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  • Part 2 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla

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

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    Sara F
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Every day, millions of people are participating in a creative hobby that is blogging. It all started as a form of an online diary where individuals would write about their day-to-day experiences and activities. Oh, what an innocent hobby it was! But somehow, other people wanted to know more and started paying close attention to […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Update: Mobilink Reveals Its New Identity, Launches A Responsive Website

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

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

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

  • What App Developers Want to See In The New Apple TV

    Jared Newman
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    With a new Apple media streamer reportedly weeks away, we asked app makers what's worked for competing platforms like Roku and Chromecast.Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it's going to launch a new Apple TV in September.Read Full Story
  • Staff Recommender: Zacqary Adam Xeper, Who Makes This Website Pretty

    Fast Company Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Zacqary Adam XeperPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Zacqary Adam Xeper Role at Fast Company: I'm a web developer, specializing in front-end—that means the stuff that happens on your device, as opposed to the stuff that happens on our servers. I make things look pretty for you. Ever looked at one of our slideshows on your phone? Aren't those spinning 3-D cards cool? You're welcome. Twitter: @XerxesQados Titillating Fact: In my spare time, I am a purple fox named Xerxes. If you're in downtown Pittsburgh…
  • Twitter Made Its Diversity Goals Public, But They Aren't Very Drastic

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The company's hiring goals are not exactly ambitious when compared against its existing diversity numbers.Last month, Pinterest came forward with its proposed plan to increase diversity in 2016. Twitter matched Pinterest's effort on Friday, when it announced its own goals to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities at the company.Read Full Story
  • Report: $1.9 Billion Invested In Space Travel Startups Since 2014

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Space travel, virtual reality, and drones are all fertile territory for investors.A new report says space travel startups have raised a staggering $1.9 billion since 2014. Venture capital database CB Insights released the report, titled "Future of Frontier Tech," which also says that drone startups have raised $285 million since 2014 and virtual/augmented reality companies $1 billion.Read Full Story
  • Obama Administration To Open Wearable Tech R&D Center In Silicon Valley

    Neal Ungerleider
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The White House and the Department of Defense are working with the private sector to build flexible, wearable electronics.The Obama administration and the Pentagon are giving the wearables industry a big push. On Friday, defense secretary Ash Carter will announce that the Department of Defense is investing $75 million in a "flexible hybrid electronics" innovation center in Silicon Valley; in addition to the Pentagon's contribution, the new institute will receive more than $90 million in funding from academia, corporate interests, and local governments for a total of about $171 million.Read…
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Japan’s top-grossing mobile game Monster Strike pulled from Apple app store

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Apple has pulled Japan’s top-selling mobile game from its Japanese app store, according to local media reports Saturday (link in Japanese). Developer Mixi claimed earlier this month that its blockbuster title Monster Strike was making $4.2 million every day ($378 million from April 1 through June 30), while spending very little on marketing. That translates to about $175,000 per hour. The tweet below in Japanese (as spotted by gaming analyst Serkan Toto) claims to show Monster Strike’s absence from the top five grossing games in Japan’s app store as of 6pm local time…
  • Minecraft creator has existential meltdown on Twitter, then gets stung by Jellyfish

    Mark Sullivan
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    We’ve seen Twitter freakouts before, but this is one for the books. The creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson, took to Twitter early Saturday with all sorts of torments and searching questions about his current life, and his former life as the creator and owner of one of the most important games in history, the Lego-like block-building game Minecraft. Persson and the company he co-founded, Mojang AB, sold the company and Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in September of 2014. From VentureBeat Get faster turnaround on creative, more testing, smarter improvements and better…
  • The next iPhone: The new features we expect to see September 9

    Mark Sullivan
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Apple is expected to announce its next iPhones at a press event in San Francisco September 9th. Rumors of what the new phones will look like and act like have been flying for months, and VentureBeat’s own sources have given us some reliable insights on the devices. The new phones — likely called the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus — will be an upgrade from the existing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones. Apple’s challenge was to build into these devices an attractive-enough feature set to tempt current iPhone 6 owners, and owners of earlier iPhones, to upgrade. And here are the…
  • Ashley Madison courted several buyers, landed none before attack

    Reuters
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    By Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to internal documents and emails also released by hackers as part of their assault on the company in recent weeks. Some unnamed investors wanted out, multiple attempts to close a deal or raise funds failed, and a public market debut looked increasingly unlikely, the documents show. Avid Life Media announced on Friday that CEO Noel Biderman,…
  • New photos reportedly show Apple iPhone 6S Force Touch screen and larger front camera

    Mark Sullivan
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac has acquired some newly leaked photos that show the new camera and screen of the next iPhones — likely called the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The new phones will be introduced at Apple’s fall event on September 9. The photo below shows a larger front-facing camera on the new (black) iPhone 6S, compared to the smaller one on the (white) iPhone 6 underneath it. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera sensors and f/2.2 aperture, which Apple said lets in 81 percent more light than earlier iPhones. The larger sensor on the new iPhone…
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    Inc.com

  • 6 Things You Should Do Every Sunday

    John Rampton
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    You need to enjoy some time away from your business. Fortunately, there are ways to step away from work and still have a productive day.
  • Twitter Sets Modest Goals to Diversify Workforce

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The company aims to fill 16 percent of its technology jobs with women next year.
  • Startup Founders React to California's Proposed Drone Law

    Tess Townsend
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:24 pm
    The law could have serious implications for drone operators and other startups hoping to use the unmanned vehicles for delivery purposes.
  • Putting Business Intelligence to Work for Your SMB

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Until fairly recently, business intelligence (BI) was almost exclusively the domain of enterprise organizations with deep pockets and extensive data-analysis capabilities--well beyond the reach of most small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Not anymore. Thanks in large part to (what else?) cloud computing, robust BI capabilities are now available to virtually any small business
  • Fostering Better Online Collaboration

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Research indicates that online collaboration could save more than five hours each week on tasks like writing email messages and searching for information. Tools like video conferencing, document sharing, instant-messaging, and other platforms enable quicker contact and easy sharing of resources among coworkers and authorized third parties, saving time and money for your business.
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Rating The Websites Of The 2016 Republican Political Candidates

    Adam Fridman
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    According to a recent report, 2016 political candidates will spend a billion dollars on digital communications before November of next year. More than likely, only a fraction of that will be spent on website design, content and optimization. Even so, candidate websites are where most voters will first connect and engage with a candidate. Read More
  • HTC Forges More VR Relationships As Co-Founder Peter Chou Joins Visual Effects Firm

    Jon Russell
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:57 pm
     HTC’s much-anticipated VR headset, created in partnership with games firm Valve, just had its launch delayed until the first quarter of next year, but that isn’t stopping the Taiwanese firm from forging relationship with content companies in the virtual reality space. Read More
  • Graduated From An Engineering Bootcamp? Now What?

    Ben Schippers
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
     While hip hop may have ‘too many mc’s and not enough mics’, in tech, there are too many startups and not enough seasoned technologists. Over the last seven years, hopeful entrepreneurs have flooded the market, looking to cut their teeth in the hopes of building the next billion-dollar business. Read More
  • Email Is The Last, And Ultimate, Social Graph

    Zvi Band
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
     One of the magical innovations of the Web 2.0 era was when the bigger social platforms opened their doors to third-party app developers. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter widely touted ,and profited from, the concept of allowing consumers to plug their social graph into other applications. We saw the meteoric rise of games, apps and business tools that leverage the ability to quickly insert… Read More
  • Elon Musk Can’t Be That Afraid Of Robots, Check Out This Tesla Production Line

    Drew Olanoff
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
     Elon Musk has warned us about robots taking over with the help of AI. He’s even donated money to make sure that it doesn’t happen. However, it sure does seem like Tesla relies on robots quite a bit, even if they’re not being primed to turn the company into Skynet. At one point this year Musk referred to AI as “summoning the demons.” He says it’s still… Read More
 
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  • Which metrics do Valley investors tend to check first?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

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

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

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

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

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

  • Weekly M&A Roundup - M&A roundup - week ending 8/29/15

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    BlackRock bought FutureAdvisor; AOL purchased Ashe Avenue; Zipcar acquired Local MotionGlobal investment management company BlackRock entered into an agreement to purchase FutureAdvisor, an automated investment advisory platform for “mass-affluent” families. While no financial details of the transaction were disclosed, though the Financial Times has the price pegged at between $150 and $200 million.  The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015, and when it does FutureAdvisor will continue to operate as its own business…
  • Meet the VCs - Meet Kat Utecht, Managing Partner of Core Innovation Capital

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Core Innovation Capital specializes in fintech companies, and has invested in Oportun and NerdWalletThere has been a big debate over the last few years over whether the Series A crunch is real or not. What everyone can agree on, though, is that there are definitely more seed and early stage funds now than ever before, and more people willing to give money to young companies looking to make it big. But just who are these funds and venture capitalists that run them? What kinds of investments do they like making, and how do they see themselves in the VC landscape? We're highlighting key…
  • Daily Funding Roundup - Daily funding roundup - August 28, 2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    iZettle bagged $67M; Narvar raised $10M; Thread secured $8MGauss Surgical, Inc., a company that develops a mobile vision platform for the Operating Room, completed series A financing to accelerate sales growth and further commercialization of the Triton System the world’s first and only mobile platform for real-time monitoring of surgical blood loss. The latest round was led by Promus Ventures and joined by Summation Health Ventures and LifeForce Ventures. Social media-enabled food discovery platform BetterButter has raised an undisclosed seed funding led by growx ventures.
  • What's your business model? - How does AppFolio make money?

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    AppFolio uses a TranSaaSion, in which is combines a SaaS model with transaction-based pricingAs any presidential candidate will tell you, small businesses are the lifeblood of this country. Yet running one is really hard. There are so many things that they have to do to keep up day-to-day operations that they need business management software to keep up with all of it. That is where AppFolio comes in. Founded in 2006, the company provides cloud-based software solutions for SMBs in the property management and legal industries, covering everything from actual management tasks like online…
  • Ashley Madison hack costs CEO Noel Biderman his job

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    The news comes a day after leaked e-mails showing Biderman having multiple affairs himselfThere have been many, many people affected by the Ashley Madison hacking scandal. Perhaps millions of them, including the spouses of those who cheated and their children. Now the incident has claimed one high profile victim. And I mean that in more ways than one. One day after it was revealed that Noel Biderman, the Chief Executive Officer of Avid Life Media (ALM), Ashley Madison's parent company, was taking advantage of his own services, he is now out of a job. According to a…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

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

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

    Steve
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Internet has lit up with reactions to the New York Times article on Amazon's bruising, data-driven, "purposeful Darwinism" culture. The vast majority of reactions are negative. This not surprising given how harsh the article makes Amazon sound - people crying at their desks, sick people callously culled, lots of backstabbing, etc. The reason we care about this issue is how companies treat their workers has a major impact on the independent workforce. This is because most people go through a "mental math" process weighing the pro and cons of self-employment versus…
  • The Growing Importance of Managing Freelancers

    Steve
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    The Harvard Business Review's 7 Tips for Managing Freelancers and Contractors provides advice on how managers can successfully navigate their relationship with contingent workers.  Talent shortages and the shift to hiring more contingent workers means companies are becoming more reliant on contingent talent - even for core and/or strategic jobs. This means freelancers are often just as valuable as full-time staffers. Because of this, attraction and retention of highly skilled independent workers is becoming increasingly important. Doing a good job managing…
  • Retail and the Growing Experience Economy

    Steve
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers covers the growing consumer trend towards purchasing experiences over objects. Key quote: Analysts say a wider shift is afoot in the mind of the American consumer, spurred by the popularity of a growing body of scientific studies that appear to show that experiences, not objects, bring the most happiness ... Millennials — the 20- and 30-something consumers whom marketers covet — would rather spend their hard-won cash on out-of-town vacations, meals with friends, gym memberships and, of course,…
 
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    Ben Parr.com -- A Little Attention Can Change the World

  • John Boyega Wielding a Lightsaber [VIDEO]

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

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

    Ben Parr
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    Tweet Color has a profound effect on our attention and decision-making. For example, one color in particular will make you seem less credible to potential employers and clients. In this ABC News interview, I discuss the power of the Captivation Triggers from my book and how red and orange affect our subconscious. If you want to dive deeper into the psychology of color, I recommend checking out the Automaticity chapter in Captivology. What color question do you have? Post it in the comments and I’ll try to answer it!
  • No, I Will Not Write About Your Client on TechCrunch for $500 or Any Amount of Money

    Ben Parr
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Tweet Every once in a while, I receive an email that makes me say “WTF” and “EWWWWWW” at the same f**king time. Today, I received one of those emails from Sarah H., a PR freelancer who tried to LITERALLY BRIBE ME to write about her clients on TechCrunch for a few hundred bucks. Here, read for yourself: As a career journalist and a human being with morals, this email made my skin crawl. Seriously, this is NOT ok, Sarah H. This is the kind of stupid shit that gives real PR professionals a bad name. It’s completely immoral and unconscionable to bribe reporters and…
  • Is Marketing an Art or a Science? [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    Tweet Is marketing more of an art or a science? Or perhaps the better question is: how can you use the science of attention to master the art of marketing? In this video interview with Behind The Brand, I discuss the core triggers of Captivology, how the book got made, and the surprising things that captivate our attention. Have a question about Captivology or marketing in general? Post it in the comments and I’ll try to answer it!
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    Mixergy

  • How to master the 30-day product launch (and demystify entrepreneurship) – with Morgen Newman

    Andrew Khalili
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Morgen Newman This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How to master the…
  • How to make over $1,000,000 with Excel tutorials – with Purna Duggirala

    Andrew Khalili
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Purna Duggirala This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How to make over…
  • Why a profitable company (with millions of users) really needs PR – with Sam Chandler

    Andrew Khalili
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Sam Chandler This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post Why a profitable…
  • How Tucker Max is disrupting the business of writing and publishing

    Andrew Khalili
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Tucker Max This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post How Tucker Max is…
  • How a college student launched a social clothing venture with only $3K – with Ryan Westberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Your Small Business News Roundup 8.28.15

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

    Leah Hamilton
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    In this article, we'll take a look at what anti-spam legislation applies to your small business, so that you can market without spamming. We'll go into detail on the various anti-spam legislation that exists, so that you can make sure your business is complying with regulations. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • A Simple Recipe for Startup Marketing Strategy

    Tim Berry
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Marketing for your startup will be a bit different than marketing for an existing business. How can you market your startup more effectively? An effective startup marketing strategy starts with sharp target market focus, then adds in specific identity and business offering, plus regular learning. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Build a Brand in 5 Days

    Candice Landau
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    You've validated your business idea, you've done your market research, and hopefully you've registered your business name. Now it's time for a bit of fun. It's time to build your brand! [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Start Here If You’ve Never Searched for a Loan Online

    Meredith Wood
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you’ve never searched for a loan online, you probably have no idea where to start. What should you consider? What do you information do you need in order to apply? What questions can you ask yourself to prepare? [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Startup Lawyer

  • Demo Days and the General Solicitation Conundrum

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Color Of Your Logo Can Make All the Difference [ INFOGRAPHIC ]

    Kristin Pryor
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are so many decisions that need to be made when starting a company, specifically when it comes to how you want to build your brand. And of course when it comes to building your brand, it’s critical that you have the perfect logo. It’s the first thing that your potential customers will see. And assuming your potential customers are human, your logo will elicit a certain feeling almost immediately. Your logo will be judged, even if it’s happening subconsciously. We recently shared an analysis by Udemy, where they dissected the key attributes of successful logos. One…
  • Wearable Tech for the Animal Kingdom

    Andrew Armstrong
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Wearable technology, ranging from pacemakers to GPS devices to fitness trackers, have been utilized by people for many years now. However, a somewhat overlooked niche of the rapidly growing wearable technology market are the applications for the animal kingdom, as wearable devices are today being utilized for gaining a better understanding of everything from companion animals to racehorses to bee colonies. Below is an overview of several inspiring devices which prove that wearable technology is not just limited to creatures with opposable thumbs. Keeping Tabs on Man’s Best Friend Working…
  • Gophia Launches to Teach Entrepreneurs Skills They’re Lacking

    Kristin Pryor
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    It’s commonly thought that if you want to have a successful tech startup (or any startup for that matter, because most new businesses have a tech component these days), that you need to come from some kind of technology background. However, three young Canadian entrepreneurs (who are originally from Colombia and Peru) have created a tool to help others who want to start up without any knowledge of coding or programming. Last month they launched Gophia, an educational platform for entrepreneurs. They plan to offer courses on different topics that would be useful to anyone who wants to…
  • Five Top Apps to Check Out This Week: BabyMed, Kosmo, YouTube Gaming, and More

    Istvan Fekete
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Are you trying to get pregnant, already pregnant, or trying not to get pregnant? There is an app for that. Do you take your iPhone to the toilet to avoid being bored? There is an app for that! You love gaming? There is a great new game you definitely need to try. In this week’s roundup, I gathered apps from a wide variety of categories, ranging from gaming, through fertility calculator, to gaming. Image Credit: Flickr/emdot Babymed Conceived by well-known pregnancy and fertility expert and OB/GYN Amos Grunebaum, BabyMed is one of the Internet’s most popular independent pregnancy…
  • 5 WordPress Plugins to Make your Site More Fabulous

    Tracy Vides
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you are an SMB owner with a small website reading this, chances are you started out with a WordPress site to make the process quick, easy and ready-to-roll. It’s not without reason that a little over 4.5% of all sites on the internet are built on WordPress. The beauty of WordPress is not in being a free platform (though I love that aspect of it, for sure!) What makes WordPress stand out from other website platforms is the seemingly limitless number of apps and plugins that are built just for WordPress. This mind boggling library does not only make life easier for webmasters who use…
 
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 4 Customer Decision Moments And How To React To Each

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

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

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

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Most small businesses are trying to forget the last recession, and get back to “business as usual.” They don’t realize that business as usual is gone forever. With social media and smart phone conversations, real product information spreads at astounding speeds. Entrepreneurs that are not listening, not engaging, and not changing will be left behind even in the best of times. Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. It is required today for new innovation strategies, analyzing markets for new opportunities, and organizational changes. Today’s…
  • Smart Startups Learn How To Create And Manage Hype

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Creating a successful startup is all about marketing these days, no matter how compelling your solution. Technologists have long believed that marketing is only required when selling the next pet rock, but in this age of information overload, even the most exciting solutions will be lost from view or assumed to have no value unless they are surrounded by hype. According to Urban Dictionary, hype is “a clever marketing strategy where a product is advertised as the thing everyone must have, to the point where people begin to feel they need to consume it.” Even technology solutions with a…
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    Presentation Zen

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • [Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion Alert!] Upcoming Great Demo! Public Workshop

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

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

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

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

    Peter E. Cohan
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I rarely write about hardware issues, but this has become so prevalent that I find I must take (virtual) pen to (virtual) paper…How many times do we or a colleague connect a laptop to a meeting room projector (“Beamer” for some of our European friends…) and are surprised to find that screen resolution on the projector looks like 5 pixels by 3 pixels?  And the presenter can’t even FIND some of the commands that would normally appear on the bottom-right portion of their screen?  Or the “Extended” desktop has been moved somewhere but can’t be found?  Or that…
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    The Huffington Post | The Full Feed

  • West Bank Protest Video Shows Scuffle Between Family And Israeli Soldier

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    Posted by ‎Ramallah City | مدينة رام الله‎ on Friday, August 28, 2015 JERUSALEM (AP) — A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian women and youth at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory. In the edited video, the masked soldier is seen holding a 12-year-old boy, his arm in a cast, in a chokehold in an attempt to arrest him. The soldier is swarmed by the boy's female relatives, including his mother and sister, who pull at his skin and uniform and slap him.
  • The Fixer

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
  • Tens Of Thousands Protests Outside Japan's Parliament

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    TOKYO, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan's parliament building on Sunday to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, the latest sign of public mistrust in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security policy. In one of Japan's biggest protests in years - organizers put the crowd at 120,000 - people of all ages braved occasional rain to join the rally, chanting and holding up placards with slogans such as "No War" and "Abe, quit." Demonstrators swarmed into the street before parliament's main gate after the crowd size made it impossible for…
  • Germany Wants Other European Nations To Take In More Refugees

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    BERLIN, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Germany and a handful of other European Union states cannot go on absorbing a disproportionate share of refugees arriving in the bloc and other members must do more, a government spokesman said on Sunday. Germany expects the number of asylum seekers it receives to quadruple to about 800,000 this year. Two state premiers said over the weekend the total could even hit 1 million in 2015. "Germany and a few other countries are by far ... those that receive the most refugees," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference. "With 28 European member states,…
  • The ISIS Wars: Seperating Fact from Fiction

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
    My attempt to channel Tom Clancy, with a bit of Mark Steyn thrown in for good measure, (The Second ISIS War (2015-2024): A Historical Perspective) certainly generated a lot of commentary. It ranged from "who is this idiot" to "fascinating." Actually describing a hypothetical future in which ISIS controls large portions of the world was an interesting intellectual exercise not to mention the fact that pretending to be Tom Clancy was a lot of fun. This week let me take the opportunity to separate fact from fiction in the "ISIS Wars." The column was written to make three points: 1. The civil…
 
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Tessera Buys Ziptronix For $39M

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    San Jose-based Tessera Technologies, which develops semiconductor products and technology, said late Thursday that it has agreed to acquire Ziptronix, for $39M in cash. Ziptronix, which had been based in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a venture-backed spinout of RTI International.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Thoma Bravo Buys DigiCert

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    San Francisco-based private equity investor Thoma Bravo has acquired the majority stake in SSL certificate authority DigiCert, the company said today. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • MagicCube Finds $2.2M For Mobile Payment Security

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    Sunnyvale-based MagicCube, a developer of mobile payment security software, said Thursday that it has raised $2.2M in a seed funding. The funding came from Azure Capital, Epic Ventures, Bialla Venture Partners, as well as angels.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Intel Invests $60M In Yuneec

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Intel has made a $60M investment in Chinese drone maker Yuneec Holdings, via its venture capital investment arm, Intel Capital, the company said this week. Yuneec, which is based in Hong Kong, makes both aircraft and drones.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Autodesk Buys SeeControl

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    San Francisco-based Autodesk said Thursday afternoon that it is acquiring San Francisco-based SeeControl>, a developer of enterprise, Internet-of-Things software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
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    Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • Inside the Cross-Device Purchase Journey [Infographic]

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

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

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

    Linda Bustos
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    What wins, email or social media? Why not have both working together? Today’s infographic looks at email+social integration, from ReachMailTweetablesOnly 56% of marketers integrate social with their email marketing program Tweet thisEmail reaches its intended recipient 90% of the time vs. only 2% of Facebook Shares Tweet thisFacebook drives $1.10 in revenue for each social share, Twitter .97 and Pinterest .87 Tweet this78% of the avg brand’s Facebook fans are existing customers Tweet this42% of Facebookers like a brand’s page to receive discounts and coupons Tweet this
  • Unconversion: Optimizing Email Unsubscribe

    Linda Bustos
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    No marketer wants email subscribers to defect, but if and when a subscriber wants to opt-out, it’s best not to resist. Not only will your engagement metrics rise by letting the no-longer-interested go, it keeps up your list hygiene and reduces the risk of subscribers marking unwanted messages as spam, which can hurt your sender reputation and deliverability across the board.To conclude our 3-part series on retail email, today’s post covers how to optimize the unsubscribe process.In-email calls to actionMake the unsubscribe link easy to find. Conventional placement is at the bottom…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • What ‘Accurate’ Means in a Business Plan

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

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

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

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

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

  • Something's coming 6

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

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

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

    Noah
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Every working day for the last month or so I’ve posted a single “chart of the day” to our Basecamp account. They’re posted internally without much commentary—just enough to explain what the chart is about. The topics are wide ranging: in the last month, we’ve covered browser uptake, search terms, The Distance, database performance, phone support, Nagios alert trends, demographics, classes, timezones, and even home energy usage and BMW torque curves. The charts don’t fit into a big picture narrative, and there’s no agenda behind them: I simply…
  • Grit is for cowboys

    David
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    The cattle has to be round up. Complaining about the weather or going without sleep for 16 hours isn’t going to do it. So clench your teeth and get the work done. That’s the grit needed to be a cowboy. But I’m a lot less sure that grit is such a positive trait in other professions, particularly creative endeavors like programming, design, or writing. If I had more grit, I would probably just have clenched my teeth and dug into that J2EE architectural hole with greater perseverance, rather than giving up and building Ruby on Rails. I would probably have spent more time finishing my math…
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  • An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth

    5 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The following is a guest post by William Griggs.  William is the Founder of Startup Slingshot, the resource for battle-tested startup strategies. Access the audio interviews of today’s featured growth practitioners, the full 43 page guide, and tons of resources here (free for now).   A startup is a company designed to grow fast.”    Growth is what founders and investors alike are constantly searching for. Growth enables startups to quickly create tremendous value in the market. Without growth you’re dead in the water. But accordingly to Paul Graham, there’s a…
  • Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I'd enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.) So far, we've had a pretty good run.  HubSpot is now public [NYSE:HUBS] and still growing fast.  More importantly (at least to me), I'm still having a great time. Rather than bring out the party hats and cake, I thought I'd reflect a bit on some of the hard-won lessons we've learned…
  • How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts. I want to start with a question. A question which I think plagues a lot of startups. Should you listen to your users or not? Most people would answer with a simple yes or no. On one side of the argument are people who believe you should test everything. They say you should trial Google AdWords and see if people click on your ad. If they don’t, you might not…
  • Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder ofAppcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter:@jacksonjonson Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like this one: Startup Friend: “Dude I need to talk to you about our user onboarding.” Me: “Okay, what’s up?” Startup Friend: “We’ve changed it 3 times now. Can’t figure out how to get users to engage.” Me: “Gotcha. Well what are you doing to…
  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The following is a guest post by Jonah Lopin (@jonahlopin), founder at Crayon.  Jonah is a HubSpot alumnus, and I'm an angel investor in the company.   Here at Crayon, we love humans.  In fact, all our moms and many of our best friends are humans!  But when it comes to solving problems, we prefer code. Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code. But in a business context, humans have some serious drawbacks: 1.
 
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for HireHub

    public
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Company / App Name: HireHub http://hirehubapp.com Twitter – hirehubdotco What does it do? HireHub connects you to local helping hands and the right professional for your task. A visual way to get the job done from service providers based in your local community or remotely. Why do we need it? – Who is it for? Businesses What makes it stand out from the crowd? – What’s next? – The post Pitch for HireHub appeared first on The Startup Pitch.
  • Pitch for Jungle Ball

    public
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    Company / App Name: Jungle Ball http://products.dhowellsden.com Twitter – DHOWELL PRODUCTIONS What does it do? Little Monkey has lost his ball! He needs help getting it back! Tilt your device and draw ropes fighting through the jungle adventure full of puzzles and obstacles. Make it out alive and help Little Monkey get his ball back. Feat Why do we need it? The best Android and IOS Game this month! Who is it for? Android + IOS What makes it stand out from the crowd? Quality game! What’s next? More levels and features. Link to Company / App Demo video The post Pitch for Jungle Ball…
  • Pitch for Tortuga.io

    public
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Company / App Name: Tortuga.io http://www.tortuga.io/ Twitter – TortugaNomad What does it do? Tortuga enables you to live a comfortable, nomadic lifestyle without having to piece it all together yourself. Why do we need it? Finding a nice, affordable place to live and work for an extended period of time takes far too much effort. Tortuga solves this. Who is it for? Digital nomads, entrepreneurs, freelancers, startup teams What makes it stand out from the crowd? Tortuga Is Your All-Inclusive, Nomadic Work Lifestyle on Seychelles & Mauritius What’s next? Some new features The…
  • Beta Pitch for FindNerd

    public
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Company / App Name: FindNerd http://findnerd.com/ Twitter – @FindNerd2 What does it do? Findnerd.com is an exciting community to sharpen your skills as web technology experts. Users can collaborate & share their technical activities with other tech nerds along with knowledge sharing through content blogs, video blogs, forums & Why do we need it? To provide a niche social community for the information technology people so that they can collaborate with each other to enhance their knowledge & skills. Who is it for? It is for tech nerds who are working in web & mobile…
  • Pitch for Magwiji

    public
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Company / App Name: Magwiji http://www.magwiji.com Twitter – @MagwijiOnline What does it do? Magwiji is a new microjob marketplace in Tanzania where freelancers can work with their clients online. Our freelancers can work remotely with their clients by selling their services. Why do we need it? We need to help our clients minimize their management overheads by accessing quality jobs at affordable prices. Yet more, will help emerging freelancers to build their portfolios and reputations while earning money from their works. Who is it for? This is for freelancers and clients. Freelancers…
 
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    Campus Entrepreneurship

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The What, Why, and How of Leading a Startup Ecosystem

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    A startup ecosystem is formed by active pieces including: individuals in support of the startup economy, startups in their various stages, and various types organizations/institutions (eg: educational systems or financial establishments). All of these pieces interact as a system to produce new startup companies. So, why build an ecosystem?  While the Silicon Valley is still the most developed and thriving startup community, there are many cities worldwide that are making leaps to catch up. The Silicon Valley culture is quickly spreading and bringing entrepreneurship to all corners of the…
  • Your Guide to the Costa Rica Startup Ecosystem

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem. With applications for the Costa Rica Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release the San Jose (Costa Rica) Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Costa Rica Founder Institute and local…
  • Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder - "Earn" One with These Tips

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Chellam explains in the video below, several themes are often common at the start of lasting human relationships, including vulnerability, social proof, and a shared worldview.   Misha is the Co-Founder of Tradecraft, a full time, in-person immersive training…
  • The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders. Do You Have What It Takes?

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential role in their local economy, share in the value of the companies they help create, and are included in FI’s global network of entrepreneurial leaders. If you want to see what some of our current Directors are up to, see some recent director news below: Sergio…
  • Marketing Growth Tactics You Need To Try

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress. In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experience so that we, in turn, can help share the invaluable information to fellow entrepreneurs on their path to success. Marketing is a hurdle that all entrepreneurs will encounter. Even with a perfect product or service, without marketing, the target audience might never be…
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    OnlyOnce

  • The Joy of Coaching

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Become a Leader in Your Startup Community: Webinar 8/27 with David Cohen

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

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

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

    Kerri Beers
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today’s mentor spotlight is on Julia Austin! Julia is an entrepreneur herself and an advisor and investor of early stage startups. Right now, she is advising a bunch of early stage companies in the Boston area and stewing on the next big thing. Julia has been a Techstars Mentor since January 2014 as well as an investor in several Techstars companies. Check out this one-minute spotlight video to learn what being a Techstars Mentor means to Julia! The post [VIDEO] Mentor Spotlight: Julia Austin appeared first on Techstars.
  • Guest Post: Techstars’ Basic Training for Veteran Entrepreneurs

    Tyler Matthews
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I spent the last weekend in July at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill at Patriot Boot Camp (PBC), a Techstars backed summit for service members and veterans interested in learning how to launch and build technology Startups. As a transitioning Army officer interested in entrepreneurship and tech, PBC was just what I needed.  From the Pledge of Allegiance Friday morning to Retired Army General George Casey’s keynote address Sunday morning, this three day “Boot Camp” was a high octane crash course in the fundamentals of starting Startups. Throughout the weekend, Techstars…
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    Valleywag

  • Burning Man Riddled with Brutal Pest Infestation 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to meet new people and make friends

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

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

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

    Ramit Sethi
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bahahaha…look at this email I got from a nice lady named Cathy: More nutty reader emails on instagram.com/ramit   Weird that she didn’t reply with her measurements… If there’s one thing I’ve learned about life, it’s that everyone is happy to give you advice. But how do you know when to take the advice…vs. when to ignore it? Do you have to agree with your parents who tell you to buy a house? Or your friends who wrinkle their nose that you read about self-development? Or people who tell you to stop thinking about starting a side business (because you should just…
  • How to read body language (and improve your own)

    Ramit Sethi
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are tons of articles out there telling you how to read body language. From Psychology Today to Business Insider, they give you tips on how to read someone’s face and posture, but they all seem to miss one key thing.   No one wants to read body language just for the hell of it! You want to know the specific changes that will help you improve YOURS. Here’s what I mean: When I was in high school, I applied for a lot of scholarships to pay for college, and I got a lot of interviews because I could nail the essays. Every time I showed up I ran into the same girl competing for all…
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    Start Up Blog

  • What you can learn from my terrible drum teacher

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

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

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

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

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

  • Messaging add-on uses kid’s own text mistakes to improve their literacy

    Springwise
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Add / Remove There is great concern that text communication is destroying the brains of young people — it removes the need for understanding and the utilization of correct spelling and grammar. While there is a certain hyperbole to such sentiments, it is true that tools such as predictive text are pretty unhelpful — enabling youngsters and grown ups alike to continue making the same mistakes over and over without ever learning why, or how to correct them. Now, iCorrect is an independently created, educational add-on for Apple’s iMessage, which highlights writing mistakes and forces…
  • Try-before-you-buy service only charges customers for the clothes they keep

    Springwise
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Add / Remove Where clothing is concerned, a customer can never really tell if a garment is going to fit properly without trying it on. Many e-commerce sites offer very favorable returns policies for just this reason, but a new platform called Try is taking it a step further — enabling customers to essentially borrow clothes from some of their favorite brands for up to ten days, before paying only for the ones they want to keep. After installing the Try Button onto their Google Chrome browser, users can continue with their online shopping as normal. Then, anytime they come across an item…
  • Data-driven healthcare app can predict an oncoming migraine

    Springwise
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:03 am
    Add / Remove The onset of a migraine can often seem entirely arbitrary, but in fact there are numerous internal and external factors that can cause these debilitating headaches. Migraine Buddy, a data-driven healthcare app from Healint can now predict an oncoming migraine — with 90 percent accuracy — by monitoring the patient and their surroundings, using an algorithm to detect problematic conditions. The app works by analyzing the user’s daily patterns. Anytime they experience symptoms they record them in the app’s migraine diary, specifying where the pain started and the…
  • Live-streaming platform for artists and illustrators

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Add / Remove Since its launch in 2011, Twitch.tv has become synonymous with the now popular model of live-streamed, educational/entertainment sessions. Coders can already learn programming using a similar platform, while musicians can brush up using Boilerroom.tv. Now there’s something for artists and illustrators too — Sywork, short for “Show Your Work”, is an on-demand streaming platform for showcasing processes behind oil paintings, comic books, and other artworks. Artists can sign up to create their own channels, which viewers can then subscribe to. Viewers will then be notified…
  • Sat Nav uses child’s voice to encourage careful driving around schools

    Springwise
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    Add / Remove One of the most powerful ways to remind motorists to drive safely in areas where there are kids, is to let them know who is at risk. That’s the reasoning behind If Insurance’s new Slow Down GPS, which switches to a child’s voice anytime the vehicle is near a school, day care centre or other area that is heavily populated with children. Despite most cities having signage, motorists are often driving on autopilot and fail to notice that they have entered a particularly hazardous area — this carelessness leads to almost 400 children under 15 being killed by cars…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Just how big has eSports become?

    Dmitri Williams
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    113 million hardcore fans worldwide 147 million occasional viewers US$252 million in global revenues a predicted total prize pool of $71 million for all tournaments and competitions. No, these numbers don’t refer to a traditional mainstream sport like football or basketball. Rather, they come from a sport that saw its major surge begin a mere 10 years ago, a sport whose global revenue has already surpassed the revenue of the entire music industry by $20 million in 2014, a sport that giant brands like Coca-Cola, Red Bull, American Express, Intel and Samsung are vying to sponsor. I’m…
  • 9 all-purpose, super-easy online Web builders let you tell a story or sell your stuff

    Jackie Dove
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    With all the Facebooking, Tumblring and tweeting, it’s a wonder personal Websites still get built at all. For most people, short bursts of communication with friends and family seem to be enough to satisfy most common messaging impulses. Nonetheless, business and personal Websites are still going strong, fueled by the desire to tell a story, sell a product or publicize an event. Whereas large enterprises will always allocate big bucks for engineering and design talent, smaller businesses and individuals — especially those without advanced coding skills — increasingly rely on easy,…
  • How to be an internet-first journalist

    Read This Thing
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    Practically everything has changed in media. Here are some ways to build an audience, make yourself more effective, and find your path to success in modern journalism. (note: this post doesn’t pretend to tell you how to do good journalism. That part should be learned the ways it’s always been learned — mostly on the job. This post is intended to offer some ways for a journalist to navigate the new landscape of news) 1. Be prolific Maintain a high standard for your work, but publish early and often. And understand that different content makes sense in different places. If you’re…
  • Introducing @TNWstyle: A new account exploring the way we write about technology

    Martin Bryant
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    You may not realize it, but styleguides are an important part of journalism. They help all writers for a publication use the same grammar rules and technical terms, to keep things nice and tidy. We have one at The Next Web and now we’re sharing it with you. @TNWstyle is a new Twitter account in the mold of similar efforts from the Associated Press and the Guardian. We’ll share regular tips about how we guide our writers; the terms, grammar and spellings we use for technical terms and divisive issues… The internet should be capped down as it is now like gas or… This story…
  • Send me another newsletter and I’ll burn your house down

    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    On a busy day I’ll receive more than a hundred newsletters. On a slow day that number is around 30. I know this because a few weeks ago I set up a filter in Gmail to file all emails containing the word ‘Unsubscribe’ into one sub-folder. Once a day I browse through it and fish out the false positives. I’m left with an archive of newsletters, which makes it painfully clear that this is becoming a problem. Newsletters are hot right now and can be very useful. We send out a fair bunch of them ourselves. When managed well, a… This story continues at The Next Web
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    The Product Guy

  • Product Pricing in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Aditya Bhelande, lead a conversation around “Product Pricing”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs for…
  • Check out these new Product Management Job Opportunities

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

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

    Jeremy Horn
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Senior Product UX Designer @ Ancestry (San Francisco, CA)Keywords: Designer, Product Designer, San Francisco, User Experience, UXhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1127&lf=twf Product Manager…
  • Check Out these 2 Companies Offering Product Management Jobs

    Jeremy Horn
    8 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Product Manager @ ThinkingPhones (New York City)Keywords: apps, mobile, saas, voiphttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1126&lf=twf Technical Product Manager @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords:…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Book Review: Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

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

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

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

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

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

  • This Hollywood Star Proves Entrepreneurs Should Be Clueless

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Ways To Earn Better ROI From Email

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    When it comes to implementing a marketing tactic for your business, most companies today are sticking to those that involve digital. This is smart, but what companies need to realize is that digital goes beyond websites and social media. It also includes email marketing. Some companies opt to forgo email marketing because they don’t want to be considered spam mail or flood their customers’/clients’ inboxes with advertisements. However, implementing an email marketing campaign doesn’t have to be a flood of unopened garbage. Instead, you can use it to your advantage. Check out the…
  • A Quick Guide To Making Your Website Stand Out Online

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    If you’re reading this blog or stumbled across this website, you’re probably an online entrepreneur. You’ve got a great idea, and maybe already started your own website. But, you’re having trouble standing out. You’re writing blogs and making connections, but you’re struggling to rise above the crowd. Don’t get disheartened. Every business starts out like this. It’s important to remember that there are millions of websites just like yours. The same old tricks won’t work. You need to think outside the box. Let’s take a look at the techniques that will make sure you stand…
  • Winners Arenʼt Born That Way: Debunking The 3 Myths Of Advantage

    Contributor
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    By Larry Weidel, author of “Serial Winner: 5 Actions to Create Your Cycle of Success“ Itʼs easy to get the impression that the most successful people have been given some kind of advantage that the rest of us donʼt have — a special gift of physical, mental, or economic privilege that made their rise to greatness inevitable. This reinforces the often-unconscious belief that average people like you and me have a disadvantage that makes real, lasting success almost impossible. Thatʼs nonsense. Depending on where you came from and the experiences of your family and friends, you…
  • 5 Steps For Your Most Productive Day Of The Week

    Contributor
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Andrew Filev, CEO of Wrike I was raised in Post-Soviet Russia, and at that time scarcity was simply a fact of life. Supplies were scarce at school, food was scarce at the grocery store, and entertainment was almost non-existent. As a kid, the most exciting part of my day was at 8pm, right before bed, when I got to watch precisely 15 minutes of cartoons, because that was all that was broadcast. So, I ended up reading books and playing a lot of chess. Looking back, it helped me build skills like focus, persistence and concentration. These are skills I would not have honed had I spent the…
  • The Huge (And Very Small) Frontier For Venture Dollars

    Contributor
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    by Scott Petty, co-founder of Signal Peak Ventures When you think of the next big thing in venture funding, the corner store or local mechanic isn’t what comes to mind. Yet very small businesses (VSBs) are one of the last untapped bastions of innovation and, by association, venture dollars. Innovations in SaaS have made core VSB functions like lead conversion, scheduling, CRM and secure transactions available online for the first time ever. As VSBs are in a rush to adopt these solutions that larger businesses have had for many years, one thing is becoming clear: the opportunity to deliver…
 
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    Startup Meme

  • Driving Digital Conversations and Capitalizing on them: #SonehraPakista

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fundraising Advice from Mark Organ

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

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

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

    mark
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    As a SaaS guy, I use a wide number of SaaS applications to run my business. Back when I was at FreshBooks, the finance team thought I was torturing them by always introducing new SaaS tools to streamline our workflow. One of the tools that I use to keep on top of email is Sanebox. This helps filter out non important emails so that I can be more responsive with the important stuff. I got this message in my inbox from them yesterday: My issue with this is that they’re asking me to make a purchase decision! No, I don’t actually need to do anything, but if I was on the fence about the…
  • Canadian M & A Review – 1st half of 2015

    mark
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    We’re into the 2nd 1/2 of 2015. So I thought it might be useful to look back on the exits that have taken place so far this year. This analysis is looking only at venture-backed information technology companies. i.e. no cleantech, energy or other sectors that I just don’t understand. All stats courtesy of Pitchbook. Deal Count There were 28 VC-backed acquisitions in the first half of the year. 3 of them were public companies, the balance private.         Deal Size 19 of the 28 deals had no reported deal size. This is usual. Of the remaining deals, here’s…
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    IttyBiz

  • How Innovative Are You Willing To Be?

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

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

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

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

    Naomi Dunford
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Raising your rates – whether you’re a freelancer, service provider, product maker or coach – always seems to bring out the squeamish side of people. I can see why. However, I’m not interested in dwelling on money issues and hangups. They do no one any good. So, let’s get practical and look at what it will take to raise your rates confidently, without fear of alienating your customers, going broke and/or dying in a gutter (alone). We will traipse through this process by asking a bunch of questions. Let’s begin! 1. Are you under-charging right now?
 
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    Business of Software USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Domain Knowledge Matters Donald Trump

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

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

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

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

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

  • Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind!

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Scrivner – Snapshot Interactive. This company offers a great example of the importance of adjusting and pivoting your business model when the market tells you what they really want. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post The Ultimate Business Model Pivot appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • Politics, Business, Metrics, and Winning

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

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

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

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

    Jay Turo
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dave Allen, author of the great productivity best seller "Getting Things Done," has developed an almost cult-like following for his ideas, structures, and best practices around to-do list management, prioritization, and metrics and schematics that define what an effective and productive day should be.Without question, there are great benefits to his methods, and I especially like his best practice of always ending a meeting, conversation, or work on an open-ended project with the simple question of "What is the Next Action?" This discipline alone can greatly improve daily and meeting…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Twitter Link Roundup #284 – Late Summer Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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

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

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

    Mike
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Customer service ain’t easy. It takes a combination of the right people, the right training, the right tools, and the right attitude. Lots of companies get this right, but most just don’t haver a clue. I had to make a couple of calls this morning to a couple of different service providers: Comcast (yikes, right?) and ADT. Our office in Chicago is served by both of these vendors – we get our internet service via Comcast Business and our security system is from ADT. I have not had complaints for either company about the overall quality of their products and I have found the…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #282 – Profoundly Great Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our friends at the New York Times get to do stuff that, frankly, makes me jealous. For instance, the other night they got to go for a ride on the brand new carousel at Battery Park, in lower Manhattan. The $16 million dollar version of an old-school treat opens this week. The architects Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes have designed a magical undersea journey – an incredible ride for the senses. My head is spinning and I can’t wait to ride the SeaGlass Carousel! But, wait I must, because it’s time now for our latest set of links and articles that we shared with you over the…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #33: The Daily Routine

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

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

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

    Usman Sheikh
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Nearly 5 years ago I started my business IDENTIFI. The goal was to build software that helped companies attract, recruit and retain their best people. In the earlier part of our journey we focused on the top end of the funnel, dealing with recruitment and employer branding. This is a space with lots of competition. Within the first year we started focusing more on helping employers retain their key employees. At a time when loyalty to employers is at record lows, every company is figuring out ways to keep their best people. One of our solutions that caught on with many employers was…
  • The Week in Review #29: HearthStone & Gamification

    Usman Sheikh
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:06 am
    Late last year a team mate of mine saw me killing some time playing Clash of Clans on my iPad. It was something I would occasionally do when I had a couple of minutes to kill or just needed a break. He suggested that I test out this new game called HearthStone. It was a competitive card trading game that you play against other opponents. It took a week and I was hooked. The game looks deceptively simple when you first start playing it. However to become a top ranked player takes a lot of work and understanding of the games fundamentals. This month I am playing to enter the highest ranks…
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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    Xconomy

  • FlexTech Alliance To Manage $75M Defense Institute for Tech Manufacturing

    Bernadette Tansey
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:22 pm
    California research consortium FlexTech Alliance announced today it has landed a $75 million U.S. Department of Defense contract that makes it the organizational hub for a sweeping government effort to advance American manufacturing capabilities for flexible products like clothing that are enhanced with electronic sensors and processing power. The Defense Department will funnel research contracts on a “dream list” of items—such as combat uniforms that can detect dehydration in soldiers—through FlexTech Alliance, which will prioritize and distribute tasks to a broad network of…
  • WERCBench Out to Make Milwaukee “Machine Shop” For The 21st Century

    Jeff Engel
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Milwaukee has long been known as a community that makes things, from the beer of Miller and Pabst to Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The leaders of the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) want the city—which has been trying to adapt to global changes in business that have threatened its manufacturing-heavy economy—to “be once again the machine shop of the world,” said Alan Perlstein, the group’s CEO and executive director. It’s a vision that M-WERC wants to help achieve by embracing new technologies—primarily software—that can enhance physical products.
  • Women, Get Off the Sidelines and Invest

    Kelly Hoey
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    In my travels across the country, I meet successful women with the means and motivation to make a difference in our communities—and in our world. We don’t think twice about writing a check to a worthy foundation, buying a table at a charity gala, or volunteering on a committee. We know the “rubber chicken” circuit by heart, having bid on every silent auction from coast to coast. But all too often, we never even consider the world of early-stage investing. Why? It may seem complicated, mysterious, or too risky. We may tell ourselves that we don’t have the training or background…
  • Texas Roundup: Favor, UT-San Antonio, Yan Engines, Health Wildcatters

    Angela Shah
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    Happy weekend. But before you head off, let’s catch up on the latest innovation news from Xconomy Texas. —Favor, the Austin, TX-based startup that offers to deliver anything, is going international. With the addition of a “u”—hello, Favour—the company will begin service to Canada. In addition, the stateside operation announced expansions to Fort Worth, TX, and San Marcos, TX, this week. —Student entrepreneurs at the University of Texas at San Antonio have developed a tele-psychiatry service for the homeless. The program, which is called VideoMed, came out of a…
  • Wisconsin Roundup: Exact Sciences, GE Healthcare, Tricast & More

    Jeff Buchanan
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Here are some of the past week’s major headlines from Wisconsin’s tech and innovation community: —Exact Sciences (NASDAQ: EXAS) announced in a press release that an advisory panel from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unanimously voted to continue reimbursing the company’s non-invasive, stool-based DNA colorectal cancer screening test, known as Cologuard, at $492.72 a test. Shares in the Madison-based company jumped 6.8 percent on the news Wednesday, Seeking Alpha reported. —In a press release, Tricast revealed the two funds that participated in its…
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    This is going to be BIG...

  • The Idea Stage is Broken and a Tool to Fix It

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

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

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

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    I'm excited to be able to finally announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' investment in Clubhouse, a company I agreed to back before I even knew what it was.   In 2010, a bunch of techies got together to do the next year's NYC Triathlon.  I had already done two and was looking forward to joining people from the tech community.  It was also right around that time when I started CTO School--a small five session series on how to go from being a developer to a technical leader, which blossomed into a not only a very active meetup, but also gave birth to a great conference series as…
  • When doing the right thing by people is also the better business model: Why I backed Homer Logistics

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Late last year, Adam Price opened by eyes to a group invisible to most New Yorkers--bicycling food delivery guys.  He told me about how they get their jobs, what they make, how they make it, and about all of the various problems that come with being a 1099 worker--or being completely off the books.  He told me months and months ago, before anything came out about Uber's workforce, how it was never going to work in a world of increased "on demand" services.  He outlined some of the issues in a recent blog post:Using 1099 workers--people who, by definition, you can't tell…
 
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    Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

  • Peter G James Sinclair: How To Use A Blog To Become A Speaker, Top Earning Coach And Land A $100,000 Book Deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    James Chartrand
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! When was the last time you gave your business a trim? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth

    5 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The following is a guest post by William Griggs.  William is the Founder of Startup Slingshot, the resource for battle-tested startup strategies. Access the audio interviews of today’s featured growth practitioners, the full 43 page guide, and tons of resources here (free for now).   A startup is a company designed to grow fast.”    Growth is what founders and investors alike are constantly searching for. Growth enables startups to quickly create tremendous value in the market. Without growth you’re dead in the water. But accordingly to Paul Graham, there’s a…
  • Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I'd enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.) So far, we've had a pretty good run.  HubSpot is now public [NYSE:HUBS] and still growing fast.  More importantly (at least to me), I'm still having a great time. Rather than bring out the party hats and cake, I thought I'd reflect a bit on some of the hard-won lessons we've learned…
  • How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts. I want to start with a question. A question which I think plagues a lot of startups. Should you listen to your users or not? Most people would answer with a simple yes or no. On one side of the argument are people who believe you should test everything. They say you should trial Google AdWords and see if people click on your ad. If they don’t, you might not…
  • Why Your Startup Should Ignore Your Onboarding Experience (For Now)

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    This following article is a guest post by Jackson Noel. Jackson is the Co-Founder ofAppcues, a SaaS product that allows you to create in-product experiences without changing any code.  You can follow him on twitter:@jacksonjonson Since I joined a startup that focuses on user onboarding, I’ve had half a dozen conversations just like this one: Startup Friend: “Dude I need to talk to you about our user onboarding.” Me: “Okay, what’s up?” Startup Friend: “We’ve changed it 3 times now. Can’t figure out how to get users to engage.” Me: “Gotcha. Well what are you doing to…
  • We Like Humans, But We LOVE Code (Machine Learning Case Study)

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The following is a guest post by Jonah Lopin (@jonahlopin), founder at Crayon.  Jonah is a HubSpot alumnus, and I'm an angel investor in the company.   Here at Crayon, we love humans.  In fact, all our moms and many of our best friends are humans!  But when it comes to solving problems, we prefer code. Humans are awesome at certain things, like closing enterprise sales deals, delivering rousing speeches, and comforting small children. For these tasks and lots of others, humans are far superior to code. But in a business context, humans have some serious drawbacks: 1.
 
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    Startup Meme

  • Driving Digital Conversations and Capitalizing on them: #SonehraPakista

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

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

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

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

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

  • Theft or Opportunism? The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Poaching

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

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

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

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

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    Same-sex marriage. Transgender issues. These are topics that have consumed our nation for years, but which recently reached a fever pitch in the media with Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, and the Supreme Court’s historic decision to make gay marriage legal. As was to be expected, all that media coverage meant that businesses were bound to join the discussion, as well. After all, newsjacking is a tried and true technique for getting more clicks, more engagement, and more traffic. And with over 10 million people searching for “Caitlyn Jenner” on Google, according to Time Magazine,…
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  • Top Business Ideas for Women

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

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

    Blogtrepreneur
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    So you’ve aced the interview for the internship or transfer to the Japan branch office. Or you have an upcoming business meeting with your Japanese work associates. Japan has precise and sophisticated hierarchical systems, complete with a special language of politeness called honorific languagekeigo in Japanese. Keigo speech patterns are determined by the relative status of the speaker, the listener and the persons spoken about. In contrast, American English is built on the values of fairness and social equality. It has no specific speech patterns for communicating between hierarchical…
  • Top Apps for your Small Business

    Blogtrepreneur
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Starting and running a small business day to day can be a lot like juggling…while on a tightrope, in the air. It takes a lot to start a business and keep it successfully running, so anything or anyone that can help along the way makes a huge difference. Don’t be afraid to look for help in the not-so-obvious places, either. For example, utilizing apps on your phone or tablet can help save time and even money. Check out a few of our favorites that are ideal for small business owners. Evernote. Forgetful? You’ll never forget anything important again with Evernote. This app syncs between…
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective SEOs

    Blogtrepreneur
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    Today’s corporate leaders are expected to stay on top of their organizations. Highly effective CEOs have several things in common, but adopt these seven habits to emulate their success. Listen to Yourself Image via iTunes.Apple.com Many leaders record themselves to improve their oratory skills or modify their tone. By improving self-awareness, you learn to communicate more effectively and you improve your organizational skills. Use an app like Voice Diary to record thoughts, conversations, or presentations on your smartphone, like the Apple iPhone 6 with voice memo capability and Voice…
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Home Run TED Talks

    Tim Ferriss
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    “He or she who is willing to be the most uncomfortable is not only the bravest but rises the fastest.” – Brené Brown Dr. Brené Brown (@BreneBrown) is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has been viewed more than 20 million times and is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts…
  • How to Build a World-Class Network in Record Time

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

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

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

    Tim Ferriss
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
      Absolutely the best for flying. But which one? The booze, hat, squat, or weird footwear? Greetings, friends. Here are some popular links, thoughts, and articles that have appeared in my “5-Bullet Friday” e-mail newsletter, which is free and goes out every Friday.  I cheated in this post and gave you six. Enjoy! Article I’m enjoying (and pondering) — How Bold Entrepreneurs Are Breaking $1 Million In One-Person Businesses by Elaine Pofeldt for Forbes.com Clothing I’m loving — Check out Myles’ “everyday shorts.”  I originally got these as a gift from…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Enjoy Sledding And Save Space With The Folding Sled

    Samantha Pankey
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    As summer is coming to a close, perhaps you're looking forward to some winter sports fun. Sledding is always a fun winter activity. The only downside to sledding is that sleds are bulky and often heavy, and when you reach the bottom of the hill, you'll have to carry the sled back up. With the Folding Sled, you won't have to worry about the bulk or the heft.
  • Want To Wage War On Those Flies? Get A Bug-A-Salt Rifle

    Laurie Kay Olson
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Next to mosquitos, flies are easily the most annoying insect most of us are faced with. You can run around the house armed with a low-tech fly swatter, but that can get old pretty quickly. These days you can arm yourself for a full-scale assault on these pests with Bug-A-Salt 2.0 -- a miniature rifle you load with table salt to take them out and have a little fun working on your aim.
  • American Express Launches Maria Sharapova VR Experience At 2015 U.S. Open

    Paul Fitzgerald
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Fancy a tennis match with Maria Sharapova? American Express has just unveiled its “You vs. Sharapova” virtual reality game at this year’s U.S. Open. Question is this: do you think you could return a 100-mile-per-hour serve from one of the greatest tennis players in the world?
  • 3D Tattoos Transforming Lives Of Breast Cancer Survivors

    Rebecca West
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    3D Tattoos are gaining in popularity on the body art scene, but now they're helping breast cancer survivors through the healing process.
  • ChefCharger Brings Stylish Charging Hubs To Restaurants

    Josiah Motley
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    It’s safe to say that many of us are attached to our phones. We use them to keep in touch with people constantly, check basketball scores, and share videos and photos with one another. But with this increase in use comes one glaring problem, we feel completely lost when our phone is dying and we have to make crucial decisions such as, “Do I use the last 5% of my battery to Instagram this awesome meal?” Well, ChefCharger wants to alleviate that stress for you.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Is Entrepreneurship Possible At Any Stage Of Life?

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

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

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

    Simone Brummelhuis
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    THENEXTWOMEN STARTUP AWARDS, 2015 The prize winning pitches for the International Pitch Competition 2015 at The Next Women Innovation Summit have been named. Vastari - the jury prize winner - is a unique online platform from England for private art collectors and museums to aid the organisation and hiring of exhibitions.read more
  • TheNextWomen Innovation Summit is coming up next week

    Simone Brummelhuis
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Next week sees the annual TheNextWomen Innovation Summit: an event aimed at promoting female entrepreneurship and the creation of an ecosystem of innovative women. The keynote speaker is none other than Neelie Kroes. The good news is that it is almost fully booked. read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Cheryl Tan Interviews Dr. Wright on Crowdfunding

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

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

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    A Thrilling Trip to the Nation’s Capitol Washington, D.C. is a place that has history around almost every turn. The founding of the United States was no easy task. A trip to the capitol of the world’s biggest democracy will give you some insight into how this was accomplished. It took a lot a very […] The post A Thrilling Trip to the Nation’s Capitol appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • CROWDFUNDING AUXILRY — THE FIRST INTERCHANGEABLE BUTTON TECHNOLOGY

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Changing the buttons on a piece of clothing has long been one of the easiest and most fun ways to update your wardrobe. New buttons make any garment feel completely new. Auxilry has made an easier way to change buttons with new technology. No sewing is ever needed. You would remove your old button, the […] The post CROWDFUNDING AUXILRY — THE FIRST INTERCHANGEABLE BUTTON TECHNOLOGY appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Crowdfunding: DTSoft – Decom Telemetry Software

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    DTSoft – Decom  Telemetry Software Supporting software development for TM systems DTSoft designs and manufactures telemetry products for the flight test and antenna tracking communities. DTSoft intends to demonstrate its products at the prestigious International Telemetry Conference, ITC USA 2015, Oct 26 – Oct 29, at Bally’s in Las Vegas. DTSoft provides a way to get […] The post Crowdfunding: DTSoft – Decom Telemetry Software appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
 
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    Steve Blank

  • Why Corporate Entrepreneurs are Extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance

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

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

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

    steveblank
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital In my interview with Errol, we discussed the origins of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), how and why it was created, and how it changed the way the government commercializes scientific research. (Read my interviews with Steve…
  • Episode 1 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Alexander Osterwalder and Oren Jacob

    steveblank
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Alexander Osterwalder – inventor of the Business Model Canvas Oren Jacob, ex-CTO of Pixar and now CEO of ToyTalk —– The focus of our first segment was on Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas – how and why he created it and how startups and large companies are using it to search for repeatable, scalable business models. Alexander Osterwalder co-founded Strategyzer, a software company specializing in tools and content for strategic management and innovation. He is also author of…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Spruce Grand Opening Party in Denver

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

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

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

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

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    As Seen on the Today Show After attending The Big Fake Wedding this past Wednesday, August 5th, I have to say that a new precident for bridal shows has now been set. Unlike typical bridal events, this one was much more interactive and entertaining. It was wonderful to see both the vendors in action and taking part in a real vow renewal ceremony for 2 people who are still very much in love! As we pulled up to NOAH’s Event Venue, I knew this would be a more intimate affair than previous bridal shows I had been to. The venue is beautiful and understated, which helped to set the tone for…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Reflecting on Dragon Army’s two year anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

  • The What, Why, and How of Leading a Startup Ecosystem

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    A startup ecosystem is formed by active pieces including: individuals in support of the startup economy, startups in their various stages, and various types organizations/institutions (eg: educational systems or financial establishments). All of these pieces interact as a system to produce new startup companies. So, why build an ecosystem?  While the Silicon Valley is still the most developed and thriving startup community, there are many cities worldwide that are making leaps to catch up. The Silicon Valley culture is quickly spreading and bringing entrepreneurship to all corners of the…
  • Your Guide to the Costa Rica Startup Ecosystem

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem. With applications for the Costa Rica Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release the San Jose (Costa Rica) Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Costa Rica Founder Institute and local…
  • Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder - "Earn" One with These Tips

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Chellam explains in the video below, several themes are often common at the start of lasting human relationships, including vulnerability, social proof, and a shared worldview.   Misha is the Co-Founder of Tradecraft, a full time, in-person immersive training…
  • The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders. Do You Have What It Takes?

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential role in their local economy, share in the value of the companies they help create, and are included in FI’s global network of entrepreneurial leaders. If you want to see what some of our current Directors are up to, see some recent director news below: Sergio…
  • Marketing Growth Tactics You Need To Try

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress. In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experience so that we, in turn, can help share the invaluable information to fellow entrepreneurs on their path to success. Marketing is a hurdle that all entrepreneurs will encounter. Even with a perfect product or service, without marketing, the target audience might never be…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • Why it’s nice to compete against a large, profitable company

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Make Change Easier

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Investors Can Ruin Your Business

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

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

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

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

    Sarah Shaw
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Running a product line is like conducting a symphony. You have to be able to coordinate a lot of different pieces and make them all fit together smoothly. When you get it right, your business sounds like sweet music. But get it wrong and the results are a noisy mess… In that spirit, I want to share with you the 5 biggest mistakes I made when starting my first handbag company… along with some simple ways to avoid them.   My Start When I first started out with my handbag company I was in the dark about pretty much everything, and it seemed that I was the only one who…
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    Under30CEO

  • How to Evaluate Yourself and the People Around You with Brent Beshore

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

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

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

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

    Under30CEO
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    “Follow your passion” “Follow your bliss” “It will be great!” We all hear the same old advice about going down the shiny road of following our passion to create a life we’ve always wanted. But what if passion isn’t always enough? In this weeks podcast we debunk and defluff this idea of following your bliss with Liz Presson, founder of Pursuit and Working Remote.ly. She shares her story of taking the leap and how going solely on passion didn’t work out as planned. We dive into the exploration of systems, what freedom really is and why…
 
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    Fizzle

  • How Do You Know What Content To Create? (FS125)

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

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

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

    Chase Reeves
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I found a new productivity trick recently and was incredibly surprised by how well it worked. In this post I’ll share that trick as well as two others that will help you achieve more productivity and focus. 1. One song, again and again In his interview with Tim Ferriss, Matt Mullenweg (basically, the CEO of the internet) talked about this little music trick he uses: Find a song you like. Play it over and over on repeat while you work. He talked about the way a song can kind of turn into background noise when you do this. Not just background music Now, I'm used to the idea of music…
  • Business vs. Family — Why NOT to Become an Entrepreneur (FS123)

    Chase Reeves
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why are you pursuing a life as an entrepreneur? Is it for money? How about freedom? The ability to set your own schedule? Or is it about working on a problem that's important to you? Whatever your reason (btw, we get into our own answers to these questions in the show), is it taking you too long to get there? Is your life as an entrepreneur showing signs of wear and tear on your relationships? How would you know if it's not working well enough? These are the questions we get into in todays episode in response to Mark's question (written below). This episode will help you get into…
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    Strategy

  • Ashley Madison hack reveals the states where people cheat the most

    Lamar Salter and Nathan McAlone
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
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  • A self-made millionaire says these are the 4 things you should do once you achieve success

    Jacquelyn Smith
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Almost everyone wants to be successful. Many consider it the ultimate goal in our personal and professional lives. But what happens once we reach it? Most people don't think that far ahead, says Paul Scolardi, a self-made millionaire who has figured out how to continue thriving after achieving success. Scolardi, who spent nearly two decades in corporate finance as a Certified Public Accountant, has been investing and trading in stocks for over 18 years ("I manage my own money in the stock market; I do not manage or touch other people's money in any way," he explains to Business Insider)…
  • 25 quotes that take you inside Albert Einstein's revolutionary mind

    Steven Benna and Drake Baer
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Over the years, Albert Einstein's name has become synonymous with genius. In his lifetime, Einstein changed the world, describing the workings of reality better than anyone since Isaac Newton and revealing the capabilities of the atom bomb. In 1999, Time named him Person of the Century. Here are 25 of Einstein's most telling quotes; each will take you inside the mind of the legend.SEE ALSO: 25 quotes from legendary CEOs that can make you more successful On authority "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." ["The Curious History of Relativity"] On scope "Nature…
  • The rich and powerful are going crazy over these luxury SUVs with bathrooms and cable TV

    Devan Joseph and Associated Press
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
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  • Big Lots CFO takes over global logistics

    James Kosur
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Big Lots Inc. has placed global logistics operations in the hands of Chief Financial Officer Timothy Johnson. He will be in charge of the company's supply chain management as the company continues to restructure its store operations.  Amid several executive assignments Johnson was named as executive vice president and chief administrative officer. He will continue to serve as the company's CFO. In his new role Johnson will oversee five US distribution centers and world-wide logistics. Johnson joined Big Lots in 2000 as director of strategic operations. He was formerly the director…
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • ​Trial suggests Alnylam's cholesterol-lowering drug may last longer than Amgen's

    Don Seiffert
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Amgen’s newest cholesterol-lowering drug has only been approved for three days, with plans to launch this coming week. But already, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge is coming out with early-stage trial data suggesting it has a drug that can achieve similar results with far less frequent injections. Cambridge-based Alnylam (Nasdaq: ALNY) presented results of an early-stage trial today at a conference in London for a drug that lowers levels of a protein made in the liver called PCSK9, which…
  • Scenes from Ernie Boch Jr.'s Summer Bash featuring Donald Trump

    W. Marc Bernsau
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    A quiet neighborhood in the bedroom community of Norwood, Massachusetts, turned into something out of a Hollywood red carpet ceremony Friday as roughly 1,000 people turned out to Ernie Boch Jr.'s Summer Bash 2015 featuring real estate magnate, reality TV star and frontrunner in the Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump Jr. BBJ photographer W. Marc Bernsau caught the action leading up to and following The Donald's big night in Greater Boston.
  • Donald Trump lets loose at Ernie Boch event in Norwood

    Craig Douglas
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Donald Trump was fashionably late for his much anticipated visit to Ernie Boch Jr.'s home in Norwood Friday, but his comedic timing was right on target. The real estate magnate and frontrunner in the Republican presidential primaries was the guest of honor at the Boch-hosted event, and he didn't hold back when it came to fielding questions and speaking off the cuff about a range of topics ranging from his primary competitors to women's health ("I cherish women.") to his desire to build a wall along…
  • Go grab a beer — you're helping the Mass. economy

    Jessica Bartlett
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Your summer trip to the local brewery may be helping to spur the Massachusetts economy. The report, compiled by Jon Dunham & Associates in concert with the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association, looked at information from private companies, Dun & Bradstreet business reports, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to derive the larger economic benefit from the malty drink. According to the report,…
  • Ariad stock soars following reports that Baxalta wants to buy it

    Don Seiffert
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The newly-spun out drug business, Baxalta — which is building a 500-employee research and development in Cambridge — is reportedly in talks to buy one of the most longstanding biotechs in the state, Ariad Pharmaceuticals. Bloomberg news cites unnamed sources who say Baxalta (Nasdaq: BXLT) is in discussions to buy Ariad (Nasdaq: ARIA), which had a market value of about $1.2 billion until the Bloomberg report came out. Ariad's share's have shot up 42 percent since shortly after noon. Baxalta,…
 
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    James Clear

  • Overrated vs. Underrated: Common Beliefs We Get Wrong

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

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

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

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

    James Clear
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Peak performance experts say things like, “You should focus. You need to eliminate the distractions. Commit to one thing and become great at that thing.” This is good advice. The more I study successful people from all walks of life—artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, scientists—the more I believe focus is a core factor of success. But there is a problem with this advice too. Of the many options in front of you, how do you know what to focus on? How do you know where to direct your energy and attention? How do you determine the one thing that you should commit to doing? I…
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    Startup Blog

  • 6 Steps help entrepreneurs in an exceedingly tight spot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Susan Post
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Freelancing can be great…set your own scheduled (generally), run errands in the middle of the day, choose the clients you work with, send invoices and track your financials. Ok, maybe that last one isn’t such a perk, but it’s something that’s about to get a lot easier thanks to a new app developed right here […]
  • Women’s Business Center Spotlight: Vernita Johnson, Owner Shy-Stones

    Jonnel Ransom
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shi-Ly-Ku, which translates into “women of virtue, queenly anointed” is the inspiration behind Shy-Stones, a jewelry business owned and operated by Vernita Johnson. Flawed, semi-precious stones, metals and crystals are mixed together to create one-of-a-kind pieces of “wearable art” designed for women. Flawed stones are intentionally used to create this unique product line of bracelets, […]
  • ScaleUp Success: Mary Sharrett of Stone Environmental Engineering & Science, Inc.

    Your Management Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Breakfast is a great start to your day, but has it ever started your journey as a business owner? Not everyone can say ‘Yes.’ However, Mary Sharrett can. Breakfast with a potential business-teaming partner became a defining moment in owning a small business. “One moment I was having breakfast with a business owner, and the […]
  • Fitness for Everyone Really Means Everyone at Include Fitness

    Susan Post
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When a business says their product is for “everybody” that everybody normally comes with a few caveats. But in the case of Include Fitness and their Access Strength fitness machine, “everybody” is meant quite literally. “Our whole goal is to make fitness accessible for everybody. Period,” Founder Ryan Eder says.  Include Fitness is reaching that goal […]
  • Healthcare Startup CrossChx Looks to Change an Industry

    Susan Post
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For healthcare startup CrossChx, business isn’t about just being successful. It’s about fundamentally changing an industry. Founders Sean Lane and Brad Mascho have a billion dollar idea to own identity in healthcare. And they want to build it right here in Columbus. The story of CrossChx starts on the east cost. Both Lane and Mascho were in […]
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  • People as a Service is a New Freelancer Startup Platform

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

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

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

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

    VisionwizTeam
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    Gone: Gone is a new android based app that aims to find buyers for your items through sms. Gone will help you in the writing a listing, pricing, packing, negotiating with buyers, and shipping your items. How It Works Once its apps receive your items, they’ll inspect them and list them for sale within one day. From there, it may take from one to several   weeks, depending on the demand for your item. You will be able to monitor the entire process from within the application. Gone will charge a commission ranging from 7% to 15%, depending on the demand for your items. This commission is…
 
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  • DKSP EP15: How to Successfully Build a Profitable SOLO Ad Business – Part 2

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

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

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

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Hello and welcome to episode 13 of the DKSPeaks Podcast. IN todays episode we are going to discuss about SOLO ads – how to generate traffic with solo ads and what is the key to success with SOLO ads. SOLO ads is one of the best forms of driving traffic to your websites, to your […] The post DKSP EP13: Solo Ads Buying Strategies – How to Build Your Email List for FREE! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Social Media Sundays Ep 4 : Influencer Marketing – Engaging Influencers to Get More Retweets!

    Dilip Kumar
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    How many of your tweets have been re-tweeted by an Influencer in your Niche? Influencer Marketing is probably the best way to increase brand awareness. It is also one of the best ways to promote your products. Conversions are normally high when influencers recommend your products, thanks to their influence value. How many times have […] The post Social Media Sundays Ep 4 : Influencer Marketing – Engaging Influencers to Get More Retweets! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • Five top tips to give your ecommerce site the best possible chance of success

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

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

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

    john
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:33 am
    If your business has unwanted technology and gadgets to get rid of, there's a new option for you to try: you can now trade them in at Argos stores The retail giant claims this is the first initiative of its type offered by a generalist UK retailer. And it says it'll give you on the spot quotes for your old tablets and smart phones. If you're happy with what they offer, you can have the amount credited to an Argos gift card, which you can then spend on anything in the company's famous catalogue. Part of the circular economy Argos, in partnership with circular economy experts WRAP, has…
  • How to create an effective website landing page

    guestbloggerSUD
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    In a fiercely competitive market you must seize every opportunity to attract new business. At the first point of contact with a prospective client, it's important to demonstrate that your business has a credible offering that stands out above the competition. Regardless of how you decide to attract online traffic, that first point of contact is usually one of the key landing pages of your website. You need to follow a number of rules to ensure these pages are as effective as possible. 1 Make it eye-catching The design of your landing page makes an instant impression. Elements such as colour,…
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  • E-Book Summary For Lean Startup

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

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

    Sean Murphy
    16 Aug 2015 | 7:50 pm
    In “Abramisms: Lines of the Ancient Aphorist Volume 1” Beston Jack Abrams offers several aphorisms about recognizing the truth in a situation and acting on it. Here are 8 I have selected with some additional commentary for entrepreneurs. Recognizing and Acting On The Truth Several of Abrams’ aphorisms point to the importance of recognizing the truth, regardless of its source, and acting on it. He takes pains to point out that truth comes from a variety of sources, some of them overlooked through familiarity or distaste. “Truth, like a bitter tonic, is distasteful,…
  • Beston Jack Abrams on Aphorisms

    Sean Murphy
    15 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    Beston Jack Abrams has self-published 7 volumes of “Abramisms: Lines of the Ancient Aphorist” between 2011 and 2014. These slim volumes each contain 128  aphorisms, one on the opening page and three per page for another 39 pages: are a revelation and an inspiration. Volume 7 ends with this paragraph, leading me to conclude there is more to come: “I am 87 and in a few more years, I will probably exhaust all thoughts that are intelligible and acts that are of value hence, at that point death becomes less a tragedy than an act of good housekeeping.” Beston Jack Abrams…
  • Q: Can I Be My First Customer?

    Sean Murphy
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    It’s OK to solve your own problem first, to be the first customer. This at a minimum gets the idea out of your head and reduced to practice where it can be tested. The trick is to use this basic product to spark further discussions about the problem you solved, no your solution. Q:  I am just starting the planning for my first product. The inspiration came from a problem I have faced personally. I have talked to about 20 people and three can relate to the pain, but with small variations in preferences and priorities. I am now considering treating myself as the first customer and…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • How to Find Your Best Small Business Ideas

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

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

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

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

    Heather Stewart
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    With continued uncertainty in the job market and an economy still in recovery, starting a business straight out of college is an option that graduates are increasingly considering. In fact, around 60% of recent graduates say they would like to start their own business. However, with college debt at an all time high and graduates concerned about lack of experience and networks, the start-up rate for this group is much lower at 23%, according to research by the Kauffman Foundation. There is no such thing as a career for life anymore. 60% of graduates are unable to find work in their field and…
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  • GBC to launch accelerator for women- and minority-owned businesses

    Stephen Babcock
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    The Greater Baltimore Committee is set to launch an accelerator program to help small businesses owned by women and entrepreneurs of color, GBC President Donald Fry wrote in an op-ed published Thursday on Center Maryland. The program will be called “Bridging the Gap Academy,” and will launch in about 45 days, Fry writes. Here’s how he describes it: It’s a business accelerator program for minority and women-owned businesses under which the GBC will offer small business owners, operators and executives four-weeks of classes and training in such key “getting started”…
  • What you should know about the Women in Tech Summit

    Stephen Babcock
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    A local organizing committee is helping to organize the Women in Tech Summit coming to Baltimore on Sept. 26. The committee includes Margaret Roth, cofounder of Yet Analytics and the national group EdTech Women, Emerging Technology Center Program and Community Manager Jackie Albright and SmartLogic Director of Marketing and Community Engagement LeAnne Matlach. Gloria Bell, who is the Women in Tech Summit’s operations director, said the committee has been working to identify speakers and spread the word about the event. “While we may have the experience to know how to handle all…
  • Students are free at #BIW15 Business Day

    Catherine Sontag
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    As part of an ongoing effort to get more university students involved in the Baltimore tech community, we’re offering free tickets to young entrepreneurs for the entire Business Conference Day during Baltimore Innovation Week 2015. Use the code “BIW15BizStudent” to receive free tickets to any of our Business Conference Day events on Friday, Oct. 2. Get tickets Business Conference Day events include: Entrepreneur Boot Camp: Geared towards early-stage entrepreneurs, this fast-paced boot camp will feature experts ready to teach you the basics of starting your business. Learn how to…
  • Soon you’ll be able to livestream public meetings in Baltimore

    Stephen Babcock
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:33 am
    CharmTV debuted new prime-time programming earlier this year to go along with its live broadcasts of public meetings from the City Council to the liquor board. On Sept. 8, all of it will be available online. The city-owned station plans to introduce a livestream of the content it broadcasts on channel 25 to its website, CharmTv.tv. Station officials are billing it as a move toward transparency that can make government more accessible to people who aren’t near a TV, or aren’t in Baltimore. The livestream is comes amid a recent ramp-up at CharmTV, which is trying to shed…
  • Another company wants to install cellphone antennae on Baltimore lightpoles

    Stephen Babcock
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    A second company is looking to deploy new antennae aimed to help improve wireless connectivity in Baltimore. Virginia-based Crown Castle has a hearing before the city’s Planning Commission on Thursday that would grant the company a franchise to construct distributed antenna systems (DAS) around the city. A Crown Castle proposal in San Francisco. (Via) The antennae, which can be attached to light poles and utility poles, are designed to help “wireless providers eliminate coverage gaps and increase capacity needed for emerging and future services,” according to a company…
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  • Video: Pitching for Startups – Lesson 1

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

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

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

    Rich
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Hermione Way from The Next Web demonstrates a sure-fire way to get attention for your Startup at tech conferences.
  • Slidecast: BrandYourself Startup Lets You Control Your Own Google Results

    Rich
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    In this slidecast, Patrick Ambron from BrandYourself describes how the company lets you control your own Google results. Like any good company, BrandYourself started as a problem that turned into a mission we just couldn’t ignore. We hated the fact that reputation firms purposely mystified the Search Engine Optimization process, making their customers feel trapped. We hated that these firms overcharged customers for something they could easily do themselves if they simply had a platform that educated and empowered them to do so. So we made it our mission to create a Do-It-Yourself…
 
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  • The LEGO Theory of Job Fulfillment

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

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

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

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

    Peter Cauton
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    STORM is scaling fast. Founded in January 2013 (a spinoff from my original HR startup, STORM Consulting), STORM is bent on transforming the way companies manage benefits. I’m fairly confident STORM has been among the fastest growing local startups across these last 2 years, revenue-wise. We’ve been blessed. In 2013, we proved our new business model could work – an entirely new way for companies to manage their benefits. In 2014, we started growing fast. Very fast. We’ve quadrupled both 2013 revenue AND 2013 manpower. We’re set to AT LEAST quadruple revenue again…
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  • Talent on the Move! August 28, 2015

    jackmulvaney
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Premium Company:  Amazon Robotics Bullhorn Cogo Labs InsightSquared Release Date:  Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:45 Author:  Jack Mulvaney - Account Manager, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - August 28, 2015Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.Joe Chernov, Vice President of Marketing @ InsightSquared. Previously, VP of Marketing…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: August 31 – September 4

    joshboyle
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Here are just a few of the many great events and happenings around town next week! Our Networking Calendar keeps tabs on all things going on in and around Boston. From Providence to Manchester to Worcester, if it involves tech, venture or entrepreneurship you'll find it on our Events page!Each Friday, we pull out a few standouts to help you schedule your week ahead. So, here are just a few of the many…
  • Traction Podcast: Scott Belsky - Co-Founder, Behance

    joshboyle
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:30 Author:  Jay Acunzo - VP of Platform, NextView Ventures Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Brand. Mission. Emotion. These are things that, perhaps surprisingly to some, are still not widely preached, taught, accepted, or built around by investors and tech entrepreneurs alike. The NextView podcast Traction shares the incredible stories of the creative and unusual things entrepreneurs did to make initial progress in an important. Listen on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Stitcher. The founding stories of…
  • The Mobile Browser: The App That Is Eating All The Other Apps

    joshboyle
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:15 Author:  Jeff Williams - Co-Founder of Mobile Oxygen Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  It’s in the DNA of Americans to be mobile. Perpetually in motion. Advancing. Exploring. Moving ahead. The Always On Era Is OnIt’s in the DNA of Americans to be mobile. Perpetually in motion. Advancing. Exploring. Moving ahead. So it‘s no surprise that with the advent of modern mobile technology, we have embraced the ‘always on’ lifestyle. 77% of Americans are reachable by smartphones now (2015 marketingland.com).
  • Working In Boston Tech: Toast

    jackmulvaney
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Premium Company:  Toast Release Date:  Wed, 08/26/2015 - 21:45 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  You have to check out what it's like to work at Toast! There are a lot of amazing technology companies in and around Boston. Many of them are hiring like crazy! On our BIZZpages alone there are about 150 Boston area tech companies actively recruiting the best talent around. These companies are awesome and we want to help them show off what it's like to be a part of the team and the process a potential employee goes through to…
 
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  • How Monthly Investor Updates Scored $10 Million in Funding for WedPics

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

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

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

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

    Matt Hunckler
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    “We’ve got great talent,” says voicemail inventor Scott Jones. “We just need more of it. And frankly,” Scott continued, “I think many would say the same in Silicon Valley.” Watch the interview here: “I hear a lot of complaints from people on the coasts,” Jones laments. The cost of living and other inconveniences of cities like San Francisco have left many yearning for more. This makes areas like the Midwest not only more attractive to employees, but to business owners as well. “Once you find people, they stay put longer here,” Jones says. And with growing entrepreneurial…
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  • ZWOOKY : Innovative Contact System

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

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

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

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

    Bob Debbas
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Malte Warczinski”, Founder & Managing Director Berlin – Germany based start-up “UBERFORCE” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? We take start ups to the next level! UBERFORCE is a Salesforce consultancy for start ups with deep start ups experience, decades of Salesforce know-how, and competitive pricing. We tailor Salesforce-CRM extensively to cater to the needs of any business model imaginable. We strive to empower our…
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  • Working Remotely: 11 Project Management Experts Weigh In on the Pros and Cons

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

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

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

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

    thomaslcarney
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    It’s tough managing projects. You get input from the CEO, sales, marketing, support and customers, while trying to come up with a realistic plan about how to make the project happen.Your role feels more like a cattle herder when you’re trying to coax people to attend meetings and to report their status on projects.And then one designer decides that such details such as tracking time, following a process or deadlines are helpful suggestions.An IT specialist suddenly decides that THEY should be the project manager, and in fact all this project management is just getting in the way of doing…
 
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  • 4 things you can do to avoid failure of your startup

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Frank La Pira
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:09 am
    There is so much talk about what you must do to succeed in business. Everything from sales to marketing to measuring your performance to developing the right personality, knowing the right people, having a good brand, knowing your audience, and too many other things to mention. You name it; someone has declared that it’s important to be successful. And while I agree that some of these things are important I believe that if you don’t do these four things everyday everything else is a waste of time. You can spend thousands of hours on learning to sell, or developing a marketing strategy,…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Rohit Shroff – Co-founder of Holidify

    IdeaMensch
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Don’t run after getting funded from Day 1 or becoming successful immediately. Success will definitely come if you are solving a problem and do it properly. Rohit Shroff is a co-founder of Holidify, a holiday discovery portal from India. He is an IIT Bombay Graduate and have worked with Indus Insights, a management consultancy startup in the past. He was born and brought up in Sitamarhi, one of the most under-developed districts of India, however getting into IIT gave a big boost to his career. He loves travel, which fuelled his founding of Holidify, and loves going off on trips when…
  • Omri Agam – Co-Founder and CEO at Craft Vapery

    IdeaMensch
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    I try to schedule all out-of-office meetings and appointments for either the morning or evening, so that once I’m in the office I am singularly focused on what needs to get done that day for CRAFT to take a step forward. Omri Agam is an entrepreneur with well over a decade of experience in investment banking and private equity investing, as well as all aspects of deal and business execution. Omri co-founded Endgame Partners in 2012 to create a unique platform from which to launch and build businesses like CRAFT VAPERY, each of which benefits from the decades of combined startup,…
  • Nick Edwards – Co-founder and CEO of Boomtrain

    IdeaMensch
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    The world of startups is all about speed. Speed + the best people = competitive advantage. Harvard Business School graduate Nick Edwards is the co-founder and CEO of Boomtrain, a personalized notification platform that connects customers to content they’ll love. Driven by a passion for technology and media, Nick initially created Boomtrain as a platform that highlighted made-for-web video. Over time, however, the idea of content distribution became more vital to the company, so he shifted its focus to connecting audiences with AI-driven content recommendations. Using deep insights and…
  • Pete Wheelan – CEO at InsideTrack

    IdeaMensch
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Ideas are a dime a dozen. The greatest products and companies rarely got that way based on the uniqueness of ideas. Pete Wheelan has dedicated his career to leading mission-driven, high-growth companies focused on helping individuals live up to their full potential. Before joining InsideTrack, he served as COO and Chief Revenue Officer at Blurb, a groundbreaking leader in unleashing creative expression through self-published books. Prior to Blurb, Pete held the position of SVP of strategic marketing and business development for Lonely Planet, once the world’s largest independent publisher…
  • Ray Harding – Mediator and Arbitrator

    IdeaMensch
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Ray Harding received his law degree from Brigham Young University in 1978. He then practiced law for 17 years before being appointed to serve as a District Court Judge in Utah where he served for 7 years. Following that service, he has now been successfully mediating cases for the past 12 years where he has become widely recognized for his ability to settle difficult cases that others thought could not be settled. As a former Judge Ray Harding is able to combine his judicial insight with his mediation skills to bring a successful resolution to even the most difficult cases. Ray Harding stays…
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  • Beyond .NET and J2EE: The Emergence of a Third Application Development Platform in the Enterprise

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

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

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

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

    jesusmrv
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    Overview Enterprise software might be entering its golden era. The confluence of technologies movements such as cloud computing, mobile, big data as well as the raise in popularity of open source delivery models are pushing the boundaries of enterprise software solutions. As these technologies continue to rapidly gain traction in the enterprise, they are called to become foundation blocks of any enterprise software application. We call this movement: the third generation enterprise application platform. The First Generation: Mainframes Mainframes architectures were the first movement that…
 
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  • Which metrics do Valley investors tend to check first?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Screw Productivity: Find Happiness as a Startup Founder on Your Own Terms.

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

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

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

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

    Heather Carson
    8 Aug 2015 | 3:05 am
    Every month, we round up our “best” of all time on topics ranging from content marketing and social media to analytics and CRO. We delve into everything you need to get your startup the attention and traction it deserves! Earlier this year, we published a pillar piece on what it takes to be a thought leader. (Hint: it doesn’t happen overnight.) This August, we’re looking at the people who’ve put in the blood, sweat, and tears to become the top thought leaders in the business world: individuals who establish precedence, constantly inspire, and give us outlets to turn to when we need…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Is My Small Biz Marketing Actually Working?

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

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

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

    Elizabeth Wellington
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A struggling customer base can not only hurt your numbers, but it can affect your confidence as a small business owner. Regardless of your current circumstances, getting back on track is easier than you think. As you set your sights on higher customer engagement, use these basic steps to carve a new path: Go Back to Your Intention What was your original intention in starting your business? As an entrepreneur, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day running of your company and miss the big picture. If you’re struggling with your number of customers, go back to your motivation…
  • Design Best Practices to Help You Craft a Beautiful Small Biz Website

    Kiera Abbamonte
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s 2015 now, so there’s no denying that your business website is a super important component of your digital marketing. No matter what industry you’re in or how small your business is, you need a great website in order to really rock your online presence. Big companies can hire 100 design experts to make their site awesome, but what’s a small business to do? Here are a few simple best practices you can follow to make your own beautiful website. K.I.S.S. When it comes to website design, simplicity is the one, overarching principle that all great websites follow, and it’s hard to…
 
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    e27

  • Chinese oil companies come online with Internet Plus Policy

    TechNode
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Chinese oil companies are jumping on the digital bandwagon to accelerate and improve their business models China’s Internet Plus government initiative has ignited a steady state-led push to bring some of the country’s most traditional industries online. Banking, healthcare and agriculture have all seen their fair share of digital modernisation over the past few months. We can now add some of China’s biggest state-run assets to that list – oil companies. Also Read: This NYC startup helps traditional Southeast Asian SMEs go digital Yesterday PetroChina, one of the country’s biggest…
  • What I learned when I gave up the ‘9 to 5’

    Jacob Laukaitis
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Entrepreneur and digital nomad Jacob Laukaitis talks about the varied benefits of not hanging your (corporate) hat in one place My grandparents, who were born and raised in the Soviet Union, had a very simple idea of success. They wanted to find one job and do it for the rest of their lives. For them, this was ideal because it allowed them to stay firmly inside their comfort zones. They wanted life to be uncomplicated and predictable: Go to the office at 9 AM, make sure you look like you’re busy all day, stay under the radar and leave at 5 PM. Two generations and a few decades later much…
  • MyRepublic MD: “We believe the license is ours to lose”

    Kevin McSpadden
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    After announcing plans to offer free unlimited data, does MyRepublic have plans to stick it to existing telcos or to throttle their services? MyRepublic Managing Director Yap Yong Teck On Thursday, MyRepublic made a splash by announcing a plan to provide free unlimited data to customers who subscribe to their service before September 30th. e27 sat down with Managing Director Yap Yong Teck, who worked at M1 for almost two decades prior to joining MyRepublic, to talk about how the data plan works, the company’s goals and how they see themselves fitting into Singapore’s telco…
  • [Update] BOP works toward Bitcoin accreditation in the Philippines

    Victoria Vizcarra
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:43 am
    Now that ride-sharing has been legitimised by the government, it’s the cryptocurrency’s turn A milestone was achieved when the Philippine government allowed official regulation of ride-sharing services Uber and GrabCar. The newly elected board of the Bitcoin Organization of the Philippines (BOP) wants to blaze the same trial for Bitcoin in hopes of crafting a similar legal framework for the cryptocurrency. “If you had told me a few years ago that the Philippine government would be collaborating with the tech world, I would not have believed you,” said Joe Maristela BOP board…
  • New Indian fund StartupXseed backs anti-malware startup ShieldSquare

    Sainul Abudheen K
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    The Bangalore-based startup will use the capital for strengthening its product platform ShieldSquare, a Bangalore-based startup providing SaaS solution that protects online businesses against web scraping and malware attacks, has raised an undisclosed amount in funding from StartupXseed, a new fund co-launched by V Balakrishnan and TV Mohandas Pai (former top executives at Infosys). “We are using the capital raised from this round for strengthening our product platform,” ShieldSquare‘s Co-founder and CEO Pavan Thatha told e27. Also Read: Uber China raises US$1B from Baidu,…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Japan’s most funded startup has gone public, and its founder’s coming to Tech in Asia Tokyo

    Cheong Hui Min
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s official: a month after its announcement to go public, Metaps’ stock started trading on the Mothers Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on August 28, at an opening price of JPY 3,040 (US$107). It recorded a market capitalization of over JPY 32 billion (US$263 million) after its first day of trading. The startup has come a long way since its founding in 2007, especially for one with its roots in Japan – a place where startups hardly hit Series C. With its recent Series C round of US$36 million, Metaps has staked its claim as Japan’s most funded startup with a disclosed total…
  • aCommerce aims to pocket $30M series B for ecommerce logistics battle

    Nadine Freischlad
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:27 pm
    After breaking records for a series A round in Southeast Asia, ecommerce logistics startup aCommerce is gearing up for a new milestone. The targeted deal size for the series B is US$30 million, group CEO Paul Srivorakul tells Tech in Asia. “We’re getting good interest from investors due to the strong team, [the] market opportunity, [our] ‘arms dealer’ business model, and the size of the funding round. US$30 million is a big enough size for private equity guys and attractive to a variety of venture capital firms,” Paul says. The Thailand-based startup nabbed US$10.7 million for…
  • Can’t decide what to gift your loved one? This startup has an answer

    Nikita Peer
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Last diwali Ritwik Sharma’s employer gifted him a dinner set. Expensive cutlery. A nice gesture, but it’s the seventh dinner set he owns, so it’s destined to wind up in his storeroom. Shreya Momaya dreads weddings- not because she can’t decide what to wear, but because she suffers from “can’t decide what to gift” syndrome. Bangalore-based Qwikcilver launched Woohoo, a gift card store aimed at solving this problem. Woohoo has partnered with brands from 400 cities to give the gift receiver a choice of buying from categories like kitchenware, apparel, and jewellery. The cards can…
  • This edtech app takes Indonesian parents back to school

    Leighton Cosseboom
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:25 am
    As an Indonesian parent, Norman Ganto’s biggest concern is for his children. He fears they may not be able to compete academically with students from other countries later in life — like in college, for example, when it actually counts. Indonesia may have one of the largest education systems in the world, but according to a recent landmark report, the archipelago’s school system ranked dead last in terms of quality. With this problem in mind, many Indonesian parents know they must take it upon themselves to ensure their kids get the skills to succeed in life. Often, it means…
  • China’s top meal delivery startup bags $630M funding to take on web giants

    Steven Millward
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    Ele.me’s blue and white e-bikes are now a common sight in cities across China (Photo from Qdaily) China’s biggest meal delivery startup, Ele.me (which means “Are you hungry?”), today revealed that it has secured US$630 million in series F funding. The blockbuster investment was led by CITIC Capital and supermarket chain Hualian, reports the Tencent Tech blog. Previous investors Tencent, JD, and Sequoia Capital also threw in some of the cash. The extra money allows Ele.me – whose blue-uniformed deliverymen on their electric scooters are fast becoming a fixture of…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Cloapp ramps up team, hires ex Microsoft Sales Manager as CMO

    Anders Hassis
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Cloapp, the Swedish tech startup company developing the Personal Relationship Management app Closr, announced today the hiring of new CMO, Peter Eriksson. Peter has a background from Microsoft where he was Sales Manager for more than seven years, responsible for setting up their solution based selling, before leaving in 2010. He was the CEO and International Sales Director at Getupdated for three years before he turned entrepreneur, building the successful Nordic SEO/SEM company Remarket where he is still the Chairman. Peter has already started and his primary role will be overall customer…
  • Swedish ‘project management for construction’ SaaS Fieldly raises $630,000 USD seed round

    James Pember
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A Swedish SaaS company Fieldly, has just closed a $630,000 USD seed round and according to the company, “is now poised to service the needs of every size and type of construction company on a very large scale”. Fieldly develops and sells an online software service that is directed at companies in the construction industry with employees in the field. Fieldly’s project management system improves all operations and communications between the office and the jobsite by eliminating administrative paperwork, improving necessary workflows and managing records in a highly safe,…
  • RymdResa for Windows and Mac

    James Pember
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    Morgondag a two-person studio, based in Stockholm, Sweden are today announcing a 20th of August Steam release date for theirgame RymdResa for Windows and Mac. The duo describe the game as “a poetic, roguelike space odyssey in a procedurally generated world”. RymdResa is a challenging and evolving space adventure, based on randomness, with RPG elements. Abstract poetry and art are expressed throughout a lonesome and calm journey in space. The game will be released on the 20th of August and you can follow the team on Twitter in the meantime for updates.  
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 18 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Top Swedish Startup Jobs – July 15 Edition Locaprint AB, 46elks, Attach, Helion, Jobylon are just a few of the Swedish startups currently hiring. Check out the jobs here! Saturday Swedish Startup News – July 11 Edition 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! Spotscale…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – July 15 Edition

    James Pember
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sweden is a brilliant place to work, especially at a startup and the community is buzzing! These awesome Swedish startups are currently looking for talent, so check out what’s available and if you like what you see – apply! Locaprint AB are hiring a Account Manager 46elks are hiring a Growth Hacker / Content Expert Attach are hiring a Meteor Javascript Software Engineer Helion are hiring a Mystery shoppers needed around Stockholm, Malmo, Goteborg Jobylon are hiring a Sales Account Manager till växande startup i Stockholm For more jobs, check out our job site and Malmö Startups.
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    Barcinno

  • 5 Tips For Startup Branding On A Budget

    Nicolas Deskos
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    Building a brand is often an afterthought for startups, and it’s easy to see why. As an entrepreneur starting a business for the first time, you probably have a million and one things to think about. When you’re not balancing product management with managing a team, you’re probably working out how to promote your product […] The post 5 Tips For Startup Branding On A Budget appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Meet MIU: Barcelona’s Urban Robot Designed To Help People

    Graham Rittener
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    There seems to be some fear in the world about “the coming of robots” that will take over humanity. This was taken to a new level recently when the famous pioneer, Elon Musk, described Artificial Intelligence, as being the greatest existential threat to humanity. Well, like many others, we think his comments are way off […] The post Meet MIU: Barcelona’s Urban Robot Designed To Help People appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Bitcoin And Other Electronic Currencies Exempt From VAT In The EU

    Willow Novell
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Many things have been said, written, speculated upon, rumored, and of course imagined when talking about electronic currencies (the vast majority referring to Bitcoin). The instability, the volatility, the uncertainty, and not to mention the early adopters bringing infamy to electronic currencies with their shady business dealings, have given us at least some kind of footing to start creating official policy. […] The post Bitcoin And Other Electronic Currencies Exempt From VAT In The EU appeared first on Barcinno.
  • There’s A Glass Ceiling for European Virtual Reality Startups

    Hector Manzano
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Let’s face it: Europe’s reputation has never been that of a vibrant tech startup continent. Many factors can be named as the underlying reasons for this: brain drain, scalability problems across countries, a general tendency of people to focus on less risky ventures and a proclivity towards proven business models, just to name a few. […] The post There’s A Glass Ceiling for European Virtual Reality Startups appeared first on Barcinno.
  • See How Barcelona Is Inspiring New Collaborative Consumption Platforms

    Hector Manzano
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    A new economic trend is on the rise and rapidly transforming our relationship with our consumerism. After a surge of environmental concerns, a global recession, and years of extreme consumption, people are realizing that it is not the stuff that they need, but the experience that the stuff fulfills. We all have so many possessions […] The post See How Barcelona Is Inspiring New Collaborative Consumption Platforms appeared first on Barcinno.
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    NextShark

  • Random Street Brawl Ends in the Best Way Possible

    Editorial Staff
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    A footage of a street fight between two males was capture somewhere in Philadelphia at about 10:50 p.m. on August 27. The two men in the clip appear to be intoxicated. There appears to be an exchange of words and then they start throwing punches at each other. Watch what happens until the very end. The post Random Street Brawl Ends in the Best Way Possible appeared first on NextShark.
  • These CEOs Make a Disgustingly Large Amount of Money Compared to Their Employees

    Riley Schatzle
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted a new protocol mandated by the Dodd-Frank financial law that will require large companies to disclose their median compensation level starting in 2018. The law was established for the benefit of company shareholders as they will be presented with more information pertaining to how executives are paid. While this law will undoubtedly benefit shareholders it may also come with some unintended backlash. Steven Seelig, a senior adviser for executive compensation consultancy firm Towers Watson, estimates that the current pay from CEO to median is…
  • The 20 Best Jobs Millennials Can Land Right Now

    Riley Schatzle
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Many soon-to-be college graduates may still be wondering where they will find their first serious job. While the thought of being unemployed can be extremely stressful, a new informational report hopes to ease those worries by listing the most most lucrative and in-demand jobs for those in their 20s. Nonprofit organization Young Invincibles used data from the Labor Department to develop a report based on several different job markets. The statistics they gathered are based on three factors: median salary, projected growth and the amount of young people in each given field. While it can be…
  • Desperate 26-Year-Old Will Trade Ultra-Rare Yeezy Boost Sneakers for a Healthy Kidney

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    A sneaker collector is looking for a working kidney in exchange for a pair of Adidas x Kanye West Yeezy Boost 350 sneakers. Matt Neal, a 26-year-old who lives in Michigan, has two failing kidneys and has been on dialysis for two years. He posted the above photo on Facebook with the caption: “People are always joking that they would give a kidney for a pair of yeezy’s!! Well here’s your chance, I’m 26 with 2 failing kidneys. Blood type: B+.” For Neal, he’s seeing whether the price of a kidney is the same as the price for the most sought-out sneaker in the world.
  • A 27-Year-Old Stewardess Quits Her Job to Offer ‘Crab-Peeling’ Services Online

    Editorial Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    A 27-year-old woman was recently spotted at a restaurant in Hangzhou, China, hand-feeding crab to a man. The woman is a former flight attendant who quit her job to offer “crab-peeling” services online. The woman reportedly uses Taobao, the Alibaba-owned Chinese online shopping site, to advertise her services. She charges 10RMB ($1.50) for each crab, with an extra 5RMB (78 cents) added if the customer wants to be fed by hand. The customer pictured ordered 20 crabs in total and ended up getting a discount for ordering the “King Meal.” He paid 260 yuan ($40) in…
 
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    Yapsody Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Featured Startup Pitch: Brainstate – Stress reduction via binaural beats

    Editor
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:57 pm
    COMPANY: Brainstate ELEVATOR PITCH The app that helps you relax whenever you want. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Brainstate is a mobile application available on iOS created to help with meditation,... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
  • Resolve launches automated customer service app

    Dan Reilly
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    For almost a year and a half, Resolve has developed to provide our users with the fastest, direct-to-executive messaging to resolve customer service problems. We have grown to over 2,500 users and... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
  • Video Pitch: Captio

    Editor
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    “A better way to manage business travel expenses.”   HEADQUARTERS: Barcelona, Spain WEBSITE: captio.com YEAR FOUNDED: 2012 FOUNDERS: Joel Vicient: CEO, Joaquim Segura: COO, Lluís Claramonte:... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
  • SoftNAS introduces SoftNAS Object Filer, a software-defined Files-as-a-Service NAS

    Cristina Salinas
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    HOUSTON – August 27, 2015 – SoftNAS, the #1 best-selling software-based NAS in the cloud, today announced availability of SoftNAS® Object Filer™, an innovative files-as-a-service NAS that integrates... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Toolwatch – Tool for measuring the accuracy of mechanical watches

    Editor
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    COMPANY: Toolwatch ELEVATOR PITCH Easiest way to measure the accuracy of mechanical watches. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Toolwatch helps watch aficionados around the world to measure and track the... Click the link or visit www.startupbeat.com for the full story!
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    thinkfuture

  • Data Driving Freedom & Slavery

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

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

    Chris Kalaboukis
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Why is it every time I hear ABC.XYZ, I think of the Jackson Five? Some thoughts on the restructuring, renaming, rebranding of Google. First of all, I think it’s great for science fiction authors like myself, how many times have we envisioned a future company which provides and runs everything, and are having trouble coming […] The post ABC.XYZ, or the new Google appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • Does Fairness Actually Exist?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about how “fair” his father was. He came from a family with three brothers, and his father was so far, he actually had a ledger set up with the names of the 3 boys. Each time one of the boys borrowed money, he would […] The post Does Fairness Actually Exist? appeared first on thinkfuture.
  • I Failed, But That’s OK

    Chris Kalaboukis
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everyone is all into failing nowadays. You hear a lot of “fail early, fail often” or “fail fast” or “every failure is an opportunity to learn”. It almost like failure is so awesome, we should shoot for it. Personally, I think that all of those who think failure is so awesome never really actually failed […] The post I Failed, But That’s OK appeared first on thinkfuture.
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • A Linkedin hack to build your startup network

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

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

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

    John Gannon
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    David Jackson, founder of Seeking Alpha, posts key metrics for startups by industry on his blog. Jason M. Lemkin writes for SaaStr about the “Get In Early” startup phenomenon as it relates to SaaS company Entelo. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Career Advice for 8/17/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/27/15

    John Gannon
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Springwise blog posts about Free Code Camp, which allows anyone to learn coding for free by completing projects for nonprofits. Decoded Fashion in NYC is hiring for Community, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development positions. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/27/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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  • Union Hall: Cincinnati’s newest startup hub

    Drew Thompson
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial community just got more tightly knit.  On Wednesday, Union Hall was officially opened for business. Union Hall will house three of the city’s most influential actors in the startup space: The Brandery – a top-10 ranked accelerator; Cintrifuse – an organization committed to helping startups find and manage connections, Cintrifuse also operated a large […] The post Union Hall: Cincinnati’s newest startup hub appeared first on Nibletz.
  • The Dodgers Accelerator announces 1st cohort

    Drew Thompson
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    The L.A. Dodgers have just announced the 1st class of their surprisingly unique accelerator program. The post The Dodgers Accelerator announces 1st cohort appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Zingtree: Create decision trees for support staff

    Brian Sanders
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:20 am
    Zingtree   What is Zingtree? Zingtree makes it easy to create interactive decision trees that lead anyone through complicated processes. Web site visitors or internal agents simply navigate your trees by clicking buttons to answer questions. You get detailed analytics on how your trees are being used to guide product, service and process optimizations. Who is your […] The post Zingtree: Create decision trees for support staff appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Hatch: A quick and easy way to build marketing plans

    Brian Sanders
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    Hatch Marketing Plans     What is Hatch? Hatch is a marketing planning tool that enables businesses to quickly create calendars, dashboards and campaign outlines. Who is your target user? Marketing teams of mid-sized companies and marketing agencies. Why did you build Hatch? What problem are you taking on? We are addressing the problem that the majority […] The post Hatch: A quick and easy way to build marketing plans appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Drunk Mode: A companion app for your night out

    Brian Sanders
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    Drunk Mode What is Drunk Mode? Features (Presently Available) 1) Find My Drunk – Use GPS to track drunk friends, keeping you and them safe 2) Stop Drunk Dialing – Block selected contacts to hide them Sent from my iPhone 3) Breadcrumbs – Track your night to retrace your steps the next day (Lost Keys?) […] The post Drunk Mode: A companion app for your night out appeared first on Nibletz.
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  • 19 Facts E-commerce Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Mobile

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

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

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

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    With all the blogs out there, it’s easy to get overloaded with information and can be difficult to know what you should be reading and which resources are genuinely going to help you and your online business to grow. For this week, we decided to make things easier for you and list some of the best blogs focused on e-commerce that we follow. We chose the blogs below based on their expertise and how actionable their content is in helping your business. We’ve also learnt a great deal ourselves from these sources and believe you can as well. Here are seven blogs every entrepreneur should…
  • The Hacker’s Summer Guide: Frameworks and Libraries – Part 2

    Yann Irbah
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    Where I live people say “The sun that doesn’t rise in the sky, rises in our hearts”. We’re in the middle of Summer and this has never been so true. I don’t know about your place but if you barely remember what sunny means I’ve got good news for you. Our training plan doesn’t require outside workouts. In the first part I showed you a list of cool languages you should definitely try. But as every developer I want to be productive so I also have plenty of frameworks and libraries in my tool belt helping me in my daily work. Web Frameworks Knowing languages is…
 
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • i5 Start-up Summit by IIT & IIM Indore has a grand closure

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

    Team TechPanda
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    In current digital world, we spend average 1-2 hours every day on social media sites like Facebook or Google Plus posting content, pictures or videos. These social sites are just a medium for us to[...]
  • ProfitBooks: Accounting in the Simplest Way Possible

    Aparna Deb
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:23 am
    The company started as a software development company in year 2010 and used to develop customized ERP solutions for medium sized companies. One of their clients had offices in 3 different cities in India and[...]
  • Order Food Online with TastyKhana.in!

    Akansha Naredy
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:22 am
    Hasn’t there been a time when you wished you could just order your food online inspite of calling them up & going through all the trouble? Well, your wait is over! TastyKhana.in is one of[...]
  • DaeBuild CRM – a Complete Tool for Real Estate Developers

    Akansha Naredy
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:24 am
    DaeBuild CRM Software has emerged to equip Builders with the tool to connect Staff, Customer and Brokers, track sales and manage customer relationship. Launched in 2011, DaeBuild is fortunate to collaborate with progressive builders and[...]
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    Blog About Ruby on Rails Web Development, Mobile Development and Startups

  • Who is Who in Your IT Project Team: a Client-Friendly Manual

    Paulina Tomaszewska
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    Regardless of who you are - customer, developer, QA or PM - it’s good to know what you can expect from those involved in the same project. This article should give you an insight into the basics of who is who in a given project.
  • All Technical Details You Need for Our RoR Workshops

    Netguru
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    We hope that you’ll have a great time coding with us over the weekend during the Ruby on Rails workshop. But before we start, your machine will need to be ready for the challenge. Here is a quick checklist of what you should set up beforehand.
  • How to Communicate Your Ideas to Developers

    John Waldron
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    When it comes to communicating your ideas about a new piece of software to developers, it’s not unusual for entrepreneurs to feel a little flustered when trying to relay the finer details of your vision. It can be done quickly and effectively if you follow this simple manual. Enjoy!
  • Learn the Ember Run Loop, Part 1: Getting Started

    Jakub Niechciał
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    The Ember Run Loop is one of the most interesting mechanisms in the Ember framework. Unfortunately, it is not well documented in official guides. Here I’d like to share a summary of an Ember Run Loop webinar that I held for the Netguru team. That's the first part out of 4, so stay tuned for more!
  • How Scoping Sessions Can Help You Launch a Better Product

    Paulina Tomaszewska
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    You’ve hit on a great idea for a startup. Do you know where to start and how much it will all cost? These are probably the most common questions all investors ask themselves, and we have just the right kind of magic to sort them out: our scoping session.
 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Avoid These 5 Outsourcing Mistakes

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

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

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

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

    12 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    Running your own business is no walk in the park. You may have to juggle multiple roles and put in long hours every day. This is why managing your time properly and ensuring that you're making the most of your work day is crucial to the long-term success of your company. After all, time is one of the only things in the business world that can be wasted without any hope of getting it back. How do you get everything accomplished on a daily basis? It's all about time management. Here are a few small business tips for owners who are having trouble balancing their workloads with frequent…
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • Why Hyperlocal Startups Are The Next Wave In India?

    Raghav Prasad
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    From the last couple of years India has witnessed an exponential growth in hyper-local startups, easing things for customers. You could order food to your door step, electronics, and clothes to grocery to services. Literally everything a person needs in his day to day life is now a click away. Who would have imagined having access to everything under the roof in an app? Among all the e-commerce players trying to be leaders hyper-local startups are giving the toughest competition to them. The online shopping patterns of Indian customers have changed so drastically that the hyper-local startups…
  • Delhi Government Refused To Lift Ban On OLA; Turned Down License Application

    Akanksha Samar
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    The license application of Ola Cabs to run its taxi service in Delhi has been once again rejected by the Delhi Government. Around a month back, the transport department was directed by the Delhi High court to reconsider the license application of Ola Cabs, but it was rejected for not filing undertakings stating they were complying with a government’s ban imposed on it and other laid-down rules. A senior government official said that the cab service needed to follow rules like installation of digital fare meters, operation through government-approved fare structure, GPS and PSV badge before…
  • Food Talk India Raises $500K Seed Investment; Plans To Launch Mobile App

    Asish Das
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    Food Talk India, a Gurgaon digital food community owned  by Digital Food Talk Pvt. Ltd, has raised $500K (Approx. INR 3.3 Cr) in its first round of funding from an undisclosed investor. The raised funds will be used to scale up its hyper-local dish discovery mobile app “Food Talk Plus” . “The seed investment has brought forward opportunities for the brand to launch their new product- Food Talk Plus – A hyper-local dish discovery Mobile Application. To spearhead their strategies in this space, Himanshu Vaishnav of Airocorp, an artificial intelligence company has joined the Food…
  • Stop Paying So Much For Glasses – Check Out Glassic

    Siddhartha Sarma
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    “Do you ever wonder why you pay *so* much for glasses? Have you ever tried to buy glasses online looking for “cheaper” solutions, but they’ve turned out to be a bit too cheap? Or you’ve found something that looks good on screen, but didn’t know if that pair would suit you? Or realized that the designs of the frames & the site were just so bad that it made you shut the site & never visit again?! ` To begin with, let me throw some light on the first question by asking you another question: which is your favorite eyewear brand? Ray-Ban? Oakley? Prada?
  • rBus Raises Seed Funding From IndiaQuotient, Anupam Mittal And Others

    Team TSJ
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    rBus, a startup offering AC bus service in Mumbai, has raised an undisclosed seed funding round from IndiaQuotient, People Group founder Anupam Mittal and others. The Mumbai-based startup was founded this very year  by Siddharth Sharma, Anshul Khandelwal and Vivek Choksi. Raftaar Technologies (which operates rBus) currently offers services in Mumbai. With over 40 trips daily trips, the service caters to more than 500 commuters. With wi-fi, app-enabled payments and live tracking of buses, rBus claims that it provides a commute experience akin to having one’s own car at a fraction of the…
 
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    SEO Plugin for Wordpress by Squirrly

  • Why is Keyword Research Important When Writing a SEO Optimized Article

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

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

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

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

    Florin Muresan
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    We’re squirrly enough to try out new #winning strategies, as we’re growing from 11 people to 15, and then even more in the near future. Our Content Marketing client base got even bigger, which required us to innovate our company procedures, and Alexandra (Lexxy) helped a lot in this area.…
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Amit Mehta Interview – The Profit Swami

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

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

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

    Paige Sevier
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    “I love working with young candidates…because they have so many skills. However, they don’t realize that they can use these skills in businesses.” – Julie Bishop About: Julie Bishop – Founder of Jobhop Julie Bishop is the founder of Jobhop.co.uk, the site where great companies and great candidates meet, the site which makes employment human. Julie is passionate about showing companies how to attract talent and keep them, as well as showing candidates how to market themselves. Author of “The Social Jobseeker” she’s also a regular speaker on social…
  • Andy Weir Interview – The Martian

    Paige Sevier
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    “It’s easy to stay motivated on something you’re really enjoying.” – Andy Weir About: Andy Weir – Computer Programmer, Author, and #1 New York Times Best Seller of The Martian Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel. Overview: With 20 years of dedication and experience,…
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    PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech

  • Graduating Batch 2015 – Signs of a Worthless Culture

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

    Dan Smith
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    According to recent reports, Blackberry is facing considerable problems in Pakistan at the moment, due largely to a range of security issues. Offering an extremely popular communication service by way of its Blackberry Messenger, the threat of its closure by the PTA is one that’s cause for concern for a lot throughout the country. But... The post If The PTA Shuts Down Blackberry Messenger, What Other Options Do You Have? appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • TPL Launched Personal Trakking Device

    Babar Khan Javed
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Today TPL Holdings announced the launch of a new location tracking product, the portable P1, a hand held device that track locations with applications for – children, geo fence and learn when they have reached their destinations – drivers, know if they are under your prescribed speed limit – field teams, so their supervisors know... The post TPL Launched Personal Trakking Device appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • The Two Hour Network: How To Build Your Network Each Week

    Bruce Harpham
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    The people you know and trust you are one of the most important factors in reaching business success. Many of us have met a friend who knows all the right people. With a strong network, you will be presented with opportunities every day. That means we just have one question – how do we get... The post The Two Hour Network: How To Build Your Network Each Week appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • 15 Books Every Startup Founder Needs To Read

    Bruce Harpham
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    Reading books for startups is an inexpensive and fast way to gain business ideas and inspiration to grow your business. Starting A Business Basics What exactly do you need to get a business started? These books for startups will help you find and develop your business idea. 1. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use... The post 15 Books Every Startup Founder Needs To Read appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
 
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    1CLICK Blog

  • 1CLICK JOINS FRESHDESK

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

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

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

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

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

  • Quikly & The Evolution Of Consumer Marketing

    SuperbCrew
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Written by: Shawn Geller, CEO and Co-Founder of Quikly Growing up, my parents absolutely hated shopping, but once a year they made a switch on Black Friday. My parents became captivated consumers. They’d leave the family early on Thanksgiving. This visceral response was powerful and unique, and it stuck with me. On Black Friday, it seemed that discount was not the only factor driving action. These four psychological motivations were actually more important: Anticipation → The more we think about something, the higher we perceive the value to be. Scarcity → If something is limited, we…
  • Top Five Tips To Get Your App Noticed

    SuperbCrew
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
      Written by: Marcos Sanchez, VP global corporate communications of App Annie:     The mobile app market is quickly becoming saturated. With the public’s appetite for downloading apparently waning, it’s even more important that developers plan carefully how to to stand their app apart from the other two million across the app stores – as without continuous downloads the possibility of growth for an app business is near to nothing. Marcos Sanchez, VP global corporate communications of App Annie, the leading provider of app analytics and market data, offers five…
  • Movy app: Face-to-Face Meetings Without the Meeting

    SuperbCrew
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:26 am
      Written by: Lorrie Guerrieri, from Movy team;     Movy is an open system for video message conversations. With Movy, people can now have face-to-face meetings without having to meet face-to-face. Movy works on any device or operating system and users do not have to be on Movy to use it. Movy saves time and makes communication more effective! Texting is great for simple messages, live video chat is great if you have the time at that moment; What if everyone can’t video chat at the same time, but still need to see each other, interact visually or need to collaborate? What…
  • BYTE Helps Restaurants To Become Mobile And Gain Deeper Insights Into Their Customers’ Experience

    SuperbCrew
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    Austin, TX based startup BYTE helps users to find great restaurants and locate individual menu items or establishments that cater to special dietary needs. BYTE is restaurant discovery app that helps restaurant owners to engage with customers in a more meaningful way in order to increase visit frequency and sales while improving the dining experience and guest satisfaction. Here is our recent interview with Ramiz Khan from BYTE: Q: For those who have never heard of it, how would you describe BYTE? A: BYTE is a mobile feedback driven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for restaurants that…
  • BankerBay Becomes The Fastest Growing Investment Banking Network In The World

    SuperbCrew
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:48 am
    BankerBay connects qualified corporate deals with institutional providers of capital around the world. Startup BankerBay has recently raised $2 Million in seed funding and announced opening of its third office, in New York. Here is our recent interview with Romesh Jayawickrama, CEO & Co-Founder of BankerBay: Q: How did the idea behind BankerBay come about? A: BankerBay was the result of many years of frustration – frustration working within the inefficiencies and business models at the large banks, then even more frustration running my own boutique IB firm. The experience over the…
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  • Find Storage Space Via StoreMore

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

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

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    How is it that we have compared our FarmVille and Candy Crush scores even with acquaintances but do not speak of our sporting abilities of our real life? Flip Technologies is a start up company looking to change just that. The team at Flip Technologies is passionate about Flip Boarding and wants to take the sport to a new level altogether. This is why; these young men have come up with Ride Block, an innovative device that snugly fits into your Flip Board quite easily. This water proof and shock proof device simply replaces your conventional riser and nobody will even notice. With a simple…
  • The Astounding Impact Of Comic Book Characters

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    For many decades, comic book characters have fascinated and entertained the world in many different ways. These characters, introduced to the world by comic book giants such as Marvel and DC Comics, have been taken from the pages of the comics onto both the small and big screen and their popularity over recent years simply seems to have increased with new generations enjoying the change to delights in both the superheroes and the super-villains that were created all those years ago. One of the best known brands in the world is Marvel, which has brought some of the most well known characters…
  • Meet Moboboost, Your Personalize Mobile App Delivery Partner

    KARAN CHOPRA
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Have you created an app for a specific market? Have you spent a fortune on advertising but the app is yet to take off? Most often than not, people don’t take up new products such as apps, unless someone they know tells them about it. And this could be the problem with your app as well. This is where Moboboost comes in, which takes your app promotion offline. You may ask if promoting a mobile product offline does not makes sense in today’s world. The fact is that mobile users are more likely to trust their friends, the guy who sells them SIM cards and recharge cards about which apps to…
 
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    Playme AR

  • How to hack your Blog Traffic in 5 Ways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Erik
    20 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Part 1. Press is Credibility Part 2. Press is Visibility Many startup company founders confuse the two statements above. As per getting press is concerned, the two statements actually exist in that order. Without credibility, your company/campaign will not get visibility. The reason why founders often confuse the two is because they’re focused on the goal (the end-result), … Continue reading 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention → The post 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership

    Erik
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    What is Crowd Ownership Crowd ownership is real stake held by the community itself. This is usually in the form of a large partnership or distribution of company shares to the community. Crowd ownership works because long-term incentives are aligned. It powers further adoption as well as sustains the livelihood of the community. Crowd ownership refers to the … Continue reading Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership → The post Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
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  • 7 Tools to Create and Sell Online Courses – No Coding Needed

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

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

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

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

    Adil Gherib
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
      After spending some time in Lebanon and sharing with you the ultimate digital nomad guide to Lebanon, it's time for Morocco.   I spent a big part of my life in Morocco, first as a kid and many years later as a digital nomad. I know every nook and cranny of this stunning country, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.   It's sort of amusing to write about digital nomadism in a country where most of its southern inhabitants used to lead true nomadic lives. The Sahraouian and some Berber tribes would move between the north of Morocco and the…
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  • iPhone 6S Launch Date Confirmed, iPhone Cameras Fight Back, Apple Welcomes Microsoft

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

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

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:39 am
    Huawei Mate 7S release date It is believed that the Huawei Mate 7S release date will be September 2, and that the device will be launched at IFA 2015. There is still some doubt about what it will be called, but S Mate and Mate 7S are the two front-runners. The choice of name will largely depend on The post Huawei Mate 7S release date, price, specs and rumors appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review: The Best Android Phone That Spares No Expense

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The original smartphone-with-a-stylus is all grown up. It’s easily the best smartphone Samsung has ever made, and it looks and feels the part. The Galaxy Note has been through five years of changes. Better screens, better processors, better software. And like any new smartphone, the Note 5 represents the very best of what’s come before. The post Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review: The Best Android Phone That Spares No Expense appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Professionals: Technology addiction is real

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As technology becomes increasingly omnipresent, some people have begun to ask if we own our technology or if it owns us. For some of us, has technology become an addiction? “There are questions about your smartphone you need to ask,” said Danielle Moreggi, a clinical psychologist and director of counseling and psychological services and disability The post Professionals: Technology addiction is real appeared first on MGeeky.
 
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  • Apply To Win $50K At The Village Capital and Gearbox Hardware Accelerator Program

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

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

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

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

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

  • 14 Best WordPress Plugins to Boost Conversions (CRO)

    Sam Oh
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    If you’ve spent more than ten minutes configuring a WordPress site, you know that finding the best WordPress plugins is a headache and a half.In a perfect world, we would install every single WP plugin out there, but this would cause some serious problems.Here’s why:As your active plugins increase, your site’s page speed can decrease.With more active plugins, the greater the security risks.A higher probability of conflicts between plugins and theme.So how do we find the right balance between necessities, site performance and everything in between?What separates the best from…
  • Bluehost Review and Case Study with Page Speed Metrics

    Sam Oh
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Before we dive into a quick case study, an epic Bluehost review, and a clash of the titans (Bluehost vs. Hostgator)…I need you to know one thing:I understand what you’re looking for.We all want to save money without compromising quality. And we all want web hosting services that will never crash.Let me tell you a story about how I and many of us shop for web hosting.I started my first online business in January, 2009. I was a new college graduate with a health science degree, a few hundred dollars in my bank account and tens of thousands of dollars in student debt.Every nickel…
  • Selling on Amazon for Easy Automated FBA Profits

    Sam Oh
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    The Amazon marketplace is the most underutilized online source of revenue. People generally look for a cash transaction on Craigslist or for a simple way to sell on eBay.What they don’t realize is that selling on Amazon generates passive income.Like anything else in life, there are learning curves.Think back to the first time you learned to tie your shoes. It was frustrating, and you probably thought you would never get it. But then that glorious day came when you said bye bye to Velcro (I hope).Selling on Amazon is no different. There will be learning curves.But if you follow this…
  • 7 Viral Tips #TheDress Taught us and the SCIENCE of Sharing

    Sam Oh
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    What would you say if you found out that #TheDress didn’t go viral because of online social shares? Would you be surprised?I certainly was.You probably know that viral content all have things in common. Some are LOL funny, others are WTF shocking and the best are OMG cute. Right?Is that what made the “Charlie bit my finger” video get more than 813 million views?Or the original Tumblr post of #TheDress get more than 56,000 engagements on Facebook?But what caused an article on American’s not saving enough for retirement make the New York Times most emailed list with…
  • How to Sell on eBay and Profit: Zero to 300k Case Study

    Sam Oh
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Learning how to sell on eBay is the easy part. You make an account, set up a listing and wait for the sale.Easy, right?Profiting and building a business is the area that no one ever seems to talk about. So the million dollar question still stands:Can you make money on eBay and afford to eat more than Pizza Pops and Kraft Dinner?Here’s the good news:You can be the least sales savvy marketer, the most socially awkward person and still run away with a profit killing machine selling butterflies and rainbows.Selling on eBay is easier than it looks and profiting happens before you reach the…
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  • CEO Friday Fun-Facts: Avinoam Nowogrodski, Founder & CEO at Clarizen

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

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

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

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

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

  • How you can Learn from Social Media Marketing Mistakes

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

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

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

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

    Cristian Worthington
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Finding Product/Market Fit is one of the most important challenges faced by a startup. Here’s how we used Twitter to find a solution. Product/Market Fit Every startup begins with a vision. There is no guaranteed way to verify your vision. No hypothetical market in which you can confirm whether you’re dreaming or having a delusion. Focus groups and surveys rely on small samples of people. But small samples of people are unreliable and often can’t envision the use for a revolutionary new product. Imagine … Why would anyone want to carry their whole music collection around in…
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    OK, Intrnt

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • LikeThat Style: Visual Recognition App

    Bit Logic
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever seen someone wearing a really great outfit and wondered where they got it from, but couldn't work up the courage to walk up to them and ask before they disappeared into the mist forever? Then you are going to love the new app from JustVisual called LikeThat Style. This app uses visual recognition software to take any photo and... more The post LikeThat Style: Visual Recognition App appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Startup Ideas Are Only As Good As Their Timing: Go Fix a “Fuck This”

    Benjamin Mann
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    As a peon for the average corporate farm-team, research has shown that the single most important factor in improving one’s odds of career advancement is having sex with the right people. Assuming of course, you’re not a total anchor in the sack. To be fair, I’m having difficulty tracking down the precise research that uncovered that... more The post Startup Ideas Are Only As Good As Their Timing: Go Fix a “Fuck This” appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Crowdfunding: The Good and The Ugly

    SnapMunk
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    Crowdfunding has such huge potential, but what is crowdfunding? It is a way for businesses and organizations to raise money for their ventures. The unique thing about crowdfunding is that the money usually comes not from investors, but everyday users who actually care about the product. Crowdfunding is amazing because of the fact that there is... more The post Crowdfunding: The Good and The Ugly appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Marketing Automation Startups To Discover

    SnapMunk
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    One of the fastest growing sectors in brand building is the marketing automation sector. A quick scan of Google Trends from January 2013 to July 2015 shows the meteoric rise of this exploding market. Savvy brand builders are filling their quivers with a multitude of outreach arrows, utilizing everything from big data analytics to lifecycle... more The post Marketing Automation Startups To Discover appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Startups for Students

    SnapMunk
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Entrepreneurs are building startup companies in a myriad of marketplaces. From on-demand transportation to ecommerce and software-as-a-service, entrepreneurs are pursuing their business passion in multiple verticals. One sector seeing increased interest is the university student sector. On-demand textbooks and on-campus recruiting for startup... more The post Startups for Students appeared first on SnapMunk.
 
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    Techbloke

  • How To Plan & Do Market Research for your Business

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

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

    Sara F
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    In business, planning ahead is everything. You need to look ahead into the future and envision your success, in order to actually achieve it. Typically, your marketing plan should cover a one-year period. A plan that is applicable only for a couple of months is too shortsighted, while one that is too extended won’t allow […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Start a Blog for Your Business

    Sara F
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Every day, millions of people are participating in a creative hobby that is blogging. It all started as a form of an online diary where individuals would write about their day-to-day experiences and activities. Oh, what an innocent hobby it was! But somehow, other people wanted to know more and started paying close attention to […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Build a Strong Social Media Presence for Your Business

    Sara F
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    It has become common practice for brands to engage with their customers on social media; whether it’s tweeting about a special campaign, posting behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram or live streaming on Periscope, companies are capitalizing on this phenomenon. No matter which kind of a business or startup you are running, at this day and age, […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Indianbizparty

  • Can you go too fast?

    Himanshu Jain
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Often the speed of execution at any startup is considered the most valuable parameter of execution. Startups are in a life-or-death struggle to learn how to build a sustainable business before they run out of resources and die. Going too fast is dangerous and causes more problems, while slow going will consume more resources and The post Can you go too fast? appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • 1 Billion People used Facebook in a single day: Record

    Mamta Chhikara
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:04 pm
    For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day. Mark Zuckerberg founded the company in 2004 while studying at harvard, said he felt “proud” that one-in-seven people on Earth logged on to the website during the day. “A more open and connected world is a better world,” Zuckerberg wrote. “It The post 1 Billion People used Facebook in a single day: Record appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • With 8-9 per cent growth rate, India can replace China as the driver of world economy – FM Arun Jaitley

    Press Trust Of India
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Seeing an opportunity in the recent turmoil in global equity and currency markets, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said India, with 8-9 per cent growth rate, can replace China as the driver of world economy. The country has already laid down a “red carpet” for businesses which want to invest here, he said, committing The post With 8-9 per cent growth rate, India can replace China as the driver of world economy – FM Arun Jaitley appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • Citigroup launches accelerator programme in India for startups

    Vikas Rathee
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Banking firm Citigroup has launched the accelerator programme in India, wooing start-ups and developers to build technology solutions that could help the banking giant andits partners navigate the shifting trends in the banking industry. Read more news: How to move a website to new Domain Citi’s accelerator programme  is open to start ups, developers, tech companies The post Citigroup launches accelerator programme in India for startups appeared first on Indianbizparty.
  • 4 Ways to secure Funding for your startup

    vijay kumar
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Developing a business concept is probably the easiest step for Entrepreneurs to starting their business, and writing a business plan showcases your writing, analytical and visionary capabilities. Securing funding, however, can be one of the most challenging steps to launching a successful business. [ Also Read:  Success stories of Indian Entrepreneurs ] There are a number The post 4 Ways to secure Funding for your startup appeared first on Indianbizparty.
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    MyStartupLand

  • A Guide To Startup Accelerators’ Value

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s New With Swift 2

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

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

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    Google is the an OG in the Android App game. In the vein of #StraightOutOfCompton’s success, the timing of google keeping it’s G a capital; keeps it 100 & original.   Originally Google started with a capital G and in spite of the Alphabet new name; Google  Alphabet plans to keep its OG connection.   G in this case is also for genericization. What is Genericization you might ask.. Great questions… English: Genericization Japanese: Jenerikku Ok what… is Genericization still.. When it comes to apps, you make it generic when anyone can do what you do and it…
  • What is a Startup Weekend?

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    My mastermind group member attended a Startup Weekend that inspired me to see exactly what it is.  A Startup weekend is a business model Hackathon for everybody. What is a Hackathon? Its an event where you take an idea and develop and app around that idea to present at the end of the session. With a Startup Weekend, you usually work from a Lean Startup based business model canvas. What is a Business model canvas?  A business model canvas is a #LeanStartup way of analyzing a problem. What is a Lean Startup?  See the LeanMobileApps.com About us Page. English:  Startup Weekend Japanese:…
  • Kore Douzo App

    monty@leanmobileapps.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sometimes I wonder what’s right for me. It will be so much easier if someone was to tell you this is for you. Japanese: Kore douzo. これどうぞ。 English: This is for you. I spoke to someone the other day. They were the founder of a small start up. They called me up and wanted to know if I can help them raise some capital. The end of the day that’s what I do for a living. What they are attempting to do is very powerful. The fact remains we all have the ability to reach and achieve goals.  It takes commitment, dedication and sticktutitiveness. Without question any founder has…
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  • An introduction to ARC for iOS Development

    Gautam Gupta
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Coming from a .Net background, I wanted to understand how iOS or OS X does memory management. Here’s brief post on what I’ve read and understood so far. Until a few years ago, Apple developers had to manually manage memory while writing Objective-C code. It was called the Manual Retain-Release model, and is exactly what developers have been doing all this while for C/C++. But managing memory manually has always been painful and error prone, and takes up valuable time of application developers, which could instead be used for building useful features. Enter ARC, acronym for…
  • How recruitment has changed over the years

    Rajat Bansal
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:11 am
    I have been into this industry from Egyptian time. Oh OK, let us say it has been 17+years that I am into recruitment and I have seen  how our industry and work style  has changed over the years. 15-17 years back recruitment was not everyone’s cup of tea. We use to be known as head hunters and not recruiters. Don’t forget that mobile phones were only Richie Rich things and job portals weren’t there. So we had to hunt people from our target companies, as per requirement specifications.  I still remember with horror how we use to reach or locate candidates. It required calling on…
  • The startup hiring dilemma

    Tarun Kohli
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    I was recently asked if one should hire experienced developers or enthusiastic college fresher for building the next successful startup. From my perspective, a  startup needs both kind of talent to succeed. One could easily find equally talented people directly from college. Being a rockstar talent has got nothing to do with experience. There are just varied traits of rockstar developers and you could find the list of traits here. Some gray hair experienced professionals who have had their fair share of successes and failures in their professional life so that they know the patterns of…
  • Usage of into and let keyword in Query Expression C#

    Ashish Kumar
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Problem Statement: For the below array I want to print all words having length more than 2 after removing letter  “O”. var numbers = new“ONE”“TWO”“THREE”“FOUR” }.AsQueryable(); Intended output should be: Result 5EnumerableQuery<String> (2 items)4 THREE FUR Without using into and let keyword I have two options. 1) I  tried following query which did not give me correct result as I am checking length prior to replacing the character from select. var incorrectQuery = (fromnumber in numbers wherenumber.Length > 2 orderby number…
  • Material Design

    Sushil Kumar
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    https://thomas.vanhoutte.be/miniblog/material-design-gif-examples Love at first sight. It is everywhere now. The Flat UI (always heard). Yes! Being a designer, I always liked the Flat UI (Material Design). According to me, it creates an awesome visual experience. The vision behind the development of this design style is to allow a unified user experience across all their platforms and device sizes. Fundamentally, this is developed for mobile devices but other input methods like voice, touch, keyboard and mouse works well with it. This is a grid-based design pattern which has responsive…
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