published this on his blog first. It is exactly the kind of smart and snarky post we like to publish here at Business Unplugged. Since you might have missed it, I highly recommend that you check out Online Marketing: How [...]
  • Who’s Your Girlfriend?

    Robert Holmes
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone is tempted at one time or another to be unfaithful. Those who run their own businesses are especially prone. We work long hours, oftentimes alone at the office with staff members of the opposite sex. I got home after one particularly harrowing day, kissed my wife, hugged my kids and was met with the [...]
  • The Paralysis of Freedom

    Carol Roth
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I talk to more and more entrepreneurs about their businesses, ironically, one of the biggest areas of constraint for them is having too many choices.  That’s right; they are bound by too much freedom in their businesses. There is always another idea, another path, or another distraction to take you down a rabbit hole. [...]
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    David Cancel

  • Micro Experts

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” - Socrates It feels like everybody is an expert these days -- actually, more like what I call a “micro expert” because their “expertise” usually only covers a niche within a niche. I was reminded of this recently while reading a piece in the New York Times. In an online conversation between two Times writers who have recently left San Francisco after many years of living there, one of them recalled a colleague walking out of a popular coffee shop because: “I was just standing in line behind two…
  • My Golden Rule for Pitching Your Startup or Product

    19 Nov 2013 | 5:44 pm
    There's a simple rule I use when pitching a product or even a company to someone. I call it "No Ands." The "No Ands" rule is simple: You have to be able to describe your idea in a single sentence without using the word "and." I believe "ands" are crutches -- they add confusion and show you don't really understand your value proposition. The reason I've used this crutch in the past is probably the same reason that you've used it: I'm so excited about how big an idea can be that I want to share my excitement with everyone I talk to. I never want someone to walk away from a pitch unimpressed. I…
  • Should Entrepreneurs Get an MBA? Hell No.

    21 May 2013 | 7:52 am
    Today I am attending a great event on rethinking education and the potential startup opportunities in that space. While I am personally obsessed with lifelong learning I am not a fan of our higher education (or primary/secondary) system, actually I hate it. I am a big fan of self directed learning, primarily by doing (no surprise to readers of this blog). All of this made me think of a blog post I had written earlier this year for Boston.com  but never cross-posted on my own blog. Should you get an MBA before founding a startup? Hell no. If you intend to found a tech startup I believe that…
  • Customer (not Competitor) Focused

    6 Dec 2012 | 8:56 am
    I was recently speaking with an entrepreneur whose company is in the same space as my previous company, Performable (which was acquired by Hubspot). He was asking how I thought they should compete with a particular competitor. This competitor is good at producing software quickly and extremely adept at copying its competitors -- they went as far as copying much of Performable's copy and product names after we were acquired. The situation this entrepreneur is in is not unique -- this happens to most companies in competitive markets every single day. If you are doing something worthwhile,…
  • Your Priorities

    1 Nov 2012 | 10:24 am
    Truth be told, the idea of everything being in balance on a daily basis is a myth. - Dave RamseyBased on what I've learned from talking to people over the past decade, there is no clearer path to misery than attempting to live the lie that is work/life balance. Achieving perfect work/life balance is impossible -- for starters, there simply are not enough hours in the day for us to exercise, walk the dog, have meaningful interactions with our kids, read a book, learn something new, eat good food, help others, meditate, nurture our relationship with our spouse, be sexy, drink a good wine, watch…
 
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • How to Find Popular Celebrities Every Day of the Week

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

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

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

    Sarah Shaw
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Are you in love with your blog?  That might sound like a funny question, but if you aren't, you may find figuring out what to blog about a big bore. Have you ever thought about a theme for your blog?  I find that once you have a theme in mind, it makes it sooooo much easier to come up with topics.   And, if you are not aware – it is super important that your target market (AKA Avatar) will like the theme that you pick.  We want her/him to be super psyched each time you write a new blog post and we want them to sit down and snuggle up to whatever you…
  • June Checklist

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

    Matt Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey Under30CEO, Two weeks ago I sent an email talked about some honest truths about looking at your financial picture…. and guess what happened? It was the lowest response rate to an email I’ve had in months. Why?  Not because you all have it all under control… No– it’s because of what everyone told me who did respond to the email.  It sucks to look at this stuff.   About 50 people spilled their guts about having huge mental blocks around money and personal finance including: Fear, stress, and procrastination about looking at your bank account Not knowing where your…
  • Use This Sneaky Psychological “Hack” To Make More Money With Your Skills

    danieldipiazza
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last night I was hanging out with my best friends at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. They’re in town from NY and FL so that we can go see Outkast on Saturday. I’m pumped! One of the coolest parts about that area is getting to watch all the crazy street performers. From grandmas in gypsy skirts doing things you’d rather forget, to salsa dancers, country singers and magicians, there’s generally a lot of cool stuff going on down there. But not all performers are created equal. As I was walking through the plaza, I paid careful attention to various tip jars.
  • Change the Way You Think About Your Job & Use It To Catapult Your Own Business

    Under30CEO
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the biggest questions you’ll start asking yourself and those around you when you get the entrepreneurial bug is when do you decide when to quit your job? Most people want to quit right away but never do because they are scared of not having a paycheck every two weeks to fall back on. Others will want to quit right away and forget about the bills that begin to pile up quickly. The thing you have to realize is that there is no right time to actually quit your day job to pursue your passion in life but instead of making the decision to quit or not to quit – why don’t you use it to…
  • How to Produce & Publish an International Magazine While Working a 9-5 Job

    Under30CEO
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ever heard these words before? “Content is king” What does that actually even mean? It’s one of the biggest buzzwords in the online marketing space at the moment, and I’ve been able to not only create content that people are willing to pay for, but I have created a platform where entrepreneurs can go to and learn from the best. In my case I have used content to drive sales and traffic. I have created a magazine to become an authority. I am the publisher and editor of Foundr magazine. Foundr is a magazine for young entrepreneurs and its an app on the Apple Newsstand…
  • Want to Grow? How to Make Tiny Changes That Produce Enormous Results

    Under30CEO
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    An Odd Interim I was in 7th grade. I rode around everywhere on my GT Mach One BMX bike. I rarely ever did my homework. I didn’t pay attention in class. And I didn’t care to listen to anyone, especially if it was unsolicited advice. I hung out with a sixteen year old homeschooled kid that was obsessed with vampires and Marilyn Manson. Eventually, I became obsessed with those things too. He slept in until 4 PM every day, and we’d hang out after I got home from school. My other friends were kids that rebelled against their parents, were constantly in trouble, and had zero…
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  • CEO vs. Worker Bee: The Two Modes of Productivity

    Caleb Wojcik
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Figuring out what you should be spending your time on is a lot of work. Then there is the whole “doing the work” part. The distinction between these two modes, dubbed CEO and Worker Bee by our very own Chase Reeves, is an important mental barrier to create, especially for a solo bootstrapping founder. In this video Chase details the difference between the two modes and how to integrate them into your day-to-day work schedule. (If you don’t see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.) Note from Caleb: We’ll be doing more video posts here at Fizzle. They’ll be…
  • How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064)

    Chase Reeves
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You get to a point in your business where you can either stagnate — and find yourself in 5 years doing the same damn things you’re doing today — or push forward to the next stage. Some listeners wrote in with questions about that struggle and, in this episode, we dig into some answers. We also debrief from the World Domination Summit conference. Enjoy! Push Play: How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064) / Listen to How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for…
  • Customers, Work, and Community

    Barrett Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Note: This is the last of our four-part WDS 2014 recap from the Fizzle team. You can read the other three here: Chase’s, Corbett’s, and Caleb’s. I’m back in the saddle after another trip to Portland for World Domination Summit (WDS), put on by Chris Guillebeau and company. 2014 was my third year attending the (un)conference, and I took away lessons that you can just as easily apply in your own work and life. With every passing year, I’ve found that my takeaways remain consistent, perhaps even honing ideas planted as seeds in previous years with each passing weekend spent in…
  • Pleasure Before Business

    Caleb Wojcik
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Have you been to a conference before where there are more people wearing a kilt and a Darth Vader helmet while riding a unicycle playing a bagpipe that shoots flames out the back than people wearing a suit and tie? That’s the kind of conference Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit is. It is a little different. A little “unconventional” if you will. So in the spirit of doing things differently, I won’t be showing off a bunch of my pictures of the amazing people and food or the four-hour long academy Fizzle led. These are my three takeaways from WDS 2014…
  • Money Isn’t the Point

    Corbett Barr
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m decompressing from the World Domination Summit, trying to piece together the themes from this year, and understand what I’ll take away long-term. The older I get, and the longer I’ve been an entrepreneur, the more I keep asking myself “what’s the point?” As in, what’s the point of goals we work towards, and accomplishments we hold up and celebrate in ourselves and others? This can be a dangerous road. Sometimes you get deep into the meaning of life. I ended up in some deep existential conversations at this year’s WDS because of where my head has been. I think…
 
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  • Larry Ellison — America's Highest Paid CEO — Just Got A Pay Cut

    Richard Feloni
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been awarded 3 million stock options this year, down from the 7 million shares he's been awarded each of the past seven years, the Financial Times reports. It marks a victory for shareholders and shareholders rights who have used "say on pay" votes the past two years to express disapproval to Oracle's board over Ellison's pay package. Ellison received the biggest pay package of any American CEO last year, making $76.9 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Charles Elson, professor of corporate governance at the University of Delaware, tells the Financial…
  • The Fabulous Life Of Facebook Billionaire Sheryl Sandberg

    Madeline Stone
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    With a reported net worth of $1.1 billion, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is one of the wealthiest women in tech. Though Sandberg lives in a stunning contemporary home in Silicon Valley with her husband and two children, she isn't known for having a particularly extravagant lifestyle.  Sandberg comes from a government background and has worked her way up to the top of two major tech companies. Now she's working on a movement to change women's position in the workforce, and she's recruited celebrities and traveled the globe to do it.Sheryl Sandberg was born on August 28, 1969, in…
  • 22 Quotes By Richard Branson That Take You Inside The Mind Of The Self-Made Billionaire

    Drake Baer
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    When Richard Branson was 16, he started a magazine called "Student." Six years later, he opened up a recording studio. The company's first song — a track called "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield — stayed on the U.K. charts for 247 weeks.  The Virgin empire had begun. Now at 64, Branson is equal parts man, myth, and legend. His Virgin Group is composed of 400 companies, employs 60,000 people, and operates in more than 30 countries. He has an estimated net worth of $5 billion. Branson also has a flair for the dramatic. He's crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon…
  • Why This Startup Cofounder Is Only Looking To Hire 'Experts' In Their Field

    Stephanie Yang
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    For one startup CEO, finding a niche is the key to success in both business and hiring. Tim Weingarten is a cofounder and CEO of The Hunt, which lets users to post pictures of items they want to purchase but can't find, and receive help from its online community. In an interview with Skiddy von Stade, founder of finance career site OneWire, Weingarten said he looks for hires who are both experts in their fields and good culture fits for the company. "What you really need is someone who is not only an expert in their field, say they're an amazing Objective C engineer. Objective C is the…
  • 1 Thing Successful People Always Do

    Jacquelyn Smith
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    There are a few things that incredibly successful people do differently than the rest of us, says Bernard Marr, a global enterprise performance expert and a best-selling business author, in a recent LinkedIn post. One thing they always do: spot and grab opportunities as they present themselves. "[This is] an important skill, and one that many of the most successful and powerful entrepreneurs and businesspeople of the world have turned into quite a lot of money," Marr explains. He offers the following four examples: Richard Branson never tries to create something entirely new; he…
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  • Books to Watch: August 2014

    Michael
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    TweetWell here we are again—Summer is drawing to a close and we’ve hardly put a dent in that towering stack of summer reads. Don’t fret, though—we still have a few weeks to sneak in a couple more books. Here are some new titles for Summer’s end that’ll help you start your Fall off right, with plenty of great ideas and new perspectives. The Leadership Playbook by Nathan Jamail July 31 / Gotham Books / ISBN-13 9781592408665 Sales and leadership guru Nathan Jamail breaks into the Big Five after finding sensational success with his first two self-published books on…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Tweet➻ Ted Coiné is on a mission to perpetuate the idea that ethical leadership practices will lead companies to the promise land. In a piece on Switch & Shift titled “Leadership Ethics: It doesn’t depend”, Coiné writes that Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all. Ethics today makes you more money, every day of the year, for generations. Because your workers at all levels care, and so they pitch in with zest to make your company great. They think about improving your firm all week long, and they bring those off-hour innovations to work. They bring you their…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
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  • Women Entrepreneurs Bring Unique Strengths by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The corporate “glass ceiling” prevents many women from advancing above a certain level in Corporate America.  For example, men hold the top position in 98% of Fortune 500 companies. So increasing numbers of ambitious female entrepreneurs have opted to increase their influence and impact by running their own company.  And in so doing, they bring unique strengths that deliver new vitality to their companies and to the world. One of those strengths is deep emotional commitment to their communities. A recent report entitled Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One,…
  • Business Plans vs. Strategic Plans by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    1 May 2014 | 10:04 am
    There is often a great deal of confusion about the difference between business plans and strategic plans.  And, frankly, they are similar in many ways, and since each plan has to be tailored to the organization it is prepared for, one can easily blur into the other. In both cases, you begin with internal and external research (often called a “scan”) to get clarity on the best direction for the organization and where its best opportunities are to obtain the funds it needs to succeed.  What sets a business plan apart is its singular focus on market and operational feasibility. In…
  • Mindfulness as a Competitive Strategy by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:13 am
    One emerging trend we’re noticing in our work is the number of companies using meditation and mindfulness practices to increase individual and group productivity, improve well-being and health, and reduce stress in the business environment. Moreover, recent neuroscience research demonstrates at the brain’s molecular level that meditation and mindfulness, even if practiced for just 20 minutes per day, can have dramatic effects on brain function as measured by brain scans and brain function testing.  Mindful Entrepreneurs There are now many examples of this in the corporate and…
  • Caves and Campfires… by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    1 Nov 2013 | 2:12 pm
    OK, you know this. You’re spending too much time answering emails. Getting interrupted by unimportant stuff. And worst of all, attending meetings, lots of meetings, sometime endless, pointless meetings. So here’s a suggestion: spend more time in your cave, every day, no interruptions, to increase your creativity. And others on your team. According to a recent FAST COMPANY article: “Creativity happens when you work independently [without distractions]. Individuals are really good at generating a whole lot of ideas, while groups are good at selecting, shaping and refining…
  • Crowd Financing Debuted Last Week (sort of) by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    7 Oct 2013 | 8:02 am
    First the good news: Starting Sept 30, US federal law allows small startup companies to raise equity on the Internet, without the expensive barrier to register the shares for public trading with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Companies can now raise unlimited amounts of capital simply by using social media sites or elsewhere on the Internet. This will help address the problem many small business owners face by creating a mechanism to connect with investors, which until had to be done “privately” — which for many small companies meant not at all.  Here’s…
 
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  • Pepe's Pizzeria entering Greater Boston with lease for Brookline restaurant

    Jon Chesto
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Brookline residents will soon be getting a taste of New Haven. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has picked Brookline — going from Wooster Square to Washington Square — to expand into Massachusetts for the first time and find new customers for its signature thin-crust pizza. Jim Solomon, the chef and owner of The Fireplace restaurant, announced today that he plans to close his restaurant at 1634 Beacon St. at the end of this year to focus on his catering business, The Fireplace Catering. He has…
  • Time is running out for Wynn to make a deal for MBTA property in Everett

    Jon Chesto
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to pick the winner of the coveted Boston-area casino license in less than two months. But one of the two contenders still isn’t sure how its customers would drive into the site. Wynn Resorts’ preferred access plan for the 30-acre site it wants to develop on the Mystic River in Everett depends heavily on a repair facility owned by the MBTA next door. I first reported in March 2013 that Wynn had entered into negotiations with the MBTA about acquiring…
  • Boston Harbor Cruises has more than doubled in size since 2006

    Jon Chesto
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    If the Market Basket mess is a good example of what can go wrong with a family-owned company, then Boston Harbor Cruises’ rising tide is a good example of what can go right. The company’s roots date back to 1926, and its latest upward trajectory began in 2006 when members of the Nolan family bought out Modern Continental’s majority stake. The construction contractor, best known for the Big Dig, had run aground amid significant financial problems. It was a good opportunity for the Nolans to…
  • Report: Sarepta chairman moves to keep CEO out of FDA meetings

    Don Seiffert
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The board of Sarepta Therapeutics has taken actions to limit CEO Chris Garabedian’s role at the company and to keep him from attending meetings with the FDA, The Wall Street Journal cites anonymous sources as saying. The WSJ said that two people familiar with the matter told the paper that Sarepta (Nasdaq: SRPT) Chairman William Goolsbee told the executive team in July, at a meeting that Garabedian attended, that he “would no longer attend ... meetings with the FDA.” The sources also reportedly…
  • Market Basket board: Arthur T. is still one of several potential buyers in the mix

    Jon Chesto
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Deposed CEO Arthur T. Demoulas may be the employees' favored acquirer, but Demoulas Super Markets' board wants everyone to know that there are several potential buyers still in the mix for the Tewksbury-based company. The company, better known as Market Basket, has been embroiled in an unprecedented state of chaos as employee protests following Arthur T. Demoulas' firing interrupt deliveries of produce, meat and other perishable items. Arthur T. was kicked out as CEO in June amid the ongoing war…
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  • Are You Getting the Most out of Summer to Promote Your Business?

    Thomas Oppong
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    If your summer marketing efforts consist of little more than firing off some seasonal vouchers, you’re missing a trick. As your customers head outdoors, you should too.We all know successful marketing is about engaging effectively with your customers – and this involves reacting to what they’re doing at any particular time. As things heat up, shopping (both online and offline) gets pushed lower down customers’ list of things to do. Yes it’s a challenge for marketers – but it’s also an opportunity. It’s time to get out there and connect. Here are a few ways to do just…
  • 3000+ Amazing Business, Productivity, Blogging and Life Hack Resources

    Thomas Oppong
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    There are now hundreds of thousands if not millions of resources online to do just about everything. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find everything you need. It now takes a lot of time to find exactly what you need. To make things easier for you, we have put together this list of awesome business, blogging, life hacking and productivity resources you need to do almost everything online (and offline). This is a comprehensive list you can bookmark for future reference. Share with your audience and followers.1. Business ResourcesFORBES 100 Best Websites…
  • Is It a Real Law Firm? Wonga Saga Reminds us to be on Guard

    Thomas Oppong
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Payday loan providers, Wonga recently issued a formal apology to customers in the wake of ‘fake law firm’ revelations. It emerged the company had sent out letters to thousands of customers purporting to be from separate organisations and giving the impression that outstanding debts had been passed on to law firms. In fact, Wonga had itself sent those letters.The story highlights a number of wider issues for real lawyers. For one thing, it is in solicitors’ best interest to be on their guard against bogus law firms. This involves checking the credentials of firms they come into contact…
  • 7 Things That Could Be Holding You Back From Being Your Very Best In Life

    Thomas Oppong
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    You can still achieve that goal. Your dream can still be realised if you don’t give up just yet. Most people give up on their dreams too easily or too early because they think it’s not realistic anymore or they become complacent, settling into a normal routines and give up on the idea that they can really make an impact and change their lives. Don’t settle. A lot of your goals in life can still be achieved if you get out of your comfort zone and push yourself a little bit further.These are a few things that could be holding you back from being your very best in life.1. I can…
  • How the Cloud has Revolutionized Video Conferencing for Business

    Thomas Oppong
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Video conferencing is one of the best communication tools developed to date; it could be argued that the only form of communication that is better than video conferencing is talking to a person face-to-face. Video conferencing allows people to interact with one another no matter the distance between them; a person in Japan can easily talk face-to-face to someone in Canada easily through the virtual environment provided via video conferencing and the Internet.The advantages to being able to communicate instantly over long distances has been known for quite some time; the telephone has been…
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  • Startup Blog Insights - Are Your Partners Agile and How does Your CEO Spin?

    Taffy Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Reference Articles:Investors and partners may not think agile  CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spinTaffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861  Email questions to twilli2861@aol.com. More is available via the book Think Agile; also, the company  website ,  photo  websiteGoogle+, or  Facebook.  Check out the group Startup  Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.
  • CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin

    Taffy Williams
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    That CEO said WHAT?One of the many tasks a CEO performs is engaging and explaining the company to the investment community.  They may use a positive spin to present their data in the best manner.  Positive spin is a method were data, while factual, is presented in a manner to highlight the positive and down play any negative.  You may hear this term a great deal in politics as it is a means of trying to get public sentiment on the side of the politician.  Whether one is a CEO or a politician, there is a fine line between positive spin and over doing your…
  • Startup Blog Insights - Thinking Agile is Important to Your Business

    Taffy Williams
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:27 am
    Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861ColonialTDC ,  photowebsiteGoogle+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business. More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Agile and non-agile entrepreneurs must communicate clearly

    Taffy Williams
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It is impossible to know what is being communicated in these!Some people are able to see a problem and rapidly determine solutions; the problem may be business or non-business.  Clear communication is required when describing a fix to a problem and information provided must be explicit; remember, you see the fix, they may not.Recently, I was asked to help repair a lamp.  The lamp was missing the knob that rotates when turning on a lamp.  My instructions were, “pick up the complete part from the hardware store. The complete part includes the piece that the bulb screws into and…
  • May Startup Blog Insights - Entrepreneurs Get Agile! with Taffy Williams

    Taffy Williams
    21 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Taffy Williams can be found on Twitter @twilli2861ColonialTDC ,  photo  websiteGoogle+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group on Linkedin.  He writes the Startup Blog and articles for the Examiner: Charlotte, NC- small business. More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
 
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  • Brainchild of retail & tech professionals, Stylista offers designer clothing at affordable price for women

    Jai Vardhan
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Stylista is a collaborative fashion platform that works with leading designers and influencers to co-create a high street collection that’s true to their design DNA. It also takes the burden of manufacturing and marketing off of the designer’s plate, allowing them to focus solely on design. Stylista a completely vertically integrated company and has full control over the manufacturing and distribution of its garments. It creates strategic partnerships online and offline to reach a larger customer base. “Indians are waking up to ecommerce, and online shopping has become a necessity…
  • What 3 accomplished founders say about cross-border teams?

    Chaitanya Ramalingegowda
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    YourStory caught up with three startup founders who have successfully set up cross-border teams in India and the US and have raised several rounds of funding from marquee investors. We asked them about what it takes to maintain and manage cross-border teams. Some insights from the interactions: Silicon Valley is a good place to find talent easily but it is also fairly expensive. So if there is no specific need to be based there (e.g., a large client, or your investor etc.), you can set up base in a different location Irrespective of the location of offices, it is a good idea to incorporate…
  • Event networking platform 10Times.com crosses 1 mn visits in 6 months

    Jubin Mehta
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    10Times.com is an event based networking platform for event goers that has crossed 1 million visits in June, within 6 months of its incorporation. Launched on 26th Jan 2014, 10Times.com is a global platform for event goers to discover events and connect with people participating in or visiting a trade show or conference. The company has been founded by Ashwani Gaur and Mayank Chaudhary. Team 10Times The Road to 10Times Before starting 10Times, Ashwani founded PlayCez: A location based event discovery platform, which raised a seed round from GSF and few other angel investors. He has also…
  • Tired of reading long gadget reviews? ‘Gadget Adda’ has a solution for you!

    Richa Maheshwari
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Passion for technology drew the two engineers, Apoorav Gilotra and Prateek Gambhir, to add something new to the gadget start-up space. Tired of reading inadequate and overtly lengthy reviews, the duo were adamant on utilising their skills and coming up with something unusual. Last year, they started their bootstrap venture, ‘GadgetAdda’, which is a tech centric-publication with a focus on delivering simplified and visual version of gadget information. “The thought was clear, we wanted to focus on gadgets and technology and it was to be a gadget’s hub – a place where those…
  • SocialCops, the social data aggregator raises funding from 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan and others

    Chandan Raj
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    SocialCops, a data and analytics startup, has secured a seed funding of USD 320K from 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan, Manoj Menon and others. It leverages the power of technology, mobile and social community to enable better decision making, backed by high quality data sourced from the grassroots. With the advent of Internet technology and the rise in usage of phones and smart devices, decision making has now become much easier. Google Maps can show you the shortest route between two points, or the quickest one considering traffic. But imagine if we bring in the social and safety aspect to it…
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  • FobeSoft – Restaurant Management Software

    StartUpLift
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    FobeSoft is restaurant management software with 30+ years of industry experience baked in. Target Audience: independent restaurant owners and managers Website URL: http://www.FobeSoft.com/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not…
  • Cigars City – The Best Prices on In-Stock Premium CIgars

    StartUpLift
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Cigars City features the best cigars available to today’s modern aficonado – Arturo Fuente, Macanudo, Gurkha, Acid and more! Target Audience: Men, 18-34 Website URL: http://www.CigarsCity.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home page – what is your initial impression of what you see? 2) Think of something you want to find on this website. Now try to find it. Did you find what you were looking for? Was anything confusing? 3) Are you encouraged to (create a new account, subscribe, sign up for a free trial, etc.)? Can you tell us why…
  • Trveler – Subscription Based Spontaneous Traveing

    StartUpLift
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Subscription service that provides users with 2 travel packages every week for 8 weeks. Trip options are once every three months. Target Audience: 18-35 active travelers with discretionary spending. College students and business professionals. Couples with no kids. Website URL: http://www.trveler.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written…
  • Dealhackr – Killer Android App for Salesforce.com

    StartUpLift
    22 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    Caller ID for Salesforce.com + Call Transcription Target Audience: sales professionals Website URL: http://dealhackr.co No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will therefore be rejected. 1) What do you think about…
  • Build and Share Charts Online

    StartUpLift
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    ChartBlocks is an online chart builder that lets you create and share charts in minutes. Target Audience: B2B communications, financial reporting, data vizualizers Website URL: http://app.chartblocks.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • National Survey of Small Businesses Gives Columbus A+ in Training & Networking Programs

    Susan Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A Thumbtack.com survey of over 12,000 small businesses across the country revealed that Columbus earns an “A+” when it comes to training and networking programs. “Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and Columbus is making big strides towards that goal,” says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of […]
  • Serif Creative Focused on Videos with Feeling

    Susan Post
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Serif Creative loves a story, and loves helping other businesses tell theirs. With a strong focus on videos that make you feel something, Doug Joseph started the creative agency in 2009. Serif is focused on being hands-on with their clients, keeping everything in-house. Their approach is garnering attention as the firm has won and been […]
  • At Work: The Perch Creates Shared Office Space in Short North

    Susan Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When Workshop Co. closed up shop on June 1 after four years in the Short North, a number of small businesses were potentially left scrambling for space. Instead, in a feat of necessity is the mother of invention, two Workshopers teamed up to open The Perch, a 2200 square-foot shared office space located at 17 […]
  • The Food Fort Powered by ECDI Prepares for its First Ever Food Truck Festival

    Kevin Brennan
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Saturday, August 9, The Food Fort, in partnership with premiere Columbus classic rock radio station QFM 96, will hold its first ever Food Truck Festival. The Food Fort, a cutting-edge, mobile food-based business incubator, is not your typical commissary. By providing their clients access to specialized training in legal, marketing and sales assistance, as […]
  • Roll Through Short North on the Pedal Wagon

    Susan Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short North-goers may have noticed another alternative form of transportation cruising High Street. The Pedal Wagon takes bar patrons on a two-hour hop to watering holes throughout the area. Co-Founder and Manager of day-to-day operations in Columbus Stuart Naeny describes the perfect reason to take the Pedal Wagon, “Really any excuse you can come up […]
 
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • 4 Beta Startups For SignUp

    VisionwizTeam
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    4 Beta Startups For SignUp 1. Sumday Sumday lets you save and invest by adding money to an account starting with as little as a dollar, without the hassles, high minimums or financial jargon you might find with other accounts of this kind. 2. Doctrly Doctrly is  a new startup that aims  to create  and manage your  customized Electronic Health Records. 3. Rapidmoon Rapidmoon is a new collaborative platform for prototyping and building visual front-ends with little or no hand-coding By using this platform,designers can produce html prototypes without any coding, developers will slash hours…
  • Why Personal Integrity Is Important For Entreprenurs

    Martin
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    As an entrepreneur, your personal integrity is critical for getting and keeping the support of investors and team members, and your company’s integrity is critical for getting and keeping customers and vendors. But in a practical sense, what does that really mean? Most definitions of integrity include something like “the quality of being honest and morally upright.” Yet, I’ve found through experience that both honesty and morality are relative terms, depending on the reference point of both the speaker and the receiver. In business, the only view that counts is that of the receiver.
  • How To Start A Company On A Shoestring Budget

    Martin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    It wasn’t so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free, or a few hundred dollars, with one of the many web building tools available, likeShopify or Weebly Store. A programmer can build a new smartphone app for a few thousand dollars. With the appearance of do-it-yourself services on the Internet, entrepreneur curriculums at every university, and a wealth of new books on the subject, the need for expensive consultants and business advisors has also…
  • How Small Business Should Survive & Prosper In Any Situations

    Martin
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Most small businesses are trying to forget the recent recession, and get back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone conversations, real product information spreads at astounding speeds. Entrepreneurs that are not listening, not engaging, and not changing will be left behind even in the best of times. Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. It is required today for new innovation strategies, analyzing markets for new opportunities, and organizational changes. Today’s…
  • DirectLocalFood Aims To Buy Local Food From Farmers

    VisionwizTeam
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Direct Local Food: Direct Local Food is an online wholesale marketplace that connects farmers with local wholesale buyers. The site facilitates easy, smooth, and direct transactions between local farmers and area buyers. How It Works: The Direct Local Food site enables buyers to search for farms in their area, learn more about offerings and growing methods, and designate “favorites” that meet their unique preferences for locally sourced food. Farmers deliver directly to stores and restaurants, on dates specified during the ordering process. Standing delivery dates vary from farm to farm…
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    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.
  • A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    “I don’t understand his world, but I do understand he’s part of mine.”The post A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Look Ahead for 2014

    Chris Reimer
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the social media trends we should be keeping an eye on during the coming year? I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with Angela Hutti to provide my social media look ahead for 2014. We discussed Google Plus, Snapchat and Twitter. The discussion on Twitter at the end had to be cut short [...]The post Social Media Look Ahead for 2014 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Year in Review – 2013

    Chris Reimer
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:13 am
    I recently joined Angela Hutti on Fox 2 TV to discuss 2013′s social media trends. Here’s what I saw when I reflected on the year. MORE: Mobile – More people are living their entire lives on their mobile devices. And they’re comfortable doing so. Ads – Facebook rolled out ads in your newsfeed, and Instagram [...]The post Social Media Year in Review – 2013 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    EpicLaunch

  • A Few Top Tips to Trigger Trade Show Triumph

    EpicLaunch
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Is your business currently on the hunt for a new avenue through which you can market your product or service to the masses? You will probably find that you are already well aquainted with the obvious methods through which this can be done; social media, advertising, and mailing lists are only a few of the ways in which this can be done. However, one marketing method you may not have given a go is taking your business to a trade show. Many of you will already have an idea of what a trade show is, but to refresh your memory and provide those of you who haven’t heard about them, here is a…
  • How SME’s Benefit from Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Owners of small and medium enterprises are often struggling to reduce expenses while boosting productivity. For some, this may seem like some sort of mission impossible, but in reality modern technology actually simplifies their mission, turning their desire to decrease costs into an achievable goal. Videoconferencing systems are the handy solutions that trigger considerable financial savings, favor a healthier management and lead to improved business relationships. These are only 3 benefits associated with smart and affordable video conferencing systems designed to address the stringent…
  • Leveraging Social Media to Sell Your Products

    EpicLaunch
    21 May 2014 | 12:31 am
    Social networking was once a simple way for you to connect with old friends, colleagues, distant relatives, etc. Utilized properly, a social networking site gives you the potential to connect with anyone from around the world. More and more businesses, both large and small, have realized just how powerful these networking tools are, and have started tapping into this market to promote their products and increase their online sales. In order to leverage social media as a way to sell more of your products, you can’t bombard consumers with hourly Twitter updates spouting lines about how great…
  • Collaboration in the Digital Age

    EpicLaunch
    8 May 2014 | 4:56 am
    Remember the days when group projects consisted of four or five people huddled over mountains of books, whispering in urgent tones to one another in the back corner of the library? Or afternoons spent organizing and fitting a meeting into everyone’s schedule in order to get the work done? In the business world today, any type of collaboration is almost always done digitally, according to the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to the help of videoconferencing and emails you can be literally anywhere in the world and still manage to get work done no matter what the weather, your social schedule…
  • Reputation is Everything: How To Research a Company Before You Do Business With Them

    EpicLaunch
    4 May 2014 | 12:09 am
    Your reputation as a company is everything. So it is with anyone you do business with. Any reputable company is concerned with it. Yet, at the same time, scam artists aren’t. Ideally, you would only do business with reputable companies, but figuring out is reputable and who isn’t isn’t always easy. Even when you find a legit company, that doesn’t mean that they will be competent. There are many companies out there that are just average. If you think about it, most companies are average. They have to be. That’s the meaning of “average.” It’s the…
 
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online

  • Should Blogging be Planned or, Spontaneous?

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    Okay!… it is almost a month that I wrote my last post. While the first 15 days I was away vacationing, the other 15 days went in the vacation hangover.. You read that right. Even vacations can give you a hangover. So here is how it works. Once you are back from a vacation where […] The post Should Blogging be Planned or, Spontaneous? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • Vendorlock Hosting and Autoresponder Review

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:29 pm
    One of the biggest problems in starting off with an internet marketing business is the initial investment involved in the business.. If you are wondering about the contradiction in this statement, then let me clarify it for you. It is true that internet marketing is a business where the primary investment is your time. At […] The post Vendorlock Hosting and Autoresponder Review appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • The WordPress Basics Course – How to Start a Blog With WordPress

    Dilip Kumar
    28 May 2014 | 5:13 pm
    If you are running an online site, it would most likely be on WordPress. I might not be wrong in saying that, Am I? Just to put some facts together - About 74.6 Million Sites run WordPress About 18.9% of all self-hosted websites run on WordPress WordPress is the most popular platform to run Business […] The post The WordPress Basics Course – How to Start a Blog With WordPress appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • How to Research Buyer Keywords the right way?

    Dilip Kumar
    22 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Keyword research is a painful exercise. While there are thousands of articles out there on keyword research and researching buyer keywords, people like you and me find it the easiest to skip. This is primarily because of the fact that, keyword research takes a lot of time and is very tedious. So the thought process […] The post How to Research Buyer Keywords the right way? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Review

    Dilip Kumar
    19 May 2014 | 5:22 pm
    If you are not aware of what managed wordpress hosting is all about, you might want to read the post that I wrote about managed wordpress hosting some time back. That post would have told you some of the aspects about a managed wordpress hosting. Now, what kind of hosting should you go with will […] The post GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Review appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

    Christine Mortensen
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video brings a lot of value to the marketing table for entrepreneurs. Here are the facts: Forrester Research’s Dr. James McQuivey says a one-minute video is equivalent to 1.8 million words. Online engagement measurement and usage site comScore says almost 50 percent of Internet users view at least one video online each month. Forbes says 75 percent of executives watch work-related videos each week. As you can see, incorporating video into your marketing strategy can potentially provide an enormous ROI. Avoid making a rookie mistake and seriously consider integrating videos into your…
  • How To Use Mobile Devices For Entrepreneurial Success

    Christine Mortensen
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Today’s entrepreneurs do business and manage their enterprises on the go while traveling, visiting customers and vendors, or poolside during time with the family. It’s no longer necessary to spend eight or 10 hours every weekday in an office behind a desk and in meetings.The flexibility and accessibility that smart phones, tablets, and apps provide are staples of the modern work world. Smart Phones are the New Business Steering Wheel Not too long ago, keeping in touch with subordinates, meeting with customers and vendors, and talking to the banker were all done from a central location –…
  • Are Copywriting and Design Mutually Exclusive Skills?

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    A young, talented copywriter we’ve worked with at Sprk’d recently found an amazing opportunity on the creative team at one of the most well-know hotel brands out there. Even though she’s focused on writing she’s also always had an interest in learning design. She asked me a question: As a designer, do you think the two skills [design and writing] are mutually exclusive? People have told me, “you’re either a writer or a designer”, but I’m interested in both. Here was my response and I am curious to hear how you would have answered: I do not…
  • How to Make Your Workday Healthier and More Productive

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Working hard or hardly working? Rapidly growing technological advances have not only raised the bar for all of us, but also made us more inactive. We are now expected to be multitasking throughout the workday, and most of our tasks don’t require us to get off our seat!  Here are a few tips to help make you feel healthier, more alert, and more productive during your workday: 1. Have a meeting? Why not take a walk? Break out of the meeting room, and have walking meetings instead! Not only will the change in surroundings inspire new ideas and creativity, but the physical activity will also…
  • Transform Email Into Powerful Online Sales Presentations

    Christine Mortensen
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    When email became readily available to the public in the early 1990’s it changed the way sales people interacted with clients, potential clients and possible leads. The door-to-door salesman quickly faded and instead a new world of opportunities surfaced. Since that time, nothing has shaken the business world to that next level as email did in the 90’s, until now… PointDrive, a Chicago based company, has established a solid foundation transforming emails into powerful online sales presentations.  Below are five reasons why I love PointDrive: 1. Technical Integrations PointDrive easily…
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    Start Up Donut blog feed

  • What’s the point of startup accelerators?

    guestblogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    It’s accelerator season again and applications are being accepted for mentoring from TechStars London, Oxygen Accelerator, Dotforge and more. Lots of entrepreneurs and investors see accelerators as a vital part of starting a tech company – but are they really for everybody and do you really need to attend one? What is an accelerator? Most UK startup accelerators work in the same way: they’re three-month programmes for your startup that feel a bit like going back to school. Simon Jenner, CEO of Oxygen Accelerator, the accelerator I attended, explains: “Launching a startup is hard work.
  • Why you sometimes have to reinvent yourself if your business is to stay alive

    robertcraven
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Three brief case studies. Three businesses that had to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’, or go bust! Knowing what to do is not the same as taking the necessary action. To turn around their fortunes, three separate magazine publishers became obsessed with the triad of strategy, marketing and teams. All the publishers had made their money from subscriptions and sales revenues. Both of these revenue streams fell by about 70% in 2009. The entire landscape of their very different markets and industries had changed. The solution was to reinvent the businesses. One used its incredible database to…
  • 10 tips to help entrepreneurs implement effectively

    guestblogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    Ideas mean nothing unless you make them real. Real entrepreneurial ideas get turned into products and services and are sold to customers to make a difference. Yet, entrepreneurs are often not implementers, nor project managers. They’re often distracted by the next idea, development or new opportunity. Here are my 10 tips for entrepreneurs on how to become a better implementer… 1 Clarity on where you’re going Firstly, have clear goals. If you can’t tell everyone what you are doing, quickly and with passion, why would they care about it? If the picture you paint is of a future that…
  • How to avoid being overcharged for office space

    guestblogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    Operators and landlords will do their utmost to ensure they get the best possible deal from the start of a contract term. When you rent a traditional office space you’ll often be bound to an agreement for around three - five years. Therefore, if you sign up for services and facilities on a whim, it could affect your business for a very long time. If you’re currently on the hunt for suitable premises or if you’re about to sign a contract, you could save some money by following these simple steps. Find businesses that are subletting It may seem unethical to benefit from someone else’s…
  • Creating your small business online

    guestblogger
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    There are many options for small businesses when setting up online. You need to work out exactly what you want from your web presence. Will it be generating sales or selling products or will it be a point of reference for customers? Knowing what you want out of being online will help you narrow down the many choices you can take. If you are creating a website to be your online store you could consider getting a web design company to build you an ecommerce website. However, this is the most expensive route and options such as www.shopify.com and www.etsy.com offer a much cheaper online option.
 
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    SKMurphy, Inc.

  • Matt Wensing On Making the Transition to Growth

    Sean Murphy
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Stormpulse has gone from an idea bootstrapped on founder savings and credit cards, to a project funded by friends and family rounds, to a small business strengthened by angel money, to a company that’s raised “meaningful” capital (our last round was just over $2 million). Here’s what I’ve learned since I’ve been able to leave the ‘drowning and can’t work on the important things’ mode. Matt Wensing in “What I’ve Learned Since Raising Capital“ Matt Wensing has been bootstrapping Stormpulse since Sept-2004 (“What Have I Been Doing?!“) He offers…
  • Brad Pierce: Preserve Context in Writing to Manage Interruptions

    Sean Murphy
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    On longer time scales, when you must drop something for a while, it’s important, before doing so, to leave behind enough context for yourself to swap it back in. Write down some organized notes about where you were, what still needed to be done, etc. Keeping a log can be a big help, too, but it’s not a substitute for a high-level summary before suspending the task. A good mental model for suspending a task is to leave behind the sort of information that you would need to hand it off to another person to finish. Pretend that you are handing off the task to another person and you will be…
  • Tools for Buzzword Compliant Business Models

    Sean Murphy
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    First there was Dack Ragus‘ (@dack) “Web Economy Bullshit Generator.” He started with sketches (“Kinda like Da Vinci’s sketchbook, except for bullshit”): “I made this massive list of potential bullshit terms while sitting on Miami Beach in January, 2000. Add a little JavaScript and it turned into the Bullshit Generator.” The archives of dack.com are also worth a peek. At about the same time 37Signals launched with a manifesto and the e-NORMICOM parody site of the dotcom branding process for naming, logos, and taglines. Then Stavros the…
  • We Help Teams of Experts Find Leads and Close Deals

    Sean Murphy
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    To get acquainted join us at a Bootstrappers Breakfast in Silicon Valley or sign up for Office Hours. We offer public and private workshops and Mastermind groups in addition to consulting support.  If they can identify a budget we can find a way to work with them. The model we follow is here our “Startup Stages“  which spans from the pre-incorporation idea stage to scaling. We have helped  a number of teams come together and assisted them from idea stage to open for business stage to finding and focusing on a niche. We are very comfortable helping teams refine their…
  • Tristan Kromer: You Can Tell a Good Advisor by Their Questions

    Sean Murphy
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Three interesting answers from Tristan Kromer’s interview with the folks at Startup Commons Startup Commons: What’s the best way to get started? Tristan Kromer:  Find someone you really want to help. Someone in pain. That’s your vision. Helping someone and solving a real problem. Find team members with complementary skill sets who are able to challenge your perspective and add their own. Go talk to customers. I think this is the best anchor for starting a new firm: focus on a need or  a pain experienced by a particular  customer. Pick a problem you are willing to work…
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    EpicLaunch

  • A Few Top Tips to Trigger Trade Show Triumph

    EpicLaunch
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Is your business currently on the hunt for a new avenue through which you can market your product or service to the masses? You will probably find that you are already well aquainted with the obvious methods through which this can be done; social media, advertising, and mailing lists are only a few of the ways in which this can be done. However, one marketing method you may not have given a go is taking your business to a trade show. Many of you will already have an idea of what a trade show is, but to refresh your memory and provide those of you who haven’t heard about them, here is a…
  • How SME’s Benefit from Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Owners of small and medium enterprises are often struggling to reduce expenses while boosting productivity. For some, this may seem like some sort of mission impossible, but in reality modern technology actually simplifies their mission, turning their desire to decrease costs into an achievable goal. Videoconferencing systems are the handy solutions that trigger considerable financial savings, favor a healthier management and lead to improved business relationships. These are only 3 benefits associated with smart and affordable video conferencing systems designed to address the stringent…
  • Leveraging Social Media to Sell Your Products

    EpicLaunch
    21 May 2014 | 12:31 am
    Social networking was once a simple way for you to connect with old friends, colleagues, distant relatives, etc. Utilized properly, a social networking site gives you the potential to connect with anyone from around the world. More and more businesses, both large and small, have realized just how powerful these networking tools are, and have started tapping into this market to promote their products and increase their online sales. In order to leverage social media as a way to sell more of your products, you can’t bombard consumers with hourly Twitter updates spouting lines about how great…
  • Collaboration in the Digital Age

    EpicLaunch
    8 May 2014 | 4:56 am
    Remember the days when group projects consisted of four or five people huddled over mountains of books, whispering in urgent tones to one another in the back corner of the library? Or afternoons spent organizing and fitting a meeting into everyone’s schedule in order to get the work done? In the business world today, any type of collaboration is almost always done digitally, according to the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to the help of videoconferencing and emails you can be literally anywhere in the world and still manage to get work done no matter what the weather, your social schedule…
  • Reputation is Everything: How To Research a Company Before You Do Business With Them

    EpicLaunch
    4 May 2014 | 12:09 am
    Your reputation as a company is everything. So it is with anyone you do business with. Any reputable company is concerned with it. Yet, at the same time, scam artists aren’t. Ideally, you would only do business with reputable companies, but figuring out is reputable and who isn’t isn’t always easy. Even when you find a legit company, that doesn’t mean that they will be competent. There are many companies out there that are just average. If you think about it, most companies are average. They have to be. That’s the meaning of “average.” It’s the…
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    Technical.ly Baltimore

  • The developer ‘mindset,’ explained in one wacky acronym

    Keisha Reed
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    In order to become a professional programmer, you only need D.U.C.C.H.T. At this month’s Refresh Baltimore, developer advocate Cal Evans spoke about making people’s lives better by evolving the developer role. Evans broke down his thoughts on becoming a professional programmer, including a method he called “D.U.C.C.H.T.” — pronounced, quipped Evans, in the Klingon dialect for professional programmers. The acronym guided his talk: D – Duct tape master: Knowing how to best handle a situation. U – Understanding: Understanding how to find the answers…
  • CyberMaryland adds two speakers [Cybersecurity Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    State officials announced two more keynote speakers for CyberMaryland. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., is an advocate for STEM education. Author Daniel Obodovski co-wrote “The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things.” The conference will be held Oct. 29 and 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual conference is sponsored by the state Department of Business and Economic Development. Rising University of Maryland, Baltimore County senior Victoria Lentz was named one of 11 recipients earlier this month of a scholarship aimed at women…
  • Crowdfunding campaign for Clipper City Market surges past $12K goal

    Tyler Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Four Baltimore Venture for America fellows are bringing a new market concept to town. A monthlong crowdfunding campaign for Clipper City Market surpassed its $12,000 initial goal over the weekend. One-part farmers market, one-part demonstration venue, Clipper City will bring in chefs from the Baltimore area and beyond to show off dishes from local restaurants and vendors, said VfA fellow Clara Gustafson. “People can learn about cooking and sustainable models for small business,” Gustafson said. Gustafson says the four fellows — who also include Adam Rhoades-Brown, Moss Amer…
  • Hear from startups in Baltimore, Annapolis [Events Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    This week, check out new startups at the Baltimore TechBreakfast and the Annapolis TechBreakfast. Also, talk shop at the Geek Happy Hour in Timonium. Baltimore TechBreakfast Startups Activity Rocket, Pixilated Photo Booth, TribeSay, EchoSure and Visme present at this month’s Baltimore event. Wednesday, July 30 8 a.m. DLA Piper 6225 Smith Ave., Mt. Washington, Baltimore city RSVP. FREE.   Geek Happy Hour Network with members of the Geek Brain Dump meetup group. Wednesday, July 30 6-9 p.m. An Poitin Stil 2323 York Rd., Timonium RSVP. FREE.   Annapolis TechBreakfast Startups…
  • UMBC student wins cybersecurity scholarship

    Tyler Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Victoria Lentz sometimes looks around her classes to find she’s the only woman around. “I’ve had several classes where I’m actually the only girl in the class out of 30 or 40 students,” she said. Lentz is a cybersecurity student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, entering a field that’s 90 percent male, according to statistics published by the American Society for Engineering Education. Earlier this month, Lentz became an even rarer breed, winning one of 11 scholarships from Hewlett-Packard and the Scholarship for Women Studying Information…
 
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  • Video: How GoodData Brings Insight to Big Data

    Rich
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    In this video, Robert Scoble interviews Roman Stanek, founder and CEO of GoodData, a business intelligence company. Companies are spending billions on BI, but aren’t getting the insight they need into their data. BizData Monetization is a new strategy used to generate business value from data. GoodData Bashes provide real-time, actionable insight to help monetize BizData.
  • Manifest Insights: Dashboards for your Data

    Rich
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Manifest Insights is new Startup from Portland that develops powerful dashboards that visualize today’s on-premise and off-premise data in a flash. In this video, we catch up with CEO Dan Blaisdell to learn more.
  • Video: Coolest Startups in the Arctic15

    Rich
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    In this video, The Kick Network heads to Arctic15, an annual conference for Startups in Nordic and Baltic countries. Along the way, they capture three quick demos from Ovelin, Cabforce and Good vs. Bad.
  • Interview: Grant Cardone on the 10x Rule of Success

    Rich
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:18 am
    In this video, Grant Cardone discusses the principles of Sales Success in his book entitled: The 10x Rule. The 10X Rule unveils the principle of “Massive Action,” allowing you to blast through business cliches and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams. It also demonstrates why people get stuck in the first three actions and how to move into making the 10X Rule a discipline. Find out exactly where to start, what to do, and how to follow up each action you take with more action to achieve 10x the money, 10x your goals, 10x the happiness, and 10x your…
  • Litan: American Entrepreneurship in Decline

    Rich
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    In this video, Robert Litan, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution describes why U.S. entrepreneurship needs a boost. New Startups have declined from an average of 600,000 per year to less than 400,000 and five year survival rates are down as well.
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    Startup Law Blog

  • The Ins and Outs of Crowdfunding Your Startup

    Joe Wallin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    A new state law signed earlier this year opens crowdfunding to ordinary investors, making it easier for startups to sell shares to raise money. Now you have the opportunity to get the latest updates from the state legislator, regulators, and crowdfunding experts who wrote, passed, and are implementing this law.Gregory Paley–entrepreneurial mentor and advisor who teaches crowdfunding for SeattleSCORE–will open with an overview of the crowdfunding landscape for those unfamiliar. Next, representative Cyrus Habib and Joe Wallin will talk about the new law and its implications for…
  • Is Title III Equity Crowdfunding Going to Work?

    Joe Wallin
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    I was invited to appear on HuffPost TV the other day, to talk about crowdfunding.The conversation quickly turned into a discussion of the potential negatives of crowdfunding, and the risks.Then there was this article in Salon, with the subtitle: “Equity crowdfunding was supposed to be an economic boon. Instead it’s a disaster waiting to happen.”I actually agree with the article of the Salon piece, at least in part. Because of the way Congress wrote the equity crowdfunding rules, Title III equity crowdfunding is going to be very expensive. This is going to reduce its…
  • How to Design for Humans

    Joe Wallin
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:25 pm
    by Bryce Merrill, SVP Fast Pitch Marketing TeamThe first SVP Fast Pitch Jumpstart Workshop, “How to Design for Humans” took place at Impact Hub Seattle on Wednesday, June 11.The Jumpstart Workshop series is designed to help social innovators refine their business plans and practices. This guides them toward determining if they should apply to Fast Pitch and further prepare for the upcoming competition.Photography by Bryce MerrillUniversity of Washington Professor Beth Kolkos and Shift Labs, a healthcare technology start-up, taught thirty-one attendees how to design products…
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • How to find the right investors for your startup

    Anthill Magazine
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the early days of starting up a business, it’s common for entrepreneurs to accept any money that comes their way. Yet, this can backfire if you end up working with investors who have a different agenda than you do. An investor-entrepreneur relationship is ideally a long-term one; so it’s important to craft a pitch [...] The post How to find the right investors for your startup appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Australia’s first dedicated Bitcoin fund has $30 million to invest in businesses that deal with Bitcoin

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    25 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The Future Capital Bitcoin Fund (FCBF), an Australian-based investment firm, has launched a $USD30 million global investment fund investing in companies that are leveraging services based on Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. Keep in mind that the rise in popularity of Bitcoin over the past few years is due, in large part, to the growing ecosystem [...] The post Australia’s first dedicated Bitcoin fund has $30 million to invest in businesses that deal with Bitcoin appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Larry Kestelman’s Oxygen Ventures is looking for a start-up to breathe $5 million into with The Big Pitch

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    14 May 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Oxygen Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by successful serial entrepreneur Larry Kestelman, is putting up $5 million for The Big Pitch, a start-up pitching competition. You may remember Kestelman from such companies as the internet service provider Dodo, where he was the founder, and Eftel. Last year, he sold Dodo, Eftel to M2 Telecommunications. [...] The post Larry Kestelman’s Oxygen Ventures is looking for a start-up to breathe $5 million into with The Big Pitch appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • OneVentures launches its second fund to tap into Australian investors’ growing appetite for venture capital

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Australian venture capital firm, OneVentures, recently officially launched its new OneVentures Innovation and Growth Fund II. This new fund aims to raise a total of $100 million from institutional investors and high net worth individuals over the next 12 months. The fund will invest in a portfolio of emerging Australian companies with ambitions of going [...] The post OneVentures launches its second fund to tap into Australian investors’ growing appetite for venture capital appeared first on Anthill Online.
 
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  • UPDATED: Jobs in Our Startup Community!

    Peter Cauton
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    People! Lots of openings in our growing group! Check out this updated list for more information! Tired of the corporate life? Eager to contribute to a startup? Want to have some fun building stuff with great people? Do check us out!  Filed under: ANNOUNCEMENTS, TAKE THAT LEAP! Tagged: job openings, philippine startups, STORM Rewards, Strata
  • JGL Thursdays Unplugged v1 – So What Happened?

    Peter Cauton
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Last week, we held our very first Thursdays Unplugged in the STORM office in Ortigas. I was with John, Gelo, and Ethel. We were supposed to be 5 people but the last participant couldn’t make it at the last minute. In retrospect, it was better suited for 4 people – more on this later. So what happened?  I had no idea what was going to happen, so it was a bit awkward to start – it seemed too intimate at first. Then I laid the rules – 15 minutes per person, with an ideal 5-minute pitch, and then everyone can supply ideas and advice. And just like that, we started. It was…
  • Is Your Price FRAMED Right?

    Peter Cauton
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
      Before we did a change in business model, our prices in STORM for flexible benefits looked something like this: 0-500 Employees:                   P75,000/month 500-750 Employees:               P120,000/month 750-1000 Employees:             P150,000/month Then we changed business models in 2013. We started making revenue from our vendors instead. We became an online shop for benefits. Since we did this, we reduced our reliance on the monthly retainer fee. We became a volume-driven company. More employees, more people buying benefits our store – more revenue.
  • Listening Is The New Reading

    Peter Cauton
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    I rarely have time to read books anymore. I used to accumulate sizeable bills on my Kindle doing a book a week, now I don’t even remember the last book I read in print form. My babies, both actual and startup, have been occupying a whole lot of my time. I’ve also re-committed to writing on a particular blog. My weekends I’ve mostly closed off to family. I do have a LOT of wasted time in traffic. Living in Antipolo, sometimes I spend a good 2-3 hours a day in the car. 4 on bad days. (Waze sometimes I feel guides me INTO traffic) It didn’t take me long to put two and…
  • Soft vs. Hard Entrepreneurship and What to Prioritize

    Peter Cauton
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    You can divide all the elements of entrepreneurship into two distinct categories: hard and soft. Here’s what the HARD column can be populated with: Valuation Product-market fit Lean Startup Methodology A-B Testing Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C…. Pivot Runway Dilution MVP Growth Hacking Strategies Here’s what the SOFT column can be populated with: Passion Founder Dynamics Culture Maturity The entrepreneurial spirit Mentors Perseverance Following the heart Following the dream Motivation Taking a leap of faith Now, ask ANY successful entrepreneur what the reasons are for…
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    Blog

  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

    joshboyle
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Release Date:  Tue, 07/29/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Rishi Dean - VP of Product, Sittercity Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  While I’ve previously posted about the requisite “soft-skills” of great Product Managers, in this Part of the series, we’ll explore the functional skill-set required on any given day. While I’ve previously posted about the requisite “soft-skills” of great Product Managers, in this Part of the series, we’ll explore the functional skill-set required on any given day. These competencies fall into three major…
  • Yikes! VentureFizz is 5 Years Old! A Look Back...

    Keith Cline
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 07/28/2014 - 22:15 Author:  Keith Cline - Founder, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Ok - this is crazy!  VentureFizz is 5 years old!  Yup - we launched the site in July of 2009 and what a wild ride it has been!  We are incredibly grateful for all of you out there who read... Ok - this is crazy!  VentureFizz is 5 years old!  Yup - we launched the site in July of 2009 and what a wild ride it has been!  First off... thanks to all of our readers, we are truly blessed with all of your…
  • And They Said It Couldn’t Get Any Better…

    joshboyle
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 07/29/2014 - 07:15 Author:  Michael Greeley - General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  The 2Q14 VC investment data just released in the MoneyTree Report prepared by the National Venture Capital Association with an assist from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson Reuters details the $13.0 billion invested in 1,114 companies over the last three months. And for that reason I am growing more concerned. The 2Q14 VC investment data just released in the MoneyTree Report prepared by the National…
  • 22 Ways To Make Email Not Suck

    joshboyle
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Release Date:  Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Desmond Pieri - COO, Bridj Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  If what Alexander Graham Bell invented in 1876 was email – and if the technology invented 95 years later was the telephone – the immediacy of a telephone call would have been seen as an improvement over the delayed back-and-forth communication of email. If what Alexander Graham Bell invented in 1876 was email – and if the technology invented 95 years later was the telephone – the immediacy of a telephone call would have been seen as an improvement…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: July 28 – August 1

    joshboyle
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Premium Company:  Localytics Release Date:  Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:30 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 lined up for next week... VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston…
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    Verge

  • Can Indiana’s New Crowdfunding Law Help Your Business?

    Chuck Switzer
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: LendingMemo.com As of July 1, Hoosier entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital (join the club, right) now have a new tool: crowdfunding.  Indiana’s new crowdfunding law sailed quickly and almost unopposed through the General Assembly—140 yeas to 1 nay.  Despite any instinctual suspicion some may have of a law that both parties agree on, this legislation may actually be useful to you.  Here are six questions to consider in deciding whether to Hoosier crowdfund: Can I raise capital from out-of-state investors? No.  For the time being, federal law still prohibits you from…
  • WATCH: Verge Organizer Jordan Updike Discusses Indiana’s Growth on IIB

    Tim Hickle
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, Verge organizer and all around stud Jordan Updike made a visit to Inside Indiana Business to chat with Gerry Dick and Ike Willett about the growth of Indiana’s tech sector and the new capital the Circle City is seeing because of it. “The beautiful thing is we’re starting to get a reputation as an area that’s putting out quality companies and quality work.” - Jordan Updike Perhaps the greatest evidence of this comes from the Innovation Showcase. In the past six years, this event has grown from a small, niche event to a startup spectacle that attracts…
  • How to Tell When Your Lead is Just Not that Into You

    Tim Flint
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    “So one trigger to understand is this person worth my time? Are they sharing information or am I giving it all?” –Aaron Prickel, Vice-president/Owner at Lushin It’s happened to all of us. You pitched a deal to a prospective customer and they seemed so excited about the project. “Yes, Mr. Jones. I just need to run this project by my boss, and then we’re good to go.” Before you know it, three weeks have passed and not only have they not gotten permission, but they are avoiding your phone calls. Chasing after customers who won’t commit is not only demoralizing, but it can…
  • What’s the Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching for Seed Funding?

    Matt Hunckler
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Seed funding isn’t easy to come by, especially when most founders handicap themselves from the get-go. Despite the wealth of knowledge online and platforms like Angel List and Gust, I hear that founders still make the same mistakes over and over. So, I asked several experienced investors from around the United States: What are the biggest mistakes founders make when pitching for seed funding? And here’s what I heard from these seed investors: most entrepreneurs make similar mistakes (and all can be avoided). Read the expert-investor responses below, and follow these 3…
  • When to Raise Seed Capital (and how to spend it)

    Matt Hunckler
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Angel has been a member of the Verge community since I can remember. When he first pitched at Verge back in 2010 with his original idea for Smarter Remarketer, he was ready to raise seed capital.  Since then, Angel Morales has grown Smarter Remarketer beyond  his original prototype and grand ambitions. They’ve grown a huge team of talented technologists, marketers, and operators. They’ve landed huge clients like SkyMall, Wet Seal, and Finish Line.  Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that they just closed a $7 million dollar investment round led by Battery Ventures. I recently…
 
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    Planio Blog

  • Agile Project management with Planio

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

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

    janschulzhofen
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Starting today, Planio is available on StartHQ and fully integrates with its awesome new Search feature! We’re great fans of StartHQ here at Planio. It makes work with all the different tools we use so much easier. Once signed up, you can add all your favorite services and access them with just a single click. After adding Planio, you’ll immediately get access to your Projects, Issues, Activity, My Page and Spent time reports. Pure awesomeness ensues after installing the StartHQ plugin for your browser: With StartHQ installed, you can search content across all your web apps using…
  • Closing the email encryption loophole (with OpenPGP!)

    janschulzhofen
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    It is 2014. We’ve all been using SSL for a long time now in order to access our favourite cloud services. Of course, Planio uses SSL by default and for everything. In fact, we also provide HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) for browsers that support it, so you cannot even attempt an unencrypted connection to your Planio account. However, there’s one giant loophole in most web services that we use everyday, and that is email. In fact, most cloud services will require SSL and ask you to create a secure password. But they will still send you updates including sensitive…
  • Learn Version Control with Git ( + Giveaway)

    janschulzhofen
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:01 am
    Did you know that you can host unlimited private Git repositories on Planio? The hosting is included in all our plans, even the free-for-life Bronze plan! Now there is no more excuse to start learning Git! To make it even easier for you, our friends from Tower launched a new learning platform: Learning Version Control with Git. This beginner-friendly step-by-step course does not require a deep technical background. It aims at beginners of programming, web designers and project managers. Basic topics – from installing Git to a “Command Line 101″ – are covered, not expected. The…
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    Startup Champ

  • Essential Technology for Start-Ups

    Gus
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    No matter what kind of business you plan to set up or what type of product you intend to sell, technology is bound to play a role. The vitality of today’s business world is only possible because of the technology that is available to us. Making sure you have the right elements in place from the beginning is essential to future success. These are just some of the fundamental technologies you will need to have in place for your start-up to succeed. Hardware to Make Your Start-up Flexible From the Beginning Once upon a time, all businesses filled their offices with homogeneous desktop…
  • 4 Business Loan Alternatives for Your Company

    Artsyani
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Business loans are typical solutions to different problems. A business line of credit can be used to expand production, meet payroll or gain discounts for bulk purchases. Term loans allow you to buy equipment, company vehicles or refinance existing debt. However, many entrepreneurs do not qualify for financing. There are several reasons for this, which include: l  Industry (Bars, Restaurants, Contractors) l  Lack of  Income l  # of Years in Business l  Poor Credit l  Lack of Quality Collateral Have you been turned down for a business loan? It is important to understand why your…
  • Need Startup Capital? Try the Syndicate!

    Artsyani
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Capital is crucial to the success of any business. In many instances, capital is the first tangible roadblock the would-be entrepreneur must overcome. Some choose bootstrapping; others borrow on their credit cards, and an intrepid few seek out angel investors and vulture (I mean venture) capitalists. Fewer still, are sought out by VC’s and angel investors. Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to seek external funding because accepting outside money always means that something is surrendered. It may be a slice of ownership interest, an altered trajectory of one’s vision for the company or…
  • How to Stay Productive when Travelling for Business

    Artsyani
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you are in a job that requires a lot of travel then there’s often the temptation to treat that travel time as downtime. However, even when you’re away from the office or on some kind of transport, it’s possible to stay productive. The right tools If you arm yourself with the right tools then it’s going to be much easier to get on with work while you’re flying or travelling by train. A tablet or small laptop will enable you to complete reports, write articles and respond to emails. It’s also useful to have a smartphone that you can set up as a wireless…
  • Customer Service Tips for new Businesses

    Artsyani
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Starting a new business can be daunting enough without having to worry about whether or not your customer service is up to scratch. It’s important that you have a customer service plan in place before you customers even need your support. This means that when the first issue arises, you’re able to deal with it swiftly and efficiently. Schedule time for customer service duties It might seem like you’ve got 1001 things to do when you start a business but that doesn’t mean you should push customer services to the bottom of the to-do list. Schedule 10 minutes every…
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • 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…
  • How Startup Valuation Works – Measuring a Company’s Potential

    Anna Vital
    1 Jul 2013 | 11:20 am
    How would you measure the value of a company? Especially, a company that you started a month ago – how do you determine startup valuation? That is the question you will be asking yourself when you look for money for your company. Let’s lay down the basics. Valuation is simply the value of a company. There are folks who make a career out of projecting valuations. Since most of the time you are valuing something that may or may not happen in the future, there is a lot of room for assumptions and educated guesses. Why does startup valuation matter? Valuation matters to entrepreneurs…
  • How Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors

    Anna Vital
    9 May 2013 | 11:30 am
    A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million from a VC another six months later. If all goes well. See how funding works in this infographic: First, let’s figure out why we are talking about funding as something you need to do. This is not a given. The opposite of funding is “bootstrapping,” the process of funding a startup through your own savings. There are a few companies that bootstrapped for a while until taking investment, like MailChimp and AirBnB. If you know the…
  • Getting On The Right Line Of Thinking – Think Like an Entrepreneur

    Anna Vital
    1 May 2013 | 8:13 am
    How does one learn to think? If you get lost, here is a line of thinking map. “Forget everything you learned,” they told me on the first day of law school. Three years and $150,000 later they erased from my mind all the half-truths I learned from school and my family. They were not teaching law, they acknowledged, they were teaching thinking. As an entrepreneur, you, too, have to relearn everything from scratch. By yourself. As much as it seemed like a ripoff back in law school, I later realized knowing how to think is the most valuable thing. Period. You can do it yourself, for…
 
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    Life-Long Learner

  • The Recipe for Explosive Growth Behind Onnit Labs with Aubrey Marcus – TCE 032

    Scott
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Onnit Labs definitely is a company I have a huge man crush and today we bring on the Founder Aubrey Marcus to talk about how he’s been able to make it one of the fastest growing companies in the human optimization market. You’ll learn the clever marketing strategy that catapulted Onnit sales out of the gates and how you can apply this to launching new products. We’ll also discuss some other marketing tactics and must know information for everyone creating physical products. This is a goodie. Enjoy : ) What…
  • Behind The Scenes Of My First Tony Robbins Event, Unleash The Power Within – TCE 031

    Scott
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes I recently attended my first Tony Robbins event and wanted to share what it was actually like as well as the big takeaways for me. Tony has had a profound effect on the way I think about the world especially when it comes to self-development. This event was called Unleash The Power Within and was a 4-day seminar in San Jose. I went with 6 friends and had an absolute blast…if you couldn’t tell from the picture above of me about to throw a chair post incantation. I think there is some real gems in this episode like…
  • 8 Unique Marketing Strategies To Grow A Podcast To the Top of iTunes

    Scott
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Holy Snikey it’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post. The primary reason for my hiatus is I’ve been focusing on creating content for my podcast The Competitive Edge as well as exploring new opportunities since moving back on American Soil a few weeks ago. I plan on writing a series of posts about some ideas and strategies for people who want to start and grow a podcast. This one is going to be about what seems to be the juiciest topic amongst current and future podcasters… How do I market and grow my podcast? I’ve tried a boatload of marketing tactics to grow my…
  • How to Attract World Class People and Mentors Into Your Life with Trevor Owens – TCE 030

    Scott
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes How does someone attract world class mentors, investors, and peers into his life without a ton of connections? Today’s guest Trevor Owens, CEO of Javelin.com, is going to teach us how he did it using cold emails. Trevor is a HUSTLER with a capital H and incredibly thoughtful when it comes to building relationships. In this conversation, you’ll get to go inside his head as we look at real example emails he sent to some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors in the world that eventually catalyzed fruitful…
  • Upgrading Your Operating System with Sebastian Marshall – TCE 029

    Scott
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today you are in for an absolute treat… We’re incredibly fortunate to have Sebastian Marshall on the show from GiveGetWin and SebastianMarshall.com. You ever encounter someone on the internet and just wonder who the heck is this dude? Sebastian has been one of these intriguing characters for me. Mainly because he has a brilliant mind, is constantly creating cool things, and seems to always be in a different part of the world. In this conversation we get to spend some time in Sebastian’s mind and talk about a few…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Jennifer Aubin – President and Co-Founder of OrganizeYourPeople

    Mario Schulzke
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    I am not sure it’s a habit, but as an entrepreneur you need to be driven to do something different, whether it’s thinking differently, trying different things or coming up with different ideas. Jennifer Aubin is the President and Co-Founder of OrganizeYourPeople, the cloud-hosted SaaS tool designed for the HR needs of SMBs. Jennifer and her partners created OrganizeYourPeople when they noticed a need for simple tools in the HR industry. A cost effective and easy to use online HR system for small to medium size businesses, OrganizeYourPeople is an ideal HR tool and the perfect HR solution…
  • Kevin Shaw – Founder and CEO of Zagga Entertainment

    Mario Schulzke
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Compliment your team members often and at random. You’d be surprised how many times an encouraging word, text, email, phone call or tweet will get your team member to do their best work. I make it a habit to shoot a quick email to people telling them how much I appreciate their effort or to complement them on a job well done. Kevin Shaw founded Zagga Entertainment after being frustrated with navigating silent DVD menus and finding no described video on any popular VOD service. Despite losing his vision at 19, Mr. Shaw has forged a successful career in radio advertising and broadcast…
  • Tianxiang Zhuo – Managing Partner at Karlin Ventures

    Mario Schulzke
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Be nice to people. You’ll be surprised how often entrepreneurs pick investors or investors pick other co-investors based on how much they like working with them. This simple strategy alone has done wonders for our deal flow over the past two years. Tianxiang (TX) Zhuo was born into a family of entrepreneurs in Singapore and moved to the U.S. to attend college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. When TX first stepped into the Wesleyan bookstore, he was astonished by how expensive textbooks were and decided to set up a service to help students gain access to affordable books.
  • Free Webinar – 14 Ways to Thrive in a Day

    Mario Schulzke
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    One of the things I hear over and over from our community is that you’d like to see some more instructional content in addition to our daily interviews. That got me thinking. At first it seemed like a good idea for me to write more ongoing original content. However, IdeaMensch is a night and weekend project (which I love) so it would have taken a herculean effort on my part to make that happen. Also, there are people far far smarter and more qualified than I when it comes to creating amazing content for entrepreneurs. I don’t teach but just facilitate. So, I reached out to some…
  • Clay Bethune – Co-founder of 9thandElm

    Mario Schulzke
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Most ideas sound good in theory — until you mention them to others. So I like to bring my team together a couple of times each week to throw out new ideas. Almost instantly, you know if you have a winner or a loser. Clay Bethune is a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of 9th & Elm. Clay has been an entrepreneur for more than 15 years and has started and sold many businesses in various industries. His passion is taking an idea from a simple concept and turning it into a profitable endeavor. He’s constantly working on perfecting efficient processes and loves problem solving, all…
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    jrodthoughts

  • 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…
  • Microsoft and Amazon Earning Reports: Two Perspectives of the Cloud

    jesusmrv
    25 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Yesterday, both Amazon and Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations during their quarterly earnings reports. While reading many of the analysts’ reports during the evening, I couldn’t avoid noticing some key differences in the way their cloud services businesses is evolving. If is true that both companies reported very strong numbers in their cloud services business, it’s pretty clear that their current challenges and go to market strategies are quite different. AWS: It’s Growing but not as Fast as It Was As expected, Amazon’s AWS business continues to grow strong. For the fourth…
 
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    swombat.com

  • How to ask for introductions

    Daniel Tenner
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Elad Gil on how to ask for intros: One of the key things you learn when building a consumer product is to make things as easy, streamlined, and friction free as possible for your users. When asking an angel, advisor, or other person to make an introduction for you, the same rule applies. The structure below saves a lot of pain & back and forth for you, as well as for the person being asked to make an introduction on your behalf. By spending a little bit of time up front you can make life dramatically easier for the person doing you a favor / offering an introduction. It also increases the…
  • Where does the customer's story actually begin?

    Salim Virani
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Des Traynor at Intercom, wrote a great guide about how to onboard users with stories and addresses a common problem in customer interviews, misunderstanding the customer's true motivation. When conducting your interviews, try to keep the participants focused on their actual actions and feelings when making the switch [into an active user of your product]. People are notoriously unreliable at predicting their future behavior and attitudes, so framing everything around what really happened (not what usually happens, or could have happened) during their onboarding experience keeps your emerging…
  • The choices we make when we build startups

    Salim Virani
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Joel from Buffer on the impact of his strategic choices to the success of his company: They have absolutely shaped what Buffer is today. However, if you were to try and attribute these choices purely to success (maybe take revenue as the metric), then I think we could probably be just as successful with different choices: being a distributed team not raising a Series A doing retreats 3 times a year choosing to not have a sales team and instead focus on self-serve serving small businesses rather than large enterprise customers establishing cultural values early and being disciplined about…
  • Take responsibility for your company’s actions

    Salim Virani
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    Brad Feld writes about the responsibility of running companies: I started noticing that many of the strong CEOs I work with owned whatever was going on at their company. There was simplicity in this - no blame, no excuses, no justification. They just took ownership. He was clear minded. He knew what was working, what wasn't working, and what he needed to change. And he took responsibility for it. There's a growing culture of founders to abdicate their decision-making, especially among first-timers. They either abdicate to processes and methodologies, or to advisors and investors. Since they…
  • Lumosity spiked active users through complexity, not simplicity

    Devin Hunt
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:15 am
    Sushmita Subramanian - director of product design at Luminosty - finally has some data which support a novel UX pattern: When Lumosity launched in 2007 to help people strengthen their brains with mental games, it exercised a common theory: The easier your sign-up process, the more users you’ll bring in, the faster you’ll grow. And for the most part, they were right. But what happened next surprised them: As they made registration more complex, users actually became more valuable. By adding friction to the on-boarding process, people who complete the registration flow are likely to be…
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    Platform Thinking

  • 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…
  • From Social Media to the Sharing Economy: The Three Drivers of Business Disruption

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    First we went wild about social media disrupting the world of business communications and media. Then the Sharing Economy sprang up and we talked about how the traditional ownership model was getting disrupted. We’re looking at the 3D printer as the democratization of manufacturing much like Twitter and blogging democratized publishing and YouTube democratized broadcast. Disruption isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s just getting started! But irrespective of which phenomenon you look at ( and even if you dismiss all of these as fads), the enduring shift that underlies all these disruptions is…
  • A SCALING FRAMEWORK FOR NETWORK EFFECT PLATFORMS

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    28 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    One of the most common misconceptions about running a platform business is that it’s all straight and easy once the initial chicken and egg problem of getting both producers and consumers is solved. Ironically, in an age where kicking off new platforms isn’t quite as difficult as it used to be, the most important platform management issues really come up once the platform starts working and delivering value. But let’s start this at the beginning: The original platform hassle Everyone loves a good network effect. The problem is often that it is quite difficult achieving it.
  • ANNOUNCING: THE PLATFORM THINKING WORKSHOP

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    25 May 2014 | 7:52 am
    I am pleased to announce that the first open Platform Thinking Workshop will be held in San Francisco on 12th June. The workshop is being held in partnership with 500Startups at their SF office. Tickets and Details available here. About the workshop How does one go about building the next Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber or Coursera? How do you design, grow and manage platforms, social networks and marketplaces? Successful platforms emerge as multi-billion dollar businesses but most efforts at building platforms either fail to get traction, fail to scale well or fail to monetize. Exploring repeated…
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    AlleyWatch

  • Build Your A-Team

    Lili Balfour
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    When you first set out to execute your brilliant startup idea, you may feel you have all of the answers. You are able to make decisions quickly and move at lightning speed. However, you will learn...
  • Conversocial Raises $5M Leveraging Social As a Customer Support Channel

    AlleyWatch
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Let’s do the math: the faster you can address customer service issues, the better. And what’s more immediate than social? That’s the $5 million question, which is how much Conversocial just raised in...
  • 3D Printing, Medicine and the FDA: Will We Soon See an Aereo Moment Here?

    Kaylan Baban
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Healthcare treatments and technologies, no matter how innovative, typically have finite potential. True revolutions with seemingly infinite applications are vanishingly rare – the ultimate...
  • 10 Crucial Apps For All Entrepreneurs

    Under30CEO
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Entrepreneurs have to look after many different things in a short span of time. From to-do lists, managing contacts, meetings and conference calls; there are several responsibilities. At times like...
  • Google Attempts to Map Human Body

    AlleyWatch
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Google has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.
 
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    Startup Freak

  • School Management Software Demo – Penpencileraser.com

    StartupFreak
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Company Name : School Management Software Demo – Penpencileraser.com Description : Get a free software demo of PenPencilEraser for your school management. Watch exclusive support videos of features inbuilt for schools, parents, teachers and students. Company Overview : Get a free software demo of PenPencilEraser for your school management. Watch exclusive support videos of features inbuilt for schools, parents, teachers and students. Homepage URL: http://www.penpencileraser.com/demo.php Industry : Education/Training Number of Employees : 100 Location : #55, Sakthi Towers – Floor…
  • Gulshan Homz

    StartupFreak
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Company Name : Gulshan Homz Description : Residential Properties Noida Extension Company Overview : Perfect Location, inspiring greenery, great facilities, excellent surroundings in Gulshan Homz at Noida Extension Homepage URL: http://www.gulshanhomzprojects.in/ Industry : Marketing Number of Employees : Location : Noida Extension Key People : Gulshan Homz Noida Extension, Gulshan Homz Social Links Unmatched quality, elegant design and affordable prices, these are some of the key elements that everyone looks before buying a home. Am I right? Yes, I am! You should be one of them who seek a…
  • SMSF Loans – Cbmmortgages.com

    StartupFreak
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Company Name : SMSF Loans – Cbmmortgages.com Description : Get into the right investments with SMSF Loans Company Overview : Get into the right investments with SMSF Loans. CBM Mortgages provide SMSF Borrowing and Lending on the purchase of properties through your super funds that benefits you more. Homepage URL: http://www.cbmmortgages.com/temporary-visa/smsf-borrowing-and-purchasing-property Industry : Accounting/Finance Number of Employees : Location : 597 New South Head Road, Rose Bay, NSW – 2029 Key People : SMSF Loans, SMSF Lending, SMSF Borrowing, CBM Mortgages, Australian…
  • Straight Teeth Ohio – Clearbracesdublin.com

    StartupFreak
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Company Name : Straight Teeth Ohio – Clearbracesdublin.com Description : Our Invisalign Treatment in Ohio Dublin offers Teeth Straightening for the patients Company Overview : Our Invisalign Treatment in Ohio Dublin offers Teeth Straightening for the patients with invisible braces to improve their confidence of smile speak and bite. Homepage URL: http://www.clearbracesdublin.com/how-do-the-aligners-straighten-teeth/ Industry : Healthcare Number of Employees : Location : 420 Metro Place South, Suite: B Dublin, Ohio 43017 Key People : Dental, Invisalign, Ohio, Dublin, Clear Braces, Teeth,…
  • Just Blackpool

    StartupFreak
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Company Name : Just Blackpool Description : Just Blackpool provide information of Hotels Blackpool and the quality Blackpool Hotels that Blackpool has to offer. If you are looking for Seafront Blackpool or perhaps Self Catering Blackpool then Just Blackpool has hundreds of reviewed Hotels. Company Overview : Just Blackpool provide information of Hotels Blackpool and the quality Blackpool Hotels that Blackpool has to offer. If you are looking for Seafront Blackpool or perhaps Self Catering Blackpool then Just Blackpool has hundreds of reviewed Hotels. Homepage URL: http://www.justblackpool.com…
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    Onboardly

  • 9 Founders Confess the Hardest Thing About Entrepreneurship

    Jillian Miner
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever had a brilliant idea that you have truly considered exploring? Starting a business is not as easy as one may think. Long nights, constant checking of cell phones and laptops for emails and always having a hard time balancing work with homelife. These nine successful entrepreneurs explain the hardest parts of being an entrepreneur. Take note: the struggle is real. 1. The Stress – Brenton Hayden “The stress. I think I literally had gray hairs by the time I was 23, right along the temples which I’m told is because of stress. The stress of making payroll, the stress of…
  • 3 Major Takeaways from #MozCon 2014

    Shanelle Mullin
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    On July 13th, I packed a bag, left Kiwi (that’s my cat) with a friend and flew from the east coast of Canada to Seattle for MozCon. With the promise of a Roger plush toy, some fancy swag from Unbounce and KISSmetrics and 72 hours of very smart people (speakers and attendees), I was pretty excited. I learned more in one day at MozCon than I have in the past year. The speakers were all fascinating storytellers and I was scrambling to take notes faster than a courtroom Stenographer for the full 72 hours. I have a ton of new information to share, but there were three talks that really hit…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Content Distribution

    Renee Warren
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When creating and promoting content, did you know that 80% of your time should be focused on content distribution? That means the 2 hours you spent writing and editing a piece, whether it be an infographic, video, guide or blog post, requires an additional 8 hours of work. Sounds absurd! Well, you can start cutting that time down by creating a detailed content promotion plan. When you are first starting out or looking to build a more robust and process oriented content marketing system, take the necessary time to research, organize, implement and execute a plan that includes everyone involved…
  • Know the Facts Before You Pitch the Journalist

    Crystal Richard
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You did it. You broke the cardinal rule of PR. I’m sure it wasn’t really your fault. Time wasn’t on your side. Your reliable contact was on vacation. Investors were on your back, pushing for you to take the plunge. And yet despite your better judgement, you hit send on that unresearched, Arctic chill pitch email to journalist XYZ with whom you’ve never spoken to in your life. And you’re likely never to again. So how do you avoid the PR world’s biggest faux pas? Start by knowing the facts. Research First, Pitch Second You need to practice what you preach. Whether you’re a PR pro…
  • Want More Conversions? Stop Giving It Away for Free

    Renee Warren
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s the sad tale of content marketing. You’re a content marketer who is running a high traffic blog, but no matter how much your traffic increases, you’re still not getting any conversions. The problem is that marketers create all of this great content and give it away for free. Yes, you should give content away to position yourself as a thought leader, but don’t give it away for free without optimizing for conversions. If you are a marketer and you’re still having trouble selling your CEO (or whoever) on content marketing, this is most likely the culprit. People normally…
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    Being Unordinary

  • TORONTO SERVICES – CARPET CLEANING

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    It can be a hassle or not to clean your carpet depending on how you go about and clean it. You can always do it yourself if the damage isn’t that bad. Just do some basic carpet cleaning tips and you’ll be fine. There are also cases where you definitely need to avail of professional carpet cleaners. They can cost you some money but it’s always a good thing to do when the damage is too much or you’re unsure of what to do. Just avail them locally or search them up online. If you’re from Toronto then just look for “Toronto services – carpet cleaning” or any variation of those…
  • Great Taste Coffee with Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The best tasting coffee is not just produced by simple instantly packed coffee; rather it is a result of the manual grinding and brewing techniques done through centuries of times. Many believed the tales of producing great coffee through the process of grinding and brewing, that is why the grind and brew coffee makers are now in market to be sold and make the expected great taste coffee for the people who loves nothing more than a perfect hot cup of caffeine filled drink. Grind and Brew Coffee Makers Sold Online If you want to get a hold of this grind and brew coffee maker but don’t have…
  • P90X3 – Going for a Fit and Ripped body

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    P90X is a workout routine that is developed by Tony Horton that provides comprehensive exercises that allows you to get a ripped and fit body within 90 days. The latest program that he has come up with is the P90X3 Review , which can provide you with better results within 90 days. If you read through a P90X3 review, you can see the following benefits of the program: 1. Easy to follow exercise schedules – the whole program is good for 90 days and will take about thirty minutes each day to finish. This means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time going to the gym and spending a lot of…
  • How Anti Snoring Devices Help You with Your Snoring

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    This may not be your problem or something that you consider to be very uncomfortable but surely people close to you will definitely consider this their problem especially when it comes to sleeping at night. Yes, snoring has been that one disturbing sound in the middle of your deep sleep that has sent your relatives and loved ones to spend sleepless nights trying to find the quality sleep they deserve just simply because they couldn’t stand hearing the loudness of your snore. It would definitely be your problem if you consider it alarming that those people whom you sleep with such as your…
  • Set up and Gameplay of Minecraft

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Minecraft is a game without specific goals to accomplish by the players. It allows players freedom to select how they like to play the game.Therefore, there is also a system to achieve. The set up of the Minecraft game: ·Players will be positioned floating up in a systematically generated game world. ·Players able to walk around the terrain that comprise of plains, caves, mountains, forests, and a variety of water bodies. ·The world of Minecraft is separated into biomes through a series of deserts, jungles, snowfields. ·The system of the game time tags on day and night cycle, and one-full…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • How to Convince a Rockstar Candidate to Come Work For Your Small Biz

    Laurel Ganem
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    You’ve scoured LinkedIn, gone to every uncomfortable networking event within a 100 mile radius, and you’re starting to consider selling one of your kidneys for a couple decent resumes. You are officially falling down the endless rabbit hole of recruiting. But wait…could it be? No, it couldn’t. Unless… YES. YOU’VE FOUND IT. The elusive, formerly intangible, absolutely impeccable candidate. They’re pleasant, confident, experienced. They’re prompt, polite and their handshake fills you with hope. Their technical knowledge is sublime; their personality is even better. You get that…
  • The Perfect Marketing Toolkit for Solopreneurs

    Kaleigh Moore
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a solo business owner, you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. You are the wearer of many different hats— accountant, financial planner, visionary, designer, marketer… it goes on and on. Basically, when it’s just you, having some tools to make the marketing aspect a little easier could make a huge difference. After all, there are only so many hours in a day. So what should a solopreneur like yourself look into? You might be asking yourself, “Where do I even begin?” Think practical, time-saving, well-vetted resources that make life easier. You shouldn’t have to move…
  • Get a Memorable and Effective Business Phone Number Using Art and Science

    Emma Siemasko
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember when people memorized phone numbers? When I was in seventh grade, I knew about fifteen by heart (Mom, Dad, Mom’s work, Dad’s work, school, Molly, Jackie, etc.). But now, I rely on my phone to store my numbers. I have the local pizza delivery guy on speed dial. If my phone dies, I’m in trouble. That’s why it’s crucial for businesses to consider local and tollfree vanity numbers (numbers that substitute numbers for letters, like 1-844-EMMA-FAYE). A memorable phone number sticks in your customers’ brains, helping them remember you when they’re…
  • Increase Your Business Success By Copycatting from Big Brands

    Rohan Ayyar
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even as children in kindergarten, we are taught to be original, creative, and never, ever copy somebody else’s work. This is a great policy to have when you are 3 years old and every doodle you scrawl is considered a work of art by your adoring parents and teachers. Once you add a few decades to your life, originality becomes tougher. At a fundamental level, we all have pretty similar needs, problems, and aspirations. There’s a good chance that the brilliant idea that you woke up with yesterday was already thought up by someone else last year. Or five years ago. So if you can’t…
  • Finding The Perfect Mentor: Stories from 4 Successful Entrepreneurs

    Danielle Renton
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Figuring out how to grow a business from the birth of an idea to success is a challenge, regardless of how much funding or education you have. There is a lot to learn in the startup world, and one of the best ways to learn is from experience. But if this is your first rodeo, you might not yet have experience to learn from. That’s when you turn to a mentor. A mentor might be someone who pledges to coach you through a specific journey in life. They might be someone who you only met once or twice, but whose advice left a lasting impression. They might even be a close friend or family member.
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    Being Unordinary

  • TORONTO SERVICES – CARPET CLEANING

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    It can be a hassle or not to clean your carpet depending on how you go about and clean it. You can always do it yourself if the damage isn’t that bad. Just do some basic carpet cleaning tips and you’ll be fine. There are also cases where you definitely need to avail of professional carpet cleaners. They can cost you some money but it’s always a good thing to do when the damage is too much or you’re unsure of what to do. Just avail them locally or search them up online. If you’re from Toronto then just look for “Toronto services – carpet cleaning” or any variation of those…
  • Great Taste Coffee with Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The best tasting coffee is not just produced by simple instantly packed coffee; rather it is a result of the manual grinding and brewing techniques done through centuries of times. Many believed the tales of producing great coffee through the process of grinding and brewing, that is why the grind and brew coffee makers are now in market to be sold and make the expected great taste coffee for the people who loves nothing more than a perfect hot cup of caffeine filled drink. Grind and Brew Coffee Makers Sold Online If you want to get a hold of this grind and brew coffee maker but don’t have…
  • P90X3 – Going for a Fit and Ripped body

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    P90X is a workout routine that is developed by Tony Horton that provides comprehensive exercises that allows you to get a ripped and fit body within 90 days. The latest program that he has come up with is the P90X3 Review , which can provide you with better results within 90 days. If you read through a P90X3 review, you can see the following benefits of the program: 1. Easy to follow exercise schedules – the whole program is good for 90 days and will take about thirty minutes each day to finish. This means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time going to the gym and spending a lot of…
  • How Anti Snoring Devices Help You with Your Snoring

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    This may not be your problem or something that you consider to be very uncomfortable but surely people close to you will definitely consider this their problem especially when it comes to sleeping at night. Yes, snoring has been that one disturbing sound in the middle of your deep sleep that has sent your relatives and loved ones to spend sleepless nights trying to find the quality sleep they deserve just simply because they couldn’t stand hearing the loudness of your snore. It would definitely be your problem if you consider it alarming that those people whom you sleep with such as your…
  • Set up and Gameplay of Minecraft

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Minecraft is a game without specific goals to accomplish by the players. It allows players freedom to select how they like to play the game.Therefore, there is also a system to achieve. The set up of the Minecraft game: ·Players will be positioned floating up in a systematically generated game world. ·Players able to walk around the terrain that comprise of plains, caves, mountains, forests, and a variety of water bodies. ·The world of Minecraft is separated into biomes through a series of deserts, jungles, snowfields. ·The system of the game time tags on day and night cycle, and one-full…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • Startup Spotting - Switzerland - Keeping

    Eleanor Wall
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Keeping-Run your helpdesk inside Gmail-Collaborate on tasks-Track customer support-Assign emails-Analytics
  • Startup Spotting - Ireland - GetBulb

    Eleanor Wall
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    GetBulb- Data visualizations/infographics- Browser-based application- Simple copy/paste interface- Data export capabilities- Upload custom graphics- Responsive design
  • Startup Spotting - Dubai - Triperna

    Eleanor Wall
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Triperna- Online travel platform- Payments in cash or credit"$32bn travel market of which 90% is conducted through cash payments"- Middle East destinations and more- Arabic and English
  • Startup Spotting - Canada - Copycat

    Eleanor Wall
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Copycat- Camera-based social app- Coming soon to iOS and Android- Currently accepting beta testers- Photo challenges- Accrue points- Compete against others- Get to know your city
  • In the Startup Spotlight - Lithuania

    Eleanor Wall
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you instantly think Silicon Valley or San Francisco when you first hear the word startup, you might need to start adjusting your thinking. Intriguing startup companies are being built in every corner of the globe. From Canada to Czechoslovakia, Bahrain to Bolivia, entrepreneurs are launching innovative businesses across the world. One country home to an increasing number of interesting startups is Lithuania. Check out the following roundup of Lithuanian startups that are creating products and services for international consumers.EyleanEylean Board offers software for a variety of tasks…
 
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  • [Singapore] Mondato Summit Asia

    e27 Editorial Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Learn more about mobile financial services at the Mondato executive summit in Singapore on November 11-12th. Synopsis: Mobile Financial Services (MFS) have experienced success in many Southeast Asian economies, but various hurdles remain to widespread MFS adoption and active usage. Designing and implementing successful MFS offerings in the ASEAN region requires a nuanced understanding of the pronounced differences between markets, and diversity within each market. From base of the pyramid, unbanked consumers to the rising middle class and the more affluent customer clusters, MFS solutions…
  • Photo sharing app Snapeee raises US$4M in Series C funding

    Jonathan Toyad
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Mind Palette, the Tokyo-based startup behind Snapeee, has secured the investment from Global Brain and Kodansha The ‘GB-V Growth Fund Investment Limited Partnership’ managed by Japanese venture capital company Global Brain Corporation, and Japanese magazine publishing giant Kodansha have together invested US$4 million into photo sharing app Snapeee‘s creator Mind Palette. The investment makes Hiroshi Mihayashi, Principal, Global Brain, a part of the company’s Board of Directors. Takaaki Kamio, CEO, Mind Palette said that the company will add e-commerce…
  • Singapore’s GIC in Flipkart’s US$1 billion funding

    Maneka Tanwani
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    It is official! Flipkart has raised US$1B led by Tiger Global Management, Naspers. Interestingly, GIC has also invested. Why? What is its interest in the Indian e-comm giant? It’s official. Indian e-commerce marketplace Flipkart made history today, as it raised US$1 billion — one of the largest funding rounds in e-commerce globally! It is the single largest round by an internet company in the country. e27 had reported last week on the funding on basis of unconfirmed reports to Indian business newspaper Economic Times. The funding was co-led by existing investors Tiger Global…
  • IDA launches accreditation programme for Singapore-based startups

    Terence Ng
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    Startups that receive the IDA Accredited Product from the new Accreditation@IDA programme will be preferred for government contracts How do you know if a startup is credible and not some fly-by-night operation that will shutter its doors the moment it receives a million dollars in funding and leave customers and investors high and dry? The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) aims to assuage this concern by rolling out its in-house accreditation programme Accreditation@IDA. First announced in April, Accreditation@IDA went live this month. Startups that apply to the programme…
  • How bright is Thai startup scene?

    Adam Sharpe
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    Adam Sharpe talks about stumbling across an exciting startup community in Bangkok, and how it will prove invaluable to his own success Launching your own startup can be daunting wherever you are in the world. But when you make Thailand your launch pad, a country under military rule, the task can feel all the more unnerving. Thailand is still a great place to be for many reasons. It’s the hub of Southeast Asia and is home to many different cultures, ethnicities and nationalities. Being one of strongest economies in the region, the cost of living is affordable. It’s not difficult to…
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  • China’s popular WeChat messenger tests Facebook-esque “Like” button, and it looks strangely familiar

    Josh Horwitz
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    WeChat receives a fair amount of attention from the English-language press for its grasp on China’s mobile messaging market, its steady forays into ecommerce, and its strategic importance to parent company Tencent. But one of the app’s most overlooked qualities is its role as a hub for online media. News outlets, small businesses, and solo bloggers alike will push posts through their subscription accounts, and the app even features a simple but effective “read it later” feature. That’s why WeChat’s most recent beta-test is worth watching. Yesterday…
  • Working on a Bitcoin startup across three continents

    Ezra Ferraz
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The co-founding team of BuyBitcoin.ph, a buy and sell site for the cyptocurrency in the Philippines, is spread all over the world. Lasse Birk Olesen, the startup’s chief product officer, is based in Copenhagen, Denmark; chief technology officer Daniel Walton lives in San Francisco, California; only half of the team is actually based in Manila, Philippines, and even then CEO Sam Kaddoura and designer James Florentino see each other infrequently as they maintain completely virtual offices. This arrangement was not entirely by design. The four met at a Bitcoin meetup in Manila and recognized…
  • With $1B funding, Flipkart fires salvo at Amazon: We’re going to be the Alibaba of India

    Malavika Velayanikal
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    India’s biggest ecommerce site Flipkart is often benchmarked against Amazon. People ask: Can it be the Amazon of India? But today, Sachin Bansal, cofounder and CEO of Flipkart, set the record straight. With US$1 billion of fresh funding under its belt, Flipkart, he pointed out, is in the same position as Alibaba was in 2005. “We want to shape the ecommerce ecosystem in India. We want to be India’s first US$100 billion technology company,” he added. Just as the Chinese company dominates China’s ecommerce market, Flipkart wants to establish itself as India’s homegrown…
  • Here are 10 of the best practices for pitching to the media and blogosphere

    Ezra Ferraz
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Most advice directed toward entrepreneurs on pitching focuses on doing so to investors, not to the media. Yet the media, and for our purposes today, digital media – journalists, writers, bloggers, thought leaders, and so on – is equally important. You can have the best product or service in the world, but if no one knows about it, it’s dead in the proverbial water. With that in mind, Tech in Asia spoke with one of the best practitioners in the business, Jonha Revesencio from RebelMouse, about how entrepreneurs can build better working relationships with people in digital. I had…
  • Cool new app alert: Jink wants to prevent friends from getting lost and arriving late

    Josh Horwitz
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Ever find yourself waiting for a friend who’s late? It stinks. As impatience mounts, you call his cellphone, but there’s no answer. You ping your friend on WhatsApp, but he just says he’s “on Such-And-Such Street” – and Such-And-Such Street is a HUGE street! Greenhouse Apps, the Taipei-based team behind Jink, has been there before, and they hope their new app will alleviate your waiting-in-the-cafe woes. Jink’s premise is simple: register with your phone number, and it automatically detects your location. If you’re looking to meet a friend,…
 
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  • Appear – Mobile Platform For Developers On How To Monetize an SDK

    Anders Hassis
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I decided to have a chat with the Stockholm company based in Kista, Appear Networks that is building a tool called Appear IQ. Vincent Dollet, their CTO describes the product as a tool that enables the creation of professional looking, enterprise-grade mobile apps that are easily integrated with existing B2B/B2E software and distributed to end users without time consuming and costly app-store approval processes. Vincent continues:  “Since inception, Appear has been about enterprise mobility – and how to improve the workplace. We were one of the first movers in the context space…
  • Watch out Kundo, here comes Deskoptio and they are soon taking off their beta label

    Anders Hassis
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When we spoke with Deskoptio in February, they were still in beta phase (and still are). However, in September, all this will change when they celebrate their first birthday as a company and are planning to move from beta to production stage and also start charging their customers. Fredrik Blom, Desktoptio: “Our strategy since the beginning has been to stay in beta for a year just to ensure quality and usability within our product so until this day none of our customers has been charged for our services. We are turning one year old the 16th of September and by then were planning to move…
  • Want to develop your applications faster? Check out AdeptHub’s “boilerplates”

    James Pember
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    AdeptHub is a Swedish startup that has come up with a solution for saving time and workload when designing a new app.  Creating an app has been high on the priority list for most consumer facing companies now for the past five years; however, with high development cost and pressures to get-to-market, nobody wants to waste time writing code from scratch. This particular hassle can be solved using software libraries. But multiple versions of the same library creates another problem for developers, as they then have to manually verify compatibility before downloading the library. Here is where…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 26 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Do startups really deserve more media coverage? Olle Aronsson, reporter at Dagens Industri gives us his viewpoint on startup-pr, how entrepreneurs should approach trade papers and whether or not tradtional media “do enough” to cover our booming startup scene. Meet NewsHubby, the latest company to jump on the PR-tech wave NewsHubby is one of the latest entrants into PR-Tech space, founded by…
  • Vinnova backs Kids Clothing Consignment Startup Kittat.se

    Jason Dainter
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Kittat, a consignment service for second hand children’s clothing has announced that they have received a 300,000 SEK grant from Vinnova to grow their start-up based in Stockholm. The concept behind consignment is essentially a two-sided marketplace (for example like eBay) but rather than letting users sell items directly, the company takes those items in batches, does all the work photographing and merchandising them, and then sells them on the users behalf. The childrens clothing consignment space is certainly not unchartered territory outside of Sweden, many players in the US…
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  • Barcelona VC Nauta Capital Announces €2.5M Investment In Language Learning Platform ABA English

    Scott Mackin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Nauta Capital has announced a €2.5M investment in language technology company ABA English. The Barcelona-based ABA English takes a multi-dimensional approach to learning English that combines original films and video classes to compliment their proprietary Listen-Record-Compare technology. With more than 1.000.000 satisfied students in 170 countries worldwide, they’ve certainly found a secret sauce that they can continue […] The post Barcelona VC Nauta Capital Announces €2.5M Investment In Language Learning Platform ABA English appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Is Learning To Code Really That Important?

    Stewart Masters
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    This is a guest post by Borja Garcia de Vinuesa, Head of International Business Development at Ironhack.  At Ironhack, we hear about new ideas that come to life and revolutionize a market or industry almost every day. What is behind these new products? Is there any trait shared by all of them? There certainly is! Being on-line 24/7 gives us […] The post Is Learning To Code Really That Important? appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Taxis Threaten Violence Against the Startup Community and Hotels As Uber Protests Escalate

    Scott Mackin
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    A group of professional Barcelona taxi drivers have channeled their angst against Uber onto the entire Barcelona startup community by threatening violence at a now-cancelled startup event hosted by Startup Party and Iniciador. Startup Party is a young, but rapidly growing offline community that hosts monthly informal gatherings and social events for Barcelona’s entrepreneurial crowd.  With 1.042 members in their Meetup […] The post Barcelona Taxis Threaten Violence Against the Startup Community and Hotels As Uber Protests Escalate appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Nutrino, Your Personalized Nutrition App That Answers The Question: “What Should I Eat?”

    Stewart Masters
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Nutrino 2.0 becomes the first app that answers the pressing question of “what should I eat?” Based on the user’s individual profile, exercise levels, eating habits, preferences and goals, the app is able to recommend what your next meal of the day should be. Nutrino is a 24/7 Health Coach that allows the user to track […] The post Nutrino, Your Personalized Nutrition App That Answers The Question: “What Should I Eat?” appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona VC ACTIVE Venture Partners Adds 2 New Team Members Amidst Their Busiest Summer Ever

    Amy Derene
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    European venture capital company ACTIVE Venture Partners has added two new team members with strong entrepreneurial and venture capital experience to their Barcelona squad. Since 2004 ACTIVE has invested in 23 companies in two funds totalling €74m, investing in three of these companies just this month; from June they have led funding rounds for Spanish startups Traity ($4.7 million) and Percentil ($1 million) as […] The post Barcelona VC ACTIVE Venture Partners Adds 2 New Team Members Amidst Their Busiest Summer Ever appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • LightRocket – A New Photography Platform for Enthusiasts

    Christian Walter
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Europeans like to make jokes about Asians and their cameras. When tourist groups from China, Japan, or Korea flood European cities, locals can identify the country of origin by the camera clicks per second. It’s true though, pictures and Asia go well together. Thailand is an Instagram hub, Filipinos are obsessed with selfies, and Japan is host to the top 3 camera manufacturers in the world, Sony, Nikon, and Canon – not to mention Pentax, Panasonic, Fujifilm…guess what, Japan too. So why is it, there is no major photography platform with an Asian origin – stock photography aside? Well…
  • HotelQuickly raises USD 4.5m from GREE and William E. Heinecke

    Christian Walter
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    HotelQuickly, a leader in last-minute hotel bookings in the Asia-Pacific region, today announced that it has raised US$4.5 million (THB 145m) in a Series A-1 financing led by GREE. William E. Heinecke, CEO and Chairman of Thai-based Minor International, participated in the round through his family office. The investment follows a US$1.15 million Series A round in August 2013, bringing HotelQuickly’s total funds raised to date to more than US$5.5 million (THB 180m). With the additional capital, HotelQuickly aims to accelerate its product development, marketing, and hiring to drive sales…
  • AngelHack Bangkok Spring 2014

    Christian Walter
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Pocketplaylab is hosting the 2014 AngelHack Bangkok. I’m not sure if it is still Spring but everything before midsummer night goes, so get your RedBull and join the largest Hackathon series, ever. AngelHack happens in 30 cities around the world and about 6,000 developers will join in to build a stronger developer ecosystem. If you attend Hackathons for the price then AngelHack is definitely for you. The winning team gets to participate in HACKcelerator, a global pre-accelerator program designed to help top hackathon teams turn their hacks into market ready products. The program…
  • The Hive – 24/7 work and play

    Christian Walter
    3 Jun 2014 | 5:14 am
    Slowly but steady Bangkok is becoming a co-working heaven. Every month new spaces pop up. In total there are now at least 10 places spread across the city, most of them around HUBBA at Ekkamai Soi 4, which is slowly becoming a startup village, and around Thong Lor. The latest addition to Bangkok’s buzzing co-working scene is The Hive, a co-working space with roots in Hong Kong. In the middle of the hip residential area of Sukhumvit 49 the Hive, located next to Grease, boasts Bangkok’s (probably) largest co-working space. The space has everything you can ask for, from private telephone…
  • Bookup.asia – Beauty, Education, Health and Sport

    Christian Walter
    14 May 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Thailand, or SEA for that matter, is slowly catching up with online services common in the western world. One thing that has been largely missing is booking things from the convenience of home without having to call. That time is finally over, at least for wellness and education. The startup Bookup.asia has developed a CRM and booking solution for beauty, health, sport, and education. Thai economy enjoyed an estimated earning of USD 997 million from medical tourism alone. Medical and wellness in Thailand is a huge market and so is private education. Tourists come to Thailand not only for the…
 
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  • Slashing LearnDash Consulting Costs

    Ryan Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    LearnDash is a great low-budget LMS, but getting it (and WordPress) set up just the right way can be surprisingly time-consuming and complex. More often than not, customizations and complementary tools are needed to deliver the right user experience. For someone jumping into WordPress, an LMS and PHP for the first time, it can all be a bit overwhelming. That’s why so many companies turn to Uncanny Owl, and it’s why LearnDash now represents about 40% of our work. Many people choose LearnDash because of the low price and simplicity compared to other Learning Management Systems. Going from…
  • Styling LearnDash Courses and Lessons

    Ryan Moore
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    As many of our LearnDash readers  will know, the popular LMS plugin for WordPress uses custom post types for course and lesson content. That’s great for people familiar with WordPress, since it makes adding and managing content easy, but many page layout tools for WordPress don’t recognize LearnDash objects out of the box. As a result, many users assume they’re relegated to the default WordPress editor. They’re not, and in the post we’ll explore how to use Visual Composer to improve the look and feel of your LearnDash materials. At Uncanny Owl we typically use…
  • Top Study Skills Program Goes Free

    Ryan Moore
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    We recently made the decision to adopt an open education model for Grade Hacks, our study skills platform. The program combines elearning courses, videos, downloadable resources, calculators and more to help high school, college and university students improve academic performance. The 30-day program has already helped hundreds of students achieve better grades in school. The shift to a free model was made for 2 reasons. First, we want it to help as many students as possible. Making it a paid program proved a significant barrier for many students (more so than expected) and we didn’t want…
  • Uncanny Owl Turns One

    Ryan Moore
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    Last June, Ryan and Ken founded Uncanny Owl to help companies improve training using technology—and we’re still doing it. Better yet, we’re still enjoying it! Over the last year we’ve had a chance to support some great local and international businesses. The Brick, the TSSA, the OCSTA, Transcription Express, ManchesterCF, Luminance, DisclosureNet, Envirogate and many more companies all use solutions developed by Uncanny Owl. From courseware to learning platforms to websites and everything in between, we’ve had the opportunity to work on a lot of interesting…
  • A Better eLearning Voice Over Workflow

    Ryan Moore
    16 May 2014 | 7:04 am
    Editing voice over work can be tedious and painful. For one recent course, we received a single 1 hour audio file from our voice talent that had to be chopped up and incorporated into almost 100 slides in Articulate Storyline. Listening to a 1 hour file, cutting it up and saving it manually to individual files for each slide is far too time-consuming, so I wanted to share our approach in case it can help other people save time editing. For audio editing we use Audicity. It’s free and works well. After loading the source file up in Audacity, the first thing I do is double the playback…
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    NextShark

  • 15 People Share Memories of Growing Up Poor — Prepare Your Box of Tissues

    Editorial Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Recently, redditor Luizeef posed a question on to the reddit community:  “what memory from your childhood makes you think wow we were poor?” The response has been incredible, with many sharing stories that will surely be a tear jerker, check out some of the stories we’ve compiled below. Editor’s note: Answers are unedited to preserve authenticity. _mckinnon_ “realizing that we were living in my aunts backyard, in a tent, and not camping for three months. then getting kicked out and living in a car.” Lumilulu “Looking forward to school because cafeteria lunches…
  • There’s Finally a Coach Flight That Feels Like First Class and It’s Coming Sooner Than You Expect

    Editorial Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Anyone that has flown coach knows how much it can suck. If it’s not the incredibly small seats, it’s the crappy food that’s served to you, or the non-existent leg room. Now thanks to design firm Priestmangoode, we’ll very soon have a coach flight that doesn’t make you feel poor. Priestmangoode, which is the company behind the rebranded interiors of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, recently revealed plans to give the Embraer E2 Jet a complete makeover. Some of the changes include: Slimmer seats – This will make the plane lighter and more eco-friendly while…
  • Brian Sacca of ‘Wolf of Wall Street’: Why The Key to Success is Not Just About Hustling

    Editorial Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Brian Sacca (Right) image via YouTube It’s no secret that one of the hottest films last year was The Wolf of Wall Street. While I’m sure many learned a ton of creative sales techniques they can apply to their own businesses, there was a certain actor in the film with ties to Silicon Valley we didn’t expect. That person was Robbie “Pinhead” Feinberg, played by Brian Sacca. Though, his part was not as big as the main characters, he has a fascinating story of his hustle to becoming an actor and how he got the part during the lowest points of his acting career. Another interesting fact…
  • Here’s an Epic Video of How to ‘Feed Seven People With $3.75′

    Editorial Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Not everyone has the luxury of eating well, especially when you’re on a tight budget. Below is a video by the eccentric Felicia A. O’Dell, who posts cooking videos on her personal Facebook page. Her last video went viral and viewers can’t get enough of her personality. In this latest lesson, Felicia reveals a very creative way to make a meal big enough to feed seven people using $3.75 worth of ingredients. Please be advise that there is some cussing in the video, so we don’t recommend you watch it with speakers on full blast at work. Post by Felicia A. O'Dell.
  • 10 of the Hardest Things You’ll Do in Life as a Young Business Professional

    Benny Luo
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Success never comes easy. Whether it’s hard work, tough decisions, or important life choices, you’ll have an entire obstacle course of challenges ahead of you. No one can tell you what decisions to make, but you can at least prepare by knowing what they could be. Here are ten of the hardest things you are going to have to do on your way to the top. 1. Firing an employee. Unless you’re a complete sociopath, telling someone who depends on you for their livelihood that you’re no longer giving them checks is not easy to do. You need to be strong enough to know when an unproductive…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Kontakt.io raises $2M for its interactive location-based tech

    Editor
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Krakow, Poland-based micro-location technology startup Kontakt.io has secured $2 million in new venture funding from Sunstone Capital. Originally built to help the visually impaired navigate public areas, the company offers beacon device hardware, backend, and software—including an open API and SDKs, basically offering a comprehensive platform for micro-location based applications. It was founded in 2013 by Szymon Niemczura, and the team previously raised $250,000 in Seed funding. The post Kontakt.io raises $2M for its interactive location-based tech appeared first on StartUp Beat.
  • Voyat launches out of beta and reveals $1.8M in Seed funding for its CRM offering for hotels

    Editor
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Social CRM tool for hotels Voyat has emerged from beta today and announced the closing of $1.8 million in Seed funding. Investors in the round are Metamorphic Ventures, Eniac Ventures, BoxGroup and Angel investors. The startup has launched with two products that are built to help hotels better connect with customers and maintain long-term relationships with them through analytics and business intelligence that is gathered from what it describes as “a wide network of potential and actual hotel guest information.” It was founded in 2012 by CEO Benjamin Habbel and Bob Lund, and this is its…
  • Kurbo Health nets $5.8M in new funding for its weight loss app for kids

    Editor
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Healthtech startup Kurbo Health, which offers a weight loss app for children and teens, has closed a $5.8 million Series A funding round. Investors include Signia Venture Partners, Data Collective, Bessemer Venture Partners and Promus Ventures. The San Francisco-based company is currently participating in the Rock Health accelerator, and has built a subscription mobile app-based weight loss program designed to appeal to young people that the company says is based on Stanford University’s Pediatric Weight Control Program. It was founded last summer by Thea Runyan, Mark Vershel, and…
  • Thinknum lands $1M for better financial analysis

    Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Thinknum, a startup that has built a financial analysis and research platform, has raised $1 million in Seed funding, led by Pejman Mar Ventures. Other investors include Signature Capital, Green Visor Capital, 645 Angels, HKB Capital and 500 Startups. The New York City-based company’s platform was built to facilitate cooperation between analysts and help them create unified models. It was founded last year by Justin Zhen and Gregory Ugwi. The post Thinknum lands $1M for better financial analysis appeared first on StartUp Beat.
  • Pogoseat gets $2.3M to enable fans to instantly upgrade seats

    Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Los Angeles-based Pogoseat, which offers a mobile app that enables attendees of live events to instantly upgrade seats or purchase various event experiences, has raised $2.3 million in Seed funding. Investors include Structure Capital, SK Ventures, Zelkova Ventures, Broad Strategy Fund, Kima Ventures and Universal Music Group. Pogoseat targets venues’ desire to fill unused premium seats, increase attendee engagement and gather data on fans. The startup has already partnered with sports franchises like the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, UCLA basketball and football, and the San Francisco…
 
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  • Is Innovation Second Fiddle In Your Organization?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    KYLE MAY / FLICKR Stop for a second and think about innovation at your company. Look around you. Where is your focus? What’s your top-of-mind? Is your focus on developing the next set of products which will blow away not only your competitors current and future products, but will also leapfrog your own? If not, my guess is that innovation is playing second fiddle at your company. To all of those detractors who feel that innovation is not that important, that R&D and new product development are just “nice to haves” that are awesome in good times but just a real drag in…
  • Startup Monday: Save My Spot

    Chris Kalaboukis
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    BRITT-KNEE / FLICKR Elevator Pitch: Reserve any space by the hour Going to start a series where I profile an interesting new startup every Monday, or I’ll throw out some ideas for a startup that you might want to take up and run with – heck, I just love coming up with ideas and if I can’t do them myself, maybe you’ll find them interesting enough to do on your own. As I was mentioning earlier, my wife and I have started going to a daily workout boot camp – not quite Crossfit but not quite a walk in the park either. After we were done, we wanted to go to the…
  • Future Food: We’ll Know The Full Supply Chain

    Chris Kalaboukis
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Is That Colin? Recently, I started watching Portlandia (funny show you should catch it – its on Netflix), a satirical sketch comedy show which sends up over the top idealism, organicness and tree hugging rampant in places like Portland (although San Francisco is not without its share of same – maybe that why I find the show so funny – I’ve been in places in the city just like the “Women and Women First” bookstore they lampoon in the first episode. Do they really have a professional Hide-And-Seek league up there? But I digress. In the first episode,…
  • Your Innovators Need TLC

    Chris Kalaboukis
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    One of the most interesting things I came across in creating and running innovation programs and brainstorming sessions at my clients was the disconnect on suggested rewards programs between senior management and inventors. Typically, we started off with senior management, attempting to nail down goals and direction. Invariably, during these sessions, the topic of rewarding inventors would come up, and most of the time they were fairly generous in there rewards, assuming that a huge monetary reward would generate the best new ideas. These ranged from flat monetary rewards for generating…
  • 5 Reasons I Didn’t Connect With You On LinkedIn

    Chris Kalaboukis
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    I might not be as famous as Robert Scoble or Pete Cashmore but I do get my share of LinkedIn requests and one should, as with most social networks, be a little discerning about who you connect with. Maybe its not as important on Twitter or Facebook, but on LinkedIn, I think your circles definitely make a big difference. As such, there are some red flags which I use to determine pretty quickly (at last count I get over 50 requests to connect a day) in order to determine whether or not I’ll agree to connect with you. If that sounds imperious, so be it. We should all be discerning with…
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/28/14

    John Gannon
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Problogger writes about their top tips to nail that blogging job application. A VC/entrepreneur family in Chelsea is hiring a personal assistant. 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 7/28/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 7/23/14

    John Gannon
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    First Round Capital interviews Knewton’s Robbie Mitchell about why marketing should have its own engineers. Rishi Dean writes on his blog in part 1 of a 5-part series about what a Product Manager does. 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 7/23/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Top 10 startup career advice posts from the past year

    John Gannon
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    We’ve been live for about a year so I thought it was high time to share the most popular content on StartupCareerAdvice.com. When I looked at the list I wasn’t surprised to see that advice on negotiating startup job offers was at the top of the list – and made up 3 of the top 10! On the other hand, I was a little surprised to see this networking tip from Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha in the Top 5. OK, enough from me. Here’s the most popular content from the last year. Enjoy (and more importantly, use!) it. Negotiating Startup Job Offers - Learn how to get a…
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/21/14

    John Gannon
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Kiip, a mobile advertising platform, is hiring a Sales Growth Associate. Buzzfeed, the social news and entertainment website, is hiring a Production Accountant. 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 7/21/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/16/14

    John Gannon
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Expa, a startup studio, is hiring an operations manager. Kiip, a mobile advertising platform, interviews Anand Iyer, CPO of Threadflip, about product management. 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 7/16/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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  • Adventures in Gamification: An Interview with Tom Benjamin

    Elizabeth Randell
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    To finish our series Adventures in Gamification, we have a special surprise for you!  Dr. Tom Benjamin, who teaches the Gamification in Education course on OpenLearning,  has kindly agreed to participate in an interview with Accredible to discuss Gamification, MOOCs and his future plans.  This was especially exciting as a student of his course as he answered a few questions that I thought I had sorted out…read on to learn more about applying game theory to learning – and how he applied it to the course. Who is Dr Tom Benjamin? Tom Benjamin graduated from University of Michigan…
  • Coursera Courses Starting in August!

    Elizabeth Randell
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Once again, Coursera is offering some great courses this month!  Regardless of your interests, there is something for everyone.  Check out the links for more details or watch a few of the videos… August 1 The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem August 3 Applying to U.S. Universities August 4 R Programming Getting and Cleaning Data Exploratory Data Analysis Reproducible Research Regression Models Managing Your Time, Money, and Career: MBA Insights for Undergraduates The Camera Never Lies Introduction to Acoustics (Part 2) Regression Models Practical Machine Learning Developing Data Products…
  • Around the World in 62 Days – Day 29-35

    Elizabeth Randell
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Welcome back to our travels. This week we will be visiting the North Atlantic, the South Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean!  Get ready to celebrate via traditional dress and dances, tree planting ceremonies and fireworks as we head first to the Faroe Islands!     The Faroe Islands is in archipelago and autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, situated approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland.  The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948, controlling most of their own domestic affairs.
  • The Complete Interview: Dr. Tom Benjamin

    Elizabeth Randell
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    To finish our series Adventures in Gamification, we had a special surprise for you - Dr. Tom Benjamin, who teaches the Gamification in Education course on OpenLearning,  had kindly agreed to participate in an interview with Accredible to discuss Gamification, MOOCs and his future plans.  By the time we were finished, we had so much great material that it was hard to pick and choose what to share! As a student of his course, I was fascinated by his answers.  I couldn’t put down the notes as they were sent back and forth!  As a writer, I had so much good information, I…
  • Future Learn + 4 Universities + BBC= 4 Amazing WW1 MOOCs

    Elizabeth Randell
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    FutureLearn has announced an amazing collaboration between 4 University Partners and the BBC which gives learners a chance to learn about World War 1 in a whole new way!  The BBC has opened its archives and shared multimedia content covering various aspects of the war and each university will present a different aspect of the first World War – from Aviation to the Treaty of Paris and more.   Why The Focus on World War One? 2014 marks the centennial year of the beginning of the First World War. The war began in the Balkans, but it soon spread to become a European conflict, and…
 
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  • Green Screen Talent Now, Welcomes New Talent.

    Kevin
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Green Screen Talent Now, Welcomes New Talent. Green Screen Talent Now, a team based out of Jacksonville, FL comprised of writers, producers, marketing experts and video gurus who provide quality video content for all markets and mediums, announced the addition of virtual spokesperson talent to its already impressive lineup of available male and female spokesperson offerings. Visitors can visitgreenscreentalentnow.com and click on the “Get Started” page to view the encompassing selection of professional video spokespersons of all ethnicities, ages and specialties so that they may get a…
  • American Foundry Society Rolls Out Operations Benchmarking Platform.

    Kevin
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    American Foundry Society Rolls Out Operations Benchmarking Platform. Dynamic Benchmarking, a provider of online benchmarking survey and reporting solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of a new, web-based benchmarking tool for the American Foundry Society (AFS). This new data collection and reporting platform provides valuable, real-time comparison of key performance indicators for AFS members that can be used to improve performance and profitability. The survey data will help AFS members in the United States and abroad make informed decisions for the future of their operations…
  • MailPix Announces SameDayPix App for Android Users.

    Kevin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    MailPix Announces SameDayPix App for Android Users. MailPix.com, the photo-printing and gifting site, has launched an Android version of its successful SameDayPix App. The free app is now available on the Google Play Store. Just like the iOS version, SameDayPix lets users select pictures from their camera roll and social media accounts and have them ready for pick up in less than an hour. “Following the success of our SameDayPix app for iOS, we wanted to duplicate this experience for Android users,” says Fred H. Lerner, founder and CEO, MailPix. “This app combines the ease-of-use of…
  • Droidles, the Social Network of Robots and Open Source Platform for the IoT.

    Kevin
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Droidles, the Social Network of Robots and Open Source Platform for the IoT. The first product launch from start-up Hurley Research LLC, Droidles is a next generation approach to robotics. What sets Droidles completely apart from other stand alone robotic toys is patent pending technology that allows them to communicate, share code with each other and evolve new programs, all wirelessly over the internet. Droidles. “The invention is the system,” said Hurley Research founder Jay Hurley. “We’re giving the little Droidles a life of their own, both physically and on the…
  • Member Solutions Adds New Dashboard to myVolo Online Billing.

    Kevin
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Member Solutions Adds New Dashboard to myVolo Online Billing. Member Solutions, the leading provider of full-service membership billing, payment processing and member management software solutions for membership businesses across the Fitness business industry, today announced the release of a new dashboard to its online billing, scheduling and business management software solution, myVolo. The dashboard gives myVolo clients quick access to key business elements, including performance metrics, graphs and diagrams for revenue, sales and value, prospect activity and active members by program.
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • 4 Science Backed Ways To Increase Conversions

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    SharesIf 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
    SharesLets 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
    SharesOpen 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.
  • First impressions of Apple’s new programming language Swift

    Yann Irbah
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    SharesApple had some interesting news for us at the WWDC 2014. But besides the new flat user interface (UI) OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 – the most surprising announcement was the new language Swift. This … Read more The post First impressions of Apple’s new programming language Swift appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • Former Alibaba VP Porter Erisman talks entrepreneurship and e-commerce

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    22 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    SharesOn May 6th, Alibaba one of China’s first internet businesses filed papers to go public in the United States, in what may become one of the largest IPO’s in American history – with analyst estimating … Read more The post Former Alibaba VP Porter Erisman talks entrepreneurship and e-commerce appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
 
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  • SocialCops Raises USD 320K from 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan and Manoj Menon

    Team TechPanda
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    SocialCops, a technology data company that aims to power decision making through high quality data sourced from the grassroots has announced USD 320k in seed funding from investors including 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan (MD, Google[...]
  • Think Twice Before you Start a Startup.

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    If you are an Indian working in an MNC drawing a fat pay check, then throughout your career you have been advised about how starting up is the right thing to do. I will tell[...]
  • RailYatri Emerges as a Winner Again; Bags mBillionth Award

    Prateek Panda
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    RailYatri won at the 5th mBillionth South Asia award that recognizes and celebrates companies that influence social development via Mobile as a first screen. RailYatri won the award for the category: m-Travel and Tourism. mBillionth[...]
  • Housing.com – Revolutionary Map Based Real Estate Portal

    Suumit
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    There was a time when ‘Brokers’ were considered to be the backbone of the real estate industry. With the growth of real estate industry past a few decades made several Internet entrepreneurs to come up[...]
  • Top Office Software for Productivity and Efficiency

    Team TechPanda
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Alongside the shortage of disposable money, a lack of time is a challenge common to all startups in the early months. Between setting up and running an online presence and contacting investors; creating a business[...]
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  • KT Introduces Automatic Wi-Fi Roaming Service For Travelers.

    Kevin C
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    KT Introduces Automatic Wi-Fi Roaming Service For Travelers. Those who have plans to travel to Japan during this summer will have the luck of being able to continue enjoying some wireless Internet through KT’s Automatic Wi-Fi Roaming service. Korea’ s largest telecom service provider stated during July 28th that it has revealed the Wi-Fi roaming service that allows the user to access affiliated Wi-Fi networks without entering an ID and password. To celebrate the service’s launch, KT will hold a promotional event. Unlimited Wifi. The unlimited Wi-Fi roaming service is…
  • LG Announces The Release of 105-Inch 21:9 CURVED ULTRA HD TV.

    Kevin C
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    LG Announces The Release of 105-Inch 21:9 CURVED ULTRA HD TV. First shown to the public at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, the 105-inch CURVED ULTRA HD TV from LG Electronics (LG) became available for pre-orders this week in South Korea. With a resolution of over 11 million pixels (5120 x 2160) and CinemaScope 21:9 aspect ratio, LG’s model 105UC9 TV delivers a truly immersive viewer experience with ultra-sharp, lifelike images and stunning virtual surround sound. Curved TV. The LG CURVED ULTRA HD TV’s cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio LCD screen features 11 million pixels, five…
  • Huntkey at China Sourcing Fair Electronics, August 2014, Indonesia.

    Kevin C
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Huntkey at China Sourcing Fair Electronics, August 2014, Indonesia. Huntkey Enterprise Group, a global professional power supply provider will unveil its innovative consumer electronics at China Sourcing Fair Electronics 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Works. Huntkey is well known to customers by its star products: power supplies and power strips. Huntkey has been working hard on the inheritance and the innovation of its products over the past 20 years, aiming to provide its customers with solid products. Huntkey star products such as X7 900, CP350H and Jumper400 will be showcased at…
  • Flipkart Secures $1 billion to Further Enhance It E-commerce in India.

    Kevin C
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Flipkart Secures $1 billion to Further Enhance It E-commerce in India. Flipkart has been undergoing quite the interesting year. As of today, the India-based e-commerce company has confirmed the recent rumors that it has manage to raise over $1 billion investment round, as it searches for new verticals, expands its operations and stave off challenges from both Amazon and eBay. Investment. A recent announcement has confirmed that this round has included participants from existing investors such as Tiger Global, Yuri Milner’s DST Global group, Accel Partners, ICONIQ Capital, Morgan Stanley…
  • Easy Taxi Raises US$40 million in Series D funding.

    Kevin C
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Easy Taxi Raises US$40 million in Series D funding. Rocket Internet’s very own Easy Taxi has recently managed to secure over US$40 million in Series D funding from a bundle of investors, contributing to its growing efforts in Asia and Latin America. Investors. This round was led by an international group of investors, these included German Tengelmann Ventures, the investment company behind multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group, and Russia’s Phenomen Ventures, this money shall provide a great boon for Easy Taxi as it aims to become the top taxi application in various markets.
 
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  • TEDx -BANGALORE

    Susmitha Kasaram
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    TED, where ideas worth spreading. It has created TEDx – BANGALORE event. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED like experience. This TEDx supports independent organizers those who desire to create a TED like event in their community. In this event, TED Talks, video and live […]
  • Plustxt INDIA-Mobile App

    Susmitha Kasaram
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Communication is an exchange of views, and to communicate with others we use language. Moreover, this happens by directly talking, phone calls and purely messaging. Most of the people use messaging as a medium to communicate with others. Because of phone calls, there will be some sort of disturbance while talking when you are outdoor. […]
  • NowFloats- Creates a Website just in 13 minutes

    Susmitha Kasaram
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
      How do you highlight your business? On the other hand, what do you do to get others know about your business?? The answer is we simply advertise it. However, in today’s internet world, everything is donning through the internet. Even a grocery shop has a website in these days. Every business either small scale […]
  • Hirerabbit

    Susmitha Kasaram
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Being hired by a company is a long process. First, you have to search for the company and has to upload your resume, wait for the interview and then selection process. In some of the web sites, you will not get complete information about the company and about the job description. It is better if […]
  • Nirvana Information Inc- Innovation made in china

    Navya S
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Nirvana Information Inc-It works in direct marketing and financial service industries, NI is to give the creative large scale web solutions to the customers. Its main motto is “innovation made in china”. Nirvana Information Inc. was founded in March 2007 by executives from the Silicon Valley start-ups and leading Chinese enterprise software companies.It has breath […]
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  • Hiring people for your startup

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    One of the most exciting and the most challenging aspects of running a start-up is hiring staff. When you begin to become successful you will find that you need people to help you out. This means taking on new staff.
  • Before you start your business - Part Two

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    In the first article in this short series we looked at ways in which you could build up business for your start-up before you even open the doors. Getting this part of your preparation right means that you have a steady stream of revenue in the early days of operations, which means that you’re much better prepared for the rough-and-tumble of the first 2 to 3 years of business life.
  • Before you start your business

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Starting a business is quite a challenge. You can face uncertainty and fear, not to mention huge bills that keep mounting up as you struggle to make profit. This is reality, and it is also the reason why so many businesses fail at the first hurdle.
  • Cashflow, the biggest challenge for any startup

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    One of the most important aspects of your startup is the cash flow. Cashflow is one of the ultimate deciders of business success. As a business grows, borrows and makes profit, it will begin to accumulate costs and income streams. All of these combine together to form cashflow. If you’re not in control of cashflow, however, you will soon find your startup falling down.
  • Making a Business Plan for a Small Business (Part Two)

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    In the first part of this article we looked at a couple of aspects around creating a business plan. We also talked about how creating your business plan for your small business is not necessarily a difficult matter. It’s more about knowing what could possibly stand in the way and knowing the costs for the basic operations of your business. We made it clear that unless you know the costs for your business it will prove very difficult to receive any kind of investment. We also explained how knowing your market is vital to understanding whether or not you’ll have a business that will make a…
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Encouraging Engagement: Twitter Edition

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    As you begin to refine your social media strategies for your small business, there are several sites that post features integral to the success of your brand. These networks pose an invaluable opportunity for owners, as they allow executives and employees to connect to consumers on a platform that can be accessed the world over. Twitter is one of the most influential social networks on the Internet, boasting more than 255 million active monthly users. Creating your profile may seem easy enough, but developing content that will inspire consumers to interact with your brand may be more…
  • Customer Service Tips To Take From Marvel

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    In the past several years, Marvel - the company responsible for some of the world's most well-known superhero comics, movies and games - has become increasingly popular. The interest in this company can be attributed to a number of factors, ranging from the spawn of a new era of superhero films sparked by 2008's "Iron Man" to elevated interest in comic books among preteens and young adults.  No matter the reason, Marvel's newfound popularity has allowed the company to express a great deal of creative freedom in its operations. Not only has Marvel Studios developed one of the most…
  • Infographic: How Do Small Businesses Finance Growth?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    When operating a small business, owners must learn about a variety of channels that may help finance the company. While some individuals may have the capital to fund their desired initiatives, more often than not, people must seek outside means to cover monetary costs for specific projects. This outside funding may spur growth within the business, especially when applied to certain initiatives that can help departments significantly improve. One option that many small business owners frequently choose is small business loans, as these funds are not only reliable, but also provide business…
  • Going Green: Switching To Paperless

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Many small businesses have searched for ways to adopt greener practices in their operations. There are several alterations that can be made to the outside of the building - such as installing solar panels or painting the roof white - but there are a variety of ways small business owners can make their offices more environmentally friendly. Telecommuting, sourcing from local vendors and adopting paperless practices may significantly help your business transition to more eco-friendly operations. Reducing the amount of paper waste your business creates each year is essential for saving the…
  • Infographic: Creating an Effective Landing Page for Your Small Business

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    When you're developing content to fill your online presence, there are many different formats, programs, sites and tactics to undertake during the creation process. Aside from social media marketing campaigns and proper forms to include on your website, small business owners should be sure to study up on their landing pages - or the pages consumers land on after clicking on a link. Depending on the landing page's purpose, this website form may be integral for collecting leads and connecting consumers to relevant information. Landing pages are frequently the first form of contact your small…
 
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    TechJuice

  • Enjoy Jousting Medieval-Style with Rival Knights for Android & iOS

    Uzair Ahmed
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    Jousting is a medieval sport that still lives on in some parts of the world. Though most of us may have been introduced to this epic battle of strength and steel via TV shows or movies like Game of Thrones and A Knight’s Tale, now everyone has a chance to become Ser Loras Tyrell or Sir William Thatcher in Gameloft’s Rival Knights.Storyline ( … because every good game needs one)The campaign mode of Rival Knights follows the story of a so-called peasant (you!) who has entered the jousting tournament in hopes of earning fame, while collecting some gold on the side. The tournament has…
  • StarHub’s Crowdfunding Platform Crowdtivate Officially Launches to Public

    Uzair Ahmed
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Asia’s first telco-supported social launchpad and crowdfunding platform Crowdtivate was officially launched for public this Tuesday. Announced earlier in April this year with a mission to ‘empower entrepreneurs in Asia’, Crowdtivate is backed by Singapore’s second largest telecommunication services provider StarHub.Crowdtivate’s launch was accompanied with the announcement of 12 startup projects short-listed from around 400 submissions. Most of the startups currently listed at Crowdtivate’s website target the Technology domain, while projects related to Social Entrepreneurship,…
  • Mobile Paisa: Convenience for all

    Zain Peracha
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    Warid Telecom and Bank Alfalah Limited have come together in and now formally announced the launch of the marketing campaign for Branchless Banking Services under the brand name Mobile Paisa in Pakistan. The launch of Mobile Paisa was announced earlier this year with the promise of trust and convenience with both brands borrowing heavily on the “reliability factor” they own in the market.The service is launched in collaboration with Monet (Pvt.) Limited as the technology provider, who are using the technology of Visa International, to offer branchless banking solutions to banks and…
  • Telenor Announces Strong Quarterly Results for Q2 2014

    Uzair Ahmed
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Telenor Pakistan announced interim results for second quarter of 2014 this Wednesday which show strong growth in subscriber base and total revenue for the second largest telecom operator of the country.According to the quarterly results, Telenor added 1.503 million new subscribers during Q2, after which Telenor now stands at 36.572 million total subscribers. Telenor’s EBITDA (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) also saw an 11% year-over-year growth, and 19% increase as compared to the Q1 2014. Moreover, a 5.6% year-over-year total revenue growth in first six…
  • 5 Smart Ways to Build Your Brand

    Fariha Muazzam
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    After having shared 5 tips on successfully naming your brand, we bring to you 5 smart ways to build your brand.On the out, entrepreneurship and setting up your own company would seem like an easy task. You would think that having the money or the investors is enough, but it is not. Setting a place for yourself in the business world requires tactics and well-thought of strategies, because penetrating the market and making a mark determines your position there, while skillful manipulation of circumstances and market’s demands to your advantage is reciprocal to the lifespan of your…
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, News, Resources, Interviews

  • Pros And Cons of Working At A Startup [Startup Infographics]

    Asish Das
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Working at a startups sounds interesting and cool. A startup is the most innovative place to work at. When working for a big company you are bound to follow the structure and can’t be innovative, your views carry very less importance  there but while working at a startup you can expect your views to be implemented in no time. But there are not only pros. While you work with a startup there are many cons of it.The info-graphic shows the pro and con sides of working at a startup.   Source: VentureVillage The post Pros And Cons of Working At A Startup [Startup Infographics] appeared…
  • Volunteering Solutions – Connecting Students With International Organizations

    Siddhartha Sarma
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    With a thriving economy and the desire to do something big, Saurabh Sabharwal started Volunteering Solutions to give the students an opportunity to do volunteering and internships abroad in various fields. The startup was launched in 2007 in India and now spanning across 21 destinations in the world. The founder always wanted to do something challenging, to setup a company and provide employment to people for his own satisfaction. VolSol comprises a team of 32 associates off-shore and onsite. Saurabh completed his higher studies in Australia and with an experience of working with Hilton in…
  • SayOut.in – Makes Your Promotional Campaigns Go Viral

    Siddhartha Sarma
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    SayOut is a platform to target the wide Indian audience for advertising and promotion campaigns. This Mumbai based startup was founded by Raushan Jha, a Bachelor of Management studies on 11th June, 2014. Within one month of its launch, SayOut has employed over 25 young dynamic talents from various urban centers with varied educational backgrounds and diverse expertise. Nobody counts the number of advertisement campaign you run. They just remember the impression you make and the SayOut team – a pack of quirky characters with a representative tactic helps you in making the campaigns go viral.
  • Rs. 10,000 Crore For Startup And Entrepreneurship Development; Union Budget 2014

    Asish Das
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    This year the Indian Government is paying high attention towards entrepreneurship. While a month ago Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi announced to form a separate department for Entrepreneurship lead by Mr.Sarbananda Sonowal , today the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his debut finance speech announced Rs. 10,000 crore to boost entrepreneurship in India. Mostly small enterprises and startups are self funded or bootsrapped. Acceptiing that promoting entreprenurship still remains a challenge, Mr. Jaitley said one of the biggest hurdles has been the availability of capital by way…
  • Pennyful.in – Gifting you, your money!

    Siddhartha Sarma
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Today in India, two terms are widely used in online shopping, discount coupons and cash back. While there are many such websites offering this, Pennyful is one of the first websites to offer cash back to the online shoppers in India. Funded by family and friends, Ravitej Yadalam founded Pennyful in May, 2010. Yadalam, an Electronics and Communication engineer from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore believes that the entrepreneurial spirit was always in him. Always wanting to become an entrepreneur, and during his college days the idea – Pennyful, stuck his mind. Ravitej Yadalam, CEO and…
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  • What startup events in Europe you shouldn’t miss in the fall of 2014

    Florin Muresan
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Summer is here. It’s time to relax, sunbath, and enjoy the lovely warm weather. While you lay in the sun, sipping at that cocktail, I’ll make sure you are prepared for autumn. So, I’ve taken the liberty of complying a list of upcoming startup events this fall. I will try to cover…
  • Kickstarter vs Indiegogo. The crowdfunding gunslingers.

    Florin Muresan
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The battle begins: Kickstarter vs Indiegogo. Fight! Kickstarter and Indiegogo are two of the most popular donation-based crowdfunding platforms. Go and take a look at  our infographic: Top 5 crowdfunding platforms, and you’ll convince yourself. They were founded in 2009 and 2007 respectively, and since then they’ve been leading a…
  • [Infographic] 5 Most Inspirational Growth Hacks of All Times

    Florin Muresan
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Growth hacking is great when you have a startup and you want to make it big in a short amount of time. To do that, you need a brilliant idea, of course. Today, I will tell you a little bit about 5 growth hacks that have been used by the biggest…
  • The secret behind Mint success story

    Florin Muresan
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Mint is one of those startups that falls into the category of successful stories. It is a free software available in Canada and USA, which deals with your personal finance. How many of you are currently having trouble saving money? I am positive that you’ve been postponing that trip to Paris…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] How to maximize your networking skills at a startup event

    Florin Muresan
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Who doesn’t like to go to events? I personally love to go out and meet new and interesting people. A startup event is definitely something you don’t want to miss, if you’re an entrepreneur or you already have your own start up. I am sure that you’ve already went to…
 
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  • Peer To Peer Multi-Platform, Bank Independent, Money Transfers

    Startup Tip
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Startuptip news sasfer peer to peer money lending platform Canada based Sashfer announced the launch of its app that helps peer to peer multi-platform and bank independent money transfers. The micro payment processor app that makes it easy to collect money from friends family and others for drinks, lunch, rent and more or pool money for parties, events, gifts etc. Sashfer also allows users to remind people who owe them money to pay up. After creating an account users need to select request to collect from a friend who owes money. User can send a memo through Facebook, Twitter or eMail and…
  • Find Hotels With Best WiFi Connection

    Startup Tip
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Startuptip news  Hotel WiFi Test collects, analyzes and distributes data about WiFi quality in hotels around the world. Say goodbye to hotels with bad wifi connection as Hotel WiFi test is a startup that ranks hotels by the speed of their Internet connections. In the increasing connected world the internet capability of a hotel plays an important role for many travellers both travelling on business and for personal trips. By raking hotels based on the wifi speed Hotel WiFi Test helps travellers to find hotels with best internet connection. The wifi speed is crowdsourced from travelers…
  • Smart Shoes That Navigate You To Your Destination

    Startup Tip
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Startuptip news   Indian startup Ducere Technologies announced the launch of interactive haptic footwear a smart shoe called Lechal.  The smart shoe will guide users to navigate and reach their destination in a smarter way.  Once the user sets the destination they will receive vibratory feedback in shoes to guide them in the right path. The smart shoe connects with smartphone using bluetooth. Combining GPS and Google Maps from smartphone the footwear uses vibrations to guide users to reach their destination alerting them when and where to take a turn. It can also record paths, tag…
  • 7 Startups Selected For Healthcare Accelerator Program

    Startup Tip
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Startuptip news New York Digital Health Accelerator New York Digital Health Accelerator announced that seven new companies have been selected to participate in its accelerator program for the class of 2014. In addition to an average capital investment of $100,000 these start-ups will work closely with senior-level executives to fine-tune and develop their technologies and business strategies through direct mentorship. There will also be a series of workshops, panel discussions, user-group sessions, networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings and presentations. The 2014 class was selected…
  • $600K Funding – Startup Accelerator Program For Women

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    23 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Startuptip news Prosper women startup accelerator program St Louis based Prosper announced the launch of startup accelerator program to fund twelve companies to the tune of $600,000 annually into St. Louis area companies. What is unique about this accelerator program is that funding will be focussed solely on women-led companies. The accelerator states that while it does not necessarily require a female CEO, the company to be admitted in the accelerator program needs to have a strong woman in the C-suite. Led by Jennifer Ehlen – founder and CEO – Prosper will split into two separate…
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  • 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…
  • Joshua and Jill Stanton- Screw the Nine to Five with Affiliate Marketing

    Melinda Yeaman
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “This is the moment we pivot” – Jill Stanton on Failure “If we build a vague audience eventually someone will buy something” -NOT! Jill tells us this was their “jaw-dropping failure” that caused them to pivot and create the process that began making them 10 grand a month in a year and a half. This fun couple enjoy location freedom by using a process for affiliate marketing that they developed together. Listening to Joshua and Jill is worth the time to figure out how they…
  • Claudine Hellmuth: Passive Income for Artists and Makers

    Melinda Yeaman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “Feeling the fear, but doing it anyway” Martha Stewart’s stalker decided to interview with us! Okay, so not really a stalker, but Claudine Hellmuth was determined to get on Martha’s show. This girl has tenacity and she shares her story of TV, licensing, webinars, blogs, and how she made it all work. Not only is this a fun episode to listen to, but there is a lot of insight into passive income streams and how to capture your audience. Highlights: Passive Income Streams How to get on TV Makers…
  • Anthony Tran: How to Grow an Online Audience

    Melinda Yeaman
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “I always lead with value and I just don’t ask for anything” Let’s boil this down, according to Anthony Tran, people like to do business with people. It doesn’t seem like rocket science to understand that creating value to help others is just good business . The question is, HOW do you help people through social media? Seriously, how do you reach your global audience on a personal level? Listening to this podcast, Anthony has some great insight and specific, proven habits that have brought…
  • Mobile Tech News Served Up Hot

    Melinda Yeaman
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “I never really though of mobile devices being controlled by IT, but that’s the exact route that Google is using.” Are you walking around with a shattered iPhone screen because you would rather wait for the new one rather than repair it? This podcast is serving up piping hot updates on the new iPhone screen and much more. Highlights: Sapphire Corning Google Iphone 6 updates More from Jason: http://www.idoidevices.com/ http://www.imthemobile.guru/ If you enjoy Outlier On Air, please Subscribe &…
 
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