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  • Starting A Business? You Need These 3 Basics.

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    Ami Kassar
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Every entrepreneur should have these fundamentals in place before launching a full-blown business.
  • Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday

    TechCrunch
    Jordan Crook
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
     Tinder Plus, the dating app’s first step into the wonderful world of freemium monetization, will launch on Monday for $9.99, according to sources familiar with the matter. Tinder Plus includes at least one highly requested feature and a few others that are meant to add broader functionality to the service, which essentially boils down the usual online dating experience into a simple… Read More
  • Meet Tworlds, an app that lets you see how your life compares to a stranger’s around the world

    VentureBeat
    Steven Tweedie
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    One of the biggest reasons Chatroulette became so popular back in 2009 was that it offered a window into the lives of strangers around the world. There’s something exciting about seeing the world through another’s eyes, and while Chatroulette has since devolved into a landscape littered with creepy guys doing creepy things, a photo-sharing app called Tworlds is trying to recapture some of that same magic by adding some structure to the idea of anonymous, random connection. The concept of Tworlds is pretty simple. First you choose from a list of hashtags, or “moments,”…
  • 4 Signs You Talk Too Much at the Office

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    Kim Lachance Shandrow
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Being the office blabbermouth isn't just annoying – it could hurt your career.
  • 5 traits of fast-moving, smart leaders

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The best leaders are able to move quickly after making effective decisions, write Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman.  -More- 
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    Fast Company

  • A Tiny Modular Housing System For Cities Where Real Housing Is Too Expensive To Afford

    Ben Schiller
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Will San Francisco become a city only for the rich? The goal of these parking space-sized units is to stop that from happening.Many cities face a real challenge to remain affordable in the future. They've become so attractive as places to live and invest that they no longer offer basic, decent housing for normal people, and increasingly look like preserves of the wealthy and privileged. If trends continue, somewhere like San Francisco may end up like Zurich or Geneva—a rich man's playground, not the multidimensional place it should be.Read Full Story
  • See Taylor Swift Remixed With Famous Works Of Art

    KC Ifeanyi
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Artist Eisen Bernardo had a blank space for his next project—and he wrote Tay's name.Following the success of his "Mag+Art" project—a series of magazine covers seamlessly blended with classic works of art—Philippines-based artist Eisen Bernardo received a request to tackle album covers next. The challenge was accepted in the form of "Album+Art Tribute to Taylor Swift."Read Full Story
  • First Look: Google's New Digs By Thomas Heatherwick And Bjarke Ingels

    Shaunacy Ferro
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Woah!Earlier this week, The New York Times broke the news that Internet giant Google is planning new starchitect-designed headquarters by Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick. Not to be outdone by Apple's Norman Foster-designed spaceship or Facebook's Frank Gehry-designed offices, the new Mountain View Googleplex will be a series of canopy-inspired buildings that break out of Silicon Valley's boring office park mold. The greenhouse-style transparent buildings are surrounded by running tracks, peaceful meadows, and a flowing creek. Rather than an insular corporate headquarters, Google…
  • Amid Security Concerns, Google Aims To Beat Apple To Your Work Phone

    Neal Ungerleider
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    Watch out, iPhone and BlackBerry: Android wants to be the world's work phone of choice.If you have a job and an Android phone, Google wants to make sure you'll use your smartphone at work. This week, Mountain View announced a new Android for Work program with an ambitious goal: convincing corporate IT teams that Android phones are great for crunching work documents or viewing proprietary information.Read Full Story
  • Twitter Hopes To Become Friendlier, Triples Its Abuse-Handling Team

    David Lumb
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Twitter is finally ramping up its abuse control after getting hit hard by critics. Is it enough to reverse slowing growth?Critics have backed Twitter into a corner for its lax policing of abuse—and in response, Twitter has tripled its abuse report-handling team and now fields five times as many abuse reports as before, according to The Guardian. Will this win Twitter enough goodwill to spur its lagging growth and repair its unfriendly reputation?Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Meet Tworlds, an app that lets you see how your life compares to a stranger’s around the world

    Steven Tweedie
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    One of the biggest reasons Chatroulette became so popular back in 2009 was that it offered a window into the lives of strangers around the world. There’s something exciting about seeing the world through another’s eyes, and while Chatroulette has since devolved into a landscape littered with creepy guys doing creepy things, a photo-sharing app called Tworlds is trying to recapture some of that same magic by adding some structure to the idea of anonymous, random connection. The concept of Tworlds is pretty simple. First you choose from a list of hashtags, or “moments,”…
  • Study: elementary school teachers unconsciously discourage girls from math and science

    Gregory Ferenstein
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on March 6 Pacific! Silicon Valley is a male-dominated industry and big tech companies have spent lots of money trying to make it a more equitable place. New research published this week in the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that the unconscious biases of teachers can cut off talented women in grade school, even before they have an opportunity to join the tech industry.
  • Former RadiumOne CEO making amends

    Sam Colt
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on March 6 Pacific! Former RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal made a scheduled court appearance in San Francisco superior court on Friday where a judge commended his “very good” progress completing classes related to domestic violence and battery charges he pled guilty to last year. RadiumOne runs an automated platform for online and mobile ads. Chahal was fired from RadiumOne…
  • The two women behind the viral dress want to turn it into something positive for girls

    Hunter Walker
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Sarah Weichel and Caitlin McNeill, the two women behind the dress photo that rocked the Internet on Thursday, have a plan to turn their fifteen seconds of viral fame into a win for young girls. Weichel reached out to Business Insider late Friday and announced the pair have teamed up to sell “Team #BlackandBlue” and “Team #WhiteandGold” t-shirts with the proceeds benefiting the Princess Project, an organization that provides free prom dresses to high school girls who can’t afford them. The shirts commemorate the fact that the dress in the infamous photo appeared…
  • Retail could do to health care what Uber has done to taxis

    Tom Greene, Alliant
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    GUEST:Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on March 6 Pacific! Uber, the poster child of the sharing economy, came out of nowhere and managed to overhaul the traditional taxi business in just a few short years. It now has a valuation of approximately $41 billion. Now Wall Street is searching for the next industry that can be Uber-fied. There are rooms full of analysts in search of the next “sharing economy”…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Toward Our 3D Future

    Antonio Rodriguez
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
     If the past couple of years have been about one theme for me investment-wise, they have been about exploring the bridge between bits and atoms with a series of bets aimed to make a path between the digital world and the physical one we populate. And no, I am not talking about ordering a pizza from my smartphone or getting a maid-on-demand to come clean my house within an hour, but rather… Read More
  • Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday

    Jordan Crook
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
     Tinder Plus, the dating app’s first step into the wonderful world of freemium monetization, will launch on Monday for $9.99, according to sources familiar with the matter. Tinder Plus includes at least one highly requested feature and a few others that are meant to add broader functionality to the service, which essentially boils down the usual online dating experience into a simple… Read More
  • TC Makers: We Sample The Goods At The Dogfish Head Brewery

    John Biggs
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
     Beer is my favorite food. That means I was especially excited to be able to visit the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE, a palace dedicated to the production of some of the nicest beers around. Sam Calagione, founder of the company, wanted to make weird beers at his restaurant on the beach. As he got better – and bolder – he began experimenting with all sorts of amazing flavors… Read More
  • The WebRTC Race Begins Today

    Chip Wilcox
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
     As recently as 2012, it seemed that Web Real-Time Communication, or WebRTC, was so clandestine that the technology was a skunk works project, hidden in a back office somewhere in Silicon Valley. It is now an emerging standard of web communication which makes high definition, high resolution, low bandwidth video, audio, chat and peer to peer data transfer as simple as a single browser link.… Read More
  • Gillmor Gang: Temporary Filling

    Steve Gillmor
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
     The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include Microsoft squeezing Facebook and Google messaging out, or did they says John Taschek? Also Google making everything but money on Android; does it all add up to the new Search? And the chat room fears House of Cards will Eat your Weekend. Plus, the latest G3. @stevegillmor, @jtaschek, @kteare… Read More
 
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    Knowledge@Wharton

  • Will Walmart’s Wage Increase Pay Off?

    Knowledge@Wharton
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Walmart's modest wage increase may be a smart way to keep the company's options open regarding future raises, but it may not sufficiently inspire workers, according to Wharton's Adam Cobb.
  • The FCC’s Net Neutrality Ruling: Net Gains, Net Losses

    Knowledge@Wharton
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    An “open Internet,” free of entry bans, throttling or paid prioritization, won the day in a big FCC ruling. Wharton professor Kevin Werbach explains the business implications.
  • When Using Social Media, Beware the Invisible Audience

    Knowledge@Wharton
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    Social media has augmented our ability to communicate, but it has also made it easier to misunderstand and misread our audience — or to be misunderstood.
  • Wake-up Call: Why Everyone Needs More Sleep

    Knowledge@Wharton
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    We all need more sleep -- and increasingly, we aren’t getting it. The consequences go beyond dark circles: Productivity, creativity and workplace morale are suffering as a result.
  • Cuba’s Tech Start-up Sector: ‘People Are Hungry to Work’

    Knowledge@Wharton
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Even before the announced thawing of relations with the U.S., Cuba was developing a tech start-up community that has drawn interest from entrepreneurs and industry giants.
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • The Art of the Business Model

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
  • Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’m looking for people to review The Art of the Start 2.0. If you’re interested, please complete this short form: https://alltop.wufoo.com/forms/sign-up-to-review-the-art-of-the-start-20/ Space is limited, so when the spots are gone, they’re gone! Once the application process is completed, readers will be selected and will receive an email with a digital copy via Net Galley of The Art of the Start 2.0 to review. Thank you in advance for your help. Solid book reviews help a book and the author very much. The post Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0 appeared first…
  • The Story of a Million-Dollar Etsy Business

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Interesting story of how Alicia Shaffer sells $1 million of fashion items via her Etsy shop. It’s fantastic that Etsy has created a market like this–democratizing commerce and crafts! http://www.fastcodesign.com/3042352/how-one-knitter-makes-almost-1-million-a-year-on-etsy There is some controversy about whether her products are handcrafted “enough,” but there are marketing lessons to learn from her success, nonetheless! The post The Story of a Million-Dollar Etsy Business appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • My Advice to 22 Year-Olds

    Guy Kawasaki
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    As I write this, I’m just past the big 6O. Here’s some advice based on thirty-eight more years of living than you have. I don’t expect you to believe everything I say–when I was twenty-two I wouldn’t listen to someone this old, but maybe some of this will resonate with you: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Accepting the known and resisting the unknown is a mistake. You should do exactly the opposite: challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Now is the time to take this kind of risk because you have less to lose and everything to gain. Great things happen…
  • How to Find a Co-Founder

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    People love the notion of the sole innovator, but this notion is wrong. Successful companies are usually started, and become successful, with the contributions of at least two people. Yin and yang, maker and seller, dreamer and pragmatist — call it what you will. After the fact, people may recognize one founder as the innovator, but it takes a team to make a new venture work. Derek Sivers, the co-founder of CD Baby, said it best: “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.” In some instances the first follower is the first customer, but most often the first…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Fund News - Social+Capital is looking to raise a $450M fund

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    Social+Capital's recent investments have included Slack, Ringly, Getable, Bustle and HubbaVenture capital is on the rise. Last year, firms saw their best fundraising year since 2007, and I suspect that things are going to look even better in 2015. Here's some evidence of that already: the Social+Capital Partnership is raising a new fund, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, its largest yet, by far.  The total size of the fund, which will be called “Social Capital Partnership III, L.P.,” will be $450 million,…
  • Uber reveals hacking, 50K drivers may have been exposed

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    The company found out in September, but is only now notifying those drivers of the breachUber has had its fair share of scandals over the past year or so, from reports of potential fraud against Lyft, to the accusations that some of its drivers had raped their passengers, to that whole "let's discredit reporters" thing. So far, none of that has had much of an effect on the company, as it has raised billions of dollars since all of those things happened. Now something has been revealed which may, finally, hurt Uber. The company revealed in a blog post on Friday that, in May of…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 2/27/15

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Iotera, Knowmail, Getable, Xero, Twenty20, Metamarkets, Leankor, Branch Metrics, Silent Circle, Seed stage Iotera, a real-time GPS tracking device that can be used to track a whole host of things, raised a $1 million round of seed funding round led by ZenShin Capital Partners and joined by Crunchfund, Startup Capital Ventures, String Ventures, EarlyMarket and Rubicon Venture Capital. E-mail management service Knowmail raised  a $1.2 million seed funding round led by Plus Ventures, 2B Angels, AfterDox and INE Ventures.  Leankor, a workplace collaboration…
  • Amazon files patent for on-demand 3D printing

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Amazon would have trucks ready to print out items at a moment's notice, ready for deliveryIf Amazon had its way, the company would have drones buzzing overhead at all hours of the day, ready to deliver your packages whenever you needed them. The FAA has had other ideas about that, namely that that maybe should never actually happen, so Amazon has been forced to be creative and come up with other ways to get goods to its customers in a timely fashion. Here's one I can tell you I honestly never thought of: on-demand 3D printing. But that is exactly what Amazon has in mind, according to…
  • Luminate Health's Splash Health 2015 winning pitch

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Check out Luminate Health's presentation on stage and the judges' feedbackAt Vator Splash Health, Luminate Health  took home the gold. Here's the video of Siddharth Sinha, Luminate co-founder and CEO, giving the winning presentation. Luminate Health provides labs and healthcare providers with a first-of-its-kind, digital platform for their patients to access and understand their lab results. The company is a SaaS provider, and is partnering with commercial, specialty, and hospital labs across the US. Luminate Health is also helping these labs satisfy a major new federal rule from HHS,…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Scientists Use Robot Penguins to Spy on the Real Thing

    Steve
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Popular Mechanics has a great story about robot penguins being used to study Emperor penguin colonies in their natural habitat without disturbing them. After discovering tagging penguins with bands around their flippers was harmful—it impaired their survival and the number of their offspring, presumably by reducing their speed in the water - scientists switched to implanted RFID tags. This presented the challenge of getting close enough to the penguins to read the tags - a distance of roughly 2 feet - without disturbing them. The solution was robot penguins, which can maneuver…
  • Cats Drive 15% of All Internet Traffic

    Steve
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Regular readers know we like pet trends. But I admit our coverage has been slanted towards dogs, mostly because I like dogs.  But cats are more popular with online audiences. In fact, according to Bloomberg's The Magazine Trying to Bring the Web's Cat Obsession Offline, cats drive almost 15 percent of all Web traffic. There are also about 30 million Google searches per month for the search term “cat". Despite cats dominating web traffic, a few dogs and other animals also do well online. The article picture below shows a mix of animal Internet…
  • The Backlash Against Sharing Economy Jobs

    Steve
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Over the past month or so there's been a crescendo of negative press on the sharing economy, with sharing economy jobs being the primary target. The negative press tends to focus on Uber, which has established itself as the company everyone - except Uber users - hates due to their rough and tumble business practices. Adding to the negative press is a growing litany of complaints by sharing economy "providers", which is the industry's term for their workers. The vast majority of providers are independent contractors. A few examples of negative press include: Former labor…
  • Smartwatches Forecast to Drive Wearable Computing Market

    Steve
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    BI Intelligence has released their wearable computing forecast to 2020 and they are very bullish on smartwatches.   As the chart below shows, BI Insider is forecasting that wearable computer shipments will grow 22% per year on average through 2020, reaching 235 million units shipped in that year. Smartwatchs will drive a big chunk of this growth and will make up 52% of total wearable computing shipments in 2020. BI Insider is especially bullish on Apple's smartwatch. They're forecasting Apple will ship 15 million units this year, growing to over 40 million shipped…
  • Small Businesses Turn to Their Accountants & Each Other for Advice

    Steve
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Barlow Research Associates is an analyst firm that works with banks to help them better understand the needs of small businesses. According to one of their recent surveys, small business owners turn to a number of sources for advice and as the chart below shows, accountants are their first choice. We were somewhat fascinated that the survey asked about Google. Surveys have traditionally asked about turning to the Internet for advice. Kudos to Google for developing their brand to the point where people think of turning to Google for advice instead of what they really do - pointing to places…
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    Ben Parr: Captivology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • Color Controversy: The Science of Why #TheDress Has Captivated Our Attention

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

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

    Ben Parr
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Tweet “Throughout the book, Parr keeps readers engaged, amused and focused, proving that the science of Captivology works.” ~ Success Magazine “Parr gets it: To succeed in a world where attention is scarce, captivating audiences at every level is a skill that everyone needs. Captivology will show you how to capture other people's attention, whether you are teacher, entrepreneur, musician, or simply a dreamer with a big idea.” ~ Adam Braun, New York Times bestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil Buy Your Copy of Captivology! Order Here
  • Watch Bill Gates Try to Explain the Internet to David Letterman in 1995

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

    Ben Parr
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Tweet Yesterday, I hopped on CNBC to talk about TMZ’s new iPhone on Closing Bell. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t buying it. Check out the video:  
 
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    Mixergy

  • Mentor Night Series: How John Ellis successfully created “a Pinterest for dudes”

    Andrew Khalili
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About John Ellis 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 Mentor Night Series:…
  • How a Mixergy Premium Member built a company selling copper moonshine stills – with Kyle Brown

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

    ArieSaint
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Brian Casel was billing by the hour and chained to his business. “I’d just kind of fell into this rut of living project-to-project, billing by the hour, and just feeling like I didn’t have freedom or the ability to scale up and build something that was larger,” says Brian, Mixergy Premium member and founder of Restaurant Engine. He remembers one time when he prequalified a client and went through the discovery process, and then the client changed his mind. “By the end of it, I think I had spent 40 or 50 hours, not getting paid for anything,” says Brian. “He flaked out.”…
  • How do you launch a physical product from an idea? – with Angela Newnam

    Andrew Khalili
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Angela Newnam 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 do you launch a…
  • How Cheezburger founder’s inner chatter affected his company (before he turned things around) – with Ben Huh

    Andrew Khalili
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Ben Huh 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 Cheezburger…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Byron Hebert and Andy Ray

    The Businessmakers Radio Show -
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Byron Hebert, CPA, and Andy Ray team up to demonstrate a model designed to help business owners get results in areas like sales growth, improved profitability, cash flow, customer service and product innovation.
  • School of Business 2/28/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that is built for business and for BusinessMakers. We love the people willing to work for it and build it themselves. Includes: our Quote of the Week—more truth from American journalist Brian Williams; This Week in Business History includes March 2nd (Remember the Alamo!), the debut of Time Magazine and the USFL; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • Jonathan Levine - Jonathan's The Rub

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    He thought he’d be a commodities trader, but his real passion was food. For the last 30 years, he has owned operated and cooked in restaurants—since 2000, he’s done that in Houston. Leisa interviews Jonathan Levine, chef and founder of Jonathan’s The Rub. Since he grew up in the Bronx, he loves Italian food. But, being in Houston, there’s also burgers and fries and, oh, so much more!
  • Women Mean Business - Allie Danziger

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Do little girls dream of becoming PR professionals? Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Allie Danziger, the president and founder of Integrate, a media agency.
  • Ross Baird - Village Capital

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Russ visits with Ross Baird, founder and executive director of Village Capital. Baird seeks to support for-profit companies that want to solve problems or otherwise make a positive impact on the lives around them. His managed capital fund invests on behalf of institutions, foundations and investors who want to invest in things they value.
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    Bplans Blog

  • Top 15 Tips to Be a More Successful Young Leader

    Paula Green
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    The best way to become a more successful young leader is to disregard it as your goal and focus on your learning journey. That includes a combination of your everyday experience at work, with experiences of your own making. I started my career as an intern in Colgate-Palmolive and was eventually promoted to a position... The post Top 15 Tips to Be a More Successful Young Leader appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 3 Strategies to Inspire Your Social Media Marketing

    Nick Rojas
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Social media has become one of the most important outreach and marketing channels available to brands, which in turn means that it’s important to have a social media strategy as a core part of your overall marketing plan. Social media channels offer businesses a cost-effective way to promote their companies, to increase brand awareness, and... The post 3 Strategies to Inspire Your Social Media Marketing appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Manage Labor Costs for Your New Restaurant

    Ezra Adler
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Whether you’re about to open a restaurant or have been running your place for a few months already, there’s no doubt that the process will be expensive. Alongside food and beverages, labor is one of the most costly factors in the equation, but cutting wages isn’t the answer. While you have a limited budget, you... The post How to Manage Labor Costs for Your New Restaurant appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded [Webinar]

    Jonathan Michael
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    You made the leap. You’ve taken the steps to start your own business, and it’s more than just an idea. There’s only one problem: you don’t have the capital you need to get it off the ground or take it to the next level. You need investors. When it comes to pitching your business, you... The post 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded [Webinar] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 4 Secrets of Successful Business Owners

    Ryan James
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Have you ever wondered how some entrepreneurs and business owners seem almost superhuman, that everything they touch and do practically turns to gold? Take Richard Branson for example. He started Virgin in 1970 and has built numerous businesses across multiple industries over the last 35 years. A company that stands for excitement, uniqueness, and more... The post 4 Secrets of Successful Business Owners appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Tech Cocktail

  • 3 Easy Ways to Create an App with No Experience

    Mehul Rajput
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    App development isn’t as hard as it was in the past. Business owners who want to get into the mobile space can make an app and test it too using app-building tools available on the market. While technical know-how is important to make a killer app, these platforms just help make the job a lot easier for you, increasing the speed of the development process. Most importantly, the platforms can be used to learn app development and come in handy for particular niche app development, even if you are looking to build social media apps. Here is a look at three tools that can do wonders for…
  • 5 Secrets of Making a Creative Video

    Yoav Vilner
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    With the video craze only getting crazier, there’s more and more stiff competition to make sure yours gets the attention you know it deserves. As more and more creative videos show up diversifying the web, you’ll need to step up your video production game in order to get your voice heard. Videos are great for marketing and promotion, product demonstrations, and pure entertainment. With so many purposes your creativity will help your video stand out in any circumstance. These are the secrets of the professionals: use their creatively surged ideas to help effectively implement your creative…
  • 6 Unusual Hobbies Can Make You a Better IT Professional

    Tim Cannon
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image credit: Flickr/Paul Stein After a long day of work, what do you do with your free time? Catch up on the latest tech trends, busy yourself with reading books on the secrets of successful tech startups, teach yourself new skills that could help you advance in the office? You probably do these things to help boost your performance, land that promotion, or gain the raise you’ve been promised. While these activities can be helpful, picking up hobbies unrelated to your tech job could do just as much to enrich your career. In a small study in April 2014 in the Journal of Occupational and…
  • 7 Free Tools to Keep Your Startup WorkFlow Organized

    Camila Souza
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Workflow management, a strategy for automating business processes, is a powerful tool for effective collaboration. Companies looking to be more productive increasingly seek tools that enable a more organized workflow for their creative processes. The benefits of creating an organized workflow include: Keeping your team focused Managing time and prioritize important tasks with your team Keeping communication open for your entire team There are many tools available to help you create an organized and effective workflow. We created a list of our top free softwares to help your team be…
  • Make the Most of Your Time: Subcontract Social Media Management

    Diogo Costa
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Time goes by quickly when you’re spending it on social media. On the other hand, no matter how much time you spend trying to manage your company’s social networks, the results may not be as good as you hoped for. Time is an important factor in social networks – businesses do not like to spend much time on it, but expect that users will. Here are three reasons why social media management should be subcontracted, leading to better results and less frustrations and wasted time. Managing social networks is time consuming According to statistics released by Hubspot, the…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • 'Sorry To Intrude, But Can I Get Some Customer Service Over Here?'

    Micah Solomon
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Quick question: is there any chance that your business is giving customers the nasty feeling that they don’t belong in your workspace? Are there ways that you, your business, your employees may be making your customers feel ignored, feel unimportant, feel that they could shop or stay or contract or get their goods manufactured pretty much anywhere interchangeably? A feeling that the customer’s patronage doesn’t mean that much to you–with the result that you aren’t, for that matter, going to mean that much to them either.
  • Weighting Down UK-Listed Oil and Gas Shares

    Gaurav Sharma
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Using Brent as a global proxy benchmark, we find that the oil price continues to skate around $60 per barrel. That’s a far cry from $115 we saw last summer. So after two months into the not so New Year, and having received the latest financial data from many UK-listed oil and gas companies, it is worth revisiting or rather re-weighting their share target price.
  • Helping Small Business Lenders Up Their Game

    Anne Field
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The Small Business Finance Collaborative aims to help Community Development Financial Institutions supply more credit to small companies in low-wealth areas.
  • Top 10 SBA Loan Lenders

    Anne Field
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
  • Playing 'Pass The Parcel' On Corporate Governance

    Dina Medland
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:35 pm
    In the current UK business landscape, efforts to create the right ethos of corporate governance through the use of principles-based codes as well as regulation brings several traditional children's games to mind. One is that old favorite - musical chairs, as revolving doors lead from one sector to another. But there's also 'Pass the Parcel' - when the music stops, whoever is holding that parcel is 'out.'
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Add Real Value To Your Startup With A Financial Model

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you think that financial modeling for a new business is arcane magic, limited in value to financial wizards and professional investors, then you have been listening to the wrong advisors. In reality, a simple Excel spreadsheet model customized around your assumptions can save you hours and avoid a wasted expense in validating alternative vendor and marketing decisions. The way to start is with a sample financial model, freely available from many sources on the Internet, such as this one from Entrepreneur. Another alternative is to build one yourself, starting with a few formulas to…
  • 10 Tips For Managing Entrepreneur Startup Overload

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by the workload and stress of starting their company. Then there are the additional challenges of balancing the demands of family and friends. Having too much on your plate can turn your dream into a nightmare. Some people will tell you to just get a bigger plate, meaning hire some help. But with the pressures of the economy, and limited access to outside funding, we all know this isn’t always possible or appropriate. I recommend the opposite, or getting things off your plate that shouldn’t be there…
  • How Smart Entrepreneurs Make Innovation Look Easy

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Why do a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, seem to come up with all the real innovations, while the majority of business leaders seem stuck in the rut of linear thinking? I have always wondered if innovation required some rare gene mutation, or whether I might be missing a simple formula for unlocking the ability in any intelligent business person to innovate. While searching for an answer, I was excited by a new book, “The 4 Lenses of Innovation,” from Rowan Gibson, one of the most recognized thought leaders in business innovation. According to Gibson, you don’t have to…
  • 10 Business Courses You May Have Missed In School

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    I’m sure that every one of us who has been out in the business world for a few years can look back with perfect hindsight and name a few college courses that we should have taken. What’s more disconcerting to me is that I can name a few that aren’t usually even offered, resulting in more than a few students graduating ill-prepared for the real business world! I won’t even try to cover here the ones you didn’t find for your personal life, like managing personal finances and credit. But on the business side, here is my list of useful courses that we wish existed, but as far as I know,…
  • Large Corporations Fail To Innovate Like Startups

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Large corporations and conglomerates, the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have lost their edge and their image. They have proven themselves unable to innovate, and they have lost more jobs than they create. My friends who “grew up” with lifetime careers in General Motors, Exxon Mobil, or even IBM, are now often too embarrassed to even mention it. On the other hand, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. We can all aspire to grow companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple, which have the aura of fun, while still improving your lifestyle and offering the dream of…
 
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    Presentation Zen

  • The key to storytelling is in the giving, not the getting

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

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

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

    Garr
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    In September of this year, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern presentations. The 15-minute talk can be viewed below. The title of the talk is "10 Ways to Make Better Presentations: Lessons from Storytellers." But as I say early in the presentation, perhaps a better subtitle would be "Lessons from watching too many Pixar films." Below the video I list the ten (actually eleven) lessons. It's not an exhaustive list by any means. But it's a start. (Link on YouTube.)(1) Turn off the computer.Most people open a…
  • Bill Murray on storytelling

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

  • Holy Cow…! Over 20,000 Copies of Great Demo!

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

    Peter E. Cohan
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    “Learn the demo…” the group of newly hired presales folks are told, “and when you think you’re ready, we’ll have you present the demo back to us.  If you do well, you’ll be certified and ready to start presenting to customers.”  What’s wrong with this picture?It’s a terrific approach if all customers are exactly the same – otherwise, it forces the tyranny of a one-size-fits-all demo upon a broad range of customers, ignoring the specifics of their situations.Would one size and style of shoe fit all feet?  (“Gentlemen, I invite you to contemplate your…
  • Great Demo! – DemoChimp Webinar

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Avoid the Tyranny of One-Size-Fits-All Demos!  The recording is now available from the brief, but surprisingly compelling Great Demo! overview along with the balance of the webinar delivered with the folks at DemoChimp on February 19:  http://bit.ly/1AUUt37  
  • How Much Demo Do You Need? (“Just the right amount, please…”)

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

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

  • Top 7 Unrestricted Cash Awards in Business Plan Competitions

    kathykormanfrey
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Business plan competitions are booming. It’s a great way to bring visibility and momentum to your start-up. Even if you are not a winning company, a judge or attendee may see and like your idea and want to collaborate as a mentor, investor, or partner. There are actual tales of this happening, so get out there!   Important: What do you want beyond exposure and momentum? Do you want an investor? What business services do you want or need? This is why – below – the top contests, in order, that offer unrestricted cash prizes as a part of their contest. Some contests list a large…
  • Entrepreneurship Educators Need to be Rewarded too!

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

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

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

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

  • High Fidelity Finds Funding For Virtual Worlds

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    San Francisco-based High Fidelity, a developer of open source software for virtual worlds, revealed this week that it has raised $11M in a funding round. The funding was led by Vulcan Capital. High Fidelity is led by Philip Rosedale, who founded Second Life.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Lytro Lands $50M, But Chops Staff

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Mountain View-based Lytro, the developer of camera technology which allows users to refocus pictures, even after they have been taken, has raised $50M in a new funding round---but also severely cut back its staff. The funding came from GSV CApital, along with Allen & Co.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • TrialPay Acquired By Visa

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Mountain View-based TrialPay, a developer of software that helped online merchants increase their sales using incentives and payments to consumers, has been acquired by Visa, Visa announced Friday. Financial details of the investment were not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Exablox Finds $16M For Network Attached Storage

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Sunnyvale-based storage appliance maker Exablox, which develops network-attached and object-based storage devices, said Thursday that it has raised $16M in a Series C funding. The funding came from Dell Ventures, along with DCM Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and US Venture Partners.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • 3D Robotics Raises $50M For Drone Aircraft Technology

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Berkeley-based 3D Robotics, the unmanned aerial vehicle maker led by former Wired editor Chris Anderson, said today that it has raised $50M in a Series C venture funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Mini Saga #136 – Preconception

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Mini Saga #135 – Preconception Mark was shocked and amused when his three-year old son screamed, “Dad, I suck.” “What?” he asked. “I suck, Dad, I suck” the boy repeated. “Where did you learn that?” Mark asked “Don’t know, Dad. I suck and can’t get out, “ the boy said. “Oh, you’re stuck..” smiled Mark. Sometimes, our preconceptions take over. They can lead to humorous situations like the above or they can lead to misjudgments that can have a negative impact on our life, career or business. Thanks to Marcus Nelson for allowing me to share his experience in the…
  • Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind

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

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

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

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You or someone you know are struggling to see how to fill the gap. The gap I am refering to is the difference between what you earn currently and what you are worth. There is an outside chance that you are in a situation for personal reasons where you can’t positively influence how much ever you try to reduce the gap. I say it’s an outside chance because those situations are rare. It does feel good to say that you are in one of them because when you truly believe that, “you absolve yourself from the blame” for your current situation. You are a victim and you are in a way happy being…
 
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  • The Top 10 Big Data Challenges [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:03 am
    This week’s infographic looks at the top 10 challenges organizations face in capitalizing on Big Data, courtesy of Tata Consultancy Services.The Top 10 Big Data Challenges1. Cutural: Getting business units to share information across organizational silos2. Technological: Being able to handle the large volume, velocity and variety of Big Data3. Cultural: Determining what data, both structured and unstructured, and internal and external) to use for different business decisions4. Cultural: Building high levels of trust between the data scientists who present insights on Big Data and the…
  • Beyond Product Recommendations: Big Data’s Role in Personalization

    Linda Bustos
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:58 pm
    If 48% of consumers spend more when their experience is personalized, it’s no wonder that 90% of marketers believe personalization is “the future” and are making it a strategic priority this year.While an ecommerce experience can be targeted by immediate signals of context like geolocation, clickstream behaviour, site-searches, cookies and campaign referrals, true personalization relies on data to drive the experience. And for many ebusinesses, Big Data is part of the equation.Big Data’s one of several key elements of personalization covered in FitForCommerce’s annual report Let’s…
  • 5 Obsessions Every CMO Must Embrace

    Linda Bustos
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    One trend in over the past few years which continues to impact the success of ecommerce and omnichannel companies is the rise of the tech-savvy CMO, as it’s technology that drives digital awareness, experience and action, and it’s technology that measures the impact of marketing strategies and keeps the CMO accountable. And increasingly, CMOs are responsible for part or all of IT budgeting for digital, and have direct reports in technical roles.In the Huffington Post, our own CMO Matt Dion shares his top 5 obsessions every digital CMO must embrace to keep pace with ebusiness…
  • Why Performance Matters to Mobile Commerce [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    This week’s infographic hails from Radware, and displays why performance matters to mobile commerce.Tweetables1 in 4 CIOs have no mobile strategy Tweet this25% of Internet users in the US access the Internet solely through their mobile devices Tweet thisMobile accounts for ½ of all ecommerce traffic (40% smartphone, 10% tablet) Tweet thisMobile commerce is growing 48% YOY Tweet thisUp to 97% of mobile shopping carts are abandoned Tweet thisThe average online shopper visits a site 6.2 times before purchasing Tweet thisThe average online shopper uses 2.6 devices through the purchase…
  • 12 ‘Supermarketing’ Secrets for Ecommerce from The Grocery Aisle

    Linda Bustos
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:04 am
    There is perhaps no other retail sector that takes better advantage of consumer behavior research and in-store optimization than grocery stores. From circular to layout, from shelf-space to checkout, supermarket marketers are masters of merchandizing.How can you apply supermarketing psychotactics to your ecommerce experience?Loss leadersLoss-leaders (popular, non-clearance items offered below cost in order to bring in foot traffic) can be profitable for brick-and-mortar stores, but not so much online. Loss leaders work in physical shops because shoppers tend to buy whatever else they need…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Where Startups Get Their Money

    Tim Berry
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Where do young companies get money? I ran into this three-minute video over the weekend. It’s a great summary. If you’re not already up to speed on the range of startup options from personal savings to venture capital, just watch this: (Note: Here is the link to the original on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U470xXKfDyE) My thanks to the Kauffman Foundation for providing this, and kudos to narrator Paul Kedrosky, a well-known expert on venture capital.  It does, however, skip over the influence of angel investment, which stands somewhere between friends and family and…
  • Don’t Be Fooled By Mismanaged Data

    Tim Berry
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Here’s another great example of why you don’t blindly trust research. This illustration comes from this Gizmodo post. Post author Jesus Diaz is not saying this means what it seems to say (see his conclusion below). But here you are with another example of how easy it is to get the wrong conclusions, especially when the research is summarized to easy conclusions. Gizmodo author Jesus Diaz doesn’t say where this data comes from, nor does he define the terms, which is fine with me because the data makes the point. And I like the way he concludes: p.s. If you take this seriously,…
  • Q&A: What Do I Include in a 1-Page Business Plan

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

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

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

  • VIDEO: Did y’all know you can share stuff…

    Shaun
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Did y’all know you can share stuff directly to Basecamp from apps like Paper? Resident illustrator, Nate Otto shows it off.
  • Behind the scenes: From Herding Cats to Finishing a Project Together

    Jamie
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    Nate Otto and I made a new Basecamp homepage illustration based on a vector drawing I made in Adobe Illustrator. Initially I didn’t intend it to be hand drawn. I thought I’d refine the vector drawing. Somewhere in the middle it turned into “herding cats”. In the end the spirit of the concept was intact, but the result very different from what I’d envisioned. Here’s how we got to the final idea: Basecamp helps you wrangle people with different roles, responsibilities, and objectives toward a common goal: Finishing a project together. First pass: Basecamp is…
  • Solo

    Nate Otto
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
    About five years ago I consciously willed an art career into existence. At that point I had been working a social services job for about five years. I initially took the job because it wasn’t specifically art related. It was a job I could feel good about — helping people with disabilities — but it wouldn’t tap my creative juices. I had learned many years before when I got a job doing graphic design that being creative at work drained my creative life bars during my down time. This social services job would leave me with enough creative energy to work on my art when I got home, but in…
  • When Disaster Strikes

    Taylor
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Nearly 3 years ago we asked “What would happen if a truck crashed into the datacenter?” The resulting discussion could be summarized as “Well we would probably be offline for days, if not weeks or months. We wouldn’t have many happy customers by the time Basecamp was back online.” No one was satisfied with that answer and, in fact, we were embarrassed. So we worked really hard to be prepared with an answer that made us proud. This past Sunday, February 15th 2015, we demonstrated that answer in public. With one command we moved Basecamp’s live traffic out of…
  • 37 pieces of life-changing business advice you'll have to see to believe

    Jonas Downey
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    We write a lot of thoughtful stuff here on Signal v. Noise, but we noticed our headline writing hasn’t kept up with current trends. So, we’ve started revising all our past posts — you won’t believe what happens next! You might have thought design was about pictures, but what it’s really about will surprise you How to ease any situation by doing something unexpected in 5 minutes Unleash your creative potential by getting the truth in this unlikely place Find out why this billionaire just won’t make up his mind Watch out for these 7 dirty words that are totally NSFW You won’t…
 
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    OnStartups

  • 5 Mistakes Founders Make When Hiring Their First Salesperson

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

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

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

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.  Nathan is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company developing the ultimate collection of software tools and templates for entrepreneurs.   I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for quite awhile now, and a lot has changed—SaaS and social have supplanted silicon as the medium of choice for starting new companies; San Francisco has usurped Palo Alto as the center of the startup universe; and the 280, long a delightful drive to Sand Hill Road, is now almost as traffic clogged as the 101. But one thing that has…
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

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

  • Leaddesk raises €5.5 Million Series A

    Greg Anderson
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    We've been following the buildup of Helsinki-based Leaddesk for some time now. Starting in 2010 by building modern software for European call centers they've seen good growth by building cloud-based callcenter services focused on the needs for salespeople to get deals done over the phone. After seeing after seeing over 1,000% growth back in 2013, they've now raised their first round, a €5.5 million Series A led by Dawn Capital as well as participation by Finnish Industry Investment. Out of Europe's one million call agents, Leaddesk has hit 5,000 agents in more than 15 countries, who make…
  • Finnish travel app CreateTrips closes €1.4 Million in seed

    Greg Anderson
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:25 am
    Everything travel is going mobile, and Finnish startup CreateTrips is picking up users and travel bloggers for their nicely-designed iOS-based smart trip planner. Users can build guides to share with friends, as well as browse a large library of mobile travel guides curated by travel-related businesses and over 300 professional travel bloggers. The company raised an "early seed" of $600,000 in June 2014, and a late seed of $800,000 in January 2015, which they've now announced. The new round was led by Butterfly Ventures, with participation from S3, angel investors, and previous backer…
  • Blueberry Wall connects long distance relationships through printed photos

    Greg Anderson
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:53 am
    The age of the Internet of Things is upon us, and nowadays nearly any noun can be found on a crowdfunding platform with the ability to connect it to the internet. You might think it would be tough to throw the world wide web into printed framed photos, but Patrik Koze and Kaviraj Murugesan in Tartu, Estonia sees an opportunity in long distance relationships. Blueberry Wall looks like your standard picture - a block of nine frames laid out in squares like what the Instagram generation would print out and hang on their wall. But behind it is a little more tech - through Blueberry Wall's app,…
  • Shark Punch's Playfield raises €1.2 Million

    Greg Anderson
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    When sitting down at the Shark Punch office at the time of our last article, we spoke at length about how the game industry is rapidly changing thanks to the rise of alpha launched games - works in progress that have enough content for gamers to get a feel for the game but still early enough to see the game progress and help shape the direction. With momentum behind Steam's Greenlight program it seems like there's no going back to polished 1.0 game launches, and if you engage your audience correctly you can build a $2.5 billion dollar company, like Minecraft's rise from alpha. While moving…
  • A Good Sign: Corporates Joining The Startup Game

    Dmitri Sarle
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    For years there has been a great divide between startups and corporates. Many big companies had internal R&D departments and would never consider that working with, acquiring or purchasing from startups would make their business better. At the same time, startups saw corporates as giants that are hard to reach or to work with. Both were somewhat afraid to reach out. Thankfully, the times are changing, and this year we saw a lot of activity in the Nordics and Finland specifically, where larger corporations started to notice startups and figure out ways of working with them. One case that we…
 
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for VoterGen – A New Generation of Voter Rising

    public
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Company / App Name: VoterGen – A New Generation of Voter Rising http://votergen.com Twitter – twitter.com/votergenapp What does it do? VoterGen is a voting and opinion-sharing app. It provides people with a quantifiable voice in cultural issues important to them. Through the VoterGen app, users will have the ability to cast +1 or -1 votes directed at public figures. Why do we need it? There is lots of chatter on social media channels, however none quantify public opinion towards celebrities and public figures. Who is it for? Anyone can download the free app and register as a user.
  • Pitch for GetSmily

    public
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Company / App Name: GetSmily https://www.getsmily.com Twitter – getsmily What does it do? GetSmily’s software allows companies to measure the emotional engagement of their stakeholders (customers, partners, visitors) right from their websites thanks to a widget collecting user feedback and web analytics. Why do we need it? Companies are often looking at their customers like data points; we believe organisations should be more human in their interaction with their stakeholders. Who is it for? – What makes it stand out from the crowd? Our positive attitude and willingness to bring…
  • Pitch for Peplaunch

    public
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Company / App Name: Peplaunch http://pepnest.com/peplaunch/ Twitter – pepnest What does it do? Peplaunch helps you launch your own startup without quitting your job. We create a landing page of your idea, promote it in front of targeted communities and acquire interested customers. Why do we need it? After this program, you will have an early set of interested customers, and enough confidence to build the actual product or start offering the service. You can either bootstrap or apply to accelerators. Who is it for? Peplaunch is for anyone who wants to start up but don’t have…
  • Pitch for Coinigy

    public
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    Company / App Name: Coinigy https://www.coinigy.com Twitter – Coinigy What does it do? Coinigy brings Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency investment to the masses. Why do we need it? Combining powerful tools for both the casual investor and die-hard day-trader, we make it dead simple for anyone to open a brokerage account and tap into the exploding cryptocurrency markets. Who is it for? – What makes it stand out from the crowd? Our custom API, partnerships with exchanges, real-time trading capabilities and an absolutely insane number of predictive and analytical features available to every…
  • Pitch for Zenshifts

    public
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    Company / App Name: Zenshifts https://www.zenshifts.com/ Twitter – zenshifts What does it do? Zenshifts lets you create your staff weekly roster within minutes, from your phone, tablet or computer. Share the roster with your staff through email, SMS messages and mobile apps. Why do we need it? •Without a roster system it is time consuming to plan rosters that optimise staff hours and keep costs to a budget •It is difficult to avoiding roster conflicts where staff are unavailable Who is it for? – What makes it stand out from the crowd? Our company culture and commitment to…
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • Competition Myth @PeterThiel @ISI | #Conformity Kills | #students #highered

    David J. Miller
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Was fortunate to have one of our GMU School of Business supporters send us a really strong piece by Peter Thiel at The Intercollegiate Review on being true to oneself and your own vision of truth/value rather than that of those around you. The article is a strong indictment of conformity and mediocrity across a whole host of areas — both micro and societal — and the dangers it presents. Good read for students and others trying recharge and find a truer, self-defined path. (Hint of Earl Nightingale in the article — wonder if Thiel is familiar with The Strangest Secret)…
  • WSJ On What College Can Teach Aspiring Entrepreneurs #highered

    David J. Miller
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A nice, thorough piece by Anna Prior of the Wall Street Journal on what aspiring entrepreneurs can gain through their choice and management of their college experience. From the WSJ: Going to college and starting a business can be expensive propositions. Business owners loaded with student debt may end up in a big financial hole—their families may have tapped out their resources helping to pay for school, leaving them unable to contribute to the business, and the entrepreneurs themselves may face a tough time qualifying for traditional business loans or other types of financing. That’s…
  • Does the Campus Play a Role in the Creation of High Growth Student Startups? #Hackedu #Dissertation @GeorgeMasonU

    David J. Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    I am in the final weeks of finishing my dissertation. My research question investigates the role the campus plays in the opportunity recognition and startup processes of high growth ventures created by students at US universities and colleges. From Microsoft, Nike, and Dell to WordPress, Groupon, and Under Armour, many innovative and world changing firms have been conceived in the minds of students on the campuses of US universities and colleges. My data suggests that the campus does play an important role and that in recent years entrepreneurship infrastructure on campus have had an…
  • @TechCrunch Highlights Growth of Midwest Innovation Economy (And Case’s Rise of the Rest)

    David J. Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Beyond being born and raised in Chicago and spending many years on campuses in the Midwest (BA, MBA), I worked in the tech community during the Internet Bubble and love the Midwest’s continued growth. That said, the optimistic story in TechCrunch by Jonathan Shieber, seems to be a throwback to 15 years ago with the added focus on Case’s idea of the ‘rise of the rest.’ (BTW, we were the Silicon Prairie back then — Divine Interventures, May Report, Halo – Starbelly, etc) As the most populous city in the region, it’s no surprise that Chicago is the fastest…
  • Thiel’s 7 Keys to Market Creating Innovation (Blue Ocean Anyone?)

    David J. Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Peter Thiel, one of the ‘great’ wizards of Silicon Valley has some mortal elements Peter Thiel back in the days of PayPal as he too has written a book and gone on a speaking and interview tour. Zero to One, by Thiel (with Blake Masters), has many interesting insights and thoughts and Steve Denning of Forbes does a nice job covering the book. From Denning: In his book, Zero to One, serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel offers seven—sometimes surprising– tools for doing just that. They are what he calls, “the seven questions that every market-creating business must answer.” The…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Teachings as a Startup Mentor

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
    This post was written by Jimmy Hendricks - CEO and Co-Founder of Deal Current, and top-rated mentor of the San Diego Founder Institute.  It was an honor this year to receive the highest rated global mentor award from Founder’s Institute. I always received feedback from our San Diego organizer, Jeanine Jacobson, that my teaching was well received, but I thought initially she was just being nice and supportive. When I saw some of my scores and then received the nomination, I realized I must have been doing something right.  I’ve always known I enjoyed teaching and was able…
  • FI Grad Getable raises $5 Million in Series A, featured on TechCrunch

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Getable has raised $5 million in Series A round fund, which has been reported by Ryan Lawler in a TechCrunch article titled “Getable Gets $5 Million To Help Contractors Rent Construction Equipment From An iPad”. Getable and its Founder Tim Hyer is a Graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute. Founded in 2010, Getable is a San Francisco-based company serving the construction rental market with mobile tools designed for construction professionals and rental equipment providers. It offers free-to-download apps that enable construction crews to track equipment in the field that they…
  • FI Grad UnBuffer Wins Big at SMAC startup day 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    UnBuffer, a 2014 Founder Institute graduate of Bangalore, India, participated and won the SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) startup day 2015 event. On February 19th, SMAC day 2015 took place in Bangalore, India. Respected industry leaders in social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies led engaging discussions with local techies, UX designers and entrepreneurs during the event. In addition, helpful workshops provided training to improve talent and skills in the SMAC community. UnBuffer and its Founder, Sathyanarayana G, are Graduates of the Bangalore Founder Institute. The grand…
  • Is Your Startup Fundable?

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Have you ever wondered what qualities investors look for in a startup to consider it fundable? Benjamin Chong, a partner at Right Click Capital and a Co-Director of the Sydney Founder Institute, has created a three question test to help determine your answer in the article “Three ways to test if your startup is fundable,” on BRW. Many entrepreneurs feel their problems will be solved with funding, but being fundable is very different from being in need of funding. Being fundable is all about your startup’s potential to attract financing so you can grow your business. All…
  • Paying It Forward: How to Help New Startups Rise to the Top

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We once asked Seattle Founder Institute mentor, Dan Shapiro why it's so important for experienced entrepreneurs to mentor new founders. To answer our question, Dan directed us to this gem of a blog post. Below, How to Help Startups, has been republished: "It’s been seven years since I started my first company. My successes over that course have had a great deal to do with the generosity and wisdom of the startup community, particularly in Seattle – countless meetings, meetups, blog posts, backchannels, and a mind boggling number of cups of coffee. Since the very…
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    OnlyOnce

  • Option Grants over Time

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

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

    Matt Blumberg
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ReturnShip Program Today is a very exciting day for Return Path as we launch a new program we have been cooking for more than a year called the ReturnShip program. (Sometimes the name of our company comes in handy.) Return Path has always had a significant commitment to building a strong and diverse organization as well as supporting and encouraging women to pursue careers in technical environments.  To this end, I’m very excited to share progress on our ReturnShip program: after a small pilot last year, our inaugural group of six female returnees will join Return Path in a variety of…
  • How to Ask For a Raise

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

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

  • Techstars Brings the Developer Community Together with Meet-up in Chicago

    Troy Henikoff
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Despite numerous events offering opportunities for companies to pitch and network with other startups, we are creating a night specifically targeting developers and coders to get together to show off their awesome technology chops.  Earlier this month, we kicked this year’s first night of Techstars Show-and-Tech with a group of leading Chicago technologists. In front of a group of 100 or so Chicago technologists, the night’s attendees were introduced to Stylie, an open-source animation tool; new tech hardware that may be a potential solution to the USB hack; The Ropes, an application…
  • Patriot Boot Camp, Presented by Techstars is coming to New York City from April 17 to 19, 2015.

    Sonya Caprio
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Patriot Boot Camp, presented by Techstars (PBC) is an intensive 3-day event designed to engage, inspire, and mentor Veterans and the military spouses to start, innovate, and scale the next generation of technology-focused businesses. Over the course of the event, PBC provides participants with entrepreneurial education and mentoring to help them solidify a business idea, focus their fundraising pitch, and demonstrate progress along their entrepreneurial and employment path. Patriot Boot Camp was started in partnership with Techstars as part of a broader effort to bring underrepresented…
  • The Network Effect: Techstars Mentor Becomes CEO of a Techstars Company — Q&A with Rob Taylor

    Jacqueline Hughes
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    We sat down with Rob Taylor, one of the Techstars mentors in Austin, to talk about his experience being an entrepreneur, moving to Austin and mentoring startups. We couldn’t be more excited to keep him in the Techstars family when he recently decided to join one of the Techstars companies, Pivot Freight, as their CEO. How did you get involved with the Austin tech scene? As I was transitioning out of TrueCar in Santa Monica in the summer of 2011, my family and I were looking to move out of LA and considered a few geographies – primarily Boulder and Austin. My brother has been a…
  • How Techstars Came to Austin

    David Cohen
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    In April of 2012, Mike Dodd and Tom Ball of Austin Ventures reached out to me with a simple email. It said, in effect, “We need Techstars in Austin, and we’d like to help make it happen.” A few weeks later, Mike came to Boulder to meet with us. They helped us understand what was happening in Austin, and why it would be a great market for Techstars. In classic #givefirst style, they offered to do whatever they could to help us make progress and remove roadblocks. Many things happened behind the scenes over the next year and Mike, Tom, and the whole gang at Austin Ventures helped with…
  • Techstars London Winter 2014: The Trilogy

    Jon Bradford
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    Just over 3 years ago Techstars announced its launch in London and in the intervening period, it has gone on to open a further three programmes that includes Techstars Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator and the Barclays Accelerator which has recently opened in New York. Any doubts about whether the European tech scene has hit its stride has been dispelled. Demand to get tickets for the Techstars London Demo Day has been unprecedented and with over 1,000 people signed up; making the event into one of the top 20 tech events in Europe. As a result, a second screen at the Genesis Cinema has…
 
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    Valleywag

  • Revenge Porn Sleaze Craig Brittain Wants His Past Deleted from Google

    Sam Biddle
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Before it was shuttered by the federal government, IsAnyoneDown.com published naked photos of women without their consent. Now Craig Brittain , the site's former owner, is demanding that Google erase anything that mentions his history of brazen, mass privacy violation. That's so cute.Read more...
  • Cherry Magnate Shoots Self in Head as Cops Raid Hidden Drug Stash

    Taylor Berman
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    The owner of a Brooklyn-based maraschino cherry company killed himself Tuesday during a drug raid on his Red Hook factory. After watching law enforcement agents discover a fake wall, Dell's Maraschino Cherries owner Arthur Mondella reportedly locked himself in his private bathroom, yelled "take care of my kids" to his sister, and then shot himself in the head. Read more...
  • Psychopath Who Harassed Brianna Wu: Just Kidding!

    Sam Biddle
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    Earlier this month we wrote about "Jace Connors," a seemingly deranged violent Gamergate obsessive who filmed himself kicking a wrecked car and claiming he'd been planning to attack the game developer and writer Brianna Wu. At the time, we believed that "Connors" was terrorizing Wu out of a sincere belief in the Gamergate myth that Wu was harming "gamer culture." Now, he claims he was terrorizing Wu...for "satire."Read more...
  • Edward Snowden Banned From Reddit During AMA

    Taylor Berman
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    During an AMA to promote CITIZENFOUR this afternoon, reddit moderators temporarily banned the Oscar-winning documentary's subject from commenting. Edward Snowden was forced to sign-in through another account to explain the delay in his answers. "Hey guys, sorry — the reddit mods are being a little weird. My account is /u/SuddenlySnowden," Snowden wrote. "Mods: Can you pull back the ban? I can't post from the primary account. Thanks."Read more...
  • The Time a Cop Pretended His Arm Was a Vagina to Bust a Cyber-Perv

    Sam Biddle
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Sometimes the long arm of the law clutches you with nothing more than brute force and brawn. And sometimes that arm folds back onto itself, posing as an underage girl's vagina, in order to trap and incriminate an internet predator. Read more...
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    StartupMuse

  • Austin Ventures Has Been Dead For Years

    Alexander Muse
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The Texas startup world is abuzz with the news that Austin Ventures has FINALLY died. Dan Primack in penning his Fortune article titled, “The death of Austin Ventures” has decided it is time for the eulogy. Of course most of us have known Austin Ventures has been dead for years – just ask Joshua Baer. When I was an inexperienced 20-something entrepreneur I received my first termsheet from Austin Ventures – 5X participating preferred AND a signature line with the title “interim CEO”. I ended up raising more than $20M from investors in Silicon Valley and New…
  • Dallas Startup Week 2015 • Mar 2-6

    Alexander Muse
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    If you don’t know about Dallas Startup Week you’re either a hermit or an entrepreneur busy building her startup (I’ll assume the latter). If you’re interested in the startup community you NEED to make an effort to show up. Get your all access pass HERE for free. Then visit sched.org to build your schedule for the week. Some of the more interesting presentations/events include: Monday, March 2: 9AM • A VC, an Angel and an Entrepreneur Walk into a Bar. 10AM • Intro to mockups and wireframing. 11AM • How to survive being sued by a billionaire. 6:45 • Phil Romano…
  • Join us for the March CultureMap Social

    Alexander Muse
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Some of you have noticed I’ve been more and more involved with the folks at CultureMap. There isn’t anything to announce on that front just yet, but I did want to make sure you checked out the amazing event Jessica Baldwin and the rest of her team at CultureMap have put together – CultureMap Social: The Arts Edition. Held at the Fashion Industry Gallery, the event brings together Dallas’ most eligible entrepreneurs and hottest fashionists for an amazing evening of arts, alcohol and fun. Here are some of the details: Get creative in Cadillac’s Air Graffiti photo booth…
  • My First Startup Board Meeting

    Alexander Muse
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    This morning I was reading about Brad Feld’s first board meeting where he asks the reader if they remember their first board meeting. I remember mine vividly. It was in the late nineties, I was in my late twenties and I had just raised $11M for my first venture backed startup, LayerOne. The venture capital firm had two seats and I controlled three. They were located in New York so we held the meeting on the phone. The first topic of discussion were option grants we needed to make to a few advisers who had helped me along the way. I had promised the options and they were terribly…
  • How to raise angel investment in 6 steps.

    Alexander Muse
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    This morning during my office hours at Cafe Express I had the opportunity to meet with an entrepreneur who is just beginning the process of looking for seed/angel capital for his startup. He had a deck, an idea, a team and was hoping to get some help finding potential investors. I could have made a few referrals, but figured it would MORE helpful to share my own personal experiences raising seed and/or angel capital. Thesis One: Money Ain’t Equal When we began looking for seed investors for ViewMarket (an ecommerce marketplace for video content creators) we intentionally sought out…
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    Start Up Blog

  • How the technology works is irrelevant

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    There are very few people in the world who know how the thing in the picture above actually works. Yet, there are also very few people in the developed world who have not been a major beneficiary, and even a driver of this complex technology. There is not generally a fear of the technology that makes cars do what they do. Instead we embrace the benefits they deliver and use them in every way we can. They changed where we live, how we travel, our leisure patterns, the structure of living spaces and cities, they changed the world more than anything that came before them. They totally…
  • The culture of the power flip

    Steve Sammartino
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Many of the economic ideologies we learned in business school are turning upside down. What once worked, now doesn’t. What was expensive, is now cheap. What was impossible, is now humdrum. But unless we stop, consider and look, we just might miss some of these changes in what is true. Capital used to be expensive, and labour used to be cheap. Now it’s moving in the opposite direction. We used to think that the accumulation of capital was the key to success. But we forget it was a substitute to try and uncover intrinsic value. Thankfully we are starting to remember money is a…
  • Future Lab – Q & A

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    I was recently asked by the super clever Future Lab team of LS:N Global to do an interview on a few topics including: The New Australian Consumer, Crowd Finishing or Pre- Hacking (a theme in my book) The Sharing Economy (A former startup I had rentoid.com was early in this space), Reverse Retail, and Innovation via Skunk Works. While writing up some thoughts in my note pad, I thought it would make a good blog entry. And then I wrote ‘blog this’ on the first page of my notes. And that is exactly what I have done – literally. It will take some interpretation (hand writing,…
  • The Financial Wealth Ratio

    Steve Sammartino
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:46 pm
    When it comes to money there is a simple ratio which tells us the real story of how wealthy we are. Here it is: Financial Wealth = Passive Income / Earned Income. We should be aiming for a number which is greater than 1: The reason this is such an important formula is that it takes into account the most important and scare resource – time. While it includes money, it goes beyond it. It infers that earning money from control and ownership of assets is far superior to earning money through labour – regardless of how big the earned portion of our income may be. Passive income does…
  • If you think privacy doesn’t matter….

    Steve Sammartino
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
      If you think your privacy doesn’t matter, then how about you do the following: Email me your bank account details and login passwords. Remove the blinds and curtains from your house. Leave the door open when using the toilet. Publish on your Facebook page the links to every website you visit – even those with 18+ year age requirements. Tell me how much you get paid and give me the details of your assets and debts. Send me a copy of your passport, driver’s license and birth certificate…oh and your mother’s maiden name. Share with me your medical…
 
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    Springwise

  • 3D printer makes pancakes that look like diners’ faces

    Springwise
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Add / Remove Weird Of The Week: This is part of a series of articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and niche business ideas we see here at Springwise. 3D printing has ushered in the era of customized food, and without any doubt, the most satisfying use for this new technology is the creation of edible treats which bear a strong resemblance to the eater. We have already seen 3D printed Gummy Men, and now Kinneir Dufort are using their 3D printer to make the ultimate personalized breakfast — a pancake with the diner’s face on it. Kinneir Dufort’s prototyping director Ian…
  • App rewards students for ignoring their iPhone during class

    Springwise
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Add / Remove Smartphone owners, quite literally, now have the internet at their finger tips at all times, which has opened up a world of possibilities unknown to previous generations. Unfortunately, it also means that current generations are more easily distracted than ever before. As a result, we’ve seen numerous apps which deter owners from using their phones at inappropriate times. RodeDog penalizes drivers who text behind the wheel, for example, and now Pocket Points renumerates students who can resist checking their phones during lessons — rewarding them with discounts at local…
  • Call centres replaced by WhatsApp customer support

    Springwise
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Add / Remove In the US, over 50 percent of companies currently provide customer service via social media, and we have already seen Places enabling customers to talk to any local business via text message. Moving customer relations online makes support teams more available and approachable, significantly cutting down on the stress and costs associated with call centres. Now, two new solutions from Germany and India are hoping to help the rest of the world’s businesses catch up — providing new platforms for digital customer service. Haptik is a mobile messaging assistant from India…
  • Virtual reality cycle videos let indoor cyclists race each other

    Springwise
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Add / Remove Exercise bikes may be great for those looking to train in bad weather, but the experience has a number of significant drawbacks for the avid cyclist. Gone are the rolling hills of a scenic touring route, and also absent are any cycling companions to lend a sense of camaraderie and competition. Looking to address this, VeloReality’s training software simulates rides through famous scenic cycle tracks and roads via responsive HD videos. Indoor training cyclists can connect their training bikes to the software during the off-season and experience real resistance, admiring the…
  • Customers choose from bespoke interior designs at a flat fee

    Springwise
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Add / Remove Awareness of good interior design, and the effect it can have on a space, has never been higher — with image-led platforms such as Pinterest and Instragram enabling users to view and interact with trends online, formulating strong, informed tastes. Nevertheless, professional designers still hold a level of expertise and understanding about space and material that the average consumer simply doesn’t possess. In the past, high service costs and a intimidating sense of the unknown will have often put potential clients off from enlisting a consultant’s help. However, a…
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    The Next Web

  • 10 of the best new and updated Android apps from February 2015

    Jackie Dove
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    February has been a busy month for launching and updating apps for the Android platform. The following list shows a huge variety of genres from location based maps to productivity, imaging and even an app that cares about your psychological well-being. Citymaps Citymaps, the social mapping platform, has launched on Android, joining the free app on iOS. With Citymaps, you can create lists of your favorite places and build personal maps from them. You can create a city walk with friends, for example, pinpointing your favorite historical spots on a map. The app also can uncover new…
  • 10 of the best new iPhone/iPad apps from February 2015

    Jackie Dove
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Despite that February is a short month, there’s been a veritable explosion of new iPhone and iPad apps. In fact, iOS users have been kept super busy trying out everything from social networking and games to some awesome photography and artistic debuts. Here’s 10 of our favorites. Vurb Vurb is a handy search tool that aims to consolidate, simplify and make a multitude of disparate results easy to summarize in an easy-to-view card interface. Easily shared cards not only remove lists of links, but prevent you from having to switch between apps for bits of information. Each of…
  • How to master the clickworthy email subject line

    Janet Choi
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Janet Choi is the Marketing Manager at Customer.io. This post originally appeared on the Customer.io blog. Adam Grant, a professor at Wharton and author of the bestseller Give and Take, is a busy guy. Yet he’s incredibly responsive to email. In fact, he’s famous for his inbox superpowers, described in a New York Times profile as someone who doesn’t say no in the face of hundreds of emails a day and is “more reliable than Google and almost as fast.” After the article came out, Grant received a flood of emails from thousands of strangers. When he realized that he… This story…
  • 11 effective strategies for hiring top tech talent

    Scott Gerber
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Technology has become an essential department for any business. And as the rise of technology continues to evolve, the competition for businesses to secure strong talent will become even more cutthroat than it already is. So, how does your business stand out from the crowd? I asked 11 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) community the following: Competition for tech talent remains fierce. What is the most effective strategy you’ve used for publicizing your open tech position? Their best answers are below: 1. Offer Face Time With Your Current Tech Team We frequently send…
  • This week’s best offers from TNW Deals

    TNW Deals
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Another hot week with great deals! Check out the most popular deals from this week below! Code Black Drone w/ HD Camera Thursday was the last day to “Pre-Order” the Limited Edition Code Black Drone, but the good news is it’s now shipping in 1-2 weeks for US customers and just 2-3 weeks internationally. Better yet, it’s also now available with a Crash Pack including extra motors, blades, and more for rookie pilots. The drone is a BLAST to fly, and the on-bard HD camera lets you take sweet footage from amazing vantage points. The Crash Pack will keep you… This story continues at…
 
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    The Product Guy

  • Daily Inspiration in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:08 pm
    More segments from our conversation with Ladislav Bartos  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Ladislav truly The Best Product Person of 2014. What makes The Best Product Personperson of 2014 tick? Getting to Here > How did you decide to become a product manager? About 12 years ago, I was working in a computer training centre in London. One day, a 70-year-old lady came to our centre to learn how to send emails to her grandchildren in Australia. While I helped her set up an email account and explained how to send emails, I observed how difficult this simple task was…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 5 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:57 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… Head of Product, Technology News @ AC Lion New York (San Francisco, CA)Keywords: engineering, product development, wordpresshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1063&lf=twf Product Manager,…
  • Down, Segmentation and the March to Spring Cleaning!

    Jeremy Horn
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, InVision, AC Lion, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.     Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: DOWNexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from authenticity to managing the press (thanks to Colin Hodge) Customer Testing / Curation / Segmentationfrom IRL to validation The Product Groupmeet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers,…
  • Introducing Product Management to your Organization

    Jeremy Horn
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Jordan Bergtraum, lead a conversation around “Introducing Product Management to your Organization”.  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.
  • Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers

    Jeremy Horn
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Steven Cohn, lead a conversation around “Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Why You Need Network Intelligence in Your Company

    Ben Casnocha
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:39 pm
    You want your employees networking outside the company–even on the company dime and on company time. This is a theme we explore in-depth in The Alliance. As a brief summary, we’ve prepared a new slide deck on why network intelligence matters, and how to set up programs to support it at your company. Check it out. Network Intelligence: Your Company Can’t Thrive Without It from Reid Hoffman
  • Book Review: The Path to Power by Robert Caro

    Ben Casnocha
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    The movie Selma, which debuted a few weeks ago, shines a spotlight on Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for civil rights. It’s also sparked a side controversy over its portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson. Some say it unfairly diminishes Johnson’s positive role in the civil rights movement. How many Americans really know the story of Lyndon Johnson? Over the years, several people have recommended to me Robert Caro’s Lyndon Johnson biography. It’s a four-part series on the life and career of America’s 36th president, with the fifth and final edition due out in…
  • “Life Will Take Care of the Rest”

    Ben Casnocha
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:38 pm
    A few months ago, Nathan Heller wrote a fantastic review of William Deresiewicz’s book, a book that argues that elite colleges are bad for the soul. The close of Nathan’s piece makes an important point with a light touch: Beneath [Deresiewickz’s] fury at the failings of higher education is an almost religious belief in its potential. The stakes are, in truth, lower than he thinks. A college education, even a poor one, isn’t the final straightaway of self-realization, after all. It is the starting gate. College seniors leave with plans for law careers and then, a J.D.
  • Travel Reminds You: “This is Just One of Many Possible Worlds”

    Ben Casnocha
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:50 pm
    A few years ago, Alain de Botton wrote a book titled A Week At the Airport, about his time living at Heathrow airport for a week. Below’s an excerpt from the book in Harper’s magazine that resonated. It’s a special feeling when you return home from a long trip and put your head down at night and then think back to the place where you woke up. I remember when I once woke up in a small village in Costa Rica where there was no hot water, I then traveled all day, and by night was lying in bed in rich San Francisco. The contrast in my environments was striking. De Botton:…
  • My New Essay on Lessons Learned

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

  • This Super Cool B-Corp Is Changing The Nonprofit World

    John Greathouse
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Rose Broome, Founder of HandUp is rocking the non-profit world. HandUp allows donors to hyper-focus their donations to individuals with specific needs. This is a game changer for the homeless. Rather than panhandling for spare change, HandUp, with the help of its partners, allows people in need to create a video which tells their story. Instead of putting their handout for money, they can give passersby a card which contains a URL to their video. Donors can then make targeted donations, knowing that 100% of the money will be applied to…
  • Tarzan To The Beatles: 4 Of The All-Time Greatest Business Deals

    John Greathouse
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Some of the all-time greatest business deals involve entrepreneurs who viewed the scope of their negotiations in terms of decades, rather than years. Too often, entrepreneurs negotiate deals which consider a relatively short-term time horizon. This tendency is understandable, as most business negotiations address near-term objectives, such as driving incremental revenue or acquiring customers. However, shrewd entrepreneurs look beyond a deal’s near-term impact. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly…
  • Past Is Prologue: 13 Startup Lessons From How We Got To Now

    John Greathouse
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. In 1862, Charles Darwin predicted that an insect with an extraordinary tongue must exist by observing an orchid which stores its nectar at bottom of long stem. Darwin surmised the anatomical structure of the phantom insect based on the mechanics required to pollinate the flower. 130-years later, scientists discovered X. morganii praedicta, a moth with a freakishly long tongue which fed on the orchid’s pollen. Successful entrepreneurs make similarly educated guesses. By observing innovations and existing market conditions, they…
  • Treasure Your Startup’s Underdog Advantage

    John Greathouse
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Underdogs have a romantic appeal. Western societies relish fables which celebrate the victories of those who were expected to lose. Sophisticated entrepreneurs harness the power of their venture's underdog status, driving their teams to be unabashedly passionate risk takers who refuse to acknowledge failure as an option. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Do not run from your underdog status. Some entrepreneurs believe that they must disguise themselves as a big company to…
  • Sorry Professor, The American Dream Is Not Dead

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

  • Will Your Startup Fail? Here’s How You Can Tell

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    There is an alarming number of statistics surrounding the failure of startups. The Wall Street Journal reports that as many as 3 out of 4 startups fail per year. These startups are actually backed by venture capitalists. Imagine the number of startups that fail without proper capital and funding. Why would a well-funded startup company fail? There are dozens of reasons. Well-funded or not, failing startups have a number of things in common. Knowing what these reasons are can help you make adjustments in your business, so that you and your startup can become successful. No One Wants…
  • Hiring New Talent? Seven Ways To Spot Entrepreneurial DNA

    Contributor
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, authors of “The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People“ and “The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestseller“ As the market continues to improve, your organization might (finally!) be plugging some holes in the workforce and even creating new positions. But as you shuffle through résumés, don’t get too hung up on finding the perfect mixture of background and technical skills. But he most important qualification a job seeker can possess isn’t always evident on paper. Be sure your…
  • Market Like Its 1999 In 2015 – 9 Marketing Strategies That Worked Back Then & Still Work Now

    Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    By Victoria Treyger, CMO of Kabbage It seems like every day there’s a new app, search engine update, or upgrade that marketers simply “must” incorporate into their marketing plan, often at the expense of other tactics. While it is important to keep pace with technological and tactical advances, it’s also important to hang on to marketing tools that continue to prove their worth. Though some of these classic marketing tactics have evolved, the fact of the matter is that they have been working – and working well – for the past twenty-five-plus years. What’s more, there’s no…
  • What To Look For In A Company Car

    admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    For a young upstart, the first company car is a big step. It means that you and your employees can arrive at work in style. You will represent the business and the car must match that professionalism. Choosing your first company car isn’t easy, however. You’ll instinctively look towards the expensive, flashy designs. But, that’s not always the best plan. Every model has its varying costs associated with it and you need to bear that in mind. 1. Design. The design of your company car is still very important. A company car must be professional, sophisticated and modern. The car is an…
  • 5 Reasons To Hire A Financial Advisor For Your Business

    admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Running your own business is more than just a job. It’s a way of life. From the initial concept, through those faltering early days and (hopefully) on to success and growth, a business becomes a 24/7 commitment. But this all-encompassing nature of business means that many successful entrepreneurs neglect to make arrangements to protect their assets and plan for the future. Which is where a financial advisor comes into play. Here are 5 reasons to consider hiring a financial advisor: 1. Protecting Your Future. It’s all too easy for a business owner to be so consumed by everyday…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Anonymous Punishes Jordan Regime For Being Part of the”Alliance Against Islam” Brings Down 250 Gov Sites

    news
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    Arab Anonymous has launched today a massive attack against the regime of Jordan bringing down around 250 ministries websites, Jordan Government, TV and other high profile government websites. Anonymous said the attack were because Jordan is part of the “Crusader Jewish, alliance against Islam and Muslim. by taking part of the US led crusader Jewish Sawafi Nasirit collation, which is fighting Islam and Muslim in all fronts and aims to change the true religion of God Islam with a new form that worships America as a partner to Allah SWT. Here is a list of downed websites WWW.MOT.GOV.JO …
  • Casio launches the world’s first scientific calculator in Arabic

    Gaith Saqer
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Casio the Japaneses company best known for its scientific calculators and hand watches has launched Classwiz serious  the first scientific calculators in Arabic. The ClassWiz fx-991EX and the fx-570EX are also the world’s first standard scientific calculators equipped with a spreadsheet function. The ClassWiz fx-991EX includes a function that enables numerical formulas inputted into the calculator to be converted to QR code. Scan the QR code, and the same graphs can be displayed on your tablet or smartphone. According to T3 “The ClassWiz fx-991EX model features a high-resolution…
  • Wael Ghonim Famous Egyptian Protester Launches in Private Beta Parlio a Social Network for Discussions With Funding from Marissa Mayer and Others

    Gaith Saqer
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    Wael Ghonim has been silent politically since Al Sisi coup in Egypt, his twitter account had around 6 tweets only since July 2013 the date of the coup. Wael was google MENA marketing head when his facebook page We are All Khaleed Saed called for the Egyptian revolution in Egypt January 25, 2011 a revolution that turned now into a guerrilla warfare by the Islamic State in awake of Al Sisi coup his army’s atrocities in killing thousands of Muslim Egyptians. and his continued collaboration with the Jewish State, USA and the west in general. Wael last year joined google ventures and he…
  • AnonGhost Starts ‪#‎OpChapelHill‬ in Retaliation Against the Murder of 3 Muslims Hacking High Profile American Websites

    news
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    In retaliation against the world’s silence specially the media against the murder of 3 Muslims in Chapel Hill, USA  Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Abu-Salha, 19  hactivist group AnonGhost started a new operation aiming at highlighting the hate crime committed against those 3 Muslims killed in ChapelHill because they were only Muslims and said God is our lord he is only one God, the operation is called ‪#‎OpChapelHill‬ targeting US websites . The hacktivist group attacked many US websites including Columbia University ,University of California and…
  • Tunisian Regime Kidnap 6 Members of Hactivist Group Fallaga for Hacking French Websites in Retaliation for Insulting the Prophet Mohammad, Group Threatens Massive Retaliation

    news
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Tunisian regime has kidnapped 6 members of the Tunisian hactivist group Fallaga on charges of hacking French and Zionist websites. The group was part of #opFrance which hacked more than 19,000 French websites in retaliation for CharliHebdo publication of cartoons which insults the messenger of God Mohammad SAWS. The Tunisian pirate party president Salah Kishek said that they group members were not arrested but kidnapped by the orders of NATO and the American ambassador in Tunisia in order to stop Fallaga operations which made the West and Zionist worried because of of Fallaga’s strikes…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The Three Stages of a Startup

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

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

    mark
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Historically, one of the building blocks of great startups has been the presence of a large, untapped market to go after. Only large markets are worthy of VC$. I’ve spent countless hours in prior startups sitting in front of my crystal ball trying to predict how large our market was and when it would start to happen. In the most extreme case of this, my 2nd startup – a company named Hexago that built network infrastructure – was a whopping 10 year ahead of the market. Needless to say it didn’t work out that well. While wide open markets are great, it seems that the biggest…
  • BD is like VC

    mark
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I won’t pretend to be the best business development leader out there, but for a brief period of time at FreshBooks I oversaw our BD efforts in addition to finance (always with the intention of handing it off to someone who actually knows how to do BD…). Here’s the thing with partnerships: We all do them Most don’t work out At the end of the day a very small number of your partnerships deliver meaningful results Now, I’m not saying companies shouldn’t partner. I think partnering is more important than ever.  But having been a VC, I think that taking a VC…
  • Two ways to grow your SaaS business

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

  • How soon should you follow up with people?

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ingrid asks this question: “I’m wondering if there is a good number of days I should wait before I follow up with someone who requests information about my services. I have a brochure that I email out with pricing and package details, and I don’t know if there is a field-tested “right” number of days I should hold off before contacting them again. How soon is too soon, and how long is too long?”   Good question, Ingrid. Here’s what we can tell you. The answer to this question depends heavily on at least three factors. Factor #1 – The industry you’re in and…
  • Is it dangerous to have faith in a positive outcome?

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Every now and again, a topic comes up that just won’t die. You get into a conversation about it with your lover over a bottle of wine, and then it comes up at the coffee shop, and then it comes up in a book you’re reading, and soon enough Steve Harvey’s talking about it on Family Feud. For the last couple weeks around here, that topic has been faith. Mr. Slick Sunglasses and I have been having a lot of conversations about a lot of topics, and sooner or later, they’re all coming back to faith (which seems optional) versus worry (which seems mandatory). Does worry serve…
  • On Learning and Keeping Stuff

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Every now and again, because I am cosmopolitan and widely read and worldly, I run across something that has nothing to do with business that might be of use to your fine self. (Like this one, which incidentally received several thousand votes for a Best of IttyBiz reader survey we ran in 2010. I wasn’t sure whether I should be delighted or offended. I’m still not sure, but I’ve moved on.) Anyway, speaking of moving on, I present you with an excerpt from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo. It seems to me that there are readers of this blog…
  • Should you pay for referrals?

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Susan asks this question via the Request Line: “Should I pay people for referrals? I have a fairly new coaching practice and I’m not sure what the best way is to get people to refer other clients to me. I have a few clients so far but I always feel awkward asking them for referrals and I was thinking that offering something like a commission might be a way to get them motivated. Help?” Good questions, Susan. Let’s see what we can do. Paying people for referrals seems like a simple idea on the surface, but it has a few tricky factors you have to take into consideration.
  • Success Generally Happens After This Part

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

  • A Bumper Week of Google Hangouts | Derek Sivers and Jeff Szczepanski

    Joe Glover
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Following on from the successful Rand Fishkin Google Hangout, we have TWO Hangouts during the week commencing the 2nd March. The First Hangout will be on 3rd March 9AM GMT we host Derek Sivers – programmer, writer, entrepreneur, and student — though not in that order. He delivered a talk for the ages on ‘Philosophy of Customer Service’ which can be viewed below. It will be a fantastic opportunity to ask Derek anything related to giving a great customer experience. Join us here. The Second Hangout will be on 5th March, 3PM GMT. Jeff Szczepanski, COO at Stack Exchange,…
  • Jeff Szczepanski- The Developer’s Guide To Running Sales Teams

    Tanya Bobeckyj
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    The second of two video releases in a day! Jeff ‘Tall Jeff’ Szczepanski from Stack Exchange delivers a talk on his experiences of what happens when you think about and manage sales like you would manage a great development team. We will be hosting Jeff for a Google Hangout on 5th March 2015 at 3PM GMT. Join us then for an opportunity to ask him anything as part of a live audience. Transcript below and slide deck here if you are short of time. ?   BoS in your inbox. Don't miss any more updates! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). Jeff:…
  • Derek Sivers – Philosophy of Customer Service

    Tanya Bobeckyj
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Derek Sivers delivers. Rhyming out of the way, Founder of CD Baby, Derek delivers a unique talk for BoS on the Philosophy six great mindsets for customer service, and how it can reap dividends, as it did for him at his own company. Derek will be having a Google Hangout with us on the 3rd March at 9 AM GMT. Don’t miss out! Transcript below BoS in your inbox. Don't miss any more updates! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). CD Baby had lots of well funded competitors but after a few years they were all gone and we kind of dominated our niche of…
  • Lessons from Rand Fishkin: SEO, Social Media and Entrepreneurship | Google Hangout Summary

    Joe Glover
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    “The days of build it and they will come… they are long gone” Sifting through the unsurmountable mountain of SEO content is hard. And confusing. This week we hosted Rand Fishkin, Co-Founder of Moz and Inbound.org, for a Google Hangout. In conjunction with our Co-Host, Dave Collins of Software Promotions, highlight after highlight of actionable SEO tips was delivered in what was an interesting, wide reaching conversation. This article summarises some of the key points, but be warned, this only touches the tip of the iceberg, check of the full video below to hear more about…
  • How To Launch Successful Products in 12 Hours | Video | Mikael Runhem

    Joe Glover
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    The brilliant Mikael Runhem, CEO of Pergite Software AB and owner of the world’s best business cards spoke at BoS UK on ‘How to Launch Successful Products in 12 hours’. Listen to Mikael if you want new methods to build and test your products fast and thoroughly, and to reduce your exposure to duff ideas. Transcript below BoS in your inbox. Don't miss any more updates! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). Mikael: Hi, my name is Mikael Runhem, and I’m not from around here. Any guesses where I’m from? Mikael: … Sweden! That’s not…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • From Wall Street to Social Entrepreneur

    Jeff Cornwall
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mia Howard- Intrepid College Prep TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post From Wall Street to Social Entrepreneur appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Finding a Niche in a Mature Industry

    Jeff Cornwall
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Matt Tant- Relode TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Finding a Niche in a Mature Industry appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bootstrapping Entrepreneur in the Music Industry

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ben Cooper, Ben Cooper Productions, bootstraps his way through the music industry TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Bootstrapping Entrepreneur in the Music Industry appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Virtual Company

    Jeff Cornwall
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Luke Stokes, co-founder of FoxyCart, talks about building a virtual company with a global reach. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Virtual Company appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Finding a Focused Niche Market

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

  • Uber, SpaceX, Cloudera: Simplicity, Power, Promise

    Jay Turo
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Yesterday, TechCrunch posted a neat slideshow on the nine largest venture capital and private equity financing rounds of the past 24 months.It is an extremely cool piece - profiling seven (two companies on the list had multiple rounds) of the highest flying technology companies in the world.And the emphasis is clearly on the World - as four of the seven companies profiled (Didi Dache, Flipkart, Meituan, and Xiaomi) have businesses focused outside of the United States.The stories of the three US companies on the list, Cloudera, SpaceX, and Uber, are treasure troves of wisdom on how disruptive…
  • Confronting Our Conventional Wisdoms…through Research

    Jay Turo
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Last week, I wrote about the peaks to valleys to peaks flow of a typical strategic planning session, and how without this Breakdowns leading to Breakthroughs flow it is difficult to attain truly actionable projects and to-do's from the discussion.Now, planning sessions run like this are always good, but to make them great a critical ingredient needs to be stirred in.That ingredient is research - into a business’ industry, market, and customers, and into and about the other businesses competing for those customers.Research that goes beyond the "obvious” and digs in and gathers intelligence…
  • Breakdowns Leading to Breakthroughs!

    Jay Turo
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    In my work I often get to lead strategic and business planning sessions and retreats with some amazingly dynamic and thoughtful entrepreneurs and executives.These past seven days have been particularly rich in this regard. Last week, I led a retreat day for the executive management team of one of California's and fastest - growing construction management firms, and on Monday did so for one of the oldest receivable management agencies in the world.These sessions follow a common pattern: A company’s leaders set growth goals, for sales, profits, company value, and/or on a company, division,…
  • Is 80% Good Enough?

    Jay Turo
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    This weekend, I read The 80% Solution – a great e-book by famed business coach Dan Sullivan in which he makes the case that “perfectionism” is a misunderstood and under-reported “enemy” of successful entrepreneurship.Per the title of his book, Sullivan's suggestion to combat this is simple yet profound - just work to get a task / a project / an idea to “80% done and out” and far more often than not that will be more than good enough.Now, of course, the author makes the necessary disclaimers. Like an “80% done right” heart surgery or an “80% safe” airplane, or products…
  • What CEOs Want

    Jay Turo
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    This week, Axial came out with a great report on the challenges and opportunities facing small and middle market businesses in 2015.Compiled from interviews with over 100 CEOs, it is chalk full of great nuggets like:The #1 Thing keeping CEOs up at night is "finding capital to grow their businesses." This challenge has many dimensions - from receivables and cash flow, to commercial banks (in spite of the strong economy) still mostly on the sidelines, to the availability of private equity and other forms of risk capital to fund growth initiatives.Also ranked high on the list was properly…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #7: Startup Advice, Briefly

    Usman Sheikh
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:45 pm
    The weekly practice of putting together this list has been most gratifying. Looking back at the past 6 issues I still think the classification of the posts with tags needs to become better. I have a couple of ideas that I may implement over the next couple of months to make the archive searchable with better granularity. If you have any comments on how I could make this post better please do leave a message or send me an email! Startup advice, briefly This was definitely one of the best articles I came across this week. It is a summary of the startup class which ran in the last quarter of…
  • The Week in Review #6: Founder/Product Fit

    Usman Sheikh
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    My favorite article of the week was on Founder/Product fit. It is an important concept that I have come to understand a lot better over the years. When choosing to start a business, we are making a very large time commitment. One that could span decades, it is therefore critical that we spend the time upfront thinking about the choice before we make one. Founder/Product Fit There is a lot of talk about product / market fit, however many people overlook the more important aspect which is whether there is a fit between the founder and the product he/she is building. This step is usually skipped…
  • The Week in Review #5

    Usman Sheikh
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:27 am
    Another week flies by and we are already done with the first week of February. I am very happy to have included at least 2 – 3 hours of reading per day into my schedule this year. By putting time on your calendar to actively take the time out to read is one of the best investments you can make in yourself! How to Struggle (Well) Umair Haq continues to write well about life and our journey. Lots of his pieces in the Harvard Business Review have been ear marked to reflect on when I am finding inspiration. This piece written on the value of struggle was another good one. Are Élite…
  • The Week in Review #4

    Usman Sheikh
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    This week has been quite hectic at work. With a major project delivery due soon everyone on the team was burning midnight oil. Hoping to start sharing perhaps one mid week post if possible when things settle down in Feb! Launching Billion-Dollar Products (PDF) A well written summary of the book. Lots of insights of how self made billionaires were able to spot opportunities in saturated and hyper competitive markets. Successful startups say “no” Great insights from Homebrew Partner Satya Patel. As entrepreneurs it is far too easy to get caught up in the latest trends, focusing on being…
  • The Week in Review #3

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

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Rescuers spend hours saving dog stuck on iceWITIAnimal control officers were forced to call firefighters Thursday to help save Genevieve the dog when she was found on Lake Michigan.Passerby who likely saved her lifeMore good newsPrince Harry to focus on charity Touching photos of pit bull's trip
  • One of US's most-wanted nabbed in Brazil

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    One of US's most-wanted nabbed in BrazilAPBrazilian authorities said they arrested a self-professed minister Saturday who allegedly molested two girls at his religious fellowship.Heinous crimes he's accused ofMore headlinesObamacare causing tax woesDHS funded for one week
  • Rubber bands make chopping veggies easier

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Rubber bands make chopping veggies easierGettyYou'll want to keep this common office supply in your kitchen at all times once you've seen how it can simplify cutting certain foods.Cooking hack you'll want to shareMore from the kitchen2 delicious, foolproof recipes Your ultimate guide to tea
  • NY towns may secede to join Pennsylvania

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    NY towns may secede to join PennsylvaniaGettyResidents in parts of New York have grown frustrated with their government and are considering joining the Keystone State instead. Reason they prefer PennsylvaniaMore headlinesWalker talks Reagan's legacyO'Reilly faces mounting claims
  • Motivation for deadly rampage remains unclear

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Motivation for deadly rampage remains unclearTexas County Sheriff Police in the tiny Missouri town of Tyrone spent Saturday trying to find out what led a man to gun down his relatives and neighbors this week. Chilling motive police suspectMore in the newsArizona suspect linked to murderOhio man crushed to death
 
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    Xconomy

  • Innovation Hub: Advertising’s New Age

    Kara Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Kara Miller A product, a camera phone, and a sensor. Those may be the essential tools of advertising in the 21st century. Increasingly, we’re witnessing the disappearance of the classic, 30-second ad. Now products are looking to lure us with humor (I’m looking at you, Old Spice Guy) or whiz-bang theatrics (think Jean-Claude Van Damme straddling Volvos). Or they’re just hoping to track our every move with sensors, so they know the clothes, medicine, and cars that would be perfect for us. I spoke about this new advertising landscape with James Percelay, co-founder of Thinkmodo…
  • Seattle Roundup: Live Long and Prosper Edition

    Benjamin Romano
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Benjamin Romano Our hearts are heavy today with news of the death of Leonard Nimoy at age 83, who was Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and so much more. He exemplified his most famous character’s most famous line: Live long and prosper. On to this week’s Seattle tech news. There was new funding announced this week for Unify Square and PlayFab. Area tech executives gave their support to the University of Washington’s computer science expansion plans, but preservationists rallied to protect an historic building that occupies one potential campus site for the expansion. King County…
  • Pixel Velocity Expands in IoT With $10M From Draper Triangle

    Sarah Schmid
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    Sarah Schmid Earlier this month, venture capital firm Draper Triangle announced an investment of $10 million in Ann Arbor’s Pixel Velocity, with plans to quickly grow the company to take advantage of the rise of cloud technologies and Internet of Things applications. Jonathan Murray, Draper Triangle’s Michigan-based managing director, has taken a seat on Pixel Velocity’s board as part of the deal. Even though Pixel Velocity has been around for 14 years, Murray says it came onto Draper’s radar about nine months ago. What appealed to Pittsburgh-based Draper is the direction Pixel…
  • Cancer Agency Leaders in Houston, $111M in Grants Awarded

    Angela Shah
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Angela Shah Leaders of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas stopped by the Texas Medical Center in Houston yesterday at a “Meet CPRIT” event to update the city’s biotech community on the agency’s efforts. CPRIT recently announced its latest slate of awards, a total of $111.4 million in research and commercialization grants, which come at a time when Texas lawmakers are scrutinizing taxpayer-funded programs aimed at boosting young companies. For example, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to abolish the Texas Emerging Technology fund. Four product development…
  • With FDA Nod, Nonprofit Drug Firm Launches New IUD—And New Model

    Alex Lash
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Alex Lash An unusual women’s health biopharma with a very unusual strategy has passed its first big test. The FDA said today that Medicines360 can bring a contraceptive to market. That’s not the unusual part, and neither is the product. It’s an intrauterine device, and IUDs have been around for a century in one form or another. What’s unusual is that San Francisco-based Medicines360 is a nonprofit. There have been other nonprofit biotech companies. But Medicines360 wants to sustain itself through product sales, not donations, and the FDA decision opens the door to that…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • Why You Need to Stop Hating Self Promotion

    Charlie O'Donnell
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    I counsel a lot of job seekers looking to get into the startup world.  Very quickly, I lay out the fact that getting a job comes down to two very simple things: 1) Do you know what you do? 2) Does everyone else? That's it.  If people had a clear concept of what value you bring to the table and lots of people understood that value, all you'd have to do is tweet that you were a free agent and the opportunities would come to you. The only problem is, people don't like self promoting--and that's what they see the second part as.  Tweeting, blogging, speaking on panels--as much as,…
  • The #vcbcc List

    Charlie O'Donnell
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    Two things ain't nobody got time for: 1) That. 2) Keeping track of all of the various criteria and foci of the hundreds of potential co-investors you could have in a seed round. Especially not as a one partner fund.   Given that I often help my companies finish fundraising by introducing them to other investors, I wind up making a lot of intros.  Keeping up with who does extra stage, what defines too early, who will only do B2B, consumer, etc., is a huge pain in the ass.   Granted, sometimes it's really clear that a deal is right for one particular co-investor, and that person…
  • The Board Before the Board

    Charlie O'Donnell
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Forming a board...  It's what the best performing companies do once they take on outside investors.  Board members can provide useful feedback, help to focus the founding team, and provide a network of contacts.   Unfortunately, many companies don't get financing--because they don't get any of the above.  They don't get the feedback they need, especially around priorities. Sometimes, the founders lack focus to the point where they don't even get to the point of company formation.  They get caught in a sea of too many problems, too many opportunities, without a good…
  • What happens when you find the right journalist for the story

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

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

  • The Book Launch Strategy that Creates a Win

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

    James Chartrand
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • Enter to Win Your Spot in the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

    James Chartrand
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    It's that time of year again: The Damn Fine Words writing course opens to new students on February 2, 2015. This writing course is changing the game for business owners around the world, because it teaches effective content-creation techniques that help cut down your writing time, make it twice as productive, boost your confidence, and target the right readers, with the right message. This writing course works. It’ll change your writing, your business – maybe even your life. As always, each time I prepare for a new session of Damn Fine Words, I also open up a writing contest that anyone…
  • 3 Success-Killer Mistakes to Avoid this Year

    James Chartrand
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 3 Success-Killer Mistakes to Avoid this Year first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved.
  • The Truth about Content-Writing Mastery

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

  • 5 Mistakes Founders Make When Hiring Their First Salesperson

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

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

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

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.  Nathan is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company developing the ultimate collection of software tools and templates for entrepreneurs.   I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for quite awhile now, and a lot has changed—SaaS and social have supplanted silicon as the medium of choice for starting new companies; San Francisco has usurped Palo Alto as the center of the startup universe; and the 280, long a delightful drive to Sand Hill Road, is now almost as traffic clogged as the 101. But one thing that has…
  • The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell

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

  • NOW HIRING: Director of Business Development

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Marketing Zen is hiring! MZ is looking for a Director of Business Development. The #1 thing we hear from our clients is that they wish they had found us sooner. That’s where you come in. We are looking for someone to make sure that the right clients find us sooner. You get to grow our client base and further the Marketing Zen brand. You will report directly to the CEO, manage our considerable inbound leads, foster opportunities for new business, and be part of one of the fastest growing agencies in the digital marketing space. Roles and Responsibilities: Lead the business development…
  • 3 Ways Aristotle Can Tweak Your Content And Beef Up Your Brand

    Richard von Weber-Hahnsberg
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Drama, olive oil, democracy – just a few of the things the ancient Greeks gave us. While they helped to lay the foundations of European civilization over 2,000 years ago, you probably think they haven’t got much to offer modern online marketing. And you’d be wrong. Ars Rhetorica The Greeks were the first to seriously and methodically study the art of rhetoric – the art of persuasion. Although to modern ears the word ‘rhetoric’ often means just empty expressions and verbal trickery, in reality it is the careful study of the methods and means of persuading an audience through…
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Using Color in Marketing

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    It’s something that’s so elementary to any image that we sometimes don’t think much about it. And yet it’s also one of the most important aspects of any image. Color. Everyone has heard of the psychological effects color has on us, but how often do you apply those principles in your online marketing images, infographics, and web design? And aside from a vague notion that the color red can make you feel angry, and that blue plates make you eat less, how much do you really know about each color and its powerful influence on our emotions and behavior? Believe it or not, there are…
  • B2B Digital Marketing Shocker: The New Way Businesses Shop Online

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    It’s common knowledge that the way consumers shop has been dramatically changed by the internet. The ability to research products and services online, comparison shop from the comfort of home, and buy with the click of a mouse – without ever speaking to a salesperson – has forever altered the way we think about and approach shopping. B2C businesses have adapted to this new reality by embracing online marketing, creating SEO-friendly sites full of engaging content and creating social media and email campaigns to develop relationships with consumers. But B2B companies have a…
  • These Numbers Will Change the Way You Use Images in Online Marketing

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Of course you use images as a part of your online marketing strategy. Everyone does! Now more than ever, images are the deciding factors that determine whether or not your online audience will engage with a social media post, read a blog post, or even browse a website – and everyone knows it. What everyone doesn’t know, however, is how to choose just the right images to suit each marketing need, or even where to use images to best effect. Increasingly, the focus in digital marketing is measurable ROI, and the numbers truly do tell the story when it comes to image use. Blog Posts and…
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • How To Write A Book In 30 Days or Less!

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Congratulations! You are just 30 days away from writing a book that you can be proud of. If you are like 90% of the people I know you have dreams of one day calling yourself an author, authority, or expert and being able to prove it with your very own published book. Maybe you have started several projects but have failed to complete any of them or, maybe you haven’t mustered up the courage to even attempt writing a book yet. Wherever you are in your journey to become a published author I can help you learn how to write a book and how to get it done fast! I am going to teach you the three…
  • SEO Training for Digital Entrepreneurs

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Why train as an SEO professional? The majority of online business owners will agree that traffic forms the lifeline of any internet based business. Free traffic means free money and that’s why many websites compete for top spots in search engine results pages (SERPS). These competitions have seen an increasing demand for search engine optimization (SEO) professionals. SEO’s are individuals who have undergone SEO training and have acquired skills that enable them to optimize webpages to get high ranking in the SERPS. For people searching for an internet based career, becoming an SEO…
  • Best Projector 2015 – Business Projector Reviews

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:09 pm
    image: http://digitalvisualcomms.co.uk/ A projector is just one of the many crucial gadgets for emerging entrepreneurs. If you have a big meeting coming up and you need a way to present a video or slideshow, you may be thinking about purchasing a projector. Chances are you are looking for the best projector. Well, before you go and spend $1000’s on one that you may not need, read our projector reviews and see which one is the perfect fit for you. Even if you are just looking the best home projector for your entertainment system, this article will provide you with everything you need…
  • The Overextended Entrepreneur: The Path to Zen

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Article contributed by Maimah Karmo, Entrepreneur and President/Founder of the Tigerlily Foundation. She is also a Global Philanthropist & Health Advocate, Author, Editor, Leader, Mentor, Breast Cancer Advocate and Survivor, and last but not least, a Mother. Maimah meets Mrs. Obama. It’s interesting how my definition of the word “busy” has changed over time – both in my professional and personal life.  You see, I’ve found a place of realization, that being overextended doesn’t necessarily lead to the path of success. It’s a conscious choice we each make, every…
  • 5 Considerations for Choosing a Cloud-based Phone Service

    Blogtrepreneur
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Image Source: Renjith Krishnan, FreeDigitalPhotos.net There are many things to consider before signing a contract with any cloud or hosted IP phone service provider. The features, pricing, equipment, call quality and support offered by each carrier must be compared carefully, to ensure that you’re choosing a service that fully meets your calling needs, as well as your budget. Phone and System Features It’s important to ensure that any cloud or hosted IP phone service that you select offers the calling features that your business needs. Basic features like call hold and call transfer are…
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Productivity Secrets of a Master DJ (Meditation, Morning Routines, and More)

    Ian Robinson
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    (Photo: Ralph Arvesen) Justin Boreta is a founding member of The Glitch Mob. Their music has been featured in movies like Sin City II, Edge of Tomorrow, Captain America, and Spiderman. In this post, we discuss The Glitch Mob’s path from unknown band to playing sold-out 90,000-person (!) arenas.  We delve into war stories, and go deep into creative process, including never-before-heard “drafts” of blockbuster tracks!  Even if you have zero interest in music, Justin discusses habits and strategies that can be applied to nearly anything.  Meditation?  Morning…
  • Matt Mullenweg on Polyphasic Sleep, Tequila, and Building Billion-Dollar Companies

    Ian Robinson
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Matt Mullenweg has been named one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, and Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web. In this episode, I attempt to get him drunk on tequila and make him curse. Matt is most associated with a tool that powers more than 22% of the entire web: WordPress. Even if you aren’t into tech, there are many pages of “holy shit!” tips and resources in this episode. Matt is a phenom of hyper-productivity and does A LOT with very little. But how? This conversation shares his best tools and tricks. From…
  • Tim Ferriss Interviews Arnold Schwarzenegger on Psychological Warfare (And Much More)

    Ian Robinson
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:20 am
    In this episode, I interview the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger… at his kitchen table. First off, he wants to invite you to LA to blow sh*t up with him in person. Seriously. Here’s how. In our conversation, we dig into lessons learned, routines, favorite books, and much more, including many stories I’ve never heard anywhere else.  I’m also giving away amazing goodies for this episode, so be sure to read this entire post. As a starting point, we cover: The Art of Psychological Warfare, and How Arnold Uses It to Win How Twins Became His Most Lucrative Movie…
  • How to Create a Blockbuster Podcast

    Ian Robinson
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    “What makes ‘good tape’? That is the question that has consumed my life for the past 20 years, and I have an answer for you…” – Alex Blumberg How do you create a blockbuster podcast? This episode explores the tips, tricks, and best practices of a master. My guest is Alex Blumberg, who cut his teeth on the king of all radio shows (This American Life) and recently co-founded Gimlet Media. Gimlet swiftly conquered the iTunes rankings with two blockbuster podcasts: Reply All and StartUp. Podcasters everywhere asked: how the hell does he do it?   This…
  • How to Be In My Next Big Book

    Tim Ferriss
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    Photo Credit: Sarah Dippity The 4-Hour Workweek is coming up on its 10th anniversary in a few years (insane), and the time is ripe for a killer companion.  Therefore… My next book will be a monstrous encyclopedia of success stories from readers of The 4-Hour Workweek.  There are innumerable stories I couldn’t have predicted. Taking multiple companies to IPO? Getting to the Super Bowl? Building a seven-figure muse and traveling the world with a family of 3-7…as a single parent?! That’s just the beginning.  Now, I want to hear your story.  And I want to put you…
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    Caroline Middlebrook (v3)

  • SEO Case Study #2 – Niche / Keyword Evaluation

    Caroline Middlebrook
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:42 am
    I am working in a niche that I never thought I would enter because I thought it was just too competitive. However, I actually saw my particular keyword featured on a training course! I wont say which one as that could be a giveaway :-) Basically, I watched the training course where they were showing examples of good keywords to go for. And one of them looked really good so I did my own research on it and really liked it. Now the huge downside is that this was a training course by a fairly high profile person in the industry and I estimated that at least 1,000 people had seen it – so…
  • SEO Case Study #1 – Introduction

    Caroline Middlebrook
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    For the last few months I have been tinkering around with SEO a bit, making lots of mistakes and also making some notes. I know the ‘case study’ style of posts that I used to write a few years ago were always popular so I thought I may as well post here now. Though I won’t be revealing any keywords or domains as that just compromises the results. So, first a little background… I actually find it quite ironic that I have spent five years developing a software tool used in the SEO industry, but have actually done virtually no SEO in that time! Things changed so much…
  • Happy Christmas Everybody :-)

    Caroline Middlebrook
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    This is just a short post to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to note that I most probably will not be posting over the next couple of weeks due to the holiday festivities. I’m sure you all have better things to do than read blog posts over this time anyway! I have just added another tool to my most recent post on text tools and if I find more I shall continue to update them on that post. Here is a picture of a cute kitten in a Santa hat – just because :-) The post Happy Christmas Everybody :-) appeared first on Caroline Middlebrook (v3).
  • A Handful Of Useful Online Text Tools

    Caroline Middlebrook
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today I have just a short post to list a few of the online text manipulation tools that I find myself using pretty much every day. These are simple tools to manipulate domains, spintax, keywords and so on. I hope you find it useful. Extract Domains From Text http://www.toolsvoid.com/extract-domains I work with domains a lot – looking for social bookmarking sites to add to IMAutomator, or lists of domains for places to build links, domains that could be useful to buy to build out for a PBN (Private Blog Network) etc. Usually its much easier to work with just the root domain but lists of…
  • Lessons From The Trenches #2 – Launch To An Established Audience

    Caroline Middlebrook
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    This is part 2 of a series of posts about my experiences of running IMAutomator for over 5 years. You can view the entire series here. One of the things that went well initially with IMAutomator is that I already had an interested audience ready for when it launched so the moment it went live I had real interested people signing up and using it. When you are creating a product that takes significant time up front to create, there is nothing worse than doing all that work, releasing it to the world only for nobody to see it. You have to build that audience up first. Joe Mabel via Wikimedia…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: November 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With my health slowly improving and in a continued effort to try to get "back on track", I thought I’d go ahead and post another affiliate marketing income report. November 2014 was an interesting month because it kind of caught me by surprise and actually ended up being my 2nd highest profiting month since June 2013! As usual, I’ll discuss more details as this report goes on, but it’s nice to know that I still have some good months in me here and there. If I get 2 months like this back-to-back, for example, that’s roughly enough down payment for another…
  • Learning My First Big Lesson as a Real Estate Investor

    Tyler Cruz
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:53 am
    First, a quick update on my Meniere’s Disease. Fortunately, I’ve been feeling a hell of a lot better over the past few days. The worst "drop attack" occurred on January 31st, and I was definitely still feeling the after-effects of it up to February 10th, but around the 11th I started feeling a lot better and have been improving every day since. I am still not back 100%, but I’m definitely dramatically better… I can even use the computer again! I don’t know if this is due to this disease just having super-long fallouts after the big main drop attacks, the…
  • I Have Been Diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease

    Tyler Cruz
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    I apologize for the sheer lack of posting lately. I have been having medical issues. In fact, I will have to keep this post fairly short because of this. It may also not be the most coherent, especially since it’s currently 2:29am as I can’t sleep due to anxiety. A few days ago, on January 31st 2015, I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. Wikipedia describes it as "a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus, and hearing loss.". Doesn’t sound so bad,…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: October 2014

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

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

  • Pacif-i Keeps Tabs On Your Baby's Health And Location

    Kim Patterson
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The Pacif-i can monitor your child’s health, keep track of your tot's location and can also help you find it if your precious little decides to stash it away in a secret location.
  • Want An Alternative To A Tie? How About An Unusual Collar Clip?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    There are those who say that a button-down collar is the sign of a buttoned-down mind. The tie being similar to a noose around the neck doesn't help that either. Even a cute bolo tie doesn't change the image much. However, Dapper and Swag's Collar Clips can give you an alternative that can seem both casual and dressy at the same time. The designs can range from antlers and cow skulls to anchors and owls.
  • Claspies: Because Regular Panties Are Too Difficult To Wear

    Alicia Zuberbier
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    You probably don't realize what a struggle putting clean underwear on is. Taking off your pants and shoes just to change your drawers? Who has the time? To one underwear company, the struggle was all too real, which is why Claspies released panties that front clasps. Now you can take an easy task like changing you underwear and make it even easier.
  • The Top 6 External 4TB Hard Drives

    Rey M.L.
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    4TB has become an established size for external drives, and a bunch of models from different vendors are now readily available. So, selecting the best one to store your precious data can be daunting. Can't decide? Let me give you a hand.
  • Want Wine To Be in Your Stars? Try An Astrologically Produced White

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    If you are looking for the perfect white -- say a nice Sauvignon Blanc -- you want to know that every possible step was taken to ensure the quality and taste. With Loxarel's Cora you can. Biodynamics have been employed in the making of this wine from planting to the finished product. That includes making sure that even the stars and planets were consulted astrologically at each stage in the process.
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • The Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit

    Lucy Catten
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:38 am
    31 May 2015 - 5:30pm2 June 2015 - 6:00pm San Jose, California Get involved! The Women In Technology International (WITI) Summit, May 31-June 2, is the annual gathering of tech-savvy women, held in the heart of Silicon Valley. Executive women, entrepreneurs, and technology thought leaders from around the world converge to collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges; explore new business opportunities that underscore how technology is powering change; and build and expand strong connections in a welcoming networking environment of women committed to helping each other…
  • Where Does Your University Rank On The Alumni Rich List?

    Guest Author
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    New research by Emolument Alumni reveals London Business School leads Oxford and Cambridge in list of top earning graduates.read more
  • Where Does Your University Rank On The Alumni Rich List?

    Guest Author
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    New research by Emolument Alumni reveals London Business School leads Oxford and Cambridge in list of top earning graduates.read more
  • Employment Law - What To Expect In 2015

    Guest Author
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    With 2015 well underway, an important year in the political calendar, employers are sure to be turning their mind to preparing for any changes set to come in over the next few months. It's clear, if last year is anything to go by, employment law will not remain the same for very long and so there are a number of things that employers should be thinking about as they ring in the New Year.  read more
  • Startup Diaries: Strength, Courage and Fear.

    Guest Author
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Sheila Hall Blagg talks to The Next Women about the launch of her business, Divorce2dating.com.read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • #HLIC Movie to be Released Soon

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:44 pm
    As the director of the #HLIC Movie, I am excited to say it will be released soon. Here is the trailer to give you a taste!. The post #HLIC Movie to be Released Soon appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • The Importance of Making a Good Impression at a Trade Show

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Why You Should Participate in Trade Show Before I talk about how to have a great trade show event, let’s talk about why you would participate in a trade show in the first place. When you exhibit at a trade you, you are getting in front of a large number prospects and customers in a […] The post The Importance of Making a Good Impression at a Trade Show appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Dr. Wright’s ‘How to Crowdfund Your Book’ Online Class

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Imagine, your name followed by “the overnight success and best-selling author of…” appearing in press releases and blogs week-after-week! Dr. Wright’s online class, at crowdfundabook.com, can create that headline before you have sold a single book. Dr. Wright’s ‘How to Crowdfund Your Book’ online class is a feature-rich multimedia experience, that will walk you through […] The post Dr. Wright’s ‘How to Crowdfund Your Book’ Online Class appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • This is 2015 and Instant Star Maker is committed to making it your Year To Be Seen!

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Sure, you are committed and passionate about your business. You make sure you are active every day moving to accomplish your goals. However, you have no staff to assist you in your everyday operations. Your intention is to be in the media every single month. The truth is you have not been in the media […] The post This is 2015 and Instant Star Maker is committed to making it your Year To Be Seen! appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Join Dr. Wright’s Free Webinar!

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    The post Join Dr. Wright’s Free Webinar! appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
 
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    Steve Blank

  • Market Type and Revenue. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Understanding “Market Type” can save you a ton of money and time. This 2-minute video explained “why not all startups are the same” and introduced the notion of “market type” and described the difference between new markets, existing markets and resegmented markets. The next video described what happens to startups who don’t understand they are in a new market. This video describes how “Market Type” affects your revenue and your burn rate. If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types
  • Life Science Startups Rising in the UK

    steveblank
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Stephen Chambers spent 22 years in some of the most innovative companies in life science as the director of gene expression and then as a co-founder of his own company. Today he runs SynbiCITE, the UK’s synthetic biology consortium of 56 industrial partners and 19 Academic institutions located at Imperial College in London. Stephen and SynbiCITE, just launched the world’s first Lean LaunchPad for Synthetic Biology program. Here’s his story. —- Why did you come back? This is the question I most often hear, having now returned to the UK after leaving 24 years ago to work in the…
  • What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

    steveblank
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last week I got a call from Patrick an ex-student I hadn’t heard from for 8 years. He was now the CEO of a company and wanted to talk about what he admitted was a “first world” problem. Over breakfast he got me up to date on his life since school (two non-CEO roles in startups,) but he wanted to talk about his third startup – the one he and two co-founders had started. “We’re at 70 people, and we’ll do $40 million in revenue this year and should get to cash flow breakeven this quarter. ” It sounded like he was living the dream. I was trying to figure out why we were…
  • The Best Job in Stamford Connecticut

    steveblank
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    K&S Ranch Publishing has an exciting opening for a Book Traffic Coordinator living near Stamford, Connecticut. We need someone who can help get our library of entrepreneurship books into the hands of the startup founders and students who rely on them. The job involves figuring out where to best sell our books (The Startup Owner’s Manual, The Four Steps to the Epiphany, and Holding a Cat by the Tail), and the logistics of managing inventory, sales and shipments of them. Maybe it’s a position for you or someone you know? It’s a great opportunity for someone detailed-oriented, and…
  • When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check

    steveblank
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    I remind my students that I’m teaching them a methodology they can use the rest of their careers, not running an incubator. Every once in awhile a team ignores my advice and builds a company worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Hershey just bought Krave Jerky, a team in our 2011 Berkeley Lean LaunchPad class, for >$200 million. —– Jon Sebastiani and his team came into the 2011 Berkeley Lean LaunchPad class with several key observations: Snack foods were a large ~$35 billion but the moribund food category was starving for innovation and modernization Meat snacks were a…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Head over heels for 18 Stylish Nude Shoes!

    First Class Fashionista
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    This year, I dare you to make everyone around you fall head over your heels. How so? By only wearing the classy and fabulous, of course. The nude heel. It just so happens to be a girl’s best friend for life that will forever be a timeless staple of elegance. To save you some time on shopping for your perfect nude heel, which can actually be quite the time filler, I collected a random array of nude heel variety just for you, right here right now. Since it is 2015 and we are all (or probably should be) aspiring minimalism practitioners, take this post to heart. Save the bank, save your…
  • Invati by Aveda Review: Stop Hair Loss Now

    First Class Fashionista
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Hair loss, thinning and breakage can be a tragic experience to go through for both men and women. You might feel, at times, like there is nothing you can do to stop hair loss, but I’m here to tell you there is a solution and treatment for whatever you and your hair are going through. Working in an Aveda men’s barber shop for almost a year, I have been recommending the Invati System to my clients struggling with ongoing hair loss. This product line is 97% naturally derived from plants. The most common ingredients within all three of these products include the Ayurvedic ingredients of…
  • Meghan Trainor That Bass Tour with HP

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:29 pm
    We’ve got some awesomesauce, pretty exciting news we’ve been waiting to share with you, our valued FCF readers. HP is bending the rules and First Class Fashionista is happy to have been selected to be an integral, influential part of it. We love getting the word out about something innovative–something excitingly different. So, to start, one Friday I was dancing along to a song called “All About That Bass” in Dance Jam, my group fitness class, and heard “Yeah, it’s pretty clear I ain’t no size 2 but I can shake it, shake it like I’m…
  • Westword’s Artopia Featuring WhiteOut Fashion Show

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Okay, before I begin, I have to admit I was late to our Westword’s Artopia WhiteOUt. Definitely, totally, not the cute fashionably-styled late. The weather was horrible! The real whiteout conditions outside meant that I had to figure out how to pair my only snow-appropriate shoes- dusty pink and white furred boots- with my LBD. Scarf and a change of accessories, if anyone is wondering. Additionally, I ended up getting out of my car to help push someone out of an intersection in front of me on one of Denver’s dangerous downtown streets. So: picture me late, wet, cold, but super…
  • NYFW Style Inspiration: Dress up your denim look with a dress!

    First Class Fashionista
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Never fear, summer is near! With summer quickly approaching and our closets soon changing, it’s time we reconsider our staple pieces and try to get the most out of our closets. For all you local Colorado babes, denim is a staple must. Plus, every fashionista should know by now that denim isn’t going anywhere, which makes denim the perfect everyday piece. When I say “denim”, I am not just referring to the ever so classic jeans; but, rather, denim dresses, chambray shirts, denim jumpsuits and trench coats. If I have discovered anything from my own not-just-jeans-denim…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Donating my birthday to build a home for a family in need #newstorycharity

    jeffhilimire
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    I come into contact with startups all the time. Through speaking events (like this one I’m hosting next Monday night with Charles Brewer), hanging out at the Atlanta Tech Village, advising/mentoring through Advice For Good, or just generally hanging out where startup folks hang out. The startups that I’m always amazed by are the ones run by a person or two, focusing on helping the world. For instance, the Charles Brewer event I mentioned above (you signed up, right?), is raising money for a great local startup focused on helping kids and people in need: re:imagine/ATL. Recently…
  • 14 of my favorite business concepts from the Pixar book, Creativity Inc.

    jeffhilimire
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    Creativity Inc. was the first book I finished in 2015 in my attempt to read more books this year (its one of my “resolutions”.) 12 books would be a good number, if I can get there. I just finished my second book, Same Kind of Different As Me (and if you happen to be like me and have a passion to help the homeless, this is a terrific book), and I realized I never blogged about Creativity Inc. The book, as described on Amazon: Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the…
  • Going deskless

    jeffhilimire
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    As many may know, I swore off having my own office years ago (2010 to be exact). Main reason: I felt disconnected from the company. Personally, I think the idea of taking your highest performing and most experienced people, and rewarding them by stuffing them into an office, is completely counter-intuitive. I want my team to be able to absorb as much as possible from the most experienced folks! I could argue it makes more sense to have interns in offices than senior employees. But, I digress :) I’m trying something new for a few weeks at Dragon Army. I’m going deskless. That’s right, no…
  • Making your weaknesses your strengths

    jeffhilimire
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    I was meeting with an entrepreneur recently and we were talking about tv shows, and he shared with me that because he has an addictive personality, he is very thoughtful about when he watches a tv show. For instance, if he started watching The Wire (on his list, and it should be on yours!), he wouldn’t start on a Monday night because he’d have trouble not binging on it all week long. Instead, he uses his addictive personality to his advantage by focusing on his business and channeling that energy toward building his company. Brilliant. I do a similar thing with one of my biggest…
  • 4 questions answered by successful entrepreneurs: Part 4

    jeffhilimire
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:48 am
    One of the participants in Advice For Good, after donating an hour of time to a charity and then blogging about it on the AFG website, asked me if she could ask the list of advisors four questions to help her with her startup. What a great way to use the AFG community! Because each question has many answers, I’ll share these over time so its not too overwhelming of a blog post. Question #1 Question #2 Question #3 Question #4: What apps/software/processes would you recommend to a new entrepreneur to plan or document his/her work? - Evernote for documentation. Quickbooks Online…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Teachings as a Startup Mentor

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
    This post was written by Jimmy Hendricks - CEO and Co-Founder of Deal Current, and top-rated mentor of the San Diego Founder Institute.  It was an honor this year to receive the highest rated global mentor award from Founder’s Institute. I always received feedback from our San Diego organizer, Jeanine Jacobson, that my teaching was well received, but I thought initially she was just being nice and supportive. When I saw some of my scores and then received the nomination, I realized I must have been doing something right.  I’ve always known I enjoyed teaching and was able…
  • FI Grad Getable raises $5 Million in Series A, featured on TechCrunch

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Getable has raised $5 million in Series A round fund, which has been reported by Ryan Lawler in a TechCrunch article titled “Getable Gets $5 Million To Help Contractors Rent Construction Equipment From An iPad”. Getable and its Founder Tim Hyer is a Graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute. Founded in 2010, Getable is a San Francisco-based company serving the construction rental market with mobile tools designed for construction professionals and rental equipment providers. It offers free-to-download apps that enable construction crews to track equipment in the field that they…
  • FI Grad UnBuffer Wins Big at SMAC startup day 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    UnBuffer, a 2014 Founder Institute graduate of Bangalore, India, participated and won the SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) startup day 2015 event. On February 19th, SMAC day 2015 took place in Bangalore, India. Respected industry leaders in social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies led engaging discussions with local techies, UX designers and entrepreneurs during the event. In addition, helpful workshops provided training to improve talent and skills in the SMAC community. UnBuffer and its Founder, Sathyanarayana G, are Graduates of the Bangalore Founder Institute. The grand…
  • Is Your Startup Fundable?

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Have you ever wondered what qualities investors look for in a startup to consider it fundable? Benjamin Chong, a partner at Right Click Capital and a Co-Director of the Sydney Founder Institute, has created a three question test to help determine your answer in the article “Three ways to test if your startup is fundable,” on BRW. Many entrepreneurs feel their problems will be solved with funding, but being fundable is very different from being in need of funding. Being fundable is all about your startup’s potential to attract financing so you can grow your business. All…
  • Paying It Forward: How to Help New Startups Rise to the Top

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We once asked Seattle Founder Institute mentor, Dan Shapiro why it's so important for experienced entrepreneurs to mentor new founders. To answer our question, Dan directed us to this gem of a blog post. Below, How to Help Startups, has been republished: "It’s been seven years since I started my first company. My successes over that course have had a great deal to do with the generosity and wisdom of the startup community, particularly in Seattle – countless meetings, meetups, blog posts, backchannels, and a mind boggling number of cups of coffee. Since the very…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • 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…
  • Fermi estimation for startup business models

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

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

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

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

  • The 1 Big Secret That Large Firms Don’t Know

    Jason Blumer
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    I’m a Peter Thiel fan. He is a contrarian, and there is power in contrarian thinking. In his book Zero to One, Thiel talks about Secrets in Chapter 8. It’s one of my favorite chapters.     In his book, Thiel contrasts secrets between conventions and mysteries. He contends that conventions within business are easy to […]
  • 3 Business Lessons from Moe Syzslak: Creative Destruction and The Simpsons

    Greg Kyte
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    Moe Szyslak is a crappy entrepreneur. He’s crappy at lots of things, but he’s a really crappy entrepreneur. The only reason his tavern hasn’t gone out of business in the past 26 years is because it’s not real. That being said, sometimes he comes close to not sucking.     In the middle of Season […]
  • The Future Takes Time

    Adrian Simmons
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s right before tax season, and I’m sitting here at a table in my office’s front room, typing away on my laptop. This moment has significance. We moved into this office space in February 2012, right as tax season started that year. It came after an unexpected offer to change suites at our office park to a ground […]
  • Now Get Settled

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

    Adrian Simmons
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    It’s that time of year: time for Thriveal Laboratory’s list of 3 experiments to try in 2015. Building on the idea that the phrase that will change your business’s future is, “I’d like to try an experiment. . .let’s see if this works,” we’d like to challenge you to identify one or two things you’ll […]
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    Brent Britton

  • Five Ways to Desuckify Internet Advertising

    bcjb
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The other day I surfed a car company’s website. Then I bought a car from that company. Nice and neat. I’m happy. They’re happy. Ever since then, however, everywhere I go on the web, I am getting served up ads from that very company for that very car. The one I already bought. Whataminute. What? I think it is safe to say I am the last person who is likely to buy that car in the short term. Because, you see, there is a shiny new one in my garage. I am out of the market for a couple years. I am the worst person to see car ads. Seeing ads for that car, every single day, on every site I…
  • All “A Board” — The Difference between Directors and Advisors

    bcjb
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    If you’re an entrepreneuryou’ve probably been told that your company needs a good board. You may have overheard other entrepreneurs speak — perhaps boastfully, perhaps resentfully — about their powerful or active (or activist) boards.  But what kind of thing is this board of which everyone speaks? It is probably one of two things: a Board of Directors or a Board of Advisors. And they are two very different things. In short: The Board of Directors oversees the CEO and sets the company’s overall direction; its members are elected by an annual vote of the company’s stockholders. The…
  • Embaggen the cat, or let it out? (to NDA or not to NDA)

    bcjb
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    When first conceiving of a new startup idea, lots of entrepreneurs experience a measure of paranoia about it and start demanding that everyone with whom they discuss it sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). My opinion is: Don’t use an NDA until you must in order to protect highly sensitive, non-public information. NDA’s protect actual secrets, not things anyone can just look up online or read about in the news. Once you’ve written some key code or developed a secret sauce that no one else has thought of, then consider assaulting people with an NDA, but not before. It turns…
  • The Company You Keep

    bcjb
    13 Nov 2013 | 7:32 am
    With few exceptions, all business should be conducted from within a company that is properly formed and organized as a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC), a limited partnership (LP) or the like. Why? Four basic reasons: a. Asset Protection. Deservedly or not, almost all businesses get sued. Forming a company around the business can shield the owners’ personal assets (and other business interests) from being attached to satisfy the company’s liabilities. b. Asset Creation. A “d/b/a” does not a company make. If you’re doing business without a company,…
  • Bi-polar IP Strategy for Startups: Protect What You Can, then Tell Everyone

    bcjb
    8 Aug 2013 | 8:02 am
    If you’re starting a company, you may wish to begin in stealth mode, keeping your business idea and plans secret for a little while. During this stealth phase, consider doing the following to protect your intellectual property: Think of a name for the company. Do a trademark search before you form a company. If it’s clean, form your company with that name and file a federal trademark application at the USPTO. Also file a state trademark application in your state. If you think you’ve invented something that’s never been done before, file a provisional patent on your…
 
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Why Spending $15,000 on a Marketing Hire Is the Worst Idea

    Robert Holmes
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    It has been well said that you should hire your weakness and focus on your strengths, and most of us feel vulnerable in the area of sales and marketing. So it seemed perfectly reasonable that I should get outside help, bring in a marketing “expert” to assist me. I’ve done this twice before, each at [...]
  • What’s the Difference Between Content Marketing and Blogging?

    Brad Shorr
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s a good reason why companies confuse blogging and content marketing: No two people seem to have the same definition of content marketing. The Content Marketing Institute, a credible source, defines content marketing as: “… [A] strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined [...]
  • 4 Tips for Interviewing Potential Employees

    Carol Roth
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    The employees that you hire can make or break your business. And while first impressions are important, it can be difficult to discern a prospective hire’s true personality, work ethic and how well they will fit into your organization within the limits of a half-hour interview. So, here are a few tips regarding interview questions [...]
  • How to Turn Your Crappiest Employees Around

    Rich Gallagher
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    If your small business is successful enough to start growing, you can count on one guarantee: some day you will have to contend with having a crappy employee. Or two. Or five. Of course, you can always fire crappy employees. And sometimes you should: if they lack the basic competencies of the job, don’t know [...]
  • How to Do Video If You’re a “Vidtrovert”

    Lou Bortone
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nearly three-fourths of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2019, according to a new study by Cisco Systems.  That’s a 13-fold increase between now and 2019, proving once again that video is a juggernaut.  With so many of us gobbling up content on the go, it’s no surprise that video will be [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign

    Sarah Rainone
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have some news I'm excited to share: I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign in March. I can't wait to tell you more about it. But before I do, I'm conducting a very short survey. It's been a while, but long time readers know I always try to collect data before any kind of launch.Please click here if you're interested in participating. I'll have more details to share soon.(If your company makes a product for entrepreneurs that you'd like to donate as a backer reward for the campaign, please get in touch.)
  • MVPs and Excellence

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

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

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

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

  • Why your business needs a website

    Matthew Needham
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
      Why your business needs a website In this post we look at why your business needs a website and what you need to do to get started quickly. Whenever I look to buy anything, a car, holiday,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why 90 Day Goals Get Better Results

    Matthew Needham
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most business owners know that in order to be successful, they’ve got to set goals.  But despite this, many business owners don’t actually set them.  As Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Overview – How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off

    Matthew Needham
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Step by Step Guide To Writing A Successful Business Plan “If you’re an entrepreneur and getting ready to lunch your own business, this is a great book at a cheap price to make sure... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Two Step Process For Setting Goals You Will Achieve

    Matthew Needham
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    When it comes to books on setting goals, the book I recommend time and time again to business owners is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Think and Grow Rich is a business classic. It ... The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Year of Posts

    Matthew Needham
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    I don’t write everyday and sometimes it’s a few weeks between each post, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about stuff to write. In fact I’ve got dozens of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes in Business

    Sarah Shaw
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Running a product line is like conducting a symphony. You have to be able to coordinate a lot of different pieces and make them all fit together smoothly. When you get it right, your business sounds like sweet music. But get it wrong and the results are a noisy mess… In that spirit, I want to share with you the 5 biggest mistakes I made when starting my first handbag company… along with some simple ways to avoid them.   My Start When I first started out with my handbag company I was in the dark about pretty much everything, and it seemed that I was the only one who…
  • The Simple Formula That Will Get You More Sales

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

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

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

    Sarah Shaw
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know it can be hard to keep up. Believe me, I know. But I can tell you from experience, that being organized and having a checklist is one way to start tackling the hard stuff. What I like about a list, is that when I get a brain freeze and don't know what I should do that day, I can get some ideas from my task list and see what I can wrap my thoughts around and actually get something done, rather than sit there wondering……. yes sometimes sitting there is the best thing on the menu, but I bet you'll feel more full if you take charge and get ahead. Download my July…
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    Under30CEO

  • 11 Things You Should Outsource to Save Money

    theyec
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    If I’m trying to save money, what is the best area of my business to outsource? The following answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. PPC Paid search is one of the easiest things to outsource. Most companies don’t need a full-time paid search expert on their team. Outsourcing this is pretty easy and…
  • How to Create a Mobile Application

    Under30CEO
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Are you guilty of saying the phrase, “Someone should create an app for that?” I know I am. Many people have a great idea for an app, but don’t know how to get it developed. The inspiration for this article was a conversation I had with a guy at a coffee shop. We discussed an idea he had for an app similar to Tinder. He prefaced telling me the idea with, “Well I am not going to create it anyways, so you can have it.” I thought his idea was great. It solved a problem that a lot of young singles have. He’s sitting on a potential gold mine, and is doing absolutely nothing with it. He…
  • 10 Humbling Lessons Learned After Mentoring 1,200 Entrepreneurs

    Under30CEO
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Four years ago my life took a detour. I invited 88 entrepreneurs to come and create a software business at The Foundation.They came with no idea, limited cash, and no experience in software. I wanted to prove the impossible. I wanted to prove anyone could start a software business when they had nothing. We did it. It worked. We had a number of success stories graduate from the first program.  So we did it again, again, and again. To date we’ve had over 1,200 entrepreneurs in our program, and it has been humbling. I’ve had the privilege of watching people chase and create freedom. After…
  • How to Hack Your Inner Bullshit

    Matt Wilson
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s too hard. Figuring out what is holding us back takes too much work. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get out of your own way?   Get rid of the things that are holding us back and hack your mind to be more productive, less stressed, and happier? Wouldn’t it be great if we could see the world with an objective lens instead of through your own tainted glasses? Most people aren’t going to take the time to reflect on their day, be introspective, journal, or sit quietly by themselves.  In fact a large percentage of people are actually scared to sit with their own thoughts or be by…
  • The Challenges Facing Our Generation: A Response To An Open Letter to Under30CEO

    Matt Wilson
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    Hey guys, Matt again. I hope you enjoyed my honesty yesterday in An Open Letter to Under30CEO Readers. It was really amazing to hear the tremendous outpour from our readers. Instead of disappearing into the jungle like I usually do, my first step is going to be better communication with you. Today, I’d really like to discuss the challenges of our generation. Most of you said, the real content you want to hear is authentic, straight from the heart, from people you knew and trusted. When I asked what your biggest challenges were a lot of you spilled it all and talked to me about…
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    Fizzle

  • Hey, Could I Ask You a Few Questions? The Art of Surveys (FS094)

    Chase Reeves
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    So many answers to current problems are in talking to your customers. That’s why we make guides and courses on defining your target market one of the first orders of business here at Fizzle. And yet, it’s a weapon even successful entrepreneurs forget to use. Recently Corbett and I helped Scott Dinsmore with the design of a new website. The first step for me in a project like this is to figure out the heart and soul of his business. So we sent Scott off to record some interviews. I wanted to hear it from the horses’ mouths. In all honesty, he set out on that task dragging his…
  • Fear and Loathing in My Second Startup

    Jason Glaspey
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Six and a half years ago I started a company that would become my first success. In less than two years, it allowed me to support my family without any other income. The business was a simple meal planner called Paleo Plan. It was my 6th attempt at an online business. After several years of fizzled ideas and false peaks I had finally quit my job and truly become my own boss. Note from Chase: This is an article from a Jason Glaspey, a guy I’ve taken a lot of great business advice from over the years. When Jason talks I listen, and this sincere story from him is no exception. Enjoy! When I…
  • Take Your Brick and Mortar Business Online With These Terribly Important Questions (FS093)

    Chase Reeves
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    On the show today we answer a great question from a listener who wants to bring his brick and mortar business online. What should he be thinking about? What are the common roadblocks and challenges? What are some unfair advantages brick and mortar businesses could take advantage of? Our answers to those questions on the show today. If you’ve got a local business you definitely want to pay attention to this one. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download Take your brick and…
  • Business Ideas we Love (+ current events) (FS092)

    Chase Reeves
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Buttered coffee, infographic research tips, the importance of LinkedIn profiles and what podcast to listen to next… all this and more covered on the show today. I’m curious, what are some new businesses you’ve fallen in love with recently? Tell me in the comments. It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download Barrett got asked to go to Davos because of his LinkedIn profile!?Tweet This Show Notes 3:30 How Bulletproof Coffee Shoots You in The Foot | The Healthy Home…
  • Why 16% of Customers Wouldn’t Recommend Fizzle (and How We Found Out)

    Corbett Barr
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    Small businesses live and die by what our customers think of us. Staying intimately connected to your customer base isn’t just advised, it’s essential to your very survival. On The Fizzle Show, we often recommend talking with customers frequently, through both in-depth one-on-one interviews, responsive and frequent email conversations, and through surveys. Each approach has different benefits. Interviews are great for really getting to know one customer’s perspective, problems, and how your solution fits in. Surveys are great for finding out how well you’re doing…
 
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    Strategy

  • Why these karaoke company founders turned down 4 offers of $1.5 million on 'Shark Tank'

    Richard Feloni
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:47 am
    Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What the Chinese saying 'The ugly wife is a treasure at home' actually means
  • People were shocked to see what this female executive was really like

    Joe Avella
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network, recalls a common misconception her and a lot of women face in their career. Produced by Alana Kakoyiannis and Joe Avella Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: This is what separates the Excel masters from the wannabes
  • Warren Buffett might consider buying your company if it meets these 6 criteria

    Sam Ro
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    Do you own a business? Are you interested in selling it? If so, Warren Buffett and his team at Berkshire Hathaway might interested in buying it. However, it must at least meet these six criteria. (verbatim from Berkshire Hathaway's 2014 letter to shareholders): (1)    Large purchases (at least $75 million of pre-tax earnings unless the business will fit into one of our existing units), (2)    Demonstrated consistent earning power (future projections are of no interest to us, nor are “turnaround” situations), (3)    Businesses earning good…
  • 31 stunning photos from Sony's World Photography Awards

    Business Insider
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    Sony and the World Photography Organization have announced the shortlist for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards in the Professional, Open, and Youth categories. The 2015 competition saw more than 173,000 entries this year, making it the most successful year in the awards' eight-year history. Those in the professional categories are competing for a $25,000 prize and the title of Photographer of the Year. The winners of this year's awards will be revealed in April at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala.OPEN: A shoal of black-tip reef sharks patrol the coast of the Seychelles, an island…
  • HP CEO Meg Whitman makes the whole company follow the advice in this book (HPQ)

    Julie Bort
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hewlett-Packard has over 300,000 employees. That's bigger than the entire population of Des Moines, Iowa ... by about 100,000 people. How do you maneuver and lead such a huge team? Answer: you make all the managers read the same strategy book and follow that books' advice. For Whitman at HP, that book is "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works" by A.G. Lafley, chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble, who retired from the company in 2010 and then came back in 2013. Whitman famously began her career at P&G in Cincinnati  in 1979, where she immediately took on the establishment. She…
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    Head Startup

  • VIRTUAL ASSISTANT- A BLOOMING CARRIER

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
      Toady educational field is growing very fast all the new inventions and current technologies which are used are introduced in the curriculum and they also introduced many new subjects in the syllabus which are very interesting and useful for our carrier. Today’s students have an option to choose their carrier grow in that field and their parents are also supportive for their decision. In man’s life he follow a particular life cycle that is born study work and die but the thing is what we are going to study, what kind of field I am going to choose and how to mould my carrier. These…
  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
  • Best ways to get more income online

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

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

  • VIRTUAL ASSISTANT- A BLOOMING CARRIER

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
      Toady educational field is growing very fast all the new inventions and current technologies which are used are introduced in the curriculum and they also introduced many new subjects in the syllabus which are very interesting and useful for our carrier. Today’s students have an option to choose their carrier grow in that field and their parents are also supportive for their decision. In man’s life he follow a particular life cycle that is born study work and die but the thing is what we are going to study, what kind of field I am going to choose and how to mould my carrier. These…
  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
  • Best ways to get more income online

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
  • Consider a few important things before choosing SEO service provider online

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Leonard Nimoy Vulcan tribute from space highlights Massachusetts

    David Harris
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    The death of Boston native Leonard Nimoy on Friday has sparked all sorts of tributes to the actor. But one of the best ones was from American astronaut Terry Virts, who snapped a photo of himself from the International Space Station giving the Vulcan salute that Nimoy made famous on the TV series "Star Trek." In the background is Earth, with the coastline of Massachusetts prominently shown in the photo that was posted to Twitter on Saturday.
  • Globe deal to sell HQ fizzles, relocation plan still on track

    Craig Douglas
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    The Boston Globe's plans to sell its 16.5-acre headquarters on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester to Winstanley Enterprises have been spiked after the development firm pulled out of the agreed-upon transaction. The Globe confirmed that the deal was dead Friday in a prepared press release. The media company said it will continue to work with city officials to prepare the property for a potential sale to a yet-to-be-determined developer in the months ahead. Reasons for the split were not disclosed.…
  • Nearly half with expiring coverage don't enroll in state health insurance

    Jessica Bartlett
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    More than 200,000 people in temporary state health insurance did not buy insurance through the state, leaving officials to question if those people have obtained health insurance elsewhere or are now uninsured. Approximately 430,000 people were in coverage deemed "transitional" and were placed there due to problems with the state's health insurance marketplace in early 2014. The state subsidized 100,000 of those plans, and paid for 300,000 more only as they utilized services, with all the transitional…
  • Eastern Bank, others seek to put stop to Lynn foreclosure law

    Greg Ryan
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Eastern Bank and several other banks pushed a federal court to prevent the city of Lynn from enforcing an ordinance that requires them to engage in mediation with homeowners prior to foreclosure. The banks, which also include the Country Bank for Savings and Avidia Bank, are seeking a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against Lynn and the city of Worcester. They argued in a court filing earlier this week that because Massachusetts' highest court recently ruled against a similar statute in…
  • Harvard-based storage startup finds inspiration in 'Doctor Who'

    David Harris
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Apple's laptops have their fans, but they are also difficult to upgrade once you've maxed out their hard drive. You can either opt for Apple's cloud storage subscription service, buy an external hard drive or you can toss out your old laptop and buy a new one. TarDisk, a Harvard Innovation Lab-based startup named after the time machine in the show "Doctor Who," has developed a small drive that fits into the SD card slot on the side of any MacBook that expands the laptop's storage capacity. The startup…
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    James Clear

  • The Myth of Multitasking: Why Fewer Priorities Leads to Better Work

    James Clear
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    The word priority didn’t always mean what it does today. In his best-selling book, Essentialism (audiobook), Greg McKeown explains the surprising history of the word and how its meaning has shifted over time. The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities. Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality. Somehow we would now be able to have multiple…
  • The 5 Triggers That Make New Habits Stick

    James Clear
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:43 pm
    In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit (audiobook), author Charles Duhigg explains a simple three-step process that all habits follow. This cycle, known as The Habit Loop, says that each habit consists of… The Trigger: the event that starts the habit. The Routine: the behavior that you perform, the habit itself. The Reward: the benefit that is associated with the behavior. The image below shows how these three factors work together to build new habits. [1] Each phase of the loop is important for building new habits, but today I’d like to discuss the first factor: habit triggers.
  • Bob Mathias on How to Master the Art of Self-Confidence

    James Clear
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:16 pm
    By the time his senior year in high school rolled around, Bob Mathias had developed into a talented track athlete. He could run fast, jump high, and throw far. Given his wide-ranging talents, his high school coach suggested that Mathias try decathlon–a grueling combination of 10 track and field events. Mathias succeeded immediately, winning his first competition. Just a few months later, he qualified to compete at the 1948 Olympics in London. 1 Completely off the radar heading into the competition, Mathias stormed the Olympics. He placed first in four of the ten events and ran away with…
  • Albert Einstein’s Incredible Work Ethic: Lessons on Creativity and Contribution

    James Clear
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    As soon as he hung up the phone, Ralph Morse knew that he needed to get moving. He was still 90 miles away and there wouldn’t be much time before people began to hear the news. Albert Einstein had just died. Morse was a photographer for LIFE Magazine. He drove down to Princeton, New Jersey as fast as possible, but other members of the media had already been alerted by the time he arrived. Morse would later recall the situation by saying, “Einstein died at Princeton Hospital, so I headed there first. But it was chaos — journalists, photographers, onlookers. So I headed over to…
  • Announcing the 2015 Habits Seminar (Live Event on February 18th)

    James Clear
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Today I am excited to announce the 2015 Habits Seminar, which is a live online class that I will be hosting on February 18th. Each year, I conduct one seminar on the science of behavior change and how to build habits that stick. We’ll talk about what’s working now, what always works, and what to avoid if you want to stick to good habits and break bad ones. Hundreds of people have already signed up and I’m going to take this opportunity to share more details about the event. First, let me talk about why you would want to attend… The Two Identities We All Have Last week, a…
 
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  • Outtake - Funding - Don't Cold Call on Twitter

    Taffy Williams
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. He writes for the Startup Blog  and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also  found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC  ,  photo  website,  Google+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group. 
  • Outtake2 - Funding - It is the ROI not the Technology

    Taffy Williams
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. He writes for the Startup Blog  and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also  found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC  ,  photo  website,  Google+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group. 
  • Outtake3 - Funding - What It Takes for Me to Invest in You

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

    Taffy Williams
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Reference Article:  Your First Action Is Not Raising CapitalTaffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. He writes for the Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also  found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group. 
  • Insights - End of Year Wrap covering top 10 for 2014

    Taffy Williams
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Top 10 posts at the end of 2014 Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed
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    YourStory.com

  • How DONE is providing technology support to restaurants

    Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    India is famous for producing the most number of software engineers around the world. But a large population of the country has not been exposed to technology. India’s software potential is yet to be realised. Most people who carry a smartphone do not use it to its full potential. It’s used primarily for taking pictures, listening to music, to Whatsapp& etc. The ‘smartness’ of the smartphone is hardly utilised to its fullest as most features are never put to task. In light of this, Himanshu Kona and Vikram Raichura started DONE, an order management platform for food vendors…
  • ‘The mathematic of teams is that 1+1=3’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

    Madanmohan Rao
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    From real estate to food tech, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week (see the previous post here)! Share these 35 gems and insights from the week of Feb 22-28 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!  Your talent and the right opportunities open the first few doors but your attitude opens the rest. – Sneh Sharma, Ittisa Working space was free since you can sit anywhere on…
  • The Mean Startup 13 : If there were a market for ideas..

    Shekhar Gurav
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    To share your experiences while navigating through the tricky world of startups, mail them at themeanstartup@gmail.com or tweet to @TheMeanStartup and we’ll try to comicify them!
  • Are you eating poison?

    Swagata Yadavar
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Being an entrepreneur is tough business. They have so much to do in so little time. In their obsession to accomplish their dreams they often ignore their health and peace of mind. YourStory in association with ‘SmartLife’ magazine brings quick and easy tips on wellness and fitness to kickstart the week on a healthy note. We have grown up hearing that food is medicine. It helps us grow, rejuvenate and gives us energy. Almost all of us insist on buying the freshest of stock, nitpicking each fruit and vegetable before we buy it. However, the highly industrialized and competitive times that…
  • Green Thumbs Boutique brings gardens to your balcony

    Monica Elizabeth Genevieve Robinson
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 pm
    What a wonderful way to spend one’s days and earn a living in the warm cocoon of nature with life springing all about you — a new leaf, fresh flowers, and the lovely fragrance of the earth — and like Mother Nature, always nurturing, creating and growing. Minette and Ranjit of Green Thumbs Boutique probably need no introduction to those who are in the serious business of plants and nature. They are actually in the business of growing and seeing things grow in the beautiful world of plants. Minette and her husband are avid lovers of plants and nature. They used to spend hours…
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    StartUpLift

  • Actisto – Share your voice, smile, file and screen. Without registration and for free.

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

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

    StartUpLift
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    ShiftZen is designed to make the schedule available to owners, managers and staff. Target Audience: Managers/Owners/Operators of Independent and Franchise Restaurants/Retail/Gyms Website URL: https://www.ShiftZen.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: 1) Did the look and feel of the homepage leave you wondering what the service does? 2) Is there too much/not enough text on homepage? 3) Is the signup call to action fairly obvious? 4) Go to search engine of your choice and find one other company that offers a similar service. Compare the two companies. Which on do you…
  • John Lundin, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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

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

  • Startups.Co Building All-in-One Startup Launch Platform

    Susan Post
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Funding is just one piece of the startup puzzle. A lot has to happen before funding should really even be addressed, and, there’s much to consider after. Columbus-based crowdfunding platform Fundable found themselves to be in the middle of this startup chain of command. Since its inception in May of 2012, “We’ve helped raise over $150 […]
  • Columbus Set to Launch Pilot Program Bringing Food Trucks & Carts to the Hungry Masses

    Kevin Brennan
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    This spring, you may notice a change in downtown Columbus. As city dwellers hustle to their offices, a new sight and smell might stop them in their paths. Columbus-ites will be able to enjoy a quick bite, on the go, without worrying about the rollercoaster of emotions that go hand-in-hand with typical fast food offerings: […]
  • E.V. Bishoff Equipping Offices with Building-Owned Internet & Telephone Networks

    Susan Post
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Local commercial real estate development company E.V. Bishoff recently completed the installation of  building-owned internet and telephone networks in three of its historic downtown structures. The Central Telephone Building at 33 N. Third St., The Law and Finance Building at 85 E. Gay St., and The Commerce Building located at 35 E. Gay St. have […]
  • The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Divorce

    Jay Babbitt
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    For small business owners, a divorce can affect the entire course of the company. Growth might be stalled, day-to-day matters can often be put on hold, and the entire operation could be compromised. What’s more, divorce can not only affect the pair separating, but also any business partners and employees involved. If you or your […]
  • Sleepy Baby Consulting Lulling Little Ones to a Full Night’s Rest

    Susan Post
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    A baby that wakes up 10 to 15 times a night is probably close to a parent’s worst nightmare. But exhausted parents take note, there is a solution. One-woman show Amy Douglas is bringing Sleepy Baby Consulting to Columbus. Douglas is a certified sleep consultant that, within a few nights, can have your little one […]
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • 3 Innovative Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:23 pm
    3 Innovative Startups 1. Gila Glia empowers people to shop their values. They can build stronger connections with businesses in their area, encourage those businesses to spend their money responsibly and ensure they are supporting like-minded companies aligned with their beliefs. Glia matches your profile with a business to determine your unique score.Its algorithm looks at the issues that you care about and checks whether you and the business support the same values. 2. Carvi Carvi is a new startup that aims to help your driving habits and help you to improve your driving skills. It provides…
  • 4 Lenses Of Innovation For Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Why do a few entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, seem to come up with all the real innovations, while the majority of business leaders seem stuck in the rut of linear thinking? I have always wondered if innovation required some rare gene mutation, or whether I might be missing a simple formula for unlocking the ability in any intelligent business person to innovate. While searching for an answer, I was excited by a new book, “The 4 Lenses of Innovation,” from Rowan Gibson, one of the most recognized thought leaders in business innovation. According to Gibson, you don’t have to…
  • Knowmail: New Personal Email Assistant

    VisionwizTeam
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Knowmail Knowmail is a new startup that aims to work as personal email assistant that helps employees communicate and collaborate more effectively from any location with any device. How It Works: Knowmail starts by working in the background, learning how you manage your emails, with whom you communicate, which emails you spend more time on and much more. Knowing you, it becomes your personal email assistant, handing you the most important emails first, sizing work based on the time you have. It summarizes your emails and provides contextual “next best actions” to help you clean up your…
  • 10 Unusual Courses To Learn For Business People

    Martin
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:11 pm
    I’m sure that every one of us who has been out in the business world for a few years can look back with perfect hindsight and name a few college courses that we should have taken. What’s more disconcerting to me is that I can name a few that aren’t usually even offered, resulting in more than a few students graduating ill-prepared for the real business world! I won’t even try to cover here the ones you didn’t find for your personal life, like managing personal finances and credit. But on the business side, here is my list of useful courses that we wish existed, but as far as I know,…
  • 3 Most Valued Robo Advisor Startup For Managing Wealth

    VisionwizTeam
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    3 Most Valued Robo Advisor Startup For Managing Wealth 1. Betterment The Betterment is a wealth management startup that aims to achieve optimal returns at every level of risk. Through diversification, automated rebalancing, better behavior, and lower fees, Betterment customers can expect 4.30% higher returns than a typical DIY investor. Each investment portfolio is designed to get customers optimal investor returns. Its goal-based investing framework and advice algorithm let customers know if they are on track to reach their investment goals like Retirement or a Safety Net Fund, in seconds.
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Happywork TV Episode 38: Don’t Haze or Hate on Departing Employees

    Chris Reimer
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
      In Episode 38 of Happywork TV, we talk about the next commitment in the work code of conduct I’ve created called “The Happywork Agreement.” This is a commitment that employers are going to make to their employees. Here it is: “If an employee resigns, I will not make it hard on them. There’s no […] The post Happywork TV Episode 38: Don’t Haze or Hate on Departing Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 37: Happywork Has Launched!

    Chris Reimer
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
      Thanks to all who have played a role in bringing my art to the marketplace. Today, February 17, 2015, Happywork hits the streets, and I’m thrilled and honored. The post Happywork TV Episode 37: Happywork Has Launched! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork is On The Shelves At Barnes & Noble

    Chris Reimer
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    My book is now on the shelves at select Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. I stopped by the one near my house (170 & Ladue in St. Louis). They now have two autographed copies! Use BN.com to check in-store stock in your area (use the zip code field on the right side of the screen). The post Happywork is On The Shelves At Barnes & Noble appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The #Happywork Hashtag is Looking Good!

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    The post The #Happywork Hashtag is Looking Good! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork Reviews, Happywork Podcasts, Happywork Tweets, Happywork Everything!

    Chris Reimer
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    This blog post serves several purposes: 1. It’s a compendium of reviews for my book Happywork. (mostly happy reviews, no doubt!) 2. It’s a compendium of podcasts, interviews, and recorded speaking engagements supporting the book. 3. It’s a repository for all the fun tweets flying around about the book. Here we go! REVIEWS Happywork on […] The post Happywork Reviews, Happywork Podcasts, Happywork Tweets, Happywork Everything! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • Why Multi-Channel Customer Service is Increasingly Important

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    How do you prefer to talk to other people? Over the phone? Through e-mail? On social media? Chances are you have different preferences depending on the time of day, your location, and what you’re talking about. The same goes for your customers and how they prefer to communicate with your company. Some customers may prefer picking up the phone, while others would rather send a quick tweet to get their issue resolved. The variety of communication preferences within your customer base means that every one of your customer service channels needs to meet your customers’ expectations. Here’s…
  • Should You Really Fire a Problem Employee? Here’s How to Know When It’s Time

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    It’s not always easy to tell when it’s time to fire an employee, especially since the decision for termination typically only comes after you’ve tried everything possible to resolve issues with the employee. If an employee has a good attitude and is a hard worker, you may want to keep putting in some effort to help the employee improve. But if your problem employee’s bad attitude is affecting morale, hampering overall productivity, or garnering complaints from customers or vendors, it may be time to show the person the door — especially if the bad behavior keeps getting worse and…
  • Anatomy of a Successful Text Message Marketing Campaign

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    Text message marketing is being touted as the latest, greatest means of reaching customers since the advent of the Internet. After all, more than 50 percent of all adults have smartphones (and that number jumps to 80 percent for adults between the ages of 18 and 34) and most open text messages within an hour of receiving them. However, just because people have the capability to receive messages and will read them doesn’t mean that your text message marketing campaign is guaranteed to be successful. There are a number of factors that can torpedo your campaign before it even starts, and if…
  • 5 Big Trends Happening in Big Data

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Graphic provided by ShoreTel Is your business on board with big data? As this movement continues to sweep companies in every industry, it is important to understand where and how the landscape may be changing in the near future. Moving to the cloud has allowed business leaders to create a hybrid of on-premises and cloud-based data processing that encourages flexibility in the workplace while still focusing on efficiency and strong decision-making. Big data has also forced companies to learn to keep up with managing and analyzing the sudden influx of information that they are faced with while…
  • Loading Dock Design: Solutions That Protect Product and Speed up Operations

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    Your business’s loading dock design can affect your business and merchandise in a myriad of ways, so it’s essential to reflect on this design either before you create it or if you need to revamp it. The following design considerations will help your business create a safe environment for both personnel and merchandise and ensure the streamlined loading and unloading of materials. Common Problems Associated with Loading Dock Designs Many businesses have struggled with loading dock design problems. Sometimes a sloped approach is simply too steep or an approach can only accommodate…
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online

  • February Blogging Report – Preparing for a Product Launch!

    Dilip Kumar
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:27 am
    February was not a great month on the blogging front for me. I kind of ignored both my primary blogs – dkspeaks and bpodiary, as also my other niche blogs. The total number of posts that I did were as below: dkspeaks.com : 1 post excluding this one bpodiary.com : None Other blogs : 4 […] The post February Blogging Report – Preparing for a Product Launch! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Run a Successful Giveaway Campaign on Facebook?

    Dilip Kumar
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
      Facebook Ads Scars are yet unhealed! Many of you would agree with me that this is a fair statement. At least that is what I felt after having spent $500 on Facebook and getting a ZERO ROI. This is for some very specific campaigns that I ran and shouldn’t be confused as an overall […] The post How to Run a Successful Giveaway Campaign on Facebook? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • The Most Complete and Practical Social Media Checklist – Infographic

    Dilip Kumar
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Social Media is a quicksand! Do you agree? It is very easy to get caught in the Social Media web, just as you would get caught in quicksand. And once are you are caught in it, it is very difficult that you will be able to get out of it. One big problem that most […] The post The Most Complete and Practical Social Media Checklist – Infographic appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Thrive Content Builder Review – Building Beautiful Landing Pages

    Dilip Kumar
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever tried to build a landing page in your WordPress blog? I am sure, if you were not on the Optimizepress theme or, one of the other landing page creator themes, you will have had a tough time doing that! Now, have you ever tried to create a funky little post with a […] The post Thrive Content Builder Review – Building Beautiful Landing Pages appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Why You Should Focus on Video Marketing in 2015 – Infographic

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

    guestbloggerSUD
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:44 am
    There are several types of addresses associated with limited company formation, some are legally required and others are optional. The most important ones are the registered office and service address, both of which Companies House request during the incorporation process. Directors must also provide their residential address, but this information will remain private unless a home address is used for registered office or service address purposes. Regarding optional company addresses: you may use a SAIL address (explained below), a business address and a trading address. They all sound like…
  • How to open a business bank account as a non-UK resident

    guestbloggerSUD
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:35 am
    While it’s easy for a non-UK resident to register a limited company in the UK, opening a business bank account is a little more complicated. It is not a legal requirement to have a separate bank account for your limited company but it is an absolute necessity from a practical standpoint – without a business bank account, it will become increasingly challenging to manage your accounting records and distinguish your personal finances from your company’s finances. It’s far easier to avoid accounting errors than it is to rectify them. There are a couple of feasible options for non-UK…
  • The EU’s pot of gold for small innovative businesses

    guestbloggerSUD
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Start-ups in the UK are booming, with Tech City now the third-largest technology start-up cluster in the world after San Francisco and New York. Start-ups also provide the main source of recovery growth in the UK and Europe. The European Commission knows this and has set aside billions of Euros for innovative small businesses. However, very few businesses in the UK seem to know about this pot of gold. The EU’s new research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, was launched last year and has €80bn to spend over seven years. Some 15-20% of this is earmarked for innovative businesses,…
  • Europe’s largest student entrepreneur event comes to Liverpool

    guestbloggerSUD
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    More than 800 students will be in Liverpool this weekend to attend the Student Enterprise Conference 2015, which is hosted by the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and supported (for the second year) by Santander. At the conference, which will take place at Liverpool John Moore’s University’s Redmonds Building in the city centre, students will be able to meet some of the UK's most innovative entrepreneurs and businesses, including 2014 BBC Apprentice candidate Ella Jade Bitton and Julien Callede, founder and COO of Made.com. Exciting and successful…
  • Seven key lessons for new entrepreneurs

    guestbloggerSUD
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Intended to help you if you have recently started your own business or currently work for someone else and you’re seriously considering it, here are seven key lessons I’ve learnt in my 20-year career in technology and communications, a journey that has taken me from more junior level to senior corporate positions to CEO of my own successful business. 1 Despise the 9-5 working day. If you enjoy what you’re doing and you’re learning – keep going. Working for yourself often means making sacrifices and having to work long, hard days is often par for the course. But don’t be a martyr.
 
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  • Quotes For Entrepreneurs–February 2015

    Sean Murphy
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:33 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. “If you want to get rid of somebody just tell them something for their own good” Kin Hubbard in “Abe Martin’s Broadcast” (1930) “Nothing would more contribute to make a Man wise, than to have always an Enemy in his view.” George Savile While it’s dangerous to benchmark only against existing competitors…
  • Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

    Sean Murphy
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Leonard Nimoy played Spock, the science officer on the starship Enterprise in the original 1960’s television series, the first six movies in the franchise that followed, and many of the Star Trek spinoff movies and series thereafter. Nimoy infused Spock’s character with a detached rationalism that resonated with many who follow science and engineering careers, including many entrepreneurs–although he was perhaps more of a role model for CTO than CEO. Here are a few quotes that I thought were representative of his character with some additional commentary for entrepreneurs.
  • BeamWise Debuts Zemax Integration at Photonics West 2015

    Sean Murphy
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
    BeamWise will be demonstrating an integration with Zemax at Photonics West 2015. Stop by our booth #4034 to see a demo of our bidirectional interface with Zemax.  We are excited to be accepted into the Zemax partner program. BeamWise-Zemax integration demo at Photonics West 2015 Transcript BeamWise is a design automation tool for complex photonic systems. It provides model-based design and configuration solutions. With BeamWise, an instrument designer can quickly define an optical system interactively, using real optomechanical components. At any time the designer can verify or optimize…
  • Some Unsolicited Advice From David Cain

    Sean Murphy
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:50 pm
    David Cain wrote a thought provoking, practical, and inspiring blog post today on “67 short pieces of advice you didn’t ask for.”  He acknowledges it’s a smorgasbord of unsolicited advice where you can take what you like and leave the rest for others: “There’s no way for such an avalanche of unsolicited advice to come off as anything but preachy. But there’s also something appealing about the scattergun approach. Trying on a few dozen ideas in a few minutes will almost always leave you with something you can take to the bank, if you don’t get hung up on…
  • Sean Murphy Joins IEEE-CNSV Board of Directors

    Sean Murphy
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    I was gratified to be elected to the board of directors for the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley as an at-large director and chair of the marketing committee for 2015. My specific focus will be on initiatives to increase awareness of the CNSV Project Bank and to foster programs–including special interest group meetings, clinics, and workshops–that encourage and assist members to upgrade their on-line presence on the CNSV website, on LinkedIn, their consulting practice website, and other forums and sites that are appropriate for their specific skills and…
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    EpicLaunch

  • Why Multi-Channel Customer Service is Increasingly Important

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    How do you prefer to talk to other people? Over the phone? Through e-mail? On social media? Chances are you have different preferences depending on the time of day, your location, and what you’re talking about. The same goes for your customers and how they prefer to communicate with your company. Some customers may prefer picking up the phone, while others would rather send a quick tweet to get their issue resolved. The variety of communication preferences within your customer base means that every one of your customer service channels needs to meet your customers’ expectations. Here’s…
  • Should You Really Fire a Problem Employee? Here’s How to Know When It’s Time

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    It’s not always easy to tell when it’s time to fire an employee, especially since the decision for termination typically only comes after you’ve tried everything possible to resolve issues with the employee. If an employee has a good attitude and is a hard worker, you may want to keep putting in some effort to help the employee improve. But if your problem employee’s bad attitude is affecting morale, hampering overall productivity, or garnering complaints from customers or vendors, it may be time to show the person the door — especially if the bad behavior keeps getting worse and…
  • Anatomy of a Successful Text Message Marketing Campaign

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    Text message marketing is being touted as the latest, greatest means of reaching customers since the advent of the Internet. After all, more than 50 percent of all adults have smartphones (and that number jumps to 80 percent for adults between the ages of 18 and 34) and most open text messages within an hour of receiving them. However, just because people have the capability to receive messages and will read them doesn’t mean that your text message marketing campaign is guaranteed to be successful. There are a number of factors that can torpedo your campaign before it even starts, and if…
  • 5 Big Trends Happening in Big Data

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Graphic provided by ShoreTel Is your business on board with big data? As this movement continues to sweep companies in every industry, it is important to understand where and how the landscape may be changing in the near future. Moving to the cloud has allowed business leaders to create a hybrid of on-premises and cloud-based data processing that encourages flexibility in the workplace while still focusing on efficiency and strong decision-making. Big data has also forced companies to learn to keep up with managing and analyzing the sudden influx of information that they are faced with while…
  • Loading Dock Design: Solutions That Protect Product and Speed up Operations

    EpicLaunch
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    Your business’s loading dock design can affect your business and merchandise in a myriad of ways, so it’s essential to reflect on this design either before you create it or if you need to revamp it. The following design considerations will help your business create a safe environment for both personnel and merchandise and ensure the streamlined loading and unloading of materials. Common Problems Associated with Loading Dock Designs Many businesses have struggled with loading dock design problems. Sometimes a sloped approach is simply too steep or an approach can only accommodate…
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  • ‘Hack Our City’ to gather social change, innovation leaders

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    More than 15 speakers covering topics at the intersection of social change and innovation will give lightning talks on Saturday. The event, called Hack Our City, will be held at 10 N. Charles St. from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. It’s free to attend. RSVP The goal, according to a press release, is to “highlight some of the city’s unsung heroes working to make a positive difference in education, economic opportunity, criminal justice and reentry” and other areas. BMe, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Gensler, Global Shapers, Hack Baltimore and Impact Hub Baltimore are…
  • Md. regulators approve Uber settlement. Md. lawmakers propose something else

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    At the Maryland Public Service Commission in Baltimore on Thursday, an agreement was finalized between state regulators and Uber. Meanwhile, at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis, a bill was filed that effectively puts the company and the PSC at odds. The separate moves serve as signposts for different roads that could be travelled in the coming weeks to resolve the ongoing impasse over how to regulate ridesharing in Maryland. Ending months of back-and-forth, the PSC signed off on a settlement agreement with Uber that puts regulations in place on UberBLACK and and UberSUV, the…
  • Digital Harbor Foundation is organizing a daylong conference at SXSW

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    At the Digital Harbor Foundation’s tech center in Federal Hill, Andrew Coy looks to find ways to change up normal approaches to the school day. So, when presented with the chance to organize a daylong event at SXSW, it’s fitting that he’s looking for a new approach to a conference, too. “With tech education, you really need some hands-on experience because it’s so rapidly changing,” said Coy, who is DHF’s executive director. "Most of the day is really focused on doing stuff."Andrew Coy, Digital Harbor Foundation On March 10, the Digital Harbor…
  • There’s a major edtech summit at the Four Seasons this weekend

    Stephen Babcock
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    EdSurge will bring the Baltimore Tech for Schools Summit to the Four Seasons on Friday and Saturday. The latest edition of the edtech gathering will split the two days into a workshop for administrators on Friday and all-day session for educators on Saturday. Educators can attend for free. Register “We have over 950 educators registered for Saturday and over 200 administrators for Friday so we’re expecting a great turnout,” said Katrina Stevens, formerexecutive director of EdTech Maryland. Friday’s keynote will be delivered by Liz Arney, author of the education in…
  • MTA fires back on bus tracking: ‘we are working on it’

    Stephen Babcock
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    The MTA is planning to make its bus tracking data more user friendly, after all. MTA’s bus tracking website. (Courtesy image) In a blog post responding to civic hackers’ release of the data and Transit App’s use of it, MTA officials said they’re working on it. The blog post’s title? “Did civic hackers save the MTA $600,000 in one day? Not quite, but we are glad they tried. Read the full post “We are happy to report that our engineers have been working for weeks to figure out a way to move the data we made possible into a secure enough environment…
 
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  • Video: Kindara Startup Helps You Chart Fertility

    Rich
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:34 am
    In this video episode of Startup of the Week, Kevin Pollak sits down with William Sacks and Katherine Bicknell of Kindara. The company has developed a new, easy-to-use fertility charting app for iPhone.
  • Video: Electric Hub Kit Could Double Your Gas Mileage

    Rich
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    In this video, Professor Charles Perry from Middle Tennessee State University demonstrates electric hub technology on a 1995 Honda station wagon, thereby increasing the gas mileage by 50 to 100 percent. The whole point was to demonstrate the feasibility of adding the electrical motor to the rear wheel of the car without changing the brakes, bearings, suspension — anything mechanical.” Read the Full Story. Features like this are why I love my job!
  • Video: John Cleese on How to be More Creative

    Rich
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:19 am
    Over at Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds has written up a summary of this famous John Cleese talk on Creativity. In a nutshell, Cleese says that Creativity is not a talent, but a way of operating. Cleese says that we can describe the way people function at work in terms of two basic modes: open and closed — and creativity is not possible in the closed mode. The closed mode is the one we are in most of the time at work, running around busy in an “active…slightly anxious mode.” The closed mode is not a bad thing, of course, and is often crucial for getting things done — but…
  • Video: Nike+ Digital Services – Making Athletes Better

    Rich
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    In this video, Ricky Engelberg from Nike+ presents: Nike+ Digital Services – Making Athletes Better. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience 2012.
  • PDX Panel: Magically Customizing Your User’s Experience

    Rich
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:07 pm
    In this video, Jared Wiener from PDC moderates a discussion on customizing the user experience. Speakers include Tom Byrnes from 4-Tell and Andre Wolper from Embodee. 4-Tell: As the dividing line between online and offline retailing continues to blur, 4-Tell provides an integrated suite of products that allows merchants to deliver individually personalized product recommendations to shoppers across all channels – web, e-mail, mobile, CRM, and in-store. Our next-generation technology enables retailers of all sizes to increase conversion, sales and profits while providing a more engaging…
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Why ‘I’m really busy’ is a terrible phrase.

    Banksy
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    Go on admit it, you’ve said it yourself haven’t you? I have. I say it a lot. So much so in fact that I’m outing myself in an attempt to curb my use of this horrible phrase. Maybe you’ll join me? I recently read this except from someone on twitter: “Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with £86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every penny, of course? Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning,…
  • Why the young are our future

    Banksy
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    The first high jump event was recorded in the early 19th century. From then until 1964 athletes had all used something called the scissors technique. Essentially they approached the bar and jumped with one leg going over from the side first, followed by the second, all the time remaining bolt upright. Then in 1964 something remarkable happened. Dick Frosbury went against the norm and performed a completely different technique, jumping and ‘flopping’ over the bar backwards. He shocked (and perhaps you could argue, ‘changed’) the world. Later this technique would be known as the…
  • Do you actually want my business?

    Banksy
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is in danger of turning into a rant I’m afraid. Sorry about that. Recently I was in the market for a new car. I’d had my current wheels for about 6 years and although I loved them, they were getting a little old and my priorities had changed. Now it’s about showing my commitment to our growing family (currently a dog and a little one on the way). Anyway, onto my rant. I don’t know if my expectations are too high but does it sometimes feel like people don’t want your business or purposely make it difficult to do business with them. I work pretty hard in my life. I’m in the…
  • 6 things that changed my life in 2014

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

    Banksy
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    A few years ago, at a time when I was still able to drive around in an impractical car (before the requirement for a 5-seater family car), I faced a dilemma one morning when I managed to lock myself out of said motor. Luckily, my neighbour happened to be the owner of Lockfix24 (a local locksmith’s in Exeter), and after a quick search on Google for his emergency number – he quickly came to my rescue. Kenny was a complete life saver that day, turning up within the hour and “breaking” me back into my car without leaving a mark. He was reliable, quick and efficient, and I cannot thank…
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  • Talent on the Move! February 27, 2015

    Keith Cline
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Release Date:  Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:45 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - February 27, 2015 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - February 27, 2015Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.Lou Jordano, Chief Marketing Officer @ Attivio.  Previously, Chief Marketing Officer at Ektron (now Episerver).  Link John-Henry…
  • Stack Dive: Appcues’ Serverless Stack

    joshboyle
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Jonathan Kim - Founder, Appcues Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  The first line of Appcues code was written in late-December 2013, amid the heyday of javascript’s renaissance. The first line of Appcues code was written in late-December 2013, amid the heyday of javascript’s renaissance. As a frontend engineer, I’ve always dreamed of a single language, no backend setup that let me build things quickly, and Appcues was the perfect chance to try it.Our StackHere’s what we ended up with:Brunch for the static…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: March 2 - 6

    joshboyle
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  What's hapenining in and around Boston next week? Here's a snapshot of networking events, pitch contests and classes! We all know how awesome the Boston tech ecosystem is, but does everyone take full advantage of it? It’s hard to balance getting out in the community and meeting new folks with hitting those deadlines and milestones. It’s probably even more difficult to keep track of everything going on around…
  • Product Feature: Cuseum

    joshboyle
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Earlier this month Cuseum, a startup focused on mobile technology for the art and cultural sector, announced it closed a seed investment of $1.2 million.  Earlier this month Cuseum, a startup focused on mobile technology for the art and cultural sector, announced it closed a seed investment of $1.2 million.  Investors in this round included Foundry Group’s FG Angels, Atlas Venture’s…
  • Eeeek! Invasion of the Culture Snatchers

    joshboyle
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:45 Author:  Jim McHugh - Experienced Executive & CEO Coach Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  A CEO friend recently told me that he asked three people to leave his company over the last few months.  After they were terminated, there was a marked improvement in the overall morale and attitude of the other employees. A CEO friend recently told me that he asked three people to leave his company over the last few months.  After they were terminated, there was a marked improvement in the overall morale and attitude of…
 
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less

    Michael
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen Painter Dollar recently shared her struggles with tithing. According to her, when she was in her 20’s she was a faithful giver. Now that she and her husband presently make 4 times what she used to make she doesn’t tithe. According to her: “We give away about 5 percent of our gross income every […] The post 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions

    Michael
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I recently got promoted. That is why you haven’t seen as much posts from me.My workload has increased because of the promotion. I used to be an assistant branch manager at a Fortune 500 company, now I’m promoted to a branch manager. Being a new manager has a few perks including increased pay, greater responsibilities, […] The post What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage

    Michael
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I’m a pro-tither. I advocate it and encourage people to do it. I have seen tremendous blessings as a result of it. One blessing that I’ve seen is the improvement of my marriage. Before I was a consistent tither my marriage was on its last leg. My wife was pregnant with our 2nd child and […] The post How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries

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

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

    Bob Debbas
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Rasheen Carbin”, CMO at the US based start-up “nspHire” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?  nspHire is a job search app that directly connects candidates with hiring managers and recruiters. You get to go beyond a job board and connect with an actual person. It combines the Tinder UX with the Linkedin API. It’s Tinder for jobs. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? Our…
  • Fitnescity : Allows Users To Connect With Personal Trainers

    Bob Debbas
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Leila Zemrani”, Founder and CEO  of the New York – US based start-up “Fitnescity” 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 are a peer-to-peer platform that allows users to connect with top personal trainers. Our goal is to open the “gym business” to a whole new world of opportunities: We bring our users personalized, affordable quality workouts, by connecting them directly with qualified personal trainers,…
  • PhotoAppeal : Collaboration Between Photographers and Charities

    Bob Debbas
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:46 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Tiberiu Ciocirlie”, Community Manager – of the London – UK based start-up “PhotoAppeal” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? PhotoAppeal is a new service that encourages collaborations between photographers and charities, giving photographers the opportunity to use their images for good causes, and helping charities find the best image without spending on stock images. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what…
  • MassivBrand : New Innovative Home Technology

    Bob Debbas
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Michelle Bair”, Owner – of the Arizona – US based start-up “MassivBrand” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Massiv Brand offers new innovative technology that is changing the way homeowners are enjoying their homes and televisions, we have joking referred to it as “The Marriage Saver!” Our In-Mirror TVs are custom built in the USA and hand crafted out of solid wood, they are a gorgeous custom framed…
  • The Future of Statistics….. Back to the Basics

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

    Manpreet Kaur
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    There are many things that are harming your business. I know many of you wouldn’t even believe the first statement for you think your business is going perfectly fine. It is probably going fine if you are doing all the things listed down below but let me share a secret: Many business owners don’t think that such things are important enough to be paid attention to. Maybe you are one of such business owners who have decided to treat themselves blind unless a huge problem comes into the picture. Is that what you want? Certainly not. You need to make sure that there isn’t a single thing…
  • Why You Are Not Doing Any Sales

    Manpreet Kaur
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are you struggling with sales? Are you doing few to literally no sales? But why? Why you are not doing any sales? Sales are no easy job. While it is really easy to get likes and retweets on your social media profile, it is equally difficult to get some sales. Of course, people are appreciating you for your awesome business idea, but how many of them would actually buy it? How many of them would actually believe in your idea and help you grow? If you are not doing any sales, don’t get disappointed. Don’t think that there is something wrong with your product. Your product is perfect but…
  • 3 Most Common CopyWriting Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

    Ian Chandler
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:57 am
    Let’s try a little experiment.  Take a good look at your current advertising. Maybe this is your home page or a description of your business. Try to forget everything you know about your business. Then read through the content, and ask yourself the following: – What is this telling me about the product/service? – Is this interesting? – Does this make me want to take action? Basically, does it give you a reason to care? If not, then you need to fix that. One big mistake that startups make occurs in the content. It’s easy to overlook the writing––even seasoned pros do! It…
  • How To Hire Right People For a Startup

    Paul Lee
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Quick confession: I’m a bit of a nerd. I love video games. There is something captivating to me about being at the helm of a grand adventure, fighting the forces of evil, rescuing kidnapped dignitaries, or solving mysteries, with success or failure wholly dependent on your ability to solve the puzzle or defeat the villain. Even from their humble, 8-bit beginnings, I have been hooked on games and their infinite possibilities of who you can be, what you can do, and the challenges in the way of reaching the game’s ultimate goal. As a young boy I was awed by the sorcery that could create a…
  • Solopreneur Series: Why You Should Be A Solopreneur?

    Manpreet Kaur
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Solopreneur is the one who works for himself. Every single person wants to be an entrepreneur these days but creating a million dollar business out of nothing is difficult. Not every idea would work and there is high amount of risk in that. Solopreneurship allows you to walk down the road of success all by yourself with extremely high success rate. It is easy and even better than entrepreneurship. Don’t you agree? Here are some points which would be enough to convince you to be a solopreneur. They convinced me, in fact, they enchanted me and now I am myself a solopreneur. That’s why I…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • Randy Rayess – Co-founder of VenturePact

    IdeaMensch
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Randy Rayess is the co-founder of VenturePact, a service that helps companies find and engage with vetted software development teams. He is passionate about remote work, outsourcing and software development. He previously worked in private equity at SilverLake Partners, in machine learning and in payments. You can reach out to him at linkedin.com/in/randyrayess and twitter.com/randyrayess. A conversation with Randy Rayess This weekend Evan Bayless interviewed Randy Rayess, cofounder at VenturePact and Wharton and Penn Engineering alumni. VenturePact helps companies execute on software…
  • Peter Figueredo – Partner at House of Kaizen

    IdeaMensch
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    I’m really excited about the widespread adoption of recurring-revenue models, or subscription-based models. The ability to deliver a valuable experience to consumers on a regular basis while helping companies build long-term relationships is very exciting. As a partner at House of Kaizen, Peter Figueredo focuses on strengthening relationships with clients and growing results for clients. Figueredo is head of client services, and his New York City-based team is responsible for client happiness and meeting client goals to achieve long-term engagements and organic growth. House of Kaizen…
  • Jipy Mohanty – Co-founder of Trackmemo

    IdeaMensch
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Any effort is always focused around what we can build to make the experience for our users better – make her more productive, make it easier and more efficient for her to work with her team. Jipy Mohanty scaled engineering for an Austin based startup called Biometric Access after dropping out of the Computer Engineering PhD program at George Washington. Biometric Access was acquired in 2008 after a year of phenomenal growth. Later, he helped scale engineering for Lowes.com as the e-commerce entity of popular US hardware retailer grew 15x in 4 years to $7B in revenue. After Lowe’s,…
  • Shanon Marks – Chief Innovation Officer of MU/DAI

    IdeaMensch
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Productivity is pretty easy in a startup environment. It’s like swimming in the ocean: You can stop, but that’s not going to work out well for you. Shanon Marks, chief innovation officer of MU/DAI, has been defining the experience in digital and physical product design for more than 15 years. He creates groundbreaking experiences that synthesize digital products into the physical world. His work focuses on the application of emerging technology and harvested data to augment and improve the human experience, accelerating the market through innovation and emerging technology. He simplifies…
  • Allison Lami Sawyer – CEO of Rebellion Photonics

    IdeaMensch
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Make a list, prioritize, delegate, delegate, delegate. It’s so important to trust your people. Allison Lami Sawyer is the CEO and co-founder of Rebellion Photonics, an advanced optics company spun out of Rice University in 2009. Rebellion Photonics is commercializing its unique snapshot hyperspectral imaging technology that’s used for chemical imaging video cameras for industries such as safety, defense, and biological research. In 2012, the company launched its Gas Cloud Imaging camera for continuous monitoring of dangerous gas leaks for the oil and gas industry. The unique Gas Cloud…
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  • The Next Big Thing that most venture investors will miss

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

    admin
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    I’ve always been obsessed with understanding why certain businesses scale and why certain others don’t. This obsession got me started with understanding and unpacking the fundamental factors that lead to rapid scale. Over the years, I’ve studied: the scaling of niche brands towards global domination, the scaling of influencers and thinkers who pioneer an idea towards global adoption the scaling of startups to become large multi-billion dollar businesses That was when I got interested in the emerging platform business model. Platforms scale in ways that was never possible for…
  • The case against the Sharing Economy

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    A whole slew of labor platforms have come up over the last couple of years, powering what is widely referred to as the Gig Economy or (rather inappropriately) the Sharing Economy. Remote freelancing (Freelancer, Elance-Odesk) and micro-tasking (Amazon Mechanical Turk) platforms have been around for quite some time, as have classifieds (e.g. Craigslist), all of which enable service providers to find new gigs. But a whole new range of vertical-specific platforms have come up in recent times creating two broad classes of new opportunities: Higher end gigs: Consulting platforms like Clarity and…
  • The Platform Stack: For everyone building a platform… and for everyone else

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

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

  • Facebook Style: Saying Thanks to Advertisers

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

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Switch.co is a cloud-based phone system built for Google Apps users. It helps you to make and take calls from anywhere, on any device. Yes they mean from anywhere anytime. So it helps your sales and marketing team as productive as office. Switch.co integrates with Google Apps to provide a contextual profile, including recent Gmail messages, shared Docs, and upcoming Calendar invites. Ring All Your devices iPhone, Android and any Business Number. Switch Devices on the move Auto Sync with Google Contacts Voice Mail, 3-way calling, Transfer, Record, Click to Call Learn more at www.switch.co.
 
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    Startup Freak

  • Awwstruck.com

    StartupFreak
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:50 am
    Company Name : Awwstruck.com Description : Handicrafts E-commerce Company Overview : We, AwwStruck (awwstruck.com), are in the business of aggregating and making available to the outside world, the diversity and cultural heritage of India, in the form of Indian handicrafts and artefacts. In the process, we intend to provide an alternate channel of selling for the artisans, who put in a lot of toil, struggle, efforts, talent and years of training into the making of each masterpiece. As an organization, we are dedicated to the cause of promoting and sensitizing the worldwide consumers about…
  • Dreams Iconic

    StartupFreak
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:48 am
    Company Name : Dreams Iconic Description : IT solutions development company in India Company Overview : Dreams Iconic is India based IT Solutions provider company offers website design and development services,creative graphics designing services,open source customization and custom application development services. Homepage URL: http://www.dreamsiconic.com Industry : Technology Number of Employees : 25+ Location : D-5,Sector-10,Noida,UP Key People : Dreams Iconic Family Social Links
  • Homes for Sale in Schaumburg – Brax Homes

    StartupFreak
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    Company Name : Homes for Sale in Schaumburg – Brax Homes Description : Find homes for sale in Schaumburg IL from Brax Homes. The realtor guides you through the process of sales and purchase of real estate in Schaumburg, Illinois. Company Overview : Find homes for sale in Schaumburg IL from Brax Homes. The realtor guides you through the process of sales and purchase of real estate in Schaumburg, Illinois. Homepage URL: http://braxhomes.com/search-homes/schaumburg-homes/ Industry : Other Number of Employees : 25 Location : 1733 Park St #150 Naperville, Illinois Key People : Homes, Sales…
  • LearntheCorp Consulting

    StartupFreak
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:46 am
    Company Name : LearntheCorp Consulting Description : Focused to deliver exclusive HR Transformation consulting services for corporates in India Company Overview : Homepage URL: http://www.learnthecorp.com Industry : Human Resources Number of Employees : 4 Location : #4, IV Street, Dr R K Salai, Mylapore Key People : Rajesh Subramaniam We deliver exclusive 2020 focused transformation workshops to enable HR RESOURCE ENGAGEMENT HR SHARED SERVICES – SCALE DELIVERY HR PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS HR GLOBAL DATA ENGAGEMENT GEN Z – PERFORMANCE AND RECOGNITION Warm regards Rajesh Subramaniam…
  • CDN Mobile Solutions

    StartupFreak
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    Company Name : CDN Mobile Solutions Description : Promising mobile app development company Company Overview : CDN Mobile Solutions is a leading Mobile Application Development Company based in India, providing affordable services including native and cross platform application development. They have successfully completed more than 500 projects including business, utility, travel & tourism, social networking, m-commerce, fun & entertainment, education Apps & many more. They provide custom mobile apps development for platforms like iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone,…
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    Onboardly

  • 6 Content Marketing Tools We Use Every Day

    Tanya McGinnity
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:45 pm
    It’s no secret that there is a tremendous volume of content currently floating around in cyberspace. But did you know that approximately 92,000 articles are posted online every day? According to Moz, the Huffington Post alone is responsible for at least 1,200 of those articles. There is a sea of content out there and it is growing by the minute (literally). And if you try to swim in that sea alone, you are likely going to sink fast. To put that kick-ass content marketing plan in action and regularly create stand-out content, you need to set up a content machine — tools and processes…
  • Let Your Passion Drive You, One Step at a Time: An Interview with Timothy Sykes

    Shanelle Mullin
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:05 pm
    This interview is part of our Entrepreneur Interview series. Timothy Sykes — full-time stock trader and teacher — is in an industry centered around money, yet money sits on his back burner. For this entrepreneurial spirit and ruckus starter, it all comes down to passion, and letting that passion drive your business every step of the way. We were fortunate to sit down with Tim to talk penny stocks, transparency, and what it takes to survive as an entrepreneur. The Plan That Backfired… In the Best Way 1. What made you decide to start exploring penny stocks, especially in the…
  • When a Lean Startup Gets Fat: How to Shed the Weight

    Renee Warren
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Whether you’re bootstrapping your business or you’ve decided to take money from outside investors, one of the universal startup mantras is “do more with less.” And for good reason — it can take time to find product-market fit and start generating consistent revenue. The leaner your operation is, the more flexibility you have when dealing with the inevitable surprises that come along with building and running a startup. But even with constant reminders to manage your runway and keep your burn rate in check, it can be easy to get carried away with expenses (shiny object syndrome,…
  • 5 Tips for Newbies to Become Pros at Demand Marketing

    Renee Warren
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:05 pm
    I have been immersed in the world of marketing for nearly 15 years. In that time, I have seen trends come and go, technologies burn bright and then fade away, and experts rise to prominence and fall off the radar. What has stayed consistent, though, are the motivations behind marketing: to build brands, enhance visibility, and grow profits. But although the goals have stayed the same, they have never been harder to accomplish — in the vast sea of content being published every day, it’s challenging to create content that stands out as memorable and useful. Enter Demand Marketing.
  • Keeping the Love Alive: They’re Into You. Now What?

    Heather Carson
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This is an excerpt from The Ultimate PR Machine – a course that’s helping startups get the media coverage that they need. Click here to join our growing community of DIY startup teams that are making the news. So you’ve gotten picked up by the media, or maybe you’ve landed a guest posting opportunity that has helped to boost your public profile — and you have the website stats to show it. After the excitement wears off, and you’re done celebrating – then what? Once the party’s over, the real work begins. It’s all part of the fun. This is where the connections that…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Marketing Your Business to Grow Sales: What Are Some Proven Tactics?

    Grasshopper Team
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Money. Like it or not, that’s what makes a business run. It’s easy to gab about best marketing practices, but what tactics actually grow sales? We asked a handful of experts about which marketing channels are the most effective, and we want to know what’s worked best for you. We’ll be discussing this topic in our fireside chat via Google Hangout on March 24. Here’s what the experts had to say: Love your community. Being actively involved in the community has proven to be the absolute best way to market our business. Dardis Intel Analyze your business first.
  • Financial Freedom for Female Entrepreneurs, An Interview with Nicole Lapin

    Mary Mallard
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Money stuff can be overwhelming and scary. When you’re an entrepreneur, you have the tough task of managing two sets of finances: your business’ and your own. Nicole Lapin, personal finance expert, knows how tough it can be, and wants to help you navigate budgeting, saving money, and preparing for retirement. We picked her brain about personal finance and her new book, Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together…Finally. Nicole’s advice is valuable to any entrepreneur, but especially women, trying to get rich and sort out their…
  • 7 Tools for Managing Personal Finances While Running a Business

    Kaleigh Moore
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Keeping track of business expenses is one thing. But then there’s the question of how to manage those personal finances, too. Now, instead of one, you have two budgets to balance. So where should an entrepreneur look when trying to keep an eye on their personal spending habits? We’ve pulled together a list of great resources that can help you do just that. 7 Tools for Personal Financial Management 1. Mint This popular free tool helps you plan your budget, track expenses, and even sends alerts when you’re close to overstepping your set budget limitations. It also offers tips…
  • Your Go-To Guide to Effective Nonprofit Marketing

    Kiera Abbamonte
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    When it comes to marketing a nonprofit organization, the strategies and tactics can be pretty different from standard small business marketing. Marketing’s super important for all businesses, but it’s even more vital for nonprofits. With all the marketing tricks, tools, and advice out there, it can be hard to figure out what will actually work for you and your nonprofit. But don’t fret! We’ve got what you need to make your organization a marketing superstar. The Four Ps: Nonprofit Edition It’s 2015 now, and we’re talking about nonprofits here, so it’s…
  • 7 Ways to Draw a Line Between Your Business and Personal Life

    Kaleigh Moore
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    It’s easy to let your business life seep into your personal life. Think about it: When you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a lot on your shoulders. Not only are you responsible for the overall success of your business, but your daily to-do list is constantly pulling at your mind and begging for attention. You’re tempted to check your work email during a dinner with friends. You’re up late at night finishing “just one last thing.” You’re working on the weekend to get a head start on the week ahead. But when these situations become regular…
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  • A closer look into Vietnam’s changing startup landscape

    Andrew Rowan
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:06 am
    Last weekend we sat down with Chris Zobrist, the Senior Innovation Partnerships Expert at the IPP, and he shared his thoughts on operating in Vietnam, the potential for entrepreneurship and innovation on a local level, and how the IPP factors into the changing landscape in Vietnam. Can you share a bit about yourself? What’s your background, your role in your organization, and where are you located? CZ: I’m currently working as Senior Innovation Partnerships Expert for IPP, which is a joint program funded by the Foreign Ministry of Finland and the Ministry of Science and Technology of…
  • 8 lessons for entreprenuers from Zendesk and Zopim

    Donna Louisse
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    Zendesk founder and CEO Mikkel Svane and Zopim co-founder Royston Tay share their experiences and advice on the startup world at a NUS Enterprise Kopi Chat Founder and CEO of Zendesk and Vice-President of Zendesk and co-founder of Zopim, Mikkel Svane and Royston Tay sat down and shared their startup journey with 100 attendees at this month’s Kopi Chat organized by NUS Enterprise. Svane and Tay were in town for the opening of their Singapore office yesterday as part of cloud-based customer service software Zendesk’s expanded commitment to the region. This is…
  • Could PornHub’s new wearable solve the energy crisis?

    Rahil Bhagat
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    The new wearable from PornHub, called the Wank Band, uses a kinetic charger powered by wrist motions to store electricity on an internal battery that can then be used to charge your portable electronics “A wearable device that lets you love the planet by loving yourself.” This is the tagline of a new wearable announced today by a most unlikely manufacturer. This wearable, which allows you to charge your portable devices through err…vigorous kinetic energy, is not made by the Sony’s or Samsung’s of the world. Instead the makers of this new wearable, whose…
  • Paying huge electricity bills? tagPlug can save you some moolah

    Twishy
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:52 am
    The startup can help you monitor energy consumption with smart swtiches and plugs Ever felt lazy and left the lights on before going off to sleep? Ever had water scarcity because you forgot to turn on the water motor at odd hours? Millions of Indians face the same problem every day. Tired of sky-rocketing electricity bills and severe shortage of water, Saurav Bhaik decided to find a low-cost solution to the problem. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” he quoted Arthur C Clarke, while talking to e27. Indeed, it’s magical that what started as a boom…
  • 8 ways smart networking can help expand your business

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:20 am
    Leveraging referral relationships gives you the chance to focus on what you do best while providing value to clients Image credit: Rachael Arnott / Shutterstock Like many attorneys, you’re probably hesitant to take on prospective clients with legal issues outside of your wheelhouse. But by turning away potential cases, you’re doing the individuals — and your firm — a major disservice. While I am speaking as a lawyer, this advice applies to many other service providers as well. You might not know much about animal liability cases, but perhaps you know someone who does. Instead of…
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    Tech in Asia

  • 7 building blocks to foster Indonesia’s startup ecosystem

    Andi S. Boediman
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Andi S. Boediman is the managing partner of Ideosource Venture Capital. This is republished from Andi’s Medium post with permission. Before I lay out the seven building blocks that we need to foster the Indonesia startup ecosystem, let me explain where Indonesia’s tech industry stands at the moment relative to its neighbors. Late last year, I was invited to South Korea as part of Dreamplus Alliance. Initiated by the Korean Hanwha Group, this is an alliance between 11 accelerators from different countries in Asia to promote startup ecosystems. The idea is to form a global alliance…
  • Endless wardrobe: a new subscription fashion box startup in Japan has a surprising twist

    J.T. Quigley
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    It’s no secret that many women love to shop, but for professional females trying to make a name for themselves and new mothers adapting to round-the-clock parenting (or the incredibly talented ladies who manage to juggle both at the same time), finding time to discover new fashion can become a hassle. Getting away from the office can be doubly difficult for Japanese women, who often need to work twice as hard as their male colleagues to get noticed. New mothers often undertake 100 percent of child-rearing responsibilities, so getting away from the nursery or the local pediatrician becomes a…
  • 4 years on, a look at where Games Solution Center has succeeded and failed

    Mary-Anne Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The Games Solution Center (GSC) in Singapore, initiated by the Media Development Authority and managed by Nanyang Polytechnic, is going all out for the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this year. It’s not only hosting the largest number of Singapore game companies to date – 21, if you’re curious – it’s also sponsoring three different events and parties at the con. According to its communications team from Nanyang Polytechnic, GSC’s function over the nearly four years it has been running has been to be “a one-stop resource centre that provides a rapid…
  • Why partnerships will make or break Asia’s startup scene

    Terence Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    L to R: Takeshi Ebihara of Rebright, Khailee Ng of 500 Startups, Amit Anand of Jungle Ventures, Maro Suntanu of SMDV, and Kay-Mok Ku of Gobi Partners. 2014 was probably the most eventful year for Asia’s startups yet, at least in terms of funding. Japan, and Softbank in particular, has invested massively outside of the domestic market. The US is putting serious money into India. We also saw massive funding rounds for Lazada (US$1.2 billion in valuation, with an estimated gross merchandize volume of US$270 million, posits Rebright’s founding partner Takeshi Ebihara), Tokopedia,…
  • Jack Ma fires back at domestic critics over charity giving ‘scandal’

    C. Custer
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You probably know the name Jack Ma. The man is, after all, the chairman and founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, and his word carries some serious weight in Asian tech circles. What you may not know is that Jack Ma occasionally blogs. So, once again, I’ve translated his latest piece below. In it, he talks about Alibaba’s philosophy for charitable giving, and fires back at domestic critics. Recently, what I most dread reading are those unscientific, un-rigorous, irresponsible “authoritative reports” or “viewpoints.” A few days ago, I was very surprised to…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – February 28 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Northzone invests 29 MSEK in recruitment startup Sqore Can competitions replace headhunters? Nortzhone seems to thinks so. The Swedish venture capital firm has invested 29 MSEK in a Swedish startup called Sqore, which is trying to change the way companies look for talent. Oceans launch their diving social network, following in the footsteps of Fishbrain and The Great Wild Today marks the launch and first…
  • Northzone invests 29 MSEK in recruitment startup Sqore

    Anders Hassis
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Can competitions replace headhunters? Nortzhone seems to thinks so. The Swedish venture capital firm has invested 29 MSEK in a Swedish startup called Sqore, which is trying to change the way companies look for talent, tech site Breakits podcast reports in it’s latest episode. Here’s an example of how Sqore works: A bank wants to hire four programmers. Instead of putting an ad on a website and asking applicants to send and e-mail, the bank gets in contact with Sqore. Sqore sets up a competition were programmers are asked to solve a problem. Those who come up with the best solutions get a…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – February 25 Edition

    James Pember
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sweden is a brilliant place to work, especially at a startup and the community is buzzing! These awesome Swedish startups are currently looking for talent, so check out what’s available and if you like what you see – apply! Sparta are hiring a Sales Development Manager to exciting SaaS startup | Sparta Qapital are hiring a iOS Developer Qapital are hiring a Senior Android Developer Toca Boca are hiring a iOS/Android/Microsoft developers with Unity experience Toca Boca are hiring a Release Manager – Tech Team Lead For more jobs, check out our job site and Malmö Startups.
  • Oceans launch their diving social network, following in the footsteps of Fishbrain and The Great Wild

    James Pember
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:55 am
    It seems Johan Attby was right. The rise of the “niche social network” is upon us.  Fishbrain, one of the most talked about startups in 2014, are now closing in on 1,000,000 registered users to their social network and community for fishing, whilst we recently profiled The Great Wild, another Swedish app trying to do the same for hunting. Today marks the launch and first public release of dive logging and community app Oceans, following a successful invitation-only beta trial during 2014. Together with the world’s diving community, Oceans is set to map the teeming oceanic…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – February 21 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Uppstart, a proper castle party filled with drones, cyborgs and startups If you are prepared to hop into a train, it only takes 38 minutes (to be exact!) to get from Stockhom to Uppsala. For the fourth time (and the first of 2015), Uppstart took place, this time at a castle. This was Uppsalas fourth event by Jason Dainter, the UK entrepreneur who has fallen in love with the city of Uppsala. Persona shopping…
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    Barcinno

  • Talent Garden – Europe’s Largest Network of Coworking Spaces – Arrives in Barcelona

    Scott Mackin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:22 am
    “The evolution of coworking – from a desk and a chair, to a collaborative workspace, to a highly productive, curated community – will only continue to evolve as companies and professionals adapt to the changes in how, when and where we work.”  -- Matt Cooper, VP of oDesk Talent Garden – the first international network […] The post Talent Garden – Europe’s Largest Network of Coworking Spaces – Arrives in Barcelona appeared first on Barcinno.
  • FC Barcelona Launches Mobile Ticketing System At Camp Nou

    Hector Manzano
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    Whether you’re a visitor or resident, it’s fascinating to see how Barcelona has utilized technology to improve the city and lives of its people. From mobile applications created by the Government, to private companies that promote and integrate the creation of new systems, methodologies and practices that everyone can use and enjoy. One example of those entities […] The post FC Barcelona Launches Mobile Ticketing System At Camp Nou appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Senior Native Javascript Developer @Forcemanager

    Scott Mackin
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    Company: ForceManager Position: Senior Native Javascript Developer Place: Barcelona Job type: Full-Time ForceManager’s web team is looking for an experienced and passionate front-end/native JavaScript engineer to join our development team in Barcelona. This candidate will help us architect, build, iterate and manage a meaningful and powerful experience for the thousands of people wanting to use our web app […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Senior Native Javascript Developer @Forcemanager appeared first on Barcinno.
  • If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em: UberEATS Launches In Barcelona

    Scott Mackin
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:04 am
    What do you do if a government ordinance decides to shut you down? Take your existing infrastructure and pivot to a new business model. That’s exactly what Uber has done in Barcelona. Two months after the Uber Taxi App was banned in Spain, Uber has launched UberEATS in the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Taking a page from the […] The post If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em: UberEATS Launches In Barcelona appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Front-End Developer with ViscaWeb (@Marcadores_com)

    Scott Mackin
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:44 am
    Company: ViscaWeb Position: Front-End Developer (PHP, Symfony2, Javascript) Place: Barcelona Job type: Full-Time Mission As Front-End Developer in the Visca Web team, your initial mission will be to work on the conception of the new desktop version of the Marcadores.com website, which combines real-time sports data and high levels of social interaction for its users. After […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Front-End Developer with ViscaWeb (@Marcadores_com) appeared first on Barcinno.
 
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    BangkokStartup

  • Founder Chooses Crowdfunding Startup Over Birthday Party

    Naureen Nayyar
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:06 am
    Image via Indiegogo campaign Founder of Thai international startup #LINKS chose to get support crowdfunding his startup over a birthday party. Startups are known to work hard and maybe party less, but Djoann Fal, who also puts together a social tech event in Bangkok, took his dedication to his company further. For his birthday he has asked his friends and anyone wishing to contribute to his campaign will be supporting #LINKS, an international Thai startup that is the “tinder for jobs”. (Link to the…
  • DrinkEntrepreneurs Bangkok UpLifts Founders

    Naureen Nayyar
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Bangkok DrinkEntrepreneurs uplifts founders, investor, and corporate attendees at a cool rooftop venue. The seventh DrinkEntrepreneurs Bangkok (DEBKK) took place the last Thursday of January at roof top Octave Bar located at the Marriott Thong Lor. The networking/social event attracted not only founders, but also high profile tech investors, corporate leaders, and students interested to learn about the future of entrepreneurship in Thailand. Why were they there? Image: Social Giver, a local social enterprise had their co-founder present as well, showing the diverse types of startups amongst…
  • Famous Pitch Decks & Some Templates

    Christian Walter
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    Before AirBnB, Tinder, LinkedIn and all the other big tech names were big, they too were looking for money.  A crucial part to raising money is the pitch deck and VCs see plenty of them. Like with a resume, the pitch deck needs to tell a compelling story, and what would be better to a) look at the decks that helped to raise millions and b) templates that can guide you through the process. Use them in conjuncture with Dave McClure’s  Startup Viagra and VentureHacks Startup Hacks. “Famous” Pitch Decks Square AirBnB Dwolla Waygo Foursquare Mint Tinder View this document on…
  • Startup Weekend Education

    Christian Walter
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Entrepreneurs and educators gathered at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University January 16-18 to develop ideas for Education businesses at Thailand’s first Startup Weekend Education event. Tokyo and Singapore previously held education themed events in late 2014 while the recent Bangkok event was the first international education event for the Startup Weekend organization in 2015. Startup Weekend events have been held in over 600 cities and over 100 countries since the non-profit organization started in the United States in 2007. The 54-hour weekend…
  • EmTech Singapore 2015

    Mike Michalec
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Global leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship convened in Singapore January 27th and 28th to discuss trends and opportunities in technology, science, and business at MIT Review’s annual EmTech Asia event.  With an emphasis on ideas, products, and solutions originating out of Asia, MIT’s EmTech provided a unique opportunity for founders and other key stakeholders to engage the investment community directly and share solutions to global problems through the cross fertilization of ideas across sectors. The conference themes included New Visual Realities, Wearables, Advancements in…
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  • We’re Hiring!

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

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

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

    Ryan Moore
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    We were very excited to see lesson dripping by calendar date in the most recent LearnDash update. It’s an easy way to unlock course materials for all learners on a specific date. But what about time-bound courses delivered to multiple groups? It’s common in school and other facilitated programs to have a set of students start on one day, have course materials released every week, and then have other groups start the program later. For anyone wanting to use LearnDash in this scenario, the Drip Lessons by Date functionality won’t work, because selecting a date means that date applies to…
  • Breadcrumb Navigation for LearnDash

    Ryan Moore
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Out of the box, navigating complex courses in LearnDash can get confusing. With potentially dozens of topics, lessons and courses, it’s easy to get lost. Sidebar navigation helps, but it’s mainly for navigating within the same level rather than getting back to higher levels. What’s missing for some courses is context and being able to go up levels easily. We ran into this challenge with a recent LearnDash project. What it needed were breadcrumb links, but without customization, theme breadcrumb generation is broken for LearnDash. The problem is WordPress usually thinks…
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    NextShark

  • Science Explains Why Your Dog Never Remembers What They Did Wrong

    Sarah Lesnar
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Here’s something all dog owners have experienced. Maybe your dog steals your food when you have your back turned or they bark at a stranger when they shouldn’t. What do you do? You yell at them to let them know that what they did was wrong. Maybe they get scared, a dog will certainly look very sorry when you are angry at it, but they definitely won’t remember it a few minutes later, a recent study has found. They’ll come up to you all happy, having completely forgotten that they ever did anything wrong, and in your mind (or out loud) you say “Unbelievable!” Contrary to what some…
  • What Happens When Apple’s CEO Makes a Surprise Visit to an Apple Store

    Anthony Orona
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Apple employees never see it coming! Last Friday, as the blue-shirted staff members at London’s Covent Garden Apple store yawned and scribbled notes during their “Morning Download” staff meeting, in popped CEO Tim Cook from the back door. With his piercing glare and commanding grin, the staff immediately recognized their captain, hopping onto their feet in roaring applause. ( I once worked for AppleBees. When our GM made a surprise visit, a female staff member spat and walked out.) But the staff at Apple treated Cook as if he was the savior of mankind. He had them sit down (with plenty…
  • Chinese Speakers Use More of Their Brain Than English Speakers, Study Claims

    Sebastian Dillon
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Why is it so hard to learn to speak Chinese? Because you literally have to use more of your brain just to speak and understand the language, a new study has found. The study, published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences and conducted by researchers from Peking University, analyzed brain imaging scans of both Mandarin and English speakers listening to their native languages. What they knew already was that the language center of the brain, located in the left hemisphere, would light up. However, for Chinese speakers, their right hemisphere, specifically the region…
  • Kanye West’s New $350 Sneaker Completely Sell Out, Now Fetch Over $3,000 on eBay

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Kanye West’s new sneaker, the Kanye West x Adidas Originals Yeezy 750 Boost, is a huge hit. That’s no surprise to fans of the 37-year-old rapper and to sneaker enthusiasts, who gobbled up the over-$300 designer shoes in record speed. Released the day after West’s Yeezy Fashion Week show in New York City earlier this month, the 9,000 pairs of Yeezys sold out both in store and online. It was so popular that, even before it had hit stores, it was being sold on eBay for over $3,000, with some listings topping nearly $6,000. People either love or hate West for his frankness, but sales agree…
  • This $150,000 BMW Hybrid is 2015 U.K. Car of the Year

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The U.K. Car of the Year Awards just anointed the innovative plug-in hybrid BMW i8 as the best car for 2015. It also won “Performance Car of the Year.” The nominees are vetted by a panel of 27 leading British vehicle journalists. Twelve different categories are judged, and then the overall winner is decided as the favorite. This is the second year that BMW has taken top honors — last year, the German maker won “Car of the Year” for its i3. This is the car of the future made for today, and it makes both sportscar enthusiasts and treehuggers happy. The i8 combines an…
 
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Get 50% Rebate on Reserved Seating Events

    Yapsody
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Create Reserved Seating event and Get 50% Rebate on Yapsody service fees For your February 2015 invoice Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it!   Create rows and columns to simulate your section   Create section mapping, change colors and add symbols for main areas   Allow your customers to select and book their seat “And of course… Yapsody never charge a fee for General Admission events” Need more help getting started? Check out our FAQs and Pricing Information, You can also Contact us -…
  • Yapsody Integrated India’s Leading Payment Gateway CCAvenue!

    Yapsody
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    We are happy to inform you that we have integrated CCAvenue, India’s leading payment gateway solution. Now you can use CCAvenue to sell your event tickets. CCAvenue is a fast, secure & simply the best multi-currency online payment gateway providing solutions to event presenters of all sizes. Through our integration with CCAvenue, attendees can purchase tickets to your event. We will continue to expand our payment methods and payment gateway options. If you have a request for a particular payment gateway, we’d love to hear it. Just Click here to let our support team know. To get…
  • Tips to Boost your online event ticket sales

    Yapsody
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    When you make a decision of creating an event, the first and the foremost thing is to analyse how to sell those tickets. The extraordinary thing about creating an event now, rather than 10 years back, is that, at present it’s so easy to sell tickets online. There are number of ticketing platforms that makes our job easier by selling tickets online. But then…Is there a possibility of doing it in a much better approach? And the answer to this question is to just go ahead and simply feel free to do it. Everything depends on what are your goals for the event. If someone is planning to…
  • Yapsody In Your Local Language

    Yapsody
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
      Yapsody In Your Local Language Yapsody is now available in English, German, Dutch, French and Spanish language, and we are trying to add as many languages as possible. Yapsody has always been expanding its capabilities by translating its online ticket store in local languages.Thus helping you to sell event tickets in your local languages for maximum exposure to boost ticket sales. You will get free access to Premium Features until the end of 2015, if you help Yapsody in translating the online ticket store in your local languages. Follow the link to translate. http://bit.ly/1sxPNFv
  • Reserved Seating BETA

    Yapsody
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it! Reserved Seating Beta Our Interactive Seating Chart helps you to: Manage seat rows and columns Auto generate seat numbers Copy row and seat sequences to quickly build your seating chart Assign colors to seat to represent different ticket prices Create a section Map with ease Manage holds and groups them by category Activate Reserved Seating Any reserved seating event published before 1st January 2015 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
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    StartUp Beat

  • Lightning Pitch: Slope

    Editor
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    COMPANY: Slope ELEVATOR PITCH: Dropbox for media content. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Slope is a cloud-based platform for marketing and creative teams to store, organize, and collaborate on video and other media projects. In an effort to help grow their business, companies are producing more videos, graphics, and images than ever before. Currently, marketing and creative teams are using external hard drives, cloud storage, endless email exchanges, and a dozen other tools to hack together a process for creating content. This is inefficient, complicated and expensive. Slope makes it simple and…
  • Lightning Pitch: Splice.sr

    Editor
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    COMPANY: Splice.sr ELEVATOR PITCH: Explain anything from anywhere. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: It is difficult to share your ideas effectively when you can’t engage your audience in real-time. Key elements of your message are left out when you distribute silent presentation slides, while lengthy reports do not capture the crux of your idea succinctly. Splice.sr is a smart show and tell app that addresses this problem. Splice.sr helps you create unique bite-sized audio-visual presentations on your iPhone or iPad. Any type of input content—images, slides, documents, and a virtual…
  • Lightning Pitch: SmartCare

    Editor
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:19 pm
    COMPANY: SmartCare ELEVATOR PITCH: Child care is now connected. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Mobile and web-based child care management software and app. SmartCare encompasses all aspects of child care management—check in/check out, scheduling, billing, payments, meals, immunizations, and keeping parents connected throughout the day. Our services are free to child care centers. We send out our own in-person setup team and provide a kiosk for parents, a few iPad minis, a full-sized iPad Air, and other installed hardware. For free. Child care centers are plagued with antiquated software from…
  • Lightning Pitch: Decibite

    Editor
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    COMPANY: Decibite ELEVATOR PITCH: Zappos for web hosting. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Decibite offers non-technical entrepreneurs the benefits of owning a server without the headache of maintaining one. Direct technical support. Full resource accountability and transparency. Encryption-based security and privacy features. An asset customized to fit your needs. We will also plant trees to offset all server CO2 emissions. Many of these are geared towards technical developers. As such, we believe they are too complicated for the non-technical entrepreneurs. Not only will our language be clear…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Newslines looks to take on Wikipedia and Google News with its crowdsourced news search platform

    Editor
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    By Mark Devlin, Newslines co-founder and CEO      ELEVATOR PITCH Newslines is a crowdsourced news search engine that combines the best of Google News, Wikipedia and YouTube. Our aim is to organize the world’s news. We offer 50 percent revenue share to contributors. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Our contributors compile all the newsworthy information (news and life events, YouTube performances and interviews, tweets, Instagrams, etc.) about any person, news story, company or product into easy-to-understand timelines that can be filtered and sorted by the reader. Newslines offers…
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    thinkfuture

  • Do You Share First, Read Later (Or Not At All)?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    You know you’ve done this – you’ve seen a headline in your news feed, Facebook feed, Twitter feed etc, and think – ooo, that looks interesting – I should forward that on. Which you do, because most of the content you read out there is extremely easy to share – even when you haven’t – even when you especially haven’t read the article that you are passing around at all. Maybe you read it later, but more likely, maybe you don’t. Think about this for a second. What would this be like in the real world?  You are walking through the…
  • Power: The Real Innovation Issue

    Chris Kalaboukis
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    One of the things I’ve keenly been made aware of lately, after having toured the Tesla plant and seeing what they are working, to the devices we have in our pockets and on our wrists, to the Apple Watch and the many upon many little booths at CES hawking solutions for this problem, it seems to me that the biggest elephant in the room that we have yet to address properly is simply, power. No, not the kind of power that corrupts. The kind of power that you get from a battery, or from the wall, the sun, wind vanes, what have you. The number one most common accessory at CES was some way to…
  • 7 Reasons To Boycott The Listicle

    Chris Kalaboukis
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Ok so this post really isn’t going to have 7 reasons to boycott the listicle, however I will talk about how and why the listicle is so popular. If you ask me, listicles are pure linkbait, and we should boycott them because, simply, they really do not contain any useful content. I would class the listicle as the reality programming of the internet. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Have you ever actually learned anything from a listicle? I mean, seriously, have you ever actually lost weight by reading “8 Awesome Tips To A Flat Belly” , or built a successful business…
  • Startups Fail Too, You Know

    Chris Kalaboukis
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’ve been listening to a number of startup podcasts lately after seeing a listicle (can’t believe that that is a real word now) on the top startup podcasts you should be listening to, and the tone is just so optimistic on all of them. Everyone is wonderfully successful, has just the right partners, has great traction, awesome investors, money in the bank, and seeing exponential growth. Funny thing, it makes it sound like startups are great, just come up with an idea, build it, launch it and boom, near instant success. There is very little to no mention of failure, even though the…
  • No Business Card? Seriously?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    popupology / flickr After navigating for 3 whole days the innards and outards of CES this year, I ended up with a nice stack of business cards from people who I talked to who built interesting technologies and services who I wanted to follow up with. Even though the show was huge and I made sure to hit every building, I noticed that my stack this year was much smaller than previous years. I don’t think it was because I’m more discerning now (I think I must have visited at least 20 drone booths) but that people are no longer carrying cards (or as many cards – since a lot of…
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Jobs for 2/9/15

    John Gannon
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Datadog is hiring a Product Marketing Manager in NYC. Work-Bench is hiring an Operations Associate in NYC. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs for 2/9/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 2/4/15

    John Gannon
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Mixpanel is hiring an Operations Manager in NYC. Samer Hamadeh writes for Noodle about how to get an internship at a startup. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 2/4/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 1/28/15

    John Gannon
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Silicon Valley Bank is hiring an Early Stage Banking Associate II. Mark Suster writes about how to build online relationships into meaningful networks on his blog. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 1/28/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 1/14/15

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

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

  • OpenLearning’s #ExtremeLearning Contest

    Elizabeth Randell
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    Our friends at OpenLearning are running the most EXTREME contest about LEARNING on the web!  They want to see the COOLEST, CRAZIEST, and ALL-TIME BEST places you’ve been learning! From February 3rd to March 16th, 2015, you can enter to win an awesome prize pack – and it’s as Easy as 1…2…3… How to join: Take a creative photo of yourself learning in an awesome place. Make it an awesome pic as you can only enter once! Submit your entry. Share it on Facebook and/or Twitter. Make sure you tag @openlrning & @mooclist using the #extremelearning.    …
  • Happy Candlemas and Groundhog Day!

    Elizabeth Randell
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    February 2nd hosts 2 “unusual” holidays – depending on where in the world you live.  Candlemas is a Christian tradition that is popular in Europe, but isn’t as commonly observed in North America today.  Groundhog Day is a popular event in North America, but it’s roots are deeply embedded in German tradition.  Which ever you celebrate (or even if you celebrate neither), this is a chance for you to learn a little more about the history of your event. Candlemas Candlemas is an ancient tradition which marks the halfway point between the winter and spring equinox.  In…
  • Featuring Open Yale

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

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

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

  • Atlanta Hailed As Silicon Valley Of The South

    Kyle
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    Atlanta doesn’t call themselves Silicon anything, I just did. They don’t have to and I don’t have to but the truth is, in the south east if one city is getting close to being the “Silicon Valley Of the South” it’s Atlanta. This isn’t new. It’s been years in the making. ATDC, Tech Village, Hypepotamus […] The post Atlanta Hailed As Silicon Valley Of The South appeared first on Nibletz.
  • XLR8: Match.com For the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

    Lauren Hoover
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
           XLR8 Where is your company located? Saint Charles, MO When did you launch? Feb. 15, 2015 What does XLR8 do? For entrepreneurs, finding the right resources and team members is harder than it should be, because the entrepreneurship industry is fragmented, rural and suburban communities have largely been left out of the ecosystem and duplication […] The post XLR8: Match.com For the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to Build Full Scale Test

    Drew Thompson
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Hyperloop, the brain child of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, took a major step towards reality on Thursday. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies – a company born out of the JumpStartFund crowdfunding platform – announced on Thursday, February 26, that they had secured the land necessary to build out a full-scale Hyperloop: On the heels of […] The post Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to Build Full Scale Test appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Wisconsin Prepares For More Water Startups

    Kyle
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    The Water Council and The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp are preparing to embark on their third annual startup accelerator for startup companies working in the world of fresh water. The program previously known as “The Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator” now goes by the much more chic name of BREW, which stands for “Business, Research Entrepreneurship […] The post Wisconsin Prepares For More Water Startups appeared first on Nibletz.
  • 10 Teams Advance In Auburn University’s Inaugural Tiger Cage Competition

    Drew Thompson
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:47 am
    Using a name that’s part play on their mascot tiger and part play on the success of the Shark Tank, Auburn University’s inaugural Tiger Cage competition is in full swing. The contest, which started this fall, has now been weeded down to the semi-finals, with the announcement of 10 student led startups advancing on Wednesday. […] The post 10 Teams Advance In Auburn University’s Inaugural Tiger Cage Competition appeared first on Nibletz.
 
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • 6 Startups Who Have Nailed Down Content Marketing

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

    Natalie Dang Quang
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    It’s quite obvious why you should consider your customer’s feedback. You want to take the right decisions and you want to know if you’re still on the same page as your users. Great! Of course there are a ton of ways how to gather your customer’s feedback: it can range from a survey to in-depth interviews to product usability tests. For ways how to test your product, e.g. your website, check out our recent post on online testing tools. Assuming you do not have a high-digits budget to conduct market research through a service provider, here are five practical steps how you can…
  • 5 Testing Tools For Checkout Optimisation

    Guest Blogger
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Thomas Peham, who is a Marketing Manager at Usersnap When it comes to developing an ecommerce site, everyone is aware of the importance of testing the web pages before going live. Due to a variety of reasons, the testing process isn’t well prepared and executed in a great amount of projects. Whether there are smaller errors, or more critical ones, with the great number of different browsers and devices, it is our responsibility – as web developers, designers and project managers – to ensure that our website or application is performing…
  • How To Make Your Checkout Stand Out

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

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

  • How to manage email and not let it manage you

    denis
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:10 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Unless you do your job exclusively via email, there’s no excuse for you to have that tab or app open. There I said it.. But you do have it open most of the time, right? It’s hard to ignore. Suddenly you see the Inbox (1) in bold appear and you rush to see what it is. And it’s never a game changing message. But the micro-second between seeing it and comprehending it gives us a rush, and that rush becomes addictive. Email is an important medium of communication, indisputably. However, constant interruptions (let’s say every 30 seconds to 15 minutes) do…
  • Content Marketing For Startups: Our Story

    David Arnoux
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Here are some more damning facts from a study of 1.4 billion search queries. 6% were from paid search. 8% of internet users click on 85% of search engine ad clicks. Organic traffic wins 94% of the time (Search Engine Watch, 2012). Let’s continue with a good ol’ text book definition: “Content marketing” is a subdomain of inbound marketing. “Inbound marketing” means using pull rather than push techniques to draw visitors to your website or product. Content marketing consists of creating audio, visual or written content with the purpose of…
  • A Startup Directory (or 33) You Probably Didn’t Know You Should Be Listed On

    David Arnoux
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:46 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! If you subscribe to the notion “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, however, you know that the deluge of apps and online startups means that great ideas really do get crowded out, then read on! Your startup needs all the help it can get. From my experience with growing Twoodo in a very competitive field I know it’s worth finding out where your business can be listed or reviewed in order to maximize traffic. Nothing wrong with that at all. The challenge, though, is that I never really believed that all these listing website…
  • Collaborative Problems – We’re Not All Social Networkers

    David Arnoux
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Social tech in the workplace: the new way to work We can stop arguing that only young people use social media: the average across all age groups is 72% (with 30 – 49 year olds also at 72% in their own right). So, not only are employees using it but so are (probably) most of your customers. It can be leveraged both ways to improve access to information, have discussions and allow for more accountability. But what about those who don’t like social media, and by extension, social collaboration tools? There is a massive assumption that we all enjoy or are…
  • The Surprising Secret To Team Productivity Improvement

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

  • 50 ground breaking Startup ideas and their origins

    Sarath Budam
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    It is always interesting to know what triggered some one to start a Startup idea. Most of the times, it is inspiring and motivating and helps us to discover solutions to the problems around us. This video is created by Tim Finnigan and in this video, he talks to founders of 50 Startups of which […]
  • CII – Yi Entrepreneurship Summit

    Navya S
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    This is an event  on Accelerators & Incubators in India. Here we have people from Microsoft, Axilor, and more They  help to equip Young Entrepreneurs; People who are  expansion, in the early stages of their career, student enthusiasts and even mid-career individuals having entrepreneurial aspirations. Flagship event of CII – Yi Bengaluru,Successfully conducted in 2013 […]
  • In50hrs – Bring Ideas To Life – Mumbai

    Navya S
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    In 50 Hours is an event where Entrepreneurs, Developers, product designers come together to work on ideas and build working prototypes.It is THE IDEA TO PROTOTYPE EVENT Many of us want to start a Startup but unable to do so just because of our fear about the future problems that are going to be happen […]
  • Make it happen with good communication

    Navya S
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Communication!  Most popularly used word everywhere. In case of Startups, communication plays a very important role. When you start a Startup, you might not be fully staffed. The entrepreneur himself will be playing multiple roles, trying to raise funds, sell your idea, talk to media, talk to his initial customers, hire teams etc. Hence it […]
  • IAMAI WEBCON 2015@BANGALORE

    Navya S
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:20 pm
    For an Enterprenuer , discussions and conferences helps to en light the knowledge and  also needs the mentor’s experiences and suggestions for the growth of the  Startups which we can get from Events. Especially for Startups these conferences and events helps alot for their growth. Here we have a conference  called IAMAI WEBCON 2015 Internet And Mobile […]
 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Small Business Software: Make Email Marketing A Breeze

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    Email marketing is a crucial component of communicating with your consumer base. Sharing information with your customers becomes much easier when emailing is involved, but many small business owners don't know where to turn when developing newsletters, email templates or contact lists for best results. If you're not sure where to start, try using one of these trusted website to get your email marketing campaign off the ground. Many of these organizations have built-in templates and resources detailing best practices concerning how to reach out to your consumers. 1. MailChimp ​If you…
  • Technology Spotlight: 3 New Devices That May Change Business in 2015

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    Technology plays a profound role for small business owners looking to streamline operations and bring their brands into the 21st century. As you're searching for simple solutions that will assist you as you grow your small business, look to the latest technology trends and how they may impact your company in the future. You may not be selling self-driving cars or implementing fitness-tracking in your business, but the technology found in the following devices may shape the business landscape as they become more developed in the next two to three years. 1. Instant translators Translation is a…
  • Festive Mardi Gras Ideas for Your Store

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Mardi Gras is one of the largest celebrations held each year in the U.S. The holiday, also known as Fat Tuesday, is meant to be a day of indulgence and celebration before Ash Wednesday. While the main festivities take place in New Orleans, that doesn't mean your store can't hold its own small celebrations to mark the occasion.  If you're looking for simple ways to honor the tradition while remaining appropriate in a corporate environment, try setting up one of these displays on Mardi Gras to engage both current and potential consumers. King Cake cupcake drive Are you familiar with the…
  • 4 Presidents You Didn't Know Were Entrepreneurs

    12 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    Presidents' Day is approaching, which means it's time to reflect back on some of the nation's greatest former leaders. From lawyers to avid huntsmen, past presidents have held a variety of occupations and hobbies that set them aside from their predecessors, but did you know a number of them started as successful businessmen? Turns out, many of the traits that make you a good business owner may also prepare you to lead the United States. Dedication to common goals, persistence in operational tasks and proper management of staff are all requirements for both positions, something the following…
  • Retail Resources: Getting Your Store Ready for Valentine's Day

    11 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    Livening up your store this Valentine's Day is a great way to entice passersby and offer loyal consumers fun and exciting activities to celebrate the lovers' holiday. Your small business should consider setting up holiday-themed stations around the store to further engage current and potential buyers.  Looking for inspiration? Try one of these creative ways your store can celebrate Valentine's Day during the week leading up to the event. 1. 'Make Your Own Valentines' station Valentines don't need to be frilly or fancy to get the message across. Some of the sweetest sentiments come from…
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    TechJuice

  • Lamudi.pk Relaunches With Intuitive New Design

    Sarwat Fatima
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    Design thinking is a significant aspect for any startup in order to design a better product while keeping their target end users in mind. Startups can imagine better products if they can empathize with their users and revamp their products to fulfil the needs of the end users. This is why Lamudi.pk, a global property portal, has re-launched their website to offer a more intuitive design that streamlines the online house-hunting process for users around the world. The website has been updated to a more responsive layout which can adapt to match the user’s particular device and screen size.
  • ODrive lets you combine free storage in one folder

    Sarwat Fatima
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    Techies, by nature, are curious and have an irritating habit of trying out any type of new software, gadget or device that they can get their hands on. The result is a collection of tutorials, software setups, program snippets, articles, books etc. on computer hard drive and multiple storage accounts across the web. Amidst all the learning drive, tech-savvy people lose passwords to these accounts and get frustrated with syncing each account separetely. There can be two ways to handle such situation; either stick to one storage account and buy all the storage needed or use odrive and manage…
  • Free WIFI: Punjab to become an Internet Hub as part of Tech-Savvy Province

    Sarwat Fatima
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:47 am
    Last weekend, the organizers at Islamabad Civic Hackathon had planned a small activity for the participants which was to fill out this sentence, “I want ———- in my neighborhood” on a special sticker. The filled out sentences were then to be displayed on a wish wall at the event. One of the Hackathon’s participant wrote “Free Wi-Fi”, a necessity which almost every one of us wishes for. It seems that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has granted this wish as he approved free of charge public Wi-Fi facility across the province yesterday. CM Shahbaz Sharif…
  • Meet Amazon’s Best Kindle Yet!

    Maryam Dodhy
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:33 pm
    If anyone ever asks for your advice on which e-book reader to buy your answer should be, without a pause, Kindle. Over the years Kindle has made the reading experience a dream for book lovers. As someone who always preferred printed books over e-books, I have found the Amazon Kindle to be the closest to providing the experience of reading printed books. In 2013 Kindle wowed its customers with the release of Kindle Paperwhite. They topped it in October 2014 when they released a newer and an even better version called Kindle Voyage. The Kindle Voyage is available in 2 models: the Wi-Fi one…
  • 9 Funny Reactions from Users who are able to access Youtube without proxy

    Sadia Arshad
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Since that fateful day when the ban was imposed, Youtube and Pakistanis have had an interesting, mostly short-lived, relationship. The emotionally-exhausting, bumpy (and misleading) kind. Thanks to underwater currents in Egypt, yes you read that correct, this relationship has rekindled yet again. Here’s how Pakistanis welcomed the news of YouTube’s (temporary) ban uplift on Twitter: 1.Some reacted with utter disbelief and questioned their mortal existence. 2. Um, in retrospect, it WAS too good to be true. #ChotiAurArziKhushyan 3.Others wasted no time and instantly seized the opportunity…
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • This Startup Is Not Just Selling Decals, It’s Selling A New Way Of Networking

    Asish Das
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:59 am
    It might be a coincidence or a sign of a symbiotic relationship that the popularity of coffee shops seem to be growing alongside the increasing number of global freelancers. You’ll find plenty of freelancers in every coffee shop intertwined with their laptops and a cup of coffee doing their work. But even as more and more freelancers flock to these communal work spaces, communication seems to have grinded to a halt. It’s weird how a group of people with shared interests can work alongside each other for hours, days or weeks and still not share much more than a glance in their general…
  • India – The Gold Mine Of E-commerce Yet To Be Explored [Startup Infographics]

    Ashis Mohanty
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:34 am
    Recent years have seen remarkable transformation in the way India shops and trades. The sector has grown significantly in last several years. Rise in online shopping sites like Flipkart, Snapdeal and entrance of global players like Amazon, eBay witnesses the rapid growth of online shopping in India. Despite of growth in online shopping, out of $500 Billion market size in India most of it is being dominated by local shops and road side vendors. Nexhop did an extensive research on the online market in India and came up with the brilliant infographic which shows the in depth study of the Indian…
  • Innovation In Food Industry Can Never Disappoint Your Customers

    Arundhuti Roy
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:48 pm
    The only usual sensation other than being a gadget freak is to get easy food! With the coming of the technology in the market, the ways of approaching various areas and reaching out to people have also changed. The times which we apparently referred as “good old days” are gone and technology has made communication quite simpler and faster. It has been imbibed by almost every industry and Restaurant and Food industry is no far from its benefits. Food Culture and Technology intersect in a way that is not just restricted to buying food items but goes beyond it. Technology has given consumers…
  • FreeCharge Raised $80 Million In Series C Funding

    Asish Das
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:31 am
    India’s leading online mobile recharge platform FreeCharge today announced that it has raised $80 million (approx. INR 480 crore) in funding. The investors for the fresh round includes San Francisco-based head fund Valiant Capital Management and Hong Kong-based hedge fund Tybourne Capital Management. The round also saw participation from existing investors—Sequoia Capital, RuNet and Sofina. “This round of funding will be primarily used for product innovations on mobile, team expansion and marketing,” said Alok Goel, CEO of FreeCharge. Founded in 2010, the website enables users…
  • 16 Reasons To Not Start A Startup

    Asish Das
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Start-up is a buzz word among the young minds not only in India but also worldwide. Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and we have seen many reasons why to start a start-up. Entrepreneurship is being encouraged by everyone and is the next game changer of the society we are living in. The info-graphic shows the reasons why no to start a start-up. Source: FundersandFounders The post 16 Reasons To Not Start A Startup appeared first on The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews.
 
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  • Why Jonathan Shieber’s visit to Romania is creating a lot of buzz

    Florin Muresan
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Pretty much anyone in the startup world heard about TechCrunch or CrunchBase. And I would bet that it’s every entrepreneurs’ dream to be featured on TechCrunch, since it can get you so much exposure. If you didn’t know who Jonathan Shieber is, I will tell you. He’s the Senior Editor…
  • Not another PR for startups guide. Attracting an international key player

    Florin Muresan
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:34 am
    I’ve done a lot of reading lately about PR for startups, because I wanted to see whether there were some study cases and practical examples on how other startups did it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much information on what I was looking for. I believe that only one article struck…
  • Growing your startup with passionate, talented people

    Florin Muresan
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    We all have dreams. Big dreams. We dream that, someday, we will change the world. And we can. It’s all a matter of how we use the resources we have around us. For the topic of this article, we’ll talk about startups, and how growing your startup with passionate and…
  • How a Content Writer’s Mind Works

    Florin Muresan
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    In this past few months since I’ve been a content writer, I learned tons of new stuff. I started working at Squirrly with an innocent mind, thinking that it’s a piece of cake to write an article. I’ve never been so wrong in my life. This turned out to be partly right.…
  • Startup tools list – the amazing free services that will improve your work

    Florin Muresan
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:51 am
    Coming up with a startup tools list is a challenging task if you want to actually mention tools that offer the most for the smallest price. Useful features for free or companies that consider $0 per month pricing for startups are not found on every corner. But if you search enough you…
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Elisa Miller-Out: Leading Tech for Change

    Paige Sevier
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    “Look around your community, and rather than going out there and saying, ‘who are the people who can do something for me?’ Say, ‘what can I do for everyone else?’ And if you come at it with that attitude, good things will come back to you.” – Elisa Miller-Out About: Elisa Miller-Out- CEO of Singlebrook Technology Inc. and Co-Founder of Ithaca Venture Community Overview: Elisa Miller-Out is a busy mother, wife, and co-founder of two companies who shares the experiences and challenges of being a female entrepreneur with Ever Gonzalez of Outlier…
  • Eder Holguin – Turning Hardship into Success

    Paige Sevier
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:09 am
    “Perseverance. Attitude. Knowledge.” – Eder Holquin About: Eder Holguin- Founder of Ideal Media Inc. Overview: Eder Holguin takes us through what it was like growing up in streets of Columbia and his experience immigrating to America. He also shares with us how he became an entrepreneur at such a young age, and the steps he’s taken to build a successful career. Highlights: Background: Eder grew up in a rough neighborhood in Columbia, and actually ran away from home at the age of thirteen. During that time, Columbia was the most dangerous place in the world. Eder…
  • Cody Campbell – Learn to Dance Like No One’s Watching

    Paige Sevier
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:57 pm
    “Define success in terms of what you want and not what other people want.” – Cody Campbell About: Cody Campbell – Co-Founder of The Dance Dojo Overview: Cody shares with us his love for dancing and how we can learn to dance in the comfort of our own homes- embarrassment free.   Subscribe to the Outlier Newsletter Here Highlights: Background: Cody and his twin brother (who is also a co-founder) started dancing around 6th and 7th grade, but didn’t start taking it seriously until the age of fourteen. They did a lot of break dancing, but eventually Cody grew to…
  • Tara Tiger Brown- The Social Entrepreneur

    Paige Sevier
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:59 pm
    “[When you’re an entrepreneur] you get to write your own roadmap…at the end of the day, I’m my only boss.” – Tara Tiger Brown About: Tara Tiger Brown- Co-Founder of KitHub with Luz Rivas Overview: Tara Tiger Brown is a lifetime lover of building- from software, to coding, to creating DIY kits. She is constantly on the go. Through this interview, Tara shares with us how she got started in the software industry, and where her passion for helping others came from. Tara Tiger Brown Highlights: Background: Tara grew up in a small town outside of Vancouver,…
  • Building a Successful Startup Team

    EverGonzalez
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:45 pm
    I love baseball and participate in a couple of fantasy baseball leagues every year. Having the opportunity to put myself in the General Manager’s seat and decide which player’s strengths work best together and who will bring unique talents and abilities to the team is pretty exhilarating. I look at building your startup team in much the same light.  You shouldn’t see it so much as the chance to be the guy in charge but rather as an opportunity to link together a group of individuals whose united skills can create a colossal force.  Having had the chance to assemble a few business…
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    PAKWIRED

  • DID YOU KNOW: Facebook Employees Can Access Your Account without Password?

    Sheema Khan
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    At least when a Facebook account gets hacked, the owner knows that a ‘hacker’ is behind it. But what if an employee of Facebook enters your account, and that too without your password? And this includes having access to all those things that you share on Facebook under the so-called ‘privacy settings’. To all those...
  • 5 Signs You Are a Stubborn Person

    Daniel Wallen
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    You wouldn’t be able to achieve much if you didn’t believe in yourself. That said, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Some people act stubborn and claim it is due to their “self-confidence.” Incorrect. Stubbornness can easily lead to arrogance. If you want be a critical thinker and stop alienating...
  • Sindh Police To Use Drones To Locate Robbers in Forests and Remote Areas

    Fahad Saleem
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    Drones are no more used only as killing machines. They are being used for pizza deliveries, farming, surveys and plenty of other constructive purposes. Fortunately, Pakistan has also started seeing the soft side of drones. In a recent development, Sindh Police has announced that it will deploy drones to track down bandits and robbers in...
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Bootstrap First, Get Funding Later

    Nida Rasheed
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Funding a startup can be a nightmare. Most entrepreneurs I have talked to in Pakistan talk about the trouble they face finding investors or other funding sources. Let’s be honest, you need money to keep your business running. How much money, and how soon you need it, that is the big question. Entrepreneurs have two...
  • Jumpstart Pakistan: Change Pakistan Conference 2015

    Hummayun Javed
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Jumpstart Pakistan is an incubator with a unique vision. Rather than finding start-ups and engaging with them for a limited time period, this incubator seeks to develop an ecosystem that sustains a start-up culture by involving CEOs of existing successful businesses in the development of enterprises that are just on the verge of evolving from...
 
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  • Live Chat v/s Phone Support

    Clifton Lobo
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    There are many channels through which customers online can connect with your business such as email, phone or live chat. In order to provide great customer service, the business needs to … Continue reading →The post Live Chat v/s Phone Support appeared first on Blog.
  • 5 Ways to increase conversions on your website

    Clifton Lobo
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Highlight your products value: To add that extra touch to what your product delivers, it’s essential to show the customer the value that your products bring in. This not only … Continue reading →The post 5 Ways to increase conversions on your website appeared first on Blog.
  • 3 Steps to sending effective B2B cold Emails

    Clifton Lobo
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    1. Making the list This step is as important as creating the template to send out. You need to gather emails based on how you can reach out to your … Continue reading →The post 3 Steps to sending effective B2B cold Emails appeared first on Blog.
  • Benefits of live customer service

    Clifton Lobo
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    What does a customer do if he needs to contact your business online? How long does it take for you to support and engage with your customer online? The concept … Continue reading →The post Benefits of live customer service appeared first on Blog.
  • How video interactions build trust for your business

    Clifton Lobo
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:35 am
    “One customer well taken care of, could be more valuable than $10000 worth of advertising”, said Jim Rohn. Each one of us will acknowledge the above quote, for customers are … Continue reading →The post How video interactions build trust for your business appeared first on Blog.
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    Potknox Blog

  • Wasted Time in the Workplace (Infographic)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:28 am
    Unfortunately for many businesses around the world, the need to use social media as part of an overall marketing strategy is undeniable. Why it’s unfortunate is that not only does a lot of the effort go unnoticed, a lot of that same effort is an elaborate cover up for a lot of time that is actually just being wasted. Employers sometimes makes concessions for their employees, excusing worrying signs of inactivity as a well deserved break, or the sign of a comfortable work environment. The question remains, though; how much is this wastage of time costing us? The folks over at TimeDoctor…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (2)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:48 pm
      The second interview in our HR Trends Series was with Upasana Nath, Chief Recruitment Officer – Zomato. With experience in Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. (Times Group), Google and now Zomato, Upasana has worked in various types of organisations, giving her a unique perspective of the many sides of the coin. In her short and crisp interview with us, she talks about the rise of start up culture and its impact on demand and supply of talent in the HR equation of the new world. How long have you been working in the field of HR? I’ve been in the field of recruiting for over 2…
  • How To Use Texting To Secure Top Talent

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:29 am
    90% of recruiters believe text messaging helped enhance their communication with candidates. However, a report recently released by our friends over at recruiting software comparison site Software Advice  revealed that only 12% of job seekers like to be contacted via text message by recruiters, and that they never prefer a text over a phone call or email. In the context of this severe disconnect, it’s absolutely essential we look into how recruiters can better utilize text messages to communicate with candidates. Missing out on great talent just because we misrepresented the…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (1)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:19 pm
    A lot of exciting things are happening in the world of HR Technology. Since the easiest and most entertaining way to learn anything is to talk to people and garner knowledge and insights from their experiences, we recently launched an interview series in this very same spirit of innovation. We will be talking to HR Professionals across a range of industries to ascertain what they think will happen differently in the coming year, how things have changed over time, and what they themselves feel could improve.  Our first interview was with Kritika Nagpal, Manager – Leadership, Learning and…
  • How To Future Proof Your Career

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:11 am
    The superstitious have a habit of referring to a horoscope before moving forward with their daily lives. Managers generally look at facts and figures before making a decision. Generals prefer studying intelligence reports before making their move. Why? Simply because they realise that they need to know what they are dealing beforehand, to allow them to take appropriate measures when the time comes. Our friends at Ayers have come up with an infographic that suggests what the employment scenario could be like in the future, based on solid analytics from trusted sources. This infographic gives…
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    SuperbCrew

  • Sesame – Replaces Your Keys With Your Phone In Seconds

    SuperbCrew
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    When you leave the house, you always brings the three things: your keys, your wallet, and your phone. Now, your phone is your keys! Just lock and unlock your door using the Sesame app on your phone. Better yet, open Sesame with a custom knock on your phone or door. Receive a notification whenever your door opens or closes. You’ll always know exactly who’s coming and going—and exactly when. Sesame has raised over $312,500 in less than four days from its Kickstarter backers. The optional WiFi access point connects Sesame to the Internet without further draining the batteries. The Wi-Fi…
  • Appserver.io – The Most Powerful Open Source PHP Infrastructure

    SuperbCrew
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:19 am
    appserver.io is open source PHP Application Server that supports multi-threading out-of-the-box. appserver.io is pushing PHP into a whole new era. You can use it with your existing applications like Drupal, Magento or WordPress and benefit from the performance and additional features of appserver.io. To learn something more we recently chatted with Josef Willkommer from appserver.io team: Q: appserver.io is a next generation PHP infrastructure, could you tell us something more about it? A: appserver.io is not a webserver like Apache or nginx, nor a Timer Service or Message Queue. It is all of…
  • Bacula4 Backup – Unbeatable Levels Of Data Control And Protection

    SuperbCrew
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:55 am
    Bacula4 allows everyone to safely and reliably backup and restore important data. Bacula4 is a Cartika company. Cartika provides a full range of services: cloud infrastructure hosting, application hosting, advanced clustering technologies, and data center backup solutions. Here is our interview with Andrew Rouchotas, CEO of Cartika and Bacula4: Q: Bacula4 provides enterprise backup solutions to businesses and hosting providers. Tell us how you founded the company and something more about your background? A: We started as a service provider 15 years ago, as Cartika. Around 5 years ago, we had…
  • Métier’s Modern Approach To Managing And Optimizing Your Business

    SuperbCrew
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Métier provides business management and optimization platform to manage and optimize all facets of a business. Métier’s platform combines project portfolio management (PPM), big data analytics and business intelligence. By the end of the year, Métier PPM will begin replacing office productivity suites with robust messaging, end user charting, and data driven story telling. Below is our interview with Douglas Clark, Métier’s CEO: Q: Métier’s platform combines project portfolio management software, big data analytics and business intelligence, could you tell us something more about…
  • Growbacon – Teach Your Kids About Investments, Savings and Loans

    SuperbCrew
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:42 am
    New startup Growbacon gives children a simplified version of the financial world where they can safely learn about savings, stocks, loans and financial responsibility. Growbacon is an app that lets parents create their own virtual bank and decide whether money is virtual or real. Below is our interview with Vu Nguyen, Co-Founder & CEO of Growbacon: Q: Could you tell us Growbacon startup story? A: My wife and I recently had a child so we started doing research on different parenting strategies. We wanted to raise a responsible child, and we both felt financial responsibility was a big…
 
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  • A ‘Triumph’ for Rafale: Egypt 1st Foreign Buyer

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

    ventureosity
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:57 pm
    In 2012, Mr. Ritz received non-profit certification for the program he came up with three years prior, which teaches students how to build green roofs and walls to hold produce and maintain the systems as the plants grow. Stephen Ritz Bronx high school teacher received a decade ago a box of spring bulbs. “I didn’t know what to … Continue reading The Green Bronx Machine: Stephen Ritz →
  • King Abdullah has died at 90

    ventureosity
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Thursday, Reuters reports, citing Saudi state television. Abdullah’s designated successor is Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, his 79-year-old half-brother. Reuters reports that King Abdullah had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital in December for medical tests. The royal court announced in January that Abdullah was suffering from … Continue reading King Abdullah has died at 90 →
  • MegaChat Video in a duel with Skype

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

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

  • Awesome New App Improvements!

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

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

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

    Ben Watson
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    On the heels of our feature roll out last month, we are excited to report that we have added even more awesome features to the Spectafy app! We heard your suggestions and are working hard everyday to make the app as fun & useful as possible. To leave us comments or feedback, or to interact with the Spectafy team, head on over to our Support page or our Users Facebook Group! Here are the new features we are most excited about: Get Your Swipe On! Everyone loves a good swipe, so we made it easier to navigate between the most popular features with the simple flick of your finger.  You can…
  • Spec of the Month – December 2014

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

    KARAN CHOPRA
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Are you in love of San Francisco’s historical destinations? If yes, then our today startup roundup masters the art in bringing the best of data in front of you. Meet GuideKick, your personal mobile tour guide in San Francisco bay area which brings life to the stories of place top historical destinations with offering fully interactive 3D maps, music, compelling narratives, all in the palm of your hand, accessible as a reference at home or intelligent navigation tool on-site. Sounds good? Then start exploring GuideKick today. The post Meet GuideKick, Your Personal Mobile Tour Guide In San…
  • Hire The Best In Less Time With Qimple

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Whether a small company or a big one, a startup or just started, it is always important to hire the best one. While the world in which we live in offers a lot but our today’s startup focus and master the art on same. Meet Qimple which masters the art in hiring the best in less time. Qimple helps companies making better hires in less time by creating a hub for all your hiring requirements. Whether it is like creating a job ad or to distributing it to multiple boards for maximum exposure with just single click or track or compare applicant, making the best of hire, all in one place. Sounds…
  • Cutting The Red Tape In Brazilian Legal Industry With Linte

    KARAN CHOPRA
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Without a doubt, both small as well as large scale companies from time-to-time got huge havoc in acting when they find themselves in the middle of lawsuit war. Well possibly companies can opt for full-fledge legal entities to represent them but the startup which we are going to talk today specialize in cutting the red tape in Brazilian legal industry. Meet Linte, the company present in Brazilian ecosystem helps companies to lower expenses with lawsuits using document assembly and marketplace tools. It offers a cloud-based solution which automates repetitive tasks, quickly, cheaply and safely…
  • Express Yourself And connect With Others Through Making Music Via Humtap

    KARAN CHOPRA
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    What will be the perfect idea on connecting with others? Any idea – well we say it will be the music. The one such thing which people worldwide love but do you know that there is one such startup which masters the art of music in connecting with others. Well for our today startup, we are covering Humtap, the San Francisco-based startup focused on new music technology. The company offers a sample consumer product, which now available in the App Store. It lets you make music on your iPhone, the first of its consumer product. Sounds amazing, then let gets started on making music with Humtap.
  • Get Travel Experiences On Demand With HeadOut

    KARAN CHOPRA
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    What one will get the best experience as? Pack bags, plan something new and say all going? Sounds amazing right? Huh… well this is what every traveller dream is. To let you have your dream make a reality, our today start-ups master in it. Meet HeadOut, an on-demand mobile marketplace which specialize in helping travelers discover and book the most amazing tours, activities, events and travel experiences in town for the next 24 hours and all at exclusive discounted prices. Sounds good? Ready for new travel destination, then visit HeadOut today. The post Get Travel Experiences On Demand…
 
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  • Press release: Malaysia’s First Augmented Reality Museum in Penang!

    Natalija Snapkauskaite
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:24 am
    First Southeast Asian museum with interactive Hologram / Augmented Reality exhibitions Both partners originate from Penang Fully augmented exhibition on 12 Chinese Zodiacs   At MIPIM, its exhibitions are already more than a piece of painting on display – it is an active stage where guests are huge part of the story, without which the painting seems to take no meaning. They invite visitors to explore Penang and its traditions through a fun and interactive viewpoint, and promotes informative leisure with friends and family. In February, the museum has taken one more step further to…
  • 10 Methods to Improve Time Management Skills

    Miles Lim
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Oh just look at the time… It’s almost lunch time! There are times that we always complain about lack of time and wished we had more than just 24 hours. Especially those stressful moments when you had too much workload and there are several tasks that you need to settle for the upcoming deadline? Or you did wondered that you can use your time effectively to complete your task without stressing over too much? Now where is my ‘stress’ button… Actually, there are tonnes of methods to manage your time effectively. If you could manage your time well, you can really,…
  • Pepsi Max – “Time Tunnel”

    Gee
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Pepsi Max has now targeted many unsuspecting people with their interactive ads on the street. This action was taken place a tunnel at the London Bridge which  targeted unsuspecting commuters with unbelievable AR experience involving images of robots, and dinosaurs. It appears suddenly in front of them seemingly from nowhere. Previously, Pepsi Max had created 2 augmented reality campaigns: 1. Bus Shelter | Oxford Street, London. 2. Halloween Prank in London Cinema. The Time Tunnel Stunt, from AMV BBDO; a creative agency based in the UK featured augmented reality technology and stereo…
  • US Postal Service with Augmented Reality

    Gee
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    The US Postal Service (USPS) has unveiled an augmented reality (AR) app as a part of highlights of a new holiday campaign. The objective of US Portal Service is to attract more business from direct-mail marketers.  USPS customers are able to use the app to scan around 156,000 blue collection boxes throughout the country into a holiday mobile experience. The boxes are available in around the corners of the town or city. Thus, people can have this great experience anywhere they like. USPS AR App User must download the USPS AR App in order to be able to view the augmented effect. With…
  • Navigation System “iNavi X1″ with Augmented Reality (AR)

    Gee
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    Credit: Businesskorea.co.kr Thinkware has introduced its navigation system called “iNavi X1″ which embedded with augmented reality technology includes advanced driving assistance system (ADAS).  It is integrated with a cutting-edge driver system, during its launch event in Seoul on December 1st. Thinkware AR’s solution called “Extreme AR” provides direction such as real-like roads images and information about routes.  Therefore, drivers won’t have to worry about finding their way/direction or getting lost any longer. It comes with the ADAS features and…
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  • 045: How Rob Walling Grew Drip Revenue by Over 300% in 6 Months

    Omer Khan
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Rob Walling is the founder of email marketing tool Drip and the owner of SEO keyword tool HitTail. He’s also the author of the book “Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup”. And his blog “Software by Rob” is a top 20 startup blog and is read by about 20,000 web entrepreneurs each month. When Rob launched Drip, he was doing $7K in monthly recurring revenue. But he quickly realized that his revenue had already flat-lined and that he had a high customer churn problem. In this episode, we talk about…
  • 044: How to Quit Your Job, Build a SaaS Product & Raise a Family in Japan

    Omer Khan
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Patrick McKenzie is the founder of Kalzumeus Software. He’s best known for two software products – Bingo Card Creator and Appointment Reminder, both which he has bootstrapped. Patrick’s also a well known blogger who has been very transparent and open about his experience bootstrapping a software business. Patrick currently lives in Tokyo with his wife and newborn daughter. Success Quote “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle Book Recommendation “Predictable Revenue:…
  • 043: How 2 Guys in Ireland Bootstrapped a $14 Million SaaS Business

    Omer Khan
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Peter Coppinger is the Co-Founder & CEO of Teamwork, an online collaboration tool that allows teams to work together more efficiently. Peter and his co-founder Daniel Mackey founded the Irish based company in 2007. Peter and Daniel have bootstrapped the company and to date Teamwork has almost 1.5 million users and $14M in annual revenue. Success Quote “Dream big!” Book Recommendation “Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business” by Matt Blumberg “The Best Software Writing I” by Avram Joel Spolsky…
  • 042: How a Startup’s Using Open Source to Make Its First Million Dollars

    Omer Khan
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Maciej Zawadzinski is the co-Founder & CEO of Piwik Pro, the business arm of Piwik.org. Piwik is an open source alternative to Google Analytics, which puts users in control of their data, never shares data with other servers and never sells data for ad targeting. Piwik Pro focuses on providing Piwik cloud hosting and extra paid services for enterprise level customers. Success Quote “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” — Steve Jobs Book Recommendation “Predictable Revenue” by Aaron Ross & Marylou Tyler…
  • 041: 5 Mistakes Startups Make with SEM & How You Can Avoid Them

    Omer Khan
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to listen to the show on iTunes Click here to listen to the show on Stitcher This is part 2 of the interview with Kevin Lee. In this episode, Kevin will share some lessons to help software entrepreneurs be  more successful with Search Engine Marketing, even if you have a limited budget. If you missed part 1 of the interview, then here’s the link: Part 1: How a Startup Helped Consumers Raise $7.8 Million for Their Cause Kevin Lee is the founder & CEO of We-Care.com, a service that allows online shoppers to donate a percentage of their online shopping (at no cost to them) to…
 
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  • 8 Reasons to Reconsider a Thunderclap – An Average Startup’s Review

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

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

    Erik
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Building a marketplace is HARD. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem where you need to consistently acquire new customers (buyers and sellers) on both sides of the market while continuing to offer benefits for both to adopt. Successful marketplaces all have a natural pull on the buying and the selling side of the market. Ideally, all marketplaces should aim to … Continue reading 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider → The post 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know

    Erik
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    The following guest post is by Matt Ward of ‘Art of the Kickstart’. His detailed bio can be found at the end of this post: Angelbacker’s building something awesome. With an idea seriously similar to crowdfunding and crowd equity funding it’s the evolution of the lean startup for software companies from getting off the ground and gaining traction. My name’s … Continue reading 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know → The post 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • How Craigslist got started?

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

  • Q&A with Juan Margenat: building companies and investing from Barcelona

    Jaime Novoa
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:16 am
    Juan Margenat has been part of the Spanish startup scene for quite some time, both as an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded PlanB!, which was later acquired, and more recently Marfeel, a software company that helps publishers monetize and engage mobile audiences. To know more about his career, the current status of the Spanish startup scene […] The post Q&A with Juan Margenat: building companies and investing from Barcelona appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • How to talk like a startup investor

    Jaime Novoa
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    We’ve talked numerous times about what investors are looking for in startups, their investment criteria and why entrepreneurs need to understand that all investors are looking for are returns. They invest money to make even more money when there’s an exit, IPO or M&A. Although most entrepreneurs are aware of the above by now, there […] The post How to talk like a startup investor appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Q&A with Rodrigo Martínez: Point Nine Capital, angel-VCs and Berlin’s ecosystem

    Jaime Novoa
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Point Nine Capital is an angel-VC fund that’s been quite active in recent months, having backed companies such as Helpling, Typeform, Brainly or Infogram. To know more about the Berlin-based firm (don´t let the location fool you, they invest all over Europe and also in the US) we’ve interviewed investment associate Rodrigo Martínez. For those […] The post Q&A with Rodrigo Martínez: Point Nine Capital, angel-VCs and Berlin’s ecosystem appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • The Spanish startup ecosystem in Q4 2014: €77M raised (+315% YoY)

    Jaime Novoa
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Spanish startup ecosystem continues to mature, as investments and exits are increasing by the day as local startups mature and foreign investors come to Spain’s shores to fund the next wave of great entrepreneurs. Following the Scytl effect, a great quarter for the Spanish ecosystem In the fourth quarter of 2014, Spanish startups raised […] The post The Spanish startup ecosystem in Q4 2014: €77M raised (+315% YoY) appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Software patents in Europe: how do they affect startups?

    Jaime Novoa
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:11 am
    For a long time, software patents were the talk of the town. Especially in the US, many tech corporations and patent trolls used software patents to defend their businesses. Or even worse, in some cases to attack other people’s businesses without having much to offer besides a patent. There’s a reason why this has been […] The post Software patents in Europe: how do they affect startups? appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
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  • Top 5 Business Apps of Bear Douglas

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

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
      1. Panabee – Search for domain names, app names, and company names.   2. Dock Name – Crowdsource a domain name.   3. Free Beginner's Guide to SEO – Amazing tutorial on how search engines work.   4. UX Crash Course  – Learn the fundamentals of UX in 31 daily lessons.   5. Google Snippet Optimizer – Check how your site will look in Google's search results.   6. Best About Pages – Get inspired by the best about page examples.    7. Really…
  • 8 Successful Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Instagram

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
      There's undoubtedly a lack of female entrepreneurs to serve as role models for other business-minded women, and even less of those who share their daily (intimate) moments on popular social networks. We found 8 Instagram accounts of super-successful ladies that are definitely worth following.   1. Sheryl Sandberg | COO at Facebook     A photo posted by Sheryl Sandberg (@sherylsandberg) on Jun 18, 2014 at 2:11am PDT     2. Arianna Huffington | Editor-in-Chief & Founder of The Huffington Post     A photo posted by Arianna…
  • 22 Things Digital Nomads Need to Pack While Travelling the World

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

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
      1. Public Domain Images – New 100% free stock photos, every single week. Everything you need for your creative projects, all public domain images.     2. Life of Pix – Free high-resolution photos, no copyrigths restrictions. Images for personal & commercial use. New photographies added weekly.     3. Pexels – All photos are hand-picked from free image sources. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use.     4. Raumrot – Free, handpicked, stockphotos for…
 
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  • Accurate Methods To Save iOS 8 Battery Life

    Shaeel Iqbal
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    Apple iOS is one of the most trending smart phone in the world. Thanks to Steve Jobs for gifting us such a nice smartphone. Apple was the first company who …The post Accurate Methods To Save iOS 8 Battery Life appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Here Are Some Best And Lightest Launchers For Your Android Phones

    Daniyal Sheikh
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Android is no doubt have edge on it’s biggest rivals (IOS and Windows) when it comes to the flexibility and user customization. Both rivals doesn’t even stand in this race …The post Here Are Some Best And Lightest Launchers For Your Android Phones appeared first on MGeeky.
  • How to test WiFi Speeds locally on Android and iPhone

    Steve
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Recently I got an iPhone 5 for my brother. As I am an Android user, this was the first time I was using iOS for a couple of days. I …The post How to test WiFi Speeds locally on Android and iPhone appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Root And Cwm Recovery For QMobile A900i

    Daniyal Sheikh
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    QMobile A900i is a upgraded version of QMobile A900 which is one of the best smartphone till now by the company. QMobile A900i comes with 1.3Ghz Quadcore processor, 2GB Ram, …The post Root And Cwm Recovery For QMobile A900i appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Moto E 2015 Specs, First look

    Steve
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Motorola recently released its 2nd generation of its Economical Smartphone, Moto E. There are three versions of Moto E 2015. LTE, Non-LTE, and US GSM. The Latest Moto E has …The post Moto E 2015 Specs, First look appeared first on MGeeky.
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  • Samsung Is Introducing New Products to the African Market

    AntwiGambrah
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    Electronics giant ,Samsung ,is planning to introduce its latest flagship products to the African market  over the course of the three-day Africa Forum in Antalya, Turkey. The theme for Africa Forum 2015 is “One Beat – Beyond the Limit” and builds on Samsung’s intent to create change in Africa by bringing consumers’ desires to life through innovative products. The company is set to launch Tizen-powered SUHD TVs which sets a new standard in premium UHD content, a new audio line-up and innovative curved monitors ,Samsung digital appliances and e NX500 camera and the Galaxy…
  • Samsung Launches New Smart School in Senegal

    AntwiGambrah
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Electronics giant Samsung  and The Senegal Ministry of Education has announced the launch of a mobile education solution(Smart School) aimed at creating positive change and providing an advanced and interactive classroom experience for learners. Installed at the Plan Jaxaay Secondary School, the Samsung Smart School initiative is an integrated platform that includes a monitoring and controlling feature – which allows teachers to keep track of educational content on their learners’ screens – a screen-sharing feature and a real-time question-and-answer feature. “The future of…
  • Take Control Over Your Network Provider WIth the New Promolante Android App

    AntwiGambrah
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    As reported earlier ,Tracking all the the promotions that ones network offer is a difficult thing to do if one would like o get the best out of it.Promolante offers an easy way to find and read more on a particular service or browse through services other telcos      offer for decision making purposes. Promolante,has  launched a new mobile app on the Google Play Store to help Ghanaian phone users get the best and most out of their network provider. The app will make it easy for users to easily discover, subscribe and unsubscribe from promos and services, activate and…
  • Ghanaian to Address the Global Commission on Internet Governance

    AntwiGambrah
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    Albert Antwi-Boasiako, The Founder and Principal Consultant of cyber security firm, e-Crime Bureau Limited, Albert Antwi-Boasiako will address  the Global Commission on Internet Governance scheduled for February 13 and 14 in the United Kingdom Invited by the Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs ,Mr. Antwi-Boasiako is expected to speak on the evolution of cyber needs in West Africa in a session titled ‘Enabling Access’ to be chaired by Carl Bildt on February 14 as contained in the invitation letter signed by Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director of the International…
  • CheckIt Wins Mest-Vodafone Hackaton

    AntwiGambrah
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:13 am
    CheckIt,an app that allows drug manufacturers to protect their brands against counterfeiters whiles putting the power in the hands of the consumer to detect fake drugs by scanning the barcode on the medical containers has won the first  Vodafone-Mest Hackaton of the year organised on the the 5th to the 7th of February ,2015 at the MEST premises. The hackaton featured 20 teams of which Checkit emerged as winner taking away a sum of (US$1,500) for the top prize.They built products around five categories including Lifestyle and Home services,News and Social alerts,Entertainememnt and…
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    Sunstone Communication - Startup Blog

  • The 7 Ages of Your Business Plan

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    I had a great week. I met 7 startups I hadn’t seen before and caught up with four more. I heard from some great entrepreneurs. I saw some excellent ideas. I enjoyed real fun conversations. I also visited a new co-working space in Glasgow which was fantastic. You can see a picture of the Govan Workspace above. Congrats to Mike Hayes (@_MDHayes) and the team for setting it up. Most startups I meet are looking for funding or aiming for the next stage of growth. Every founder I saw had some kind of plan or pitch to share.  Maturity Matters The details of the plan vary…
  • What you can learn from Wolf Hall

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:21 am
    Portrait of Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex by Hans Holbein the Younger A great novel The big TV event in the UK at the moment is Wolf Hall.  The original novel was the first of a trilogy telling the story Thomas Cromwell. This Cromwell was  first minister to Henry VIII before, during and after his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Each of the first two parts of the trilogy has already won the Booker Prize for author Hilary Mantel. Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies are brilliant historical novels. For me the fascination is the central character. Hilary Mantel’s version of…
  • Ideas to Hack SaaS Economics

    7 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    The best SaaS business model thinking There is a lot out there about the economics of SaaS business models. Tom Tunguz publishes regular insights about the performance of listed SaaS companies. David Skok offers some excellent analysis.  His blog describes the formulas and ratios that drive growth and profitability. SaaStr provides practical tips and advice that are valuable to any entrepreneur. You could build up a list of metrics from these sources that runs to 10 pages or more.I am not about to try to summarise all this great material in one blog post. This is not a guide to the…
  • How to Build Your Growth Engine

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    What is a growth engine? A key element of your business model is the growth engine. Your start up needs a repeatable and predictable set of activities which will enable you to build customers and revenues - this is your growth engine. Your growth engine determines the processes you will adopt, your sales and marketing strategy and many of the staff you will hire. It also enables you to identify the best metrics for your business. Tracking these metrics and taking actions to improve them will become the core of your management model. Are you ready for growth?
  • The Changing Anatomy of Start Up Investing

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    On the surface the investment outlook for technology start ups has never been better. VCs invested $48.3Bn (Money Tree Report) in US start ups last year, a whopping 60% increase year on year. Most of this torrent of cash went into software and biotech companies. Start up investment has become one of the hottest business trends across the world with Governments and commercial bodies vying to establish incubators, accelerators and other schemes. Seed funding is actually falling A couple of recent reports have highlighted a trend underlying this growth which gives cause for concern.
 
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    Toolyo Blog

  • Why Should You Start Tool Hacking?

    Levent Cem Aydan
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    Some people use the internet just for surfing, and others make a living out of it.Some businesses just use the necessary tools, other businesses use every tool they can in order to get greater results.Some people use just the necessary tools to live an average life, others take advantage of all the tools they can for an awesome life.When we’re using all the tools we can in order to get greater results, that’s tool hacking.Tool hacking is a guaranteed way of success for enterprises, small businesses, and startups. It’s also helpful to any professional, or freelancer.
  • What Is Tool Hacking?

    Levent Cem Aydan
    7 Feb 2015 | 2:47 am
    As humans, we invent tools for solving our problems. Most people use just the necessary tools to live a good life, like cars, kitchen appliances, smart phones, and such. Others use every tool they can in order to achieve great results. Tool hacking is the name of this art form.Most businesses and professionals use a lot of tools. There is a reason for this.In general, tool hacking helps you:1. improve your productivity2. use your time and money more efficiently3. become happier and more successful4. be able to accomplish tasks you couldn’t haveTool hacking …The post What Is Tool…
  • 7 Characteristics Of Successful Growth Hackers

    Levent Cem Aydan
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:48 am
    There are so many articles out there about growth hacking and growth hackers. Growth hacking actually works, and successful growth hackers help their companies a lot. However, there are almost no articles that define characteristics of a successful growth hacker. This blog post will be both good for companies who are trying to hire growth hackers, and growth hackers who are trying to become more than average.Let’s start!Characteristics Of Successful Growth Hackers1. Love for growthGrowth hackers who are passionate about getting better results each and every day are really good at what…
  • 3 Simple Infographics To Learn Growth Hacking

    Levent Cem Aydan
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    If you are already pretty good at marketing, now it’s time for you to learn about growth hacking. Growth hacking is not just a buzzword. In fact, Hotmail was one of the first companies who had a growth hacking technique in the early days of the world-wide-web. Their tactic was to put a link under each email with a call to action: “Get your free email at Hotmail”. This simple technique made Hotmail become viral.Many other big companies like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Airbnb used growth hacking very effectively. Two of the infographics in this article will teach you…
  • 7 Landing Page Tools For Better Conversions

    Levent Cem Aydan
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    These days creating a striking landing page is becoming an easy task via tools.There are brilliant tools to help you build, test, and optimize your landing pages. Also, there are amazing services which supply all the extra tools you need for getting the best out of your landing page. If you want to turn more visitors into customers, you should take advantage of them. In this list, you can find some of the most popular landing page tools for increasing your conversions.Landing Page ToolkitsWishpondWishpond is one of the most helpful landing page toolkits. Social promotions, email…
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