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  • The Market Is Ready: 3 Companies That Have Revolutionized Old Products With New Tech

    Tech Cocktail
    Simon Davies
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    We’re living in exciting times, contrary to the forecast of some economists. We routinely hear mixed messages about the health of the economy, but in terms of innovative, tech-based entrepreneurship, things couldn’t be better. In the past few years, hundreds of new opportunities have appeared for businesses with an ability to capitalize on widely available tech to provide an existing service in a better/faster/cheaper way. And it’s not due to a particular technological breakthrough per se, but rather through the optimization, integration, and widespread use of a particular existing…
  • The Rise of WeWork Coworking

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inside the Phenomenal Rise of WeWork, from Forbes, covers the explosive growth of the coworking chain WeWork.  Key quote: Over the next 12 months the company expects to triple its membership from 14,000 to 46,000 and expand to 60 locations from 21 today and 9 just a year ago ... WeWork will gross an estimated $150 million this year with operating margins of 30%. Current plans will push revenue to more than $400 million next year.  Based on this performance, WeWork recently raised $150 million at an eye popping $1.5 billion valuation. Several years ago we wrote about the rise…
  • 3 Ways To Turn The Table On Your Customer

    Inc.com
    AJ Agrawal
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Have a customer whose toying with you? Try using these 3 tips.
  • Notes to My Younger Entrepreneurial Self

    Onboardly
    Renee Warren
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    Do you remember your first lemonade stand and how you rocked sales and promotion? Instead of playing house, did you build a corner office in your room and have your brother fax your grandmother a hand-drawn version of a term sheet? We’re you pitching to your teddy bears? In high school, were you more interested in running a business than being a running back? If so, you’re in good company. We’re celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 by offering you a round-up of the advice that several prominent executives have for their younger selves. Perhaps it will remind you of days gone…
  • Startup Blog Insights - 4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time

    Startup Blog
    Taffy Williams
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Reference Article:4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time  Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photowebsite,  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
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    Fast Company

  • Can This Bracelet Help The Blind Better Understand Their Surroundings?

    Elizabeth Segran
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ustraap, a wearable technology startup, helps the blind more effectively sense their surroundings.While technology helps the visually impaired better access the digital world (making it easy for them to quickly dictate emails or speak instructions into smartphones, for instance), trying to get around in the real world can be somewhat more challenging. Many of the more than 6 million blind people in America rely on a trusty guide dog or a white cane to sense what is in front of them. Ustraap, a startup founded by three Mexican entrepreneurs, is hoping to improve the tools blind people can use…
  • Dyson Plans To Launch 100 New Products In The Next Four Years

    Alice Truong
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A $2.35 billion innovation investment will help spur their development.Dyson plans to invest $2.35 billion into new technologies—$1.56 billion of that into its research-and-development efforts—and launch at least 100 new products in the coming four years.Read Full Story
  • The Recommender: Claudia Rojas Sees Numbers In Color

    Robbie Jones
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    The three best things on the Internet each week, as recommended by Fast Company team members. Claudia RojasPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Claudia Rojas Role at Fast Company: Director of Web Projects. "I make sure the marketing team, developers, and editors are happy with each other and the website." Twitter: @panterita Titillating Fact: Claudia is graphic, web, UX, and UI designer, but she's also classically trained as a printmaker— working mostly with etchings. Claudia also has synesthesia, meaning that she can experience simultaneous sensations from one stimulus. "I can see…
  • Uber's Emil Michael Probably Won't Be Fired, Says Report

    Chris Gayomali
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    The executive lit an enormous media firestorm this week. So why is he still with the company?Uber senior vice president of business Emil Michael triggered a firestorm this week when his dinner comments about snooping on reporters with "opposition researchers" were published by BuzzFeed. Michael soon offered a mea culpa to the journalist targeted, PandoDaily founder Sarah Lacy, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick continued the apology tour with a 14-part tweetstorm (see our video rendition of Kalanick's Twitter apology below).Read Full Story
  • I Attended A Conference Remotely Thanks To This Robot (And It Was A Very Strange Experience)

    Kevin Lincoln
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    With a telepresence robot, you can meet people and go to talks... kind of physically?It's just another morning for me in my Los Angeles apartment. When I get out of bed on November 18, I put on a flannel shirt, a large sweater, and sweatpants. I spread almond butter and grape jelly on a pita. I make coffee.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Meet the best poker players in Silicon Valley

    Eugene Kim, Business Insider
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Every month, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest power players meet at the Palo Alto home of Chamath Palihapitiya, an early Facebook executive who now runs his own venture capital firm Social+Capital. The guest list reads like a who’s who of Silicon Valley’s true elites: from Yammer founder David Sacks, SurveyMonkey’s Dave Goldberg and Inside.com’s Jason Calacanis to professional athletes and poker players, including the World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth. But this isn’t for some networking or investment opportunity of a hot startup. They meet for something much more fun: a…
  • The startup’s ‘customer partners’ slide: All those logos and no dollars? 

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    GUEST:Pitches for early-stage companies that have already released a B2B products typically include a slide full of client logos, which they use as proof of “traction.” Whenever I see this my ears perk up, as it’s no easy feat signing on so many paying customers at an early stage, and my mind starts calculating the probable revenue run rate. But then, when I ask how much these “clients” are paying to check if my calculations are correct, it’s as if I’ve caught the entrepreneur off guard. Like a deer caught in headlights, they tell me “well, for the pilot/beta phase we are…
  • Uber’s black week: Media focused too much on threat to journalists

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Uber has just finished the worst public relations week in its history. What once was looked upon as a brilliant and disruptive grass-roots company is now being seen as an arrogant bunch of whiz kids who may be willing to play it fast and loose with the the privacy of its users. The story, of course, began with Uber executive Emil Michael’s statements a week ago yesterday at a private dinner that his company might use its technology to track the movements of Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy and other journalists critical of the company. He also said that, in fact, Uber could see the…
  • Why I’m pleasantly surprised with Obama’s immigration plan

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    GUEST:I had expected — or feared — that President Obama would once again let Silicon Valley down with his executive order on immigration. But he hasn’t. The president has done practically everything in his power to address the needs of the technology community. The larger problem is that this is a only band-aid. What is worse is that this will likely be the only immigration reform we see in the near future. It will take many years for the wounds to heal from the battles that will now start. There are more than one million immigrant doctors, scientists, engineers, and teachers who…
  • In new Microsoft ad, Cortana calls Siri fat and dumb

    Mark Sullivan
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It’s not often you hear that Siri isn’t a very bright girl, but Microsoft thinks its competing Cortana personal assistant is smarter. Microsoft’s crack advertising team has created a new ad where a Nokia Lumia 830 phone running Cortana points out things it can do that an iPhone 6 Plus running Siri can’t. Cortana, for example, says it can notify users that they should leave early based on traffic reports it monitors in the background. Here’s the ad: Is Siri getting a bad rap here? Well, I just picked up my phone and asked her, and she whispered sexily…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Marketplaces Are Eating Firms

    Josh Breinlinger
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one of the agents of destruction. Marketplaces are eating every type of firm on the planet. Let’s look at where the feasting is happening. Read More
  • How To Raise Venture Capital In A Frothy Market

    Brian Brown
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
     Raising venture funding may have just gotten a little tougher. A major investor recently announced that venture capitalists are “taking on an excessive amount of risk right now – unprecedented since ’99.” Read More
  • Is It The Beginning Of The End For Cable Or Just A New Beginning?

    Braxton Jarratt
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
     In mid-October of this year, HBO dropped a bombshell — albeit a long-rumored one — with the news that it would launch a standalone streaming service sometime in 2015. The media and Game of Thrones fans everywhere immediately went into overdrive, analyzing every last one of the scarce details to death (What content will be included? How much will it cost? Should I cancel my… Read More
  • Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future

    Darrell Etherington
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
     As Greg Kumparak noted in the TechCrunch review of the Nexus 6, the phone is very large. Too large, in fact, for most humans. Back when it was just a rumor that Google would be picking Motorola to provide the Nexus 6 hardware, and that it would indeed be a monster with a 6-inch display, I lamented the phabletization of the Nexus line before it was even a real thing. Now, I’ve had some… Read More
  • Colombia Is One Of Latin America’s Most Promising New Tech Hubs

    Conrad Egusa
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched. As recently as the turn of the century, conventional wisdom had it that the tropical, Andean nation was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Read More
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Peter Thiel: the education bubble is ready to burst!

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The outspoken entrepreneur will be a keynote speaker at Vator's Post Seed Conference next month When we host our Post Seed Conference on December 2nd, in partnership with Bullpen Capital and Venture51, Vator will be honored to have one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley: Peter Thiel. Of course, besides being the co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, as well as  a managing partner in Founders Fund, Thiel is also sometimes a controversial figure. He is certainly someone who says what he believes. (*Full disclosure: Thiel is an investor in Vator). For…
  • Fellow dinner-goer gives alternate Uber story

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Nicole Campbell says Uber never threatened any journalistsIt’s been the Week of Uber. You ready for a new one? Here’s an interesting new twist on the Uber story: everything was taken out of context and grossly sensationalized. That’s the story according to another person who was at the same Uber dinner: Nicole Campbell, entrepreneur and former White House Fellow. Campbell’s version of events is much more tame and presents Emil Michael’s statements in a much softer light. It also casts BuzzFeed reporter Ben Smith in a much harsher light—that of a journalist…
  • Ouch! Fab to be sold for as little as $15 million?

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Report: PCH International is said to be the buyer; Fab was once valued at $1 billionA few months ago, Fab CEO  Jason Goldberg told Forbes that he was looking to sell the company. While Goldberg himself didn't specify a price, analysts targeted it at around $100 million to $150 million. It was a startling price for a company that had been worth $1 billion only one year before. Now it looks like the company has found a buyer. And the price is even lower than expected. Much lower. Fab is currently in talks to sell itself to PCH…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 11/21/14

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Kik, Accompani, LiveAuctioneers, Veradocs, Eyeview, Marley Spoon, Bellhops, CipherCloud, Kiip, PreziSeed stage Managed by Q, a smart office cleaning platform, raised $1.65 million in seed funding fromHomebrew Ventures, RRE Ventures and Semil Shah. WeMail, an e-mail app designed for mobile, raised over $1 million from Justin Kan, Emmett Shear, Tikhon Bernstam, Sean Byrnes and Steve Huffman. Alfred, a subscription errand service, raised $2 million in a round led by Spark Capital, with participation from SV Angel and CrunchFund. Obillex, a payments finance…
  • The dream is dead: Aereo files for chapter 11 bankrupty

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Aereo could never recover from losing its case against the United States Supreme Court this summerPerhaps it was inevitable, but the news is still sad: after years of legal battles and a case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, the end has finally arrived for TV-streaming service Aereo. The company has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, it was announced in a blog post from founder and CEO Chet Kanojia on Friday.  The deathblow, he said, came from the decision by the Supreme Court in June, which said that the service violated the…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Small Businesses Hiring More Independent Workers

    Steve
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    New Geography's 1099 Economy on the Rise features data from Zen Payroll showing: "the ratio of independent contractors to full-time employees has meaningfully risen among small and medium-sized businesses in states and major metropolitan areas across the country." In other words, small and mid-sized businesses are using more independent workers and fewer traditional employees.   The article chart below shows this data for various cities (click on the chart to enlarge). This data comes on top of several recent studies showing large companies are increasing their use of…
  • Schedule Control and the Independent Worker

    Steve
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, etc.) consistently tell us they like the autonomy, control and flexibility independent work provides.  The National Journal article How Airbnb and Uber are Changing the Nature of Work explores one aspect of this - schedule control.  Key quote: It's hard to overstate how much an employee's control over his schedule, even if it's a small amount of leeway, changes the work experience. Almost three-quarters of adult workers (73 percent) said flexibility is "one of the most important factors they consider"…
  • The Rise of WeWork Coworking

    Steve
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inside the Phenomenal Rise of WeWork, from Forbes, covers the explosive growth of the coworking chain WeWork.  Key quote: Over the next 12 months the company expects to triple its membership from 14,000 to 46,000 and expand to 60 locations from 21 today and 9 just a year ago ... WeWork will gross an estimated $150 million this year with operating margins of 30%. Current plans will push revenue to more than $400 million next year.  Based on this performance, WeWork recently raised $150 million at an eye popping $1.5 billion valuation. Several years ago we wrote about the rise…
  • Decision Making Data Used by Small Businesses

    Steve
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Marketing Charts, one of our favorite data related websites, covers a recent Constant Contact survey in their article Types of Data Used by Small Businesses. Since this data is based on a survey of Constant Contact customers, it's no great surprise that the data source listed most often is email marketing reports. But the other uses are consistent with both our research and the research of others, so I find this information overall to be quite credible.   Another interesting finding from the research are the reasons small businesses don't use data. The chart below is from the…
  • Mobile Data Usage Exploding

    Steve
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mobile computing device penetration rates continue to expand.   As the chart below from BI Intelligence (paid subscription required) shows, US smartphone penetration is now 72%, up from 65% this time last year. Also, tablet penetration is now at 33%.   This is leading to an explosion in the use of digital data by mobile devices. According to BI Intelligence, the average mobile device user uses a bit over 2 gigabytes of digital data each month.  This is up from around 1 gigabyte a year ago. Mobile data usage will continue to grow at a rapid clip, driven by: Continued…
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    Mixergy

  • DC-based startup hit $1,000,000 in sales in its first year – with Hyungsoo Kim

    Andrew Warner
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is the story of how paying attention to a problem of a visually impaired classmate helped a Mixergy fan launch a hit product. Hyungsoo Kim is the founder of Eone Timepieces, a company that makes beautiful tactile watches that allow you to tell time without looking at them. In his first year of business he has sold $1M of The Bradley, a watch loved by both sighted and vision-impaired people including Stevie Wonder, who wore it to The Grammy Awards. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Hyungsoo Kim Hyungsoo Kim is the…
  • How HackerRank took off by helping companies hire great programmers – with Vivek Ravisankar

    Andrew Warner
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    Vivek Ravisankar’s HackerRank was down to its last 15 bucks. He was living in his parents house in India. How did he and his cofounder, Hari Karunanidhi, turn things around? That’s what this interview is about. Listen to how this duo discovered a product that businesses would eagerly pay for and scored over 700,000 users for HackerRank, the platform that helps hackers hone their skills and companies hire great programmers. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Vivek Ravisankar Vivek Ravisankar and Hari…
  • Master Class: How to use lean analytics – with Ben Yoskovitz

    ArieSaint
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When a startup fails, most founders wonder, “What happened?” That’s the situation Benjamin Yoskovitz was in a few years ago. “It was clear that what we thought was a solution to a problem that we were attacking was not resonating,” says Ben, a tech entrepreneur, angel investor, and co-author of Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster. But he didn’t know why it didn’t resonate. “And so you’ve mentally and psychologically and financially committed to something,” he says. “And it’s very hard to…change it completely. Frankly, you’re…
  • How the startup you’ve never heard of is competing with Google Analytics – with Maciej Zawadzinski

    Andrew Khalili
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today I have Maciej Zawadzinski. He is the co-founder and CEO of piwik PRO, which is Piwik for business. So what’s Piwik? It’s an open source alternative to Google analytics. We’re going to hear how he came up with this business idea, how he grew it, and about the challenges. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Maciej Zawadzinski Maciej Zawadzinski is the Co-founder and CEO piwik PRO, which is piwik for business. So what’s piwik? it’s an open source alternative to Google Analytics. Raw…
  • How Paula Long co-founded a storage startup that was acquired for $1.4B

    Andrew Khalili
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s guest founded a company that she sold for $1.375 billion in cash. When the deal was announced, it was the largest ever cash purchase of a private venture-backed tech company. You might not have ever heard of it, but you’ll learn how she did it. Paula Long sold EqualLogic to Dell in 2008 and following year she founded DataGravity, the company she’s running today. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Paula Long Paula Long is the founder of DataGravity, turning storage from a container to an asset to…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • School of Business 11/22/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that is PRO-business. We are business friendly and we think the government ought to update the tax system. Just sayin… Includes: our Quote of the Week—words of wisdom from the late Nelson Mandela; This Week in Business History includes the innovation of plastics, soap, dynamite and Woody Woodpecker; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Chloe Dao

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    How is it different when YOU are your brand? Robin Tooms interviews Chloe Dao, women’s apparel designer and entrepreneur extraordinaire.
  • Sridhar Sudarsan - IBM Watson Ecosystem

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A team of geniuses created Watson specifically to compete on the Jeopardy! game show. In the process, they developed a new dimension of computing. What started as a light-hearted battle between man and computer, has prompted an entire industry to spring up around cognitive computing. And, oh, there is so much more to the story…
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Jake Morris

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Jen Lemanski
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    PKF’s Jen Lemanski and Audit Manager Jake Morris, CPA, discuss characteristics accounting students should look for in a firm when evaluating their career options.
  • Women Mean Business - Nishat Jones

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Extraordinary advice from an extraordinary woman. Leisa Holland-Nelson visits with Nishat Jones, director of marketing, Victory Packaging.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • 16 PR Strategies Every Small Business Should Stop Using Right Now

    Scott Gerber
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    PR can do wonders for your startup or small business, but not all strategies have proven to be effective. Below, 16 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share the one PR strategy they think all startups and small businesses should stop using, and why. 1. Over-the-Top Self-Promotion Press releases are a tool for getting your company’s name out... The post 16 PR Strategies Every Small Business Should Stop Using Right Now appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too)

    Candice Landau
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’re giving away 3 copies of ‘Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner’ by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn. If you’d like to enter the competition, skip to the end of the post. Not too long ago I compiled a list of 10 business books that every savvy... The post Books to Empower Women (That Men Should Read Too) appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs

    Jonathan Michael
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’ve collected 21 quotes from women about the challenges and fulfillment they’ve found in entrepreneurship. Featuring iconic business women and trailblazers like Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel, and Arianna Huffington, to small business owners who are etching out a path of their own and reaping the rewards. Do you have a quote... The post She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs appeared... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Here’s to You, Women in Business

    Angelique O'Rourke
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    If you’re an active part of your city or town’s community, you may have noticed a sudden spike in the number of activities and events relating to business and entrepreneurship. That’s because we’re now in the midst of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW); a week wholly dedicated to inspiring people to unleash their ideas and take the... The post Here’s to You, Women in Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Affordable Ways to Create Creative Workspaces

    Lisa Furgison
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    If the free flow of ideas is important to business operations, regardless of whether you’re a sole-trader or a business with 20 employees, you’re going to want to build an environment that breeds creativity. You’ve probably already heard about Google’s crazily creative office setups, each one different from the last—an indoor slide, chalets inside the office,... The post Affordable Ways to Create Creative Workspaces appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • The Market Is Ready: 3 Companies That Have Revolutionized Old Products With New Tech

    Simon Davies
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    We’re living in exciting times, contrary to the forecast of some economists. We routinely hear mixed messages about the health of the economy, but in terms of innovative, tech-based entrepreneurship, things couldn’t be better. In the past few years, hundreds of new opportunities have appeared for businesses with an ability to capitalize on widely available tech to provide an existing service in a better/faster/cheaper way. And it’s not due to a particular technological breakthrough per se, but rather through the optimization, integration, and widespread use of a particular existing…
  • Optimizing Customer Acquisition Channels: Rocketship.fm Interview with Mattan Griffel

    Ann Diab
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Startup founders everywhere are most interested in customer acquisition and activation, so the Rocketship podcast reached out to Mattan Griffel of One Month, which is a company that provides 30-day online video courses in Web & iOS Development, Growth Hacking, and more. Griffel also has a background that includes running a growth hacking agency and helping several startups in the process. Griffel started One Month after trying to learn how to code online. He felt like none of the options showed how to actually build something without having learned how to code before. One Month is a…
  • Why Should You Make An App For Your Brand

    Boris Dzhingarov
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The mobile industry has exploded in the last couple of years due to the fact that people now prefer smartphones over their normal ways of communicating because it integrates several needs into a singular device. We all know that people are more likely to buy a smartphone because they can call, text, check their mail, stay on Facebook, post on Twitter, or keep up-to-date with the stock market. The device is ready to satisfy many of the needs that the user has. Switching To Mobile Another reason why any brand in this world should consider creating a mobile application for their brand is related…
  • How To Get Hired When All Odds Are Against You

    Zainab Zaki
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Getting hired in a tough economy is always hard. Life can be unpredictable, and the curveballs sent your way can seem endless: jobs are lost, startups fail, family situations get strenuous, skills become irrelevant. When all odds seem stacked against you, there is a way to get your career and life back on track. I’ve been there, done that. My startup failed, my visa got denied (not once but twice!), I lost most of my savings, my family situation went from bad to worse and I graduated at the peak of the 2008 recession with debilitating student loans, no job, and bleak career prospects.
  • Worthy Dropbox Alternatives to Store Your Files in the Cloud

    Diogo Costa
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    When anyone thinks of storing files in the cloud, Dropbox is probably the first service that comes to mind. The company, started in San Francisco, has been around for 6 years now. Dropbox is taking a clear and strong position in this market niche, which has strong prospectives of growth in the years to come. There are, however, alternative services that users can count on. Some are not so well-known to the general public, but each offers quality services with, many times, free plans that offer a lot of interesting functionalities. Apple’s storage service, iCloud, is actually one of…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • 'Lost' Lois Lerner Emails Found Despite 'No Backup' Claims. IRS Has No Comment  

    Robert W. Wood
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The 30,000 'Lost' emails weren't backed up and are lost forever, IRS officials testified under oath. Now, it turns out they exist. What targeting will they reveal?
  • The Brave Journalists, Asia Report To End Impunity

    Jon Springer
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The United Nations made November 2 of this year the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (#EndImpunity on Twitter). The UN, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Press Institute (IPI), PEN International (PEN) and many other international organizations published many reports on the day and since about what they mean by impunity and data on how much various countries have been implicated in journalists' deaths followed by incomplete investigations.
  • F1 Teams Burn Up $570 Million Of Losses In Just Five Years

    Christian Sylt
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Formula One’s teams made combined net losses of $561.6 million over the five years to 2013 according to recently-released financial statements.
  • Why You Should Invest In Angola

    Mfonobong Nsehe
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Teodoro de Jesus Xavier Poulson, a Member of the Investment Committee of the Fundo Activo de Capital de Risco Angolano speaks to Mfonobong Nsehe about Angola’s economic potential, the business opportunities available in the country, and why investors from all over the world should take notice.
  • How To Think Like Apple About The Customer Service Experience

    Micah Solomon
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Steve Jobs would say, over and over and over, words to this effect: You‘ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology - not the other way around. This means that the technology sold by Apple, or used by Apple in support of the customer
 
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • The Best Business Leaders Are Visible At The Front

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    True leaders realize that, by definition, the word "leader" places the leader at the front, and not the rear. Yet many, many executives try to lead through fear and intimidation. This isn’t really leading at all. It’s pushing. In all businesses, leading from the front means that you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, pitching in to get the job done. True entrepreneur leaders see the big picture and recognize that their business is only a small piece of a much bigger community. They lead their own small community to pull together in a way that galvanizes the entire ecosystem…
  • How Entrepreneurs Must Prepare For The Unthinkable

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs are so convinced that they are the disruptive element, they fail to anticipate that unknown facts or events can and will occur to disrupt their own well-laid plans. While it’s true that there is no way of know specifically what might happen, you need to anticipate the worst, and actually build a Plan B. People who haven’t thought about a Plan B often don’t survive the shock. In my years of mentoring and working with startups, I’ve seen and read about some amazing disruptions, as well as recoveries, and I’m sure each of you could add your own. For example, you…
  • 10 Trust Secrets You Need To Practice In Business

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the first harsh realities that every entrepreneur has to learn is that most of the things that are critical to startup success are outside of their direct control. Just because you dream it and build it, doesn’t mean they will come – that encompasses not only customers, but also investors, partners, team members, and even your own family. They won’t come if they don’t trust you. In my experience, trust is the most powerful tool that an entrepreneur can wield, both inside and outside of his own realm of control. I’ve seen many examples of this in my own business life, and yet…
  • The Planned Iteration Startup Launch Minimizes Risk

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    The traditional mode of starting a company has been to plan a serial process, where you complete once all the steps, leading to the “big bang” launch of the company. I strongly recommend a dramatic departure from this model, called “planned iteration” or Lean Startup methodology, where you assume you won’t get it right the first time, so you launch with a minimum viable product (MVP). This idea was first articulated by Paul Graham in an old essay, called “Startups in 13 Sentences” in which he talked about “making a few people really happy rather than making a lot of people…
  • Entrepreneurs Need To Understand Survival Basics

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    The good news is that the rate of entrepreneurship is down a bit, to pre-recession levels, according to the latest Kaufmann Index of entrepreneurial activity. The bad news is that it’s still high, the opportunity for change is huge, and the cost of entry is at an all-time low. It’s a jungle fight for survival out there for aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages and demographics. In this context, it’s time for every business, not only startups, to take a fresh look at the basics of business success. Jamie Gerdsen, in his book of lessons on business change, creatively titled “Squirrels,…
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  • 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

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

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

    Garr
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Last night we were treated to a lunar eclipse here in Nara, Japan (and elsewhere in the world, assuming you had clear skies). As it's the harvest season here with very much a feeling of Autumn in the air, the majestic orange tint of the moon seen just above the trees lining our house seemed very fitting to the season. As you know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth and into its shadow or umbra. The orange Moon or "blood Moon" is really something to behold. But why does the Moon turn red/orange? It's a simple phenomenon and it's explained clearly and visually…
  • Communication lessons from Frank Sinatra, 1963

    Garr
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    The legendary Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) can teach us a thing or two about engaging an audience. I stumbled upon this 1963 Playboy interview with Sinatra recently, and it's pure gold. "When I sing, I believe," says Sinatra. "I’m honest. If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. You have to reach out to them with total honesty and humility." Whether we're talking about an entertainer or about life in general, you can't be indifferent, Frank says. People do not connect with indifference. "This isn’t a grandstand play on my part; I’ve discovered—and you can see it…
  • The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

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

  • 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…
  • “I’ve Saved the Best for Last…” – A Stunningly Awful Strategy…!

    Peter E. Cohan
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I can’t tell you how many times I hear the presenter say, in a demo, "I've saved the best part for last..."  And this is offered after (often) an hour or more of demo details and day-in-the-life feature-function-flow.  Who is left in the room at that point?  Certainly not the high-ranking people.  And how are the remaining customer participants’ brains?  Mush.So don’t save the best for last; instead Do the Last Thing First!  (What a great idea…)
  • Early Adopters vs. Majority Prospects: Features vs. Solutions – and Doing Discovery

    Peter E. Cohan
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Early Adopters and Technology Adopters are inadvertently training us to deliver feature/function “Harbor Tour” demos…  But it’s not their fault; it’s ours…!Early Adopters and Technology Adopters love to hear and talk about new features and cool capabilities – and often identify problems themselves that can be solved, synthesizing solutions from the feature set articulated by vendors.  They embrace change and are excited about applying new capabilities to solve existing problems and new, previously unexplored arenas.  However, while important, this group represents…
  • Problem Solvers vs. Problem Finders

    Peter E. Cohan
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    The world today respects problem solvers – without question.  Intriguingly, however, many senior managers are now assigning even higher value to problem finders or problem identifiers.  In the current regime of big-data-what-question-would-you-like-to-ask, people who can identify insightful questions to ask may be providing higher value than those who find the ways to answer those questions.  It is argued – and I’d strongly agree – that identifying insightful new problems to address is often a harder task than  solving problems already identified. …
  • Technology Adoption Curve - And the Degree of Proof Your Customers Require

    Peter E. Cohan
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    A simple way to tell where your customers are on the technology adoption curve is to assess the degree of proof they require prior to making a purchase.For example, very early in the development of a market, when you are presenting to Innovators and Early Adopters, they will buy after seeing brief Vision Generation demos:  “Oooooo, this looks really good – I gotta get me some of that…!”Early Majority prospects will require a deeper demo – a Technical Proof demo – to make sure that the capabilities they feel they need are present and work correctly.You’ll know that you are…
 
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  • 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…
  • Thank you, Entrepreneurship Educators

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

  • Breezeworks Books $5M For Smartphone Driven Small Business Help

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    San Francisco-based Breezeworks, a developer of a mobile app aimed at helping small business service providers better manage their business, has raised $5M in a funding. The funding came from Obvious Ventures, the new investment firm created by Evan Williams.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Dual Aperture Gets $5.7M

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Palo Alto-based Dual Aperture, a developer of 3D image capturing and other advanced camera technology, has raised $5.7M in a funding round, the company said this week. The funding was led by Value Invest Korea (VIK), along with eWBM. The company said it was founded by Dr.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • DocuSign Adds Strategic Investors

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    San Francisco-based DocuSign, the developer of electronic signature software, said Thursday that it has added three strategic investors to its latest funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Uversity Gets More Funding For Predictive Enrollment Tools

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    San Francisco-based Uversity, which is developing software which helps universities better predict their enrollment and incoming classes, has raised an additional round of funding, bringing its total raised to $11.4M.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Flywheel Raises $12M For Taxi App

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    San Francisco-based Flywheel, which develops an Uber-like mobile app targeted at helping taxi and tranportation companies compete with Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and others, has raised $12M in a series C funding. The new funding came from TCW, RockPort Capital, and Shasta Ventures.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • 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.
  • Biggest Austin Presence at DEMO in History

    Bryan Menell
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Austin continues to make "Top 10" lists for everything, and break new records. Here's one for you from the legandary DEMO conference in San Jose this week. A record-breaking six Austin companies launched at DEMO this week, and three of the six are being incubated at Capital Factory with one being an ATI graduate.
  • Bigcommerce Raises $50 Million in Growth Equity; Investors Include SoftBank Capital and Telstra Corporation

    Bryan Menell
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Bigcommerce, the ecommerce platform of choice for fast-growing brands, today announced it has raised $50 million in Series D funding. The company will use the funds to invest in product development, aggressively grow sales and marketing, and expand its business to new markets. The financing was led by SoftBank Capital, a venture firm affiliated with SoftBank Corp., and included Telstra Ventures and American Express, as well as existing investors General Catalyst and Revolution Growth. Steve Murray, a partner at SoftBank Capital, will join the Bigcommerce board.
 
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  • Why Consumers Showroom and Webroom [Infographics]

    Linda Bustos
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    Last post we looked at the showrooming threat and what you can do about it. This week’s infographics cover both showrooming and webrooming, from WisePricer and Merchant Warehouse.TweetablesOver 50% of smartphone owners have researched prices while in store Tweet this1 in 5 consumers practice showrooming, 96% plan on doing so in the future Tweet thisThe top reason consumers showroom is ecommerce merchants offer free shipping Tweet thisRetailers estimate 5% of sales are lost to showrooming Tweet this Tweetables75% of men and 63% of women “webroom” (research online, purchase…
  • The Showrooming Threat: 5 Ways to Fight Back

    Linda Bustos
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    With 71% of US mobile users owning smartphones, hundreds of thousands of consumers are carrying the Internet in their pockets, and 81% of them use their devices in-store.While some retailers are exploring iBeacon and other in-store digital goodness, most physical retailers are concerned about the threat of showrooming — when customers visit the physical store with the intent to order online (which increasingly involves a mobile touch).The threat of showroomingConsumers showroom in hopes of finding a lower price online, and of course, when it comes to low prices, the road often leads to…
  • The End of Facebook Like-gating and What it Means for Marketers

    Linda Bustos
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    The practice of “Like-gating” has been a social strategy for many brands for a handful of years, with some social marketing vendors offering their own solutions for implementing Like-our-page-to-get-access to Facebook Pages.Image credit: Jack AshmanBut the Like-gate party is now officially over. As of November 5, Facebook has updated its SDK and API, removing the ability to require a Page Like to view content, participate in contests or receive coupons and other special offers. (Facebook also laid the smackdown on asking for Likes on individual Timeline posts in April. Humbug!)From the…
  • 2014 Holiday Online Retail Stats [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    What’s “in store” for the 2014 holiday online shopping season? Invesp Consulting dishes in this week’s infographic: Holiday shopping: statistics and trends.TweetablesThis holiday season will have only 26 days between Black Friday and Xmas (+1 more than last year, -5 than 2012) Tweet thisUS retail commerce is expected to grow 16.6% this year, up from 15.3% growth last year Tweet thisThis year’s holiday sales are estimated to account for 23.7% of total retail ecommerce sales in the US Tweet thisMobile commerce is expected to account for 33% of US online holiday sales…
  • 7 Critical Success Factors for Ecommerce This Holiday

    Linda Bustos
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    While for most ecommerce sites, the holiday shopping season is the “most wonderful time of the year,” there’s no other time of the year when consumers are more bombarded with email and ads promising door-crashing (and site-crashing) low prices and free shipping offers, both in-store and online. With competition fiercer than fierce, what makes or breaks your holiday selling success?Site performanceThe average cost of downtime for an ecommerce website is an estimated $4700/minute. There’s nothing more critical than website uptime and performance during peak periods.It’s not just…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • 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.
  • Does an MBA Help in Running a High-Tech Business?

    Tim Berry
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Question (on Quora): Does an MBA help in starting up and running a technology-based business?  My Answer on MBA for High Tech I have an MBA degree and I bootstrapped a software company past $10M annual sales and was a co-founder of another software company that went public in less than four years. And the truth is neither yes or no, but somewhere in between. The value of the MBA depends on who you are, what you want, what other options you have, what you give up, and where you are in career and the more important rest of your life, like relationships, having children, etc. My MBA degree made…
  • Real Cases: Paths Female CEOs Took to the Top

    Tim Berry
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    This is interesting: Harvard Business Review just published some research on how large-company female CEOs reached the top. The authors looked at the career paths of 24 women who head Fortune 500 companies. They do say they were testing the standard assumption that these women took “the most competitive business tracks, like investment banking and management consulting.” It turned out, however, that the standard assumption wasn’t particularly accurate. Most women running Fortune 500 companies did not immediately hop on a “competitive business track.” Only three had a job at a…
  • Startups and Business Owners: The ‘Have to Do’ Factor is Infinite

    Tim Berry
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    This should be so horribly obvious: Your business exists to make your life better. Not vice-versa. Don’t live to make your business better. Obvious? Sure. But people forget. Do you use what you “have to do” for your business as the constant recurring excuse for missing things that matter to people you love – soccer games, recitals, appointments, and so on? I’m sure you’ve heard the oft-repeated saying about people on their death beds not wishing they’d spent more time in the office. I think the “have to do” factor for entrepreneurs, startups, and small business owners is…
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • 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. Links From This Episode: Download the 7 Levers of Business Report Perry Marshall’s site Direct link to the 80/20 Sales and Marketing “Shipping Only” book offer 80/20 Online calculator tool Books Mentioned in This Episode: You can try out a lot of the books we recommend in audio format with Audible: http://audibletrial.com/preneurcast…
  • 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…
  • Driving Massive Growth with Phil Barham [PreneurCast Ep149]

    Florence
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Phil Barham took My Family™ Stickers from an idea to a business that has sold 8 million stickers in 23 countries. Pete talks to Phil about the critical elements of identifying his market, supporting his retail outlets and taking massive action. From Australia, to Japan, and now North America, it seems the world can’t get enough of this episode’s guest, Phil Barham. Well, more accurately Phil’s quirky idea – My Family™ Stickers.  You know, the stick-figure drawings you’ve probably seen on the back window of cars — everywhere. Phil and his partner Monica have taken…
  • Seven Steps to Exceptional Email Etiquette [CONVERSIONS]

    Todd Spear
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ahh, anyone here remember that movie? Goodness! It was the Golden Age of the Web, and we were all (Internet) explorers, weren’t we? Email is nothing new. It’s been around for decades now and everybody (including your grandma) is using it. But think about how much it’s evolved. Now, for a generation of young people, the meaning behind the title of the 1990s classic romantic comedy, You’ve Got Mail, is all but lost, as no one – repeat: no one! – is still using the once-familiar audio notification from which the film gets its name. In the years since that film…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Writing-first Design

    Jonas Downey
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop or Sketch and start messing with layouts and style explorations. Seasoned designers know this can be distracting, so they might start by doing research or drawing in a paper sketchbook instead. Sketching is great, but before I start sketching, I start writing. Writing first has lots of advantages, regardless of the project you’re working on. Here are a few examples.
  • A Glimpse of Artificial Intelligence

    Jamie
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    At 8:15 AM I called Safelite Auto Glass for a quote to fix a chip in my car’s windshield. I wasn’t expecting to get the work done today, but the customer service rep gave me a great deal. We scheduled the appointment for 9:30 AM. Then he asked if he could send me an email confirmation. Normally I don’t give out my email address because I don’t want to get on another mailing list. However, in my past experience there’s been miscommunication between the corporate call center and the place of service. In truth, the $50 Safelite quote was way below the $140 dealer…
  • Art and Craft

    Wailin Wong
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Priceless cultural artifacts and works of art belong in a museum, as Indiana Jones taught us. But if the museum doesn’t have the space for that painting or Cross of Coronado, these pieces go to companies like The Icon Group. Photo by Michael Berger Founded in 1980, The Icon Group is a specialized moving and storage business that performs the vital but unsung task of boxing up fine art objects and storing them safely. There’s an incredible amount of knowledge and skill that goes into handling an oddly shaped or fragile piece, and companies like The Icon Group only gain that…
  • PHOTO: A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.

    Jamie
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.
  • PHOTO: Less works.

    Nate Otto
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Less works.
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  • 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…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

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

  • Startupbootcamp Copenhagen ups the game with this year's batch

    Greg Anderson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Last night entrepreneurs and investors piled into Copenhagen's third oldest church repurposed into an event space to see what's come out of Startupbootcamp Copenhagen's latest batch. Host Lars Buch started off the program by saying this was the most mature group they've had so far, and by the looks of the companies Startupbootcamp has managed to gather some good talent from as far as Russia and Peru and bring them to Copenhagen for three months of hard work and mentoring. That hard work has been counted up; to get to the demo day the 11 companies worked 50,000 man hours, wrote 450,000 lines…
  • Appgyver's Workspaces might finally get enterprises to leverage mobile

    Greg Anderson
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    Finnish HTML5 app platform Appgyver has one of those paths that seems logical when you look back at their history, but would be somewhat impossible to fully realize when they first launched. Their new product, called Appgyver Workspace, looks like a promising platform for enterprises to finally take advantage of the power of mobile - a massively valuable turning point that hasn't come thanks to bloated corporate software banging up against today's 'Bring Your Own Device' policy. I sat down at Appgyver's office for a tour, and CEO Marko Lehtimaki gave me a demo of the product without ever…
  • The ArcticStartup guide to: Estonia

    Marija Odineca
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    We’ve brought you guides to Riga and Lithuania before, and we know quite a few were looking forward to Estonia. With Slush just finishing up, we hope it will be particularly useful for those flying in for the event and willing to stay longer and explore #Estonianmafia startup scene. There’s one quote that has been widely circulated among Estonian and foreign investors: "If I see a company coming out of Estonia I am reasonably assured that it will be executed well. For its size, Estonia is generating more high quality startups than you would expect.” -       Naval Ravikant, Founder…
  • Uber Launches In Helsinki With Zero Cars While Taxify Takes Them

    Dmitri Sarle
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Note: Updated with quote from Uber With Taxify launching in Oulu two weeks ago, and in Helsinki yesterday, the taxi battles are starting to heat up in Helsinki. Timed with Slush, Uber surprised Finland by announcing they will be launching in Helsinki this morning but riders beware - Uber seems to have no cars are on the road. According to Taxify CEO Markus Villig, they may have had their taxi supply drop out underneath them overnight. The Estonian Taxify team gathered up around the Slush exits on the first day of the event and were aggressively giving out flyers with around 160 cars on the…
  • Upcloud claims world's fastest cloud hosting storage

    Greg Anderson
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    With Slush as the excuse to make some noise, Helsinki-based Upcloud shares they've launched the world’s fastest cloud hosting storage backend at just 20 cents a gigabyte. Looking over the graphs and information sent over by the company you can see that comparing services does get complicated, but as a comparison, similar performance on Amazon Web Services if it were technically possible would cost 87 times more. Thankfully these benchmarks have been recognized by third parties with 451 Research putting Upcloud as the most competitive in terms of pricing, hitting prices 60% below the index…
 
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • 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…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/26/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Every week I pull out the best information relevant to optimizing your personal health, success and performance. Finding the links and reading the posts is easy. Implementing and taking actions to result in positive change is the tougher, but much more rewarding part: A look at the concept of “time” and how various people perceive our advances through life [Laphams] If you change your mindset can you change your age? [NYTimes Magazine] Infographic on the science behind extending longevity [NYTimes] Thoughts on “how to execute” [Barry Ritholtz] Jason Calacanis interviews Tim Ferriss…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/19/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    A bit late getting to last week’s links: A new book shows us better and more efficient ways to learn [NYTimes] A former trader explains why setting goals will increase your performance [Traderfed] More on poor sleep: your brain will shrink! [Sleep Junkies] Q&A with the author of Millennial Money. Good suggestions [A Wealth of Common Sense] More research on how resveratrol can extend life [LEF.org] Trend: Facebook & Apple offer to pay for women to freeze their eggs [Techcrunch] Author interview on the book: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human…
  • Performance Round-Up 10/12/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
      Tons of great content this week: Why Saying Is Believing: The Science of Self Talk [NPR] Why Founders Should Care About Happiness [First Round] How to Get Sleep Before a Big Race (Or Event) [Ben Greenfield] Financial Net Worth Is AboutTime, Not Money [AARP] The Problem with Long Term Thinking [Fool] Keith Rabois Interviewed on How to be a Great COO [DataFox > First Round] How To Be Efficient [Bakadesuyo] The Wisdom of Kevin Kelly [Ben Casnocha] The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears [Outside] Jason Calcanis Interviews Camath Palihapitiya [ThisWeekInStartups] How Hard do…
  • Performance Round-Up: 10/05/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A round-up of interesting reads for performance optimizing fanatics (with an entrepreneurial bent): How to re-Grow Brain Cells with Dr. David Perlmutter (around 30 min in) [Fat Burning Man- Youtube] How CEO’s Should Lead [@mgallizzi] How Exercise Protects Against Depression [NYTimes] Blackstone Market Commentary from Bryon Wien [Blackstone] Tim Ferriss Interviews Ramit Sethi [iTunes Podcast] How Yogurt Affects the Brain [Atlantic] Paleo Lifestyle Way Way Back [NYTimes] Entrepreneurs Need Sleep [Forbes] Buddhism to Beat Depression [Aeon] Jason Calcanis Tweetstorm on Founder Mental…
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Adventure Local

    public
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Company / App Name: Adventure Local http://advlo.com Twitter – @advlo_ What does it do? Adventure Local ( Advlo ) connects travelers with authentic local adventures around the world. We are leveling the playing field for the adventure travel industry by allowing people to easily upload, showcase, and sell adventure activities. Why do we need it? With the increase of travel planning convenience has come the decline of authentic experiences. As adventure travelers ourselves, we have built a platform we want to use to connect with awesome local guides and promote good tourism. Who is it…
  • Pitch for Trippeo

    public
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    Company / App Name: Trippeo http://trippeo.com Twitter – @trippeo What does it do? Trippeo is the first end-to-end business travel and expense solution designed for today’s workforce. Why do we need it? Trippeo makes managing business travel and expenses faster, easier, and smoother than ever before. Who is it for? Trippeo\’s web dashboard helps companies keep their teams on budget with travel booking capabilities, real-time analytics, and customizable workflows. A free iOS app is the perfect travel companion for on-the-go business travellers. What makes it stand out from the…
  • Pitch for ZombieTweet

    public
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Company / App Name: ZombieTweet http://www.zombietweet.com Twitter – thezombietweet What does it do? ZombieTweet is like a video recorder for Twitter. If you can’t follow tweets about your preferred TV show during the episode or if you host a conference you can schedule a recording. Why do we need it? never miss a funny or interesting tweet Who is it for? all people What makes it stand out from the crowd? easy, fast, available What’s next? release mobile apps Pitch Video http://www.zombietweet.com
  • Pitch for The Midnight Scoop

    public
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Company / App Name: The Midnight Scoop http://www.midnightscoop.com Twitter – Midnight_Scoop What does it do? The Midnight Scoop is a revolutionary new way to scoop ice cream. We have taken the “good enough” attitude and turn it upside down – now we have a brand-new functional design made from materials that will last generations. Why do we need it? Besides looking amazing, the Midnight Scoop has a performance-driven design! The shape of the handle allows for ambidextrous use in a way that immobilizes your weak wrist muscles and forces you to use larger stronger arm…
  • Pitch for Green2Go (G2G)

    public
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Company / App Name: Green2Go (G2G) http://green2go.co Twitter – Green2G0 What does it do? Green2Go (G2G) allows patients to find & order medical marijuana from local dispensaries for delivery or pickup, via mobile and web. G2G pairs choice & convenience with unparalleled service! Why do we need it? Choice: Why choose from what one dispensary has to offer when you can browse & order from any/all of the dispensaries in your area? Convenience: Why make the trip to pick up your cannabis when we\’ll bring it to you for free?!? Who is it for? All legal medical marijuana…
 
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    Techday

  • Spark and Huawei sign understanding to expand mobile coverage

    Shannon Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Telco Review Spark and Huawei reaffirmed their commitment to bring the latest technology to New Zealand consumers by expanding the existing Joint Innovation Programme.   Read More →
  • Serko to boost sales and staff after $3.6m loss

    Shannon Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    IT Brief "We continue to build a strong pipeline of committed new business through existing and new travel agent resellers. Engaged and motivated travel agents are key to Serko’s long-term growth in Australasia and the rest of the world."   Read More →
  • Social media giving a voice to those without a voice

    Shannon Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Featured NetGuide The ability to help animals has become far more accessible with the use of technology. Apps, websites and social media help people who want to get involved.   Read More →
  • Be proactive, not reactive, says Distribution Central

    Catherine Knowles
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    The Channel Steve Jones of Distribution Central says the company is taking a disruptive distributor approach in order to help resellers meet the needs of today's customer.   Read More →
  • Andrew Moss of Atlas Gentech talks distribution and Huawei solutions deal

    Heather Wright
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Channel From law to security to Huawei Enterprise – Andrew Moss has traversed an interesting path to his current position.   Read More →
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • WSJ On What College Can Teach Aspiring Entrepreneurs #highered

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

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

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

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

    David J. Miller
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A massive 69% of India’s population does not have access to the Internet. A non-profit back by Mark Zuckerberg — probably the most successful student entrepreneur of the past 10 years — has put up $1 million in prizes for creative solutions to this problem. From TechCrunch: The contest from Facebook-backed Internet accessibility partnership Internet.org could help millions of people recognize the value of the Internet, pursue access, and gain knowledge and opportunities that can help them get better jobs and improve their lives. That could in turn help Internet.org’s…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Startup Lessons Learned at Google: Think Money Last and User First

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this last installment, filmed at the 15th Founder…
  • Crowdfunding Campaign and Video Success Tips from Indiegogo’s Ben Bateman

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Despite the abundance of stories of how startups far exceeded their crowdfunding goals, there are far more tales of campaigns that failed to match even the smallest target. Even worse, too little attention is given to just how much effort and tactical prowess is required when launching a successful crowdfunding campaign. Luckily, Ben Bateman, the Associate Director, Design & Technology Categories at Indiegogo, is here to lay out some helpful tips for devise an effective crowdfunding campaign strategy. The blog post, "Indiegogo’s Ben Bateman Shares Crowdfunding…
  • Get on the Rocket Ship! The Founder Institute is Hiring at our Palo Alto Headquarters

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles in our Palo Alto office - including Project Managers, Account Managers, an Office Manager, a Finance & Operations Manager, Operations & Logistics Associates, Interns, a Director of Sales, and more. The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies that create over ONE…
  • Silicon Valley’s Founder Institute Launches in Pakistan to Help Employees Launch Startups

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The Founder Institute (www.fi.co), the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching a new chapter in Karachi, Pakistan. Although the Founder Institute operates across over 70 cities and six continents, the Karachi chapter will be the program’s first in Pakistan. Applications to the program are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply to the Karachi Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/karachi.  The Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute decided to officially…
  • Retailigence partnership reported by Business Wire, Zirtual featured on Staffing Industry Analysts, and more Grad News

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, Retailigence partnered with Aarki Studio, Zirtual received investment from Recruit Holdings, and more Grad News. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Retailigence partners with Aarki Studio, featured on Business Wire: Retailigence and Aarki Partner to Offer Ad Networks Local Product and Pricing Content…
 
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    OnlyOnce

  • 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…
  • Does size matter?

    Matt Blumberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Does size matter? It is the age-old question — are you a more important person at your company if you have more people reporting into you?  Most people, unfortunately, say yes. I’m going to assume the origins of this are political and military. The kingdom with more subjects takes over the smaller kingdom. The general has more stars on his lapel than the colonel. And it may be true for some of those same reasons in more traditional companies. If you have a large team or department, you have control over more of the business and potentially more of the opportunities. The CEO will…
  • Book Short: Way, Way Beyond Books

    Matt Blumberg
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Way, Way Beyond Books The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone, was a great read.  Amazon is a fascinating, and phenomenally successful company, and Jeff is a legendary technology leader.  The Everything Store is a company and personal biography and totally delivers. Forget about the fact that Amazon is now almost $100B in revenues and still growing like mad.  I find it even more amazing that a single company could be the largest ecommerce site on the planet while successfully pioneering both cloud computing services and e-readers.  The stories…
  • PTJD

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Post Traumatic Job Disorder. As we have been scaling up Return Path, we have been increasingly hiring senior people in from the outside. We believe in promoting from within and do it all the time, but sometimes you need an experienced leader who has operated at or ahead of the scale you’re at.  Someone with deep functional expertise and a “been there, done that” playbook. When you get a hire like this right, it’s amazing how much that kind of person gets done, how quickly. One of the pitfalls of those hires, though, is cultural fit. Many of the larger organizations in…
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    Techstars

  • Techstars Boston Demo Day 2014

    Semyon Dukach
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m thrilled to present the 12 companies that are speaking today at my first Techstars Boston Demo Day as the Managing Director. It’s been an honor and a privilege working with these founders over the past few months, and I’m excited for them to show off all their progress. One of the many awesome characteristics about this year’s Techstars Boston class will be that it is one of the most international classes out of Boston to date. With companies from Australia, Russia, France, Croatia, Hong Kong as well as Boston and San Francisco, this class brings a geographically…
  • Announcing the 10 Companies for the London Winter 2014 Class

    Jon Bradford
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Today Techstars London welcomes another exceptional group of entrepreneurs into our Winter 2014 Class.  From across a broad spectrum, companies come from a multiple of sectors including B2C and B2B, but also include for the first time hardware companies (IndyBo & Kynttan) and crypto-currency startups (Swarm). As a demonstration of the growing maturity of the UK ecosystem, a greater number of teams come from the UK including London, but also Edinburgh, Cambridge and Norwich!!  However, as with other programmes we have also attracted overseas teams from United Arab Emirates and…
  • Techstars Seattle Demo Day 2014

    Andy Sack
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    90 days have passed and the culmination of the Techstars Seattle program is here. Demo Day. 10 companies will be pitching their businesses in front of hundreds of investors. As Always, I’m excited. If you don’t have a ticket for the event you can follow Demo Day via Twitter: #TsDemoDay , #TsSeattle, and @Techstars. There are still tickets left for the Launch Party that follows Demo Day. You can reserve your ticket here: www.DemoDayLaunchParty.com  – The discount code: DDAY_25 will give you 25% off your ticket. Here are the 10 Companies and their one-liners: Garmentory A…
  • No Rest for FinTech – Applications Now Open for Cohort #2!

    Jess Williamson
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    There is never a dull moment in FinTech these days, and applications opened this week for our second cohort of Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars. We are extremely proud of our alumni and are eager to get going again. Our first cohort saw startups come from Canada, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and South Africa, along with a diverse range of British and international founders making up companies in the UK. They tackled issues all across financial services, ranging from credit scoring to crowdfunding mortgages to opportunities addressing the unbanked. With application doors flying…
  • Web Summit Featuring Four Techstars Managing Directors

    Sonya Caprio
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    This week, four of our Managing Directors will be speaking at the Web Summit conference: Semyon Dukach, Managing Director of Techstars Boston; Jon Bradford, Managing Director of Techstars London; Cody Simms, Managing Director of the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars; and Greg Rogers, Managing Director of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Web Summit is a world renowned tech conference where the tech world meets. It is all about celebrating and exploring how technology is changing all kinds of industries. Currently, 500 speakers and counting from Fortune 500 companies to…
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • What can you do today for your retirement?

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Saving for our children's university and retirement is one of life’s biggest savings, but surveys show these investments too often come last.What could you do if you can see yourself in one or both of these situations? Something. Start by trying to save just 2% of what you’re bringing in; put the contributions on systematic automatic contributions to be sure they make it into the designated pot. Here’s the deal. Someone is reading this and thinking, `What the heck. It’s too late for me.’ But you don’t have to make these changes all at once. Look at your long-term…
  • Just take the time and get your financial goals written

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    "If your financial plan is not written & measurable...it's just hope!"http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
  • Wealth managers versus brokers

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Typically, wealth managers, also known as financial planners, earn their living either from commissions or by charging hourly or flat rates for their services. A commission is a fee paid whenever someone buys or sells a stock or other investment. You may want to avoid financial planners who rely on commissions for their income. These advisers may not be the most unbiased source of advice if they profit from steering you into particular products.A growing number of financial planners make money only when you pay them a fee for their counsel. These financial planners don’t get a cut from life…
  • How do you select a financial planner when you sell your business?

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    When you sell your company and all of a sudden, you have millions to invest, it can make you quite giddy. All of a sudden, your long last relatives will appear on your doorstep asking for a loan or an investment. Your niece will want you invest in her new app which is "brilliant".  Suddenly, you can access wealth manages who need you to have more than $2million to open an account. These wealth managers are the elite of financial planners.Financial planners advise clients on how best to save, invest, and grow their money. They can help you tackle a specific financial…
  • What to do a few years before selling your business

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    When his father was 67 years old, an unforeseen financial crisis forced the succession. Patrick Bermingham, Bermingham Construction, knew his father did not have the appetite to fight for the company’s survival; in one moment, his father shook his hand and Patrick was put in charge.“My father was the supreme leader, but after that handshake, he never questioned my decision making.” Stepping into a precarious financial situation meant that Patrick had to make rapid decisions and get a plan for survival.“I needed money. I bought a new suit from Harry Rosen. I got on a plane to Japan. I…
 
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    Valleywag

  • Airbnb Thinks It Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize

    Kevin Montgomery
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Airbnb, a company that operates as a vacation home middleman, thinks it's under appreciated. In fact, their "hospitality guru" believes the company should win the Nobel Peace Prize.Read more...
  • Fab May Sell for a Pittance While Ex-Founder Abandons Fab-Like Startup

    Nitasha Tiku
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    For years, venture capitalists exuberantly assumed Fab, the online furniture store, could be worth $1 billion, despite mounting evidence that it was difficult to make money off of flash sales. Now TechCrunch reports that Fab may soon be sold to PCH International, an Irish supply chain company, for $15 million "and possibly as much as $50 million."Read more...
  • What to do about Uber

    Nick Denton on Nick Denton, shared by Nitasha Tiku to Valleywag
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Let me get one thing clear: I am fascinated by Uber, as a business, as a service, as a model for the modern economy, and even as a force for racial justice (more on that some other time). But it's increasingly clear that the fast-growing ride-hailing service is what economists would call a natural monopoly, with commensurate profitability. Should the windfall really all go to Travis Kalanick and the investors who are now putting a $30bn valuation on the company?Read more...
  • Billboards of Semi-Nude Brogrammers Are Lining Silicon Valley

    Kevin Montgomery
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Silicon Valley is so flush with cash, tech companies are assaulting motorists' eyes with billboards of emaciated engineers for the fuck of it. Bloomberg reports that highway billboards have returned as a coveted status symbol for tech's directionless marketing departments:Read more...
  • Male Startup Founders Think Your Vagina Should Smell Like a Ripe Peach [Updated]

    Nitasha Tiku
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    When the PayPal cofounder came for your period, I did not speak out enough. So I blame myself, really, for this waste of science. According to Inc. magazine, two male bio-hackers just "previewed plans for a new probiotic supplement that will enable women to change the way their vaginas smell."It is called it Sweet Peach, which sounds like a C-list rom-com with a similarly retrograde view on the priorities of the contemporary human female. If there was any doubt whether Austen Heinz and Gilad Gome, the duo who presented the peachy probiotics, were trying to enhance the female body or…
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    StartupMuse

  • Aereo’s Chet Kanojia Hubris Cost $97M

    Alexander Muse
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Last year I had the opportunity to meet with Chet Kanojia to talk about his ‘disruptive’ startup Aereo. It was clear he was facing HUGE problems with broadcasters who were suing him for reselling their content illegally. He was personally convinced he was right. He had figured out the perfect loophole to not pay content creators for their work. The idea was novel, but it was clear to me that he was stealing content from the actors, directors, producers and broadcasters who had paid to create it. He wasn’t the least bit interested in discussing the fact that he was making…
  • How to find female co-founders. . .

    Alexander Muse
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Last night Molly Cain texted me a picture from the Find a Co-founder event at the Addison Treehouse. She noted that there was only one other woman there and she wasn’t looking for a co-founder she was a recruiter. I received a LOT of feedback about my post titled, “Diversity Sucks” where I argued that “Investors need to invest their money in the BEST startups and founders regardless of race, creed, sexuality or disability.” Instead of complaining about the dearth of woman in startups I wish people who want more women in startups to actually do something about it.
  • 2015 StartupMuse Sponsorship Opportunities

    Alexander Muse
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Why feature your company or product on StartupMuse? StartupMuse is unique in the following ways: Widely followed by North Texas decision makers: entrepreneurs, executives, investors and developers from startups to the titans of tech. Total reach of sponsorship program is in excess of 250,000 uniques. A daily must read for the local startup community. Your brand appears alongside other leaders, not mass market consumer products or tacky pitches. Sponsors receive hundreds of clickthroughs per month from intelligent readers who know exactly what they’re clicking on. Combined with a widely…
  • You can make more money, not more time. . .

    Alexander Muse
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Since I played softball with Charlie O’Donnell at SXSW I’ve been an avid reader of his blog. This morning he had a new posted titled, “Valuing My Own Time and Saying No” where he talks about saying no to ineffective uses of his time. For example, he doesn’t do office hours at incubators and accelerators, he won’t do panel prep calls, he won’t take a 5-10 minute meeting, no networking events UNLESS he is speaking, he doesn’t drink and NEVER takes a meeting as a favor to someone. The post is worth reading. How much time are YOU wasting? I started…
  • Don’t share your idea with anyone!

    Alexander Muse
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    …unless you want to succeed. You’ve got an idea for the next big thing, a new iPhone application that could change the world, and you’re looking for developers and/or looking to raise capital. You are not entirely certain where to turn so you reach out to local entrepreneurs who have ‘been there and done that’. I get calls like these all of the time. Prior to 2008 most entrepreneurs here in North Texas were scared to share their ideas without getting an NDA in place beforehand. This put them at a HUGE disadvantage over their peers on the West Coast where collaboration and…
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  • Sack Your Boss – Wednesday night

    Steve Sammartino
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    The thing that I’ve learned in the past 10 years more than anything else, is how transferrable many of our skills are. I started out my career working in the FMCG industry – Fast Moving Consumer Goods – think supermarket style brands. And while I chose to stay in the industry for more than 10 years, when I decided to leave, and even applied for jobs in other industries I kept getting the same barriers put up in front of me. The HR people and recruiters would say: “They are after someone which the industry X experience”. Even the surfing Industry rejected me…
  • Going back to the well

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    This year I’ve been working steadily on my new book and sharing ideas with people who want to know about the technology revolution. And while it is true we are always learning while on the job, I feel like people in the information business need an off-season as much as professional sportspeople and musicians do. Problem is we don’t tend to plan for it on an annual basis as much as other ‘seasonal industries’ do. Which could lead us into a dangerous pattern of already knowing what we know, or at worst obsolescence through ignorance. The ironic thing is that this…
  • Five for Friday v4

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Here’s 5 pieces of information that got me thinking this week. Reading, viewing and listening pleasure for the impending weekend. Enjoy! 1. Are you suffering from Stuffocation? Author James Wallman takes about it here at Google. 2. Another reminder that the future is phygital – Both physical and digital have a place. One is not superior to the other. In fact, they are better together. 3. Crowdfunding the more important things in humanity – scientific research. Seems more important to me than a tricked up cooler. There’s hope for the internet yet. 4. This is BIG…
  • The people we want to meet

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The people we want to meet, would probably be happy to meet us too, before everyone wanted to meet them. The problem with the people we want to meet, is really in the timing of when we want to meet them. Because we usually only want to meet them after they have done something notable. It’s not uncommon to read about a lunch with Warren Buffett being auctioned for more than a million dollars. Or for people having a list of people they want to meet who inspire them. But what’s interesting is that no one wanted to meet those people before their fame and success was evident. Yet…
  • Five for Friday v3

    Steve Sammartino
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Here’s another 5 things that are worth investing some weekend time postulating life, culture and commerce over. 1. Take the marshmallow test for grown ups. An intriguing look at an old study that was done on kids attitudes in the 1960’s. 2. Hey, just print your next car. More proof 3D printing laughs at the internet as childs play in terms of future global impact. This is the 2nd 3D printed car I’ve seen after the Urbee… Sh*t is gettin’ real. 3. Some timeless advice from 1956. Let Earl Nightingale open your mind to the secrets to happiness and success. The best…
 
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    Springwise

  • Electric jetski-boat hybrid travels 100kmph on a single charge

    Springwise
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Add / Remove Once in a while, a new product comes out that defies classification and creates its own category. We’ve previously written about the PAL-V ONE, the car and gyroplane hybrid that lets riders seamlessly switch from driving to flying. Also setting itself apart from designs that have gone before it, Quadrofoil is an electrically-powered personal boat that uses water gliding technology to reach speeds of up to 100kmph without the emissions. With a unique design that gives it the look of a speedboat crossed with a jetski, the Quadrofoil is made of modular parts built from…
  • App offers travel recommendations based on time of year

    Springwise
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Add / Remove Travelers are always looking for suggestions as to where in the world they should visit next. We previously wrote about the Hitlist app which even makes the decision for them based on their social media profile. However, recommendations for any location may be better at one time of the year but not so good at others. What’s It Like is an app that aims to let users simply choose the time they’re looking to get away in order to receive a suggestion that’s perfect for the time of year. For those with holiday time availble in early September, it may be no use trying…
  • Social network for army vets wants to help curb growing suicides

    Springwise
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Add / Remove Recent statistics from the Pentagon show that the leading cause of death among members of the US military in 2012 and 2013 was not in fact war, but suicide. We recently wrote about Together Strong, the app that's helping former soldiers learn how to better emotionally engage in civilian society. Now POS REP is a social network for military personnel to find and support each other when they leave service. The app uses terminology familiar to soldiers to help them make sense of civilian life. The Radar section of the app helps users find other vets nearby and they can 'pop…
  • App lets diners check the vibe of restaurants in real time

    Springwise
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Add / Remove There’s nothing that can spoil an evening more than arriving at a no-reservation restaurant to find it’s already full, or — even worse — finding that the romantic eatery you’ve booked for a date is completely empty. We’ve already seen Waitbot tackle the first issue by using crowdsourced data to estimate waiting times at any venue. Now dining app Dash has introduced its Venue Vibes feature, which lets customers get accurate and real-time info about the atmosphere of nearby restaurants. The Dash app already has a range of functions to make eating…
  • Green renovation made easy with snap-on insulation and solar panels

    Springwise
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Add / Remove Green energy alternatives are now well known, and governments provide various incentives to get homeowners to invest in them. However, the time, effort and expense is still stopping the average consumer from switching. We’ve already written about the easy-to-install Ecodrain, a device that heats up shower water with the hot water going down the plug hole. Now the Netherlands’ Energiesprong is retrofitting homes with modular, snap-on fittings that can be deployed quickly and cleanly. Insulation can be difficult to install and solar panels require a fair amount of…
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  • 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!
  • Women@Austin Elevate Award – Jimmy Treybig

    Aruni
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Last night I attended a Women@Austin event where they gave the first Elevate award to someone who has had a great impact on women entrepreneurs.  It went to my long time mentor and adviser, Jimmy Treybig, founder of Tandem Computers. Jimmy is one of the few people to take a company from $0 to $2.3 billion. I feel so lucky to have had him as a mentor, friend, and adviser over the last 15 years. Check out page 26 for an article I co-wrote on him for the Rice Alumni magazine called Successful Companies Require Successful Teams! He gave a great speech last night on the importance of women in the…
  • Do You Care?

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

  • Elon Musk teases new fins for reusable rockets, autonomous spaceport ships

    Owen Williams
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Elon Musk is probably the most interesting person in private space technology right now. Today, he teased a number of new features for his SpaceX rockets and the technology that launches them. First up is the new x-wing design (no, not the ones from Star Wars) for hypersonic control, which help with re-entry to improve stability and offer greater maneuverability. For take-off, the fins are stowed and automatically deploy for re-entry. Testing operation of hypersonic grid fins (x-wing config) going on next flight pic.twitter.com/O1tMSIXxsT — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2014 Grid fins…
  • Why a tech reporter will create the next great startup

    Conrad Egusa
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Conrad Egusa is the CEO of Publicize. He is happy to connect on LinkedIn here. Tech journalists spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Which company will become the next Instagram? What’s the next product to change the face of gaming? The journalist-launched journalism startup is a relatively established concept, with Time’s Dan Fletcher and the Beacon crowdfunding platform being one recent example. But now, journalists are also pushing into other areas, a trend that will only continue as the news business continues to evolve. The Next Web’s former Latin America editor, Anna…
  • What every company should know about hiring tech talent

    Vivek Ravisankar
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and cofounder of Y Combinator alumnus HackerRank — a tech talent community for developers and companies that hire developers. The world is speeding up. Today, every company is a software company on some level. Developers are pushing the envelope, creating, iterating and scaling faster than ever before. Regardless of the industry your company is in or its size, hiring talented developers is critical for business to thrive. Here are three tips to push your business into hyperdrive by attracting awesome technical talent. 1. Set company practices that fuel…
  • Fawning over phones: Should we be worried about our addiction to gadgets?

    Ben Woods
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, Ericsson put out a report saying that 90 percent of the world’s population over the age of 6 would have a mobile phone by 2020. That seems like an incredible number – and is perhaps by some people’s estimations, a little on the generous side. Even so, even if you take 10 percent of that figure, that’s a lot of phones. Not all of those are smartphones, of course, but a growing number are. It’s not hard to see why either – costs are falling and availability of services is increasing; each passing day a new service adds... This story continues at The Next Web
  • Hoverboards, SmartFrames, and other cool Kickstarter projects

    Daniel Broderick
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Daniel Broderick is a freelance writer who focuses on art, entertainment, and finance. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Lots of people love Kickstarter. But creativity knows no bounds on the world’s favorite crowdfunding platform. From the hoverboard of childhood daydreams to a frame that stores your favorite videos and pictures, here are six more ideas with that wow factor, all of which you can donate to right now. Hendo Hoverboards If you were of a certain age when Back to the Future II came out in 1989, you probably…
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    The Product Guy

  • Announcing The Product Person Holiday Party 2014!

    Jeremy Horn
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    The Product Group is proud to announce The Product Person Holiday Party 2014!  RSVP TODAY! Join us in SoHo as we celebrate the Holiday season and a great year of Product!  In our 5th year of The Product Group — enjoy the drinks, make new friends, have a great, laid-back time! Share!Networking and Socializing w/ Fellow Product People Drink! Enjoy!RSVP Now Get to know your fellow Product People better in this year’s social event! (Not your regularly scheduled roundtable discussion. ) Don’t forget, you must be a member & RSVP to get in.  See you there! Jeremy…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:27 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 Manager, UX Design (New York, NY)Keywords: content, delight, design, uii, uxhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1038&lf=twf Associate Product Manager, Video Integration @ FreeWheel (New…
  • Hot Girls Pearls, Quality and Party On!

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Please submit your nominations for 2014′s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator) Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Hot Girls Pearlsexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from new business models to physics (thanks to Constance Sherman)…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of November 8, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Product Manager, UX Design (New York, NY)Keywords: content, delight, design, uii, uxhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1038&lf=twf Director of Product Management @ AOL (New York, NY)Keywords: advertising, content, mobile, webhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1037&lf=twf SR. Product Manager @ AOL, Inc. (Dulles, VA)Keywords: Agile, Digital , Lean Start-up, Product Mangement, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1036&lf=twf Product Manager @ TechCrunch (San Francisco, CA)Keywords: product, SEO,…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of November 1, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Contract Digital Product Manager / Project Manager, Teen Vogue @ Condé Nast (New York, NY)Keywords: contract, product manager, project managerhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1033&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
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    Ben Casnocha

  • 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.
  • Questions About Life from Jonathan Safran Foer

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    What’s the kindest thing you almost did? Is your fear of insomnia stronger than your fear of what awoke you? Are bonsai cruel? Do you love what you love, or just the feeling? Your earliest memories: do you look though your young eyes, or look at your young self? Which feels worse: to know that there are people who do more with less talent, or that there are people with more talent? Do you walk on moving walkways? Should it make any difference that you knew it was wrong as you were doing it? Would you trade actual intelligence for the perception of being smarter? Why does it bother you when…
  • Lessons and Impressions from Korea

    Ben Casnocha
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Recently, I spent a week in Korea to speak at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. It was fun spending time with the other speakers, such as David Epstein, author of the provocative book The Sports Gene, and friends Tyler Cowen, Jeff Jarvis, and Andy McAfee. Prior to the event in Seoul, I spent a few days in Jeju island on my own, just reading and hanging out. My big picture, touristic impressions of Korea: It felt very similar to Japan, which isn’t surprising given the country was ruled by Japan in the early 1900’s. Korea is wealthy and boasts advanced infrastructure—just like…
  • “Waking Up” and My On-Going Meditation and Buddhism Explorations

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sam Harris has written an excellent new book called Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion that I highly recommend to anyone interested in a hard-headed take on spirituality and meditation. This post contains highlights from the book combined with updates on my own evolving understanding Buddhism and meditation. Meditation feels like it’s at the peak of the hype cycle right now. The new Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco attracts flocks of suit-wearing business people, not spiritual loonies. Calm.com raised over a million bucks to bring a guided meditation app to the…
 
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    Young Upstarts

  • Primary Problems with Enforcing Non-Compete Agreements

    Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
     by Yasir Billoo, partner at Golden & Grimes LLP Businesses often require employees to sign non-compete agreements to protect their business interests. However, just because an employee has signed a non-compete agreement does not make the agreement valid under the law. Employers often attempt to overreach on such agreements, which may make the entire agreement invalid. Beware of these issues before you require an employee to sign an agreement that may turn out to be unenforceable later. 1. Legitimate Business Interest. As a prerequisite to non-compete agreements being enforceable in…
  • 5 Ways To Optimize Ecommerce On Small Business Saturday

    Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Rey Pasinli, Executive Director of Total-Apps Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday created in 2010 by American Express. It encourages consumers to buy from small businesses on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. While it was originally aimed to persuade consumers to buy local at retail locations, you can still take advantage of this holiday with your eCommerce store. Here are a few tips: 1. Use Social Media to Reach a Wider Audience. You’re going to want to take advantage of reaching the largest audience possible. Do you already take advantage of social sites like…
  • The Learning Curve: Your Company’s Only Sustainable Competitive Advantage And How To Develop It

    Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    by Edward D. Hess, author of “Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization“ Like all business leaders, you know that your organization’s survival and success depend on maintaining a competitive advantage. So you’re constantly focused on reaching more of your target market, making your product that much better, and expanding your services. Those are great strategies to drive your goals… if you have a time machine and are doing business in the previous century. But today? Technology has reduced the capital needed to start and build businesses, reducing…
  • [Review] Microsoft Office 365

    Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
      Microsoft Office 365 offers cloud computing with a number of affordable plans for businesses of all sizes. It’s a major overhaul for the recognized platform which a multitude of firms already rely on and the business packages in particular aim to make file sharing and collaboration easier in the workplace. Microsoft needed to make big changes after the poor reception of Windows 8 and the rise of free alternatives like Google Drive. Office 365 needs to find the right balance between advanced features and solid performance if Microsoft can expect business owners to keep paying up. So…
  • Real Estate Tech Startups Proving To Be Successful

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Real estate tech startups are changing the way traditional real estate markets have been doing business for decades. Lisa Kennelly points out, in her recent article ‘Start up Trends in Real Estate Technology,’ that in 2013, there were less than two dozen tech-based startups worldwide. However, the numbers just keep growing. Based on this developing trend, the brick and mortar market may never look the same. In 1999, Craigslist initiated this change by listing rental properties online. Start-ups such as Zillow, Redfina and Trulia soon followed suit when they introduced the concept of…
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  • 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…
  • Jordan Based E-commerce Startup Wysada Completes Series A Funding Round of Over $5 Million

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Wysada, the leading luxury online retailer of home goods, décor and interior furnishings in the Middle East, today announced it has completed a Series A investment round of over $5 million. The round was led by Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital fund belonging to Silicon Badia, a global group of venture funds based in New York City and Jordan, with participation from new strategic investors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alongside existing investors. The proceeds, which represents one of the largest Series A rounds raised by an early-stage…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • How many co-founders should you have?

    mark
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    My friend Austin announced yesterday that his company, Blockstream, just raised a $ 21M ‘seed’ round. While I was checking out their website to learn more about his company, I noticed that Austin is one of eleven co-founders. That got me thinking, how many co-founders should you have? Is there such a thing as too many? Back in my VC days it was prevailing wisdom in our fund that we would not invest in companies led by a sole founder. Why? Being a founder is tough. You need a partner in crime. You need someone to live through the highs and lows with. And investors need that too.
  • The role of a Seed Stage VC

    mark
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Seed stage VCs come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like 500 Startups, write small cheques into a large number of companies. Others, like Mantella Venture Partners make a small number of investments but get heavily involved in each of them (not sure if this is still true, but Mantella used to have all its portfolio companies in its office. That’s hands on involvement…). Now, the best entrepreneurs can choose who to raise money from. As a result, they look for things beyond money in choosing who to partner with. Usually they’re looking for some differentiated access…
  • Forget your idea, it’s the team…

    mark
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    In his seminal management book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins outlines the common foundations of great companies. One of them being, ‘first who, then what’. Basically, figure out who you need, then figure out what to do. I have witnessed this principle first hand many times. Perhaps the most striking example of this for me was one of our FounderFuel teams. We met Mikael and Stephanie back at the very beginning of their startup journey. We invited them to join FounderFuel despite the business idea they pitched us. In fact, we hated it. Fast forward a few weeks, and they had a…
  • Closing the gap in Canadian exits

    mark
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Techvibes reposted some extensive research from the folks at MaRS on exit outcomes in Canada along with a long list of observations and recommendations for all of us building startups in Canada. There’s much I dislike about this research. For one thing, it’s all very backwards-looking. Also, seeking the insights of a fund that has long since run out of capital and stopped making investments (in Canada or anywhere) just because they have the historical high water mark in terms of number of US investments seems silly. Finally, the conclusion that we need to go move (in whole or in…
  • Preparing for Stormy times

    mark
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
      The current climate for fundraising and exits can only be described as great. Slack, the latest $1B unicorn just raised  $ 120M  in funding  at a $1.12B valuation. Pretty crazy for a company with annualized revenue of $12M! And corporate buyers continue to have a strong appetite for acquisitions. Yahoo! on the strength of Alibaba’s IPO has approx ~ $10B in cash and will likely to accelerate it’s pace of acquisitions. All good, right? Thing is, capital markets go in cycles. Bull markets (when times are good) typically last 4.75 years. We are well into year 6 on this one.
 
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  • 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. Earlier this morning as I was lying in beed, checking news and zite, texting my girlfriend, avoiding another week of building FlashCommand, and I can across this post, “12 Ridiculously effective techniques to mastering productivity as a startup founder”. Number 1? Start every day with a line of code That one line, that one act, will kickstart your day, focus your intentions, and…
  • An interesting Amazon innovation

    Bob Walsh
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
      I just saw something I never expected to see again: a mailman delivering a big heavy box to my doorstep on a Sunday afternoon. Seems Amazon has started using the USPS for big box deliveries seven days a week, at least here in California. I’m hoping this marks a revitalization of the USPS who since 1775 have been doing their neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night delivery thing but in recent years has become a fading anachronism in the digital age. Now, if the USPS wanted to pick up some easy change, they’d start selling a sticker you could put on your mailbox…
  • A Conversation with Sublime Text expert Wes Bos

    Bob Walsh
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    If you’re a developer who lives in Sublime Text, this conversation I had today with Wes has some great information – give it a watch.
  • Comparing yourself to startups when you’re a solopreneur

    Bob Walsh
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    One of the hardest aspects of being a solopreneur is dealing with the emotional impact of all those startups who, unlike you, seem to live on Easy Street. You hear about an app like Yo that sends just those characters to someone else raising $1.5 million on a valuation of $10 million and you ask yourself, “Am I stupid?”, “What’s wrong with me?”, “Why is it so easy for them and so damn hard for me?” We seem to be in an age where any random collection of lines of code can make money or get funded – except you. Objectively, we know there must be a reason for this, and those…
  • Big Screen Sublime Text 3 – Cobalt2 theme is awesome.

    Bob Walsh
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Wes Bos’ Cobalt2 SB3 Theme I happen to fall in the “there’s no such thing as too much screen” camp when it comes to writing code, which is why my setup is a iMac 27-inch with a Apple 27-inch display on one side and a cheapie HDMI screen on the other. And given I’m not in my twenties by a long shot, I want text sized, colored and contrasted just right for putting in multiple hours of coding. Which is why I’m overjoyed that Wes Bos released today his Cobalt2 theme for Sublime Text 3. It raised the bar on what an SB3 theme was capable of, adding all sorts of…
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    IttyBiz

  • Freebie Friday #6! (Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers)

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    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 (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Hand Upsells That Can Boost Your Numbers”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the…
  • “No Advice, Please”

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This post by request from Laurie. “How do I show my ittybiz to the people I care about without getting advice I’m not ready for yet? I’m almost ready to go live with my business and I want to show it to some people I care about. The problem is, every time I’ve tried, they say something “helpful” which is not helpful at all!” - Laurie Back when I was dating, I used to have a little catchphrase that I would repeat back in my head whenever I went through a particularly disastrous disaster. “I try to learn something from everyone I date, even if…
  • Universal Specificity, or How To Write Blog Posts Everyone Will Like

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Sharise asks, “I want to work with people on a variety of things. The basic goal is helping clients make progress on the goals and projects that are important to them, but this can be anything from writing a book, to finding a relationship, to starting a business. Does this mean I’m limited in what I can talk about because covering too many different areas is going to look scattered and unfocused?” This is what we call a very good question. Here is our answer. (We are writing this answer from the perspective of coaches, so if you’re not a coach, use your wonderful powers…
  • Should you jump? (Will the net appear?)

    Naomi Dunford
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This repost by request from Julie. Every now and again, you’ll hear the expression, “Jump, and the net will appear.” This is meant to mean that when you are in a situation where you want to make a big change and that big change involves a lot of (real or perceived) risk – such as jumping off a cliff – you should take the risk. While you cannot see a net now – and indeed, the net is not there now – it will “appear” when you take the jump. (Causality, while unstated, is implied.) For obvious reasons, some people have trouble with this advice. I was…
  • Freebie Friday #5! (Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails)

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    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 (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is “Increasing Click Through Rate On Launch Emails”. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch Multipliers”, which are…
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    Business of Software US

  • The breakfast of champions: Feedback from BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    ‘Awesome people’, ‘My tribe’,’Quality of other attendees’, ‘Being surrounded by people smarter than me’. As ever, there is a theme to the feedback forms from BoS USA this year. And – as ever – it’s the people. Thank you all for being there and for participating so whole heartedly. It’s what gives BoS its unique atmosphere and believe me, we love it as much as you do. While we’re on the theme of participation, this year many of you got involved in the breakout sessions where you took time to think about your BoS…
  • 31 things I learned the hard way about growing a SaaS business. GBP from Duane ‘Startup’ Jackson, Kashflow

    Mark Littlewood
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A guest blog post – a quick read with 31 real life lessons learned building a SaaS business. Introducing Duane L Jackson, he’s like ‘Startup Jackson‘, but real. Startup Jackson – Not Real There is so much well meant ‘advice’ out there on blog posts about entrepreneurship and how to do this our that it is sometimes hard to find things that add genuine value. We get pitched some ‘valuable insight’ every day for a guest blog post and the overwhelming majority of it is awful, derivative nonsense from people that write about, or write about…
  • “We don’t have a women in technology problem at Business of Software Conference”

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    I was very surprised to overhear this comment from a woman at BoS in September. Nothing could be further from the truth. If this is an environment where women feel that, then I can’t imagine how tough it is on other places. We can take some pride I hope in creating a community where people feel safe, introverts become extroverts for a few days. It is not perfect. BoS is a very welcoming community, or we try to be. Many people tell us it is the only conference they attend, or that there is a unique ‘family’ atmosphere (thanks, you noticed!). But we sure as heck have a…
  • Serious Pony, Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human.

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human. <3 Feeling sad and reflecting on why some people are just abominable. We should know Kathy for things like this.   2009 2012 2013 [View the story “Serious Pony” on Storify] . 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 conference again Hear about scholarships and…
  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

    Mark Littlewood
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    We are great believers in encouraging the next generation of software entrepreneurs! Sadly for her, my daughter, Violet has just started ‘big school’ so won’t be joining us this year. She had a brilliant time last year… If you are thinking of bringing your children here are some things that you might like to know: Use hashtag #BoS2014 to connect with other families at the conference. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to sit in on talks as long as they do not distract others. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to…
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • 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…
  • Rural Broadband Necessary for Rural Innovation

    GREGG FRALEY
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tuesday– September 23, 2014 It’s nice to see that people are recognizing that innovation isn’t always in Silicon Valley. Writing you today from the countryside in Three Oaks, Michigan, aka “Michiana” — where my poky web access is satellite based. Steve Case’s article earlier this week in the Washington Post  – Why innovation and start-ups are thriving in ‘flyover’ country –  is spot on. Case, you may recall, was co-founder of AOL. He correctly identifies the reasons why Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, and other smaller cities…
  • Quick & Dirty Innovation

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Founder of Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese, Dan Stephenson, talks about completely changing pace from corporate world to a bootstrapped food startup. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Elder Care as Consumer Product

    Jeff Cornwall
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : CEO and Co-Founder of Evermind, Dave Gilbert, talks about his transition into entrepreneurship, specifically medical technology, and the lessons he learned in the past that he’s applied to Evermind. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Elder Care as Consumer Product appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Niche Market in Genetics

    Jeff Cornwall
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind: Founder of NextGxDx, Mark Harris, talks about building up his business after noticing and underserved market in the genetics industry. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Niche Market in Genetics appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Military Experiences Applied to Startup

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Alex Bertelli of Havenlock TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Military Experiences Applied to Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    Growth Hacking for Technology Startups

  • Ultimate Guide: How to Create a Buyer Persona for Your Startup

    Jun Loayza
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a young and relentless entrepreneur, I constantly prioritized tenacity, fierce execution, and speed over strategic thinking and planning. “Fail fast and fail often” was my mantra, and I followed it with blind obsession. Though speed is important, it’s critical to know in which direction you’re running towards. There are many important channels for growth: SEO, SEM, email, affiliate, WOM, and sales to name just a few. To maximize customer acquisition, you need to get into the head of your customer; you need to become your customer. The best way to do this is…
  • How lazy people can build a strong network

    Jun Loayza
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m a lazy networker. I don’t pack my days with meetings, I don’t go to conferences, and I don’t actively seek out introductions to people. However, I’m still incredibly effective at building a strong and powerful network. Who this post is for: startup founders who are shy and don’t actively build a network; professionals outside of a business development role that still want to build a network What you will learn: three lazy methods that I use to build a powerful network Utilize your “startup card” to connect with professionals on LinkedIn…
  • How to remove a manual Google penalty for $561.56

    Jun Loayza
    30 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s the worst nightmare of an online marketer — the dreaded Google Manual Actions Penalty. It kills your search engine rankings, cutting off a vital source of traffic and leads. Worst of all, it can take up to 6 months to remove the penalty and even longer to regain your rankings. Do a simple search and you’ll find tons of agencies asking for tens of thousands of dollars to remove the penalty for you. Do yourself a favor and don’t hire them. You don’t need an expensive agency and you don’t need 6 months of work to remove the penalty. My credentials: our…
  • What I Would Do as CMO of Voice123

    Jun Loayza
    5 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been involved with entrepreneurship since my senior year of college where I built and launched Bruin Consulting from the ground up.  Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to lead the marketing, branding, and acquisition campaigns for early-stage startups (where I was the founder) to the largest brands in the United States such as Sephora, Whole Foods Market, and the Los Angeles Clippers. There is a clear distinction between early-stage marketing, growth-stage marketing, and big-brand marketing Early-stage marketing: Early-stage startups must conserve cash at all costs.
  • 7 Ways to Increase Communication with Your Remote Team

    Matt Boyd
    14 May 2013 | 6:00 am
    Working remote can be extremely difficult. In those moments when communication is less than ideal and the situation seems dismal, joining the ranks of a team in a physical office space can sound like a good idea. Everyone has these moments. When this happens, it’s important to stay calm and not make any decisions you may come to regret. I can assure you, there are several ways to connect your remote team and streamline your communication. I can recall, in great detail, specific instances where I felt like pulling my own hair out or just sleeping the day away. Time zones were the enemy and a…
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • 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…
  • Does Anybody Read Business Plans Anymore?

    Jay Turo
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    It is hard not to laugh when I hear tired old refrains like "Nobody reads business plans anymore" or "In a world of lean startups, there is no time for strategic planning."Why do otherwise intelligent and well-meaning businesspeople say and think things like this?Well, for starters as human beings we all struggle to emotionally grasp the impact of the history not made, of the things that don't happen.You see, poor strategy does not manifest itself as much in high profile flame-outs as perhaps it did in days of yore (see Pets.com, eToys, etc.) as it does in nothing of note ever being…
  • The Living Company

    Jay Turo
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I had a good fortune this past week to moderate a strategic planning session with the CEOs of seven of the largest and most well respected highway construction firms in the country.These thoughtful executives meet on a regular basis to share strategies and best practices, to compare notes on equipment and technology systems, on asset and equipment management and perhaps more than anything else on leadership, management, and the “people” development within their organizations.Above all else, it was the conversations around this last point that struck me as to why these executives led…
  • Exploring Big Data and Executive Dashboards [Webinar Invitation]

    Jay Turo
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    In my posts over the past few weeks, I have talked about the power of business intelligence dashboards, and why companies that use them enjoy triple the revenue growth and double the profit growth of companies that don’t.This is driven by the simple two facts that a) businesses today collect more data than ever before and b) wading through and making sense of it all is overwhelming as this data is collected and stored in multiple locations, including in CRM and ERP systems, in accounting software, in advertising and marketing platforms, in social media sites, and so on.So it is the…
  • Finding the Signals in the Noise?

    Jay Turo
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week, I shared why business intelligence dashboards are now a must have for executives seeking to better understand, leverage, and ultimately profit from the treasure troves of data surrounding their businesses.This data includes insight from their companies’ web and social media traffic, from its e-mail send and open rates, from its lead tracking systems and sales logs, from its product fulfillment records, and from its accounting software as it records revenues, expenses, and cash flows.Pretty basic stuff, eh?Well, maybe when viewed one source at a time, and/or over a limited time…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Twitter Link Roundup #244 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Today is Friday and I am off to pick up a new puppy! Yep, you heard me right, new addition to the family! Well enough about cute little balls of fluff – it’s time for our weekly roundup of the great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We like to talk about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! I hope you enjoy! The will to survive is an amazing and powerful thing. Speaking of…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: otnielz

    Audree
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:18 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 special Give Back project. Let us start the slow clap for otnielz and ALL the talented Creatives who gave their time and talent for this worthy cause. We are so proud of the crowdSPRING community. Check out more great work on otnielz’s profile page. Nicely done, otnielz, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: greenblack Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: 
ravitejabhukya
  • Small Business and Startups: The 3-Page Business Plan (and a short post to match!)

    Mike
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    Well, it’s been a while since we last explored the topic of business plans and plenty has changed. The age of the 80-page plan has passed and has been replaced with the 140-character attention span. It’s not that potential investors and employees don’t want to know how you’re going to pull off this crazy, audacious idea of yours. They do. Its that they expect you to communicate it to them quickly and succinctly. In the spirit of the short business plan, this will be a short post; here are the three pages you need to include in your plan and some ideas for the type of…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #243 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Today is Friday – end of week and ready to relax; anyone gonna see Interstellar this weekend? Anyhow, it’s time for our weekly roundup of the cool, intriguing, and compelling links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our very own crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account). We like to talk about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and various random stuff! Enjoy! Ever think about trekking in the Himalayas? Ever think about that bus ride to the trailhead? Check out…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: greenblack

    Audree
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:21 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 greenblack. Check out more great work on greenblack’s profile page. Nicely done, greenblack, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: 
ravitejabhukya Fresh from the SPRING: LuW
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  • Returning star boosts Browns' playoff push

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Returning star boosts Browns' playoff pushGettyEnigmatic wide receiver Josh Gordon is back after serving a 10-game suspension, and he is ready to help Cleveland win the AFC North.How he changes the team's attackMore sports coverage NBA legend booed upon returnInside scoop on Winter Classic
  • Family of man killed by NYPD seeks answers

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Family of man killed by NYPD seeks answers APCops have described a rookie officer's shooting of an unarmed man as an apparent accident, but his family wants to know more. 'We don't know what happened'In other newsCop caught beating man in headWoman claims Mardi Gras rape
  • Big Benghazi report finally released quietly

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Big Benghazi report finally released quietlyGettyHouse Republicans revealed the findings of a two-year investigation into the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Friday. Many conspiracy theories debunkedMore newsTorture report fight eruptsImmigration impact on 2016 race
  • Hitler watercolor sells for big bucks at auction

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Hitler watercolor sells for big bucks at auctionAPA mysterious buyer from the Middle East spent a big chunk of change on one of the infamous Nazi leader's paintings this week. Amount the century-old work costMore art to see Hyperrealistic art dazzlesEight cool facts about Van Gogh
  • Troubling finding in new report on Newtown killer

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Troubling finding in new report on Newtown killerGettyThe newly unveiled report on Adam Lanza suggests that parents and educators may have contributed his isolation and social problems. How they cared for the shooterIn other news Obama changes military planWould-be bomb suspects arrested
 
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    Xconomy

  • Obama’s Immigration Changes Hint at Revival of Startup Visa Idea

    Michael Davidson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Michael Davidson Could the federal government finally be creating something like the startup visa, the long-stalled immigration reform that would make it easier for entrepreneurs from foreign countries to start companies in the U.S.? The door to that possibility might have opened slightly on Thursday night, following President Barack Obama’s speech about immigration reform. Obama used the address to outline actions his administration would take that would change how immigration laws are enforced without waiting for an agreement with the soon-to-be Republican-controlled Congress. “I’ll…
  • Verizon Wireless Pulls Curtain Back a Bit on Its Innovation Program

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    João-Pierre S. Ruth At a gathering held for reporters last night in New York, folks from Verizon Wireless sought to talk up some of the ways the wireless carrier works with third-party technology developers. Nothing groundbreaking was announced, yet Verizon Wireless of Basking Ridge, NJ, seemed anxious to prove that it has its hands in more than just smartphones and tablets—even though they have been is its bread and butter. The company said it has its own engineers working on new ideas, but Verizon Wireless has also been grasping vigorously for fresh technology developed…
  • East Coast Biotech Roundup: Agios, Vertex, Epizyme, Celldex, & More

    Ben Fidler
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Ben Fidler One of the year’s biggest cancer meetings took place this week in Barcelona, and many biotechs from the East Coast were angling for the spotlight. Some wowed investors, others, not so much. We’ve got the ups and downs and the rest of the week’s news and tidbits below: —Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AGIO) was one of the week’s big winners. Shares of the Cambridge, MA-based company jumped some 14.5 percent after it showed that the early data for AG-120, its second drug for a subset of patients with acute myeloid leukemia, mirrored the results for its first drug,…
  • CS Disco Raises $10M for Software That Tracks Lawsuit Documents

    Angela Shah
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Angela Shah Houston-based CS Disco announced on Thursday that it has closed on a $10 million Series B round of funding. The company makes software that enables attorneys to better find and organize the millions of documents gathered for cases during the discovery process. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, with existing investor LiveOak Venture Partners also coming in. CS Disco launched its software in 2013 after founder and CEO Kiwi Camara, a computer scientist-turned-lawyer, found a client balking at paying the steep fees—anywhere from $350,000 to $700,000—charged by a document…
  • Seattle Roundup: AWS to Clean Cloud, Pitch Winners, Techstars, & More

    Benjamin Romano
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    Benjamin Romano Amazon isn’t providing a lot of details—surprise, surprise—on its commitment to power its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy. Meanwhile, Northwest startups working on energy storage and water management won the Seattle Angel Conference and the Washington Technology Industry Association’s (WTIA) First Look Forum, respectively. Also, DocuSign named new investors; Placed released the top 100 businesses by foot traffic; and Dow Jones VentureWire took a close look at accelerator startup success rates. Read on for details: —Amazon pledged to…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • If I was an Uber investor... (besides the obvious fact that I'd be rich.)

    Charlie O'Donnell
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    I like Uber as a service.  It just works. I also like the fact that it seems to provide a lot of work for a lot of otherwise underemployed people.  All of the drivers I've spoken to have said nothing but good things about it.  They seem to like getting the work. Do I think that all of the executives are bad people?  No.  In fact, I like all the people I know somewhat well who work there.  However, it does seem like the company has a culture problem that results in bad incident after incident.  The culture seems to create a situation where bad ideas seem to…
  • Valuing My Own Time and Saying No

    Charlie O'Donnell
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    The other day, I got a note asking whether I'd be willing to meet some "Head of New Things" at a big telecom. That wasn't their actual title, but it was something like that.   You've met them before.  They're new to the gig, super excited about all its potential, and getting out there selling founders hope for that one big gamechanging deal. But I've seen this movie before, so here's how I responded: "Hi! To be honest, these meetings never really work out and I've decided they're just not worth spending the time anymore. There's so much corporate bureaucracy in telco, and they can…
  • There are No Gatekeepers

    Charlie O'Donnell
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    One of the underlying dynamics I see in the venture capital, tech, and startup world--and where some of its worst behavior comes from--relates to underlying assumptions about power and influence.  Founders put up with bad VC behavior because they think a check from a certain investor is going to make or break their company.  VCs bend their rules with certain founders because they think this will be the one deal that got away--rules about oversight, governance, valuation, etc.   Even in the talent market, startup employees make too many consessions around culture and environment…
  • The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

    Charlie O'Donnell
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    The other day, I saw that one of my favorite products, Slack, just raised $120mm at a $1.12 Billion valuation.  The company is doing about a million a month in recurring revs.   Personally, I think it was kind of a bad idea--not necessarily because of the valuation, but because it seems like $120mm is way too much money for a software company at this stage, especially one that might even be cashflow positive right now.  I think it's likely that it will unfocus the company and what it definitely does is eliminate the possibility of exiting for anything less than two and a half…
  • Not All Startup and Venture Experience is Equal #getoffmylawn

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    I probably do some kind of speaking event at least every other week.  This week, I've got three things on the docket.  Needless to say, I have a fair amount of startup event experience.   What I find a bit frustrating is how easily some people get onto panels and are put up in front of an impressionable crowd of new entrepreneurs as "experts".  You'll get a venture capital analyst from a brand name firm who has just recently taken his job talking about what makes a company successful.  You'll get an entrepreneur who has raised one and only one round of financing in…
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

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

  • 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…
  • 24/7 Entrepreneur Education Takes U of Utah to Next Level

    Adam Toren
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    New $45 million facility will allow students to live, build prototypes and launch companies in the same place Entrepreneurship is not something that can be fully understood in a classroom. It’s something that must be experienced. It’s more of a mindset than anything, a confidence you can overcome what comes next. Universities everywhere are grappling with this problem as they adjust their curricula to keep pace with innovation and respond to how society glamorizes people, like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, who have found success by dropping out of college to start a business. The…
  • Here’s the Perfect Starting Point for New Online Businesses

    Matthew Toren
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    People start new businesses online every day, so it can’t be that hard right? No, it’s not. In fact, it’s maybe too easy to start a business online. To start a business that does well and lasts for more than six months to a year, however, that’s going to require a bit more work. You will have to put a few essential things in place to create a brand and business model, aggressively promote and prepare for the unseen to make sure it has structure and built for continuity. Here are some of the first steps you need to take once you’ve decided to start a business online. Creating…
  • Two Skateboarding Dads Invent Award-Winning Kids Products Now in Major Retail Stores

    Matthew Toren
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Two California brother in-laws, Jason Arriola and Will Regan, teamed up to start a business and now these two Skateboarding dads are living the dream of entrepreneurism. So how did they do it? Tired of always seeing his twin boys' heads bobbing around when they fell asleep in the back seat of the car, Jason Arriola looked for a solution and when he could not find one, decided to create a solution of his own. Their unique one-of-a kind product prevents the unfortunate head bobbing that occurs while sleeping in the car due to "noodle neck" as they call it (strange and uncomfortable positions:…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Nick Ganju on The Majesty of Ping Pong, Poker, and How to Write Hit Songs

    Ian Robinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    (Photo: Foxxyz) “It turns out that writing Tetris on your calculator doesn’t actually win you the cheerleaders.” -Nick Ganju  Housekeeping Note: The e-mail subscribers who won the SONOS PLAY:1 (The Best $200 on Sound) are Drew Glaser and Kristopher Chavez. Guys, keep an eye on your inboxes! Are you still not an e-mail subscriber? It’s free, no spam, and I send out awesome VIP exclusives. Click here to sign up, and you can always easily opt out. In this episode, I talk to my old friend Nick Ganju about ping pong, poker, hit songs, and tackling my most feared subject…
  • Margaret Cho on Comedy, Bisexuality, and The Slow-Carb Diet

    Ian Robinson
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    “My dog thought I was a singer… because dogs don’t understand standup comedy.” -Margaret Cho [20:40] [Housekeeping update: The demand for my $5K Holiday Megabox exceeded expectations, so I’m opening up a few more slots. First come, first served, and deadline is 11:59pm PT today, November 11, 2014. Click here for more details.] Margaret Cho is a polymath. She is an internationally acclaimed comic, actress, author, fashion designer and singer-songwriter. Perhaps you’ve seen her on the big screen, or in TV series such as Sex and the City and 30 Rock. But…
  • Rolf Potts on Travel Tactics, Creating Time Wealth, and Lateral Thinking

    Ian Robinson
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” - Rolf Potts “If in doubt, just walk until your day becomes interesting.” - Rolf Potts Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding (hear the audio book sample here), one of my favorite books of all-time.  It was one of just two books (the other was Walden) that I carried with me around the world from 2004-2005.  Those adventures led directly to The 4-Hour Workweek. World travel doesn’t have to be a wealthy person’s sport. In this often hilarious conversation, Rolf and I dig deep into travel…
  • The Unusual Books That Shaped Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Who are the mentors to billionaires, chess prodigies, rockstars, and mega-bestselling authors?  Who teaches them to do what they do? To achieve the success they achieve? Oftentimes…it’s books. On The Tim Ferriss Show (iTunes, SoundCloud), I dissect world-class performers to find the tools and tricks you can use.  Here’s a full list of guests.  One of the questions I always ask is: “What book have you gifted most often to others, and why?”   Below is a list of answers from people like billionaire investor Peter Thiel, Tony Robbins, Pixar co-founder Ed…
  • Andrew Zimmern on Simple Cooking Tricks, Developing TV, and Addiction

    Ian Robinson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you.” – Andrew Zimmern Andrew Zimmern is a world-class chef, television host and producer, writer, and — at the end of the day – teacher. You’ve probably seen his shows Bizarre Foods or Dining with Death. In 2010 and 2013 he was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award, which annually presents awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary television. But many people don’t know the earlier chapters in his life.
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • 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…
  • 9 Things I’ve Learned About Mobile So Far

    Tyler Cruz
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I thought I’d take a break inbetween all my monthly income reports and real estate posts and actually write a blog post about what I’ve been doing in affiliate marketing lately (in more depth than the few paragraphs in my income reports). I’m a very slow adopter. I didn’t get a car until I was around 19 or 20. I didn’t get a cell phone until I was around 21, and as recent as 2 years ago I was still using a Blackberry. And so, it shouldn’t surprise you when I say that I’ve basically done no mobile affiliate marketing until now. I mean, I did try my…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: August 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Okay, I realize that my blog is now starting to become like 50% of just monthly income reports, so I will leave this one as the latest one for a while, even if it means falling behind on them again. Sadly, this income report won’t be very inspiring. In fact, it will be a little bit depressing, as I saw a big drop in profit in August – over half of what I did the previous month. This is even more noticeable when you consider that the past 3 months collectively brought in just under $50,000 in profit ($48,997.44). I feel really disappointed when I net under $10,000 in a month. After…
  • I’m the Face of Harvard, Indonesian Cuisine, and Indian Snacks

    Tyler Cruz
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Six and a half years ago, I commissioned for a custom mascot logo to be made of me for my blog. It wasn’t cheap as I went with the best designer in the field that I could find (Sergio from SOSFactory.com – it’s going to cost you upwards of around $1,000 now if you’re wondering). I then had my blog redesigned around the logo to match the look and feel of it, and the redesign did absolute wonders for my blog, taking it from zero to hero. It was phenomenal for my "brand" and identity and I even had alternate versions made of me such as for Halloween, Christmas,…
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept Pickup Looks Riled Up & Ready To Rumble

    Motors.new
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 Concept pickup picks up where its all-new for 2015 Colorado Z71 bro leaves off, and for a host of recreational off-roading fans that means where the pavement ends. 'Course, you might like the Colorado ZR2 Concept pickup as a daily driver, which is too bad because as a concept it's not available for purchase... yet.
  • Want To Make Fortune Cookies With Your Own Fortunes?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Fortune cookies are something that everyone looks forward to at the end of a meal of Chinese food. It is not so much for the cookie itself as for the message inside. While these can be a lot of fun -- especially if you add the words "in bed" to the end, sometimes they can also fall flat. You can make your own fortune cookies, complete with fortune, with the nifty Fortune Cookie Maker.
  • Like Brangelina, “Phablets” Have Portmanteaued Into Our Zeitgeist

    Ron Callari
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    It’s seeminlgy logical once you take a few minutes to analyze the new tech term that’s become widely popular before formally entering our lexicon. Having grown in popularity only since 2012, the moniker is similar to the catchy portmanteaus of celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The latest handheld device of choice is the the “phablet,” the word combo of “phone” and “tablet.”
  • Want To Wear A Little Privacy? Try Nutshell

    Laurie Kay Olson
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    There are times when you just need a little privacy on the fly, no matter where you are. One designer, Eden Lew, at the New York City School for Visual Arts, has come up with a solution that she calls the Nutshell. It is a hood in which you can cloak yourself for a little immediate privacy in the middle of your day. Yep. That's privacy in a nutshell.
  • Belt-Scooter: Ride It, Then Wear It

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It's a belt...no, it's a scooter. Nope. It's both. Corny Superman references aside, the Collapsible Belt-Scooter, designed by Adam Torok, is genius. It provides you with a means of transportation quicker than walking, and when you get where you're going, the scooter transforms into a belt, so you don't have to worry about finding a place to stow it.
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • The Wright Place TV Show: 10 Signs You should Invest in your Own Business

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Over the years with The Wright Place TV Show,I’ve interviewed many business owners. They have taught me the signs to know when it’s time to create your own business. I want to share this with you new business owners and those of you who know you should be starting your own business. At 6AM, your […] The post The Wright Place TV Show: 10 Signs You should Invest in your Own Business appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • The Wright Place TV Show & Project Best Seller 15

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    Imagine, your name followed by “the overnight success and best-selling author of…” appearing in press releases and blogs week-after-week! “Project Best$eller!” can deliver that before you have written a single word. “Project Best$eller!” is a 4-part webinar series, that will walk you through Peak Performer’s Publishing’s system for writing your book faster than you ever […] The post The Wright Place TV Show & Project Best Seller 15 appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Crowd Funding Club

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    6 week class full pay $299 Payment plan $99 down and 3 payments of $79 every 2 weeks The post Crowd Funding Club appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • How to Find a Great Place to Write – HotelsEtc.com

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    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 about 20 different niches. To add more beauty […] The post How to Find a Great Place to Write – HotelsEtc.com appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Church

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Grab the Secret Video that tells Ministries how to succeed at crowdfunding!  First Name: Last Name: Email: Phone: Ministry: We respect your email privacy Email Marketing by AWeber The post Church appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
 
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    Steve Blank

  • 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
  • Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die

    steveblank
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the 20th century corporate skunk works® were used to develop disruptive innovation separate from the rest of the company. They were the hallmark of innovative corporations. By the middle of the 21st century the only companies with skunk works will be the ones that have failed to master continuous innovation. Skunk works will be the signposts of companies that will be left behind.   ——– In the 20th century companies could be leaders in a market for decades by just focusing on their core product(s). Most companies incrementally improved their products with process…
  • How Do I Know If I Have The Right Customers? 2 Minutes to Find Out

    steveblank
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons
  • Born Global or Die Local – Building a Regional Startup Playbook

    steveblank
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is everywhere, but everywhere isn’t a level playing field. What’s the playbook for your region or country to make it so? ———- Scalable startups are on a trajectory for a billion dollar market cap. They grow into companies that define an industry and create jobs.  Not all start ups want to go in that direction – some will opt instead to become a small business. There’s nothing wrong with a business that supports you and perhaps an extended family. But if you want to build a scalable startup you need to be asking how you can you get enough…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • ArtDenver Opening Night Review

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    What did you do the weekend of November 14th? Guess where this First Class Fashionista was at? She was only at the greatest event EVER! ArtDenver produced one of the most fabulous fashion events Denver has ever witnessed, and this means a lot coming from someone who has been to Red Ball, WhiteOut, Wine Women and Shoes…etc. I can honestly say Denver is becoming a fashion capital and ArtDenver proved it at their opening night. As I strolled into the Colorado Convention Center, all I could notice was one thing…FASHION, FASHION, and, of course, ART! Everyone was dressed in their…
  • Red Ball 2014

    First Class Fashionista
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Are you ready, Denver? For what, you might ask? Arguably the biggest fashion event put on in Colorado annually–Red Ball! For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of enjoying a Red Ball event, let me give you the low-down. Red Ball, is a yearly fundraiser-slash-fashion-slash-hair show with the aim of raising awareness concerning the seriousness of HIV/AIDS and to embrace World AIDS Day, taking place November 30th this year. It’s a fun event to dramatically increase awareness for World AIDS Day in our great state, as well as provide funds to support programs provided by…
  • ArtDenver Opening Night

    First Class Fashionista
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Ladies and gentlemen, please put on your finest attire, as you will need to brace yourself for one FABULOUS NIGHT! Produced by the Cherry Creek Art Festival and presented by Bank of the West is ArtDenver, one fashion event you do not want to miss! Who you might ask? Michael Costello will be the headlining designer for the opening night. Featured designers also includes Mondo Guerra. So now you know, this is going to be an amazing night with very talented designers. Michael Costello is an international fashion designer. He has done work for well-known clients like Beyonce, Paris Hilton, the…
  • The Best Fashion Show: Fall 2014 Denver, CO Style

    First Class Fashionista
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    ‘The Best Fashion Show is on the Street’ with Robert Rice Photography. The Best Fashion Show ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 26 12►
  • Skin Care 101 Tips

    First Class Fashionista
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    Be Kind to Your Skin What are you putting on your face? Have you ever actually read the ingredients in your skincare products? Well, if you’re reading alpha-hydroxy or glycolic-acid, you might be resurfacing your skin faster than your skin can renew itself. Alpha-hydroxy and glycolic-acid promises consumers brighter, smoother and softer skin. These products also give the skin that stinging sensation that make people think, “Hey, this is working if it’s burning.” This might be true, but with acids you never want to go overboard. When you are using products with these ingredients daily,…
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    Begin the Begin

  • A reflection on the gigantic difference between failing and failure

    jeffhilimire
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Failing… Failing fast… Failing often… You’ve heard a lot of this talk in the startup world over the years. In fact, I have a slew of blog posts about failure. The general idea is that if you never fail – if everything you try works the first time – then you’re not trying enough new things. The only way to learn is by failing. But there’s a GIGANTIC difference between failing and failure. I was talking to another entrepreneur recently about some pivots we’re going through at Dragon Army, such as taking the control of what games we make out…
  • Learning to let go of the small things and focus on the important stuff

    jeffhilimire
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    I don’t know about you, but at times I seem to find myself barely able to keep up with everything that I have going on. I use tools – like Evernote, Trello, and super-optimized email and calendar processes – to help me manage through my day (both personal and business). But even with those tools and processes, there are times when I feel like I’m barely able to keep my head above water! When I was younger I would have let these times really bother me. I’m someone who likes to check things off a list, knock things out, and make visible progress. So when I feel…
  • Here is my bad advice when someone asks me, “when should I start a company?”

    jeffhilimire
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the circles I hang in, I get this question quite a bit, “When should I start my company?” And my answer is always the same. “Now.” I should point out that many entrepreneurs would disagree with me on this, and in fact, many have. So there’s that. There are loads of studies that show that 1 in 10 new companies will actually make it in any meaningful way. Those aren’t good odds. But what isn’t tracked is how many dreams are never even given a chance. I would say 1 in 10,000 companies actually get started. Maybe 1 in 100,000. Do I think you’re…
  • Question from a startup CEO: What are the top 3 books you would recommend I read right now?

    jeffhilimire
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    The CEO of a young company asked me this week what the three books I’d recommend he read right now. Without hesitation, I said: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis - And no, it doesn’t count if you’ve seen the movie. This book will make you think differently about everything, but certainly business. If you want to attack an industry from a new angle, this is the book for you.Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – This book will make you want to be a badass CEO. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh – This book will make you want to build an…
  • From the Nexus 5 to the Moto X and then quickly to the Droid Turbo

    jeffhilimire
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    This is the Droid Turbo I have (red, glass back). I loved the Nexus 5 for the 11 months that I had it. But in the end, it started to really struggle with battery life. It’s possible that was the result of how I use the phone as I have another friend who had no issues with the battery life of the Nexus 5. But so be it, I’m a battery hog, better to embrace it :) Because of that, battery life has become THE “killer app” for me. So when the second generation Moto X came out, which was a little better than the Nexus 5 in every way, I decided to jump on it. And the phone…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Startup Lessons Learned at Google: Think Money Last and User First

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this last installment, filmed at the 15th Founder…
  • Crowdfunding Campaign and Video Success Tips from Indiegogo’s Ben Bateman

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Despite the abundance of stories of how startups far exceeded their crowdfunding goals, there are far more tales of campaigns that failed to match even the smallest target. Even worse, too little attention is given to just how much effort and tactical prowess is required when launching a successful crowdfunding campaign. Luckily, Ben Bateman, the Associate Director, Design & Technology Categories at Indiegogo, is here to lay out some helpful tips for devise an effective crowdfunding campaign strategy. The blog post, "Indiegogo’s Ben Bateman Shares Crowdfunding…
  • Get on the Rocket Ship! The Founder Institute is Hiring at our Palo Alto Headquarters

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles in our Palo Alto office - including Project Managers, Account Managers, an Office Manager, a Finance & Operations Manager, Operations & Logistics Associates, Interns, a Director of Sales, and more. The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies that create over ONE…
  • Silicon Valley’s Founder Institute Launches in Pakistan to Help Employees Launch Startups

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The Founder Institute (www.fi.co), the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching a new chapter in Karachi, Pakistan. Although the Founder Institute operates across over 70 cities and six continents, the Karachi chapter will be the program’s first in Pakistan. Applications to the program are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply to the Karachi Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/karachi.  The Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute decided to officially…
  • Retailigence partnership reported by Business Wire, Zirtual featured on Staffing Industry Analysts, and more Grad News

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, Retailigence partnered with Aarki Studio, Zirtual received investment from Recruit Holdings, and more Grad News. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Retailigence partners with Aarki Studio, featured on Business Wire: Retailigence and Aarki Partner to Offer Ad Networks Local Product and Pricing Content…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • 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…
  • Stubborn Visionaries & Pigheaded Fools

    Jason
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Scenario 1 (S1) At time (A) you start an AdWords campaign. At time (B) it’s obviously not working; a waste of time and money. But you keep trying, and by time (C), you’ve figured it out; it’s working! Scenario 2 (S2) At time (A) you start an AdWords campaign. At time (B) it’s obviously not working; a waste of time and money. But you keep trying, but by time (C), it’s still not working, and you’ve wasted even more time and money. We’ve all experienced both scenarios, not just in AdWords but with life in general. But we misunderstand it. S1 we call…
  • You’re a company when…

    Jason
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    2,700 days ago, and 40,000 subscribers ago, I published my 13th blog post. Feedburner said there were 50 RSS subscribers, but at least 40 of them were directories or scrapers. It was: “You’re a real company when….” An existential question of when a startup becomes “real.”  At that time, I had decided it was when our sign went up on the building: By “the building” I mean a windowless loft of 1/14th of a small strip-mall in a cheap area of town, where rats ate through our Ethernet cables and a tin roof made a light drizzle sound like hail and…
  • In its emptiness, there is the function of a startup

    Jason
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    This article was originally published on the WP Engine Blog.   Calm your frenetic TL;DR twitchy-Twitter-brain for five minutes, and let some Chinese philosophy wash over you. Thirty spokes join in one hub In its emptiness, there is the function of a vehicle Mix clay to create a container In its emptiness, there is the function of a container Cut open doors and windows to create a room In its emptiness, there is the function of a room Therefore, that which exists is used to create benefit That which is empty is used to create functionality –Lao Tzu, Chapter 11, Tao Te Ching, ~600…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Happy Hour is Not a Billable Hour

    Greg Kyte
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    An advertising agency in Minneapolis is bribing its employees with beer to get them to turn in their timesheets. This officially puts time tracking on the same level as having unprotected sex — many people only do it when beer is involved.   The firm enacted the program by developing The Tapserver, a beer-for-timesheets robot. […]
  • Good Processes and Warm Fuzzy Feelings Go Together

    Jennifer Blumer
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I love planning Deeper Weekend. It is so fun to plan all the little surprises and details for our members and guests that make the trip to Greenville. And it’s my opportunity to interact with several vendors as the customer in a short period of time. That means I get to compare one customer experience to […]
  • The Future-Focused Firm

    Jason Blumer
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I’m reading Peter Thiel‘s new book, Zero to One. Wow. He is truly a contrarian as most of his ideas fly in the face of doing business in any type of traditional way. Some would even say his ideas are scary. One overarching idea I’m noticing in the book is about his focus on building […]
  • Strategy, Puppets, and Marketing your Firm: Deeper Weekend 2014

    Jennifer Blumer
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    I know I say this every year, but I am really excited about Deeper Weekend this year. It’s my favorite three days of the year in Thriveal-land. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones is a joy to me. Really! I love it. It’s humbling that people come back each year, and we don’t take […]
  • Without Risk, There is No Passion

    Greg Kyte
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Read the title again. Sweet, right? I totally came up with that myself. And it’s totally true. Without risk, there is no passion. Prove me wrong, sucker. I googled “without risk there is no passion” to see if anybody else ever thought that same thought that I thought. Here’s what I found: Not even close. […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • How to Never Hire a Honey Badger

    Catherine Morgan
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You never know what random YouTube video will generate some deep business insights – even hiring best practices. Carol’s post from entrepreneur.com is a great example. She begins: A couple of years back, there was a phenomenal (and by phenomenal, I mean completely offensive, juvenile and NSFW) video about an animal called the honey badger, [...]
  • 2 Critical Questions to Ask Your Customers

    George and Mary-Lynn
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    We took advantage of the beautiful weather in our area over the weekend. We love to get out of our small city and go for a drive. There’s an outlet mall about thirty minutes from us. So we stopped and shopped! We like to combine work and play. While we were playing, we got a [...]
  • Dead or Alive: Surviving the Busy (or Slow) Holiday Season

    Brad Shorr
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I started in the packaging business, November and December were dead. Customers dead like us were partying nonstop. Busy customers were packing 20 hours of work into 16-hour days. Nobody had time to talk about packaging. But with the Internet coming to town, e-commerce took off like Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Practically overnight, [...]
  • How Your Small Business Can Take Advantage of the Biggest Technology Developments

    Carol Roth
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Technology has really been democratized over the past few years, allowing small businesses to access many of the same tools previously only available or affordable to big businesses.  So, how can your business best capitalize on all of these technological developments?  Moreover, how do you know where to begin or where to focus? I recently [...]
  • Why You Might Need a Business Refresh

    Britt Raybould
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    People start businesses for many reasons, but my reason seems a little ridiculous in hindsight. I was bored. Unlike entrepreneurs with a driving passion to change the world, I wanted to see if I could make my day-to-day life more interesting. Granted, it’s probably not the best reason to turn one’s life upside down, but [...]
 
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    Lessons Learned

  • 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.
  • New Call for Speakers and Top Three Reasons to Bring Your Child to The Lean Startup Conference

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

  • Creating A Customer-Driven Product Machine

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every company in the world will tell you they are customer-driven. They’ll believe in the principle. They’ll have framed posters on the wall about it. "Solve for The Customer." But none of that means anything unless you actually make the structural decisions to ensure it. When I rebuilt the product team at HubSpot, back in 2011, I wanted to see if we could get beyond slogans and mantras to structure it in a way that intrinsically placed the customer ahead of everything else. I made a few decisions, in form, process and culture, that were designed to safeguard the team against misdirection…
  • Micro Experts

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” - Socrates It feels like everybody is an expert these days -- actually, more like what I call a “micro expert” because their “expertise” usually only covers a niche within a niche. I was reminded of this recently while reading a piece in the New York Times. In an online conversation between two Times writers who have recently left San Francisco after many years of living there, one of them recalled a colleague walking out of a popular coffee shop because: “I was just standing in line behind two entrepreneurs that couldn’t…
  • My Golden Rule for Pitching Your Startup or Product

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

    21 May 2013 | 7:52 am
    Should you get an MBA before founding a startup? Hell no. If you intend to found a tech startup I believe that an MBA is a complete waste of money. There is one exception to that rule. An MBA from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Wharton, and maybe 1 or 2 other schools in the entire world might be somewhat useful. An MBA from one of these schools may be useful not for what you learned at those schools but because of the social connections you made with some of your fellow students and professors. If you’re lucky you might make some alumni connections to people not in the startup world but working at…
  • Customer (not Competitor) Focused

    6 Dec 2012 | 8:56 am
    I was recently speaking with an entrepreneur whose company is in the same space as my previous company, Performable (which was acquired by Hubspot). He was asking how I thought they should compete with a particular competitor. This competitor is good at producing software quickly and extremely adept at copying its competitors -- they went as far as copying much of Performable's copy and product names after we were acquired. The situation this entrepreneur is in is not unique -- this happens to most companies in competitive markets every single day. If you are doing something worthwhile,…
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    Under30CEO

  • 6 Quotes to Inspire Creative Leadership

    GuestAuthor
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    You probably don’t think of making a sandwich as a creative act. And yet when I asked my 10-year-old son for an example of a business he considered creative, he said Subway. When you think about it, every aspect of Subway’s business model is highly creative — from the order flow to the pricing to the way the bread is prepared. Subway has positioned itself as the go-to place for a sandwich like you would make at home. And with more than 40,000 stores around the globe, it’s the world’s largest sandwich chain. It takes imagination to see how a sandwich assembly line could expand to…
  • Master Your Reality: 5 Steps Towards Miraculously Manifesting Your Vision NOW!

    Under30CEO
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    1. Clarity of Vision When the entrepreneur or creator can become clear on the vision they have for what they are inspired to create, they will instantly begin to shift their reality towards a greater purpose and awareness. This awareness shift is created by clarity around your vision. When you begin to see how your life will look when you are living at your highest purpose and highest potential, you can step into that power easier each day. Also, when creating this vision, detail can help with creating clarity. 2. Confront Any Fears Revolving around Your Vision Many times, when people begin…
  • Why You Need to Throw Away Your Goals

    Under30CEO
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As entrepreneurs we are supposed to be goal-getters, achievers and risk takers. On the internet you will find over a million blog posts having something to say about the successful and unusual day-day-day habits of entrepreneurs. I am not trying to condemn other blog posts. I am just trying to focus on the nitty-gritty and what elements could make you a better entrepreneur, something that will give you a defining edge. Entrepreneurs are different. Sometimes what sets them apart is more of a sustaining factor rather than a singular moment of chance. What does setting goals have to do with…
  • 8 Dumb Questions Entrepreneurs Should Never Ask!

    Under30CEO
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a child, did you ever hear the quote, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question”? This is a lie. Young people saunter into interviews, lectures, and social situations with a bravado built upon notions that your curiosity can never be at fault. Asking insipid questions during interviews can kill your chances at employment. Being tactless while socializing can lose your friends and potential connections. In your daily lives, you are responsible for what you say. As an entrepreneur, the value of your words increases exponentially. Your attitude, intelligence, ambition and…
  • Deconstructing the Perfect PR Pitch

    Under30CEO
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Pitching stories to journalists is a lot like asking someone to dance : If you approach things with confidence and don’t come on too strong, you might just get to strut your stuff. Walk up stuttering your words, delivering some cheesy, transparent line, or laying it on thick like molasses, and the chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time by yourself at the bar. Of course, at the end of the day, you still have to be able to dance. But if you don’t know how to ask right, you’ll never even get the opportunity. That`s enough metaphor for now… The point is, you’ve got big news…
 
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    Fizzle

  • How do I know if my business idea is viable (FS081)

    Chase Reeves
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Several listeners asked questions about choosing between multiple business ideas. What can you do to tell which ones are viable and which aren’t? We get into that, a youtube video editing hack, Barrett’s “LPC” strategy and a couple other bits on the show today. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download (Podcast) How to tell if your business idea is viable. Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Emma Davies’ suggestion for a fun bit on this…
  • Start a Blog with Me?

    Corbett Barr
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Blogging has been one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done in my life. As I said back in August (when I wrote Should I Start a Blog?), I don’t know of many other ways to spend your time that can lead to a bigger impact or payoff. I’ve been itching to get back to personal blogging for a long time. I miss the fun of writing, and of connecting with people over ideas and words. Writing here at The Sparkline is great, but I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like, and I don’t get to cover as many topics as I’d like. Blogging has changed my life in more…
  • Essential Habits and Motivation for Entrepreneurs (an Interview with Leo Babauta)

    Corbett Barr
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Click play on the video above. Staying motivated and changing ineffective habits are both essential skills for anyone working to become self-employed. When you don’t have a boss or team to keep you on track, being able to change your behavior yourself can literally equal the difference between success and failure. Leo Babauta of the massively popular Zen Habits blog knows a thing or two about motivation and habits, especially as they apply to entrepreneurs. Leo just finished a new book about habits and launched it via Kickstarter. He has also interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs and…
  • Top 10 Mistakes in Starting an Online Business (FS080)

    Chase Reeves
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs over the past 3 years and in this episode we showcase the top 10 mistakes we see self employed people make. This episode corresponds with a brand new guide we made on the subject. It’s free, it’s got tons of great quotes and images and some next steps to take for each of these mistakes. Get the 10 mistakes guide and follow along through this conversation as we add more stories and commentary to each of these mistakes. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to)…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Successful Business & a Failing Side Project?

    Chase Reeves
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Click play on the video above. It’s short and sweet and shares one of the most important paradigm shifts you could have early on in starting a business. It’s ok, you can watch it. I’ll wait. It’s only 3 min. Ok, let’s talk about this a bit. This is the first lesson in one of our most popular courses here at Fizzle. (You can find a link to that course below with some other resources). This is the course we tell everyone who joins Fizzle to take because it breaks the destructive habit described in the video. The lean startup world calls this stage of business…
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    Strategy

  • What Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, And 11 Other Tech Visionaries Were Like In College

    Aaron Taube
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The technology industry is known for having been created by college dropouts like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Larry Ellison, but that doesn't mean these innovators didn't have meaningful undergraduate experiences. Bill Gates became friends with Steve Ballmer at Harvard, Larry Ellison learned he was a pretty good computer programmer at the University of Illinois, and Steve Jobs considered his time at Reed College among the most valuable experiences of his life. Meanwhile, Peter Thiel actually graduated from Stanford, but today he thinks college is such a waste of time that he offers…
  • Mike Rowe Reveals What He Considers To Be The Toughest Job In America

    Richard Feloni
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Television personality Mike Rowe, probably most recognizable in his trademark rugged baseball cap, has traveled the US trying his hand at the least enjoyable blue-collar occupations. In eight seasons of "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel and now in his new CNN show "Somebody's Gotta Do It," Rowe has spent time as an owl vomit collector, a coal miner, and a cloth diaper cleaner. But there's one job that he is certain took the most out of him. Rowe revealed in a new Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) that of all these jobs, the hardest was being a concrete chipper. He explains: In general, any…
  • 7 Successful People Describe The Decision That Changed Their Careers Forever

    Emmie Martin and Aaron Taube
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Can you pinpoint a single decision that affected your entire career? What about an event that changed everything about how you would face the future? That's exactly what LinkedIn asked its network of top minds across all fields to write about for its most recent Influencers editorial package, titled "The Road Not Taken." In this package, over 60 thought leaders shared original posts about how their careers might have turned out differently had they made different choices. Within this, several reflected on the one moment that changed their career forever. Here are what seven super successful…
  • The 15 Hottest Cities In America

    Business Insider
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
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  • A Legal Victory For Strippers Is Bad News For The '1099 Economy'

    Shane Ferro
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    This week, a judge in New York awarded $10.8 million in damages to New York women who filed a lawsuit against the strip club they worked for, Rick's Cabaret in Midtown Manhattan, alleging that they were improperly classified as independent contractors when they were, in fact, employees.  As independent contractors, the dancers were not paid a salary but did receive "performance fees" for private dances. Rick's took a cut of any of the performance fees paid by credit card and allegedly imposed fines and penalties on the dancers for various reasons.Join the conversation about…
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    Head Startup

  • 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

    admin
    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…
  • old man in train station

    admin
    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…
  • Mimi dream

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Program is divided into “I of dream”, and “insisted dream”, and “exploration dream”, and “China dream” 4 a chapter, rice of parent Yuan longping academician, and flight hero Li Zhonghua, and e-commerce application master Ma, and martial arts master Jet Li, and movie star CHAN, celebrities participation has recording, a juvenile hero stage debut, with students loved of form, guide students will personal ideal and country development close combines up. Programsalsorecruitedthrough the networkofprimary and secondary school…
 
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    Head Startup

  • 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

    admin
    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…
  • old man in train station

    admin
    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…
  • Mimi dream

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Program is divided into “I of dream”, and “insisted dream”, and “exploration dream”, and “China dream” 4 a chapter, rice of parent Yuan longping academician, and flight hero Li Zhonghua, and e-commerce application master Ma, and martial arts master Jet Li, and movie star CHAN, celebrities participation has recording, a juvenile hero stage debut, with students loved of form, guide students will personal ideal and country development close combines up. Programsalsorecruitedthrough the networkofprimary and secondary school…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: Nicholas Carr

    dylan
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Tweet “All too often, automation frees us from that which makes us feel free.” ~Nicholas Carr About Nicholas Carr I wrote in my recent Jack Covert Selects review of The Glass Cage that “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity.” That’s true, but in the original draft of that review, I wrote it a bit differently: “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, enlightening, and sometimes scary books about the history of technology and its relationship to the human civilization that…
  • An Excerpt from Chinese Rules

    dylan
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    TweetTim Clissold’s Mr. China, released almost a decade ago, is one of the great books on China’s rise as an economic power. An in-the-trenches account of the business boom that he was in the belly of during his more than twenty years there, Mr. China was an international bestseller translated into twelve languages and was one of the Economist‘s books of the year in 2004. The growth of China hasn’t slowed much since then, and Clissold is now back with a new book, Chinese Rules: Mao’s Dog, Deng’s Cat, and Five Timeless Lessons from the Front Lines in China…
  • The Best Books of 2014, strategy+business Edition

    Ryan Schleicher
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    TweetIf you’re a regular 800-CEO-READ reader or follower, you know that we always look forward to strategy+business revealing their picks for best business books of the year, in part because the s+b list is decidedly different than most other lists. Their categories often change to reflect the most important business topics of the year, and instead of relying solely on an internal editorial team to choose the winners, they reach out to experts in each category’s field. But what we most appreciate in the s-b list is that each book is accompanied by an essay explaining the the…
  • Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    Aaron
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    TweetWe do business in a world where it’s not uncommon for the authors we promote and whose books we sell to share their expertise with groups for a speaking fee in the range of what most middle class families make in an entire year. Sometimes it’s hard not to scratch one’s head in disbelief that an hour keynote can demand such a high price tag and to ponder what value attendees take away from that experience. A similar head-scratcher is the fact that for fifteen straight years, Warren Buffett has auctioned off private lunches with individuals, bids starting at $25,000 — and in…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
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  • Is Balance Possible? by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Now here’s a frank perspective: Balance doesn’t work.  So don’t even try. Accept the fact that the only way to really make something happen is to go “full out” at it, with everything you have. Such is the claim by Chuck Blakeman in his recent article in Inc. magazine.  He writes: “Momentum doesn’t come from balance, but from giving it your all up front.  An airplane burns up to 50% of its fuel just getting to cruise altitude. Most businesses do too.”  And: “Live out your highest priorities — everything else should play 2nd fiddle…
  • B Corp As A Competitive Edge? by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Last week, I attended a celebration for B corps in Colorado. These are for-profit companies certified by a nonprofit called B Lab for achieving social and environmental goals along with business ones. What I noticed differently from other discussions among B Corps in the past, was a stronger focus not only on this vibrant community of like-minded business people — there are now more than 1000 B corps in the US, including Patagonia, Etsy, and Seventh Generation, and dozens in Colorado, including New Belgium Brewing, GoLite, and Teatulia. I also noticed folks talking about the B corp…
  • Women Entrepreneurs Bring Unique Strengths by Rolfe Larson

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

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

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

    Mary Moore
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston has turned the old Mattapan Library into a center for teenagers, a $2.6 million project that will serve as many as 250 teens a year. Early this year, after a public process, the City of Boston sold the old Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library – located at 10 Hazelton St. – to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston for $100. The city had closed the Hazelton Street library in 2009 and replaced it with a $16.7 million library elsewhere in Mattapan the same year. Renovations…
  • Man behind Harvard admissions policies lawsuit details reasons for filing

    Mary Moore
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Harvard University was hit with a federal lawsuit this week, alleging that its admissions policies discriminate based on race and ethnicity, particularly against Asian-Americans. Filed in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts by the Students for Fair Admissions, the lawsuit compares Harvard's treatment of Asian-American applicants today to the way it considered Jewish applicants years ago. And it suggests ways Harvard could go about creating racial and ethnic balance in its student population, including…
  • On the move: Recent hires in Mass. tech at CarGurus, Wanderu, True Fit and more

    David Harris
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    The following is a summary of recent hiring news in the Mass. tech world. CarGurus, a Cambridge-based auto shopping website, said Sam Zales has joined the company as president of international and dealer operations. Zales will oversee international expansion and worldwide dealer sales, reporting to CarGurus CEO Langley Steinert. Prior to joining CarGurus, Zales was CEO of ClickSquared, a marketing software company that was acquired by Zeta Interactive in January. He has also led fast-growth Boston-based…
  • Merrimack Pharmaceuticals to begin application for approval of pancreatic cancer drug

    Don Seiffert
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals plans to start submitting parts of its application for approval of its promising drug to treat pancreatic cancer before the end of the year after that drug earned fast-track designation from U.S. regulators. The news this week out of the Cambridge biotech helped spur a 9 percent share-price hike over the course of the week to $9.12 as of 2 p.m., just shy of the company's recent high last month. That stock surge was thanks in part to a $100 million license deal for the drug…
  • Tufts study: it takes eight drugs in clinical trials to get one approval ​

    Don Seiffert
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    While the average time it takes to bring a drug through clinical trials has grown shorter in recent years, the rate of success of those drugs has gone down by almost half, to just 12 percent. Almost all the attention from Tuesday's release by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development focused on the eye-popping $2.6 billion cost it cited as needed to develop a new drug. But just as important as the cost — which has gone up 145 percent since 2003 — is the failure rate of drugs that make…
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  • Here is How to Make Money (The Startup Way)

    Thomas Oppong
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Doing startups takes guts. it’s a painful process and hard to successfully pull off. Starting a business will absorb every moment of your day. Everything takes longer than expected. You will be developing the product, working on a website, handling some unique customer service issues, making payroll for employees when you begin to hire etc. Being an entrepreneur means more than a great idea and a killer product launch. It means you invest yourself, your soul, into your work. Maybe not forever. But definitely long enough to get momentum, stability and the resources to get other smart…
  • Improving Client Retention Rates Using Real-Time GPS Data

    Thomas Oppong
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Customers look to fleet operators for on-time deliveries and service technicians who show up on schedule. In addition, their amount of satisfaction frequently depends on how adequately a company follows through on their expectations. According to Networkfleet.com, GPS vehicle tracking systems provide tools to improve client retention rates by dispatching and routing vehicles more efficiently. Furthermore, Fleet Tracking Software makes it easy to organize and format the data to meet your unique fleet management needs. Real-time routing decisions Identifying the precise location of every…
  • Get The Travel Right and The Business Will be Easy

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Business travel is currently one of the world’s comeback kids. As companies cautiously step out from the shadows of the all too recent global financial crisis, the idea of jetting around the globe to seal the deal once again seems both feasible and – more importantly – necessary. Such trips do however present a degree of risk and it is therefore imperative that they are carefully planned to maximise their potential. Some of the most important elements to plan are those that the traveller encounters before they even meet their client. Are you booking the right flight? Have you…
  • This is How to Get on The Right Line of Thinking Like an Entrepreneur (Infographic)

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    You don’t get to be taught how to be an entrepreneur in school unless you make a choice to learn that for yourself. Schools are meant to teach you how to fit into the system. And that’s exactly what they are doing. None of them teach you to be an entrepreneur. Or to see opportunity. They just tell you what is required of you. A few state schools are now beginning to introduce courses that make it easy to learn how to start your own project or business. Even that takes lots of signatures to make it happen. To see opportunity –..
  • Why Are Online Employee Time Clocks So Important?

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    When a business decides to use an online time clock, they are making a decision for efficiency. They are choosing to make their business as streamlined as possible. Also, they are trying to find a way to make life easier for each of their workers. Employee time clock sites can constructed in a way that is bespoke just for your business, and they allow employees easy access to their time sheets. Time clocks are usually used in the workplace to increase productivity, simplify payroll, account for employees and perform a variety of tasks that help managers and company profits. In the end,…
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  • 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…
  • Startup Blog Insights - 4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time

    Taffy Williams
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Reference Article:4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time  Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photowebsite,  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
  • Startup Blog Insights - Agile Contingency Planning and Agile Success

    Taffy Williams
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Referenced Articles:Agile thinking requires forward contingency planningAgile success generates great feelingsTaffy 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 success generates great feelings

    Taffy Williams
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Yes, it is a bit like THIS!Highs and lows are part of being an entrepreneur.  No matter how hard you try there will be failures and successes.  Finding ways to convert failures to successes generates a great sense of satisfaction.  The process can be arduous and create lots of stress, but it is an essential part of developing a business.It is easy from the start of the endeavor to believe that the company will be wildly successful.  You go on the road and try to raise funds.  The road trip seems to take much longer than you imagined and the people you meet range from…
 
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  • 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.
  • Industry Leaders Share Top Apps & Programs

    Vivek Krishnan
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    We look at companies and popular figures and wonder, what is the secret to their success? Is it their personality, their upbringing or do they hold key insights that the rest of us will never know? I guess, until we find out that information, there are things that we can learn from them by looking at what applications and programs are beneficial to their industry and how it boosts their productivity and simplifies their everyday tasks. Some of these save time and money. Some allow for better planning, task assignment and organization. Where others aid in creation, idea logging and…
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  • Doing an internship during your graduation – Why, What, Which and How?

    Guest Author
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Why internship is really that important? Competition in the job sector is rising exponentially. Securing entry-level jobs is getting harder, as the young candidates lack experience and industry skills. According to a report by NDTV, 50 lakh students graduate every year in India, with a 15% YoY growth in the numbers. The number of jobs available at any given time do not correlate with the number of applicants available. This is where internships come in. There are many benefits of doing an internship during your college days, for it not only provides an exposure to both build and develop…
  • ‘An entrepreneur’s life is always a continuous journey’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

    Madanmohan Rao
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    From mobile business to motivational guidance, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week (see the previous post here)! Share these 25 gems and insights from the week of Nov 16-22 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights! An entrepreneur’s life is always a continuous journey. – Kiran Mazumdar Shaw A true marketplace is a treasure of long tail products. – Saurabh Pandey,…
  • The Mean Startup #03 :: When someone falls for a startup founder

    Guest Author
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    So have any startup methodologies/terminologies cleverly seeped into your dating/married life? To share, just mail me at themeanstartup@gmail.com or tweet to @TheMeanStartup and I’ll try to comicify them And who am I? I’m Shekhar Gurav. Founder of The Playce, hands down the best coworking space in Mumbai. Currently, I’m working on a book called ‘The Lean Dating Canvas’. I mostly do retweets at @ShekharGurav.
  • Decoding the hacker attitude, with Shashank Chourey

    Francesca Ferrario
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The story of Shashank Chourey, the millionaire hacker, has been well documented by YourStory. How he dropped out of college, began cracking websites and by 2009 was jobless, without a college degree and Rs 5000 in his pocket. Today, he runs a hundred million rupees company that deals in Internet Marketing, Web Application, and Mobile Application Development. Shashank’s personality is intimately connected with his own passion – hacking – where he learnt some valuable lessons that have helped him start up. This does not mean being a hacker is the way to success. Rather, it…
  • [Photo Sparks] Hope, joy and love – what are your expectations this holiday season?

    Madanmohan Rao
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    In the earlier 30 posts of PhotoSparks, we brought you creative photographs from an art fair, music festival, telecom expo, art museum, mobile showcase, math museum, social hackathon, bookstore, co-working space, sensorium, lantern festival, outdoor ads, startup roadshow, computer museum, startup T-shirts, business cards, Diwali rangoli, ecopreneurs and eNGOs. In this photo essay, we showcase the inspiring creativity of cancer survivors. Make YourStory’s PhotoSparks your regular source of photographs that celebrate creativity and innovation! Many people are already planning for their…
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    StartUpLift

  • Madrassa – Code & Design Courses Reduced To 5-sec GIFs

    StartUpLift
    16 Nov 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…
  • 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…
  • Bunchcut – Image Collaboration Made Super Easy

    StartUpLift
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Bunchcut is the “go to” enterprise solution for collecting and sharing images. Target Audience: Creatives, marketers, PR professionals, eCommerce companies, SMEs, product managers Website URL: www.bunchcut.com About Bunchcut: Bunchcut makes it super easy to collect and sort through images as a team. Watch the following video to learn more about Bunchcut.
 
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  • VidaFit Offers Suite of Services to Help Clients Build Healthy Lifestyles

    Susan Post
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Whether you are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle or in the greatest shape of your life, making the time to eat right can be a huge challenge. Combining a healthy food delivery service and wellness programs, VidaFit is helping those looking to make a lasting change in their lifestyle do so conveniently and easily. […]
  • Why You Can (And Should) Destroy Documents

    Catherine Jopling
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nowadays, it’s easy to create a document. Think about all the automatically generated documents associated with your business: invoices, confirmation emails, receipts. What used to require a phone call now requires an email. Our inboxes are overflowing. It may be tempting to just keep everything, forever. The cost of holding on to every file your […]
  • Endeavor Forward Takes a Unique Approach as a Business Incubator

    Susan Post
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A concept over 18 months in the making, startups and entrepreneurs now have a new incubator program to help them build their business in Columbus. Luke Westerman of venture capital firm Solomon Global Holdings and a team of seasoned entrepreneurs introduce Endeavor Forward. Taking a hands-on approach to provide strategic direction and planning, the program […]
  • Small Business Announcements Roundup

    Susan Post
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s been a lot happening in the small business world in Columbus over the past month. From awards to anniversaries, here’s an overview of what small business across the city are celebrating. TechColumbus Announces VentureNEXT Winners A celebration of all things entrepreneurial in Central Ohio, VentureNEXT brings together entrepreneurs, creatives, investors and corporations. Nov. 6 […]
  • Local Artists Called to Create Unique Gifts Representing Columbus

    Susan Post
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Local artists will have a chance to show off their love for the city through Columbus-centric gifts to be sold at the Experience Columbus store in the Arena District. Columbus City Councilmember Eileen Y. Paley, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Experience Columbus are putting out a call to artists of any discipline who live or […]
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  • Why Gaining Trust Is Most Important Task For Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    One of the first harsh realities that every entrepreneur has to learn is that most of the things that are critical to startup success are outside of their direct control. Just because you dream it and build it, doesn’t mean they will come – that encompasses not only customers, but also investors, partners, team members, and even your own family. They won’t come if they don’t trust you. In my experience, trust is the most powerful tool that an entrepreneur can wield, both inside and outside of his own realm of control. I’ve seen many examples of this in my own business life, and yet…
  • 5 Beta Startups For SignUp

    VisionwizTeam
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    6 Beta Startups For SignUp 1. StartupStash StartupStash is a new curated directory of resources & tools to help you build your startup. 2. Strumly Strumly is a new beta startup that aims to discover local music artists. 3. DocRoks DocRoks is a new beta startups that   aims to analyze your docs and can tell you how your documents are made up: predominant colors, lines, number of pages, blank percentage, text, histogram. 4. Sharingear Sharingear is a peer-to-peer marketplace that lets you rent instruments and equipment from other musicians. 5. Suitor Suitor is a new beta startup that aims…
  • Now Get Paid For Social Sharing Via TSU

    VisionwizTeam
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Tsu: Tsū is a free social network and payment platform that shares up to 90% of revenues with its users.  On tsū, you will get paid for your content. Half of your earned revenue is in the form of royalties generated by the content you post. How It Works: Tsū shares social revenues that come from third party ads, sponsorships and partnerships. Once economics are created, tsū receives 10% to maintain the platform. Half of the remaining earned revenue is paid to the user who created the content. The other half of the remaining earned revenue is distributed to the user’s network Family…
  • Easiest Way To ShowCase Your Interactive Prototype Designing Work

    VisionwizTeam
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Designer, interaction designers and pretty much anyone with skills can now showcase their interaction design work to the world, get instant feedback by anyone, discover and explore new ideas and learn by others how these experiences are made by reverse engineering other projects. How? Through Proto.io Spaces. What Is Proto.ioSpaces? Proto.io Spaces is a new startup that aims to facilitate the publication and sharing of fully interactive designs. In Company’s Own Words: Proto.io Spaces is a community driven showcase for great interaction design examples build by designers. It offers the…
  • Survival Tips For Startups

    Martin
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The good news is that the rate of entrepreneurship is down a bit, to pre-recession levels, according to the latest Kaufmann Index of entrepreneurial activity. The bad news is that it’s still high, the opportunity for change is huge, and the cost of entry is at an all-time low. It’s a jungle fight for survival out there for aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages and demographics. In this context, it’s time for every business, not only startups, to take a fresh look at the basics of business success. Jamie Gerdsen, in his book of lessons on business change, creatively titled “Squirrels,…
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  • They Didn’t Quit, Even When Their Jobs Were Gone

    Chris Reimer
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I love this StoryCorps piece. An assisted living facility abruptly shuts down, and two employees remain behind to take care of 16 residents who would have never survived without round-the-clock care. Just incredible. It speaks to me about courage – stepping up when no one else will. If there’s litter on the street in front […] The post They Didn’t Quit, Even When Their Jobs Were Gone appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 16: Show Up To Your Damn Job On Time

    Chris Reimer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In Episode 16 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made by employees to their employers. It goes like this: “I will show up to work on time, or will communicate when I can’t.” That’s it! Freakin’ show up to work […] The post Happywork TV Episode 16: Show Up To Your Damn Job On Time appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 15: Your Job is Not a Right, So Stop Acting Like It Is

    Chris Reimer
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    In Episode 15 of Happywork TV, I present the next commitment in my work code of conduct called “The Happywork Agreement.” This one is made by employees to their employers. It goes like this: “I understand my job is not a right, nor a privilege.” For me, this is a matter of employee attitude. If […] The post Happywork TV Episode 15: Your Job is Not a Right, So Stop Acting Like It Is appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 14: Owners May Be More Enthusiastic About The Business Than Employees

    Chris Reimer
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    LOL HIT “PLAY” ON MY FOREHEAD! In Episode 14 of Happywork TV, I introduce the next commitment contained in the work code of conduct I’ve created called “The Happywork Agreement.” (which is in the book! The Agreement itself was where the whole idea for this book started) Here it is: “I will keep in mind […] The post Happywork TV Episode 14: Owners May Be More Enthusiastic About The Business Than Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • I Heart Kenny Wallace!

    Chris Reimer
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    I started reading and could not put it down Kris ……. “@KrisJohnson_NI: @ChrisReimer will check it out pic.twitter.com/ZfThyQ6DkK — Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) November 14, 2014 The post I Heart Kenny Wallace! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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  • The Best Features You Wish Your Office Had

    EpicLaunch
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Whether you are a manager or an employee working in an office, it can pretty much be considered your second home. You spend a significant proportion of your time there and as any office worker will tell you having something interesting or a little different in your workspace can make a huge difference to morale. On the most part this may just be a simple touch like motivational slogans or artwork dotted about the wall space, or even something as basic as a vending machine in the corner; there are however certain offices around the world that have invested in making their workspace both unique…
  • Promotion and Expansion

    EpicLaunch
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    The commercial environment has been difficult. Worldwide recession meant there were few places that a business could go to search for new markets to expand turnover. At times the failure of competition meant that there were people looking for new suppliers but often the important thing was simply to hold on to existing clients and market share. It was not much fun for the sales personnel either, especially if a good proportion of its remuneration was commission based on performance. While few CEOs had much room for manoeuvre when finance was tight there was still a case for thinking about how…
  • How the Right Partnerships can drive your Business Venture Forward

    EpicLaunch
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Partnerships, dependant on you and your businesses circumstances, can either be mutually beneficial or singularly detrimental. In order to avoid partnerships that could prove to be detrimental and to forge beneficial unions you should not enter into them lightly and, when you do, you should take care to nurture them carefully. The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two, as partnerships can take many forms whether you consider their legal connotations or the way in which individual parties serve one another. How to Evaluate a Prospective Partnership The first thing to consider is…
  • Turn It Over: 4 Effective Ways to Leverage the Back of Your Business Card

    EpicLaunch
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    A business card is only effective when coupled with strategy.A clever message makes an impression, and a poorly constructed card turns potential customers away. In addition to devoting time and preparation toward a great-looking card, consider what to do with its backside to inspire more sales. Model a Resume A resume is full of bullet points, convincing potential employers to give you a job.Use the same sentiment and structure to make an impression on potential customers.Use the back of the card to craft succinct bullet points, listing credentials, rewards, and reasons to buy from you. First…
  • 5 Essential Software for Small Businesses

    EpicLaunch
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Small businesses today need the right software to constantly gain valuable insight into their operations and basically keep things running. With many different types of software available in the market, it is difficult to know where to start. So to help you out, here are the ‘essentials’ of the kinds of software that small businesses need to have. The Basics 1. Finance and Accounting Software Businesses are typified by the fact that money is a central point. Small businesses are not any different. Budgets, finances, salaries, sales and revenue – all these are taken into account…
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  • 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.
  • 10 Tools to Drive Traffic to Your Blogs Using Content Upgrades

    Dilip Kumar
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Selling Combs to Bald Men.. eh? If you are here after reading my guest post on content upgrades at Daily Blog Tips, then I am sure you know what I meant with the above question. If you haven’t yet read my guest post, then I will recommend that you read it first. Okay. So, you […] The post 10 Tools to Drive Traffic to Your Blogs Using Content Upgrades appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Why Your Non-Mobile Friendly Blog Could be Facing The End of the World?

    Dilip Kumar
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    “Smartphone are becoming smarter and will be smarter than you by 2017″ said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. That reminds me of an article in one of the leading dailies that was titled, “Smartphone are becoming smarter and people are getting dumber”. Unfortunately I was reading this article on my smartphone. Today, I […] The post Why Your Non-Mobile Friendly Blog Could be Facing The End of the World? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • 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…
  • Elevate Ticket Raffle: Week 3

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s the third week in our ticket giveaway! Will you be the lucky one this week? Win a free ticket to the Elevate conference we’re hosting November 14th just for sharing the news. Each week we’re give away one ticket and announcing the winner via email—so share the event and make sure you sign up for our emails to see if you’ve won! Every time you share the event you get another entry. Did you get a friend to share? That’s another entry! Don’t want to risk missing out? Get early bird tickets now before the price increases on Tuesday October 21st. a Rafflecopter giveaway  Get…
 
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  • 30-second guide to guarantor loans for business

    guestbloggerSUD
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    Guarantor loans are a type of unsecured loan and they can enable you to borrow from £500 to £10,000. They are a relatively recent innovation in the UK unsecured loan market, with the first lender appearing in 2004. They differ from normal unsecured loans in that they do not require someone to be credit scored before they’re considered for a loan. With traditional unsecured loans, a lender will make a decision as to whether to offer a loan based on the applicant’s credit history and their current credit score. Not so with a guarantor loan. The lender says if the applicant can offer…
  • IP funding competition

    Mark Williams
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    Enterprising university students who enter the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards 2014 could win funding for their projects thanks to a competition launched in October, but the deadline for entry is fast approaching. The StudentshIP Enterprise Awards 2014 will provide funding worth between £10,000 and £100,000 for projects that “bring together enterprising students, businesses and their local community to work on innovative projects. In-house projects or collaborations with other universities or businesses that create, manage or exploit intellectual property will all be considered.” The…
  • Not all graduates dream of a job with a large corporate in London

    Mark Williams
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    “More than ever, students go to college [university] because they want to get jobs – good jobs,” states Navneet Kapur (“Product Innovator, Higher Ed Data Vigilante at LinkedIn, San Francisco Bay Area”), writing on the LinkedIn Official Blog. “To that end, students and parents want to know which schools give them the best chance at getting a desirable job after graduation. This is where we can help.” He continues: “By analyzing employment patterns of over 300 million LinkedIn members, we figured out what the desirable jobs are within several professions and which graduates…
  • Get connected during Global Entrepreneurship Week

    Mark Williams
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    According to its organisers: “Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting their own business.” This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week runs from 17-23 of November and it will seek to inspire “people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect…
  • The dangers of overtrading

    guestbloggerSUD
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    A sudden increase in demand can happen for many reasons and it may seem like great news at first. But sometimes it can have a negative effect on a business. ‘Overtrading’ happens when a business struggles to find the resources or cash necessary to service a customer before the business is paid. It’s a common problem and often affects start-ups and small firms that are trying to expand rapidly. Overtrading can have many negative effects. Not only can it place a strain on finances and cause unnecessary stress, it can also damage the business’s reputation if quality dips or the business…
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  • Customer Interviews: How To Organize Findings

    Sean Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    I sat down with Bruce La Fetra of La Fetra Consulting for a conversation on customer interviews. We compared notes on qualitative conversations versus quantitative surveys and exchanged tips and tricks. Bruce presented some great insights on how to organize findings and how to take best advantage of insights gleaned from interviews. What follows is an edited transcript with some hyperlinks for clarity. Download: BruceLaFetra140926.mp3 La Fetra Helps Experts Understand Customer Needs Bruce: I focus on expertise-based professionals such as consultants and architects and engineers and…
  • Preventing & Managing Challenging Customer Situations

    Sean Murphy
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Here are my notes from tonight’s Professional and Technical Consultants Association (PATCA) meeting on “Handling Difficult Client Scenarios in an Agile and Effective Manner.” It was a candid discussion among primarily experienced consultants about real situations that were challenging–and frequently painful. Several good suggestions for preventing and managing challenging customer situations: To maintain lines of communication consider what are the most appropriate methods to use based on the urgency, information content, and emotional overtones of a conversation:…
  • Good Content Answers Real Questions

    Sean Murphy
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Q: How do you develop good content for blog posts and newsletters on a regular basis? One rule of thumb for sources of good content for an e-mail newsletter is to revise something that you have already written that would be appropriate for your target audience. Some examples: A question you have already answered in an e-mail to a prospect or a customer, perhaps edited to make it more general and less tied to the particular situation but still useful. A comment you have left on another blog post. A comment or post you have left in a forum or newsgroup that is relevant for prospects or…
  • Managing Sales People

    Sean Murphy
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Q: I work at a SaaS company in the services team, we often  team often finds that customers mistakenly believe that: Certain features are included in the product package they bought. Certain services projects are included in the services package they bought. What are some ways to prevent this from happening? Managing sales people is straightforward: you get what you reward. Any time you see sales behavior you want to change (or create) carefully analyze the compensation package and see if it isn’t either incentivizing what you don’t want or discouraging what you do. Your sales…
  • Crafting a Value Proposition

    Sean Murphy
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Q: I struggle with the value proposition for our product. Either I am too abstract “we offer a positive return on time invested” or too vague “help increase your ability to manage critical challenges.” Do you have any suggestions for how to frame or formulate a value proposition? Here a few questions that a value proposition normally addresses Who is the customer and what is the critical business need you address Quid pro quo: what do they invest (time, money, expertise, other opportunities not pursued) What impact do they see when and how do they scale it up if they…
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  • The Best Features You Wish Your Office Had

    EpicLaunch
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Whether you are a manager or an employee working in an office, it can pretty much be considered your second home. You spend a significant proportion of your time there and as any office worker will tell you having something interesting or a little different in your workspace can make a huge difference to morale. On the most part this may just be a simple touch like motivational slogans or artwork dotted about the wall space, or even something as basic as a vending machine in the corner; there are however certain offices around the world that have invested in making their workspace both unique…
  • Promotion and Expansion

    EpicLaunch
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    The commercial environment has been difficult. Worldwide recession meant there were few places that a business could go to search for new markets to expand turnover. At times the failure of competition meant that there were people looking for new suppliers but often the important thing was simply to hold on to existing clients and market share. It was not much fun for the sales personnel either, especially if a good proportion of its remuneration was commission based on performance. While few CEOs had much room for manoeuvre when finance was tight there was still a case for thinking about how…
  • How the Right Partnerships can drive your Business Venture Forward

    EpicLaunch
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Partnerships, dependant on you and your businesses circumstances, can either be mutually beneficial or singularly detrimental. In order to avoid partnerships that could prove to be detrimental and to forge beneficial unions you should not enter into them lightly and, when you do, you should take care to nurture them carefully. The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two, as partnerships can take many forms whether you consider their legal connotations or the way in which individual parties serve one another. How to Evaluate a Prospective Partnership The first thing to consider is…
  • Turn It Over: 4 Effective Ways to Leverage the Back of Your Business Card

    EpicLaunch
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    A business card is only effective when coupled with strategy.A clever message makes an impression, and a poorly constructed card turns potential customers away. In addition to devoting time and preparation toward a great-looking card, consider what to do with its backside to inspire more sales. Model a Resume A resume is full of bullet points, convincing potential employers to give you a job.Use the same sentiment and structure to make an impression on potential customers.Use the back of the card to craft succinct bullet points, listing credentials, rewards, and reasons to buy from you. First…
  • 5 Essential Software for Small Businesses

    EpicLaunch
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Small businesses today need the right software to constantly gain valuable insight into their operations and basically keep things running. With many different types of software available in the market, it is difficult to know where to start. So to help you out, here are the ‘essentials’ of the kinds of software that small businesses need to have. The Basics 1. Finance and Accounting Software Businesses are typified by the fact that money is a central point. Small businesses are not any different. Budgets, finances, salaries, sales and revenue – all these are taken into account…
 
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  • Jobs: Java Engineer at Boeing, Database Developer at Olenick & Associates, more

    Cary Betagole
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    Technical.ly’s Jobs Roundup is a weekly series that shares local and regional tech job postings. See the Technical.ly Jobs Board for the most up-to-date listings. Baltimore .NET Developer Java Engineer Sr Software Engineer Database Developer Sr Database Manager User Interface Developer Oracle System Engineer Web Application Vulnerability Research Engineer Nessus Vulnerability Research Engineer Compliance Auditor – Research User Interface Developer Senior C Software Engineer Java Developer Senior Backend Web Developer VMware Engineer QA Analyst PHP Software Engineer Backend Web…
  • UM Ventures’ first equity investment could change open-heart surgery

    Stephen Babcock
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    The Baltimore-based University of Maryland School of Medicine has plenty of research and development resources invested in biotech. Now, the institution is putting up venture funding too. UM Ventures, an initiative that aims to help commercialize university research, announced its first equity investment Thursday into Harpoon Medical, Inc. The $100,000 investment will help the Stevensville-based company close a $3.6 million Series A financing round. Harpoon Medical recently secured a patent for a device that could make open-heart surgery to repair a mitral valve shorter. Known as minimally…
  • CRTC opens nominations for 2015 TechAwards

    Tyler Waldman
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council is moving its 2015 TechAwards up the Patapsco. The annual event, previously held near BWI Airport, will be held on March 26 next year at the Hilton Baltimore, the organization announced in a release. Federal Hill cybersecurity firm ZeroFOX will be the title sponsor of next year’s event. “We are proud to welcome last year’s Rising Star Award winner, ZeroFOX as the 2015 TechAwards title sponsor and excited to move TechAwards into Baltimore as the signature program recognizing outstanding achievements in the areas of innovation, strategic…
  • Baltimore now using 311 data to fight its rat problem

    Stephen Babcock
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Baltimore’s notorious rat problem has spawned bumper stickers and a new way to fish from the middle of the city. The infestation has also produced a lot of ideas about the best strategy to drive out the rodent hordes from their seemingly endless strongholds in alleyways, sewers and abandoned houses. Baltimore city’s latest plan, announced at a City Hall press conference on Wednesday, involves traditional tools like more manpower and a campaign to encourage residents to cover their trash. But it also involves a data component that is designed to allow those new resources…
  • OrderUp apologizes, donates in sticker flap [Startup Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Who’s getting buzz? OrderUp apologized after a Reddit post questioned the Canton startup’s practice of slapping stickers on street poles in Canton, Fells Point and Federal Hill, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. CEO Chris Jeffery said in a statement the company will cut back on sticker handouts and cut a $500 check to the Maryland Food Bank. Rich Reiter, who joined Planit as creative director in July, spoke to the Baltimore Business Journal about his plans in the role. Reiter, an industry veteran, has run campaigns for the likes of Hyundai and McDonald’s.  …
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    Startup Law Blog

  • Crowdfunding Industry Panel

    Jeremy Cairns
    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…
  • M&A from the CEO’s Perspective

    Joe Wallin
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Please join us for the Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s Q4 session. The program features a panel discussion about M&A from the CEO’s perspective. The panel, moderated by Associate Professor, Anita Krug of the University of Washington School of Law, will include:Gary Rubens, Current Venture Capitalist and former CEO of ATG StoresDavid McCann, Current Director and former CEO of Varolii CorporationGreg Mount, CEO, Red Lion Hotels CorporationWe look forward to seeing you at this next PRMAI discussion session.Register Now*Seating is limited, so be sure to register early.Thursday,…
  • SEC Advisory Committee Makes Accredited Investor Recommendations

    Joe Wallin
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    SummarySEC Investor Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the SEC regarding “accredited investor” definition and related considerations No specific changes to financial thresholds recommendedNew “financial sophistication” basis for accreditation proposedInvestment amount limitations suggestedAlternative means of verifying accreditation encouragedAdditional standards for purchaser representatives and protections to non-accredited investors urgedAccredited Investor RecommendationsLast week the SEC Investor Advisory Committee met to discuss and consider whether the SEC should…
 
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • 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.
  • Oneflare has secured a further $1 million in venture capital funding

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Local services marketplace Oneflare recently announced that it has secured a further $1 million in venture capital funding. This brings the start-up’s total capital raised to $1.5 million, having raised $500,000 mid last year. This also comes just after recently hitting a major milestone in its growth, signing its 50,000th business, doubling from 25,000 last [...] The post Oneflare has secured a further $1 million in venture capital funding appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • This homegrown venture capital firm is on its way to the $100 million target.

    Tilda Yeow
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Australian start-up scene has much to look forward to. Australian venture capital firm OneVentures has announced the first close on its Innovation and Growth Fund II. Having already raised over $60 million, OneVentures is now well on the way to its final $100 million target with strong backing from high net worth and family [...] The post This homegrown venture capital firm is on its way to the $100 million target. appeared first on Anthill Online.
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  • Talent on the Move! November 21, 2014

    Keith Cline
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Premium Company:  EverTrue Swipely Release Date:  Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:30 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - November 14, 2014Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - November 21, 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.Dennis Morgan, CFO @ Trinity Pharma.  Previously, CFO at Acquia.  Link Alexander Jenkins, Director of Product…
  • Four Reasons Broadway and Andrew Square in South Boston are becoming tech hot spots

    joshboyle
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Ben Sutton - Senior Associate, NAI Hunneman Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Tech companies and startups are now looking “outside the box” for office space, and scouring urban neighborhoods for rent value and Innovation District potential in the Broadway and Andrew Square areas of South Boston...  Tech companies and startups are now looking “outside the box” for office space, and scouring urban neighborhoods for rent value and Innovation District potential in the Broadway and Andrew Square areas of…
  • Greater Boston Startup Culture Meetup: Working Well

    joshboyle
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Premium Company:  RunKeeper Release Date:  Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Madeline Bilis - Contributor, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Long, sedentary days in the office can only lead to one thing: burnout. Preventing burnout is a challenge in any workplace, which is why the Greater Boston Startup Culture Meetup group stepped in to reveal the secrets of Boston’s healthiest startup cultures. Long, sedentary days in the office can only lead to one thing: burnout. Preventing burnout is a challenge in any workplace, which is why the…
  • Uberfied Car Wash? On Its Way…

    joshboyle
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  The origin of a startup is always a fun topic... The origin of a startup is always a fun topic. Some startups become businesses by mistake, some ideas come to life in a dream, while others form out of necessity, be it to solve a business challenge or the need to self-generate income. Out of Babson College comes Tyler Leonard, an entrepreneur who turned his high school and college-break “odd-job” gig into a…
  • The 5 People Every Startup Needs to Succeed

    joshboyle
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Michael Brown - Founder, nDash Marketing Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  You’ve got a great idea for a product or service. You have a well-crafted business plan. You might even have – gasp! – a round of funding from a venture capitalist... You’ve got a great idea for a product or service. You have a well-crafted business plan. You might even have – gasp! – a round of funding from a venture capitalist. You also have people, but if they’re not the right type, your startup is probably going to fail in…
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    Verge

  • What to Expect from Verge’s Biggest E-Commerce Launch

    Tim Hickle
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The clock is ticking and the felix + iris launch is approaching. As we get closer to launch, the Verge team is getting more and more excited to be launching the next big name in online eye wear. As co-founders of an e-commerce powerhouse (and a power couple), Randy and Angie Stocklin are household names to many people in the Verge community. They are no stranger to the Verge stage, but this Wednesday, they’re going to be more familiar with it than ever.  So why would an e-commerce eyeglass supplier want to launch with Verge?  It’s a valid question. After all, we’re all…
  • 3 Things Your Startup Should Do ASAP For Success

    Tim Hickle
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    This month, we’re extremely excited to have the One Click Ventures team launch their newest E-Commerce brand from the Verge stage. This is the third brand launch we’ve done in the past year and we love seeing the incredible entrepreneurs in the Verge community reach a point where they can do a large brand launch, but most of the entrepreneurs in our community don’t fit that bill yet. As a matter of fact, about half of the attendees at any given Verge event are just getting started on the journey of entrepreneurship. Many of them dream of someday launching a large tech brand…
  • How to Stand Out By Honing In (On Your Target Market)

    Tim Flint
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “You’ve got to figure out, not how to make someone think you’re relevant, but figure out who you’re already relevant to.” -Lorraine Ball, Owner of Roundpeg In a world of competing messaging, there’s only one way to make your company stand out. Target the customers who you’re already relevant to. These are the customers who will become passionate about your product because it aligns so closely with their wants/needs. These customers will not only buy your product again and again, but will be so excited that they will share your product with others. Realize that you can’t be…
  • Verge This Month: Could We Be Launching the Next Big Brand In Eye Wear?

    Tim Hickle
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s time to dispel the myth that Indianapolis is B2B town, or at least that’s what the team at felix + iris believe. After years of playing in the B2C E-Commerce space, the folks at One Click Ventures have turned their sights on the eye wear space. They have built a new brand offering a data-driven approach to eye glasses that has the potential to change the way we all buy glasses. The felix + iris team just got back from Fashion Week in New York where they introduced their brand to the press and this week, they’ll be announcing the time and place of the local launch of…
  • Pitch: PactSafe is the 1st Application that Seamlessly Manages, Tracks and Deploys Website Legal Agreements

    Matt Hunckler
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    PactSafe is the first application that seamlessly manages, tracks and deploys website legal agreements. In his August presentation at Verge, Brian Powers unveils PactSafe to the world. Watch his 5-minute pitch here: PactSafe: Seamlessly Manage, Track and Deploy Your Website Legal Agreements What is website legal? Terms of Use Privacy Policies Terms and Conditions Disclaimers The problem: Enforceability Deployment and Management is a Huge Distraction Tracking is Non-Existent The solution (PactSafe): Maximizes enforceability of website legal agreements. Manages and deploys all aspects of…
 
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    Start-Ups.Co

  • Lapkin : Biodegradable Laptop Keyboard Cover

    Bob Debbas
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Mihaela Muruianu”, Co-Founder of the London based start-up “Lapkin” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1.What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?  Laptops are an indispensable item for many of us. We eat, work, play and travel with our laptops, however few know that laptop keyboards are actually dirtier than toilet seats. Lapkin is the only biodegradable laptop keyboard cover that protects your device from spills, grease and crumbs and prevents cross-contamination.
  • Pushstartr : Database Management Platform

    Bob Debbas
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Ryan Nutley”, CEO of the Ireland based start-up “Pushstartr” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Pushstartr is a database management platform that simplifies databases for developers. Databases at the best of times can be a headache. We take the intensive tasks facing developers and DBA’s and make them simple. This saves time and makes databases more accessible. At the moment we are working on two products, a Data API for…
  • ShareWhere : Social Sharing Application

    Bob Debbas
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Geoffrey Chan”, Founder of the Miami based start-up “ShareWhere” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? ShareWhere is a new anonymous social sharing application, it is location based and tied to the places and people around you. There are no usernames and it is 100% anonymous. Users can go on and post a picture or text and say what’s on there mind about a specific location or place in there area. You can mention something that…
  • Start-Ups Funds for New Business

    Bob Debbas
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    There are number of ways a person can start a business without having a lot of funds in his pocket. This article describes those types of funds. Before try for the collection of funds you got to have a sound business plan. For a better business plan the most primary things is to have a highly innovative and attractive business idea. The business ideas also must be related to your qualifications, experience, capabilities, abilities and possible resources. After selecting the most suitable idea for your possible business, you got to make a business plan report which is highly practical instead…
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    Bob Debbas
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:31 pm
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    Planio Blog

  • Planio Team Chat is coming (with IRC!)

    janschulzhofen
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    We’re so excited about this that we won’t be able to keep it secret any longer: Planio is getting a Team Chat feature very soon and here’s a sneak peek: Of course, everything in Team Chat will be tightly integrated with Planio, so you’ll be able to search past chat logs and see them side by side with issues and other Planio items you’re discussing in the chat. Oh, and you’ll be able to connect with your favourite chat client thanks to full IRC support. Would you like to beta test Planio Team Chat? Leave us a reply in the comments.
  • 20% Discount on RMClient for Planio users

    janschulzhofen
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    We are pleased to introduce a special discount on RMClient. RMClient is fully Planio-compatible desktop app for time tracking which helps you to easily navigate the stream of your tasks. The app displays a list of all assigned issues, allows you to filter and search for a specific task, as well as change its status and reassign it to another user. We’ve tried RMClient with Planio and it works great! It comes with a free 30-day trial version, after this period all Planio clients who are subscribed to one of our paid plans are eligible to purchase a license at 20% off. This special offer…
  • Agile Project management with Planio

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

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

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

  • Growth Hacking and Standup Comedy with Matt Ellsworth – TCE 052

    Scott
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today I think we have a little something for everybody. I’ve brought my friend Matt Ellsworth on the show to talk about a slieu of topics including growth hacking and how he went from being laser focused on startups to pursuing a career in standup comedy. I wanted to bring Matt on the show because the tactics he used as VP of growth at his last company Storefront are brilliant and I think this episode will really open people’s eyes to some of the tools you can use to develop a scalable lead generation process. Matt also has…
  • Paleo: Why Living Like A Cavemen Is All The Rage With John Durant – TCE 051

    Scott
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you’re not living in a hole, you’ve probably heard about the Paleo movement…or maybe you’ve just been wondering who all these guys that look like the actors in Geico commercial wearing crossfit shirts are… If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that is cool too because today’s show is the Paleo episode. I’ve brought on my buddy and now roommate John Durant. He’s the author of The Paleo Manifesto and has been called New York’s Caveman by The New York Times. John first got on my radar when…
  • How to Build Habit Forming Products with Nir Eyal – TCE 050

    Scott
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Have you ever wondered why you check email 20X a day or apps like Instagram constantly? I sure as heck have. It’s like there is the little urge I can’t control that I feel the need to satisfy when I’m not doing something. It turns out there is a method to many of these successful companies madness when it comes to designing addictive products and today I’m pumped to bring on  Nir Eyal, one of the foremost experts on designing habit forming products and technology. After a successfully starting his own tech…
  • Bitchin Sauce: Creating The Tastiest Sauce in the World! – TCE 049

    Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes This is bar none, the most Bitchin’ episode of this podcast. Most Saturdays while I was living in San Diego, I’d go to the farmers market in little Italy where I live. During my first visit, I remember seeing these guys at their stand and they looked like they were having the time of their lives. Their product was called Bitchin’ Sauce, people were flocking around their booth and the entire team was rocking tank tops….naturally I had to go and see what this was all about. I tried a sample of their Bitchin’ sauce…
  • Mark Manson on The Psychology of Achievement – TCE 048

    Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.” This is the start of a great piece called The Most Important Question of Your Life written by today’s guest, author Mark Manson of MarkManson.net. In this episode of The Competitive Edge we dive into the…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • Chris Rither – Founder of OneMeanDream.com

    Mario Schulzke
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I keep it all productive and in sync by organizing each day’s activities with my morning coffee. I bought my first day-planner in 1988 and I still use a physical day-planner in large folder size on a daily basis to keep each day on task. Christopher Rither was born and raised in Riverside California, where he started his first business at 13 by providing lawn services and painting houses in his neighborhood. After high school he attended Humboldt State University and then graduated from the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute of Southern California. After graduation he moved to Hawaii and…
  • Francesca Miazzo – Co-Founder of FOODLOGICA

    Mario Schulzke
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I find someone that shares my enthusiasm and we commit one day per week to the idea, for as long as it takes to get it running. It is a simple method, which has been working very well. Francesca Miazzo is the managing director and co-founder of CITIES Foundation. Originally from Italy, Francesca is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where 
she completed a Research Masters in Metropolitan Studies. Francesca manages and coordinates
 CITIES’ multiple projects, initiatives, events and studies. She continues managing several global urban research studies on industrial renewal, food and the…
  • Andrew Hsu – Co-Founder of Spotlight

    Mario Schulzke
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    If at all possible, hire the most talented people as soon as you can. Hiring ahead means solving problems before they occur, which means having fewer things to fix. Constantly apologizing to the market while you build your team is a terrible way to build a reputation. Andrew Hsu is the co-founder and managing partner of Spotlight. Spotlight, an analyst relations firm, connects digital agencies and technology vendors with influential industry analysts to create meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships. Much like an agent helping a talented actor get his big break, Spotlight provides an…
  • Reza Jahangiri – Founder and CEO of American Advisors Group

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    To ensure I’m productive, I am a bit obsessive about writing down major priorities for the next day. Reza Jahangiri is the founder and CEO of American Advisors Group (AAG), serving as CEO since July 2005. AAG is a leader in reverse mortgage lending, with a singular mission of providing reverse mortgage loans to benefit the senior population—helping them age in place. The company enjoys unparalleled brand recognition, featuring national spokesperson former Senator Fred Thompson. Jahangiri serves as vice chairman on the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) board of…
  • Thomas Emmons – Co-Founder and CEO of Bloxi

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    I have recently adopted Dude’s law, a simple equation that defines value. The equation is: Value = Why/How. It’s a very effective, and productive way to make a decision. It also forces you to think more critically. Thomas Emmons is the co-founder and CEO of Emberex, Inc. and Bloxi. He graduated with a degree in Accounting from Northwest Christian University. Thomas is incredibly passionate about startups, college football and just about any activity that involves being outside. Where did the idea for Bloxi come from? A few years ago, Nate (my business partner) and I attended the Web 2.0…
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    Platform Thinking

  • 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: -…
  • City-as-a-platform: Applying platform thinking to cities

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Note: This is a guest post by Barbara Thornton. Barbara attended my lecture at Harvard Business School in July and has been applying principles of Platform Thinking to her work with cities and municipalities. This post leverages the Magnet – Tools & Rules – Data framework that I first alluded to in my Harvard Business Review article here and have since expanded over the course of my lectures and workshops. More on that coming in the subsequent posts. In this post, Barbara uses this Platform Thinking framework to layout a structure for thinking of the…
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    The Startup Videos

  • 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…
  • Why startups should attend CII startupreneurs 2014 in Chennai

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    About Startupreneurs Startupreneurs is an event organized by the CII in Chennai. The event is scheduled on 24th November 2014 which would attract educated enthusiasts, experts, creators, current or future entrepreneurs. It is a platform to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. CII, through this event, aims to raise the profile of the Startups and bring vibrancy to our economy by creating jobs. The event would help startups take the next step in their business and Startupreneurs Expo is targeted at being the largest celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit in Tamil…
  • Zoho turns to Indian Market with a style.

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Zoho has come up with an interesting TV commercial which has gone viral in the online space. We could see that Zoho has emerged as a strong competitor against the well established giants like Salesforce, Google and Microsoft in office apps worldwide. Now, zoho has turned its head towards its Home country, India. We can see that the brand had done a significant spending on online banner ads, TV promotions and conferences(zoholics) to attract more users in India. The Indian market is now witnessing an increase in the demand for office apps with a number of startups like FreshDesk and Chargebee…
  • Sway – a powerpoint replacement from Microsoft

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Microsoft launches sway, a powerpoint replacement or we can call it as a prezi alternative. It has been a few decades since its release and Powerpoint still enjoys being the preferred tool for presentations. We did see some people move to the first ever alternative, prezi which managed to reach a milestone of 40M users. Microsoft had sensed that their age old tool is losing its sheen and had come up with a replacement, with better features and usability. The reviews in the market say that the the new tool had covered pretty much all the latest trends in presentation which Powerpoint had…
  • Revaluate can find you a Home in NYC that fits your Lifestyle

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    Ever been in a situation of finding a home in the city and getting lost in the sea of information available online, we agree that it can be a bit of a challenge. It is always easier to find information on the size of the apartment, the facilities available and the taxes, but it is not that easy to know about the livability or the user experience. Revaluate.com makes it easier for you, if you too have been facing a similar predicament. It is a novel tool to get an unbiased real estate comparison and a residential appraisal. Other online sources may provide just the physical details about the…
 
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    Startup Freak

  • Online School Management System – PenPencilEraser

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    Company Name : Online School Management System – PenPencilEraser Description : PenPencilEraser – First Custom-built online School ERP Management Software with free school website. Multi-board administration system, parent and student portal, 24/7 access anywhere and complete user friendly management system for schools of any size. Company Overview : PenPencilEraser – First Custom-built online School ERP Management Software with free school website. Multi-board administration system, parent and student portal, 24/7 access anywhere and complete user friendly management system…
  • Caro & Associates, LLC

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    Company Name : Caro & Associates, LLC Description : Best Business Accounting Solution Company Overview : Caro & Associates, LLC is a leading firm provides personalized bookkeeping Service in North Seattle, Washington. It also offer first month bookkeeping services free to its clients. Contact details : Jose Diaz 18820 Aurora Ave. North, Suite 204 Shoreline, WA 98133 Phone: (206)497-0671 Fax: (206)319-5448 Email: info@caroandassociates.com Website: http://www.caroandassociates.com Homepage URL: http://www.caroandassociates.com Industry : Accounting/Finance Number of Employees :…
  • H2kinfosys, LLC

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    Company Name : H2kinfosys, LLC Description : H2kinfosys provides job oriented online training on several technologies such as QA, BA, JAVA, and more. Company Overview : Qatraininginusa.com is a placeholder of H2kinfosys that is emerged as one of the top players in Quality assurance training with standardized training methods and expertise faculty as trainers. We have years of experience in testing training and we are leading as the unique training providers in IT industry. We provide training for QTP, manual testing, automation testing, QC, loadrunner, selenium and other testing tools with…
  • CompComputerTrainingsOnline

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    Company Name : CompComputerTrainingsOnline Description : IT Online Training and Job Placement Assistance from Real Time Industry Experts Company Overview : ComputerTrainingsOnline is offering software Testing Online Training and Job Placement Assistance from Real Time Software Testing Industry Experts Homepage URL: http://www.computertrainingsonline.com Industry : Education/Training Number of Employees : 50 Location : Johns Creek 4640 Valais Court Suite 101-A Johns Creek, GA 30022 United Sates of America Key People : Social Links Contact us: www.computertrainingsonline.com Email:…
  • Aida.io

    StartupFreak
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    Company Name : Aida.io Description : Branded native mobile apps for events Company Overview : We build native mobile that are context-aware for retail, travel and event domain. Carrot helps event organizers build iOS & android apps within hours. Event apps that create value for sponsors, increase interactivity, maximize networking, track engagement metrics and most importantly create new revenue for the event. Take your events to new levels of excellence with our modern designs, proximity sensing and instant setup. Homepage URL: http://www.aida.io/products/carrot Industry : Mobile Apps…
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    Onboardly

  • Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs This WED Day

    Heather Carson
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    Today is WED day. Yes. You read that right. It’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, this is the day that women step into the spotlight and celebrate their accomplishments. The Global Entrepreneurship Week website notes that, “WED focuses the entrepreneurial community’s attention on female development and empowerment to help strengthen the ecosystem as a whole.” The world could use a bit more of this for sure. Not so long ago, my co-founder Renee and I decided to come together to build something really special. You guessed it: Onboardly. Armed…
  • Timbre Cases: A Kickstarter Campaign to Eliminate Broken Guitar Syndrome

    Renee Warren
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One of our amazing clients, Timbre Cases just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them develop a product that will help put an end to broken guitar syndrome. We’ve all heard the stories (and heard the “United Breaks Guitars” song). Chances are we know someone who has had this happen to them. Well fret no longer. The DNone case is on its way! Timbre Cases are different than your average guitar case. Made via thermoforming, a process widely used in the aerospace and auto industries, the cases are designed for easy travel and two-way humidity control. Check out their video for all of…
  • What to do When Taylor Swift Hates Your Startup

    Heather Carson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    There’s no doubt that some of the best advocates for your startup are celebrities. Having someone like Taylor Swift tweet about your product is priceless. You get extra press coverage, people find out more about you, and your exposure is exponentially higher. Unfortunately, some of the same things happen when a major celebrity hates your business. You get extra press coverage, more exposure, and more information about your company gets out, but in all the wrong ways – as Spotify is currently seeing. Understanding the Taylor Swift – Spotify Feud If you haven’t heard, Spotify is a music…
  • The 15 Best Product Development Posts of All-Time

    Renee Warren
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Each month, we round up our favourite posts of all-time on topics ranging from content marketing and social media to analytics and CRO. We’ll cover everything you need to get your startup the attention and traction it deserves! Before 2014 is up, you’ll be a startup marketing superstar! We’ll make sure of it. So, without further ado, here are the 15 best product development posts of all-time: 1. Six Myths of Product Development Takeaway: “Product manufacturing and product development are two very different things.” 2. Launching a New Product? A 4-Criteria Checklist…
  • Notes to My Younger Entrepreneurial Self

    Renee Warren
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    Do you remember your first lemonade stand and how you rocked sales and promotion? Instead of playing house, did you build a corner office in your room and have your brother fax your grandmother a hand-drawn version of a term sheet? We’re you pitching to your teddy bears? In high school, were you more interested in running a business than being a running back? If so, you’re in good company. We’re celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 by offering you a round-up of the advice that several prominent executives have for their younger selves. Perhaps it will remind you of days gone…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Find and Train Awesome New Peeps When You Don’t Have Time

    Kiera Abbamonte
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business, growing pains are something everyone is hoping to have. But that doesn’t make them any easier to solve. One of the biggest hurdles you’ll have to jump comes when it’s time to start bringing on employees. From making the decision to hire to the candidate search and onboarding, hiring your first few employees can seem like a huge time and energy suck. Like most things, you’ll need to put in a little extra time, so you can save a bunch in the long run. The good news is that if you put in the time where it really matters, you can save yourself a lot of hassle. Have no…
  • 10 Best Entrepreneurship Stories in American History  

    Emma Siemasko
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    America has always been a place of progress and possibility, so we should recognize the people who helped us get here. In honor of National Entrepreneurs’ Day, I’ve dug around to find history’s most inspiring business-people. Some of them are old favorites like Ben Franklin, while others are unexpected risk-takers and dreamers. What do they have in common? They helped build our country to what it is today. I’m proud to share a home with these inspiring entrepreneurs: 1. Benjamin Franklin Being Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin can be thought of as America’s original entrepreneur,…
  • 7 Tricks to Becoming King or Queen of Your Industry

    Kiera Abbamonte
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    No matter what industry you’re working in, there’s probably a handful of people who are experts. They’re each seen as a go-to resource and unquestioned thought leader, a royal of the industry. There are countless benefits to leading the industry, like increased visibility for your business, expert status, and even a bump in sales. Do you ever wonder how those leaders got to be king or queen? Or how you can get there? We’ve pulled together seven tricks you can use to help you become the reigning king or queen of your industry! 1. Engage With Industry Leaders It makes sense that…
  • Does Your Business Need Content Marketing?

    Kaleigh Moore
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve probably heard people talking about their content marketing strategy and how it helps their businesses in various ways. But if you’re like me, you might’ve heard the phrase ‘content marketing strategy’ and had to Google what that actually means. It seems like all marketing is content marketing when you first think of it, right? Not quite. Content marketing strategy is what many business owners employ to help attract customers. In this post, we’ll talk about what content marketing strategy is, when it is (and isn’t) necessary, a few success stories, and the tools you can…
  • Small Business Owner: What Should You Do With a Spare $100?

    Karol K.
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This $100 in your pocket doesn’t sound particularly impressive in terms of investment money, does it? Well, maybe not at first, but let’s take a look at some real data to get a better idea of how much $100 actually is. A study conducted by BrightLocal and ChamberOfCommerce.com reveals that the average small business spends around $400 per month on marketing. But even more interestingly, 32 percent of SMBs spend less than $100. For those businesses, a spare $100 means doubling their marketing budget for the month! Turns out it’s not such a small amount of money after…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Startup Mauritius

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Startup Mauritius- Initiative of Board of Investment- Encouraging discovery of, and investment in Mauritius' startups- Investment opportunities include logistics, media, healthcare, aquaculture, agro-industry, renewable energy, and more - Business set-up assistance available (including investors)- Residency permit options include Occupation Permit, Residence Permit, and Permanent Residence Permit - InvestMauritius.com
  • In the Spotlight - Down to Chill

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Down to Chill- Like Tinder for friends- Swipe to meet up- Put an end to Facebook texting- Connect with multiple Facebook friends at once - Hashtag activities you're up for- Arrange anything from a gym workout to an evening out on the town - Designate times you're free to meet- See which times work best for all parties - Available for iOS and Android - DownToChill.com Screenshots via Down to Chill
  • In the Spotlight - Ocho Video

    Eleanor Wall
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ocho Video- 8 second videos and video replies- Add voice- Swipe to add filters to images- Upload from camera roll or record fresh- Timelapse-enabled- Customize video/edit images- Videos are #hashtag and @mention enabled- Social media enabled; like, re-echo, video replies- Wide screen images- No text comments- iOS 7.0- Ocho.co- Download for free on iTunes Screenshots via Ocho Video
  • In the Spotlight - Dispatch

    Eleanor Wall
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dispatch- On-demand services, as a service- Mobile technology for field support services- Technician dispatching, made easy- Mobile appointment notifications for customers and technicians- SMS technician ETA updates for customers- Mobile job status updates for dispatch (text, photo, video)- Mobile on-the-spot estimates/invoices/payments- Mobile customer after-care tools- Time-tracking tools for technicians/dispatch- On-the-spot inventory look-up tools- Integrates with existing business infrastructure tools (Salesforce, Intuit, Google Maps, Stripe, etc.)- Web and mobile-enabled- Scales for…
  • In the Spotlight - SwarmBuild

    Eleanor Wall
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    SwarmBuild- Prototyping as a service- 'Turn your ideas into products'- Upload design idea- Connect with consulting engineers - Connect with fabricators (CNC, laser, 3D)- Product delivery via shipping partners- SwarmBuild.comScreenshot via SwarmBuild
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  • Echelon Malaysia: Check out the 7 startups to pitch at the Showcase

    Terence Ng
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    The startups that will be pitching at Echelon Malaysia’s Showcase event have been confirmed. Find out more about them Echelon Malaysia 2014 is only two days away! Are you excited to meet some of the most promising startups in Malaysia? After a rigorous selection process, we, at e27, are pleased to announce the seven startups that will be pitching at the Showcase at Echelon Malaysia. To be held on November 24 and 25, 2014 at Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Echelon Malaysia will also feature a bevy of speakers from all around the country and beyond. Without further ado,…
  • India is world’s biggest food delivery market: foodpanda’s Ralf Wenzel

    Twishy
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    foodpanda wants to expand services beyond its current 10,000 restaurants in over 170 cities in India Global online food delivery marketplace foodpanda recently acquired Delivery Hero-backed TastyKhana in India, to expand its position in the food-loving country. foodpanda also acquired Mexican food delivery businesses PedidosYa, SeMeAntoja and Superantojo. The group has been operating in the Mexican market since December 2012 under the hellofood brand. With these acquisitions, foodpanda wants to accelerate growth and become the ‘Amazon’ of food ordering in emerging markets. Ralf Wenzel,…
  • From Rocket Internet to a dating site: Diptyc’s Jean-Jacques Lafon

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    The Diptyc CEO says one of the main challenges has been to ‘break the stigma of online dating’ in the Philippines and Southeast Asia Jean-Jacques Lafon, Founder, Diptyc Earlier this week we covered the launch of Diptyc, hailed as the Philippines’ first dating community for single professionals — the work and vision of Frenchman and former Rocket Internet Manager Jean-Jacques Lafon. We like to follow up with founders behind innovative startups here in Southeast Asia, so we got back in touch with Lafon for more background on Diptyc, which comprises a four-member team…
  • PricePanda appoints two new leaders to strengthen SEA strategy

    DailySocial
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    Renewal of the website, and establishment of a second office in Singapore are other enhancements to its services Image Credit: Shutterstock The positive trend of online shopping shown recently has triggered PricePanda, one of biggest price comparison platforms in Southeast Asia, to apply numerous enhancements to its services. This includes the appointment of two new leaders, renewal of its website, and establishment of its second office in Singapore. Rocket Internet, PricePanda’s investor, revealed on November 19 that two new leaders of PricePanda, Robin Steinhaus and Philip Wegener, will…
  • Have you tried these 6 startup culture disruptions at your company?

    Vinay Dora
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    What do technology companies of the 21st century need? We bring you a case study of India’s InMobi and innovations it is driving How do talented individuals choose a company to build disruptive products? InMobi’s Naveen Tewari believes: “To build disruptive products, one requires disruption in culture”. He isn’t the only entrepreneur who feels company culture matters; for a few years now many business leaders have maintained that a good company culture attracts top talent, ensures that people remain productive, and stems attrition. Tewari and his team at InMobi have…
 
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    Tech in Asia

  • Advice from a digital nomad: bootstrapping in Southeast Asia

    Chris Osborne
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Chris is the founder of FoundersGrid. He’s on Twitter as @MyEggNoodles. This is republished from Medium with his permission. Photo credit: Chris Osborne There are thousands of startup founders who have ditched their belongings, families and the west to move east to leverage geo arbitrage — and right now, I believe, is the best time in history to do so. This trend and movement is growing exponentially. Lower over head costs, better work/lifestyle balance, access to more talent who want to work remotely and great opportunities to learn, network, and travel are just some of the reasons…
  • Yahoo acquires photo app maker Cooliris

    Leighton Cosseboom
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Cooliris, the company known for building photo app products like CoolPreviews, PicLens, Android Gallery, LiveShare, and most recently BeamIt, announced yesterday that it has been acquired by Yahoo. A statement from the Cooliris team on its website says: Yahoo has a clear vision and unwavering commitment to making mobile an intuitive and effortless experience. This makes Yahoo the perfect partner for Cooliris, and we are excited to come together to bring indispensable products to a worldwide audience. See: At Cooliris, interns aren’t cheap labor, they’re potential star employees…
  • Rocket Internet ‘graduates’ bare all: what to learn – or not – from the internet giant (#StartupAsia preview)

    Enricko Lukman
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Credit: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson Rocket Internet’s presence has been a revelation in Southeast Asia. Clone factory or not, the company has created several ecommerce giants like Lazada and Zalora, and grabbed attention from investors worldwide about what’s happening in the region. Arguably, one of Rocket Internet’s positive contributions to the ecosystem is in human resources. By paying decent salaries, Rocket was able to convince executives to jump on the entrepreneurial path, leaving their steady jobs to kickstart ecommerce ventures instead. Some of these executives would then…
  • Indonesia’s eFishery bags (up to) $1.2 million investment from Get in The Ring

    Enricko Lukman
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Today is a huge day for Indonesia’s fishtech startup eFishery. The startup has just won a competition called Get in The Ring, which promises grand winners investment of up to €1 million – that’s US$1.2 million. eFishery offers a smart fish feeding machine for commercial aquaculture. The feeder can sense the fish’s appetite through motion sensors, and if the fish are feeling agitated and hungry, the machine will feed it automatically. The startup has also created the software for it, allowing fish farmers to see these feeding activities in real-time on their phones, and control the…
  • Ecommerce saved this 78-year-old DIY tool company. Now it’s changing Japanese society.

    IGNITION
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Daito Co. Ltd.’s Senboku Newtown residential renovation project (Sakai City, Osaka). Updates on the DIY renovation project are also posted to their Facebook page This post has been previously published by our friends at Ignition. It has been modified from the original. Takehito Yamada was 27 when he took the reigns as CEO of Daito Co.Ltd., a tools and hardware wholesaler that’s been trading for around 78 years. “My father-in-law said that if I am to marry his daughter then he would like for me to take over the business. I had always thought about starting my own business but never gave…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – November 22 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    21 Nov 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 Top Swedish Startup Jobs – November 18 Edition Tink, Billogram, Publit, AppSpottr, Sinch and Lifesum are just a few of the Swedish startups currently hiring. Check out the jobs here! Plick Launches Funded By Me Campaign and Gets Funded Moments Later Heard of Plick? You probably have, since aside from gaining traction for their second hand vintage marketplace app for some time (which was covered on…
  • Plick Launches Funded By Me Campaign and Gets Funded Moments Later

    Jason Dainter
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Heard of Plick? You probably have, since aside from gaining traction for their second hand vintage marketplace app for some time (which was covered on Swedish Startup Space a year ago), they have been spotted pitching at both tech events STHLM Tech in Stockholm and Uppstart in Uppsala in the last year. Plick have been looking to close a seed round for their start-up and co-founder and CEO Jimmy Heibert decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Funded By Me which went live yesterday. Less than 24 hours later, they announced a 1.25 million SEK investment from Aggregate Media. I caught up…
  • Curator turns one and Launches for iPhone

    Anders Hassis
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Curator today released the latest version of their creativity app bringing it to the iPhone for the first time. It mixes the best of Evernote, Pinter- est and Powerpoint with the aim of making a mobile tool as powerful as desktop software. Curator & Co was founded in London, UK by architect Daniel Nordh, previously working for the Mayor of London, for the City of Stockholm, Sweden and as a record label manager launching the career of Little Dragon amongst others. Co-founder Jerome Rigaud is a designer and developer that has previously worked with MoMa, Barbican, Daft Punk, the Bouroullec…
  • Crunchfish announces the completion of a 28 msek angel financing round

    Anders Hassis
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    Crunchfish just announced the completion of its third round of angel funding aimed at accelerating growth and establishing the company in Silicon Valley. In addition to this addition of 28 msek new capital in the company, the company also announces internal share transactions of 3,5 msek. With this investment Silicon Valley entrepreneur Kenneth S. Thom joins the team of investors. Thom operates several co-working facilities for tech high growth companies in the San Francisco area. Crunchfish has plans to set up its U.S. office his prestigious SOMAcentral on Mission Street in central San…
  • Fyndiq partners up with major e-commerce platforms

    Einar Persson
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fyndiq really is on fire right now. The other day they closed a $20 Million round from Northzone and Industrifonden and now it’s time for even more good news for the “Amazon for bargain products”. They just announced the official launch of their integration with the popular e-commerce platforms Askås, Kodmyran and Wikinggruppen – giving thousands of merchants the opportunity to sell through Fyndiq. – “We are very pleased that these platforms have chosen to work with us to make it easier for their merchants to sell through our marketplace. This is a high…
 
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    Barcinno

  • Is Barcelona The Smartest City of Them All?

    Jennifer Riggins
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Big data versus Big Brother. Do we want Barcelona to be the smart city to lead all smart cities? Or should the Catalan capital simply save time and money by utilizing open source code to copy other pioneering cities? The 2014 Smart City Expo at Fira Barcelona definitely talked about success being found in a […] The post Is Barcelona The Smartest City of Them All? appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Job Opening: iOS Developer at GLOVO App (@GlovoApp)

    Scott Mackin
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    Company:  GLOVO Area: Mobile App – Instant Delivery Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Position: iOS Job Offer  About GLOVO Glovo (www.glovoapp.com) is a new and exciting project in Barcelona. We are the first mobile app that offers an express and on-demand collaborative service. We will launch the iOS version of the app in mid-December, and we will be […] The post Barcelona Startup Job Opening: iOS Developer at GLOVO App (@GlovoApp) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Teams Up With Adobe To Build The World’s First Digital Branding Lab For Cities

    Scott Mackin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    The Barcelona City Council and Adobe Systems, the multinational software company, have inked an agreement to build the City Branding Lab in Barcelona. The objective: Innovate and experiment with solutions that favor the city’s competitiveness, while simultaneously improving the quality of life for its citizens. As we move ever closer towards a global society and the […] The post Barcelona Teams Up With Adobe To Build The World’s First Digital Branding Lab For Cities appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: @Clubkviar PHP Frontend/Backend Developer

    Stewart Masters
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Company: Clubkviar Area: Online restaurant bookings Place: Barcelona Position: PHP Frontend/Backend Developer   The Opportunity: We are looking for a front-end developer with good knowledge of PHP back-end development using the Symfony 1 framework. We are continuously evolving our product and rolling out new awesome features and optimizations on a weekly basis and will be expanding to new cities in 2015. You will work […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: @Clubkviar PHP Frontend/Backend Developer appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Runator (@runator)

    Stewart Masters
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The start of this tale goes back to a wintery day during Christmas of 2013. A team of keen Spanish runners had just signed up for the 2014 New York Marathon and were planning their training to make sure they were in ship-shape for race day. Understandably as the team began to get together to […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Runator (@runator) appeared first on Barcinno.
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    Uncanny Owl

  • 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…
  • WP Courseware LMS Demo Site

    Ryan Moore
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Now that we have demo sites available for LearnDash and WooThemes Sensei, we thought it was only fair to include WP Courseware in the mix. These 3 products are, after all, the bigger players in WordPress Learning Management Systems. The new WP Courseware demo site is available at http://wpcourseware.uncannycloud.com/. Once again, we stuck to the same type of platform to make it easy to compare the 3 LMS platforms. Try signing in to all 3 and note the differences for yourself. (Note that this will only work for about 3 weeks; we’re planning on making some significant changes to our LearnDash…
  • LearnDash Review Revisited

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

  • How These Millennials Got Mark Cuban to Give Them $1 Million

    Sarah Lesnar
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Many entrepreneurs on “Shark Tank” have failed pitching their products because their startups were deemed not up to par with the standards of the sharks on the show. However, a team of entrepreneurs from Austin, Texas were recently able to secure an investment from the show’s biggest shark, Mark Cuban, for a whopping $1 million. The product that the three co-founders pitched was BeatBox Beverages, which is basically a fun twist on boxed wine. While one particular shark, Kevin O’Leary, simply didn’t get the product and went as far as saying the product “tasted like…
  • Inside the Secret Supercar Meet-Ups World of the Rich Chinese Kids of SoCal

    Alan Van
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Hey, look! Flashy young Asians driving supercars! It’s kinda like “The Fast and the Furious,” except they’re not nearly as good looking and they’re all Chinese. Also, this is real life, and in real life, Vin Diesel is gay. The below too-cool-for-school video (Asians! Hip hop music!) from Vocativ tells a story of transoceanic wealth, a tale of East meets West and what happens when big money from the disparately rich elite in mostly-rural China lands in the hands of their A-#1 offspring in Southern California. They’re like superheroes — USC and UCLA students by day/multiple…
  • These are the Top Cities Where Gold Diggers Can Land Sugar Daddies

    Alan Van
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    If you’re young, hot and down to fuck — err, I mean “be a companion” to — wealthy, older men, then you’re a prime candidate to play the role of sugar baby to someone else’s sugar daddy. SeekingArrangement.com, a Las Vegas-based website that hooks up potential sugar babies with sugar daddies, has been gaining steam over the past year. In Canada alone, membership has increased by 33 percent in the same period according to Global News. Brooke Urick, a spokesperson for SeekingArrangement.com, outlined the site’s membership makeup to Fox San Antonio: “There…
  • ‘Ultra Cheap Asian Boys’ Parody Offers Hilarious Alternative to the Spoiled Brats of Reality TV

    Max Chang
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Reality shows depicting the lives of spoiled brats has been done over and over and over again — last month’s release of yet another one, the new Canadian show “Ultra Rich Asian Girls of Vancouver,” left most of the internet rolling their eyes. To parody the trend, the young filmmakers behind the YouTube channel Life of Bri recently released a video putting the lives of McDonald’s-eating, fake BMW-driving, cheap, Asian guys into the “reality show” spotlight. Check out the video. The actual female reality show is called #HBICtv (“Hot Bitch In Charge TV”),…
  • Report Finds that Overweight People Costs the World $2 Trillion a Year

    Max Chang
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    A recent McKinsey report finds that the world’s population of overweight people is not only increasing, but the impact of fat people costs the world around $2 trillion a year. Richard Dobbs is head of the McKinsey Global Institute, a management consulting firm, and one of the authors of the study which found that the world is growing fatter faster than the fastest developing economy. “It seems that many of the emerging markets that are on this phenomenally fast growth trajectory are on an even faster obesity trajectory,” says Dobbs. The report found that almost 30 percent of the…
 
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Tips to Boost your online event ticket sales

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

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

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

    Yapsody
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Yapsody Webinar & Live Demo Join us for a Free Live demonstration on how you can use Yapsody to sell out your events through innovative techniques of promotion. Launch Date: 12th November 2014. Timing: (11:00 AM PST) / (7:00 PM GMT) Frequency: (Every Wednesday) During this webinar you will discover: • Yapsody Latest Features. • Yapsody Mobile Apps. • Social Media Integration to boost your event ticket sales. • Access Real-time data: Identify trends to adjust sales and marketing strategy. After the demo, our Yapsody expert will answer to all your questions. We look forward to…
  • Engage with Yapsody!

    Yapsody
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
      Engage with Yapsody! Here’s an opportunity to get free access to all the upcoming #premium #features of #Yapsody. All you need to do is help Yapsody translate the #Online#ticket #store in your #local #language. For more information on how to grab this awesome opportunity. Follow the link:  https://www.yapsody.com/ticketing/features/
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    StartUp Beat

  • AllUnite seeks to challenge iBeacon with its free Wi-Fi-based proximity mobile marketing platform

    Editor
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    A Q&A with AllUnite co-founder and CEO Esben Elmoe. The Copenhagen-based startup, which offers a proximity marketing solution based on free Wi-Fi, completed a $3.7 million Series A funding round led by Northzone, which it announced earlier this week. It was founded in 2013 by Elmoe and Kasper Gevaldig. SUB: Please describe AllUnite and your primary innovation. Elmoe: In AllUnite we are injecting banners from local shops while the users are surfing on the AllUnite network. We also provide business intelligence for our customers in terms of number of people passing the shop, recurring…
  • AccuSure launches to help SMBs find the best deal on insurance

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A Q&A with AccuSure co-founder and CEO Jamie Reid. The San Diego-based startup, which offers small- and medium-sized businesses a solution for simplifying the process of comparison shopping for insurance, launched today at the DEMO Fall conference in Silicon Valley. It was founded in 2009 by Reid and Mike Shambach. SUB: Please describe AccuSure and your primary innovation. Reid: AccuSure is a cloud-based solution that helps small- and medium-sized business (SMBs) streamline and simplify the process of obtaining insurance quotes, saving them valuable time and money. We do this in four…
  • With a significant new funding round completed, Paracosm is working to make the world robot-friendly

    Editor
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    A Q&A with Paracosm co-founder Anna Williams. The Gainesville, Florida-based 3D mapping augmented reality startup announced earlier this month the closing of a $3.3 million Seed funding round. Investors include Deep Fork Capital, New World Angels, iRobot and Atlas Venture. It was founded last year by Williams, Amir Rubin, Christian von Kleist, Karl Dockendorf, and Ian Taylor, and the team previously raised $350,000 in initial funding through two different rounds. SUB: Please describe Paracosm and your primary innovation. Williams: Paracosm is focused on bridging the gap between human and…
  • An unsexy but important topic for growing startups: Getting payroll taxes right

    Editor
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager As you start a new business, the calculations surrounding payroll taxes may not be the first thing on your mind. You’re more likely thinking about bringing in new clients, promoting your services and developing your business plan. However, you are aware that properly paying your employees is a core part of being an employer. You want to make sure you get the basics right so your employees don’t have trouble with their paychecks. And you don’t want to get tangled up in a web of corrections for mistakes you could otherwise avoid. Let’s go through…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Founders Network offers a value proposition for entrepreneurs based on facilitating long-term peer mentorship and support

    Editor
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    By Kevin Holmes, Founders Network co-founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH No one is better qualified to advise founders than fellow founders, and at FN we believe that authentic relationships are the foundation of success. By facilitating relationships between vetted tech startup founders, FN members look to gain an unparalleled level of information and expertise to drive their startups forward. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 500 tech startup founders. Members solve tactical problems through an online mentorship platform and address strategic…
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    thinkfuture

  • 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…
  • Does Hyperpersonalization Impede Innovation?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
      I was at a conference the other day about the future of the enterprise. Of course, my crazy futurist side kept on talking about how the enterprise itself is an outmoded concept of work, and in the not too distant future, all types of work will be carried out by more loosely connected individuals, who come together for a project, then disband. But that’s a topic for another post. One of the speakers at the panel prior to mine mentioned something about hyperpersonalization – which of course is completely on its way – with more and more data collected about what one does…
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • How to tell if a startup needs you

    John Gannon
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    Looking for a quick way to see if a startup might need someone like you for their team? The table below shows you the kinds of jobs that are likely to be available at a startup based on the startup’s funding status. Use it as a first filter in your startup job search so that you’re not burning a lot of time with companies who aren’t at the right stage to hire you. When reading the chart, keep in mind: This chart covers the majority of cases but there can be exceptions based on founder preference or the sector where the startup plays. This chart only applies to…
  • This startup raised a ton of money so it must be doing well

    John Gannon
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    #134027445 / gettyimages.com One of the biggest misconceptions that folks new to the startup world have is that companies that have raised a ton of money are crushing it. There are plenty of examples of “lots of money raised” flops abound in the venture/startup world. For instance: Color ($41MM raised – sold to Apple for probably pennies on the dollar) Fab (OK, not a total flop but going through a big time retrenching) 75% of the companies funded during the last bubble And on the flip side there are companies that are killing it that have not raised that much money.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 11/10/14

    John Gannon
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Satya Patel writes about what makes a great project manager on his blog. Sabrina Bruning posted 15 great community manager job openings on CMX. 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 11/10/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 10/27/14

    John Gannon
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Zapier Learning Center has a free introductory course on APIs, which allow companies to link their app systems together. Jason Freedman writes for 42Floors about wanting to get into startups, but not knowing where to start. 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 10/27/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 10/22/14

    John Gannon
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    SoundCloud, a leading online audio platform, is hiring a Product Manager for Connected Devices in New York. Intent Media is hiring an Associate Partnerships Manager and a Director of Strategy in New York. 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 10/22/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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  • 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…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 7

    Swati Kumar
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    << Week 6 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. 3 Highs:   Confidence:  I am a junior developer, which means that I have learned…
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  • MovieGlu Brings TV Guide-Style Listings To Movie Showtimes.

    Kevin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    MovieGlu Brings TV Guide-Style Listings To Movie Showtimes. With MovieGlu’s powerful search engine and TV guide style design, searching for movie showtimes has become significantly faster and easier. Showtimes displayed using an intuitive visual timeline Easily view and compare movie start and end times across movie theaters No advertisements to clutter up the screen Direct links to purchase tickets from almost any theater Includes showtimes for every location in the United States and United Kingdom MovieGlu is a UK-based startup led by former Skype senior manager, Derek Morgan.
  • MetaMoJi Launches Mobile Productivity and Annotation App for Small Business.

    Kevin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    MetaMoJi Launches Mobile Productivity and Annotation App for Small Business. MetaMoji today launched a small business version of its popular cross-platform app, MetaMoJi Note as a SMB Edition. With over 2 million downloads, MetaMoJi Note is already being used by many organizations across the world, for both personal and group productivity, but the new SMB edition will make it easy to deploy across small and medium sized businesses. MetaMoji. MetaMoJi Note SMB Edition makes it easy to share notes and collaborate around the office, acting as a blank canvas for mindmapping and minute taking…
  • Brio Announces Launch of First Connected-Home Safe Power Outlet With Kickstarter.

    Kevin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Brio Announces Launch of First Connected-Home Safe Power Outlet With Kickstarter. Brio, the company behind the world’s safest, smartest electrical power outlet and connected home safety solution, is announcing the launch of its first commercial products with a 30-day Kickstarter campaign. Brio Safe provides wall-to-wall peace of mind in the home by defaulting the everyday wall outlet to an ‘off’ state. The second product, Brio Smart, has app-enabled embedded wireless technology that allows it to communicate with sensors for smoke, carbon monoxide and flood protection. As an innovator in…
  • Overdog Closes on $1.8mm Fundraise, Set to Launch Matchmaking App.

    Kevin
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Overdog Closes on $1.8mm Fundraise, Set to Launch Matchmaking App. Overdog, Inc, today announced that it has closed a $1.8 million round of financing, which was co-led by Boston-based Atlas Venture and Chicago Ventures. The round also includes Zynga Founder, Mark Pincus, and Machinima Founder, Allen Debevoise, along with United Talent Agency, Mountain Group Capital and several existing angels. Chicago Ventures’ Stuart Larkins has joined Overdog’s Board of Directors. “We couldn’t be happier with the make up of our investor group,” Overdog CEO Steve Berneman said. “Two venture firms…
  • Sochule Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Social Media 180.

    Kevin
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Sochule Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Social Media 180. Sochule Inc., parent company of the nationally viral mobile app HelloTel, is pleased to announce its first acquisition. Effective today, Social Inc. has acquired Social Media 180 and its subsidiary Sweepify, a instant win contesting platform for social engagement. This acquisition will propel Sochule Inc. into a revenue-generating corporation within the next 30 days. Social Media 180. Social Media 180 is a web and mobile app development company that has played a key role in the success of HelloTel, the new mobile app that allows…
 
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  • 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.
  • Space Wallet Is A Compact Wallet Designed For All Occasions (Interview)

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    While it’s often multi-million dollar exits that grab all the headlines – it’s very easy to overlook some of the great work small medium enterprises (SMEs) are doing. In fact, the European Commission states 99% … Read more The post Space Wallet Is A Compact Wallet Designed For All Occasions (Interview) appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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  • The Low Cost Housing from Tata Value Homes

    Suumit
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Tata Value Homes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata housing company. This company( Tata Value Homes) was established in 2010 to meet the housing needs of the masses. Its objective since has been to[...]
  • How to make money fastly 2014 and Why Teespring?

    Akansha Naredy
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
      Are you a bored home worker or SEO Expert? Are you still a student looking for a part time job or manager?… We bring you some great ideas about the easiest way to make[...]
  • SIIB Leadership Series 2014: D-Day

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

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

    Kartik Jha
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others” - Bill Gates Why did terrorist attacks like 26/11 has become so prevalent in recent times? How the reason for the[...]
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  • A Simple Dissection of Online Team Collaboration

    David Arnoux
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! At Twoodo we’re continually obsessing over how to make online collaboration better and more human. Part of this is looking at usage data to understand how people use our online collaboration platform. What is the DNA of online collaboration? We played around with some numbers this weekend to uncover this simple dissection of online team collaboration. Based on 100000′s of events carried out by users on Twoodo over a 2 month period and due to the fact that Twoodo allows to integrate actions into conversations, we came up with this very simple pie…
  • Talking with your users and customers is a bad idea!

    David Arnoux
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! …unless you want to succeed. You’ll have to excuse my click-bait title, but doesn’t it seem strange that talking to users is so blatantly important yet so many companies are doing an very poor job of it? A live chat on your landing page can increase your conversion rate for initial buy-ins, questionnaires and surveys will help you unlock the core unique value that your best users see in your product, in-app messaging can help you trigger feature notifications at the best possible times and smooth conference calling may help you concierge…
  • The Best B2B Growth Hacks – 21 Tactics to Test

    David Arnoux
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:39 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! As you are all probably tired of hearing by now, growth hacking is not simply a series of tricks or tactics, but a mindset to do what it takes to grow a company. It is data-driven and dovetails quite a bit with online marketing. Each of the 21 B2B growth hacks listed here is an article in itself, but I’m going to keep it brief. Many B2C growth hacks can be creatively tweaked to be valuable as B2B growth hacks. For example, the first growth hack (content) specifies certain types of content that will work best for B2B. Remember – whether B2C or B2B, you…
  • The beginner’s guide to creating conversion funnels and analyzing data

    David Arnoux
    4 Jun 2014 | 3:16 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Confused with analyzing data? Conversion funnels are here to help. You’ve probably been reading tons of articles telling you to start setting up metrics for your website, measure your website KPIs and take data-driven decisions. If you’ve already begun setting up metrics and tracking events on your website you probably know that it’s not easy. At Twoodo we spent quite a bit of time getting it right! In this article we’ll try to explain what you should be measuring, how to measure it and what types of tools you can use to measure them. This is in no way…
  • The 18 greatest tips for conducting effective meetings

    David Arnoux
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:25 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! This post is about the best tips we could find on conducting effective meetings. Meetings remain one of the biggest time-wasters in companies today, compounding to huge annual losses of productivity year after year. Give time back to the team to get things done by implementing these tips. 1. The meeting is defined – scrum? Sales? Weekly catch-up? What is the point of the meeting? What is the style? What am I expected to bring to the table (literally and figuratively)? How relevant is the meeting to me? After-works drinks and a sprint-planning meeting are…
 
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  • Weekends are lazy? Not for Ruby on Rails enthusiasts!

    Marianna Pruchniak
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Netguru gathered 13 lucky participants on a foggy Saturday in our cozy office in Warsaw. Then the magic happened. 2 days and 16 hours of coding later (occasionally interrupted by the pizza guy and coffee maker sound) the teams built four apps.
  • Why Poland Is The Hot Place To Source A Development Team Right Now

    John Waldron
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    If you’re a small or medium sized enterprise looking to outsource a development team for the first time, then a nearby destination like Poland is almost certainly the best bet.
  • Refactoring - Why?

    Marcin Stecki
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    This short series of blogposts answers the “why”, “how” and “when” of code refactoring.
  • Talks and Startups That Rocked (my) WebSummit

    Brian Burns
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    It’s hard to summarize the biggest technology conference in Europe. Every topic covered and 100’s of amazing tech business from every sector (including Inn Style where I had the pleasure of working as a junior developer).
  • Persistent queries in Ruby on Rails with PostgreSQL

    Szymon Frącczak
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    Sometimes you need to save a SQL query or query parameters for the future use. Here's a neat solution thanks to which you won't have any problems with sending a newsletter with custom search fields selected by user.
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  • AbbVie Acquires Manufacturing Facility in Singapore; Further Expands Capabilities in Asia.

    Kevin C
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    AbbVie Acquires Manufacturing Facility in Singapore; Further Expands Capabilities in Asia. AbbVie Inc. has acquired a small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing site in Singapore’s Tuas Biomedical Park. The facility will expand the company’s global operations for small molecule and biologics manufacturing, providing increased capacity for compounds within AbbVie’s immunology and oncology pipelines. This reflects progress from AbbVie’s announcement for manufacturing investment in Asia earlier this year. “The Singapore site will help to…
  • Infinitus Pursues High Quality through All-Round Management.

    Kevin C
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Infinitus Pursues High Quality through All-Round Management. Recently, Infinitus (China) Company Ltd, member of LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG), was honoured with the title of “Top 100 Creditable Demonstration Units of China Food Safety” at the 12th China Food Safety Annual Conference, the most high-profile conference in the field of food safety in China. On the food safety issue, Mr. Harry Yeung, Senior Vice President of LKKHPG, stressed, “Quality is the cornerstone and the best endorsement of a company. Hence, enterprises should commit to this responsibility proactively…
  • CJ E&M Partners With VisualOn to Power New Mobile App in South Korea.

    Kevin C
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    CJ E&M Partners With VisualOn to Power New Mobile App in South Korea. VisualOn Inc., a multimedia software company that enables high-quality video and audio playback across connected devices, announced that CJ E&M’s mobile application – VINGO Player, is now powered by OnStream MediaPlayer+. VINGO (vingo.co.kr) is an OTT service delivering movies on multiscreen platforms such as PCs, smartphones, tablets and TVs. CJ E&M is Asia’s leading content and media provider and by utilizing VisualOn’s cross-platform content playback solution, customers can now access…
  • Daiwa House to Participate as Strategic Partner in the TOMODACHI Initiative.

    Kevin C
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    Daiwa House to Participate as Strategic Partner in the TOMODACHI Initiative. Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. will participate as a Strategic Partner* in the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership led by the United States Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S.-Japan Council, and supported by the Government of Japan, corporations, organizations and individuals in the United States and Japan. Daiwa House will donate a total of $1 million over a three-year period to this initiative. *Corporations, organizations or individuals that donate $1 million or more to this partnership. TOMODACHI. The…
  • Start-Up Creates World’s Simplest Market Alert Tool

    Kevin C
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Start-Up Creates World’s Simplest Market Alert Tool. Local start-up Call Levels has created a mobile app that simplifies trading and investing by focusing on a single primary need – the need for investors to be alerted when their selected assets hit pre-set price levels. Founder. The start-up’s co-founder, Daniel Chia, who was a sovereign wealth and hedge fund portfolio manager for the past eight years, created the app after realising that the complexity of existing finance and trading apps put off users who needed them most. “It’s for part-time investors,…
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  • NASSCOM Session on Building Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills

    Sarath Budam
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Venue: MR2.3 2nd Floor, HICC Novotel Hotel, Hitech City, Hyderabad,India Timings: 2:00 pm To 5:30 pm, Thursday, 27 November, 2014 For more details look at http://www.nasscom.in/building-entrepreneurial-leadership-skills-hyderabad
  • Strategies for Scaling Your Product

    Sarath Budam
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    NASSCOM is organizing a session on “Strategies for Scaling Your Product”  as part of NASSCOM Product Forum. The focus of this Product Sessions is to help the company leadership develop a keen sense of what needs to be done to take the business model to the next level. To derive full benefit from this you […]
  • UNPLUGGD Bangalore is back

    Sarath Budam
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    unpluggd is a startup conference and this year it is going to happen on Dec 6th 2014. Venue: Hotel Park Plaza, Marathahalli, Bangalore You can get upto 40% discount on the ticket price if you use the copon code “NEXTBIGWHATTWO ” The registration url is http://events.nextbigwhat.com/unpluggd2014#registration
  • bigMobilityConference in Bangalore for mobile app developers

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

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

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    It's that time of year again - as families are preparing their homes and kitchens for Thanksgiving, small business owners are prepping for the shopping rush that takes place every year during the weekend following the holiday. Most people are familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but one retail holiday that has gained impressive steam over the past several years is Small Business Saturday - or the day directly after Black Friday. During this time, small business owners are urged to promote their own unique deals for the holiday season to encourage consumers to take advantage of…
  • How to Gobble Up More Sales with Retail Thanksgiving Promotions

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show your consumers just how thankful you are for their continued patronage. In addition to adopting online deals on your social media pages, there are many in-store promotions you can set out during this holiday. These deals may not only get more people to visit your store around Thanksgiving, but also show your preexisting consumer base how much you appreciate their continued business. Consumer rewards traditionally perform very well for small businesses. Whether you're giving out holiday-specific gifts or adopting a long-term loyalty program, use…
  • Green Business: The Guide to Recycling Electronics

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    As prominent tech companies continue releasing new technologies that shape the corporate world, small business owners are constantly examining which devices should be adopted and swapped in their stores. Instead of throwing these electronics out for good, it's important to examine the impact of recycling and how it can be implemented in your business. Recycling electronics - as opposed to merely throwing them out - can not only prevent harmful materials from being released in landfills, but it can also return certain materials to companies that can repurpose them for better…
  • 3 Steps to Celebrating Work Achievements

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Employee recognition is vital to reducing turnover, improving satisfaction in the workplace and showing your workers just how much you value them. According to the Fall 2014 Mood Tracker Report from Globoforce, workplace events that recognize staff - like celebrating milestones or achievements - can be the difference between a disgruntled employee and dedicated lifetime worker. These celebrations, no matter how small, are among the most powerful motivators for any employees - and if you're looking to grow your small business, it all starts with creating a company culture that honors and…
  • 3 Lessons to Learn From #AlexFromTarget

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    If you've been on the Internet this week, odds are, you've heard about a young man named Alex, who works at Target. Since Monday, the phrase #AlexFromTarget has been trending on the most popular social media sites, including Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook. And while the teenager became a meme overnight, many people have been left wondering - who is Alex, and how did he take the Internet by storm? Sunday afternoon, one Twitter user posted a photo of an attractive teenage boy, identified only by his Target nametag that read "Alex." In just a few short hours, the tweet received…
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  • Capital Valley recognized as Role Model for Entrepreneurs at Shell Tameer Awards 2014

    Reporting Desk
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    KARACHI: Capital Valley, the world’s first online entrepreneurial & philanthropic ecosystem, has been recognized as Role Model-2014 for Entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The title was presented this week at the prestigious Shell Tameer Young Entrepreneurs Award 2014. Capital Valley is an emerging tech startup located at DotZero, an incubator and shared office space in Karachi. The startup aims to solve funding, mentoring, and specialized networking problems of entrepreneurs and fund seekers in Pakistan. Through Capital Valley, the team envisions a Pakistan where entrepreneurs & fund…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Mac

    Rizwan Anwer
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    The Mac OS has become very popular as of late. With the help of the MacBook Air, Pro and the recent 5k iMac, everyone is more than eager to get their hands on a Mac for their personal use. Due to the simplicity, the rich aesthetics and many other features that come bundled in that sleek metallic body, a Macbook will always turn heads whenever you take it out of your bag. And if the above isn’t enough to sell you on the Mac, then lets see if these reasons do any better. 1. Every Mac is a powerhouse. While the flavors of Windows PC vary from one OEM to the next, every Macbook boasts a…
  • Google Research Project Wants To Auto-Caption Your Selfies

    Sarwat Fatima
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Selfie is a virus from which everyone is affected and it has developed several forms as it spread around the world. Imagine if your selfie turns up at a Google Search Engine and it adds an auto-caption with the image through its advanced algorithm. “A person with an awkward mouth formation…..” Okay, it might not be that accurate. Google has developed a system which can teach itself how to describe a photograph with a very high degree of accuracy. In other words, Google is trying to create a full natural language description of the image as it was mentioned in the recent Google research…
  • LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes its second batch to The Foundation Incubator

    Reporting Desk
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    After a tough competition between startups scouted from all over Pakistan, 8 teams are selected as the second batch at The Foundation. Lahore: The Foundation Business Incubator at LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship has recently completed the scouting and induction process for its second batch of startups. The new batch, as usual, was open for aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Pakistan. Over 35 shortlisted startups were considered for incubation or acceleration at the Foundation and about half were presented to the illustrious Foundation Council for final selection. The selection involved…
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is Here to Make Shattered Displays History

    Uzair Ahmed
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Corning Gorilla Glass is the inconspicuous face of all prominent smartphones and tablets. It has been there since the day you unboxed your brand-new device, and has been protecting it from scratches and cracks without you even noticing or being grateful for it. But it’s not perfect. The currently-available third iteration of CGG is, therefore, about to become obsolete as there is stronger, sturdier Corning Gorilla Glass 4 just around the corner to replace it. Engineers at Corning are focusing their efforts towards something all gadget-owners dread: accidental drops. With Gorilla Glass 4…
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  • Want To Make A Tasty Startup? Never Forget A Business Plan

    Aishwarya Jain
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    You sitting on a couch, watching T.V., driving, taking bath, when about to sleep on bed, when you not doing anything at all, when you read about a businessman! What happens? An entrepreneur just thinks about his/ her new business idea all excited! My friend Tanuj was the same. Crazy, dreamy entrepreneur! Had his mind just involved into his new business. Always thought it is killer, nothing can be like it, started thinking he’s going to a millionaire soon! He started making theories, reading, collected fund from his friends and family, rented an office and started his business. He ran his…
  • Baar Baar Dekho, Hazzar Baar Dekho; Corporate Film And Better Brand Value

    Aishwarya Jain
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Hi! I’m Miss corporate! I have a story to share, which is really close to my heart. My childhood days were functional. I was learning things in business, for sales used pamphlets, hoardings and recruitment again very simple.  In teens got matured, started getting deeper understanding. I applied various stunts for my business like spending heaps in logo designing, taglines, TV ads etc. Well I’ve grown up to a decent level now, but things now have saturated and my family says we need more customers for more profits! Oops I forgot to introduce you to my family.  My family is…
  • This Startup Helps Artists To Showcase, Promote And Share Their Works Online

    Asish Das
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    “I am an artist. This doesn’t mean I’ll work for free”. This startup understands how much work an artist puts to make a beautiful canvas. To give the artists a place to showcase their talent, promote and sale their artistic work online Shaishav Todi, Rituraj Dowerah, and Justin Alva started Cupick. Cupick was launched as a private beta platform on 20th August, 2014 and gone public on 21st October, 2014. It currently has more than 2500 artworks uploaded, 350+ artists using the platform and a total of 1000+ registered artists. The portal claims to have 75 percent of its artists from…
  • MadRat Games Raised $1 Million From Flipkart And Other Investors

    Asish Das
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    Bangalore-based offline game maker MadRat Games has raised around $1 million investment led by series of investors including Flipkart founder Sachin and Binny Bansal, Pine Labs and GlobalLogic. Other investors who participated in this funding round include Sanjay Singh, Tarun Upadhyay and Manoj Agarwala. MadRat Games was founded in 2010 by three IITians – Manuj Dhariwal, Rajat Dhariwal and Madhumita Haldar. It had previously raised $500,000 from First Light Ventures and Blume Ventures in December 2012. The company plans to use the fresh investment raised for marketing, branding and…
  • Being A Startup Guardian Angel

    Anita Rajan
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    “An idea is worth almost nothing, execution is worth everything” With the startup ecosystem expanding exponentially in India, new forms of funding options are cropping up in the business arena. Angel-Investing has been around in India for more than a decade, and more than 5000 businesses have successfully started their operations, and have recorded above average growth-rates. During the last few years, the market demands as well investor expectations have changed drastically, along with the portfolios of start-ups. To delve into the universe of start-ups in India is a mammoth but it is…
 
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  • What to learn from startup events

    Florin Muresan
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    No matter your reason for attending startup events, there is always something to learn from them. The great thing is that it doesn’t even matter what your background is. Everybody is welcome to see what they are all about. Even if you don’t work in the startup world, you would…
  • Will crowdfunding change the world? How?

    Florin Muresan
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    On Crowdfunding and New Horizons Often times when I’m at the beach, I like staring far into the horizon, where the sea’s border, as straight as a blue line, passes into that of the clear sky. Our fast-forward driven world can be compared to this image. You can stretch what has…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Online communities for growth hackers

    Florin Muresan
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Communities are great places where people that have the same interests can share, and exchange ideas, thoughts, and opinions. Growth hackers also have online communities of their own. These communities are mainly used for networking, sharing awesome posts, they are used as a valuable resource, and it’s also a place…
  • The benefits of niche marketing for your startup

    Florin Muresan
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The success of their startup is probably every entrepreneur’s aim. There are many strategies worth considering, such as content marketing and promoting on social media, gaining finance from VCs, angel investors or crowdfunding, but today’s post will discuss the benefits of niche marketing for your startup. Focusing on a specified and targeted…
  • How to control crawling with robots.txt

    Florin Muresan
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    What is crawling? Avoid it by using robots.txt. When users surf the web, content is made available for them by search engines through 2 main ways: crawling and indexing. The former takes place when search engine crawlers access publicly available webpages. So, it basically involves looking at the webpages and…
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    Startup TipStartup Tip

  • 43North Announces $1 Million Grand Prize Winner

    Startup Tip
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Startuptip news   43north 2014 winners The 43North contest organized as a part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative for the western New York city announced winners for the 2014 edition. ASi LLC was chosen from among 11 finalists and won $1 million in prize. The company, based in nearby Tonawanda, has developed a rapid metal forming process that will produce more durable components for things like engines and medical devices at a lower cost than overseas competitiors. He expects the company will employ 40 people within five years. Six runner-up…
  • Trackable Inhalers For Asthma and COPD Patients

    Startup Tip
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Startuptip news Amiko Inhalers Amiko.io is all set to launch its wearable, trackable device for inhalers typically used for asthma and COPD. Taking medication at the right time every day is a challenge many patients face which leads to health risks and poor treatment outcomes. The Amiko inhaler manages and measures the actual medicine used, and also guides the user through the inhalation process which is performed incorrectly up to one-third of the time. Amiko determines if the inhaler is held and loaded correctly and provides step-by-step real-time feedback as the medication is being…
  • 20 Startups To Watch

    Startup Tip
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Startuptip news  The following is the list of 20 startups to watch out for in 2014, 2014 based on the BBVA Open Talent. The BBVA Open Talent an international competition aimed at entrepreneurs and startups has reached its final stages with 60 companies shortlisted from among 870 projects submitted. There are prizes worth more than 180,000 euro to be won by these startups. The finals of each edition will be held in September and October to pick winners from New Banking and Digital Life categories. These startups will now pitch before an audience of business executives, entrepreneurs and…
  • Startup Competition For Gaming Companies

    Startup Tip
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Startuptip news New Zealand Game Developers Association KiwiGameStarter The New Zealand Game Developers Association has launched KiwiGameStarter. KiwiGameStarter 2014 is a business start-up competition for New Zealand-based game development teams. Its purpose is to support the commercial success of one high-potential team or project. The startup that wins the contest will receive funding, software, marketing, legal and business mentoring support worth $25,000. To participate in the contest teams must submit a playable demo or prototype for any popular platform, and a four page pitch proposal…
  • It Is Time To Brew Your Own Beer

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Startuptip news Brewbot is a startup that wants you to brew your own beer. Brewbot is the world’s smartest personal brewery. Brewbot raised more than 100K dollars backed by 381 people on Kickstarter. Brewbot uses sensor technology to track and automate the brewing process. Simply follow the instructions in the app, add the ingredients when prompted and your brew is ready. Brewbot currently produces 18 litres depending on the type of beer you are producing while stronger beers may produce less. The fermentation on average takes 2-4 weeks depending on the type of beer while some aged…
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Syncapart – Disrupting the Entertainment Industry

    melindayeaman
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Bringing an antiquated industry into the new world” – Sumant Yerramilly Sumant Yerramilly and Adam Hua of Syncapart are truly bringing an antiquated industry into the new world.  Their company Syncapart is trying to disrupt the entertainment industry by building a platform for entertainers to find their next gig and for recruiters to find talent. Find out how these entrepreneurs are trying to help others find more work, book more projects, and create more content. Their noble and audacious goal is to help entertainment professionals by providing them data and analytics to…
  • Curtis Funk: SaaS for a Niche Market

    melindayeaman
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “Curling up on the floor on the night before payroll.” -Curtis Funk A Jeep driving, mullet sporting maker of funeral videos…….and that isn’t an intro to a joke. This funeral video company advertises in a tiki hut. The biggest bummer of this video was that Curtis trimmed up his noteworthy mullet 2 days before the interview! Curtis Funk has an intriguing front to a very legitimate business with some great insight to a niche business. Here are some nibbles: Take the Tukios test! How quotations broke the whole system “We are going to kill…
  • Alex Doman – Listening to Your Customer through Engagement

    melindayeaman
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “If you are reacting, you are too late.” -Alex Doman Famous last words, “We thought we would build it and they would come.” Founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, Alex Doman, has some sage advice when it comes to mobile health technology. Alex is also the co-founder of the Sleep Genius app and author of the bestselling book Healing at the Speed of Sound. Highlights: Track and Treat Research Bias Scalability Timing of market entry Healthy Sound Practices Mobile Health Technology Research Bias Take Away Listen to your customers through engagement. Connect…
  • Trevor McKendrick – Finding a Hole in the Market

    melindayeaman
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “It turns out that it’s really hard to start a business” -Trevor McKendrick This is a guy every parent would be proud of, he got a college degree and landed a solid job until he ditched it all to be an entrepreneur where he made $0.25 a day! “It turns out it’s really hard to start a business” says Trevor. Now he has figured it out and he explains how he found a hole in the market and created a solid company. Highlights: Time vs. Investment Audible Itunes USTAR Mentor Outsourcing Apps Solidarity Blogging Take Away “Know what your company needs to…
  • Shalae Larsen and Mark Morris – Socialpreneurship

    melindayeaman
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:58 pm
    “A rising tide floats all boats” Melinda Yeaman interviews Shalae Larsen and Mark Morris who believe in socialpreneurship. Interestingly, these two are both architects who decided to work together but not with each other. Shalae and Mark run a co-working space called WorkHive in downtown SLC where they run their own landscape architect companies as well as offer others a uniques and cozy working space to run their own companies. Highlights: Portfolios Online Social Media Generating referrals Social-preneurship Organizational culture Coworking space Take Away “We don’t…
 
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    1CLICK.io

  • Example

    Deepthi Ramdas
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:52 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 Buffett‘ … Continue reading →The post Example 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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    Potknox Blog

  • 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,…
  • Remote Campus Recruitment for Startups: How to Make it Work

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    In our post 7 Problems Startups Face With Campus Recruitment, we explored the major issues that hold startups back from conducting this exercise. In addition to it being a relentless use of time, money and effort, for small to medium sized companies, going anywhere further than Tier I or Tier II cities is near impossible, given the amount of resources they would have to dispatch. Through our own experience, however, we have discovered that it’s not only possible for startups to delve into this large pool of talent, it’s easy, no matter how funded or unfunded you may be. With…
  • Why SaaS Providers Need To Focus on Customer Service

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Customers are staring at their computer screen, trusting that they can navigate your carefully set up website- sifting through the various messages you are trying to convey- till they finally reach what they are looking for. They cannot touch or feel anything, and are just hoping that when you say you have “the best product in the market”, you really do. They trust testimonials, the list of clients you have displayed, and the first five links they find when they type your name in Google. But what if they hit a stumbling block? Customer Service has taken on a whole new meaning in…
  • The Key Factor to Consider When Choosing An IT Solutions Provider

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Choosing an IT Solutions Provider is no joke, whether you’re a big company (and your every move is being watched), or a small company (where every seemingly invisible move can cost a fortune). There is no dearth of literature on the factors to consider when choosing an IT solutions provider, but most of these focus on the company as whole. Hidden under the reputation and performance history however, is a team of developers who are currently employed to satisfy every individual client’s needs. You may know everything you need to about the company itself- but how much do you know…
  • Are Your In House Screening Tools Failing You?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Using Skill Tests- either online or offline- to screen coders and programmers and shortlist them for interviews is hardly a new practice. Technical recruiters all over the globe use them in some form or the other, never relying entirely on resumes and interviews for such a skill-based role. A large number of them- especially in startups, as we’ve discovered- still depend on in-house tools, which begs the question, is that really the right move? Related: What Good Is A Coder Who Can’t Code? As recruiters, we use Screening Tests to test the coding and programming skills of a…
 
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    SuperbCrew

  • Customplayer.io – Free, Customizable HTML5 Video Builder

    SuperbCrew
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    Developed by Manchester based software startup Igniso, Customplayer.io is a free customizable HTML5 video builder. Customplayer.io lets you create branded video players, capture email leads and drive conversions. Mike Cunsolo from Igniso team, shares more details in the interview below: Q: What is Customplayer.io? A: Customplayer.io is a customisable HTML5 video builder. We make it easier for anyone to brand their videos and embed it into their site. You can connect a Amazon S3 account and host your videos there, add MP4s directly or pull in your videos from Youtube.   Q: How did the…
  • itlbe – The Easiest Way To Find Your Dream Home

    SuperbCrew
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Innovative startup itlbe provides consumers with the first of its kind natural, lifestyle search ability for the online real estate buyers, sellers and professionals. itlbe organizes and presents the data in a consumer friendly online platform that encourages social media interaction and delivers properties to the consumer based on emotional and lifestyle criteria. Below is our interview with Sammi Johnson from itlbe team: Q: itlbe offers unique lifestyle search for real estate, can you tell us how the company started and where did the idea come from? A: Founder, Laura O’Connor has spent…
  • Zefflin – State Of The Art Data Center Automation And Private Cloud Solutions

    SuperbCrew
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    Zefflin is a purely software and services startup focused on integrating best of breed technologies that minimize the cost of implementing automation and private cloud solutions for its customers. Below is our interview with Sam Melehy, CEO of Zefflin: Q: Zefflin is a systems integration company, what’s your core competence? A: Our core competence is in integration of leading automation technologies to enable our customers to run their data centers with minimal staff.  Our solutions are of two types.  First is a cloud readiness assessment.  This enables our customers to gain a…
  • Cocoon Is Protecting Your Whole Home By Sensing Activity Through Walls And Doors

    SuperbCrew
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Cocoon is single smart home security device which combines sensors like a HD Camera, Motion Detection and Subsound Technology to sense activity anywhere in your home and notify you via your smartphone if anything unusual happens, so you can take action and feel safe. Subsound technology senses activity, even in other rooms and learns what’s normal for your home to filter out false alarms. The study of low frequency sounds outside the range of human hearing, or infrasonics, has long been used by seismologists for earthquake detection. The same technology used to detect shock waves…
  • Apptive Enables Retailers to Boost Mobile Presence

    SuperbCrew
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
      Written by: Molly Sylestine, from Apptive startup team;     Mobile commerce is expected to make up 33 percent of holiday shopping in 2014 according to Internet Retailer, and according to DigiCapital, mobile revenue will jump more than 300 percent by 2017. It’s no secret that mobile should be at the top of every business owner’s marketing and business development plan. The Apptive platform is here to help! Apptive believes that all retailers should be able to sell beyond the desktop over smartphones and tablets with well-designed, native mobile applications. Since most…
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent?

    ventureosity
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Le Dormeur du val by Arthur Rimbaud was inspired by the war Franco-Prussian, particularly the battle of Sedan: Les parfums ne font pas frissonner sa narine ; Il dort dans le soleil, la main sur sa poitrine Tranquille. Il a deux trous rouges au côté droit. (Arthur Rimbaud, Le Dormeur du val, octobre 1870) Years […]
  • Why now? On Tim Cook Sexual Orientation

    ventureosity
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    This week Tim Cook come publicly in his article on the Bloomberg Businessweek talking openly about his sexual orientation: “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he wrote. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God […]
  • Nobel Peace prize goes to Malala youngest ever to receive such honor

    ventureosity
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyrathi have won the Nobel Peace prize. The two were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee – Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland – on Friday morning. On October 9, 2012 Taliban […]
  • FBI vs StealthGenie: First-ever criminal case concerning spyware app

    ventureosity
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hammad Akbar, a 31-year-old who is the CEO of a company called InvoCode which created an app called StealthGenie allowing users to spy on other people’s mobile devices was indicted on US criminal charges, officials said Monday. To install the app, customers needed physical control of the target’s phone for just a few minutes. It then sent all […]
  • Denza: China’s BYD new electric car with Daimler

    ventureosity
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The first EV from Daimler and BYD’s joint venture, Denza, soon will see the road, with up to 300 km Mileage, whether in the city or elsewhere. In terms of battery charging, DENZA potential to provide the greatest flexibility. Whether it is a household power outlet, public charging infrastructure or can be installed in the […]
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    Spectafy Blog

  • Spec of the Month – November 2014

    Ben Watson
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
    As the Spectafy Team has been checking out the activity in the app over the last month, we have realized something important:  Spectafy users are seriously creative, and the content is as diverse as it is amazing! We have decided we can’t afford not to share some of the best specs with the whole community, so we have decided to feature a Spec of the Month! We are going to pick a cool spec each month, give a little street cred to the Questioner and the Photographer, and share it with you! This month, we’d like to give a big thank you to Andy F. for asking what was going on in McCovey Cove…
  • As the Leaves In the City Change To Giants Orange, Don’t Miss These Fall Events!

    Ben Watson
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    The leaves are changing to Giants Orange, which can only mean one thing – it must be fall in the City!!  Now that you’ve enjoyed the World Series victory parade and a fun Halloween night dressed up as Heisenberg (and hopefully some of the cool events we went to in October) here are some of our favorite events and happenings for November. Come on out and join us!  Want to see what’s going down before you go?  Get the Spectafy app, now in the Play Store and the App Store, and ask somebody who is already there! Friday Nights at the De Young Head on over to the De Young Museum…
  • Spectafy Beta is here!

    Ben Watson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We are excited to report that Spectafy Beta has arrived!!  We launched in San Francisco at the beginning of October (for Android), and the response has been incredible.  A huge thank you to all of our Beta users for helping us get the bugs worked out and building the foundation of what we hope will be an incredible community of users! As we expected, the last few weeks have been a serious learning experience.  We have gained tons of insight on design and usability, and have been thrilled to get a better feel for what the community wants to use Spectafy for.  The beauty of a user-driven…
  • How We Screwed Up Doing Market Research

    Ben Watson
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    At Spectafy, our Team members come from a pretty diverse background of education and career types. One thing that none of us had any particular education or training in was doing “market research” or marketing. I put the term “market research” in quotations because it sounds really formal, and when I hear it I picture being at a big table in the middle of the night with bespectacled and bloodshot eyes, stacks of spreadsheets and financial reports spread before me. In reality, “market research” can be as simple as meeting a potential client/consumer/competitor at Starbucks, or…
  • The New Era of Ground Truthing is Crowdsourced

    Eric Watson
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Crowdsourcing is the process by which the power of the many can be leveraged to accomplish feats that were once the province of a specialized few. -Jeff Howe We are aerospace guys at heart. We see a huge opportunity for crowdsourcing to improve a big part of Earth remote sensing: ground truthing. Meet Ground Truthing Through crowdsourcing, satellite and aerial imagery providers have cost effective access to many, many more data points, all over the world. Ground truthing is the process of comparing data collected on the ground to data collected using remote sensing techniques (typically…
 
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Receive Mails On Your Phone With MailBliss.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    While with recent change in technology shift, more and more new email apps are coming up, but what about a service which will offer you an email address for your phone. Yes, you heard correct, email address dedicated to your device. Recently only we came across the service name MailBliss.com which offers a free email service. The phenomenon goes like this, say, any person who emails you to your MailBliss.com email address, the company will make it forward to your phone in the form of text message, means you will be able to receive emails in the form of texts. Moreover, it gives you an option…
  • Visit RatedPeople.com For Quality, Local Tradesmen

    KARAN CHOPRA
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    There are one-to-many times that we are looking out for quality people who can work for us but the problem comes when we are not able to locate them. Well one can possibly try searching for such tradesmen from number of sources but the resource which we are going to share today specialize in this only. Meet RatedPeople.com, an amazing business directory which being designed to help one choose the recommended tradesmen in your area. The directory contains tradesmen details, reviews written by people who in real used the tradesmen before. You can find builders, plumbers, decorators,…
  • Meet JetPac.tv, An Amazing Video Platform

    KARAN CHOPRA
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    With the growing trend, more and more companies are opting for video marketing. Thanks to both YouTube and DailyMotion as because of whom only the power of video actual comes into picture. While just like any industry, there are many video platforms out there but the one which we are going to talk today is name as JetPac.tv. The JetPac.tv video platform allows you to have HD quality, large screen dimensions and massive file size upload all in one go. Plus, further it all goes well on a proprietary basis worldwide content delivery network which further ensures that the content will reach…
  • Gain Precision Scale Customers ROI With Kenshoo

    KARAN CHOPRA
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Quite a common task that advertisers often looking out for the best place to advertise their brand. While some get the same at first instance it while other required time. Well to ease your job and making you not getting the things all in vain, in this we are going to review about the company name Kenshoo. Kenshoo specializes in ad management and optimization which allows users to figure out the possible ideal placement of their advertisements next to search engine results. Its platform itself configures the keywords which sounds most suitable for their respective advertisement campaign.
  • Get Simple And Beautiful Email Marketing Via Mad Mimi

    KARAN CHOPRA
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    While in our earlier reviews, we did talked about many of different available email marketing tools out there, but today’s product catch our glimpse because of its simple and beautiful email marketing nature. Meet Mad Mimi, an email marketing platform. Just like its name, Mad Mimi offers an easiest way to create, send, share and track email newsletters over the web. If you want email marketing to be simple, then Mad Mimi will be your choice. The platform is so big that on daily basis over more than 40 million emails are sent, shared and tracked using the powerful service it offers. Sounds…
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    citizentekk.com

  • 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
  • 4 Surprising Benefits of Being a Cash-Strapped Startup

    Guest Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s hard to deny that a little seed money, a line of credit, and a few investors can make starting a company a whole lot easier. Instead of setting your sights on securing funds, you can focus on the things ... Read More
  • How Do You Find Your First Customers?

    Anand Srinivasan
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Two strategies to find prospects for your startup business As any business owner will tell you, finding those first ten or twenty customers is always the hardest. For one, you are not an established business – so there ... Read More
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    How Startups Build a Community

  • Getting Early Adopter Users for your Startup

    Erik
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Inexperienced startups often make the mistake of assuming early adopters are anyone who will try and (hopefully) use their product. They submit to sites like Betalist, Startuplist, or Product Hunt, but don’t actually spend the time to consider whether users who will become their core users live there. In many cases, such a shotgun approach to how a startup thinks about getting early adopters is a terrible idea. An extreme analogy of such approach is like rolling a 8 billion sided dice, and hoping the dice lands on a side represented by your ideal customer in this world. Startups…
  • Startup Explainer Video DIY in 4 hours and $34

    Erik
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    We’ve had a few people ask us about our startup explainer video since it published last week. In fact, many of them were amazed when we explained it was completed in four hours and cost us $34. This post will explain the entire process to creating your startup explainer video. First of all, here is our final resulting video: How did it cost $34?  $5 on Fiverr.com for voice over (technically, we could have saved $5 here but we wanted a more authentic American sounding voice) $29 for a monthly subscription to Videoscribe.co Doing it yourself (DIY) is much cheaper than hiring a…
  • One thing every entrepreneur must know to become great

    Erik
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, held a town hall Q&A about the future of Facebook. And towards the end of the event, an 8th grader asked him how how he got through the hard times in the early days of Facebook. Zuckerberg’s answer was simple: find help, different kinds of help. “No person knows how to deal with everything. But if you can find a team of people, friends, or family, -and there will be different people over time because different people like to focus on different problems or different scales of the problems – then that’s what’s really going to get you through,…
  • My startup is going to kill it. And I won’t tell you.

    Erik
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Every so often, we come across startup founders who believe their idea is so original and special they won’t want to tell anyone about. They’ll say their company is in stealth, they’ll keep their mouth zipped, and often ask for a NDA before they divulge on anything about their next big thing. A quick google search results in a dozen of comments and articles about why keeping your ideas to yourself are a bad idea. And instead of banging on that same drum, we’ve decided to curate the Internet’s opinion on this subject to make their points clear. “You should…
  • Are you creating a monopoly?

    Erik
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The Creative Monopoly One of Peter Thiel’s assertions in his book ‘Zero to One’ is that startups should build a monopoly. He suggests that startups should be so creative that they invent a distinct market, niche and/or identity. He claims that startups should aim to create a monopoly where everybody has to come to you if they want that service. “You should try to avoid fighting, but where you must, you should fight and win.” – Peter Thiel The Risk and Reward of Inventing a Monopoly Peter’s statement can’t more be true from the perspective of…
 
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