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  • 13 Ways to Make Customers Desperately Want to Open Your Emails

    Bplans Blog
    Scott Gerber
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    With so much inbox clutter these days and especially at this time of the year, how can you get more customers to open emails from you, especially emails containing important account information? We asked 13 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their tips. 1. Do a drip email campaign Your email might not reach everyone on the first send:... The post 13 Ways to Make Customers Desperately Want to Open Your Emails appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Why Twitter, Instagram, Lyft, and Mint.com Should Have Failed

    TheFunded Founder Institute News
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Think you have a startup idea that won't go anywhere? Think again. Many of today’s most successful companies started off with a simple, goofy, or ridiculous idea that should have failed. After all, the perception of what is a brilliant conceit and what is a stinker can change over time, and often does. Here’s what Mike Maples, Jr., one of Silicon Valley’s top investors has to say on the matter: The more people who think you’re wrong, the better. By the time the rest of the world catches up, you’ve made huge progress.” Ever wonder which prominent companies…
  • The danger of ignoring culture -- and 53 other startup mistakes

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    One of the key mistakes made by Anand Sanwal, CEO of CB Insights, was assuming that a great company culture would arise natur -More- 
  • 7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)

    Escape From Cubicle Nation
    Pamela Slim
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    On this Cyber Monday, I wanted to share an important article from my dear friend and trusted IP lawyer Rachel Rodgers. Having been in business for 18 years, and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have either lived through or seen just about every mistake you can make in business. The legal mistakes can be especially egregious, and costly. I want to emphatically recommend that you follow Rachel’s advice. It will not only protect you from risk, it will make your business much stronger and more enduring. Enjoy her advice, and cover your assets! -Pam —- “Your body of work is…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

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    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
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    Fast Company

  • Are Ride-Hailing Apps Safe For Drivers?

    Chris Gayomali
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    More questions are raised about Uber and Lyft—this time it's about distracted driver syndrome.In most states you aren't allowed to send a text or answer your phone without the right kinds of hands-free gadgetry. In fact, just glancing at your phone is likely to earn you a ticket, which sounds about right: Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that texting while driving is the leading cause of death for teen drivers.Read Full Story
  • The Best Christmas Tree Money Can Buy

    Lily Tidhar
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    With our help, you can figure out which tree is best for you. You're welcome. Christmas is near, and you've probably picked out your tree by now. But did you pick out the right one? Ever wonder why your neighborhood tree salesman has the types of trees he has? A quick glance at this infographic will not only reveal the relative pros and cons of each tree, but also what region of the United States they generally come from.Read Full Story
  • Snøhetta To Build Prototype For Martian House

    Sophie Weiner
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    Artist Bjarne Melgaard calls it "an opportunity to simply clear the Earth of the degenerate humans who inhabit it."Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard has a pretty pessimistic view of the future. Speaking about his installation Life on Mars, which appeared at the NADA fair in Miami earlier this month, he told The Art Newspaper, "disasters are no longer something we might fear but an opportunity to simply clear the Earth of the degenerate humans who inhabit it."Read Full Story
  • WWWTXT: The Oldest Internet Archive

    Matthew Braga
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Los Angeles archivist Daniel Rehn has found a cache of "web text" that dates back to 1980. What's amazing is how much hasn't changed.When it was announced via Twitter that Twin Peaks would return to television in early 2016, Daniel Rehn knew what to do. He had done the same thing when the new My Bloody Valentine album was released in 2012, and when Bitcoin began its meteoric rise in late 2013.Read Full Story
  • The Dos And Don'ts Of Giving Gifts At Work

    Brandee Sanders
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    So you've waited until the last minute to give your coworkers gifts for the holidays. Don't freak out; use this guide.Should you or shouldn't you?Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Fraudulent online listing service pays out $1.7M to FTC for charging businesses for unwanted services

    Ruth Reader
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    A service that purported to be an online business directory listing agent will have to pay out $1.7 million to the Federal Trade Commission for charging small businesses for listings they didn’t ask for. Defendants Francois Egberongbe and Robert N. Durham, Sr., the two men behind the scheme, will also be banned from telemarketing going forward. Under the guise of several different company names including National Business Advertising, Nationwide Marketing Bureau Inc., National Biz Ads, and Yellow Business Ads, Egberongbe and Durham used a myriad of tactics to sell small businesses…
  • G2 Crowd users score Salesforce’s Chatter as top social collaboration tool in customer satisfaction

    Barry Levine
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Salesforce’s Chatter is the social collaboration tool with the highest customer satisfaction. That’s a key takeaway from G2 Crowd’s new Grid for Social Collaboration tools, the first Grid report for this category. It scored 14 business products based on G2 Crowd’s customary metrics of customer satisfaction and business presence, in this case based on over 325 reviews from business professionals. Four social collaboration tools ranked in the top category of Leaders — Salesforce’s Chatter, Microsoft’s Lync, VMware Socialcast, and Citrix’ Podio. To…
  • Microsoft will offer PlayReady encryption for live streams on Azure Media Services

    Jordan Novet
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Microsoft is adding another option for encrypting content that media companies choose to live stream over the Internet. In addition to allowing for the use of the AES encryption on the Azure Media Services cloud service, Microsoft today announced that customers can tap the Microsoft-developed PlayReady encryption technology. “Microsoft PlayReady is an extensive, studio approved encryption technology that protects your content from piracy, and it is supported on a wide range of the most popular devices today. Now, you can use PlayReady to protect both Video-on-demand and live…
  • Yahoo builds search into its smart Android homescreen Aviate

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Aviate, Yahoo’s smart homescreen app for Android, is getting a search function to help you find exactly what you want in your phone. The app, which Yahoo originally released back in June, is a location-sensitive, intelligent Android homescreen that pulls up various apps as you go about your day, based on location and presumed activity (news apps in the morning, productivity apps while you’re at work, and so on). Now, with its newly added search function, users can run a search directly from the homescreen without opening a browser or additional app. It displays results from your…
  • Google announces its self-driving car is now fully functional

    Emil Protalinski
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Google today announced it has completed the first build of its self-driving vehicle prototype. This is the first fully-functional self-driving car from the company. It’s one thing to modify an existing car to give it self-driving capabilities. It’s another thing to build a self-driving car from the ground up. The first fully-functional prototype can be seen in the image above. For the sake of comparison, here is the mockup unveiled in May: Notice that the prototype above didn’t even have real headlights. Google first unveiled its self-driving vehicle in May, which notably…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Yahoo Aviate Can Now Search For Apps, Contacts And The Web – Without Launching A Browser

    Sarah Perez
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
     Aviate, the mobile homescreen application Yahoo acquired at the beginning of the year, has today received a notable update that will allow Android smartphone owners to search for contacts or apps installed on their device, or search across the web, all from a single interface. The web search is powered by Yahoo, the company notes – which means that Aviate users will be connected to… Read More
  • Google Updates Gov Data Request Stats, Notes Decline In Takedown Demands

    Alex Wilhelm
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
     Google provides the world with bi-yearly, year-ago looks into which countries’ governments requested data on its users, in what quantity, and how many content takedown demands it received from the same entities. Read More
  • A Gift Guide For Those Impossible To Shop For People

    Matt Burns
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
     Everyone has someone on their list that is impossible to shop for. They have everything. In those times, it’s probably safe to give a nice bottle of whiskey. Or any of the items on the following list. There is no way they have everything listed below, but in case they do, default to the whiskey. That’s truly a gift that keeps on giving anyway. DJI Phantom 2 Vision + The DJI Phantom… Read More
  • Facebook’s Money-Making Solution To App Discovery? A Whole Feed Of Install Ads

    Josh Constine
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
     Finding a good app can be like looking for a needle in a truckstop bathroom. Apple and Google aren’t doing much to help you sift through their messy app stores. Facebook has tried to step up, but sometimes you don’t care about your friends and just want a new mobile toy to play with. So Facebook is taking haters’ worst nightmare and turning it into an app discovery tool. Today… Read More
  • Withings Activité Fitness Tracking Watch Review

    Darrell Etherington
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
     earable tech has seemed on a fairly straightforward path throughout the course of its initial development – from the step counter, to the fitness band, to the smartwatch. But the wrist has long been a home for a more refined and storied piece of tech: The wristwatch. And while smartwatches attempt to reimagine that gadget for a modern age, only the new Withings Activité tracker nails… Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • The fatal pinch

    Daniel Tenner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paul Graham explains how startups that are burning through their first round of funding often don't realise they're about to die, and need to either make more money or cut expenses: There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding. It's hard to convince investors the first time too, but founders expect that. What bites them the second time is a confluence of three forces: The company is spending more now than it did the first time it raised money. Investors have much higher standards for companies that…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
  • Early stage capital in EU vs US

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've covered this topic before, obviously, but this seemed like an excellent article, worth linking to. In short, things haven't changed much since I posted those articles 4 years ago: European VCs are still slow to respond, slow to make decisions, risk-averse, overly focused on formalities like business plans, etc. But that doesn’t deter European investors from requesting a full deck, including a three-year business plan as a prerequisite to any form of conversation. If your path to profitability is not already proven, you will have a hard time getting as much as a phone call. From what I…
  • I don't know

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Mark Suster: She reminded us that in the world we live in we are often expected to be experts. We are expected to know everything and many people rush to conclusions given a limited set of information. Learning comes from starting with a point-of-view that says, “I don’t know.” I said I learned this 15 years ago because that is when I stopped being a consultant. Mark explains how the "here's an answer/solution" posture can hurt your business and your investments. This is an essential lesson for all founders, particularly since we are frequently thrown into situations where posturing…
  • Advice for ambitious 19-year olds

    Daniel Tenner
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Great read from Sam Altman, well rounded and sensible advice, providing enough context to help someone make a good decision: No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. “Stuff” can be a lot of different things—open source projects outside of class, a startup, a new sales process at a company you work at—but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count. Can't disagree with that or, indeed, anything else in this article. If you're an ambitious 15-19 year old, have a read. ✶…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • News Corp. goes to India with BigDecisions.com purchase

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    This follows News Corp.'s first investment in the country in NovemberWe've been hearing for years about the opportunities for major growth in India, and 2014 seems to have been the year when it all came to fruition. The latest company to stake its claim in the country is multinational mass media corporation News Corp., which has announced that is has purchased financial planning service BigDecisions.com. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed, but it was also revealed that the acquisition also includes BigDecision.com's parent company, FinDirect Services…
  • Cellphone maker Xiaomi reportedly raises $1 billion

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    The company, which is the largest phone manufacturer in China, is now valued at $45 billion Apparently the cellphone-making business is a good one to be in right now, as Xiaomi has just raised a huge new funding round. The Chinese smartphone maker is now $1 billion richer, according to a report out from the Wall Street Journal this weekend. The round is being led by All-Stars Investment, with Russian investment firm DST Global and Singapore sovereign-wealth fund GIC, which are both already investors in the company, as well as Yunfeng Capital and…
  • Flipkart raises yet another $700 million in funding!

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    The Indian e-commerce company has now raised nearly $2B in three rounds in 2014One of the major stories of 2014, and one that I feel has gone completely under the radar, has been the emergence of two major players in the Indian e-commerce space, both of which raised multiple rounds, and massive amounts of money this year. One of them, Flipkart, which is also the largest company in the space, just raised another $700 million, according to various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. The new funding came from existing investors, including DST Global, Tiger Global Management…
  • North Korea denies hacking; wants joint probe with U.S.

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    The country's threat of "grave consequences" if offer isn't accepted likely isn't helping its caseIf you've been following the story of Sony, the massive hacking, and how it has been handling the controversy over The Interview (and you know you have), then you know its also turning into one of the strangest stories in years.  We've heard from everyone and their mother about what has transpired, including the President of the United States, but one entity we have not heard from in all of this is North Korea, the country that both President Obama and the FBI have both pointed their fingers…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 12/19/14

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Serviz, SurveyMonkey, Clever, Quikkly, First Opinion, Boxbee, Geenio, Adyen, Redfin, Mixpanel, DotsSeed stage Quikkly, which creates personalized action tags, received $1 million in seed funding in a round led by Initial Capital, along with a number of angel investors. Geenio, a cloud-based full cycle learning system for the enterprise, raised a $2 million seed round from several individual private investors. Estonian taxi company Taxify raised €1.4 million in funding from Adcash, Rubylight and TMT Investments. Hampton Creek, a food technology…
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    Small Business Labs

  • JWT Intelligence's 100 Trends for 2015

    Steve
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    JWT Intelligence is the trend spotting group of JWT Worldwide, which is one of the world's largest marketing communications firms. They recently released their annual trends list, The Future 100: Trends and Change to Watch in 2015 (free, but registration required).   Their 100 trends (and yes, they really include 100 trends) are broken into 11 categories this year and cover everything from culture, to food and drink, to technology.   I won't attempt to synthesize their 110 page report, but below are a few trends that jumped out at me. The Long Near…
  • Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

    Steve
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015 Below is our 8th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends List. Click here to see last year’s list and for links to the lists from prior years.  2015 Technology Trends The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015. While each is important and powerful on its own – and both have been listed individually multiple times in our top 10 lists from prior years - their growing convergence is amplifying their impact and fundamentally altering how business is done. 1.  Cloud…
  • Ford's 2015 Consumer Trends

    Steve
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    It's predictions season and lots of 2015 trends, forecasts and predictions lists are being released. I'll be covering several of these lists inc the coming weeks. We'll also be releasing our 8th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list tomorrow.   Starting our prediction season coverage is a look at Ford Motor Company's Looking Further With Ford 2015 Trends report.  Ford's been doing annual trend reports for several years. Their reports are glossy and very well written. Their trends lists tend are consumer focused and mainstream - so don't expect to be…
  • Drones, 2nd Order Effects & Technology Forecasting

    Steve
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Now, Anyone Can Buy a Drone. Heaven Help Us covers the growing use of drones by what the article calls "troublemakers and pranksters".   Key quote: As the price of drones has fallen and sales have risen, the machines have emerged as central characters in stunts from the puckish to the criminal. In recent months, drone pilots have tried to smuggle contraband into prisons and disrupt sporting events at stadiums. Animal rights groups have turned to drones to stalk hunters as the hunters stalk wildlife. And in France, more than a dozen…
  • Truck-Based Commerce Continues to Expand

    Steve
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Shops on Wheels, but the Goods aren't Sold From the Trunk covers the growing trend towards trucks being used as mobile retail/service outlets. The article features the fashion truck Nomad, which we covered last year in our article The Rise of Fashion Trucks, as well as Bootleg, which we covered several years ago in our article The Advantages of Truck-Based Commerce.  The key article quote goes to the heart of why mobile retail is becoming more popular - lower costs and risks - and comes from the founder of Nomad: “I had very briefly considered opening a…
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    Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings

  • Captivology Pre Order

    Ben Parr
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Tweet Pre Order Your Copy of Captivology Today! Pre 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:  
  • Why Are Google Glass Users Such Assholes?

    Ben Parr
    24 May 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tweet   Childish. Petty. Disrespectful. These were the only words I could muster after reading about how a group of Glass users destroyed the Yelp rating of a local NYC restaurant, all because they asked one person to take off her Google Glass in their restaurant. I’ve been asked to take off Glass before, and I’ve obliged without issue. After all, it’s their restaurant and their rules. If a restaurant asks me to put my cell phone away, I will. If somebody asks me to take off my shoes in their home, I respect their wishes. But Katy Kasmai didn’t take being asked to…
  • On Twitter and Short-Term Stock Fluctuations

    Ben Parr
    6 May 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Tweet Twitter has had a rough few weeks, but does that mean it’s destined to spiral downward? Hell no. 18% stock price drops are great for headlines, but they certainly don’t tell the story of a company’s long-term trajectory. So let’s get the obvious out of the way: Twitter’s getting punched in the gut at the moment: After a steady rise to over $45, shares in Twitter have plummeted to just a hair under $32. Ouch. It stings just a bit more when you read the news stories about today’s 18% drop particularly, thanks to the end of the IPO lockout for insiders…
 
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    Mixergy

  • How Aaron Agius built an affiliate marketing company into a $90K/Mo machine

    Andrew Khalili
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is the story of how a guy who was bored by his work built a profitable marketing company. My goal for this interview is to learn how a profitable consulting company is built. If you’re looking to do that, you’re going to get a lot out of this interview. Aaron Agius is the founder of Louder Online, a digital marketing consulting company that provides an ROI for marketing goals of medium to enterprise businesses. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Aaron Agius Aaron Agius is the founder of Louder Online, a…
  • “Find $30+ billion dollar markets that are still operating in the stone ages” – with Mike Russel

    Andrew Khalili
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Mike Russel This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Sponsored by Lead Pages – Lead Pages took my most successful page and turned it into a product that you can use—which magically converts strangers into leads. So if you want to use the page that I use to collect email addresses, check out AndrewsWelcomeGate.com. It will work on your site no matter what your site is built on. Even if you have no site, you can…
  • Turn your problems into products that companies are eager to buy – with Todd Krizelman

    Andrew Khalili
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Todd Krizelman 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 Turn your problems…
  • Master Class: How to launch (and price) your product – with Ryan Delk

    ArieSaint
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ryan Delk has helped all kinds of entrepreneurs launch their products. “We work with a lot of different types of creators,” says Ryan, the head of growth and business development at Gumroad. “We work with independent creators who don’t have an agent, and we work with really well-known people in the entertainment space, as well.” So early on, Ryan tested a lot of marketing tactics that sounded great, but just didn’t generate sales. But he also learned what does work. “The cool thing is that we’ve seen this work for every single type of creator and every single…
  • Why you shouldn’t give up on an idea just because it’s being done – with Joshua Parkinson

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Joshua Parkinson This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Sponsored by Lead Pages – Lead Pages took my most successful page and turned it into a product that you can use—which magically converts strangers into leads. So if you want to use the page that I use to collect email addresses, check out AndrewsWelcomeGate.com. It will work on your site no matter what your site is built on. Even if you have no site, you…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • School of Business 12/20/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|Leisa Holland-Nelson
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Russ & Leisa present the cool show for and about entrepreneurs. We are NOT your business-as-usual show either. Includes: our Quote of the Week—inspiration from English poet Sir Philip Sidney; This Week in Business History includes big innovation and controversy in radio, in medicine and in space travel; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jim Aivalis

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Should branding should be part of a product launch? Robin Tooms has a business conversation with Jim Aivalis, president and CEO of Prometheus Energy Group.
  • Women Mean Business - Sarah Cain

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Never give up, never let anything stop you. Leisa Holland-Nelson gets career advice from Sarah Cain, founder and owner of Sarah's Florist.
  • Maclean Smyth - Houston Makerspace

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Maclean Smyth founded Houston Makerspace because she believes in all things handmade. In her 21,000 square foot warehouse, Houston Makerspace offers space, equipment and classes in woodworking, textiles, jewelry making and more for the crafty among us, providing 3D printers, screenprinting presses, CNC machines and all under one roof. Pay only for what you use. Her members benefit from available equipment and workspace, but they also enjoy a very real sense of community. What a concept!
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - the Honorable Parvathaneni Harish

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Karen Love, director of practice growth, continues her discussion with Russ Capper about the show’s successes and how it has evolved as it nears the 500th episode.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • How to Bring the Holiday Spirit of Giving into Work

    Angelique O'Rourke
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    With the holiday season in full swing, you might be looking for some creative ways to liven up old traditions in your office. Maybe your office needs a fresh way to bring the giving spirit of the season into your typical holiday activities. Here are some simple things your company can do to foster a... The post How to Bring the Holiday Spirit of Giving into Work appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • It’s Not All Progress in the World of Business—Although We’re Making Strides

    Angelique O'Rourke
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Which venture capitalist thinks that middle-income workers aren’t making enough overtime? What recent Supreme Court decision could affect your manufacturing business? From a summit on media in the Middle East to a huge new funding opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in Nigeria, here are fascinating business news stories from the U.S. and around the world. The... The post It’s Not All Progress in the World of Business—Although We’re Making Strides appeared first on Bplans... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 13 Ways to Make Customers Desperately Want to Open Your Emails

    Scott Gerber
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    With so much inbox clutter these days and especially at this time of the year, how can you get more customers to open emails from you, especially emails containing important account information? We asked 13 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their tips. 1. Do a drip email campaign Your email might not reach everyone on the first send:... The post 13 Ways to Make Customers Desperately Want to Open Your Emails appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Best Free Apps and Online Tools for Entrepreneurs and Obsessive Collectors

    Candice Landau
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    As we head toward the new year, you’re likely thinking about setting goals and getting things organized. To help you prep, I’ve collated a list of tools—for both web and mobile devices—that have helped me and others get things done, save time, and work more productively. I should preface this list by saying that I... The post The Best Free Apps and Online Tools for Entrepreneurs and Obsessive Collectors appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • A Guide to Crafting Your LLC Operating Agreement

    Matt Kaufman
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    An operating agreement is the document that sets the rules for your LLC. You’ll be able to choose your management structure, lay out who’s responsible for what, and many other important issues. In this article, we’ll talk about how to create your own LLC operating agreement, what you should include, and where you’ll need to... The post A Guide to Crafting Your LLC Operating Agreement appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • The Top TED Talks of 2014

    Kira M. Newman
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    TED has come out with a 2014 “Year in Ideas” video, highlighting the top TED talks and topics of 2014. Some of the tech- and business-related talks include: Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED talk Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure, and the drive to keep creating Keren Elazari: Hackers: The Internet’s immune system Charmian Gooch: My wish: To launch a new era of openness in business Kenneth Cukier: Big data is better data Jennifer Golbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than…
  • Why Corporate Wellness is Important

    Diogo Costa
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The well-being of employees should be a major concern for all companies as, without it, they are not as efficient and productive as they could be. With this in mind, many companies are starting and developing wellness programs, improving the state of mind (and body) of their employees but also their engagement and retention. A recent study by GuideSpark, a leading company in employee communication and engagement, provides some guidelines both on what employees look for in these wellness programs and what employers can possibly do to increase participation. This was a very extensive study,…
  • How to Beat the Competition at Content Marketing

    Eghosa Aihie
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Content marketing is like a chess game. You have to plan several moves in advance. You sometimes have to make sacrifices to move forward. You have to make decisions based on changes in the market. Your competitors are also playing this game. No matter how big they are, you can always compete with them on content marketing. Here’s some tips on how to beat your competition at content marketing. Know Your Competition “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” – Some really smart content marketer. Your competition is trying to do the same thing you are: reach customers in the most…
  • How to Improve Social Media Marketing in 2015

    Kali Hawlk
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did you spend 2014 thinking that social media was a poor excuse for a marketing channel? That Twitter is too superficial to help your business grow and profit, or that Instagram is too fluffy of a platform for a serious brand to use well? Let me level with you: it’s not social media, it’s you. If you dismiss social media networks as unimportant or ineffective marketing tools, you’re missing out on a huge — and free — form of smart, useful marketing for your brand or business. I’d love to help you enter the New Year with a new perspective on social, and how to use it to…
  • You Know You’re an Entrepreneur When You Do This on Christmas

    Kira M. Newman
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a reason for the hashtag #startuplife – being an entrepreneur is part of who you are, not something you do when you’re coding or pitching. It infiltrates the mind, and that ain’t gonna change just because it’s the biggest holiday of the year. Yesterday, we learned what hours entrepreneurs are working on Christmas; today, it’s time for the tell-tale signs that you have a startup obsession: Your gifts have ulterior motives “You know you’re an entrepreneur when you include branded swag in everyone’s holiday gift.” - Sarah Jacobs, cofounder of The…
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  • From Selling A Website At 10 To Building A Social Network At 17

    Alexandra Talty
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Connecticut's Max Beaumont is aiming Facebook-high with the creation of his social network, Chains.
  • Kobe vs. Jordan - Who's Better For Business?

    Joe Harpaz
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    This year Kobe Bryant is in the spotlight. Soon it is likely to be LeBron James who enters the ring in the battle for greatest of all time status. But when it comes to generating outsized business impact beyond the court, few will ever come close to achieving the Jordan-like Midas touch.
  • Spain's Princess Cristina Faces Trial For Tax Evasion, Could Get Four Years

    Robert W. Wood
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    Spain's Cristina Heads To Trial and a possible jail sentence for tax evasion. But what is willful, and did her spouse act alone?
  • Why My Small Business Pays More Than The Minimum Wage [Video]

    The Hartford Contributor
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Sixty-six percent of small business owners support a minimum wage increase according to The Hartford’s 2014 Small Business Success Study. Jen King, co-owner of New York City’s Liddabit Sweets describes why paying her employees a living wage is important for the business.
  • How We Make Decisions (And How To Make Them Better)

    Brent Beshore
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Are we stuck with the illusion of “the decision-making animal” when, in fact, our decisions are so often biased, compromised, trumped by short-termism and, ultimately, bad for us? We try to use the power of process to reduce these flaws in our deciding; we have decision-trees, and operations research, not to mention governance structures, and lessons learned, and subject-matter experts, and working groups. They all have their advocates and strengths, but we can find horror stories about each and every one.
 
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  • 10 Barriers To Change That Limit Entrepreneur Growth

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Successful entrepreneurs are the ones who think the most creatively, not only in their initial product or service, but more importantly all through the stages of growth from startup to maturity. But even the best of them can easily slip into some bad decision habits that limit or hurt their business, due to natural human tendencies and the pressures of business challenges. Obviously, the business of business has been around a long time, with many “best practices” well-defined and well documented, so creativity that ignores these is usually not a good thing. Thus every entrepreneur…
  • The Discipline Of Execution Defines An Entrepreneur

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    When entrepreneurs come to me with that “million dollar idea,” I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing. It’s all about the execution, and investors invest in the people who can execute, or even better, have a history of successful execution. Execution is making things happen, and for startups it usually means making change happen, which is even more difficult. For most people, execution is one of those things that seems obvious after the fact when done correctly, but is hard to specify for those trying to learn to do it better. I found a book on this subject,…
  • 10 Approaches to Handle the Burden of Leadership

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most new entrepreneurs don’t anticipate the burdens of being the leader, including the sense of loneliness and isolation at the top. People outside the team can’t relate to the pressures of “the buck stops here,” and everyone on the team assumes that they are the primary ones under pressure to deliver. Even in a single entrepreneur startup, the leader carries a heavy weight. This unexpected burden often results in a dysfunctional startup, as the entrepreneur reverts to micro-management, burnout or even grandstanding to get some attention or sense of direction and feedback. Those who…
  • 7 Ways to Feed The Growth Beast In Every Business

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    “If you build it, they will come.” It's a line from an old movie "Field of Dreams" which is still leading to the demise of too many startups, led by entrepreneurs who really started their business to build an exciting new product or service. Most struggle with the idea and practice of marketing and sales, and see these as a necessary evil, if even required. Of course, for a price, there are many marketing organizations and gurus willing to come to your aid. But marketing is not “rocket science,” so I’m a big proponent of self-help and practicing the pragmatics in-house…
  • 6 Ways That Lack Of Focus Can Kill Your Business

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Many passionate entrepreneurs fight to add more features into their new products and services, assuming that more function will make the solution more appealing to more customers. In reality, more features will more likely make the product confusing and less usable to all. Focus is the art of limiting your scope to the key function that really matters for the majority of customers. YouTube did it with videos, Instagram did it with photos, and Amazon did it with books. Many of the business plans I have seen as an investor, like trying to integrate all the social media features of Facebook,…
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  • Cold Calls - Do Vendors Research You Before Calling? (Nope)

    Peter E. Cohan
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I am amazed at how many vendors cold-call me, without doing ANY prior research on me or my company.  A little web searching (very little, frankly) would have revealed that I am NOT a good prospect for these vendors.  In spite of that, they call to talk about their products and services (“Hey, we’ve just had a new release and I want to tell you all about it!  It’s all about us, and nothing about you…”).  Most callers offer a demo of their offering, nearly right away – and very frequently offer a free trial or evaluation.  I often take them up on their…
  • Great Demo! and Stunningly Awful Demos Articles - What Have You Missed?

    Peter E. Cohan
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hi All,Here’s the current list of articles on demos in case you’ve missed any, organized by topic.  They are available on this website the Articles page (www.SecondDerivative.com/Articles.html).  Each article has its own page and a link to a downloadable PDF version.  Feel free to forward them on to others, as well.If you have ideas or suggestions for new articles, please let me know.  I’ll list a few candidates at the bottom – you can vote for the ones you’d like to see!The “Stunningly Awful Demos” Series (a perennial favorite!)Stunningly Awful Sales…
  • Fabulous Recorded Demos – Is This Possible? (Yes!)

    Peter E. Cohan
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Until recently, I have generally cautioned against using recorded demos (e.g., from AutoDemo) in marketing and sales processes, as it is unlikely that one recorded demo will fit the broad range of customers’ interests.  However, a bright young company has created a wonderful offering that enables recorded demos to automatically be tailored to address specific customers’ interests – really well done!  Check out DemoChimp at www.DemoChimp.com.
  • Podcast “You’re Doing Your Demo Backwards…!”

    Peter E. Cohan
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Here’s a link to a podcast with Tom Cooper of the BrightHill Group (http://brighthillgroup.com) discussing some key demo ideas:  http://brighthillgroup.com/geeks-youre-demo-backwards/Tom writes a delightful blog and offers services beautifully aligned with Great Demo! – Tom is all about “Helping Geeks Communicate With and Influence Others”.The podcast discusses the horrors of traditional demos and suggests a handful of solutions to make demos more engaging, more compelling, and more focused on the customers’ needs, issues, and interests.
  • Demo Tip: Application Toolbars – Start Hidden

    Peter E. Cohan
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Many software products offer a set of toolbars or palettes that are specific to the application.  I suggest starting your demos with these hidden, when possible, to reduce the apparent complexity of the offering.  I recently saw a demo where the presenter started with a “clean page” surrounded by no fewer than 5 icon-rich toolbars – looked pretty complicated to me…!  Interestingly, he only used 2 of the 5 toolbars during the course of the demo.  The 3 extra toolbars reduced the available screen real-estate and added to the perception of making the product look too…
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  • 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…
  • 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award Applications Open!

    mollyvyoung
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation opens the scholarship application process for the class of 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards. Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2014. Each year, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur program offers non-renewable scholarships that recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative with college scholarship, ranging in value from $1,000 to $15,000. The program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and…
  • 2014 Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs – Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winners

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

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

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Redwood Shores-based Oracle is extending out its digital marketing products with the acquisition of Datalogix, the company said today. Datalogix offers up products which help link offline purchases by consumers to the cross channel, digital marketing efforts of companies.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • GI Partners Buys Logibec

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    San Francisco-based private equity investor GI Partners has acquired Canadian healthcare IT company Logibec from another private equity firm, OMERS Private Equity. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Bina Technologies Acquired By Roche

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Redwood City-based Bina Technologies, a developer of big data software used for managing genetic sequencing data, has been acquired by Roche. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Roche said it will use the acquisition to bolster its personalized healthcare efforts. READ MORE>>
  • Healthline Buys DiabetesMine

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    San Francisco-based Healthline, which offers up online health information to healthcare organizations, said this week that it has acquired DiabetesMine, a consumer blog publisher which offers up diabetes-specific information to readers. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • VisionCare Ophthalmic Sees New Funding

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Saratoga-baesd VisionCare Opthalmic Technologies said earlier this week that it has raised a new funding round, for the company's surgical device for treating end-stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Size of the funding round was not announced, nor were investors.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • Startups, Be Financially Prepared Before Leasing Office Space

    Bryan Menell
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    One of the biggest mistakes startups make when looking to lease office space is not being financially prepared. Just like a bank, Landlords want to be reassured that you qualify financially before leasing you office space, especially in hot markets like Austin, Tx. Gathering this info and positioning your company to look financially strong takes more time than you think so make sure you do this well in advance of beginning the office space search process. By doing this you will not only gain the Landlord's confidence but you will also increase your chances of getting office lease concessions…
  • Experiment Engine Closes $1M Seed Round

    Bryan Menell
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Experiment Engine, an Austin-based SaaS start-up, proudly announces the close of a $1 million seed round. Founder Collective, based in NY and Boston, joined the seed stage round with other notable support from Texas-based Mercury Fund. Two former E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award recipients also participated: Dan Graham, CEO of BuildASign, and Rony Kahan, Co-founder of Indeed.com.
  • Infocyte Raises $500K for Assessment Platform that Determines If a Network Has Been Hacked

    Bryan Menell
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Infocyte, Inc., a San Antonio-based cyber security startup, has secured $500k in additional seed funding to accelerate development of its’ assessment platform, Pulse. Led by Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners, the funding will be used to expand Infocyte’s development team ahead of their planned 1st Quarter 2015 product launch.
  • WP Engine and Facebook Combine to Enhance Speed, Stability and Performance for HHVM

    Bryan Menell
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    There has been a new technological advancement for PHP developers and the developer community as a whole. For the very first time PHP and HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine), an open-source project created by Facebook, can now run side-by-side on the same server, vastly increasing speed, performance and stability for websites in production environments. By doing so, modern websites and applications with dynamic content built on HHVM can see an average response time increase of 560%.
  • Austin Tech Happy Hour Dec 4th

    Bryan Menell
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    When you feel the chill in the air, you know the end of the year is approaching. We are kicking off the holiday party season with our December 4th happy hour at The Dogwood. Come celebrate a fantastic year for the Austin technology community with a frosty beverage and some great networking.
 
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  • 7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)

    Pamela Slim
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    On this Cyber Monday, I wanted to share an important article from my dear friend and trusted IP lawyer Rachel Rodgers. Having been in business for 18 years, and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have either lived through or seen just about every mistake you can make in business. The legal mistakes can be especially egregious, and costly. I want to emphatically recommend that you follow Rachel’s advice. It will not only protect you from risk, it will make your business much stronger and more enduring. Enjoy her advice, and cover your assets! -Pam —- “Your body of work is…
  • How to think like a marketer and sell like a superstar – interview with John Jantsch

    Pamela Slim
    27 May 2014 | 3:59 pm
    When I first started writing about small business marketing many years ago, one of the first people I heard about was John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing. John had a great reputation, a solid business and a well-respected and highly trafficked blog. I referred many clients to his first book, Duct Tape Marketing. Then to his second, The Referral Engine, and his third, The Commitment Engine. Through the years, we became good friends, and he has been a very trusted and valued mentor in my own business. I was thrilled that he wrote a new book, this time about selling, called Duct Tape Selling. I…
  • Scaling up Excellence: An interview with Stanford professor Bob Sutton

    Pamela Slim
    28 Feb 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Many entrepreneurs dream of starting a business in their garage, scaling it, then selling it to Google for a billion dollars. Such things rarely happen. But scaling happens every day, in our career, our business or our workplace. We are constantly trying to improve ourselves, share our ideas, and put in systems and infrastructure that will grow our organizations without destroying that which made them great. Stanford professors Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao describe in their exceptionally well-researched and readable new book, Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less…
  • Celebrating the body of work of my clients in 2013

    ssanders
    31 Dec 2013 | 7:52 am
    Happy New Year’s Eve! 2013 has been a very special year for me. In addition to working with some amazing people, traveling to great events and having fun with my family, I wrote a brand new book, Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together that I believe will define my own body of work (pun intended!) for the next ten years. Here is the book trailer created by my awesome friends at Simplifilm. Today is the last day to get preorder goodies, including an all-expense paid trip to Phoenix to get a consulting day with me where we work intensively on your career or…
  • Search for good stories and good stories will search for you

    Pamela Slim
    27 Dec 2013 | 1:43 pm
    Any professional journalist will tell you that maintaining an objective point of view is a critical part of telling an accurate and interesting story. Boston Globe reporter Billy Baker maintained this principle when he went in search of an interesting story about someone on the #19 bus line in Boston. He found it, through the help of Emmett Folgert, who runs the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, in the story of George and Johnny Huynh, who traveled on the #19 bus from their rough neighborhood into Boston Charter School, which Billy called “one of the great symbols of hope” in the…
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  • 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…
  • How to Handle Thankless Assignments

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A thankless assignment is one where there is a limited upside for doing a great job on the assignment, but there is a serious downside if something goes wrong with it. You (or someone you know) have been tasked with thankless assignments not once, but many times over unless you have been “Vegas-style lucky” – meaning VERY VERY lucky.. Over the last few years, I have helped a number of people handle thankless assignments and turn them into situations that will create potential advantages for them. Here I present those ideas that have worked well. Here we go: 1. Understand…
  • What is a real missed opportunity?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    One of my favorite quotes is actually an African proverb. It goes like this: When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together. It’s easy to understand and equally easy to forget, unfortunately. With that in the background, let’s get to answering the question we started with: What is a real missed opportunity? In short, the “real missed opportunity” is your inability to proactively help people in your network to accelerate the pursuit of their dreams. Let me explain… Let’s take an example of John. He is a member of your network and someone you have known for…
  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

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

    Linda Bustos
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    It’s the holiday season and the promotions are aggressive! This week’s infographic examines shoppers’ loyalty when it comes to promotions online and offline, courtesy of MarketTrack and Nowsourcing.Tweetables80% of shoppers are willing to switch brands or stores because of a promotion Tweet this78% of shoppers have engaged in showrooming, 76% in webrooming Tweet this80% of shoppers use more than one media type when making purchase decisions Tweet thisShoppers say promotions account for 83% of unplanned purchases (65% of these in-store) Tweet this57% of shoppers believe they…
  • Ecommerce Trend: Keep Your Eyes on Visual Search

    Linda Bustos
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    Visual search technology is one of the most exciting trends in ecommerce. Though the tech isn’t new (Zappos had this feature in 2009 and Google bought Like.com in 2010), it’s finding new life in ecommerce websites and mobile apps, with retail heavyweights Macy’s and Neiman Marcus launching visual search apps for mobile this month.Why should ecommerce professionals care about visual search?Advantage over keyword-based searchVisual search “reads” images to identify color, shape, size and proportions, even text to identify brand and product names. This offers an…
  • 7 Ways to Design Home Pages Without Rotating Banners

    Linda Bustos
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Last week we trashed the trend of using rotating banners on home pages. You may recall, roughly half of top online retailers use them despite how despised they are by conversion optimization and usability testing experts.But if you don’t use a rotating carousel, the heck are you supposed to put on the home page??!!How about these approaches?Put the user in controlSymantec uses a header, but not only allows the user to control it (it doesn’t auto-scroll), there is context provided around what the other slides are about. The user can scan them like a navigation menu, vs. just…
  • The Tablet Commerce Barometer [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    This week’s infographic focuses on tablet commerce, courtesy of ContentSquare.Click to enlarge infographicTweetablesThe avg tablet page is 11K pixels high, 3x larger than desktop pages Tweet thisThe avg tablet page loads in 10s vs 6s for desktop pages Tweet this35% of tablet users only visit one page Tweet this50% of tablet users reach at least one product page Tweet this3.5% of tablet shoppers reach a cart page, 1.2% complete purchase Tweet thisThe average tablet shopper visits 5x before ordering Tweet thisTablet shoppers spend an average of 18 minutes on an ecommerce site Tweet…
  • Ecommerce Trend: Persuasive Calls to Action

    Linda Bustos
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Rule #1 of Web usability = “don’t make me think.”But when it comes to persuasion, making users think twice is worth breaking rules for.Instead of “No, thanks” as the opt-out call-to-action, these sites are communicating what opting out really means…Conversion XL“No thanks, I design websites that are unpersuasive.”Artbeads“No thanks, I don’t like salesRunner’s WorldZDNet“No thanks, I want my competitors to know first.”Tipsy Elves“No thanks, I’m a grinch.”Something to A/B test in 2015?
 
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  • 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…
  • How do I make a good pitch deck for investors?

    Tim Berry
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    This is my answer to How do I make a good pitch deck for investors? on Quora. First you need to differentiate between the pitch deck you leave behind for its information value – which has more words – and the pitch desk you use when you are there talk, which should be much more pictures than words, ideally just a title and a compelling photograph. Don’t confuse the two: A pitch to be read must be very different from a pitch that supports a live presentation with you talking. Different media, different styles. In either case, what you want to show is something like this (but be…
  • Q&A: When should a small business focus on growth over profits?

    Tim Berry
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    This is my answer to an interesting question on Quora: When should a small business focus on growth over profits? As soon as you have the cash flow managed, you should focus on growth, not profits. Profits are today, and growth is tomorrow. You need today assured by cash flow, but don’t sacrifice more today than you have to when you pay for it with tomorrow. Find the right level. Cash is what’s real; money in the bank. That’s much more important than profit. Growth, meaning higher sales, more customers, is also real. Within reasonable, limits, growth is more important than…
  • Quick Quiz: What Do Investors Cite as the Common Cause of Failures?

    Tim Berry
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    What do venture capitalists and angel investors cite as the common cause of the failures in their portfolios? That’s a great question, which somebody posed in Quora. And as I write this post, it has several really interesting answers. Jason Lemkin, who runs Storm Ventures, has my favorite answer. It’s also the overwhelming favorite of those who voted on the answer collection: We did this analysis at Storm recently, trying to go back through 14 years of venture investments, all of them very early-to-pretty-darn-early stage, and most pre-revenue. Here was the learning: the #1 correlation…
  • You Have to Do Disappointment Twice

    Tim Berry
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Such a beautiful quote: I ask if stories are empires, you’ll say— ‘Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story . . . your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for a while, we’re less alone.’ ‘But you never answered the question,” Pasquale said. “Why you come here.’ Bender pondered the wine in his hand. ‘A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale: desire, disappointment, and the sea.’ ‘That’s only three.’ Alvis finished his wine.
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  • How We’ve Used Crowdsourcing to Split Test (And Why You Should Too)

    Todd Spear
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    If you’ve been following us for awhile, you’ve no doubt heard us mention split testing a couple of times. We love having the ability to be pragmatic in our efforts, trying multiple approaches to achieve the best result. And we use split testing in various aspects of what we do, from trying different pieces of copy to generate website traffic in different regions, to trying out different email messages with subsets of the same audience segment. There’s a time for split testing nearly everything in marketing, but one of the most interesting and effective use we’ve found…
  • Michael E. Gerber and the E-Myth [PreneurCast152]

    Florence
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Pete talks to Michael Gerber, author of the E-Myth series of books and Awakening the Entrepreneur Within, about how he became a best-selling author and small-business guru. They also discuss some of Michael’s latest projects. Prefer To Watch The Video Version: Links From This Episode: http://www.michaelegerbercompanies.com – Michael’s site http://www.michaelegerbercompanies.com/solutions/dreaming-room/ – The Dreaming Room, Michael’s latest project http://earherosports.com.au – Pete’s latest project Books Mentioned in This Episode: The E-Myth…
  • 80/20 Sales and Marketing with Perry Marshall [PreneurCast Ep151]

    Florence
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Perry Marshall, AdWords Expert and Author of 80/20 Sales and Marketing talks to Pete about the 80/20 principle, how it can be applied to every part of a business, and why people often stop applying it too soon and miss out on the biggest wins. A lot of people might know Perry as an AdWords guy. He was the prominent AdWords advisor and author of the definitive guide to AdWords when AdWords was in its initial peak/wave. This year he wrote a book called 80/20 Sales and Marketing. I got an advance copy 12 months ago before its release, and just put it aside. I can’t remember exactly what…
  • Bootstrapping with Alec Lynch of DesignCrowd [PreneurCast Ep150]

    Florence
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Alec Lynch is one of the founders of DesignCrowd, a marketplace for crowdsourced design services. He talks to Pete about the challenges (and benefits) of getting investment and also gives some great tips on using the DesignCrowd service successfully. As a lot of you may know, a few years ago, Pete was one of the finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the telecommunications business he’s involved with. Well, Alec went through the EoY program this year, and did a little better than Pete – he was named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern…
  • AdWords, Analytics + 8 Million Stickers [Noise Reduction .83]

    Florence
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hey Gang,       This edition of Noise Reduction is a little Google lovefest. As I mentioned in the last episode, we’re rolling out the new earHeroSports.com.au project. So, the team has been doing a little refresher on setting up the tracking and tagging of Google Analytics and AdWords to make sure we’re hitting the “best practice” mark. Whilst going through the process, we stumbled across a few great articles which we thought we’d throw together for this week’s blast. If you haven’t taken the time recently to review your data, this edition could…
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  • VIDEO: As one who is usually the loudest, especially…

    Nick
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    As one who is usually the loudest, especially for lightning talks, Chris Powers’ message on silence is one you should to listen to.
  • The Sweater Song

    Wailin Wong
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    It all started with an Ewok. That’s my two-year-old daughter on Halloween. To complete the effect, I decided to dress up like Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi (her jaunty Endor speeder outfit, not the metal bikini) and went on the hunt for a sweater that would resemble her camouflage poncho but be something I’d wear again. Browsing the Nordstrom website, I discovered the Bobeau Asymmetrical Fleece Wrap Cardigan in “Heather Pinewood” and remembered I had seen it recommended on a fashion blog I follow. I ordered the sweater; it fit great and at least two people recognized me as Leia.
  • The curse of compressing reality

    Noah
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    When I’m not analyzing data, I like to make things from wood—furniture, cutting boards, etc. Making something physical after sitting at a computer all day is relaxing and rewarding, and I’m never short on gifts for family and friends. My woodworking isn’t totally detached from technology, and I rely heavily on forums, websites, online magazines, and YouTube both for inspiration and to learn how to do things. I’ve learned most of what I know about woodworking from people on the Internet, and I’ve been inspired to tackle things that I never would have thought…
  • Stuck again

    Nathan Kontny
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    In 1949, Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law Palmer Hermundslie started a medical device repair shop in Palmer's garage. It was a terrible place to work – freezing in the winter, stifling in the summer. We used a garden hose to spray water on the roof in a not especially successful attempt to cool the place down a few degrees. At least once during those early days, the garage was infested with flying ants. Unlike your typical "successful" startup garage stories, they were in that garage for the next 12 years. In their first month of operation, they earned a whopping $8 of…
  • A Slice of Small Business Life

    Wailin Wong
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    There was a time in America, if you can believe it, when you would order a pizza and it would arrive somewhat cold and soggy. A horrifying prospect! Ingrid Kosar was disenchanted with cold delivery pizza too, and she wanted to do something about it. In 1984, she filed a patent for a “thermally insulated food bag,” which is familiar to pizza eaters the world over. Photo by Michael Berger Kosar has a great entrepreneurial origin story. The next three decades of her career don’t make as tidy a narrative. The bags got commoditized; Kosar lost business to lower-priced competitors…
 
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  • 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…
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This following article is a guest post by Rick Burnes.  Rick is the VP of Content Products at BookBub.  You can follow him on twitter: @rickburnes. Startup job searches are hard. There’s more risk (most startups fail!), there’s less information and the best opportunities are sometimes hidden and hard to find. So how do you navigate a startup job search successfully?   I learned about this over the last six months. Earlier this month, after six months speaking with Boston-area startups about new opportunities, I left HubSpot to begin a job at the Cambridge book…
  • You're Probably Wrong

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dear Friend About that thing we were chatting about the other day.  I've been trying to find a good way to say this, but... You're probably wrong. You think you're right, but you're probably wrong.  And, it's not that I disagree with you.  In fact, quite the opposite, I agree with you.  I agree with you so strongly that I made exactly the same mistake you're about to make -- years ago.   Coincidentally, back then, I made the exact same arguments you're making now. I was less eloquent and less brilliant than you but equally stubborn -- and equally wrong. But, I realize…
  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

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

    Greg Anderson
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    With the holiday season coming up, a lot of us are thinking about how we should have kept up with our relatives better the rest of the year. One "excuse" for me not getting in touch with my older relatives more often is that I don't use the phone for long-distance calls anymore. Getting in touch with my parents in the States, I used Facetime or iMessages, and occasionally I'll drop some money into Skype to call the land-line phones of my grandparents. It's a pity that Skype isn't more user friendly for our older relatives to use, but that opens up a market gap for Helsinki-based Tellybean,…
  • The Baltic States: The New Hotspot of Tools for Developers & Designers

    Guest Blogger
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    Editor's note: This post is by Edmundas Balčikonis, CEO of Trackduck Don’t let be fooled by sweeping generalisations that the Baltic region is only famous for talented, educated programmers and Skype. State of the art SaaS startups are originating and growing in the Baltic States making the region a hot-spot of tools focusing on web/mobile development and design. Here is a list to prove that. Tools for website builders XtGem XtGem from - a visual mobile site building tool that enables you to build a mobile website using only your cell phone in minutes. You neither need to be a programmer…
  • Hailing a taxi isn't the only way to travel - Cabforce sees success with Pre-booked

    Greg Anderson
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    The tech world is all hyped up about hailing a cab these days, but that's not the only angle to taxi travel. Helsinki-based Cabforce's service is all about plugging you into on-the-ground taxi travel with the rest of your travel plans. Think about the last time you booked a work trip - you got your flights and hotel in one booking, but you likely picked up a taxi on the fly. You know you've got to take a taxi from your house to the airport and then to the hotel, so why not figure that out on one bill, and have a driver waiting for you rather than see that the next Uber driver is 20 minutes…
  • Emerging Cooking Solutions wants to end the dependence on Charcoal

    Alexandra Hvalgren // Øresund Startups
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    Emerging Cooking Solutions is a Swedish-Zambian company with a strong social and environmental agenda. In 2012 they developed a market based concept for replacing charcoal for cooking purposes in Africa. They’re starting a Crowdfunding Campaign during Christmas what will improve the environment within the Zambian schools and orphanages. The use of charcoal is one of the main causes behind the devastating deforestation of the African continent. Made from virgin forests, charcoal is used as a fuel for cooking, heating, and for industrial purposes. Emerging Cooking Solutions market…
  • Game Analytics picks up a $5.5 million Series A

    Greg Anderson
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    Game Analytics doesn't need much explanation, they're one of those companies that do what they say on the box with a free game analytics platform for developers. Now they've announced they've picked up a $5.5 million Series A raised by Beta Angels and the new management team that has joined the company. Previously Game Analytics raised $2.5 million from Sunstone Capital, CrunchFund, Jimmy Maymann (CEO, Huffington Post) and René Rechmann (President, Maker Studio). With the funding round they're bringing in some GoViral blood, which was sold to AOL for $96.7 million in 2011. Now Luke Aviet,…
 
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  • Performance Round-Up: 12/21/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:19 am
      I missed last week so will add a few older links into this round-up. How reading transforms us [NYTimes] WealthPilgrim’s best books of 2014 [WealthPilgrim] [Podcast] Ben Greenfield on how to biohack your home [Ben Greenfield] Outside Magazine writer attempts Navy Seal bootCamp [Outside] [Video] Chris Power’s on the power of Silence [Vimeo] Five Inspirational thought when you’re having a bad day [Pick the Brain] Best TED talk videos from 2014 [TED] What one book should I read in 2015? [Reddit] This one phrase changed my life [Pick the Brain] [Podcast] Dr. Peter Attia…
  • Performance Round-Up: 12/07/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
      A few interesting performance reads this week: For smart students, getting into a top college isn’t much harder than it was generations ago [NY Times] Money can make you unhappy [WSJ] [Video] Steve Wonziak [Semil Shah] The importance of having a high tolerance for repetition [WealthofCommonSense] Business Growth: a YCombinator lecture by Alex Schultz [Ryan Spoon] How to have better intuition [PicktheBrain] Standing Still [Jerry Colonna] To get over something, write about it [HBR] [Podcast] Ben Greenfield offers advice on increasing your ability to burn fat [Ben Greenfield]  …
  • Performance Round-Up: 11/30/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
      Happy Thanksgiving! It’s officially the Holiday season.   Robert Schiller on decision fatigue [Wealth of Common Sense] 12 things I learned from Bill Ackman [25IQ] How to feel old* [Thought Catalogue] (VIDEO) Jerry Colonna on how to survive the startup life [Colonna.org] An investment banker on the psychology of risk [Big Picture] Advice and quotes from several of the most successful investors in history [Big Picture] Improve your relationships. Notes from Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently [Farnam Street] (VIDEO) What Tony Robbins learned from Ray Dalio and Carl…
  • Performance Round-Up: 11/23/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Q4 has been busy, so I slipped with link updates for a couple weeks. Here are some of the best items I’ve read related to performance over the last few weeks: Welcome to the failure age [NYTimes] Ryan Holiday’s Morning Routine* [Ryan Holiday] Reid Hoffman on This Week in Startups [TWiST] A refresher on net present value [HBR.org] Podcasts are blowing up: Digiday + Chris Dixon Some thoughts on Longevity [Lef.org] The End of Ownership [a16z] Exponential Medicine [SingularityHub] 12 Lessons Larry Ellison taught me about business [25iq] Charlie Munger on the psychology of human…
  • Performance Round-Up: 11/02/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
      Here are this week’s links. Hoping to get to a few original blog posts soon. Please direct me to your blogs or podcasts dealing with performance.   Body: Aubrey De Grey on Upgraded Ape chats life-extension and gives his top seven actions to be proactive on extending your life [Upgraded Ape] Why your multivitamins should stink — and THE multivitamin Ben Greenfield recommends [Ben GreenField] Men’s fertility testing [Hunter Walk]   Mind: Top performers reveal their favorite books- (Tony’s Robbins, Peter Thiel and more [Tim Ferriss] Storytelling is…
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for ideatrr

    public
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Company / App Name: ideatrr http://ideatrr.com Twitter – ideatrr What does it do? ideatrr is a brand new platform aiming to explore what’s possible in the future – the World-Changing Ideas. It’s your very own space to think, discuss, share and discover ideas to make the world a better place to live. Why do we need it? Today, the industries, people and countries work in silos without collaborating, connecting and sharing the best ideas with other countries. We want the world, industries and individuals to utilize this space to learn from each other. Who is it for? Ideatrr is…
  • Pitch for Fliplet

    public
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Company / App Name: Fliplet http://www.fliplet.com Twitter – flipletapp What does it do? Fliplet makes it easy for anyone within an organisation to rapidly create and share their own enterprise apps for reporting, training, sales and marketing without programming skills. Why do we need it? Apps cost too much and take too long to produce. App developers are expensive and scarce. Fliplet cuts the time, cost and technical knowledge required to build enterprise mobile apps from months to hours. Who is it for? n/a What makes it stand out from the crowd? With the ability to rapidly create low…
  • Pitch for HackishWord

    public
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Company / App Name: HackishWord http://www.hackishword.com Twitter – hackishword What does it do? HackishWord makes networking for business fun and easy. The app allows users to chat with a global network of merchants and service providers, and connect with friends around the world. Users can buy and sell digital assets and other stuff Why do we need it? HackishWord is fun and makes networking easy. It’s a good way to ditch your email for most connecting uses, and get responses more quickly for things that should be done quickl Who is it for? Developers, networking people,…
  • Pitch for Zupa!

    public
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Company / App Name: Zupa! http://www.zupa.me Twitter – @zupaapp What does it do? Instagram meets eBay. A delightful new way to buy & sell all your awesome things with a simple, friendly, and streamlined user experience that allows for your items to be listed, bought, & sold with a few quick taps. Why do we need it? Consumers need a better way to buy and sell items, one that doesn’t involve meeting strangers in public places with cash or being outbid on an online at the last second. Selling items should be as simple as posting a photo. Who is it for? Anyone with a smartphone…
  • Pitch for Hear – Anonymously Talk & Listen

    public
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Company / App Name: Hear – Anonymously Talk & Listen http://hear.so Twitter – @GotHear What does it do? Hear anonymously connects users to one another so that they can talk to each other; it also allows other users to listen to conversations that are already being held, the talkers will never know they are being listened to. Why do we need it? You need it because everyone has something significant to share, and anonymity can help you get things off your chest in a way that you normally would not be able to; it also presents an opportunity to learn from the experiences of…
 
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  • 15 Quotes That Will Help You Position Your Business for 2015

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “The future is already here—it is just unevenly distributed.” - William Gibson Amid the holiday bustle, the New Year offers a fresh breathe of air for business owners looking to revamp strategies and focus efforts. As the market evolves and customer needs widen, it is imperative for leaders to guide their team in the right direction for 2015. To assist you during this time of concentration and action, we’ve compiled a list of quotes from entrepreneurial gurus who’ve written a few the most influential books for small business leaders, plus more. 1.
  • Why Twitter, Instagram, Lyft, and Mint.com Should Have Failed

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Think you have a startup idea that won't go anywhere? Think again. Many of today’s most successful companies started off with a simple, goofy, or ridiculous idea that should have failed. After all, the perception of what is a brilliant conceit and what is a stinker can change over time, and often does. Here’s what Mike Maples, Jr., one of Silicon Valley’s top investors has to say on the matter: The more people who think you’re wrong, the better. By the time the rest of the world catches up, you’ve made huge progress.” Ever wonder which prominent companies…
  • Crowdfunding is About More Than Money

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    True, successful crowdfunding campaigns can be a potentially prosperous means of raising funds for a startup. However, too many people get too caught up in the monetary rewards, that they overlook the other benefits of launching a crowdfunding campaign for their product or service. Read on to learn the other ways that a crowdfunding campaign can help you. The blog post, "The Many Faces of Crowdfunding - It's Not Just About the Money," written by Lauren Reiterman originally appeared on Focus Product Design's blog and has been republished with permission below: Great…
  • The Truth About Co-Founders

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    From beginning to finish, launching a startup is a complex and laborious endeavor. Everyday is an adventure, and problems will arise quickly.   How will you find solutions? By sourcing quick tips from founders who’re facing the same challenges as you. To offer assistance along your journey, the Founder Institute has gathered our expansive network of entrepreneurs to solve the problems you encounter each day.   In this installment of Ask an Expert, Founders Tom Arnold of PetHub.com, a software platform for pet industry manufacturers, municipalities, and value-added…
  • What to Consider When Starting Up in the U.S. as an Expat

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It can be a frightening feat to leave your home country and establish business on foreign lands. Though it may seem impossible, many have succeeded, defying the odds and hurdling through loopholes to do so. In a recent webinar titled, "How Expats can Start Up in the U.S.", founders Nitin Pachisia of Unshackled and Mike Galarza of Entryless, share their personal experiences of navigating through the process of visas, hiring employees, and incorporating their businesses. With ties from Mexico and India, both overcame varying obstacles through each stage of becoming a business leader in the…
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  • 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…
  • 35 at 15

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    This was a big week for Return Path.  First we announced a $35mm financing led by Vista Equity Partners, an exceptional private equity firm that I’d never heard of before the middle of the fundraising process a few months ago.  We are happy to have them join our very strong board and syndicate and even happier to have additional investment capital to accelerate our growth, especially in newer businesses for us like Email Fraud Protection and our overall data and analytic capabilities. But in some ways even more important, or at least more sentimentally important news this week is…
  • Autocorrect for life

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Autocorrect for life I used to joke that life should have an undo button, the ultimate Control-Z for when something goes wrong. But lately, I’ve been more of the mind that life should work like an Apple device with a good Autocorrect function. Why just undo things when they can be fixed in the blink of an eye, before anyone even knows they went wrong? Press reply-all when you are bcc’d on an email because you forgot to look at the header closely enough?  No problem, Autocorrect for Life(AFL) will change it to a simple reply. Fender bender while parallel parking?  AFL is there to…
  • Book Short: Continuing to make “sustainability” a mainstream business topic

    Matt Blumberg
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Book Short:  Continuing to make “sustainability” a mainstream business topic The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, by my friend Andrew Winston, is a great book.  It just got awarded one of the Top 10 business books of 2014 by Strategy+Business, which is a great honor. Andrew builds nicely on his first book, Green to Gold:  How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage (post, book link) (and second book, which I didn’t review, Green Recovery), as I said in my review of Green…
  • Sources of Urgency

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sources of Urgency Sometimes I wish we were in the hardware business.  Why?  It’s not the margins, that’s for sure.  It’s because hardware businesses usually have externally-imposed deadlines that create urgency in an organization around deliverables. If you are making a chip that Dell is putting in all of its boxes, and your contract with Dell stipulates that the chip will be ready for testing on X Date and for shipping on Y Date, you darn well better hit the deadline.  If you are making software that gets installed or pre-loaded on all Samsung TVs, same thing.  Maybe it’s not…
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  • The Holiday Video!

    Megan Sweeney
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    We wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday with this video on The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs.  Thank you to all of the Techstars companies who helped make this video! 1. Shed some pounds, release stress Sportsy 2. Take risk, grow some balls Sphero 3. Motivate people to save energy Simple Energy 4. Move out of your parent’s basement Everlater, acquired by MapQuest 5. Let your dreams soar, without them crash SkySpecs 6. Learn something new everyday Occipital 7. Know how to pitch your company to anyone Rapt Media 8. Build something from scratch and watch it…
  • The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is hitting the road!

    Ryan Kuder
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    We want to meet you and your intelligent machines, so we’re hitting the road in 2015! We are looking for robotics start-ups looking to take their company to the next level. If you’re going to be at CES or you’re in Boston or New York, let us introduce ourselves at one of our Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Meetups. January 7, CES in Las Vegas Source the Right Financing Panel Techstars will be participating in a panel discussion in the Investing In Emerging Technologies program sponsored by our partners at Qualcomm Ventures. Office Hours with the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Team Set up…
  • Sponsorship in Action: Fashion Metric and Rackspace

    Cali Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We recently spoke with Morgan Linton, cofounder of Fashion Metric, a Techstars in Austin company. Fashion Metric takes the guesswork out of sizing. The company provides a big data SaaS solution for apparel retailers and brands to gather intelligence about their customers and personalize the online apparel shopping experience, helping customers get measured for custom clothing or select the best ready-to-wear size. Morgan shares about the “Fanatical Support®” that Rackspace, a sponsor of Techstars, provided to Fashion Metric at a crucial moment. Rackspace recently interviewed Morgan (see…
  • Ryan Kuder Joins Techstars as Qualcomm Managing Director

    Ryan Kuder
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke Back in 2009, I was part of a team that won a coding competition called the Rails Rumble. Our prize was a No Expenses Paid trip to Boulder, Colorado to meet David Cohen and the Techstars mentors and spend a week working on our project at the Techstars Bunker, which at that time was in a basement under a shoe store. The mentors and companies working in that space were among the most creative and driven I’d ever met. They did more faster than any startups I’d ever seen. Throughout my career,…
  • Techstars 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Megan Sweeney
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you looking for some fun gift ideas for the holidays?  Well, we have some for you!  Below are a list of creative gift ideas for people (and dogs!) of all ages and interests, plus they’re all from Techstars companies!!!  Don’t miss the promo codes offered. Maker’s Kit -DIY Project Kits & Video Guides.  Use promo code: techstars25 for 25% off. Litographs – Art from the books you’ve read and loved, more product videos here.  Use this discount code: SAVE10 to save 10%. CodeStarter – For every $250 donated, they’ll ship a laptop to a kid who…
 
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    Valleywag

  • Confirmed: Snapchat Turned Down More Than $3 Billion Last Year

    Sam Biddle
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    One of last year's great moments in undeserved ego was Snapchat rejecting billions of dollars from Facebook, and allegedly Google, too. Now, straight out of leaked Sony emails obtained by Gawker, we know it was more than the reported number.Read more...
  • Suit: Zillow Says Women Over 40 Are "Too Old to Close," "Can't Keep Up"

    Kevin Montgomery
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A second lawsuit filed in a California court this week accuses Zillow of being an "frat house" which promotes sexual and ageist harassment. This time, a single mother is suing after being fired by Zillow because she checked into a hospital to treat injuries sustained in a car accident.Read more...
  • Zillow Accused of Subjecting Female Employees to "Sexual Torture"

    Kevin Montgomery
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Zillow has built up a $4.5 billion valuation by amassing an immense real estate database. But a lawsuit filed in a California court accuses the company of cultivating an "adult frat house" culture in which female employees are constantly solicited for sex by co-workers, ranked on their breast size, and fired if they refuse to play along.Read more...
  • These Letters Reveal Which Congressmen Google Has In Its Pocket

    Nitasha Tiku
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Yesterday twelve U.S. Congressmen signed, sealed, and delivered a letter (embedded below) to members of the European Parliament lobbying their counterparts to leave Google alone. According to the Financial Times, at least three letters from American legislators were sent as part of a "rare and concerted public intervention" on Google's behalf.Read more...
  • Blue Bottle, Which Raised $45 M, Cut Health Benefits for Part-Timers

    Nitasha Tiku
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Blue Bottle, the artisanal coffee retailer popular with hipsters from coast to coast, just informed employees that part-time workers will not receive health benefits, effective January 2015. A tipster reached out to Valleywag with the news and the company confirmed the change.Read more...
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    StartupMuse

  • Negotiating the No-Shop Clause

    Alexander Muse
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    One of the entrepreneurs I mentor got a termsheet from a local investor and expects to get another one before Christmas. The termsheet has an expiration date and includes a no-shop clause. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a ‘no-shop’ is clause in a termsheet between an entrepreneur and a potential investor that bars the entrepreneur from soliciting termsheets from other investors. In other words, the entrepreneur cannot “shop” the deal around once he executes the termsheet. I recommended he attempt to remove the clause from the agreement. In most cases the…
  • Yes, the CEO of your startup is an idiot.

    Alexander Muse
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Earlier today a Quora user asked me if it would be appropriate for an employee to let his CEO know that he thought he was a bad CEO. The question made me laugh, so uncharacteristically I answered it. It occurred to me that all CEOs are bad, but some seem good because they’re supported by great teams. I contend that if your CEO either is or seems like an idiot you suck as an employee, but I am getting ahead of myself. When I was in my twenties and started working for other people it never took much time for me to realize that everyone I worked for was completely out of touch. The…
  • Finding a Co-Founder: Fadi Bishara CofounderNetwork, Part 3

    Alexander Muse
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been reaching out to services that help entrepreneurs find co-founders to conduct interviews with their founders for another project. Here is my third interview: Name: Fadi Bishara Title: Co-founder and CEO Company: Blackbox.vc formerly CofounderNetwork Q: Why did you start Blackbox.vc/CofounderNetwork? A: I started the network because I knew many founders with successful track record who were interested in launching new ventures but did now have the mean and network to find and engage ideal cofounders. I thought with my experience in the talent search and…
  • Finding a Co-Founder: Shahab Kaviani of CoFoundersLab, Part 2

    Alexander Muse
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been reaching out to services that help entrepreneurs find co-founders to conduct interviews with their founders for another project. Here is my second interview: Name: Shahab Kaviani Title: Co-founder and CEO Company: CoFoundersLab Description: CoFoundersLab is a Maryland-based startup focused on bringing together entrepreneurs with the aim of launching a startup together. Q: Why did you start CoFoundersLab? A: I saw how popular startups were becoming in around 2010, and noticed how many new accelerators were sprouting up, along with the increasing in early…
  • Finding a Co-Founder: Oliver Bremer of Founder2be, Part 1

    Alexander Muse
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been reaching out to services that help entrepreneurs find co-founders to conduct interviews with their founders for another project. Here is my first interview: Name: Oliver Bremer, @iguero Title: Co-founder and CEO Company: Founder2be Description: Founder2be is an entrepreneurship-related social networking website for co-founders. A match making service for prospective entrepreneurs, it enables individuals with different skill sets to connect and work on ideas to launch startups together. Q: Why did you start Founder2be? A: I started Founder2be because I…
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    I Will Teach You To Be Rich

  • I got schooled

    Ramit Sethi
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    If I were to ask you, “What’s one thing you wish you could make automatic in your life?” I’d be willing to bet that most people would say: “I wish I could exercise regularly” “I wish I could eat healthier” “I wish I could ___” What would yours be? I want to help you pick one area of your life to make more systematic. This might be fitness, or staying in touch with the people you love, or ANYTHING. I’m going to show you an example from fitness, but you can apply this to anything in your life. I’ve written about how I cracked the code on going to the gym using psychology…
  • How to make people like you

    Ramit Sethi
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    POP QUIZ: Let’s say I asked you which of these you could change about yourself: Your taste in food (e.g., “I love pizza”) Your body (e.g., “I’m a skinny Indian guy”) Your likeability (“I’m not like Mike, who walks into a bar and everybody loves him”) Which trait do you think is malleable? The correct answer: ALL OF THEM! This realization — that I could change things I previously thought were immutable — blew my mind. For example, with food, I used to LOVE pizza, and I just thought, “those are my taste buds.” I literally thought my palate was an unchangeable…
  • When friends say, “Tell me if I ever get in a bad relationship…”

    Ramit Sethi
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    …THEY NEVER MEAN IT! How many friends do you know who said, “Let’s make a promise: If either of us gets in a bad relationship, we’ll tell the other person we don’t like their boyfriend/girlfriend.” You both agree, smiling, happy you can be so open with your friend. (It’s like two 4-year-old boys solemnly pledging that they’re never going to like girls because they’re “gross.” Yeah dude. Sure.) THEN YOUR FRIEND GETS IN A HORRIBLE RELATIONSHIP…AND YOU CAN’T SAY ANYTHING!! I’ve seen it myself — you try to subtly bring something up (“Hey man, do you…
  • This is a really weird thing that people do

    Ramit Sethi
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you want to see an insane example of people telling you to settle in life, look no further! Your Surrogate Asian Father, Ramit, combs the internet, to find examples of internet nutcases who think it’s OK to be mediocre at life. I don’t allow that shit. For example, my mom used to ask me why I got a 97% on a test. It sucked back then, but in retrospect, it taught me how to push myself harder. Here’s a post I stumbled across and couldn’t stop reading. In it, a woman asks this: “I have a weird problem and I’m not really sure where to talk about it…Everything I do, I do…
  • Your toughest questions about starting an online biz?

    Ramit Sethi
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Next month, I’m heading into my studio to record a whole new series of videos for you. My goal — to top this: ZTL blooper. I hate you, tree  I’m going to be recording new interviews for my Brain Trust program, new success stories for my Zero to Launch course (you will be amazed by these), and new videos all about helping you start an online business. That’s a lot, but I booked extra studio time so I could record some off-the-cuff, uncensored video responses to your toughest questions about starting an online biz. If you’ve always wanted to create an…
 
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    Start Up Blog

  • Little Data – Insurance, finance and digital footprints

    Steve Sammartino
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    General Thesis: Cheap technology is changing everything. There’s a deluge of data being created by all economic participants. But, this time buyers, sellers and employers all participate and have access. It’s no longer just top down business infrastructure, but quickly becoming horizontal. Access is now greater than ownership. This means that in a data driven economy, areas that previously did not affect insurance and finance industries are starting to. Their biggest competitors in 5 years is more likely to come from outside their industry, as is of course any new revenue…
  • How to price yourself as a freelancer

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    As the friction of employment is being removed, many people are taking the opportunity to freelance out their skills. The independent digital craftspeople are arriving thick and fast, but one of the trickiest parts of doing such work is knowing how to price it. Getting it wrong seems scary, as it can be the difference between getting paid this month or not. So the inclination is to take a conservative approach, price low and ensure we get the business. But all is not as it seems. So here are some hacks to remember in order to get your freelance pricing right. General rule of thumb: Charge…
  • The Uber attitude & surge pricing

    Steve Sammartino
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Today the ride share service Uber, did more again of what it seems to be good at – acting like jerks. During the Sydney Siege they conducted a price surge and put prices up to reflect the demand for transport at a time of serious civil disturbance. But the most disturbing thing, isn’t the price, it’s really the attitude. This is one time when industry disrupters can take an important lesson from their industrial era counterparts. Let’s take legacy airlines. Our national carrier Qantas has on many occasions diverted flights at no cost to pull people out of countries…
  • So what really happened to the music industry – in data?

    Steve Sammartino
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    We all know the story of the music industry decline, but what do the numbers really tell us? Is the financial disruption as bad as we imagine? It seems there’s never been a time when more music has been consumed. Well, it turns out that downloads and streaming isn’t doing much to reclaim lost revenue from the vinyl and CD sales. Here’s some mind blowing data as to how heavy the industry loses have been over the past 10 years. (source RIAA). 10 years ago Now Recorded music sales $16 billion $6.9 billion All streaming sales Nil $1.5 billion Download sales $250 million $2.8…
  • The reality of the screen

    Steve Sammartino
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The reality is that all screens are created equal now. Every screen can serve up the same content. Every screen is connected to the same world. Every screen doesn’t care whose eyes and ears are at the other end of it. Every screen can deliver the same data, on the same day, globally. There is no such thing as TV anymore. And so it then begs the following question: Why do people who profit from screens treat them as different entities? It seems the people who work in TV still think their screens are different. It seems the people who make movies think their cinemas are different. And…
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    Springwise

  • Kangu is crowdfunding safe births for women in poverty

    Springwise
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Add / Remove Most people would like to truly help those in need when they can, but donating money to large charities sometimes feels like a thankless task because there’s no direct connection between the giver and the recipient. It’s also true that donations can also get lost in charity administration costs, especially when organizations aren’t run efficiently. In the past we’ve seen India’s The Girl Store enable donors to purchase the actual equipment that provides young girls in disadvantaged areas the chance to receive an education. Now Kangu is a crowdfunding…
  • App lets diners rate their restaurant servers

    Springwise
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Add / Remove Diners are well used to checking sites such as Yelp to see what other customers think of a particular restaurant, but there are a number of different factors that can make one person’s experience different to another’s — the atmosphere, the clientele and the waiting staff can all change from night to night. Hoping to provide managers with a more detailed review of their customers’ dining experiences, an app called Grate is now enabling diners to evaluate the serving quality of individual servers at the restaurants they visit. Just like they would use any…
  • Tiny kitchen on wheels aims to get kids cooking at school

    Springwise
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Add / Remove Eating out and getting a takeaway are not only expensive, but they are usually much less healthy than cooking a meal. And yet, nearly a third of all Americans say they can’t cook. Hoping to get more kids learning how to take control of the meals they eat, an initiative called The Charlie Cart Project has developed a mini, portable kitchen that’s kitted out with all the equipment needed to teach children how to cook. If a child has parents who don’t or can’t cook — and therefore can’t teach their child the skill — the chances are that child will…
  • Disposable drone turns into a pile of sugar when it’s finished flying

    Springwise
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    Add / Remove Businesses are increasingly looking towards drones for quick and easy delivery of goods to consumers, and we've already seen them put to use to send beer to festivalgoers or even emergency medical supplies in speedy times. Now a group of researchers has developed a biodegradable drone made out of mushrooms, that decomposes naturally if it breaks in an unreachable location or doesn't need returning. Created by a team of students, graduates and scientists at Stanford, Brown and Spelman College, the drone was an entry into this year's International Genetically Engineered…
  • In Brazil, Knorr is turning old family recipes into beautiful infographic posters

    Springwise
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Add / Remove Today's home cooks are now increasingly using expensive tablets to follow recipes in their messy kitchen, and can end up ruining the things. We recently wrote about Key Ingredients' Recipe Tablet, which aims to solve that problem with its heat and spill-proof device. But what about those with handwritten family recipes that have been passed down through the ages? Food brand Knorr has now launched its Receitas de Familia scheme, which lets anyone snap a handwritten recipe to have it turned into a typographic instructional poster. The campaign — which translates as…
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    entrepreMusings

  • Strengths and Weaknesses – How They Impact Our Worlds

    Aruni
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I read and took the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment back in 2011, and what it told me my Top 5 strengths were seemed to make sense at the time, although I was surprised at what they call “Woo.”  I just joined a new company where strengths are valued, and I had the opportunity to take the assessment again, but this time it was the original version: Now, Discover Your Strengths(Amazon link). It’s a useful tool to help you understand yourself and others. Interestingly, two of my Top 5 strengths changed from the last time I took it.  The two that dropped out were Strategic and…
  • Transitions are Constant

    Aruni
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Change is constant. We are always transitioning from one thing to another and/or from one stage of life to another.  I find that when those transition times happen for me, they tend to be good times to sort through and organize stuff I rarely make time to organize.  My home office is just a little more organized as of yesterday.  I’ve shoved things out of view into closets, file cabinets, and drawers which makes me feel better and helps create space to process the transition. I’ve also been cleaning out my email inbox, and I found some articles I’ve been meaning to post…
  • Clash of Clans Reminds Me of Business

    Aruni
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My 12 year old son made an interesting statement while we were driving to soccer practice today.  He said that Clash of Clans, a game he plays often on my iPhone and the mini-iPad that he and his sister share, is like business.  He said it out of the blue.  He hears me and his dad talk about businesses and companies often. I asked him why he thought that and he said because you can join clans, you have to find clans, and then sometimes people are nice or not nice in those clans.  You can leave clans, some you can just join, some you have to be invited to join, and others you have to ask…
  • Read ‘Em, Weep, and Laugh

    Aruni
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Below are some really great, entertaining, and thought provoking posts & articles.  Please check them out and let me know what you think. Good at math (Seth Godin) – This post arrived in my in box after my 9 year old daughter told me she wasn’t good at math.  I told her she was too young to make that decision.  I told her that only after she has taken Calculus that she could she tell me she didn’t like math or it wasn’t her best subject.  She then asked me what Calculus was and she, her brother and I laughed out loud at that silliness. Reconceptualizing Your…
  • InnoTech Women in Tech Summit – October 15, 2015

    Aruni
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was fortunate enough to be invited to be one of the coaches at this year’s InnoTech Women in Tech Summit event.  InnoTech Austin, presented by Presidio, returns to the Austin Convention Center on October 15, 2014. The 11th annual event will include all new topics and speakers for a fresh and exciting conference. I have not had the opportunity to attend InnoTech in the past. I’m looking forward to the experience and to networking with a bunch of new and interesting people.  For those of you in Austin, I look forward to seeing you there!
 
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    The Next Web

  • Google search results now displays the lyrics to some of your favorite songs

    Roberto Baldwin
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Looking for the lyrics of your favorite tunes? Well, Google now displays the lyrics to some of your favorite songs directly in the search results. Noticed by this Google+ user, when you search for the lyrics of some songs, you’ll see the result presented in a card-style format. This is probably bad news for sutes like Metro Lyrics and AZ Lyrics that have been the go-to resource for anyone wanting to practice their karaoke skills. The good news for these lyric sites is that not all songs lyrics show up in the search results. While The Smiths’ How Soon is Now… This story continues at…
  • Twitter adds mobile analytics to its official iOS app

    Napier Lopez
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Announced, fittingly enough, via a tweet, Twitter has unveiled that it’s adding mobile analytics to its iOS app. In order to view the analytics data, you simply need to update to the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, click on one of your tweets to get to its detail page, and then tap “View Tweet Activity.” You’ll then be presented with your standard fare of analytics information, including impressions and engagement, as well as additional information such as the percentage of people who have favorited your tweet or the number of folks visiting your profile through that tweet.
  • Google+ for iOS updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays and poll support

    Roberto Baldwin
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Google+, the social network of the mighty search engine company, has been updated for iOS. The latest update brings support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays, supports voting with the new polls feature and lets you quickly share to the social network thanks to a new iOS extension. With iOS extensions developers can integrate additional app functionality into iOS 8. For example, a share feature via a button for posting photos directly from the iOS 8 camera roll. The polls features appeared in October giving users the ability to survey their followers. While you can vote via iOS, you can’t…
  • Yahoo’s Aviate launcher for Android gets universal search

    Napier Lopez
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Yahoo’s Aviate, the Android launcher that serves you up a different homescreen depending on time and context, is today getting a small update to make it more useful. It now includes a universal search function to quickly look up your apps, contacts and Web results – powered, of course, by Yahoo. You’ll see the search results right in the launcher, so you needn’t open up a browser for just a quick search. Right now the functionality is only available for English-language users in the US, but Yahoo plans to expand availability soon. ­ ­ ➤ Introducing Search on Aviate [Yahoo…
  • Google finally has a fully functional prototype of its self-driving car

    Napier Lopez
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Google’s got AI lovers a little gift for the holidays – it’s finished the first complete prototype of its self-driving vehicle. While the company unveiled the tentative design for the car back in May (though the technical research aspect has been running for several years now), the prototypes it’s built so far have been functionally compartmentalized – each one was only testing certain components of the vehicle. Now, it’s put all those parts together into a fully functioning model. Google says it will spend some more time testing the vehicle over the holidays at its test…
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    The Product Guy

  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 2 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Product Manager @ Complex Media (New York, NY)Keywords: Consumer, Content, Platform, Product Management, Webhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1052&lf=twf Chief Product Officer @ Pinks and…
  • Importance and Opportunity of Metadata in Entertainment

    Jeremy Horn
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    Recently I was asked to give a keynote presentation on the intersection of product management, metadata, and the entertainment industry at Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Entertainment Industry Management event here in NYC. The slides…   Some pictures from the event… (unfortunately, no video) Enjoy! Jeremy HornThe Product GuyFiled under: events, product management Tagged: entertainment, metadata, product management
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:53 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… Product Management Immersive Instructor @ General Assembly (New York, NY)Keywords: education, instructor, PM, product management, teachhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1051&lf=twf Manager,…
  • Pinks & Greens, Mistakes and Festivities to Follow

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    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, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Pinks & Greensexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from full phone service to customer segmentation (thanks to Allison Dorst) Product Management Mistakesfrom the invisible to Windows 8 The Product Groupmeet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers,…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:36 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… Product Marketing Manager @ Kinetic Social (New York City)Keywords: AdTech, Advertising, Internet, Marketing, Socialhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1047&lf=twf Product Manager @ Kinetic…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Claims About Childhood

    Ben Casnocha
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:42 am
    Griffiths believes that we force very young children into too much independence at a time when all they want is intimacy (she particularly deplores Ferberization, or controlled crying), and that we then exert too much control over older children who yearn only for freedom (she is dismayed by standardized testing). She questions the hierarchical nature of most adult-child relations, and demonstrates that in many cultures and across much of history, children have been given a much broader right of self-determination. She is fanatical about the importance of the great outdoors, and believes that…
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Books, books, books. 1. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. The best collection of advice columns I’ve read. People wrote to the “Dear Sugar” online column (the author of which was revealed to be Cheryl Strayed of Wild fame) with some pretty tricky questions about their personal life, career, sex, family, and so on, and she delivered just the right mix of encouragement, tough love, and concrete tips for action. There’s a story of guy who overhears his friends talking shit about him. There’s a woman who wants to write a book but is overcome with…
  • The Dead-End Road of Self-Pity

    Ben Casnocha
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    “You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself. I don’t say this as a condemnation–I need regular reminders to stop feeling sorry for myself too. I’m going to address you bluntly, but it’s a directness that rises from my compassion for you, not my judgement of you. Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky…
  • The Writing Ability of James Wolcott

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It is, shall we say, quite high. His recent review of Lena Dunham’s book has several quotable lines within a well-constructed piece. And his 2007 review of Adam Gopnik’s book about raising children in New York contains various amazing turns of phrase. First, Dunham. I don’t know Dunham’s work at all, but I have heard of her. The media has perfected the art of building someone up, tearing ‘em down, building ‘em up, tearing ‘em down. I fear we’re in a “tear ‘em down” phase now with Dunham, which is not entirely fair. In any…
  • Speaking at San Quentin Prison

    Ben Casnocha
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I spoke this week to a bunch of inmates serving very long sentences at San Quentin prison, which houses the largest death row in America. They had all read The Start-up of You. It was a very rich experience for me, and I wrote about it on Linkedin. Check it out.
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    Young Upstarts

  • Coping With Late Payment – Managing Asia’s Slow Payers

    Contributor
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    by Anthony Coundouris, trade finance evangelist for ApexPeak Across Asia Pacific, the average number of days for an invoice to be paid rose from 48 to 56, compared to the same period in the previous year.1 In the same year, Singapore did not improve its credit terms with export customers either. A total of 30 per cent of business-to-business (B2B) invoices issued to foreign companies were paid late and 6.5 per cent were written off as uncollectable. In an economy where 50 per cent of exports are traded on an open account (i.e. credit terms), a rise in daily sales outstanding, or DSO,…
  • [Review] Thrive

    Walter Lim
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    How do you define success? Can it be measured by wealth or power alone? Apparently no. Not least according to Arianna Huffington, founder and editor of Huffington Post Media Group – one of the world’s most influential news and information brands.  In her latest book “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder“, Huffington proposes that there is a “third metric” which quantifies success by one’s well-being, wisdom, sense of wonder, and ability to give. A wonderful storyteller par excellence, Huffington writes…
  • The Music Industry In 2014: An Unfair Marketplace?

    Contributor
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    by Chloe Hashemi, marketing consultant for film and video production company LAMBDA Films As much as music enthusiasts and artists would like to romanticise about the music industry, in the last decade it has become more numbers driven than ever. With large volumes of music released each year, and more platforms cropping up to share this music, the irrefutable emphasis seems to be on ‘more, more, more’. Music Streaming: a magnet for record label success, but where do the artists, songwriters, producers fit in to this well-oiled machine? While Spotify’s growth has sky-rocketed this year,…
  • Does Your Culture Reward The Lazy Brain? Five Ways to Override This Natural Human Tendency.

    Contributor
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    by Edward D. Hess, author of “Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization“ Humans are lazy thinkers. Although the brain comprises only about 2.5 percent of our body weight, it generally uses 20 percent of the body’s energy. That’s why the human learning machine prefers to operate in a low gear — on autopilot — as much as possible: It’s a conservation thing. As Nobel laureate and behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman puts it, “Laziness is built deep into our nature.” So (your slothful brain is probably thinking) what’s…
  • 5 Lies CTOs Tell To Feel Better About Coding

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    by Jinesh Parekh, CEO of Ruby on Rails consulting shop, Idyllic Software Hey there, you amazingly resourceful person. You’re doing everything. You’re coding, testing, fixing issues and managing people. Cheers to you! Or not. You’re the CTO. And you shouldn’t be coding. Wait. Before you berate me, I did not say you shouldn’t know how to code. You definitely have to know how to write good code but really, is that what you should be doing? No. The lies you tell yourself to feel better about it­: 1. You believe you’re the greatest coder in the world and what…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • The Islamic State (known as #ISIS) Bans its Soldiers from Using iPhone, iPad and GPS Phones and Devices

    news
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    undefined Islamic State (known as ISIS or IS) has issued a statement to its soldiers saying that iPhone, iPad and all Apple’s communications products are banned among IS Soldiers and officials. The ban also includes any device that has GPS, as the orders are to remove any GPS service from any device. The announcement was made via a statement the Arabic news website DawaAlhaq obtained. The reason behind this decision according to IS statement is to save lives and properties “during the brutal crusader campaign against the Islamic State, and to prevent in intrusion attempts that the…
  • BREAKING: Japan’s Cookpad to acquire Lebanon’s Shahiya, the Arab world’s leading recipe website, for $13.5 million

    Gaith Saqer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Cookpad (TSE:2193) announced today that it reached a definitive agreement to fully acquire Netsila, the Lebanese company behind Shahiya.com, the leading Arabic recipe website, for $13.5 million. Shahiya is the go-to digital cooking destination in the Arab world, with more than 3 million monthly users of which 90% are women; in Saudi Arabia alone, Shahiya serves more than 1 million users per month. Tomoya Yasuda, Head of Cookpad International, commented, “This acquisition is in line with Cookpad’s mission of leveraging technology to make everyday cooking fun and accessible to everyone. It…
  • Egyptian Electronics Startup Integreight Wins Regional Final For The Olympics for Startups Get in the Ring Middle East

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Wednesday evening the winner of the Get in the Ring Regional Final of the Middle East, better known as ‘The Olympics for Startups’ was selected in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was the first ever Regional Final of Get in the Ring hosted in the Middle East after Get in the Ring started a strategic partnership with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in September. After surviving a pre-selection round and a national final, the 8 most promising startups of the Middle East were selected to battle for the regional title of Get in the Ring: Middle East, STC Challenge. The winner would also secure a place in…
  • What are the Plans for the Successful UAE Based Luxury Watches E-commerce Startup Kanary Watches in the Next 5 Years

    Gaith Saqer
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Mohamed Shawky the CEO Luxery Watches e-commerce startup Kanary Watches sent us the following Q&A as a profile for his company, mentioning the current status and achievements of Kanary Watches and his plans to expand into Kanary Gifts in Jan 2015 selling luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. 1. Describe your business Kanary Gifts is an online eCommerce portal that sells luxury watches, jewelry, bags, perfumes, pens, eyewear and accessories. Kanary Gifts is considered as a powerful expansion to Kanary Watches (kanaryluxurywatches.com) which is running for…
  • Facebook Admits to Censoring Content that Criticize Governments in the Arab World & in Collaborating with the CIA

    news
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    At AC we mentioned a lot about Facebook collaboration with the CIA and its censorship of Arab spring anti government pages and content specially those with Islamic flavor. Today facebook confessed to what we have been reporting and admitted that it is collaborating with Arab and “Muslim” governments in censoring content that critics these governments and also with the US intelligence agencies such as the CIA. In its Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests we received for the first half of 2014. facebook…
 
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • Down time

    mark
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Today’s my last day in the office for 2014. Tomorrow I will work from home,  wrap up my loose ends and make sure I’m ready to hit the ground running in January. Q1 is always a busy time for finance types and we have a lot to accomplish next year. I’m lucky. FreshBooks closes down between Christmas and New Year. There’s over 170 of us now. But we’re closed from the 24th till Jan 5. That’s a lot of down time and a big investment on our part, but we really believe that our team members need and deserve down time. We always need to be there for our customers,…
  • The importance of optionality

    mark
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    It seems like there is no end to the supply of venture capital these days. Funding rounds are getting larger. The time between funding rounds is getting shorter. For the most part this is all good. As a general rule, my advice to founders and CEOs is: raise what you can, when you can. And now is definitely  a time when companies can raise. But…it’s important to be mindful of the path that you go down by raising more and more capital. In today’s land of plenty it can be tempting to double down before your company is truly ready. That can lead to issues if you don’t…
  • Why this budget season was different

    mark
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    The FreshBooks finance team delivered the 2015 annual budget on Friday. As always, this was a big project and a big accomplishment. Most of the time, I’m pretty calm at work. But delivering the annual budget and related board package has historically been a more stressful time for me. But two things were different this time around: Team I am blessed with a rockstar finance team at FreshBooks. Without question this is the strongest team I have ever had. I often joke that I don’t “do” anything. They do it all.  Budgeting should be a team sport. The worst budgets are just delivered…
  • Unicorns vs Undercorns: Making sense of the venture climate

    mark
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Once upon a time, fundraising was a long, arduous task. CEOs and their management teams would diligently prepare for a process that could take 6 months and more from start to finish. In a sure sign of the times, the time it takes to raise capital these days is getting shorter and shorter. In some cases companies are getting funding commitments *before* they even begin a fundraising process. This mythical scenario is known as the ‘preemptive round’. This is when an investor swoops in and offers to fund you before you decide to run a roadshow. There are many examples of this being played…
  • Build your senior team before you need them

    mark
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    My friends at Passwordbox announced their sale to Intel today. While no terms were disclosed, insiders seemed pretty happy. Startup failures often give us more valuable lessons but it’s always good to look at the winners to see what worked for them that can be applied elsewhere. So, I thought I’d look at this exit to see what we can learn from it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: traction forgives all  startup sins. In less than two years, Passwordbox generated over 14 million downloads of their software. But telling you to go get traction isn’t all that helpful. So,…
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    47hats.com

  • A Scrum of One (solopreneur)?

    Bob Walsh
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    So, what’s the right methodology for a developer or really small team for (hopefully) building and launching a successful SaaS? Do you bang out the minimalist of minimal viable products with no tests? I did that basically back in the day with StartupToDo.com and was overwhelmed by technical debt and bugs. Now that I’m back to being a solopreneur after 15 months developing for Brandle.net, and after seeing how other solopreneurs or small teams develop software, finding a better approach was very high on my to do list. Yet, I always assumed that Agile development, the closely…
  • Join fizzle.co now.

    Bob Walsh
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Continuing my experiments to make myself a better solopreneur, I’ve joined and started participating in fizzle.co – and so should you. My first reaction to fizzle was skepticism – what, another online course that will make me all better? Been there, done that. But I decided to join anyway since being out here in rural Sonoma, California, I was feeling more than a little isolated. You want to talk about wine, come to Sonoma. You want to talk about the challenges and tribulations of being an online solopreneur, you’re in the wrong place. Fizzle.co is an “Honest…
  • But seriously, folks…

    Bob Walsh
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Sometimes we developers take ourselves so seriously – these guys don’t. That in itself makes scrumy.com worth a look. While I’ve pretty much settled on Pivotal Tracker as I (painfully) change from unAgile to Agile, reading Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland (creator of Scrum) has me thinking about ways/means for a Scrum of 1. Anyone have any suggestions re Scrum for Solopreneurs? The post But seriously, folks… appeared first on 47hats.com.
  • I can has all my Tabs Back!

    Bob Walsh
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I’m stitching together a new comprehensive productivity system presently – to go along with my new work focus of Ruby on Rails work + consulting + writing. It’s nowhere near ready to unleash on an unsuspecting internets, but I just found a chunk well worth sharing. If you use Chrome, then you’ve probably adopted the new bookmark “stars” functionality – and lost the ability forever to bookmark all tabs. This came as a nasty surprise – it’s gone, you can’t go back, you are screwed. Chrome extensions like Stash sort of give you back an…
  • Start every day with a line of code.

    Bob Walsh
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    I’m going to try an experiment: identify and implement 1 small habit each Monday that makes me a better solopreneur, and report the results back here. This week: Start the day with a line of Code. [ update on Friday; December 5, 2014 – this has been hit or miss for me; been distracted getting my head around Agile and Scrum. But, on those days I’ve done it, I’ve written more code.] Earlier this morning as I was lying in bed, checking news and zite, texting my girlfriend, avoiding another week of building FlashCommand, and I can across this post, “12 Ridiculously…
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    IttyBiz

  • Product Launch Advice #5: How much money will I make from my launch?

    Naomi Dunford
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just arriving? Read part one, part two, part three and part four. This is long. (Read it anyway.) Many a client has come to us asking how much money they stand to make from a particular launch. Usually, they’ve got some data in tow – a certain list size, some anecdotal numbers on what a typical sales page converts at, some stats about the affiliates that may be promoting for them. The hope is: that all that data will help us come up with a number that represents what they will make when they launch their product, and that we are in possession of a formula that will reveal what that number…
  • Freebie Friday #9 (Using High Value Samples To Push Sales Higher)

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check them out here: Getting Great Testimonials Training People To Be Trained By You Clear, Not Clever Titling Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers Advanced Tips for Getting Endorsements Reclaiming Non-Buyers After Your Launch (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Using High Value Samples To Push Sales Higher”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH…
  • Product Launch Advice #4: How close together can my launches be?

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (The series continues! Catch up with part one, part two and part three.) How close together can your launches be? The answer to this depends on the kind of question you’re asking. Are you asking how often you can release a new product, or are you asking how often you can launch? (We can even make it more complicated and include re-releases of existing programs or products, and even standard promotions where nothing new is released.) Basically, the answer isn’t complex, but it is very dependent on the context of what you’re referring to when you say “launch.” If you’re asking…
  • Product Launch Advice, Part 3: How Long Does My Sales Page Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (Late to the party? Take a look at part one and part two.) Sales pages are one of those things that everyone’s got an opinion on. And that’s fine. At the same time, it’s helpful when that opinion is based on actual customer data rather than just “what feels like it won’t offend anyone” or “what I hate.” We get this a lot with clients during consults, and when Dave’s writing sales pages for some of them. Emotion enters into the picture, and there’s a lot of worry and fear and “but I can’t do that!” going on, whether we’re advising a particular page go longer – or…
  • Product Launch Advice, Part 2: How Sexy Does My Launch Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    (If you missed part one, you can find it here.) Given the spectacle that many online launches are today – I’m surprised people aren’t handing out free popcorn and balloons for the kids – a lot of people wonder if their launch is going to be sexy enough. Now when we say “sexy”, here, what we’re specifically referring to is flashy and overt marketing and sales tactics. It probably doesn’t help that the typical advice handed out to them tells them that launches cannot succeed if they are not big sexy affairs that get people all in a bother. (Well, I guess a big sexy affair should…
 
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    Business of Software US

  • Why companies take investment – Patrick McKenzie (@Patio11)

    Mark Littlewood
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    Systematizing Sales With Software And Processes @Patio11 If you haven’t subscribed to Patrick McKenzie’s email newsletter, click the link above, read this article, then subscribe. It is a brilliant piece on scaling a small software business written by a brilliant software guy. The post is much more about the practicalities of scaling a small software business but it also contained something that resonated strongly. Read the full article but I have taken a small piece of it which explains very clearly why growth can be an expensive process and what this means for both bootstrapped…
  • Buffer vs Sony Pictures. Can transparency scale?

    Mark Littlewood
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Want to know what Joel Gasgoine and the team at Buffer App are paid and how much they spend on Kindle books a year? Be their guest… Joel did a great talk on scaling a culture of transparency at Business of Software Conference 2014. Extraordinarily impressive guy and an extraordinarily impressive business. When does transparency become a bad thing for a business? Buffer celebrates transparency, is exceptional in many respects but not exceptionally big, yet. Sony Pictures is big but clearly not comfortable with transparency. Is there a point that transparency will hinder Buffer?
  • Happy Birthday Wendi Labbie

    Mark Littlewood
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Birthday Wendi Labbie! Many congratulations from us all to Wendi Labbie who is now of legal drinking age. We know this is all supposed to be about software but software is all about people (or should be) and we wanted to recognise the shining star that makes Business of Software Conference happen. Have a fantastic day! The post Happy Birthday Wendi Labbie appeared first on Business of Software US.
  • Product Strategy is about saying ‘no’ – part 2. Des Traynor Intercom at BoS USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Des Traynor, Co-Founder of Intercom, follows up his bravura 2013 Lightning Talk with an hour of precision focus on successful product strategy. Successful product management requires frequent hard decisions and compromises, all based on a healthy balance of data and intuition. In the absence of strategy, products are pigeon-holed into categories. They focus on fleshing out a feature matrix to win comparison wars with perceived competitors- who are doing the same thing! It’s a vicious cycle that yields the biggest, not the best, product. This fails; first you lose touch, second you lose…
  • Pictures from Business of Software Conference USA 2014

    Mark Littlewood
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:24 am
    We took a few pictures but we had the amazing Betsy Weber from TechSmith at BoS again this year so we are far too embarrassed to share our. Luckily, Betsy is so lovely she let us share these… Please send us links to any you have on Facebook, Flickr or anywhere else you like sharing stuff. BoS talks to your inbox. Don't miss another talk! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). Be the first to hear when new BoS talks go live Hear about chances to talk to speakers online to answer questions you have about their talks Reminders so you never miss a…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • The Invisible Elephant of Non-Self-Expression

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Late Night Dream Anxiety Re: Self-Expression I had a dream last night about self-expression. I dreamed about writing a blog post. I wish I could recall exactly what I wrote in my dreams. The gist of the dream had to do with how pervasive a concept the lack of self-expression is in our lives — so much so that we usually ignore it. The elephant in the creativity and innovation room is a lack of full self-expression. The elephant in the dream — me — was trying to make itself known to an amorphous group in a meeting. I tried to speak but nobody heard my voice. I blew that…
  • Want Innovation? Ask.

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Not everything about innovation is complicated. I recently gave a creative problem solving workshop to a group of scientists who all worked for the same outfit. It was a lively session. In addition to learning structured creative problem solving (Osborn-Parnes-Basadur framework) we did some short bits of ideation around new business concepts. This was more as a sampler than it was a real session. It wasn’t the goal of the session to reinvent their business, nonetheless, in a short time there were some relevant business growth ideas with potential on the table. An executive with the…
  • FAQ Re: Dr. Alan Black

    GREGG FRALEY
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Greetings from gray and chilly Three Oaks, Michigan. As gloomy as it is, I’m grateful to be here and free. Freedom is not something we should take for granted. Later this morning I’ll take a walk outside around my pond and say prayers for my friend Alan Black. I might take a photograph. When he’s released I hope he’ll come visit me here so we can enjoy a walk outside together — and photograph whatever catches our eye. Below is the latest information from Friends of Alan Black. The FAQ pretty much says it all. Much of this has been covered in news reports, but FAB…
  • Help Detained USA Citizen In Abu Dhabi

    GREGG FRALEY
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    This is a departure for this blog. While there is a direct connection to creativity and innovation it is essentially a press release written by concerned leaders in the creativity and innovation international community. One of our own, Dr. Robert Alan Black, has been detained in Abu Dhabi. The details are below. My request is that if you are so moved, please contact the offices of your elected officials. USA citizens can find contact information here.  Press Release For Immediate Release Contact:                     Rosemary Rein Phone number:       239-910-3354…
  • Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Speaker

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Keynoter Let this post work as a guide for meeting planners. You don’t have to hire me as your innovation speaker, but if you hire one, you’ll be well served if you pay attention to these four criteria and my comments in bold. Innovation is a complex, wonky topic and it has some special requirements that go beyond the classic things meeting planners look for in a speaker. Let’s keep this simple and as neutral as possible — my shameless personal plug is at the very bottom. I’m even going to suggest my competition here. So…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Transitioning from Working in a Job to Starting a Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Cameron Powell talks about building a runway with a day job as a way to bootstrap a startup TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Transitioning from Working in a Job to Starting a Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Biotech Biz Bootstraps

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Shawn Glinter, founder of Nanoferix, talks about his newest venture, which sees him bootstrapping by utilizing a virtual team to cut down on overhead while maximizing the talent pool. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Biotech Biz Bootstraps appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • A Chat With the Founders of Talkapolis

    Jeff Cornwall
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Founder of Talkapolis, John Bransford, and co-chair Kane Harrison take a break from staying behind the scenes of The Entrepreneurial Mind and come on as guests to talk about their progress. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Chat With the Founders of Talkapolis appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Independent Artists Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs

    Jeff Cornwall
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Drummer for hire Michael McManus talks with Dr. Cornwall about his numerous experiences, and how the career of a musician is not so dissimilar from that of an entrepreneur. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Independent Artists Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • PR Firm Founder Plans Her Exit

    Jeff Cornwall
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Paula Lovell, founder of Lovell Communications, talks the growth of her company and her exit strategy. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post PR Firm Founder Plans Her Exit appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • The Three Year Plan

    Jay Turo
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    December is a natural time to reflect upon the accomplishments of the past 12 months, and to set goals and objectives for the New Year.In doing so however, most of us think too much about next year, and too little about our longer term and multi-year business horizons.There are some benefits to this, I mean who can really forecast market and competitive conditions and customer wants and needs beyond just a few months these days? And, given high rates of personnel turnover endemic to our ever-increasing “low switching cost” workplace, it can feel even more difficult to do so from a…
  • As a Business, Having it All This Holiday Season!

    Jay Turo
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Why not truly have it all this holiday season?Spend great time with family and friends and enjoy the blessings of the season that those that work hard in building and leading businesses so richly deserve….…while developing a steely resolve and a solid plan to profit from the awesome opportunities and possibilities that the New Year is sure to bring.Here are seven ideas on how to really have our cake and eating it too these next few weeks.#7. Complete 2014. Before the New Year can truly be started, the old one needs to be closed out.For sure, this often involves administrative, accounting,…
  • Breaking Free of No Man’s Land

    Jay Turo
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    I met this week with partners from the Newport Board - an organization of former CEOs and senior executives that "guides companies through No Man's LandTM" - that unfortunate place where the vast majority of businesses eventually settle……doing well enough to press on but not even close to being either a) a source of significant cash flow for its owners or b) an attractive acquisition candidate for a strategic or financial buyer.Companies stuck here face a daunting array of vexing business challenges, described well by Newport Board partner Ferey Feridian as the “Four M’s” - Money,…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Jay Turo
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. It acknowledges the best qualities of our blessed land - hard work, diversity as strength, and a focus on solutions not problems.Whenever I am feeling down about America’s prospects in this brave new world of ours, I reflect on Thanksgiving’s timeless lessons.As every schoolboy and girl knows, Thanksgiving traces its origin from a 1621 Pilgrim harvest feast to celebrate surviving an extremely difficult first winter in the New World.The Pilgrims owed their survival to the goodwill of the Wampanoag Indians - the original inhabitants of…
  • The Power of NON Disclosure

    Jay Turo
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Every day I see entrepreneurs trying to find that right balance between keeping their intellectual property and business models confidential while sharing and promoting themselves to the investors, partners, and customers whose interest they so very much need to pique.My bias generally falls strongly on the side of transparency - both because it is a virtue unto itself - and because it takes a lot of effort in our “everything end up on the Internet for all to see” age to truly maintain confidentiality.However, I have a more fundamental reason why I generally advise entrepreneurs and…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Small Business and Startups: The Top 10 Business Books of 2014

    Guest Post by JT Ripton
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    When Ron Charles and Timothy R. Smith of the Washington Post described 2014 as a good year for book lovers, they probably weren’t referring to texts of the business variety. That said, the business book fans among you shouldn’t be too disappointed. From the lessons of a hugely successful serial entrepreneur to the surprisingly insightful musings of a rock star, this year’s bumper choice of business books contained more than a few gems. Here are ten that should feature on your bookshelf: The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership – Sir Richard Branson. Image via Flickr by…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #248 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    As this is the final roundup before Christmas 2014, I thought it might be nice to show you a gift that you won’t be able to give. Why, you ask? The good folks over atCards Against Humanity offered a special expansion pack for lovers of the game. Unfortunately the limited run sold out in a very short time, but the video above will show you exactly what you missed out on. Enjoy! We hope you enjoy your holiday, but now… it’s time for our weekly roundup! Great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: JohnBlaine

    Audree
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for JohnBlaine. Check out more great work on JohnBlaine’s profile page. Nicely done, JohnBlaine, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: greenblack Fresh from the SPRING: 
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  • Customer Service: The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

    Ross
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Most customer service teams respond to customers with sympathy. A sympathetic response could be: “I’m also unhappy with the way that product works.” Sympathy is rarely an ideal response to a customer’s problem. Instead, show empathy. Empathy allows to you be professional and caring at the same time. It also allows you to avoid becoming emotionally involved (like when you show sympathy). Think about it this way: when you’re sympathetic, you simply feel badly for someone. Sympathy doesn’t communicate to a customer that you understand WHY they feel the way…
  • Small Business and Startups: How Do I Thank You?

    Mike
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Mom taught us well. She raised us to be polite and she raised us to consider other’s feelings. For many small business owners saying thanks to your team is a head-scratcher. Performance-based bonuses can be a powerful incentive for individuals, and profit-sharing plans can reward great teamwork, but saying thank you can and should rise above those. Besides, not every business can afford meaningful bonuses for the team and not every business has profits to share in the first place. People (read, your team) have a very basic need to be appreciated. Simply saying, “Thank you”…
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  • Classic decoration you won't see today

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Classic decoration you won't see todayGettyThis holiday staple was regulated in the '60s when the FDA discovered it poisoned children.Finery that is impossible to findMore to seeChoir sings 'Christmas Bells'Gingerbread house competition
  • Legendary rock and blues singer dies at age 70

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Legendary rock and blues singer dies at age 70GettyGrammy winner and iconic '60s musician Joe Cocker was probably best known for his cover of 'With A Little Help From My Friends.' Reported cause of his death More newsNew 'Game of Thrones' footage18 celebs expecting babies
  • This sleek new truck has everyone talking

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    This sleek new truck has everyone talking AOL AutosIt's almost 2015, which means it's time to take a look at what hot new cars are coming down the pipeline for this year. Plus, other great new automobilesMore from AOL AutosBest selling cars in AmericaLeast loved cars on the market
  • Cop killer's first victim made an agonizing plea

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Cop killer's first victim made an agonizing pleaFacebookBefore executing two NYPD officers, Ismaaiyl Brinsley also shot his ex- girlfriend in the stomach.Grisly scene her neighbor glimpsed through the door's peep holeMore in the newsRubio takes on Obama on CubaLeaders accused of stoking crime
  • Embattled NYC mayor calls for protests to halt

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Embattled NYC mayor calls for protests to haltAPMayor Bill de Blasio called the fatal shootings of two NYPD officers 'an attack on us all' as he appealed to New Yorkers to come together.'First obligation' in wake of tragedyMore on this story Killings trigger massive backlashRift exposed in wake of shooting
 
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    Xconomy

  • Sisu Global Health Wins $250K Grant, Launches Indiegogo Campaign

    Sarah Schmid
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Sarah Schmid Sisu Global Health, a Grand Rapids, MI-based medtech startup focused on making products for the developing world, launched an Indiegogo campaign last week to fund a training workshop in Zimbabwe that will teach doctors how to use its Hemafuse product. The company hopes to raise $45,000 by Jan. 16. So far, 20 donors have ponied up $2,260. The Hemafuse is a patent-pending, autologous blood transfusion device that looks like a large syringe and is used to collect and re-transfuse a patient’s blood during an internal hemorrhage. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where electricity and supplies…
  • The Sony Wake-Up Call

    Ken Levine
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    Ken Levine The Sony saga continues. Last week, the FBI said there is enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for the Sony cyberattack. Now some are beginning to wonder how the U.S. should retaliate. Surely, new developments will continue to unfold, but our focus remains on what this breach means for other corporations, and how data breaches may be prevented in the future. In many ways, what happened to Sony isn’t new. Companies have long dealt with hackers who break into computer networks and steal trade secrets and/or customer’s financial…
  • ImmusanT Grabs $12M as Celiac Vaccine Hits Critical Proving Ground

    Ben Fidler
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Ben Fidler ImmusanT is trying to prove that a vaccine it’s developing can help celiac patients eat gluten without getting sick. Today, the Cambridge, MA-based company got enough dough to test that theory in real patients. ImmusanT has raised a $12 million Series B round from Vatera Healthcare Partners, the New York backer that helped get the startup off the ground in 2011 with a $20 million equity financing. ImmusanT will use the cash to take Nexvax2, the company’s experimental immunotherapy for celiac disease, through a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study. It’s the first time Nexvax2 will…
  • Oracle to Buy Colorado-based Data Broker Datalogix

    Michael Davidson
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Michael Davidson [Updated 12/22/14 10:25 a.m. See below.] Oracle announced Monday it will buy Datalogix, the Westminster, CO-based data broker used by companies such as Facebook and Twitter to understand the offline consumer activity of their users. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed, but one media report puts it at several hundred million dollars. Datalogix is at the convergence of big data and adtech, and it tracks and analyzes more than $2 trillion worth of customer transactions from 110 million households, according to the company. It has more than 650 customers, including 82…
  • Bakken Rounding Up Investors for Madison HealthX Ventures

    Jeff Engel
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Jeff Engel [Corrected 12/22/14, 1:30 p.m. See below.] Early in his career, Mark Bakken never imagined himself as an investor in startups. But the serial entrepreneur has lately become one of the more active angel investors in Madison, WI. “The perception growing up was that venture capital is ‘vulture capital,’” Bakken says. “You don’t know anything about it; you think they’re all going to trick you.” Bakken says he purposefully avoided taking money from outside investors for his first two startups, software consulting companies Goliath Networks, founded in 1993, and Bedrock…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • How Not to Let the Crazy In

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    A friend of mine is starting a huge new project.  She told me that 2015 is going to be the craziest year she's ever had. I suggested to her that it will certainly be the busiest, but that she didn't have to let the crazy in. We throw around the word "crazy" but in all seriousness, mental health is something that doesn't get much discussion in the startup world.  There seems to be a blog post, book or boot camp for just about everything you could hope to learn as an entrepreneur, but no one really seems to focus on how to mentally survive entrepreneurship. It bothers me that we just…
  • Congrats to Backupify! A Great Exit Story for the First Company I Ever Backed

    Charlie O'Donnell
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Today, Backupify announced that it is getting purchased by Datto.  It's a solid exit to a company that has lots of revs, is growing, and together will form a very formidable player in the data backup space--one that can definitely be a public company in the next couple of years.   I'm super proud of Rob, Ben and the whole Backupify team--and this is particularly special for me because Backupify was the first investment I ever made as a VC, and the first board I ever sat on.   In fact, my history with Rob and Backupify goes back almost ten years, well before the idea of cloud…
  • Ten Good Reasons to Take Venture Capital Money

    Charlie O'Donnell
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Following up on my post from Monday that rang like "reasons not to take VC money" here are some reasons you should: 1) You really like the investor and believe they can add more value than you give up in equity. 2) You are growing, and if you don't raise, you won't be able to build the infrastructure required not to come apart at the seams.   3) You have the team in place or identified to build the product, you've done your homework by talking to customers that it is, in fact, the right product, and you're the best person to lead the effort, but you can't fund the build of the product…
  • Ten Realities of Taking Venture Capital Money

    Charlie O'Donnell
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    If you take venture capital money... 1) You increase the chances that you may not be CEO of your own company one day--and that also might be the best thing for its long term success.   2) You are signing up to sell the company one day--to another company or to the public market, but definitely to someone.   3) You will almost certainly take more venture capital money after that.   4) You will almost certainly go cashflow negative, increasing the risk that your company will fail. 5) You now have the responsibility to report the progress of the company to others--and to consider…
  • Because the Domain Makes it Really Real

    Charlie O'Donnell
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    Three years ago today, I grabbed the domain name BrooklynBridgeVentures.com.   It's kind of a funny answer to "When did you start Brooklyn Bridge Ventures?" What might be a more relevant date is May 22nd, 2007.  That's the day I sat down for lunch at Coffee Shop with Henry Blodget, just six days after Silicon Alley Insider launched.  Henry told me that I should start a fund--me, a 27 year old former VC analyst turned product manager with no MBA at a startup that wasn't really headed in any particular direction.  It's probably the first time I'd really ever had the thought…
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    Men with Pens

  • 6 Strategies for a Powerful About Page

    James Chartrand
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 6 Strategies for a Powerful About Page first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2014, All Rights Reserved.
  • Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

    James Chartrand
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Each time I prepare for a new session of the Damn Fine Words writing course, I open up the DFW writing contest. Many people tell me they wish they could register for the course, because if they could just get in... ... they'd finally have the skills to write engaging website copy that pulls in much-needed clients. ...they could make more money, instead of guessing at what to write and struggling to get words out on the page. ...they could feel excited and happy about writing for their business for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every word. I want to help make that…
  • 5 Smart Sentences that Clients Need to Hear from You

    Agent X
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Thanks, but we decided to go with someone else.” You don't understand what happened. You've lost the gig… but everything was going so well! The client seemed keen to work with you, you’d hammered out the details, and the only thing left was the final go-ahead to start the work. Instead of getting a green light, you receive a one-line email from the client that says they chose another freelancer. That’s when warning signals start going off in your head. Maybe the problem isn't with the client – maybe the problem is you. Click here to read the full article →Another…
  • How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the Family

    Agent X
    26 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2013 was a good writing year. At least, for me: I wrote and self-published two books, began writing a third and had articles published as well. I was proud of what I'd accomplished and was determined to ride the momentum to make 2014 even better. I set my goals, made my plans, and on January 1st, I was off to the races. Then one morning in mid-February, I got the news that a cherished family member had died. All my writing progress came to a grinding halt. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the…
  • How to Find Your Muse – and Fire Her

    Agent X
    22 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Muse - the source of creativity and inspiration that all writers search for so desperately. I’d found mine a few years back, and oh, what a vision she was! Airy and beautiful, lulling me with dulcet tones. I was enthralled. No more writer’s block, no more floundering for inspiration and ideas. She was the answer to my literary prayers. I summoned my beleaguered Muse more and more often until we arrived at an impasse. “I’m sorry,” she said, “but this is untenable. Can’t you do any of this yourself?” I sought out the answers on how to find my own inspiration, but the…
 
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This following article is a guest post by Rick Burnes.  Rick is the VP of Content Products at BookBub.  You can follow him on twitter: @rickburnes. Startup job searches are hard. There’s more risk (most startups fail!), there’s less information and the best opportunities are sometimes hidden and hard to find. So how do you navigate a startup job search successfully?   I learned about this over the last six months. Earlier this month, after six months speaking with Boston-area startups about new opportunities, I left HubSpot to begin a job at the Cambridge book…
  • You're Probably Wrong

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dear Friend About that thing we were chatting about the other day.  I've been trying to find a good way to say this, but... You're probably wrong. You think you're right, but you're probably wrong.  And, it's not that I disagree with you.  In fact, quite the opposite, I agree with you.  I agree with you so strongly that I made exactly the same mistake you're about to make -- years ago.   Coincidentally, back then, I made the exact same arguments you're making now. I was less eloquent and less brilliant than you but equally stubborn -- and equally wrong. But, I realize…
  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

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

  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Business Credit Card

    Blogtrepreneur
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Brought to you by Spark Business from Capital One Paying with cash is typically a good decision, but when it comes to business purchases, you may want to explore your options. Here are direct benefits of using a credit card for business-related purchases: A business credit card can help you with separating business expenses from personal expenses. This is a must if you want to better manage your business finances. As the cardholder, you have more control over the spending your employees make via credit card purchases. Earn rewards and enjoy perks, such as Capital One's Spark Cash that offers…
  • How To Bootstrap your Startup with Your Paycheck

    Matthew Toren
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Paycheck Financing: A Great Way To Bootstrap Your Startup by Sramana Mitra Entrepreneurs looking to launch their startups are often faced with myriad difficult decisions, chief among them being the question of seed financing. If you’ve ever found yourself asking, “How can I fund this?” or “Can I fund this on my own, while I’m still holding my current job?” the answer is yes—you absolutely can. Vasu Akula and his two cofounders launched Voziq in late 2011 with one simple goal in mind: to help companies who purchase advanced analytics and business intelligence solutions better…
  • Rethinking the Way You Plan Events, Weddings, Corporate Meetings, and Parties

    Matthew Toren
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is Greenvelope? Greenvelope.com is a Seattle based start-up rethinking event planning. Our event planning services allow people to custom design and send digital invitations and easily manage events with integrated tools such as RSVP and plus one tracking, Google map direction integration, ticketing sales, donation facilitation and more. It makes planning anything from a corporate event to a wedding simple and organized. In a world of Facebook invites and expensive stationary, Greenvelope provides a perfect balance between “modern” and “traditional” that is changing the way…
  • Get Your Customers to Fund Your Business – NakedWines Did It!

    Matthew Toren
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many companies, particularly tech startups, get funding from venture capital groups or angel investors – individuals who fund a startup in exchange for a stake in the business or return on the investment. Crowdfunding is a less traveled road, but NakedWines.com, a company founded by Rowan Gormley, is blazing its own path in an industry known for its traditions. NakedWines.com has brought more than 200,000 wine drinkers worldwide together to invest more than $5 million a month in indie winemakers, giving winemakers a chance to follow their dream of producing their own wines while providing…
  • How a Drop-Out Became an Entrepreneur – 3 Lessons Randy Wyner Learned Along the Way

    Blogtrepreneur
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I founded Chronic Tacos with my friend Dan when I was 26 and I never spent a day in college. Anyone can do it, right? It sounds easy enough to skip the college degree in favor of pursuing your dreams. And with entrepreneurs out there, like Bill Gates and Richard Branson, acting as the perfect example of finding success as a dropout, the argument seems pretty strong against getting a degree. And while I share with those two the fact that we don’t have a degree, every entrepreneur has to find their own path and use those lessons they learn along the way to their advantage. I believe that all…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Dr. Peter Attia on Life-Extension, Drinking Jet Fuel, Ultra-Endurance, Human Foie Gras, and More

    Ian Robinson
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    “How do you balance the desire to live longer with the desire to perform well?” (Tweet It) – Peter Attia, MD This episode delves into all types of performance enhancement and tracking — optimizing blood testing, drinking “jet fuel,” training for ultra-endurance sports, consuming synthetic ketones, using metabolic chambers, extending longevity by avoiding certain types of exercise, and much more. Peter Attia is the co-founder and current president of the Nutritional Science Initiatives (NuSI). He is an ultra-endurance athlete, compulsive…
  • Human Foie Gras — A Golden Opportunity

    Tim Ferriss
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    To kick things off, what is foie gras? It can be explained with a short missive from our friend Wikipedia: The California foie gras law, California S.B. 1520, is a California State statute that prohibits the “force feed[ing of] a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size”… Former Senator John Burton called foie gras production “an inhumane process that other countries have sensibly banned.” Given this outrage related to mistreating birds, you might be surprised to learn that human foie gras industries are booming.
  • Writing with the Master – The Magic of John McPhee

    Tim Ferriss
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    If I could study non-fiction writing with anyone, it would be John McPhee. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he won that award in 1999 for Annals of the Former World.  Even more impressive to me, he can turn any subject — truly, any subject — into a page turner. An entire book about oranges? Check. Bark canoes? Done. For as long as I can remember, I’ve raved about his books like a sweaty-palmed fan boy.  Personal favorites include the bite-sized Levels of the Game (about one epic tennis match), Coming into the…
  • Marc Goodman, FBI Futurist, on High-Tech Crime and How to Protect Yourself

    Ian Robinson
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    “The fact of the matter is, back in 2008, terrorists were using search engines, like Google, to determine who shall live and who shall die. I know it’s a black swan event, but when you’re sharing on Facebook, it’s not just the media and marketing companies that you need to be concerned about. When you share openly, everybody has access to it.” (Tweet It) – Marc Goodman [Quick announcement: The Tim Ferriss Show is officially one of iTunes’ “Best of 2014“! Would you or your company like to sponsor the show? Click here for more details.] Marc…
  • Bryan Callen on Eating Corgis (Yes, The Dogs) and Improving Creativity

    Ian Robinson
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    “There are three things you can’t fake: 1. Fighting, 2. Sex, and 3. Comedy.” (Tweet It) - Bryan Callen Alright, this may be the funniest episode yet. Bryan Callen is a world-class comic and prolific actor. He travels the globe performing stand-up comedy for sold-out audiences, and — in his spare time — regularly appears on shows like Frasier, Entourage, Law & Order, CSI, Sex and the City, Oz, The King of Queens, and How I Met Your Mother. Bryan is also INCREDIBLY well read.  Don’t miss the show notes and links below. In this episode, we delve…
 
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    Caroline Middlebrook (v3)

  • 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…
  • I’ve Been Refunded & Blocked by the LinkIndexer Developers For Posting My Case Study!

    Caroline Middlebrook
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    This is just a quick follow up to the LinkIndexr case study that I published just 4 hours ago. I posted the case study in the Zamurai Bloggers Facebook group which is the one they are using for LinkIndexr customers. The developers (Joshua Zamora and some guy called Abdul) never replied to my post or any of the earlier questions I had asked in there. I just had an email come in saying that my purchase had been refunded and when I went back to the Facebook group to take a look, I have been blocked! I cannot even see it! Uncool Guys, Not How to Run a Software Product As the developer of my own…
  • LinkIndexer Claims To Index 83% of Backlinks in 24 Hours. Let’s See About That

    Caroline Middlebrook
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    TL;DR; I bought the newly released LinkIndexer, it didn’t work at all at first. Eventually I was able to get in to try it out. I ran a test on 884 URL’s, 186 of which were indexed already through natural methods. 24 hours later, despite the claim that LinkIndexer will index 83% of your links in 1 day, only 3 new URL’s were indexed. My conclusion: Don’t Buy it! Now for the longer version…. I got an email a few days ago from somebody promoting a new link indexing tool called LinkIndexr. As it happens, I have been looking into indexing lately as I have discovered…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • 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 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 my entire life and so the close to any "asset" I’ve ever had was owning income-generating websites – but again that is still entirely digital. Anyhow, let’s…
  • Affiliate Landlord: Hitting the Streets

    Tyler Cruz
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Heh, this title sounds like a reality TV show. As you know, I’ve been seriously looking into acquiring an investment property, specifically a buy-and-hold cashflowing rental. On Friday, after a lot of research and analysis, I finally went out with my investment agent to take a look at some of the leading properties on my list in person. I’ve always enjoyed looking at properties in person (having only done it for personal purchases before though), and looking at investment properties was no different. It’s just extremely fun for me… I get a huge high from doing it. Anyhow,…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: September 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    It’s time for another affiliate marketing income report! Hmm… how should I fill the next few introductory paragraphs? I know! How about we go back in time 1 year ago and see how September 2013 did? September 2013 was an interesting month because it was a complete shock to the system. Only 3 months prior, I generated over $52,000 in profit in June. Then September ended up bringing in a measly $467.12. You can view the September 2013 income report here. So, was this a seasonal thing? A September curse, perhaps? Let’s find out! September 2014 Affiliate Campaign Income: $29,935.71…
  • What I’ve Been Doing The Past Month

    Tyler Cruz
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Sorry for the lack of posting. And sorry if the title of this blog post led you to believe that I had some juicy secret to reveal, because I don’t. In fact, I’ve been doing nothing extraordinary at all. I’ve simply been working as usual. So why the lack of posts then? Well, my priority has been to focus on my campaigns and e-mail, and by the time I tend to those things I don’t feel like writing a blog post. If you go back a few years, my priority was 100% on my blog, and so I’d have great post frequency and content, but then my other projects were neglected as a…
  • Start a Logo Contest with LogoArena

    Michael Kwan
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    The following is a paid review for TylerCruz.com written and reviewed by Michael Kwan. It is completely of Michael Kwan’s opinion and is not influenced by being paid. If you’re interested in having your site or product reviewed, please view my advertising page The monumental importance of good branding cannot be understated. The huge success that companies like McDonald’s, Apple and Starbucks have been able to enjoy can be partly attributed to just how recognizable their brands are in the marketplace. When you see a couple of golden arches or a characteristic white and green coffee…
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • December In Employment Law - Some Legal Updates From UK based citrusHR

    Guest Author
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    November saw some key developments in Employment law, with everything from sick leave to holiday pay enjoying the limelight. Here we talk you through some of the key developments that we have seen this month, and how they might affect your business…read more
  • In Search of High-impact Private Sector ‘GameChangers’ in Papua New Guinea

    T. Keyzom Ngodup
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    UNDP in Papua New Guinea and the Australian Government recently launched an extraordinary venture, first of its kind in PNG – the Kumul GameChangers – to support for-profit impact enterprises in PNG.  Keeping entrepreneurs at the core, the venture recognizes that for entrepreneurs and their innovations, the knowledge and capital required for their success need to come together so that this emerging cadre of GameChangers can accelerate solutions to the national challenge of exclusion and fractured development. read more
  • Wellness: The Critical Variable in the Success Equation: A Chat with Dr. K

    Octavia Smith
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dr. Kahlila Lawrence is the owner of Care for You Consulting which specializes in assisting people, primarily women, to achieve their best potential holistically. Dr. K offers  individual  as well as group coaching, speaking, webinars on self-care and self-esteem  and  nutrition consultation. For more information visit Dr. Lawrence on the web  as well as download your FREE Health News E -Book.read more
  • An Interview with the Co-Founders of MergeLane

    Laura Greb
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    MergeLane ‘discovers, accelerates and invests in exceptional women and the companies they run’. Their motivation is two-fold. First, there are far fewer women in startups than we would expect. MergeLane believe diverse companies are stronger companies, and they want to help narrow the gap. Second, data overwhelmingly shows that venture-backed, female-run companies produce higher returns. Laura Greb caught up with Sue Heilbronner and Elizabeth Kraus in Boulder, CO. read more
  • Why Real-Time Bidding is Becoming so Important in the Online Advertising Market

    Guest Author
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    New technology has allowed website owners to gain abetter understanding of WHO their users are and WHAT their users are actually looking for. The result is an amazing amount of rich information that can be used in many ways.read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Finding the Right Place to Write – HotelsEtc.com

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Life as a writer is not as easy as it seems. Especially if you’re working for a media firm where you have to deal with gruelling deadlines and not to mention some occasional writer’s block during a day when you have to finish at least 10 articles in 20 different niches. To add more beauty to […] The post Finding the Right Place to Write – HotelsEtc.com appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Interview with Kyra Williams of TheGoodDeal.co.uk about Classified Ads

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Interview with Kyra Williams of TheGoodDeal.co.uk about Classified Ads Online classified ads are very popular nowadays. Everybody uses them to look for a flat to rent, to sell a second-hand car or to find a new job. They might all look the same, but they are not! How can a classifieds website be different? We […] The post Interview with Kyra Williams of TheGoodDeal.co.uk about Classified Ads appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • TeamKarma

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Crowdfunding Expert Dr. Letitia Wright As America’s Crowd Funding Strategist, she teaches workshops for Small Business Administration, California’s SBDC’s and is the Los Angeles Crowd Funding Examiner and Guest blogger for other Crowd Funding sites. She has the fastest growing platform for crowdfunding education and project promotion in America. Her interviews with the top Crowdfunding […] The post TeamKarma appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Why The Wright Place Works with BlogDash ( and why you should too)

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    BlogDash Review Working with BlogDash is a great way for bloggers to expand their content while increasing their income. The site is easy to work with. You simply log in and see the offers made to you. Bloggers can pick and choose from the assignments offered. Then post on their website. The website is easy […] The post Why The Wright Place Works with BlogDash ( and why you should too) appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Why Your Staff Should Learn Foreign Languages

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    Why Your Staff Should Learn Foreign Languages The truth is that new markets are expanding all over the world these days at an increasing rate. The biggest growth areas will often be overseas, as a result. Here are a few ways you can take advantage of this through teaching new languages to your staff. Be […] The post Why Your Staff Should Learn Foreign Languages appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
 
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    Steve Blank

  • I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine

    steveblank
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve received this post in an email the embedded videos and powerpoint are best viewed on www.steveblank.com We have learned a remarkable process that allow us to be highly focused, and we have learned a tool of trade we can now repeat. This has been of tremendous value to us. Andrew Norris, Principal Investigator BCN Biosciences Over the last three years the National Science Foundation I-Corps has taught over 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology and how to fail less, increasing their odds for commercial success. To see if this same curriculum…
  • The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland

    steveblank
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPadinto standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within the University. Over 44 classes have embedded the business model canvas and/or Customer Discovery including a year-long course taken by every single one of its bioengineering majors. It’s made a big bang. Here’s the story from Dean Chang, UMD’s Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. ———————————————– Two decades ago,…
  • K&S Ranch

    steveblank
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    In 1976 Saul Steinberg created the March 29th cover of the New Yorker and created a visual meme of a city who was completely self-absorbed. Kirby Scudder, a neighbor on the California coast just did a poster of the view of Palo Alto as the center of universe.  Kirby has done several of these city posters here.  I thought it was a fun poster given its unique vantage point from the Pacific Ocean looking towards San Francisco Bay. I was wondering where our ranch would be on the map until I looked closer. K&S Ranch has been memorialized on the poster!    Filed under:…
  • Impact! NYU Scales the Lean LaunchPad

    steveblank
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    NYU has adopted the Lean LaunchPad class as a standard entrepreneurship course across twelve different schools/colleges within the University. Over 1,000 students a year are learning lean startup concepts. Impact! —– In August 2011 I received an email from someone at NYU I never heard of. Frank Rimalovski, the Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, had just read about the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) in my blog, and he absolutely had to meet me. To Frank’s credit he wouldn’t take no for an answer. When I said, “I’m too…
  • Users, Payers and Multi-Sided Markets

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

  • COVERGIRL #GirlsCan Inspired Look and Giveaway

    First Class Fashionista
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    What strong woman has not been met with opposition before based solely on her gender? Well, for everyone who has ever heard the words “Girls can’t”, COVERGIRL has a message for them: Girls can. The popular cosmetics company, COVERGIRL, is starting a new and important campaign along the path of its established past of working to empower women and improve their self-image. This movement began with a video and a strong message, featuring COVERGIRL’s Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres, P!nk, Sofia Vergara, Becky G, Katy Perry and Janelle Monáe. If you haven’t seen it, click below to get…
  • 2015 Pantone Color of the Year Marsala Inspired Style

    First Class Fashionista
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Your Pantone Color of the Year Fashion Inspiration With the holidays almost here and gone, and with FCF already talking the hottest outfits for New Year’s Eve, I find myself thinking about next year. The big 2015. Although I’ve seen all the trends for this upcoming Spring, I’m not going to fool myself into thinking I can incorporate those quite yet. Here in lovely Colorado, the winter snow doesn’t really present itself until February and onwards. As much as I would love to be rocking some gingham and huge floral prints, I don’t see that happening until May. Brr. So, what can be…
  • Olay Teams Up with Photobucket for Best Beautiful Campaign

    First Class Fashionista
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. (Photo Credit: Denver Photographer Larry Mark) This is the follow-up to my recent post, Your Best Beauty Holiday. I am celebrating my “best beautiful” with Olay, and getting my skin camera ready for this season’s family gatherings and holiday photo opps by trying out the Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging line. I promised I would tell you what I thought about it and share with you some exciting news about a new Olay photo tool collaboration, just in time to help us tell our…
  • Casual to Dressy NYE Style Guide

    First Class Fashionista
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    All That Glitters Is Gold Just like in everyday attire, I’m not the average gal when it comes to my New Year’s Eve outfit either. My style may not share much in common with the average glitter and sparkle gal, but I do like to get fancy and am quite possibly a serial party hopper. I absolutely love New Year’s Eve for it’s an all night long, gallivanting event filled with champagne spilling, smiles and good vibes. With such high spirits ringing in the new year, 2015 is certainly full of promise and possibility! In case you haven’t noticed, NYE is only two weeks away! And, if…
  • Coat Trends for Winter 2014

    First Class Fashionista
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’m sure we have all noticed the weather has cool down out there. Winter is officially almost here. I like to picture it looming ominously, but the visual is really up to you. With the sun setting earlier and the temperatures dropping, it’s time to look into how to stay warm whilst going about our busy day. But who says you have to sacrifice style for function? Well, okay, I’ve heard the “beauty is pain” line too, but here’s a warm-for-the-winter themed post that aims to contest all that while keeping you abreast of the latest winter 2014 coat trends. Blanket Coats Do you want…
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  • Let’s help the Boys & Girls Club! Oh, and I met Shaq.

    jeffhilimire
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    This post is a long time coming. Ever since my good friend took a job at the Boys & Girls Club (donate!), my eyes have been opened to the wonderful things they do at that organization. I knew peripherally with B&GC did, but wasn’t fully aware of how awesome this organization was. And then I met Shaq. Here’s the story. My friend at B&GC and I have been talking about doing a tour of one of the clubs so I could really see the operation first hand. We were scheduled for early December but then we had to reschedule for yesterday at 4pm. My friend said that it would be a…
  • Advice on how a startup CEO should prioritize their time

    jeffhilimire
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    I was talking to a good friend of mine recently, a startup CEO like myself, and he was struggling with the difficulty of deciding what exactly he should be spending his time on. He has a functioning version 1.0 product and two other people in his company. Should he be spending more time recruiting, finding the talent that will help him move his company forward? Should he be focusing on building relationships for the long-term, with potential investors, clients and partners? Should he be spending his time responding to the numerous proposals that are due to potential clients? Or, oh yeah, on…
  • The apps and sites I use to receive news and content on a daily basis

    jeffhilimire
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m a junkie for the news, but not in the sense of the actual news because its fairly depressing for someone like me that wants to stay positive. No, the kind of news I enjoy is industry (mobile, games, marketing) or technology-related. I had a conversation with a CNN executive recently about the ways that people like to receive news on their mobile devices. It seems CNN is evaluating this and trying to determine the best way to deliver mobile content. Personally, I feel that there are enough apps & tools out there that give people their pick of how they want to receive the news…
  • Announcing Dragon Army 2.0

    jeffhilimire
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    What a journey this has been so far. A little over a year ago Ryan Tuttle, David Cummings, and I started Dragon Army. The goal: make great mobile games. We started it the Atlanta Tech Village – in my opinion the best place in Atlanta to create a startup. We launched two games, Robots Love Ice Cream and Paper Trail. And we’ve already had some great success, with Robots being in the top 1% of all games downloaded in 2014 and winning an AIMA award for the Arby’s campaign we ran within Robots. So far, so good :) Over the last year I’ve learned a great deal. About myself,…
  • One week with an Android smartwatch – the LG G

    jeffhilimire
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    New technology is an interesting thing. There are times when new tech is created and it solves an existing problem, and then there are clearly times when new technology is created in search of a problem. I think smartwatches are somewhere in the middle. I’ve written a lot about my experiences with the Pebble watch over the last year or so. I recently started wearing it again and the main reason is that I can have my Droid Turbo phone stay unlocked as long as it is connected to the Pebble (via bluetooth). That’s enough of a reason to push it over the edge for me to start wearing it…
 
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  • Comment on 11 Investment Tips for Online Entrepreneurs by Natasha

    Natasha
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Investments….is truly the key to financial freedom….if you got the money and it is the ‘right’ investments. Like everything else, requires much due diligence of time and research to arrive at potential investments that can provide you great passive returns or income or capital. But essentially every investments is based on it’s worth and value or in equity. As an entrepreneur, it is critical to obtain the right knowledge and in education, especially managing business finances and cash flow…. business is a numbers game. Do you agree this is an important…
  • Comment on 11 Investment Tips for Online Entrepreneurs by Jan Koch

    Jan Koch
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Love #8! Actually I’m just listening to “Money – Master the Game”, Tony Robbins’ latest book on investment. He interviewed 50 of the most successful financial experts like Karl Icahn, Ray Dalio or Warren Buffett and he distilled their processes into a system he claims anyone can use. I’m definitely excited about the opportunities investing offers, though web design might stay my top priority business for the next year or two. I definitely want to dive into trading in the future though! Keep up the great work, Jan P.S.: The new design is a major improvement,…
  • Comment on 7 Things Nobody Tells You About Successful Blogging by Moses Ukanna

    Moses Ukanna
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    Many blogger often leave put the SEO part and focus on blogging alone, which makes their content go lost in the wind.
  • Comment on 6 Ways To Maximize Your Online Business Valuation by Vahid Chaychi

    Vahid Chaychi
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Hi This is the first time I visited your blog. Great job. I am subscribing to your feed and will check back regularly. Do you know how did I find your blog? I am sure you can not guess. I found it through Google Alert. It emails me when there are new posts related to some special keywords including “online business”. I got an email today and it referred me to this post. I am a blogger, programmer and marketer. I have been doing this since about 15 years ago. I have developed so many sites, blogs, products, services and… . I have mentored over 25000 online entrepreneurs so…
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    Rohan Bhardwaj
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    First and foremost, I visited this website when I was in college and I so wanted to retire at 21, I am 22 now and just started my career. Anyway, it was little rough and harsh they way you told to avoid unproductive people, but it is for a good cause and they should understand it. The biggest waste of time is definitely entertainment, I do it a lot. Need to keep check on it. Thanks
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  • 15 Quotes That Will Help You Position Your Business for 2015

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “The future is already here—it is just unevenly distributed.” - William Gibson Amid the holiday bustle, the New Year offers a fresh breathe of air for business owners looking to revamp strategies and focus efforts. As the market evolves and customer needs widen, it is imperative for leaders to guide their team in the right direction for 2015. To assist you during this time of concentration and action, we’ve compiled a list of quotes from entrepreneurial gurus who’ve written a few the most influential books for small business leaders, plus more. 1.
  • Why Twitter, Instagram, Lyft, and Mint.com Should Have Failed

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Think you have a startup idea that won't go anywhere? Think again. Many of today’s most successful companies started off with a simple, goofy, or ridiculous idea that should have failed. After all, the perception of what is a brilliant conceit and what is a stinker can change over time, and often does. Here’s what Mike Maples, Jr., one of Silicon Valley’s top investors has to say on the matter: The more people who think you’re wrong, the better. By the time the rest of the world catches up, you’ve made huge progress.” Ever wonder which prominent companies…
  • Crowdfunding is About More Than Money

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    True, successful crowdfunding campaigns can be a potentially prosperous means of raising funds for a startup. However, too many people get too caught up in the monetary rewards, that they overlook the other benefits of launching a crowdfunding campaign for their product or service. Read on to learn the other ways that a crowdfunding campaign can help you. The blog post, "The Many Faces of Crowdfunding - It's Not Just About the Money," written by Lauren Reiterman originally appeared on Focus Product Design's blog and has been republished with permission below: Great…
  • The Truth About Co-Founders

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    From beginning to finish, launching a startup is a complex and laborious endeavor. Everyday is an adventure, and problems will arise quickly.   How will you find solutions? By sourcing quick tips from founders who’re facing the same challenges as you. To offer assistance along your journey, the Founder Institute has gathered our expansive network of entrepreneurs to solve the problems you encounter each day.   In this installment of Ask an Expert, Founders Tom Arnold of PetHub.com, a software platform for pet industry manufacturers, municipalities, and value-added…
  • What to Consider When Starting Up in the U.S. as an Expat

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It can be a frightening feat to leave your home country and establish business on foreign lands. Though it may seem impossible, many have succeeded, defying the odds and hurdling through loopholes to do so. In a recent webinar titled, "How Expats can Start Up in the U.S.", founders Nitin Pachisia of Unshackled and Mike Galarza of Entryless, share their personal experiences of navigating through the process of visas, hiring employees, and incorporating their businesses. With ties from Mexico and India, both overcame varying obstacles through each stage of becoming a business leader in the…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • 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…
  • The Lindy Effect on startup potential

    Jason
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 10 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time. — Tom Cargill, Bell Labs However long the project took to get “close to done,” it will probably take that much time again to really be done. It’s funny because it’s true. Why is it true? Here’s a novel way to frame it: When you’re exploring something new, where the terminus is unknown, you never know how far along the path you are. On average, however, you’re…
  • The hidden benefits of Uniform Culture

    Jason
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    This article originally appeared on the WP Engine Blog. I don’t mean “uniform” as in “identical.” (Although, that’s not a bad definition of culture: The attributes that we all share.) I mean “uniform” as in, “Wearing the same clothes, thereby reducing individuality.” We have a swag culture at WP Engine, particularly in T-shirts. Because we have a phenomenal Artistic Director (Seth), folks actually want to wear our shirts: After bad morning, I received an overly generous box of swag from WP Engine. Day: made. Thanks @shaptora…
  • Pricing determines your business

    Jason
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    It’s often said that you shouldn’t talk about price during customer development interviews. The usual justification is that your goal is to uncover the details of your potential customers’ lives and pain-points, whereas a mention of price turns attention away from that topic, diverting the discussion to budgets and comparative value. But I disagree. Price is as important as any other feature to determine product/market “fit.” How many times have you heard someone agree that “it would be great if someone did X,” but when show them someone did do X, but…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Become a Thriveal Lab Partner!

    Adrian Simmons
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Remember back in elementary school, when it was time to try something new in a science experiment? Everybody paired up with a lab partner. Well, the learning shouldn’t stop. Neither should the experimenting. And neither should the lab partners. The Thriveal Laboratory has as its mission: to encourage strategic risk-taking in the accounting industry, by lowering […]
  • Just Jump Already

    Bryan Coleman
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:12 pm
    That’s what I really wish someone would’ve told me. “Jumping the cliff” is our euphemism in Thriveal for quitting your day job and going out on your own.  It’s a scary proposition.  When you jump, you’re in free fall and rock bottom is staring you right in the face. I felt the ground was coming […]
  • The Unrecognized Superpower of Every Accountant (It’s Not Invisibility)

    Greg Kyte
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Check out this graph that summarizes the findings of my scientific study of accountants’ typical response to change.     Our typical response is fear. Not because we’re accountants, but because we’re human.   The fear of change is called metathesiophobia, which comes from the Greek words meta meaning “after” and thesio meaning “pissing in […]
  • Reflections After 3 Years of Value Pricing

    Adrian Simmons
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    I met Ron Baker in person for the first time in 2011. Before that, I had read his articles online and attended a webinar he presented. But in 2011, I attended the first Thriveal Deeper Weekend, which was a “Firm of the Future” seminar offered by Ron Baker and Ed Kless. That was two days […]
  • We’re Thankful For Our Deeper Weekend Sponsors

    Jason Blumer
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    At Thriveal, we don’t take our partnerships lightly. We work hard to be valuable to our sponsors, and they expect the same thing from us. Like other accounting community conferences, our annual Deeper Weekend conference is made possible by the awesome sponsors in our community. I want to take a moment to publicly thank them, give […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Best of 2014: Ten Posts to Help Your Small Business

    Catherine Morgan
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here at Business Unplugged we strive to give you the information you need to succeed as a small business owner. This year we had some outstanding posts, and it was hard to narrow it down to just ten. As you are planning for 2015, you might want to consider the advice in the posts below! [...]
  • The Magic Bullet for Entrepreneurs to Manage Overwhelm

    Catherine Morgan
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    All professionals seem overwhelmed these days, but entrepreneurs and small business owners are even more likely to suffer from never-ending to-do lists. What’s a guy / gal to do? I have some good news for you. There IS actually a magic bullet. I can tell you definitively what causes overwhelm, and then you can manage [...]
  • The Best Client Holiday Gifts and Customer Giveaways

    Carol Roth
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The holiday season is now upon us and this can be a great time to show your appreciation to those clients and customers that have supported your business throughout the year. And what better way to show your thanks than by giving a meaningful gift? But figuring out the best client/customer gifts and giveaways can [...]
  • Lessons from Part-Time Sales Exec, Part-Time Entrepreneur & Full-Time Loyalist

    Carol Roth
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is sponsored by National Car Rental and the Emerald Club Loyalty Program.  Read on for great tips and for an opportunity for you to share and win a $200 AMEX gift card and an Emerald Club Executive Status promotional access card! <Click to Tweet> Rob Lasorsa is part sales executive, part entrepreneur, but [...]
  • Depression and the Small Business Owner

    Catherine Morgan
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It gets dark at 5:00 PM this time of year, which leaves even more time for a dark night of the soul. Bob Burg, a friend of the blog, posted an incredibly important TEDx video on Facebook – a talk by Frank King titled A Matter of Laugh or Death. Frank is a comedian, and [...]
 
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    Lessons Learned

  • 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…
  • Learn Online This Fall

    Sarah Milstein
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference.Boost your entrepreneurship skills withoutgetting out of the building this fall. With an online course from Stanford and a series of webcasts from the Lean Startup Conference team, you can learn a lot from your desk in the coming months.  First up: We’re excited to announce that Bob Sutton is joining as a speaker at this year’s Lean Startup Conference. Perhaps best known for his book, The No Asshole Rule, Bob was a terrifically popular speaker at Office Optional, and he’s written a number of best-selling business…
  • Last Chance for Summer Sale Prices

    Sarah Milstein
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Post by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceAt this year’s Lean Startup Conference, we seek to answer the difficult questions you face as an entrepreneur. To give you a sense of how we’ll do that, we’re introducing you to three of our speakers—all of whom are appearing for the first time at The Lean Startup Conference, and all of whom have advice you can put to work today. Note that summer sale pricing for the conference ends on Monday night, so register now for the best deal possible.Herewith, our introductions.Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz.
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    Under30CEO

  • Entrepreneurship in Real-time: Interview with Travis Huff

    Michael Luchies
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur Interview Series This is part two of the ten part series. Follow the Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur interview series on Under30CEO.com. Interview Series Sponsored by Hiscox Small Business Insurance.  Hiscox specializes in protecting IT/technology, marketing, consulting, health and beauty, photography and many other professional services businesses, tailoring coverage to the specific risks in your industry. How does a former employee at Comcast, Morgan Stanley and Disney end up starting a social media management company? Real-time Outsource founder and CEO…
  • 13 Ways to Make Your Marketing Efforts Seasonal

    theyec
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Do you ever tie your marketing to the seasons? Why or why not (and if you do, how do you do so)? 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. Yes: Every New Season Breathes a New Story It is always important to tailor your strategy to what is relevant. Seasonality is extremely important,…
  • Best Travel Quotes Video

    Cara Murphy
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Travel opens our eyes to a world of new possibilities and helps us grow in ways we never imagined possible. Travel has touched my life in so many ways, and now that I’ve started I hope I never stop journeying to new lands and meeting new people! As we head into the weekend, check out this incredible video by Shaina Koren Cinematography.  They laid the best travel quotes they could find over footage from Under30Experiences Costa Rica.  It is truly breathtaking! Video by Shaina Koren…
  • Take Advantage of Your Business Ruts

    Under30CEO
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everyone has their own set of routines. Routine keeps us grounded. At the best of times, it keeps us consistent—and perhaps, sane—as we navigate both the calm and tempest waters that life throws our way. At the worst of times, however, routine can lead to warm, I-don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed comfort. And this, folks, is a terrible symptom of an emerging business rut. But I’m not here to tell you all the ways you can avoid a rut. In fact, I would tell you to even take advantage of that business rut. Why? Everyone gets stuck into a rut once and awhile. It is an unavoidable element of…
  • Building a Winner’s Circle: Who You Really Need in Your Corner to Be Successful

    Under30CEO
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    No matter how much introverts like me hate to admit it, none of us are an island.  How we work and network with others is pretty essential to how far we can go in our careers.  It’s the people behind the brands, companies, organizations, and movements that make people successful so no matter how much we may want to keep to ourselves, at times, we have to branch out. There’s no denying the importance of a healthy circle and the only way to expand your current one is to let more people in—people that add to you and your ambitious goals.  Motivational speaker John Rohn popularized the…
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    Fizzle

  • Stand Out, Serve Hard, Sell Soft & Get Traffic (FS085)

    Chase Reeves
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Questions from 4 listeners today take us into the realm of the USP (Unique Selling Proposition). We share some of our insights about getting to clarity in your offers to increase conversion and engagement. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download Listener Questions Talia Pollock Party in my Plants. Such a fun site. Her audience struggles with engagement. “How do I have an online business when all the audience wants to do is consume privately?” Paul Ricken…
  • How to Deconstruct Your Projects Into Truly Minimum Viable Products

    Chase Reeves
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    For some reason you haven’t shipped that project yet. I haven’t either. We make excuses, even as we daydream about the idea. We fool ourselves with a future reality even as we procrastinate. We all have projects we want to complete. Ideas we want to build out. Stories or articles or podcasts or courses we want to publish successfully. And they’re not getting finished. It doesn’t happen because you’re lazy or because you’re incompetent or because you’re not good enough. None of that is true. You’re not procrastinating because you’re…
  • “It Wasn’t the Most Legit Thing.” How to Recover from an Illegal Business Idea (FS084)

    Chase Reeves
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It was a successful business making good money, a few thousand a month. And then, suddenly, poof — the whole business is gone. This is the allure and the danger of a business ideas that’s “not the most legit thing,” and this is the situation one of our podcast guests today has to deal with. Our answers to his question and 3 other Fizzle Show listeners on today’s show. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download “It Wasn’t the Most Legit…
  • How 1 Data Point Increased Conversion 1,000%

    John O'nolan
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “That can’t be right…,” I muttered. +1,000% conversion? How could that possibly be right? A 4-digit increase? I checked and re-checked the data; but there were no mistakes. Having read countless books and blog posts, I’d heard about the paradigm from other startup case-studies. This was the first time I was seeing it in person. A unicorn! Note From Chase: This is a killer article republished from Ghost’s Blog. Ghost is a blogging platform, like WordPress, and I love this post because it shows so clearly how data can give us real, human intelligence about…
  • How to do a Yearly Review (FS083)

    Chase Reeves
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here at Fizzle, we’ve spent the last couple weeks in full-on year review mode. We have some new ideas to share (and some time-proven designs as well). We talked in an episode a long time ago about how we do these reviews and, more specifically, how we find the plan for next year in last year’s review. In this episode we rebroadcast that conversation with a few edits, some new stories and an updated process from Chase at the end. The Fizzle team spent the last week executing this exact review process and there’s some good insights here for your own review + plan. I,…
 
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    Strategy

  • 11 Tricks Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, And Other Famous Execs Use To Run Meetings

    Drake Baer
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Americans sit through some 11 million meetings every day — with the unproductive ones costing companies $37 billion a year.  We've already learned that meetings fall apart thanks to sloppy agendas, un-articulated ground rules, and other structural mistakes.  So we decided to look at how some of the most effective executives in history — from GM czar Alfred Sloan to Apple prince Steve Jobs to Facebook queen Sheryl Sandberg — run the meetings that invariably fill their calendars.  Here's what we found. Legendary GM CEO Alfred Sloan said little — then made follow-ups.
  • Warren Buffett Tells Managers Their Top Priority Is To 'Zealously Guard Berkshire's Reputation'

    Drake Baer
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    When Warren Buffett was 10 years old, he had an epiphany. With enough money, he could be secure and free. Now at age 84, he emphasizes a different asset to his Berkshire Hathaway management team: reputation.  In a biennial memo to his senior managers surfaced by the Wall Street Journal, Buffett writes that "the top priority — trumping everything else, including profits — is that all of us continue to zealously guard Berkshire's reputation."  He continues:  We can't be perfect but we can try to be. As I've said in these memos for more than 25 years: "We can afford to lose…
  • 'Shark Tank' Investor Daymond John Explains What He Learned From Losing $6 Million

    Richard Feloni
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Looking back on his career, "Shark Tank" investor Daymond John realized that no amount of money could buy a company success. When John founded his fashion company Fubu in 1992 out of the Queens home he grew up in, he had nothing. He and his mother mortgaged the house to supply Fubu with $100,000 to meet a growing demand for its clothes. By 1998, Fubu was the brand of choice for many of America's top rappers, and it brought in $350 million in revenue. But just five years later, John writes in his book "The Brand Within," he and his team had gotten ahead of themselves and ended up with a…
  • Scientists Discovered 3 Things That Help People Make New Friends

    Drake Baer
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    It's hard to recognize just how profoundly our friendships shape our lives. As we've reported before:  • You get jobs from friends. • Your happiness largely comes from friends. • You quit smoking with your friends. • You get ideas from your friends. • Your romantic partnerships will be better if you have close friends Unfortunately, making new friends was much easier in grade school, high school, or college. Once we make it out into the adult world, it gets harder to befriend like-minded folks.  What's fascinating is why that disconnect…
  • 6 Things You Should Stop Saying Around Women At Work

    Aaron Taube
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    There are a number of subtle ways women are treated differently from men in the workplace, whether its enduring harsh judgment for their appearence or being seen as overly emotional when they show anger. Here are six things people should stop saying around women to help lessen these biases in the workplace. 1. "The girls in the finance department are doing a great job." Just as most men would be insulted if their coworkers referred to them or one of their colleagues as a "boy," it's demeaning to describe a full-grown adult woman as a "girl." Former Wall Street Journal deputy managing…
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  • Public trusts to serve poor people

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    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

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    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

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    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…
  • Earthquake

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    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
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    Meettheold manisaveryfortuitousthing   ItwasanextremelyhotafternoonSunEarthboilinghotsoa bitslurredAt that timeIwasajuniorstudentthreememberandgoodfriendyanKingworriedtogotoschools   Go toschoolafterahillsideunder the stairsthere is astationon the slopesincefrommyhometo ourschoolcanhavemanyroadsIrarelygotheresoforthatstation is alsoverystrange   TostationthreesweatyTrying to cross the roadwhen heheardawomancryofdisgust“Oh what are youdoingSodirtygogogoit really is…… “Babbitwasafashionableyoung womenThegirlsfaceBlushPinkdoubleeyebrowlooks30years…
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  • Public trusts to serve poor people

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    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…
  • Earthquake

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    6 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Who can prevent the tragedy of Tangshan occur? Xiong Shukai yesterday afternoon, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province took place 7.8-magnitude earthquake. This is the second 32Years ago, the Tangshan earthquake and again after the worst natural disaster. Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to the scene, organizing rescue work. Despite heavy rainfall, causing landslides, traffic jams, brought great difficulties to the rescue work. But armed police officers, soldiers, medical staff and in all industries have launched an emergency plan, at full speed, most urgent sense of investment went into the rescue…
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    5 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Meettheold manisaveryfortuitousthing   ItwasanextremelyhotafternoonSunEarthboilinghotsoa bitslurredAt that timeIwasajuniorstudentthreememberandgoodfriendyanKingworriedtogotoschools   Go toschoolafterahillsideunder the stairsthere is astationon the slopesincefrommyhometo ourschoolcanhavemanyroadsIrarelygotheresoforthatstation is alsoverystrange   TostationthreesweatyTrying to cross the roadwhen heheardawomancryofdisgust“Oh what are youdoingSodirtygogogoit really is…… “Babbitwasafashionableyoung womenThegirlsfaceBlushPinkdoubleeyebrowlooks30years…
 
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  • Aspen Dental to pay $1M settlement over deceptive advertising, payment practices

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Aspen Dental will pay nearly $1 million in a settlement with the state over deceptive advertising and marketing practices and refusals to refund services that weren't provided. According to a press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley, the company ran advertisements that were misleading, and charged customers for treatments weeks and months before they were given and sometimes failed to provide refunds. "We allege this dental company took advantage of its patients by deceptively marketing…
  • Boston company wins grant to develop spray-on barrier to protect against Ebola

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Physicist Henry Malak initially had the idea to use his virus-killing, water repellent technology as a sanitation mechanism in developing countries. Yet with a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development — and with the backing of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense — the technology will be tested and developed for use in Ebola treatment centers to better protect health care workers. Boston-based…
  • MassDOT to select Back Bay air rights project developer by end of year

    Catherine Carlock
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is set to select the development team for an air-rights project in the Back Bay by the end of the year, but the rapid decision-making process has sparked some community concern the project is moving too quickly. The project is known as "Parcel 13," a site that represents 54,500 square feet of air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike adjacent to MBTA's Hynes Convention Center on the Green Line. MassDOT put out a request for proposal for a single coordinated…
  • MassChallenge co-founder Akhil Nigam steps down

    Sara Castellanos
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Akhil Nigam, co-founder of Boston-based startup accelerator program MassChallenge, has decided to step down from his day-to-day responsibilities with the organization. In a blog post published Dec. 20, Nigam said he would remain as an advisor and director. "I am deeply proud of what we accomplished together and I am grateful for your help in making this a success. MassChallenge is well poised for growth and success, especially with the international expansion," he wrote in the blog. "It has a very…
  • Celiac-fighting drug company receives $12M in financing

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    Cambridge-based ImmusanT Inc. has raised $12 million in financing for its celiac-fighting immunotherapy Nexvax2 and its two celiac diagnostic tools, funding that will progress the clinical trials and development of both diagnostics and the immunotherapy. The company has previously raised $20 million in 2011 from Vatera Healthcare Partners LLC. Prior to that, the company raised $1 million to kick off operations from an angel investor. The recent $12 million in equity financing again comes courtesy…
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  • If You Find These 3 Things familiar, You Are on The Right Path in Life

    Thomas Oppong
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    How do you know you are on the right path in your life? There are just way too many things you may be dealing with right now. But if you find all of these things familiar, you are on the right path. Keep going. This was originally shared by Tara Hagan on Quora.  1. You spend your time doing things that give you energy rather than deplete your energy.   I took a class titled “Power and Glory in Turbulent Times” with Nancy Koehn.  We studied all types of leaders from Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill to Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs to Oprah and..
  • This is The Day-to-day Life of a Startup Employee

    Contributor
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    It can be difficult to wade through the popular hype around startups – great snacks! equity in the company! cool atmosphere! table tennis! – to get at what it’s actually like to work for one. While the benefits on offer can be tempting, most people don’t realise what working at a startup entails. Besides the well-known differences, such as longer hours and higher stakes, the startup environment feels fundamentally different from that of a typical corporation. For starters, the maze of cubicles and private you’ll find in most large companies is noticeably absent in startups. Instead,…
  • How Digital Communication Is Changing Health Care Delivery (Infographic)

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Digital technologies present huge opportunities for almost every industry. Healthcare is no exception. Improvements in communication is now making it easy for healthcare professionals to communicate with patients faster and better. New communication technologies now enables quicker response to appointment-related messages. Digital communication improves access to care for patients and most health care professionals are adopting to the trend in consumer communication. With the growth in the usage of mobile devices, a lot more people respond to messaging and emails better than before.
  • Every Secret You Will Ever Need to Become an Insanely Productive Entrepreneur

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    The most productive entrepreneurs have a lot in common. They have daily routines that actually work. You can’t accomplish much as an entrepreneur if you don’t set and stick to a daily schedule. Entrepreneurs are some of the most busiest people around but being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being productive. Peak productivity is about devotion to routines that actually work and lead to accomplishments. There is so much to do everyday and so little time to do them. You can can easily get off track and become distracted by the many things you want to get done. Every…
  • Why Social Media Has Proven to be a Powerful Awareness Tool

    Thomas Oppong
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Social media has a vast array of uses- it’s used for people to trumpet successes and post pictures of tropical vacations. It’s used to post little witticisms we think of while in the shower. It’s even used systematically to raise awareness for certain causes. Businesses rely on social media to promote their businesses. Popular brands are investing in social campaigns to get their messages across to their audience. People of all walks of life have embraced social media as a means to show their work to the rest of the world. Perhaps the most widespread and memorable use of…
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  • 8 Agile thinking posts you may have not seen

    Taffy Williams
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
     Over the last few years, I have added more than 243 posts on the Startup Blog.  I have also added more than 152 posts to the Examiner.  The following list contains the 8 recent posts appearing in different forums and they may not be on your radar screen.  I hope you enjoy them!·        Investors.com:            Maximize Minutes By Guarding Against Time Bandits   ·        YoungUpstarts.com:   5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Improve…
  • Insights - 4 Ways Agile Entrepreneurs Can Optimize Their Time

    Taffy Williams
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Reference Article:  4 Ways agile entrepreneurs optimize time Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed
  • Top 10 posts at the end of 2014

    Taffy Williams
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Over the last few years, I have added more than 243 posts on the Startup Blog.  I have also added more than 152 posts to the Examiner.  The following list contains the 10 top posts from Startup Blog.  Some actually are from prior years, but attracted attention to make the cutoff.  I hope you enjoy them! 6 Environmental factors that may affect your businessAgile thinking helps entrepreneurs achieve successCEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin7 short hints for startups and entrepreneursStartup Blog Insights - Agile Contingency Planning and Agile SuccessAgile…
  • Insights - 5 Fails Entrepreneurs May Regret

    Taffy Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
        Reference Article:  5 Fails agile entrepreneurs may regret and never recover     Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861,  ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Agile leaders take care in what they say to others

    Taffy Williams
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Take care in what you say!Many years ago a professor said something that altered my life.  Strange that in speaking with him recently he never realized the profound effect from a simple comment yelled at me when he was busy.  I have mentioned the comment in this blog previously and it can be found here. In a recent discussion with a friend, I relayed the story of the professor.  I was amazed the professor did not even remember the comment and said, “I hope I said it nicer than that.”  While my friend and I were talking, he brought up a key point; profound changes in…
 
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  • Getting Your Small Business Over a Hump

    Vivek Krishnan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    Every small business owner knows that plenty of ups and downs come with the territory. Your business can be thriving one month and struggling the next, or you could suddenly gain an unexpected influx of new customers after a dry spell. Since these humps are inevitable, it’s important to know how to handle them successfully. First, don’t underestimate the importance of your attitude during the rough times. As the owner, your attitude regarding your current circumstances can be contagious. If you’re negative and stressed out, these emotions will be passed along to your…
  • 3 Basic Tips to Find A Great Job for Yourself

    Vivek Krishnan
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Trying to find a job in today’s market can be a little scary. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find the job of your dreams. In the vast majority of cases, a great job isn’t going to fall in your lap, but you can improve your chances of finding satisfying employment by keeping these tips in mind. Research Job Requirements Early Many students start really researching job options as they near the end of their schooling. However, it’s better to start researching job requirements before you even begin higher education. When you know what type of job you…
  • The Uses of Signal Time Clock

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Factories and shops require their workers to give their full attention to the job at hand. It is fairly easy for employees to lose track of time when they are fully engaged in their daily tasks. Supervisors want to make sure that their employees can tell when their shift has ended or when it is time for a break in noisy job conditions. Workers who can plan their break times more effectively in a busy environment work better.A busy environment is where a signal time clock becomes useful. The horn or bell sound is easy to hear above the noise of industrial equipment. In factories or other…
  • Opening & Running A Franchise

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    An ice cream shop franchise is a lot of fun both for the owner and their customers. One of the advantages of this business option is that it is in such high demand that you’re certain of seeing a good return on your investment. Many people visit ice cream chains when they’re traveling and want ice cream from shops they frequent in their area. Opening a franchise is the perfect way to fill this need.Cold Stone franchise opportunities are among some of the most popular options for those who want to start up a business. One of the reasons why many prefer to start a franchise is…
  • USC’s Masters in Communication

    Vivek Krishnan
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Many people who earn master’s degrees in communications seek positions that are traditionally linked to such degrees, including journalism, television or radio. However, there is no need for them to limit their career choices to the standard professions that most communications majors seek. Jobs such as lobbyists, grant writers and personnel specialists have strong links to communication skills, yet few people think of them as such. There are many industries that benefit from the skills and knowledge of lobbyists, including private corporations, consulting firms and various institutions.
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  • Kyron Global Accelerator unveils third batch of startups

    Team YS
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:28 am
    Kyron Global Accelerator which began earlier this year with an ambitious plan to invest in 500 startups in five years, has announced its third batch of startups, most of which come from the enterprise or media space. Two of its portfolio companies, Scandid and Teritree, were in the news this year for fund raising, while a third – Bookpad — was acquired by Yahoo. “Our expanded investor network now includes prominent angel and institutional funds in India, and a very active network of angels out of Europe,” Lalit Ahuja, founding partner of Kyron said. “Based on our recent…
  • Nuances of ‘mobile user experience’ design from Cleartrip’s Design Head [Video]

    Team YS
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:20 am
    User experience plays a key role in getting users comfortable with a product. User experience is not just the screen but the entire process design as to how  user will interact with the product. And with the mobile overtaking desktops, designing user experience for the mobile has become a critical part for any company. At MobileSparks 2014, YourStory’s annual conference on ‘mobile’, some of the best mobile companies presented and alongside, there was a lineup of speakers and panels to talk about various subjects around mobile. Sunit Singh, also known as @surdattack, the…
  • Relatas.com uses business intelligence to help companies and individuals better manage schedules and document tracking

    Harshith Mallya
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    Most entrepreneurs, business professionals, and startup founders have hectic schedules. On occasion, it becomes overwhelming and difficult to be up to date with meetings and also do background research about the person and organisation one is about to meet. It can be awkward and embarrassing not having an icebreaker or knowing how to start a meeting if one does not know the person on the other side of the table. Even though it’s a cliché, first impressions do matter and can set the tone for the rest of the relationship. Relatas.com is a business intelligence relationship product that aims…
  • Top 7 Tech Trends of 2014: Breaking new ground

    Team YS
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    From gravity defying materials to super human exoskeletons, scientists and engineers throughout the world were busy breaking new ground and advancing the frontiers of technology in 2014. Google announced its ambitions to make immortality a reality by setting up 1.5 billion USD research center to address the problem of human aging. IBM unveiled its attempts towards creating technology that eventually would mimic the human brain.The Chinese government is getting ready to build a super collider twice the size of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. While most of the new technologies that emerged…
  • InkMonk API takes out the hassles of printing t-shirts and sending merchandise to your customers

    Emmanuel Amberber
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Everybody loves getting gifts. And startups love to give gifts to their power users. Over the years, t-shirts have become one of the most frequented gifts that startups give out. The sad part is, it is often hard to get a good quality t-shirt (how many of you received a startup t-shirt that has become a gone-case). The problem is for most startups there is no easy way of doing it without entanglement of dealing with local vendors. You know you have been living in Silicon Valley for a little while, the moment you realize that 50% of your wardrobe is startup T-shirts. — Niko Bonatsos…
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  • 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…
  • allthings.io – Plan, Share and Get Things Done!

    StartUpLift
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    A scalable easy to use task and team management tool. Target Audience: Aimed at B2B primarily, however any teams or businesses can make use of both the Web and Mobile app. Website URL: www.allthings.io 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 constructive feedback is not particularly…
  • GetScorecard – Painkiller for Sales Managers

    StartUpLift
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Predictive CRM that monitors customer health to prevent churn Target Audience: SME Sales Managers Website URL: http://www.GetScorecard.com 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…
  • CallerSmart – Outsmarting Unknown and Unwanted Callers, Together

    StartUpLift
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    CallerSmart is a revolutionary free Caller ID app for your iPhone that helps you identify mystery numbers and block those you don’t want to hear from ever again Target Audience: Anyone who’s ever received a call from an unknown number Website URL: http://www.CallerSmart.com/ About CallerSmart: CallerSmart helps you identify mystery callers and block those you don’t want to hear from ever again.
  • Donatello Doors – Wrought Iron Doors

    StartUpLift
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Donatello Doors makes wrought iron entry doors and wine cellar doors which we sell online to contractors and public. Target Audience: Contractors and Home-Owners Website URL: http://www.DonatelloDoors.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 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…
 
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  • Urban Emporium Offers New Brick-and-Mortar-Space for Local Artisans

    Susan Post
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    When you are a small local artisan, it’s often difficult to justify a brick-and-mortar location just for yourself. Enter stores like Celebrate Local or State & Third that house a number of small local vendors all in one place. Come late January, Urban Emporium in Bexley will be joining the ranks. Making unique local goods […]
  • Art With Anna Offers Art Oasis for Children and Adults

    Susan Post
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Whether you haven’t picked up a paint brush in 20 plus years or have a youngster that loves art, there’s a little something for everybody at Art With Anna. The Bexley art studio recently expanded to a new home at 420 N Cassady Ave. and has added a storefront with art supplies and locally made […]
  • Turn It On, Turn It Up, Get Sued: Playing Music in Your Place of Business

    Brian Downey
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you want to create a unique atmosphere for your business, or even just provide some background music for your customers while they browse? Maybe you, or one of your employees, went out and bought some CDs, or legally downloaded some songs from iTunes onto an MP3 player, and now you want to play that […]
  • Short North CPA Educating Entrepreneurs About Taxes

    Susan Post
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Tax” is dreaded and unwelcome word for most, but not for Doug Smith. The certified public accountant, certified internal auditor and certified fraud examiner is the one-man operation that is the Short North CPA. Smith not only wants to do your taxes, but he’s striving to share his knowledge to develop smart business owners that are tax-savvy. […]
  • Behind the Scenes: BiBiBop

    Susan Post
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    There’s a growing trend of fast-casual design-your-own-meal restaurants, Chipotle, Piada and as of August 2013, BiBiBiop is populating the Columbus landscape with four locations across the city in less than a year and a half. The Korean-inspired chain takes a spin on a classic dish, offering a healthy, fast meal that’s appealing to a wide […]
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  • Code_n Contest For Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The next few weeks will be an exciting time for about 400 young companies around the world who have submitted their business models and solutions for the CODE_n15 CONTEST. Code_n: CODE_n is a global innovation platform for ambitious founders and leading companies. Featuring elements such as the CODE_n CONTEST, EVENTS, CONNECT and SPACES, the overall CODE_n initiative offers an ecosystem designed to network digital pioneers and support the development of new, digital business models. CODE_n stands for “Code of the New,” the DNA of innovation. The motto for this year’s contest is “Into…
  • How Lack Of Focus Can Kill Your Startup Company

    Martin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Many passionate entrepreneurs fight to add more features into their new products and services, assuming that more function will make the solution more appealing to more customers. In reality, more features will more likely make the product confusing and less usable to all. Focus is the art of limiting your scope to the key function that really matters for the majority of customers. YouTube did it with videos, Instagram did it with photos, and Amazon did it with books. Many of the business plans I have seen as an investor, like trying to integrate all the social media features of Facebook,…
  • Swap,Sell & Buy Pre-owned Kids’ Items Via Swap.com

    VisionwizTeam
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Swap.com: Swap.com is the largest online consignment store for kids’ items and maternity wear. Swap.com is the first online consumer-to-consumer department store where you can buy, sell and swap pre-owned items The online consignment sales model lets item owners get more value for their items while combining the convenience and enjoyment of online shopping with the effortlessness of getting rid of items at a local thrift or consignment store. Why To Use: One of the great things about trading on Swap.com is that you can use both your existing items and money as currency. You can pay for…
  • 5 Lending Startups To Watch Out For VCs

    ajay
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    5 Lending Startups To Watch Out For VCs 1. iWoca: iwoca is a new online lending startup that aims to provide quick loans  without much paperwork. For using it, all you need to do is just link your online accounts or upload bank statements, VAT returns or company accounts so they  can understand your business in details. Once they understood your nature of business then they can offer instant funding without the complex paperwork associated with a traditional business loan. 2. Auxmoney Auxmoney is an online lending marketplace that aims to help consumers get loan from  private investors. As…
  • Top 10 Dilemmas For Startup Founders To Deal With Sooner Or Later

    Martin
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup Founders dilemmas in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. People may jump into the lifestyle to be their own boss, achieve great wealth, start a new trend, or all the above. The dilemma is that these goals are usually mutually exclusive. For example, is the person who starts a new trend likely to be the one who controls it through the growth phase? In a famous study of 212 new ventures a few years ago, Harvard professor Noam Wasserman found that half…
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  • What Will You Be Remembered For?

    Chris Reimer
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    I’ve seen social media experts give advice to the effect of, “You are known for the content you curate.” Could that really be true? Do we want that to be true? I think we are known for the most important thing that we do in our life, whatever that might be. So I would say […] The post What Will You Be Remembered For? appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 25: Leave Politics and Religion Out of the Workplace

    Chris Reimer
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
      In Episode 25 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made jointly by employers and employees. It goes like this: “We commit to not get caught up in each other’s politics and religion. It has nothing to do with work […] The post Happywork TV Episode 25: Leave Politics and Religion Out of the Workplace appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 24: Don’t Interrupt People Who Are Trying to Concentrate

    Chris Reimer
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
      In Episode 24 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made jointly by employers and employees. It goes like this: “When a fellow employee must work in complete concentration, I will try to give that employee a chance to work […] The post Happywork TV Episode 24: Don’t Interrupt People Who Are Trying to Concentrate appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 23: Don’t Be a Chief Problem Identification Officer

    Chris Reimer
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    In Episode 23 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made jointly by employers and employees. It goes like this: “We won’t publicly present a problem without offering at least one viable solution. Chief Problem Identification Officer is not a staffed […] The post Happywork TV Episode 23: Don’t Be a Chief Problem Identification Officer appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Download Chapters 1-3 of Happywork for Free!

    Chris Reimer
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Want to download Chapters 1-3 of my upcoming book Happywork for free? Just enter your email address below and I’ll send you a download link! I hope you’ll join my effort to change the workplace forever. Thank you kindly for your interest.   The post Download Chapters 1-3 of Happywork for Free! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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  • Invoice Financing Explained 

    EpicLaunch
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    Invoice financing is an often ignored or misunderstood way for companies to expand and grow. An asset-based working capital solution, it is where third parties agree to purchase unpaid invoices for a fee, allowing enterprises in need of hard capital to get an advance on the money they’re owed by customers. The parties who purchase these outstanding debts are known as invoice financiers ranging from well-known high street banks to more bespoke, independent lenders. To get the full range of offers from the best lenders in the invoice finance market, you may want to speak to a broker such as…
  • 5 Ways that Test Management Can Save Your Business Money

    EpicLaunch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Business operations do not have to be overly confusing for managers and employees looking to improve operational efficiency. By implementing test management software throughout your company, it is easy to ensure that your processes are not only streamlined but are also of the highest quality. Deploying this type of software helps developers resolve issues easily and early on so that that risk of costly errors is almost eliminated. In addition, the real-time updates that test management software provides can also allow employees to troubleshoot errors as they arise and not after they have…
  • A Graphic Design Bidding Site that Actually Takes Care of its Designers

    EpicLaunch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Usually the thing that businesses are most concerned with is their customers. To them, employees and especially independent contractors are less of a priority than the people actually spending money on their services. Want an example? Ask yourself this: does Uber care more about its drivers, or its passengers? The answer should be obvious, and it’s heartbreaking for the individuals who helped build the brand. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to see a company willing to prioritize its freelancers as highly as its consumers. Crowdsite.com is a platform where users can hold…
  • Should Your Business Be More Digital

    EpicLaunch
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The digital age is among us and we aren’t going back. If your business is still stuck in the analog age you’re limiting your company. Here’s three benefits of going digital. Collaboration When your business becomes more digital it makes it much easier for employees to collaborate on projects. Consider using cloud storage plans like Microsoft’s OneDrive service. Microsoft offers the first 15GB of storage for free, but businesses can further expand this for low-priced monthly fees. Business users can currently take advantage of to 1TB of data (that’s 1,000GB) for just £5.99 p/m and…
  • 5 Tips for Transforming Your Lawyer Bio into a Strong Marketing Tool

    EpicLaunch
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    What does your bio say about you? If you’re like most lawyers, not much. While you may be one of the best lawyers in your niche, your clients don’t know it because your bio either does too much bragging or it says nothing substantial about you and your accomplishments. Clients Don’t Care Where You Attended Schools Don’t bother putting where you went to law school down in your bio. Does that sound crazy? OK, you can throw it in there, but put it in an inconspicuous place. Seriously, if someone really wants to know, they’ll find the information. But, clients seriously don’t care.
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  • The Eaten Alive Phenomenon in Internet Marketing

    Dilip Kumar
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Eaten Alive was a show that Discovery aired a few days back. If you follow the Discovery Channel, you would have seen quite a build-up to this show. It was supposed to be a 2-hour reality show aired on a Sunday evening where a guy, Paul Rosolie, who is also a wildlife conservationist, was to […] The post The Eaten Alive Phenomenon in Internet Marketing appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Best Black Friday Deals on Internet Marketing Products that You Don’t Want to Miss

    Dilip Kumar
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    I am not sure of the origin of Black Friday and the only information I have is what I got from searching on Wikipedia. One thing that I learnt from reading those long paragraphs on the wiki was that this was a day setup by businesses to increase their sales. And whatever the objective of […] The post Best Black Friday Deals on Internet Marketing Products that You Don’t Want to Miss appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Video WP01 – How to Install WordPress Complete with all the Essential Plugins and Themes

    Dilip Kumar
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    And you thought you knew everything about how to Install WordPress! Not to offend you. But in a minute you will start to thing if that statement was actually meant for you. WordPress is one amazing platform. I still remember the time when I was not aware of WordPress. I would spend hours coding each […] The post Video WP01 – How to Install WordPress Complete with all the Essential Plugins and Themes appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Facebook Atlas Ads – Your Guide to this Targeted Ad Service from Facebook

    Dilip Kumar
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:13 am
    Facebook Advertising, to date, hasn’t been a terribly impressive source of leads and sales for most small businesses. Sure, you can find a few success stories. But for most, Google Adwords is the only game in town. Google attracts at least 67% of search traffic and Adwords really is a fantastic product. Adwords has earned […] The post Facebook Atlas Ads – Your Guide to this Targeted Ad Service from Facebook appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Resolve “Are You Sure you want to do this?” WordPress Error!

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    About 2 days and 5 re-installs. That was what it took me to find a solution to a problem that not too many sites were able to help me with. For a moment I felt like Captain Jack Sparrow. I remember his dialogue, “You know the feeling you get when standing in a high place, […] The post How to Resolve “Are You Sure you want to do this?” WordPress Error! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • How to Sell Without Being Too Salesy

    Guest Author
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Perhaps the biggest challenge for new entrepreneurs is selling. We’re smart and good at what we do, but most of us aren’t natural salespeople. In fact, we cringe when we think of the stereotypical brash salesman who’s patting the client on the back while sliding a fat contract in front of him on the table. We fear selling, because we fear coming off as too “salesy.” But there’s no need to feel this way. Selling has changed over the years. Authenticity is now paramount, which is good news for those of us who aren’t salespeople. It means we can be more natural and still win great…
  • Spotlight on Brad Flora: Founder of Perfect Audience

    Christine Mortensen
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Brad Flora founded Perfect Audience in 2012 to create the easiest way for marketers to retarget lost visitors and get more sales. After parting ways with his co-founder and several attempts of finding a new developer he packed up and headed to Silicon Valley. “I tried to build the company 100% in Chicago and failed,” Flora said in an email. “I just couldn’t convince any developers in Chicago to join. And a software company without developers isn’t much of a software company.” He raised seed funding from YCombinator, SVAngel, and top angel investors in San Francisco,…
  • Spotlight on Jimmy Odom: Founder and CEO of WeDeliver

    Christine Mortensen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Jimmy Odom has been described as energetic, passionate, dynamic, optimistic, inspiring and driven by vision and purpose. After nearly 5 years in leadership roles with Apple Retail, combined with years of logistics management and several National Start-up Awards, Jimmy has once again transformed the entrepreneurs experience and expectations. As Founder and CEO of WeDeliver, Jimmy has continued to win local Chicago start-up awards along with continually growing a start-up business since 2012, and connecting to other entrepreneurs in the Chicago area. His mission is to build a brand whose…
  • Lessons We Can Learn From Inspiring Entrepreneurs

    Guest Author
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When attempting to find the market sweet spot for your startup, entrepreneurs often walk the line of embracing history, and forging their own path. As the late Steve Jobs so eloquently stated, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Obviously, there is no denying the success that Steve Jobs enjoyed, and the history…
  • If you could ask them anything what would it be?

    Christine Mortensen
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    No matter how you look at it—this crop of entrepreneurs has seen success! If you had the chance to ask them anything about how they achieved that success what would you want to know? Send us your questions and we’ll get the answers for you from our Elevate Chicago speakers. You can submit your questions via a: comment on this post tweet to @EntUnpluggd email to christine@entrepreneursunpluggd.com You do, by the way, have a chance to ask your questions to our speakers listed below in person.  You can join us for a full day of actionable insight and the raw storytelling…
 
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  • What business lessons can we learn from the Manchester Christmas Market traders?

    guestbloggerSUD
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    With German Christmas markets a festive draw in city centres throughout Europe, ‘tis the season to eat bratwurst and browse for gifts. For the sixteenth year, the much-loved German Christmas markets have returned to Manchester, boasting an array of wonderful stalls run by small businesses from the North West city and beyond. With more than 300 stalls in such proximity, competition is rife. The pressure is on to win over consumers and market traders have learned many valuable business lessons over the years. We spoke to three traders to find out what they believed were the most important…
  • Ten more things you could have learned from our blog in 2014

    Mark Williams
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    1 “It’s natural to see your competitors as the enemy. In reality, they’re not  (ignorance and blindness-to-change are what you should really be watching out for). We’ve found that building relationships with our competitors has been invaluable in terms of support and knowledge sharing, while being fun, too.” From The benefits of making friends with your competitors by Cartridgesave.co.uk 2 “If you believe that your target market is struggling and has no money to spend, you’ll easily be able to prove that to be correct. If you were to say to yourself that your target market…
  • Ten things you could have learned from our blog in 2014

    Mark Williams
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:28 am
    1 “Devise a simple ‘unexpected circumstances’ plan. Detail who does what, when and where, should things go awry. Prepare a temporary office in advance if there’s a risk you can’t get to your usual one. Make sure employees can work from home if necessary. Send your people home early if conditions worsen and be flexible if travelling is dangerous.” From What to do if your business is affected by bad weather by Hannah Tonge. 2 “Sell something people want; make sure the difference between what you buy it for and what you sell it for is big enough; find a way to get people to buy…
  • Four classic mistakes start-ups make

    guestbloggerSUD
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    When was the last time you were up at 3am? Big birthday bash? New baby? Box set? There are many life-affirming reasons to have your eyeballs open at silly o’clock. But slaving over your accounts or squinting at your Google Analytics dashboard aren’t among them. There are four classic mistakes that start-ups and small businesses often make. Here’s how you can avoid them: 1 Being a jack of all trades There’s an unavoidable period where start-up owners have to wear all the hats: sales, marketing, finance, IT, operations. While it is possible to find joy in all these tasks (the thrill of…
  • Autumn Statement 2014 - coverage on the Donuts

    fionap
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will announce the 2014 Autumn Statement on Wednesday 3 December. Throughout the day, Start Up Donut will be covering the key points from the Autumn Statement 2014 affecting small businesses: We’ll be tweeting about the Autumn Statement announcements from the @StartUpDonut and @TaxDonut Twitter accounts. Tweet along with us and let us know your response. We’ll be posting blogs written by small business experts. After the Chancellor’s statement, we’ll be posting our Autumn Statement summary for small businesses and in our news section…
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  • Federated Entrepreneurship in PSL Manifesto

    Sean Murphy
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    The Philadelphia Startup Leaders Manifesto is a great example of why federated entrepreneurship is a good model for a startup ecosystem. I have reproduced it here with some observations on our startup stages model, the Bootstrapper Breakfastst®, and Silicon Valley. Because startup entrepreneurs need each other. Starting a company can be a long and lonely journey. Each milestone is a small miracle—from idea to prototype, from first employee to first customer, from first revenues to first profits and eventually to a thriving, successful business. Most startups fail along the way. These are…
  • Webinar Replay: Innovator’s DNA Experimenting Skill

    Sean Murphy
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Michael Fern, Edith Harbaugh, Steve Hogan, and Sean Murphy discuss the Innovator’s DNA experimenting skill. Innovator’s DNA Experimenting Skill About the Innovator’s DNA Webinar Series This is the final installment of a five part webinar series I hosted with Steve Hogan on “The Innovator’s DNA” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen,and Clayton Christensen. I think it was the best book on innovation and entrepreneurship for 2011 and it remains the best book on the skills and mindset needed for innovation I have read. It’s useful for any team that is trying to…
  • Webinar Replay: Innovator’s DNA Networking Skill

    Sean Murphy
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Tristan Kromer joins Steve Hogan and Sean Murphy to discuss networking as a key skill to develop to foster innovation. Innovator’s DNA Networking Skill About the Innovator’s DNA Webinar Series This is the fourth installment of a five part webinar series I hosted with Steve Hogan on “The Innovator’s DNA” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen,and Clayton Christensen. I think it was the best book on innovation and entrepreneurship for 2011 and it remains the best book on the skills and mindset needed for innovation I have read. It’s useful for any team that is trying…
  • Webinar Replay: Innovator’s DNA Observing Skill

    Sean Murphy
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    Jeff Allison, former VP of Engineering at Cisco Systems joins us to discuss observing. Innovator’s DNA Observing Skill About the Innovator’s DNA Webinar Series This is the third installment of a five part webinar series I hosted with Steve Hogan on “The Innovator’s DNA” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen,and Clayton Christensen. I think it was the best book on innovation and entrepreneurship for 2011 and it remains the best book on the skills and mindset needed for innovation I have read. It’s useful for any team that is trying to innovate. Each webinar will be…
  • Webinar Replay: Innovator’s DNA Questioning Skill

    Sean Murphy
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    Sarah Gray, Ethan Thorman, and Mark Cook join Steve Hogan and Sean Murphy to discuss lessons learned asking questions to foster innovation. Innovator’s DNA Questioning Skill About the Innovator’s DNA Webinar Series This is the second installment of a 5 part webinar series I hosted with Steve Hogan on “The Innovator’s DNA” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen,and Clayton Christensen. I think it was the best book on innovation and entrepreneurship for 2011 and it remains the best book on the skills and mindset needed for innovation I have read. It’s useful for any…
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  • Invoice Financing Explained 

    EpicLaunch
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    Invoice financing is an often ignored or misunderstood way for companies to expand and grow. An asset-based working capital solution, it is where third parties agree to purchase unpaid invoices for a fee, allowing enterprises in need of hard capital to get an advance on the money they’re owed by customers. The parties who purchase these outstanding debts are known as invoice financiers ranging from well-known high street banks to more bespoke, independent lenders. To get the full range of offers from the best lenders in the invoice finance market, you may want to speak to a broker such as…
  • 5 Ways that Test Management Can Save Your Business Money

    EpicLaunch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Business operations do not have to be overly confusing for managers and employees looking to improve operational efficiency. By implementing test management software throughout your company, it is easy to ensure that your processes are not only streamlined but are also of the highest quality. Deploying this type of software helps developers resolve issues easily and early on so that that risk of costly errors is almost eliminated. In addition, the real-time updates that test management software provides can also allow employees to troubleshoot errors as they arise and not after they have…
  • A Graphic Design Bidding Site that Actually Takes Care of its Designers

    EpicLaunch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Usually the thing that businesses are most concerned with is their customers. To them, employees and especially independent contractors are less of a priority than the people actually spending money on their services. Want an example? Ask yourself this: does Uber care more about its drivers, or its passengers? The answer should be obvious, and it’s heartbreaking for the individuals who helped build the brand. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to see a company willing to prioritize its freelancers as highly as its consumers. Crowdsite.com is a platform where users can hold…
  • Should Your Business Be More Digital

    EpicLaunch
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The digital age is among us and we aren’t going back. If your business is still stuck in the analog age you’re limiting your company. Here’s three benefits of going digital. Collaboration When your business becomes more digital it makes it much easier for employees to collaborate on projects. Consider using cloud storage plans like Microsoft’s OneDrive service. Microsoft offers the first 15GB of storage for free, but businesses can further expand this for low-priced monthly fees. Business users can currently take advantage of to 1TB of data (that’s 1,000GB) for just £5.99 p/m and…
  • 5 Tips for Transforming Your Lawyer Bio into a Strong Marketing Tool

    EpicLaunch
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    What does your bio say about you? If you’re like most lawyers, not much. While you may be one of the best lawyers in your niche, your clients don’t know it because your bio either does too much bragging or it says nothing substantial about you and your accomplishments. Clients Don’t Care Where You Attended Schools Don’t bother putting where you went to law school down in your bio. Does that sound crazy? OK, you can throw it in there, but put it in an inconspicuous place. Seriously, if someone really wants to know, they’ll find the information. But, clients seriously don’t care.
 
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    Technical.ly Baltimore

  • This online grocery service is shrinking Baltimore’s food deserts

    Stephen Babcock
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Linda Jones walked out of the POWER House Community Center with a cart full of groceries. She didn’t have to travel to the store or pick the items off the shelves. That’s a good thing, since getting to the store takes a while for Jones. She lives in what experts classify as a food desert. “I think it’s wonderful,” Jones said. “I just leave out of my house and come to the center, then I get my groceries.” "The ability to do online grocery shopping should not be restricted to the upper echelons of our society."Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Jones, who lives in the Perkins…
  • What exploding snowballs look like at 1,500 frames per second

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    Slow-motion snowballs highlight downtown ad firm Exit10’s holiday video. All the firm’s employees participated in the video, shot at 1,500 frames per second to capture every little detail, account director Garret Ohm said in an email. The victims also spill coffee, gummy bears and cheese balls while festively dressed in everything from Santa hats to ski goggles. All of this carnage is set to a cover of “Let it Snow” by The Stents. You can download the Baltimore band’s song free from their website.
  • At PSC hearing, Md. regulators press Uber on surge pricing

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    In a Friday Maryland Public Service Commission hearing, commissioners, attorneys and the state People’s Counsel questioned a proposed settlement between the commission and Uber. The hearing, held at the commission’s downtown offices in the William Donald Schaefer Tower, included testimony from a commission staffer and questions from an attorney for Yellow Transportation, a cab company that has challenged Uber’s entrance into the Baltimore market. The settlement would address the transportation company’s higher-end UberBLACK and SUV services. Uber would drop its…
  • This app will tell you if you’re too drunk to drive

    Stephen Babcock
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    You’re out drinking and set to leave the party. But first, of course, you must turn to your phone. Perhaps you’ll grab an Uber, you think to yourself, or maybe you’ll chance it and drive home. That’s where state officials are hoping their new ENDUI app will come in. ENDUI’s “breathalyzer” feature. (Via iTunes) The newly-released mobile app is designed to provide a lifeline to people considering drinking and driving. Available on iTunes and Google Play, the free app has tools that can help users find a cab, and make a shortlist of friends who could…
  • 10 mind-blowing space tweets from a Baltimore-born astronaut

    Stephen Babcock
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    Baltimore is well represented in space these days. A Johns Hopkins-built probe is heading for the edge of the solar system and — back in mere low-Earth orbit — area humans are also holding down a presence in the final frontier. For the second mission in a row, an astronaut from the Baltimore area is representing NASA aboard the International Space Station. Terry Virts, a 47-year-old Columbia native, arrived at the station Nov. 23 as part of a space-exploring trio that also includes a Russian cosmonaut and Italian astronaut. They also brought along an espresso machine. The latest team…
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  • Rich Brueckner Presents: Data and Goliath – Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data

    Rich
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    In this video from the Adaptive Computing booth at SC14, Rich Brueckner from inside-Startups presents Data and Goliath — Why Startups Own the Future of Big Data. Full Transcript: It is kind of weird for me to hear that I am a special speaker. But being here – I want to thank Adaptive for having me in. I apologize for my voice but I’ve been smoking cuban cigars at night, that somebody gave me. And I really enjoy that. So, here’s who I am. If you haven’t heard of insideHPC, it is a news portal for high performance computing. And I am the primary writer on this. I…
  • Podcast: A Preview of the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

    Rich
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14. Does your Startup have ties to High Performance Computing? SC14 will be in New Orleans this year, and we are holding our first meetup on Nov 17th in New Orleans. Please come, meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community. Register now for the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14. Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
  • Vaynerchuk Presents on the Thank You Economy

    Rich
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    In this video, Gary Vaynerchuk presents on the Thank You Economy and how he got started as a teenage entrepreneur selling baseball cards. Recorded at the Social Mix 2012 conference in Toronto. Caution: Some language NSFW.
  • Speaker Lineup for the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

    Rich
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    In this special guest feature, Cydney Ewald Stevens writes that the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14 has an incredible lineup of speakers. Cydney Ewald Stevens, Director, StartupHPC At roughly six weeks out from SC14 and our first StartupHPC Meetup, if you aren’t registered yet, you should register now! It’s going to sell out and if you’re not there you’re going to be bummed out! How can I be so confident? This meet up is going to be unlike any other you’ve attended, first because it’s not really adhering to any hardened definition of ‘meet up’. I personally liken it more to an…
  • Video: Reltio Startup Powers Real-Time Big Data with Cassandra

    Rich
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    In this video, Manish Sood from the Reltio Startup presents: Cassandra – A Real Time Big Data Application. Recorded at the Cassandra 2012 Summit. Reltio provides the world’s largest enterprise customers with real-time Big Data Applications that help business users understand markets, drive revenue and reduce risk through actionable, real-time and predictive insights integrated into applications and dashboards. These applications require the ability to not only handle data scale, latency, and high availability but also deliver capabilities that address reconciliation of data from…
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    Startup Law Blog

  • Revenue Lending

    Joe Wallin
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    I recently had the chance to sit down with BJ Lackland, the CEO of Lighter Capital, to talk about life, revenue loans, and Lighter Capital. Below is a transcript of most of our talk.JW: BJ, what’s the first thing you think about in the morning when you wake up?BL: My five-year-old daughter usually comes and knocks on my head to wake me up. Like many entrepreneurs, I often wake up thinking about my potential customers and my current customers, and what we can do to help entrepreneurs get to the next level. Lighter Capital looks a lot like our customers – we are…
  • Current Funding Trends and Capital Raising Tips

    Joe Wallin
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    How Are You Planning to Fund Your Big Idea in 2015?Due to cheaper tools, the cost of getting a startup off the ground has markedly decreased over the past dozen or so years. However, despite lower costs, it can still be difficult to obtain funding for a startup.Before you start fundraising, it is a good idea to evaluate your options and gain an understanding of the current fundraising landscape. Join Joe Wallin and BJ Lackland for a discussion of current funding trends, capital raising tips, and what investors look for.Coffee & pastries will be provided!BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter…
  • Crowdfunding Industry Panel

    Joe Wallin
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Earlier this year Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 2023 into law making equity Crowdfunding legal in Washington State and giving startups an innovative new way to raise funds. Under the bipartisan measure, a Washington business could raise up to $1 million a year from Washington investors by selling securities of relatively small value. This exciting piece of legislation will certainly change the way entrepreneurs fund their companies in the future, but there is a lot more to it that creating your Crowdfunding campaign.Chicago Booth Alumni and Penn Wharton Alumni Panel DiscussionJoin club…
 
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • Which startup has raised over $500 million in funds? [VIDEO]

    Jen Storey
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It’s a startup that’s promising to bring magic back into the world of technology. It’s called Magic Leap and, it looks awesome. The company has just raised UD$542 million in Series B funding and, the list of people it is looking to hire is longer than my arm! Magic Leap will use the proceeds to [...] The post Which startup has raised over $500 million in funds? [VIDEO] appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • This tech start-up has secured initial seed funding and plans to raise another $750,000 in 2015

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sydney-based tech start-up OneFitStop recently announced that it has received early stage seed funding as it puts final touches on its technology and prepares its initial rollout in the Australian fitness industry. The investor behind this initial funding is Lewis Bloch, a vastly experienced Sydney-based entrepreneur. However, the amount raised remains undisclosed. The start-up plans [...] The post This tech start-up has secured initial seed funding and plans to raise another $750,000 in 2015 appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Horse pants. It’s a startup pitch that you really should see [VIDEO]

    Jen Storey
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Jimmy Kimmel is a U.S. talk show host. He first came to my attention when his then girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, sang a song about Matt Damon and breaking up with Kimmel. What followed was not only comedic gold but, also pitched Damon against his old buddy, Ben Affleck. I digress. Kimmel is big in the [...] The post Horse pants. It’s a startup pitch that you really should see [VIDEO] appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Aussie start-up success Nitro has secured $15 million from US VC firm Battery Ventures

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Australian start-up success story and leading document productivity company, Nitro has secured US$15 million in funding (Series B round) from top tier US venture capital firm Battery Ventures to accelerate its vision of bringing smarter documents to everyone. Prior funding comprised a Series A round of $6.6 million from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures [...] The post Aussie start-up success Nitro has secured $15 million from US VC firm Battery Ventures appeared first on Anthill Online.
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    JUAN GREAT LEAP

  • Advent Thoughts On a Hospital Couch

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

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

    Peter Cauton
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    STORM is scaling fast. Founded in January 2013 (a spinoff from my original HR startup, STORM Consulting), STORM is bent on transforming the way companies manage benefits. I’m fairly confident STORM has been among the fastest growing local startups across these last 2 years, revenue-wise. We’ve been blessed. In 2013, we proved our new business model could work – an entirely new way for companies to manage their benefits. In 2014, we started growing fast. Very fast. We’ve quadrupled both 2013 revenue AND 2013 manpower. We’re set to AT LEAST quadruple revenue again…
  • Big Picture? No, Look at the BIGGER Picture

    Peter Cauton
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    These past few months have been crazy in STORM. We started the 2014 with about 16 employees. We’re ending the year with around 50 employees and 60 more job openings. After 5-6 years hovering at around 10-15 employees, we’re now scaling at an unprecedented level. It’s been all sorts of crazy, but its been fun. It’s a riveting challenge to see just how far we can push this. This sudden shift in scale started when we realized two years ago that, “Hey, we can be more than a niche player in the industry – we could help EVERYONE out with flexible benefits.”…
  • Machine Failure!

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

    joshboyle
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 12/22/2014 - 07:15 Author:  Jo Tango - Partner, Kepha Partners Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Auctions are curious things. Moreover, the mere perception of being in an auction is more than enough to inject fear into a discussion. Auctions are curious things. Moreover, the mere perception of being in an auction is more than enough to inject fear into a discussion.I’m writing this because of two things. First, I connected recently with another VC, who commented that his firm was about to invest in its first [insert…
  • College Search and Application Process Enters the Tech Era

    joshboyle
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Do you remember your college application process? If you don’t, your parents most certainly do. Trying to provide guidance, while figuring out what it is you want in a school at the same time narrowing the list to schools in which they could afford.  Not an easy process... Do you remember your college application process? If you don’t, your parents most certainly do. Trying to provide guidance, while…
  • Talent on the Move! December 19, 2014

    Keith Cline
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Premium Company:  Actifio Percipio Media SmartBear Software Release Date:  Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:30 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - December 19, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - December 19, 2014Your 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.Jim Schuchart, Director @ SmartBear Software.  Previously, VP of Sales at Privy.
  • Wellable Wants to Simplify Your Company Wellness Program

    joshboyle
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:15 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  A finance major from the University of Georgia takes a job in investment banking after graduation, gets pouched by client he represented for a merger, falls in love with a new industry... A finance major from the University of Georgia takes a job in investment banking after graduation, gets pouched by client he represented for a merger, falls in love with a new industry and now finds himself running his startup out of…
  • 2014 in Review – The Big Monster Rounds of Funding [slideshow]

    joshboyle
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:15 Premium Company:  Acquia Actifio Bit9 + Carbon Black Blog Slideshow:  Lots of Capital to Scale for Growth Actifio Raises $100M Applause Raises $43M Teespring Raises $20M + $35M SilverRail Raises $40M Acquia Raises $50M Plus Additional Funding from Amazon SimpliSafe Raises $57M Veracode Raises $40M Savant Raises $90M BlueSnap Raises $50M ThinkingPhones Raises $56.7M Kaminario Raises $53M DataGravity Raises $50M American Well Raises $80M Bit9 + Carbon Black raises $38.25M Teaser:  2014 had many monster rounds of funding to build the…
 
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  • God Cares About Your Provision

    mholmes
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today, I wanted to let  someone else take the stage. A very special man by the name of Oswald Chambers. An author, minister, and teacher…he is more than capable to give a word on Tithehacker. So without further ado Mr. Oswald Chambers: We are made “partakers of the divine nature,” receiving and sharing God’s own […] The post God Cares About Your Provision appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How To Never Miss God’s Provision Again

    mholmes
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever felt like you missed God’s provision? Are you living a life of lack and debt going from paycheck? Do you feel like you AREN’T seeing the Promises of God come to pass in your life? And there IS an answer to that, but before we get there I want to introduce Travis […] The post How To Never Miss God’s Provision Again appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The $50 Billion State of Tithes and Offerings In America [INFOGRAPHIC]

    mholmes
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    For all its controversy tithes and offerings account for $50 billion a year in the U.S. $50 billion. What’s also interesting is that the future of tithes and offering will NOT be checks and cash. The ministries that only use these mediums are vastly more ineffective than their computer savvy counterparts. In other words more […] The post The $50 Billion State of Tithes and Offerings In America [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • LL Cool J On The Benefits of Tithing

    mholmes
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
      LL Cool J on tithing? That’s right the mega star recently shared the reasons for his success namely his faith in God and tithing: “I mentioned earlier longevity, versatility and originality. What I didn’t mention was spirituality and believing in God…Every dime I get, no matter what it is, I give 10 percent to […] The post LL Cool J On The Benefits of Tithing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Generational Blessing That Follows Giving

    mholmes
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    The longer I live the more I realize that God is concerned with generational blessings. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3 NLT) Look at that: a generational blessing. Moses told Israel, […] The post The Generational Blessing That Follows Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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  • Here@ : Find New Friend, Love Interest, or Find a Job

    Bob Debbas
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Sam McCaa”, CEO of the US based start-up “Hereat” 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 believe, in the future of tomorrow, people will use their smartphones to discover new people, find new places, purchase new products, and uncover new opportunities based on their current location; Here@ Networks is developing mobile applications to make the future a reality today. Our application will use your profile to help you…
  • Classified Post : Online Classfied Ad Website

    Bob Debbas
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Robbie Alvarez”, CEO of the US based start-up “The Classified Post” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1-What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? The Classified Post is a new online classified ad website. Users can browse ads and post free classified ads with upgrade options. All ads are displayed in a traditional newspaper format.   2- When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? The Classified Post is not currently funded. We are…
  • AlyaSal : Innovative Conservative Fashion Business

    Bob Debbas
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Rula Alami”, Founder of the Lebanon based start-up “ALYA SAL” Below is the interview we conducted with her:   1.What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?  ALYA is an innovative conservative fashion business thriving on an expanding market for fashion attire among conservative communities worldwide. We sell online to tap this large market.   2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?  Alyasal was officially launched in March 2014.
  • Test – Drive it now….

    30SimpleSystems
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    The first and the best option to get the funds is, form a fired or any relative. You can easily get funds by showing your business plan from a financially strong friend or relative. You can offer him the partnership in your business or get funds on interest free basis for a certain period of time. Govt. Organizations: The post Test – Drive it now…. appeared first on Start-Ups.Co.
  • Announcing Silk’s new and improved visualizations

    30SimpleSystems
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    We’re proud to announce Silk’s renewed visualizations today! We believe Silk is now one of the best ways to create clear and embeddable visualizations on the web. The updated charts and graphs are easier on the eyes, convey more information, and perform better. We also added a scatter plot, stacked bar chart, and donut chart visualization to the mix. Of course, the new visualizations look great as an embed: Data from world.silk.co New additions to the lineup are the scatter plot and stacked bar chart. The scatter plot chart is an excellent way to show the correlation between two tags,…
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  • 5 Healthy Tips to Adopt for All Entrepreneurs in 2015

    Tania K
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Eat, sleep, work, repeat.  Does this sound like you? Well the key element that is missing in this pattern is self-care.  This might seem scary to a lot of you, especially in the entrepreneur world.  Stopping for a break is usually not an option if you want to be successful, but what will really make you successful is being balanced in all aspects.  If you take care of yourself, your business will reap the benefits.  You will dodge burn out and you will have a calm and clear mind to tackle that next obstacle. Here are 5 tips to balance the most important building block in your business…
  • The Importance Of Comfortable Furniture For Your Business

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Many workers now spend much of their days sitting at desks staring at computer screens. On the face of it, this might not seem like a particularly hazardous activity. However, dangers can lurk even in the most seemingly benign environments. One potential problem for office workers is poor-quality seating. Chairs that don’t meet the required standards can cause their users to adopt awkward postures. In turn, this can lead to back pain and a variety of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). According to figures provided by the Health and Safety Executive, 526,000 cases of work-related MSDs were…
  • Five Tips To Identify The Cycle of Failure and Stand Out

    Jennifer McKenna
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    When success is on the line (or maybe the fence), there comes a time when all the expertise from every guru in the world doesn’t seem to be fixing your problem. You may be left to throwing your magic wands in the air in frustration or banging your head against a cubicle. This is precisely when it’s time to start taking notice of the pattern of your office experience. You will probably begin by identifying the repetitive nature of your pain and motivate yourself to take action. That’s the perfect place to start. My job is to track the pain to the root. Treating symptoms doesn’t work in…
  • 10 Business Tips for Smart Inventory Management

    Neet Narula
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Most of the small businesses work in retail, and if that’s you, then it’s imperative that you have an effective inventory management in place in order to drive efficiency and minimize shipping time. Like so many other elements of running your own business, inventory management can be a challenge, so here’s 10 smart business tips for managing your inventory efficiently: Analyze - It’s all in the upkeep. Keep an eye on your operations, regularly analyse your warehouse activity, and keep up to date with stock movement, Just because you start off organised, doesn’t mean you’ll…
  • Video: How to Motivate and Inspire Your Teams

    Neet Narula
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Here is a video by entrepreneur – Navneet Singh Narula and an example on how to motivate your teams. Navneet Narula: We are Better as One
 
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  • Ecommerce and Building A Booming Business Abroad with Ryan Coisson – TCE 056

    Scott
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today we’re very fortunate to have one of my newer buddies Ryan Coisson on the show. Me and Ryan originally connected through an entrepreneur organization I’m involved with called the Broterhood. You’ll hear more about this in the episode, but I had heard about all these guys making a fortune launching ecommerce businesses on Amazon…and when I had questions my friends said that Ryan was the guy to chat with about all things ecommerce. Ryan is a serial entrepreneur that has started all kinds of successful businesses and…
  • PEAK STATE: Using Exercise to Build Success Habits TCE – #55

    Scott
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Last week I wrote about a new project I’ve been working on called Peak State. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I’d go ahead and read that post… What is Peak State? Well it’s my attempt at creating the most motivating workout in the world and leveraging the recurring nature of working out to instill habits that enhance achievement and prosperity. If that sounds crazy or audacious….well it kind of is. This episode is an extended version of the origin story of Peak State, how its…
  • My New Project Peak State

    Scott
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    A few months ago I had this idea for a type of workout I’d never seen. At first the idea seemed a bit out there, but as I’ve introduced it to more people the feedback has been tremendously positive. The workout is called Peak State and you can read about it here. I now teach it regularly where I live in New York City and you can get a feel for the mindfulness portion of the workouts by requesting access to a sample guided meditation I created here. Anyways, this post is not a workout prescription but rather the story behind Peak State and why it exists… I think people interested…
  • UGG: Building An Iconic Brand with Brian Smith – TCE 054

    Scott
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “You can’t give birth to adults…” This is a quote from today’s guest that was something that I needed to hear and might provide peace of mind to those of you listening are in the early days of starting something new. I’m so excited to have Brian Smith, the founder of the iconic boot brand Ugg on the show. You may have seen these in just about every high school in the world not too long ago…in fact I think I bought a pair for my sister for Christmas back in the day! But Ugg wasn’t always an iconic…
  • Casper: Innovating on The Sleep Industry with Philip Krim – TCE 053

    Scott
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes So I just moved to a new apartment and I had to haul my mattress from my parents house in PA all the way to New York City… The whole process was a pain and trying to fit my queen size bed up the stairs into my place was an experience I don’t wish on anyone. Fortunately there is a company out there called Casper that is helping fix that. Today we have Casper’s CEO Phillip Krim on the show. We’re going to talk about how Casper is innovating on the entire buyer experience of purchasing a mattress. The thing that really…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Campbell Macdonald – Founder and CEO of Pathful

    Mario Schulzke
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I would start my own venture sooner, spend more time coding, and ship products faster. Campbell Macdonald is the founder and CEO of Pathful, which uses visual and action-oriented insights to help users understand what content is hurting or helping their sales. Prior to Pathful, Campbell led digital marketing programs for major brands such as BuildDirect and The Home Depot. A passionate advocate for digital measurement, Campbell is proud to be paving a better way to actionable analytics that really matter for content marketers. Where did the idea for Pathful come from? My business partner had…
  • Rahul Alim – Founder of Custom Creatives

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    Stay focused. We all have hopes and dreams, those will come true but you have to remain focused on your goals.   Rahul Alim is a successful entrepreneur with practical sales and marketing expertise. He founded Success Marketing Solutions, Inc. (SMS) in 2004 and Custom Creatives in 2006 to provide top quality Graphic Design, Web Design, Web Development, and Internet Marketing solutions for clients like you. Together with his team, they embody a strong work ethic, deliver high quality products and stellar service, and don’t stop until you love the end result. Custom Creatives has become…
  • Stephen Kurtz – CEO of MuscleSound

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    I keep the end in mind. Many ignore this rule, but doing so can lead to failure for many great ideas. It’s why people run out of money before realizing their dream. Stephen Kurtz is CEO of MuscleSound, where he oversees all aspects of the company’s operations as they relate to business development and investor relations. In addition to his work at MuscleSound, Kurtz is a managing member of Kurtz Financial — a private equity firm that specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, restructuring, and turnarounds. As a CPA, Kurtz has spent most of his career in accounting and…
  • Chad Soderholm – Co-Founder of Raglites

    Mario Schulzke
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I make a “To-Day” list every day of the top five items I need to get accomplished that day. Some days I get more than five done and some days I only may get two done, but having a list keeps me focused on moving the needle everyday. Chad Soderholm is an Idea Entrepreneur, highly-skilled producer, director, and creative professional that has applied his talents to helping brands emotionally connect with their customers. Chad is a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago with a degree in Film and Video production. Chad founded Digital Aisle, a pioneering interactive shopper marketing agency…
  • Sarah Barrett – Author of A Mom’s Guide to School Fundraising

    Mario Schulzke
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Listen to your gut. There is always lots of “chatter,” and everyone is always full of advice. I have found that when you can listen to your gut, you’re always making the best decision for you. Sarah Barrett is a former teacher with a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University. She has been fundraising for schools since 2008. She is the author of A Mom’s Guide to School Fundraising and has consulted for several schools, both public and private as well as sports teams and clubs. She has been featured on RetailMeNot.com, Scholastic: Parent & Child and The New York Times. She…
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  • The fatal pinch

    Daniel Tenner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paul Graham explains how startups that are burning through their first round of funding often don't realise they're about to die, and need to either make more money or cut expenses: There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding. It's hard to convince investors the first time too, but founders expect that. What bites them the second time is a confluence of three forces: The company is spending more now than it did the first time it raised money. Investors have much higher standards for companies that…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
  • Early stage capital in EU vs US

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've covered this topic before, obviously, but this seemed like an excellent article, worth linking to. In short, things haven't changed much since I posted those articles 4 years ago: European VCs are still slow to respond, slow to make decisions, risk-averse, overly focused on formalities like business plans, etc. But that doesn’t deter European investors from requesting a full deck, including a three-year business plan as a prerequisite to any form of conversation. If your path to profitability is not already proven, you will have a hard time getting as much as a phone call. From what I…
  • I don't know

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Mark Suster: She reminded us that in the world we live in we are often expected to be experts. We are expected to know everything and many people rush to conclusions given a limited set of information. Learning comes from starting with a point-of-view that says, “I don’t know.” I said I learned this 15 years ago because that is when I stopped being a consultant. Mark explains how the "here's an answer/solution" posture can hurt your business and your investments. This is an essential lesson for all founders, particularly since we are frequently thrown into situations where posturing…
  • Advice for ambitious 19-year olds

    Daniel Tenner
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Great read from Sam Altman, well rounded and sensible advice, providing enough context to help someone make a good decision: No matter what you choose, build stuff and be around smart people. “Stuff” can be a lot of different things—open source projects outside of class, a startup, a new sales process at a company you work at—but, obviously, sitting around talking with your friends about how you guys really should build a website together does not count. Can't disagree with that or, indeed, anything else in this article. If you're an ambitious 15-19 year old, have a read. ✶…
 
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  • Interaction Limit: Real-world constraints on digital platforms

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    Sangeet’s Note: While several factors determine the ability of a platform to enable an interaction, one of the factors is the real-world Interaction Limit for that particular interaction, as elaborated on by Devinder (guest writer) in the article below. This is specifically important for interactions where the exchange of goods and services occurs off the platform.  The Interaction Limit is the maximum geographical limit within which users from two sides of the platform would interact. The Interaction Limit for Uber may be a city. For HighLight, it may be the immediate vicinity. For Airbnb…
  • How Alibaba, Android and Airbnb change the geometry of business

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    One of the central concepts I talk about on this blog is the shift from linear business models to networked business models: from Pipes to Platforms. The business priorities while building these two contrasting forms of businesses are very different and I’ve explored that in detail in an earlier essay here. We also note that this shift has already happened in several industries. I explore that in detail in the essay here. (I would highly recommend reading both essays in tandem even if you’ve read them separately earlier.) Media has already been transformed by this shift and become…
  • Why social networks that pay you may be a bad idea

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    One of the most common questions I get asked, while talking about platforms, relates to the issue of labor on platforms. Facebook and Twitter, among others, get a lot of value from their users and make billions of dollars, but the users don’t see much kickback.   The economics of free-labor platforms Social networks like Facebook and Twitter leverage free labor from a global talent pool to deliver a business that has near-zero marginal costs of value creation. A mouthful of words but it essentially means the following. In traditional Pipe models, every act of value creation has an…
  • Why New Payment Mechanisms Fail To Take Off

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Note: This is a guest post by Karthik Shashidhar, a reader of the Platform Thinking blog and a Bangalore-based quant consultant. Karthik is a Resident Quant at the Takshashila Institution and is fascinated by the concept of liquidity, outside the financial markets, and particularly applied to platform markets.   Kenya’s hugely successful payments platform m-pesa was brought to India a couple years back by Vodafone, in association with ICICI Bank. This allows an m-pesa account holder (who is a customer of both Vodafone and ICICI Bank) to transfer money to another m-pesa account holder.
  • An 8 minute primer on Platform Thinking

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    What happens when industries start moving towards platforms? Which kinds of firms manage the transition well and which ones get left behind? What are the key factors that drive success for a firm moving towards platforms. At SIBOS 2014 in Boston last week, I was invited to deliver a short keynote on applying Platform Thinking in the Banking Industry. The keynote was followed by a TV interview with former BBC anchor Daisy McAndrews, where we discuss the basics of Platform Thinking and the characteristics of industries that manage this transformation. In particular, we discuss the following: -…
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  • Get opinions that count. With LABS!

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    We have now introduced LABs which give startups complete control over how to present their startup. Here are the features of LABs: Any startup that has a CrunchBase profile can be recommended by any Cdling Member (look for “Recommend a Startup" drop down, top right corner). Startups decide if they want to move forward with their free LAB, indicate the stage of their progress, have complete control over how much or how little information to include and have formatted emails and Twitter invitations to help them get started. Once a startup receives a few MUSEs from people they know,…
  • OFFICE HOURS ARE BACK!

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

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

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

    11 Mar 2013 | 12:22 pm
    "Angel investing - one of the leading sources of capital for the innovation economy - is undergoing rapid transformation and growth, with new social media entrants, legislative changes, and the explosion of the start-up environment." - Angel Capital Association Summit 2013 At Startup Grind 2013 conference in Silicon Valley I hosted the “No Harps or Hallows in Angel Funding” section designed to explore the changing early stage funding context.  Coming up in April, ACA Chairman David Verrill and Board Member Jean Peters have invited me to join a related panel: Crowdfunding: Wisdom…
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  • Startup Branding: 10 ways for Mobile Startups to stay ahead of Competition

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Competition is aggressive in a business and is brutal for a startup. It is better for a startup to accept the fact that, competition is an indispensable component and there is no other choice than fighting out. There are predators that want to eat up and swallow small startups like you in hopes of eliminating the competition. Do you want to fall a prey to such ruthless predators or gain the courage to withstand and fight against them. Startups tend to think, branding is a material that is intended for top businessmen and premium products. But, branding is essential for any startup and matters…
  • 8 Mobile App Live Videos, that you would love to watch

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Mobile apps have become an indispensable element of our daily life. Be it a foodie or an event or fashion or dating, we achieve everything on a tap and a slide of our mobile screen. That is just the magic of apps. Hereby, we present to you 8 exclusive live videos, each of them showcasing amazing mobile apps that you would love to use on the go. These videos will surefire provoke you to share it among your social circle. Take a sneak peek! Next Glass Ruby Couple GymTrack On My way Postmates Prong Skylock We know this is not the exhaustive list. We would like to hear from you. Share the most…
  • The CII Startupreneurs awards, 2014- ReBooting Entrepreneurship

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    In case, you had missed this event, TheStartupVideos did a brief coverage on the event, Startupreneurs organized by CII. Many of the Bigwigs from the Industry had attended the event and shared their startup journey and success stories enabling the startups to take their ideas off the ground and kickstart. The event was attended by 130 startups who were shortlisted from among 500 applications, 200 delegates, 30+ investors and mentors and speakers who are big names in the Industry like Kris Gopalakrishnan of Infosys, Lakshmi Narayanan of Cognizant, Arun Jain of Polaris, Naval Gupta from IOB and…
  • Mercedes Benz imports car building to Instagram

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Sharing photos and striking comments on Instagram is nothing new. Did you know you can build your Mercedes Benz car on Instagram? In an attempt to clear the crowd and place its new car in the front, Mercedes has transferred the feature of car customising to Instagram. Build your own GLA My car, My colour, My style. Yes. Build your own GLA is just about this. A sense of belonging and an emotional factor is tagged to the product by this exclusive feature of Mercedes that enables the user to, Form customised versions of cars. Pick their prefered colours, wheels, roof and grill options from among…
  • Why we think FileInvite Revolutionizes Office Communication?

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    What is the easiest way to communicate with your clients? Yes, you got that right, through the omnipresent Email. All over the world, and for many different purposes, thousands of people are doing exactly that. What happens when you are expecting information from many clients through Email. It becomes hard to track them- files are either too big, wrong files, late files and sometimes no files. You have this painful task of sending reminders and keeping track of all mails. FileInvite has got a simple solution that will transform the way you collect information, forever. All you have to do is…
 
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    AlleyWatch

  • Sales for Startups: Sales As Athletes

    Mark Birch
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    Everyone has that picture in his or her head of the prototypical sales rep. Not the used car salesman image, but the one of the über successful sales person: tall good looking, outgoing, and probably...
  • Chicago Mayor: NFL Draft ‘Great Opportunity’

    AlleyWatch
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    For the first time since 1964, the NFL draft will be held in Chicago. The NFL soured on Radio City Music Hall in New York after it was forced to move the draft back two weeks into May this year.
  • The Not So Great Present and the Bright Future of Mobile Web

    Alex Iskold
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    It is striking just how big the mobile web has grown, yet how poor the mobile user experience is. Sites are reporting that 50%-70% of the traffic is on mobile, yet their pages either don’t render at...
  • This NYC Startup Will Be Your Personal Digital Doorman

    AlleyWatch
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Not everyone has a doorman, and that can be a problem. Who’s there in the lobby to collect your laundry, dry cleaning, packages – even your donations to goodwill? That’s where CleanCube steps in....
  • Have Job, Will Buy Your Firm: Tech’s Acqui-Hire Trend

    CNBC
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Silicon Valley companies are getting acquisitive, but not necessarily in the traditional sense. In recent months, some investors and observers have taken aim at “acqui-hiries”—wherein a...
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  • ‘If you cant find a way out, create one’ Shibam & Ankit of TrackNext

    StartupFreak
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    Entrepreneurial Story of Shibam Sarbswa & Ankit Verma who founded TrackNext located in India About: Shibam Sarbswa, Co-Founder Ankit Verma, Founder The Team! When Started: 01/10/2014 Location: India What motivated you to start your Business? Startup Freak Tell us about your Business TrackNext.com is India’s first BSN (i.e. Business-Social-Network) where people can publish their personal as well as professional profile together at the same place. Its target is to give every member a crispy SEO of 83% without charging them even for a little investment. It also has a new feature where it…
  • Senchatouchdeveloper

    StartupFreak
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    Company Name : Senchatouchdeveloper Description : Mobile Application Development Company Company Overview : We are a mobile application development company based in India, serving clients worldwide. Our mobile app programmers make use of the framework of Sencha Touch to develop hybrid applications. Our aim is to render powerful mobile solutions which provide improved customer engagement. Every year we create hundreds of mobile apps to a number of industries like gaming, e-commerce business, entertainment, fashion and much more. Homepage URL: http://www.senchatouchdeveloper.com Industry :…
  • Spreadon Technologies

    StartupFreak
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    Company Name : Spreadon Technologies Description : Spreadon Technologies – Real Estate Digital Marketing Company Bangalore Company Overview : Spreadon Technologies is a real estate marketing company that provides lead generation and brand awareness marketing for real estate, villas, apartments and villa plots. We provide marketing for real estate companies in order to produce the following things: 1. Lead generation for the project 2. Creating Brand Awareness for the project 3. Online reputation management 4. Social Media marketing All the above strategies generates good number of…
  • Mobileapptelligence

    StartupFreak
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Company Name : Mobileapptelligence Description : Mobileapptelligence.com is a leading mobile application development services provider, working with clients in 27 countries. Company Overview : Mobile Application Development Services “Mobilize your Business & Transform your Brand” through our cutting edge Mobile Application Development Services!!! Mobileapptelligence.com is a leading mobile application development services provider, working with clients in 27 countries. With a team of 120+ mobile app developers, we strive to deliver best in class native and cross platform…
  • NexBrands Inc

    StartupFreak
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    Company Name : NexBrands Inc Description : Brand & Marketing Consultancy Firm Company Overview : Homepage URL: http://nexbrands.in Industry : Marketing Number of Employees : Location : M-10, 2nd Floor, Greater Kailash II (Market), New Delhi – 110048, India Key People : Chandrika Maheshwari, Saurav Dasgupta Social Links
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    Onboardly

  • Here’s Your $5000 Content Marketing Plan

    Renee Warren
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    So, you want to start doing content marketing for your business. That’s great to hear! What convinced you to finally make the investment? Was it the fact that inbound marketing shaves an average of 13% off the cost of lead generation? Or maybe it was hearing that content marketing ROI is greater than the ROI of paid search. Whatever the reason, I’m just glad you made the decision to get started. Before we go any further, I want to clear the air on a very important point, one that often gets overlooked: the act of creating content is not content marketing — it’s copywriting.
  • Keep Your Marketing Efforts Afloat With Demand Marketing [Infographic]

    Renee Warren
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Don’t lose your sea legs when you start thinking about customer acquisition and marketing. Using an integrated mix of traditional and digital marketing techniques, what we call Demand Marketing, will deliver you to your destination without running your ship aground. Ahoy Mateys! Demand Marketing is as easy as relating all the pieces to parts of a ship. You’ll know your hull from your bow and your ROI from your PR once you finish reading this chart. Set your compass and head south. Time to embark on a great journey! Photo Credit: Unsplash Share this Image On Your Site…
  • Startup Founders: How to get More Done Without Working More Hours

    Guest Post
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    As an entrepreneur, you get pulled in a lot of directions. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat down at my computer with the intention of doing one thing, only to spend the entire day handling 10 other super-urgent issues that came up and got in the way. And while I’m busy putting out fires, I always imagine, “Well, I’ll get to that other thing later, when I have a little more time.” How often do you push things aside for later today or tomorrow, when you think, in theory, that you’ll have more time to do them? And then how often do those things get done in a rush, right…
  • What Journalists Are Most Thankful For This Thanksgiving

    Crystal Richard
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Oh Thanksgiving… Turkey, stuffing, apple pies, stretchy pants!  Another year of desperately trying to explain to your relatives what a startup is, what you actually do at work and that no – you don’t know Zuckerberg. It’s the official kick-off to the holiday season and this year, we wanted to celebrate with friends of Onboardly, south of the Canadian border. We reached out to some of our favorite journalists to ask them to share with us what they’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here’s what we found out! Friends and Family “When you’re self-employed and…
  • How to Make Transparency Work in Your Startup

    Renee Warren
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    Let’s say you’re at a dinner party and making small talk with a few guests seated near you. One guest talks loudly and excitedly about their work, dishing dirt on their boss and office drama. The other responds to questions with single word answers and smiles enigmatically, not revealing much about their life. And the third guest shares entertaining anecdotes about their children, and speaks openly and honestly about their passion for local politics. Who would you want to spend the rest of the evening talking to? Who would you trust with your own views and opinions? It’s likely that you…
 
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  • How To Be Productive During The Holiday Season

    Kiera Abbamonte
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When the holiday season rolls around, all filled with cheer, the nights may be silent, but the days are crazy. And small business owners have it twofold. This time of year, you’re bound to find yourself busy as an elf no matter what business you’re in. The good news is we have your definitive how-to for staying productive during the holidays without losing your mind. You might even have a little fun, too! Get In The Mood When you look past all the commitments and stress, the holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year. Despite just being fun, keeping this in mind and embracing…
  • Writing Apps for Entrepreneurs: Make Your Writing Better

    Kaleigh Moore
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    For entrepreneurs, many skills are learned through simple trial and error. They become experts in their industries by learning everything they can and then expanding upon that knowledge base by putting theory into practice. But when it comes to writing, many small business owners can’t seem to gain any headway. No matter how many times they’ve sat down in front of a blank screen, the words never seem to look and sound the way they want them to. That’s why today, we’ve gathered a list of writing apps and tools that can help break through that barrier and turn anyone…
  • Assessing the Past Year: How Did Your Small Business Perform?

    Kaleigh Moore
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the year comes to a close, it’s a time for reflection. It’s a time to look back at another year of business performance and to assess your work. It’s a time to see where improvements can be made and when to celebrate your successes, too. But sometimes, it’s hard to know where to begin. Sure, it sounds easy to think back on the year, look at the numbers, and decide if you’re happy with the results. But there are specific areas of business performance you should focus on to help give you a well-rounded view of the details–so that next year, you know…
  • 5 Biggest Fears For Small Business Owners (And How To Fight Them)

    Kiera Abbamonte
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Owning a small business is filled with things to be afraid of at every stage of the game, no matter if you started business yesterday or 20 years ago. Big fears are real, and they can be hard to deal with, but a big part of being an entrepreneur is finding a way to master them. We asked real small business owners what their biggest fears are and how they’ve overcome them. Here’s some inspiration: Fear #1: The Instability of Working For Yourself When you have your own business, there are bound to be a few ups and downs. And you probably knew this going in. But when you’re just getting…
  • 10 Small Business Tools To Make Your Life Easier

    Kiera Abbamonte
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to running a small business, time and effort are precious resources, and the last thing you wanna do is waste them. Not to mention there are some skills that you just don’t have. Thankfully, there are oodles of tools available to make your life as a small business owner much easier. From marketing to accounting, communicating, and more – we’ve pulled together 10 awesome tools that will have you breathing a huge sigh of relief! Marketing 1. BoostSuite BoostSuite is a tool that helps to optimize web marketing for small businesses. It’s the ultimate tool for beginners and…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Ear-O-Smart

    Eleanor Wall
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    New post on Digital Journal featuring Windsor wearables startup, Ear-O-Smart. Their talented team is bringing data-tracking technology to your earlobes.
  • MediaNest - Video Distribution Made Simple - In the Spotlight

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If the pundit predictions hold true, 2015 is set to see explosive growth within the video marketing sector. Due to a combination of factors including mobile-first viewers, increased viewership across multiple demographics, and massive growth within the video app sector, brands are likely to double-down on their video creation efforts. With a need to not only create video content but to distribute and analyze the ROI of their video creations, brand marketers will have their hands full trying to manage their video marketing efforts. Luckily, there is a young startup company offering a solution…
  • In the Spotlight - Captable

    Eleanor Wall
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Captable- Cap table management, stored in the cloud- Issue stock classes- Issue convertible instruments- Grant stock options- Stockholder summaries- Round modelling- Exit modelling- Audit logs- Concierge service available upon request- Invite-only captable sharing Captable.io
  • In the Spotlight - H+Technology

    Eleanor Wall
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    New post on Digital Journal featuring up-and-coming Vancouver startup H+Technology. This hot new startup plans to bring interactive holographic projections to your home. Crowdfunding campaign starting in 2015. Check 'em out and share!
  • In the Spotlight - Startups Disrupting the Shipping Industry

    Eleanor Wall
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you still using traditional shipping methods like UPS, FedEX, or the USPS? Before you ship another package, don't you think it's time you investigated the multitude of startup companies disrupting the shipping industry? Following are a few finds for those willing to #ThinkDifferent when it comes to shipping options:Shyp | The easiest way to ship anything. Swapbox - Send and receive packages Postmaster - the easiest way to ship packages Boxc Doorman - Evening Package Delivery On Request ShipHawk | Online Shipping Quotes - Freight Shipping, Furniture Shipping, Antique Shipping and more!
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  • I do not take shortcuts with other people’s money: Khailee Ng

    Hendry Pratama
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    The Managing Partner of 500 Startups, in a freewheeling conversation, talks about approaching investing with care and nuance, the time machine concept, and much more When Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups, was 15 years old, he learnt how to build websites using hand-coded HTML and notepad. At that time, he used to look at newspaper advertisements for companies that didn’t have a website and try to build websites for them. Later, he studied business, and after graduating decided to choose working for a startup over a management consulting firm. Initially, he worked for…
  • Uber ‘violating’ Taiwan law by operating without relevant license

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    The Deputy Director of Taiwan’s transport ministry today described the situation as ‘vexing’ due to a lack of precedent for such a case in the country Image credit: Michael Chen / Flickr Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications has today said that Uber is operating illegally in the country as it only possesses a licence to provide information services, rather than transport services. Reuters news agency reports that the transport ministry is ‘investigating the possibility of blocking access to the US company’s website and mobile…
  • Withlocals wants to be the Airbnb of food and local experiences in Asia

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Along with being a booming market for business, Withlocals Co-founder says he loves the ‘fight’ of Asian entrepreneurs and the region’s culture Image credit: Withlocals Withlocals is a Netherlands-based online marketplace that connects travellers with locals through food and experiences. It wants to do for these areas what Airbnb has done for accommodation, but the focus is currently on Southeast Asia — soon to include Europe and eventually China. The startup secured a US$500,000 seed round in September 2013 from Greenhouse Group, a company in the Netherlands that…
  • Coins.ph rolls out remittance withdrawal at 450 Philippine ATMs

    Rahil Bhagat
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    The Bitcoin exchange and wallet service has partnered with ATMs in the Philippines to turn them into Bitcoin cash terminals Bitcoin exchange and wallet service Coins.ph has launched a new cash payout option via 450 partner ATM machines. The service will cater mainly to Filipino foreign workers by allowing Coins.ph wallet users to transfer any amount between PHP 500 (US$12) to PHP 10,000 (US$225) to friends and relatives back home in the Philippines, which can be withdrawn instantly. Remittance is big business because every year an estimated 2.3 million foreign Filipino workers send…
  • This sleeve charges your mobile phone wirelessly

    Rahil Bhagat
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    Singaporean startup, Novelsys is developing Ampere, a wireless charger for mobile phones that will make tangled wires a thing of the past The Ampere sleeve   Meet Ampere, a portable charger with a revolutionary twist. It’s completely wireless! Designed and created by Novelsys, a small Singaporean startup — not even a year old and run by university students — Ampere on the outside, looks like a normal leather phone sleeve. In reality, the inside of the sleeve is filled with cutting edge tech that forms the basis of the Ampere device. Slot your phone into the sleeve and…
 
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    Tech in Asia

  • China now has 520M smartphone users, will top 700M by 2018

    Steven Millward
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    China currently has 519.7 million active smartphone users, according to new data from Emarketer. The new research shows that the figure will rise to 574.2 million Chinese smartphone users by 2015, representing half of all mobile phone users in the country. Looking even further ahead, Emarketer anticipates that more than half of the entire population of China will have a smartphone by 2018 as the number edges past 700 million. China’s top search engine recently estimated that the nation has 386 million active Android users (at Q2 2014). Mixing and matching numbers from different sources…
  • Line CEO stepping down, COO to take over messaging app’s transformation

    J.T. Quigley
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    In a surprise announcement, Japan’s blockbuster messaging service Line announced that current CEO Akira Morikawa will step down in March, passing the torch at a high point of success, expansion into promising new territory, and a likely 2015 IPO. Morikawa will be succeeded by current COO Takeshi Idezawa, whose promotion may have been foreshadowed at Line Conference Tokyo 2014 back in October. At that event, Idezawa personally introduced the Line Pay and Line Taxi features – presenting Line as a “smartphone gateway for your life,” not a mere messaging app. Line’s push to be an…
  • 500 Startups’ Khailee Ng steps down from MaGIC, agency budget slashed

    Tech in Asia
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    NEWS BRIEF: Entrepreneur and 500 Startups managing partner Khailee Ng has stepped down from his post on the board of directors of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) … The coming year will also see the agency operating with a smaller budget compared with its inaugural year, according to MaGIC CEO Cheryl Yeoh. Source: Digital News Asia See more: 500 Startups promotes Khailee Ng to managing partner This post 500 Startups’ Khailee Ng steps down from MaGIC, agency budget slashed appeared first on Tech in Asia.
  • Baidu now has an eye in the sky with launch of new flight tracker app

    Steven Millward
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
    There are 904 airplanes in Chinese airspace right now. One plane just flew near my apartment as its journey from Chengdu to Shanghai nears the end. I know that because I’m playing around with a new plane tracking app – which includes some augmented reality trickery – that came out today, made by Chinese search engine giant Baidu. The app, called Baidu Tianyan (tianyan could be translated as “eye in the sky”), will be familiar to anyone who uses FlightAware, the app that was in the news earlier this year as people sought to understand what on earth happened to the…
  • Toge Productions puts a new spin on the cookie clicker game

    Mary-Anne Lee
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    What’s a cookie clicker game? If you’ve never heard of the genre, think of its latest, most successful adopter: Bitcoin Billionaire. The cookie clicker game, first popularized by the spoof Facebook game Cow Clicker, involves the player doing one simple action (clicking or tapping, depending on your platform of choice) and slowly accumulating more and more wealth. In Bitcoin Billionaire, tapping the screen gets you more bitcoins. In Cookie Clicker, you earn cookies. And in Toge Productions’ latest game, Must-a-Mine, where you click to mine deeper and deeper into the earth’s crust, you…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Swedish startups at the epicenter of Le Web 2014

    Per Bergström
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Numerous are the festival-like startup conferences that have popped up around Europe in recent years. Phenomena such as Web Summit in Dublin and Slush in Helsinki gathered tens of thousands of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors earlier this fall. Last week, the 11th edition of the established for digital innovation – Le Web – took place in Paris. Swedish Startup Space was there to check it out, talk to the startups representing Sweden and learn more about the latest in the world of digital innovation. At this year’s Le Web, fifteen Swedish startups had been selected to be…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – December 20 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Safello Opens Up UK Bitcoin Market With Local Bank Partner Safello announces its launch in the United Kingdom with support for Faster Payments, BAC and CHAPS. The company confirms it has established a local banking relationship to ensure the speedy delivery of bitcoins to UK citizens and companies. Just a month after launch, Auxy is featured in the App Store Best of 2014 Auxy, the Stockholm based startup who…
  • Swedish Startup Space: 2014 Review

    Anders Hassis
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:15 am
    Last year, we covered the Swedish Startup Year 2013. Well, we are just about to close 2014 and for the Swedish startup community, it’s been a big one. Sthlm TechFest The inaugural Sthlm TechFest took place. 3000 people, 100 startups, 40 speakers, 13 foodtrucks, 2 DJs and 1 spectacular event. With a pre-day VIP super-cruise and dinner culminating at the Absolut Atelier, and auxiliary events including Klarna’s Women_Create/Tech event, and STING’s onsite startup/Investor matchups, the day was filled with great content in all-day panels on topics ranging from gaming, CSR,…
  • Mobile banking service Qapital raises $1.3M in seed investment from Northzone

    Anders Hassis
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Qapital is building a banking service that helps millennials to save and spend in a smart way, even when they’re letting the good times roll. It features a pre-paid debit card, a personalized mobile app with finance and budgeting features, and the security of FDIC-backed savings. It’s currently in private beta in the US market, and the company has just raised a $1.3M seed investment led by Northzone to build out a team, expand its US and Swedish operations, and fully launch the product. The round has been led by early Spotify investor and board member, and Northzone partner Pär-Jörgen…
  • Are you a Startup Day 2015 Early-Bird?

    Marwan Ayache
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “The best thing about the future is that it comes one Startup Day at a time.” -Abraham Lincoln And the best thing about Startup Day is that it’s happening again. What is Startup Day? Startup Day was founded by the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship ten years ago, and has since evolved into an all-day event (on Saturday) for founders, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, business developers, students, investors, media reps and everyone else interested in the startup scene. It connects Stockholm to the world, and is a nexus of serendipity for the 1000+ people who attend…
 
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  • How To Create A Stock Option Plan For Your Startup

    Willow Novell
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    More often than not, especially in the early stages of your startup, you don’t have enough money to compensate the people that are helping your company grow. And even if you do have some early funds, you probably need to spend it on banal things such as marketing, software development, office space, or that growing stack of bills, otherwise there […] The post How To Create A Stock Option Plan For Your Startup appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Grow-UP Spain Will Connect Spanish Startups With International Investors

    Sven Huber
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    When it comes to solving Spain’s unemployment problem, creating a startup-friendly environment is one of the priorities of Spanish politicians on all levels, from local city governments to the central government. And within Spain (and Europe) Barcelona is definitely one of the hot spots and hubs for startups, and events like the Mobile World Congress, […] The post Grow-UP Spain Will Connect Spanish Startups With International Investors appeared first on Barcinno.
  • WeNode 2014: This Is How We Node.JS Barcelona-style

    Sam Hutchings
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    WeNode was a one-day, not for profit conference focused on nodeJS, server-side and embedded JavaScript technologies. It was run by BarcelonaJS for the JavaScript community and hosted in the Mobile World Centre in the middle of Barcelona. I was invited along to take a look. The Day and Talks The morning started with us all […] The post WeNode 2014: This Is How We Node.JS Barcelona-style appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startupbootcamp IoT & Data (@sbcIoT_Data)

    Scott Mackin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    Company:  Startupbootcamp IoT & Daya Area: Startup Accelerator Location: Barcelona Role: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (5) Do you want to immerse yourself in a vibrant startup ecosystem, add value to 10 startups or maybe even join one of them at the end of the ride, this is your best bet! Startupbootcamp IoT & Data in Barcelona has a mission: accelerating 10 […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startupbootcamp IoT & Data (@sbcIoT_Data) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Spain Gives Uber The Boot, Is France Next?

    Scott Mackin
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The weekend can’t come soon enough for the ride-sharing app Uber. Disaster is unfolding across continents for the fast-growing San Francisco-based startup recently valued at €40.000.000.000. On Monday, Uber was banned in New Delhi after a driver allegedly raped a female passenger. On the same day, the Dutch courts ruled that Uber’s operations in Holland […] The post Spain Gives Uber The Boot, Is France Next? appeared first on Barcinno.
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  • Uber declared illegal in Thailand

    Christian Walter
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    The “startup” Uber has been declared illegal in Thailand and drivers will now face high fines if they continue to service passengers. Department of Land Transport director-general Teerapong Rodprasert said the reasons are that vehicles are improperly registered fares not in line with regulated rates drivers do not own proper licenses and discrimination against customers without credit cards. The outrage among consumers is huge, and the Facebook page of Voice of Taxis is flooded with discussions and comments. Thailand’s has seen Easy- and Grab- Taxi entering the market before Uber…
  • New beginnings

    Christian Walter
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    It has been a while since the last post on this page, as you can see. From now on the focus of the page will shift a bit. Andrey and I originally had the idea to write comprehensive articles about the community, but since we never intended to make money out of this, it has always been a side project. At the end of last year Andrey decided to leave to Copenhagen, which left me writing by myself – apart from rare cases were my friends contributed to the blog (much appreciated!). Interviewing a startup and publishing an article takes about a week and that is just not feasible at the moment.
  • Marketplaces

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • WordPress Developer Needed

    Ryan Moore
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Right now we’re really busy at Uncanny Owl, so we’re building out the team to improve our capacity and capability. That means we have an immediate need for a part-time WordPress developer, ideally in the Toronto area. We need someone who’s done a lot of work with WordPress customizations. Great PHP and CSS skills are critical, but we need someone who’s comfortable interacting with clients and who can work independently too. If you or someone you know wants to work with us, check out all of the details at http://www.uncannyowl.com/contract-wordpress-developer/. The post WordPress…
  • LearnDash Demo Site Update

    Ryan Moore
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    We launched a big update to our LearnDash demo site earlier today. At first glance, the updates might not be obvious; after all, the site is less about look & feel than it is about showcasing what can be accomplished with LearnDash and WordPress. What you will definitely notice is that an account is now required to use the demo. While this does mean an extra step is required to use the site, it also means that it’s a lot easier for visitors to reliably test progress tracking, achievements and more. So what else has changed? Our old login page is gone; we had a handful of issues that we…
  • WP Courseware 3.0 Released

    Ryan Moore
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Fly Plugins released a big update to WP Courseware on Thursday, bringing it up to version 3.0. The update primarily brings enhancements to quizzes that help to bring it more in line with what competitors like LearnDash and Sensei are offering. Question pools, randomization, timed quizzes, feedback and more are all now available. The video below outlines some of the highlights. If you already have a WP Courseware site, you’ll notice a number of changes to quizzes after you upgrade. The quiz creation interface is quite different; everything is divided into tabs. Of course, there’s still…
 
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    NextShark

  • Fired CEO of American Apparel Says He is Living on a Couch, Only Has $100,000 Left

    Sebastian Dillon
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    American Apparel’s ex-CEO and sexual predator, Dov Charney, is now feeling a little butt hurt that he was booted from the company he built into a hipster fashion empire and female employee buffet. He stopped by Bloomberg News in an untelevised segment to play the victim card, telling host Trish Regan that he’s living on a friend’s couch, he only has $100,000 left, and he’s planning to sue everyone and somehow pull a “Steve Jobs” and get his company back. Charney is upset he pledged 43 percent of his stake in the company to hedge fund Standard General while they investigated his…
  • Sony Once Insulted Mark Cuban By Offering Him $30,000 Per Episode of ‘Shark Tank’

    Jacob Wagner
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    While Sony’s mountains of dirty laundry are still being aired out after the cyberattacks, here’s an interesting exchange that’s floated to the surface between Mark Cuban and Sony, who produces the show “Shark Tank” on ABC. Sony once tried to do some negotiating of their own with the billionaire Shark — their offer? $30,000 per episode. His response in email was very typical of Cuban: “seriously? no chance… this is beyond an insult and it shows no one cares about the investments I have made or the entrepreneurs now it’s really business.. I will negotiate like any…
  • South African Singer Accuses Her Uber Driver of Sexual Harassment

    Editorial Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
    As if Uber hasn’t gotten enough bad press lately in regards to their drivers and company practices, South African singer Nikki Williams tweeted Saturday morning that she was sexually harassed by one of the company’s drivers. Just reported my Uber driver for sexual Harrassment. He tried to grab & kiss on me in my own driveway. Fought him off and ran inside. #WTF — Nikki Williams (@nikkiwilliams) December 20, 2014 According to Business Insider, Williams managed to fight off her driver and report the incident to Uber. The ridesharing company was quick to respond and provided…
  • Sipping Coffee While Smoking Weed is Now a Reality

    Foodbeast
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    This could be the perfect gag gift for your uptight best friend, or the perfect gift in general for your pot-smoking, hippie best friend. It really is a fantastic gift no matter how you twist it. PipeMugs combine two guilty pleasures, as you can drink your morning coffee and take your traditional morning hit using the same device. They are sold by Zang Products and don’t come cheap. For one of these ceramic, handcrafted mugs/pipes, you’ll have to fork up $49.99. So you really have to decide how much you like the intended recipient of this gift. We’ve learned that stoners…
  • Millionaire NBA Heiress Proves That Nepotism is Alive and Well

    Alan Van
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    For every super rich entrepreneur, there is usually also an offspring … And so it is that we have Anjali Ranadive, the 21-year-old daughter of Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, whose estimated $700 million net worth is derived in part from the $4.3 billion sale of Tibco, a software company he founded in 1997. Anjali, who is already a rising Instagram star (welcome to 2014), is now contributing to society straight out of the University of California, Berkeley by setting course toward being a celebrity elbow-rubbing, “jet-setting singer,” according to the New York Post (God bless…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Five reasons why most new startups won’t make it in 2015

    Editor
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    By Julian Bolster Most new businesses fail within the first 18 months and it’s no different for startups, unfortunately. The following five reasons are usually the most prominent reasons for this. Fear not, there are several meaningful ways to navigate the potholes along the way and manage the process on the road to success. Startups and their leaders don’t know how to scale Most startup entrepreneurs approach their businesses by working harder, not smarter, meaning they become their largest asset for getting work done and making a profit. As the business grows, these CEOs are likely…
  • Friday Lightning Pitches: myphoner, inome, Achieve Lending, Noizio, Roadmunk

    Editor
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    COMPANY: myphoner PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: myphoner is tailored to freelancers and small teams doing B2B cold calling. Many small sales teams use either Excel spreadsheets or some big CRM system like Salesforce to manage their leads when cold calling. These both have their pros and cons. Spreadsheets are cheap, but they are also inefficient, error prone, and they can’t be split dynamically between your team members; while CRM systems often suffer from an overkill of features, are too expensive, and require too much training when the task at hand is ‘just’ cold calling.
  • ParcelBright brings an end-to-end parcel shipping solution to UK businesses

    Editor
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    A Q&A with ParcelBright founder and CEO Daniel Lipinski. The London-based startup, which offers businesses in the UK a ‘one stop’ package delivery platform, last week announced a $1 million Seed funding raise. Investors include Forward Partners, Talis Capital, Avonmore Developments and Howzat Partners. It was founded last year by Lipinski and CTO Carlos Vilhena. SUB: Please describe ParcelBright and your primary innovation. Lipinski ParcelBright provides a one-stop parcel delivery solution for businesses of all sizes. We tailor rates to the size and requirements of each of our…
  • Spot.IM wants to make every website its own social network

    Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    A Q&A with Spot.IM co-founder and CEO Nadav Shoval. The Tel Aviv-based startup, which enables website publishers to add an on-site social networking component, had its public launch last month. It was founded in 2012 by Shoval and CTO Ishay Green. SUB: Please describe Spot.IM and your primary innovation. Shoval Spot.IM empowers website owners and publishers to turn their websites into a dedicated social network driven by their own content, essentially freeing them from depending on external social network giants like Facebook and Twitter. We’ve spent two years developing social network…
  • Virtuix gets big funding for a big idea: Fully-immersive virtual reality

    Editor
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    A Q&A with Virtuix co-founder and CEO Jan Goetgeluk. The Houston, Texas-based startup, which has built a hardware platform that allows users to move naturally while in virtual reality applications, announced last week the closing of a $2.7 million Seed funding round. Investors include Radical Investments, Scout Ventures, Scentan Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Tekton Ventures and 2020 Ventures. The company was founded last year and previously raised more than $3 million through two earlier Seed rounds. SUB: Please describe Virtuix and your primary innovation. Goetgeluk: Virtuix…
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    thinkfuture

  • The Future Is Magic

    Chris Kalaboukis
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The future: looks a lot like the past… It’s funny – a lot of times when people think about the future – they think about super futuristic cities, super streamlined cars and all sorts of visible technology in the forefront. If I had a penny for all of the videos and images of the future which I think are completely wrong, then I’d definitely be rich. You see, my vision of the future falls along the same lines of where one of my favorite authors Arthur C. Clarke wrote in his third law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Our…
  • Exponential Organizations: A Book Review

    Chris Kalaboukis
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I think I must have recommended this book to at least 15 people, and that’s only in the last few days. I can’t remember the last time I did that for any book. I used to work at Yahoo! during Salim’s tenure at Brickhouse (I ran the internal innovation group, shepherding ideas from employees to product or patent ) and in this book, he and his co-authors hit the nail on the head. Even though they don’t say that this is a blueprint to envisioning, developing and launching an exponential organization like Uber, AirBnB it may as well be one. This is a powerful book. I read…
  • Kennedy Goes Back To The Future

    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Does anyone here remember when President Kennedy announced that we would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade? Probably not – was before most of our time: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. and what happened? We got a man on the moon before the end of the decade… Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18…
  • Google Is Your Dad

    Chris Kalaboukis
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Flickr / Prupert Do you remember the days when you used to go to your dad – or your mom – or your extended older family – in order to get advice and information on things? Your dad seemed to know everything, right? If you had a question on almost everything – why is the sky blue – why is the grass green – all of those how and why questions, he knew the answer. Weren’t we always in awe of his seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of everything?  He’d teach you how to iron shirts and shine your shoes (do people still do that?), barbecue meat, and not…
  • The Future Of Work

    Chris Kalaboukis
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
      Are you still working in a company where everyone comes into the same office, Monday to Friday, generally from 9-5? Does your CEO frown on telecommuting or outsourcing? Are you clinging to outmoded ways of working, since its what you’ve always done? Back in 2002, I read a book called “Free Agent Nation” by Dan Pink. In this book, he predicted that the typical corporate job would disappear over time and that in its stead, everyone would become an independent contractor who would work for themselves. There was no more conception of working for a company as an employee…
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • The startup jobs posts you loved the most in 2014

    John Gannon
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Yep, it’s that time of year. We’re in ‘best of’ season again! So here are the most popular posts from startupcareeradvice.com in 2014 as “voted” by your clicks. Don’t let them forget you – a networking tip from one of the top VC’s in the world These top startups are all hiring people like you – we went nuts and researched jobs across 100 different startups and pointed out the jobs you should apply for Startup COO explains startup finance and operations jobs – if you ever wondered about the job of a startup COO, go no further…
  • Startup Career Advice for 12/18/14

    John Gannon
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Blake Harris writes for OpenView about 10 rules for being a VP of Marketing in a startup. Brendon Cassidy writes on LinkedIn about 10 rules for being a VP of Sales in 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 Career Advice for 12/18/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 12/16/14

    John Gannon
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Breakout List writes about the reasons for joining a breakout company. Steli Efti writes for Close.io about a sales rep onboarding hack. 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 12/16/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 12/10/14

    John Gannon
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The Skimm is hiring an MBA Business Development intern. Sawhorse Media is hiring a Business Development Associate for Muck Rack 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 12/10/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 12/8/14

    John Gannon
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Yours truly writes a letter to his 22 year old self. UserVoice, a software-as-a-service provider of customer support tools, is hiring a Sales Development Representative in San Francisco. 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 12/8/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Accredible

  • 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…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 9

    Swati Kumar
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    << Week 8 Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development.    A Reflection on the Value of a Programming Bootcamp: It is hard to believe over 2 months…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 8

    Swati Kumar
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    << Week 7 Week 9 >> Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   The Wonders of Firebase:  Before I build (or rebuild without the…
  • Exploits in Education: Week 6 and 7

    Elizabeth Randell
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Welcome Back! One of the best things about MOOCs are their flexibility.  If life gets in the way one week, you pick up and continue on in the next.  Discovering Business in Society has been a thoroughly enjoyable course – but I feel like it deserves my best focus and attention and sometimes…a week slips by…. This week we are going to look at a few points from week 6 and 7.  There were a couple of points that I wanted to explore further : Just because it is legal, is it Ethical?, Tax Avoidance, Auditors: Who do they really work for?  Get settled and lets set off on this…
  • Featuring Open Yale

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

  • New York City Casino School and Casino Events Venue Set to Open.

    Kevin
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    New York City Casino School and Casino Events Venue Set to Open. The Big Deal Casino Academy, on 28th St and 5th Ave, is poised to become the first licensed Casino school in NY State. Big Deal will be training students to work in the burgeoning New York casino industry as well as the casinos that will be opening in and near NYC in the next several years. The three new Upstate Casinos will hire over 4,000 new employees and the estimated salary is $20-40/hr. Plans. Big Deal plans on working with the new casinos to assist them in their entry level staffing as well as developing relationships…
  • SolarHug Bracelet Harnesses the Power of the Sun to Make Smartphone Charging Easy.

    Kevin
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    SolarHug Bracelet Harnesses the Power of the Sun to Make Smartphone Charging Easy. Pavol Bujna was a student of electrical engineering when he left for Reading in the UK in search of fortune. Pavol started to earn his living by working as an apprentice in a workshop at nights but he spent his days in developing a futuristic bracelet-shaped prototype of solar charger. The young inventor’s deep research and sleepless nights did not go in vain as within a year, he was able to launch SolarHug, which looks and weighs pretty much like a bracelet but is in fact a solar charger in itself. The…
  • Inbox Messenger Raises $3.9 Million in Seed Round Funding.

    Kevin
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Inbox Messenger Raises $3.9 Million in Seed Round Funding. Inbox Messenger, a design-centric messaging app that makes conversation personal again, announced today that it has completed a $3.9 million seed round funding from a group of angel investors. Inbox Messenger will leverage funding to grow engineering and product teams to focus on enhancing its real-time communications infrastructure, new features and expanded customer service support for its growing user base. “Our vision has always been to design Inbox Messenger with simplicity and elegance to create a comfortable and intimate way…
  • Wedgies.com Closes $700 Thousand Seed Round Led By Greycroft Partners.

    Kevin
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Wedgies.com Closes $700 Thousand Seed Round Led By Greycroft Partners. Wedgies.com, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) venture to redefine the survey market by transforming the way poll data is collected, announced today a $700 thousand Seed financing, which brings the total funding raised to more than $1.2 mm. Greycroft, a leading early-stage venture capital firm, led the round with participation from Tony Hsieh’s Vegas Tech Fund, KBS+ Ventures, and Battle Born Venture. Wedgies. Wedgies has seen tremendous growth in the past 12 months—powering polling across 10 million pages and 2 million…
  • PadStyler Launches First Virtual Curb Appeal Enhancement Service.

    Kevin
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    PadStyler Launches First Virtual Curb Appeal Enhancement Service. PadStyler (http://www.PadStyler.com) today announced that it is launching an industry first virtual curb appeal enhancement service to help real estate agents sell homes faster. This new service offering is a natural extension for PadStyler, which already provides virtual home staging and real estate marketing consulting services to agents across the world. PadStyler. As part of this service, PadStyler can take the exterior picture of any real estate listing and enhance it by adding sunnier sky, greener grass and brighter…
 
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • How To Optimise Your Checkout With Customer Support

    Guest Blogger
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Marta Wadsworth who is part of the Marketing Team at Userlike The checkout is the most crucial moment for any online business, it is the focal point of all … Read more The post How To Optimise Your Checkout With Customer Support appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • One Year With Direct Debit

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    When you’re in a startup it’s very easy to get caught up in the thick of things – making time fly by so quickly and things easy to forget. This time last year we introduced … Read more The post One Year With Direct Debit appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • 11 Best Sources For Free High Resolution Images

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    It’s hard enough creating content without having to worry about finding the perfect image for your blog post, website, or presentations. And the big question is always, “where do I find free high quality photos?”. Ideally you … Read more The post 11 Best Sources For Free High Resolution Images appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • Our response to the POODLE bug

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    A new security flaw was discovered yesterday which affects the SSL 3.0 protocol. For a brief summary, the POODLE bug – which is Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption for short – makes it possible … Read more The post Our response to the POODLE bug appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • The Hackathon Survival Guide

    Yann Irbah
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Hackathons are one of my passions. They remind me of my student days when I was pulling all nighters with my friends to finish up coding a project on time. Except you don’t struggle for … Read more The post The Hackathon Survival Guide appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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    Twoodo

  • A Video Marketing Win – Why B2B Companies Should Use Video Content

    David Arnoux
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! 28000+ views on youtube, 1530 unique leads and first page Google rankings for over 15 expressions… Our [accidental] video content success story There’s no denying the engagement that video uniquely commands. It is the one format that stands out in people’s memories, far better than written or audio-only versions of information. The Video Brewery states impressive numbers with regard to video: 80% of people remember watching a video ad, and 46% took action after watching. You can argue that those numbers are coming from a biased source – but you…
  • “It’s not an immediate priority” Security Advice for B2C and B2B Tech Startups

    denis
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Security was not something our first users asked us about. I mean, we are an early-stage collaboration tool startup in a competitive space. It didn’t seem to be that individual users or small teams were interested in that too much. Under pressure to improve our cohorts of user retention, we focused on making a beautiful and (sticky) product first. “In this case, ignorance is not bliss” – Sonja de Vries, ilionX In April 2014, we presented Twoodo at the Social Now conference. Against industry behemoths like IBM and Oracle, our tool shone…
  • Future Of Work | Statistics And Trends

    David Arnoux
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! We thought you’d love these delicious statistics and trends on the future of work… Horizontal hierarchy, flexible work arrangements, holacracy, social collaboration tools, access to information…if you’re interested in the future of work, these statistics and trends are for you. So it all started when we read that according to a McKinsey Study on the Social Economy, social collaboration tools could increase employee productivity by 20-25%. We thought WOW that’s huge!! After reading some more we found that this same study shows that…
  • Snackable Stats About Company Communication And Collaboration Today

    denis
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Snackable Stats About Company Communication And Collaboration Today At Twoodo we’ve read almost every white paper and report on team collaboration and workforce communication. All in all it’s probably taken us a hundred hours to go through all those documents. We wanted to start sharing the most interesting findings in the form of small infographics. Just to make it more digestable. So if you’re hungry for snackable stats about company communication and collaboration, you’ll love these… The first stat that really stood out came out of a Holmes report…
  • Why The Shared To Do List Is Linked To Our Ancient Past..And Wheat

    denis
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Rice or Wheat? Depending on what your forefathers grew, it affects how you collaborate now! When we want a break from revolutionizing the ways teams communicate at Twoodo, our whole team likes to dive deep into the history of human collaboration. After all, the behaviors we have today are remnants of our past. For thousands of years, we farmed for ourselves and our community. Wheat is a mainstay of “the West” and rice is a staple crop of “the East”. What is so interesting about these two crops is that they quite possibly changed the way we collaborate…
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • Kiyomi Launches at Jupiters Gold Coast with Star-studded Event.

    Kevin C
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Kiyomi Launches at Jupiters Gold Coast with Star-studded Event. Jupiters Gold Coast launched its brand new Japanese restaurant and bar Kiyomi on December 17 with a star-studded celebrity and media cocktail event. Celebrity guests included Pamela Stephenson Connolly, The Veronicas (Lisa & Jess Origliasso), Ricki Lee Coulter, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Adam Liaw. Event. The evening was hosted by Managing Director, Queensland, Geoff Hogg, and internationally renowned Restaurant Executive Chef Chase Kojima, who celebrated the event with a traditional sake barrel ceremony, signifying…
  • Hong Kong Pharmaceutical Company Pioneers World’s First Ever High-performance.

    Kevin C
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
     Hong Kong Pharmaceutical Company Pioneers World’s First Ever High-performance. Comprehensive Drug Enterprises Ltd. , which specializes in the research and development of advanced drugs and medical devices, and is an incubatee graduate of Hong Kong Science Park’s Incubation Programme (Incu-Bio), today announced it has successfully developed and registered the world’s first ever high-performance anti-pruritus nanopatch – MJ Antipruritic Hydrogel. Seriously burned patients often suffer from intractable pruritus (itching) at the scar areas and there is currently no…
  • MNI India Business Sentiment Down Again in December.

    Kevin C
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    MNI India Business Sentiment Down Again in December. Business sentiment at India’s largest companies fell in December for the third consecutive month as orders growth fell to the lowest level for a year. MNI India The MNI India Business Indicator, calculated from the responses of BSE listed companies, declined to 68.4 in December from 68.9 in November. Both manufacturing and service sector firms saw confidence ease. Business confidence has risen sharply since April, just before Modi was elected Prime Minister, although latest data show a cooling in optimism. Sentiment fell slightly in…
  • Perfect World’s Sino-US Youth Elite Project “Access China” Successfully Launched.

    Kevin C
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Perfect World’s Sino-US Youth Elite Project “Access China” Successfully Launched. On December 17, 2014, US Eastern time, the launching ceremony of “Access China”, Perfect World’s Sino-US Youth Elite Project, was officially held at the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. As one of the major events of the China-U.S. High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, “Access China” plays a significant role in promoting Sino-US cultural and educational exchanges and strengthening development and cooperation in the areas of…
  • Leshi Reaches Strategic Partnership with Microsoft to Create Global Cloud Platform.

    Kevin C
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Leshi Reaches Strategic Partnership with Microsoft to Create Global Cloud Platform. Leshi and Microsoft today entered into a strategic alliance to develop a global cloud platform for content delivery. Leshi’s cloud services and solutions will be operated on the Azure public cloud computing platform and infrastructure powered by Microsoft, thus providing a video cloud service platform for users all over the world. The collaboration between the two corporations will expand in various fields, and is set to create business opportunities worldwide. Leshi. When discussing Leshi as a global…
 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • How to Host a Holiday Party for Employees

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    Company parties are a great way to show your workers how much you appreciate their continued dedication to your business. Allow your employees to revel in each other's company while enjoying food, drinks and music - they deserve it. If you're wondering where to begin with your party planning, follow these simple steps to ensure your bash is both fun and meaningful for your workers. Step 1: Set a budget Before you can decide if you want to give out gifts, rent out a bar or provide free food, you need to set a budget. Assess how much money your business can dedicate to the event, and from…
  • 5 Reasons to Send a Digital Holiday Card This Season

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Consumers love receiving holiday greetings. Instead of sending a physical card, small-business owners should consider sending digital holiday cards to their network of consumers, clients and partners across the world. Unlike tangible holiday greetings, virtual wishes can include digital videos that give your audience a glimpse of your company's culture. Are you considering a more creative holiday greeting for your constituents? Here are five reasons why your business should send a digital card this season. 1. You can show off your creative side Gather your employees and get your creative…
  • Retail Resources: Holiday Displays for the Season

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    December is the perfect time to set out festive holiday displays that encourage consumers to purchase from your store. Not only do hanging lights and strung garland make your store look more seasonal, but they may be key for driving visitors to buy from your brand. Locately recently conducted a survey among holiday shoppers, discovering that whichever brands created intricate seasonal displays were significantly more likely to see higher revenue than those that did not. If you're searching for ways to spruce up your store this season, try one of the following tactics for increased…
  • Infographic: Restaurant Marketing 101 - How to Attract and Keep Consumers Dining

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for restaurant owners. As your consumers flock to make reservations for their visiting loved ones and much-needed date nights, your small business should examine how it can attract these holiday diners. As you're figuring out how to reach more of these individuals this season, consider how you can adapt your preexisting marketing strategies to attract the greatest number of visitors. 1. Social Media In the weeks leading up to the holidays, start offering promotions to your followers. Contests and interactive content…
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Hire Millennials

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    Millennials have emerged in the job market in record numbers and, chances are, you've already got a few working for your small business. They're accustomed to bad press - receiving labels like lazy, entitled and noncommittal - but in reality, millennials may become the driving force behind your business in the future. If you're trying to decide whether or not to hire some twentysomethings, consider the top four reasons why your small business should give them a shot. 1. They're open-minded Millennials are among the most malleable generations, especially when it comes to the workforce.
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  • How this Pakistani MBBS student earned half a million dollars through Freelancing

    Fatima Rizwan
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Uzair is a MBBS student at the most prestigious medical school of the country, King Edward. He currently is in 4th year of his degree but is living a life which more than 90% of the Pakistani population dream for. Uzair drives to school in his Mercedes, carries the latest expensive smartphone, and dresses like a professional. When he speaks, you can clearly sense the excitement and authority in his voice, Uzair really knows his work and his achievement speaks a great deal about it. Pakistan has one of the biggest army of freelancers and it wouldn’t be a surprise to assume that there are…
  • MoIT Developing System To Limit Grey Traffic

    Sarwat Fatima
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoIT) has been developing an operating system to limit grey traffic for reducing about Rs. 3 billion loss in revenue per year. National ICT Research and Development has funded Rs. 13.51 million for implementing Automatic Monitoring and Detection System (AMDS) in collaboration with Comsat Institute of IT (CIIT), Islamabad. What does grey traffic mean? Telephone companies around the world use a different International telecom routes to send traffic to each other and the common ones include White, Grey or Black routes. Grey route is a…
  • FIA Pakistan Lacks The Equipment To Identify Terrorists

    Sarwat Fatima
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s only Criminal Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) has been out of order for the last three years. Due to which, over 85 % of criminal cases face extreme difficulty to examine crime scenes and to identify criminals for atrocious crimes. During the era of former President General Pervez Musharraf, a foreign company installed and operated biometric technology at the FIA’s Headquarters. The step was taken to maintain a database for counterterrorism activities but the system was locked for the last three years. The FIA sources say that…
  • 4 Pakistani Startups will be travelling to India for ChallengeX regional finals

    Reporting Desk
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Earlier today, Invest2Innovate hosted the ChallengeX competition for the first time ever in Pakistan. The exciting challenge promises an investment of over a million dollar which can be very useful for any startup. 23 startups on tracks of education, health, energy, and smart cities were shortlisted to pitch their ideas in front of qualified judges. After going through a tough judging procedure four startups have been shortlisted. The shortlisted 4 startups will be able to compete with other startups from the region in Challenge Cup at Bangalore in upcoming days. The details of winning teams…
  • New Leadership Announced For The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Lahore Chapter

    Sarwat Fatima
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is the world’s largest non-for-profit network of established and aspiring entrepreneurs. The Lahore chapter of TiE has elected new leadership in accordance with its bylaws after an Annual General Meeting. The elected officers for TiE Lahore chapter are President, Mr. Naeem Zamindar (CEO Zamindar Capital) Vice President, Mr. Humayun Mazhar (Director Crescent Group and Chairman & CEO CresVentures.) General Secretary, Mr. Naveed Khalid Chowdhry (Executive Director, Medipak Ltd) Treasurer, Dr. Syed Zahoor Hassan (Professor, Lahore University of Management…
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  • TrackNext : A New Adress To Professional Social Networking

    Akanksha Samar
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Many of us actively use sites like Twitter and Facebook to promote our businesses. And those of us looking to connect with more business-related contacts may turn to sites like LinkedIn to develop relationships with people we have worked with or may want to work with. With the growing use of social networking by business professionals, there is a growing number of social networking sites focused on business users and meeting their needs. TrackNext is a business social network with business owners and entrepreneurs, who enjoy the freedom to do things in their own terms; whose businesses are…
  • Flipkart Raises $700 Million In Fresh Round; Files Application To Go Public

    Asish Das
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    Indian E-commerce giant Flipkart today announced that it raised a fresh round of funding of $700 million. The company said new investors Baillie Gifford, Greenoaks Capital, Steadview Capital, T Rowe Price Associates and Qatar Investment Authority participated in the fundraising along with existing investors DST Global, GIC, ICONIQ Capital and Tiger Global, who also participated in this latest financing round. The fresh round brings Flipkart’s overall fund raising this year to nearly $2 billion. The company is now the most shouted technology company across the globe with valuation of more…
  • Zomato Acquires Italy Based Cibando; Fifth Acquisition Within Five Months

    Asish Das
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    Delhi based Zomato, one of the world’s largest restaurant search service has acquired Italy’s leading restaurant search service Cibando. With this acquisition Zomato is now present across 20 countries worldwide. Cibando will soon be integrated with Zomato, and over the next few months, users will be able to use Zomato for all major cities in Italy. This is Zomato’s fifth acquisition in recent months. Zomato acquired MenuMania in New Zealand, Lunchtime in Czech Republic, Obedovat in Slovakia, and Gastronauci in Poland recently. Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO of Zomato,…
  • 7 Ways To Collection Of Data Can Be Your “Next Big What”!

    Arundhuti Roy
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    Daniel Keys Moran says, “You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data” – Business data is a deciding factor for all the future ventures you plan to execute to make your business a successful one! When you track the data, you track the future of your organization. Everyone wants to grow and data analysis is the first step to expand seamlessly. In this article, I’ll be covering up the “7 great ways” by which you can collect data. Here they are (Point to be noted!):  #1 Record your customer phone calls: With the changing times, technology…
  • Housing.com Raised $90 Million From SoftBank And Others

    Asish Das
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    One of the India’s largest property portals Housing.com on Tuesday announced that it has raised $90 million from Japan’s SoftBank . Existing investors including New York-based hedge fund Falcon Edge Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, Helion Venture Partners among others may also participate in this funding round. The company will use the funds to map over 40 million houses across 300 cities in India and provide on-off buttons to home owners and agents. “Ever since we started the company we had a huge vision, to help millions of people struggling to find real estate that meets their…
 
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  • Best 5 SEO WordPress Plugins [infographic]

    Florin Muresan
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Best 5 SEO WordPress Plugins You’ve probably installed WordPress and you are on your way of writing those great articles and blog posts. At this point what you’ll most certainly want to achieve is for your posts to get 100% SEO. It’s really hard to do it all on your…
  • How to choose the person you want to buy articles from

    Florin Muresan
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    In a previous article, I talked about what are the advantages of buying articles from someone that is specialized in content creation. Writing quality content takes a lot of time, and in the beginning you may even think that you can handle it, but life takes its course, and you…
  • The dominance of content marketing will be even higher in 2015

    Florin Muresan
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    What the next year has waiting for us ? We seem to always wonder about what will come to be of the industry we work in and the content marketing field. Most known marketers have their own speculations. In any senses the digital marketing approach will become more empowered, but…
  • L’Oreal is using content marketing to attract new customers

    Florin Muresan
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    I have to admit. I am kind of obsessed with makeup, skincare, and everything that is related to beauty. And when you add content marketing on top, it gets even better. In the beauty world, the competition between brands is fierce. I spend so much time doing research on what…
  • Top 10 most amazing content marketing blogs

    Florin Muresan
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Content marketing is on everybody’s lips right now. Since many people don’t really know what it is, and think of it as a buzzword, I thought I would make a top 10 of the best blogs that can teach everything you need to know about content marketing. If you’re considering…
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  • David Kressel – Bringing the Antiquated into the Internet Age

    melindayeaman
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Don’t be afraid, you will fail and it’s okay, keep plugging away.” – David Kressel David Kressel – Founder/VP at NotaryCam NotaryCam has completely redefined the notarization process, providing the highest level of security possible, including positive verification as to the originality and integrity of the document to be notarized and absolute assurance the signer and notary are who they say they are. To prevent fraud before it occurs, we visually record the signing session and a personal information questionnaire must be completed by the signer. Connect…
  • Jeremy Dann – Corporate Entrepreneurship

    melindayeaman
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Hire slow but fire fast.” – Jeremy Dann Jeremy Dann, Professor of Entrepreneurship at USC Marshall, Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Professor Jeremy Dann discusses the top three issues entrepreneurs struggle with. Find out what they are. Professor Dann’s work has focused primarily on new product development, creative marketing strategies and effective organizational practices for encouraging innovation. Highlights: Company Entrepreneurship Business Plans Team Selection Virtual Teams Ivory Tower Ever Gonzalez | Melinda Yeaman | Professor Jeremy Dann Connect…
  • Dan Lundmark – Leveraging Online Media

    melindayeaman
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “I see myself as helping my clients leverage the internet  and online media” – Dan Lundmark Dan Lundmark – Principal at Lundmark Newmedia & Co-Founder of Appr.TV LUNDMARK newmedia integrates solutions for online, print, interactive, and video production. Dan has worked on projects over the years that have included web development, interactive CDs for Sony and Warner Bros. LUNDMARK newmedia has also produced promotional videos, animation workshops at the American Film Institute, and brand ID, print collateral, and online content management systems for Long Beach…
  • WE Labs – Curated Collaboration

    melindayeaman
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Members are what really make a co-working space work” – Ted Sieving Robbie Brown – CEO  Ted Sieving – COO Work Evolution Laboratories (WE Labs) is Downtown Long Beach’s first coworking community: an inspiring environment designed for innovators and influencers. We are homebase for a variety of start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. They enjoy scalable work spaces, and amenities such as high speed internet, coffee, and a live social network of dynamic professionals. Members can bounce ideas off of each other, share resources, gain feedback, and learn…
  • Crystal Rose – Community Building and Evangelism

    melindayeaman
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “It’s my passion, I’ve always wanted to encourage people to get into technology, especially women” – Crystal Rose Crystal Rose – Co-Founder of Sensay & Founder/Producer of LA Startup Week   Outlier On Air interviews Crystal Rose, Co-Founder of Sensay at the Cross Campus co-working space in Santa Monica, CA.  Crystal is actively engaged in thriving technology communities and has more than a decade of experience building, launching and scaling digital products. Highlights: Coding as a Teenager Self Taught HTML Selling Websites on ebay at 16…
 
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  • Live Video Chat Support for Ecommerce Websites

    Shruti Diwan
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:12 am
    Do you have the Perfect E-Commerce Website equipped with Live Video Chat Support? Customer demands are evolving with technology while the B2C E-Commerce Sales worldwide has crossed $1 Trillion. It’s easier … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat Support for Ecommerce Websites appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Five ‘keys to success’ that are a myth

    Deepthi Ramdas
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Want to become a successful leader and entrepreneur? Here are two options. Option 1: Go to Google and either type ‘keys to success’ or ’8 ways to think like Warren … Continue reading →The post Five ‘keys to success’ that are a myth appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Fifteen facts about Mangalyaan that will fascinate you

    Deepthi Ramdas
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    “History has been created” – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi It has been a proud week for India and Indians around. After years of deliberation and months of hardwork, India’s … Continue reading →The post Fifteen facts about Mangalyaan that will fascinate you appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Five interesting iOS applications for Apple Customers

    Deepthi Ramdas
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Starting a business, recruiting an employee, want to play a game, want to know the weather outside, time in Paris, how do you make the perfect cheese cake so on … Continue reading →The post Five interesting iOS applications for Apple Customers appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Create a Room with 1Click’s webRTC application

    Deepthi Ramdas
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    The iOS App Store has a new addition to it – 1Click’s webRTC application, 1ClickRTC. The webRTC application provides developers with features to build live video chat software. This provides … Continue reading →The post Create a Room with 1Click’s webRTC application appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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  • How to stay productive when you aren’t in office

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    We know how terribly hard it can be to focus on your work when you aren’t in office. When you’re away from office, your boss and your colleagues, it’s harder than ever to concentrate and keep the faith that what you do, matters. Productivity hacks are one things, but the freedom of being in the comfort of your own home, wearing, eating and doing whatever you want whenever you want to, offers pure, unadulterated distractions which are a whole other ballgame, one that can throw you off yours. Not only are freelancing and working-from-home becoming commonplace practices, there…
  • Why is hiring programmers so difficult?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    This was a question asked on Quora that we just couldn’t help but answer because it essentially questioned our existence as a whole. Our Marketing Major gave an insightful, well thought out reply, that we’d love to share with you: So, why is hiring engineers so G$% D#$% difficult? 1. Everybody wants them As JP Rastrullo forner staffing agency Sourcer and Recruiter. Current Talent Acquisition Specialist in the Software/Advertising industries, said on Quora, “Engineers are in high-demand. Across the board (software, hardware, mechanical, electrical etc), there are fewer…
  • Psychometric Tests in Hiring: What, Why and How

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    To say that the importance and relevance of psychometric data is a matter of debate would be a gross understatement- parties on both sides of the issue have diametrically opposite viewpoints, but there’s no denying that there is something to talk about. Source: Clearlife UK  What Psychometric? The word psychometric essentially means “the measurement of the mind”; what Psychometric Assessments attempt to do is remove some of the ambiguity in screening processes by making it less dependent on variable factors, and more on easily quantifiable factors. Psychometric testing…
  • 4 Most Exciting Things About Working at a Startup

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Being startup enthusiasts ourselves, and having more than a few serial entrepreneurs in the house, we have had our fair share of the excitement and thrill of adventure that comes only with working in a startup- you gotta live it to believe it.  Here are 4 super exhilarating things about working in a startup, that make us want to get out of bed every morning: Got Ilk? When you’re sitting at the same table or in the same room for hours at a stretch, you’re bound to find out things about each other that you wouldn’t in a regular office with cubicles and distance, like the…
  • You Can Do It! Real World Advice on Getting Your Startup Published

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    Right after we got published on YourStory and Product Hunt, we had a flood of questions from our peers which fell somewhere between “How much did you pay?” and “Who did you know?” We understood where they were coming from; just a couple of weeks back, we were spending a number of nights wondering what it would take for us to get our big break and be published on a traffic hungry site like YourStory, where one simple article can send your back links through the roof. Next we’re targeting Mashable, Tech Crunch, Next Big What, CNET and the like, because let’s face it,…
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  • Helloify – Multi-Platform Business Messaging For Productive Teams

    SuperbCrew
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Helloify is a new communication tool that makes communication with your customers or team members smarter and easier. It offers live chat options and also has team chat features. It’s available on almost all major platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Web Browsers, iPhone and Android. Below is our recent interview with Dan Norris, Co-Founder of Helloify: Q: Could you tell us something more about your startup background? A: I started working for myself in 2006. I spent 7 years running my own freelance / small agency operation building websites. I could never work out how to make it grow so I…
  • iCamPro – The World’s First Intelligent Home Security Robot

    SuperbCrew
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:42 am
    With multiple motion sensors, no matter where the intruders appear in your home, iCamPRO can immediately rotate itself to capture the intruders in seconds. Real-time object tracking is an expensive technology that is available only in military or professional surveillance systems. Amaryllo is the first company to realize it with a compact design for your home or office at an affordable price. Motion Analysis Technology allows the camera to always keep an eye on the action. iCamPRO is the first robotic home security camera that can actually see, hear, sense, and track moving objects. Last…
  • Next Keyboard – Makes It Easy To Love Your iPhone Keyboard

    SuperbCrew
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    Next keyboard puts more power at your fingertips with super fast editing, predictive typing, instant emojis, and beautiful themes. More than 1.960 Kickstarter backers supported Next Keyboard team. Next keyboard is developed by software studio Tiny Hearts based in the heart of Toronto. Small team of 5 designers, developers, doers, and dreamers have one simple goal – change people’s lives in small and meaningful ways. Tiny Hearts message: “We’ve had an amazing few days since the last update. We’ve more than doubled our initial target and now have more than 1700 amazing…
  • Startup Xtensio – Visualize Your Business Profile In Under 15 Minutes

    SuperbCrew
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    Los Angeles based startup Xtensio helps you visualize your business profile and create an overview of your startup product for investor presentations, crowdfunding campaigns, or stakeholder communications. With its DIY infographics specially designed for entrepreneurs, Xtensio enables you to show traction and progress, with meaningful data, in real time. Here is our interview with Alper Cakir, Co-Founder of Xtensio: Q: What is Xtensio? How’d you come up with the idea? A: Xtensio is a DIY interactive data visualization tool which gives investors and other stakeholders a quick and powerful…
  • JotForm – Create Online Forms Without Writing A Single Line Of Code

    SuperbCrew
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    JotForm helps users create online forms and receive responses without writing a single line of code. JotForm was the first web based WYSIWYG form builder, since 2006, the company has built up over 1.5 million users, hosting over 6 million online forms. Below is our recent interview with Chad Reid, from JotForm team: Q: JotForm has been around since 2006, can you tell us how the company started and how your expertise evolved? A: JotForm founder, Aytekin Tank, previously worked for large internet media company in New York City. One of his tasks was to create tools for editors to build forms,…
 
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    Spectafy Blog

  • 5 Ways To See What’s Going On Around You Right Now

    Ben Watson
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    With a smartphone in nearly everyone’s pocket, we live in an age of constant sharing and updates. One of the great results of this trend is that there is lots of information about events, destinations, and establishments around you no matter where you are or where you are going. At Spectafy, we love the idea of using community information to improve planning, and below are 5 apps that can help you make more informed decisions. Find out What’s Trending Around You with Twitter If you decide you’ve seen enough #KimKardashian for the day, you can use Twitter to find out what’s trending…
  • Open Launch in San Francisco!

    Eric Watson
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    We are insanely excited to be launching Spectafy to the public in San Francisco!! If you’re in San Francisco join the Spectafy community to check out your favorite bar before you go or hunt down your favorite food truck in SoMa. If you’re somewhere else in the world explore what the Golden Gate Bridge or Union Square look like right now! The Beta passcode block is removed from both our iOS and Android apps. Plus, we have added a ton of new features (especially iOS – coming soon to Android) including adding Google log in. Thanks to all of our awesome Beta users –…
  • Our Favorite Events in San Francisco – December 2014

    Ben Watson
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    It’s December. You can tell because you had to loosen your belt a notch or two after all that Thanksgiving pie. You can also tell because that crisp winter air is starting to roll in and the temperature starts to feel strangely the same whether it’s day or night. What better time to get out and explore your City? Here are some ideas for fun events in December! San Francisco Ballet Company Presents the Nutcracker One of the longest running traditions of the Christmas season, the Nutcracker is always good entertainment. Enjoy a performance at the War Memorial Opera House between…
  • Exclusive Launch for Product Hunters!

    Eric Watson
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are exclusively launching on Product Hunt today! Besides our friends/family/early-signups hunters have first dibs on checking out Spectafy – which we’re pretty excited about. If you are reading this and you don’t yet have the app – go to Product Hunt  to get your passcode and download links right now! If you don’t know what Product Hunt is yet, they say it best: Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It’s a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech…
  • The Art and Science of the Long Hold

    Eric Watson
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    The long hold is half art and half science. This puts it in the same very special category as the three finger track pad swipe and the basketball finger roll. With that said, it’s actually really easy and intuitive once you get the hang of it. To a lot of us it’s already completely normal to do on our phones thanks to selecting locations in Google maps, copy/pasting in text editors, and many more apps. But – it’s an acquired action and not 100% intuitive. So, let’s jump into how it works and why we care so much about the long hold! In both the Android and iOS…
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  • See The Best Of Art At Anna.tc Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Our eyes love every inch of art work which we see in front of us, then no matter whether it would be modern art or contemporary art or anything else. There are certainly many places out there by which one can explore the artwork while the one which we are going to talk about today specialize in that. Anna.tc website is an online art gallery which contains paintings all around to be purchased and to look for. You can explore, check, ask them hundred questions and lot more for any painting you like. And once you make up your mind on purchasing the art piece, then simply do so. The site works…
  • Visit Alger.com For All Your Investment Management Needs

    KARAN CHOPRA
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    In one or more in our lifetime, we are looking out for solutions where we want to have investment management solutions with us. There are one-to-many companies out there which do the needful for the purpose but the company which we are talking about master in that. Alger.com specializes in investment management which allow businesses to view exactly what their business is doing and at what level. The company specializes in offering investor service to both national and international clients at large. Sounds good, isn’t? Visit Alger.com today. The post Visit Alger.com For All Your Investment…
  • Want To Drive Web Response Rates, Try Autograph Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    What would be the tool which let you tell each and every instance of you in just single minute time? Interestingly, just like any other tool available and rounding up over the web, there are hundreds of thousands of similar tool offering similar offering available over the web. In this article, we have been reviewing about a web start-up name autograph. Autograph offers the functionality in which one can figure out about 5500 dimensions about you such as your age, income, likes, dislikes all at over 90% accuracy and without knowing the name, email address or any personally identifiable (the…
  • Meet KickOffLabs, The Smarter Way To Grow Your Audience Online

    KARAN CHOPRA
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    We all every time in search of ways on how we can grow our audience online. While thanks to the world of web, we got one-to-many possibilities with us but the question is which one will give the best return of investment to us. This is because in this article, I am reviewing the company name KickOffLabs. KickOffLabs let you send customers to a tailored page that speaks to them. Moreover, it keeps them engaged with signup-forms, newsletters and – best of all – a very cool, unique REWARD system for customer referrals. In short, it offers all the things one is looking for at one single…
  • Find Your Next Snowmobiles With Arctic-Cat.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Possibly once in our lifetime, we got huge takeover on choosing and selecting on opting for adventures. And for fulfilling those adventures, we take huge light in action. This is because the today’s start-up Arctic-cat.com we are talking about specializes in this. Arctic-cat.com master in developing snowmobiles, snowboards, ATV’s as well as sleds which fulfils everyone needs for both off roading as well as gliding through the snow. Based in North American, the company works as a one-stop shop for all those who are looking for adventurous vehicle. Sounds good, Visit and explore…
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  • Stories Behind the Apps – Botpocalypse

    Peter Ferioli
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Tell us about your app! Botpocalypse is a fast-paced, survival-style arcade game where gamers can compete against friends for the highest score or longest survival time, acquire new characters, and unlock achievements. Inspired by both Crackpot from the Atari 2600 and ... Read More
  • How Mobile Is Changing the Gaming Industry

    Jessica Oaks
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    The idea that consoles will always outpace smartphones and tablets in the gaming sphere seems logical since consoles aren’t restricted by battery, size and graphics limitations. But that idea doesn’t take into account how people actually play games or the ... Read More
  • Should You Be An Industry Expert To Be Successful In Your Business?

    Anand Srinivasan
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    There is one mantra that successful entrepreneurs often offer to aspirants – ‘Fail, and fail fast’. The premise is that you do not have to be an expert while launching a business. Rather, what matters is that you need ... Read More
  • Stories Behind the Apps – Trivios

    Peter Ferioli
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Tell us about being triVios! triVios can be summed up very simply; It’s a real-time trivia game that allows players to win awesome prizes by playing one of four unique trivia game modes.  Players can also engage socially via ... Read More
  • Switching from iOS to Android

    Kimberley Castlemain
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
      Thinking of switching from iOS to Android? This post will help by addressing some of the areas of hesitation or concern, particularly as it relates to the new iOS continuity announcements. Those before you who have made the ... Read More
 
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  • 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…
  • 2014 Christmas Coin with Augmented Reality

    Gee
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am
    Credit: CoinNews Hohoho! Santa Claus is coming to town. Christmas Day is coming soon! This 2014 “Season’s Greetings” Christmas coin from Perth Mint of Australia released incorporates an “augmented reality” feature which allows the coin to be transformed into a multimedia portrayal of Santa Claus via your smartphones or tablets. The multimedia portrayal can be experienced using the free DAQRI application. But first, a user must download the free DAQRI application from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. With DAQRI application, users are able to watch the…
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  • 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... Read More » 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... Read More » The post How Craigslist got started? appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • Startups are really just Ideas. Own and drive your idea.

    Erik
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the startup community often “exchange” ideas. The reason is simple, at the core of every startup is an idea. This idea is typically a hypothesis because startups are delivering uncertain value (see previous post). For Airbnb, the idea is anyone can rent out their extra room to visiting guests. For Uber, the... Read More » The post Startups are really just Ideas. Own and drive your idea. appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • Startup Interview with Rohey Livne of Jigglist

    Erik
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    This post is our startup interview with Rohey Livne, founder ceo of Jigglist. Feel free to ping us at ‘erik@angelbacker.co’ if your startup is interested in being featured on our blog.  -   Q. What is Jigglist?  Jigglist is a mobile messaging service that helps friends get together in a simple and fun way. It’s... Read More » The post Startup Interview with Rohey Livne of Jigglist appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
  • What is startup equity?

    Erik
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Startup founders have varying perspectives of their startup equity. Many first time entrepreneurs see it as something incredibly valuable. The presumption is of course that the equity can be worth a lot of money one day and they will do everything to hoard as much of it as possible. Startup equity is not money Interestingly,... Read More » The post What is startup equity? appeared first on How Startups Build a Community.
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  • Why Small Customers are Huge

    Kyle Pinzon
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    You’re sitting at your computer, working on your daily tasks when all of a sudden you get excited. A new customer just converted on your website. Not just any customer, I’m talking about a whale. Someone who will generate tons of revenue for your company, be it a one-time deal or on a recurring basis. You immediately stop what you are doing and turn to your co-worker: “Holy crap, did you see the customer that just converted? This could make us a lot of money.” You decide to give this customer 5-star service. They ask a question that could take 30 minutes of your time to answer? Who…
  • Video: How to Build a KILLER SaaS PRODUCT with Jon Ferrara, Nimble

    Andrew Bermudez
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Want to build a Killer Product? Want to delight people and make millions of dollars in the process? Then, you must nail down the key fundamentals of building AWESOME products that people love. How do you build a great product? Our video guest, Jon Ferrara, creator of CRM solutions will share his secrets on how to build products people love and grow through word-of-mouth. Highlights: The invention of CRM was a pivot from accounting software Goldmine’s & Nimble’s growth hack: turn hundreds of Network VARS into customers and then into resellers Goldmine’s growth…
  • Increase Your Productivity and Creativity With Beer

    Kyle Pinzon
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Typically, when I think about grabbing beers with others, it’s usually to get inebriated,  act like idiots and have fun. However, since working at a startup with some beer aficionados (drunks?), I’ve come to realize that grabbing a beer or two can boost productivity and be beneficial to our business . I’ve noticed when I’m about one beer in (I’m a light-weight), the creative juices start to flow. Just the act of leaving the office and taking a break allows my brain to disengage and relax — letting it see problems from a different angle. And the beer greases the wheels, opening…
  • Entrepreneur Hacks: Automating Your Rolodex

    Andrew Bermudez
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    This is part of a series of posts where I’ll be sharing tricks and tools I leverage to get things done and be a more productive entrepreneur and CEO. Entrepreneurs live and die by their rolodex. Your network is everything. It’s the people in your contacts list that help you quickly raise a round of funding, recruit talented individuals and land a big customer. Entrepreneurship is an extremely busy job. If you are, or have been, an entrepreneur, then you know how busy this role really is. Between building a business, building a product, fundraising, recruiting, working with your attorney,…
  • 7 Things Corporate Won’t Tell You About Startup Jobs

    Kyle Pinzon
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    It seems that working for a startup is now a “hip” and “cool” trend when it comes to considering a new job.  I might just be noticing it since I am working at a startup and people get very interested when I mention it, but interest in startup jobs is definitely growing. Just check out the chart below if you don’t believe me. Number of searches for “startup jobs” – Jan. 2006 – Nov. 2014 (partial) (Source: Google Trends) Sure, working at a startup sounds cool. You’ve heard about the perks: kegs every Friday; foosball tables in the office; unlimited vacation days —…
 
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  • “Fundraising is like trying to play chess while riding a rollercoaster” David Troya, Glamping Hub

    Jaime Novoa
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    David Troya is one of the co-founders of Glamping Hub, a Sevilla-based startup that has become one of the main communities to find and book glampings (luxury camping accommodations). The company raised a €1 million Series A round from Axon Partners Group in September and has been experience significant growth over the past few months. To […] The post “Fundraising is like trying to play chess while riding a rollercoaster” David Troya, Glamping Hub appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Startupxplore presenta la co-inversión liderada en Madrid

    Jaime Novoa
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    El pasado jueves 11 diciembre tuvo lugar en Madrid un evento organizado por Startupxplore enfocado a inversores en startups y personas interesadas en conocer cómo funciona el mundo de la inversión en empresas tecnológicas. Más de 50 personas asistieron a un evento que contó con la presencia al completo del equipo de Startupxplore y tres […] The post Startupxplore presenta la co-inversión liderada en Madrid appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • What startup CEOs must know: angel syndicate funding FAQ

    Jaime Novoa
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Entrepreneurs and startups have various financing options available when they want to fundraise, from business angels to traditional Venture Capital firms, as well as new and up-and-coming vehicles such as co-investment or syndicates. As we’ve previously analysed these options are better suited for certain startup stages and entrepreneurs should know when to choose the right […] The post What startup CEOs must know: angel syndicate funding FAQ appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Startup investing: key strategies to avoid making rookie mistakes

    Jaime Novoa
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
    Entrepreneurs have a wide variety of financing alternatives available, which vary depending the stage their startup is at. Each investor as their own investment criteria which they follow to decide in which startups or sectors to invest, always looking for an exit to make money on their investments. We’ve touched on all of the above […] The post Startup investing: key strategies to avoid making rookie mistakes appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • These are the 5 hottest startup sectors where investors are putting their euros

    Jaime Novoa
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The European startup scene has evolved significantly over the past years. While five years ago not many talked about London, Berlin or the Nordics as tech hubs, nowadays these regions -as well as Tel Aviv- are considered as real centres of innovation that compete in the same league as New York and, even in some […] The post These are the 5 hottest startup sectors where investors are putting their euros appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
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  • Top 5 Business Apps of Dan Martin

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
      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:   Dan Martin Editor of BusinessZone, UK's leading business community     1. Hootsuite – Get serious about social   "I can’t go anywhere without tweeting so Hootsuite is an essential business tool."       2. Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design   "A brilliant website for creating social media images and other graphics."  …
  • ESSENTIAL STARTUP TOOLBOX (infographic)

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
      As a pre-Christmas gift, we bring you a selection of fantastically useful tools all startup founders should keep in their toolboxes:       Feel free to save and share with fellow entrepreneurial warriors:)    
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Guy Kawasaki

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:37 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:   Guy Kawasaki Chief evangelist of Canva and former chief evangelist of Apple     1. Blue Mail – A beautifully designed, universal email client     2. TripIt – The All-in-One Travel Organizer     3. Evernote – The workspace for your life's work       4. Dropbox – Your stuff, anywhere    …
  • Week 3: Dude, why did you blow-dry your comp?

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
      MONDAY: Two thirds of my team are currently to be found in Marrakech. Adil, who was born in Morocco, is trying to get in touch with the local (and thriving) entrepreneurial community. Tomas has never visited Africa before, so he decides to accompany him on this short exotic trip. During the day, I get a photo of pouring rain and a message from Tomas: “It’s so cold here that I’m surprised it’s not snowing.”     As the Internet connection is finally working at my place, I am happy to be able to work from my comfortable home, in the end.  …
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Fida Chaaban

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 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:   Fida Chaaban Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Middle East, a leading regional business magazine     1. SoundHound for BlackBerry Passport/BlackBerry 10 – Unlimited music recognition   "For my “What’s that song called?” moments - I use this at least once a day."         2. BlackBerry Travel for BlackBerry Passport/BlackBerry 10…
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