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  • 6 Secrets to Self-Employed Happiness

    Inc.com
    Minda Zetlin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Ever wonder why self-employed people seem happier than everyone else?
  • A Winning Strategy For Growth Companies, A Fight-Back Plan for Established Goliaths

    Forbes - Entrepreneurs
    Julie Meyer
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    Innovators and entrepreneurs aren’t normally in the business of sharing their intellectual property. What then was Elon Musk, the Founder of Tesla, up to when he announced that Tesla won’t initiate patent lawsuits against companies who want to use their technology.  This conscious decision to open up the patents that his firm invested millions into is a perfect illustration of what I call Ecosystem Economics.   Musk and co know that driving the economics for the ecosystem of the electric car market is the most important thing.   By being altruistic and…
  • How Startups Can 'Die of Indigestion'

    Inc.com
    Will Yakowicz
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The co-founder of Poshmark, an app that enables users to sell clothes from their closet, shares the best entrepreneurial advice she ever received.
  • Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

    TechCrunch
    Catherine Shu
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
     Vingle is a fun, community-oriented site from the founders of Viki, the crowdsourced subtitling platform that was acquired by Rakuten for a reported $200 million last year. Viki’s founders, Changseong Ho, Razmig Hovaghimian, and Jiwon Moon, saw how devoted fans on Viki were to translating and subtitling the dialogue in their favorite movies and TV series, and wanted to create a network… Read More
  • Why Does This Cooler Have Almost $7 Million In Kickstarter Funding?

    Fast Company
    Rebecca Greenfield
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Apparently, America has lots of pent-up demand for a battery-powered Inspector Gadget cooler.The Coolest cooler has $6.8 million in Kickstarter funding with 37 days left to go, as of this writing, putting it on track to surpass the Pebble smartwatch as the most-funded project on the site of all time, ever. According to Kicktraq, Coolest could rake in more than $22 million by the end of its run. Pebble, the smartwatch of crowdfunding lore, snagged over $10 million in funds. It wouldn't seem like such an unreasonable achievement for Coolest, except for the fact that it's essentially a cooler…
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    Fast Company

  • 5 Dream Jobs You Probably Didn't Know Exist

    Rachel Gillett
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    These creative thinkers prove that if you can dream it, you can probably make a living out of it.Having a dream job means different things to different people.Read Full Story
  • Yves Béhar Is Selling His Design Firm Fuseproject To A Chinese Conglomerate

    Carey Dunne
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    BlueFocus Communication Group, China's fastest-growing marketing group, will take a 75% interest in the San Francisco-based design firm.Yves Béhar, founder and CEO of design firm fuseproject, is closing a deal on a partial acquisition by China's BlueFocus Communication Group. BlueFocus, China's fastest-growing marketing group, will take a 75% interest in fuseproject.Read Full Story
  • GM Recalls Another 718,000 Vehicles

    Alice Truong
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The automaker has recalled nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide this year.General Motors is issuing another six recalls affecting 717,950 automobiles for various safety reasons. None of the recalls this time were related to the ignition switch.Read Full Story
  • How A Couple Bootstrapped Their Bakery By Living In A Bus For 18 Months

    Alice Truong
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Bart Greenhut and his wife scraped together 19 years of savings and sold all their belongings to get their business off the ground.How do you transform a passion for baking into a full-fledged business? In a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread Wednesday, Bart Greenhut of Los Angeles-based Bart's Bakery explained how he and his wife went from selling batches of homemade chocolate chip cookies in farmers' markets to producing about 1,000 pounds of cookies a day.Read Full Story
  • Why Does This Cooler Have Almost $7 Million In Kickstarter Funding?

    Rebecca Greenfield
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Apparently, America has lots of pent-up demand for a battery-powered Inspector Gadget cooler.The Coolest cooler has $6.8 million in Kickstarter funding with 37 days left to go, as of this writing, putting it on track to surpass the Pebble smartwatch as the most-funded project on the site of all time, ever. According to Kicktraq, Coolest could rake in more than $22 million by the end of its run. Pebble, the smartwatch of crowdfunding lore, snagged over $10 million in funds. It wouldn't seem like such an unreasonable achievement for Coolest, except for the fact that it's essentially a cooler…
 
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    VentureBeat

  • GetFeedback.com Unveils GetFeedback for Salesforce Desk.com

    Business Wire
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    SPONSORED POSTCheck out our press release hub, powered by Business Wire. It's a one stop shop for industry announcements to help you stay on top of the latest technology and investment trends. Get the scoop here.Available today, GetFeedback for Desk.com delivers an integrated customer feedback system that provides the insight companies need to deliver world-class customer service and support GetFeedback for Desk.com is now live on the Desk.com application marketplace at http://www.desk.com/features/apps and additional information can be found at http://www.getfeedback.com/desk SAN…
  • LeoNovus helps photo company process mosaic images in half the time

    Dean Takahashi
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Above: LeoNovus provides computing horsepower for Picture MosaicsImage Credit: Picture MosaicsLeoNovus, a distributed cloud computing company, has announced that Picture Mosaics uses its technology to process photo and video mosaics in half the time compared to previous methods. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based LeoNovus, which is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto, has found a new way to do cloud computing; and it promises a higher level of geographic dispersion, security, privacy, and redundancy. It marshals unused computing power in PCs, set-top boxes, and other devices in order…
  • Movius raises $13M to give BYOD users multiple phone lines, split billing on one device

    Brenda Barron
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    Image Credit: ShutterstockMovius, a messaging and call completion service provider, has raised $13 million in financing, it announced today. It will use the funding to expand its CAFÉ and myIdentities platforms globally. CAFÉ is short for Communication Applications Framework Engine, which the company calls a “next generation mobile applications platform.” In plainer English, the company’s services allow people to use the same device for business and personal use, with support for multiple phone lines, split billing, and more. Basically, these services allow people to…
  • Tencent invests $3.2M into a laundry-on-demand service in China

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Image Credit: Boston Public Library/FlickNot be outdone by the U.S. and its Washio, Chinese internet giant Tencent has invested $3.2 million into an on-demand laundry service with an app made by laundromat chain Rongchan, reports say. The service, named Edaixi, currently receives about 1,000 orders per day, and hopes to reach 10,000 per day within the next year. It offers a flat-rate $16 service for the washing of all items in one of its custom laundry bags, unlike most of its customers that only charge per item of clothing. Customers can also get individual items of clothing, shoes,…
  • People are more important than technology, according to new Altimeter Group study

    Stephen Harber
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Image Credit: Brian SolisThe Altimeter Group has just released The 2014 State of Digital Transformation, its second report on the topic this year. Principal analyst Brian Solis spent time researching and interviewing leading businesses from different industries to see how they interact with customers through technology. The challenges faced in the process were also examined. The report defines “digital transformation” as “the realignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital customers at every touchpoint in the customer experience…
 
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • The Amount of Content Produced Every 48 Hours Will Blow Your Mind

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you’re dealing with this much media, the most effective way to break through is to care! And the best part is that because of the infrastructure that social media (the plumbing of the internet) provides us, we can care at scale.
  • This is My Best Youtube Video Yet: Market Like It’s 2014!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    #Boom. My best YouTube video to date. This is how to use social media. This is how to use the internet to sell stuff. Don’t look forward, don’t look back. Look at what works NOW and double down.
  • I Don’t Give a Fuck! I Just Care About Right Now!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
  • Dark Posts, #Selfies, and Lawyers: A Q&A in Philly

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you haven’t seen the keynote that comes before this, do yourself a favor and check it out! 00:00 – Don’t you believe that marketers have ruined Facebook dark posts, yet? 2:25 – How did you land your Instagram-resistant CEO as a client? 7:05 – Can I come up to the stage and take a #selfie with you? 8:20 – How can we recruit freight agents using social media? 9:19 – How do we authentically tell our stories when we’re marketing to lawyers? 13:14 – Where do you draw the line to use your personal brand instead of your company’s?
  • Social Media State of the Union: EO Nerve 2014 Full Keynote

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guys this one got real. I honestly think this keynote in Philly set the benchmark for my new generation of talks. Check it out and let me know what you think!
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Disrupt Alum Trello Takes In $10.3M For Its Visual To-Do Lists

    Natasha Lomas
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
     Disrupt alum Trello has pulled in a $10.3 million funding round. The startup launched its visual project management system back in September 2011, on TC’s startup battlefield stage. Read More
  • Essence Group Holdings Raises $71 Million For Population Health Management Services

    Jonathan Shieber
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
     Essence Group Holdings Corp., the parent company of health management services provider Lumeris, has raised $71 million in a round of financing announced today. In all, the company has raised some $141 million as it seeks to sell services to health care organizations still struggling with the regulatory shifts wrought by the Affordable Care Act. Chiefly, the government has forced insurance… Read More
  • QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

    Catherine Shu
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
     Qblinks wants to be the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers. The Bluetooth LE device, which is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter, can be used to alert you to notifications from different apps on your smartphone; as a camera remote shutter; to activate Siri; play music; and help you find missing phones by prompting it to ring even when it is in silent mode. Qblinks even has… Read More
  • Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

    Catherine Shu
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
     Vingle is a fun, community-oriented site from the founders of Viki, the crowdsourced subtitling platform that was acquired by Rakuten for a reported $200 million last year. Viki’s founders, Changseong Ho, Razmig Hovaghimian, and Jiwon Moon, saw how devoted fans on Viki were to translating and subtitling the dialogue in their favorite movies and TV series, and wanted to create a network… Read More
  • Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone’s Battery

    Catherine Shu
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
     Jink is an iOS and Android app with one goal: to answer the question “where the heck are you?” The location sharing app, developed by Taipei and San Francisco-based Greenhouse Apps, is the latest entrant in a very busy space and is up against some formidable competition, including Glympse (which recently disclosed new funding of $12 million, bringing its total to $20 million)… Read More
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Twitter has a big diversity problem: 70% men, 59% white

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    How does Twitter compare to Facebook, Google and Yahoo?You may have already heard, but Silicon Valley has a diversity problem. And it’s a pretty big one at that. And yet, it seems to me that Twitter has become the scapegoat in some ways for that. I hear all the time about Twitter being mostly white, and mostly men. Maybe that's because it took the company so long to finally appoint a woman to its board of directors, but is the company really any worse than any other? This is a deep-seated cultural problem in the tech world, and it is certainly not the fault of any…
  • Zuckerberg: Facebook will never be a payments company

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Even though it is testing a buy button, Facebook will remain a partner to other payments companiesIn a conference call following the release of Facebook's second quarter earnings report on Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke about the company's future when it comes to the payments space. Facebook still makes the vast majority of its money from advertising; in the second quarter advertising revenue was $2.68 billion of the total $2.91 billion. Revenue from payments and fees for the quarter was only $234 million. Recently, though, Facebook…
  • Facebook comes out on top, beats in Q2 earnings report

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Facebook reports $2.91B in revenue, with EPS of 42 cents, for the second quarterShares of Facebook are up 5%, in after-hours trading, after the company posted second-quarter results that handily beat Wall Street expectations. The stock has risen 0.93%. Facebook shares had gone up 2.92% or $2.02, to $71.29 a share in regular trading on Wednesday. In the earnings report, Facebook posted revenue of $2.91 billion for the quarter, beating Wall Street's estimates of $2.81 billion, and up % from $ billion in the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted earnings per share came…
  • StubHub users beware! Over 1,000 accounts hacked!

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Hackers were able to gain access to StubHub through other breaches and existing malwareYou know, it's getting to the point now where I really am starting to think twice every time I buy something online. That's how bad this situation is getting.  In what may be the least shocking news I've heard in months, yet another well-known, supposedly secure website has been hacked, with password and login information.  This time the victim was StubHub, the ticket reselling service owned by eBay. Using data breaches at other websites, and malware on the customers' computers, hackers…
  • LinkedIn picks up marketing platform Bizo for $175M

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    LinkedIn makes around 20% of revenue from advertising, but may be looking to increase that numberUnlike others in the social media space, specifically Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn is less reliant on advertising dollars to stay afloat, instead opting for a more diverse revenue stream.  That is not to say that advertising isn't important at all, though. In its last quarterly earnings report, advertising revenue was the company's second biggest revenue source. And now, perhaps, LinkedIn is looking to increase that number, because it announced on Tuesday that it has purchased…
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    Small Business Labs

  • New Homes Going to the Dogs

    Steve
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The AP's Sweet Dog Suites reports on builders adding "doggy suites" to new houses. Standard Pacific Homes is offering a pet suite option in 27 of their developments across the country.   Key quote on the high end pet suite, which is shown in the picture below: The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a…
  • Great Visualization of the Changing Part-Time Workforce

    Steve
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    We really like interesting data visualizations here at Small Business Labs. And the folks at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank have created a couple of great charts on part-time U.S. employment.  The Atlanta Fed chart below (click to enlarge) shows the percentage of people working part-time for economic and non-economic reasons.   People reporting they are working part-time for economic reasons (PTER) would prefer to work full-time but are working part-time because of slack work or business conditions, or because they could find only part-time work.  People reporting they…
  • For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

    Steve
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.). The chart below is from the Freelancers Union report How to Live the Freelance Life. It shows how freelancers turn to their network to find work, collaborate on projects, meet new people and stay on top of their industry.     Most of this was not a surprise to us. But we were surprised that over half of the respondents listed "help me stay sane" as being an important or…
  • Part-Timers, Labormetrics and the Just in Time Workforce

    Steve
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The New York Times article A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers covers the growing opposition to the practice of rrequiring workers to be “on call” at short notice or scheduling them for shifts and then sending them home if business looks light.  The issue is nonstandard work schedules makes life much more difficult, especially for those with children. Key quote: The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women’s and labor groups — to curb practices that affect millions of families, like assigning just one or two days of work a week or requiring…
  • The Rise of Social Commerce Platforms

    Steve
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Chloe+Isabel is an online social jewelry retailer and they recently raised $15 million in venture funding. Their platform allows women to build online stores featuring their favorite Chloe + Isabel jewelry, then market them via on and offline social networks. Think Tupperware parties going digital. They are one of many companies creating social commerce platforms targeted at women. Other examples include Stella & Dot (jewelry and accessories), Ruby Ribbon (clothing). The business model of these firms is straight forward. It used to be called multi-level marketing, but that got a bit…
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    Mixergy

  • How long do you stick with a company that won’t get off the ground? – with Jason Seeber

    Andrew Khalili
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of a serial entrepreneur who couldn’t get a company to take off–until he hit on the company that he’s here to talk about today. Jason Seeber is the founder of The Wine Spies, a unique wine retailer that features one exceptional wine each day, online, in a limited 24-hour sale. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Jason Seeber Jason Seeber is the founder and CEO of The Wine Spies, a unique wine retailer that features one exceptional wine each day, online, in a limited 24-hour sale. Raw…
  • Master Class: How to use lean B2B ideas – with Étienne Garbugli

    April Dykman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What if you validate an idea, and it still fails? That’s what happened to Étienne Garbugli when he launched one of his first b2b startups. “We [validated] the idea with true cold calls, a landing page, and surveys,” says Étienne, founder of Flagback and HireVoice. “We really focused on getting it right. Doing good validation.” And businesses said they were interested. But when he built the product, they didn’t buy it. Étienne realized that he needed a different strategy for tackling b2b markets. So he figured out where he went wrong and went on to launch two successful…
  • How did a struggling online marketer create a profitable software company? – with Kyle Graham

    Andrew Khalili
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    How did a struggling online marketer create a profitable software company? Kyle Graham is the founder of 10 Minute Pages, software that allows you to create a website in under 10 minutes. His software is used to create landing pages that help you get email addresses and sales. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Kyle Graham Kyle Graham is the founder of 10 Minute Pages, software that allow you to create a website in under 10 minutes. Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Andrew: Hey there,…
  • How a bootstrapped software founder faked it until he made it (By secretly doing the work by hand) – with Guillermo Sanchez

    Andrew Khalili
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the story of a bootstrapped entrepreneur who built a multi-million dollar software company. And how did it all start? By secretly doing the work by hand while giving the impression that software was doing the work. Guillermo Sanchez is the founder of Publitas.com which is a software company that enables retailers to drive conversion with online and mobile catalogs. Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! “Right click” here for the MP3 format. About Guillermo Sanchez Guillermo Sanchez is the founder of Publitas.com, a software company that enables retailers to drive…
  • First $100K Series

    ArieSaint
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    After running the First $10K Series, a couple entrepreneurs asked if we’d do a First $100K Series. We loved the idea and are now accepting applications from founders who made $100K in their first year in business. Is this you? Apply now. We’ll be accepting applications for two weeks after which we’ll start inviting superstars on Mixergy. If you are chosen, you will be prepped by one of our awesome producers just like all our past guests. Our producers are highly trained to help guests tell a great story and to prepare them for the real deal with Andrew. There are so many awesome…
 
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Women Mean Business - Shushana Castle

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    She went from Wall Street to a third world country. Leisa Holland-Nelson interviews Sushana Castle, author of Rethink Food.
  • Jeff Friedman - Distinctive Life Cremations & Funerals

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Jeff Friedman believed that modern families—especially Baby Boomers—wanted to do more to honor their loved ones than the standard funeral in a dark and gloomy funeral home. The consumer had changed but the industry had not. He wanted to focus more on the experience of the celebration than the location of the chapel. He now has several locations, will sometimes meet at the family’s home, and will conduct a celebration of life almost anywhere the family wants it.
  • School of Business 7/19/2014

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John are built for business and ready to bring innovation to the forefront. Our future success is tied to the success of our entrepreneurs, the innovators among us who are willing to take a chance. Includes: our Quote of the Week—true words from the folks at Despair Inc.; This Week in Business History includes such innovators as Mick Jagger, Fidel Castro and Buzz Aldrin; the Jargon Challenge Round—trendy technospeak you don’t know, but should; and Dumb Moments—Venezuela has a new tax.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Donna Smith

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Multiple brands within the same company presents its own challenges. Robin Tooms interviews Donna Smith, director, marketing and communications for Forum Energy Technologies.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Keith Miceli

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Keith Miceli is back to explain how PKF Texas can assist exporting companies with everything from tax incentives to free trade zones and logistics providers.
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    Bplans Blog

  • Funding Sources for Your Nonprofit

    Angelique O'Rourke
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you are thinking of starting a nonprofit, or you are running a nonprofit that is looking to expand, you’re bound to have funding sources on your mind. You probably know everything there is to know about your community or cause, but making decisions about the right approach to handling nonprofit finances can be a... The post Funding Sources for Your Nonprofit appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What Startups Need to Know About Exit Strategies

    Tim Berry
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
      Startups looking for angel investors or venture capital (VC) absolutely need an exit strategy because investors require it. The exit is what gives them a return. Exit strategies related to startup funding are quite often misunderstood: The “exit” in exit strategy is for the money, not the startup founders or small business owners. The... The post What Startups Need to Know About Exit Strategies appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Why Hugh MacLeod’s Art Should Not Be on Your Business Cards

    Candice Landau
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Regardless of the industry you're in, when networking or selling, moving the focus from you to someone else that bears no relevance to you, is terrible. Your business card should aid the discussion you've been having rather than direct people away from it. The post Why Hugh MacLeod’s Art Should Not Be on Your Business Cards appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Shoestring Marketing Budget? Get Your Customers to Do It For You

    Sarika Periwal
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    To survive as a business you need sales, and to generate sales you need marketing. It is for this reason that most businesses set aside a sizable chunk of money for advertising, but wouldn’t it be grand if you could generate sales by getting your existing customers to do your marketing for you? If you... The post Shoestring Marketing Budget? Get Your Customers to Do It For You appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Key Elements of the Financial Plan

    Trevor Betenson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whatever type of plan you're writing, there are a few key financial items that you should definitely include. I'll explain what they are, why they're important, and how you should create them. The post The Key Elements of the Financial Plan appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Tech Cocktail

  • 5 Apps and Websites to Use for Comic-Con 2014

    Virag Reti
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Starting today, San Diego will be teeming with Avengers, X-Men, Jedis, wookies, and other creatures for the 45th Comic-Con International, July 24-27. If you’re planning to attend, buckle up and plan ahead – last year more than 130,000 “beings” took over the town for the weekend. Here are some useful tips and must-haves around both the Comic and the Con to help you navigate and get the most out of your experience. 1. Official Comic-Con app Comic-Con has just released the updated version of their free app on iOS and Android. Download it ASAP. It works without any Internet…
  • Why Some Cab Drivers Are Supporting Uber and Lyft in Miami

    Camila Souza
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Last week, Miami-Dade commissioners gave the initial approval to allow ride-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Miami. This is a positive step towards finding a solution to the ongoing battle between public demand for transport alternatives to the yellow cab and vested private interests. However, the proposal is likely to face stiff resistance when it comes up again in a vote in September. That’s the bad news. The good news is that not all cab drivers are against Uber and Lyft and some of them are starting to voice their support on the matter. According to an…
  • Restaurants and Grocers Now Have Easier Access to Locally-Grown Food

    Ronald Barba
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Everyone (or, at least, most people) wants local food – there’s no denying that. From our local grocery stores and Trader Joe’s, to farmers markets and even our very own gardens, we consumers have grown to associate “local” with freshness, health, sustainability, and community support. Direct Local Food, a Boise-based startup, is helping to increase access to local food, by giving grocers and restaurants owners a much simpler way to connect with local producers. (via Direct Local Food) According to estimates in the agriculture industry, local food sales grew to…
  • Yik Yak Announces Improved App Experience, Offers New Tools and Updates

    Amanda Quick
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Yik Yak is an anonymous app that “acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you,” according to their site. Last Spring, the app saw a surge in popularity (especially on college campuses) and the Co-Founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, are already finding additional ways to improve the Yik Yak experience for users. “As we continue our staggering growth, it’s important that we build out the app to improve the experience through added options and features for the whole Yik Yak community,” said Tyler Droll,…
  • Marco Giberti: Investors Still Need to Understand #MiamiTech Can Deliver Great Results

    Camila Souza
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Marco Giberti has a non-traditional approach to his role as an investor. He likes to be “hands- on,” which means he is very particular when it comes to the startups he invests.  Giberti has been a successful entrepreneur angel investor with more than 20 years of experience in both United States and Latin America. Currently, he is a partner at Vesuvio Ventures, an early-stage investment company that has successfully invested in startups like MyMela, LiveNinja, and DoubleDutch among others. Giberti had a successful career as a corporate executive at Apple computers before cofounding Mind…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • Paying In Cash? Careful, It Can Mean Jail

    Robert W. Wood
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Cash Is King, But the IRS Can Investigate, Especially if You Use Cash To Avoid Income and Employment Taxes.
  • IRS Promises To Target Churches - Eventually

    Peter J Reilly
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation has scored another victory, kind of.  It had taken on the IRS over the agency's apparent reluctance to do anything about church politicking.  The case prompted the intervention of Father Patrick Malone of the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Milwaukee.  Holy Cross Anglican doesn't have
  • Why isn't inheritance tax 100%?

    Dan Matthews
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    You could argue inheritance tax (IHT) is the fairest of the lot, because the people who pay don’t need it any more. So why is it the most controversial tax of all – and why are people so against paying it?
  • 5 Unusual Marketing Ideas for Startups

    John Rampton
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Why waste your time with your one more marketing guide? You already know the basics. And you’ve probably heard the advice a million times; create a mission statement, find your audience, create awesome content and promote. While there’s definitely more to it than that, you get the jest. What your startup really needs are some innovative marketing ideas that will set you apart from competitors and make customers come to you. That may sound easier said than done, but you’ll be off and running after you go over these 5 unusual marketing ideas for startups.   1. Make a…
  • A Winning Strategy For Growth Companies, A Fight-Back Plan for Established Goliaths

    Julie Meyer
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    Innovators and entrepreneurs aren’t normally in the business of sharing their intellectual property. What then was Elon Musk, the Founder of Tesla, up to when he announced that Tesla won’t initiate patent lawsuits against companies who want to use their technology.  This conscious decision to open up the patents that his firm invested millions into is a perfect illustration of what I call Ecosystem Economics.   Musk and co know that driving the economics for the ecosystem of the electric car market is the most important thing.   By being altruistic and…
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 9 Ways To Inspire Your Startup Team To New Heights

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Startups provide business leadership with new products, services, and new revenue models, but leadership startups can only be built by entrepreneurs who are leaders themselves, and incent leadership in the team around them. Leadership which incents other people to be leaders is called “contagious leadership.” John Hersey, in his book “Creating Contagious Leadership,” describes nine required skills or habits for inspiring a contagious leadership culture within a startup, as well as within other types of businesses, or even life in general. He and I believe that leaders have to make the…
  • When Are Business People Entitled To Be Entitled?

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Where did this sense of entitlement in our business culture come from? I’ve written about this before, but I was reminded again a while back at a conference for startups when an entrepreneur started berating investors for not funding early-stage startups. It sounded to investors like me that they felt a funding entitlement for their startup idea. Of course, I’m sure entrepreneurs sense that many investors feel entitled to deals with no risk. It’s bad news either way. As a society, we seem to think we've evolved to the point where we can fashion a large portion of existence according to…
  • Smart Entrepreneurs Know Customer Buying Moments

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today’s customers are much more in control of their buying decision, as they have more choices and more information than ever before. Almost instantly, via the Internet or on their smartphone in the store, they can find the lowest price alternative or their favorite features, without waiting for push marketing or listening to your best sales person. This can be an advantage to startups who don’t have the resources and brand awareness of mature businesses, if they understand and position themselves to win in the decisive moments of the new customer buying process. These decisive moments,…
  • How Much Should You Get For Your Invention Idea?

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every inventor seems to think their invention is worth a million dollars, but I haven’t seen anyone pay that much for one yet. In fact, I often have to tell aspiring entrepreneurs that their inventions have zero value, at least not until they are put in the context of a business plan, with qualified people committed to executing the plan. Early-stage ideas fall in the same category. Don’t get me wrong. I have the greatest respect for inventors and idea people who think outside the box to envision and create solutions never before seen. But I have also learned from experience that there is…
  • Kickstart Your Startup Credibility With A Prototype

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players. Talk is cheap, but entrepreneurs who show you a working model of their idea know how to execute. In reality, it doesn’t take a huge investment of money and time to build a prototype today. If it is hardware, look for one of the ‘makerspaces’ such as TechShop, with all the tools you need to make almost…
 
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    Presentation Zen

  • 7 things good communicators must not do

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

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

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

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

    Garr
    4 Jun 2014 | 3:03 am
    Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies of all time. There is something quite special about Wilder's films. There's a simplicity, clarity, and naturalness that is above all else engaging and human. Even today Wilder is a hero to many filmmakers both young and old. In a 1999 interview with NPR, filmmaker Cameron Crowe talks about his admiration for Wilder's work. It is this…
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    Great Demo!

  • (Warning – Shameless Self Promotion Alert!) Great Demo! Intro Video

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    It’s my pleasure to offer this brief video intro to the Great Demo! methodology:  http://goo.gl/dL72VJ It provides a sample of the key ideas – an appetizer, not the full meal…!   Please contact me if you are interested in exploring further.I want to thank Demos on Demand for this video.  They provide an advanced B2B video platform that’s specifically designed for technology markets—and they do a wonderful job recording demos and whiteboards—really great stuff!
  • Remote Demos: Check for Screen Resolution Readability

    Peter E. Cohan
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    During a Remote Demo today, where I was the customer on the receiving end of the demo, I asked the vendor to change his screen resolution because the text and images he was sharing were too small for me to see clearly.  He suddenly realized that this problem had been going on for quite a while – and that most of his customers have also been unable to see sufficient detail in his demos…!  I noted that most customers won’t say anything – they either assume that there is nothing that can be changed – that “it is what it is…”  They just live with it and make no…
  • "SC's are not paid by the word..."

    Peter E. Cohan
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Heard from a very wise presales manager recently:  “Presales folks are not paid by the word…!”
  • Another Cooking Analogy for Demos – Length of the Recipe

    Peter E. Cohan
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    A recent Great Demo! Workshop participant observed that for most home cooks, a recipe that has a long list of ingredients and a long set of instructions is less likely to be chosen over one that is shorter.  He also pointed out that the longer, more complicated recipe presents more chances to make mistakes (“Damn, it wasn’t supposed to look like that…!”).  Clearly these ideas are directly applicable to demos!
  • “A Day in the Life…” Reduced to “A Few Minutes in Your Life…”

    Peter E. Cohan
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Many vendors’ software demos present “A day in the life” for a customer – generally consisting of trying to follow the activities of a series of confusing fictional characters as they work through a set of somewhat interrelated tasks, interspersed with loop-backs, “remember this from earlier?” statements, “if” and “or” pathways (“Now, ifyou want to do this, then you…” and “Or, here is another way to do the same thing…”), extensive excursions into “Setup Mode”, and lost time getting dragged off-track into the deep, thick weeds…Yes, these demos are still…
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Freshbook Finds $30M

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Cloud-based accounting software developer Freshbooks announced this morning that it has raised $30M in a funding--the company's first ever venture round. The funding came from Oak Investment Partners, Atlas Venture, and Georgian Partners. READ MORE>>
  • Taulia Scoops Up $27M

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    San Francisco-based Taulia, which develops electronic invoicing software aimed around encouraging earlier payments, has raised $27M in a funding round, the company disclosed today.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • AppDynamics Raises $120M

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    San Francisco-based AppDynamics has raised $120M in a growth funding round, the company said Tuesday, for the company's application monitoring tools. The funding was led by Battery Ventures, ClearBridge Investments and Sands Capital.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • SmartZip Analytics Gets $12M

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Pleasanton-based SmartZip Analytics, a developer of predictive marketing software-as-a-service, said today that it has raised $12M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Crest Capital Ventures, and also included Claremont Creek Ventures and Intel Capital.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • LinkedIn Buys Bizo

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Mountain View-based LinkedIn said Tuesday afternoon that it has agreed to acquire Bizo, a company which develops technology for display and social advertising. LinkedIn said it will pay approximately $175M, including 10 percent stock and 90 percent cash for Bizo.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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    Austin Startup

  • Mobile Commerce in Las Vegas – On the Ground at the Downtown Project

    Steve Guengerich
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Last year, Zappos’s CEO Tony Hsieh spent much of his keynote speech at SXSW V2V 2013 on the Downtown Project, the name he gave to his personal economic and cultural revitalization effort of several acres of the original, downtown Las Vegas. Tony made a considerable financial commitment to the Downtown Project of $350 million, to [...]
  • V is for Venture: Day 3 of V2V 2014

    Steve Guengerich
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    The final day of SXSW V2V 2014 was all about the “v” for “venture” in the name.
  • It Takes Leaving Austin to Know it Better at SXSW V2V

    Steve Guengerich
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Yesterday was a full day of programming, one-on-one meetings, and the great synchronicity of surprise meetings in the lunch-line hallway or at the Tech Cocktail reception at the Chandelier bar, as Day 2 of SXSW V2V unfolded.
  • SXSW V2V – Sophomore Year

    Steve Guengerich
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    I’m at SXW V2V for its sophomore year run this week. Monday (yesterday) was the first full day of programming, with Sunday mainly being devoted to the kick-off party and finding one’s hotel room.
  • Comfy Raises $600K

    Bryan Menell
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Comfy, the rental marketplace that lets students discover and secure the right housing, has announced an initial $600,000 round of seed funding led by Mike Lee, partner at Dominion Ventures.
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Why MANY Smart People Don’t Get the Support They Deserve

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You may have experienced this (or might have seen someone go through this situation) – you are on to something big and need a LOT of help but even people who have known you for a while are not actively supporting you in your quest. They seem to listen to everything and say encouraging words about your adventure but when it comes to doing something, they shy away from it. It bothers you because you have known these people for a LONG time and these are some people that you would totally expect 100% support from. They should be the ones that should fully understand your potential and lend…
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    Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

  • API-liate Ecommerce

    Linda Bustos
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Much of the cool, new ways ecommerce sites mesh with social and mobile is thanks to APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces which allow applications to communicate with each other, share data and perform various functions.For example, pulling Pinterest data to create new merchandising sections on your website or mobile app.(If you need a primer on how APIs impact ecommerce <– read this or check out this infographic.)A HUGE area of opportunity for ecommerce APIs is in affiliate marketing. How are APIs are currently and potentially used for merchants and affiliates? (Special thanks…
  • Twitter and Facebook Commerce: Will It Blend?

    Linda Bustos
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Last week was a hot one, with Twitter announcing its acquisition of cross-channel promotions startup CardSpring, and Facebook testing a “Buy” button, joining Twitter who launched the same feature last month.The CardSpring deal is just a deal for now – no indication of when or how this might be rolled into Twitter. There’s speculation that the service will allow social offers to be applied to a credit card or loyalty card that’s registered with the service, with the offer applied at point-of-purchase.For merchants, a clearer way to measure cross-channel response and ROI is…
  • How Data Impacts the Path to Purchase [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    This week’s infographic from Baynote outlines how data influences the customer journey from discovery, to research / purchase intent, to checkout, post-purch and beyond.Click to enlarge infographicTweetables89% of consumers use search engines to research purchases Tweet this62% of all online searchers visit 1 of the top 3 results #SEO Tweet this79% of consumers follow brands on social networks Tweet this92% of consumers trust earned media (personal recommendation, reviews) over other forms of advertising Tweet this70% of shoppers trust product reviews Tweet this63% of consumers use…
  • Shoppable Video: Hit or Miss?

    Linda Bustos
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Shoppable video isn’t new (Get Elastic first covered Youtube’s efforts to support click-to-buy for brands in January, 2009). And despite its potential pros, only a handful of brands and online retailers have experimented with it.So is shoppable video a flop, or is it just underrated?Why shoppable video makes senseLeverage existing content (including still images), turn them into transactional content marketingMake online advertising more actionable, transactionalCreate more engaging media content for affiliates and PR campaignsMerchandise “shopping walls,” digital…
  • 4 Ways to Collect More Customer Information

    Linda Bustos
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Required for effective personalization is knowing thy visitor.You can infer intent by referral campaigns and keywords, on-site searches, site navigation, wishlist activity and cart contents. Or segment customers based on profile information, device type, geolocation, new vs. returning visitor status, or past behavior. You can use the “wisdom of the crowds” to predict what a visitor will want to see or what action they are likely to take.But asking for information is an underused tactic that can help you target more creatively and effectively.Here are just a few ways to do so:Site…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

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

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

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
  • 3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

    Tim Berry
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone in that post to mine in some of my (somewhat confessional) posts on me and my wife and entrepreneurship: My biggest startup boost, for example; or this true story on relationships vs. new business. And yes, my wife and I have been married 44 years, in a relationship that has survived years of…
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    Preneur Marketing Blog

  • Crafting compelling surveys and questionnaires [Opt-Ins and Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Client reconnaissance. Cool phrase, right? But what does it mean? “Preliminary surveying or research” is the strict answer, of course. And now that we’ve said that, you are likely to already know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you should be learning as much as you can about every lead that enters into your sales funnel. That may tempt you to put surveys allover your various webpages – and you no doubt see lots of businesses doing that. Buy something; hit with a survey. Complain about something; offered a survey. Read a FAQ entry; treated to a survey. Take a survey; how…
  • Insane Guarantees, Micro-Commitments, + Free-Image Sources [Noise Reduction .75]

    florence
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hey Team, So you may have seen the essay we wrote recently on Guarantees over on the Blog. Well, the team over at MagCast are right at the final stages of their 2014 intake, and have taken their guarantee to the next level: If you publish one issue a month for the next 12 months and you’re not thrilled with the results your digital magazine is getting, they’ll buy your licence back for double what you paid for it. Think about this offer for a moment: they are essentially guaranteeing a 100% ROI for their publishers — a guaranteed minimum exit price for their publishers’…
  • Five Examples of Profitable Marketing with Micro-Commitments [Conversions]

    Todd Spear
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A good friend of the Preneur family, James Tuckerman, founder of Anthill Online and Not So Freaky University, has a great little anecdote about building profitable customer relationships. James explains the core of the relationship-building as follows: “You wouldn’t ask someone to marry you before you’ve shared a cup of coffee with them.” James is spot-on about this. Though he’s making a point about starting out baby steps when it comes to earning sales, his philosophy brings to mind a slight caveat. Building a profitable customer relationship is really about…
  • Selling Air, Doubling Conversions, & Acquiring 3.2 Million New Customers [Noise Reduction .74]

    florence
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hi Gang, Hope the start to the back half of 2014 is off to a flyer for you! This week’s Thought of the Week comes from a conversation during a recent Platinum Advisory Board meeting: You can’t control the “outcome” of making a baby, just the “actions and inputs” (bad pun intended). Same in business… we can’t sit down and actually make $10,000 unless we work at the mint printing the stuff. We can only sit down each day and do actions that are consistent with moving the business or project forward. So… what’s your next productive action? Pete…
  • Engaging Alternatives to ‘Can I Help you?’ [Increasing Retail Opt-Ins by Asking Better Questions]

    Todd Spear
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you’ve spent much time working in a face-to-face sales environment, you know that asking “Can I help you?” is the best way not to get a customer to take you up on your offer. In stores, the customary response to that greeting is “I’m just looking.” Generic questions like “can I help you?’ do nothing for encouraging the retail opt-ins you need to grow your business. You need better questions to ask your prospective customers. It goes without saying that “How can I help you?” is a closed-ended question – one that can only elicit a yes or no answer. And when it…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jamie
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
  • Crossing Streams

    Jamie
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS. Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is super awesome (I wanna hang out with him). iOS is finally getting the Android features I love. Yesterday I was ready to switch back, but now I’m not so sure. Some iOS fans have pointed to Google’s Android as being a poor copy—thermonuclear theft. On the surface there are similarities, but conceptually Android started from…
 
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    OnStartups

  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

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

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

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

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

    7 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language. I have fond memories of BASIC -- without it, my life may have turned out very differently. I went to highschool in a small town in India (Bilimora).  It was the mid 1980s  There were no computers at my school.  Best I knew, there were no personal computers in the entire town. Then, I went to mechanical engineering school in a larger town (Surat).  They had PCs.  6 of them, if I recall correctly.  In a "computer lab".  It…
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    ArcticStartup

  • Danish Cetrea Acquired for €12 million by Swedish Med Tech Giant Getinge

    Rafael Lemarchand
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Big acquisition news from Denmark: healthcare information technology supplier Cetrea has been acquired by Swedish medical tech giant Getinge and as a result, the Danish startup will be integrated into Getinge under the Maquet brand. The acquisition price amounted to SEK 110 million, which translates to approximately €12 million.  The deal stands out in significance, especially from a homefront point of view: Cetrea’s technology is used by doctors and nurses at more than 70 departments at 21 hospitals in 4 out of the 5 Danish healthcare regions, making it one of Denmark’s major player…
  • Airdog breaks $1 Million to become most successful Latvian crowdfunded project

    Marija Odineca
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    With about 2 days left on their kickstarter campaign, AirDog, the Latvian auto-follow videography drone that allows extreme sports enthusiasts to film their moves, has reached its 3rd stretch goal on Kickstarter, surpassing the mark of $1 million. This exceeds team’s initial estimates more than five times and makes AirDog the most funded Latvian startup on Kickstarter. AirDog’s team of 10 engineers has announced that the additional funds will be used for research and development. The first feature introduced is the currently patent-pending Obstacle Avoidance Solution desired by many…
  • Wine app Vivino hits milestone of 5 million users

    Greg Anderson
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Denmark's wine app, Vivino, has just hit the nice round milestone of 5 million users who are snapping pictures of their wine bottles to rank what they've drank. We've covered the company a few times in the past, but if you're just now hearing about them, the app uses computer vision to figure out what bottle and vintage of wine you're drinking, where you can rank it yourself and find more information and rankings about the wine. Moving 5 million app downloads isn't bad, especially since users seem to be busy within the app. According to their about page statistics, users have made 13,391,897…
  • The Walking Dead is coming from Finland

    Ian Anderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Shambling out of the darkness, moaning in creeping horror as it steps in to the light, comes the announcement of a new mobile game based on The Walking Dead TV series from US television network AMC. Next Games, based in Helsinki, Finland, and developers of the game, are celebrating the news by publishing the first promotional trailer which you'll find after the jump. The Walking Dead: No Man's Land is due for release early next year alongside the mid-season premier of The Walking Dead Season 5. We are told that this game will bring gameplay exclusively developed for smartphones and tablet…
  • Ever wish your Android device had more buttons? Check out Dimple

    Marija Odineca
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    When we buy our new smartphone, we usually compare several models matching our desired characteristics. Then we spend some time browsing user reviews, talking to people using the gadgets, get our hands on some physical devices to play around with and finally make our choice. However, if you are like most of us, a week, a month or sometimes even years later you end up with a feature you absolutely love but that is ridiculously inconvenient to access. If you could only create a shortcut to activate this particular feature instead of having to go through countless menus and settings every…
 
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    The Startup Pitch | Come pitch your startup to the world

  • Pitch for Vindl

    public
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Company / App Name: Vindl http://www.vindl.com Twitter – @vindl_vids What does it do? Vindl is a place to share and store all of your favourite online videos with friends – a library for those YouTube clips that have moved you to laughter, to tears or simply those that are too good to be watched alone. Why do we need it? People need a place to store their favourite online videos. How many times have you wanted to show a friend that video you saw a little while ago, but couldn’t remember the title? Vindl acts as your own personal video album. Who is it for? Anyone that loves…
  • Pitch for Guezz It

    public
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Company / App Name: Guezz It https://www.guezzit.com Twitter – guezz_it What does it do? Guezz It is very interesting game. Check pictures and guezz the correct name, earn coins and keep playing 100s of stages with multiple levels and game options. Why do we need it? Our new game Guezz It is very interesting and everybody can play this game. It will check your general knowledge and power of guessing. Who is it for? Guezz It is a perfect game for everybody include child to adult can play this game.This game hopes to satisfy the grey cells of millions of word game enthusiasts. What makes…
  • Pitch for Youidraw

    public
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    Company / App Name: Youidraw http://www.youidraw.com Twitter – YouiDraw What does it do? Web apps for creating high quality vector graphics! Why do we need it? Create stunning vector designs with YouiDraw. It’s like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw but it works on the cloud with Google Drive. So there’s no software to download and you can access your work anytime, anywhere. Who is it for? Designers What makes it stand out from the crowd? Powerful, like online illustrator What’s next? More apps for designer, more social for template, let designer to earn money from our website.
  • Pitch for Krush Mobile

    public
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Company / App Name: Krush Mobile https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/krush-mobile/id624186892 Twitter – @krush What does it do? Krush is a mobile commerce network to discover, connect with and purchase your favorite products from emerging brands in the action sports, outdoor and youth culture industries. Why do we need it? Krush helps you find and buy the best products from the emerging brands. Who is it for? Krush is for action sports, outdoor, streetwear and youth culture enthusiasts. What makes it stand out from the crowd? It’s design has been carefully and meticulous planned out.
  • Pitch for PayWhirl

    public
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Company / App Name: PayWhirl https://paywhirl.com Twitter – PayWhirl What does it do? PayWhirl recurring payments widget enables anyone to create membership subscriptions & recurring billing plans with just a few clicks, and no monthly fees. Why do we need it? Current solutions charge HUGE monthly fees and are incredibly difficult to setup and integrate with existing websites. PayWhirl integrates with ANY website in minutes, uses PCI level 1 compliant processing and can be customized without code Who is it for? PayWhirl is for people that need to process recurring subscriptions or…
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    Techday

  • Video links students to the workforce, says expert

    Catherine Murray
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Educate Video conferencing is assisting students to build the skills they need to enter today’s digital workforce, says Marci Powell, Global Director for Education Industry Solutions at Polycom and industry expert in the field of educational technology and telecommunications.   Read More →
  • Vodafone delivers five-year networking solution to NZ Post

    James Henderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Featured Telco Review A new agreement between New Zealand Post and Vodafone will lead to a complete redesign of New Zealand Post’s network services.   Read More →
  • Can IBM deal help Apple fight off Microsoft’s enterprise threat?

    Contributor
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Featured IT Brief The reality is that there are a lot of iPads in businesses across Asia Pacific, and companies are looking to formally support them — but Microsoft has been the standout provider here, stealing business away from Apple.   Read More →
  • Policy ushers in new era of choice in .nz domain names

    James Henderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    NetGuide “The change keeps all the advantages of the current system while expanding choice..."   Read More →
  • Why NZ CFO’s have the keys to the cloud…

    James Henderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Featured IT Brief "The challenge to all is how you untangle your legacy infrastructure and align your organisation (with people and processes) to adopt cloud appropriately."   Read More →
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Startup Misconceptions: Entrepreneurship has to be Done Alone

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Entrepreneurship is hard. REALLY hard. But with countless tales of how entrepreneurs made it big with almost nothing, it’s easy for a budding founder to jump into the startup world full of unbridled enthusiasm.  Luckily, Startup Misconceptions is here to clear up the myths, delusions, and fancies surrounding entrepreneurship, with useful advice from experts. So, sorry if we rain on your parade, but we believe a successful entrepreneur is a prepared entrepreneur. You’ll thank us later. In this installment, we disprove the myth that entrepreneurs should go solo when…
  • Startup Toolkit: Discovering Your Idea

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you are new to the world of entrepreneurship, launching a startup can seem like a daunting task. Let’s be honest, it is. In fact, countless individuals have abandoned their entrepreneurial dreams to avoid scaling the precipitous path of entrepreneurship. For those of you who find yourselves hesitant about taking that first bold step, the Startup Toolkit is here to equip you with the knowledge you need to help make your dream company a reality. Each installment consists of expert, up-to-the-minute resources addressing the challenges every fledgling founder must overcome. This first…
  • Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider, Zirtual featured on Broadway World, and more Grad News

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:30 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, Zirtual was featured on Broadway World, PetHub was featured on Market Watch, and more. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider: Realty Mogul Announces Hard…
  • SimpleReach Raises $9M in Funding, Featured on TechCrunch

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Edward Kim and his company SimpleReach recently secured $9 million in Series A funding, as described in a TechCrunch article by Anthony Ha titled SimpleReach Raises $9M To Measure Content Marketing and Native Ads. SimpleReach, a company that allows marketers to determine the effectiveness of their content, is a Graduate of the New York Founder Institute.  The company says, [SimpleReach] can not only tell customers how well their content is doing on publisher websites and on social media, but also predict which articles will take off. SimpleReach then allows marketers to promote…
  • The Founder Institute is Hiring to Help Create 1 Million Startup Jobs

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles - including Regional Coordinators, Operations Associates, a Director of Sales, a Controller, Entrepeneurs in Residence, and various Marketing roles.  The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies that create over ONE MILLION new jobs. We are using entrepreneurship as a means to change the world, and we can use your help! APPLY NOW   What is the Founder…
 
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    OnlyOnce

  • The Gift of Feedback, Part IV

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

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

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

    Matt Blumberg
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Book short:  Life Isn’t Just a Wiki One of the best things I can say about Remote: Office Not Required,  by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, is that it was short.  That sounds a little harsh – part of what I mean is that business books are usually WAY TOO LONG to make their point, and this one was blessedly short.  But the book was also a little bit of an angry rant against bad management wrapped inside some otherwise good points about remote management. The book was a particularly interesting read juxtaposed against Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last which I just finished…
  • The 90-Day Reverse Review

    Matt Blumberg
    22 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 90-Day Reverse Review Like a lot of companies, Return Path does a 90-day review on all new employees to make sure they’re performing well, on track, and a good fit.  Sometimes those reviews are one-way from the manager, sometimes they are 360s. But we have also done something for years now called the 90-Day Reverse Review, which is equally valuable.  Around the same 90-day mark, and unrelated to the regular review process, every new employee gets 30 minutes with a member of the Executive Committee (my direct reports, or me if the person is reporting to someone on my team) where…
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    Startup Houston

  • Q&A with Primer Grey’s Chris Valdez

    Tina Nazerian
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Recently, Startup Houston sat down with Chris Valdez of Primer Grey, a design and marketing company nearing its 5-year anniversary, to talk about his background, the company, creativity, and Houston’s shifting economy. Startup Houston: What’s your background, and how did you end up here? Chris Valdez: I actually went to school for creative writing and architecture, and through a series of events, ended up at a couple of advertising agencies very early on, first as a copy writer. I had done school abroad in Mexico City and studied editorial design and composition. In the process of…
  • Q&A with Roland von Kurnatowski of TX/RX Labs

    Tina Nazerian
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Recently, Startup Houston sat down with Roland T. von Kurnatowski III, the secretary of TX/RX Labs, to learn more about this dynamic makerspace, situated in East Downtown. Startup Houston: Where did you start off? How did you end up at TX/RX Labs? Roland T. von Kurnatowski III: I went to Rice University for Computer Science and Sociology. I graduated and went to work for a consulting company called Bluware. I worked there for a while and then moved over to JP Morgan Chase, the investment bank, to work on some internal bank projects there. After I did that I decided I was bored with computer…
  • Cobblebot is Crushing it on Kickstarter

    Jeff Reichman
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Within three days, Houston startup Cobblebot has already exceeded its $100,000 Kickstarter goal. The printer offers a large build area (15x15x15) for only $299. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here!
  • From Abstract to Tangible: Bringing Grammar to Life with Grammaropolis

    Tina Nazerian
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    “Kids hated it,” Coert Voorhees said when we met in Salento on Rice Village, on a clear, sunny Friday morning. Voorhees, a tall, friendly man who used to translate plays for a Chilean playwright , taught 7th Grade Writing at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, California for six years. “The kids that I was teaching – half of them had come from the K-6 of this school, and were spectacular [at grammar],” Voorhees said. “The other half of the kids came from schools outside and around the community, and didn’t know grammar at all. I showed up, and had to…
  • How to Talk to a Houston Reporter

    Jeff Reichman
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    I hear a lot of early-stage startups complaining that they struggle for media coverage. They can’t understand why their great idea or their new product launch isn’t news. I’ve had several conversations where people say that Houston media just “doesn’t get it” and only cares about oil and gas. But I don’t think that’s true. I’ve met a lot of reporters here in town. They write good stories, and they write a LOT of stories. So I emailed them and asked their opinion about startups earning media coverage. Here’s what they had to say:…
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    Techstars

  • Blake Yeager Joins Techstars as Managing Director, Techstars Cloud

    Blake Yeager
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    My journey to join the Techstars team started in late 2011, when Techstars was ramping up to launch the first Cloud program in San Antonio.  I was working for HP Cloud Services at the time, helping to build HP’s public cloud.  After meeting with Jason Seats, the original Managing Director for the program, I volunteered to serve as a mentor for the program.  I really didn’t know what to expect, but I hoped that I would be able to provide some value to the companies that had been selected. Since that day, I have been continuously impressed by the quality of the people involved with…
  • [Video] Startup Stories on Hammerhead “A software company unafraid of hardware”

    Megan Sweeney
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    We’ve had a bunch of Startup Stories  coming out and here’s a new one! In this video we learn more about Hammerhead, a company who went through the R/GA Accelerator Powered by Techstars. By the way applications are open and the deadline is August 25th, 2014… so APPLY! Hammerhead is creating something amazing for cyclists.  Seriously amazing!  The Hammerhead is a tool that takes complex navigation information and it shows you where to ride using light signals.  They’re creating a way to discover great, safe, bike routes possible anywhere in the world.  You can…
  • Startup Stories – Enertiv “Transforming an Industry”

    Megan Sweeney
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here’s a new video from our Startup Stories series on Enertiv, recent grad of the R/GA accelerator.  Applications are open for this year’s connected devices program, so apply!  You have nothing to lose. Enertiv provides a combination of hardware and software that allows buildings to monitor their energy consumption in real-time to save energy and money.  Commercial buildings in the U.S. waste 30% of the energy they consume which costs them $40 billion each year! It’s amazing to think of what positive impact Enertiv has made on the world.  Watch this short video to learn…
  • Meet the 13 Companies Participating in the Boulder Class of 2014!

    Nicole Glaros
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Today is always an exciting day for me.  It’s the day I get to tell you all about the companies in this next Techstars Boulder 2014 class – and it’s day 1 of the Techstars program!  But before you read about them,  I’d like to take a moment to tip my hat to the teams who weren’t selected. I read every single application. I watched every single video. I read about their backgrounds and played with their applications.  I got to know many of the companies and their founders very well which always makes the decision gut wrenching and often heartbreaking.  This year was…
  • Additional Openings for Hackstars for the Boulder Class of 2014!

    Nicole Glaros
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Part of the fun of accepting a slightly larger than normal cohort of exciting and mind-blowing start-ups is being able to hire a few more Hackstars for the 2014 program! What is a Hackstar? A technical ninja who provides teams with his/her time and technical skills to help companies become viable businesses by the end of the three-month program What do we look for? ·       You are a code-slinging mac-daddy superstar guru at any one or more of the following: PHP, Java, .NET, Python, Objective-C, Ruby, JQuery, OR a rockstar designer or UI/UX pro. ·       You are willing to work…
 
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Lessons in finances by FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

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

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

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

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

    28 Nov 2013 | 1:30 pm
    How is the Canadian economy's health? One measurement is to examine the number of mergers and acquisitions being sealed across the country. As usual, finance guru, Barry Critchley, Financial Post gives details in a great article in the Financial Post. It sounds as if it is a good time  to sell your business:Crosbie & Co. has crunched the numbers and the sluggish tone of the Canadian mergers and acquisitions continued in the recently completed third quarter.“According to Colin W. Walker, Crosbie, Strong value in the face of weak activity partly reflects the fact that that many…
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    Valleywag

  • Twitter Buries Pathetic Diversity Numbers Behind Facebook News

    Kevin Montgomery
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    After initially dragging their feet , Twitter has finally released their diversity numbers, one minute before the industry's biggest financial news. It's easy to see why: the company is just as lily white as every other big tech player.Read more...
  • Why Would Ashton Kutcher Photoshop a Tweet About a Startup?

    Nitasha Tiku
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Yesterday evening, Ashton Kutcher tweeted out a photo of a "brain sensing headband" called Muse, telling his 16.3 million followers that he was: " Excited to learn from this incredible technology." Kutcher didn't mention that he's an investor, or why his name appears to be photoshopped onto the product. Read more...
  • If TaskRabbit Is the Future of Employment, the Employed Are Fucked

    Sam Biddle
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The employment of the future is here, and it's terrific for everyone except the people doing the work. TaskRabbit, which lets you outsource the things you don't want to do to people who need money, is at the forefront of this chore revolution, and it's already making some lives harder.Read more...
  • Google Engineer Charged With Raping 19-Year-Old

    Kevin Montgomery
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    New York City police are investigating a Google engineer for an alleged string of sexual assaults. Justin Chan was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday over charges springing from the latest allegation: raping a 19-year-old woman in his East Village apartment.Read more...
  • Irony Is Dead: A Startup Called "Socialist"

    Sam Biddle
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Capitalism always gets the last laugh: Twitter and ProductHunt are gushing about yet another way to share your feeds and streams, and it's an iPhone app called Socialist. Cute!Read more...
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    The Freestyle Entrepreneur

  • FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED

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

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

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

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

    John Ingrisano
    10 Dec 2012 | 7:49 am
    by John Ingrisano “Will somebody please do something?”  I’ve heard that phrase now and then over the years from frustrated parents, unhappy customers, even business managers. There’s only one problem with this complaint/demand:  It has no clarity, purpose or direction.  Do something?  Do what?  Please be a little more specific.  Seriously, I use the example in my seminars of being a customer who receives a lousy meal and rude service in a restaurant.  If the customer writes a letter of complaint that does nothing more than blow off steam and demand some vague form of…
 
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    StartupMuse

  • 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…
  • Please quit asking me to sign your NDA!

    Alexander Muse
    20 Jan 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Everyone in Dallas seems to be doing a startup and lots of these people call or email me to share their ideas with me. More than a few of these entrepreneurs ask me to sign an NDA before they are willing to ask for my feedback and/or advice. The quick answer is that I don’t want to sign your NDA. Feel free to solicit free advice from me, but please quit asking me to sign a contract. Anil Dash wrote a pretty good post titled, “One more time: No NDAs“. Anil points out that a lot of people feel the same way. His reasons were pretty good and worth repeating: When you ask me to sign your…
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  • Business Resources that Simplify Your Workflow

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home.  Today’s Q: What are some business resources you’ve used that has helped you run or launch projects for your internet home-based business? Which ones can you not do without? Cindy Bidar from The […]
  • Homepreneurs Talk: Proudest Business Accomplishments

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home.  Today’s Q is: What aspect of your business, products or services are you most proud of and why? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: One of the things I pride myself on, is being […]
  • The Balancing Act Between Life and Business

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    Here’s another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Q: How do you manage your personal and business life while working from home? What have you learned about the concept of work-life balance as it pertains to your business? Samantha Pointer-Foxx from Get […]
  • What Is The Best Way to Get New Customers?

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q is: Q: What medium has proven to be the most successful for attracting clients and customers for your home business? Samantha Pointer-Foxx from Get It Together says: The best medium for me over […]
  • How The Pros Make Real Money Online (From Home)

    Lyz Cano Freeman
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Yet another Spark Bits Weekly where I ask a panel of homepreneurs a blazing question about running and growing their businesses from home. Today’s Q: Can you describe your business model and income streams? How has it evolved since you started? Stephanie Watson from Barry Publishing says: As long as I can remember, I’ve relied on multiple […]
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  • Different Careers in Dentistry

    JohnnyG
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The healthcare industry has many different careers. One of these is dentistry. Everyone wants a healthy smile, and while you can do some things at home to help you maintain a great smile, in order to make sure your teeth stay healthy, you really need to see a dentist twice a year. A dentist as well as others working in this industry are very important. Not only do they help people keep their beautiful smile, they also help people fix problems they have with their teeth. These can be anything from braces, to dentures, or oral surgery. There are a number of dentistry fields, and while we…
  • Extreme Heat in Summer Affects Your Body

    JohnnyG
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 am
    The extreme heat of summer can affect your body in many ways. It can be very dangerous, causing all kinds of health problems. While we can’t talk about all the problems and how to take care of them, here are some of the major ones and tips to help prevent them. One of the biggest problems people face during the summer is heat exhaustion, the beginning of the more fatal version, heat stroke. What is heat exhaustion? It’s when you are overworking yourself, through exercising, working in a place with high temperatures, or even playing sports. What happens is you start sweating profusely,…
  • Benefits of Air Conditioning in Summer

    JohnnyG
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:57 am
    Summer heat can be sweltering and if you are without an air conditioner, then you know how miserable things can be. But beyond the obvious benefit of keeping you cool, have you wondered what other benefits are associated with your air conditioner? Before you take a look at a HVAC Company, consider looking over the benefits of your system during the summer. During the summer, you will encounter allergens in the air that come from outdoor pollens, dust and other external factors. With your ac unit, the filtration system can help to reduce allergens in the air, leaving you comfortable in your…
  • Can You Learn Music On Your Own?

    JohnnyG
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:44 am
    A common question amongst people is whether or not it is actually possible to become self –taught to play an instrument. The answer to that depends on who you are as a person. If you need someone standing over you and reminding you to practice and to advance your education, there is a good chance that you won’t be able to do it. However, if you are driven and passionate about the learning process, you do have a chance to actually achieve a degree of success with self – taught methods. A good idea to being this process is to go visit Florida Pianos or a similar business and find an…
  • Education in Modern Schools

    JohnnyG
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    Education in modern schools has changed a lot. It used to be that all work was done on paper with pencils, using real books and other materials. Over the years books and other materials became more and more expensive, so many of the books used were outdated. Unfortunately, while many of these materials cost rose, school funding continued to decrease. More and more often parents had to cover costs, whether they themselves could afford it or not. Technology has made modern schooling much more effective. Instead of having to pay for materials like pens, pencils, paper, etc, these have been…
 
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  • How startups can benefit from the technology paradox

    Steve Sammartino
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    A lot of the new technology seems to do the opposite of what it ought to. A kind of paradox is emerging where the solution is so good in the short term, that it eventually eats itself. It solves the problem so well, at such a low price ,that the solution gets buried. Buried deep inside a pool of self perpetuating technology. Omni social connectedness  –> loneliness epidemic. Mass amounts of data –> lack of useful insight. Dropping prices of everything we buy –> increasing debt bondage. Worlds knowledge mere clicks away –> decline in human wisdom.
  • Know who will miss you & act accordingly

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Let’s imagine something horrible for a few moments. Let’s imagine that you die. That something unexpected occurs and your life is over. The plans you had, the lives you’ve touched would all be thrown into disarray. It is incomprehensible to imagine this, our own death. It’s as if we have this built in mechanism to avoid the mere thought of it. But if it did happen, what would happen at the company you work at? Deadlines would be missed. Some stuff wouldn’t get done. Co-workers would be sad or even shocked. Friends we’ve made would be devastated.
  • Why Beacons will become the Pocket Spam of the web of things era

    Steve Sammartino
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    There’s a lot of talk about the amazing things beacons will be able to do at retail level. And all of it is true – at least from a functional perspective. For the first time products will be able to directly interact with potential customers at store level. Physical spaces people spend time in will be able to interact with the people inside those spaces. Department stores, farmers markets, concert halls and  football stadiums are all being filled with beacon technology. And it will give birth to a new era of pocket spam. I wonder if what we really need right now is more…
  • How to hack your ‘To Do’ list

    Steve Sammartino
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    To do lists are just one of those things. We know they matter, a lot. We know that having them and following them certainly leads to getting more done. Then why is it, that they tend to get longer and not shorter? It’s because not all tasks are created equal. It’s because our human operating system is a 200,000 year old piece of software not designed for a list based society. Let me explain. The Urgent and the Important Generally the things we do can be broken down into either Urgent or Important. If it’s neither of these things it shouldn’t be on the list. Urgent…
  • Loving your customers – celebrity style

    Steve Sammartino
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    At Tomcar we seriously love our customers. It’s a highly personal interaction at this early stage in the business, so we both take it personally, and make it personal. We care about how our cars perform for them, and how they make their working lives better. We’ve recently been documenting the delivery of our vehicles and making some short films about it. Yes, we know it doesn’t really scale as a business model. Yes, we know that major car manufacturers would never do this. Yes, we know that it makes us seem like small fry. But here’s something else we know: Doing…
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    Springwise

  • Everything you need for an impromptu picnic, delivered anywhere in under an hour

    Springwise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Add / Remove When the weather’s nice, it’s good to get outdoors and make the most of it. But sometimes the sun can come out at unexpected moments, leading to a mad dash out of the office to catch the last few rays. Paris Picnic is a service that lets customers enjoy all the trappings of a French picnic on the Seine — or anywhere — with just an hour’s notice. The service offers 4 types of picnic. The basic package — Le Classique — provides the foundations of a traditional plein air event, such as baguette, salad du jour, cheese selection and a choice of wine. The…
  • Jibo is a social robot for the home

    Springwise
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Add / Remove Robots in the home are currently limited to Roombas and smart appliances that can seem less like The Bicentennial Man and more like computers on wheels. There’s a growing trend to make robots act more like humans however, and we’ve already covered Budgee, the helper robot that carries luggage and follows its owners wherever they go. Now Jibo is a friendly robot that uses facial recognition and natural language processing to offer personal assistance in the home, and perhaps become a new member of the family. Created by social robotics pioneer and MIT professor Dr…
  • Swedish gallery measures buyers’ emotional responses to art pieces before selling

    Springwise
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Add / Remove Money makes the world go round, and — in the case of a competitive auction — the lot will always sell to the bidder with the biggest bank balance. However, in the past we’ve seen Nike Mexico’s Subasta de Kilometros app enable joggers to win equipment simply by tracking longer running distances than their rivals in auction. Now a Swedish gallery has held An Auction Based on Emotions, which sold glass sculptures only to those who had the most intense emotional reaction. Developed by Kost Boda, a Stockholm gallery dedicated to art glass, the event invited members of the…
  • Smart bookmark lets authors tweet at readers who have neglected their novel

    Springwise
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    Add / Remove Authors writing traditional novels have always had to work hard to attract readers, but the job is made even more difficult in the age of the internet attention span. Smartphones and the web serve as a perennial distraction from reading, contributing to entire shelves of books left abandoned at chapter 3. Argentina-based publisher Eterna Cadencia has in the past printed books with vanishing ink to add a sense of urgency to completing them, and now the Tweet For a Read campaign is using a bookmark that can detect if readers haven’t opened their novel recently and tweets a…
  • Stick-on knobs let iPad DJs mix with physical dials

    Springwise
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Music consumption has almost completely lost its physicality since the advent of digital, with entire back catalogs available at the click of a button. Musicians and producers themselves are now using virtual instruments and equipment such as DAW software and tablets have given rise to the iPad DJ. Catering to the latter in particular, Tuna Knobs aim to bring the tactile…
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    Women Entrepreneurs Blog @ Simon

  • Failure IS an Option

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

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

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

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

    CharlaKucko
    4 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    By: Lauren Dixon A Wall Street Journal article detailed a recent Gallup survey that found that one in three employees are “strongly attached to their jobs and organizations,” and 30 percent of employees are “engaged or involved, enthusiastic, and committed to their jobs,” –an increase of two percentage points from 2010. It is refreshing to know that workers are increasingly connected and happy on the job, caring about what they do at work and their co-workers. Studies have shown that happier employees are apt to do better work and apply more energy and effort to…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Oyster now lets you read in any browser as the ebook subscription space heats up

    Paul Sawers
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    If there was any lingering questions around whether there is a market for monthly ebook subcriptions, Amazon surely went some way towards answering them when it introduced its $9.99 ‘all-you-can-read’ Kindle Unlimited plan last week. While this raised many concerns around the implications for authors’ monetization, it will also have piqued the interest of existing players in the field – one of which is Oyster, the oft-called Netflix for ebooks. While Amazon’s monthly subscription serves up 600,000 ebooks for $9.99, Oyster delivers 500,000 books for $9.95 a month. However, it’s…
  • Language learning app Lingua.ly lands for iPhone

    Ben Woods
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Lingua.ly‘s language learning mobile app is now available to download for the iPhone, following its release on Android back in April this year and its launch on the Web just a few weeks back. The company said that in the month following its Android launch, the app attracted more than 100,000 downloads and that it expects at least this amount (or more)of new downloads now that it is available for iOS devices. It added that it plans to introduce support for more languages this fall, but didn’t specify exactly which. Like on the other platforms, the iOS app provides users with a... This…
  • Soundtracker adds personalization and auto-discovery tools to its social internet radio app

    Ben Woods
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Social internet radio platform Soundtracker has added new features which promise to make it far easier to discover new music and personalize the service to your own musical taste. Available now, the updated iOS and Android apps allow greater customization of each station- such as allowing for specific artists, tracks or albums to be added or removed – and also promises “auto-discovery” of new music as users “move around through the day”. The newly discovered tracks can then be used as a jump-off point to find out more information about the artist or song, find YouTube videos, start…
  • Kakao Talk takes a leaf from Skype, bringing free calls to its Windows desktop app

    Jon Russell
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    Kakao Talk, the mobile messaging company that’s undergoing a $3 billion merger in its native Korea, is taking a leaf out of the Skype playbook after it introduced free voice calls to its Windows app. The company added calls to its mobile apps back in 2012. Voice calls are supported in one-on-one conversations, and also in groups with up to five participants. In addition to free calling, Kakao Talk has also rolled out a design with new fonts, which lets users customize their chatrooms with themes, as they can on the mobile apps. The company’s Windows app launched in June 2013, with...
  • Facetune finally takes its portrait and selfie photo-editor to Android

    Paul Sawers
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Way back in March last year, we brought you news on Facetune, calling it an intuitive, easy way to touch up portrait photos. The previously $1.99 app (now $2.99) from Israel-based developer Lightricks proved to be something of a hit among the iOS fraternity, quickly rising up the charts to become one of the top paid tools in the App Store. And today, due to popular demand, it’s available on Android too. Given the rise of the selfie in recent times, and with front-facing cameras improving all the time, Facetune will work just as well for those looking to enhance... This story continues at…
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    The Product Guy

  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of July 12, 2014)

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

    Jeremy Horn
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at MTV Networks / Viacom, as well as to our other sponsors, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios, Sunshine Suites, and Ryma Technology Solutions. Please submit your nominations for 2014′s best product management candidates @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! (prizes and recognition for both winner and nominator)     Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Grapevine.im (formerly known as Vintage)exploring the product, its challenges and successes, from…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of July 5, 2014)

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

    Jeremy Horn
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:07 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Steven Cohn, lead a conversation around “Using Lean”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs for 6 months…
  • This Week’s Featured Product Management Jobs (Week of June 28, 2014)

    Jeremy Horn
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Director of User Experience and New Platforms @ Viacom (New York City)Keywords: Product, UXhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1001&lf=twf Product Manager – Content Platforms, Bloomberg Content Service @ Bloomberg LP (New York)Keywords: content, identify, licensing, management, technicalhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=998&lf=twf Product Operations Manager – Bloomberg Media @ Bloomberg LP (New York)Keywords: analytical, digital, organizational, projecthttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=997&lf=twf E-commerce…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • “The Must-Read Book of the Summer”

    Ben Casnocha
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Two weeks in, here are some of the interesting reviews of The Alliance: Mike Bloomberg: “The Alliance offers useful strategies for combating this kind of complacency and creating environments where innovation flourishes. As the authors explain, it all comes down to people.” Arianna Huffington: “The Must-Read Book of the Summer That Could Change the Way We Work…What’s also great about The Alliance is how it gives concrete ways to implement these ideas.: Josh Bersin (Deloitte): “The big value of the book is that Reid and team clearly make this point: 21st…
  • Visual Summary of The Alliance

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    We published a 60 slide slideshow that expresses the essence of The Alliance and Tours of Duty. Check it out on Business Insider. The combination of visuals and text works really well, I think. It’s already trending heavily on BI (500,000+ views). Thanks to Ian Alas for all his hard work on creating this deck. Update: Here’s the deck on Slideshare and embedded below. More than one million views on Business Insider.
  • How Do You Get Employees to Open Up?

    Ben Casnocha
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One key concept in The Alliance is “mission alignment”: managers and employees ought to  define a mission objective that aligns the employee career goals and values with the company’s. A far cry from the “company man” era, where a notion of an employee’s individuality and autonomy was nonexistent. In an interview with Chris and me at Inc.com, we explore some of the practical things managers can do to create the space for honest conversation about what your employees really care about. Here are are two excerpts: 2. Forget the notion that you and your…
  • Your Company is Not a Family

    Ben Casnocha
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Reid, Chris, and I wrote a post on HBR.org about the myth of company as family, and explained why in The Alliance we liken companies to pro sports teams. Here’s how it starts: When CEOs describe their company as being “like family,” we think they mean well. They’re searching for a model that represents the kind of relationships they want to have with their employees—a lifetime relationship with a sense of belonging. But using the term family makes it easy for misunderstandings to arise. In a real family, parents can’t fire their children. Try to imagine disowning your child…
  • Impressions of Italy, 2014 Edition

    Ben Casnocha
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:06 pm
    (Beginning a long bike ride at the top of the Basilica of St. Frances in Assisi.) I was in Italy last week for a wedding. It was my third time to the country. What more can one say about Tuscany? It’s a stunningly beautiful part of the world. A few general impressions: Food. I’m trying to minimize bad carb intake. This makes Italy challenging. I ate more pizza in a week than I have in a long time. Italian pizza has few toppings on it — bread, bread, bread — but on the plus side, it is cheap. For one dinner we ordered 23 different pizzas and it cost less than 200…
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    John Greathouse

  • Killer Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Raises > $41,000

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

    John Greathouse
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Steve Benson, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Badger Maps, intends to hire so many interns this summer that he will effectively double the size of his startup. According to Steve, "Startups are, by their nature, a great place for interns, because there are more essential things that must get done than there are people to complete them. At the same time, most startups are small enough that the interns are able to interface with people that actually have expertise, so they gain real-world skills while performing meaningful work."  If you…
  • What This Dive Bar Can Teach You About (Not) Marketing

    John Greathouse
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Dirty Franks is a dive bar located in Philadelphia, which is also home of The Wharton School. Although only a short Uber ride away, it is seldom frequented by the business students. Too bad, as they would be well served to study Dirty Franks marketing plan, which has withstood the test of time. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Brand Building The Old Fashion Way During my days at Wharton (long before Uber), the bar had no name, no sign - no indication of what lay behind its…
  • How To Network With Really Busy People

    John Greathouse
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal. It has never been easier to network with really busy thought leaders who can have a huge impact on your career. Ironically, the same tools that facilitate connecting with people beyond your current network, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Quora and Facebook, also make it more difficult for highly networked individuals to sort through their inbound messages and determine which are meaningful and which should be ignored. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Old…
  • Twitter Insights From A Guru With 113,000 Rabidly Active Followers

    John Greathouse
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. It should be no surprise that this social media guru has earned over 113,000 authentic Twitter followers. His bonafides are impressive: named by Forbes as a Top 50 Social Media Influencer, cited by LinkedIn as a Top 25 Social Media Market Expert and proclaimed by AdWeek to be a Top 50 Person Re-Tweeted By Marketing Leaders. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! You can watch my 14-minute conversation with Steve below. A Humble Guru In addition to Forbes naming Steve a top…
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    Young Upstarts

  • How Can A Startup Manage Stakeholders Of A Company Voluntary Arrangement?

    Contributor
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    by Nicola Layland, a business recovery specialist and senior manager at Cashsolv Entering in to a Company Voluntary Arrangement is something which should not be undertaken lightly, but if it is carried out correctly, it is an invaluable cash flow management tool for a struggling startup, which can be used to settle the business debts. When the alternative to a Company Voluntary Arrangement could be voluntary insolvency, getting the CVA properly drafted and implemented is of upmost importance. The question of how to manage all the different parties including trade suppliers, staff, the…
  • 13 Negotiating Techniques Taught At The Wharton School Of Business

    Contributor
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    by Steven G. Blum, author of “Negotiating Your Investments: Use Proven Negotiation Methods to Enrich Your Financial Life“ Life is a series of negotiations. While we may realize this in theory, we probably don’t realize how often it applies in practice. Your work schedule, your pay and benefits, prices in big box stores, cell phone contracts, day care arrangements — you name it, it’s negotiable. The notion that you just have to fall in line and accept the options you’re given is an extremely limiting one. This is a whole different way of looking at the world. We all know…
  • [Review] Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    Contributor
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    by Jessica Oaks Some of the time, you need more than what a mere smartphone or tablet have to offer. So mobile device manufacturers have taken the best of what smartphones and tablets provide and combined them into a new device coined the “phablet.” In fact, the phablet is currently beginning to overtake the tablet in sales, becoming the new surrogate for the tablet experience. One of the most popular phablets is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Read on to find out more about this amazing device: Device Size. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 offers a high-definition screen display measuring 5.7…
  • The End Of “Build It Yourself” Software

    Contributor
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap On May 7, 1947, Levitt & Sons announced their first rental homes in Levittown, New York. Of the 2,000 homes, more than 1,000 were rented within two days. The Levitts decided to build another 4,000 homes, which they were building at a rate of 30 houses per day by July of 1948. Their assembly chain approach to construction brought in a level of efficiency, cost-savings and quality that was previously unmatched. They met high demand for affordable homes with a single, replicable solution. The otherwise identical homes could be customized with the…
  • How Depression And Stress In The Workplace Are Killing Productivity

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    by Graeme Cowan, author of “Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder“ In a hyper-competitive global economy, organizations must be “on” 24/7. Yet this scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly push to get ahead and stay ahead—working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations — often with little acknowledgment for their efforts. The result is a workforce that’s not just disengaged (Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report revealed that…
 
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  • Twitter Suspends Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s Twitter Account While Keeping “Israel Defense Forces” Account

    news
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Activists raised objection regarding Twitter’s decision to suspend Hamas Military Wing Qassam’s @Qassam_Arabic Twitter Account in while keeping Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter account ,as biased and unjustified.   It looks like biased @Twitter suspended @Qassam_Arabic while allowing terrorist account @IDFSpokesperson to keep functioning. — Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) July 18, 2014 Qassam_Arabic was tweeting about Al Qassam military activists from launching rockets into “Israel” and from clashes with Israelis. While IDF twitter account is tweeting propaganda about…
  • Google Shuts Down its Arabic Q&A Site Ejabat

    Gaith Saqer
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Google is shutting down its Arabic Q&A site Ejabat, in a message posted on the site,google said it won’t accept answers and questions after 23 of next month however questions asked before that date and the answers on it will be available for web surfers. We asked google around 2 weeks ago about this decision but we got no answer we will try to ask again, however on the page announcing this event, google said the reason is that in emerging markets where it had Q&A sites, many local content sites in the local languages has emerged so the need for a local Q&A site is not…
  • Iraqis Government Blocks the Internet in Revolted Sunni Province and Parts of Baghdad, Iraqis Find Ways to Go Around

    news
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    3 days ago, Iraqi bloggers reported that the Iraqi government has shut down the internet in Sunni revolted province. Arabic tech blog Tech World confirmed this news with a document by Iraqi ministry of communications ordering ISP to block the Internet in: Niniwah province, Al Anabar province, Salah Aldeen province, Karkuk province, Diyala province and parts of Baghdad. The order from the ministry to ISPs is also to block as we reported before, social media sites and mobile messaging services: facebook, YouTube, Twitter, whatsapp, Viber and skype, Tango, weChat, instagram, didi. Activists say…
  • Twitter Deletes All Official Accounts for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (ISIL)

    news
    14 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    At a time of massive victories in Iraq by The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) Twitter deleted all ISIS official accounts on Twitter, this comes one day after the American and Iranian backed Shiat Nuri Al Malki government blocking of social media sites: twitter, facebook and YouTube. The suspension started on Tuesday, the @Nnewsi account live tweeted ISIS’ advance into Mosul was first suspended then followed by almost every ISIS other accounts. Activist say this decision by Twitter is because of CIA pressure on the social media site in order to silence ISIS voice and hide the accurate news…
  • Breaking: Defeated American Backed Shiat Government Blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in Iraq

    news
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    Activists in social media in Iraq has been reporting that facebook, Twitter and youtube are now blocked. AC’s sources inside Iraq confirmed that, also a source at Iraqi Ministry of Communications on Friday told Kuwait News Agnecy the decision by the American poppet Shiat government in Iraq to block those social media sites was implemented today. As it is not a secret anymore that Al Malaki government in Iraq is witnessing a huge defeat by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) 10s of thousands deserted and around 3,500 has been captured by ISIS. Not to ,mention that military bases,…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • 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…
  • Conviction

    mark
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:42 am
    Conviction: This is a word we use a lot at FreshBooks. Why? Well, not because we like to hire ex-convicts, but because we are building a company for the long term and want to be a long term leader in our market. When you look at the World through that lens it clarifies things.  You realize first of all how difficult it is to build an enduring market-leading technology company. CB Insights published some stats last week telling us that 2 out of 3 tech exits last year were startups selling at Series A or earlier. That’s just the companies that even get to exit. If you lump in outright…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Building successful in house innovation teams. Jeff Gothelf at Business of Software Conference USA 2013

    Mark Littlewood
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Jeff Gothelf left college to run away and join the circus. Not only does he have some great thoughts on keeping innovation fresh within larger, established organisations, he also spills the beans on how the human cannonball works. A great talk that looks at the three core elements you need to consider to give your in house innovation teams as much chance of success as you can in your company. Transcript Jeff Gothelf: Morning. Audience: Morning. Jeff Gothelf: Nice. Excellent. You have this sense that reminds of the psychology 101 course, I signed up for my first semester in the freshman…
  • Future Software Leader? Want to come to BoS? Apply here for an Avangate Scholarship

    Hermione Crease
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you are an ISV – an innovative software vendor – or working on a cool new online service, and you would love to come to BoS but can’t finance it this year, we have some great news.The excellent folk at Avangate are once again supporting Business of Software scholarships that will allow you to join us in September. This is always a fascinating search and this year there are scholarships for three companies – businesses that aim to be future software leaders.We’re very excited to see who will be selected. As well as scholarships, Avangate will also be hosting a dinner…
  • Lightning Talk recommendations – doing a good deed for a friend.

    Hermione Crease
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    So – to borrow a Valley meme – here’s the thing. We know a lot of people out there have great stories that would make epic lightning talks. We know, because other people – their ‘friends’ – tell us so. Sometimes, when we approach these people, they say ‘oh no, I would rather spend the afternoon learning to play the bagpipes while undergoing root canal work than do a Lightning Talk.’ Which is fair enough so we strike them off the list. And sometimes they say: ‘Really? I’ve always wanted to try a Lightning Talk but never thought…
  • Where are they now? Four lightning talks to remember…

    Hermione Crease
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Our search for the 2014 lightning talk stars is continuing. We think every single person who gets on a stage at BoS and puts their story across in 7 and a half minutes is a hero. You can share the thrill (and win a free place at Business of Software) by applying for a Lightning Talk here before the 19th July deadline.  Officially we’re not allowed favourite Lightning Talks. But some talks do stand the test of time better than others – here’s four that have really stuck in our memories. 1. Alexis Ohanian, Reddit (2008) Or is it Pierre Francois of 74 signals? Cutting, funny…
  • What should attendees put up with a software conference? Nothing but the best according to Ian Clifford

    Mark Littlewood
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Ian Clifford, Founder of YouRock, attended Business of Software Europe Conference last week and we were delighted to receive this guest blog post. We LOVE the idea of an Attendee Manifesto. Perhaps we should have it printed on the back of one of these excellent cards from Alex Osterwalder? I attended the Business of Software Conference Europe event in Cambridge last week. It was a revelatory experience and has changed my view of conferences for good. I have a new life marker now. Everything will be measured as ABoS and PBoS (Ante-Business of Software and Post-Business of Software) and…
 
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • 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…
  • Have You Made the Creative Choice?

    GREGG FRALEY
    28 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    Have you made the Creative Choice? There is a ton of written material about creativity and innovation. I make an effort to keep up with the waves of literature — there’s a new methodology, a new process, fresh brain research, best practices, anti-best practices, etc. Some of this literature is quite good. There is also stuff about how creativity relates to mysticism and spirituality, also quite interesting. Finally there is also a good deal of useless, boring drivel that only reinforces unhelpful mythology about creativity. If you intend to be more creative and to use that…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life

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

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Hill TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Also the seven dangers to human liberty… 1. Wealth without work 2. Pleasure without conscience 3. Knowledge without character 4. Business without ethics 5. Science without humanity 6. Religion without sacrifice 7. Politics without principle TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Bailey Spaulding TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    CollegeMogul

  • Different Careers in Dentistry

    JohnnyG
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The healthcare industry has many different careers. One of these is dentistry. Everyone wants a healthy smile, and while you can do some things at home to help you maintain a great smile, in order to make sure your teeth stay healthy, you really need to see a dentist twice a year. A dentist as well as others working in this industry are very important. Not only do they help people keep their beautiful smile, they also help people fix problems they have with their teeth. These can be anything from braces, to dentures, or oral surgery. There are a number of dentistry fields, and while we…
  • Extreme Heat in Summer Affects Your Body

    JohnnyG
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 am
    The extreme heat of summer can affect your body in many ways. It can be very dangerous, causing all kinds of health problems. While we can’t talk about all the problems and how to take care of them, here are some of the major ones and tips to help prevent them. One of the biggest problems people face during the summer is heat exhaustion, the beginning of the more fatal version, heat stroke. What is heat exhaustion? It’s when you are overworking yourself, through exercising, working in a place with high temperatures, or even playing sports. What happens is you start sweating profusely,…
  • Benefits of Air Conditioning in Summer

    JohnnyG
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:57 am
    Summer heat can be sweltering and if you are without an air conditioner, then you know how miserable things can be. But beyond the obvious benefit of keeping you cool, have you wondered what other benefits are associated with your air conditioner? Before you take a look at a HVAC Company, consider looking over the benefits of your system during the summer. During the summer, you will encounter allergens in the air that come from outdoor pollens, dust and other external factors. With your ac unit, the filtration system can help to reduce allergens in the air, leaving you comfortable in your…
  • Can You Learn Music On Your Own?

    JohnnyG
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:44 am
    A common question amongst people is whether or not it is actually possible to become self –taught to play an instrument. The answer to that depends on who you are as a person. If you need someone standing over you and reminding you to practice and to advance your education, there is a good chance that you won’t be able to do it. However, if you are driven and passionate about the learning process, you do have a chance to actually achieve a degree of success with self – taught methods. A good idea to being this process is to go visit Florida Pianos or a similar business and find an…
  • Education in Modern Schools

    JohnnyG
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    Education in modern schools has changed a lot. It used to be that all work was done on paper with pencils, using real books and other materials. Over the years books and other materials became more and more expensive, so many of the books used were outdated. Unfortunately, while many of these materials cost rose, school funding continued to decrease. More and more often parents had to cover costs, whether they themselves could afford it or not. Technology has made modern schooling much more effective. Instead of having to pay for materials like pens, pencils, paper, etc, these have been…
 
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    Growthink blogs

  • Today’s B2B: Go Mobile or Go Home

    Jay Turo
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    How are the best business-to-business (B2B) companies and brands getting past the noise and the online clutter and connecting with their clients and customers?Well, marketing research firm Motista recently surveyed 3,000 purchasers of 36 B2B brands to find out.I encourage any executive whose business sells primarily to other businesses to read the full report here. It is chock full of fascinating and very high ROI B2B marketing and sales nuggets.In it, I found three particularly prescient ideas as to the Mobile Internet Revolution we are all currently living through, and how smart…
  • The Rise of the Machines

    Jay Turo
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Last week, I shared three themes percolating in the dynamic Internet of Things (IoT) movement: 1) Wearable Devices driving health and wellness breakthroughs 2) Embedded Sensors “incrementally” improving industrial productivity, and 3) The converging trends of miniaturization, affordability, and “de-wireization” driving energy efficiencies and cost reductions the world over.These are big themes - breathtaking in their “macro” - but sometimes very difficult to translate to specific opportunities from which we as entrepreneurs and investors can individually benefit.But try we must,…
  • The Spirit of America

    Jay Turo
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On this great day when we celebrate America, our freedoms and our way of life, please enjoy (and please share on Twitter with the hashtag #SpiritofAmerica) this list of twenty - five of why this is the greatest country in the history of the world:#25. Lexington. Concord. Saratoga. Yorktown – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Fought for here.#24. The Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court. The Rule of Law. Justice served here.#23. The Stock Market. Home Ownership. Low Inflation. Assets built here.#22. Driverless Cars (and Electric too!). Wearable Devices (the iWatch!). The Internet of…
  • The Internet of Things

    Jay Turo
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I had the good fortune to attend GTK’s and Pillsbury’s amazing Internet of Things Private Executive Event in Palo Alto last week.It was a star-studded, technocratic affair - drawn from Kamal Ahmed’s and Ali Tabibian’s amazing Silicon Valley network, by the high-profile speakers and panelists including Qualcomm’s chairman Paul Jacobs, General Electric's Head of Software Bill Ruh, Cisco's Vice President Tony Shakib, Splunk CTO Todd Papaiaonnou and by the incredibly exciting and timely topic itself.Whatever name you want to call it - the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of…
  • Today’s Market: A Bubble Waiting to Burst?

    Jay Turo
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    The incredible prices paid for high flying technology stocks this past year - whether it be in the form of acquisitions, in the cases of Dropcam, Open Table, WhatsApp, OcculusVR, and Nest, or in the form of financings, in the cases of Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, has raised the age old questions, worries, and doubts about whether this market and these technology deals constitute a bubble.And if so, when and how it will burst.These concerns are mirrored in the recent price run-ups in both the stock and real estate markets.As detailed last week, since March 2009 the S&P index has almost tripled,…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Summertime Logo Fun

    Mike
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Summertime, right? Business tends to slow, strategy meetings are put aside in favor of ling weekends and early-dismissal Fridays. Vacations crowd the schedule, choices have to be made about which music festivals to attend, the grill and that beautiful whole snapper await and, frankly, our focus gets a bit soft. Between the chilled cocktails and the (please pass the) guacamole we find it a bit hard to concentrate. So what better time to take a few minutes for a bit of business fun, right? And what could be more fun than looking at a few great logos and deciphering the meaning hidden in each…
  • Small Business and Startups: 7 Habits of Me

    Mike
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Steven Covey started it all with his seminal book, “7 Habits of Effective People.” His work has spawned hundreds of blog posts – a quick search turns up the “21 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” and the “7 Habits of Effective Managers,”  even the “10 Habits of Happy Mothers.” All of this exploration of habits and success, habits and effectiveness, habits and happiness led me to ask myself: “Self, I ask, what are your habits? Are they effective? Do they lead to my own success and happiness?” “Hmmm,” I answer,…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #229 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:02 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 image above is from a very interesting deconstruction of the impact Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi has on the teams for which he plays. Today, Messi is generally considered to be the top soccer player in the world. Amazingly,…
  • Small Business and Problem-solving: Take a Walk

    Mike
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Sometimes I wake up in the night thinking about my company. On occasion it can be difficult to get back to sleep, especially when some recently wrestled-with and unresolved issue is nagging at me. My mind gets stuck on a problem or a question and sleep can be elusive from that point forward. I think this is a fairly common phenomenon for small business owners and many have  told me they experience the same problem. I just returned from a 2-week vacation, which was greatly appreciated luxury. I visited places I had never been, experienced a culture that was brand-new to me, saw art and…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #228 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:21 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image was taken during the filming of the movie Titanic. Although much of the movie is set on the ocean, the “ocean” the actors jump into is just a giant, 3 feet deep pool. More strange and mind blowing movie facts in the…
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  • Bradley Cooper addresses 40-lb. weight gain

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Bradley Cooper addresses 40-lb. weight gainGettyWhile on the red carpet, the star explained why he purposefully packed on the pounds.Staggering amount of calories he had dailyMore entertainmentMiranda Kerr rocks the crop topBeyoncé's pic as Rosie the Riveter
  • Official: Missing Air Algerie flight has crashed

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Official: Missing Air Algerie flight has crashedFlikrAn Algerian aviation official confirmed that a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 people aboard went down on Thursday.Differing accounts causing confusionMore in newsFAA lifts ban on flights to Tel AvivSuspected cause of Taiwan crash
  • Iraq elects a new president amid fierce conflict

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Iraq elects a new president amid fierce conflictAPKurdish politician Fouad Massoum was chosen for the largely ceremonial role on Thursday as Iraq's 'worst conflict' since 2011 raged on.'Existential threat' to the nationMore in world newsGaza civilians denounce air strikesRussia-influenced pattern in Ukraine
  • People can't believe 'colossal' 3-story closet

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    People can't believe 'colossal' 3-story closet KHOUTheresa Roemer says that the 3,000-square foot space has been a lifelong dream -- and it even has a champagne bar.Dream closet's massive price tagMore to watchDad's tweet stirs controversyUpdate on teen who sued parents
  • Gaza cease-fire hopes falter as battles rage

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Gaza cease-fire hopes falter as battles rageAPIsraeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday as neither side showed any sign of compromising.Demands from both sides explainedMore on the conflict in GazaMini army bases along the borderHamas won't budge for Kerry
 
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    Xconomy

  • North Carolina Innovation, From Barcodes to Berries

    Frank Vinluan
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Frank Vinluan If you’ve made a retail purchase recently, chances are good you used technology developed in Research Triangle Park without even realizing it. The modern day barcode has its origins in the 1970s research of IBM scientists Joseph Woodland and George Laurer. Their work in IBM’s RTP labs was accompanied by the scanning technology to read Universal Product Codes. This technology was so transformative for retail that it found widespread adoption. These days, no one even gives the technology that facilitates their shopping transactions a second thought. Silicon Valley and Boston…
  • Xconomy Launches in Raleigh-Durham—10th Cluster in Our Network

    Robert Buderi
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Robert Buderi Innovation, North Carolina style—at last. Ever since writing the original Xconomy business plan, I’ve been looking forward to the day when we began covering innovation in the Tar Heel state. Now, I am extremely happy to announce, that day has come. Xconomy Raleigh-Durham is officially off the ground, and with its launch we have grown our news network to 10 high-tech clusters around the United States. It’s great to be in North Carolina, one of the seminal innovation clusters in the U.S., and it’s great to be in double digits. There is to my knowledge no other new-media…
  • J&J’s Immunology Chief on Investing at the Crossroads of the Microbiome

    Ben Fidler
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    Ben Fidler When Roger Pomerantz, the CEO of Cambridge, MA-based Seres Health said last week that he’s preparing to take his company public off of a promising, early study, it wasn’t just the natural next step for a biotech startup. It also marked a key transition point for an entire field of scientific research. After a lot of hype, therapeutics targeting the human microbiome—a catch-all term for the trillions of little bacteria that populate our bodies—just might be finally becoming more than cool lab experiments. Indeed, should Seres follow through by filing papers with the…
  • Venture Capital Had Great 2013—But Public Markets Were Still Better

    Curt Woodward
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Curt Woodward In an industry obsessed with creating the next big thing, it can be easy to forget that a lot of big ideas simply crash and burn. So here’s a little reminder: Last year, American venture capitalists put together their best annual performance since 1999. But it still wasn’t good enough to beat the public stock markets, which are cheaper, safer, and much more liquid investments. Clearly, that’s a bad deal for many of the people who supplied money to VCs. But it’s much harder to say why VCs have done so poorly in the past decade—or whether things have changed enough…
  • Badger Fund of Funds to Pump $90M-plus Into Wisconsin Startup Scene

    Jeff Engel
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Jeff Engel The plan for Wisconsin’s new fund-of-funds program is starting to come into focus. The headline: The Badger Fund of Funds could ultimately result in at least five new funds investing a minimum of $90 million in more than 100 Wisconsin startups over the next several years. That’s the biggest takeaway from a presentation Tuesday by two of the three managers of the fund-of-funds at an event hosted by the Wisconsin Technology Council’s Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison. Last year, Wisconsin legislators passed a bill to give $25 million to fund managers who would raise…
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    Thisisgoingtobebig.com

  • Growth is a Commodity

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

    Charlie O'Donnell
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    I'm excited to share that goTenna, a Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio company, has launched the presale of its point to point communications device.   Have you ever texted anyone in the same room and thought about the infrastructure behind it--about where that message travels to, the great distances it gets bounced around, all to travel ten feet, in just milliseconds.   It's pretty magical. It's also pretty stupid, technically speaking. When you can literally see someone else's phone, even a three year old would suggest that the message should go from point A to point B on a…
  • My Role as a VC: What I am and what I am not.

    Charlie O'Donnell
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    There's been some writing about how VCs and founders interact with each other and it inspired me to take a step back and reflect on what my role is supposed to be with regards to the investments I make and the founders I deal with. Here's what I came up with... First, I have a fiduciary responsibility to my investors who entrusted me with money in the first place.  If I don't do right by them, then I have no money, no fund, no career, full stop.  They count on me to be a good steward of their capital, and to take reasonable and appropriate risk with the expectation of a certain…
  • Reservationhate

    Charlie O'Donnell
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Just to be clear, Reservationhop--the line jumping fake name reservation making most hated startup idea on the internet right now--is not a particularly good idea.   - It's too small of a market with too little monetization per transaction. - It's rather easily foiled by ID checking. - It doesn't provide restaurants with any value. It is not, however, any more morally bankrupt than what a lot of other startup people fawn over.  I'm finding all the ethical hemming and hawing over this to be rather inconsistant.   Let's recap... Napster was totally cool because you got free…
  • The Strong Rejection

    Charlie O'Donnell
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:38 am
    When I turn down the opportunity to invest in a startup, I really turn it down. I try and say exactly what I don't believe will happen, or why I don't believe in what you're doing.  In essence, I'm setting myself up to either be spectacularly wrong or to be right. The last thing I want is to not have a view on the space.  My job is to have views--because not making a bet is making a bet.  If I don't have clarity on something, it means that I don't think the space and the opportunity size is big enough to get clarity.   What I never say is "I love what you're doing,…
 
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    OnStartups

  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

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

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

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

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

    7 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language. I have fond memories of BASIC -- without it, my life may have turned out very differently. I went to highschool in a small town in India (Bilimora).  It was the mid 1980s  There were no computers at my school.  Best I knew, there were no personal computers in the entire town. Then, I went to mechanical engineering school in a larger town (Surat).  They had PCs.  6 of them, if I recall correctly.  In a "computer lab".  It…
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Blinkist Helps You Read Books in Only 15 Minutes

    Blogtrepreneur
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a busy entrepreneur, you have been conditioned to consume an overwhelming amount of information by feverishly scrolling and swiping your way through hundreds of brief news updates and 140-character industry tidbits, so reading actual books from cover to cover has become somewhat of a luxury that many of us can only fit into our occasional weekend getaway (if we’re lucky). Aside from choosing to sleep even less than you already do or squeezing in a chapter here and there during bathroom breaks, there just isn’t a lot of time leftover to read everything on your wishlist from start to…
  • Turning Passion into Profit with the Co-Founders of Kandy Kruisers

    Adam Toren
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is about turning your passion into your profession. That’s certainly what the brilliant minds behind Kandy Kruisers did. And these start-up entrepreneurs are making big waves in the skateboarding market -- while they’re still in college! Timur Daudpota, Hamza Amir and Jesus Hernandez are three college guys from the University of Houston who got together to collaborate and create, Kandy Kruisers, their own vintage inspired, colorful skateboard. Kandy Kruisers began when they were freshman in college and noticed longboards everywhere on campus. They loved longboards, but…
  • Four Ways You Can Succeed as a Social Media Superstar

    Matthew Toren
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder why some small businesses seem to rock at social media whilst others (maybe even yourself) are anything but superstars? I am going to give you the secret formula in this post. People like to buy; they don’t like to be sold to. This can be a tricky proposition and has to be done with a well laid out strategy. The formula consists of four social media basics, that when combined will take your from a ho hum marketer to super stardom.1. Be ConsistentEverything about your social media strategy needs to be consistent––from your tone to the frequency of posts. There’s nothing…
  • Made in America: 3 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Their Businesses Work in the USA

    Adam Toren
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every entrepreneur knows that starting a business is never an easy feat, but starting your business in America is said to be particularly challenging. While there may be challenges to business here in the states, there are plenty of advantages and opportunities, too. While some may find that sourcing your business abroad is the best course of action, there are many entrepreneurs who want to create their products and services at home in their local communities across America. To help you understand some of the challenges and opportunities of making a business in America, here are three…
  • 25 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago

    Matthew Toren
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Twitter hit the scene in 2006 and since then most industry experts have taken notice and have tried to master the art of promotion through this valuable and widely used social network. In 2013, Twitter was one of the 10 most-visited websites, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet” according to Wikipedia. Updates have made the platform more valuable and given brands the opportunity to reach exponential limits. But, don’t we all wish we knew back in 2006 what we know now. Here are 25 tweetable Twitter tips you wish you knew years ago: 1. Tweet and tweet a lot. In the fast paced…
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • How to Gather 100,000 Emails in One Week (Includes Successful Templates, Code, Everything You Need)

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This story is about the launch of Harry’s, a new men’s grooming brand. Specifically, it will explain how they gathered nearly 100,000 email addresses in one week (!).  This post includes all the email templates, open-source code, and insider tricks that you can use to replicate their success.  It’s similar in depth to my previous how-to post, Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days. This post is of great personal interest to me, as I’ll be doing a ton of fun stuff with email soon.  For a sneak peek, click here.  Now, on to Harry’s……
  • How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

    Gabriel Wyner
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s spent the last two years refining his methods and putting them on steroids. Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired, was the one who told me, “You have to check this guy out. His new book is amazing.” Keep in mind that I’d previously told Kevin that I thought…
  • Two E-Mail Autoresponses That Work

    Tim Ferriss
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    E-mail is the single largest interruption in modern life. In a digital world, creating time hinges on minimizing it. The first step towards controlling the e-mail impulse is setting up an autoresponse, which indicates you will be checking e-mail twice per day or less. This is an example of “batching” tasks, or performing like tasks at set times, between which you let them accumulate. In this post, I will share two of my own tried-and-true e-mail autoresponses, one short and one long. Your success with batching — whether laundry, phone calls, or e-mail — will depend on…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 18: James Altucher on How to Say “No”, Fail Better, and Build Businesses

    Tim Ferriss
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    James Altucher Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream it now below: This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is sponsored by Bluehost, which I used for my first WordPress blog, and I still use them for sites today. Click here for a special offer! Now, on to our guest… James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. He has founded or co-founded more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr. 17 have failed, and 3 have made him tens of millions. He has published 11 books, the newest of which is The Power…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 16: Joe De Sena on Grit, Endurance, and Building Empires

    Tim Ferriss
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Listen on iTunes, download (right click and “save as”), or stream it in the below player now: This episode is brought to you by…you guys. To help keep this podcast going, please check out the Tim Ferriss Book Club, where, every 1-2 months, I highlight one book that’s changed my life. Here are the first four books. Now, on to our guest…Joe De Sena. Joe De Sena is the co-founder of The Death Race, Spartan Race (1M+ competitors), and more. Among other things, he has completed the famously grueling Iditarod dogsledding race…on FOOT. And what about the Badwater…
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: April 2014

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

    Tyler Cruz
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    I had kept hearing about an ad spy service called BoxOfAds amongst the affiliate marketing crowd for a while now and finally decided to try them out about a month ago. My campaigns were starting to become a little bit stagnant and I wanted to try something new to get some fresh ideas and keep things alive and kicking. Within about an hour of looking into BoxOfAds, I found a couple of landing pages that looked like they had the potential to do well, and took them, made a few small modifications and improvements here and there to match my offers, and split-test them against a direct link (the…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: March 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:09 am
    See, I told you I’d be back up to date with these soon enough. Okay, okay – I’m not quite all the way caught up yet, but I only have 2 more to go and then I will be. So the question is: was February just an outlier and an especially good month, or am I starting to make progress with my affiliate efforts again? After months of crap, it was sure good to see that $10K net in February, that’s for sure. It’s a motivational booster. As with my last few reports, since this report is late in getting published, my memory is going to fail on the particulars of what went on…
  • A Tour of My New Office

    Tyler Cruz
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    It’s been a while since I published more of a personal type of post, and so I thought I’d post one to help change things up inbetween income reports and other affiliate marketing related posts. As you may recall, last November I moved from my condo into a house. One of the major selling points of the house for me was that it had a nice office, complete with a nice built-in desk in the corner. It’s located on the main floor close to the front door. Here’s a short video tour I made of my office for you guys: (Note: You may need to visit the post directly at TylerCruz.com…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: February 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Here we go, I’m up to February – only 3 more reports to go and I’ll finally be caught up to date with these reports. I haven’t been getting as many comments on my posts as I used to in the past (most likely a result of my less-than-stellar post frequency the past year), so hopefully these reports still interest some of you out there and aren’t just becoming boring repetitive blog post filler. I think part of the lack of response may also be due to my poor performance lately. It’s sure a hell of a lot more exciting when I’m pushing big numbers, and…
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    mokoyfman.com

  • "But when the new Umami Burger outlet opens down the street from you (or the new Ivan Ramen outlet,..."

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    “But when the new Umami Burger outlet opens down the street from you (or the new Ivan Ramen outlet, or the new Roy Choi taco joint), you can say a little prayer of thanks (or not) to Chang, Bloomfield, and her partner Friedman. You can thank them for your strange, abiding obsession with brown liquor and craft beers, and the hamburger, and that fragrant vat of kimchee your Park Slope neighbor has kept buried for months in her backyard. You can thank them for that road trip you’re planning with your suddenly food-mad 10-year-old daughter, down through the ancient Foodways of Virginia and…
  • The cliffs, Montauk

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The cliffs, Montauk
  • "It’s also clear that the authors could not summon up the courage to stop referring to their audience..."

    27 May 2014 | 8:53 am
    “It’s also clear that the authors could not summon up the courage to stop referring to their audience as ‘readers’ and begin to call them ‘users’ – probably because some pedant was worried they’d be confused with dope addicts.” - What the New York Times Could Have Been | LinkedIn Nuff said.
  • Sift Science

    14 May 2014 | 7:17 am
    The Internet has enabled the seamless flow of commerce in an unprecedented fashion. But where transactions go, so do bad actors. We currently estimate online fraud to be a $40B problem, and it’s just getting worse. The few rarified Internet giants like Google & Amazon have built large dedicated teams and sophisticated technology solutions to combat fraud. But what about everyone else? Even our largest commerce and marketplace investments at Spark suffer from fraud and have turned to third parties for help. I am thrilled today to announce that Spark Capital is leading a $18MM Series B…
  • Welcome back cherry tree. We missed you. (at 16 Schellinger)

    3 May 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Welcome back cherry tree. We missed you. (at 16 Schellinger)
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • StartUp Diaries: From Big Corporate To ‘Going it Alone’

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kirstie White shares her journey and the lessons she has learned from the major corporate world to following her childhood dream of becoming her own boss. The first business I built was ‘Kirstie’s Candy Corner’. It was basically a sweet shop where I created my own sherbet and sold it profitably. The only problem was that I was just seven years old! From there, the entrepreneurial spirit just grew, and the following is a speedy journey through my career and specifically how I started in the big corporate world, but just couldn’t fight that inner entrepreneur. I hope you identify with…
  • Failing and First Drafts

    Misty W. Gibbs
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Misty W. Gibbs explores whether you need to fail or whether you just need a first draft... Fail fast and fail hard. Fail early and fail often. This message is drummed into aspiring entrepreneurs, almost like a badge of honor. The essence of the idea makes sense; you need to make mistakes to learn. And mistakes are unavoidable – you WILL make them. I have yet to meet an entrepreneur or businessperson who doesn’t have an answer to: ‘If I knew then what I know now…’read more
  • Startup Diaries: You Can't Do It Alone

    Kristel Kuit
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kristel Kuit, founder of personal assistant services company Headroom Assistance, talks to The NextWomen about the importance of finding the right people to be in one's start-up life, and shares her top tips for success in entrepreneurship.read more
  • Redressing Gender Imbalance In The Boardroom

    Guest Author
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Helen Croft and Agnes Bamford from The Results Centre discuss the under representation of women at the highest levels of business.read more
  • Startup Diaries: 3 Reasons Why You Don't Have A Million £ Business

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Shweta Jhajharia explains why over two and half million UK businesses are unable to break the coveted £1 million threshold and highlights three areas that might just hold the key. The majority of businesses never reach the £1M turnover mark – a level often used to benchmark firms. This is significant because most business owners, when they first started, envisaged not just a multi-million pound business, but a multi-billion pound business. Statistically, only 4% of business owners ever reach the £1M mark and further, only 10% of these businesses (that’s 0.4% of all business…
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

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

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
     Being injured on the job can be a complicated situation. Many of my coaching clients became business owners because they were hurt on their jobs and needed to do something else. I’ve heard a lot of the stories. Having a personal injury lawyer on your side can make all the difference in the world. The […]
  • Quick Cash for Emergencies

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s a good idea to be able to get quick cash for personal or business use. Sometimes things come up and they are outside your budget. When you have the freedom of quick cash you can take advantage of new opportunities and good deals. You can use quick cash to pay off debt. Perhaps you […]
  • Want Better Performance and Mood? Start here

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    As a business owner, you need to be at your peak performance in order to run your business. How you run your business is often an by-product of your mood. It’s very easy to fall into a trap of not doing your best after lunch. Our moods can change at lunch because of what we […]
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    Steve Blank

  • Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom

    steveblank
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience. ——– The I-Corps program started when the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted my Lean LaunchPad class. Their goal was to train University scientists and researchers to use Lean Startup methods (business model design, customer development and agile engineering) to commercialize their science. Earlier this month the National Institutes of Health announced I-Corps @ NIH, to help scientists doing medical…
  • What Job Needs to be Done? 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development
  • How Big Is It Really? 2 Minutes to Find Out Why

    steveblank
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click here Subscribe for more videos than you can ever watch hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Customer Development
  • The Path of Our Lives

    steveblank
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not?” Robert Kennedy/George Bernard Shaw I got a call that reminded me that most people live their life as if it’s predestined – but some live theirs fighting to change it. At 19 I joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Out of electronics school my first assignment was to a fighter base in Florida. My roommate, Glen, would become my best friend in Florida and Thailand as we were sent to different air bases in Southeast Asia. An Enemy Attack May Make Your Stay Here Unpleasant On the…
  • Validation: Be Sure Your Startup Vision Isn’t a Hallucination. 2 Minutes to See Why

    steveblank
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you can’t see the video click hereFiled under: 2 Minute Lessons, Business Model versus Business Plan, Customer Development, Lean LaunchPad, Teaching
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Febreze Noseblind Test and Giveaway with $60 AMEX Gift Card

    First Class Fashionista
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    I love the Febreze Cat Couch commercial, especially after recently being convinced to giveaway my comfy couch that I had for 9 years. My bestie happens to be a Yorkie…Was I sitting on a Yorkie couch??? LAUGH OUT LOUD…So when I was presented with the opportunity to take the Nose Blind Test with Febreze, I was really excited. To do so, I was asked to host a movie night and invite a few people over. When they arrived, the experiment began. I would soon learn what odor in my home I had apparently become noseblind to. Fortunately, I just got new couches and refinished my floors, so I…
  • 303 Magazine Pool Party and Poolside Fashion Series

    First Class Fashionista
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Photo Credit: 303 Magazine Looking to lay poolside this summer with good music, people, food and a nice cold margarita? Well look no further, the 303 Magazine summer pool party series is back. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go to the second 303 Magazine pool party of the summer. With the sun shining and no rain in sight, it couldn’t have been a better day for a pool party. The sunny day brought out the hottest and most beautiful people from all over the state. It was held at one of First Class Fashionista‘s favorite pool party venues, The Breakers Resort in Denver. The…
  • Faded Image Barber Battle Winners, Pics and Video

    First Class Fashionista
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Sunday, July 6th 2014 was a battle competition unlike any other. Taking place in the beautiful Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, my co-workers and I, from Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, were able to witness this amazing competition. Prior to the competition, there was an Educational Seminar held from 9am-1pm at International Salon and Spa Academy. According to a source, the seminar really brought back the passion into the barbering industry. There, they released technical knowledge and new techniques. To begin the night of battles everyone gathered into the ballroom for mingling and…
  • Fashionable Activewear

    First Class Fashionista
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Okay, since graduating I have been fortunate enough to have some free time on my hands. I had previously agreed not to dive head-first into more work and jobs fresh out of college, so what to do with all that excess energy? Well, I have been channeling it all into getting more fit! It may also help that I’m off to Disney World soon in 100 degree Florida heat. The nicer I can look in shorts, the better; and I’m sure that applies to everyone, everyday, for just about everything we put on. Who doesn’t want to look their best? Wearing the same thing every day to the gym can be…
  • Pre-Fall Fashion Trend Forecast 2014

    First Class Fashionista
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    It’s almost time for … drumroll please… Pre-Fall! I know, it’s like 90 degrees outside. But we’re all about forward thinking here at First Class Fashionista, and I know all of our readers love to get the jump on what’s next. So, as a member of the retail community and a subscriber to fashion forecasting, let me tell you what looms on our Autumn 2014 horizon. Moto Style. It’s going to be huge, I promise. Although leather is a big hit for any fall/winter season. Look for new colors as well as a lot of moto embellishments to spice it up a bit this year.
 
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    Begin the Begin

  • Taking a break for a while

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

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

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

    jeffhilimire
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    This week at a pitch event (where startups pitch their businesses), I met the creator of a Google Reader replacement called Minimal Reader. While we traded stories about how much we loved Google Reader (which Google killed off a little over a year ago), we started talking about the news / RSS apps we use currently. Today, Google Play Newsstand and a link to the ESPN homepage are the only “news” sites on my phone’s home screen. My phone is where I consume most of my news and articles. I do have a folder on my home screen that is called “Read”, which has several…
  • Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.

    jeffhilimire
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    I saw this on Twitter recently and felt compelled to share it. On more than one occasion I’ve judged someone’s actions before realizing they were going through something difficult in their life, causing them enough pain to affect their behavior. Going forward I’m going to do my best to keep this in mind. Besides, even if they’re just a “mean person”, why not be kind to them and maybe your kindness will rub off. But in my experience, the mean people had battles early in their lives that made them that way, so even they deserve kindness. Ok, back to work :)…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Startup Toolkit: Discovering Your Idea

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you are new to the world of entrepreneurship, launching a startup can seem like a daunting task. Let’s be honest, it is. In fact, countless individuals have abandoned their entrepreneurial dreams to avoid scaling the precipitous path of entrepreneurship. For those of you who find yourselves hesitant about taking that first bold step, the Startup Toolkit is here to equip you with the knowledge you need to help make your dream company a reality. Each installment consists of expert, up-to-the-minute resources addressing the challenges every fledgling founder must overcome. This first…
  • Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider, Zirtual featured on Broadway World, and more Grad News

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:30 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, Zirtual was featured on Broadway World, PetHub was featured on Market Watch, and more. Below is a roundup of recent Founder Institute Graduates in the news: Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider: Realty Mogul Announces Hard…
  • SimpleReach Raises $9M in Funding, Featured on TechCrunch

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Edward Kim and his company SimpleReach recently secured $9 million in Series A funding, as described in a TechCrunch article by Anthony Ha titled SimpleReach Raises $9M To Measure Content Marketing and Native Ads. SimpleReach, a company that allows marketers to determine the effectiveness of their content, is a Graduate of the New York Founder Institute.  The company says, [SimpleReach] can not only tell customers how well their content is doing on publisher websites and on social media, but also predict which articles will take off. SimpleReach then allows marketers to promote…
  • The Founder Institute is Hiring to Help Create 1 Million Startup Jobs

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles - including Regional Coordinators, Operations Associates, a Director of Sales, a Controller, Entrepeneurs in Residence, and various Marketing roles.  The Founder Institute’s mission is to launch companies that create over ONE MILLION new jobs. We are using entrepreneurship as a means to change the world, and we can use your help! APPLY NOW   What is the Founder…
  • Attend a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Startup

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:20 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…
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    A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

  • No, *I’ll* tell you the answer!

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

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

    Jason
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Keith Rabois famously quipped, “I don’t know of a single successful CEO or entrepreneur who blogs regularly.”That was five months ago, and people are still talking about it. And agreeing.But why?Sure the usual exceptions are trotted out – Rand Fishkin, Joel Gascoigne, etc.. But the examples outweigh the exceptions 100-to-1.Much easier is listing those who used to blog a lot, but trailed off as their companies grew — Joel Spolsky (who essentially stopped blogging after raising money for StackExchange), Dharmesh Shah (who trailed off substantially when…
  • Smart Bear Live 8: Edwin from MeetingKing.com

    pfoley
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    Welcome back to Smart Bear Live … the show were Jason speaks with entrepreneurs looking to improve their businesses. In this episode, Jason talks to Edwin from MeetingKing.Listen to this episode if you want to hear about a founder who has a product and users and paying customers … and is trying to figure out how to take his company to the next level and grow faster.PRODUCER’S NOTE: Do you wish you could hear Smart Bear Live episodes more often? Well maybe you can help – the show needs a new producer! I’ve loved being part of the show, but now that I’m…
  • Come visit @asmartbear and the @wpengine gang at SxSW in our new office space!

    Jason
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:03 pm
    If you’re in Austin for SxSW, come say hello between 10:00 and 2:00 on Saturday, March 8. We’ll have an open lounge with food and coffee at our World Headquarters in downtown Austin.It’s an easy 5 blocks from the convention center, so there’s no reason not to hang out with us for a while, an oasis amidst the craziness.Address:  504 Lavaca, Suite 1000 (10th floor).Also: Interested in working at WP Engine, in any department?  We have a special event for that too. Hit me up at my first name at company dot com and I’ll shoot you an invite.
 
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • It’s Easier to Find a Drug Dealer Than To Hire a Business Coach

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

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

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

    Jennifer Blumer
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    I love Deeper Weekend. Seriously, it’s right up there with other once a year special occasions to me. Big holidays, vacations, family gatherings. It’s in that category. I just love it. And Deeper Weekend 2014 is coming up in just a few months. It’s time to register! What is Deeper Weekend? It’s Thriveal’s event of […]
  • Lab Experiment 1: Business Model Prototyping

    Adrian Simmons
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    Today the Thriveal Laboratory launches its inaugural experiment: Business Model Prototyping. The experiment’s hypothesis is that there will be multiple successful business models for accounting firms of the future. Using the visual Business Model Canvas tool developed by Alex Osterwalder, a team of experimenting accountants will begin by sketching the traditional accounting firm model, and then ideate […]
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Gone Fishing: We’re on Vacation!

    Catherine Morgan
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re on vacation. We are going fishing – or going to sit by the pool – or something. It’s summer here in Chicago and Business Unplugged is taking the next two weeks off. We’ll be back on Tuesday, August 5. See you then!
  • When Your Biggest Strength is Your Biggest Weakness

    Carol Roth
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I advise and strategize with entrepreneurs, I am noticing a trend, particularly amongst those driven by creativity and passion. It’s that their biggest strength- the creativity that sets them apart- is often their biggest weakness in business. I have gone deep with the owners of some of the coolest, most interesting business concepts around, [...]
  • Online Marketing: What Not to Do

    Catherine Morgan
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s note: I was so sorry when Rich Gallagher, one of our favorite guest contributors, published this on his blog first. It is exactly the kind of smart and snarky post we like to publish here at Business Unplugged. Since you might have missed it, I highly recommend that you check out Online Marketing: How [...]
  • Who’s Your Girlfriend?

    Robert Holmes
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone is tempted at one time or another to be unfaithful. Those who run their own businesses are especially prone. We work long hours, oftentimes alone at the office with staff members of the opposite sex. I got home after one particularly harrowing day, kissed my wife, hugged my kids and was met with the [...]
  • The Paralysis of Freedom

    Carol Roth
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I talk to more and more entrepreneurs about their businesses, ironically, one of the biggest areas of constraint for them is having too many choices.  That’s right; they are bound by too much freedom in their businesses. There is always another idea, another path, or another distraction to take you down a rabbit hole. [...]
 
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    The Entreprenette Gazette

  • July Checklist

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

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

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

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

    Sarah Shaw
    13 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Building your buyer black book (AKA your bible of potential customers) can be a tedious task if you don't know where to look. Be sure you know who your target market is, and where they live. ONLY spend time looking for stores in those specific areas. Anywhere else is a waste of time. Only you can know the story behind who you sell to and where they live……Give it some thought.  If you sell a high end product in the $250+ range, then one thing to consider is where people live who would want and need your products, and if their lifestyle and job affords them the luxury of…
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    Under30CEO

  • How to Produce & Publish an International Magazine While Working a 9-5 Job

    Under30CEO
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ever heard these words before? “Content is king” What does that actually even mean? It’s one of the biggest buzzwords in the online marketing space at the moment, and I’ve been able to not only create content that people are willing to pay for, but I have created a platform where entrepreneurs can go to and learn from the best. In my case I have used content to drive sales and traffic. I have created a magazine to become an authority. I am the publisher and editor of Foundr magazine. Foundr is a magazine for young entrepreneurs and its an app on the Apple Newsstand…
  • Want to Grow? How to Make Tiny Changes That Produce Enormous Results

    Under30CEO
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    An Odd Interim I was in 7th grade. I rode around everywhere on my GT Mach One BMX bike. I rarely ever did my homework. I didn’t pay attention in class. And I didn’t care to listen to anyone, especially if it was unsolicited advice. I hung out with a sixteen year old homeschooled kid that was obsessed with vampires and Marilyn Manson. Eventually, I became obsessed with those things too. He slept in until 4 PM every day, and we’d hang out after I got home from school. My other friends were kids that rebelled against their parents, were constantly in trouble, and had zero…
  • Entrecelebrity: Interview with SpiritHoods Founder Alexander Mendeluk

    Michael Luchies
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Alexander Mendeluk always saw himself being in the spotlight, but as an actor, not as an entrepreneur. As the child of a Hollywood movie director, Alexander grew up on television and movie sets. “That whole world helped me explore my imagination.” That imagination fueled his passion and interest in storytelling, which led him into acting. After graduating from film school he moved to Los Angeles and became a professional actor (Alexander Mendeluk’s IMDB page). His breakout role was soon to come, but it wouldn’t be on a movie set. “Out of nowhere, literally, came SpiritHoods.”…
  • Top Business Books and Must Reads for Entrepreneurs

    Under30CEO
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Hey Under30CEO, This is our list of all time top reads and business books for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  It includes some new releases and best-sellers you should be reading now. Here’s our list of must reads! We are big fans of anything that gives us the edge in our personal and professional development or business.  We’ve authored over 4,000 articles here on Under30CEO and interviewed countless best selling authors including Seth Godin, Donald Trump, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Peter Shankman, Eric Ries, and Sharon Lechter. New Releases &…
  • The #1 Reason Most 20-Somethings Get Stuck

    danieldipiazza
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I can remember, just a few short years ago, when I would have done ANYTHING to get “unstuck”. I had “played the game” just like I’d been told. Went to school, picked a major that made sense, got good grades and followed the rules. (I can see you nodding your head in agreement with me — we’ve all been there.) But as college ended and the real world started to loom closer and closer, I had to admit…I was terrified. Why? Because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing… See, I knew how to operate within the system that had been laid out for…
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    Fizzle

  • Customers, Work, and Community

    Barrett Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Note: This is the last of our four-part WDS 2014 recap from the Fizzle team. You can read the other three here: Chase’s, Corbett’s, and Caleb’s. I’m back in the saddle after another trip to Portland for World Domination Summit (WDS), put on by Chris Guillebeau and company. 2014 was my third year attending the (un)conference, and I took away lessons that you can just as easily apply in your own work and life. With every passing year, I’ve found that my takeaways remain consistent, perhaps even honing ideas planted as seeds in previous years with each passing weekend spent in…
  • Pleasure Before Business

    Caleb Wojcik
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Have you been to a conference before where there are more people wearing a kilt and a Darth Vader helmet while riding a unicycle playing a bagpipe that shoots flames out the back than people wearing a suit and tie? That’s the kind of conference Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit is. It is a little different. A little “unconventional” if you will. So in the spirit of doing things differently, I won’t be showing off a bunch of my pictures of the amazing people and food or the four-hour long academy Fizzle led. These are my three takeaways from WDS 2014…
  • Money Isn’t the Point

    Corbett Barr
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m decompressing from the World Domination Summit, trying to piece together the themes from this year, and understand what I’ll take away long-term. The older I get, and the longer I’ve been an entrepreneur, the more I keep asking myself “what’s the point?” As in, what’s the point of goals we work towards, and accomplishments we hold up and celebrate in ourselves and others? This can be a dangerous road. Sometimes you get deep into the meaning of life. I ended up in some deep existential conversations at this year’s WDS because of where my head has been. I think…
  • How to Delegate & What to get off Your Plate (FS063)

    Chase Reeves
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are things in all our businesses we hate doing. And at a certain point, we have to ask ourselves if we’re trapped working in our businesses without any time or energy to work on them. In the last episode we covered how to navigate these things when you can’t afford to pay for help. In this episode we share: How to decide what to delegate A few categories of tasks you could delegate Some tips and tricks for delegating and dealing with VA’s, vendors, partners and contractors What you shouldn’t delegate Enjoy! And if you have any questions please let us know in the…
  • Failure Is An Option

    Chase Reeves
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I received an email today that my good friend’s company is shutting down, pulling the plug, closing up shop. This is something he poured himself into… Rush prep for impromptu big meetings… Stressed late night presentation tweaks… Early morning service calls from the east coast… Blood. Sweat. Fight. Hustle. Muscle… and now tears, packing up, figuring out how to sell the servers, saying goodbye and good luck to employees. I’m gutted for them. Another app I enjoyed, Readmill, has this on their homepage today: “Readmill has closed. We can’t find…
 
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    Strategy

  • 12 Simple Ways To Be More Interesting

    Jessica Hagy, Contributor
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    It's easy to be boring. It's harder to be interesting. Want to learn how? Jessica Hagy offers the following advice, excerpted from her book "How To Be Interesting." Go exploring. Explore ideas, places, and opinions. The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out.   Expose yourself. To embarrassment. To ridicule. To risk. To strange events and conditions. To wild ideas. To things that make you cringe. To strange vistas and new sounds. Trust me. It'll be fun.   Become a spy. People watch. Eavesdrop. Lurk. Loiter. Listen. And you'll learn the secret codes of…
  • 3 Excel Formulas That Will Make It Easy To Slice And Dice Piles Of Data

    Sara Silverstein
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    These three Excel formulas will let you analyze specific data within a larger data set. Produced by Sara Silverstein. Follow BI Video: On FacebookNOW WATCH: This Excel Trick Lets You Easily Spot Trends In Piles Of Data Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »
  • Cisco CEO: The First Person You Fire Is One Of The Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make (CSCO)

    Julie Bort
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    In a few short months, Cisco CEO John Chambers will celebrate his 20-year anniversary as Cisco's CEO. He took the job in January 1995. We recently met with Chambers and asked him if he's ever fired someone. "Sure," he told us. While we didn't probe him about that first experience, he did say two things that every manager could take to heart. You might never feel 100% sure about your decision to fire the person, but here's how you know you need to do it, he says: The hardest decision you do is to let someone go, especially someone that’s a good person and is trying hard. When a…
  • The One Thing You Need To Know Before Choosing A Business School

    Drake Baer
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    There are some 711 business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  That's less than 5% of the worldwide total.  Clearly, not all b-schools are created equal, as you can see from the scads of rankings that come out every year.  But when you're winnowing down choices for where to nab that MBA, there's one crucial thing to consider: the networking.  In a Reddit thread titled "What you wish you had known before going to BSchool," user NWmba fills us in on why:  The difference between a cheaper and a more expensive…
  • 14 Tips For Getting Busy People To Read And Respond To Your Emails

    Drake Baer
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    A reader recently asked us how to get people to acknowledge her emails. To fulfill her request, here's the distillation of what we've learned about clicky emails. Part 1: Only email when you have to.  Before you click "compose," take a moment: • Consider this: While we all default to email — the inbox is so fun! — there are lots of ways to communicate, like IM, text, or even a phone call. If you need an immediate reply or if the subject is touchy, pick up the phone.  Part 2: Write a killer subject line.  A crisp, actionable subject line has a few key…
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tweet How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead, HarperBusiness, 428 pages, $29.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9780062230690, July 2014 The massive amount of research that went into Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You, is staggering. For the past decade, she’s been scouring books and source materials, conducting polls and surveys with hundreds of thousands of people, and working with teams in the real world social labs of companies like AT&T, General Electric, and Cisco to discover how fascination works in both the…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic. (“It’s just business” has become the ruling philosophy. The…
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    Business Planning by us

  • Women Entrepreneurs Bring Unique Strengths by Rolfe Larson

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

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

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

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

    Rolfe Larson
    7 Oct 2013 | 8:02 am
    First the good news: Starting Sept 30, US federal law allows small startup companies to raise equity on the Internet, without the expensive barrier to register the shares for public trading with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Companies can now raise unlimited amounts of capital simply by using social media sites or elsewhere on the Internet. This will help address the problem many small business owners face by creating a mechanism to connect with investors, which until had to be done “privately” — which for many small companies meant not at all.  Here’s…
 
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • In Internet of Things push, Needham-based PTC to acquire Axeda for $170M

    David Harris
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Needham-based software firm PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) announced Wednesday that it will acquire Axeda Corp., a privately-held Foxborough software firm focused on the Internet of Things, for approximately $170 million in cash. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of September and PTC expects to draw on its credit facility to finance the transaction. Axeda was formed in 2005 when JMI Equity bought the assets of predecessor Axeda Systems for $7 million. Dale Calder, then president and CEO of the…
  • Massachusetts task force recovered $15 million from labor violations, report says

    Shira Schoenberg
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    A task force on employee misclassification and the "underground economy" recovered $15.6 million in 2013 for workers and the state, according to a report released Wednesday by the the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification. Gov. Deval Patrick, in a statement, said the task force "has proven to be an effective mechanism for enhancing cooperation between state agencies, sharing information and prosecuting violators." "The coordinated investigations…
  • Springfield seeking options for old fire stations

    Peter Goonan
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    As city officials consider potential reuses of four long-closed fire stations in Springfield, their hopes are boosted by a recent report outlining success stories from around Massachusetts and beyond Fort Point Consulting Inc., of Chelsea, hired for the $20,000 study, details the benefits, challenges and strategies of selling the city stations, and describes reuses that have worked around the state and East Providence, Rhode Island, ranging from apartments and commercial studios to a yo-yo manufacturing…
  • ​Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center opens new cancer-research center

    Jessica Bartlett
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has brought together leaders in the human genome in a new research collaborative focused on curing cancer. The Institute for RNA Medicine, established under renowned cancer geneticist and Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center Director Pier Paolo Pandolfi, and co-founded by BIDMC Chairman of Pathology Jeffrey Saffitz and molecular biologist John Rinn, will look at non-coding RNA, or the pieces of genetic coding material that contain clues about health and disease. Joining…
  • Arthur T. Demoulas offers to buy controlling stake in Market Basket

    Eric Convey
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Arthur T. Demoulas, who was ousted as CEO of Market Basket by board members loyal to a cousin, is offering to buy the company, he said in a statement issued to the Boston Globe and Lowell Sun Wednesday evening. "We believe that our offer is a very fair and full one, and should meet or exceed a seller's expectations of the value of the company," the statement reads, in part. The controversy over Market Basket's control has embroiled workers at many if not all of the company's six dozen stores. Shelves…
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  • The MENA Region is a Hot Spot of E-commerce Development

    Thomas Oppong
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    In the UK, e-commerce is well established. The widespread availability of smartphones and tablets means that more and more consumers are using mobile technologies to shop, browse, review services and check the availability and price of products online, from anywhere.The Global Retail E-Mpire study conducted by OC&C Strategy Consultants identified that the in 2013, the UK was “the world’s leading exporter of goods purchased online with a trade surplus of over $1 billion.”Partner at OC&C, Anita Balchandani forecasts that “Over the next decade, online retail will become…
  • 12 Things Successful Employees Do To Be Indispensable

    Thomas Oppong
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    There are hundreds of thousands of resources out there on how to better at your job and improve your career.  A lot of employees wonder what the most successful employees out there do to stand out—the ones who get promotions, raises, and opportunities seemingly handed to them. Well, these are a few things the most successful and indispensable employees do differently. Prepare for amazing things at your current job. Here is how to be an indispensable employee.1. They develop their skills that can improve how they work. Most people try to be awesome at the skills in the job descriptions,…
  • 3 Creative Ways To Validate Your Business Idea (Before You Launch)

    Thomas Oppong
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    The biggest mistake you can ever make is to start a business without practical knowledge about its potential for success. Don’t build a product for customers who may not even need it. Create something people actually want by first testing it’s usefulness. Idea validation can help you find the weakest link in your logic, answer all questions you may have about the idea, know if customers actually have the problem you think they have and the best way to solve it. Once you are able to identify the value (a single reason someone would be willing to pay for it or use it) of your idea…
  • 8 Experts Reveal What Works Today In Content Marketing

    Thomas Oppong
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    There are now countless resources on the importance of content marketing for your business. Content marketing has proven to be very useful for companies like Buffer, Hubspot and KISSmetrics. Each of these companies are educating and informing their prospective audience and customers on topics they will find useful. Content marketing always pays off if you do it right. While the most common advice does apply to most people, I thought it would be interesting to gather expert advice on how your business can approach content marketing.1. Content is meant to create  loyalty, branding and…
  • Small Business Loans: Your Saving Grace or the Final Coffin Nail?

    Thomas Oppong
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    If you’re a small business owner or work for one that hasn’t been a slam dunk right out of the gate (as most small businesses are not) then you know how stressful it can become when the financial strain seems to be choking any future potential the company could have with its product or service. In these instances, many people make the naïve mistake of thinking a small business loan will solve their problems.Not unlike the way many unwed couples think getting married will solve their relationship issues, and not unlike couples who think having a baby will solve their marriage issues,…
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  • 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 is on Twitter by @twilli2861  Email questions to twilli2861@aol.com. More is available via the book Think Agile; also, the company  website ,  photo  websiteGoogle+, or  Facebook.  Check out the group Startup  Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.
  • 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
  • Agile and non-agile entrepreneurs must communicate clearly

    Taffy Williams
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It is impossible to know what is being communicated in these!Some people are able to see a problem and rapidly determine solutions; the problem may be business or non-business.  Clear communication is required when describing a fix to a problem and information provided must be explicit; remember, you see the fix, they may not.Recently, I was asked to help repair a lamp.  The lamp was missing the knob that rotates when turning on a lamp.  My instructions were, “pick up the complete part from the hardware store. The complete part includes the piece that the bulb screws into and…
  • May Startup Blog Insights - Entrepreneurs Get Agile! with Taffy Williams

    Taffy Williams
    21 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Taffy Williams can be found on Twitter @twilli2861ColonialTDC ,  photo  websiteGoogle+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group on Linkedin.  He writes the Startup Blog and articles for the 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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  • USC’s Masters in Communication

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

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

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

    Vivek Krishnan
    27 May 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Being injured in an accident can strike a devastating blow. In addition to the physical pain you may suffer, lost wages, severed social connections and emotional scars can destroy your life. The key to recovering quickly from a personal injury is to find the right attorney who can fight for your rights and help you get your life back on track. Take the Right Steps Immediately following your accident, you may be confused about what steps to take. For most people, being involved in a serious accident is a once in a lifetime occurrence. As soon as you are able, it is important to contact your…
  • The Top Gaming Headsets for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360

    Vivek Krishnan
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    If your into gaming and have had a look at the games that are coming out this year, you’ll be excited about what games are about to arrive. The last thing that you need now is to be unprepared for what’s coming, that is why we have put a list together of the top gaming headsets for 2014. Mad Catz – Starting from £58.49 at Box.co.uk Mad Catz have a wide range of gaming headsets to choose from. The Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming headset for PC and Mac have intuitively placed on-ear controls, and a detachable noise-cancelling microphone that keeps your gaming sessions well-equipped…
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  • Why mobile first entrepreneurs are attractive VC targets

    Subodh Kolhe
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A majority (as much as 88%) of Indian entrepreneurs in the mobility space are building solutions that are ‘mobile first’ and not mere transitions from the web world. This was evident in a survey Helion Venture Capital conducted among 100 entrepreneurs building solutions focused on both the enterprises and consumer. The survey aimed at reflecting the robustness of Indian entrepreneurship in the mobile space while identifying the catalytic role of the VC in its growth. Global enterprises are increasingly consuming services aimed at making them mobile-centric. The mobile has become the…
  • What you must know before starting a Hardware company

    Manu Shrivastava
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    ‘Hardware is not the new software’, and putting together a hardware team to make a real tangible product requires dedicated effort that is very different from software. Further, the gestation period in hardware sector is very high, requiring patient capital and talent. Hardware is an emerging sector but is still the most difficult one to scale in India. Moreover, there is a dearth of hardware accelerators or incubators in India that stalls the hardware community here from flourishing. Despite success stories from India such as MSwipe payments, Dosamatic dosa maker and Robots Alive, the…
  • [Infographic] Clash of the Titans: MakeMyTrip vs. ClearTrip vs. Yatra

    Chaitanya Ramalingegowda
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:16 am
    Although the online travel industry in India has been growing rapidly from 2005 onwards, the industry is still to consolidate and mature. Air travel dominates the current scenario, with 60% market share ahead of railways which contributes 15% of the market (solely from IRCTC). Hotels constitute 13% and the rest is split between buses and cars. The ecommerce industry in India, currently pegged in the range of $11-16 billion, has over 70% of the numbers coming from the online travel sector, with the rest coming from retailing. By the end of 2015, the Indian online travel market is expected to…
  • Relecura is delivering intelligence for innovation with its analytics platform

    Subodh Kolhe
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:26 pm
    If one thinks about the innovation ecosystem and the related economy in its entirety, it is vast. This ecosystem generates new ideas for novel products and services to meet the evolving needs of customers. It also disseminates these ideas and subsequently converts them to actual products. Relecura – developed by INDUS TechInnovations – offers an analytics platform, delivering intelligence to technology developers, inventors, Intellectual Property (IP) professionals and corporate leaders. This, in turn, helps them generate ideas and make better decisions on new products and…
  • Contact center technology provider Drishti launches product that improves audio quality

    Jubin Mehta
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Drishti is a provider of Contact Center software and enterprise communications applications. with a base in Gurgaon, Drishti has presence in over 40 countries including key touch points in Asia Pacific, India, SAARC, Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Recently, the company has launched Ameyo VoicePlus- a product that improves the audio quality of a phone call by eliminating the disruptions faced in a contact center. This product aims to help customer service departments of all industries. Talking about the product, founder and CEO Bishal Lachhiramka says, “A phone calls contains, in…
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    StartUpLift

  • FobeSoft – Restaurant Management Software

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

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

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

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

    StartUpLift
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    ChartBlocks is an online chart builder that lets you create and share charts in minutes. Target Audience: B2B communications, financial reporting, data vizualizers Website URL: http://app.chartblocks.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Feedback sought: Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that startups are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any constructive feedback is…
 
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • The Food Fort Powered by ECDI Prepares for its First Ever Food Truck Festival

    Kevin Brennan
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Saturday, August 9, The Food Fort, in partnership with premiere Columbus classic rock radio station QFM 96, will hold its first ever Food Truck Festival. The Food Fort, a cutting-edge, mobile food-based business incubator, is not your typical commissary. By providing their clients access to specialized training in legal, marketing and sales assistance, as […]
  • Roll Through Short North on the Pedal Wagon

    Susan Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short North-goers may have noticed another alternative form of transportation cruising High Street. The Pedal Wagon takes bar patrons on a two-hour hop to watering holes throughout the area. Co-Founder and Manager of day-to-day operations in Columbus Stuart Naeny describes the perfect reason to take the Pedal Wagon, “Really any excuse you can come up […]
  • Good Vibes Winery Creates Urban Winery Experience

    Susan Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An urban, bustling street wouldn’t be the first place one would expect to find a winery, but Good Vibes Winery is making a plethora of wines from their Westerville location. Tony Klausing opened the shop almost two years ago, creating not only a quite place to grab a glass of wine, but a stylish event […]
  • ForgeX Building Innovative Partnerships Between Businesses

    Susan Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Marrying innovative entrepreneurs with established corporations, ForgeX is building a network aimed at accelerating high-growth businesses. Entrepreneur and mentor Victor Thorne is the connector behind the network looking to build disruptive technologies. Thorne describes the principle behind ForgeX as two ends of an hourglass. One end is large corporations with employees with ideas. The bigger […]
  • SCORE Providing Mentoring Resources for Entrepreneurs

    Susan Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A facet of the Small Business Administration, SCORE provides support for new entrepreneurs to established businesses through their mentoring and other business development resources. SCORE’s free consultation services help businesses get started, help them grow and help them solve problems. “The bulk of what we do is help startups with their business plans,” says Columbus […]
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • DirectLocalFood Aims To Buy Local Food From Farmers

    VisionwizTeam
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Direct Local Food: Direct Local Food is an online wholesale marketplace that connects farmers with local wholesale buyers. The site facilitates easy, smooth, and direct transactions between local farmers and area buyers. How It Works: The Direct Local Food site enables buyers to search for farms in their area, learn more about offerings and growing methods, and designate “favorites” that meet their unique preferences for locally sourced food. Farmers deliver directly to stores and restaurants, on dates specified during the ordering process. Standing delivery dates vary from farm to farm…
  • How To Create Contagious Leadership For Your Startup Company

    Martin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Startups provide business leadership with new products, services, and new revenue models, but leadership startups can only be built by entrepreneurs who are leaders themselves, and incent leadership in the team around them. Leadership which incents other people to be leaders is called “contagious leadership.” John Hersey, in his book “Creating Contagious Leadership,” describes nine required skills or habits for inspiring a contagious leadership culture within a startup, as well as within other types of businesses, or even life in general. He and I believe that leaders have to make the…
  • 5 Upcoming Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    5  Upcoming Startups 1. EmailBee EmailBee  is a new startup that adds friendly footers to your Outlook emails. The footers link to your webpages, tweets, facebook posts, blogs and more. 2. Room Room is a new beta startup that aims to help you have a free video conversion right within your browser without signup, download or installations. 3. Nuklius Nuklius is a new startup that aims to match great startup ideas with the people needed to fulfil them. 4. SupportYard SupportYard is a web application that converts all inbound email requests into simple tickets and their replies and keeps them…
  • When Entrepreneurs Or Business People Should Ask For Entitlement?

    Martin
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Where did this sense of entitlement in our business culture come from? I’ve written about this before, but I was reminded again a while back at a conference for startups when an entrepreneur started berating investors for not funding early-stage startups. It sounded to investors like me that they felt a funding entitlement for their startup idea. Of course, I’m sure entrepreneurs sense that many investors feel entitled to deals with no risk. It’s bad news either way. As a society, we seem to think we’ve evolved to the point where we can fashion a large portion of existence…
  • How To Make Your Inventive Idea Fundable?

    Martin
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Every inventor seems to think their invention is worth a million dollars, but I haven’t seen anyone pay that much for one yet. In fact, I often have to tell aspiring entrepreneurs that their inventions have zero value, at least not until they are put in the context of a business plan, with qualified people committed to executing the plan. Early-stage ideas fall in the same category. Don’t get me wrong. I have the greatest respect for inventors and idea people who think outside the box to envision and create solutions never before seen. But I have also learned from experience that there is…
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  • 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.
  • Social Media Look Ahead for 2014

    Chris Reimer
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the social media trends we should be keeping an eye on during the coming year? I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with Angela Hutti to provide my social media look ahead for 2014. We discussed Google Plus, Snapchat and Twitter. The discussion on Twitter at the end had to be cut short [...]The post Social Media Look Ahead for 2014 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Year in Review – 2013

    Chris Reimer
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:13 am
    I recently joined Angela Hutti on Fox 2 TV to discuss 2013′s social media trends. Here’s what I saw when I reflected on the year. MORE: Mobile – More people are living their entire lives on their mobile devices. And they’re comfortable doing so. Ads – Facebook rolled out ads in your newsfeed, and Instagram [...]The post Social Media Year in Review – 2013 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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  • How SME’s Benefit from Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Owners of small and medium enterprises are often struggling to reduce expenses while boosting productivity. For some, this may seem like some sort of mission impossible, but in reality modern technology actually simplifies their mission, turning their desire to decrease costs into an achievable goal. Videoconferencing systems are the handy solutions that trigger considerable financial savings, favor a healthier management and lead to improved business relationships. These are only 3 benefits associated with smart and affordable video conferencing systems designed to address the stringent…
  • Leveraging Social Media to Sell Your Products

    EpicLaunch
    21 May 2014 | 12:31 am
    Social networking was once a simple way for you to connect with old friends, colleagues, distant relatives, etc. Utilized properly, a social networking site gives you the potential to connect with anyone from around the world. More and more businesses, both large and small, have realized just how powerful these networking tools are, and have started tapping into this market to promote their products and increase their online sales. In order to leverage social media as a way to sell more of your products, you can’t bombard consumers with hourly Twitter updates spouting lines about how great…
  • Collaboration in the Digital Age

    EpicLaunch
    8 May 2014 | 4:56 am
    Remember the days when group projects consisted of four or five people huddled over mountains of books, whispering in urgent tones to one another in the back corner of the library? Or afternoons spent organizing and fitting a meeting into everyone’s schedule in order to get the work done? In the business world today, any type of collaboration is almost always done digitally, according to the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to the help of videoconferencing and emails you can be literally anywhere in the world and still manage to get work done no matter what the weather, your social schedule…
  • Reputation is Everything: How To Research a Company Before You Do Business With Them

    EpicLaunch
    4 May 2014 | 12:09 am
    Your reputation as a company is everything. So it is with anyone you do business with. Any reputable company is concerned with it. Yet, at the same time, scam artists aren’t. Ideally, you would only do business with reputable companies, but figuring out is reputable and who isn’t isn’t always easy. Even when you find a legit company, that doesn’t mean that they will be competent. There are many companies out there that are just average. If you think about it, most companies are average. They have to be. That’s the meaning of “average.” It’s the…
  • Using LinkedIn as Part of your Marketing Strategy

    EpicLaunch
    4 May 2014 | 12:08 am
    The booming popularity of social media has given marketers a real opportunity to connect with millions of potential new customers. While Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are the platforms that attract the most attention, LinkedIn has also been growing impressively of late. Owners of the networking channel recently confirmed that it had surpassed the 300 million members mark, having seen 23 million new people sign up for an account since December 31st 2013. Why marketers cannot afford to ignore LinkedIn With members in more than 200 countries across the planet, it is clear that LinkedIn has a…
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online

  • Should Blogging be Planned or, Spontaneous?

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

    Dilip Kumar
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:29 pm
    One of the biggest problems in starting off with an internet marketing business is the initial investment involved in the business.. If you are wondering about the contradiction in this statement, then let me clarify it for you. It is true that internet marketing is a business where the primary investment is your time. At […] The post Vendorlock Hosting and Autoresponder Review appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • The WordPress Basics Course – How to Start a Blog With WordPress

    Dilip Kumar
    28 May 2014 | 5:13 pm
    If you are running an online site, it would most likely be on WordPress. I might not be wrong in saying that, Am I? Just to put some facts together - About 74.6 Million Sites run WordPress About 18.9% of all self-hosted websites run on WordPress WordPress is the most popular platform to run Business […] The post The WordPress Basics Course – How to Start a Blog With WordPress appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • How to Research Buyer Keywords the right way?

    Dilip Kumar
    22 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Keyword research is a painful exercise. While there are thousands of articles out there on keyword research and researching buyer keywords, people like you and me find it the easiest to skip. This is primarily because of the fact that, keyword research takes a lot of time and is very tedious. So the thought process […] The post How to Research Buyer Keywords the right way? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
  • GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Review

    Dilip Kumar
    19 May 2014 | 5:22 pm
    If you are not aware of what managed wordpress hosting is all about, you might want to read the post that I wrote about managed wordpress hosting some time back. That post would have told you some of the aspects about a managed wordpress hosting. Now, what kind of hosting should you go with will […] The post GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Review appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Make Money Working Online.
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  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Working hard or hardly working? Rapidly growing technological advances have not only raised the bar for all of us, but also made us more inactive. We are now expected to be multitasking throughout the workday, and most of our tasks don’t require us to get off our seat!  Here are a few tips to help make you feel healthier, more alert, and more productive during your workday: 1. Have a meeting? Why not take a walk? Break out of the meeting room, and have walking meetings instead! Not only will the change in surroundings inspire new ideas and creativity, but the physical activity will also…
  • Transform Email Into Powerful Online Sales Presentations

    Christine Mortensen
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    When email became readily available to the public in the early 1990’s it changed the way sales people interacted with clients, potential clients and possible leads. The door-to-door salesman quickly faded and instead a new world of opportunities surfaced. Since that time, nothing has shaken the business world to that next level as email did in the 90’s, until now… PointDrive, a Chicago based company, has established a solid foundation transforming emails into powerful online sales presentations.  Below are five reasons why I love PointDrive: 1. Technical Integrations PointDrive easily…
 
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  • Why you sometimes have to reinvent yourself if your business is to stay alive

    robertcraven
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Three brief case studies. Three businesses that had to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’, or go bust! Knowing what to do is not the same as taking the necessary action. To turn around their fortunes, three separate magazine publishers became obsessed with the triad of strategy, marketing and teams. All the publishers had made their money from subscriptions and sales revenues. Both of these revenue streams fell by about 70% in 2009. The entire landscape of their very different markets and industries had changed. The solution was to reinvent the businesses. One used its incredible database to…
  • 10 tips to help entrepreneurs implement effectively

    guestblogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    Ideas mean nothing unless you make them real. Real entrepreneurial ideas get turned into products and services and are sold to customers to make a difference. Yet, entrepreneurs are often not implementers, nor project managers. They’re often distracted by the next idea, development or new opportunity. Here are my 10 tips for entrepreneurs on how to become a better implementer… 1 Clarity on where you’re going Firstly, have clear goals. If you can’t tell everyone what you are doing, quickly and with passion, why would they care about it? If the picture you paint is of a future that…
  • How to avoid being overcharged for office space

    guestblogger
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    Operators and landlords will do their utmost to ensure they get the best possible deal from the start of a contract term. When you rent a traditional office space you’ll often be bound to an agreement for around three - five years. Therefore, if you sign up for services and facilities on a whim, it could affect your business for a very long time. If you’re currently on the hunt for suitable premises or if you’re about to sign a contract, you could save some money by following these simple steps. Find businesses that are subletting It may seem unethical to benefit from someone else’s…
  • Creating your small business online

    guestblogger
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    There are many options for small businesses when setting up online. You need to work out exactly what you want from your web presence. Will it be generating sales or selling products or will it be a point of reference for customers? Knowing what you want out of being online will help you narrow down the many choices you can take. If you are creating a website to be your online store you could consider getting a web design company to build you an ecommerce website. However, this is the most expensive route and options such as www.shopify.com and www.etsy.com offer a much cheaper online option.
  • The importance of effective cashflow management

    guestblogger
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    We see it all too frequently, businesses of all sizes getting into financial trouble and struggling to pay their suppliers, the taxman and their own staff. This can happen because the people running the business are so focused on their product or service or customers that they forget to take care of cashflow management, which is key to sustainable growth. Cash is the lifeblood of every enterprise, but although entrepreneurs want to make money, ironically, they sometimes forget about cash. Recently we saw a marketing services business that made lots of sales and had great service delivery, but…
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    SKMurphy, Inc.

  • We Help Teams of Experts Find Leads and Close Deals

    Sean Murphy
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    To get acquainted join us at a Bootstrappers Breakfast in Silicon Valley or sign up for Office Hours. We offer public and private workshops and Mastermind groups in addition to consulting support.  If they can identify a budget we can find a way to work with them. The model we follow is here our “Startup Stages“  which spans from the pre-incorporation idea stage to scaling. We have helped  a number of teams come together and assisted them from idea stage to open for business stage to finding and focusing on a niche. We are very comfortable helping teams refine their…
  • Tristan Kromer: You Can Tell a Good Advisor by Their Questions

    Sean Murphy
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Three interesting answers from Tristan Kromer’s interview with the folks at Startup Commons Startup Commons: What’s the best way to get started? Tristan Kromer:  Find someone you really want to help. Someone in pain. That’s your vision. Helping someone and solving a real problem. Find team members with complementary skill sets who are able to challenge your perspective and add their own. Go talk to customers. I think this is the best anchor for starting a new firm: focus on a need or  a pain experienced by a particular  customer. Pick a problem you are willing to work…
  • Neal Stephenson on Christianity, Grace, Sincerity, and Seeing Things as They Are

    Sean Murphy
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    I have started to reserve Sundays to write on spirituality, charity, and a higher moral purpose to our life as entrepreneurs. I was struck by the quote that Stephenson puts in Juanita’s mouth in Snow Crash and have concluded that he is performing a similar ministry in his science fiction writing. There is a sense of wonder and meditation on “some power like grace, like the Force, or Providence, or what-have-you, that had been at work in the world today” (Zula’s reflection on events in Reamde). Juanita has been using her excess money to start her own branch of the…
  • Q: We Already Have a Prototype, Can We Still Do Customer Development?

    Sean Murphy
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Q:  We have already implemented the first prototype of our product, but we need to know that we are either on a good course or need to change. A: If you long for certainty you should not be doing a startup, pick a regulated utility or government bureaucracy as a career. Lean Startup and Customer Development techniques can help you to reduce risks by identifying them and developing mitigation strategies but it’s not a guarantee. Any real market attracts competitors and you don’t get to write their plans so it’s not just a question of understanding the prospect’s…
  • John Gardner: Leaders Detect and Act on the Weak Signals of the Future

    Sean Murphy
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Some excerpts with commentary from “On Leadership“  by John W. Gardner. There is such a thing as the “visible future.” The seedlings of [future] life are sprouting all around us if we ahve the site to identify them. Most significant changes are preceded by a long train of premonitory events. Sometimes the events are readily observable.” John W. Gardner “On Leadership” Marcelo Rinesi advised “the future is an illusion, all change is happening now” and Peter Drucker told us to “systematically identify changes that have already…
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    EpicLaunch

  • How SME’s Benefit from Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Owners of small and medium enterprises are often struggling to reduce expenses while boosting productivity. For some, this may seem like some sort of mission impossible, but in reality modern technology actually simplifies their mission, turning their desire to decrease costs into an achievable goal. Videoconferencing systems are the handy solutions that trigger considerable financial savings, favor a healthier management and lead to improved business relationships. These are only 3 benefits associated with smart and affordable video conferencing systems designed to address the stringent…
  • Leveraging Social Media to Sell Your Products

    EpicLaunch
    21 May 2014 | 12:31 am
    Social networking was once a simple way for you to connect with old friends, colleagues, distant relatives, etc. Utilized properly, a social networking site gives you the potential to connect with anyone from around the world. More and more businesses, both large and small, have realized just how powerful these networking tools are, and have started tapping into this market to promote their products and increase their online sales. In order to leverage social media as a way to sell more of your products, you can’t bombard consumers with hourly Twitter updates spouting lines about how great…
  • Collaboration in the Digital Age

    EpicLaunch
    8 May 2014 | 4:56 am
    Remember the days when group projects consisted of four or five people huddled over mountains of books, whispering in urgent tones to one another in the back corner of the library? Or afternoons spent organizing and fitting a meeting into everyone’s schedule in order to get the work done? In the business world today, any type of collaboration is almost always done digitally, according to the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to the help of videoconferencing and emails you can be literally anywhere in the world and still manage to get work done no matter what the weather, your social schedule…
  • Reputation is Everything: How To Research a Company Before You Do Business With Them

    EpicLaunch
    4 May 2014 | 12:09 am
    Your reputation as a company is everything. So it is with anyone you do business with. Any reputable company is concerned with it. Yet, at the same time, scam artists aren’t. Ideally, you would only do business with reputable companies, but figuring out is reputable and who isn’t isn’t always easy. Even when you find a legit company, that doesn’t mean that they will be competent. There are many companies out there that are just average. If you think about it, most companies are average. They have to be. That’s the meaning of “average.” It’s the…
  • Using LinkedIn as Part of your Marketing Strategy

    EpicLaunch
    4 May 2014 | 12:08 am
    The booming popularity of social media has given marketers a real opportunity to connect with millions of potential new customers. While Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are the platforms that attract the most attention, LinkedIn has also been growing impressively of late. Owners of the networking channel recently confirmed that it had surpassed the 300 million members mark, having seen 23 million new people sign up for an account since December 31st 2013. Why marketers cannot afford to ignore LinkedIn With members in more than 200 countries across the planet, it is clear that LinkedIn has a…
 
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    Technical.ly Baltimore

  • Ravens become second NFL team to partner with Parking Panda

    Tyler Waldman
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Landing a choice parking spot on a Baltimore Ravens gameday can be as frustrating as Baltimore talk radio after a Ravens loss. The folks at Federal Hill-based Parking Panda want to alleviate the former’s stress. The company this week announced a partnership with the Baltimore Ravens. “Other than the [Atlanta] Falcons, this is our first [NFL] team and one that we’re excited about,” said Parking Panda Marketing Director Mark McTamney. “We’re always actively pursuing sports partnerships. We expect to definitely have some more exciting news closer to football…
  • Gamescape spotlight: Peering into ‘Battle Prism’

    Tyler Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Battle Prism is another game of red vs. blue … or is it blue vs. red? The game, one of 25 recently on display at this year’s Gamescape, is a strategic battle game that pits players against each other with the ability to change colors, but with the objective to take down other players. Battle Prism was designed around the 2014 Global Game Jam theme: “We don’t see them as they are, we see them as we are.” The game was an entry into this year’s Game Jam. As a take-off from that theme, players can only interact with blocks of their current color, said Greg…
  • Cybersecurity firm SixGen joins Odenton incubator

    Tyler Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    SixGen, a nascent cybersecurity startup, has joined the Chesapeake Innovation Center as a Collaboration Hub member, officials with the Odenton incubator announced Tuesday. The startup, founded earlier this year, specializes in big data analytics, infrastructure and threat mitigation, serving government and commercial clients. “Proprietary technology struggles to keep up with the industry needs,” cofounder and CEO Ethan Dietrich said in a release. “At SixGen we are embracing the speed and agility of the open-source community and delivering solutions that are just as capable.”…
  • Neuroscience drugmaker raises $16.3M [Startup Roundup]

    Tyler Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Who’s getting funded? Downtown biotech startup Cerecor pulled in more than $16.25 million in equity and debt funding in a Series B round, according to an SEC filing. The fundraising was out of a $33.25 million offering. The neuroscience drug developer has raised over $45 million in equity and debt since 2012, according to filings. Who’s making moves? Columbia-based Think BIG Learn Smart was awarded a federal contract with the Department of Defense Education Activity.The five-year deal will have the technology training and certification firm issuing Adobe Certified Associate and…
  • LeBron James frenzy leads fans to Baltimore entrepreneur’s resume

    Tyler Waldman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    When NBA forward LeBron James told Sports Illustrated last week he was “coming home,” many ecstatic Cleveland Cavaliers fans launched a full-court press to see more on LeBron.com. The problem? That led them to a search page topped with the LinkedIn resume of Baltimore entrepreneur Patrick Nagle, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. Nagle, founder of sites including RateMyProfessors.com, bought the domain in 2008 and, like the hundreds of others he owns, he has it redirect to his LinkedIn profile. At James’ agent’s request, he has forwarded the domain to…
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  • Litan: American Entrepreneurship in Decline

    Rich
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V2XV8-on4Y] In this video, Robert Litan, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution describes why U.S. entrepreneurship needs a boost. New Startups have declined from an average of 600,000 per year to less than 400,000 and five year survival rates are down as well.
  • Video: Building a Business on Open Source illumos

    Rich
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlTgTVMupw8] In this video, panelists discuss how to build a business based on the Illumos software environment. Recorded at Illumos Day 2012 in San Francisco. Panelists: Rod Boothby, Joyent; Bill Roth, Nexenta; Richard Elling, DEY; moderated by Deirdré Straughan.
  • Video: Startups Uncensored Interview with David Hornik, VC

    Rich
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    In this video, Startups Uncensored does a fireside chat with Venture Capitalist David Hornik from August Capital.
  • Video: CareZone Startup Keeps Family Health Organized

    Rich
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    In this video, Former Sun Microsystems CEO and co-founder/CEO of CareZone Jonathan Schwartz stops by the CNN Newsroom to talk about cloud-based health services. CareZone is a safe place to get organized, stay up to date, and coordinate with family and helpers. We provide a set of services (detailed below), oriented around the needs of caring for individuals — from managing information, to providing safe, archival storage, to keeping family and friends informed. Our focus is helping you, and your family, manage the information and communication associated with caring for another individual.
  • Video: Calyos 2-Phase Cooling for Electronic Components in HPC

    Rich
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In this video, Olivier de Laet from Calyos describes the company’s innovative two-phase cooling technology. Calyos is a provider of advanced 2-phase cooling solutions for electronic applications. Two platform products have been developed, one is already commercialized for power modules cooling and another one has been prototyped for electronic components cooling aimed mainly at the High Performance Computing market. Adapting its platform products designs, the company manufactures and integrates its solutions in collaboration with its industrial and corporate clients (B2B) in order to…
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    Startup Law Blog

  • Is Title III Equity Crowdfunding Going to Work?

    Joe Wallin
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    I was invited to appear on HuffPost TV the other day, to talk about crowdfunding.The conversation quickly turned into a discussion of the potential negatives of crowdfunding, and the risks.Then there was this article in Salon, with the subtitle: “Equity crowdfunding was supposed to be an economic boon. Instead it’s a disaster waiting to happen.”I actually agree with the article of the Salon piece, at least in part. Because of the way Congress wrote the equity crowdfunding rules, Title III equity crowdfunding is going to be very expensive. This is going to reduce its…
  • How to Design for Humans

    Joe Wallin
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:25 pm
    by Bryce Merrill, SVP Fast Pitch Marketing TeamThe first SVP Fast Pitch Jumpstart Workshop, “How to Design for Humans” took place at Impact Hub Seattle on Wednesday, June 11.The Jumpstart Workshop series is designed to help social innovators refine their business plans and practices. This guides them toward determining if they should apply to Fast Pitch and further prepare for the upcoming competition.Photography by Bryce MerrillUniversity of Washington Professor Beth Kolkos and Shift Labs, a healthcare technology start-up, taught thirty-one attendees how to design products…
  • Come Meet Dan Levitan of Maveron

    Joe Wallin
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Seattle is privileged to have a number of outstanding VCs. In the select group that have put our community on the national/global map for venture capital is Dan Levitan. If you are not familiar with Dan, he’s the guy who co-founded venture capital firm Maveron with Howard Schultz.Dan has led many Maveron investments, including Seattle-based companies zulily, Trupanion and Cranium.  He has directed a number of successful exits, including eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY),  Potbelly (NASDAQ:PBPB), Auctionpay (acquired by Global Payments Inc. NASDAQ: GPN), Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), Cranium…
 
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    Anthill Online » Venture Capital

  • How to find the right investors for your startup

    Anthill Magazine
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the early days of starting up a business, it’s common for entrepreneurs to accept any money that comes their way. Yet, this can backfire if you end up working with investors who have a different agenda than you do. An investor-entrepreneur relationship is ideally a long-term one; so it’s important to craft a pitch [...] The post How to find the right investors for your startup appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Australia’s first dedicated Bitcoin fund has $30 million to invest in businesses that deal with Bitcoin

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    25 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The Future Capital Bitcoin Fund (FCBF), an Australian-based investment firm, has launched a $USD30 million global investment fund investing in companies that are leveraging services based on Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. Keep in mind that the rise in popularity of Bitcoin over the past few years is due, in large part, to the growing ecosystem [...] The post Australia’s first dedicated Bitcoin fund has $30 million to invest in businesses that deal with Bitcoin appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • Larry Kestelman’s Oxygen Ventures is looking for a start-up to breathe $5 million into with The Big Pitch

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    14 May 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Oxygen Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by successful serial entrepreneur Larry Kestelman, is putting up $5 million for The Big Pitch, a start-up pitching competition. You may remember Kestelman from such companies as the internet service provider Dodo, where he was the founder, and Eftel. Last year, he sold Dodo, Eftel to M2 Telecommunications. [...] The post Larry Kestelman’s Oxygen Ventures is looking for a start-up to breathe $5 million into with The Big Pitch appeared first on Anthill Online.
  • OneVentures launches its second fund to tap into Australian investors’ growing appetite for venture capital

    Gerald Ainomugisha
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Australian venture capital firm, OneVentures, recently officially launched its new OneVentures Innovation and Growth Fund II. This new fund aims to raise a total of $100 million from institutional investors and high net worth individuals over the next 12 months. The fund will invest in a portfolio of emerging Australian companies with ambitions of going [...] The post OneVentures launches its second fund to tap into Australian investors’ growing appetite for venture capital appeared first on Anthill Online.
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  • Listening Is The New Reading

    Peter Cauton
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    I rarely have time to read books anymore. I used to accumulate sizeable bills on my Kindle doing a book a week, now I don’t even remember the last book I read in print form. My babies, both actual and startup, have been occupying a whole lot of my time. I’ve also re-committed to writing on a particular blog. My weekends I’ve mostly closed off to family. I do have a LOT of wasted time in traffic. Living in Antipolo, sometimes I spend a good 2-3 hours a day in the car. 4 on bad days. (Waze sometimes I feel guides me INTO traffic) It didn’t take me long to put two and…
  • Soft vs. Hard Entrepreneurship and What to Prioritize

    Peter Cauton
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    You can divide all the elements of entrepreneurship into two distinct categories: hard and soft. Here’s what the HARD column can be populated with: Valuation Product-market fit Lean Startup Methodology A-B Testing Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C…. Pivot Runway Dilution MVP Growth Hacking Strategies Here’s what the SOFT column can be populated with: Passion Founder Dynamics Culture Maturity The entrepreneurial spirit Mentors Perseverance Following the heart Following the dream Motivation Taking a leap of faith Now, ask ANY successful entrepreneur what the reasons are for…
  • Why You Should Consider Staying The Course

    Peter Cauton
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    The following is a guest post from Dino Alcoseba, newly-minted head honcho at the HR startup Strata.ph. I’ve known Dino for five years now and I’ve seen him develop since coming in as a fresh graduate working for STORM in 2008. Here, he shares about staying the course. I can remember the events Dino describes below (that YM Conversation!), and its a bit jarring to hear what exactly he felt.  Considering the state of young employee turnover not only in startups, but for the entire industry, I think what Dino writes here is pretty important to consider.  - Peter  Despite his…
  • Introducing Thursdays Unplugged – And Why I’m Limiting It to 4 People

    Peter Cauton
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:12 pm
    While I like organizing events like Startups Unplugged or Open Coffee, where I really get my kick is when I go on one-on-one coffee-talks. In the bigger events or in some of the speaking events I’ve done, I may be able to impart knowledge and help out, but obviously, the learning cannot be customized to the individual. Sure, after the event there can be informal networking and getting to know people, but I don’t really get to KNOW people that much. This is why I like doing one-on-one coffee-talks. More than just the startup idea, I get to know the entrepreneur’s story. I get…
  • The ONE book you need to read this year

    Peter Cauton
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I’m a big fan of Reid Hoffman, Linkedin Founder and Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist. When he released Startup of You, a few years ago, I gobbled it up and came away quite impressed. He recently released The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. Naturally, I grabbed a copy. As an HR guy who’s also an entrepreneur, the subtitle piqued my attention even more. I chose to finish it off yesterday, during my Glenda-imposed house arrest when this tree blocked the only road going out AND took out the electric wires. (yes!) Now, I’ve read a lot of good books over the last…
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    Blog

  • How Do You Know You Have a Good Sales Team?

    joshboyle
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Premium Company:  InsightSquared Release Date:  Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:45 Author:  Zorian Rotenberg - VP of Sales & Marketing, InsightSquared Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  If someone asks you whether you have a good sales team or not, what objective criteria or sales metrics could you use to say that you do? If someone asks you whether you have a good sales team or not, what objective criteria or sales metrics could you use to say that you do?Most people look exclusively at results, rather than inputs, and answer based on whether their sales team hits…
  • Marble Drop: MIT Competition Produces Trendy Game

    joshboyle
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Release Date:  Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:45 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Words With Friends. Candy Crush. Angry Birds. Those are just a few of the games we all know and, perhaps, are addicted to. Luckily I’ve been able to avoid those addictions, but that could be coming to an end thanks to two MIT students. Words With Friends. Candy Crush. Angry Birds. Those are just a few of the games we all know and, perhaps, are addicted to. Luckily I’ve been able to avoid those addictions, but that…
  • Four expert tips for learning to see the future

    joshboyle
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00 Author:  Jules Pieri - Founder & CEO,The Grommet Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  When I worked for Meg Whitman at Keds, in a quasi cool-hunter role, I took it upon myself to teach her how I spotted trends.  At the time I was skilled at combining real world observations and traditional media sources to find “white space” we should attack with brand innovations. When I worked for Meg Whitman at Keds, in a quasi cool-hunter role, I took it upon myself to…
  • Codeship: Ship Code Free

    joshboyle
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Premium Company:  Codeship Release Date:  Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Yesterday I got the chance to sit with yet another energetic and passionate entrepreneur – Moritz “Mo” Plassnig, the Co-Founder & CEO of Codeship. Yesterday I got the chance to sit with yet another energetic and passionate entrepreneur – Moritz “Mo” Plassnig, the Co-Founder & CEO of Codeship. Codeship provides hosted continuous integration and deployment…
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? (Part 1/5): Intro

    joshboyle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Release Date:  Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:15 Author:  Rishi Dean - VP of Product, Sittercity Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the unsatisfying “it depends” response. So here I try to better define the role of product management... When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the…
 
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    Verge

  • WATCH: Verge Organizer Jordan Updike Discusses Indiana’s Growth on IIB

    Tim Hickle
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, Verge organizer and all around stud Jordan Updike made a visit to Inside Indiana Business to chat with Gerry Dick and Ike Willett about the growth of Indiana’s tech sector and the new capital the Circle City is seeing because of it. “The beautiful thing is we’re starting to get a reputation as an area that’s putting out quality companies and quality work.” - Jordan Updike Perhaps the greatest evidence of this comes from the Innovation Showcase. In the past six years, this event has grown from a small, niche event to a startup spectacle that attracts…
  • How to Tell When Your Lead is Just Not that Into You

    Tim Flint
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    “So one trigger to understand is this person worth my time? Are they sharing information or am I giving it all?” –Aaron Prickel, Vice-president/Owner at Lushin It’s happened to all of us. You pitched a deal to a prospective customer and they seemed so excited about the project. “Yes, Mr. Jones. I just need to run this project by my boss, and then we’re good to go.” Before you know it, three weeks have passed and not only have they not gotten permission, but they are avoiding your phone calls. Chasing after customers who won’t commit is not only demoralizing, but it can…
  • What’s the Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching for Seed Funding?

    Matt Hunckler
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Seed funding isn’t easy to come by, especially when most founders handicap themselves from the get-go. Despite the wealth of knowledge online and platforms like Angel List and Gust, I hear that founders still make the same mistakes over and over. So, I asked several experienced investors from around the United States: What are the biggest mistakes founders make when pitching for seed funding? And here’s what I heard from these seed investors: most entrepreneurs make similar mistakes (and all can be avoided). Read the expert-investor responses below, and follow these 3…
  • When to Raise Seed Capital (and how to spend it)

    Matt Hunckler
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Angel has been a member of the Verge community since I can remember. When he first pitched at Verge back in 2010 with his original idea for Smarter Remarketer, he was ready to raise seed capital.  Since then, Angel Morales has grown Smarter Remarketer beyond  his original prototype and grand ambitions. They’ve grown a huge team of talented technologists, marketers, and operators. They’ve landed huge clients like SkyMall, Wet Seal, and Finish Line.  Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that they just closed a $7 million dollar investment round led by Battery Ventures. I recently…
  • Big News from Tesla and Amazon, and Other Stories in Verge’s Week-in-Review

    Kara Findley
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    The World Cup is in full swing, it’s almost officially summer, and the Innovation Showcase is just a few weeks away. Check out the best innovation and tech stories from this past week… Tesla Charges (and Recharges) Ahead Okay, this technically happened last week, but Tesla made headlines with CEO Elon Musk’s recent announcement that the company would open up access to its patents. Though a bold step, it echoes recent moves towards encouraging innovation from Twitter, Pixar, and other technology leaders. Bringing in more competitors will also help bolster the size of the electric car…
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    Planio Blog

  • Agile Project management with Planio

    janschulzhofen
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    It took some time, but we believe it was worth the wait: Planio now fully supports Agile Project Management approaches such as Scrum and Kanban! We know that many of our clients have been working in agile teams for quite some time and are having great success with Planio. However, up until now, Planio didn’t particularly support agile projects. The builtin Gantt charts and roadmaps are primarily geared towards traditional project management. Planio’s flexible task management features could be used by agile teams but we always felt that the builtin support could be improved. Enter…
  • Planio is updating its Terms of Use

    janschulzhofen
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    How time flies: it’s been almost exactly five years since we first started working on Planio. A lot has changed in those five years. We took Planio from side project to full on business venture with actual revenues, real employees and - above all - a whole lot of awesome clients. To be honest, we couldn’t quite imagine what kind of adventure would lie ahead of us and this showed in our old terms and conditions: many of the situations we encountered over the years weren’t properly covered. When we took on updating our terms this year, we had two main goals:  Be clear about…
  • Easy access to Planio on StartHQ

    janschulzhofen
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Starting today, Planio is available on StartHQ and fully integrates with its awesome new Search feature! We’re great fans of StartHQ here at Planio. It makes work with all the different tools we use so much easier. Once signed up, you can add all your favorite services and access them with just a single click. After adding Planio, you’ll immediately get access to your Projects, Issues, Activity, My Page and Spent time reports. Pure awesomeness ensues after installing the StartHQ plugin for your browser: With StartHQ installed, you can search content across all your web apps using…
  • Closing the email encryption loophole (with OpenPGP!)

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

    janschulzhofen
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:01 am
    Did you know that you can host unlimited private Git repositories on Planio? The hosting is included in all our plans, even the free-for-life Bronze plan! Now there is no more excuse to start learning Git! To make it even easier for you, our friends from Tower launched a new learning platform: Learning Version Control with Git. This beginner-friendly step-by-step course does not require a deep technical background. It aims at beginners of programming, web designers and project managers. Basic topics – from installing Git to a “Command Line 101″ – are covered, not expected. The…
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    Startup Champ

  • 4 Business Loan Alternatives for Your Company

    Artsyani
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Business loans are typical solutions to different problems. A business line of credit can be used to expand production, meet payroll or gain discounts for bulk purchases. Term loans allow you to buy equipment, company vehicles or refinance existing debt. However, many entrepreneurs do not qualify for financing. There are several reasons for this, which include: l  Industry (Bars, Restaurants, Contractors) l  Lack of  Income l  # of Years in Business l  Poor Credit l  Lack of Quality Collateral Have you been turned down for a business loan? It is important to understand why your…
  • Need Startup Capital? Try the Syndicate!

    Artsyani
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Capital is crucial to the success of any business. In many instances, capital is the first tangible roadblock the would-be entrepreneur must overcome. Some choose bootstrapping; others borrow on their credit cards, and an intrepid few seek out angel investors and vulture (I mean venture) capitalists. Fewer still, are sought out by VC’s and angel investors. Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to seek external funding because accepting outside money always means that something is surrendered. It may be a slice of ownership interest, an altered trajectory of one’s vision for the company or…
  • How to Stay Productive when Travelling for Business

    Artsyani
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you are in a job that requires a lot of travel then there’s often the temptation to treat that travel time as downtime. However, even when you’re away from the office or on some kind of transport, it’s possible to stay productive. The right tools If you arm yourself with the right tools then it’s going to be much easier to get on with work while you’re flying or travelling by train. A tablet or small laptop will enable you to complete reports, write articles and respond to emails. It’s also useful to have a smartphone that you can set up as a wireless…
  • Customer Service Tips for new Businesses

    Artsyani
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Starting a new business can be daunting enough without having to worry about whether or not your customer service is up to scratch. It’s important that you have a customer service plan in place before you customers even need your support. This means that when the first issue arises, you’re able to deal with it swiftly and efficiently. Schedule time for customer service duties It might seem like you’ve got 1001 things to do when you start a business but that doesn’t mean you should push customer services to the bottom of the to-do list. Schedule 10 minutes every…
  • Ideal Customer Profiling – Why It’s Essential to Small Business Success

    Artsyani
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    Ask many small business owners who their target audience is and they will say ‘everyone’.What this often means is that they really don’t know. Defining your audience is an important thing to do in order to grow your business – and one of the most effective ways to do this is to create an Ideal Customer Profile. Creating Your Ideal Customer Profile An Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) is a description of the kind of customer who values your product or service, buys it because they value it and is most likely to continue buying from you in the future. In order to create your ICP, you…
 
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    Funders and Founders | Funders and Founders

  • The Aha Moments – How Entrepreneurs Realized What To Do In Life

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

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

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

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

    Anna Vital
    1 May 2013 | 8:13 am
    How does one learn to think? If you get lost, here is a line of thinking map. “Forget everything you learned,” they told me on the first day of law school. Three years and $150,000 later they erased from my mind all the half-truths I learned from school and my family. They were not teaching law, they acknowledged, they were teaching thinking. As an entrepreneur, you, too, have to relearn everything from scratch. By yourself. As much as it seemed like a ripoff back in law school, I later realized knowing how to think is the most valuable thing. Period. You can do it yourself, for…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Behind The Scenes Of My First Tony Robbins Event, Unleash The Power Within – TCE 031

    Scott
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes I recently attended my first Tony Robbins event and wanted to share what it was actually like as well as the big takeaways for me. Tony has had a profound effect on the way I think about the world especially when it comes to self-development. This event was called Unleash The Power Within and was a 4-day seminar in San Jose. I went with 6 friends and had an absolute blast…if you couldn’t tell from the picture above of me about to throw a chair post incantation. I think there is some real gems in this episode like…
  • 8 Unique Marketing Strategies To Grow A Podcast To the Top of iTunes

    Scott
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Holy Snikey it’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post. The primary reason for my hiatus is I’ve been focusing on creating content for my podcast The Competitive Edge as well as exploring new opportunities since moving back on American Soil a few weeks ago. I plan on writing a series of posts about some ideas and strategies for people who want to start and grow a podcast. This one is going to be about what seems to be the juiciest topic amongst current and future podcasters… How do I market and grow my podcast? I’ve tried a boatload of marketing tactics to grow my…
  • How to Attract World Class People and Mentors Into Your Life with Trevor Owens – TCE 030

    Scott
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes How does someone attract world class mentors, investors, and peers into his life without a ton of connections? Today’s guest Trevor Owens, CEO of Javelin.com, is going to teach us how he did it using cold emails. Trevor is a HUSTLER with a capital H and incredibly thoughtful when it comes to building relationships. In this conversation, you’ll get to go inside his head as we look at real example emails he sent to some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors in the world that eventually catalyzed fruitful…
  • Upgrading Your Operating System with Sebastian Marshall – TCE 029

    Scott
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today you are in for an absolute treat… We’re incredibly fortunate to have Sebastian Marshall on the show from GiveGetWin and SebastianMarshall.com. You ever encounter someone on the internet and just wonder who the heck is this dude? Sebastian has been one of these intriguing characters for me. Mainly because he has a brilliant mind, is constantly creating cool things, and seems to always be in a different part of the world. In this conversation we get to spend some time in Sebastian’s mind and talk about a few…
  • Live Bootstrapping and Startup Mentorship: Spencer Fry and Biznobo – TCE 028

    Scott
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Today’s episode is a little something something I’ve never seen done on a podcast before. In my experience one of the best ways I’ve found to learn new things and implement them is to get access to case studies of people who are trying to accomplish the same things I am. Today I wanted to experiment with a live case study on the podcast by inviting one of our listeners on the show to get real-time advice from a world class expert. Our first guest is Daniel Arzguara the founder of Biznobo, a social marketing platform that…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Sara Gulyas – Designer and Founder of Pikkpack

    Mario Schulzke
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Hard work will always pay off. You have to believe that if you put a great amount of time and effort in something, sooner or later you will see the results. Sara Gulyas is a Hungarian designer with a passion for shoes. She graduated as a leather-designer from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest and studied also in Barcelona for six months during her postgraduate studies. She has been designing with leather for over 10 years and her work has been featured in galleries in Paris, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest. After experimenting with…
  • Zvi Band – Founder and CEO of Contactually

    Mario Schulzke
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Focus on revenue. This runs contrary to the traditional Silicon Valley mindset of “build something cool with a large audience, and the money will come later.” Zvi Band is the founder and CEO of Contactually, a relationship-marketing platform that maximizes value and drives greater ROI from personal and professional networks. A Washingtonian Tech Titan and Mindshare member, Zvi is a seasoned entrepreneur, developer, strategist, and startup advisor. He has unique expertise in both technical and non-technical operations and is an active public speaker.
  • Seibo Shen – Co-founder and CEO of VapeXhale

    Mario Schulzke
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Constantly do things that you aren’t good at. In doing this, you continue to develop your skill set, while keeping yourself humble. As you progress and refine different skills, you will discover that there are universal rules as to how one can become successful just by having the proper approach. Seibo Shen founded VapeXhale in 2009 with co-founder Chris Mucha and has served as CEO since the company’s inception. An active leader in the vaporizer community, Seibo works closely with VapeXhale’s product team to shape the technology behind the…
  • Naoki Yamada – Founder of Any Door

    Mario Schulzke
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Sleep well and wake up early. Naoki Yamada grew up in Japan and went to college in Los Angeles, California. After graduation, he started working for company in Japan as a system engineer. Naoki loves to watch and play sports and travels a lot to know the diversity of every culture. Where did the idea for Any Door come from? Many of my colleague need a translation for their jobs and I was sure that there is a big demand for affordable translation. What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive? I usually think a lot about the…
  • Peter Manning – Founder and CCO of Peter Manning NYC

    Mario Schulzke
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    - 1,765+ interviews with entrepreneurs Keeping a written and running list of things to do. When I veer off keeping the list I am less productive. Period. Peter Manning is founder and chief creative officer of his eponymous company Peter Manning Five Eight/New York, a company founded in 2012 and dedicated to creating clothes for men 5’8” and under. Prior to creating his clothing company, he most recently completed 211 Elizabeth Street a 30,000 square foot, ground up, residential and commercial development in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. He oversaw the project through acquisition,…
 
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    jrodthoughts

  • 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…
  • Microsoft and Amazon Earning Reports: Two Perspectives of the Cloud

    jesusmrv
    25 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Yesterday, both Amazon and Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations during their quarterly earnings reports. While reading many of the analysts’ reports during the evening, I couldn’t avoid noticing some key differences in the way their cloud services businesses is evolving. If is true that both companies reported very strong numbers in their cloud services business, it’s pretty clear that their current challenges and go to market strategies are quite different. AWS: It’s Growing but not as Fast as It Was As expected, Amazon’s AWS business continues to grow strong. For the fourth…
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    Platform Thinking

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

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

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

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

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    25 May 2014 | 7:52 am
    I am pleased to announce that the first open Platform Thinking Workshop will be held in San Francisco on 12th June. The workshop is being held in partnership with 500Startups at their SF office. Tickets and Details available here. About the workshop How does one go about building the next Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber or Coursera? How do you design, grow and manage platforms, social networks and marketplaces? Successful platforms emerge as multi-billion dollar businesses but most efforts at building platforms either fail to get traction, fail to scale well or fail to monetize. Exploring repeated…
  • Piggybacking Mechanics: WhatsApp, Instagram and Network Effect Marketing

    Sangeet Paul Choudary
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Welcome to the age of the zero-dollar marketing startup. WhatsApp, and earlier Instagram, have officially become a permanent part of startup lore for having built multi-billion dollar businesses without (reportedly) spending a dime on marketing. Meanwhile, Airbnb has grown from a hipster community of mattress-renters to the world’s largest provider of accommodations without spending even a fraction of what traditional hotel chains spend in marketing. Marketing is dead! Or that’s what many would have you believe. A great product sells itself, of course! Fire the marketing team! Well… not…
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    AlleyWatch

  • Opportunity, Not Necessity, Drives More US Startups

    AlleyWatch
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Recessions tend to drive people to entrepreneurship. Those who might never consider starting a business will do so if they can’t get a job. As the United States economy gets stronger, a smaller...
  • The World Cup of Ecommerce

    Linda Bustos
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Recently, we looked at some data from the e-tailing group’s Annual Merchant Survey  Baynote combined scores from the survey into a soccer-themed infographic in wake of the World Cup. Enjoy!...
  • An Angel in New York: Jack Myers

    Kasey Shores
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Jack Myers is a media economist and chairman of Media Advisory Group. More than 250 media, advertising, marketing, entertainment and financial services companies subscribe to the weekly Jack Myers...
  • What Is With Startup Failure Fetish?

    Katrina Bishop
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Fear of failure is often cited as a reason for not starting a business, and it appears to be well-founded. A quarter of all new businesses in the U.S. fail in their first year, and 44 percent have...
  • NY Enterprise Tech Meetup: How to Hire a Good Sales VP

    Willie Diaz
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    This month’s NY Enterprise Tech Meetup offered something different. There were usual  company presentations, but they were followed by a special keynote. Jason Lemkin gave a great talk on hiring (and...
 
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    Startup Freak

  • Eltrivate

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Company Name : Eltrivate Description : Media Networks Company Overview : Eltrivate is a website which provides a platform for people to share their article by running their blog with us and also to promote their miscellaneous talents like Music, Dancing, Singing, Creativity, Shortfilms, Photography etc. Homepage URL: http://www.eltrivate.com Industry : Other Number of Employees : 10 Location : Hazratganj Lucknow-226001. Key People : Varul Mayank, Aparna Deb, Kartikey Misra, Mahima Khandelwal, Pulkit Bajpai & Anmol Verma Social Links Our vision and mission is clear by our name. Yes we have…
  • Resume Republic

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Company Name : Resume Republic Description : Resume Republic is online resume builder with awesome online resume templates. Company Overview : Resume Republic is online resume builder with awesome online resume templates. Resume Republic brings a whole new experience of creating, viewing and promoting online resumes. Our premium resume templates have everything that user needs to promote himself in the best possible way, whether he is a person who is actively looking for a job or he just wants to promote himself, his work and skills. Homepage URL: https://www.resumerepublic.com Industry :…
  • Quick Call

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Company Name : Quick Call Description : Assisted Browsing on Call, Astrology, News, Share Market, Location Help, Food & Restaurants, Personalised Alerts, Shopping, Bills and much more…. Company Overview : Quick Call has been created with a vision to rid every individual across the world of the hassles in accessing internet. Quick Call is a free assisted browsing service that opens the world of internet through a simple phone call. We connect to internet via phone call. So, to access internet it no longer matters if you don’t have a PC or a smart phone, you are stuck in a remote…
  • kslegal

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    Company Name : kslegal Description : Law Firm Company Overview : We are a full service law firm providing all kinds of Legal services . We are based in Mumbai/Pune/Nasik and expanding to other places very soon. We are team of professionals who are CAs, CS, Lawyers, Finance Experts, Advisory service experts etc. Homepage URL: http://kslegal.co.in Industry : Legal Number of Employees : 12 Location : Fort/Ulhasnagar/Lower Parel Key People : Adv Sonam Chandwani/Adv Komal Sugandh Contact Us: Adv Sonam Chandwani: 9096798916 Adv Komal Sugandh: 9967131009
  • Tyra Sarees

    StartupFreak
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Company Name : Tyra Sarees Description : The brand you are proud of. Company Overview : Tyra is a young and vibrant company that aims to provide superior quality and exclusively designed products. Tyra caters to the fashion demands of women clothing, getting them go gorgeous. Within a small span of time Tyra has become talk of the town and a brand every woman adores. Homepage URL: http://www.tyrasarees.co.in Industry : Retail Number of Employees : 50 to 100 Location : Dum Dum , Kolkata-700074 Key People : Social Links Tyra Sarees is on aggressive journey towards franchise expansion and plans…
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    Onboardly

  • 3 Major Takeaways from #MozCon 2014

    Shanelle Mullin
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    On July 13th, I packed a bag, left Kiwi (that’s my cat) with a friend and flew from the east coast of Canada to Seattle for MozCon. With the promise of a Roger plush toy, some fancy swag from Unbounce and KISSmetrics and 72 hours of very smart people (speakers and attendees), I was pretty excited. I learned more in one day at MozCon than I have in the past year. The speakers were all fascinating storytellers and I was scrambling to take notes faster than a courtroom Stenographer for the full 72 hours. I have a ton of new information to share, but there were three talks that really hit…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Content Distribution

    Renee Warren
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When creating and promoting content, did you know that 80% of your time should be focused on content distribution? That means the 2 hours you spent writing and editing a piece, whether it be an infographic, video, guide or blog post, requires an additional 8 hours of work. Sounds absurd! Well, you can start cutting that time down by creating a detailed content promotion plan. When you are first starting out or looking to build a more robust and process oriented content marketing system, take the necessary time to research, organize, implement and execute a plan that includes everyone involved…
  • Know the Facts Before You Pitch the Journalist

    Crystal Richard
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You did it. You broke the cardinal rule of PR. I’m sure it wasn’t really your fault. Time wasn’t on your side. Your reliable contact was on vacation. Investors were on your back, pushing for you to take the plunge. And yet despite your better judgement, you hit send on that unresearched, Arctic chill pitch email to journalist XYZ with whom you’ve never spoken to in your life. And you’re likely never to again. So how do you avoid the PR world’s biggest faux pas? Start by knowing the facts. Research First, Pitch Second You need to practice what you preach. Whether you’re a PR pro…
  • Want More Conversions? Stop Giving It Away for Free

    Renee Warren
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s the sad tale of content marketing. You’re a content marketer who is running a high traffic blog, but no matter how much your traffic increases, you’re still not getting any conversions. The problem is that marketers create all of this great content and give it away for free. Yes, you should give content away to position yourself as a thought leader, but don’t give it away for free without optimizing for conversions. If you are a marketer and you’re still having trouble selling your CEO (or whoever) on content marketing, this is most likely the culprit. People normally…
  • Do What You Love: An Interview with Andrew Chen

    Renee Warren
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    This interview is part of our Entrepreneur Interview series. To think that some people get to do what they love as a job every single day doesn’t seem to happen very often, right? Well, not for Andrew Chen. He knew he loved writing about startups from a very young age which is why he chose to move to Silicon Valley. He began speaking with many different entrepreneurs to come up with great writing ideas, which is what triggered creativity in writing about startups and the entrepreneurial tech industry. Andrew shares with us his secrets and knowledge about entrepreneurship and how to grow in…
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    Being Unordinary

  • TORONTO SERVICES – CARPET CLEANING

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
      It can be a hassle or not to clean your carpet depending on how you go about and clean it. You can always do it yourself if the damage isn’t that bad. Just do some basic carpet cleaning tips and you’ll be fine. There are also cases where you definitely need to avail of professional carpet cleaners. They can cost you some money but it’s always a good thing to do when the damage is too much or you’re unsure of what to do. Just avail them locally or search them up online. If you’re from Toronto then just look for “Toronto services – carpet…
  • Great Taste Coffee with Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
      The best tasting coffee is not just produced by simple instantly packed coffee; rather it is a result of the manual grinding and brewing techniques done through centuries of times. Many believed the tales of producing great coffee through the process of grinding and brewing, that is why the grind and brew coffee makers are now in market to be sold and make the expected great taste coffee for the people who loves nothing more than a perfect hot cup of caffeine filled drink. Grind and Brew Coffee Makers Sold Online If you want to get a hold of this grind and brew coffee maker but…
  • P90X3 – Going for a Fit and Ripped body

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
      P90X is a workout routine that is developed by Tony Horton that provides comprehensive exercises that allows you to get a ripped and fit body within 90 days. The latest program that he has come up with is the P90X3 Review , which can provide you with better results within 90 days.   If you read through a P90X3 review, you can see the following benefits of the program: 1. Easy to follow exercise schedules – the whole program is good for 90 days and will take about thirty minutes each day to finish. This means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time going to the gym…
  • How Anti Snoring Devices Help You with Your Snoring

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
      This may not be your problem or something that you consider to be very uncomfortable but surely people close to you will definitely consider this their problem especially when it comes to sleeping at night. Yes, snoring has been that one disturbing sound in the middle of your deep sleep that has sent your relatives and loved ones to spend sleepless nights trying to find the quality sleep they deserve just simply because they couldn’t stand hearing the loudness of your snore.   It would definitely be your problem if you consider it alarming that those people whom you sleep…
  • Set up and Gameplay of Minecraft

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
      Minecraft is a game without specific goals to accomplish by the players. It allows players freedom to select how they like to play the game.Therefore, there is also a system to achieve.      The set up of the Minecraft game:   ·         Players will be positioned floating up in a systematically generated game world. ·         Players able to walk around the terrain that comprise of plains, caves, mountains, forests, and a variety of water bodies.
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • Get a Memorable and Effective Business Phone Number Using Art and Science

    Emma Siemasko
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember when people memorized phone numbers? When I was in seventh grade, I knew about fifteen by heart (Mom, Dad, Mom’s work, Dad’s work, school, Molly, Jackie, etc.). But now, I rely on my phone to store my numbers. I have the local pizza delivery guy on speed dial. If my phone dies, I’m in trouble. That’s why it’s crucial for businesses to consider local and tollfree vanity numbers (numbers that substitute numbers for letters, like 1-844-EMMA-FAYE). A memorable phone number sticks in your customers’ brains, helping them remember you when they’re…
  • Increase Your Business Success By Copycatting from Big Brands

    Rohan Ayyar
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even as children in kindergarten, we are taught to be original, creative, and never, ever copy somebody else’s work. This is a great policy to have when you are 3 years old and every doodle you scrawl is considered a work of art by your adoring parents and teachers. Once you add a few decades to your life, originality becomes tougher. At a fundamental level, we all have pretty similar needs, problems, and aspirations. There’s a good chance that the brilliant idea that you woke up with yesterday was already thought up by someone else last year. Or five years ago. So if you can’t…
  • Finding The Perfect Mentor: Stories from 4 Successful Entrepreneurs

    Danielle Renton
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Figuring out how to grow a business from the birth of an idea to success is a challenge, regardless of how much funding or education you have. There is a lot to learn in the startup world, and one of the best ways to learn is from experience. But if this is your first rodeo, you might not yet have experience to learn from. That’s when you turn to a mentor. A mentor might be someone who pledges to coach you through a specific journey in life. They might be someone who you only met once or twice, but whose advice left a lasting impression. They might even be a close friend or family member.
  • Feeling Overwhelmed? How to Delegate Your Work to Get The Help You Need

    Mary Mallard
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, you’re used to wearing a lot of hats. After all, you built your business from the ground up – no one knows it better than you do. But what happens when your business starts to grow? You can’t handle every single task forever. You’d get burnt out and overwhelmed, which isn’t good for your professional or personal life. Both of my parents have owned their own businesses, so I’ve seen this kind of thing first hand. It can be scary and nerve-wracking to hand over some of the day-to-day operations of your business, but it can be done. And once you have…
  • One Person Business Ideas For Aspiring Founders

    Emma Siemasko
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Looking to get your feet wet with your own business? There are tons of things you can do all by yourself– without the help of a college professor, coach, or business partner. These tried-and-true one person business ideas are perfect for aspiring founders looking to drop the 9-5 and try something new. There’s hope for the world’s want-rapreneurs. Here are some time-tested one person business ideas: Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Pet sitting is a great business model for those that already have a love for animals. While people are away on vacation or at work, you can take care…
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    Being Unordinary

  • TORONTO SERVICES – CARPET CLEANING

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
      It can be a hassle or not to clean your carpet depending on how you go about and clean it. You can always do it yourself if the damage isn’t that bad. Just do some basic carpet cleaning tips and you’ll be fine. There are also cases where you definitely need to avail of professional carpet cleaners. They can cost you some money but it’s always a good thing to do when the damage is too much or you’re unsure of what to do. Just avail them locally or search them up online. If you’re from Toronto then just look for “Toronto services – carpet…
  • Great Taste Coffee with Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
      The best tasting coffee is not just produced by simple instantly packed coffee; rather it is a result of the manual grinding and brewing techniques done through centuries of times. Many believed the tales of producing great coffee through the process of grinding and brewing, that is why the grind and brew coffee makers are now in market to be sold and make the expected great taste coffee for the people who loves nothing more than a perfect hot cup of caffeine filled drink. Grind and Brew Coffee Makers Sold Online If you want to get a hold of this grind and brew coffee maker but…
  • P90X3 – Going for a Fit and Ripped body

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
      P90X is a workout routine that is developed by Tony Horton that provides comprehensive exercises that allows you to get a ripped and fit body within 90 days. The latest program that he has come up with is the P90X3 Review , which can provide you with better results within 90 days.   If you read through a P90X3 review, you can see the following benefits of the program: 1. Easy to follow exercise schedules – the whole program is good for 90 days and will take about thirty minutes each day to finish. This means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time going to the gym…
  • How Anti Snoring Devices Help You with Your Snoring

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
      This may not be your problem or something that you consider to be very uncomfortable but surely people close to you will definitely consider this their problem especially when it comes to sleeping at night. Yes, snoring has been that one disturbing sound in the middle of your deep sleep that has sent your relatives and loved ones to spend sleepless nights trying to find the quality sleep they deserve just simply because they couldn’t stand hearing the loudness of your snore.   It would definitely be your problem if you consider it alarming that those people whom you sleep…
  • Set up and Gameplay of Minecraft

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
      Minecraft is a game without specific goals to accomplish by the players. It allows players freedom to select how they like to play the game.Therefore, there is also a system to achieve.      The set up of the Minecraft game:   ·         Players will be positioned floating up in a systematically generated game world. ·         Players able to walk around the terrain that comprise of plains, caves, mountains, forests, and a variety of water bodies.
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    Tech Tidbits

  • Expand Your Brand Globally with Fliplingo

    Eleanor Wall
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you want to grow your business online by targeting international markets, one tool you might want to integrate into your growth strategy is Fliplingo. Recently launched out of beta, Fliplingo offers both machine and human translation services for Twitter. You can tweet in over 30 languages with Fliplingo and can even schedule your translated tweets for the appropriate time zone for your target audience.Founded by Matt Aussaguel, Fliplingo lets you compose your tweet in your own language and then tweets your message in the foreign language of your choosing. Simply choose whether you prefer…
  • Bitcoin for Business - Discovering Your Options

    Eleanor Wall
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you considering integrating bitcoin into your business practices but don't quite know where to start? Intrigued by the potential of crypto-currencies and wondering whether there is a marketing opportunity waiting to be seized? Thanks to the growing number of bitcoin startups, there are now more tools than ever for business owners contemplating a crypto-currency integration. Check out the following selection of bitcoin startups to see which ones would be applicable for your business.eCash.ioeCash.io lets businesses accept bitcoin payments for products and services. Sell goods in your…
  • In the Spotlight - Social Recruiting

    Eleanor Wall
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Code CombatCode Combat is part social gaming platform and part social recruiting platform. Skilled developers can pit their coding skills against other teams on the Code Combat platform, creating algorithms to beat their worthy opponents. Top competitors can connect with prospective employers who are looking to hire talented developers.JobylonJobylon helps businesses create beautiful socially sharable job ads to target high caliber applicants. Features include applicant tracking, passive candidate outreach, embeddable ad placements, and mobile-optimized design.EmpaticoEmpatico provides…
  • Can These Video Marketing Resources Boost the Eyeballs on Your Brand?

    Eleanor Wall
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a growing number of marketers realizing the importance of video marketing as part of their overall content creation strategy, it is crucial that brands and content creators maintain an awareness of the video tools at their disposal. Entrepreneurs within the video space are creating an enticing array of tools that marketers can consider incorporating into their video production calender. The following list is just a small sampling of the resources available to marketers who are utilizing video in their branding efforts.Channel MeterCurrently accepting beta signup requests, Channel Meter…
  • Chui - Smart Technology Doorbell - In the Spotlight

    Eleanor Wall
    27 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever contemplated living in the future where your face was your security password? Or thought about futuristic technology that enabled the following scenarios:-Opening your front door to an invited visitor, even if you were halfway around the world-Having your home's entry system turn on romantic music and turn the lights down low as you entered your home-Having your doorbell turn on your fireplace and turn up the thermostat on a cold autumn evening-Remotely informing a soon-to-be ex that their belongings were in a cardboard box and that they're no longer welcome in your home Now stop…
 
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  • Why does this portal drive you to shop offline

    Maneka Tanwani
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    PriceBaba, a location based search engine, helps real world shoppers to search for best prices of mobile phones in their vicinity   More than 250 million mobile units were sold in India in 2013, but less than five per cent were bought online. How is that possible, particularly when we spend hours on Flipkarts and eBays of the world to check the latest devices and compare specifications? Sure, we do. But how many of us buy a phone online? Most research online and then go to their trusted friendly neighbourhood stores to physically touch and feel the phone before making a purchase. Not to…
  • IDA-Google’s Squared Data Programme to train 20 Singaporeans

    Elaine Huang
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:40 am
    Google will provide eight weeks of full-time training with support from experts and agencies, followed by 35 weeks of on-the-job mentoring by the search giant Earlier in February 2014, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) announced that it has partnered with Google to roll out the Squared Data Programme (SDP), which will help grow the country’s rising analytics talent. SDP was formally launched last Friday. According to an official statement, the 20 SDP participants shortlisted will go on to learn about data analytics, information management, business intelligence,…
  • mRemit to allow direct fund transfers to Indonesia and the Philippines

    Elaine Huang
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    SingTel’s mRemit to enable funds to be remitted to more than 80 Indonesian banks and 50 plus banks in the Philippines Starting July 27, users of SingTel‘s mobile remittance service (mRemit) can use their phones to transfer funds into bank accounts located in Indonesia and the Philippines. An official document stated that funds can be remitted to more than 80 Indonesian banks, including Bank Danamon, Bank Negara Indonesia and Bank Mandiri, and more than 50 banks in the Philippines, including BDO, RCBC and Metrobank. Additionally, recipients will have access to the funds…
  • No Uber for Seoul? Not to worry, the govt has its own taxi service

    beSUCCESS
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Seoul plans to ban Uber, while planning to launch its own smartphone taxi service; will such a protectionistic move dent the Korean city’s tech-friendliness? Is Korea once again employing protectionist policies rather than embracing the opportunity presented by progress? Seoul is proud of being labelled one of the the most progressive tech-focused cities in the world. The capital has one of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world. Its residents are well-known for their rapid tech adoption. Additionally it’s administration has been pushing a move towards innovation and…
  • South Korean Zimly might become Google Chromecast’s next featured app

    Shiwen Yap
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Designed as a personal cloud solution focussed on media content, Zimly enables sharing videos across devices by streaming them from a PC Image Courtesy: Zimly South Korea-based Nomad Connection, a software studio specialising in mobile media and content distribution solutions, recently launched Zimly. Designed as a personal cloud solution focussed on media content, it shares videos across devices by streaming them from a PC, allowing people to watch videos together. Zimly is expected to become a featured app for Google Chromecast. Won Joon Lee, Communications Director, Nomad…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Tomoko Namba believes Japan’s DeNA is far from done (#StartupAsia preview)

    David Corbin
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    If Tomoko Namba had followed conventional wisdom, DeNA (TYO:2432) would never have existed. She had made partner – only the third Japanese woman ever- at prestigious consulting firm McKinsey and Company after only ten years. Only three short years later, she left that left behind to found her own company. Initially conceived as an online auction service, DeNA struggled to attract users and profits. But in 2009, DeNA started to explore the gaming industry. One year later, titles like Kaito Royale caught fire and its valuation skyrocketed, giving a Namba net worth of nearly a US$1 billion…
  • Get the dirt on how little-known Metaps roped in Line and Zynga as clients (#StartupAsia preview)

    Josh Horwitz
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    Companies large and small are always eager to get their apps in front of eyeballs, and equally keen to measure how much money they’re making from ads. As a result, a number of startups have emerged that aim to take up the burden of promoting and advertising for developers. One of the more successful startups to specialize in app monetization is Metaps, a Tokyo-based firm that offers various user-acquisition tools and analytics for startups. With just US$16.5 million to date in funding, the company has landed Kakao, Line, Baidu, Zynga, and others as clients. See: Android apps…
  • Facebook hits new milestone, now makes an average of $1 from each of its 410 million active users in Asia

    Steven Millward
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    The newest Q2 2014 earnings release from Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) shows yet more strong growth for the social network in Asia. Here are the highlights for the region: Facebook now has 410 million monthly active users (MAUs) in Asia (up from 339 million in Q2 2013), which is out of a global total of 1.317 billion. 228 million daily active users (DAUs) in Asia (up from 181 million a year ago), which is out of a global total of 829 million. US$431 million in revenue from Asia (up from US$247 million a year ago), from a grand total of US$2.91 billion. Here’s the chart for growth in MAUs: See:…
  • It’s still sexy to invest in China (#StartupAsia preview)

    Steven Millward
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    There’s so much talk of China’s web giants – led by Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent – that’s it’s easy to forget that there’s still space for startups in this mature and ferociously-fought market. And where there are startups there must be VCs. Akio Tanaka, co-founder and managing partner at Infinity Venture Partners will present a keynote in English titled ‘It’s still sexy to invest in China’ at Startup Asia Tokyo 2014 on September 3 and 4. His presentation is on the opening day. Both Tanaka and Infinity Venture Partners have deep roots…
  • As internet banking takes off in China, this financial product search engine secures $60M investment

    Paul Bischoff
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    10 percent of Chinese netizens now invest in online banking products like Alibaba’s Yuebao fund and Baidu’s Jinrong, according to the latest CNNIC report. Online lending has also exploded: peer-to-peer lending sites have sprouted up across the country like weeds, while the country’s internet giants have started acquiring licenses to offer loans of their own. For many consumers, it’s tough to sift through and distinguish what are the best deals and which companies can be trusted to handle their money. That’s where financial product search and comparison engine…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Do startups really deserve more media coverage?

    James Pember
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    Editor note: This post was written by Olle Aronsson, a reporter at Dagens industri. Olle also co-hosts Digitalpodden, a bi-monthly podcast about the Swedish Internet industry. There’s been a bit of a buzz this week around startups that promise to help other businesses to get in contact with journalists and convince news organizations to write about their product. For me, as a tech journalist, this debate is interesting because it gives me an idea about what some people in the industry believe is the key to convincing reporters like me that a certain company should be covered in Sweden’s…
  • The Rundown on the Startup

    Marwan Ayache
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Startup – [stAHrt-uhp] (noun): “a new organization or business venture.” Short, simple, and utterly ambiguous. Courtesy of Wiktionary. Fortunately, the Urban Dictionary expounds on this unsatisfactory brevity with: “A recently formed company. In modern terminology, it has come to describe a company formed with a business model relying on the internet.” Better, but it’s just not definitive enough. Paul Graham‘s definition is much more elucidative: “a startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a…
  • Meet NewsHubby, the latest company to jump on the PR-tech wave

    James Pember
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    PR-tech or startups focusing on helping companies with PR efforts received a lot of attention this week, after Pressfarm – a company who offer the email addresses of top tech journalists (at a price) was heavily criticised by both the entrepreneur and journalist communities. Whilst the execution and messaging was definitely a little wonky (most journalists will happily give you their email address) – there is something there. For startups, PR is a bit of a pain in the ass. Journalists are notoriously hard to convince (No, the irony is not lost on me here…) and it’s…
  • In this digital age, can your customers even find you in person? PinMeTo is here to help you.

    James Pember
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    PinMeTo is a Swedish startup that helps companies find various locations generated by users on Social Media channels, and consolidate those into correct location tags. The company has developed a tool that collects location data and information about companies based on API’s from Facebook, Google, Foursquare and Instagram. Companies can correct any inaccuracies themselves using PinMeTo’s tools. A common problem nowadays for global companies is with the wrong information about their location and information on web search and other social media platforms. Many companies rely on in-person…
  • Singster, not to be mistaken with Sing Star, allows you to sing anywhere, anytime with mobile karaoke

    James Pember
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Singster, a Swedish/Finnish startup frees singing from its bounds of “time and place” with a Spotify-like interface to mobile karaoke. Mobile karaoke, now there’s an idea I like. Singster takes it’s cues from services like Netflix and Spotify to enable karaoke tracks to be streamed to mobile devices without any additional accessories (i.e microphones or speakers) or limitations that usually come with, for example, console-based concepts. The app is currently available for iOS. Interested users can subscribe for a monthly fee of 4,99€. “Everyone in the team have…
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  • Barcelona VC ACTIVE Venture Partners Adds 2 New Team Members Amidst Their Busiest Summer Ever

    Amy Derene
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    European venture capital company ACTIVE Venture Partners has added two new team members with strong entrepreneurial and venture capital experience to their Barcelona squad. Since 2004 ACTIVE has invested in 23 companies in two funds totalling €74m, investing in three of these companies just this month; from June they have led funding rounds for Spanish startups Traity ($4.7 million) and Percentil ($1 million) as […] The post Barcelona VC ACTIVE Venture Partners Adds 2 New Team Members Amidst Their Busiest Summer Ever appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Wefitter (@WeFitter)

    Stewart Masters
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Can someone remind me why I go through the pain of pushing myself to exercise every night? I’m sure there was something more to it than burning calories and de-stressing to avoid mid-day meltdowns. Oh that’s it; I have thousands of Nike fuel points, awesome! But what can I do with them exactly? Exchange them […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Wefitter (@WeFitter) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Meet the 5 Winners of LinktoStart 2014

    Amy Derene
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Yesterday, the Inlea Foundation, following a jury-based elimination evaluation, saw 5 of its remaining startups crowned winners of its 6th annual linktoStart program. The program began on January with 29 technology-based business ideas from all around Spain. Only 8 reached July to present in front of the final jury. Those received online and in person […] The post Meet the 5 Winners of LinktoStart 2014 appeared first on Barcinno.
  • The potential of 3D printing

    Lija Groenewoud van Vliet
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Last week we talked about the emerging technology of Augmented Reality; the technology of this week is 3D printing.  Looking at potential, 3D printing is expected to be much more promising with a market up to $550M – $650M per year in ten years time (McKinsey / Gartner). The fields of application are enormous: fashion, manufacturing, […] The post The potential of 3D printing appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Quipu (@getquipu)

    Stewart Masters
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    I don’t know about you but I’d rather be tied in chains and roaming the lands of Hades than taking care of our accounting. I tried, I failed and I don’t want to do it again. Hearing the words “IVA”, “Social Security” or “IRPF” is enough to set me off. It’s pure evil I tell […] The post Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Quipu (@getquipu) appeared first on Barcinno.
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    BangkokStartup

  • LightRocket – A New Photography Platform for Enthusiasts

    Christian Walter
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Europeans like to make jokes about Asians and their cameras. When tourist groups from China, Japan, or Korea flood European cities, locals can identify the country of origin by the camera clicks per second. It’s true though, pictures and Asia go well together. Thailand is an Instagram hub, Filipinos are obsessed with selfies, and Japan is host to the top 3 camera manufacturers in the world, Sony, Nikon, and Canon – not to mention Pentax, Panasonic, Fujifilm…guess what, Japan too. So why is it, there is no major photography platform with an Asian origin – stock photography aside? Well…
  • HotelQuickly raises USD 4.5m from GREE and William E. Heinecke

    Christian Walter
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    HotelQuickly, a leader in last-minute hotel bookings in the Asia-Pacific region, today announced that it has raised US$4.5 million (THB 145m) in a Series A-1 financing led by GREE. William E. Heinecke, CEO and Chairman of Thai-based Minor International, participated in the round through his family office. The investment follows a US$1.15 million Series A round in August 2013, bringing HotelQuickly’s total funds raised to date to more than US$5.5 million (THB 180m). With the additional capital, HotelQuickly aims to accelerate its product development, marketing, and hiring to drive sales…
  • AngelHack Bangkok Spring 2014

    Christian Walter
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Pocketplaylab is hosting the 2014 AngelHack Bangkok. I’m not sure if it is still Spring but everything before midsummer night goes, so get your RedBull and join the largest Hackathon series, ever. AngelHack happens in 30 cities around the world and about 6,000 developers will join in to build a stronger developer ecosystem. If you attend Hackathons for the price then AngelHack is definitely for you. The winning team gets to participate in HACKcelerator, a global pre-accelerator program designed to help top hackathon teams turn their hacks into market ready products. The program…
  • The Hive – 24/7 work and play

    Christian Walter
    3 Jun 2014 | 5:14 am
    Slowly but steady Bangkok is becoming a co-working heaven. Every month new spaces pop up. In total there are now at least 10 places spread across the city, most of them around HUBBA at Ekkamai Soi 4, which is slowly becoming a startup village, and around Thong Lor. The latest addition to Bangkok’s buzzing co-working scene is The Hive, a co-working space with roots in Hong Kong. In the middle of the hip residential area of Sukhumvit 49 the Hive, located next to Grease, boasts Bangkok’s (probably) largest co-working space. The space has everything you can ask for, from private telephone…
  • Bookup.asia – Beauty, Education, Health and Sport

    Christian Walter
    14 May 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Thailand, or SEA for that matter, is slowly catching up with online services common in the western world. One thing that has been largely missing is booking things from the convenience of home without having to call. That time is finally over, at least for wellness and education. The startup Bookup.asia has developed a CRM and booking solution for beauty, health, sport, and education. Thai economy enjoyed an estimated earning of USD 997 million from medical tourism alone. Medical and wellness in Thailand is a huge market and so is private education. Tourists come to Thailand not only for the…
 
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    Uncanny Owl

  • Slashing LearnDash Consulting Costs

    Ryan Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    LearnDash is a great low-budget LMS, but getting it (and WordPress) set up just the right way can be surprisingly time-consuming and complex. More often than not, customizations and complementary tools are needed to deliver the right user experience. For someone jumping into WordPress, an LMS and PHP for the first time, it can all be a bit overwhelming. That’s why so many companies turn to Uncanny Owl, and it’s why LearnDash now represents about 40% of our work. Many people choose LearnDash because of the low price and simplicity compared to other Learning Management Systems. Going from…
  • Styling LearnDash Courses and Lessons

    Ryan Moore
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    As many of our LearnDash readers  will know, the popular LMS plugin for WordPress uses custom post types for course and lesson content. That’s great for people familiar with WordPress, since it makes adding and managing content easy, but many page layout tools for WordPress don’t recognize LearnDash objects out of the box. As a result, many users assume they’re relegated to the default WordPress editor. They’re not, and in the post we’ll explore how to use Visual Composer to improve the look and feel of your LearnDash materials. At Uncanny Owl we typically use…
  • Top Study Skills Program Goes Free

    Ryan Moore
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:14 am
    We recently made the decision to adopt an open education model for Grade Hacks, our study skills platform. The program combines elearning courses, videos, downloadable resources, calculators and more to help high school, college and university students improve academic performance. The 30-day program has already helped hundreds of students achieve better grades in school. The shift to a free model was made for 2 reasons. First, we want it to help as many students as possible. Making it a paid program proved a significant barrier for many students (more so than expected) and we didn’t want…
  • Uncanny Owl Turns One

    Ryan Moore
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    Last June, Ryan and Ken founded Uncanny Owl to help companies improve training using technology—and we’re still doing it. Better yet, we’re still enjoying it! Over the last year we’ve had a chance to support some great local and international businesses. The Brick, the TSSA, the OCSTA, Transcription Express, ManchesterCF, Luminance, DisclosureNet, Envirogate and many more companies all use solutions developed by Uncanny Owl. From courseware to learning platforms to websites and everything in between, we’ve had the opportunity to work on a lot of interesting…
  • A Better eLearning Voice Over Workflow

    Ryan Moore
    16 May 2014 | 7:04 am
    Editing voice over work can be tedious and painful. For one recent course, we received a single 1 hour audio file from our voice talent that had to be chopped up and incorporated into almost 100 slides in Articulate Storyline. Listening to a 1 hour file, cutting it up and saving it manually to individual files for each slide is far too time-consuming, so I wanted to share our approach in case it can help other people save time editing. For audio editing we use Audicity. It’s free and works well. After loading the source file up in Audacity, the first thing I do is double the playback…
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    NextShark

  • People Kept Complaining This Restaurant Sucked, Then They Discovered an Unfortunate Truth about Their Customers

    Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    This short story, found on The Meta Picture, is from a restaurant that’s been in business for a decade. Ten years ago, business was great and they were highly rated, but today, despite having the same amount of customers as before, they are receiving terrible reviews. Trying to solve the mystery of their poor performance, they hired a firm to figure out why people weren’t happy with their service. What they found is a really unfortunate truth and an almost disgusting facet of our society today. Read their findings below and hopefully you never become like one of their customers.
  • New Study Estimates 1 in Every 22 New Yorkers is a Millionaire

    Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    A new study this week calculated the percentages of millionaires in city populations around the world. By net worth alone, excluding their primary residence, the study found that 4.63% of New Yorkers, or around 389,100 people, are millionaires- and New York is only number four on the list. According to Oliver Williams, an analyst at WealthInsight: “New York has long been the bastion of wealth not only in America, but the world… It has the second largest millionaire and largest billionaire population of any global city.” Monaco takes first place, where almost three in every ten…
  • One of the Richest Men in the World is Promoting a Work Week You Are Going to Love

    Editorial Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is proposing a “radical overhaul” to the typical work week that might have you hoping your boss does the same. The 74-year old Telmex CEO is calling for a 3-day work week, where around 11 hours of work each day balanced by four days off would result in a better quality life for the employee and higher productivity for the company. “With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life… Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied.” His…
  • 10 Things You Should NEVER Forget When You Become Rich & Successful

    Sebastian Dillon
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    The climb to the top of the success mountain is unequivocally a tough one. You put in sacrifice and long hours hoping that you can be better than average- or the best. However, once you finally reach your goals, there are certain things that you should never forget if you don’t want to potentially lose your mind and everything else you’ve worked for. Here are ten things you should never forget once you reach the high points in your life. Gambling is a game of luck, and the odds are always against you. It’s no secret that casino games are structured to where the house always has the…
  • Reddit Has Spoken! This Is The Best TED Talk Especially If You Love Music (Video)

    Editorial Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Yesterday, Reddit user sochalienForEver posted this question on AskReddit: “What is the most jaw-dropping TED Talk?” The overwhelmingly popular answer was musical artist Bobby McFerrin’s demonstration of how music is ingrained in our brains by “playing the crowd” at the World Science Festival in 2009. This 3 minute video is sure to brighten your Monday. Source: Reddit
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  • Funding news roundup: July 23, 2014

    Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Additional early-stage funding news of note from today: Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service (via TechCrunch) POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version (via TechCrunch) Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle (via TechCrunch) The post Funding news roundup: July 23, 2014 appeared first on StartUp Beat.
  • Braingaze nets €336K for further development of its behavior-predicting eye-tracking software

    Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Barcelona-based Braingaze, maker of eye-tracking software the company says predicts the behavior of a subject based on small, involuntary eye movements, has completed a €336,000 funding round. It’s the startup’s first outside funding, and its calling it a “pre-Seed” round. The investment is split between the Spanish government’s NEOTEC program for tech startups, and Across Business Partners, a crowdfunding platform that specializes in investments in high-potential, early-stage science intensive innovation projects. Braingaze’s technology was developed at the University of…
  • Tracksmith launches with big backing for its premium running apparel brand

    Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Running apparel startup Tracksmith has launched with the debut of its first five products. The Wellesley, Massachusetts-based company is focused on producing premium clothing and bags for running enthusiasts. Its initial products include running shorts and racing tops, which they sell online. It is backed by $1.6 million in initial funding that the team raised back in November of 2013. Investors reportedly include Index Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Bridge Boys and Angel investors. Tracksmith was founded by Luke Scheybeler and former Puma marketing executive Matt Taylor. The post…
  • Dealflicks raises $1.7M to help movie theaters fill empty seats

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Movie theater deals app Dealflicks has raised $1.7 million in new Seed funding from a group that includes Sierra Maya Ventures, Mogility Capital, Be Great Partners, Wefunder and Rubicon Venture Capital. The San Francisco-based startup describes its service as the “Priceline for movie tickets,” giving movie goers discounts on tickets and concessions by partnering with movie theaters to help them fill more empty seats during slow periods—adding extra revenue that the theaters otherwise would not have earned. It was founded in 2011 by Kevin Hong, Sean Wycliffe and Zachary Cancio. The team…
  • Peerlyst gets $3M for its social network for IT pros

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    San Francisco-based Peerlyst, a peer network for IT professionals, has completed a $3 million Seed funding raise. The round was led by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners with participation from Illuminate Ventures. The company’s social network is designed specifically for IT and security experts to help address day-to-day issues at a more specialized level than other professional networks. It offers users an updates feed that includes verified product reviews, discussions, news, vendor announcements and user posts. Members can contribute their experience and knowledge to the community by…
 
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  • 5 Reasons I Didn’t Connect With You On LinkedIn

    Chris Kalaboukis
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    I might not be as famous as Robert Scoble or Pete Cashmore but I do get my share of LinkedIn requests and one should, as with most social networks, be a little discerning about who you connect with. Maybe its not as important on Twitter or Facebook, but on LinkedIn, I think your circles definitely make a big difference. As such, there are some red flags which I use to determine pretty quickly (at last count I get over 50 requests to connect a day) in order to determine whether or not I’ll agree to connect with you. If that sounds imperious, so be it. We should all be discerning with…
  • Finally, A Decent, Shareable Todo App

    Chris Kalaboukis
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I guess I’m going to have to give up my kingdom since I think I may have said “My kingdom for a decent, share-able, to-do list app” since I think I may have finally found one…. A while back, one of my colleagues commented how his smartphone was his backup brain – that if he didn’t have that to throw things into, then we would forget most everything. I pretty much do the same thing, of course, as I get older I tend to put more and more into it – my current app for saving things like that is Evernote (which wasn’t my first choice – I loved…
  • Don’t Go To College

    Chris Kalaboukis
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In the very first episode of Silicon Valley on HBO, eccentric billionaire Peter Gregory is doing a TED Talk (of course, what else do eccentric billionaires do?) completely dissing the whole concept of going to college. He is heckled by someone in the audience, an older, white haired bearded gentleman who shouts that he’s a “dangerous man” and after a short exchange, storms out of the hall, calling him a “fascist”. Even though I’m sure that the producers were doing this satirically – as in – who in their right mind SHOULDN’T go to college…
  • These Wearables Are Shocking

    Chris Kalaboukis
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    At the Glazed conference a few months ago, we were all told that the lifespan of the use of wearable devices was much, much shorter than say the lifespan of use of our smartphones. I think speaker after speaker mentioned something like 90 days to 9 months, then our wearables sit in a box, unused. (Personally, I’ve worn my Fitbit Flex everyday since I bought it, gave and take a few days for charging, swimming etc). Of course, I think they were talking more fitness wearables, I think maybe the sex wearables might have more staying power. What is the issue here? Simple, if you ask me.
  • 3 Ways To Kill Innovation

    Chris Kalaboukis
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    KILL MONDAY / BERNAT CASERO In order for a culture of innovation to thrive at your company, you need to do much than simply say that you are innovative or that you support innovation. Innovation can be in all of your talk, but it needs to be in your walk otherwise it will walk out of that door. Here are three ways to ensure that innovation will never flourish at your company: Talk about it incessantly, but do nothing about it: There are many, many companies in this space – they talk the talk but when it comes to walking the walk, there is no way for employees to innovate. The most…
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Career Advice for 7/23/14

    John Gannon
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    First Round Capital interviews Knewton’s Robbie Mitchell about why marketing should have its own engineers. Rishi Dean writes on his blog in part 1 of a 5-part series about what a Product Manager does. 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 7/23/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Top 10 startup career advice posts from the past year

    John Gannon
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    We’ve been live for about a year so I thought it was high time to share the most popular content on StartupCareerAdvice.com. When I looked at the list I wasn’t surprised to see that advice on negotiating startup job offers was at the top of the list – and made up 3 of the top 10! On the other hand, I was a little surprised to see this networking tip from Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha in the Top 5. OK, enough from me. Here’s the most popular content from the last year. Enjoy (and more importantly, use!) it. Negotiating Startup Job Offers - Learn how to get a…
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/21/14

    John Gannon
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Kiip, a mobile advertising platform, is hiring a Sales Growth Associate. Buzzfeed, the social news and entertainment website, is hiring a Production Accountant. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/21/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/16/14

    John Gannon
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Expa, a startup studio, is hiring an operations manager. Kiip, a mobile advertising platform, interviews Anand Iyer, CPO of Threadflip, about product management. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/16/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/14/14

    John Gannon
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Fog Creek Software is hiring a Product Marketing Manager to propel the growth of their developer tools division. Steve Blank, a technology startup entrepreneur, writes on his blog about how to perceive the paths our lives take, and how our attitude about whether or not we can change things can affect our lives. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/14/14 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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    Accredible

  • Ultimate Autodidacts: Einstein to Moffat

    Swati Kumar
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The Guru Going from a high school dropout to one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, Albert Einstein was the embodiment of autodidactism.  His idea of a perfect date was to read physics texts for fun with his girlfriend – enough said. Einstein’s introduction to science and mathematics by a childhood friend established an interest in a topic far beyond what he was learning in school.  He taught himself calculus by the age of 13.  Thirteen!  Thus began his foray into the world of self learning; It was simply far more interesting than the grammar and basic mathematics he was…
  • Around the World in 62 Days: Day 22-28

    Elizabeth Randell
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Welcome back!  This week we visit Africa, the Caribbean and South America as we celebrate Independence and National Days around the world.  How many countries have we visited thus far that were (or are now!) on your Bucket List?  Have you kept up with where we’ve been in the past 3 weeks?  If not check out Days 1-5, Days 6-14, and Days 15-21!   The Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the north-east corner of Africa and south-west corner of Asia. Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern state, tracing its heritage back to the 10th…
  • There’s More to Sports Than Meets The Eye

    Catherine Stevens
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The World Cup has just ended (congrats Germany!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue riding the sports wave by learning about them! Here are some MOOCs to check out to learn more about the sporting world and how big events like the World Cup are put on. Sports and Society examines all facets of how sports affect society. Drawing upon many social sciences, including anthropology, history and sociology, this class also includes guest speakers and live Google Hangouts so students can interact with the professor and notable sports people. The Coursera class starts September 1.
  • Adventures in Gamification: Wrapping it up!

    Elizabeth Randell
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Welcome back!! Well, we’ve worked through the six modules that make up Gamification in Education.  We’ve learned a lot and had fun – but now comes the big question…how do we SHOW and TELL anyone what we’ve learned? By creating an e-portfolio to display your incredible learning!  During a previous course, I learned and blogged about e-portfolios as I searched to find one that best fit me – which is how I found Accredible…learn more about that here! Gathering Your Game Pieces (This is Always the Trickiest Part)… Using your Accredible Learning…
  • How to Get Your Dream Job Without the Required Experience

    Swati Kumar
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Right major?  Check.  Enough software knowledge?  Check.  Cultural Fit?  Check.  Sufficient years of experience?  Uh-oh. You’re looking at the job listing for your ideal gig just a little while after graduation and feel the excitement mounting inside of you with every requirement you know you can fulfill.  Then you see that you need 2 years of work experience – which you don’t have as a new grad.  Ugh.  Do you pull back and look for a position that you don’t want as much?  Do you resign yourself to a job you know will bore you for the next couple of years? No.  Stop…
 
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    Entrepreneur Sky | Startup & Tech News, Buzz, Tips

  • ibubbi Launches New Global Marketplace Aiming For Children’s Products.

    Kevin
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    ibubbi Launches New Global Marketplace Aiming For Children’s Products. ibubbi is pleased to announce the launch ofibubbi.com, a new online marketplace specializing in handmade and boutique children’s products. ibubbi is one of a new breed of boutique marketplaces specifically targeted as an alternative to much larger generalist websites. Marketplace. A recent survey by ibubbi revealed that 72% of users surveyed would prefer targeted online marketplaces instead of generalist marketplaces such as Ebay, Etsy or Amazon. The research further revealed that those users were willing to use a…
  • FlitWays Rebrands Company and Trendsetting Traveling Solution.

    Kevin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    FlitWays Rebrands Company and Trendsetting Traveling Solution. Following a successful year in incorporating ground travel booking with travel brands, innovative travel business FlitWays has announced plans to rebrand their trendsetting service solution. The rebrand will encompass a new name and the launch of a new website and mobile app known as FlitWays. Rebrand. A first for the Los Angeles-based travel company, the rebrand is seeking to “have an expounding name for easy recognition by travelers, partners, and supporters,” say organizational insiders. The rebranding comes at a time where…
  • LEAF Commercial Capital Rolls Out A New Website.

    Kevin
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    LEAF Commercial Capital Rolls Out A New Website. LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. (“LEAF”), a specialized equipment leasing and finance company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, has announced the launch of its new website http://www.LEAFnow.com. The LEAF site was redesigned to serve as a valuable interactive resource that businesses can use to learn more about equipment financing and how it can benefit them. New. The site has been completely redesigned from the ground up to streamline the user experience. The new site uses responsive design techniques to ensure that it is fully optimized…
  • Carsquare Simplifies The Way People Find The Perfect Car.

    Kevin
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Carsquare Simplifies The Way People Find The Perfect Car. DC – based startup, Carsquare, today announced the launch of an entirely redesigned metasearch engine (think Kayak for cars). The revamped vehicle search engine platform’s mission is to simplify the process of finding the exact car for the consumer without having to sift through results on multiple vehicle listing sites. Feats. The company has been perfecting its search functionality for the past year and this new release introduces a multitude of new features including the ability to create a personalized vehicle search…
  • Raspberry Pi Brings IoT to a Home Theater Soundbar.

    Kevin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Raspberry Pi Brings IoT to a Home Theater Soundbar. Right-Ear/Left-Ear Technologies selected Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized Linux computer, to add much-desired functionality to One Bar, its new home theater soundbar. “We wanted to complement our soundbar’s best-in-class 3D virtual sound performance with smart wireless and Internet connectivity,” said Marty Zanfino, one of the founders. “Raspberry Pi provided a platform to do all that in a single, compact module. We had to write a lot of code, but Raspberry Pi had the necessary hardware and OS to support the functionality we…
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • 4 Science Backed Ways To Increase Conversions

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
    SharesIf 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
    SharesLets 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
    SharesOpen source software has never been so popular. With GitHub becoming the “Facebook for Developers” we see a growing amount of new projects every week. Some are initiated by big companies and others by individual passionate developers. But what … Read more The post The Value of Support in Open Source appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
  • First impressions of Apple’s new programming language Swift

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

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    22 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    SharesOn May 6th, Alibaba one of China’s first internet businesses filed papers to go public in the United States, in what may become one of the largest IPO’s in American history – with analyst estimating … Read more The post Former Alibaba VP Porter Erisman talks entrepreneurship and e-commerce appeared first on PAYMILL Blog.
 
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • Think Twice Before you Start a Startup.

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    If you are an Indian working in an MNC drawing a fat pay check, then throughout your career you have been advised about how starting up is the right thing to do. I will tell[...]
  • RailYatri Emerges as a Winner Again; Bags mBillionth Award

    Prateek Panda
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    RailYatri won at the 5th mBillionth South Asia award that recognizes and celebrates companies that influence social development via Mobile as a first screen. RailYatri won the award for the category: m-Travel and Tourism. mBillionth[...]
  • Housing.com – Revolutionary Map Based Real Estate Portal

    Suumit
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    There was a time when ‘Brokers’ were considered to be the backbone of the real estate industry. With the growth of real estate industry past a few decades made several Internet entrepreneurs to come up[...]
  • Top Office Software for Productivity and Efficiency

    Team TechPanda
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Alongside the shortage of disposable money, a lack of time is a challenge common to all startups in the early months. Between setting up and running an online presence and contacting investors; creating a business[...]
  • 5 Inspiring Indians at TEDx Talks

    Harshal Gupta
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Technology, Entertainment, Design i.e. TED, a non-profit organisation focused and devoted to organizing conferences across the world. The TED conferences are known for their varied topics and well known speakers quite remarkable in their respective[...]
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    Asia Tech Hub | Asia Startup & Tech News

  • IDA And Google Team Up to Launch Their Squared Data Program.

    Kevin C
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    IDA And Google Team Up to Launch Their Squared Data Program.  During this past February of 2014, The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) had announced that it was teaming up with Google to launch their Squared Data Programme (SDP), which will help develop the country’s rising analytics talent. SDP was formally launched during last weeks Friday. SDP Participants. According to an official press release, the 20 SDP participants shortlisted will go on to learn about data alaytics, information management, business intelligence, and consumer and marketing insights. To let it be…
  • BGI Tech Launches Human Whole Exome Sequencing Service.

    Kevin C
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
     BGI Tech Launches Human Whole Exome Sequencing Service. BGI Tech Solutions Co., LTD, (BGI Tech), a subsidiary of BGI, the world’s largest genomics organization, announced the global launch of a new human whole exome sequencing service based on Complete Genomics’ industry-leading platform. Genomics. Complete Genomics, highly regarded in the industry for providing proprietary sequencing technologies with 99.999% accuracy and highly sensitive detection of all types of variants, was acquired by BGI in 2013. More than 15,000 human genomes have been sequenced and analyzed on the…
  • Qualcomm Launches $150M Startup Fund, Monopoly Reports Begin To Crop Up.

    Kevin C
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    Qualcomm Launches $150M Startup Fund, Monopoly Reports Begin To Crop Up. There seems to be some positive news and negative news for China recently, when it comes to Qualcomm, the US giant that develops chipsets for smartphones, tablets, PCs and other gadgetry. Good. First thing off, the positive news, consisting of Qualcomm announcing a brand new $150 million fund dedicated towards startups based in China. The company’s Chinese portfolio have included Xiaomi, which has just recently revealed their new upcoming Mi 4 smartphone this week, and Dolphin Browser, which has recently just sold…
  • Limitless Worldwide Expands into The Asia-Pacific Region.

    Kevin C
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Limitless Worldwide Expands into The Asia-Pacific Region. Limitless Worldwide has been making a name for itself in the network marketing industry. Although it’s a relative newcomer, its line of science-backed products, partnerships with athletes and celebrities, patent-pending TriBrid Overlay Compensation Plan and NSF Certified for Sport formulations have all helped set it apart. And now the company is expanding internationally with upcoming plans to begin making its products available in Asia. Expansion. The international expansion is building on all of the success Limitless…
  • Canva Secures An Additional $3.6 Million in Funding.

    Kevin C
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Canva Secures An Additional $3.6 Million in Funding. Australian company Canva has raised an additional $3.6 million in funding, grown to 600,000 users who have created more than 3.5 million designs, and enabled other websites to integrate Canva’s design capabilities. Canva. Canva is an online graphic design platform which makes it simple to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, blog graphics, invitations and more. The company has today unveiled its “Canva Button,” a simple new plug-in for third party websites which allows their users to create their own…
 
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    Technora

  • Plustxt INDIA-Mobile App

    Susmitha Kasaram
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Communication is an exchange of views, and to communicate with others we use language. Moreover, this happens by directly talking, phone calls and purely messaging. Most of the people use messaging as a medium to communicate with others. Because of phone calls, there will be some sort of disturbance while talking when you are outdoor. […]
  • NowFloats- Creates a Website just in 13 minutes

    Susmitha Kasaram
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
      How do you highlight your business? On the other hand, what do you do to get others know about your business?? The answer is we simply advertise it. However, in today’s internet world, everything is donning through the internet. Even a grocery shop has a website in these days. Every business either small scale […]
  • Hirerabbit

    Susmitha Kasaram
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Being hired by a company is a long process. First, you have to search for the company and has to upload your resume, wait for the interview and then selection process. In some of the web sites, you will not get complete information about the company and about the job description. It is better if […]
  • Nirvana Information Inc- Innovation made in china

    Navya S
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Nirvana Information Inc-It works in direct marketing and financial service industries, NI is to give the creative large scale web solutions to the customers. Its main motto is “innovation made in china”. Nirvana Information Inc. was founded in March 2007 by executives from the Silicon Valley start-ups and leading Chinese enterprise software companies.It has breath […]
  • HealthifyMe

    Susmitha Kasaram
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Health plays a vital role in our life. It is a dynamic process and goes on changing day by day. As our lifestyle changes, health condition also changes. If our life style improves to a better level, our health also improves and we experience less diseases and sickness. Physical health is the only one thing […]
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    Blog - iGoStartup

  • Before you start your business

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Starting a business is quite a challenge. You can face uncertainty and fear, not to mention huge bills that keep mounting up as you struggle to make profit. This is reality, and it is also the reason why so many businesses fail at the first hurdle.
  • Cashflow, the biggest challenge for any startup

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    One of the most important aspects of your startup is the cash flow. Cashflow is one of the ultimate deciders of business success. As a business grows, borrows and makes profit, it will begin to accumulate costs and income streams. All of these combine together to form cashflow. If you’re not in control of cashflow, however, you will soon find your startup falling down.
  • Making a Business Plan for a Small Business (Part Two)

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    In the first part of this article we looked at a couple of aspects around creating a business plan. We also talked about how creating your business plan for your small business is not necessarily a difficult matter. It’s more about knowing what could possibly stand in the way and knowing the costs for the basic operations of your business. We made it clear that unless you know the costs for your business it will prove very difficult to receive any kind of investment. We also explained how knowing your market is vital to understanding whether or not you’ll have a business that will make a…
  • Making a business plan for a small business

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    When you start out to create a business as an entrepreneur, there are a ton of problems and challenges that you have to address. These become more pronounced as your business grows and begins to make profit.
  • 3 questions to ask yourself before you become an entrepreneur

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    So you would have thought long and hard about it and you are pretty certain you want to be an entrepreneur. Well done, not many people come to the stage where they feel so certain about this particular change of lifestyle.
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • Infographic: How Do Small Businesses Finance Growth?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    When operating a small business, owners must learn about a variety of channels that may help finance the company. While some individuals may have the capital to fund their desired initiatives, more often than not, people must seek outside means to cover monetary costs for specific projects. This outside funding may spur growth within the business, especially when applied to certain initiatives that can help departments significantly improve. One option that many small business owners frequently choose is small business loans, as these funds are not only reliable, but also provide business…
  • Going Green: Switching To Paperless

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Many small businesses have searched for ways to adopt greener practices in their operations. There are several alterations that can be made to the outside of the building - such as installing solar panels or painting the roof white - but there are a variety of ways small business owners can make their offices more environmentally friendly. Telecommuting, sourcing from local vendors and adopting paperless practices may significantly help your business transition to more eco-friendly operations. Reducing the amount of paper waste your business creates each year is essential for saving the…
  • Infographic: Creating an Effective Landing Page for Your Small Business

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    When you're developing content to fill your online presence, there are many different formats, programs, sites and tactics to undertake during the creation process. Aside from social media marketing campaigns and proper forms to include on your website, small business owners should be sure to study up on their landing pages - or the pages consumers land on after clicking on a link. Depending on the landing page's purpose, this website form may be integral for collecting leads and connecting consumers to relevant information. Landing pages are frequently the first form of contact your small…
  • 3 Content Marketing Lessons From Comic-Con

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Each year, the world's largest fandoms meet under one roof, discussing their shared love for a particular comic, TV, movie or book series. Comic-Con International takes place just once per year, but it draws thousands of celebrities, writers, journalists and consumers, many of which display their fandom fervor through their fashions. The event is typically sponsored by some of the world's largest and most important media influencers, including Marvel, DC Entertainment, Nintendo, AMC, Ubisoft and Xbox. Over the course of the extended weekend, visitors have the chance to participate in a…
  • 2 Ways Google Can Help Workers Telecommute

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Telecommuting is one of the biggest buzzwords of 2014, as more millennials entering the workplace request and expect access to this type of virtual working environment. While some business owners already employ some form of telework, many have just begun to examine this option.   Staples recently conducted a survey among nearly 300 employees and executives across the U.S. and Canada, examining how people viewed telecommuting in the workplace. The organization found that a rising number of people were in favor of this practice, as it provides a great deal of physical, emotional…
 
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  • 10 Mid-Stage Pakistani Startups on Their Way to Success

    Qurat Zafar
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    The technology entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan is at a tipping point! With this in mind, we decided to scout the most promising technology startups of Pakistan. The TechJuice team has divided the Pakistani startups into three categories depending on their growth stage: Early-age, Mid-Stage and Late-Stage. This is the second post in the series.It’s a combination of factors including pervasive internet penetration, cheap smart phone devices, 3G/4G rollouts, massive amounts of marketing and media expenditure by companies like Rocket Internet and Naspers that are striving to make…
  • How Pakistani Photographers are using Facebook

    Rabail Majeed
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    How Pakistanis are using Facebook is a TechJuice exclusive. The aim is to show the world that Facebook, or any social media platform for that matter, isn’t just for connecting people and can be used in various positive ways. Facebook. The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when you say that word is friends. The second is photos. But to many other people, Facebook is also a marketing and business platform. That’s the case with Xyra Raza, one of the first Pakistan’s female photographer. Before creating her Facebook page, Xyra relied heavily on word of mouth for…
  • Facebook and Twitter Get Banned in an Agriculture University

    Fariha Muazzam
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Social media plays an important role in every walk of our life, but it does have a negative side to it. In the past few years, since the launch of Facebook and Twitter, use of social media has been on the rise; however, the misuse of it such as cyber bullying has been rapidly increasing too. Pakistan like any other country does not fail to fall victim to such darker face of social media.We see Indian and Pakistanis fighting on Facebook pages, Lahoris and Karachites fighting on Twitter and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority banning YouTube in the wake of anti-Islamic video. Also, who can…
  • 10 unconventional applications that made it big

    Zain Peracha
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    In today’s cat-eat-dog world, making a successful mobile apps is a process full to the brim with countless ingredients, carefully crafted procedures, complex calculations, state-of-the-art graphics and a clear well-defined purpose. Right? Wrong. There are guides all over the internet populating even the remotest of crevices and dictating exactly what you need to do if you want your apps to go viral, there are interviews and testimonies of developers who have made it big and there are entire sections devoted to the art on the biggest tech websites out there. The reality, however, is that…
  • Punjab Government’s Mobile Reforms Receive Praise

    Fariha Muazzam
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Pakistan has been stormed by corruption in every sector, and being a developing country it has been affected by it adversely. With our national dilemma of being unable to eradicate polio virus, or widespread of dengue virus in 2011, it has been necessary for government to ensure sustainable plans to tackle with such problems successfully. The inefficiency cannot be solely blamed on Government’s neglect or lack of resources but also on workers’ neglect towards their work that we have become drenched in such crisis in the first place.So in the aftermath of chronic absenteeism that has…
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  • Volunteering Solutions – Connecting Students With International Organizations

    Siddhartha Sarma
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    With a thriving economy and the desire to do something big, Saurabh Sabharwal started Volunteering Solutions to give the students an opportunity to do volunteering and internships abroad in various fields. The startup was launched in 2007 in India and now spanning across 21 destinations in the world. The founder always wanted to do something challenging, to setup a company and provide employment to people for his own satisfaction. VolSol comprises a team of 32 associates off-shore and onsite. Saurabh completed his higher studies in Australia and with an experience of working with Hilton in…
  • SayOut.in – Makes Your Promotional Campaigns Go Viral

    Siddhartha Sarma
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    SayOut is a platform to target the wide Indian audience for advertising and promotion campaigns. This Mumbai based startup was founded by Raushan Jha, a Bachelor of Management studies on 11th June, 2014. Within one month of its launch, SayOut has employed over 25 young dynamic talents from various urban centers with varied educational backgrounds and diverse expertise. Nobody counts the number of advertisement campaign you run. They just remember the impression you make and the SayOut team – a pack of quirky characters with a representative tactic helps you in making the campaigns go viral.
  • Rs. 10,000 Crore For Startup And Entrepreneurship Development; Union Budget 2014

    Asish Das
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    This year the Indian Government is paying high attention towards entrepreneurship. While a month ago Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi announced to form a separate department for Entrepreneurship lead by Mr.Sarbananda Sonowal , today the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his debut finance speech announced Rs. 10,000 crore to boost entrepreneurship in India. Mostly small enterprises and startups are self funded or bootsrapped. Acceptiing that promoting entreprenurship still remains a challenge, Mr. Jaitley said one of the biggest hurdles has been the availability of capital by way…
  • Pennyful.in – Gifting you, your money!

    Siddhartha Sarma
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Today in India, two terms are widely used in online shopping, discount coupons and cash back. While there are many such websites offering this, Pennyful is one of the first websites to offer cash back to the online shoppers in India. Funded by family and friends, Ravitej Yadalam founded Pennyful in May, 2010. Yadalam, an Electronics and Communication engineer from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore believes that the entrepreneurial spirit was always in him. Always wanting to become an entrepreneur, and during his college days the idea – Pennyful, stuck his mind. Ravitej Yadalam, CEO and…
  • Finding The Perfect Co-Founder For Your Startup; How And Where?

    Siddhartha Sarma
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    At times, a startup entrepreneur has a great venture idea, but doesn’t know how to go about it. Or that, the entrepreneur has in-depth knowledge as well as skills in on segment of the idea, but is lacking heavily in the other. This is mostly the situation with many startup ventures in technology – the founder is often skilled to build the product but lacks the skills to get it in the market. He fails to compete and hence loses even before he started. In cases, these entrepreneurs are on the pursuit for co-founders to help them shape their idea into a business. The problem is, many…
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  • [Infographic] 5 Most Inspirational Growth Hacks of All Times

    Florin Muresan
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Growth hacking is great when you have a startup and you want to make it big in a short amount of time. To do that, you need a brilliant idea, of course. Today, I will tell you a little bit about 5 growth hacks that have been used by the biggest…
  • The secret behind Mint success story

    Florin Muresan
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Mint is one of those startups that falls into the category of successful stories. It is a free software available in Canada and USA, which deals with your personal finance. How many of you are currently having trouble saving money? I am positive that you’ve been postponing that trip to Paris…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] How to maximize your networking skills at a startup event

    Florin Muresan
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Who doesn’t like to go to events? I personally love to go out and meet new and interesting people. A startup event is definitely something you don’t want to miss, if you’re an entrepreneur or you already have your own start up. I am sure that you’ve already went to…
  • Top 5 VCs that invest through content marketing [Infographic]

    Florin Muresan
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Content marketing isn’t just for an entrepreneurial business, it also gives a helping hand to Venture Capitals, in order to share the business concepts they would like to find in their future investments. A great list of VCs is presented on the Business Insider in order to guide entrepreneurs towards…
  • Installing Squirrly SEO Plugin on a new site – Video and All

    Florin Muresan
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Hey, What’s up everybody? I’ve decided to write a post that will help you see how to fix this issue you may be encountering: “I have a Squirrly SEO Plugin PRO version, but it isn’t letting me use it on a second blog on wordpress.  Please help.  Thanks,  [customer-name]. ”…
 
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  • 7 Startups Selected For Healthcare Accelerator Program

    Startup Tip
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Startuptip news New York Digital Health Accelerator announced that seven new companies have been selected to participate in its accelerator program for the class of 2014. In addition to an average capital investment of $100,000 these start-ups will work closely with senior-level executives to fine-tune and develop their technologies and business strategies through direct mentorship. There will also be a series of workshops, panel discussions, user-group sessions, networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings and presentations. The 2014 class was selected through a competitive process from a…
  • $600K Funding – Startup Accelerator Program For Women

    Startup Tip
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Startuptip news Prosper women startup accelerator program St Louis based Prosper announced the launch of startup accelerator program to fund twelve companies to the tune of $600,000 annually into St. Louis area companies. What is unique about this accelerator program is that funding will be focussed solely on women-led companies. The accelerator states that while it does not necessarily require a female CEO, the company to be admitted in the accelerator program needs to have a strong woman in the C-suite. Led by Jennifer Ehlen – founder and CEO – Prosper will split into two separate…
  • World’s First Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera for iPhone – Flir One

    Startup Tip
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    Startuptip news Flir One Thermal Imaging infrared camera FLIR ONE announced the launch of the worlds first thermal imaging infrared camera for iPhone. FLIR One transforms an iPhone 5 or 5s into a Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera and displays live infrared imagery allowing users to see the world from a thermal perspective. The device slides onto an iPhone like a protective case and once mounted, it displays the world of infrared right on the phone’s screen. FLIR ONE Infrared imaging extends limits of human sight by translating invisible heat energy into dynamic thermal images as it can can…
  • iPhone Android Texting Without Wifi, Cell, Satellite

    Startup Tip
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Startuptip news Lost in a place without cell phone towers, routers or satellite connection but still want to communicate well goTenna is what you need. goTenna pairs wirelessly with iPhone or Android smart phones enabling users to text and also share location with anyone who has the device even if there is no cell phone service. No towers, routers or satellites required! The iPhone or Android smartphone send messages to goTenna, which will then send it out, via long-range radio waves (151-154 MHz), to the  intended goTenna(s) and than the recipient’s goTenna sends message over BTLE…
  • Circuit Board Printer – Squink

    Startup Tip
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Startuptip news Circuit board printer squink Print circuit boards in minutes, from home, at the cost of a cup of coffee and that is the pitch with which Squink from BotFactory has launched its Kickstarter project. Squink circuit board printers print and assemble electronic circuit boards, from your desktop by printing conductive ink and assembling circuit within minutes. The circuit board printer cuts down the time required to build circuit boards and will help to create electronic devices quicker at lower cost. This can revolutionize electronic industry and make it more productive and…
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  • Claudine Hellmuth: Passive Income for Artists and Makers

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

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

    Melinda Yeaman
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “I never really though of mobile devices being controlled by IT, but that’s the exact route that Google is using.” Are you walking around with a shattered iPhone screen because you would rather wait for the new one rather than repair it? This podcast is serving up piping hot updates on the new iPhone screen and much more. Highlights: Sapphire Corning Google Iphone 6 updates More from Jason: http://www.idoidevices.com/ http://www.imthemobile.guru/ If you enjoy Outlier On Air, please Subscribe &…
  • David Waring – Helping Brick and Mortar Businesses Thrive Online

    Melinda Yeaman
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “About 90% of businesses are still dealing with people in person in brick and mortar type businesses. This is really, in our opinion, a lacking of information around that.” How can it be that 50% of businesses don’t have a website!? In today’s market, brick and mortar businesses need to understand the basics of what it takes to manage their online presence. This is easier said than done, I would venture to say that most businesses know they need to have a website, but they think it’s…
  • Jill Hunt – Escaping Toxic Environments

    Melinda Yeaman
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Podcast: Play in new window | Play in iTunes | Play in Stitcher “If I loved myself more, I would have left a long time ago.” Jill Hunt is a genuine, altruistic, hardworking person that learned a hard lesson. She tells us about her unexpected leap into entrepreneurship and what she has learned along the way. Highlights: Direct Mail Marketing Print Advertising Sales Bullying Conflict in the workplace Facing Challenges Target Goals Take Away “I marked my “bully boss” with and “X” on the day that I quit. I don’t wish him any ill-will. I…
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