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  • What Is a Benefit Corporation?

    Bplans Blog
    Angelique O'Rourke
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently wrote a post on social enterprise, discussing what it entails, and what some of the legal structure options are for a business when the focus is on a social mission. The benefit corporation option is one such legal structure. It’s a fairly new structure, with the first one of its kind coming into existence... The post What Is a Benefit Corporation? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 9 Tips for Packing Your Brand's Message Into a 15-Second Instagram Video

    Entrepreneur
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The video feature is a free and powerful tool for marketing.
  • MAKE NETWORKING WORK FOR YOU

    The Freestyle Entrepreneur
    John Ingrisano
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    by John R. Ingrisano Think of networking as mostly free, word-of-mouth, marketing.  Here are some ideas to make networking work for you: Be in touch.  Thanks to email, it’s never been easier to stay connected with clients and prospects.  Send out very, very short mini-newsletters (200 words at the most) once a month or so to remind them you’re still around. Be involved.  Join organizations — Lions, Optimists, etc. —  in your local community.  The personal and professional relationships are priceless. Polish your elevator talk.  Be prepared to tell people who you are and…
  • Medical Informatics: Saving Babies with JavaScript

    Startup Houston
    Tina Nazerian
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    The colorful, dancing ballerina pig statues on the first level of the Texas Children’s Hospital‘s Abercrombie building provide an odd sense of visual harmony. Their floral tutus add extra shine, which is hard to come by in a building filled with sick – some of them really sick – children. On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon, Samantha Jacques, Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Texas Children’s Hospital, took me to the Progressive Care Unit, to show me the importance of alarm management. As soon as we entered the hallway, I could hear numerous beeps in the…
  • How to Not Suck at Befriending Journalists

    Onboardly
    Crystal Richard
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Making friends. It starts at our first play date. Evolves onto the playground. Carries us through to frosh week and follows us into our career. Of all the survival skills one doth possess in life – making friends is an invaluable talent. So what happens if you really suck at it? Or if you just suck at communicating with strangers in general? It’s not news that connecting with journalists is trying in itself. Making friends with them first is always encouraged, but that can be easier said than done. Especially for those who find social interaction tricky on their best of days. Do you…
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    Fast Company

  • The Minnesota State Fair Menu Is Out Of Control

    KC Ifeanyi
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Intrepid critic @RickNelsonStrib is tweeting the bacon-wrapped, deep-fried highs and lows (likely while clutching his chest).Step right up to the artery-clogging goodness of state fair food, where anything and everything finds its way onto a stick and gets baptized in vat of hot grease--AMEN!Read Full Story
  • Instagram Adds Analytics Tools So Advertisers Can Track Their Campaigns

    Alice Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    New tools will help marketers track the reach of their posts and determine the best times to share.Instagram said Thursday it will be rolling out new analytics tools for advertisers in the coming months.Read Full Story
  • R.I.P. Deborah Sussman, Who Made Graphic Design Larger Than Life

    Carey Dunne
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    The self-proclaimed "supergraphics" designer has died at age 83.Deborah Sussman, the designer best known for creating the environmental graphics of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. She was 83. The idea of supergraphics was not that it was just 'big' but that it was 'bigger' than the architecture.Read Full Story
  • Under The Hood Of Apple's New Health Care Framework

    Michael Grothaus
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    What does HealthKit actually do, anyway? This story contains interviews with Steve Kusmer, cofounder, Abvio; Jim Taschetta, CMO and head of retail sales at iHealth Lab; Jason Jacobs, cofounder of RunKeeper; and Omri Yoffe, CEO of LifeBEAM.Read Full Story
  • Tesla Update Could Let Owners Start Cars With Only An iPhone

    Alice Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    A document reportedly detailing an upcoming firmware release suggests Tesla's iPhone app could start the Model S car.An upcoming firmware release to Tesla's Model S electric sedan could allow owners to start the car with an iPhone app.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • 4 ‘cyberhealth’ strategies for boards

    Bob Ackerman, Allegis Capital
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    GUEST POSTImage Credit: ra2studio / ShutterstockCybersecurity made it onto the list of the top five concerns of U.S. electric utilities this year, according to a new Black & Veatch survey. And less than a third of respondents said they’re equipped to handle an attack. And it’s not just energy companies that are worried. Boards of hundreds of U.S.-based corporations are realizing they’re unprepared for the growing threats of cyber attacks as well. Long viewed primarily as just a “technology” problem, cyber security is rapidly moving up the list of critical business and…
  • Funding Daily: Enterprise software and a smart cup get big money

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Image Credit: Pixelbliss/Shutterstock Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Here are today’s funding deals. Xamarin raised over $54M Developer platform Xamarin, which powers apps like Rdio and Tom Hanks’ megapopular typewriter app, announced a massive $54.25 million to fuel its expansion into Europe. Xamarin enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, in one programming language (the C# language, to be specific). According to Zamarin chief Nat Friedman, C#’s…
  • Get your VR headsets ready: Jaunt reaches out and grabs a real $27.8M

    Barry Levine
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Above: Jaunt uses the Oculus VR headsetImage Credit: JauntVirtual reality has received another financial reality boost with the announcement from VR movie pioneer Jaunt that it has landed a $27.8 million round of funding — including some major bucks from Google Ventures. This Series B round, which Highland Capital Partners led along with Google Ventures, brings the total raised so far for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company to $34 million. “First and foremost, [this funding] will allow us to continue to grow the team we’ve already begun to put together,” CEO and founder…
  • Genentech CEO: FDA needs more funding to review genome products

    Mark Sullivan
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Above: Genomic data is all around us, the background art from Omicia's website implies.Image Credit: OmiciaSAN FRANCISCO — With the arrival of consumer-driven health care, more people will have access to their own genome as a way of guiding the management of their physical well-being. But this has a downside, as 23andMe’s run-in with the FDA last year demonstrates. Misreading the unique markers in the genome might lead to false positives for diseases, or a false negative might prevent a person from getting necessary treatment. Above: Genentech CEO Ian ClarkImage Credit: Rock Health…
  • Microsoft’s newest cloud database portends another attack on Amazon’s dominance

    Jordan Novet
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Image Credit: Robert Scoble/FlickrIf cloud providers want to compete with market leader Amazon Web Services, the battle could come down to having every major feature that Amazon does. Today, Microsoft announced a preview for a fully managed NoSQL document database, which eschews traditional commands in the SQL query language, as well as a managed search tool developers can weave into their applications, based in the Azure public cloud. The tools should add diversity to Microsoft’s growing public cloud offerings and bring it a couple of steps closer to Amazon’s cloud — just…
 
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • #AskGaryVee Episode 11: Diplomas, not GPAs

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    #QOTD: What are you doing this weekend? #LINKS: My AMA on Reddit – http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1svvca/iama_gary_vaynerchuk_serial_entrepreneur_nyt Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ Today’s Voiceover by Max Bass – https://twitter.com/maxthatbass #TIMESTAMPS 00:44 – If you owned a winery in Napa, what would your left jabs look like? 03:24 Do you respond to your post/tweets/emails/messages personally? or do you delegate? 04:52 What foods have you added to your lifestyle that you are enjoying the most? 05:23 How can I converge my vision of being…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 9: Ice Bucket Billionaire

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    #QOTD: Who in your family inspires you the most? Today we a very special episode of The #AskGaryVee show. I’ve been holding off on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for awhile now, but when my man Michael called me out, I knew I had to make the move! So now I challenge YOU, VaynerNation, to get out there, soak yourselves, and DONATE! #LINKS Donate to the ALS association – https://secure2.convio.net/alsa/site/Donation2?df_id=27420&27420.donation=form1 Special Guest: Michael! YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgDkZbewH3LBKZpqAvhL4fA Twitter –…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 8: Buy the Damn Cat!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    #QOTD: What is currently your favorite single beverage? Things that I have decided are important: Keeping life spicy, wine, my health, and being honest. LINKS: Cyberdust – http://cyberdust.com/ Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ TIMESTAMPS: 0:39 Do you believe in Jim Collins belief that we can only focus on 3 things? 1:38 What is the best way to grow a following or community from nothing? 3:36 Tea or Coffee? or wine? 3:57 As a business leader whats one thing that keeps you up at night? 4:54 Center or Edge? 5:01 What’s the best way for a right hook to seem like a jab?
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 7: Parents, Patience, and Pie

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Getting into some long-winded answers today! It’s a really great sign, too, because it’s clear that you guys are asking me amazing questions, so I really want to give some of them the time they deserve. Also be sure to hit me up on CyberDust tomorrow (@garyvee) so I can answer some of your more personal questions. #QOTD: What other personalities in the video world are you enjoying content from? #LINKS: Cyberdust – http://cyberdust.com/ Matthew Santoro – https://www.youtube.com/user/MatthewSantoro Music by T.Jay – http://www.wordplaytjay.com/ #TIMESTAMPS: 1:58…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 6: Friction Sucks

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    In this episode we talk about getting familiar with Facebook advertising, my love for my family, and the magic of red-headed quarterbacks. On top of that we get into being grateful, being right, and being patient. Three of my favorite things! LINKS: http://allfacebook.com TIMESTAMPS 0:27 - What’s the best way to use Facebook dark posts? 1:51 - Is it still necessary to drive traffic from social to your dot com? 3:57 - How’d you deal with working in a family business? 5:03 - What did you think of the Dalton trade? 5:38 - Does the demand for your attention get overwhelming?
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Movie Theaters May Be Getting More Interactive, Thanks To Audience Entertainment’s SDK

    Anthony Ha
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
     You may soon be doing more twisting, turning, and jumping around when you go to the movies, if startup Audience Entertainment succeeds in launching a new type of in-theater interactivity. The company’s technology basically allows audiences to play together, usually as part of an ad campaign. Imagine standing up with everyone else in the room, then waving your arms left and right in unison… Read More
  • Unscaling The Trillion-Dollar Power Industry

    Hemant Taneja
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
     Throughout the history of the power industry, the answer to all of our problems has been to “get bigger”. Due to economies of scale, utilities have concentrated on building larger and larger power plants to increase efficiency and improve profitability. That’s why we still receive the vast majority of our power the way we have for decades — from massive plants based… Read More
  • PonoMusic Raises More Than $6M In Equity Crowdfunding In One Week

    Julian Chokkattu
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
     Neil Young’s startup PonoMusic became the fourth-most funded project on Kickstarter back in April, when it raised $6.2 million on a goal of $800,000. The project now has raked in an additional $6 million in equity funding from a Crowdfunder campaign. Read More
  • This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk

    Alex Wilhelm
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
     The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke. The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The cute R2 can handle elevators on its own, and scoots along at around one to two miles per hour. Read More
  • Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13

    Alex Wilhelm
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
     After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13. The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter, as investors had expected it to earn $0.12 per share — excluding certain costs — on revenue of $1.29 billion. In its sequentially preceding quarter, Salesforce’s… Read More
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    swombat.com

  • 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…
  • More about NDAs

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Stef Lewandowski takes a slightly different angle about NDAs. Whereas I previously explored why I wouldn't sign NDAs in initial conversations as a recipient of those documents, Stef looks at why he used to ask for NDAs and how he's changed his mind about it: Non-disclosure-by-default introduces the risk that your company culture could be poisoned by secrecy at an early stage. I distinctly remember moments in a previous “stealth startup” company where I and those around me were so tied down with non-disclosure that we didn’t tell our own families what we were working on. The effect of…
  • Building international relationships

    Salim Virani
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Irina Dzhambazova shares how Bulgarian startups deal with obscurity, and succeed building international relationships: Serendipity and true partnerships "Investing time in getting to know an organisation or a person, without looking for the immediate quid pro quo is the way to go. Just get to know people, interact with them in the manner you do with friends and leave the rest to chance." - Vesselina Tasheva Good partners understand each others goals and can act proactively on each other's behalf. This type of relationship is much easier when you can relate this way at a personal level.
  • Take pleasure in the journey

    Daniel Tenner
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Jason Cohen: Rather, you must understand that it is the building, not the result of that building, that matters. Keep score, so long as you can distinguish between the game and life. Keep score, while also basking in the thrill of generating happy customers and launching unique products and gathering the energy and brainpower of brilliant humans tackling interesting problems. Or, to put it in the poetic words of Constantine P. Cavafy: When you set out for Ithaka ask that your way be long, full of adventure, full of instruction. The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops, angry Poseidon - do not fear…
  • The Lean Canvas - wrong tool for the job?

    Salim Virani
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Benjamin Kampmann, a reputable hacker and product manager, relays his experience with the Lean Canvas over the past few years, in particular how it removed his attention from the customers that actually wanted his product: The likelihood of the end technology still being a great fit for the market you decided on at the beginning is rather small. Lean Thinking emphasises the principle of minimizing waste. The common interpretation of Lean Startup assumes that the lead cause of waste is always a lack of commercially-viable demand. But research shows there's a wider range of causes of startup…
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Instagram puts emphasis on ads with new business tools

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    With hire of new ad chief, and launch of analytics tools, Instagram is making ads a high priorityOver the last couple of weeks, Instagram had made it clear that, going forward, advertising is going to be a major priority. Last week the Facebook-owned company hired its first ad chief to manage its sales and marketing efforts, and now Instagram is finally giving businesses the thing they need, and have been asking for, to ensure that their campaigns are a success. Instagram unleashed a new business suite on Thursday, consisting of three new tools to help brands who run ads…
  • Enterprise app provider DoubleDutch picks up $19M

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    DoubleDutch adds Ajay Royan, managing general partner of Mithril Capital, to its BoD(Updated with comment from DoubleDutch) For nearly our entire existence as a company, Vator has been more than a website; we have also held a number of startup competitions, conferences and events, our most recent one being our inaugural two-day Vator Splash Oakland in May. (And wouldn't you know it, we've got another event coming up in LA in just a few weeks! You can get your tickets here!) As anyone who has been to event like that can tell you, with so much going on at once, being able to find where…
  • Local services marketplace Thumbtack raises $100M

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Thumbtack will use the funding to launch a nationwide marketing campaign(Updated with comment from Jed Katz) When it comes to finding local services there are plenty of places to look online, including TaskRabbit, Angie's List and Yelp. Even companies like eBay, Amazon and GoDaddy are getting into the space. Frankly, though, its a space that has not seen much innovation or change. Most services operate the same way, with the same search and browsing features. Thumbtack, though, is attempting to do just that, by upending how people and professionals connect. And now it has $100…
  • GoDaddy buys e-mail marketing company Mad Mimi

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Mad Mimi will be integrated into GoDaddy, and will help it build out its e-mail marketing serviceWeb-hosting and domain registration giant GoDaddy has purchased  e-mail marketing service Mad Mimi, it was revealed via a blog post from Gary Levitt, founder and CEO of Mad Mimi, on Wednesday. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed. Mad Mimi is a way for customers to create, send, share and track email newsletters online. It provides them with social networks, CRMS, integrations, designs, themes, webforms and the ability to track engagement. This is…
  • Snapchat to venture beyond messages with news network

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The Snapchat Discovery app will feature news articles and video clips, as well as advertisementsSnapchat is one the most confident startups I have ever come across. I mean, this is a company that turned down two separate offers to be bought by Facebook, the second for a whopping $3 billion, all with the belief that it too would eventually be a major player in the social media space. So far, it seems to have worked out for them. One question has lingered, though: how is this company going to make money? Payments, allowing partners to sell goods and services through the platform, seemed…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Encore Career Study Findings - More Encore Small Businesses

    Steve
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Encore.org is an organization focused on encore careers, which they define as "post-midlife work or pro bono service to meet community needs". Their tag line is "second acts for the greater good".  They go on to say that encore careers combine personal fulfillment, social impact and continued income, enabling people to put their passion to work for the greater good. Their primary target market is aging baby boomers and their goal is help this group transition to social service work as they enter the traditional retirement years. The recently released the…
  • On-Call and Fixed Contract Work Becoming More Common

    Steve
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Working Anything But 9 to 5 covers the impact of erratic work schedules on low income parents. The erratic schedules are due to labrometrics systems, which the article nicely describes as “software that choreographs workers in precise, intricate ballets, using sales patterns and other data” to figure out how many employees are needed day to day and hour by hour.   In other words, labormetrics systems are being used to turn traditional employees into on-call workers, who may or may work on a given day. Key quote from the article on the impact of these…
  • Adapting To Versus Adopting Cloud Computing

    Steve
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The recently released Intuit dispatch Small Business Success in the Cloud includes the following forecast: Nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent rate. We've gotten a lot of questions about this forecast, so we thought we would explain it in more detail (Emergent Research worked with Intuit on this study).    For the purposes of this forecast, "fully adapted to cloud computing" means being completely or very confident using cloud tools to manage a business.  We chose…
  • Two Views of Independent Work in the Sharing Economy

    Steve
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Two articles with very different points of view on work in the sharing economy were published this weekend. The New York Times article In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty presents an unflattering view. Key quote: ... peer marketplaces as part of a larger global phenomenon, in which labor brokers encourage people to work on contingency without basic employment benefits or protections. The companies essentially channel one-off tasks to the fastest taker or lowest bidder, he says, pitting workers against one another in a kind of labor elimination match. Tech…
  • TJ McCue's Excellent 3D Printing Adventure

    Steve
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    TJ McCue is crisscrossing the country in a an RV exploring the world of 3D printing. How cool is that! According to his trip website, over 8 months TJ will make hundreds of stops with the goal of: ... exploring the cities, towns and off-the-path byways to uncover a fundamental change in the way things are designed and made, and how this is bringing radical change to business and to society at large. At each waypoint, we are celebrating the creative process, while illuminating the impact of design through firsthand customer stories, consumer creativity and student innovations.  For those…
 
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    Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings

  • My thoughts on TMZ’s iPhone “Scoop” on CNBC [VIDEO]

    Ben Parr
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Tweet Yesterday, I hopped on CNBC to talk about TMZ’s new iPhone on Closing Bell. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t buying it. Check out the video:
  • Why Are Google Glass Users Such Assholes?

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

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

    Ben Parr
    1 May 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Tweet If there’s one entrepreneurial mantra that Steve Jobs taught us, it’s this: Simplify! Complex products fail. The complex MySpace lost to the simple Facebook. The simplicity of Snapchat, Instagram and Dropbox transformed them into world-class products. Tumblr famously cut a feature when it added a new one, always keeping the interface clean as hell. Foursquare, in its current iteration, isn’t simple. It has multiple functions. Is it a social check-in app? Is it a restaurant search app? Is it a location discovery app? Frankly, I didn’t know, and it turned me off…
  • Oculus Rift: Facebook’s $2 Billion Attempt to Seize Its Destiny From Apple and Google

    Ben Parr
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Tweet Can’t say I saw this one coming. Facebook, on the heels of its $19 billion blockbuster acquisition of WhatsApp, has dropped another $2 billion (plus a potential $300 million in earn-outs) for Oculus VR, the company that makes Rift. If you haven’t tried the Rift, it’s extraordinary. The first time I played with it, I was awestruck by the immersive experience. It brings not just gaming, but any type of virtual interaction to a whole new dimension that no other product has ever even come close to accomplishing. And now it all belongs to Facebook. Why? Here’s what…
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    Mixergy

  • How do you know when to let an idea go? – with Noam Schwartz

    Andrew Khalili
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What happens when you realize your original idea won’t work? This is the story of a founder who almost ran out of money pursuing a stalled business idea and what happened when he changed his mind at the last minute. Noam Schwartz is the co-founder of TapDog which aggregated data on companies, like how much traffic their web sites got & what was said about them in the news. It was bought by SimilarWeb, where he’s working right now. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Noam Schwartz Noam Schwartz is the CEO and…
  • Master Class: How to Wow Your Customers – with Joey Coleman

    ArieSaint
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Making a sale is exciting. But Joey Coleman says that it’s what you do after the sale that really matters. “A great client of mine…makes a device that measures the ambient temperature in a room…a server closet, for example,” says Joey, founder of Design Symphony. “The actual profit model for them is in the recurring service subscription [that monitors the temperature].” But a lot of customers weren’t installing the device, “which not only left a lot of money on the table, but was contrary to what the entire business was started for, which was to help people monitor…
  • How Vipin Sahu bootstrapped WebKul from a one-room flat with a $12/mo food budget

    Andrew Khalili
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How does a Mixergy fan in India who has a MONTHLY food budget of just $12 bootstrap a profitable software company? Vipin Sahu is the founder of WebKul, which is a company that builds open source plugins for e-commerce and CMS platforms. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Vipin Sahu Vipin Sahu is the founder of WebKul, which is a company that builds open source plugins for e-commerce and CMS platforms. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there, freedom fighters. My name is Andrew…
  • How two high school buddies grew TaskUs to $13MM in 5 years – with Bryce Maddock

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I want to reveal something about business that most people don’t know. See, most people will pull out their phones and take a picture of a receipt and bot-a-bing, bot-a-boom, all the data–the amount from the receipt, the company’s name–just appears on their phone. And they think the company has this fantastic software that can read this crazy receipt. Well, it turns out it’s not fantastic software that’s doing it, it’s the company whose founder you’re about to meet today. Bryce Maddock is the co-founder of TaskUs provides customer care and…
  • How a former lawyer built a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills – with Jordan Harbinger

    Andrew Khalili
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How does a former lawyer build a multi-million dollar company that teaches social skills. Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Jordan Harbinger Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm, a company that teaches confidence and emotional intelligence. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there, freedom fighters. My name is Andrew Warner. I am the founder of…
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Jason Stirman - Medium

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Aimee Woodall
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    In the few years since he graduated with a computer science degree, Jason Stirman has been a programmer, designer, trainer, owned an automobile repair shop, did the corporate thing, was employee #7 at Twitter, and now is helping to build publishing site Medium. If you’re new to the working world, he will inspire you; if you’re a ”not-so-new” Baby Boomer, he will amaze you. Aimee Woodall, founder of The Black Sheep Agency, interviews a bright, articulate uber-entrepreneur of the new generation.
  • Women Mean Business - Shushana Castle

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Extraordinary career advice from an extraordinary woman. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Sushana Castle, author of Rethink Food. Shushana shares with the audience her advice to the young women for achieving success.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jane Henry

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    How do you get your employees into the right mindset? Robin Tooms visits with the wonderful Jane Henry, CEO of Xcution Inc., a management consulting firm. Jane shares her insight with the internal marketing strategies for Xcution Inc.
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that champions entrepreneurship and businessmakers. These are the innovators who make our lives better. Our show makes you look smarter. Includes: our Quote of the Week—humor from Despair Inc.; This Week in Business History includes many firsts like the first potato chip, the first adding machine, the first Cadillac and the first Michael Oxley interview on The BusinessMakers Show; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Cynthia Flake

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ Capper and Cynthia Flake, senior vice president at Comerica Bank, discuss how export financing—including working capital solutions and letters of credit—can aid a company during the export process.
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    Bplans Blog

  • How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC)

    Candice Landau
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Why do so many businesses fail? According to a recent Forbes article, at the surface level, they simply run out of cash. It’s easy to get things wrong when you’re starting out and the article points out that 8 out of every 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months. The post How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC) appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Is Your Startup Tracking the Right Metrics?

    Sabrina Parsons
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the most important things a startup can do is make sure that they are keeping track of their data. In this webinar, we take time to discuss the different metrics that startups—and established businesses—should be tracking. Tracking metrics and making sure you know what’s going on with your business is crucial; it enables... The post Is Your Startup Tracking the Right Metrics? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What Is a Benefit Corporation?

    Angelique O'Rourke
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently wrote a post on social enterprise, discussing what it entails, and what some of the legal structure options are for a business when the focus is on a social mission. The benefit corporation option is one such legal structure. It’s a fairly new structure, with the first one of its kind coming into existence... The post What Is a Benefit Corporation? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary?

    Kristen Gramigna
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    You may be the last on your list of creditors when you’re just starting a business, but at some stage, you’ve got to start earning yourself. Here are seven things to consider in order to determine if now is the right time to pay yourself a salary. 1. You’ve been better than “break even” for one year... The post When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

    Caroline Cummings
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever wanted to ask an angel for advice? Now you can. Apart from a collection of tips direct from angel investors themselves, we're opening up our comment stream within this post. Got a question for one of the angels listed? Share it and they'll reply. Don't forget to use the hashtag #AngelTip on Twitter! The post How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven” appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Tech Cocktail

  • Some Smart Appliances to Deck Out Your Smart Home

    Prakash Sundaram
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Undoubtedly, the groundbreaking computer expertise and the creative house designers have uplifted convenience by taking home functionality to new levels. This is evident in the form of a new model called smart home. Do not worry; your home does not change in terms of size and shape but rather in terms of functionality as almost every electrical piece is connected to a computer system. There is no longer a need to rely on manual forms of response-triggering like switches and set top boxes. Rather, you now get to control every bulb, smartphone, TV, and the thermostat remotely from a digital…
  • The Crowd Puts Veronica Belmont and Tony Conrad to Question in San Francisco

    Will Schmidt
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    During our Startup Mixology launch, we stopped in San Francisco for a rousing fireside chat with both Veronica Belmont and Tony Conrad. Frank Gruber led the two through some great discussion topics before turning the microphones over to the crowd for a Q&A session. The crowd pressed Belmont and Conrad with some very interesting questions from how to successfully bootstrap a company to the best ways to approach new ideas when it comes to team creation and investors. Conrad was also asked to detail the finer points of how he bought back About.me. Gruber also had a chance to let the crowd…
  • DC’s iStrategyLabs Creates Facebook’s ‘Mentions Box’ for Celebrity Video Interaction at Emmys

    Ronald Barba
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This afternoon, iStrategyLabs founder and CEO Corbett posted a Mashable article about Facebook’s Mentions Box device that Facebook plans to use on the red carpet at Monday’s Emmy Awards. It seems, however, that Facebook was not actually the ones in charge of creating the device; rather, it comes straight from no other than the brilliant minds over at  iSL. According to Corbett’s Facebook post: “The cat is out of the bag on our latest invention!” Post by Peter Corbett. The Facebook Mention Box was created to allow celebrities on the red carpet to provide an…
  • Who is DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

    Julia Fischer
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Hey DC, we’re excited to announce that we will host our DC Mixer & Startup Showcase sponsored by Vornado on Sept 9th! We once again have a special event prepared for the DC entrepreneurial community, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it!  Mark your calendars and join us at Crystal Tech Fund, where you’ll meet some great entrepreneurs and hear from a new group of local startups showcasing their products. > Secure your tickets here < Now for the fun part: Who is DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup?  Let us know your thoughts by voting in this poll at the end…
  • Teledini Might Be The Answer For Successful Visitor to Customer Conversion

    Will Schmidt
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Life is tough for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) these days, especially when it comes to driving web traffic and conversion of visitors to customers. That’s in large part due to the fact that SMBs simply don’t have it in their budget to afford click-to-call interactive customer conversion tools. Dashing to the assistance of these SMBs is Teledini, a pay-per-use web conversion tool specifically designed for internet businesses. Small businesses with standard ‘Contact Us’ pages take an average of 42 hours to respond to inquiries; this ensures a low conversion rate in the…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • On-Demand Beauty, Wellness App PRIV Aims For Amazon Success

    Kerry Flynn
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Instant delivery and other on-demand services have flooded the startup world in the last year, prompting some to question their sustainability and draw comparisons to the dot-com bubble. But the speculation isn’t discouraging to PRIV, an app that brings makeup and hair professionals, nail technicians, masseuses, and personal trainers to New Yorkers’ doors.
  • BofA Grabs $12 Billion Tax Write-Off From $17 Billion Mortgage Settlement

    Robert W. Wood
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Bank of America is Paying $17 Billion Over Bad Mortgages, But Deftly Avoided Tax Deduction Restrictions in Settling. It's Saving At Least $4 Billion in Taxes, Maybe More.
  • Your Comprehensive Guide To Tax References in 'The Simpsons' Marathon

    Tony Nitti
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    It’s here. Its’ finally here.
  • Afropunk And Black Diversity And What Marketers Need To Know

    On Marketing
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    This article is by Rob Fields, an award-winning marketer who’s passionate about helping companies solve the disconnect between their brands, their business and marketing objectives, and contemporary culture, particularly the ways that companies can better leverage culture to build their brands. He is currently director of content at the Brand Activation Association. Follow him on Twitter @robfields.
  • Banks Can't Keep Up As FinTech Upstarts Innovate At A Breakneck Pace

    Ryan Caldbeck
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The incumbents of the traditional financial services world—banks and VCs, for example—do some things well. Unfortunately, for them, a wave of upstarts is taking advantage of what many traditionalists don’t do well: move at the speed of today’s economy and today’s American small business. OnDeck Capital Inc., on the brink of an IPO, is one of the best examples of how native online finance businesses are using speed to slay the traditional finance industry . Of the many technology-driven benefits OnDeck brings to online business lending, I would say one in…
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Startups Who Hide Early Work Only Fool Themselves

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s popular these days for startup founders to operate in stealth mode, meaning no details about the idea or progress are shared with anyone until the big reveal and rollout. The common reason given is that this prevents any competitor from stealing their idea and beating them to market. In my view, this paranoid approach costs them much more than the risk of being open. I’m not suggesting that a startup should ever disclose patent details to others before filing, but I can’t imagine why a startup would not seek visibility and feedback for their idea and solution while they could still…
  • Savvy Entrepreneurs Plan Both Business And Product

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a great business. Serious investors, on the other hand, look for a professional business plan or summary first, and hardly ever look at the product plan. Is it any wonder why so few entrepreneurs ever find the professional investors they seek? Just for clarification, I characterize a product plan as a formal description of your product or service, with a quick business description at the end for effect. A business plan is a careful layout of the…
  • 5 Clues To Investor-Friendly Financial Estimates

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs struggle with financial projections, not wanting to commit to numbers they can’t deliver, and having no clue what investors might consider reasonable. However, making no projections, or non-credible projections will get your startup marked as unfundable. I recommend a simple set of guidelines, which work for at least 80% of the business domains I see. Equally important, you need to make these projections first as goals for your own use, to convince the team as well as investors that you have a business which is achievable. Projecting the financials should be the last step…
  • Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Need High-Tech Partners

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Technology is so key to every business these days that experienced business-smart but non-tech entrepreneurs are falling deeper and deeper in the hole. Even if they realize that they need real technical strength at the top, they are not sure how to attract and select the talent and expertise they really need. Should they go after high-tech nerds for partners, or professional technologists? The right answer for a good business partner today is neither of the above. Startups succeed most often when the founding partners know how to build and run a business, rather than how to build and run…
  • Investor Secrets For Smart Competitive Positioning

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In their passion and excitement about a new product or service, entrepreneurs tend to continually narrow the scope of potential competitors, and often claim to have no direct competitors. This raises a big red flag with potential investors, who conclude that no competitors means no market, or you haven’t looked, and the new startup is likely not investable. They are looking for startups that have a sustainable advantage over direct and indirect competitor offerings, as well as obvious value to customers living without your product today. First to market, for example, is not normally a…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Robin Williams on the TED stage

    Garr
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    At the 2008 TED Conference held in California, the BBC's "The World Debate" set up a panel discussion to be broadcast worldwide from the TED stage. When they went live with the show there appeared to be a major technical problem followed by several moments of dead air. As my friend Patrick Newell recalled the incident to me today (Patrick was in the audience that day), someone in the back of the room started heckling and dropping f-bombs, wondering why they can't get the technology to work at a technology conference. At first the audience was stunned but then broke into uproarious laughter…
  • 7 things good communicators must not do

    Garr
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    In this simple but informative TED Talk, Julian Treasure offers up seven things that effective communicators must exclude from speech. This list of seven is a kind of "bad habits to avoid" list. They are not the only elements that can derail effective communication, but it is a good list from which to start. "I call them seven sins somewhat tongue in cheek," Julian says in the comments section on the TED Website. "I am not saying these things are bad or wrong, simply that they tend to make it harder for people to listen, especially when they become habits." Yes, suggesting that one avoid…
  • George Takei's bold story at TEDxKyoto

    Garr
    21 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    George Takei knows how to tell a great story. In this case, a true story of his life. The famed Star Trek actor, activist, and social media star was in town recently to give a remarkable talk as part of a very special TEDxKyoto event. I was invited to watch the rehearsal just before the live event, so I arrived early and grabbed a front row seat. George did not give a speech in the traditional sense. There was no lectern, no notes, no teleprompter. George obviously was reciting the speech from memory—his live version was exactly the same as in the rehearsal—but the speech did not seem…
  • Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

    Garr
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis and feel unable to choose, and harder still to simplify. Reducing and simplifying in an honest way—a way that makes a message clear and memorable—is one of the hardest things for professionals to do. I am reminded of the old Bruce Lee saying: "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." This is one of the secrets to mastery in general, and hacking away is…
  • One man's creativity in an airport "all by myself"

    Garr
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    Have you ever found yourself alone in an airport with a lot of time to kill? For most of us this is a rather dismal experience. But for others, such alone time is a nice respite and a bit freedom to be creative and just see what happens. Last week, Richard Dunn, a lighting designer in corporate entertainment who is originally from Canada, was heading back to his current home in Georgia from Las Vegas. But after volunteering to get bumped off his 11:00pm flight home, he found himself with seven hours to kill before the next flight out at 6:00am the next day. So what to do? Many people would…
 
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    Great Demo!

  • 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…
  • Uses (and Cautions) of Recorded Demos

    Peter E. Cohan
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Recorded demos offer some wonderful opportunities for delivering content – but need to be used with careful regards to your objectives and customer situations.  Here are a few quick guidelines to contemplate:Training:  -        Excellent application.  -        Recorded demos can provide guided instructions on learning software:  “Here’s how to….”  This is a terrific use for recorded demos, since the use scenarios tend to be reasonably consistent – they should focus on the high-probability tasks…
  • Stunningly Awful Sales Tactics – The Future-Sales Prevention Team

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Stunningly Awful Sales Tactics – The Future-Sales Prevention TeamOrThe Curse of the Hunter-Farmer ModelAre your sales teams traditional, better or truly great?  Contemplate the following (ugly) scenario:  A customer calls his sales person to ask for help implementing software he purchased recently – there seems to be a mismatch regarding the capabilities delivered vs. what he expected…He leaves a voicemail message, but hears nothing back from the sales rep.  He then calls customer service and describes his problem (again) to them.  Customer service promises to look…
  • When the Best Solution Is NOT Your Offering

    Peter E. Cohan
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Have you ever found, when doing Discovery with a prospect, that the problem they face may not be best addressed by your offering – that another organization’s product would be better choice for them?  Do you go ahead and propose your offering anyway or do you suggest a solution from another company?  (Note – I’m not talking about direct competitors’ products, but other non-direct competitor alternatives…)A few thoughts:First, the quest for rapid revenue may not be the right choice, particularly if the main problem faced by the customer requires capabilities that you…
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    youngentrepreneurfoundation.wordpress.com

  • Three Research-Based Tips For Managing Stress, Multiple Priorities, and Work-Life Balance for Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

    mollyvyoung
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s almost summer, which means educators across the country need to find a way to engage their students in creative and fun ways. As a way to teach entrepreneurship, why not have your students engage in a lemonade stand? Spring weather is great inspiration for both student salesmen and potential customers. How should an educator go about teaching entrepreneurship through a lemonade stand? Here are 5 easy steps: 1. Do market research. Is lemonade the right thing to sell? Is there another refreshment that will sell better? Who will their target audience be? How much should they charge for…
  • Leadership Exercises for Students

    kathykormanfrey
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    Below is a leadership exercise from a nationally award-winning entrepreneurship class at the George Washington University in DC. This is an exclusive exercise designed developed to help bridge a leader’s vision of role model and mentors with their own vision, and is loosely based on a Harvard School of Education institutional problem-solving paradigm. Please click HERE for audio from exercise creator Kathy Korman Frey walking you through the exercise. Exercise steps:   Step 1: Aspirational Leader – Example Who is an “aspirational leader” to you? This could be…
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • EyeVerify Sees $6M For Biometrics

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    San Francisco-based EyeVerify, a developer of biometrics technology, has raised $6M in a Series A funding. The funding came from Qihoo 360, Sprint, Wells Fargo, and others.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Xamarin Snags $54M More

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    San Francisco-based Xamarin, a developer of software tools which allow users to cross develop applications on C# across different platforms, has raised $54M in a fudning round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • vArmour Gets $36M For Security Technology

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mountain View-based vArmour, a stealth mode, security software developer, said yesterday that it has raised $36M in a funding round. The funding includes both a Series B worth $15M which closed in December of 2013, and a $21M Series C which closed this month.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Trimble Buys Manhattan Software

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Sunnyvale-based Trimble has acquired Manhattan Software, a London developer of real estate and facility management software, the company said this week, to help bolster its portfolio of products. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Siluria Raises $30M For Natural Gas Fuels

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    San Francisco-basedSiluria, which develops technology to create fuels and chemicals from natural gas, said today that it has raised $30M as part of a Series D funding. The funding was led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), and also included the company's prior investors.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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    Austin Startup

  • Austin Tech Happy Hour Tonight at The Dogwood

    Bryan Menell
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Come to The Dogwood tonight, August 21st from 6pm - 8pm for Austin Tech Happy Hour!
  • Polygraph Media Acquires Offergraph; Harvard Data Science Expertise

    Bryan Menell
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Polygraph Media today announced it has acquired Offergraph, the predictive marketing technology company founded by Ian Karnell, Jeremi Karnell, and Dr. Edo Airoldi.
  • UnLtd USA Selects First Cohort of Impact Entrepreneurs

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    UnLtd USA, Austin’s first incubator for entrepreneurs solving pressing social and environmental problems, has selected its first cohort. Six impact enterprises have been chosen to receive seed funding and a full year of Incubation Support. The entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of over 80 applicants and went through a rigorous selection process that included pitching to two Final Selection Panels composed of business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. The year-long program kicks off in September. Entrepreneurs will receive seed funding, on-going mentorship and training from the…
  • Famigo Grows Network of Pre-Loaded Mobile Devices, Adds Two New Samsung Tablets

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Famigo, a company providing safer experiences for children on mobile devices, now comes preloaded via the Android platform on two new and popular tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro. Families can access educational entertainment—with new content added daily for constant engagement—and use Famigo’s optional child lock to keep tablets family-safe.
  • Parqer Brings Cashless Valet to Austin

    Bryan Menell
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    A new, better way to pay, Parqer is an exciting new app enabling consumers to pay their valet through their mobile app. Simple, safe, and fast—no cash necessary. Founded by a University of Texas alum, Parqer launched in Dallas in May and has quickly expanded across the city and to locations in Arlington, Houston, and now - Austin.
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    Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • 9 Types and 6 Tips for Vine Video Marketing

    Linda Bustos
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    A few years back, I posted 17 styles of Twitter updates for online retailers, from branding to customer care to “transactional” tweets. Absent from that list (because it didn’t exist) was micro-video from Vine and Instagram.The micro-video format has a few different useful applications for brand and ecommerce content marketers, but is still fairly underused, perhaps due to its perceived difficulty to produce good content. But done well, they may be more attention grabbing, persuasive and shareworthy than some of your text-only social updates.If you’re looking for…
  • Are Your Cross-sells Killing Conversion?

    Linda Bustos
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    It’s generally believed that product recommendations on ecommerce sites increase conversion and average order value.But according to e-tailing group’s 16th Annual Merchant Survey, 59% of retailers don’t know what kind of conversion rates they achieve when shoppers preview upsells or cross-sells on product pages. When you consider that 9% don’t use such merchandising, that adjusts to 65% of those that do. And cart pages are not far behind.With so many retailers not measuring the effectiveness of product recommendations, we can imagine how few are testing and optimizing their…
  • 10 Ways to Use Psychology to Convert Customers [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    This week’s featured infographic examines the psychology of conversion optimization, from pricing to verbiage to segmentation.Via Helpscout
  • 3 Ways to Handle Email Unsubscribe

    Linda Bustos
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Nobody likes to cut an email subscriber loose, but when someone wants to go…you gotta let ‘em go.But it doesn’t mean the customer relationship is over. Some email defectors may simply just want to reduce their inbox clutter. A common tactic is to ask if the customer wishes to reduce the frequency of your emails, and many marketers remind customers that they can alternatively stay in touch through social networks.Mobile alerts, though more invasive, are another alternative, as are calls-to-action to download an app.It’s important to keep in mind that the design and…
  • Own Your Code: 10 Ways to Prevent Coupon Abuse

    Linda Bustos
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    For many online retailers, a world without coupon codes and promotions is unimaginable. Unless you have a brand unaffected by Amazon, coupons are likely part of your merchandising toolkit.As we’ve covered on Get Elastic in the past, coupon codes can cost you more than the margin you give away with the discount. Savvy customers know they can find coupon codes in Google, and even when not referred by these affiliates, will use them, causing you to pay out extra to affiliates, muddy your marketing attribution, and train customers to always find codes this way.Suppressing the coupon box in…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • 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 &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com”&amp;amp;amp;gt;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…
  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Mixergy Interview, published this week, about how I bootstrapped Palo Alto Software from zero to about $10 million annual revenues: It started one morning at 2 a.m., when I had to deliver a finished set of financials the next morning. It was 2 a.m. and I was tired and done with the financials but I had done something in either Lotus 1, 2, 3 or Excel because I use both. I don’t remember which one it was but I had done something to break the damn spreadsheet! If the financials are going to work, when you change the assumptions the balance still balances and…
  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

    Tim Berry
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was writing an email to these folks and I just stopped and deleted the draft. Why waste the time raising entrepreneurs I don’t even know. My complaint? I got to my office this morning after a few weeks elsewhere and found the results of a concentrated campaign for me to write about a certain entrepreneur and his startup. He’s all about how he’s so successful as a college dropout. I have one package containing a coffee mug with chocolate drops, and another with a copy of his book. Both contain a personalized letter from him, with what looks like a signature. Both contain business cards…
  • I Really Don’t Like All This Sh*t

    Tim Berry
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Some of the best and brightest, some of the most educated people I know, have decided that it’s cool to use the word “shit” to replace the old-fashioned words “things,” “stuff,” “work,” and so on. That’s too bad. Of course I remember “get your shit straight,” a phrase that’s as old as the golden age of hippies in the late 1960s. That was as common as “groovy” back in the day. So, millennials: you hate “groovy,” right? Yeah, that feels old to me too. And I’m old. But did you have to adopt shit?  But, damn! Google “do epic shit” and you’ll find a…
 
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • Sales Letter Copywriting Cheat Sheet

    Pete Williams
    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…
  • September 2014 Promotional Calendar Ideas [CONVERSIONS]

    Todd Spear
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you know that 7 – 13 September 2014 is Migraine Awareness Week? Now, before you think of a million and one smarmy responses to that revelation, think about he marketing possibilities for such a week. As a solutions provider to your customers, you could put a clever spin on the oft maligned migraine by positioning your marketing efforts to offer relief for your customers’ headaches. Okay, so maybe that examples a little too easy, but there’s plenty of merit to the idea. Have you ever noticed that nearly every week there’s some calendar event going on, be it a local, national or…
  • Compelling Surveys & Questionnaires, Healthy Passwords & Lead Magnet Examples [Noise Reduction .76]

    florence
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Gang, I can’t wait for you all to hear some of the new podcast interviews I’ve been recording this week. As our active PreneurCast listeners would know, Dom and I are taking a short break from publishing new episodes, and rebroadcasting some of the best shows from our 3-year catalogue. But we’ll be back with all-new shows very shortly, including two I recorded this week: one with the direct-marketing legend behind the BluBlocker Sunglasses, Joe Sugarman, and one with Phil Barham, who is the man responsible for the My Family Sticker phenomenon. Until then, I hope…
  • Crafting compelling surveys and questionnaires [Opt-Ins and Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Client reconnaissance. Cool phrase, right? But what does it mean? “Preliminary surveying or research” is the strict answer, of course. And now that we’ve said that, you are likely to already know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you should be learning as much as you can about every lead that enters into your sales funnel. That may tempt you to put surveys allover your various webpages – and you no doubt see lots of businesses doing that. Buy something; hit with a survey. Complain about something; offered a survey. Read a FAQ entry; treated to a survey. Take a survey; how…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    David
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

    Jason Fried
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
  • Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team

    Jason Z.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to really get into the details to show how it all works and how we’ve been able to launch four distinct apps with a handful of developers, just 5 people in all. How it works Basecamp has variants for desktop, phone and tablet. Desktop is the default browser experience we launched in 2012. When it detects a mobile device or a native app declares…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
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    OnStartups

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

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

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

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    We failed. After 6 months poring over the code quality and refining the design of our mobile app, my partner and I finally launched it in the app store and the downloads started coming in. Then after a few days, BOOM. We got punched in the face by reality. No users returned to the app. This was a devastating shock, since most people we spoke to were excited about the idea. Our app allowed you to take photos and ask questions to learn about what you were looking at. It had all the traits of the most-hyped startup trends that year: mobile, social, local. It was early 2011. Frustrated and…
  • 5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. Type "mistakes entrepreneurs make" into Google and you'll find thousands of articles, sternly forewarning against the most prevalent pitfalls and errors that stand between you and your startup's success. But wait a second. How many times have you heard "We learn from our mistakes"? As an entrepreneur and investor, I've definitely made some doosies - and if my experience is any…
  • Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality

    12 May 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a guest post by Jenn Steele.  Jen is the Head of Growth at RecruitLoop, an online recruitment marketplace based in San Francisco and Australia. Previously of Amazon and HubSpot, Jenn is passionate about growing humans and companies, working out, and wine. Follow her @jennsteele I fired the first person I ever hired. I didn’t expect to have to do that. I expected that I’d be building my team with this person at my side. I expected this person to add value from the get-go. I expected that this would be a long-term professional relationship. Reality, however, was…
 
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    ArcticStartup

  • Zoined retail analytics is Cheap and Easy to set up, but is it Good as well?

    Rafael Lemarchand
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    If we’re to believe Aarno Pohtola, CEO of The Bodyshop’s Finnish and Baltic branch, BI analytics services are what’s keeping Finnish retailers afloat during these difficult times. In his case the platform would be Zoined, one among the many Finnish retail analytics services out there that promises to turn store management upside down, for the better that is. It's not hard to believe that smartening up one’s brick and mortar can be lucrative on the long run, but there are integration costs which most certainly need to be considered. But costs aside for a moment, first let's clear…
  • What's BatCrab? A business phone system for SMEs, obviously.

    Marija Odineca
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    As its name suggests, BatCrab has set out to make an unusual combination of usual concepts work perfectly. The startup has taken a smartphone, a simple phone and a landline and made sure you would not tell a difference in terms of how easily you can manage your calls. Launched just a month ago, the company already has positive cash flow and is making the on-call customer service of about 500 SMEs in about 60 countries way easier. BatCrab is focused on small businesses that rely on phones for their customer support. The service provides its users with a platform to configure their own…
  • Kyynel will Change the way we perceive long-distance communication

    Rafael Lemarchand
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Military bodies, power-plants, the countless of ships sailing the seas, all of them are examples of institutions that require reliable and secured long-range communications in order to effectively operate the demanding, sometimes dangerous tasks they’re responsible for. Normal smartphone connections, even if equipped with custom built amplifiers, are out of the question: when distances are measured in thousands of kilometres and the data going through is of extreme importance, usual communication tools drop out due to their low quality transmission rates, or simply due to their…
  • Another crowdfunding platform in Finland? Innovestor takes a new approach

    Greg Anderson
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    With their first round open today there's a new player on the block when it comes to equity crowdfunding in Finland, joining the ranks of Invesdor and Fundedbyme. But this one is different - Innovestor pulls from the banking roots of its founders, and is bringing something different to the table. To get a picture of where Innovestor is coming from, you have to look into the founders. Chairman of the Board Antti Parviainen has essentially done his entire career at Nordea, where he was Head of Investment Products. But meanwhile he's kept his eyes on the changes in the industry by being a member…
  • Danish company disruptive to global furniture industry receives funding

    Greg Anderson
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Back in 2009 two former classmates Lasse Krügermeier and Janus Jagd started Cylindo, a company that provides interior design software that allows users to see how furniture would look like in their own apartments. Today, 5 years later the company is on the top of success wave! It has recently received funding from American venture funds Voivoda Ventures, Commerce VC, the Danish TradeShift CCO Christian Hjort, and a number of international businesses, reports TrendsOnline. While the investment amount was not disclosed, the money will allow Cylindo to increase its growth pace. Some of the…
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Skyvia

    public
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Company / App Name: Skyvia http://skyvia.com What does it do? Skyvia is a powerful cloud data integration service (ETL solution) is a cloud data integration service (ETL solution). It allows to integrate data in cloud CRMs and relational databases. Why do we need it? Rich functionality, wide data source support, intuitive interface, and detailed tutorials make Skyvia a perfect solution for cloud and on-premise data integration. Who is it for? Database developers, administrators, analytics What makes it stand out from the crowd? Skyvia is a completely online solution (SaaS), which does not…
  • Pitch for in.im

    public
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Company / App Name: in.im http://in.im What does it do? Personal online start page and weblink collection and site promotion platform. Convenient user interface, including content management. Advanced site administration functionality. Why do we need it? Eliminates the need to type one’s favorite website addresses, and can be accessed online from any computer or device. All you have to do is type in.im’s short address and your favorite links are “within a click’s reach”. Who is it for? As an example, it is useful to save direct links to inner website pages, such as a particular auto…
  • Pitch for 6PM plc/ SkySync

    public
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Company / App Name: 6PM plc/ SkySync http://www.6pmsolutions.com/skysync Twitter – @6pmsolutions What does it do? Allows you to access your data across multiple devices securely anytime, anywhere Why do we need it? SkySync is specifically for enterprise giving you back control of your data. Data remains secure. Users can access data anytime on any device they need, data residing on your businesses’ existing file servers. Who is it for? Business users What makes it stand out from the crowd? SkySync introduces an alternative to the myriad of file sharing services found in the market.
  • Pitch for Bark.

    public
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Company / App Name: Bark. http://barkstats.com Twitter – barkmobileapp What does it do? You choose a dog, then you can bark to everyone within 1 mile of where you are. Available for iOS and Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bark.barkapp https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bark./id902026569?ls=1&mt=8 Why do we need it? Bark is the simplest form of communication in your local area. It’s super easy to use and fun. You don’t need to speak the same language, or have anything to say. You can just bark. Who is it for? Everybody who wants to embrace their…
  • Pitch for SocialPiq

    public
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    Company / App Name: SocialPiq http://socialpiq.com/ Twitter – socialpiq What does it do? SocialPiq is a service to find the right social media tools for your needs. There are tons of social media tools out there, and SocialPiq keeps track of the important ones, laying out an easy way to understand what they do. Why do we need it? The social media tools space is chaotic, with so many tools out there an little information. After discovering just how fragmented the social tools space was, we decided to build our own service to make things easier. Who is it for? SocialPiq is for pretty much…
 
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    Techday

  • Intermediate’s new block embraces technology

    Catherine Murray
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Educate “This impressive new space boasts modern learning spaces for students and staff, providing a fresh approach to learning and teaching. The purpose-built specialist teaching areas will allow students to embrace technology disciplines such as food and nutrition, biotechnology, design and hard materials.”   Read More →
  • US tech start up inks local deal with Distribution Central

    James Henderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The Channel “As we continue to build upon our global footprint, we remain committed to delivering high-performance and high-growth outcomes across direct, channel and distribution sales models."   Read More →
  • Wynyard tech supports NZ’s first sex offender register

    James Henderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    IT Brief “Crime is preventable but front line agents need to be able to monitor potential offenders, protect potential victims and control the criminal environment."   Read More →
  • Time for smart wearable protection as Bitdefender unveils “iron-clad” security offering

    James Henderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    NetGuide “Bitdefender examines user security from all possible angles to ensure total protection, all the time."   Read More →
  • Shazam joins exclusive 100 million club…

    James Henderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    NetGuide “Shazam is evolving from being a way to identify a song to a way for people to explore and connect with the world around them."   Read More →
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Lessons Learned at the Founder Institute

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The Founder Institute offers beginner, and veteran, entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to launch a meaningful technology company in an intensive four month program. While those who have graduated from the Founder Institute will tell you that it is not for everyone, many of them will also attest to the invaluable lessons they learned during their time in the program. But don’t take our word for it; read on to see what two recent graduates from the Melbourne Founder Institute have to say: In a Cheer Me blog post titled “Shut up and listen, & 4 others things the Founders…
  • The Hobbies of Successful Entrepreneurs

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Life as an entrepreneur can be chaotic: you’re the first and last one in and out of the office, Saturdays turn into ‘bring your kids to work day’, and by Sunday you’re lucky if you get enough time to unwind and relax. Most may argue that entrepreneurs should separately manage their work-life balance, but others recommend forging these two aspects of life together. One way to do so is by crafting a hobby, activities that will help you escape from everyday stresses, while also contributing to your personal and professional development. Hobbies have been proven to make us…
  • What is an Angel Investor?

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Oftentimes, entrepreneurs feel that their idea or company will need funding, whether it is to produce a tangible product on a small scale, or to create an app or service. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think (See: Bootstrapping) the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that with funding, things can executed either much more quickly, be launched on a much larger scale, or both. Before deciding what type of funding that you may need, it is important to discover what type of funding options you have. In our Startup Funding…
  • Founder Institute & PayPal Look for Entrepreneurs Innovating on Monetization (Scholarships Available!)

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    According to TechCrunch, "Venture capital investment in payment technologies hit a five-year high in committed capital in the first quarter of 2014". In addition, as competition heats up for consumer and business applications, it is becoming more and more crucial for startups to create innovative revenue models, along with new ways to monetize users. The Founder Institute, in conjunction with the PayPal Startup Blueprint Program, wants to support entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas on monetization. As a result, we are announcing the "Startup Blueprint Scholarship"…
  • Have a Startup Idea? Get Online Feedback on an Upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar!

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur?  Then join us for an upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar, with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute. During this live and interactive online event, viewers can pitch their startups to Adeo, either through text or on screen in a video conference. Adeo will provide blunt and detailed feedback on the idea, the pitch and the business. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to RSVP, log on, and watch how an expert startup advisor evaluates new business ideas.
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    OnlyOnce

  • 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…
  • Book Short: Best Book Ever

    Matt Blumberg
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Best Book Ever The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz, is the best business book I’ve ever read.  Or at least the best book on management and leadership that I’ve ever read.  Period. It’s certainly the best CEO book on the market.  It’s about 1000 times better than my book although my book is intended to be different in several ways.  I suppose they’re complementary, but if you only had time left on this planet for one book, read Ben’s first. I’m not even going to get into specifics on it, other than that Ben does a great job of telling the…
  • The Gift of Feedback, Part IV

    Matt Blumberg
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Gift of Feedback, Part IV I wrote a few weeks ago about my live 360 – the first time I’ve ever been in the room for my own review discussion.  I now have a development plan drafted coming out of the session, and having cycled it through the contributors to the review, I’m ready to go with it.  As I did in 2008, 2009, and 2011, I’m posting it here publicly.  This time around, there are three development items: Continue to spend enough time in-market.  In particular, look for opportunities to spend more time with direct clients.  There was a lot of discussion about this at my…
  • Book Short: Culture is King

    Matt Blumberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book Short:  Culture is King Joy, Inc.:  How We Built a Workplace People Love, by Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, was a really good read. Like Remote  which I reviewed a few weeks ago, Joy, Inc. is ostensibly a book about one thing — culture — but is also full of good general advice for CEOs and senior managers. Also like Remote, the book was written by the founder and CEO of a relatively small firm that is predominately software engineers, so there are some limitations to its specific lessons unless you adapt them to your own environment. Unlike Remote, though,…
  • Democracy in Action

    Matt Blumberg
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    I went to our local high school gym last night to vote for a smallish ($12mm) school bond issue as well as another proposition I didn’t quite understand about paying for fire alarms in the schools. As is always the case in New York, I was somewhere between amused and appalled that the voting machines are pre-war vintage (possibly Civil, definitely WWI). But this election was a new experience for me. When I finished voting, I ran into a friend of ours who is on the school board, and he suggested I stick around because the polls were closing, and I’d get to hear the results. This…
 
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    Startup Houston

  • Medical Informatics: Saving Babies with JavaScript

    Tina Nazerian
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    The colorful, dancing ballerina pig statues on the first level of the Texas Children’s Hospital‘s Abercrombie building provide an odd sense of visual harmony. Their floral tutus add extra shine, which is hard to come by in a building filled with sick – some of them really sick – children. On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon, Samantha Jacques, Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Texas Children’s Hospital, took me to the Progressive Care Unit, to show me the importance of alarm management. As soon as we entered the hallway, I could hear numerous beeps in the…
  • A Look Inside of AMRI

    Tina Nazerian
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    AMRI, short for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute, is a fellowship program “dedicated to fostering collaboration between the open source Maker community, the DIY Bio community, and the scientific research communities. Fellows at AMRI use their familiarity with open source technology to develop tools used for forwarding scientific research. Mentors at AMRI use their background in scientific research to suggest strategies for overcoming engineering challenges encountered in development of open source technology. The goal is to use this collaboration to improve the general…
  • A Look Inside of AUGMENTe and The Future of Online Commerce

    Tina Nazerian
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    AUGMENTe TechStudio is a tech development studio that comes up with mainly augmented reality technological developments. I took an office tour with Director of Marketing Mel Mamula and learned more about their work. “It can be for businesses or customers; right now, it’s focused on businesses,” Mamula said. “The application that I probably would describe first is the seminal app for the company, and then the focus of the CX Solution Suite, or a customer experience solution suite. It’s called holistic media; it’s an app that is focused on improving the…
  • Q&A with IronYard Teacher and RailsConf Speaker Jesse Wolgamott

    Tina Nazerian
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Recently, Startup Houston sat down to speak with Jesse Wolgamott, a Ruby developer, IronYard teacher, and RailsConf speaker, about Ruby on Rails, open source, and RailsConf. Wolgamott is also involved with RailsGirls, an international, free workshop run locally in each location, that teaches women how to code in the span of two days. SH: I understand Ruby on Rails is a software framework. JW: So Ruby itself is a programming language. It was first started in Japan in 1993, it just turned 21. It existed just in Japan, just used by Japanese engineers for years. And then, in the early 2000s, Andy…
  • From a Catering Conundrum to a Startup: The Story of GrubSquad

    Tina Nazerian
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    “I was the person in charge of organizing where the food would come from, and who would pick up [what] from where,” Ogo Ifelayo said when we met at White Space Houston in the Heights last week. Ifelayo, the founder of GrubSquad, a web-based restaurant delivery service, was referring to picking up food for his family’s gatherings, including his brother’s wedding. “We probably had food from about 10 different caterers,” Ifelayo said. “So I was like, ok, and I was bringing some equipment stuff back to the event, to the people who’d cooked the food,…
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    Techstars

  • Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars

    Taylor McLemore
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    We are excited to announce the next Patriot Boot Camp (PBC): Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars. (Apply here!) The event will be held in Madison, WI from September 26th – 28th, 2014. For those of you not familiar with PBC, it is a 3-day program focused on our nations’ veterans and their families, intended to be the catalyst to spark a company, find a co-founder, or connect with a business mentor. PBC leverages the Techstars network to provide entrepreneurial education and mentoring that helps participants solidify a business idea, improve their fundraising pitch,…
  • Techstars Boulder Informal Job Fair on 8/27

    Nicole Glaros
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Companies in the current Techstars Boulder 2014 class are trying to do more faster, and they need to hire immediately! On Wed, Aug 27th, from 6-7:30 pm EST, Techstars Boulder will open its doors to highly passionate and motivated people wanting to work for a startup.  You’ll meet the companies in the current class that are hiring over an informal beer. There won’t be an agenda for the evening, just networking with great startups! Available Positions include: Designer (UI/UX) Graphic Designer Business Development Growth Hacker Account Manager Inside Sales Person Sales &…
  • Startup Stories – Sketchfab “Having International Offices

    Megan Sweeney
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    In 2013 Sketchfab, a platform to publish, share and embed interactive 3D models, joined Techstars. The founders moved from Paris to New York City within a month and since the beginning Sketchfab has grown massively fast.  They started with about 50 visits to their site a day and are now 50,000+ visits a day. Below is a short video on how Sketchfab operates having international offices and an example of an interactive 3D image. Volkswagen Beetle by slavinek on Sketchfab The post Startup Stories – Sketchfab “Having International Offices appeared first on Techstars.
  • Announcing the Techstars Boston Class of 2014

    Semyon Dukach
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    We are thrilled to announce the next Techstars class in Boston! This will be the eighth Techstars program in Boston, and my first as Managing Director. Our session began this week, and will wrap up with a demo day on November 12th. We continue to be blown away with the quality of applications and love the diversity of their businesses, some of which have come to Boston from as far away as Australia, Holland, Croatia, France, Russia, and even San Francisco. This session the program includes five hardware and seven software companies that range from bringing cellular connectivity to the next…
  • No Vision All Drive

    David Cohen
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It was pretty fun to sit on stage recently with Techstars co-founder David Brown to tell our story in front of the newest class of Techstars founders in Boulder. Since it was our first time on stage together talking about how we built and sold our first company, Pinpoint Technologies, we put together a few short videos from the talk that highlight our entrepreneurial adventures. Together we’ve had successes and failures over the last 25 years, and we’ve laughed a ton along the way. Here’s the quick story: in 1993, we founded our first company, Pinpoint Technologies, which…
 
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    The Freestyle Entrepreneur

  • RECOMMENDED READING

    John Ingrisano
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    FOR THE CHRISTIAN BUSINESS PERSON If you’re in business – a sales professional, manager, or entrepreneur – you read how-to books.  And the first thing you check out is the subject’s or the author’s credentials.  Makes sense.  After all, you don’t want biz advice from a person best known because “he once ran a lemonade stand; it failed.”  No, you want to hear from someone who knows the game. Well, how about a business how-to book about how Jesus would do it?  That’s what you’ll get in Dennis E. Hensley’s Jesus in the 9 to 5.  Hensley, the director of professional…
  • FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED

    John Ingrisano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    MY FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED As some of you know, I have been working on a novel about the sex trade.The working title is Daughters of an Abandoned Civilization.  It is more than half done and coming along nicely.  Along the way, I have also been carving out free-standing short stories and submitting them for publication.  Though a professional writer for around 40 year, I have never had any fiction published.  No takers … until now. So, I am pleased – more like delighted and thrilled – to announce that, finally, one of my stories, “The Prostitute,” has been accepted and…
  • MAKE NETWORKING WORK FOR YOU

    John Ingrisano
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    by John R. Ingrisano Think of networking as mostly free, word-of-mouth, marketing.  Here are some ideas to make networking work for you: Be in touch.  Thanks to email, it’s never been easier to stay connected with clients and prospects.  Send out very, very short mini-newsletters (200 words at the most) once a month or so to remind them you’re still around. Be involved.  Join organizations — Lions, Optimists, etc. —  in your local community.  The personal and professional relationships are priceless. Polish your elevator talk.  Be prepared to tell people who you are and…
  • PRACTICE EXCEPTIONALISM

    John Ingrisano
    12 Jun 2013 | 10:34 am
    by John Ingrisano The Freestyle Entrepreneur We remember exceptionalism … and the people who do the exceptional. We remember the bad stuff:  Recently, while talking to a cell phone company representative, I was told I needed a ton and a half of special add-ons that would more than double the cost I was told I would pay.  I spent more time deflecting aggressive sales tactics than I did actually learning about what services were best for me and my business.  It was an unpleasant experience, at best.  I will avoid going through it again with that company, and I certainly will not…
  • OFFER: FREE PRESENTATION OR WORKSHOP

    John Ingrisano
    3 Jan 2013 | 7:46 am
    HERE’S A FREE OFFER … WITH A FEW STRINGS ATTACHED:  Do you need a quality keynote or motivational business presentation for your 2013 annual meeting?  Or a speaker for a sales or customer service session or after-dinner talk?  An established business journalist, public speaker and sales trainer, I am giving away a free one-hour program to the first two responders.  If you represent a business or business organizations (such as a Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Rotary, etc.), you are eligible to accept this offer. This offer is valued at more than $3,000.  And it is free.  TWO…
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  • Comprehending Customer Relationship Management

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Yоur аbіlіtу tо еffесtіvеlу mаnаgе уоur сuѕtоmеr rеlаtіоnѕhір wіll dеtеrmіnе hоw fаr уоu саn gо іn buѕіnеѕѕ. Thіѕ іѕ bесаuѕе Cuѕtоmеr Rеlаtіоnѕhір Mаnаgеmеnt (CRM) іѕ аn оrgаnіzеd рrосеdurе оf kееріng trасk оf соntасtѕ аnd соnvеrѕаtіоn wіth уоur сuѕtоmеrѕ. In bіg соmраnіеѕ, vаrіоuѕ dераrtmеntѕ dеаl wіth thе ѕаmе сuѕtоmеrѕ аnd іt іѕ іmреrаtіvе fоr thеm tо ѕhаrе іnfоrmаtіоn wіth еасh оthеr. Aѕ а rеѕult оf thіѕ, CRM…
  • Content Management System Overview

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Sіnсе thе bеgіnnіng оf thе іnfоrmаtіоn аgе thеrе hаѕ bееn а ѕtrugglе bеtwееn IT аnd, wеll, еvеrуbоdу еlѕе іn thе соrроrаtе іnfrаѕtruсturе. Thе fасt іѕ thаt mоѕt buѕіnеѕѕ mаnаgеrѕ dоn’t undеrѕtаnd whаt thе аvеrаgе IT реrѕоn dоеѕ, nоr dо thеу wаnt tо trу tо. Thіѕ lеаdѕ tо undеrѕtаffеd аnd оvеrwоrkеd IT ѕtаff аnd а lаrgе сhаѕm bеtwееn IT аnd оthеr dераrtmеntѕ. I rеmеmbеr уеаrѕ аgо thеrе wаѕ аn аrtісlе іn аn IT іnduѕtrу mаgаzіnе thаt…
  • Cloud Applications

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Aѕ lоng аѕ уоu hаvе аn Intеrnеt соnnесtіоn, сlоud аррlісаtіоnѕ аnd сlоud-bаѕеd ѕеrvісеѕ аrе ѕuрроѕеd tо bе јuѕt а fеw сlісkѕ аwау – аnd thеу uѕuаllу аrе. Hоwеvеr, thе рublіс Intеrnеt іѕn’t nесеѕѕаrіlу thе fаѕtеѕt dеlіvеrу орtіоn оut thеrе. Nоt оnlу саn ѕеrvісе bе ѕроttу, ѕluggіѕh аnd іnсоnѕіѕtеnt Intеrnеt реrfоrmаnсе mеаnѕ ѕluggіѕh аnd іnсоnѕіѕtеnt аррlісаtіоn реrfоrmаnсе. Fоrtunаtеlу, іt іѕ роѕѕіblе tо…
  • Business Web Solutions

    Lucas Herman
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sеаrсh еngіnе орtіmіzаtіоn, ѕеаrсh еngіnе mаrkеtіng, PPC, аnd орtіmіzеd wеbѕіtе dеѕіgn, thеѕе ѕеrvісеѕ аrе mеаnt fоr thе rісh аnd thе fаmоuѕ, іѕn’t іt? Wrоng. Tоdау, thеrе аrе іnnоvаtіvе аnd соmрrеhеnѕіvе ѕmаll buѕіnеѕѕ wеb ѕоlutіоnѕ thаt саtеr tо thе еvеr grоwіng SMB соmmunіtу. Thе fіrѕt аnd nоtісеаblе dіffеrеnсе bеіng thаt іt wоn’t соѕt уоu аn аrm аnd а lеg tо hіrе thеѕе соmраnіеѕ. Sесоndlу, thеѕе соmраnіеѕ оffеr…
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  • Teachers Educate the Future Leaders

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Teachers are very important to our society, more so than most people give them credit for. Every year, these teachers come in contact with a few students that will go on to become the future leaders of our world. These important individuals are one in million and it is critical that these professionals are doing what they can to ensure that our future leaders are having all their educational needs being met. Since schools often have small budget so reducing printing costs and other operational costs is crucial, it is important that they get things right, within the budget that they are…
  • Useful Haircare Tips for Teens

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Teens have enough going on to have to deal with unruly hair too. Taking care of your hair can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are actually many different hair care tips for teens, many which can be used through adulthood. Here are some of these tips to help you better take care of your hair and scalp. Dry scalp is often a problem with teens. It’s dry, it’s itchy, and makes you want to scratch. Dry scalp often happens because you may wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of essential oils that your scalp needs to maintain healthy hair…
  • Benefits of Business Advisory Services

    JohnnyG
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    What are business advisory services? These are services that include accountants, tax preparers, investment consultants and others that help businesses do what they need to do to achieve their financial goals. It doesn’t just include these professions either. It also includes consultants and analysts that help promote your business, both off and online. Analysts help you determine what trends are going on in your business, what people are saying about your company, what your competition is going that may be better than you. How can you improve your public relations, and take your business…
  • Do I Really Need Computer Skills?

    JohnnyG
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Is there anyone out there who is still wondering why they need computer skills? These days, any kind of real job requires some kind of computer training. Some of the most important training is using Excel. Excel is a Microsoft program that’s included in Microsoft Office. This program, also known as spreadsheets, is a grid setup where you input information into the different cells. This information can be used for numerous applications. It can be used to record information about your inventory, it can be used to explain how well a company is doing over a period of time. While a beginner may…
  • Some Financial Tips for Youngs

    JohnnyG
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Those that are going out in the world today may have some trouble getting by. It’s different when you live at home with your parents. You don’t have to worry about paying bills, buying and preparing food, or dealing with a lot of the challenges that adulthood throws at you. Even if you have a job through your high school years, chances are you still didn’t have as much responsibility as you probably do now. So what kind of financial tips can young people who are just starting out on their own use? The most important thing is that now that you’re an adult, you have financial…
 
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  • The strategy day you’ve probably never had

    Steve Sammartino
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    While I’m a firm believer we can achieve more as entrepreneurs than we can as employees, there are some damn good lessons we can learn from corporates. One such thing that large companies tend to do is strategy planning. Annual or quarterly events, where time is taken out to sit down and plan the future. So my question is this: When is the last time you did this for your most important startup: Your household? Yes, the startup that is the people who live in your home. It seems ever so weird that we spend an inordinate amount of time doing strategy for the companies we work for, and…
  • What you know vs Who you know

    Steve Sammartino
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    I remember growing up having people tell me it’s all about who you know in life and business. I always thought it was kinda weird that it could work in your favour by just knowing people who could help you, especially if you happened to be a fool. Surely domain knowledge mattered more? And here is what I found out, they both have value. But what has even more value is when we use which ever we have more of to improve on the other. This tends to happen when we learn from those we’re lucky enough to know, or use our knowledge to help whoever we meet. NEW BOOK – THE GREAT…
  • Don’t be a resume

    Steve Sammartino
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The order of events in our careers and entrepreneurial endeavours is particularly important. Let’s take the resume. A truncated tiny nano percentage microcosm of a persons capability. And yet people put it in front of decision makers to sell themselves. The moment we do this the person reading the resume is looking for a reason not to like what they see. We are just one of possibly hundreds of the same thing, and the natural inclination of the reviewer is to ‘cut the numbers’.  On the flip side, when we meet someone in person, we are a human. They are also a human.
  • It’s already been done, or has it?

    Steve Sammartino
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    As soon as we think of an amazing startup idea the first thing we often do is trawl the internet to see if someone has already built the app, the service ,the hardware device. We want to know if it has already been done. Oft times, we are deflated to find out it has been. But if we have to search, has it really been done? If no one knows about a concept in market it raises a lot of interesting questions: Did they execute well against the idea? Is their product good, but the distribution poor? If the distribution is poor, does that mean the product is actually bad? If the distribution is poor,…
  • The tale of 2 bathrooms

    Steve Sammartino
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I spend a fair amount of time in large corporations – helping them transition from the industrial era to the technology era. I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes you can see the future of the organisation based on subtle hints in the physical environment. And hence the title of this post. Two different organisations I visited had signs on their bathroom cubicle walls which told me all I needed to know about these companies and their prospects. Bathroom 1 “Did you bring your best self to work today? Can you show us something new and amazing we haven’t thought…
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  • Digital magazine helps those with learning difficulties to cook their own meals

    Springwise
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:39 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. People with developmental disorders can often learn to perform difficult tasks, but they need special help in order to do so, and instructions designed for non-disabled readers can be confusing. We’ve already seen Match use color-coded equipment to help those with autism make sense of the kitchen, and now a new interactive magazine called Look, Cook and Eat is designed…
  • Modular smartwatch lets wearers pick and choose the functions they need

    Springwise
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Add / Remove While Google’s Project Ara may be some way from hitting the market, we have already started to see similar projects that enable consumers to customize the hardware they use. The NEX band has combined modular sensors with custom designs to capture the fickle teen market, and now Blocks is a smart watch with a wristband made up of varying components that enable wearers to tailor the device’s functions. Blocks, as its name suggests, is made up of individual blocks that link together to form the band of the smartwatch. The display is placed in the middle and dummy blocks…
  • Plug-and-play device brings smart capabilities to entire car fleets

    Springwise
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Add / Remove Not everyone can afford to trade in their current car for a model that comes with smart features as standard, never mind businesses with large fleets. We’ve already seen the OBDLink MX WiFi marketed as bringing connected cars to individual drivers, and now Poland’s Cloud Your Car is enabling companies to track their fleets and driver behavior with a device that plugs into any car. The installation of GPS systems in entire fleets can be costly and time intensive, and there isn’t always a consolidated way to extract data from across the company. Cloud Your Car is…
  • Robots enable web users to virtually roam London’s Tate art gallery at night

    Springwise
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Add / Remove Opening up access to art galleries and museums is certainly a good thing, but for some entry can be too expensive, galleries can be located too far away or the experience can be ruined by bustling tourists. While Google’s Street View Art Project has already brought brick and mortar institutions into the digital world by allowing users to virtually walk through its rooms, the UK’s Tate Britain has developed the After Dark scheme, which enables anyone to browse the collection through a robot that moves around the gallery when everyone else has gone home. Created in…
  • Mirror takes a selfie and sends it to your phone

    Springwise
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Add / Remove Trying on clothes in the changing rooms always gives a better idea of whether an item is a good fit, but sourcing advice from friends isn’t easy if they’re not there to see it in person. While we’ve already seen Amsterdam’s Karl Lagerfeld Store has already used changing room tablets to enable shoppers to snap their new look and share it with friends, France-based Pixglass now wants to make the process easier, with a camera-enabled mirror that digitally captures whatever is in front of it. The system uses a one-way sheet of glass with a mirror on one side,…
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  • 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…
  • Songs In The Wild

    Aruni
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I finally faced a big fear of putting my “art” out there for the world to judge, hate, like, love, or be indifferent about.  It’s been a multi-year endeavor, and I published them online via DistroKid back in March 2014.  Getting them on the sites below was the easiest part of this whole endeavor and apparently I’ve made $10.50 on them in March and April!  There’s a two month lag in reporting sales via DistroKid.  I wasn’t sure I’d even get $5, so I’m excited about the extra $5.50 that I can use to buy lottery tickets! I didn’t create the songs…
 
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  • Camu for iPhone puts an elegant spin on social photography

    Jackie Dove
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Social networking video apps really need to be unique to gain traction in today’s crowded mobile market. Camu, released today by Sumoing, the makers of Repix, puts a fresh spin on the iPhone photo/video scene. With Camu, you can shoot either stills or video, and if you’re going to do video, shoot short because to film, you have to press and hold the video button for up to 15 seconds. For most video, short is better anyway. There are a small number of smart-looking filters available via swipe that you can set either before or after you shoot, such as Sunny, Roasted, Nostalgia, and…
  • 5 weak words copywriters and bloggers should avoid (and what to use instead)

    Andrea Ayres-Deets
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. When I first began writing, I was unsure of myself. My sentences were rife with meaningless words and fillers. What I didn’t realize is that by using them, I was sabotaging myself and my writing. Weak words can sneak into our writing anywhere, anytime and when they do, they destroy the power of our work. I’ve rounded up five weak words to avoid and some helpful tips for what you can use instead. 1. Really Example:  “The swimmer really performed admirably.” Why it’s a problem: The word ‘really’ is a crutch. It is used to... This…
  • Google Voice Search for Android now lets you speak up to five languages, limit of one language per sentence

    Emil Protalinski
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Google today updated its Google Search app for Android with support for handling multiple languages at once in voice search. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play. You could use voice search in multiple languages (more than 50 in total) before, but you had to change your settings if you wanted to switch languages. Now you can tweak your settings once, and then switch back and forth between languages as you see fit. The app lets you select up to five languages in total (Search => Settings => Voice => Languages), and Google will automatically detect... This story…
  • 3D bird sound visualization is electrifying

    Jackie Dove
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Sometimes the sound of chirping and singing birds can be enough to inspire a feeling of peace and tranquility. But for Australian multimedia artist Andy Thomas — who specializes in creating “audio life forms” — such dulcet tones inspired something more: curiosity about what they might look like as sound-driven 3D animations. The result: Nightingale & Canary, a bird sound animation video that you need know nothing whatsoever about to enjoy. Just ask my cats. This crazy gorgeous piece, commissioned by Europeana Creative and funded by the EU, uses recorded bird sounds from the…
  • Sprint and T-Mobile go toe-to-toe with price drops and switching incentives

    Roberto Baldwin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    It’s a good time to be on the market for a new carrier. Sprint just announced a $60 a month unlimited plan, while T-Mobile is offering free LTE incentives to its customers to invite their friends to the network. Ready, fight! The new Sprint plan offers unlimited voice, text and data for $60 a month. That’s $20 cheaper than T-Mobile’s unlimited plan. The caveat is that you have to either bring your own device, pay full retail or use Sprint Easy Pay to get a device. The plan goes into effect on August 22. Not to be outdone by Sprint’s new... This story continues at The Next Web The…
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  • How to Start a Successful Company in Healthcare

    Jared Reitzin
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Tomorrow I am speaking at a Meet Up in Pasadena across from the Huntington Hospital, or in a building at the Hospital; I cannot tell. The topic is about how to succeed in marketing your startup to the healthcare industry, but I plan on talking about how to win in general. I admit the start time is a little too early, but if you are creating a startup, or a startup focused on healthcare, you might want to join us. We can take espresso shots together. You can RSVP by going here. Here are just a few things I plan on covering tomorrow: It’s all about the relationship: If you…
  • The World’s Most Impressive Invitation Ever Sent Promoting a Grand Opening

    Jared Reitzin
    10 May 2013 | 12:34 am
  • Creating Culture, One Step at a Time

    Jared Reitzin
    28 Mar 2013 | 11:59 pm
    For the past decade I have been focused on a bunch of things, but besides selling, my top two priorities have been: 1. To develop a web-based software that companies can use to grow their business. 2. To create a very special company culture that makes mobileStorm a sought after place to work. mobileStorm’s Core Team My travel to India (still here actually), has allowed me to combine these two passions. I started mobileStorm, not because I thought mobile was going to be the next big thing (even though I knew it would be), but ultimately I didn’t want to work for anyone. I…
  • Going to the mHealth Summit in D.C. Next Week?

    Jared Reitzin
    28 Nov 2012 | 9:34 am
    I wanted to personally invite my readers to an awesome event we are hosting with Kony Solutions during the mHealth Summit in D.C. on Tuesday December 4th. We are taking over the Cherry Blossom, a replica of a 19th century Victorian riverboat. We will have a complete open bar, dinner, and great music that will have you dancing for the entire trip. We will dock for the first hour and then start our journey around D.C. taking in the sights and enjoying each other’s company. The boat will dock directly behind the Gaylord for easy access to the event. Spots are very limited so if you are…
  • How to Protect Yourself From Your Client’s B Player Employees

    Jared Reitzin
    5 Jul 2012 | 5:20 pm
    Everything is going great with your prospect. You think you have a potentially huge deal, and are way down the road on closing it — then bam; your prospect stops engaging and you get an email that they went in another direction. Or how about this; you have been working with your client on a huge upgrade, and the next thing you know they are going in a totally different direction and their reasons make no sense. You are blindsided because you thought everything was going to happen, but after a bit more thought you realize its because the decision makers had the wrong information. Do any…
 
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  • Guesterly, Execution and September Viewings!

    Jeremy Horn
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:26 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, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Guesterlyexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from the importance of every customer to beyond…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of August 9, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Product Management Instructor @ General Assembly (New York, NY)Keywords: Education, Mentor , Product Management, Startup , Technologyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1008&lf=twf Product Manager – Web Analytics @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, Analytics, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1012&lf=twf Associate Product Manager @ TMP Worldwide (New York, NY)Keywords: Agile, SDLC, User Storieshttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1011&lf=twf Product Manager @ eFront (Boston or New…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of July 12, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Product Consultant @ Amplify (Brooklyn, NY)Keywords: Agile, Consultant, Digital, Product Manager, Technologyhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1007&lf=twf Product Manager @ DailyBurn (New York, NY)Keywords: consumer facing, fitness, subscription, video contenthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1006&lf=twf Director of Product Management @ Artnet (New York City)Keywords: Agile, Product Manager, Product Owner, Project Manager, Scrumhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1005&lf=twf Associate Product Manager @ ALM (New…
  • Costs, Crowds and August Albums!

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    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, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions. Please submit your nominations for 2014’s best product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator)     Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Grapevine.im (formerly known as Vintage)exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of July 5, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    5 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Product Manager, Data & Analytics – JW Player @ JW Player (New York City)Keywords: Advertising, Analytics, Big Data, Datahttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1003&lf=twf Product Manager, Video Workflow – JW Player @ JW Player (New York City)Keywords: Content Management, Media Workflow, Streaming, Videohttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1002&lf=twfFiled under: product jobs Tagged: product management
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  • 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…
  • Book Review: Stoner by John Williams

    Ben Casnocha
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    After posting an excerpt of John Williams’ novel Stoner, I knew I had to read the entirety of the book itself. I did, and it totally delivered on my high expectations. The protagonist, named Stoner, is an unglamorous professor at a small university in rural America. The story focuses on his life, his family, his petty academic disputes, his affair, his love of language, his career ambitions (or lack thereof). Nothing crazy happens. It is simply the story of a reasonably straightforward life as lived by one particular man. He accumulates quite a bit of wisdom along the way — wisdom…
  • Econtalk on The Alliance and Future of Work

    Ben Casnocha
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Having raved about Econtalk just the other month, and as a long time listener, it was a particular delight to be invited to go on the show and talk, with Reid and host Russ Roberts, about The Alliance and the history of LinkedIn. We also talked about whether you can explore the meaning of life while in the working world, and I predicted that the ethics of cognitive steroids will be hotly debated in the years to come. The show is an hour long. ### The Alliance is on the New York Times bestseller list for the fourth straight week. Thanks for the support. If you’ve read the book, please…
  • Book Review: Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff

    Ben Casnocha
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Some months ago, I was driving, listening to the audiobook of Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff, a collection of short stories. I got home and pulled into the parking space for my apartment. It was nighttime and quiet — all the neighbors were asleep. I turned off the engine but kept the key in the ignition so the battery would power the audio system in the car. I switched off the headlights. I sat in my car, engulfed in darkness, and took in the rich voice the narrator until the story came to an end. They is. They is. They is. The story, “Bullet in the Brain,” which ends that…
  • Charlie Rose on The Alliance

    Ben Casnocha
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Reid was his usual brilliant, friendly self on Charlie Rose the other week. It’s a good 30 minute conversation about The Alliance, Silicon Valley, biology, and more.
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    John Greathouse

  • This Comedian Discovered Jon Stewart AND The Secret To Entrepreneurial Success

    John Greathouse
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Bill Grundfest, Founder of the Comedy Cellar, Golden Globe winner and three time Emmy nominee, recently spoke to an audience of entrepreneurial students as part of UC Santa Barbara's Distinguished Lecture Series. Mr. Grundfest has a nose for comedic talent, discovering and the launching the career of many notable comedians, including Steven Wright, Bill Maher, Ray Romano and Jon Stewart. He was also instrumental in Richard Pryor's comeback campaign. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com…
  • Dynamic Duos – Are You Batman Or Robin?

    John Greathouse
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Balance is one of the most important aspects of skiing. A solid foundation formed by two strong legs is key, especially at a competative level. Balance is also an extremely important factor among a founding startup team. Although it is difficult, balance can be achieved on one leg. Just ask Paralympic Champion Michael Milton, who has hurled himself down mountains at 133 miles per hour on a single ski. His time compares favorably with the two-legged world speed record of 157 miles per hour. Just like starting a company…
  • Want To Trip Out? This Entrepreneur Can Hook You Up

    John Greathouse
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Kurt Kutay, Founder and CEO of Wildland Adventures, believes that "luxury adventure travel" does not have to be an oxymoron. In fact, for the past 27-years, he has specialized in bringing exotic travel destinations to those of us who are healthy and active but whose competitive sporting days are long behind us. Ever fantasized about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro but aren't on speaking terms with any Tanzanian Sherpas? How about hiking in Patagonia without carrying a 60-pound backpack and eating freeze dried food? Kurt and his crew can make…
  • The Newest Source Of Startup Funding – The Sharing Economy

    John Greathouse
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. The broad implications of the sharing economy are only beginning to be felt. The ability for people to turn their time, residences, cars and other personal assets into viable income streams is revising the traditional definition of "employment." The sharing economy is also proving to be a significant source of bootstrap startup capital. In the past, a struggling entrepreneur's options for paying the bills were limited. Part time jobs typically generated minimal income while requiring the entrepreneur be at a specific place at a specific…
  • Killer Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Raises > $41,000

    John Greathouse
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. With the 4th of July around the corner, Zack Brown had potato salad on his mind. As any enterprising entrepreneur would do, he initiated a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $10. His appeal is written in a hilarious, deadpan style. For instance, he notes in the Risks section of his campaign that, "It might not be that good. It's my first potato salad." At the time I am writing this, he has enticed nearly 6,000 backers to commit over $49,500, and counting. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly…
 
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    Young Upstarts

  • How To Start A Photography Business

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 60 percent of American photographers are self-employed freelancers running their own businesses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this number will grow in coming years, as salaried positions in the field dry up and more companies turn to freelance photographers to meet their needs. If you’re hoping to build a career in professional photography, starting a photography business might be for you. Freelance photographers have the opportunity to run their own businesses, working part time or on a flexible schedule. While starting a…
  • Memphis-based Start Co. To Present 16 Startups At Demo Day

    Daniel Goh
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Memphis, Tennessee-based nonprofit venture development organization Start Co. will be presenting 16 new startups at its Demo Day on 21 August at Orpheum Theater. These startups are the graduates of its intensive 14-week startup training and mentoring program – recognized by the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) – that will see these 16 graduating companies to present their business plans to over 750 investors, fellow entrepreneurs as well as community leaders from all over the Mid-South, as afar as St Louis and San Francisco, and even from Singapore. The Honorable Edward B.
  • [Infographic] Secrets To Creating A Viral Infographic

    Contributor
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Justin Beegel, CEO of Infographic World and the author of “Infographics For Dummies“ The evolution of technology and the rapidly changing landscape of social media has made life interesting and difficult for marketing and advertising executives. There is a ton of opportunity to be sure, but in the new world of 140 characters or less, the ability to communicate in succinct and compelling fashion has never been greater. Actually, it has left many executives scratching their heads as to where to put their resources. Among the innovative vehicles created to effectively reach…
  • Five Words That Entrepreneurs Never Use

    Contributor
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    by Stefan Haubold, Global Managing Director and co-founder of Carmudi There are certain words every entrepreneur should toss out of his or her dictionary. Or at least never utter among its employees to keep the engine of growth running. The idea is to communicate the right thing at the right time in the right spirit. Take it from my experience at Carmudi, a highly fast-paced startup. I have learnt to speak the language of success. And here’s my advice to those taking the wheel: 1. So-so. There is no room for mediocrity in a startup! Excellence comes with perseverance. And persevere…
  • Why Going Green Can Help Save Your Small Business

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Much of the world is the midst of a green revolution, and a great deal of this eco-conscious focus is squarely on businesses. Obviously, mega-corporations can contribute the most to the health and safety of people and the environment, but small businesses can make green changes that will ultimately positively affect their profits and their reputations. More and more consumers are making their shopping choices based on a company’s commitment to environmental practices. As these shoppers vote with their wallets, it’s beneficial in several ways for a small business to adopt green practices.
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    IttyBiz

  • 13 Lessons on Unschooling and Running A Business

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    For the beautiful Ali Luke, who requested a post about unschooling while running a business. If we’ve never met, and you got here because some lovely unschooler forwarded this to you, hello, and welcome! I’m Naomi, one half of Naomi-and-Dave. I’ve been running IttyBiz since 2006, and we’re unschoolers. The boys - Jack and Michael – are 7 and 15. So. Unschooling and business. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. 1. Embrace multitasking. There is a lot of advice out there saying that when you multitask, you’re less productive. I would agree with that.
  • 4 Steps That Stop Your Brain From Hijacking Your Goals

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 pm
    In our summer business planning class, we ask people to select an Area of Devotion – like lead generation, or building up a back catalog, or improving conversion rates – and then set a goal for that area. Then we ask, “What does success look like for this goal at the end of six months?” The reason we ask this question is because we want them to come up with a specific goalpost that will feel satisfying to reach. It’s like when you’re cleaning up for company to come over – if you don’t know what “success” looks like, then you’ll never…
  • How To (Honestly) Love Your Customers

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We’re bringing back some old favorites by request. If there’s anything you’d like to see us run again, please get in touch. This one is for Jenny. Originally published December 7, 2009 as Crushed Hopes and Spicy Chicken. I’m not a big cook. I’m not a cook at all, really. I didn’t cook before I started IttyBiz and I sure as hell don’t cook now. My husband and I eat out a lot, and if we’re not actually eating in a restaurant, somebody’s going for takeout. One day, we were having one of those not-really-an-argument arguments, the kind you’ll often see in…
  • How To Ask For Feedback… And Get A Decent Answer

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I was in a conversation on Facebook recently with a woman I’ve known for a long time. This lovely lady has a new venture she’s working very hard on, and she’s wondering if she can send it over to get my feedback. (Incidentally, IttyBiz is on Facebook! Please come and click Like and validate our existence! Ahem. This was done for many reasons, most prominent among them that my mother and my kids have been nagging me for years. You’ll be happy to know that now IttyBiz is on Facebook, they have moved on to nagging me about Pinterest and YouTube, respectively. I believe…
  • Should We Stop Marketing When Tragedy Strikes?

    Naomi Dunford
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Imagine you’re at a party, and you’re watching a football game. Every time the Broncos score, a riotous cheer breaks out. Drunk 40-somethings trying to recapture their inner frat boys scream “YEEEEEEEAH!!!” a lot. Everyone’s loving the game. In calmer moments, people are tossing around stories. They’re cracking jokes. There’s a lot of good-natured ribbing. Then something terrible happens. Let’s say somebody has a seizure. The paramedics come. They get the guy onto a gurney. The ambulance drives off into the night. The door closes behind them.
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Ideas that spread, win. Recap of Seth Godin at Business of Software Conference

    Hermione Crease
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Even if you know next to nothing about marketing, you’ve probably heard of Seth Godin. Nobody knows more about how marketing works and how it can work for people building businesses. Seth came to Business of Software in 2008 full of excitement about the internet’s industrial revolution and the potential of software to change the way marketing works: Why interruption marketing results in average products for average people Why ideas that spread, win. And why software is so well placed to create those ideas Why you should be looking for ways to connect people A six year old talk…
  • A startup by any other name… Very limited half price tickets for Business of Software Conference from Balsamiq & Twilio

    Hermione Crease
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    What is a startup? Our recent conversations with BoS Alumni reminded us just how difficult it is to pin down a definition of, ‘startup’. We think Paul Graham is self interested in describing a startup as a potential billion $ business and it means far too much to other people. We also have a very special deal courtesy of Twilio and Balsamiq for a few lucky startups to attend Business of Software Conference for half price… Is a startup, run by massively experienced serial entrepreneurs and heavily funded, the same thing as a couple of kids in a garage bootstrapping an app?
  • The perfect storm

    Mark Littlewood
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Ever wondered what it is like to live without the Internet for a few days? I just did a week with no phone and no Internet in the middle of France. We went camping en famille. View from our tent - afternoon of arrival Some thunder, some lightning, some flash flooding and hey presto, no electricity, no Internet and very intermittent mobile phone signal. We lived like savages. We were reduced to fighting for food with locals and tourists at local markets where we found this excellent reminder about how the French felt about a Brit abroad with an Internet related predicament.   It turns…
  • Your minimum viable recruiting process

    Hermione Crease
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    John Knox, Austin’s finest, wearer of Google Glass and generous supporter of BoS student grants, recently sent us this short essay on recruiting which made us laugh so much we had to share Lets talk about recruiting senior developers. 34,295. That’s how many students applied to Harvard this year. Applying isn’t easy. Studying. Boring standardized tests. Writing essays. Working on homework. Begging for recommendation letters. Of those 34,295 students, 2,023 students were accepted. Each of those expect to pay more than $62,250 a year. When these students graduate, they’ll…
  • Where are they now? BoS speaker alumni….

    Hermione Crease
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Inspired by the line up of founders speaking at BoS this year, we’ve dug back through previous talks to find out what some of our more prominent speaker alumni thought was important five, six, seven years ago. And although there has been a surge of interest in entrepreneurship and software since 2008, it turns out that the ideas they were noodling on then are still pretty relevant. Squish Jason Fried, Alexis Ohanian and Joel Spolsky together and you get a BoS talk on ‘Ideas to build a number one software business and make the world suck less.’ Which could be worth watching.
 
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jonathan Murrell TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture

    Jeff Cornwall
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Tom Haarlander and Arciplex TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Healthcare Entrepreneur Jason Moore Stops by for a Visit

    Jeff Cornwall
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Moore TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Healthcare Entrepreneur Jason Moore Stops by for a Visit appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life

    Jeff Cornwall
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Rob Bellenfant TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Gries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    CollegeMogul

  • Teachers Educate the Future Leaders

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Teachers are very important to our society, more so than most people give them credit for. Every year, these teachers come in contact with a few students that will go on to become the future leaders of our world. These important individuals are one in million and it is critical that these professionals are doing what they can to ensure that our future leaders are having all their educational needs being met. Since schools often have small budget so reducing printing costs and other operational costs is crucial, it is important that they get things right, within the budget that they are…
  • Useful Haircare Tips for Teens

    JohnnyG
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Teens have enough going on to have to deal with unruly hair too. Taking care of your hair can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. There are actually many different hair care tips for teens, many which can be used through adulthood. Here are some of these tips to help you better take care of your hair and scalp. Dry scalp is often a problem with teens. It’s dry, it’s itchy, and makes you want to scratch. Dry scalp often happens because you may wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day can strip your scalp of essential oils that your scalp needs to maintain healthy hair…
  • Benefits of Business Advisory Services

    JohnnyG
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    What are business advisory services? These are services that include accountants, tax preparers, investment consultants and others that help businesses do what they need to do to achieve their financial goals. It doesn’t just include these professions either. It also includes consultants and analysts that help promote your business, both off and online. Analysts help you determine what trends are going on in your business, what people are saying about your company, what your competition is going that may be better than you. How can you improve your public relations, and take your business…
  • Do I Really Need Computer Skills?

    JohnnyG
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Is there anyone out there who is still wondering why they need computer skills? These days, any kind of real job requires some kind of computer training. Some of the most important training is using Excel. Excel is a Microsoft program that’s included in Microsoft Office. This program, also known as spreadsheets, is a grid setup where you input information into the different cells. This information can be used for numerous applications. It can be used to record information about your inventory, it can be used to explain how well a company is doing over a period of time. While a beginner may…
  • Some Financial Tips for Youngs

    JohnnyG
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Those that are going out in the world today may have some trouble getting by. It’s different when you live at home with your parents. You don’t have to worry about paying bills, buying and preparing food, or dealing with a lot of the challenges that adulthood throws at you. Even if you have a job through your high school years, chances are you still didn’t have as much responsibility as you probably do now. So what kind of financial tips can young people who are just starting out on their own use? The most important thing is that now that you’re an adult, you have financial…
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

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

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

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

    Delores Williams
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
  • Opportunities Where You Are by Orison Swett Marden

    Delores Williams
    6 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    No chance, no opportunities, in a land where many poor boys become rich men, where newsboys go to Congress, and where those born in the lowest stations attain the highest positions? The world is all gates, all opportunities to him who will use them. But, like Bunyan's Pilgrim in the dungeon of Giant Despair's castle, who had the key of deliverance all the time with him but had forgotten it, we fail to rely wholly upon the ability to advance all that is good for us which has been given to the weakest as well as the strongest. We depend too much upon outside assistance."We look too high For…
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • RISK…and what to do about it

    Jay Turo
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    The four letter word in all conversations between entrepreneurs and investors is risk.Investors are always interested in getting ownership stakes in high potential companies but are also always weary of the considerable risk-taking necessary to actually do so.  The most successful investors and entrepreneurs I know take a dispassionate and detached approach.  They don’t get caught up in all of the “drama” around thinking and talking about risk. Rather, they view it for what it actually is - simply a measurement of the likelihood of a set of future outcomes.In the context of…
  • What Do Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and Starbucks have in common?

    Jay Turo
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Wal-Mart.McDonalds. Starbucks.What do they have in common? Well, for one, they are businesses that were not started and grown from scratch by their original founders.Rather, they were all started by others and then bought by ambitious and talented entrepreneurs (i.e. Sam Walton, Ray Croc, and Howard Schultz) who propelled them to a new stratosphere of growth.And while high profile, statistically they are not atypical. Census Bureau statistics show that a purchased business is eleven times more likely to still be in business 5 years from time of purchase as compared to those started from…
  • What Unifies All Great Businesses?

    Jay Turo
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The fundamental challenge of modern business is finding that right balance between tactics and strategy, between execution and innovation, between management and entrepreneurship.Typically, as companies grow and age, they naturally become more tactical, more execution - focused.In contrast, the “tabula rasa” of startups has traditionally been the best milieu for out-of-the-box strategy and innovation to thrive.Now in the old days, businesses could do ok by being very good at just one of these. Big businesses could sustain profitable franchises for years by leveraging their resource…
  • The Power of Failure

    Jay Turo
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”…
  • Chief Executives and Chief Shareholders: Never the Twain Shall Meet?

    Jay Turo
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Small business owners lead the most efficient and effective organizations ever designed by human hands - profit-seeking businesses where the Chief Executive Officer also happens to be the Chief (as in largest) Shareholder, too.Among many benefits, this business form fully addresses the Agency Problem - so often found in larger companies - where the interests of the professional managers do not always sync and align with those of the shareholders.This can cause various (and nefarious!) effects like:•    Managers seeking to maximize their shorter term "cash-out" - high…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Cause Marketing on Ice

    Mike
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The other day while sitting on the deck, we heard a great splashing sound from across the way. We looked over to see a neighbor pouring a huge bucket of ice-water over his head while his girlfriend recorded the chilly event on her smartphone. It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly realized that he was not crazy and not trying to cool himself off from the heat of a Chicago August. The guy was raising money for a charity which he may or may not even feel a particular affinity for. Right now, today, appearing in virtually every corner of the the internet you can be…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #230 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:09 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 image above is a fun look at how some of the most famous scientists in history might have personally branded themselves.. Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships – crowdspring.co/1kb8kKm Small…
  • 12 Questions: Meet Connie Zegers (The Netherlands)

    Audree
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice. We’re very proud to feature Connie Zegers (crowdSPRING username: StudioZ) today. Connie lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1. Please tell us about yourself. I live and work in Amsterdam and…
  • Small Business Tips: Engaging Customers (Sell, Sell, Sell)

    Mike
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Last week I wrote about building lasting relationships with your customers and the critical importance of nurturing and maintaining strong ties over time with those most important to the well-being of your business. Today, I thought perhaps we could start from the beginning, with a discussion on how to start those relationships. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in business is to establish a relationship with a prospect, whether that person is visiting your office or store or website for the first time, or you are picking up the phone to cold call the latest lead. Sometimes they come to you…
  • Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships

    Mike
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    You started a business and slowly, surely you have been acquiring new customers. They buy your products, they pay their bills. And they bring you their problems. Not the kind of problems they share at home with their spouse or on the couch with their shrink. Rather they share the problems they have with whatever it is you sold them. They want you to do it differently. They want their money back. They can’t make your website work. Customers inevitably run into issues and expect that you will help them find resolution. And really there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, your…
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  • Meg Ryan and beau split after three years

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Meg Ryan and beau split after three years GettyThe 52-year-old actress reportedly ended her relationship just as quietly as it began.Celeb duo that stayed under the radar Take a look Kelly Ripa flaunts toned tummyTyra reveals 'Top Model' secrets
  • Where 'giant' spiders are spreading

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Where 'giant' spiders are spreadingGettyA new study found that spiders get bigger and multiply faster when they live in one specific spot. Cue the nightmares.Parts of the US where they're growingIn other newsISIS contacted family recentlyNewspaper criticized for Foley cover
  • Leto leaves 'Tonight Show' looking different

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Leto leaves 'Tonight Show' looking differentGettyLet's just say that Jared must really trust host Jimmy Fallon ... because he put his face in his hands.Shave he couldn't believe was happeningTake a look Chelsea Handler's exit interview'Million Dollar Listing: LA' starts
  • 24 super wrong but brilliant test answers

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    24 super wrong but brilliant test answersIt's back-to-school season, and we've got a list of the most clever test answers from some very funny students. Which one is the best?More lifestyle coverageBack-to-school snacks Great back-to-school deals
  • Incredible turn of events after Mich. flooding

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Incredible turn of events after Mich. floodingGettyOfficials were sad to report that a 30-year-old died after being pulled from the water -- but they were wrong. 'Everyone thinks I'm dead' Take a look Girl saved from dog attackBand does ice bucket challenge
 
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    Xconomy

  • New Milwaukee Startup Accelerator to Unite Universities, Corporations

    Jeff Engel
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Jeff Engel Two Milwaukee-area entrepreneur support groups are forming a seed accelerator for students from multiple local universities. Startup Milwaukee and Innovation in Milwaukee, or MiKE, today announced The Commons, a new nonprofit initiative that they’re branding as an “industry-academic collaborative to accelerate ideas.” The program is still largely in the idea phase, and organizers must still secure the necessary university and corporate partners, funding, a physical space, and cross-institution agreements to make it happen. “Our vision for The Commons is really to attract,…
  • MobileDay Raises $6.6M to Cut Enterprises’ Conference Call Bills

    Michael Davidson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Michael Davidson Pretty much everyone who has ever dialed into a conference call knows it’s a hassle to keep track of the numbers and to dial in, especially when away from the office. But they’d probably be surprised to learn just how costly conference calls are for their employers, especially if they work for a large multinational company. MobileDay, a startup based in Boulder, CO, is trying to capitalize on that and announced Wednesday it has raised a $6.6 million Series A round. MobileDay makes an app that lets users dial in to calls from their smartphones with one touch. All they have…
  • Sakti3 Claims Breakthrough, a Sign of Life for Next-Gen Batteries

    Martin LaMonica
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Martin LaMonica Ask an engineer why we power our cars with gasoline rather than electric batteries and you’ll get a geeky answer: energy density. Said another way, gasoline holds far more energy in a given space than any battery ever has. Ann Arbor, MI-based Sakti3 yesterday published test results that show its battery has double the energy density of today’s lithium ion batteries used in consumer electronics and many electric vehicles. Practically speaking, that means a Tesla Model S electric sedan could have almost double the driving range and a smart watch could run for nine hours on a…
  • West Coast Biotech Roundup: Ebola, Mapp, Tekmira, ViaCyte & More

    Alex Lash
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Alex Lash Big news this morning: two Americans treated with an experimental Ebola treatment have recovered and are now out of the hospital. (A third person, a Spaniard, who received the treatment unfortunately did not recover.) Meanwhile, the Ebola epidemic continues—more than 1,300 people have died—and with it comes fear and rage.  In the U.S., potential cases continue to crop up, including one person who could be California’s “patient zero” in the state capital, Sacramento. The experimental drug that seems to have saved two lives is ZMapp. Xconomy checked in…
  • Tissue Regeneration Systems to Collaborate with J&J, DePuy Synthes

    Sarah Schmid
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Sarah Schmid Earlier this summer, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and DePuy Synthes Products announced a new collaboration with Plymouth, MI-based Tissue Regeneration Systems (TRS) to help develop patient-specific, resorbable bone implants. (That means implants that can be broken down by the body after an interval of time passes.) Last week, TRS celebrated the opening of its new lab and manufacturing center, which will help the company meet the demands of its partnership with J&J. Jim Fitzsimmons, president and CEO of TRS, says his company was spun out of technology developed at the…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • How Technical Advisors can Help Non-Technical Founders

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    No one wants to be *that* founder--the non-technical founder poking around developer meetups asking for a unicorn with a Github account.  It's not that there aren't great technical people willing to take a lot of risk to join a small team--it's just that there are *so many* people out there looking for them that it's hard to figure out who to take seriously.  This is where a good technical advisor can help.  They can help vet what you're building, give you credibility in the hiring process and help assess candidates. Go find someone technical you could probably never hire.
  • The Things that Fall Down

    Charlie O'Donnell
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    The other day, I found this neat inbox stats tool from Front App called Inbox Checkup.  (Thanks Product Hunt!) I've been wanting something like this for a while.   Apparently, I respond to 18% of my e-mails, way above the average of 11%, and was #62 out of over 4,000 in terms of e-mails sent.  It was happy to know that I'm getting to a lot of things.   Unfortunately, I was also #145 in actually getting e-mails, so what that also means is that while I'm getting to a lot, I'm also missing out on a lot.  What is painful is when I know there's that one note I should be…
  • Piers, Parks and Why White People Suck

    Charlie O'Donnell
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    There's a saying... "There's nothing worse than rich white people living in luxury housing in a park than the rich white people living in luxury housing protesting against them." Ok, well, there wasn't a saying, but there should be.   Maybe you've heard about "The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park."  It's a long and winding tale that basically amounts to this: There once were some unused commercial piers.  Someone decided they should become a waterfront park.  Parks are expensive to build, so it was decided to cleave off a little bit of the park for waterfront housing to pay…
  • Step Up

    Charlie O'Donnell
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    I wrote this note to a young company that had recently raised some money and moved into a shiny new office after busting at the seams in a makeshift setup.  The company was full of super young, vibrant, and incredibly talented people with a huge opportunity ahead of them--and a lot of difficult challenges. Congrats on moving into your new office. While I'm there are still a few bugs, bells, whistles, and bandwidth to work out, let me be the first to officially point out... Shit just got real. You have a real office. You're all together. You're organized into teams that are basically…
  • Growth is a Commodity

    Charlie O'Donnell
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    If there's one thing we've basically figured out in the digital world, it's marketing.  There's no more well tread aspect of building an online business than marketing.  We've got more channels, tools, and analytics to tell you weather or not it's working than you can shake a stick at. It's table stakes.  You spend some dollars to get more dollars out.  It's not complicated.   That's why I care much more about engagement--do people like what you built, versus whether or not more people used it today than they did yesterday.  Plus, the startup world is littered…
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    Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

  • I Killed Almost All My Income Streams, And I Did It On Purpose…

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    It felt like deja vu. Two years ago I found myself in a place I didn’t think I could return to. I was lost. I didn’t know what to do next. The deja vu feeling appeared when I realised I was making mistakes I had made before. I was jumping... The post I Killed Almost All My Income Streams, And I Did It On Purpose… appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Whom Do You Lean On When Nothing Is Working?

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    I’m at a party. The pretext is simple, people drinking and chatting, attempting to form meaningful connections, to bond over shared interests. As expected, everyone asks what I do. When I answer that I “work online” the response is an expression like I just said something in another language. I... The post Whom Do You Lean On When Nothing Is Working? appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Tracy Raftl: How This Confident Adult Acne Blogger Makes $80,000 Year

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Long term readers of this blog may remember I published an interview with acne blogger Fran Kerr, whom I coached to help start her blog. Fran eventually became a leader in the field, making $4,000 to $12,000 a month thanks to her blog. Tracy Raftl came across Fran’s blog while... The post Tracy Raftl: How This Confident Adult Acne Blogger Makes $80,000 Year appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Barbara Turley: How A Non-Techy Started A Blog, Podcast & Online TV Show, And Today Makes $100,000+ Year Coaching Woman About Wealth

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Barbara Turley serves as inspiration to anyone who is currently working a job they like, yet want to quit because of a desire for the kind of freedom that comes from being your own boss. [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Barbara had... The post Barbara Turley: How A Non-Techy Started A Blog, Podcast & Online TV Show, And Today Makes $100,000+ Year Coaching Woman About Wealth appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Tom Menditto: Pittsburgh ADHD Coach Goes From $300 In The Bank To $30,000 A Month Applying Online Marketing To His Local Business

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Get ready to be inspired… Tom Menditto is one highly passionate fellow! Tom rose from a previous life suffering from the mental illness ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). He mastered his own condition and today helps other people do the same through his coaching practice based in Pittsburgh. [ Download... The post Tom Menditto: Pittsburgh ADHD Coach Goes From $300 In The Bank To $30,000 A Month Applying Online Marketing To His Local Business appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
 
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    Men with Pens

  • Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

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

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

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

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

    James Chartrand
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The writing industry is rife with advice. Some of it is great advice. Some is good advice, even if it's fairly commonplace. But amidst the great and good advice is bad advice, and it's not always easy to tell the difference. The bad advice isn't just bad – it's often so bad that it does more harm than good. I've held the hand of many a writer as I coach them back out of the sucking quagmire of bad advice before they get pulled under by the quicksand. It's not always pretty. It's definitely always hard. Want an example of bad writing advice? You'll get it – and learn how to avoid it – in…
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    OnStartups

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

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

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

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    We failed. After 6 months poring over the code quality and refining the design of our mobile app, my partner and I finally launched it in the app store and the downloads started coming in. Then after a few days, BOOM. We got punched in the face by reality. No users returned to the app. This was a devastating shock, since most people we spoke to were excited about the idea. Our app allowed you to take photos and ask questions to learn about what you were looking at. It had all the traits of the most-hyped startup trends that year: mobile, social, local. It was early 2011. Frustrated and…
  • 5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. Type "mistakes entrepreneurs make" into Google and you'll find thousands of articles, sternly forewarning against the most prevalent pitfalls and errors that stand between you and your startup's success. But wait a second. How many times have you heard "We learn from our mistakes"? As an entrepreneur and investor, I've definitely made some doosies - and if my experience is any…
  • Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality

    12 May 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a guest post by Jenn Steele.  Jen is the Head of Growth at RecruitLoop, an online recruitment marketplace based in San Francisco and Australia. Previously of Amazon and HubSpot, Jenn is passionate about growing humans and companies, working out, and wine. Follow her @jennsteele I fired the first person I ever hired. I didn’t expect to have to do that. I expected that I’d be building my team with this person at my side. I expected this person to add value from the get-go. I expected that this would be a long-term professional relationship. Reality, however, was…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • The Truth About “Homeopathic” Medicine

    Tim Ferriss
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Homeopathy — effective, useless, or dangerous? (Photo: Marcos Zerene) [Audio version] [Text version] I routinely use an arnica gel for minor muscular strains. In fact, it’s one of my “go to” treatments. In 2010, however, I found myself swallowing Boiron Arnica Montana 30C pellets, an oral version that was the only option at the closest GNC. I started at five pellets, SIX times a day–TWICE the recommended dose. Risk of overdose? Not likely. “30C,” which I looked up that evening, tells you all you need to know. This consumable version of arnica, unlike the…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 22: Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, on Steve Jobs, Stories, and Lessons Learned

    Tim Ferriss
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Ed Catmull, President and Co-Founder of Pixar. NOTE TO E-MAIL SUBSCRIBERS: Please see this post in your inbox for a recording of the recent 2.5-hour live Q&A. Not on the email list? Sign up here and get extras like this for free. Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream below now: 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,  so you can roll the dice. Now, on to our…
  • How to Never Check Luggage Again

    Tim Ferriss
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Travel has many joys. Luggage is not one of them. NOTE: If you signed up for my email list, please see this post in your email (perhaps on Saturday afternoon PT) for the Monday night Q&A info. This post will explore three options for never checking luggage again. Some of them are extreme; all of them are effective. In my next post, I’ll detail what I (and some friends) pack in carry-on. Some are surprising and hilarious. Given that I spend 100+ days of the year traveling, and that I’ve been to 40+ countries, I’ve tested just about everything. Hauling a five-piece…
  • Tim Ferriss Rethinks Email

    Tim Ferriss
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Pretty soon, many of you will get an email from me.  It’ll probably surprise you. See, when I sketched out the original 4-Hour Workweek site in 2006 (sorely in need of a redesign), I included an email capture field, as that’s what friends said I should do: Then I promptly forgot all about it. I hated email, so I didn’t want to send you email. Simple as that. Do unto others, right? But things have changed. Now, with Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and hundreds of clones, the Internet and mobile are a battlefield of noise. Even if you “like” my Facebook fan page, my…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 21: Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park – Making Art, Making Music, Getting To 60+ Million Albums

    Tim Ferriss
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream below now: 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. Now, on to our guest… Mike Shinoda is best known as the rapper, principal songwriter, keyboardist, rhythm guitarist and one of the two vocalists (yes, an insane list) of Linkin Park, which has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy Awards in the process. Mike has collaborated with everyone from Jay-Z to Depeche…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • 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…
  • How I Dramatically Improved My Online Productivity

    Tyler Cruz
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    There was a time, around 6-7 years ago, when I was extremely productive when I worked. All you have to do is take a look at my archives page from 2007-2008 and you can see that I used to average a new blog post every day. I’m lucky now if I get a new one up every week. Go back even further, and I was even more productive. I could basically work the entire day, focused on my work, and be happy (albeit drained afterwards) about it. In fact, going back to around 2001-2002, back when I was still actively developing websites with HTML and Perl myself, I would even work on my own stuff while…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: May 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Well, I better get May’s affiliate marketing income report up before I start to fall too far behind on them again. If you remember, April 2014 did not bode well, netting only $336.55. And then I didn’t post another income report until just now, a month later. Things must have continued in a downwards spiral, right? Wrong. As explained in my previous blog post, I had just been busy looking into real estate investing. My affiliate campaigns did just fine in May, but even if they hadn’t, it’s not like I would purposely try to avoid posting about it. So how well did May…
  • So I’m Thinking of Investing $200,000…

    Tyler Cruz
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Another 3 weeks without a post. What happened? As per usual, I’ve been here all along. I didn’t go on vacation, there wasn’t an emergency, and everything has been going along as per usual. After tending to my e-mails and morning maintenance of my campaigns, I’ve been spending the rest of my work time looking into getting into the investment real estate business – specifically buy-and-hold rental properties. I’ve made my living for the past 10 years entirely from the Internet by working for myself, and have done moderately well as a result. So why the sudden…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: April 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    April’s Report! Only one more report to go and then I’m finally up-to-date! Unfortunately, that’s the only good news you’ll see in this report, as April ended up averaging only $11 net profit a day! Ah, the highs and lows of affiliate marketing. When things are good, things are really good. When things are bad, things are really bad. The swings are almost as bad as in poker, only it’s a lot harder to go into the negative territory in affiliate marketing as you have a lot more control over what happens. In fact, that’s why you have yet to see me finish a…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Like Skateboarding? Try Free Riding With Brooklyn Workshop's Skatecycle

    Samantha Pankey
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    If you like skateboarding, rollerblading or riding on your RipStik, you should try Brooklyn Workshop's Skatecycle. Skatecycle looks intimidating to ride, but if you can ride a skateboard or caster board, you can get the hang of Skatecycle.
  • Dearman Engine: Liquid Air is the New Energy Source

    PaulFitzgerald
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It is only liquid air but it does wonders and it’s going to soon be used on every commercial vehicle that travels Britain’s roads and highways.Yes, liquid air is now cool stuff for hot times.
  • Mountain Is The Most Original Game Released This Year - And It Isn't Even A Game

    Nicholas.Greene
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    So..there's this...thing on Steam, called Mountain. It isn't a game - not really. It's...something strange. Different. Okay, honestly, it's just a mountain that sits around saying sad things sometimes. Yet somehow, it's one of the most curiosly engrossing titles I've encountered this year.
  • Want To Wake Up To A Fresh Cup Of Coffee?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    One of the hardest things that any of us face in the course of the day is getting up in the first place. And for nearly as many of us we aren't worth squat until that first cup of coffee has been fully infused into our bloodstreams. There have been coffee makers with timers that have been readying the java for decades, but now you can have an alarm clock by the bed that has that first cup ready to go when it goes off.
  • Is The 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible A German Wolf In American Clothing?

    Motors.new
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Buick Cascada, a stylish four-seat convertible based on a sleek two-door Opel of the same name, is expected to arrive at Buick dealerships as a 2016 model. Autoworkers stateside might not be so enamored with the Cascada, however, as this new “Buick” will likely be a rebadged captive import manufactured in Europe.
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • 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, […]
  • The Number One Solution For Your Hiring Woes

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    The Number One Solution For Your Hiring Woes The hiring process can be excruciating. From posting the position to sifting through the dozens of replies, it’s a process that requires time, money, and a lot of patience. In fact, the American Staffing Association estimates that hiring a worker can cost 7 to 20 percent of that […]
  • Increase Your Business Efficiency With Liquor Store Management Software

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Ever wish your business “ran itself?” Most people do. From the everyday tasks to monthly obligations, it all can be very overwhelming. Especially, if you have other priorities.Fortunately, liquor and wine store software can solve everything nowadays. It can store your data, track growth, process sales, and even drive sales. What a blessing! Yet, many […]
  • 4 Divas World Conference

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    This is a Virtual event airing on September 14, 2014. I’m excited to be the Keynote speaker for this event and look forward to hearing all the other speakers. Want to be a part of it? Just call me directly at 909 235 9744!
  • 12 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Crowdfunding 101 (July 23rd @ 10am) Crowdfunding 101 Workshop will cover: The Basics of Crowdfunding How Crowdfunding Works What are the latest developments Where should an entrepreneur start when raising capital When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 10:00 am to Noon Where: Los Angeles SBA District Office, 330 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 1200, Glendale, CA 91203 NO […]
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    Steve Blank

  • What Do Customers Get From You? 2 Minutes to Find Out

    steveblank
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons
  • Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

    steveblank
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J. Elmore and Ann Winblad) – “I’m just a VC.”  Or one of the first women co-founders of a VC firm – “I co-founded a great firm.” She…
  • Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

    steveblank
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I’ve been spending some time with large companies that are interested in using Lean methods. One of the conundrums is why does innovation take so long to happen in corporations? Previously Hank Chesbrough and I have written about some of the strategic issues that impede innovation inside large corporations here and here. Two methods, Design Thinking and Customer Development (the core of the Lean Startup) provide the tactical day-to-day process of how to…
  • Not All Startups Are the Same. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch here Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons, Market Types
  • Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom

    steveblank
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience. ——– The I-Corps program started when the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted my Lean LaunchPad class. Their goal was to train University scientists and researchers to use Lean Startup methods (business model design, customer development and agile engineering) to commercialize their science. Earlier this month the National Institutes of Health announced I-Corps @ NIH, to help scientists doing medical…
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Get Results with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I’ve had my laugh lines as far back as I can remember, like, since forever. Looking at old photographs, I think they were there when I was six. I smile from ear to ear, especially when I’m laughing, and I’ve had the wonderful privilege in life to laugh at least one hardy laugh a day. So, the first question I had when I started using the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair kit, courtesy of Vogue, was: At what age should you start using anti-aging moisturizers or serums? My teenage daughter even wanted to try it! “I’ve been using your anti-aging lotions since I was…
  • Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin Dating or Not

    First Class Fashionista
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin are dating!!! Beginning in late June, the two have been reportedly spending quality time together. According to a source Jennifer was seen flirting with Chris at his concert in London. This unlikely pair may have met during the making of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” when Coldplay recorded the song “Atlas” for the “Catching Fire” soundtrack. After Jennifer split with “X-Men” actor Nicholas Hoult, in early August, due to both of their very successful careers, it seems it made it difficult to find…
  • Vera Wang Trunk Show at Nordstrom Park Meadows

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hello, all! As you may or may not know, in addition to my lovely posts here at First Class Fashionista, I also work at Nordstrom. More recently, I have made the move to the Park Meadows location, which is the largest Nordstrom in Colorado. Working in the Wedding Suite here has afforded me a lot of great opportunities, the foremost being able to be around beautiful gowns valued at thousands of dollars every day. I know, it’s fantastic. Bridal is one of the most meticulously detailed and structurally interesting- and difficult! – niches in the fashion market. I would be lying if I…
  • Family Ice Cream Night Compliments of Unilever and Walgreens

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Don’t Wait for the Truck! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! It was family ice cream night at my house, compliments of Unilever and Walgreens. I absolutely love it when I can bring the people in my life in on super fun projects. Basically, I was sent a Walgreens gift card to experience and share the ease and convenience of purchasing Unilever brand ice cream and frozen treats at Walgreens, which includes Magnum, Breyers, Klondike, Fruttare and Popsicle. There are two locations, a few minutes from my house, and both are actually closer than the grocery store I like to…
  • Colorado Fashion Week Preview Market and Fundraiser Showcase

    First Class Fashionista
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I hope that I amped up the pre-promotion on this fashion show, because let me tell you, it was fantastic to be there. Colorado Fashion Week‘s first-ever preview market and fundraiser showcase did not disappoint. Thanks to the City of Denver, CFW has finally secured a venue worthy of the title: The McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. The layout was so perfect for this semi-intimate affair with some up-and-coming fashionistas and fashionistos of the area. Also, there were cupcakes…Delicious, totally-worth-bending-my-diet-rules. Fun fact: these were provided by The Dessert…
 
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    Begin the Begin

  • Good Will Hunting’s story is a terrific example of the entrepreneurship journey

    jeffhilimire
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you’re a fan of Good Will Hunting (and let’s be real, who’s not?), then you’ll probably really enjoy this story in Boston Magazine about how the movie was made. Ben and Matt went through a LOT to find a way to get the movie done their way, and many aspects of their journey are similar to the journey that a startup goes through. F0r example: ~ Good Will Hunting, a terrific film by all accounts (critical acclaim and the awards to back it up), started with a small team and a burning passion to bring their idea to life. Every great company we know started this way. ~ At…
  • It’s good to be back

    jeffhilimire
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Wow. That was some kind of break! It’s been over three weeks since my last blog post which I think is some kind of record since I started this blog in 2008. Where have I been? Well, we took our family on an Alaskan cruise and tour, which lasted from July 24th until August 6th. It was FREAKING AMAZING. My wife posted about it on her blog, but here is some of what we saw: Insane, right? Then a few days after we got back, I went to a massive game conference (Gamescom) in Cologne, Germany. That was a blast and we met a lot of great companies there. Plus, Cologne is a pretty cool place.
  • Taking a break for a while

    jeffhilimire
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    I’ll be taking a break, both from work and from blogging, for a bit of time. We’re taking the family on a much needed long vacation (where I intend to completely unplug) and then when I get back, I’m heading to a game conference in Germany for a week. So I’ll probably pick up with this blog in a month’s time. Until then… Send to Kindle
  • An example of how we should act as people, and an example of how we shouldn’t

    jeffhilimire
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    This is how we should act as people: And this is how we shouldn’t: Recently I was stopped at a stop light near my house and I saw a homeless man holding up a sign that he was hungry. I waived him over to my car so that I could give him the cash that I had on hand, sadly only $8. When the man was about 15 feet from my car, the light turned green. I decided to wait as he quickly made his way to me. The guy driving the car behind me became irate, honking and yelling. The homeless man tried to pick up his pace as he made his way to my car. After handing him the money, I proceeded to…
  • I use email and my calendar to manage my life. Here’s my calendar process.

    jeffhilimire
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    I’ve spent an enormous amount of time trying to optimize the organization of my life – both personal and professional. From basic to-do lists like TuexDuex to complex ones like Omnifocus, I’ve tried them all. I’ve even tried to force Evernote into being a task management tool (which its definitely not). The key with all of this is finding what works best for YOU. What I’ve learned about myself over the years is that if I have too many systems/apps to check to manage myself, eventually only the “must checks” are going to be used. Having separate…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Lessons Learned at the Founder Institute

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The Founder Institute offers beginner, and veteran, entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to launch a meaningful technology company in an intensive four month program. While those who have graduated from the Founder Institute will tell you that it is not for everyone, many of them will also attest to the invaluable lessons they learned during their time in the program. But don’t take our word for it; read on to see what two recent graduates from the Melbourne Founder Institute have to say: In a Cheer Me blog post titled “Shut up and listen, & 4 others things the Founders…
  • The Hobbies of Successful Entrepreneurs

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Life as an entrepreneur can be chaotic: you’re the first and last one in and out of the office, Saturdays turn into ‘bring your kids to work day’, and by Sunday you’re lucky if you get enough time to unwind and relax. Most may argue that entrepreneurs should separately manage their work-life balance, but others recommend forging these two aspects of life together. One way to do so is by crafting a hobby, activities that will help you escape from everyday stresses, while also contributing to your personal and professional development. Hobbies have been proven to make us…
  • What is an Angel Investor?

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Oftentimes, entrepreneurs feel that their idea or company will need funding, whether it is to produce a tangible product on a small scale, or to create an app or service. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think (See: Bootstrapping) the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that with funding, things can executed either much more quickly, be launched on a much larger scale, or both. Before deciding what type of funding that you may need, it is important to discover what type of funding options you have. In our Startup Funding…
  • Founder Institute & PayPal Look for Entrepreneurs Innovating on Monetization (Scholarships Available!)

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    According to TechCrunch, "Venture capital investment in payment technologies hit a five-year high in committed capital in the first quarter of 2014". In addition, as competition heats up for consumer and business applications, it is becoming more and more crucial for startups to create innovative revenue models, along with new ways to monetize users. The Founder Institute, in conjunction with the PayPal Startup Blueprint Program, wants to support entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas on monetization. As a result, we are announcing the "Startup Blueprint Scholarship"…
  • Have a Startup Idea? Get Online Feedback on an Upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar!

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur?  Then join us for an upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar, with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute. During this live and interactive online event, viewers can pitch their startups to Adeo, either through text or on screen in a video conference. Adeo will provide blunt and detailed feedback on the idea, the pitch and the business. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to RSVP, log on, and watch how an expert startup advisor evaluates new business ideas.
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • In its emptiness, there is the function of a startup

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

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

    Jason
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you bet a startup will fail, you’ll be right most of the time, but not because you’re insightful. (The Critic)If you bet only on huge ideas, you’ll be wrong most of the time, but because in high tech the financial successes are orders of magnitude larger than failures, this is still a profitable bet. (The Professional Investor)If you bet only on small, conservative ideas, and stay focussed, you’re most likely to actually succeed, with normal-sized outcomes. This is the best bet for sustainable personal fulfillment and freedom, which after all is the core promise of…
  • Why startup biz dev deals almost never get done

    Jason
    28 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    As the founder of WP Engine, I receive weekly emails from startups proposing a “win-win” deal.  So far, approximately zero have resulted in an successful deal.Here’s the problem, and how you can change your approach to business development so that it can succeed.Distribution is the hardest thing for a young startup, defined as “getting in front of potential customers.” Large companies, on the other hand, have solved the distribution problem (proof: 100,000 paying customers).“Maybe,” thinks the startup founder, “I can tap that ass. I mean…
  • The public invisibility of running mid-stage successful companies

    Jason
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Keith Rabois famously quipped, “I don’t know of a single successful CEO or entrepreneur who blogs regularly.”That was five months ago, and people are still talking about it. And agreeing.But why?Sure the usual exceptions are trotted out – Rand Fishkin, Joel Gascoigne, etc.. But the examples outweigh the exceptions 100-to-1.Much easier is listing those who used to blog a lot, but trailed off as their companies grew — Joel Spolsky (who essentially stopped blogging after raising money for StackExchange), Dharmesh Shah (who trailed off substantially when…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • 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 […]
  • 9 Things I Learned From Two Years As A Virtual Firm

    Jason Blumer
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    July 1, 2014 was the Blumer CPAs 2 year anniversary of being a virtual firm. We messed some stuff up, but have also learned a lot. I believe our virtualness sets us apart, so we are committed to getting better at being a virtual firm. So that I can add to my learning around being […]
  • It’s Easier to Find a Drug Dealer Than To Hire a Business Coach

    Greg Kyte
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    The title of this post is a lie. We’ll get to that in a minute. Actually, we’ll get to a lot of crap in a minute. Like why it’s maybe not the best idea to post the following status on Facebook:   And also – just a heads up – it’s maybe not a good […]
  • Doodle in the Margins

    Adrian Simmons
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    When I’m reading for content, I’m all about the marginalia: underlines, questions in the borders, even one­ sided hand­written debates with the author. Which is why I was much relieved that the Kindle allows you to digitally underline text and add notes too — you can even export them to a PDF to save and […]
  • The Rise of Superman – Book Review

    Scott Kregel
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    In Thriveal we talk about many key tenants as we are building our practices… value pricing, results only work environments, business models and system design, and knowledge work. Part of knowledge work requires understanding how our brains function and how we build disciplines into our daily, weekly, monthly schedules so that when called upon, we […]
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    Brent Britton

  • 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.
  • The Light Within

    bcjb
    3 Aug 2013 | 10:25 am
    The word “namaste” roughly translates to “the light within me honors the light within you.” Beautiful, right? A really awesome way to view the world and everyone in it. But what is this light within? Can we find it? Can we become the light within? There are voices in your head, incessantly chattering at you. They narrate your day; they have an opinion about everything. Your parents are in there somewhere, I bet. And your exes. But mostly the voices are yours. There are Oscar the Grouches in there too, always threatening to drag you into their garbage cans. They are…
 
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • You Are What You Eat

    Rich Gallagher
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The foodies are out to kill me. Seriously. As a public speaker, I often travel and have to eat out. Many people don’t realize that I have a cluster of food allergies and carry an epinephrine injector with me. And therein lies a tale of where many small businesses succeed or fail. You see, dining [...]
  • 4 Tips for Getting Paid Speaking Gigs

    Carol Roth
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Getting booked for speaking engagements (especially paid ones!) is something that many would-be speakers struggle with, especially when they are first starting out. So, here are 4 tips to help make this often arduous process a little less challenging: (1) Build Up Your Rep It’s very hard, if not impossible, to get booked as a [...]
  • Best Type of Social Network? Not What You Think.

    Catherine Morgan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s note: As you probably know, Carol writes for several other sites. Her recent post on Entrepreneur.com is one that I think you will really enjoy. She talks about her father’s amazing social network that really came through and supported her book. It’s a great story – and a business lesson for all of us. [...]
  • 5 Things Entrepreneurs Are Wasting Time On

    Brad Shorr
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Time is the entrepreneur’s most valuable commodity, and great entrepreneurs know how to make every minute count. Do you? Many small business operators teeter on the brink of failure because they are not using their time wisely – i.e., productively. Here are five of the most common time wasters. Social media. Social media marketing is [...]
  • How to Ride the Coattails of the Biggest Website

    Lou Bortone
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Leverage the power of this site for more visibility, traffic and sales… YouTube recently passed Facebook as the largest social media site on the web.  And it’s been the second biggest search engine online for years. The traffic and exposure that YouTube generates is astronomical.  The numbers are almost too big to fathom.  (And yet [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • 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.
  • Two New Experiments from The Lean Startup Conference Team

    Sarah Milstein
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest post by Sarah Milstein, CEO of Lean Startup ProductionsThe 2013 Lean Startup Conference was a hit on several levels, with many people telling us it was the most valuable business conference they’d ever attended. To extend what we learned and help more people build and scale successful companies, we’re testing out two brand new events this spring:* Office Optional, a one-day conference on April 22 in San Francisco. One of our most popular talks at The Lean Startup Conference was my interview with Matt Mullenweg, in which he talked about Automattic’s unusual setup: They have no true…
  • Join the Conversation at The Lean Startup Conference – Three Ways To Participate

    Sarah Milstein
    4 Dec 2013 | 7:11 am
    Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference.With five days remaining before The Lean Startup Conference, we wanted to lay out what we’re offering that’s unlike any other entrepreneurship conference and explain the different levels of participation available to you. From livestream simulcast to a six-day, high-intensity immersion experience, it’s possible to join the conference to whatever degree suits your interest and your schedule. And we hope that when you join, you'll come ready to share your experiences and advice with other participants.What you’ll see at…
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • August Checklist

    Sarah Shaw
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know it can be hard to keep up. Believe me, I know. But I can tell you from experience, that being organized and having a checklist is one way to start tackling the hard stuff. What I like about a list, is that when I get a brain freeze and don't know what I should do that day, I can get some ideas from my task list and see what I can wrap my thoughts around and actually get something done, rather than sit there wondering……. yes sometimes sitting there is the best thing on the menu, but I bet you'll feel more full if you take charge and get ahead. Download my August…
  • How to Find Popular Celebrities Every Day of the Week

    Sarah Shaw
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Get ready to learn a few more of my ninja tricks to get your products to celebs all year long so you can continue to turn yourself into a celebrity designer One of the fastest ways to get your product seen is to find the most popular celebrities each month.  What is the #1 fastest way to see who the most popular celebrities are? Magazines! Magazines tend to find their “favorites” and then stalk them.  Keeping track of who is popular is a fairly easy task. No matter where you live, here are a few ways you can find the hotties and get them your products.  The…
  • July Checklist

    Sarah Shaw
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know it can be hard to keep up. Believe me, I know. But I can tell you from experience, that being organized and having a checklist is one way to start tackling the hard stuff. What I like about a list, is that when I get a brain freeze and don't know what I should do that day, I can get some ideas from my task list and see what I can wrap my thoughts around and actually get something done, rather than sit there wondering……. yes sometimes sitting there is the best thing on the menu, but I bet you'll feel more full if you take charge and get ahead. Download my July…
  • Pitching for Holiday Gift Guides

    Sarah Shaw
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know, I know, it's only the end of June, but Holiday Gift Guide submissions are starting now…….so get on it sister, as it will end in July.  This can be a great way to get into magazines that might be more challenging for you in the "everyday" editorial world.  Gift guides often put in items that appeal to their audience, but might not have a good place in the monthly magazines.  Magazines try to appeal to a broad audience with the gift guides, so I would suggest being bold about your choices. Here is what you'll want to do: Figure out which…
  • Are you in love with your blog?

    Sarah Shaw
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Are you in love with your blog?  That might sound like a funny question, but if you aren't, you may find figuring out what to blog about a big bore. Have you ever thought about a theme for your blog?  I find that once you have a theme in mind, it makes it sooooo much easier to come up with topics.   And, if you are not aware – it is super important that your target market (AKA Avatar) will like the theme that you pick.  We want her/him to be super psyched each time you write a new blog post and we want them to sit down and snuggle up to whatever you…
 
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    Under30CEO

  • How to do “First Times” Properly so you Actually Proceed and Dominate

    Under30CEO
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all kind of get uncomfortable when we think about doing something new for the first time. A lot of that discomfort really comes from fear of failure and the fear of the unknown.  We think we will suck at it.  We don’t know how it will go and those kinds of thoughts can be really paralyzing. In fact, that’s the reason that most people never even try to do something for the first time, even if they know that, eventually, they might love it and it could change their life for the better and forever.  Isn’t that nuts? We would rather stay comfortable and in complete certainty, than to…
  • Passion Wave: Interview with VoyVoy’s Nat Disston

    Michael Luchies
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nat Disston found his passion for surfing at an early age. At the age of 4, Nat and his cousin made pretend surfboards out of cardboard. Although he unsuccessfully rode carpet waves in his living room, creating cardboard surfboards was an early sign that his passion would soon come out through his work. Years later, Nat took a backpacking trip in Costa Rica. He met a surfboard designer who created custom boards by whittling. When Nat got back from the trip, he bought a blank piece of wood and $100 worth of hand tools. After three unsuccessful attempts, he finally was able to create a…
  • How to Eat Healthy & Stay in Shape When Traveling Abroad

    Under30CEO
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    While I wouldn’t call myself a “seasoned” traveler, I have enough stamps on my passport to fill a couple of pages. From my 2006 study abroad trip to Belgium, to a Ugandan volunteer trip, to my trip with Under30Experiences to Nicaragua, I’ve been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of various cultures and ways of life around the world. During my travels, I’ve noticed various traveler types.  To many people, travel is about lounging on a tropical island beach with a steady flow of drinks. To others, travel is a non-stop itinerary full of bike tours, visiting castles and monuments, and…
  • Unchain From Your Desk & See The World! 4 Steps To A Life Of Adventure

    Under30CEO
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Imagine a day at the office. It may not be hard to do, since you’re probably reading this at the office right now. You’re surrounded by the lifeless stone-gray walls of your cubicle, the buzz of the fluorescent lamps above you and the glow of your computer screen in front of you. If you’re lucky you can get out of there at five, sit through an hour of traffic and get home in time to make some dinner, watch some Office reruns and go to sleep so you can do it all over again tomorrow. You’ve got an hour left so you take a break and click over to Facebook for a news feed…
  • 4 Encryption Terms Every CEO Should Know

    GuestAuthor
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Internet is a scary place. Between the NSA, malicious hackers, competitor spies, and even rogue employees, it’s hard to imagine how your company’s data could ever stay safe. In 2013 alone, 63,437 data breaches occurred, and 1,367 of them resulted in data loss. You might think your company is safe because you don’t work in the government, tech, finance, or health sectors, but these breaches occurred across a wide array of industries, from education to manufacturing to mining. Target, eBay, and Sally Beauty Supply have all been victims of highly publicized breaches.P.F. Chang’s…
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    Fizzle

  • Should I Start a Blog?

    Corbett Barr
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Try this to find out what people are thinking: start typing a question into the Google search box. Something like “where does” or “why can’t” or “how come” — anything that starts with a question word. When the little list of suggestions pops up, it’s usually either hilarious (like when I typed in “why does” and the third answer was “why does my husband fart so much”), or insightful, like in this case: So many people are asking the questions “should I start a blog?” and “should I start my own business,” and they’re related. (By the way,…
  • Insights About Customer Service That Will Change The Products You Make (FS067)

    Chase Reeves
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Customer service isn’t an afterthought for you. If it is, you’re already well on your way to being an uninteresting, middling, forgotten business. If, on the other hand, you have a deep understanding of the people you serve, that reality will be visible in so many delightful and visible moments in your customers’ interactions with you. In this conversation we share what we’ve learned about how customer service and the deeper philosophy we can all have about customers in general can revolutionize the way we build our business. Note: if you haven’t yet listened to…
  • Are Your Customers and Fans Different People? Here’s how to find out.

    Caleb Wojcik
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    If you’re like us, your audience and potential customer are one in the same. If you listen to our podcast, you could be a Fizzler. But what if your audience/readers/fans and customers are different people? What if the people that visit your website aren’t the people that eventually help pay your bills (and vice versa)? In this video Josh Shipp, Youth Speaker and Teen Expert, shares how he found out the difference between the two in his business and what he does to cater to each of them. (Hint: the kids he speaks to aren’t his customer.) (If you don’t see the video above,…
  • Crave

    Chase Reeves
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Robin Williams died yesterday and this will not be a remembrance or tribute. It will be a short and sharp question to you about what you’re making and what it means to you. I was a big fan. His insanity and exuberance anchored me a bit as a kid. If there was a place for this guy in the world, maybe there’d be one for me as well. So, last night I find myself going through old videos on YouTube. I stumbled across one that was so confusing and painful and brilliant and terrifying. I want to walk you through a 10,000 ft view of this live performance and ask you a question the show…
  • How The Hospitality Mindset Revolutionized My Business (FS066)

    Chase Reeves
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    See that building up there? That’s the architecture of one of the best restaurants in the world. It’s family run, and this family’s perspective on business is contagious and jarring. They are the Canlis family. Their restaurant is called Canlis. It’s in Seattle, and on a recent trip I got to spend a little time with Mark Canlis, who runs the restaurant with his brother Brian. Listen, here’s the thing; the way this family thinks about their business, their perspective after 60+ years of serving people at an insane level of quality, has shaken stuff up for me. The…
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    Strategy

  • You've Overslept! Here's What You Need To Do

    Drake Baer
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    You're coming down with something. You drank a little too much. You were up too late reading web comics. You just couldn't stop watching that giant fish eat that shark. And now you've slept through your alarm. You're late. What do you do? Quora, as usual, is to the rescue. Here are the best suggestions on what to do, care of commenters on a recent thread. Call whoever's expecting you as soon as you wake up. "This will remove all doubt as to your whereabouts," says Garrick Saito. Don't mince words during that call: Express some kind of regret, say you'll be there in some number of minutes, and…
  • The 13 Worst Mistakes People Make In Their 20s

    Richard Feloni
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Most people use their 20s to figure out what it means to be an adult, and the process is certainly not easy for everyone. Whether you're finishing up school, just starting out on your own, or preparing to transition into your 30s, you can benefit from the wisdom of those who've already made their way through all of it. We looked through three Quora threads, "When people in their 30s, 40s, and older look back on their life, what are some common regrets they have?", "What myths do we commonly realize are false in our 20s?" and "How should a 22-year-old invest his/her money?" to find the biggest…
  • Why Swedes Take At Least 5 Weeks Of Vacation

    Johan Modig
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Annual vacation, a firmly established institution in my native Sweden, it is an often both envied and questioned phenomena among my non-European friends. This time of year in particular, there's a steady stream of tanned and refreshed co-workers returning from their vacations. They've spent time in their summer houses, gone sailing and maybe taken a trip down southern Europe. Slightly wild-eyed, they start chipping away at overflowing inboxes, getting back into the rhythm of routines. The most common question around the fika (or coffee, as Americans say) table in times like these is the…
  • The 5 Books That Changed A Personal Finance Guru’s Life

    Libby Kane
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    If you had to name the books that most influenced you and helped shape your life, could you? Ramit Sethi, a personal finance expert and founder of I Will Teach You To Be Rich can, and he did. In honor of his company's tenth anniversary, Sethi is giving away copies of his five favorite books to 100 of his readers. Sethi often writes about how he's established systems for success that helped him create a thriving online business, increase his earnings, and take a vacation whenever he damn well pleases.  "These five books have helped me build my own Rich Life over the last decade and they…
  • 7 Things College Freshmen Should Do To Be Successful In Life

    Aaron Taube
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The first semester of college can be overwhelming for even the most mature 18-year-olds. On top of the little things like registering for classes and figuring out where everything is, freshmen are finding their way in an entirely new social setting — one filled with countless parties, clubs, and activities to choose from.  With all that on their minds, it's no wonder post-college plans can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Here are nine things you can do to make sure there's a great job waiting for you when the parties come to an end — while still having an awesome first year. 1.
 
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  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
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    raik
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Worte des Dankes an Freunde oder die Familie Sie möchten ein Mal richtig Danke sagen? Dann machen sie es doch mit einem selbst geschriebenen Gedicht oder einen selbstausgedachten Spruch. Mit persönlichen Worten des Dankes können sie sich bei lieben Personen bedanken, die ihn immer zur Seite gestanden haben und die immer ein offenes Ohr für sie hatten. Ihn liegt das dichten nicht im Blut, sie möchten aber trotzdem mit einem einzigartigen Dankesspruch glänzen? Dann besuchen sie http://www.gedicht-welt.de/gedichte/dankeschongedichte/ dort finden sie ein sehr große Auswahl an passenden…
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  • Cambridge science lab and cafe to open in October

    Sara Castellanos
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    A French science lab and cafe called Le Laboratoire Cambridge and Cafe ArtScience is slated to open Oct. 31 at 650 E. Kendall St. Le Laboratoire Cambridge is billed as a "one-of-a-kind art and design center for creativity, invention and boundless learnings," and will be dedicated to the development of "the most radical ideas that transform the way we learn, imagine and evolve," according to a release. The concept was originally founded in Paris about seven years ago by Harvard University professor…
  • Cultural attractions offering discounts to welfare recipients

    Mary Moore
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Visiting cultural attractions and museums in Massachusetts can be a pricey outing for a family and, with that in mind, many of the state’s largest nonprofit institutions have launched programs that allow attendees to show their electronic benefit transfer cards – known as EBT payment cards – to gain free or deeply discounted admission. The Boston Children’s Museum started the trend with an EBT card discount program it launched in August 2012 and, since then, many major cultural institutions…
  • Here's what tech jobs are paying in the Boston area

    David Harris
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    It's no mystery that tech jobs are hot right now in the Boston area, but what are these jobs actually paying? According to a recent report from tech recruiting and resource provider Mondo, many tech salaries are increasing year over year. For example, a chief information officer in Boston can make as much as $220,000 a year, about 9 percent more than just a year before. A chief security officer in Boston can make as much as $205,000 a year, 5 percent more than a year before, the report noted. Here's…
  • Judge rules in favor of Boston Globe in patient records battle with Steward Health Care

    Jessica Bartlett
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Despite attempts by Steward Health Care to release a patient’s medical records to rebut a yet-unpublished Boston Globe report, a judge has decided that the hospital can answer direct questions, but not disclose the patient’s entire medical history. In a ruling presented Thursday afternoon, Judge Jeffrey Locke said the provider may confirm or deny allegations made by a patient, and may state its opinion as to the adequacy of the medical care provided, but cannot disclose medical information,…
  • State agency commits $2.5M to UMass Amherst for research on renewable energy

    Mary Moore
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The state Department of Energy Resources has put $2.5 million toward an endowed faculty position focused on renewable energy at UMass Amherst. Funding for the endowed position comes from alternative compliance payments that go to the state’s energy resources department. Income from the endowment will be used to support part of the professor's salary, funding for graduate students, equipment and other costs for renewable energy research. Suppliers of retail electricity make compliance payments…
 
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  • How Commercial Liability Can Help Protect Your Small Business

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    If there is one thing guaranteed to scupper any small or medium sized business, it is complacency.After all, a quick glance at the economic climate in the UK indicates that all is well in the world of business and commerce. With record employment growth driving down jobless levels to pre-recession levels, for example, there is genuine weight beyond the claim that Britain could emerge as Europe’s largest and most prosperous economy by the year 2030. While this may be good news for business owners, it may also create a sense of complacency that could drastically undermine your venture.With…
  • The 14 Rules For Being A Remarkable Entrepreneur

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    It takes time to reap the reward of being an entrepreneur. Some entrepreneurs don’t even see any reward. Most of them fail. But it’s better to try than thinking about trying. Not every entrepreneur is great. And a few entrepreneurs are remarkable. These are a few issues that come up when you first start your company. Not every issue is addressed in this post but a few things have been covered in the simplest way possible. 1. Should I do market research? Yes, find one customer who DEFINITELY, without a doubt, will buy a service from you but not necessarily buy your product,…
  • [Infographic] Crucial Tips to Boost the Battery Life on Your Phone

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Your phone’s battery life can be significantly improved if you stick to a few guidelines. You won’t be able to make the most of your phone if your battery life is very poor. You don’t have to deal with a dead battery if you take appropriate steps almost all the time when your phone is in use. Most smartphones are packed with features you don’t need. Locate them and turn them off.Turn off signals. Features like wi-fi, bluetooth, airplane mode and GPS are mostly on all the time. If you are not using them, it’s advisable to just turn them off. Even though the…
  • Launching an E-Commerce Business? 3 Things to Consider

    Thomas Oppong
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    If you have always had the burning ambition to launch a new business, now may be the ideal time to bring your dreams to fruition. Even though experts continue to claim that growth may well have peaked during the second financial quarter of this year, there is still plenty of scope for further expansion after some initial consolidation. Starting a business represents a large-scale commitment, however, so it is important to make informed decisions and determine a long-term strategy for success.Here are 3 tips for launching a successful e-commerce ventureFor novice or first-time entrepreneurs,…
  • This Is The Best Reason Why So Many People Hate Their Jobs

    Thomas Oppong
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Why do so many people hate their jobs? was originally asked on Quora. This answer (one of the best) by James Altucher (Blogger, author, social media, investor) received 1.8k upvotes.Jobs are modern-day slavery. We are paid just enough to live and not more. You are punished if you ask for more.We are often verbally abused on the job. Sometimes (more than is reported), physically abused, raped, castrated.The government gets up to 50% of your paycheck and then 10-20% of that goes to kill people on other parts of the planet, including our own children.We are deluded into thinking our…
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  • 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…
  • Startup Blog Insights - Thinking Agile is Important to Your Business

    Taffy Williams
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:27 am
    Taffy Williams can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861ColonialTDC ,  photowebsiteGoogle+,   Facebook, and Startup  Group.  He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business. More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book:  Think Agile
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  • 6 life lessons from B K S Iyengar, the pioneer who took Yoga global

    Harshith Mallya
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    ‘Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.’  - B K S Iyengar Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, the legendary Yogacharya,  leaves behind a legacy which breathed new life into yoga and made it popular all over the world. When B K S Iyengar started teaching yoga in the 1950s  it was considered a practice for only ‘sadhus’ and saints. Within a short span of time, he was able to change that perception by incorporating new techniques, interpretations and in-depth explanations of his own.He was also…
  • TaxiForSure raises Series C Funding from Accel Partners, will launch in 25 new markets

    Jubin Mehta
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Bangalore based TaxiForSure is a taxi aggregator in India started by Aprameya R and Raghunandan G in June, 2011. The company has raised a series C round of funding today but the amount has been undisclosed (the press release hints towards an amount between $35 mn to $50 mn). Palo Alto, California-based partner Sameer Gandhi will join the company’s board of directors. Prior investors Helion Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners also joined the round. TaxiForSure recently closed its Series B funding of $10 million in May. TaxiForSure has seen 700-percent growth since August 2013, and…
  • The Druva Growth Story: 3,000+ customers, $65 million+ in funding and big data pastures ahead

    Jubin Mehta
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Druva is one of the prime examples of building a global technology company from India. It was back in 2008 that Milind Borate, Jaspreet Singh and Ramani Kothandaraman set out to create a new kind of data protection solution for the enterprise. Prior to co-founding Druva, Milind worked at Veritas Software as Technical Director for SAN-FS and served on the board of the Veritas patent filter committee. Milind was the one who encouraged Jaspreet to join Veritas and he became of the youngest folks to join the company. Ramani was also with Veritas. Soon, they both got the itch to take up something…
  • The Code Halos: Three steps to navigate for success in the digital world

    Madanmohan Rao
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Netflix beating Blockbuster, Google beating Yahoo, Facebook beating MySpace, Amazon beating Borders, Apple beating Kodak, and the rise of companies like LinkedIn and Pandora are the result of mastery of a new set of rules. Authors Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring describe the converged digital and real world ecosystem of the 21st century as Code Halos. To succeed, business leaders need to understand and master the Crossroads Model, described by the authors in their 250-page book, Code Halos: How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organisations are Changing the Rules of…
  • Curley Street Media: Making more than just a film

    S. Aijaz
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Pavitra Chalam Pavitra Chalam spent many years as a child growing up in Curley Street, Bangalore. The street is ‘inextricably linked with her past and present.’ You could say the true beginnings of Curley Street Media (CSM) started with this deep connection to Curley Street and Chalam’s love for storytelling. Chalam went on to study at the New York Film Academy. The beginnings of her film-making career began with Bus. Part of the Youth Initiative for Peace in Pakistan, Bus was a glimpse into the likeness of the narratives of the youth in Pakistan and India. 2005 brought Chalam closer to…
 
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  • ClipArtLord – Collector of the Finest Free to Use and Public Domain Clip Art

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

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

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

    StartUpLift
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Subscription service that provides users with 2 travel packages every week for 8 weeks. Trip options are once every three months. Target Audience: 18-35 active travelers with discretionary spending. College students and business professionals. Couples with no kids. Website URL: http://www.trveler.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written…
  • Dealhackr – Killer Android App for Salesforce.com

    StartUpLift
    22 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    Caller ID for Salesforce.com + Call Transcription Target Audience: sales professionals Website URL: http://dealhackr.co No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is not particularly helpful and will therefore be rejected. 1) What do you think about…
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  • Don’t Monkey Around With Your Intellectual Property

    Brian Downey
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If a monkey sitting at a typewriter hammers out a top-selling spy novel, who owns the copyright? The monkey? The owner of the typewriter? Or no one? While a similar question in a recent case has the intellectual property world going bananas, the question also raises practical considerations for every business. In 2011, British wildlife […]
  • Joe Baer of Zen Genius Pens Book on Visual Merchandising in the Short North

    Susan Post
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short North is one of the most vibrant areas of Columbus, full of unique boutiques with highly visual storefronts. Through the eyes of a visual merchandising expert, CEO and Co-Founder of Zen Genius Joe Baer explores the neighborhood in his new book, The Art of Visual Merchandising: Short North.  “I think visual merchandising is important because it […]
  • T.Y. Fine Furniture Hand-Crafting Quality Wood Pieces

    Susan Post
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    What started as an interest has now become a business. Tarik Yousef is the master woodcrafter behind T.Y. Fine Furniture. Each piece of solid wood furniture is designed by Yousef from the ground up. “We have custom furniture, which is kind of where we started, and we have our furniture collections,” he says. Most of the […]
  • Drive Capital Moving to New Space in The Joseph

    Susan Post
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Columbus-based venture Capital Firm Drive Capital is headed to a new space in the Short North. The firm will occupy 11,000 square feet of the newly constructed Joseph office building. The new space will be about double the square footage of Drive Capital’s current Arena District office. “We basically doubled our size so we could […]
  • Franklin University Debuts New Entrepreneurship Degree Program

    Susan Post
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Franklin University is debuting a new Entrepreneurship Degree program this fall, teaching students the formal processes required to build a business. Franklin sees three main targets for the program. It’s not only for students who want to learn how to launch their own businesses, “But also for existing managers who want to progress in their […]
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • 3 Smart Apps For Making Your Daily Life Simple

    VisionwizTeam
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    3 Smart Apps For Making Your Daily Life Simple 1. SupportPay SupportPay  is a new  application for parents to manage, track and pay their child support directly with each other. It will provide transparency to both parents – everyone sees where and how the money is spent – significantly reducing financial arguments. 2. Wally Wally is a new smart device that uses walls, and the existing wiring of your home, to create a sensor network that aims to find leak of water at any place in your home. It alerts you of water leaks as well as important trends in humidity and temperature level. 3.
  • 5 Beta Startups For Signup

    Vineet
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    5 Beta Startups For Signup 1. Tap TAP is a new messaging app that aims to help you ping for anything, for ex; TAP when dinner is ready or TAP to just ping someone. You can send TAP by tapping on the phone, even if it’s locked or you can use the app. 2. Tila Tila  is a new startup that aims to help your teams design and manage their software projects from idea to launch. You can store everything from design documents to implementation tasks and maintenance issues in the same workspace, so that all aspects of the project can be visually and efficiently updated, tracked and measured. 3.
  • Best Product Plans For Your Startup Company

    Martin
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a great business. Serious investors, on the other hand, look for a professional business plan or summary first, and hardly ever look at the product plan. Is it any wonder why so few entrepreneurs ever find the professional investors they seek? Just for clarification, I characterize a product plan as a formal description of your product or service, with a quick business description at the end for effect. A business plan is a careful layout of the…
  • How To Do Financial Projections For Your Startup

    Martin
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Most entrepreneurs struggle with financial projections, not wanting to commit to numbers they can’t deliver, and having no clue what investors might consider reasonable. However, making no projections, or non-credible projections will get your startup marked as unfundable. I recommend a simple set of guidelines, which work for at least 80% of the business domains I see. Equally important, you need to make these projections first as goals for your own use, to convince the team as well as investors that you have a business which is achievable. Projecting the financials should be the last step…
  • How To Convince Investors About Long Term Competitive Advantage Of Startup

    Martin
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:27 pm
    In their passion and excitement about a new product or service, entrepreneurs tend to continually narrow the scope of potential competitors, and often claim to have no direct competitors. This raises a big red flag with potential investors, who conclude that no competitors means no market, or you haven’t looked, and the new startup is likely not investable. They are looking for startups that have a sustainable advantage over direct and indirect competitor offerings, as well as obvious value to customers living without your product today. First to market, for example, is not normally a…
 
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  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It seems crazy, in this day and age, that a company wouldn’t accept credit card processing. But, there are many cash-only businesses out there that survive and thrive. At the same time, the companies that accept credit cards have a choice to make: to swipe or type? Here’s why you should consider swiping instead of the old-school method. It’s Easier Companies, like Authorize.net, make taking online payments easy. But it’s not always easy to swipe a card if you’re an online merchant. If you’re a duel merchant, though, you have options. And, one of those options is to just send the…
  • The new tendency of energy consumption

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As we all know that nowadays the whole world is facing fierce environment problem and the depletion of primary energy with the over consumption of the energy. We realize that we must take measures to save our earth and insist sustainable development. However, our society has to develop everyday with a more rapid speed and it is totally based on the energy to generate the electricity and other kinds of resources. In this way, the scientists keep searching the new energy which is renewable and environment friendly.  In recent years, the solar energy is quite popular around the area with long…
  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
  • Picture This: A Guide to Setting Up Your Best Video Conference

    EpicLaunch
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You could be forgiven for thinking that a “video conference” is an unglamorous ordeal occasionally witnessed during films from the 1980s. Surely everyone simply “skypes” these days, right? Well, that’s not quite true. Whilst there will be many circumstances in which a quick chat using your laptop’s built-in camera and microphone will do just fine, the formalised video conference still has its place. For larger business meetings and corporate events, it is crucial to get the audio visual setup just right. This is something the team at Perception Live know a lot about. Having been…
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  • List Building using Social Media – How to Use Social Media to Build You a Responsive List?

    Dilip Kumar
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Another list building post.. you may think! One hard fact about internet marketing is that the basics just doesn’t change. So if you hear terms like list building, social media, customer engagement, sales funnel etc. you shouldn’t be too much worried. Because this is what Internet marketing is all about. These are some of the […] The post List Building using Social Media – How to Use Social Media to Build You a Responsive List? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • CB Passive Income Review – The Readymade Make Money Online Program

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    One common problem that my students and subscribers approach me with is getting started with Internet Marketing. People spend thousands of dollars on hiring mentors and tutors, who teach them concepts after concepts in internet marketing. But, in spite of people learning all the concepts, they end up on the losing side when the actual […] The post CB Passive Income Review – The Readymade Make Money Online Program appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • How to Create a Money Making Blog Without Writing Content for it?

    Dilip Kumar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    If you have clicked through the headline over to this article, I am sure that you first thought might have been Looks like an insane blogger playing gimmicks with his headline So, my first objective here will be to prove you wrong, if you had a similar thought. On the other hand if you are […] The post How to Create a Money Making Blog Without Writing Content for it? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • Making Money with Affiliate Marketing – People Search Engines Products

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    When I started my internet marketing business, I was so confused with all the jargons – Niche, affiliate marketing, keyword research, buyer keywords etc.. that I would spend hours in front of my computer just trying to figure out where to start. I would take days to start , leave alone finding and researching a […] The post Making Money with Affiliate Marketing – People Search Engines Products appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • Should Blogging be Planned or, Spontaneous?

    Dilip Kumar
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    Okay!… it is almost a month that I wrote my last post. While the first 15 days I was away vacationing, the other 15 days went in the vacation hangover.. You read that right. Even vacations can give you a hangover. So here is how it works. Once you are back from a vacation where […] The post Should Blogging be Planned or, Spontaneous? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
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  • The typical mindset to start a business. Can you give me the capital to start?

    Fadzuli
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    The typical mindset to start a business. Can you give me the capital to start? In the past I’ve started my businesses with $20 and $150. Many others with even $0. Don’t think of capital when you begin. Think of getting your customers first. No customers no business. So you’ve got to know how to get your customers first. From there then you build your capital. If u want a $4000 salary that month then think of the number of clients u need to get. If that is still too hard, then divide it into days. So per day u need to make $120. If that is still too hard, then think of the…
  • 10th March 2014

    Fadzuli
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    10th of March 2014.. Another age catches up and I am already 32. Still a long list of targets to achieve. Career and family balance is something to look forward to. Perhaps I’ve gotta to start living life slower.
  • Happy Holidays

    Fadzuli
    30 Jan 2014 | 7:14 pm
    A long weekend for  everyone. Make sure you drive/ride safe if you are travelling up the peninsula.
  • The Tawakkal of a BOSS

    Fadzuli
    23 Jan 2014 | 7:05 am
    Tawakkal means “Trust in Allah swt” I realise there are many levels of tawakkal for a person and it actually boils down to his/her relationship with Allah swt.  To be a BOSS, the degree of tawakkal or trust in Allah is much higher than most people out there. The BOSS will never know the future although he has to plan for it. A BOSS is responsible for the people whom he is entrusted to such as his staff and have to always think of how to support them. And the BOSS needs to keep the company going. There is also so much that the BOSS can do. He will also have to rely on his staff…
  • 2014.. What Do I want..

    Fadzuli
    5 Jan 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Alhamdulillah. Another year another fresh beginning. ~ Reflections this morning.. To take care of myself more. I guess in this world we called entrepreneurship, you can end up a slave to the community, we serve and serve yet personal interest haven’t really been taken care of. In my case then. So this 2014, I wanna delegate more, work lesser, pray harder, travel more for business and leisure and spend time with parents who are truly ageing fast. And who knows the right one might come along and weddings in this year. And also no more waiting and hoping that things will turn out right.
 
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  • Free Cloud Storage Options for Entrepreneurs

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    As your small business starts to grow and become more successful, you will probably find that your emails and other computer-based data are starting to overwhelm your computer. Small businesses require more room to store all of their data for a variety of reasons including government regulations that require companies to back up certain types of data, archived emails and large media files that take up a lot of storage space. In order to safely store all of this important information without rendering your office computers utterly useless, many entrepreneurs are starting to look to the cloud…
  • The Benefits and Risks of Issuing Equity In a Startup

    Christine Mortensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This month we answer the question: What are the benefits and risks of issuing equity in my startup and what should I look out for? Startups often compensate employees and/or service providers with equity in exchange for services.  The type and form of equity may vary based on your company’s desired outcome and goals, which come in various forms such as stock options, stock grants, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock to name a few. Advantages When you pay employees with equity, it affords your employees with an opportunity align their interests with those of your company. …
  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

    Christine Mortensen
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video brings a lot of value to the marketing table for entrepreneurs. Here are the facts: Forrester Research’s Dr. James McQuivey says a one-minute video is equivalent to 1.8 million words. Online engagement measurement and usage site comScore says almost 50 percent of Internet users view at least one video online each month. Forbes says 75 percent of executives watch work-related videos each week. As you can see, incorporating video into your marketing strategy can potentially provide an enormous ROI. Avoid making a rookie mistake and seriously consider integrating videos into your…
  • How To Use Mobile Devices For Entrepreneurial Success

    Christine Mortensen
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Today’s entrepreneurs do business and manage their enterprises on the go while traveling, visiting customers and vendors, or poolside during time with the family. It’s no longer necessary to spend eight or 10 hours every weekday in an office behind a desk and in meetings.The flexibility and accessibility that smart phones, tablets, and apps provide are staples of the modern work world. Smart Phones are the New Business Steering Wheel Not too long ago, keeping in touch with subordinates, meeting with customers and vendors, and talking to the banker were all done from a central location –…
  • Are Copywriting and Design Mutually Exclusive Skills?

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    A young, talented copywriter we’ve worked with at Sprk’d recently found an amazing opportunity on the creative team at one of the most well-know hotel brands out there. Even though she’s focused on writing she’s also always had an interest in learning design. She asked me a question: As a designer, do you think the two skills [design and writing] are mutually exclusive? People have told me, “you’re either a writer or a designer”, but I’m interested in both. Here was my response and I am curious to hear how you would have answered: I do not…
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  • Four ways to guarantee fast and effective team meetings

    guestblogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Although they can sound like a waste of time, effective team meetings are essential for all new (and existing) businesses if they are to reach their potential. They can help you leverage the collective intelligence in your business, as well as move the team forward cohesively. Ideally you should have more team meetings, not fewer. This is because effective meetings lead to: Broader buy-in and consensus. Better understanding of complex problems and issues. Better understanding of individual contributions. Greater positive social obligation. But what should you avoid if you want to ensure…
  • How long can you bootstrap a start-up before real investment is required?

    guestblogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Battle lines have been drawn in the entrepreneurial world, with venture capital squaring up to its penny-pinching cousin, bootstrapping. Before budding entrepreneurs can reach the dizzying highs of business triumph, they must first launch their idea off the ground, and this requires finance. Venture capital (AKA private equity) is hard to obtain, competition is immense and investors can be reluctant to hand over their capital without evidence that the business can work and eventually bring a return. Most start-ups must go through a phase of bootstrapping before they can prove to investors…
  • Do you have to give your employees time off for bank holidays?

    guestblogger
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Many of us look forward to that longer break that bank holiday weekends bring, because it can provide the perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends, who we don’t see as much as we’d like due to the demands of our busy daily lives. But do businesses look forward to bank holidays? Each bank holiday is reported to cost the UK economy £2.3bn (according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research) and they can cause a headache for business owners, with some questioning the need for so many public holidays. But the UK has the lowest number of national public holidays of…
  • Getting the right technology to enable your employees to work flexibly

    guestblogger
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:14 am
    The right for employees to request flexible working is now in full force. With these new regulations, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills predicts that up to 20 million people across the country could be asking their employees to work flexibly. Employers can reject these requests, but whether they do or not, to have a happy, satisfied workforce, start-ups and small businesses must have the right technology and communication systems to accommodate modern working methods. Recently we conducted some research looking at the working habits of small businesses and it seems that…
  • Why isn’t your business selling to overseas customers?

    Mark Williams
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Sacré bleu. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages has asked all political parties to include a new “framework for national recovery in language learning” in their 2015 general election manifestos. That framework should include pledges to “transform the reputation of UK citizens as poor linguists, reluctant to value languages other than English” and “actively encourage business and employers to get involved in tackling the crisis”. The good news for businesses is the group also suggested that employers might be offered tax incentives to “recruit or train…
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  • Q: Side Payment Requested In Negotiation

    Sean Murphy
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Q: We have been in customer discovery for a few months and have a situation in a negotiation that I am not sure how to deal with. A decision maker at a potential customer says he believes that our product can help but it’s not addressing a burning problem. The wrinkle that I have not encountered before: he says he would like to pursue this idea on his own so he wants us to compensate him for the ideas he is bringing. Any advice on how to look at the situation or how best to handle it? Some Questions to Consider: Who owns the ideas that he gave you? Has he disclosed them to his company?
  • Thought Leadership: Rotary Club Four Way Test

    Sean Murphy
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    When I spoke on Thought Leadership at the San Bruno Rotary Club on August 6 this “four way test” was printed on all of the placemats. It was the first time I had encountered it and I found it a useful insight for evaluating a course of action. Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? As I have reflected on the event in the interim I realized that this simple test, developed by Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 to turn around his failing company, was a great…
  • Few Against Many Requires Focus and Perseverance

    Sean Murphy
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    We Happy Few The fewer men, the greater share of honour. [...] We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; Henry V in Act IV Scene iii 18–67. “St. Crispin’s Day speech” A college kid in a dorm room starts assembling and selling person computers.. Two college dropouts–or recent graduates–start building hardware in a garage. A woman starts a software consulting business in her second bedroom, then creates a software product. Four men in a pie shop sketch a design for a personal computer. All startups by definition start small and attract founders who welcome the…
  • David Binetti On The Mind of the Entrepreneur

    Sean Murphy
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:08 pm
    In the mind of the entrepreneur the future is obvious and imminent. This  “reality distortion field” can be useful for making a better future possible, but it inclines the entrepreneur to minimize adoption risk–people will see the benefits of my product immediately and adopt it–and to be impatient. Customer development techniques allow you to identify expensive false positives for potential markets and to refine your approach. I have been reviewing the presentations from Startup Lessons Learned 2010 and 2011 again and realized that I had never blogged about 2011…
  • Don’t Get Distracted Raising Venture Capital

    Sean Murphy
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s not a mistake to accept venture capital if your business merits and requires it for growth. Don’t get distracted seeking it until then. “The seductive narrative of Silicon Valley stars a genius-hero who goes on a journey, overcomes myriad obstacles, has a flash of insight and is rewarded by wise and benevolent investors with Series A funding. This narrative is bullshit, but it’s everywhere. Venture capital is not a rags to riches story. It’s the inspiring tale of redeploying resources from a lower- to a higher-performing asset class. There’s nothing wrong with…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It seems crazy, in this day and age, that a company wouldn’t accept credit card processing. But, there are many cash-only businesses out there that survive and thrive. At the same time, the companies that accept credit cards have a choice to make: to swipe or type? Here’s why you should consider swiping instead of the old-school method. It’s Easier Companies, like Authorize.net, make taking online payments easy. But it’s not always easy to swipe a card if you’re an online merchant. If you’re a duel merchant, though, you have options. And, one of those options is to just send the…
  • The new tendency of energy consumption

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As we all know that nowadays the whole world is facing fierce environment problem and the depletion of primary energy with the over consumption of the energy. We realize that we must take measures to save our earth and insist sustainable development. However, our society has to develop everyday with a more rapid speed and it is totally based on the energy to generate the electricity and other kinds of resources. In this way, the scientists keep searching the new energy which is renewable and environment friendly.  In recent years, the solar energy is quite popular around the area with long…
  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
  • Picture This: A Guide to Setting Up Your Best Video Conference

    EpicLaunch
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You could be forgiven for thinking that a “video conference” is an unglamorous ordeal occasionally witnessed during films from the 1980s. Surely everyone simply “skypes” these days, right? Well, that’s not quite true. Whilst there will be many circumstances in which a quick chat using your laptop’s built-in camera and microphone will do just fine, the formalised video conference still has its place. For larger business meetings and corporate events, it is crucial to get the audio visual setup just right. This is something the team at Perception Live know a lot about. Having been…
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  • AOL/Ad.com is moving to Natty Boh Tower

    Christopher Wink
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    AOL/Advertising.com, a key anchor of Baltimore’s technology community, is moving from the Under Armour campus in Tide Point to the Natty Boh Tower in Brewers Hill. The move is expected to be complete by spring 2015, according to David Knipp of Obrecht Commercial Real Estate, the owner of the iconic tower. The new AOL offices will cover 45,000 square feet, including cathedral ceilings and flexible space. “I think it’s going to fit them like a glove,” said Knipp. The move is a win for Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood, which already includes a handful of…
  • Boston bans Baltimore parking app Haystack

    Tyler Waldman
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Weeks after launching in Boston, Baltimore-based Haystack has found its app persona non grata there. The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted to bar companies from leasing publicly owned parking spaces, the Boston Business Journal reports. Haystack, which launched in Baltimore in June, allows users to buy and sell time in on-street parking spaces. Eric Meyer, Haystack’s CEO, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. However, when the app launched, he contended in an interview with Technical.ly Baltimore that his app was not actually selling parking spaces. “Haystack does…
  • Early-stage cybersecurity firm? TEDCO has new state-backed fund for you

    Tyler Waldman
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    TEDCO’s new Cybersecurity Investment Fund has been awarded state support, officials with the state-backed organization announced Wednesday. “TEDCO recognizes the need to invest in developing cybersecurity products as new threats appear every day,” TEDCO president and executive director Rob Rosenbaum said in a release. “With the State’s support of CIF, TEDCO will be able to provide financial support, mentoring and technical assistance to a multitude of companies, making Maryland the hub of cybersecurity innovation.” The $1 million fund provides up to $100,000 to ventures that…
  • Sourcefire could be spared layoffs [Cybersecurity Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    The Maryland Venture Fund invested $451,000 in the Frederick startup Luminal, MDBIZ News reports. The investment is part of a $10 million round of funding for Luminal and was made with InvestMaryland funds, according to the report. Luminal develops security solutions for cloud-based applications. The Dutch cybersecurity giant Gemalto bought Belcamp-based SafeNet in an $890 million deal, the companies announced last week. SafeNet has offices in 27 countries and protects 80 percent of intra-bank fund transfers. The company employs more than 1,500 people. The deal was completed in less than…
  • Social ecommerce app RedBerrry selected to Philly accelerator

    Tyler Waldman
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    McKeever Conwell is no stranger to chasing his dreams out of town. The Given.to founder built that company with help from a stint at a San Francisco accelerator. His next endeavor will keep him closer to home. Conwell is selling the social gift-giving platform Given as he pursues his new startup, RedBerrry. The shopping app company was accepted into DreamIt Access, an accelerator at DreamIt’s Philadelphia office established to help minority-owned businesses grow and succeed. Conwell starts the three-month accelerator program on Sept. 9. “I’ll be able to come home now and then…
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  • Review: Sound Blaster Roar is One Great Bluetooth Speaker

    Rich
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    We love our music over here at inside-Startups, so when we got a chance to review the new Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth system, we jumped at the chance. It’s all about the sound If you don’t get much chance to read further, this is a great-sounding portable speaker that puts out incredible sound for the money. If you like to entertain on the patio, this thing will get your guest’s toes tapping without the blaring loudness you might remember from the Boom Box days. I’m not an expert audiophile or anything like that, but I really enjoy listening to the Roar outdoors. The…
  • Stephen Key’s One Simple Idea for Startups

    Rich
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In this video, Stephen Key, the entrepreneur behind the Teddy Ruxpin toys, describes his book One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs: Live Your Dreams and Create Your Own Profitable Company.
  • Video: Why You Should Move to Oregon

    Rich
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    In this video, Skip Newberry, President of the Technology Association of Oregon presents:  Why You Should Move to Oregon. Joining Newberry are Eric Sorenson, Open-Source Product Owner at PuppetLabs and Jared Wiener, Industry Liason at PDC. Attend this presentation to learn why technology professionals and entrepreneurs are relocating to Portland, Oregon. You will hear firsthand from Eric Sorenson, who recently left Apple in Cuppertino, California, to join Puppet Labs in Portland. You will also hear about economic trends, startup initiatives and unique industry resources that paint a…
  • Video: How GoodData Brings Insight to Big Data

    Rich
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    In this video, Robert Scoble interviews Roman Stanek, founder and CEO of GoodData, a business intelligence company. Companies are spending billions on BI, but aren’t getting the insight they need into their data. BizData Monetization is a new strategy used to generate business value from data. GoodData Bashes provide real-time, actionable insight to help monetize BizData.
  • Manifest Insights: Dashboards for your Data

    Rich
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Manifest Insights is new Startup from Portland that develops powerful dashboards that visualize today’s on-premise and off-premise data in a flash. In this video, we catch up with CEO Dan Blaisdell to learn more.
 
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • 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…
  • Breathe for Jo

    Banksy
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Dear Friends, Its not often that I’d ask you to support something or give your time to a cause that you might not have any link to but I’d appreciate just 5 minutes of your time to read this and the article it links to. My good friend Jo Smith has two terminal illnesses, pulmonary hypertension and lymphatic cancer. She is thought to be the only person in the world to have both and sadly one stops her from being treated for the other. A possible breakthrough treatment has been found in Thailand but 30k is needed to send her there. A campaign has been launched by her friend Lacey…
  • What is Inbound Marketing?

    Banksy
    10 Jan 2014 | 5:32 am
    –Update to Post Mar 2014– For many years us marketeers have focused on outbound marketing. A one-way message, attempting to buy people’s attention. Think Radio, Think Advertising, Think TV Adverts. With Inbound Marketing the focus switches to ‘earnt’ attention. By providing your prospects with something of value they give you permission to keep marketing to them. For example, giving away tips in a blog article/whitepaper, which your prospect finds via Google is a good form of Inbound Marketing. They like your content, it sounds like you know what you’re talking about, so…
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    Tech Hustlers

  • Tackle Youtube’s Multi-Billion Dollar Industry with Bent Pixels

    Eric Strait
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Learn how digital media leader Bent Pixels will help you tackle Youtube’s multi-billion dollar industry.   As a Certified Youtube MCN, Bent Pixels hosts the channels of some of the world’s leading brands including UFC, Shaq Entertainment, Joe Rogan, Kevin Hart and America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV), generating 5 billion annual views from an audience of over 11 million monthly unique viewers.   For the first podcast of our Digital Media Series, I sat down with the Vice President of Operations at Bent Pixels, James Creech.  James’s experience as the…
  • Hire Fast, Fire Fast

    Eric Strait
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    Being an entrepreneur is like riding a roller coaster day after day, so unless you are Richard Rodriguez trying to break the break the World Record for the longest roller-coaster ride, you will want to get your startup to flat solid ground as soon as you possibly can–and keep it there. If you begin to hire fast and fire fast, you will add loops and turns to your ride by creating an unstable company culture and work-group disharmony. Hiring slow is a key ingredient to keeping your startup on stable ground. Because hiring the right employees is such a critical decision to make for…
  • 10 Tips for Getting Media Coverage

    Lorenzo Grandi
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Lots of journalists keep receiving bad pitches everyday. Help them out. Help share the word about engaging reporters the way they like. Keep in mind the following tips to please your media contacts and increase your chances of getting covered. Courtesy of PR professional Sally Saville Hodge, Hodge Media Strategies, Adventures in Communicating. 1. Learn how to tell a story If you haven’t already, consider starting a blog today. If you blog and read blogs constantly, you’ll become a better writer. You will understand what headlines get shared more than others and what stories are…
  • Starting your Dream

    Paul O'Brien
    21 Jan 2014 | 7:46 pm
    This article has been syndicated in partnership with Paul O’Brien of  SEO’Brien Just the other week, I had the distinct pleasure of joining Dreamit Venture’s kick-off of their spring 2014 class. The roster of incredible teams, including ChegginCollaborateCloudeyeQNotoriousOctane LendingStereoSwanTeleCog, and UserApp, set me wondering what role dreams play in one’s success as an entrepreneur. Thinking more about the shifting role of capital and the emigration of innovation from Silicon Valley, it’s hard not to turn to all of the startup dreams I’ve heard and…
  • Sideqik: Ultimate Growth Hack and Partnership Platform for Marketers

    Eric Strait
    20 Jan 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Sideqik: The Best Partnership Platform for Marketers   First off, I do not say this lightly, but Kurt Uhlir is a friend and just a great person due to his genuineness, humility, and servitude. Now throw in brilliant visionary, and you have one tough business savant to tango with!   Kurt started his first company when he was 14 and has helped drive more than $8 billion in value creation and exits in Social, Location and Mobile.   He has 15+ years experience launching new businesses and effectively leading teams across six continents. During his tenure leading competitive strategy and…
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    Startup Law Blog

  • Intrastate Crowdfunding and the 499 Shareholder Problem

    Joe Wallin
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In prior posts I have lamented the problems with the federal crowdfunding law.  The SEC is still behind on finalizing rules implementing the crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act. In the meantime, Washington State and a handful of other states have pushed forward with crowdfunding laws of their own that are meant to offer a less expensive and more practical and usable alternative to the federal crowdfunding law.The Basis of State Crowdfunding – The Intrastate ExemptionState-level equity crowdfunding laws allow a company to equity crowdfund without having to comply with the federal…
  • How Does Private Equity Develop M&A Investment Strategies?

    Joe Wallin
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Please join us for the Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s Q3 session. This session will address questions such as:How does private equity develop M&A investment strategies?What is the investment life cycle of various different types of investments?How does private equity think about and apply M&A?The program will feature a panel discussion on the M&A process from the perspective of financial buyers of venture capital. The panel, moderated by Professor Jarrad Harford of the Foster School of Business at University of Washington, will include:Bradaigh Wagner, Principal, Endeavour…
  • WTIA Tech in Focus: Crowdfunding

    Joe Wallin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is hosting an event that brings together industry experts to answer questions for startups regarding the new Washington state crowdfunding law.Washington’s new crowdfunding bill will allow companies to up to $1 million from both non-accredited and accredited investors. However, there are strict rules that need to be adhered to in order to correctly execute a crowdfunding campaign.Topics Discussed Will Be:The contents of the crowdfunding billHow to actually use the new billImplications to the startup communityPanelists include:Joe…
 
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  • 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.
  • Blue Sky is looking to raise a $30 million fund in Australia’s starved venture capital sector

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Blue Sky Venture Capital, a division of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited, is looking to raise $30 million for a new fund in a bid to capitalise on Australia’s underpenetrated and cash-starved venture capital sector. It’s worth noting that $30million is a pretty considerable amount considering the fact that just $100 million was raised for [...] The post Blue Sky is looking to raise a $30 million fund in Australia’s starved venture capital sector appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • How to find the right investors for your startup

    Anthill Magazine
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the early days of starting up a business, it’s common for entrepreneurs to accept any money that comes their way. Yet, this can backfire if you end up working with investors who have a different agenda than you do. An investor-entrepreneur relationship is ideally a long-term one; so it’s important to craft a pitch [...] The post How to find the right investors for your startup appeared first on Anthill Online.
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  • Release Your Inner Kraken: The Folly of Hidden Talents

    Peter Cauton
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    For as far as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing. I enjoyed paragraph writing in grade school. There was always a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I felt a paragraph was complete, when I felt every word I used was the right one. It was simultaneously art and science for me. This love for word construction continued throughout my high school and college stints. Writing assignments wouldn’t feel like homework. I would volunteer for writing tasks across my different subjects, projects, and the clubs I belonged to. In my first year after graduation, I taught…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job Now and Work for a Startup (With Traction)

    Peter Cauton
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    So, you want to put up a startup. You want to take the leap. But it’s sooooo hard to let go of the cushy job you’ve spent numerous years cultivating… You worry about the sudden disruption of that bi-monthly cashflow you’re now so accustomed to and built your life around. So what now? Here’s a solution – work for a startup. But don’t just work for ANY startup – work for a startup with traction. What’s traction? I like Naval Ravikant’s (Angelist founder) efficient definition of traction: “Quantitative evidence of market…
  • Thursdays Unplugged Postscript (July 31 Edition)

    Peter Cauton
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:21 pm
      See that bottle of Pepsi in the picture? I started this Thursdays Unplugged session by accidentally dropping the closed bottle, and then proceeding to absent-mindedly open it. The result was an explosion of cola and pride, mostly on my shirt (which, incredibly, looks the same in the picture). It was all uphill from there though! With the third participant calling that he couldn’t make it the last minute, this became a 3-person session. Of course, I loved the result, as Jode, Gerome, and I not only got into the technicalities of the their startup ideas, but more importantly, we…
  • Risk Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

    Peter Cauton
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The older we get, the more permanent our decisions become. In high school, the biggest decision we made was probably what school to take (a lot of people I know didn’t have a choice in this matter as well), or perhaps what course to take. We could then easily shift courses. A lot of people I know even shifted schools. We also choose who to hang out with. This can change easily as well. Then one day, we graduate from college. Then we have to face the next big decision in our lives – what job to take. Not quite happy with our first job, perhaps we transfer to another firm. It…
  • UPDATED: Jobs in Our Startup Community!

    Peter Cauton
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    People! Lots of openings in our growing group! Check out this updated list for more information! Tired of the corporate life? Eager to contribute to a startup? Want to have some fun building stuff with great people? Do check us out!  Filed under: ANNOUNCEMENTS, TAKE THAT LEAP! Tagged: job openings, philippine startups, STORM Rewards, Strata
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  • Fancred: The Facebook for Sports Fans Raises $3M in Funding

    joshboyle
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Fancred, an app that lets users capture their favorite sports moments and connect and interact with a community of fellow fans, announced today the completion of a $3 million financing round led by existing shareholders, Atlas Ventures and Militello Capital, as well as first time participant Breakaway Innovation Group. Fancred, an app that lets users capture their favorite sports moments and connect and interact…
  • Advisors vs Mentors and Coaches. Every Founder Should Have Them

    joshboyle
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Release Date:  Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:15 Author:  Bilal Zuberi - Partner, Lux Capital Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  I shared two other thoughts that often come to my mind when I think of advice for less experienced entrepreneurs... I was fortunate to be invited to the MIT Media Lab this week, to speak to and spend time with, a group of students, entrepreneurs and senior executives working in advanced imaging areas. It was a fantastic event and I met some very interesting new people + ideas. There was so much learning for everyone. People pitching new ideas, new…
  • Boston’s Best Company Culture - Greater Boston [Slideshow]

    joshboyle
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:00 Premium Company:  Acquia Actifio athenahealth Attivio Bit9 + Carbon Black CloudLock clypd Constant Contact CounterTack Demandware Formlabs HealthcareSource Imprivata Kiva Systems lifeIMAGE NetProspex SmartBear Software Sonian Swipely Synacor The Echo Nest TripAdvisor Vistaprint Blog Slideshow:  Boston’s Best Company Culture - Greater Boston [Slideshow] Acquia Actifio athenahealth Attivio Bit9 + Carbon Black CloudLock clypd Constant Contact CounterTack Demandware Formlabs HealthcareSource Imprivata Kiva Systems lifeIMAGE NetProspex…
  • 3 Quick Ways To Make Your App More Lucrative And Loveable

    joshboyle
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Premium Company:  Localytics Release Date:  Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Annum Munir - Content Marketing Specialist, Localytics Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Move over Princess and Prince Charming, a new type of love is sweeping the globe – and although it is a little unorthodox, this love is still founded on principles of compatibility, happiness, and exclusivity. Move over Princess and Prince Charming, a new type of love is sweeping the globe – and although it is a little unorthodox, this love is still founded on principles of compatibility,…
  • The Five Most Important Productivity Tools For Freelancers

    joshboyle
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:30 Author:  Kristin Dziadul - Founder, KDMedia Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Almost every day I’m asked what tools I use to stay organized, track my time, and collaborate with clients. I find the tools I use so valuable to my everyday work flow that I’d like to talk a bit about them here. Almost every day I’m asked what tools I use to stay organized, track my time, and collaborate with clients. I find the tools I use so valuable to my everyday work flow that I’d like to talk a bit about them…
 
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  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4)

    mholmes
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
      So we’re finally here: the last installment. In this post we conclude my year of tithing and its results. In case you missed the first 3 installments here they are: My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 1) My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3)

    mholmes
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    In case this is your 1st time here, this case study is an unbiased account of my first year tithing. In my first post I spoke about being fired within my first 90 days of tithing (click here). In the 2nd post, I spoke about being disheartened not seeing the results from my tithing experiment […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2)

    mholmes
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    As I stated in the last post I wanted to give an unbiased and truthful account of my first year with tithing. Up to this point in my life I had never seen anything done like this before. Most people when they talk about tithing are quick to talk about how much of a multiplication […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My first year results with tithing: a personal case study

    mholmes
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
    I was hesitant to write this post. Why? It’s not something you read or hear. The fact is, when most people give their testimonies about tithing it’s usually with an instantaneous and positive ending. Most ministries tell how the person who gave received a 400% increase in a matter of months. Last year…that was NOT the […] The post My first year results with tithing: a personal case study appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin

    mholmes
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    The Christmas season is upon us. As a result, everyone turns their attention to a manger, a virgin mother, and a Baby that changed the world. As much as I am indebted to that Baby I wanted to focus on the mother–the Virgin Mary. I wanted to talk about her faith actually. When she heard […] The post After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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  • How to Win at Google’s Game

    Tim Flint
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    “Play their game. You need to embrace that they have a business model. Embrace it and the rules are there. Play the game.” – Ryan Mull, Partner and Director at Imavex In the game of business, the premise is simple: make more money than you spend. When you take your business online, the game gets more complicated. Cheats and shortcuts that were once overlooked can be taken away, and even the rules you were playing by can change and essentially leave you starting over. Google is famous for switching the rules of the game, especially when it comes to SEO. Why can this one company have such…
  • 5 Tips For Learning to Code

    Forest Good
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Like learning any new domain (be it music or a foreign language), there is a tremendous learning curve to programming.  At first, it seems like a massive mountain to climb, but the most important thing is to keep learning and not to give up when you feel discouraged.Here are a five tips for anyone considering whether they should take the time to learn how to program. Bet on any horse, because all of them will get you where you need to go – When it comes to which programming language to choose, think about what type of skill set you want to develop. Mobile – Objective-C (iOS),…
  • How To Re-Invest In Midwest Startups

    Matt Hunckler
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Indiana and the surrounding Midwest has an exciting history of software entrepreneurship. Large sales of companies like Software Artistry and Baker Hill in Indianapolis, and Resite in Bloomington, started a movement that has snowballed into a powerful Midwest startup community. In this interview from the The Innovation Showcase, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the Midwest share their perspective on how to keep the momentum going and re-invest in Midwest startups: First you have to have success. And early software successes in Indiana made way for even bigger wins for the state,…
  • Can Indiana’s New Crowdfunding Law Help Your Business?

    Chuck Switzer
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: LendingMemo.com As of July 1, Hoosier entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital (join the club, right) now have a new tool: crowdfunding.  Indiana’s new crowdfunding law sailed quickly and almost unopposed through the General Assembly—140 yeas to 1 nay.  Despite any instinctual suspicion some may have of a law that both parties agree on, this legislation may actually be useful to you.  Here are six questions to consider in deciding whether to Hoosier crowdfund: Can I raise capital from out-of-state investors? No.  For the time being, federal law still prohibits you from…
  • WATCH: Verge Organizer Jordan Updike Discusses Indiana’s Growth on IIB

    Tim Hickle
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, Verge organizer and all around stud Jordan Updike made a visit to Inside Indiana Business to chat with Gerry Dick and Ike Willett about the growth of Indiana’s tech sector and the new capital the Circle City is seeing because of it. “The beautiful thing is we’re starting to get a reputation as an area that’s putting out quality companies and quality work.” - Jordan Updike Perhaps the greatest evidence of this comes from the Innovation Showcase. In the past six years, this event has grown from a small, niche event to a startup spectacle that attracts…
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  • Show Your Employees You Care with These Easy Methods

    Gus
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    The happiness and health of your employees are paramount to the success of your business. Unhappy employees don’t work well, especially if they feel underappreciated. Employees who feel they aren’t being treated fairly will harbour resentment. This creates a bad atmosphere and depletes workplace morale. Showing your employees you care isn’t an effortless job, but it is something that you can do with lots of small gestures. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to do it, and it should be something that’s woven into the fabric of your employees’ time…
  • Why Back-Up Power Supplies are Crucial for Your Business

    Gus
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    The inter-connected worlds of business and commerce are challenging for start-up ventures, even as the economy continues to grow considerably. There are issues that are continuing to cloud the UK’s economic performance, however, including an increasingly precarious housing market and weak productivity figures. When you consider these factors alongside the pitfalls of an increasingly competitive market, there is a pressing need for business start-ups to work diligently if they are to fulfil their potential and ultimately achieve optimum performance in their chosen market. The Importance of…
  • 7 Ways to Boost Your Business’s Productivity

    Gus
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Your business is going well, and you’re making a profit, but there’s a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you could be doing even better. While growth is something that every business strives for, it can be achieved by making your current work force more productive. Here are our 7 top tips to boosting your business’s efficiency. Outsource Processes If your employees are spending time in their day to day work lives doing things other than what they’re qualified for, such as sorting mail or acting as a receptionist, then that is time that can be better spent elsewhere.
  • 5 Incredible Money Saving Hacks For Your Business

    Gus
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Link to image In the business world, it is all about the bottom line. You can appear to be doing well, but if you’re wasting money then, your business is a failure. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that the company is as profitable as it can be. Doing so means looking out for new business money saving opportunities wherever you can. Finding new, innovative ways to cut costs in your business is a job in itself. You must never cut down the quality of your service or products. You need to ensure that your business is not draining your finances. Here are five…
  • Killer Tricks To Market Your New Business Online

    Gus
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Link to image When you are starting a new business, the chances are that you don’t have much of a budget set aside for marketing. Marketing your business can make or break the company as a whole. How will anyone even know that you exist if you don’t get out there and tell them so? They won’t. If you have a small budget for marketing then, online marketing might be your new best friend. Using the internet to get the word out about your business is cheap but will take some care and attention on your part. You need to invest a good amount of time into working out your online…
 
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  • 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…
  • How Startup Valuation Works – Measuring a Company’s Potential

    Anna Vital
    1 Jul 2013 | 11:20 am
    How would you measure the value of a company? Especially, a company that you started a month ago – how do you determine startup valuation? That is the question you will be asking yourself when you look for money for your company. Let’s lay down the basics. Valuation is simply the value of a company. There are folks who make a career out of projecting valuations. Since most of the time you are valuing something that may or may not happen in the future, there is a lot of room for assumptions and educated guesses. Why does startup valuation matter? Valuation matters to entrepreneurs…
  • How Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors

    Anna Vital
    9 May 2013 | 11:30 am
    A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million from a VC another six months later. If all goes well. See how funding works in this infographic: First, let’s figure out why we are talking about funding as something you need to do. This is not a given. The opposite of funding is “bootstrapping,” the process of funding a startup through your own savings. There are a few companies that bootstrapped for a while until taking investment, like MailChimp and AirBnB. If you know the…
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  • How to Become More Charismatic With Charlie Houpert – TCE 035

    Scott
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today is an episode I’ve been looking forward to for a long time…. I am so excited to be having one of my best buds and former roommates Charlie Houpert on the show. Charlie is a brilliant mind especially when it comes to people and social skills. Teaching other people how to develop them is his passion and the focus of his current business Charisma on Command. I’ve been around a lot of social butterflies and people into self-development and I can’t say I’ve encountered anyone more on the cutting edge of charisma…
  • How to Go From Product Idea to The Shelves of Your Favorite Retailers with Brandon Rickman – TCE 034

    Scott
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Have you ever had an idea for a physical product or a way to make something that already exists even better? Maybe it’s something as simple as looking at a popular kitchen utensil and wishing it had your favorite sports teams logo on it… If you’ve ever hard an idea for creating a physical product and want to know exactly how to do it, today you are in for a special treat. We’ll be hearing from Brandon Rickman, an awesome entrepreneur whose literally brought hundreds of products to market. He’s has patented, licensed ,…
  • Doubling Testosterone and A Business That I Didn’t Start

    Scott
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    This is a story about being a testosterone guinea pig and a business I decided not to start. Just over a year ago, I decided to move to Brazil with some of my buddies from NYC. A few months prior to our departure, my future roommate Ben tried a new diet regimen called intermittent fasting which increased his testosterone by 30%. I knew testosterone was an important hormone for dudes,  but wasn’t really sure why increased levels were desirable. After he told me this, I did some more research…. A lot of people hear the word Testosterone and just think of aggressive males, bar fighting…
  • The Key Ingredients to Writing A Successful, Mainstream Book with Tucker Max – TCE 033

    Scott
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes 7 Years ago I bought a book in the airport that was funnier than anything I’ve ever read. It was called “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” and written by today’s guest on the show Tucker Max. Aside from pure hilarity, this book fascinated me because here was a dude who was making a million dollar living off writing about similar frat boy stuff that I was doing with. Sure beats playing excel like a keyboard on Wall Street which was the fate ahead for most of us. Tucker is 3X New York Times Best Seller and has done…
  • The Recipe for Explosive Growth Behind Onnit Labs with Aubrey Marcus – TCE 032

    Scott
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Onnit Labs definitely is a company I have a huge man crush and today we bring on the Founder Aubrey Marcus to talk about how he’s been able to make it one of the fastest growing companies in the human optimization market. You’ll learn the clever marketing strategy that catapulted Onnit sales out of the gates and how you can apply this to launching new products. We’ll also discuss some other marketing tactics and must know information for everyone creating physical products. This is a goodie. Enjoy : ) What…
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  • Eric Graham and Kevin Loos – Founders of CrowdComfort

    Mario Schulzke
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    We end every meeting with a hard ask. This can be anything from asking them to introduce us to another investor, setting up a second meeting, or a commitment to try our product. Eric Graham is a clean energy entrepreneur who is committed to spreading energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Eric has helped leading companies such as EnerNOC, Fraunhofer CSE, Next Step Living and Building 36/Alarm.com bring their technologies to market. Kevin Loos is an energy entrepreneur who has extensive experience in building performance and energy efficiency technologies. Kevin has helped leading…
  • Craig Handley – CEO & Co-Founder of Listen Up Español

    Mario Schulzke
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    However, if I was to start again I would charge more as a consultant; I made many people a large sum of money and charged very little because at the time I didn’t have the courage to ask for what I was worth. Craig Handley is a networking monster with an unstoppable combination of hard work, ingenuity, and creativity that has sparked the vision and growth that drives the success of both companies he leads: Listen Up Español and its sister enterprise, Revenue Enhancement Consultants (REC). Handley’s expertise in maximizing the sales process – and Listen Up Español’s impressive track…
  • Haroon Mokhtarzada – Co-founder of Webs

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Launch and get your first customer. The vast majority of businesses fail because they never get a customer. Haroon Mokhtarzada is the co-founder and vice president of innovation for Webs. Haroon has a passion for technology startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In addition to his current role at Webs, he continues to engage with startups as an advisor and angel investor to a variety of consumer web and mobile technology companies. Haroon also serves on American Express Open’s Digital Advisory Board and is a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. As an…
  • Robert Glazer – Founder of Acceleration Partners

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I try to block out two or three hours of what’s listed as “GSD” (get shit done) in my calendar, which is when I get about 80 percent of my work done, and the team knows to leave me alone.  Robert Glazer is the founder and managing director of Acceleration Partners, a firm that partners with top global brands to create customized customer acquisition programs that deliver real profits. Robert was named to the Boston Business Journal’s 2013 40 Under 40 list, and his depth of industry expertise extends to consumer products and services, technology, retail, and clean technology. Robert…
  • Free Webinar – How To Use Events To Grow Your Business

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    How do you grow your business? Advertising? PR? What about events? In this free webinar, sales and marketing strategist Charlene DeCesare will teach us how to maximize events for business growth, regardless of budget. You will learn seven key lessons: Why conferences, trade shows, and networking events should be a key part of your integrated sales and marketing plan. What roles sales and marketing each play for maximum ROI & ROO with events, even if it’s one person. How to choose the right events and/or build your own. Secrets to event planning that even companies with the biggest…
 
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  • 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…
  • More about NDAs

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Stef Lewandowski takes a slightly different angle about NDAs. Whereas I previously explored why I wouldn't sign NDAs in initial conversations as a recipient of those documents, Stef looks at why he used to ask for NDAs and how he's changed his mind about it: Non-disclosure-by-default introduces the risk that your company culture could be poisoned by secrecy at an early stage. I distinctly remember moments in a previous “stealth startup” company where I and those around me were so tied down with non-disclosure that we didn’t tell our own families what we were working on. The effect of…
  • Building international relationships

    Salim Virani
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Irina Dzhambazova shares how Bulgarian startups deal with obscurity, and succeed building international relationships: Serendipity and true partnerships "Investing time in getting to know an organisation or a person, without looking for the immediate quid pro quo is the way to go. Just get to know people, interact with them in the manner you do with friends and leave the rest to chance." - Vesselina Tasheva Good partners understand each others goals and can act proactively on each other's behalf. This type of relationship is much easier when you can relate this way at a personal level.
  • Take pleasure in the journey

    Daniel Tenner
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Jason Cohen: Rather, you must understand that it is the building, not the result of that building, that matters. Keep score, so long as you can distinguish between the game and life. Keep score, while also basking in the thrill of generating happy customers and launching unique products and gathering the energy and brainpower of brilliant humans tackling interesting problems. Or, to put it in the poetic words of Constantine P. Cavafy: When you set out for Ithaka ask that your way be long, full of adventure, full of instruction. The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops, angry Poseidon - do not fear…
  • The Lean Canvas - wrong tool for the job?

    Salim Virani
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Benjamin Kampmann, a reputable hacker and product manager, relays his experience with the Lean Canvas over the past few years, in particular how it removed his attention from the customers that actually wanted his product: The likelihood of the end technology still being a great fit for the market you decided on at the beginning is rather small. Lean Thinking emphasises the principle of minimizing waste. The common interpretation of Lean Startup assumes that the lead cause of waste is always a lack of commercially-viable demand. But research shows there's a wider range of causes of startup…
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    Platform Thinking

  • 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…
  • From Twitter to Tinder: Why you should stop launching at tech conferences

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    If you’re running a tech startup, you’ve probably tried to (or would love to, if you could) do at least one of the following: - Get TechCrunch to cover you - Launch at SXSW Unfortunately, as launch channels go, the more unimaginative the channel, the less successful it is at getting you traction. This is because everyone else is trying to do the same thing as well and the audience has had too much of the same thing. But more importantly, these launch strategies are bumps, they’re not engines. As Paul Graham points out in his startup growth curve, the TechCrunch of initiation…
  • From Social Media to the Sharing Economy: The Three Drivers of Business Disruption

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    First we went wild about social media disrupting the world of business communications and media. Then the Sharing Economy sprang up and we talked about how the traditional ownership model was getting disrupted. We’re looking at the 3D printer as the democratization of manufacturing much like Twitter and blogging democratized publishing and YouTube democratized broadcast. Disruption isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s just getting started! But irrespective of which phenomenon you look at ( and even if you dismiss all of these as fads), the enduring shift that underlies all these disruptions is…
  • A SCALING FRAMEWORK FOR NETWORK EFFECT PLATFORMS

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    28 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    One of the most common misconceptions about running a platform business is that it’s all straight and easy once the initial chicken and egg problem of getting both producers and consumers is solved. Ironically, in an age where kicking off new platforms isn’t quite as difficult as it used to be, the most important platform management issues really come up once the platform starts working and delivering value. But let’s start this at the beginning: The original platform hassle Everyone loves a good network effect. The problem is often that it is quite difficult achieving it.
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    The Startup Videos

  • 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…
  • Beginner’s Guide: 10 Simple steps for Startup Valuation

    anandarajan
    3 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    How will you evaluate a company’s value? Especially an organization, which you have kick-started a month, back. Start-up valuation is an art which you need to perform if you are expecting money from investors. This strategy helps to take your business to the next level. It is no rocket science. Adopting some simple steps helps you to easily assess the value of your start-up. Why start-up valuation is so important? As an entrepreneur giving significance to start-up valuation will help you to determine how much of your company‘s shares you would be giving to the investors in exchange for…
  • Interview with Explainer video Expert: Demo Duck

    bhuvana
    3 May 2014 | 2:25 am
          In today’s advanced online culture, video is the most valuable advertising tool for a particular product or service and Explainer videos are something quick, fun and simple. A well made explainer video consolidates all the business key information to explain simply in a minute or two and also adds the magic ingredient as storytelling.       People are definitely becoming more comfortable with the term “explainer videos”, often using it interchangeably with “marketing video” or “web video” and consumers have fallen…
 
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    AlleyWatch

  • It’s All Been Done Before in the Startup World

    Sean Byrnes
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Whenever I start a new project, it always starts with excitement. New ideas are always exciting because as ideas, they seem perfect and carry with them the promise of learning new things. That...
  • NYC Startup Bundle Organics – The Must Have Juice for Moms-To-Be (And You, Too, Baby)

    AlleyWatch
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    People have discovered juicing, to the point where the verb has practically taken on a new meaning, like the ‘parenting’ itself. Still, the truth is, we’ve been drinking juice since we were kids....
  • Nicholas Felton: A Quantified Life

    AlleyWatch
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Nicholas Felton, an information designer who used to work at Facebook, has tracked almost every aspect of his life, from the miles he’s walked to the average length of his personal conversations.
  • Here’s How to Beat the August Startup Blues

    Brian Hecht
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    I’ve heard it maybe a dozen times in the past few weeks: “It’s the dead of summer. Nobody’s around. We can’t make any progress until September.” Sound familiar? Of course it does. I often feel the...
  • The Complete Guide to Venture Capital Firms in NYC

    AlleyWatch
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Some of them want to see traction. Some will invest on blind faith. Still others won’t look at more than a one-page elevator pitch. Many are founders themselves, but no matter what their preferences,...
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    Startup Freak

  • OWNOW

    StartupFreak
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    Company Name : OWNOW Description : OWNOW aspires to be the best known ecommerce site for offering trendy products ranging from fashion items to useful gadgets and novelty gifts Company Overview : OWNOW takes social shopping to a new level by a uniquely conjoining shopping with social media integration by adapting products to your shopping feed based on your Facebook and Twitter friends’ activity. Ownow categorises merchandises on your dashboard by current popularity, all time most popular, and recently found items, or you can search by keyword such as a product color or style—‘blue…
  • Language Oasis LLC

    StartupFreak
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    Company Name : Language Oasis LLC Description : Translate any Language in Affordable Prices with Language Oasis Company Overview : Translate any language instantly and under your budget using the certified language translation services by Language Oasis. Make the most out of your business by reaching out to different clients successfully in their language, through translation services. Any language of your choice is translated by the experts in great prices. Homepage URL: http://www.languageoasis.com/ Industry : Business Development Number of Employees : 50 Location : 17888 67th Court North…
  • col blog

    StartupFreak
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Company Name : col blog Description : ColBlog.com Best Blog for, News & Events, Tech Meets,Innovations,Internships,Jobs,Mobiles,Gadgets,College fun,Movies,Sports and Many more Company Overview : Homepage URL: http://www.colblog.com/ Industry : Internet Number of Employees : 10 Location : Prashnthnager,Upaal Key People : Laxman Devasani Social Links
  • TheTradeBoss

    StartupFreak
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Company Name : TheTradeBoss Description : TheTradeBoss.com is a Product Search Engine and a Shopping Portal offering free shopping resources for you, the consumer. Our aim is to offer you a unique shopping experience and help you make smart and informed purchasing decisions. Company Overview : TheTradeBoss.com is a Product Search Engine and a Shopping Portal offering free shopping resources for you, the consumer. Our aim is to offer you a unique shopping experience and help you make smart and informed purchasing decisions. How can I buy something? TheTradeBoss.com is not an online shop and…
  • Hungrytable.in

    StartupFreak
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Company Name : Hungrytable.in Description : food & beverages Company Overview : HungryTable.in is an online dining guide and reservation system which enables the customer to search, explore and book a table at their favorite restaurant. Homepage URL: http://www.hungrytable.in Industry : Restaurant/Food Service Number of Employees : 10 Location : 599/600 , Shubham Building, Rastha peth, Pune-11 Key People : Rishab Oswal, Aditya Ghanekar
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    Onboardly

  • How to Not Suck at Befriending Journalists

    Crystal Richard
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Making friends. It starts at our first play date. Evolves onto the playground. Carries us through to frosh week and follows us into our career. Of all the survival skills one doth possess in life – making friends is an invaluable talent. So what happens if you really suck at it? Or if you just suck at communicating with strangers in general? It’s not news that connecting with journalists is trying in itself. Making friends with them first is always encouraged, but that can be easier said than done. Especially for those who find social interaction tricky on their best of days. Do you…
  • You Don’t Need More Content, You Need Better Content

    Renee Warren
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you go to a restaurant and are served a bland meal, would you be happy if the manager offered you more of that same disappointing food in an effort to make it better? Of course not — you’d want to go to a different restaurant and eat better food. More is not always a good solution. So why, then, are you working yourself ragged in the metaphorical kitchen trying to churn out more and more and more bland content that your readers don’t even want? If your content isn’t generating the results that you were hoping for, the solution isn’t to do more of what doesn’t work, it’s…
  • Time Is Not On Your Side: The Truth About Content Marketing

    Renee Warren
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s 9:50 Tuesday morning. You normally publish your company’s weekly blog post at 10AM. You let out an exasperated sigh as you realize that, yet again, there will be no blog post going live this week, and there probably won’t be one next week, either. After all, the reason that this week’s post never got written is that you are in the middle of a major fundraising round with no time or brain space to spare, and it’s not looking like the hectic pace is going to slow down anytime soon. You know that content marketing needs to be a priority. You’ve had meetings about it, conducted…
  • How Not to Suck at Landing Page Optimization

    Renee Warren
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    You’ve seen them used to promote webinars. You’ve visited them to download free guides and ebooks. And you’ve probably used them to sign up to be notified about a product launch or two. Landing pages are a popular tool for companies looking to grow their reach and find new leads. These simple web pages, separate from your main site, typically have a single use and are created with conversion in mind. According to Omniture, “online advertising that uses landing pages typically sees a conversion rate improvement of at least 25%.” But the good news doesn’t stop there — they…
  • 9 Entrepreneurs Explain the “Why” Behind Their Decision to Start

    Jillian Miner
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Having that “ah-ha” moment can be one that changes your life. Many people have great ideas, but they never fully explore or execute on them. ‘Ideas are a dime a dozen’ – it’s true. The best ideas are the ones that are built, explored, torn down and rebuilt again. Sounds familiar? Maybe it’s something you are currently working on or not. Regardless of the stage of your startup, take a page from these nine entrepreneurs who explain why they started their companies and the inspiration behind their ideas. 1. Andrew Chen: Get Advice and Run With It I started writing as soon as I…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Perfect Voicemail Greetings: 10 Tips for Recording Effective and Professional Messages (Plus Examples!)

    Kiera Abbamonte
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most business advice highlights tools, tricks, and other fast tracks to success. Before you go there, you need to have the basics right. If you’re going to effectively market your new business, then your email signature, voicemail, and tone of voice need to be considered. These things seem small, but put together they make up your brand. So, yes, of course you have voicemail, but are you leveraging it to its full potential? Are you presenting yourself professionally? These 10 tips are a surefire way to maximize the value you’re getting from your voicemail service and delight callers…
  • Should You Take a Workcation? Weighing the Pros and Cons

    Kaleigh Moore
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    When was the last time you took a real vacation? No— seriously— a real vacation. That doesn’t mean a few days away from work when you’re still chained to the emails that pop up on your phone. It also doesn’t mean a trip where you have to get up from your beach towel to race to your laptop to address some pressing issue. I’m talking about a real vacation, one where you’re totally work-free and shut off from the responsibilities that await you upon your return. Has it been a while? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Today, we’ll go over the pros and cons of these faux…
  • Is a BNI Membership Worth It For You and Your Business?

    Kaleigh Moore
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a business owner, you need to continuously network and always be making new connections. It’s how your business grows—relationships are at the very core of any business. But sometimes, that’s not as easy as it sounds. Cold calling is hard, and introducing yourself to strangers on the street doesn’t sound like a good idea. So where do you look? You’ve considered joining a club or organization, but you’re not sure where to invest your time and money. Is it the Chamber of Commerce? Or is it a more niche organization that’s focused on your industry? For some business owners, a…
  • 5 Great, White Business Tips From The Big, Bad Sharks

    Kiera Abbamonte
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s pretty clear that the entrepreneurs on ABC’s Shark Tank are the great whites of the business world. They’re cunning, successful, and they’re not afraid to bear their teeth, But these sharks are as diverse as the ones in the sea– they all swam different paths to success. This diversity resulted in knowledge and experience that they’re willing to share. The sharks’ advice is super useful– pretty much anyone can benefit from it, including small business owners and startup founders like you. Read on to learn from the guys at the top of the food…
  • 5 Lessons You Can Learn from Entrepreneurs on Shark Tank

    Kiera Abbamonte
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    For any business, getting on Shark Tank is a huge opportunity. You can get funding for your business and exposure on national television. But the Sharks are well known for being a bit brutal at times (Ahem, we’re looking at you, Mr. Wonderful). You can leave your scuba gear at home, though—plenty of other entrepreneurs have taken the bait and entered the Tank. Whether they come out with an investment or not, there are always great takeaways from the show. From pitching to investors to persevering through roadblocks to staying true to your mission, Shark Tank entrepreneurs have created a…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • Business Bits - Tanzania - Mitikaz

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mitikaz- Online marketplace for developing countries- Users can place items for sale/for auction- Users can create classified ads- Payment methods include PayPal, credit/debit cards- Mobile payments available via M-pesa- Payments via eZyPesa and Airtel coming soon
  • Business Bits - South Africa - Enkore

    Eleanor Wall
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Enkore- Bitcoin/P2P tipping to creators- Searchable database of creators (alpha)- Founded by Simon de la Rouviere
  • Can These 10 Tools Improve Your Content Marketing ROI?

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you searching for tools that can improve your content marketing ROI? Do you need resources that can ease your content curation duties, lessen the burden on your social media management team, or spread your branded content further? It might be time to investigate the intriguing array of fresh marketing tools at your disposal. Whether you are a small business owner, a brand marketing content creator, or a social media 'guru', paying attention to changes within the content marketing sector can have a long-lasting impact on your bottom line. Peruse the possibilities when you incorporate some…
  • Business Bits - Egypt - F16Apps' Neatly for Twitter

    Eleanor Wall
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Neatly for Twitter- Twitter timeline sorted by interest- Customizable- iOS, Android, Blackberry- From F16Apps- Based out of Cairo, Egypt
  • Business Bits - South Africa - Yoco

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yoco- Lets South African merchants accept chip/pin enabled cards on mobile or at point-of-sale terminals- Coming soon to Android/iOS- Merchant onboarding- Merchants are vetted by Yoco,not banks- Data tracking and sales tools for merchants
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    e27

  • US$3.25M: Zomato’s lunch bill in Czech Republic and Slovakia

    Twishy
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Zomato acquires Lunchtime and Obedovat, the Czech Republic’s and Slovakia’s restaurant search services, for US$3.25M; will infuse a further US$2.5M into ops Zomato, the Indian online and mobile restaurant search and discovery service, announced that it has acquired Lunchtime.cz and Obedovat.sk, the Czech Republic’s and Slovakia’s most popular restaurant guides respectively, for a combined amount of US$3.25 million. Recently, it also acquired MenuMania, a popular New Zealand-based restaurant discovery service for an undisclosed amount. Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO of…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: 4 from Asia-based startups/investors

    Elaine Huang
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    Here are our picks for the most memorable and creative ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos! As of August 20, 2014, the ALS Association had raised a total of US$31.5 million in donations, according to the organisation’s official website. The non-profit, which assists those with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord — had only raised US$1.9 million the same time last year. What happened? Well, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge came to life. Pour a bucket full of ice and water over your…
  • Taiwan’s on the startup map, but it needs tough love: Part 2

    Jonathan Woods
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    The guidance and experience of those currently on the island who have walked the path already is invaluable at this stage, and it can intersect with the growing enthusiasm for starting companies This post is in continuation of the yesterday’s article on Taiwan’s startup ecosystem. ‘Face’ and the island mentality Entrepreneurs and investors alike note a false sense of security in Taiwan and the tendency to look inward toward its own market. Indeed, it’s easy to be myopic in a country where a two hour journey from Taipei to Kaohsiung is considered too long for a day…
  • TaxiForSure raises funds in Series C round led by Accel Partners

    Twishy
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    The company plans to be in more than 25 cities by the next year. Other investors include Helion Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners TaxiForSure, the online aggregator of car rentals and taxis in India, has announced Series C round of funding led by Accel Partners. The exact amount of funding is not yet disclosed. However, the US-based venture capital firm is usually known to invest anywhere between US$35M to US$50M in companies at this stage. Prior investors Helion Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners also joined the round. Palo Alto, California-based partner Sameer Gandhi will also…
  • [Singapore] SLUSH in Singapore

    e27 Editorial Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    International startup event SLUSH is coming to Singapore on 5th September! Applications are now open to all interested startups! Slush is the focal point for Eurasian startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. In 2013, Slush gathered 7000 attendees and 1200 companies from 68 countries for the two-day event. Last year, more than 700 startups were looking for funding. Matching companies with relevant investors is at the very heart of Slush. Last year’s event hosted 118 international VCs, 221 Angel investors and 21 Corporate Venturing teams…
 
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    Tech in Asia

  • How to use email to seduce journalists into covering your event

    Ezra Ferraz
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Almost every weekday, I am invited to several events related to tech, business, or entrepreneurship. And this is in Manila, Philippines – our tech and startup ecosystem is much smaller than those of my colleagues in other countries. I can only imagine how many events go on in Japan or China at any given time. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. Photo author is Joi Ito. So as much as we’d like to attend all these events, we have to choose from the lot, as we can’t be in two places at once (damn you physics). If you want to get journalists to pick your event, you’ll have to sex up your…
  • After Xiaomi, fellow Chinese phone-maker Alcatel pushes into India with 3 smartphones

    Malavika Velayanikal
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:25 am
    The aggressive smartphone adoption in India is enticing more and more cellphone companies to the market with competitively priced devices. Disruptive Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi seems to have hit pay dirt already, and today, Alcatel, another Chinese company, has re-entered India with three Android-based smartphones and a phablet. All the devices run the older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. The three smartphones are from Alcatel’s latest Idol series. They are available in four colours, and have three storage options of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB. Idol Mini, the entry level model is priced at…
  • Geeky Chinese video site that makes its own editing tools gets $38M funding

    Paul Bischoff
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Chinese user-generated video community site Aipai today announced it completed a US$38 million series C round of funding led by SAIF Partners and Matrix Partners, according to Sina Tech. Videos on the sight mostly consist of online game recordings – DOTA, StarCraft, LoL, Counterstrike, and the like. It also has a fair portion of anime mashups and girls singing karaoke on their webcams. Many of the videos are hosted on Chinese video portal LeTV (SHE:300104). So what makes Aipai stand out from the dozens of nerdy niche video aggregators out there? The secret sauce is Aipai’s suite…
  • Throw away those selfie sticks – this app can help you nail the perfect photo

    Daniel Tay
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    Smartphones are overtaking cameras in terms of popular use. Unless you’re a photography buff, there’s very little reason to lug an extra kilogram or so worth of gadgets around when all you need is your phone. However, since they aren’t purely designed for photo taking (except this one), naturally users run into difficulties when attempting certain types of photos, such as selfies. Varun Chatterji, founder of photography app Gear2Cam, says that there are two main problems when it comes to taking selfies: Firstly, to see what’s in the frame, you need to be close to the camera. This…
  • TaxiForSure raises $30 million, aims to reach 30 cities by 2015

    Malavika Velayanikal
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    The battle of the cabs gets hotter in India. Just two months after securing US$10 million in series B funding, cab aggregator TaxiForSure has just landed an additional US$30 million. This fresh infusion of captial came largely from Accel Partners US, The Times of India reported today. Existing investors Accel India, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Helion Venture Partners also participated in this series C round of funding, for which exact figures are not known. Just a month ago, its chief competitor Olacabs had raised US$41.8 million from Steadview Capital and Sequoia Capital, in addition to…
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • We+, a social exercise program for organizations

    Einar Persson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We+ is a Swedish web-based social exercise program that provides support, encouragement and motivation to live a healthier life. What makes it a bit different is that it targets organizations rather than individuals. But let’s rewind first. Obesity is a major concern for people all around the world. As individuals most of us recognize the importance of healthy living, but we might not think about the impact on organizations. Having employees who are less conscious about health sometimes leaves companies with unnecessary drawbacks. They tend to be ill more often eventually leading to…
  • Fitbay Launches Their iPhone App – Attempts To “Fix” The Sizing Issue Within E-commerce

    Anders Hassis
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fitbay, a “body type” focused e-commerce platform by the ex-Creandum associate and backed by Creandum as well as Just Eat founder. Fitbay is one of many startups focused on fixing the “sizing issues” within e-commerce. Fitbay claims that 40% of all clothes sold online are returned due to incorrect sizing, which frankly is an astonishing number. Big problem, check. Big market, check. Now, whilst there are many players innovating in the space, including Stockholm-based Virtusize – Fitbay have decided to take a different approach. To make sure sizing is “never an…
  • Can Greenely help Swede’s reduce their utility bills?

    James Pember
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Greenely is a Swedish startup with a vision for sustainable development of the environment. They have created a mobile application that allows you to visualize and manage the energy consumption of your home. Energy consumption has always been a major concern on a worldwide scale. People are becoming more aware of alarming environmental issues and everybody wants to contribute their share to save energy. Greenely believe that technology can play a huge role in helping individuals take concrete action towards managing their energy consumption. Their technology is capable of tracking,…
  • It’s time to apply for the next Chalmers Innovation Startup Camp!

    Anders Hassis
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    During the 10 week program you will develop your idea with the guidance of experienced business coaches and inspiration from well-known speakers. Anyone may apply, as long as you have a tech-based idea. The objective is that you after the program have validated the customer/user need, identified (built) and verified the Minimum Viable Product, and have a crisp pitch to communicate your idea. A camp winner, the team that delivers that extra something, will be awarded an entrepreneurial trip. The spring camp winners from this year are going to Silicon Valley! After the camp, Chalmers Innovation…
  • Can Detectify help web developers to build more secure applications?

    James Pember
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Detectify is a Stockholm based software company that aims to help companies and developers keep their websites and applications more secure, and ultimately, help defend them against hackers. Despite another “-fy” name, I think this startup is one to watch. Security is obviously of the upmost importance to developers and organisations – and by providing an easy to use service (the company promises a 3 minute install), they should prove popular with their customers. In terms of the technology, what Detectify does is scan your website or application, performing…
 
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  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Ztory (@Ztory_Espana) Software Engineer

    Scott Mackin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Company: Ztory Area: Digital Media Place: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Ztory is a Swedish startup founded mid 2013 that gives readers access to an ever growing stockpile of fresh magazines for a fixed price each month. Our mission is to give millions of people unlimited access to magazines and help publishers find new audiences. We started out bootstrapped from […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Ztory (@Ztory_Espana) Software Engineer appeared first on Barcinno.
  • European Accelerator Startupbootcamp Announces New Data & IoT Program in Barcelona

    Scott Mackin
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    After much anticipation, Startupbootcamp, the pan-European accelerator, announced the launch of their newest program scheduled to begin accepting startups this January in Barcelona. The newest addition to the SBC family will have a core focus in accelerating Big Data and Internet of Things projects and is led by the tenured Barcelona-based entrepreneur and investor Angel Garcia. The Startupbootcamp Internet of Things […] The post European Accelerator Startupbootcamp Announces New Data & IoT Program in Barcelona appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Artificial Solutions (@ArtiSol) Front-end Developer with .NET

    Scott Mackin
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    Company: Artificial Solutions Area: Software Place: Barcelona Job type: Engineer Artificial Solutions is looking for a Front-end developer with experience of both DOT NET user interface development and Web development.  Based in our Barcelona office, you will focus on GUI and system development helping to create our next generation natural language processing (NLP) platform. You will work inside the […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Artificial Solutions (@ArtiSol) Front-end Developer with .NET appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Kompyte (@Kompyte)

    Stewart Masters
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    As founders, we all have those moments where we go a little batshit crazy over the competition. We waste too much time researching and focusing on what our competitors are doing rather than on the goals of our own company. That’s why the folks at Kompyte have just rolled out a series of tools that […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Kompyte (@Kompyte) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Zinc Office Manager (Operations)

    Scott Mackin
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Company: Zinc Area: Design & Innovation Place: Barcelona Job type: Operations We are looking for an Office Manager Intern to support our team and Studio. The position is an administrative role with some Human Resources, IT and Project Management responsibilities. The Office Manager will report directly to the Founding Partners. We will start with an internship that will hopefully evolve […] The post #Barcelona #Startup Jobs: Zinc Office Manager (Operations) appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • 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…
  • Startup Nation and Katherin Ventures Invest in MAD Incubator

    Christian Walter
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Malaysia’s Largest-Private Business Incubator, MAD Incubator (MAD) has secured an undisclosed sum of investments led by Singapore-based Start Up Nation’s Malaysian subsidiary and joined by Kathrein Ventures based in Singapore. The investment will be used to expand MAD to new markets and further establish MAD as the leading incubation play for South East Asia with the mission to grow the startup ecosystem in SE Asia. MAD and SUN inked an agreement for collaboration in 2013 and have been working together since the beginning of the year 2014. Their visions have grown even bigger, ever since…
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  • 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. 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 article 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 products just over a year…
  • 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…
  • Keeping Client Sites Up and Running

    Ryan Moore
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    At Uncanny Owl we do everything we can to make sure our clients are happy before, during and after projects. We design simple, straightforward solutions that are easy to manage, yet the platforms will be do sometimes require periodic updates and oversight to stay secure and operational, just as any other software does. That’s why we build long-term relationships with our partners and help out proactively—so they can focus on their business rather than their systems. In the past we’ve managed ongoing maintenance on an individual basis. It worked, but coordinating everything on…
  • Chrome Broke Captivate

    Ryan Moore
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Do you retest your elearning whenever a browser update is released? If you don’t, a recent issue affecting Chrome and Captivate HTML5 content might have you reconsidering. I was recently on our LearnDash demo site and happened to notice that the sample lesson with an embedded Captivate module stopped working. The module simply wouldn’t load. Fearing the worst (how long had visitors been staring at a broken site?) I tried the page in another browser and, lo and behold, it was still working. I did a bit of digging, searching for recent pages with the keywords “Chrome HTML5…
 
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    NextShark

  • My 8 Step Morning Ritual to Success

    Gavin Masumiya
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Establishing an empowering ritual before work in the morning creates a lot of momentum, energy, motivation, whatever your label is – it feels awesome and more work gets done from an emotionally balanced state. I don’t pride myself on having a consistent ritual, I’ve been on and off for the past two months and re-committed just last week. All I can say is that I have a long way to go, but my morning ritual makes such a huge difference throughout my day. For my ritual, I incorporate physical, mental, and spiritual components which I believe is a great starting focus before work. Some may…
  • “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” Co-founder Drowns in Diving Accident

    Max Chang
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    This is very sad news. Corey Griffin, the man who co-founded the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, died on August 16th in a diving accident. He was 27. The accident occurred off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts at approximately 2 a.m. on August 16. According to the Boston Globe: He floated to the surface, then he sank. He did not come up again.” Griffin became active in raising money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after his friend Pete Frates was diagnosed. He help raised $100,000 for ALS research on the night of his death. The Ice Bucket…
  • Harvard Study: People Who Drink Coffee May Live Longer Than Those Who Don’t

    Max Chang
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:46 pm
    In decades past, coffee has received a bad rep in terms of what it could do to your health. However, recent studies have debunked conventional beliefs that coffee is linked to higher rates of cancer or heart disease. In a report by Time, new research by Dr. Rob van Dam, a nutrition expert at Harvard’s School of Public Health, has revealed some health benefits of drinking that morning Cup of Joe. Van Dam’s study gathered data and analyze the health of roughly 130,000 adults spanning 24 years. No evidence was discovered that links drinking coffee to increasing the risk of…
  • Rich Guy Spends $80,000 to Build Beer Fortress Around VIP Table in Vegas Nightclub

    Sebastian Dillon
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    When most people think about what they’d want to do with $80,000, they would either invest it in a business, donate to ALS research, or simply save it. If you’re this guy however, you splurge on a VIP table at XS nightclub in Las Vegas, then proceed to spend an additional $80,000 to build a beer fortress around you, for the heck of it. Man at XS Nightclub at Encore in Vegas orders 400 cases, builds beer fortress around table (H/T @timtrendell, @guhlo) pic.twitter.com/f2bGP4RIhY — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 18, 2014 The identity of the person has yet to be revealed.
  • Jesse Waits: How a Shy Kid From Hawaii Became the Owner of One of the Hottest Clubs in Vegas.

    Benny Luo
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The usual way entrepreneurs launch businesses today start with building a product, raising funds, and then scaling, or some other combination in that realm. It’s rare to find an entrepreneur who truly started from the bottom and worked their way up to the top. This is why I find the story of Jesse Waits, co-owner of XS Las Vegas and Tryst Nightclub, so fascinating. What’s also amazing about Jesse is the fact that he’s been able to form deep relationships with the people that he’s worked with. There was even an instance where renowned DJ Deadmau5 played for free one…
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  • Moving from concept to business: The eight principles of Zero to One

    Editor
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    By Ross Beyeler, founder and CEO, Growth Spark I’ve met with hundreds of entrepreneurs all at varying stages in their ventures. The overwhelming percentage, however, seem to be stuck in ‘startup’ mode (and not the sexy startup your cousin John runs in San Francisco) where they really don’t have much more than an idea and perhaps a domain name. Too early on, aspiring entrepreneurs want to focus their attention on fundraising, recruitment, incorporation and all of the other things they think represent having a business. The idea of ‘playing business’ ends up being their biggest…
  • Metanautix emerges from stealth mode to help cut the complexity out of big data analysis

    Editor
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    A Q&A with Metanautix co-founder and CEO Theo Vassilakis. The Palo Alto-based big data analytics startup launched out of stealth mode in early August and revealed that it has raised a total of $7 million in funding. Investors include Sequoia Capital, the Stanford Endowment and Shiva Shivakumar. It was founded in 2012 by Vassilakis and Toli Lerios. SUB: Please describe Metanautix and your primary innovation. Vassilakis: Metanautix is about bridging data silos across the enterprise and making the end-to-end process of analysis radically easier and more productive, especially in the face of…
  • SwipeStation is an on-premise marketing solution built to ‘close-the-loop’ for marketers

    Editor
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    A Q&A with SwipeStation co-founder Sam Fresco. The Hertfordshire, UK-based startup, which offers a mobile device-connected scanner and printer for on-premise event marketing, announced in late July that it has raised £300,000 in Angel funding from investors Neil Sikka and Adrian Grumi. It was founded in 2012 by Fresco and Syd Nadim, and spun out of digital marketing agency Clock. SUB: Who are your target markets and users? Fresco: SwipeStation targets environments with high footfall and rich dwell time. The product design of the unit helps to enhance the customer journey, not disrupt…
  • Pantry’s RFID-based technology powers vending machines with fresh food that you may actually want to buy

    Editor
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    A Q&A with Pantry co-founder Alex Yancher. The San Francisco-based startup, which offers technology that enables fresh food vending machines, announced the completion of a $1.3 million Seed funding round at the start of this month. Investors include 500 Startups, Menlo Ventures, Lemnos Labs, Arsenal Venture Partners and Angel investors. It was founded in 2012 by Yancher, Tony Chen, and Art Tkachenko, and is a graduate of the Lemnos Labs incubator. SUB: Please describe Pantry and your primary innovation. YancherPantry is a food retail solution that expands the hours and reach of a…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: RAZ Mobile wants to help nonprofits go mobile and make it easier for individuals to give

    Editor
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    By Dale Knoop, RAZ Mobile founder and CEO ELEVATOR PITCH RAZ Mobile seeks to disrupt the philanthropy space first by delivering an iTunes model for nonprofits. With credentials in the Cloud, any donor can give to any cause on RAZ Mobile in 20 seconds. Secondly, RAZ Mobile will encourage federal subsidies for online giving tools just as the use of direct mail is subsidized (and dying a slow death). Lastly, RAZ Mobile will seek to bring the carriers together to offer a welcome alternative to text-to-give. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION RAZ Mobile started in 2011 with one idea in mind: To launch a…
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  • Do It Differently

    Chris Kalaboukis
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Yoel Ben-Avraham / Flickr Apologies to Apple, but isn’t “Think Differently” more grammatically correct? When I was in elementary school, I used to get teased incessantly because of my last name. Kids would surround me in the playground and chant my name over and over and make faces at me. I guess at the time my last name was kinda long and strange sounding, considering everyone else around me was called either “Smith”, “Martin” or “Brown”. It was different from the other names. Of course nowadays my name would be considered one of the…
  • 6 Ways To Not Fall Asleep In Meetings

    Chris Kalaboukis
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Brian / Flickr Actually, I’ve nearly done it a number of times. And you have to wonder, is it me, or is it the meeting? A little while back, I read a blog post by someone who shall remain nameless. He was commenting that he would have to try and figure out how to work with people he called “older workers” after an incident where someone he called an “older worker” fell asleep in one of his meetings. He was going on and on about having to be more respectful of the knowledge these “older workers” had, but maybe that they just didn’t have the…
  • Automation Is The Key To The Future

    Chris Kalaboukis
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    JAM Project / flickr You guys! Remember The Jetson’s when George used to get home and his car would drop him onto a chair which was being pulled along by conveyor belt and he got given pretty much everything as he went by, even the slippers put on his feet by his loving wife? Some people have recently been writing that we are already in the world of the Jetsons – that many of the things that they envisioned on that show have come to pass – maybe not all in the same way – but in many ways (I’m still waiting for the automated kitchen – maybe a 3D food printer…
  • Chief Innovation Officers? We Don’t Need No Stinking…

    Chris Kalaboukis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Boegh/Flickr Lately, it’s become de rigueur for companies to create the position of Chief Innovation Officer. Which is great, because, you think, that they have finally realized that innovation is truly important and fully worthy of having a full-time body in the C-Suite totally dedicated to innovation. So I ask you, what is the CEO doing? What is your CMO doing? What is the rest of your C-Suite doing, if not innovating? Is it not the core role of the CEO to be looking forward, to strategize, to innovate? This is all part of the weird (if you ask me) differential that many companies…
  • Hell Is Other Founders?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Aslak Raanes / Flickr / a Return Ticket To Hell Apologies to Jean-Paul Sartre but as someone who’s run a few startups of my own, I can sometimes agree. Sometimes I really think that one can do it on their own - but that takes a very special combination of skills in order to be successful. Most of us need co-founders, but sometimes they are more trouble that they are worth. All of my life growing up, my dad always had two jobs – his full time job, and the business he ran (or the family ran) on the side. Well, he did have one job before I and my brother came along – which…
 
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Jobs for 8/21/14

    John Gannon
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Shyp, a company focused on improving the customer experience of shipping, is hiring for numerous positions. CloudBees, a cloud services company, is hiring a Business Development Representative. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs for 8/21/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • 3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code

    John Gannon
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    When you’re working at a startup, even if you’ve never touched Python or Photoshop, you still need to be able to get stuff done when technical or design tasks come your way. See my post at The Daily Muse to find out why. The post 3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 8/13/14

    John Gannon
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Bowery Capital published a list of top tools for startup job seekers on their blog. Figure 1, a network for health professionals to view and share medical cases, is hiring a Director of User Growth. 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 8/13/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Want to Work for a Startup? Start Something

    John Gannon
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    (Originally published at The Daily Muse on October 16, 2013.) So, you want to ditch the corporate life and go work for a startup. Cool! But do you really understand what that would mean? Steve Blank, one of the fathers of the Lean Startup revolution, defines a startup as “an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” What does that mean? Well, that the company either doesn’t have a working product, it has a working product that no one will buy, or it has a product that sells but can’t figure out how to market and sell the product…
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 8/11/14

    John Gannon
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    HourlyNerd, an online marketplace that connects businesses to MBA alumni and students for short-term business consulting, is hiring an Enterprise Account Executive. Ellen Dasilva and Alexander Taub wrote a book about pitching and closing, and what you need to know about business development, partnerships, and making deals that matter that will be available on August 29th. 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 8/11/14 appeared…
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  • NovoED Courses Starting in September

    Elizabeth Randell
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
      NovoED is offering some amazing courses this month!  From global history, to powerful storytelling, to how to run your start-up as a CEO!  Unless otherwise noted, the courses listed below are free.  Keep reading to discover more!   Global History Lab, Part 1 Starts Sep 2, length: 7 weeks This course will give you a perspective on the multiple historical pathways to our present. Part 1 begins in 1300 AD at the height of the Silk Road, the triumphs of the Mongol Empire, and the spread of one of the most devastating contagions of all time, the Black Death. It examines the…
  • New Courses From Complexity Explorer and Stanford Online in September

    Elizabeth Randell
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    September brings many new courses to choose from.  Here are a few from Stanford Online and Complexity Explorer!     Changing the global course of learning Starts: Sep 2, length: 14 weeks) Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning — this free, online course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including education, publishing, librarianship, economics, politics, and more, and asks you to discover what it means to you. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing…
  • News & Views (Week of 8/11 – 8/17)

    Catherine Stevens
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    News Learn about Udacity’s Differential Equations class, and why it’s not as daunting as many make it out to be. The Programming Languages class from Udacity is now eligible for the full course certificate and coaching option offered by the company. One edX MOOC’s creation spanned all the way across the globe from California to China. The edX blog has the full story of how Engineering Software as a Service CS169.1x came into fruition. edX recently participated in OSCON, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention held each year in Portland, Oregon. Futurelearn is giving away…
  • Spotlight: MRUniversity

    Elizabeth Randell
    20 Aug 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…
  • Around the World in 62 Days: Day 52-56

    Elizabeth Randell
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tere tulemast!  Üdvözlet! Ласкаво просимо!  Welcome! All summer we have been travelling the world, and celebrating the national and independence days of each country as they have happened.  If you have missed any of the events, you can learn more here.  This week we are jetting off to celebrate Independence Day in Afghanistan, Hungary, Estonia, Ukraine and Uruguay – this is bound to be an exciting week!   Afghanistan Afghanistan is officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,  a landlocked country located in Central and South Asia that is bordered…
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    Entrepreneur Sky | Startup & Tech News, Buzz, Tips

  • TRIARROWS Announces The Launch For Their KickStarter Campaign.

    Kevin
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    TRIARROWS Announces The Launch For Their KickStarter Campaign. TRIARROWS has been designing and manufacturing affordable luxury watches since 2010, and now they are announcing a Kickstarter campaign to kick off the launch of two new timepiece collections. Backers to the campaign can secure early-bird pricing on seven different luxury watch designs from their Poet or Gentry lines, all of which were designed in-house by the TRIARROWS team. Watches. All of the watches sold through the company’s Kickstarter campaign feature sapphire crystal lenses, offering unrivaled strength, durability,…
  • Onpublico, A Social News App to Enable Everyone to Report Breaking News.

    Kevin
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Onpublico, A Social News App to Enable Everyone to Report Breaking News. Onpublico today unveiled its iOS iPhone app, giving people the ability to report news with the app in a few simple steps—snap, upload, and share. Inspired by a desire to make news more available Onpublico transforms the social news experience through pictures and videos with community participation and geo-targeting. Onpublico is the only social news platform where people can follow breaking news nearby. People do not have to be connected to each other to see news stories. The app showcases news reported by people with…
  • EventMobi Staff Win Two Global Event Industry Awards.

    Kevin
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    EventMobi Staff Win Two Global Event Industry Awards. Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) has inducted EventMobi CEO Bob Vaez into its prestigious Hall of Fame under the “Industry Innovator” category. The recognition comes as EventMobi continues to expand its mobile event app technology to include integrated registration and a robustaudience response system. History. Supporting professional event planners and marketers, EventMobi makes it easy to create and customize mobile event apps for meetings, conferences and trade shows. Having supported over 5,000 events in 40…
  • Trendrating Launches New Version of Momentum Analytics Platform.

    Kevin
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    Trendrating Launches New Version of Momentum Analytics Platform. Trendrating, a provider of innovative momentum factor analytics for global investment managers, today announced the launch of version 1.0 of its Momentum Analytics platform. The new version incorporates several new features to personalize stock screening and portfolios analysis, and provides significant enhancements to the previous version to streamline workflow which enables multi-style investors with a seamless approach to overlay Trendrating’s patent-pending momentum analytics on single instruments, portfolios, baskets and…
  • BuildingBlok’s Cloud Based Construction Management Platform.

    Kevin
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    BuildingBlok’s Cloud Based Construction Management Platform. BuildingBlok the cloud-based platform that helps small to mid-size general contractors better manage the entire lifecycle of construction projects, announces today the launch of new bidding feature, Invitation to Bid (“ITB”). With ITB, general contractors can easily manage contacts and send invitations to bid to subcontractors. BuildingBlok orgnaizes bid info, helps the GC track every email sent to subcontractors and allows subs to quickly get bid info, download documents and submit RFIs and Bids. This cutting edge technology…
 
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    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.
  • The Value of Support in Open Source

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:57 am
    Open source software has never been so popular. With GitHub becoming the “Facebook for Developers” we see a growing amount of new projects every week. Some are initiated by big companies and others by individual passionate developers. But what … Read more The post The Value of Support in Open Source appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • First impressions of Apple’s new programming language Swift

    Yann Irbah
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    Apple had some interesting news for us at the WWDC 2014. But besides the new flat user interface (UI) OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 – the most surprising announcement was the new language Swift. This … Read more The post First impressions of Apple’s new programming language Swift appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • iSPIRT launches BootUpINDIA on Independence Day, Celebrating Bootstrapping!

    Prateek Panda
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    We’ve always glorified venture funding and the media always jumps to report anything around venture funding. Honestly, there are two ways to run your company – the venture funding way and the bootstrapped way. There[...]
  • TastyKhana.in introduces ‘Express BOX’

    Team TechPanda
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    TastyKhana.in, India’s leading online food portal, has introduced yet another clutter breaking innovation in the food ordering industry – the “Express Box”. Patented by their holding company, Delivery Hero GmbH, the ‘Express Box’ will facilitate[...]
  • Life Beyond Shadow of Ecommerce Giants and their Big Funding!

    Guest Author
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The following is an unedited & candid post by Amit Gupta, Founder of OyeShoppy.com. Ohk , let me tell you first my intentions about writing this post is very personal in nature and not to market[...]
  • SocialCops Raises USD 320K from 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan and Manoj Menon

    Team TechPanda
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    SocialCops, a technology data company that aims to power decision making through high quality data sourced from the grassroots has announced USD 320k in seed funding from investors including 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan (MD, Google[...]
  • Think Twice Before you Start a Startup.

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    If you are an Indian working in an MNC drawing a fat pay check, then throughout your career you have been advised about how starting up is the right thing to do. I will tell[...]
 
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • Suzhou Amerigen Pharmaceuticals has Received Chinese FDA Approval.

    Kevin C
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Suzhou Amerigen Pharmaceuticals has Received Chinese FDA Approval. Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announces that its Chinese subsidiary, Suzhou Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., has received Chinese FDA (CFDA) approval and has subsequently launched its generic Mecobalamin 0.5 mg Tablets into the Chinadomestic market. Under the terms of a marketing and distribution agreement with Sinochem Jiangsu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Amerigen is manufacturing the product at its US FDA approved and China CFDA certified oral solid dose facility in Suzhou, China. Sinochem is distributing the product under…
  • New Acer Chromebox CXI Series: Speed, Security and Synchronicity.

    Kevin C
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    New Acer Chromebox CXI Series: Speed, Security and Synchronicity. Building on the success of its award-winning and best-selling Acer C7 Series Chromebook, Acer today announced its new Acer Chromebox CXI line for customers in North America. The CXI series is ideal for education, small to medium businesses and budget-conscious users who don’t require a mobile platform and who are either invested in or want to leverage the affordability and security of the Google Chrome ecosystem. Like the C7 Chromebook series, the Acer Chromebox CXI is fast. The CXI boots up in about 8 seconds and resumes…
  • Seiko Announces Grand Opening of First Boutique in US.

    Kevin C
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Seiko Announces Grand Opening of First Boutique in US. It is with great excitement that Seiko Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Seiko Watch Corporation, announces the grand opening of its first Seiko boutique to enter the United States at 510 Madison Avenue in New York City. A celebration in honor of the announcement was held at 620 Loft & Garden in New York City last night, hosted by Seiko Watch Corporation President and CEO Shinji Hattori, and attended by over 150 industry influencers including Seiko’s partner and Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic. New York.
  • Cambodia Business Conference Expects Eager Interest from Asia.

    Kevin C
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Cambodia Business Conference Expects Eager Interest from Asia. Cambodia’s business community is anticipating keen interest from investors in Asia as registration for the country’s international investment conference opens. IBC. The International Business Chamber (IBC) of Cambodia investment conference will take place onOctober 6th and 7th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. The event is expected to attract hundreds of overseas companies with an interest in investing in Cambodia. “When it comes to economic growth, Cambodia is an unparalleled success story…
  • Vodafone Report Shows Asia Pacific Lead in Adoption of M2M Solutions.

    Kevin C
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Vodafone Report Shows Asia Pacific Lead in Adoption of M2M Solutions. Vodafone published its second annual ‘M2M Adoption Barometer’, a global survey of the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, which finds that companies in Asia Pacific were among the leaders in M2M adoption globally. In 2014, 27% of AMAP based companies on average have adopted M2M solutions – a 15 point increase over 2013. Average adoption rates were 21% in Europe and 17% in the Americas. M2M. M2M, which connects previously isolated machines or devices to the internet to make the ‘Internet of…
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  • 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 […]
  • Yourcabs

    Susmitha Kasaram
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    To move from place to place we need some means of transportation. Typically, there are many alternatives for moving from one place to other place. One of the best choices is to take a cab. Why cannot it be Yourcabs.in! Yourcabs is the best platform to connect with the customers, who are in need of […]
  • “Internet For All” Tech challenge by Uninor

    Sarath Budam
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Uninor, one of the network providers in India launched “Internet for All(IFA)” challenge this week. Youngsters within the age group of 18-25 can participate in this challenge. Aim of this challenge is to find innovative and feasible solutions to present day social needs, empower societies, drive inclusive growth using the internet technologies. This challenge is […]
  • Babajobs-Are these job portals does only meant for white collor jobs?

    Susmitha Kasaram
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Every job portal shows formal jobs and it is restricted only to some jobs. However, Babajobs is a portal that allows informal job searching to the job seekers. It is one of the India’s largest informal and entry-level job portals. The main aim of babajob.com is to provide the job seekers better paying jobs that […]
  • Gungroo- A Safe Web for children

    Susmitha Kasaram
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
                            Parents want their children to explore  the world. However, with this running world there are many complications occurring at present. Children do not know anything and there are chances for them to deviate from their goals. But it is necessary to move on with the society. It would be better if there were some […]
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  • 3 ways to get into starting your own business

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    The first thing you need to think about when you’re trying to start your own business is to have a good idea that you can make into a commercial prospect. What this means is that you have to think about a problem or an issue that you think you can help solve.
  • StartHQ – Your Everyday Tools at your “New Tab Page”!

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Imagine all the specific tasks you have to do in one day. Now open your browser and look at your browser’s start page. Does this page help you complete these tasks? If your answer is NO, then you have to check out StartHQ.
  • How to Start Your Business: Some Lessons to Learn

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    If you are wondering how to start your own business and you don’t feel that you’re making any progress we’ve got some general lessons here that should help you out. Take into account the tips and approaches that we outline in this article and you should be able to easily manage starting your own business.
  • Hiring people - Part Two

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the last post in this short series we looked at the person specification that you would be putting together to attract people to work for your start-up. We looked at how it was important that you have certain expectations for your new employee, that you also didn’t push things too far to try and find the ‘perfect’ employee. A start-up is a natural incubator of talent, and this means that you need to lower your sights a little when you’re looking for new people, so that you can help to nurture them into becoming that perfect employee that you will need eventually.
  • Hiring people for your startup

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    One of the most exciting and the most challenging aspects of running a start-up is hiring staff. When you begin to become successful you will find that you need people to help you out. This means taking on new staff.
 
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  • Green Business: Upcycling in the Office

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    There are many green practices widely adopted by small businesses. Recycling is one of the cheapest and most cost-effective initiatives small business owners can implement in the office, but one less-than-conventional practice has gained significant steam in recent years: upcycling. Made popular by sites like Pinterest, more companies have discovered ways they can upcycle in the office. Unlike recycling, which involves sending raw materials to corporations for turning items into new products, upcycling is where an individual uses an old item to create a new one from the comfort of…
  • Getting Your Small Business Ready For Back-To-School

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Your school days may be in the past, but chances are, many of your consumers are either in school or affected by the back-to-school season in some capacity. Whether they've got young ones who are returning to institutions or their daily working conditions are altered due to the school schedules, your consumers would benefit from storewide promotions that pertain to this season. There are ways your business can use this time of year to its advantage. As you start planning your in-store and online marketing campaigns to reach this vast range of consumers, be sure to tailor your offerings…
  • 5 Things Your Small Business Can Learn From Shark Week

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    It's that time of year again. Whether you fear the chompy creatures or are fascinated by the fantastic fish, it's time for consumers and small business owners alike to gather around the television to enjoy the spoils of Shark Week. This worldwide television event has been running since 1988, providing interesting parties with a wealth of information pertaining to these swift swimmers. Over the past 27 years, the Discovery Channel has altered its promotional strategies, programming and marketing tactics to better reach consumers interested in learning about sharks. As you sit down to…
  • Marketing To The Millennial Generation

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Millennials, or people who were born in the 1980s and 1990s, have received a bad rap in the press recently. People in this generation have been called lazy, narcissistic and impatient - but chances are, they represent a large portion of your consumer base. This tech-savvy crowd is not only one of the most influential buyer groups currently on the market, but it has a wave of potential for small business owners looking to build long-lasting loyalty among young consumers. As you start revamping your marketing strategy, it's imperative to adopt tactics that are geared toward this crowd. Consider…
  • Encouraging Engagement: Pinterest Edition

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Social media is one of the most powerful tools a small business owner can employ when attempting to reach new consumers. Maintaining an active presence on popular sites is integral to your brand's success, especially if you're trying to boost engagement over the Internet.  Pinterest may not have the same reach as the larger sites, but this social network is ideal for reaching a particular niche of your consumer base. Consider these five steps when crafting your social strategy for connecting to consumers on this site. 1. Know your audience Unlike Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest is…
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  • Lessons to learn from Frag Games Founders who have Raised 400K USD from Local Investors!

    Qurat Zafar
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    “A friend of mine recently commented how they had bootstrapped a startup without any money, by just getting one client contract. That’s how everybody does it. ”But everybody is not able to get a combined sum of over 400K USD in Angel investment and certainly not from Pakistani investors and yet the people at Frag Games have achieved what has till date been considered almost impossible. Investment is the main issue that startups all over the world face, but in Pakistan it gets more difficult because in the recent years, most startups are tech startups and it seems that there aren’t…
  • Why everybody should learn coding?

    Immad Khan
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    “Don’t just buy a new video game — make one. Don’t just download the latest app — help design it. Don’t just play on your phone — program it.” Barrack Obama, during the annual event “Computer Science Education Week”.Not every job in the world is going to require you to program codes or talk to your computer in the language it understands. So, why should you learn to code? Even those who don’t have Coding as a part of their curriculum are now being encouraged to learn to code, with academies like Code Academy, Code.org, Code Club and so on. (For a Top 10 list…
  • Google’s Photo Sphere App is now Available for iOS

    Uzair Ahmed
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Photo Sphere from Google is an amazing camera app that takes immersive 360o panoramic shots. It was Nexus lineup-exclusive in the beginning but Google later made the Photo Sphere feature native to Android camera apps, alongside making the API public for everyone to share their panoramas to take the Google Maps street-view to public domain in a way.From this day onwards, however, Android users can no longer show off the feature to their friends who use an iOS device, as Google has finally published the app for the Apple devices which run iOS 7 or higher, iPad lineup included. (iPhone 4 is the…
  • LCE Hosts Fireside Chat with Dilawar Syed

    Qurat Zafar
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Dilawar A.Syed is a well known name in the Pakistani Tech circles. He is not only a successful entrepreneur but also has an impressive career. Prior to joining Freshdesk, a startup that helps companies reach out to their customers through multiple platforms using a cloud-based product, Dilawar worked as the Head of Strategy and Operations at Yahoo and played a key role in transforming Yonja Media, helping its users expand their reach three-fold. He also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Dilawar recently participated in a Fireside…
  • LG Bags 9 RED DOT Awards for Intuitive UX in Product & Communication Design

    Uzair Ahmed
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    In a continuation of its winning streak, LG Electronics recently took home 9 Red Dot awards, mainly for the software features offered by its products. Having previously won 33 Red Dot awards earlier this year, this brings the total number of the prestigious industry awards won by LG in 2014 alone to over 40.This year’s flagship smartphone from LG, the LG G3, was a clear winner as three of the Red Dot awards received by the smartphone were termed ‘Best of the Best’, which are given to the products/features that excel well beyond other competitors in the same category. Announced this…
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  • Jack Of All Threads – India’s First Crowdfunding Platform For T-Shirts

    Asish Das
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    Jack of all Threads is India’s first platform to crowdfund t-shirts.  JoaT makes it super-easy for absolutely anyone to make money by designing and selling t-shirts online, 100% free of cost, using the power of crowdfunding technology. Raisers design their t-shirts in minutes using JoaT’s online Designer and set their own selling price. JoaT handles the production, distribution, payment collection and customer support and transfers the profits to the Raiser. Best part, the Raiser pays NOTHING– all costs are transferred to the buyers. Founders, Jack Of All Threads Founded by four young…
  • GoPaisa – India’s Highest Paying Cashback Portal

    Asish Das
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    For a country which thrives on bargains and loves to save! Gopaisa.com comes as a relief to all the online shoppers who can not bargain face to face with their online sellers. For the best deals, discounts and a unique concept of added cashback gopaisa.com gives the customers a chance to save money all the way. Brainchild of brother duo Mr. Aman Jain and Mr. Sugam Jain GoPaisa is a team of youngsters who are driven to provide the best deals to their customers. Gopaisa.com boasts of the most up-to-date repository of working coupons and cashback deals at over 350+ online store in India. HOW IT…
  • Asia’s Largest Mobile Conference GMIC Expands to Bangalore, India

    Asish Das
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:16 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 developers at Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur in Bangalore. The latest edition of GMIC Beijing in May attracted more than 20,000 attendees. In addition to Beijing and Bangalore, GMIC is also hosted in San Francisco and Tokyo. With the theme of “The Next Wave of Mobile”, GMIC Bangalore will explore the current and emerging trends,…
  • HelpingDoc Raises $1.6 Million In Its Series A Funding

    Asish Das
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    HelpingDoc which helps the patients to connect with the healthcare providers has raised $1.6 million (approx. 10 crore) in its series A funding round from Senior Marketing Systems (SMS), a Singapore based investment company. The company said that, the infused funds will be used for strengthening the field force and enhancing the technology back-end of the company. The company wants to extend its services area and go beyond the Delhi-NCR region like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai within next 18-24 months. It also aims to scale up by 4-5 times and enroll over 20,000 doctors in the next…
  • How Social Media Affects Your Business [Startup Infographics]

    Asish Das
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Now Facebook has more than 1.3 billion registered users around the globe. Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, Instagram have also grown high in their number of registered users from last several years.  These numbers show that there is no denying that the social media can affect any startup or business to a great extent. These social media websites represent a huge potential for businesses to build a brand image and grab the attention of the customers globally. Use of social media to share and engage the potential customers is growing in a rapid rate, so the businesses should develop and…
 
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  • How to run a successful crowdfunding campaign

    Florin Muresan
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    “I highly recommend trying and failing. And if you get the other one, success, well, that’s great too”, says Kerwin Lumpkins. Funny guy, I must admit. Nowadays, people can crowdfund almost anything. But not every crowdfunding campaign turns into a success. So, there must be some secrets that need to…
  • How to growth hack smartphone apps

    Florin Muresan
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    It seems like there is an app for everything nowadays. But the problem is that from the millions of apps out there, many of them don’t get that many downloads, hence the need to growth hack. Let me just tell you how I, for one, start my day. Obviously, I…
  • Lesson 3: 300 readers and Hashtag Research

    Florin Muresan
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Thanks for opening this lesson up for a good read. In Lesson 2, we started working on improving the way we post updates on social media to our followers. We basically showed you how we did it and made you implement the best tactics yourself. See? This is the best…
  • Onboardly – helping startups with content marketing and PR

    Florin Muresan
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    You hear people talking about content marketing everywhere. It’s just one of those things that is on everybody’s lips, and you can’t help but be curious about it, or even get a taste of it. So, startups from all over the world, get Onboard(ly)! Renée Warren, co-founder and CEO at…
  • Startup Pirates. Are you a pirate with a startup?

    Florin Muresan
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    Ahoy there! Come on board of Startup Pirates! You need to have a daring heart, a great startup idea, or just initiative, and you must ‘be brave, be crazy, be a Pirate!’ Follow the Pirate Code and set sail! Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of Mad Jack the Pirate or Johny…
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  • Startup Competition For Gaming Companies

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

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

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Startuptip news Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator Program By Akamai, Microsoft, JVP Akamai Technologies, Microsoft and Israeli venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners team up to launch a startup accelerator program specifically focused on the field of cyber security. Six startups, mostly headquartered in Israel, will be chosen to participate in the accelerator program which will run from September through January 2015 and will include mentorship, access to workspace and free software tools and funding. Startups accepted into the program will be announced Aug. 24, 2014, and the class…
  • Health Packs In Monthly Boxes

    Startup Tip
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Startuptip news race pak monthly health packs RacePak, a customizable monthly box of healthy bars, snacks and products for atheletes, sports and fitness freaks who live on these healthy snack bars and is door delivered every month. There is also option to send a gift pak. The Paks make it easy for active people to get great tasting, high quality nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. RacePak offers the option to customize a Pak complete with gluten-free, Paleo-friendly athletic-inspired treats or pick from any of the existing packs avaialble. The products are classified based on product types as…
  • Cubiq Launches Personal Warehouse And Storage Service

    Startup Tip
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Startuptip news Cubiq Storage – Store your personal goods Boston based Cubiq announced the launch of its warehouse storage service to store your physical goods. It is not just digital storage but boom time for physical storage services as the self storage market is estimated to be around $24 billion thanks to the increasing space constrains in the urban centers. “As more people flock to urban centers in living spaces with limited storage options, storage has emerged as one of the top concerns for Boston apartment and condo dwellers,” said Cappelletti, CEO. “We are providing…
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  • James Lopez: Building a Supporting Cast of Mentors

    Melinda Yeaman
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “Hey, closed mouths do not get fed” I think he just said that “Gary Vaynerchuck is the Jay-Z or the Puffy of the media world.” This is a fun energetic listen that really gives some great insight to finding mentors and making introductions,  even if you are not an entrepreneur in the music business. James shares with Melinda how hard it was to let go of his great corporate job with Random House and how he has learned from people he never thought he could meet. Highlights: How to make…
  • Skylar Topham: 4 Ways to Increase Revenue

    Melinda Yeaman
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Podcast:Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The fortune is in the follow-up” Skylar Topham is currently the co-founder of smartclinic.io, a software in the works that will help hearing practitioners run a far more efficient practice. He’s an avid reader and a surfer living 450 miles inland. While most are keeping up with the Kardashians, and listening to Maclamore, he’s reading to stay current in his craft (sales and marketing) and drives around pumpin’ podcasts. He and his small team also work for a handful of companies, helping them…
  • Joshua and Jill Stanton- Screw the Nine to Five with Affiliate Marketing

    Melinda Yeaman
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “This is the moment we pivot” – Jill Stanton on Failure “If we build a vague audience eventually someone will buy something” -NOT! Jill tells us this was their “jaw-dropping failure” that caused them to pivot and create the process that began making them 10 grand a month in a year and a half. This fun couple enjoy location freedom by using a process for affiliate marketing that they developed together. Listening to Joshua and Jill is worth the time to figure out how they…
  • Claudine Hellmuth: Passive Income for Artists and Makers

    Melinda Yeaman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “Feeling the fear, but doing it anyway” Martha Stewart’s stalker decided to interview with us! Okay, so not really a stalker, but Claudine Hellmuth was determined to get on Martha’s show. This girl has tenacity and she shares her story of TV, licensing, webinars, blogs, and how she made it all work. Not only is this a fun episode to listen to, but there is a lot of insight into passive income streams and how to capture your audience. Highlights: Passive Income Streams How to get on TV Makers…
  • Anthony Tran: How to Grow an Online Audience

    Melinda Yeaman
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “I always lead with value and I just don’t ask for anything” Let’s boil this down, according to Anthony Tran, people like to do business with people. It doesn’t seem like rocket science to understand that creating value to help others is just good business . The question is, HOW do you help people through social media? Seriously, how do you reach your global audience on a personal level? Listening to this podcast, Anthony has some great insight and specific, proven habits that have brought…
 
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  • Invest2Innovate: The Class of 2014-2015

    Nida Rasheed
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    Back in June, when Invest2Innovate launched applications for their 2014-2015 accelerator program, they were hoping to get to hear about some great startup initiatives. They...
  • Google Doodles For Pakistan: 2011 – 2014

    Hummayun Javed
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    For the 4th year in a row, Google has commemorated Pakistan’s Independence Day (14th of August) with a customized Google Doodle on their Google...
  • The Reading Room Project

    Saman Saleem Farooqi
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Project Mission According to the website, the project’s mission is to transform learning outcomes in low-income Pakistani students by leveraging access to the internet...
  • SmartMart.pk: Bringing Groceries to Your Doorstep

    Maham Salman
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    With the gradual warming up to e-commerce and remote shopping, Pakistan has witnessed an exponential rise in tech startups. As recently as the last...
  • Container Run: Monetizing Political Turmoil

    Hummayun Javed
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    There is a recent trend, of sorts, in Pakistan to capitalize the hype around political events. After years of TV stations improving their ratings...
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  • World Entrepreneurship Day – a day for Entrepreneurs

    Deepthi Ramdas
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:22 am
    Today is 21st of August, a very special day for entrepreneurs. For all those who are unaware, today is World Entrepreneurship Day, a day for entrepreneurs, a day to celebrate … Continue reading →The post World Entrepreneurship Day – a day for Entrepreneurs appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Future of Live Customer Support

    Deepthi Ramdas
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    According to Wikipedia, Moore’s law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This … Continue reading →The post Future of Live Customer Support appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Live Video Chat VS Live Text Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Live chat softwares are those softwares used by businesses to communicate in real time with their customers or clients. These live chat softwares could either be through text messages, audio … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat VS Live Text Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Live Video Chat-Everything you need to know (PART 2)

    Deepthi Ramdas
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    A QUICK WRAP-UP OF PART 1 In part 1 of this guide, I mentioned the concept of live video chat, its advantages and disadvantages. Here is a quick wrap up … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat-Everything you need to know (PART 2) appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Live Video Chat-Everything you need to know (PART 1)

    Deepthi Ramdas
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Here is the second guide from our publication house! This time it is all about live video chat – its uses, advantages, disadvantages, industries benefiting from it and the future … Continue reading →The post Live Video Chat-Everything you need to know (PART 1) appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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  • Cold Calling That Works

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    There is a lot of literature available about how to improve cold calls, but the suggestions are usually quite basic, covering things like “introduce yourself with your name and company”, “sound pleasant” and “know your product”-most of which are a given- and obsolete, in that they disregard the plethora of new tools and technology that have now become available to us. Here we’ve listed a couple of tried and tested ways that have been effective in 2014, and can make this process more effective and less of a pain: 1. Look It Up Before You Pick It Up Usually cold calls are…
  • How To Hire- Part III: Why Resumes are a Fresher’s Nightmare

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Job seekers have managed to make order amidst the chaos that is recruitment: identify the HR manager, write a cover letter, send across your resume, and pray. But for freshers, the prayer begins long before they’re done with college. For most recruiters, the idea of hiring someone without having a look at their resumes is unthinkable, with the likelihood of its acceptance being inversely proportional to the size of the company. They might be open to find a way to replace the interview round with a group discussion, or the technical round with an online assessment tool, but even ruminating…
  • 4 Reasons People Quit Startups

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Startups are everywhere and everything for so many people, but there are just as many workaholics who don’t find startups to be the ideal workplace. We talked to 4 young entrepreneurs as we analysed what might make someone want to quit a startup, and what it takes for them to be a perfect fit: 1. “Wait what… so… wait… SLOW DOWN!” Everything in a startup happens fast. There are no multiple managers or numerous needed nods to slow you down, and more often than not you’re going to have to take a decision in the few minutes after you’ve collected all the facts. You won’t…
  • How to Hire- Part II: Old vs New, but for Recruitment

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Kicking off every article ever written about Recruitment, is a starting line about how Recruitment might just be the single most important function any business carries out… Now that we’ve narrowly escaped that cliché, we must admit that we too subscribe to that notion. Think about it, what is a company with no employees, a brand name with no brand managers, a startup with no 5-15 people? It’s not enough to hire enough people though; you have to make sure they’re the ‘right people’. How does one find these ‘right people’ amidst the crowd of applicants? Recruitment! A…
  • Camp’US’ Hiring

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Campus Recruitment has survived economic slowdowns and political turmoil and educational reforms to emerge unscathed and ever booming, very much like the IT Industry, which has never been stronger than it is right now. Students clamber through the vacuum that is created when the four warm walls of college subside and make way for the professional fortifications. As recruiters, the task of hiring students is a peculiar one. The element that otherwise scores most highly in relevance while recruiting- which is past work experience- is suddenly replaced by a plethora of other subjective factors…
 
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