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  • ‘Making the Pie Bigger’: The Power of Good Relationships

    Knowledge@Wharton
    Knowledge@Wharton
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    At a recent Wharton Entrepreneurs Summit, speakers discussed the importance of building strong relationships as part of a company’s growth strategy.
  • Don’t Let Your Startup O.D. On Cash

    John Greathouse
    John Greathouse
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Raising too much cash, too early, can kill your startup. It can provoke spending on unproven business models, hiring employees before their talents can be fully tapped and entering into long-term, unsustainable relationships with partners, landlords and other third parties. To avoid these death knell mistakes, create a culture in which you and your employees (your CFO excepted) spend your precious cash with zero regard for how much money you have in the bank. Sound counterintuitive? Hardly. Startups should only spend their money on…
  • Hong Kong’s online luxury marketplace Luxify raises US$800K

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    Sainul Abudheen K
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 am
    Luxify secures US$800,000 from unnamed investors in Asia and Europe The firm allows buyers and sellers of luxury new, pre-owned, and vintage goods to directly negotiate with each other in the marketplace Company will use the capital to hire talent and enhance its platform Luxify , an online marketplace in Hong Kong that connects buyers and sellers of luxury products, has received US$800,000 in seed funding from a group of unnamed investors in Asia and Europe. The company will use the capital to hire talent and enhance its platform. Luxify was founded by Florian Martigny and Alexis Zirah, and…
  • One of Singapore’s sexiest co-working spaces has opened its doors

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    Rahil Bhagat
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    The Working Capitol is a new hybrid co-working space in Singapore with a fascinating take on the traditional formula It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in Singapore. Never in the history of our little red dot has there been more buzz, more excitement, more life and more resources channeled towards technological innovation. Singapore has become a hub in this region and a real player on a world stage once dominated by the great industrial economies of the world like Japan and America. Talent has flooded our shores like never before but not just any kind of talent, this talent is…
  • How do you come up with a good idea? – with Tal Shoham

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

  • Today in Tabs: Your Tab Is Problematic

    Avery Edison
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    Troll kalla mik, perhaps, pace the Nortmann forbears of the present day's too well-known House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.You're safe and there are no sapient spiders burrowed deep within your heart and brain, biding their time. April fool's ;)Read Full Story
  • The Companies That Are Actually Boycotting Indiana, Not Just Talking About It

    David Lumb
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    After Indiana passed a law that could legalize discrimination against LGBT individuals, many people spoke out. Here are the ones that actually acted.Barely a week old, Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act has already stirred outrage, and retaliation, across the country. While the law shares the name of the 1993 federal act that Bill Clinton signed into law, the Indiana version added its own twist, taking a page out of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. by allowing businesses to assert their rights of "free exercise of religion," which, as Garrett Epps of The Atlantic explains, would…
  • How Patton Oswalt Won The Trevor Noah Twitter Debate

    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Grab some popcorn and kick back—there's an epic string of tweets you have to read.Trevor Noah is suffering from a severe case of media whiplash.Read Full Story
  • What Is "Design Fixation," And How Can You Stop It?

    Shaunacy Ferro
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    How to avoid getting stuck on the first solution that springs to mind.Sometimes, your first idea is not your best one. But you might fixate on it, especially if the idea has worked for you before. In academic terms, this phenomenon is called design fixation. In layman's terms, we might call it getting set in your ways, experiencing tunnel vision, regurgitating old ideas, or being blinded to alternatives.Read Full Story
  • Behind The Scenes At Dropbox Black Ops

    J.J. McCorvey
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    "Black Ops" lead Jon Ying works hard to keep the same spirit Dropbox had with 10 employees as it does with more than 1,000.Jon Ying, 28, has been with Dropbox from its earliest days. Originally brought in by his friend (and Dropbox cofounder) Arash Ferdowsi to do tech support, his role evolved into developing the brand's approachable, human vibe, including, most notably, creating the "Psychobox" drawing that a user sees if he or she encounters an error page. Eventually he moved into product design, before settling into his current role using all those skills internally to help foster…
 
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    VentureBeat

  • BMW i8 plug-in hybrid coupe production will double to meet demand

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Given its attractive looks, it’s not surprising that the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid coupe has proven popular with buyers who can afford its six-figure price. While the partially electric i8 hasn’t been on sale for even a year, the Bavarian carmaker has already hinted at a production increase. Now it appears to have taken more concrete steps. BMW recently doubled i8 production at its Leipzig, Germany, plant to 20 cars a day, according to Automotive News Europe (subscription required). The uptick in production is likely aimed at reducing waiting times for the i8. The report stated…
  • 6 mobile marketing strategies that need to die

    Puneet Mehta, MobileROI
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    GUEST:When it comes to technology and innovation, the bandwagon mentality rarely works. By the time everyone is doing it or using it, it’s probably nearing the end of its natural lifecycle. That’s why the great innovators take a look at what everyone else is doing and then invent a new way to revolutionize technology. Mobile marketing is currently experiencing a mad dash toward the familiar and predictable. Like kids scampering to collect the candy after the piñata bursts, mobile marketers are looking to scoop up strategies they think will help them market to their audience, but many of…
  • Salesforce buys mobile authentication startup Toopher

    Jordan Novet
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Salesforce has acquired Toopher, a startup that developed a mobile app for two-factor authentication that people can use to successfully log in to web services. Toopher’s app, available on iOS and Android, could also automatically authenticate people based on their current location. Toopher will no longer sell its services as part of the deal, according to a statement that appeared today on the startup’s website. It sounds like the acquisition could help Salesforce bolster security for users of its mobile apps. “While we will no longer sell our current products, we are…
  • The EU sets the stage for formal antitrust charges against Google

    Mark Sullivan
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd! The European Union’s antitrust body, the European Commission, is preparing to file formal charges against Google in the next few weeks. The commission has asked European companies that have complained against Google for permission to publish parts of the the complaints, according to a report in the New York Times Wednesday afternoon. This is said to be an immediate…
  • This is how you purchase digital currencies

    Ioannis Giannaros
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    GUEST:Here’s a mind blowing fact: If you bought $500 worth of Bitcoin in 2009, you’d be worth more than Tiger Woods today. After six years of news, court cases, regulation, and investments, most people would agree that Bitcoin isn’t a fad. As Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has pointed out, “[Virtual currencies] may hold long-term promise, particularly if the innovations promote a faster, more secure and more efficient payment system.” In our increasingly digitalized economy, Bitcoin is quickly becoming an innovative alternative to legacy technology. It’s easy to see why…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Let’s Make ‘Off The Grid’ A Thing Of The Past

    Chris Wake
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
     We live in a world where there are nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as people on earth, where we can instantly see a real time view of streets or buildings halfway across the planet, and where our TVs, homes, and cars get smarter by the day. The level of connectivity that we currently enjoy could barely have been imagined even a decade ago, and yet the reality is that even today we… Read More
  • Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Anthony Ha
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
     Have you ever wanted to have a live chat with 11 of your closest friends? Well, even before this week, you could’ve done it using video chat app Rounds — but only on iOS. Now, however, the majority of Rounds users (namely, the ones on Android) will have access to the company’s group chat feature, too. CMO Natasha Shine gave me a quick demo of the Android app last week,… Read More
  • Nintendo 64 And DS Games Arrive On The Wii U Virtual Console

    Kyle Russell
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:44 pm
     Nintendo just announced that it’s bringing Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS consoles to the Wii U’s Virtual Console, its app that lets you play older games through software emulation. Read More
  • GoDaddy’s CFO Talks About Taking The Company Public

    Anthony Ha
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
     Web hosting company GoDaddy just finished its first day of trading as a public company, with the stock both opening and closing at $26.15 (31 percent over its IPO price). GoDaddy was founded all the way back in 1997, but in the past few years, we’ve seen some new names leading the company — Scott Wagner joined from investor KKR and became interim CEO in 2012, then he shifted to… Read More
  • Another Swiss Watch Company Jumps On The Activity Tracker Train

    John Biggs
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
     Mondaine is a Swiss watch company with a solid pedigree. Their clever watch design is based on the Swiss railways clocks created by a designer named Hans Hilfiker in 1944. It is eminently readable and was a whimsical collector’s favorite for years. Now, however, they’ve decided to add a little bit of technology to their most designer-centric watch, the Helvetica. The Helvetica… Read More
 
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    swombat.com

  • Insights from Etsy's S-1 - how they chose to grow

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

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

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    I somehow missed posting this last year, when it was published. An excellent article by our very own Salim Virani, on the topic of ecosystems. Sal and the rest of the FounderCentric team spend a lot of time working with incubators, accelerators, governments, outreach teams at large companies, etc, and helping them develop their startup scenes. Their mission comes from the heart (they really care about helping startup founders), and they are, as far as I know, the best at it at this point, in Europe. So their thoughts on the topic of how European ecosystems should develop are worth paying…
  • The fatal pinch

    Daniel Tenner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paul Graham explains how startups that are burning through their first round of funding often don't realise they're about to die, and need to either make more money or cut expenses: There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding. It's hard to convince investors the first time too, but founders expect that. What bites them the second time is a confluence of three forces: The company is spending more now than it did the first time it raised money. Investors have much higher standards for companies that…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • How to Be a Demo God

    Guy Kawasaki
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a…
  • GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    More “stock photos.” This time from the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego, California. The post GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15 appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Best Hotel for SXSW

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Although this may bite me in the butt someday if it’s booked solid, I’d like to tell you about the Hyatt Place in Austin, Texas. I will stay at this hotel every time I go to SXSW. The hotel is one block from the Austin Convention Center. There is a breakfast buffet with no waiting. There are restaurants within one hundred yards that fulfill my four main food groups: steak, Thai, sushi, and fried chicken. If these don’t take care of you, there’s a boutique market across the street for snacks. The hotel bar also sells food 24-hours per day. The Wifi is fast—maybe…
  • Guy Kawasaki appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    I’ve joined the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. This entity is the parent organization of all the “Wiki” projects such as Wikipedia and other free-knowledge projects. The activities of the Wikimedia Foundation represent one of the most important projects in the history of civilization. Having helped democratize computing with Apple and currently helping to democratize design with Canva, how could I resist the opportunity to democratize knowledge with Wikimedia? The Wikimedia Board of trustees has ten members. Can it get much cooler than helping Wikimedia…
  • The Art of Leading

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some aspiring entrepreneurs are already working for a big company. Like external entrepreneurs, they dream of creating innovative products. They, too, must prototype, position, pitch, bootstrap, recruit, fund, partner, sell, and support. The purpose of this minichapter is to explain how to do all this when you’re employed by a large business. Ironically, many entrepreneurs envy the employees of major companies—they think that these lucky souls have humongous financial resources, large sales forces, fully equipped labs, scalable factories, and established brands, plus medical and dental…
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Facebook launches Riff, a new video collaboration tool

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Video has become increasingly important to Facebook, as views have exploded over the last yearSomewhat stealthily, I would say, video has become extremely important part of Facebook. Even though it is likely not what most of think of when someone mentions Facebook, many people actually do use it to create, and share, their own video creations.  This being a social network, the next logical step is to make the act of creating those videos a social experience. So Facebook has introduced Riff, a tool for friends to share idea and collaborate on video. "Having fun with friends is…
  • Sling TV becomes first Internet TV service to offer HBO

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    There is no set date for when it will be available, only that it will before the GoT premiere(Come mingle with hundreds of top venture capitalists representing $10B-plus in capital under management, including Khosla Ventures, Greylock and Javelin Venture Partners, and learn from founders/CEOs including Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack and Adam Goldenberg, CEO of JustFab, Slava Rubin, Founder & CEO of Indiegogo, at Vator Splash Oakland on April 22nd and 23rd. Get your tickets here!) (Updated with comment from HBO) It seems like HBO…
  • Six reasons to come to Splash Oakland, 4/22-4/23

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    Hundreds of VCs, top Founders/CEOs, rooftop garden lunch, after-parties, a focus on diversityHave you seen the future? Oakland will be tomorrow's tech hub and you should be a part of it.  Vator Splash Oakland is right around the corner on April 22nd-23rd, and the caliber of speakers we have lined up, and heading over to the East Bay, is nothing less than outstanding. It's our second year bringing Splash to Oakland (after three years in San Francisco).  The reason remains the same: Oakland is a booming tech hub, and increasingly the home of tomorrow's entrepreneurs and the flow of…
  • Obama authorizes sanctions for cybersecurity crimes

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    The U.S. has been hit by foreign governments, including North Korea and China, in the last few years(Come mingle with hundreds of top venture capitalists representing $10B-plus in capital under management, including Khosla Ventures, Greylock and Javelin Venture Partners, and learn from founders/CEOs including Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack and Adam Goldenberg, CEO of JustFab, Slava Rubin, Founder & CEO of Indiegogo, at Vator Splash Oakland on April 22nd and 23rd. Get your tickets here!) When we look back at 2014, I think it's…
  • Etsy sets IPO price range at $14 to $16

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The company will be able to raise as much as $266.7 million, and could be valued at $1.2 billion(Come mingle with hundreds of top venture capitalists representing $10B-plus in capital under management, including Khosla Ventures, Greylock and Javelin Venture Partners, and learn from founders/CEOs including Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack and Adam Goldenberg, CEO of JustFab, Slava Rubin, Founder & CEO of Indiegogo, at Vator Splash Oakland on April 22nd and 23rd. Get your tickets here!) 2015 has so far not been kind to the IPO…
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    Small Business Labs

  • Is a War for Talent Starting in the On-Demand Economy?

    Steve
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    It seems almost every day an on-demand economy company announces a big fund raise. For example, the delivery service Door Dash announced last week it raised an additional $40 million.  And pretty much all of these companies have business models built on the use of independent contractors as service "providers".   Most of these firms trying to attract independent contractors from roughly the same pool - people looking for flexible, independent work in the service sector with a lot of them only interested in working part-time.  This raises the question of whether or…
  • Competition to Hire On-Demand Economy Workers Heating Up

    Steve
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Really interesting atricle by the folks at Zen99 on the amount of money being spent by on-demand economy companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart are spending to recruit "providers" (contract workers).  The numbers are quite large. For example, Lyft is reported to have budgeted $50 million for driver recruitment this year alone. And the major on-demand economy companies are each spending millions of dollars a year on Craigslist ads. The article chart below shows the impact of these efforts on the prices of common Google adword search terms related to the on-demand…
  • A Honey of an Indiegogo Campaign

    Steve
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Beekeeping has been around for thousands of years. And the process of collecting the honey has always been difficult (just ask Winnie the Pooh).   It's also hard on the bees, which often believe their hive is being invaded and attack the beekeeper. But a father-and-son team from Australia have developed an innovative beekeeping system - Honey on Tap -  that simplifies the process and makes it easier for both the keeper and the bees. Their Indiegogo campaign has created quite a buzz (their words, not mine), and they've raised a record setting $6.3 million in advanced sales…
  • The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

    Steve
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The chart below, which shows a decline in employer-provided and on-the-job training in recent decades, has been making the rounds in the economic blogs. It comes from the 2015 Economic Report of the President (page 147), which is prepared annually by the President's Council of Economic Advisers for Congress.      This data is collected only occasionally by the U.S. Census, which explains why the latest data is from 2008. But given the Great Recession, it seems pretty unlikely that employer-provided and on-the-job training have done anything but decline…
  • Goldman Sachs on Millennials

    Steve
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Goldman Sachs has an excellent infographic/report on millennials (born 1980 to 2000).   They describe Millennials as: Millennials have come of age during a time of technological change, globalization and economic disruption. That’s given them a different set of behaviors and experiences than their parents. They have been slower to marry and move out on their own, and have shown different attitudes to ownership that have helped spawn what’s being called a “sharing economy.” They’re also the first generation of digital natives, and their affinity for technology helps shape…
 
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    Ben Parr: Captivology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • Talking #Captivology on MSNBC

    Ben Parr
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Tweet Earlier today, I appeared on MSNBC’s Your Business to discuss how small businesses can leverage Captivology for their companies. Check out the video from my appearance above! And as always, let me know what you think!
  • A Great Q&A With CNN

    Ben Parr
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Tweet CNN just published a great Q&A with me about my life, my book, what keeps me up at night, and the five pieces of advice my grandfather left me. You can see the full piece: 15 Questions With Ben Parr
  • Color Controversy: The Science of Why #TheDress Has Captivated Our Attention

    Ben Parr
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    Tweet What is #TheDress going viral? You thought cops chasing llamas was going to be the meme of the week, but then #TheDress came along and shattered the entire Internet. The meme started with a debate on Tumblr, but the viral scientists at Buzzfeed quickly picked up on it and their story on the color of the dress has racked up 25+ million views in less than 24 hours. Yes, you read that right. 25 million hits, for a story about the color of a dress. You may be asking yourself: WHY?! and HOW?! Thanks to the years of research I put into color, virality and attention for my new book…
  • Captivology in the New York Post!

    Ben Parr
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Tweet You can pre-order Captivology before it hits store shelves on March 3rd!
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    Ben Parr
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Tweet “Throughout the book, Parr keeps readers engaged, amused and focused, proving that the science of Captivology works.” ~ Success Magazine “Parr gets it: To succeed in a world where attention is scarce, captivating audiences at every level is a skill that everyone needs. Captivology will show you how to capture other people's attention, whether you are teacher, entrepreneur, musician, or simply a dreamer with a big idea.” ~ Adam Braun, New York Times bestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil Buy Your Copy of Captivology! Order Here
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    Mixergy

  • How Alexandra Keating built “a WordPress for mobile phones”

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

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

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

    Andrew Khalili
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Timothy Sykes This is the latest post from Mixergy Raw transcript Mixergy’s audio transcription is done by Speechpad Come back in a few days to get the full transcript of this program. Sponsored by Walker Corporate Law – Scott Edward Walker is the lawyer entrepreneurs turn to when they want to raise money or sell their companies, but if you’re just getting started, his firm will help you launch properly. Watch this video to learn about him. The post Is Timothy Sykes a…
  • How successful marketing turned a musician into the founder of InsiderMusicBusiness – with Kavit Haria

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

  • Women Mean Business - Sallie Sargent

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    More extraordinary career advice from an extraordinary woman. Leisa Holland-Nelson discusses passion and essential skills with Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.
  • Bill McKeon - Texas Medical Center

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Bill McKeon has several titles, including executive vice president, chief strategy officer, COO of the Texas Medical Center, and that makes sense when he explains that he is working to build synergies between the many entities of the Medical Center. Whereas once these great hospitals had a healthy competition between them, new areas of medical research like stem cell therapy and genomics could greatly benefit from collaboration among the separate hospitals. It’s a great story, and now McKeon is overseeing TMCx, a medical startup accelerator and one of the core components of the Medical…
  • School of Business 3/28/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Russ & John present the show that champions the working class. We’re on Episode 512, yet feel we’ve hardly started. (Of course, 10 years ago when we started this show, things were very different. Digital changed everything!) Includes: our Quote of the Week—a statement of truth from motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia; This Week in Business History includes big discoveries like San Francisco and Coke, Denton Cooley’s artificial heart, and the first mobile phone call; and Navigating Business Jargon—trendy technospeak to keep you current and cool with the Millennials.
  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jack Whalen

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    How can a traditional company effectively target the new generation? Robin Tooms gets the specifics from Jack Whalen, brand value manager for Phillips 66 Marketing.
  • PKF Texas: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook® - Andy Ray

    The Businessmakers Radio Show -
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Andy Ray is back with a tool for prioritizing projects. By focusing on impact vs. difficulty you can prioritize where your team spends their time to get the best results for your business.
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • Master Your Pitch and Find Funding Success

    Daniel Faris
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    As far as pitching an idea goes, business solutions very rarely sell themselves. If you’ve ever had to stand up in front of people with the power to decide the future of your enterprise, you’ll know how daunting it can be. The following article is divided into two sections. First, I’ll address a few of... The post Master Your Pitch and Find Funding Success appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • BloomNation: An Unconventional Startup Story

    Briana Morgaine
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    It’s like the plot of a Hollywood movie: Three best friends, with no prior business experience, decide to band together and form a startup business. They hope to create an innovative platform that will shake up the floral industry, and help both customers and florists alike. But, of course, they need funding—and wouldn’t you know... The post BloomNation: An Unconventional Startup Story appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Building an Environmentally Friendly Brand: The Pitfalls to Avoid

    Tom Young
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Several years ago the global PR firm Edelmen published a study which suggested that 73% of consumers would choose to buy from a different brand of equal quality if that brand supported a good cause. From a business perspective, there are few better causes than “being green.” As well as potentially benefiting from tax breaks... The post Building an Environmentally Friendly Brand: The Pitfalls to Avoid appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Is Bad Body Language Ruining Your Pitch? Here’s How to Fix It

    Briana Morgaine
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    During my sophomore year of college, I took a speech class called Intro to Public Speaking. Our final project was a 10 minute speech on a topic of our choosing. We were allowed note cards, visuals—anything that would help us give an engaging presentation. Sounds easy enough, right? I thought so, until I saw some... The post Is Bad Body Language Ruining Your Pitch? Here’s How to Fix It appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Candy Queen Store: A Story of Struggle and Perseverance for Entrepreneurs

    Anton Fraga
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Have you ever noticed that children have a universal desire to play dress up? Kids love to be creative with their sense of fashion: they cover themselves in stickers, wear tutus with rain boots, adorn their heads with flowers and princess crowns. Mel Buchanan, owner of the Candy Queen Store, took notice. With drive and... The post The Candy Queen Store: A Story of Struggle and Perseverance for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    Startup Lawyer

  • Great Quality of Life: The Undercurrent of the Dallas Startup Ecosystem

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

    Ryan Roberts
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I recently wrote a commentary piece for the Dallas Business Journal regarding equity crowdfunding titled:  “Here’s Why Crowdfunding Should Be Your Last Resort”  I thought some of my readers would enjoy it. Please know that I *want* equity crowdfunding to be a boon for startups,...
  • SXSW Happy Hours and Office Hours

    Ryan Roberts
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It’s that time of year again when a good portion of the startup world flocks to Austin Texas for SXSWi.  This year, I’ll be involved with two events: Dallas Drops the Mic — March 14th 6pm-8pm The official blurb about this event is: “Join the Dallas...
  • Tech Wildcatters Pitch Day 2014

    Ryan Roberts
    16 May 2014 | 8:31 am
    Tech Wildcatters Pitch Day 2014 will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 1 to 3:30pm (Dallas Time) at the Granada Theater. At Pitch Day 2014, the 13 startups of the 2014 Tech Wildcatters class will present: -Akros Tech Labs -GetReal.Estate -GruupMeet -Guideally -iCcode -InstantAPI...
  • Mock Series A Term Sheet Negotiation

    Ryan Roberts
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    My firm and Tech Wildcatters are co-hosting a live mock Series A term sheet negotiation on April 25th from 1-3pm. The event will take place at Tech Wildcatters at 2700 Fairmount St in Dallas Texas. Brad Hunstable, founder and CEO of Ustream, will play the...
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    Tech Cocktail

  • The 4 Cities Most Likely to Get Drone Alcohol Delivery

    Ronald Barba
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Yesterday, we wrote about SoCo 2Go, a new alcohol delivery service program launched by Southern Comfort that will utilize drones to deliver bottles of its recently launched Caramel Comfort. Since its announcement, we at Tech.Co have been contemplating the initial cities in which the beta service will operate. Based on varying factors, we’ve predicted that four cities are likely to be the first to test out SoCo 2Go’s drone alcohol delivery services. Southern Comfort has its own way of determining which cities it will select to pilot the program; since making the announcement…
  • Online to Offline Commerce is the Holy Grail of the Internet

    Will Schmidt
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:23 pm
    For Jon Carder, founder and CEO of Mogl, driving online to offline commerce is like the Holy Grail of the internet. That’s because, as he explains, it’s difficult to track somebody who sees an online ad and then goes to purchase the offer in person. Consider that about 92 percent of all commerce still takes place offline. If companies could figure out a plan to track somebody from online to offline, they would not only help their own business but also attract advertising dollars from other companies. “It’s been really hard to find a solution for this issue. Daily deals were sort of a…
  • Hexadite: “Cyber Incident Teams are Simply Overwhelmed”

    Will Schmidt
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In our connected world the threat of cyberattacks is always present, but thankfully there are companies out there who want to help plug the holes in the emerging market. Hexadite today announced the availability of the industry’s first fully automated incident response solution in their Hexadite AIRS product. Specifically, Hexadite AIRS was designed to reduce the time between cyberattack identification and remediation by up to 95 percent. To date it’s been successfully deployed by multi-national organizations and is headquartered in both the US and Israel. The NYSE listed IDT Corporation…
  • Our 14 Favorite April Fools’ Pranks from the Internet

    Ronald Barba
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    While April Fools’ Day isn’t exactly a holiday, I consider it as one of my favorite days of the year. Once upon a time, it was a day dedicated to childish pranks and silly gags, but it has now evolved into a dominating incendiary for viral Internet content; April Fools’ Day has evolved into an opportunity for those on the Internet to prank the millions of others online. With so many companies and websites now churning out April Fools’ pranks, it was hard to decide which ones we loved best…but we did. Check out our favorite 2015 April Fools’ pranks from the…
  • MudWatt Launches New Science Kit That Makes Electricity From Mud!

    Camila Souza
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    I don’t care what anyone says, science is awesome. From growing beans on cotton balls to dissecting a frog, I love how much kids learn from interacting with the environment. Apps and online websites offer great advantages to the learning experience, but it’s not the same as getting down and dirty. That’s why MudWatt, the science kit that helps learners build batteries with the mud underneath their feet, is a cool project recently launched on Kickstarter. MudWatt is a fun and educational science kit built around the fascinating phenomenon of electric bacteria living in…
 
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • 12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

    Travis Bradberry
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.
  • Segmenting Important for Impact Investors Too

    Skoll World Forum
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Mainstream capital markets provide a range of options for investors – senior debt, subordinate debt, convertible notes, and loan guarantees were all developed to cater to the various investor segments that exist in the marketplace. Investor segmentation is just as important in the impact investing space.
  • China Bans WeChat Selfie App For Passports

    Johan Nylander
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Authorities in China have stopped accepting selfies for official documents processed by a new app service called Xingfu which is available through the popular WeChat messaging service, Chinese financial news service Caixin said.
  • No Criminal Charges For Lois Lerner Of IRS, Keeps Bonuses, Nice Retirement

    Robert W. Wood
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Lois Lerner won't face criminal charges for refusing to answer questions about the IRS targeting. The drama is over, or is it?
  • Seven Tyrannies That Creative Leaders Must Overcome

    The Berlin School Of Creative Leadership
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    By David Slocum
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • 10 Paths Which Often Lead To Early Business Failure

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Every entrepreneur I know has their favorite excuse for a previous failure – an investor backed out, the economy took a downturn, or a supplier delivered bad quality. These things outside your control do happen, but based on my years of experience as a startup advisor and Angel investor, I still see too many common failure causes that are inside the entrepreneur decision realm. I certainly agree that starting a business is fraught with risk, and none of us get it all right the first time. It’s important to learn from your own mistakes, but it’s even smarter to learn from someone…
  • Every Entrepreneur Dreams Of A Startup Without Risk

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Outside of dreams, there is no real business opportunity without risk. Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk. As an active Angel investor, I still hear entrepreneurs asserting large opportunities with minimal risk and no competition. My conclusion either way is that they have no market, or haven’t looked. According to a book a while back by serial entrepreneur and former race car driver Tom Panaggio, “The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur's Unexpected Edge,” smart business owners embrace two…
  • How Valuable Are Stock Options Offered By A Startup?

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Wouldn’t you like to be one of the lucky people who joined Google and Facebook when these were startups, and now be a multi-millionaire? So people ask me “How many shares should I ask for or expect when I join a startup today?” In reality, the number of shares doesn’t mean anything – it’s your percent of the total that you need to negotiate. For example, 200,000 shares may sound like a lot, but if the startup has issued 20 million (a common starting point), that’s just 1% of the company. By the way, you will normally only be offered “options,” which vest over a 4-year period…
  • No Expert Has A Startup Checklist To Ensure Success

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. I wish it was that easy. The challenge is that every new business needs to be innovative and different, in order to rise above the crowd, bring real change to the world, and give you the satisfaction you seek. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with studying and learning from the wisdom and experience of others. So for those of you that love checklists, I saw some real value in a recent book by James M. Kerr, “The Executive…
  • Is Your Use Of Social Media For Marketing Working?

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Isn’t it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities? For example, it used to be that marketing via social media meant banner ads on Facebook, buying search engine results, and sponsoring blog entries, but these don’t suffice anymore. In a recent book on social media by Jim Tobin, “Earn It. Don’t Buy It,” he asserts that “earned” social engagement drives better business results than paid social exposure. Jim should know, since he is the…
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    Presentation Zen

  • Advancing the narrative through first person interviews

    Garr
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    March 11, 2015 marks four years since our brothers and sisters up in Tohoku (northeast Japan) experienced the devastating impact of not one, but three disasters. In the past I have pointed to short films made by filmmakers Jeffrey Jousan, Ivan Kovac, and Paul Johannessen, such as in this piece Storytelling that grabs the heart as well as the head. And in this piece Storytelling, POV, & the power of first-person narrative. Today, as a way of commemorating the Tohoku disaster and remembering the great struggle that people face in such places as Ishinomaki, please take a look at a followup…
  • The key to storytelling is in the giving, not the getting

    Garr
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:31 pm
    The key to success with presentation—and storytelling in general—is to focus not on getting approval or a particular response from the audience, but on giving something meaningful to them. That is, it’s not about getting but about giving. Many years ago I was inspired by the approach to performance by the conductor Benjamin Zander. In his teachings, and in his book The Art of Possibilities, Zander encourages us to move the focus from ourselves —“Am I good enough? Will they like me?”—and instead to turn our attention to the audience and ask the question “How can I make a…
  • Imperfections, mistakes, & the courage to overcome them

    Garr
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The power of a live performance is not in the perfection of the mechanics but rather in the sincerity, authenticity, and quality of the contribution in the moment. This is not to suggest that one does not need great content — or in the case of a musical performance, great talent — but intangibles are important too. With a live performance, just as in a live talk, imperfections will show themselves. But it's our imperfections that make us human, and it's one's humanity that connects with and engages an audience. When there is a genuine connection and honest, engagement with the audience,…
  • Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Garr
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Happy holidays, everyone. Below is a little video montage I put together just for family and friends a couple of years ago that captures a lot of the feeling of Christmases I had as a child. These images are from my grandma's 8mm film camera shot in 1958. This was a few years before I was born, but in the film you can see my three brothers, Mark, Matt, and Todd. Both my mom and dad are in there as are three of my grandparents. You never see my dad's mom because it was her camera and she shot all the film. My mom's birthday is December 24, so you can see some birthday clips in there too when…
  • 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

    Garr
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    In September of this year, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern presentations. The 15-minute talk can be viewed below. The title of the talk is "10 Ways to Make Better Presentations: Lessons from Storytellers." But as I say early in the presentation, perhaps a better subtitle would be "Lessons from watching too many Pixar films." Below the video I list the ten (actually eleven) lessons. It's not an exhaustive list by any means. But it's a start. (Link on YouTube.)(1) Turn off the computer.Most people open a…
 
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    Great Demo!

  • Stunningly Awful Demo Phrases

    Peter E. Cohan
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Here are a handful of phrases that we often hear from software vendors in demo meetings, followed by what the customer thinks in response…Vendor Says:  “Let me tell you a bit about our company…”Customer Thinks:  Nope, no need to – we wouldn’t have agreed to invest our time in a demo if we didn’t already know about you…Vendor Says:  “Let me give you a product overview…”Customer Thinks:  Is this for our sake or yours?  Which of these products are relevant to us and our specific situation?Vendor Says:  “And we’ve just re-named our products,…
  • Observations, Progress and Habits - Accelerating Learning For Demo Skills

    Peter E. Cohan
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Interestingly, it turns out that nearly every culture around the world uses onions as one of foundation ingredients in cooking.  Why?  the compounds that make us cry when cutting onions become preservatives and/or antibacterials/antifungals when cooked – making cooked food last longer and safer to eat.  How did our forefathers (and foremothers) figure this out?Many, many (many) observations.  As a result of tracking various ingredients and their impact on dining “efficacy”, people eventually noticed that when onions were incorporated in cooked food, the food lasted…
  • Great Demo! Self-Coaching Tool - Building Great Habits

    Peter E. Cohan
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Hi All,Many of you have asked for a way to help refresh and reinforce the ideas we covered in our Great Demo! Workshops and Seminars – some way to support you when you are preparing demos, working with your colleagues (e.g., in sales), and post-demo to reflect on how things went.  Now, there is…!  Presenting:  your personal DemoCoach!My colleagues at FactorLab (www.FactorLab.com) have created a wonderful way for you to reinforce the key parts of the Great Demo! methodology.  DemoCoach is being offered by FactorLab to Great Demo! Workshop and Seminar alumni for your use…
  • [Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion Alert!] 2015 Great Demo! Public Workshops

    Peter E. Cohan
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    There are three Great Demo! Public Workshops currently scheduled for 2015, as follows:-          May 14-15 – Near Salt Lake City, UT.  Registration and additional information can be found here.-          May 20-21 – San Francisco Bay Area.  Registration and additional information can be found here.-          October 14-15 – San Francisco Bay Area.  Registration and additional information can be found here.These are excellent opportunities…
  • Holy Cow…! Over 20,000 Copies of Great Demo!

    Peter E. Cohan
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I am amazed (and quietly proud) to report that well over 20,000 copies of Great Demo! have been purchased (not including re-sales of used copies or hard copies or PDF’s that get  passed around).  The question is now becoming:  how well do you (and does your team) implement and practice the methodology?  The Great Demo! methodology enables differentiation; the degree to which one applies the methodology determines the amount of differentiation!
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Salesforce Buys Secure Authentication Startup Toopher

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    San Francisco-based Salesforce.com has acquired Toopher, a developer of two-factor authentication software for mobile phones, according to Toopher. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • SmartNews Raises $10M For US Expansion

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    SmartNews, a Japanese startup which develops news discovery apps, said today that it has raised $10M in a bridge funding, for expansion in the U.S. The company has its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • DataSong Acquired By MarketShare

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    San Francisco-based DataSong, a developer of cross channel analytics software for such customers as Neiman Marcus, William Sononma, DirecTV and Pottery Barn, has been acquired by Los Angeles-based MarketShare, the companies announced today. Financial details of the deal were not announced.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • CipherCloud Acquires Anicut Systems

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    San Jose-based CipherCloud has acquired some core cloud security analytics technology from Anicut Systems, the company said Tuesday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Anicut was a provider of security-as-a-service products.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Spruce Lands $15M For Telemedicine Efforts

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    San Francisco-based Spruce said Tuesday that it has raised $15M in a Series A financing round, to help connect patients with dermatologists, via the Internet and mobile apps.... (more) READ MORE>>
 
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  • 5 Ways to Personalize Product List Results

    Linda Bustos
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    While personalization engines can track search and navigation behavior to determine how to select the most relevant content to a site visitor, a lesser-known tactic is to use how category and search results are filtered to provide more contextually relevant product list results.In E-commerce Usability: Product Lists & Filtering, Baymard Institute explores 5 guidelines for personalizing product lists based on their own lab user testing experience:Include List Item Information Based on Applied Filters and SortingProduct lists typically include image, product name, price, and if…
  • The Guide to Digital Transformation [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:20 pm
    What is digital transformation? The use of any digital technology to provide better products, services and experiences. Whether you’re McGraw-Hill Education reinventing its personalized shopping experience, or retailers becoming more and more like publishers, or the numerous other possibilities, business in today’s world of rapid digital disruption and emerging device and social platforms need to have an action plan.This week’s infographic is not so much a collection of stats as a rundown on the present and future of digital transformation, adapted from Infomentum’s…
  • 7 Tips for Facebook Dynamic Product Ads

    Linda Bustos
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Every ecommerce marketer wants to figure out how to make the most out of social (or anything out of social). And while organic exposure is cheap, it’s getting harder and harder to reach fans in the News Feed.While many speculate this is purposeful on Facebook’s part, to make advertising more appealing and…necessary, its newest ad format Dynamic Product Ads look like they have some potential for ecommerce sites to gain targeted reach efficiently.Dynamic Product Ads allow you to upload part or all of a product catalog, with ads served to Facebook users on desktop and mobile devices.
  • 7 Tips for Targeting the Mobile-Only Shopper

    Linda Bustos
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    There’s a customer segment you need to pay attention to: the mobile-only shopper. ComScore says it’s 13% of US Internet shoppers.13% of Internet shoppers, no big deal, right?No big deal until you see the the percentage of mobile-only shoppers among top 10 online retailers (via Search Engine Land):Note the number that exceed 50% of mobile-only visits, or come very close.And a study by xAD/Telmetrics found 42% of mobile users consider mobile the most important resource in their purchase process.Think mobile shopping is still nascent?Optimizing for the mobile-only shopperThough…
  • The Lowdown on Shopping Cart Abandonment [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    This week’s infographic hails from Nextopia, covering cart abandonment costs and culprits.Tweetables67.45% of online shopping carts are abandoned Tweet thisThe average delay between first visit and actual purchase is 19 hrs Tweet this72% of online shoppers complete their purchase within 12hrs of first visit Tweet thisIt’s estimated that abandoned shopping carts will total $4 Trillion in 2015 Tweet this56% of cart abandoners do so because of unexpected costs (sticker shock) Tweet this37% of cart abandoners were “just browsing” Tweet this36% of cart abandoners “found a better…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Learn Anything in 20 Hours

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    TED talk by Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything. This seems like a great way to start a new year. He notes the 10,000-hours idea made popular by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers (it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert); but point out that it has been misused and misunderstood. According to Josh, the 10,000 hours is about true world-class expertise. It takes about 20 hours to get good enough to do something well enough to get through the “frustration barrier.”  He uses playing the Ukulele as an example. You can use this link to…
  • Business Strategy Is Useless Without Execution

    Tim Berry
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    In the last two weeks I’ve posted a three-part series on I’ve posted a series on setting and executing business strategy on the Amex OPEN forum in the last two weeks. I’m happy to see the first of these showing up on top of the trending list there. Here’s a summary: Start with Strategy The post is How a Simple Story can Improve Your Business. Here’s the main idea: It’s simple. Just imagine the story of somebody who has a problem or wants something, finds your business and buys from you. Pretend for a moment that you’re writing a story or talking to a friend about your…
  • A Case Study on Startup Equity

    Tim Berry
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    I had an interesting exchange over the weekend. Shane Diffily tweeted: @Timberry HI Tim. So what was your answer to How Not to Divide Ownership? It’s v.similar to a situation I am in & I’d love to see your ideas. Tx! — Web Governance (@diffily) February 26, 2015 Setting the Scene Shane was referring there to a post on startup equity I did a while back, highlighting the problems that happen all too often as founders fail to define their own functions and ownership, in writing, in time. The situation I described was a hypothetical. Here’s a quick summary of that post for…
  • Where Startups Get Their Money

    Tim Berry
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Where do young companies get money? I ran into this three-minute video over the weekend. It’s a great summary. If you’re not already up to speed on the range of startup options from personal savings to venture capital, just watch this: (Note: Here is the link to the original on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U470xXKfDyE) My thanks to the Kauffman Foundation for providing this, and kudos to narrator Paul Kedrosky, a well-known expert on venture capital.  It does, however, skip over the influence of angel investment, which stands somewhere between friends and family and…
  • Don’t Be Fooled By Mismanaged Data

    Tim Berry
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Here’s another great example of why you don’t blindly trust research. This illustration comes from this Gizmodo post. Post author Jesus Diaz is not saying this means what it seems to say (see his conclusion below). But here you are with another example of how easy it is to get the wrong conclusions, especially when the research is summarized to easy conclusions. Gizmodo author Jesus Diaz doesn’t say where this data comes from, nor does he define the terms, which is fine with me because the data makes the point. And I like the way he concludes: p.s. If you take this seriously,…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Our favorite stuff

    Emily Triplett Lentz
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    A few weeks ago, via Know Your Company , we asked folks at Basecamp what brand-name items they couldn’t live without. (We have strong feelings about yogurt, and Chicagoans are extremely serious about their skin care regimens.) Here’s what everyone said: Emily Triplett Lentz, Support: Ha! I’m sure I could live without my favorite stuff. But I’m glad I don’t have to. Hearos earplugs. I’m a light sleeper, so I’ve tried lots of different kinds. These expand fully and block a lot of noise. I probably get at least an hour or two more of sleep with them in.
  • The Coffee Test

    Shaun
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Some of the folks at our Chicago office drink a lot of coffee and have been known to have strong opinions on the quality. So I decided to see if they actually preferred the taste of really good coffee over a cup of something a bit more generic.
  • Taking off the developer goggles

    Jason Z.
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One of the very best things about working at Basecamp is “Everyone on support (EOS)”. That’s our policy where everyone on the team—no matter what their normal job is—spends one day per month as a customer support agent. Each time my turn comes around I marvel at the truly excellent service our team provides every single day in what is a very tough job. Our team’s ratings and response time are insanely good even with dead weight like me pulling down their averages one day a month. I have no idea how they all remain so positive in a role where it feels like all day you’re saying…
  • Reproducible research isn't just for academia

    Noah
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    My wonderful coworkers here at Basecamp have discovered a surefire way to make my head explode. All you have to do is post a link in Campfire to a piece of flimsily sourced “data journalism” that’s hard to believe (like the notion that the top decile of American drinkers consume a mean of 10 drinks per day, every single day of the year). Bonus points are earned for things that have ridiculous infographics and/or provide absolutely no source or methodology. Since I started my career by analyzing Census data, things about demographics are extra special catnip. This is a fun…
  • Welcome Jay Ohms, programmer

    Jason Z.
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Today we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Basecamp team: Jay Ohms joins us as our lucky 13th programmer. He’ll be working with our mobile team on Basecamp for Android. Android enthusiasts will know Jay as the one part of the duo behind Press, the popular Android RSS reader. Press arrived at a time when great design was hard to find on the platform. Jay’s focus on quality and eye for detail made Press a favorite and caught our attention, too. After spending a week working with our Chicago-based Android team on a trial project we knew Jay, who also happens to live in…
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    OnStartups

  • An Insider's Look At HubSpot Sidekick's Growth Approach

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Sidekickgrowth team is a small, data driven and aggressive group within HubSpot that works on new, emerging products with massive audiences and a freemium business model (similar to Dropbox and Evernote).  We are constantly pushing ourselves to learn new growth strategies, tactics, and techniques. I have personally become more data driven and model driven after joining the team, and wanted to walk through an example of one decision that became much easier with the use of our generic problem solving framework. I am a big believer in the idea that complicated problems look simple when…
  • 5 Mistakes Founders Make When Hiring Their First Salesperson

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Your MVP is complete. Some seed funding is in the bank, or maybe even a Series A. You’re anxious to see if your product flies off the shelf. It’s time to make that first sales hire. This is a big step. The right call can establish the rocket-ship revenue chart every founder dreams of. The wrong call can be bring down the company. At HubSpot, I hired over 200 salespeople. I made a lot of mistakes. I figured a few things out. Over the years, I have leveraged this experience to help dozens of startups with this critical first sales hire decision. Here are five mistakes I see many founders…
  • Overcoming The Odds: 10 Tips For Getting Into A Top Accelerator

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Just as the CEO is the investor’s interface to a business, the application process and form is your interface into top accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator. The best programs are super-selective--less than 1% of applicants get in, making them pickier than Harvard, Stanford and MIT. So as our New Year’s present to you, here is the scoop on how to improve your odds of getting in. We can’t speak directly for any programs other than TechStars Boston, which the two of us have known and been involved in for years, but these hints should improve your chances significantly just about…
  • 8 Unconventional Lessons From Quitting My Job At HubSpot

    29 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The following article is a guest post by Ellie Mirman.  Ellie is the VP Marketing at Toast.  Check out her blog or follow her on twitter: @ellieeille. Three months ago, I told my manager I was going to look for a new job. My parents thought I was crazy. But I knew I was lucky to be in a unique scenario. I had been at HubSpot for seven years and had built an amazing network -- one that I knew I would lean on, both internally and externally, as part of my search. There are all sorts of risks in telling your boss you’re ready to go — getting kicked out on…
  • A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.  Nathan is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company developing the ultimate collection of software tools and templates for entrepreneurs.   I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for quite awhile now, and a lot has changed—SaaS and social have supplanted silicon as the medium of choice for starting new companies; San Francisco has usurped Palo Alto as the center of the startup universe; and the 280, long a delightful drive to Sand Hill Road, is now almost as traffic clogged as the 101. But one thing that has…
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  • Is there a market for device-connected games? Gajatri's Breath Watch sees strong Finnish launch

    Greg Anderson
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    When we last wrote about Gajatri Studios we noted how they are a game company in transition - they were a little behind the curve moving from Facebook games to iOS, but now they're on the cutting edge when you consider how few game companies are building games for wearables. While they seem to be doing well with their Farmville-meets-yoga game, Yoga Retreat, their newly launched app, Breath Watch allows users to plug their heart rate monitors into their smartphones and practice 30 days worth of breathing exercises. “Breathing is at the very core of yoga and mindfulness. Deep diaphragmatic…
  • From military airplane navigation to EdTech startup: Latvian Experiential Simulations

    Marija Odineca
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    While the Latvian education system is struggling, the number of #LVstartups in EdTech keeps growing. We've previously covered PentaClass, an audio solution to 'do you hear me at the back?' problem, as well as the winner of TechChill Baltics pitch contest Edurio. This time it's Experiential Simulations - an online simulation that already helps hundreds of university students from Ottava (Canada) to Kazan (Russia) in learning entrepreneurship. The company has been around since 1975 (!) formerly known as CompEngServ Ltd. (CES). The simulations previously created by CES include airplane…
  • 3 days left to apply to Rietumu FinTech challenge by TechHub Riga

    Marija Odineca
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    TechHub Riga and Rietumu bank invite FinTech startups from all over the world to join their challenge and win €5,000 on April 28th in Riga. The contest is open to startups at any stage and defines FinTech  rather broadly - any startup developing a solution for finance sector and improving any type of money operations can apply by Apr 3 here. The organizers have taken care of a mentor pool well-versed in finance, banking, startups and entrepreneurship. Their flagship mentor is Roy Vella, the Managing Director at Vella Ventures Ltd. and Stanford graduate. Throughout his career Roy has…
  • Great resource for Swedish entrepreneurs and Angels: Startupdocs

    Greg Anderson
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    After former Pizza Online CEO Erik Byrenius exited his online delivery company to Delivery Hero, he had some time on his hands and decided to become an angel investor. "When I was about to do my first investment I started asking around what was normal [in a term sheet]. No one could really answer," he says. What he found was that investors bring in their own investment template, written up with their lawyer, while Swedish entrepreneurs used documents they've received from a friend or built bespoke with a lawyer themselves. These two parties would start out with their extreme versions and…
  • Denmark's SEED Capital boasts record breaking profit

    Emily Christiansen // Oresund Startups
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    SEED Capital, the most active venture capital fund in Denmark which has over 70 startups in its portfolio, has reported record-breaking profits in the last year. This success is mainly credited to developments within the portfolio. The recently published report also shows a total of four exits undergone in the past year, including Contera Pharma, Libratone, Sense and the big exit by Endomondo. The sale of Endomondo to American Under Armour for € 75 million in the beginning of 2015 is no doubt the main source of last year’s pleasing figures. € 32 MILLION PROFIT The venture…
 
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for Micks Irish Pantry

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    1 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Company / App Name: Micks Irish Pantry https://www.micksirishpantry.com Twitter – MicksPantry What does it do? Provides a mysterious box of Imported Irish Foods every month. Each month offers our members to receive a “Micks Snack Pack” with a different assortment of snack, crackers, cookies, and pantry items based on the happenings during the month. Why do we need it? Imagine receiving a new box of Irish treats every month that is designed to allow you to experience a culinary adventure and receive taste of the best that Ireland has to offer. Who is it for? This is for…
  • Pitch for TheSmarterPlace

    public
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Company / App Name: TheSmarterPlace https://www.thesmarterplace.com/#/home.html Twitter – https://twitter.com/TheSmarterPlace What does it do? TheSmarterPlace.com is your digital home hub. You manage your home efficiently over your smartphone, everywhere and any time. Scan and store your home papers and pictures online. Use to-do calendars, reminders and project features. Why do we need it? Your home is the next digital frontier. There are many services that become available in your home, apps for certain tasks and smart appliances that will “talk” to you. But the there is…
  • Pitch for Hollywood Rising Star

    public
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Company / App Name: Hollywood Rising Star http://bit.ly/1FXNJzo Twitter – http://hollywoodrisingstar.com/ What does it do? With HRS App you can give the desired finish to any photograph. You may choose the finishing style from the inbuilt Hollywood layer that includes themes like the star, gold, pink, Hollywood search light and many more. Why do we need it? 1. Simply choose the photo from your phone or click an instant photo and follow the arrow 2. On the next page choose your favorite theme from the Hollywood layer 3. Go to “Edit” and choose “Crop” 4. Rub the excess photo with…
  • Pitch for Almabase

    public
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Company / App Name: Almabase http://almabase.com What does it do? Almabase is a SaaS platform that empowers colleges to build a thriving alumni fraternity for themselves. Why do we need it? Colleges lose track of their alumni after they graduate. We help colleges connect all their alumni back, allowing them and their alumni to leverage this network. Alumni and students can benefit significantly from a connected alumni network. Who is it for? Our customers are colleges, they pay us an annual fee for the platform. The end consumers are the alumni, students and faculty of these colleges. Each…
  • Pitch for FirstOfficer.io

    public
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Company / App Name: FirstOfficer.io http://firstofficer.io Twitter – @FirstOfficer_io What does it do? FirstOfficer Stripe Analytics helps you grow your SaaS business by providing key metrics like churn, MRR and ARPU. Why do we need it? To understand your SaaS business better. What is limiting the growth, what brings most of the recurring revenue etc. Who is it for? For SaaS owners who use Stripe and have 100-10000 active subscribers in their service. What makes it stand out from the crowd? Accuracy and vision from years of experience in accounting and subscription management…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • A Sneak Peek Into The Founder Institute Advanced Founder Lab

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    The Founder Institute recently concluded its inaugural Founder Lab program, in which various promising seed-stage startups from around the globe spent a week in Silicon Valley working with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors. Despite the short duration of the program, participating companies went home with a fully refined pitch-deck, access to the Founder Institute’s global network of founders and investors, and a tactical 2015 execution plan to raise funding, grow KPIs, develop product, and more. If your company can benefit from exposure to Silicon Valley’s most valuable…
  • Seattle FI Grad ReadyPulse Raises $5M for the Future of Marketing

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    ReadyPulse has received $5 million in Series A funding, which has been reported by Lauren Gould in a BusinessWire article titled “ReadyPulse Receives $5M in Series A Funding Delivering the Future of Inspirational Marketing.” ReadyPulse and its Founders Srinivas Penumaka and T Vinod Gupta are Graduates of the Founder Institute Seattle. ReadyPulse is an enterprise software platform using patented tech to surface high quality, authorized social content from brand ambassadors. Social media recommendations that nudge customers to increase their purchases are becoming a potent…
  • Anyone Can Pitch Onstage at the Founder Showcase in Silicon Valley

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    Anyone who attends the Founder Showcase has the opportunity to pitch onstage to hundreds of investors and press with the CrowdPitch Competition. No other event gives attendees access to so much. Since we started the CrowdPitch Competition at the 13th Founder Showcase, all three winners have closed a significant funding round, including UpOut, who went on to raise $850,000; Knightscope, who has since raised raised $1 million; and Camperoo, who was admitted into Y Combinator. To participate in the CrowdPitch Competition: Purchase a ticket to the 16th Founder…
  • Better Weekdays In President Barack Obama’s TechHire Initiative

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Chris Motley, CEO of Better Weekdays, understands the potential of investing in people who deliver great returns. He was recently featured in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article titled “Better Weekdays founder makes key connections in St. Louis” by David Nicklaus. Better Weekdays is a Chicago Founder Institute Graduate. The company provides a cloud-based career management software platform that enables for-profit colleges to improve job placement outcomes among its graduates and maintain federal compliance.Better Weekdays began to attract the attention of several technology…
  • The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential role in their local economy, share in the value of the companies they help create, and are included in FI’s global network of more than 1,400 global entrepreneurial leaders. If you want to see what some of our current Directors are up to, below is an up-to-date list…
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  • How to Get Laid Off

    Matt Blumberg
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    How to Get Laid Off   One of my colleagues at Return Path  saw my post about How to Quit Your Job and was inspired to share this story with me.  Please note there is no other method to my posting it other than thinking it’s a very good way of approaching a very difficult situation. In 2009 I was working at a software security start up in the Silicon Valley.  Times were exceedingly tough, there were several rounds of layoffs that year, and in May I was finally on the list. I was informed on a Tuesday that my last day was that Friday.  It was a horrible time to be without a job (and…
  • Corporate Sniglets

    Matt Blumberg
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Corporate Sniglets This might be showing my age, but those who may have watched Not Necessarily the News in the 80s might remember the Sniglets segment that Rich Hall pioneered which spawned a series of short, fun books. Sniglets are words which are not in the dictionary, but which should be. I can remember a couple of examples from years ago that make the point — aquadexterity is the ability to operate bathtub dials with one’s feet; cheedle is the orange residue left on one’s fingers after eating a bag of Cheetos. As is the case with many companies, we have made up some of…
  • The Value of a Break

    Matt Blumberg
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Value of a Break I’ve written before about our sabbatical policy as well as my experience with my first sabbatical five years ago. I just got back from another sabbatical. This one wasn’t 100% work-free, which breaks our rule, but after a few false starts with it, when I realized a few weeks before it started in January that I either needed to postpone it again or work on a couple of things while I was on a break, I opted for the latter.  The time off was great. Nothing special or too exotic. A couple short trips, and lots of quality time with Mariquita and the kids.
  • Option Grants over Time

    Matt Blumberg
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Option Grants Over Time Several people have asked me over the years how we think about subsequent option grants (e.g., not the employee’s initial grant when hired), so I thought I would just share my standard answer here.  We give the following kinds of grants other than new employee grants: promotion grants – employees get the incremental grant between their existing grant and what someone being hired into the new position would get performance grants – once a year we give the top 10-15% of performers a grant that is equal to approximately 25% of their initial grant (so if…
  • Book Short: Internet Fiction, part II

    Matt Blumberg
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Book Short:  Internet Fiction, part II I hate to write a lame post, but here’s what I wrote earlier in the year about Eliot Peper’s first Internet thriller, Uncommon Stock: Eliot Pepper’s brand new startup thriller, Uncommon Stock, was a breezy and quick read that I enjoyed tremendously. It’s got just the right mix of reality and fantasy in it. For anyone in the tech startup world, it’s a must read. But it would be equally fun and enjoyable for anyone who likes a good juicy thriller. Like my memory of Hackoff, the book has all kinds of startup details in it, like…
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    Techstars

  • Growth Hacking to 1,000 Users & Beyond

    Alex Iskold
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you want to tackle your startup marketing in an actionable, results-oriented way, look no further than this growth hacking talk from Mitch Wainer, cofounder and CMO of DigitalOcean, a Techstars Boulder 2012 company. In the talk, given to the Techstars in NYC class earlier this year, Mitch outlines that fundamental user acquisition building blocks for startups to create a growth engine and surpass 1,000+ users/customers. He shares tried and true tactics based on DigitalOcean’s growth. Watch Mitch’s talk here. It will be 35 minutes well-spent: Don’t see the video? Click here.
  • Creating and Hiring for Culture: The third installment of our “Bend the Curve” Blog Series

    Kerri Beers
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Welcome to the Bend the Curve blog series on Techstars.com! We are excited to share with you the newest book for entrepreneurs, Bend the Curve, authored by Andrew Razeghi. (More about Andrew below.) In this handbook for entrepreneurs, Andrew has tirelessly captured the brilliance and insights of over a dozen of our most sought-after mentors. Everyone from first-time entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans will find useful, practical advice from other founders that you can use on your journey. Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue to release short excerpts from the book including…
  • Techstars partners with Pledge 1% to support entrepreneurial communities worldwide

    Sonya Caprio
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Techstars is excited to announce a partnership with Pledge 1%: we have taken the pledge by donating 1% of our equity to Pledge 1%, and we’re encouraging our 500+ portfolio companies to get behind the movement as well. As part of Techstars’ overall commitment to building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, Techstars has built a relationship with Pledge 1% to help build stronger companies and communities. Pledge 1% is a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges individuals and…
  • Localytics raises an additional $35m in funding

    Megan Sweeney
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    We’re excited to release this new short video, Where Are They Now? on Localytics, who just yesterday announced $35 million in venture capital, bringing total funding to around $60 million.  Localytics, a predictive app marketing and analytics company, went through Techstars in 2009. They stayed in Boston after the program ended and now have additional offices in London and San Francisco.  Watch this short video to learn more about Localytics and some of the key factors that they attribute to their success. Learn more about Localytics here. Want to apply to Techstars? Check out the…
  • Extreme Bootstrapping: Story #2 in the Techstars “Bend the Curve” Blog Series

    Kerri Beers
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to the Bend the Curve blog series on Techstars.com! We are excited to announce the hottest new book for entrepreneurs, Bend the Curve, authored by Andrew Razeghi. (More about Andrew below.) In this handbook for entrepreneurs, Andrew has tirelessly captured the brilliance and insights of over a dozen of our most sought-after mentors. Everyone from first-time entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans will find useful, practical advice from other founders that you can use on your journey. Over the next few weeks, we will release short excerpts from the book including stories of entrepreneur…
 
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • For those with $2M to Invest

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    For those who are wondering why you need a Swiss bank to manage your wealth - here is an useful excerpt from Financial Review:UBS manages more than $1.6 trillion of private client money globally. Advisers at the private bank also give strategic financial advice on structuring investments, philanthropy and establishing family trusts and self-managed superannuation funds.STRATEGIC THINKINGEach month, a global team of more than 900 analysts, asset managers and investment bankers, led by UBS global chief investment officer Alex Friedman, work together to review the world environment, assess the…
  • Managing the expectations of clients of wealth managers

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Clients know it all, and want instant satisfaction. With the Web putting information at everyone’s fingertips in an instant, advisers face a lot of know-it-all clients. Many clients feel their Internet research makes them more knowledgeable than the advisors are.Many clients also want instant gratification. Jacoline Loewen says, “We need to recognize this phenomenon and try to set realistic expectations for our clients…regarding the process, timing, potential complications, fees and likely results.”Jacoline LoewenLinkedIn profile for Jacoline…
  • The sale of a business brings wealth and other unspoken isues

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    A business sale creates wealth, and unease. When a business owner cashes in and sells an enterprise, it often brings some confusion–even unhappiness–along with new wealth. This may seem to be similar to that internet meme - First World Problems. Think about it. People hear you are suddenly wealthy and that you should invest in your neice's startup.To be of help in that situation, advisers may need to step outside their own comfort zone and discuss non-financial issues with clients. Advisors can help their client to focus on a new set of goals.Jacoline Loewen is a Director with…
  • The benefits of tax-loss and investing

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Benefits of tax-loss harvesting are inflated. Some so-called robo-advisers may be overstating the benefits of tax-loss harvesting. Some of the claims we’ve seen are unrealistic given our more than a decade of experience managing tax loss harvesting portfolios and results we’ve seen from competitors we respect. The claims made by online advisors arguably represent the triumph of favorably simulated back-tested results over actual experience.http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
  • Wealthy families and their trusts

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Trusts that use multiple advisers. Traditionally, the directed trust model called for electing a trustee and an investment adviser. Now, the wealthiest families are slicing and dicing trustee duties into many different functions. Directed trusts are showing up with as many as eight different roles, including a “special assets advisor,” a “distribution advisor” and a “trust protector.”http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
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    Valleywag

  • Ellen Pao Loses on Every Count in Blockbuster Gender Discrimination Suit

    Jay Hathaway
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Ellen Pao, the former Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers junior partner who sued the high-powered Silicon Valley venture capital firm for gender discrimination after she was allegedly sexually harassed, targeted for revenge by a former lover, and passed over for a promotion, lost on each the suit's four counts Friday. Read more...
  • News Industry Shrugs, Prepares to Hand Entire Business Over to Facebook

    Leah Finnegan
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Facebook, a dull and endlessly scrolling record of personal propaganda and content headlined in two or more sentences, isn't satisfied with the way its 1.4 billion users (most non-sentient) consume the news. According to the New York Times, it takes an epic eight seconds for the average Joe Facebook User to load an outside news link, clicked on in Facebook, in a new browser tab or window. Unacceptable.Read more...
  • A Guide to the Sex Discrimination Lawsuit That's Roiling Silicon Valley

    Jay Hathaway
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Ellen Pao's blockbuster lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers has been described as "exposing Silicon Valley secrets" and putting the usually secretive world of tech-industry VCs "under a microscope."Read more...
  • Cherry Magnate Shoots Self in Head as Cops Raid Hidden Drug Stash

    Taylor Berman
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    The owner of a Brooklyn-based maraschino cherry company killed himself Tuesday during a drug raid on his Red Hook factory. After watching law enforcement agents discover a fake wall, Dell's Maraschino Cherries owner Arthur Mondella reportedly locked himself in his private bathroom, yelled "take care of my kids" to his sister, and then shot himself in the head. Read more...
  • Revenge Porn Sleaze Craig Brittain Wants His Past Deleted from Google

    Sam Biddle
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Before it was shuttered by the federal government, IsAnyoneDown.com published naked photos of women without their consent. Now Craig Brittain , the site's former owner, is demanding that Google erase anything that mentions his history of brazen, mass privacy violation. That's so cute.Read more...
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    StartupMuse

  • Dallas Startup Community: Inclusive or Exclusive?

    Alexander Muse
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    Yesterday I was shocked to read a tweet by Arlo (seen above) suggesting that our startup community was exclusionary to anyone who wasn’t white or Christian. I couldn’t disagree more. I immediately responded on Twitter and learned that there were people in our community who felt we were excluding non-whites and non-Christians. I knew I wanted to respond to Arlo’s tweet in a long-form blog post, but I wasn’t necessarily sure how to do it. Ironically over the years I have felt excluded from the startup community here in Dallas and San Francisco because of my religious…
  • Dallas’ Top Startup Lawyer: Kevin Vela

    Alexander Muse
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Entrepreneurs ask me for referrals for lawyers all of the time and over the past couple of years my go-to-guy for startups has been Kevin Vela. I’ve worked with a number of lawyers over the years, but Kevin’s commitment to the startup community, reasonable billing and speed have convinced me that he’s the top startup lawyer in Dallas today. Kevin and his firm have helped me with a multitude of transactions including: a management buyout of a seismic equipment company organization of The Haul Company/ViewMarket Inc. leveraged buyout of a media company I’m pleased to…
  • Don’t fall for the exploding termsheet!

    Alexander Muse
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Last year my co-founders and I got a termsheet from an investor here in Dallas that had a 48 hour deadline. I’ve never taken ‘exploding termsheets’ very seriously and didn’t really pay attention to the clause. We sent the offer to our lawyer and the first time he could meet was 50 hours from the start of the deadline – again I didn’t imagine the investor (after having spent weeks looking at our deal) would seriously pull the offer if we were two hours late with our response. In the meeting with the lawyer we decided we needed to negotiate a few points and I…
  • Convertible Debt Sucks

    Alexander Muse
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    This morning one of our investors, Dave McClure, created a twitterstorm when he went on an 18 tweet rant about convertible debt. You can read it here or see it below. It got me thinking about convertible debt and how much it can suck. First, for those of you who are unfamiliar with convertible debt I’ll briefly explain how it works. Lets say you and your co-founder have starting building a mobile app and need a little money to get it across the finish line. You are likely too early for venture capital so you start looking for an angel investor. You find an investor who is willing to…
  • Who owns your startup’s software code?

    Alexander Muse
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    You might be surprised by the answer to this simple question. When I began mentoring entrepreneurs almost a year ago I was shocked that almost ALL of them using third-party contractors didn’t have written agreements. If you hire a third-party contractor to write software code for you, but fail to enter into a written contract specifying that the code is a “work-made-for-hire” you don’t own it, I’m not kidding. The courts use a three part test to determine who owns the copyright to the code written by third parties for your company: was the code commissioned by…
 
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    I Will Teach You To Be Rich

  • New — my definitive guide to getting a raise and boosting your income

    Ramit Sethi
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    I’m always surprised when I hear that people on Reddit and YouTube don’t hate me. They usually hate anyone who sells anything (“what a scam!!”) or anyone who talks about earning more vs. cutting back on the grains of rice in your dinner (“frugality is everything!”) However, the one area where everybody loves IWT is my negotiation material. I swear to god, just look at these comments. I always tell you, we aim to make our free material better than anyone else’s paid stuff, and apparently it’s working. FINALLY! But the Asian/Indian in me notices the one thing that could be…
  • Tonight — How to find your Dream Job webcast at 9pm

    Ramit Sethi
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Tonight, I’m giving a live presentation on finding your Dream Job. I noticed you haven’t signed up yet, so before you decide, let’s try to put these 3 pieces together. Data point #1: “45% of Americans say now’s a good time to find quality job, highest since May 2007.” Data point #2: Look at this article on unemployment stories. The stories are heartbreaking. Then look at the first comment, where a hiring manager says they’ve had open positions for 2 years but cannot find ANYONE qualified enough to apply. (Other commenters don’t believe it at all. How can this be??
  • Using judo techniques to find your Dream Job

    Ramit Sethi
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I LOVE the email responses to this week’s post about why our parents push us to be mediocre. We’re talking about finding our Dream Job, and the feedback revealed something really interesting. Remember, our job is where we spend 8+ hours a day. If we can find a Dream Job that challenges us, teaches us great skills, surrounds us with amazing people, and pays us what we deserve…THAT gives us a huge amount of freedom in our lives. Notice this: When we think about our careers, it’s so easy to point to the EXTERNAL factors holding us back: Our parents’ expectations, our lack of the…
  • Why do your parents push you to be mediocre?

    Ramit Sethi
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Why are our parents and friends always on our case about getting a “stable” job, getting married, and buying a house? Why are they always crinkling their noses in disgust when they hear us trying something new? “Oh, what is this Paleo thing?? So you have to skip eating rice FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE??” In a recent interview, my friend Michael Ellsberg and I were talking about why a lot of our parents and friends took the traditional road to life. Sometimes, even though they’re unhappy, they push us to make the same decisions they did! It’s weird because the very same people who…
  • The NEW 9-5 + unspeakable truths

    Ramit Sethi
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the things I love to do is show you what’s going on “behind the curtain” — the truth that nobody will tell you. In the past, we’ve covered “unspeakable truths” with money, dating, business, and careers. For example, how many of us have heard our boss say, “Sorry, times are tough right now, so this year I can’t give you a raise?” Do you know what’s really happening in the back room? While that same manager is telling his employees there’s “no money,” he’s taking his actual budget, doling out pitiful 3% cost-of-living increases to most of the team like…
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    Start Up Blog

  • Learn why data matters with one simple photo

    Steve Sammartino
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    If I was to ask you what the kids in the above picture were doing – beyond burying their faces in their smart phones, there is an almost infinite number of possible answers: Messaging a friend, Face-timing their mum, Commenting on a blog, Snapchatting, Booking a flight, Submitting their homework, Buying a pair of sneakers, Updating their FB status, Getting directions, Sending a friend some money, Finding a cafe for lunch…. they might even be talking to directly to each other. The point is we don’t know. We can’t know by observing behaviour from the outside. Instead we…
  • The global content playbook & how the internet actually works

    Steve Sammartino
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    I’m a big fan of the John Oliver show Last Week Tonight. Which, in an unconnected web world I wouldn’t even know about as it has never been shown in Australia. But through the wonder of sharing great content online I became a big fan. The show airs in the USA on Sunday nights, and in their wisdom, HBO would publish much of the shows content on Youtube a day later. I’d eagerly await to watch it here on Monday night in Australia through the Last Week Tonight Youtube channel. At last, a media company that gets it. A media company that understands the value of building…
  • Something I told every staff member I ever had & you should too

    Steve Sammartino
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    I spent a large part of my career working for large corporations in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods world – think Fortune 500. When I finally arrived at the level of managing people directly, one of the first things I would tell them is this: “The company we work for does not care about us. They don’t care about me, and they don’t care about you. I’ll try and help you, as a person in your career. If that means that you need to work elsewhere, I’ll help you get there, to a better place. If that means that I need to be more loyal to you, than the company…
  • You were born to pitch

    Steve Sammartino
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Pitching is one of those things that some of us love and and some of us hate. But, we all know it is a necessary part of startups and economic life in general. Here’s something many people don’t know – everyone is good at pitching, everyone is doing it everyday, and in fact, it was the very first thing we did the moment we were born. Yep, the first thing you did as a human being was pitch. Here’s how it went: You were born into the world scared and alone as you exited the womb. You desperately wanted to stay alive, and immediately went into pitch mode. You cried for…
  • Soundbites full of goodness

    Steve Sammartino
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Yesterday I met a fellow called Joseph Gagnon. We were both doing a talk at the same gathering. Before either of us went up on stage we really connected philosophically. You know, that echo chamber of existing beliefs the world is quickly becoming…. well, this was one of those moments. So, when he told his story I scribbled a heap of his soundbites down, knowing they’d be enjoyed on this blog too. He also stimulated some of my own thoughts which I’ve mashed in among these. There’s no particular order, other than the order of goodness they deliver. Enjoy. – How…
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    Springwise

  • Child-to-child radio shows educate and entertain during the Ebola crisis

    Springwise
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Add / Remove In Sierra Leone, one of the effects of the ongoing Ebola crisis has been the closure of schools and other places of public gathering, in an attempt to help contain the virus. As a result, most local children have been kept home and out of education for nearing eight months. In an attempt to give these children some level of access to learning, Pikin to Pikin Radio is a collaboration between Child to Child and UK based Pearl Works productions — the station will broadcast weekly radio programs made for children, by children. The eight-month long educational radio project will be…
  • Hacker toolkit teaches kids to build electronics while playing Minecraft

    Springwise
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Add / Remove We’ve already seen projects such as Bitsbox and Primo designed to help kids learn coding — often without them realizing. Now, switching the emphasis from software to hardware development, Piper is a hacker toolbox that teaches young people about building real electronics while playing Minecraft. Piper is the brainchild of Mark Pavlyukovskyy and Shree Bose — who recently won the Google Science Fair. It is a self contained kit inside a wooden box, which can be explored by kids from as young as five. The box contains a USB mouse, a Raspberry Pi 2 mini-computer, a power…
  • Green computer server heats homes for free

    Springwise
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Add / Remove The most ecologically sound forms of green energy are those which would otherwise have been the waste product of another process. We have already seen start-up Bio-Bean turning used coffee beans into energy to power London’s coffee shops and LucidPipes harvesting green energy from Portland’s water pipes. Now, Netherlands-based Nerdalize is using the heat produced from computer servers to warm the homes they are installed in. Today, large data-centres filled with servers require cooling isolations to handle the excess heat produced. Nerdalize offers a new solution…
  • Zombie game gets employees doing their 10,000 steps

    Springwise
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Add / Remove We have seen a number of corporate wellness programs that aim to create a healthier workforce, which will in turn save employers money on health insurance payouts. EatRight Rewards offers employees cash returns when they purchase healthy foods and FwdHealth enables companies to track their workers’ exercise regimes in order to lower their premiums. But these initiatives only work if employees actually participate and, as the rise of gamified exercise proves, one of the best ways to get reluctant adopters onboard is to disguise their task within a game. Step Ahead: Zombies…
  • Digital cobbler lets customers order perfect fit, 3D printed shoes from home

    Springwise
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Add / Remove Everyone has experienced the pain of having to wear in new shoes but recent developments in 3D printing could put an end to that misery — by enabling companies to manufacture shoes to perfectly fit customer’s feet. We have already seen SOLS use 3D printing to create the personalized insoles and now Feetz are taking it one step further, enabling customers to order custom fit, personalized footwear via their smartphone app. Feetz is currently welcoming Beta customers who want to try out the personalized shoes. To begin, users sign up on the website and download the Feetz…
 
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    The Next Web

  • Google to drop China’s CNNIC Root Certificate Authority after trust breach

    Owen Williams
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Last month, a Chinese certificate authority issued valid security certificates for a number of domains, including Google’s, without their permission, which resulted in a major trust breach in the crypto chain. CNNIC had delegated its authority to Egyptian intermediary MCS Holdings to issue the certificates in question and the company installed it in a man-in-the-middle proxy internally. Google said in its original post that CNNIC had “delegated their substantial authority to an organization that was not fit to hold it.” Today, the company has updated its post saying it will drop…
  • EE’s Power Bar scheme lets you grab a new portable charger whenever you like

    Ben Woods
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    With smartphone battery life a long lamented pain point of pretty much any smartphone from the last few years, EE has today launched a scheme aimed at ensuring its network customers remain fully-charged. The ‘Power to the People’ initiative will allow any currently active mobile and broadband customers to get hold of a free Power Bar portable charger by opting in via SMS. To qualify for the free charger, you need to be on a 30-day or 12 – 24 month plan for mobile, fixed line or broadband services. The company said that PAYG users can also participate, but that… This story…
  • N64 and Nintendo DS games available on Wii U Virtual Console from today

    Owen Williams
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Nintendo has announced that it’s bringing Nintendo 64 and DS games to the Wii U via its virtual console service beginning today. The virtual game service will allow you to configure your Wii U controller to better match the layout of the N64 games or the DS. Some games will use the main TV screen for both screens and others will utilize both. The first N64 game to be available will be Super Mario 64 alongside Yoshi’s island for DS, starting today. In the near future, Mario will make available Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart DS and Paper Mario as well.… This story continues at The Next…
  • Facebook’s Riff collaborative video app is a cool idea but still needs some polish

    Jackie Dove
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    When you first download and log into Riff — Facebook’s brand new collaborative video app for iOS and Android — the first thing you see are featured Riffs from Facebook’s tiny collection. These are designed to let you visualize what you too can do with Riff. What you can do is somewhat along the lines of MixBit or Mela — that is, collaborate with others on an originally shot video. With Riff, the only people you can collaborate with are your friends on Facebook. When your friends view and add their own clips to your video, their friends will then see the video in Riff…
  • Imgur’s collaborative April Fools’ joke blindly matches your GIFs to other users’ captions

    Owen Williams
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Imgur’s April Fools’ day joke is kind of amazing; it’s called Imgur Collaborative and allows users to create either a title, description or image for a post and be matched with a fellow user’s creations. The catch is that the titler/image uploader/description writer doesn’t know what they’re going to be combined with at all, so it’s a total lucky dip and the results are terrifying/hilarious/confusing/awful/great. I chose to be the image uploader and dropped in a great GIF I’d made from this “don’t copy that floppy” YouTube video. Once uploaded, you’ll need to wait a…
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    The Product Guy

  • Pros, Cons, and Desires in Product Management

    Jeremy Horn
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    More segments from our conversation with Ladislav Bartos  — and shedding some light onto just exactly what makes Ladislav truly The Best Product Person of 2014. What makes The Best Product Personperson of 2014 tick? In the now… > Whose shoes would you like to walk in for a day? why? Instead of walking in someone else’s shoes, I would prefer to spend a day learning from an inspiring leader, Marissa Mayer. Marissa is a great technical expert and leader who can motivate others, and she has a great vision and focus on execution. I think we all can learn a lot from her. > What do…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 2 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Senior Product Manager – Mobile @ Publishers Clearing House (New York City)Keywords: Apps, Games, Mobile, Product Managementhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1066&lf=twf Product…
  • Cleanly, Forecasting and a Bubbly April!

    Jeremy Horn
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:50 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, InVision, AC Lion, SUMMIT, Balsamiq Studios and Sunshine Suites.   Over the course of the night a few of the highlights were… Featured Product: Cleanlyexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from white glove to activation (thanks to Tom Harari) Product Forecastingfrom roadmaps to methodologies The Product Groupmeet-ups are an opportunity for Product People (managers, strategists, marketers, etc.) to come together to meet,…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 5 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.  Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community.  Each week we highlight some of the recently posted openings.  Check out this week’s newest, below… Interactive Services Product Manager @ The Shubert Organization, Inc. (New York, NY)Keywords: ecommercehttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1064&lf=twf Senior UX Designer @ Vitals (New York,…
  • Managing your Product Management Career

    Jeremy Horn
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Adrienne Tan, lead a conversation around “Managing Your Product Management Career”.  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…
 
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    Ben Casnocha

  • The Dangers of Empathy

    Ben Casnocha
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Photograph: Samantha Stock Paul Bloom makes a persuasive argument in the Boston Review about the dangers of empathy as a guide for making moral decisions. He begins definitionally: there is a difference between what is sometimes called “cognitive empathy,” the capacity to understand the thoughts and emotions of others, and “emotional empathy,” the capacity to feel what others feel. He’s referring to emotional empathy. Everyone seems to think empathy is an unabashedly good thing. Bloom says no. First, “Strong inclination toward empathy comes with [individual]…
  • Book Review: The David Foster Wallace Reader

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    “A writer of virtuosic talents who can seemingly do anything.” That’s what one critic once said of David Foster Wallace. Its ringing truth is on display in the recent anthology of Wallace’s writing, The David Foster Wallace Reader. The collection contains non-fiction essays, short stories, excerpts from his novels, class notes/syllabi from his time as a professor, and email exchanges with his mom. It’s an essential addition to the library of any hardcore Wallace fan and a pretty decent introduction to his work for newbies, since it’s a curated and edited…
  • Book Review: The Unspeakable

    Ben Casnocha
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    I’ve been reading Meghan Daum’s columns for years. When I saw she had a new collection of essays out titled The Unspeakable — and that it received the high praise of Cheryl Strayed — I immediately bought it. The theme running through most of the pieces is “sentimentality and its discontents.” In her words: Collectively I hoped they’d add up to a larger discussion about the way human experiences too often come with preassigned emotional responses. In other words: We’re supposed to feel crippling sadness when someone close to us dies but we…
  • What Makes America What It Is

    Ben Casnocha
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    I’m not particularly patriotic. Nonetheless, I was moved by the eloquence with which Barack Obama articulated the American creed at the march at Selma over the weekend. Likely one of the speeches that will highlight his presidency. For the blow by blow analysis, see Fallows. (Always see Fallows for wisdom…)
  • Markets vs. Central Planners, An On-Going Series

    Ben Casnocha
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    A great little vignette from Don Boudreaux about humility and markets. I remember back in the late 1970s or early 1980s when I first noticed that still water began to be offered for sale in single-sized bottles. I was convinced that this product would fail. “Who would pay for still water in single-sized bottles when still water can be gotten for free out of water fountains and water coolers or at zero marginal cost out of faucets at home?” I reasoned. Whether I reasoned rightly or wrongly, my prediction proved wrong. Reason, you see, is a wonderful and necessary tool, but also one of…
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    John Greathouse

  • Don’t Let Your Startup O.D. On Cash

    John Greathouse
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Raising too much cash, too early, can kill your startup. It can provoke spending on unproven business models, hiring employees before their talents can be fully tapped and entering into long-term, unsustainable relationships with partners, landlords and other third parties. To avoid these death knell mistakes, create a culture in which you and your employees (your CFO excepted) spend your precious cash with zero regard for how much money you have in the bank. Sound counterintuitive? Hardly. Startups should only spend their money on…
  • Startups Should Focus On Their Net Profit Score Not Potential Promoters

    John Greathouse
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” Wayne Gretzky Imagine how difficult it would be to score in hockey if you were required to rely on someone who is not your teammate to convince another third-party, whom you have not met, to take a shot on your behalf. As crazy as this scenario sounds, it is very similar to the “scoring process” companies engage in when they track Net Promoter Scores. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! A company's Net…
  • Trade Show Magic – How Invoca Owned Dreamforce, Without Breaking The Bank

    John Greathouse
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Trade show veterans know that the louder you scream at an industry event, the less your voice is heard. Instead, you have to push the envelope of propriety to cut through the noise. Even at a show the size of Dreamforce, you can cut through the noise, but you have to push the envelope to do it.   Dreamforce is the conference for sales and marketing professionals. Hosted by SAAS giant Salesforce, it is more akin to a circus than a professional event. The 2014 show hosted 135,000 attendees and boasted A-list guest speakers and performers…
  • 5 Simple Tactics To Make Freemium Users Pay

    John Greathouse
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal Freemium business models are popular because they allow startups to quickly drive user adoption. Unfortunately, many of these companies fail to properly monetize such non-paying users. Let's face it. It's frankly easier to accelerate your startup's growth and show faux traction if you omit the pesky step of asking users to pull out their credit cards.Let's face it. It's frankly easier to accelerate your startup's growth and show faux traction if you omit the pesky step of asking users to pull out their credit cards. The…
  • You Can’t Teach People To Be Entrepreneurs, But Entrepreneurs Can Be Taught

    John Greathouse
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Despite the fact that I teach entrepreneurship at UC Santa Barbara, I do not believe that entrepreneurs are created in classrooms. Instead of trying to teach students to be an entrepreneur, I expose my entrepreneurial students to tools that will help them solve real-world problems. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! I treat each of my classes as a product that the students are paying a lot of money to consume. As such, I work hard to understand their expectations and I…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 8 Scientific Steps For Hiring The Best Salesperson

    Contributor
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    by Eliot Burdett, co-founder and CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting Is selling an art or a science?  Do new school algorithms and big data trump old fashioned methods such as a charming smile and a firm handshake? This has become an industry-wide debate, in fact, using more science and data is now a debate across all industries including “Money Ball” in sports or native advertising in marketing. While the science and data debate persists among salespeople, with each side having valid points, the issue becomes clearer when discussing the best practices of hiring of a salesperson. The fact is,…
  • How To Have An Environmentally Friendly Office

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    When you are working in an office or even better yet, running an office, there are lots of things that you have to be concerned about. One of the things that you need to be thinking about within an office is ensuring that all of your staff are happy and safe in the working environment. When you’re talking about your staff being safe you’re not just talking about ensuring that they not hurting themselves in the office with a rogue stapler or a paper cut. No, you’re talking about the safety of your employees in terms of their mental health and their happiness at work. This…
  • The Battle Between Baby Boomers And Millennials

    Contributor
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    by Rob Wilson, CEO of Employco USA Generation gaps are nothing new, but the battle between baby boomers and millennials is one for the record books. Never before have two generations been so at odds and so out of touch with each other’s culture and desires. The older generation just doesn’t get today’s young people. All they see is a bunch of distracted kids playing on their cell phones and posting on Facebook in the middle of the workday. However, I think there are actually plenty of things we could stand to learn from the younger generation… but first we have to start speaking…
  • Making Your First Business Count

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    There’s no law stating that in order to succeed in business, you’ve got to knock it out of the park on your first try. But it doesn’t hurt either. Much is made of the successful entrepreneur’s ability to rebound from failure. That speech gets made a lot, and general allusions are made to Steve Jobs and Henry Ford. I don’t disagree. By all means, get up after you’ve fallen down. Dust off the debris of your first bankruptcy and try, try again. But let’s not pretend that this isn’t tremendously difficult, psychologically. The fact is, you are much more likely to succeed in…
  • Creative Marketing Ideas For Easter

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    When it comes to marketing, using what’s currently on trend can really help boost your campaigns and get people talking about your business, products, or services. If you’ve walked into your local department store lately, you’ll begin to see Easter decorations and foods set out to prepare for the upcoming springtime holiday. Follow suit and use this time of year to your advantage when it comes to your marketing strategy and get it on the action. Send your customers an Easter greeting. Whether it’s by email or a special postcard, let your customers know if you have any holiday specials…
 
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • CIA and Mossad Main Suspect in Killing a Journalist Injuring 3 others at Islamic Magazine Adımlar Office In Istanbul #JesuisAdimlar

    news
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Updated. No you wont see demonstrations in the West saying Jesus Adimlar, No you want see the Masonic media rush to condemn the attack against the Islamic magazine Adimlar in Turkey and call it an attack against free speech, no you wont see the Western and Arab apostate regimes condemn the criminal attack. Why? Because the magazine did not insult the prophet SAWS Mohammad. Because it is pro Islam, because it exposes the US colonialism of the Muslim world, directly or indirectly via poppet apostate regimes. However we at ArabCrunch says JesusAdimlar A writer was killed and three others were…
  • Twitter to Open its First Arab World Branch in Dubai

    news
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Twitter MENA account announced that Twitter is going to open its first Arab world branch in Dubai. We do not know what this branch will do, but it might be sales office for its social media advertising opportunities and it also might include Arab speaking staff who would monitor Twitter to take down Islamic State supporters’ account. Many Arab and Muslim Twitter users criticize Twitter for suspending Islamic State (known as ISIS) accounts. None of the US and western organizations that claim to support free speech suchElectronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as has showed any objection to…
  • Twitter Threatens to Suspend Wikileaks Account Over a Photo and then Backs Off

    news
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    As we said before Twitter is no longer a free speech platform as it keeps deleting Islamic State supporters accounts and as it management admitted it become influenced by the CIA and FBI. A recent trend that would be trouble some for the general public all over the world who wants to know the truth about the dirty and criminal work of their governments. Twitter told WikiLeaks that they will suspend their account unless WikiLeaks removes a photo they tweeted of conman/informer Mark Goeder-Tarant, the person behind the fake “WikiLeaks Forum”. But then wikileaks tweeted that now decided it…
  • Dr. Hassan El-Sallabi a Renowned Telecom and Data Analysis Scientist Joins Kuwaiti Cyber Security Firm CyberKov

    news
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    Kuwaiti Cyber security firm CyberKov announced yesterday that Dr. Hassan El-Sallabi an accomplished Telecom and Data Analysis Scientist has joined the security firm as chief adviser. Dr. Sallabi is a key scientist in the telecom filed wireless signals RF Electromagnetic and Radar Systems. He has a PHD in RF titled Modeling and Characterization of Urban Radio Channels for Mobile Communications from Helsinki University of Technology. He also has Post-Doctoral Degree from “Stanford University. Dr. Sallabi was part of many research centers in Europe and USA. He was part of the team that…
  • Update2: Famous Saudi Whistlblower @mujtaeidd Main Account Restored

    news
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    2 Days ago Twitter suspended the account of the Famous Saudi Whislteblower who many believe is a member of Saudi Royal family and who tweets scandals of the Saudi government corruption. He had 1.8 million follower at the time of suspension. Update: Twitter has restored the main account @mujtaeidd and it is back working. Update 2: He said in a tweet that all accounts that claimed to be him are fake. and that the reason of the suspension is a tweet about a message from one embassy about a maid that was abused. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • Momentum

    mark
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    I was reading this morning about Slack‘s rumoured $ 160M round, coming hot on the heels of last Fall’s $ 120M round. If this round closes then in the space of 7 months the company will have raised $ 280M and grown it’s valuation over 10x from the previous funding rounds. This is a beautiful illustration of the importance of momentum in building a valuable company. Most startups take some time to find their stride. But once they find product/ market fit and scalable customer acquisition channels, the market-leading startups seemingly never stop raising capital. Instead, they…
  • The Three Ps of Venture Funding

    mark
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    If you’re a student of marketing then you’ve likely heard of the ‘four Ps’. A lesser known, but I’d say more important set of Ps are the three Ps of funding. Why are they more important? Without them, you won’t have any money to pay for all that marketing. People In Jim Collin’s seminal book ‘Good to Great‘, the companies he profiled all started by getting ‘the right people on the bus’. All great companies begin and end with great people. In the context of funding a startup, investors are looking for any of the following: Complete skill sets: design, development…
  • The Three Stages of a Startup

    mark
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Back when I was a seed VC I was fond of telling folks that they didn’t have a company yet. I wasn’t trying to be mean. I was trying to instill ruthless focus. Seed rounds are small and runway is measured in iteration cycles. How quickly can you iterate till you have product / market fit? In my books there are three stages to building a startup. And only the last one has anything do with a company. Stage 1: Project You have an idea. You research to test and validate hypotheses and find a pain point in the market. You start building wireframes and mockups. You maybe start collaborating…
  • The new customer support

    mark
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    Who are these handsome people you ask? A small part of FreshBooks’ award-winning support team receiving Stevie Awards for outstanding customers support. Once upon a time customer support was relegated to outsourced call centres, where the focus was on cost minimization and maximizing efficiency, with little consideration of actual customer experience. You still see this today inside old school, sleepy giants in the banking and telco sectors. The software World has made a dramatic shift in the past decade however. When we stopped selling perpetual licenses and started selling…
  • Going after Established Markets

    mark
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Historically, one of the building blocks of great startups has been the presence of a large, untapped market to go after. Only large markets are worthy of VC$. I’ve spent countless hours in prior startups sitting in front of my crystal ball trying to predict how large our market was and when it would start to happen. In the most extreme case of this, my 2nd startup – a company named Hexago that built network infrastructure – was a whopping 10 year ahead of the market. Needless to say it didn’t work out that well. While wide open markets are great, it seems that the biggest…
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    IttyBiz

  • How To Stop Your Business From Sucking Up All Your Time

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Once upon a time, I got cranky about a book I read. I responded with How To Double Your Revenue and Profit. Really. The fifth of five steps in that article was “Get a ****ing system already”. If you don’t have systems, your business is pandemonium. If your business is pandemonium, it eats your life. I’m sure you have experienced this to one degree or another. For some people, systems are easier said than done. I am one of those people. For other people, even saying the word out loud causes them to make a sort of hacking noise. It sounds a little like throwing up. Over the years, I…
  • What If You Tried Really Hard?

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    When I was in the process of quitting smoking, I was having a discussion with somebody and heard myself say this: “God, I’m just trying SO HARD, you know?” After making this (in hindsight quite self-pitying) statement, I had a thought. “Am I trying hard?” Like, I’m certainly thinking about it a lot. I’m guilting myself a considerable portion of the day. I’m embroiling myself in the drama a lot. Sure, I’m putting a significant amount of effort into talking about how difficult it is, self-flagellation, whining, reading endless articles on…
  • How to price your entry level products

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ann wants to know how to set prices for entry level products.  She asks: Dear Naomi– I have a question about entry level products. You have said that they are not [ultimately] meant to be money makers [and that their real value is helping customers see what your paid offerings look like so that they can trust your higher priced offers]. I had arrived at the idea that I needed to offer a low priced product so that people could feel they know me a little before considering whether they want to buy coaching. My question is — What about creating products that do make money? Where…
  • How to Balance Newsletter Content For Multiple Audiences

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Mary wants to know how to balance newsletter content for multiple audiences. She asks: “I’m wondering how to break my newsletter content down into different levels, to accommodate both beginners and more experienced people. Right now I start off my weekly newsletter with a short message from that I try to work into whatever aspect of meditation I am sharing that week. Sometimes I share beginner content, sometimes I share content for more experienced meditators. I always share something about tea because my website is called “sip and om”. So the sip part is easy for…
  • How To Take The Drama Out Of Running Your Business

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Every business owner has drama. Not small drama, either. Whether you’re making millions or pennies, you have Big Stuff impacting your business. Drama makes people afraid. Paralyzed. Worried. Flaky. Stressed. Impulsive. Depressed. Hyper. Reclusive. Insecure. Quick to rattle. Closed-minded. Easily led. The list could go on forever. You, by being alive, are one of these people. Your drama affects your ability to run your business. Drama sucks. Should we address this issue now? Let’s replace “drama” with “psychological block.” (We addressed psychological blocks in an earlier post…
 
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    Business of Software USA

  • Proud Mum and the No Hitter

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Hard to believe that Wendi Labbie has kids at college. She had children very young. A proud moment for us all to see her son pitch a ‘no hitter’ when she was over here a couple of weeks ago for our IoT Forum. Here is a short video of the final pitches. Here is an excerpt from the game report. I found it about as intelligible as baseball fans might find a cricket match report… Nice one Mitch. You did your Mom Proud. “Labbie made history Saturday by firing the first no-hitter in modern program history. The right-hander went the distance in a seven-inning format…
  • Chris Savage | The Three Mistakes That Defined Our Company | Video and Hangout

    Joe Glover
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    We will be hosting Chris Savage, CEO of Wistia, for a Google Hangout on 16th April, 5PM GMT, 12PM PST. Join us then and AHA for free (that’s Ask Him Anything, not just a fit of giggles mid-sentence.) Plug out the way… The old saying goes, “We all make mistakes, it’s what you learn from them that matters”. But what happens when these are good mistakes, bad mistakes, or even dangerous ones? Chris Savage discusses in this funny, but extremely informative BoS talk. Transcript Below BoS in your inbox. Business of Software is unique. It is a conference where business…
  • Kathy Sierra | Building the Minimum Bad Ass User. Unfinished Business…

    Joe Glover
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    Kathy Sierra is a BoS favourite for good reason. Channelling her inner Vince Vaughn (A terrible film reference for those uninitiated), Kathy comes to BoS to deliver another talk for the ages on how to build successful products on the basis of building it for your user. Transcript below.   We’re going to look through the successful attributes of what makes a successful, sustainable, product, not in the app itself, but in the user. What is it about successful users? That’s what we’re going to look at. So were going to compete on user awesome not on app awesome. Because competing…
  • Lightning Talks 2015 | BoS Europe Applications Open

    Joe Glover
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    15 Slides. 30 seconds each. Your Subject. Our Stage. Haven’t worried you yet? Great! Lightning Talks are always one of the highlights of BoS and this year will be no different. We are pleased to say the BoS Lightning Talks are open for public application now. If you want an opportunity to talk at BoS about a topic that interests you, send us an application. Lightning Talks follow a simple format – every speaker gets 15 slides and 30 seconds per slide to talk about a subject of their choice. The slides advance automatically. Warning, they are a challenge! But one worth taking:…
  • Five Lessons on Customer Service from Derek Sivers | BoS Hangout Recap

    Joe Glover
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    “The Important thing is to lose every battle” Last week, Derek Sivers joined us for a Google Hangout after his ripper of a BoS talk: ‘Philosophies of Customer Service’. Derek was on great form, discussing everything from his experiences as an entrepreneur with CD Baby, to his choice of headphones. To make it easier to digest, here are five lessons from the hangout (although many, many more can be found in the full video below). 1. Lose every battle. This was the number one thing to come out of the hangout. With customer service, Derek suggested the customer is always right approach…
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    Gregg Fraley, Creativity & Innovation Consultant, Professional Speaker. Idea generation training and new product development » Blogg

  • “Open For Business” is a Promise Made

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

    GREGG FRALEY
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Consider Attending the Creativity World Forum 2015 As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years. I’ve written here previously about how effective their model is in getting broad-based involvement, participation, and attendance. This is arguably the most successful creativity conference in the world right now. Those interested in the creativity and innovation field should attend Creativity World Forum 2015 if at all possible. It’s affordable, the content is superb, and it’s a great networking opportunity.
  • Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development

    GREGG FRALEY
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge Better Questions Means Better Answers for Regional Economic Development It’s about Attitudes, Projects, and Baby Steps Economic Development is important and challenging work. Having just interviewed players in this field and surveyed some regional initiatives — it’s clear that innovative work is being done in regional economic development — by some. I suspect that many in the field find the economic development challenge overwhelming. A bit like the Bob character in What about Bob,…
  • Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

    GREGG FRALEY
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. It sure beats doing nothing. See my Seven Essentials for hiring below. But first: If you’ve not got an innovation plan in the process of being executed, right now, you are treading water and will eventually drown. So what’s stopping you from kicking off an innovation initiative? I often hear resources. What I hear from top management: “we don’t have the time or resources for innovation projects,…
  • Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

    GREGG FRALEY
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    How to Do Mash-Ups for Innovation This is an article length, comprehensive post on Mash-Ups for Innovation. To say the least Mash-Ups hold great promise in helping people and organizations find useful and sometimes breakthrough innovations. This article will likely be part of a book on the front end of innovation that’s in development, stay tuned. Meanwhile I hope you find this guide useful. To digest this in bits, simply use the index to go to the section that interests you. There is value to reading these sections in order, but for those with an urgent need, you’ll find…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Student Balances Class and Startup

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Colin Alcorn- Corner Catalogue TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Student Balances Class and Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development

    Jeff Cornwall
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Grace McCaw- McCaw Industries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Student Entrepreneur Pursues Product Development appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • From Outsourced to American Made

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Cleveland- Hobby Express brings manufacturing back to U.S. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post From Outsourced to American Made appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Music Entrepreneur Takes Business Global

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Courtney “Coko” Eason- Soundtrack Entertainment goes global TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Music Entrepreneur Takes Business Global appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Architect as Entrepreneur

    Jeff Cornwall
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jamie Pfeffer- Pfeffer Torode Architecture TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Architect as Entrepreneur appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    Growth Hacking for Technology Startups

  • The Best Email I’ve Ever Written

    Jun Loayza
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    My father always told me “dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres”, which means “tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.” I’ve followed my father’s advice closely throughout my life, which is a big part of the reason why I teamed up with Alex and Bunny Inc. However, when I analyze my previous ventures, I see a common thread that determines if a venture I start will become successful or if it will fail. I’m only as strong as my weak ties: We succeeded with Bruin Consulting because my acquaintances connected me to…
  • How I use OmniFocus to reach a ZERO inbox every day

    Jun Loayza
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    32 unread email. 7 unread Trello notifications. 12 unread Yammer threads. 8 to-do’s on Evernote. And a partridge in a pear tree. Welcome to the life of an entrepreneur, where the inbox is never empty, and the calendar is always full. For a long time, like most of you, life was always about playing catch up: there were never enough hours in the day, and I’d use the weekends to get some serious, uninterrupted work done. My attention was scattered and my priorities for the day were not immediately clear. The Tim Ferriss only-the-three-most-important-tasks-for-the-day-on-a-notecard…
  • Ultimate Guide: How to Create a Buyer Persona for Your Startup

    Jun Loayza
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a young and relentless entrepreneur, I constantly prioritized tenacity, fierce execution, and speed over strategic thinking and planning. “Fail fast and fail often” was my mantra, and I followed it with blind obsession. Though speed is important, it’s critical to know in which direction you’re running towards. There are many important channels for growth: SEO, SEM, email, affiliate, WOM, and sales to name just a few. To maximize customer acquisition, you need to get into the head of your customer; you need to become your customer. The best way to do this is…
  • How lazy people can build a strong network

    Jun Loayza
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m a lazy networker. I don’t pack my days with meetings, I don’t go to conferences, and I don’t actively seek out introductions to people. However, I’m still incredibly effective at building a strong and powerful network. Who this post is for: startup founders who are shy and don’t actively build a network; professionals outside of a business development role that still want to build a network What you will learn: three lazy methods that I use to build a powerful network Utilize your “startup card” to connect with professionals on LinkedIn…
  • How to remove a manual Google penalty for $561.56

    Jun Loayza
    30 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s the worst nightmare of an online marketer — the dreaded Google Manual Actions Penalty. It kills your search engine rankings, cutting off a vital source of traffic and leads. Worst of all, it can take up to 6 months to remove the penalty and even longer to regain your rankings. Do a simple search and you’ll find tons of agencies asking for tens of thousands of dollars to remove the penalty for you. Do yourself a favor and don’t hire them. You don’t need an expensive agency and you don’t need 6 months of work to remove the penalty. My credentials: our…
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    Entrepreneur Bootcamp

  • Is Your Marketing Like Meerkat, Periscope, or Stre.am

    Delores Williams
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of movement on the live video front. The selling point of all of them, is the ease to broadcast by pushing one button. They also, all involve Twitter in some aspect. Since the launch of Meerkat, in February, many have been chomping at the bit on its uses. We want to look more at what blew it up and why it may now be dying a slow death.On the plus side, it was first to the playground. Anyone else would be playing catchup. Secondly, tech journalist loved the little scrappy company, and they were all in. But wait! Twitter bought a untested competitor,…
  • Influencers Move the Needle

    Delores Williams
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    There are tons of blog posts and articles about influencers today. Most are in regard to those on social media who have large audiences. I want to divide this group into two categories. There are those who have a large following, but do little to monetize that audience. Then, there are the other half who do monetize their audience. They may make their money via brand promotions or sales. An example of this type would be a person who posts on Snapchat and is paid by a major brand to incorporate their brand into their story. The former, does not have brand deals, and are generally not receiving…
  • Dear Boss, Fear is Not Respect

    Delores Williams
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is a conversation I overhear way too often. It goes like this:Person: “You better do this or A will be angry.”Other person: “Oh, I will just explain blah, blah.”Person: “You know how she/he is. You know what will happen if you do/don’t do this.”It took me hearing this conversation a few times to get that people were being trained to fear the person in authority. I couldn’t help but think, “Why does that person need to be feared instead of respected?”We have all had our share of bosses, co-workers, and maybe even family members, who everyone jumped at just the mention…
  • Don't Be Like The Adobe PR Team

    Delores Williams
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    PR has a bad rep for the most part, and sadly most of it is justified. In my experience with the Adobe PR team, I waited an hour for them to send an email declining my press pass. If I had not been onsite at the time, and already been to the keynote, I would say no harm, no foul, but that is not the case.In this case, the woman took my papers and told me it would take five minutes. She then worked with at least 40 other people as she waited for this magical answer to appear from on high.Well, it turns out her only way to communicate with the PR person, Alex Moriconi was via text. She…
  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

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

  • Tech is Booming: Time to Invest in a VC Fund?

    Jay Turo
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    This is clearly one of the great boom times in the history of Venture Capital, with more than $29 billion in fresh capital being raised by more than 250 funds over the past year. This represents a 70% jump from the comparable, previous year’s period, and more than a 225% jump from the “nadir” numbers of 2009-2010 (all stats here from the NVCA).And VCs have seen a lot of successful exits, too (hooray!), with in 2014 more than 115 venture backed companies going public and more than 455 exits via M&A.Probably most importantly, long term (3, 5, 10, and 20 year) VC returns…
  • How Much Could Your Business Be Worth?

    Jay Turo
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Last week, I shared the depressing statistic on how less than 1 out of 5 companies marketed for sale are able to find a buyer and to consummate a successful sale transaction.  And how even this depressing statistic vastly under-estimates how few companies are able to attain a successful exit, as the great majority of the over 6 million U.S. business owners because of how they are structured and run can’t even contemplate commencing a “business-for-sale” process.Now this is depressing, but what I didn’t share was how more than seven thousand businesses last year were sold – many…
  • Here's Why NOT to Trust Your Business Gut

    Jay Turo
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    According to statistics from BizBuySell, less than 1 out of 5 of businesses marketed for sale are able to find a buyer and to consummate a successful transaction.  Even this depressing statistic vastly under-estimates how few companies are able to attain a successful exit, as the great majority of the over 6 million U.S. business owners are never able to even consider listing their companies for sale.That’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears expended on work and businesses that yield comparatively very little.Even more viscerally, working hard and long on a…
  • Big Data, Dashboards, and Exits

    Jay Turo
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    The confluence of Big Data and high quality, low cost software-as- service (SaaS) programs and applications for virtually every business purpose has made the path clearer than ever as to what entrepreneurs and executives must do to build real equity value in their companies.It looks like this:First, utilizing great tools like John Warrilow’s Sellability Score or Dave Lavinsky's Start at the End we define exactly what we seek for our key stakeholders: Customers, Employees, Partners, Vendors, and Shareholders.For customers, it might be the efficacy / benefits of our products and services.For…
  • Uber, SpaceX, Cloudera: Simplicity, Power, Promise

    Jay Turo
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Yesterday, TechCrunch posted a neat slideshow on the nine largest venture capital and private equity financing rounds of the past 24 months.It is an extremely cool piece - profiling seven (two companies on the list had multiple rounds) of the highest flying technology companies in the world.And the emphasis is clearly on the World - as four of the seven companies profiled (Didi Dache, Flipkart, Meituan, and Xiaomi) have businesses focused outside of the United States.The stories of the three US companies on the list, Cloudera, SpaceX, and Uber, are treasure troves of wisdom on how disruptive…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Fresh from the SPRING: DavidStHubbins

    Audree
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this brilliantly clever album cover design in this Print Design project. Let us start the slow clap for DavidStHubbins. Check out more great work on DavidStHubbins’ profile page. Nicely done, DavidStHubbins, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind
  • Small Business and Startups: Sustainability and Your Company

    Mike
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    A wonderful project posted to crowdSPRING recently has got me thinking lately about the role of sustainability in the context of small business. Iggesund Paperboard, a leading producer of high quality virgin fiber paperboard, issued a challenge to improve existing consumer packaging. The idea was simple: take a look around you at your local grocery, pick out a package, and reimagine how that packaging made of plastic, glass and metal could be redesigned using sustainable materials. The results are incredibly creative and the ideas are wonderful. If all of the consumer packaged…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #262 – MegaResources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Did you guys see Birdman, the Oscar-winning picture? If you’re like me the loooong choreographed shots really caught your attention and left you in awe. This is tough stuff to do for any filmmaker. Take a look at the video above and check out how the actors and creative team pulled one off! OK then. Now it’s time for our own version of a long take, all-in-one-shot! That’s because it’s time for our weekly Roundup! Here is a hot mess of great links and articles we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: ReesQ

    Audree
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for ReesQ. Check out more great work on ReesQ’s profile page. Nicely done, ReesQ, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind
  • Small Business and Startups: Mind the Gap

    Mike
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Marketing analysis comes in a variety of flavors, but perhaps the one most important and elemental analysis you can perform for your business or startup is the Gap Analysis. Gap Analysis can mean different things in different contexts, but here we are talking about marketing channels. By understanding your customers needs, and analyzing your competition’s approach to filling those needs, a gap analysis can identify opportunity, help you to define marketing goals, and provide insight for your own strategic decision-making. The first and most important step is to understand what your…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #12: The Secret to Big Ideas

    Usman Sheikh
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    Bill Gates is attributed to have said “Most people underestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in lifetime”. In a world where there the quest for instant gratification keeps increasing; we are robbing ourselves of our potential of what could be. All of us have the potential to create the change that we want to see in the world. Anything that we say to the contrary is our internal defensive mechanism asking us to take the easier path. The one where there will be the least resistance. It’s time that we start to look at the bigger picture and…
  • The Week in Review #11: Rules of Business

    Usman Sheikh
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:34 am
    The internet is a magical place. It provides us the ability to read, listen and speak to the people that matter in our life. These people may or may not know that we exist, however their words and thoughts leave a lasting impact on our lives. The article highlighted in this weekly edition comes from the founder of a company called Slack. He has an amazing back story, one which I will probably profile in the coming months. This week he published an insightful article on the rules of business, which made me think about the bigger picture. It helps us break away from the daily grind and reflect…
  • The Week in Review #10: Building an Amazing Team

    Usman Sheikh
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:19 am
    I stumbled upon the Podcast called Startup by Alex Blumberg this week and it was fantastic. Anyone who wants an inside view of what the founding of a startup is all about you should definitely download it. I switched up my spotify playlists for podcasts at the start of the year and it was one of the best decisions I made. Some of my favorite currently are The James Altucher Show and Tim Ferris’s Show. Both are highly recommended. 5 Tips on Building an Amazing Team Everyone talks about the importance of building an amazing team, however few realize the amount of work it takes to build…
  • The Week in Review #9: From Dead-End Job to Uber Billionaire

    Usman Sheikh
    8 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    I picked up a pretty awesome book this weekend after reading through Ryan Holidays’ book “The Obstacle is the way“, it was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far and would definitely recommend it, especially to entrepreneurs reading this blog. The article of the week was an old one which resurfaced this week about the co-founder of Uber and how he hustled his way to join the company in it’s early days. From Dead-End Job to Uber Billionaire: Meet Ryan Graves The biggest takeaway is that we have to choose ourselves if we want to truly want to…
  • The Week in Review #8: Secret Core of Every Business

    Usman Sheikh
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    This week’s top article was a series I came across on medium where the author does a great job of collecting a host of the best links about a certain topic and then puts together a thorough article. Highly recommend checking out the other articles he has written in the past as well. The Secret Core of Every Successful Business: Distribution Many businesses end up building a product or successfully setting up the ability to provide a service. However the reason the vast majority of them fail is their inability to find and reach customers efficiently. This article provides a wealth of…
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    The Entrepreneurial MD

  • How physicians will find new jobs in 2015

    Philippa Kennealy
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Contemplating a physician career change or at least a change of scenery? 2015 may well be your year. According to an HR consulting firm ManpowerGroup Inc., nearly 20% of U.S. employers expect to increase their numbers of new hires in 2015. One of the better performing areas will be health services, anticipated to grow between 10%–20%. This is the good news. The not-as-good news is that it will take a somewhat different skill set than has been traditionally used to be able to locate and qualify for one of these healthcare positions. There will be changes in how those of…
  • "Crucial Conversations" tips for physicians

    Philippa Kennealy
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    When last did you have a tough conversation with an employee, a colleague or a family member that went really, really well? As a physician, you are well aware there are certain difficult conversations that we are well-trained to have -- delivering difficult diagnoses or alarming prognoses to patients and their families. However, I'd argue that these are not true "crucial conversations" ... at least for us. Perhaps you'll agree once you see the definition. In fact, most of us struggle to tackle those conversations that seem destined to flare up into full-blown conflict or hostility ... or at…
  • When a physician's hobby becomes an entrepreneurial venture

    Philippa Kennealy
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    How do you cope on those days when you walk into your exam room, only to be confronted by a patient clutching reams of computer printouts, and demanding answers? "Because they told me I should get this/take this/have this ......" Not well, I bet! Especially after the 5th or 6th patient of the day. The frustration and tedium of these repeated experiences prompted ENT surgeon Russell Faust MD PhD into action. Not content to put up with the health information garbage he felt patients were being exposed to, he decided to publish his own patient education materials on a website, and steer both new…
  • Every entrepreneurial physician needs a blog

    Philippa Kennealy
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Okay, this is MY opinionated view ... coming from an entrepreneurial physician for whom a blog has been a hugely valuable business building tool! Most of you know by now what a blog is -- when I first started mine in 2006, they were not nearly as well understood -- but in case you aren't sure, it's "a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent 'post' (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom." (I'm quoting Darren Rowse, one of the earliest successful bloggers The upside of having a blog has been the abundance…
  • Tackle marketing your physician practice or business like a pro

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

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    9-year-old Rory McIlroy wrote Woods a letterGettyThe Northern Irishman, who is now ranked No. 1 in the world, wrote Woods a letter way before the two were ever rivals.Harsh prediction that came trueMore trending contentCreator of pet rock dies at 78Girl scolded for trying on a suit
  • John Lennon's first wife Cynthia dies at age 75

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    John Lennon's first wife Cynthia dies at age 75GettyCynthia Lennon, who was married to the Beatle for six years, passed away this week after a 'short but brave' battle with cancer.Son Julian's response to the lossMore entertainment newsChris Messina to direct a filmKeith Urban on tough criticism
  • Crash victims' families to face agonizing wait

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Crash victims' families to face agonizing waitAPInvestigators finished recovering all of the remains from the crash site on Wednesday, but said they still can't officially identify the victims.Reason for the delayMore on this storyNew video may have surfacedCo-pilot had reported depression
  • Urban says one harsh critic left him scarred

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Urban says one harsh critic left him scarredAPCountry star Keith Urban told Conan Tuesday that when he was 9 years old a talent show judge went straight for the throat.'Crucifying critique' he can't forgetMore to see'Chopped' judges make dessertsKimmel's 'April Fools' challenge
  • Democratic senator charged for corruption

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Democratic senator charged for corruptionAPA federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Sen. Bob Menendez on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. Alleged misuse of power on blastRelated storiesWhat to know about this caseReportedly resigning from panel
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    Xconomy

  • Austin, TX’s Toopher Acquired By Cloud-Computing Giant Salesforce

    David Holley
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    David Holley Online security company Toopher has been sold to Salesforce, according to a note from its co-founders that appeared Wednesday on the company’s website. San Francisco-based Salesforce confirmed the sale. Terms were not disclosed. Toopher developed a technology that uses a person’s cell phone location to authenticate a user’s identity, in an effort to prevent online fraud and identity theft. Toopher will no longer sell its current products, though it will be “delivering the Toopher vision on a much larger scale” by joining cloud computing giant Salesforce (NYSE:CRM),…
  • Days After $22M Raise, Gelesis Files for IPO

    Ben Fidler
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Ben Fidler Gelesis may have raised $22 million just last week, but apparently it had more up its sleeve than just a private equity financing. The Boston-based startup filed papers this afternoon to go public. It intends to use the proceeds from the offering to fund ongoing clinical trials for the anti-obesity pill it’s developing, known as Gelesis100. Gelesis hopes to trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “GLSS.” Should Gelesis complete the offering, it would be the first company created by Boston-based PureTech to go public. PureTech, which formed Gelesis in 2006, remains its…
  • Bioforward, Wisconsin Biotech Trade Group, Names 2nd CEO in 7 Months

    Jeff Engel
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Jeff Engel Wisconsin’s top life sciences trade group has named its second new CEO in the past seven months. Bioforward said today that Lisa Johnson, currently the vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), will take over for current CEO Laura Bray in early May. Bray was named Bioforward CEO in mid-September and officially took the helm of the Madison-based organization in November. Bray replaced Bryan Renk, who stepped down from the post last July. Johnson and Bray couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. Bray previously…
  • NuVasive CEO Resigns After Probe of Personnel and Policy Violations

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Bruce V. Bigelow San Diego-based NuVasive (NASDAQ: NUVA), which makes specialized surgical products for use in spinal surgery, said today that chairman and CEO Alex Lukianov has resigned over violations of the company’s personnel and expense reimbursement policies. Greg Lucier, a NuVasive board member who is the former chairman and CEO of San Diego-based Life Technologies, was named as chairman and interim CEO of the medical device maker, according to a statement from NuVasive. He led Invitrogen/Life Technologies for 11 years, until the Carlsbad, CA-based company was acquired in 2014 by…
  • Northwest Smart Grid Demo Shows Promise, Need for Better Data

    Benjamin Romano
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    View the Slideshow Benjamin Romano The largest smart grid demonstration project in the U.S., covering about a dozen utilities in five Northwest states, has shown how adding more information at all levels of the electricity system can improve efficiency and potentially lower costs. But the project, which wrapped up data collection last summer and is now sharing results, also highlighted the challenge many industries face as they embrace the Internet of Things, deploying more sensors and connected devices that unleash a torrent of data: Ensuring that data is reliable is difficult. Drawing…
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    This is going to be BIG...

  • Announcing a new strategic investor and partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

    Charlie O'Donnell
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    I've said before that I wouldn't take on a partner.  I didn't think I needed one, and I'm happy to say that it seems that I've done just fine without one.  I've had the good fortune of investing in standout companies like Canary, Tinybop, Floored, Orchard, and Ringly, just to name a few.  The fund is performing really well and we've had lots of inbound offers to invest in the second fund, which was being rounded up until recently.  That's when I got an offer I couldn't refuse.Someone called me up that I hadn't met in person before but that I had interacted with over…
  • The Coming Zombie Startup Apocalypse

    Charlie O'Donnell
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Are we in a bubble?And if so, when will it burst?Everyone likes to debate it, and statistically, almost no one gets it right.  Not only is it notoriously difficult to time the market, but even if you did, you'd miss out on individual winners.  Sam Altman of YC recently pointed out that pulling back during the downturn in 2008 would result in several big misses:In October of 2008, Sequoia Capital—arguably the best-ever in the business—gave the famous “RIP Good Times” presentation (I was there).  A few months later, we funded Airbnb. A few months after that, a…
  • No Comment

    Charlie O'Donnell
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    All of three of you seemed to notice that my new blog design is missing comments.  That's because it was rare that any more than three people ever commented on my blog in the first place.  Don't get me wrong.  I wanted feedback.  I love feedback, but most of the feedback wasn't happening in the comments.  It was happening by e-mail and on Twitter.  So, I'd occasionally get a comment or two... and once in a blue moon I'd get like eight.  In over a decade of blogging, I've never found a consistent writing schedule.  I write like I do now, finding twenty…
  • Why the New Seed Might Be a Bad Seed

    Charlie O'Donnell
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    About a year ago, I started hearing about the existence of a "pre-seed" round.  At first, it sounded ridiculous.  Actually, it still sounds ridiculous to me.  The term "seed" implies the very beginning to me.  If you can't go to "seed" investors for your very first investment because you're too early, that just seems weird to me.  At Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, I want to be part of the first money to go into a company, no matter what you call it.  I do the same kind of rounds today that I was doing five years ago.  Two of the first deals I ever did at my…
  • The Gift of the Ask

    Charlie O'Donnell
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It's very easy to think of an ask as a negative--of a burden on someone.   When it comes to startups, however, especially when you've built up a great reputation and done a lot of good work for others, people are not only eager to help you, but they take great pride in being asked.  Working with you is an opportunity.  Getting a chance to take a leap with you is an opportunity.  Earning equity in your endeavor, or having the opportunity to buy some of it on the ground floor, is an opportunity.  It's a gift and you have to start thinking of it as one. So, not only does…
 
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  • An Insider's Look At HubSpot Sidekick's Growth Approach

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Sidekickgrowth team is a small, data driven and aggressive group within HubSpot that works on new, emerging products with massive audiences and a freemium business model (similar to Dropbox and Evernote).  We are constantly pushing ourselves to learn new growth strategies, tactics, and techniques. I have personally become more data driven and model driven after joining the team, and wanted to walk through an example of one decision that became much easier with the use of our generic problem solving framework. I am a big believer in the idea that complicated problems look simple when…
  • 5 Mistakes Founders Make When Hiring Their First Salesperson

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Your MVP is complete. Some seed funding is in the bank, or maybe even a Series A. You’re anxious to see if your product flies off the shelf. It’s time to make that first sales hire. This is a big step. The right call can establish the rocket-ship revenue chart every founder dreams of. The wrong call can be bring down the company. At HubSpot, I hired over 200 salespeople. I made a lot of mistakes. I figured a few things out. Over the years, I have leveraged this experience to help dozens of startups with this critical first sales hire decision. Here are five mistakes I see many founders…
  • Overcoming The Odds: 10 Tips For Getting Into A Top Accelerator

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Just as the CEO is the investor’s interface to a business, the application process and form is your interface into top accelerators like Techstars and Y Combinator. The best programs are super-selective--less than 1% of applicants get in, making them pickier than Harvard, Stanford and MIT. So as our New Year’s present to you, here is the scoop on how to improve your odds of getting in. We can’t speak directly for any programs other than TechStars Boston, which the two of us have known and been involved in for years, but these hints should improve your chances significantly just about…
  • 8 Unconventional Lessons From Quitting My Job At HubSpot

    29 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    The following article is a guest post by Ellie Mirman.  Ellie is the VP Marketing at Toast.  Check out her blog or follow her on twitter: @ellieeille. Three months ago, I told my manager I was going to look for a new job. My parents thought I was crazy. But I knew I was lucky to be in a unique scenario. I had been at HubSpot for seven years and had built an amazing network -- one that I knew I would lean on, both internally and externally, as part of my search. There are all sorts of risks in telling your boss you’re ready to go — getting kicked out on…
  • A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.  Nathan is co-founder and CEO of Foundersuite, a San Francisco-based company developing the ultimate collection of software tools and templates for entrepreneurs.   I’ve worked in Silicon Valley for quite awhile now, and a lot has changed—SaaS and social have supplanted silicon as the medium of choice for starting new companies; San Francisco has usurped Palo Alto as the center of the startup universe; and the 280, long a delightful drive to Sand Hill Road, is now almost as traffic clogged as the 101. But one thing that has…
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  • Zen and the Art of Website Maintenance

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    We’ve built a lot of websites for clients over the years here at Marketing Zen, and in the process, we’ve learned a few things about what works and what doesn’t. A company’s website is its most important online marketing tool – the goal of every single digital marketing activity, whether social media, email, outreach, or SEO, is to get people to visit the site. Once there, traffic should be led through the sales funnel by the content on the site, which should ultimately result in conversions. Sounds easy, right? In reality, it takes either a heck of a lot of trial and error, or…
  • The Art of Fascinating Readers…with Marketing Content

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    When was the last time you were completely uninterested in what someone had to say, felt no connection – at all – with their business or them personally… …but went ahead and gave them your money anyway? I’m guessing the answer is never, right? If you want people to buy from you, you have to connect with them. And the only way to do that is to grab their attention – and hold it. Now, let’s be honest – there are plenty of people out there promoting their businesses with blogs or podcasts or emails that are attention-grabbing – and interesting. So if you want to stand…
  • 3 Quirky Online Marketing Tips My Plumber Taught Me

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    It happened in the shower. I was singing my heart out when I decided to turn the hot water up just a tad. Bad idea. As I turned the knob to adjust the temp… …the whole thing came off in my hand! I just stood there for a minute, staring at the broken knob in my hand. All that was left of its connection to the wall was a tiny piece of metal that didn’t look very promising. And what was even worse – I had made the water too hot! I couldn’t adjust the temperature or turn off the water. I couldn’t even finish my shower. What the heck...The post 3 Quirky Online Marketing Tips My Plumber…
  • 7 Social Marketing Campaigns Which Restore your Faith in Humanity (An Infographic)

    Katie Herum
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    When businesses and marketers hear the words social media, they automatically think marketing. For others, the first thought that comes to mind is connecting with friends. But recently, social media has proven that it has the power to be much, much more than either of those things. It can actually be a force for good in the world. Check out our infographic below for a glimpse into some of the ways social media is being used to make the world a better place. Please feel free to post this infographic on your site. Click on the code below to copy and paste it to your site. By…
  • Go Ahead, Be A Show-Off: 7 Steps to Establishing Expertise on Quora

    Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    If you’ve read our blog for very long, then you’ll know that one of the most important elements of online marketing that we advocate is thought leadership. In order for people to get to know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you, you’ve got to establish yourself as a leader in your industry by showing off your expertise. How do you do this? Every single aspect of your online marketing strategy should be working towards this goal, from the topics you address on your blog and in your email newsletters, to the guest posts you write for your outreach efforts, and from your…
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • How to Take the “Yikes!” Out of Yelp

    Mickie Kennedy
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Yelp is one of the first places that consumers look when they need a review on a business or a restaurant. This means that for small business owners, Yelp can either be an awesome tool or a terrible liability. Yelp offers owners a free account for their business and then publishes crowd-sourced reviews of that business for anyone that might be searching. Yelp was founded in 2004 and last year had approximately 135 million visitors. They also have approximately 71 million reviews shared on their website. This multipurpose platform offers features like sharing events, creating lists, and a…
  • How to Start a Professional Photography Business

    Blogtrepreneur
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    Image from http://pixabay.com Photography is fun, thus the reason for its ever-increasing popularity. Some people handle photography as a hobby, while the rest think of it as a serious profession. Regardless of how you view photography, you can make money from it. You just need to be as creative as possible. Opening and running a photography business requires plenty of planning. You need a number of tools to make your photographs stand out from the rest. However, do not rush to buy a piece of camera, no matter how state-of-the-art it is before conducting some research. Do not come up with a…
  • 5 Reasons Why I Will Never Stop Blogging

    Dan Western
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Ever thought about giving up on the whole blogging thing? According to Social Triggers, there are over 164 million blogs in the world and most of them are getting less than 1000 visitors per month, due to the owners giving up and neglecting their blogs. Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. It can be very frustrating at times, and tempting enough to quit if you’re not getting results or it’s just too time-consuming and doesn’t fit in with your other responsibilities. Even though I’ve only been blogging for a year, it’s been an absolute godsend and I…
  • Guide to Trade Secret Law

    Greg Nunan
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Article contributed by Kelly / Warner Law. You’re a blogtrepreneur. An ambitious word wizard who’s always willing to work harder, longer and smarter. And your innate ingenuity means you’ve probably created a few procedures and business techniques that have led to success. Maybe you’ve stumbled on a “can’t miss” formula for content conversion. Or, perhaps you’ve uncovered an original, profitable (and legal!) way to track expenses. Whatever the case, your innovation boosts your bottom line — which is why it’s wise to know a thing — or seven — about trade…
  • Startups: Funding & Business Loans for Women Entrepeneurs

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    According to the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report there are more than 9.1 million female-owned businesses in the United States. Receiving grants and assistance or getting business loans for women entrepreneurs can be tough, but we hope we may have some solutions for you. Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Business Loans for Women 3. Business Grants for Women 4. Government Grants for Women 5. Minority Business Grants & Startup Grants Introduction Before we dig a little deeper into the type of funding that will suit you and your business you need to first find out what financing…
 
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • Amanda Palmer on How to Fight, Meditate, and Make Good Art

    Ian Robinson
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    “Work with the man when the man can help you make your art…” - Amanda Palmer “When in doubt, remember: At the end of the day, you get to do whatever the fuck you want.” - Amanda Palmer My guest this episode is Amanda Palmer, who first came to prominence as one half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls. Many of you have no doubt seen her surprise hit TED presentation, “The Art of Asking,” which has been viewed more than 6 million times. But her story goes much deeper, and, in this conversation, we delve into her…
  • The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide – Risks, Micro-Dosing, Ibogaine, and More

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    I’m not high in this picture, despite my appearance. DISCLAIMER: DO NOT USE ANY DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. JAMES FADIMAN, Ph.D., did his undergraduate work at Harvard and his graduate work at Stanford, doing research with the Harvard Group, the West Coast Research Group in Menlo Park, and Ken Kesey. He is the author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide. Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” Jim Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic…
  • Optimizing Investing, Blood, Hormones, and Life (Podcast Double-Header: #63 and #65)

    jacobseb
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Discussing life and investing with Mark Hart and Raoul Pal. [DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet. Speak with a medical professional before doing anything medical-related, m’kay?] There is something here for everyone. This post details two jam-packed discussions  — one with world-renowned macro investors and investment strategists (Mark Hart and Raoul Pal), and another with a top performance doc you’ve referenced hundreds of times (Peter Attia, MD). In both, we address dozens of topics, including: - How do you choose an optimal…
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of CrossFit

    Tim Ferriss
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    This post delves into the good, the bad, and the ugly of all things CrossFit.  It answers many important questions, including: - What are the 3 most dangerous exercises in CrossFit gyms? – What are the most common nutritional mistakes of CrossFit athletes? – What do elite CrossFit athletes do differently than the rest? Example: How do Rich Froning and Jason Khalipa warm up? – Is the CrossFit Games really CrossFit? – Is CrossFit a fad? – What is the future of CrossFit? The man to answer all this (and much more) is Kelly Starrett.  He’s trained CrossFit…
  • Productivity Secrets of a Master DJ (Meditation, Morning Routines, and More)

    Ian Robinson
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    (Photo: Ralph Arvesen) Justin Boreta is a founding member of The Glitch Mob. Their music has been featured in movies like Sin City II, Edge of Tomorrow, Captain America, and Spiderman. In this post, we discuss The Glitch Mob’s path from unknown band to playing sold-out 90,000-person (!) arenas.  We delve into war stories, and go deep into creative process, including never-before-heard “drafts” of blockbuster tracks!  Even if you have zero interest in music, Justin discusses habits and strategies that can be applied to nearly anything.  Meditation?  Morning…
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  • Thoughts About Syndwire & Social Signals for SEO

    Caroline Middlebrook
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    I’ve been playing around with some SEO recently and most of it has been around creating a PBN – private blog network as these provide high quality links that you control. Most of what I have learned has come from Alex Becker over at Source Wave. The rise of social signals In recent months Alex has started to shift towards using social signals for SEO and what he says makes total sense. His theory is that even if you have a bunch of high quality PBN links pointing at your site, if your money site and indeed the PBN sites don’t have any social signals whatsoever, that must…
  • SEO Case Study #2 – Niche / Keyword Evaluation

    Caroline Middlebrook
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:42 am
    I am working in a niche that I never thought I would enter because I thought it was just too competitive. However, I actually saw my particular keyword featured on a training course! I wont say which one as that could be a giveaway :-) Basically, I watched the training course where they were showing examples of good keywords to go for. And one of them looked really good so I did my own research on it and really liked it. Now the huge downside is that this was a training course by a fairly high profile person in the industry and I estimated that at least 1,000 people had seen it – so…
  • SEO Case Study #1 – Introduction

    Caroline Middlebrook
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    For the last few months I have been tinkering around with SEO a bit, making lots of mistakes and also making some notes. I know the ‘case study’ style of posts that I used to write a few years ago were always popular so I thought I may as well post here now. Though I won’t be revealing any keywords or domains as that just compromises the results. So, first a little background… I actually find it quite ironic that I have spent five years developing a software tool used in the SEO industry, but have actually done virtually no SEO in that time! Things changed so much…
  • Happy Christmas Everybody :-)

    Caroline Middlebrook
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    This is just a short post to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to note that I most probably will not be posting over the next couple of weeks due to the holiday festivities. I’m sure you all have better things to do than read blog posts over this time anyway! I have just added another tool to my most recent post on text tools and if I find more I shall continue to update them on that post. Here is a picture of a cute kitten in a Santa hat – just because :-) The post Happy Christmas Everybody :-) appeared first on Caroline Middlebrook (v3).
  • A Handful Of Useful Online Text Tools

    Caroline Middlebrook
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today I have just a short post to list a few of the online text manipulation tools that I find myself using pretty much every day. These are simple tools to manipulate domains, spintax, keywords and so on. I hope you find it useful. Extract Domains From Text http://www.toolsvoid.com/extract-domains I work with domains a lot – looking for social bookmarking sites to add to IMAutomator, or lists of domains for places to build links, domains that could be useful to buy to build out for a PBN (Private Blog Network) etc. Usually its much easier to work with just the root domain but lists of…
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Goodbye Comment Link Spammers

    Tyler Cruz
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Yes, I’m talking to you. You know who you are. Be sure to read carefully, as there should be no more incentive for you to leave comments on my blog anymore because as of yesterday, the Top Commentators list now has: rel=’external nofollow’  added to all of its links. They are still links, and also now spawn in a new window, but they will now provide next to no benefit SEO-wise anymore. So, please stop leaving your spam comments on my blog as it will provide no benefit for you anymore. Move on and find another blog to do that. Oh, and years back I already made all actual…
  • Megapost: Meniere’s, Weight Loss, Income Property, and Affiliate Marketing Updates

    Tyler Cruz
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Glen from ViperChill.com sent out a tweet that he had mentioned me in his latest blog post. Reading the post, it made me guilty for only posting once a month these days. Geez… is that really the post frequency I do now? I can remember back to the days when I would consistently post 3-4 times a week. I guess what that’s what happens when you blog for literally a decade with over 1,000 blog posts – you tire out. It’s probably why so few bloggers exist today that existed back in 2004-2005. Anyhow, I thought I’d publish this post and try to get you guys caught up-to-date…
  • Affiliate Marketing Income Report: November 2014

    Tyler Cruz
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With my health slowly improving and in a continued effort to try to get "back on track", I thought I’d go ahead and post another affiliate marketing income report. November 2014 was an interesting month because it kind of caught me by surprise and actually ended up being my 2nd highest profiting month since June 2013! As usual, I’ll discuss more details as this report goes on, but it’s nice to know that I still have some good months in me here and there. If I get 2 months like this back-to-back, for example, that’s roughly enough down payment for another…
  • Learning My First Big Lesson as a Real Estate Investor

    Tyler Cruz
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:53 am
    First, a quick update on my Meniere’s Disease. Fortunately, I’ve been feeling a hell of a lot better over the past few days. The worst "drop attack" occurred on January 31st, and I was definitely still feeling the after-effects of it up to February 10th, but around the 11th I started feeling a lot better and have been improving every day since. I am still not back 100%, but I’m definitely dramatically better… I can even use the computer again! I don’t know if this is due to this disease just having super-long fallouts after the big main drop attacks, the…
  • I Have Been Diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease

    Tyler Cruz
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    I apologize for the sheer lack of posting lately. I have been having medical issues. In fact, I will have to keep this post fairly short because of this. It may also not be the most coherent, especially since it’s currently 2:29am as I can’t sleep due to anxiety. A few days ago, on January 31st 2015, I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. Wikipedia describes it as "a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus, and hearing loss.". Doesn’t sound so bad,…
 
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  • "I want Howard Stern for as long as Howard Stern wants to work. I’m only willing to pay so..."

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    “I want Howard Stern for as long as Howard Stern wants to work. I’m only willing to pay so much. I know what that number is. But even if I was in an al-Qaeda death camp, no one is going to know what that number is but me.” - SiriusXM and Howard Stern in a contract ‘dance’ - Mar. 11, 2015
  • "The proliferation of social media means that the extreme experimentation that was once the exclusive..."

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    “The proliferation of social media means that the extreme experimentation that was once the exclusive provenance of big-name starchitects is now the defining architectural movement of our age. There is no crisis in architecture. The sense of crisis is just a byproduct of the punctured echo chamber. It is architecture’s giant sucking sound. If you listen closely, you will realize that it is being generated by a group of critics and opinion makers who are struggling with a new paradigm where the public calls the shots. This is a world without a dominant style, which confuses the old guard.
  • "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.
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Maximizing the Impact of Videoconferencing

    Simon Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Video conferencing is a rising trend with everyone from the rarified heights of the Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and shiny new startups. However, using video conferencing to its maximum potential and impact has some tips and tricks – and a lot of them are old school rules about communication and how to run a meeting.read more
  • Britain’s Top 50 Business Advisers of 2015 Announced – ABP Coaches Celebrate

    Guest Author
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Warren Knight and Daryl Woodhouse celebrate being named as two of Britain’s top advisers in business. The NextWomen learns more about their achievements which have earned this recognition. read more
  • How to Kickstart Your Fitness for 2015: Xtreme Gym’s Boot Camp!

    Clover Lewis
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Clover Lewis visited Xtreme Gym’s Boot Camp to find out what makes it different, what they have to offer, and whether she could handle the workout!  read more
  • An Interview with Kojo

    Lorraine White
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Lorraine White, Co-founder and Director of menswear brand, Hashtag Collective, was intrigued when she heard that Kojo, known best for being a comedian and radio host, was writing a book and a romance book at that. Above Romance is the new novel out by Kojo and Lorraine White went to meet him to find out more.read more
  • A Chat With Paula Slier, CEO of Newshound Media International

    Estelle Ah-Kiow
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Estelle Ah-Kiow was lucky enough to catch up with broadcaster Paula Slier.read more
 
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Opening for New Crowdfunding Client

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    As America’s Crowd Funding Strategist, Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C, teaches workshops for Small Business Administration, California’s SBDC’s and is a Guest blogger for the Los Angeles Crowd Funding Examiner and other Crowd Funding sites. She has the fastest growing platform for crowdfunding education and project promotion in America. This is an often-requested summary response […] The post Opening for New Crowdfunding Client appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • How to go about printing business cards

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    KW: business card printing – PR 4 and above – Business How to go about printing business cards A business card reflects a number of things about the owner and forms a key element of marketing. The market value of a company can be imagined by taking a look at its business cards; the quality […] The post How to go about printing business cards appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women, keynote speaker – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and The Wright Place TV Show was there. Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women occurred February 24, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Watermark is a community of executive women in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose mission […] The post Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Candy Chang’s Public Art Projects are changing communities everywhere!

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Great innovators are seldom born, they often emerge from the pain and ashes of great personal losses. Candy Chang’s Public Art Projects are changing communities everywhere and she says it all began after losing someone she loved, and instead of living in her deep depression, she choose to create an interactive wall on an abandoned house […] The post Candy Chang’s Public Art Projects are changing communities everywhere! appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Are Bad Credit Business Loans YOUR answer?

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Bad Credit Business Loans is a new program developed by alternative business lenders in response to banks not willing to lend to small business sector. The new lending approach shifted traditional lenders like banks and credit unions to the side. Alternative business lending companies like Elite Merchant Capital has been piloting a whole new package […] The post Are Bad Credit Business Loans YOUR answer? appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
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    Steve Blank

  • Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley

    steveblank
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way In peacetime the U.S. military is an immovable and inflexible bureaucracy. In wartime it can adapt and adopt organizational change with startling speed. BMNT, a new Silicon Valley company, is combining the Lean Methods it learned in combat with the technology expertise and speed of startups. —– But first some history… World War II In World War II the U.S. government reengineered its approach to building weapons. In a major break from the past, where the military designed all its own weapons, 10,000 scientists and engineers from…
  • Getting to “Yes” for Corporate Innovation

    steveblank
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been working with Roberto, the Chief Innovation Officer of a diversified company I’ll call Sprocket Industries. I hadn’t heard from Roberto in awhile and when we caught up, it was clear his initial optimism had faded. I listened as Roberto listed the obstacles to the new innovation program at Sprocket, “We’ve created innovation teams in both the business units and in corporate. Our CEO is behind the program. The division general managers have given us their support. But the teams still run into what feel like immovable obstacles in every part of the company. Finance, HR,…
  • Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

    steveblank
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At our company we have a culture that fears failure. A failed project is considered a negative to a corporate career. As a result, few people want to start a project that might not succeed. And worse, even if someone does manage to start something new, our management structure has so many financial, legal and HR hurdles that every initiative needs to match our existing business financial metrics, processes and…
  • I’m on the Air – On Sirius XM Channel 111

    steveblank
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Starting this Monday, March 9th 4-6pm Pacific Time I’ll be on the radio hosting the Bay Area Ventures program on Sirius XM radio Channel 111 – the Wharton Business Radio Channel. Over this program I’ll be talking to entrepreneurs, financial experts and academic leaders in the tech and biotech industries. And if the past is prologue I guarantee you that this will be radio worth listening to. On our first show, Monday March 9th 4-6pm Pacific Time join me, as I chat with Alexander Osterwalder – inventor of the Business Model Canvas, and Oren Jacob, ex-CTO of Pixar and now CEO of…
  • Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

    steveblank
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    During the Cold War with the Soviet Union, science and engineering at both Stanford and U.C. Berkeley were heavily funded to develop Cold War weapon systems. Stanford’s focus was Electronic Intelligence and those advanced microwave components and systems were useful in a variety of weapons systems. Starting in the 1950’s, Stanford’s engineering department became “outward facing” and developed a culture of spinouts and active faculty support and participation in the first wave of Silicon Valley startups. At the same time Berkeley was also developing Cold War weapons systems. However…
 
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Fashion accessories we love

    First Class Fashionista
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    Want to look like spring’s queen and summer’s goddess? Who doesn’t? Probably, no one. Take these 7 fashion accessory tips (and more) to heart. These stylish fashion accessories undeniably await and unlock Bohemia perfection, but only if styled, fashionably-correct. That said, pledge to the warm season by mastering an effortless boho chic look, utterly pure and smoothly flawless. Temp Tats and Hats They are a celebrity favorite! I had a friend give me a few to wear a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with these metallic gold and silver temporary tats. Flash Tattoos…
  • The Ultimate Spring Dress Guide (with Derby Day in Mind)

    First Class Fashionista
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Everyone in the fashion world should know by now that it’s about to be festival fashion season and with SxSW currently going on, we are reminded just how soon festival season actually is. Speaking of, can you believe it’s about to be April in 2015 already? I guess they don’t say, “time flies by when you are having fun” for no reason, huh? That said, before summer’s festival glory days are here, there are still some spring events that are, more than likely, going to up your wardrobe’s inventory count. Let me put it into perspective for you. Easter, which just…
  • Personality and Perception Quizzes: What’s Your Personality Type?

    First Class Fashionista
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    When visiting my cousin last week, we got into the topic of “What have you been up to lately?” Her answer was rather interesting and lead me onto changing the way I think about myself and others. Knowing your personality type can help you understand why you behave the way you do during almost any situation. By understanding others personality types, you can have a better understanding to why others act or react the way they do in certain situations to you. As human beings, we wear different masks that we show to the world. We have a mask we put on at work when we are with customers and…
  • West coast chic: Festival style bound fashion

    First Class Fashionista
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Shop Items: For Love Lemons Bralette, Asos Print Kimono, Brianna Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Report Booties, West Coast Kimono in Black, Free People Kimono Wrap, MLM Label Denim Crop Top, West Coast Wardrobe Lilly Off the Shoulder Dress, Intermix Fringe Skirt, Free People Moonstone Ring, and the Free People Ono Radiation Ring. Tis the spring and summer festival season, and I am oh so jolly! Inspired by hippies, I thrive on western vibes quite naturally. This artistry collection I’ve put together is a mixture of west coast animation and cool-girl touches with a dash of modern day flair.
  • Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo 2015

    First Class Fashionista
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Can’t get enough fashion? Fret not, because this week began one of my personal favorites- the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo. Yay! I love global fashion, but I do tend to affiliate myself closely with my Japanese counterparts. Tokyo fashion week never fails to produce awe-inspiring and out-of-the-box shows to delight and inspire. The only bad thing is the dramatic time zone difference, which never fails to confuse me when I’m trying to figure out when the days are happening there. The show opened with a fantastic spectacle. Thai label Sretsis transformed the runway into a…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Imagination is more powerful than knowledge

    jeffhilimire
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    I’m currently reading two books. Actually, I’m listening to one and reading another. The one I’m reading is the new Steve Jobs book, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader. The book I’m listening to when I drive or go for a run (via Audible), is Einstein: His Life and Universe. It’s a really interesting experience to go through these two books at the same time. I put both Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein in the genius category, but what cannot be argued is that they were both cut from a different cloth than the rest of us.
  • Why I’m excited to get the new Macbook

    jeffhilimire
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    I’m currently using a Macbook Pro (15inch Retina) that I’ve had since the middle of 2012. And its still a fantastic machine, works great, with a big beautiful display. But I’ve long wanted a Macbook Air, mostly for the long battery life that they get. Plus, the Air is designed for ultimate portability, which is what I crave. Note: If you haven’t used a Retina display, or any super high resolution display, then my advice is: DON’T! It will ruin you for anything that isn’t that crisp and clear. I compare it to watching HD television vs. standard definition.  Because I…
  • Video of the Charles Brewer / Advice For Good event

    jeffhilimire
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Thank you to everyone who attended the Advice For Good event with Charles Brewer on March 2nd. We had close to 100 people attend to hear Charles talk about his story! As some of you know, I was meant to be interviewing Charles but ended up getting very sick that day and asked my good friend, Sanjay Parekh, to take my place. And by everything I heard, both Charles and Sanjay did a fantastic job! It should also be noted, we were raising money for a terrific local non-profit, re:imagine/ATL. Please consider donating to this great cause! And thanks a ton to the Center for Civic…
  • What I’m betting on in 2015

    jeffhilimire
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    Every entrepreneur and CEO is making bets. Maybe they aren’t doing it publicly, or even consciously, but they’re making bets. Maybe its a bet that they’ll nail their IPO, or finally figure out their product market fit, or that they’ll double in size, but they’re making bets. That’s what we do. I couldn’t be more excited about where Dragon Army stands a year and a half into our business. We’re a unique company, one part game studio and one part mobile agency. As a game studio, we can leverage the marketing and technology chops of the mobile agency. As a mobile agency, we…
  • Winning the MAX Awards

    jeffhilimire
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Wow, humbled doesn’t begin to describe the way I feel right now. This morning, only a few hours ago, Dragon Army was awarded the grand prize of the MAX Awards, the annual Marketing Awards for Excellence. We won for the campaign we ran last year with Arby’s in our game, Robots Love Ice Cream. I’ve dreamed of winning a MAX Award since I was about 25 years old, when my first company, Spunlogic, built the website for the event. I’d sit in the crowd and be amazed at the type of work companies in Atlanta were doing and think, “One day, one day.” And today…
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • A Sneak Peek Into The Founder Institute Advanced Founder Lab

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    The Founder Institute recently concluded its inaugural Founder Lab program, in which various promising seed-stage startups from around the globe spent a week in Silicon Valley working with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors. Despite the short duration of the program, participating companies went home with a fully refined pitch-deck, access to the Founder Institute’s global network of founders and investors, and a tactical 2015 execution plan to raise funding, grow KPIs, develop product, and more. If your company can benefit from exposure to Silicon Valley’s most valuable…
  • Seattle FI Grad ReadyPulse Raises $5M for the Future of Marketing

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    ReadyPulse has received $5 million in Series A funding, which has been reported by Lauren Gould in a BusinessWire article titled “ReadyPulse Receives $5M in Series A Funding Delivering the Future of Inspirational Marketing.” ReadyPulse and its Founders Srinivas Penumaka and T Vinod Gupta are Graduates of the Founder Institute Seattle. ReadyPulse is an enterprise software platform using patented tech to surface high quality, authorized social content from brand ambassadors. Social media recommendations that nudge customers to increase their purchases are becoming a potent…
  • Anyone Can Pitch Onstage at the Founder Showcase in Silicon Valley

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    Anyone who attends the Founder Showcase has the opportunity to pitch onstage to hundreds of investors and press with the CrowdPitch Competition. No other event gives attendees access to so much. Since we started the CrowdPitch Competition at the 13th Founder Showcase, all three winners have closed a significant funding round, including UpOut, who went on to raise $850,000; Knightscope, who has since raised raised $1 million; and Camperoo, who was admitted into Y Combinator. To participate in the CrowdPitch Competition: Purchase a ticket to the 16th Founder…
  • Better Weekdays In President Barack Obama’s TechHire Initiative

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Chris Motley, CEO of Better Weekdays, understands the potential of investing in people who deliver great returns. He was recently featured in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article titled “Better Weekdays founder makes key connections in St. Louis” by David Nicklaus. Better Weekdays is a Chicago Founder Institute Graduate. The company provides a cloud-based career management software platform that enables for-profit colleges to improve job placement outcomes among its graduates and maintain federal compliance.Better Weekdays began to attract the attention of several technology…
  • The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential role in their local economy, share in the value of the companies they help create, and are included in FI’s global network of more than 1,400 global entrepreneurial leaders. If you want to see what some of our current Directors are up to, below is an up-to-date list…
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    Thriveal CPA Network

  • Book Review: Scaling Up

    Scott Kregel
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Many of us have heard of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. You know – the standing meetings, the quarterly priorities, the common language of reporting, communication and feedback loops. I’ll be honest… I never read the book. Well, last fall, a customer reached out about some ideas of theirs as it related to a major project […]
  • You Are A Salesperson

    Jason Blumer
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    One main job of a firm leader is to be a salesperson. This is at the heart of the main thing we do. And it’s important to build your firm so that you can devote time to this important function. I’ve tried to delegate this role to others in my firm, and it hasn’t worked yet. […]
  • Stop Pricing To Win

    Bryan Coleman
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    That’s right. I said it. I know, I know… You’re hungry for new business and it feels good to win a proposal. I know that feeling. I call it the “seller’s high,” like a runner’s high. I’m on top of the world when I win new business. The problem is when you first start out all you […]
  • How Contingent Bonuses Affect Motivation (Based On A True Story)

    Greg Kyte
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    One way to get me to do almost anything is to call me a chicken. As a matter of fact, just inferring that I’m a chicken is usually enough. I even do it to myself to motivate me. Which is how I ended up asking for a 100% raise and a $10,000 bonus.     […]
  • Brands Don’t Really Exist

    Adrian Simmons
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Over the years, I’ve developed a skepticism of brands, a healthy one I hope. And I would venture to say you have too. One ad after another, all making claims to be the best thing ever. Common sense tells us it can’t actually be — we all want to believe that particular cologne/perfume is going […]
 
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    Carol Roth » Business Unplugged

  • Strategies to Make Tax Season Less Stressful

    Carol Roth
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    So, it’s that dreaded time of year again- tax season.  I know it can be stressful, not only because you have to give up a part of your hard-earned income, but with changing tax laws, the filing process for small business owners can be complex and daunting.  And if you don’t do it correctly, you [...]
  • How to Boost Employee Morale to Increase Productivity

    Catherine Morgan
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Entrepreneurs always want to do more with less. We want to get great results with less money. And we also want to get more productivity from our current employees. Carol recently started writing for TINYhr.com, and I think many readers of this blog will want to check it out. Carol reminds us that happy employees [...]
  • What Topics Should We Cover?

    Catherine Morgan
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As the editor of Business Unplugged, I have a question for you: What topics would you like to see covered here on the blog? I know what gets shared the most, but what would you like to learn about? What could we cover in more depth? What do you come here to read? Some things [...]
  • Guest Blogging: The Right Way to Pitch a Blog Editor

    Catherine Morgan
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest blogging on someone else’s site can be a good way to gain exposure for yourself and your product / service, and to boost yourself and your company in search results. It is a sound business strategy for some types of businesses, especially service businesses. I have been the editor for Business Unplugged™ for more [...]
  • One of Small Business’s Biggest Advantages—Flexibility

    Carol Roth
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    While being a small business “fish” among the larger corporate “whales” has its challenges, there are some benefits that you can really make work to your advantage. One major advantage that your small business has over the big fish is flexibility. Those large corporations have all kinds of red tape, bureaucracy and regulations that can [...]
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    Lessons Learned

  • Kickstarter news -- and a Reddit AMA

    Sarah Rainone
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Thank you - thank you - thank you! You've helped make the first week of my Kickstarter campaign a success—we've blown through our funding goal and are scrambling to add new backer rewards to replace the ones you've all sold out. (Read the detailed update here).I wanted to share some news and updates about stretch goals, bonus rewards, and you can Ask Me Anything at 5:30 EST today (Wednesday, March 25th) on Reddit. New rewardsOur rewards are running out! Since many have already sold out, we’ve added a few new ones: a special reward for Kickstarter creators including a mini…
  • My Kickstarter campaign is live -- I hope you'll be a part of it.

    Sarah Rainone
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Since I published The Lean Startup, I have been compiling stories about the challenges and rewards of adopting the methodology. Sometimes I would interview people and take notes, and they’d ask me what I was writing and where the story might appear.“I don’t know,” I’d say.I really didn’t. Writing a book is painful, and I wasn't sure I ever would do it again. Plus the details about day-to-day implementation I was asking people to share were unlikely to ever end up in a business book aimed at a general audience. But I knew these stories and details were valuable--both for…
  • Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs - from Guy Kawasaki

    Sarah Rainone
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    We live today in a golden age of writing and resources for entrepreneurs. There are books on most (but not yet all) of the critical topics about startups, and of course a massive amount of information on blogs and Twitter. Elite VCs - from Brad Feld to Reid Hoffman to Peter Thiel - write books and tweet constantly (or at least one does). As the ecosystem develops, this information is getting more and more specialized, which is awesome. But it was not always this way! Even 10 or 15 years ago, when I first cut my teeth as an entrepreneur, there were very few things to read. Mostly we read…
  • SXSW 2015

    Sarah Rainone
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    I'm excited to be speaking at SXSW for the first time in two years. On March 16, I've promised to talk about "Everything Eric Ries Has Learned Since 2011" - the ways the Lean Startup movement has grown and transformed since I published The Lean Startup. I'll also be officially announcing the launch of the Kickstarter campaign that I teased a few weeks ago. Here's the official blurb:In The Lean Startup, I argued that entrepreneurship is the management discipline that deals with situations of extreme uncertainty. I claimed that the entrepreneurial mindset could be used in companies of all sizes…
  • I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign

    Sarah Rainone
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have some news I'm excited to share: I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign in March. I can't wait to tell you more about it. But before I do, I'm conducting a very short survey. It's been a while, but long time readers know I always try to collect data before any kind of launch.Please click here if you're interested in participating. I'll have more details to share soon.(If your company makes a product for entrepreneurs that you'd like to donate as a backer reward for the campaign, please get in touch.)
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    Under30CEO

  • What I Learned 5 Years After Starting My Business

    Under30CEO
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The media loves a good story about a successful startup company, taking a good idea and turning it into a billion dollar business. Entrepreneurs see the success of other companies and envision their idea or business concept blossoming into a success story, just like Facebook or Uber. What the news doesn’t cover is the fact that 80% of businesses fail within 3-years after opening their doors. According to Forbes, there are over 543,000 new businesses started each month (but more employer businesses shut down than start up each month) I can vividly remember sitting in a coffee shop on a cold…
  • Listening To Your Gut

    Under30CEO
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    How to give yourself some credit and realize that you know more than you think you know. Have you ever had a “gut” feeling? Also called a hunch, a feeling, and intuition. Pretty much everyone has. A gut feeling is when you feel very strongly about something even when you cannot see the whole picture. You start saying things like “I feel it in my bones that this is what I should do” and “There is no way that I am wrong on this one”. But then someone or something comes along and presents “facts” to you as to why your gut may be wrong. So you proceed with what you think are the…
  • Trep Travels – Interview with Hipmunk’s Adam Goldstein

    Michael Luchies
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
     Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur Interview Series This is part nine of the ten part series. Follow the Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur interview series on Under30CEO.com. Interview Series Sponsored by Hiscox Small Business Insurance.  Hiscox specializes in protecting IT/technology, marketing, consulting, health and beauty, photography and many other professional services businesses, tailoring coverage to the specific risks in your industry The day after graduating college, most of us are still celebrating or recovering from the night before.  One day after now 27-year-old Adam Goldstein…
  • The Definition of Success

    Under30CEO
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was watching a documentary called Nothing To Lose about the Co-founder of Visalus, Ryan Blair, and heard something that really caught my attention: In 1806, the definition of Success in the Webster dictionary was to be fortunate, happy, kind and prosperous. In 2013 the definition of success is the attainment of wealth, fame and power. This change in the definition of success tells a great deal about society and how we have steadily glamorized wealth and power. The popularity of television shows about entrepreneurship and successful entrepreneurs touting their successes in books and podcasts…
  • 7 Things I Learned Dropping out of College to Start a Hedge Fund

    Under30CEO
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I was 20, I made a bold decision that would forever change my life; I dropped out of University. All of my friends and family thought I had lost my mind. I told them I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I tried college but I just kept thinking to myself, I needed to be out there, starting businesses and getting hands on experience and learning of how to start, run and manage a business. I decided sitting in a classroom wasn’t for me, and I would try my hand at entrepreneurship. See, ever since I was young, I had been an entrepreneur. I successfully ran my business, renting out my pets to…
 
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    Fizzle

  • 5 Questions to Ask Before You Jump Into Entrepreneurship

    Corbett Barr
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Entrepreneurship is all the rage. It’s everywhere. In TV and movies (Shark Tank, Silcon Valley, The Social Network), in books (The Four Hour Workweek, The $100 Startup, Lean Startup), in podcasts (StartUp, The Smart Passive Income podcast), and of course in blogs (Techcrunch and countless others). Entrepreneurship has gone mainstream. There are at least 400 startup incubators and accelerator programs in existence. Being an entrepreneur is glamorized, and for good reason. Startup companies are capable of transforming entire industries and of solving important global problems. At a personal…
  • You Don’t Have to Choose a Niche! (The Largest Blogs Online Never Did, FS098)

    Chase Reeves
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    We may have to eat our own words a bit on this one. Regardless, it’s eye-opening to see what makes some of the biggest blogs on the web work. If you’re interested in choosing a niche (or in not choosing a niche), this conversation will be important for you. I’ll leave it at that and let the podcast episode do the talking. Enjoy! (Subscribe if you haven’t yet!) It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download You don’t have to choose a niche! (The largest blogs…
  • How Not To Launch A Product: 10 Things I Wish I Had Done Differently

    Adam Clark
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s 6 a.m. on launch day and, after staying up all night, I’m still working furiously to finish my online course so I don’t disappoint the 132 people who pre-purchased. “Why do I keep doing this?,” I thought. I would like to think I’ve matured in 15 years, but I’ve been repeating the same all-nighter-before-a-deadline pattern since college. This is different. It’s not a college exam, it’s my first product. And, just like the exams, I vastly underestimated how much time it would take to make this product. I hate all nighters. They wreak…
  • The Exact Moment I Chose a Better Niche (097)

    Chase Reeves
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Bonnie asks a question in this show that took us where I didn’t expect we’d go. As Corbett, Barrett and I started responding to her question (which is as funny as it is important) we travelled into a conversation about choosing a better niche. Niche advice grows like trees in the internet business world. Here at Fizzle we talk about the “niche please” mindset often. And not always in a dubious way. The target market guide that’s helped so many people is simply another method for choosing your niche… a people first method. Bonnie’s question in this…
  • Fizzle is Hiring! Join us as a Member Success Specialist

    Corbett Barr
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    The FizzleCo team is once again growing! We’re entering into an exciting stage of growth at Fizzle, and this is a great opportunity for the right person to join a very special little company. Note: this position starts as a half-time role and may expand from there. Please read on for the full details. Your responsibility on the team will be member success and satisfaction. This is an intensely customer-focused role. You’ll be interacting with Fizzle members every day to provide the support they need to get the most benefit possible from Fizzle. You may recall that we posted a…
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    Strategy

  • 9 things successful people do right before bed

    Jacquelyn Smith
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The very last thing you do before bed tends to have a significant impact on your mood and energy level the next day, as it often determines how well and how much you sleep. Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their mental and physical health, which is almost entirely dependent upon their getting enough sleep. That is why bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them — and why the very last thing most successful people do before bed is read.1. They read. Experts agree that reading is the very last thing most successful people do…
  • How to work 80 hours a week and still have a life

    Kathleen Elkins
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Wall Street executives, entrepreneurs, and consultants are known for working crazy long hours.  Logging 80 hours a week is not uncommon for them, and that number can hit the triple digits during especially busy weeks. But some have figured out how to have a life outside of work, despite their insane schedules.  We talked to several people who routinely put in 80 hours and successfully balance work and life. Here's how they do it: Tomasz Kucemba, CEO of  KARORA Cosmetics. This CEO logs 100 hours a week at peak performance, and lives by the mantra, "work hard, play…
  • The ugly truth behind the notion of the 'dream job'

    Drake Baer
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Americans have some odd notions. Take, for instance, the dream job. "We all want a dream job," performance strategist Laura Garnett writes at Inc. "Just like finding that one great love," she says, "it's a goal that virtually everyone has." As you can tell from Garnett's comparison, the dream job is a romantic idea. Like the pursuit of "that one great love," it's misguided, unrealistic, and self-defeating. Let's dig into it. The "one great love" sentiment is another way of talking about a "soul mate" or "better half." It goes back to Ancient Greece, some 2,300 years ago. In Plato's…
  • Why GM CEO Mary Barra will end an important meeting to go to her daughter's soccer game

    Richard Feloni
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra is rethinking how to manage the 216,000-employee strong auto company, and she's starting with her own schedule. At last month's 2015 Catalyst Awards, honoring progressive gender initiatives in American corporations, Barra told Catalyst president and CEO Deborah Gillis that one of her management initiatives at GM is to maintain a happy and thus more productive workforce. One tactic is to promote her own work-life balance, which she hopes serves as a model for her employees, she said. "General Motors — or any company — will take from you 24/7 and not feel bad,"…
  • Why telling your employees to 'relax' is one of the worst things you can do

    Jacquelyn Smith
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    When you're stressed out at work, one of the worst things your boss can say is: "Just relax!"  "In most situations, telling someone to relax is not just annoying — it's deceptive and hurtful," writes Brian de Haaff, CEO of Aha!, in a recent LinkedIn post.  Here's why telling someone to relax when something serious has gone wrong is one of the worst things a boss can do: 1) It devalues the leader. "During times of stress, the most valuable thing you can offer as a leader is understanding," de Haaff explains. "People do not expect you to solve their problems — but they…
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    Head Startup

  • Experts to do reliable roof repair services

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
      People always have confusion in selecting their house roofs since that decides the beauty of house. Mostly they search for durable material roofs to offer minimum maintenance work to house owners for several years. Metal roofs have good range of features to offer range benefits and also reduce cost of future repair services. The roof material used must be durable and fit enough to withstand in all weather conditions. The main and initial procedure in building construction is roof selection. The installation process of roofs differs according to building structures. This installation…
  • VIRTUAL ASSISTANT- A BLOOMING CARRIER

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
      Toady educational field is growing very fast all the new inventions and current technologies which are used are introduced in the curriculum and they also introduced many new subjects in the syllabus which are very interesting and useful for our carrier. Today’s students have an option to choose their carrier grow in that field and their parents are also supportive for their decision. In man’s life he follow a particular life cycle that is born study work and die but the thing is what we are going to study, what kind of field I am going to choose and how to mould my carrier. These…
  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
  • Best ways to get more income online

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
 
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  • Experts to do reliable roof repair services

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
      People always have confusion in selecting their house roofs since that decides the beauty of house. Mostly they search for durable material roofs to offer minimum maintenance work to house owners for several years. Metal roofs have good range of features to offer range benefits and also reduce cost of future repair services. The roof material used must be durable and fit enough to withstand in all weather conditions. The main and initial procedure in building construction is roof selection. The installation process of roofs differs according to building structures. This installation…
  • VIRTUAL ASSISTANT- A BLOOMING CARRIER

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
      Toady educational field is growing very fast all the new inventions and current technologies which are used are introduced in the curriculum and they also introduced many new subjects in the syllabus which are very interesting and useful for our carrier. Today’s students have an option to choose their carrier grow in that field and their parents are also supportive for their decision. In man’s life he follow a particular life cycle that is born study work and die but the thing is what we are going to study, what kind of field I am going to choose and how to mould my carrier. These…
  • The honest reviews about real estate companies support residents

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
      Today, many house owners are willing to sell their property because many reasons like immediate finance needs. It is very helpful to approach real estate companies as soon as the house owners have decided to sell their home. Residents in Auckland can sell house fast with the help of real estate Auckland companies. Some homeowners think that marketing is very important for the house sale. It is a fact, but marketing is not necessary when the homeowners are hiring the best buying companies. The experts in these buying companies will help house owners to get the best deals on their house…
  • Public trusts to serve poor people

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
      Nowadays, there are a number of hospitals and other service based organizations available in Ngati Paoa. Most of these organizations were profit based and private sectors that is only motivated to get more profits. But the Ngati Paoa Trust (Public trust) is the service based organization that is not motivated to get profits. The only mission of these kinds of trusts is to serve the poor people with what they needs. The charitable trusts and hospitals were useful for the poor people to get extensive care without any issues. The trusts were helpful for the poor people to get…
  • Best ways to get more income online

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Nowadays, most of the people were interested to learn the language English because of its popularity. And if you are fluent in the language and able to teach it to others trough the internet then you can get more income in your free time. The only thing people have to do is Teach English overseas in their free time through the internet. The educational institutes were hiring professionals to teach their students. One can get sources of income with the help of their English language skills and talents. Any person can become as a teacher in the reputed institute and get their salaries…
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  • A mysterious Russian-led Boston startup wants to challenge Uber

    David Harris
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Transit startup Uber has received the bulk of media attention lately, but there are other competitors out there such as Lyft and Sidecar. Now a mysterious new startup based in Boston wants to enter the same market. Fasten Inc., a company that recently raised $9.2 million in funding and is being led by a group of Russian techies, uses a smartphone app to connect riders and drivers. Sound familiar? The company, which describes itself as being founded from "one of the largest taxi companies in the…
  • How Eastern Bank helped Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler score yet another interception

    Greg Ryan
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    You can relax some, Russell Wilson. You aren't the only quarterback who fell prey to the New England Patriots' Malcolm Butler this winter. The cornerback, whose miraculous last-second interception sealed the Patriots' victory over Wilson's Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, made a surprise appearance at an Eastern Bank charity event on Wednesday. Former Boston College and Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie, a Boston sports legend in his own right, let loose a lateral toward a receiver on the second…
  • Fed civil rights official: Lynn violated Gordon College students' First Amendment rights

    Mary Moore
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    In a stinging letter to Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights has informed the city that it violated the First Amendment rights of Gordon College, its students and President Michael Lindsay when its school committee cut ties with the college. The Lynn School Committee last August voted to end a relationship with Gordon College through which college students served as student teachers in Lynn public schools. The School Committee's decision was…
  • Groups call for more funding, continued expansion of MBTA

    Eric Convey
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Business and civic groups, most of which are supporters in general of increased government spending, called today for the infusion of more money into the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The groups state in a white paper released today: "In light of the MBTA’s enormous maintenance backlog, some have called for a freeze or moratorium on so-called 'expansion projects.' We strongly believe that it is misguided and that it would handicap the region’s economic growth and job creation potential…
  • Charles River Labs CEO reports $10M in compensation, another $8M in stock and option value

    Jessica Bartlett
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    James Foster, the president and CEO of Charles River Laboratories, saw a 34 percent increase in direct compensation in 2014 and reported another $8 million in value realized from prior-year stock and option awards. In total, his direct compensation and value realized from equity holdings totaled roughly $18 million. The payouts corresponded with a successful year for Charles River Labs (NYSE: CRL), which conducts research for companies on a contracted basis. The company said operating income increased…
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  • Do More of What Already Works

    James Clear
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    In 2004, nine hospitals in Michigan began implementing a new procedure in their intensive care units (I.C.U.). Almost overnight, healthcare professionals were stunned with its success. Three months after it began, the procedure had cut the infection rate of I.C.U. patients by sixty-six percent. Within 18 months, this one method had saved 75 million dollars in healthcare expenses. Best of all, this single intervention saved the lives of more than 1,500 people in just a year and a half. The strategy was immediately published in a blockbuster paper for the New England Journal of Medicine. This…
  • Use This Simple Daily Habit to Add More Gratitude to Your Life

    James Clear
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:51 pm
    I have a simple gratitude habit that I have been following nearly every day for three years. I want to share it with you here. First, let me set the stage. The Minor Tragedy The other day I ordered takeout from one of my favorite Indian restaurants for dinner. My family had a tight timeline that night, which meant we would only be together for an hour before everyone had to run off in separate directions. We picked up the food and drove home, but when we opened the bag we realized that the restaurant had forgotten to include one of the main dishes from our order. In the grand scheme of…
  • My 2015 Integrity Report

    James Clear
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Today I am publishing my second annual Integrity Report. The main purpose of my Integrity Report is to document the steps I’m taking to set a higher standard in my work, lead with honesty, and build a business that serves first. Integrity is one of those qualities that is easy to talk about, but much harder to live out on a day-to-day basis. My hope is that this report provides a reason for me to revisit my core values each year and consider if I have been living by them. There are 3 main questions that I will answer in this Integrity Report. (You are welcome to replicate these questions…
  • The Goal is Not the Point: Choose a Path and Then Walk It

    James Clear
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Imagine, for a moment, that your life is like a treasure hunt. It’s not much of a leap, really. Like any good treasure hunt, you have a map to guide you. In life, the map is your corner of the universe. Some of the areas on the map you know quite well. These areas are the places and people and things that you’re familiar with and that are part of your daily life. Other areas of the map are foreign to you. These yet-to-be-explored regions are home to the milestones in life that you can imagine reaching, but that have eluded you thus far. This undiscovered portion of the map is where your…
  • Your First Choice is Rarely the Optimal Choice: 5 Lessons on Being Wrong

    James Clear
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:18 pm
    As a rule, we are incredibly hard on ourselves when it comes to making big decisions in life. If our first five relationships end with a break up, we think we’re destined to be alone forever. If we go to school, get a degree, and spend years training for a job that we end up hating, we feel like a failure for not having it all figured out. If we have a dream of writing a book or starting a non-profit or creating something of value and we stumble on the first try, we say that we’re not cut out for this. In cases like these, when we are attempting to do something that is complex and…
 
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  • Ways a Business can Benefit by Creating a Healthier Working Environment for Employees

    Vivek Krishnan
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:52 am
    One of the best ways a business can improve their employee’s working environment is by encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle. Doing this will not only be beneficial to the employee, but it can also be an advantage for the business and the work they do. Healthy Living can be Difficult for Employees While many people today are striving to pursue a healthier lifestyle, it can be difficult to accomplish. Many times, people become too busy and they neglect their health and wellness. Employees who do not take care of their physical and mental well-being, are frequently less productive at…
  • Getting Your Small Business Over a Hump

    Vivek Krishnan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    Every small business owner knows that plenty of ups and downs come with the territory. Your business can be thriving one month and struggling the next, or you could suddenly gain an unexpected influx of new customers after a dry spell. Since these humps are inevitable, it’s important to know how to handle them successfully. First, don’t underestimate the importance of your attitude during the rough times. As the owner, your attitude regarding your current circumstances can be contagious. If you’re negative and stressed out, these emotions will be passed along to your…
  • 3 Basic Tips to Find A Great Job for Yourself

    Vivek Krishnan
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Trying to find a job in today’s market can be a little scary. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find the job of your dreams. In the vast majority of cases, a great job isn’t going to fall in your lap, but you can improve your chances of finding satisfying employment by keeping these tips in mind. Research Job Requirements Early Many students start really researching job options as they near the end of their schooling. However, it’s better to start researching job requirements before you even begin higher education. When you know what type of job you…
  • The Uses of Signal Time Clock

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

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

    Sindhu Kashyap
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Location-based apps are the new catchphrase in today’s app world. While these apps direct you to eat outs and entertain hubs of the area, or connect you with people of the locality, the big question – where are you? – remains the, well, big question. The wWhere app was especially designed to replace the “Where are you?”texts, which amount to a whopping 30 per cent of total text messages sent by smartphone users across the globe. “In the world of smartphones, we are still stuck with the conventional ways of finding locations: street names, closest landmarks, or asking…
  • Sebi issues proposal for new fund-raising platform for startups

    Team YS
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Last year was a windfall for startups in India. Of the 304 deals tracked by YourStory, 229 had amounts disclosed totalling to a sum of $5.2 billion with biggies like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Ola, UrbanLadder, and Zomato leading the race. To help startups and young entrepreneurs raise funds, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) recently proposed an ‘Alternate Capital Raising Platform’, wherein such firms can raise money from institutions and HNIs from the capital markets under a relaxed regulatory regime, according to PTI. The move is aimed at helping such companies raise funds…
  • Runway to Success – celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship

    Team YS
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    This article is sponsored by  Runway To Success Ramesh, a 23 year old automobile engineer, was in the business of making electric bikes. The aim of this innovative entrepreneurial venture was to provide electric bikes and help hundreds of retailers to distribute milk and food in villages efficiently. Unfortunately, some of his business decisions did not turn out to be the way he expected. Ramesh was very well aware of the fact that start-ups will need repeated attempts and perseverance, and at this stage of his business he was in a position to take advice and pointers from the veterans in…
  • Jatin Varma on Comic Con and India’s ‘overhyped reading habits’

    S. Aijaz
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Jatin Varma, founder of Comi Con India “Okay! Worst case scenario – we’ll lose some money.” “I started Comic Con India as an experiment,” begins Jatin Varma, the brainchild behind the extravagant comic book exhibition in India. Before Comic Con, Varma published his own comic book magazine Random, styled after the immensely popular American MAD magazine. Through Random, Varma created a network of illustrators scattered across Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Random was a rare home-grown platform for comic book writers and illustrators. But Varma was still not…
  • Will I ever raise money?

    K. Srikrishna
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    My college-going daughter and I kid one another that New York city must be filled with single neurotic women who can’t find Mr. Right. And their ticking biological clocks aren’t helping! We joke about this, for that’s the impression you’d get from the innumerable movies that we’ve guiltily enjoyed watching together. If you replace “Will I find Mr. Right?” with the question “Will I ever get funded?” we might as well be talking about the typical entrepreneur who’s tired of pitching to their nth prospective investor. And the ticking…
 
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    StartUpLift

  • GANTTplanner – Turn Your Google Calendar Into A Gantt Chart

    StartUpLift
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    GANTTplanner provides a better scheduling and planning view for your Google calendar. Target Audience: Agencies, Project Business. In general people in need of a better scheduling view for Google calendar Website URL: https://www.GANTTplanner.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer…
  • TheParty.Net – Free Event Planning with Local Search Results

    StartUpLift
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    TheParty.Net provides event-specific, unbiased, single-click, localized search results for wedding, event and party planning. Target Audience: Individuals planning a party, wedding or corporate event, the soccer mom planning a season-ending party and anyone going to an event looking for a fresh idea. Website URL: http://www.theparty.net No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not…
  • Actisto – Share your voice, smile, file and screen. Without registration and for free.

    StartUpLift
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    Actisto is a service fo people who need to share files quickly, online, without registration and installation. For free. Target Audience: Anyone Website URL: www.actisto.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 5 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected.
  • Button Frog – Sticker Mule for Buttons

    StartUpLift
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    Button Frog is the easiest way to buy custom buttons. Target Audience: swag purchasers Website URL: https://www.ButtonFrog.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Note to Feedback Providers: Please note that businesses are looking for in-depth feedback that gives them thorough, insightful and actionable input. A ‘superficial’ submission that does not add value, is not thorough (i.e. written in a hurry, with poor grammar, punctuation etc.) and does not offer any concrete, constructive feedback is not helpful and will be rejected. 1) Look around the home page – what is…
  • ShiftZen – Restaurant Scheduling Software

    StartUpLift
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    ShiftZen is designed to make the schedule available to owners, managers and staff. Target Audience: Managers/Owners/Operators of Independent and Franchise Restaurants/Retail/Gyms Website URL: https://www.ShiftZen.com No. of Feedback Providers Requested: 3 Feedback sought: 1) Did the look and feel of the homepage leave you wondering what the service does? 2) Is there too much/not enough text on homepage? 3) Is the signup call to action fairly obvious? 4) Go to search engine of your choice and find one other company that offers a similar service. Compare the two companies. Which on do you…
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  • 5 Reasons to Start a Technology Business in Columbus

    Tom Walker
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s been a hectic and very rewarding first quarter at 1275 Kinnear Rd. We formally announced our rebrand from TechColumbus to Rev1 Ventures, introduced an exciting new website, and completed improvements to Rev1 Labs (previously SpringBox Labs incubator). We love the cool look of our new logo, business cards and signage, but the thing that […]
  • Kj Studios Manufacturing Products to Enhance Work Station Functionality

    Susan Post
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you work in an office at a work station, that nameplate marking your space and coat hook had to come from somewhere. All of those products have a story. Locally, Kj Studios is turning out U.S.-manufactured modular workstation signage and other accessories for an efficient, organized workplace. Kj Studios stared in 1993 as an […]
  • Local Business Growing Like Weeds

    Douglas Craven
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    ZINGER!! Weed Zinger that is. Andrea Watros brought the dream of the Weed Zinger to ECDI. The Weed Zinger is a next-generation weeding tool that requires no bending or struggling and is fun for the whole family (seriously!). “ECDI was the first group who said they believed in my business and actually backed this up […]
  • J-Pops Gourmet Ice Pops Expanding for 2015 Season

    Susan Post
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Mother Nature might decide it’s actually spring in Ohio sometime, and once she does, J-Pops will be hitting the streets with an expanded fleet for the 2015 season. The gourmet ice pop maker recently announced its expansions from one to three carts. Steven White’s icy treats have gained a following by using quality ingredients and […]
  • Caddy’s Delight Bringing Virtual Golf to Grandview

    Susan Post
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Family-friendly fun is at the heart of a new Grandview-area business. Located at 1158B W. Third Ave., Caddy’s Delight offers virtual golf and blacklight putt-putt for golfers of all ages at nearly all hours of the day. The facility fills two niches for the area. First, it address the lack of family activities in a […]
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    Visionwiz » Business and Technology blog, venture funding and Start ups

  • 6 Upcoming Startups

    VisionwizTeam
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    6 Upcoming Startups 1. ScreenBox ScreenBox is a new startup that aims to help you turn  any screen into a digital sign by using your dropbox account. By using this startup you can  control any PDF presentations, HTML files,videos and pics automatically across multiple screens. 2. Equipped Equipped is a new startup that aims to streamlined equipment management for your growing business. 3. Lendal Lendal is a new startup that aims to help you borrow stuff you need, make money off what you don’t. 4. ClearPrediction ClearPrediction is a new  startup  that uses clearpredictive analytical…
  • How Startups Should Balance Risk With Right Opportunity

    Martin
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Outside of dreams, there is no real business opportunity without risk. Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk. As an active Angel investor, I still hear entrepreneurs asserting large opportunities with minimal risk and no competition. My conclusion either way is that they have no market, or haven’t looked. According to a book a while back by serial entrepreneur and former race car driver Tom Panaggio, “The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur’s Unexpected Edge,” smart business owners embrace…
  • How Big Data Is Impacting Human Behavior?

    Martin
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:32 pm
    We are now solidly in the era of big data, where computers are capturing and processing the details of everything we do with all our interconnected devices in real time. Businesses see this as the Holy Grail for finally being able to predict who, where, and when customers will buy their existing solutions, and what their future solutions must look like to be attractive. By some estimates, humankind now captures the same amount of data in any two days than in all of history prior to 2003. That’s a lot of data, but the jury is still out on whether technology can make any sense of the data,…
  • 5 Beta Startups For SignUp

    VisionwizTeam
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:59 pm
    5 Beta Startups For SignUp 1. OptimizePlayerBeta Optimizeplayerbeta is a new beta startup that aims to help you  publish, market, and measure your business videos. 2. PreShift PreShift is a new  free workplace messaging app that makes life easier for restaurant and retail workers. Stay in touch outside of work, coordinate shift changes and manage your schedule directly from the app. 3. ShopInbox ShopInbox is a new beta startups that automatically keeps track of shipments, receipts, manuals and warranties for everything you buy. 4. Seedr Seedr is a new startup that allows you to watch…
  • How To Attract The Best Advisors For Your Startup Company

    Martin
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Every startup needs a couple of advisors with deep experience and connections in your business domain or financial skills to complement your technical focus. Advisors need to be mentors, looking ahead and directing you on key actions to take or avoid. Unfortunately, many prefer the role of critic, looking backward to highlight your mistakes. These people don’t help you or your startup. Obviously, you can learn from both, but mistakes already made cost you more in time and money to recover, while mistakes avoided save both. A mentor’s objective is to build your confidence and business…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • Dire Directions: Keep Your Business from Facing Insolvency

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    British businesses have been entering insolvency in record numbers. One surprising reason they seem unable to catch their own decline is that they are simply unable to recognize the warning signs when they come. You base your insights on poor budgets and cash flow plans No business can operate without well-thought-out budgets and cash flow forecasts. Many companies, though, put their plans together with nothing more than gut instinct. Turning instead to business data and other logical methods is likely to be more informative, and offer the warning signs necessary. Your company frequently…
  • What to Look for in a Computer Network

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    A computer network is a telecommunications network that allows systems to exchange data between one another. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know when setting up your network, from connection types, internal systems, and, most importantly, how to protect it. Wired or Wireless? While wireless networking is becoming the standard in offices across the country, wired networking still has its advantages. Going wireless gives you more flexibility regarding where you want to set up your equipment, which is especially important if you have a lot of laptop users in your office. It also gives…
  • How to Create a Successful Online Business

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe. Sales in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Spain are expected to grow from £132.05bn in 2014 to £156.67bn in 2015, marking an 18.4% increase. The UK (£44.97bn) makes up the bulk of online spending, followed by Germany (£36.23bn) and France (£26.38bn). If you’re looking to get in on the action, you’ll need to know how to create a successful online business. Think Different Apple’s famous slogan coined in 1997, “think different,” now symbolises the company’s turn of fortune following…
  • Modernization of medicine

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    When we talk about the medicine in the past, we usually have in mind a picture from an old movie. If not that, we think about World Wars or Medieval conflicts. In these situations, doctors and surgeons were working with minimal resources making the best out of the given situation. As the global society progressed, so did the medicine. Countries started investing less in military and more in economy, medicine and other fields that would bring social stability and progress without shedding blood. Human kind became sophisticated, realizing that the protection and sustainability of the human life…
  • No Fail Fixes: 4 Out of the Box Tips for Boosting Business

    EpicLaunch
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    You’re in a slump, and you need to get out fast. Here are 4 off the wall ideas that will jumpstart your company and make it easier to exit when the time comes. Getting A Short-Term Loan A short-term loan can provide you with the financing you need for operating expenses, R&D, or pretty much anything else. These bad credit business loans aren’t that difficult to qualify for, either. As long as you’re still making some money, you can probably qualify for a small loan to get you going. Move Your Company’s Money Into Insurance If you’re worried about an exit strategy for your…
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    Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online

  • 7 Social Media Statistics That Will Get You Thinking on Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Dilip Kumar
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    How confident are you with your social media strategy? As social media started to gain importance and Search engine started relying more on your presences on social media to decide your authority and the authority of your website, social media statistics started to get more attention. Stats was everywhere on the internet and people were […] The post 7 Social Media Statistics That Will Get You Thinking on Your Social Media Marketing Strategy appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP01: How to Create and Setup a High Quality Private Blog Network

    Dilip Kumar
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    Okay! So its finally up and I am happy to introduce you all to my Podcast show – the DKSpeaks Podcast. I have been thinking of starting this for some time now, but have had to defer it due to multiple issues. But finally, I was able to resolve all of it and get it […] The post DKSP EP01: How to Create and Setup a High Quality Private Blog Network appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • Thrive Leads Review – Building Beautiful Lightbox Optin Forms

    Dilip Kumar
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Did you notice the new guest who welcomes you on my blog here? If you have been a regular visitor here, you would have noticed a few pop-ups and slide-in here and there on my blog encouraging you to take up one of the many free resources and courses that I have put together for […] The post Thrive Leads Review – Building Beautiful Lightbox Optin Forms appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • February Blogging Report – Preparing for a Product Launch!

    Dilip Kumar
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:27 am
    February was not a great month on the blogging front for me. I kind of ignored both my primary blogs – dkspeaks and bpodiary, as also my other niche blogs. The total number of posts that I did were as below: dkspeaks.com : 1 post excluding this one bpodiary.com : None Other blogs : 4 […] The post February Blogging Report – Preparing for a Product Launch! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Run a Successful Giveaway Campaign on Facebook?

    Dilip Kumar
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
      Facebook Ads Scars are yet unhealed! Many of you would agree with me that this is a fair statement. At least that is what I felt after having spent $500 on Facebook and getting a ZERO ROI. This is for some very specific campaigns that I ran and shouldn’t be confused as an overall […] The post How to Run a Successful Giveaway Campaign on Facebook? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • Three lessons every British small business can learn from the US

    guestbloggerSUD
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Launching our first American office earlier this year provided many learning opportunities for my business, Moneypenny. Here are three lessons that every British small firm can learn from their US counterparts… 1 Be more bullish (sometimes) This isn’t always something that sits easy with us in the UK, but being direct is an essential skill that every entrepreneur needs to develop. US small businesses seem to be a lot more comfortable with this. We’ve found, for instance, that our American clients are much more forward when it comes to requesting to chat with current clients about their…
  • Why SME owners need to be more focused on management not leadership

    guestbloggerSUD
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. These are the people that many business owners aspire to, leaders with incredible vision who have built empires through their powerful leadership. But while Steve Jobs was envisioning the iPhone, Steve Wozniak was building Apple. While Bill Gates imagined a PC on every desk, Paul Allen was building Microsoft. Next to these monolith leaders was an equally monolith manager – and that's really important. Leadership and management are NOT in competition. One is not better or more important than the other. Each has its own required functions and activities and both are…
  • Why online is the new landline

    guestbloggerSUD
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Consumer behaviour has changed. As a shopper, I literally cannot remember the last time I went into a supermarket superstore. Virtually everything that I buy I purchase online. My behaviour is not exceptional and I don’t think that the evolution of my buying habits is especially unusual either. Even if I am, arguably, more ecommerce-active than the average consumer, it seems to me that my online buying behavior will soon become the norm. The shift to e-commerce is utterly inevitable. And yet, many businesses are stuck in the past. UK government stats show that in some sectors as many as…
  • Why trustmarks matter for small online businesses

    guestbloggerSUD
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    Although consumers have been shopping online for many years now, they still want reassurance that they're safe to shop on a website they may not have visited previously. What are trustmarks? A web store with a trustmark such as Norton Secured, McAfee Secure or TRUSTe, makes shoppers feel safer. A site displaying such a seal means that the issuer: has verified it as a legitimate legal business entity. scans the website daily for thousands of known malware exploits, malicious links and phishing scams. A trustmark is more than just a logo. You paste a block of code into your site that shows…
  • Why you need to switch off your mobile phone while driving

    guestbloggerSUD
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    At the beginning of the year, a motorist from the Isle of Wight was given a six-year jail sentence after being found guilty of causing a fatal crash. The court heard the 27-year-old driver had been checking a text message from his wife on his mobile phone when he drifted onto the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with another vehicle. Sadly, this case isn’t isolated. A recent report from road safety charity BRAKE found that drivers speaking on mobile phones, whether on a hands-free or hand-held device, are four times more likely to be involved in a crash that causes injury.
 
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  • Step Back To See Yourself In The Problem

    Sean Murphy
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Normally if you are not getting traction, if you are not able to reliably set and hit goals, then it’s a good idea to narrow your focus and take smaller steps.  Zoom in for traction.  This is a good rule of but you may need to take a step back and look at yourself as an actor in the system (or contributor to the problem). Here is a short clip by Peter Block from Designed Learning on “Are You The Problem?” that makes the same point. I have supplied an edited transcript and interspersed some observations. It’s easy to talk about other people’s resistance; the…
  • Quotes For Entrepreneurs–March 2015

    Sean Murphy
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    You can follow @skmurphy to get these quotes for entrepreneurs hot off the mojo wire or wait until they are collected in a blog post at the end of each month. Enter your E-mail address if you would like have new blog posts sent to you. “Training is practice doing a new task much more slowly than an expert would do it.” Tom DeMarco in “Slack“ Cited in Tom DeMarco on Leadership, Trust, and Training “When you find errors in conventional wisdom–when everyone says A and A is not true–you gain competitive advantage. Only a few times do you have to find…
  • When Exploring, Keep a Log

    Sean Murphy
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    In new situations, keep a journal of your experiences.  This helps you organize your thoughts and remember observations clearly. When exploring, keep a log. This strategy is useful if you are starting a new job, a new project, forming a startup or launching a new product in an unfamiliar market. New Situations Are Memorable “Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. They appear so while they are passing; they seem to have been so when we look back on them; and they take up more room in our memory than all the years that succeed them.” Robert…
  • Your Startup Never Gets Any Easier

    Sean Murphy
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    When I first went to work for Monolithic Memories my boss, Ivan Pesic, told me, “It will be rough for the next two months and then it will get easier.” He was still telling the team that a year later when someone else offered that advice during a problem solving session and we all broke out laughing because we realized it was never going to get easier. We kept working on harder problems. Ivan went on to found Silvaco and despite a few legal setbacks built a company that has endured more than three decades.I was reminded of his phrase during an interesting conversation with an…
  • How to Keep Cash Flow Positive Fri-Mar-27 at Mtn View BB

    Sean Murphy
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I can still remember Steve Hogan’s first visit to a Bootstrapper Breakfast at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View in early 2011. A recent transplant from Boston he had worked as an executive in technology startups and as a turnaround specialist for more than two decades. He had an infectious warmth that made you feel comfortable immediately and is stories contained the kinds of insights about what can go wrong that you only gain by being “in the room” as things are going sideways. He became and regular and welcome attendee at the breakfasts and encouraged a number of…
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    EpicLaunch

  • Dire Directions: Keep Your Business from Facing Insolvency

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    British businesses have been entering insolvency in record numbers. One surprising reason they seem unable to catch their own decline is that they are simply unable to recognize the warning signs when they come. You base your insights on poor budgets and cash flow plans No business can operate without well-thought-out budgets and cash flow forecasts. Many companies, though, put their plans together with nothing more than gut instinct. Turning instead to business data and other logical methods is likely to be more informative, and offer the warning signs necessary. Your company frequently…
  • What to Look for in a Computer Network

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    A computer network is a telecommunications network that allows systems to exchange data between one another. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know when setting up your network, from connection types, internal systems, and, most importantly, how to protect it. Wired or Wireless? While wireless networking is becoming the standard in offices across the country, wired networking still has its advantages. Going wireless gives you more flexibility regarding where you want to set up your equipment, which is especially important if you have a lot of laptop users in your office. It also gives…
  • How to Create a Successful Online Business

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe. Sales in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Spain are expected to grow from £132.05bn in 2014 to £156.67bn in 2015, marking an 18.4% increase. The UK (£44.97bn) makes up the bulk of online spending, followed by Germany (£36.23bn) and France (£26.38bn). If you’re looking to get in on the action, you’ll need to know how to create a successful online business. Think Different Apple’s famous slogan coined in 1997, “think different,” now symbolises the company’s turn of fortune following…
  • Modernization of medicine

    EpicLaunch
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    When we talk about the medicine in the past, we usually have in mind a picture from an old movie. If not that, we think about World Wars or Medieval conflicts. In these situations, doctors and surgeons were working with minimal resources making the best out of the given situation. As the global society progressed, so did the medicine. Countries started investing less in military and more in economy, medicine and other fields that would bring social stability and progress without shedding blood. Human kind became sophisticated, realizing that the protection and sustainability of the human life…
  • No Fail Fixes: 4 Out of the Box Tips for Boosting Business

    EpicLaunch
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    You’re in a slump, and you need to get out fast. Here are 4 off the wall ideas that will jumpstart your company and make it easier to exit when the time comes. Getting A Short-Term Loan A short-term loan can provide you with the financing you need for operating expenses, R&D, or pretty much anything else. These bad credit business loans aren’t that difficult to qualify for, either. As long as you’re still making some money, you can probably qualify for a small loan to get you going. Move Your Company’s Money Into Insurance If you’re worried about an exit strategy for your…
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    Technical.ly Baltimore

  • Why Under Armour keeps buying apps

    Stephen Babcock
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Under Armour isn’t going to stop caring that you have shoes and shirts emblazoned with its logo. But with tech, the Tide Point-based company is taking a different approach. “We want to be able to provide our athletes, our users, with an incredible experience no matter what device they choose to plug in,” Under Armour Senior Manager of Strategy and Operations for Connected Fitness Sara Hester said Tuesday at a wearables-focused panel organized by the Maryland/Israel Development Center. "Where wearables are valuable is what that data means, and how do I change my life…
  • OrderUp hires former Microsoft, Burger King data specialist [Startup Roundup]

    Stephen Babcock
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    WHO’S GETTING FUNDED Rothschild Technology Partners raised $83.45 million, according to an SEC filing. 100 E. Pratt St. is one of the hedge fund’s three offices. A raise we reported on two weeks ago could turn out to be an exit. University of Maryland BioPark-based eNeura received a $15 million loan from medical device giant Orthofix. The loan will allow eNeura to commercialize its device to treat migraines. It comes with an option for Orthofix to buy eNeura within 18 months. The deal puts the merger’s price tag at $65 million. The Brekford Corp. sold $715,000 in debt, according…
  • Check out these photos of #notatSXSW in the Baltimore Sun

    Stephen Babcock
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Technical.ly’s #notatSXSW party brought technologists, designers and even some media types out to Barcocina in Fells Point on March 18. The Baltimore Sun’s highly-regarded events photographer, Sloane Brown, also stopped by. See the photos Conveniently timed after SXSW Interactive had wrapped up, some SXSW attendees like Margaret Roth of Yet Analytics and EdTechWomen and Paris Pittman of AOL showed up. As a result, we were able to confirm that it’s possible to do both SXSW and #notatSXSW. Quandary solved. Shervonne Cherry also gave us a taste of the SXSW buzz by Meerkating…
  • Help plan Baltimore Innovation Week 2015

    Catherine Sontag
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Have a speaker, theme, venue or new idea you want to see included in Baltimore Innovation Week 2015? Here’s your chance to have it heard. Join us at HomeSlyce on Wednesday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m., to help us start planning Baltimore Innovation Week 2015. Hear from Technical.ly event organizers on what’s already in the works, then break into groups to brainstorm ideas that will help inform #BIW15. We’ll also have pizza and beer courtesy of our partner, Agora Inc. RSVP We’ll again organize Baltimore Innovation Week events into the following tracks: Creative Business Dev…
  • Google Street View does Baltimore street art

    Stephen Babcock
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Google Street View sometimes struggles to keep up with the pace of development. In the case of street art in Station North, however, the system’s ability to freeze the images in time makes it an asset. As of this month, murals from a pair of Baltimore street art festivals are now displayed on the Google Art Project. The project makes the murals from Open Walls 1 and 2 searchable, and puts Baltimore alongside 80 other cities in the street art section of Google’s recently-launched effort to make art more widely available. "Technology provides a way to preserve these ephemeral…
 
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    inside-Startups

  • Video: What’s it Like to do Startup Weekend in Portland?

    Rich
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:19 am
    In this Meet the Startup video, Scott Edwards and Vanessa Van Petten work through their first Startup Weekend event in Portland. Visit startupweekend.org to find an event near you. A Tip of the Hat goes to Silicon Florist for pointing us to this story.
  • Video: How to Make a Successful Startup Pitch

    Rich
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    In this video, Don Dodge, Developer and Startup Advocate for Google, talks about how to make a successful pitch.
  • Panel: As World Goes Green, Will Startups Follow?

    Rich
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    In this video, Jukka Järvinen from Finnish Electric Vehicle Technologies moderates a panel discussion “Green Technologies and Materials: the world goes green, will the startups go too?” at Latitude59 conference.
  • Slidecast: Bonitasoft Business Process Management – More Value, Less Code

    Rich
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Mac McConnell from Bonitasoft presents an overview of the company’s open solutions for business process management. Bonita Open Source solution provides a powerful technology to handle business processes through a user friendly and easy-to-use interface. Bonita can easily be integrated into your business applications.” Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * If Dropbox is blocked, download from this Google page.
  • Video: Chirpify Turns Tweets into Transactions

    Rich
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    In this episode of Meet the Startup, Chris Teso, founder of the Twitter stream commerce platform Chirpify, talks to us about product evolution and what it is like raising money as a sole founder. Chirpify turns Tweets into transactions, enabling consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact in-stream on Twitter. These are social, device agnostic, frictionless, in-stream, one step payments. We do this in real time at scale. By removing all frictions of a traditional payments or e-commerce system, Chirpify transforms Twitter from a broadcast platform into a transactional one. To…
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    Blog

  • Why we released a better product for free (and maybe you should, too)

    joshboyle
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Premium Company:  Price Intelligently Release Date:  Wed, 04/01/2015 - 06:30 Author:  Patrick Campbell - Co-Founder & CEO, Price Intelligently Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  When you’re part of a SaaS pricing company, releasing a free SaaS product has a bit of irony—especially when you’ve aggressively argued about the misuse of freemium before. When you’re part of a SaaS pricing company, releasing a free SaaS product has a bit of irony—especially when you’ve aggressively argued about the misuse of freemium before. That’s why when I…
  • Mass Innovation Nights to Celebrate 6 Years! Taking Over Cambridge to Host 4 Showcases

    joshboyle
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 04/01/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Six years ago Bobbie Carlton put an event together to showcase some local startups and innovative products - 750 products later, she’s taking over 4 locations in Cambridge to celebrate! Six years ago Bobbie Carlton put an event together to showcase some local startups and innovative products. Little did she know, 6 years and more than 750 products later, she’d be taking over 4 locations in Cambridge to…
  • Working In Boston Tech: WordStream

    joshboyle
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    Premium Company:  WordStream Release Date:  Wed, 04/01/2015 - 08:00 Author:  VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Today, we hear from the team at WordStream, a provider of software and services that help search marketers maximize the performance of their PPC and SEO campaigns, driving traffic, leads, and sales for lower costs. WordStream gives VentureFizz an inside look at their company culture, hiring process and what life is like as an employee of this hot tech company on Huntington Ave. in Boston!There are a lot of amazing…
  • Wine, Tequila and 2,000 People Set to Join Forces for TUGG and Break Fundraising Record

    joshboyle
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Now in its 9th year, the Annual Wine & Tequila Party is on a mission to break records in attendance and fundraising on April 16, 2015. The Annual TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) Charity Wine Party began in 2006 with 20 people and raised $2K. Since then, the event has catalyzed 29 nonprofits. Now in its 9th year, the Annual Wine & Tequila Party is on a mission to break records in…
  • How Zappos and Squarespace Survived Early Hiring Disasters

    joshboyle
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Release Date:  Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Brandon DeWitt - Talent Specialist, OpenView Venture Partners Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  They may be two of the best places to work in tech now, but in the early days Zappos and Squarespace may have cost themselves millions by making two key hiring mistakes. They may be two of the best places to work in tech now, but in the early days Zappos and Squarespace may have cost themselves millions by making two key hiring mistakes.When you look at the incredible growth of successful tech businesses from afar, their…
 
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • What Happens When You Force People to Tithe

    Michael
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Faith Christian Church has been accused of using coercive leadership and financial tactics. More than 20 former members were interviewed by the Arizona Daily Star for an inside investigation into the church’s practices. The church is now being investigated by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The EFCA is meeting with one of the former […] The post What Happens When You Force People to Tithe appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Pastor who promised three-fold return for Bentley “seed” missing

    Michael
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Prophet Uebert Angel founder and president has been involved in case of fraud regarding a Bentley and the promise of “a three fold return.” Businessman Ndabazinengi Shava says he gave the car to Prophet Angel last year to sow “a seed into his life.” According to Shava it was promised he would see the three fold return […] The post Pastor who promised three-fold return for Bentley “seed” missing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less

    Michael
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen Painter Dollar recently shared her struggles with tithing. According to her, when she was in her 20’s she was a faithful giver. Now that she and her husband presently make 4 times what she used to make she doesn’t tithe. According to her: “We give away about 5 percent of our gross income every […] The post 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions

    Michael
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I recently got promoted. That is why you haven’t seen as much posts from me.My workload has increased because of the promotion. I used to be an assistant branch manager at a Fortune 500 company, now I’m promoted to a branch manager. Being a new manager has a few perks including increased pay, greater responsibilities, […] The post What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage

    Michael
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I’m a pro-tither. I advocate it and encourage people to do it. I have seen tremendous blessings as a result of it. One blessing that I’ve seen is the improvement of my marriage. Before I was a consistent tither my marriage was on its last leg. My wife was pregnant with our 2nd child and […] The post How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Verge

  • Verge is Open For Service and So Is Indiana

    Matt Hunckler
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    “You might not have heard about it, but Indiana’s killing it in software and tech. We’re growing like crazy.” That’s what I said this morning at my out-of-state coffee meeting. This is the same level of enthusiasm with which I share our tech growth story every time I tell it. Whether I’m in Silicon Valley, DC, or Kansas City—I always deliver our Hoosier story with confidence and conviction. And the story is usually met with intrigue and excitement. But this morning was different. “We’re growing like crazy,” I said. “Well… until now,” the guy on the other side of…
  • Fresh face. Same community. Better experience.

    Matt Hunckler
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    “Here’s what we’ve got,” Kristian said as he pulled up the final list onto the big screen in the conference room. I leaned back in my chair as I read through the options. If you’re an entrepreneur, you know that naming a business isn’t easy. But picking a name for a community may be even more nerve racking. It’s not just your organization, it belongs to the group. I could feel the weight of the decision in my gut as I digested each potential name on the list. “So, what do you think?” Kristian asked after it was clear that I was rereading through the list for the sixth or…
  • Entrepreneurs Answer: What’s the Best Startup Lesson You Learned?

    Matt Hunckler
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    What did I learn from that? This question is a powerful follow-up to every major action you take building a new product or business. But it’s not often that we slow down enough to ask this of ourselves. We recently asked a handful of entrepreneurs in the Verge community what was the most important lesson they learned in the last year. Luckily, they were able to slow their roll enough to share some thoughtful responses: It’s a tough question to answer because it often requires humbling introspection. It means giving ourselves a good hard look in the mirror and taking ownership of where we…
  • Entrepreneurs Answer: What’s the Best Startup Lesson You Learned?

    Matt Hunckler
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    What did I learn from that? This question is a powerful follow-up to every major action you take building a new product or business. But it’s not often that we slow down enough to ask this of ourselves. We recently asked a handful of entrepreneurs in the Verge community what was the most important lesson they learned in the last year. Luckily, they were able to slow their roll enough to share some thoughtful responses: It’s a tough question to answer because it often requires humbling introspection. It means giving ourselves a good hard look in the mirror and taking ownership of where we…
  • 11 Ways to Handle Objections When Selling Your Product

    The YEC
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. How do you handle objections during the sales process? 1. Stay Positive and Focus on Your Strengths When discussing capabilities and differences with clients about competitors, always highlight the competitive advantages and increased capabilities of what your company offers. If your focus is degrading…
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    Start-Ups.Co

  • Nutshellz : Protective Equipment for Military, Law Professional Enforcements and Athletes

    Bob Debbas
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Matt Heck”, Owner of the Missouri – USA  based start-up “Nutshellz” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Nutshellz manufactures, sells, and distributes high-end protective equipment to military and law enforcement professionals as well as athletes in high-impact sports like hockey, MMA, baseball, and more. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? Nutshellz began in concept…
  • Trendii : Social Commerce Platform

    Bob Debbas
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Christopher Latter”, Co-Founder at London – UK  based start-up “Trendii” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Trendii is a unique social commerce platform with its own pier to pier marketplace that encourages users and merchants to be creative with the content they share. Trendii enables users to create collections in real time using a unique drag & drop interface. Collections can include Images, Videos, Music, Articles…
  • Sleeves Up Productions : Digital Content For Brands

    Bob Debbas
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Erika Kramer”, CEO and Founder at New York – USA  based start-up “SleevesUpProductions” Below is the interview we conducted with her:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? SUP is a playful creative agency. We tell real stories with digital content that makes brands cool. With 27 million pieces of content shared every day, brands need help producing engaging and beautiful content. At SUP creating content is our game. #WeWakeBrandsUp 2. When has your startup been…
  • CMYKC : Uniting Creatives Within Local Kansas City

    Bob Debbas
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Abigail Gallagher, Co–founder at the Missouri, USA-based start-up “CMYKC.” Below is the interview we conducted with her: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? CMYKC is a podcast dedicated to uniting the creatives within the local Kansas City scene. With a focus on design, we host bi-weekly podcast interviews with local creatives. We discuss their favorite clients, their love of Kansas City, their inspiration sources and much more. Through social media, we share information for upcoming creative…
  • My Home Needs That : Search Engine Dedicated to Furniture and Homeware

    Bob Debbas
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Adam Pilling”, Foundert at the London – UK  based start-up “MyHomeNeedsThat” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? I’m the co-founder and technical director of www.myhomeneedsthat.com. The site is the UK’s first search engine dedicated to furniture and homeware. The site also features a home design blog which focuses on products featured on the site. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is…
 
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    Planio Blog

  • Time tracking with Planio and GotDone

    janschulzhofen
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
    Here’s the situation: It’s the end of a busy working day full of interruptions and multi-tasking and you’re trying to remember how many billable hours you worked for which client on which project?If you’re lucky enough, all your clients are using Planio already - which as we know they really should! :-) In that case you’ve certainly used our integrated start/stop timer to track your hours and are done already. Terrific!However, … What if not all your clients are using Planio? What if your team still uses a plethora of different tools for managing everyday work and you’ve…
  • Desktop notifications, better custom fields, and more!

    thegcat
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    We have been very busy these last weeks making major improvements to the Planio infrastructure to further reduce maintenance downtimes to your accounts. This enabled us to upgrade all our customers to the new Planio version with probably no one noticing the incurred downtime! And now I am happy to be able to announce a few new features that have made it to your Planio in this new version.Desktop NotificationsMany of you will already have noticed the addition of desktop notifications to Planio. This new feature allows you to be notified about things you care about instantly on your desktop,…
  • Dogfooding. Why Planio does not have feature XYZ.

    janschulzhofen
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Legend has it that the President of Kal Kan Pet Food ate a can of his company’s dog food in front of everybody each year at their shareholder meeting. (Image by Lisa Yarost, CC BY 2.0) While we’re (luckily!?) not in the business of pet food, we at Planio are strong believers in the “Eat your own dog food” paradigm: We use all the components of Planio ourselves every day. From agile project management to issue tracking, from hosted Git repositories to documentation in wiki pages. We even use Planio exclusively for our customer support help desk and we’re dropping…
  • Planio Team Chat is coming (with IRC!)

    janschulzhofen
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    We’re so excited about this that we won’t be able to keep it secret any longer: Planio is getting a Team Chat feature very soon and here’s a sneak peek: Of course, everything in Team Chat will be tightly integrated with Planio, so you’ll be able to search past chat logs and see them side by side with issues and other Planio items you’re discussing in the chat. Oh, and you’ll be able to connect with your favourite chat client thanks to full IRC support. Would you like to beta test Planio Team Chat? Leave us a reply in the comments.
  • 20% Discount on RMClient for Planio users

    janschulzhofen
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    We are pleased to introduce a special discount on RMClient. RMClient is fully Planio-compatible desktop app for time tracking which helps you to easily navigate the stream of your tasks. The app displays a list of all assigned issues, allows you to filter and search for a specific task, as well as change its status and reassign it to another user. We’ve tried RMClient with Planio and it works great! It comes with a free 30-day trial version, after this period all Planio clients who are subscribed to one of our paid plans are eligible to purchase a license at 20% off. This special offer…
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    Startup Champ

  • Five Tips For A Successful Online Marketing Strategy

    Michael
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Going online is one of the most thrilling prospects that you could do. Online marketing is indeed one of the most dynamic, competitive, and even rewarding pursuits available for the persistent and patient. But with a cutthroat competition that’s awaiting you, how can you edge out the competition and capture your niche? It’s plain and clear that not all online businesses can realize their proverbial dream of winning the web world. It’s not just a matter of luck, remember. Online marketing success comes after hard work and persistence. Here are some of the best, most practical tips that…
  • 10 Things that make you less productive at work

    Manpreet Kaur
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    The main thing that matters at work is your productivity. If you’re less productive at work, not only you would face the wrath of your clients or manager but also you would ruin your personal and professional life. And I certainly don’t want that and that’s why I thought of sharing 10 things that help me to be productive at work and get more done in less time. Absence of prioritization: I work for a number of clients and each client has number of projects for me. Now if I try to do all of them at once, it is impossible. Moreover I run the risk of missing deadlines for at least a few of…
  • How To Get People Trust Your Business?

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    The most important thing your business needs to do to get established and make a lot of money is gain the trust of the prospective clients. If your clients don’t trust you, there is no way for making sales and do any business. But how are you going to do that? How to get people trust your business? Be personal: no one trusts an online website. People trust other people. And this is what you need to establish. Get personal. Address those customers as if there is a person-person conversation going on. They need to understand that they are dealing with something ‘real’. Be professional:…
  • The Deep Connection Of Depression And Entrepreneurship

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Depression and entrepreneurship – aren’t these two things totally unrelated?  Who talks about depression while talking about this awesome profession? An entrepreneur is a person at whom all the school going kids look upon. They consider them their role models but what would they think when they would know that their role model is battling depression? Depression is real and serious. And it is good that people have started talking about it openly. Entrepreneurship is a road that would certainly make you stop at the stand of depression. Those overwhelming tasks that need to be done, big…
  • Is Innovation for the challenging behaviours the next big thing?

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    What is happening in the world for the people with challenged behaviour? We can’t just let them be as they’re. While new innovations are taking the technology market by storm, innovation for the challenging behaviours is rare, but MUCH NEEDED. Does that mean there are no innovations for the people who have some kinds of disorders? Is there nothing that is being done for them? Innovations are happening. Innovation for the challenging behaviours is happening and the biggest proof is already here: Broom Lane. Broom Lane is a special residential scheme that has been designed to help young…
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  • Using Identity to Sell

    Scott
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything, especially about BD/sales, but I’m going to start writing about things I’m learning and am being reminded of again more regularly . One of the most interesting drivers for the people we try to sell and market to is identity. Specifically what type of person does the person you’re trying to influence say they are? Example identities: I’m a numbers driven executive. I’m a doer. I’m an early adopter of new tech that’s going to give me an edge. Most people want to remain consistent with the identity they claim for…
  • VISION: Winning In Your Mind – TCE 060

    Scott
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes What do Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzengger, and Oprah have in common? They practiced creating success in their mind, to make it happen in real life. They had a vision for the future that drove them, and they made sure to see it every single day. A big theme for this year and something that’s been a part of every single Peak State class is setting and seeing your vision everyday. If we don’t ever stop and remember why we’re grinding, what do you think we’ll do when things get hard? When self doubt sets…
  • Upgrade Your Performance Through Mindset with Satori Prime – TCE 059

    Scott
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you listened to this podcast by now you’ve probably heard me say this over and over again, whether we’re talking achievement or happiness…it’s all an inside job. To win in business, you need to win in your mind first. Today’s conversion is all about mastering the internal dialogue and focus that shapes our life experience. I’m so fired up to bring two of the most stout guys I know in terms of mindset: Ilan and Guy Ferdman from Satori Prime. You might have heard of these brothers because their company Satori…
  • Achieving Peak Health and Performance with Ben Greenfield – TCE 058

    Scott
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Awhile back I asked one of my friends who the most impressive person he knew was… The reason I was curious is because he spends pretty much all of his time amongst tier 1 entrepreneurs who seemingly live extraordinary lives. Without hesitation he answered Ben Greenfield who I’m honored to have as a guest on today’s show. Ben is an absolute beast. He has competed in over 10 ultra marathons, his site BenGreenFieldFitness is one of the most popular & well researched sites on health and performance enhancement, and he…
  • Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans with Peter Shankman – TCE 057

    Scott
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes One of my duties at the first tech startup I was ever involved with was trying to find ways to get press for the company. I heard about the really cool service called Help A Reporter Out (HARO) where journalists would share the topic they were looking to get sources for and people could volunteer their expertise as credible sources. It was a spectacular service and I remember thinking that whoever invented this was a genius! Today’s guest is that man behind HARO Peter Shankman. Peter has done a lot since then and really…
 
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    IdeaMensch

  • Pierre Barbeau – Co-founder and CEO of Moblico

    IdeaMensch
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    An entrepreneur’s initial instinct is to focus on the product, but it’s never too soon to start building thought leadership and market share for your brand. Pierre Barbeau is co-founder and CEO of Moblico, a leading mobile personalization and engagement platform. Mobile applications have revolutionized the way we communicate, behave, and interact, and mobile personalization is one of the fastest-growing marketing mediums. Moblico’s unique solution can take users’ mobile apps to the next level through personalized experiences, further driving engagement, loyalty, and monetization.
  • Ryan Vaughn – Co-founder of Varsity News Network

    IdeaMensch
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    I immediately write down every thought or idea that I have in a digital notebook. This way, I don’t have to remember anything — ever. My personal goal is to free up some brain space so that I can focus on solving the important problems I’m facing. The human brain should be used for processing, not storage. Ryan Vaughn is the co-founder of Varsity News Network, the largest, fastest-growing network that unites people around their school sports. VNN’s product is a turnkey content production platform for high school and middle school sports that facilitates the digital communication of…
  • Kevin Rice – Chief of Sales and Marketing at Hathway Agency

    IdeaMensch
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    “The Challenger Sale” by Matthew Dixon changed the way I think about literally everything. Kevin Rice’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive to understand the digital landscape across industries have given him the ability to solve real business problems within large organizations. Leveraging his own unique digital marketing insights and process for analyzing complex situations within an industry, Kevin has helped many brand leaders prepare for what’s next. Kevin’s attitude has grown both his own career and the success of Hathway Agency, which is soon expanding its offices from San Luis…
  • Vinny Jurado – Founder of Five Star Entourage

    IdeaMensch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    As I look back on being an entrepreneur for the past couple years, my biggest leap in productivity and success happened when I realized the potential an individual has if he just believes in him-self and realizes you can do anything you want in this world. Stephen Vincent Jurado (Vinny ) is the Co-Founder/CEO of Five Star Entourage. Vinny has been a self-employed business owner for a little over 2 years. Five Star Entourage is a premier promotion and limo bus company in the central Texas area. Where did the idea for Five Star Entourage come from? Five Star Entourage is a primer party bus and…
  • Roberto Ugo – Co-Founder and CTO of Movvo

    IdeaMensch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    In the beginning, I lost a lot of time perfecting the product instead of selling it. I’ve learned that you need to start listening to your customers as early as possible. It all started when Roberto Ugo opened his first bank when he was 5 years old. While it was a simple family bank that only accepted deposits, it was a very lucrative business for him. After all, his customers couldn’t withdraw money. Ugo always knew that he wanted to bring his profitable projects to the real world. He’s now the chief technology officer and co-founder of Movvo, a company that won the first MIT Portugal…
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  • Democratizing Enterprise Data Access: A Data Lake Pattern

    jesusmrv
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    The Problem The number of enterprise data systems in your organization has grown our of control. Every day, your team gets presented with new business scenarios that require aggregating or combining data from different enterprise data sources. Also, as more and more systems get adopted within your organization becomes increasingly hard to understand the different data sources that can be used by applications as well as its underlying programming models and governance rules. If this challenge sounds familiar, then you probably went through the exercise of building an operational data store…
  • Some Thoughts About the Box IPO

    jesusmrv
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Cloud storage company Box debuted in the public markets last Friday with a strong performance that pushed the price per share to $23.23 which represents an astonishing $2.7B market capitalization. The Box IPO represents the successful conclusion of a process that started last year when the company filed its first S-1 but later delayed the process to correct some of the concerns expressed by investors and analysts while also wait for a friendlier IPO climate. All things considered, the Box IPO has been both incredibly successful and very atypical. Talking to a few friends about the IPO on…
  • Scaling Enterprise Software Companies is Harder than Ever

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

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

    jesusmrv
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:56 am
    Great post on the KidoZen website about yesterday’s Google acquisition of mobile testing vendor Appurify http://www.kidozen.com/google-acquires-appurify-perspective/
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  • Insights from Etsy's S-1 - how they chose to grow

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

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

    Daniel Tenner
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    I somehow missed posting this last year, when it was published. An excellent article by our very own Salim Virani, on the topic of ecosystems. Sal and the rest of the FounderCentric team spend a lot of time working with incubators, accelerators, governments, outreach teams at large companies, etc, and helping them develop their startup scenes. Their mission comes from the heart (they really care about helping startup founders), and they are, as far as I know, the best at it at this point, in Europe. So their thoughts on the topic of how European ecosystems should develop are worth paying…
  • The fatal pinch

    Daniel Tenner
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Paul Graham explains how startups that are burning through their first round of funding often don't realise they're about to die, and need to either make more money or cut expenses: There may be nothing founders are so prone to delude themselves about as how interested investors will be in giving them additional funding. It's hard to convince investors the first time too, but founders expect that. What bites them the second time is a confluence of three forces: The company is spending more now than it did the first time it raised money. Investors have much higher standards for companies that…
  • The psychology of a VC, and how to take advantage of it

    Daniel Tenner
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Great article by Roberto Bonanzinga looking at investment difficulties from the point of view of how the VC decision processes happen: The decision struggle has two different dimensions: first, the venture capitalist needs to convince himself/herself about the investment. Second, depending on the partnership decision making process, he/she will also need to convince his/her partners. Different investors approach this problem in different ways. I have noticed that in Europe, a very common way to deal with the decision struggle, is to procrastinate. Some investors never give an answer and keep…
 
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  • 10 startup business puzzles visualized through the platform stack

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    In an earlier essay and whitepaper, we used the platform stack to explain the workings of different platforms. Through the slides embedded below, I’d like to use the platform stack to illustrate competition and coexistence of platforms in different verticals. Through the story presented in these slides, we look at a few startup moves and try to understand how different platforms compete and coexist by focusing on different layers of the stack. Some of the moves that these slides explore include the following: How Airbnb beat Craigslist Why Mint.com and Quicken have fundamentally…
  • Marketplaces 2.0: Moving from transactions to stickiness and engagement

    admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Online marketplaces have always been transaction-oriented. The goal of the marketplace is to match buyers and sellers. Marketplaces often focus entirely on moving buyers towards purchases and sellers towards listing more products/services. Marketplaces benefit from network effects: more buyers attract more sellers and vice versa. However, this transaction-only focus is often at odds with creating stickiness and repeat usage. Buyers rarely use the marketplace except when they actively need something. This also leads to low retention and lower lifetime value for the platform owner. But, more…
  • Announcing Platform Scale, the book: The pre-orders campaign is now live

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Do you ever describe what you’re doing as the Uber for X, Airbnb for Y or the Twitter for Z? Do you want to understand why certain startups scale and others fail? Over the last few years, I’ve been obsessed with platform business models and their ability to scale. Unlike traditional enterprises, platforms do not scale by scaling internal employees and resources. Instagram gets to a billion dollars with 13 employees while Uber doesn’t own any of the taxis it dispatches. They scale through network effects. As more producers use the platform, consumers find greater value, and vice…
  • The Next Big Thing that most venture investors will miss

    admin
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:03 am
    There’s a pattern that we’ve seen played out in the consumer internet space over the last 8 years and the template plays out as follows: 1. Offer tools to facilitate a new form of communication between two parties. 2. Allow the two to communicate without formation of an explicit network 3. Gather data about the two parties based on their exchanges 4. Build out a graph at the backend using this data to identify affinity between two users 5. Use the graph to enable explicit connections among users Myspace and Friendster never did this. They stopped at Step 1. Facebook did most of…
  • The case against the Sharing Economy

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    A whole slew of labor platforms have come up over the last couple of years, powering what is widely referred to as the Gig Economy or (rather inappropriately) the Sharing Economy. Remote freelancing (Freelancer, Elance-Odesk) and micro-tasking (Amazon Mechanical Turk) platforms have been around for quite some time, as have classifieds (e.g. Craigslist), all of which enable service providers to find new gigs. But a whole new range of vertical-specific platforms have come up in recent times creating two broad classes of new opportunities: Higher end gigs: Consulting platforms like Clarity and…
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    Onboardly

  • Startups Are a Joke (Literally)

    Renee Warren
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Startups: we’re entrepreneurs who live in our businesses — from dawn to dusk and, far too often, at 3am. Business is serious. Success requires hustle. But this April Fool’s Day, let’s take a moment to look around and laugh together at the crazy antics of our fellow startups. (These aren’t just pranks, friends — these are proof that sometimes, startups are a joke.) And remember: don’t take yourself too seriously. The Eccentric Founders Startup founders are nothing if not eccentric. (We live in a world full of noise, after all.) But of all the eccentricity, these fellas…
  • Becoming the World’s Most Powerful Brand: Lessons Startups Can Take from LEGO

    Tanya McGinnity
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    In February, BrandFinance named LEGO the Most Powerful Brand of the Year. This is no small feat. In order to climb to the top, LEGO had to beat out high-profile contenders like Ferrari, Coca-Cola, Nike, and Walt Disney Pictures. (Just a little competition there.) According to BrandFinance, it was LEGO’s familiarity, loyalty, clever promotion, staff satisfaction, and corporate reputation that got the job done — oh, and that massive box-office hit, The Lego Movie. There’s not a doubt in our minds that LEGO deserves the distinction — the iconic company, founded in 1932, has…
  • Brevity is Sexy. (Plus Five Other Rules for Writing Content That Converts.)

    Tanya McGinnity
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    There’s all kinds of content out there. 27,000,000 pieces of it are shared every day! Big, bold and spicy content. Vanilla-flavoured content. Content that educates. Content that leaves you bored out of your loafers. Content that gives you the warm fuzzies. And content you could give two #$%’s about. For this blog post, I’m going to focus speaking about content that sells, sells, sells — that special kind of copy that sets out to convert. Whether it be a click on a link, a product download or trial, or a sale – to encourage action, your writing needs to be absolutely sexy.
  • Top 10 Customer Onboarding Tools Startups Need in 2015

    Shanelle Mullin
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    A couple of years ago (whew, time sure does fly), we introduced you to some of the top customer onboarding tools available. From the tried-and-true tools like KISSmetrics and Unbounce to the (then) newbies like Evergage and Intercom, we gave you the top picks for your customer acquisition and onboarding toolkits. Customer signup success has only become more important for startups. So, not surprisingly, the space has evolved exponentially since we published that list. That’s why we’ve decided to update you on the latest and greatest customer onboarding tools for startups. What’s hot in…
  • Spring Cleaning: Your Startup PR Strategy is Ready For a Tune Up

    Crystal Richard
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    If you’re lucky enough to experience four true seasons, you’re likely more thankful than ever this year to see the arrival of spring. Goodbye, snow and freezing temperatures! (That is, if you’re lucky enough to have had that for the last four months.) Hello, season to shine! While everyone, including yourself, is busy getting to work with spring cleaning, wardrobe changes, and eliminating the filth of winter from your cars, there is no better time than the present to give your startup PR strategy the same attention. Here are five solid ways to give your PR Strategy the tune up it…
 
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  • 5 Pricing Strategies for Entrepreneurs

    Kaleigh Moore
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When you’re an entrepreneur, it can be hard to know what to charge. Is there a magical equation that tells you what your price point should be? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t black and white. However, whether you’re in the business of selling products or services, there are some pricing strategies that can help you be sure you’re charging what’s fair for your customers–and what’s fair to you. 1. Estimate your Salary A simple way to get a ballpark figure of what someone in your industry might make on an annual basis is to peruse the local job…
  • 5 Reasonable Goals for Entrepreneurs (And How to Decide on Yours)

    Kaleigh Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    When you set your business goals for the year, are they realistic ones? Are you setting benchmarks that you could actually reach without drastic measures? The thing is, every entrepreneur should not only set goals, but set good ones. And while dreams of doubling revenues and rapid expansion look great on paper, they’re often unrealistic. Instead of setting far-fetched objectives, set more reasonable goals around what you’d like to achieve in your business. So where do you start? Let’s talk decision-making first. Deciding on Goals Your goals need to be SMART. And no,…
  • I’ve Launched My Business. Now What?

    Grasshopper Team
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve launched your business. What’s next? You’ve been told that half the battle is getting started. To some extent, it’s true, but it’s also advice that’s aimed at people who struggle to get into gear. But you have launched your business. You know that now, the real work begins. What does that work entail? What specific, concrete steps can you take to make sure that your product launch is effective, and that you can easily and consistently capitalize on the buzz that your business’ launch has generated? In this article, you’ll learn what to do as well as…
  • Hiring 101: What Do You Need to Know About Hiring The First Employee?

    Grasshopper Team
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Hiring the right people is crucial for a small business, so we asked a handful of experts about what you need to know when it comes to hiring. We’ll be discussing this topic and others on how to grow a business in our fireside chat via Google Hangout on March 24. Here’s what our experts had to say: Manage by delegation As the owner, you’ll want to develop your managerial skills as early as possible, and remember manage by delegation, not abdication. For the first employee: Assign specific roles so he or she knows what he or she ‘s responsible for Set standards to which he…
  • Virtual Assistants for Entrepreneurs: 10 Tasks They Can Do

    Kiera Abbamonte
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    As an entrepreneur, time is your most valuable resource. Anything that wastes your time is holding you back from your business. Lucky for you, it’s never been easier to unload some of your more time-consuming tasks and projects. Today, you can hire a virtual assistant who specializes in any kind of task, anywhere in the world. That means you spend less time on administrative things and more time on building your company. What is a Virtual Assistant? A virtual assistant is just what it sounds like – someone you connect with online who handles all kinds of administrative tasks, just…
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  • Medicine monitoring app Jarvis wins Paypal-Braintree’s Battlehack Singapore

    Donna Louisse
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    Jarvis will compete with winners from 14 other cities at BattleHack World Finals in Silicon Valley in November for a US$100,000 prize Team Jarvis members: Rajul Gupta, Arvin Sabu Joseph, Amulya Khare, Mohit Kanwal After a sugar-filled and caffeine-fueled weekend, online payment providers PayPal and Braintree announced the top three winners of their second annual BattleHack Singapore 2015. Jarvis clinched the first prize with an app that monitors and allows the remote purchase of medication for the elderly. Rajul Gupta, a Jarvis team member, shared that the spark for the app’s…
  • One of Singapore’s sexiest co-working spaces has opened its doors

    Rahil Bhagat
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    The Working Capitol is a new hybrid co-working space in Singapore with a fascinating take on the traditional formula It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in Singapore. Never in the history of our little red dot has there been more buzz, more excitement, more life and more resources channeled towards technological innovation. Singapore has become a hub in this region and a real player on a world stage once dominated by the great industrial economies of the world like Japan and America. Talent has flooded our shores like never before but not just any kind of talent, this talent is…
  • Zomato can’t eat into foodpanda’s pie: foodpanda’s Saurabh Kochhar

    Twishy Shahi
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    The newly-appointed India CEO thinks online food ordering is still small in India, with immense opportunity for every player to grow Saurabh Kochhar, CEO and CBO (global operations), foodpanda   Saurabh Kochhar, a young Indian professional, dons two very different hats at Rocket Internet-backed foodpanda. He is the newly-appointed India CEO and the CBO for its global operations. Kochhar’s three-year-old startup Printvenue, an online portal that enables ordering customised office stationery, business cards, letterheads, cardholder and other personalised accessories, secured US$ 4.5M…
  • Malaysia’s JFDI ambassador launches social planning app Splory

    Michael de Waal-Montgomery
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:24 am
    The startup is looking for US$400,000 to help scale, and hopes to get ChaTime and Tino’s Pizza Express as its first major partners In the social planning app space, both downtyme and WiGo — which is now valued at US$15 million — have been making some waves. More locally in Southeast Asia, new players like Singapore-based Leggo and JIO, and Malaysia-based JIOness are trying to do something similar. In development since the end of 2013, the time has finally come for Splory — which stands for ‘explore and review’ — to enter the limelight. Based in…
  • Hong Kong’s online luxury marketplace Luxify raises US$800K

    Sainul Abudheen K
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:44 am
    Luxify secures US$800,000 from unnamed investors in Asia and Europe The firm allows buyers and sellers of luxury new, pre-owned, and vintage goods to directly negotiate with each other in the marketplace Company will use the capital to hire talent and enhance its platform Luxify , an online marketplace in Hong Kong that connects buyers and sellers of luxury products, has received US$800,000 in seed funding from a group of unnamed investors in Asia and Europe. The company will use the capital to hire talent and enhance its platform. Luxify was founded by Florian Martigny and Alexis Zirah, and…
 
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  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – April 1 Edition

    James Pember
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sweden is a brilliant place to work, especially at a startup and the community is buzzing! These awesome Swedish startups are currently looking for talent, so check out what’s available and if you like what you see – apply! Jobylon are hiring a Sales Account Manager till växande startup i Stockholm Sparta are hiring a Sales Executive / Account Manger to fast growing SaaS company Sparta Gears of Leo are hiring a Technical lead for mobile apps Sparta are hiring a Sales Development Manager to exciting SaaS startup | Sparta Qapital are hiring a iOS Developer For more jobs, check out our job…
  • Angel investor Erik Byrenius launches StartupDocs.se, to help simplify startup legal documents

    James Pember
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We’ve written about Erik Byrenius before. He’s now an angel investor, but previously founded and exited OnlinePizza.se, a service most of us here in Sweden are familiar with! In addition to investing in young startups such as Vaulted and Castle, Erik has now launched StartupDocs.se, a simple service aimed at delivering standarised documents for startups. Covering everything from term sheets, to stock option contracts to employee agreements – StartupDocs.se aims to make it simple, transparent and cheaper for Swedish startups to work together with their partners, investors…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – March 28 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week THINGS: Sweden’s first hardware hub to open in Stockholm Officially opening its doors on 26th March 2015, Stockholm-based THINGS is Sweden’s first co-working space for hardware startups, focusing on high growth areas such as the Internet of Things, wearables, 3D scanning and printing, and medtech. Initiated by STING, the incubator that also initiated the start of SUP46 (Stockholm’s central co-working…
  • Fyndiq scales up to more than €21M in turnover last year

    Anders Hassis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Bargain Super Store Fyndiq scaled up to a turnover of more than €21M in 2014, nearly 2M products bought on the marketplace. Fyndiq, the marketplace for bargain products, was growing rapidly in 2014. Nearly 2M products was bought by bargain hunters from about 1500 merchants. The company had an turnover during the year of more than €21M and over €18M was paid to the merchants. – “I’m very proud of our achievements in 2014 and confident that we will continue our path in 2015 to become the best way for merchants to sell their bargain products and the absolute top choice…
  • Niklas Zennström’s Investment Company Atomico partners with SUP46

    Anders Hassis
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    With the backing of top VCs and accelerator partners, the members of startup hub SUP46 (Startup People of Sweden) have a competitive advantage to build Sweden’s next star startups. As of today, SUP46 adds investment company Atomico to its list of partners. Atomico, founded by Niklas Zennström, co-founder of Skype, will function as one of SUP46’s International Investor Members, which means great networking opportunities with promising startups and a designated flex-desk in the Investor Space. SUP46 gathers startups in a Stockholm-based meeting and co-working space, 54 companies are…
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  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Swift Developer with Hype Inc. (@shoreditchhype)

    Hector Manzano
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    Company: Hype Inc. Position: Engineer Swift Developer Place: Barcelona Job type:  The job offer is very flexible. We are considering full time and part time applications. Job description: We are looking for an experienced iOS, preferably Swift developer. Hype is a mobile iOS app built almost entirely in Swift, so it will be necessary to continue […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Swift Developer with Hype Inc. (@shoreditchhype) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Why Corporate Venturing Is Key To Fortune 500 Survival

    Lija Groenewoud van Vliet
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Creating a promising internal venture capital fund is increasingly seen by large corporations as a way to stimulate innovation and growth. While the track record of corporate VC funds has been rocky at best, in 2015, it’s almost certainly a necessary initiative for the survival of Fortune 500 organizations. In order to avoid being disrupted, corporations realize they need […] The post Why Corporate Venturing Is Key To Fortune 500 Survival appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Sales & Business Development with TSC Events (@CeleBreak_Cups)

    Scott Mackin
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Company: CeleBreak (TSC Events GmbH) Position: Sales & Business Development Place: Barcelona Job type: Freelance  Job description: We are TSC Events GmbH, an event organizer which is carrying out the CeleBreak Cup 2015, a football event for amateur & leisure football teams from Europe in cooperation with FC Barcelona & Hilton Hotels. TSC Events wants to create […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Sales & Business Development with TSC Events (@CeleBreak_Cups) appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Sales & Business Development at Spacebase

    Scott Mackin
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    Company: SpaceBase Position: Sales & Business Development Place: Barcelona Job type: Permanent Job description: This job is the perfect opportunity to collect your first startup experience and earn some money in a fun inspiring environment. You will be part of a highly motivated team, work in one of the most attractive co-working Spaces in Barcelona and learn […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Sales & Business Development at Spacebase appeared first on Barcinno.
  • 10 “Intangibles” That Determine The Value Of Your Startup

    Willow Novell
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Does your startup have the potential to join the Billion Dollar Club? The only way to find out is by fully understanding the value of your company and the market in which you operate. Obvious? Maybe. Of course, if you’re already a publicly traded company the market determines your value, but what if you’re a startup and you need to […] The post 10 “Intangibles” That Determine The Value Of Your Startup appeared first on Barcinno.
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    NextShark

  • Tesla Pulled Their Own April Fool’s Joke on Apple with the ‘Tesla Model W’

    Max Chang
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Even massive tech companies in Silicon Valley love a good April Fool’s joke. Today, Tesla had some April Fool’s fun of their own directed at what one can only assume is Apple’s new watch. Tesla announced their new “Tesla Model W” (the “W” stands for watch) on their blog today: “PALO ALTO, Calif., April 1, 2015 – Tesla today announced a whole new product line called the Model W. As many in the media predicted, it’s a watch. That’s what the “W” stands for. This incredible new device from Tesla doesn’t just tell the time, it also tells the…
  • ‘Salty’ Teen Sent Letter to Duke University Rejecting Their Rejection Letter

    Sarah Lesnar
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    What do you do when you receive a rejection letter? Do you mope, or maybe even cry? One teenager decided to take control. North Carolina resident Siobhan O’Dell, 17, received a rejection letter from Duke University last week after having spent time applying to colleges across the country. Upset, O’Dell decided to send a rejection letter back to the Durham school, which has since gone viral. Mimicking the tone of the original rejection letter, O’Dell wrote: “Thank you for you [sic] rejection letter of March 26, 2015. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable…
  • Indiana Pizza Joint that Refused Service to Gays Forced to Close, Gets Website Hacked

    Sebastian Dillon
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    The owners of one Indiana pizza joint are paying the price for their support of the state’s new controversial Religious Freedom Retaliation Act signed by Governor Mike Pence last week that permits companies to refuse service for religious reasons. Memories Pizza, owned by Kevin O’Connor and his daughter Crystal, was one of the first businesses to say they would refuse service to gays. “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding, we would have to say no.” The O’Connor family claims their Christian beliefs prevent them from catering to gay customers,…
  • 15 Habits Only Real Entrepreneurs Who’ve Struggled Know About

    Waylae Gregoire
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Being a real entrepreneur isn’t easy. By real entrepreneur, I mean someone who has turned an idea into a profitable startup with their own two hands, their own money and a carefully chosen team. I’m talking about the bootstrapped entrepreneur who hustles at every corner and is constantly working, sometimes too much for their own good. They’re the kind of entrepreneurs who have survived on nearly nothing but still came out successful in the end. Then there are the wantrepreneurs, the ones who play pretend-hustler with visions of a venture capitalist saying, “I’d like to give…
  • Why Your Success in Life Depends on What You Do in College, Not the College You Go To

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Getting into an elite college is more cutthroat than ever. Ivy League institutions like Harvard and Yale, and top universities like Stanford and MIT have around a 7.4% admission rate for a pool of around 40,000 applicants. Similarly, small, top liberal arts colleges like Amherst and Bowdoin accept less than 15% of over 8,000 applicants every year. So is getting into one of these schools an indication of your success and your shot at landing an enviable, lucrative job when you graduate? A new book suggests that life success is not tied to the college you went to, opening up a fierce debate…
 
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  • Your Car Is Now A Consumer Electronic

    Chris Kalaboukis
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    So my car is nearing the end of its lease and therefore I’m in the market for a new vehicle. I’ve had my current car for a little over 3 years and I’m stunned by the differences in the technology available today in comparison to what was available back then – and back then was only 3 years ago! The new car has so much technology that I’ll bet all they’d need to do was download some firmware over the net and my car would simply drive itself. (I wouldn’t mind that – could get some work done like more blog posts!) Everything is so much more…
  • Do You Share First, Read Later (Or Not At All)?

    Chris Kalaboukis
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    You know you’ve done this – you’ve seen a headline in your news feed, Facebook feed, Twitter feed etc, and think – ooo, that looks interesting – I should forward that on. Which you do, because most of the content you read out there is extremely easy to share – even when you haven’t – even when you especially haven’t read the article that you are passing around at all. Maybe you read it later, but more likely, maybe you don’t. Think about this for a second. What would this be like in the real world?  You are walking through the…
  • Power: The Real Innovation Issue

    Chris Kalaboukis
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    One of the things I’ve keenly been made aware of lately, after having toured the Tesla plant and seeing what they are working, to the devices we have in our pockets and on our wrists, to the Apple Watch and the many upon many little booths at CES hawking solutions for this problem, it seems to me that the biggest elephant in the room that we have yet to address properly is simply, power. No, not the kind of power that corrupts. The kind of power that you get from a battery, or from the wall, the sun, wind vanes, what have you. The number one most common accessory at CES was some way to…
  • 7 Reasons To Boycott The Listicle

    Chris Kalaboukis
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Ok so this post really isn’t going to have 7 reasons to boycott the listicle, however I will talk about how and why the listicle is so popular. If you ask me, listicles are pure linkbait, and we should boycott them because, simply, they really do not contain any useful content. I would class the listicle as the reality programming of the internet. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Have you ever actually learned anything from a listicle? I mean, seriously, have you ever actually lost weight by reading “8 Awesome Tips To A Flat Belly” , or built a successful business…
  • Startups Fail Too, You Know

    Chris Kalaboukis
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’ve been listening to a number of startup podcasts lately after seeing a listicle (can’t believe that that is a real word now) on the top startup podcasts you should be listening to, and the tone is just so optimistic on all of them. Everyone is wonderfully successful, has just the right partners, has great traction, awesome investors, money in the bank, and seeing exponential growth. Funny thing, it makes it sound like startups are great, just come up with an idea, build it, launch it and boom, near instant success. There is very little to no mention of failure, even though the…
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    Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders

  • Startup Jobs for 3/30/15

    John Gannon
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Artsy is hiring a People Operations Associate in NYC. Next Caller is hiring a Community Manager in NYC. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs for 3/30/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/23/15

    John Gannon
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Work-Bench is hiring a Business Development Associate in NYC. Hunter Walk interviews Foursquare’s Noah Weiss on becoming a product VP that people can trust. 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 3/23/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/18/15

    John Gannon
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Ryan Paredez writes for CMX about how he went from fan of SwiftKey to full-time hire. Clever is hiring a Head of Inside Sales as well as an Account Executive in NYC. 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 3/18/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/9/15

    John Gannon
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Tech Generation has launched, which aims to connect hundreds of Massachusetts’ top students with internships at local tech startups. Email sarah@newenglandvc.org with any questions. Baro is looking for a Startup Marketing/Business Development Intern in NYC. 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 3/9/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/4/15

    John Gannon
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    SocialFlow is looking for a Director of Business Operations in NYC. Matt Harmon writes for Medium about how to build your prototype faster than you think, without code. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 3/4/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
 
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    Nibletz

  • Phyrefly: Hotwire for Restaurants

    Lauren Hoover
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Groupon and Living Social offer businesses a great way to get new customers in the door. That said, there are arguments against using one of the daily deal sites. The main argument being that customers who purchase a businesses goods or service at huge discounts will never pay full price; or by offering deep discounts, […] The post Phyrefly: Hotwire for Restaurants appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Burnout Game Ventures: A Unique Gaming Accelerator/Incubator

    Drew Thompson
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Burnout Game Ventures is an Orlando, FL based incubator/accelerator that is focused on helping indie game developers get their game to market. In one year of operation, the accelerator has launched a game on Steam, and has had another inducted into the Clinton Global Initiative. The post Burnout Game Ventures: A Unique Gaming Accelerator/Incubator appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Apptaply: User Insight and Analytics for Apps

    Ryan Gray
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Apptaply    What is Apptaply? We provide a platform for anyone with an app to get insight on how users are interacting with their app. This is achieved through heatmaps of all taps, touches and gestures and user recordings. Developers can filter results and view crashed recordings and first impressions, allowing them to improve the stability […] The post Apptaply: User Insight and Analytics for Apps appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Uberchord: Adaptive Guitar Teaching App

    Drew Thompson
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    The Uberchord iOS app, currently in beta, uses the iPhone's microphone to listen and recognize the music as you play. The app also learns your playing style, and adapts to you. The post Uberchord: Adaptive Guitar Teaching App appeared first on Nibletz.
  • Tips for Creating a Non-profit Startup

    Dave Ketchen
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Startups with a social conscience are hot. For example, Fund Some Fun provides crowdfunding of up to $1000 to give sick children fun items such as an XBox One or a GoPro camera. Florida’s HiveSpace business incubator is devoted to fueling a series of startups that will positively affect the world. And, in the United […] The post Tips for Creating a Non-profit Startup appeared first on Nibletz.
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    PAYMILL Blog

  • How To Reduce Chargebacks For Your Subscription Business

    Julian Ott
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Important: The following new rules by Visa are mandatory for recurring payments starting April 18th, 2015, please make sure to comply by then. Do you run a subscription business and want to build trust with your customers while reducing the amount of chargebacks you receive? By selling products or services that are paid for regularly (e.g. on a monthly basis), you and your customers enter, what Visa calls, a recurring transaction agreement (RTA). An RTA is a token of trust between you and your customer, which is why it is that important to convey this trust to him by being transparent…
  • 3 Ways To Help Prevent Fraud On Your E-commerce Website

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Credit cards either get stolen or lost, and chances are it can get into the possession of somebody with the wrong intentions in mind. Fraud happens when the credit cardholder has not authorised the transaction. As a merchant, this can get fairly costly for your business with high chargeback fees and loss of sales revenue. But while there’s always a risk you’ll be vulnerable to fraudulent transactions. There are measures you can take to ensure it is kept to a minimum and where you can rest easy knowing your e-commerce website is for the most part safe. In this post I want to highlight a…
  • 3 Ways 3-D Secure Builds Trust In Your Checkout

    Ben Hubbard
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Having worked in e-commerce for the past four years, I’ve seen many arguments for and against 3-D Secure (Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode). The majority of these against focus on an apparent hit on your conversion with 3-D secure, which adds an additional step to your checkout and increases the friction experienced by your customers paying for their purchase. Whilst this makes sense, most of these studies and articles forget that 3-D Secure was first developed by the card networks to reduce the number of fraudulent transactions. In this post I wanted to take some time to…
  • 6 Startups Who Have Nailed Down Content Marketing

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Just starting up, bootstrapped and looking for customers? Welcome to the world of every early-stage startup. So what can you do to get your startup in front of your target audience without having to spend a fortune on online advertising. Photo courtesy of Markus Spiske/Flickr Sure, you’ll get a boost for when you launch your product, but what about all that time in between major updates and product launches – what do you do then? You’ll need something that attracts people to your startup without speaking too much about yourself and your products, which is where the role of…
  • 5 Practical Steps to Get Structured Customer Feedback

    Natalie Dang Quang
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    It’s quite obvious why you should consider your customer’s feedback. You want to take the right decisions and you want to know if you’re still on the same page as your users. Great! Of course there are a ton of ways how to gather your customer’s feedback: it can range from a survey to in-depth interviews to product usability tests. For ways how to test your product, e.g. your website, check out our recent post on online testing tools. Assuming you do not have a high-digits budget to conduct market research through a service provider, here are five practical steps how you can…
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    TheTechPanda.com

  • Runway to Success Season 3

    Team TechPanda
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Runway to Success is an initiative to provide a platform for small and medium enterprises with the objective of celebrating the unique spirit of Indian entrepreneurship. This has been brought to you by Lufthansa in[...]
  • 10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Quit Smoking

    Megha Chatterjee
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    Smoking is one those habits that brighter mind confidently know is wrong, the body very well signals the brain to quit it, yet the heart somehow manages to channelize the brain into rewiring its thoughts[...]
  • 10 Reasons To Follow Company Ethics and Policies

    Sajal Roy
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Necessity is the mother of invention and 21st century is the period of evolution. Becoming better with the upcoming scenario and a crave towards comfort zone is a premium requisite for both the employee and[...]
  • Optimize your Shop with Shoptimize

    Kartik Jha
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Planning to start your eCommerce venture? Probably Shoptimize is the company you are waiting for, if you are not being guided by external sources. Shoptimize enhances the way your customer engages in your website. Features include[...]
  • 20 Reasons For Entrepreneurs To Take Risk

    Sajal Roy
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    No risk no gain. History is a proof to it. The ecosystem of Entrepreneurship is much challenging which invites higher amount of courage towards the “Risk attitude” as compared to determination. A start up facing[...]
 
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    Twoodo

  • The AHA moment – How We Avoided Losing Visitors After The First Visit

    David Arnoux
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! How do you get users to fall in love with your product on their first visit? How you do avoid losing visitors on their first visit? Short answer.. you get them to the AHA moment.. There’s a lot of talk and literature about finding the AHA moment. James Currier from Ooga Labs (10 years, 10 companies with at least 10 million users each) and a personal hero of mine recommends spending 50% of technical resources on your onboarding or on what he calls the “first user experience” You’ll never have more attention from visitors than in that first…
  • How to manage email and not let it manage you

    denis
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:10 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Unless you do your job exclusively via email, there’s no excuse for you to have that tab or app open. There I said it.. But you do have it open most of the time, right? It’s hard to ignore. Suddenly you see the Inbox (1) in bold appear and you rush to see what it is. And it’s never a game changing message. But the micro-second between seeing it and comprehending it gives us a rush, and that rush becomes addictive. Email is an important medium of communication, indisputably. However, constant interruptions (let’s say every 30 seconds to 15 minutes) do…
  • Content Marketing For Startups: Our Story

    David Arnoux
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Here are some more damning facts from a study of 1.4 billion search queries. 6% were from paid search. 8% of internet users click on 85% of search engine ad clicks. Organic traffic wins 94% of the time (Search Engine Watch, 2012). Let’s continue with a good ol’ text book definition: “Content marketing” is a subdomain of inbound marketing. “Inbound marketing” means using pull rather than push techniques to draw visitors to your website or product. Content marketing consists of creating audio, visual or written content with the purpose of…
  • A Startup Directory (or 33) You Probably Didn’t Know You Should Be Listed On

    David Arnoux
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:46 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! If you subscribe to the notion “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, however, you know that the deluge of apps and online startups means that great ideas really do get crowded out, then read on! Your startup needs all the help it can get. From my experience with growing Twoodo in a very competitive field I know it’s worth finding out where your business can be listed or reviewed in order to maximize traffic. Nothing wrong with that at all. The challenge, though, is that I never really believed that all these listing website…
  • Collaborative Problems – We’re Not All Social Networkers

    David Arnoux
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    Woohoo, it's a post from Twoodo! Social tech in the workplace: the new way to work We can stop arguing that only young people use social media: the average across all age groups is 72% (with 30 – 49 year olds also at 72% in their own right). So, not only are employees using it but so are (probably) most of your customers. It can be leveraged both ways to improve access to information, have discussions and allow for more accountability. But what about those who don’t like social media, and by extension, social collaboration tools? There is a massive assumption that we all enjoy or are…
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    Blog About Startups and Web Development in Ruby on Rails

  • Estimation Myths Debunked!

    Magda Sitarek
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    We’ve recently conducted a short internal webinar which we’d like to summarize to combat some stereotypes about estimations. Find out why it’s important to estimate - in fact, to estimate right.
  • Introducing: Connexio Talk Design

    Netguru
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    We’re proud to announce another Netguru powered project! Meet Connexio Talk and check out the beautiful design of Call Guide Builder & Question.
  • Get up and Roll! Sushi Night

    Kasia Kramnik
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    The last Netguru dinner found us in Japan - we learned to prepare delicious sushi and delighted ourselves with flavors of Japanese cuisine. Here’s how we roll!
  • Refactoring - When?

    Marcin Stecki
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    This short series of blogposts answers the "why", "how", and "when" of code refactoring.
  • Doing Review Procedures the Right Way

    Kasia Kramnik
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    If we were to compose a Netguru alphabet, the letter R would definitely stand for review. See how continuous review process can improve the teams’ workflow and help employees evolve in no time.
 
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • How 3-D Printing Will Shape Your Small Business

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Emerging technologies continue to shape the business realm. From smart watches to voice-activated devices, these tools can have a profound impact on your small business, helping you streamline operations and improve overall efficiency. One technology that has advanced rapidly over the past several years is 3-D printing. What was once just a plot device in science fiction movies has become an everyday reality for business professionals who know how to work 3-D printers, which allow people to bring sketches and drawings into the three-dimensional world. But honestly - how helpful are these…
  • What Makes the Small Business Loan Program So Effective?

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    The small business community has changed a lot over the last few years. Some of these developments were spurred by necessity – as in, the banks got really nervous about lending money to anyone right around 2008, forcing companies to go elsewhere to secure the necessary capital. Sometimes, when an industry goes through these kinds of changes, they’ll never really go back. Case in point: the trend toward alternative lending solutions. When banks grew weary of lending money during the economic crisis, many small businesses were left without a reliable source of funding. Even now,…
  • How to Celebrate Your Store's Birthday

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    Birthdays only occur once a year, which means your store should take strides to celebrate this occasion with your most loyal consumers - especially if you're celebrating your store's first birthday. Aside from decorating the area in garland and asking employees to wear paper hats, there are a few ways your business can call attention to its birthday. While you'll want to bring attention to your brand and all the great progress you've made in the past year, make a concerted effort to actively engage your consumers, as they're the ones who have had a profound impact on your business. …
  • Tips to Learn from TV's Most Successful Businesswomen

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Our favorite television characters may not be real, but the situations they face each day are grounded in truth. In fact, many of the most useful tidbits of advice stem from these characters when they're presented with scenarios we may run across each week, such as workplace conflict or personal problems. Last month, we compiled a list of the best small business advice from successful TV businessmen, but this one's for the ladies.  The small screen is replete with female role models who have made names for themselves in the corporate world. From intelligent and driven Leslie Knope to…
  • 3 Creative Ways to Get Customer Referrals

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Word-of-mouth marketing has long been among the most effective tactics for executives looking to reach a wider range of potential buyers. People have a tendency to trust friends' recommendations over those they see online or on TV - this is why Facebook and Twitter have become such powerful tools for business owners looking to spread awareness. Enticing consumers to give referrals can be tricky. On the one hand, you want brand advocates to bring new buyers to your store. On the other, you don't want their testimonies to seem disingenuous in any way. However, there are a few simple rewards…
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • RentedPropertyWale – India’s First Exclusive Portal For Pre-rented Properties

    Asish Das
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    One of his closest uncles had an accident and wanted to secure his and his family’s future with all his hard earned income. When Gaurav Marwah received a call from his uncle regarding the same he advised him to invest into pre-rented property which will secure his complete family financially irrespective he works or not in future, his family will regularly earn money from the property. His uncle took his advice and invested Rs. 2 crore in a pre-rented property which is now returning Rs. 1.5 lacs/month as rental. This is the story how Rented Propertywale, India’s first exclusive…
  • TheSecretKart.com – A Niche In The Buzzing Indian eCommerce Market

    Asish Das
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    Among the booming eCommerce businesses in India, Bangalore based entrepreneur, Nitin Kashyap has found himself a niche. Nitin has set-up a sexual wellness products aggregator website that lists products from various eCommerce websites such as Flipkart, HealthKart, Cilory, Onlinemeds, N-Gal, Lasky Herbal etc. at one place. The idea behind TheSecretKart.com is to help people find sexual wellness products at best prices on one platform. This is also good for sellers as they get another sales channel online to showcase their products at competitive prices. “We are an aggregator for sexual…
  • From A New Look Of The Website To Building The Experience Story In India – Giftxoxo.com

    Asish Das
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    “Don’t dream your life, live your dreams.” Giftxoxo is a start-up which firmly believes in the above quote. It believes in creating memories and moments for you that you would cherish for a lifetime. Everyone wants to make their special occasions like anniversary, birthday, first date etc. to be an unforgettable affair and pine for an exclusive treatment. People want to try different things like Flying a plane, Becoming a DJ, Learning cocktail mixing, Golfing, Horse riding etc. but to do these things they have to invest so much time and energy to arrange every bit of it and still get…
  • This Start-up Aims To Be Zomato For Wedding Industry With Great Features

    Akanksha Samar
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    Wedding is one of the biggest events in a person’s life. There are more than 100 areas that need to be taken care of, involving huge amount of networking and referrals making weddings seem chaotic and unorganized. You can never be sure that the vendor you have selected is the best for the job. It was essentially to bridge this gap between the vendor and the families organizing the wedding that WeddingPlz was launched, a place where everything is transparent, where you can contact the vendor as well as your shortlisted vendors can contact you – directly! To help the people organizing…
  • See What Books These Successful Entrepreneurs Recommend To Read And Why

    Philip Acuna
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    “He who knows only his own generation remains forever a child.” Those were the words written above the library at my alma mater, and while they rang true at university, they have proven exceptionally true in the startup environment. Launching a startup is largely an exercise in trial error, and regardless of how much experience one has, its always advisable to keep learning and seeking the advice of those who came before you. Often, entrepreneurs become jaded after their first successful launch, and assume that all other entrepreneurial endeavors will follow the same path. In doing so,…
 
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  • We Didn’t See the Solar Eclipse, But We Played the Crokinole Game

    Florin Muresan
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:55 am
    Last Friday was International Happiness Day. It was also Solar Eclipse Day. We waited for the eclipse, and really tried to see it, but we never did. So what else is there to do on International Happiness Day? We decided to have an office party and play Crokinole! Well said,…
  • Why We Love Content Marketing (and You Should, Too!)

    Florin Muresan
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    Content Marketing Boosts Your Bottom Line! Today, content doesn’t just consist of words in an article. Content can be videos, images, infographics, slide shows, and animation.  It is the basis of your brand. It’s not just about getting the basic product information out. With content, you can tell a story,…
  • Do You Use the Influence of Others As A Marketing Strategy?

    Florin Muresan
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
      Times are changing and so does advertising, or at least this is what we think. Indeed, we evolve because of technology, but some things remain the same. Our anatomy hasn’t changed (I mean, our arms didn’t become shorter to make typing easier), but neither has our habits. In other…
  • The value buying articles for your blog can bring to your business

    Florin Muresan
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:55 am
    Most of the time, when I find the website of a new company, I want to see whether they have a blog or not. I don’t know if this is a new habit now that I’m interested in content marketing (more than others maybe), but it’s like a reflex. For me,…
  • How to build Outstanding 404 error pages – making an error look cool and helpful

    Florin Muresan
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I love 404 error pages. Not all of them, but there are some pretty good ones out there (I will show you some of my favorite ones later in this article). Whether you’ve typed a link incorrectly, or accessed a webpage that is no longer available, there’s a strong chance you’ll…
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    Outlier Magazine

  • Steeve Bois – Creative by Nature

    Paige Sevier
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    “The best way to get a good idea is to not look for it.” – Steeve Bois About: Steeve Bois – Founder and CEO of Social Symphony App Overview: Steeve has always had a love for being creative and believes that we are all creative by nature. He saw the need to create an application that would help others find happiness through music. The app is called Social Symphony. Thanks to this project and to the talented people Steeve has worked with, he hopes he will be able to make the planet a better place. Click to Tweet: Interview w/ Steeve Bois: Creative by Nature…
  • Amber Reyngoudt- Doing the Unexpected

    Paige Sevier
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    “People will tell you you can’t do it, but if you want it enough and work hard enough, you can be successful and have what you want.” – Amber Reyngoudt About: Amber Reyngoudt- Co-Founder of Skull Ninja Overview: Amber is a Software Engineer with years of experience in the coding field. Over the past four years, she has taken on her own venture of building iPhone apps with her co-founder at Skull Ninja, and shares with us what it’s been like traveling the entrepreneurial road. Click To Tweet: Ep 184: Interview w/ Amber Reyngoudt – Doing the Unexpected via…
  • Suzannah Scully – Coaching With a Purpose

    Paige Sevier
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    “Your purpose is when your natural talents, skills, and interests all align.” – Suzannah Scully About: Suzannah Scully- Executive Coach Overview: Once a part of the corporate world, Suzannah has taken her experience to start her own practice as an Executive Coach and help large corporations and entrepreneurs. Suzannah provides us with some great insight on how we can improve ourselves and our companies. Highlights: Background: (From her website) “Suzannah Scully is a coach, speaker and blogger with a corporate background working for organizations such as Gap, Inc.,…
  • Daniel Faggella – Using Email to Grow Your Business

    Paige Sevier
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    “It’s better to have a surplus of ideas and be forced to go with the really great ones…than to have a limited number of them and pick the one you think is best.” – Daniel Faggella About: Daniel Faggella- Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Jiu Jitsu Champion, and Founder of CLV Boost Overview: During this exciting interview, we learn valuable lessons from Daniel on how to create effective email marketing campaigns. Dan has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology degree from UPenn, owns 2 companies-TechEmergence LLC, and startup marketing with CLVboost, is the…
  • Sinead Mac Manus – Providing an Alternative Education System

    Paige Sevier
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    “Where you start in life doesn’t mean it’s where you will end up.” Sinead Mac Manus About: Sinead Mac Manus- Founder and CEO of Fluency Overview: Sinead is a talented and motivated entrepreneur striving to make a difference in the world through her company, Fluency. She shares the importance of starting a company not just to make money, but to help build brighter future. Throughout this interview, Sinead tells us more about what Fluency does and how it works. Highlights: About Sinead: Sinead is originally from Ireland and has her degree in Geography and History of…
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    PAKWIRED

  • WECREATE | Pakistan Offers Co-Working Space & Much More

    Nida Rasheed
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Co-working spaces aren’t a new concept in Pakistan. In fact, we did a run-down of the co-working options available in major cities just last year. Islamabad, however, with just one co-working option (and that too, not exactly in a central area) needed another option, especially for women, and WECREATE | Pakistan is just that (and much... The post WECREATE | Pakistan Offers Co-Working Space & Much More appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • Thoughts on Entrepreneurship and the i2i Accelerator Program

    Nida Rasheed
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    The startup ecosystem in Pakistan has seen immense growth in the last few years. Regular startup competitions such as StartUp Weekend, StartUp Cup and StartUp Grind have raised awareness not just about the startups already out there, but increased entrepreneurial ventures in general. And with incubators like Plan9, The Foundation by LUMS, P@SHA Tech Incubator... The post Thoughts on Entrepreneurship and the i2i Accelerator Program appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • The People Running Microsoft Pakistan

    Alishba Nisar
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:24 pm
    There are many Pakistanis working at the Operation Centers of Microsoft, some of them are at senior positions but let’s talk about those who are operating its subsidiary in Pakistan and are contributing to the country’s tech eco-system. 1) Kamal Ahmad – General Manager Kamal, a high tech industry expert, is successfully leading operations of Microsoft in... The post The People Running Microsoft Pakistan appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • Android users, rejoice; WhatsApp Calling is here for you

    Usman Younas
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Finally, the “phone” in WhatsApp’s icon makes sense now! WhatsApp Messenger’s calling service has been rumored for quite a while now, and has recently been in invite-only beta testing for the past couple of weeks. Now it’s here for (almost) everyone, slowly rolling out to users. And in this particular scenario, Android users are luckier. The latest update of... The post Android users, rejoice; WhatsApp Calling is here for you appeared first on PAKWIRED.
  • Top Three Ideas at Startup Weekend Lahore

    Babar Khan Javed
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:49 am
    For the fourth year in a row, LUMS hosted Startup Weekend Lahore and invited me to judge the identified problems & solutions of civilian and corporate interest. Over 60 ideas were presented, after which public voting was held, with the judges & mentors having substantially weight in their cast votes. 16 ideas were shortlisted and teams were... The post Top Three Ideas at Startup Weekend Lahore appeared first on PAKWIRED.
 
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    1CLICK Blog

  • How 1CLICK Live Chat Software Evolved with Customer Feedback

    Clifton Lobo
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    At 1CLICK, we realised that the most important factor for our start-up with a new product for the market was to listen to customer feedback and address pain points. After … Continue reading →The post How 1CLICK Live Chat Software Evolved with Customer Feedback appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Video marketing for your online business

    Clifton Lobo
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    The most popular businesses online appeal to the major senses sight (photos, text) and sound (music, dialogue). In the last few years video has become increasingly popular on the web. … Continue reading →The post Video marketing for your online business appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Live Chat v/s Phone Support

    Clifton Lobo
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    There are many channels through which customers online can connect with your business such as email, phone or live chat. In order to provide great customer service, the business needs to … Continue reading →The post Live Chat v/s Phone Support appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • 5 Ways to increase conversions on your website

    Clifton Lobo
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Highlight your products value: To add that extra touch to what your product delivers, it’s essential to show the customer the value that your products bring in. This not only … Continue reading →The post 5 Ways to increase conversions on your website appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • 3 Steps to sending effective B2B cold Emails

    Clifton Lobo
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    1. Making the list This step is as important as creating the template to send out. You need to gather emails based on how you can reach out to your … Continue reading →The post 3 Steps to sending effective B2B cold Emails appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
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    Potknox Blog

  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (5)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    The fifth interview in our  HR Trends Series was with Mrinal Krant, Practice Partner at HireAtEaseConsulting India Pvt.Ltd,  a leading provider of Human Resources Consulting, Leadership Hiring, Recruitment Consulting & Talent Advisory solutions to emerging sectors in India. With close to 12 years of experience, Mrinal had a number of very helpful and realistic insights, and a tonne of wisdom to share. He tells us the changes and patterns he’s observed over the  years and what he expects will happen in the future. How long have you been working in the field of HR? Close to 12…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (4)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:47 am
    If you’re a recruiter and you aren’t an ardent follower of The Savage Truth, you’re not a very good one. Jokes aside though (we’re serious), Greg Savage, Recruitment advisor, coach, speaker and investor gave us a few pearls of wisdom- on a flight to New Zealand, no less, about what he expects from the world of HR and his opinions on various facets of it and we promise you, it’s just as good as anything else he comes up with. Now, for anybody who follows his him on Twitter knows he has brilliant insights, ground breaking epiphanies and a lot of knowledge to…
  • How do Candidates feel about Video Interviewing?

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    According to a report released by Office Team, more than six in 10 (63 percent) of HR managers interviewed said their company often conducts employment interviews via video. This is up from just 14 percent one year ago. Unfortunately, very much like Recruiter Texting, this is a trend that has picked up so much pace so fast, that many applicants haven’t had a chance to warm up to it. For hiring managers and recruiters, however, video interviewing is an absolute blessing. Given advancements in technology, they can now view applicants’ appearance and body language, record interviews and…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (3)

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    The third interview in our HR Trends Series was with Rishu Raheja, Deputy Manager (Talent Acquisition) at Bennett Coleman &  Co. Ltd. (Times Group). Having worked in large organisation like Godrej and now the Times Group, Rishu knows the responsibility a job in HR entails. You are, after all, dealing with the single most important resource of them all- people. In her short and crisp interview with us, she talks about the kinds of technologies that have already penetrated the HR sphere, the changes she wishes to see hereon in, and also gives job seekers and employers a bit of advice…
  • 10 Classic ‘Make It Happen’ Quotes by Women who Made it Happen

    pottu.venugopal@metanest.com
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    It’s Women’s Day 2015. More than any other day in the year, today is Of the Women, By the Women and For the Women. The 10 quotes are exactly what you need if you’re looking for inspiration to get out of a rut, or start something from scratch. The women who spoke  these words came from diverse backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, but had that one beautiful thing in common- being a woman. Read the ten quotes given below, and we guarantee you’ll want to take your idea to the next level by the end of it. For when you start to wonder… but what will they think?
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    SuperbCrew

  • Founder Stories: GripeO Building A New Social Care Recipe

    SuperbCrew
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:39 am
    Written by: Mike Klanac, Buffalo/Houston based entrepreneur and founder of GripeO Customer Service is changing. For you, and for Businesses. There’s a lot of reasons why. It doesn’t take Chris Sacca to tell you that Twitter really shook up the way people communicate with companies. If you really want to understand how, ask the Social Media “interns” who are now being promoted to Chief Digital Marketing Officer, responsible for handles that simultaneously fulfill a Customer Service, Branding, Marketing, Support, and Sales role (all in one). But it’s more than just…
  • Insurance Startup Peach Out to Disrupt the Market for Product Warranties

    SuperbCrew
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:56 am
    Written by: Luke Cooper, co-founder and CEO, Peach Sweet Warranties In 2014, US consumers spent $9.2 billion on warranties for mobile phones and several more billions on warranties for other consumer electronics. Crazy? We think so. Do you own a warranty? It makes sense, right? Especially for smartphones and other high-use, high-risk items. But do you know the details of your warranties? When they end? How much of a deductible you’ll have to pay if your new $1,000 Apple Watch ends up in a bowl of soup? Related: MyCloudCure – Reliable IT Support From The Cloud We founded Peach in 2014…
  • AcctTwo – Solving The Issues Growing Middle Market Companies Face Today

    SuperbCrew
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    AcctTwo is a business process outsourcing firm and provider of cloud-based financial management solutions. Below is our interview with Peter Wagner from AcctTwo team: Q: AcctTwo is a consulting company and provider of cloud-based financial management solutions. Tell us something more about your services and AcctTwo history? A: AcctTwo was founded by Marcus Wagner in 2010. Marcus is a CPA whose career began at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he spent time in the financial audit and risk advisory practices. As an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marcus learned first-hand the benefits of…
  • Take A Sip Of Drinkle

    SuperbCrew
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    Drinkle is a business management tool that allows you to combine project, lead, and stock management into one useful and remarkably simple business management dashboard. As someone who has worked in a project management and e-commerce environment, this simple interface is far less complicated than using systems such as Liquid Planner, Magento, or other similar services. The fact that Drinkle rolls this all into one handy to use interface makes it even more valuable for project and e-commerce managers. Read on to see how Drinkle works to help you manage your business from these three…
  • Konekt Dash – Build Connected Products That Work Everywhere!

    SuperbCrew
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    The Konekt Dash is a cellular development kit for building Internet of Things (IoT) devices. You can use it to build all sorts of fun connected products like sensors, tracking devices, alarm systems, connected car applications, and more. The Konekt Platform is made to bring enterprise grade features to the individual developer, so its perfect for a solo hobby project or building the connected hardware business of your dreams! The Konekt Dash will work anywhere you get a cellular signal and can easily and securely communicate to the internet or other devices via the Konekt Cloud. Each Konekt…
 
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    Ventureosity.com | Venture Curiosity

  • iGeak just like iWatch

    ventureosity
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Imitation or innovation, just after a buzzy week with iWatch $10k, Beijing subway commuters start already notice posters of a wearable  that also bring the mobile to your wrist: iGeak. According to GEAK founder Gu Xiaobin, 100,000 GEAK Watches have been sold from July to mid-October, this was back to Oct 2013. That’s only about 30,000 … Continue reading iGeak just like iWatch →
  • Egypt unveils Grand Plan To Build New Capital

    ventureosity
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    Housing minister Mustafa Kamel Madbuli said the new 70,000 acre city, east of Cairo, would take five to seven years to build at a cost of $45bn. The yet-to-be-named city will spread out over 150 square miles, and could eventually be home to 7 million people, the developers and government announced Friday. The Egyptian parliament … Continue reading Egypt unveils Grand Plan To Build New Capital →
  • A ‘Triumph’ for Rafale: Egypt 1st Foreign Buyer

    ventureosity
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Egypt will buy 24 Rafale and an accompanying frigate, Mr. Hollande said at a news conference after a European summit in Brussels. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. France … Continue reading A ‘Triumph’ for Rafale: Egypt 1st Foreign Buyer →
  • The Green Bronx Machine: Stephen Ritz

    ventureosity
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:57 pm
    In 2012, Mr. Ritz received non-profit certification for the program he came up with three years prior, which teaches students how to build green roofs and walls to hold produce and maintain the systems as the plants grow. Stephen Ritz Bronx high school teacher received a decade ago a box of spring bulbs. “I didn’t know what to … Continue reading The Green Bronx Machine: Stephen Ritz →
  • King Abdullah has died at 90

    ventureosity
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Thursday, Reuters reports, citing Saudi state television. Abdullah’s designated successor is Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, his 79-year-old half-brother. Reuters reports that King Abdullah had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital in December for medical tests. The royal court announced in January that Abdullah was suffering from … Continue reading King Abdullah has died at 90 →
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    NEXTbiGPRODUCT

  • Get Premium Furniture At Affordable Monthly Rentals Via Furlenco

    KARAN CHOPRA
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:34 pm
    You heard of hiring a home for rent but have you heard ever about hiring premium furniture for your good great home. Well the startup which we are covering today masters in same. Meet Furlenco, a one-stop shop where you can get premium furniture at affordable monthly rentals only. Furlenco offers multiple options wrapped around with stylish furniture designs, soft furnishings, free relocation and furniture maintenance, and more. Starting from mere INR 1500/- per month (for bedroom subscription package) to opt for whole of your home. Sounds amazing? Huh, Explore Furlenco today. The post Get…
  • Enjoy Daily Favourite Sports News Roundup At 850SportsApp

    KARAN CHOPRA
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Just like any other news buzz, every person got its own wings to enjoy sports news. Well some like to read the whole, while some happy watching over the web or television. But what if some bring up daily sports news dose near you, sounds amazing huh? Meet 850SportsApp, which offers a daily 10-minute roundup of your favourite sports written by sports experts featuring sporting action which you want to learn about, with both insights analysis. The daily dose features key game moments, graphical illustrations you can share, and man of the match displays, fueling your sporting conversation and…
  • Heavy Discounts And Deadline To Buy Or Not, Meet Benjamin

    KARAN CHOPRA
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    You love deals? Answer definitely is YES, but what if to grab that deal you will get only sixty seconds? Now this surely sounds like amazing situation that whether to grab it or not as all you got is mere sixty seconds only. Meet Benjamin deal app, which works with best brands worldwide but the biggest catch in its offering is that it all offers sixty seconds to grab it. It is currently in closed beta version and allows everyone who wishes to try by simply entering their email address. The post Heavy Discounts And Deadline To Buy Or Not, Meet Benjamin appeared first on NEXTbiGPRODUCT.
  • Reach Your Brand’s Full Profit Potential Through FullCube

    KARAN CHOPRA
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Quite as a business, you often thinks that what possible way the company can considerably opt in order to reach its maximum full profit potential. Well there are options available, but again important is what one considering choosing. Well our today start-up roundup talks about the same to greater insight as we are going to introduce with FullCube. FullCube is one such brand which helps brands to opt on repricing their assets for recurring consumer relationship. It let the businesses reach to full profit potential ability through the methods like direct and data-driven relationship while…
  • Shop Online, Earn Cashback With Shopback

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    While the trend of earning discounts on our favourite brands is not new but what if one adds cashback option to it. Sounds good, huh? Today we are taking stem up to share about the start-up which is actually doing it. Meet Shopback, the one because of which earning cashback is just like saying 1, 2, 3 and done. Working on vision of revolutionizing things the way one consider on saving on online shopping, Shopback gives you the freedom to earn cashback of up to 50%. The categories it includes ranging from fashion, travel, electronics and more. You name the thing and you will be getting…
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • 053: How a Startup Grew Its Blog from 9K to 500K Monthly Unique Visitors

    Omer Khan
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Joshua Parkinson is the Founder & CEO of PostPlanner, a Facebook tool that makes it easy for people to find and post amazing content to increase their social media engagement. Joshua founded the company in 2011 and to date Post Planner has over 25,000 monthly active users. Success Quote “It’s the things you do to avoid depending on luck that ultimately make you lucky.” — Joshua Parkinson Book Recommendation “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” by Nir Eyal & Ryan Hoover “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and…
  • 052: How a Philosophy Teacher Built a 7-Figure SaaS Business

    Omer Khan
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Joshua Parkinson is the Founder & CEO of PostPlanner, a Facebook tool that makes it easy for people to find and post amazing content to increase their social media engagement. Joshua founded the company in 2011 and to date Post Planner has over 25,000 monthly active users. Success Quote “It’s the things you do to avoid depending on luck that ultimately make you lucky.” — Joshua Parkinson Book Recommendation “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” by Nir Eyal & Ryan Hoover Links, Resources & People…
  • 7 Lessons I Learned from Interviewing 45 Amazing Entrepreneurs

    Omer Khan
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Today’s episode is a little different. I don’t have a guest. It’s just me. And you! Earlier this week, I published episode 50. I can’t believe there are already 50 episodes of this show. So I thought this would be a good time to look back at the last 6 months, reflect on the awesome conversations I’ve had with so many amazing guests and share some of my own personal insights and lessons with you. A year ago, I couldn’t even have imagined that I’d have my own podcast. I think of myself as a pretty introverted guy, so the thought of putting myself…
  • 050: How to Build a Business When Everyone Says Your Idea is Impossible

    Omer Khan
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Chris Barton is the co-founder of Shazam, a mobile music recognition service which started out as idea that Chris had in 1999. All the experts told him that it was impossible. Today, Shazam has over 100 million active users each month. In 2004, Chris joined Google and currently he’s working at Dropbox, where he’s responsible for business development for mobile operators. He also continues to serve on the Shazam Entertainment board. Success Quote “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” — Walter Bagehot Book…
  • 049: How to Generate $30,000 a Month in Revenue from Content Marketing

    Omer Khan
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Josh Pigford is the founder of Baremetrics, a product that provides SaaS analytics for Stripe. Josh founded the company in Oct 2013 when he built and launched the first version of the product in just 8 days and within 8 weeks he was already doing about $2000 in monthly recurring revenue. In this episode, we get tactical and learn how Josh uses content marketing as the primary channel for acquiring new customers. Success Quote “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid…
 
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    Blogging Crowd Ownership

  • Best Interview Question to Ask Any Startup Candidate

    Erik
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    This is the interview question: “Tell me your life story in five minutes.” Try it. You’re on the spot now. You are interviewing for the biggest job of your life thus far, and you have just been asked that question. Spend the next five minutes answering it aloud.   [Seriously, take a few minutes to do … Continue reading Best Interview Question to Ask Any Startup Candidate → The post Best Interview Question to Ask Any Startup Candidate appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • 8 Reasons to Reconsider a Thunderclap – An Average Startup’s Review

    Erik
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Twelve (12) days ago, Angelbacker decided to run its first Thunderclap. The idea of a Thunderclap made sense: Run a campaign to gather supporters who will share the same message on Facebook/Twitter at a future date and time. We didn’t exactly know how Facebook would show posts by friends of friends on our newsfeed, but the idea of multiple people sharing the same thing … Continue reading 8 Reasons to Reconsider a Thunderclap – An Average Startup’s Review → The post 8 Reasons to Reconsider a Thunderclap – An Average Startup’s Review appeared…
  • The Long Journey to Making Our Own Startup Explainer Video

    Erik
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Basic Summary: My startup Angelbacker decided to make our own explainer video after getting declined by Sandwich Video. Below is a recollection of our journey producing our own video (with limited production experience). It is intended for individuals, founders, and managers who may produce their own video some day but it may also be an interesting read about … Continue reading The Long Journey to Making Our Own Startup Explainer Video → The post The Long Journey to Making Our Own Startup Explainer Video appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider

    Erik
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Building a marketplace is HARD. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem where you need to consistently acquire new customers (buyers and sellers) on both sides of the market while continuing to offer benefits for both to adopt. Successful marketplaces all have a natural pull on the buying and the selling side of the market. Ideally, all marketplaces should aim to … Continue reading 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider → The post 8 factors every marketplace startup should consider appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know

    Erik
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    The following guest post is by Matt Ward of ‘Art of the Kickstart’. His detailed bio can be found at the end of this post: Angelbacker’s building something awesome. With an idea seriously similar to crowdfunding and crowd equity funding it’s the evolution of the lean startup for software companies from getting off the ground and gaining traction. My name’s … Continue reading 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know → The post 5 PR publicity strategies every startup must know appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
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    Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors

  • Q&A: Ignacio Vilela talks about Startcaps Ventures, a SF-based microVC with Spanish origins

    Jaime Novoa
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    Ignacio Vilela is the founding partner of Startcaps Ventures, a Spanish Venture Capital firm based in San Francisco that invests in technology-based companies. The company has just had its first exit (Authy) and we thought it was the right time to catch up with them to talk about their story, investment thesis and why they’re […] The post Q&A: Ignacio Vilela talks about Startcaps Ventures, a SF-based microVC with Spanish origins appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Q&A with Juan Margenat: building companies and investing from Barcelona

    Jaime Novoa
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:16 am
    Juan Margenat has been part of the Spanish startup scene for quite some time, both as an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded PlanB!, which was later acquired, and more recently Marfeel, a software company that helps publishers monetize and engage mobile audiences. To know more about his career, the current status of the Spanish startup scene […] The post Q&A with Juan Margenat: building companies and investing from Barcelona appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • How to talk like a startup investor

    Jaime Novoa
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    We’ve talked numerous times about what investors are looking for in startups, their investment criteria and why entrepreneurs need to understand that all investors are looking for are returns. They invest money to make even more money when there’s an exit, IPO or M&A. Although most entrepreneurs are aware of the above by now, there […] The post How to talk like a startup investor appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • Q&A with Rodrigo Martínez: Point Nine Capital, angel-VCs and Berlin’s ecosystem

    Jaime Novoa
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Point Nine Capital is an angel-VC fund that’s been quite active in recent months, having backed companies such as Helpling, Typeform, Brainly or Infogram. To know more about the Berlin-based firm (don´t let the location fool you, they invest all over Europe and also in the US) we’ve interviewed investment associate Rodrigo Martínez. For those […] The post Q&A with Rodrigo Martínez: Point Nine Capital, angel-VCs and Berlin’s ecosystem appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
  • The Spanish startup ecosystem in Q4 2014: €77M raised (+315% YoY)

    Jaime Novoa
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Spanish startup ecosystem continues to mature, as investments and exits are increasing by the day as local startups mature and foreign investors come to Spain’s shores to fund the next wave of great entrepreneurs. Following the Scytl effect, a great quarter for the Spanish ecosystem In the fourth quarter of 2014, Spanish startups raised […] The post The Spanish startup ecosystem in Q4 2014: €77M raised (+315% YoY) appeared first on Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors.
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    MAQTOOB

  • The Complete Beginner’s Guide: Developing A Solid Marketing Strategy in Less Than 24 Hours [infographic]

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
      You have identified a specific need – a gap in the market, an unresolved issue, a sorely missed solution to a problem – and you can provide something that will satisfy that need, ideally much better than anybody else. Good. You’ve managed arguably the most difficult part of running a successful business.   Now, there’s still a long way to go as a) many of your potential customers have so far been quite happy with what your competition has to offer, b) most people have as of yet no idea that they would eventually prefer using your product or service, c) most…
  • Startup On The Move: Leaving The Garage

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
      They say remarkable startups tend to be born in a garage. Most often in sunny California, the proverbial cradle of new technologies.   As I write these words, I do sit on a tiny IKEA couch in a small garage. Except, I don't work here. It's where me and one of my co-founders live. And it's not in Silicon Valley, but under the cloud-laden London skies.   The average rent for a standard apartment was beyond our means so we found a refurbished room that, in better times, used to serve as a car park. We moved here to participate in a 3-month startup accelerator, which, more than…
  • 5 Videos To Make You Feel Good Before Your Next Presentation

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
      Once in a while, we all need to give a presentation, deliver a public speech, or pitch our business idea. And when we are asked to do that, our feelings usually fall into one of these categories:   FEAR   PANIC   ANGER   RESIGNATION   But fear not and watch these videos. They will alleviate any stress you migh have from failing in front of a large group of people.   1.Who says presentations need to be boring?     2. If she made it through, you can too     3. You can hardly make a mistake worse than this     4.
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Bear Douglas

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
      Get inspired by those who dared. In our new series, we ask successful entrepreneurs to share their top 5 apps that help them grow their businesses. This time with:   Bear Douglas Senior Manager, Developer Advocacy at Twitter     1. HipChat – Bring your team to life   "It helps me keep in touch with my team 1:1 and in group chat rooms while on the move. Works on mobile better than many other enterprise-focused chat clients."       2. 1Password – Simple, convenient security   "It keeps…
  • 33 Little Known But Incredibly Useful Websites For Your Online Business

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
      1. Panabee – Search for domain names, app names, and company names.   2. Dock Name – Crowdsource a domain name.   3. Free Beginner's Guide to SEO – Amazing tutorial on how search engines work.   4. UX Crash Course  – Learn the fundamentals of UX in 31 daily lessons.   5. Google Snippet Optimizer – Check how your site will look in Google's search results.   6. Best About Pages – Get inspired by the best about page examples.    7. Really…
 
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  • How to test internet speed of Linux Server from CLI

    Steve
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Whether you get a VPS or a Dedicated Server, The main reason behind the buy is to run Webserver, FTP server, Database servers or simply to Download and Upload some big files to the Internet. The most important advantage of a VPS or a Dedicated Server is that it mostly had blazing faster internet than […] The post How to test internet speed of Linux Server from CLI appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Top 5 Free VPN Apps For Android

    Daniyal Sheikh
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    VPN is the short form of Virtual Private Network and is the best security tool a web surfer can have. Mostly it is used to let you secure while using public WIFIs and also it can be used to penetrate firewalls and unblock any web which is blocked by your ISP. Most android users used […] The post Top 5 Free VPN Apps For Android appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Transfer files between iOS and Android w/o root, jailbreak

    Steve
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Since iOS doesn’t allow File transfers over Bluetooth, Transferring files has always been a tough job for iOS users. Specially when Android is able to send/receive files via Bluetooth. Not anymore, Now you can send and receive any size of files between iOS and Android without root or Jailbreak. Jail-breaking is not recommended by iOS, […] The post Transfer files between iOS and Android w/o root, jailbreak appeared first on MGeeky.
  • KitKat for Qmobile A900i – Download | Install guide

    Steve
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Qmobile Noir A900i isn’t the most famous model of Qmobile. That is why it didn’t receive much development. Recently some members of our Facebook Group asked us to provide Stock Kitkat ROM for Qmobile A900i. Qmobile is selling this phone with KitKat PreInstalled which is a plus point for those who want to try different KitKat […] The post KitKat for Qmobile A900i – Download | Install guide appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Detailed Guide To Flash Stock Firmware On Mediatek Smartphones

    Guest Author
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Mediatek smartphones firmware structure is pretty easy to handle and mostly anyone with pre-basic knowledge of android can easily flash their mediatek based smartphones. Earlier I provided you with the complete guide to take backup of all mtk based smartphones and now I am back with a detailed guide on mediatek firmware flashing so now lets […] The post Detailed Guide To Flash Stock Firmware On Mediatek Smartphones appeared first on MGeeky.
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  • Mark Zuckerburg Invests in East Africa Based Bridge International Academies

    AntwiGambrah
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg has invested $10 million in Bridge international Academies,an East African private school chain. According to WSJ,Bridge International academy operates over 400 schools with over 126,000 students using technology to facilitate teaching and learning processes.THe nairobi based private school chain serves families who live  under $2 per day charges $6 per month for each child. The academy  aims to train 10 million children across Africa and India as it continues to offer high quality education to underserved families . Bridge International Academies has also…
  • Demo Africa 2015 Applications Now Open

    AntwiGambrah
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:09 pm
    DEMO Africa ,an initiative of LIONS@frica where innovative companies from African countries get the platform to launch their products is now accepting applications for this years event.The application window will be closed by the end of May.The event is scheduled 24th and 25th September at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos. The application process will be hosted by DEMO Africa’s partner VC4Africa.Qualified applicants will being taken through an adjudication process after which the top thirty will be invited to pitch on the DEMO Africa stage in September during the DEMO Africa event in…
  • Ghana Introduces E-Cabinet Platform

    AntwiGambrah
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:23 pm
    John Dramani Mahama,the President of the Republic of Ghana ,has launched the implementation of an E-Cabinet platform to  effectively eliminate the manual distribution of cabinet documents and embrace the use of technology in the conduct of cabinet business. The president has directed all his cabinet ministers to follow the change to allow the increase in the efficiency in the administration of the country. He also urged them to be coversant with the the use of the platform since all announcements and documents for the next Cabinet meeting will be distributed through it. “The…
  • Use Bisa App to Access Better Health Information in Ghana

    AntwiGambrah
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Mobile technology is  improving lives in the m-health sector in terms of providing users with quick medical solutions and easy ways to seek medical attention. Bisa ,meaning ask in the Akan local language ,is a mobile application purposed to make valuable health guidelines, information and tips for managing your health readily available to the public. Developed by Oasis Websoft , Users can interact directly with medical practitioners without having physical contact; an advantage to those who have health concerns they are shy to talk to a doctor face to face about. 1 of 5 Users can also send a…
  • Former Apple CEO To Invest In Early-Stage Startups in Africa

    AntwiGambrah
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    In a report by Techmoran ,John Sculley, a former VP and president of Pepsi-Cola and CEO of Apple and once’s Silicon Valley’s top-paid executive has announced the launch of Obi Ventures to invest in startups in the emerging markets. Speaking at a fireside chat that the iHub in Nairobi, where he was unveilling his Obi Mobiles, an affordable brand of Android-powered smartphones for emerging markets. Sculley said,” We have launched Obi Ventures to invest in early stage startups but we shall be higly selective.” Read more:$26.9 million invested in African Startups in 2014 Sculley didn’t…
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  • 7 Viral Tips #TheDress Taught us and the SCIENCE of Sharing

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

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

    Sam Oh
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    If you followed my tutorial on how to make a website in under 5 minutes, then you should have your WordPress site set up and running rather bland. Rather than leaving you at a dead end with your WordPress design, I’ve decided to create this tutorial that will show you exactly how to design a website, and not just add a picture here and there, but to make your website look like a $30,000 web design for under $60! You don’t need to know how to code or know anything about graphic design, although they’re never bad skills to have.If this is your first website? Try my FREE…
  • How to make a Website or Blog: Definitive 5 Minute tutorial

    Sam Oh
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    You are about to witness the power of modern 2015 technology at its finest. No, Seriously…Technology has come so far, that we can create a website or blog with the coding knowledge of a Silicon Valley monkey. That’s no coding knowledge if you were wondering.In fact, everything that you’ll learn through this two part web creation tutorial is exactly how I created this website. Feel free to follow along with my quick video tutorial to setup an unbelievable WordPress site with Bluehost’s one click installation. This video will help you get your website live in…
  • A Hefty Google Keyword Planner Tutorial for your Keyword Research

    Sam Oh
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am
    If you own a website, you’ve probably heard of keyword research at some point. If not, then no worries, because by the end of this detailed spiel, you’ll understand everything that you need to know about it.Before you continue with the Adsense Keyword Planner, you should have a good grasp of these concepts to get the most out of this keyword planner tutorial:The  difference between on page SEO and off page SEO (hover to find out) The  difference between a website and a web page The basic structure of a web page and how Google and other search engines view your website.Need a…
 
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  • 3 Reasons Why SME SaaS Metrics Are Different

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    I read a great post from AdEspresso recently. Its about churn in SaaS startups that are selling to SMEs. In simple terms, high churn in the first 3 months of use is just part of the sales funnel. 5% churn or higher will not kill the business. Once through this early period, users will stick around. I work with a lot of SaaS companies and most of them target the SME market. This got me thinking about the economics of these businesses. What the experts say I started to look again at the best SaaS sources. Tom Tunguz, Jason Lemkin, David Skok and others have written a great body of…
  • 6 Essential Things About SaaS For SMEs

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Late last year I started digging into the startup financial model. My whole career has been about how a business works. I don’t do blue sky strategy. I am not a system and process ops guy. I design, analyse and improve business models. This is the systematic view that works in my curious brain. I find myself poking around in a lot of different ideas. When I can see what works, I can help fix most things.  SaaS is the leading business model In the startup world most things come back to software as a service (SaaS).  Most of the businesses I am trying to help…
  • After the Storm: A Better Startup World

    14 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Part 3: What will be the wider impact of a bust in startup valuations? Scroll down for parts 1 and 2. A quick reminder. Private investment dominates the current boom in startup funding. Public traded stocks play a much smaller role than in the past. For example in the dotcom bubble most  big companies went to IPO. One point of view is that this will contain the impact. A lot of private investors will lose money. But the fallout for the general economy will be small. I don’t think this will happen. I will explain at the end why this will be a good thing.
  • 3 Investment Megatrends to watch

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    This is part two of a series of three articles on the impact of a bust in startup valuations. For part one read down below. For part three…be patient. Valuations and the real economy Mattermark published a fascinating blog post in January. It explores the connection start up investment and US interest rates. Do historic low rates fuel explosive growth in funding? The article explores various trend correlations which support some basic economics. Extreme low yields (zero in the case of interest rates) will give a high nominal price. For any stream of earnings. Fred Wilson of…
  • Why the startup funding bust will be a beautiful thing...

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    Map of the South Sea Bubble c1720 This week has seen a several interesting posts about money. Authors highlight the unusual funding structure of the current startup boom. The basic point is that most of the money invested is private. Many entrepreneurs and early investors prefer to avoid the public capital markets altogether. This Quora answer from Keith Rabois explains why the IPO is out of fashion. The result is large funding rounds for mature companies with established revenues. But the risks of this type of investment are much greater than listing on the stock…
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    From Corporate To Career Freedom

  • Effectively Closing Sales Leads

    Lauren
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The sales pipeline is one of the most critical components of any business, but the process is often neglected. As companies continue to ride the digital wave, focusing on emerging techniques, it may be easy to fall behind in traditional processes like closing sales. Even if a business owner has a salesforce, they must be […] Read more... The post Effectively Closing Sales Leads appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • Why You Should Decide On One Of These TWO Key Objectives Before Writing Your Blog Post

    Lauren
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    If you want your blog to work for your business, then you need to have a strategy for publishing content. Too many businesses create a blog without a clear idea in mind about what the purpose is, and that sort of haphazard approach can be really damaging to your business (plus it’s a waste of […] Read more... The post Why You Should Decide On One Of These TWO Key Objectives Before Writing Your Blog Post appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • How This Method For Analyzing Customer Behavior Can Help Your Startup Thrive

    Lauren
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    One of the most important exercises you need to do when starting a business is to figure out who your customer is and what they want. Traditionally, that would have been an exercise in market research, and it was sometimes hit or miss. These days, there are far better ways to tap into your customers’ […] Read more... The post How This Method For Analyzing Customer Behavior Can Help Your Startup Thrive appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • Using Your Facebook Page To Promote Your Product? Here’s Why You Might Be Losing Business

    Lauren
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    If you’ve been using Facebook for a while to promote your business, then you probably know that Facebook is putting considerable effort into filtering page content to its users, which means you have to be smarter than ever to ensure you have high follower engagement and they see your posts. However, what you might not know is that as of January this year, Facebook has rolled out a new change that’s going to make it even tougher for businesses to market to their customers. Here’s what you need to know. Read more... The post Using Your Facebook Page To Promote Your Product?
  • The Fallacy Of Chasing Shadows When Launching An Online Business

    Lauren
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Let me ask you a question: What have you achieved today on your business? It seems like an innocent question. If entrepreneurs have one thing in common, it's that we're dedicated to our cause, so I'm sure your day has been filled with a variety of business tasks. But working on your business, and achieving something with your business, are two different things. That's a lesson I learned the hard way, and it's one I want to share with you in this post. Read more... The post The Fallacy Of Chasing Shadows When Launching An Online Business appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
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  • How Startup Founders Can Better Manage Their Time

    Onevest
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    By Michael Whitehouse Photo credit: huffpost.com Time management is an important component of any business, but when it comes to launching a startup it is even more critical. Excitement and passion alone won't fuel your project – you need structure to determine how and when to achieve a goal. Without that, your startup is a rudderless ship from the outset. When time is of the essence for a new initiative to establish itself, a flawed or absent approach to time management can prove to be fatal.Manage Your Time, Solve Your ProblemsTime management isn't just about being “on time”;…
  • New SEC Regulation A+: Everything You Need To Know

    Onevest
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Q&A with Sam Guzik Photo credit: huffpost.com The following is intended to provide basic information about the new Regulation A+, adopted by the SEC on March 25, 2015, which is expected to become effective in early June 2015. It is not intended to provide legal advice. Please consult with your attorney's for specific counsel regarding the appropriateness of Regulation A+ for your company, and the corresponding rules and filing requirements.This Q&A with securities attorney, Sam Guzik, addresses the regulation promulgated by the SEC under Title IV of the JOBS Act of…
  • Top 5 Tips for Being a Successful Angel Investor

    Onevest
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    By Tim Houghten What does it take to be a successful angel investor today?Becoming an angel investor has the potential for being insanely profitable, personally rewarding, and even bringing about essential world change. However, as billionaire Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban recently noted in a viral interview, in order to realize these results and sustain them, you have to know what you are doing and have some good luck along the way.There are some finer mechanics to funding startups and including covering yourself legally, but the bulk of the matter can be boiled down to these five crucial…
  • JOBS Act Title III and Crowdfunding: What We Know So Far

    Onevest
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    By John Lion Photo credit: Getty Images Waiting on Title III of the JOBS Act? Join the rest of the nation including equity crowdfunding platforms like Onevest, where currently only accredited investors are allowed to invest. Accredited investors are only 1% of the US population.The SEC seems quite okay with postponing finalization until October 2015. Better late than never: an October implementation would be over 600 days since Congress's initial deadline.Garnishing media attention since before 2012, the JOBS Act's Title III is among the most important landmarks in the history of modern…
  • Identifying the Right Investor for Your Startup

    Onevest
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    By Michael Whitehouse Photo credit: http://blog.acrowire.com/ A startup lives and dies from its funding strategy. If the correct approach is taken and the right form of investment is secured, then a startup can thrive and establish sustainability. On the other hand, if the wrong type of funding strategy is implemented, a startup may face a precarious future, resulting in stagnancy and, in some cases, even liquidation.What's right for one company may not work for another. If your startup project requires a continual stream of financing for 1 to 3 years before becoming self-sufficient, for…
 
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    VegaShark: Relentless Web evangelist Lost in random thoughts

  • Elevator pitch: the investors’ version

    luisellagiani
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    There are plenty of articles and books advising you on how to start up your start up, on how to prepare a perfect business plan, the ideal deck, your invincible elevator pitch. Probably what you’ll find below is neither original neither new to your ears. The aim of this post is to report what 5 Venture Capitalists shared during a training session for entrepreneurs. I hope that reading some investors’ perspective will boost your confidence and will help you to raise faster and more money than expected! #1 Quoting almost literally an investor: “Get rid of the mindset that is…
  • One evening there was an Investor…

    luisellagiani
    7 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    A couple of weeks ago I was in NYC and I had the chance to attend 3 different pitching events involving start-ups at different stages of maturity. Social commerce, copyrights, focus groups, data arbitrage, health, fashion, market places… The first (astonishing!) finding is that Venture Capitalists are humans and as The Dress showed up and as Wittgenstein would confirm, they filter, as all humans, the reality through their own coloured glasses. Can we find a common denominator in the way they think, on what they expect from a pitch and on what could persuade them to fund your company? Maybe…
  • Wanna build insanely addictive apps? Tips&tactics. Bonus track: The Manipulation Matrix

    luisellagiani
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Let’s do a simple test. Be honest and reply YES or NO to the list of questions below: I never turn my mobile off Y/ N I often send text while walking Y/ N I’m compelled to make calls even in quite places like cinema or library Y/ N I regularly make personal calls while I’m at work Y/ N I post social networking updates during work meetings Y/ N I sometimes use my smartphone while in the toilet Y/ N I use my phone to avoid social interactions Y/ N I use my smartphone instead of watching TV Y/ N I get up in the night to check my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram… Y/ N If you…
  • WEFestival NYC: The top 10 future trends you should look after.

    luisellagiani
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    I fully agree with the “Entrepreneur” article. The New York City Women Entrepreneurs Festival (WeFestival) is one of the few events still worth attending. I was fortunate enough to be there this year. Focus, the 2015 keyword. Conversation is the format. Celebration, the mood. Diane Von Furstenberg inaugurated the first evening: every sentence she told was an authentic life lesson. This post is dedicated to the speech performed by Erica Orange Vice President of Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc., a leading futurist consulting group. Looking back to the Macroeconomics Bias, we will…
  • Triggers. Motivation and the Ikea effect. Why some apps are more engaging than others?

    luisellagiani
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Here we are: the second post dedicated to understand why some apps and products are more engaging than others. In the first one I’ve tried to analyse how one of the theories developed for explaining drug addiction could give insights about smartphones dependency: the opponent process theory (R. Solomon). You have learnt to react to a certain stimulus with the desire of sugar. Humans (skydivers) and dogs reacts exactly the same way as J. Corbit experiments demonstrated. Dogs in a so-called Pavlov harness were shocked (stimulus) with electricity . Skydivers indeed were sent to skydive :-) …
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  • China and Israel’s High Tech Industry: The story just keeps getting better

    Ori Bendori
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    China (officially the People’s Republic of China) is the world’s most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. Israel, by comparison, has just 8.1 million, 0.6% of China’s population (so if China was a cake, you could say that Israel wouldn’t even be one bite out of it, it’d be more like a crumb). China is also the second largest economy in the world with the highest growth rate among the large economies. In fact, it’s estimated that China will overtake the United States to become the world’s largest economy by the mid to late 2020s. For at least the…
  • What I learned after 3 years as a principal at a VC firm (3 tips for entrepreneurs seeking funding)

    Maya Pizov
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    In a few days, I will say goodbye to Carmel Ventures and literally cross the street to join enSilo, THE cyber-security company that finally (after 2.5 years) convinced Carmel to become an active investor in security. People have been very encouraging upon hearing the news about my move, and the entrepreneurs among them with whom I’ve been in touch during my time at Carmel also give me the occasional wink and a smile as though to say “wait and see, now you’ll understand how WE feel”. So I thought I’d share a few tips from my time as a principal at Carmel, to help everyone who’ll…
  • 5 insider-tips for nailing a startup pitch to a boardroom full of VCs

    Hila Shitrit Nissim
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    It goes without saying that when you get the opportunity to come and pitch your startup to a room full of VC Partners, you need to come prepared with a great presentation, bring along the right team members and to put on an impressive show. But in my opinion, as someone who has attended countless pitches over 10 years as a member of the investment team at Carmel Ventures, one of the most important things that VCs are interested in when you present is the way you tell your story. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or a first time CEO, pitching your startup and telling your story to…
  • When it comes to your startup’s technology, God (or maybe the devil?) is in the details

    Ofer Brandes
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    I have previously stated that in order to succeed you don’t have to own a patent on an innovative, deep mathematical invention. In enterprise software, for example, your secret sauce can very well be a collection of insights or heuristics accumulated from domain expertise and many years of experience. In such a case, however, it’s not enough to have a general idea. Details matter – a lot. Can the idea really work? If your competitive edge does not rely on a solution that no one else has ever thought of, a big promise for a brave new world that will enable things that had previously…
  • eXcited about eXelate: Sharing my insights on our latest eXit

    Shlomo Dovrat
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    I’m proud to announce that eXelate – a Carmel Ventures portfolio company since 2007 – was acquired last week by Nielsen (NLSN -NYSE). Carmel was the first fund to partner with Iri Zohar and Elad Efraim, the founders of eXelate and led the first institutional investment round. Carmel has always supported the company both in good times and also through some challenging times. We participated in all the subsequent funding rounds when we were joined by leading US funds. At the time of sale Carmel was the largest shareholder in the company. I have worked closely with Iri, Elad, Mark Zagorski…
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  • How to Become a Marketing Genius

    Sandra Giffin
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Genius is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration. When it comes to marketing Thomas Edison got it right. The Myth of Marketing There is a myth that marketing is a rigidly planned and deliberate set of strategies.  While this may be the case for some industries, I would argue that it does not apply to technology, especially completely new technology that disrupts the marketplace.  The truth is that even the marketing experts struggle to find the right mix. The Dirty Little Secret The dirty little secret of marketing new technology is that there is an enormous element of randomness. You try a…
  • How to Do a Press Kit for your Startup

    Sandra Giffin
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    A Press Kit is something that every Startup should have. PR is important for startups. You need to make information about your Startup and its product or service easily accessible. Bloggers and journalists are busy people with deadlines. They are more likely to do a post or article about your Startup if you provide them with timely access to the information and resources they need. I just finished putting together a Press Kit for my Startup  MondoPlayer.  I’m not going to lie, it was a lot of work!  But I’m really happy with the result. Why you Should do a Press Kit for your…
  • How Driverless Cars will Change Entertainment

    Cristian Worthington
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    In less than a decade, a new entertainment center will be opening, at which over a 128 million Americans will be spending an average of 50 minutes per day (25 minutes per session). The entertainment center will be your driverless (autonomous) car as you commute to and from work. The driverless car will make what is now illegal, the use of devices like phones, tablets and video players, legal. The daily ritual of piloting a car in bumper to bumper traffic will become a visit to a media center. Imagine the potential for media companies, game developers and advertisers! Drivers will no longer…
  • MondoPlayer for Android 2.0

    Cristian Worthington
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:25 pm
    We just released MondoPlayer for Android version 2.0. It is the culmination of countless hours of work and hundreds of decisions. So you’d imagine we’d all be feeling happy. Actually, shock and awe would be a more apt description! Releasing an App is an exercise in entomology – bugs! Lots and lots of bugs! And where there are bugs, there’s debugging, bug fixes and more bug testing! The process of bringing a release to market is always punctuated with weeks of soul destroying debugging. The process starts with a huge list of issues and slowly whittles down. It’s…
  • BYOA – The Secret of Getting Press Coverage

    Cristian Worthington
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:03 pm
    In my first startup I had no money and absolutely no marketing budget. I needed some buzz, so I called the Assignment Editor for a small local TV station. I was lucky, it was a slow news day. It was summer time, no one had drowned, no car accidents, no fires! For regular people it was a good day, for an Assignment Editor it was a crisis and I was offering a solution. I had less than a minute to pitch my story to the assignment editor, the story of a startup with a few local clients who had photogenic locations. I made the call in the morning and my company was featured on the 6 o’clock…
 
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