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  • From Food Cart to Award-Winning Restaurant: A Secret to Success Story

    Bplans Blog
    Anthony St. Clair
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    One entrepreneurial couple's story of going from food cart owners to opening an award-winning brewery. Want to open a restaurant or a food cart? Read on. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Heart and Mind Fusion: What Is It and Why It Will Help You Succeed?

    The Next Women - Business Magazine
    Guest Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:22 am
    Magdalena Bak-Maier, trained neuroscientist, coach and author speaks to The Next Women about Heart and Mind Fusion.read more
  • All of the Tools You’ll Ever Need for Your Bootstrapped Startup

    TheFunded Founder Institute News
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Bootstrapping your company affords you more creative freedom in the overall direction of your company. However, relying on your own resources and funds to launch and run a startup comes with its own share of challenges. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of startup tools that are free or cost-effective for the budding entrepreneur. From naming your company to startup legal basics, from sales and traction to team and advisors, we’ve got you covered for every stage of your startup. See the infographic below for all of the essential tools you’ll need for bootstrapping your startup:…
  • Fame, Fortune Or Flexibility – As A Startup, Which Is The Most Valuable?

    PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech
    Dan Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    Everyone who creates a startup company does so for a reason – often multiple reasons when we look at the business aspects. Perhaps there’s a niche in the market they’ve discovered and have decided to create a product that will perfectly suit it (social media was originally this, in terms of online communications). Maybe there’s... The post Fame, Fortune Or Flexibility – As A Startup, Which Is The Most Valuable? appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Fall is for Fundraising: 51 Tips from Danielle Morrill

    StartupMuse » StartupMuse - Startup Stories
    Alexander Muse
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    If you’re like many entrepreneurs (including me) you’re about to start visiting VCs in an effort to raise capital before the holidays. Danielle Morrill tweeted 51 tips for you and I couldn’t help but respond to each one last night. Following the thread on twitter is almost impossible so I’m reposting the tips and my responses here: Danielle: 1) Fundraising this fall? I have some unconventional tips for you to make your experience awesome. Me: my unconventional responses to ‘fall fundraising’ to follow… Danielle: 2) when visiting a16z show up…
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    Fast Company

  • Direct Response: How Tech Is Aiding The European Refugee Crisis

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Facebook and Amazon users are helping migrants get everything from clean underwear to a place to live.The European refugee crisis is reaching a fever pitch this week, with train stations flooded by migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. In response, citizens are going beyond charitable donations and are turning to social media and other novel tech methods to assist those in need. Interestingly, many of these projects actually leverage e-commerce in ways designed to help the refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and elsewhere.Read Full Story
  • Why Are You Still Making These Basic Email Privacy Mistakes?

    Steven Melendez
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Everybody knows never to mix personal and work email. But everybody does it anyway.It's the oldest Internet advice in the book: Keep your personal and professional online lives separate.Read Full Story
  • Note-Taking Just Became Easier With Google's New Voice Transcription Tool

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:55 am
    Just in time for the school year, Google is upping its docs game.As the new school year gets off the ground, Google has updated Docs with a number of features that should help students be more productive and efficient. On Wednesday, Google introduced voice transcription, research capabilities, simpler data visualization tools, and Microsoft Office-style templates, along with the ability to take surveys and more easily check who recently edited a file.Read Full Story
  • Today in Tabs: Come On Obama

    Rusty Foster
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    Got Milt?Question: What do these tabs all have in common? today was honestly awfulRead Full Story
  • This New Drone Is Designed To Safely Break Apart On Impact

    Daniel Terdiman
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    The Snap, from Vantage Robotics, features magnetic break-apart components and, surprisingly, a high-quality 4K camera.One of the biggest concerns people have about drones is that they are thought to be dangerous: People can lose control of them and endanger people and property, or fly them too close to aircraft and put entire flights at risk.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Intuit is killing its Slideshare competitor Docstoc on December 1

    Ken Yeung
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Document-sharing service Docstoc is shutting its doors on December 1. The company advises that users download their public and private documents before then. When reached for comment, Docstoc replied that the shutdown is a result of Intuit’s decision “to discontinue these products”. Additionally, the team plans “to support our existing customers, but will not be able to allow any new registrations or subscriptions.” In December 2013, the company was acquired by Intuit for a price reported to be upwards of $50 million. It was started by Jason Nazar and Alon…
  • Google Compute Engine launches Autoscaler out of beta

    Jordan Novet
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Google today announced that the autoscaling feature for its Google Compute Engine cloud infrastructure service is now out of beta and generally available to everyone. Google first announced the Autoscaler back in November 2014 at its Google Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco. Now developers can automate the process of provisioning more or less cloud infrastructure. They can make rules based on average CPU utilization, the number of web requests per second, and other metrics. “With Google Compute Engine Autoscaler you’re able to dynamically scale the number of instances in…
  • The next Apple TV: Everything we know so far

    Tom Mc Shea
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:59 am
    Apple is holding an event on September 9 in San Francisco where it’s expected to unveil the iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, and yes, the next-generation Apple TV. Since its release in 2007, Apple’s TV box has served as a complement to other living room electronics. However, if the rumors are true, that small role could expand in a big way. Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the rumored Apple TV launch. The new remote The newest Apple TV is being positioned to tackle home gaming in the same way the iPhone took over the mobile space. According to 9to5Mac, the Apple TV…
  • Bloomlagoon enters the collectible-card fray, announces Spirit Hunters for iOS

    Tom Mc Shea
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:56 am
    Bloomlagoon, the Finish studio founded by former Angry Birds developers, is releasing its third game this fall. Spirit Hunters is an action role-playing game in which cards are your main resource. Collect cards and craft items to fend off the ghoulish monsters on your heels. Digital card games are a dominant fixture in the mobile landscape. Fueled by the success of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, countless competitors have leapt into the lucrative field, including Star Wars: Force Collection and Marvel: War of Heroes. The worldwide revenue of this genre should near $1.3 billion in 2015. So…
  • Samsung releases Gear S2 SDK, watch ships with Uber, ESPN, Yale, Nike, CNN apps

    Mark Sullivan
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:03 am
    Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatch will ship with Uber, ESPN, Yale, Nike, and CNN apps on board. Those app developers, and others, were given early access to the Gear S2 software development kit (SDK), which Samsung officially made available to all developers today. (See our hands-on look at the new watch here.) Indeed, Samsung said more than a thousand apps will be available when the smartwatch launches. This is in addition to the 5,000 apps already available to Samsung Gear users. From VentureBeat Massive customer engagement through mobile? Yes you can. Join us for an interactive…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • INNOVATE2016: The Next Generation Of Politicians Must Understand Innovation

    Andrew Keen
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
     The future lies with Californian politicians. Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee are examples of politicians who are no longer stuck in the mindset of the past, perhaps because they are all very familiar with models of Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship. Read More
  • Apple Continuing To Strengthen Its Smartphone Market Share In The U.S.

    Lucas Matney
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:41 am
     More and more Americans are buying into the Apple smartphone ecosystem, largely at the expense of Samsung. A new report from the digital media analytics company comScore suggests that Apple’s iPhone is continuing to further its lead in the U.S. smartphone market, now accounting for 44.2 percen Read More
  • Mobile App Letgo Raises $100 Million From Naspers To Take Over Classifieds In The U.S.

    Sarah Perez
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:10 am
     Can a mobile classified app topple the behemoth that is Craigslist? A company called letgo aims to find out. Its app, which lets users buy and sell items locally, has quietly grown to over 2 million downloads since its launch earlier this year. And today, the company is announcing having raised $100 million in Series A funding from South African media company and tech investor Naspers… Read More
  • Local Services Marketplace Thumbtack Acqui-Hires HeartThis In Its First M&A Move

    Ingrid Lunden
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:33 am
     A year after Thumbtack raised $100 million to expand its marketplace for home services and other professional freelance jobs, the startup is making its first acquisition to beef up its engineering and product teams. It has acqui-hired talent from HeartThis, an app with 2 million users that lets consumers shop across multiples stores from a single portal. You might think that this is a… Read More
  • Google Search Will Now Surface Info On More Health Conditions

    Frederic Lardinois
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:23 am
     Google says one in 20 searches on Google Search are for health-related information and since February of this year, it’s been using its Knowledge Graph to quickly bring up medical facts when it spots a query about common health conditions. At the time, it was showing these improved results for about 400 conditions, but starting today, it’s rolling out an update that will bring… Read More
 
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  • Which metrics do Valley investors tend to check first?

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    When investors see our business for the first time, they need to wrap their head around it. It's like films - they often start with a bit of scene-setting before jumping in with the plot. Investors also like to hear the main numbers up front. They're pitched all day -- certain numbers tell them if your business matches their selection criteria to avoid wasting time talking about bad fits. Andreesen Horowitz explains: When initially evaluating businesses, investors often look at GMV, revenue, and bookings first because they’re an indicator of the size of the business. Once investors have a…
  • Disrupt or compete

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

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

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

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

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
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    VatorNews.tv

  • AOL buys Millennial Media to go deeper into mobile ads

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:12 am
    This is AOL's third acquisition in two weeks, after buying Ashe Avenue and Kanvas LabsWhen AOL was bought by Verizon for $44 billion earlier this year, the conventional wisdom was that Verizon wanted to get its hands on AOL's video and advertising platform, which the company has built up in the years since its disastrous merger with Time Warner ended.  Now we have confirmation that that was the case, as AOL announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement to buy mobile ad network Millennial Media to expand its reach into mobile. AOL will be paying…
  • Cloud access security broker Netskope raises $75M

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    Netskope performs analytics and enforces business and security policies in cloud appsWe've all been reading the stories about the high-profile data breaches that have been going on in the last few years. It started with businesses like Target and Home Depot, and most recently affected Ashley Madison. As a result of these events, mandates are coming from boards of directors to ensure that organizations not only have visibility, but also actionable policies that ensure that sensitive business data is not shared, nor stored, where it can be easily leaked or accessed by a third party.  That…
  • Daily Funding Roundup - Daily funding roundup - September 2, 2015

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Tanium landed $120M; NewsCred bagged $42M; Universal Avenue secured $5MConnectedYard, an innovator in smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has closed a $2.2-million seed round of funding led by Playground Global. The round was also joined by ConnectedYard's pre-seed investor, Tandem Capital. pHin, the company's first product, is reinventing pool and hot tub care by combining a Bluetooth® Smart and WiFi-enabled sensor, a mobile phone app and pre-measured chemicals into a subscription-based solution to take the guesswork out of…
  • LinkedIn employee tears into Google over app install ads

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Google said that it would downgrade mobile Web pages that covered the screen with app install ads(Story updated to reflect this as the opinion of Omar Restom, not LinkedIn as a company as previously reported) Google recently made an announcement that it would start to downgrade mobile web pages that show an app install interstitial that hides a significant amount of content. Those sites would be not be deemed "mobile friendly" and would lose standing in Google's search results.  You know who isn't happy about that? Those that make a lot of money either by showing…
  • How the top mobile games ever fared in their first year

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:09 pm
    If you have sub-5 million downloads in the first 12 months, chances are you don't have a hitHere's the harsh truth: for a game, its entire future is going to depend on its first year. Either you're a hit right out of the gate, or your sunk.  App Annie came out with its list of the most downloaded games of all time on Tuesday. Let's take a look at where each one was after one year on the market. #1 Candy Crush Saga - 500M downloads its first year The most downloaded game of all time is Candy Crush Saga. Released on mobile in November of 2012, by November of 2013 it was downloaded an…
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    Small Business Labs

  • The Newspaper Death Spiral

    Steve
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Observer's Newspaper Death Spiral Made Plain in One Chart covers the decline in newspaper ad revenue.  The key quote is: Newspapers are not a mass medium anymore. Newspaper penetration has fallen from a high of 124% in 1950 (when Americans bought multiple papers) to 37% in 2013, according to Editor & Publisher data. Two-thirds of Americans do not buy newspapers.  The one chart, shown below, is not surprising but still quite stunning. It's interesting how little digital revenue has helped this industry. Being a big fan of newspapers, I still get 3 dailies delivered…
  • Freelancers Embrace Health Insurance

    Steve
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    According to data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independent study, the percentage of U.S. full-time independent workers/freelancers who report having health insurance increased from 64% in 2013 to 82% in 2015.  This increase in coverage means that roughly 3.2 million more freelancers have health insurance than in 2013. Full-time independent workers are defined as those who work at least 15 hours a week as independent workers/freelancers (self-employed, independent contractors, etc.) in an average work week.  Three quarters of full-time independents report working more than…
  • Defining the Human Cloud

    Steve
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) - a leading, global analyst firm focused on the use of contingent workers by businesses - recently released a report on the human cloud. It's only available to their members. But since I called them a "leading, global analyst firm" and pitch them again at the end of this article, I'm hoping they'll be OK with me "borrowing" a bit from their report. They define the human cloud as: An emerging set of work intermediation models that enable work arrangements of various kinds to be established and completed (including payment of…
  • Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

    Steve
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pacific Standard's Who Really Runs the Airbnbs looks at the boom in Airbnb rentals in New Orleans with a focus on better understanding whether or not Airbnb hosts live in the space they rent. In New Orleans, most don't. Key quote: Only 34 percent of rentals are for rooms or shared rooms; 66 percent of listings are for an entire home or apartment. More than two-thirds (69 percent) are rented year round. Almost half of all hosts operate at least two rentals. These numbers suggest that your modal Airbnb host doesn’t live in the home they rent out. Some may actually live in…
  • The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

    Steve
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. The most recent bad news comes from the earnings (losses, actually) reported by 2 public makers of 3D printers. As reported in the WSJ article 3D Printer Firms Fall Flat, both 3D Systems and Stratasys reported ugly earnings due to "an increasingly uncertain outlook as many potential buyers hold out for what they hope will be better, faster machines." Another reason for the general sales slow down is the long anticipated consumer market for 3D printers has not materialized,…
 
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  • What Is a Brand? [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    Tweet What is and isn’t a brand? How do we as a society create and perceive the brands of people and companies? And can you shape, define and build a brand that lasts? A few weeks ago, I sat down with Behind the Brand and Visage to discuss Captivology and provide some advice for entrepreneurs. In this video, I discuss the anatomy of a brand and how startups can build a brand that captivates customers and creates loyal users. Tell me what you think about this video and brands in general in the comments or message me directly. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
  • The Role of Visual Content in Storytelling [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Tweet Merely seeing the Disney or Apple logos will make you more creative. Why is that? What colors should you use if we want our logo to feel more exciting or rugged? Why does Amazon use orange and yellow for its “Buy” buttons? Recently, I sat down with Behind the Brand and Visage to discuss Captivology and provide some advice for entrepreneurs. In this video, I discuss the anatomy color, logos and visual content in telling the story of a brand and their unconscious influence on our attention. Tell me what you think about this video in the comments. If you want to dive deeper…
  • John Boyega Wielding a Lightsaber [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    Tweet My inner nerd is screaming for joy! Star Wars can’t come fast enough: There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am PDT
  • Influencer Marketing: It Works

    Ben Parr
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Tweet The good people at eMarketer just published an analysis of influencer marketing campaigns, and they concluded something a lot of people have learned first-hand: influencer marketing works. According to eMarketer, the average EMV (earned media value) was 1.4x higher in the first half of 2015 than 2014’s averaged EMV. On average, companies gained $9.60 in EMV for every dollar spent. This was especially true in consumer goods, travel, beauty, and alcohol. This doesn’t surprise me — many influencers are YouTube, Vine, Snapchat and Instagram stars who specialize in beauty,…
  • You Shouldn’t Wear These Colors to a Job Interview [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    Tweet Color has a profound effect on our attention and decision-making. For example, one color in particular will make you seem less credible to potential employers and clients. In this ABC News interview, I discuss the power of the Captivation Triggers from my book and how red and orange affect our subconscious. If you want to dive deeper into the psychology of color, I recommend checking out the Automaticity chapter in Captivology. What color question do you have? Post it in the comments and I’ll try to answer it!
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    Mixergy

  • Master Class: How to overcome burnout – with Charlie Hoehn

    Arie Saint
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Charlie Hoehn was going down in flames. “I’d been spending days on my computer, indoors, and drinking tons of coffee,” says Charlie. “And then I secretly ordered these brain pills…what military fighter pilots use to stay awake on multi-day missions, and what doctors give to people with narcolepsy.” Charlie is the founder of Hoehn Zone Media. He’s “the guy behind the scenes,” which is why you may not have heard of his company. Charlie’s problem started while he was working on a million-dollar launch. To add to the pressure, he was also acting as the “director of…
  • How did Mac Cummings build a multimillion dollar company by engaging with influencers?

    Andrew Khalili
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Mac-Cumming This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How did Mac Cummings…
  • How Dan Caldwell grew TapouT from nothing to $100,000,000 in revenue

    Andrew Khalili
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Dan Caldwell This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How Dan Caldwell…
  • How to master the 30-day product launch (and demystify entrepreneurship) – with Morgen Newman

    Andrew Khalili
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Morgen Newman This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How to master the…
  • Master Class: How to build a six-figure community – with Mark Bowness

    Arie Saint
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    What if you could build a six-figure Facebook group in just 12 months? That’s what Mark Bowness did. Mark is the founder of Six Figure Facebook Group, and with ZERO dollars in ad spend, here are the results he got from his group in the first year: 60+ free leads per day $60,000 in sales with just one webinar A $54,000 product launch $10,000 profit on his first JV deal Mark first started testing groups because everyone and their (entrepreneurial) mother was using Facebook PAGES, and there were some major drawbacks… “I ran Facebook pages for many big organizations, businesses in the…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Connie Barnaba - Author

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Repeat BusinessMakers guest and listener favorite Connie Barnaba returns to The BusinessMakers Show—and now she’s written a book! Why Business Marriages Fail addresses those issues typically overlooked during acquisitions due diligence, performance analysis and market considerations. And who better to write this book? The founder and president of conflict management consulting firm Barnaba & Assoc. has, for years, considered herself a professional peacemaker. Russ conducts the interview.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Michelle Holmes

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    How do you know your brand needs an update? Robin Tooms asks Michelle Holmes, director of marketing for James Coney Island.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Byron Hebert

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Byron Hebert
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Byron Hebert continues his series on the Birkman Method®. This week he covers “Esteem,” highlighting how it contributes to the communication style of an individual and what one should look for when building a cohesive team.
  • School of Business 8/29/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|Leisa Holland-Nelson
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Russ and Leisa host the show that champions entrepreneurship. We’re happy to see you, Leisa! Includes: our Quote of the Week—well-said encouragement from American politician Newt Gingrich; This Week in Business History includes big names like the Stars & Stripes - our very own American flag, Geronimo’s Cadillac, the Toyota Lexus and eBay; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak to keep you cool with the Millennials.
  • Women Mean Business - Dr. Latha Ramchand

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Today’s extraordinary woman leads the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She’s also their best cheerleader! Leisa visits with Dr. Latha Ramchand, professor of finance and dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • Business Startup Checklist

    Candice Landau
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    Starting your own business may sound like an epic undertaking—but the truth is, it’s not. This checklist covers everything you need to start your business today. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Define Your Target Market

    Tim Berry
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    What’s my target market? What should it be? How would I know? Here’s a list of five things that will help you figure it out. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • From Food Cart to Award-Winning Restaurant: A Secret to Success Story

    Anthony St. Clair
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    One entrepreneurial couple's story of going from food cart owners to opening an award-winning brewery. Want to open a restaurant or a food cart? Read on. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How One Creative Freelancer Like You Almost Didn’t Get Paid

    Ann Rea
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Have you poured time and resources into a creative project and not been paid? Are you worried it could happen? If you're a freelancer, this is a must-read. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Your Small Business News Roundup 8.28.15

    Michael X. Heiligenstein
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week we’re covering 3D printing, millennials at work, and what you need to know about Black Monday. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Startup Lawyer

  • Demo Days and the General Solicitation Conundrum

    Ryan Roberts
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    If you’ve been to accelerator or incubator demo days, you’ve likely seen a presentation that either flat out mentions the specifics of a financing round in progress or the details of a proposed financing.  In the last couple years, however, some incubators and accelerators have been concerned that their demo days constitute, for their portfolio companies, … Continue reading →
  • 2015 StartupLawyer.com Upgrade

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

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

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

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

  • Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Finalists: Picking Duck

    Elliot Volkman
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    From apps to hardware, to KickStarter successes and international startups, we’re inching closer to finding out who will take home the title of Startup of the Year at our annual Tech.Co Celebrate Conference in October. Among the participants that applied for the online competitions, only a progressed into the semi-finals Climbing the ranks for our Western Region, Picking Duck was one of two semi-final winners. If they come out on top, Picking Duck can expect prizes and support from Tech Wildcatters, 500Startups, Consumer Electronics Association, Crowdfunder, Techstars, American…
  • Tech.Co Deals Roundup: Wrap Raises $12.7M, AOL Acquires Millennial Media

    Ronald Barba
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:14 pm
    In today’s Tech.Co deals roundup, we’ve got some funding news for a Salesforce Ventures-backed company and an acquisition by AOL. Some things you may have missed in the news: a California judge has ordered companies like Google, Intel, and Apple to pay $415 million in the no-poaching suit among Silicon Valley tech workers; and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announced that Wen Hsieh has been added to the the senior management team for its early-stage investing arm. Need more funding news? You can get the Tech.Co deals roundup send directly to your inbox by subscribing here.
  • Top Venture-Backed Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Startups

    Ronald Barba
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    When it comes to augmented and virtual reality, Oculus isn’t the only company in the industry that’s managed to earn wide commercial success. Sure, Oculus may have been acquired by Facebook for a cool $2 billion last year, but overall augmented reality and virtual reality startups are gaining a lot of traction in the current market. According to the recently released Frontier Tech Report by CB Insights, augmented reality and virtual reality startups (outside of Oculus) have  have raised $1 billion since the beginning of 2014. The report looks at investment activity in AR/VR…
  • 3 Tips from LeadsCon to Improve Your B2B Lead Generation Strategies

    Megan Gardner
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    Last week, the Big Apple hosted the ultimate conference for performance marketing and lead generation: LeadsCon. The conference was buzzing with energy as hundreds of industry professionals gathered for two days to discuss changing dynamics and top trends of lead generation in the B2B environment. Attendees had the chance to learn about B2B focused lead acquisition, nurturing, and conversion in the digital age. The conference welcomed industry experts from companies including Facebook, eMarketing Strategy, freshly.com, and many more to share their valuable insights. It was a whirlwind of…
  • Learn Entrepreneurship in Balinese Paradise [ PHOTOS ] 

    Kira M. Newman
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    You wake up in your Balinese villa, and have a dip in the pool before the equatorial sun climbs too high. Breakfast is ready for you afterward – organic, of course – and the day is filled with intensive, mind-expanding workshops. During meditation class, you try to stop being so excited about your new business idea – or tomorrow’s ziplining adventure – but it’s pretty hard, to be honest. 9-to-Thrive is an entrepreneurship course taught in Bali every month. For six days, people who want to quit their job (or already have) can come and learn how to be profitable…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • 4 Things To Never Lose Sight Of When It Comes To Content Marketing

    Steve Olenski
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:54 pm
    According to Smart Insights, content marketing is the most important digital marketing trend for 2015. Chances are, you’re fully aware that content marketing is where it’s at and you’ve already been implementing it into your marketing strategy.
  • What Makes a World's Most Innovative Company?

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center and co-author of the World’s Most Innovative Companies List, tells how he uses the Innovation Premium to rank companies. He also shares unifying traits that allow them to be innovative.
  • 10 Business Lessons From The Success Of The Kardashians

    Quora
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:54 am
    What Business Lessons Can Be Learned From The Success Of The Kardashians? This question was originally answered on Quora by Leonard Kim.
  • Find The Joy: The Case For Unrelenting Positivity

    Chris Myers
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:39 am
    There are countless things that keep business founders and leaders awake at night. Clients, employees, investors and everything in between can, and often do cause terrible stress and anxiety. The unconscious negativity that results from prolonged and persistent anxiety almost always has seriously detrimental effects on your team, relationships, and personal wellbeing.  The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Everyone has the potential to choose a different path; a path of positivity and joy, even in the face of the most difficult situations.
  • Sage Accounting Software Grows Ecosystem To Bring New Technology To Small and Medium Businesses

    Murray Newlands
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:42 am
    I interviewed Stephen Kelly, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Sage Group, a company that works hand-in-hand with small and medium business owners to help make their businesses accessible from in their store, and on the go. They have allowed companies to manage their finances right from the palm of their hand. Mr. Kelly has had 30 years of leadership experience and worked with a variety of small, medium, and large businesses in the past. His expertise shows during the interview, he very clearly knows what Sage Group needs to do and is helping to make it happen through careful…
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 8 Action Items Required To Sustain Market Leadership

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sometimes entrepreneurs are so focused on making change happen for others, that they forget that continually changing themselves and their company is equally important. Some get stuck in a rut and get run over by competitors with new technology, like Eastman Kodak, and others get pushed into a crisis, like Apple did, before they reinvent themselves into a new market. Everyone and every company needs to continually learn from their experience and adapt to a changing world to thrive. “If it ain't broke, don't fix it” is an old adage that really doesn’t work in today’s business world. If…
  • 6 Reasons To Reconsider Your Planned Corporate Escape

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The grass is always greener on the other side. It seems that everyone I know who works in a corporate environment dreams of escaping to become an entrepreneur, and every entrepreneur wishes he or she had the security of a regular paycheck. As someone who has experience on both sides of this fence, I’m convinced that the move from employee to entrepreneur is far more risky. Many good entrepreneurs I know have found that corporate roles are “recovery and recharge” positions between startups, since experienced entrepreneurs usually have a broad range of skills, and the flexibility and…
  • 4 Customer Decision Moments And How To React To Each

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today’s customers are much more in control of their buying decision, as they have more choices and more information than ever before. Almost instantly, via the Internet or on their smartphone in the store, they can find the lowest price alternative or their favorite features, without waiting for push marketing or listening to your best sales person. This can be an advantage to startups who don’t have the resources and brand awareness of mature businesses, if they understand and position themselves to win in the decisive moments of the new customer buying process. These decisive moments,…
  • 4 Strategies That Must Be Part of Customer Marketing

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    With the advent of social media and the pervasive move to smartphones, even customers who still prefer to purchase in brick-and-mortar stores have dramatically changed their shopping habits. Many people don’t post about their experiences, but still routinely check first to see what others are saying about the brand and the product online. This new customer paradigm is no longer a homogeneous group driven by traditional media, but a network of unique individuals who interact with each other to develop buying criteria and expect businesses to interact with them in a visible way. If you refuse…
  • 6 Top Motivations That Drive The Best Entrepreneurs

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    In my experience mentoring new entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders, I see far too many who seem to be driven by all the wrong reasons. Everyone seems to espouse extrinsic motivations, such as getting rich, having power, and fulfilling parent dreams, when in fact a focus on satisfying internal interests and desires will likely lead to more success, as well as satisfaction. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a couple of the best-known entrepreneurs of our time, and read about many more in the updated version of a classic book, “Discover Your True North,” by Harvard leadership…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Presentation Zen seminar in Paris October 5. Don't miss it!

    Garr
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    My friends at Ideas on Stage will hold the first ever Presentation Zen Experience seminar in Paris on October 5, 2015. The facilitator for the seminar is the incomparable Phil Waknell, co-founder of Ideas on Stage, the premier presentation design and training company in Europe, based in Paris. I will not be in Paris personally, but the content is all designed by me in cooperation with Phil and his team of storytellers and designers.This is the first time that a Presentation Zen seminar has been conducted publicly without me being the facilitator, but I have been impressed by the team at Ideas…
  • Hans Rosling: Upgrading our worldview via data visualization

    Garr
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Data and information are not inherently boring. The key is to select the appropriate (and accurate) data to support your message. Yet, it also matters how you bring the data alive, giving it context and meaning. One of the masters of displaying data in live talks is Swedish medical doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling, whom I've talked about often on this site and in my books (we were both keynoters at Tableau 2014 in Seattle as well; he's a wonderful man). His latest short presentation was posted this week and it's a great reminder of how to present a visualization in a simple, clear, and…
  • Contribution: the key to authenticity, engagement, & meaning

    Garr
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    When I wrote the first edition of Presentation Zen back in 2007, I said that presentations are better when they are prepared and delivered in the spirit of truly wanting to make a difference and a belief in the power of sharing ideas. The secret to this spirit or approach is contribution. This is a key part of Presentation Zen. It's not about showing off. It's not about impressing. It's not about winning (or losing). I quoted the incredible Benjamin Zander who said this when speaking to a group of remarkably talented young musicians: “This is the moment — this is the most important moment…
  • When a bar chart can be misleading

    Garr
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Just because a chart is correct, it does not mean it's not misleading. Here's an example: Back in the USA, on March 12, US Senator Ted Cruz and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden went head to head at a hearing on the President’s FY2016 budget request arguing as to what they thought NASA’s priorities are today. Sen. Cruz is known to be a climate-change skeptic and has often said that NASA should focus on space exploration and leave earth science to other agencies. Although Cruz and Bolden disagreed strongly, reports are that the hour-long meeting was nonetheless cordial. The interesting…
  • Scientifically Proven Ways to Persuade & Influence Others

    Garr
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    A good book I often recommend is: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini et al. I first read the book when it came out in 2008. The book is designed for professionals who are interested in becoming better at understanding how to persuade or influence others. The book may also help you understand why you decide to do the things you do. Even if you are a researcher or teacher or a medical doctor, and so on, and not a business person, it's still important to understand how people are (or can be) influenced and persuaded by your words and behaviors. Each…
 
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    Great Demo!

  • How Does Your CUSTOMER Know When You’ve Done Enough Discovery?

    Peter E. Cohan
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Discovery is done not just for your sake as the vendor, but (even more importantly) for your customer to feel comfortable about your proposed solution.  So, how do you know when you’ve done enough Discovery for your customer’s sake?For a medical doctor, it is when you have enough information to confidently make a diagnosis to be able to offer a prescription or procedure – and that the patient feels you have gathered enough information to make an accurate diagnosis.  Consider the following scenario…You’ve been sick for the past 6 days with what you believe is the flu, since…
  • [Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion Alert!] Upcoming Great Demo! Public Workshop

    Peter E. Cohan
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    We have one more Great Demo! Public Workshop currently scheduled in 2015:  October 14-15 in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Registration and additional information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-demo-workshop-on-oct-14-15-2015-registration-14382720103.This is an excellent opportunity for individuals, small groups or for teams that have new hires. It will be a 1.75-Day Workshop, with the first day focusing largely on core Great Demo! material and the second ¾ day addressing more advanced topics and techniques.  Public Workshops take place in the San Francisco…
  • How Do You Know When You've Done Enough Discovery?

    Peter E. Cohan
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:19 pm
    In your organization’s practices, do you have a measurement or method of determining when you’ve done enough Discovery with your customers?  Do you have a personal measurement that is different (and if so, what is it)?For example, what amount of Discovery do you require before delivering a Technical Proof demo (or customized or “deep dive” demo)?  Do you measure “sufficient” in terms of time, a completed document of questions and answers, a checklist of topics discussed, a gut feeling, or something else?
  • Results of Survey: What Percent of Your Team/Teammates Do a Good Job Doing Discovery?

    Peter E. Cohan
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Here are the results of survey (previous post - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TP6HK3B) as of Monday August 10):1. What percent of your team or teammates do a good job doing discovery, in your opinion? Results?  Averaging around 16%, ranging from 10-20%.  This suggests some SERIOUS challenges...!2.What percent think they do a good job doing discovery, but don’t really? Results?  Averaging around 60%, ranging from 30-80%.  This seems even more serious...!3.What percent of Discovery information gets adequately communicated within the sales…
  • What Percent of Your Team/Teammates Do A Good Job Doing Discovery?

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Please respond to this Informal survey – I’m very curious to see the results (and I expect you might be as well):1.  What percent of your team or teammates do a good job doing discovery, in your opinion?2.  What percent thinkthey do a good job doing discovery, but don’t really?3.  What percent of Discovery information gets adequately communicated within the sales team?4.  What percent of Discovery information ends up in your CRM system or other shared location?5.  In what percent of sales opportunities was sufficient Discovery information collected?Please use…
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    The Huffington Post | The Full Feed

  • Selfless Teen Waitress Covers Tab For Man Battling Cancer

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The power of the Internet is helping a teen's act of kindness go viral. After eating at Brother's Pizza in Hamilton, New Jersey on Aug. 27, Rick and Annette Lewallen received their check along with a surprise from their waitress, 17-year-old Daniela Bossi. According to NJ.com, Rick has been fighting brain cancer since April. Bossi, whose little sister is best friends with one of the couple's children, knew about his diagnosis and decided to cover the couple's tab using her tips. “For putting up the biggest fight, this one is on me," Bossi wrote on the check. Touched by the act of…
  • How Much Economic Power Do Dads Have?

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:36 pm
    False claims and inaccurate statistics about modern families abound. Many of these focus on dads, the most misunderstood part of the modern family. Mainstream media is filled with headlines and references to surveys that get fathers completely wrong. You can't understand the modern family without understanding the modern dad. And the distortions and stereotypes aren't just damaging to fathers. They're damaging to mothers. Stereotypes of the clueless, bumbling, incapable dad who can't handle basics of running a household propagate the big myth that fuels the country's backward policies on…
  • Finding Your Authentic 'Sales Goddess' Higher Self (Insight and a Quiz!)

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Throughout the history of sales training, many different processes have been taught and utilized. A variety of authorities have created unique frameworks to capture all of the essential skills that a salesperson should possess. While many professions have a set list of standard competencies, sales is not standardized. This lack of standardization is exactly what made the gurus' methods so essential. The sales methodology creators have taught from a place of experience, using what worked best in their respective time and industry. Though each iteration contained subtle differences, they…
  • Steve Jobs Unmasked ... Finally

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I've never understood this blind, ignorant and glazed-eye adoration of Steve Jobs. People who don't know him, have never met him and have little understanding of what havoc he's wreaked on ordinary people, then endlessly compare him to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and the other seminal inventors in human history. Steve Jobs never invented anything. Not the computer. Not the MP3 player. Not the cellphone. Nothing. Ever. Everything already existed. And the news media has followed him around like the guy with the shovel follows elephants around at the circus. Doing his bidding. Helping him…
  • Is Food the Safest and Most Powerful Form of Medicine?

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The diet industry generates revenue of 60 billion a year, despite its disappointing long-term success rates. Many resort to medications in order to lower the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses, seduced by pharmacotherapy's alluring commercials and the promise of instant results. Meanwhile are we ignoring a proven method to reduce the risk of heart disease? In a new editorial by Aseem Malhotra, James DiNicolantonio and Simon Capewell in BMJ's Open Heart the authors argue that rather than chase calories in the endless pursuit of weight loss, our cardiovascular system can benefit…
 
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Wrap Media Picks Up $12.7M

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:38 am
    San Francisco-based Wrap Media, which develops a mobile app to help users delivery mobile narratives, said today that it has raised $12.7M in a Series B funding round. The funding came from Raine Ventures and ProSiebenSat.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Pericom Semiconductor Acquired For $400M

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:31 am
    Milpitas-based clock and timing IC maker Pericom Semiconductor Corporation has been acquired by Diodes Incorporated, the two said this morning. Diodes says it is paying $400M in an all cash transaction for Pericom, which is publicly traded. Diodes said it will pay $17.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Netskope Gets $75M More

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:18 am
    Los Altos-based Netskope, a provider of cloud API and security tools, said today that it has raised $75M in a Series D funding round. The funding was led by Iconiq Capital, and also included Accel Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and the Social + Capital Partnership.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Zirx Snags Strategic Funding From BMW

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    San Francisco-based on-demand, valet parking service Zirx has scored a strategic funding from BMW's venture capital investment group, BMW i Ventures, the two said today. Size of the investment were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Qnovo Raises $8.6M For Smart Battery Charging

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:29 am
    Newark, California-based battery charging technology developer Qnovo announced this morning that it has raised $8.6M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Intel Capital, and also included RockPort Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, and BRV Lotus.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • What’s the Toughest to A/B Test on Ecommerce Sites?

    Linda Bustos
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Our friends at Wider Funnel are running an Ask Me Anything event this week.
  • Ecommerce Digest: August 2015

    Linda Bustos
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    As we near the end of summer and rapidly transition into the holiday season, enjoy our choice cuts of ecommerce goodness from the month of August.There’s a lot of talk about the “store of the future” – omnichannel Nirvana, where technology meets the in-store experience. But how is this technically achieved? Our own Matt Dion shares the secret with Total Retail.Digital marketers moving from campaign driven approach to a more customer-centric one recognize their need for a single customer view, which requires integrating data and eliminating silos. Econsultancy outlines…
  • Inside the Cross-Device Purchase Journey [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    Earlier this week we examined mobile context and mobile apps vs. websites. Today’s infographic looks at the cross-device purchase journey, courtesy of Signal.Tweetables67% of consumers move between devices when they’re shopping online. 98% switch devices within a single day Tweet this65% of consumers begin their online purchase path on smartphone. 61% continue on PC, 4% on tablet Tweet this2/3 smartphone users say they’re more likely to buy from a company with a mobile friendly site Tweet this74% of smartphone users say they’re more likely to return to a mobile-friendly site Tweet…
  • Do Shoppers Prefer Native Apps or Mobile Websites?

    Linda Bustos
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    Mobile apps are expected to drive over 40% of mobile sales for the top 500 retailers this year, not to mention mobile’s contribution to in-store sales.But research by Forrester commissioned by RetailMeNot suggests mobile shoppers prefer mobile websites to native apps for all but using stored-value cards in-store.For those that do prefer mobile apps, convenience, speed and stored settings top the list of benefits, followed by incentives/rewards, personalized content and access to “better deals.”With mobile app development costing upwards of $2 million per platform, and 80% of…
  • Understanding Mobile Context: At Home, On the Go and In-store

    Linda Bustos
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    Optimizing your mobile experience requires an understanding of mobile’s role in the purchase journey. Device detection only determines the experience format (e.g. responsive design), but it’s the context that best determines the content, offers and features you deliver, and your users’ satisfaction with your websites and apps.A mobile user’s context involves where he or she is, and his or her purpose for the site/app visit, e.g. product discovery, research, price comparison, purchase, or customer service.Because you can’t glean this information as easily as you…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • What ‘Accurate’ Means in a Business Plan

    Tim Berry
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    I just answered this question on Quora. I think it’s an interesting question, one that comes up often enough, and one whose answer is worth considering. How can I write a very accurate business plan. I’m hoping to win a grant in a business plan competition? The rest of this post is my answer on Quora, reposted here with Quora’s (implied) permission: This is an important question, but also a big one, hard to answer in a few hundred words. And I’m going to stick with the subset of business plans that apply to business plan competitions. These are more traditional and formal business…
  • Screen time helps build next generation of techies

    Tim Berry
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    What makes a kid a future entrepreneur or tech wizard? Of course that’s an impossible question, with a million answers and no consensus. And I’m not claiming any expertise beyond a lifetime as a tech entrepreneur and concerned parent (father of several successful entrepreneurs and tech wizards).  But I do say that easy access to keyboards, computers and the right kind of video/online/tablet games are steps in the right direction. And good for kids. Do you have kids in your house? Do you regulate their screen time? I’d like you to take a second look at kids and computers. Not all screen…
  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    You don’t have to be CPA or MBA to start or run a business. You don’t have to understand debits and credits, or be able to balance your books. But there are some financial facts you just plain need to know. Here’s a list. Every single dollar in Accounts Receivable (AR) is a dollar less in cash. AR is the standard for business-to-business transactions. You deliver the goods or service along with an invoice, and the client/customer pays you later. That money shows up as sales in the Profit & Loss (P&L), but it’s not in the bank; it’s in AR. This brings up AR aging,…
  • Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitch from a Pitch Veteran

    Tim Berry
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    “We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.” That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk he offers really good advice to people doing an investment pitch now and in the future. “The point of the first 20 seconds is to earn the right of continued engagement. If you aren’t…
  • 10 Qualities I’d Look for in a Business Partner

    Tim Berry
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Here are 10 qualities I’d look for in a future business partner: Integrity. The whole truth, not just the good news. Actually I want to know the bad news instantly; and the good news can wait. I want to work with people who never make me wonder what they are thinking or what they mean. Trustworthy is essential. The kind of intelligence that respects uncertainty and not knowing. People who know things that they are sure of are often not realizing the other side of the question. I want to work with people who respect research and data but use it to spark discussion, not end it. Somebody from…
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    Signal v. Noise

  • Growing our audience for The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    In late May, Jason and I decided to transition The Distance from monthly longform written stories to a podcast that would come out every two weeks. Jason also set an ambitious target for the podcast: Get to 6,000 listens on any one episode by the end of the summer. At the time, our most listened-to episode had around 2,000 listens. I’m thrilled to say that our first episode hit 6,000 listens on Friday. (If you missed that story, which is about the World’s Largest Laundromat, we re-released it today with some edits and improvements.) Not only did we reach our goal, but we saw a…
  • Go at Basecamp

    Noah
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Basecamp is a Ruby company. All of our customer facing applications are written with Ruby on Rails, we use Ruby for our systems automation via Chef, we deploy via Ruby through Capistrano, and underneath most rocks you’ll find a Ruby script that accomplishes some task. Increasingly, however, Go has found its way into our backend services and infrastructure in a variety of ways: Our timeseries data acquisition and storage daemon was rewritten from Ruby to Go in January 2013. Our Ruby build scripts build new Ruby packages for our servers via Docker. Our log parsing and storage pipeline…
  • Something's coming 6

    Jason Fried
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
  • Can old world be more modern than new school?

    Jason Fried
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve got two machines on me. One’s strapped to my left wrist. The other lives in my pocket. The one on my wrist can tell me the time (precisely in 12 hour format, roughly in 24), the day of the week, the month of the year, which year of the leap year cycle we’re in, and the current moon phase. But that’s its limit. There’s no software, only hardware. It’s programmed in springs and gears and levers and jewels. The one in my pocket can tell me anything and do just about everything. It knows my voice, it responds to my touch, and it even instantly recognizes my fingerprint out of…
  • Extra Drawings for The Distance

    Nate Otto
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Last year I shared some extra drawings I made for the Basecamp marketing site that for a variety of reasons never went live or were seen by anyone outside of Basecamp. There have also been many drawings for The Distance that have never seen the light of day until now. For just over a year, The Distance was dedicated to longform articles about long standing businesses. Under the editorship of Wailin and the art direction of Mig, I made a header illustration for each article and a building drawing that served as the footer. In recent months, The Distance has morphed into a podcast. I still…
 
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for YourBeer

    public
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:10 am
    Company / App Name: YourBeer https://www.facebook.com/YourBeerApp?ref=aymt_homepage_panel What does it do? YourBeer asks five fun and simple questions and recommends a type of beer to try based on the answers that someone selects. Why do we need it? Often, people can feel overwhelmed by the number of craft beer options available. YourBeer makes choosing a craft beer a fun and enjoyable experience! Who is it for? For anyone who enjoys sampling craft beer or is looking to join the craft beer movement. Specifically, tech-savvy adults aged 21-40. What makes it stand out from the crowd? There is…
  • Beta Pitch for Nudj

    public
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:06 am
    Company / App Name: Nudj http://nudj.co Twitter – nudjhq What does it do? Nudj is a talent referral app that connects hirers with unreachable talent through the contacts on their phone. With Nudj, successful introductions get rewarded. Why do we need it? Finding the best talent for your startup is difficult and expensive. Nudj lets you target the people you know and trust for talent introductions. Referrals are the best way to ensure a good cultural fit. Who is it for? Anyone that is trying to grow a team with the best talent available. If job boards and Linkedin are not returning the…
  • Beta Pitch for Sales Prospecting

    public
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Company / App Name: Sales Prospecting http://prospecting.io Twitter – https://twitter.com/saleprospecting What does it do? Prospecting.io is the latest in lead generation technology opening up users to over 1.5 billion social media accounts to prospect from. This software allows users to easily and quickly find prospects and download their full contact details. Why do we need it? Sales Prospecting has been time consuming and arduous task. This software simplifies this process freeing up sales people, business development and recruiters time so they can rather focus on selling, not…
  • Beta Pitch for gameswppr

    public
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Company / App Name: gameswppr http://www.gameswppr.com Twitter – https://twitter.com/TomEastem What does it do? Connects the video game players who want to swap games they no longer play with other gamers, for free, locally. Why do we need it? To save cash on video games and avoid hassle and waiting associated with trading / putting games on ebay / trip to a game store. Who is it for? Console gamers, PC gamers , retro gamers. What makes it stand out from the crowd? It is very visual, users do not have to take pictures of their games, we utilize our database with game titles and boxart…
  • Pitch for PriceLizer

    public
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Company / App Name: PriceLizer http://www.pricelizer.com/ Twitter – pricelizer What does it do? Our web service RevaLizer enables ecommerce merchants get customers who abandon their carts back by making it possible for consumer that are discouraged by the product prices online to setup automatic price drop alerts. Why do we need it? 68% of all carts are abandoned. That is a tremendous waste of potential. RevaLizer addresses the simple most important cause — price. 40% of all customers abandon carts because of price. Who is it for? Revalizer is for e-merchants What makes it stand out…
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • NMSU NSF I Corps Team Pivots from Bullet Proof Backpacks to Improved Helmets #concussion #NSF #ICORPS

    David J. Miller
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Nice story from New Mexico State University highlighting its participation in the NSF Innovation Corps — “Researcher teams with student” reads the headline. The story highlights the value of the NSF I Corps and lean startup methodology as the firm pivoted from its initial focus on bullet resistant backpacks to its current focus on bringing improvement to the helmet industry. Its interesting to note that it was a university resource, Studio G, that appears to have coordinated and supported this team from NMSU. From the story by Vicki L. Nisbitt: NMSU chemical engineering…
  • Visit to Halcyon Incubator | #SOCENT #Incubator #DC

    David J. Miller
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    Earlier this week I was fortunate to tour Halcyon Incubator in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC. The year long social entrepreneurship incubator, offers 8 early stage social entrepreneurs the opportunity to live and work in the Halcyon House (a bit more on the property later). For the first 5 months the entrepreneurs participate in the ‘residency’ phase with skills sessions, pitch opportunities, weekly lunches, mentors, consultants and others supporting their ventures development. For the next 7 months the entrepreneurs live and work in the Halcyon House — a gorgeous,…
  • Tina Seelig of Stanford on Why It’s Imperative to Entrepreneurship

    David J. Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Paul Rogers tweeted a great piece by Tina Seelig at Medium: Why It’s Imperative to Teach Entrepreneurship. Its short and to the point and worth reading and sharing. Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities. All of these options require a depth of knowledge in their chosen discipline, as well as creative problem solving skills, leadership abilities, experience working on…
  • UW-Madison Suspends 18 Year Old Business Plan Competition #entreed

    David J. Miller
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    In surprising news, the G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition  at UW Madison has been called off for 2016.  From Judy Newman at the Wisconsin State Journal: A highlight of the UW-Madison’s School of Business for the past 18 years, a notice on the contest’s website says “due to budgetary constraints,” the Burrill competition is being “suspended.” “The impact of the Burrill Business Plan Competition on the local community is hard to understate,” said Joe Kirgues, co-founder of the gener8tor startup accelerator and a finalist judge for the Burrill the past two years.
  • Space Race Now Includes 12 Mile High Elevator

    David J. Miller
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:46 am
    Stories of elevators into the sky have circulated for decades, now Thoth Technology has received a patent for an 12 mile high inflatable elevator/tower with a launchpad at the top. The idea being it will be easier and cheaper to launch from so high above ground. Its just a patent, but who doesn’t love big ideas? From Techcrunch…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Culture Can Make Or Break Your Startup

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Have you ever wondered how important culture is to a company and whether having a cultural fit in a company matters? According to Glen Hellman, culture matters, and in his post below, he shares his experiences and explains why.  Glen Hellman is a Principal at Driven Forward LLC., a firm that supports entrepreneurs and venture investors by providing strategic guidance, interim executive leadership services, and executive coaching. In addition, he is a mentor for the Founder Institute.  The blog post "Your Company Will Win Or Lose On Culture" originally appeared on…
  • All of the Tools You’ll Ever Need for Your Bootstrapped Startup

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Bootstrapping your company affords you more creative freedom in the overall direction of your company. However, relying on your own resources and funds to launch and run a startup comes with its own share of challenges. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of startup tools that are free or cost-effective for the budding entrepreneur. From naming your company to startup legal basics, from sales and traction to team and advisors, we’ve got you covered for every stage of your startup. See the infographic below for all of the essential tools you’ll need for bootstrapping your startup:…
  • Capture Every Moment of Childhood with this App

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Each year, The Founder Institute helps launch hundreds of technology companies across the globe. Once founders graduate from our 4-month program, they quickly begin using techniques like crowdfunding campaigns to drum up interest and obtain funding. To help further their efforts, we’ve introduced the series, “Crowdfunding Pick of The Week,” designed to showcase the most promising Founder Institute Graduates in our community. Stay tuned, you may be the first to discover the next BIG product, application, or software. Waki Yoneoka, a graduate…
  • Turn Ideas and Passion into a Dream Startup at a Free Entrepreneur Event

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:51 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 few…
  • The A to Z Guide to Getting User Feedback Before Launching Your Product

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    "Very few of us can create the perfect idea without feedback. If you’ve got a great idea and you present it to someone, and they immediately like it with no reservations, it’s not a good idea." - Tom Blondi (Chief Revenue Officer, SocialWhirled) Your first users are the most important ones. However, failing to make a positive first impression with your initial customers can seriously hinder the success of your product, and many startups don't always get a second chance to release a better version of their offering.  Luckily, we here at the Founder Institute have…
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    OnlyOnce

  • The Joy of Coaching

    Matt Blumberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was the head coach of my two older kids’ little league team this past spring.  The whole thing was a little bit of an accident – I vaguely volunteered for something and ended up in charge.  The commitment was a little daunting, but I was ok with it since the season was only a couple months long, it was both Casey and Wilson, and both kids, especially Wilson, are really into baseball.  Other than helping out a bit here and there, I’d never coached a sports team before. What started off as an unclear assignment ended up as one of the most fun and fulfilling things I’ve done in…
  • ReturnShip Program, Part III

    Matt Blumberg
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    I’ve written a couple times this past year about our ReturnShip program, which is a 4-month paid internship program designed for women who have been out of the workforce for more than 3 year to re-enter and  build credible and relevant experience, and to expand the talent pool for our organization.  I wrote about the initial concept when we launched v2 of the program, and then again when v2 concluded with the hiring of four of the six participants. I’m immensely proud of our organization for inventing the program (Andy Sautins, our CTO, gets credit) and for managing it so well during…
  • The Phoenix Project

    Matt Blumberg
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Phoenix Project:  a novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford  is a logical intellectual successor and regularly quotes Eli Goldratt’s seminal work The Goal and its good but less known sequel It’s Not Luck. The more business books I read, the more I appreciate the novel or fable format. Most business books are a bit boring and way too long to make a single point. The Phoenix Project is a novel, though unlike Goldratt’s books (and even Lencioni’s), it takes it easy on the cheesy and personal side stories.
  • Everything Is Data

    Matt Blumberg
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Everything Is Data As our former head of People, Angela used to say during the recruiting process, “Everything is Data.”  What she meant is that you can learn a lot about a candidate from things that happen along the way during an interview cycle, not just during the interviews themselves.  Does the candidate for the Communications role write a thank you note, and is it coherent?  Does the candidate for an outside sales role dribble food all over himself at a restaurant?  Here are two great examples of this that have happened here at Return Path over time: Once we had a candidate in…
  • The Difference Between Culture and Values

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Difference Between Culture and Values This topic has been bugging me for a while, so I am going to use the writing of this post as a means of working through it. We have a great set of core values here at Return Path. And we also have a great corporate culture, as evidenced by our winning multiple employer of choice awards, including being Fortune Magazine’s #2 best medium-sized workplace in America. But the two things are different, and they’re often confused. I hear statements all the time, both here and at other companies, like “you can’t do that —…
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    Techstars

  • Applications Open for the Expanded Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars

    John Fein
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:20 pm
    We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2016 Sprint Mobile Accelerator powered by Techstars. The scope of the 2016 program has been expanded to include any mobile startup, which could include but not be limited to: Wearables Consumers apps in areas such as entertainment, lifestyle, or productivity Mobile services such as advertising, commerce, or in-home/multi-screen IoT / IoE Data / Analytics Health and wellness Mobile enterprise apps Ten startups will be selected to participate in the program which begins on February 22, 2016. The program is located at…
  • Funding and M&A Across the Techstars Ecosystem

    Kerri Beers
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:24 pm
    It’s time for another funding round up! Congratulations to these Techstars companies that were recently acquired: Moxie Jean (Chicago ‘12) acquired by Schoola Talio (Seattle ’13) acquired by Remitly (Seattle ’11) Also, a big shout out to these Techstars alumni companies that have recently received notable* investments!  This brings us to a total of 75 Techstars companies acquired and over $1.8B raised by our accelerator companies. Plated (NYC ’13), the NY-based company that delivers pre-portioned ingredients and recipes at your door each week, has announced the…
  • How to Become a Leader in Your Startup Community: Webinar 8/27 with David Cohen

    Kerri Beers
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you are interested in helping build your local startup community, you may want to check out this webinar the Founder Institute is hosting on August 27th.   On this “How to Become a Leader in Your Startup Community” webinar, they will outline the different resources needed to bolster your local ecosystem, and provide tips on how you can help startups and become a better startup mentor and advisor. This event will feature David Cohen (Founder and Managing Partner of Techstars), Sergio Escobar (Managing Director of The Founder Institute Montreal), and Adeo Ressi (Founder &…
  • Sponsorship in Action: MakersKit and American Airlines

    Cali Harris
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We recently chatted with Mike Stone, cofounder of MakersKit, a Techstars alumni (NYC ‘14). MakersKit was founded to inspire creativity. The company shares its favorite ideas and offers the best tools and supplies to make DIY a blast. While MakersKit was in the Techstars program in New York City, they met and partnered with American Airlines, a global sponsor of Techstars. Under their Innovators Initiative, American Airlines has been supporting Techstars companies within all of our US-based programs with marketing opportunities, connections, travel grants since 2013. Want to learn more about…
  • Bleeding Green Stars: Announcing the New Managing Director for Austin

    Amos Schwartzfarb
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    My formal introduction to Techstars was in early 2013 shortly after Jason Seats moved to Austin to start the program here.  Upon meeting Jason, two things quickly became apparent to me — first, that Techstars was going to be an amazing addition to the Austin startup community and second, that I wanted to become part of it! Jason asked me to be a mentor and I also become an LP in the first fund.  From the very first program in 2013, I was hooked! At the outset, I expected that I might spend a little time with a company or two but over the next two years, I found myself increasingly…
 
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    Valleywag

  • Burning Man Riddled with Brutal Pest Infestation 

    Kate Knibbs on Gizmodo, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    Burning Man, favorite summertime gathering place for Silicon Valley’s VC-funded shirtless mollybros , is combating a large-scale pest infestation at Blackrock City, Nevada. Crawling over every surface of the pop-up desert city—biting, sowing mayhem and discontent—this scourge of pestilence has proven damn near impossible to banish from the once-peaceful windswept playa. Read more...
  • Snapchat Lost a Ton of Money Last Year

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    In 2013, teenage attention-pit Snapchat turned down a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook, which is only not an insane and arrogant decision if you’re going to reap so much profit that you’re eventually worth more than that. Internal financial documents obtained by Gawker show Snapchat was very far from profitable last year.http://valleywag.gawker.com/confirmed-snap... Read more...
  • Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Uber, Silicon Valley’s prized amoral unicorn, is presumed to be a financial titan and a sure-thing IPO in the near future. Which may be true. But one thing that’s frequently missing from the conversation about its inevitable dominance over virtually every facet of our lives is the answer to a fundamental question: Does it make money? According to internal financial documents obtained by Gawker, the answer is a resounding no. Uber has lost tens of millions of dollars since 2012, and the documents suggest that CEO Travis Kalanick’s boasts about the company’s exponential revenue growth…
  • Here's What a Party for Elite White iPhone Daters Looks Like

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Sam Biddle to Valleywag
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Have you heard of “The League”? It’s like Tinder, but for white people people who fancy themselves “elite” and aspire to white collar crime. Business Insider, a website run by an actual disgraced banker, recently attended a party thrown by The League.Read more...
  • No One Wants to Admit It, but Reddit Can't Be Saved

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    It’s looking more and more like Ellen Pao was, in some sense, set up to fail by her male board of directors. Her predecessor Yishan Wong says it. A top Reddit engineer said it right after quitting . It might sound conspiratorial if it weren’t about this particular site.http://gawker.com/top-reddit-eng... Read more...
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  • Fall is for Fundraising: 51 Tips from Danielle Morrill

    Alexander Muse
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    If you’re like many entrepreneurs (including me) you’re about to start visiting VCs in an effort to raise capital before the holidays. Danielle Morrill tweeted 51 tips for you and I couldn’t help but respond to each one last night. Following the thread on twitter is almost impossible so I’m reposting the tips and my responses here: Danielle: 1) Fundraising this fall? I have some unconventional tips for you to make your experience awesome. Me: my unconventional responses to ‘fall fundraising’ to follow… Danielle: 2) when visiting a16z show up…
  • Why is it cheaper to hire developers in San Francisco than in Dallas?

    Alexander Muse
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    You would assume that with a lower cost of living and lower taxes you’d be able to hire software developers in Dallas for less than you can hire them in San Francisco. Surprisingly, in my personal experience this just isn’t the case. I’ve had software developers on my payroll in both cities for years and without exception I’m able to recruit and retain developers in San Francisco for less money than I can in Dallas. On a per capita basis, there are a lot more developers in San Francisco as the city attracts coders and hackers like flies. When we’ve advertised…
  • Telling MORE Stories at StartupMuse

    Alexander Muse
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Ten years ago I began blogging about startups and entrepreneurship. I floundered around for a while until I shared one particular story about my own startup experience. Several years earlier my first venture backed startup had gone bankrupt after I raised more than $30,000,000 and I decided to share the ugly details with my readers (all ten of them). Something about telling that story helped me move to the next level of my career. Eventually, hundreds of entrepreneurs reached out to me to share their own stories and suddenly I didn’t feel as alone. While I’m not a writer, I…
  • Barns and Startup Communities

    Alexander Muse
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Listening to Tedd Benson and Ken Burns on PBS this morning I learned that barn raising is a uniquely American endeavor. It is a democratic and communal event that for some reason never happened in Europe or Asia. Timber framing goes back over 2,000 years, but outside of the United States you don’t find timber framed structures that required a whole community to raise. You can watch the three part series here. It got me thinking about startup communities and how they’ve fostered the growth of entrepreneurial endeavors throughout the United States. Building a startup is a lot…
  • How long should it take to build a mobile app?

    Alexander Muse
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    If you are like me (and condolences if that is the case) you wake up everyday with an idea for a mobile app. The hardest part about designing and building mobile apps is determining what NOT to include in the release. The app should be compelling enough to entice users to download it and reviewers to review it, but not too complicated to require months or years of development prior to launch. Eric Ries calls this the MVP or Minimum Viable Product. My goal is to launch an MVP within 45 days of design completion. This means that you’ve already completed the design…
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    I Will Teach You To Be Rich

  • A behind the scenes look at the tools we use to grow our business

    Ramit Sethi
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you follow along with my work, you’ve probably heard me mention the mysterious things that go on behind the scenes at IWT. Often, people ask about these things, especially about the tools we use to power our business. For example… “What systems do you use to create high-quality content?” “How do you improve your conversion rates & sales results?” “What technology and tools do you use to grow your business?” But I rarely give away this private knowledge to the public — for free. Until today. Today, I’m giving you exclusive access to some of the “secret…
  • The news from IWT: August 2015

    Ramit Sethi
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This month, we celebrated an important milestone for IWT (more info below) and released some all new material — you won’t want to miss. But first, here’s me feeling a little starstruck when I ran into Marcus Lemonis from The Profit (love that show) at the battle of the burger. I also got some really insightful “Unsolicited Feedback.” Thanks for the fashion tips, Cathy! But not every email I get is crazy. In fact, this is one of my favorite emails of all time. I told Tony an idea that my parents taught me about love. See, Indian parents aren’t into PDA. They don’t…
  • How to meet new people and make friends

    Ramit Sethi
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
      Let me paint a picture for you. You just moved to the city of your dreams. It’s big, vibrant and full of possibility. The weather is amazing. The food is SO good. You’re living the dream except one thing keeps bothering you: your Friday nights suck. You spend them alone and bored out of your mind. You WANT to go out, but you don’t even know where to start. This was my exact situation a few years ago. I’d just moved to New York City and had ZERO friends. After too many boring Friday nights, I finally learned how to make new friends and meet more people. Today, I want to…
  • How to be the OBVIOUS college scholarship winner

    Ramit Sethi
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do you know the number one reason students don’t win college scholarships? (Other than not applying. Ugh.) Answer: They see the application process as a “numbers game.” They think if they apply to every scholarship, then they’ll have to win something…right?   NO! If you don’t understand the psychology of college scholarships, each one you apply for is just another rejection waiting to happen. I learned this the hard way. Coming from a middle-class family, my parents made it clear that if I wanted to go to college, I NEEDED to win scholarships. In the beginning, I made…
  • Informational interview questions that create a lasting impression

    Ramit Sethi
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
      What if you lost your job today and needed a new job in a week? Could you do it? What if you just wanted some advice for a tough career decision? Is there someone you could ask? Or what if you wanted to make a big career change, like switching industries? Is there anyone you could call for help? The secret to solving all of these challenges is the same: informational interviews. Today, I’ll show you how to conduct excellent info interviews, including the exact questions you’ll want to ask. At a high-level, here’s how an informational interview works: You find someone…
 
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    Start Up Blog

  • What you can learn from my terrible drum teacher

    Steve Sammartino
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    Once upon a time I learned to play drums. To do so I went to drum lessons and I had a number of teachers over the years. One in particular was an incredible drummer, but he was a terrible teacher. He made one fundamental mistake – He didn’t care what his customer wanted. Yep, me the student. I also happened to be a customer. As most of us know there isn’t a best way of learning. There are preferred methods of learning by students based on a whole bunch of things. My drum teacher had it in his head that in order to learn drums it was all about learning from the sheet music…
  • Are you making money the cool way, or the uncool way?

    Steve Sammartino
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:59 pm
    There are two ways to generate lots of money – metaphorically, that is. The first way is through service to the many.  The second way is at the expense of the many. Put simply, we need to effect lots of people to generate lots of money. The theme for both of these is the same, but the methods are very different.  The second way is through taking advantage of people – their weaknesses, their disadvantages, their social status, their education levels…. To this day, in this modern world I could still name hundreds of legal businesses which choose the second path. Ashley…
  • 3 reasons global adoption of bitcoin is inevitable

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Before we start here’s a fact which is easy to forget: Currency is a form of technology Just like all technology, if an improved method comes along, there is a very good chance it will substitute what people where using beforehand. While it might not replace the alternatives entirely, at a minimum it will sit atop what is already being used. Another layer of technology. It is also worth remembering that new forms of currency have often arrived during a new economic age. Commodity money such as Cowry Shells arrived with Barter Economies. Grain Receipts during the Agricultural Era.
  • Two simple ways to grow your startup

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:27 pm
    The two ways to grow your startup are the same two ways to grow any business no matter how established or formative it is. Same product sold to wider range of customers. New products sold to the current customer base. Either of these two options provide a simple strategy for growth. In addition they provide a succinct feedback loop of where our problems and opportunities are. They inform us of our Product – Market fit and tells us if it is right. The most important thing to remember though, is that it is pretty hard to do both at the same time. Trying both will just confuse us…
  • The ultimate template for business failure

    Steve Sammartino
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:58 pm
    There is actually a business template for business failure, and you know what it is? The template itself. Yep, that single powerpoint sheet with the company logo in the top corner that gets sent around to the team to fill in for their upcoming budgeting, marketing or strategy planning. It tells us so much about prevailing attitudes to change and anything different. Here’s a little story about when young Stevie (that’s me) was a brand manager at a very big consumer goods company. I don’t want to give away any names, but the company’s initials were Kraft Foods Ltd.
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    Springwise

  • App celebrates buskers and lets fans tip them via Paypal

    Springwise
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:24 am
    Add / Remove Everyone has encountered a busker that put a smile on their face at one time or another, whether its the guy playing Hey Jude at 11.30pm on a Friday night or show-stopping drummers entertaining shoppers on a Saturday morning. British cities have a rich culture of street entertainers and now Buskeroo is an app that helps passersby learn more about the buskers who enhance the cities’ atmosphere on a daily basis, and enables them to make a tip via Paypal. Of course, anyone can already tip buskers the traditional way — by throwing some coins in their hat — but often people…
  • Award winning tableware set for Alzheimer’s sufferers

    Springwise
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:13 am
    Add / Remove Those with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s, often find eating a difficult and frustrating experience — with regular accidents and spillages. As a result they can end up eating significantly less than they should. Hoping to improve mealtimes for patients and caregivers alike is the Eatwell tableware set, created by Stanford design student Sha Yao, which has over twenty features designed to increase food intake and make the whole experience less traumatic. The Eatwell set was heavily inspired by Yao’s personal experience caring for her grandmother, as well…
  • Latvian blogging platform recreates real-time typing effect

    Springwise
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:09 am
    Add / Remove There is something mesmerizing about catching a glimpse of a writer’s process: seeing their notes and corrections or their unfinished sentences. Hoping to capture that intrigue, Writer.is is a platform that host daily journals, complete with a text typing effect, that recreates the writer’s composition one letter at a time. Anyone can use Writer.is, either as a writer or reader. To create a journal, users must first make a profile and then choose a title and background image for their project. Then, they are encouraged to update their journal daily, with short posts.
  • Crypto-fuel could power the growing Internet of Things

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:41 am
    Add / Remove If the Internet of Things continues to grow at the expected rate, smart devices will soon demand huge amounts of computing power and cloud services in order to simply function and interact with each other. This could be financed by ads, user fees or data sales, but UK startup Ethereum has now created another option, in the form of a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency Ether, the value of which is based on computing power. Ether, like Bitcoin, runs on its own software platform and the currency can be traded. Each trade is recorded and verified onto a blockchain, powered by so-called…
  • Virtual workplace simulator enables companies to trial job candidates

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    Add / Remove In the past few years, we have seen virtual environments expand beyond the gaming and entertainment sectors and be implemented as useful test-driving tools in industries including real estate, design and retail. Now, Human iTech is an innovate HR management company that has created a virtual workplace simulation, which businesses can use for recruitment, personal assessment, on-the-job training and more. Human iTech’s virtual world simulations is a digital application that can recreate a work organization — including the the various work positions, professional tasks and…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Chrome 45 will drastically reduce RAM usage by clearing memory from idle tabs

    Nate Swanner
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Chrome users love it for its simplicity and power. Users lament it because it’s power consumptive and uses far too much memory. With Chrome 45, all that changes as the browser will now be proactive about how it uses your computer’s resources. Unused memory clean up via garbage collection takes place on idle tabs, and is especially powerful for complex Web apps. Google says it sees a 10 percent reduction of memory usage on average, but complex Web apps like Gmail see up to 25 percent reduction in memory used. Chrome’s Flash suspension feature, which pauses Flash content on a…
  • As on-demand drivers become scarce, Uber holds all the cards

    Lauren Hockenson
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:52 pm
    From where I am right now, in a southward neighborhood of San Francisco, I can order practically anything from my phone to be delivered to my house at nearly any time of day. Groceries? Absolutely. Ramen? Sure. Laundry Service? Why not. Postal Service? Yes. Flowers? Within the hour. Booze? Glad you asked. But all of these companies need someone to physically come to my house, either with goods in hand or able to pick up and deliver what I need to get done. That requires someone with free time and a car. It’s a resource that, especially in this city, has become… This story continues…
  • TwoDots will bring new levels every week with Treasure Hunt, an in-game competition event

    Natt Garun
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:44 am
    If you don’t think addictive mobile puzzle TwoDots updates with new levels fast enough, things are about to change. We’ve got an exclusive look inside Treasure Hunt, the game’s newest feature that aims to push new levels to users every seven days. Treasure Hunt is a weekly event that features a mini-map on the side. You can race to finish the seven special levels and receive a special badge if you are the first person globally to beat the event. But even if you aren’t first, you’ll get an in-game postcard as consolation prize (similar to the postcards received at the end…
  • Github introduces Protected Branches to help keep projects on the right track

    Nate Swanner
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    As Github projects start splintering into side projects and teams grow, the chances of things getting a bit muddled scale. Now, administrators can protect their branches, and keep a project silo’d until they’re ready for changes. Protected Branches, which Github is rolling out over the next few weeks, allows repository administrators the ability to disable force pushes for branches. Those protected branches can also have required status checks to the master branch, and administrators have the ability to disable merges until their branches are up-to-date with the master. It’ll keep…
  • NASA’s iconic ‘worm’ logo and design manual are getting a new lease of life

    Amanda Connolly
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:38 am
    Last year, designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth started a project to bring the 1970s New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual back to life in the form of an elegant book. The pair set a target of $108,000 on Kickstarter and ended up blowing that out of the water and raising over $800,000. Letters from the original 1970s NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual And now, they have set their sights on another iconic book: NASA’s Graphics Standards Manual. In just two days, the Kickstarter campaign has already raised more than double its $158,000 target, with over a…
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    The Product Guy

  • Nominate a Great Product Person Today! #prodmgmt

    Jeremy Horn
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:17 pm
    The Best Product Person (#TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group. And, it’s now that time again to .  If you know a great product person, nominate them today. Past winner’s of The Best Product Person…       Submit your nomination today! TBPP Recognizes 1 person each year, invites them to speak and share their knowledge and experience with the larger product community. The nominations can be submitted by anyone.
  • Product Pricing in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Aditya Bhelande, lead a conversation around “Product Pricing”.  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…
  • Check out these new Product Management Job Opportunities

    Jeremy Horn
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Product Strategist @ Tigerspike (New York, NY)Keywords: Design, Digital, Mobile, Strategy, Technologyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1129&lf=twf Product Manager / Technical Project Manager @…
  • Crafting Collaboration, Reporting Researchscape and Speeding to September!

    Jeremy Horn
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Nominate a great product manager you know today @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel @ http://youtube.com/TheProductWay Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at WeWork Chelsea, as well as to our other sponsors, InVision, AC Lion, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites. Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Researchscapeexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from qualitative research to direct marketing (thanks to Tony Cheevers)…
  • NYC Product Manager, and More Great Job Opportunities

    Jeremy Horn
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Senior Product UX Designer @ Ancestry (San Francisco, CA)Keywords: Designer, Product Designer, San Francisco, User Experience, UXhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1127&lf=twf Product Manager…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Book Review: Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

    Ben Casnocha
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    While traveling to Africa a few weeks ago, I read Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux. Theroux is probably America’s most famous travel writer yet I had not read any of his books until now. Dark Star Safari was excellent and I recommend it for anyone taking a trip to the giant continent. It’s the travelogue of his overland journey — car, bus, animal — from the northern tip of Africa to the bottom. He does it on the cheap: he reports from wretched-smelling train cars, rat infested hotel rooms, and dusty, poor villages where clean water…
  • Live Chat on Product Hunt Tomorrow

    Ben Casnocha
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    Erik Torenberg is a long time blog reader who’s become a friend. After he graduated from college a few years ago, it’s been fun seeing him break into the Valley and make a name for himself. As part of the founding team at Product Hunt, he’s been rallying product makers of all sorts into one of the most active online communities in tech. They just launched Product Hunt Live, a chat feature for authors and makers to connect with readers. I’m participating tomorrow — Wednesday Aug 19th at 11 AM PT. Join me there to ask me anything for an hour!
  • Visiting the Balkan Ghosts

    Ben Casnocha
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Graves in Sarajevo, with everyone’s death year around 1995. In his book Balkan Ghosts, a travel log and mini-history of the Balkan countries, Robert Kaplan writes: “The more obscure and unfathomable the hatred, and the smaller the national groups involved, the longer and more complex the story seemed to grow.” It captured perfectly my reaction after reading the book and learning about the histories of Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Albania, Turkey, and various other neighbors. So much fighting over territorial, ethnic, or religious differences that appear to be so…
  • Poem of the Day by Billy Collins

    Ben Casnocha
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    Litany by Billy Collins. Oh, the power of metaphor… You are the bread and the knife, the crystal goblet and the wine. You are the dew on the morning grass and the burning wheel of the sun. You are the white apron of the baker, and the marsh birds suddenly in flight. However, you are not the wind in the orchard, the plums on the counter, or the house of cards. And you are certainly not the pine-scented air. There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air. It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge, maybe even the pigeon on the general’s head, but you are not even…
  • Impressions from an African Safari

    Ben Casnocha
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    I recently completed a six night safari in Tanzania (in addition to three nights at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro hiking around). I enjoyed the trip very much, in part because it was unlike any other travel experience I’ve had. Cities can blur together: I’ve been in a million churches, gone on a million city tours. Traversing the African Savannah is something else entirely. At the most macro level, being in the wild among the animals brought to mind one phrase: state of nature. Every wild animal is simply trying to survive. Well, that, and trying to breed healthy offspring. To achieve…
 
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    John Greathouse

  • This Hollywood Star Proves Entrepreneurs Should Be Clueless

    John Greathouse
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Sometimes being clueless makes you fearless. This was certainly the case with Hollywood star turned inventor, Hedy Lamarr. In 1937, Ms. Lamarr abandoned a successful European film career to become a Hollywood star. Although successful, she quickly became bored with the vapid nature of stardom, once saying, “Any girl can be glamorous. All she has to do is stand still and look stupid.” Unsatisfied with the intellectual limitations of Hollywood, Ms. Lamarr collaborated with an unlikely partner and together they created a fundamental…
  • How To Make (Almost) Anything Go Viral

    John Greathouse
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. There are two schools of thought regarding how to make anything go viral. In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell emphasizes the importance of the messenger. In contrast, Jonah Berger’s Contagious: Why Things Catch On proclaims that a properly structured message makes the messenger inconsequential. Which approach is correct? As with most business strategies which migrate from the classroom to the real world, the “correct approach” involves combining the appropriate elements from multiple theories and applying them to your specific…
  • When In Doubt, Let People Think You’re A Fool

    John Greathouse
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. The Beatles’ Manager, Brian Epstein, was a 30-yr old, former furniture salesman when Beatlemania hit America in 1964. When he was approached by savvy Nicky Byrne to license the Beatles’ name and likeness for various novelty products and toys, he firmly stated that he would not accept a penny less than 10%. Nicky had a difficult time hiding his surprise, as the typical range for such licenses was between 30% to 50% of the product’s price. Mr. Byrne quickly signed dozens agreements with merchandisers that subsequently cost the…
  • Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

    John Greathouse
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. In 1987, a representative of Michael Jackson approached the modest Sycamore Valley ranch house and knocked on the door. The owner of the ranch was shocked by the visitor’s message. He told the homeowner that he represented someone who wanted to purchase the ranch at a substantial premium over its current fair market value. He also indicated that the offer was non-negotiable and the home owner had to respond either “Yes” or “No” in a matter of hours. Although this is a somewhat unusual real estate transaction, it reflects a…
  • Success, Santa Barbara Style: Patagonian Sexwax With A Side Order of UGGS

    John Greathouse
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
      A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes When you can live where you want to live and make money doing what you love to do, you are, by my definition, a screaming success. Six outstanding entrepreneurs have created this sweet flavor of success in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara has become a high-tech startup mecca, rivaling cities many times its size. The latest evidence of the city’s dynamic startup ecosystem is the recent announcement by Citrix to investment significant resources in the Santa Barbara…
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    Young Upstarts

  • Tips On Creating A Website And Online Presence For Your Startup

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:08 am
    Whether you are in the process of creating a whole new website for your startup, or just tinkering with the old website you have, it is very important to give it a professional and inviting look. At this early stage in the game you just can’t afford to have potential customers getting turned away by an unprofessional and sloppy website experience. It doesn’t have to be expensive either if you know what to do. Don’t Wait – Do It Now. You should have already bought all of the domain names that you think you will use in the future; the longer you wait, the higher the…
  • Six Tips to Make Sure You Aren’t Poaching Intellectual Property Along with Employees

    Contributor
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:30 pm
    By James Pooley, author of “Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage“ In today’s hyper-competitive global economy, talent is often your most valuable weapon. If you’re like most business leaders, you’re not above engaging in a little employee-poaching to improve your position. After all, if you can entice an MVP from another company to enlist in your ranks, you’ll deprive the competition of a key asset while taking immediate advantage of your new hire’s previous training and experience. Best of all, this kind of hiring is perfectly…
  • Some Brands Made Famous By Instagram

    admin
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:15 pm
    By now we surely all know that social media is a hugely useful tool when it comes to reaching the masses. A good campaign to get a message across costs just a fraction of old-fashioned billboard and TV advertising. Some of the biggest, most-followed companies on social feeds such as Instagram just happen to be the biggest brands around – the Nikes, Starbucks and Topshops of this world. But other names have worked their way to the front of consumer consciousness thanks to the power of Instagram alone. Here, we’ve picked out five Instagram success stories: Daniel Wellington The Swedish…
  • Timing Is Everything: Tips For Improving Customer Communications

    Contributor
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    By John McGee, President of OptifiNow Customers today are not only informed, they are actively engaged with brands at multiple levels; making it critical that companies manage highly engaged consumers effectively. One of the most important factors is timing of marketing and sales outreach. Stay quiet too long and a customer will forget. Send an email when a customer spends more decision-making time on social media and the message is lost. Provide testimonials, third party research and product information upfront; the customer may be overwhelmed. At OptifiNow we have created the following…
  • Educating Your Staff On Work/Life Balance

    Contributor
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Melanie Astbury, HR Manager, officekitten.co.uk New research has revealed the average British worker is now ‘on the job’ for 12 hours a day. The proliferation of technology in everyday life means the days of 9-5 are gone forever, with most of us in work mode from 8-8 instead. Your workplace is most likely full of people who check work emails on their phones, tablets and laptops before arriving in the office and who are still checking and replying long after they’ve gone home for the night. Technology has played a massive part in squeezing the work/life balance. From managers to shop…
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    Startup Meme

  • Driving Digital Conversations and Capitalizing on them: #SonehraPakistan

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    It’s great seeing all the brands out there doing their bit when it comes to using the Digital Media pretty actively. I recall many folks who turned down the idea of utilizing digital media for anything beyond making personal connections. Wasn’t a long time back, 2011, if my memory serves me right. Things have changed pretty rapidly, specially in the last year, where almost every brand is trying to grab whatever share of voice that may get on digital platforms. I will come to the detailed critic about that later, for now let’s focus on the entire trending fiasco. Won’t…
  • The Infinix Hot Note – Hands On

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    So it’s been over a week since the unboxing of the Infinix Hot Note X551 and so far, the experience has been solid. I will be honest for a moment here, when I first received the Hot Note, I wasn’t too optimistic about what the phone’s performance will be. The experience has been contrary to my first thought; the Infinix Hot Note is a pretty solid device, both in terms of appearance and in terms of performance. Let’s not waste time here and get to write about its key winning points. Features’ Snapshot: Here are a few quick points on Infinix Hot Note’s specifications: 1.4 Ghz …
  • Unboxing: The Infinix Hot Note X551

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    29 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Infinix Hot Note, finally received and doing what any blogger would do; Unbox and see what’s inside! http://startupmeme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Unboxing-Infinix-Hot-Note.mp4 Tags: hot note, infinix, infinix pakistan, mobile, pakistan, technology
  • Facebook Relaxes Rules For On-Page Competitions: Big News For Brands And Business

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    28 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    Saves the hassle associated to creating custom tabs on pages to run competition, especially those that required users to only comment or like to participate. We are talking about quick turn around time, leveraging key events on the go and removing the need to spend time exploring what new app to use. Thank you Facebook for being a bit lenient with the introduction of the change in policy. Facebook rolled out an update on the Page terms and conditions to enable businesses and brands to readily conduct quick promotions. There are however some restrictions associated to using native Facebook…
  • Update: Mobilink Reveals Its New Identity, Launches A Responsive Website

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    14 Jun 2013 | 3:09 pm
    Mobilink, Pakistan’s leading telecom provider has today revealed its new identity. Mobilink initiated its operations in Pakistan in 1994 and had recently come under the umbrella of Vimpelcom, when the Russian telecom giant acquired Orascom in 2011. Mobilink at present enjoys the leader position among the 5 telecom operators in Pakistan with over 36 Million subscribers. The process had been underway for quite some time and only recently did Mobilink initiate revealing hints about this new identity starting June 12th. This started with the Link that was showcased on all major newspapers…
 
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • Show me the future

    mark
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A lot has been written about how to create a great investor pitch. I won’t try and repeat those posts here. Just check out this great reference template and build from there. Having reviewed hundreds of pitch decks over the years, there’s one thing that stands out in the best of them: they tell me about a future that has yet to happen. A future that this company is uniquely positioned to turn into reality. The best investors don’t want to just fund revenue growth, they want to create the future. When you look back at the biggest startup successes, they are all based on a…
  • Fundraising Advice from Mark Organ

    mark
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    There’s lots of noise out there on the twitter-sphere, but at least once/ day there’s gold. Today’s gold came in the form of a tweet-storm by Influitive‘s founder and CEO Mark Organ. Mark shares some great advice on fundraising. The thing with tweet-storms is they really should be blog posts. So, here you go:  Nail the Ying-Yang – absolute determination to win YET coachable/likeable/humble The closer you are to A16Z at Sand Hill Road, the more you gotta look a little nuts. Part of the pattern. your pitch should be Hollywood-esque. Joy/Pain. Hero/Villain.
  • The Zirtual fiasco

    mark
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    As a former part time CFO I’ve been following the sudden demise of Zirtual with great interest. If you haven’t been following along, the company shut down last weekend with no warning. The founder blames her part time CFO, Ryan Keating. Here’s my take: Whether you hire someone full time or part time, you can delegate but should never abdicate responsibility. Zirtual’s founder says her company failed because her part time CFO failed to forecast 3 payroll periods instead of 2 in a month. That’s BS. I will say that if you take on the CFO title, even part time, then…
  • Why you need Canadian VCs

    mark
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    I was sharing the news yesterday about Canada’s newest VC fund, Vistara Capital Partners, when my friend Boris Mann asked this question. My objective with this post is not to call Boris out. I’m sure many people ask the same question. But as a former Canadian VC and a huge fanboy of the Canadian startup scene, I feel pretty strongly that our companies should raise capital locally. Here’s why: Local networks: The best companies can get money anywhere. It all looks the same. So, it’s the other stuff that differentiates capital. One area where VCs look to help is in…
  • Only ask customers to make one buying decision

    mark
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    As a SaaS guy, I use a wide number of SaaS applications to run my business. Back when I was at FreshBooks, the finance team thought I was torturing them by always introducing new SaaS tools to streamline our workflow. One of the tools that I use to keep on top of email is Sanebox. This helps filter out non important emails so that I can be more responsive with the important stuff. I got this message in my inbox from them yesterday: My issue with this is that they’re asking me to make a purchase decision! No, I don’t actually need to do anything, but if I was on the fence about the…
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    IttyBiz

  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Let’s talk about profitability. In an ideal world, every single activity in your business would lead to immediate money in your pocket. Post a tweet? Ka-ching! Send up a new blog post? Ka-ching! Organize your desk? Ka-ching! This is what we all secretly wish a magical genie would make possible for us. (Well, truthfully, not me. I’d prefer the Ka-chings! to arrive, well, just because.) In your business, you kind of know what activities are profitable for you. Generally, there are a few core things that either make you money now or demonstrably make you money on a regular basis. If…
  • How Innovative Are You Willing To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Innovation has become a weird word. It conjures up images of inventing the next iPad, or revolutionizing an industry, or doing something so epic that IT. CHANGES. EVERYTHING. But it didn’t always mean that. It used to also mean “figuring out a way to do something you didn’t think could be done.” Sure, inventing Post-It notes was innovative. But so is bartering with a web designer so you can get that $1,500 website without having to pay the cash you don’t have. So is taking a laptop with a broken screen and plugging a used, $50 monitor you got on eBay into it.
  • The Only Sure Thing In Business Is …

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s any question I hear at least once per week, it’s this: “How do I know if my idea for my [business/product/viral blog post] will work?” That’s a valid question. No one wants to intentionally put years of hard work into a business and have it fail at the end. Here’s a secret for you: Most businesses don’t “fail.” I’ve been running this website since 2006. (Damn!) Out of all the blogs and small business ventures I remember in the first, say, three or four years of being online, I’d say 10% of them are still around…
  • “More” Is Not A Business Plan

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Today someone asked “How do you know what numbers to pick for your business targets?” (This was asked in response to an earlier post, If You Don’t Have This, You Don’t Have A Strategy.) In that post I talked about how people who succeed generally have some form of a concrete plan, with specific checkpoints and numbers included. For example, they’re going to get their list to 2,000 subscribers before they launch their first product. Or they’re going to write two books and then get on the speaker circuit. Or they’re going to build a platform of 25,000…
  • What Is Warm Traffic? (And What Should You Do About It?)

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “warm traffic.” What Is Warm Traffic? The very short answer is that warm traffic is what we call visitors who have some level of familiarity with you. Cold traffic, on the other hand, doesn’t know who the hell you are and couldn’t pick you out of a lineup. (Warm traffic may not necessarily be able to pick you out of a lineup either, but at least they’ll have some…
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    Business of Software USA

  • How To Grow and Scale A Culture with Limited Funds – Alicia Navarro

    Joe Glover
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Scaling is a challenge which presents itself to any company starting out. Further to this, cash flow is the single greatest reason companies fail in the beginning. So how do you scale, whilst remaining respectful of your budget? Skimlinks is a company that in 2014 facilitated $625 Million worth of transactions, and over it’s lifetime has grown to a team of over 60 people. Alicia Navarro, CEO of Skimlinks describes how she got there, shedding light on how she maintains culture, particularly through her recruitment process. Video and Transcript below.  Join the Business of Software…
  • Guest Blog Post: Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden: Help Needed for Book Case Studies

    Joe Glover
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    We need your help. We’re working on a new book and we need your stories. Let me explain. In 2013 I was fortunate to present at the Business of Software conference in Boston. At that talk I discussed the organizational changes that had to take place to support a culture of continuous learning and innovation. The ideas in my talk were based on my personal experience and the work I had done for my first book, Lean UX. Written as a guide for designers struggling to work with agile software teams, the material found a broader audience with product managers, marketers, and  software engineers.
  • Customer Centered Innovation – Tony Ulwick

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    At Business of Software Conference USA 2014, Tony Ulwick, one of the fathers of the Jobs to be Done movement, looked at the tools and processes you can use to uncover innovation opportunities. What are your customers trying to achieve, and how can you help them get there? Simple questions, but creating a disciplined approach to uncovering and capturing the answers is a huge step forward for your business. Watch the video for answers, for those who prefer, transcript is below. For more great insight like this, Business of Software Conference USA 2015 is only a month a way. Full Schedule…
  • What SHOULD we be learning from games?

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Chris Massey gave a lightning talk at Business of Software Conference Europe 2014 on the topic of Gamification. In this guest blog post, he revisits his talk, offering further insight into why we should be thinking more like game designers. Video below, followed by Chris’ insights. I was privileged to be invited to give this lightning talk at BoS UK 2014 but, upon watching the recording, I realised that I really embraced the idea of a “lightning talk” and spoke improbably fast. If you were there and were struggling to decipher my gabble, I offer the idea in written format. Depending…
  • A trio of Google Hangouts: Patrick McKenzie, Alex Osterwalder, Peldi Guilizzoni

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    Business of Software Conference USA is one month away. This year, we’ve refocused on the topic of growth and taking your company to the next level. You can see the full schedule here to see what we mean. To match the theme, we have a line-up of knowledgeable and experienced industry specialists, speaking on topics close to their heart. Before the conference however, you have the chance to hang out with them and preview their talks, as well as pitch your questions to them. We have a trio of hangouts coming in the next couple of weeks that you should know about. 1. Alex Osterwalder,…
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Domain Knowledge Matters Donald Trump

    GREGG FRALEY
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Call me king of the obvious but I’d like to remind folks about something related to leadership, innovation, and the upcoming election. Domain Knowledge Matters I’m not taking political sides here but I’m going to make a point about Donald Trump’s candidacy. Let’s face it he has captured the attention of a large group of people. This is factual — the polls have him leading the GOP field. My opinion on why he’s doing so well is this: Trump says things that are bold, straightforward, non-PC and they echo the sentiments of many Americans. People love this…
  • GOP Debate: No Mention of Manufacturing

    GREGG FRALEY
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    A short post to make an observation. Say what you will about the GOP debate last night — and there is much to say — there was no attention paid to manufacturing. Search the transcript, you’ll not find the word mentioned a single time. Wow, it’s a very big point to miss. In related topics innovation was mentioned once, and infrastructure, a huge problem, was not mentioned at all. Why is it important and a big missing that manufacturing wasn’t mentioned? Manufacturing, and the middle class jobs that accompany renewed manufacturing, are absolutely essential to…
  • Consumer Brutal, Chase Bank

    GREGG FRALEY
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Yesterday’s Innovation is Today’s Expectation I do my banking online, as much as is possible. As an innovation it’s remarkable — not having to mail checks to pay bills is wonderful. Online banking saves me time. Checking balances, transferring money, having online records to reference, it’s all very convenient. It’s magic. Until it isn’t. I bank with Chase, more formally known as JP Morgan Chase. To be fair, according to my colleagues in the innovation space, this true story could probably apply to any USA bank (“stuck in the 90’s”…
  • Three Sad Innovation Lessons From Radio Shack

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

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

  • Successful Software Company Launches New Business Venture

    Jeff Cornwall
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mike Rustici – Rustici Software TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Successful Software Company Launches New Business Venture appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind!

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    First of all I wanted to thank you for following my blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind. I first started publishing this blog twelve years ago, and look forward to many more years of providing you with content at this site. We are in the process of launching a new site that will give you even more […] The post Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind! appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • B2(Small)B Niche Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Branden O’Neil – Marketing Strategy Coaches helps small businesses strategize TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post B2(Small)B Niche Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations

    Jeff Cornwall
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ron Samuels, founder and CEO of Avenue Bank, shares his insights about investor relationships TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Planning for Expansion into a New Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Greg Stephenson, PM Environmental, talks about the process of expanding this Michigan-based company into the Southeast. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Planning for Expansion into a New Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    Growthink blogs

  • The Power of Negative Thinking (Squared)

    Jay Turo
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:18 pm
    For many businesses, in these pre-Labor Day workdays and the unofficial “End of Summer” things slow painfully down. Projects and deals take twice as long and sometimes feel twice as hard.This year, compounding the challenge has been the rollicking Market Gyrations of these past few weeks, amplified by "The Sky is Falling" financial and political media blaring forebodings of doom and demise.So how does our ambitious and goal-oriented executive block out the negative noise and focus on the Mission Critical Business Tasks and Projects at hand?How does he or she be cognizant of / sensitive to…
  • Politics, Business, Metrics, and Winning

    Jay Turo
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Last week, I wrote about all of the amazing lessons of the world and science of Sports Metrics has to offer business.Well, with the 2016 Presidential Campaign heating up, let's talk how just as in sports the use of metrics in politics has jumped a full generation ahead of business.First, a little history and how perhaps the most famous use of metrics in politics is the one where the experts clearly got it wrong.The 1948 Presidential Election was famous for many reasons - for being the last pre-television election, for being the last election contested between candidates born in the 19th…
  • Sports, Business, Metrics, and Winning

    Jay Turo
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    The lessons and inspirations of sports and the sporting life have always had a deep hold on the business psyche.Some of my favorites here include the joy of competition, the virtues of teamwork, and of reaching Peak Performance through overcoming adversity and then sharing our “Best Stuff” with the world.And these days the “Hot Lesson” that sports has to offer business is the power of measurement and data - driven decision making.Some of this is obviously not new. Sports like running, swimming, and lifting has always been fundamentally defined and accomplished via tracking data - by…
  • Breaking Through Data Overwhelm (3 Easy Steps)

    Jay Turo
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Over the past few weeks, I have had the good fortune to speak to many executives and entrepreneurs about how the “Humans” in their companies grapple with data and information technology to improve critical work processes and business results. These processes include “New School” ones like formulating, launching, and managing multi-channel digital marketing campaigns - i.e. simultaneously advertising on Google AdWords, Bing, Facebook, and LinkedIn - and then utilizing various forms of re-targeting to ensure the right prospects see the right message at the right time.And “Old…
  • The Power of Advisors

    Jay Turo
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    A great best practice for all companies of ambition is to establish and hold regular meetings of a well-qualified and experienced Board of Strategic Advisors.Let’s set aside for now some of the mechanisms of setting up a quality board (of which more can be read about here) and instead focus on some of the “Tough Love” feedback a board can offer executives on what they are doing right……and far more importantly what they are doing wrong and how to fix it.1. That Often It is Better to Receive than to Give:  While advisory board members, unlike a formal board, do not have liability…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Fresh from the SPRING: mariaKaz

    Audree
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for mariaKaz. Check out more great work on mariaKaz’s profile page. Nicely done, mariaKaz, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind Fresh from the SPRING: billhill_art
  • Small Business and Startups: When a Customer Deserves to Be Fired

    Mike
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Last week we fired a customer. Yep, you heard me right. We asked one of our customers to please take their business elsewhere. Why would a small business do such a thing? Who in their right mind would turn down revenue and earnings? Well it’s really not that complicated. Some customers simply drain resources, strain the team, and end up costing you more than they bring in. There truly are some customers out there who you would happily send to the competition. The trick is to identify these folks as early as you can and act decisively to stop the bleeding and start the healing. For…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #284 – Late Summer Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I guess I have a travel bug this month. Sad me, it’s August but there’s no time for vacation right now. I’ll have to continue from last week and fantasize about the places I would be visiting, oh if I only could. For instance, I do really like a good market in an exotic locale, and this may be one of the most comprehensive lists of these places yet crafted. Have a look at the 21 incredible markets from around the world ad come salivate with me! Sigh. But back now to reality, and I some small measure of redemption, because it’s time for the set of links and articles…
  • From the Vault: Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

    Mike
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in 2012. Next month crowdSPRING will move from a 60% remote work environment to around 90%! This means that the team will gather together on just one day per week, the rest of the time we will be working remote from our homes, hotel rooms, Starbucks, front porches, or wherever we can find a decent WiFi signal! Have a read and let me know what your thoughts are. On any given day at the crowdSPRING HQ, we will have anywhere between 1 and 6 people working in the office simultaneously. Of late, 1 is the more common number and 6 is becoming…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #283 – Old Fashioned Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    I don’t travel all the time, but when I do travel, I love visiting libraries – and you’d be surprised how many incredible collections are scattered across the world. And you’d be doubly surprised by the incredible buildings that house some of the great libraries of the world. Business Insider has put together what may be the definitive list of the greatest libraries in the world (with pictures!); check this out and dust off your passport and your reading glasses, because you got some traveling to do! All those books and sooo little time! And even less time now,…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #34: I am Legend

    Usman Sheikh
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:31 am
    At the end of July I introduced you to HearthStone. I was on a quest to reach Legend status which is the reserved for the best players in the game. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to hit my goal in July. I came very close, however my game had many flaws. In August I decided to get expert help and had a couple of coaching sessions from professional players. These sessions were helpful in highlighting mistakes that were costing me games. With that advice and a lot of hard work I finally made it this month. My final rank was #1530 at the end of the season. Out of the millions of players who…
  • The Week in Review #33: The Daily Routine

    Usman Sheikh
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Entrepreneurs thrive on diversity. We have the ability to wear multiple hats and work on multiple interesting problems at the same time. I always believed that we chose this path to avoid the daily routine. At the end of 2014 I heard a podcast episode with Hal ElRod which changed my perspectives. He authored the book called Morning Miracle, which I promptly purchased after the episode. The book is a quick read and goes through 6 steps he recommends. They are; Meditation, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading, Writing. Incorporating all of these into your morning routine is…
  • The Week in Review #32: The Cockroach Theory

    Usman Sheikh
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    It takes a minute to have our world turned upside down. Often, this will happen when we least expect it. Our ability or inability to deal with such events has a massive impact on our life. The easy way out would be blame the world for all our problems. We can put our head in the sand and hope for things to become better. Following this path will most likely result in making the situation worse. The better play will be to pro-actively respond to the new circumstances. This will require us to avoid knee jerk reactions and evaluate the best course of action. Easier said than done. Most of…
  • The Week in Review #31: Playing to Win

    Usman Sheikh
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    We live in a society where conformity and staying within the lines is the norm. Anyone who ventures outside that circle is deemed a pariah; someone who has lost their way. The world does it’s best to bring you back within the fold. Family and friends will strongly urge you to take the tried and tested path. They will tell you it is for your own benefit. I can’t fault them, they are using their past as an indicator of what lies ahead. However, this is where the fork in the road comes into play. In life we have two options, we either play not lose or we play to win. Many of us do our best…
  • The Week in Review #30: Death to the Performance Review

    Usman Sheikh
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Nearly 5 years ago I started my business IDENTIFI. The goal was to build software that helped companies attract, recruit and retain their best people. In the earlier part of our journey we focused on the top end of the funnel, dealing with recruitment and employer branding. This is a space with lots of competition. Within the first year we started focusing more on helping employers retain their key employees. At a time when loyalty to employers is at record lows, every company is figuring out ways to keep their best people. One of our solutions that caught on with many employers was…
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:38 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:38 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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    Xconomy

  • Acadia, Under New CEO, Seeks Approval for Parkinson’s Drug

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:47 am
    San Diego’s Acadia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ACAD) said today it has submitted its lead drug candidate for FDA approval. The company also said Steve Davis, who became interim CEO in March, will officially continue as the company’s president and CEO. The company now appears to be back on track after stumbling almost six months ago. Traders piled in, and Acadia shares jumped over 10 percent as the market opened. Acadia shares hit $42—$3.93 a share higher than yesterday’s close of $38.07. But the stock settled, and was trading above $39 by mid-day. Davis, who joined Acadia as the…
  • Varsity News Network Snags $3.7 Million, Plans 2.0 Version Next Year

    Sarah Schmid
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:13 am
    Varsity News Network (VNN), the Grand Rapids, MI-based startup that facilitates online communication between high school athletic departments, parents, and athletes, today announced that it has closed on a round of financing worth $3.7 million. Arsenal Ventures led the round, with participation from North Coast Technology Ventures, RSL Venture Partners, Start Garden, Nir Arkin, Detroit Innovate, Grand Angels, Northern Michigan Angels, the Michigan Angel Fund, and Avram Grant. “It’s been a hell of a lot of fun,” says Ryan Vaughn, VNN’s CEO. “Our first goal was to scale nationally…
  • What Bubble? Techstars Boston Keeps Trying to Build Real Businesses

    Gregory T. Huang
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:03 am
    If you cover the technology startup industry, two words you are getting sick of seeing are “bubble” and “unicorn.” In place of the former, you are hearing more about a coming “correction” in valuations and so forth. In place of the latter, you mostly get people shaking their heads at what the term even means. You wouldn’t think a startup accelerator would be a safe haven from such talk, but this is Boston. And over the years, the Techstars Boston program has tended to reflect the grittier, in-the-trenches aspects of building young businesses. Emphasis on…
  • Scripps Enrolls 4,000+ in Scanadu Trial of Device for Vital Signs

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:13 am
    In the five years since it was founded, Mountain View, CA-based Scanadu has been blessed with a groundswell of support from some pretty diverse groups—ordinary folks, elite investors, Web innovators, and even Trekkies. Now the company gets to bask in the reflected glow of San Diego’s prestigious Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). In a statement yesterday, STSI said it has enrolled over 4,000 people to participate in the first clinical trial of the Scanadu Scout, a medical device designed to provide hospital-grade diagnostic tests of four patient vital signs. The goal of…
  • With New CEO, Seattle’s Faraday Pharma Aims to Exploit Ikaria Roots

    Alex Lash
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:55 am
    [Updated 9/3/15, 11:30 am. See below.] Tiny Faraday Pharmaceuticals of Seattle launched last year to try what its predecessor Ikaria couldn’t do: Turn the cutting-edge research of founder Mark Roth, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award winner, into a medical product. Now Faraday, which emerged from stealth and announced a round of funding last year but kept details close to the vest, has a full-time CEO on board, biopharma industry veteran Stephen Hill (pictured), and more than $30 million in Series A commitments from its investors. [Updated with financial details.] It…
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    This is going to be BIG...

  • Be Someone that People Want to Work With

    Charlie O'Donnell
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:40 am
    I mentioned this in my newsletter yesterday and decided to make a post out of it.People ask me all the time how you find talent, money, etc.My startup Golden Rule is this:Be someone that people want to work with.  That's how you get funded.  That's how you get hired and how you can hire the best people.  It's why you get press and even how to get customers.  It's key to getting into venture capital.If you were driven to be the very best person anyone could ever hope to work with, you'd go on to do amazing things.That means you'd have a skill to offer--one that you strive…
  • The Idea Stage is Broken and a Tool to Fix It

    Charlie O'Donnell
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    Almost a majority of the time, when I pass on an investment opportunity, there's something wrong with the company that can be traced back to the moment the entrepreneur came up with the idea.  I find myself thinking, "You should really be doing something else."People are excited about the idea of starting a company, but don't spend nearly enough time vetting what to work on.  Frankly, I'm sceptical that the "picking an idea" thing has any decent likelihood of working out, versus having an idea pick you.What's your answer to "Did you pick this idea or did this idea pick you?"If…
  • 10 Surefire Ways to Increase Your Chance of Startup Failure

    Charlie O'Donnell
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    1. Don't bother creating any kind of cash flow model, because it's bullshit, right?2. Overestimate the value and volume of the "data" that you'll collect when lots of users are on your platform.3. Assume that lots of users will be using your platform when you don't even have a good plan to get the first 500.4. Skip talking to the specific person at that big customer who you believe will one day spend lots of money on your platform.5. Copy the strategies of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Uber, etc., because you fail to realize that those companies were developed in completely…
  • What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

    Charlie O'Donnell
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model.  Just about every analyst who looks at fund investing has built one.  You incorporate expected company returns, mortality rates, and fee structures to try to predict how a venture capital fund works from a cash in, cash out, and NAV standpoint.  It's basically the unifying theory behind all your assumptions about 10% of the investments driving most of the returns, needing certain multiples of return, and the basics of how many…
  • Backing someone pre-pitch: The story of how I backed Clubhouse

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    I'm excited to be able to finally announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' investment in Clubhouse, a company I agreed to back before I even knew what it was.   In 2010, a bunch of techies got together to do the next year's NYC Triathlon.  I had already done two and was looking forward to joining people from the tech community.  It was also right around that time when I started CTO School--a small five session series on how to go from being a developer to a technical leader, which blossomed into a not only a very active meetup, but also gave birth to a great conference series as…
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  • Peter G James Sinclair: How To Use A Blog To Become A Speaker, Top Earning Coach And Land A $100,000 Book Deal

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Peter G James Sinclair, the founder of MotivationalMemo.com, a blog he created to help motivate others and also motivate himself, came into my world first as a member of my Membership Site Mastermind training I ran a... The post Peter G James Sinclair: How To Use A Blog To Become A Speaker, Top Earning Coach And Land A $100,000 Book Deal appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Sarah Timmerman: How Fashion Website ‘Beginning Boutique’ Grew To $4 Million A Year In Sales And Became Australia’s Top Ranked Social Media Brand With Over 1 Million Followers

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] I love this interview. Sarah Timmerman is from my hometown Brisbane, she’s grown a $4 million a year women’s fashion online retailer, gathered a million followers on social media — and she has done it starting with... The post Sarah Timmerman: How Fashion Website ‘Beginning Boutique’ Grew To $4 Million A Year In Sales And Became Australia’s Top Ranked Social Media Brand With Over 1 Million Followers appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • When Should You Quit Your Job To Focus Full Time On Your Online Business?

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Over the years my motivation as an online entrepreneur has shifted from trying to make enough money to pay my living expenses, to then earn enough to move out of my parent’s house, to buying my own car and house, and having enough money to travel and live anywhere I... The post When Should You Quit Your Job To Focus Full Time On Your Online Business? appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Jessica Nazarali: How To Start Coaching Online And Make $257,000 In Your First Year Of Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Jessica Nazarali dabbled in entrepreneurship in her late teens, buying brand name items from second hand clothing stores and selling them for a profit on eBay. Blogging is what kick-started Jessica’s online career, which led her down... The post Jessica Nazarali: How To Start Coaching Online And Make $257,000 In Your First Year Of Business appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Mariana Fataccioli: How This Health Food Blogger Generated $100,000 In Revenue And 100,000 Instagram Followers In Her First Year Of Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Mariana Fataccioli is a food, health and wellness blogger who has the impressive claim to fame for having amassed a following of 100,000 people in 6 months on Instagram. She has also pulled off the considerable feat... The post Mariana Fataccioli: How This Health Food Blogger Generated $100,000 In Revenue And 100,000 Instagram Followers In Her First Year Of Business appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
 
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    Men with Pens

  • Why You Should Let Your Client Make a Mistake

    James Chartrand
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why You Should Let Your Client Make a Mistake first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

    James Chartrand
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should

    James Chartrand
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should first appeared on Men With Pens ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why you need to attach meaning to your money

    James Chartrand
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why you need to attach meaning to your money first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you writing the wrong words?

    James Chartrand
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Are you writing the wrong words? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Startup Meme

  • Driving Digital Conversations and Capitalizing on them: #SonehraPakistan

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    It’s great seeing all the brands out there doing their bit when it comes to using the Digital Media pretty actively. I recall many folks who turned down the idea of utilizing digital media for anything beyond making personal connections. Wasn’t a long time back, 2011, if my memory serves me right. Things have changed pretty rapidly, specially in the last year, where almost every brand is trying to grab whatever share of voice that may get on digital platforms. I will come to the detailed critic about that later, for now let’s focus on the entire trending fiasco. Won’t…
  • The Infinix Hot Note – Hands On

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    So it’s been over a week since the unboxing of the Infinix Hot Note X551 and so far, the experience has been solid. I will be honest for a moment here, when I first received the Hot Note, I wasn’t too optimistic about what the phone’s performance will be. The experience has been contrary to my first thought; the Infinix Hot Note is a pretty solid device, both in terms of appearance and in terms of performance. Let’s not waste time here and get to write about its key winning points. Features’ Snapshot: Here are a few quick points on Infinix Hot Note’s specifications: 1.4 Ghz …
  • Unboxing: The Infinix Hot Note X551

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    29 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Infinix Hot Note, finally received and doing what any blogger would do; Unbox and see what’s inside! http://startupmeme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Unboxing-Infinix-Hot-Note.mp4 Tags: hot note, infinix, infinix pakistan, mobile, pakistan, technology
  • Facebook Relaxes Rules For On-Page Competitions: Big News For Brands And Business

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    28 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    Saves the hassle associated to creating custom tabs on pages to run competition, especially those that required users to only comment or like to participate. We are talking about quick turn around time, leveraging key events on the go and removing the need to spend time exploring what new app to use. Thank you Facebook for being a bit lenient with the introduction of the change in policy. Facebook rolled out an update on the Page terms and conditions to enable businesses and brands to readily conduct quick promotions. There are however some restrictions associated to using native Facebook…
  • Update: Mobilink Reveals Its New Identity, Launches A Responsive Website

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    14 Jun 2013 | 3:09 pm
    Mobilink, Pakistan’s leading telecom provider has today revealed its new identity. Mobilink initiated its operations in Pakistan in 1994 and had recently come under the umbrella of Vimpelcom, when the Russian telecom giant acquired Orascom in 2011. Mobilink at present enjoys the leader position among the 5 telecom operators in Pakistan with over 36 Million subscribers. The process had been underway for quite some time and only recently did Mobilink initiate revealing hints about this new identity starting June 12th. This started with the Link that was showcased on all major newspapers…
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    Marketing Zen

  • The Rise of Visual Content Marketing: 5 Reasons Infographics Rock

    Kristen Taylor
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    “There is a magic in graphs. The profile of a curve reveals in a flash a whole situation — the life history of an epidemic, a panic, or an era of prosperity. The curve informs the mind, awakens the imagination, convinces.” ―Henry D. Hubbard Can we really say it any better that that?! Graphics have come a loooong way since the early 90s aesthetic of blocky text and primary colors, and infographics are no exception. If you want to give your business an edge, it’s time to give visual content marketing a shot and jump on the Infographic train. Choo choo! 1. Science backs…
  • Theft or Opportunism? The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Poaching

    Kristen Taylor
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    When I was in the fifth grade, I had a best friend named Michelle Larsen. She and I did everything together: we played on the playground together, we went to each other’s houses on the weekends, and we talked on the phone constantly whenever our parents didn’t need the landlines. She was my first really close best friend, and I was grateful—I’d seen how lonely recess felt when Michelle was sick, and not having a best friend was like, totally uncool. One day, Michelle and I had a fight over something stupid, in that way that little kids often do. All morning, I told everyone that she…
  • Stuck in the Middle: Marketing to Generation X

    Kristen Taylor
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    This is the third part of our series Multi-Generational Marketing, where we teach you how to target individuals in the Millennial, X, and Baby Boomer generations. You can view part one here and part two here. What is there to say about Generation X? Unlike the generations before and after, there isn’t a strong identity attached to those born between 1965 and 1980. As they reach middle age, this generation is truly caught in the middle of the battles between emerging and digital versus traditional and analog. With that said, marketing to Generation X can be tough, especially since most…
  • Peace, Love, and Rock n Roll: Marketing to Boomers

    Kristen Taylor
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is the second part of our series Multi-Generational Marketing, where we teach you how to digitally target individuals in the Millennial, X, and Baby Boomer generations. You can view part one here. You know the image of a Baby Boomer that’s so often in the media: a 70 year-old man, sitting in a La-Z-Boy recliner, scrutinizing the remote control he can barely figure out how to work. Of course, that’s not true for the majority of this extremely large, extremely diverse generation. A Baby Boomer is anyone born between the years of 1946 and 1964; a lot happened during those 18 years, and…
  • WTF Millennials: Tips for #ModernMarketing

    Kristen Taylor
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Generations are extremely broad—they homogenize vastly different people, values, interests, experiences based on having a birthday that falls within a 15 year range. Yup, not every Millennial is a mustachioed, plaid-wearing, PBR-drinking hipster—just like every Baby Boomer isn’t a crochety budget hunter who doesn’t know how to use a computer. Shocking, we know. People like to think of themselves as individuals, not as demographics. Still, there are some common experiences and traits among members of different age groups that can be used to help you develop your marketing strategies…
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • How Startups Can Leverage the Power of Outsourced Labor

    Greg Nunan
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:05 am
    One of the most difficult things about starting a business is creating a reliable employee base while still having enough money to put into business operations. Instead of spending too much overhead money in your new company by trying to establish a workforce of full-time employees, consider using freelance workers, a practice which is becoming more and more common. Read on to find three reasons that, as a startup business owner, hiring freelance workers is a great way to get your company off the ground without compromising your budget. Workforce Size One of the biggest advantages for…
  • What the Rich Say about Getting Rich – 10 Books to Inspire You

    Julie Ellis
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:31 am
    Admit it. You do envy people who are rich, if only just a little. Life just seems to be easier for them; they don’t worry about the bills; they take nice vacations; they can pursue lots of interests and hobbies; they don’t worry about retirement. We also wonder how they became rich, if they did it on their own rather than having inherited it. Do they have a specific way of thinking? Have they followed some formula? The answer is “yes” to both of these questions, depending on which rich person you ask. Rather than seek them out and ask, you can actually read what many of them have to…
  • How to Make a Classified Balance Sheet in 6 Steps

    Blogtrepreneur
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    © tashatuvango / Dollar Photo Club The Balance Sheet is a snapshot of your company’s finances. The basic parts of it are Assets, Liabilities, and Equity.  Knowing the numbers for just these three categories can show you how much debt you have and how much profit you have accumulated. If you want to build a balance sheet for your small business then this article will show you the 6 basic steps to do so.  We will go through the steps using an ecommerce business example.  I suggest that you use the same format from the spreadsheet in the example and follow along by thinking of real…
  • Top Business Ideas for Women

    Blogtrepreneur
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Based on Small Business Association reports, businesses owned by women are enjoying a rapid growth. In fact, this segment of new businesses is currently among the fastest-growing segments in the US economy. So, whether you are a career woman who wants to shift to entrepreneurship, a stay-at-home parent who wishes to augment the family income, or a regular office employee who just wants to earn some extra income, there are lots of business opportunities that you can try. The following are some of the most highly-recommended business ideas for women today: Tutoring If you have the patience and…
  • How to Start a Blog and Make Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gone are the days when people relied solely on printed publications for their daily dose of news, information, and entertainment. This day and age has introduced the world to platforms such as blogging — a great way to impart ideas, to market businesses, to create a major following, and so much more. Blogging offers so many advantages, both to the readers and to the blogger. Running a blog is not only fulfilling; it is also a great way to earn money, as long as you know the necessary steps to take. If you’re thinking of starting your own blog and making money out of it but have no real…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • The Oracle of Silicon Valley, Reid Hoffman (Plus: Michael McCullough)

    Tim Ferriss
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Reid Hoffman (right) with Ana (top) and Michael (left) McCullough, co-founders of QuestBridge.org (Photo: Will Miller) Reid Hoffman is often referred to as “The Oracle of Silicon Valley” by tech insiders, who look at his company-building and investing track record (Facebook, Airbnb, Flickr, etc.) with awe. Reid is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn, which has more than 300 million users. He was previously Executive Vice President at PayPal, which was purchased by eBay for $1.5 billion. There, he was nicknamed “firefighter-in-chief” by CEO Peter Thiel. Noted…
  • Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Home Run TED Talks

    Tim Ferriss
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Dr. Brené Brown (@BreneBrown) is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has been viewed more than 20 million times and is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her brand-new book is titled Rising Strong. In it, she writes, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.
  • How to Build a World-Class Network in Record Time

    Tim Ferriss
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Photo by Ron Herrman “Don’t dismiss people, don’t be a dick, and don’t rush. Play the long game.” – Tim Ferriss   Welcome to a special edition of The Tim Ferriss Show. Back in 2007, I experienced a massive tipping point for The 4-Hour Workweek at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference held in Austin, Texas. Two or three days played a key role in the book becoming a worldwide bestseller in 40+ languages. So what exactly happened at the event? How did I optimize those 2-3 days? The below audio is a presentation I recently gave about a better, more…
  • The “Wizard” of Hollywood, Robert Rodriguez

    Tim Ferriss
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Robert Rodriguez, nicknamed “The Wizard.” Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) is a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician. He is also the founder and chairman of El Rey Network, the new genre-busting English-language cable network. While a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Rodriguez wrote the script for his first feature film while he was a paid subject in a clinical experiment at a drug research facility. That paycheck covered the cost of shooting his film. The film, “El Mariachi,” went on to win the coveted Audience Award…
  • The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice

    Tim Ferriss
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    “Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions, which went public as part of Shopping.com, and Vast.com. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 100 companies, including more than a few “unicorn” mega-successes. His deals include Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Postmates, Wish, Thumbtack, and OpenDNS, which Cisco just bought for $635 million in cash. BUT, even if you have zero interest in startups or…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Project V Updates: More Investors, Domain Acquired, and World Class Programmers

    Tyler Cruz
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    So my focus over the past week has continued to be working on my corporate taxes (about 50% done now) and Project V. In fact, there was some good progress made on Project V. The main investor has continued to be really pumped about the project. I can always expect to wake up, check my phone, and literally see 4-5 new e-mails from him every morning. In addition, we speak on the phone (Skype) nearly every day for around an hour discussing the vision and other elements of the project. It’s a bit odd for me, as I’ve been working online for a living for around 12 years or so and have…
  • Project "V", Income Taxes, and My First Deposit

    Tyler Cruz
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    It’s been 9 days since my last blog post so I thought I would give you an overall update on what’s happened since then. Although I’ve used my accountant’s firm to handle my income taxes since around 2003, it still takes a lot of time and effort myself. I have to dig up all my accounting history over the past year for both my personal self as well as the corporation’s income taxes. Next year, I will have to do this for the new holding corporation as well! When you add in affiliate marketing, it just makes all this even more time consuming as I have hundreds upon…
  • Raised $15,000 For My New Project So Far

    Tyler Cruz
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    In my previous blog post, I wrote about how I was thinking of launching a new website based on an idea I’ve had for a while now. There was a brief mention about how I might consider partnering with someone else on this project by taking on investors. It was just a small mention, merely a couple of sentences, yet I ended up receiving e-mails from a couple of different interested investors. The first was interested for coming in at $15,000 but after following up with him he has not responded, and so I deem him as uninterested or at least not serious about it. The second investor ended up…
  • I Have An Idea For a Website That I’m Considering

    Tyler Cruz
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    If you’ve only been reading my blog for 2-3 years, then you might think that I’m solely an affiliate marketer. The fact is, though, that I actually have a lot more experience with creating websites from scratch and monetizing them. It’s how I made my living from around 2004-2012, with my blog and affiliate marketing income taking over since then. The main reason I turned to affiliate marketing around 2012 is because in early spring of 2011 I sold my largest money-making website. I agreed to a non-disclosure regarding the actual sale price, but let’s just say it was…
  • I Am Finally on Facebook: Follow Me!

    Tyler Cruz
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    A couple of months ago I announced how I finally signed up to Instagram. While it took me a long time to do that, it took me even longer to sign up to Facebook! Sure, I have a couple accounts for advertising, as well as a personal account that has always been inactive with like 4 friends, but I never made a Facebook account for my blog or business side of things believe it or not. That is, until now. So, why the sudden change? Well, now that I am more or less actively blogging again, I want to start sharing my posts and build up my audience a bit. I also always wanted to keep separate…
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • 6 Best Back Stretching Devices That Can Seriously Fix Your Back

    Samantha Pankey
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Need chronic back pain relief? Low back pain has become an epidemic in our modern society--a product of our sedentary lives and jobs that have us hunched over keyboards and sitting or standing for long periods of time. About 80% of Americans will experience a bout with low back pain at some point. However, you can take steps to alleviate back pain and improve your posture, and these 6 products will help you dramatically  improve your back.
  • Fingers As A Service: Business Reinvents The Foam Finger To Be A Little More Sass, And A Little Less Class

    Beth Graddon-Hodgson
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Today, I opened my mailbox and was pleasantly surprised.  Typically only filled with flyers and the occasional bill (that duplicates the one sitting in my email inbox), I actually found something that was worth more attention than an immediate trip to the recycling bin. You're going to have to read on to find out what it is, but I can tell you that it was a gift from a hot new business out there that subscribes to my brand of sarcasm. While I was pleased with the appearance of their namesake item, you may not be if you're on the receiving end.
  • Thin Ice Is First Ever Weight Loss Clothing Line

    Paul Fitzgerald
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Looking to burn about 500-1000 calories a day just by wearing your clothes? An inventor from Toronto, Canada, has developed a very unique line of clothing that hacks your metabolism. So is Thin Ice another weight loss fad?
  • WalkCar Pocket-Sized Personal Transporter Is On Its Way

    Rebecca West
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Getting around is about to get more sci-fi with the upcoming 'WalkCar,' a futuristic skateboard being touted as a pocket-sized personal transporter from Japan. Will the world's first 'car in a bag' be a hit for its designer or will it go the way of the Edsel and other transportation failures?
  • Pucker Up And Get Steamy With Take 'Kiss' Out Coffee Lids

    Serena Dorman
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Are you "forever alone"?  Well worry no more with this fun and flirty coffee lid that features a realistic mouth and nose.  Take 'Kiss' Out coffee cups and lids are Korea's newest coffee trend.  Feel like giving your coffee some mouth-to-mouth?
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Heart and Mind Fusion: What Is It and Why It Will Help You Succeed?

    Guest Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:22 am
    Magdalena Bak-Maier, trained neuroscientist, coach and author speaks to The Next Women about Heart and Mind Fusion.read more
  • Startup Diairies: Launching an Interactive Parenting Platform

    Guest Author
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
     Leana Greene talks to The Next Women about launching Kids in the House, and working through her Dyslexia. Parenting isn’t easy, especially if you are a working parent. It’s important for you to have access to quick and easy information of the latest in parenting so that you can succeed at your most important job—raising your child. read more
  • Is Entrepreneurship Possible At Any Stage Of Life?

    Dina Yuen
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    An Interview with M&A Expert Shari Yocum, on the question whether entrepreneurship Is possible at any stage of life.read more
  • Startup Diairies: How I started an Online Eco-Fashion Brand

    Simone Brummelhuis
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    In the Startup Diaries series, Michele Helene Cohen, Founder and CEO,  Wabi Sabi Ecofashionconcept tells her story.read more
  • Meet the Women Championing R&D in Spain

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    TheNextwomen is glad to provide an update of the Esther Koplowitz Centre, which opened in Barcelona in 2010; in just five years the centre has played an important role in biomedical research into diseases in the areas of neurology, cancer, digestion and tropical diseases, and represents one of Europe’s largest ever private donations to biomedical research. Set forth below some of thenextwomen involved in the R&D efforts in Spain!read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Source: Experience A World Personalized For You

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:59 pm
    When you are searching for something, you want recommendations. But you want recommendations from people who like what you like, do what you do and share your tastes. That’s what this platform does for you. Not recommendations from just anyone, these are recommendations from people who matter. You’ll be able to connect to the kinds […] The post Source: Experience A World Personalized For You appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Flat Broke? Find Immediate Help with Rapid Auto Loans

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Gina Sperry was a single mom with 2 kids. She works a full time job and does as much as she can over the weekend with the kids. She needs to be able to complete her chores as quickly and easily as possible. A few weeks ago, after coming back from one of the kids […] The post Flat Broke? Find Immediate Help with Rapid Auto Loans appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Teacher is Crowdfunding for her class

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Christina Deberry is helping learners to get books and computers into the classroom. She is asking for help for her special education 9th grade students.  This is a class of young people who want to go to college and become independent. While the students have disabilities that range from dyslexia and dysgraphic to learning processing disorders, […] The post Teacher is Crowdfunding for her class appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Cheryl Tan Interviews Dr. Wright on Crowdfunding

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    The post Cheryl Tan Interviews Dr. Wright on Crowdfunding appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • What is a Third Party Inspection Agency And What Are Key Benefits for Third Party Inspection

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    What is a Third Party Inspection Agency And What Are Key Benefits for Third Party Inspection ————————————————————————————————————————————— Third Party is an Independent inspection agency which provides facilities in the different type of field without discriminatory decision. In business third party play very important role…
 
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    Steve Blank

  • Entrepreneurs Are Everywhere Show No. 1: Richard Witten and Kathryn Minshew

    steveblank
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche Sometimes the best lessons are the most painful. Resilience – the ability to bounce back from adversity – is one of the key attributes of entrepreneurs and was the focus of my first weekly radio show, Entrepreneurs are Everywhere, on Sirius XM Radio Channel 111. Richard Witten, special advisor on entrepreneurship to the President of Columbia University; and Kathryn Minshew, co-founder of the popular online career platform TheMuse.com both joined me in Sirius’ New York studio and shared their…
  • Why Corporate Entrepreneurs are Extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance

    steveblank
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. The biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors. —– What Have We Lost? I’ve been working with Richard, a mid-level executive in a large federal agency facing increasing external disruption (technology shifts, new competitors, asymmetric warfare, etc.). Several pockets of innovation in his agency have begun to look to startups and have tried to adopt lean methods. Richard…
  • Innovation @ 50x in Companies and Government Agencies

    steveblank
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies trying to adapt and adopt Lean Methodologies.  In doing so I’ve learned a ton from lots of people. I’ve summarized my learnings in this blog post, and here and here and here and put it all together in the presentation below. if you can’t see the presentation click here. But the biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors.  More on that in the next post. Filed under: Big Companies versus Startups: Durant versus Sloan,…
  • Part 2 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla

    steveblank
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital Part 1 of this post, here, was how Errol Arkilic and the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science. Part 2, this post is my interview with Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla. I spoke with Steve…
  • How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

    steveblank
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital In my interview with Errol, we discussed the origins of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), how and why it was created, and how it changed the way the government commercializes scientific research. (Read my interviews with Steve…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Back to Campus with Schick Disposable Razors at Walmart

    First Class Fashionista
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    College is a time of change and marks a period of new beginnings. My college fashionista will be starting her senior year at design school in NYC this week. She’s studying the business side of fashion. We’re so proud of her and to celebrate, this fall, we’re going back to campus with Schick Disposable Razors at Walmart. Yay! Schick chose us to follow on our journey as we prepare for back to school. Everything is so expensive in New York, before going back to school in the fall, my daughter and I always try to stock up on all the personal items she needs for the semester at…
  • Spruce Grand Opening Party in Denver

    First Class Fashionista
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    This might just be a man’s dream come true…We all know men are simple creatures, but this new barber shop might have started something so innovative that they may need to get a patent on this concept. Spruce For Men is a new men’s barber shop and clothing store; giving men a way to redesign an existing wardrobe and a new hair cut all under one roof. Spruce is tucked away in the Berkeley neighborhood of Denver, CO, near 44th and Tennyson. The Grand Opening of Spruce is going to be a night you do not want to miss! The Grand Opening party will be on Thursday, September 3rd, starting at…
  • Must-have Accessories Trending for Fall

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:50 pm
    This is a look at accessories trending this summer and into Fall 2015. It’s not too late to adopt these trends because they’re perfect for sweater weather. Click full story to see feature. Check out End of Season Accessory Trends Round Up by FCFashionista at Mode Post sponsored by Mode.com, where stories inform and inspire. Related PostsHow to Wear a Body Chain with ONYX XOXOHow to Style Alex and Ani: the Arm Candy with MeaningMy weekend shopping haulBurberry’s Blaze Handbag is to DIE forWhy your next bag needs to be a crossbody
  • Stephanie Carlson Trunk Show at Whorl

    First Class Fashionista
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Mark your calendars First Class Fashionista friends! Local fashion designer, Stephanie Carlson, will be revealing her collection of resort wear for curvy women on Saturday, September 12th at Whorl in Denver. This event will be held from 12-5 pm and will be located at 3326 Tejon St, Denver, Colorado 80211. One of the perks about attending this event is that Stephanie herself will be there, and she will be working one-on-one with clients to help style her pieces and deliver the best possible fit! I have personally known Stephanie Carlson for about five years now. We first met…
  • Stylish Back to Class Essentials for College Students

    First Class Fashionista
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    August is here, and with it, the return to school and university. I love school, and will have the pleasure of matriculating once more in Denver for another degree. This time around, I feel like I will have more of a chance to express my personal style (AKA I won’t have to just choose a bag based on what I can throw the most sewing stuff and fabric into), so I want to share my finds with you! This semester, let’s make geek look chic. Public Supply Blue Scale Notebooks Available at Zady These notebooks are completely unique. They are made from 10% post-consumer waste and certified…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Reflecting on Dragon Army’s two year anniversary

    jeffhilimire
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:51 am
    In August of 2013, Ryan, David, and I founded Dragon Army, then a consumer-focused mobile game and app studio based in the Atlanta Tech Village. Ryan, Richard, and I, on day one at Dragon Army at the Atlanta Tech Village Two years later, we’re a team of 25, located on the backside of Piedmont Park, and our model is one part mobile game studio for consumers (we dropped the “apps”) one part mobile app and game publisher one part mobile agency (B2B) Here’s a brief history of how we got to this point: After starting Dragon Army with the intent to build both apps and…
  • 7 steps to starting a company in 2 years for 20-year-olds

    jeffhilimire
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    What would you do if you were a 20-year-old today that ultimately wanted to start his/her own business? I heard this question asked on a podcast I was listening to last week, and I started to think about how I would answer it. My own personal experience is that at 20 I was in college, playing tennis and spending every other free moment building websites. Then at 22 I started Spunlogic with Raj and the rest if history. While I generally think that the best time to start a company is always right now, here is the advice I’d give to a 20-year-old who wanted to one day start a company: 1.
  • Listen up everyone, the land is that way!

    jeffhilimire
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    Following up on my last post, If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it, there is another quote from the book, Creativity Inc., that extends the boat analogy: The director’s job is to say, “Land is that way.” Maybe land actually is that way and maybe it isn’t, but Andrew says that if you don’t have somebody choosing a course—pointing their finger toward that spot there, on the horizon—then the ship goes nowhere. The CEO of a startup…or a film director…or a ship…
  • If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it.

    jeffhilimire
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    The better, more subtle interpretation is that failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders especially, this strategy—trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it—dooms you to fail. As Andrew puts it, “Moving things forward allows the team you are leading to feel like, ‘Oh, I’m on a boat that is actually going towards land.’ As opposed to having a leader who says, ‘I’m still not sure. I’m going to look at the map a little…
  • Does an entrepreneur have to be willing to risk personal debt?

    jeffhilimire
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    BW asked this question on my recent blog post, Ten Requirements of Successful Entrepreneurs: Nice post Jeff. I’m curious if you believe, as an entrepreneur, you have to be comfortable with going into personal debt. This has been a big deterrent among people I know that I believe are otherwise cut out to be entrepreneurs. Obviously there are alternatives and other best-case scenarios but do you feel like that willingness to go into debt is demonstrative of the appropriate level of risk appetite? Do you think it’s possible to have the drive and determination to be successful but…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Culture Can Make Or Break Your Startup

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Have you ever wondered how important culture is to a company and whether having a cultural fit in a company matters? According to Glen Hellman, culture matters, and in his post below, he shares his experiences and explains why.  Glen Hellman is a Principal at Driven Forward LLC., a firm that supports entrepreneurs and venture investors by providing strategic guidance, interim executive leadership services, and executive coaching. In addition, he is a mentor for the Founder Institute.  The blog post "Your Company Will Win Or Lose On Culture" originally appeared on…
  • All of the Tools You’ll Ever Need for Your Bootstrapped Startup

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Bootstrapping your company affords you more creative freedom in the overall direction of your company. However, relying on your own resources and funds to launch and run a startup comes with its own share of challenges. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of startup tools that are free or cost-effective for the budding entrepreneur. From naming your company to startup legal basics, from sales and traction to team and advisors, we’ve got you covered for every stage of your startup. See the infographic below for all of the essential tools you’ll need for bootstrapping your startup:…
  • Capture Every Moment of Childhood with this App

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Each year, The Founder Institute helps launch hundreds of technology companies across the globe. Once founders graduate from our 4-month program, they quickly begin using techniques like crowdfunding campaigns to drum up interest and obtain funding. To help further their efforts, we’ve introduced the series, “Crowdfunding Pick of The Week,” designed to showcase the most promising Founder Institute Graduates in our community. Stay tuned, you may be the first to discover the next BIG product, application, or software. Waki Yoneoka, a graduate…
  • Turn Ideas and Passion into a Dream Startup at a Free Entrepreneur Event

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:51 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 few…
  • The A to Z Guide to Getting User Feedback Before Launching Your Product

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    "Very few of us can create the perfect idea without feedback. If you’ve got a great idea and you present it to someone, and they immediately like it with no reservations, it’s not a good idea." - Tom Blondi (Chief Revenue Officer, SocialWhirled) Your first users are the most important ones. However, failing to make a positive first impression with your initial customers can seriously hinder the success of your product, and many startups don't always get a second chance to release a better version of their offering.  Luckily, we here at the Founder Institute have…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • Balance is weak. Tension is strong.

    Jason
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
    Objects in tenuous balance will tumble at the slightest nudge. Objects in tension, on the other hand, are strong. When you fire a gun you pull with one hand while pushing with the other because in tension there is stability. A pull-up bar in a doorframe can hold 200 pounds because it’s in tension, not in balance. Ethernet contains a pair of wires twisted together, electrons moving in opposing directions, because their opposing magnetic fields cancel each other but also act as a shield to foreign fields that would otherwise disrupt the electrons’ movements. It’s often said that…
  • Why it’s nice to compete against a large, profitable company

    Jason
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    A big, profitable company seems like the hardest thing for a small company to compete against. They have everything: money, brand, momentum, existing customers, press, product teams, distribution channels, expertise, market insight, analysts, sales offices, product features, and, by definition, a working business model. All a little startup has is a decent idea and extremely greasy elbows. But David has a clear path to slaying Goliath. The insight is: The profitable revenue stream is a prison. It’s the Achilles heel that allows the little guy to win. A company with a large, profitable,…
  • Zero-sum marketing channels: Good or bad for a startup to pursue?

    Jason
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Many marketing channels are “zero-sum,” meaning that if one company wins a piece of the channel, other companies cannot also use that piece. Example: AdWords, where the price is set by the highest (dumbest?) bidder, and the few companies who get the good slots will get the vast majority of the clicks, whereas the other companies cannot get enough clicks to materially impact their sales. Example: SEO, where the top three search results receive nearly all the traffic. Even getting 10 of the slots ranged 11-30 doesn’t add up to a fraction of what the winners get. Counter-Example: Social…
  • On the value of Judgement

    Jason
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    We’re told not to judge, lest we be judged. But we are judged, by our customers choosing between us and a competitor, by our employees choosing whether to entwine their careers with our fate, and by our peers, allies, and passive-aggressive antagonists on social media. We’re instructed to respect others, especially other cultures. And it’s true that new perspectives yield new insight, and that we’re generally plagued with a bias against the unfamiliar, especially when it’s convenient for our egos to deny that a new idea is superior to our own. But battling our emotional distain of…
  • Scaling by “delegation” isn’t good enough

    Jason
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Founding a company is a selfish act. It will consume every waking moment for the next 1-10 years. It’s an act of defiance and irreverence towards competitors and the status quo. That matches well with the life of a 20-something — fueled by the energy of youth, too young to be jaded, with no financial or social dependents. Not all selfish acts are bad ones! Young founders may fancy themselves wizards of coding, design, and salesmanship, because they’re individually excellent; I did! But it should be obvious that those skills don’t imply they can build a team of 75…
 
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • How to Make Change Easier

    Catherine Morgan
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some of us love change – but many of us do not. In fact, many of us dread it, even though we know that it can be good for us, and can make us more successful in the long run. Carol’s recent post on entrepreneur.com “How to Be Successful by Embracing Change” suggests that you [...]
  • Four Easy Ways to Boost Revenue

    Catherine Morgan
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you want to grow your small business? Of course you do! But sometimes you get stuck, and need some suggestions for what to try next. Carol’s recent post on the Nextiva blog “Four Ways to Grow Your Business With New Products and Services” might spark some ideas. Carol begins: “Your small business may be [...]
  • How to Give Customers a Seat at the Table

    Catherine Morgan
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Customers are your company’s most valuable asset – and yet most companies don’t have a person in place whose sole responsibility is to advocate for the customer. In Carol’s latest post on entrepreneur.com “Why Your Business Needs a Chief Customer Advocate“ she states: “Businesses of all sizes would be well served giving their customers a seat [...]
  • Regulations and the Small Business Owner

    Britt Raybould
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Do you live in the county?” I stopped short at the question. After many attempts, I’d found a local recycler to take some old CRT monitors stashed in the basement. I’ll admit my first instinct was to lie. I really wanted to get rid of these monitors. But realizing they might ask for an address [...]
  • Silencing Your Biggest Critic

    Rich Gallagher
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many small business owners have an enemy. A critic who seems bent on making you fail. This person is unfailingly harsh, judgmental, and often just plain rude. In fact, far too often it seems like this person’s sole purpose in life is to humiliate you into giving up. Where do you usually find this person? [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • Five case studies you'll see at the Lean Startup Conference 2015

    Eric
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:08 pm
    The following is a guest post by Kirsten Cluthe and Ritika Puri from The Lean Startup Conference teamWondering what’s new in the Lean Startup community? With hundred of thousands of global practitioners, the supply of ideas and best practices is endless. What’s more challenging is finding the right information that will influence positive change within your organization. Every year, our team conducts more than 500 customer development calls to understand what challenges the community is facing. We come across some interesting stories from people who are really making things happen. Here…
  • The dog ate my homework

    Sarah Rainone
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    A quick update for those of you following the Kickstarter campaign to launch my new book The Leader's Guide (and good news for those of you who missed out):For those of you who backed the campaign:Keep an eye out for an email which includes a link to a very short survey where you can confirm your shipping information and purchase additional items. (It will only take about a minute of your time -- and filling it out will help us ship your books and bonuses as soon as they're ready.)For those of you who wanted to back the campaign but had problems making a pledge:If this happened to you, I…
  • Intuit Labs Takeover

    Eric
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    This week, the Lean Startup took over the blog on Intuit Labs with original stories centered around experimentation as a method for investigating all parts of a business or product idea. The week’s posts included case studies, tips, Q&As, startup stories, and more.We started on Monday with a conversation between me and Intuit’s own Ben Blank. Ben and I talk about spotting next-generation leaders, how there are no tricks or tools for innovators, and giving corporate innovation teams permission to experiment. We also posted Lean Startup 101, in case you’re looking for a refresher or…
  • Speak at The Lean Startup Conference 2015

    Eric
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    What follows is a guest post by Kirsten Cluthe, the new Editorial Director of The Lean Startup Conference. Kirsten is leading our program development and speaker selection -- curating a four day, multi-tracked, 2000-person event. With a career that’s spanned from the music industry to General Electric to the Olympics, Kirsten brings deep event programming experience to the Lean Startup teamAs the editorial director for this year’s conference, I look forward to bringing the latest thinking on Lean Startup practices to the global community. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the chance to…
  • The Lean Startup Conference 2015

    Eric
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    A massive rain storm blew through San Francisco in the middle of last year’s Lean Startup Conference. We woke up to a city-wide power outage, and Day Two of the conference had stopped before it started. No lights, no wifi, and no A/V.What could have been a disaster evolved into a valuable, unplanned MVP: attendees embraced the three hours of darkness, while we organized unconference sessions and Q&A discussions, and gathered people in windowed rooms for impromptu meetings. These community-led experiences were so much fun -- and became a source of such serendipitous, fruitful connections…
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • Who Are We to Judge?

    Sarah Shaw
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:47 am
    I saw this article this morning about the "uproar" over Marissa Mayer's claim that she is only going to take 2 weeks of maternity leave when her identical twins are born later this year.  Honestly, who are we to judge her?   How can someone who hasn't even met her decide that she is doing something "wrong"? How can we be so bold as to tell someone how to be a mother? (Unless they ask of course, which in this case…..NOT) I can understand the writers concern over "young" women possibly being influenced by this, but at the same time, being a…
  • How Investors Can Ruin Your Business

    Sarah Shaw
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    When I had my handbag line I just wanted to be successful.  I wasn't always sure what that meant….. it did include making lots of money….but I wasn't sure what the rest looked like for a while. Once I got some PR and got my products to famous Celebrities, people started to take notice of me.  Magazines wanted to interview me, and producers called asking me to be on E! and Extra.  Don't get me wrong, that was all fabulous and helped skyrocket my sales…..which made me more money…..which made me feel successful. (Full circle) But what really…
  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better

    Sarah Shaw
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
     I know a lot of people's dream is to see their products in big box stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco, Target, Walmart and QVC……but the truth is, while you might enjoy gigantic orders from these behemoths, they can turn on a dime, throw you out with the trash, and cripple a company overnight if they are your biggest customer.  I have seen it happen to friends of mine…. and it's not pretty.  It's a lot of tears, and often bankruptcy. Yes, I sold my products to big stores like Bloomingdales, Sak's 5th Ave, Neiman Marcus and…
  • A Little Known Way to Quickly Build your Brand

    Sarah Shaw
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I had my handbag line I dreamed of being in stores like Henri Bendel's, Sak's 5th Ave, Bloomingdales, Fred Segal and many other "Superstar" stores.  But while I was still making a name for myself they seemed totally out of reach until a friend suggested that I try to do trunk shows to prove that their customers would like my bags. So I sent letters to the various buyers suggesting that I do a trunk show in their store……the wonderful thing about trunk shows is that they don't cost the store a dime…..you bring your products with you, and stand…
  • Build a Perfect List of Stores

    Sarah Shaw
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Back in the mid-1990’s, when I was working in the movie industry, Hollywood was rocked to its foundations by the infamous Heidi Fleiss scandal If you don’t remember her, Ms. Fleiss was the famed “Hollywood Madame”, who had an even more famous little black book, where kept the names of some of Hollywood’s elites… along with all of their naughty little deeds When she was finally arrested, the prosecutors tried everything they could to pry the names out of that book…. but to no avail. Ms. Fleiss would not reveal any of them. And that brings me to…
 
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    Under30CEO

  • The Power of Consistency and How To Create Massive Success with Daniel DiPiazza of Rich20Something

    Under30CEO
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Daniel DiPiazza surfing with the Under30Experiences crew in Costa Rica What makes you ordinary vs. extraordinary?  In this week’s podcast I bring back Daniel DiPiazza, the founder of Rich20Something, to discover what makes some people stand out and succeed. Find out how Daniel was able to grow his Instagram following to over 100,000 followers in a few months and secure a book deal, all while on a nationwide tour fighting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!  We dive into the power of consistency, unique habits and schedules that help people “do it all”. Download on iTunes now! …
  • How to Evaluate Yourself and the People Around You with Brent Beshore

    Under30CEO
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    Brent Beshore hanging with the Under30Experiences crew at the President of Iceland’s House   We often evaluate others but have you ever stopped to evaluate yourself? What do you base your evaluations on? Brent Beshore is the founder of Adventur.es where he invests in early and late stage companies. As an expert on evaluating small businesses and people he talks about the top 3 things he looks for when evaluating an entrepreneur and how he even evaluates himself. We dive into his journey to live a healthier lifestyle, and more importantly his thoroughness in getting to the…
  • We Are Defeated (and 25 Things to Improve Your Life Instantly)

    Under30CEO
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
      From https://unsplash.com We are f*cking defeated.  (2 minute rant coming up….) Just look at our postures.  Look at our diets.  Look at our addictions.  Look at our diseases. Scarier yet, look at our thoughts…. How many hours did you spend with your smartphone today? I woke up and spent every waking second with it in contact with my body.  If it wasn’t in my hand it was in my pocket.  Oh, cell phone radiation causes cancer?  Lemme put this thing right next to my nuts… The modern, western lifestyle is bullshit. We’re hunched over these computers 8+ hours per day.
  • Using Your Experiences To Create Success with Melody Hossaini

    Under30CEO
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    A war refugee from Iran, re-defining the label “disadvantaged” and becoming one of the most influential women in Europe. Melody Hossaini is the founder of InspirEngage International, and encourages people to view life as a series of experiences, each one making you stronger and unique. Listen in as we talk about some of the most difficult issues that plague our society today – racism, sexism, and the will to move forward. Melody talks about her childhood, and her experience with racist encounters, while also answering some vulnerable questions I ask regarding being a…
  • Do What Gives You Goosbumps with Rajiv Nathan of Idea Lemon

    Under30CEO
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    How do you stay as productive as Elon Musk? Do you want to be as great as Richard Branson? What’s the secret? In this weeks podcast, my friend Rajiv Nathan, co-founder of Idea Lemon, talks about discovering your inner awesome, spending time vs. investing time and doing what gives you goosebumps. Rajiv who is also a rapper in Chicago by the name Fenetik, talks about his latest endeavor: an epic roadtrip for Idea Lemon in partnership with Under30Experiences, and how he stays focused with so much going on using an ingenious method he calls “The Burner Method”. So listen…
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    Fizzle

  • New! Lifestyle Business Weekly: Episodes 1 and 2

    Corbett Barr
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    I just launched a new weekly video show, and the first two episodes are available today! Lifestyle Business Weekly is a show and weekly email for people interested in lifestyle business and independent entrepreneurship. Episode 1: Finding Yourself & The Truth About Passive Income Episode 2: Humble Beginnings, Business Plans and 100 Days Without Fear If you want to support the new show, here’s how you can help: 1) Please watch an episode when you have time (episodes will be 10-15 minutes long) and send me your feedback. Just leave a comment on an episode (or in the comments below)…
  • How to Name Your Business (download this 10-category evaluation worksheet)

    Chase Reeves
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this article I want to show you a method to get away from the gross, subjective confusion that clouds your business name decision making. You’ve felt that cloudiness if you’ve ever tried to name a business before. I was recently with a group of people trying to name their real estate company. We spent several hours talking about options, took a break, and then someone came up with another name idea and the conversation started all over again. No decisions being made, no progress, no clients being helped or revenue coming in… just a handful of name options and no way to decide…
  • How Do You Know What Content To Create? (FS125)

    Chase Reeves
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The content you publish could be an evergreen source of traffic, revenue, brand love and loyalty. Or it could be a total waste of time and effort. So how do you know what content to create? In this episode we'll show you how to decide what questions you should spend time answering for your audience, including ways to learn right now from other peoples' audiences (in case you haven't built your own yet). Click play, subscribe in your podcast app, download it for later or do whatever it is you do with these episodes, but please, for all our sakes, enjoy yourself. It’s better…
  • How to Create a Simple, Effective One-Page Business Plan (Use This Free Template)

    Steph Crowder
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    It’s been said that goals without plans are little more than daydreams. While it’s great to have dreams, my guess is that you’d like your business to be built on something more substantial than some hopes and wishes. You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint, and a pilot wouldn’t fly an airplane without a flight map. So why doesn’t every single entrepreneur have a written strategy to serve as a guide through the ups and downs of business building? You need a plan for your business Conventional wisdom would have us believe that a business plan needs to…
  • 8 Pricing Strategies To Use On Your Product, Service Or Workshop (FS124)

    Chase Reeves
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    How you price your product, service or workshop can have a massive impact on your sales. Unfortunately, it can also lead to a massive anxiety attack as well. In this episode we lay out 8 pricing strategies you should know about. More importantly, however, we share off the cuff, brutally honest ideas about how to price your offering. Other topics include: 7 pricing strategies for you to choose from 3 methods to price your first product When to use your gut and when not to What kinds of things should be on your sales page to help customers feel comfortable with your price…
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    Strategy

  • A psychologist has a simple theory that explains why you dread going to work in the morning

    Shana Lebowitz
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:54 pm
    What would make you happier at work? What would make you work harder? The all-too-obvious answer is "more money," or at least better perks and benefits. And in fact, that's what many companies believe. But an increasing amount of research suggests that this notion is misguided, and that what really motivates people are seemingly fuzzy, less quantifiable concepts like "purpose" and "meaning."  So says psychologist Barry Schwartz, Ph.D., whose new book, "Why We Work," suggests that many companies are sucking the very soul out of work, making it virtually impossible to find either purpose…
  • Every time you dial into these call centers, your personality is being silently assessed

    Shana Lebowitz
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:39 am
    "Your call may be recorded for quality assurance." You've likely heard this phrase so often while waiting for a customer service agent to surface and resolve an issue with your Wi-Fi or your bank account that it's been rendered virtually meaningless. And yet when it comes to the process by which call centers assure their agents are providing high-quality service to every customer, a major shift is underway. A key player in that shift is Mattersight, a company that's harnessing the science of personality to help call centers improve their performance by delivering individualized service to…
  • The 50 most expensive boarding schools in America

    Tanza Loudenback
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:12 am
    There are at least 50 universities in the US that charge over $60,000 a year to attend — a serious investment for any degree. And yet, some families begin investing in their children's education even earlier than college. For the fifth year in a row, we've rounded up the 50 most expensive boarding schools in the US. For the first time, five schools on our list exceed $60,000 in annual cost. Nearly a dozen others are skirting that number. But what do these increasingly expensive price tags afford students? A number of impressive perks, from…
  • 3 simple ways to instantly appear successful

    Drake Baer and Jenna Goudreau
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    People decide if you're successful within five seconds of meeting you. It's called "thin slicing," or the psychological tendency for people to make almost instantaneous assumptions about you. It happens all the time, including at work. Research suggests that colleagues and would-be clients make snap assessments about your earning potential, chance of getting promoted, and level of success.  For example, in a 2011 Canadian study, 87 university students were shown photos of a man in professional or casual dress, and were asked what they expected his workplace outcomes to be. The…
  • The top 25 US colleges to study business

    Tanza Loudenback
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:13 am
    We recently published a list of the best colleges in America.  To create this list, we combined data from a reader survey, each school's average SAT score from College Board, and the median starting salary from PayScale. You can read the full methodology here. College Board also kept track of the most popular majors at each college, and there we found which of our best colleges were the most popular places to study business. College Board lists business and marketing as one major, so these are the top colleges from our list of the best colleges where the most students…
 
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    In the Books with 800-CEO-READ

  • Why We Work

    Dylan
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Why We Work by Barry Schwartz, TED Books, 120 pages, $16.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9781476784861 In the past two months' Jack Coverts Selects, we’ve explored how we work, how to get better at certain aspects of our work, who we go to work to serve, and what jobs will be left for us to even do. Barry Schwartz goes even deeper and asks the crucial question, “Why do we work?” His answer takes shape in his new book, Why We Work. Adam Smith had a rather pessimistic answer: It is in the inherent interest of every man to live as much at his ease as he can; and if his emoluments are to be precisely…
  • We're moving!

    Blyth
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Our company began as the business and computer section in the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop on Wisconsin Avenue. As the bookshop opened new locations in response to the big box bookstores, we evolved into a backroom, online retailer—the weird kids in the back of the home office on Milwaukee Street. The bookstores have closed (though one location still thrives as Boswell Book Company), and we are all that’s left in that office. For many years we have made our home here in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, but with books covering every last spare inch and spreading out over multiple floors…
  • The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers

    Dylan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Gillian Tett, the U.S. managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times, follows up her previous acclaimed books Saving the Sun and Fool’s Gold with The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. The Silo Effect articulates a revelatory new understanding of the workplace. Tett shows how our tendency to create silos hinders our work, and how some people and organizations can break those silos down. The book is structured around eight case studies: Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s City Hall in New York Facebook in San Francisco The Chicago Police Department…
  • August 2015 Business Book Bestsellers

    Blyth
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    Each month we compile a list of our top selling books. These books are featured on our site, within our Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications. We hope the popularity of these titles offers guidance for those seeking an interesting and helpful new book. We report our business book bestsellers to The New York Times and Nielsen BookScan. Congratulations to these bestselling authors for August!   1. The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams By Wayne Allyn Root Published by Regnery…
  • Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations

    Dylan
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    Ben Gomes-Casseres, author of The Alliance Revolution and Mastering Alliance Strategy, has a new book coming out from Harvard Business Review Press today. Entitled Remix Strategy, the publisher's press release tells us: Remixes are common in the world of music and art. Different medias are used to create new styles. Musicians remix tracks to create new and unique sounds. But what about business? In his new book, Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations, Brandeis University professor Ben Gomes-Casseres uses the word to describe the mixing of resources, assets, and capabilities…
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Harvard invents injectable gel that could eradicate cancer

    Jessica Bartlett
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute could have a new treatment for cancer thanks to an injectable gel that teaches the body’s immune system to recognize cancer cells. The work was undertaken by Wyss faculty member David Mooney, a bioengineering professor at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in collaboration with researchers at Dana-Farber. “We’re really excited about this,” Mooney said. “We think it has a lot of potential and…
  • Here’s where Boston lawyers think Goodell and the NFL screwed up Deflategate

    Greg Ryan
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:57 am
    Boston lawyers aren’t exactly impartial when it comes to judging how the NFL’s legal team handled the Tom Brady suspension. But the league made a couple of legal missteps so egregious that even Colts fans would have to shake their heads, they say. The NFL started out with a big advantage, legally speaking, in the Deflategate appeal: Courts are incredibly deferential to arbitration decisions made under collective bargaining agreements. Controversial as it may be, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s…
  • Gillette released this cool video of South Boston workers who design and make razor blades

    Eric Convey
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:49 am
    Gillette today released a fun, short video called "The Faces Behind the Blades" that gives some of its South Boston employees a chance to show off the company's razor blade operation. The 110-year-old factory is where Gillette designs blades and manufactures more than 4.5 billion annually, according to a Gillette news release. Gillette is a unit of Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG). Watch the video below:
  • Children's Hospital sues former researcher over drug-study data

    Eric Convey
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:33 am
    Children's Hospital Boston today sued a former researcher in federal court, asking the court to make him return what the hospital says is valuable drug-study data he allegedly stole from a hospital-owned laptop computer. Children's alleges in its complaint that around the time post-doctoral fellow Isin Cakir stopped working for the hospital, he took his hospital-issued laptop computer to a local computer-forensics company and instructed staff there to copy and preserve all the computer's contents.…
  • After Biogen deal, Florida biotech opening Cambridge office

    Jessica Bartlett
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:06 am
    Gene-therapy firm Applied Genetic Technologies Corp. is opening a new office in Cambridge to aid the company’s partnership with Biogen and broaden office and research space. Applied Genetic Technologies (Nasdaq: AGTC), which is focused on developing gene therapies to cure genetic causes of blindness, is currently based out of Gainesville, Florida, but said that several key executives were also located in the Boston area prior to the opening of the One Kendall Square space. Opening a Boston office…
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    James Clear

  • Why Old Ideas Are a Secret Weapon

    James Clear
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:11 am
    A series of explosions shook the city of St. Louis on March 16, 1972. The first building fell to the ground at 3 p.m. that afternoon. In the months that followed, more than 30 buildings would be turned to rubble. The buildings that were destroyed were part of the now infamous housing project known as Pruitt-Igoe. When the Pruitt-Igoe housing project opened in 1954 it was believed to be a breakthrough in urban architecture. Spanning 57 acres across the north side of St. Louis, Pruitt-Igoe consisted of 33 high-rise buildings and provided nearly 3,000 new apartments to the surrounding…
  • Overrated vs. Underrated: Common Beliefs We Get Wrong

    James Clear
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:36 pm
    As a society, we often overvalue unimportant things and undervalue the ideas and strategies that make a real difference. Here’s my take on a few common beliefs that I think we often get wrong. Overrated: Being busy. Underrated: Doing one thing at a time. Being in motion is not the same thing as taking action. As a society, we’ve fallen into a trap of busyness and overwork. More critically, we have mistaken all this activity as an indicator of living an important life. The underlying thought seems to be, “Look how busy I am? If I’m doing all this work, I must be doing…
  • The 2015 Tiny Gains Challenge

    James Clear
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    For the next 20 weeks, I’m going to lead the charge on The Tiny Gains Challenge. Along the way, you’ll learn how to build better health habits, avoid injury, and get leaner and stronger in the easiest way possible. Let me explain how this is going to work and, more importantly, why this will work. Tiny Gains Every Week At the beginning of this year—on January 7th, 2015—I did four sets of five chin-ups. During that first week, I did chin-ups without any additional weight. The second week, however, I strapped on a weight belt and added one pound before doing my chin-up workout.
  • It’s Not Just About What You Say, It’s About How You Live

    James Clear
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:21 pm
    For the last 2,000 years the Nguni people have lived on the lands of central and southern Africa. Today, the Nguni people are primarily spread across the southern and eastern portions of the African continent. Given their long and rich culture, oral tradition and hand gestures are an important part of communication within the Nguni nations. The Nguni people speak not just with words, but also with their bodies. For example, when receiving a gift, it is customary to do so while holding both hands out in a cupped position. According to Melanie Finney, a communications professor at DePauw…
  • World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov on How to Build Confidence in the Face of Fear

    James Clear
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Garry Kasparov and his long-time rival Anatoly Karpov—two of the greatest chess players of all-time—took their respective seats around the chess board. The 1990 World Chess Championship was about to begin. The two men would play 24 games to decide the champion with the highest scoring player being declared the World Chess Champion. In total, the match would stretch for three months with the first 12 games taking place in New York and the final 12 games being played in Lyon, France. Kasparov started off well, but soon began to make mistakes. He lost the seventh game and let…
 
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  • 6 Steps help entrepreneurs in an exceedingly tight spot

    Taffy Williams
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    Things often look rosy after you see a way through the maze! It may seem a bit odd for an entrepreneur to consider prayer as a means of managing a difficult situation, but the words of the “Serenity Prayer” may help in extremely stressful situations.  It reads as follows:“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,The courage to change the things I can,And the wisdom to know the difference.”The reality is that the prayer applies to many extremely difficult situations in life and in business.  It has been adopted by programs for drug and alcohol…
  • Startup Blog discussion on Leadership and Team Building - Insights with Taffy Williams

    Taffy Williams
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    Reference:  Agile leaders build team work for better performance Taffy Williamsis the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed and the Startup Blog Connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDCFacebook, and Startup  Group.    
  • Startup Blog Insights with Taffy Williams - How to Make Ideas Into a Viable Business

    Taffy Williams
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Reference Article:    3 Factors turn a great idea into a valuable business Taffy Williamsis the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed and the Startup Blog Connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDCFacebook, and Startup  Group.   
  • 6 Steps help generate great leaders

    Taffy Williams
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    Leaders must be creative and agile in their thinking in order to create the leaders of tomorrow.  It is easy to stand back and give orders and assume all knowledge resides with top management of the business.  Working in this manner fails to utilize the skills and knowledge of the workforce, diminishes their critical thinking skills, and stifles their creativity.  Failure to encourage and demand more agile and critical thinking from the team results in management having to figure out everything all alone.Good leaders develop the skills of their teams and those leaders learn…
  • 5 Patterns agile leaders must monitor

    Taffy Williams
    12 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Guess we should have checked before coming!  Small businesses are the back bone to our nation’s economy. But old-school business models are no longer cutting it when small businesses face unexpected changes. These changes could be large scale, affecting their industry or even the nation. They can also be local and specific to their individual business. Savvy business owners are often aware of the changes that can affect their business directly and plan for events such as vendor loss, product shortages and staff leaving. But changes in regulations, economic conditions and…
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    StartUpLift

  • NiftyImages – Get “Next Level” Personal With Your Audience Using Image Personalization

    StartUpLift
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Easy to use Image personalization tool used by email marketers to increase engagement. Target Audience: Email Marketers Website URL: https://NiftyImages.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought:…
  • ideaphore – The Universal Social Suggestion Box

    StartUpLift
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    ideaphore is an advanced universal suggestion box that lets individuals leave feedback for any person, company, or product in the world and lets companies do high-quality market research. Target Audience: People that like to give feedback and companies looking for suggestions. Website URL: https://ideapho.re No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a…
  • Vidpal – An Online Video Request and Demand Platform

    StartUpLift
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Vidpal allows users to see what’s going on in any destination in real time Target Audience: Travelers and Nightlife Website URL: http://vidpaltravel.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought:…
  • Scrumbot – Your Agile Assistant for Slack & HipChat

    StartUpLift
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Scrumbot gathers data from your team and summarizes it for the PM or CEO every morning before the daily standup. Target Audience: Any size dev team that uses Slack or HipChat Website URL: https://www.scrumbot.co/ No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback…
  • Get Xperts – Search Advertising and Excel Experts

    StartUpLift
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    On demand help from excel and search advertising experts. Target Audience: Small and medium businesses Website URL: www.GetXperts.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home…
 
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Seeking Nominees for 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Award

    Walker Evans
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:47 am
    Social Entrepreneurship is the identification of a social problem and the use of entrepreneurial principles and practices to create a social venture aimed at solving the problem. Social entrepreneurs are important to the community and to the world, as they work to achieve social change through non-traditional and forward-thinking methods. The Rotary Clubs of Central […]
  • 3 Ways to Manage Irregular Income

    Derrick Bailey
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    As a small business owner, you know that keeping your finances in check is critical to your continued success. But when your income is inconsistent, be it from late-paying customers or a lack of business during down time, it makes planning and budgeting a nightmare. Not to mention the added stress it brings each month. […]
  • Hatch Helping Businesses at the Critical Hour

    Susan Post
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you’ve jumped of the cliff and decided to start your own business, there’s a lot of make or break moments. During those times you often just need a nudge in the right direction or that one key connection, and ideally you could get that insight without giving up control of your company or spending large […]
  • 2015 Franklin County Retail Report Discusses E-Commerce Impact

    Susan Post
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    The strength of retail in a region is a good indicator of the health of its economy. The 2015 Franklin County Retail Report presented by Franklin County and the Columbus Chamber sheds light on the role retail plays in the economy of the fastest growing urban county in the state. “The retail sector contributes a […]
  • How to Use Pinterest for Your Business

    Susan Post
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today, most businesses use some form of social media. It’s almost uncommon for a business not to have a Facebook or Twitter, but what about Pinterest? Businesses and organizations of varying industries are finding value in the picture-centric platform. Highly-visual, Pinterest allows users to create themed digital bulletin boards to memorialize links. It’s popular with the DIY […]
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • People as a Service is a New Freelancer Startup Platform

    VisionwizTeam
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am
    People as a Service: People as a Service is a new freelancer startup platform that aims to build  trusting relationship between companies that need to get things done, and the global, freelancing talent that wants to have rewarding and motivating work. Both parties need a flexible, dynamic, and cost-effective way to engage with each other. People as a Service makes that relationship happen. How It Works: This startup will focus on quality, which means that only qualified and verified freelancers are accepted. As a new freelancer to its database, they will invite you to an interview with one…
  • Create A Common Social Linked Card Through UserCard

    VisionwizTeam
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:04 am
    Usercard: Usercard is a new startup where you can create a linked “card” of all your social network usernames. By sharing this card  you can  let anyone know where you have social profiles and what your official handles are. Usercard will be a searchable directory of all these cards. The more users, the better the directory, so tell everyone you know to create a card for free today! How It Works: All you need to do is go tousercard.org and fill out the blank card by uploading a photo, filling in your name, location, and brief description details. Then connect your usernames by securely…
  • Innovative Way To Order Your Meal Via Kitchfix

    VisionwizTeam
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Now you can enjoy foods that are chef-crafted, made from scratch, sourced as locally as possible, approved by  in-house registered dietitian, and hand delivered by a team ready to take care of your every need. How? Through Kitchfix. What Is Kitchfix? Kitchfix  is a new startup  that  aims to provide  you  a wide variety of meals, snacks, beverages, and deli items to give busy people like you another option for eating healthy. In just a few easy steps, you’ll be enjoying flavorful and nourishing meals in the comfort of your own home, knowing that you are giving your body everything it…
  • Now Raise Funds For Your Product Via Kickfurther

    VisionwizTeam
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Kickfurther: Kickfurther  is a new startup that aims to help product companies fund their next inventory purchase to meet increasing demand by creating an unique offer on its site. By creating offers on Kickfurther, these (product) companies have an opportunity to connect with their customer base in a unique and compelling way. They raise the capital that they need, while engaging with their fan base. Backing an offer on Kickfurther is different than other crowdfunding sites. Each product on Kickfurther has a proven track record and is rasing money to help fund more inventory. How It Works:…
  • Find Buyers For Your Items Through SMS

    VisionwizTeam
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    Gone: Gone is a new android based app that aims to find buyers for your items through sms. Gone will help you in the writing a listing, pricing, packing, negotiating with buyers, and shipping your items. How It Works Once its apps receive your items, they’ll inspect them and list them for sale within one day. From there, it may take from one to several   weeks, depending on the demand for your item. You will be able to monitor the entire process from within the application. Gone will charge a commission ranging from 7% to 15%, depending on the demand for your items. This commission is…
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online

  • Why Depending Upon SEO Could Make a Dinosaur Out of Your Website?

    Dilip Kumar
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    How much time do you spend on SEO for your website? SEO or, Search Engine Optimization is the single biggest horror for most newbie internet marketer. But that is also the single most reliable source of traffic for most of these newbies. Blame it on the way they are programmed or, all the numerous free […] The post Why Depending Upon SEO Could Make a Dinosaur Out of Your Website? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP15: How to Successfully Build a Profitable SOLO Ad Business – Part 2

    Dilip Kumar
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Welcome to Episode 15 of The DKSpeaks Podcast. This is DK. In this episode we will be continuing with our discussion on Building a SOLO ad business. I am assuming, you have completed the actionables that we discussed in the last episode and you are ready with selling SOLO ads. One of the minimum requirements […] The post DKSP EP15: How to Successfully Build a Profitable SOLO Ad Business – Part 2 appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Social Media Sundays Ep:5 – How to Use Twitter Lists to Find Targeted Followers in Any Niche

    Dilip Kumar
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    How many Twitter Lists do you have and how many do you feature in? Twitter lists is a very powerful tool if you know how to use it. But before we even discuss about how to use it, let us look at what Twitter Lists are straight from the horse’s mouth. This is what Twitter […] The post Social Media Sundays Ep:5 – How to Use Twitter Lists to Find Targeted Followers in Any Niche appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP14:How to Successfully Build Your SOLO Ads Business-Part 1

    Dilip Kumar
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Hello and welcome to Episode 14 of The DKSpeaks Podcast. In the last week’s Podcast, we discussed about buying traffic especially using SOLO ads. There are a lot more strategies in SOLO ad buying which can help you get better ROI, build a huge list and at the same time get clicks for FREE. We […] The post DKSP EP14:How to Successfully Build Your SOLO Ads Business-Part 1 appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP13: Solo Ads Buying Strategies – How to Build Your Email List for FREE!

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Hello and welcome to episode 13 of the DKSPeaks Podcast. IN todays episode we are going to discuss about SOLO ads – how to generate traffic with solo ads and what is the key to success with SOLO ads. SOLO ads is one of the best forms of driving traffic to your websites, to your […] The post DKSP EP13: Solo Ads Buying Strategies – How to Build Your Email List for FREE! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
 
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  • Why good personal credit is essential for would-be business owners

    guestbloggerSUD
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:42 am
    The state of your personal finances says a lot about you. Do you ensure that your debts are well documented, filed logically and always paid on time? If so, you are probably a dependable person who is easy to do business with. On the other hand, maybe you are messy, disorganised and constantly pay bills late? If so, you most likely will have a hard time keeping other aspects of your personal life in order. Friends and family might characterise you as unreliable – and even untrustworthy. Personal credit history and your business It's not just friends, spouses and family who may judge you…
  • Three ways your start-up can save money

    guestbloggerSUD
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:32 am
    You probably have big plans for your start-up, with an ambitious vision for the next five years. But ideas require investment in order to become actionable. So, how do you save enough cash to turn your dreams into a reality? Here are three ways to save money for your start-up. 1 Budgeting Do you know how much you're able to spend or do you normally play it by ear? Having a realistic budget in place is essential for saving money for your start-up. Without a budget, you could be spending far more than your turnover allows. For example, if in one month you spend £1,000 on office chairs, but…
  • Five top tips to give your ecommerce site the best possible chance of success

    guestbloggerSUD
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    The ubiquity, democracy and power of the internet has enabled millions of people across the globe to enter the ecommerce marketplace, either as a consumer or a retailer. However, accessibility doesn't guarantee success and competition has never been so tough, so here are five top tips to give your ecommerce site the best possible chance of success. 1 Competitive pricing Consumers are smart; consumers are savvy. More so every day. The average customer is capable of comparing prices online in very little time and stats show there is very little brand loyalty. The products you have listed on…
  • Weighing up the risks of alternative finance

    guestbloggerSUD
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    Alternative finance is fast becoming the go-to place for business loans, especially as there are so many options to choose from. A host of alternative lenders that provide invoice discounting, merchant cash advances, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding and online business loans have been popping up over the last few years offering their services to SMEs and investors, mainly because banks have turned these businesses away. Since the recession, banks have become stricter with their lending and this has made it more difficult for small businesses to acquire much needed funding. Whether the…
  • How to choose the right web design agency for your business

    guestbloggerSUD
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    If you've decided to pay to have a website built for your business, it's important to choose an agency that will listen to your needs, involve you in the planning and then produce a website that exceeds your expectations and attracts new customers. You'll be entrusting them with your brand, so you must choose a professional and well-established team. It can be quite overwhelming selecting which agency to use, because there are so many to choose from. However, here are six key questions you need to ask prospective suppliers. 1 How much will it cost? A good agency will discuss your exact…
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    SKMurphy, Inc.

  • Be Wary of Competition That Cares Deeply

    Sean Murphy
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:46 am
    It’s easy to mis-assess who your real competition is. We worry the most about competition that cares deeply. “You’re competing against people in a state of flow, people who are truly committed, people who care deeply about the outcome.” Seth Godin in “Texting While Working“ We are in the midst of a competitive analysis for a client in a specialty software market that has existed in one form or another for two decades.  Our client has been in the market for about seven years and has two strong customers who have really helped them to evolve the product.
  • Ten Aphorisms For Entrepreneurs By James Geary

    Sean Murphy
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    James Geary has curated one of the best collections of aphorisms that I have–and I have read dozens: “Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists.” Geary has “Five Laws Of The Aphorism,” they are: 1. It Must Be Brief; 2. It Must Be Personal; 3. It Must Be Definitive; 4. It Must Be Philosophical; 5. It Must Have a Twist. In addition to collecting the aphorisms of other writers he also has a collection of his own. I have selected ten and added some brief commentary about their applicability to entrepreneurship. Back To The Drawing Board “The…
  • Quotes For Entrepreneurs–August 2015

    Sean Murphy
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    You can follow @skmurphy to get these quotes for entrepreneurs hot off the mojo wire or wait until they are collected in a blog post at the end of each month. Enter your E-mail address if you would like have new blog posts sent to you. Quotes For Entrepreneurs–-August 2015 “So you’re using yet-to-be-developed technology to deliver a conceptual product to a client base that you really hope is out there?” ManagementSpeak (@ManagerSpeak) The funny thing is that this is the exact challenge that a new technology startup faces. “To do good work a man should no doubt be…
  • E-Book Summary For Lean Startup

    Sean Murphy
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Summer is almost over. If you have been putting off reading “The Lean Startup”  I have a time saving suggestion. If you have an hour and want to capture the gist I can recommend a good e-book summary for Lean Startup. If you have another hour I suggest a good summary for Four Steps. E-Book Summary For Lean Startup by Steve Kim There are a number of e-book summaries for Lean Startup but by far the best is “The Lean Startup: An In-Depth Summary” by Steve Kim. This in depth summary runs about 1/6 of the length but captures the core insights of “The Lean…
  • Q: How Can I Calculate The Exit Value Of My Idea?

    Sean Murphy
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:07 am
    It’s masturbation to calculate the exit value of idea that has not been reduced to practice and achieved some level of traction. The real question is how much time and effort to invest to achieve a level of traction that would allow place a value on the business that leverages the ideas. Often it’s not a single investment but a sequence of affordable loss bets–perhaps escalating in size. Q: I am a young entrepreneur working on a startup. A number of mentors have stressed the importance of calculating your exit–starting with the end in mind. How important is this? Does…
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    EpicLaunch

  • 30 Must-Read Blogs For The Growing Entrepreneur

    Keran Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    Starting a business can be tough and may not get easier once you are up and running. Advice from other entrepreneurs who showcase their successes and failures is a great way to get a heads up on what to look out for. Luckily, there are numerous entrepreneurs and bloggers that have this business thing figured out and are more than willing to share how they did it and what you should be doing. Here is a list of 30 must-read blogs for the growing entrepreneur. They range in style, but all are well-worth reading. 1. Small Business Trends Why entrepreneurs love it: Small Business Trends is a…
  • How to Find Your Best Small Business Ideas

    Heather Stewart
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    More people than ever are looking to become entrepreneurs – in fact, a recent article on Forbes even suggested that everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. There are many reasons for this – from the financial climate, to the lack of a ‘job for life’, to simply having a different outlook on employment from previous generations. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to become an entrepreneur, the reality is that every business starts with an idea. But how do you come up with the perfect business idea for you? We’re going to talk about the key aspects…
  • 87 Ideas to Start a Side Business & Quit the 9 to 5 Job

    Heather Stewart
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Side Hustle (noun), Definition: paid work Something that brings in money, which is not your main job A task or series of tasks that helps you to earn more money, test out a new business idea or uses your specific skills and experience to bring in cash A side hustle – or side job – is work that you do that helps to boost your income, and it’s becoming increasingly popular, particularly since the financial crash in 2008.   Why Start a Side Hustle?   Earn Extra Money The desire to earn more money has become more common as people struggle to make ends meet with their…
  • How to Make a Successful Business Through Delegation

    Heather Stewart
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Maybe you’ve been running your business for a while and have already enjoyed some success. Perhaps you’re ready to move to the next level and achieve even more growth. What is the key to growing a successful business – and what might be holding you back from moving on to that next stage in your business journey? Let’s imagine that you’re a consultant. You’ve grown your business, have a healthy portfolio of client work and a growing number of passive income streams. But you’re stuck. You’re working to full capacity and don’t have any time…
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur With The Right Mindset

    Heather Stewart
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    In a previous post, we looked at the skills that entrepreneurs have – and it is certainly true that our most successful entrepreneurs today have those skills. However, having the skills is only part of the story. The real key to success lies in your ability to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset – or the mental attitude that it takes to be an entrepreneur. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. - Howard SchultzClick To Tweet You may have already heard the term ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ – but what is it? And, more importantly,…
 
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    Technical.ly Baltimore

  • Meet Miriam Boer, the Baltimore entrepreneur behind Sonify Biosciences

    Laurel Moczydlowski
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:29 am
    Miriam Boer is an up-and-coming entrepreneur in the STEM field and the CTO and founder of Sonify Biosciences — a company that is in the process of “developing a device that treats melanoma and other skin cancers using low-intensity ultrasound,” she said. She is also a University of Maryland alumna, a Baltimore resident, a craft beer enthusiast and a blogger. I would like to thank her for taking out the time to interview with me. Check out the full interview here. Tell us more about Sonify Biosciences. What is your role as founder and CTO? Sonify is developing a device to…
  • Peach Labs adds 15,000 customers for its smartphone-fixing DropBot app

    Stephen Babcock
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:32 am
    Peach Labs picked up 15,000 customers for its recently-released DropBot in one swoop. The Baltimore-based startup that looks to make insurance for smartphones and other devices cheaper and easier is taking on customers from Bawte, a Des Moines, Iowa-based startup that recently shut down. The deal has a Techstars connection, as Peach CEO Luke Cooper and Bawte founder John Jackovin became friends at the Boulder, Colo.-based accelerator and both launched their companies in the tech-friendly mountain town. Bawte sought to make owners’ manuals, warranties and other info about products…
  • Millennial Media to be acquired by AOL

    Stephen Babcock
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:07 am
    After a summer of speculation, AOL confirmed it will acquire Millennial Media on Thursday morning. AOL is paying $1.75 per share of common stock for the publicly-traded, Canton-based adtech company. TechCrunch estimates the deal is worth $238 million when also accounting for Millennial’s debt. That’s a 31 percent premium over the closing price on Wednesday of $1.34. Millennial Media will become a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL in the deal, which is expected to close in the fall. AOL, in turn, was recently acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion in a deal that was mostly about…
  • Here’s what you need to know about Venture Pitch Day at Betamore

    Stephen Babcock
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:01 am
    We’ve been hearing from startup founders looking for more info about the pitch events at Beta City on Oct. 1, so this update from Betamore seems timely. The daylong event will kick off with Venture Pitch Day, a 1 p.m. event at Betamore that will gather VCs and investment firms from the Baltimore area to hear pitches from local startups. The firms with representatives at the event will include: Timonium-based venture capital giant NEA GroTech Ventures Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures Kevin Plank-backed Plank Industries Greenspring Associates Camden Partners Baltimore Angels…
  • Lesbians Who Tech is coming to Baltimore

    Amanda Suarez
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:37 am
    Lyn Muldrow is a freelance developer whose entrance into the world of tech reads almost like a fairy tale — except instead of a fairy godmother, hard work has made her a prominent voice in the call for a more inclusive Baltimore tech community. In 2007, then stay-at-home mom Muldrow found herself first venturing into tech through various “mom-focused” message boards. Using the graphic design skills she had picked up as a hobbyist, Muldrow found a list of clients, including other mothers whose businesses lacked a web presence, interested in her content marketing, web design…
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  • Video: Building the First Startup Incubator in Indonesia

    Rich
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:08 am
    The nation of Indonesia is nearly as big as the US in terms of population, but you don’t hear much about Startups in the region. In this TEDx video, Kevin Mintaraga describes how he actively supports and contributes to the Indonesian local start-up scene with Project Eden, the first pre-seed investment company in Indonesia which works as an incubator/accelerator for the local young entrepreneurs to launch technology startups.
  • Video: Pitching for Startups – Lesson 1

    Rich
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Jawwad Farid walks through ground rules of presenting ideas to investors and making effective sales pitches to customers. See related material at http://FinanceTrainingCourse.com.
  • Big Data Startup Profitero Named IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year

    Rich
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:51 am
    This week Big Data Startup Profitero won the SmartCamp competition and became IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. We are honored to be named the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Volodymyr Pigrukh, chief executive officer and co-founder, Profitero. “Our solution is a natural complement to IBM’s smarter commerce strategy. We are looking forward to working with IBM and its network of technical experts, business partners, venture capitalists, academics and clients to capture our share of the smarter commerce opportunity.” Profitero analyzes competitor pricing…
  • Video: CareZone Startup Lead by Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz Helps You Care for Family Members

    Rich
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    In this video, Robert Scoble interviews Jonathan Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of CareZone. The company provides a safe, private place to organize, store and manage everything associated with caring for a family member. Caring for someone in need is the world’s most important job. As a technologist, I wanted to make that job simpler. But why was it so hard to find a place to get organized, to manage small details and important information, store important documents, or just coordinate with other members of my family? Because organizing and managing a loved one’s information, such as a…
  • Video: Puppy-Powered Lead Generation

    Rich
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Hermione Way from The Next Web demonstrates a sure-fire way to get attention for your Startup at tech conferences.
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    JUAN GREAT LEAP

  • What Happened When We Killed Timekeeping and Attendance

    Peter Cauton
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    One of the great perks of being an entrepreneur is having complete control over time. From the time we founded STORM, Pao and I have always worked with a completely flexible schedule. Actual sms messages: Dude, coffee shop muna ako this morning. or Had a late night, will work from home today or Won’t be in the office this afternoon We never had to be worried that the other person is slacking off. We’ll even tell one another if we need a break to slack off. This is because we trust one another. In the end, I know Pao cares about the firm and will work his tail off for its…
  • The LEGO Theory of Job Fulfillment

    Peter Cauton
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:50 pm
      Who doesn’t love Lego? When I was a kid, Lego was my ultimate, favorite toy. After I would unbox a set, I would first try to build it as designed. But this wasn’t the fun part yet! This is sort of the boring requirement. After some time, these new pieces would gradually fall into my BIG PAIL of Lego blocks. Playtime commenced when I would pour the pieces on the floor – one big mess. Then, I would just…create. Cars, knights on steeds, robots with several points of articulation, you name it, I built it. Fun! Decades after, Lego is bigger than ever. People buy the…
  • Been Awhile, JGL

    Peter Cauton
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    After 8 months, I had all sorts of ideas on what my “first” post will be like. Some long, drawn out 5-parter on what I’ve learned all this time, perhaps? Some Michael Jordan “I’m back” one-liner? I was even mulling just hammering out a regular post and pretend the 8-month gap never happened. I had all sorts of ideas. Of course it came down to me just opening good old WordPress and suddenly just typing. And here it is. When Peter? I would get asked around a lot “when are you writing again?” or “when is the next open coffee?” And I…
  • Advent Thoughts On a Hospital Couch

    Peter Cauton
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    My wife has been in labor in the delivery room for the past 8 hours. We are eagerly expecting our fourth child. I can hear Typhoon Ruby’s din just outside the window almost seamlessly combine with the whir of the air-conditioning unit. I write this helplessly alone on a leather couch at St. Luke’s hospital, waiting for the signal to come in and hold my wife’s hand as she goes through the final birth stages. But not yet. I sit here, sleep-deprived, waiting and praying. It is Advent after all, I muse. Yesterday, here in the hospital, I had a call with my business partner Paolo…
  • What Is Your Fearlessness Quotient?

    Peter Cauton
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:07 pm
    At work, when we talk about hiring (which we talk about A LOT nowadays), I usually tell my co-managers that I am very interested in hiring “entrepreneurial-minded” people. Then I’d get often asked: What does that mean? That’s a question I’ve been mulling about for ages. What exactly is it? How do you evaluate if someone has it? How do you know if someone has the potential to have it? There are so many theories on what entrepreneurship is. Here’s one of mine. I think, when you distill it, when you boil entrepreneurship down to its basest levels,…
 
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  • Baroo: Boston Startup Brings On Demand Pet Care to the City

    joshboyle
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:39 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 09/03/2015 - 08:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  As we often find with startups, the idea came about as a solution to one’s own problem... Now trending… On-demand. Ok, the on-demand movement has been flourishing for quite some time, but one industry that is just starting to make its way into the space is pet care. The industry has been slow to adopt technology altogether, but that’s changing. We recently highlighted a new app built to help people live…
  • Boston Startups Reveal It All at Techstars Demo Day

    joshboyle
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:07 am
    Release Date:  Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:45 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Entrepreneurs took the stage at Back Bay Events Center for the big reveal of the latest Techstars Boston Class! What Dip Patel recently described to me as "the most nerve-wracking experience" of his life, took place for 12 other entrepreneurs last night at the Back Bay Events Center as Techstars' Summer Class of 2015 took the stage to reveal to Boston's startup community what they've been working on since entering the…
  • Working In Boston Tech: Actifio

    jackmulvaney
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Premium Company:  Actifio Release Date:  Wed, 09/02/2015 - 09:15 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  You have to check out what it's like to work at Actifio! Today, in our Working In Boston Tech series, we hear from the team at Actifio, headquartered in Waltham, MA. Actifio virtualizes the data that is the lifeblood of businesses spread across 36 countries worldwide. Its Virtual Data Pipeline™ technology decouples data from infrastructure, accelerating business resiliency, agility, and mobility into the cloud while reducing…
  • Techstars Alum, Ecovent, is on the Rise with Intelligent Temperature Control System

    joshboyle
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:15 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  In July, 2014 Techstars Alumnus Ecovent announced $6.9 million Series A funding round led by Emerson Climate Technologies. In July, 2014 Techstars Alumnus Ecovent announced $6.9 million Series A funding round led by Emerson Climate Technologies. Earlier in the year the company, co-founded by Dipul “Dip” Patel (CEO), Yoel Kelman (COO), Nick Lancaster (CTO) and Shawn Rose (CIO), was named Automation Product of the…
  • Email Marketing Your Content for Success

    joshboyle
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 09/03/2015 - 05:30 Author:  Drew Frayre - Digital Marketing Analyst, Chimaera Labs Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Reaching out to your audience can be an art unto itself. If you’re like most marketers, you have spent hours agonizing over the finer points of an outreach email... Reaching out to your audience can be an art unto itself. If you’re like most marketers, you have spent hours agonizing over the finer points of an outreach email, racking your brains as you ask yourself:  - Is my email too short/long? - Am I coming off too…
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  • 10 Signs Your Are Relying Too Heavily on Technology to Run Your Business

    YEC
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. At what point are you relying too much on technology to run your business? Why? 1. When Automation Replaces Personal Interaction If all or most of your communication with customers and prospects consists of automated messages, you are missing out on the chance to connect with people in a more direct…
  • How Monthly Investor Updates Scored $10 Million in Funding for WedPics

    Matt Hunckler
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Before Justin Miller’s mobile company had 2.5+ million users, he was working out of a basement, searching for an industry where his tech company could thrive. Miller has since been kicked out of that basement office, threatened by large-scale companies, and faced several funding crunches. But Miller’s startup, WedPics now powers personalized photo-sharing for 10,000 weddings per weekend, with monthly uploads in the millions. Watch Justin Miller’s candid interview from Verge North Carolina and learn the real story behind how he grew WedPics (and exactly WHY monthly investor updates are…
  • From Broke to Breakthrough: Peter Voogd and 6 Months to 6 Figures

    Matt Hunckler
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I recently listened to the audiobook of 6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd, and his perspective really resonated with me. And not just because we have a shared past of door-to-door sales (I sold vacuum cleaners, he sold Cutco knives). Voogd went from broke to a game changer who practically defines the word “hustle.” In his book, and in this interview, he shares keys to success for fellow entrepreneurs. “You only know how strong you really are until being strong is the only option you have. ” -Peter Voogd, Author of the Best Seller 6 Months to 6 Figure Watch the full…
  • Diversity in the Triangle – a list of women and minority entrepreneurs

    Will Hardison
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    As our community continues to grow, more and more women and minority entrepreneurs are launching, leading, and growing amazing companies. Take Tatiana Birgisson of Mati Energy Tea, she went out and crushed the Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day and Anil Chawla, the founder of Archive Social, took home the $100K from Steve Case’s Rise of The Rest tour. These are just two of the many great examples of awesome people we have right here in the triangle. With the help from folks like Derrick Minor and Ellie Gamache of American Underground (much thanks!), I started to comprise a list of…
  • 8 Universal Qualities of Great Pitch Decks

    YEC
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    “Send me your deck.” Early entrepreneurs hear this a lot. And it’s because a pitch deck is a great way for an investor or potential customer to quickly size up your company.  So, don’t leave this important communications piece to chance. We interviewed eight experienced entrepreneurs to get their perspective on the important aspects of an effective pitch deck. Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free…
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  • ZWOOKY : Innovative Contact System

    Bob Debbas
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Thomas Stoll”, CIO at the Uerikon – Switzerland based start-up “ZWOOKY ” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? ZWOOKY is an innovative contact system with focus on privacy, security and anonymity for its users. However ZWOOKY is not a social platform. The main focus is to contact a person which was seen in real life. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? The idea for ZWOOKY was…
  • shiyiku : Food Therapy Smart Assistant

    Bob Debbas
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Anna Na”, Co-founder of the Shanghai – China based start-up “shiyiku” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? MyChi is Shiyiku’s first product. It is the world’s first food therapy smart assistant. Consisting of a smart hardware(non-wearable) device and mobile app, MyChi helps users live a healthier lifestyle with daily, personal guidance on eating, acupoints (for message), and exercise. 2. When has your startup…
  • ApprovalQ : Email Project Management Platform

    Bob Debbas
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Sharif Aly”, Aly of the California – USA based start-up “ApprovalQ” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? The world’s easiest approval queue. Many companies struggle to manage workflow with email distribution lists or complicated project management platforms that take too much time and effort. No more. Create queues and add items to the queues by email. It fits with existing behavior and requires no integration. 2.
  • 716Labs : Helps App Developers In The Marketng Validation stage

    Bob Debbas
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:49 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Scott Falbo”, Co-Founder of the Buffalo – USA based start-up “716Labs” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? StartupApp.info is a platform that is being developed by 716 Labs to help app developers in the market validation stage.  We’re a team of developers ourselves and we often struggle with the idea validation stage and we’ve got ideas on improving this for other app developers. 2. When has your startup been…
  • UBERFORCE : Salesforce Consultancy For StartUps

    Bob Debbas
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Malte Warczinski”, Founder & Managing Director Berlin – Germany based start-up “UBERFORCE” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? We take start ups to the next level! UBERFORCE is a Salesforce consultancy for start ups with deep start ups experience, decades of Salesforce know-how, and competitive pricing. We tailor Salesforce-CRM extensively to cater to the needs of any business model imaginable. We strive to empower our…
 
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  • How to Manage a Project: A Very Practical Guide to Shipping Projects Relentlessly

    thomaslcarney
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:41 am
    When you’re running a project, you face a problem you might not have faced before.You can’t just outwork a project. There’s other people involved. There’s input from senior management. There’s ideas from the creative director, from the IT dude across the way and the intern.You can’t just start and figure out things on the fly (unless you want to waste everyone’s time).Nope, you need a plan.Let’s break down a project into steps and work through them. Here’s how it will look like: Start at the End and Look Back Create a Giant To-Do List Estimate Cost & Time for each Task…
  • Working Remotely: 11 Project Management Experts Weigh In on the Pros and Cons

    thomaslcarney
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:24 am
    Imagine waking up, grabbing a coffee, and sitting down to your laptop with a view overlooking the beach.Work for a few hours, and then head to beach for a swim.That’s the dream of remote work. But how does it work in pratice, and what’s the impact on how teams work together? I asked 11 experts from the project management and agile/scrum world, “How do you feel remote work changes how teams work together?”.There were interesting differences in opinions. Some agile and scrum experts were more skeptical of working remotely. Project management experts focused on the need to…
  • Build Your Own Project Management Course

    thomaslcarney
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    What would being better at running projects mean to you? What if you became a project management expert?What if you built your own project management course, skipping expensive fees and jumped straight to project guru status?Well, you’d start to get a reputation for finishing projects on time, you’d feel more confident in your job and you’d have better career prospects.You’ll even have more success with side-projects or starting your own company one day.When someone suggests a new project, you’ll feel confident that you’ll be able to break it down into actionable items and set a…
  • When “Manual Automation” beats Coding up a Solution

    thomaslcarney
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
    When you start a business, it’s all about throwing things at the wall and seeing if it sticks.You’ve launched a new app, and you get your first five paying customers. You excitedly chat with each of them as part of their concierge onboarding.Or you land your first Rails consulting gig, and you’re excited to start building this new thing.After a while, a little luck and a lot of sweat, the business starts going pretty well. The customers stick around, and a few more start joining them.Your identity goes from “I have no idea what I’m doing” to “I’m a business, man!”. You…
  • Hacks, Tricks And Tips for Project Management With Bruce Harpham

    thomaslcarney
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    I sat down with Bruce Harpham from ProjectManagementHacks.com for a chat about project management, meetings, checklists and even Oktoberfest.In the interview, you’ll hear about:why you should write an agenda for each meeting you run;using checklists to avoid common problems and issues;creating an atmosphere of trust within a team;making the move from an analyst/developer role into a project manager role; andhow to decide whether it’s time to earn a certification and how to choose the right one for you.You can listen to the interview here or read an edited version of it below: Thomas:…
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  • 5 tips for first time business owners

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Did you just start a new business and have no idea how business is done? No one in your family was ever into the business profession and now you’re totally clueless on what you want to do. Worry no more! Here are some tips for first time business owners from our business experts. 1.Focus on one thing instead of 100 different things  If you have always followed the advice of “ grab every opportunity that knocks on your door”, you need to change who you take your advice from. This advice is definitely going to lose in the long run. When you’re running a business, you’re not supposed…
  • 4 things you can do to avoid failure of your startup

    admin
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:11 pm
    You have set up your new business and are struggling hard to make sales. Luckily, there are some first customers who have praised you and who really loved your product. But gradually, it slows down. No one is praising about your startup and customers are just not there. That’s where most of the startups QUIT. Thousands of startups sprout in a month all over the world but only few of them manage to get successful. Others are just dumped like trash. And the biggest reason behind the failure of many startups is the main visionary behind the idea. Let’s say, you started a new…
  • 4 reasons why you haven’t achieved your goals.

    Dr. Frank La Pira
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    “When it is obvious that your goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust your actions”.     Confucius If you have a burning desire to succeed and have had it for many years and have still not achieved your goals, it’s usually because of one of four things. Clarity Most people are very vague about their intentions. “I just want to be successful.”  What does success mean to you? Each person has a different idea of what success means to them. Using vague words to describe your future isn’t very helpful. Being specific in designing your dreams is…
  • Blogging for business – How it can improve SEO and sales?

    Manpreet Kaur
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    It has been two years since I have been working with a fashion brand to strategize their social media and manage their blog. With a very unusual project on Freelancer, I was quite intrigued about the brand and what it was doing to establish itself in the retail industry. Of course, there were some loopholes and one of them were not considering Blogging for business Blogging is very popular these days but having a business blog is an idea that doesn’t come to many. In fact, only the big players in the market use this tactic but you know what! That’s what differentiate you from them.
  • WOW – How This Guy Did 400K In 3 Months With A Simple System

    admin
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    Hey Guys, Our good friend Joel Peterson, one of the most respected online teachers, made $400K in just 3 months with a system he created and now he is practically giving away his entire webinar software for almost free today at 97% off. This is the system his students have used to create 5, 6 and even 7 figure incomes on a consistent basis. We have personally used this to conduct our own webinars and it’s awesome. READY TO MAKE BIG MONEY Today we wanted to share with you what holds most people back and prevents them from making decent profits online. We know for a fact that 99% of…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Mehul Merchant – Founder and CEO of UVA Mobile

    IdeaMensch
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:23 pm
    One of the things that really helps me in being more productive is to start work early in the morning. I sleep well at night so that I’m well rested for the next day. Mehul Merchant is the founder and CEO of UVA Mobile. With over 15 years of wireless industry experience, Mehul has led multiple teams in developing mobile platforms and programs. Most recently, he was the SVP of IT and Data Management at SIMPLE Mobile, a company that reached $500 million in revenue with 1.2 million customers in 3.5 years. He played a key role in developing technology solutions that enabled the company to reach…
  • CJ Comu – Managing Partner at Regus Advisors

    IdeaMensch
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Seek & Solve. Look for things that are broken and figure out how to fix them. Regus Advisors is a privately held advisory firm that specializes in the acquisition, rightsizing structuring and fund assistance for companies in a range of industry sectors providing mission-critical guidance for profitable growth and partnership utilizing state of the art management and financial modeling methodology. Where did the idea for Regus Advisors Inc come from? Looking for a place for our advisory business and found Regus Executive Offices so we thought “why not” call it Regus Advisors?
  • Yiwen Cyrus – Founder and CEO of Your24hCoach

    IdeaMensch
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:11 pm
    The road of entrepreneurship is bumpy and it’s easy to get distracted or even lost. Keeping the conversation lines open with the people who matter most will help you to keep the balance. Yiwen L. Cyrus is the founder and managing director of Your24hCoach – The International Coaching Network. Your24hCoach is a unique coaching directory as it only accepts professionally certified coaches who undergo a two stage verification process. The platform also provides three ways of delivering coaching experiences through its inbuilt live-chat software. All services of Your24hCoach are intended…
  • Michelle Huie – Founder and President of VIM & VIGR

    IdeaMensch
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Focus, focus, focus. We don’t try to be everything to everyone and we’re okay with that. It’s easy to constantly run to the next target that’s willing to give you money but this causes you to lose focus. Michelle Huie is the founder and president of VIM & VIGR, LLC. With an extensive background in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, she applies her experience and innovative ideas to the VIM & VIGR brand.  Michelle has successfully launched over 5 products in the health sector, which have generated over $5 billion in revenue. Her professional…
  • Brent Nelson – Creator of Interactive MCAT Prep Book

    IdeaMensch
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    After I get an idea and refine it, I start working on it and I do not worry about adding something new months later into the project, which would postpone the finished date of the original project. I finish the project that I intended to do from the beginning and I add the new ideas in an update. Brent Nelson was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA where he obtained a Kinesiology degree in the College of Education at Louisiana State University. Brent has a deep love for sports and education and was a wrestler in high school and then became a coach for one year. In his later years at LSU, he…
 
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  • Technologies That Will Redefine the Enterprise: Virtual and Augmented Reality

    jesusmrv
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:09 am
    This is the second article of a series attempting to evaluate technologies that lead the next wave of innovation in enteroprise software. The list is based on a recent article published an article on ReadWrite about trends that are destined to change the future of enterprise software. The article includes 14 trends that we consider relevant consider its maturity in the industry. enterprise hardware the industrial Internet of Things applications powered by the blockchain proactive analytics 3D printing enterprise marketplaces domain-specific data science augmented reality in industrial…
  • Beyond .NET and J2EE: The Emergence of a Third Application Development Platform in the Enterprise

    jesusmrv
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:53 am
    A few days ago, I published an article on ReadWrite about trends that are destined to change the future of enterprise software. The article includes 14 trends that we consider relevant consider its maturity in the industry. enterprise hardware the industrial Internet of Things applications powered by the blockchain proactive analytics 3D printing enterprise marketplaces domain-specific data science augmented reality in industrial settings mainstream machine learning drone platforms next-generation cybersecurity platforms for microservices the Docker ecosystem new application-development…
  • 6 Best Practices of Successful Enterprise Data Science Projects

    jesusmrv
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    During the last decade, data science projects in the enterprise have developed a reputation for being complex and expensive. However, the last few years have seen an explosion in new machine learning and big data infrastructure technologies that have helped lower the entry point for implementing data science solutions in the enterprise. Despite the technical evolution, enterprise data science projects remain relatively complex compared to traditional areas of investment in enterprise IT. Similar to other groundbreaking technologies in enterprise IT, implementing successful data science…
  • 5 on 5: Demystifying Machine Learning in the Enterprise

    jesusmrv
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    Machine learning is become one of the most important trends in the next generation enterprise data solutions. The evolution of machine learning platforms as well as complementary technology movements such as big data has lowered the entry point for organizations embracing machine learning models to drive more effective business intelligence. Despite the remarkable technological advances in the last few years, enterprise machine learning remains surrounded by strong myths. We regularly encounter those myths during our work with large enterprises around the world implementing data science and…
  • Microsoft and IBM Earnings: The Battle of New vs. Legacy Businesses

    jesusmrv
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    IBM and Microsoft reported earnings last week and the reports clearly highlighted the current stage in the transformation of each companies. Arguably the two most important software companies of the last 40 years, Microsoft and IBM used to exhibit similar patterns in the earnings reports a few years ago. However, those days are long gone. Microsoft and IBM are companies in the middle of aggressive transformations to adapt their business models to a world dominated by technology revolutions in areas such as mobile, cloud, data science, augmented reality etc. The earnings reports clearly…
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  • Which metrics do Valley investors tend to check first?

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    When investors see our business for the first time, they need to wrap their head around it. It's like films - they often start with a bit of scene-setting before jumping in with the plot. Investors also like to hear the main numbers up front. They're pitched all day -- certain numbers tell them if your business matches their selection criteria to avoid wasting time talking about bad fits. Andreesen Horowitz explains: When initially evaluating businesses, investors often look at GMV, revenue, and bookings first because they’re an indicator of the size of the business. Once investors have a…
  • Disrupt or compete

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

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

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

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

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    I was recently interviewed by Business Today, a leading business magazine, on the implications of platforms for large enterprises. This interview captures a lot of thinking from my upcoming book Platform Scale whose public launch is scheduled for early September. BT: What exactly is platform thinking? Choudary: Traditionally, businesses worked on a very linear model. Firms would assemble and deliver products and services to a market of consumers. Producers and consumers held very distinct roles. And this value creation happened inside a firm and was managed through a hierarchical…
  • G20 Summit: Emerging Opportunities in Platform-enabled disruption

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    The last article posited that pipe-based business models will continue to exist with platform-based business models. This is an important issue that both, pro-disruption and anti-disruption camps, fail to appreciate entirely. As the world gets more connected, every industry will open up opportunities for platform disruption and digital transformation. As the popular saying goes, in the future (and even now), every industry is a tech industry. I was invited on a panel at the G20 World Summit’s Global Cafe stage last year in Brisbane to discuss the impact of platform-based business models…
  • How platforms reconfigure industries: A pattern for upcoming platform opportunities

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    Will everything become a platform? Is a platform even the right model in all cases? History shows that platform-based and pipe-based business models will probably co-exist. Business models based on linearity are still going to be very important, but there will be opportunities for platforms to create greater scale than the traditional approach. Over the last decade the media industry has been repeatedly reinvented. Traditionally, the media value chain has been extended across the following parts: Content Creation Editorial Distribution Consumption The media value chain is a classic pipe…
  • Interview: Opportunities in digital transformation and regulation in a platform world

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    “I was recently interviewed by Ansgar Baums, Head of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at HP Europe. The below is a reproduction of the interview, with takeaways especially relevant to new business models emerging in manufacturing and more industrial sectors.” Ansgar: Sangeet – You are consulting companies worldwide on the questions how digital platforms transform business. On a very general level: Which companies typically do approach you? And what do they want to know? Sangeet: Two types of companies typically approach me. Startups that are building platforms…
  • APIs and Platforms: How interfaces and access enable the networked economy

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

    StartupFreak
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:08 am
    Entrepreneurial Story of Smita who founded StayWithUs located in bangalore About: SMITA AGRAWAL : FOUNDER: An Engineer by academics and an MBA drop out; a certification in Psychology from Harvard and about 12+ yrs. of professional slogging in the corporate world of IT & Investment Banking, Smita currently does something even remotely unrelated to any of these credentials. Embarking on the hospitality journey about 3 yrs. back, she is the founder of StayWithUs, a boutique style B&B ( Bed & Breakfast) in Bangalore. In her free time, Smita likes to dabble with colors on a canvas or…
  • Mirraw Online Services

    StartupFreak
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Company Name : Mirraw Online Services Description : Indian Ethnic Wear Company Overview : Mirraw is a marketplace where social media aware fashion designers set up boutiques and showcase their fresh new designs to a wide audience on the web. Consumers get easy reach to designer jewellery, bags and sarees, which is the current line of products, expansion to men’s apparel and other categories for women being worked upon. Homepage URL: http://www.mirraw.com Industry : Ecommerce Number of Employees : Location : Mirraw Online Services Pvt. Ltd, Room No. 4, 2nd floor, 252, Lucky Mansion, Bazaar…
  • PowtoonPRO

    StartupFreak
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Company Name : PowtoonPRO Description : Get Awesome Animated Videos & Engaging Presentations at Affordable Prices Company Overview : PowtoonPRO provides awesome affordable animated videos & engaging presentations to startups, entrepreneurs & trainers. It provides end-to-end video designing services starting from script writing, voice over recording to delivering awesome animated videos. It designs explainer videos, product demos, season greetings, company introduction video. social media clips, etc. Homepage URL: http://www.powtoonpro.com Industry : Marketing Location : 63, Govind…
  • Build99

    StartupFreak
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Company Name : Build99 Description : Build99 is India’s largest building and construction materials procurement website. Find B2B directory and listing of suppliers, dealers and manufacturers in India. Post your requirement to get best deals and lowest price for construction materials and services. Company Overview : Build99 is a pioneer in providing one stop solution for building construction materials in Indian market through e-commerce. Our main focus is on rendering the services for procurement of materials in construction industry. E-commerce, an effective tool is used to build our…
  • QA Testing Trainings-Powered by H2KInfosys

    StartupFreak
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Company Name : QA Testing Trainings-Powered by H2KInfosys Description : One Time Pay-Life Time Access Company Overview : QA Testing Trainings is powered by leading Software Testing course programs provider H2KInfosys. Indeed, we are the leading platform for QA testing learning and provide comprehensive training, IT education as well as assessment and hone all our students to develop abilities for writing real codes as well as real life projects. Our online training courses are one of the best in the industry and our instructors take every effort to ensure all the candidates grasp the…
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    Onboardly

  • The PR Butterfly Effect: How One Article Resulted in $500,000

    Shanelle Mullin
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Great! Your startup was covered by TechCrunch. ...So what? If you’re like me, you struggle with quantifying the results of PR efforts. Sure, you can look at the traffic a press feature generated and then follow those visitors through the funnel. But what about the non-tangible results? What if that TechCrunch article referred 100 visitors who all bounced, but led to investor interest or a massive increase in brand awareness? I’ve been through it a million times. I’ve worked on formulas, done the qualitative research, flipped through months and months of data, read case study after case…
  • Screw Productivity: Find Happiness as a Startup Founder on Your Own Terms.

    Renee Warren
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    If you’re anything like me, your mind whizzes a mile a minute. “OK, so this month’s revenue… are we on target?” “Did that journalist respond? Is the article happening or not?” “Am I a strong enough leader? Should I push harder?” “Why haven’t those videos converted any leads yet? They’ve been up 10 minutes!” “Squirrel.” It’s the nature of the beast for a startup founder -- and most entrepreneurs, for that matter. There are hundreds of things that need to be done. There are long and short term tasks, big picture ideas to formulate, short term crises to manage,…
  • 10 Free Tools to Track the Social Media Metrics That Matter

    Rachael Keetch
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    Social media metrics are often seen as elusive -- and that’s because many startups and small businesses aren’t quite sure where and how to measure the digital marketing tools that fall in the social media arsenal. This elusiveness isn't helped by the ugly side of social media metrics: vanity metrics. Years of tracking metrics that simply don’t matter (think: follower count) has given the mere illusion of success or failure. We want to change that for you. In this post, we’re going to share 10 of our favourite tools for collecting data that can help your startup reach its social media…
  • Startup Beat: August 2015 Edition

    Renee Warren
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    Welcome to Onboardly’s Startup Beat, a roundup of what’s going on in the startup neighborhood. Each month, we put our ears to the ground so we can introduce you to new startups or developments, and why they matter. Discover something new and noteworthy yourself? Leave it in the comments below! MeterHero Elevator pitch: Get paid for saving the environment! Yes. It sounds too good to be true. When you create an account, you’ll be able to access a sleek and smart dashboard to view and help reduce your energy consumption. By connecting your utility accounts or uploading your meter…
  • The Key to PR Content That Actually Gets Picked Up: Think Like a Journalist

    Crystal Richard
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    PR pros: at its core, media relations is simple. Getting your story told by the media requires one thing and one thing only: it requires you to put your reporter cap on and think like a journalist. Sure, you are proud to be a public relations professional. But you need to start thinking like a journalist to increase your chances of telling your company’s story via traditional and online media outlets. Why is that? As a startup founder or business owner, your main priority is to sell a product or a service. A journalist approaches that same product or service with a different priority:…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • The Top Strategies: Using Your LinkedIn Account to Grow Your Business

    Kaleigh Moore
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    You created your personal LinkedIn account a while ago, but since then, it’s just been sitting there — gathering Internet dust. Ideally, you’d like to leverage this platform to help bring in new clients and to establish yourself as an expert, but the question is–how do you go about doing that? It’s time to start using LinkedIn differently. Here’s how you can transform your LinkedIn account into a referral-generating machine. Why You Should Actively Use Your LinkedIn Account Let’s look at the ‘why’ behind using LinkedIn before we jump into the ‘how.’ For any…
  • Do Facebook Ads Work for Small Business?

    Kaleigh Moore
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Facebook business page owners are well aware that their content is getting little to no organic exposure these days. Without promoting posts or using Facebook ads, only a fraction of an audience will see content there. But the question many small business owners are asking themselves is: “Do Facebook ads really work for small businesses?” We asked around and found out what small business owners had to say about their experience with them so far. Facebook Ads: The Backstory Like any other business, Facebook needs to make money—and they way they do that is through selling advertisements.
  • Is My Small Biz Marketing Actually Working?

    Kaleigh Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    You can have the best small biz marketing strategy in the world, but if you aren’t measuring that performance on a regular basis — what’s the point? Knowing where you stand with your marketing efforts allows you to identify what’s working, what’s not, and where you should invest your time and money moving forward. If you have a robust small biz marketing plan, you’ll need to monitor it through many different means. Here are a few places to get started. Website Traffic Having a free, simple tool like Google Analytics integrated with your website will provide great insight into the…
  • Ideal Customers: Who Are They and Where Can I Find Them?

    Kiera Abbamonte
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    No matter how many customers you have, some are going to be better than others. Certain customers tend to spend more money, stick around longer, and help spread the word about your business – if you had it your way, all of your customers would be like this. Since these ideal customers are so valuable, you want to focus a good portion of your marketing strategy on attracting them, and your customer service should aim to keep them around. But how can you tell who these people are? And once you know who they are, how do you best reach them? Settle in because we’re about to tell you just how…
  • What To Do When You Have Too Many Customers

    Kaleigh Moore
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Your business has too many customers? Well, that’s a great problem to have! The bad news: You’re overwhelmed, and there’s not enough supply to meet the demand. If your business offers a service or a product, and you have too many customers — you’re in trouble. (Unless you’ve figured out how to clone yourself or have an amazing manufacturing hook-up.) So what are you to do when you have too many customers? The way I see it, there are three ways you can fix the issue. 1. Raise Your Prices Economics 101 tells us that if the supply decreases, and the demand remains the same, there…
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    e27

  • Startup in Spotlight: Meet Malaysian subscription box service Pets My Heart

    Elaine Huang
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:34 am
    You guessed it! Pets My Heart was made for pet owners and the purr-fect animals they love so dearly. Read on to find out more Human beings are lucky. We have smartphones, computers, books, games and a whole range of entertainment options to indulge in when we are feeling bored or restless. Cats and dogs, on the other hand? Not really. So, for pet owners who might want to pamper their animal friends with playtime and at the same time show their love with the act of giving, finding new treats and toys for their pets might be time-consuming, given our busy schedules. Lam Woon Cherk, CEO, Pets…
  • Hire the right people and mentor them to be leaders: Snapcart Co-founder

    Anisa Menur
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:58 am
    Transitioning to startup life? Check out what Reynazran Royono has to say about building a strong team and following your passion Reynazran Royono, CEO and Founder, Snapcart Before he founded his Indonesian startup Snapcart, a cashback mobile app, Reynazran Royono had a comfortable life working at FMCG giant Procter & Gamble and top-tier consultancy Boston Consulting Group before transitioning to the digital space. “I spent nine years at P&G and traditionally, once you have spent such (a) long time there, you are going to stay there forever. But I chose to follow my passion to…
  • It’s all about execution: Chua Kee Lock, CEO, Vertex Venture Holdings

    Elaine Huang
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:14 am
    Founders need to have the willingness to listen in order to get funding from Vertex Venture Holdings’ CEO and Group President Chua Kee Lock This is one of the articles belonging to e27’s Meet the VC series, where we chat with venture capitalists in the startup space to find out more about how they do what they do.  Meet Chua Kee Lock, Group President and CEO, Vertex Venture Holdings, and President and CEO, Vertex Venture Management. Chua joined the Singapore-based venture firm Vertex Venture Holdings in 2008 to grow the company’s portfolio in Greater Asia and the US. Also…
  • 6 reasons all business owners should register trademarks

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:03 am
    A trademark protects ownership rights over the name – a logo, tagline or whatever you’ve trademarked. Here’s why you need to get one now Debating whether you should trademark your business? Read on to find out why you should do it. Many business owners and entrepreneurs wonder whether they should trademark their company name. I was one of those people, but once I began researching the pros and cons, the answer was crystal clear. It shouldn’t even be a question for anyone who also wants to protect their company. Also Read: Indian lingerie e-tailer Zivame gets US$40M from Malaysian…
  • Newly launched seedPH initiative to breed Philippine unicorns

    Victoria Vizcarra
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:08 pm
    With this comprehensive agenda guiding both the government and local businesses, everyone’s on the same page about how to grow the local startup scene The recently concluded Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) tech conference in Boracay saw the launch of the Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startups, which will spawn some 500 startups with an estimated cumulative valuation of US$2 billion by 2020. A project under the seedPH initiative of the Philippines’ Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICT) Office, the roadmap provides a strategic framework that both the…
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    Tech in Asia

  • More networking opportunities, you say? See you at Night Crawl.

    Louisa Chiew
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:37 am
    So you’ve politely exchanged business cards and contact details with that man beside you. You’ve pitched to the stern-faced investor at Speed Dating, and you’ve talked your mouth dry in a bid to get on the press. The crazy packed day is drawing to a close. Except it’s not. For the first time in Tokyo, the Tech in Asia conference will stretch late into the night. Missed out on catching that investor you’ve been meaning to during the conference? Night Crawl’s your second chance. Plus, you never know – some people just prefer to talk business over drinks! Join us in two of…
  • This hybrid smartwatch has a 6-month battery life

    Steven Millward
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:33 am
    “We like to call this a ‘clever watch,’” says Isa Ghani. This startup’s newest creation does do typical smartwatch stuff – like count your steps and relay notifications from your phone – but he calls it that because the watch, the Boldr Voyager, doesn’t have a digital screen, instead rocking traditional tick-tock hands and a physical watch-face. Rather than throwing the kitchen sink at you (as Samsung usually does), or trying to hypnotize you into believing your existence will be hollow without it (hi, Apple), the startup team at Boldr Watches focused…
  • Another Chinese city just dealt a big blow to Uber, Didi Kuaidi

    Erik Crouch
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:19 am
    Representatives from China’s top three ride-hailing apps – Uber, Didi Kuaidi, and Yongche – were brought before Shenzhen authorities earlier this week for some bad news. The private-car hailing functions of the apps have been declared illegal in the city. As has happened in cities in China before, the apps are accused of circumventing taxi licensing laws. According to Sohu Business, Shenzhen authorities have alread investigated more than 150 cases of illegal vehicle use this year related to Didi Kuaidi, China’s most popular ride-hailing app. While Didi Kuaidi’s popular…
  • Zivame sells a bra a minute, raises $40 million as lingerie gets hot

    Malavika Velayanikal
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:44 am
    We Indians are a shy lot. We would rather pretend that we don’t wear underwear than be seen buying it. So when lingerie came online, it made our lives so much easier and we took to it. Bangalore-based Zivame, founded by Richa Kar in 2011, led the movement and is now the country’s largest online lingerie retailer. Initially, it had to “educate” a large segment of the population about underwear. Why one should invest in good underwear, the importance of a bra that doesn’t sag, how a good bra improves one’s posture, confidence, and what not. From everyday underwear to sexy lingerie,…
  • The digital nomad: lonely, white, male

    Elaine Ramirez
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Jon Yongfook, a British-Singaporean software engineer, had enough of his day-to-day routine and decided he was done being the cog in a corporate wheel. “I didn’t want to keep building stuff for other people. I wanted to build stuff for myself. And all I was doing was just waking up in my ridiculously expensive apartment, making breakfast, going to Starbucks, going home, making dinner, and going to bed. And I was just thinking, why? Why would I stay here?” he tells Seoul-based journalist Do You-jin, in her upcoming documentary about digital nomads. So Jon quit his job in…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Swedish fashion giant H&M on the hunt for more tech investments

    Olle Aronsson
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:40 am
    Wrapp was only the beginning. The retail-clothing giant have started a venture capital operation and met with more start-ups to invest in. There were probably a few raised eyebrows when we reported a month ago that H&M have entered the venture capital space, starting with an investment in Wrapp (article in Swedish). It was the first time where the retail-clothing company – which last year had nearly $18 billion dollar in revenue –invested in a startup. The largest listed company in Sweden have so far chosen not to disclose any details in its new venture. In connection with the…
  • Sqore’s job is to help create the best teams – and we’ve started with ourselves.

    Anders Hassis
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:16 am
    Five years ago Sqore’s founders realized that they all had a love of competition in common, a love which they turned into a business model. They started a listing site for online competitions, to connect young minds with global opportunities. We were a small team, the four of them plus one employee. Fast forward a few years later to present day – Sqore has recently launched a platform that brings talent from around the world closer to global opportunities, and that makes recruiting a fun and rewarding process for applicants and employers. The Sqore team has grown tenfold, so we’ve…
  • Universal Avenue Closes $5 million via Northzone & Salesforce Ventures

    Anders Hassis
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    The news was broken yesterday via Breakit that Universal Avenue, the on-demand sales force start-up that we covered back in April as being the potential next nordic unicorn, has just closed a seed extension round of $5 million. Participating in the round was existing investors MOOR, along side two giants of the VC world, Northzone, and Salesforce Ventures. We caught up with Johan Lilja, co-founder and CEO to ask him about the business. Q: Tell us a bit about the background of Universal Avenue, where did the initial idea come from? A: Both Petter and I have been running companies before in…
  • Swedish Startup Space acquired by Breakit

    Olle Aronsson
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:10 pm
    When Swedish Startup Space launched two and a half years ago, the web site quickly became a must-visit for entrepreneurs, investors and techies who wanted to keep track what was going on in the flourishing Swedish startup industry. The site was, in part, born out of frustration. Swedish tech companies were extremely successful, but did not get much coverage from Swedish media. If an entrepreneur in Stockholm wanted to read an article about a company that her friend started at KTH and which was now raising a huge sum of capital – she would find that article on Techcrunch instead of a…
  • Cloapp ramps up team, hires ex Microsoft Sales Manager as CMO

    Anders Hassis
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Cloapp, the Swedish tech startup company developing the Personal Relationship Management app Closr, announced today the hiring of new CMO, Peter Eriksson. Peter has a background from Microsoft where he was Sales Manager for more than seven years, responsible for setting up their solution based selling, before leaving in 2010. He was the CEO and International Sales Director at Getupdated for three years before he turned entrepreneur, building the successful Nordic SEO/SEM company Remarket where he is still the Chairman. Peter has already started and his primary role will be overall customer…
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    Barcinno

  • Barcelona Startup Job: Graphic Designer Intern (@SbcIoT_Data)

    Hector Manzano
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:02 am
    Company: Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data Area: #Accelerator Program #Technology #Innovation Location: Barcelona, MediaTic Building Job type: Marketing Position: Graphic Designer Intern Job description: We are looking for highly motivated trainees as assistants in the promotional activities we are working on. The intern will work with the Management team, supporting the marketing activities. So, […] The post Barcelona Startup Job: Graphic Designer Intern (@SbcIoT_Data) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Job: Sales & Business Development (@photoslurp)

    Hector Manzano
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    Company: Photoslurp Area: Digital marketing & E-commerce Location: Barcelona Job type: Sales Position: Sales & Business Development Job description: We’re a young and motivated startup out of Barcelona that has developed a SaaS platform to enable brands and online shops to use their customer photos from social media as social proof and increase their conversion rates. We currently […] The post Barcelona Startup Job: Sales & Business Development (@photoslurp) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Cyber Bounty Hunters: Welcome to the Digital Wild Wild West

    Carlos Valderrama
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    This article was written by Carlos Valderrama, VP of Engineering of a UK Cyber Intelligence firm and one of the foremost cyber security experts in the world with over 15 years experience in Computer Forensics, Incident Response, Malware Analysis and Cyber Intelligence. The original post in Spanish can be found here. With the developments that have taken place in the most […] The post Cyber Bounty Hunters: Welcome to the Digital Wild Wild West appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Job: Social Media Intern (@SbcIoT_Data)

    Hector Manzano
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:12 am
    Company: Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data Area: #Accelerator Program #Technology #Innovation Location: Barcelona, MediaTic Building Job type: Marketing Position: Social Media Intern   Job description: We are looking for highly motivated trainees as assistants in the promotional activities we are working on. The interns will work with the Management team, supporting the marketing activities. […] The post Barcelona Startup Job: Social Media Intern (@SbcIoT_Data) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • 5 Tips For Startup Branding On A Budget

    Nicolas Deskos
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:51 am
    Building a brand is often an afterthought for startups, and it’s easy to see why. As an entrepreneur starting a business for the first time, you probably have a million and one things to think about. When you’re not balancing product management with managing a team, you’re probably working out how to promote your product […] The post 5 Tips For Startup Branding On A Budget appeared first on Barcinno.
 
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    NextShark

  • Man Loses Dream Job After Accidentally Sending Dick Pics to His HR Representative

    Riley Schatzle
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:51 pm
    A month after securing a job at a company in St. Charles, Illinois, a 23-year-old employee sent two naked photos of himself between Aug 11 and 13 to the manager of human resources at his company. When the employee sent his first lewd photo to a phone number he claims he thought was another woman’s, he received no reply, according to the Chicago Tribune. When his second photo days later also went without a reply, he decided to call the number only to then purportedly discover it was his HR representative. Although the texter claimed it was all a mistake, the HR manager notified the police.
  • Fresno Man Returned to Burning Building to Rescue a Rack of Ribs

    Editorial Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
    A video interview of a Fresno man who made sure to save his ribs after a fire broke out next door has gone viral. The fire broke out on Tuesday at 3:00 a.m. at a Fresno apartment complex and neighbor Robert Wright noticed the fire because he was outside barbecuing. He told KMPH Fox26 News Photojournalist Ryan Hudgins: “First thing, I got my kids, and I thought about my ribs. Like, I didn’t want my ribs to burn and stuff because I take pride in what I do, man.” The mother and 6-year-old son whose apartment caught fire were able to escape through a back window and were hospitalized for…
  • British 18-Year-Old Creates an Ingenious App for Everyone Who Hates Parking Tickets

    Laura Dang
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Good news for drivers in the UK: an 18-year-old student who just earned acceptance to Stanford University this month has created a website for those prone to receiving parking tickets. According to Mashable, Joshua Browder came up with the idea for Donotpay.co.uk after accumulating quite a few tickets himself. His website automatically generates appeals to parking ticket violations by formatting them after previously successful appeals. Browder understands the struggles of parking in a big city. In an email to Mashable, he wrote: “Over the past two years, I have received around thirty…
  • Vladimir Putin Works Out in $3,200 Sweats, Drinks Tea With His Best Bro

    Riley Schatzle
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, also a former KGB colonel and no stranger to feats of badassery, spent last Sunday with his best bro doing best bro things like lifting weights, grilling steaks and drinking tea in outfits that cost thousands of dollars. At the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in the resort town of Sochi, Putin hosted his protégé, former Russian President and current Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev for some leisurely bro-bonding at an open-air gym, according to Quartz The two authority figures wore outfits that complemented each other. Putin wore a pair of $1,425 cashmere…
  • Why People Are Freaking Out Over Yahoo’s CEO Taking Such a Short Maternity Leave

    Laura Dang
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:09 am
    Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer has recently been under fire for her decision to take a short maternity leave following the expected births of her twin daughters later this year. The soon-to-be mother of three announced on Tumblr, which is owned by Yahoo, that she will be taking as little as two weeks of maternity leave and will be “working throughout” the duration of her time off, according to The Guardian. Mayer wrote on Tumblr “Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery…
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    Yapsody Blog

  • THE LIFECYCLE OF EVENT CONTENT – BIRTH, LIFE, AND AFTERLIFE

    Yapsody
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:41 pm
    THE LIFECYCLE OF EVENT CONTENT – BIRTH, LIFE, AND AFTERLIFE A few years back if you came up to me flaunting the passes you managed to somehow seize for a very important upcoming conference, I’d probably be charred out of jealousy. Today, if you do the same, both of us can have a good laugh as I show you the YouTube channel that’ll let me witness the same conference live at 1080p resolution sitting miles away from the actual venue. Plus, I can watch it in my pajamas eating popcorn and I won’t even have to pay for the passes! Back in the days when men had just discovered fire (hyperbole…
  • EIGHT-ENTION, PRESENTERS!

    Yapsody
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:26 am
    EIGHT-ENTION, PRESENTERS! I may not be the queen of puns, but I’m sure that title caught your attention. Oh, wait, eight-tention! What’s with the eight, you ask? We figured that with Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter taking on the virtual world like hurricanes (but, in a lot nicer way), emails just look outdated. Yes, they just LOOK outdated, but they aren’t. If you can still manage to jam eyeballs onto your email notification with a crazy subject line, your pre-event email can nail it. And it can nail it way better than other social media websites can. We’ll show you eight ways to…
  • GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY? LET US HELP!

    Yapsody
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY? LET US HELP! And we are going to do that by slashing our prices by half for Reserved Seating Events by Non-Profits. Of course, our General Admission events are still free (and always will be, like we’ve never failed to mention), but if you are a non-profit event organizer looking forward to creating a Reserved Seating event, you’ll get a 50% discount on the fees. And all you need to do to apply is send us official documentation of your Non-Profit Organization and we’ll set up the discounted plan right away! What IS the plan? Unless you are charging fees for…
  • TRICKS-N-TREATS!

    Yapsody
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    TRICKS-N-TREATS! Yes, yes, let me explain. No, it has nothing to do with Halloween. Yes, it is about event promotion. In fact, it’s ONLY about event promotion – these are some handy “tricks” you can use to host a successful event, and success is always followed by “treats”, isn’t it? Hence, the title. (Please continue reading, I swear it gets better than this.) Get Site-d! Your website, or your online ticket store, will probably be the first SIGNIFICANT impression that you’ll make on your customers. So, make sure you make a good one. When you register with Yapsody, we don’t…
  • Yapsody YapStats Is Now “Smarter”!

    Yapsody
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Yapsody YapStats Is Now “Smarter”! Literally smarter, as it is now available on your smartphones and other Android devices absolutely for Free! Yeah, but not all free things are useful, are they? You often get a whole woman free with a wedding gown, but honestly, is THAT what you signed up for? (No offense meant…to wedding gowns. You are too pretty!) So, this article aims to cover what exactly YapStats is, why it makes work easier for an event organizer, and how to navigate your way through it. YapStats – What it does and What it doesn’t Basically, YapStats will figure out all the…
 
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    thinkfuture

  • It’s Like 1999 All Over Again

    Chris Kalaboukis
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Back at the turn of the century (yep, about 15 years ago) I worked for a web design firm here in Silicon Valley. The atmosphere was heady with the scent of startups hitting some amazing valuations – seems like everything with a dot com after its name was going insane – companies like Webvan were […] The post It’s Like 1999 All Over Again appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • What Is Innovation?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    To some, the future. To others, a salvation. Innovation is different things to different people. Some feel that innovation is simply developing new products and services. Introducing something new into the marketplace, or improving something already out there. Others feel that its new ways of selling – new ways of marketing – new markets for […] The post What Is Innovation? appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Introverts Great Entrepreneurs? Not Alone.

    Chris Kalaboukis
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how introverts can be great entrepreneurs. How they can be more focused and determined without needing that rush of interconnectivity with people (after all, that is what extroverts are, right?, they thrive on being with, talking to and lets face it, drinking with other people. They […] The post Introverts Great Entrepreneurs? Not Alone. appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Data Driving Freedom & Slavery

    Chris Kalaboukis
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
       In two of the top stories this week, we heard about the “dating apocalypse” which apps like Tinder have facilitated, and the seemingly relentless data driven life of the typical white collar worker (and by the description they do sound more like workers than employees to most) at Amazon. We heard about how cutthroat […] The post Data Driving Freedom & Slavery appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Is Interesting A Bad Thing?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
      If “may you live in interesting times” is a curse, if someone says to you, while perusing your resume “you have an interesting background” is that a curse as well? I’ve always thought that the number one skill one needs to have, in fact, the only skill you really need, is the ability to problem […] The post Is Interesting A Bad Thing? appeared first on thinkfuture.
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • A Linkedin hack to build your startup network

    John Gannon
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    Here’s a cool hack I’ve been using to connect with interesting people on LinkedIn and build my startup network in the process: Look at your ‘People who have viewed your profile‘ page. Ask yourself: “Would this person be interesting to connect with?” I’ll leave it to you to define what interesting means. Maybe it’s a VC or a startup founder or someone who just seems like they’d be good to know. Send them an InMail that looks like this. Wait for a response. If they don’t respond, don’t bug them.  If they do respond, the door…
  • How I stumbled into a job at VMware before it was “VMware”

    John Gannon
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    12 years ago I had the good fortune of joining a (then) ~300 person software startup. Soon after I came on board, that little company on Porter Drive was acquired for $625 million. 5 years later the acquirer spun them out in a $19 billion IPO. I’d love to be able to say that I knew that VMware would be a huge success. The truth? I had no clue what I was getting into. Witness the not-so-scientific criteria I used to figure out if I should work for them: Competitive salary and bonus? Check. Stock options? Check.  Interesting product? Check. Revenue generating? Check. Nice people? Check.
  • Four Small Steps to Your Next Big One

    Charles Bonello
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    I’ve spent some time here talking about just how lucky I am to be able to wake up every morning and go to work at a place where I’m continually inspired by the people I find myself working with and humbled by the mission we’re striving toward. Given the enviable position in which I find myself, in any given week I get a LOT of requests from people looking for career advice on how to break into to the tech ecosystem. And I’m generally happy to help, not least of which because I’ve been the beneficiary of advice, introductions and time from mentors in the past (that I’d note…
  • Startup Career Advice for 8/17/15

    John Gannon
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    David Jackson, founder of Seeking Alpha, posts key metrics for startups by industry on his blog. Jason M. Lemkin writes for SaaStr about the “Get In Early” startup phenomenon as it relates to SaaS company Entelo. 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 8/17/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/27/15

    John Gannon
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Springwise blog posts about Free Code Camp, which allows anyone to learn coding for free by completing projects for nonprofits. Decoded Fashion in NYC is hiring for Community, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development positions. 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 7/27/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Nibletz

  • Riley: Find your next house via SMS

    Brian Sanders
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:41 am
    Riley      What is Riley? Riley is a personal assistant for real estate via text messaging. Users text 740-478-4021 to find their next home. Riley uses a combination of user input and big data to provide users with the most personalized listings, leading to increased conversion rates and lower vacancies for realtors and property owners. Riley is […] The post Riley: Find your next house via SMS appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Bogglo: A general marketplace for college students

    Brian Sanders
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:11 am
    Bogglo      What is Bogglo? Bogglo allows students to transform their campus into a local store where they can quickly buy and sell what they need. College students are always pressed for time. They do not have the leisure to run around town searching for what they need nor can they afford to sell their lightly […] The post Bogglo: A general marketplace for college students appeared first on Nibletz.
  • One Spark 2.0

    Drew Thompson
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:27 am
    On Monday, One Spark revealed their plans for One Spark 2.0, and they are not all that unexpected. Pardon the editorial, but I feel I should point out a few things. Personally, I have been singing the praises of the “World’s Crowdfunding Festival,” since they launched in 2013. I have covered the event in detail, […] The post One Spark 2.0 appeared first on Nibletz.
  • ElToro: IP targeting platform for ad segmentation

    Brian Sanders
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:17 am
    Eltoro.com A few months ago, we told you a little bit about ElToro, a KY startup that helped the opposition leader in Guyana win the country’s presidential election.  Well, ElToro was kind enough to tell us a little bit more about their company and their IP targeting platform.  What is Eltoro? By mapping over 160 million home and business IP addresses in […] The post ElToro: IP targeting platform for ad segmentation appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Alabama Launchpad: 4 Companies Split $240,000

    Drew Thompson
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:22 am
    Last Thursday, we hit the road and headed down to Birmingham, AL for the finale of Alabama Launchpad. A total of six startups had made it through to the finals, where they would pitch the judges one last time. There was a total of $250k up for grabs. At the end, four of the six […] The post Alabama Launchpad: 4 Companies Split $240,000 appeared first on Nibletz.
 
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  • 5 Easy Ways To Gather User Insights For Optimising Your Website

    Clarissa Amaral
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Redesigning a website to improve conversion rate can be a difficult task. Maybe you want to redesign your entire website or just parts of your website but how do you find out what needs to be redesigned? Which are the changes you need to make to help you improve conversion rate? The secret to redesigning web pages for higher conversion rates is to first gather insights from your users. You need to understand how users are interacting with your website, what they are browsing for and why they’re visiting certain pages. Through gathering those insights – you’ll be able to…
  • 19 Facts E-commerce Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Mobile

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    You only need to look outside to see how prevalent mobile devices are in use. Ever since the introduction of smart devices, their adoption has been rising and is still going strong. For e-commerce businesses a desktop-only approach is no longer enough. They’ve had to factor in the emergence of mobile and the effect it can have on their business in driving additional sales. But what’s the current state of mobile? E-commerce entrepreneurs and marketers will find this infographic from JBH Marketing and Smart Insights quite insightful in determining what their strategy for mobile will…
  • 5 Quick Tips To Speed Up Your E-commerce Website

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Did you know that for every second a customer waits for your website to load reduces your conversion rate by 7%? Apart from that, you’ll also get 11% fewer page views and a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction. Those numbers are hardly anything to boast about, and they’re all not that surprising. It’s like waiting in a long, and slow queue to pay for your groceries – nobody enjoys that. You can imagine how impatient we can be online. So what can you do to make your e-commerce website load faster? In this post you’ll learn a few tricks that will speed up your website so you…
  • Hacker’s Summer Guide: Editing Skills – Part 3

    Yann Irbah
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Editor’s note: Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of the Hacker’s Summer Guide A great philosopher once said: Programming knowledge is nothing if you can’t move your fingers on the keyboard fast enough. Not sure about the author of this quote but it doesn’t matter and it’s still true. I used to be very frustrated. I knew a lot about languages, computers theory etc. But when it came to typing code I was so inefficient that it was a pain. I wrote some very bad code because of that. Then I thought about the situation. I’m a guitar player. I know some music theory but…
  • 7 Must Read E-Commerce Blogs For Entrepreneurs

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    With all the blogs out there, it’s easy to get overloaded with information and can be difficult to know what you should be reading and which resources are genuinely going to help you and your online business to grow. For this week, we decided to make things easier for you and list some of the best blogs focused on e-commerce that we follow. We chose the blogs below based on their expertise and how actionable their content is in helping your business. We’ve also learnt a great deal ourselves from these sources and believe you can as well. Here are seven blogs every entrepreneur should…
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  • Healthcare Social Networking Portal | healthRIO.com

    Kartik Jha
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    In today’s digital world where ‘content is king’, there isn’t a global platform that connects doctors to their patients in real time. Even though patient engagement is vital and is a buzzword in the world’s[...]
  • FREECULTR EXPRESS: Crowd-Sourcing into the future!

    Trisha Niyogi
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    The digital world has not only ushered in the new era of online marketplace, but in the same vein it is changing the rules by embracing the practice of crowdsourcing creativity. If you thought only[...]
  • Choosing a College just got EASIER – GetMyUni

    Trisha Niyogi
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    There is, perhaps for most of us, no teenage-life decision that is more thought provoking and rest-of-you life oriented – or disoriented — than the choice of our college. Choosing a college is not only[...]
  • Why be a Phoolwala, When You Can be the FlowerAura

    Kartik Jha
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    “So why did you study from MDI if you wanted to be a Phoolwala in the first place?” Many more such questions were tossed at Shrey Sehgal when he talked to his family the first[...]
  • i5 Start-up Summit by IIT & IIM Indore has a grand closure

    Team TechPanda
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:14 am
    28th August, 2015: With an aim to encourage the start up and entrepreneurial landscape in the country, students of two of India’s most prestigious institutions IIT & IIM Indore, collaborated to successfully execute the first ever start-up[...]
 
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    Blog - iGoStartup

  • Top 10 Tips: How To Deal With HR & Recruiting

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:35 am
    "It's all about the team". During the final stage of the selection process, where we pick the startups to participate into one of our programs, we always look at the team; how compatible the team members are, how they complement each other. This is how we know whether they've got what it takes to go all the way and grow into a successful company. Ray Gibson, CEO and co-founder of our alumnus StartMonday, and a Mentor at Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living, has 15 years of experience in HR & Recruiting.
  • 10 Steps For Entrepreneurs To Drive Real Innovation

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:42 pm
    How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)?
  • SWOT Analysis tips and tricks

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    If you want to open a new company or relaunch an existing product, you have to do a SWOT analysis for your business in order to define the right way of future development and the company’s strategy.
  • Hey, startup: how to avoid becoming a victim of transformation

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:11 am
    Industrialization, institutionalization, and corporate culture all left their king chair to entrepreneurial cores and micro labs.
  • Design your unique marketing strategy

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:25 pm
    You have made the big decision to start your own business.
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Marketing to Millennials: Why It's Important And How to Do It Effectively

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    As a small business owner, you may know by now that millennials are an essential group to consider when creating advertisements to market your products or services. The millennial generation consists of those between 18 and 34 years old and is often referred to as the tech-dependent era. Marketing to this age group is important, as research has shown that millennials are responsible for a major portion of the money spent each year on consumer goods. In fact, a recent survey by LinkedIn found that affluent millennials spend an estimated $2 trillion a year. Even if your company isn't pursuing…
  • Avoid These 5 Outsourcing Mistakes

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    As a small business owner, you probably have to juggle a number of responsibilities on your own. Once you feel that your company stands on a solid foundation and you have the finances to invest in a few additional workers to assist you with time-consuming tasks, it's important that you aren't making outsourcing mistakes. Many of the most common outsourcing errors can have serious impacts on the success of your business if you're not careful. Avoid these five mistakes as you start outsourcing work. 1. Unclear communication Before you reach out to an external source for help with a…
  • 3 Interview Questions Small Business Owners Should Ask

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    As a small business owner, being the manager of your company is just one of the many roles you take on. You will probably have to be the one who recruits and hires new staff members, a process that should not be taken lightly. Although you may be eager to establish a team to help you with tasks you don't have time for, this doesn't justify rushing the interview process. You need to take the time to get to know the person you're considering welcoming to your staff. Asking the right interview questions plays a big part in this. If you're looking for hiring tips for small businesses, ask…
  • Are The Colors You're Using For Promotions Impacting Sales?

    17 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    A lot of thought goes into marketing campaigns, as a small error could make or break how well business owners attract their target audiences. Marketers know how important the colors they choose are when it comes to grabbing the attention of potential customers. However, colors do more than simply catch consumers' eyes. Research has shown that each hue evokes certain emotions and influences individuals in different ways. Before you establish a new marketing campaign to grow your small business, take note of how each shade may impact your target audience to get better results from your…
  • Give These Small Business Marketing Promotions a Try Before the End of Summer

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Summer is almost over. For most people, that means preparing for school or saying goodbye to sun-soaked beach days as the change of seasons approaches. For small business owners, however, the end of the summer is an exciting time filled with unique opportunities to attract and engage customers. After all, consumers often view major seasonal transitions as times to start fresh, which means business owners will see their sales increase with the right promotions as customers make more purchases. If you're a business owner and are looking for ways to integrate the season's energy and…
 
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • CashBackKhoj Gives The Lowest Prices For Your Online Purchases

    Akanksha Samar
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:47 am
    After the eCommerce boom in recent years, another new trend has emerged in Indian digital space to serve the customers finding the lowest possible prices for their online purchases. It is not uncommon to see many startups are coming forward in the field of online coupons and price aggregator. Though there are more than 50 websites providing free discount coupons for various stores in India alone, still the users’ need to login to every individual websites and find the coupons. Even if they find the best price for whatever they were looking for, the amount of time spent looking into it was…
  • Sarvoday Ashram Launches Hand-spun & Handwoven Fabric Clothing Brand ‘Ekmatra’

    Akanksha Samar
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:43 am
    The industry leading fashion e-Commerce enabler eShopbox has announced its association with Sarvoday Ashram to strengthen the online presence of ‘Ekmatra’, a first of its kind clothing brand using handspun and handwoven fabrics. Sarvoday Ashram, founded in 1952  has chosen eShopbox to handle its end to end online B2C operations and increase market reach of the brand Ekmatra. Following the Gandhian philosophy of simplicity, Sarvoday Ashram’s Ekmatra finds its roots in an effort of making Handspun & Handwoven fabrics that supports environment, inclusive growth and sustainable…
  • HashtagCV Lets You Create Stand Out CVs In Minutes; For Free

    Asish Das
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:35 am
    Throughout one’s life, the Curriculum Vitae is one of the most important documents you will ever write. CV creation is often seen as something of a important albeit time-consuming and puzzling process, with many job searchers frustrated or confused over how to arrange the content and layout of this A4 piece of paper. Luckily, there are now companies whose main aim is to help individuals develop and design their CV, taking a fraction of the time and at a reasonable price point. Hashtagcv, the newly-launched CV builder and editor, has made assembling a professional-looking CV or resume…
  • Insider Secrets To Take Your Startup To The Next Level With Inbound Marketing

    Jyoti Bhandari
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    So, you religiously send out e-mailers to your consumers? But are you sure that your potential consumers do not choose to spam your emails? As spam filters block mass emails, chances are that many of your target consumers don’t read your emails. In fact, many of them simply block your emails. Quite naturally, email doesn’t prove to be a great marketing practice any longer. But email isn’t the only traditional outbound marketing tactic that is proving to be ineffective. With increasing technological advancements, a plenty of other such marketing tools too are failing too. For instance,…
  • 8 Traits Of An Entrepreneur [Startup Infographic]

    Akanksha Samar
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Entrepreneur – A person who sees the future before anyone does. We have argued from the very beginning that everyone will need to develop entrepreneurial skills to thrive in the years ahead. Entrepreneurship is more about actions than talk. If you take action, you are ahead of the vast majority of people, who talk about entrepreneurship, but never build anything. This infographic from FundersandFounders gives a brief idea about the entrepreneurial mindset and the traits an entrepreneur should posses. The post 8 Traits Of An Entrepreneur [Startup Infographic] appeared first on The…
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  • Awesome Ways To Eliminate Distractions & Get Back To Work!

    Florin Muresan
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:48 am
    Many entrepreneurs find it difficult to eliminate distractions. A distraction is something that should be used AFTER you’ve completed an arduous task as a reward or as a break from working too diligently. However, in most cases, distractions are present BEFORE the task or project is completed. The best way to…
  • Why is Keyword Research Important When Writing a SEO Optimized Article

    Florin Muresan
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    The majority of our SEO Plugin users are just getting started with learning about SEO, keywords, and how to write SEO optimized articles. Because I’m also part of the customer service team, I am able to see what the most common questions are that people ask when they’re using the…
  • 7 Proven Tips For Writing Engaging Content

    Florin Muresan
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    You go online and all you can see is content. Bad content, good content, engaging content. It’s all there. It’s like being in Times Square in New York City. All you see around you are gigantic colorful billboards that want to suck you into their fantasy. It’s a battle of who’s…
  • Why Content Marketing Startups Need to Have a Mobile-Friendly Website

    Florin Muresan
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    There is no denying this. If a content marketing startup is to have any success in this day and age, then investing in a mobile-friendly website needs to come first on your to-do list. You might not consider this a priority, but keep in mind that 2013 was the year mobile users…
  • 7 Social Media Tools You Will Need in 2015

    Florin Muresan
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    Recently, online marketing pivoted and began to focus more on behavior and engagement on social media. Therefore, in order to make the best of your strategy when promoting your product, you need a few helpers. Not furry, adorable, ones like in stories, but close enough. They range from user analytics…
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Joel Boggess Interview – ReLaunch

    Paige Sevier
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:29 pm
    “Podcasting is such a wonderful opportunity to expand your reach and to share your message. However, it doesn’t happen magically. You need a lot of work.” – Joel Boggess About: Joel Boggess – Host of Relaunch Podcast, Author of #1 Amazon Best Selling book, Finding Your Voice Joel Boggess’ broadcasting career began in the early 90’s – behind the mic in traditional radio, on camera as a reporter, and in the master control room as an AP. Today, he is a #1 bestselling author, a front-runner in the world of podcasting and new media, and is one-half of the…
  • Jeff Barnes Interview – The Wisdom of Walt

    Paige Sevier
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    “If there is no conflict, there is no story.” – Jeff Barnes About: Jeff Barnes – Author, Professional Key Note speaker, Higher Education Administrator, University Professor, and Leadership Success Coach Jeffrey A. Barnes is an author, professional keynote speaker, higher education administrator, university professor and leadership/success coach. He has taught more than twenty different college courses in both the traditional classroom and online–including The History of Disneyland for California Baptist University. Jeff lives in Riverside, California with his…
  • Amit Mehta Interview – The Profit Swami

    Paige Sevier
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:29 pm
    “You have to know when to be persistent and when you’re beating a dead horse.” – Amit Mehta About: Amit Mehta – Inc 5,000 CEO, Consultant, and Author Amit Mehta is an author, speaker, growth hacker, serial entrepreneur, and former Inc 5000 CEO. Not only has Amit driven over $40 million in business through various different ventures in the last 10 years, he has spoken over a dozen times at industry conferences and seminars, and helped countless individuals achieve success in their own businesses. Overview: With 10 years of business experience, Amit shares his…
  • Liz Lockard Interview – The Google Analytics Chick

    Paige Sevier
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    “Tune into your ideal client…who are they, what do they want…and where are they online?” – Liz Lockard About: Liz Lockard – Marketing Consultant, SEO and Google Analytics Expert Overview: Liz is an SEO/Marketing pro who is here to make your online presence a smoother ride. Throughout this interview, Liz provides us with some insight tips, tricks, and how we can fix mistakes we may be making with our websites. Highlights: Background: Liz’s business background started as an in-house marketer for a corporate law firm. Once Google analytics stepped into…
  • Lane Kennedy Interview – Finding Your North Star

    Paige Sevier
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:53 pm
    “My calling is to help people find their north star.” – Lane Kennedy About: Lane Kennedy – Podcaster, Online Business Coach, and Founder of Game Changer Society Overview: Lane is a serial entrepreneur and is here to help you find your true calling in life. Highlights: Game Changer Society: This online community is for people out there who see the world a little bit differently. It’s for people who live on the edge and are pushing the envelope. Lane’s goal is to really help empower people, find their calling, use their voice, and to get out into the world.
 
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    PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech

  • Startup funding: 5 challenges faced in raising series A

    Vanhishikha Bhargava
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:49 am
    Seed funding is easier to bag and utilize – hire a small team, begin operations and launch the product in the market with a decent hype. But they’re not enough when it comes to a stage where the startups need to improve their technology, hire more people and up their marketing for increasing their customer... The post Startup funding: 5 challenges faced in raising series A appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Fame, Fortune Or Flexibility – As A Startup, Which Is The Most Valuable?

    Dan Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    Everyone who creates a startup company does so for a reason – often multiple reasons when we look at the business aspects. Perhaps there’s a niche in the market they’ve discovered and have decided to create a product that will perfectly suit it (social media was originally this, in terms of online communications). Maybe there’s... The post Fame, Fortune Or Flexibility – As A Startup, Which Is The Most Valuable? appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • There Are 14 People Who Manage The World Wide Internet

    Cheryle Ramos
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    Setting up the internet is a powerful tool to build a network. The global internet serves as a link of all computers in the world. It facilitates worldwide connection between users by which end users can gather information, connect with others and accomplish their tasks. Since the internet is popular at this present time, and... The post There Are 14 People Who Manage The World Wide Internet appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • 8 Inspiring Pakistani Entrepreneurs You Should Follow

    Casey Imafidon
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Success begets success. The successful walk the successful and sometimes the best way to attain your entrepreneurial dreams is following the footsteps of other successful entrepreneurs. When I say “follow,” it goes beyond following your favorite entrepreneur on Twitter or adding up to your number of social media friends. Follow should mean learning from them,... The post 8 Inspiring Pakistani Entrepreneurs You Should Follow appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Graduating Batch 2015 – Signs of a Worthless Culture

    Babar Khan Javed
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    A few days ago, a former student called me up in a hushed voice. She had just given her final job interview at one of the largest software houses in Pakistan (not AXACT) and was filling out a paper form to share her info. Something was nagging at the back of her mind. Could it... The post Graduating Batch 2015 – Signs of a Worthless Culture appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
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    1CLICK Blog

  • 1CLICK JOINS FRESHDESK

    Clifton Lobo
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
      Dear Customers, 1CLICK is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by Freshdesk. By joining a larger platform, we will be one step closer to our goal of delivering a world class customer service software to businesses … Continue reading →The post 1CLICK JOINS FRESHDESK appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Live Chat Applications Online

    Clifton
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Today, chatting online is an integral part of the internet. It can be done using your phone, laptop  or tablet. Time and location are not of any concern while chatting. Live Chatting has had an interesting effect on our lives. Thr … Continue reading →The post Live Chat Applications Online appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Live Customer Service And Its Applications in E-commerce Websites

    Clifton
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Nowadays, everybody’s talking about live customer service. And rightly so, because it has forever changed the way we shop online.We all know that it has plenty of uses in today’s inter-connected world. It has made shop … Continue reading →The post Live Customer Service And Its Applications in E-commerce Websites appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • How Live Customer Support Reduces Shopping Cart Abandonment

    Clifton
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Online shopping has become a major part of our lives today. It’s convenient, hassle-free and delivered right to your doorstep. This doesn’t seem so bad at all! Yet, in the days before Co-browsing and other fantastic te … Continue reading →The post How Live Customer Support Reduces Shopping Cart Abandonment appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Co-browsing vs Screen Sharing

    Clifton
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The ability to project your screen onto other devices in different parts of the world is truly a remarkable technology. Co-browsing is a relatively new technology when compared to screen sharing. Tech-savvy people all around the w … Continue reading →The post Co-browsing vs Screen Sharing appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
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    SuperbCrew

  • Comparatio – Personalized Cost-Effective Business Software Solutions

    SuperbCrew
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:44 am
    Comparatio is focused on developing and customizing off-the-shelf business software. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Comparatio is developing custom software that delivers substantial savings compared to industry-standard business software. Below is our interview with Jan Poehland, Founder of Comparatio: Q: What is your core competence? A: Our core competence is the development of custom off-the-shelf business software solutions, primarily for distributors. We implement our applications based on frameworks we built which enables us to set up new systems in a short amount of time, yet…
  • Job Market Maker: Bringing Innovation To The Talent Acquisition Space

    SuperbCrew
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:23 am
    Job Market Maker is an innovative web based talent acquisition platform. It combines pre-seeded templates and a patented analytics engine to help companies answer questions like: where, when, and how to get best candidates for specific jobs. Job Market Maker redefines how qualified candidates are identified, assessed and developed. Below is our interview with Joseph Hanna, CEO of Job Market Maker: Q: Joseph, tell us something more about Job Market Maker and your history? A: Job Market Maker (JMM) was founded in 2014 on the idea of transforming the talent acquisition market – to be a leader…
  • JobLogic Continues To Innovate Bringing The Latest In Field Service Technology

    SuperbCrew
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:17 am
    JobLogic is a solution software developer for service management companies and maintenance contractors. The software streamlines a service operation by connecting the back office, field technicians and customers together in one system. Below is our interview with James Whatmore, Managing Director at JobLogic: Q: James, tell us something more about JobLogic? What is your core competence? A: JobLogic is a rapidly growing software company based in Birmingham, UK. We specialise in field service management software for installers and maintenance contractors. JobLogic is mainly used by small…
  • MapR Brings A New Level Of Real-Time Capabilities To Big Data Apps

    SuperbCrew
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:04 am
    MapR Technologies brings a new level of real-time capabilities to Hadoop and NoSQL in one unified big data platform. MapR has raised $174 Million in venture capital funding up to date. Investors include Google Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Mayfield Fund and NEA. Recently MapR Technologies has made its Hadoop distribution available on Amazon Web Services via the AWS Marketplace. Below is our interview with Jack Norris, Chief Marketing Officer at MapR Technologies: Q: Where is Hadoop in its adoption? A: While Hadoop is one of the fastest growing…
  • AutoDeploy – Creative, Easy To Implement Enterprise Software Solutions

    SuperbCrew
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:57 am
    AutoDeploy helps organizations achieve transformational business outcomes for Oracle JD Edwards customers. AutoDeploy has enterprise scale and ready software that fully automates the package build and deploy process in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and an analytic framework that provides enterprise-wide visibility, communication, and metrics on the status of evolving business processes. Here is our recent interview with Mark Dalton CEO of AutoDeploy: Q: Mark, tell us something more about AutoDeploy and your history? A: Our company launched in 2014. Jeb Benbow, our chief technical architect and…
 
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  • Meet Fit4D, Your Healthcare Partner

    KARAN CHOPRA
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:32 pm
    If you have encountered Diabetes in your family, you know that diabetes is more about management than anything else. Given that diabetes is a long term issue, it can get very frustrating to keep up with your diet plan, medication and many a times, the weight factor, leading to loss in motivation, which ultimately leads to someone giving up on the plan of action completely. In such a case scenario, it can get very difficult for families to deal with the problem at hand. In such a situation, FIT4D comes to the rescue. Founded by David Weingard, a diabetes survivor himself, Fit4D helps people…
  • Meet GIBSS, Specializes In Making Technologies Commercially Viable

    KARAN CHOPRA
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    So you take the bus to work once a week, use the car pool at other times and refrain from travelling when not really required, all so that your carbon footprint is lowered. But what about the environmental impact of the air conditioner that your office uses or the lamps that power the corridor of your home. Are they pitching in the same way you are to conserve energy? One might say that there is nothing you do about all this, but actually there is. You should talk to people at GIBSS for this. GIBSS is an indigenous company with innovative solutions that can help you reduce the carbon…
  • Get Fresh Produce Procured The Same Morning Via iOrder Fresh

    KARAN CHOPRA
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Finally, there is some good news for all residents of Delhi NCR.  You can now order all your groceries from your mobile phone, whether you are lying in the bed or travelling across the country for your meetings. iOrder Fresh promise to get your groceries to you on time every time and delivers across the Delhi NCR region. The iOrder Fresh app is available for both Android as well as Apple devices. Using the App is extremely easy. All items have been categorized well so that they are easy to find and order.  You can simply tap on items to include them in your cart. The cart is saved, so you…
  • Find Storage Space Via StoreMore

    KARAN CHOPRA
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Are you travelling abroad for a project for a few months and need some space to dump to your stuff? Are you renting out your ancestral home and need some space to store all your inherited antiques? A few years ago, you would have to run all over Delhi to find a suitable place but thanks to StoreMore, you can look up secure places for storage in Delhi/ NCR all within the comfort of your home. Yes, roughly calculate your storage requirements and look up places in Noida, Delhi or Gurgaon that best suit your convenience. With transparent rates on offer, you do not even have to make phone calls…
  • Meet Crescerance, Your Partners In Mobile School Communication

    KARAN CHOPRA
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    ‘There is an app for that’ is what Apple said when they launched their App Store and filled it with Apps from all over the world. But while there are apps to communicate, manage your team, follow your favourite sports team, pick your restaurant, do you have anything that connects you to your school or University? Well, if there isn’t, it is because you have not contacted Crescerance yet. Crescerance is the team of experienced developers that work closely with schools and other educational institutions to make customized apps for them.  The App can have multiple purposes like allowing…
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    Playme AR

  • How to hack your Blog Traffic in 5 Ways

    Alvin Ooi
    7 Aug 2015 | 2:27 am
    How to hack your Blog Traffic in 5 Ways: How this blog tactics should change as your blog grows. We decided to study some of the different situation of blog posting so that we at Playmear.com can also build a blog that is not only converting hundred of thousands of visitors per month but also meaningful for our readers. As some of you have known, we are in the augmented reality business but it doesn’t mean we only focus on augmented reality enthusiasts. Okay, lets start with the strategy. Creating a blog is a great way to build organic traffic no matter how strong your financials are, blogs…
  • 20 Digital Marketing Tools that helps Online Marketers

    Alvin Ooi
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Digital Marketing is very rooted into online businesses and to the businesses that rely heavily on online for revenue and business. We’ve break this article into 3 parts that allows easier tools for online marketers or even any individual marketers from home that needs that extra tools to help enhance their online business.  We will focus on 3 main core ideas we believe is essential for everyone to start first with online marketing. 3 Categories: • Email Marketing • Content Curation • Content Creation • Keyword Research • Website Analytics Tool Each category has 3 tools…
  • 10 Brilliant Augmented Reality Marketing Ideas

    Alvin Ooi
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Augmented Reality Marketing is being used by many brands to enhance their awareness, increase sales, improve customer experience and much more. It is not just a gimmick as it was 4-5 years ago. There are many ways to utilize augmented reality and allow them to stay as brand loyal advocates. We will share with you how Playme AR Creator is able to allow you to do all these 14 amazing marketing ideas using the Augmented Reality as a leverage tool to better excite and engage customers through digitalisation. Those that are not familiar with what augmented reality really is can refer to the…
  • Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality Saga Will Be Decided By Content

    Alvin Ooi
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Playme AR being in the market for a year and more, We’ve seen somethings that are eye opening and also amazing along the way. Many asked us why bank on Augmented Reality when Virtual Reality is so much bigger in hype, media, and popularity. Simple, we believe in the unlimited possibilities of mixing both together to form something that is close to Minority Report or even better Iron Man HUD system JARVIS. First things first. AR & VR is growing.  Many critics say that its just a fad and it’ll die down. We believe these space is just in its infancy as it is with the era of…
  • Playmear.com in e27, Echelon Asia Summit Singapore 2015, June 23 – 24

    Alvin Ooi
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Playmear.com was honoured to have been selected as Malaysia’s MaGIC Top 15 Startups for Echelon Asia Summit Singapore 2015! We are delighted to have been selected and being able to showcase Playmear.com to the Singaporeans and the global audience there with MaGIC. E27’s Echelon Asia Summit Singapore boast a wide array of audiences with more than 2500 spanning from across Asia with investors, business partners and startups from Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh and more! Some little meaning behind the word of MaGIC or “Malaysian Global…
 
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • 092: How Nick Kellet Sold His Startup for Millions & Created a Board Game

    Omer Khan
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
     Listen to this episode on iTunes Nick Kellet is the co-founder of Listly, a product that helps bloggers & publishers engage their ready with continuously evolving lists. According to Listly, 30% of all content on the web is built around lists. But these lists can quickly get stale and don’t do much to engage the audience. So Listly, allows bloggers, content marketers and publishers to create interactive lists which they can embed on their own site or syndicate across other sites. In 1999, Nick sold his software product called AnswerSets to Business Objects for over $8 million. A…
  • OptimizePress: A Customers’ Critique of a Painful Customer Experience

    Omer Khan
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:39 am
    I’ve been an OptimizePress customer for a couple of years and generally have been happy with the product. I go back and forth between OptimizePress and LeadPages and have ended up using both across my sites. Today, I had a particularly frustrating experience purchasing a new template from OptimizePress… …and I want to share that with you, along with my thoughts on what they could do better. I’m going to try and be as constructive as possible with this post and provide some actionable recommendations that the OptimizePress team should consider implementing. And I hope you’ll…
  • 091: What You Need to Know About SEO in 2015 to Generate Leads

    Omer Khan
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:49:13) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Listen to this episode on iTunes Adam Dicker is a serial entrepreneur and former VP of GoDaddy. He’s a prolific domainer with a portfolio of over 30,000 domains. He’s sold many of them for 7 figures and one for 8 figures! He own a number of online businesses, including DNForum, the most popular domain name forum on the internet, with over 500,000 members. Book Recommendation “Body Language” by Julius Fast Links, Resources & People Mentioned Digital Intelligence, Inc. DNForum AdamDicker.com…
  • 090: How a Night Sleeping on an Air Mattress Changed Benji Rogers’s Life

    Omer Khan
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Benji Rogers is the founder and president of PledgeMusic, an online music platform that allows artists to pre-sell, market and distribute recordings, music videos and concerts directly to their audience. He’s an independent musician from London, who has been making his own records since 1999. He founded PledgeMusic in 2009 as a way to engage directly with music super fans who drive the bulk of spending in the music industry. He came up with the idea for PledgeMusic while lying on an air mattress in his mother’s spare bedroom. Almost 6 years later,…
  • 089: 7 Proven Strategies for Launching an Online Marketplace

    Omer Khan
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Aaron Epstein is the co-founder of Creative Market, an online platform that lets you sell and buy handcrafted, mouse-made design content such as fonts and graphics. He launched his first software product called Color Schemer when he was still in college and went on to grow that into a 6-figures a year business. A few years later he met his co-founders and combined forces to work on an online creative community called COLOURlovers and eventually went through Y-Combinator. COLOURlovers grew into a community with over a million users. In 2012, they launched…
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    Blogging Crowd Ownership

  • An Interview with the founders of U2Guide

    Erik
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:03 am
    This post is an interview with Eric Mangin, founder of U2Guide, a platform connecting travelers with the local hosts to create unique experiences. The company works with local NGOs to develop the economy with the tourism profits generated on the U2Guide platform.   Introduce your team and your company. The U2GUIDE team is pretty international. Some are based … Continue reading An Interview with the founders of U2Guide → The post An Interview with the founders of U2Guide appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Professional videos without breaking the bank

    Erik
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    The following guest post is by Thomas Escourrou, co-founder of Videopixie, a community of video creators. Videopixie helps people hire video professionals for their projects. Founders often feel like they don’t have the time nor the budget to make videos. The truth is that there are solid options for almost every budget, and by following a … Continue reading Professional videos without breaking the bank → The post Professional videos without breaking the bank appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • 7 Reasons Why Crowdfunding Campaigns are more than just Money

    Erik
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Raising funds is one of many reasons why every entrepreneur should consider a running a crowdfunding campaign. The journey itself promises a variety of rewards for those who put in the time and effort to make it a success. Successful project creators would agree the benefits are directly proportional to what you put into your … Continue reading 7 Reasons Why Crowdfunding Campaigns are more than just Money → The post 7 Reasons Why Crowdfunding Campaigns are more than just Money appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Startup traction stories from the best startups

    Erik
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Ah. Traction. The biggest challenge faced by early startups of all types. Getting traction is solving one huge chicken and egg problem consisting of many smaller chicken and egg problems. The thing about traction is that it will never be straightforward to achieve. Lets face it, starting a company will never be about certainty. If it were … Continue reading Startup traction stories from the best startups → The post Startup traction stories from the best startups appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Your customers hate your product & maybe you too

    Erik
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    We launched RocketClub’s first campaign ‘Earn Startup Shares trying Cool Products‘ to much excitement and a bit of embarrassment last Friday. According to Reid Hoffman, I suppose we did the right thing -we pushed for a launch even though we needed more time. It wasn’t until our site was getting real usage and we were doing everything … Continue reading Your customers hate your product & maybe you too → The post Your customers hate your product & maybe you too appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
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    MAQTOOB

  • 7 Tools to Create and Sell Online Courses – No Coding Needed

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
      Every person is good at something. You may be a great cook, an amazing make-up artist, a marketing guru, or you can simply have a flair for repairing stuff. While you probably think it's cool to have that particular skill, it would be even cooler to be able to earn some money from sharing it with others, right?   When you have a close look at the abundance of learning sites on the Internet, you can see that people are truly hungry for knowledge. Most of them are even willing to pay you for sharing what you know or can do better than anyone else. So why not give them what they…
  • 11 E-Commerce Tools That Are Definitely Worth Checking

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
      Starting an online business is not only a quite popular but also a very easy way of either making small money on the side or earning a living without a 9 to 5 job. There are dozens of smart online store builders on the market to allow any person, regardless of their previous experience or coding skills, sell their products or services via Internet practically immediately. Many of them are completely free, such as Tictail, which charges only if you opt for any of the advanced features (such as custom domain, live chat, password protection etc.). Besides, apart from apps that…
  • Iran: On Scolding Heat, Trendy Hijabs, and Big-Hearted People

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
      Our month-long stay in Iran finished just one day after the historical US-Iran nuclear deal. The night before our departure, many Iranians flocked to the streets and celebrated lifting of sanctions that had been hampering the state's economy for years. The country certainly isn't favored with a positive public image but both my-cofounder and I have always dreamt about visiting this fascinating part of the world.   Our journey started off a bit dramatically since we missed our flight in Marrakech and had to drive south for several hours to catch another plane to Belgium, from…
  • Say No To Ukulele: 6 Terrific Startup Videos

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
      Ukulele tunes, dull stock images, tacky animations, cliché declarations...we have seen that all. The videos we list below demonstrate that it's very possible to stand out, entertain and inform without putting your audience to sleep or making them smash their computers in frustration.   1. TAGPACKER – If I drink 155 shots of espresso, I'm dead       2. ZENDESK – I like it when he gives me the business        3. CHARTCUBE – We design and sell socks       4.
  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Morocco

    Adil Gherib
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
      After spending some time in Lebanon and sharing with you the ultimate digital nomad guide to Lebanon, it's time for Morocco.   I spent a big part of my life in Morocco, first as a kid and many years later as a digital nomad. I know every nook and cranny of this stunning country, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.   It's sort of amusing to write about digital nomadism in a country where most of its southern inhabitants used to lead true nomadic lives. The Sahraouian and some Berber tribes would move between the north of Morocco and the…
 
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    MGeeky

  • Google redesigns iconic logo for the fifth time

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Google unveiled a redesign of its iconic logo, the fifth such modification since the search engine giant started in 1998, the company said in a blog post. The revamped logo, displayed as a Google Doodle on its homepage, spells ‘Google’ in a sans-serif typeface, similar to the one being used by Google’s newly created holding The post Google redesigns iconic logo for the fifth time appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Google now lets you pair your Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone

    admin
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Android Wear watches will now work with iPhones, announced Google on Monday as it revealed the rollout of the Android Wear app for iOS. Android Wear owners will be able to pair their watch with their iPhone (5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+) in order to access phone calls, messages and The post Google now lets you pair your Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone appeared first on MGeeky.
  • iPhone 6S Launch Date Confirmed, iPhone Cameras Fight Back, Apple Welcomes Microsoft

    admin
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the confirmed launch dates for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, details on pre-ordering and retail dates on the new smartphones, the new camera technology in the iPhone 6S, the risky move to include Force Touch, the cancellation of The post iPhone 6S Launch Date Confirmed, iPhone Cameras Fight Back, Apple Welcomes Microsoft appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Samsung Pay is already proving popular in Korea

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    Samsung Pay may only have launched in Korea last week, but the mobile payment service is already proving highly popular, according to sources in the South Korean credit card industry. The service apparently logged 10,000 credit and check card registrations on its launch day, which jumped up to around 80,000 cards within the following four The post Samsung Pay is already proving popular in Korea appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Huawei Mate 7S release date, price, specs and rumors

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:39 am
    Huawei Mate 7S release date It is believed that the Huawei Mate 7S release date will be September 2, and that the device will be launched at IFA 2015. There is still some doubt about what it will be called, but S Mate and Mate 7S are the two front-runners. The choice of name will largely depend on The post Huawei Mate 7S release date, price, specs and rumors appeared first on MGeeky.
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    AfrotechAfrica

  • Apply To Win $50K At The Village Capital and Gearbox Hardware Accelerator Program

    Antwi Gambrah
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Village Capital has partnered with  Gearbox to launch its first hardware accelerator program  in Africa with support from The Lemelson Foundation, The Doen Foundation, SGII, and VC4Africa . The accelerator seeks 12 hardware invention-based ventures  to participate and receive extensive feedback from their peers, potential customers, investors and industry experts, as well as the opportunity to peer-select two participating ventures to receive $50,000 each in pre-committed investment. The program is structured as three intensive 4-day sessions over 3 months with additional remote…
  • Meet Eric Vondee,CEO Of MyHomeTeacher

    Antwi Gambrah
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Most people who graduate from tertiary schools in Ghana to be precise, find teaching as a job which receives little attention and low remuneration compared to other white-collar jobs. Eric Vondee has defied all odds to establish “My Home Teacher” ,a  business organization which operates as a sole-proprietorship. The idea behind “MyHomeTeacher”, is to connect parents who need home tutoring for their children to well-qualified teachers. These well-qualified teachers go to the homes of the parents in order to teach the children privately.So in this instance the school is…
  • Google Brings Android One To Africa

    Antwi Gambrah
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Google is expanding the Android One program to Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt, and Morocco with the launch of the Infinix HOT 2. This is the first Android One device made with their hardware partner Infinix, one of the hottest, fastest growing smartphone brands in Africa. Starting today, the HOT 2 is available in Nigeria at select retail outlets and online through Jumia at a recommended retail price of N17,500* (~88 USD), and it will become available in the other countries over the next few weeks. Infinix  the HOT 2 combines a high-quality hardware experience with pure Android…
  • Youtube Offline Support Is Also Coming To Africa

    Antwi Gambrah
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    After releasing Android one in Africa through Infinix ,Google has promised to extend YouTube offline to Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Egypt within the next few months. This feature of the YouTube app lets you store many of the videos on YouTube for up to 48 hours, so you can watch them later when your connection may be slow — or non-existent. And if you want to quickly re-watch a video with friends without waiting for it to load, that works great too. Nearly one year ago, Google introduced the Android One program and YouTube Offline in India. Today, 6 countries in Africa — with combined…
  • Aliko Dangote To Speak At Demo Africa 2015

    Antwi Gambrah
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The chairman of the local organising committee (LOC) of DEMO Africa, Yele Okeremi has confirmed that Africa’s richest man and chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, will be speaking  at the 2015 edition of DEMO Africa on September 24-25, 2015, in Lagos. The business mogul will be sharing  his entrepreneurship and startup experience with 30 technology startups that have been selected to demonstrate how their products will positively impact the world. DEMO Africa recently released a list of 30 technology start-ups from across Africa that will pitch at the Demo Africa 2015 .
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    Viola Notes

  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Avinoam Nowogrodski, Founder & CEO at Clarizen

    Noya Lizor
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    Avinoam Nowogrodski, Founder & CEO at Clarizen Age: 55 Lives in: Tel Aviv Significant others: Married + 4 Company’s main offices: Regional Headquarters: San Mateo (CA), Tel Aviv (Israel) and London (UK). The company also has offices around the world, including Australia, France, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan. What does your company do and why is it unique? Clarizen is a leader in collaborative work management. It brings together cross-company project management, configurable workflow automation and purposeful collaboration in an enterprise-grade platform.
  • “No Obvious Bugs”: When complexity becomes a risk to your startup

    Ofer Brandes
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    Over several decades of developing software, one of the statements that has stood out for me most says that “There are two ways to develop software: Make it so simple that there are obviously no bugs, or so complex that there are no obvious bugs.” After researching the origins of this statement, I have traced it back to an essay written in 1981 by Turing Award winner Tony Hoare. Here’s the actual quote: “I conclude that there are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other way is to make it so…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Eran Yaniv, Co-founder & CEO at Perfecto Mobile

    Noya Lizor
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Eran Yaniv, Co-founder & CEO at Perfecto Mobile Age: 51 Lives in: Ramat Gan Significant others: Married + 3 Company’s main offices: Headquarters in Woburn MA, US (near Boston) R&D and some Ops – Rosh Haain (Israel) Data centers in US (2), Canada (2), UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, China, India, Brazil, Mexico Eran Yaniv, Co-founder & CEO of Perfecto Mobile What does your company do and why is it unique? Perfecto Mobile provides a cloud-based test lab that enables today’s largest global Enterprises to ensure they are releasing high-quality mobile apps. The lab, called…
  • How Israel came to be at the forefront of FinTech Innovation

    Avi Zeevi
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Having been involved in the world of FinTech for over 35 years, I believe that there has never been a better opportunity for Israel to become an even more significant player in the world of FinTech, which has been an important focus for us here at Carmel since the fund’s inception. The success of Israel’s FinTech industry is already widely recognized by leading global financial institutions and service providers, and the future is still full of possibilities. In fact, the Israeli FinTech industry continues to grow so impressively that it’s attracting more and more entrepreneurs and…
  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Ofer Druker, Co-founder & CEO at Matomy Media Group

    Noya Lizor
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    Ofer Druker, Co-founder & CEO at Matomy Media Group Age: 49 Lives in: Ramat Hasharon and moving to New York in 2 weeks Significant others: Married + 3 Company’s main offices: Tel Aviv, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Denver, London, Vienna, Munich, Mexico City, Toronto Ofer Druker, Co-founder & CEO of Matomy Media Group What does your company do and why is it unique? Matomy Media Group is one of the world’s leading digital performance-based advertising companies. We offer a unique single multi-channel getaway to 8 media channels (web, mobile, video, email, domain monetization,…
 
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    MediaVidi

  • 6 Steps to a Fantastic Website Redesign

    Sandra Giffin
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:18 am
    Websites and fashion have a lot in common. The design of your site will go out of “style” just as surely as fashions will change. This is especially true for startups as they evolve their concepts and try to establish product market fit. You can expect to go through several iterations of your site. The trick is to plan for this and make your site flexible enough to accommodate regular design updates. My startup MondoPlayer is pivoting it’s business model and we are in the process of doing a website redesign with new graphics and new copy. We will be deploying our new site in the next…
  • How you can Learn from Social Media Marketing Mistakes

    Cristian Worthington
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Alexander Fleming returned to his laboratory from vacation in September, 1928.  He noticed a fungus had grown on one of his lab experiments. The fungus had killed disease causing bacteria in one of the petri dishes. He famously remarked “that’s funny”. Fleming had discovered the world’s first antibiotic – penicillin, by simply being observant. While most of the learning we do in our social media marketing campaigns results from A/B testing and careful analysis of metrics, we learn a surprising amount from our mistakes. Social Media Marketing has many moving parts. It’s very…
  • 5 Habits for Successful Content Marketing

    Cristian Worthington
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Sometimes I find myself in social situations where a friend or acquaintance learns about my success with social media marketing and content marketing. I always get the same questions: How do you sell your product with social media? How can I deliver my message on a small marketing budget? What tricks can you teach me about content marketing? People want a silver bullet, a magic solution. They focus on tactics and strategies. Tactics and strategies are extremely important but decades of marketing experience have taught me one fundamental truth.  Tactics and strategies are useless if you…
  • 4 Dos and 4 Don’ts for Writing Ad Copy

    Cristian Worthington
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    I found an ad in my snail-mail today (pictured above). There’s nothing like bad ad copy to make you think! This ad is professionally intriguing, because it is so beautiful and yet so ineffective. I asked several people to tell me what the ad was promoting and I got a different answer from each person. I’ve spent my career writing ads to attract buyers for my startups and these are a few things I’ve learned: Have a Clear Objective Focus on your target. Write your ad copy and then imagine the person who reads your copy has mentioned your product to a friend. What will he/she say to…
  • 3 Customer Service Lessons for Startups

    Sandra Giffin
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Eating at restaurants is a common experience for busy startup people.  Over the past few months I have made some interesting observations about the customer service I have received at some of my favourite restaurants. Restaurants and startups have a lot in common.  They are chaotic environments, things go wrong on a regular basis, they are struggling to find product market fit and they have a short time to impress their customer. 3 Customer Service Lessons a #Startup can Learn at Lunch  #growth…Click To Tweet Here are 3 Lessons I have learned at Lunch: Don’t Serve your Customer…
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    OK, Intrnt

  • Travel The World While Making It A Better Place : U2Guide

    Ok, Intrnt
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    We hear a lot about responsible tourism and sustainable tourism, but we often find that in the developing world, very… The post Travel The World While Making It A Better Place : U2Guide appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Get Worm, Be An Early Bird

    Ok, Intrnt
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:18 am
    As has been discussed around the world in the world of startups, it is getting the first bunch of loyal… The post Get Worm, Be An Early Bird appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • This ‘Rocket’ to propel startups into trajectory

    Ok, Intrnt
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Remember that time when you came across an amazing idea and you thought ‘I wish I could be a part… The post This ‘Rocket’ to propel startups into trajectory appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Crowdsourcing Knowledge For Medical Professionals – Figure 1

    Ok, Intrnt
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    In an age where information is abundant and so are the needs, technology has stepped in beautifully to ensure the… The post Crowdsourcing Knowledge For Medical Professionals – Figure 1 appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Humanizing Help On The Internet – Volley

    Ok, Intrnt
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    When you realize that people use the words “Real World” to refer to the actual world while differentiating from the… The post Humanizing Help On The Internet – Volley appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
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    SnapMunk

  • Tkt.ninja: One Gig, One Day, One Location

    Bit Logic
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you love music, you’ll really dig Tkt.ninja! The site and future mobile app will give concert-goers a way to snag free tickets to local concerts every day. You’ll have to be quick though, so sharpen those ninja skills because once the tickets become available, you only have an hour to claim them before they’re […] The post Tkt.ninja: One Gig, One Day, One Location appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Triplebyte and Their Brilliant Interview Strategy

    Stephen Altrogge
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Can we all just agree that job interviews are the worst? It begins with the resume, where you’re supposed to somehow represent all your hopes and dreams in a single, concise document. This usually results in you including all manner of arcane items, like the fact that you were President of the World of Warcraft […] The post Triplebyte and Their Brilliant Interview Strategy appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Robots in the Workplace – Coming Soon to a Business Near You?

    SnapMunk
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Did you play with make-believe robots as a child? Did you daydream about interactive robots and high-tech gadgets? Thanks to ongoing innovation in the robotics space, those childhood daydreams can now be a reality. Entrepreneurs are creating everything from radiation-sensing robots to robotic pet-sitters. How many of the following robot resources do you see yourself […] The post Robots in the Workplace – Coming Soon to a Business Near You? appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • The Future of Wearable Technology

    SnapMunk
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:32 am
    According to recent data from Statista, Fitbit and Apple were in the number two and three spots for wearables market share for 2015’s second quarter. Fitbit had 24.3% of the market, while Apple enjoyed 19.9%. While companies like Garmin, Xiaomi, Jawbone, and Samsung also had substantial market share, smaller providers made up the chart-topping ‘others’ […] The post The Future of Wearable Technology appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Influencer Marketing Startups Are Booming

    SnapMunk
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    According to recent statistics from eMarketer and RhythmOne, marketers are seeing increased benefit from their influencer marketing efforts. RhythmOne’s analysis showed that in the beginning of 2015 alone, brands were seeing their EMV (earned media value) 1.4 times higher than in all of 2014. As socially savvy individuals continue to realize the potential of working […] The post Influencer Marketing Startups Are Booming appeared first on SnapMunk.
 
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    Techbloke

  • Why Your Small Business Needs an Email List, Right Now!

    Sara F
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Perhaps you’ve heard that email marketing is a thing of the past. But, if that is true, how come every successful blogger that has a large following has an email list? The truth is, email marketing has proven to be the most effective tool in generating revenue. I don’t say this lightly, though; I will […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Facebook Ads for Small Business Walkthrough

    Sara F
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Facebook is, by far, the most widely used social network. With over 1.4 billion people who have a profile on Facebook, businesses need to find a way to utilize the platform and advertise their products. You must’ve heard at least one person saying that advertising on Facebook is unsuccessful. However, the company has recently revealed […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Create a Website for Your Small Business

    Sara F
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    Whether you’re the owner of a billion-dollar company or a local business with 10 employees, your business needs a website. We live in a time where creating a presence on the Web is more important than ever. Whether you have a successful company, a home-based business, sell products online or just use social media to […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Plan & Do Market Research for your Business

    Sara F
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    Perhaps you’ve come up with a great idea for a product or have noticed a gap in the market you think you could fill. The question is, is your idea profitable? Instead of assuming that it is or consulting with a few other people, they best way to figure this out is to conduct market […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Beginner SEO: What Every Small Business Needs to know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

    Sara F
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    Do you have a website or a blog with great content that no one seems to be noticing? You’ve been working really hard for months but don’t see any real results? You’re starting to get frustrated because you can’t draw enough visitors to your site? If you’ve answered “yes” to at least one of these […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Indianbizparty

  • Goodbye Flash & Welcome HTML5 : Says Google Chrome

    Mamta Chhikara
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    Adobe Flash ads to be blocked by Google Chrome and welcome HTML5. Adobe Flash is a multimedia height used to supplement animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Flash is frequently used for advertisements, games and peep animations for broadcast. Used by over 50% of a Internet, a browser Chrome is strictly preferring HTML5 adsThe post Goodbye Flash & Welcome HTML5 : Says Google Chrome appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • How Enterprise Mobility is transforming businesses ?

    Sri Varshini Kolavennu
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Enterprise today is changing rapidly. The way an organization work has changed a lot in the past one or two decades. Initially, data was saved on paper. Later on, with the advent of computers and laptops, enterprises started saving data in them. Over a period, versatile technologies have emerged. The intersection of cloud, mobility, socialThe post How Enterprise Mobility is transforming businesses ? appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Online lingerie retailer Zivame secures Rs250 crore in series C funding

    Vikas Rathee
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Online lingerie retailer Zivame has raised Rs 250 crore in Series-C round of funding from Zodius Technology Fund and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia. Existing investors Unilazer, IDG Ventures and Kalaari Capital also participated in the round. The Bangalore-based start-up which was founded by former SAP executive Richa Kar in 2011,The post Online lingerie retailer Zivame secures Rs250 crore in series C funding appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • In a bid to promote entrepreneurship, Andhra Pradesh government to create 5 startup incubators

    Nitin Kaushik
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:21 pm
    To enhance and boost entrepreneurship around the state, the Government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) has proposed to create five world-class incubators with an investment of Rs.750 crore over the next four years. As part of the plans to put AP on the global start-up map, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu recently launched the “Integrated Risk GuarenteeThe post In a bid to promote entrepreneurship, Andhra Pradesh government to create 5 startup incubators appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • To provide more financial services to MSMEs, Vistaar Finance raises Rs 250 crore

    Nitin Kaushik
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Vistaar Financial Services (Vistaar), a specialised small business financing firm, has raised Rs 250 crore in an internal round of funding from existing investors. WestBridge Capital led the round with an investment of Rs 202 crore. Omidyar Network and Elevar Equity also participated in this round, which takes the total funds raised by the companyThe post To provide more financial services to MSMEs, Vistaar Finance raises Rs 250 crore appeared first on Indianbizparty.
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    MyStartupLand

  • A Guide To Startup Accelerators’ Value

    mystartupland
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
    Startup accelerators are created almost at the same pace as new startups come on to the market. We are flooded with accelerator programs. According to f6s.com, there are about 5000 startup accelerators around the world. 755 open for application at the time of this article. A number that gives everyone, everywhere, an opportunity to access capital to build their dream. At the beginning there were accelerator programs without specific category focus. As the industry evolved, vertical specific startup accelerators (healthcare, hardware, gaming, etc…) have appeared in the…
  • The Basics Of Sales Negotiation

    mystartupland
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    Negotiation is at the basis of every successful sales situation. You can negotiate pretty much everything in life. There are some exceptions, of course. However, most of the time, you might be able to negotiate somehow something. It doesn’t necessarily have to be money, it can also be time or commitment from someone else. Learning the basics of sales negotiation is crucial in both sales and life. If you are running a startup and you are not reading about sales negotiation, then you will find yourself in troubles. I don’t believe negotiation can be taught through a blog post or a…
  • 6 Common Misconceptions About Sales

    mystartupland
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:08 am
    I have been doing sales for most part of my life. I started “selling” when I was a kid, exchanging football cards with friends and trying winning the best deals for myself. I wasn’t getting money, of course, but I was training myself in understanding what a good deal was. Sometimes I won, sometimes I lost. Most importantly, I learnt. I lived big part of my life next to best salesman I have ever met. My mom! Yes, I know, you might be thinking I am biased, but I am serious, she was good. Damn if she was good (and still is by the way)! Obviously we are talking about simple…
  • Why Your Startup Culture Matters

    mystartupland
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    In a world of startups, serial entrepreneurs and crazy funding rounds, startup culture is just another buzzword, as much as disruption and innovation. It has lost completely its original meaning becoming a “must-do” thing, rather than an inspirational guide for success.   The definition states: Organizational culture encompasses values and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization (or a startup).   Although fairly simple to understand, many startups founders fail at creating the right startup culture, simply…
  • The ultimate list of FREE CRM alternatives to SalesForce

    mystartupland
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    [This post is part of the series “Sales For Your Startup”. This time we talk about free CRM tools]   Sales is all about lead generation and the ability to manage these leads through the sales funnel, i.e. your pipeline. To properly manage leads and make sure these convert into a closed deal, tracking activities is crucial. Regardless of how complicated sales is and how most people think about it, organization is key to successful sales people. If you are running a startup, you will be doing sales, my friend, so better get organized and start closing some deals. When you…
 
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    leanmobileapps.com

  • Red Ocean Apps

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:18 am
    I probably use this term too much.  I have to admit, the first time I heard it I had no idea what it meant.  Now, I just use is as if everyone knows exactly what I’m talking about. Red Ocean in its simplest form mean there is blood in the water.  Everyone is having a feeding frenzy like sharks whom get the sense that there is fresh wounded mean in the water waiting for the slaughter.  Here is a better video to give you more understanding. As you can see by the feature image from the beach a red ocean looks rather strange and a bit disgusting.  Everyone fighting over the same thing…
  • What Startup Failure Means

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:55 pm
    I was blessed to be part of a Startup Failure.  Let me be clear.  I worked for the startup as my full time job.  The startup went from being in a garage to being a publicly traded company.   I regretted that I was a part of it at this time.  Yet now, I see the value in the failure. Here is something that speaks to Startup Failure. “70% -80% of the startups maybe close to 90 with fail in the first 5 years.” — Paul Ahlstrom Paul Ahlstrom is an expert in understanding the root cause of failure.  Breakthrough value proposition is imperative.   Mr. Ahlstrom is the…
  • Why Podcasting is Important To Apps

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m a Podcaster whom has approach learning podcasting in a unique way.  I sought to learn from the best and get a true sense of the word expertise. But this is for those whom want to know how to podcast from the router to the tooter. What is Podcasting? Podcasting is the digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series.  The individual unit called Podcast episodes, can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer. The key part is that podcasting is an easy way to garner the attention of people you hope to serve.  You can build a community of…
  • What’s New With Swift 2

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Swift 2.0  is for iOS 9 & is full of enhancements you’ll appreciate in daily life. Your apps become more essential. New iPad multitasking features makes you even more productive. Siri  can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask. Improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, battery life, and security. The more you do with iOS 9, the more you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. English: Easier Japanese: Yori kantan ni   Swift 2.0 is here, and packed full with cool features to make life for…
  • Wonder Workshop Apps: Dash and Dot

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    I’m a Mac Man in every way.  My less than one year old MacBook Pro crashed.  Yes, I know what does this have to do with Dash and Dot Robots?  Be patient, I’m getting to it.  So I go forward to meet with my Apple Business Consultant to talk about some options and business solutions.  I’m a heavy Mac user so I will probably need a new machine sooner rather than latter.  That said, I noticed this shinny new object slightly out of place in the Mac Store.  It was a tiny object that looked like it had two eyes; Dash and Dot. Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Robot Wonder…
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    Humble Bits | Thoughts about product design and development

  • Introduction to Azure

    Hiren Sharma
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:47 am
    Cloud Services !! What’s the immediate thought that comes to your mind when you hear this term ? For me, it’s the infrastructure that you don’t need to maintain, that’s made available to you like a piece of cake on your plate. Cloud Services have evolved tremendously over the years and MSA (Microsoft Azure) to me, appears like the epitome of Cloud Services. The Baseline Before we go in detail, let’s learn about the Cloud Services a bit. It advocates providing everything-as-a-service, which further can be categorized into three: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS):…
  • Need for continuous integration

    shanky.jain
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:34 am
    For starters, let us first define what is continuous integration. According to wikipedia “Continuous integration (CI) is the practice, in software engineering, of merging all developer working copies with a shared mainline several times a day.”. This basically means that if several developers are working on a product/ application , we need to make sure that the individual changes, or the different changes, when merged do not break at least the core functionality of the application. As the dependency of the application you are working on grows, more is the business risk associated…
  • AUTOMATING JMETER SCRIPTS WITH MAVEN AND JENKINS

    Shreya Goyal
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:06 am
    Before starting with the integration of Jmeter scripts with Mvn and Jenkins we should know what is a jmeter, jenkins and maven. What is jmeter? Jmeter is an Open Source performance testing tool . It is 100% Java application. It is designed to cover categories of tests like load, functional, performance, regression, etc., Whats is jenkins? Jenkins is an open source continuous integration (CI) tool written in Java. It provides continuous integration services for software development. It is a server-based system running in a servlet container such as Apache Tomcat. What is maven? Maven is a…
  • Test Automation of Android App using Selenium WebDriver and Appium

    Abhishek Verma
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:38 am
    Appium is an open-source tool for automating native, mobile web and hybrid applications on iOS and Android platforms. Appium is a server written in Node js. Through Appium you can test automatically your mobile application either on emulator or on real device. Features: Appium is “cross-platform”: It facilitates cross platform testing for both iOS and Android using the same API. Appium is open source. You don’t need source code of app to automate it. How it works: Appium server reads the command coming in from test Java code and executes that command on real device as well as…
  • UI(User Interface)- Designing with Code

    Rohit Kandpal
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:29 am
    It is not just how it looks, it is about how it works It is an old saying- “A picture speaks a thousand words”. But not everyone can understand that language, so to make a design understandable we use code for designing. Code takes the design more near to the real product functionally/behaviorally. As in terms of professional language for a customer “Interface is the product”. So the interface need to be interactive. And for a better interactivity a designer should design a functional layout. And to make those functional layouts functioning we use code, combination of…
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