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  • Coding isn’t easy, but it is learnable

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    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…
  • 7 Reasons To Think Positively About Competition

    Startup Professionals Musings
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs spend far too much time thinking negatively about competitors, and can’t resist making derogatory statements about them to their own team, investors and even to customers. This approach only makes these important constituents question your integrity, intelligence and your understanding of business basics. Pointing out flaws in others does not give you strength. As an investor, I always listen carefully to what an entrepreneur says, and does not say, about competition. Every business area has competition and every customer has alternatives, so a smart entrepreneur needs to…
  • The idea funnel

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

    Venture Hacks
    Nivi
    23 Apr 2013 | 11:23 am
    How much traction do you need to raise $1M? AngelList’s Ash Fontana has the answer on TechCrunch: Read the post for details and also see these comments by me, Michael Wolfe, and Shallaba.
  • Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Forbes article Survey Says Americans are Losing Their Appetite for McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King covers a study showing that consumers - and especially Millennials - are choosing fast casual restaurants over fast food places. Key quote: Most Millennials surveyed (89%) seek out fast, casual food they deem healthier, tastier and “more customized” than fast food, and they’re willing to pay more for it, the survey revealed. At the same time, the nation's appetite for food trucks continues to grow. Cities across the country are liberalizing food truck laws in…
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    Fast Company

  • U2 Haters Rejoice! New Album Can Be Deleted From iTunes With One Click

    Peter Wade
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Apple releases a tool that allows easy removal of U2's latest album, which Apple gave to iTunes users for free.After harsh social media backlash, Apple has relented and released an easy way for users to delete U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, from their iTunes library with a single click. The free album was deposited into around half a billion iTunes accounts in tandem with last week's launch event for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of U2's custom iPod.Read Full Story
  • Vivienne Westwood's Posh Virgin Atlantic Uniforms Apparently Injure Flight Attendants

    Carey Dunne
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Suffering for fashion at 6,000 feet: Westwood's sleek red uniforms are inflicting injury and blisters on Virgin's cabin crew.In July, punk rock fashion icon Vivienne Westwood debuted a line of '40s-inspired blood-red uniforms for Virgin Atlantic's crew. Airline owner Richard Branson called them "extremely glamorous." But according to some of Virgin's 7,500 flight crew members, they're also extremely uncomfortable. The Sun reports (subscription required) that the footwear, a glossy red take on Westwood's signature hourglass heels, is giving flight attendants blisters. Crediting the union…
  • Enhanced FBI Database Lets Authorities Search Criminal And Non-Criminal Biometrics

    Alice Truong
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The bureau's Next Generation Identifier, which took three years to develop, is now fully operational.The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday that its expanded biometric database Next Generation Identifier is now fully operational.Read Full Story
  • Texting While Walking? In China, There's A Lane For That

    Peter Wade
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Walk this way: A Chinese city has installed a special sidewalk lane for distracted walkers.Texting while walking may not seem as dangerous as texting while driving, but both distracted actions are a hazard to pedestrians. To raise awareness of the risks of not paying attention while walking, a city in China recently created a smartphone sidewalk lane for those who can't keep their eyes off their mobile devices.Read Full Story
  • Why This Media Startup Is Betting On Print Newspapers

    Sarah Kessler
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    California Sunday, based in San Francisco, is giving the West Coast some new weekend reading.Most of America's magazines are based in New York City, which houses media giants like Conde Nast and Time Inc. But it always struck Douglas McGray, a journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, as a bit odd that there wasn't a similar national general interest magazine that reflected a West Coast perspective.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • Microsoft’s Mojang deal gives it Minecraft — and the massive audience that adores it

    Mike Minotti
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Above: Microsoft now owns Minecraft.Image Credit: Microsoft StudiosDid you buy anything interesting today? Like some new shoes? Maybe a new phone? How about a $2.5 billion dollar game developer? That’s exactly what Microsoft paid for today when it acquired Minecraft developer Mojang. The move is somehow puzzling and yet logical, too. Minecraft is a huge hit across multiple platforms. It has sold nearly 54 million copies as of June. But why would Microsoft spend so much for, essentially, one game? We gathered thoughts from multiple industry analysts to try to come up with some…
  • Healthcare providers doing a sickly job of providing access to personal health records

    Mark Sullivan
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A relatively undiscussed part of healthcare reform is the government’s requirement that health providers give patients access to their patient records. Health providers are required to communicate electronically with at least 5 percent of their patients during 2014 or risk losing EHR (electronic health records) incentive money from the federal government. But according to Karen DeSalvo, the national coordinator of health IT under the Department of Health and Human Services, only 30 percent of patients have been given access to the so-called “Blue Button” at their…
  • Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney: Fun should matter above all else in the free-to-play market

    Miguel Concepcion
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Above: Nexon President & CEO, Owen MahoneyImage Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeatSAN FRANCISCO — According to game publisher Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney, a game lives and dies by its “fun factor.” It’s an obvious point to make, but as Mahoney sees it, this is a point that developer cannot overemphasize, given — as he sees it — the lack of creativity from 2009 to early 2014. It was an unfortunate period where the main topic of discussion was the business of games, where knowing about MAU (monthly active users) and ARPU (average revenue per user) was more…
  • Google recognizes that its plan for gaming domination hinges on how people pay

    Jeffrey Grubb
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Above: Google's gaming boss Bob Meese.Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeatSAN FRANCISCO — To reach every corner of the world with the games on its Android platform, Google is thinking about how people pay. Google’s head of game business development, Bob Meese, says that the key to the success of Android around the world depends largely on providing multiple ways for gamers to shell out money for games. In a talk during the GamesBeat 2014 conference today, Meese noted that Android has a market share when it comes to devices, but he admitted that Apple’s App Store has…
  • Apple chief Tim Cook blasts TV, says it’s stuck in the 70s

    Richard Byrne Reilly
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Image Credit: Dylan Tweney/VentureBeatFresh off his bravura performance at the Flint Center in Cupertino where he unveiled the new iPhone 6, a smart watch, and a proprietary payment system, Apple chief Tim Cook blasted the current state of television … while appearing on non-network TV. “TV is one of those things that, if we’re really honest, is stuck back in the 70s. Think about how much your life has changed. And all the things around you that have changed,” Cook told interviewer Charlie Rose over the weekend in a far ranging interview, a rarity for Cook. “And…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Recruitment Trainwreck BranchOut In Talks To Be Acquired, May Sell Mobile Team To Hearst

    Josh Constine
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
     BranchOut’s story is a brutal lesson about building on someone else’s platform. After raising $49 million and growing to 33 million users, Facebook changed its viral channels leading BranchOut to starve. Now the “Linkedin Within Facebook” wants to throw in the towel. Sources confirm that BranchOut is in discussions with several acquirers in the recruiting space for its… Read More
  • CEO Of Guess Watches Welcomes Apple To The Fray

    John Biggs
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
     In what amounts to a “welcome” turned sputtering softball aimed at Apple’s broad side, the CEO of Guess Watches Cindy Livingston wrote an open letter to Apple while, at the same time, proclaiming her own interest in the smartwatch world. Guess, a fashion brand founded in the 1980s, is best known for dress watches known as “department store styles”: the kind of… Read More
  • 500px Co-Founder And Former CEO Ousted From The Startup

    Darrell Etherington
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
     Toronto’s 500px photo portfolio site and marketplace is undergoing some major changes, as co-founder Oleg Gutsol is out from the company he started. The executive shared the information on Facebook on Monday, saying that he was “ousted from the company that [he] created by the people [he] trusted most.” It’s impossible to see this as a move that was reached equitably… Read More
  • Watch This Robotic Cheetah Run Like A Real Animal

    John Biggs
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
     It’s not every day that you see a robotic electric cheetah traipse merrily on the MIT quad and football field, but here you go: the Cheetah, a robot that will be able to run as fast as 30 miles per hour, is now wandering about untethered like Big Dog’s jumpy younger brother. The Cheetah was made at MIT’s Biomimetics Lab and features a light, powerful collection of electric… Read More
  • You Can Now Text Groot

    Greg Kumparak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
     Groot seems like he’d be a pretty good friend to have. He’ll always have your back in a fight, he can inexplicably summon fireflies out of thin air when your movie needs more 3D effects, and he’s one helluva dancer to boot. He’s also a pretty good texter, it turns out. At the very least, he’s consistent. Want to see for yourself? Here’s Groot’s… Read More
 
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    Knowledge@Wharton

  • When Taking a Break Could Be a Matter of Life and Death

    Knowledge@Wharton
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    New Wharton research finds that over the course of a work day, employees pay less and less attention to the secondary tasks that, while not as central to their jobs, can create big problems if overlooked.
  • The Dark Side of Big Data

    Knowledge@Wharton
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Big Data is poised to play a powerful role in sustainability. But that power can be abused and it could remain cloistered in the developed world, providing scant benefit to those who most need it.
  • Can Big Data Feed the World?

    Knowledge@Wharton
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    How will we feed the one billion people now going hungry, plus nearly two billion more mouths by 2050? Big Data could help increase food supplies while using less water, fertilizer and energy.
  • Big Data and Energy: A Clear Synergy

    Knowledge@Wharton
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Utilities and energy companies are finding big savings in Big Data. The flood of new information arrives just as boosting fuel efficiency becomes a top priority.
  • What Big Data Can Mean for Sustainability

    Knowledge@Wharton
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    More data is now generated in a couple of days than the human race produced in the past two millennia. Increasingly, large chunks of it are helping to deflect some of the negative effects of climate change.
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  • The idea funnel

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

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

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

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

  • Google: government data demands up 150% in five years

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The numbers are even higher in the United States, which also has the largest number of data requestsHere's something that may surprise you: your government, no matter where you live, wants to track you on the Internet. Shocking, I know. Google released its tenth transparency report on Monday and while the numbers are to be expected, that does not stop them from being disheartening. Since the company started doing this all the way back in 2009, way before most people probably even cared about being spied on by their government, overall requests by governments for data has increased…
  • Sidecar raises $15M to grow out Shared Rides feature

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    The ride-sharing company will also use the money to continue expanding nationwideAs someone who has never learned to drive, I love all of the ride-sharing and e-hailing companies that have popped up in the last few years. Frankly, if I never have to take another taxi again then I will die happy. And most people who have tried out these services will tell you the exact same thing. Not only do customers see the value of these companies, but venture capitalists do as well. There has been a massive outpouring of money into companies like Lyft and, especially, Uber, which recently raised a…
  • Microsoft confirms purchase of Minecraft for $2.5B

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    The team at Mojang will be coming to work at Microsoft, minus the company's three foundersThe rumors turned out to be true: in an effort to expand both its gaming and mobile capabilities, Microsoft has bought Mojang, the gaming studio behind mega-hit Minecraft. And for a hefty sum as well. In all, Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for the studio, it was announced on Monday. The deal is expected to close before the end of this year. First released five years ago, in 2009, Minecraft allows players to build structures with blocks in order to protect against monsters. The game…
  • Alibaba kicks off roadshow in Asia as U.S. IPO nears

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Alibaba has seen such high demand that it could raise the price on its already record breaking IPOThe Alibaba IPO might just raise over $20 billion when it goes public in the United States this month, which would be an all-time record. But could that number climb even higher than that? That is starting to seem like a strong possibility, at least according to a new report out of the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. As Alibaba gets set to kick off its its Asia roadshow in Hong Kong on Monday, the company reportedly already has enough demand that it will be able to complete the deal…
  • Square raises another $100M at a $6B valuation

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Square has already raised over $440 million, and could use this capital to expand its offeringsIt looks like the often-rumored Square IPO is going to have to wait a little longer. Square is raising a new round of funding, worth at least $100 million, according to a report out from Forbes. The new round  would value the company at $6 billion. The company could actually be raising even more capital, since it is not known if the round is yet closed. No investors have yet been named.  It is also being report that Square CEO Jack Dorsey authorized…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

    Steve
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Forbes article Survey Says Americans are Losing Their Appetite for McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King covers a study showing that consumers - and especially Millennials - are choosing fast casual restaurants over fast food places. Key quote: Most Millennials surveyed (89%) seek out fast, casual food they deem healthier, tastier and “more customized” than fast food, and they’re willing to pay more for it, the survey revealed. At the same time, the nation's appetite for food trucks continues to grow. Cities across the country are liberalizing food truck laws in…
  • The Rise of Experience Retail

    Steve
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I was shopping recently in Walnut Creek, an affluent east bay suburb of San Francisco. An upscale shopping destination, Walnut Creek has the usual array of high end stores and boutiques. But what caught my eye were two stores that don't actually sell things. Instead, they are meant to be places where potential customers can learn about and experience products and services. Tesla, the high end electric car company, has one of their showrooms in Walnut Creek.  The showroom gives you a chance to see, touch and feel a Tesla as well as arrange for a test drive. But if you want to buy…
  • The Booming Field of Public Relations

    Steve
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Interesting data from Pew Research's The Growing Pay Gap Between Journalism and Public Relations shows that the PR field is booming even while the total number of reporters in declining. As the Pew chart below shows, over the 10 year period from 2004 to 2013 the number of reporters fell by 17%.  Over the same time period, the number of PR professionals increased by 22%.             Public relations is booming because PR is proving to very effective in an online world.  This is leading to more firms investing in PR and related…
  • Moonlighting: Booming or Declining?

    Steve
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let me say up front our research indicates moonlighting- working 2 or more jobs - has become much more common in the U.S. over the past decade.  But not everyone agrees.   According to the Pew Research Center's article Moonlighting is less common now, despite what you might have heard, moonlighting has been declining for years.   Key quote from the article: Both in terms of raw numbers and as a share of all employed people, fewer Americans are working more than one job than in the mid-1990s. Working two jobs or more has become less common, not more, since the…
  • Survey: 1 in 3 Americans are Freelancers

    Steve
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Freelancers Union and Elance - oDesk released a study showing that 34% of the American workforce freelances in some form. According to the study, 53 million Americans said they engaged in some form of freelance work in the past year. The study breaks these folks into 5 segments: "Independent Contractors" (40%, or 21.1 million) don’t have a traditional employer and do freelance, temporary or supplemental work on a project-to-project basis. “Moonlighters” (27 percent, or 14.3 million workers) have a primary, traditional job but also moonlight doing freelance work.
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    Mixergy

  • How big of a business can an entrepreneur build by selling headsets? – with Mike Faith

    Andrew Khalili
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How big of a business can an entrepreneur build by selling headsets? Mike Faith was having trouble when the headsets he bought weren’t working very well. And after a painful experience trying to return them, he thought, “Hey, if I can’t get what I want with headsets, there’s an opportunity there.” And six weeks later, he started a business selling headsets. Mike is the founder of Headsets.com, which sells headsets online. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Mike Faith Mike Faith is the founder of…
  • Patrick Ambron is back with 5 major reasons BrandYourself is so successful

    Andrew Khalili
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was speaking all day at a conference here in San Francisco. During lunch, I ran into Patrick Ambron who told me, “Andrew, a lot happened since I taught a Mixergy course about how to building and protecting an online reputation.” I said, “Yeah? What happened?” That’s when he told me his revenue. So I stopped him and said, “You have to let me interview you about how you did it.” Patrick Ambron is the founder of BrandYourself, a company that helps you look great when employers, clients and even dates Google you. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio?
  • How a Mixergy fan built a profitable e-commerce site – with Jordan Gal

    Andrew Khalili
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How did a Mixergy fan build a profitable e-commerce site? Jordan Gal built and sold YCA Shops, a collection of stores that sold niche products like solar lights and hammocks. Today he runs CartHook, which automatically turns your abandoned carts into paying customers for online stores. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Mobile download About Jordan Gal Jordan Gal is the founder of CartHook, which automatically turns your abandoned carts into paying customers. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey…
  • Master Class: The Happiness of Pursuit – with Chris Guillebeau

    April Dykman
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chris Guillebeau says that life is more fun when you’re on a quest. “I thought it would be awesome if one day in my life, I could say I’ve been to 100 countries, says Chris, founder of The Art of Non-Conformity and author of The Happiness of Pursuit. “Eventually I realized it wouldn’t actually take long to do that, and it also wasn’t super hard if could kind of pick and choose which countries.” So he decided to up the ante. “I decided to set a goal of every country in the world,” he says. “I gave myself the deadline of my 35th birthday, which was eight…
  • How a born saleswoman created a recruiting company focused on startups – with Carolyn Betts

    Andrew Khalili
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today the big question is, how does a one-person, home-based business become a multi-million dollar recruiting firm? Carolyn Betts is the founder of Betts Recruiting, a boutique recruiting firm that works with growing startups to build out their sales and marketing departments. I invited her here to talk about how she built her business. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Mobile download About Carolyn Betts Carolyn Betts is the founder of Betts Recruiting, a boutique recruiting firm that partners with the most innovative and rapidly growing Bay…
 
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    Venture Hacks

  • How to be an angel investor, Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brandonomics from Savage - Ralph Vasami

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Do your employees know your raison d’etre? Robin Tooms visits with Ralph Vasami, president and CEO of Universal Weather and Aviation.
  • Devid Kent - Oilpro

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Social media has made the leap to the petroleum industry and it’s catching on fast! In nine months, 180,000 members have joined the new site—30,000 in the last month! Serial entrepreneur and software developer David Kent co-founded Oilpro as a knowledge exchange and to create an online community of oil and gas professionals. The site offers networking, development and support in a constantly changing industry.
  • School of Business 9/13/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show about entrepreneurs. We think most of the entrepreneurs are here in Texas. And that makes us so proud! Includes: our Quote of the Week—a painful truth from American author James Branch Cabell; This Week in Business History includes the innovation of the Thermos bottle, the fluorescent lamp and Apple Computers; and the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Kelsey Ruger

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Jen Lemanski
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The Houston Interactive Marketing Association’s Interactive Strategies Conference is rapidly approaching. HiMA’s president Kelsey Ruger and PKF’s Jen Lemanski discuss focus, content marketing, planning, execution and user experience design.
  • Women Mean Business - Jane Henry

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    How do you get the most from your employees? Leisa Holland-Nelson asks Jane Henry, founder and CEO of Xcution Inc., a management consulting firm.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • 10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding

    Tim Berry
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    How to find venture funding? I have to start with a major negative: if you have to ask if your startup can get venture capital, then it almost certainly can’t. Venture capital is a very rarified atmosphere of high-end startups and emerging businesses with experienced management teams, high potential growth, secret sauce, and so on. People... The post 10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop

    Lisa Furgison
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you the type who loves their morning coffee? A lot of people combine their love of coffee with their entrepreneurial spirit and open a coffee shop. In fact, in the U.S. there are more than 50,000 coffee shops—52,684 to be exact. According to Statista, that number will jump by about 5,000 within two years. And... The post 13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

    Angelique O'Rourke
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    In a global market where the buyers and sellers of coffee are often half a world away from those who grow and maintain the plants themselves, do you know what those worker’s lives are like? Are the working conditions safe, are they getting a wage that reflects their contribution? What about the farms, are they... The post Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 5 Helpful Strategies for Unobtrusively Surveying Customers after a Sale

    Scott Gerber
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Sure, you could email customers after every transaction to evaluate their experience. But that seems clunky and time consuming. In order to figure out the best ways to get the information you need without the hassle, we asked five entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what methods or tools they recommend for surveying customers. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Wufoo... The post 5 Helpful Strategies for Unobtrusively Surveying Customers after a Sale appeared first on... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Get Funding from Billionaire Investor Mark Cuban, and Other Stories

    Candice Landau
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Let’s be honest, when it comes to funding, it’s never as straightforward as business advisors, lenders, backers, and investors might have you think. And, if you’re a small business, it’s unlikely you can afford to pay someone to do all the legal research and nit-picky stuff that the big boys can. You have to get... The post How to Get Funding from Billionaire Investor Mark Cuban, and Other Stories appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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  • For the Best in Chicago Tech, Look to the ITA’s CityLIGHTS Award Winners

    Ronald Barba
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    From the likes of GrubHub and Groupon, to Braintree and Trunk Club, Chicago has launched some major companies that have grown to become recognizable on a global scale. Groupon essentially started the daily deals industry, becoming one of the leading influencers in Chicago’s tech scene during the early stages of the startup boom in the region, and driving the launch of other startups in the region. This past July, Trunk Club got acquired by retailer Nordstrom in a deal worth $350 million, giving the Chicago startup scene another major boost and highlighting the ecosystem as a top…
  • Microsoft Buys Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

    Will Schmidt
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It’s official: Microsoft has bought Mojang, the parent company behind Minecraft. Minecraft to join Microsoft http://t.co/qdDbqUzVNm pic.twitter.com/E0EJmAjfiP — Microsoft News (@MSFTnews) September 15, 2014 Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, and its partner games Cobalt and Scrolls, today announced that Microsoft will be taking over control of one of the most popular games of the last decade. They want everybody to know first and foremost that, while change is scary, this acquisition is for the best and everything will be all good. “We can only share so much information right…
  • Neil Young Wants to Party With PonoMusic Investors

    Will Schmidt
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Not too long ago I reported on Crowdfunder’s affiliated efforts with musician Neil Young to launch a crowdfunding for equity campaign aimed at raising a Series A funding round for PonoMusic. To date the campaign has hundreds of backers with $5.45 million in investment commitments; the initial goal was $4 million. Due to overwhelming interest in PonoMusic, the campaign has been extended to September 30, 2014. Additionally, there will be a slew of new, personal perks and experiences for investors who hop on board: $5,000 Investors: A signed copy of Neil Young’s newest book which arrives in…
  • The Twin Cities’ Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

    Will Schmidt
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last week we teamed up with MOJO Minnesota and Café Inc. to host a booming Mixer & Startup Showcase in the Twin Cities (before it gets too cold!). Local entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts met at Makers Café in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the best that the Twin Cities had to offer. All told, there were nine different startups competing for a win in the Reader’s Choice and Best Pitch categories. It was a great time hearing all the pitches, but ultimately we and our readers had to each pick one. Twin Cities’ Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch BookBottles:…
  • Product Hunt Raises $6M in Series A Funding

    Camila Souza
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tech rating site, Product Hunt, has raised US $6 million in a new round of funding. This news comes days after the company announced that it raised a seed funding round of $1M and launched an iOS app. According to unnamed sources sited by TechCrunch, the round was led by Andreessen Horowitz and Product Hunt picked up $6 million at a $22 million valuation. In addition to A16Z, existing investors includes Y Combinator, Ashton Kutcher, Google Ventures, Abdur Chowdhury, amongst others.  
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  • Looking For Investors? Be Picky -- Even Though It's Counterintuitive

    Kevin Harrington
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    There's an age-old interview question that's practically standard for most sales jobs.  It goes a little something like this:
  • Other Peoples' Software: Five Good Business Reasons To Adopt APIs

    Joe McKendrick
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Can a business these days survive without creating or engaging or getting involved in any way with web APIs? Perhaps, but it would be missing out on one of the most compelling opportunities since the rise of the cloud era. Plus, in the words of Brian Koles of ChallengePost, it would also risk  standing alone "on a digital island, which is no place to be in the connected future."
  • Build vs. Buy: How to Know When You Should Build Custom Software Over Canned Solutions

    Chuck Cohn
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    As a CEO, balancing your company’s immediate needs with its long-term growth is both paramount and challenging – especially if your business is a startup. Challenging questions arise, such as whether you should invest aggressively in long-term initiatives or take the less expensive and more conservative approach. The “build versus buy” decision, for example, is a significant one that many companies face when addressing their software needs.
  • 'The Bitter Southerner' Might Be The 'Vice' of the South

    J. Max Robins
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    "The Bitter Southerner" might have the secret sauce where quality storytelling can make money. Folks from Lucinda Williams to Jack Black to Michelle Norris are fans.
  • Student Debt And The Millennial Entrepreneurship Paradox

    Dane Stangler
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Thus emerges the millennial entrepreneurship paradox ? is this the generation whose entrepreneurship propensities will unleash the next wave of economic growth, or will this generation?s entrepreneurship potential fizzle?
 
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  • Startups Need To Capitalize On Every Conversation

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Whether you are trying to motivate your team, close a deal with a customer, or get funding from an investor, a casual conversation is usually a waste of your valuable time. These result is a founder who is always “too busy,” but never seems to get the business done and the team moving. All real business is conversations focused on creating results. Shawn Kent Hayashi, in her recent book “Conversations That Get Results and Inspire Collaboration” makes my point very well as she outlines the top twelve types of conversations that relate to working together in business, and provides tips…
  • Dread Startup Problems Or Learn To Enjoy Challenges

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you can’t solve problems and enjoy it, you won’t make it as an entrepreneur. By definition, an entrepreneur is the first to undertake a given business, and firsts never happen without problems and people frustrations. The toughest problems are people problems, like personnel issues, but there are tough operational problems as well, such as vendor delays and quality surprises. The real entrepreneurs I know are good at overcoming both people problems and business obstacles, and get satisfaction from the challenge. Some people think this is a talent that you must be born with, but experts…
  • 7 Reasons To Think Positively About Competition

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Most entrepreneurs spend far too much time thinking negatively about competitors, and can’t resist making derogatory statements about them to their own team, investors and even to customers. This approach only makes these important constituents question your integrity, intelligence and your understanding of business basics. Pointing out flaws in others does not give you strength. As an investor, I always listen carefully to what an entrepreneur says, and does not say, about competition. Every business area has competition and every customer has alternatives, so a smart entrepreneur needs to…
  • Smart Entrepreneurs Plan Ahead For A Startup Exit

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    The last thing a new entrepreneur wants to think about for a new startup is how it will end. Yet one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. The answer you give can make or break your ability to get an investment, so you need to have the right answer ready before anyone asks. Here are three important reasons for the question: Good investment paybacks normally require an exit event. Equity investments are not loans, so there is no loan payback period or interest payments. Equity is stock, but private company stock has no market value until the company…
  • Size Up Your Investors Before Accepting Their Money

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. Taking on equity investors to fund your company is much like getting married – it is a long-term relationship that has to work at all levels. Investor due diligence on a startup is not a mysterious black art, but is nothing more than a final integrity check on all aspects of your business model, team, product, customers, and plan. Reverse due diligence on the…
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    Presentation Zen

  • The key to storytelling is not your perfection but your humanity

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

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

  • Other Vendors' Demos – Great Source for Learning

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

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

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

    mollyvyoung
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF) awarded budding business owners its highest honors, naming Lei Lei Secor the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Zach Haney, the inaugural Dan Danner Leadership Award winner. As the winner of YEF’s top two prizes, Ms. Secor, who resides in Hagaman, NY, will receive a $15,000 educational scholarship to attend the University of Virginia, and Mr. Haney, who resides in Topeka, KS will receive a $15,000 educational scholarship to attend Washburn University. Ms. Secor owns and operates Designed By Lei where…
  • Three Research-Based Tips For Managing Stress, Multiple Priorities, and Work-Life Balance for Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

  • Diateino publishes L’Ere du Contexte, French version of the Age of Context

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kateeva Sees $38M For OLED Displays

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Menlo Park-based Kateeva, a developer of technology used to mass produce OLED display panels, said today that it has raised $38M in a funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Sidecar Raises $15M

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    San Francisco-based Sidecar, which offers up an on-demand, ridesharing app, has raised $15M in a new funding, the company said today. The funding came from Avalon Ventures, Union Square Ventures, as well as new investor Sir Richard Branson.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Oracle Acquires Front Porch Digital

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Redwood Shores-based Oracle said over the weekend that it has acquired Front Porch Digital, a developer of content storage management technology. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • 6SensorLabs Finds $4M For Food Testing Gadget

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    San Francisco-based 6SensorLabs, a developer of devices to detect gluten and other allergens in food, has raised $4M in a funding round, the company disclosed this week.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • AltspaceVR Finds $5.2M For Virtual Reality API

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Redwood City-based virtual reality API developer AltspaceVR said yesterday that it has raised $5.2M in a seed funding round.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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  • Acxiom Opens Austin Office, Plans To Hire 150 People

    Bryan Menell
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    AcxiomAcxiom Logo, a publicly traded enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company, today announced that it will be opening a new office in Austin, Texas, to accommodate growing demand in its technology, engineering and operations. The company intends to fill up to 150 positions in technology fields including network engineers, security engineers, systems engineers, security architects, network architects, infrastructure architects, software engineers and project managers.
  • Innotech Beta Summit 2014 Applications Now Open

    Bryan Menell
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    This is my 8th year of running the Innotech Beta Summit, which highlights the freshest new technology companies in Austin. It takes place during the Innotech Conference at the Austin Convention Center on October 15th. Each year we showcase 6 companies who do 6-minute demos of their new products.
  • Intel® kicks of Fall IoT Roadshow in Austin Sept. 20

    Bryan Menell
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    This week Intel® is unveiling new software and hardware at the Intel® Developer Forum in San Francisco. Part of these updates includes new features to their Galileo Gen 2 Development Board. Austin is lucky enough to be the first city to experience these updated Dev Kits first hand. Intel® is kicking off their IoT Roadshow in Austin Sept. 20 and will be handing out free Galileo boards to the first 100 attendees who have registered for the event.
  • Whole Foods Mobile Payment Saga

    Bryan Menell
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    There is one awesome thing about having a really hip grocery store headquartered in your city; you get to be the test bed for new technologies. Especially if you are downtown at the flagship Whole Foods store.
  • A Phone System for your Startup is Finally Cheap and Easy

    Bryan Menell
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    In the process of starting and growing several companies over the past 25 years, one of the things I always dread is finding a phone system. Historically it involves some kind of PBX or switch, which has to go in a phone closet somewhere, phone wires, buying phones, long term contracts, plus a monthly service contract for when things go wrong, or something needs programming. Well, no more.
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  • Your 12-Step Landing Page Recovery Program [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Today I and a few hundred digital marketing professionals from all over the map converge for Unbounce’s Call to Action Conference ( #CTAConf ) right here in Vancouver. We’re also happy here at Elastic Path to have Unbounce as our new downstairs office neighbours!If you’re not reading Unbounce’s conversion optimization blog – head on over and subscribe. This week’s infographic is courtesy of Unbounce, and covers the 12 steps to conversion rehab.Click to enlarge infographic
  • One Online Retailer’s Experience With Bitcoin

    Linda Bustos
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    In January, we asked Is 2014 the Year of Bitcoin for Ecommerce?Since then, we’ve seen the likes of NewEgg, Tiger Direct, Dell, Dish Network, Lord and Taylor and BloomNation jump on board with Bitcoin. Even PayPal is dropping big hints that it will support Bitcoin soon, which could help the cryptocurrency’s mainstream adoption.The founders of BloomNation (think Etsy for flowers – a marketplace that connects consumers directly with local florists) reached out to Get Elastic to share the results of its foray into Bitcoin acceptance since its launch pre-Valentine’s Day.Why did BloomNation…
  • A/B Testing the Untestable in Checkout

    Linda Bustos
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    92% of merchants participating in the e-tailing group’s 16th Annual Merchant Survey ranked A/B, multi-variate or other usability testing as most or somewhat important merchandising tactic for customer retention (second only to web analytics).While testing the small stuff like button color, headline copy, can get reasonable lift, often the most impressive gains come from bigger changes – new approaches to layout, radical redesigns that fix multiple conversion speed bumps and, of more recent popularity, responsive design.And it’s often recommended to start A/B testing your checkout…
  • The State of Mobile Commerce [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    This week’s infographic comes from Etail East, examining the mobile commerce landscape in 2014.TweetablesLess than 42% of retailers have mobile marketing strategies in place Tweet thisOnly 38% of retailers have seen measureable success from mobile marketing efforts Tweet thisFor 54% of retailers, mobile makes up >20% of total sales Tweet this71% of retailers’ mobile conversion rates are lower than desktop Tweet this88% of retailers have mobile optimized sites, only 38% have a mobile app Tweet this
  • Avoid This Mobile Checkout Mistake

    Linda Bustos
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    What’s the biggest mistake I see among online retailers’ mobile sites?“Invisible” guest checkout.That’s guest checkout that exists, but is buried so far, it’s too easy to miss.Why hiding guest checkout is terrible, just terribleHiding guest checkout in the first screen after this action amps the perceived difficulty of completing a purchase — a major source of friction, as it gives the impression that registration is required. And we know required registration is a major reason for checkout abandonment.An Econsultancy survey found 26% of UK buyers…
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  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

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

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

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

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

  • October 2014 Promotional Calendar Ideas [OPT-INS + CONVERSIONS]

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

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

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

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

  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

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

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

  • You can't always stay indie - Minecraft acquired by Microsoft

    Greg Anderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Is Stockholm's Minecraft going to be the next Solitaire or Minesweeper? Today the rumored deal between Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, and Microsoft was confirmed for a $2.5 billion deal which puts it up there as one of the most massive gaming exit for the region. More information about what to expect (or all the things hanging in the air) can be found posted on the Mojang blog. Minecraft will go down as one of the best gaming successes from the Nordics, even if it's being billed as a gift and a curse by its creator. In a blog post by Markus "Notch" Persson about why he's leaving Mojang,…
  • Honesty on Kickstarter is a mistake we willingly made

    Guest Blogger
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Editor's note: This is a guest post by Dennis Kostroman sharing his experiences of a indie gaming studio running a Kickstarter campaign. Busting a few myths for KS starters Let’s be honest, no matter how old you are, deep down you still want to believe in miracles. So did we, when we decided to go for Kickstarter with a game that we always dreamed to make. We spent a few years in preparation while analyzing successful as well as failed campaigns on Kickstarter to understand how things work. We also have spoken with a number of experts in the crowdfunding field just to be sure and the result…
  • Personal finance app Tink raises €3.1 Million to expand outside Sweden

    Greg Anderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    If you're living in Europe and have been waiting for a personal finance tool like Mint to integrate with your bank and credit cards for a breakdown of your spending habits, the good news is that you might not have to wait too much longer. On Friday news broke that Stockholm-based personal finance app Tink has raised a $4 million (€3.1 million) funding round led by Sunstone Capital to start expanding across European markets and eventually make its way to the American shores. For a quick breakdown of the app, Tink's service is a mobile-first finance tool that provides its users a clear and…
  • Volumental Raises $3M and Pivots to Find the Perfect Fit for your Feet

    Dmitri Sarle
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    It is always interesting to track startups that are doing everything they can to succeed, to see their passion and a never-ending desire to keep going. One such company is the Swedish based Volumental. We have now done a number of stories on the company and can see that they are definitely doing what every startup should in terms of raising money, pivoting and finding their place in the market. They started out as a research project, Kinect@Home, which aimed to help robots navigate our homes by creating a large database of common objects. This technology gave the founders an idea to start a…
  • Latvian-Norwegian Green incubator launched and taking in new startups

    Marija Odineca
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    This July Green Innovation Incubation Centre (GIIC) was launched in Riga.The project is carried out by Riga Technical University (RTU), University of Latvia (LU) and Norwegian industrial development corporation SIVA. 90% of the funds come from Norwegian government and are supervised by Innovation Norway. The remaining 10% are co-financed by Latvian government. With their second admission contest still running till Monday, I have visited the incubator on Pulka street 3 and peeked into the daily life of their first batch. The place is spacious with an indicative green grass-like carpet covering…
 
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    Leveraging Ideas

  • Performance Round-Up 9/14/2014

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

    Sam Huleatt
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Here’s a round-up of links from last week related to performance: What Does a 20 Year Old Need To Know About Personal Finance (Altucher) This simple sleep-hack turned my life around (Sleep Junkies) Using Music to Increase Mental Performance (Abel James) Blameless Post-Mortems (CodeasCraft) The Jack Ma Way (NYTimes) Texting Anxiety Caused by the Bubbles (NYTimes) The post Performance Round-Up 9/07/2014 appeared first on Leveraging Ideas.
  • Performance Round-Up 10/31/2014

    Sam Huleatt
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Here’s a collection of links I’ve recently enjoyed. All links address the topic/notion of optimal or ‘peak’ performance. I’m hoping to post more of these regularly and I’m borrowing the format from The Big Picture. What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes? (Gigaom) Mauboussin: Untangling Skill and Luck (Riholtz) 3 Simple Things That Will Make You 10% Happier (Bakadesuyo) Tim Ferriss Interviews Kevin Kelly (Fourhourworkweek) Paul Graham on Money vs. Wealth: How to Get Rich (Brain Pickings) Tyler Tervooren’s Strategy for Becoming…
  • Why Cards Matter

    Sam Huleatt
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:49 pm
    I’ve been struggling for a bit now to really understand the significance of “cards” as a new unit of interaction. Fred Wilson and Benedict Evans have both discussed the significance of cards, but I feel like neither has been able to provide a concrete example that really highlights why a card isn’t simply a design trend. Several years ago Facebook released Open Graph Protocol. The idea was in part that any noun (person, place or thing) on Facebook could have its own Facebook Page, and thus, all the corresponding meta data that accompanied that Page. To me, the notion…
  • Buying Talent

    Sam Huleatt
    16 Dec 2013 | 8:50 pm
    In an interview with Semil Shah, Keith Rabois remarks that he (Rabois) worries startup talent has become too fragmented. Rabois’ conjecture is that to have a true break-away company (a la Facebook, Twitter, etc) you need a concentration of very talented folks. For the most part I agree with this — although I think certain types of Internet driven companies may require less technical human capital than before*. Anyhow, a trend I have observed is that some A and/or B round companies seem to be raising large amounts of cash — more than they would seemingly need so early.
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Shopio

    public
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Company / App Name: Shopio http://www.shopio.com Twitter – @shopiocom What does it do? Shopio is a new generation ecommerce platform that enables businesses to promote and sell their products online without any technical knowledge or installation. Why do we need it? 1. Shopio is the easiest way to start selling online. 2. Responsive, Mobile ready. 3. 100% control over the storefront design, 4. Content management Who is it for? Small to medium sized businesses to promote and sell their products online. What makes it stand out from the crowd? 1. Easy to use 2. Free (You can start selling…
  • Pitch for Disway

    public
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Company / App Name: Disway http://www.disway.org/ Twitter – @DISWAY_org What does it do? Disway is social network of interesting places for people with handicaps. It connects functions of a social site with a database of locations and informations about them – mainly to tell about the accessibility of the place. Why do we need it? It must have happened to almost every handicapped person on Earth: you go out and look forward to enjoy some place that is promised to be accessible,but when you arrive,the reality is far from expectations. This is the reason for Disway! Who is it for?
  • Pitch for RetirementPlan.io

    public
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Company / App Name: RetirementPlan.io https://www.retirementplan.io What does it do? RetirementPlan.io is web software for do-it-yourself retirement planning. We help with risk tolerance quantification, asset allocation, retirement simulation and portfolio tracking/re-balancing. Why do we need it? For investors planning for retirement, there is currently no middle-ground between full-service financial advisers, and completely going it alone. Who is it for? First and foremost, RetirementPlan.io’s target audience is people who are comfortable purchasing ETFs through a discount brokerage.
  • Pitch for Thrill Kick

    public
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Company / App Name: Thrill Kick http://www.thrillkick.com Twitter – Justinadventures What does it do? Thrill Kick gives you the chance to have a customized SMS adventure challenge delivered to your phone every morning. Our program learns your preferences via feedback and gives you the freshest and funnest challenges. Why do we need it? Anyone who is looking to spice up their days with some random fun should give us a try. We also emphasize living healthier and happier and our adventure challenges work promote these ideals. Who is it for? This is for anyone looking for extra fun and…
  • Pitch for BabbleBay

    public
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    Company / App Name: BabbleBay http://www.babblebay.com Twitter – https://twitter.com/BabbleBay What does it do? BabbleBay is a simple, easy-to-use cloud system, that takes communication to a new level. People and companies use it for effective project management and collaboration; safe and quick file sharing or rapid coordination of meetings. Why do we need it? Using an e-mail client for collaboration is not effective, a lot of searching, lost convesrations, spam, everything is messy, … BabbleBay is for collaboration, e-mail is for the rest. Who is it for? BabbleBay is tailor made…
 
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    Techday

  • Enterprise beware… 75% of mobile apps will fail basic security tests

    James Henderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    IT Brief “Enterprises that embrace mobile computing and bring your own device (BYOD) strategies are vulnerable to security breaches unless they adopt methods and technologies for mobile application security testing and risk assurance."   Read More →
  • Trend Micro: Navigating the security minefield…

    Contributor
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Channel One size doesn’t fit all in security, says Robin Marjason, Trend Micro Australia and New Zealand channel and distribution director.   Read More →
  • Snakk goes for gold with Google exec hire…

    James Henderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Start-Up "He’s a rare talent who’s been involved in some of the world’s largest technology merger and acquisition deals, strategic equity investments as well as Google’s pre and post IPO processes."   Read More →
  • Lightbox serves up seven years of content in 14 days…

    James Henderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Telco Review Lightbox has shone the spotlight on its new online TV service in the first two weeks after launch...   Read More →
  • NZX questions Vista’s 24% two-week stock rise…

    James Henderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    IT Brief The New Zealand Stock Exchange has questioned a stock price rise of 24% of Vista shares, requesting the cinema software provider to explain the gain.   Read More →
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Take the First Step to Becoming an Entrepreneur at an Upcoming Founder Institute Startup Event

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey.  We have several events coming up in the next…
  • Have a Business Idea? Get Online Feedback from Startup Expert Adeo Ressi

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:10 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.
  • 7 Startup Lessons from Google: It's All About Data

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this second installment, filmed at the 15th Founder…
  • Startup Fundraising Tips from the Co-Founder of GrubHub

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  Coming to the decision to pursue funding is no easy matter, but it’s a piece of cake compared to the ominous beast of successfully securing funding. Knowing how to present yourself, your company, and your story can make all the difference. However, knowing when to walk away from an investor that isn't a good fit with your company is also crucial.  Mike Evans is a Co-founder…
  • Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider, Appota highlighted on Tech In Asia, and More Grad News

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over [total_graduates] new technology companies across [total_cities] cities, [total_countries] countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over [total_jobs] new jobs.  Over the past week, Realty Mogul was featured on Crowdfund Insider, Appota highlighted on Tech In Asia, Whale Path was featured on peHUB, and more. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider: Realty Mogul Raises Over $1 Million…
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    OnlyOnce

  • The 2×4

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

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

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

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

  • MEST Conference Returns September 16

    Jeff Reichman
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Houston’s homegrown medicine, space, energy, and technology (MEST) conference comes back to the Rice BRC for its second installment on September 16.  You can get your tickets here. Focusing on some of Houston’s core strengths, the MEST conference is designed to provide cross-industry exposure to startups and other new ideas.  This all-day event brings together 150+ of Houston’s finest physicians, entrepreneurs, technology experts, investors, and community members. We’ll provide additional coverage of the MEST conference through September.  In the meantime, check…
  • Learning Programming has Never Been Easier

    Ben Ochoa
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Are you tired of working the oil and gas rigs? Sick of your day job taking care of the sick at the local medical center? Looking for a new and exciting career away from the drudgery of 20th-century employment? Have you considered a captivating career in writing web pages, applications and other types of programming? It is no secret that Texas is #1 for tech jobs in the US and Houston is #4. Breaking into a tech career via programming has never been easier, thanks to a new type of school, the code academy. Every programmer I have ever known was taught via one of two methods: either they…
  • 3 Questions for Will Clifton of Procyrion

    Tina Nazerian
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    According to Will Clifton, Procyrion‘s Director of Research and Development, over 5 million people will benefit from their heart pump. “The only treatment options are currently medicine, and at some point the medicine is not enough, and these patients get really sick at home,” Clifton said.  “And by sick I mean – a heart failure patient is someone who can’t walk to the mailbox, they get out of breath, they get fluid overloaded, they get all this painful swelling in their bodies, and their heart can’t pump effectively enough. At some point,…
  • 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…
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    Techstars

  • Applications now open for the 2015 Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars!

    John Fein
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2015 Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars. Following the lead of the awesome 2014 class, we are once again focused on mobile health. If you have an innovative startup that’s health-related, and your product has a mobile component, apply for the 2015 program today! How do we define “mobile health” as we look for our next ten companies? It includes, but isn’t limited to, the following: Wearables – medical devices, movement tracking, vital monitoring etc. Sensor-driven devices and networks Products to help you…
  • FounderCon Keynote Videos

    Megan Sweeney
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Just recently we had our annual FounderCon event in Austin, TX. FounderCon is our annual event for all Techstars companies past and present – with two full days of keynotes and breakout sessions. There are tons of opportunity to network including over 3,000 founders, alumni, mentors, investors, and corporate partners from across our 36 programs to date. We filmed the amazing group of keynote speakers for your enjoyment.  Here are just a few, stay tuned for more later this week. Learn more faster! Ellen Levy, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect Steve Catigan, former VP of Linkedin…
  • Apply to Techstars Cloud Class of 2015!

    Blake Yeager
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I am very excited to announce that this week we opened up applications for our third Techstars Cloud program which will be kicking off in San Antonio, TX this coming January. Our mission for this thematic accelerator is to help build companies that focus on cloud. What does that mean? If you are developing a cloud based technology or platform, a product that is complementary to the cloud, or really any technical product you are probably a fit. If you have an early-stage startup that meets this description, we would love for you to apply to the Techstars Cloud 2015 program. Our first two cloud…
  • Apply to the Techstars New York City 2015 Class!

    Alex Iskold
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    We are delighted to open the applications for our next Techstars class in New York City. The application deadline is October 19th, and the class will kick-off mid January, finishing off with Demo Day in April. To date, we’ve done five programs in NYC, and graduated over 60 companies including Contently, Timehop, Crowdtwist, Moveline, Lua, ClassPass, Plated, Placemeter, TriggerMail, Tutum, and MakersKit. Below is the calendar of our recruiting events. We’d love to meet with you, tell you more about the program and discuss how Techstars NYC can help you accelerate your business. Thu Sep…
  • Techstars announces Equity Back Guarantee

    David Cohen
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Today Techstars is announcing an equity back guarantee that goes into into effect for all companies participating in a Techstars program starting in 2015 and beyond. The reason for this is quite simple. We firmly believe in the value of the Techstars accelerator program and in the long term value of our network. This makes it easy to take this step to “put our equity where our mouth is.” Over the years, but especially now that we’ve scaled up to 13 different locations, we’ve seen more companies coming to Techstars not only for our accelerator program but also to leverage…
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    Valleywag

  • Behold: Startup Shirts and the Men Who Wear Them

    Kevin Montgomery
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    In the Bay Area, fashion is just another opportunity to pitch your app. Startups hand out logo and slogan-covered shirts to all employees, creating bands of boy billboards that roam around San Francisco's tech-chic neighborhoods.Read more...
  • Apple Tells Customers How To Delete the Stupid U2 Album Nobody Wanted

    Sam Biddle
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook pranked the entire iPhone-toting world with a gratis copy of U2's new album—"Songs Of Innocence"—beamed directly to everyone's phone, without asking. Today, it's letting you undo this dark magic.Read more...
  • Snapchat Investor Says High-Profile Failures Are Just Around the Corner

    Nitasha Tiku
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Bill Gurley, the Benchmark Capital investor who backed Snapchat and Uber, is uber-bullish when it comes to his own portfolio. But the rest of Silicon Valley, he says, is not nearly frightened enough: "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end."Read more...
  • Why Does Andreessen Horowitz Have an Official Rapper?

    Nitasha Tiku
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Divine, an underground rapper from Brooklyn, has taken his friendship with venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, who invested in Rap Genius, to the next level. First Divine made a music video for Horowitz's birthday. Now they're posing in matching tees that says: VC LIFE: Inspired by Ben Horowitz.Read more...
  • Unfortunately for Silicon Valley's slobbering pursuit of autonomy, California will remain one state.

    Kevin Montgomery
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Unfortunately for Silicon Valley's slobbering pursuit of autonomy, California will remain one state. Venture capitalist Tim Draper's plan to break the state into six parts failed to make the 2016 ballot after his "Six Californias" campaign to submitted a insufficient number of signatures to the Secretary of State. Read more...
 
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  • How to Fix Healthcare: QUOTE!

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

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

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

    Alexander Muse
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Remember that scene from Jerry Maguire where he tells his client, “HELP ME HELP YOU!” Each day I get a message from an entrepreneur asking for help finding an investor for his or her startup. The message goes something like this, “Working on the next big thing, can you refer me to a few local investors?” In variably I will put this request in my ‘to-do’ mailbox and forget to respond. Sorry? Not sorry? Here are 9 things I need so that I can you can help me help you: Explain the stage of the product/service: idea, prototype, mvp, revenue, growth, exit……
  • Should you share your idea?

    Alexander Muse
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    You’ve got an idea for the next big thing, a new iPhone application that could change the world, and you’re looking for developers and/or looking to raise capital. You are not entirely certain where to turn so you reach out to local entrepreneurs who have ‘been there and done that’. I get calls like these all of the time. Prior to 2008 most entrepreneurs here in North Texas were scared to share their ideas without getting an NDA in place beforehand. This put them at a HUGE disadvantage over their peers on the West Coast where collaboration and community have a long and…
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    CollegeMogul

  • Cost of Being Healthy and Trendy

    JohnnyG
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Everyone wants to look their best. To achieve that, you need to not only eat the right foods but to also wear the right clothing. Since branded clothes are not cheap and eating healthy can cost you an additional $1.50 per meal on average, there are some important things to keep in mind. Having a great hairstyle will take people’s attention away from your face. If you have minor lines and wrinkles but vibrant hair, this can be incredibly useful. When you are selecting colors, try to focus on darker colors that don’t bring out the pigments in your face as this can enhance the appearance of…
  • Eating Healthy Foods On A Daily Basis

    JohnnyG
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    Doctors recommend a healthy diet as one of the three most crucial aspects of enjoying a healthy, rewarding and long life. The other two aspects are: first, a moderate exercise program consisting of cardio, strength and flexibility training exercises and; second, sensible lifestyle habits, such as sufficient sleep, effective stress management, and avoidance of cigarettes, illicit drugs, and other harmful substances. Healthy Diet and Disease Why is this so? With a healthy diet, you can prevent many diseases from taking root in your body, so to speak. Your healthy diet should consist more of…
  • 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…
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  • Top 10 thoughts on independent living

    Steve Sammartino
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    I recently gave a talk at the Melbourne Entrepreneurs Club. It was full of current and aspiring entrepreneurs – so I thought I’d lay out the top 10 things I think matter if we want to lead an independent life. Read here, one where you determine your own destiny, are not reliant on a corporation to feed you, and you have enough money (that little reality checker we have in our modern market place) to serve yourself and your family. It was just 10 ideas I wrote down on a piece of paper. I didn’t write an actual speech or have any slides. I just spoke from my heart after I…
  • 2 unrelated questions worth asking

    Steve Sammartino
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The journey we are on is often associated with some goal at the end point. But what if the end point was now? What if we took a thought experiment and pretended the journey was unnecessary? Let’s do that and ask ourselves these two seemingly unrelated questions: How would you spend your time if you had 6 months to live? How would you spend your time if you were a billionaire? I won’t try and answer these for you, but I’m reasonably certain you’ll find two things. Many of the answers overlap, and that many of the things cost very little money. In the end we remind…
  • What we get paid for

    Steve Sammartino
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    What we actually get paid for is all the work we did yesterday, and the day before that, and the year before that. In fact, what we get paid for is the work we did when no one was watching and no one was paying.
  • How to solve the busy problem

    Steve Sammartino
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I feel like no one should be permitted to call ‘busy’ anymore. If everyone is busy, then it is as if no one is busy. In classic algebraic form, we can strike it from both sides of the equation and just call it equal. But it does surprise me that people don’t employ the oldest rule in economics when they get too busy: Put the price up. Economics 101 tells us that increased prices reduces demand and equalises supply. And believe it or not we can do it with our time, our job, our freelance work and even our startup. It seems as though the first rule in economics is the one…
  • The average success story

    Steve Sammartino
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    While success is in the eye of the beholder, I heard an interesting fact recently about intelligence and financial independence.  And that fact was that the vast majority of financially independent people have average or below average intelligence. We are talking here about raw intellectual capability. This would seem counter intuitive to everything we are taught to believe in school, the corporate world and life. That we have to be ‘smart’ to accumulate financial advantage. Turns out the opposite is true and social researchers put it down to one simple thing: “People of…
 
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    Springwise

  • Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions

    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Add / Remove There's a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don't respect the rules of the road. We've already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. The app can be…
  • Food Cowboy locates nearby food banks to take unsellable produce

    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Add / Remove Every three weeks, the US throws away the same amount of unused produce that is donated to food banks in 12 months. That's 11 months and 1 week of food that could go to charities, but ends up in landfill instead. Aiming to change this, Food Cowboy is a system that helps those in the food supply chain to find local nonprofits that can use the food they're throwing away. Developed as both a web and mobile app, the system can be used by anyone involved in the production, delivery and retail of food, whether it's farmers, truckers, supermarkets, restaurants, or even…
  • Instagram-style shopping app lets users buy with a swipe

    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Add / Remove One of the main challenges for e-tailers is that the online shopping experience doesn’t secure purchases from browsers in the same way brick and mortar stores do from visiting customers — it’s much easier to get distracted when shopping online. In the past we’ve seen apps such as Keep leverage Instagram snaps to better engage consumers, but now Spring has boiled the buying process down to a single swipe in the hopes of improving conversions. Hailing from the fashion hub of New York City, the free iOS app enables users to follow their favorite brands and…
  • System could stop parents accidentally leaving their child in the car

    Springwise
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Add / Remove Parents typically do their best to look after their children, but one moment of neglect can lead to tragedy. The sheer number of news articles about infant deaths from being left inside hot cars reflects how commonplace such accidents can be. While devices such as the Sync Smartband enable moms and dads to keep their children within visual range and locate them if they get lost, a new system called Starfish is tackling car deaths by alerting drivers when they've left their baby behind. Developed by Studio Whale, the system used a small GPS and weight-sensing device that can…
  • Toothpaste contains taurine to offer a morning energy boost

    Springwise
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Add / Remove Some people simply can’t operate until they’ve had their morning cup of coffee or favorite energy drink, but today’s hectic lifestyles sometimes don’t leave enough time to hit the coffeeshop before work. While ideas such as Sprayable Energy have attempted to replace coffee with spray-on caffeine, Russian oral care company R.O.C.S. has now developed a toothpaste that’s loaded with taurine to give people energy while they brush their teeth. Energy products have already proven their worth in the food and drinks market, but are now slowly beginning to…
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  • Do You Care?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Content marketers: It’s time to find a new blogging trend

    Erin Robbins O’Brien
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Erin Robbins O’Brien is the COO of GinzaMetrics and co-founder of FOUND Conference. 10 Ways to Create Better Content. The Top 3 Things That Will Drive Traffic to Your Site. Here’s one thing that makes me want to gag – the overuse of numbered list headlines. Isn’t there a better way to present content? Rant aside, there’s larger issues at play. I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling My first concern that we’ve become completely unimaginative as marketers, writers and communicators. We are looking for the fastest return and best link bait – but here’s the rub, it’s losing its…
  • Facebook updates app settings page to give you more control

    Roberto Baldwin
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    You’d be surprised how many apps you’ve attached to your Facebook account. No really, check it and see. Well Facebook is now giving you more control over the apps and sites you have attached to your account. The fine folks over at Inside Facebook noticed the updated App Settings page. The new layout makes it easier for you to edit the apps you use, adjust which apps you see in your timeline that your friends use and determine if you want to see if your friends like a website that you’ve landed on. You can also adjust the privacy settings of older Facebook... This story continues at…
  • Apple is letting you delete that U2 album you don’t want

    Roberto Baldwin
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Remember last week when Apple gave everyone a free U2 album during its iPhone/Apple Watch event? It turns out not everyone is a U2 fan (don’t tell Bono) and now the company has a quick way to remove the music from your precious song library. To remove Songs of Innocence just head to this Apple support page. When you’re done, the album will be removed from your account. If you’ve already downloaded the album, you’ll need to manually delete all the songs. Thus ends our collective free-music nightmare. ➤ Remove iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes music…
  • Google says government demands for user data have increased 150% in five years

    Roberto Baldwin
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Today Google published its tenth transparency report as it pertains to government requests for user data. According to Google, governments have stepped up their demands for your data. Pertaining to worldwide data requests not related to FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) and NSL (National Security Letters), there has been a 15 percent increase compared to the same time last year. Since 2009, the increase in requests has grown 150%. US requests have grown 19 percent since last year and 250 percent since 2009. Google goes on to talk about the increased demand by governments for user…
  • How advocate marketing can change the trajectory of your company

    Cassandra Jowett
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Cassandra Jowett is the Content Marketing Manager at Influitive. This article originally appeared on the Influitive blog. We know the power that one person can have on our lives. We each have heroes, villains and role models who permeate into our lives and indirectly guide the way we behave. Steve Jobs introduced the world to the love of design. Sheryl Sandberg inspired many to “Lean In” (and many others to “recline”). Nikola Tesla inspired many people to go into science.  So it shouldn’t be surprising that one individual can also permanently change the destiny of a company. More…
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    The Product Guy

  • Ziggeo, Delightfulness and October Vitality!

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

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

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

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

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

  • When Someone Believes in You

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

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

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

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

  • Forget Cash: What Will You Really Make At Your Startup?

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

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

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

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

  • The Right Lights To Beat The Home Office Blues

    Contributor
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    This home office lighting design relies on light wall, floor and cabinet fronts to reflect ambient light throughout the space. It has a bright, crisp, highly energetic feel. By Michael Chotiner, construction expert at Home Depot Among the many blessings of being able to work from home is the privilege of setting up an office lighting scheme that works for you. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad I’ve escaped from the buzz and glare of the fluorescent-lit cube farm with its one-size-fits-all monochromaticity (this is not a made-up word). A lot of good, functional advice on…
  • Six Myths That Undermine Customer Satisfaction

    Contributor
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    by Liz Jazwiec, author of “Service Excellence is as Easy as PIE: Perception Is Everything“ Whatever your industry, you know it’s more important than ever to provide excellent service. Competition is fierce, and in this economy, you can’t afford to lose a single customer. But precisely BECAUSE money is so tight, you can’t shower every customer with rose petals and champagne. Relax. Here’s some welcome news: Often, changing just a few little things can have a huge impact on customer perception. Actually, you’re probably doing a lot of things right already — you…
  • [Review] Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind

    Walter Lim
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Why are some folks blessed with riches while others struggle to make ends meet? What is the magic formula to wealth?The answer, according to renowned millionaire guru T. Harv Eker, is found in one’s money blueprint. In his bestselling book, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth“, Eker urges us to change our personal money blueprint and reprogramme the way we think, feel and act in order to achieve mastery over our wealth, attain financial freedom, and lead more meaningful lives.Sounds too good to be true?Well, initially I was a little…
  • What Should Small Businesses Check On Their Employees?

    Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    by Michael Klazema, lead author and editor for Backgroundchecks.com The question in the title of this article is a common one, but not for the reason you might think. When you hear the question “What type of background checks should my small business run on employees?” you imagine that some invisible barrier exists between “small companies” and “large companies” that impacts which types of background screenings are and are not necessary. The truth is, however, there is no such barrier. The benefits of running background checks are the same regardless of your business size…
  • Are Online Courses Better Than University Classes?

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    This is quite an interesting question, and one that appears a lot more often than many believe. Thanks to the appearance of different online courses and the evolution of technology, people from all around the world now have access to the possibility of putting their hands on the knowledge that they need to advance in their careers or simply learn what they were not able to due to various possible reasons. The problem is that it is quite difficult to answer the question mentioned above. We can say the fact that in some cases, the online courses are not as great as the university classes. For…
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  • Question Answering Engine Kngine Announces New Round of Investment from Samsung Open Innovation Center And Vodafone Ventures Egypt

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

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

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

    news
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Many people were optimistic about social media as a platform for free speech and a platform to bring people together and bring change to this world. But that is not the case, Twitter has made a massive suspension move against fans of ISIS or Islamic State accounts along with activist who are against the American and Iranian backed government in Iraq, not just that even the big accounts such as @Iraq_now1 that tweets news from Iraq not found on censored mainstream media has been cut off too. Whatever your point of view regarding  the Islamic State, but people have the right to speak their…
  • ArabCrunch is Back

    news
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Dear ArabCrunch readers, we are sorry for not updating ArabCrunch with news and features in the last period. But we are now back again and we try to be very active, In reporting tech news that covers the Arab world and you free speech and Internet rights. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
 
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • The coming Canadian Tech Renaissance

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

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

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

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

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

  • 6 Remedial Rules For A Respectable Looking Blog

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    So, recently we posted the 6 unbreakable rules for contact pages. There was the threat of death, and also a kitten. Some time before that, we posted an idea of what to do if you don’t want to blog. This piece was borne of me being sick, and sad that the state of blogging is not what it once was. Well, I’m sick again. This time it was my fault. I broke a cardinal rule, which is: When the question is, “That should be okay to eat still, right?” the answer is NO. I ate something knowing full well I was taking my life into my hands, with predictable results. That leads me,…
  • What To Put On Your Contact Page: 6 Unbreakable Rules to Avoid Certain Death

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    The Contact page seems like such a simple little thing, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t think that certain death was even a possibility. Well! Aren’t you glad you read IttyBiz? Let’s discuss. We’ll start with the basics. Do you have a website? If so, does it have a Contact page? If so, please go to your Contact page now and read it. Go. Now. This will wait. The internet lasts forever. I will quietly hum in your absence. Ok. You’re back. Good. Now, I want you to think of the most exciting person or entity that could ever visit your website. Perhaps it’s the…
  • 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…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

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

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

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

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

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

  • Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

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

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

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Coming back from a trip to Toronto (visiting with the amazing Min Basadur) I spotted an interesting billboard at O’Hare airport. IBM suggests they can help “Remove the Blind Spots from Your Business” — by using Big Data and analytics. The visual of a man at a kind of virtual desktop that has visibility to ships, trucks, retail, and factories indicates that if you can just know more about what’s going on out there you’ll have nothing to worry about. If only that were so. I’m not bad rapping IBM here, I’m sure they can indeed provide lots of…
  • Six Ideas for Creative Action

    GREGG FRALEY
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
    What kind of action can you take, today, to advance your dream? What action can you take today to make real your invention, your new business idea, or art project? This is a post about taking creative action. All the great ideas in the world, all the wonderful concepts, all the ground-breaking thoughts we have are useless unless we get into real world action. It’s an easy concept to forget for people who love ideas, concepts, and imaginative thinking. Somehow — we are such great rationalisers — the good vibes generated when we have those lovely thoughts feel like action. But…
  • Harvard’s Kodak Moment?

    GREGG FRALEY
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Nitin Nohria, Dean of HBS — and man in the hot seat Have you ever been in the position where you thought, “gee, if only I was better educated, or just smarter, this complex decision in front of me would be easy.” In the innovation world the agonizing decision of whether to embrace a new trend and leave behind your old business model is always brutally dificult. Organizations have been torn to shreds in the conflict about what to do. Some have made those big choices and survived, like IBM, or, made bad choices and bit the dust, like Kodak. Part of the psychology of leadership…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • A Simple Message Brings Success

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

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

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Chris Redhage talks about the niche his company is exploiting in healthcare TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets appeared first on 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.
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    CollegeMogul

  • Cost of Being Healthy and Trendy

    JohnnyG
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Everyone wants to look their best. To achieve that, you need to not only eat the right foods but to also wear the right clothing. Since branded clothes are not cheap and eating healthy can cost you an additional $1.50 per meal on average, there are some important things to keep in mind. Having a great hairstyle will take people’s attention away from your face. If you have minor lines and wrinkles but vibrant hair, this can be incredibly useful. When you are selecting colors, try to focus on darker colors that don’t bring out the pigments in your face as this can enhance the appearance of…
  • Eating Healthy Foods On A Daily Basis

    JohnnyG
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    Doctors recommend a healthy diet as one of the three most crucial aspects of enjoying a healthy, rewarding and long life. The other two aspects are: first, a moderate exercise program consisting of cardio, strength and flexibility training exercises and; second, sensible lifestyle habits, such as sufficient sleep, effective stress management, and avoidance of cigarettes, illicit drugs, and other harmful substances. Healthy Diet and Disease Why is this so? With a healthy diet, you can prevent many diseases from taking root in your body, so to speak. Your healthy diet should consist more of…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • What We Can Learn from One of the Greatest Investors of All Time

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

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

    Jay Turo
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    As any venture capitalist worth his salt will tell you, there is a chasm of difference between the mostly grounded-in-reality financial forecasts offered by public companies, and the almost never to come true "rosy scenario" projections offered as a matter of course by startups and small businesses.And while large public company CEOs and CFOs are judged as a matter of the highest honor on their ability to deliver on projections, exceedingly rare is the entrepreneurial executive that comes anywhere close to meeting forecasted results. For a sense of the extent of how bad this problem is, a…
  • 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…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Small Business Tips: 5 More Great Online Tools (Have I Mentioned These Before?)

    Mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A few weeks ago I offered up five online tools that I have tested or am currently using (and that I have never written about before). I like to explore these new apps, tools, and services every so often with an eye towards sharing and possibly implementing in our own business (Remember? Here, here, here, here, and here). Some of the best tools and apps we use are available online for little or no money. The best of these reduce workloads, improve productivity, increase capacity, and (yes) can pay for themselves through reduced expenses in other parts of the budget. Plus many of these are…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #234 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above shows 100 of the most iconic movie shots of all time. Some remarkable cinema is represented. What’s missing? Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership – crowdspring.co/1usla8G 8 Excellent Reasons to…
  • 12 Questions: Meet Tal More (USA)

    Audree
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:47 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 Tal More (crowdSPRING username: moretalme) today. Tal lives and works in Los Angeles, California. 1. Please tell us about yourself. Hi crowdSPRINGers and NetBrowsers. My name is…
  • Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership

    Mike
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    What is a manager? What is a leader? In the context of small business and startups these two characteristically different beings are necessarily rolled into one. In the world of the mega-corporation-consultant-advised-worker-powered-behemoths a manager can often be a quietly effective, detail oriented, often cloistered individual who might supervise dozens or even hundreds of others, while displaying minimal, or even non-existent leadership skills. This is not to say that mid-level corporate managers are not often strong leaders, but merely that leadership ability is not always a required…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #233 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:57 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! Apple is known for the unique style of their ads. Here’s a fun parody from IKEA, poking fun at those ads and promoting the annual IKEA book catalogue. Very well done by IKEA. Small Business Tips: 5 Great Online Tools (That I’ve…
 
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  • T.J. Lane's troubled life behind bars

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    T.J. Lane's troubled life behind barsAPThe Ohio school shooter has had constant disciplinary problems since his 2012 conviction, newly released records revealed.Details of his brief escape last weekMore newsWoman charged with raping manZimmerman's road rage incident
  • Peterson makes public comment on scandal

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Peterson makes public comment on scandalAPThe Minnesota Vikings running back released a nearly 500-word statement through his agency on Monday to address his child abuse charge.'I am not a perfect parent'Related coverageNFL hires abuse expertsBarkley weighs in on the charges
  • Retail giant looking to make massive hires

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Retail giant looking to make massive hires GettyIf you are looking for a job, we've done the leg work and put together a list of the top companies hiring this week. Jobs with 'top drawer benefits'More in Finance Wal-Mart uniforms from unlikely place18 dangerous jobs
  • Schools' new vehicles turn heads

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Schools' new vehicles turn headsGettyDistricts in L.A. and San Diego received armored trucks and other excess military weaponry as part of a government program.What officials say they'll be used forMore from AOL AutosBrush with disaster caught on cam'Hoverboard' no longer fantasy
  • Medal of Honor bestowed upon Vietnam soldiers

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Medal of Honor bestowed upon Vietnam soldiersAPRetired Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins was one of two soldiers that received the heroic award Monday from President Obama.It took decades for his recognitionDon't miss these storiesCouple weds on roller coasterSearching for the crashless car
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    Xconomy

  • Wisconsin Roundup: Uber, Lyft, Epic, BioTechnique

    Jeff Engel
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Jeff Engel Here’s a quick rundown of recent news from Wisconsin’s technology and innovation community: —A federal judge rejected a request by Milwaukee taxi groups to halt a new city law that lifts the cap on taxi permits and provides a pathway to legalization for ride-booking apps like Uber and Lyft, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. The city processed 328 applications for new public passenger vehicle licenses in the first week, the newspaper reported. —Meanwhile, Lyft instituted a bonus program for new Milwaukee drivers to help defray the costs of city licensing…
  • Court: Dealers Can’t Stop Tesla From Selling Direct to MA Consumers

    Curt Woodward
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Curt Woodward Tesla Motors, the high-performance electric car company headed by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, has won another legal skirmish in its quest to sell cars directly to consumers. On Monday, Massachusetts’ top court ruled that car dealers in the state had no right to sue Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) for its direct-sales model, which cuts out any middlemen in the car-buying process. Like many states, Massachusetts has laws that ban car manufacturers from owning dealerships that compete with independent dealers. When they were put into place, those rules were typically meant to stop Ford,…
  • Can nRelate Cut Down the Noise in Web Content Recommendations?

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    João-Pierre S. Ruth “Click bait” runs rampant on some Web pages these days, much the way ads cover paper placemats at some diners. In the margins of many media sites, it is common to find suggested stories and promoted links that have nothing to do with the material that originally brought the reader there. The (over)use of eye-catching photos and headlines on the Web is not new, and plug-ins that recommend content have been around for a while. Despite the grumblings, candid celebrity photos and other click bait persists because it drives up online traffic—even if it is out of…
  • MI Roundup: Plymouth Ventures, FarmLogs, Start Garden

    Sarah Schmid
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Sarah Schmid Here’s a look at news from around Michigan’s innovation hubs: —Things are going gangbusters for the Ann Arbor-based ag-tech startup FarmLogs. Founder and CEO Jesse Vollmar says his company, which has developed software that helps farmers track and leverag precise agricultural data, is now being used by 15 percent of U.S. farms. That number represents $11 billion worth of crops under management. “We’re really excited,” Vollmar says. “It’s really amazing to see the changes.” When asked about drones—another high-tech tool many farmers are eager to start…
  • LeadingReach Aims to Close Healthcare’s “Weakest Link,” Referrals

    Angela Shah
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Angela Shah Innovation in healthcare can come from the unlikeliest of places. That seems to be the case at LeadingReach, an Austin, TX-based medtech firm: The startup was founded out of a marketing agency. LeadingReach wants to shore up what it calls the weakest link in healthcare delivery: the referral. The six-month-old startup sells Web-based software to specialists to better track patients through their care. Do they see a specialist? Did that physician receive the patient’s healthcare records? And, if not, the software allows for electronic transmission of documents, says Tony Frey,…
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    Speaker, Trainer, Author & Human Change Expert

  • I hate CANCER

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

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

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

  • Setting Kids Up to Fail

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

    Charlie O'Donnell
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Because, you know, who doesn't love a good startup list. 1) Figure out who has written about companies like yours and reach out--when you don't need something. Think about who else is in your space--other wearables companies, companies also focused on the smart home, you name it.  Those are going to be the reporters who are most likely willing to write about you.  When you've got that list together, just individually e-mail as many of them as you can.  Just introduce yourself and offer yourself up as a resource. "Hi, I just wanted to thank you for covering this space.  I…
  • Never ask for "Just 5 Minutes!"

    Charlie O'Donnell
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    A few weeks ago, I was talking with a founder that I backed and he was telling me how excited he was about his company.  He said the path was so clear that he could literally see it--and that's the way he's always been since I met him.  He has a quiet confidence and he's excited to talk about his company--and he could go on and on if you let him. It's a stark contrast to people who beg for "just five minutes" of my time.  I understand that fundraising is hard, but if you do you best to leverage your network to connect to a bunch of investors, and you can't even get a first…
  • Invest in Karma for Above Market Returns

    Charlie O'Donnell
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Yesterday, I took my 96 year old Nana to Atlantic City.   As you can see from the photo, she didn't win, but I did.  Almost $200.  Still, she had an awesome time and was thrilled to go.  Protip: Don't bother with the valet at the Taj Mahal.  By the time they get to you, you could have walked over, gotten your car yourself and come back to the front.   Just this morning, someone on a rec sports team that I play on just told me that they lost their job and couldn't pay for softball anymore.  This season costs about $100.  House money, as far as I'm…
  • 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.
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    OnStartups

  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

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

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

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can You Rewire Your Brain In Two Weeks? One Man’s Attempt…

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

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

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

    shanesnow
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    David Heinemeier Hansson (“DHH”) The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, a frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company.  Last year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments. This post is adapted from his new book, SMARTCUTS, and it will teach you a few things: How to use strategic “laziness” to dramatically accelerate progress How “DHH” became a world-class car racer in record time, and how he revolutionized programming (they’re related) A basic intro to computer programming…
  • The Random Show, Episode 25 — Gut Bacteria, Meditation, Startups, and More

    Tim Ferriss
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you can’t view the above video, please click here or here. To download the audio as an MP3, just right-click here and choose “save as.” There are dozens of topics covered in this bromantic episode of scatterbrained banter. Like what? To start off: tracking gut bacteria, favorite documentaries, keys for novice meditators, startup lessons, Kevin’s new obsessions, and more. O-tanoshimi dane! The last few blog posts have been rather serious, so this is intended as an informal (but still informative) mind snack. For all previous episodes of The Random Show, including…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • The Easiest Way to Watch Netflix Outside of The United States!

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

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

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

  • Want Your Putty To Be Smart Instead Of Silly?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    It seems that all of us spent some portion of our childhoods goofing around with Silly Putty. It was the perfect Sunday morning toy as we lifted comics from the paper with it. It was one of the most iconic toys of the 20th century. With Smart Mass Thinking Putty this fun past time has been reinvented for a whole new century -- and boy does it show!
  • China's First Mobile Phone Only Sidewalk Puts Smartphone Users In Their Place

    China.new
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Tired of accidents caused by self-absorbed texters, tweeters and Facebook status updaters? Hey, who isn't? The Chinese city of Chongqing decided enough is enough, installing a segregated mobile phone-only sidewalk along a portion of popular Yangren Street.
  • Twitter Outrage: Separating The Tweet From Chaff, From The Kardashians to Kent State

    Ron Callari
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    The concept of separating the ‘wheat from the chaff’ dates back to Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. In the Digital Age, that parable bears significance when measuring outrage on social networks like Twitter. The microblogging platform has acted as a barometer for our level of emotions when we are dismayed, appalled or shocked by current-day events. But how do we separate the meaningful from . . .
  • Magnets That Clean Blood And Cure Sepsis

    Ellen Dudley
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A magnetic device has been invented to extract bacteria, fungi and other toxins from the blood, potentially curing sepsis, a life threatening complication of infection that kills 1 in 4 who are affected. It consists of a microfluidic device that removes magnetic nanometer-sized beads that have bound to pathogens in the bloodstream.
  • Teeny Weeny? Trunk In My Junk Offers Men Easy Way To Stuff Their Package

    Serena Dorman
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Want your package to look bigger?  If you answered yes (or you're just plain curious), we have the latest modern solution for you.
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Credit Card Wisdom

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

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

  • Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same

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

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

    steveblank
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    “By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.” Book of Five Rings A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival. —- I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. Dave was building a mobile app for matching college students who needed to move within a local area with potential local movers. He…
  • 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…
 
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Bloom Jewelry Denver, CO Featurette

    First Class Fashionista
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to speak to a local entrepreneur, Lindsay Bloom, at the headquarters of Bloom Jewelry. Being able to get into the heart of the operation was a rare treat and the whole team was very welcoming; it’s always a delight when someone in the industry is willing to open up their personal space and share with you. Lindsay, as well as Stacy McElhany-Rodgers and Christina Argo all share a close-kit workspace, and work together to keep the brand running smoothly. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing [or owning!] a piece of Bloom Jewelry, let me give you a…
  • Healthy Hair from the Inside Out with Hairfinity

    First Class Fashionista
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    At First Class Fashionista, we love to know it first, try it first and share it with you, our valued readers, first! I absolutely love saying that. So what’s new? As a beauty influencer I was asked to try Hairfinity, a healthy hair complex. Before I said yes, I did my homework. I googled the company website to learn more about the product and what was in it. Wow was the word I blurted out when I saw the before and after pictures submitted by actual customers. The ingredients made sense too. I’ve used biotin to stimulate hair growth in the past, but Hairfinity is a complete…
  • Pack and Travel Like a Pro with Pretty Connected and FCF

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    How to Pack and Travel Like a Pro As a fellow Glam Author and lifestyle blogger, I am super excited to feature Lara’s “How to Pack Like a Pro” video at First Class Fashionista. I’ve been a fan of Pretty Connected for years now and I think she did an awesome job. She’s so right. Vacations are supposed to be about getting away from stress, so we definitely shouldn’t let packing (OR traveling) cause any unneeded stress. And, thanks to Carefree Liners, an everyday item to conveniently put in your purse, gym or cosmetic bag–we’re here to help. I was…
  • Pamella Roland NYFW S/S 2015 Inspiration

    First Class Fashionista
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    As I’m certain all my fellow fashionistas are aware, New York Fashion Week 2014 is here! Although it’s not in the cards for most of us to physically be in attendance, watching the shows and getting the NYFW experience gets easier and easier in the digital age. I’ll be watching simulcasts and scouring Twitter. What about you guys? One of the labels that First Class Fashionista has the opportunity to highlight is Pamella Roland. The inspiration for this collection was described by the designer as “The fusion of Japanese design and landscape as seen in the gardens of Kyoto…
  • Mara Hoffman NYFW Spring 2015 Inspiration

    First Class Fashionista
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Mara Hoffman has become a woman known for her bold prints, one-of-a-kind pieces and her outstanding fashion show performances. About the Designer Get ready to see this amazing designer in her hometown for NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. Born in Buffalo NY, she knew as a young child that fashion was her calling. She studied at Parsons School of Design and at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Her first Ready-To-Wear collection was launched in 2000. From 2000-2005 this brand was under the name Circle by Mara Hoffman. Within this collection each piece was uniquely designed,…
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    Begin the Begin

  • A contrary view on getting into business with your friends

    jeffhilimire
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    As is the case with every post on this blog, I can only speak from my personal experience. But in my experience, getting into business with friends is the best way to do it. I started my first company (Spunlogic) back in college with two of my best friends. We were such good friends that we were all groomsmen in each other’s weddings. We added a fourth partner about 5 years later and today he’s also one of my best friends. We went through the tough times of starting a company with no revenue and no real prospects for success, all the way to selling our business and working…
  • I was blown away when I visited the Center for Civic Innovation!

    jeffhilimire
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I get to hear about a lot of great non-profit / community efforts in Atlanta. One thing I love about this city is it really embraces “giving back”. This week I met with an amazing guy (Rohit) who has started The Center for Civic Innovation, and I was BLOWN AWAY. Freaking awesome concept. According to the website, it is: A physical space in Downtown Atlanta to regularly bring together leaders in government agencies, nonprofits, corporations, technology, arts, and community to address the current status and future challenges of civic issues. Essentially, its sort of an Atlanta Tech…
  • What it will take for the iPhone 6 to get me back

    jeffhilimire
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    Will Apple introduce a killer iWatch tomorrow?  Tomorrow at 1pm EST is the big Apple event where there will be new iPhones, new iPads and likely, the iWatch. You can watch it live via the Apple website. I’ve been asked by a lot of my friends if I’m considering switching back to the iPhone after the event. Obviously this is a tough question as no one really knows what will be announced tomorrow. I get asked this because I was a devout Apple Fanboy from the moment the first iPhone came out in 2007, but then I switched to Android in March of 2013 and have been using Android devices…
  • Dragon Army – looking back on the first year

    jeffhilimire
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    What an amazing first year it’s been at Dragon Army. I’m so glad I made the decision to start this company and while I’m thrilled with the progress we’ve made, I can honestly say we’re just getting started. Game on. Pics and thoughts on the Dragon Army blog ;)
  • Using Trello as a priority desktop

    jeffhilimire
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Ah, the continued quest to find the perfect task management / email / to-do / etc. tool. It’s never-ending! For the longest time now I’ve been very happy using email as my prime tool for managing to-do list and workload. Between email and my calendar, I’m able to be very efficient with my time. The missing ingredient has been a way to keep track of the “big” things that are going on. For instance, right now I’m planning a trip out West and there are several people I want to see while I’m there. That’s not an easy thing to keep track of in…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Take the First Step to Becoming an Entrepreneur at an Upcoming Founder Institute Startup Event

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over [total_cities] cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, get feedback on your ideas, come up with new ideas, recruit potential co-founders, and more. They are the perfect starting point for beginning your entrepreneurship journey.  We have several events coming up in the next…
  • Have a Business Idea? Get Online Feedback from Startup Expert Adeo Ressi

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:10 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.
  • 7 Startup Lessons from Google: It's All About Data

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. However, before founding AngelPad, Korte worked at Google for 7 years, and was Google’s first International Product Manager. In this second installment, filmed at the 15th Founder…
  • Startup Fundraising Tips from the Co-Founder of GrubHub

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  Coming to the decision to pursue funding is no easy matter, but it’s a piece of cake compared to the ominous beast of successfully securing funding. Knowing how to present yourself, your company, and your story can make all the difference. However, knowing when to walk away from an investor that isn't a good fit with your company is also crucial.  Mike Evans is a Co-founder…
  • Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider, Appota highlighted on Tech In Asia, and More Grad News

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over [total_graduates] new technology companies across [total_cities] cities, [total_countries] countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over [total_jobs] new jobs.  Over the past week, Realty Mogul was featured on Crowdfund Insider, Appota highlighted on Tech In Asia, Whale Path was featured on peHUB, and more. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider: Realty Mogul Raises Over $1 Million…
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Do All Entrepreneurs Piss Themselves When They Launch Their Business?

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

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

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

  • Partnering with Your Partner: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

    Catherine Morgan
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some of you may be thinking about starting a business with your significant other. Carol worked with her husband for 10 years and shares the plus points and the negatives in her recent post on entrepreneur.com – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on Partnering With Your Partner. There is no right answer for [...]
  • 10 Ways to Beat Business Burnout

    Brad Shorr
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Successful entrepreneurs burn as much energy as champion marathon runners; they not only run long, they also run fast. Some entrepreneurial ventures fail not from a lack of good ideas, but because they run out of gas. Here are 10 ways to avoid burning out before your race is run. Delegate. Trying to do it [...]
  • Tips for a Great Business Meeting

    Carol Roth
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you’re meeting with a potential client, a current client, a colleague or even your staff, sometimes, those meetings go off the rails and leave you scratching your head as to what the purpose of that meeting really was. So, to improve the productivity and ultimately, the success of your business meetings, I have looked [...]
  • Everything Is Marketing but Marketing Is Not Everything

    George and Mary-Lynn
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you sell products or services? Or do you promote a brand? For the most successful small businesses, it’s the latter. They realize that it’s the way to capture mind share with customers and prospects. Everything is marketing If you want to be one of them, you have to realize that everything is marketing. your [...]
  • Why Your Ideas Have No Value

    Catherine Morgan
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Carol’s recent post on entrepreneur.com is a very important one. Many entrepreneurs think that their idea for a business, product, or service is precious and valuable in and of itself. Carol shares why this isn’t true. Here is an excerpt: That’s right: ideas have little to no value. It’s the execution of the ideas that [...]
 
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    Lessons Learned

  • Last Chance for Summer Sale Prices

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

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

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

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

  • Four Reasons Why You Should Do Things At Work That Scare You Sh!tless

    Under30CEO
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve made it. You’re here. I can only assume you made it this far because you’re NOT doing things from nine-to-five that scare you sh*tless. Now that I have the assumption train rolling down the tracks, allow me to make one more sweeping—but, very calculated—generalization. I’m fairly confident that the majority of you reading this post, at one point or another in your academic career, became visibly uncomfortable (I’m talking fingernail-biting, palm sweating, I’d-literally-rather-be-anywhere-but-here uncomfortable) anytime a professor stood…
  • 6 Ways to Boost Sales After a Slow Summer

    theyec
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What are some simple strategies I can use to turbocharge sales numbers after a slow summer? The following answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Run Giveaways With Bloggers Run giveaways with bloggers and ask customers to sign up for your email list to enter. This will serve multiple purposes. It gives you…
  • How to Navigate Your Mind’s Propositions

    Under30CEO
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It might seem as if our enlightened brothers & sisters out there have somehow managed to triumphantly overcome the human condition and are now settled comfortably into a place of peace and bliss. Yeah, they are. They really, really are. It’s possible to live this kind of life here on earth. But I have to break something to you: Those thoughts that bring us to our boiling point, that devastate us and feel absolutely horrible, do not go away. They don’t. Sorry. What changes, is: we don’t buy them anymore. Imagine a mall where sales people surround you, enticing you with all kinds of…
  • 6 Mistakes The Healthiest Entrepreneurs Do Not Make

    Under30CEO
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a professional health and performance coach working solely with entrepreneurs, I have seen habits within my healthiest and most successful clients that separate them from the majority of entrepreneurs. Here are the 6 mistakes the healthiest entrepreneurs do not make. #1 Binge Drink Speaking on behalf of every entrepreneur under the age of 30. Most of us don’t do moderation too well. We binge work. We binge eat. We binge exercise. We binge socialize. We binge. Period. The one thing that the healthiest entrepreneurs don’t do on a consistent basis is binge drink. As entrepreneurs, the…
  • 10 Awesome Customer Service Tricks for Entrepreneurs

    Under30CEO
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I waited at their concierge for an hour. After which the receptionist informed, the meeting has been cancelled. Or, As soon as I reached their concierge, the receptionist guided me to the Director’s cabin, for the scheduled meeting. Which is an example of a good customer service experience? In an ever-challenging market industry, customers have choices. They want quality, value and an experience to take home. Brands, on the other hand, are struggling on roadblocks of their own. They deal with growing market competition and consumer’s dwindling attention span. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos rightly…
 
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    Fizzle

  • Feet on the Ground, Head Down (FS071)

    Chase Reeves
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you keep an eye on the business stuff while in the throws of a new creative endeavor? That’s one of 4 listener questions we get into in this episode. Our thanks to Myke, Greg, Nick and Tom for sending in your questions. Enjoy! (What are you struggling with right now? Ask us and we’ll help you get through it.) Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS How to keep your feet on the ground when your business is going nuts. Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Relay FM — “An independent podcast network for people who are creative, curious and…
  • How I Got 100,000 Podcast Downloads in 62 Days (Without An Existing Platform)

    Grant Baldwin
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Towards the end of last year, I started mentally toying with the idea of doing a podcast. I regularly listened to various shows and had always enjoyed podcasts but for whatever reason, I had never really given any thought to doing my own. But the more I considered it, the more intrigued with the idea I became. For much of my career, I’ve made a living as a professional speaker, primarily talking to high school and college students. I had built a solid business offline but now was eager to start something online. On May 27, we formally launched the How Did You Get Into That?podcast. I had no…
  • What’s the Right Amount of Prep for Your Launch? (FS070)

    Chase Reeves
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a fine line between preparing too little and preparing too much. The former leads to failure. The latter, to nowhere. Listener of the show, Adam, has an idea he really believes in. He’s worried about walking that line. What’s the right amount of prep before he launches? After an unusually large portion of ballyhoo we dive right into Adam’s question and share what we’ve learned about the balance. Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS At what point should you say, “I’ve prepared, I’m confident and now it’s time…
  • As I Write This. Depression, Anxiety & Entrepreneurship

    Chase Reeves
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    As I write this I’m completely directionless. I’m trying to dream up a content strategy for Fizzle. That’s the site you’re on here. We write and podcast for indie entrepreneurs. What a shitty word — “entrepreneur.” Feels like the kind of word French people are super pissed about us using. “Ew du no eeven knogh wat zis wurd meeens.” {le sigh} I’m cynical. This work feels directionless. I try to plan, but as one hand writes down ideas the other hand erases them. I’m getting spun up, like a roiling boil. All this activity, all…
  • Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069)

    Chase Reeves
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In certain circles there’s a stigma about working for others. These people believe everyone should be independent and work for themselves. Corbett has written passionately on this subject a few different times. In this conversation we explore whether or not you should work for yourself or for others (some of us don’t think what you may think we think… savvy?). Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS Should you work for yourself or for others? Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Send a voice message to The Fizzle Show (fizzle) — Ask us…
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    Strategy

  • 9 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

    Drake Baer
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    More than 25% of internet users download or listen to podcasts, Pew reports. Apple reached its 1 billionth podcast subscription last year. Podcasts are gaining in popularity for a number of reasons: You can listen in the car or on the train to work, you can dig deep into a topic, and you don't have to burn your eyes out on a screen. To that end, here are nine podcasts that are sure to stimulate your brain."Startalk Radio" will open your mind to the cosmos. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the public face of astronomy right now — and his voice is just as magnetizing.  Dig into his podcast to…
  • The Incredible Toys Of Billionaire Richard Branson

    Madeline Stone
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    From spaceships to hot air balloons, billionaire entrepreneur and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is always playing with some new toy.  He's set world records with kite boards, planes, and even rockets through endeavors with Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Oceanic, and Virgin Galactic. He even has two islands in the Caribbean dedicated to parties and adventures. We've rounded up some of his most outrageous toys here. Perhaps Branson's most famous toy, Necker Island is a 74-acre Caribbean resort that's played host to plenty of celebrity-packed parties since the 1970s. Thought it took…
  • Why Urban Outfitters Keeps Selling Offensive Clothing

    Hayley Peterson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Urban Outfitters is facing a public backlash for selling a "Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt" that is spattered with red stains resembling blood.  The $129 sweatshirt is reminiscent of the Kent State Massacre of May 1970, when four unarmed college students were killed by the Ohio National Guard during a Vietnam War protest.  This is the latest in a long line of offensive fashion screw-ups by Urban Outfitters.  Just within the last year, the company has had to pull three separate items from stores following a public outcry, including a "drunk Jesus" t-shirt, a…
  • 4 Things Young Self-Made Millionaires Have In Common

    Emmie Martin
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Most people work their entire career without becoming a millionaire — but some achieve that level of wealth before turning 30.  As it turns out, there are a few key characteristics that set certain people up to earn big early on, according to Peter Voogd, founder of the Game Changers Academy, who made his first million before turning 26. "You don't make a million by accident," he says in a recent LinkedIn post. "If it's not a goal you sure as hell won't hit it." Here are four vital traits young, successful millionaires share, as observed firsthand by Voogd: They have a sense of…
  • How A Piece Of Advice From Marissa Mayer Shaped This CEO's Career

    Jillian D'Onfro
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    If Polyvore CEO Jess Lee didn't get some early advice from Marissa Mayer, her career trajectory would have changed completely. It was back in the early-2000s, and Lee was on the brink of accepting an engineering position at Intuit after graduating from Stanford with a degree in computer science. Out of the blue, Lee got a call from Google. Someone had seen her resume and thought she'd be a good fit for the company's elite associate product manager program.   Lee took the interview but tells Business Insider that she was pretty iffy about the position — she didn't know anything about…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

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

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Sally
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. At that point, he realized he could achieve the kind of goal that at one time might have seemed indomitable. But, Guillebeau writes: Experience produces confidence, and confidence produces success. To have traveled the world over, literally, brings to mind a super hero or…
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    dylan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that future and making it work for you, you may want to request an invitation to The FOW Community to further the conversation and start taking action. Before we let him go, we asked Jacob a few quick questions about the questions he has, and where he looks for answers… 1. What is the one unanswered question about business you are…
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Jacob Morgan

    dylan
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Tweet “Everyone always talks about the customer but in my opinion change must start from the inside first. … Employees are the most valuable asset that an organization has and we need to spend more time focusing on them.” ~Jacob Morgan A Q&A with Jacob Morgan on The Future of Work Jacob Morgan has been challenging conventional thinking about the future, about work, and about the future of work at his site, The Future Organization, and on Forbes for year. (In fact, he believes the future of work is all about challenging convention.) If you want to know How To Get Rid Of…
 
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Five interesting facts about DigitasLBi's new partnership with viral news site BuzzFeed

    David Harris
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Those who read stories on the web know that there are two truths about what makes an article popular: cats and stories in list form. On Tuesday, the Boston office of DigitasLBi, the digital marketing company with about 700 employees locally, will welcome a new partnership with BuzzFeed, the website that's been making listicles and cat photos popular since 2006. Here are five facts about the new partnership: Although BuzzFeed has grown over the years into a serious news organization with foreign…
  • Twin sisters accused of using identity theft to bill for health services that were never performed

    Jessica Bartlett
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Twin sisters, formerly from Burlington, have been indicted and arrested for allegedly billing public agencies for unlicensed psychological services. According to a release from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, Nita Guzman billed Medicaid, Medicare and Lawrence Public Schools more than $550,000 for unlicensed mental health services through her company New England Psychological Consultants Inc. Her twin sister, Nina Tischer, used her company PsychSupport Inc., to bill a division of UMass…
  • Former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt resigns from marijuana dispensary organization

    Jessica Bartlett
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts has lost its premier executive, with former U.S. Rep William Delahunt resigning from the position in favor of a job with an addiction treatment group. Delahunt could not be reached for comment at his offices. According to the Cape Cod Times, the legislative heavyweight from Quincy said Monday that he had been approached by an addiction treatment group that wanted to expand services in the Northeast. Unable to do both jobs, he decided to forgo his role with Medical…
  • Epirus gets approval in India for its first biosimilar, a generic Remicade

    Don Seiffert
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The Boston-based drug company formed out of a merger with Zalicus this summer, Epirus Biopharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: EPRS), is today announcing its first-ever drug approval. The company said it’s gotten final marketing and manufacturing approval in India for a generic version of the rheumatoid arthritis drug, Remicade. It’s among the first approvals globally in the fast-growing field of generic versions of so-called “biologic” drugs, which are created with living cells rather than chemistry.…
  • Health Policy Commission to rule on Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General merger within weeks

    Jessica Bartlett
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A preliminary Health Policy Commission review of a proposed merger between Lowell General and Tufts Medical Center will likely wrap up within 30 days, providing critical insight into the fate of two major health institutions. David Seltz, executive director of the Health Policy Commission, said both institutions filed a material change notice with the state board in July, and turned in a detailed analysis of what the merger would look like last week. The latest filing started the 30-day review…
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  • 45 Most Successful People Whose Ages Were No Excuse For Failure

    Thomas Oppong
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    What’s your excuse for not trying? Age shouldn’t be one of them. Actually, you shouldn’t have excuses at all.A few of the most common excuses: I am too old for that. I don’t have the time. I am not capable. Someone else will do it. I’m too tired. It’s too late now. Now is not the right time. I am not talented. I am not ready. I’m too scared. Nobody will help me. What if I fail. I don’t feel motivated. I’d rather do nothing. I don’t have the money, equipment, space for it.These are 45 of history’s most creative and successful people whose ages did not stop…
  • How to Move Your Business to London (Without the Extra Operational Expense)

    Thomas Oppong
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    According to this report in Economia, London is way ahead of other parts of the UK in creating new businesses. This means that it is by far the best place to have the headquarters of your business. You’ll be in the economic capital of the UK, with potential employees for hire once you are ready to employ qualified people, and transport links to the major cities across the world making international business simple.London is uniquely positioned in Europe as a business and financial city. The richness of its creative industries attracts business professionals of all industries.  You new…
  • This Will Help You Kill Your Excuses (for Good)

    Thomas Oppong
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    We all make excuses.But the successful ones are those who can kill the excuses like the miserable maggots they are.Excuses are rationalisations we make to ourselves about people, events and circumstances. They are invented reasons we create to defend our behavior, to neglect taking a particular kind of action, or simply as a means of negating responsibility.Some of the most popular excuses: I’m too tired. I don’t have the time. I am not capable. Someone else will do it. It’s too late now. Now is not the right time. I am not talented. I am not ready. I’m too scared. Nobody will help…
  • Here Is How To Get Customers, Attract Even More (And Keep Them Coming Back)

    Thomas Oppong
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The success of your business or product depends on the patronage, registration, or usage by customers; both paying and non-paying. The extent to which you maintain repeat customers depends on how they are treated when they do business with you. Customer acquisition and retention is an art.Keeping repeat customers is the backbone of a successful business. You need to be good at both attracting new customers and retaining old ones.”We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a…
  • Half a Million New Businesses Sprung up Last Year (in the UK) – Will Yours be Next?

    Thomas Oppong
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    After six years of Britain’s worst post-war recession, it looks like the nation’s entrepreneurs are regaining their courage. Figures released by Companies House show that a record 526,446 new businesses were registered last year, up from 484,224 in 2012 and 440,600 in 2011.With consumer confidence also starting to show signs of a comeback, now could be your ideal moment to put your dreams of your own business into practice. But let’s be clear: this is not a decision to be taken lightly. Giving up the day job means giving up company perks like your pension, sick pay and paid holiday.
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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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  • Microsoft buys Mojang, creator of Minecraft, for $2.5 billion

    Jai Vardhan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    A week of prolonged rumour about Mojang being bought by Microsoft came to a halt as the latter announced its buy-out for $2.5 billion. Following the deal, Mojang’s Co-founders Notch, Carl, and Jakob are leaving the company. Mojang’s flagship product, Minecraft, has been one of the top-selling games on iOS for a long time. In a blog post the company said that there are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. “We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and…
  • Google launches Android One™ initiative to bring high-quality, affordable smartphones at INR 6399

    Ramya Venugopal
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    In a first for India, Google Inc today launched their Android One initiative first in this market with an aim to bring high-quality smartphones at affordable prices for the emerging markets with later plans of expansion to other markets in South East Asia and beyond. Speaking at the launch, Sundar Pichai, Google Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps, said – “Advancement in technology and quick access to information has changed our lives so much and made it a lot better. While 1.75 billion people around the world already enjoy this, the vast majority of the world’s…
  • Online lingerie store raises $2 million from Orios Venture Partners among others

    Jai Vardhan
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Online lingerie store PrettySecrets has raised $2 million Series A round led by Rehan Yar Khan of Orios Venture Partners and co-invested by India Quotient along with participation from prominent angel investors like Anupam Mittal and Ravi Gururaj as well. The investment was made in January 2014. The company had earlier in 2012 raised an angel investment from Indian Angel Network and Harvard Angels. The raised capital will largely be used in scaling the operations and team. “The funding has also allowed us to build on our product catalog and foray into complementary product categories. We…
  • May the stew be with you! Pune-based Stew Art experiments with a different kind of food

    Arjun Mehra
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    What’s in a stew? Vegetables and/or meat cooked over a low flame, simmered for a long time with herbs and spices and served with bread, ‘appams’ or rice depending on where the stew originated from. Stews have been around for more than 8,000 years when tribes from the Amazon rain-forest to Europe and Central Asia would use the shells of turtles or large mollusks as vessels to boil food in. As Indians, we’ve all had our fair share of stew in the staple daal and sambar (yeah, I didn’t know they classified as stew either!) “Stews fall somewhere between a soup and a curry; not as bland…
  • Power2SME raises INR 42 crores in series C funding

    Jubin Mehta
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    Power2SME is a ‘Buying Club’ for small and medium enterprises that started in early 2012 (read their complete story). Today, the company has announced that it has raised INR 42 crores in Series C funding from its existing investors- Accel Partners, Kalaari Capital and Inventus Capital. The funding will help Power2SME to further expand its business across the country, thereby enabling the company to strengthen its foothold in the SME market. Announcing the recent round of funding, Mr. R. Narayan, Founder & CEO, Power2SME said, We are excited about the Series C funding. The decision of…
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  • Lumos Columbus Creating Novel Space for Entrepreneurs

    Susan Post
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short North is home to a unique new concept in the starup world. Part innovation and strategy consulting for lager corporations, part in-house startup incubator and accelerator, and part tech art gallery, Lumos Columbus is creating different ways to harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking. The first component of their three-tiered business model is strategy consulting […]
  • When Finding Qualified People Seems Hard, It’s Because It Is

    Dessa Augsburger
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Finding qualified people for your open positions is hard – especially without a recruiting staff. An important distinction we need to realize: posting a position online is not recruiting, it’s posting a position online and hoping the right person sees it. Recruiting is a proactive stance to go out and find people. As a small […]
  • Shoply App Creating New Shopping Experience

    Susan Post
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your keychain is full of loyalty cards and you’re tired of scrolling through your email for coupons at the check-out counter, a new app is aiming to make your shopping experience a bit easier. Organizing and optimizing loyalty cards, giftcards, personal coupons and a list of carefully curated deals, Shoply is the new personal […]
  • Traxler Custom Printing Expanding to New Clintonville Facility

    Susan Post
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Traxler Custom Printing is expanding to a 9,100 square-foot facility at  3029 Silver Drive in Clintonville. The printing company will over double the square footage of their current Indianola Avenue facility, allowing increased production and capabilities, as well as the hiring of at least five new employees. Founder Zachary Traxler is hoping to make the […]
  • Columbus Chamber Accepting Nominations for 2015 Small Business Leader Awards

    Susan Post
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Columbus Chamber is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Small Business Leader Awards. The award recognizes the best of the best leading local small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Small businesses that have substantiated success, increased sales, number of employees and contributions to the community will be honored through the award. Interested parties can […]
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  • Basic Rules Of Problem Solving For Your Startup

    Martin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    If you can’t solve problems and enjoy it, you won’t make it as an entrepreneur. By definition, an entrepreneur is the first to undertake a given business, and firsts never happen without problems and people frustrations. The toughest problems are people problems, like personnel issues, but there are tough operational problems as well, such as vendor delays and quality surprises. The real entrepreneurs I know are good at overcoming both people problems and business obstacles, and get satisfaction from the challenge. Some people think this is a talent that you must be born with, but experts…
  • Exit Strategy For Startup Company

    Martin
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The last thing a new entrepreneur wants to think about for a new startup is how it will end. Yet one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. The answer you give can make or break your ability to get an investment, so you need to have the right answer ready before anyone asks. Here are three important reasons for the question: Good investment paybacks normally require an exit event. Equity investments are not loans, so there is no loan payback period or interest payments. Equity is stock, but private company stock has no market value until the company…
  • Improve Your Employees Mood Via MoodHacker

    VisionwizTeam
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Do you know at least 19 million Americans experience depression each year? Are you one of them? So,would you like to try some tool that could help you, your employees, customers, subscribers, or patients to assess and improve their mood? Then try Moodhacker. What Is MoodHacker? Moodhacker is a new startup that aims to help employees track, understand, and improve their mood, and reduce depression symptoms. How It Works: MoodHacker encourages self-management through a practical, real-life, and holistic intervention approach. Healthy habits that encourage physical activity, sleep, nutrition,…
  • Why Investors Due Diligence Is Important For Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. Taking on equity investors to fund your company is much like getting married – it is a long-term relationship that has to work at all levels. Investor due diligence on a startup is not a mysterious black art, but is nothing more than a final integrity check on all aspects of your business model, team, product, customers, and plan. Reverse due diligence on the…
  • 5 Beta Startups For SignUp

    VisionwizTeam
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    5 Beta Startups For SignUp 1. Glose Glose is a reading platform for inspired readers who want to share their thoughts through ebooks. It’s like an online bookclub that makes it more fun and social to read. 2. StrawClub StrawClub is  restaurant matchmaking platform that aims to help couples date at  their places. 3. Paraglide Paraglide provides employee perks for businesses who want to help their employees to love their jobs. 4. LifeSignal Lifesignal is a new startup that monitor your jobs  silently in the background and only notifies you when your workers really need your attention. 5.
 
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  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV

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

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

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

    Chris Reimer
    15 May 2014 | 4:28 am
    I am elated to announce that I have joined Kaldi’s Coffee as their new Marketing Director. This is a newly created position that will have me creating and implementing marketing strategies, monitoring and posting on social media, and finding ways to sell more coffee (especially online). I’m thrilled to join the organization, while having mixed […] The post Big Announcement – I’m Headed to Kaldi’s Coffee appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    “I don’t understand his world, but I do understand he’s part of mine.” The post A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    EpicLaunch

  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

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

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

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

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
  • 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…
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  • What’s New in WordPress 4.0 – New Features (Video)

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

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Blogging has changed over the last couple of years. There has to be a more in-depth strategy, if you are looking at making some money with it. And this strategy requires use of some essential tools and worst that the tools come for a cost that most bloggers would want to skip. While these tools […] The post Why is SumoMe WordPress Plugin One of the Essential Blogging Tools for Success? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Running a B2B Business? Here is how you can Benefit from Pinterest

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    Amazon and eBay may provide you with an opportunity to reach out to millions of people by advertising your business or products on their websites, but you cannot do much with the limited space provided to you for convincing the potential customer or buyer. Pinterest, a newbie in the realm of social media, gives you […] The post Running a B2B Business? Here is how you can Benefit from Pinterest appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Don’t Guest Post to Get Backlinks! Guest Posting Benefits from a better Strategy

    Dilip Kumar
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    On 20th January, Matt Cutts published a post with a weird title – “The Decay and Fall of Guest Blogging for SEO”. This post and that day shook the entire blogging world, the after effects of which is still visible to a lot of bloggers. I keep getting emails even today from people who has […] The post Don’t Guest Post to Get Backlinks! Guest Posting Benefits from a better Strategy appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • 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 | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
 
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  • Set Up Your Blog with a Focus on Conversions

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

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

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Image credit It is an amazing time to be working in marketing. With the field evolving almost every day, client expectations have soared. There are, however, several diverse and innovative tools available today that help marketers meet their high expectations. The marketing arena has witnessed many changes in the recent years. Marketers are more alert than ever before with their number one priority being to create and strengthen marketing plans for the time to come. The way companies communicate with their customers goes a long in way in establishing how the former will be perceived. While…
  • 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. …
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  • Five tips for achieving a healthy work-life balance

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

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

    guestbloggerSUD
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    From the Grumpy Boss to the Barely-There Manager and the “David Brent”, every manager has a different style of management. Officebroker.com looks at ten types of boss. Maybe you’ve worked for one. You may even be one of the following… 1 The 24/7 Boss They put everything into their job and are constantly willing to “take one for the team”. They have no concept of the word “holiday” and are in work regardless of the weather or ill health. They expect their staff to meet their high standards, so employees can forget about leaving early. Ever. 2 The Leachy Boss They are smarmy and…
  • Where do Scotland’s business groups stand on independence: 'och aye' or 'och no'?

    Mark Williams
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:50 am
    So, the second televised Scottish independence debate has aired and many commentators awarded a clear points victory to Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond over ‘Better Together’ figurehead Alistair Darling. According to the BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson: “From the start it was clear that Darling, who won the first debate, was edgy and nervy, while Salmond was better prepared and more confident.” But, with the referendum soon due to take place on 18 September, where do Scotland’s business groups stand when it comes to independence: Och aye the noo or Och no? CBI – No…
  • The real cost of owning a van – infographic

    guestbloggerSUD
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    For many sole traders, their biggest initial outlay is a company van. This infographic from Premierline Direct Insurance looks at the true cost of owning a van over four years. Click on infographic to enlarge. Infographic © 2014 Premierline Direct business insurance Resources:  Start up costs
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    EpicLaunch

  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

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

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

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

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

    Tyler Waldman
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Baltimore famously dropped British war hopes in the Battle of Baltimore. Now, as Charm City marks the 200th anniversary of its role in ending the War of 1812, AT&T is trying to keep cell calls from meeting the same fate. The carrier deployed what’s called a cell on wheels. One of the generator-powered, self-cooling portable cell towers has been parked near Fort McHenry for two weeks, and will stay a couple days beyond the end of the Star-Spangled Spectacular, the weeklong celebration of Baltimore’s role in the creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which kicked…
  • UMD lands its largest-ever gift: $31M from Oculus VR cofounder

    Tyler Waldman
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Brendan Iribe dropped out of the University of Maryland after his freshman year. But his gift last week, the largest ever to the school by a single donor, is equivalent to tuition there for thousands. The College Park university is using the $31 million gift from the Oculus VR cofounder to jumpstart its renowned computer science program. In an email Friday to the university community, Maryland President Wallace Loh announced $140 million in gifts, including Iribe’s, and the launch of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation The gifts, Loh wrote, were sparked…
  • Quiz investors and network with founders [Events Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    This week, join fellow founders in the Baltimore Entrepreneur Meetup Group’s Brainstorming & Breakthrough Ideas for Entrepreneurs. Hobnob with Naptown thought leaders at the Launch! Annapolis Happy Hour, or pick the brains of investors at TechBreakfast’s Ask a VC. Also, Baltimore Innovation Week continues through Saturday. Brainstorming & Breakthrough Ideas for Entrepreneurs The Baltimore Entrepreneur Meetup Group talks about how to jumpstart your business. Registration is required. Tuesday, Sept. 16 5:30-7:30 p.m. JCC of Greater Baltimore 5700 Park Heights Ave.,…
  • Baer op-ed: How women in tech can stay professional, successful

    Tyler Waldman
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In a Baltimore Sun op-ed, tech consultant Merritt Baer says women should be assertive and unapologetic, and not stoop to stereotypes. •Don’t bake brownies. You’re not a Girl Scout troop leader at work, don’t act like one. •Don’t use exclamation points in email correspondence. Just try it: “Thanks.” Periods work just fine and project a more professional tone. Exclamation points can come across as juvenile. •Never say “I’m sorry, but…” before a request. “I’m sorry, but I never got the attachment you sent.”…
  • Chesapeake Innovation Center cuts ribbon on new home

    Tyler Waldman
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Chesapeake Innovation Center had been in its drab space in Annapolis since its opening in 2003. On Friday, the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (which runs the center) and area officials marked the opening of its new 8,000-square-foot center on Blue River Boulevard in Odenton. “This location is not actually about the space,” said CIC Executive Director Laura Willoughby. “It’s about what we’ve created for innovators, about what we’ve created for our members.” The incubator is currently home for IT consultant ITnova and data and…
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  • StartupHPC Announces Meetup Agenda for SC14 in New Orleans

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

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

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

    Rich
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In this video, George Zachary from Charles River Ventures discusses his experience with VCs, funding, and entrepreneurs.
  • Technology as Inspiration for Startup Products

    Rich
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Lindsay Jo Holmes from MapleXO, Garett Stenson from Ziba, and Ken Tomita and Joe Mansfield from Grove discuss technology as inspiration for their Startup products. Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience.
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    Alastair Banks, Devon based Entrepreneur, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant, Lover of West Ham and Poker

  • How to use LinkedIn to generate Sales Leads

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

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

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

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

  • Revenue Based Financing

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

    Joe Wallin
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) will be joining us to discuss some of the very exciting state and federal public policy issues being bandied about both in Olympia and on Capital Hill in Washington D.C.A skilled lawyer and a longtime public servant–starting as a WA State Senator at the young age of 25–Congressman Smith has taken an active role in the advocacy of small business in his district and across the U.S.Currently there are many policies in the works that could benefit the startup community. His insights into how policy is written, some of the obstacles the new policies…
  • Crowdlending for Businesses

    Joe Wallin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    By Tabitha CreightonFinding capital for a startup can be as tough as any other part business and sometimes emotionally draining, since everyone seems to have an opinion on your concept. Borrowing money from a bank can be just as harrowing, however, borrowing money from “the crowd” via the Internet is one of the fascinating new ways for businesses to raise capital.Who is the Lender in Crowdlending?It is way of raising capital that permits high net worth individuals (corporations, trusts, other institutions, etc) to invest in businesses through debt.Lenders discover opportunities to invest…
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

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

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

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

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

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

  • Machine Failure!

    Peter Cauton
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    So sorry for the lack of posts last week. I poured water over my laptop. Of course, I did something phenomenally short-sighted when I tried turning it on to see if it still worked. It did. For around 2 minutes. Until it permanently died. I tried writing on my tablet, something less comfortable than writing on a real keyboard, but still palatable. There was just something seriously demotivating typing on something which had major cracks on the screen. You see, a friend of mine accidentally dropped it a few days ago. I found it amusing that after years and years of surviving multiple crazy…
  • 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…
 
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    Blog

  • Startup Bootcamp at MIT [Slideshow]

    joshboyle
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 09/15/2014 - 07:15 Blog Slideshow:  Startup Bootcamp Wendy Cebula - President and COO, edX Joshua Reeves - CEO & Co-Founder, Zenpayroll Katie Rae – Managing Director, Project 11 Daniel Nadler - Cofounder and CEO, Kenshō Adi Rathnam – Co-Founder, Kamcord Nick Chim – Founder, Flux Factory Spenser Skates - Co-founder, CEO, Amplitude Analytic Shauna Mei - CEO and Founder, AHAlife James Windon – President, Brigade Media Harith Rajagopalan - Founder and CEO, Fractyl Teaser:  Startup Bootcamp, presented by StartLabs, is a free one-day event featuring…
  • New Mobile Platform Smacking the Norm for Student Social Interaction

    joshboyle
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Release Date:  Mon, 09/15/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Last year, Giuseppe Stuto and his friend Franco Iudiciani started a twitter account to give high school students a place to post school happenings, rival sports talk, and other high school activities. Within a month, @SMACKHigh had over 10,000 followers... Last year, Giuseppe Stuto and his friend Franco Iudiciani started a twitter account to give high school students a place to post school happenings,…
  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: September 15 - 20

    joshboyle
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:45 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their due, but I want to highlight a few... VentureFizz strives to be your one-stop shop for the Boston Tech Scene. Our calendar is stockpiled with classes and events for Boston entrepreneurs to learn and network. They all deserve their…
  • Talent on the Move! September 12, 2014

    Keith Cline
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Premium Company:  Blueport Commerce Release Date:  Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:15 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - September 12, 2014 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - September 12, 2014Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.Randy Goldstein, Executive Vice President, eCommerce @ Blueport Commerce.  Previously, Divisional Vice…
  • 5 Ways the Internet of Things Could Change Our Lives

    joshboyle
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Premium Company:  Boston Interactive Release Date:  Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:00 Author:  Boston Interactive Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  The Internet of Things (IoT) is the movement towards having almost every electronic product we use connected through the Internet. With an estimated worldwide market of $7.1 trillion for 2020, it has been the center of attention recently in the digital world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the movement towards having almost every electronic product we use connected through the Internet. With an estimated worldwide market…
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  • How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon

    mholmes
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
        Today I’m going to walk you through the EXACT step by step process that will ensure you make the BEST financial decisions, large or small, every single time. Make sure you read all the way to the end for a special Bonus Guide that will teach you EXACTLY How my wife and I […] The post How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing?

    mholmes
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
      Sometime ago I wrote that you WILL NOT be cursed if you don’t tithe. In fact I said: You will not be cursed. In fact, in Christ you’re eternally blessed! All the curses under the law came upon Christ…All the curses of the Law were laid on Christ at the cross. Period. So no […] The post Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing? appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • 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.
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    Verge

  • Save the Date: Verge Wants You to Get Connected

    Tim Hickle
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    It feels like every month, there’s another big acquisition in the Indianapolis tech community. Hell, most times it’s a member of the Verge community getting acquired. As a tech entrepreneur, you can’t help but think about what that negotiation looks like. Personally, I do mock buy-out talks every morning in the shower. I think if you look at the numbers, you’ll see that conditioner’s ability to restore hair and add volume could really help shampoo engage with new markets. That’s why I’m so excited for this month’s event. This month, we get the…
  • 3 Pitching Mistakes That Make You Sound “Salesy”

    Matt Hunckler
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    “Draw a line down the center of the paper,” said Mr. Brown. We were on the third hour of back and forth and Brown wasn’t ready to let go without pulling out all the stops. “Now on the left side of the paper, write ‘Reasons For,’ and on the right side, write the word ‘Reasons Against,’” Brown said. This was the first time I had ever been sold anything in a one-on-one situation. But even I knew the “Ben Franklin” close. I’ve seen a lot of pitches since then. It’s surprising how many make the same mistakes—especially because they’re so easily avoided. We’ve all…
  • The Top Qualities to Look for in Your Very First Hire

    The YEC
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Your company is up and running – or at least crawling – and now you get to hire your first employee. You’ve probably worked with a lot of people, maybe you’ve even hired a few, but this is a whole new ball game. This person is patient zero of your startup. You need to make sure you get it right! So what should your startup look for in a great hire? What is the no. 1 quality I should look for in my very first hire and why? 1. Amazing Communication Skills No matter your industry or the position for your very first hire, you absolutely need someone who can…
  • How NOT To Be An Email Spammer

    Tim Flint
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    People often ask Greg Kraios, Founder of 250ok: Why is there spam? He knows that the answer is simply “because it’s profitable…If it didn’t make money, people wouldn’t do it.” Kraios spoke at the August Smartups event about the ins and outs of email marketing. He told of his days at ExactTarget and how spam filtering has evolved since. Back then, emails were content filtered, with words like “free,” “viagra,” and exclamation marks creating the basis for screening. Spammers were quickly able to game the system and be one step ahead of it. So, Internet Service Providers…
  • 15 Books That Will Change the Way You Run Your Business

    The YEC
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s the most common question many successful entrepreneurs receive… What are you reading?  15 entrepreneurs across the nation share the books that changed their businesses forever. What’s one book every entrepreneur should pick up today? What was your big takeaway from it? 1. “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande In this fascinating book, Atul Gawande talks about how a few simple, well-made checklists can reduce the complexity of tasks. Checklists help automate processes and are a simple, inexpensive failsafe against stupid or “careless”…
 
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    Startup Flavor

  • Uber Recruiting Drivers During Paid Rides Is Awesome

    Alex Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Twitter exploded today (at least my feed did) with discussion about the fact that Uber pays teams of people to book rides via their competitor, Lyft, and then proceeds to recruit the drivers during those rides to leave Lyft and drive for Uber. I think this is a brilliant strategy. Before going any deeper on ...
  • Outdoor Products and Aviation — Partner With UCAID

    Alex Lawrence
    8 May 2014 | 10:46 am
    I get to work with a unique and diverse set of people at Weber State University. One of the most interesting groups is UCAID, which stands for the Utah Center for Applied Innovation and Design. UCAID serves the nation’s aviation and outdoor products industries by conducting contracted applied scientific and engineering research for our industry ...
  • The NBA – It’s A Franchise

    Alex Lawrence
    30 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I’ve read a few posts lately from some celebrities like Mark Cuban as well as friends of mine via their FB and Twitter updates or comments. The theme of the ones I am referring to go something like this: “Sterling is a horrible person. Racism is despicable and cannot and should not be tolerated.” After ...
  • For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs

    Alex Lawrence
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I wanted to get some feedback from the Utah startup community before we get too far with this idea. Some community members at Startup Ogden have come up with an idea for an “event”. I put that in quotes because all the world needs is *another* entrepreneurship event, right? Right. So this isn’t an event, ...
  • Summit: Outside — From The Inside

    Alex Lawrence
    29 Jul 2013 | 8:53 pm
    Much has been written about Summit, their events and the people that attend them. Summit, as a whole, now includes Powder Mountain and all of the property, employees and outdoor opportunities that come along with these terrific mountains of Northern Utah. They’ve been hosting events for years in different locations around the US but are ...
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    Startup Champ

  • Vital Advice For People Starting A Wedding Planning Service

    Gus
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Link to image The wedding industry can be lucrative if you know how to play it. Each year couples spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on weddings, meaning that the industry is stable. If you are considering starting a wedding planning service, there has never been a better time to begin. Weddings are big business, and the industry is an ever-growing beast. If you become a trusted wedding planner, you can make an incredible wage each month. If you are not sure where to start with your business then here is some vital advice that just might help you along the way. Dealing with difficult…
  • Lawyers and Business: In-House versus Outsource

    Gus
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    As a consummate professional, you are undoubtedly keen to make sure that your business is legal and above board. But, as an entrepreneur you are not a legal eagle. This can make it difficult to run your business in an effective way. Fledgling businesses may be keen to outsource their legal affairs. For larger, more established companies they bring their legal team in-house. There is no right or wrong way to do this. But, ensuring that you have a crack team of law gurus at your disposal is important. You cannot dismiss this part of your business. You need to have lawyers on your payroll to…
  • Boosting your New Business: The Benefits of Accepting Card Payments

    Gus
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    When setting up a new business you will invariably start off small; a laptop, smartphone, a list of contacts and some financial backing are the probably backbone of your operations, however the more business savvy may have wisely invested in a card payment system both in store and online – much like the ones you can find at Card Cutters.  These entrepreneurs will quickly begin to realise some of the many advantages that come with accepting card payments – particularly in our current fast-paced technological markets. Improving your Image There are some people who would argue that there is…
  • Tips for Protecting Sensitive Data in Your Organisation

    Gus
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    If your company experiences a data breach, what would happen? Two things, usually. If it enters public knowledge, then the business’s reputation is in danger of plummeting. The second is monetary penalties. Both can cost your business a lot of money. It’s therefore important to make sure that you do everything in your power to prevent a breach of data. Take a look at our tips for protecting yourself against accidental data loss. Encrypt All Confidential Information  Encrypting data means that only the intended recipient with the correct password can access it. Whether it’s password…
  • Advice for Setting up a Business involving Livestock

    Gus
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Some of the most interesting and rewarding businesses involve working with livestock; there’s never a dull day due to the sheer unpredictability of your animals. Yes, it can be hard work at times but much like any profession that is all part of the challenge, however to ensure you don’t make life more difficult for yourself in the future, there are things you can do when starting your business to ensure you have secured solid foundations to build on. What follows are some of the main areas you need to secure before you begin to operate your business. The Right Resources The materials you…
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  • How Steve Jobs Started – The Life Of Apple’s Founder

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

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

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

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

    Anna Vital
    23 Aug 2013 | 9:21 am
    Do most great entrepreneurs focus on one idea or pursue many? A quick look at billionaire entrepreneurs reveals that most of them are serial entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are known for being able to focus on one thing to the point of making it a reality. Entrepreneurs are also known for their ability to recognize business opportunities when they come. These two qualities can be at odds with each other: focusing on one thing while looking around for more opportunities contradicts itself. For many new entrepreneurs there is a real dilemma here. Should you start a lot of companies, or should you…
 
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  • Upgrading Your Productivity Using Virtual Assistants with Maren Kate Donovan – TCE 041

    Scott
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes It is a big day competitive edge listeners. Why you ask? Because today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics – Virtual Assistants. I started working with virtual assistants two years ago and it’s changed my life. I get more done and get to do more of what I enjoy and who doesn’t want that! Today’s guest is Maren Kate Donovan CEO of one of my favorite companies, Zirtual. Zirtual is where I got my first dedicated virtual assistant and since using them I haven’t looked back. In this episode, you’ll…
  • Behind the Scenes of Shark Tank and Disrupting the Surfing Industry with Stephan Aarstol – TCE 040

    Scott
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes A few weeks ago I was at an entrepreneur dinner in San Diego that my friend Jason Gaignard who runs mastermind talks threw. It was a collection of amazing people and where I met today’s guest Stephan Aarstol. Once I found out that Stephan’s company Tower Paddle Boards was the fastest growing company in San Diego and named one of the top 10 companies to ever be on Shark Tank I knew I needed to have him on the show. It didn’t hurt that I love paddle boarding and was curious how to start a surfing company. Today Stephan is…
  • How to Naturally Increase Your Testosterone with Chris Walker – TCE 039

    Scott
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Some of you might know this already from my post on how to  double your testosterone and gorilla butter but over the past year I’ve been on a mission to naturally increase my testosterone. I know the T word might freak some people out, but truthfully this hormone is responsible for so many critical factors to a high quality life like our fitness level, energy, emotions, libido and sleep. Assuming we could improve all those things, what dude wouldn’t want to increase their testosterone!? After a year of experimentation I…
  • The Mindsets Behind Entrepreneur On Fire With John Lee Dumas – TCE 038

    Scott
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you listening to the Competitive Edge Show odds are you’re a fan of podcasts…but you may be wondering whether creating that one is really that valuable for your business and if you can actually make some moula putting one out there? Well today my friend John Dumas is here to absolutely obliterate any of those doubts. John’s the host and founder of entrepreneur on fire which has been one of the top business podcasts on itunes over the past year. He’s making over 200,000 a month from his show and inspiring people all…
  • Speedreading People With Vanessa Van Edwards – TCE 037

    Scott
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today is an absolutely fascinating episode and one that I think has the ability to change the way you interact with people ipso facto the quality of your life experience. Our guest Today is Vanessa Van Edwards founder of the Science of People. What the heck is the science of people…well, you’ll find out in a minute when we hear from Vanessa, but I know some people hear the word science and immediately think BORING and I can assure you today’s episode is far from it. A blaring majority of how people perceive us is tied to…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Paul Hammond – Co-founder of Startup Rounds

    Mario Schulzke
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Action! While having a vision is important, it is imperative to focus on small action oriented steps. I strongly believe in the concept of compounding interest. In other words, actions layered on top of actions will lead to a compounding result that will be far more impactful than any one stand-alone action Paul Hammond was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. After graduating from Northfield Mount Hermon, he went on to get a bachelors in Digital Media from the University of Denver. Paul is a competitive tennis player, and lover of all sports. He has worked in advertising, and with…
  • Mack Dudayev – Founder of InsureChance

    Mario Schulzke
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Read a lot and then read some more. I try to read everything about my industry, marketing, technology, business and when I have time I love reading business biographies. Mack Dudayev is the founder of InsureChance, an online life insurance marketplace located in Boca Raton, Florida. It is one of a kind online life insurance agency that brokers with over 60 life insurance carriers and only transacts business through digital channels. By using this service, clients are able to instantly compare quotes with all the top rated companies and request an application online. The company prides itself…
  • How to define a mission and vision for your startup

    Mario Schulzke
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    (and why they’re so damn important) Today’s awesome guest post is by Jason Halstead, the founder of Gist Brands. I asked Jason to write this because I am a big fan of his work and this is really important stuff for you to think about as you bring to life your idea. Enjoy. When we say “startups,” we think about bootstrapped, edgy, adaptive, and agile cultures that don’t get caught up in the way things have always been done…and don’t really want to. That frequently means they look at “strategy” like the plague and written plans as nothing more than a vehicle for dust.
  • Jake Villarreal – Co-Founder and President of Match Relevant

    Mario Schulzke
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    When I have “big wins” in business or life, I schedule time on my calendar to focus on humility and how I can serve others. Jake Villarreal is the co-founder and president of Match Relevant, an IT-staffing entity that utilizes social media and innovative recruiting practices to deliver award-winning talent for funded tech startups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 organizations. Match Relevant originated in Silicon Valley and was founded to help companies find tech talent quickly and efficiently. The Match Relevant team is a group of successful, entrepreneurial-minded leaders who realized that their…
  • Andy Barkett – CTO for the Republican National Committee

    Mario Schulzke
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Cut out meetings. Shorten them. Skip the small talk, and figure out how to make the meeting last 14 minutes instead of 15. Save everybody time by being efficient. Invest that time in genuine one-on-one interactions, learning, and development. Andy Barkett has more than a decade of experience working in strategy and digital engineering. He’s the CTO for the Republican National Committee and the CEO of Getexp Inc. Previously, Barkett worked for Facebook, where he was in charge of dozens of engineers on six production-engineering teams that were responsible for thousands of servers and scaling…
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  • Scaling Enterprise Software Companies is Harder than Ever

    jesusmrv
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    There is a common misconception within the startup community that building companies is easier than ever. Part of the argument is the amazingly cheap costs of infrastructure available with cloud infrastructures such as AWS or Google Cloud, the relatively easy access to early stage capital as well as the free distribution and commercialization channels available to any company. More importantly, this argument has been fueled by some large exits recently experienced by small companies such as Instagram or Whatsapp in the consumer space. When we think about this argument, we can is about 75%…
  • Startup Lessons: Selecting the Right Tools and Processes

    jesusmrv
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Since the early days of KidoZen, I’ve been obsessing about using really different an innovative tools to improve the productivity of the team. With our rapid growth, we continuously revisit and sometime restructure some of the tools and processes we are using to improve the communication and efficiency of the different groups at KidoZen. Considering how difficult is to model the right productivity processes and selecting the right tools in fast growing startups, I’ve been surprised about how little has been written about the subject. In that sense, I’ve decided to write a series of blog…
  • Google Acquires Appurify: Our Perspective

    jesusmrv
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:56 am
    Great post on the KidoZen website about yesterday’s Google acquisition of mobile testing vendor Appurify http://www.kidozen.com/google-acquires-appurify-perspective/
  • PR Lessons: The Difference Between Good and Great

    jesusmrv
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    These days our marketing team is going through the effort of selecting a new partner for our public relations(PR) and brand building efforts at KidoZen. This selection process comes after a failed attempt to work with a different PR agency which, despite their best efforts, turned out not to be the best fit for our current needs. After being incredibly frustrated with the experience with our former PR partner, I shared my thoughts with a few of my advisors and they almost laugh at me explaining that my frustration was just a symptom of not knowing how difficult is to find the right PR partner…
  • Miami Gets Hot with the eMerge Americas Conference

    jesusmrv
    8 May 2014 | 5:03 am
    This week I had the opportunity of delivering a session at the eMerge Americas Conference in Miami Beach. This time, my session wasn’t focused on technical or market analysis topic. Instead, I joined Michael McCord (CEO of Learner Nation) to speak to the audience about the experience of building companies in South Florida and other interesting topics related to the emergent tech startup scene in Miami. The session at the eMerge Americas Conference was a very important moment for myself and the KidoZen team. Two years ago, my good friend, the legendary founder to Terremark and now Medina…
 
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  • The idea funnel

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

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

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

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

  • Engineering-as-marketing: How startups transform marketing

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

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

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

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

  • OFFICE HOURS ARE BACK!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Small Biz Guide to Social Media

    Caroline Baxter
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Looking for an up to date guide on what to post and how to use all the top social networks? This handy infographic shows you how. Created by Magic Logix, the guide encompasses all the essential networks for your business and gives a great overview of how you can use them for brand exposure, customer […] The post Small Biz Guide to Social Media appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • How To Increase Your Email Response Rates

    Caroline Baxter
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:28 am
    Email Marketing Best Practices Organising your email marketing should be a priority for 2014 You may have been sending emails for years now, but sending emails and getting them to be actually opened and read are two completely different things. Is your database organised? Do you write your emails or newsletters with a goal in […] The post How To Increase Your Email Response Rates appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • Business Writing – The Secret Recipe [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Caroline Baxter
    22 Jan 2014 | 4:22 am
    Magentic Writing Always wanted to write a truly magnetic Blog post? The article readers come back for, time after time? Getting traffic to your website is only part of the recipe for business success. Essentially, there are many ingredients which count towards making your business website the connoisseur of the industry. My article How to get original […] The post Business Writing – The Secret Recipe [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • WordPress Tutorial – An Introduction to WordPress

    Caroline Baxter
    25 Sep 2013 | 6:09 am
    WordPress So how can you have the website you dreamed of, at little or no cost, with a fully integrated CMS (content management system) and thousands of ready to use, free or paid templates? Every business owner knows the importance of having an up to date website. You may also know that getting a new website […] The post WordPress Tutorial – An Introduction to WordPress appeared first on Business Start Ups.
  • Master LinkedIn Skills and Expertise in 5 Minutes

    Caroline Baxter
    5 Sep 2013 | 4:08 am
    Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an online social media platform that could show you; Who the key influencers are in your field along with their contact details The exact keywords you should be using in relation to your skillset to optimize your profile What social groups you need to join to connect with […] The post Master LinkedIn Skills and Expertise in 5 Minutes appeared first on Business Start Ups.
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    Startup Freak

  • Quality Inn Kingsland

    StartupFreak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:50 am
    Company Name : Quality Inn Kingsland Description : Georgia hotels in Kingsland: Offers Peaceful Lodging Options! Company Overview : The Quality Inn Kingsland is centrally located between Brunswick and Jacksonville, just three miles from the annual Catfish Festival. This Kingsland GA hotel is within 15 miles of attractions like Crooked River State Park. It Provide free wireless high-speed Internet access and free fax service Efficiency rooms with microwaves and whirlpool, bathtubs, Guest laundry facilities And Many More To Book Your Room visit our website www.qualityinnkingsland.com or Call…
  • helix enterprise

    StartupFreak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Company Name : helix enterprise Description : Supplier of indian ethic wear like Anarkali dress, Anarkali suit, saree, salwar kameez Company Overview : “Helix Enterprise” was Established in the year, 2010 as manufacturer anarkali suit, anarkali dress, saree and salwar kammeez at surat, India, are the notified and distinguished organization in manufacturing, supplying and exporting a comprehensive range of salwar kameez, sarees & kurtis. Our organization is also engaged in manufacturing, supplying and export a wide range of ladies wear such as Designer Sarees, Casual Sarees, Bridal…
  • iNDBiT Technologies Pvt. Ltd

    StartupFreak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Company Name : iNDBiT Technologies Pvt. Ltd Description : A Cloud Solutions and Services Company Company Overview : iNDBiT Technologies – a Multi Cloud Computing Company, helping our customers to enable use of IT through cloud computing, Professional Services and Specialized Training. iNDBiT Technologies is a Cloud Consulting, Cloud Solutions, Cloud Managed Services & Training company. We’re an IBM SoftLayer Business Partner, Microsoft Cloud Partner, Rackspace Referral Partner, Zadara Storage, Twainstrata, McAfee and Amazon Web Services Partner We help in transforming…
  • MeraKapda

    StartupFreak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Company Name : MeraKapda Description : Your one stop source for first-quality products at rock-bottom prices. Company Overview : MeraKapda, the pioneering and value for money brand, is a part of H Kumar Textile. For almost 11 years, H Kumar Textile has been constantly delivering high quality fabric to the markets all over in India. It has emerged as a leader in poly-viscose fabric due to its ability to renovate itself rapidly to meet the challenges of a highly competitive global market. Constant innovation and introduction of state-of-the art technology has enabled it to stay ahead in the…
  • FairBits

    StartupFreak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    Company Name : FairBits Description : FairBits is a virtual currency of luck. Build your own fortune by playing a simple game of chance. Company Overview : FairBits is a virtual currency of luck. The idea is to build a fair economy where everyone, irrespective of their background, talent or skill, has equal chance of winning at life. Generation or mining of FairBits is based on a simple game of chance. All one has to do is predict a binary sequence (a random string of 0s & 1s). With clever game play, calculated risks and luck on your side, you can earn a fair bit of fortune. Download…
 
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    Onboardly

  • Announcing the #GetStarted2014 Winner: Social Belly

    Heather Carson
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    You may recall a little while back we posted about #GetStarted2014, a great competition for which we teamed up with Simpleweb and Rackspace to find and cultivate the best new idea. With a prize offering of $70,000 worth of services to help make an entrepreneurial dream come true and some of the best judges around (including Cindy Gallop, Srinivas Rao, and Jessica Erickson) reviewing each of the submissions, this contest was well worth getting involved with. Overall, there were 150 awesome ideas submitted from all over the world and over 6,000 votes cast. The community has spoken, the votes…
  • Mommy, Read Me a Press Release? (Said No Kid, Ever)

    Heather Carson
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Chances are, you know – or have at some point known – a 5-year-old kid. There’s tons of them out there, so I feel safe in my assumption that you can picture what he looks like, what his mannerisms might be, and perhaps even what it might sound like for him to ask to be read to before bedtime. Have you ever heard a child ask to be read a press release? I’m guessing not. What they probably asked was: “Mom/Dad (or in my case, Auntie Heather), would you read me a story?” Kids, in the most innocent form of all human behavior, simply want to be entertained by a story. To be…
  • 15 Best SEO Posts of All-Time

    Renee Warren
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every month, we round up our favourite posts of all-time on topics ranging from content marketing and social media to analytics and CRO. We’ll cover everything you need to get your startup the attention and traction it deserves! Before 2014 is up, you’ll be a startup marketing superstar! We’ll make sure of it. So, without further ado, here are our 15 favourite SEO posts of all-time… 1. SEO Expert Quiz Takeaway : “This (SEO) is kind of fun. It may not shed light on the state of  SEO practices, but it’s fun.” 2. 101 SEO Experts Reveal Their Fave Plugins…
  • Simple Growth Hacks for Entrepreneurs: 3-12 Months

    Shanelle Mullin
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Congratulations on a successful launch, my friend. It was a long time coming and it went off without a hitch. But… now what? Once the launch is over, the growth hacking doesn’t stop. Yesterday, we covered how to get your startup on the map during the launch phase. Today, we’re going to look at how to keep your startup on the map. Why settle for 15 minutes of fame, right? There’s a lot of work left to be done now that the launch has come and gone. Don’t worry, we have some simple growth hacks based on years of practical experience (from us and some of our friends, too). These are…
  • Simple Growth Hacks for Entrepreneurs: 0-3 Months

    Crystal Richard
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    In the weeks leading up to the official launch of your product, there are a few things that are inevitable. Time is money and stress is palpable. It constantly feels like no amount of work is ever enough. Will the product ever be 100% ready? The grey hairs on your head are multiplying faster than your runway is disappearing. But who said entrepreneurship was for the faint of heart? There will never be a perfect time to start a company. And there will never be a perfect way to launch a company. Or a perfect way to market a company. Or a perfect way to secure media coverage. Don’t sweat it.
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • 8 Common Mistakes on Business Websites (and How to Fix Them)

    Kaleigh Moore
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    Do you sometimes get the feeling that your website could be better? You look around at other business websites and think, “Hey, that looks great!” But then you come back to your own website and are not sure where to begin making changes. Yes, you know which websites you like—but how do you make your own business website mirror those great qualities? I look at lots of websites every single day while at work, when I’m at home…day and night. So I’ve had some time to pinpoint a few of the places websites excel—and where they fall down, too. Today, I wanted to share those 8 common…
  • 5 Organization Apps That People Actually Use

    Sherice Jacob
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    There’s no shortage of productivity and organization apps out there, but which ones really work? Smartphones and tablets have made it easy to stay organized, but they’ve also brought on an onslaught of apps. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at 5 organization apps that people actually use to help improve their organization and productivity. Give these a try, and let us know what your favorites are. 1. Due for iPhone Let’s say you have something you need to do at a specific time, be it a client appointment or just a reminder to pick up your kid from tonight’s game.
  • How to Organize Your Email Inbox Today

    Mary Mallard
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Inbox zero. What is it? Why should you care about it? Inbox zero is the idea that each message coming into your inbox is a *new* message. When your inbox is at zero, you won’t have any messages that you need to read or sort through. You don’t need zero messages to reach organizational happiness, but you should have a place for every email that comes to you. It isn’t easy. With email being the primary method of communication, you can become overwhelmed with the amount of “URGENT” messages flooding in. There are a ton of strategies, tools and apps to help you tame your…
  • How to Keep Customers: Strategies for Resource-Strapped Small Businesses and Startups

    Sherice Jacob
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    For many small businesses, getting customers is a challenge. You have to differentiate your brand, create a unique selling proposition, and develop a quality product or service. But that’s only half the battle. With the advent of social shopping, comparison sites and “showrooming”, competition for those same customers is fiercer than ever. So with that in mind, how do you keep the customers you already have without investing a lot of time or resources?  Let’s take a closer look at the things you can implement today to improve your customer retention rates and create a loyal…
  • 19 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Acquire Customers

    Justin Mares
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How can I get customers? It’s an entrepreneur’s greatest question. Acquiring customers is the lifeblood of any business, and the only way your company will grow. In our research while writing Traction, we found that there are only 19 ways startups and businesses acquire customers. The good news? There are only 19 channels. The bad news? There are 19 whole channels! Many successful startups experiment with multiple channels (search engine ads, PR, business development, etc.) until they find one that works. Follow their lead and figure out what works for your business. Here are the…
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    Tech Tidbits

  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Sensilk

    Eleanor Wall
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sensilk- Smart technology clothing- Conductive fibers connected to mobile app- Analyze workouts- Fitness goal customization- Track heart rate- First product is smart technology braScreenshot via Sensilk
  • In the Spotlight - Pixlater

    Eleanor Wall
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pixlater- Upload photos once, distribute to multiple photo-sharing sites- Share images on 500px, Flickr, Facebook, etc- Schedule distribution- Pro subscription offers analytics, personal portfolio, app integration- All subscriptions offer 30-day free trialScreenshot via Pixlater
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Healbe GoBe

    Eleanor Wall
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Healbe GoBe™ - Track caloric intake via skin sensor (glucose)- Pulse sensor (heart rate)- Impedance sensor (fluid level)- Movement sensor (accelerometer)- Smartphone data transfer (Bluetooth)- iOS/Android compatibleScreenshot via Healbe
  • In the Spotlight - 300Editors

    Eleanor Wall
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    300Editors- Real time professional editing as a service- Add-on for Google Docs- Up-front pricing- Editors available in multiple time-zones- Corporate pricing availableScreenshot via 300Editors
  • In the Spotlight - Wearables - Play-tag

    Eleanor Wall
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Play-tag - Wearables for your dog- Smart ID tag- Connects to mobile app- Set invisible boundaries- LED leash light- Store canine medical records/behavioral data- Track dog's location - Waterproof
 
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    e27

  • Australia-based beauty box startup bellabox grabs US$2.7M in funding

    Elaine Huang
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    The funds from Allure Media will be used for expansion and product development, and also to boost hiring efforts Australia-based beauty startup bellabox has today announced securing over A$3 million (US$2.7 million) from digital publisher Allure Media. For the record, the nearly three-year-old beauty subscription service and e-commerce platform received A$6 million (US$5.4 million) from Allure Media, but a portion of that went to outgoing shareholders. “Well over (A)$3 million will be going into the business, as stated in the press release,” clarified an official spokesperson.
  • Echelon Thailand: Passion for beer gave rise to this startup

    Terence Ng
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Wishbeer Founder Jerome Le Louer shares the story behind the beer delivery service Passion and patience. These two virtues are key to starting a business. And one person who swears by them is Jerome Le Louer, Founder of Wishbeer. Launched in early 2013, Wishbeer is a beer delivery service that aims to bring the best beers from all around the world to the doorsteps of beer drinkers in Thailand. It has partnered with aCommerce for its delivery service. The startup recently won Echelon Thailand 2014′s Khon Kaen satellite event. Jerome Le Louer, Founder, Wishbeer Also Read: Echelon…
  • The 3 stages of successful fundraising

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Fundraising is key to the success of a startup. Although the process more or less is the same, what is crucial is how you do it Fundraising: Love it or hate it, unless you are independently wealthy, it’s key to the success of your new startup. When done right, it can lead to lucrative partnerships with angel investors and venture capitalists. Luckily, in my experience, the process of fundraising is always similar. The following steps were most crucial in raising each of my initial angel rounds. Approach fundraising in phases Say you have an innovative idea for a mobile app, and you need…
  • Echelon Thailand: Skootar promises safe delivery of official documents

    Twishy
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Delivery startup Skootar from the Bangkok Satellite aims for an efficient and cost-effective service, benefitting both SMEs and messengers Scooter messenger services play a vital role in delivering important documents and small parcels in large Asian cities such as Bangkok. However, they are expensive for SMEs, and it’s also difficult to trust someone with your official things. Skootar, a web- and android-based application that helps connects SMEs with available scooter messengers in the area, aims to make delivery processes more efficient by calculating and combining similar routes to…
  • [Philippines] Future-proof your graphics career with 3D printing

    e27 Editorial Staff
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    Discover the latest trends and tools that can help you determine the business opportunities in 3D Printing, only here in Talino Talks. Synopsis: Freelancer brings to you Future-Proof Your Graphics Career With 3D Printing: Tools, Trends and Opportunities, a discourse on the emergence of 3D Printing and its benefits to all freelancers. Find out all there is to know about the world of 3D Printing. Discover the latest trends and tools that can help you determine the different opportunities for business. With our distinguished speakers Xulera’s Mr. Kim Luna and Mr. Billy Joy Ortega, get a…
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    Tech in Asia

  • UberTaxi launches in Singapore to do battle against GrabTaxi, Easy Taxi

    Terence Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    You can now book a taxi in Singapore using the Uber app. The service previously only allowed users in the country to book private vehicles. While Uber is late to the taxi app arena in Singapore, it does have a couple of advantages. It offers a silky smooth user interface, and it doesn’t need users to exchange money with the driver at all. All payments happen in the background. GrabTaxi hasn’t released any payments system yet. Meanwhile, Easy Taxi just rolled out theirs. Uber does suffer from one problem though. Getting a vehicle is relatively harder compared to GrabTaxi, which is…
  • Customer looking to preorder iPhone in Singapore finds security loophole instead

    Daniel Tay
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is currently at an all-time high, with the number of preorders globally hitting an incredible four million within twenty-four hours – two times higher than the iPhone 5 just a year before. Among the chaos in Singapore, though, a potential security breach has surfaced, causing local telco M1 to halt pre-orders temporarily, according to Channel NewsAsia. They announced this in a Facebook post on Monday, September 15, prompting understandably irate responses from netizens: Post by M1. Using a cookie modifier plugin on Google Chrome, a member…
  • Bellabox raises $5.5 million to send their beauty boxes across Asia Pacific

    Daniel Tay
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Beauty box company Bellabox, who delivers beauty product samples to members for them to try before they buy, have been quietly slogging away in the past year. Last we heard from them, they had raised a US$1.4 million series A round. Now, the fruits of their labor are revealed – they have today announced the raising of an additional A$6 million (US$5.5 million) from digital publishing company Allure Media, who is a subsidiary of Fairfax Media. Around A$3 million (US$2.7 million) of that will be going straight into the business, with the rest going to other channels such as outgoing…
  • 5 reasons why Google’s Android One is a game-changer in budget smartphones

    Malavika Velayanikal
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    The budget smartphone market got shaken up again with the unveiling today of Google’s much-awaited Android One in India. In partnership with local phone-makers Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice, Google unveiled the Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, Karbonn Sparkle V Red, and Micromax Canvas A1, with prices starting from as little as INR6,399 (US$105). The Karbonn Sparkle V Red is available on Snapdeal, the Spice Dream Uno Mi-498 on Flipkart, and the Micromax Canvas A1 on the Amazon India site. Soon, these will be available at offline stores too. India is the first country to get the…
  • Chinese startup races after China’s globetrotting tourists with overseas car rental service

    Steven Millward
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:51 am
    Nearly 100 million tourists ventured outside of mainland China in 2013, and the figure for this year is going to be even higher. A number of Chinese startups see this foreign holiday boom as a new business opportunity, even catering to the traveling hordes while they’re far outside of China. One such startups in this space is car rental portal HuiZuChe. The site specializes in overseas car rental listings, partnering with more than 10 well-known auto rental services – such as Hertz and Avis – to cover about 180 countries and areas that support drivers with Chinese licenses…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • It’s official. Microsoft are buying Mojang, the company behind Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars

    James Pember
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Well, it’s official. Microsoft are buying Mojang, the company behind Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars. The games creator, Notch has previously heckled companies who’ve “sold out” to big boys and at one point cancelled a cooperation with Oculus Rift for selling to Facebook, making this deal all the most fascinating. We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out. — Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014 Unsuprisingly, the founders of the company will not be joining Microsoft and it’s…
  • Volumental Announces $3M Investment

    Anders Hassis
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    3D customization startup Volumental, based in Stockholm, has taken on one of the largest seed investments in Sweden from Silicon Valley investor FOUNDER.org and Stockholm-based MOOR. Volumental’s cloud-based software enables accurate scanning of the human body using simple 3D depth cameras and will allow individuals to use those scannings to create products that are customized to their own bodies. Several proofs of concepts within orthotics and ecommerce are under way, including a project with Intel using 3D depth- sensing laptops for fitting shoes that was demoed at the Intel Developer…
  • Tink has closed a $4 million Series A round

    Anders Hassis
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Tink, the leading European personal finance app, today announced that the company closed $4 million in Series A funding led by Sunstone Capital, with participation from financial entrepreneur Sven Hagströmer and existing investors. The investment will be used by Tink to expand internationally, to further develop the product and to recruit new talent. Available on iOS and Android, Tink’s ambition is to be the mobile app that gives you new insights about your personal finances every time you open it. Since the launch in Sweden in September 2013, over 200,000 people – more than 2 percent of…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – September 13 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Mondido has launched – interview with CEO Robert Pohl If you’ve ever implemented a payment solution for your startup, you might agree when I say that it can be a bit messy (and/or time-consuming, dull, boring, hard, annoying, etc.). That’s why I was so excited the first time I heard about Mondido. Here comes a nimble Swedish startup with the promise of a developer […] Worldwide Funding Of Local…
  • Mentimeter, yes or no?

    Einar Persson
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With the upcoming elections it’s hard to find a more suitable startup to write about than Mentimeter. The Swedish startup has built a web-based tool that allows real-time interaction between presenter and audience. It makes presentations, lectures and forums more exciting to present and to attend. I’ve used it myself a few times. A common scenario a presenter faces is losing the interest of their audience. The idea is to keep them attentive and engaged throughout the entire time. The best way for that is to make them participate in short activities. This is where Mentimeter takes…
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    Barcinno

  • Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype (part 1 of 3)

    Orsi Tóth
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Most trends and waves run the same course. A few crazy visionaries start it, followed by innovators and early adopters, and then the big ones eventually reach the tipping point, spilling over into mainstream consumerism. They become well known and available to the masses – think last autumn’s high street fast fashion punk inspiration overload – and in the […] The post Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype (part 1 of 3) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona #Job Opening: Back-end Web Developer at The George BCN

    Scott Mackin
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    Company: The George BCN Area: Marketing Location: Barcelona Job type: Engineer The Opportunity We are looking for a back-end web developer who is solution-oriented and innovative for our clients, but also has that extra motivation to grow with us and define future projects. Hello, my name is The George and I am a performance marketing agency with a […] The post #Barcelona #Job Opening: Back-end Web Developer at The George BCN appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Megafounder (@megafounder)

    Stewart Masters
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s clear that there is something special about crowdfunding dynamics; a group of passionate people coming together to help bring projects to life. Whether it’s the coolest cooler in the world or even some dude making a potato salad for the masses, people around the world are prepared to invest in projects they really believe […] The post Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Megafounder (@megafounder) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Startup Next: Google’s Top Pre-Accelerator is Back in Barcelona

    Mar Romero
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Picture this: You’re an entrepreneur at heart, had a great idea for a business a few months ago and now you’re working your ass off to make it a reality. Today, you have an MVP, you’re interviewing your first users and perfecting your pitch, which is critical to raising seed money or getting accepted into a top accelerator program. Once inside, […] The post Startup Next: Google’s Top Pre-Accelerator is Back in Barcelona appeared first on Barcinno.
  • #Barcelona Telecom #Job Opening: Voice Lead Engineer at Colt Technology Services

    Scott Mackin
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Company: Colt Technology Services Area: Telecom Place: Barcelona Job type: Engineer The Voice Lead Engineer will be responsible for providing technical customer support to an agreed customer TDM Voice installed base. The Lead Engineer will work within a team of highly experienced engineers, with full responsibility for resolving customer faults and problems occurring on customers Voice products and […] The post #Barcelona Telecom #Job Opening: Voice Lead Engineer at Colt Technology Services appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • Marketplaces

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

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

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

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

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

  • LearnDash Review Revisited

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

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

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

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

  • Female Entrepreneur Propositioned for Sex by Investor Gives Startup Survival Tips

    Sarah Lesnar
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    “Hey G. I will not leave Berlin until having sex with you. Deal?” That was the proposition sent to female tech entrepreneur Gesche Haas from an angel investor she had met at a tech networking event. The 10-word email also included a link to the investor’s professional details, just in case Haas may have briefly doubted in the moment that it had actually been sent by someone she’d only talked briefly about work to and had exchanged business cards with. No word yet on whether his “business card” was printed on his home HP inkjet printer, but you know you wouldn’t…
  • This is What Popular Companies Would Look Like If They Were Honest

    Editorial Staff
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    If we lived in an honest world- things would undoubtedly be so much more hilarious. The companies below were fitted with honest slogans that are just too true and will surely make you crack up. Source: Humor is Contagious
  • She Only Had a Coffee Pot and an Iron, But She Made a Full Breakfast in Her Hotel Room

    Editorial Staff
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    You find yourself in a hotel room in a strange city and you are hungry. What do you do? Venture out to get food? Order room service? What about cook in your hotel room? Hey, maybe you are short on cash or you are just feeling adventurous, so you decide to become part MacGyver, part Iron-Chef- literally. In this throw-back video from 2011, Youtuber Natalie Tran hilariously shows us how to prepare oatmeal, bacon, and eggs in her San Francisco hotel room using a coffee maker, aluminum foil, and an iron.
  • Do You Live in the Smartest Town in Your State?

    Max Chang
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    It’s easy to tell which towns or cities in your state have tons of money just by looking at them, but what about brains? The Census Bureau runs an annual survey called the American Community Survey that gathers demographics on the population of the U.S.- one factor being education levels. Courtesy of Business Insider, the ACS from 2008-2012 was compiled into a map that shows towns with a population of over 1000 with the highest number of adults over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher. These are the most educated towns in each state (click to enlarge):  According to…
  • Paris Hilton’s New Pomeranian Puppy Costs More Than a Car

    Sarah Lesnar
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    That’s definitely the most expensive cotton ball I’ve ever seen. Paris Hilton reportedly dropped $13,000 dollars on a poof-ball with eyeballs. Mr. Amazing (what an “amazing” name choice…) as Paris calls him, is 5-months old and weighs about 100 ounces. That’s $130 per ounce, around seven times more than the price of silver in weight. Are dogs even supposed to be that small? $13k for a dog? That’s enough money to buy a one bedroom/ one bathroom house in Detroit, Michigan, or a 2014 Chevrolet Spark. Even more sad, can you imagine how many dogs could be saved from the pound with…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Featured Startup Pitch: Jerusalem-based ThetaRay taps big data to secure big networks

    Editor
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    By Mark Gazit, ThetaRay CEO ELEVATOR PITCH ThetaRay helps critical infrastructure organizations and financial institutions detect and stop unknown threats. Covert APT attacks, fraud, money-laundering and operational faults like device malfunction or looming outage can be stopped before any damage occurs. SERVICE DESCRIPTION Leveraging the entire scope of data emanating across all critical assets, systems and environments in customers’ business and operations is the only way organizations can truly pinpoint what needs to be addressed in order to avert crisis situations. ThetaRay’s…
  • With a big funding round ($6M+) completed, OnBeep looks to bring its wearable, real-time group communications device to market

    Editor
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    A Q&A with OnBeep co-founder and CEO Jesse Robbins. The San Francisco-based startup, which is developing a wearable, gesture-based communications device, announced in late August the closing of a $6.25 million Series A funding round. It was founded last year by Robbins, CTO Greg Albrecht and lead designer Roger Wood. This is its first round of outside funding. SUB: Please describe OnBeep and your primary innovation. RobbinsOnBeep is a wearable communication device company that will aid in creating beautiful experiences through seamless, real-time group collaboration. The device can be…
  • JIBO shatters crowdfunding goal for its robot with ‘heart’

    Editor
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A Q&A with JIBO co-founder and CEO Cynthia Breazeal. The Boston-based robotics startup has passed the $2 million mark in its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (with an original goal of $100,000), with four days left. It was founded in 2012, and also raised a Seed funding round, amount undisclosed, over the summer. SUB: Please describe JIBO and your target markets and users. Breazeal: JIBO is the world’s first family robot that brings intelligence, helpfulness and ‘heart’ to the digital home as a mass consumer product. We are initially targeting use cases for busy families and extended…
  • Featured Startup Pitch: Brussels-based Point Shout has built a mobile app that enables instant consumer feedback for brick-and-mortar retailers

    Editor
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    By Ionut Danifeld, Point Shout co-founder ELEVATOR PITCH Established in 2013, Point Shout is a subscription-based mobile and web app solution that enables businesses to listen, engage, and react more effectively to their customers’ needs. We facilitate easier customer feedback while improving customer loyalty. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION In a nutshell, Point Shout comprises of a mobile app (iOS and Android) that visitors to participating venues can download and then complete a short customer feedback survey for the venue they are at. In return, a limited time discount code is displayed on…
  • Finding the sweet spot in pricing startup products and services

    Editor
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Melissa Gelfand, SurePayroll Let’s face it. You started a business for a variety of reasons, and one reason was inevitably to make money. Depending on your business model, pricing products and services may be more-or-less difficult. Initially, you may look at the costs of goods sold, your direct or indirect competitors’ pricing, and your required profit margins. Theoretically, if your product or service closely mirrors other competitors, then your pricing strategy would be rather simple. Charge too much and customers will seek out other options. Charge less and customers will buy from…
 
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  • Apple Watch: A Triumph Of Incremental Innovation

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

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

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

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Iain Watson / Flickr The quote “80 percent of life is showing up” is widely attributed to Woody Allen, although the authority of the internet, Wikipedia, doesn’t confirm it – personally I think its true. But in business, showing up 100% of the time is table stakes. What I do see too much of though is a lack of follow up. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve not gotten as much as a acknowledgement email from someone – even from an INTERNAL person needing a response for an urgent matter, i’d be retired in Hawaii living in a huge mansion. You know what…
  • What Kind Of Innovation Is That?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Tsahi Levent-Levi/Flickr Last week, Forbes reported that the father of disruptive innovation, Clayton Christensen, who wrote the original text on innovation – The Innovator’s Dilemma, said that he may have regretted the use of the word “disruptive”, and may now be working to replace it with something like “quantum” instead. Methinks that people are having a bit of trouble with the meaning of the word “disruptive” because if you ask me, its 100% accurate, and backtracking or revising isn’t going to solve the problem. If you ask me –…
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  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 9/10/14

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

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

    John Gannon
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Sean Johnson writes for Medium about how climbing the career ladder depends on what you do out of the office. Jean Walters offers 10 characteristics of great customer success hires. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Career Advice for 9/4/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Career Advice for 9/2/14

    John Gannon
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Placemeter, a computer vision company, is hiring a Product Manager. Nitin Julka writes about how he got his first Valley-based Product Management job in 5 weeks. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox. Email The post Startup Career Advice for 9/2/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Ro knows: How to career switch from management consulting to startup business development

    Ro Gupta
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Ro Gupta landed his startup business development job by networking like crazy, catching a few lucky breaks, and crushing his interview with legendary venture capitalist Fred Wilson. Keep reading to learn how Ro successfully transitioned from the corporate world to leading business development at Disqus, one of the top discussion platforms on the web. You were the 1st business hire at Disqus. How did you hear about the role and what was your interview process like? Are there one or two things you felt were critical to finding the job or doing well in the interview process?  It was 2008 and…
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  • How to Become a Programmer in 9 Weeks: Week 2

    Swati Kumar
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Recap: Follow Me from HTML Illiterate to Professional Programmer In case you haven’t read Week 0 (about my preparation), I am currently a student at a programming bootcamp called Coding House in the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished college a few months ago, but decided my business degree wasn’t going to let me do what I really wanted: to build rather than manage. This realization and my love for startups (and California) led me to begin working toward a career in software development. 3 Highs:  Practice means Progress! Learning Made Easy:  Okay, this is kind of misleading…
  • O2S Courses Starting Soon

    Elizabeth Randell
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Starting on September 15th, Open2Study is bringing to you some fantastic courses!  If you’ve not yet taken the time to visit their website, then you should make it now!  From their easy to use chat forums (in and out of class!), to the ability to connect to classmates, to the awesome badges you can earn by taking part in various activities, Open2Study has a lot to offer on top of some top notch courses!  Check out these courses starting soon! Education & Training   EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – Examine the world of children from 0 to 5 years. Explore how they develop…
  • Featuring Open Yale

    Elizabeth Randell
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Open Yale provides a selection of free and open intro courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Their courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.  Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are…
  • Online Learning Beyond MOOCs

    Swati Kumar
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
      Massive Open Online Courses are fantastic ways to get a structured education without the typical associated costs, but they often take a long time to get through.  A MOOC could take anywhere from a few days to a few months.  There are other ways to learn something new online within 60 minutes, though.   TED Talks TED Talks might not give you a thorough understanding of Design or Accounting, but many can help you develop a opinion by taking a new spin on things.  They are generally pretty short (some even as short as 5 minutes) and send a message, whether it may be to inform…
  • Exploits in Education: Discovering Business in Society – The ACCA

    Elizabeth Randell
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back!   Glad to see you again – grab a mug of your favourite beverage and let’s begin!  Last week we chatted about the new “Discovering Business in Society” course being offered by Exeter and the ACCA via FutureLearn.  We discovered a little about Robin Mason, the lead instructor for the course and then we signed off with plans to learn more about the ACCA this week.  I don’t want to forget about FutureLearn – they had some exciting news this week that I thought would be fun to share with you.   What is the ACCA?   ACCA (the…
 
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  • Brand New Social Network Launches for Compassion in Education.

    Kevin
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Brand New Social Network Launches for Compassion in Education. The Compassionate Schools Network, a free online community for individuals interested in compassion in education, launches today, becoming the nation’s first social networking site specifically dedicated to compassion in education. The Compassionate Schools Network website hosts a Facebook-like community sharing platform, enabling users to join or create groups for individual topics or schools. The site also acts as a resource-sharing center and provides information and tools for compassionate schools. The website is geared…
  • Lineable, a $5 Wearable Tracking Beacon for Children.

    Kevin
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Lineable, a $5 Wearable Tracking Beacon for Children. Being a parent or caregiver of a child is a great responsibility. With child safety at the forefront of so many minds, tech startup Reverth has recently announced the start of an Indiegogo crowdfunding to bring Lineable to market, a wearable tracking beacon that could save many children’s lives. Innovative and inexpensive, interest in Lineable is very high among both parents and tech enthusiasts who see the great potential in what the new device offers. Locator. Most people would agree one of the most frightening things to experience…
  • Invictus Medical Submits Application For Brands Device ‘Gel Shield’.

    Kevin
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Invictus Medical Submits Application For Brands Device ‘Gel Shield’. Invictus Medical, the San Antonio, Texas-based medical device company dedicated to providing newborns with healthy developmental milestones, today announced it has submitted its application to the Food and Drug Administration in anticipation of marketing the company’s extracranial pressure relief device for newborn infants. FDA. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received the Invictus Medical premarket submission notification [also called a 510(k) submission]for the first clinical indication of its…
  • Wise Business Plans Reaches out to Australian Businesses.

    Kevin
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Wise Business Plans Reaches out to Australian Businesses. “Americans and Australians share a strong, pioneer spirit and a sense of independence,” said Joseph Ferriolo, director of Wise Business Plans, which provides custom written and designed plans to companies in a variety of industries across the globe. “We’re a natural fit for anyone, in any country, looking to start and run a business on their own terms.” Plans. Ferriolo said the plan writers at Wise, who hold MBA degrees and have decades of business writing experience, are fully versed in international…
  • 5 Traffic Booster that Website Marketers may have Missed.

    Kevin
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    5 Traffic Booster that Website Marketers may have Missed. Banners, Pop-ups, Pay-per-clicks; these are the things that average website marketers are turning into when it comes to traffic generating. They would simply cash in big portions of their investments on campaigns that provide littlest success. YourTrafficHits think that these strategies are not typical since they have low ROI. This dilemma led many website owners to crash down slowly; gaining only droplets of earnings from their investment downpours. Adapt. Some website masters of today try to adopt the ever changing trends of the…
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  • Five Startups To Keep You Fit and Healthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Team TechPanda
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This quote by Gandhi beautifully captures the essence of what drives entrepreneurs to be changemakers. Budding entrepreneurs have ideas but often face difficulty in[...]
 
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  • Perfect World CEO Attends 8th Summer Davos Forum.

    Kevin C
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Perfect World CEO Attends 8th Summer Davos Forum. The 8th Summer Davos Forum was held in Tianjin, China, on September 10. Over 1,600 guests from 90 countries and regions worldwide attended the forum, where they discussed economic topics based on the theme “Driving Innovation and Creating Value”. Many of the guests were representatives from Chinese companies. Of note, Perfect World CEO Xiao Hong attended the forum as a representative of Chinese internet companies, after having attended last year’s Summer Davos Forum held in Dalian. Davos Forum. The Davos Forum, also…
  • DHL mobilizes its employees for Global Volunteer Day.

    Kevin C
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    DHL mobilizes its employees for Global Volunteer Day. Last year, more than 100,000 Deutsche Post DHL employees in 127 countries around the world participated in over 1,600 community projects and programs as part of the Group’s annual Global Volunteer Day event. Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, has once again called on employees, customers and non-profit organizations to lend a hand in volunteer projects as part of the 2014 Global Volunteer Day celebrations. Most of the Global Volunteer Day activities took place between 4 and 14 September…
  • MediaTek Teams with Google on Android One.

    Kevin C
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    MediaTek Teams with Google on Android One. Aiming to reach the next billion people, MediaTek and Google are working together on Android One™, an initiative to provide a family of high-quality and affordably priced Android devices for consumers in emerging markets. With Android One, which launched today, Google is working closely with partners to make it easier and faster to manufacture Android smartphones for the rising Super-mid market — a new market segment comprising an unprecedented volume of premium mid-range smart devices. “MediaTek has long been an advocate of providing…
  • Honeywell Annual Program Offers Opportunity for Teachers to Join Astronaut Training.

    Kevin C
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Honeywell Annual Program Offers Opportunity for Teachers to Join Astronaut Training. Teachers of mathematics and science around the world, including Vietnam, are invited to apply for the 2015 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HESA) program, a simulated astronaut training and professional development program of Honeywell at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. HESA. Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, HESA is designed to address the trends in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by providing teachers with…
  • HKDC Reveal Global Speakers for Its Business of Design Week 2014.

    Kevin C
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    HKDC Reveal Global Speakers for Its Business of Design Week 2014. Business of Design Week, has been Asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and brands since 2002. Organised by Hong Kong Design Centre,BODW partners with a different country every year to bring the brightest creative minds to Hong Kongand discuss the design logic behind their innovative products and services. BODW is the first time to team up with a previous partner country, Sweden which was the partner country back in 2004. This ever-progressive country is yet again invited this year to celebrate the…
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    Technora

  • bigMobilityConference in Bangalore for mobile app developers

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

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

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

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    If you are setting up in business as a business consultant, then you have a fantastic opportunity to help a business in many ways. However, not every company is the same, so you may have to work hard to find out what the concerns are for that particular business and then find a way to help them. So the first job is to essentially take an audit of the company and see which aspects of their processes need some help. Once that is done, you can get down to the nitty gritty of providing support and insight.
  • Top Tips For Credit Control When Starting a New Business

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Almost 30% (of the 80%) of all new businesses that fail within their first year say that their reason for going bust was entirely down to their finances. Well-planned credit control practices are imperative to ensuring business continuity, and ensuring you have these in place at the very start will certainly ensure you don’t get into more trouble than you can handle.
  • 5 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    If you’re finding it difficult to juggle the pressing demands of your job and the rest of your life then you’re not alone. Ever since the recession of 2008 the pressure has been on, there were worldwide cutbacks, job losses and premature redundancies, which made people, worry and thus become more dedicated to their work, hoping to secure their positions.
  • Five Problems That Paralyse Business Start Ups

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Small business start-up problems are unavoidable. The majority of problems can be put down to technical issues, associated with getting your business online, or a lack of experience in marketing, financing and overall management. It is a fact that the majority of new business will never see it through the first couple of years; this is in the majority down to the five problems that paralyze business start-ups...
  • Accounting for small business startups

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Accounting, by far, is one of the most important elements of both starting, and operating any small business. It is very easy to be caught up in the glamorous start-up tasks of business card creations, name choosing, website design and so on, yet without a genuine understanding of the accounts, your business will simply not survive.
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  • Infographic: Small Business Content Marketing - The Secrets To Success

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    As more businesses develop their digital strategies to reach a wider online audience, high-quality website content has become essential for attracting visitors and turning them into sales leads. Developing a content marketing strategy can make your brand more successful in its conversion tactics, and there are several ways to ensure your copy is both effective and intriguing for online visitors. Tailoring your content Before you can decide what content to put on your site, you must first identify your target audience. Choosing your market allows you to more accurately provide content to…
  • 4 Benefits That Stem From Volunteering And Team Building

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Whether you're asking your employees to volunteer during their free time or allowing workers to take part in a community service project with a business team, it's imperative that small business owners look into the benefits of encouraging employees to participate in these kinds of activities. Not only are staff members positively impacted by volunteering, but these initiatives can drastically increase team building efforts adopted by your business. Researchers have long-stressed the importance of volunteering in the workplace, finding that these efforts can lead to a wealth of benefits for…
  • Retail Resources: Fostering Foot Traffic With Facebook

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Social networks are among the most effective and easiest tools at any small business owner's disposal. Whether you prefer perusing pictures on Pinterest or talking to followers on Twitter, these sites offer unique benefits to managers looking to leverage them to find sales leads. While adopting online tactics are preferable for some small business owners, there are ways to blend virtual and in-store promotions to greatly increase your reach among current and potential consumers. Many of these platforms are capable of connecting consumers to companies, but Facebook remains a popular…
  • Everything You Need To Know About Live Tweeting

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    In recent years, social networks have expanded features to provide users with the highest quality tools to enhance their online presence. Twitter, one of the most influential and heavily populated social media sites on the Web, offers a range of resources ideal for small business owners.  Since Twitter allows people to quickly and easily upload short posts, many users have found unique ways to express themselves on this format. One practice frequently adopted during major events is live tweeting, or the act of sending a series of reactive tweets that respond to certain occurrences during…
  • Infographic: How to Create Influential Brand Advocates

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    A satisfied customer is a powerful customer, at least with regards to how other people view your brand. Consumers who have had an overwhelmingly positive experience with your brand are far more likely to talk you up among their friends, family and followers on social networks.  In this sense, your consumers transform into brand advocates - essentially acting as walking advertisements for your business. Developing and fostering these strong relationships is crucial for the success of any small business, especially those looking to make their mark in their respective industries. …
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    TechJuice

  • Android One Coming to Pakistan by the Year’s End with $100 Smartphones

    Uzair Ahmed
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Google announced its ambitious Android One project to bring the smartphones to the hands of the maximum number of people around the world back in June at I/O 2014. Google’s SVP for Android Sundar Pichai was confident enough to remark that Android’s achievement of gaining a user-base of 1 billion customers has paved the way for next 5 billion in the years to come, and Google has envisioned to get there by offering affordable, entry-level Android smartphones in developing South Asian countries, beginning with India. Android One was officially kick-started this Monday at an event in India…
  • 15 Exceptional Resumes from all over the Internet

    Immad Khan
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Maybe you know what you want to pen down on your resume, but you are not sure of how to do it. There’s a bit of fear overtaking your confidence. Well, not to worry. You can look at these fifteen actual resumes from all over the internet, some extremely creative while some very professionally crafted. These are real resumes from real people who scored real jobs. For security purposes, some information and names have been altered. 1. This is from an Experienced Software Engineer. Simple, effective and to the point. Explains his credentials quite clearly along with his professional summary.
  • An Afternoon with the Founders of EatOye.Pk

    Immad Khan
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    EatOye.pk is a food delivery service operating in 13 Pakistani cities with headquarters in Karachi. Eatoye.pk’s roots can be traced back to 2011, when the same people brought an eating out guide, Food Connection Pakistan, with over 700 restaurants under its umbrella. Today, they have evolved into a food ordering portal, a sophisticated service, serving 100′s of hungry customers everyday. They are the major key shareholders in the 15bn food industry of Pakistan. We were anxious to share their success story to know how they went from being a start-up to becoming the market leaders…
  • 10 Questions asked in an Interview and How to tackle them

    Immad Khan
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Before sitting for an exam, if we even get a hint as to what questions we would have to tackle, we become so elated; we don’t even bother studying for it. And the result…let’s not go there. Job Interviews are not much different either. In one way or another, you will be asked the same questions you did thought about practicing. Here is a list of some top ten frequently asked questions and how to tackle them. 1. The most difficult question of all: Tell me about YOURSELF? This is often the opening question of any interview-interviewee discussion. What most candidates fail to realize…
  • i2i Releases Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report 2014

    Qurat Zafar
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Back in July, World Startup Report released a very detailed, quite encouraging report on the Pakistani Startups. Now, Invest2Innovate has released a Pakistan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Report that focuses on the essential details of the current system so that people and entities interested can take the first step towards understanding the Pakistani startup ecosystem. Also Read: 10 Early-Age Pakistani Startups with Great Potential Invest2Innovate was commissioned by CGAP, an office of the World Bank and the report was compiled keeping the standards of ANDE Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in mind.
 
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, News, Resources, Interviews

  • Naughty Strands – Helping Women Get Dressed, In Style

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

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

    Siddhartha Sarma
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    www.i-lend.in is an innovative startup in the financial space in India and is likely to be a game changer in the largely conservative, regulation driven financial products market in India. In a sector dominated by banks and large NBFCs, www.i-lend.in ’s disruptive capability is attracting interest in this sector which has seen little or no innovation since the advent of micro-finance. i-lend is a marketplace for peer-to-peer loans and seeks to match people who need money with people who have surplus money. This way i-lend eliminates the middleman, in this case, banks or NBFCs who raise…
  • [Exclusive] Quintessential Online Tools For A Successful Dream Home Hunt by Sumit Jain, Co-Founder, CommonFloor.com

    Asish Das
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    This article has been authored by Mr. Sumit Jain, Co-Founder & CEO of CommonFloor.com exclusively for The Startup Journal Despite the evolution of the real estate landscape in India, finding the right property in accordance with several parameters like livability, connectivity, proximity to one’s work place, value for money, returns on investment among others continues to be a daunting task. On one hand the massive increase in real estate activity (fueled by spectacular returns on real estate investments in the early and mid-2000s) has resulted in mind boggling choices for the property…
  • How Hard Is It To Get A Job At Google? [Startup Infographics]

    Asish Das
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Everyone knows that Google is the search giant and hires the best possible candidates for the company. Many of us dreamed about working at Google. But what does it take to get a job at Google? How hard it is to be selected for it? Does your college percentage or high qualification really matters when applying for the search giant? Did you know? It takes an average of 37 days to complete an interview process at Google  with about 5 interviews? How Hard It Is To Get A Job At Google The post How Hard Is It To Get A Job At Google? [Startup Infographics] appeared first on The Startup Journal -…
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  • Startup Events and Sport Events. The missing link

    Florin Muresan
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Two big events: startup events and sport ones. Two gatherings at which people come in bulk. Two events which attract a lot of advertising, expectation, nervousness. Both highly appealing. Their major points of difference occur in their theme and key public, even so, while attending Techsylvania this spring, which was held…
  • 5 weird reasons for why VC gives us a headache

    Florin Muresan
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    You know that funny game little girls play with daffodils? “He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not…” Oh well, you get the image. So it is with VCs. Whether you like it or not, you use it as a startup resource or not,…
  • Disney. Cartoons, dolls, music? No, a startup accelerator

    Florin Muresan
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Disney’s startup accelerator [ Image Credits: Joe Penniston flickr. ] Mom:”Honey, what do you wanna be when you grow up?” Mom thinkin’: don’t shoot for the stars, baby. Kid:”I wanna…I wanna…I wanna be Walt Disney.” Mom is all blank face. We’ve all had our fairy-tale type of dreams when we…
  • A successful startup in your face: 9GAG

    Florin Muresan
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Let’s say you have some great intriguing startup ideas on your hands, which you think will win the founders’ hearts and be a sky-rocketing success, and you have a side-project: 9GAG. Without you knowing it, it turns into a successful startup! It all sets off when you’re a student at…
  • Overview on Asia’s startup world: a hub of opportunities

    Florin Muresan
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    It seems that Asia is slowly, but steadily climbing its way to the top of the startup world. You probably already know how evolved their technology is, and how advanced is the machinery they manufacture. In this article, I’ll point out what makes Southeast Asia a great place for entrepreneurs and investors.…
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  • The World’s Top 10 One-Person Startups

    Ever Gonzalez
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    We want to thank the team at OnlineClock.net for the awesome infographic. CHECK THEM OUT! http://onlineclock.netThe post The World’s Top 10 One-Person Startups appeared first on .
  • Sarah Young – Being a Continuous Learner

    Melinda Yeaman
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The more I learn, the less I know” Albert Einstein Do you know what you get when you Google “Sarah Young and Rock Your Block”? You can easily happen upon a picture of her wearing a Scoopie the ice cream cone mascots costume! Yes ladies and gentleman, she was a giant ice cream cone. In her youth Sarah had many jobs, including working at a burger and custard joint called Culver’s, which is where some of her passion originated from as she dreamt up the idea of Rock Your Block.    …
  • John Richards: Avoiding Common Blunders

    Melinda Yeaman
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “The magic answers to success are buried in the brains of the customer” -John Richards This interview is all about the things that investors are wishing you knew. Are you asking the right questions to get legitimate customer validation? John walks us through specific strategies to get it right. Are you solving a problem in the world that is a monetizable pain? Listen to this podcast and ask yourself some hard questions; you will be glad you did. Highlights: Customer Validation Seed Funds Angel Investors…
  • 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…
 
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  • BaseCamp: Start-up Hub in Peshawar

    Hummayun Javed
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
      While a lot of the famous start-ups that turned into billion-dollar companies started in garages and basements, there are better options available to...
  • Pakistan Startup Ecosystem Report 2014

    Hummayun Javed
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    If you ever wanted to read one report that would educate you about the latest essentials of the start-up culture end ecosystem in Pakistan,...
  • SEED Ventures: Driving Social Entrepreneurship

    Hummayun Javed
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    For a prevailing culture of entrepreneurs continuously working on new business ideas and projects, we need a set of talented and motivated individuals with...
  • Sehat: Buy your medicine online!

    Hummayun Javed
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Sehat.com.pk claims to be Pakistan’s premier online pharmacy and is powered by one of the oldest retail pharmacies in the country: Fazal Din & Sons in...
  • Why Do Startups Fail?

    Nida Rasheed
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    While entrepreneurial activity has increased by over 25% in the last few years, only 75% of startups will last longer than one year. Over...
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    1CLICK.io

  • Context based Live Video Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    “The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best, but legendary,” – Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart Well clearly not just a good … Continue reading →The post Context based Live Video Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • 1Click VS LiveChat Live Chat Software

    Deepthi Ramdas
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    In a previous article, I compared 1Click’s live video chat with Zopim and Olark live chat software. In that article, I had explained three specific differences between the three softwares … Continue reading →The post 1Click VS LiveChat Live Chat Software appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • How efficient is your 1Click Live Video Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    A live video chat may be a business’ best friend. But just like one should be careful about the best friends they choose for themselves, business’ too should chose a … Continue reading →The post How efficient is your 1Click Live Video Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Archive conversations using 1Click’s Live Video Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    A live chat is used by business’ to effectively communicate with customers. With the help of a live video chat, customers can see who they are talking to and ensure … Continue reading →The post Archive conversations using 1Click’s Live Video Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
  • Failed EA Support Text Chat

    Deepthi Ramdas
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Today, gaming is an important part of everyone’s life, especially for the youth. And along with gaming, comes a lot of other security issues such as account hacking and loss … Continue reading →The post Failed EA Support Text Chat appeared first on 1CLICK.io.
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    Potknox Blog

  • Summer Recruitment Drive 2014

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    1000 programmers. 28 startups. 10 days. 7 distinct profiles. All from 1500 miles away. The Start of Something On August 1st, 2014 at 10 AM, we met in the room with the big table and chairs. Usually, all five of us would have taken the discussion in five different directions, but today our voices were unanimous. It had been two weeks we’d been waiting to have this conversation, and the moment was finally here. The Believers 14 days earlier, sitting in our Delhi based dream, we had come up with the Summer Recruitment Drive, our very own innovative way of getting startups to explore the…
  • 7 Problems Startups Face with Campus Recruitment

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    Campus  Placements and Working at Startups are two equally promising trends in recruitment that are shaking things up for the corporate world. Question is, why don’t they go together? What’s stopping startups from tapping into this wide pool of talent that’s so much like them- new to nuances, eager to excel, and intelligently innovative? Here are 7 problems startups face with campus recruitment: 1. Lack of Brand Value By far the biggest reason startups avoid/fail at campus recruitment is the lack of brand value attached to them. Especially at particularly prestigious…
  • 4 Alternatives to Resumes

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Dear Employers and Employees alike, to quote Phoebe Buffay as she *pwned* Ross Geller, “Wasn’t there a time when the brightest minds in the world believed that the world was flat? And, up until like what, 50 years ago, you all thought the atom was the smallest thing, until you split it open, and this like, whole mess of crap came out. Now, are you telling me that you are so unbelievably arrogant that you can’t admit that there’s a teeny tiny possibility that you could be wrong about this?” What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time you spent hiring? These four…
  • Startups and Interns Are Made For Each Other

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Interns are to Employees what Startups are to MNCs; both the smart new kid on the block giving the older kids a run for their money. We spoke to 3 young, successful entrepreneurs who agreed that interns have been invaluable to them, when handled with care. But what is it about interns that make them so perfect for startups? Are startups and interns really made for each other? 1. They’re Useful- I solemnly swear I’m up to some good. Interns have been found to be the source of some truly brilliant ideas, thereby giving fantastic returns on investment. Call it beginner’s luck or a…
  • 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…
 
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    SuperbCrew

  • SKULLY AR-1 Smart Helmet Raises $1.95M via Indiegogo

    SuperbCrew
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Skully is an augmented reality helmet that uses a built-in rear-view camera to provide a 180-degree view of what’s behind the rider, which is projected on a heads-up display in front of the rider to radically enhance situational awareness. Skully has raised over $1.95 Million from Indiegogo supporters. HEADS UP DISPLAY – Shows critical information in your line of sight, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road ahead. REARVIEW CAMERA – Gain full situational awareness with ultra wide-angle rear view camera. GPS NAVIGATION – Never miss another turn with an integrated…
  • MOTA SmartRing – Revolutionize Wearable Technology

    SuperbCrew
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    With MOTA Smart Ring you will be able to receive updates from calls, texts, and social media with vibrations from your finger. The MOTA Smart Ring’s companion app for Android and iOS devices allows fine-grained control of notifications to be displayed on the ring. Low energy Bluetooth 4.0 communications provides a stable connection between your phone and your SmartRing. The MOTA SmartRing allows you to stay wire-free, charging your SmartRing via its charging station. Last Updated on September 14, 2014 Activate Social Media:The post MOTA SmartRing – Revolutionize Wearable…
  • New App Weld – The Easiest Way To Schedule on your iPhone

    SuperbCrew
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    San Francisco based startup Weld works with everyday scheduling emails and makes it simple and natural to have conversations about scheduling on your iPhone. Below is our interview with Bill Ferrell, Founder of Weld: Q: What is Weld? A: Weld is a productivity application that simplifies complex tasks down to quick actions that you can complete on your iPhone. Weld makes it easy for you to view and interact with scheduling emails by bringing together the context of your calendar with your email – and providing one touch buttons to quickly schedule a meeting and have a conversation to…
  • Wristify – The World’s First Bracelet That Heats And Cools You

    SuperbCrew
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Developed by Embr Labs Wristify is an award winning heating and cooling bracelet that lets you make yourself comfortable by sending hot or cold pulses to a patch of skin on the wrist dozens of times per minute. Sam Shames from Embr Labs shares more details with us: Q: Could you tell us your story and something more about Wristify? A: Our story began last summer when my co-founders Matt, David, Mike, and I entered MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s MADMEC competition together. After coming up with the idea, we created the initial proof-of-concept prototypes over the…
  • Dalia Research – Next Generation Of Market And Mobile Research

    SuperbCrew
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Berlin based startup Dalia Research develops software that makes asking questions to anyone, anywhere – simple and efficient. Dalia Research solution – Samplive gives you access to users through thousands of apps, mobile websites and social media sites. Nico Jaspers, Co-Founder and CEO of Dalia Research, talks with us about his startup: Q: For those who have never heard of it, how would you describe DaliaResearch? A: At Dalia Research, we’re building software solutions to make asking questions to anyone, anywhere as simple as possible. We are applying some of the latest…
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • Start-ups: Build a strong team first

    ventureosity
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    What is the most valuable in a start-up, the product or the team, in this post, the culture of a start-up should focus in building a strong team with high level of communication between its members in order to build a strong product, read more : Your team is more valuable than your product.
  • Apple done it again!!!

    ventureosity
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    The secret is to jump last, they waited and they tested the market then they hit the right wave, and here it is Apple iWatch, something that truly hold the Apple signature with the usual charm  since the time of Jobs. Beside Calls and Texts it has: The walkie-talkie function uses a microphone and built-in speaker to […]
  • Mazing Dreams: Bernie McCabe

    ventureosity
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    We meet Bernie McCabe, owner of Mazing Art Studio an artist inspired by his trips around the world, took the art of “Mazing” to a different scale and turned it into a real venture, from A4 canvas to 1,000 square foot parking lots, he creates Mazes that are a unique work of art. Q: Hi […]
  • Alibaba: Open Seasame!

    ventureosity
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    We kept this post for sometime untouched, waiting for the news to be made, Jack Ma is all over the news, Alibaba is making history. Speculations about the share value, competition rising from everywhere, from China and out of China, Just when the news was about Jack Ma to be the Richest ever in China […]
  • Don’t said ISIS, said: Daa3ish (Daaish, the “IS” hate it by the way)

    ventureosity
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    If you type Isis on Wikipedia and you get the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis_(disambiguation) you will notice beside Our Beloved Goddess Isis everyone who share the name, but there one particular item: (Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant) was named by the media and press regardless if it is the right name or not, and that created a stigma, a […]
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    Spectafy Blog

  • Utility Isn’t Enough, How Social Should Compliment Utility to Drive App Engagement

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

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

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

    Eric Watson
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Real-time photos, we believe, are going to be a huge part of how we gain information in the next year. We are so connected technologically through our mobile phones and mobile devices that pictures are just an obvious commodity that we can use for more than just selfies. We can use them to plan, to be productive, and to help people. We can use them as we already do to engage in communities, but also to benefit communities. We knew when we got started building our startup, Spectafy, that we would learn a lot about real-time photo sharing and boy have we ever! Just to give you a bit of…
  • 5 Tips for Boosting Per Hour Productivity

    Sean Smith
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Are you always trying to be more productive? Are you always looking to get that extra hour out of your day, or make one footstep travel a mile? We are too. We are constantly trying to optimize our time, our productivity, our output. It’s core to our company and core to who we are. So in the act of trying to optimize our outputs, we would like to pass on some of the things we’ve learned. Check out the 5 ways we at Spectafy optimize our time and lives below! 1. Eat a quick and easy nutritious breakfast Bonus points for pre-sorting! It’s pretty straight-forward, we are always more…
 
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Meet SchoolShape, A Tech-Fluent Language Lab That Got People Talking

    KARAN CHOPRA
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    No doubt with a way by which technology makes it stands clear on every possible outlook of life, the very same it makes it entrant in the world of education also. This is because the today’s company which we are featuring belongs to education niche and is name as SchoolShape. If sharing what this start-up does, then in simple words, SchoolShape is a cloud-based language learning platform which helps making teachers lives easier with by integrating different strategies in hand. SchoolShape basically creates a virtual language lab where teachers can give assignments, test and moreover even…
  • Meet Slideee, A Search Engine For Slideshows

    KARAN CHOPRA
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Slideshows plays an important role for businesses around the world. While it is not always easy for anyone to go and develop a slideshows straight away, this is why one does requires some kind of help which lets them think, design and develop a valuable presentation. This is why in this article; I am going to share about a search engine name as Slideee which acts as a search engine for slideshows only. Slideee is a search engine which aggregates slideshows and PowerPoint presentation from across the web while the categories it offers, include Art & Photography, Business & Management,…
  • Preparing For Emergency, Visit MyPatriotSupply Today

    KARAN CHOPRA
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    You never know when you come under emergency scanner. No one wants to be a part of any problem but no one knows when it comes. Sharing a special review article today, in this article, I am going to share about MyPatriotSupply, a survival store which was founded back in 2008. The site was founded by the people who got huge passion in them for self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness. Moreover, the site aims to drive practice emergency preparedness with earnestly believe that the true freedom comes from attaining self-reliance to certain level. Sounds like a required need, then Visit…
  • Want More Than Deals And Offers, Meet HundredCoupons

    KARAN CHOPRA
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Discounts everywhere all around, makes people more interested in saving every single penny. While most of the websites offering discounts available online only but the website which we came up recently do more than that. Named as HundredCoupons, the website not only offers online deals but also offline deals too, the one which is in and around you. HundredCoupons as the name suggest aims to offer discounts, different deals available in the area near you. Moreover, it shares the best bargains available even at the next store near your home. Categories it includes are mobiles, tablets,…
  • Celebrate The Design Of Life With FourHands.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Design plays an important role in one’s life. No matter what one considering on choosing or planning for opting for, while there are large number of options do available for the purpose. This is because, in this article, I am going to share about FourHands.com, an online wholesale and retailer business of house furnishing products. The website FourHands.com brings in all the information about the furniture pieces which it offers to all for selection. If you are into innovative furniture designs or for redecorating your entire home, then this website is a perfect place for you. So, if you…
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    The Leanometry Blog

  • How to Create the Perfect Startup Elevator Pitch?

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

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

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

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

    leanometry
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Introduction to angular js july 6th 2014 from Simona Clapan
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