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  • Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches Startup Program in Estonia

    TheFunded Founder Institute News
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Over the last two months, the Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) has hosted a series of free startup events in Tallinn in order to gauge interest in a new Estonia Founder Institute Chapter. The reponse to this trial has been impressive, as our events have attracted over 150 potential applicants in Tallinn. As a result of strong demand for the program, we have some very exciting news - we are officially announcing the launch of the Tallinn Founder Institute! Applications to the program are open now, and anyone interested in launching a…
  • I spent 48 hours on Ello. This is what I saw

    VentureBeat
    Ronnie Charrier, Northcutt
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeatIf you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter in the last week, you’ve probably heard a lot of people talking about this thing called Ello. If you tried to sign up to see what it is, you would’ve gotten a message back saying, “We will invite you as soon as we can. Ello is currently in beta, and we are inviting new users in small groups as we roll out new features.” One of Ello’s founders, Paul Budnitz, told Betabeat that the site has been receiving more than 30,000 of these sign-up requests per hour this week. The only way to get an…
  • Las Vegas Downtown Project Loses Tony Hsieh as Its Leader

    Inc.com
    Laura Montini
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    After three years, the Zappos CEO is stepping away from leading the ambitious project he founded to revitalize Las Vegas.
  • How a 4th grade teacher built a $20K/mo blog – with Lindsay Ostrom

    Mixergy
    Andrew Khalili
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This interview is about how a 4th grade teacher who wasn’t really into reading blogs ended up building a profitable blog herself. Today’s guest is Lindsay Ostrom. She is the founder of Pinch of Yum, a food site that features delicious recipes that are accompanied by stunning photos. The site is monetized through ads, affiliate programs, and a membership site which her husband runs. We’re going to find out how she does it. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Lindsay Ostrom Lindsay Ostrom founded Pinch of Yum…
  • EventBoard launches enterprise platform, raises $1.5M

    VatorNews.tv
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    EventBoard is a cloud-based room scheduling company that seeks to make meetings more efficientNobody likes meetings. Nobody. Not one single person ever. But given that they are a necessary evil, isn't there a way to make them, you know, more efficient? Instead of having people sitting around all day, waiting in a conference room for a meeting to start, companies absolutely need a way to not only keep on schedule, but to know just how much time, and money, is being wasted. That is the idea behind room scheduling company EventBoard, a company whose ultimate goal is to make it not…
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    Fast Company

  • A Facebook User's Challenge To Facebook: Here's All My Data, Now Give Me Ads I Like

    FastCo Studios
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Zuck's crew just relaunched Atlas, which brands can use to track you and your data across the web. Before you freak out, watch this.A few days ago your data suddenly became more valuable. That's because Facebook, the world's largest social network, relaunched a brand-focused service that will allow companies to zap ads to your screens even when you aren't looking at Facebook. This could, as CNet put it, "help Facebook expand its reach and take on Google as the top dog of Internet advertising, an industry estimated to reach more than $140 billion this year."Read Full Story
  • With Windows 10, Microsoft Will Skip A Version Number And Go Back To Basics

    Harry McCracken
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The company wants business customers who found nothing to love in Windows 8 to be excited about the next version, due in mid-2015.Microsoft held an event to preview the next version of Windows this morning in San Francisco. The most startling piece of news came at the very start, when the company's operating system honcho, Terry Myerson, announced that the upgrade everybody has been calling Windows 9 will instead be called Windows 10.Read Full Story
  • Online Marketplace Gumroad Launches An iPhone App

    KC Ifeanyi
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    You can browse content on the mobile app, but you can still only make purchases through Gumroad's website.Earlier this month, Gumroad, an online platform for creators to sell directly to their fans and followers, announced a partnership with Twitter to test the social network's new buy button. Now, Gumroad is entering further into the mobile space with the launch of its first app--but don't expect a full version of the site on your phone.Read Full Story
  • Google's New Education Apps Give Students Unlimited Storage

    Peter Wade
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    "Drive for Education" brings with it new tools and extra security.Google has expanded its Apps for Education cloud service with the announcement of Drive for Education. The new platform will include unlimited storage for both students and educators, 30 million of whom already use the product, according to Google.Read Full Story
  • It's Time To Say Goodbye To Orkut, Google's First Social Network

    Alice Truong
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Though Orkut proved popular in Brazil and India, it failed to gain traction in the rest of the world.Before there was a Facebook, or Twitter, or Pinterest, or Ello, there was Orkut, a beloved social network a Google engineer built a decade ago. Though it was widely adopted in Brazil and India, Orkut was never very popular in the rest of the world, which is why Google is shutting down the social networking platform on Tuesday.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • I spent 48 hours on Ello. This is what I saw

    Ronnie Charrier, Northcutt
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeatIf you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter in the last week, you’ve probably heard a lot of people talking about this thing called Ello. If you tried to sign up to see what it is, you would’ve gotten a message back saying, “We will invite you as soon as we can. Ello is currently in beta, and we are inviting new users in small groups as we roll out new features.” One of Ello’s founders, Paul Budnitz, told Betabeat that the site has been receiving more than 30,000 of these sign-up requests per hour this week. The only way to get an…
  • Malware that hit Occupy Hong Kong has an iOS counterpart

    Ruth Reader
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Image Credit: Natasia Causse via FlickrThe malicious spyware that circulated the Occupy Hong Kong movement disguised as a protest coordinating app appeared to only target Android phones. But a new discovery from Lacoon Mobile Security shows that whoever deployed the malware also had a trojan built for iOS. Last week, a number of protesters received a WhatsApp message inviting them to download an Android app purporting to coordinate the Occupy Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, according to the South China Morning Post. The movement responded quickly and said it had not released such an app.
  • Deem grabs $30M to help companies maximize their bottom lines

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Image Credit: ra2studio / ShutterstockDeem is a San Francisco company with a couple other offices in the world, and it might be one of the most ambitious companies I’ve never heard of until today. And to fuel that ambition, it has raised $30 million in new funding, according to a legal filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But here’s why I’m amazed. If you look through its site, it offers one set of products to help companies save in all possible ways, one set of offerings for businesses to maximize their sales, and another bunch of offerings to…
  • Funding Daily: It’s all Good

    Jordan Novet
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Image Credit: John Louis/Flickr Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Things are just dandy today at Good Technology, Eventboard, Front, Reddit, and a few other companies today. Read on to find out why. Good Technology takes $80M Good Technology, a company that helps big businesses let their employees use mobile devices securely, has taken on $80 million before its upcoming IPO. In announcing the new funding today, Good didn’t say who was putting up the money. It only said Oppenheimer & Co. was…
  • Mobile security player Good Technology takes $80M ahead of IPO

    Jordan Novet
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Image Credit: CeBIT Australia/FlickrGood Technology, a company that helps big businesses enable their employees use mobile devices securely, has taken on $80 million before its upcoming IPO. In announcing the new funding today, Good didn’t say who was putting up the money. It only said Oppenheimer & Co. was handling the book-running. In May, Good filed to go public. Good’s products include mobile-device management, identity and access management, and mobile analytics, among other services. Good said today that more than 5,000 organization use its technology. The company…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Firespotter Labs Becomes Switch, Providing A Cloud-Based Phone System For Google Apps

    Ryan Lawler
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
     Unified communications has long been touted as the future, but being able to provide access to all of one’s calls and messages on multiple devices is an idea that has just barely come to fruition. Now, the folks at Firespotter Labs think they’ve built a solution — a cloud-based platform for enterprise communications called Switch Read More
  • Apple Accepting iTunes Donations For ‘City of Hope’ Center During October

    Darrell Etherington
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Apple will be accepting donations for the City of Hope charity during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company revealed today. The organization is a research and treatment center created to combat not only breast cancer, but also diabetes and other life-threatening diseases including lymphoma and brain cancer. The organization aims to make it easier to… Read More
  • YC’s Altman Thinks Reddit’s Community Ownership Experiment Could Be A Model

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
     The thought of using crypto-currencies to back shares of a company first crossed Y Combinator head Sam Altman’s mind about two years ago. “It was an idle thought that popped into my head,” he said. “It was not until Reddit reached out to me about fundraising that I thought about it again.” So when he decided to lead Reddit’s $50 million Series B… Read More
  • Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

    Alex Wilhelm
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Earlier today during its event in San Francisco, Microsoft played a video detailing how its coming Windows 10 operating system will handle a fusion of touch, and more traditional mouse-based input. I filmed a bootleg copy, but Microsoft just published a more polished version, so you are in luck. Handling both touch and mouse input is a rough line to walk, given that computing form… Read More
  • A Messaging Giant Goes Public In Korea And DCM Reaps The Rewards

    Jonathan Shieber
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
     As the mobile messaging company Kakao Corp. gets ready to celebrate the culmination of its long-awaited initial public offering on the Korean stock exchange, a world away, on Sand Hill Road, the partners at venture capital firm DCM are probably getting ready to do some celebrating of their own. Three years after its initial investment in Kakao, the venture firm will be able to harvest the… Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • Advice for ambitious 19-year olds

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

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

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

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

    Salim Virani
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Pamela Fox, from Khan Academy: These campaigns are telling students that “coding is easy,” and then they’re trying it, and now not only are they struggling to learn something new, but they’re feeling bad about themselves because hey, “coding is easy”, they shouldn’t be struggling. Nobody should feel bad for struggling to learn something new. They should be commended for trying to learn something new at all. It's interesting that most founders are brazen and keen to tackle a load of business challenges, figuring things out and learning new skills - but we often put "the technical…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • LA Tech Series - Hear pioneers of the LA pre-seed scene at Splash LA

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Meet and listen to founders of LA's studio/incubator model - Bill Gross and Mike JonesCan you believe that Vator Splash LA is just two days away? Have you bought your tickets yet? If not, then make sure to buy your tickets here! They go up on Thursday. We have an exciting list of speakers and panelist this time around, including  Jessica Alba and Brian Lee, the co-founders of The Honest Company; Scott Painter, the founder  and CEO of TrueCar; Aaron Hischhorn, the founder and CEO of DogVacay, winner of Vator Splash 2012.   But the LA…
  • LA Tech Series - See Jessica Alba, Brian Lee at Vator Splash LA, Oct. 2

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Some see The Honest Company co-founders on stage with Bambi Francisco at Splash LA in Santa MonicaWe have had some very exciting speakers at our past Vator Splash events, including PayPal co-founder and CEO and serial investor Peter Thiel; Box CEO Aaron Levie; Twitter CEO Dick Costolo; EvernoteCEO Phil Libin; Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh; Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren; Eventbrite co-founders Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz; Big Fish Games founder and CEO Paul Thelen, and Lending…
  • LA Tech Series - Meet LA's most active seed- to late-stage VCs

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    At Splash LA, meet founders of Greycroft, Wavemaker Partners, Mucker Capital and Anthem Vator's fourth annual Splash LA event is just two days away now (buy your tickets here!). And as always, with every Splash event, we work very hard to bring together the most prolific investors who are shaping the ecosystem. In this case, we've done that again with Dana Settle, who co-founded Greycroft about a decade ago. Settle is also an early investor in Maker Studios, which was bought by Disney, for about $1 billion earlier this year. We also have Eric Manlunas (Founding…
  • EventBoard launches enterprise platform, raises $1.5M

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    EventBoard is a cloud-based room scheduling company that seeks to make meetings more efficientNobody likes meetings. Nobody. Not one single person ever. But given that they are a necessary evil, isn't there a way to make them, you know, more efficient? Instead of having people sitting around all day, waiting in a conference room for a meeting to start, companies absolutely need a way to not only keep on schedule, but to know just how much time, and money, is being wasted. That is the idea behind room scheduling company EventBoard, a company whose ultimate goal is to make it not…
  • Fund News - Industry Ventures closes new $170M fund

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    With this latest fund, the firm now has over $2 billion under managementVenture capital firm Industry Ventures has closed a hybrid fund of funds, with a total of $170 million of institutional capital, it was announced on Tuesday. The fund, which was oversubscribed, is called Industry Ventures Partnership Holdings III, L.P. The Fund will target primary commitments and early secondary purchases in smaller venture capital funds as well as direct investments alongside its managers. This latest close brings the firm’s total capital under management to over $2 billion. It had…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Craft Brewers Continue to Gain Market Share

    Steve
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Back in 2008 we reported that craft brewers - also known as microbrewers - had captured almost 6% of U.S. beer sales, up from effectively 0% a decade or so earlier.   We revisited the industry in 2010 and found craft brewers 2009 revenue share of the U.S. beer market had grown to about 7%. Since 1% of the U.S beer market is worth about $1 billion (Americans drink a lot of beer), this was strong growth - especially given the country was in the midst of the Great Recession. Since 2009 the craft beer industry has continued to advance, with 2013 being a banner year. As the chart below…
  • Half of Americans Single

    Steve
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    For the first time since the government started keeping these stats, more than half of adult Americans are single.  There are about 125 million single Americans, which is just a bit over half of all Americans aged 16 and older.   Bloomberg's Is Everyone Single? nicely covers this shift, including providing the chart below. It shows the steady climb from 37% of adult Americans being single in 1976 to 50.2% today.   The percentage of "never marrieds" has also risen from 22% to 30% over this time frame.  Pew's research memo Record Share of Americans Have…
  • Purlin' J's Mobile Yarn Truck

    Steve
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Purlin's J's Roving Yarn Company caught my eye in the Globe and Mail article Canada's Ten Most Remarkable Small Businesses.  It's a truck that sells yarn. In the article the owner says the secret sauce of this is business is: The truck at the very least is a curiosity. Everyone, knitter or not, wants to come on-board to see what it’s all about! Most especially though, yarn lovers yearn for the “squish factor": the ability to feel and “pet” fibres and bask in the range of colours. With the Purlin’ J’s brand, I strive to create a carefully curated…
  • 6 Advantages Your Small Business Has Over Bigger Competitors

    Steve
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It's nice every so often to get back to basics.  Openview's article David vs. Goliath: Your Startup's Guide to Giant-Killing does just that by describing 6 advantages small businesses have relative to bigger competitors. These are: You're closer to your customers You can turn on a dime You can tightly focus on a niche market You can go after smaller opportunities You can innovate more quickly You can run on next to zero sales and marketing costs The article explains how to use these advantages in more detail. These suggestions are taken from a free ebook called Slaying…
  • 1 in 4 Employees Regularly Work With Temps

    Steve
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The GigaOm Research report The modern workforce part 3: a changing culture of work (paid subscription required) covers the shift to what they call the "3D Workforce". They describe this as a decentralized, discontinuous and distributed workforce. By this they mean work is: increasingly distributed across geographically dispersed workers, different parts of companies, and different companies.  often done discontinuously as a series of short-term, time shifted projects. done in a decentralized manner with little organizational infrastructure and oversight.  One of…
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    Mixergy

  • How a 4th grade teacher built a $20K/mo blog – with Lindsay Ostrom

    Andrew Khalili
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This interview is about how a 4th grade teacher who wasn’t really into reading blogs ended up building a profitable blog herself. Today’s guest is Lindsay Ostrom. She is the founder of Pinch of Yum, a food site that features delicious recipes that are accompanied by stunning photos. The site is monetized through ads, affiliate programs, and a membership site which her husband runs. We’re going to find out how she does it. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Lindsay Ostrom Lindsay Ostrom founded Pinch of Yum…
  • Danielle Morrill opens up about how she built Mattermark

    Andrew Khalili
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I have Danielle Morrill with me. She’s the founder of Mattermark, a deal intelligence platform that uses publicly available data to help investors and other deal-makers make decisions. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Danielle Morrill Danielle Morrill is the CEO of Mattermark which is a data platform for venture capital companies. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there freedom fighters. My name is Andrew Warner. I’m the founder of Mixergy.com, home of…
  • How Jonathan Beekman turned $1k into $2,500,000 by selling personalized man gifts

    Andrew Khalili
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of a founder who made a promise to his wife that he wouldn’t spend too much money launching his site. That’s how he turned $1,000 into a multi-million dollar business. Jonathan Beekman is the founder of Man Crates which offers gift boxes for men. Their gifts include a personalized whiskey crate — that you need a crowbar to open and premium jerky that comes in an ammo can. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Jonathan Beekman Jonathan Beekman is the founder of Man Crates which offers gift…
  • How an independent app developer is building his company with NO outside funding – with Winston Chen

    Andrew Khalili
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How successful can an independent app developer get? Joining me today is Winston Chen. He is the founder of Voice Dream which makes an IOS text to speech reader for students and adults with difficulties reading visually. He did it with no outside funding and he’s actually, get this, charging for his app. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Winston Chen Winston Chen is the founder of Voice Dream, an iOS text-to-speech reader for students and adults with difficulties reading visually. Raw transcript Mixergy’s…
  • How a life-changing accident led an investment banker to quit his job and build a business – with Brian DeChesare

    Andrew Khalili
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of how a car accident lead a founder to finally do what excited him in life. Brian DeChesare is the founder of Mergers & Inquisitions and Breaking Into Wall Street, sites that help people who want to get investment banking jobs. Brian’s sites help with blog posts, tutorials, courses, interview templates and more. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Brian DeChesare Brian DeChesare is the founder of Mergers & Inquisitions and Breaking Into Wall Street, sites that help people who want to get…
 
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    Venture Hacks

  • How to be an angel investor, Part 3

    Nivi
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    This guest post is by Tyler Willis, an entrepreneur and angel investor. You can learn more about him on AngelList. For several interesting macro-economic reasons [1], more and more people are becoming angel investors. This is a good thing – it allows more investors to participate in a high-growth (but high-risk) area of our economy. That said, investing in private companies is very different from investing in public companies. People who are just getting started in angel investing should get comfortable with the inherent risks and learn the strategies required to be successful angel…
  • Designers at AngelList

    Nivi
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:16 am
    Must be a 1-(wo)man startup. Must code. Must write good copy. Must be passionate about solving problems for our customers, not “designing.” Must fix other people’s designs and front-end code on production (people ship whenever they want). Must help our 1-(wo)man startups with their design problems. Must force your help on them when needed. Must take the words of our founders/whomever straight to mocks without worrying about whether we’re going to build it. Make the mocks, then start evaluating the idea. Pivot it when necessary (always).
  • AngelList new employee reading list

    Nivi
    26 Oct 2013 | 10:02 am
    I do the onboarding for all new AngelList team members. Part of it is asking them to read the following (many candidates have read these before they even come in for an interview). Culture Startups are here to save the world Things we care about at AngelList Doing the wrong things the right way Execution Ask forgiveness, not permission 1-(wo)man startups No email at AngelList 6-year vesting Customer service Internal 360 Review (redacted) Company Strategy (you wish) Internal Github engineering wikis AngelList Twitter Favorites Writings that have influenced us Engineering Management by Yishan…
  • Things we care about at AngelList

    Nivi
    11 Oct 2013 | 5:11 pm
    We care about: Eliminating frictions so startups can change the world Connecting startups with their ideal partners, on the best terms, fast Building tools for investors to help startups Telling startups and investors what we would want to know in their shoes Building products that scale, instead of manual processes or throwing bodies at the problem Having team members work on things they’re excited about, rather than what we think is important Some things we try to care about at AngelList. Learn More: Startups are here to save the world, The entrepreneurial age and No tradeoff between…
  • How much traction do I need to raise money?

    Nivi
    23 Apr 2013 | 11:23 am
    How much traction do you need to raise $1M? AngelList’s Ash Fontana has the answer on TechCrunch: Read the post for details and also see these comments by me, Michael Wolfe, and Shallaba.
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • School of Business 9/27/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show for and about entrepreneurs that is heard on the radio as it is seen online. We are SO hi-tech. And we are in the weeds! Includes: our Quote of the Week—organic words from American industrialist J. Paul Getty; This Week in Business History includes the launch of News of the World in London (in 1843!), Tupperware and the OJ Simpson trial; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should; and Dumb Moments—women change everything!
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Donna Smith

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Your customers want to be involved. Now what? Robin Tooms discusses external branding with Donna Smith, director, marketing and communications for Forum Energy Technologies.
  • Master Miao Tsan and Mila Golovine

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Returning BusinessMakers guest Ludmila (Mila) Rusakova Golavine, founder of Masterword Services, says her company is doing well and business is good. Mila says meditation has helped her to be a better leader and to make better decisions; she introduces Venerable Master Miao Tsan, abbot of Vairocana Zen Monastery in Garden Grove, CA. When Tsan was a monk in Taiwan, he studied with traditional Zen masters and believes that controlling your calm can help control your chaos. After all, energy is energy no matter what form it takes.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Rassul Zarinfar

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Jen Lemanski
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Rassul Zarinfar, founder and CEO of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, is back. Rassul tells Jen how he keeps the big picture in mind when overcoming obstacles as an entrepreneur.
  • Women Mean Business - Lisa Pounds

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Today’s extraordinary woman says entrepreneurism is about networking, research and serving the common good. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Lisa Pounds, founder and CEO of Green Plate Foods.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • Apple Has Been Echoing Consumer Values for 30 Years (and You Should Too)

    Jack Holt
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Few iPhone users would identify “hedonism” (or the pursuit of pleasure) as a core value in their lives, but when you look at the sentiments behind Apple’s marketing strategy for the past 30 years, you might not be so quick to disagree. This extremely human core value is a key factor in Apple’s success today, despite... The post Apple Has Been Echoing Consumer Values for 30 Years (and You Should Too) appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property

    Mary Juetten
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yes, your business has intellectual property (IP). In fact, 100 percent of businesses have IP. Your email list, logo, sales process, and even your website domain are parts of your IP. These intangible assets become very real when you value your business for investors, banks, and creditors. Intellectual property is divided into four major categories:... The post Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 7 Things to Consider When Raising Money from Family or Friends

    Scott Gerber
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    It’s tempting to ask friends and family to invest in your work when first starting a company. Money is tight and they want to help. However, soliciting money from loved ones can be a risky venture. To help mitigate this risk, we asked seven entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council what rules one should always have in place before raising money from family... The post 7 Things to Consider When Raising Money from Family or Friends appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Good Marketing Undone

    Teri Epperly
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    I wrote this article a few years ago, before I took over the customer service team for Palo Alto Software. My perspective at the time was as a consumer. Looking back on it now, as the manager of my team, the glaring miss in this company’s story was the lack of training for their staff.... The post Good Marketing Undone appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 7 Business Lessons from the Golden Gate Bridge

    Ann Rea
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Golden Gate Bridge is iconic, and it warrants instant recognition. But have you ever thought of it as a brand? Below, I’ll discuss seven business lessons you can learn from one of the world’s most well-known pieces of architecture. 1.  Keep building your brand I live less than a mile from one of the... The post 7 Business Lessons from the Golden Gate Bridge appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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  • Retail Giant e-Bay Acquires Las Vegas Startup Rumgr

    Ann Diab
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Las Vegas and #VegasTech is abuzz with the news that Dylan Bathurst and Alex Coleman have sold the software behind their VegasTechFund startup, Rumgr, to auction and retail giant e-Bay. Together with e-Bay, they will launch a new product called Close5, which is currently available in the App Store and officially launches October 1. Close5 takes the features that Rumgr worked to iterate and improve upon over the last three years, and packages it in a location-based app for buying and selling goods from nearby users. Rumgr was born in 2011 as Bathurst and other pals from Zappos and the Las…
  • How the Internet of Things is Turning Into the Internet of Sports

    Rick Delgado
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast new frontier where companies are currently experimenting with fascinating new ideas and items. One of the major areas where we’ve seen intriguing innovations has been with consumer products, but other industries are poised to have revolutions of their very own. Though it may feel like a strange fit, the Internet of Things has tremendous potential when it comes to sports. From football to baseball and basketball to golf, the possibilities for how much the IoT can change sports are nearly endless. Most of these changes will likely be felt behind the…
  • Coub: It’s Like a Meme Generator, but for Creating Videos

    Amanda Quick
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Most filmmakers need a camera crew, lights, audio technicians, and graphic designers to create a movie or even a short film. However, as the world is becoming more digital, there are new tools for users to create high-quality, short videos from anywhere in the world. One of these new resources is called Coub – it’s an easy-to-use platform for creating videos that transforms content into something worthwhile. “It allows you to bring new life to the content you’ve already seen and love dearly. It’s a next step in internet culture,” says Anastasia Popova, the Marketing Director at…
  • The Waltz of Marketing: Your Social Call To Action

    Jonathan Wickham
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I recently attended a virtual conference put on by Marketo. Their content marketing specialist, Maggie Jones, talked about 411. We’re not talking information here. We’re talking rhythm, cadence, music-like time signature in content development. It’s the waltz of the marketing world when making a call-to-action in your social engagement. It was a concept that I’d heard her talk about before. I implemented the idea right away after hearing about it the first time. But this second time, my mind began to expand the concept to a whole new realm—social. When it comes to broad audience…
  • Anomo: The Anonymous App that Builds Connections, Relationships

    Amanda Quick
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Think about some of the thoughts that go through your head when see someone’s profile picture – “Is he athletic?” “Is she pretty?” the list goes on and on. We’ve all made judgments about people based on their social profile without ever meeting them. “We judge people based on their appearance,” says James Sun, the cofounder of Anomo. “But we also get to know people through work through sports, through common interests before we necessarily might judge them from a photo standpoint.” With everything and everyone’s business online, it’s sometimes challenging to get to…
 
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  • Joining A Startup As CFO Is A Good Path To The Top

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every investor is looking for the “dream team” of executives to put money on. Often I find that experienced investors scan ahead to the management page of a business plan, even before they read the product description. That’s how important the people are. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role is usually considered second only to the CEO, because financials are critical. In fact, about 25% of CFOs make it to the CEO position, although not necessarily in a single step, like Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo's CEO. The latest Crist Kolder report finds that the percent of female CFOs, as well as CEOs,…
  • Smart Entrepreneurs Learn The Most From Their Team

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Starting and running a company is a team effort. Yes, it takes a leader (entrepreneur), but you can’t do it alone, without a team. Maybe only you and a co-founder comprise the team at first, to provide key skills, back you up, and test your ideas. As the startup grows, the team has to be able to really push you in making growth decisions, rather than you pulling them along. The responsibility for leadership rests on you as the founder or CEO, and your leadership style. Many entrepreneurs still fall back to the traditional “control” leadership paradigm, but I don’t see it working so…
  • Entrepreneurs Need To Reality Check Their Ideas

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    In my experience, consummate entrepreneurs tend come up with more startup ideas than they can ever implement, and some of the ideas may not even make business sense. But how does any entrepreneur know which ideas to implement, and which ones are best left behind? After all, most great breakthroughs, like a computer in every home, seemed like a crazy idea before Steve Jobs and Bill Gates made it happen. Now we soon expect a computer on every wrist. That doesn’t mean that entrepreneurs should ignore business and market realities, under the assumption that success is a random phenomenon.
  • Is Your Business Ready For Curves In The Road Ahead?

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every entrepreneur thinks he can relax a bit after his business model is proven, funding is in place, and revenues are scaling as projected up that hockey-stick curve. Unfortunately, the market is changing so fast these days that any upward climb can level off quickly, as the core business growth begins to stall. This S-Curve, with no correction, can quickly lead to disaster. I’m not talking here about a small pivot. I’m talking about the kind of change that moved Apple from personal computers to music distribution to consumer electronics, and Amazon from books to e-Commerce to cloud…
  • 10 Entrepreneur Approaches That Turn Off Investors

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately. Others will work hard on a business plan, and then mail it indiscriminately to every potential investor they can find on the Internet. Both of these approaches are a waste of your time and theirs. The best professional investors receive dozens of proposals a day, so they are conditioned to look for quantitative data, rather than passion, for credibility and potential. They also look for…
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    Great Demo!

  • Technology Adoption Curve - And the Degree of Proof Your Customers Require

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

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

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

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

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Our next Great Demo! Public Workshop will take place October 15-16 – registration and additional information can be found at http://skmcohan141015-cohan.eventbrite.comThis is a 1.5-Day Workshop, with the first day focusing largely on core Great Demo! material and the morning of the second day addressing more advanced topics and techniques.Public Workshops take place in San Jose, California, in conjunction with the folks at SKMurphy.  They are excellent opportunities for individuals, small groups or for teams that have new hires. We’ve found that these sessions are most productive…
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  • Diateino publishes L’Ere du Contexte, French version of the Age of Context

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Diateino just published the French translation of The Age of Context by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel: L’Ere du Contexte. Here below is the English version of the preface I wrote for the French audience. When we speak  about the “context” of a phrase or an event, we allude to the circumstances and conditions that give that phrase or event its particular meaning, or import. The “context,” then, acting as a backdrop, allows us to understand, to explain, or to justify the things we encounter through resonance to particular times and/or places. Everything that we say and do is…
  • Women in HR should be thrilled about the appointment of Mary Barra as GM’s CEO

    admin
    11 Dec 2013 | 6:55 pm
    I just wrote a post on my company’s blog about Mary Barra: http://blog.talentcircles.com/2013/12/women-in-hr-should-be-thrilled-about.html Of course, I  was thrilled to hear that Mary Barra will be the new CEO of GM. The appointment of any woman at the head of a company is a victory for all women. My post on three takeaways for HR: The value of being able to keep talented interns. The power of internal mobility: Mary Barra was involved over the years with virtually every aspect of the business. The power of an being outstanding VP of GM’s human resources department, a position that…
  • APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch: a must-read

    admin
    10 Dec 2012 | 8:50 am
    APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch is an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to write a book and self-publish. It’s packed with information, advice, tips and resources. Even if you still dream of finding the ideal agent and the most prestigious publisher on the planet, chances are that you will be ignored. So don’t waste your time: take your fate into your own hands and go for self-publishing. This book tells you how to make it right. Is it easy? No… Self-publishing is not easy — but certainly easier than waiting for miracles. Guy…
  • Compete Now: The 2013 New Year Challenge for Entrepreneurs

    admin
    8 Dec 2012 | 11:44 am
    One Million by One Million (1M/1M)celebrated it’s 150th free and online roundtable mentoring session for entrepreneurs a few days ago, and announced its 2013 New Year Challenge. The Prize: The New Year Challenge will award twelve scholarships worth $1,000 each to twelve entrepreneurs. This scholarship allows entrepreneurs to join the 1M/1M premium program that offers private roundtable sessions, a comprehensive curriculum, and introductions to potential customers, channel partners, media, analysts, and investors. How to compete Complete the application process here by December 20. Get at…
  • Great book: Google+ for Small Businesses by Lynette Young

    admin
    3 Dec 2012 | 9:26 am
    I met Lynette Young at Guy Kawasaki’s party at SXSW earlier this year. She contributed to one of the chapters of Guy’s landmark book, What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us. No wonder, Lynette represents the elite of “female googlers,” with over 1.5M followers. Lynette just released an excellent short book. Google+ for Small Businesses. Her goal is to help you to realize that ”Google + makes it easy for the small business owner with limited resources to be on an “even playing ground” with large corporations that have seemingly unlimited…
 
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  • Remind Takes $40M For Teacher Texting Tools

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    San Francisco-based Remind, which develops mobile texting and communications tools specifically aimed at teachers, students, and parents, has raised $40M in a Series C funding.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Allakos Gets $10M More

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    San Mateo-based Allakos, a biotechnology company developing antibody-based therapeutics for allergic diseases, inflammation, and other related conditions, said today that it has raised $10M more in a Series A funding. The new funds bring its total Series A to $42M.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Sharethrough Raises $10M From BSkyB, Others

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    San Francisco-based Sharethrough, a provider of native advertising technology, said today that it has raised $10M in a strategic funding round, including a $5M investment from BSkyB.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • News Corp. Buys Move Inc. For $950M

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    San Jose-based real estate site operator Move, Inc. has been acquired by News Corp. in a $950M acquisition deal, the two said this morning. Move will remain headquartered in San Jose, and will become an operating business of News Corp. The companies said that News Corp. will pay $21.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • eBay, PayPal To Split Into Two Companies

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    eBay said today that it plans to split the company into two, and will spin out PayPal into its own, independent company. The two will bot h be publicly traded.... (more) READ MORE>>
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  • Pristine.io Raises $5.4M From S3 and Capital Factory

    austinstartup
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Pristine, developers of the only HIPAA-compliant video streaming and checklist solutions for Google Glass, announced today that it has raised $5.4 million in Series A financing. Austin-based S3 Ventures led the oversubscribed round, which also included Capital Factory, HealthFundr, and a syndicate of strategic clients. This new financing enables the company to expand its R&D, sales, marketing, and operations teams, supporting the company’s rapid growth.
  • Famigo Announces EDU, One-to-One Tablet for Pre-K through 5th Grade

    Bryan Menell
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Famigo, a company providing safer experiences for children on mobile devices, has announced the launch of Famigo EDU, a one-to-one tablet platform for elementary school students and teachers. The secure platform lets teachers find the best content from any source, design individualized lessons online and send them directly to students’ tablets.
  • Favor Raises $2M from Silverton and Tim Draper

    Bryan Menell
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Favor, the app to get any local store or restaurant delivered, today announced $2M in seed funding from angels and venture capitalists including Tim Draper and Silverton Partners. With demand surging in its initial markets of Austin and Boston, Favor is leading the push for customer-centric delivery in the ‘Sharing Economy’.
  • Magnitude Software Secures $100M Capital Committment

    Bryan Menell
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Magnitude Software, a leading provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, today announced it has secured up to $100 million in capital investment led by Audax Group, a leading middle market private equity firm, and a significant personal investment by Chris Ney, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. Magnitude Software will use the investment to further build the company through product innovation, organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
  • 2014 Innotech Beta Summit Companies

    Bryan Menell
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you're attending the Innotech Austin conference in Austin on October 15th, you should stop by the Beta Summit from 11am - Noon to check out some of the newest, freshest technologies from Austin.
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  • The State of Beacons in Retail 2014 [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Elastic Path is at Shop.org this week! Come check us out at Booth 739 and ask us about iBeacons, contextual commerce, shopping APIs or any other question about our ecommerce solutions. We’re also giving away a sweet pair of Bose headphones, so please say hi!Speaking of beacons, what’s the deal with them in retail? This week’s infographic examines the current adoption of beacons in-store, and their future outlook. Hat tip to Beaconstac for putting this together.TweetablesBy the end of 2014, there will be 30,000 active beacons Tweet this60 million iBeacon units will be shipped…
  • How Betabrand Nails Product Page Storytelling (And So Can You)

    Linda Bustos
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Forbes recently ran an article Storytelling: A Brave New World Of Commerce, highlighting the benefits of storytelling for online retailers and brands selling direct, and the reasons why most fail to leverage it.In today’s marketplace, consumers are increasingly comfortable with multi-channel engagement. For example, an initial product or service introduction may come in an email campaign. This might be followed by further information on a website, in an online chat room, by checking on Facebook, or searching for reviews and feedback.Some people refer to this phenomenon as experiential…
  • 3 Trends Transforming Education Publishing

    Linda Bustos
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Digital commerce touches a number of industries beyond online retail, and exciting things are happening in the publishing world, particularly education publishing. As digital invades the classroom, education publishers are looking more and more like tech companies.3 Big Opportunities in Education PublishingDigital is taking over the classroomToday’s tech-savvy students carry tablets, e-readers, laptops and smartphones to class, often with devices provided by the school. Some schools have already moved to all-digital libraries, and South Korea aims to have all-digital curriculum across the…
  • How People Buy: The Evolution of Consumer Purchasing [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    This week’s infographic comes from Hubspot, and timelines how the US consumer has bought, from 1900 to today – the “evolution of consumer purchasing.”How should your digital commerce strategy change to keep pace with the changing consumer? Join us in the Expo Hall at Shop.org Annual Summit, Tuesday September 30 at 11:45-12:15 for Breaking Bag: Reinventing the Ecommerce Experience at Every Touchpoint.
  • Storytelling Through the Category Page

    Linda Bustos
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    When you think of storytelling in an online store, what comes to mind? Product page copy? Embedded video? Blogs? Look-books?Certainly not on the utilitarian category page…But I found a fantastic example of storytelling right in the category results page on Burton.com, under its 13 Things feature. The page features several collections of “13 things” organized around various stories, for example:13 THINGS THAT WILL HAVE GUYS GRABBING FALL BY THE FOLIAGEBoom, summer’s over. It’s the perfect temperature for outdoor ventures like skateboarding, hiking, biking, or splitting…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fear

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

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’m fascinated by the numbers Denise O’Berry turns up in her post Use Metrics To Manage Cash Flow – Small Business Expert Denise O’Berry. She quotes results of a survey sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs, which surveyed 500 owners of businesses averaging less than 10 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. According to this, the biggest worry of small business owners, is (drumroll): The number one issue facing small business is ensuring adequate cash flow from operations, according to 83% of survey respondents. That’s Denise quoting Bill Reeb, CPA, surprising…
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  • How My Little Geek Used Kickstarter to Market Awesomely Nerdy Books for Kids [Case Study]

    Todd Spear
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    My Little Geek is a series of kids books dreamed up, in 2011, by Sarah and Andrew Spear, a New Zealand husband and wife who wanted something more than the typical educational books for children. The idea came to the couple when their daughter was two and a half years old, on a day when Sarah, a trained primary school teacher, and Andrew, a website designer, realised that the girl was using the word “delicious” to describe her food. Feeling that, if their daughter could handle a word like “delicious,” she could probably handle a word like “electromagnetism.”…
  • October 2014 Promotional Calendar Ideas [OPT-INS + CONVERSIONS]

    Todd Spear
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to our second instalment of essays focusing on promotional calendar opportunities for a particular month. In creating this essay about October’s awesome calendar of events (and, more importantly, the promotional opportunities it presents), we encountered some real gems – and some real head scratchers. In an example of the latter, we’ve learned that 3 October is Virus Appreciation Day. That’s right, as in viruses, like, you know, influenza and ebola. Yikes! Well, let’s rephrase that. No one is quite sure whether Virus Appreciation Day is meant to in some way celebrate…
  • Breakthroughs, Triggers, Influence + Tested Methods [Noise Reduction .78]

    Florence
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I know I usually rant and rave about the fact that your portfolio needs to be larger than your library. That you need to be taking action and building a portfolio of results — as opposed to spending all your resources on just learning and creating a dusty bookshelf. Well, I’ve learnt that no matter how much I preach, sometimes, as they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. So, in this week’s edition of Noise Reduction, I wanted to share with you a list of what I believe are some of the non-negotiable must-have books in your marketing library. No matter what…
  • Sales Letter Copywriting Cheat Sheet

    Pete
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I can still remember the first and most powerful lesson in the science of copywriting I ever learnt.  I was in Year 10 or 11 of high school (that’s sophomore or junior for our North American friends), and my buddy Martin S. was writing some posters we were going to stick up around campus to get volunteers for a project. As we were trying to brainstorm what to put on the posters he said, “Well, we want as many people to read this as possible, so why not write ‘FREE BEER?’ It will at least get attention that way.” Now that powerful lesson wasn’t how to…
  • Copywriting, Sales Games + September Marketing Ideas [Noise Reduction .77]

    Florence
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    “I’ve always believed writing ads is the second most-profitable form of writing. The first is ransom notes…” - Phil Dusenberry Hey Gang, As you may have seen, we’re having a little sales, influence and copywriting focus here in the Preneur Community at the moment… and that’s spilling over to today’s Noise Reduction below. Now, have you ever noticed that nearly every week there’s some calendar event going on, be it a local, national or international holiday, an awareness week, a cultural celebration, or a lead-up to a major sporting event? Have…
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    ArcticStartup

  • Finland's Ubisecure acquired by GMO Globalsign for IoT Identity

    Greg Anderson
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    In tech acquisition news, Finland-based Identity and Access Management (IAM) specialist Ubisecure announces today it has been acquired by GMO Globalsign, one of the world’s largest publicly-trusted certificate authorities. The acquisition price was not disclosed. While Ubisecure isn't exactly what you would call a startup - their products were first under development in 1999, they've been successful in positioning themselves in one of the more exciting fields for technology these days. With Ubisecure's technology under their belt, GMO Globalsign is targeting the massively growing Internet…
  • Weekdone: You're probably wasting 3.8 hours a week on unproductive meetings

    Rafael Lemarchand
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Regular team meetings have grown to become a standard part of many companies’ weekly schedule; and even more so when it comes to startups. Most of us have all been there: sitting around a meeting room table, discussing new objectives for the upcoming week, delegating tasks and making decisions (hopefully) together. Well, at least that’s what meetings ideally should be like. In reality, however, according to Estonian employee progress report connoisseur Weekdone, there’s a good chance your meetings aren't that well organized after all. “On average, people waste 3.8 hours per week on…
  • Last Call for EIT ICT Labs' Idea Challenge

    Ian Anderson
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Today is the last chance for European startups to apply for the EIT ICT Labs’ Idea Challenge. If you’re an entrepreneur with dreams of making it then I hope you are ready to apply for the pitching competition. There’s a total of 320,000€ in prize money on offer across four categories, along with other benefits including office space and expert coaching. If you haven't heard of it yet, then you'll need to read quickly to find out more. Idea Challenge, a pan European pitching competition, was set up by the EIT ICT Labs to find the most exciting start ups across eight diverse fields and…
  • As homes get smarter, home security needs an update

    Greg Anderson
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Norway's Viva Labs has been pushing a whitelabel Smarthome experience for a few months now with all the fun stuff, such as a NEST-like thermostat that learns from how you use it, and smart plugs that recognize that you've left the house - helping you make sure you don't leave that coffee maker on. But according to Viva Labs CEO Henrik Holen the energy effeciency and smart control are only two parts of the equation: safety and home security might be one of the more important things in a smart home that we haven't seen many companies work on. So building up their platform further, Viva is also…
  • Building an API? Get yourself to The Platform Summit

    Greg Anderson
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    Think about all the buzzwords driving this and the next generation of tech, like wearables, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. Business value is driven by new types of communication, which should be built on the foundation of a good API strategy. In order to foster these best practices, we're pretty lucky up in Northern Europe to have one of the few conferences devoted to APIs, dubbed The Platform Summit and hosted by the same folks behind the regional NordicAPIs events. “The event is taking place in Stockholm on October 21 and 22nd, Lustikulla Konferens & Event center with…
 
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  • Performance Round-Up: 9/28/2014

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

    Sam Huleatt
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Apple Pay has the potential to be a game changer. It was by far the most interesting thing IMO to emerge from the recent Apple announcement. Recall that great hardware is often simply a loss leader for the transactions it enables. Like a lot of people I love removing friction from transactions. I bought a Coin (possibly already extinct), love using things live Cover and Uber and pay with my credit card every chance I get. However — there is no doubt in my mind that the decreased friction increases my frequency of transactions. I’ve definitely found myself on Amazon buying things I…
  • Performance Round-Up 9/21/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Here are the week’s posts I enjoyed that all speak to performance or entrepreneurial performance. If I missed anything great – leave a comment or tweet me a link for next week. Get Over Your Fear of Sales (HBR) The History of Cognitive Overload (FarnamStreet) How Should a 22 Year Old Invest His/Her Times? (Quora) Reboot.io Podcast with Derek Flanzraich (Reboot.io) Four Things Millionaires Do (Bakadesuyo) What Everyone Reads (SethGodin) Why I Hope to Die at 75 (Atlantic) Uber & Entrepreneurial Psychology (SemilShah) Cultivate a Culture of Confidence (HBR) Anthony…
  • Performance Round-Up 9/14/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Lots of interesting reading material this week. Dan Harris: Your Brain on Mediation (SwissMiss) Dave Asprey Interviews David Epstein Author of the Sports Gene (Bulletproofexec) Be Humble, Become Wealthy (Psyfitec) Positioning Your Startup (FirstRound) Tim Ferriss Interviews Peter Thiel (Fourhourworkweek) Be the CEO of Your Job (Brad Feld) How To Tell If You’re Not Scaling as a CEO (SneakerheadVC) Three Mistakes Investors Make Again and Again (WSJ) An Interview with Charlie Munger (WSJ)   “Warren [Buffet] and I [Charlie Munger] know better than most people what we know and…
  • Performance Round-Up 9/07/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Here’s a round-up of links from last week related to performance: What Does a 20 Year Old Need To Know About Personal Finance (Altucher) This simple sleep-hack turned my life around (Sleep Junkies) Using Music to Increase Mental Performance (Abel James) Blameless Post-Mortems (CodeasCraft) The Jack Ma Way (NYTimes) Texting Anxiety Caused by the Bubbles (NYTimes) The post Performance Round-Up 9/07/2014 appeared first on Leveraging Ideas.
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Fliplingo

    public
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Company / App Name: Fliplingo https://www.fliplingo.com Twitter – @fliplingo What does it do? Fliplingo helps brands and businesses be social in any language, elegantly. How do we do that? Fliplingo automatically translates and schedules your Social Media posts in multiple languages using expert translators. Why do we need it? Did you know that people are 6 times more likely to engage with you if you post in their language? With Fliplingo you can translate and schedule your posts to the right time zone, so that your social media impact is multiplied, literally. Who is it for? Fliplingo…
  • Pitch for Mashup Love

    public
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Company / App Name: Mashup Love http://mashuplove.com Twitter – Mashuplov3 What does it do? Reviews EDM music, sharing creative ideas, aswell as doing interviews with the djs! Why do we need it? Everyone needs to keep their playlist updated, and this is perfect place to do it – discover new music. Who is it for? Everyone who enjoy some lovely electronic music. What makes it stand out from the crowd? our journalistic skills are exceptional, which gives you a nice feeling when looking through our website. What’s next? Our goal is to take a stand against the big label companys,…
  • Pitch for Filtr8

    public
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Company / App Name: Filtr8 http://filtr8.com Twitter – @oz_michael What does it do? Filtr8 combines the subject-based content discovery engine with an intuitive research and publishing environment so you can easily curate and share the engaging content, highly relevant to your industry and to interests of your customers. Why do we need it? Filtr8 is the easiest way to discover & share smart content your audience will love. Providing the relevant high-quality content to your audience is a proven way of growing engagement, establishing thought leadership and getting new leads. Who is…
  • Pitch for ClipPod

    public
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Company / App Name: ClipPod http://clippod.com Twitter – clippod What does it do? ClipPod makes Google Calendar social by adding shared notes and attachments to your Google Calendar events. This opens up new ways to make Google Calendar more useful – Use ClipPod to plan your meetings or even use it for project mgmt! Why do we need it? If you’re already using a tool like Google Calendar, why do you have to switch between email for conversations, your hard disk for files or Asana etc. for project management? ClipPod brings everything together in one place. Who is it for?
  • Pitch for QA-CORE

    public
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    Company / App Name: QA-CORE http://www.qa-core.com Twitter – COREQA What does it do? QA-CORE is an IT service company based in Cluj-Napoca, that is dedicated in offering an effective combination of QA services, knowledge and skills. We focus on Quality Assurance and Testing services for the Mobile and Web platforms. Why do we need it? Our vision is to be the first choice for every client who wants quality at an affordable price. Who is it for? – Development studios – Marketing agencies – Anyone who wants to release a mobile app or website and wants to be confident of…
 
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    Techday

  • Perfect timing for cyber security boost

    Catherine Murray
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Educate “We are a trusted nation and this asset of trust can be used to create opportunities for companies in the areas of the cloud and security. We can make New Zealand a hub for cyber security and cloud services that has the trust of the world.”   Read More →
  • Where is the government’s UFB rollout up to ?

    Donovan Jackson
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Telco Review In a recent update, Chorus says New Zealand is ranked first for growth in fibre coverage from 2012 to 2013 worldwide.   Read More →
  • Review: Kiwi hands on iPhone 6 plus

    Pat Pilcher
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    NetGuide Its attracted a fair bit of controversy. Much of this is thanks the post-launch Bend gate saga, but Apples XXL-sized iPhone, the 6+ has finally arrived.   Read More →
  • Lenovo promises Kiwi investment, services opportunities for x86

    Heather Wright
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Featured The Channel Lenovo is promising to pump funding into the New Zealand market and allow partners to reap services revenue on the back of its acquisition of IBM's x86 server business.   Read More →
  • Christchurch suburbs hot for fibre says Enable

    Heather Wright
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Telco Review Rolleston, Burnside and Addington are leading Christchurch's charge to fibre broadband.   Read More →
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Financial Tips For Avoiding Startup Failure

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Too many budding entrepreneurs have endeavored to launch a successful startup only to meet failure, oftentimes before their project has even left the ground. With the nearly countless ways in which startups can acquire funding, it is also more important than ever that founders are aware of the financial fundamentals for their startups. The following blog post from Worthworm enumerates several pieces of advice to help entrepreneurs keep their companies financially stable. Worthworm is the only web-based tool that uses thousands of calculations and industry comparables to create a credible PMV,…
  • The Founder Institute’s Standard Advisor Agreement for Startups ("FAST")

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    As the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, the Founder Institute looks to help solve problems for entrepreneurs and threaten innovation. One significant problem that faces the Founder Institute's [total_graduates] Graduate companies and [total_mentors] Mentors is forming an advisor agreement. We have gotten literally hundreds of advisor agreements to review - and every one is different. It shouldn't be complicated to set-up a framework around a simple desire for Mentors to lend a hand, and for startups to get help.  As a result, we created “FAST”…
  • Ask Founder Institute Graduates Questions on Wednesday’s Online Graduate Q&A Panel

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Have questions about what it’s like to go through the Founder Institute? Then join us for an upcoming Online Graduate Q&A Panel, where you can learn about the program from entrepreneurs who launched their companies through the Founder Institute program.  The next Online Graduate Q&A Panel is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st, at 10:15am PDT (see local time). RSVP for the Panel The Founder Institute has over 1,000 graduate companies, and they have gone on to create over 10,000 new jobs across the globe. On this interactive webinar, you can ask graduates any…
  • Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches Startup Program in Estonia

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Over the last two months, the Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) has hosted a series of free startup events in Tallinn in order to gauge interest in a new Estonia Founder Institute Chapter. The reponse to this trial has been impressive, as our events have attracted over 150 potential applicants in Tallinn. As a result of strong demand for the program, we have some very exciting news - we are officially announcing the launch of the Tallinn Founder Institute! Applications to the program are open now, and anyone interested in launching a…
  • 9 Strategies For Launching a Consumer Startup

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:13 pm
    From beginning to finish, launching a startup is a complex and laborious endeavor. Everyday is an adventure, and problems will arise quickly. Whether you’re an aspiring app designer or seasoned engineering extraordinaire, you will have numerous questions along the journey of entrepreneurship that “Google” will not be able to answer precisely. For this reason, the Founder Institute has gathered our expansive network of entrepreneurs to solve the problems you encounter each day.  In this installment of Ask an Expert, Founder Institute graduates answer this…
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    OnlyOnce

  • PTJD

    Matt Blumberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Post Traumatic Job Disorder. As we have been scaling up Return Path, we have been increasingly hiring senior people in from the outside. We believe in promoting from within and do it all the time, but sometimes you need an experienced leader who has operated at or ahead of the scale you’re at.  Someone with deep functional expertise and a “been there, done that” playbook. When you get a hire like this right, it’s amazing how much that kind of person gets done, how quickly. One of the pitfalls of those hires, though, is cultural fit. Many of the larger organizations in…
  • The 2×4

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

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

    Matt Blumberg
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Physical Therapist or Chiropractor? I was talking to a good friend the other day who is an executive coach. He was telling me that his clients are all over the map in terms of role (CEO or functional senior exec), need (small issue to large issue), company size and stage. But most important, he noted that his clients have different ways of learning, and that he has to tailor his coaching style to the client. I had two main takeaways from this interaction. First, he had a particularly memorable way of phrasing the differences in client learning styles that inform his approach. Some of his…
  • How to Manage Your Career

    Matt Blumberg
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I gave a presentation to a few hundred Return Path employees in January at an all-hands conference we did called “How to Manager Your Career.” The presentation has three sections — The Three Phases of a Career, How to Get Promoted, and How to Wow Your Manager. While it’s not as good without the voiceover and interactivity, I thought I’d post it here…see the presentation on Slideshare. As I said to my audience, if there’s one thing to take away from the topic, it’s this: Managing your career is up to one, and only one person – you.  It…
 
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    Techstars

  • FinTech Demo Day: 11 Reasons to Celebrate

    Jess Williamson
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Today our 11 FinTech startups will take the stage in a London theater near Buckingham Palace, and we could not be more proud or excited by what they have achieved. The first cohort of Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars has come at an incredible time, with the financial services industry experiencing the beginning of a tremendous transformation and here in London we get to be at the heart of it. To all of our mentors – old and new – we are especially grateful for the tireless contribution and energy you bring, and the support from the wider FinTech ecosystem. To our comrades at…
  • Sponsorship in Action: PivotDesk and Silicon Valley Bank

    Cali Harris
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    We recently spoke with David Mandell, cofounder and CEO of PivotDesk, a Techstars in Boulder 2012 company. PivotDesk helps startups that need space find host companies that have space. David talks about the company’s relationship with Silicon Valley Bank. SVB  is banking the world’s most innovative companies, and has been a sponsor partner of Techstars for nearly four years. David Mandell, CEO of PivotDesk, and Jared Polis, a cofounder of Techstars, chat at the PivotDesk office. Photo courtesy PivotDesk. How did PivotDesk meet SVB? I’ve been working with Silicon Valley Bank for more…
  • Rendezvous Point Madison – Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp Kickoff

    Taylor McLemore
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars kickoffs today, and there is a lot to be excited about. The most important ingredient is the Veterans, Service Members, and Military Spouses participating. A topflight group has convened in Madison from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia & Wisconsin. If this post serves no other purpose, I hope it is a reminder to all startups, accelerators, and investors that Veterans are high potential entrepreneurs and valuable entrepreneurial employees.
  • # A New Chapter…

    Don Loeb
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    I’ve known Brad Feld since my days at Yahoo in the early 2000s. He, along with Fred Wilson, helped convince me to join a Chicago-based startup, FeedBurner, run by four incredible people: Steve Olechowski, Matt Shobe, Eric Lunt, and Dick Costolo. They had assembled an impressive team with folks like John Zeratsky, Traci Halipern, Charley Cassell, and Rick Klau, among others. It was the best professional decision I’ve ever made, but I think I may have just topped it. When Google bought FeedBurner in the summer of 2007, it was also the inaugural class of Techstars. A few of us flew out to…
  • Sponsorship in Action: Simple Energy and Cooley

    Cali Harris
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Simple Energy team. Photo credit: Simple Energy We recently spoke with Yoav Lurie, founder and CEO of Simple Energy, a Techstars in Boulder 2011 company. Through relevant messaging and engaging software services, Simple Energy partners with utility companies to help consumers make sense of their energy usage, save more and enjoy doing so. Yoav talks about the company’s relationship with a Techstars sponsor as a strategic partner, Cooley. Cooley is a global firm with an entrepreneurial spirit and deep, substantive experience helping founders build businesses and transform breakthrough…
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Selling the family business: legacy or leftovers?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Biz Stone Gave Up on Jelly

    Kevin Montgomery
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Twitter co-founder Biz Stone left 140 character-sharing startup to launch Jelly, an aggressively-hyped question-and-answer platform that quickly slid off the app charts . But Biz is building a new product that he hopes could bolster his company's fortunes: Super.Read more...
  • Yahoo made $9.4 billion by selling 140 million shares in Alibaba, according to a new SEC filing.

    Nitasha Tiku
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Yahoo made $9.4 billion by selling 140 million shares in Alibaba, according to a new SEC filing. Never have so many billions seemed so doomed . Read more...
  • Startups Offer "Pre-cations" to Pre-emptively Burned Out Employees

    Kevin Montgomery
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Americans are famously overworked and terrified of taking vacations. And that is no different in Silicon Valley, where young code jockeys are expected to put in long hours on projects that rarely pan out, leading to burnout and high turnover. But startups are testing a new way to milk more work from their staff: paying new hires to take vacations before starting work.Read more...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Will Not Let Larry Ellison Keep Hawaii To Himself

    Nitasha Tiku
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Welcome to the latest installment of Billionaire Musical Chairs. This week's round was a doozy. Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg zoomed past billionaire Larry Page, as billionaires-in-training watched the net worth from the sidelines. The real action, however, was on the real estate front.Read more...
  • Report: Zappos CEO's Las Vegas Dreamland Is Imploding

    Sam Biddle
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's deeply sad plan to transform Downtown Las Vegas—the bleakest part of a bleak town—into a startup enclave is dying, Las Vegas Weekly reports. Huge layoffs just arrived, and one of the $350 million project's leaders is already publicly blasting Hsieh.Read more...
 
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    CollegeMogul

  • How to Find the Best Employees for Your Business

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

    JohnnyG
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    Cryopreservation is the scientific process of preserving biological tissue or cell samples at extremely low temperatures in order to restore them to the same living state at a later date. There are several benefits to the process of cryopreservation. As stated by laboratory suppliers LabMode; “If substances can be stored at very cold temperatures, it can provide an indefinite longevity to cells, whilst simultaneously minimizing the level of freezing damage to these substances”. Subsequently, cryopreservation is used to preserve embryos and eggs for artificial insemination, as well…
  • Ways To Stay Healthy At College

    JohnnyG
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    College students usually have full schedules with their curricular activities, such as classes, laboratory work, and homework, and extracurricular activities including dates with friends. Staying healthy can take a backseat in the hustle and bustle of college life especially when Hell Week comes up. This should not be because a healthy body and mind are essential in keeping up with your full schedule. Keep in mind that when you compromise your physical or mental health, you are also compromising your curricular and extracurricular activities. Here then are ten tips on staying healthy while in…
  • When Your Computer Won’t Power On

    JohnnyG
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    In today’s technologically advanced society, computers are used for all aspects of our lives; for work, rest and play. Therefore, when you find that your computer won’t power on and is completely unresponsive, it can be an extremely irritating and inconvenient issue. As Kent based IT Support company Premier Choice Internet state; “The effect of unanticipated computer problems can be devastating to your business. Simple problems such as a failed switch can bring your entire network to a standstill”. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take in order to diagnose…
  • Safe Driving Tips for Teenage Drivers

    JohnnyG
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    Teens are often very excited about being able to drive. There is a sense of freedom, because now they don’t have to rely on their parents to take them places. It’s kind of embarrassing to have your mom or dad take you on a date, to the school dance, or even just to the mall. Now they can go just about anywhere, within reason of course, and don’t have to tell anyone where they’re going. However, some teenage drivers have problems, and are far more likely to get into an accident, or be pulled over for traffic infractions than older drivers. Here are some safe driving tips to help young…
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    Start Up Blog

  • Mindset & Tools

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

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

    Steve Sammartino
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    I remember reading the Cluetrain Manifesto over 10 years ago, and it is fair to say it changed my life. It made me see that technology was creating access. I believed for the first time that the proletariat (like me) could buck the system and the power brokers. The over-riding theme of the book was this: Hyperlinks circumvent hierarchy While I still believe this to be true, I think it is at risk. The reason I think it is at risk is that I find myself moderating my opinion now, when I never did just a few short years ago. Just thinking twice before firing off a tweet or a text just in case it…
  • Five for Friday v2

    Steve Sammartino
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ok – here are 5 things I’ve seen (not all new) which have kept me awake at night wondering about life: 1. Forget entering the Matrix, it is being built around us, right now. In fact, you’re already in it. The ever clever Cory Doctorow tells an incredible story about the world the computational cage being built around us. Watch here, it’s a must. And you’ll rethink privacy forever after. 2. Ideas actually look like something, they have a shape, seriously. This mind blowing Ted talk reveals the physics of ideas and what makes them possible. 3. If you think pace of…
  • Value transfer or value creation?

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    There are lots of ways entrepreneurs can make money. Some even have a valid legal status, but with questionable ethics. But all businesses which survive have some kind of value transfer. The real question worth asking is this: Was there more value in total after we got involved? If the answer to that is ‘yes’, then we’ve done much more than just make money. New book – The Great Fragmentation – out now!
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    Springwise

  • In an emergency, apps locate nearby first aiders

    Springwise
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Add / Remove In the case of a sudden accident or health problem, a matter of seconds’ difference in the response times of emergency services can be the difference between saving a life and losing one. The irony is that there could even be trained first aiders nearby, but there’s usually no way of letting them know they’re needed. Now two apps — GoodSAM and PulsePoint — both let those with life-saving skills to receive alerts when an emergency happens close by. The GoodSAM app comes in two versions — the Alerter and Responder. Those facing an emergency can…
  • Through app, kids ask questions about politics via text

    Springwise
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. While general elections in the UK typically receive a moderate voter turnout — usually above 60 percent — there's still widespread disaffection with politics and voter numbers have been dropping since the 1950s. Young people especially aren't engaged by political activity in their region and learning about it isn't mandatory in schools. Now a new campaign in…
  • App offers 1:1 daily diet advice

    Springwise
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Add / Remove When it comes to dieting, most of us require a bit of friendly encouragement — or harassment — in order to stick to weight loss goals. In the past, we've seen innovations such as the Virtual Fridge Lock leverage embarrassment as a motivation tool, using a sensor that detects when users raid the fridge at nighttime and letting their friends know by posting an update on their Facebook profile. Now an app called Rise wants to help users reach their dieting goals by connecting them with a remote personal coach, who checks up on them daily. After answering some questions about…
  • Visual search app lets homeowners find the right parts to fix their machines

    Springwise
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Add / Remove The technology we use is made up of lots of different components and widgets, and if one breaks then the whole device or machine can be rendered useless unless a replacement can be found. The problem is that these pieces are often unlabeled and difficult to identify for those wanting to repair their own appliances. Partpic lets consumers or businesses simply snap a photo of the broken part they need and lets them know where they can order a new one. For many non-technical people, it's hard to explain to repair experts exactly what part they want to buy. Even if they know the…
  • Platform translates sign language into speech in real time

    Springwise
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Add / Remove Sign language is a great tool to help deaf and hearing impaired communicate with those who can understand it. Unfortunately, most non-deaf people don’t have an impetus to learn it unless they regularly speak with deaf people. Innovations such as the Ukraine-based Enable Talk has already attempted to tackle this problem by developing smart gloves that can translate sign language into speech in real time. Approaching it from a different angle is the Dubai startup KinTrans, whose Hands Can Talk project has developed software using Microsoft Kinect technology that detects hand…
 
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  • Do You Care?

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

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

    Aruni
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Yes, the elephants did strike back!  The trip was amazing and despite me thinking I might have time to type up some blog posts on the plane, sleep, kids, and other distractions (free movies) got in the way. I think we took close to 900 photos in the many cities and tourist sites that we went to on the island.  The kid’s impressed me with their ability to tolerate the long travel and long days with different eating schedules.  I guess that means it was the perfect age for them to go! Last Friday I hosted a slideshow for the folks where I work (Querium).  Lots of people showed up in…
  • Elephants Strike Back

    Aruni
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Phone booths in DubaiThe title of this post comes from my son with affirmation from my daughter.  We are on a journey back to my homeland and plan to see and ride an elephant or two.  As usual, life has been busy and all the blog post ideas that fleet across my mind, never end up making it into a proper post.  I’m hoping that while we are on  numerous airplanes and airports that I will have a few moments to write up some posts to share after we return. I’m writing this post from the Dubai airport in a lounge that has WiFi included.  Thank goodness for WiFi and modern…
  • Magellan International School’s Entry for the Gigabot 3D Printer Giveaway. Happy Father’s Day!

    Aruni
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:28 pm
    My son’s 6th grade class at the Magellan International School, that was founded 5 years ago, is attempting to win a 3D Printer in the The Great Big Gigabot Giveaway!  Their video entry is on Vimeo here:  http://vimeo.com/97991510.  I was trying to find a way to embed the video, but it doesn’t work like YouTube so I included a photo of one of their 3D printers instead. Please watch the video to learn how they plan to use the 3D printer to design and create toys for children at an area hospitals or shelters as part of their community service endeavors.  Then please go to to…
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    The Next Web

  • WeChat adds looping Vine-style video to iOS upgrade

    Jackie Dove
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    WeChat, the free messaging and calling app from Tencent, includes all kinds of animated, flashy, multimedia thingies to accompany your basic message. Today, the company delivered its version 6 upgrade for iOS, introducing a new video component called Sight to the service. Sight lets you record six-second looping videos for sharing in personal chat or via Moments, which can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Just slide down the chat screen to reveal the recording interface, press the button, and go. The tiny video recording is reminiscent of a Vine or perhaps an animated GIF, and will…
  • Lenka black & white camera app is free for one week — starting now

    Jackie Dove
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Come and get it! Lenka, the new black & white camera app for iOS — regularly available for $2.99 on the App Store — is free for the next week to celebrate 100,000 downloads. Free access begins now and ends on October 7. Lenka is the brainchild of visual artist and photographer Kevin Abosch, and it attracted much attention upon its release several months ago. While Lenka is easy to use, its overall effect is intense. The app features a eye-catching black and yellow interface with normal- and high-contrast shooting modes, which you can access with the toggle button located to…
  • Hands on with the Windows 10 preview build

    Roberto Baldwin
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    At the beginning of today’s Microsoft event Joe Belfiore, Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft made certain the audience understood that we were seeing an early build of its next operating system. Early build or not, for power users that demand multi-tasking, the oddly named Windows 10 looks ready to help you get everything done. Nearly everyone was happy about the return of the Start Menu to Windows 8.1 and it’s still there in Windows 10 with Live Tiles integration brought over from Windows Phone. Even though the additional items on your Start Menu contextual…
  • Top 9 struggles new managers face (but you don’t have to)

    Elli Bishop
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Elli Bishop is the community manager for BusinessBee, a place for business owners and executives to discover and compare various business service providers. This article originally appeared on the 15Five blog. Do you remember when you were first hired as a manager or were promoted from within? Perhaps you founded your first company and had to lead and support a staff for the first time. Just thinking back to those days might make some queasy. Transitioning to a management role can be a bumpy ride, and many new managers struggle with the same issues — miscommunication, delegating vs doing,…
  • Google increases maximum Chrome bug bounty from $5,000 to $15,000 to reward researchers for exploit code

    Emil Protalinski
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Google today announced it is expanding its bug bounty program for Google Chrome. In short, the company will pay more and offer more recognition to the security community. The reward pricing range has been increased from $500-$5,000 to $500-$15,000 per bug. Google is even going to back-pay valid submissions from July 1, 2014 at the increased reward levels. Here is a clear breakdown of likely reward amounts by bug type: There are naturally exceptions. Google has been known to reward above these levels for particularly great reports. Last month, the company awarded $30,000 for a Chrome OS report…
 
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    The Product Guy

  • Ziggeo, Delightfulness and October Vitality!

    Jeremy Horn
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Please submit your nominations for 2014’s great product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator) Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites. Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Ziggeoexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from API pricing models to moderation (thanks to Susan Danziger) Delightfulnessfrom…
  • Some Good Product Management Advice #TBPP

    Jeremy Horn
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) Advice > What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management? Failing is totally ok, so long as you know why you failed.  If you know, then you can adjust, and adjusting is product management.  > What is the hardest less you learned as a…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 30, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Director of Product Management @ Techpros (North of Boston)Keywords: B2B, Compliance, Data Governance, Product Management, Riskhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1028&lf=twf Ad Product Manager @ Hearst Digital Media (New York, NY)Keywords: Ad Operations, Advertising, Campaign, Digital, Producthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1027&lf=twfFiled under: product management Tagged: product management
  • In the Now with Matthew Smith #TBPP

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    More segments from the Q&A session I had with Matthew Smith  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what made Matthew an outstanding runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013. Take a moment and congratulate this year’s runner-up to The Best Product Person of 2013: Matthew Smith. (tweet) In the Now > Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? why? I actually don’t have a single person in mind, but I have always wanted to be part of a “product person swap”.  Specifically, I’ve had this idea that it would be amazing to due a week of…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 24, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Product Developer @ FactSet (New York, New York )Keywords: financial analysis , market data , product management, project management, user experiencehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1025&lf=twf Director Consumer Product Management @ Mobile Technology Company (NYC or Pittsburgh, PA)Keywords: Consumer, Consumer mobile technology products, Get stuff done, Location based apps, Mobilehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1026&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
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    Ben Casnocha

  • The Global Talent Crunch

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

    Ben Casnocha
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Something powerful happens when a person who’s not a family member — and therefore someone you perceive as more objective — tells you, with their actions or their words, that he believes in you: You begin to believe in yourself. I’ve known Brad and Amy Feld for a decade. Technology has made it easier to stay lightly in touch with a lot of people, but it hasn’t changed what’s required to maintain close relationships over a long period of time, which is good old-fashioned face to face time. And face time can be hard to come by. People get married, have kids, get…
  • Book Review: Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I loved Phil Jackson’s latest memoir, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, written with Hugh Delehanty. It’s full of interesting stories from his time coaching Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, amusing and at times inspiring riffs on his Zen spirituality beliefs, and smart advice on how to coach a bunch of individual talents to work together as a team. Jackson is one of the winningest coaches ever. And probably the most spiritually inclined. I found plenty of insights on teamwork, leadership, and meditation that are broadly applicable. That said, if you aren’t interested in…
  • Unintended Consequences of Messing with Complex Systems

    Ben Casnocha
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Ecosystems are complex. When you try to intervene and “fix” one discrete part of an interconnected ecosystem, you’ll likely incur unintended and unpredictable consequences elsewhere. An ecosystem can be a biological community; it can also refer to a large company or even an entire economy. I love Arnold Kling’s metaphor of a country’s economy being like a rainforest. It’s a metaphor that should humble any policymaker who thinks he can simply turn a knob here or a knob there to shape economic outcomes. In a recent episode of Econtalk on free market…
  • What I’ve Been Reading

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Books. More books. 1. The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health by John Durant. A good introduction to all things paleo. I’m largely convinced that bad carbs are bad for you, and I’m trying to move to a more meat-heavy diet. 2. Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection by Ethan Zuckerman. Ethan is a longtime deep thinker on issues of the internet, and in his first book, he provides his usual astute analysis of what it means to live in the digital age. I enjoyed his emphasis on globalization and how that’s shaping our identities. He makes some…
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    John Greathouse

  • 5 (More) Battle-Tested Business Tips From Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos

    John Greathouse
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. My article 5 Time-Tested Success Tips From Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos  was so well received, I am sharing five more pearls of wisdom from Mr. Bezos. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! 6. Let Your Competitors Chase The Quick Buck “Sometimes we measure things and see that in the short term they actually hurt sales. But we do it anyway, because we believe that the short-term metrics probably aren't indicative of the long term.” As I discuss in Entrepreneurs Should Go For…
  • Forget Cash: What Will You Really Make At Your Startup?

    John Greathouse
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. I consistently remind my UC Santa Barbara startup students that for most people, money is not a sustaining motivator. They might start a venture with the money as a primary goal, but money alone generally isn't an adequate catalyst. For this reason, I encourage my young entrepreneurs to fully understand what they will "make" at their venture, beyond monetary riches. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Poet Slamming Before he became a four-time National Poet…
  • Operate Your Startup Like A Grateful Dead Concert

    John Greathouse
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Imagine the creativity and innovation you could unlock if you operated your company like a Grateful Dead concert. It may sound crazy, but it's possible, once you create a culture in which your employees are: collaborative yet autonomous, inspired and not managed, and motivated by a collective higher purpose. The factors which led to the formation of the Dead's culture offer a number of lessons entrepreneurs can apply to their ventures. One of the primary reasons the Grateful Dead have remained popular for over 40-years is due to the…
  • Startup Advisors: The Good, The Bad And The Commandos

    John Greathouse
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal During the early part of the 20th century, New York City’s Tin Pan Alley was the epicenter of American popular music. During its heyday, Tin Pan Alley musicians devised an inexpensive yet effective method to obtain free, expert advice – they played their  songs to elderly doormen. If the doormen could hum or whistle the tune after hearing it once or twice, then it was deemed suitable for release. Ultimately, this simple assessment became known as the “Old Gray Whistle Test” (OGWT), a reference to the doormen's…
  • 5 Time-Tested Success Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos

    John Greathouse
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Amazon's Founder, Jeff Bezos has had an incredible entrepreneurial career. He has gone from simply selling books online to offering consumers tens of thousands of products. Not satisfied with conquering the online retail world, Amazon then productized access to its infrastructure, ushering in the era of the public cloud. This innovation has eliminated billions of dollars of annual costs previously associated with creating and maintaining web-based businesses. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of Amazon's founding. During the intervening…
 
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    Young Upstarts

  • How To Work As A Team

    Contributor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    by David Jones, managing director of Frontline Communications We hear it so often that it seems like a mantra: teamwork is essential to a good company. Yet behind the cliché lies a truth that bears repeating. Without teamwork, you, your company and everyone around you are about as useful as dead ducks floating in the water. But how do you ensure you get the best from your team? How do you stop egos from clashing and blowing the project to pieces? Here’s how: Focus on Teamwork from the Beginning. Although every company values teamwork, precious few include it in the performance review…
  • The Future Of SEO And Online Visibility

    Contributor
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Jennifer Sultzaberger, founder of #vidit If you want to be found online today, you need to be thinking in terms of online visibility not traditional Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In the past, the focus was on getting a high ranking on page one of Google as it was the most popular destination for website surfers and a high ranking on Google would have a huge effect on your business. Although it is still important to be positioned well on a search engine page, the Internet has changed dramatically. SEO is no longer the only important component to online success. Many people are not…
  • Seven Questions To Help You Attract Your Ideal Clients

    Contributor
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    by Mark Satterfield, author of “The One Week Marketing Plan: The Set It & Forget It Approach for Quickly Growing Your Business“ If someone were to ask who your ideal client is, you might jokingly respond, “Anyone with a wallet!” But most business owners know there are very real dangers associated with trying to be all things to all people. No company excels at everything. When you don’t get clear on what you do best, and thus whom you’re best equipped to work for, you actually do yourself a big disservice. Your identity and your marketing messages get so diluted that…
  • 5 Things Every Small Business Should Know About Payroll

    Contributor
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Shrad Rao, CEO of Wagepoint Managing payroll, and ensuring all the relevant taxes are paid, is a key part of the responsibility that comes with having staff. Employees want a paycheck on time. The government wants its money. And at the end of the day, all you want to do is catch up on your sleep! But making a mistake, especially when it comes to government taxes and regulations, could land you in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). No business owner needs the added headache of an audit, and even a late payment could result in a penalty. Sleep might not feel like an option. In…
  • How To Have A Future-Proof Mobile Strategy For Your Business

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    by Vishal Gumber, founder of Appsquare The world of mobility is changing at a rapid pace – from new devices to new technology, it is ever expanding in scope as adoption rates continue to climb. In 2014, most businesses have realized the need to adopt a mobile strategy, be it in the form of mobile apps, mobile marketing or even just having a mobile website. But in a rapidly transforming technology space, how do you ensure that your business’s mobile strategy stay relevant not just today but also a couple of years from now? Read on to know more about having a future-proof mobile…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • Nina Curley Former Editor-in-Chief of Wamda & American Citizen Becomes Managing Director of Startup Accelerator Flat6lab Abu Dhabi

    Guest
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Egyptian Startups accelerator Flat6lab is expanding to Abu Dhabi, UAE after it expanded to Jeddah Saudi Arabia, and they hired Nina Curley the former editor in chief of American government backed Wamda the startups media platform and a VC firm at the same time. After starting her doctoral degree in neuroscience/psychology Nina moved to the Arab world around 2009 she start looking for a job in the entrepreneurial/media industry. As a starter she joined SYNTAX who  Abraaj Capital with the funding from the US government out sourced it upcoming entrepreneurial social platform project Wamda to…
  • Twitter Collaborates with the CIA in its Propaganda: Deletes the Accounts of Islamic State #ISIS Activists While Keeping Fake Accounts that Claim to be ISIS & Spread Lies

    Guest
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    When the Islamic State known back then as ISIS liberated around half of Iraq from American Iranian backed sectarian Shiat government in Iraq, Twitter started deleting ISIS official Twitter accounts, this comes when Obama ordered to send US military advisors to Iraq. But when Obama launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq which is an act of aggression against a state that did not do anything to the US and he promised to bomb the Syrian branch of ISIS and wage an all out war against ISIS with a aim of destroying it, Twitter started suspending thousands of Islamic State fans and…
  • Question Answering Engine Kngine Announces New Round of Investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center And Vodafone Ventures Egypt

    Gaith Saqer
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Investment in the Question Answering Application Coincides with their Release of Kngine 3.0 Which Outperforms Others By a Factor of 3 Kngine announced today it has received a new round of investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center, USA, and Vodafone Ventures Egypt. The investment round aims to help Kngine further revolutionize the question answering and search technology industry which coincides with their release of its third and latest version.  Sawari Ventures, the Cairo-based venture capital firm, was the first entity to invest in Kngine on the belief that it would create a…
  • Saudi Mobile Operator Mobily Launches VC Fund Invest in Easy Taxi & Anghami

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Saudi telecom operator Mobily announced today “Mobily Ventures”, that is the Corporate Venture Capital arm of Mobily. Mobily Ventures invests in high-tech startup companies in the Telecommunication, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment industries. The focus will be on Early-Stage and Growth-Stage startups in areas including e-commerce & retail innovation, mobile financial services & payment, digital advertising, digital content & entertainment as well as IT & cloud services. As a strategic investor, the goal of Mobily Ventures is to build technological and…
  • Meet the 12 Startups that Just Started Acceleration at Jordan’s Oasis500

    Gaith Saqer
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Jordanian startup accelerator Oasis500 is still active and investing and accelerating startups. Around last week 12 new companies started the process which takes about 3 month with an investment of around 15,000 USD here are the companies 1- 3D Mena 3Dmena.com is an online marketplace and community where you can buy and sell custom products with 3D Printing. 2- Engezni Engezni is a website and app that helps consumers order food online and discover new restaurants. 3- Gaugez Gaugez is an online resource for cars and motorcycles. It allows you to research and compare, find workshops and get…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The coming Canadian Tech Renaissance

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

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

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

    mark
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Do you know why startups fail? Because they run out of money. Yes, there are lots of root causes: wrong market, timing, team, product, execution. But you can get past these sins and keep fighting as long as you have cash. Ironically, the reason why startups run out of money is because they raise capital too early. And they raise the wrong kind of capital too early. As soon as you raise institutional capital of any kind you get on a treadmill where the VCs want you to run harder and burn faster. They want you to use their capital to accelerate – spend, hiring, marketing and ultimately…
  • Operation ‘Hire a VC’

    mark
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    A year ago today I started full time at FreshBooks, completing my transition out of VC. People often ask me if I miss it. The short answer is ‘no’. It’s been a great move for me on every dimension. I was so positive my transition that a few months back I rescued another VC, hiring Russell Samuels away from Mantella Partners to come join our biz dev and corp dev team.  This has also gone really well. Russell is a happy camper and is kicking ass! On the strength of these two moves, I realized that we need more of this. We need to rescue VCs and bring them back from the dark…
 
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    My blog

  • Hello world!

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    IttyBiz

  • Getting More Clients: What Is Your Real Goal?

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Note: Next week we will be reopening a 2015 session of our coaches’ class, Fast Track To Fully Booked. This means I have coaches on the brain at the moment. Which brings us to … This is what happens when I pick up the phone on your average Monday. Every time I get on the phone with a coach or consultant (well, not every time, but enough to qualify for “your average Monday”), the question comes up: “I need to get more clients. What should I do?” Pretty straightforward question, right? So I ask back, “Sure, how many clients do you need?” or “Absolutely. How many…
  • Freebie Friday #2! (Training People To Be Trained By You)

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    Freebie Friday continues!   If you missed last week’s edition, then click here to read Getting Great Testimonials.  This week’s release is Training People To Be Trained By You, which is particularly helpful for coaches, bloggers or product producers. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch Multipliers”, which are 108 tactical training modules that come with the class and are designed to boost your…
  • 7 Essential Ingredients for Subject Lines That Convert

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Subject lines for emails are an easy thing to overthink. There’s a certain mystique around how to write them – and no one can be blamed for this, because life is life, and many topics carry this mystique . There’s an understandable belief that there is a very specific and mathematically ideal way to write the perfect subject line for your emails. This leads to the natural assumption for the average ittybiz owner that until they master the art and science of this particular aspect of marketing, they kind of suck and are just a little bit doomed. However! We would like you to feel…
  • 6 Steps To Finding Your Writing Voice This Week

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By request, for the lovely Laura, who will be reading this in impossibly beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia. In a world where content marketing is often (wrongly) considered the only way to do anything anymore, and when we’re constantly being told that if we don’t blog we’ll die, and everybody and their dog wants to get into indie publishing, one of the issues on a lot of people’s minds is writing voice. Are you struggling to find yours? I have always maintained that if you can competently speak – and by “speak” here, I mean “open your mouth and have…
  • It’s Freebie Friday! How to Get Great Testimonials

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    To celebrate my love of alliteration, this Friday is “Freebie Friday.” What is the freebie, you ask? One of the modules from our launch class (BIG LAUNCH), which we’ll be re-opening in late December. Since December is a long way away, and I want my alliteration now, let the freebies begin! We’ll send out more over the next few months so that you can learn something new (pretty much) each week about increasing sales and conversion, and get a feel for if you’d like to join the BIG LAUNCH class this year. To give you some context, the freebies will be a selection of…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

    Mark Littlewood
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    We are great believers in encouraging the next generation of software entrepreneurs! Sadly for her, my daughter, Violet has just started ‘big school’ so won’t be joining us this year. She had a brilliant time last year… If you are thinking of bringing your children here are some things that you might like to know: Use hashtag #BoS2014 to connect with other families at the conference. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to sit in on talks as long as they do not distract others. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to…
  • Product vs Problem Manager: the Up-And-To-The-Right Experience

    Hermione Crease
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Is product management the most overlooked market opportunity for software right now? Nils Davis, BoS attendee, is throwing down the gauntlet: Most of you have the ambition to get big. How do you do that? The only way to get big as a product company is for people to buy your product. Preferably a lot of people, for significant amounts of money at a time. Duh! But why would people buy your product? We know there are products that people don’t buy. We don’t want those – because you can’t get big, or even grow at all. If you look at the revenue line for a product that no one buys…
  • Business of Software Conference USA highlights on Storify #BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Follow next week’s Business of Software Conference USA, follow us on Twitter or follow hashtag #BoS2014. We will be posting some of the highlights here on the BoS USA 2014 Storify. View the story “Business of Software Conference USA highlights on Storify #BoS2014″ on Storify
  • Volunteers wanted for Business of Software Conference USA, Boston, 15-17th September

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hey, we are looking for a couple of volunteers to help us out with things at Business of Software Conference USA next week in Boston. The BoS Bad Ass Team needs a couple of extra hands to help out at Business of Software USA Conference next week. The conference runs 15-17th September at the World Trade Center/Seaport Hotel and is an incredible gathering of software entrepreneurs from around the world. We need a couple of good, friendly, reliable people, quite possibly students or startup entrepreneurs who would be able to help us set up on Sunday 13th and be around for the duration of the…
  • Business of Software Conference Europe, the 1 minute summary.

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Very short (1 minute) video. Captures the spirit of Business of Software Conference Europe held earlier this year in Cambridge, England.
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • Rural Broadband Necessary for Rural Innovation

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

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

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

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

    GREGG FRALEY
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Innovation culture doesn’t change with assessment or analysis. You can learn a great deal about who you are and what your culture is like with the various assessment tools, but knowing isn’t changing. I’m a huge fan of KEYS, FourSight, and other assessment tools but they are not the answer. Training can help, but training alone will not do the job either. What changes innovation culture then? Doing. You change culture by Doing.  When employees are empowered to solve problems and those solutions are put into play, it’s motivating. It changes hearts and minds. And it…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Leading a Startup Within a Family Business

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

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Belmont alum Brock Fuller talks about his new business. A simple message brings success. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Simple Message Brings Success appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Diapers with a Triple Bottom Line

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Jessica Alba: The Honest Company Jessica Alba, a successful actress, founded The Honest Company with the vision of pursuing the three “P’s” of a triple bottom line business: profit, people, and planet.  The Honest Company initially sold diapers online, but quickly expanded its product line and began selling through retail stores, such as Target and Costco.  Through its commercial success, the Honest Company has realized economic growth, which is the first “P” of a triple bottom line business.  In 2012, its first year in business, the company had revenues…
  • Entrepreneur Helps Brings Clean Water

    Jeff Cornwall
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Kathy Ku: SPROUTS of Water Kathy Ku, a graduate from Harvard University, applied the knowledge she gained during her college education to solve a pressing social problem.  Uganda has more than 10 million people without safe water to drink.  Ku launched SPROUTS of Water to provide affordable clay water filters to improve water quality and thereby help reduce waterborne illness, which is the leading cause of death among Ugandan children.  The idea for the business came to Ku when she was a nineteen-year-old volunteer at a clinic in Uganda.  Ku started her non-profit…
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    CollegeMogul

  • How to Find the Best Employees for Your Business

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

    JohnnyG
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    Cryopreservation is the scientific process of preserving biological tissue or cell samples at extremely low temperatures in order to restore them to the same living state at a later date. There are several benefits to the process of cryopreservation. As stated by laboratory suppliers LabMode; “If substances can be stored at very cold temperatures, it can provide an indefinite longevity to cells, whilst simultaneously minimizing the level of freezing damage to these substances”. Subsequently, cryopreservation is used to preserve embryos and eggs for artificial insemination, as well…
  • Ways To Stay Healthy At College

    JohnnyG
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    College students usually have full schedules with their curricular activities, such as classes, laboratory work, and homework, and extracurricular activities including dates with friends. Staying healthy can take a backseat in the hustle and bustle of college life especially when Hell Week comes up. This should not be because a healthy body and mind are essential in keeping up with your full schedule. Keep in mind that when you compromise your physical or mental health, you are also compromising your curricular and extracurricular activities. Here then are ten tips on staying healthy while in…
  • When Your Computer Won’t Power On

    JohnnyG
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    In today’s technologically advanced society, computers are used for all aspects of our lives; for work, rest and play. Therefore, when you find that your computer won’t power on and is completely unresponsive, it can be an extremely irritating and inconvenient issue. As Kent based IT Support company Premier Choice Internet state; “The effect of unanticipated computer problems can be devastating to your business. Simple problems such as a failed switch can bring your entire network to a standstill”. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take in order to diagnose…
  • Safe Driving Tips for Teenage Drivers

    JohnnyG
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    Teens are often very excited about being able to drive. There is a sense of freedom, because now they don’t have to rely on their parents to take them places. It’s kind of embarrassing to have your mom or dad take you on a date, to the school dance, or even just to the mall. Now they can go just about anywhere, within reason of course, and don’t have to tell anyone where they’re going. However, some teenage drivers have problems, and are far more likely to get into an accident, or be pulled over for traffic infractions than older drivers. Here are some safe driving tips to help young…
 
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    Shalabh Pandey on Ideas, Inspirations and Innovation

  • Will Atlas shrug Facebook? (LinkedIn post)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tech. Exit Trends in Today's Hot Markets [Webinar Invitation]

    Jay Turo
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    =====================Webinar InvitationTech. Exit Trends in Today's Hot MarketsMonday, September 29th=====================%%FIRST NAME%%,read more
  • Far from Silicon Valley: From Startup to IPO?

    Jay Turo
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I had the good fortune to moderate a panel at last week's IBA Silicon Valley from Start-up to IPO / Exit Conference. With entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys, and investment bankers from over 18 countries represented - from places as far afield as Switzerland, Singapore, and Spain (and Santa Monica and Silicon Valley!) - it was a truly international gathering.Predictions were shared ranging from the outcome of the Scottish independence vote (incorrect) to Alibaba’s 1st day’s trading closing price (correct!), to animated discussions on the differing perspectives on Internet…
  • Why NOT to Invest in VC – backed Companies

    Jay Turo
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    The typical wisdom regarding the appropriate financing course for a new company goes as follows:1. An entrepreneur starts a company in classic "bootstrap" fashion - with a combination of sweat equity and their own financial resources. This usually consists of personal savings, credit cards, and small loans from relatives (Mom, Dad, Uncle Bob, etc.).2. Through connections, or through a chance meeting at a networking or social event, an angel investor hears the entrepreneur's story, likes them and their technology, and on the spot, writes a check to provide the company with its first outside…
  • What We Can Learn from One of the Greatest Investors of All Time

    Jay Turo
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    On the cover of this week’s Fortune Magazine is PayPal founder and famed technology investor Peter Thiel. Within is an awesome 4,000+ word opus on Thiel’s views on technology, investing, education and innovation. Thiel’s career and successes span almost the entirety of the Internet Age - in 1998 he co-founded PayPal, sold to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. More impressively, the managers and engineers that Thiel attracted to PayPal went on to become some of the most famous entrepreneurs of our era – including at least seven that went on to build companies valued at more than $1…
  • The Paradox of Fear

    Jay Turo
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Michael Raynor’s great book - "The Strategy Paradox" - should be required reading for any investor or executive seriously interested in understanding the real connection between risk and return in the modern economy.Raynor’s basic premise is that almost everyone - because of how human beings are fundamentally wired – over-rate the consequences of “things going bad” and consequently default to seemingly safe strategies way too often. Raynor goes on to make the point that while this may be perfectly fine from a personal health and safety perspective, it is disastrous business and…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • These 44 Apps Will Make Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners More Productive

    Ross
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Entrepreneurs and small business owners must manage many different tasks in a short amount of time. The most successful entrepreneurs and business owners find ways to maximize their time and get more done. Here’s a useful infographic highlighting the pros and cons of 44 tools that every entrepreneur and small business owner should review and consider using to help manage workloads and teams.   Related posts: Productivity On the Go: 10 Apps to Help You do Business! How I Stay Efficient – My Three Hour Rule Business Owners: Only Two Numbers Matter
  • Small Business and Startups: The Elements of Good Advice

    Mike
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Every so often a really smart person, someone whose opinion you respect and intellect you admire will give you a piece of advice or some feedback. What do you do? You listen to them closely and carefully and, typically, you follow that advice or accept that feedback. The general rule for entrepreneurs especially is that, when looking for advice, you take the advice. Right? Wrong. Not all advice is good advice and even the best of advisors, the strongest of mentors, and the most able of teachers can be wrong. Dead wrong, even. When considering advice, whether it is given free for completely…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #236 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is a fun poke at Apple and the iPhone. It asks what the iPhone would be like if Apple added features that people have requested. Small Business and Startups: 6 Traits of Great Businesses – crowdspring.co/XMbzgT The…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: lamosca04

    Audree
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for lamosca04. Check out more great work on lamosca04’s profile page. Nicely done, lamosca04, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: LuW 12 Questions: Meet Emanuel Hărdăuț (Transylvania, Romania) 12 Questions: Meet Angus Griffin (England)
  • Small Business and Startups: 6 Traits of Great Businesses

    Mike
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A few weeks back I wrote about 5 traits of leadership and some of the characteristics that great leaders share. Today let’s move away form the individual(s) that lead businesses and discuss the businesses themselves, shall we? Leadership is all well and good (not to mention completely necessary), but there is more to a business than simply the person or people who lead it. Organizations large and small can be strengthened and improved when certain business-wide traits are present or developed. Sometimes these traits are inherent to the business from day one, other times they are…
 
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    The Entrepreneurial MD

  • Tackle marketing your physician practice or business like a pro

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

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

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

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

    Philippa Kennealy
    28 Jan 2014 | 11:47 am
    With areas of my office piled high with books (I am a "book pack rat"), once in a while I'll come across a good read about which I feel the urge to enthuse here on my blog. "Ingredients of Outliers" is such a book. (I must fully disclose that I was mailed a review copy when I learned of the book via a press release). Written by a multifaceted physician/attorney/entrepreneur, John Shufeldt MD MBA JD, this book is subtitled "A Recipe for Personal Achievement". Naturally, the personal/professional fulfillment and happiness physician coach in me was intrigued!! The term "outliers" was…
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  • Strange use Listerine had years ago

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Strange use Listerine had years agoGettyToday's top-selling brand of mouthwash wasn't always found in household bathrooms -- in fact, it was originally used in a very different way.Other products with strange originsMore from Purple CloverWhat a balanced diet looks likeWomen shouldn't eat red meat
  • Mayor of Calif. city shot, killed

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Mayor of Calif. city shot, killedAPAuthorities said the mayor of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens was shot to death by his wife after an argument with his son.Couple was married 30 yearsIn other newsShooting at North Carolina schoolMan with horns gets life
  • How Clooney is using cash from wedding pics

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    How Clooney is using cash from wedding picsAPThe superstar spent millions on his Venice wedding, but profits from magazine photos aren't being earmarked for his bank account.Where the money is going insteadMore entertainmentMegan Fox's adorable kidsLena Dunham's book tour
  • Disturbing discovery found in Pa. woods

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Disturbing discovery found in Pa. woodsAPAs state police continue their 3-week manhunt for the suspect in the deadly trooper ambush, they uncovered more items on Tuesday.Alarming find in the dense forestMore new headlinesStudents still missing in MexicoMan attacked with chemical lye
  • First diagnosed case of Ebola in US confirmed

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    First diagnosed case of Ebola in US confirmedGettyHospital officials announced that the infected patient was admitted based on symptoms and 'recent travel history.' Where the patient is being treatedMore newsGovernor signs gun restriction Del. man charged in murder plot
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    Xconomy

  • Q3 In Review: Microsoft, Life Sciences Roller Coaster, UW Startups

    Benjamin Romano
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Benjamin Romano Before the summer sun becomes a memory, here’s a look back at Xconomy Seattle’s top stories from the third quarter: Nathan Myhrvold’s May 1997 vision for expanding Microsoft Research helped set the foundation for “what has arguably become the world’s leading corporate research organization in software and computing—signaling its move from a one-off lab into the global organization it is today, boasting some 1,100 scientists and engineers in seven research labs and five other tech centers around the world.” That’s how Xconomy founder and…
  • Franklin Out, VMLogix and Citrix Exec in as SendGrid Replaces CEO

    Michael Davidson
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Michael Davidson SendGrid, the Colorado-based e-mail delivery company, has a new CEO. Sameer Dholakia will take the reins of the company, SendGrid announced Tuesday. Dholakia formerly was a vice president with Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) and CEO of VMLogix. Dholakia replaces Jim Franklin, who led the company since 2011. During his tenure, SendGrid has grown into one of Colorado’s top tech startups, reaching revenue of $28.9 million in 2013 on 1,900 percent revenue growth over the past three years, according to the company’s Inc. 5000 listing. SendGrid ranked 233rd among all companies and 16th…
  • Kemp Trying to Ride Wave of Change Coming to Networking Technology

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    João-Pierre S. Ruth The way networks run is getting an overhaul. Software rather than hardware, says Ray Downes, is doing a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to steering data traffic for applications. Downes is the CEO of Kemp Technologies in New York and believes this movement is shaking up a landscape long dominated by network hardware vendors such as Cisco. The idea is that software, combined with relatively common hardware, can do the same work managing networks as proprietary, expensive hardware systems from incumbents. So-called software-defined networks offer opportunities for…
  • Rise of the Rest Announces Finalists for Madison Pitch Competition

    Sarah Schmid
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Sarah Schmid Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour, meant to highlight growing startup ecosystems in five Midwestern cities, will embark on its second leg next week. Today, the tour announced the finalists for pitch competitions at each of the five stops. At stake is a $100,000 personal investment from Case and a trip to next year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. The finalists for the Rise of the Rest pitch competition in Madison, WI, are: —Beekeeper Labs,  a company focused on collaborative software that democratizes data analytics. —CODAWorx, a website that…
  • Veterans Head Back to Boot Camp, Business Plans in Hand

    Jason Loch
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Jason Loch Veterans and military spouses from across the country came to Madison, WI, last weekend to take part in Techstars‘ Patriot Boot Camp. “We’ve been working with a group of approximately thirty military veterans and their spouses to focus on how they can become successful entrepreneurs,” said Taylor McLemore, founder of the Patriot Boot Camp. According to McLemore, the camp is designed to help them evaluate their business idea, teach them how to build teams, and help them get launched as a technology-enabled company. Until now, the Patriot Boot Camps have been…
 
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    Speaker, Trainer, Author & Human Change Expert

  • I hate CANCER

    Srini Saripalli
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Precisely 6 weeks ago my mother was taken into emergency with immense pain in her chest. Subsequent tests confirmed she has lung cancer and that too stage 4. on August 27, 2014 I hosted my mother on my radio show … Continue reading →
  • LifeStyle Business Explored

    Srini Saripalli
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:40 am
    This is the recording from the radio show this evening. If you are an entrepreneur or an aspiring entrepreneur, I sincerely suggest you listen to this. Whoever told you that business is all about making money is wrong. Business is … Continue reading →
  • Happy New Year 2014

    Srini Saripalli
    1 Jan 2014 | 10:11 am
    Having trouble watching the video? here are the books I discussed on the video 1. The Art of Thought 2. Thoughts Are Things 3. Thinker or believer? 4. Think and Grow Rich 5. Man’s Search for Meaning 6. Emotional Intelligence: … Continue reading →
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • There is No Such Thing as a Great Team, Only Great Habits

    Charlie O'Donnell
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    Sometimes, an investor gets lucky.  They invest in a company with an idea that doesn't go anywhere, the company pivots, and you wind up in the next big thing.   In hindsight, an investor will tell you that they knew they had backed a great team and that was the key to the investment.  It's never luck.   I have a lot of trouble with the "great team" scenario, because it just doesn't seem to play out in real life.  What about when a company clearly makes a stupid acquisition?  When they spend hundreds of millions to buy you only to turn off your product and shut it…
  • The Things that Will Break in My Lifetime

    Charlie O'Donnell
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    The Cost of a College Education I just looked up how much my alma mater costs in tuition.  Fordham University, the 56th best college in the country, is now $44,000 a year.  That's a 6% annual increase since 1997 when I started and it was $16,000 a year.  Take that forward to when my future kid might be going to school and you're talking $141,000 a year tuition.   What in the world could college possibly do for you to justify over half a million dollars in cost.  There's no way anyone will be able to economically justify that cost.  Hell, it would be cheaper just…
  • 25 Pieces of Bullshit You Hear About Startups

    Charlie O'Donnell
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    This list needs no explanation: 1) You need a technical co-founder. 2) We're really interested in what you're up to, but would love to see just a little more traction before we fund it. 3) No one else can do this. 4) We decided not to charge our initial customers. 5) It's easier to get funded on the west coast.   6) This is projected to be a $54 billion dollar industry by 2019. 7) Google can't do this. 8) We're oversubscribed in this round. 9) We wouldn't take $30 million if someone offered to buy us right now. 10) We only fund great entrepreneurs. 11) This accelerator is really hard to…
  • Setting Kids Up to Fail

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    The nature of work is changing--we all know that.  You're required to be a lot more entrepreneurial, which requires you to build your own networks in order to get customers and collaborators, since these functions won't be under the roof of a big company anymore. You'll need to be more mobile, nimble, and able to go where the work is.  You'll need to think globally.   You will need to be a continuous learner, willing to pick up new skills as the world changes around you--meaning that your sources of education won't necessarily be accredited academic institutions.  …
  • Five Tips for Getting PR for Your Startup

    Charlie O'Donnell
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Because, you know, who doesn't love a good startup list. 1) Figure out who has written about companies like yours and reach out--when you don't need something. Think about who else is in your space--other wearables companies, companies also focused on the smart home, you name it.  Those are going to be the reporters who are most likely willing to write about you.  When you've got that list together, just individually e-mail as many of them as you can.  Just introduce yourself and offer yourself up as a resource. "Hi, I just wanted to thank you for covering this space.  I…
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

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

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

    Blogtrepreneur
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether your business is entirely online or your website compliments your retail space, there are some sales and marketing software integrations that your website needs for success. If you’re neglecting these aspects of your website, you’re letting dollars slip through your company every time a visitor comes to your site. Most of these software integrations will work with each other, which makes implementing easy and using them simple.Here are two marketing tools you need for website success and why. Mixpanel Mixpanel is an incredibly sophisticated data analysis tool that actually tells…
  • 4 Super Stealth Moves To Secure Valuable Domain Names For Cheap

    Adam Toren
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Buying and selling valuable domain names can be a great business if you know how to do it right. Just like buying and selling real estate, you have to know the tricks of the trade to get the right domains at the right price, and then be strategic about selling. You might think that the days of making a profit from securing domain names are long gone now that the internet has become such an integral part of daily life but if you do, you’re missing out on a profitable practice that could earn you some great returns. You just have to be willing to do the research and learn some of the moves…
  • Giving You Your Brain Back — How Passive Brain Fitness Will Change Your Life

    Adam Toren
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know that training your body is important but what about training your brain? Active brain training mechanisms like Luminosity, Sudoku and other puzzles are made to give your mind a workout, which has been proven to improve and enhance neurological pathways. However, is active brain fitness the only method on the market worth practicing? According to Jeff Gignac the answer is no. While Jeff will be the first one to tell you the importance of active brain training, his passion and expertise has focused in on the often-overlooked science of passive brain training. What’s the difference?
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • The Tim Ferriss Show: Tracy DiNunzio on Rapid Growth and Rapid Learning

    Tim Ferriss
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:21 am
    This single interview with Tracy DiNunzio, founder of Tradesy, was recorded in three short parts.  You can: Listen to all three on iTunes Download them as MP3s (right click “save as”): Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Download the transcript (PDF, Word) Or stream them now below (If you’re reading this in e-mail, please click here to stream): This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books (4-6) that have changed my life.  Here is the list, including free samples of every one. Also, how would you like to join me and billionaire Richard…
  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

    Tim Ferriss
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    (Photo: Ariel H.) “One of the rare noncharlatanic books in finance.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Antifragile “There is more to be learned from Jim Paul’s true story of failure than from a stack of books promising to reveal the secret formula for success…this compact volume is filled with a wealth of trading wisdom and insights.” – Jack Schwager, author of Hedge Fund Market Wizards The newest book in The Tim Ferriss Book Club (all five books here) is a fast read entitled What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars. It packs…
  • Can You Rewire Your Brain In Two Weeks? One Man’s Attempt…

    shanesnow
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Can you rewire your brain in two weeks?  The answer appears to be — at least partially — yes. The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company andauthor of the new book SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate SuccessLast year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments.  He knows how to stir up controversy. In this post, Shane tests the “brain-sensing headband” called Muse. It’s received a lot of PR love, but does it stand up to the hype?  Can it…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview with Peter Thiel, Billionaire Investor and Company Creator

    Tim Ferriss
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost This episode’s guest is the incredible Peter Thiel. Peter is a serial company founder (PayPal, Palantir), billionaire investor (first outside investor in Facebook, 100+ others), and author of the new book Zero to One. Whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, or simply a free thinker aspiring to do great things, I highly recommend you grab a copy.  His teachings on differentiation, value creation, and competition alone have helped me make some of the best investment decisions of my life (e.g. Twitter, Uber, Alibaba,…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview of Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder of WIRED, Polymath, Most Interesting Man In The World?

    Tim Ferriss
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This single interview — one of my favorites of all-time — was recorded in three short parts.  You can: Listen to all three on iTunes Download them as MP3s (right click “save as”): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Download the transcript. Or stream them now below (If you’re reading this in e-mail, please click here to stream): This podcast is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club, which features a handful of books that have changed my life. Here’s the list.  You can also find all 20+ episodes of this podcast here. Some are sober and some are drunk, but the guests…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: July 2014

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

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

    BarryTE
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Disclaimer: The following is a “paid plug” and was not written by me, but by the advertiser themselves. If you’re interested in purchasing a paid plug, please visit my advertising page. I’ve decided to arrange with Tyler Cruz a guest post to help people unblock online services, so you can access Netflix, Spotify, Pandora and any other streaming service from anywhere in the world. Netflix is one my favourite video streaming services available today, it gives me access to thousands of TV shows and movies, from Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, to House of Cards and Battlestar…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: June 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Let’s get back to business folks. With May 2014 being a great month for me, I was once again motivated to put some effort into my campaigns in order to keep my numbers up. It seems that that effort didn’t go unnoticed, as June 2014 ended up being another great month for me. It’s interesting… at one point I was almost starting to get a bit "bored" of any month that did well, but didn’t set a new personal best, due to my competitive nature. Part of this stems from the fact that I’m still on a fixed salary that I pay myself; I haven’t increased it…
  • An $85,000 Profit Monthly Report: A Guest Post by AffEngineer!

    AffEngineer
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Hello hello! To think one day, lil ol’ affiliate Mateen would be guest posting on TylerCruz.com… Who’s Mateen and What is He Doing on Tyler’s Blog? Before I forget, let me introduce myself, I run a blog called AffEngineer.com. I’ve been monitoring my progress from the day I spent my very first dollar on paid advertising up till today. From seeing 20 days of continuous red, to making a small profit, to turning an 85k profit month in March all within a year of being in this industry, it’s been a crazy roller coaster ride! AffEngineer was inspired by…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • The Selfie Sombrero Is A Definite Fashion "Don't"

    Jill Harness
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    "You're so vain, you probably want a selfie sombrero," would probably be a line to the classic Carly Simon song if she wrote it in modern times. And indeed, you have to be pretty darn vain to wear something so ugly and so cumbersome solely to take pictures of yourself.
  • Innovative Video Conferencing Platforms Can Help Your Small Business Save Money And Grow

    Brilliant
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    While some businesses struggled with the recent economic downturn, savvy business owners flourished and used tough business conditions to expand their businesses. One way that business owners can get a competitive advantage and grow their businesses is to look for smart ways to save on business costs. One area of opportunity to save is to be smarter is using business communication technologies like video conferencing.
  • Meet The New 2015 MG GT... It's Not Your Father's MGB But Dear Old Dad Would Approve

    Motors.new
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Not only is the MG auto brand alive, it's doing very well thank you! Owned (since 2007) by Chinese automaker SAIC, MG now offers a full range of cars to the Chinese market and assembles others from knocked-down kits at its venerable British production plant. The newest of these, proudly wearing the iconic octagonal MG badge and the legend “Morris Garages”, is the impressive MG GT sedan.
  • Rape-aXe: Anti-Rape Condom Helps Women Fight Back

    Alicia Zuberbier
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    South Africa is the rape capital of the world, and one woman wanted to change that. Blood technician Sonnet Ehlers worked with many rape victims and after hearing one patient say she wished she had teeth down there, Ehlers created Rape-aXe, a condom that fights back against attackers. Could this be the solution to South Africa's rape epidemic?
  • Want To See It Rain Inside An Airport?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Kinetic Rain is an amazing and mesmerizing moving sculpture that has been set up in Terminal 1 of Singapore's Changi Airport. The sculpture was created for and was installed as a part of the terminal's refurbishment by the German design firm Art+Com. It comes across as giant raindrops moving in a carefully choreographed dance routine. It has been billed as the world's largest kinetic sculpture.
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Shining Hope for Communities: Furthering Economic Opportunity for Women

    Megan Foo
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve always loved this Amartya Sen quote: “Empowering women with more choices and more freedoms is crucial to achieving a better future for all.” If there is a catalyst to development and increased overall well-being, I believe that it lies in the empowerment of women and girls. In addition to fortifying women with more choices and freedoms in areas like education, healthcare, and nutrition, I think that one of the most powerful ways to expedite “a better future for all” is to give women greater economic freedom and opportunities.read more
  • Startup Diaries: The Hero’s Journey Part VI: Tests, Allies, Enemies

    Ondina Montgomery
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a tribute to US mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell, who asserted that all mythical heroes experience the same 12 steps on their adventures, Ondina Montgomery draws parallels between Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and that of the entrepreneur. In part 6 of the Journey, the hero learns the rules of her new world. During this time, she endures tests of strength of will, meets friends, and comes face to face with foes. Click here to read the fifth part of Ordina’s series, The Hero’s Journey Part V: Crossing The First Threshold. read more
  • The Next Women Launch in France!

    Lucy Catten
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are very excited to announce that The Next Women, the first Women’s Online Business Magazine and Community, is launching in France.read more
  • Crowd-Created Book About Women In Technology Published By Diversion Books

    Guest Author
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    September 9, 2014—Diversion Books published Innovating Women, a collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology.read more
  • 5 Prominent Women in Global Business

    Guest Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Dave Landry discusses some of the world's most powerful and inspirational businesswomen and the story of their success.read more
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Forget SEO focus on killer content

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    #182057914 / gettyimages.com By Peter Hanustiak I used to write plenty of articles. I thought at a time they were great and they were helping people, but they were just pure junk. This was my process of writing: Find topic that relates to my product such as email marketing Come up with catchy headline (5 […]
  • Clock Cards 4 Less

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Welcome to Clock Cards 4 Less   It is our mission to give you the most astounding nature of Clock Cards and Ink Ribbons at the least costs. We don’t just ensure the most reduced costs in the UK and Ireland on Clock Cards and Ink Ribbons however we likewise provide for you a 10% […]
  • LOS ANGELES YOUTH NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW HOME FOR FOSTER & HOMELESS YOUTH

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    The Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) opened its doors to a new home for foster and homeless youth in Hollywood. The 10,000 square foot 1919 Craftsman style home replaces LAYN’s current 30-year old barrack style emergency shelter and will enable over 300 foster youth (ages 12-17) a year to receive high quality enhanced services in […]
  • Credit Card Wisdom

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Thinking about a credit counselor? Think again. Many entrepreneurs seek out information to get out of debt and find credit counselor scams. Here is how the scam works. They pay for articles to be posted on blogs with links to their pages. You read the article and feel like you got some great information. Then […]
  • The Client Gift They Will OPENLY Adore

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    There are a lot of products and systems that an entrepreneur can use to thank and support clients. You can send them thank you cards, candy, products with you logo on them. I used to work with a company that gave their clients beach kits in the summer. It consisted of a large towel, bag, […]
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    Steve Blank

  • Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

    steveblank
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that might make today’s founders winners. — Though I haven’t talked to Larry face-to-face for 20 years, and haven’t worked at Oracle for 30 years, he’s the yardstick I’ve used to pick entrepreneurs all of these years since. Larry had the DNA I’ve seen common with all the successful entrepreneurs I’ve backed in my 25 years…
  • The Woodstock of K-12 Education

    steveblank
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Describing something as the “Woodstock of…” has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators came to the ranch to learn how to teach Lean entrepreneurship to K-12 students. — We Can Do Better than Teaching Students How to Run a Lemonade Stand Over the last few years it’s become clear that the days of teaching “how to write a business plan” as the cornerstone of university entrepreneurship are over. We now understand the distinction between startups – who search for a business model – versus existing companies…
  • How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

    steveblank
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need. ——- I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. She started by sketching her business model canvas on a napkin, but somehow the conversation quickly shifted to what was really on her mind. “After reading your post on Why Founders Should Know How to Code it looks like…
  • Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same

    steveblank
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    There have been 2 or 3 courses in my entire education that have changed the way I think.  This is one of those. Hobart Harris Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery at UCSF For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a Lean Startup.  Close to 400 teams in robotics, computer science, materials science, geoscience, etc. have learned how to use business models, get out of the building to test their hypotheses and minimum viable product. However, business models in the Life Sciences are a bit…
  • How To Think Like an Entrepreneur: the Inventure Cycle

    steveblank
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. They succeed by getting out of the building, testing those hypotheses and learning by iterating and refining minimal viable products in front of potential customers. That’s all well and good if you already have an idea. But where do startup ideas come from? Where do inspiration, imagination and creativity come to bear? How does that all relate to innovation and entrepreneurship? Quite honestly I never gave this much thought. As an…
 
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Stephanie O. Trunk Show: Fall 2014 Collection

    First Class Fashionista
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    We are inviting you to come witness the new collection designed by Project Runway: Under the Gunn participant STEPHANIE O! Here’s the scoop… Who: Stephanie Ohnmacht You might recognize this amazing Denver designer from Project Runway: Under the Gunn. She loves to design for the modern woman who seeks intellectual conversations and an arise of complements from stand-by admirers. Stephanie takes pride in her work and knows how women love to go from the office to date night, without having to run home and change. You can check out more of her work at www.stephanieodesigns.com. What:…
  • Enter to Win a Dove #BeautyIs Prize Pack

    First Class Fashionista
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Dove and Walgreens are committed to building positive self-esteem and inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential and acknowledge that beauty is defined in many different ways. Share a selfie on Instagram or Twitter that captures what beauty means to you with the hashtag #BeautyIs to enter to win a Dove Prize Pack! Visit http://doveshareyourbeauty.com for more information. For me, true beauty shines from within. It’s something that radiates from the heart and soul that leaves you feeling and looking beautiful every day. I believe it’s the expression of loving…
  • Clarks Perfect Pair Event in NYC with Vogue

    First Class Fashionista
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Earlier this month, Friday, September 12th, First Class Fashionista attended the CLARKS PERFECT PAIR event hosted by Vogue in the Conde Nast Building in Times Square, NYC. It was an insider’s look at Clarks’ new Fall collection. Vogue invited some of their favorite fashion bloggers, and FCF was on the list. The event included an opportunity for bloggers to style looks with Vogue and take home a free pair of Clarks. We enjoyed yummy treats and champagne. …While networking with the best in the industry. - We do apologize for the delay of this post. We’re playing catch-up…
  • Celebrate Fashion at Cherry Creek North Fall Trends

    First Class Fashionista
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Celebrate Fashion at Cherry Creek North Last Friday, Celebrate Fashion at Cherry Creek North‘s Fall trends runway show took place at the Filmore Plaza in Denver’s premiere shopping and dining neighborhood. I was able to make it just in time to see the show start on time–Yay! That’s huge in my fashion world. Hosted by KS107.5′s Kathie J, this exemplary-running event benefited the Denver Health Foundation and provided a platform for 12 Cherry Creek boutiques to showcase their Fall must-haves. As the managing editor and blogger here at First Class Fashionista,…
  • Top Trends from New York Fashion Week

    First Class Fashionista
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Top Trends from New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 I hope that you were all fortunate enough to watch or attend New York Fashion Week to your heart’s content. I still have some catching up to do myself, but that’s why I thank the universe for YouTube. Nevertheless, after watching the majority of the coverage, stalking Twitter, and following the behind-the-scenes access with Snapchat- How cool was that, guys?- I feel confident conveying the top trends I saw covered in the shows for Spring/Summer 2015. Ready? Gingham. (Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, DVF) Gingham was a HUGE part of…
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    Begin the Begin

  • That time I was interviewed on NPR

    jeffhilimire
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    A few weeks back I was interviewed by an old friend, Bill Nigut, on his radio show, Two Way Street. I was honored to be asked and then, to realize I was on the same segment as the great Clark Howard, I was blown away. The segment aired this past Saturday on NPR! Here is a link to the interview, but be prepared, I talk a lot about games on it ;)
  • 10 Mistakes I’ve Made So You Won’t Have To – the PDF version thanks to Foundr Magazine

    jeffhilimire
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    The publisher of Foundr Magazine reached out to me and asked if they could publish my blog post, Ten Mistakes I’ve Made So You Won’t Have To, in their October issue. And they were kind enough to send me a PDF of the article, which they did a fantastic job of making look much better than my version!
  • Startup CEOs should not play the odds

    jeffhilimire
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    I’m in the middle of the book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz, and I LOVE IT. It will almost definitely make my list of books I recommend. The above quote is spot on about the mindset that a CEO / entrepreneur must have. People mistake this mindset – not paying attention to the odds – as optimism. It is not the same. I am a very optimistic person by nature, and there is great power in optimism, but this is something different. When you are guiding a business to grow survive, you have to believe that you…
  • Think of your startup like a beach volleyball team

    jeffhilimire
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    I had the great fortune last week to be able to meet Stanford Business School professor, Huggy Rao. What an amazing guy and rest assured, I’ll be referencing him in many blog posts in the future as I have pages upon pages of notes from his talk, plus I’m reading his book, Scaling Up Excellence, which I highly recommend. He spends a great deal of his time studying successful startups to both inform entrepreneurs of best practices but also to help businesses understand how to “think like a startup”. Among other things, he told us that… Startups need to behave like…
  • Yes, this.

    jeffhilimire
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Financial Tips For Avoiding Startup Failure

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Too many budding entrepreneurs have endeavored to launch a successful startup only to meet failure, oftentimes before their project has even left the ground. With the nearly countless ways in which startups can acquire funding, it is also more important than ever that founders are aware of the financial fundamentals for their startups. The following blog post from Worthworm enumerates several pieces of advice to help entrepreneurs keep their companies financially stable. Worthworm is the only web-based tool that uses thousands of calculations and industry comparables to create a credible PMV,…
  • The Founder Institute’s Standard Advisor Agreement for Startups ("FAST")

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    As the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, the Founder Institute looks to help solve problems for entrepreneurs and threaten innovation. One significant problem that faces the Founder Institute's [total_graduates] Graduate companies and [total_mentors] Mentors is forming an advisor agreement. We have gotten literally hundreds of advisor agreements to review - and every one is different. It shouldn't be complicated to set-up a framework around a simple desire for Mentors to lend a hand, and for startups to get help.  As a result, we created “FAST”…
  • Ask Founder Institute Graduates Questions on Wednesday’s Online Graduate Q&A Panel

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Have questions about what it’s like to go through the Founder Institute? Then join us for an upcoming Online Graduate Q&A Panel, where you can learn about the program from entrepreneurs who launched their companies through the Founder Institute program.  The next Online Graduate Q&A Panel is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st, at 10:15am PDT (see local time). RSVP for the Panel The Founder Institute has over 1,000 graduate companies, and they have gone on to create over 10,000 new jobs across the globe. On this interactive webinar, you can ask graduates any…
  • Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches Startup Program in Estonia

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Over the last two months, the Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) has hosted a series of free startup events in Tallinn in order to gauge interest in a new Estonia Founder Institute Chapter. The reponse to this trial has been impressive, as our events have attracted over 150 potential applicants in Tallinn. As a result of strong demand for the program, we have some very exciting news - we are officially announcing the launch of the Tallinn Founder Institute! Applications to the program are open now, and anyone interested in launching a…
  • 9 Strategies For Launching a Consumer Startup

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:13 pm
    From beginning to finish, launching a startup is a complex and laborious endeavor. Everyday is an adventure, and problems will arise quickly. Whether you’re an aspiring app designer or seasoned engineering extraordinaire, you will have numerous questions along the journey of entrepreneurship that “Google” will not be able to answer precisely. For this reason, the Founder Institute has gathered our expansive network of entrepreneurs to solve the problems you encounter each day.  In this installment of Ask an Expert, Founder Institute graduates answer this…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Book Review: Multipliers – How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

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

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

    Greg Kyte
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    All joking aside, I’m scared, I’m insecure, and I’m worried that I’m making the stupidest decision of my life.   My mom sold drugs for 20 years on a street corner in Seattle because that’s what pharmacists do. She had a decent job, working part time at a drug store on the intersection of 56th […]
  • Be Aware of Your Cognitive Dissonance

    Adrian Simmons
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    As a small business owner, you have one foot in the future and one foot in the the present: building your firm for the future, while serving the needs of the present. The difference between the two worlds is the gap: the space between where you are and where you’ll be. If you let that […]
  • Enthusiasm Is A Single Transaction Of Passion (Don’t Make It Dirty)

    Greg Kyte
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    When Jason and I interviewed Cal Newport on the ThriveCast, he called BS on following your passion.   Everybody’s been told – and most people believe – that you first find your passion, and then you find a way to make money pursuing that passion.   And we buy it, even though the logic’s clearly […]
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    Brent Britton

  • All “A Board” — The Difference between Directors and Advisors

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

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

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

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

    bcjb
    6 Aug 2013 | 2:26 pm
    This post is excerpted from Ownability – How Intellectual Property Works, now available for pre-order at a 20% discount at myownability.com. In 2002, Steam Boat Willy, the first major film in which the venerable Mickey Mouse character appears, was about to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its release. Under the copyright law in force at that time, which dictated a 75-year duration for copyrights held by companies, the copyright for Steam Boat Willy was set to expire on the 75th anniversary of its release.This would have thrust the movie into the public domain for all to copy and enjoy.
 
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  • Anatomy of a Proposal

    Catherine Morgan
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I think I have an easier time with proposals than most small business owners because I was a proposal manager when I worked at Deloitte. I look at developing a proposal like working on a jigsaw puzzle. First, you find the edges, then look for the patterns, and slowly the whole thing starts to come [...]
  • Waiting for the Mythical Mentor? Stop.

    Catherine Morgan
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Carol recently wrote a post on entrepreneur.com on something that we all need as small business owners – mentoring. Carol says: For entrepreneurs, the concept of mentorship is one that can be both powerful and elusive. Mentors can help you perform better, point out shortcomings in your business model and make introductions to help further [...]
  • Do Less, Get More

    Robert Holmes
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Japanese have an enchanting and beautiful way of arranging flowers, an art form they call Ikebana. One of the key principles of Ikebana says: “It is the space between things that matters.” Placing a flower or an object, considering its color and effect is only equal in importance to the gap, the space or [...]
  • 4 Tips to Dress for Business Success

    Carol Roth
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to appropriate business attire, we live in a visual world where how we present ourselves can make or break a business opportunity. Like it or not, assumptions are made about you, your competence and the quality of work that you do based on your personal appearance, fairly or unfairly- [...]
  • Be a Better Speaker: Tips from Carol and Catherine

    Catherine Morgan
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It isn’t often that Carol and I post on the same topic around the same time on different blogs – but that is exactly what happened recently. I suspect that many of you are speaking, or are considering speaking to grow your business. Here on Business Unplugged we strive to give you the information you [...]
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  • Learn Online This Fall

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

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

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

    Sarah Milstein
    28 May 2014 | 11:16 am
    Post written by Sarah Milstein & Eric Ries, co-hosts for The Lean Startup ConferenceWe’re seeking speakers we don’t already know for this year’s Lean Startup Conference, December 10 -11 in San Francisco. Our call for proposals is open now, and if you know already that you want to apply, jump to it (but read the directions first!).If you’ve never applied to speak at The Lean Startup Conference before—or never even considered it before—here are a few things to keep in mind, some of them surprising:You don’t have to be on the speaking circuit already.In fact, we’re psyched if…
  • A New Approach to The Lean Startup Conference

    Sarah Milstein
    21 May 2014 | 6:10 am
    Post by Lean Startup Conference co-hosts Sarah Milstein & Eric RiesWe’re excited to announce this year’s Lean Startup Conference, December 8 – 12 in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now, at the best price we’re offering this year, so we recommend registering today. But that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. Instead, we want to focus on the themes of the conference. This year, we’re defining the conference program as a series of hard questions entrepreneurs commonly face, and we’ll address them in our talks and workshops. Below is our initial list of questions.
 
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    Under30CEO

  • Want to Stand Out? Create an Invisible Solution

    GuestAuthor
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it first started, real-estate platform Commissions Inc faced a problem many tech companies have: The team needed a cloud-based email delivery system with powerful insights into deliverability. It also needed a solution that would scale easily as the company grew. Commissions Inc needed an invisible solution. It found SendGrid — a company you’ve probably never heard of — that provides enterprise-level email support for huge companies all over the world. On the surface, an invisible brand seems like an oxymoron. In the cluttered online ecosystem, brands are encouraged to tell their…
  • Flow: the Gateway into Superhuman Performance

    Under30CEO
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever had an experience where life just seemed to “make sense”? Maybe you were playing a sport? Creating art? Writing? In an amazing conversation? Time seemed to stand still and fly by at the same time. You were so immersed in the moment that hours flew by in what felt like seconds. This feeling you experienced is commonly referred to as being in “flow”. What if you could unlock this feeling on command? There are a whole host of companies attempting to help you do so right now by introducing products called nootropics. Nootropics are pretty awesome. They help you get into flow…
  • Why I Failed as a Student and Succeeded as an Entrepreneur

    Under30CEO
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to my high school report card, I shouldn’t be where I am today. My college GPA will concur. Ask around among my teachers and former classmates and they’ll probably recall me as a below average student, at best, and “that kid with learning disabilities,” at worst. Growing up with dyslexia is no walk in the park, and it’s an open secret that schools are built to cater to one specific type of student. For the rest of the world – the creative thinkers, the talented artists, the energetic athletes – sitting at a desk for hours on end, memorizing lists and analyzing…
  • How to Break Free From Entrepreneuritis Syndrome

    Under30CEO
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    “No Sweat Means No Wealth” With the level of technology we’ve reached today, it’s no wonder that more and more young individuals decide to undertake their passion and become entrepreneurs, myself included. From a young age, I broke free of the 9-5 mentality and decided to go on the road less traveled: entrepreneurship. I didn’t really know what the journey was going to offer, but I knew that it was what I wanted to do. At first, I was very motivated to grow my business and didn’t really pay attention to my lack of social life. I was focused on one thing and one thing only: growing…
  • 11 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Manage Their Time More Efficiently

    Under30CEO
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As entrepreneurs, you can end up devoting a lot of time to getting your business up and running, or just handling day to day operations of your business venture. Figuring out how to manage that time wisely is the key factor when it comes to you being productive, or counter-productive. Many entrepreneurs have certain routines they like to follow in order to make the most of their time, but there are some tips that may be more helpful to you as you try and get your business on the right track to success. Starting your own business is stressful enough, but you can make it a little less hectic by…
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  • This Year’s Top 40 Blog Tips (FS073)

    Chase Reeves
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Blogging is where we came from. We’ve built our careers and a substantial audience by blogging alone. So let’s uncork the stopper and let our best advice pour out. In this episode and the next (are you a subscriber?) we each share our top 10 biggest pieces of advice for bloggers. Corbett, Caleb, Barrett and myself bring the painful, hard lessons learned and a few new inside jokes to the table. Honestly, make sure you’re a subscriber (with your podcast app… it’s free), because it keeps going in the next episode. Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud,…
  • When Web Design Doesn’t Matter

    Caleb Wojcik
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    There are massively successful websites out there that look like crap. And then there are beautiful sites that fail because their message doesn’t resonate with anyone. How can that be? Fancy design stuff is seductive. It distracts us, the founders of businesses, from doing the most important, mission critical stuff. Founders that know what matters, let their the message shine through (no matter what the design is). You want your design to resonate with your audience. Find the frequency living inside your audience and craft a message that resonates with them. Design amplifies the…
  • Deconstructing Expertise: Why You Desperately Need it & How to Get it

    Barrett Brooks
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Andy Perdue stands over his desk, looking at 29-years’ worth of paraphernalia from his career in journalism. As he looks from item to item, memories flash across his mind. His first article published in print. His first day covering wine as his day job. The internet changing everything for newspapers. "It's been a great ride, but it's time for a new adventure," Andy thinks to himself as he packs up the last of the boxes and heads to the car. It was December 2012. After covering wine for the past 15+ years for Wine Press Northwest, the Tri-City Herald, and a number of…
  • Stagnation Stages (FS072)

    Chase Reeves
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    No matter who you are you’ve been stuck. In fact, we’ve noticed there are a few stages where lots of people building websites and businesses get stuck. In this episode we address each of those stages with some advice on next steps for each. Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS The stages entrepreneurs get stuck in (podcast) Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Confidence in Your Business : zenhabits — “The urgent desire for a successful business, and the fear of losing business, drives many a good person to do sleazy things.”…
  • How to Write Amazing Headlines (with Leo Babauta)

    Caleb Wojcik
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    A thousand words down and you finish writing another post. You’re about to hit publish, but hold on a second. You forgot to title it. “Oh no, this is going to take forever. I hate this part.” Writing headlines can be intimidating and time consuming. You want to figure out the best title for what you made because you know people are more likely to click on a link in their email or on social media if their interest is piqued, but you don’t want to go overboard with a Buzzfeed style headline. 10 Cats With An IQ Over 200 That Also Look Like Game of Throne Characters! So…
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    Strategy

  • Google HR Boss Says This Is The Key To A Perfect Résumé

    Emmie Martin
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You've checked (and double- and triple-checked) your résumé for typos. You made sure it's clearly organized, provides a relevant job history, and highlights your soft skills.  And yet you're still not hearing back from the dozens of job postings you've applied to.  The likely problem: your accomplishments fail to stand out because you haven't provided a concrete measure of your previous work, writes Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, in a recent LinkedIn post. "You might feel like it's hard to measure your work, but there is almost always something…
  • What The Founder Of TOMS Wishes He Knew About Money In His 20s

    Libby Kane
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Blake Mycoskie, the 38-year-old founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS, was struck by the idea for his business while on a farm in Argentina. Eight years and over 100 million shoes later, his company is expanding into coffee. (Not to mention that he's one of Business Insider's sexiest CEOs.) When we asked Mycoskie — whose company hinges on a one-for-one giving model where each purchase by a consumer funds an equivalent gift to people in need — what he wishes he'd known about money in his 20s, he told us: In my 20s I wish I knew that the best advice for any person is to follow their passion…
  • Warren Buffett's Best Productivity Hack Is A Simple 2-List System

    Drake Baer
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    People call Warren Buffett the Sage of Omaha for many reasons. He's endlessly quotable, ridiculously well-read, and mind-blowingly wealthy, plus he accompanies all that with the aw-shucks friendliness of the grandpa of your dreams.  The secret to the Buffett's success? If you look at how rigorously empty he keeps his calendar, you get the impression that he's a master prioritizer — and a story we spotted on Scott Dinsmore's productivity blog shows how we might gain that mastery.  While we haven't confirmed the story with Buffett, it goes like this: One day Buffett went up to…
  • 22 Brilliant Thinkers Everyone Should Follow On Twitter

    Drake Baer
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    If you've been following the same people on Twitter for the last five years, you're probably missing out. An engaging Twitter feed should provide an intersection of interests from thought leaders across fields.  For that reason, we've gathered 22 intellectual heavyweights in areas like design, neuroscience, management, and economics. Start following them and get your ideas flowing.  If we missed anybody, tell us in the comments. Aimee Groth, Kim Bhasin, and Danielle Schlanger contributed research to this story. Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director, The Imagination…
  • 8 Ways I Trick Myself Into Going To The Gym

    Libby Kane
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    My gym membership costs $90 a month. I know. Really — I know. Yes, I have tried to negotiate, and yes, I've looked into other gyms, but after joining my Manhattan chain on a corporate discount that was about $20 less than I currently pay, I couldn't bear to leave the gym when I went back to civilian status after changing jobs. I love the teachers! I know the schedule! The locations are so convenient! That's how they get you. Anyway, the price of my gym is what it is, and I paid for a year in advance just to get that rate. So I better make it worth my money. Every night that I "don't feel…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • An Excerpt from Growth Hacker Marketing

    dylan
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    TweetRyan Holiday opens Growth Hacker Marketing with a quote from the great David Ogilvy, author of the classics Confessions of an Advertising Man and Ogilvy on Advertising: I prefer the discipline of knowledge to the anarchy of ignorance. We pursue knowledge the way a pig pursues truffles. —David Ogilvy From someone who opened his first book, Trust Me, I’m Lying, with the admission that he is a media manipulator, “paid to decieve,” that seems like an incongruous quote. But like Ogilvy, Holiday made his own confessions in that book and pulled the curtain back to give us…
  • The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Shortlist

    dylan
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    TweetA shortlist for the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award was announced yesterday. The books chosen focus very much on the big-picture issues of the day, “the most important trends shaping our world” as the press release puts it, so the switch from Goldman Sachs to McKinsey as a partner to FT has not reduced the scope of the books as I thought it may. (I speculated back in May when the announcement was made that McKinsey would now be backing the award that it may change focus to the more nuts-and-bolts business management issues that McKinsey…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 121

    dylan
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Tweet Work As We Know It Is Dead by Jacob Morgan “The idea that ‘work sucks’ is engrained in almost every aspect of our professional lives. Employees aren’t cogs, work should not be drudgery, and managers can no longer be slave-drivers. This isn’t a manifesto about following your passions or being happy, it’s a call to action to change and evolve our organizations to reflect the world they operate in.” The Humble Pulpit: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis by Jeffrey A. Krames “Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March of 2012, he has shown the world a new…
  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in May is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
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  • B Corp As A Competitive Edge? by Rolfe Larson

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

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

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

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

    Rolfe Larson
    1 Nov 2013 | 2:12 pm
    OK, you know this. You’re spending too much time answering emails. Getting interrupted by unimportant stuff. And worst of all, attending meetings, lots of meetings, sometime endless, pointless meetings. So here’s a suggestion: spend more time in your cave, every day, no interruptions, to increase your creativity. And others on your team. According to a recent FAST COMPANY article: “Creativity happens when you work independently [without distractions]. Individuals are really good at generating a whole lot of ideas, while groups are good at selecting, shaping and refining…
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Web-hosting firm Endurance to hire as many as 300 employees in Burlington

    David Harris
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The CEO of web hosting company Endurance International Group (Nasdaq: EIGI) said the company plans to hire as many as 300 employees at its Burlington headquarters in the next year and is considering acquisitions. Hari Ravichandran, CEO and founder of Endurance, said in an interview that the company was experiencing revenue growth because of the rise in the number of small- and medium-sized business customers. And existing customers are also spending an increasing amount of money on an increasing…
  • American Science & Engineering Inc. prepares to cut 10 percent of its workforce

    David Harris
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    American Science & Engineering Inc. (Nasdaq: ASEI), a Billerica-based manufacturer of X-ray equipment for homeland security, said Tuesday that "escalating global volatility" will force it to incur a quarterly loss and cut 10 percent of its workforce. The company had 344 employees at the end of this past March, according to a regulatory filing, meaning the cuts would affect 30 or so employees. The company is anticipating the net loss in the second quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, which ended Sept.…
  • Arnold Worldwide's new Hispanic venture is example of industry trend

    Jon Chesto
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Just about every big ad agency is trying to figure out how to capitalize on the fast-growing Hispanic market these days — and the big ones that aren’t probably should be thinking about it. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of buying a smaller specialized agency, like what Boston’s SapientNitro did last winter with the purchase of La Comunidad. And sometimes, it’s recruiting a talented team from a rival conglomerate. Case in point: Arnold Worldwide’s poaching of three admen from Y&R’s…
  • Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General merger approved by Health Policy Commission

    Jessica Bartlett
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General will likely operate under a new corporate parent after receiving approval from the Health Policy Commission. In a decision issued Sept. 30, the Health Policy Commission said it decided not to proceed with a cost and market impact review – a process most recently undertaken for the proposed acquisition of Hallmark Health System by Partners HealthCare – allowing the merger to continue unimpeded. “Based on its review of publicly available data, the HPC…
  • Report: Massachusetts fight against childhood obesity isn't over

    Jessica Bartlett
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Massachusetts may be doing a number of things to reduce obesity rates in the state, but state officials say more still can be done. In an audit of state childhood obesity programs presented by State Auditor Suzanne Bump on Monday, analysts said the state is doing well to implement school nutrition programs and administer federal funds earmarked for obesity programs, but needs to set standards for school physical education, and encourage more farmer’s markets to use SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition…
 
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    Alltopstartups.com

  • Creating the Best Buzz for Your Business

    Thomas Oppong
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    There is nothing more exciting than having a new business start-up, especially at a time when economic growth is rampant. Even though economists have been keen to reiterate that the recent levels of growth are unlikely to be sustained indefinitely, the commercial and consumer sentiment remains bolder than it has been at any point since the Great Recession.Even relatively small and independent businesses have an opportunity to succeed in the current climate, especially when you consider the accessibility of contemporary technology and creative marketing techniques.Here are few things you can…
  • These 13 Things Are Wasting Your Precious Time (And You Can Do Something About Them)

    Thomas Oppong
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    One of the most important decisions you will ever make is what to do with your time. Time wasted cannot be bought back. No amount of money can buy back a 24-hour day. You can’t buy, sell or trade it. And yet, we waste most of our precious time on things that don’t make us better or smarter. Most people are wasting time without even realizing it.It’s time to get real about how you waste time. Here are a few things you need to stop wasting time on.1. Compulsive busyness. – Schedule time every day to not be busy.  Have dedicated downtime – clear points in the day to reflect,…
  • Keep Your Customers Coming Back With Perfect Software Pricing

    Thomas Oppong
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    When entrepreneurs are selling a new product, they need to know how to price that product. There are plenty of variables that go into a product’s pricing — from the cost of manufacturing to the product’s usefulness to even the state of the market at the time — and to be successful, the product’s vendor needs to be able to predict just what his or her customers will be willing to spend on that product. If the seller goes too low, he or she risks significant financial losses; if he or she gambles on a price that’s too high, the product probably won’t sell as efficiently, if at…
  • Who’s In Charge of Your Network? You Might Be Surprised

    Thomas Oppong
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    As a small business owner, you’ve taken steps to protect your network from a costly data breach. You’ve invested hours in educating your staff about security and how to avoid falling prey to cyber-crime. You require employees to change their passwords on a regular basis, and have even banned them from using certain websites — including social media — that are likely to lead to a breach.You have installed antivirus software, have a strong firewall, and encrypt everything that comes in or out of your network. You might even believe that you have thought of everything when it comes to…
  • Registering the Perfect Domain Name for Your Business

    Thomas Oppong
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Your website is your home on the Web and the best way to reach the maximum amount of potential customers. Your website is one of the best marketing tools that you can use to promote your business and spread the word about your products and services. Getting your website up and running is the first step toward increased profits for your business.Choosing a Domain NameThink of a domain name as your business address online. This short word, phrase or character string is the way that your customers will find your website. Your domain name should reflect the nature of your business or your…
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  • Startup Blog Insights - 4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time

    Taffy Williams
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Reference Article:4 Ways agile entrepreneurs use to optimize time  Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photowebsite,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and  Examiner Charlotte,  NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Startup Blog Insights - Agile Contingency Planning and Agile Success

    Taffy Williams
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Referenced Articles:Agile thinking requires forward contingency planningAgile success generates great feelingsTaffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • Agile success generates great feelings

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

    Taffy Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Reference Articles:Investors and partners may not think agile  CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spinTaffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC ,  photo  website,  Google+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business.  More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
  • CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin

    Taffy Williams
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    That CEO said WHAT?One of the many tasks a CEO performs is engaging and explaining the company to the investment community.  They may use a positive spin to present their data in the best manner.  Positive spin is a method were data, while factual, is presented in a manner to highlight the positive and down play any negative.  You may hear this term a great deal in politics as it is a means of trying to get public sentiment on the side of the politician.  Whether one is a CEO or a politician, there is a fine line between positive spin and over doing your…
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  • The Uses of Signal Time Clock

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

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

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

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

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

  • Setting up an e-commerce store?

    Harini Subramani
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Here’s a list of the primary laws that need to be covered if you are an e-commerce startup: Companies Act or Limited Liability Partnership Act or the Indian Partnership Act Contract Act Consumer Protection Act Information Technology Act & rules RBI Payment and Settlement Systems Act An e-commerce startup can choose to be set up as a private limited company or a limited liability partnership or as a conventional partnership. Most often, a conventional partnership or an LLP form is preferred over a private limited company while starting up as it is cost effective. There are no…
  • eBay Inc. to separate eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies

    Jubin Mehta
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    eBay Inc. announced a bunch of  changes yesterday which all would come under the major shift- plan to separate the company’s eBay and PayPal businesses into independent publicly traded companies in 2015 (subject to customary conditions) has been approved. Creating two standalone businesses best positions eBay and PayPal to capitalize on their respective growth opportunities in the rapidly changing global commerce and payments landscape, and is the best path for creating sustainable shareholder value, the company said. President and CEO John Donahoe of eBay Inc. said, eBay and PayPal are…
  • “Life is fragile, live the moments with strength and humor,” Behind the scene with Ambarish Gupta, Founder, Knowlarity

    Shradha Sharma
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Let me begin by thanking you, for the overwhelming response you gave to the first story in this series, Startup Stories for the Soul. Incase you missed, do have a look here. Today i come to you with another soulful story of an entrepreneur. Our quest remains the same, what makes an entrepreneur? What drives an entrepreneur everyday, behind the glossy headlines of fundraise, growth, numbers and success? Here is a story of entrepreneur Ambarish Gupta of Knowlarity. I had a heartfelt conversation with Ambarish, moments when he laughed, many moments when he made us laugh with his straight…
  • How Compoz is aiming to turn the human need for storytelling into social media gold

    Rakhi Chakraborty
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Murakami wrote, “People’s memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive.” Taking pictures to tell stories and preserve our memories is not a recent human preoccupation. Cavemen more than forty thousand years ago drew their stories onto the walls of the cave just as obsessively as we chart our lives through Instagram, Twitter and Flickr. Storytelling- the fuel that has been powering human existence since the beginning of time- is continuously evolving as we get further entrenched in the digital age. But the essence is the same that it was forty thousand years ago and will remain so…
  • [TechSparks Mumbai] How Scale Arc became the King of ‘database scalability’

    Harshith Mallya
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Gaurav Gupta, VP of Scale Arc, kept the audience enthralled at the BSE in Dalal Street during TechSparks Mumbai last weekend. Gaurav took us all through a roller coaster ride on what it takes to run a global company and how to overcome small and large roadblocks that may come our way. Gaurav has been a startup guy for many years with Scale Arc being the fourth startup that he has worked for. He has worked with startups in the US, CloudVelocity and another which was acquired by Cisco. He believes that every startup has a unique and interesting story. Some startups have happy endings, some…
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • How To Rebuild Your Business After a Natural Disaster

    Susan Post
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s a nightmare and worst-case scenario. A natural disaster like a fire or flood can be catastrophic for a small business. While it’s something every business owner would rather not think about, it’s far better to make sure your business is prepared than one day be out of options. Columbus-based businesses have been victim to […]
  • Mayor’s Small Business Expo Slated for October 8 & 9

    Susan Post
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mayor Coleman will host the 12th annual Small Business Conference and Expo Oct. 8 & 9 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The theme for this year’s conference is “Momentum.” Small business owners, business leaders and public policy makers will learn how to stand out from the crowd in this new era […]
  • Zest Juice Co. Opening Near Grandview This Fall

    Susan Post
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Offering fresh, healthy, cold-pressed juice, Zest Juice Co. will open its doors at 980 W. Fifth Ave. near Grandview in late fall. Natalie Rusch and Jordan Helman are the couple behind the store that will offer a variety of juices and other healthy drinks. “We have seven juices and you can drink them individually or […]
  • Mizzen+Main Receives $1.2 Million Investment

    Susan Post
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The idea is pretty ingenious – men’s dress shirts made from the same moisture-wicking fabrics as athletic wear. They are winkle-free, have four-way stretch and don’t require ironing or dry cleaning. Mizzen+Main is producing the shirts that have garnered so much attention, founder Kevin Lavelle was named to Men’s Fitness “2014 Game Changers” list. With roots in Dallas, TX, […]
  • Event Discusses Culture of Entrepreneurism in Columbus

    Susan Post
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    While it may seem like Columbus is teeming with startups and small businesses, statistics say otherwise. Out of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., Columbus ranks 80th in percentage of all employers that are small, 82nd in percentage of small business establishment births per 1,000 establishments, and 75th in percentage of all workers who […]
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  • 3 Smashing Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    3 Smashing Startups 1. MyCircles MyCircles is an interest based network that allows its members to create multiple profiles for social, professional and dating connections like no other site. 2. HealthCare HealthCare.com  is a new startup that aims to help consumers easily research information and compare health insurance quotes from nearly 200 health insurance carriers using interactive tools and an intuitive search interface. HealthCare.com also offer trusted recommendations and a comparison shopping experience to simplify decision-making, allowing consumers to find the right health…
  • An Effective Mutual Learning Tips For Smart Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Starting and running a company is a team effort. Yes, it takes a leader (entrepreneur), but you can’t do it alone, without a team. Maybe only you and a co-founder comprise the team at first, to provide key skills, back you up, and test your ideas. As the startup grows, the team has to be able to really push you in making growth decisions, rather than you pulling them along. The responsibility for leadership rests on you as the founder or CEO, and your leadership style. Many entrepreneurs still fall back to the traditional “control” leadership paradigm, but I don’t see it working so…
  • 5 Upcoming Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    5 Upcoming Startups 1. Nimbly Nimbly is a  new startup that aims  to help people keep track of the meaningful information lying in their email. 2. BookLaunch Booklaunch.io for authors and publishers who are serious about creating beautiful landing pages that drive book sales. 3. Videolance Videolance is an online platform that connects members of the video community from around the world with each other and with businesses in need of their services. 4. Laterbox Laterbox is a new startup that aims to take distraction away from you. It makes you focus and do important work first. It also…
  • Top 10 Turnoffs For Angel Investors

    Martin
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately. Others will work hard on a business plan, and then mail it indiscriminately to every potential investor they can find on the Internet. Both of these approaches are a waste of your time and theirs. The best professional investors receive dozens of proposals a day, so they are conditioned to look for quantitative data, rather than passion, for credibility and potential. They also look for…
  • Nobody Can Hack Your Password If You Use Gilmo

    VisionwizTeam
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    Gilmo: Gilmo is a small  electronic device that stores these details for you  in a way that cannot be hacked  remotely or access by anyone but yourself. The device is very compact and comprises of a touch screen to read and enter all information. To provide further peace of mind, the Gilmo comes with a Backup Buddy where a copy of your data can be securely stored. If ever your Gilmo be lost or stolen, your data can be restored to a replacement Gilmo. How It Works: The Gilmo has a resistive touch screen that can be opertaing via the provided stylus or finger. When you are creating new…
 
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  • Love Each Other – A Powerful Message

    Chris Reimer
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    You might not agree with everything he’s saying, but this message about love, tolerance, and compassion is worth consuming. The post Love Each Other – A Powerful Message appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – My Discussion With Mark Reardon on KMOX Radio

    Chris Reimer
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are scheduled to ship any day now. The 6 is a 4.7″ phone, while the 6 Plus is a 5.5″ monster phablet. Which one am I going to buy? I am still undecided, but that big phone is so tempting. I use my phone for email, tweeting, texting, […] The post The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – My Discussion With Mark Reardon on KMOX Radio appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV

    Chris Reimer
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with my good friend Angela Hutti to discuss the results of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was only about two weeks ago that I spoke at length on the Mark Reardon show about the Ice Bucket Challenge, and at that time, it seemed like it was just […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Chris Reimer
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Click below to listen to my most recent appearance on the Mark Reardon show on KMOX 1120. We discussed the super-successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge charitable campaign that’s generated well over $60mm in donations, and even more visibility and awareness. Has the backlash begun? How did this campaign take off? When people refuse to do […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

    Chris Reimer
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A few months ago, I joined Mark Reardon on KMOX for a discussion on texting and driving. He noted that I posted about the subject on Facebook and foolishly challenged me to a debate. In all seriousness, I always enjoy going on Mark’s show, and I hope you enjoy the discussion we had. And I […] The post Texting and Driving – Dangerous! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    EpicLaunch

  • Risky Businesses: Top Tips for Landing a Merchant Account

    EpicLaunch
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    There are not many businesses that have a completely risk-free profile and way of generating income. If you run an internet trading company then there is always the aspect of fraud to be wary of for example, but some business models are considered riskier than others. If you run a gambling or auction website or maybe offer gym membership subscriptions or have a group-buying website, all of these factors do represent more of a risk, when you are applying for a merchant account to accept card payments. Risky industries When you are applying for a merchant account through someone like Merchant…
  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

    EpicLaunch
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You just made a killer video. Now, where do you share it? Most marketers want to share their creation on social media. As far as a marketing strategy, though, they’re at a loss as to what to do. Social media alone probably won’t make you a superstar. Here’s what will. Use Metadata By tagging your video with a concise description that contains the right keywords, your metadata will let search engines know what’s in your video. This allows them to index it properly in the search engines. Since the search engines cannot parse your video for content, they need some other…
  • Cool Wheels: Driving an Ice Cream Truck Business on a Dime

    EpicLaunch
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What’s cooler than the sound of the ice cream man roaming through you neighborhood? The sound of cold-hard, cash hitting your register, that’s what. Starting an ice cream truck business used to be difficult. You had to solve major logistical problems, like how to get the truck refrigerated so that the ice cream wouldn’t melt. Of course, today, all of that is solved with commercial freezers installed in the back of the truck. But that doesn’t mean that all of the problems associated with starting an ice cream business are solved.  You Still Have To Choose An Ideal Location Location is…
  • Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

    EpicLaunch
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, has been recognized by GrowFL, an economic development program focused on Florida’s second-stage companies. Recently, GrowFL gathered some of the state’s crowdfunding leaders for a discussion moderated by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shareholder Seth Joseph Mr. Joseph noted that equity crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by the SEC’s October 2013 reversal of a regulation…
  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online

  • Google Penalizes Private Blog Networks – What Next?

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

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

    Dilip Kumar
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Did you see a recent change to the way the Newsfeed appears on your Facebook wall? Then this post might be worth reading, because there has been a new algorithm change in Facebook and I am sure a lot of you would not even have noticed it. For people who are still trying to understand […] The post How does the Facebook Newsfeed Algorithm change 2014 affect your account? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Viral Lead Machine Review Video – Recommended Viral List Building Tool

    Dilip Kumar
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Okay! I agree it is another review and another post on list-building. If you are new to reading my blog, you will note that I write a lot about list-building. It is primarily because, that is one aspect that I never focused on when I started online and I paid for it by being unsuccessful […] The post Viral Lead Machine Review Video – Recommended Viral List Building Tool appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • What’s New in WordPress 4.0 – New Features (Video)

    Dilip Kumar
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    WordPress released their latest version 4.0, nicknamed Benny about 10 days back. It is always great to know about a new version coming in be it a software, book, a course or, WordPress installs. With WordPress it is like an anxious wait primarily because of the changes and additions that the guys at Automattic introduce […] The post What’s New in WordPress 4.0 – New Features (Video) appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
 
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Spotlight on Bryan Johnson: Founder of Braintree and Elevate Speaker

    Stella Fayman
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Bryan Johnson knew there was something wrong with payments. He also wasn’t a stranger to building companies. As a part time salesman for credit card processing, Bryan quickly rose to the top of the company he worked for and contemplated starting his own. “I simply figured out that businesses were looking for thee things: honesty, education and reliable service. I filled that gap and was received warmly. I also worked my tail end off,” Bryan said in a 2011 interview with Basecamp. Bryan founded Braintree Payment Solutions while still in business school at the University of Chicago…
  • Introducing The Hip New Venue For Elevate: Morgan Manufacturing

    Stella Fayman
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday, I visited a place that truly embodied the Chicago maker philosophy. A large open space with light wafting in from skylights hinting at the gorgeous skyline not too far away. Jason, the owner, showed me around. An entrepreneur himself, it was plain to see the passion in his eyes as he gestured towards empty spaces that would soon be bustling with the energy of people. He described his vision of weddings, corporate events, and conferences booming in the multi-faceted space. His unbridled optimism matched what we normally see from both attendees and speakers at our events. This place…
  • Set Up Your Blog with a Focus on Conversions

    Guest Author
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Your blog is the hub of your content marketing strategy. It exists to provide value to anyone reading it. The ultimate aim, though, is to convert these readers into paying customers. After all, you spend a lot of time creating content and time is money. So your blog is really a lead generation machine. Value goes out and leads come in. If your blog isn’t converting visitors into leads or subscribers, then something is wrong. One of the biggest mistakes blog owners make is not designing the home page with conversions in mind. They might be collecting leads on their post pages with pop-ups or…
  • Video Games Are NOT Free

    Guest Author
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wait… Games Aren’t Free? Many people today consume their gaming entertainment via a mobile device (iPhone, tablet or Android device). When they download their game or app, the average price people commonly tell me they spend is FREE. I ask people all the time and a large percent of mobile users pay nothing for their games or apps. It is an unfortunate cultural norm that is generally expected on a mobile device. However, when I ask that same question, “How much do/did you spend on a video game for Nintendo, Playstation or Xbox?” People give me figures from $20 to…
  • 3 Marketing Trends to Watch for the Rest of 2014

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Image credit It is an amazing time to be working in marketing. With the field evolving almost every day, client expectations have soared. There are, however, several diverse and innovative tools available today that help marketers meet their high expectations. The marketing arena has witnessed many changes in the recent years. Marketers are more alert than ever before with their number one priority being to create and strengthen marketing plans for the time to come. The way companies communicate with their customers goes a long in way in establishing how the former will be perceived. While…
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  • Three reasons why you don't have a million pound business

    guestbloggerSUD
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    Would you like your business to reach £1m turnover? Most business owners would answer yes, but 96% of them will fail. Only 4% of businesses reach £1m turnover. Why so few? Well, it has a lot to do with how you started the business and what pillars you have in place to allow you to reach that level. Having worked with hundreds of businesses over the past few years, I have discovered that there are some striking differences between the ‘micro’ business owner and the owner of a £1m enterprise: 1 Qualification Starting a business requires no formal education or qualification. The process…
  • Are entrepreneurs born or made?

    marcduke
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    I’ve often wondered whether you are born an entrepreneur or whether you can you be made into one? Entrepreneurs see things differently. They’re happy to stick to their guns when everyone else tells them they’re wrong. They’re prepared to go it alone. Often they can spot a gap in the market that others don’t see. They’re also prepared to put in a lot of extremely hard work and cope with failure, however hard that might be. Recently I’ve started working with a brilliant organisation called Founders4School. Its mission is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in the UK.
  • Should SMEs look to alternative crowdfunding?

    guestbloggerSUD
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    2014 has been heralded as the year for crowdfunding. There are literally hundreds of platforms for people to choose from, but with share-based crowdfunding on the rise, consumers and small businesses are faced with a difficult choice. Traditional crowdfunding platforms have huge user bases, tailored for product-based start-ups, which means that if you are lucky enough to make it onto the ‘Popular’ feed, your business idea will be viewed by millions. If, on the other hand, you don’t instantly capture the imagination of would-be investors, your chances of getting funded through these…
  • Five tips for achieving a healthy work-life balance

    guestbloggerSUD
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    For many business owners, striking a happy work-life balance is like finding the pot of gold under the rainbow: it’s something we all strive for but never quite achieve. For anyone who works with family members, it can often seem like nothing more than a fantasy. According to the Institute for Family Business, family firms now account for two thirds of private sector enterprises in the UK and family-run businesses experience a range of unique challenges. Here are my five tips to help you and your family create a healthy work-life balance, as well as create a more productive workplace. 1…
  • Survival of the fittest? A new breed of entrepreneurs rises from the recession.

    guestbloggerSUD
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    How do small businesses started during the recession differ from those started before the economic downturn? Hiscox’s DNA of an Entrepreneur Report surveyed 3500 small businesses and the responses identified a new breed of business, dubbed Generation Recession. These recession start-ups are innovative, positive about the future and more likely to be run by women. Find out how they shape up against pre-recession businesses in the infographic below. Download the full report   Resources:  Is running a business really for you?
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    SKMurphy, Inc.

  • Quotes For Entrepreneurs–September 2014

    Sean Murphy
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    You can follow @skmurphy to get these quotes for entrepreneurs hot off the mojo wire or wait until they are collected in a blog post at the end of each month. Enter your E-mail address if you would like have new blog posts sent to you. “A holiday gives one chance to look backward and forward, to reset oneself by an inner compass.” May Sarton Uses as opening quote in “Labor Day 2014: Knowledge Work Productivity.” A prototype is worth a thousand meetings. Mike Davidson (@MikeIndustries) “A few well stated goals are worth five prototypes” Cason Swindle (@CasonBang)…
  • Bill Meade: Customer Development and Schmexperts

    Sean Murphy
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Bill Meade (@BillMeade) is the Director of Data Science at Neal Analytics, a position he describes as, “Catalyst to a herd of genius cats, riding a machine learning cloud, into a business world about to discover analytical dreams can come true … easily. ” Bill has long experience with innovation, IP management, and customer  development. He has contributed this guest post on schmexperts and welcomes other questions on customer development as topics for future posts: please feel free to leave your thoughts, experiences, and questions in the comments. Bill blogs regularly at…
  • Serious Problems With Business Model Canvas For Startups

    Sean Murphy
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Q: I’m just about to get out of the building to validate hypotheses and start learning, but I have a problem with the business model canvas. I have been advised to develop detailed hypotheses before starting customer discovery. This is my startup and I have no idea how to fill in the business model canvas channel box or answer Steve Blank’s BMC channel/pricing hypotheses question on “the price at which half of the customers say yes.” Serious Problems With Business Model Canvas For Startups I see serious problems with business model canvas for startups. Founders get…
  • An MVP is Finished Only After You Have Early Adopters

    Sean Murphy
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Javid Jamae (@JavidJamae) is a Principal Engineer at Tout, where he heads up the experimentation and growth efforts; he leads a team focused on growing the viewership for both local and nationally syndicated content. Javid authored this great guest post on finding early adopters through customer interviews before building a minimum viable product (MVP) and it is published here with his permission. An MVP is Finished Only After You Have Early Adopters Any time someone tells me that they have finished their minimum viable product (MVP) and now they’re looking for their first early…
  • Diving In Over Your Head

    Sean Murphy
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    One of the hallmarks of the entrepreneurial journey is diving in over your head. At some point you have to commit fully to a new venture and at a later point you realize that, despite all of your careful preparation, you are testing the depth of water with both feet–or perhaps even head first. This is what can keep many up at nights or otherwise make life miserable. Diving In Over Your Head I’m diving in, I’m going deep, In over my head I want to be Caught in the rush, Tossed in the flow, In over my head I want to go Steven Curtis Chapman “Dive” Then you realize…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • Risky Businesses: Top Tips for Landing a Merchant Account

    EpicLaunch
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    There are not many businesses that have a completely risk-free profile and way of generating income. If you run an internet trading company then there is always the aspect of fraud to be wary of for example, but some business models are considered riskier than others. If you run a gambling or auction website or maybe offer gym membership subscriptions or have a group-buying website, all of these factors do represent more of a risk, when you are applying for a merchant account to accept card payments. Risky industries When you are applying for a merchant account through someone like Merchant…
  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

    EpicLaunch
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You just made a killer video. Now, where do you share it? Most marketers want to share their creation on social media. As far as a marketing strategy, though, they’re at a loss as to what to do. Social media alone probably won’t make you a superstar. Here’s what will. Use Metadata By tagging your video with a concise description that contains the right keywords, your metadata will let search engines know what’s in your video. This allows them to index it properly in the search engines. Since the search engines cannot parse your video for content, they need some other…
  • Cool Wheels: Driving an Ice Cream Truck Business on a Dime

    EpicLaunch
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What’s cooler than the sound of the ice cream man roaming through you neighborhood? The sound of cold-hard, cash hitting your register, that’s what. Starting an ice cream truck business used to be difficult. You had to solve major logistical problems, like how to get the truck refrigerated so that the ice cream wouldn’t melt. Of course, today, all of that is solved with commercial freezers installed in the back of the truck. But that doesn’t mean that all of the problems associated with starting an ice cream business are solved.  You Still Have To Choose An Ideal Location Location is…
  • Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

    EpicLaunch
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, has been recognized by GrowFL, an economic development program focused on Florida’s second-stage companies. Recently, GrowFL gathered some of the state’s crowdfunding leaders for a discussion moderated by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shareholder Seth Joseph Mr. Joseph noted that equity crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by the SEC’s October 2013 reversal of a regulation…
  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
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  • Hopkins surgeon turns to 3D printing to make prosthetics for kids

    Tyler Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    A Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon is using 3D printing to make prosthetics for children missing hands, the Baltimore Sun reports. Albert Chi used a printer his wife got him for Father’s Day and designs he found online to make a hand for about $20. The 3-D printed prosthetics are particularly useful for children. They often grow out of prosthetics and can’t afford replacements every few months or years. The 3-D versions also can be lighter and easier to wield — and come in their favorite color. Insurance also doesn’t always cover pediatric prosthetics, which cost up to…
  • Apply for AccelerateBaltimore 2015

    Tyler Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    With another grant from the Abell Foundation, the Emerging Technology Centers’ AccelerateBaltimore program will continue for a fourth year, ETC officials announced Monday. Applications open tomorrow and close Dec. 15 for this 13-week accelerator program. Each of the six companies selected will be awarded $25,000. Apply “Of the 16 companies to successfully complete the program, 81 percent are still in business and have raised over $2.5 million in follow-on funding,” ETC President Deb Tillett said in a release. Alums of the program include Ntensify, Heyy and Allovue. A demo…
  • Wearables startup MilestonePod gets up and running

    Tyler Waldman
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Turns out most wearables go on your elbow, off your elbow and into the drawer for good. “Fifty percent of trackers are unused after three months,” said Jason Kaplan, CEO of MilestonePod, a Columbia startup looking to buck that trend. Kaplan presented last week at the Baltimore TechBreakfast at DLA Piper in Mount Washington. The company, which wrapped its first round of funding last year, is betting on wearable devices tied to actionable incentives. MilestonePod makes a small pod that runners can strap onto their shoe. It both tracks useful metrics and triggers training…
  • With restaurant inspection data in hand, HDScores readies for launch

    Tyler Waldman
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Matthew Eierman was trying to look up a restaurant inspection a few years ago in the small Anne Arundel County town of Deale, Md. What he got was a labyrinthine saga just to get what should have been an easily-accessible public record. The 28-year-old Glen Burnie culinary school graduate-turned-marketer-turned-founder is the CEO of HDScores, a company building an app that compiles and maps inspection scores from across the country. The goal is to empower consumers by making inspection data easy to find and use. Eierman’s app recently won the audience vote at a Tech Cocktail pitch…
  • Hack the night away at Open Hack Night [Events Roundup]

    Keisha Reed
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    This week, join newcomer Baltimore Web Design Meetup Group as they dive into Compass 1.0, hack the night away at Open Hack Night at the Baltimore Hackerspace. Also, join GDG Baltimore as they discuss Android Wear APIs. Baltimore Web Design Compass 1.0 Join the Baltimore Web Design Meetup Group as they feature core contributor Scott Davis as he guides attendees through the latest additions to Compass 1.0.  Monday, Sept. 29 6:30 p.m. 15Four 3618 Falls Rd., #200., Baltimore city. RSVP. FREE.   Baltimore Hackerspace Open Hack Night Check out the hackerspace and work on your latest…
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  • Video: How to Stay Friends Through All the Startups

    Rich
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    In this video, Satish Dharmaraj and Scott Dietzen explain how to check your egos at the door to remain friends after all the ups and downs of business.
  • Video: Aaron Draplin Keynote at PDX 2012

    Rich
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In this video, Aaron Draplin from Draplin Design Company describes his journey to becoming a highly successful graphic artist in Portland. You’ve seen his designs, but you may also know him as the entrepreneur behind Field Notes notebooks. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience Workshop 2012.
  • StartupHPC Announces Meetup Agenda for SC14 in New Orleans

    Rich
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The newly formed StartupHPC community has posted the agenda for their first-ever Meetup at SC14. The event takes place Nov. 17 in New Orleans.  They invite you to meet like minded people, listen to industry notables, and kick off StartupHPC as a support community. We’re delighted to feature Adrian Cockcroft of Battery Ventures, and Thomas Thurston of both WR Hambrecht & Co and Growth Science, as two keynoters. The agenda for the meetup will also include advice on how to go about forming a company, building a team, launching the company/product, and finding early…
  • What Matters when Delighting Your Users

    Rich
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    In this video, Evan Doll from Flipboard and James Keller from Walmart discuss how they approach the end user experience for their digital properties. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience 2012.
  • PDX Keynote: The Fight for the Future: The Internet, Censorship, Surveillance, and You

    Rich
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    In this video, Andrew McLaughlin of Betaworks presents: The Fight for the Future: The Internet, Censorship, Surveillance, and You. How is Moore’s Law, ever-cheaper computing, and interconnectedness affecting our world? Activists, individuals, and governments are using digital technologies like social media as powerful forces for change. From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama’s senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology,…
 
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • Why I love the Ryder Cup so much

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

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

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

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

    Banksy
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Afternoon all. I trust you all had a fantastic start to the year? I’m sure, being driven people, that your goals are set, you know what you want to achieve in 2014 and now its just a case of making it happen. As the owner of a digital agency in Exeter I want to cover a few ideas for things you should look to implement within your digital strategy this year. If you take on board just a couple of these you’ll be ahead of the majority of the crowd. I know you guys are always looking for the edge, so please enjoy. Explore the world of Conversion Optimisation (CRO/Split Testing) Offering up…
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  • FAA Grants Limited Exemptions Allowing Hollywood to Film With Drones

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

    Joe Wallin
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    By Mary Juetten, Founder and CEO of TraklightCrowdfunding, despite its popularity, is still misunderstood. Many people are familiar with rewards crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo based on widely publicized campaigns such as the Pebble Watch and the Veronica Mars movie. However, the intricacies of the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, the federal equity crowdfunding legislation, continue to be a mystery to entrepreneurs and potential investors alike. Further, any link between all types of crowdfunding and intellectual property (IP) is less well known.The JOBS Act was…
  • Revenue Based Financing

    Joe Wallin
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Why It Works For Growing Technology CompaniesThere are multiple options to funding to fuel your growing technology business, but what if you need to:A) get funded fast, B) keep you in control of your company and, C) not risk your personal assetsWebinar: BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital, explains what revenue-based financing is, and why it is a more entrepreneur-friendly path to growth capital. Most startups need capital at some point to revitalize or fuel growth and it is always best to know your options. This webinar will explain:Who it’s designed for, and how to decide if…
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • Australian crowdsourcing start-up DesignCrowd has hit $20 million in sales and is expanding to the US

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Sydney-based crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd recently hit a remarkable milestone of $20 million worth of payments to its designers. Now the most astonishing bit is that it took six years to get to $10 million last year and now, just one year later, the start-up has doubled that! “Last year we hit $10 million in payments, [...] The post Australian crowdsourcing start-up DesignCrowd has hit $20 million in sales and is expanding to the US appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • $3 million raised for a product I’m not convinced the world needs [VIDEO]

    Jen Storey
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    People in 75 countries have pre-ordered this cup. While that may be a sign of mega success, I’ve got a bit of an issue with the Vessyl. And, surprisingly, it’s not just the hip spelling of its brand name. This is a cup that ‘knows what you’re drinking’. It’s fitted with sensors and, according to [...] The post $3 million raised for a product I’m not convinced the world needs [VIDEO] appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • DesignCrowd’s Alec Lynch is the 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern region

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Alec Lynch, the founder and CEO of DesignCrowd, was recently named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern Region by Ernst & Young. While working as a management consultant at Booz & Co, Alec discovered that the traditional graphic design industry was slow, expensive and risky. Determined to do something about this, he started DesignCrowd in his [...] The post DesignCrowd’s Alec Lynch is the 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in the Eastern region appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines?

    Dominic Collins
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    There is a saying, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”. The implication being that each member of the committee advocates their own preferences and wants, compromises occur, and the result is uncomfortable, temperamental and not fit-for-purpose. The current approach to innovation in Australia appears to be something more like a camel than [...] The post Senate innovation inquiry: the same old lines? appeared first on Anthill Online.
 
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  • Tech In Boston Podcast: Karen Rubin - Director of Product, Quantopian

    joshboyle
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Dave Gerhardt - Founder, Tech in Boston Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  The Early Days Of Hubspot, Learning About Vc And Building A Product For Quants. Tech In Boston Podcast Episode 16: Interview with Karen Rubin, Director of Product, Quantopian. THE EARLY DAYS OF HUBSPOT, LEARNING ABOUT VC AND BUILDING A PRODUCT FOR QUANTSTech In Boston Podcast Episode 16: Interview with Karen Rubin, Director of Product, Quantopian.Karen Rubin is Director of Product Management at Quantopian, a company that provides a…
  • Boston Tech Startup Pavlok Looking to Shock the World

    joshboyle
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Pavlok, a personal coach on your wrist, uses positive and negative reinforcement (and electric shock) to help people make and break habits. What were you doing when you were 13? I can tell you what I wasn’t doing… writing a book. That is, however, precisely what Maneesh Sethi was doing – authoring the international best seller (that even went on to become a textbook in Poland) Game Programming for…
  • Online Startup Competition Ventures to Become The World’s Largest Shark Tank

    joshboyle
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    Release Date:  Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Entrepreneurs, get ready to compete! Looking to gain exposure, make sales or raise capital? Well there’s a contest for that… All of that! Entrepreneurs, get ready to compete! Looking to gain exposure, make sales or raise capital? Well there’s a contest for that… All of that! Paul Hammond, a Martha’s Vineyard native and University of Denver graduate with an MBA from Babson College has created…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: September 29 – October 3

    joshboyle
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:15 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to highlight a few... VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their…
  • Talent on the Move! September 26, 2014

    Keith Cline
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Premium Company:  Acquia InsightSquared Release Date:  Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:15 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - September 26, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - September 26, 2014Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.Young Blom, VP of Product Management at LAUNCH.  Previously, Director of Product Management at Kayak.
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    Verge

  • Pitch: PactSafe is the 1st Application that Seamlessly Manages, Tracks and Deploys Website Legal Agreements

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

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

    The YEC
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tons of fresh grads want to live the startup life, but what should you know before you jump into your first post-grad startup? 16 entrepreneurs offer their best tips. What’s one piece of advice you’d give recent grads hoping to work for a startup? 1. Be Nimble and Ready to Work Hard At a startup, you will be required to wear many hats and to make order out of chaos. Startups typically don’t have a concrete infrastructure already in place. Working for a startup is not for people who need a distinctive job description. It is for people who are nimble, ready to roll with the…
  • 3 Reasons to Get Stoked on #CNX14 Morning

    Tim Hickle
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: @Scott_Thomas_ET Ring the bell, Indy! It’s finally here. At long last, ExactTarget’s Connections Week is upon us. This week, the best and brightest in the marketing tech industry are going to converge on the Circle City  to put their moxy and know-how on center stage. This event gets better every year and as the city turns orange, we’ll all be turning to the Convention Center for lessons learned. “But Tim! I’m a startup! I don’t have the time or money to go to Connections!” Good observation, rhetorical device! I totally get that.
  • Why 11-year-old “Super Business Girl” Has an All-Star Pitch

    Matt Hunckler
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    “I’m asking for an eight dollar investment because not only are you investing into me, but you’re investing into my future and my business,” says 11-year-old Asia Newson. This kid has something that makes her pitch for her “Super Business Girl” business irresistible. See for yourself: What!? OK, take my money. I was in. The first time I heard Asia’s pitch on an episode of This American Life I knew this young lady had it. Young Newson has the most important part of any business pitch. Asia Newson has conviction about Super Business Girl. She is 100%…
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    Startup Champ

  • Got A Passion? Turn Your Hobby Into A Lucrative Business

    Gus
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Link to image There is a golden rule when it comes to business that you should always remember. Every successful businessman is passionate about his subject. If you are going to start a business, you need to be willing to dedicate your entire life to the venture. That means that you should be passionate about the area of business you enter. There is no way that you can make a business successful if you don’t care about the company itself. Many people think that entrepreneurs are a different breed. That is not the case. In fact, if you have a passion, you can create a viable business…
  • How To Start Your First Property Business

    Gus
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    People with money to invest could make a huge profit out of the property market at the current time. While prices have increased significantly over the last few years, they are still not as high as they were back in 2007. That means there is a long way to go before the market is back on track. Choosing to invest now could be the best move you ever make, and it could help to provide for your family for many years to come. You have two main options when starting your first property business. The first involves buying homes for low prices, making improvements and selling them at a profit. The…
  • 7 Small Ideas To Make Your Startup Stand Out

    Gus
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Link to image It is not enough to have a great business idea. You need to know how to turn that idea into a viable business. Many young entrepreneurs make the mistake of assuming that they can change the business world. You cannot change the structure that has developed over a matter of years. What you can do, though, is enter into the marketplace with a solid business. Make sure that your idea is sustainable before you start your business. You don’t want to pump money into an enterprise that won’t work. Instead, test and research your market before your business is off the…
  • Launching Your Startup on Facebook: Is This the Right Route to Take?

    Gus
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Startups everywhere believe that they have to harness the powers of Facebook lest they fail. To a degree, this is true. But, launching a startup on social media is not always the right route to take. This is certainly the case if you have no knowledge of marketing and social media in the first instance. Facebook can be a powerful tool within your marketing arsenal. You need to utilize all social media forums to make sure that you rank higher within SERPs. But, you need to use social media in conjunction with other marketing campaigns to build a solid brand. You shouldn’t use Facebook in…
  • Making Your Startup Look The Business

    Gus
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    When you start a new business, appearance is everything. You could offer the greatest service or product in the world, but if you don’t appear reputable, people are not going to part with their hard earned cash, or even their details in a freemium model. Trust is everything. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost the earth to make your new business look great. In this article we’ll explore a few tips to make your new business stand out without breaking the bank! DIY (Do-It-Yourself), With Just a Little Help If you want to really bootstrap your company, you can look at making it…
 
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • How Steve Jobs Started – The Life Of Apple’s Founder

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

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

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

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

    Anna Vital
    23 Aug 2013 | 9:21 am
    Do most great entrepreneurs focus on one idea or pursue many? A quick look at billionaire entrepreneurs reveals that most of them are serial entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are known for being able to focus on one thing to the point of making it a reality. Entrepreneurs are also known for their ability to recognize business opportunities when they come. These two qualities can be at odds with each other: focusing on one thing while looking around for more opportunities contradicts itself. For many new entrepreneurs there is a real dilemma here. Should you start a lot of companies, or should you…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Abundant Joy: How To Be The Happiest Person In The Room

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

    Scott
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Tell me if any of these things sound cool… Riding exotic cars across the Mojave desert, traveling to space…getting to play a concert with Journey! I’ve always been a fan of spending my money on experiences versus stuff and I’m pretty sure today’s guest would agree. I’m so pumped to have Steve Sims, the founder of Blue Fish which is the premier executive concierge service in the world. Steve is what I call a dreams dealer. If you can think of an experience you want for you life, he figures out a way to create…
  • How to Make A Killer First Impression With Ben Altman – TCE 043

    Scott
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Ever met someone that left you inspired, energized and impressed? What was it about their behavior that left you feeling that way? Today we’re going to decode the art of making a killer first impression with my buddy Ben Altman. Ben is the founder of Charisma on Command and my ol roomie in Brazil. After going from average joe to social powerhouse by working on himself for 5+ years Ben now teaches presentation skills to people all over the world. And what presentation is more impactful than making a killer first…
  • MasterMind Talks: The Recipe for Creating A World Class Event with Jayson Gaignard – TCE 042

    Scott
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes When I moved back to the U.S. I traveled to a bunch of different cities to see friends and meet people that I’ve wanted to connect with for awhile. On this roadtrip, I kept hearing some of my entrepreneur friends mention this thing they went to  called Mastermind Talks… Multiple friends said it was the best event they ever went to and it was well worth every penny…and this wasn’t a 15 dollar meetup group either! My friends who went paid thousands of dollars to go to it. So after about the 3rd time someone…
  • Upgrading Your Productivity Using Virtual Assistants with Maren Kate Donovan – TCE 041

    Scott
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes It is a big day competitive edge listeners. Why you ask? Because today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics – Virtual Assistants. I started working with virtual assistants two years ago and it’s changed my life. I get more done and get to do more of what I enjoy and who doesn’t want that! Today’s guest is Maren Kate Donovan CEO of one of my favorite companies, Zirtual. Zirtual is where I got my first dedicated virtual assistant and since using them I haven’t looked back. In this episode, you’ll…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Steven Don – Co-founder of TinyCert

    Mario Schulzke
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    See lots of problems. I’ve been called pessimistic by many, but I resent that. Only by anticipating and identifying problems can I really think in solutions. Steven co-founded two small IT companies in the Netherlands in the early 2000’s and is now working to build a third, which he hopes will bring about a small revolution in business-to-business relations. In his spare time, he created TinyCert, a service that hopes to bring some security to the countless unprotected admin-panels or test-websites on the web. Where did the idea for TinyCert come from? If it wasn’t clear…
  • Star Cunningham – Founder of 4D Healthware

    Mario Schulzke
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Take the time to help, make introductions and genuinely listen to others instead of firing off quick, unhelpful responses. You’re going to need a lot of people to do the same for you. Star Cunningham is the founder of 4D Healthware. 4D Healthware, located in the Chicago-based startup accelerator 1871, is patient engagement software that makes personalized medicine possible through connected data. Prior to 4D Healthware, Cunningham was an IBM Tiger Team leader, leading massively complex multi-million dollar projects around the world. Star received her MBA from Northwestern…
  • Matt Duesterberg – Co-founder and CEO of Ohmconnect

    Mario Schulzke
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Get out of the building. Talk to customers. In our first six months, we had two hundred users. We talked to every single one of them. Matt Duesterberg is co-founder and CEO of Ohmconnect. Ohmconnect connects the smart home to the smart grid, making it dead simple for users to participate in demand response events daily. He started OhmConnect with Curtis Tongue after seeing millions of dollars flowing from energy markets to financial entities without giving the end users the opportunity to make any difference to the energy markets. Previously, Matt ran the data science division at utility…
  • Brock Stechman – Co-founder of DivvyHQ

    Mario Schulzke
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    My favorite quote is by Corey Rudl: “Failure doesn’t just happen. It’s a decision.” Brock Stechman is a brand builder, serial entrepreneur, and dad of two amazing little boys. His days are filled with a substantial amount of coffee and the thrill of working with amazing clients and an incredibly talented group of people. He has a unique mix of creativity and business acumen, which has helped him build and lead dynamic teams and successful businesses. Brock is the co-founder of DivvyHQ, a planning and production software application that’s pioneering the content marketing industry.
  • Jason Jones – President of Vertical Motion

    Mario Schulzke
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Have a routine. Always have a checklist of stuff you’re going to do and follow through with it. It’s okay if you don’t finish everything on the list as long as you try to accomplish something. Having a checklist keeps you motivated and organized, helping you stay on top of things. It’s all about taking steps forward. Jason Jones is the President of Vertical Motion, a Calgary-based design and development firm that has been creating customized web and mobile-based business solutions since 2006. Their team has skills that encompass graphic design, web development, business analysis,…
 
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    swombat.com

  • Advice for ambitious 19-year olds

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

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

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

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

    Salim Virani
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    Pamela Fox, from Khan Academy: These campaigns are telling students that “coding is easy,” and then they’re trying it, and now not only are they struggling to learn something new, but they’re feeling bad about themselves because hey, “coding is easy”, they shouldn’t be struggling. Nobody should feel bad for struggling to learn something new. They should be commended for trying to learn something new at all. It's interesting that most founders are brazen and keen to tackle a load of business challenges, figuring things out and learning new skills - but we often put "the technical…
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    Platform Thinking

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

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

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

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

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Earlier this week, I had an interesting tweet exchange with Giles Andrews, the founder of Zopa, one of the leading peer lending platforms. Clearly, Zopa and peer lending platforms of its ilk are going strong. The strong growth notwithstanding, they are a drop in the ocean of traditional lending models, as is often the case with emerging platforms. Will such platforms ever pose a compelling alternative to the banking industry? The answer to this question may lie in their ability to build a data-driven feedback loop. Feedback Loops A platform’s ability to use data often has a direct…
  • The Lepore-Christensen Debate: A repeatable pattern for Platforms and Disruptive Innovation

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Airbnb was recently valued at an eleven figure sum, which overshadows all, except the largest hotel chains. The usual criticisms to tech valuations aside, the impact of Airbnb on the traditional hotel industry is definitely being felt. But why did the industry fail to spot this threat for so long? How does something like Airbnb come out of the ordinary and change the rules of an entire industry? And how could something like this be repeated in another industry? Getting Blindsided By Platform Thinking Airbnb is the latest in a series of disruptions brought about by internet businesses over the…
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    Cdling Capital Services

  • OFFICE HOURS ARE BACK!

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

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

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

    11 Mar 2013 | 12:22 pm
    "Angel investing - one of the leading sources of capital for the innovation economy - is undergoing rapid transformation and growth, with new social media entrants, legislative changes, and the explosion of the start-up environment." - Angel Capital Association Summit 2013 At Startup Grind 2013 conference in Silicon Valley I hosted the “No Harps or Hallows in Angel Funding” section designed to explore the changing early stage funding context.  Coming up in April, ACA Chairman David Verrill and Board Member Jean Peters have invited me to join a related panel: Crowdfunding: Wisdom…
  • OSC Exempt Market Review - Comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710

    8 Mar 2013 | 12:49 pm
    March 8, 2013 John Stevenson Secretary Ontario Securities Commission 20 Queen Street West 19th Floor, Box 55 Toronto, Ontario M5H 3S8 Fax: 416-592-2318 Email: jstevenson@osc.gov.on.ca Dear Sirs/Mesdames, RE:OSC Exempt Market Review - Comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710 As the Founder and owner of Cdling Capital Services Inc. and the Founder & Director of the Toronto Chapter of Startup Grind, I am pleased to provide these comments on OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710. I am also the National VP of Startup Advocacy for CATAAlliance Invest CrowdFund Canada (ICC). My primary…
 
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    The Startup Videos

  • How to explain my Startup in 90 seconds

    bhuvana
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
          90 seconds would be effective in extending your product’s reach. Because it’s the threshold limit to grab a person’s attention after which they turn into some ferocious animals. First analyze who your audience is. So make a small story for your brand. Craft the first 30 seconds well, since it is going to decide the fate of your video. Present a problem that connects with your target audience instantly. That’s your hook to make them stay till the end. Then it’s show time, bring your brand into the picture. Show how your brand solves their…
  • Pitch Your VC like a Magician

    bhuvana
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Pitching is all about gathering attention and creating an impression. When you perform your greatest trick in front of your VC, Explain the problem and address your start­up as the solution rather than directly pitching your product. You need to have the calmness and the composure of a magician. Provide your VC with some precise details rather than rough ones. Also don’t try to fantasize saying you will bring back the dinosaurs. Present a detailed statistics showing how much you are prepared for everything. Give a glimpse of your previous experiences and the mistakes from which you have…
  • Animated Videos Done Right: First look of Animaker.com

    bhuvana
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Now, for creating high quality, interesting, compelling video, you don’t need to start spout a thousands of words of brilliant prose with your camera and also you don’t need a giant video production department. Then how its possible! you have this question in mind? But not certainly, we gonna talk about a video making tool. You may heard about several free and paid tools online that can help you create something that really stand out. An up-and-coming online tool (Its in Beta version) help you to hold your viewers attention and make them feel wow, called “Animaker”. the company…
  • Vizury Central: All Campaigns in one place

    bhuvana
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
          Vizury Central App, a simplified or complex process of tracking multiple campaigns across channels.       A campaign management app, which is also useful for reporting needs. With this vizury central app, now the campaign management became easier as we get the overview of our digital marketing performance all through a single interactive window. The main features of Vizury Central App: 1. Real-Time Campaign Management 2. Intuitive & Insightful Reporting 3. Meaningful Data Insights & Analytics 4. Smoother Marketing…
  • 10 gamification techniques that work for startups

    bhuvana
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:10 am
          Gamification – the term may be new but gaming tactics used in the businesses are not new. It is about taking the essence of games, and applying into real world, non-game situations. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”      – George Bernard Shaw       Today to engage users, game elements and game design techniques are start used in non-game contexts and thats how the unofficial term “gamification” arrived officially as a secret weapon…
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    AlleyWatch

  • It Is a Personality Bias | Startups and Gender

    Lili Balfour
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Problem:  I don’t believe there is a gender bias in the startup community but rather a personality bias. The startup world favors individuals who are focused on winning and are willing to go to...
  • Learn to Pitch Like Mad Men’s Don Draper

    Under30CEO
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    You are busy. I am busy. Everybody is. Let me tell you why you should spent the next five minutes reading me. I have pitched to friends, family, investors, partners, consumers, at competitions and...
  • Goldman Sachs-Led Group Near Deal to Buy Bloomberg IM Killer

    AlleyWatch
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Wall Street firms led by Goldman Sachs are close to a deal to create an instant-messaging service to rival that of Bloomberg LP.
  • This NYC Startup is HowGood? They Just Raised $2M

    AlleyWatch
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    What happens when two brothers decide to create a simple tool for shoppers to use to identify the best, most nutritious (and sustainable) food products? That’s precisely what brothers Alexander and...
  • Startup Trying to Revamp Sunscreen From Head to Toe

    Erin Barry
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Kristen McClellan hated taking time out of her vacation to apply sunscreen. The process was time consuming, and if she missed those pesky, hard to reach spots she’d burn. McClellan thought...
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    Startup Freak

  • Web Design Delhi

    StartupFreak
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Company Name : Web Design Delhi Description : TechnoCrab is one of the leading company in India. Company Overview : TechnoCrab offers many services like as seo services , website design services and many more. Homepage URL: http://www.technocrab.com/web-design.html Industry : Internet Number of Employees : Location : RZ-567 POCKET 1 A, DWARKA SECTOR 1 NEW DELHI,-110045 Social Links
  • Homes N Acres

    StartupFreak
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    Company Name : Homes N Acres Description : A Real Estate Company Company Overview : HNA Group is incorporated as Homes N Acres. Over the years, HNA has successfully worked towards establishing itself into bangalore’s leading real estate consultant with satisfied customers. We are strongly guided by our core values that include ensuring customer satisfaction, which is fundamental to our business, providing pre and post sales services of the highest quality, enabling transparent deals for our growth and wealth enhancement of the investor. We always ready to maximize your every investment.
  • volina.in

    StartupFreak
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    Company Name : volina.in Description : Servo Stabilizer Suppliers in Delhi Company Overview : Servo Stabilizer Price – We manufacture Automatic/Servo Controlled Voltage Stabilizers,ISO Servo Voltage Stabilizers as per BIS specification IS:9815 Part 1 and certified by DGS&D. Homepage URL: http://www.volina.in Industry : Accounting/Finance Number of Employees : Location : Vintek Electronics Factory Address : B-171, Sector-4, Bawana Industrial Area, Bawana, New Delhi-110039 Key People : Servo Stabilizer Suppliers in Delhi
  • whichhobbystore

    StartupFreak
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    Company Name : whichhobbystore Description : whichhobbystore is a RC hobby search engine Company Overview : WHS is a vertical search engine for hobby items A simple search on our engine will get you far-reaching results from major online hobby stores world-wide, that sell hobby items, with their prices, availability, and sources in the shortest time possible. Homepage URL: http://http://whichhobbystore.com/ Industry : Gaming Number of Employees : Location : C-10, 1st Floor, RDC, Raj Nagar, Next to Easy Day Social Links
  • CarSangrah

    StartupFreak
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Company Name : CarSangrah Description : used car classified website Company Overview : CarSangrah.com is the only used car specific website for buying and selling used cars in India. Unlike other general classified sites or car info sites, CarSangrah is only for used cars. So, it is very easy to post used cars for sale for free. Also, buyers can opt an affordable second hand cars in their area and contact the seller directly. Homepage URL: http://www.carsangrah.com Industry : Automotive Number of Employees : Location : tidal park Social Links
 
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    Onboardly

  • How to Stay Human in a Tech-fueled World

    Crystal Richard
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Too much time spent staring at screens and checking our devices can make us feel less like humans and more like zombies. It may feel like your startup needs your full attention at all times, and you need to be available to respond to all communications immediately. Eventually, it starts to take a toll on your body and brain. Constant connection makes us fatigued, lowers our creativity, and increases our stress. There’s even a name for this sensation of panic or stress that we may feel in trying to stay on top of all our means of communications: “screen apnea.” While our smartphone…
  • Culture Talks: Renee Warren on The Role Of Psychology In Leadership

    Crystal Richard
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Culture Talks, a series featuring one-on-one interviews with leading experts in company culture recently spoke with Renee Warren, one of Onboardly’s fearless cofounders. Joining representatives from such notable companies as Zappos, Hubspot, Netflix, Rackspace and KISSmetrics, Renee shares her story of how she got her start as a young entrepreneur, her journey in co-creating Onboardly and her wild passion for startup culture. In this interview, Renee speaks about the importance of: Work-life balance How to schedule work around raising a family (not the other way around) Keeping a positive…
  • Everything Your Startup Needs to Know About Demand Marketing

    Renee Warren
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Storytelling is the future. This has been said time and time again, and there is even a conference about it. Anyone can tell a story, but what’s challenging is creating something memorable. There’s such a large volume of content being published daily, and cutting through the clutter is the main objective of many marketers. But how do you achieve consistent success in your PR and content marketing endeavours if you – and your customers – are constantly facing a barrage of information every single day? Well, we created this simple guide to help you get a foot in the door in…
  • Streamlining a Marketing Strategy Through Marketing Automation

    Guest Post
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today’s marketers are expected to do more with less money. This can put a lot of added pressure onto an already stressed marketing team. Thankfully there is something marketers can use to better manage their time and get marketing messages out at the right time: marketing automation software. Marketing automation software helps marketers discover prospects and develop relationships with them through meaningful, customized content designed to convert these leads into customers and brand advocates. Marketing automation software is useful for every part of the sales and marketing funnel, as…
  • 7 Entrepreneurs Name Their Biggest Inspirations

    Shanelle Mullin
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    What inspires you to wake up and GSD every day? That’s the question we asked a few of the entrepreneurs who so graciously agreed to do an interview with us. Did they get the inspiration from within? From their parents? From other people in the industry? If you’re struggling to find your “ah-ha” moment, read on for advice from the experts. 1. Shala Burroughs, @shalaburroughs My Dad. He started his consulting business at the age of 40 with two young children and a wife to take care of. Knowing what I know now about how stressful starting a business can be even without…
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Useful Business Lessons from Henry Ford, History’s Best Entrepreneur

    Kiera Abbamonte
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In 1863, a baby boy was born in on a farm in Michigan. That baby would grow up to masterfully repair watches, invent “Fordism” (producing tons of inexpensive goods while paying workers well), and then build an empire based on assembly lines and mass production. Henry Ford’s success isn’t just a story in a history book. What he did was built on a strong foundation of good business practices. Everything from how he treated his customers to his management of employees contributed to the rise of Ford Motor Company. It’s been a while since Ford was in business, but his…
  • How to Make More Money Doing What You’re Already Doing  

    Sherice Jacob
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    No matter how many years you’ve been in business, you’re likely to eventually come upon a crossroads:  you want to make more money, but you only have a set amount of time. You’ve done a lot of work already in discovering and setting competitive prices for what you have to offer, so what’s the next logical step? The Problem: Gotta Get More Customers! Many business professionals mistakenly think that the only way to make more money in their service business is to simply fill those funnels with customers, customers, customers. Entire bookstore shelves are brimming with how-to guides and…
  • Your Small Business Needs Set-it-and-Forget-it Marketing … Yesterday

    Kaleigh Moore
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ever have one of those days where you feel like you need to clone yourself? You have 24,356 things on your to-do list, and only so many hours in a day to get them done. So what’s a business-person to do? That first option (of cloning yourself) is a no-go, and you can’t magically warp time to create more hours. This is where the saying “work smarter, not harder” comes into play. You need to find a way to do more with less—and we’ve gathered some marketing automation tools to help you do just that. Today’s buyers are much more informed, and they’re making decisions…
  • The Best States to Form Corporations: A Concise Guide

    Grasshopper Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When entrepreneurs start businesses, they’re often ready to set up shop in their own backyards or basement offices, whether they’re in Oklahoma or Oregon. But before entrepreneurs incorporate in their home states, they should consider other locations. Why?  Well, each state differs in their incentives and penalties for doing business. Some states provide tax breaks to entrepreneurs, while others charge more heavily. Others just have a cheaper cost of living, making money go a little farther. So, what’s the best state to form a corporation? And what’s the cheapest state to…
  • Go Pop-up-less: Why You Don’t Need Pop-ups On Your Website

    Emma Siemasko
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Opt-in pop-ups. Modals. Boxes that appear after someone has spent a few minutes on your website. They’re bad news. As the internet becomes more and more inundated with stuff, it’s a struggle to stand out. Surely pop-ups that encourage people to download eBooks, subscribe to your newsletter, and buy your product, can help you get closer to your prospects, right? No. Pop ups are a marketing trick, not a real strategy. They may work for a little while, but in the long run they’re bad for your name, bad for your brand, bad for whatever you’re trying to sell. Pop-ups…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Productivity Tools - Nimbly

    Eleanor Wall
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nimbly- Email stream (like Twitter) - Swipe through emails- Favorite email segments (like tweets)- Set reminders on email segments- Highlight/track email segments- Track deadlines- Works offline, syncs when back online- GetNimb.ly Amazon.com Widgets
  • In the Spotlight - Mobile Wearable Payments - Gust

    Eleanor Wall
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Gust- Mobile/wearable payment solution- NFC/RFID wristbands- API for ticket partners- Wristband distribution solutions- Mobile payment app- iOS/Android compatible- Brand customization for wristbands- Social network check-ins via wristband- Wristband analytics- POS data- GustPay.com
  • In the Spotlight - Social Media Tools - Twibble

    Eleanor Wall
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Twibble- RSS to Twitter scheduling- Feed customizing- Mobile responsive- Images/videos automatically embedded- Analytics- Hashtag tools- Keyword filtering- Subscriber enabled - URL shortening- Direct Message Clean-up
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Intelisoles

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Intelisoles- Bio-feedback insoles- Sync to app- Record foot movement, force production, foot positioning- Can be used in shoes, skates, etc- Track data for race car drivers, athletes, seniors, rehabilitation patients- Potential to be used with virtual instructors- To be crowdfunded when/if launched- In developmentScreenshot via Intelisoles
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Sensilk

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sensilk- Smart technology clothing- Conductive fibers connected to mobile app- Analyze workouts- Fitness goal customization- Track heart rate- First product is smart technology braScreenshot via Sensilk
 
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  • App used in Hong Kong protest FireChat’s biggest market is Asia

    Elaine Huang
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Before the ongoing protest in Hong Kong started last weekend, Asia was home to 23 per cent of FireChat’s total user base Visual prior to recent events In just 24 hours since two days ago, 100,000 people — presumably protesters — in Hong Kong signed up with iOS and Android mesh network app FireChat. Launched in March 2014, FireChat was developed by US-based technology company Open Gardens. It is an app that uses mesh networks (the technology that allows devices to broadcast to one another without a WiFi or cellular network) to facilitate “off-the-grid”…
  • Cyber Agent Ventures leads an investment for Kurio

    DailySocial
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The funding will be used to further develop the product of the Indonesian smart news reader and recruit talent It seems that more and more Indonesian local startups are attracting the attention of global investors. Just take a look at Kurio smart news reader, which has just sealed a majestic funding from Japan-based Cyber Agent Ventures and a number of angel investors. We call it majestic as the funding involves millions in US Dollars. What makes Kurio different from other similar platforms is that it adjusts the news to read with its users’ preference. This app was firstly established in…
  • Seeking work experience? Check out these internship jobs!

    Terence Ng
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    In this competitive jobs landscape, relevant work experience is more important than ever. These internship jobs may be that career boost you need With globalisation and the advent of web and mobile technologies, it is an undeniable fact that job markets all around the world are getting more competitive. At the same time, though, this has also led to more opportunities for experienced and talented people from employers spread out over countries and even continents. To overcome challenges and seize opportunities in this competitive global jobs market, one needs to stand out from the…
  • [Thailand] Free Seminar – How to earn revenue through a site

    e27 Editorial Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Promo Company and JetRadar present a free seminar on how webmasters can earn revenue through their sites Synopsis: Currently, the e-commerce is considered to play an important role in doing business online, and has let businesses dramatically grow and made their owners a big fortune. That said, another revenue channel is available aside from e-commerce, and that is being webmaster of one’s own site. Here, Promo Company Limited partners with JetRadar to bring you a seminar on how to earn revenue from a website. A senior webmaster will be the guest speaker on this occasion, and the…
  • [Singapore] Innovate Now! Session on The Sharing Economy

    e27 Editorial Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Get insights on the future and potential of collaborative consumption from the insiders and pioneering start-ups. Synopsis: Join Airbnb, The Innovators Network, SUTD, Padang & Co, MoolaSense and others in the upcoming Innovate Now! Session on The Sharing Economy. Get insights on the future and potential of collaborative consumption from the insiders and pioneering start-ups. Event details: Start: Thursday, 9 October, 2014 07:30 p.m. End: Thursday, 9 October, 2014 09:30 p.m. Venue: 237 South Bridge Road Singapore 058786 (http://237.io/) Country: Singapore Register here Organizer: The…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Shufti lands $5.75M to help Japanese housewives work from home

    J.T. Quigley
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    A website that helps Japanese housewives make money by working from home has just raised US$5.75 million from Minna no Wedding and Nissay Capital, reports The Bridge. Shufti, in operation since 2007, turns housewives into freelancers. It utilizes a crowdsourcing model for its various job listings. Projects include data entry, taking surveys, writing reviews, transcribing audio, and more. Entering business card data, for example, pays 20 yen (US$0.18) per card and transcribing a ten-minute recording earns the worker 500 yen (US$4.50). The service boasts more than 76,000 registered users.
  • How Vietnam’s richest billionaire is secretly building Vietnam’s biggest ecommerce site

    Anh-Minh Do
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    VinEcom is a massive ecommerce operation under Vingroup, one of Vietnam’s largest real estate companies, founded by Vietnam’s first ever billionaire, Pham Nhat Vuong. In February, we reported that the VinEcom would receive US$30 million to take on e-commerce. But we can now confirm via Vingroup’s own website that the division is slotted for US$50 million in total. No local Vietnamese startup has nabbed funding rounds of that size for projects that have yet to see the light of day. Who is Pham Nhat Vuong? In 2010, Pham sold his noodle processing company to Nestle for an…
  • Investing on cruise control: China’s car services startups get a boost that will drive them off a cliff

    Paul Bischoff
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you run a startup that has anything to do with cars in China, then there’s a pretty good chance you got funded recently. 16 companies that range from sharing, renting, maintaining, washing, to selling cars secured investment in the last two months, according to Chinese tech startup tracking site ITJuzi. So why the sudden interest in the car transportation industry by China’s startup ecosystem? The first reason is that the country’s venture capital scene is on fire right now. It’s so hot, in fact, that the co-founder of Matrix Partners China even sent an open letter…
  • Japan’s DeNA makes rare double acquisition for $50M in an effort to diversify

    David Corbin
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    DeNA added new punch to its business today, announcing acquisitions of Iemo and Peroli. Total cost was not disclosed but a DeNA representative confirmed to Tech in Asia that the two deals are worth US$50 million. Both are news curation apps. Iemo is focused on home-design whereas Peroli’s key product, Mery, targets ladies fashion. “[This is] part of DeNA’s previously-announced strategy to bring digital innovation to offline industries,” a company spokesperson told Tech in Asia. Both services are young. Mery launched in April 2013 and Iemo followed suit. Mery’s monthly active users…
  • The next big job perk? Uber is coming to workplaces in 45 countries

    Terence Lee
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Uber now wants to drive your employees around. The global transportation company has announced that it is launching Uber for Business in all 45 countries it’s operating in – or over 200 cities. In a blog post, Uber describes this service, which was piloting in the US and Canada, as a “dedicated platform that enables small and mid-sized companies or teams to set up a corporate Uber account. The platform includes a centralized billing system and a travel dashboard that business administrators can use to manage budgets – all at no cost.” Employees can access this option…
 
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  • Learn to Disrupt by Attending Nordic APIs Platform Summit in Stockholm this October

    Rhys Fisher
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s connected environment presents an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs. Tech has never been so cheap, and consumers have never been so ready to participate in your marketing. As we continue to connect, the business savvy are realising that building the next Facebook is hard, and even too cliche. Instead, the platform play is often a more viable path to exit. The idea is to build something that can either be plugged into existing platforms, allow others to build off your base, or both. Not a new concept, I know, but the increasing popularity of the API platform has made these…
  • How Coursio Is Trying To Bring Their Next-Gen Education Platform To America

    Anders Hassis
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In this technologically dependent era we live in, our daily lives are starting to revolve more around online activities than offline ones. Even education is now an online phenomenon, but that’s nothing new to us either. Though the e-learning concept was established in the late 90’s – the sector hasn’t seen as much growth or maturity as plenty of other internet industries. Coursio want to change that. Coursio is a web-based interface that provides an opportunity for anyone to not only share their own knowledge and expertise but gain financial benefits in the process as…
  • What can startups learn about mastering conflicts? #ExpertNight wrap up

    James Pember
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    The startup community of Stockholm gathered at SUP46 last night for the next installment of #ExpertNight, a monthly event series organised by Elance-oDesk which aims to help entrepreneurs tackle complex topics, with the help of a panel of ‘experts’. The theme for last night’s event was “Mastering Conflicts”, which personally I feel was a great topic to bring up. Startups are full of conflicts. You’re in a tiny room together, riding every up and down together – and it often boils over into conflicts. Whether it’s sales, product development or…
  • Join Chalmers In Stanford’s CS183B “How to start a startup”

    Anders Hassis
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Join over 400 university around the world and follow the most anticipated startup-class at Stanford. Led by Sam Altman, President of YCombinator, including Marissa Mayer (CEO Yahoo), Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen (Andreessen and Horowitz) och Alex Schultz (VP Growth på Facebook) guest-lecturing. Gustav Svalander at Chalmer’s in Gothenburg is hosting sessions where they watch these lectures together. If this sounds interesting, head over to their Facebook page. 50,000 people have now signed up to watch CS183B (http://t.co/PBxB6rvZMn) — Sam Altman (@sama) September 22, 2014
  • Chargestorm launches mobile payment service for EV

    Einar Persson
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The number of electric vehicles (EVs) is growing around the world in an increasing pace, thanks to aggressive players such as Tesla Motors as well as the technical development in general. One bottleneck however, is the limited coverage of charging stations. This is where Chargestorm comes into the picture. Chargestorm is a Swedish cleantech company based in Norrköping with a competitive solution for EV charging, which has recieved attention from Volvo among others. Chargestorm is a Swedish cleantech company based in Norrköping with a competitive solution for EV charging, which has recieved…
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  • The Road To Impact: Using The Sun To Turn Wood Into Gas

    Scott Mackin
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    It was at the Impact Hub Barcelona where I first met Manon Michelle Monhemius. She is on a mission to educate the unsuspecting European co-working crowds to the many benefits of smokeless cooking. From stuffing a giant zucchini in Paris, to innovating on the invariable Swiss fondue in Geneva, and surprising the Monday crowd with lunch at Impact Hub […] The post The Road To Impact: Using The Sun To Turn Wood Into Gas appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup #Jobs: Trip4real (@Trip4real) Software Engineer

    Scott Mackin
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Company: Trip4real Industry: eTravel Area: Engineer team Place: Barcelona Job type: Full time ABOUT TRIP4REAL: Trip4real is global community marketplace that connects travelers seeking authentic, quality activities and tours with local experts who offer unique things to do. With trip4real, travelers can access truly amazing experiences—from slow-shopping in Barcelona to Portraits of the streets of […] The post #Barcelona #Startup #Jobs: Trip4real (@Trip4real) Software Engineer appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup #Job Opening: Engineer at Canoe (@CanoeApp)

    Scott Mackin
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    Company:  Canoe Area: Telecommunications Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Title Lead iOS developer for ambitious professional communication start-up Description We are looking for a highly motivated and accomplished iOS engineer to join our team to help us create an outstanding user experience: an extremely easy and intuitive product can make interactions “just flow”. Candidate You are a […] The post #Barcelona #Startup #Job Opening: Engineer at Canoe (@CanoeApp) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Tweet-Tag (@twtag_com)

    Stewart Masters
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    Joan Izquierdo, co-founder of Tweet-Tag, is a regular on the Barcelona circuit of startup events where apart from taking advantage of the free Estrella on hand, he spends a lot of time meeting people. Not so surprisingly, he began to notice how much time people spent not meeting each other, but instead, staring head down tweeting about what was going […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Tweet-Tag (@twtag_com) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Heard@ Next Bank Europe: Disrupting The Banking Industry

    Lija Groenewoud van Vliet
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Recently Temenos, one of the sponsors of the Next Bank Europe Conference, released a white paper on industry disruption in the banking sector. Their introduction depicts clearly the urgency to come up with new business models and value propositions. “Digitization is changing the industry’s dynamics. Cloud computing is lowering the cost of doing business. Improvements […] The post Heard@ Next Bank Europe: Disrupting The Banking Industry appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • Marketplaces

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

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

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

    Geoffrey Guyonnet
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    “I4-X“ is accepting applications for it’s first term starting  September 15th The 3 month accelerator program  was developed by the Singapore based Expara IDM Venture in collaboration with N-VEst Ventures. Expara is a leading provider of incubation and mentorship to early-stage interactive and digital media (IDM) companies across South-East Asia. I4-X will be based full-time at the co-working space Glowfish, where the companies can meet and discuss with the accelerator coaches and mentors. Each of the startups will receive a small pre-seed investment of THB 250,000 to cover the…
  • WearYouWant raises USD 1.5mil Series A

    Christian Walter
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Bangkok based e-commerce Startup WearYouWant has announced a USD 1.5mil Series A round to expand into South-East Asia. Unlike other e-commerce solutions WyW is unique in that it positions itself as a fashion community. WyW enables local fashion retailers to compete with the online only ecommerce solutions, such as Zalora, by selling their inventory online.   WearYouWant collaborates with local fashion brands in a very unique way. Labels that join the fashion community can sell their products online through the WyW websites. The shops decide which items should be sold online and the…
 
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    Uncanny Owl

  • WP Courseware LMS Demo Site

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

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

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

    Ryan Moore
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Ever wanted to see what Sensei looked like with a third-party theme? Maybe try it out on a platform where it could be more directly compared to LearnDash? Now you can! Uncanny Owl now has a completely functional Sensei site up at http://sensei.uncannycloud.com/. Sign in and check out some demo courses and lessons created with Sensei! If the new Sensei site looks familiar, that’s because it’s a clone of our LearnDash demo site. We took a snapshot of that site, replaced LearnDash and iThemes Exchange with Sensei and WooCommerce (and a whole lot of other stuff) and then rebuilt the same demo…
  • Instructor Led Training with WordPress

    Ryan Moore
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Facilitated training isn’t just for the classroom and complex Learning Management Systems. Even though WordPress learning solutions are primarily targeted at self-directed programs, it is absolutely possible to build facilitated learning with them. In this post I’ll share some of the ways we do this for our clients at Uncanny Owl. Let’s suppose you want to offer a 4-week paid course to the public. Each week, you want learners to go through some self-directed lessons (that include text, video, and offline readings), participate in online discussions with you and other learners, and then…
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    NextShark

  • This is What It’s Like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class [PHOTOS]

    Derek Low
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    In 2008, Singapore Airlines introduced their Suites Class, the most luxurious class of flying that is commercially available. The Suites were exclusive to their flagship Airbus A380, and they go beyond flat beds by offering enclosed private cabins with sliding doors that cocoon you in your own little lap of luxury. The interior was designed by French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste and comes along with a plush soft leather armchair hand-stitched by the Italian master craftsmen Poltrona Frau. Perhaps most well-known of all, Singapore Airlines became the first and only commercial…
  • This Psychologist Has an Easy Way For Stress Relief and All You Need is Your Hand

    Alan Van
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little temporal tap. According to clinical psychologist and author Susan Heitler, a temporal tap is a quick and easy technique you can use to positively influence your thoughts, feelings and actions. Like any credible person with a Ph.D., Heitler explains that while temporal tapping is centuries old and has worked on her patients, she can’t make any promises and has no research to validify the method’s effectiveness. However, Heitler makes the point that the method…
  • CoffeetheApp: The ‘LinkedIn Meets Tinder’ is Not Quite What it Sounds Like

    Sebastian Dillon
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    It’s called Coffee and they say it’s “LinkedIn meets Tinder,” but the new business networking app that connects you to jobs, associates and industry professionals might not be exactly what it sounds like. Or is it? My first thought was, “So it’s like a business-hookup app?” I had to clarify since everyone else seems to be beating around the bush with this one. Call me naive, but there are only three keywords I and most other people would associate with Tinder: they are “swipe,” “sex” and “douchebag.” No, you don’t use Coffee to meet people through the context of…
  • These Photos Show Just Exactly How Quick We Are to Judge Others By How They Look

    Alan Van
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    What would you look like if you lived up to the stereotypes about various parts of your identity? For his portrait series titled “Judging America,” Dallas-based photographer Joel Parés shot different people as they might normally look, and then as they might look based on the stereotypes of their race, sexual orientation, career or appearance (tattoos). Was Parés spot on? Check out his series below. CEO of a Fortune 500 Company Widowed Mother of 3 Kids iPhone App Investor Worth Millions Harvard Graduate Stanford Graduate School Student Full-Time Pastor/Missionary New York City Nurse…
  • New Study: Your Smartphone is Making You More Tired Than You Should Be

    Max Chang
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    A new study from the National Sleep Foundation shows that the vast majority of children and adults leave at least one electronic device on while they sleep, which can prevent the body from producing the hormone that induces sleep. An average of 75 percent of children and 89 percent of adults in America are leaving electronic devices on in their rooms while they sleep, and it negatively affects the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for setting your sleep cycle. The blue light emitted from our smart devices interrupts and dramatically reduces the body’s ability to…
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Reserved Seating BETA

    Yapsody
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it! Reserved Seating Beta Our Interactive Seating Chart helps you to: Manage seat rows and columns Auto generate seat numbers Copy row and seat sequences to quickly build your seating chart Assign colors to seat to represent different ticket prices Create a section Map with ease Manage holds and groups them by category Activate Reserved Seating Any reserved seating event put on sale by October 31st 2014 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
  • Yapsody Integrated Canada’s leading payment gateway – Moneris!

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

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

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

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

  • Campus Job’s employment marketplace connects businesses with college students for more exciting part-time jobs

    Editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    A Q&A with Campus Job co-founder and CEO Liz Wessel. The New York City-based startup, which connects college students with off-campus part-time jobs, announced in late September the closing of a $968,000 Seed funding round. It was led by Box Group, and includes Lerer Ventures, Red Sea, and Kal Vepuri. The company was founded earlier this year by Wessel and JJ Fliegelman. SUB: Please describe Campus Job and your primary innovation. Wessel Campus Job is a new online marketplace to connect businesses and college students for part-time job opportunities during the school year. SUB: Who are…
  • Some news about StartUp Beat…

    Editor
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    I don’t often post news about StartUp Beat itself. But I wanted to let you, the readers, know about some exciting changes coming to the site, beginning tomorrow. The first, and the one I’m most excited about, is that the Featured Startup Pitch is opening up to everyone. If you have started, or are part of the founding team of a legitimate early-stage startup, StartUp Beat welcomes you to submit your pitch! Find the guidelines here—your Pitch will be posted as long as you meet the requirements and guidelines: http://startupbeat.com/startup-beat-featured-startup-pitch-guidelines/. This is…
  • Augmate gets big backing to expand its wearable glass platform for ‘deskless’ workers

    Editor
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    A Q&A with Augmate co-founder and CEO Pete Wassell. The New York City-based smart eyewear startup announced last week that it has raised $2.8 million in Seed funding. Investors include Tim Draper, UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, Siemens Venture Capital, Simon Venture Group, Rothenberg Ventures, Excell Partners, Camp One Ventures and FP Angels. SUB: Please describe Augmate and your primary innovation. WassellAugmate is a wearable tech startup that specializes in the strategy, development and deployment of enterprise applications for smart eyewear. Our primary innovations are our private SDK…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Non-profit startup Shopping for a Change wants to bring local artisan products from around the world to the global market

    Editor
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    By Stacey Horowitz, Shopping for a Change founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH & PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Shopping for a Change (SFAC) is a non-profit that helps artisans, artisan co-ops and companies from impoverished areas sell fair-trade goods online. Profits are donated to international community improvement projects focused on clean water, healthcare, and education in the artisans’ communities, and to U.S.-based nonprofits which our shoppers choose during the checkout process. FOUNDERS’ STORY In 2009, as I approached my fiftieth birthday, I felt an increasing desire to…
  • NeoReach wants to help bloggers earn more from ‘influencer’ endorsements

    Editor
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A Q&A with NeoReach co-founder and COO P.J. Leimgruber. The Stanford, California-based influencer marketing startup completed a $1.5 million Seed funding round over the summer. It was co-founded last year by P.J., his brother Jesse Leimgruber and fellow Stanford undergrad Misha Talavera. The funding was led by Founder.org, which funds student-led ventures. The team is a past participant in The Alchemist Accelerator, and raised $300,000 in initial funding back in January. SUB: Please describe NeoReach and your primary innovation. Leimgruber: We reward users for finding and sharing…
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  • The Future Of Work

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

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

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

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

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

  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/24/14

    John Gannon
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Praxis Health, a healthcare startup that provides lay caregivers with the skills and tools needed to better recognize and manage disease, is looking for a BD and tech candidate to help scale their operations. 500 Startups writes about how to get hired at a startup (even if you’re not technical). Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/24/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/22/14

    John Gannon
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Klink, a data company, is hiring a Sales Development Rep in SoHo, NYC. Ryan Hoover writes for Medium about not learning to code. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/22/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/10/14

    John Gannon
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Grovo, a company that teaches internet and modern professional skills with 60-second videos, is hiring a Junior Product Analyst. Eric Olson writes about employee stock options on his blog. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/10/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/8/14

    John Gannon
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    AngelList is hiring an Operations Associate. The Muse is taking one lucky winner and a guest on a tour of Silicon Valley this fall. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/8/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 9/4/14

    John Gannon
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Sean Johnson writes for Medium about how climbing the career ladder depends on what you do out of the office. Jean Walters offers 10 characteristics of great customer success hires. 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 9/4/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
 
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    Changing Field

  • Business and Social Gaming

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

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

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

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

    admin
    4 Dec 2013 | 5:43 am
    Evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are. The business organization is composed of different individuals with different capacities. Even if you are starting out, it pays to have different persons focus on different areas that you are engaged in. If you don’t know how to do bookkeeping, hiring someone who specializes in this area of the business would help. Or it may do to outsource it to an accounting firm. Make sure there are people that are tasked to do other aspects of the business like design, development, marketing and sales.
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    Accredible

  • Exploits in Education: Week 3

    Elizabeth Randell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Welcome back! Last week we worked through the concept of companies (or corporations) as a person; rules, regulations and laws and ways they can help the economy; taxation of companies; and finally what Canada is doing to promote economic growth via taxation.  This week we are tackling Cattle Markets and the Stock Market. Grab a drink or a snack and let’s jump in! How Much Should We Trust Business Leaders? This topic was quite interesting – I’m always torn personally.  Frankly, we know there is a lack of transparency – just consider the Global Financial Crisis of…
  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 4

    Swati Kumar
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:   Lightbulb Moments:  I came into this bootcamp with nothing but a small amount of HTML/CSS knowledge.
  • Featuring World Science U

    Elizabeth Randell
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    World Science U is currently offering short courses (2-3 weeks in length), but with signs pointing to longer courses coming soon.  Using the best methods of classroom teaching and pushing them into the future, World Science U aims to make complex science understandable for all.  Check out their introduction video! As mentioned, these courses are meant for anyone – from beginner to advanced learners.  The current courses are short and have no homework or exams but do  They provide non-technical explorations, which go beyond traditional science popularizations.  The first two courses…
  • Coursera Courses Starting in October

    Elizabeth Randell
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Once again Coursera has offered a wide array of courses.  Listed below are a sampling of the courses presented in English – with more available in other languages!  Whether you are looking for an education, business, science or social course, there is something for everyone!   October 1st – 4th Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing Social Entrepreneurship Childbirth: A Global Perspective Programming Languages Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes that Stick Managing Fashion and…
  • Featuring MR University

    Elizabeth Randell
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tyler Cowan and Alex Tabarrok, economic professors from George Mason University, launched MRUniversity to offer education that is better, cheaper and easier to access.  Courses offered consist of multiple, short videos that allow you to watch between tasks.  Have 6 minutes to spare on the bus/train/subway?  You could watch a video and still have 30 seconds to spare! In a neat and unusual twist, some of the content is crowd-sourced!  Students are encouraged to vote for the next lot of content or to suggest new material.  Instructors are encouraged to create a flipped economics classroom…
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    Entrepreneur Sky | Startup & Tech News, Buzz, Tips

  • Mobile Traction is Become Even More Difficult and Here’s Why.

    Kevin
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Mobile Traction is Become Even More Difficult and Here’s Why. Back in the day, the formula for gaining some sort of mobile traction went down something like this: Develop something amazingly great Get Apple/Google to feature you, alongside a huge PR launch! Watch your application make its way towards the top of the charts Purchase some cheap installs to boost it even further Profit!!! This has worked out for quite a few years already, and things were going along smoothly, especially for new upcoming startups and indie developers. However, gradually this classic method stopped working,…
  • Magma Ventures Partners has Closed Magma IV with $150M Financial Funding.

    Kevin
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Magma Ventures Partners has Closed Magma IV with $150M Financial Funding. Magma Venture Partners, a leading Israeli early stage technology-focused venture capital fund with US$500 Million under management, today announces the completion of fundraising for Magma Venture Capital IV with $150 million in new committed capital. The fund received strong interest and was oversubscribed within weeks of announcement. This fund comes on the heels of a third fund raised in early 2012. Fund. Fund IV will continue Magma’s strategy and investment focus of investing across areas of information,…
  • DreamsCloud Receives $2M Series A to Expand Dream Resource Platform.

    Kevin
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    DreamsCloud Receives $2M Series A to Expand Dream Resource Platform. DreamsCloud, the world’s leading online dream resource, today announces it has raised $2 million in Series A funding. The funds will be used to continue development of the DreamsCloud platform and the recently released DreamSphere mobile app, make additional engineering and developer hires, and grow and expand the company’s reach via additional marketing efforts. The round represents DreamsCloud’s first external funding round, and was led by Sphere Capital Holding, part of the original first round investors in…
  • How To Effectively Utilize The Pricing Strategy For Your Upcoming Startup.

    Kevin
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    How To Effectively Utilize The Pricing Strategy For Your Upcoming Startup. During Seven years ago, First Round Partner Josh Kopelman typed up a seminal blog post on the importance of free services in consumer-facing business models. He insisted that most entrepreneurs had a misunderstand on how subscription pricing works and assume that as price goes down demand goes up in equal measure. Instead, he suggested that price affects demand to a point, but the relationship is far from linear, there is a gap between free and any other price. This gap is been dubbed as “The Penny Gap.”…
  • Makers of the AirBlade Hockey Stick to Kickstart Production.

    Kevin
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Makers of the AirBlade Hockey Stick to Kickstart Production. Carbon Sports LLC, developer of hockey stick technology, announced today that it has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production of its patented AirBlade Hockey Stick. The campaign will run throughout the U.S. and Canada, targeting hockey enthusiasts as potential investors (players, parents, league officials, etc.). Crowdfunding. Carbon Sports is working through the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com, which is a product of the Federal JOBS Act and provides an opportunity for the general public to support…
 
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • Space Wallet Is A Compact Wallet Designed For All Occasions (Interview)

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

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

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

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    If you’re like most people, you probably want to do everything in your power to increase sales. Whether it’s through search engine optimization (SEO) or old fashioned banner ads – the goal is the same: … Read more The post 4 Science Backed Ways To Increase Conversions appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • 13 Glorious Tools For Content Marketing

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    Lets be honest. Content marketing is not easy! Sure, anyone can set up a blog, sign up for Twitter and open a MailChimp account. The challenging part however is creating relevant content your target audiences … Read more The post 13 Glorious Tools For Content Marketing appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • SIIB Leadership Series 2014: D-Day

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

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

    Kartik Jha
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others” - Bill Gates Why did terrorist attacks like 26/11 has become so prevalent in recent times? How the reason for the[...]
  • Leading Mobile Industry Leaders to Convene at GMIC Bangalore on September 26, 2014 

    Prateek Panda
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014. GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and[...]
  • Nurture Talent Partners with IIM Ahmedabad for Entrepreneurship & Business Plan Workshops

    Team TechPanda
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This quote by Gandhi beautifully captures the essence of what drives entrepreneurs to be changemakers. Budding entrepreneurs have ideas but often face difficulty in[...]
 
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • Cheetah Mobile Launches Clean Master for PC, First PC App Aimed at the U.S. Market.

    Kevin C
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Cheetah Mobile Launches Clean Master for PC, First PC App Aimed at the U.S. Market. Cheetah Mobile Inc., a leading mobile internet company that provides mission critical applications to help make the internet and mobile experience speedier, simpler, and safer for users worldwide, launches its first PC application in the U.S., Clean Master for PC. The software scans a user’s computer, clearing unwanted junk files to optimize and accelerate computer performance. Clean Master. With more than 280 million monthly active users of the Clean Master app on Android, now Cheetah Mobile is…
  • Budiu, The Wearable Smart Shoe That Keeps Track of Children.

    Kevin C
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Budiu, The Wearable Smart Shoe That Keeps Track of Children. It’s become quite obvious that during this year of 2014, wearable technology has boomed quite hard. After the merging of  numerous amounts of fitness trackers, wristbands, glasses, now the industry also has something else to offer parents who are worried of losing track of their children, with these child friendly wearables. Budiu. Budiu is a GPS-based smart shoe that tracks down the current location of the child and also alerts parents if their child are out of the pre-deteremined “safe range”. Budiu shoes come…
  • 58.com Purchases New Office Space in Beijing.

    Kevin C
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    58.com Purchases New Office Space in Beijing. 58.com Inc., China’s largest online marketplace serving local merchants and consumers, today announced that the Company has purchased new office space in Beijing. Agreement. The Company has entered into an agreement with Beijing Electronics Zone Investment and Development Co., Ltd. (“BEZ”) to purchase approximately 45,000 square meters of office space in Chaoyang District, Beijing, for RMB1,033.0 million (approximately US$168.4 million). The location will be used for the Company’s new corporate headquarters to accommodate…
  • BaaS Provider AVOS Cloud Announces Series A Funding.

    Kevin C
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    BaaS Provider AVOS Cloud Announces Series A Funding. A mobile backend-as-a-service (Baas) provider, by the name of AVOS Cloud, has recently announced that it has successfully received a Series A Funding from IDG Capital Partners. The china-based startup has currently declined to to disclose on the financial terms that were reached during this deal. Over more than 10,000 developers or businesses have come to the decision of adopting AVOS Cloud service since its initial launching during September 2013, according to the company. Its financial funding was provided by AVOS Systems, the parent…
  • Dontalk, The Answer to Privacy-Sensitive Consumer Needs.

    Kevin C
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Dontalk, The Answer to Privacy-Sensitive Consumer Needs. A new player has joined the mobile messenger market, going under the name of Dontalk, which has recently been welcomed with open arms by privacy-conscious consumers as the government of Korea has recently launched a new department responsible for investigating false information circulating around the Internet. Dontalk. Developed by messaging app provider Brinicle, Dontalk is equipped with many distinctive functions to protect privacy, one of which is “pop message.” With the function, mobile messages automatically disappear…
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    Technora

  • bigMobilityConference in Bangalore for mobile app developers

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

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

    Susmitha Kasaram
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Toptomato is an e-commerce platform for grocery, personal care and household products. There are many online platforms for a variety of products but the one, which supplies grocery items etc, is a bit different. This makes it a unique concept. Apart from this, Toptomato has e-subscription, which is launched in India for the first time. […]
  • Reviewgist-A product review aggregator site

    Susmitha Kasaram
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Assume that you are planning to buy a gadget, what do you do? Some conventional things what we usually do are we will ask a friend, check some websites to review about the product and finally ratings of the product. But, do you think these things will provide the complete information about the gadget? May […]
  • Freekall

    Susmitha Kasaram
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Freekall is an excellent mobile service that allows us to make free calls, when we run out of balance and in urgent need of making a call. This service is free and we need not to pay a single penny. Some of the mobile services allow making calls for free but after installing the mobile […]
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    Blog - iGoStartup

  • Common tools for business consulting services

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Every craftsman needs his tools, and business consultants are no different. There are a number of key tools and frameworks that a good business consultant must have in his or her repertoire if he or she is to succeed. We will look at a few of these in this article.
  • How to start a consulting business

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    It is exciting and challenging to become a consultant, as people view you as an expert in your field, and you develop your skills so that you enjoy what you do even more. But setting up that service in the first place is something that requires careful consideration.
  • Trends in business consulting services

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    Business consulting, like any profession, is subject to trends that determine how much money you make and how you should diversify your services offering. In this article we will look at some common trends that are really starting to pick up pace right now.
  • Top 10 tips for consultants

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    Your first tip that is important if you are a consultant is perhaps the most important one. The rest follow from it. Bear that in mind and you should be a top business consultant before you know it.
  • 7 reasons to help startups

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Helping start-ups is one of the great joys in a business consultant’s life. In this article we will look at 7 reasons why helping start-ups makes a lot of sense.
 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Retail Resources: Turning Over Leads With Tablets

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Tablets and smartphones allow your consumers to interact with your brand at the touch of a button. Mobile users can access your content from a variety of locations around the globe, without having to visit your store to sample your offerings. But is there a way to use these mobile devices to drive more consumers to your physical site? If you know how to use them, the answer is a resounding yes. Tablets in particular offer a range of benefits for small business owners, as they allow consumers to interact with many of the store's services on a technologically advanced surface.  Wondering…
  • Green Business: Green Packaging

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    As the green movement continues to gain steam in the business realm, more executives are learning about the ways in which they can further cut costs and waste in their companies. While many businesses have been developing and selling eco friendly products, others have examined the ways they can alter the packaging in which they distribute their goods. From the materials that comprise the boxes in which you sell products to the bags you give to consumers, there are many ways to adopt green packaging tactics in your operations. Green packaging market soars Waste continues to be a…
  • Finding Small Business Financing in a Down Economy

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    The ups and downs of the economy can hit small businesses extremely hard. Take, for example, financing a new business endeavor. Even if a company has a couple years experience under its belt, getting the necessary finances gets even more difficult (something that was never that easy to do even in the best of times).    Different companies may require different levels of funding, which may limit their options even further. As a small business, a lot of the traditional routes may seem closed off or inaccessible, especially when the economy is in a slump. This is when banks start to…
  • The Key to Crisis Response

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Small businesses are equally susceptible to company​wide scandals as larger corporations, but oftentimes, smaller companies lack the necessary resources to adequately handle a crisis. Enlisting the assistance of a PR firm may be beneficial for some brands, but there are several ways you can ensure your reputation stays in tact following an unfortunate incident, whether it pertains to your employees, products or social media conduct.  Your office may not have an Olivia Pope - the infallible fixer from "Scandal" - but if you're searching for some surefire ways to tackle a crisis with…
  • Does Humor Help or Hurt My Brand?

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    Humor can be a powerful tool for many small business owners - if you know how to use it. Some companies make their living on entertaining consumers on a regular basis while others strike social media gold with well-timed tweets. Although comedy can have a drastic impact on your consumer base, small business owners should exercise caution when implementing it in their operations. As beneficial as comedy can be for your brand, it can have the opposite effect if poorly executed. Businesses that attempt to leverage humor during inappropriate events or merely promote content that many people do…
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    TechJuice

  • Windows 10, because 9 just wasn’t good enough!

    Zain Peracha
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    After the giant leap Microsoft made in 2012 with the launch of Windows 8, a lot of veteran users believed they had suddenly entered an unfamiliar domain and hence avoided the Windows 8 update entirely. Microsoft believes that their claims may lie to reason and is therefore bringing forward a product that will leave them shivering in their shoes. In order to rectify the mistakes made in the past, Microsoft has focused it’s new OS on several features that had previously been heavily criticises; at the same time, they have also added a lot of new task management. The first thing to notice…
  • eBay and PayPal to Split-up as Separate Companies in 2015

    Uzair Ahmed
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    eBay Inc’s acquisition of PayPal in the aftermath of dot-com bubble back in 2002 for a sum of $1.5 billion raised several questions in the tech industry, most specifically: should a company as humongous as PayPal work as a subsidiary of another giant. eBay Inc. decided not to trade PayPal as a separate entity at that time but the latest announcement from trade giant this Tuesday could mean that it has been busy reconsidering its options. Via an official blog-post, eBay Inc. announced that its board of directors, after a strategic review, has approved the plan to split its e-commerce and…
  • Pakistani Developer of Spyware App StealthGenie Indicted in the US

    Uzair Ahmed
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    A number of Pakistani developers, apps, and development companies have made the headlines in the recent past for their achievements, but Hammad Akbar, a Pakistani-native app developer from Lahore, is making the rounds in tech and media circles for all the wrong reasons. Akbar, who is the chief executive of InvoCode Pvt Ltd, was indicted in Eastern District of Virginia this Monday against the charges of advertising and selling a spyware app called ‘StealthGenie’ which is being used by people to spy on mobile users. His indictment is the first-ever instance where criminal charges have been…
  • LCE Announces Names of 2nd Batch of Startups

    Fatima Rizwan
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship has just announced names of startups that have been shortlisted for 2nd Cycle of Foundation Program. LCE announced the names through a facebook update and mentioned that details of these startups will be available in the first week of October for everyone. Here are the names of shortlisted startups. AutoGenie Jewelry Design Pro Greenic Daily Sauda Premium Red Match Set Fictive Lab All Solutions This is a developing story, we have contacted Khurram Zafar, head of LCE for details of these startups. LCE is also conducting an Investors Summit next week on 3rd…
  • In Conversation with Farzal Dojki, CEO of DotZero

    Immad Khan
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    I recently got a chance to sit with Farzal Dojki, the Founder of Next Generation Innovation, and currently the Interim CEO of DotZero. Here is what went on in the conversation. About Farzal Dojki After acquiring his Intermediate in Pre-Engineering from Adamjee Science College, Farzal opted for a dual Bachelor in Computer Science and Economics from University of Texas Austin. He then proceeded to complete his MS in Information Systems from New York University alongside while he was working for Merrill Lynch. TJ: What motivation you had in coming back to Pakistan? Farzal Dojki: Ten years back,…
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, News, Resources, Interviews

  • Medstar – Your Online Monthly Medical Store

    Asish Das
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    The major concern today with India’s relentlessly growing population is the unfortunate lifestyle diseases rigorously trying to keep up with the growth of the populace. If the direness of this situation wasn’t enough already, the complexity increases tenfold by the fact that these diseases are chronic in nature. The following statistics according to WHO Global Burden of Disease, 2010 makes evident the seriousness of the situation: Cardiac – 50 million patients Diabetes – 63 million patients Cancer – 1.2 million new cases every year Stroke – 0.9 million cases every…
  • Constraint Innovation 101 – Lesson For Startups From Mangalyaan

    Arvind Subramaniam
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    The 24th of September, 2014 was a red letter day (Pun intended) for every Indian. The Indian mission to Mars, Mangalyaan pulled itself into orbit into the Martian atmosphere. That day, India became the envy of the scientific world. This was a mission that was expected to fail from the start. Of about 51 mars missions launched so far across the world only 20 have been a success. China’s Mars program in partnership with Russia ended in failure when the rocket splashed into the Pacific Ocean. Japan tried and failed in the late 90’s. In contrast India’s first mission is a…
  • CommonFloor.com Raises $30 Million Series E Funding From Tiger Global

    Asish Das
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Bangalore bases real estate and apartment management portal CommonFloor.com has raised $30 million (approx. 181 crore) series E funding from its existing investor Tiger Global Management Llc. This is the biggest round of investment for the company. The company raised Rs. 64 crores in January from Tiger Global and Accel India this year. With the latest round of funding the total investment sums up to $50 million. With more than 2,00,000 visitors everyday CommonFloor.com has witnessed a 100% increase in traffic, 125% jump in live listings and added over 25,000 communities in the last two…
  • Naughty Strands – Helping Women Get Dressed, In Style

    Akanksha Samar
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Young entrepreneurs are starting up in areas unheard of. For instance, fashion segment which was once considered the domain of women is slowly giving way to men. And betting big on this shift is Bhuvan Bansal, who has founded Naughty Strands. Sharing the concept of business, Bansal says, “Fashion conscious women want clothes that fit them well and they want a good deal of variety. I found a huge gap in terms of fast fashion which was not available in India time at affordable prices. So there was Zara, Mango which cost Rs 2,500 or more, then Chemistry was in the range of Rs 1200-1300.But if…
  • FreeCharge Raises $33 Miilion Series B Funding From Existing Investor Sequoia Capital And Others

    Asish Das
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    FreeCharge.in, India’s leading online mobile, DTH recharge company has raised 33 million USD in its series B funding. The investors for the fresh round includes existing investor Sequoia Capital along with  Belgium bases Sofina and Russia based RuNet investment firms. FreeCharge was founded in 2010 by Kunal Shah, Sandeep Tandon and Alok Goel which gives free coupons for each recharge done through the website. These coupons are delivered through e-mail, mobile phone which can be redeemed at various foods, entertainment, clothing stores like Dominos, KFC, Flipkart, Amazon, eBay etc.. The…
 
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  • Growth hacking through email marketing

    Florin Muresan
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    You may think that email marketing is an old school technique to use for reaching out to your clients. The truth is email marketing is not dead. It’s only a matter of how you use it. But can email marketing be a good fit for growth hacking? What is email…
  • What are the rates of failure in the startup world?

    Florin Muresan
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Today, it has become so easy to begin your own startup. The heck, even I think of doing that. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs have forgotten the risky side of this funny business. Of course, a company needs time to grow, but many fail not long after they’ve opened their doors. In…
  • How do you become a speaker at a startup event?

    Florin Muresan
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Ever been to a startup event that turned your life around? All that happened was you took a seat, relaxed and opened your ears. What you heard, however, made all the difference. It changed the way you saw yourself, your dreams, your startup, your team. It gave you courage, ambition…
  • VC or crowdfunding?

    Florin Muresan
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Is your startup suitable for VC funding or crowdfunding? Choosing the right funding for your startup or new business should never be a decision on the spur of the moment, or an easy one. In order to make sure you’ll have success, an ongoing progress and activity, that you’ll break through…
  • How to attract a startup accelerator’s interest

    Florin Muresan
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    A startup can be founded in many different ways, and each of them is chosen in a certain stage of the startup. Today, we are going to talk about what is a startup accelerator, whether it’s the perfect match for your business, and last but not least, how you can…
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  • How To Build Web Traffic to Your Startup (Plus Examples)

    Ann Smarty
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Building traffic for your startup can be a desperate struggle for visibility. We all know that time and consistency are the only real ways...
  • DYL Ventures – Start-up Consultancy in Pakistan

    Hummayun Javed
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    In the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan, the main players other than the entrepreneurs themselves seem to be the universities, government and incubators within universities...
  • TiE in Pakistan – Fostering Entrepreneurship

    Hummayun Javed
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    The Indus Entreprenuers (TiE) is an international network of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals spanning over 60 chapters in 17 countries. The roots...
  • Technology Incubation Center @ NUST

    Hummayun Javed
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    NUST in Islamabad has come a long way from big/small campuses all over the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to the sprawling campus...
  • USF approves Optic Fiber project for KP

    Faysal Namver
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Universal Service Fund (USF) has approved a 730.6 – kilometer – long Optic Fiber Cable project for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) which will benefit about...
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  • Five ‘keys to success’ that are a myth

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

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

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

    Deepthi Ramdas
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    The iOS App Store has a new addition to it – 1Click’s webRTC application, 1ClickRTC. The webRTC application provides developers with features to build live video chat software. This provides … Continue reading →The post Create a Room with 1Click’s webRTC application appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • 1Click’s webRTC application now on App Store

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

  • What Good is a Coder Who Can’t Code?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    I hear you’re looking to hire coders.  A Python Pro, perhaps? How are you going to go about it? Stage 1: You start by publicizing the job opening First come the job boards, then some social networking, and maybe even some internal references; you need to get the word out about your vacancy. The right developer might be lurking around the corner and you don’t want to miss them. Stage 2: You scrape up a pool of possible candidates You’ve received hundreds of applications from various candidates whose resumes you now have handy, since that’s the traditional way of…
  • Conduct Employee Training with Online Skills Assessment Tools

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Employee Training at regular intervals has a number of tangible benefits across organisations of all sizes that makes it an integral part of any good HR manager’s list of initiatives. Given the rapidity of advancements in HR Technology, it is no surprise that Training and Development too, has evolved. Online Skills Assessment tools allow Training Managers more flexibility, deeper insights and a number of other very real benefits that makes their immediate adoption, imperative. Online Skills Assessment Tools, an introduction to which can be found here and the best of which we’re…
  • 7 Career Lessons From the Modern Family Crew

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:51 am
    Modern Family won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series for the 5th time in a row this year, but award winning comedy and incredible acting isn’t the only thing we can get from this incredible show. Not only is it a healthy of real fiction, but each of the adult characters- Jay, Gloria, Phil, Claire, Mitchell, Cam and even Haley- can each teach us a quintessential and very valuable lesson about choosing a career, dealing with it, and making the most out of it, no matter how modern our family: 1. Value Experience- Jay Pritchett Jay is the head of the household, and has a number of…
  • Recruiting Lessons from a Sales Person

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    If we dwell deeper into recruitment, we’ll find that there are instances where a recruiter faces situations similar to the one’s faced by a sales person. Recruiting is about finding the right person to fill a vacancy and is a time consuming task. Whenever a firm launches a recruitment drive, they receive a huge load of resumes which need to be filtered for interviews. Even after filtering the resumes, there are generally a large number of candidates left to deal with. These candidates need to be sent through another filtration process (for IT requirements, this can be done easily by…
  • 10 Things All Recruiters Must Know About Online Skills Assessment

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A lot of the advice about “how to hire better” asks recruiters to spend more time on each candidate and discover as much as they possibly can, all so they can reduce the risk of a bad hire, and save themselves a lot of trouble. But the one thing this advice doesn’t take into account is: where are recruiters going to find the extra time to put in this extra effort? Isn’t there a better way to assess what’s important, in a time and cost effective manner? Here are the 10 things all recruiters- under worked, overworked or remarkably efficient- need to know about…
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    SuperbCrew

  • Blitzen – B2B SaaS Platform For Creating Streamlined Workflows

    SuperbCrew
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    With Blitzen you can make form-based workflows lightning fast. Blitzen has a set of great features such as the mentioned form building, possibility to connect your cloud apps, workflow automation and more. Jesse Guild, Founder and CEO of Blitzen, shares more details with us: Q: What is Blitzen? A: Blitzen is a B2B web application that lets you build powerful online forms and synchronize your data across your cloud apps like your CRM, marketing automation, and project management tools using simple event-based automations. Related:  Startup MoreApp – Online And Offline Mobile Forms Q: How…
  • Everchat – Messaging And File Sharing Platform For Modern Teams

    SuperbCrew
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    Everchat is a messaging and file sharing platform, that aims to provide simplified and more productive team collaboration, having in mind the fact that there is a great untapped potential for social technologies to improve communication and collaboration in enterprises. Below is a recent interview with Pedro Henrique Marques, Co-founder of Everchat: Q: What is Everchat? A: Putting it simply, Everchat is a simple messaging and file sharing platform for modern teams. We decided to start building it earlier this year because we needed this product. Our team is spread across three continents…
  • MOTA SmartRing – Revolutionize Wearable Technology

    SuperbCrew
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    With MOTA Smart Ring you will be able to receive updates from calls, texts, and social media with vibrations from your finger. The MOTA Smart Ring’s companion app for Android and iOS devices allows fine-grained control of notifications to be displayed on the ring. Low energy Bluetooth 4.0 communications provides a stable connection between your phone and your SmartRing. The MOTA SmartRing allows you to stay wire-free, charging your SmartRing via its charging station. During its Indiegogo campaign MOTA Smart Ring has raised over $99,500 from more than 1,440 supporters. Last Updated on…
  • SALT- Locks Your Phone Automatically When You Walk Away

    SuperbCrew
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    With SALT your phone is unlocked when you’re near, when you leave, your phone automatically locks itself! The SALT app allows you to restrict access to certain apps if the SALT card isn’t present. You can select which apps you want to automatically lock when your SALT card is out of range or just specify which apps will require a PIN for entry. SALT is made up of two components: The SALT card that you can pre-order via this Kickstarter campaign The free SALT app that’s available for Android and iOS The SALT card uses a system that has over 281 trillion possible combinations.
  • Iterable – The Next Generation Email Optimization Platform

    SuperbCrew
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    San Francisco based startup Iterable is developing an enterprise e-mail optimization platform designed to be simple for engineers to implement and for marketers to use (send highly personalized emails for desktop and mobile). Our recent interview below is with Sherry Chao from Iterable team: Q: For those who have never heard of it, how would you describe Iterable? A: Iterable is an all-in-one email platform designed to be extremely easy for engineers to implement and for marketers to use. The idea behind Iterable came from CEO Justin Zhu’s previous days on the Growth team at Twitter. He…
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  • FBI vs StealthGenie: First-ever criminal case concerning spyware app

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

    ventureosity
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The first EV from Daimler and BYD’s joint venture, Denza, soon will see the road, with up to 300 km Mileage, whether in the city or elsewhere. In terms of battery charging, DENZA potential to provide the greatest flexibility. Whether it is a household power outlet, public charging infrastructure or can be installed in the […]
  • :-) I hope nobody forgot today is the birthday of smiley

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

    ventureosity
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A dairy farm fired all employees and referred the offenders in the video to law enforcement, according the the Associated Press. They have also stopped dairy shipments and milking operations and sent cows to other area farms. Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals captured video secretly recorded video apparently showing workers punching and kicking cows and stabbing […]
  • BABA for ALIBABA: September 19 at 9:30 a.m

    ventureosity
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    On Friday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. ET, the NYSE stock exchange will begin the process to determine the opening price for trading Alibaba’s IPO. “Whether it’s 15 minutes to get to that solution or an hour and 15 minutes, we don’t really care,” David Ethridge, the senior vice president at NYSE Group Inc. “We’ve […]
 
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    Spectafy Blog

  • How to Explore a City in 10 Easy Steps!

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

    Ben Watson
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    As a co-founder, building a badass startup team will not only be one of your first challenges, but also the most important one to get right. Here are some of the tidbits we learned while forming our current, and (I think) extremely badass, team. 1. Identify your Weaknesses The team has to start with me, myself, and I.  We mean this in the most humble of ways.  The reality is that nobody is going to put in more blood, sweat, and tears to execute your vision than you–although great team members may get close.  Remember, in the wise words of Mark Suster, “Shit happens. Great teams…
  • Utility Isn’t Enough, How Social Should Compliment Utility to Drive App Engagement

    Eric Watson
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    If you’re trying to make a big splash in the app world, utility itself is simply not enough anymore.  A bit of background on our app Spectafy connects people to location-specific answers, visually. It’s meant to get people moving, and get them information about locations in real-time without having to leave where they are – so that they can plan and move more efficiently. One of the biggest superpowers of our app is its focus on community, on togetherness, and helping each other. It’s also the biggest thing we weren’t executing on at the beginning of our beta. The funny thing is we…
  • 3 Things You Didn’t Know About Visual Memory and How We Recall Information [SlideShare]

    Eric Watson
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Visual information is incredibly powerful. Here are some interesting things about how we are all wired to consume and remember visuals. Hopefully it’s not only interesting, but helps you learn, design, teach, and more. A picture really is worth 1000 words. Check out this SlideShare: The post 3 Things You Didn’t Know About Visual Memory and How We Recall Information [SlideShare] appeared first on Spectafy Blog.
  • The 7 Best San Francisco Events You Don’t Want To Miss in September

    Sean Smith
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    We are deeply routed in San Francisco, it’s where our community is centered, it’s where we’re headquartered, it’s where we are launching first, and SF just an awesome place! One of our goals is to increase our community’s awareness of interesting things happening around them all the time. There are few things we enjoy more than attending local events in San Fran, and with the breadth of culture in San Francisco, there’s always something interesting to participate. This is why we are putting together a new recurring blog segment that we are going to be…
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  • Make International Education Payments With PeerTransfer

    KARAN CHOPRA
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Planning to study abroad and a thought on how you make education payments haunts you? If the same thing happens to you, then in this startup review article, we will be sharing with you about the company name PeerTransfer, which lets you make international education payments. PeerTransfer lets you save money and time to educational institutions and their international students when paying and processing tuition and fees. In order to start, you can get a quote first by finding your educational institution by selecting your country and the payment method by which you want to go with. Once you…
  • Build Online Courses With Traindom

    KARAN CHOPRA
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Looking forward for ways by which you can make some extra money? Know pretty well about any subject(s)? If answer is big YES, then today’s startup will be a perfect fit for you. Today we are going to talk about Traindom, a startup which lets you build online courses. Traindom enables you to deliver a better product experience for your customers and increase sales. Comes in fair pricing, Traindom offers five pricing slabs, with first 30 days, completely free, the next when you got up to 10 clients, $5 per month, up to $1000 sales, $24 per month, up to $3000 sales, $47 per month while over…
  • Find What Licenses You Need For Your Business With License123.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    If you are about to launch a company or already started a company, the first thing definitely comes to your mind is what particular licenses you require for your business. Although there are number of licenses available for each of niche available but the question strikes which particular license one requires for one particular business. Well to help you out with the issue, the startup which we are covering today is License123.com. License123.com is a website which lets you help with what licenses you need for your business. The site helps you out with getting the right licenses for your…
  • Get Free Legal Advice And Help Online Via LegalAdvice.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    A person often gets confused when it comes to getting answers for their legal problems. As some says something and other says something else, result of which it all end up in a big LEGAL mess in mind of end person. In today’s startup review, we are covering about LegalAdvice.com, a legal advice based startup. LegalAdvice.com is basically a website which offers free legal advice, legal help as well as legal services for all law and legal related questions. One can get free legal advice from best and experienced attorneys or lawyers of their region for each and every legal practice areas they…
  • Meet SourceMap, The Social Network For Supply Chains

    KARAN CHOPRA
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    A common thing often comes in a person mind is that the product they are using where it comes from. While it is all curiosity about the product but it also know about environmental footprints. Well to help you out in knowing the source, in today’s article we are talking about startup name SourceMap. Introducing SourceMap.com, it is the open directory of supply chains and environmental footprints. The site lets consumers to learn about where products come from, what they are made of as well as how they impact people and the environment. Moreover, companies user SourceMap to communicate…
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    The Leanometry Blog

  • How to Create the Perfect Startup Elevator Pitch?

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

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

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

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

    leanometry
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Introduction to angular js july 6th 2014 from Simona Clapan
 
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    Growth Hacking and Startup Advice - TimOsterbuhr.com

  • Top 10 Video Courses To Become A Growth Hacker

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

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

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

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

    Tim
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    This is the first video in my series of tutorials that teach you, how to create your own online store without knowing how to code. In this video I’m diving into Shopify a very popular shop system that is highly customizable and easy to setup. The best way to follow the tutorial is by signing up for a Shopify trial account, which you can do here. What you will learn in this tutorial: – Setting up an account – Adding products to your store – How to change the design of your store – Creating and publishing blog posts – Adding pages (like FAQs and a Contact…
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