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  • Startup offers tech-powered therapy

    SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The startup Lantern is looking to make therapy more accessible to the masses through a subscription model.  -More- 
  • Tech. Exit Trends in Today's Hot Markets [Webinar Invitation]

    Growthink blogs
    Jay Turo
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    =====================Webinar InvitationTech. Exit Trends in Today's Hot MarketsMonday, September 29th=====================My Wednesday column as to tech. opportunities far from Silicon Valley was well-received, but frankly left a lot of folks wanting more.Mostly what was asked was a variant of a common theme: How can I apply the wisdoms and best practices of the Uber - successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors to my business, or to the one I advise, or are invested in.It was almost a hope against hope, something that most unfortunately are almost too…
  • Zinger Double Down King and More Wonders From KFC Around the World

    Businessweek.com -- Top News
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    The chicken chain has taken some creative liberties with its menu in Korea, as well as other markets
  • 4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

    VentureBeat
    Kunal Gupta, Polar
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: HBORecently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses. We often end up debating what the biggest threats to the industry are, and there are four notable threats I wanted to share. Readers reject native advertising Those of us who are in the industry buy-in to why native advertising makes sense; However, when I explain what I do to friends outside the publishing industry, the first response is always…
  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

    OnStartups
    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…
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    Fast Company

  • Twitter Will Teach The Homeless To Code When Learning Center Opens This Summer

    Peter Wade
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Twitter-funded San Francisco facility NeighborNest will offer a safe place for city's poorest to learn tech and resume-writing skills.This summer Twitter will open a learning center in San Francisco in order to teach the homeless and some of the area's poorest citizens tech skills, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.Read Full Story
  • You Can Now Watch A Full Movie On Oculus Rift

    Nikita Richardson
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    How does the Zachary Quinto-produced horror movie Banshee Chapter look on the much-discussed VR device?It's been more than two years since virtual reality device Oculus Rift made its debut, and while the possibilities remain exciting, so far the reality has been less thrilling. But today the technology is taking a big step: A full-length 3-D movie that you can strap to your head and immerse yourself in.Read Full Story
  • Why Did Apple Apparently Send Porn To This Unsuspecting App Developer?

    Sarah Kessler
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    The company included explicit screenshots in a message expressing concerns over a new app.Complaining about Apple's process for approving new content for the app store is something of a sport among developers. The process, they say, is too strict, takes too much time, and interferes with the "launch-fast-and-iterate" product philosophy.Read Full Story
  • Doctors Use Adult (Not Embryonic) Stem Cells To Grow And Implant Petri-Dish Retina

    Peter Wade
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    The medical breakthrough could lead to cures for other diseases.The clones are coming! The clones are coming! (Maybe.) Doctors have grown a retina in a petri dish using stem cells from a 70-year-old patient's skin and successfully transplanted the retina to her eye at Japan's Riken Center for Developmental Biology.Read Full Story
  • Scientists Experiment With... Robotic Bacteria?

    Neal Ungerleider
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    A team at MIT has begun work on microscopic bacteria-like robot which can be injected into the human body.MIT researchers are researching robotic bacteria that walk through human bodies that could help deliver drugs to different organs and even detect tumors. In a journal article published in Physical Review Letters, a team lead by Alfredo Alexander-Katz described how they could make robots reminiscent of 1980s science fiction movie Innerspace.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • 4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

    Kunal Gupta, Polar
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: HBORecently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses. We often end up debating what the biggest threats to the industry are, and there are four notable threats I wanted to share. Readers reject native advertising Those of us who are in the industry buy-in to why native advertising makes sense; However, when I explain what I do to friends outside the publishing industry, the first response is always…
  • WP Engine adds disaster recovery to keep your blog alive during natural disasters & zombie uprisings

    Jordan Novet
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Above: The WP Engine teamImage Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeatWP Engine, a Texas startup that hosts websites based on the open-source WordPress content-management system, is closing out quarter after quarter with new business. Now it’s introducing a feature that big businesses should dig. Today WP Engine is telling customers about a new disaster-recovery option for automatically sending web traffic to an alternative data center in the event of a catastrophe at the data center they primarily use. It’s not the sexiest feature. But it could help WP Engine assure companies,…
  • Even with $5.5M in funding, Ello’s future looks unclear

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeatSo the Ello saga continues, and this time with $5.5 million more in the bank, and a new kumbaya-esque charter and legal status that’s leaving us with more questions than answers. Yesterday, the hip alternative — and ad-free! — social network announced that it has raised a lot of new funding, and that in the name of staying true to its promise of keeping ads and data-brokering off its minimalist, black-and-white piece of the Web, it’s filing to become a public benefit corporation (PBC) in the state of Delaware. And yet, there are still so…
  • Google CEO Larry Page appoints Sundar Pichai to lead nearly every product at the company

    Jordan Novet
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Image Credit: Jolie O'Dell/VentureBeatGoogle chief executive Larry Page is stepping back at the giant technology company, while senior vice president Sundar Pichai will be assuming more responsibility, according to a new report. Pichai, head of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, will become head of core Google products according to a report today from Re/code, citing unnamed sources. Google declined to comment for this story. Pichai will take over Google Research, web search, Google Maps, Google+, advertising, commerce, and the company’s growing infrastructure, although his title…
  • Apple Pay has landed, but its effects on mobile marketing are still up in the air

    Barry Levine
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Image Credit: Apple Now that it’s out, how will Apple Pay change the dynamics of mobile marketing? The consensus of the experts we consulted is that it will have an impact — but there are wide differences of opinion about the size of that impact and Apple Pay’s advantages vis-à-vis credit cards. The payment process itself is speedy and straightforward. As VentureBeat’s Devindra Hardawar noted in his maiden voyage: “When checking out at participating stores, you just need to hold your phone up to the payment terminal, watch your default [credit] card pop up…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

    Alex Wilhelm
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
     In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More
  • Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

    Anthony Ha
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
     Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute. Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride. Read More
  • You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

    Greg Kumparak
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
     Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version? It’s done. Read More
  • First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    Josh Constine
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
     What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More
  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

    Steve Gillmor
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
     Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Recording has concluded for today. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our Gillmor Gang Facebook page Our sister show G3 on Facebook Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • I don't know

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

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

    Daniel Tenner
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Great, solid post by Stef Lewandowski explaining in some details how he goes about how to create lots of projects and then filter them down to a few working projects (an idea which I explored in this post, but which he seems to have taken to the next level!): This last eighteen months, I’ve deliberately tried to go for a strong idea, loosely held approach — to allow myself to be open to lots of things, and to not be too convinced that they will definitely be right. The strategy was to try out many tiny ideas at an early stage, do a series of quick prototypes, play with them, often in…
  • Antilogs: How To Draw The Right Lesson Learned

    Salim Virani
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Bill Barnett at Stanford comments how so many startup pundits fail to learn when observing failures. Indeed, not only are the lessons learned often lost, but also the opportunity to use others' failures as one of the fastest sources of actionable information. Unfortunately, most observers skip the logic part. It is mentally easier to jump to the “obvious” conclusion: If the business failed, the business model must be wrong. Full stop. You can easily tell when this skip happens. The person will name an example as if it were a reason. Is online grocery delivery a viable model? No: Webvan.
  • Non-violent communication

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    First Round Capital's written a thought-provoking guide to internal startup communication: When startups experience conflict — particularly between leaders — efforts quickly become uncoordinated, motivations get misunderstood, and results fall short of expectations. You simply can’t produce an incredible product if the team building it won’t agree on fundamentals. Avoiding problems only allows them to fester and impact more people, while hasty, non-strategic communication can turn a small fire into a blaze. It centralises around a commmon mistake: Watch out, because the jump from…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • U.S. Senator demands Whisper outline privacy policies

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Whisper has been accused of collecting user data and giving the information to the DoDWhen Vator Founder Bambi Francisco, interviewed Whisper CEO Michael Heyward at Vator Splash LA earlier this month, he called the service, "the safest place on the Internet." What he was referring to, of course, was how it protected users from each other. But who watches the Watchmen? Is anyone making sure that Whisper users are being protected from Whisper itself?  That's the question that people have been asking ever since the Guardian newspaper wrote a bombshell report that…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 10/24/14

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Moov, Tipalti, Magic Leap, Cazena, Telcare, Xplenty, Flint Mobile, STAQ, Bitnet, Boostable, KnowReSeed stage La Belle Assiette, a French marketplace for private chefs, raised $1.7 million (€1.3 million) from Nicolas Brusson, Thibaud Elzière, Nicolas Bourdin, the founders of l’Atelier des Chefs, Kima Ventures, Xavier Niel and Jeremie Berrebi. Boostable, a platform for advertising sellers on marketplaces, raised $3.2 million in seed funding from Morado Ventures, Omidyar Network, and SV Angel. CloudCannon, a CMS company for designers,…
  • Meet IUNU, a new way to grow food indoors

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    The Vator Splash winner is an indoor light that cuts down on the cost and energy of growing fodIt's not something that Americans - trained to consume whatever they want, whenever they want - think about. But there is an increasingly significant problem with access to fresh, healthy food in this country, especially in poorer neighborhoods. Forget having the ability to buy organic stuff, which can be 20% to double the price, simply having access to fruits and vegetables might mean traveling a long way for a large number of people. Yet there is a widespread assumption that oganic or just plain…
  • Twitter set to open $1M homeless learning center

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    The company is partnering with Compass Family Services to offer tech lessons to poor citizensSilicon Valley has been getting all philanthropic recently, and Twitter wants in! The social network is going learning center where company employees, with the goal of teaching technical skills to some of the city’s poorest residents, including the homeless, Twitter has confirmed to VatorNews. The center, which will apparently be called The NeighborNest, will be located directly across the street from Twitter's headquarters at the Essex Fox Plaza. It is scheduled to open…
  • Amazon shares faceplant after Fire Phone fail

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Wall Street planning a "Come to Jesus" talk with Amazon...Oh, Lord. Amazon shares nosedived in after-hours trading following a record third quarter loss and weak fourth quarter guidance. As of this writing, shares are down nearly 11% to $279.80, which is the lowest they’ve been since July 2013. That’s a 31% drop from the stock’s record high of $407 last January. And it all comes down to that damn Fire Phone. That would be the phone that relied entirely on the selling point that it was 3D. Would you believe that phone didn’t sell very well? CFO Tom Szkutak said in an…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Freelance Economy Supply and Demand Growing

    Steve
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I attended the Staffing Industry Analysts Contingent Workforce Summit a couple of weeks ago. This show is targeted at contingent workforce managers at large companies and provides a forum to discuss best practices around the hiring and managing of contingent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, etc.). As you can see from this write up on the conference, large corporations are forecast to increase their use of contingent workers over the coming years.   It's not just the SIA forecasting this increase. Ardent Partners, a research firm focused on procurement issues, is also…
  • HBR on Freelancers and Word of Mouth

    Steve
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The HBR's The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth covers data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study showing word of mouth is the dominant way freelancers and other independent workers find work. The chart below describing this data is from the HBR article.      What is interesting is it's not just this study.  All of the studies we've done looking at this topic over the last few years shows word of mouth is not only the dominant source of work, but if anything is becoming even more important.   The chart below is from the…
  • Independent Work - Tastes Great, Less Filling

    Steve
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    At first glance comparing independent work with a beer commercial doesn't seem to make sense.  But segmentation data from the MBO Partners 2014 State of Independence study indicates there are similarities.   Miller's "Tastes Great, Less Filling" ad series, which they used to launch the lite beer segment in 1974, is considered one of the most successful ad campaigns of all time.  The goal of these ads was to communicate the two key consumer benefits of Miller Lite.  As part of the 2014 State of Independence research we conducted a cluster…
  • 5 Interesting Thought Pieces on the Future of Work

    Steve
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Really interesting set of thought pieces - they call them frameworks - from Society and Data on the future of work.  The 5 papers are: Understanding Intelligent Systems unpacks the science fiction stories of robots to look at the various ways in which intelligent systems are being integrated into the workforce in both protective and problematic ways. Much of what’s at stake in this domain stems from people’s conflicting values regarding robots, drones, and other intelligent systems. Technologically Mediated Artisanal Production considers the disruptions introduced by 3D…
  • Wage Versus Education Gap

    Steve
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Their are two really interesting male/female gaps in the U.S.  The wage gap, where men make more money on average than women, gets a lot of attention. The education gap, where women and girls out perform men and boys at all levels of education, gets less attention. Also getting little attention is the fact that these two gaps are linked. Over time those that are better educated will be paid better. And as we've written about before, women currently comprise about 57% of all college students and it is expected this will grow to about 60% by 2019. Women also out number men in most…
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    Mixergy

  • How to stand up to investors who rejected your idea – with Paul Gollash

    Joe Garcia
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I’ve got a Mixergy fan who had an idea that investors rejected because it was too much like vanilla. They said it was just too plain. But now he has grown it to over 3,000,000 users and has a great process for teaching those three million users. I invited him here to talk about how he did it. Today’s guest is Paul Gollash. He is the founder of Voxy, a multi-platform language learning company. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Paul Gollash Paul Gollash is the founder of Voxy which is a multi-platform…
  • How a car salesman launched an export company out of his house (and is now doing $50M is sales) – with Nathan Huskins

    Joe Garcia
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My whole goal here is to reach outside of Silicon Valley, outside of the stores that you already know and show you how other people are building businesses. You won’t believe this: Today’s guest says he started his company from his house and by selling cars online, he built a multimillion dollar business. I invited here to talk about how he did it. His name is Nate Huskins. He is the founder of Marshal Group, an automotive export company that resells cars that are sold in the US to overseas buyers. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format.
  • Master Class: How to create predictable revenue – with Aaron Ross

    ArieSaint
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Aaron Ross’ first company went bankrupt because they struggled with sales. “Lease Exchange was a company I started back in the late 90s,” says Aaron, the founder of Predictable Revenue, a sales consulting company. “We raised venture money and hired a little bit for sales but…we weren’t actually getting revenue from the sales team. As CEO I had no idea what to do because I didn’t know anything about sales. I thought, ‘I hired a VP of sales, he should figure it out.’” Eventually the company went under. “I know it’s obvious in hindsight, but [I learned…
  • How an online business can actually teach a physical skill (like self-defense) – with Tim Larkin

    Joe Garcia
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My audience knows I usually talk to successful entrepreneurs to find out how they built their businesses. And they’re usually tech entrepreneurs who built software. But I also want to bring on people who teach because I think the legacy that teachers leave is one that will long outlast them. Anyway, I’ve had people on here to talk about how they built businesses that teach software, how they built businesses that teach Business. But can you really build a business online that teaches something physical? Well, today’s guest says you can. I invited him here to tell us how he…
  • Raven + Lily, turning bullets into jewelry – with Kirsten Dickerson

    Joe Garcia
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    After this interview, I bought my wife a beautiful Raven + Lily necklace that’s made out of discarded bullets. It was created by Ethiopian women who were ostracized by their communities because they have HIV/AIDS. When Raven + Lily’s founder, Kirsten Dickerson, saw the quality of beads the women made from discarded artillery shells that war left on their land, she hired them. Now they work together and turn something that was intended to harm into something that gives hope. That’s the company’s business model. And I invited Kirsten to talk about how she build it into a…
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Medical Adhesive Revolution

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Ashok Rao introduces the winners of the 2014 Rice Business Plan Competition. Medical Adhesive Revolution from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany is the first international team to win the competition. The group has invented a non-toxic, biodegradable crazy glue for internal use; they can now begin work to get FDA approval. It’s a game-changer in the medical devices industry and these young entrepreneurs have already caught the eye of the investor community.
  • Women Mean Business - Sushana Castle

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Extraordinary advice from another extraordinary woman. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Sushana Castle, author of Rethink Food.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jeppe Hansgaard

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Internal influencers can be valuable. Robin Tooms visits with Jeppe Hansgaard, a partner with management consulting firm Innovisor.
  • School of Business 10/25/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present SHOW 490! Wow! Many, many episodes of loving our entrepreneurs and innovators. Includes: our Quote of the Week—an interesting observation by cartoonist Bill Watterson; This Week in Business History includes the opening of Macy’s (in 1858!), the opening of the New York subway and the creation of the European Union-; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you should know, but don’t.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Byron Hebert

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Byron Hebert
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Byron Hebert, CPA, CTP is back. In today’s vignette, he dives into the Capabilities and Beliefs sections of the Change Success Model and shares how each will affect your business.
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    Bplans Blog

  • Ten Tools You Can Start Using Today to Maximize Your Productivity

    Angelique O'Rourke
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Everyone wants to be productive. In fact, most people are looking for ways to become more productive than they already are. Just this morning, we posted about ways to be productive even during your down time and I have to say, having tried the Pomodoro Technique myself, I can vouch for the efficacy of that method.... The post Ten Tools You Can Start Using Today to Maximize Your Productivity appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Be Productive, Even During Downtime

    Belle Beth Cooper
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    With all the updates from Apple being released lately, I’ve been spending more time than usual sitting at my desk waiting for files to download or for my computer to restart. It’s a common time-waster for me, even when it’s not release season at Apple. I’m often sitting at my desk waiting for a file... The post How to Be Productive, Even During Downtime appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Your Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business

    Lisa Furgison
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Thinking about starting a business from your home? Plenty of well-known businesses have started with simple home-based roots. For example, in 1994 Jeff Bezos founded Amazon from his garage in Washington, and Harley-Davidson started out of a home—and a shed—in Wisconsin. In fact, statistics show that 69 percent of U.S. entrepreneurs start their business at home.... The post Your Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Do This One Thing Before You Write Your Business Plan

    Noah Parsons
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    So, you’ve been asked to write a business plan. It’s likely that your mind is filling with images of long documents, bad memories of writing term papers, and worries about doing market research and creating financial forecasts. Take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be that way. Today, I’m going to walk you through... The post Do This One Thing Before You Write Your Business Plan appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Business Books Every Savvy Entrepreneur Should Read [+ GIVEAWAY]

    Candice Landau
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Below we’ve compiled a list of books that you’ll find particularly helpful if you’re starting a business. That said, even if you’re already in business or not planning to get into business anytime soon, these are all excellent reads that will teach you how to do things better, faster, and more efficiently, and they’ve all... The post 10 Business Books Every Savvy Entrepreneur Should Read [+ GIVEAWAY] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Tech Cocktail

  • Albus Dumbledore’s 10 Magical Quotes for Startup Founders

    Camila Souza
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I don’t care if your child is reading it, or if you are secretly fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The series contains lessons on leadership and life that you can take directly to your startup. The wise old Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizandry, somehow has all the right words to say. 1. On Being a Leader “Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” “It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our…
  • This Guy Got an Offer for a Programming Job at Google, You’ll Never Guess How He Learned to Program

    Ronald Barba
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We’ve heard it over and over and over again: despite the high demand for talent from startups, there’s a shortage of qualified software developers and engineers. And, knowing all too well this demand for tech talent, people are increasingly positioning themselves into the field. Programming jobs can be pretty easy to come by, but that’s only if you have the actually skills to fulfill the requirements of the job (namely: you need to be good at programming…obviously). From those with no previous experience in programming, to those who are desirous of adding more…
  • Worried About Ebola? Practice Prevention with CDC Gaming App, Solve the Outbreak

    Camila Souza
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ebola has reached New York City and you’re freaking out. Well, we have the app for you.  If you’re considering a career in the sciences, a teacher looking for a great new way to show epidemiology at work, or a germ nerd of any age, Solve the Outbreak is an app that allows users a peek into the work real-life Disease Detectives do every day to keep us safe. Brought to you by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the app has just released an update for app that puts you in the shoes of a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. In the game, there is a new…
  • Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Demo Day Presented 11 Startups Aiming to Improve Education

    Ronald Barba
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This week, the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator officially ended its 2014 series with a Demo Day presenting the 11 startups that went through its intensive, three-month program. Each of the startups got the opportunity to pitch their ideas for improving education to an audience of renowned leaders in New York City’s education sector, as well as to potential investors. “For the first time in history – with technology – education can reach people we’ve never been able to reach before. That’s why this is so exciting, and that’s why what you’ll see today…
  • Pitch Deck Podcast Inspires Startups to Sharpen their Capital-Seeking Game

    Ann Diab
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Gavin McCulley noticed a problem. Founders have a difficult time raising capital. This is nothing new to people living startuplife, but it doesn’t mean that this problem needs to be perpetuated. Sometimes, the difficulty lies in the fact that the business dosen’t deserve or warrant being funded, but MANY times you’ve got a great team, a great concept, but these messages are poorly communicated to investors. McCulley decided to do something about it. He started a podcast that he calls “The Pitch Deck – Inside the Startup Funding Game” which focuses on…
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Make Every Member Of Your Startup Act Like An Owner

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. Then they are surprised to see productivity and creativity take a big dip. What they should be doing is hiring only “entrepreneurs,” meaning people who think and act as if this is their own business. This commitment to hire people who think like entrepreneurs, or instill an “owner’s mindset” in every employee, should be a high priority in every business. It’s what every customer looks for in every transaction. Most…
  • Ideas Are Only The Beginning Of Startup Innovation

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process. Entrepreneurs looking to innovate need to understand the execution challenge if they expect their startup to carve out a profitable niche in the marketplace, and keep innovating to build and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage. Everyone thinks they know how to make innovation happen, but I can’t find much real research on the subject. At the same time, myths about innovation are commonplace in business. Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, in their book “The Other Side…
  • Right Entrepreneurs In The Right Place Get Funded

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I’m a strong believer that investors invest in people, before they invest in a business plan, or an idea. But I continue to learn that there are a host of other factors, maybe not even related to you or your business, that could keep you from getting the funding that you need. You may not have control over many of these, but it helps to know, for planning purposes, what is really happening. Obviously, a key factor is always the state of the economy and the mood of the venture capital community. The good news is that both of these are looking up these days. According to the Silicon Valley…
  • How To Recognize The Greatest Boss You Never Had

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Everyone can recognize a great boss a mile away, so why is it so hard to find one? We all remember a few that are “legends in their own mind”, but that doesn’t do it. In fact, the clue here is that the view in your mind is the only one that matters, rather than the other way around. Almost every one of us in business can remember that one special manager or executive in their career who exemplifies the norm, who commanded our respect, and treated us like a friend, even in the toughest of personal or business crises. In commemoration of Boss’s Day this past week on October 16th,…
  • How To Maximize Your Odds With A Part-time Startup

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many experts will tell you that you can’t succeed as a part-time entrepreneur, as any good startup will require a 100 percent commitment of your time and energy. But not many of us have enough savings to live for a year or more without a salary, fund the startup, and still feed the family. Thus I often recommend that entrepreneurs keep their day job until the startup is producing revenue. Of course, if you have investors anxious to give you money, or a rich uncle to keep you afloat, there is nothing wrong with a dedicated and full commitment to the startup, with commensurate more aggressive…
 
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  • 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…
  • A Story of courage: Hiro Fujita on ending ALS (TEDxTokyo)

    Garr
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    With all the attention the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is receiving this past week, it is a good time to share with you the most touching and most important presentation I saw at TEDxTokyo back in May of this year. The presentation was by a young Japanese man named Hiro Fujita. In November of 2010, Hiro was working happily as Planning Director at McCann Erickson in Tokyo when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). His TEDxTokyo talk is his story and a moving call to action. Perhaps we throw around the word "inspiring" too much. But Hiro inspires me...and thousands of others. After…
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    Great Demo!

  • 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…
  • Corporate Overview Presentations Still In Use – Really?

    Peter E. Cohan
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    In spite of logic, rational thinking, and the guidance of many people, it appears that sales (and some presales) people still feel an obligation to flog their audiences with their stunningly misaligned corporate overview presentations.  Why is this still happening?  Is it because some vendors still believe their customers haven’t done sufficient research on their vendors before inviting a vendor in to consume an hour (or more) of their team’s time in a demo meeting?  After all, most customers probably haven’t yet learned how to “Google” the vendor and learn all about…
  • Other Vendors' Demos – Great Source for Learning

    Peter E. Cohan
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I’m occasionally surprised to find presales staff who have never seen another vendor’s demo – not even demos from a competitor…  (So, if you haven’t seen demos from other vendors, it is time to do so!)For everyone, occasionally watching demos from other vendors is a terrific way to regain the customer’s perspective regarding demos.  I typically suggest that you watch demos from vendors where you actually have interest in their products – this helps to make the interaction as real as possible – bea customer.  Sign up for a demo from the vendor’s website and see…
  • Great Demo! Reading List – Recommended Remarkable Books

    Peter E. Cohan
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    A number of folks have asked for a Reading List (books that I often reference in Great Demo! Workshops) – here is a starter list.  You’ll note I’ve largely omitted books on sales methodology and presales-specific books – all great to read, of course – this list is designed to broaden and expand our thinking beyond our day-to-day activities!Brain Rules:  John Medinahttp://www.amazon.com/Brain-Rules-Principles-Surviving-Thriving/dp/0979777747/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375213373&sr=1-1&keywords=brain+rulesHow information is received, filtered and stored…
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  • 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…
  • How to Pitch a Business – (or yourself): Top Tips from an Expert

    kathykormanfrey
    28 May 2014 | 7:45 am
    An entrepreneur’s worst nightmare is that people drool when they tell someone about their business. (But, not in a good way. More like a catatonic way.) That is sooooo booooring Or, that they share something they consider so interesting about their business and – in return – get the “doe in headlights” look. Pitching, the Right Way. In the NFIB YEF Entrepreneur in the Classroom, one of the key steps in Module 2 is Pitching Your Business Idea. But, how can we make that pitch the most interesting and effective possible? Here are top tips from a globally-known “Intrigue…
 
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Spikes Security Takes $11M For Web Browser Security

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Los Gatos-based Spikes Security, which develops malware isolation appliances and software used to keep malware from attacking corporate browsers, has raised $11M in a Series A funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Luxe Finds $5.5M For Valet Parking Service

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    San Francisco-based Luxe, a startup developing a smartphone app-driven luxury parking valet service--currently just for San Francisco--has raised $5.5M in a funding round, the company said Thursday.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • PlayStudios Gets $20M For Social Casino Games

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Burlingame-based PlayStudios, which develops social casino games, said this week that it has raised $20M in a Series C funding round. The funding was led by Jafco Ventures, and also included prior investors.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Kespry Lands $10M For Aerial Drones

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Menlo Park-based Kespry, which is developing commercial drone systems aimed at helping businesses capture and analyze aerial data, has raised $10M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Lightspeed Venture Partners. Kespry is led by Paul Doersch.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • NEA Promotes Sakoda To General Partner

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Menlo Park-based venture capital investor New Enterprise Associates said Wednesday that it has named Jon Sakoda to General Partner. Sakoda has been at NEA since 2006.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • Austin YamJam This Sunday

    Bryan Menell
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Created by Austin technology veterans, Operation Turkey provides thousands of home cooked meals to the homeless on Thanksgiving day. One of the events that generates funds for that is the Yam Jam, an incredible day of music coming up this Sunday, October 26th at Simphony Square.
  • Cratejoy Banks $4M Series A Financing

    Bryan Menell
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Cratejoy announced $4M Series A financing led by Charles River Ventures, and it it also open for beta testers.
  • StackEngine Launches out of Stealth to Manage & Automate Docker, Raises $1M

    Bryan Menell
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    StackEngine, the platform that gives organizations the power to simply and massively deploy, manage, and scale resilient Docker applications, today formally exited stealth mode and announced $1M in seed funding from Silverton Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners. StackEngine is currently in private alpha and plans to use the current round of funding to move towards general availability later in Q4 of this year.
  • Austin Tech Happy Hour, Thurs Oct 16th

    Bryan Menell
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    As you make your morning commute, you can feel the cool air. That usually means football season, ACL, Halloween, and our October Austin Tech Happy Hour! We'll have cool drinks and warm introductions for your networking pleasure. Stop by and network with all your friends from the technology community.
  • NuHabitat Targets Real Estate Agents With New Client Portal Powered By MLS Data

    Bryan Menell
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    NuHabitat, a residential real estate application (and Capital Factory Incubator company) designed with ease of use in mind, has just released its personalized Agent Contact Widget. The new website offers a suite of enhanced solutions for real estate agents and brokerages, with features like client access to timely and accurate sales data that have made property search sites like Redfin popular with consumers.
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  • Optimizing Email Through The Customer Journey [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    This week’s infographic looks at email marketing optimization, courtesy of Easy SMTP.Click to enlarge infographicTweetable statsIncluding an offer in email can double revenue per click Tweet thisVague subject lines reduce email open rates by 80% Tweet thisSending a series of email can lift conversion by 40% over sending single messages Tweet thisThe avg revenue per email for welcome messages is $5.83 vs $0.53 per bulk email Tweet thisOpen rates rise 10% when product names are mentioned in triggered cart recovery emails Tweet thisCart recovery emails that suggest additional products…
  • Mobile Menus: Hold the Hamburger?

    Linda Bustos
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Whether you call it the “hamburger,” “sandwich,” “hot dog,” “list icon” (or as I like to call it, the “Adidas”), that little 3-bar thing denoting mobile menus are growing in adoption. But we’re still not clear if it’s well understood by mobile users.About a year and a half ago, Get Elastic ran a post called Don’t make these mobile menu mistakes, with design guidelines for menu icon usability. Has anything changed since then?Cue the A/B testsNot long after we ran that post, Get Elastic reader and owner of Detailed…
  • Pinterest and Ecommerce [Pinfographic]

    Linda Bustos
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    This week’s infographic (or “Pinfographic”) comes from Wishpond, highlighting how users interact with products on the popular social network.Tweetable Highlights80% of Pinterest users are women, 50% have children Tweet thisPins with prices get 36% more likes than those without #richpins Tweet this69% of Pinterest users have found an item they wanted to buy vs 40% of Facebook users Tweet thisPinterest referrals spend 70% more than customers referred from other channels Tweet this15% of engagement with brands on Pinterest is through brands’ own pin boards Tweet this
  • The Point of Using Rich Pins

    Linda Bustos
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Rich pins are to Pinterest marketing what rich snippets (Schema.org) is to search marketing.Adding metadata to your pinnable content such as pricing, Buy This calls-to-action, descriptions and stock availability gives Pinterest users more information than just the visual.One study found Pins with prices get 36% more likes than those without. Target saw a 70% increase Pinterest referrals after enabling rich pins. (YMMV – your mileage may vary).Pin droppingBut one of the most interesting perks of rich pins is that Pinterest notifies any user that’s pinned your product by email when…
  • How Tinder Tackles an M-Commerce Problem

    Linda Bustos
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Mobile shopping has exploded in recent years, and online retailers have responded by designing mobile friendly sites and apps. But rather than design these experiences for the mobile context, this often equates to adapting the catalog storefront for the smaller screen.The catalog storefront was introduced in the mid-to-late 90′s, created for desktop dimensions, at a time when tables-based Web design was de facto, pages took eons to load and if you wanted to take an action – you’d double click.Long live the catalog?15 years+ later, we’re still clinging to the catalog…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • The Frightening Decline of Distribution of Wealth

    Tim Berry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Today is Blog Action Day, an annual tradition since 2008, and this year’s theme is inequality. It’s hashtags are #BAD2014 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16. It’s scary to me that we don’t all take better distribution of wealth as automatically important, and self evident. I remember being a kid, in the 1950s and 1960s, when everybody I knew, everybody in the mainstream news media, and everybody anybody talked to, assumed that concentration of wealth in just a few hands was a symptom of an underdeveloped, third-world economy. We who lived in the United States, we all agreed, were…
  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fear

    Tim Berry
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Whether you’re making a speech before thousands of people in an auditorium or just two people in the small conference room, there are professionals who proclaim confidence is key. Stay poised – be bold – win your audience with self-confidence. I’ve noticed a much different pattern with myself, though, when public speaking. It came up again just this week when I did a segment at the Ready to Launch conference in New York, sponsored by Entrepreneur.com and Canon. (That’s me on Tuesday in the image here … and my thanks to fellow-speaker Ivana Taylor of DIYMarketers…
  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

    Tim Berry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday somebody posted an interesting comment on the bottom of my post ‘How to Sell an Idea to a Big Company.’ Sadly, that post explains to people why they can’t sell their ideas to big companies. Most of the 70-some comments there are from people who ignore what the post says and share how great their ideas are. This one is slightly different. This commenter This person acknowledges the problem, as follows: How do I sell not an idea but my involvement in creating ideas to a reputable company? Is there a way for me to work (preferably from home) and continually provide my endless…
  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

    Tim Berry
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    … don’t be confused. What they really mean is …  Don’t do a long static formal business plan. Do a lean, just-big-enough business plan. Deal with it as a constantly-renewing latest version, with a shelf life of a few weeks at most. Don’t fill it with excess supporting information. They won’t even look at a business plan until after they’ve understood the main points from a summary memo, and — in most cases — been through the pitch and met the people. The idea that potential investors would read a business plan as a first step, from somebody they’ve never met, without…
  • Audio: Annoying Half Truths in Entrepreneurship

    Tim Berry
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I had a good radio-talk-show visit this morning with Jim Blasingame, Small Business Advocate, of smallbusinessadvocate.com. Time flies; I can’t believe I’ve been joining Jim on his show off and on for 16 years now. I intend to ask him whether being a guest on his show causes gray hair. Here’s my favorite segment, on “do what you love.” It’s radio audio, about seven minutes long. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the <a href=”http://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com”>Small Business…
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • Creating Talent, Sneaker Marketing & Local SEO [Noise Reduction .82]

    Florence
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang! It’s a slightly little quieter Noise Reduction this week, as the whole team has been “heads down, bums up” focused on getting a new project ready for the public launch next week. Platinum Advisory Board members know we’ve been working on this for a while — and it’s something I am super excited to be doing. If you’re a cyclist, here’s a little preview and an early bird discount –www.earHeroSports.com.au/PreRelease Safer cycling is a project that’s close to my heart, and I am pumped to be back playing in that B2C space again as well.
  • Growing Talent with Dan Coyle [PreneurCast Ep147]

    Florence
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    “As Pablo Picasso (no slouch at theft himself) put it, “Good artists borrow. Great artists steal.”― Daniel Coyle Dan Coyle is the author of The Talent Code, a book about how some of the world’s most successful athletes train and develop their talent. There are a lot of lessons in the book for all walks of life, not just sport, and we discusses these in this episode of PreneurCast. Drawing on some crazy cutting-edge neurology, and firsthand research gathered on “field trips” to nine of the world’s leading talent hotbeds — from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a…
  • Podcast’s Back, November Marketing & Selling 30,000 Copies [Noise Reduction .81]

    Florence
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang,       Hope you enjoy this week’s Noise Reduction. Pete   Copywriting with Joe Sugarman [PreneurCast Ep146] http://noise.re/duction/preneurcast146 After a couple of months’ hiatus, we’re back with some amazing interviews and episodes, starting off with a conversation with a true direct-response marketing pioneer – Joseph Sugarman. Not only did Joe lead the way with the products he chose to market, but also in the way he marketed them – introducing the concept of using toll-free numbers to take credit card orders over the phone, which was unheard of at the time.
  • November 2014 Promotional Calendar Ideas [Opt-Ins & Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the newest installment of our series covering promotional calendar events for a specific month! November presents a slew of interesting promotional opportunities, particularly for those businesses operating internationally, as the USA ramps up into its holiday season with full force and many countries partake in “Black Friday” sales the day after Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Oddly enough, there are no official public holidays in Australia during November, but there are still plenty of chances to beef up your promotional efforts with some worldwide celebrations and…
  • Joe Sugarman on Direct Response Marketing + Copywriting [PreneurCast Ep146]

    Florence
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    This is a super exciting update to write, as this week we started the “new season” of the PreneurCast Podcast. After a couple of months’ hiatus, we’re back with some amazing interviews and conversations, ready to be shot out of the pipe – including Michael Gerber, Robert Allen, Daniel Coyle. It’s been so much fun chatting with some of these business and marketing legends, and I’m so excited for you to listen, learn, apply – and then get your feedback in the comments below! Now we decided to start the new season off with a conversation with a true…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Basecampy?

    Nate Otto
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office. We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such character, I was watching a big event on TV, and it seemed as though every product in every commercial had sprouted arms and legs. I guess we are part of the zeitgeist. While I would love to take credit for inventing our Basecamp creature because he came out of the tip of my Micron, the fact is Jason asked me to create it, and it’s pretty hard to…
  • Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.

    Jamie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you look kinda silly trying to unlock your phone with your face. A few weeks ago John Gruber tweeted: Question for Android users: is face recognition unlocking still a thing? http://t.co/xajitLBQLg— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2014 It reminded me of how Google creates these sci-fi things but doesn’t implement them very well. Often times…
  • iPad Spinners

    Shaun
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the tests.
  • Admire someone? Write them an email, you might be surprised.

    Dan Kim
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week I attended the Digital PM Summit in Austin (Basecamp was a proud sponsor of the event!). There were a lot of great speakers, but the one I really wanted to see was Mike Monteiro. I’ve admired Mike’s work from afar for many years because it’s so honest and direct. I watched Mike’s entire talk – What Clients Don’t Know (and Why It’s Your Fault) – and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was so great, I wanted to say thanks—it’s the least I could do for something I liked so much. I looked through the crowd for a while, but was never able…
  • How Basecamp helped the Golddiggers get our act together

    Emily Wilder
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    My relay team goes by the name “Alaska Golddiggers,” because race officials frown on us calling ourselves the more accurate “Team Shitshow.” For a group of otherwise competent women, we’ve managed to screw up a lot during our annual participation in the Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay, a 10-leg, 175-kilometer race that follows the trail of the gold rush stampeders from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. Past oopsies include failing to renew passports on time, forgetting our running shoes, traveling with 11 people on an RV that sleeps 8, misestimating the correct…
 
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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are two things in my professional life that I'm passionate about. 1.  Startups.  I love startups.  It's an obsession.  I've started three companies, angel invested in over 50 and (hopefully) helped thousands more entrepreneurs in some small way through the OnStartups.com community. 2. Inbound marketing.  I love inbound marketing.  It's the idea that's at the heart of my company, HubSpot.  It's about marketing that focuses on attracting customers — not annoying them with interruptions.  It makes marketing about helping people, not…
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    ArcticStartup

  • With Taneli Tikka onboard, here's how Tieto is interacting with startups

    Greg Anderson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    With Reverse Pitching right around the corner, we talk with Tieto, the largest IT services company in the Nordics that provides services to both the public and private sector, to get a preview of what they're looking for. In recent months Finland's entrepreneurs have been paying more attention to the consulting company after the news that Taneli Tikka, popular Finnish serial entrepreneur with positions including CEO of IRC-gallery, COO and owner of Dopplr, and founder and chairman of a Chinese TLD Registry, has joined the company to focus on Tieto's internal growth plans focusing on the…
  • New leadership at Unity as former EA CEO Riccitiello takes lead

    Greg Anderson
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Big news this week – it was announced that Unity, the game engine startup, gets a new CEO – none other then John Riccitiello, formerly at EA. With the move David Helgason, current CEO and founder, will be stepping down to an EVP role. “We keep our eyes out for the best talent and help wherever we feel we can use it at every level. That’s why today, I’m pleased to welcome John Riccitiello onto the Unity team as our new CEO. Sure, that sounds odd, as it also means I’m stepping down from the role, but this is an amazing win for Unity and the community. He’s the right person to…
  • AlpineHawk promises you'll never lose your skis

    Greg Anderson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    There's two things Norwegians know - hardware and winter sports, so it's natural that this new product popped up as Kickstarter opened up in the Scandinavian countries. Dubbed AlpineHawk, it's a little electronic device that you attach to your skis or snowboard that connects to your phone though low-powered Bluetooth for both theft prevention and a number of other uses. The project came out from the University of Oslo where three of the co-founders were studying innovation and entrepreneurship. It's a pretty international team, with the original team from Australia, Norway, and Pakistan. With…
  • SV2B winners TutoTOONS get anyone making mobile games

    Marija Odineca
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    If you ever thought about  making your own game but always got stuck with implementation, Lithuanian TutoTOONS are here to win your heart. The team has just won the Silicon Valley Comes to Baltics (SV2B) Startup Battle and received a meeting-full trip to Silicon Valley as their prize. Additionally, they were recognized as the best Lithuanian startup and will now represent Lithuania in Get in the ring Eastern European Finals in Sofia and, if successful, advance to the World Finals in Rotterdam during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Formal recognition aside, however, let's talk about who the…
  • GoMore Reaches 200,000 Members

    Emily Christiansen // Oresund Startups
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    More big news for GoMore, Denmark’s largest platform for private car hire and car pooling. Afterrevolutionizing car ownership last month, the company have just reached the 200,000 member mark. The company receives on average 15,000 members per month and numbers continue to soar. So much so that GoMore’s co-founder and current CEO Matias Dalsgaard is certain this is the first of many milestones the company will reach: “I am pleased that so many Danes use GoMore. Our concept is based on a need to leverage our existing resources better when it comes to transportation. The idea is not…
 
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • 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…
  • Performance Round-Up: 9/28/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
      Here are last week’s interesting reads related to entrepreneur/executive/be-your-best-self performance: Instead of Romanticizing Entrepreneurship People Should Understand How Hard the Life Can Be [Economist] How Billionaires are Educated [Riholtz > CB Insights] The Brain that Changes Itself [Janav] Larry Ellison: The DNA of a Winner [Steve Blank] Google’s Email Rules [Time] Why Men Never Remember Anything [NYMag] Advice to 19 Year Olds [Sam Altman] List of Top Reasons Startups Fail [Equity Kicker > CB Insights] Mental Models [Think Mental Models] The post Performance…
  • Low Friction Spending & Responsibility

    Sam Huleatt
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Apple Pay has the potential to be a game changer. It was by far the most interesting thing IMO to emerge from the recent Apple announcement. Recall that great hardware is often simply a loss leader for the transactions it enables. Like a lot of people I love removing friction from transactions. I bought a Coin (possibly already extinct), love using things live Cover and Uber and pay with my credit card every chance I get. However — there is no doubt in my mind that the decreased friction increases my frequency of transactions. I’ve definitely found myself on Amazon buying things I…
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for SaasCase

    public
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Company / App Name: SaasCase http://www.saascase.com Twitter – https://twitter.com/saascase What does it do? SaasCase helps businesses improve efficiency by moving their unique offline processes, online. Design processes, automate customer journeys, securely store documents and audit history of all data. Why do we need it? SaasCase can help every business improve efficiency by moving their offline processes, online. From automating initial customer communications to progressing complex, multi-party transactions; SaasCase lets YOU design business processes t Who is it for? SaasCase is…
  • Pitch for Waved

    public
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Company / App Name: Waved htttp://www.waved.io Twitter – https://twitter.com/wavedapp What does it do? Waved is a one-tap voice messaging application that allows rapid-fire and seamless conversations. It offers a lighter, faster and simpler alternative to existing messaging applications. Why do we need it? Waved provides simpler yet more meaningful communication than existing messaging applications. Who is it for? 25+ looking for meaningful and efficient communication, countries with non-english alphabets. What makes it stand out from the crowd? We offer the fastest and simplest…
  • Pitch for HERE

    public
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Company / App Name: HERE http://www.lowdownapp.co/here Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/HERELowdown What does it do? HERE helps you notify people that you’ve arrived. Why do we need it? Because everyone needs to tell people they are HERE Who is it for? Everyone with an iPhone, and eventually any smartphone What makes it stand out from the crowd? We are determined to make meeting applications have a better user experience and automate the most mundane tasks people have to do day in day out. What’s next? Develop more apps and functionality to help people with meetings.
  • Pitch for NewPeer

    public
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Company / App Name: NewPeer https://newpeer.com Twitter – https://twitter.com/newpeerdotcom What does it do? NewPeer is a simple , beautiful project tracking tool for small teams looking to break away from the traditional way to a more organized way. We take the old and traditional way of managing projects a Why do we need it? To track projects in beautiful way. Who is it for? Freelancer & small teams. What makes it stand out from the crowd? The design is what makes us stand out. We are focusing on the design as that is the main factor in making the process less clumsy What’s…
  • Pitch for Finance Jobs

    public
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Company / App Name: Finance Jobs https://www.financejobs.co Twitter – financejobs_co What does it do? Launched in 2014, Finance Jobs aims to be the best finance jobs site in the world. We’re not there yet, but we’re going to try hard to get there while having fun along the way. Why do we need it? Looking for a job in the finance industry can be a bit of a drab. Sites look like they were made during the Internet Explorer vs Netscape wars. We aim to change that. Who is it for? Recruiters and employers in the finance industry. What makes it stand out from the crowd? It’s…
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    Techday

  • Is Codemasters’ F1 2014 still in pole position?

    Darren Price
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Game Console Game Console's Darren Price takes look at the PC version of F1 2014, the last-gen only Formula One game from Codemasters.   Read More →
  • Going bonkers in Honkers

    Darren Price
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Game Console Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the hit last-gen console and PC game, plunging players into the murky world of the Hong Kong criminal underworld.   Read More →
  • Change or die: How the cloud is locking out channel partners

    Sean Mitchell
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Featured The Channel Westcon is wrapping up a number of services and software solutions into product codes that can be sold by channel partners in the IT industry.   Read More →
  • Subdomains increased security risk for businesses

    Shannon Williams
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Featured IT Brief Subdomains are not always properly validated, allowing attackers to set up new accounts and abuse subdomains forgotten by companies   Read More →
  • Apple Pay will change the way you buy everything

    Shannon Williams
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    MacGuide The technology means retailers will be able to accept payments via smartphones, and one day people may be able to exchange money using only their phones   Read More →
 
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

  • 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…
  • @PositivDeviancy Featured on @GeorgeMasonU Homepage

    David J. Miller
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Awesome to see coverage of young Mason entrepreneur Jade Garrett, founder of Positive Deviancy, a firm building assistive technology out of stuffed animals for children on the #Autism spectrum. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Jade and she is a dynamic student, leader, and a fine example of today’s super innovative, productive and entrepreneurial students that take advantage of their campus. From George Mason University: Garrett, who is pursuing an applied information technology degree from the Volgenau School of Engineering, spent the summer working on a toy bear that is…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Are Cofounders Necessary?

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    There is no "one right way" to build a company.  As a result, entrepreneurs seeking guidance will always be given contradictory advice on how to build their business, from both "experts" and the uninformed alike. Ultimately, it is up to the entrepreneur to evaluate the opinions they receive and pursue the path they feel is best for them.  The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week's topic is about whether it is necessary to find a cofounder for your startup. This Week's Topic:Do you need a…
  • Crafting the Perfect Pitch: How to Find Your Secret Sauce

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Devising the perfect startup pitch is an essential yet too often overlooked aspect of creating a successful company. Pitching your idea is crucial for attracting co-founders, customers, and, more importantly, potential investors, and special care should be given to effectively communicating your idea. However, as Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, says, not only must your pitch clearly state a problem and solution, it must have what he refers to as a "secret sauce" - the one unique aspect that sets your company apart, if not above, your competition. The blog post, "Cheaper…
  • ReadyPulse featured on Virtual-Strategy Magazine, Kindara highlighted on Daily Camera, and More Grad News

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over [total_graduates] new technology companies across [total_cities] cities, [total_countries] countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over [total_jobs] new jobs.  Over the past week, ReadyPulse featured on Virtual-Strategy Magazine, Kindara highlighted on Boulder County Business, ISOSIZE was chosen as "Startup of the Month" by Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels, and more. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: ReadyPulse…
  • Meet the Most Promising Los Angeles Founder Institute Graduates of 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, opened in Los Angeles in 2010, and since then, it has helped launch over 65 new technology companies in the area.  While almost all of the Los Angeles Founder Institute graduates are exceptional, there are a few who stand out. The graduates profiled below have all achieved significant milestones in 2014, building meaningful and enduring technology companies aimed at improving the lives of people all over the world. The Los Angeles Founder Institute is currently accepting applications. If you could use expert training and…
  • 10 Must-Read Articles On Running A Two-Sided Marketplace Startup

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    A marketplace is a platform that connects a buyer and a seller, and it usually improves efficiency in communication and payment. Such a platform can facilitate buying and selling between companies and individuals (such as Alibaba), or it can facilitate buying and selling between individuals (such as Airbnb). While the concept sounds simple, building a marketplace is much more difficult because you have to combine the interests of two groups of users (buyers and sellers) in one single product, instead of building just for one group of users. To help you out, here are 10 must-read…
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    OnlyOnce

  • 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…
  • The 2×4

    Matt Blumberg
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 2×4 I took a Freshman Seminar in my first semester at Princeton in 1988 with a world-renowned professor of classical literature, Bob Hollander.  My good friend and next-door neighbor Peggy was in the seminar with me.  It was a small group — maybe a dozen of us — meeting for three hours each week for a roundtable with Professor Hollander, and then writing the occasional paper.  Peggy and I both thought we were pretty smart.  We had both been high school salutatorians from good private schools and had both gotten into Princeton, right? Then the first paper came due, and…
  • Startup CEO: The Online Course Part II

    Matt Blumberg
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Startup CEO: The Online Course Part II Startup CEO the online course offered by the Kauffman Fellows Academy is back this fall starting September 15!  As many of you know, the course is based on my book Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Your Business. When the course first ran earlier this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Hundreds of students from six continents signed up, all eager to learn as much as they could about entrepreneurship and how to develop their startups.  The students worked together in teams to develop their startup ideas on the unique online educational…
 
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    Startup Houston

  • Finish Up, Houston: October 10-12

    Jeff Reichman
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    There are lots of events that celebrate the beginning of projects — Startup Weekend, 3 Day Startup, various hackathons — but none that celebrate finishing a project.  Until now. Finish Up, Houston (or FU, Houston) is a weekend-long event celebrating the milestones of your work.  Held at White Space Houston from October 10-12, the organizers put it simply: Get shit done while inspired by Startup Outcasts all around. Check out other people’s projects. Horse around, stuff your face, and then get a caffeine boost to power through your piles of undone shit. The event is…
  • 3 Questions for EasyPaint COO Oliver Harriehausen

    Tina Nazerian
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Startup Houston sat down with EasyPaint COO Oliver Harriehausen to learn more about his background, and what this unique startup seeks to accomplish in the paint industry, and what the founding team learned in beta mode. SH: I want to start off by hearing a little bit about your background, and how the idea of EasyPaint came to you. OH: I, back in 2007, went to work with Sherwin-Williams, a paint company, in Washington, DC. I did what’s called their management training program, and ran a few of their stores as a manager, and then became a sales rep in DC. So, I was constantly deailng…
  • SnapHealth: Direct Pay Healthcare

    Tina Nazerian
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    “In this country, the cost of healthcare is the fundamental problem,” David Wong said after an ER shift. Wong, the founder and Chief Medical Officer of SnapHealth, a direct pay healthcare system, says that part of the reason healthcare costs became a fundamental problem in the United States is because our entire way of paying for healthcare was an accident. “In the 1940s, 50s, providing health insurance was a way to get around the wage freeze,” Wong said. “Men working for high-end employers. Today, it’s now the currency of healthcare. Everyone thinks you…
  • Molecule: Success and Spontaneity

    Tina Nazerian
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    “Building an enterprise software business, especially one that is vertical specific – specific to energy – is not easy,” Sameer Soleja, the CEO of Molecule, an energy software company, said. “It may sound trite, but there are a lot of naysayers, because really, you’re trying to build something that is large, and unyielding, and confusing, and for which you don’t have all the answers, for which you don’t even know all the features when you start, for which there have been many successful people that have gone before.” And Molecule had…
  • A Look Inside of SnapStream

    Tina Nazerian
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    “We’re a team of 28 with our summer interns, and we’re a software company,” Rakesh Agrawal, the founder of SnapStream, said in the unique, colorful company office. However, Snapstream doesn’t do what you wuold think a typical software company does. Snapstream helps people in media no longer have to sift through recordings to find clips, which can become a tedious and time consuming task. “We make a product that lets people record lots of TV shows,” Agrawal said. “We make a product that’s like a DVR on steroids, or a TiVo on steroids. TiVo…
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    Techstars

  • Come Join Us for the NewCo Session in Boulder!

    Sonya Caprio
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the Techstars’ Boulder office? On Tuesday November 18th, we’ll be opening our office to the community as part of NewCo, a new kind of event experience: a mash up of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival. WHAT IS IT? In a single day, NewCo Boulder will take participants to Boulder’s most innovative companies for a true behind-the-scenes look at our world and what it means to work here. Although this is the first year that NewCo will be in Boulder, they have had extreme success in the past…
  • Techstars Twitterpitch Competition 2014

    Andy Aguiluz
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Tweet us your elevator pitch to get an interview!  Techstars in Austin, TX opened applications and is holding a competition on Twitter this year. Going over thousands of applications takes time, a long time. Applicants who also give their 140-character pitch will get reviewed quicker. The most qualified (read our FAQs) will be invited to an in-person interview for the Spring 2015 program. (see program details) Summary of the rules: 1. Make sure you start with #tspitch 2. Then follow this format For (who) we (what) to/by (why or how). In (time) we’ve (traction) by (how you sell)…
  • Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Demo Day: 11 Companies at the Top of their Class

    Don Burton
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today our 11 edtech startups will storm the stage here in New York City to celebrate their successes, present their educational solutions to investors and thought-leaders, and maybe even share some announcements they’ve been keeping up their sleeves for the big day. The startups of the 2014 Class of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars, are tackling a broad set of challenges on the K12, higher education, career readiness, and consumer and lifelong learning fronts. They range from learning how to code or speak a new language, gaining STEM skills or data literacy, and…
  • Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars Demo Day 2014

    Cody Simms
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    On Tuesday of last week, ten amazing startup CEOs presented their companies to a theater filled with Disney executives, tech investors, and the entrepreneurial community of Los Angeles at Demo Day for Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The event was a major milestone in the journeys of these remarkable startups, and it was a wonderful celebration of fifteen weeks of hard work and incredible progress. All ten companies shared the details of pending business relationships with Disney, ranging from advertising campaigns to deep product development initiatives. And most importantly, all…
  • Announcing the 10 Companies for the R/GA Accelerator, powered by Techstars

    Jenny Fielding
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today we welcome an exceptional group of hardware and Internet of Things focused startups into the 2015 R/GA Accelerator. This talented group of entrepreneurs has come from around the world to join us in NYC for an action packed 15 weeks. By combining R/GA’s expertise around innovation, technology and design with the mentorship-driven model and entrepreneurial network of Techstars, we offer a game-changing advantage to hardware and IoT focused startups. The 2013 program was a huge success and we have set the bar high for this new class of startups. I’m looking forward to seeing how the…
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Selling the family business: legacy or leftovers?

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Family business owners who are considering selling are often discouraged by the question, ‘what will I do now?’ according to Dr. Tom Deans, former business owner and author of "Every Family’s Business." In an interview, Deans said that owners’ identities often get so wrapped up in the business that they find it difficult to imagine life after the company is sold.To overcome this barrier, it’s important to frame the question more personally. He recommends asking ‘who will I be?’ The answer can then form the vision for the family legacy and provide a critical piece of the puzzle.
  • Lessons in finances by FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Tech Founder Sends Female Reporter Gift Basket Loaded With Sexism

    Kevin Montgomery
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Tech's armada of PR professionals can be their own worst enemy. But their protective shield occasionally hides the chauvinism of tech founders. Otherwise you get dudes like Blake Francis, founder of the question and answer app Need, who tried to buy favorable press from a female reporter with a wildly inappropriate gift basketRead more...
  • Google Street View car spotted in Greenwich Village subtly blocking everyone's view of a fire hydran

    Nitasha Tiku
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Google Street View car spotted in Greenwich Village subtly blocking everyone's view of a fire hydrant. Officers, just go ahead and add the ticket to Google's $7 million tab.Read more...
  • Airbnb is set to be "worth" $13 billion.

    Kevin Montgomery
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Airbnb is set to be "worth" $13 billion. Having just received a $10 billion valuation in April , the new jump in value comes as the home-renting startup seeks to allow "some of its employees to cash in some of their private stock," the San Francisco Business Times reports.Read more...
  • Old Rich Google Man Already Beat Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump Record

    Kate Knibbs on Gizmodo, shared by Sam Biddle to Valleywag
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Looks like Red Bull's wings aren't very good at keeping people ahead of the competition.Read more...
  • Hewlett-Packard Imitated HBO's Silicon Valley By Hiring Flo Rida to Rap

    Nitasha Tiku
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Last night, Hewlett-Packard hosted a launch event for its new Helion Development platform at Temple, a nightclub in San Francisco's Financial District. To celebrate cloud computing, the company offered guests a giant fake pink cloud, "loads of light up glow sticks," and a performance by Flo Rida.Read more...
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    StartupMuse

  • Highest and Best Use (HBU)

    Alexander Muse
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I meet lots of entrepreneurs all of the time who are working on startups that are really cool, but after getting to know the individual I sometimes realize that their talents are being wasted or at least under utilized. It is almost impossible to find an appropriate way to tell someone that you think they should be doing something else. When you start a company you need to realize you’re going have to spend the next three to five years completely engrossed in the development of the company. Entrepreneurs only have time to start three or four companies during their careers if they are…
  • How big is your market?

    Alexander Muse
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Each week I’m working closely with my TEN companies and there has been a recurring theme recently – understanding the ACTUAL size of their markets. Has an investor ever asked you this question: “How big is this market?” If you’re like me you’d say something like: “According to Forester the XYZ market will be $20B by 2016.” Of course this answer is complete bullshit. The real number – the one YOU need to understand is very simple. Total # of customers * price = market size My conversations with my TEN companies are confidential so I…
  • How to Fix Healthcare: QUOTE!

    Alexander Muse
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    The quickest way to fix healthcare is to require that doctors provide quotes BEFORE delivering service. If most of us knew what our doctors PLANNED to charge before providing their services I suspect healthcare would cost a LOT less. Here is a recent experience I had with a service I would have rejected had I known the cost: In July my daughter was running around her aunt’s house and bumped her head on a chair sustaining a small cut above her eye. It didn’t appear that she needed stitches, but out of an abundance of caution I decided to take her to Doctors Express @ Frankford…
  • Update on ‘TEN’ my Mentoring Program

    Alexander Muse
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Back in April I announced my mentorship experiment I called ‘TEN’. The plan was simple, find ten entrepreneurs and spend a year working with them on their businesses. The idea was that by spending MORE time with FEWER entrepreneurs I could make a more significant impact AND have more time to work on my own startup. Time for an update. After announcing the program I had more than 40+ applications and quickly selected the first ten with plans to bring them on over three months. To date I have ‘turned up’ five entrepreneurs, had three drop out before starting and had one…
  • Announcing ‘TEN’

    Alexander Muse
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    For more than five years I’ve been actively involved in the Dallas startup community. During that time I have advised scores of entrepreneurs; however, I’ve often wondered how valuable my advice really was. For example, in the last thirty days I have ‘touched’ almost 100 different entrepreneurs. Touches include emails, voicemails, texts and face-to-face meetings – 100 unique connections over 30 days. I’m giving advice, making suggestions, referring employees and investors, but there is no way I have enough information about 100 entrepreneurs and startups to…
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    CollegeMogul

  • Do Teenagers Need a Car? When? New or Used?

    JohnnyG
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    These are important questions that parents ask themselves all the time. Teenagers can be aggressive behind the wheel. Most teenagers don’t like speed limits. They have a hard time dealing with stressful situations, especially those behind the wheel. In many cases they don’t take driving seriously, texting while driving, talking on the phone, putting on makeup or fixing their hair. They get distracted easily, and are much more likely to get into an accident. Yes teenagers will eventually need a car of their own, but when? It’s not about when they want a car, it’s about are they ready…
  • A Brief History Of The Dollar

    JohnnyG
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Some say the dollar is going by the wayside. More and more people are using debit and credit cards for everyday purchases, carrying less and less paper money on them. Is the dollar disappearing? No, because the dollar has a long history, and it will always be around because you will have to use paper money for some transactions, like tipping people who help you, or when POS (Point Of Sale,) systems are down. Some people even carry around some cash to help those less fortunate than they are. The ‘dollar’ has really been around for centuries, although not always in ‘paper’ form.
  • Reduce Stress with Music and Entertainment

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are under a great deal of stress, it might be time to organize a party have some snack and good music on hand. You can start looking for Brisbane bands for hire to have live music at the event if you want. This is a great way to just let go, dance the night away with some friends and forget the stress of life. Most people don’t realize that the best way to fight stress is with music and entertainment. Physical relaxation is one of the main benefits of music. Certain notes and melodies are very soothing and they can help the body to relax and to remove the tension from your muscles.
  • Fully Custom and Modern House Designs

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The popularity of modern house designs is on the rise for good reasons. Houses with contemporary architectural designs combine form with function in ways that truly make heads turn and minds spin from their sheer beauty, practicality, and durability. Furthermore, contemporary houses are a class of their own while also borrowing ideas from other architectural styles, such as French Eclectic, Neo-colonial, and Post-modern. When it comes to modern houses, the trick is in getting the design customized by the best leading architects in NYC Murdock Solon. Why let your house be a copycat of others…
  • How to Find the Best Employees for Your Business

    JohnnyG
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is probably one of the most asked questions in business, how can you hire the right employee? It used to be that you would put an ad in the paper, or wait until someone came in looking for a job. This has all changed, you have the internet, for one thing, and now people are using this tool to get the people in positions faster. However, you also have a new business springing up, the Temporary Employment agency. Sure this isn’t a new concept, but these businesses no longer just offer secretarial services, you can find people that want all kinds of positions, from day laborers to…
 
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    Start Up Blog

  • 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…
  • Mindset & Tools

    Steve Sammartino
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    There’s a whole lot of tools we have at our disposal which didn’t even exist a few years ago. From a business perspective many of them present a counter intuitive option to the ‘Harvard Industrial Complex’. Yes, those established principals of what we thought we already knew about what worked in the market. Trust the crowd to co-design our product? Are you crazy? Get funding from future customers with out giving equity? How we going to do that? Share revenue with content creating customers? Don’t be silly let’s keep it all for ourselves. Co-opt with our…
  • You say ‘ello’, I say goodbye

    Steve Sammartino
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    While it is around 6 months old now, and still in beta, there has been a lot of noise about Social Networking Startup Ello. And rightly so. A decade or more deep into this social connection thing people are starting to realise, that corporations like Facebook and Twitter, are well, just corporations. They just have incredibly compelling and usable products, from which they’re motivated to deliver what all public corporations aim to do – increase shareholder wealth. Nothing new there. And while some of the founders may have had, and possibly even still have rather altruistic…
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    Springwise

  • Project 3D prints photographs to keep memories alive for the blind

    Springwise
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Add / Remove The world is becoming an increasingly visual one thanks to the advent of computers and touchscreen displays, which are now embedded into our daily lives. For people without vision, their environment is one that needs to be heard and felt, meaning that core aspects of life are becoming closed off. We recently wrote about the Japanese government’s project to 3D print contoured maps for the blind, demonstrating how new tech can actually benefit those with sight problems. Now Singapore’s PIRATE3D is hoping to use 3D printed models as a memory aid for blind people,…
  • Interactive app provides extra content during orchestra performances

    Springwise
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Add / Remove Using a phone during an opera or classical music performance has long been considered a huge faux-pas. However, venues such as Rhode Island's Providence Performing Arts Center have already launched schemes to allow certain sections of the audience to use their devices to livetweet shows. Now the Philadelphia Orchestra has created LiveNote, an app designed to help the audience learn more about the concert they're watching. The app serves as a digital version of the traditional program notes that are often provided for operas and orchestra performances. Alongside…
  • Small device charges smartphones through daily activity

    Springwise
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Springwise has already covered a slew of innovations that are attempting to tackle the problem of smartphone charge — from a subscription model for restaurants to solar-powered festival tents — testament to how perennial a problem it has become. The latest effort is AMPY, a device that stores kinetic energy from walking, running and cycling, and uses it to charge…
  • Anti-aging skincare products personalized with DNA analysis

    Springwise
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Add / Remove Different people see different effects from anti-aging products, because our bodies don't react to chemicals in the same way. France-based Personal Cell Services has already made moves to individualize skincare by incorporating consumers' own stem cells into its products. Now the UK's Geneu has developed U+, a system that uses in-store gene analysis to tailor skincare to each customer's DNA. One of the reasons that people react differently to chemical products is that around 0.1 percent of our is unique to us. Founded by Chris Toumazou — who is also chief…
  • Smart conference badge aims to replace business cards and brochures

    Springwise
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Add / Remove Conferences overwhelm attendees with information about the latest products and services, but neither buyers nor sellers have the capacity to remember everything they see and everyone they speak to. Hoping to change this, Loopd is a conference lanyard that tracks wearers’ movements, enabling them to review their interactions and access extra content. The Loopd system consists of three elements; beacons, the Loopd chip and the Loopd app. The beacons are placed around the event space and deliver data to the chips worn around attendees’ necks, detailing where they are in…
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    Women Entrepreneurs Blog @ Simon

  • The Four “P’s” : Panic + Pitch + Prepared = Positive PR

    CharlaKucko
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    by Sarah Plasky“If you wanna be an entrepreneur Sarah, you need to learn to pitch your idea in 3 minutes or less.”When I heard those words from an itchy and obviously ‘tapped out’ VC guy, all I could think was, “How do you encapsulate the inventor story of idea, innovation, prototype, technology and software, preferred vendors, market story, delightful anecdote in one measly, miniscule minute?”  Let’s face it, having your paragraph pitch or one-minute elevator speech is an impressive feat–and a necessity–for cocktail parties and start-up weekends, but I will…
  • Failure IS an Option

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

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

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

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

  • 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 that 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…
  • How do You do Your Homework?!

    Aruni
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The cutting edge education technology company (Querium), where I run client services and operations, has submitted a a Future 15 session idea for our CEO, Kent Fuka.  Here’s an overview: Ask any math instructor and they’ll tell you that while it’s nice to see a student’s answers to homework and test questions, what they really want to see is how the student got that answer. In this session we will demonstrate expert system technology that provides step-by-step tutoring assistance in a virtual, one-to-one experience. The system has students “show their work” by supporting…
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    The Next Web

  • Hailo Chairman: ‘Uber can spend money like drunken sailors’

    Paul Sawers
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Hailo unfurled the white flag on its American adventure earlier this month, leaving Uber and Lyft to slug it out between themselves. Now, Hailo chairman Ron Zeghibe has said that Uber blocked potential investors by putting a caveat in their own investement terms: ‘You can invest in us, but only if you don’t invest in our rivals’, is the general gist of the claims. While Uber hasn’t commented on the claims, it’s not the most outrageous expectation – you would want your investors fully on board with you and not dividing their time and resources with your direct competitors,…
  • The PS4 will soon let you share games with friends online, here’s how it works [video]

    Paul Sawers
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    The PS4 is getting a system software update (v2.00) next Tuesday (October 28), and Sony has given gamers a glimpse of one of the key new features. First revealed back in August, Share Play is what Sony refers to as a “virtual couch,” insofar as it lets you invite friends to play games with you through the internet, even if they don’t own a copy of the game. You can share your screen so they can watch, hand over your controller so they can help, or give them access to a secondary controller to join in a multiplayer. But it’s... This story continues at The Next Web
  • Beats Music is down [Update: It's back up]

    Roberto Baldwin
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Amid a report from The Wall Street Journal that Beats Music will be tied into iTunes starting in 2015, the music service is currently unavailable to some users. The Apple-owned music service throws up an odd message in the app and via the browser that indicate the service is experiencing a large number of sign ups. Maybe everyone decided that since the service will be reportedly ingrained into iTunes next year, they might as well sign up now. Maybe everyone forgot about Dre and just today remembered the man and the company he founded and decided to sign up for that... This story continues at…
  • Uber is launching in three cities today, including strictly-regulated Las Vegas

    Napier Lopez
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Residents of Sin City rejoice: Uber today announced that it has started offering its service in Las Vegas, sharing up some estimated fares as well. In subsequent blog posts, Uber also added Reno, Nevada and Monterrey, Mexico to its coverage. As with any other cities, all you need to do is download the Uber app, tell it where you want to be picked up, and wait for your driver. Uber is constantly adding cities to its coverage, but Vegas is notable for its relatively strict taxi regulation. For instance, taxis can’t just pick up someone walking down the street unless at a designated taxi…
  • Google’s Sundar Pichai to become head of product amid major staff reshuffling

    Napier Lopez
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    According to a report by Recode, Google CEO Larry Page sent a staff memo denoting some major changes at Google HQ, including handing the reins of several key Google products over to Sundar Pichai. The Next Web has independently confirmed the report. Picahi is currently a Senior Vice President at Google, overseeing Chrome, Android, and Google Apps. Recode’s report notes his new role would give Pichai control over research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads, in addition to the products he already handles. According to the report, Page hopes the move will help Google maintain a sense…
 
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    The Product Guy

  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of October 18, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Technical Product Manager / Owner Reporting and Data @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, big data, data warehousing, SDLChttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1032&lf=twf Associate Technical Product Manager / Product Owner, Enrollment and Security @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, Education, Enrollment, SDLChttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1031&lf=twf Senior Product Manager @ ADstruc Inc (SoHo, NYC)Keywords: agile, full-time, platform, team-oriented, technicalhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1030&lf=twfFiled…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of October 11, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Education Product Manager, Technical Courses @ General Assembly (NYC)Keywords: back end, education, front end, learning, producthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1029&lf=twf Associate Product Manager @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1011&lf=twf Product Manager – Web Analytics @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, Analytics, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1012&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
  • VitalsChoice, Activation and November Pearls!

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    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: VitalsChoiceexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from managing deal flow to moving forward (thanks to Jessica Fredican)…
  • Ziggeo, Delightfulness and October Vitality!

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:47 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: Ziggeoexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from API pricing models to moderation (thanks to Susan Danziger) Delightfulnessfrom…
  • Some Good Product Management Advice #TBPP

    Jeremy Horn
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) Advice > What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management? Failing is totally ok, so long as you know why you failed.  If you know, then you can adjust, and adjusting is product management.  > What is the hardest less you learned as a…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • “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…
  • The Wisdom and Wonder of Kevin Kelly

    Ben Casnocha
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    One of the most interesting people alive, for sure. Here are my extended notes from his epic book What Technology Wants. Here are his three appearances on Russ Roberts’ Econtalk. And here’s his recent interview with Tim Ferriss on Tim’s new podcast. All three parts are worth listening to. Kevin is a very wise man, and his perspective on the good life resonates deeply. Find yourself by creating yourself. Think through writing. Be the best version of yourself. And much more.
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Books, books, books. 1. How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts. An engaging summary and analysis of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith’s Wealth of Nations is more popular but Theory of Moral Sentiments is arguably just as profound. Russ quotes extensively from the original text and adds color on what Smith was expressing about human nature. If you struggle with old fashioned writing, as I do, this account is a great alternative or supplement to the original work. Russ quotes a Venetian proverb: “The sea gets deeper as you go further into it.”…
  • “Don’t Compare Yourself to Others” – The Envy Problem

    Ben Casnocha
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    “Don’t compare yourself to others.” It’s common advice. When you compare yourself to others, you are “comparing your insides to someone else’s outsides.” When you compare yourself to others, you’re more likely to become motivated by extrinsic, shallow reasons (fame/status/wealth) than intrinsic, sustainable reasons (meaning/purpose). When you compare yourself to others, you kill your joy. Indeed, Leo Babuta says, “One of the biggest reasons we’re not content with ourselves and our lives is that we compare ourselves to other people.” He analogizes the issue…
  • The Global Talent Crunch

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Michal Lev-Ram writes about The Global Talent Crunch in Fortune magazine, and quotes Reid and me discussing why The Alliance is part of the solution: The coming labor shortage is being fought head-on by a new generation of talent innovators—Silicon Valley… At LinkedIn, one of Setton’s former employers, the acknowledgment that employees won’t stay with the company forever starts before they even join and isn’t perceived as a negative. Kevin Scott, senior vice president of engineering at the company, based in Mountain View, asks an important question of every candidate he…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 10 Entrepreneurs Give Their Best Advice For Achieving Long-Term Company Goals

    Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Philip Acuña The ability to effectively manage and achieve long term goals is one of the most critical factors in determining a young startup’s success. Being able to do so however often proves to be more difficult than imagined, especially considering the countless obstacles and opportunities for distraction that arise in the course of growing a business. If your company is doing well, you may be tempted into taking on more projects than you can realistically manage, taking energy away from your existing clients and long-term endeavors. If you’re underperforming on the other…
  • The Quick And Easy Guide To Setting Up A Website For Your Small Business

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every business needs a strong online presence in the 21st century. Whether you run a small neighbourhood store or a multinational manufacturing company, a professional website is critical to how the world sees your organisation. If you’re concerned that you don’t have the knowledge and expertise required to set up your own website, you may be in for a shock. The simple truth is that creating an attractive and effective website has never been easier. Choose a domain name. Your domain name is the address of your website, and it must be completely unique. Ideally, it should be your…
  • 8 Things You Should Give Up To Move Forward

    Contributor
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    by Lisa Orto, content manager at GoHunters.com Small question: What kinds of people usually achieve great success? Most of the successful people are usually confident, self-conscious and focused. These people never stay at one place for too long; they prefer developing and moving. If you want to make some positive changes in your life and achieve your goals, you should say no to some things that stand on your way. It is not as easy as it may sound. Starting from today, try not to… 1. Let other people control your life. Most of the people around you know your name, but may not know the real…
  • ZTE Zmax: The Best Phone For Business?

    Contributor
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    by Jessica Oaks When it comes to smartphones, there are many options. But not all smartphones are created equal, and some are better suited for specific tasks and functions than others. There is a reason that the Blackberry held out for so long after all of its competition went touch-screen only, and that reason is it was a good phone for business. It may not have had the attractive features of other devices, but it had what business people needed. Now, however, there’s a new phone on the market vying for the title of “Best Business Phone,” and that phone is the ZTE Zmax. So what…
  • [Infographic] How Major Companies Motivate Their Employees

    Daniel Goh
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    In a time where competition for top talent is fierce, many companies are rolling out the red carpet for the best of the best; at the same time thinking up and implementing the best perks to retain those they already have. From on-site medical services to concierge help, or generous maternity benefits to stipends to travel, technology companies – and increasingly non-tech companies as well – adopt the industry-leading employee welfare initiatives that put many other companies’ human resource programs to shame. The folks over at NextGeneration.ie have come up with a…
 
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  • EX-VP Yahoo Maktoob Ahmed Nassef Closes $825,000 Seed Funding Round for Social TV App Vyu

    Gaith Saqer
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
     Vyu, Inc., a company developing a personalized guide to entertainment that helps viewers follow, share and discover TV and video via their mobile devices, today announced it has raised $825,000 in seed funding to continue developing its products and launch its apps globally beginning with the US and Middle East markets. Jabbar Internet Group led the round with additional investors from the technology and media industries participating. “We look to invest in businesses that address the significant shifts in consumer behavior,”…
  • (Updated) YouTube Brings Back IslamPost Channel After Deleting it, Which Publishes Evidence of Fabricated Anti Islamic State Propaganda in the Media

    Guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Update: here is some good news we contacted Google and they brought back IslamPost channel said it was deleted by error before. here is Google spokesperson:  “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make mistakes. When an error is brought to our attention we act quickly to reinstate the videos in question.” Google is collaborating with NSA and CIA, we said that around 4 years ago and Julian Assang founder of Wikileaks recently confirmed this. A new evidence that Google collaborates with CIA, which deleting the Youtube Channel of IslamPost which achieved…
  • Yahoo is Closing its Office in Amman Jordan

    Gaith Saqer
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    After closing its offices in Cairo, Yahoo Maktoob or Yahoo Middle East is closing its offices in Amman Jordan by end of the year. Yahoo office in Jordan was the HQ of Maktoob before Yahoo’s acquisition. After the acquisition Yahoo kept Amman office and moved it to new location in Amman. The office had different type of employees mostly engineers. The closure is a sad news for the IT sector and economy in Jordan and further underlines the hardship the IT sector in Jordan is going throw. Intaj ICT Association of Jordan confirmed the news and released the following statement: “Yahoo…
  • Google Uses a Camera on a Camel to Capture the Beauty of Arabian Desert in UAE

    Gaith Saqer
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. Google keeps taking street view to new places this time the Arabian desert specifically Liwa Desert in UAE. In doing so, google used a Camera on a camel to capture the beauty of the scene. “sorry for the music in the video” In blog google said “On your virtual trip through the desert, you’ll find sand dunes that reach an astounding height of 25-40 meters. These rolling sandy…
  • Nina Curley Former Editor-in-Chief of Wamda & American Citizen Becomes Managing Director of Startup Accelerator Flat6lab Abu Dhabi

    Guest
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Egyptian Startups accelerator Flat6lab is expanding to Abu Dhabi, UAE after it expanded to Jeddah Saudi Arabia, and they hired Nina Curley the former editor in chief of American government backed Wamda the startups media platform and a VC firm at the same time. After starting her doctoral degree in neuroscience/psychology Nina moved to the Arab world around 2009 she start looking for a job in the entrepreneurial/media industry. As a starter she joined SYNTAX who  Abraaj Capital with the funding from the US government out sourced it upcoming entrepreneurial social platform project Wamda to…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The High performance CFO

    mark
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Here are the slides from my talk yesterday at Point Nine Capital‘s SaaS Founder Meetup.  Point Nine is a Berlin-based seed fund with investments across the Globe. Their partner Christoph Janz has a real focus on SaaS and as a result they have built a broad global SaaS portfolio. They were a seed investor in Zendesk and have invested in many other great SaaS companies. They co-invested in Unbounce with me a few year’s back. Yesterday’s event (still going on today) was full of amazing founders sharing vast amounts of knowledge. I’ll post some notes from it later this…
  • The coming Canadian Tech Renaissance

    mark
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    This Monday I went to the Labour Day classic Argos vs. TiCats CFL showdown. As I watched the unfurling of the largest Canadian flag ever, listened the screaming CF-18 overhead and sipped my Molson Canadian I couldn’t help think about the state of our tech scene in Canada. I’ve been in this industry since the late 90s. When I showed up, the tech boom was in full swing. Everyone with a pulse was getting funded. Their was a booming tech IPO market in Canada. All good. We all know what happened when the bubble burst. No, ‘eyeballs’ did not = revenue. And maybe we…
  • FreshBooks First Venture Round

    mark
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Today, FreshBooks announced that it raised $30M in its first venture funding round ever.  This is the single largest transaction I’ve been a part of and I am super excited to welcome our new investors to the team. The path to this announcement began many years ago. For years, we have fielded calls from VCs looking to learn more about us. We knew from the beginning we were looking to build an enduring market leader. So we knew that at some point, seeking institutional backing would become part of the story.  In taking the long run perspective we evaluated every investor we met across the…
  • Building your C Level Team

    mark
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back when I was a seed stage VC I was always amazed to meet founding teams where every one of them had a C level title. CEO, CTO, etc. Now the beauty of having your own company is that you can call yourself whatever you want. But when dealing with institutional investors its important to be open and self aware enough to judge whether you truly have a C level team in their eyes. I’ve been part of many startups now as either an investor or management team member. But FreshBooks is the biggest so far (Shopify is bigger but was much smaller when I was involved). We are at the growth stage,…
  • The Startup Treadmill

    mark
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Do you know why startups fail? Because they run out of money. Yes, there are lots of root causes: wrong market, timing, team, product, execution. But you can get past these sins and keep fighting as long as you have cash. Ironically, the reason why startups run out of money is because they raise capital too early. And they raise the wrong kind of capital too early. As soon as you raise institutional capital of any kind you get on a treadmill where the VCs want you to run harder and burn faster. They want you to use their capital to accelerate – spend, hiring, marketing and ultimately…
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  • Freebie Friday #3! (Clear, Not Clever Titling)

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last two weeks’ editions, then check out Getting Great Testimonials and Training People To Be Trained By You.  This week’s release is Clear, Not Clever Titling, which will help you in your quest to name your products and services in a way that increases the chance people will pull their Visa cards out. (Yay!) 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…
  • 4 Ways To Clean Up Your Email List

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    This post is by request from Beth. If you’d like to ask a question or suggest a topic of your own, you can do so at the Request Line. List bloat! The bane of online marketers everywhere! (Or so it’s said.) For the uninitiated, we’re talking about inactive subscribers on your email list. These may be truly inactive subscribers (abandoned email accounts or people who filter out your email) or de facto inactive people who tend to never open – or respond to – your emails. These inactive individuals create what’s called “list bloat” (well, at least that’s what we call it), and…
  • Should You Have A Signature Service?

    Naomi Dunford
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It is generally accepted as lore that if you want to be a Very Important Coach Indeed – or, in fact, be able to purchase Christmas gifts for your loved ones – you must have a Signature Service. A signature service, also known as “Off The Shelf”, “5 Step Program”, and a few other things that enterprising gurus have trademarked – basically means factory coaching. The client comes in one end, goes through a prefabricated set of steps in a pre-assigned set of time and hocus pocus alakazam, comes out fixed, whole, and ready to refer rich friends to you. So. Is a signature service…
  • Do I Really Need to Pick a Niche?

    Naomi Dunford
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The word on the street is (and kind of always has been) that you MUST pick a niche or your business will fall into obscurity, and you will end up in the streets panhandling next to all the other poor saps who didn’t pick their niche. (And all the while you’ll be begging for scraps, because one of your fellow panhandlers “niched down” his location to in front of the bus stop, thereby taking your best prospects before they even got to you. Oh, the humanity.) This is a particularly frequent piece of advices for coaches. And it should be, because many coaches articulate their target…
  • How Big Does My List Need To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While we’re getting the new coaches’ class ready to open up this week, we have another question for all you coaches out there. (Actually, this applies to everyone, so whether a coach or not, keep reading anyway.) So! You have a list, are getting a list started, or sitting around thinking “Eeek! I really need to get a list going. And the thing you’re particularly wondering about is how many people you need to get on this list so you can make the money already. The answer to that question is pretty simple, but it’s going to sound a little complicated. Let’s start from the…
 
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    Business of Software US

  • 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 special…
  • 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…
  • Product vs Problem Manager: the Up-And-To-The-Right Experience

    Hermione Crease
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Is product management the most overlooked market opportunity for software right now? Nils Davis, BoS attendee, is throwing down the gauntlet: Most of you have the ambition to get big. How do you do that? The only way to get big as a product company is for people to buy your product. Preferably a lot of people, for significant amounts of money at a time. Duh! But why would people buy your product? We know there are products that people don’t buy. We don’t want those – because you can’t get big, or even grow at all. If you look at the revenue line for a product that no one buys…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • 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…
  • Five Ways to Gain Story Fluency

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Story Fluency and Innovation Every time I blink these days I see another article on story. It’s something of a too popular buzzfad, but for good reason. Clearly, story is important in many aspects of marketing, communication, and innovation. The current literature tends to focus on understanding story, and, aligning a story with a brand, or an organization. There is also the related trend of story telling, ala The Moth. I’ve been involved this last year with a similar regional group, Indigan Storyteller here in Michiana, and its been a transformative experience. I’ve…
  • Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Three Essentials for Magical Innovation Facilitation An essential ingredient to successful innovation projects is good facilitation. Who could argue with that? Innovation combines individual and group activities. Good group collaboration is not a given. Even individual activities need coordination with the group effort. You really need an inspiring, confident, well-trained facilitator to enable innovation. I’m talking about running and managing strategy meetings, ideation sessions, virtual sessions (using IMS), concept writing sessions, and other group work. A good facilitator makes a…
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    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.
  • Leading a Startup Within a Family Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Luci Armitstead leads a startup within a family business TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Leading a Startup Within a Family Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Sometimes Old Tech Still Works

    Jeff Cornwall
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Millie Stubblefield talks about success with a print newspaper TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Sometimes Old Tech Still Works appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    CollegeMogul

  • Do Teenagers Need a Car? When? New or Used?

    JohnnyG
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    These are important questions that parents ask themselves all the time. Teenagers can be aggressive behind the wheel. Most teenagers don’t like speed limits. They have a hard time dealing with stressful situations, especially those behind the wheel. In many cases they don’t take driving seriously, texting while driving, talking on the phone, putting on makeup or fixing their hair. They get distracted easily, and are much more likely to get into an accident. Yes teenagers will eventually need a car of their own, but when? It’s not about when they want a car, it’s about are they ready…
  • A Brief History Of The Dollar

    JohnnyG
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Some say the dollar is going by the wayside. More and more people are using debit and credit cards for everyday purchases, carrying less and less paper money on them. Is the dollar disappearing? No, because the dollar has a long history, and it will always be around because you will have to use paper money for some transactions, like tipping people who help you, or when POS (Point Of Sale,) systems are down. Some people even carry around some cash to help those less fortunate than they are. The ‘dollar’ has really been around for centuries, although not always in ‘paper’ form.
  • Reduce Stress with Music and Entertainment

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    If you are under a great deal of stress, it might be time to organize a party have some snack and good music on hand. You can start looking for Brisbane bands for hire to have live music at the event if you want. This is a great way to just let go, dance the night away with some friends and forget the stress of life. Most people don’t realize that the best way to fight stress is with music and entertainment. Physical relaxation is one of the main benefits of music. Certain notes and melodies are very soothing and they can help the body to relax and to remove the tension from your muscles.
  • Fully Custom and Modern House Designs

    JohnnyG
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The popularity of modern house designs is on the rise for good reasons. Houses with contemporary architectural designs combine form with function in ways that truly make heads turn and minds spin from their sheer beauty, practicality, and durability. Furthermore, contemporary houses are a class of their own while also borrowing ideas from other architectural styles, such as French Eclectic, Neo-colonial, and Post-modern. When it comes to modern houses, the trick is in getting the design customized by the best leading architects in NYC Murdock Solon. Why let your house be a copycat of others…
  • How to Find the Best Employees for Your Business

    JohnnyG
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    This is probably one of the most asked questions in business, how can you hire the right employee? It used to be that you would put an ad in the paper, or wait until someone came in looking for a job. This has all changed, you have the internet, for one thing, and now people are using this tool to get the people in positions faster. However, you also have a new business springing up, the Temporary Employment agency. Sure this isn’t a new concept, but these businesses no longer just offer secretarial services, you can find people that want all kinds of positions, from day laborers to…
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • Don't Be Like The Adobe PR Team

    Delores Williams
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    PR has a bad rep for the most part, and sadly most of it is justified. In my experience with the Adobe PR team, I waited an hour for them to send an email declining my press pass. If I had not been onsite at the time, and already been to the keynote, I would say no harm, no foul, but that is not the case.In this case, the woman took my papers and told me it would take five minutes. She then worked with at least 40 other people as she waited for this magical answer to appear from on high.Well, it turns out her only way to communicate with the PR person, Alex Moriconi was via text. She…
  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

    Delores Williams
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Everyday someone hangs out their shingle declaring they are in business. It is a noble idea, a little exciting, and some admit they enter with a little too much optimism and not enough planning. Many have been sold on the idea that if they want to be wealthy they have to start their own business or invest in real estate. But, do some enter business without really thinking and planning it out? Yes. Businesses require planning or a person will jump from idea or strategy to another with little results to show for it in the end. It is one thing to sell stuff on the side on eBay, but the real…
  • Five Errors to Avoid in Business According to the Apprentice

    Delores Williams
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    I am sort of aficionado when it comes to the show The Apprentice. I have watched the show from every English speaking Country, and have learned quite a bit from the show. Some of the errors of candidates, regardless of the Country, seem to be universal. Could it be that those same mistakes make it into real business, which is why so many fail? The mistakes are:  Ignoring Market Research: Without a doubt this is the one that seems to be more about ego than the idea that the market is wrong. Let me give you two examples. One, there was a task to make a home exercise piece of equipment. The…
  • Google Plus is Not an Option

    Delores Williams
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have a friend who hates Google+. There's no real reason for this animosity, but she just hates it. My guess is because it takes time to develop relationships on it. It's not like Twitter where you can throw out some tweets on a popular Tweet and someone will possibly start a chat with you. Nope, Google+ takes work, but the spoils go to those who are willing to do the work. As you know, every platform has an audience and serves a particular purpose. Twitter used to be if you wanted to meet people, then you could send them a tweet, but with the rise of so called social media experts, the…
  • Umango the Personalized personal assistant

    Delores Williams
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
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    Shalabh Pandey on Ideas, Inspirations and Innovation

  • Will Atlas shrug Facebook? (LinkedIn post)

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    This is a post I published on LinkedIn platform. Original can be accessed here: So Facebook (re)launched Atlas yesterday. The first thought that came to my mind was “What took you so long?” and the second thought was “Why Atlas”? The third thought was almost that of relief. Yes- a myriad of thoughts- all in a flash- and I will tell you why: (Atlas Shrugged is a novel by... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
  • LaunchHouse hardware accelerator

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:35 am
    Heard the news that Japan is vying strongly for the 2020 Robot Olympics host. Add that to the trend of using robots and drones as the new marketing weapons. And then it will not come as a surprise that soon enough, the focus of a large group of investors and entrepreneurs will shift to the robotics (Hardware + Software confluence) sunrise industry. As a matter of fact, it is happening right now.... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
  • Perspectives: Festival of Media Asia Singapore 2014

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Festival of media Asia 2014 (Singapore) The Festival of media, in recent years, has been among my favorite media related conferences/gatherings. It does help to understand what is currently happening in the media/advertising sector, but more importantly, where is it all heading. You get to meet people of course, and that is always exciting. I am not too much of an extrovert, but do like meeting... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
  • [Book] Talented South East Asia

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    I haven’t attended many events lately. But when friends @Rice Communications invited me to a community gathering around the launch of a book titled “Talented South East Asia”- on talent management in SEA, I had to give in. A little time spent in the company of industry achievers and think-tank never goes unrewarded. While Asia as a whole is well celebrated in terms of high... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
  • NUS InnovFest: Asian innovations going global

    buzzoptima@yahoo.com.sg (Shalabh Pandey)
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:22 am
    National University of Singapore (NUS) is running Innovfest- an event dedicated to promoting innovation related activities. 2014 events are scheduled in mid April. Details in the above digital brochure. Thought I should share. Enjoy, participate, share. Related Posts:Infographic- PayTV trends in APACFestival of Media Asia Pacific 2014Festival of media Asia 2013 in Singapore[Book] Talented South... Click the title for complete post. (twitter.com/shalabhpandey)
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • 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…
  • Why NOT Manage by Data?

    Jay Turo
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Last week, I wrote about the power of business intelligence dashboards.How, for the first time, smaller businesses can harness the power of big data to more efficiently and profitably manage their companies.Some readers expressed skepticism that this "stuff" actually works.  That it is just more "noise” that causes entrepreneurs to get “lost in the weeds” versus long-term thinking and planning.There is some truth to this. Heck, “Big Data” at its worst is probably best personified by Wall Street “quant jocks” who equate positive expected value "bets" with larger, more…
  • What Happens when Big Data Meets a Little Strategy?

    Jay Turo
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Last week, in Las Vegas I had the opportunity to participate in a 2 - day “Mastermind-type” strategic session with a gathering of technology and Internet entrepreneurs and executives from around the globe.It was an impressive group - leaders of companies with average sales of $8 million and competing and prospering in industries than run the gamut - from consumer products, to healthcare IT, to energy and entertainment, to mobile apps and wearable technologies, to real estate, and more.To those who have never participated in a business mastermind, you don’t know what you’re missing!
  • A Unicorn of One’s Very Own?

    Jay Turo
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Last week, I wrote about the strong ambition across the globe to have a "Silicon Valley of One's Own," and to replicate the otherworldly innovation of a region that has produced more than 75% of the World’s Unicorns - technology companies started since 2003 that now have valuations of more than $1 billion.Then, on Monday I went deeper into the drivers of this remarkable concentration along with the macroeconomic drivers of today’s very hot IPO and M&A Markets: long-term low interest rates, the $1.5 trillion in cash held by big tech. companies and private equity firms seeking deals,…
  • Tech. Exit Trends in Today's Hot Markets [Webinar Invitation]

    Jay Turo
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    =====================Webinar InvitationTech. Exit Trends in Today's Hot MarketsMonday, September 29th=====================My Wednesday column as to tech. opportunities far from Silicon Valley was well-received, but frankly left a lot of folks wanting more.Mostly what was asked was a variant of a common theme: How can I apply the wisdoms and best practices of the Uber - successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors to my business, or to the one I advise, or are invested in.It was almost a hope against hope, something that most unfortunately are almost too…
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  • Twitter Link Roundup #240 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, we post links to posts or videos we enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that we’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is an object lesson in how, sometimes, what looks like a dumb idea can actually work out pretty well… enjoy! 10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups – crowdspring.co/1t8KeUm Small…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav

    Audree
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 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 bokomoslav. Check out more great work on bokomoslav’s profile page. Nicely done, bokomoslav, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: LuW Fresh from the SPRING: lamosca04 Fresh from the SPRING: Ender
  • 10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups

    Ross
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Marketers are seeing an alarming trend. Although 122 billion emails are sent every hour, a large and growing percentage of emails are never read. This is not surprising – most marketing emails are simply pure spam without any creative or substantive value. Even worse, really bad marketing emails can easily destroy a company’s reputation and annoy even the most loyal customers. How can you get your customers and prospects to open your email? What can you do to help ensure that your email campaigns don’t anger loyal customers? We’ve previously written about Email Design…
  • Small Business and Startups: Number One Leadership Skill

    Mike
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    “Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Let’s see. Strength? Nah. Productivity? Nope. Ability to instill fear? No way. The number one skill any great leader needs is the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and quickly. Great leaders do display strength and determination, that’s for sure; great leaders do lead by example and can get piles of work done in the time it takes to write this paragraph; great leaders can also be intimidating, no doubt (if in doubt about any of these characteristics read up on General…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #239 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, we post links to posts or videos we enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that we’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is a from a very special luncheon. A group of second graders was treated to lunch at one of New York’s finest restaurants, Daniel. Have fun watching Jeffrey Blitz’s video for The New York Times Helpful Tips…
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    The Entrepreneurial MD

  • Every entrepreneurial physician needs a blog

    Philippa Kennealy
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Okay, this is MY opinionated view ... coming from an entrepreneurial physician for whom a blog has been a hugely valuable business building tool! Most of you know by now what a blog is -- when I first started mine in 2006, they were not nearly as well understood -- but in case you aren't sure, it's "a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent 'post' (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom." (I'm quoting Darren Rowse, one of the earliest successful bloggers The upside of having a blog has been the abundance…
  • Tackle marketing your physician practice or business like a pro

    Philippa Kennealy
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Once in a while, a really useful book drops into my lap, courtesy of kind publicists and generous publishing companies, and "The One Week Marketing Plan" by Mark Satterfield (A) is one such book. Probably the most daunting task a small business faces - be it a medical practice or an entrepreneurial start-up - is how to market oneself effectively (get results!) and efficiently (not be hugely time-consuming or demand large budgets). The idea of marketing seems to bring on an attack of fear and dread in most of us, and as a result, we tend to proceed in a scattershot and highly unsystematic…
  • Physician entrepreneur minds the ankles by inventing a shoe

    Philippa Kennealy
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Dr. Barry Katz is a radiologist with ankles on the mind. And an entrepreneurial physician to boot (read on ... the pun will become obvious!) Having suffered ankle sprains when playing basketball as a younger man and noting the same problem in his son, he was bugged by the idea that there was no good way to prevent them ... at least, until now. Teaming up with his orthopedic and podiatrist colleagues, and scouring the medical literature, internet and other places for insights as to the cause of these ankle injuries, he invented a shoe to prevent the sprains from occurring. Ektio Shoes was…
  • Physician leaves medicine to found own software business

    Philippa Kennealy
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    As a neurology resident, Scott Zimmerman MD became aware that medical practice, beyond the rarefied atmosphere of training, was unlikely to fulfill the needs of his creative spirit. With this foresight, he began to teach himself coding, scouring as many resources as he could find, between call days and patient care hours. Zimmerman had spent his undergraduate years at Columbia University, cultivating an interest in economic development, poverty alleviation, and harnessing scalable instruments (namely software and tax policy) to address social ills. Driven by these passions, his first software…
  • Physician entrepreneur "serial student" with insatiable desire to learn

    Philippa Kennealy
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Dr. John Shufeldt is a driven man. While many might consider being driven to accomplish a key ingredient of success, in this case, John is driven to learn, by being a "serial student". His entrepreneurial bent manifested early – in the slew of moneymaking activities that marked both his childhood and his medical school days. While he always knew he wanted to be a doctor, he couldn't help his desire to improve processes and "things" that he noticed weren't optimized.  As he describes in his interview with me, his other overwhelming inclination -- his fierce desire to learn -- has…
 
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  • 31 best horror movies on Netflix right now

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    31 best horror movies on Netflix right nowThese horror movies are a frightening way to get into the Halloween spirit this weekend. Freaky flicks that cracked this listMore movie news20 best movies of 2014'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer
  • 3 deputies shot, 2 killed in California

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    3 deputies shot, 2 killed in CaliforniaAPPolice chased 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez for hours across two counties after he shot the officers and a bystander with an AR-15-type assault rifle.Suspect captured near SacramentoIn other newsVolcano lava nears town in HawaiiGOP Rep warns of terror 'incubators'
  • Mac and cheese tricks you need to try

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Mac and cheese tricks you need to tryGettyIf you've got leftovers and some time, you can fry -- or waffle -- a delish new dish in a flash.Plus, brilliant substitute for water when cooking More to seeBest pizza places in America Why Batali wears Crocs
  • Royals, Giants stage nail-biter in San Francisco

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Royals, Giants stage nail-biter in San FranciscoGettyAfter the teams exchanged blowouts in Kansas City, Game 3 at AT&T Park was a tense one-run contest.Team that took 2-1 World Series leadMore on the Fall ClassicAOL's complete coverageStart times and TV listings
  • Suspect was Homecoming prince

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Suspect was Homecoming princeAPDetails emerged of the chaotic scene in the Wash. high school cafeteria when alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on his classmates.'No arguing, no yelling'More headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
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    Xconomy

  • Xconomy Q&A: WA Gov. Inslee on Education, Life Sciences, Climate, R&D

    Benjamin Romano
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Benjamin Romano Before Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators can even think about renewing or expanding research and development incentives for innovation industries, they need to find a way to fill a hole in the state budget on the order of $5 billion over the next four years. But in an interview with Xconomy on Friday, Inslee, a Democrat who campaigned on combating climate change, hinted at a potential solution in which a state cap-and-trade system to limit greenhouse gas emissions could help raise revenues to adequately fund K-12 education, as the Legislature has been ordered to…
  • Nonprofit Accelerator Plans Milwaukee Coding Camp to Grow Talent Pool

    Jeff Engel
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Jeff Engel Milwaukee startup advocates have made a lot of effort over the past few years to inspire more local entrepreneurship. Now, the area could use a boost in grooming the professional talent that tech companies need. That’s according to leaders of the Global Entrepreneurship Collective (GEC), a Milwaukee nonprofit that runs two local startup accelerators. The collective is launching a program to teach high school students and adults how to write software code. Ward 5 Code Camp is designed in a similar vein as General Assembly and Codecademy, says GEC and Ward 5 co-founder Greg Meier.
  • Ornicept Takes Flight with New Office, More Funding, Explosive Growth

    Sarah Schmid
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Sarah Schmid Ornicept, the Ann Arbor-based startup focused on remote data management, has experienced significant growth since we first profiled the company in June 2013. Last month, the team of 12 moved out of the Ann Arbor SPARK incubator and into its own 2,500-square-foot office off North Main Street, and CEO Russell Conard already has his eye on some of the neighboring buildings as the company plans a dramatic expansion in the coming year. “We recently finished looking at the financials, and we plan to have a staff of 70 a year from now and 150 a year after that,” Conard says.
  • Conspire Promises to Help You Make the Right Connections

    Michael Davidson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Michael Davidson Want to get your pitch deck in front of the right VC? Trying to find the right “in” to help you land your dream job? Or just trying to figure out which of your thousands of e-mail contacts are actually helpful? A startup called Conspire thinks it has a way to help you figure that out. The Boulder, CO-based company is developing software it says can map users’ personal networks to help them find with whom they have the strongest relationships and how to keep those relationship strong. Better yet, Conspire says it can help connect the dots between all its users’…
  • Cambia Grove Aims to Spur Healthcare Innovation in Seattle

    Benjamin Romano
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Benjamin Romano Cambia Health Solutions, which owns a portfolio of insurance and healthcare companies, wants Seattle to become a center of healthcare innovation. To help, Cambia is building a new 9,000-square-foot meeting and workspace in downtown Seattle, set to open early next year. (A rendering is at right.) The Cambia Grove will be in the 1800 Ninth Avenue building, roughly where downtown Seattle meets South Lake Union. Other tenants include Amazon and Cambia company Regence BlueShield, which is supporting the Grove alongside Qliance, another Cambia company, and UW Medicine. Cambia wants…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • 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…
  • Startup Culture Rot

    Charlie O'Donnell
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It starts early. You're a founder and you're super busy just keeping the company afloat.  You don't have a lot of time for much more than eating, sleeping, and selling--whether that means raising capital, pitching to investors, marketing your product or ringing the bell with early revenues. You don't have time to do things like write an HR handbook or a values statement.  That's for a bigger company down the line. You also don't have time to go out of your way to interview a diverse pool of candidates.  You posted a job, the candidates were mostly dudes, and a lot of them were…
  • Seed Round Pricing (Actual data warning!)

    Charlie O'Donnell
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    What should you price your seed round at? Well, it depends... I could probably write a book on venture round pricing dynamics.  It would have lots of philosophy, religion, theory, fiction, and pontification. However, since I only have time for a blog post, I'll settle for actual data. Since January of 2010, when I led my first seed investment in Backupify, I have led or committed to 27 investments.  That includes all the deals I did at First Round, with the exception of Refinery29, which was a Series A.  That also includes 16 Brooklyn Bridge Ventures deals done and five agreed…
  • How I learned to change the oil in my car and found a new office because of Shake Shack and a hackathon

    Charlie O'Donnell
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Random story that I recounted recently to someone the other day.  It's super interesting to go back and trace connections and relationships that led to new opportunities.  If nothing else, it serves as a good reminder that every thing you do now is an investment in the future.   In 2009, I was introduced to Havi Hoffman.  She was working as a developer evangelist at Yahoo! and got me on a panel at a hackathon she was working on.  In turn, I wound up inviting her to a 300 person event that I threw at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.  After seeing my ability…
  • Faulty Logic in the Venture Capital and Female Founder Discussion

    Charlie O'Donnell
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Let's get one thing straight.  The world and every individual in it is a biased place.  We all have our inherent biases and what I am not arguing here is that the venture capital world is a fair playing field for anyone. I repeat: I AM NOT ARGUING THAT VENTURE CAPITAL IS FAIR TO ANYONE. HOWEVER... It weakens your argument, whatever it is, when you use faulty logic.  So, if you're going to argue that the process of venture capital is inherently unfair to women, here's the logic that you *should not* use: "Less than 3 percent of the 6,793 companies that received venture capital…
 
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    OnStartups

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are two things in my professional life that I'm passionate about. 1.  Startups.  I love startups.  It's an obsession.  I've started three companies, angel invested in over 50 and (hopefully) helped thousands more entrepreneurs in some small way through the OnStartups.com community. 2. Inbound marketing.  I love inbound marketing.  It's the idea that's at the heart of my company, HubSpot.  It's about marketing that focuses on attracting customers — not annoying them with interruptions.  It makes marketing about helping people, not…
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • What Can a Homeless Guy Learn From Sir Richard Branson?

    Matthew Toren
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wear a condom Actually, that’s what Richard Branson says is the best advice his father gave him. The world’s favourite billionaire’s dad was obviously a wise man too. So what can a homeless guy really learn from Branson? A lot. Then again, it’s fair to say we can probably all learn a lot from Branson. Many of us already have. His wisdom and philosophy inspire countless people around the world from all walks of life, from the very best people in business, politics, sports and the arts, to not so well-known people like homeless Kiwi, Jody Lloyd. That’s right, Branson’s…
  • Two Parents Turn $700 Savings Into a Million Dollar Business

    Matthew Toren
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you think of a new baby, immediately we think “sleep deprivation.” Most parents have experienced sleep issues with babies or toddlers, but one Texas couple took matters into their own hands and invented a solution to their daughter’s sleep problem. After two weeks of utter exhaustion, Stephanie was desperate to help her daughter sleep (which also meant mom and dad could finally sleep!). When their hand-sewn invention worked like magic and their baby sleep 12 straight hours the first night (and each night thereafter), the Parkers knew they had something special. The power mom and…
  • An Honest Look at Startup Health From U.S. Business Owners [Visual Survey]

    Matthew Toren
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The American Dream is alive and well with entrepreneurs starting their own business ventures left and right. While many aspiring entrepreneurs might be discouraged by the dismal survival rates of startups, others might be surprised that the beginning might not be as difficult as they thought. Intuit conducted a survey of 500 small business owners across the U.S. to better understand how startups get started, and to glean wisdom from entrepreneurs who have either succeeded or failed at starting a business. The results showed that 64% of small business owners start their business with less than…
  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

    Matthew Toren
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may think that programming all your social media messages for the weeks at a time is a good thing, but there are some serious mistakes to that strategy alone. Like any good marketing plan, a balanced blend is what’s needed to succeed and pre-programmed messages alone won’t cut it. Here are 3 tips to help you avoid scheduled social media disaster. Problem: You Look Fake When you schedule all your social media ahead of time through a service like Hootsuite, your posts all show up with a little line of subtext that discloses they’re coming from hootsuite, so everyone knows your faking…
  • 3 Reasons Not Hiring a Coach is Costing You Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may thinking a coach or a paid mentor is something you can’t afford, but the better question to ask yourself is can you really afford not to have one? Coaches come from every profession and can offer you valuable structure, insights and motivation to take your business and yourself to the next level. There is certainly a cost associated with a coach, however they can offer up time savings and experience that will super charge your success. Here are three reasons you need to hire a coach for success. Coaches Can Give You Shortcuts A great coach is someone who is occupying a position or…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Maria Popova on Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    “Why put in the effort to explain why it isn’t a fit, if they haven’t done the homework to determine if it is a fit?” – Maria Popova [1:23:00] Maria Popova has written for amazing outlets like The Atlantic and The New York Times, but I find her most amazing project to be BrainPickings.org. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few that makes the cut.  It’s a treasure trove. BrainPickings is Maria’s one-woman…
  • The $5,000 Secret Santa and Other Goodies

    Tim Ferriss
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    This is a housekeeping post with one time-sensitive update and smaller recommendations. It’s split into two parts: The $5,000 Secret Santa Bite-sized Recommendations: 2 Books, 2 Movies, 2 Tweets, and 2 Songs. The $5,000 Secret Santa The short version: I’ve decided to go crazy and do a one-time-only $5,000 Quarterly box. It’s limited to the first 1,000 people, and it will ship before December 25. For that reason, I’m calling it the “Holiday Mega-Box.” If you’re interested in learning more, please click here. (Note: This is completely separate from the…
  • NOBNOM Winners and Other Updates

    Tim Ferriss
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    2008 pic, RV breakdown en route to Burning Man. Shit happens, but that’s OK. Ladies and gents! A few updates: 1) If you missed instructions for the three quick-start videos from Tony Robbins, or his morning breathing routine and Cryotherapy, I’ve added the links here. 2) I’m so very sorry for the delay in announcing NOBNOM prize winners.  Many of you have rightly asked: What the hell, Ferriss?  Why the radio silence? To that, I answer: Mea culpa. Alas, I simply get my ass kicked sometimes. This time around, a few things happened: 1) Lyme disease completely annihilated my…
  • Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    “Our revenues are now over $5 billion annually. Without access to Tony and his teachings, Salesforce.com wouldn’t exist today.” – Marc Benioff, Founder of Salesforce.com “[Tony] distills the concepts of the best investors in the world into practical lessons that will benefit both naïve investors and skilled professionals.” – Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund Tony Robbins is the world’s most famous performance coach. He’s advised everyone from Bill Clinton to Serena Williams, and from Leonardo…
  • Ramit Sethi on Persuasion and Turning a Blog Into a Multi-Million-Dollar Business

    Tim Ferriss
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    If you want detailed tactics and hilarity, Ramit Sethi is your man. Here one quote from this episode, to give you an idea: “Indian people don’t get punched, dude. We don’t get into fights. We’re doing spelling bees.” Ramit Sethi built his personal finance blog up to 500,000+ readers per month, and has since turned it into a revenue generating monster. I don’t use that phrasing lightly. In this episode, we dig into the nitty-gritty tools, software, and experiments he’s used to turn a college side project into a multi-million-dollar business with 30+…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • 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,…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: July 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    сондажи Yup, it’s another report. I don’t want to get too behind these things again, so I thought I’d go ahead and get July up before I let my procrastination get the better of me. With both May and June being great months for me (netting $18,249.99 and $17,658.23 profit respectively), I had a continued determination to keep my numbers up. I wrote about this before, but I have an odd sense of motivation; if my numbers are doing well or really poorly, then I feel urged to work more and get my numbers up. In contrast, if my numbers are…
  • An Update on My Real Estate Investing

    Tyler Cruz
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    A couple of months ago, I announced how I was thinking of investing $200,000 in real estate. It wasn’t just a passing thought. I am very serious about this and will likely be purchasing a property soon enough. If you haven’t read my other post yet, you might want to go and take a look as I explain why I’m taking such a large deviation from the online world. I’ve done a number of things and made decent progress since my last blog post, but am still taking things relatively slow. This post will focus on what I’ve done since my announcement on getting into the real…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Porsche Headlights Stolen & Held For Ransom In Russia

    Motors.new
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Your money or your lights! Porsche drivers in Russia are paying the former for the latter, victims of a scam that sees their expensive rides' easily-removed headlights heisted and held for ransom.
  • The Squatty Potty Improves The Way You Do Your Business

    Kim Patterson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Simply sitting on a regular toilet to do your business doesn’t put you in the ideal position for thorough elimination. The Squatty Potty puts you in the perfect 35 degree angle to properly evacuate your bowels.
  • TIWAL 3.2: The Inflatable Sailing Dinghy

    Samantha Pankey
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Are you an urban guy or gal who secretly longs for the open water and a sail boat of your own? Maybe you want something small that's easy to navigate. You may be in the market for a dinghy, but don't have any means to transport it. That's where the inflatable TIWAL 3.2 would come in handy.
  • GM China Launches New Buick Envision SUV, Spells “Buick” Wrong

    Motors.new
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    GM's new Buick Envision is supposed to be a mid-size luxury crossover but Shanghai GM evidently didn't get that memo, misspelling the brand name as “Bulck” during this week's Chinese launch event. DOH!
  • Make Rooms For Daddy, Facebook’s Back To The Future

    Ron Callari
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Yes, this just might be your Daddy’s old guilty-pleasure resurrected. For those who were the early adopters of the Internet, you probably still wax nostalgic over the days of chat rooms. Introduced as ‘Internet Relay Chat’ (IRC) back in 1988 this was the application layer of protocol that facilitated the transfer of plain text messaging back in the day!
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Major Survey Maps the Current Nature of Business Angel Investing in the UK

    Guest Author
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Business angel investing is changing. Once it was largely a solo activity, undertaken below the radar. Now angels are increasingly joining together in manager-led angel groups to invest together. New research from the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School takes an in-depth look at angel investing in the light of these changes.read more
  • Launching Your Brand Through Video

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Markus Wilson, Co-Founder of London based video production company Phink TV talks to The Next Women about launching your brand through video.read more
  • Startup Diaries: From Charity Worker to Business Owner

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nancy Johnston, Founder of Tengri gives us her three top tips on starting your own luxury fashion brand.read more
  • Client Retention: The Key To Business Success

    Guest Author
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the world of business and commerce, anything that’s new is going to cost you… including gaining new customers.read more
  • Women Helping Women: HER Fund

    Megan Foo
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Some of the most phenomenal women-focused nonprofit organizations I have spotlighted authenticate a simple yet powerful message: women’s empowerment can be secured only when women are united in a common fight toward gender equality.read more
 
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    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 Life Leverage Television Show

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    There is a new movement towards Transformational Television. We are looking for stories that move people, chnage people and transform people. If you have a story that transformed you, then you know the event was to help you help others. We are creating a web series and TV Series. The Television series will be taped […]
  • Philippine Real Estate

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Philippine Real Estate Since the last few years, the Philippine real estate property market had experienced quite a boom, basically coming from local demand from the increasing number of overseas workers that see the merits of investing their hard-earned money in real estate. There is also a great demand for real property ownership in the […]
  • Reasons Why Cheap Printed Pens are Effective Promotional Tools

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Big corporations, small companies, and even universities need to promote their brands or names from time to time, so that people will be familiar with what they sell, trade, or offer. Common advertising strategies use pamphlets, pins, stickers, magnets and many other materials to promote the names of companies, but one of the most effective […]
  • Keeping Your Business Current with Technology

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Staying updated with the latest technology has been our cultural obsession for a long time now, and the world of business is no exception to this rule. However according to Neil Camenker unless your business model demands having the latest and greatest technological systems, I would encourage exercising a certain degree of restraint when it […]
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    Steve Blank

  • The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

    steveblank
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Buy it. —— The Lean Startup process builds new ventures more efficiently. It has three parts: a business model canvas to frame hypotheses, customer development to get out of the building to test those hypotheses and agile engineering to build minimum viable products. This week the author of the business model canvas, my friend Alexander Osterwalder, launched his new book Value Proposition Design, the sequel to his million copy best seller, Business Model Generation. His new book does three things: 1.
  • How We Used to Give Startups Very Bad Advice. 2 Minutes to See Why

    steveblank
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Big Companies versus Startups: Durant versus Sloan, Customer Development
  • No Business Plan Survives First Contact With Customers. 2 Minutes to See Why

    steveblank
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: Business Model versus Business Plan, Customer Development
  • Watching My Students Grow

    steveblank
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” Galileo Galilei One of the great things about teaching is that while some students pass by like mist in the night others remain connected forever. I get to watch them grow into their careers and cheer them on. — Its been three and a half years since I first designed and taught the Lean LaunchPad class and lots of water has gone under the bridge since then. I’ve taught hundreds of teams, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has taught close to 400 teams led by our nations top…
  • Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

    steveblank
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that might make today’s founders winners. — Though I haven’t talked to Larry face-to-face for 20 years, and haven’t worked at Oracle for 30 years, he’s the yardstick I’ve used to pick entrepreneurs all of these years since. Larry had the DNA I’ve seen common with all the successful entrepreneurs I’ve backed in my 25 years…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Oscar de la Renta Retrospective

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    What a sad time for the fashion industry. On October 20th, 2014 we said goodbye to one of the most legendary fashion designers. Oscar de la Renta was known for his romantic style in dress, ball-gowns, men’s inspired women’s wear, unique textiles and embroidery. This amazing man spent half a century designing haute couture garments for first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton 1997, Laura Bush 2005 and Michelle Obama. He was also a big name on the red carpet for celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah Winfrey, Lea Michele, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway and most…
  • Oscar de la Renta – A Legacy of Beauty

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Brace yourselves, my friends. As many of you may already know, beloved fashion superstar and dresser of the stars Oscar de la Renta has passed away at 82 years of age. When I heard the news, I panicked with worry about who would take over his fashion house, and image searched every design I ever loved that was of his creation. After a few deep breathers and a nice soothing cup of tea in a moment of quiet reflection, I began to prepare a retrospective of the man who graced us with his designs for over 4 decades. De la Renta died at his home Monday, October 20th, surrounded by family, friends…
  • Holiday Gift Idea: GoPro HERO

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As a final hurrah to summer 2014, Labor Day weekend I hiked to the top of Chautauqua Park Trailhead #1 on Saturday and finished off the holiday celebration with a 38 mile bike ride to Eldorado Springs, both located in Boulder, CO. I’m not sure if I’m what you would refer to as an adrenaline junkie or a thrill-seeker, but I do love outdoor adventure and last summer I wished I had a GoPro to capture it all. At times it was too dangerous to take pictures or video…I remember asking during my Eldorado Springs’ homestretch. Of course, though, it couldn’t be done. My…
  • How to Read a Man by His Facial Hair

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Dear Men, Have you ever asked yourselves the question: What does my facial hair say about me? Whether you’re going on a first date or have an important interview or meeting…you can’t help but wonder what will they think of my facial hair? Well we at FCF have the answers to your burning questions. Let’s start out strong with the FULL BEARD… Maintaining a well groomed beard can mean all the difference between a professional beard or a wild and feral beard. The full beard or an “older” man’s beard can bring people back to religious associations such as Moses or Jesus. To…
  • The Best Fashion Show

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Denver Street Style with Robert Rice ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 58 123► Related PostsHow to Style Leather for FallFashion Association of Denver Fashion Showcase and FundraiserI Love Couture Fashion Show at Suite 200CSU Fashion Show: DestinationsColorado Women’s Bar Association Charity Fashion Show
 
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    Begin the Begin

  • Headed to China…

    jeffhilimire
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I’ve had a hard time dedicating time to this blog over the last few months. There are a lot of reasons why (no excuses, I could have kept up with it better), but the main one is that we have been preparing to adopt a little boy from China. And I’m excited to say, tomorrow we leave to go get him! So this is my way of saying that my already slack blogging is going to become even slacker while we’re away (non-existent actually), and I’ll be looking forward to picking it back up in November.
  • Startups should embrace the “bend, don’t break” strategy

    jeffhilimire
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Some NFL team defenses employ the “Bend, don’t break” strategy. It means that its acceptable to give small amounts of yardage to the other team, as long as you stop them from scoring (or keep them to a field goal). If you can make it hard for the other team to get 3-4 yards, but concede 2-3 yards each play, it makes it tough for the other team to get a first down over and over again. As we move into the second year of Dragon Army, I realize that part of my strategy for running the company is similar to this “Bend, don’t break” philosophy. I think…
  • Dragon Army update: Paper Trail and our first… music video?

    jeffhilimire
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Things continue to be exciting at Dragon Army. Our second game is live – Paper Trail – and getting great reviews so far. It’s a brutally hard game, so high scores are hard to come by. Let me know your high score in the comments! We also have a music video for our next game, Defend the Dam, which should be out in November/December of this year. Check it out:
  • “It’s rare that someone screws up in an area that they’re passionate about. People generally screw up in areas they don’t care about.”

    jeffhilimire
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Terrific quote from Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire, in this Fast Company article. I have rarely seen people who are passionate about what they’re doing mess up in big ways. And personally in my experience, the times I’ve messed up the most have been when I wasn’t really into what I was doing at the time. Moral of the story: Find a way to be passionate about your job.
  • On getting advice

    jeffhilimire
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    I find that sometimes the answer is obvious, you just need someone else to tell you. This photo really captures that. Want to know if its windy? Is the rock swinging? Then its probably windy ;) I remember the importance of my advisory board with my first company, Spunlogic. They saved us from making a lot of big mistakes, like the time we thought we should open a second office in Charlotte. We would meet with them quarterly, over dinner, and share with them our problems and they would help us find our way. Invaluable. And I found myself reminded of those meetings when I was in my first…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Are Cofounders Necessary?

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    There is no "one right way" to build a company.  As a result, entrepreneurs seeking guidance will always be given contradictory advice on how to build their business, from both "experts" and the uninformed alike. Ultimately, it is up to the entrepreneur to evaluate the opinions they receive and pursue the path they feel is best for them.  The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week's topic is about whether it is necessary to find a cofounder for your startup. This Week's Topic:Do you need a…
  • Crafting the Perfect Pitch: How to Find Your Secret Sauce

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Devising the perfect startup pitch is an essential yet too often overlooked aspect of creating a successful company. Pitching your idea is crucial for attracting co-founders, customers, and, more importantly, potential investors, and special care should be given to effectively communicating your idea. However, as Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, says, not only must your pitch clearly state a problem and solution, it must have what he refers to as a "secret sauce" - the one unique aspect that sets your company apart, if not above, your competition. The blog post, "Cheaper…
  • ReadyPulse featured on Virtual-Strategy Magazine, Kindara highlighted on Daily Camera, and More Grad News

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over [total_graduates] new technology companies across [total_cities] cities, [total_countries] countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over [total_jobs] new jobs.  Over the past week, ReadyPulse featured on Virtual-Strategy Magazine, Kindara highlighted on Boulder County Business, ISOSIZE was chosen as "Startup of the Month" by Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels, and more. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: ReadyPulse…
  • Meet the Most Promising Los Angeles Founder Institute Graduates of 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, opened in Los Angeles in 2010, and since then, it has helped launch over 65 new technology companies in the area.  While almost all of the Los Angeles Founder Institute graduates are exceptional, there are a few who stand out. The graduates profiled below have all achieved significant milestones in 2014, building meaningful and enduring technology companies aimed at improving the lives of people all over the world. The Los Angeles Founder Institute is currently accepting applications. If you could use expert training and…
  • 10 Must-Read Articles On Running A Two-Sided Marketplace Startup

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    A marketplace is a platform that connects a buyer and a seller, and it usually improves efficiency in communication and payment. Such a platform can facilitate buying and selling between companies and individuals (such as Alibaba), or it can facilitate buying and selling between individuals (such as Airbnb). While the concept sounds simple, building a marketplace is much more difficult because you have to combine the interests of two groups of users (buyers and sellers) in one single product, instead of building just for one group of users. To help you out, here are 10 must-read…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • 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…
  • The only way to guarantee startup success

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

    Jason
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you bet a startup will fail, you’ll be right most of the time, but not because you’re insightful. (The Critic) If you bet only on huge ideas, you’ll be wrong most of the time, but because in high tech the financial successes are orders of magnitude larger than failures, this is still a profitable bet. (The Professional Investor) If you bet only on small, conservative ideas, and stay focussed, you’re most likely to actually succeed, with normal-sized outcomes. This is the best bet for sustainable personal fulfillment and freedom, which after all is the core promise…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • 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. […]
  • CPAs Should Own the Profit Equation

    Adrian Simmons
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Great things can be accomplished by teams. And the best teams are made up of players who have unique roles that mesh and multiply their teammates.   What is the unique role of the CPA? The thing we bring to the table of business?   I propose that CPAs should own the “profit equation” – […]
  • Book Review: Multipliers – How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

    Scott Kregel
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    If we look back on our lives (the older we are the farther we may look), I would venture to say that at some point in our life we were influenced by an individual in ways that have marked us today. Maybe that individual challenged you, maybe they taught you, or maybe they simply encouraged […]
  • Changing The Future of Public Accounting in Three Simple Steps

    Jason Blumer
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I am very interested in changing the profession of public accounting. This task will probably mark the rest of my life’s work, in some form or other. How do we take on the big task of changing the profession of public accounting? 3 simple steps. First, we have to transform how public accounting does its work. This […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Entrepreneurial Shame: Dreaming of a J O B

    Catherine Morgan
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am going to say what a lot of you are thinking: Sometimes I dream about getting a job. My fantasy includes the joy of just executing on someone else’s plan. What if I didn’t have to be the CEO, marketer, business developer, administrative assistant, and janitor? Ahhhhhh… The thought of just having to do [...]
  • Small Business: How to Use the News

    Catherine Morgan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week we published a post on how to get quoted in the media – so I thought it would be good to share Carol’s recent post on the Nextiva blog about how you can use information from the news to benefit your small business. Carol begins the article with: If you own a small [...]
  • Do You Feel Guilty When You Are Not Working?

    Catherine Morgan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but my work has been exploding lately, and any semblance of “balance” has flown out the window. I have had to consciously make time to step away from the laptop and unplug. And yes, sometimes I feel guilty about it. Carol wrote a post for entrepreneur.com about being a workaholic [...]
  • 7 Tips for Getting Quoted in the Media

    Ray Advani
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to promoting your business or building your brand, it often takes money to help move things along. Deep pockets can really help, and it’s often the case that you get what you pay for. To paraphrase my father, in one of his moments of sharing wisdom, “There’s no such thing as a [...]
  • Expose Yourself for Success as an Entrepreneur

    George and Mary-Lynn
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We reached our conclusion after reading the transcript of a speech about getting rich. It was delivered by scientist, professor and author Jared Diamond at the Museum of Natural History in New York. He talked about a natural experiment that highlights the cost of isolation. The isolation begins Around 10,000 years ago, Australia, Tasmania, and [...]
 
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    Under30CEO

  • 7 Things I Learned From Almost Being Kidnapped

    Under30CEO
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been tuned in, you just read about my first kidnapping. “First,” because, yes, there’s a second one. This time, the type of skills we teach at The Art of Charm came even more into play. If you liked the story of my first kidnapping, strap yourself in for a bumpy ride. This one is a lot scarier. Whereas the worst thing that was going to happen to me when I got kidnapped in Mexico was having my bank account drained, this time I was lucky to escape with my life. To call my second kidnapping “intense” is the understatement of the year. Rather than being half-assedly taken…
  • Breaking Mental Barriers to Achieve Success

    Under30CEO
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Success is a journey. In fact, success is often one of the most difficult and exciting journeys we will ever embark upon in our lives. Years ago, I discovered a powerful secret that changed my life forever. I learned that success is a mindset. In the age of self-help gurus and motivational speakers we have heard so much about success. Yet it seems that we find ourselves living such unfulfilled lives. Clearly, success is not the product of much reading. Success is the product of reprogramming our thinking. Success is always connected to a thought pattern. Negative and toxic thoughts rob us of…
  • When to Say No: Not All Client Partnerships are a Match Made in Heaven

    Under30CEO
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As an entrepreneur, I’ve made a life for myself by taking and embracing risk. I am the first to understand that no business is possible without risk, but at the same time, not all risk is good for business. In the entrepreneurial world, I think there is a common assumption that no client partnership is too great, too enormous, or too complicated to turn down. Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but this isn’t always true. The ability to say “No” to a potential client is just as, if not more, important as saying “Yes.” (It doesn’t help that saying “No” is much, much more…
  • 11 Practices You Should Add to Your Schedule

    theyec
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is one thing you make sure to accomplish every day? The following answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Identify the Victories At the end of each work day, I always find time to identify three things that went well that day. Once I identify them, I ask the critical question, “Why did ‘x’ go…
  • 7 Hacks to Get Through The 3:00pm Work Slump

    Under30CEO
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all know the feeling of that mid-afternoon energy lull. Slumped in the office chair, we find ourselves mentally checking out, and probably falling into the vortex that is social media. Research suggests that 2:55pm is the twilight zone of productivity, the time where nothing gets done except perhaps a bit of quality daydreaming. But as many successful people realize, pushing through this afternoon valley is crucial, and losing steam here could quickly snowball into sacrificing the remainder of the workday. These 7 hacks will help you stay on track and carry you past the tempting dangers of…
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    Fizzle

  • How To Learn New Skills (FS077)

    Chase Reeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you go about building new skills when you need them but you don’t yet have them? Maybe you need to learn how to create a blog or podcast. Or maybe you want to get better at design. Maybe you need to do some customer research but you don’t know how. Or maybe you’re trying to write killer articles that get shared and make some serious impact. I’ve been stuck in that mire before. Too much to learn. Don’t know where to start. Don’t know what to expect. What I didn’t know then is that there are some stages to learning new skills, and, with a little…
  • 2 Questions to ask Yourself About the “Equal Odds Rule”

    Chase Reeves
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I watched Woody Allen’s Sleeper last night. It’s an early 70’s faux-future weirdness movie… in a good way. There’s an orgasm machine. (Which, by the way, I think we’ve come far enough into the future to deserve an orgasm machine. We all work hard, we deserve this. C’mon the future!) Ok, back to movies. Have you seen any Woody Allen movies? Whatever you think of Woody Allen, his love life or the quality of his movies you cannot argue with the sheer NUMBER of movies he’s put out over the course of his life. He’s averaged about one movie per…
  • A Better Personal Brand (FS076)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Everybody talks about personal brand. Some people have made their whole business about it. Others have made their whole business through it. I find that a lot of the time, when people ask about personal brand, they’re really asking about an “easy button.” “Can you help me look better than I actually am?” There’s a lot of bullshit in the world of “personal branding.” There’s also a lot of honest-to-god intentionality, forethought, hard work and perseverance. Dive into this conversation with us to get some of the nitty gritty about how to do…
  • What Gets Measured Gets Done

    Corbett Barr
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Fizzle team has been hyper-focused on growth over the past month, and we’re seeing encouraging results. As a team, we select a different “theme” each quarter to guide our project work. Our current theme is simply membership growth. We always care about growth, but these themes give us a chance to turn all our attention to one specific thing for a while to make new breakthroughs. When the growth theme began, I started by creating an all-new metrics dashboard (we use a great tool called Geckoboard to monitor our most important stats). On this dashboard, I added some basic…
  • What’s New in Fizzle

    Barrett Brooks
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Whew. It’s been a busy couple of months since we last updated you on what’s new inside of Fizzle. We’ve released an all new member dashboard, two new courses on video production and product creation and two new founder stories with inspiring entrepreneurs. If you’re not a Fizzle member, here are a few brand new things that might make you tempted to try Fizzle for just $1 for your first month » The New Member Dashboard and Paths As Fizzle has grown, so has our need to help our members know where best to start with our training. So we went back to the drawing…
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    Strategy

  • McDonald's Is Making 4 Changes To Get You To Eat There Again

    Ashley Lutz
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    McDonald's US business is continuing to slide.  The fast food chain is struggling with declining sales, fast-casual competitors, and unrest from workers and franchisees. This week, the company announced US sales fell 3.3% last quarter.  McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said that the brand has a strong turnaround plan in place.  "I am confident in our ability to regain momentum in the US given the actions that we’re taking and the pace at which we’re moving," Thompson told investors earlier this week.  He outlined the brand's strategy for saving its US business.  Make…
  • Harvard Psychologist Says These 8 Principles Will Bring You The Most Happiness For Your Money

    Drake Baer
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Money can't buy happiness. "This sentiment is lovely, popular, and almost certainly wrong," says Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert in a paper he coauthored.  Money provides an "opportunity for happiness" the authors say, since moneyed people can live longer and healthier lives, enjoy financial security, have leisure time, and control what they do every day.  What's puzzling, Gilbert and his colleagues Elizabeth Dunn of the University of British Columbia and Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia say, is that money doesn't buy more happiness.  Psych…
  • What 33 Successful Entrepreneurs Learned From Failure

    Richard Feloni
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    There's certainly value to studying the insight of some of the world's greatest CEOs like Elon Musk and the late Steve Jobs, but sometimes their massive success seems far out of reach for the entrepreneur who's just starting out. That's why marketing consultant, writer, and speaker Brian Honigman gathered advice from entrepreneurs like Levo League's Caroline Ghosn and Buffer's Leo Widrich. They're still involved in the nitty-gritty of building successful companies, and they have plenty of wisdom to offer from persevering through hard times. Honigman first published these lessons on the…
  • Malcolm Gladwell Reveals The Personality Trait That's Made Him So Successful

    Drake Baer
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Malcolm Gladwell is probably the most widely read writer of nonfiction alive. Hes sold over 4.5 million books Recently, a Quartz reporter asked him what's made him so successful, and Gladwell had the perfect response. "What I try to do — try to be — is unafraid of making a fool of myself," the "David and Goliath" author said. Put into the language of psychology, Gladwell described himself as disagreeable — meaning that he doesn't mind not having the validation of his peers.  Which is, by the way, a trait he believes made IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad such an incredibly…
  • How One Woman Built A Multimillion-Dollar Cupcake Business With Just $33 To Her Name

    Jacquelyn Smith
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Gigi Butler was a cleaning lady with just $33 to her name when she opened her first cupcake shop in Nashville, Tennessee, almost seven years ago. "People thought I was crazy, and they laughed at the idea," she told Business Insider. "But I just had this feeling that I had to do it." After securing a location, whipping up a few recipes, and hiring two employees off the street, Butler opened the doors of Gigi's Cupcakes on February 21, 2008. "I had no investors and literally not a cent to spend on advertising," she says. "So I just hoped and prayed people would come." And they did. Today there…
 
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  • 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…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
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  • Report: Edwards Wildman to lose much of its IP practice in Boston

    Mary Moore
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Edwards Wildman could be losing as many as 20 lawyers in its intellectual property practice in Boston as a result of a proposed merger with Locke Lord, according to a report by American Lawyer. The lawyers are moving to Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, according to the trade publication. A local legal source interview by the BBJ said the move is more likely to affect 10 lawyers in Edwards Wildman's local IP practice. That would leave the firm with between 11 and 13 IP lawyers in Boston…
  • ​Pro-marijuana groups step up advocacy, awareness

    Jessica Bartlett
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Mickey Martin opened the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis at the end of September, and already he has 50 people enrolled. The class, taught by the "Medical Marijuana 101" author himself, is intended to offer enrollees 50 hours of training through the 12-course program all about working in the marijuana industry, capped by a two-hour exam. Martin is one of the many looking to move the marijuana industry from the shadows into the light of legitimacy, yet it's an initiative running into problems. "I've…
  • Vantage finishes new headquarters for Halloran Consulting

    Eric Convey
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Vantage Builders says it has completed a new headquarters on Summer Street in Boston's Innovation District Halloran Consulting, a management-consulting company focused on the life sciences industry. The offices occupy 6,200 square feet on the top floor of the building owned by Bill and Gary Vanderweil. "We had outgrown our previous office in Waltham and moving to the Innovation District placed us much closer to our life sciences clients, many of whom are in either Boston or nearby Cambridge," Greg…
  • Buyer found for Beverly's historic Cabot Cinema

    Eric Convey
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Cabot Cinema, a landmark in downtown Beverly for decades, has been sold. The historic building with an ornate vaudevillian theater inside fetched $1.2 million, according to documents filed at the South Essex Registry of Deeds. The buyer was a newly created company called Cabot Street Theatre LLC. The Salem News, which first reported the transaction, said one of the buyers is Henry Bertolon but that Bertolon declined to provide details when asked at the site. Incorporating documents for the…
  • Health Policy Commission doles out $60M in funding to community hospitals

    Jessica Bartlett
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    The Health Policy Commission has given 28 community hospitals $60 million in the most recent round of state funding. Developed through the state's health care cost containment law in 2012, this year the program is slated to help enhance access to behavioral health services and ready hospitals to participate in accountable care rather than fee for service. More broadly, hospitals eligible under the Community Hospital Acceleration, Rehabilitation and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program receive…
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  • How You Are Wasting The Most Precious Resource of Your Business (And What to do About it)

    Thomas Oppong
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Both successful and every struggling startup have the same amount of time to get work done and succeed as a business. Most new startups are simply mismanaging their time with little or no result to show for it. All the things you need accomplished this quarter are likely to be done if you can treat time as money that could be wasted if you don’t manage it well. Today’s worker is tempted by a bevy of distractions. In a survey,  Salary.com reported that 89 percent of respondents admitted that they waste time at work each day. A small percentage even admitted they..
  • Rethinking Training (And Learning) in the Digital Age (Infographic)

    Thomas Oppong
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Knowledge transfer processes have significantly changed in recent times. There are now faster and cheaper ways to learn almost everything you want; from the length and format of the materials to the core foundations of training. Today’s learners are impatient and they have lots of options, so the learning materials and teaching strategies must keep pace to keep them engaged. There are now hundreds if not thousands of useful tools and resources that can help make your training process easier and improve how your transfer knowledge to your audience, employees or students. Mimeo’s…
  • 8 of The Most Successful Founders Reveal How to Build an Insanely Great Startup

    Thomas Oppong
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Practical startup advice is what you should be looking out for as you build your next company. To get you started on the right foot, no matter where you are in your startup journey, we have put together some of the best and practical startup lessons and advice from 8 of the most successful startup founders and business influencers. These are a few of the best advice that founders of some of the most successful businesses have given to help others build great startups. 1. Evan Williams, cofounder of Twitter and Medium The difference between the winners and losers is simple...
  • How The Most Influential Leaders (in Business) Spend Their Day (Infographic)

    Thomas Oppong
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Some of the most successful leaders in business are faced with lots of distractions on daily basis but even with their busy schedules, they are able to run some of the best and most successful companies we know today. In a research that surveyed over 16o companies including Adobe, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, BP, Delta, DHL, Federal Express, GE, Google, HP, John Deere, Johnson & Johnson, Kelloggs, Motorola, Rio Tinto and Twitter, it was revealed that the typical corporate leader wakes up at about 6:15 a.m., exercises for 45 minutes and commutes 25…
  • Strategies and Techniques for Building Smart and Connected Products (Free Webinar)

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    According to Gartner, there will be almost 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. ABI Research also predicts that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things ((IoT) ) by 2020. IoT is here to stay and the prospects are promising. You can take advantage of this trend and build smart products that matters to you and your business. The Internet of Things is emerging, but few people realize that it has existed now for decades.  Room 5 is one of the pioneering companies who have been working with the Internet of Things since the very…
 
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  • 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…
  • Startup Blog Insights - Are Your Partners Agile and How does Your CEO Spin?

    Taffy Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Reference Articles:Investors and partners may not think agile  CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spinTaffy Williams 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
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  • 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…
  • Get Computing Help For Your Business

    Vivek Krishnan
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:41 am
    The computers, laptops and personal workstations in the office are designed to operate in connection with the Internet. However, most companies cannot guarantee their Internet connection or reliability. When businesses want to stop their dependence on email, they should utilize a cloud network that is set up just for their company. When the cloud is designed properly, the business will have more than enough computing power to get all their work done. The many components of the cloud network make businesses more efficient regardless of the industry they operate in. The Speed There are many…
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  • Want to be an art patron? ArtZolo is here to help

    Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    With almost all businesses finding a version of themselves online, the high-price art trade is no exception. So far, it has been restricted to exclusive art galleries but now the artists are taking control of selling their own work. Meet ArtZolo, an online art gallery where artists put their work for display and people can directly buy or bid on the website. Preeti and Vishal, Cofounders- ArtZolo Who they are ArtZolo was started by husband-wife duo, Vishal and Preeti Singhal. Vishal comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has worked with several national and international firms. His family…
  • With $2 M investment, Bijlipay plans to disrupt the payment business among small merchants

    Jai Vardhan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    In the payments business, speed and agility is everything. Merchants want to be set-up fast and customers want to complete their transaction super fast. To help us enable payments in a flash, here comes Bijlipay. It’s a payment services company operating across the spectrum – mPOS, e-commerce to issuing services. The Chennai-based company is creating new and innovative payment solutions for emerging markets.  Founded by Pavan Kachibhatla, Bijlipay partnered with Wirecard AG, one of the world’s leading independent provider of electronic payment systems, and Spire Payments, UK (which…
  • [Photo Sparks] Ecopreneurs: entrepreneurs who create wealth out of waste!

    Madanmohan Rao
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    In the earlier 25 posts, 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 and Diwali rangoli. In this photo essay, we showcase the work of ecopreneurs – entrepreneurs who create wealth out of waste! Make YourStory’s PhotoSparks your regular source of photographs that celebrate creativity and innovation! Going ‘green’ or becoming pro-environment through the ‘4 Rs’…
  • From getting rejected by MTV to crossing 750K Youtube subscribers: Story of TheQtiyapaGuy, Arunabh Kumar

    Team YS
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    We know him as the Qtiyaapa guy. We rever him as the guy who makes viral spoof videos on Youtube. He was most recently in the news for his tie-up with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to promote his movie “Happy New Year.” Meet Arunabh Kumar, CEO of the Viral Fever Media Labs. Oh, and CEO, in this case stands for Creative Experiment Officer. Arunabh Kumar, Founder of TheViralFever at TechSparks grand finale The Viral Fever is a trailblazer not just because of the rage it has created among the youth, but also because it is definite proof that there is an audience for alternate streams of…
  • [Awesome Startup Employee] It’s always game on for Shanmukhraja at 99Games

    Tanvi Dubey
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Meet our ‘Awesome Startup Employee’ Shanmukharaja from 99Games nominated by the founder and CEO of Robosoft and 99Games, Rohith Bhat. Shanmukhraja is working as Technical Director for 99Games. He is responsible for R&D on technologies, technical game design, is a mentor to technical resources and a decision maker on backend and server technologies for our games. What he loves most about his job is working on cutting edge technologies, evaluating various technologies of today and taking the right decisions for the team. Shanmukharaja started his professional carrier at Robosoft…
 
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  • Get Feedback. Generate Leads.

    StartUpLift
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Innubu is a survey tool that helps you get up to 10 times more responses and collect respondents’ contact details by adding sweepstakes to your surveys. Target Audience: Small business owners, especially those who don’t have a big audience Website URL: innubu.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 10 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…
  • SmartFinance.fi – New Age Loan Comparison Website

    StartUpLift
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    We are giving consumers the opportunity to compare small and short-term loans in Finland. Target Audience: People between 21 – 65 yrs Website URL: http://smartfinance.fi/ 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…
  • ClipArtLord – Collector of the Finest Free to Use and Public Domain Clip Art

    StartUpLift
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    ClipArtLord.com is the place to find high quality clip arts Target Audience: Students, teachers, graphic designers, mothers Website URL: http://www.ClipArtLord.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will…
  • FobeSoft – Restaurant Management Software

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

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

    Susan Post
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A community of like-minded individuals can be an invaluable resource for a small business owner. The Marysville Entrepreneurial Center is providing just that, as well as other training resources and office space for small business owners in Union County. Since its launch in 2008, the MEC has undergone changes, but is poised for continued growth […]
  • Food Trucks: Not Just A Seasonal Business

    Kevin Brennan
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the summer sizzle begins to cool off, restaurateurs look for ways to welcome the coming cold months by incorporating the winter season into their business model. Perhaps they will begin to offer more seasonal items like hearty comfort food to take customer’s minds of the impending winterapocalypse. They may begin to decorate the inside […]
  • Local Video Game Developers to Gather for Industry Conference

    Walker Evans
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The second annual Ohio Game Developer Expo (OGDE) takes place this weekend at COSI following a very successful debut last year at the Ohio Union. Event coordinator Chris Volpe said that the original goal was to gather 50 local industry professionals and startups, but the event ended up attracting around 750 people. “This year we’ve […]
  • Center for Social Enterprise Development Offers Resources for Building Social Enterprises in Central Ohio

    Susan Post
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Applying for grants and pitching to investors are two very different processes, but an increasing number of non-profit leaders are finding themselves in a positions where they need to understand both thanks to the rise of social enterprises. Social enterprises take business ideas that complement a non-profit’s mission and put them into motion, allowing them […]
  • Amp Speaker Case Turns iPads Into Theatrical Experience

    Susan Post
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If there is one area for improvement on the iPad, it’s probably sound quality. While the device obviously has sound, it’s not optimized for hearing things from far away or group viewing experiences, only limiting its list of uses. OIO is out to change that with Amp, a sleek speaker system case for iPad Air. […]
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  • Steps To Follow From Innovation To Execution For Startups

    Martin
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process. Entrepreneurs looking to innovate need to understand the execution challenge if they expect their startup to carve out a profitable niche in the marketplace, and keep innovating to build and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage. Everyone thinks they know how to make innovation happen, but I can’t find much real research on the subject. At the same time, myths about innovation are commonplace in business. Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, in their book “The Other Side…
  • 5 Beta Startups For SignUp

    VisionwizTeam
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    5 Beta Startups For SignUp 1. Weta Weta is a new android based apps that aims to help you save your temporary contact numbers. You can also keep note of every call so useless calls or spam calls could be avoided via alerts in advance. 2. Mitra Mitra is a new  beta startup that aims to help you move data between apps. 3. Gemba Gemba is a Mac app that lets you deliver exported graphical assets (by default, .png, .jpg and .gif files) into a hosted Git repository. It warns you about potential problems, so you can fix them before delivering the assets. Gemba works with anything that exports asset…
  • Find Most Trusted People Online Via TrustCloud

    VisionwizTeam
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    TrustCloud: TrustCloud  is a new startup that aims to measure your  online behaviors and transactions online then turn it into portable TrustScore which you can use anywhere within the Sharing Economy. How It Works: TrustCloud collects your publicly-available data from networks like Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, then analyzes it to assign your trustworthiness a ranking between 1 and 1000. The score represents a composite of universal trustworthiness “virtues” like consistency, generosity, and transparency. All these collected data then put into an online widget that will show your…
  • How To Identify A Great Boss

    Martin
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Everyone can recognize a great boss a mile away, so why is it so hard to find one? We all remember a few that are “legends in their own mind”, but that doesn’t do it. In fact, the clue here is that the view in your mind is the only one that matters, rather than the other way around. Almost every one of us in business can remember that one special manager or executive in their career who exemplifies the norm, who commanded our respect, and treated us like a friend, even in the toughest of personal or business crises. In commemoration ofBoss’s Day this past week on October 16th, let’s…
  • Ten Rules Of Science Of Success For Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    In this world of constant change, new technologies, and a thousand cultures, it’s evident and somehow comforting to me that the basic rules for business prosperity really haven’t changed in the last hundred years. Business success is still more about the people than the technology or idea involved. As an Angel investor and a mentor to entrepreneurs I still see this every day. I was just perusing a new book, “The Science of Success,” a collection of essays by and about Napoleon Hill, who is most recognized as the author of the best seller “Think and Grow Rich” from way back in…
 
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  • Happywork TV Episode 6: Give Your Employees a Chance to Improve and Succeed

    Chris Reimer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In Episode 6 of Happywork TV, I discuss the fourth of 46 work commitments in my new book, “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will provide my employees the tools and training they need to have a chance to succeed … I will remember that it’s not just the business owner who comes to work everyday […] The post Happywork TV Episode 6: Give Your Employees a Chance to Improve and Succeed appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Loving Soccer is Unamerican, According to Mark Reardon

    Chris Reimer
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Mark Reardon thinks soccer is Communist, and of course he’s crazy. But at least he let me plug my book. I always love going on KMOX radio – thanks so much Mark for having me in. Let it be known – soccer is an awesome spectator sport! —–> LISTEN HERE The post Loving Soccer is Unamerican, According to Mark Reardon appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 5: Be Kind to Others

    Chris Reimer
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In Episode 5 of Happywork TV, I share a quote I read on SI.com. Most NFL players don’t help their opponents up off the field when a play is over, but one player does. And he catches some criticism for it. He doesn’t care, and I love that. Yes, two teams are trying to beat […] The post Happywork TV Episode 5: Be Kind to Others appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 4: Give Your Employees Direction

    Chris Reimer
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In Episode 4 of Happywork TV, I discuss the third of 46 work commitments in my new book, “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will give my employees direction … I do not want my employees to have to wonder what is most important to me.” As I say in the video, I think it’s great […] The post Happywork TV Episode 4: Give Your Employees Direction appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 3: Don’t Rule With Fear

    Chris Reimer
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    In Episode 3 of Happywork TV, I take a quick break from discussing the 46 work commitments contained in my book to comment on an article I saw on Sir Richard Branson’s blog. Sir Richard was giving an external talk about Virgin’s new unlimited leave policy, and found that certain people in the room were […] The post Happywork TV Episode 3: Don’t Rule With Fear appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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  • Is your business ready for a rate rise?

    Patrick Foot
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Back in 2008, predicting how long the global financial slowdown may last was a tough proposition. That didn’t stop many commentators and analysts from giving the recovery a duration though, and those who plumped for 2015 as the year we finally see light at the end of the tunnel may now be gearing up for a deserved pat on the back. There have been many twists on the road to economic recovery so far, and with Germany’s alarmingly poor economic figures over the past few weeks it would appear that the eurozone is not yet ready to resume business as usual. But despite numerous false dawns,…
  • How Voice Recognition Learns From You, and What It Means

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Automatic speech recognition technology (ASR) and its complementary technology known as (interactive voice response technology) are both major milestones in the development of human – machine interaction. These technologies are often used in telephone customer service systems, voice recognition systems for computers belonging to the physically disabled, more efficient text editing software and, most notably, in the control systems of certain modern mobile devices. The most notable of these last being the Siri interface found in Apple’s later model iPhones. Now that you have a basic…
  • How Your Health & Beauty Business Can Flourish

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    The term ‘social’ is one we’re all familiar with. We’re constantly checking our feeds on a personal level, and it’s no different for businesses. Engaging with your customers is essential for new companies, and the health and beauty industry is perfect for this as it’s such a personal service. Here’s three ways to successfully interact with your customer-base using modern technologies. Get a Mobile App Shopping online is second nature to customers these days and 85% of consumers favour apps over mobile websites. Make sure you have an app for iOS, Android, and Windows so you can…
  • Efficiently and Effectively Establishing your Small Business Start Up

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    In the quest to launch a successful business start-up, UK entrepreneurs have never had more assistance. With the government keen to back independent ventures and a renowned U.S. start-up accelerator crossing the Atlantic to assist Britain’s brightest business stars, anyone with dedication, intuition and a sound commercial idea can proposer in 2014. There are many potential obstacles to launching a successful start-up, however, especially for individuals who have a time-sensitive concept that must be quickly realised. Quickly and Easily Launching your Start Up With this in mind, what…
  • Fresh Focus: Choosing the Best Contact Management System for You

    EpicLaunch
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    One of the things you’ll often hear about in the real estate business is a contact management system. Contact management systems are software programs that help you better organize your professional life by managing appointments, contact information for clients, and automatically following up with prospects and clients in a systematic way. Here’s how to choose the right one for your practice. Get An Industry-Specific App In the world of CMS, there are a lot of choices. Most of those choices are generic options. And, yes, a generic option beats no option at all, but having a real…
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  • 15 Tools to Boost Your Productivity and Do More in Less!

    Dilip Kumar
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Internet Marketing is supposed to be a work-on-leisure kind of work that we all are supposed to enjoy. Is it what it really is? There were times, when I felt overwhelmed with work. There was so much to do. Yet at the end of the day when I sit and evaluate, I find that there […] The post 15 Tools to Boost Your Productivity and Do More in Less! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 5 Essential Social Media Tools to Organize Your Social Media Lives

    Dilip Kumar
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The first thing that I do when I wake up in the morning is search for my phone and check my Facebook and Twitter messages. I can already see you smiling. Statistics say that this is what 83% of all smartphone users do. As if, laptops and computers were not enough, smartphone added that aspect […] The post 5 Essential Social Media Tools to Organize Your Social Media Lives appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Optimizepress 2 Vs WP Profit Builder – Why I made the Change?

    Dilip Kumar
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    It’s been about 3 years that I have been using Optimizepress. I have been a customer since they launched their Version 1.0. Then towards the beginning of this year when they launched Optimizepress 2.0, I was pretty impressed with the features and the functionalities and I jumped straight into it. Obviously, I got it for […] The post Optimizepress 2 Vs WP Profit Builder – Why I made the Change? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Google Penalizes Private Blog Networks – What Next?

    Dilip Kumar
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Okay! Its another slap from Google and this time round it is on Private Blog Networks. For people who do not know what a Private Blog Network (PBN in short) is, it is a networks of blogs created by a person and hosted on different servers or, servers with different IPs which is then used […] The post Google Penalizes Private Blog Networks – What Next? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Configure Google Plus Interactive Posts in your Blogs?

    Dilip Kumar
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    Have you been using Google + in your business marketing? Is it even part of your business strategy? I am sure 85% of you out there might not be considering it even when you are sharing something interesting on Facebook, because FB is the only one thing comes to our mind when it comes to […] The post How to Configure Google Plus Interactive Posts in your Blogs? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
 
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  • 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…
  • Essential ADVICE for Getting Feedback

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    You know feedback is important. But how does one go about getting it? Here’s a blueprint. Feedback has always represented a critical part of our transactions and interactions – from cavepeople sharing monosyllabic banter, through the old-school suggestion box, and into the social media echo chamber. Indeed, businesses and organizations are constantly reminded that they need to be facilitating and responding to customer feedback. We’ve seen the stats. We’ve read the articles. It’s important. We get it. But how does one go about facilitating feedback? We all know it’s…
  • Spotlight on Ben Parr: Elevate Chicago Speaker

    Stella Fayman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    He majored in Science in Human Culture in college and went on to become co-editor of Mashable. Now he’s a published author and has his own fund, Dominate Fund.  Self-described he is “an entrepreneur, journalist, adrenaline junkie and aspiring world changer.” Ben Parr has made a name for himself knowing everything that’s going on with tech, and recognizing trends in technology. At Mashable, he quickly rose through the ranks from guest blogger to staff writer to co-editor just as social media took off and became a household topic. Now, Ben uses all he’s learned…
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  • The perils of overtrading

    guestbloggerSUD
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Overtrading is where a business takes on a lot orders without having sufficient capital to fulfil them. This often happens when suppliers or deliveries are delayed, which can create serious cashflow problems. It can be easy to fall into the trap of taking on more orders than you can fulfil. In balance sheet terms, your liabilities outweigh your assets (ie debt outweighs cash in your business). The business will likely be viable, with lots of interest in services or products, but without sufficient working capital, the business experiences a serious problem. Working capital is actual cash or…
  • What more should be done to help student entrepreneurs?

    guestbloggerSUD
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    At the Labour Party Conference in September, panellists from the world of business and politics told the audience at the Student Entrepreneurs Question Time (SEQT) event that technological advances meant today’s entrepreneurs have more available opportunity than ever. However, to succeed they must be prepared to fail, remain ambitious without spending beyond their means and seek expert advice when faced with more complicated challenges. The event was hosted by the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and Santander, to enable would-be entrepreneurs to…
  • Does 'business' have a serious image problem?

    Mark Williams
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    The Apprentice is back for its tenth series and up for grabs is investment worth £250k and the chance to go into business with Lord (formerly ‘S’ralan’) Sugar. The most likely question on many viewers’ lips during the first few minutes of the first programme might have been which of the 20 candidates is the most annoying and immediately dislikeable. As usual, the first programme began with the candidates’ frankly laughable summaries of their skills and suitability for the role, which are intended to impress, but leave many of us cringing on our couches. “I get the job done. I…
  • Are your customers paying you what you’re worth?

    guestbloggerSUD
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    When you’re feeling the pinch and money is tight it’s easy to assume that everyone is feeling the same way. You transfer your money beliefs over to your potential customers, by thinking: “Surely they won’t pay that” or “They can’t afford those prices”. And your mind reinforces these beliefs by adding little comments such as: “Who do you think you are, charging those prices?” and “They’ll see through me and realise I’m not as good as they think”. This is what happened to someone I was chatting to recently. Instead of positioning herself as the true expert and…
  • Five top tips for business growth

    guestbloggerSUD
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    1 Create, create, create… Never sit back and admire what you’ve achieved – always look forward to what’s next. Innovation is progress and progress leads to further success, so don’t put a lid on your ideas and goals – however successful your current business. Continually evolve your offering, responding to clients’ needs and aspirations to keep clear water between you and your competitors. Regularly step back to view your business from your customers’ perspective and always seek to exceed their expectations. 2 Don’t take no for an answer… In the early days, cashflow was a…
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  • Joseph A Murphy 1925-2007, 7 Years On

    Sean Murphy
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Further Reflections on My Father Some further reflections on my relationship with my father seven years after his death. I figured he had lived through so many things that as long as he stayed indoors and avoided getting hit by lightning he would come to my funeral in a decade or two. At the time I told close friends that it hadn’t really hit me yet. I would normally talk to him once a week for an hour or so. Now I mainly talk to him in the shower when he chews me out from time to time for a recent stupidity. He asks me what I am going to do to fix or improve a situation and my most…
  • Giacomo Vacca On Human Cell Analysis at CNSV Nov-4-2014

    Sean Murphy
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The IEEE Consulting Network of Silicon Valley continues its tradition of inviting world class experts on leading edge technologies  to speak at their monthly meetings. On Tue-Nov-4-2014, Giacomo Vacca of Kinetic River will provide an overview on how flow cytometers enable a wide range of “Human Cell Analysis.” My work on BeamWise has allowed me to collaborate with Dr. Vacca, where he is the Chief Scientific Officer–in addition to his work as founder of Kinetic River. He has taught me quite a bit about laser -based instrumentation, biophotonics, and life science research in…
  • Do I Need To Be A Supplicant In a Sales Call?

    Sean Murphy
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Q: In your blog post “Four Presentation Traps to Avoid” (which drew on Mike Monteiro’s “13 Ways Designers Screw Up a Client Presentation” which I found overall to be very valuable) you highlighted his item 4  “Not setting the stage properly” which ends with “Start the meeting by thanking them for their time.” I feel this puts you below the prospect or customer as a supplicant. Your time is just as valuable. It’s a minor thing but I suggest “I’m glad we could all find the time to meet today.” or something that…
  • Four Presentation Traps to Avoid

    Sean Murphy
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Mike Monteiro offered “13 Ways Designers Screw Up a Client Presentation–And One Weird Trick” in a Sep-13-2014 blog post: many of these are also applicable to entrepreneurs making presentations to prospects. The whole article is worth reading, here are my top four presentation traps to avoid from his list (I have retained Monteiro’s numbering scheme). 3. Start With an Apology: Do not start the presentation with an apology or disclaimer. If you’re really not prepared for the meeting, then better to cancel it than to waste your clients’ time. (You can get away with…
  • Entrepreneurial Passion: Good Servant, Poor Master

    Sean Murphy
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Entrepreneurial passion has to be based on a desire to create value, to be of service to a set of target customers. There may be many things you are interested in learning and room enough in your life for several hobbies, but pursuing a passion without regard to your ability to provide value in a way that is competitively differentiated is to pursue a hobby. Mike Rowe on Entrepreneurial Passion Mike Rowe makes this clear in his answer to a question from Stephen Adams of Auburn AL: “I’m confused by your directive to NOT “follow your passion.” I think it can be safely…
 
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  • Is your business ready for a rate rise?

    Patrick Foot
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Back in 2008, predicting how long the global financial slowdown may last was a tough proposition. That didn’t stop many commentators and analysts from giving the recovery a duration though, and those who plumped for 2015 as the year we finally see light at the end of the tunnel may now be gearing up for a deserved pat on the back. There have been many twists on the road to economic recovery so far, and with Germany’s alarmingly poor economic figures over the past few weeks it would appear that the eurozone is not yet ready to resume business as usual. But despite numerous false dawns,…
  • How Voice Recognition Learns From You, and What It Means

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Automatic speech recognition technology (ASR) and its complementary technology known as (interactive voice response technology) are both major milestones in the development of human – machine interaction. These technologies are often used in telephone customer service systems, voice recognition systems for computers belonging to the physically disabled, more efficient text editing software and, most notably, in the control systems of certain modern mobile devices. The most notable of these last being the Siri interface found in Apple’s later model iPhones. Now that you have a basic…
  • How Your Health & Beauty Business Can Flourish

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    The term ‘social’ is one we’re all familiar with. We’re constantly checking our feeds on a personal level, and it’s no different for businesses. Engaging with your customers is essential for new companies, and the health and beauty industry is perfect for this as it’s such a personal service. Here’s three ways to successfully interact with your customer-base using modern technologies. Get a Mobile App Shopping online is second nature to customers these days and 85% of consumers favour apps over mobile websites. Make sure you have an app for iOS, Android, and Windows so you can…
  • Efficiently and Effectively Establishing your Small Business Start Up

    EpicLaunch
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    In the quest to launch a successful business start-up, UK entrepreneurs have never had more assistance. With the government keen to back independent ventures and a renowned U.S. start-up accelerator crossing the Atlantic to assist Britain’s brightest business stars, anyone with dedication, intuition and a sound commercial idea can proposer in 2014. There are many potential obstacles to launching a successful start-up, however, especially for individuals who have a time-sensitive concept that must be quickly realised. Quickly and Easily Launching your Start Up With this in mind, what…
  • Fresh Focus: Choosing the Best Contact Management System for You

    EpicLaunch
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    One of the things you’ll often hear about in the real estate business is a contact management system. Contact management systems are software programs that help you better organize your professional life by managing appointments, contact information for clients, and automatically following up with prospects and clients in a systematic way. Here’s how to choose the right one for your practice. Get An Industry-Specific App In the world of CMS, there are a lot of choices. Most of those choices are generic options. And, yes, a generic option beats no option at all, but having a real…
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  • National Aquarium to use solar energy [Links Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    M3D, new 3D printer developer, opens in Maryland [MDBIZ News]: “Michael Armani and David Jones co-founded M3D and watched their vision rapidly materialize. Following extensive press coverage and a Kickstarter campaign that raised $3.4 million (well above its $50,000 goal), the company finalized its signature Micro Motion Technology, which powers the device.” Hopkins launches Ebola-focused website [The Daily Record]: “Johns Hopkins University has launched a new website dedicated to Ebola, featuring news coverage, recent updates, interviews with Hopkins experts, FAQs and…
  • Mind Over Machines lands $15M NIH contract

    Tyler Waldman
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $15 million contract to Owings Mills-based IT consultancy Mind Over Machines to support its Center for Information Technology. The contract will have the firm handling information systems development, application maintenance and production support for scientific and administrative users, according to a company release. “Mind Over Machines is thrilled to support the systems that enable NIH to conduct its vitally important clinical and biomedical research, and to continue our decade-long relationship with the organization,” Mind…
  • Buck Showalter to talk at Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore meeting

    Tyler Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    A few runs here, a few hits there, Buck Showalter could have been managing in his first World Series. But instead, the Baltimore Orioles skipper is eyeing plans for the coming months and next season. One of those plans? Speaking at the annual meeting of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. The theme for this year's meeting is leadership, teamwork and nurturing a culture of winning in Greater Baltimore. Showalter is the keynote speaker at the Dec. 17 meeting at the Hilton Baltimore. The meeting will also include networking and comments from EAGB board members. The theme for this…
  • Watch our Baltimore Innovation Week 2014 wrap video

    Christopher Wink
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    You got the numbers on our third annual Baltimore Innovation Week, and now here is the wrap video, as produced by ZMB Media. And remember, the fourth annual event, #BIW15, is scheduled for Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 2015.
  • Health department launches TB trial with emocha app

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Tuberculosis is both tough to treat and medically cumbersome to manage. Under directly observed therapy, a medical professional has to watch a patient take his or her medication for at least six months. A Baltimore health IT startup may help lighten that load. The Baltimore City Health Department is launching a pilot with emocha Mobile Health’s app miDOT, according to a release from the Highlandtown firm. “We believe that the miDOT app will increase the health department’s capacity to provide quality care for TB patients while freeing up clinician time for other critical…
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  • Podcast: A Preview of the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

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

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

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

    Rich
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    In this video, Manish Sood from the Reltio Startup presents: Cassandra – A Real Time Big Data Application. Recorded at the Cassandra 2012 Summit. Reltio provides the world’s largest enterprise customers with real-time Big Data Applications that help business users understand markets, drive revenue and reduce risk through actionable, real-time and predictive insights integrated into applications and dashboards. These applications require the ability to not only handle data scale, latency, and high availability but also deliver capabilities that address reconciliation of data from…
  • More Details on the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14

    Rich
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Entrepreneurs interested in high performance computing are encouraged to attend the StartupHPC Meetup at SC14, which will take place at the Royal Sonesta in the French Quarter in New Orleans on Monday, Nov. 17 from 9:00am-3:30pm. Registrations are now open for the event.  We hope you can attend! The inaugural event has just published their agenda. 8:30am Registration & Mixer 9:15am Get Ready to… StartupHPC Shahin Khan, Partner, Orion Advisors 9:20am Typical Startup Framework & Today’s Agenda Steve Campbell, Partner, Orion Advisors 9:30am Startup Lifecycle Adrian…
 
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Are your ears and eyes always open?

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

    Banksy
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Lets face it the Ryder Cup is a sensational event for any sports lover. Apart from the fact its so different to its standard format of the game and pits the best players from either side of the Atlantic against each other for three days, its neither of these reasons I want to focus on. The main reason I love the Ryder Cup and especially the European effort is because of the passion and camaraderie that is clearly evident in their team. There is a lesson for us all to take from the way that team work and support each other over the weekend.  ‘Teamwork’ is an often overused term in…
  • How to use LinkedIn to generate Sales Leads

    Banksy
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    In the last 3-4 months I’ve generated more than 50k’s worth of direct business from my personal LinkedIn account. I spend around 2-3 hours a week on the website and I have a set process for how to get the most from it. At Optix, we spend a fair bit of time training our clients on the effective use of this tool. I recently headed to London to help a 12 man sales team optimise their usage of it so I thought I’d share a few of the key points from that session with you today. The Basics For those that don’t know, LinkedIn is a social media platform which started back in 2003. Boasting…
  • Failure For the Win!

    Banksy
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    In a world that shouts about success, it’s a natural human trait to regard failure as a negative thing. People often cover up their mistakes and find them hard to admit to. In my business I’m a huge believer in and encourage my team to shout from the roof tops about their failures (ok sometimes its best to do that behind closed doors of course) so they can learn from them. I try and encourage an environment where they aren’t afraid to come forward and admit mistakes, after all if they don’t take responsibility for things, then no one benefits. I believe that my mistakes…
  • Not all clients are right for you

    Banksy
    14 May 2014 | 10:19 am
    What, people who pay me money aren’t necessarily right for me? Surely not. One of the hardest lessons I’ve learnt over the years is that our business doesn’t suit everyone and everyone doesn’t suit our business. The problem I have is that as someone who has a fairly high need for approval (I like to be liked), I’m first to jump into situations I feel need saving and while good at this, its not always the right thing to do.  Customers, clients, people who aren’t right for your business cost you money, time, stress and the opportunity cost of doing better business. The question is…
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  • 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…
  • Crowdfunding! @ Seattle Startup Week

    Jeremy Cairns
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    My team at Davis Wright Tremaine and I are excited and honored to be able to help kick off the first day of Seattle Startup Week 2014 with an intensive meetup about the legal ins-and-outs surrounding Washington State Equity Crowdfunding.As one of the ideators of the Washington State crowdfunding legislation, I will be passing along my knowledge of the rules. We will also cover the JOBS Act, 506(b) vs. 506(c), general solicitation of fundraising rounds, and other fundraising alternatives.Seattle Startup WeekThis is your chance to support the community and mingle with hundreds of Seattle’s…
  • FAA Grants Limited Exemptions Allowing Hollywood to Film With Drones

    Joe Wallin
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    By Diana Marina CooperIn a surprising move last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted permission to six Hollywood companies to film using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).The FAA is currently developing rules to integrate UAVs into the domestic airspace, and to date the agency has blocked virtually all commercial operations from taking place.Under the current system, those looking to operate UAVs for commercial purposes can only proceed if they receive an exemption from the FAA. Although numerous companies have attempted to obtain exemptions, the FAA has been reluctant to…
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  • Talent on the Move! October 24, 2014

    Keith Cline
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    Premium Company:  BookBub Release Date:  Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:15 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - October 24, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - October 24, 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.Russell Fleischer, Boston Partner @ Battery Ventures.  Previously, CEO at HighJump Software.  LinkRick Burnes, Vice…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: October 27 – November 1

    joshboyle
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to highlight a few... VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their…
  • Startup Office Space: View from the Real Estate Professionals

    joshboyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Last week I touched on the challenges that can arise for startups when it comes to office space. This week I asked experts in the space to provide their insight and how specifically they can help you in your next search or renovation... Last week I touched on the challenges that can arise for startups when it comes to office space. Be it moving into a new location or expanding and/or renovating a current…
  • Mentors and Vintage Oars

    joshboyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Release Date:  Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Jim McHugh - Experienced Executive & CEO Coach Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  I’ve been mingling with a large number of established company directors and startup mentors over the last few months.             This is a picture of my 55+ year-old wooden oars after I opened up our boat this past spring. They looked pretty beat up: chipped and peeled paint…cracks in the wood…and they were graying at the edges.Were they past their useful life? Would I need to replace them…
  • Working In Boston Tech: CarGurus

    joshboyle
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Premium Company:  CarGurus Release Date:  Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Did you know that 30% of all Google searches are employment related? That's a staggering number, but the reality is, people are always looking to better their careers. Today, we hear from the Talent Team at CarGurus about what it's like to work there. Did you know that 30% of all Google searches are employment related? That's a staggering number, but the reality is, people are always looking to better their careers.The job search…
 
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • Keep Sowing

    mholmes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It’s not easy to honor God with your giving. I will be the first to admit that. Having to wrestle the doubt, uncertainty, fear, AND sometimes the financial strain doesn’t make it any easier. But when it truly becomes unbearable there is only piece of advice I can give: keep sowing. There are numerous people […] The post Keep Sowing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why Tithing is Not Giving

    mholmes
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
      Tithing is not giving. Ouch! I know… strong words… but its true. It’s the starting point but not the end all be all. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. The Tithe is God’s The Bible is clear the tithe belongs to God: “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of […] The post Why Tithing is Not Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why the Televangelist is NOT Wrong in Asking for Money

    mholmes
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
      If you log on to ANY TV minister…or any media minister… for that fact you will see a call for funds. Whether you agree with the minister of their ministry their will be a call. The calls will come from the seediest of individuals to the most respected…   …and some calls with a […] The post Why the Televangelist is NOT Wrong in Asking for Money appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Lopsided and Completely Unfair Covenant of Tithing

    mholmes
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
      God is a God of covenant. He legally binds Himself to His Law.This is why He acts in the life of a believer who clings to and confesses His Word (or Law). Someone who believes and confesses His Word is literally laying claim to their legal rights. And He being who He is HAS […] The post The Lopsided and Completely Unfair Covenant of Tithing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How to Make THE BEST Financial Decisions…Everytime!

    mholmes
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
        Today I’m going to walk you through the EXACT step by step process that will ensure you make the BEST financial decisions, large or small, every single time. Make sure you read all the way to the end for a special Bonus Guide that will teach you EXACTLY How my wife and I […] The post How to Make THE BEST Financial Decisions…Everytime! appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Verge

  • 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…
  • How It Works: Silicon Valley Acquisition of a Midwest Software Company

    Matt Hunckler
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Brandon Fischer, Founder/President at Anacore, Inc. “The best advice I got… is to plan for the future and have a solid exit strategy from the beginning,” said Brandon Fischer, Founder of Anacore, an Indiana-based software development firm that was recently acquired. Earlier this year, Anacore was acquired by Prysm Inc., a Silicon-Valley-based company that produces video walls that use Anacore’s technology. The software company acquisition made headlines in Indiana and changed the game for what Anacore is able to do with their business. We followed up with Fischer to…
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    Planio Blog

  • 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…
  • Closing the email encryption loophole (with OpenPGP!)

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

  • Is Your Startup or Business Doing TOO Well?

    Neet Narula
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Don’t be misled by the sneaky little title there – of course there’s no such thing as doing too well. Saying that, if you are feeling overwhelmed at your business’ growth, first of all – congratulations, and second of all, there are a few steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t all get on top of you and become somewhat detrimental. If things get too much to handle in a rapidly growing organization, you can of course ease the burden by speaking to some experts. Particularly if you’re new to business, it can be really beneficial to get help from people with a much greater…
  • Custom Apparel Startups: Breaking New Innovation Ground in Industry

    Neet Narula
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Best Bang for Your Custom Buck: The New Breed in Custom Apparel & Accessories Custom apparel is big business. It’s a rapidly growing market that has become home to a wide range of exciting niches. The appeal is clear: consumers are being engaged creatively in a market that truly caters to unique and innovative ideas. This has been proven by engagement metrics that show consumers who are given the option to customize products spend more money and more time with products than consumers of standard and non-custom products. Adding value to an already manufactured product is a simple…
  • Inspiration Quote: Life of an Entrepreneur

    Neet Narula
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Keep Moving Forward. You Got This! “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 5 Key Tips for Starting a Small Business

    Neet Narula
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    5 Key Tips for Starting a Small Business  – Putting the Right Foot Forward Are you ready to quit your day job to pursue your dream of owning a small business? While it may seem magical at first, it is important to lock down any loose details before embarking on this journey. First, you must get to know your audience, as they are the people that will be powering your company through sales and interactions. Developing a strong logo and name is essential when it comes to being memorable for your audience. While your friends still work 9-5, when you own your own business, there will always…
  • 5 startups that are expanding the market frontier

    Tim Hinchliffe
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Whether it be in finance, stocks, real estate, or contracting, the market landscape is constantly evolving; and with it, the need to gather information and interpret each specific market. Here are five startups headed by established entrepreneurs that are expanding the frontiers of market innovation. From Dennis Lutsky, Founder of Monitr: As technology and the world stock market become increasingly linked, investors are continually exploring new avenues for analyzing valuable data and the effects from both breaking news and social media sentiment. Seeking to be at the forefront of market…
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • Why Prolonged Sitting And Standing Is Unproductive

    Anna Vital
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Sitting too much will probably shorten your life. Entrepreneurs sit a lot. No wonder recently this new smart cushion Darma became instantly popular on Kickstarter. The key to reversing the effects of sitting is not standing – it’s standing up regularly. Switch up sitting and standing every 30 minutes, advises Cornell University ergonomics team. How would you remember to switch? And who will tell you to keep your back straight? The Key To Sitting Is Moving Every 20 minutes for just 2 minutes. And movement is free. The absolute time that you sit is not as important breaking up…
  • How Steve Jobs Started – The Life Of Apple’s Founder

    Anna Vital
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Apple just announced its first new product category since the iPad. And since Steve Jobs. Follow his life path to see how he learned to create and think like a genius, as told by Walter Isaacson. How Steve Jobs Started – The Winding Path As people around the world wondered if innovation at Apple had stopped with Steve Jobs, we want to share with you a snapshot of the genius’s life.  How did Steve Jobs start? His life story is not a straight line, but more like a winding path. From his early years it’s clear that Jobs had no grand plan in the beginning. His search for…
  • Late Bloomers – Late In Life Success

    Anna Vital
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Late bloomers are people who achieved proficiency in some skill later than they are normally expected to. The key word is “expected.”   School Is a Machine, Learning Is Not Ever since the 19th century, when education was first standardized, learning in popular imagination is highly connected to age. The school system, back then and now, is modeled after a factory – people get education in batches, based on their date of manufacture. If you were manufactured seven years ago, that means it’s time to learn the multiplication table, for instance. And if you are ten…
  • Too Late To Start? Quarter Life Crisis and Late Bloomers

    Anna Vital
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Does success have a deadline?  And if yes, what is the best age to succeed? Here is a visualization of the relationship between age and success. Tap on the circles below and investigate for yourself. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE. quarter-life crisis mid-life crisis by Anna Vital TOO LATE TO START? years of life “The Critical Period” – Do It Early or Bust? Language, it is believed, cannot be learned without an accent after the critical age (usually 16). Musical talent is usually apparent in the first ten years of life. Most people we know as successful programmers started coding as…
  • The Aha Moments – How Entrepreneurs Realized What To Do In Life

    Anna Vital
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Before any entrepreneur became successful there was a time they did not know what to do. And then the aha moment happened. How? About 2200 years ago Archimedes stepped into his bath and exclaimed, “Eureka!” It means “I found it.” At that moment Archimedes found a solution to a problem he had been pondering for a long time. It was a moment of sudden discovery. The eureka effect. A moment of deep insight. It’s an epiphany which translates as “striking appearance.” In that moment a previously unsolvable problem becomes suddenly clear and obvious. Before…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • 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…
  • Unleashing The Power of Self-Understanding with Steve Sisler – TCE 047

    Scott
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Do you think if you understood how your brain worked and why you behave the way you do, you’d be better equipped to perform at a high level? If the answer isn’t at a resounding yes for you yet, that may change after today’s episode. I’m honored to have Steve Sisler founder of the behavioral resource group to take us through a deep dive on the power of behavioral profiling and how we can use it to level up work, relationships, and performance. There’s a lot of different behavior profile tests out there, but in my…
  • Inside The Mind Of A Venture Capitalist with Steve Schlafman – TCE 046

    Scott
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “A common effort, yields common results” Man I love that, and I think it’s so important to keep in mind in the pursuit of doing hard things. Today I’m so exicted to have my close friend on the show Steve Schlafman. Steve’s an investor at well known venture capital firm RRE Ventures and is someone whose work ethic and hustle I genuinely admire. We’ve had a lot of entrepreneurs on this show, but today I wanted to bring someone on the other side of the table on. Steve sees 100’s if not thousands of companies a year…
  • Abundant Joy: How To Be The Happiest Person In The Room

    Scott
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Two months ago I realized I’ve been doing my gratitude practice at about 25% of what it could be… I fell into this new ritual kind of by accident, but I’ve never been happier and held a more persistent sense of inner joy since I started this so I had to share it with you. I feel like I’ve beat this into the ground, but happiness (and everything else) is an inside job. To be filled with joy is a decision rooted in your ability to properly and consistently take an empowering perspective. Even though I…
  • Inside the Mind of A Dreams Dealer with Steve Sims – TCE 044

    Scott
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Tell me if any of these things sound cool… Riding exotic cars across the Mojave desert, traveling to space…getting to play a concert with Journey! I’ve always been a fan of spending my money on experiences versus stuff and I’m pretty sure today’s guest would agree. I’m so pumped to have Steve Sims, the founder of Blue Fish which is the premier executive concierge service in the world. Steve is what I call a dreams dealer. If you can think of an experience you want for you life, he figures out a way to create…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • Brian Heider – President at Culinary Consultants

    Mario Schulzke
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Don’t ever get complacent. Always think outside the box, and continue to expand and grow on your ideas — even if things are working for the time being. Brian Heider is the president at Culinary Consultants , a purchasing solutions organization that’s devoted to helping fraternity, sorority, and food service management companies throughout the country that operate within the college and university market. Culinary Consultants aims to help increase purchasing power while providing additional service benefits that help each client’s food program flourish. Brian is also the managing…
  • Yali Saar – Co-Founder & CEO of TailorBrands

    Mario Schulzke
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    When you swim long enough you understand that there isn’t a real way to win over other people in the pool, the only thing that matters is beating your own time over and over again. Yali is a former TV actor turned entrepreneur. He has also spent three years as a war correspondent in different parts of the Middle East, a political spokesperson, and general havoc maker that once hitch hiked on tank to get dibs on a story. In his current role, Yali is the Co-Founder & CEO of TailorBrands.com, a branding-technology company that uses advanced machine learning capabilities to teach computers…
  • Marius Moscovici – Founder and CEO of Metric Insights

    Mario Schulzke
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    I spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating every morning. Startups present an endless array of tough challenges, and meditation makes a huge difference because it allows me to ensure that I am making grounded and principled decisions rather than making choices out of fear or based on an emotional reaction to adverse circumstances. Marius Moscovici is the founder and CEO of Metric Insights (http://www.metricinsights.com/). He founded the company in 2010 with the goal of transforming the way business intelligence is performed so that organizations of any size can quickly and easily deploy powerful…
  • Santiago Jaramillo – CEO of Bluebridge

    Mario Schulzke
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Batching keeps me productive. The habit of arranging my schedule to tackle large tasks for long intervals like meetings, brainstorm time, design sessions keeps me focused. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Bluebridge is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that allows organizations to easily design and maintain a mobile app with the support of a team of highly knowledgeable developers and designers. Launched in 2011, Bluebridge is built on a revolutionary platform that provides organizations straightforward, affordable tools to connect them with their customers and prospects in a direct,…
  • Jeremy Jaech – Co-founder of SNUPI Technologies

    Mario Schulzke
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Eat healthy and exercise. That will help tremendously with getting enough sleep, which you will need to deal with the stresses of starting a business. Jeremy Jaech has led market-creating companies since 1983, including Aldus, Visio, Trumba, Verdiem, and SNUPI Technologies. He was co-founder and technical leader for Aldus, the creator of PageMaker. At Visio, he co-founded and served as President and CEO from 1990 until its acquisition by Microsoft Corporation in 2000. Currently, Jeremy serves as CEO of SNUPI Technologies, an early-stage company developing sensor networks for the home.
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    swombat.com

  • I don't know

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

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

    Daniel Tenner
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Great, solid post by Stef Lewandowski explaining in some details how he goes about how to create lots of projects and then filter them down to a few working projects (an idea which I explored in this post, but which he seems to have taken to the next level!): This last eighteen months, I’ve deliberately tried to go for a strong idea, loosely held approach — to allow myself to be open to lots of things, and to not be too convinced that they will definitely be right. The strategy was to try out many tiny ideas at an early stage, do a series of quick prototypes, play with them, often in…
  • Antilogs: How To Draw The Right Lesson Learned

    Salim Virani
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Bill Barnett at Stanford comments how so many startup pundits fail to learn when observing failures. Indeed, not only are the lessons learned often lost, but also the opportunity to use others' failures as one of the fastest sources of actionable information. Unfortunately, most observers skip the logic part. It is mentally easier to jump to the “obvious” conclusion: If the business failed, the business model must be wrong. Full stop. You can easily tell when this skip happens. The person will name an example as if it were a reason. Is online grocery delivery a viable model? No: Webvan.
  • Non-violent communication

    Salim Virani
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    First Round Capital's written a thought-provoking guide to internal startup communication: When startups experience conflict — particularly between leaders — efforts quickly become uncoordinated, motivations get misunderstood, and results fall short of expectations. You simply can’t produce an incredible product if the team building it won’t agree on fundamentals. Avoiding problems only allows them to fester and impact more people, while hasty, non-strategic communication can turn a small fire into a blaze. It centralises around a commmon mistake: Watch out, because the jump from…
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    Platform Thinking

  • 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…
  • Engineering-as-marketing: How startups transform marketing

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    This is a guest post by Justin Mares, the co-author of  Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers. Get the first 3 chapters free here. You (or your team’s) engineering talents can get your startup traction directly by building tools and resources that reach more people. We call this traction channel engineering as marketing: using engineering time to create useful tools like calculators, widgets, and educational micro-sites to get your company in front of potential customers. These tools then generate leads and expand your customer base. HubSpot, a marketing automation software…
  • Uber: The feedback loop disrupting transportation

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    When Uber was valued at tens of billions of dollars, there was significant criticism from valuation experts (Aswawth Damodaran, no less) and an equally compelling response from one of Uber’s earliest investors, Bill Gurley. One of the best things that emerged from these discussions (in conjunction with a back-of-the-napkin sketch tweeted by David Sacks, founder of Yammer) was a much more nuanced discussion of the feedback loop that drives Uber’s network effect. Uber is a classic two-sided marketplace where more cars on the network attract more travelers and vice versa. But as with…
 
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    The Startup Videos

  • Stop using Gmail says Google with all new reinvent Google Inbox

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Did Google really ask people to stop using Gmail? A big NO. Google comes with a new product called Inbox which works inside Gmail. What it means to Gmail users? It means a lot to them. Key Highlights Read Mail without opening it It comes with Flight details, Reservation status and images. Without opening the mail, we can read them instantly. Bundle It We always worry, how to and fro mails and other related mails can be seen together. No worries. Google Inbox will take care of that as well. To -Do -List built-in with Inbox. To know more check out at Google Inbox To Google test this out in…
  • Startups! 3 ingredients for a break-through Media/ TV Campaign

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    In this network era, just raising an initial profile for the brand through a media campaign does not cut the mustard anymore. You should organize to build an effective mind-blowing campaign that projectiles right from creating awareness and moves right into engagement as quick as possible. For a startup business such a break-through campaign can potentially skyrocket sales in the targeted market. There are 3 secret lessons every startup must follow for producing that sparkling campaign and sweep the market by storm. Be creative Decide on the right type of production- a video, poster or a…
  • 11 Indian Startups : TV Video Campaigns worth watching

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
          TV video campaigns are always a big dream for startups to get covered. In India, companies like flipkart, snapdeal, Yebhi and Jabong invest heavily on TV campaigns. With millions or even billions of funding, now they are bigger than a startup. They have become big brands. But TV campaign for sure is their prime source for growing bigger and better day by day.Below we have listed some top 11 video campaigns that attracted lot of people towards their brand. Flipkart Snapdeal RedBus Full AD Jabong Line App India WeChat India Myntra Full Version GoIbIbo Yebhi…
  • 3 Fast Linkedin Sales Hack for new startup marketers.

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Social-selling is hot, especially for startups who have no budget. But do we really sell our stuff using Facebook and Twitter. If it is B2B then no way, you have to look into Linkedin. Linkedin is a great sales tool. No wonder, even Fortune companies close deals via Linkedin. As a startup, sales will always hit your head once your products are out. These 3 fast hacks cannot skyrocket your sales but sure will let you go in the right path to get everything done faster in linkedin sales. “Help the people in your network. And Let them help you.”      – Reid Hoffman, Founder of…
  • How to scale your startup like Google from Eric schmidt

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Eric Schmidt with his latest post in slideshare came up with something exciting to read. Yes, it is all about how Google scaled from a startup to an uncompetitive world brand. Highlights from Eric Post Any old business rule won’t work, especially the most successful rule. Big Brands are scared of small startups. Even a small startup from any part of the world will get the equal opportunity to grow like a Silicon valley startup. How to do amazing things at amazing speed? Your idea is just an idea until you have the right team. Attract smart people, since smart people can build smart…
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    AlleyWatch

  • Investors Measure Entrepreneurs by Cash Flow Mileage

    Martin Zwilling
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Cash flow is a basic survival metric for every startup. Investors check your burn rate to assess your efficiency, and project your remaining runway before you run out of money and into a brick wall....
  • Serial Entrepreneurs: How to Pursue Multiple Opportunities

    Willie Diaz
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    When it comes to entrepreneurship, do most entrepreneurs go for many ideas, or just one big idea? A look at the world’s top entrepreneurs might provide some insight. 960 of the world’s 1400+ (as of...
  • #NYCtech Week in Review

    AlleyWatch
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space.  We keep you abreast of a few of things that you may have missed in NYC Tech this week...
  • Bentley GT3-R: First Drive

    AlleyWatch
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    If you’ve $337,000 to spend on a car, and you’ve been debating between a racecar and a bespoke luxury coupe, save yourself the anguish and get yourself the Bentley Continental GT3-R. Here's an inside...
  • NFL Announcers Keep Calling Surface Tablet iPad

    Cadie Thompson
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Microsoft is paying the NFL a lot of money to use its Surface tablets during games to review plays and the like, but there’s a slight problem. The announcers keep calling the Surface devices...
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    Startup Freak

  • Cashlele.com

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Company Name : Cashlele.com Description : Cashback and Coupons offers Company Overview : Cashlele.com is India’s one of the best Cashback and Coupons website. We aim to maximise your savings by providing you cashback and offer on your online purchases.Our Cashback and Coupon partners include the best brands like Myntra, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Amazon, Jabong and 500 more. When you purchase from your trusted brands through Cashlele,we provide you with cashback and exciting offers and coupons. Homepage URL: http://www.cashlele.com Industry : Ecommerce Number of Employees : Location : Bangalore…
  • Websoftex Software Solutions Pvt Ltd

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Company Name : Websoftex Software Solutions Pvt Ltd Description : Websoftex Software Solutions Private Limited is a Software company, extending its services in Website Designing & Development, Custom Software Development and Mobile. Company Overview : Websoftex Software Solution Pvt. Ltd is a software company, extending its services in Website Designing & Development, Custom Software Development and Mobile. Our company is committed to provide Creative, Innovative and quick & quality Website Design, Chit Fund Software, RD FD Software, Android Application, MLM Software, Microfinance…
  • Wishary Co. Ltd.

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Company Name : Wishary Co. Ltd. Description : Fashion Product Discovery Platform Company Overview : Wishary is a shopping advisor and product discovery platform where users can initiate requests for product recommendations by posting images of their desired product. Wishary harnesses the power of social media to enhance reachability, maximize convenience and improve quality of options for its users. Wishary is unique in the way that it is not merely a product discovery website that groups products from other e-commerce websites as per its own categorisation but a recommendations driven…
  • Take My Class

    StartupFreak
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Company Name : Take My Class Description : Divide and prioritize your work by hiring our services! Company Overview : USA-Sept 27, 2014- Among many reasons that students seek the services of an online writing forum, includes one when they are struggling to write themselves. Often students who are capable enough of working and writing good quality essays find themselves blank and out of ideas. This is normal for any student with the ample amount of stress they feel every day. Also at times students have several submission due round about the same time. They have trouble trying to figure out…
  • Agriya

    StartupFreak
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Company Name : Agriya Description : Web and Mobile Application Development Company Company Overview : Agriya is a web development and mobile app development company which creates simply innovative websites, scripts, mobile applications and online softwares. Our Vision To become the one and only distinguished Web and Mobile development outsourcing company locally and internationally with the aim of developing the latest and clear cut technology solutions to help our partners achieving strategic growth and excellence in the competitive online business environment. Our Mission To optimise and to…
 
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    Onboardly

  • Ascend to New Heights in Content Marketing [Infographic]

    Tanya McGinnity
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The fine folks over at Captora have compiled a sweet infographic on the topic of content marketing measurement that we just have to share with you. While the topic of content is on everybody’s radar, and sure, it’s fun to create, what many are missing out on is the actual ROI of what is being produced. Without measurement, it’s hard to know if you’re just yelling into the echo chamber or hitting the target. This infographic offers up everything you’ll need to know on the subject. Why content marketing is necessary, which types of content offer the best ROI, what…
  • Startup PR Is Like Dating: Why You’re Not Getting Past the First Date

    Crystal Richard
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    There’s one in every office. That token single person who will brave the dating world and return to the office with tales ranging from first date butterflies to horror stories from the trenches to 50 shades of you did what?! Having both been that token single girl and witnessed others around me, I recently made a very keen observation: the parallels between dating and startup PR are not so unalike. Those feelings you get when you’re about to a pitch a journalist – sweaty palms and nervous knot in your stomach? The high you get when it results in perfect coverage. How alone you feel…
  • The Differences Between Traditional and Startup Marketing

    Renee Warren
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You’ve spent months, possibly even years, testing and perfecting your product. Now you’re faced with the task of telling the world about your amazing thing. If you’re a typical startup,  you probably have a small budget, a tiny, hard-working team, and an audience different than an already-existing brand. The truth is, traditional marketing doesn’t always work for startups. How you market your startup must be different from the marketing strategy of a larger company. The Unique Needs of Startups With an “unproven” product, startups are often taking a risk allocating time and money…
  • 99% of Startup PR is Showing Up

    Heather Carson
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Speaking at a conference in South Dakota last week, I had the chance to meet a former AP reporter who approached me to discuss the interesting relationship between journalists and PR people. He and I agreed that while our differences have often been at the forefront of debate and banter, when a PR person and a journalist really work to ‘get each other’ – it’s a beautiful thing. The key takeaway from my presentation at the event was straight-forward, but a good reminder for all in this business – in order to be successful in Startup PR, relationships are paramount. It’s the…
  • Normal Gets You Nowhere – Why Your Pitch Isn’t Standing Out

    Crystal Richard
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You’ve spent loads of time perfecting your pitch, making sure it’s not only interesting, but also absolutely bulletproof. Your media kit is a shining example of perfection, if only they gave out awards out for this sort of thing… Unfortunately though, with all of the pitches that journalists are hit with every day, it takes something really special to stand out amongst the thousands of other pieces of breaking news. So what to do? How do you craft a pitch that is destined for greatness? One that will make it past the overcrowded inboxes of delete-happy journalists? By being, dare we say…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • The Small Business Holiday Planning Quick Guide

    Emma Siemasko
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Trick or treat. Merry Christmas. Be thankful. Happy Hannukah. It’s that time of year. The holidays are sweeping in with a vengeance. When it comes to friends and family, you might have an action plan, but do you have a plan for your business? Whether you sell stuff that people would put under the tree, or are marketing to other businesses, you need a plan. We’ve got a step-by-step holiday planning guide for you and your small business: Step 1: Get Inspired As a business, you want to at least recognize the holidays. You don’t need ten years to come up with the greatest idea ever.
  • Remote Employees: Should I Have Them At My Business?

    Kaleigh Moore
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remote work is becoming increasingly popular in the business world as a means of cutting down on overhead. It’s also a nice perk for team members who are in search of greater flexibility (and less commuting.) But many small business owners are still unsure if this working relationship is appropriate for their company culture. Questions like, “Won’t they be distracted working from home?” or “How can I build rapport if they’re not physically in the office?” are common on this subject. That’s why today, we wanted to go over a few ways you can better identify if this type of…
  • 10 Tips For Scaling Up Your Business When Life Gets Crazy

    Kiera Abbamonte
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Scaling your business might seem like a big, overwhelming task. When you’re already busy with work and home life, it can be hard to find the time to focus on properly scaling. It’s easy to fall into the trap of only worrying about tasks that provide an immediate monetary return, but spending time on planning is the only way to find long-term success. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be that hard. A good bulk of the work that goes into scaling a business consists of getting your ducks in a row before you start ramping up business. We pulled together 10 tips that will help you tackle the…
  • The Best Accounting Apps for Your Small Business: Reviewed!

    Kaleigh Moore
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Small business owner = wearer of many hats. One of those hats is the Accounting hat. If you’re like me, that hat is particularly daunting. As in, it’s a big scary hat that makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and cry. Why is that? Well, I never had any formal education on the subject. Accounting is an unknown world to me. Yet, I find myself assigned with accounting duties as part of my small business. So when it came time to find the perfect app to help simplify the accounting process (and make that particular hat less scary), I wanted to check out my options to see which option…
  • Clean vs. Messy Desks: What Does Your Style Say About You?

    Grasshopper Team
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    You have a style. You just don’t know it yet. Sure, you’ve labored over the choice of a light autumn jacket. Or maybe you’ve perused the Internet many a late night, wrapping your noggin over the quandary of which pair of work boots best expresses your taste in, well, work boots. But as it turns out, the clutter on your desk (or lack thereof) may have just as much to say about your personality as the deepest of your consumer choices. A number of intriguing and eye-opening studies into the world of clutter have revealed that your leftover bottle of Coke Zero or mishmash of half-completed…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Pitchstack

    Eleanor Wall
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pitchstack- Pitch presentations made easy- Over 100 pitch presentation templates- Drag-and-drop editor- 1,000,000+ images for your pitch presentation- Step-by-step instructions- Free on-demand pitch specialists- Export data - Find local pitch events - Apply directly to incubators/accelerators- Sign up for early access invites- Pitchstack.comScreenshot via Pitchstack
  • In the Spotlight - hytch

    Eleanor Wall
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    hytch-  Marketplace for professionals (software, data, design)- Companies compete for talent- Employers bid on IT professionals- Candidates review offers and schedule interviews accordingly- Smaller companies can compete by offering innovative perks - Signing bonus for using hytch - Companies can review code samples prior to bidding- hytch.io
  • In the Spotlight - SoloLearn

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    SoloLearn- Gamified learning platform for mobile- Practice skills anywhere, anytime for free- Interactive learning- Courses include programming, business, life skills- Available for Android, Windows (iOS in development)- 450K installs, 80K active learners (month over month) - Based out of Armenia/USA (Pleasanton/Silicon Valley) - 100K in funding from Granatus Ventures - www.SoloLearn.com
  • In the Spotlight - Waldo

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Waldo- Smart technology bike alarm with motion detection- Receive smartphone notifications if bike is being tampered with- Track bike if stolen via GPS technology- Audible alarm- Protective housing affixes alarm to bike- Find local bike shops via smartphone app- Waldo.bike
  • In the Spotlight - Linknovate

    Eleanor Wall
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Linknovate- Smart search engine for science/scientists- Beta focused on energy sector- Discover research, experts, trending research- Explore research by university affiliation- Uncover recent discoveries in multiple technologies- Connect with expert sources (media publications, legal proceedings, testimonials)- Data discoveries include grants, documents, conferences, corporations, institutions, startups- Connection capabilities + data discovery (like LinkedIn for science and engineering)- Linknovate.com
 
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  • MaGIC wants to make Malaysia the startup capital of Asia

    Poonam Pednekar
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    MaGIC launches MaGIC Startup Academy, a platform for startup education, with an aim to provide regional and global exposure to new Malaysian startups In an endeavour to make Malaysia the startup capital of Asia, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) launched MaGIC Startup Academy (MSA) last week at Cyberjaya. The five-day event — from October 15 to 19 — was meant to provide an introduction to what the academy plans to contribute to the startup community of the country. Packed with a series of workshops, guidance, skill- and knowledge-sharing sessions…
  • To join an accelerator or not?

    geektime
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Accelerators can help startups get on their feet. Is yours a good fit for one? There are three types of startups that tend to join accelerators: 1. Individuals with an idea and three NO’s: no team, no prototype, or no funding, but a lot of ambition to bring their dream to life 2. Teams of two to four co-founders with an idea and some kind of prototype at hand, and may have some angel investment 3. Companies with a product at an initial revenue stage, usually with friends and family, or angel capital While the first two may seem obvious, you may be wondering what a company that already has…
  • Hong Kong cloud storage startup EzeeCube raises US$100K from Nest Investments

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    The startup’s Co-founder tells e27 he expects EzeeCube to sell 100,000 units by the end of Q4 2016, amounting to US$22 million in revenue Image Courtesy: EzeeCube EzeeCube, a cloud-storage-for-the-home startup based in Hong Kong, announced yesterday that it has raised US$100,000 in seed-stage funding from Nest Investments, one of the city’s top incubators. Nest will also be including EzeeCube in its portfolio of most promising startups in Asia, following a June crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that raised over US$160,000 and sold 1000 units (first customers will receive their…
  • SEA e-comm scene needs more role models: Adrian Vanzyl — Part 2

    Angela Poe Noronha
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    The Ardent Capital Co-founder talks about the importance of aligning interests, investing in people and breeding role models in Southeast Asia Left to right: Ardent Capital Co-founders Paul Srivorakul, Tom Srivorakul, Piers Bennett and Adrian Vanzyl, with Nick Clayton, Ardent Capital’s Investor and Advisor This article concludes the two-part Q&A with Ardent Capital Co-founder Adrian Vanzyl. Read Part 1 here On the subject of good investors, how does Ardent differentiate itself from the rest of the pack? There are two types of investors out there. Those that have gone through the…
  • 10 fundraising lessons I’ve learned as an angel investor

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    An angel investor’s perspective on fundraising After selling my startup, the first big “purchase” I made was an investment in another startup. I loved the idea of angel investing; I wanted to give back to the community that supported me when my startup was little more than a crazy idea. I wanted to be involved with promising startups outside of my own space. And, of course, I wanted to make more money. I’m still just a baby angel, with a lot left to learn. But what’s surprised me most about my foray into angel investing is how much it has taught me about being a better…
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    Tech in Asia

  • St. Games’ fire: how these two 31-year-olds turned console gaming into an events startup

    Mary-Anne Lee
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    If you’re old enough, you’ll probably remember how your local mom-and-pop store had an NES console you could rent. Those services disappeared as convenience store chains and affordable home consoles appeared, and disposable incomes rose. Yet these two 31-year-olds have preserved that age-old tradition of “social” gaming – and no, they don’t run an indie arcade. Lee Ming Wei and Lee Teck Hou are co-founders of St. Games Cafe, a retail outlet where customers can rent video game consoles for on-site play. Situated in The Cathay mall in Singapore, St. Games Cafe is part of a…
  • Alibaba’s online mutual fund Yuebao is actually shrinking

    C. Custer
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Alibaba’s mutual fund Yuebao garnered a lot of attention when it first launched last summer, and at first, it grew extremely fast. But by this July, it had begun to stagnate, and now according to the latest numbers, investment in Yuebao is actually dropping. Back in July, Yuebao held RMB 574 billion (US$92 billion) in assets, making it the fourth-largest money market fund in the world. But this past Friday, Tianhong Asset Management Co. (which manages Yuebao’s funds and which is also owned by Alibaba) announced Yuebao’s latest numbers: RMB 534 billion (US$87 billion). That…
  • Uber drops the ball with free ride promotion in Singapore – again

    Daniel Tay
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. An apt choice of words for Singaporeans who decided to give Uber’s free ride promotion a second try two days ago, many of whom came away unhappy again. This time, it was because Uber had seemingly reneged on its offer and charged those who had taken it up anyway, triggering a flood of angry comments on its Facebook page: The offer was live on Thursday, and promised up to two free UberTaxi trips per rider, with each ride being capped at S$35 (US$28). Despite the price cap being clearly stated on the taxi app’s blog, many reported…
  • Here are the top 3 startups from Innovation Weekend Osaka

    J.T. Quigley
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    The final stop of SunBridge Global Venture’s Innovation Weekend pitch contest series took place in Osaka this evening. After four prior events – held in Singapore (May 9), London (July 4), Tokyo (June 20), and Boston (September 24) – the fifth startup was chosen to compete at the grand finale in Tokyo this December. SunBridge Global Ventures co-founder and CEO Ikuo Hiraishi said that more than 100 startups have joined Innovation Weekend events since its inception in 2011 – with 25 percent of them receiving funding since presenting. Without further ado, here were the…
  • Thai startup goes into top gear with crowdfunding for car analytics gizmo

    Steven Millward
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Now that people are getting used to viewing analytics about their health, a number of startups are taking the notion of “quantified self” and useful data to our cars. The latest to do so is a fledgling Thai startup called Drivebot that recently emerged from the Dtac Accelerate program in Bangkok. The startup is now seeking crowdfunding for its gizmo, which provides data and feedback on the health of your car – and on you as a driver. Drivebot is seeking US$35,000 in crowdfunding on Indiegogo and has already amassed over US$12,000 with 37 days to go. Like similar app-connected…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – October 25 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    24 Oct 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 Truecaller partner with Microsoft in exclusive Windows Phone deal Truecaller are on a roll. A week after announcing a massive $60M round of funding led by Sequoia and Skype-founder Niklas Zennström, they’ve this past week announced that they’re partnering with Microsoft to bring Live Caller ID to Windows Phones, exclusively. Codarica exit Walt Disney accelerator, launch first iPad app Codequest…
  • It’s time for the next edition of Uppstart in Uppsala

    Anders Hassis
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    The next Uppstart will be held on 30th October, at 17:30 at the beautiful Katalin Bar in Uppsala (right next door to Uppsala Centralstation). Are you based in Stockholm? No worries, it’s only 37 mins on a train from Stockholm and you’re at the venue! During the evening there will be an on stage discussion from some of Swedens top angel investors, and 3 start-ups will be pitching to get their attention! There is still one pitching slot open, startups can apply by dropping the organizer an email. Panelists announced so far: Anette Nordvall (Investor), Erik Byrenius (co-founder and…
  • Follow-up chat with Josep from rêve after securing seed round

    Einar Persson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Rêve is a STING startup that enables shoppers to scan barcodes in the store and find product information online. We wrote about them earlier here and here. The team at rêve recently announced that they had closed a seed round successfully, with Optimizer Invest and Almi Invest now being a part of the rêve family. I had a follow-up chat with CEO Josep Maria Nolla after the announcement was made. Congrats on the investment. What does this mean for you? The investment is obviously great news for us. It strengthens the company’s financial situation going forward, but most important of…
  • Use FIWARE and get €50,000 to expand your web-based project

    Anders Hassis
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Speed UP Europe – an acceleration programme providing financial support and coaching to SMEs and web entrepreneurs looking to develop innovative applications upon FIWARE technology. FIWARE is an innovative, open cloud-based infrastructure for cost-effective creation and delivery of Future Internet applications and services. It is an alternative to existing proprietary Internet platforms as those provided by Amazon or Google. 100 selected projects will be granted €50,000 + coaching during 9 months. As a partner of Speed UP Europe STING will support the selected Swedish projects.
  • Pioneering agribusiness growing algae in Sweden

    Anders Hassis
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Simris Alg is a pioneering agribusiness growing algae in Sweden who produce unique natural food products and health supplements, and create health and well-being for people, animals and the planet. Their goal is to be a landmark business for the bio-based economy. Fredrika Gullfot, CEO says: “As a company, we are an integral part of society. Profit is at the heart of what we do, as is doing good. We create jobs, generate new knowledge, reduce harmful impact on natural resources, and make a difference in people’s lives with our products. We replace unsustainable production methods…
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    Barcinno

  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: FoodieAmateur

    Stewart Masters
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    FoodieAmateur.com, winners of best display at FestUp Expo back in May, is a platform aimed at foodies and chefs who want to share and find good products. The Barcelona Startup is proposed as a solution to the fact that a lot of the information on the inter web regarding gastronomic products in Barcelona, is in fact wrong, […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: FoodieAmateur appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: MyTwinPlace (@MyTwinPlace) Product/Project Manager Internship

    Scott Mackin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Company: MyTwinPlace Area: Travel, Collaborative Consumption Place: Barcelona Job type: Marketing About the Role: Day to Day: You will be assigned a senior mentor who will get you up to speed quickly so that you can learn as much as possible and contribute to the success of the Team • Understand and analyze user needs. • Help to define […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: MyTwinPlace (@MyTwinPlace) Product/Project Manager Internship appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Boston Accelerator Dat Venture Is Recruiting Spanish Startups To The US

    Scott Mackin
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    A new channel to accelerate Spanish startups overseas and enter the US market has emerged from my hometown of Boston. In collaboration with Harvard University and Efron Consulting, the Boston accelerator Dat Venture is designed to help Spanish entrepreneurs develop their business models and spur international innovation. The mission is to connect international talent with the local resources […] The post Boston Accelerator Dat Venture Is Recruiting Spanish Startups To The US appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Why The Shareholders Agreement Is The Most Important Step For Early Startups

    Willow Novell
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    The road to startup success is paved with failure. Sometimes it’s outside of your control; wrong market, bad timing, lack of funding, poor leadership, but in my experience, all too often the reason startups meet their demise is due to internal relations. Now, lets picture your start-up. Of course you probably don’t have any money, therefore you […] The post Why The Shareholders Agreement Is The Most Important Step For Early Startups appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: GetYourHero (@GetYourHero)

    Stewart Masters
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a bit of a clean freak. To the point where a room full of dirty laundry and a sink overflowing with crusty dishes is enough to send me over the edge. Given that cleaning isn’t topping the list of my most loved pastimes, finding a cleaner […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: GetYourHero (@GetYourHero) appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • New beginnings

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

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

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

    Christian Walter
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    For those who would like to visit Turkey but need a good excuse, here it is. Founders, startups, digital nomads and freelancers will have the opportunity to network, work on new ideas, grow business and make new friends in Kemer, Turkey thanks to Coworking Camp. “Even though new coworking spaces are opening every day, and there is a flurry of startup events and incubation programs, it is sometimes difficult to make meaningful connections with other startups from different cities. Coworking Camp is specifically designed to let you meet founders that can help you to grow your network and…
  • Get Ready for I4-X – New Business Accelerator Coming to Bangkok

    Geoffrey Guyonnet
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    “I4-X“ is accepting applications for it’s first term starting  September 15th The 3 month accelerator program  was developed by the Singapore based Expara IDM Venture in collaboration with N-VEst Ventures. Expara is a leading provider of incubation and mentorship to early-stage interactive and digital media (IDM) companies across South-East Asia. I4-X will be based full-time at the co-working space Glowfish, where the companies can meet and discuss with the accelerator coaches and mentors. Each of the startups will receive a small pre-seed investment of THB 250,000 to cover the…
 
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    Uncanny Owl

  • 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…
  • WordPress LMS Showdown: Sensei vs. LearnDash

    Ryan Moore
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    I recently decided to build a new LMS demo site with WooThemes Sensei, which gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of time setting Sensei up and integrated it into an existing site for this review. Since most of Uncanny Owl’s platform consulting work involves LearnDash, it was great to explore a different approach to a WordPress LMS solution. In this quick review I’ll discuss some of what I really liked about Sensei (compared to LearnDash) and where I  have concerns about using the plugin to deliver training. First, some history. Uncanny Owl started working with WordPress LMS…
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    NextShark

  • This is How Charismatic and Successful People Make Introductions

    Max Chang
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    It turns out we’ve been networking wrong all this time. When you think about yourself and who you really are, are you a complex individual who has passions, emotions, beliefs and aspirations? Or do you think about yourself strictly as whatever title is written on your business card? Do you introduce yourself like: “Hi, my name is Max. I’m a writer for an online magazine.” Or is it more natural to introduce yourself like: “Hi, I’m Max. How are you today?” If you are more than what your position at whatever company is, then why do you introduce your friends and colleagues at…
  • This Entrepreneurial Power Couple is Everything You Wish Your Relationship Could Be

    Sarah Lesnar
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Yael Cohen Braun, founder and CEO of Fuck Cancer, and her husband Scooter Braun, renowned talent manager, businessman and philanthropist, are possibly the most amazing couple in the business industry. Not only are they a great team, but their openness and ability to prioritize their relationship over their booming ventures is what every entrepreneurial couple needs today. Relationship therapist Esther Perel specializes in teaching those who are successful in business to be successful in their personal relationships. “Work and love are two pillars of our life and both depend on how well we…
  • Microsoft Co-Founder Is Just as Overly Scared of Ebola as Everyone Else … Actually, He’s $100-Million Scared

    Alan Van
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Nearly two weeks after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $25 million to help fight Ebola, Microsoft founder and fellow billionaire Paul Allen has now upped the ante by donating $100 million to the cause. Fight, fight, fight! Earlier this month, Zuckerberg announced via a Facebook post that he would be donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control to help turn the tide against the Ebola epidemic, which he described as being “at a critical turning point.” Post by Mark Zuckerberg. Allen, meanwhile, will be contributing one of the largest amounts donated thus far by an…
  • This is the Halloween Costume For Those With $1.6 Million to Spare

    Alan Van
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    One year, a long, long time ago when I was but a tender, young beast, my mom decided to save a little extra money and time by having me go out trick-or-treating without a costume. “What am I supposed to be without a costume?” I asked her incredulously. “Just go as yourself,” she replied matter-of-factly, as though it was only logic, and not a costume, that I needed. Needless to say, I’ve been masquerading as myself and scaring the shit out of people ever since, all while saving a boatload of money. Halloween costumes seem to be getting more and more unnecessarily expensive every…
  • Watch Judge Judy Get Confused and Upset Over EDC Rave Girl

    Sebastian Dillon
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    “Electric Daisy Carnival.” “Rave.” These are words that the venerable Judge Judy knows nothing about, and like many elderly people would, she immediately decides to hate them. Watch as the plaintiff, Talina Apodoca, tries to explain what a rave (at 0:37, Judge Judy calls it a “wave”) and EDC is. Judge Judy is lost in these times. “Wouldn’t it be better to work at a five day a week, nine to five office job, than a two-day rave?” That’s definitely a “no,” your honor. h/t: Gawker
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    Yapsody Blog

  • 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 put on sale by October 31st 2014 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
  • Yapsody Integrated Canada’s leading payment gateway – Moneris!

    Yapsody
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    We at Yapsody believe in integrating the best service providers and industry leaders to increase the effectiveness of our event ticketing system.  Since the launch of Yapsody, we have continuously released new features and services every month, and this time we are happy to inform our Canadian presenters that we have integrated one of Canada’s leading payment gateways, Moneris. Now Yapsody presenters in Canada can select from Moneris, PayPal, Braintree and Stripe. Moneris provides hassle-free, advanced, and secure service to over 350,000 businesses as well as simple procedures for setting…
  • Pay Later – A New Payment Method to Increase Your Profits!

    Yapsody
    21 May 2014 | 9:29 pm
    We at Yapsody are excited to announce yet another new feature called “Pay Later” for our event presenters; this will offer your customers an alternative option of payment method while buying tickets for your event.  The new Pay Later feature will offer you to add offline payment method in addition to credit-card-payment options and let you sell tickets online if you don’t have any payment gateway account. Also, by using Pay Later feature, you don’t have to pay any transaction fee or any service fee to payment gateway providers and you get the entire amount of event ticket sales as…
  • Yapsody Participates at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) 2014 Trade show & Convention!

    Yapsody
    16 May 2014 | 1:25 am
    Yapsody participated in the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual Tradeshow & Convention with Chubby Checker performing his all-time classic hits “The Twist” and “Twist Again” in the Yapsody exhibition booth. NIGA’s Tradeshow & Convention is the premiere North American Native Indian gaming event where Indian gaming executives, buyers, and industry professionals meet up in San Diego, California each spring to support the Native American Indian Gaming industry and celebrate Native American Indian sovereignty. There were hundreds of booths present at NIGA.  But thanks…
  • Pinterest is an awesome tool for event promotion!

    Yapsody
    9 May 2014 | 2:51 am
    Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networking websites.  It acquired 10 million users in 9 months and recently they unveiled their newest feature, Place Pins. In this blog, we will explain you can utilize Pinterest and its “Place Pins” feature to promote your event and get maximum exposure. Pinterest added a new type of pin called Place Pins, enabling users to map out the locations of all the items they share on their pinboards. For example, if you pin a photo of your event or the artist performing in your event, you can also add the venue location to a map on your board.
 
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    StartUp Beat

  • With a $4M funding infusion, 10 Minutes With is bringing its career matchmaking platform to the U.S.

    Editor
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A Q&A with 10 Minutes With founder and CEO Manfredi Di Cintio. The London-based career matchmaking startup for students and recent college grads announced in early October the closing of a $4 million Series A funding round from a group of undisclosed investors. The company was founded in 2013 and previously raised $400,000 in Seed funding last year. SUB: Please describe 10 Minutes With and your primary innovation. Di Cintio: 10 Minutes With was created to inspire students and match them to their ideal jobs worldwide. The platform helps students learn directly from the experience of senior…
  • Risk management for startup founders

    Editor
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    By Torsten Kolind, YouNoodle co-founder and CEO Starting a company is rarely a ‘safe’ choice, but can be amazing when done thoughtfully and strategically. Although founders tend to have a certain affinity for risk-taking, even the most hard-nosed entrepreneurs are occasionally overwhelmed by the often all-encompassing and lifestyle-jeopardizing endeavor of starting up. Rebeca Hwang and I founded YouNoodle in 2010 as a judging platform for entrepreneurship competitions. Four long and adventurous years later that’s still the core of what we do. Having been through fundraising efforts,…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: From the Lab is on a mission to make luxury beauty products with quality ingredients available at lower prices

    Editor
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    By Lorraine Dahlinger, From the Lab co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH There’s a widespread misconception in the beauty industry that women must pay exorbitant prices for luxury beauty and skincare products that actually work, but From the Lab believes that all women deserve access to incredible, effective products without having to pay a premium. By partnering directly with the top beauty labs in the world (the very same labs that supply formulations for most of the major label cosmetic companies in the U.S.) and eliminating unnecessary marketing and distribution costs, From the Lab is able to…
  • Smartzer’s video overlay tech is built to make content ‘shoppable’

    Editor
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    A Q&A with Smartzer founder Karoline Gross. The London-based visual commerce tech startup announced last week that it has raised a total of $400,000 in Angel funding from entrepreneur Jamie True and other, undisclosed, investors. It was founded in 2012. SUB: Please describe Smartzer and your primary innovation. Gross Smartzer aims to provide a seamless shopping experience through shoppable content. We add an interactive overlay to videos that allows viewers to click on specific areas within the video to see additional information and make instant purchases. SUB: Who are your target…
  • Female founders and the evolution of ecommerce

    Editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By Lorraine Dahlinger, From the Lab founder There are basic, and well-documented, behavioral differences between the way men and women shop online. Women typically browse products, read reviews, look for bargains, and utilize online chats and discussion forums. Not only is shopping online a social act for many women, it’s an increasingly informed act. Women frequently take the time to do their homework and find out the specific details about a product and the company that makes it, and then, once they have established a sense of trust with that company, they tend to remain loyal to the…
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  • 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…
  • Apple Watch: A Triumph Of Incremental Innovation

    Chris Kalaboukis
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Always interested in bold new innovation, I watched with bated breath as the new Apple products were revealed this week – once again I was disappointed that Apple took the super safe, non-innovative route to simply copy their Android competitors and simply release a larger version of more or less the same thing, for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that is. If you ask me, there is no real new ground broken here – yes, even Apple Pay – which so many people are now lauding as the “insert_payment_solution_here killer” doesn’t really innovate. Android phones have had…
  • Put Down The Mouse And Step Away From The Computer

    Chris Kalaboukis
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Jonathan Philips / Flickr As someone who’s been steeped in the culture of innovation most of my career and in Silicon Valley for the last 15 years of my career, I sometimes find that those two ethos’s (ethii?) sometimes compete with each other. After all, the Silicon Valley ethos is one of entrepreneurs sacrificing all sorts of things (social life, time, money) in order to build the next big amazing new thing and change the world. This place is rife with stories of people pulling months and months of all nighters and sleeping under their desks in order to just get world changing…
  • The Top 100 Least Innovative Companies

    Chris Kalaboukis
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Now, you didn’t really think that this was going to be a post with a list of the top 100 least innovative companies in it, did you? I mean, how would I go about doing that anyways – call up companies that I think are not innovating and ask if they want to be on this list? I doubt if anyone would admit to it. But I’ll bet that when you saw that headline you probably thought to yourself – hmm – I wonder if MY company is on that list? Tell the truth, how many of you clicked on that link thinking that you’d see your company at the top of that list – or…
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    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 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.
  • Startup Jobs for 10/20/14

    John Gannon
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    TheLadders, a job-matching service and employment website, is hiring a Product Manager in New York. Fiverr, the marketplace built around five-dollar gigs, is hiring a Local City Manager 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 10/20/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Build iOS apps on a budget without learning to code

    Angus McLeod
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    One month. $5,000. And no coding skills! Would you believe that’s all it takes to go from idea to an iOS MVP? My friend Angus McLeod at Knotable has used the process below to build his own iOS MVP and has seen other non-engineers use it to build their own, too.  What I love about this process is that you see progress on your app every day. Can’t say that about many outsourcing projects. Here’s Angus breaking it down… 1. Put your idea onto “paper” This means visually mocking up the whole app flow using your tool of choice. By “app flow” I…
  • How to interview with a startup CEO (by a startup CEO)

    Oliver Pomel
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    What do you look for when you interview startup sales/marketing/product management candidates? I’ve found that in the best interviews with non-technical people I’m usually the one doing most of the talking. For example, the best product managers asked lots of questions to help them understand: what exactly we did for whom what we were good at what we were struggling with In other words, be prepared for your interview, ask a lot of questions, listen, and learn. Then you have what you need to sell your unique fit with the startup and the specific role you’re targeting.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/24/14

    John Gannon
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Praxis Health, a healthcare startup that provides lay caregivers with the skills and tools needed to better recognize and manage disease, is looking for a BD and tech candidate to help scale their operations. 500 Startups writes about how to get hired at a startup (even if you’re not technical). 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 9/24/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
 
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    Changing Field

  • Gamification

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Benjamin Bressington of http://www.aussieben.co explains gamification and its role in attracting new customers and new clients. It’s especially useful if your demographic consist of young people who need more to engage their attention.
  • Business and Social Gaming

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Social gaming offers various challenges for game developers. Game developer must ask the best business models for their games. Watch this video wherein a panel of experts share their thoughts on different business models and choosing the right one for any given game.
  • Image

    admin
    16 Dec 2013 | 11:47 pm
    Starting on crafting your image doesn’t have to be expensive, and you don’t have to set a big budget all at once. Figure out the key elements that the public would see immediately. If sales calls attract more clients, then an investment on business cards may be priority. If your business would entice customers through signs, put money there. A website or social media presence would also add extra exposure in these online and mobile age.
  • Inventory Control

    admin
    7 Dec 2013 | 9:04 pm
    Inventory control isn’t limited to counting them. You may also need to take physical control of inventory, restricting access or locking it up. Inventory is money.
  • Marketing Plan

    admin
    7 Dec 2013 | 8:11 am
    Market conditions change. You can never predict all of tomorrow’s challenges but you can anticipate some. It is in this context that your marketing plan should be an ongoing process. Taking a look at it every quarter and every six months should help you get on track. Has the market changed radically, or is your thinking different from when you started out? Check and measure the path or paths you’re gonna take from every time you look at your plan.
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    Accredible

  • 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
    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 about 1% thus far of what there…
  • Exploits in Education: Week 5

    Elizabeth Randell
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Welcome back! Grab a tall, refreshing drink, sit back, relax and settle in for a read!  This week we are looking at leadership.  What is a leader?  What is the role of women in leadership?  These are tough topics… Before we begin, let’s clarify a few points for the sake of transparency.  I am a woman.  I am a woman who has been in leadership roles in business, in various organizations and at home.  I can’t give you a straight answer on what a leader is, what makes a good leader or how to get more women in visible leadership roles I hope you noticed the word…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 6

    Swati Kumar
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    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:   Social Media:  I’ve never been hugely involved with social media, but my later years in college…
  • Welcome Back Hockey! Four Must See Courses for Couch Coaches!

    Elizabeth Randell
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    “Hello, Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.” – Foster Hewitt, Hockey Night in Canada. Hello hockey fans around the world!  Welcome to the 2014-2015 NHL season – if you are a  fan, you are glued to the screen!  With four games scheduled for opening night, hopefully your favourite team is playing. http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyday.htm?navid=nav-sch-today You’ve probably studied your team’s stats from last year, know the details on the key players on your team and have your favourite blogs bookmarked to prepare you for the…
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    Entrepreneur Sky | Startup & Tech News, Buzz, Tips

  • Prairie Ventures Appoints Industry Expert Craig Tuttle as President.

    Kevin
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Prairie Ventures Appoints Industry Expert Craig Tuttle as President. Prairie Ventures, a private investment fund headquartered in Omaha, NE, announces Craig Tuttle as President. In his role, Tuttle will lead the organization to connect entrepreneurs and investors for early stage and growth stage enterprises with a focus on healthcare technology. He will also be responsible for managing the current portfolio of investments and the growth of the existing operating companies. “I am truly excited to take on this responsibility for Prairie Ventures. With a rich history in successful investing,…
  • Aveya Creative Founder to Mentor at Lean Startup Machine Weekend.

    Kevin
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Aveya Creative Founder to Mentor at Lean Startup Machine Weekend. During the weekend of November 7th – 9th, Mariya Bouraima, Founder of Washington DC-based branding agency Aveya Creative, will participate in Lean Startup Machine as a mentor to guide several startups through transforming ideas into brands. Lean Startup Machine. Lean Startup Machine (LSM) is an intensive three-day workshop where entrepreneurs and innovators use Lean Startup principles to validate ideas for new products or services. Aveya Creative participated in LSM’s workshop last May, and is excited to work with…
  • Dutch Startup BStriker Gives Away US$100.000 at WebSummit.

    Kevin
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Dutch Startup BStriker Gives Away US$100.000 at WebSummit. BStriker is giving away US$100.000 worth of annual subscription fees to its revolutionary SaaS BStriker ALTM (Application Lifecycle Test Manager) at the WebSummit 2014 in Dublin, November 4th – 6th. BStrikers mission is to improve all software delivered by increasing the level of the quality of the testing cycle. Summit. On a day, to be disclosed soon via our communication channels, during the summit BStriker will draw 3 companies who will either win free SAAS licenses for a full year to a maximum value of US$50.000 or receive a…
  • Shipping Software ShipStation Launches New Integration with Square.

    Kevin
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Shipping Software ShipStation Launches New Integration with Square. Today ShipStation, the leading web-based e-commerce shipping solution, launched a new integration with Square. With this new integration, Square’s online sellers will be able to save time and money on their shipping and fulfillment process by using ShipStation’s discounted USPS rates, efficient label processing, order management functionality across one or multiple ecommerce platforms, and more. ShipStation. ShipStation is available through the Square App Marketplace and the new integration provides automatic store-setup.
  • Xplenty Launches in the U.S., Raises $3 Million in Series A Funding.

    Kevin
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Xplenty Launches in the U.S., Raises $3 Million in Series A Funding. Xplenty, the big data processing platform powered by Hadoop, today announced it has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Waarde Capital and existing seed investor Magma Venture Partners of Israel. The investment will allow Xplenty to expand its platform’s features and continue to grow globally. Based in Tel Aviv, Xplenty also announced that it will now offer its innovative, easy-to-use, big data processing technology directly to customers in the United States. Xplenty. Powered by Hadoop, Xplenty enables organizations…
 
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    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.
  • Five Startups To Keep You Fit and Healthy

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    When it comes to life in a startup, it’s very easy to get caught up in things and work long hours – after all you need to be growing each month. But as you know, … Read more The post Five Startups To Keep You Fit and Healthy appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • What You Need To Know About The New 2015 EU VAT Rules

    Guest Blogger
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    This guest post is written by John McCarthy, CEO of Taxamo, a service solution for the 2015 EU VAT changes, outlines the EU VAT compliance challenges that await online merchants on January 1, 2015.  An … Read more The post What You Need To Know About The New 2015 EU VAT Rules appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • 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[...]
  • Leading Mobile Industry Leaders to Convene at GMIC Bangalore on September 26, 2014 

    Prateek Panda
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014. GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and[...]
 
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • 8 Growth Hackers All Entrepreneurs Must Follow.

    Kevin C
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    8 Growth Hackers All Entrepreneurs Must Follow. Growth Hackers are inspiration due to their massive contributions to online businesses, as well as their contributions in a much more larger sense, they are some of the best people to ever know. Learning from these individuals can be quite the humbly experiencing with everything one will have learned from them, whether it’s about growth hacking or not. This article shall be about some of the most inspirational growth hackers one should follow. 1. Everette Taylor Everette Taylor is a leading growth hacker from the site known as…
  • Studio H, Launches “Battle Chaser”, a Mobile Action & Defense Title, in Taiwan.

    Kevin C
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Studio H, Launches “Battle Chaser”, a Mobile Action & Defense Title, in Taiwan. Studio H (CEO: Jeongnam Kim), a Korea-based mobile game developer, announced that Battle Chaser, its new strategy and defense mobile RPG title, will be released in Taiwan toward the end of October through Google Play. Battle Chaser. The story driving Battle Chaser is that players are tasked with guarding the ‘Spiritsknell’, which is a legendary jewel that holds the power of the devil king to fight against monsters. Players get to choose one of three characters who possess unique skills…
  • Tencent to Host Global Partner Conference.

    Kevin C
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Tencent to Host Global Partner Conference. Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of comprehensive Internet services in China, today announced that it will host its fourth annual Tencent Global Partner Conference from October 30 to 31 at the BFA International Convention Center in Hainan, China. At the conference, entrepreneurs, IT talents and developers from around the world will learn about the latest updates regarding Tencent’s Open Platform Strategy, which covers a wide range of products and services, as well as insights into the current internet landscape in China from…
  • The Ultimate Guide to a Call to Action Button.

    Kevin C
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    The Ultimate Guide to a Call to Action Button. Call to action (CTA)  buttons are some of the most important things when it comes down to e-commerce. For this article, I’m going to touch up on exactly what, why and when a CTA buttons works effectively. First things first, I will proceed to explain by pointing out some of the high-covering CTA buttons from around the web. Although, things can get really ugly, because I will be using some bad examples as well. The good example buttons contain features that contribute to their success. You shall notice that these examples come from all…
  • Qubole’s Co-Founder to Present Hadoop Expertise at Cloud Expo Asia.

    Kevin C
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Qubole’s Co-Founder to Present Hadoop Expertise at Cloud Expo Asia. Qubole, the award-winning provider of the next generation Cloud Big Data platform, is proud to share their plans for Cloud Expo Asia. In addition to sponsoring the conference, the team will be exhibiting and demonstrating the Qubole Data Service (QDS) platform live. Joydeep Sen Sarma, co-founder, Chief Technical Officer and Head of Qubole India, will speak on the Cloud Expo agenda at the Suntec Exhibition Centre in Singapore. CLICK TO TWEET THIS: #BigData expert & @Qubole CTO Joydeep Sen Sarma will present #Cloud…
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • 5 Halloween Promotions to Draw Consumers to Your Store

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's nearly time for Halloween, and that means your consumers and followers will be expecting fun and festive promotions to ring in this spooky occasion. In addition to breaking out the black and orange decorations, you'll need to adopt a few promotions to get your customers in the holiday spirit. Looking for a quick and easy way to attract more consumers this Halloween?  1. Call for carved pumpkins Your business is looking for decorations to line the windows and walls, so why not ask your consumers to help out? If you're feeling particularly crafty, consider setting up a pumpkin…
  • Infographic: How to Run a Successful Facebook Photo Contest

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Spookiest Pooch: How to Run a Successful Facebook Photo Contest Your business has likely already decorated its store and stocked up on candy for the trick-or-treaters, but there are many other ways to attract those costumed consumers using your online social sites. Facebook provides small business owners with an ideal platform on which they can create and promote contests perfect for winning over new site visitors. As you're searching for a spooky promotion guaranteed to wow consumers this Halloween, consider a photo contest that calls for likes, shares and comments for your brand. …
  • Retail Resources: Mobile Marketing

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    From the way we receive breaking news to the methods by which we pay for goods, smartphones continue to revolutionize the way consumers interact with different companies around the world. As businesses develop their mobile marketing strategies, it's imperative that small business owners look to their own tactics and examine the way mobile devices can be used to drive more foot traffic to their stores. But before you can adopt the perfect mobile marketing strategy, it's important to learn about the different tactics currently in use and how your target demographic responds to certain marketing…
  • 4 Ways Small Business Owners Can Use The Apple Watch

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Tech giant Apple continues to develop new products that may have a significant impact on how companies are run in the future. While many people are currently enamored with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, small business owners should be learning more about the recently unveiled Apple Watch and how it can streamline operations in the coming months. Set to be released in early 2015, developers have already revealed several features that can be expected from the Apple Watch. The smartwatch will obviously be invaluable for those looking for a simple clock, but its benefits extend far…
  • Storytelling, Marketing and Your Small Business

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Storytelling is at play in nearly every aspect of your daily life. From the way your favorite Thursday night drama unfolds to the connection you foster with your insurance carrier's fictional brand ambassador, storytelling has a significant impact on the way you view many elements of the world. But what kind of an impact does this have on your marketing efforts? When done correctly, storytelling can be one of the most powerful tools your small business has at its disposal, as this tactic humanizes your brand and allows consumers to connect on a more personal level. But before you adopt a…
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  • Plan9 is taking applications for 5th Cycle of Incubation

    Fatima Rizwan
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    Plan9 has started taking applications for their 5th cycle of incubation. The last date to apply is 31st October. Plan9 is Pakistan’s largest tech startup incubation program that takes in promising startups from all over the country twice a year. The success rate of these startups is comparatively low but the program manager and whole team is working hard to improve the curriculum and hence, increase the ratio of success. Last year, Plan9 collaborated with Acumen to host a Social Entrepreneurship Launchpad but this year, we weren’t able to find out anything like that in the…
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to officially launch in Pakistan tomorrow

    Fatima Rizwan
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    We have been seeing a lot of buzz around Galaxy Note 4 launch on social media as Samsung has started rolling out invitations to the influential people. The event is due happen tomorrow at 7pm in Lahore. The invitation box that TechJuice has received, earlier today, goes like this.   “We invite you to be amongst a select few to witness this NOTE-worthy occasion, on 24th October.” According to the JBnJaws Production’s invitation, the event will be hosted by Hamza Ali Abbasi and Ayesha Omar. Sajjad Ali and Ali Zafar are also invited to perform at the event. Although, Note 4 is…
  • Pakistan bags first prize at the One Young World summit this year

    Kashaan Tajammul
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    This year, at the fifth One Young World summit in Dublin, Pakistan won the first prize at the Rwanga Social Startup Competition.Representing Pakistan, Khizr Imran Tajammul, shared his vision to research and manufacture affordable energy solutions for low income communities. His idea is to use the potential of solar energy in Pakistan and to make solar energy solutions more accessible to the lowest common denominator.Among an array of potential utilities and products, he feels that solar water heating has great potential and that ‘greenhouse technology’ as opposed to evacuation…
  • Mid-sized Tablets’ Showdown: iPad mini 3 vs Nexus 9

    Uzair Ahmed
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The latest mid-sized tablet offerings from Apple and Google went official only a few hours apart earlier this month. iPad mini 3, the smallest tablet in the Apple’s iPad family, was announced alongside its larger sibling—iPad Air 2—which definitely belongs in the premium category. HTC-manufactured Nexus 9, on the other hand, is slightly larger than iPad mini 3 and continues the legacy of Nexus 7, a small but capable, low-priced Asus-made tablet for Google. Low price used to be the main selling-point of Nexus series of devices but this year Google has taken a surprising turn in…
  • Microsoft Pakistan Offers Free Access to Kinect Devices for Developers

    Uzair Ahmed
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Microsoft is one of the major global technology brands that are currently making serious efforts to maintain a presence in developing South Asian markets. With steps such as establishing and maintaining local Innovation Centers, arranging Windows Phone Hackathons and donating to local tech initiatives, Microsoft has become one of the dominant forces in Pakistan’s technosphere. In a drive to raise awareness regarding Microsoft’s Kinect development platform among software developers, Microsoft is providing free access to competent Pakistani developers to use the Kinect sensor at Microsoft…
 
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • KartRocket Raises $2 Million In Series A Funding From Nirvana Venture Advisors and Others

    Asish Das
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    BigFoot Retail Solutions Pvt. Ltd, which owns KartRocket, a do-it-yourself (DIY) e-commerce platform for Indian retailers, announced on Wednesday that it has raised around $2 million (Approx. INR 12 cr.) in its first round of funding. The Series A round was led by Nirvana Venture Advisors, 500 Startups and Japan-based Beenos (NetPrice). The E-commerce enabler platform was founded Saahil Goel, Gautam Kapoor and Vishesh Khurana in 2012 and had raised an undisclosed amount of funds from 5ideas, 500 Startups and angel investor Jatin Aneja last year. “We’ve already done a lot of heavy lifting…
  • What It’s Really Like to Work At a Startup Company

    Anas Shakil
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    It’s a (wo)man’s world out there. Sweat, Long Hours, High Pressure, not the right keywords for a 20 Something straight out of the college circus, looking for a bright career opportunity. Definitely not for those trying to fit in. We need people who think on their feet, people who look beyond defeats. We need people who are bursting with energy, quivering with excitement to cross the next hurdle. We cherish people for whom nothing tastes sweeter than a post victory cup of cutting chai. We look for talent and intent, degrees are worth dime a dozen here. I work for a start up, intelloCut,…
  • HelloIntern.com – Connecting Interns With Their Future

    Akanksha Samar
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    The one daunting thought that final year students’ fret about, apart from the pressure of preparing for their final set of exams, is the inevitable hunt for a job. Joyful graduation ceremonies are then followed by laborious sessions of scouring the internet and classified ads hoping that something worthwhile would pop up and end this process. However, today’s job market is dominated by the fierce combination of experience and luck. This is where the concept of placements and internships begin to make sense. “An internship is not only a nice addition to your resume; it is also a ticket…
  • How To Manage Real-time Customer Interaction While Doing Market Research

    Arundhuti Roy
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Customer Interaction is an important part of customer experience. There are multiple conversations happening between a customer and a company via telephones, social media accounts, emails, etc. But an organization must confirm that these conversations yield fruitful results, meaning these discussions should be effective in engaging people and develop their interests. Usually, companies converse with their customers to learn about the market , the requirements and whether the existing product is meeting their wants. A business should aim at fulfilling customer expectations. Therefore, a market…
  • SoftwareSuggest Is Disrupting the Software Selection Process In India

    Siddhartha Sarma
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Selecting a software is a humongous task for any organization. There are multiple software choices available but, SMBs are never sure of the one that will perfectly fit their requirement. Large companies have full time CTO and hire consultants to help them select the right software, but for small and mid-size companies, more often than not the computer admin acts as the consultant and the CTO. This leads to wrong selection of software, ultimately results in unnecessary hassle. “The core of the problem is lack of organised information and reviews on the software options available”, says…
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  • Are there any downsides in attending startup events?

    Florin Muresan
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Startup events are a never ending issue. Every entrepreneur, or even people that aspire to become one, think of a startup event as the place to meet mentors, investors, or simply share ideas and make new friends. Still, everybody talks about the nice part of going to a startup event.…
  • Why Video marketing on Social Media is a Tactic That You Need to Apply

    Florin Muresan
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    You Gotta See This Social video is hotter than the bulb in your grandfather’s Super 8 projector. Social media reaches over a third of the entire global population-this reach is enormous. The chances of your target audience not being part of a social media network are getting smaller every day.…
  • How to prepare a pitch before meeting a VC

    Florin Muresan
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Prepare a pitch. The basics Now that you’ve raised up the foundation of your startup and already established your network of connections, you should start thinking of ways to attract further funding. One way to do this is by convincing a VC firm to invest in your company. I’ve already explained…
  • Accelerators and now decelerators?

    Florin Muresan
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    There’s a new trend going on right now in the startup world. Well, I don’t know if it’s a trend, or an idea, if it’s a new thing, or yet another buzzword. I will let you decide that for yourself. I’m talking about decelerators. You may be asking yourself what…
  • Turning a hobby into a successful startup

    Florin Muresan
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Most of us enjoy spending our time one way or the other: photography, cooking, painting, archery, solving puzzle games, etc. Only some of us have what it takes to turn their hobbies into successful startups. Let me give you a few examples and then I will ask you if you…
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    PAKWIRED

  • Top 5 Reasons Startups Fail: Startup Study Reveals All

    Beth Burgess
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    The startup scene is not unacquainted with failure. It is largely an accepted part of entrepreneurship that most startup founders will begin a few...
  • How to Get in the Start-Up State of Mind

    Benjamin Neal
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Most people, normal people, value things like security, stability, the comfort of a familiar routine. They’re happy to have a good job, with a...
  • Web Summit: Where the Tech World Meets

    Hummayun Javed
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Web Summit in Dublin next month (November 4-6, 2014) is one of the largest tech conferences in the world. At its 2013 edition, the...
  • An Overview of Zong’s 4G Plans

    Sanaa Rizwani
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Zong 4G is based on fourth generation of mobile telecommunications technology, LTE (long term evolution), succeeding 3G. The company claims it is the fastest...
  • 10 Awesome Careers That Don’t Require a College Degree

    Benjamin Neal
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Let’s face it: college is expensive. And it isn’t getting any cheaper! Perhaps there was a time when a degree almost guaranteed you a...
 
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    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.
  • 1Click’s webRTC application now on App Store

    Deepthi Ramdas
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    For every business, the customer is the King. And it is of utmost importance that the business listen to their customer’s demands and work towards achieving them and satisfying the … Continue reading →The post 1Click’s webRTC application now on App Store appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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    Potknox Blog

  • 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…
  • The Latest, Smartest Anti-Cheating Mechanisms

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Jack is going through the Java test scores of the 100 or so job applicants who took the online screening test he created with Potknox. 30 candidates scored above 80%, 12 above 90, and 2, a whopping 100%. He is tempted to call in those two- Drake and Josh- for interviews, immediately. But then he sees something strange. At the 33rd minute of the test, a generated screenshot shows Jack that Drake was looking at Wikipedia to answer an MCQ question. At the 47th minute, he notices Drake is having a telephone conversation with someone and noting down what he is being told. At the 56th minute, Drake…
  • Up In The Clouds: The Rise of SaaS

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Cloud computing has revolutionized the way people store and access data, making life unimaginably simpler for a large number of us. People can now store their data on an offshore server and access it from anywhere at any time, which means there is no need to carry bulky storage devices around to make sure you have the data you need. Cloud computing is all about accessing data at the exact moment you need it, and not a moment later. But for many of us, the transition is too big to stomach up so soon, and there are still some gaps in our understanding. Well, let’s jump on the knowledge…
  • Lateral Hiring: How Online Skill Assessment Helps

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Hiring experienced professionals is an incredibly demanding task for any recruiter. The most important thing when making an impactful decision such as this, is: Am I missing out on Talent?  So how can you reduce the risk of making a bad hire, or worse, missing out on a good one? Can a Skill Assessment Tool like Potknox really capture the essence of an experienced candidate’s abilities- not just the possession of a faculty, but the ability to productively apply it? Yes, and here’s how: 1. Multi-Competency Assessments Tests created with Potknox test technical, aptitude,…
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    SuperbCrew

  • ONDiGO – Fully-Automated Mobile-First CRM “On-the-go”

    SuperbCrew
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    ONDiGO is a revolutionary Mobile CRM for startups and small businesses, with special focus on “on-the-go” professionals. It captures all business interactions – email, calendar, phone calls, text messages, etc and automatically builds a customer database from those interactions. Yoni Dariel, Co-founder and CEO of ONDiGO, shares more details about ONDiGO in the interview below: Q: ONDiGO aims to revolutionize mobile CRM, how can startups and small businesses best leverage it? A: Managing clients is tough, especially for small businesses & startups and even more so for…
  • AMPY – Power Your Smartphone From Your Motion

    SuperbCrew
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    AMPY is a wearable device that captures energy from your motion, turning it into power to charge your phone or any USB-powered device. AMPY stores the energy you generate in the internal lithium ion battery. Simply plug in your smartphone or wearable device into the USB port to start charging. Its internal battery stores about a week’s worth of physical activity and stays ready to use for months. You can also recharge AMPY from a wall outlet if needed using the micro-USB port on top. AMPY co-founders Tejas Shastry, Mike Geier, and Alex Smith Activate Social Media:The post AMPY –…
  • Trackmemo – Get Updates From All Your Cloud Apps In A Single News Feed

    SuperbCrew
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    Trackmemo is a productivity and collaboration app, that allows you track data across cloud applications and get updates from all your cloud apps in a single news feed. Below is our recent interview with Jipy Mohanty, founder of Trackmemo: Q: What is Trackmemo? A: Trackmemo is a productivity and collaboration app that is the central hub for threaded and searchable conversations for a team. Think of it as a news feed of updates from all your cloud applications.   Q: How does it work? A: Think of Trackmemo as your own personal assistant who regularly checks if any project, document, code…
  • University Beyond Allows Brands To Manage And Deploy Ambassador Programs

    SuperbCrew
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    With Gen-Y being one of the most expensive and hard to reach demographics, creating unique and cost effective marketing campaigns is crucial for any business. For many brands, creating a campus ambassador program allows them to do just that. University Beyond co-founder’s Doug Messer and Brendan Weinstein came to the same conclusion after working on their previous venture, DBFLY Watches. Messer and Weinstein created DBFLY during their junior year of High School, in which they were manufacturing and distributing interchangeable silicone watches. University Beyond came to fruition after…
  • Greentoe Changes The Way People Shop By Enabling Consumers To Negotiate Online

    SuperbCrew
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
      Written by: Joe Marrapodi, CEO and Co-Founder Greentoe.   Finding the lowest price online isn’t possible because you can’t negotiate directly with retailers. We feel there is a fundamental problem with the way consumers shop. When a business wants to buy something, they have sellers compete against each other to sell it to them. Consumer shopping should work the same way, but it doesn’t. We picked this idea because we feel we can revolutionize the way people shop. Greentoe is a disruptive marketplace that is changing the way people shop by enabling consumers to…
 
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • 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 […]
  • :-) I hope nobody forgot today is the birthday of smiley

    ventureosity
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    On September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman from Carnegie Mellon University first proposed using the emoticon  to mark jokes from serious posts in online message boards. It dominated a large part of our daily life, drove business, the most common one we know is the yellow guy. According to wikipedia, The smiley was first introduced to popular culture as part of a […]
  • New Mexico Dairy Farm: Everyone, you are all fired (reason: animal cruelty )!

    ventureosity
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A dairy farm fired all employees and referred the offenders in the video to law enforcement, according the the Associated Press. They have also stopped dairy shipments and milking operations and sent cows to other area farms. Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals captured video secretly recorded video apparently showing workers punching and kicking cows and stabbing […]
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    Spectafy Blog

  • 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…
  • Top Travel, Adventure, and Exploration Resources!

    Eric Watson
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    We know that, like us, all of you guys like to adventure, explore, and get the most out of life! Due to popular demand, we created this guide with valuable resources whether you are looking to travel the world or just explore your own hometown more. Also, check out our How to Explore a City in 10 Easy Steps guide. This page will be continually evolving as we find more useful resources, so come back frequently! Blogs NomadicMatt: actionable and all encompassing backpacking blog ExpertVagabond: a healthy mix of adventures and helpful advice AdventureJournal: lots of inspiring adventures and…
  • Don’t Miss These October San Francisco Events

    Eric Watson
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    As promised, here is our next installment of the Best San Francisco Events You Don’t Want to Miss!  We love San Francisco and the bay area. That’s why we live here, work here and are launching in SF first! Our goal is to help you be in the know about cool events, and for us all to be more social and involved in the community. Here are our favorite events in the greater San Francisco area for October, 2014.  See you out there! Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Who on earth doesn’t want to check out 100+ lives bands on 7 stages for FREE?  Get to Golden Gate Park October…
  • How to Explore a City in 10 Easy Steps!

    Sean Smith
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    We care about movement. We care about you seeing things you wouldn’t normally see, experiencing things you wouldn’t normally experience, doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Every city has its hidden secrets, its own hidden gems, its own mysteries. Whether the city is new to you or not there are certain ways to explore it that will unlock far more than the normal everyday hot-spots. We put together this simple, quick guide to show you the 10 steps you can follow to truly unlock and explore any city, whether it’s new to you or not! You can also download the guide pdf…
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  • Promote Your Services With Opez.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Small or big, every business looking out the ways by which it can promote its services. While there are many ways available online or offline for the purpose, but today we are going to talk about the service, basically a social site name Opez in this review article. Opez is a social site meant for professional service providers. The service providers which creates public profiles followed both for currently customers as well as for new customers. The best part their profiling system comes with as that the profile gets completed only once accompanies by feedback and recommendations which…
  • Want To Explore Asia? If Yes, Visit Asia.com Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    It is very common that we love one or two or even more places as our vacations spot. While some are just one time traveller while others are long term travellers. While travelling involves huge things ranging from planning to booking and so on but what it make all the things to ease if one plans to visit a place and s/he will gets all the information well in advance from one single source. This is the reason that the today’s startup which we are going to talk about falls in such similar category. The website name as Asia.com is a huge resource site aims at travellers who plan to visit the…
  • Make Customers Talk About You With ShareYourCart.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    A business can be known well only if it make sales, the same way a business considered as good reputed one only when people are talking about it. Say, if recommends your business to other people, then this is what the business is coming up as something real big. The today’s startup which we are going to talk about is ShareYourCart.com. ShareYourCart is basically a social affiliate marketing tool which lets customers to talk about your products by offering them free coupons (discounts) in return. This means that when a customer talks about your product, then s/he will get a coupon in return.
  • Get Dell Software At Asap.com Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are from one among those whose love for Dell is huge or if you are a huge Dell fan, then the website which we are going to share today would be your Dell one stop shop. The website ASAP.com specializes in selling Dell goodies all at one place. No doubt Dell holds a huge reputation in the market and so as its product lineup. The same make more sense for this website as it contains information one requires on purchasing, decision making, discussing and so on. The site ASAP.com helps you fulfil all your customer needs in one single go and all in simple manner. Here you will see computer,…
  • Meet Approved.com, Your source For Residential Mortgages, Home Loans And Refinancing

    KARAN CHOPRA
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are looking out for some source of place where you can find useful information on refinancing services by Capital Mortgage Services, then the startup which we are going to talk today specializes in the same. The startup name is Approved.com and is masters in offering reverse mortgages information. Approved.com masters in offering reverse mortgages information as well as the things which one consider or required when buying or refinancing your home. Other than this, the site also offers a loan center, where one can find funding for commercial loans. While the site also includes…
 
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  • 10 Things I’ve Learned From Day 1 of Joining a Funded Startup

    leanometry
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    (Guest Post by Graham Moreno) $6 million dollars, three people, one room. That was day one at Help.com. We had closed a large funding round which was great, but there was still a brand and product to create as we sat down in our new office at Capital Factory in Austin. Our CEO had left … Continue reading →
  • How to Create the Perfect Startup Elevator Pitch?

    leanometry
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Pitch Grub: Create the perfect startup elevator pitch. Your audience will eat it up. We noticed that one of the main problems that entrepreneurs had when coming to us to present their ideas was to concisely and clearly present their product. Many of them get lost in lots of details regarding what the product will … Continue reading →
  • How to serve your customers while following your product roadmap?

    leanometry
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Guest Blog Post by Krish Subramanian Explosive user growth. Backing from the venture capital elite. Seemingly, never ending interest from media entities. They’re rocketships of the startup world. Startups like Hubspot have seen unbridled growth. For startups that cater to the needs of other businesses, it is a dream to serve customers who’ve attained exponential … Continue reading →
  • 5 Ways Content Creators Get More Shares Using Sharewalla

    leanometry
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Getting more shares on your content is hard. We’re making it easy. Why not ask your most passionate followers to share your downloadable content in order to get access to it? We do this all the time with email marketing (i.e. provide your email for a free ebook). Now let’s do it for social shares, … Continue reading →
  • 5 Good Reasons Why It’s Better To Hire A Conversion Rate Consultant

    leanometry
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest Blog Post by Andy Hunt Hardly a day goes by now when there isn’t another conversion rate optimization startup that launches (including us). Just this past week we were comparing Evergage, Barilliance, Visual Website Optimzer, Optimizely and a handful of other SaaS providers who all claim to make it easy to increase your site’s … Continue reading →
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    Growth Hacking and Startup Advice - TimOsterbuhr.com

  • Etsy SEO: Increase Your Traffic In 4 Steps

    Tim
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    What is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimization can help you increase the number of customers that find their way to your Etsy shop by ranking your store higher in Google, Bing and Yahoo. The basics are not very difficult, but if you are targeting very competitive keywords it can get complicated. This guide will show you everything you need to know to get started: How to choose the best keywords for your store Optimizing your Etsy titles and descriptions Link building for Etsy What else should I be doing? Google determines the rank of a website by looking at hundreds of factors; some of the…
  • Top 10 Video Courses To Become A Growth Hacker

    Tim
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    In recent years, the traditional marketing role at most companies has shifted to become more tech-focused. It is no longer enough to preach the gospel taught in most university marketing classes. I love Super Bowl commercials, but have those convinced you to buy a KIA? Yeah me neither… This change has led to the development of a “marketing” position that is thought after by many, the growth hacker (especially startups). [Or the marketer with an understanding of how technology and marketing work together, to help a company gain traction at high speed.] I’m assuming, you…
  • How To Get A Job At A Startup (Even If You Cannot Code)

    Tim
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Even before the success of HBO’s TV show “Silicon Valley,” there has been great demand for startup jobs. Many people have asked me in the past about taking the right steps to find a startup job. Given a recent increase of questions, I spend some time drafting this post to provide you with a good base to get started. What you will learn: – – – – Hacks and tips to get ahead – Set yourself apart from the competition Early Startup Stages I’m focusing on the traditional tech startup with lots of software engineering work. So the startup is probably looking for…
  • Top 10 productivity extensions and websites for Entrepreneurs

    Tim
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Over the last months I have been obsessed with improving the speed at which I can complete repetitive and boring tasks. Nevertheless, organizing your work and day takes time – So you need to find a good balance between saving time and being organized to become hyper efficient. When I first started writing this post, I wanted to post only 5 useful tools. However, I had a pretty tough time identifying even 5 good ones, because most of the extensions and programs I use are now a big part of my daily routine. So to get the ball rolling… I took a step back and checked every app, plugin,…
  • How to Create an Android/iOS Game Without Knowing How to Code

    Tim
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    Did you know that you don’t need to know how to code to create amazing android and iOS games? In this review, I will show you software that makes it really easy to create simple and advanced games. Plus I’ll show you some really cool games that were made using each program. What You Will Learn 1. Which programs are available and how much they cost 2. What does the UI look like 3. How can I learn to make games 4. What are some popular games made using each software 5. Which one is the best program to make games There are various programs to create games and covering all of them in this…
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  • 4 Surprising Benefits of Being a Cash-Strapped Startup

    Guest Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ajay Patel, co-founder and CEO of HighQ, explains how a lack of funding can make your company more profitable later on and offers tips for seeking funding if necessary. It’s hard to deny that a little seed money, a line ... 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
  • A Year of Stories Behind the Apps

    Peter Ferioli
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Whew, it has been a year since we launched our Stories Behind the Apps feature and what an amazing journey it has been. We realized early on that powersylde is powered by people. It is this authenticity that fuels our app ... Read More
  • Stories Behind the Apps – WittyLater

    Peter Ferioli
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Tell us about being WittyLater! WittyLater was the natural choice for our inaugural app. It perfectly demonstrates our sense of humour, it allows us to use unusual words like “jape”, and it even let us make up a word (kaflabble) when we ... Read More
  • 5 Strategies for Strengthening Your CFO’s Connection to Business Metrics

    Guest Author
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest post by Asha Saxena of Future Technologies Inc.   If your CFO isn’t engaging with business metrics at a departmental level, she may be missing the bigger picture. When you’ve got a great CFO, it’s tempting ... Read More
 
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