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  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • John Nash’s Legacy Lives on in Business Strategy

    Knowledge@Wharton
    Knowledge@Wharton
    27 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    With his work in game theory, late Nobel laureate John Nash transformed the field of strategy formulation in organizations. The millennial generation will help unlock the full value of his ideas, say Wharton experts.
  • The Best Email I’ve Ever Written

    The Hustle is Real
    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…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • The Motivations and Challenges of Diverse Small Business Owners

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Gallup's Diverse Small Business Owners Share Their Experiences covers a series of surveys of different segments of small business owners. The surveys asked about the motivations and challenges among Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Women, LGBT and Veteran small business owners. Their key finding is small business owners have pretty much the same motivations and challenges regardless of their ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. Key quote: There are more similarities than differences across diverse small-business owner segments. Racially and ethnically diverse small-business owners…
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    Fast Company

  • Take The Fast Company News Quiz

    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    What happened this week? Here's our quiz for May 29, 2015.Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. Read Full Story
  • Snapchat And Twitter Can Also Transmit The iPhone Text Crash Bug

    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Apple has yet to release a software update to protect iPhones from a malicious string of characters.Earlier this week, a string of characters in Chinese, Marathi, and Arabic, sent via text message, began crashing iPhones around the world. Apple released a temporary fix for getting the Messages app back up and removing the offending message, but it has yet to release a software update that will keep your phone from crashing next time the string of characters pops up on your phone.Read Full Story
  • Google Unveils The Gmail Of Photos We've Been Wanting For Years

    John Brownlee
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Google Photos is as magical as apps get. Here's why.A couple weeks ago, Yahoo unveiled a new update to Flickr that made Flickr worth taking seriously again. But, as often happens in the world of tech, it only took two weeks for someone to release a photo service that makes Flickr's update look old hat. That was Google, which at yesterday's I/O 2015 conference unveiled Google Photos, a slick new service that is basically the Gmail for Photos we've wanted for years.Read Full Story
  • Hackers On Demand

    Steven Melendez
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    How hackers for hire, from teenage "script kiddies" to members of sophisticated industrial rings, provide "espionage as a service."In 2013, a pair of private investigators in the Bay Area embarked on a fairly run-of-the-mill case surrounding poached employees. But according to a federal indictment unsealed in February, their tactics sounded less like a California noir and something more like sci-fi: To spy on the clients' adversaries, prosecutors say, they hired a pair of hackers.Read Full Story
  • Film Industry Innovators On Google's New VR System

    Daniel Terdiman
    29 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Until now, making high-resolution, stitch-free 360-degree VR films has been time-consuming. Google is aiming to change all of that.Google sure likes to shake things up.Read Full Story
 
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    VentureBeat

  • With Google’s Jacquard, wearable technology may have just grown up

    Mark Sullivan
    29 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. Google this morning unveiled the creation of one of its better ATAP projects — Project Jacquard — a conductive fabric that can communicate with digital devices. The Jacquard yarn can weaved into the fabric of clothing so that it becomes connected and touch-sensitive. A piece of Jacquard clothing might…
  • It’s the network, not the ‘things,’ that will make IoT revolutionary

    Freddy Mini, Netvibes
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Twisted Agile: We're taking elements Agile dev and shaking it up with savvy best practices for better, faster outcomes. Sign up for our free webinar on June 11 at 10 a.m. PST/11 p.m. EST. GUEST: Gartner estimates that the number of connected objects will reach 25 billion by 2020. And that figure came long before this month’s announcements of Samsung’s Artik chip-and-software building blocks for IoT, Hauwei’s LiteOS for the Internet of things (IoT) and, yesterday, Brillo, Google’s new IoT operating system. These latest announcements are testament to the rising demand to connect…
  • Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for PCs with Cortana keyboard shortcut, default to filtered Taskbar in virtual desktops

    Jordan Novet
    29 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Twisted Agile: We're taking elements Agile dev and shaking it up with savvy best practices for better, faster outcomes. Sign up for our free webinar on June 11 at 10 a.m. PST/11 p.m. EST. Microsoft today announced that it has released a new Windows 10 build for PCs, build 10130 for people participating in the fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. Build 10130 is dropping just nine days after the most recent one, build 10122. Today’s build includes a few improvements, including a helpful new keyboard shortcut to access Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant. Now you can just hit…
  • Android Pay’s debut means Google Wallet will live on as a P2P payments app

    Emil Protalinski
    29 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. Google yesterday announced Android Pay, a new payment feature coming to Android 4.4 KitKat and above. It’s supposed to be the successor to Google Wallet, but the company also announced yesterday that Google Wallet would be relaunching for both Android and iOS. We talked to Google spokesperson Anaik Weid to explain…
  • Many Apple Watch owners see device as a want, not a need (survey)

    Mark Sullivan
    29 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space. The Apple Watch is just now making its way out into the marketplace. Critics like me have already had their say; now real people are starting to get some experience with the new (and potentially revolutionary) device. A recent Wristly survey of 59 Watch owners gives us an early look at how people are reacting, finding…
 
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    TechCrunch

  • The Unbundling Of Finance

    Scott Walchek
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
     In a world where everything is being unbundled, allowing consumers to pick and choose from things like television shows and college courses, financial services are becoming a la carte as well. People, particularly millennials, are moving away from single monolithic banking institutions serving the majority of their financial needs to hand picking the specialized services that work for them. Read More
  • CrunchWeek: Path Found A Buyer, Google Overhauls Android, And What An Apple Car Might Look Like

    Sarah Buhr,Kyle Russell,Matthew Lynley
    29 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
     This has been quite the week in news. A bunch of tech companies got snatched up, including Path. The once Silicon Valley app darling just sold itself to some Korean company called Daum Kakao. Google IO kicked off with a bunch of reveals big and small. And rumor has it Apple is getting into the car business. Will we soon be driving giant iPhones? Find out all that and more with our host this… Read More
  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O

    Jordan Crook
    29 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
     Google I/O blasted us in the face with news, mostly around the new and improved Android M. Greg was live at the Moscone Center in San Francisco the whole time and reported back to John and I (stuck in New York) as Matt continued the struggle with his microphone. Google Now on Tap, which reads the text on the screen and taps Google Now for relevant info, has Greg jazzed, as does… Read More
  • Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

    Josh Constine
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
     “Where are you? I’m outside. Do you see me? Where should I meet you?” These kinds of frustrating calls with your Uber driver could be a thing of the past. Today Uber updated its privacy policy, saying it will now ask to pull people’s exact location while the app is running in the foreground or background. Read More
  • Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

    Anthony Ha
    29 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
     My favorite calendar app, Tempo, just announced that it has been acquired by Salesforce.com. The company was incubated by SRI International, the birthplace of the voice-powered (and Apple-acquired) assistant Siri. When Tempo launched two years ago, founder and CEO Raj Singh pitched it as another type of assistant that automatically brings up relevant information for your meetings Read More
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
 
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    VatorNews.tv

  • Snapchat has raised $537M of a $650M funding round

    29 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    The company is said to be raising this funding at a valuation of $16BRumors of a big new round from Snapchat have been floating around for months, with speculation that it would be $500 million at a $19 billion valuation. Now we know that at least one, and probably both, of those numbers were wrong. One is higher than expected, while the other is lower. Snapchat is raising a round that will top out at $650 million, it was revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. Of that funding, the company has already raised $537.6 million of it, with another $112.4…
  • Funding Roundup - Funding roundup - week ending 5/29/15

    29 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    DocuSig, Flywheel, Enervee, Notion, VitalFields, jobandtalent, EverCompliant, Tegile Systems, UbimoSeed stage Home sensor startup Notion raised a $2 million seed round from Draper Nexus Ventures, Gabriel Investments, Galvanize Ventures, Foundry Group Angels and TechStars. Shift Messenger, a workerplace scheduling communication tool, raised a $1.5 million seed round led by Version One Ventures, along with Golden Venture Partners, Kapor Capital, Commerce Ventures, NewGen Venture Partners, Venrock, and QueensBridge Venture Partners. BARTRENDr, a social drinking app,…
  • LA Tech Series - The LA tech culture and the talent pool challenge

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    At Vator Splash LA, LA's CTO, Wilson Sonsini, Rustic Canyon, Susa Ventures, USC and moreAfter a record investment year in 2014, LA is expected to see another zenith year in investment flows. That's why civic leaders, University professors, philanthropists and tech startup influencers and investors got on stage at Splash LA 2014 to talk about how to best to ensure that LA's tech ecosystem benefits from the current boom.   Here's the full video of the panel, titled: "Technology and the LA Culture," with panelists: Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon; Rob…
  • Google acquires app performance service Pulse.io

    29 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    Pulse.io will remain as a standalone service, but without any further updates or new features(Updated with confirmation from Google) There have been numerous studies that I hat have seen tall show the same thing: people have very little patience for under performing apps. If an app doesn't work, people have no problem quitting and finding someone else who will do the job. This has to be in the back of the mind of any company making a major push into mobile, including the big companies like Google, which has just made a purchase that should help its app performance going forward. Google has…
  • Under fire from lawsuits, Uber courts deaf drivers

    28 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    The company has been accused of not catering to the needs of the disabled community Uber, more than most companies, seems to find itself constantly embroiled in one controversy or another. But the company is also become a master of spinning out of those situations; after all, it has hired some very powerful people to do that job. It's latest snafu might be one of the more embarrassing ones: it has been accused, multiple times now, of not catering to the disabled. First, in April, the company was said to be discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, or…
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    Small Business Labs

  • The Motivations and Challenges of Diverse Small Business Owners

    Steve
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Gallup's Diverse Small Business Owners Share Their Experiences covers a series of surveys of different segments of small business owners. The surveys asked about the motivations and challenges among Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Women, LGBT and Veteran small business owners. Their key finding is small business owners have pretty much the same motivations and challenges regardless of their ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. Key quote: There are more similarities than differences across diverse small-business owner segments. Racially and ethnically diverse small-business owners…
  • Coworking Booming in Chicago (Dallas Too)

    Steve
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Crain's Plenty of Rivals are Following WeWork into Coworking Competition covers the rapidly growing coworking industry in Chicago.  As the article chart below shows not only have a lot more spaces opened over the past couple of years, they are also much bigger. And there's no signs of a slow down. The article points out there are literally dozens of companies planning to open new coworking spaces in Chicago in the near future.         It's not just Chicago. Silicon Angle's Why Dallas is having a Coworking Boom says the city: "has…
  • Researching Society's Edges

    Steve
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We're often asked about how we go about our work of identifying, tracking and forecasting the future of small business.  One of the key tools is identifying and studying edge communities. These are groups that exist outside of the mainstream in one way or another. We spend a lot of time finding and interacting with edge communities. We do this because mainstream shifts and changes generally start in these communities. A good example of an edge community we've been focusing on for several years is digital nomads. These are folks with location-independent work and lifestyles that…
  • Many High Earners Living Paycheck to Paycheck

    Steve
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We' written a fair amount about economic uncertainty and the impact it's having on everything from marriage and birth rates to the rise of the on-demand economy and the rapidly growing number of people with side gigs.  One of the main drivers of economic uncertainty is living paycheck to paycheck. This, obviously, means an unexpected bill or job loss can quickly result in substantial financial damage. Most think it's only those with low incomes who live paycheck to paycheck. But a recent survey by Sun Trust Bank shows that a sizable number of people earning more…
  • Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

    Steve
    19 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported they learned new skills 68% of the respondents reported they improved their existing skill set The learning generally comes two ways. First, most coworking members reported learning new skills and improving existing skills from events and educational programs hosted at their coworking space. 67% of the respondents reported attending events and/or…
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    Ben Parr: Captivology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • Why We Invested in Shots

    Ben Parr
    29 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Tweet As you may have heard, the mobile app Shots has been on fire. It has over 5 million active users (and growing fast), just launched 3-second video, and recently raised $8.5 million in its Series A financing. My venture fund, DominateFund, invested in Shots during the seed round. We’ve kept our involvement pretty quiet, but a lot of misconceptions about the app (and one high profile investor in particular) have convinced me to discuss Shots and why my partners and I believe that it is destined to become a major social network. For those of you who don’t know anything about…
  • So… I’m Launching My Book Into Space to Raise Money for STEM Educaition!

    Ben Parr
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    Tweet Official Announcement My book is going into space! Well, as close as you can get without a multi-million dollar rocket! Thanks to the DREAMS project and the Columbus Space Program, my book is going to experience the same conditions you find on Mars! And then we’re going to raffle/give away a chance to win that copy of the book and a chance to meet Buzz Aldrin! Yes, Buzz! Check out the official announcement on Medium. In a few weeks I’ll post the Omaze.com link to where you can win all this and more, here on BenParr.com.
  • 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…
 
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    Mixergy

  • Mentor Night Series: How to take an idea, launch it, and exit – with Shuki Lehavi

    Andrew Khalili
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Shuki Lehavi 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 Mentor Night Series:…
  • How two founders’ life-savings built Borrow Lenses – with Max Shevyakov

    Andrew Khalili
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Max Shevyakov 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 two…
  • How to build a consulting company from the ground up – with Keith Perhac

    Andrew Khalili
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Keith Perhac 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 to build a…
  • LyricFind founder on how to pivot from B2C to B2B – with Darryl Ballantyne

    Andrew Khalili
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Watch the FULL program Prefer audio? Great! "Right click" here for the MP3 format. Send to your phone About Darryl Ballantyne 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 LyricFind…
  • Master Class: How to grow your membership business – with Robbie Baxter

    ArieSaint
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    7 Rules for Starting a Membership Business All the software companies are doing it. Companies who make physical products are doing it, too. So are consultants and coaches. Heck, even local small businesses like florists and hairdressers are starting to do this. And it’s what Mixergy is based on. So what is it? Using a subscription-based business model. And there are good reasons why everybody’s doing it… Recurring revenue, more predictable demand, greater customer value, and higher valuation of your business… What’s not to love about that? So…we invited Robbie Kellman…
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    The Businessmakers Radio Show

  • Brandonomics from Savage - Jim Manskey

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Robin Tooms
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    There are many ways to energize a mature company, and timing is important. Robin Tooms interviews Jim Manskey, president of landscape architect firm TBG Partners.
  • Ursula Hessenflow - myLAB Box

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Leisa interviews Ursula Hessenflow, co-founder and CEO of myLAB Box, where “Safe is Sexy.” Girl talk—and some research into the demographics—inspired her to create an in-home testing kit for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Another innovative entrepreneur addressing an underserved need.
  • Women Mean Business - April C. Day

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Leisa Holland-Nelson
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    It’s all about connecting women business owners. Leisa Holland-Nelson and April C. Day, president of the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance, discuss the group’s May 27 Business Expo.
  • School of Business 5/23/2015

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper|John Beddow
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Russ and John host the show that champions our free enterprise system. It’s a big issue for us that not everyone appreciates! Includes: our Quote of the Week—a competitive comment from American industrialist Andrew Carnegie; This Week in Business History includes nekkidness (in 1678, Lady Godiva protested taxes), ice cream (a patent issued in 1848) and the first Public Television station—KUHT, broadcasting from our own University of Houston campus; Navigating Business Jargon—trendy technospeak to keep you cool with the Millennials; and Dumb Moments—Saudi Arabia has job openings!
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pratt - University of Houston

    The Businessmakers Radio Show - Russ Capper
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Dr. Pratt has followed the petroleum industry all his life. As the NEH-Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston, he is considered a leading historian and expert in the fossil fuels industry. He says the last five years have been great! From Beaumont to the Houston Ship Channel, the history of oil and gas is the history of Houston.
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    Bplans Blog

  • The Art of Work with Author Jeff Goins [Free Webinar]

    Jonathan Michael
    29 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Should you start your own business, or stick to your day job? Is your passion all that’s required to succeed? Join author and speaker, Jeff Goins, on Thursday, June 4 at 12:30pm EST for a free webinar based on his new book, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to... The post The Art of Work with Author Jeff Goins [Free Webinar] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Forecast Sales

    Tim Berry
    29 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    First, allow me to deal with a very common problem: Business owners are often afraid to forecast sales. But, you shouldn’t be. Don’t think there is some magic right answer that you don’t know. Don’t think that it’s a matter of training you don’t have. It doesn’t take spreadsheet modeling, much less econometric modeling, to... The post How to Forecast Sales appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO]

    Jonathan Michael
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    We recently had Tim Berry, Palo Alto Software founder and business planning expert, present our Bplans audience with his latest advice on lean business planning. He is the known guru in business planning, particularly for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs, although he’s worked with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as well. Lean business planning offers... The post Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Episode 3: A Startup Comic Book Company, How to Find a Mentor, and #BigData – The Bcast

    Jonathan Michael
    28 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Welcome to the Bcast, the official podcast of Bplans.com. Each week we discuss the latest news, resources, and advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted by Jonathan Michael and Peter Thorsson. In this week’s episode, Peter and Jonathan talk about Robot Paper, a startup comic book company founded by Brian Wyrick. We also learn... The post Episode 3: A Startup Comic Book Company, How to Find a Mentor, and #BigData – The Bcast appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Get Initial Traction with a Marketing Budget of Zero

    Leeyen Rogers
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
      Let’s say you have zero traction, an unknown product, and no budget to speak of. Perhaps not the most desirable position to be in, but at least you have some resources to tap into: time and creativity. One of the most rewarding aspects of marketing is the challenge, so realize that you’re up for... The post How to Get Initial Traction with a Marketing Budget of Zero appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Tech Cocktail

  • Complete Makes Big Push Forward on Community ‘To-Do’ App

    Will Schmidt
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In mid-January Complete launched their flagship iOS app with some help from Hollywood stars Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. It was a big launch for the team, and it was instrumental in building towards their inevitable web platform launch which they announced on May 28. Further, this launch comes hot on the heels of Complete’s 2.0 release and a $1 million funding round led by Alloy Ventures, Structure Capital, and Red Eagle Ventures. The funds have been used to expand the development team and optimize the UX on the platform. “When Xander first approached me with the idea behind Complete,…
  • Take a Look at Your Own Timeline to See Why Path Failed in the U.S.

    Ronald Barba
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Yesterday, Path announced that it will be selling its social networking app to South Korea’s Daum Kakao. After several years of failing to gain traction in the U.S. market, the Dave Morin-founded startup’s Path and Path Talk apps will now be properties of the Korean Internet communications giant. For anyone familiar with Path’s history, yesterday’s news wasn’t at all shocking. Previously an active Path user myself, I redownloaded the app on my phone to get a taste of nostalgia, yet was left to discover the core of what attributed to Path’s ultimate failure…
  • Will Shazam’s Image Search Bridge the Print/Digital Advertising Gap?

    Simon Davies
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Shazam’s recently launched image search enables users to use the well-known music recognition app to view a new interactive digital world. Similar to the concept behind QR Codes, this new take on image search asks users to scan the physical print; such as a movie poster, to activate an immersion. What’s new about it? The image search function is used in conjunction with promotional materials which feature the Shazam symbol. This format promises to transform how a brand can interact with users whether it’s through websites, videos, photos or even mini-games. Ultimately, the augmented…
  • Qualcomm, Techstars Welcome 10 Companies to Their Robotics Accelerator

    Will Schmidt
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Back in January Techstars partnered up with Qualcomm to power a joint accelerator program focused specifically on robotics. The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator yesterday announced to the world the 10 robotics companies that will be participating in the four month, mentorship driven program. All 10 of the companies moved into the newly remodeled accelerator space on Qualcomm’s main campus in San Diego on May 26. The 7,000 square foot space was built for collaboration and is outfitted with a lab and work stations for the teams, so they can focus on building the next generation of robotics…
  • Tech.Co Jobs: Director of Software Engineering, Front End Dev

    Ronald Barba
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Hiring? Post a job on the Tech.Co Job Board for just $79 and see it featured here on our weekly job spotlight! If you’re thinking about a new career or wanting to work at a different company, then check out some of the recent Tech.Co job posts and consider applying for one! If you’re looking for jobs at startups – or anywhere else – look no further than the Tech.Co Jobs Board. Here are this week’s top technology jobs: Director of Software Engineering Jibe in Washington, D.C. Jibe is seeking experienced software engineering leaders to drive innovation and engineering excellence.
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • The 10 Most And Least Competitive Job Markets For College Grads In 2015

    The Muse
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
  • Why Crowdfunding Campaigns Fail (And What Can Be Done)

    Freddie Dawson
    29 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Why do crowd-funding campaigns fail and how can that be prevented?
  • An Etsy For Social Entrepreneurs

    Anne Field
    29 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    The Foundry Marketplace will be an Etsy-like online platform for social entrepreneurs to sell their crafts.
  • How To Nominate A 30 Under 30 For The Class Of 2016

    Caroline Howard
    29 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    It's not just hotshot personalities and luminaries like Evan Spiegel, Blake Lively, Malala Yousafzai and Sean Rad who make up the FORBES 30 Under 30. They are also your college roommates, colleagues and mentees, childhood friends and even people you've read about or followed who thrill and inspire. You may be a 30 Under 30.
  • Can Leather Bags Be Ethical And Eco-Friendly? This Aussie Startup Thinks So

    Esha Chhabra
    29 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Issara, a Melbourne-based startup, wants to unveil the mystery behind high-priced leather bags. Roshni Govindaraj, 27, quit her 9-5 gig to start a line of “ethically handcrafted, heirloom-quality” leather bags.  She knew nothing about the business but she was tired of seeing a high-dollar price tag for mediocre leather products. After discovering a small leather workshop in Java, Indonesia, Govindaraj started sketching and designing leather bags.  Her goal?  Bags that are reasonably priced, produced responsibly, and offered an alternative to high-end designer…
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    Startup Professionals Musings

  • Have You Explored Every Business Growth Alternative?

    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Image via Pixabay.comStartups are usually so focused on selling more of their branded product or service to their own customer base (organic growth) that they don’t consider the more indirect methods (non-organic growth) of increasing revenue and market share. Non-organic growth would include OEM relationships, finding strategic partners, “coopetition,” as well as acquisitions.The initial focus only on organic growth is usually driven a passion for the product, and by limited financial and people resources, as well as the limited experience of the executive team. Yet a creative and…
  • 8 Learning Principles Enhance Entrepreneur Survival

    27 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Image via PixaBay.comAspiring entrepreneurs who rely only on traditional learning vehicles (teachers, classrooms, and risk-free practice) are doomed to failure in founding a startup today. Either they are never really ready to start, study an opportunity until it has passed, or fail with tools and techniques from a bygone business era. The Internet and the current information wave have changed everything.Being a successful entrepreneur these days requires a current insight to a myriad of issues, including many that haven’t yet been integrated into the traditional academic learning vehicles…
  • These 8 Groups of People Will Never Start a Business

    25 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Every entrepreneur I know is dismayed by the number of friends who approach them with a line such as “I have an even better idea that will change the world, and one of these days I’m going to get around to starting my own business.” I always wonder what is more important to them on an ongoing basis than changing the world, since their startups usually never materialize. With the cost of entry to be an entrepreneur so low today, the common excuse of “lack of funding” doesn’t get much sympathy from me. People can build great ecommerce sites with free tools, smartphone apps in their…
  • 8 Processes Define A Business Rather Than A Hobby

    24 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    As a startup investor, I often see business proposals looking for funding that really look like expensive hobbies looking for donations. I recognize that entrepreneurs tend to substitute vision and passion for formal processes, but no discipline or process in building something new is a sure way to spend money, rather than see any return and build a self-sustaining business. I’m not suggesting that you model your startup after the complex corporate organizations you hated in your last job, but there are at least eight key functions and activities that every investor expects to find in a…
  • 9 Key Tests For Innovation Potential In Your Startup

    23 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The entrepreneurs I see are always talking about “disruptive innovation” ideas, but the plans I read are more often linear extensions of a current hot offering, like one more social network with the best of Facebook and Twitter, one more dating site dimension, or another “must-have” accessory for smartphones. Perhaps hard questions need to come before ideas, rather than after. This approach was highlighted in a recent book by Warren Berger, “A More Beautiful Question,” which makes the case for the power of questions to spark breakthrough innovations. He and I agree that the most…
 
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    Presentation Zen

  • In Memory of The Sushi Maestro, Shuichi Inoue

    Garr
    26 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Shuichi Inoue, the "Sushi Maestro," gave a beautiful, heartfelt presentation at TEDxKyoto last year about his passion and dream to spread the innovative approach of his art to the world. Yesterday, tragically, Shuichi's life was cut short by a careless driver on a Japanese freeway. All of us in the TEDxKyoto community are in a state of shock right now. Both Shuichi and I presented in the same session at TEDxKyoto last Fall. I met him in the green room back stage. He was gracious, humble, and all smiles. Shuichi was the nicest guy you could ever meet. I can't believe he's gone.  I'm sorry…
  • The Key to story structure in two words: Therefore & But

    Garr
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are a ton of storytelling-related books and websites in the cosmos. And there is no shortage of people giving story advice and tips. Much of the advice is helpful, but the enormous volume of information related to writing or telling better stories can be overwhelming. Therefore, when someone credible comes along who offers free, insanely simple yet effective advice for improving one's story, he will find a very large audience indeed. This is exactly what happened just a few years ago, all quite by accident it would seem. In 2011 Comedy Central began shooting a documentary about the…
  • Norm Macdonald: A profile of authenticity on stage

    Garr
    18 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Last Friday, viewers of David Letterman's Late Show witnessed one of the finest, heartfelt monologues ever on American late-night TV, by an emotional Norm Macdonald. A few years ago, I wrote a piece called We don't seek your perfection, only your authenticity, featuring a TED talk by Brene Brown. Brown says in her book The Gifts of Imperfection that, "Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection." What Norm Macdonald did in his final appearance on the Late Show was beautiful, honest, and as authentic as it gets on stage. Comedian Rob Schneider called…
  • B.B. King (1925–2015): Incomparable Bluesman, Masterful Storyteller

    Garr
    15 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    View image | gettyimages.com One of the greatest storytellers of our time has died. B.B. King passed away today in Las Vegas. The legendary blues musician was 89. Please allow me to quote from presentationzen.com. This excerpt is from a post I wrote ten years ago called Presentation, blues, and tapping into your creative soul: B.B. King is a legend. No one does it like he does. He's not flashy and he doesn't try to impress with speed or technique. That's not what it's about. That's not what the blues is about. It's about telling a story and making a connection in a way that can not be…
  • Shokunin Kishitsu & The five elements of true mastery

    Garr
    9 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    Last November I dined in Tokyo with a friend who was here in Japan on business from California. My friend is the CEO of a multi-billion dollar tech company with offices worldwide, including in Japan. He's someone I greatly admire and look up to for advice, wisdom, and inspiration. He's a powerful leader, a successful business person, and a nice guy to boot. So when he said that he was absolutely shocked that I had not seen the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I felt ashamed of my failing and placed an order for the DVD immediately on Amazon. "I can't believe you have not seen this movie!" he said.
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    Great Demo!

  • Getting Better - Why I Write Things Down

    Peter E. Cohan
    26 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
    When I’m delivering Great Demo! Workshops, I write down new ideas and thoughts to improve the Workshop – right then and there.  Why do I do this?  I do it to get better.  Far too often, we think of a great new idea – and then later on we can’t remember what it was…!  (Has this ever happened to you?)  So I make a brief note, right away, so that the thought is captured and doesn’t get forgotten.I find that this is key to making positive changes and improving my practice.  I set myself a personal objective to capture one or two new ideas, tips, or…
  • Frightening Statistics on Doing Discovery

    Peter E. Cohan
    20 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    I’ve done some informal interviews with heads of sales and presales recently and uncovered the following, rather consistent statements:- Heads of sales and presales tell me that about 10% of their teams actually do Discovery very well.  [Group 1]- They also say that about 70% of their team THINK they do Discovery well, but actually do not (in the eyes of their senior managers).  [Group 2]- The remaining 20% of their teams do realize that they don’t do Discovery well.  [Group 3]This reveals an interesting and rather frightening gap that deserves additional thought – and…
  • Stunningly Awful Car Sales Demo

    Peter E. Cohan
    12 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    This is a great (sad) story, contributed by Mike Horsfall, a Great Demo! Workshop alumnus:Recently we had a hail storm and there was so much damage to my car that the insurance company “totaled” it, thus I had to look for a replacement.So we went to the same dealer and explained the situation, that we were looking for a newer model of the same car, we know what it is like “all the features, as they are on the web”; we just want to drive it.So the sales person proceeded to leave us for 15 minutes while he got the demo ready and “car brought around”.  He then proceeded…
  • Fewest Number of Clicks

    Peter E. Cohan
    4 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    In Great Demo! Workshops, I urge participants to reduce each pathway they demo to the fewest number of clicks.  One of the (many) reasons for this is that people have surprisingly few “active” memory slots that they can use.  Here’s an example – I believe this has happened to most of us (only once, hopefully):You are given a list of 5 items to buy at the grocery market by your spouse, partner or better-half.  Being an intelligent human, you think, “5 items, no problem – I can remember these…” and you don’t write them down.You get into your car to drive to the…
  • Checklists and Demos

    Peter E. Cohan
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Airplane pilots use checklists to make sure they do the right things as much of the time as possible (like always).  Checklists dramatically reduce the risk of bad things happening.  Should we apply the same principle to the wonderful world of demos?  (Everyone, say “yes!”…)Perhaps a failed demo is not quite as bad as crashing an airplane, but consider:  Are there any demos that you don’t care about them being successful, similarly?  Assuming not, you may want to follow the same idea and use a checklist before the demo to make sure you are prepared – and…
 
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    silicontap.com - Silicon Valley High Tech News

  • Equinix To Buy Telecity Group For $3.6 Billion

    29 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    San Francisco-based Equinix> said Friday morning that it is buying UK-based data center operator Telecity Group. in a deal worth approximately $3.6 billion. Equinix said that it will provide cash and stock for Telecity, giving TelecityGroup shareholders approximately 10.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Metaio Acquired By Apple

    29 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    Augmented reality developer Metaio, a developer of augmented reality software, has been acquired by Apple, according to German legal documents.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Pulse.io Acquired By Google

    29 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    San Mateo-based Pulse.io>, a developer of mobile performance monitoring tools for app developers, has been acquired by Google, the company said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Pulse.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Gracenote Tackles Sports With Two Acquisitions

    28 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Emeryville-based music and entertainment data company Gracenote is expanding into the sports data information world, via the acquisition of two companies, Gracenote said Thursday. Gracenote aid it acquired Infostrada Statistics, B.V. and SportsDirect, Inc.... (more) READ MORE>>
  • Fortinet Buys Meru Networks

    28 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Sunnyvale-based Fortinet said Wednesday that it is acquiring fellow Sunnyvale-based networking products developer READ MORE>>
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  • 14 Responsive Email Best Practices [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    29 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    Earlier this week we looked at how mobile is taking over global commerce, and not to be forgotten is mobile-friendly email. This week’s infographic comes from EmailMonks which includes 14 tips for responsive emails.Click to enlarge infographicTweetables67% of email was opened on a smartphone or tablet in Q4 2014 Tweet thisMobile email opens have grown 180% over the last 3 years Tweet thisEmail client support for responsive email has grown 70% in the last 2 years Tweet this50% of Google searches come directly from mobile devices Tweet this75% that receive un-optimized emails on mobile…
  • You Have to Lose to Win at Customer Experience Management

    Linda Bustos
    28 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    It’s Partner Thursday! Today’s post is contributed by ICF Interactive. Adobe’s 2014 North American Partner of the Year, ICF Interactive is a full-service interactive marketing agency that guides brands through informed strategy, inspired design, and technical know-how.Managing the customer experience has become quite the digital affair – it’s not simply a call center with phone lines open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm central standard time, a P.O. box for “questions, comments, concerns” or that UPC and rebate form. It’s all of these things, plus a brand’s eCommerce…
  • The State of Mobile Commerce Across The Globe

    Linda Bustos
    25 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    We know mobile commerce is growing, but are global retailers keeping up?A recent study by Criteo examines the state of mobile commerce around the globe with some intriguing findings.The US is not the global benchmarkMobile’s 29% share of ecommerce in the US is slightly lower than the global average of 34%, trailing Japan (>50%), South Korea (>50%) and the UK (>40%), and nearly on par with Spain and Germany.This insight is helpful for both online retailers operating in EMEA and rest-of-world sellers that ship to EMEA. The US is not the benchmark. Mobile share continues to push higher…
  • How Digital Influences In-Store Sales [Infographic]

    Linda Bustos
    21 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    This week’s infographic hails from Deloitte Digital. A recent Deloitte study found that retailers are “dramatically underestimating the influence of digital and are caught in a divide where they are making digital investments that primarily support their ecommerce business rather than their brick-and-mortar business.”Digital is becoming increasingly important in the omnichannel equation. Rather than view ecommerce and physical retail separately, retailers must understand how digital experience influences multiple “channels” in 2015.Click to enlarge infographicTweetables$2.2T…
  • 5 Native Smartphone Features That Boost Mobile Experience

    Linda Bustos
    20 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Mobile commerce is not desktop 2.0, and your mobile website or app is not merely a shrunken-down version of your e-store. Mobile is its own animal, with its own use context and utility.Mobile devices have 5 native features that ecommerce marketers and developers can embrace to augment the smartphone or tablet experience: voice, accelerometer, camera, GPS and device pairing. How are (and could) retailers leveraging them to boost mobile experience?VoiceAny mobile commerce site can be searched by voice simply by leveraging the microphone built into the mobile OS, which translates it to text for…
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Startup Ideas Worth Building

    Tim Berry
    26 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    (Note: I rarely do guest posts on this blog, but I ran into this answer on Quora and I am happy to post it here, as a long quote, with credit to its author. – Tim)  Noam Kaiser is a professional investment manager, alias venture capitalist, or VC. The question at Quora.com was: Do you have any startup ideas worth building? Here is his answer. Yes I do. But my startup idea/s are worthless. As are yours, and anyone else’s. Until you get off the couch and actually DO something about them. This is why I always tell young entrepreneurs to get rid of the word “founder” on…
  • Lean Business Plan to Get What You Want From Your Business

    Tim Berry
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Are you running your own business or looking to start a new business? The lean business plan is an easy way to set down your strategy, tactics, milestones, and essential business numbers. Just do it for yourself and your team, with a few streamlined bullet points for strategy and tactics; plus lists of key milestones, tasks, assumptions, and performance metrics; and essential business numbers. Then review and revise it regularly and you’ll have your progress towards goals, and accountability. Lean Business Plan in Four Steps One: Strategy Strategy is focus. A lean business plan…
  • All Ideas are Brilliant Before They Are Executed.

    Tim Berry
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    “No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke. Similarly, all business ideas are brilliant before they are executed.  Ideas have to run through an obstacle course of hard realities before they are really opportunities. Few ideas make it. Everybody has ideas, Millions of business ideas are floating around everywhere. Every problem anybody encounters is a solution waiting to be unwrapped. Every time somebody follows the comment “there should be a better way” by suggesting a better way, that’s a business idea. An opportunity is…
  • I Want to be An Entrepreneur. What Steps do I Take?

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a different person yesterday, and another on Monday. So that question, in various versions, has become one of those questions that pop up everywhere. Here is My Answer: Get Your Degree There is only one obvious answer that will be generally true for anybody your age that asks this…
  • 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…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • The stories we tell ourselves

    David
    12 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    The progress of technology needs a full spectrum of adoption to work well. From early adopters who jump in before kinks and warts have been banished, to a late majority who bring scale to the now-safe choice. If we didn’t have any early adopters ironing out the kinks, there’d never be a now-safe choice for the late majority. And if everyone always jumped on the latest thing on day one, society would waste needless cycles churning through the broken glass of beta software. But usually people see things a little narrower. They’ve picked a group to belong to, and along with it…
  • A Year of The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    12 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    A year ago, The Distance published its first story: a profile of 110-year-old Horween Leather Co., Chicago’s last remaining tannery. Since then, we’ve visited an 18,000-square-foot costume and wig store and a vintage tiki bar with its own gift shop. We’ve met a custom bra fitter who started her business as a single mom and the second-generation owner of an auto salvage yard that ran the same commercial on local television for 30 years. We launched The Distance because we believe the people behind long-running businesses have amassed a lot of wisdom from their decades of experience.
  • The homescreens of Basecamp (2015)

    Jamie
    8 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Back in 2011 and 2013, we shared our phone homescreens with you. We get a kick out of how others personalize their mobile phones. A lot’s changed since then: we have a few more folks on Android, there are 3 varieties of iPhones (6 is the most popular), some of us like having monster phones, and there’s even a Watch among us. Attention: there are a lot of homescreens in this post. The screens all start to blur together (apart from the Android ones), but they’re all interesting when you take the time to examine them. This is a great article for your lunchtime/afternoon break…
  • Poison

    Nathan Kontny
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    How do we get better at making things people want? We strive to better discern the needs of our customers, so we reach for a number of tools. Surveys. User testing. 'Jobs to be done' interviews (an interview process I highly recommend). But in our effort to understand our customers, we often miss sight of something much more basic and integral to those things working well. The University of Edinburgh Medical School, one of the best medical schools in the United Kingdom, was created in 1726, also making it one of the oldest medical schools in the English speaking world. Given its age,…
  • Programming with toys and magic should be relished, not scorned

    David
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    In the early days of Rails, a common dismissal of the framework and its Ruby roots were that these were just toys. Something for kids or amateurs to play with; to build a quick throw-away prototype or system of no consequence. It was most certainly not a tool for professionals building real systems for enterprise, king, or country. Explicit in this charge against Rails and Ruby laid a grander, sweeping dismissal of toys of all kinds. And more specifically, a rejection of fun and enjoyment as valid reasons for adoption of technology that remains prevalent to this day. The implication that real…
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    ArcticStartup

  • Arctic15 prep in pictures

    Greg Anderson
    25 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    Arctic15 is coming together. Sunday was spent getting the name badges in place and laying the groundwork and riggings, while today the demo stands, stages, and decorations are popping up everywhere. Here are a few pictures over the past two days, we can't wait to see how it will look when the curtains darken the halls of this old cable factory! And when you get here, be sure to high-five an Arctic15 volunteer for us! They're hardworking folks - maybe you've got a position for them?
  • Key Facts & Figures from Latitude59

    Marija Odineca
    23 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    Flagship gathering of #Estonianmafia - Latitude59 took place last week. While attendees are busy following up with each other, organizers followed-up with us, sharing the best photos, facts and numbers: The winner - Lithuanian marketplace for 3D designs CG Trader received over €30 000 in prizes, including investment from EstBAN, scholarship to attend Blackbox Connect in Silicon Valley powered by Microsoft and Hedman Partners and service credit from Silicon Valley law firm ReedSmith. CG Trader already has $500,000 annual revenue and 180,000 users. The team is now raising a $3 million…
  • Nordic Innovators connects your project to Public Funding

    Sponsor
    22 May 2015 | 4:58 am
    Public calls are supposed to be just that - public. But when you’re going for that big deal with your local or European program sometimes it pays to bring in the big guns to make sure you’re correctly getting across the scope of your project. So whether you’re looking at that Horizon 2020 call or are looking at a specific country-base program, Denmark-based Nordic Innovators, who you’ll be able to meet at the Arctic15, can plug you into the right programs and processes. While they have a strong focus with Startups and SMEs, the firm also works with researchers on finding the correct…
  • Which one of these Top 15 pitching companies will win the Arctic15?

    Greg Anderson
    22 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    This year is a confusing year - When starting the Arctic15 in 2011 the 15 in Arctic15 clearly referred to our top 15 pitching companies. Now in 2015 casual observers of our event might not see the connection, but our sure attendees will. If you haven't picked up a ticket yet you better act soon! After a huge boom in sales we were forced to increase our ticket prices to full price, and it looks like we'll sell out soon. After the round of voting these are the 15 finalists that will be up on stage for a chance to win a €50,000 investment and other prizes through the OP Pitching Competition at…
  • Trialbee announces €4.3 Million in Funding

    Karsten Deppert // Øresund Startups
    22 May 2015 | 2:19 am
    Industrifonden and Briban Invest along with another couple of investors invest $ 5 million (€ 4.3 million) inTrialbee, 8till5 reports. The startup has developed a tool to help pharmaceutical companies to streamline patient recruitment for clinical trials. “Trialbee has a long list of successful implementations of cutting edge technology in the market for online health. Trialbees technology and solutions benefit both the industry and the people in need of new and better treatments.” says Lars Henriksson, Investment Manager at Industrifonden. Trialbee has developed an online platform…
 
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    Silicon Moon

  • Robert Downey Jr Asks Forgiveness for Mel Gibson

    24 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
  • WAY for Women (Full, Music only on Image)

    12 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Check out WAY, a personal skincare companion, which aggregates real time data from your skin and its environment. It is a simple device and mobile app which provides practical beauty tips to your smartphone. From our 5th/current batch of companies at SparkLabs accelerator. If you're interested, learn more and order through their IndieGogo campaign here.
  • U2 Busks in NYC Subway in Disguise

    10 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
  • The Payoff Board

    5 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    One of our hot investments :) Just some of their powerhouse board members:Mohamed A. El-Erian (former CEO of PIMCO), Arkadi Kuhlmann ("CEO of Savings"), Jim Lane (former Head of Private Equity at Goldman Sachs), and Sean Park (Chairman of Anthemis Group).
  • FLOYD MAYWEATHER PUNCH-OUT!!!

    3 May 2015 | 10:38 pm
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    The Startup Pitch

  • Pitch for Pally

    public
    29 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Company / App Name: Pally http://www.pallyapp.com Twitter – pallyapp What does it do? Pally is a new social network that connects those interested in cultural sharing, language exchange or just meeting a new friend from another country! Why do we need it? Social media makes people only seem close to each other, whereas personal communication almost fades away. Pally allows you to find friends from all over the world and conveniently find them through an app. Who is it for? – What makes it stand out from the crowd? Our app is mobile and provides more in-depth communication and…
  • Pitch for Bitfortip

    public
    29 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Company / App Name: Bitfortip http://www.bitfortip.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/bitfortip What does it do? Bitfortip is a website that enables users to tip & earn bitcoins by simple posting and answering questions from other members. How does it work? To be able to post a question you will need to fund your account with bitcoins. You then connec Why do we need it? No matter how good you are on online searching there’s always some information that you simply can’t find. Who is it for? For people that love Bitcoin What makes it stand out from the crowd? It is the…
  • Pitch for Meditation tools

    public
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Company / App Name: Meditation tools bit.ly/1EBoCzD What does it do? Meditation tools – is an easy and convenient way to track your meditation and keep a personal meditation diary. It allows you to create personalized meditation templates, set the required preparation time, meditation time and write notes Why do we need it? To keep track of how much time you have spent meditating, silent any disturbing incoming calls if need, write notes of any ideas that came to your mind during meditation. Concentrate with custom made nature sound themes. Who is it for? People practicing or wanting to…
  • Beta Pitch for LeaDroid

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    29 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Company / App Name: LeaDroid http://www.leadroid.com/ What does it do? LeaDroid automates your business lead purchasing Why do we need it? Every company has website but how many tracks daily for possible leads among visitors. Who is it for? Everyone who wan’t to get business leads What makes it stand out from the crowd? LeaDroid is very easy to deploy and fun to use When and how are you opening up your beta to new users? Just opened week ago. When do you plan on launching? Just opened week ago. The post Beta Pitch for LeaDroid appeared first on The Startup Pitch.
  • Beta Pitch for RecurVoice

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    29 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    Company / App Name: RecurVoice http://www.recurvoice.com/ Twitter – RecurVoice What does it do? Automated invoices for freelancers. Why do we need it? RecurVoice automates the job of creating invoices. Smart algorithms take holidays etc. into account. Who is it for? Freelancers and digital nomads. What makes it stand out from the crowd? It is very simple to use RecurVoice despite the fact that a lot of (invisible) intelligence is added. When and how are you opening up your beta to new users? We are planning to open in the coming weeks by sending an email. When do you plan on launching?
 
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Why It’s So Hard to Get People to Support Your Startup (and What You Can Do About It!)

    29 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    In the early days as an entrepreneur, trying to find people who will support a startup idea, is a constant struggle one must face. But according to Rajesh Setty, this applies especially to first-time founders. As Rajesh says, "If this is your first startup, it gets more complex because of double-uncertainty – a) you don’t know whether your startup has legs and b) you don’t know whether YOU can pull this off successfully." Rajesh Setty, is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author who's mission in life is "to bring good ideas to life." Rajesh is also a mentor for…
  • Where the Next $1B Company Will Come From and Other Insights from Chamath Palihapitiya

    29 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    At the 16th Founder Showcase, audiences were treated to a special Q&A session between Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership, and owner of the NBA's Golden State Warriors; and Jessica E. Lessin, Founder & Editor in Chief at The Information. In the discussion, Chamath describes industry trends as a pendulum, swinging between two extremes, and applies the metaphor to everything from investing to sports. Chamath posits that the next big, game changing company will be the one that straddles the wave and combines the best of both sides of a…
  • Webinar: How to Find the Perfect Startup Co-Founder

    27 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “If you want to get something done, do it yourself” A common proverb that many founders mistakenly follow. Superman himself would fall prey to the adversity that comes with launching a startup. Entrepreneurs aren’t expected to be experts in each aspect of business, and that’s where one or even two co-founders come in handy. Whether you have considerable technology skills or extensive sales experience, recruiting the right co-founder can dictate your success as an entrepreneur. If you’re a solo founder in need of a partner in crime, our upcoming webinar “How…
  • These Innovative Startups Are Re-Inventing Outsourcing

    27 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    As entrepreneurs, we are often conflicted with the idea of hiring in-talent or outsourcing roles to other entities. Both options have their strenghts and weaknesses, but with innovative startups launching everyday, new companies are providing cheaper and more efficient alternatives to the hiring process. Need to find a great personal assistant to help you manage your tasks and schedule, or need to find a developer to build mobile applications for your startup? These Founder Institute-Graduate companies offer great solutions to finding a variety of talent individuals anywhere in the world.
  • How Alan Colmenares Became a Startup Ecosystem Leader in Latin America

    27 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Alan Colmenares, the Director of the Bogota and Medellin Founder Institute, has been crucial in helping the Founder Institute launch chapters in not only Colombia, but throughout all of Latin America. Since launching in the first Latin American chapter in 2011, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 75 startups in the region, including such well-known companies as Comparamejor, Mashpedia, and WomyAds. In fact, over $2 million has been invested in Alan's Graduate companies in Colombia. After brief tenures with InfoWorld in Silicon Valley as a…
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    OnlyOnce

  • Give the Gift of a 360 to Your Board of Directors

    Matt Blumberg
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Give the Gift of a 360 to Your Board of Directors I recently ran our biennial Board 360, and I thought it would be interesting to share the details.  Attached are a few pages from, my book, Startup CEO:  A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business  which describe the process as well as share the survey I developed, which I adapted from one that the legendary Bill Campbell uses at larger public companies like Intuit. If you’ve read this blog a lot over the years, you know that we are big on 360s for staff at all levels at Return Path , and at some point a few years ago, I thought,…
  • ReturnShip Program, Part II

    Matt Blumberg
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Today marks the graduation for the six women who participated in our inaugural ReturnShip program, which I wrote about here and which was written up at least twice, in Harvard Business Review and in the San Francisco Chronicle. The ReturnShip was a 14-week paid internship program designed for women who have been out of the workforce for more than 1 year to re-enter and  build credible and relevant experience, and to feed our funnel of prospective employees. While there are still a couple things in the air, my guess is that at least three, and as many as five, of the program’s six…
  • 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…
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    Techstars

  • Introducing the First Class of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator

    Ryan Kuder
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today, we’re pleased to welcome the first class of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars. These startups are representative of the tremendously talented entrepreneurs creating the future of robotics. In this class, the companies are creating commercial and consumer robots, new robot-enabling technologies, and the infrastructure for a robot powered economy. Our 2015 class represents seven countries: Greece, Italy, Germany, Canada, Singapore, the UK, and the US–the most international class ever assembled for a US based Techstars accelerator. Two of the startups are…
  • The Techstars Experience: Rex Animal Health

    Kerri Beers
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    What’s it like to go through a Techstars program? Why choose our accelerator program over others? This is the next post in our blog series, “The Techstars Experience,” with some thoughts from Amado Guloy, Co-Founder and CEO of Rex Animal Health. Rex enables access to animal health data and analytics for pharmaceutical companies and veterinary service providers. Amado and his co-founder, Haven Moore, are part of the Techstars Sprint Accelerator Program 2015 and are getting ready for Demo Day next week! Here are some highlights from a few of Amado’s posts: [re: why the network matters]…
  • [VIDEO] Where Are They Now? SendGrid & Happiness

    Kerri Beers
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Check out the latest “Where Are They Now?” video featuring SendGrid, a Techstars Boulder 2009 alum. SendGrid has developed a cloud based service that eliminates the complexity of sending email, saving time and money, while providing reliable delivery to the inbox. SendGrid is now sending out as many emails per day as Twitter sends out tweets! Wow. Learn more about their success post-Techstars, their enormous growth, their extraordinary market opportunity and why happiness is key factor to their success. The post [VIDEO] Where Are They Now? SendGrid & Happiness appeared first on…
  • The Techstars Experience: Rainbird & 100 Days of Techstars

    Kerri Beers
    20 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    What’s it like to go through a Techstars program? The program can change your life – but it’s not always pretty. This is the next post in our blog series, The Techstars Experience, with some thoughts from Dom Davis, Co-Founder and CTO of Rainbird, an artificial intelligence platform that automates knowledge-work by unlocking internal expertise and amplifying that value across an organization. Dom and his co-founders completed the Techstars London 2014 Winter program. This installment of The Techstars Experience is a bit different. Dom blogged (nearly) every day of his 100 days…
  • 8 Nuggets of Wisdom from Techstars NYC Alumni

    Kerri Beers
    15 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    About a month ago, the 12 companies of Techstars NYC 2015 winter class presented at Demo Day. The founders of the graduating companies recently shared their wisdom and insights with Entrepreneur.com. Check out the highlights below and read the full article here. NYC Techstars Winter 2015 Class 1. Make more connections 2. Create time for mentors 3. Concentrate on growth 4. Treat mistakes as learning opportunities 5. Take care of all logistical headaches before the program starts 6. Get moving 7. Nail down your source of caffeine 8. Plan ahead Read more. The post 8 Nuggets of Wisdom from…
 
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    Valleywag

  • All the Trash Verizon Now Owns

    Kate Knibbs
    12 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    AOL Desktop for PC 9.7 Read more...
  • A Salute to AOL's Tim Armstrong, a Real Shitty Boss

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Jason Parham to Valleywag
    12 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    In May 2011, Tim Armstrong spent a day at work barefoot to raise awareness about barefoot children, instead of just donating money to barefoot children to buy them shoes. This is the kind of boss Tim Armstrong is: ineffectual, vapid and stupid.Read more...
  • Resort Where David Goldberg Died Deletes Treadmill Photo From Its Site

    Sam Biddle on Gawker, shared by Sam Biddle to Valleywag
    6 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    After days of silence and misreporting , the Mexican resort where Sheryl Sandberg’s late husband allegedly died in an exercise fatality has deleted this photo of its treadmill facility.Read more...
  • ​How Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla To Google For $11 Billion

    Damon Lavrinc on Jalopnik, shared by Aleksander Chan to Valleywag
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    In early 2013 Tesla was in dire straits. The automaker was struggling to take orders, produce, and deliver the first batch of Model S sedans, and those that did roll out of the factory were of dubious build quality at best. Tesla was on the verge of implosion, so Elon Musk called up his friend Larry Page at Google.Read more...
  • Which Tech Company Retracted An Employee's 'Weaponized' Interview?

    Kate Conger on Ratter, shared by Sam Biddle to Valleywag
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    San Francisco's tech boom has radically altered the city's landscape — Teslas and tech worker shuttles prowl incessantly through the streets and the guy sitting next to you at dinner is invariably pitching his app. Public radio and television affiliate KQED attempted to document the culture shift in a recent blog post by interviewing tech workers about the effects they have on local culture. [[Google bus protest photo by Chris Martin/Flickr userRead more...
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    StartupMuse » StartupMuse - by Alexander Muse

  • My advice to anyone wanting to build a mobile app!

    Alexander Muse
    28 May 2015 | 6:14 pm
    So often I meet promising young entrepreneurs who are building equally promising mobile applications that are missing three key features: an inherent mechanism for user growth an inherent mechanism for user retention measurement and analytics When I press them on why they are NOT including these traits they explain that they PLAN to include them sometime in the future. I will argue that your MVP must include all three if you want a chance at success. If you can’t include these features from DAY ONE – don’t bother to build your app. User Growth: There are scores of mobile applications on…
  • Steve Blank

    Alexander Muse
    27 May 2015 | 6:13 pm
    No Plan Survives First Contact With Customers. The post Steve Blank appeared first on StartupMuse.
  • Sharing your startup idea can be dangerous!

    Alexander Muse
    27 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    So my advice is to NOT share it with anyone, unless, of course, you want to succeed. You’ve got an idea for the next big thing, a new iPhone application that could change the world, and you’re looking for developers and/or looking to raise capital. You are not entirely certain where to turn so you reach out to local entrepreneurs who have ‘been there and done that’. I get calls like these all of the time. Prior to 2008 most entrepreneurs here in North Texas were scared to share their ideas without getting an NDA in place beforehand. This put them at a HUGE disadvantage over their…
  • Some dude on Twitter

    Alexander Muse
    26 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Levi Strauss came to San Francisco in 1853 selling denim tent material that no one wanted. Then he pivoted to make pants. The post Some dude on Twitter appeared first on StartupMuse.
  • Use Scarcity to Sell your Startup’s Product

    Alexander Muse
    24 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    When you are selling a product or service the most powerful thing you can create is scarcity. Scarcity can cause customers to assume your product or service is more valuable and of a higher quality. Most importantly it generates an increased desire or need for whatever you are selling. Scarcity can even create that reason your customer needs to sign on the line that is dotted. For example, when we startedArchitel, our managed services company, we had lots of prospects who had agreed they wanted and needed our service, but we were having a hard time getting them to close. Changing technology…
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    I Will Teach You To Be Rich

  • The news from IWT: May 2015

    Ramit Sethi
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    You’ve heard me say it before. A Rich Life is about more than just money. This month on the IWT blog, we covered how to travel more, painlessly save money, stay motivated, select the perfect TV show to watch, and raise your prices — all part of a Rich Life. May was a busy month for IWT so today, I’m going to highlight some of the best posts in case you missed out. Post of the month Travel around the world (the math to actually make it happen) With summer right around the corner and vacation on a lot of your minds, I asked “What’s your dream vacation?” Then, I did the math to…
  • How to be successful

    Ramit Sethi
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s be honest, success is hard. Not complicated, just hard. It’s hard because we’re wired to look for quick fixes, easy outs and ways to keep from failing. And it’s not our fault. Our brain wants to use the path of least resistance. If we really want to be successful, we have to go against our nature and challenge the two most common barriers that knock us off course: Chasing “magic bullets” Fearing failure Today, I want to rewire how you think about success and help you break down these barriers once and for all. Success Barrier #1: Chasing “Magic Bullets” A magic…
  • How to motivate yourself

    Ramit Sethi
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you know what most motivational “experts” hope you’ll never find out? The stuff they teach is total BS. When was the last time a motivational poster changed your life? (“You know what, yes, I WILL dream a little bigger today!”) Does seeing this on your newsfeed help you reach your goals?   Never. OK, then how do you get — and stay — motivated? How motivation actually works Motivation comes in waves. Some days we hop out of bed, ready to take on the world. We start big projects, dream big dreams, and know that FINALLY we’re going to accomplish something.
  • Charging 10X: Watch me analyze these real-life businesses

    Ramit Sethi
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    There’s something weird going on. Why is that newspaper talking about the horrible economy…yet if we walk past a nice restaurant, it’s full of people spending money? It’s almost as if there’s a game being played around you that you don’t know about. Over the last few days, we’ve been talking about how to earn more. We talked about breaking down the math of a dream vacation — an eye-opening view into how things like a $5,000 vacation are actually surprisingly achievable. The next question, of course, is how the hell do I earn money? You might have watched…
  • How to charge money for something you love to do [VIDEO]

    Ramit Sethi
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Two weeks ago: 11:48pm. I’ve been outlining and writing for 6 hours today and I have 7 sentences. I think I’m onto something, though — Ramit Sethi (@ramit) May 13, 2015 This is the hard, boring, unsexy work that goes into making something work. It’s not the kind of thing that gets 5,000 twitter/Instagram “Likes.” You know what does? Pics like THIS: View from our back yard A photo posted by Ramit Sethi (@ramit) on Jun 28, 2014 at 11:28am PDT That’s why you see tons of pics of people living the life…but very few pics of them actually doing the work to get there.
 
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    Start Up Blog

  • The 2 things people who sell information for a living must remember

    Steve Sammartino
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    1. No one will steal your ideas: Those that could steal them successfully never do it, while those that need to steal your information, rarely get traction. 2. Insights of themselves have little value:  There are two types of insights. (A) Historical philosophies – these never change, just the packaging does. And there are (B) New insights – which you made up. But these are like milk… they have a very short expiration date. In any case it is the way the insight is served up (just like the commodity milk) that decides how much value is created. While it’s…
  • Inverse goals & why you should set some

    Steve Sammartino
    11 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    After about 15 years of doing work I liked in environments I didn’t like, I set myself some inverse goals. Inverse goals are the things we desire as a price of entry, as opposed to things we’ll acquire after the work is done. We might even call them unusual requirements for happiness regardless of monetary outcomes: Not to have to shave everyday. (it really hurts my skin). To be able to work when I feel like it, not 9-5 like the 200 year old industrial era said I should. To wear whatever clothes I feel like, and not a uniform designed by someone else. To be able to avoid…
  • What I always tell door to door sales people might surprise you

    Steve Sammartino
    4 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Whenever a door knocker comes to my home to sell me something I probably don’t need, or already have – like electricity, I always tell them the same thing: Congratulations – you’re going to be rich! Yep, I give them praise for what they are doing (one of the most difficult jobs there is). I then go onto tell them about how the skills they are gathering will give them a massive life advantage in any developed economy. I remind them what these skills include: Dealing with rejection. (Yes, I politely tell them I am not going to buy upfront) Learning how to sell to a…
  • Secret life success ratio no one talks about

    Steve Sammartino
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    We are told a couple of things in life. The first in the capitalist economy is to go out and be a Go Getter. We’re told to take what’s rightfully ours. To accumulate as much as possible and generally try and have more and be better. It seems now that social media tries to push this idea further. We are not really sharing our posts, we are pushing ourselves. Trying to see if we can get more recognition and kudos for what we know, what we saw and sometimes what we made. It’s not very giving, it’s really more an act of taking. Taking other peoples time and resources for…
  • Ignore what the teacher told you, and just make things up

    Steve Sammartino
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    Watch a 5 year old kid play for half a day and you’ll see levels of creativity that’ll blow your mind. You’ll wonder in awe where their natural ability to ‘make things up’ comes from. You’ll be inspired by how they see the world and what it makes them think and do. We used to see the world that way too.  But what happened was for the first 18 years of our lives we got told how to see the world. In fact, the concept of making things up brings back some very strong and personal memories for me. I can remember when I reached High School (Grade 7-12 in…
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    Springwise

  • Schoolkids have a new science classroom — in space

    Springwise
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Add / Remove Of all the topics covered in school science classes, space is understandably one of the more elusive. That might be set to change though, as a new educational startup called Ardusat have dedicated themselves to enabling promising young scientists to conduct actual space experiments. Ardusat has partnered with satellite data company Spire to enable school kids and science club members to send ‘educational payloads’ up with every satellite, containing experiments of their choice. Ardusat sell a variety of tool-kits, including the Classroom Launch Pack for educational…
  • Augmented reality game makes a haunted house of any home

    Springwise
    29 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Add / Remove The scariest films often stay with us long after we’ve left the movie theater and gone home. For those who don’t find films quite scary enough, though, there is a new horror game app — called Night Terrors — which promises to transform any house into a petrifying hellscape. The app uses environment mapping, gyroscope sensors and the player’s own smartphone camera and flashlight to create an immersive augmented reality, complete with ghosts and psychopaths. To begin, players choose an indoor environment and download the smartphone app. The game uses the…
  • Shopping channel app is QVC for millennials

    Springwise
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Add / Remove With many online publications funded by invasive adverts, it can feel like internet users are being sold something every other minute. Creating a more active, participatory shopping experience is a new app called MikMak. The app embraces the age of mobile advertising by giving the home shopping network a 21st century smartphone makeover. MikMak is a mobile video shopping channel aimed at millennials, that creates infomercials for each product it promotes. To begin, users download the free app and create an account. Then, they can browse by product type, and watch a…
  • Snap-on table legs create unique furniture on any surface, in seconds

    Springwise
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Add / Remove Anyone who lives in an inner city apartment knows that there isn’t always room for the kitchen table of their dreams. For homes where regular sized furniture only fits when the door remains ajar at all times, startup Be Elastic have created SNAP — a device that enables users to create tables out of any surface, in whatever irregular shape best fits their home. SNAP can transform any surface into a unique piece of furniture, simply by clipping onto the edge of the chosen tabletop and providing the legs. To begin, users pull down on the flexible portion of the device and…
  • Lightbox archives old photos straight to smartphone

    Springwise
    28 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Add / Remove The process of scanning physical photos is enough to put most people off creating and updating a digital photo collection. But now, QromaScan is offering a simple solution – using a green screen lightbox, a smartphone and the scanner’s voice to digitize and organize old snaps quickly and effortlessly. To begin, users unfold the portable QromaScan, connect it to their smartphone, and launch the Qroma app. Then, with the help of voice recognition, the user simply states the date, location and people in the first photo and the app creates searchable metadata. Next, the user…
 
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    The Next Web

  • 6 of the coolest experiments Google’s ATAP team showed off at I/O

    Napier Lopez
    29 May 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Google may have released a ton of Android news yesterday, but that wasn’t all it had to show. We had the chance to try some of the awesome things the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team is working on, including the Projects Soli, Jacquard and Vault detailed earlier. Spoiler alert, they were all awesome. Project Jacquard One of the coolest things demoed at Google’s ATAP session this morning, Project Jacquard is a new kind of fabric created by Google that embeds conductive wire right into the textile. Google says the material can be made in virtually any color…
  • Hands-on: Google’s Project Jacquard is the intersection of clothing and connectivity

    Nate Swanner
    29 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Controlling a smartphone via the sleeve on your coat isn’t something you can do — yet. If Google’s ATAP division has their way, we’ll all have the ability soon. Announced during a Google I/O session, Project Jacquard swings for the fences; Google even tapped Levi as their lone launch partner for Jacquard. The idea is that by weaving metallic threads into the fabrics we come into contact with during our day will have the ability to control a piece of tech. The thin metal fibers don’t have to be in denim, or even woven into a flat fabric. Project Jacquard’s… This story…
  • Salesforce buys smart calendar, Tempo

    Jackie Dove
    29 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Tempo, the artificial intelligence-powered smart calendar, has been acquired by Salesforce. A note from Tempo’s founders says the app will be discontinued on June 30, and is no longer accepting new users. Until then, the calendar is open to existing users. The app shows you information about your meetings such as location, transportation and parking options, social media posts from participants and other related documents. It also automates connecting into conference calls. “With Tempo, we created a smart calendar, using artificial intelligence to enable the next generation of mobile…
  • I’m really hoping people aren’t trying to make Ross Ulbricht some sort of freedom hero now. He’s not, he’s a business man. #SilkRoad

    Martin Bryant
    29 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I’m really hoping people aren’t trying to make Ross Ulbricht some sort of freedom hero now. He’s not, he’s a business man. #SilkRoad
  • Silk Road founder is sentenced to two life terms without parole

    Jackie Dove
    29 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Ross Ulbricht, convicted founder of the Silk Road online drug marketplace, was sentenced by a US federal judge to two life prison terms without parole. He also received several other sentences for convictions on lesser charges and was ordered to forfeit $184 million of the $187 million his site made before it was shut down two years ago. Ulbricht was convicted of trafficking drugs on the internet, and conspiracy for narcotics-trafficking, computer-hacking, money-laundering and running a criminal enterprise which generated some $1.2 billion in illegal bitcoin-based drug transactions. The…
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    The Product Guy

  • Hiring Product Managers

    Jeremy Horn
    26 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor, Jon Stross, lead a conversation around “Hiring Product Manager”.  We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world.  Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…   About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 5 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    23 May 2015 | 5:30 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… Freelance Writers (Product Management) @ Freelance (REMOTE)Keywords: freelance, product management, research, writerhttp://theproductjobs.com/page_view_posting.php?job_id=1098&lf=twf Experienced Product Designer @…
  • Best Product Management Career Advice

    Jeremy Horn
    18 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    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 Person person of 2014 tick? Advice…. > What is the best career advice you received as you entered product management? Be yourself and kill your ego. If you would like to be a successful product manager, you have to create products for others, not for yourself; at the same time, this product should be something you would also use. Watch the video for more on the great career advice in product…
  • Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 5 openings

    Jeremy Horn
    16 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    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… VP Engineering Product Management and Senior Director Product Management @ Global Recruiter (New Jersey)Keywords: computer, mobile, network, security,…
  • Impromptu esPronto, Daring Disruption and Slickly Launching June!

    Jeremy Horn
    12 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Nominate a great product manager you know today @ http://TheBestProductPerson.com ! Thank you to everyone who made it to our latest roundtable meet-up of The Product Group at Aol HQ, 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: esProntoexploring the product, its challenges and successes, from designers to privacy (thanks to Sanjay Das) Disruptive Strategiesfrom product change to working process The Product Groupmeet-ups are an opportunity for Product…
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    Ben Casnocha

  • Me on Network Intelligence, Lifelong Learning, and Beginner’s Mind

    Ben Casnocha
    23 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    I did an on-site video interview with The Cube after my keynote speech last week in Orlando. It’s 20 minutes long and we open with the Start-up of You and then cover topics like network intelligence, optimism vs. pessimism, and cultivating the beginner’s mind. Check it out.
  • Book Review: The David Foster Wallace Reader

    Ben Casnocha
    18 May 2015 | 6:36 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
    18 May 2015 | 6:34 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…
  • Millennials in the Workplace

    Ben Casnocha
    9 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Last week, I was quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal about companies that seek to retain millennials: Some managers think companies should stop trying so hard. They cite “The Alliance,” a book co-written by LinkedIn Corp. co-founder Reid Hoffman that proposes a different model for the employer-employee relationship—one based on mutual expectations and the possibility of the employee leaving. At LinkedIn, managers often segment an employee’s career into “tours of duty” that last a couple of years. The employee and manager agree on specific goals to be met during that…
  • Turkey: Impressions and Lessons

    Ben Casnocha
    3 May 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Istanbul feels like a city on the verge of cracking into the A-list of tourist destinations in Europe/Middle East. I was lucky enough to have a week to check out whether the city lives up to the hype. It did, and I learned quite a bit. Here are some high level thoughts on Turkey followed by a more touristy blow by blow of the trip. Turkey is a modern, secular republic that in theory embraces freedom of religion. Yet its population is 99.8% Muslim, its land is home to a tremendous amount of religious history, schools teach only Islam in religion class, and a call to prayer in Arabic…
 
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    John Greathouse

  • This Remote Working Experiment Failed And Succeeded – At The Same Time

    John Greathouse
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Self-aware startups often learn more from their failures than from their success. Timehop, the photo album for the digital age, is no exception. Created by Jonathan Wegener and his Co-Founder Benny Wong, the company has over 16M+ users. To put this in proper perspective, more than twice as many people access Timehop each day than read the New York Times. And Then The CEO Said, “Go Home” Timehop recently executed a radical experiment. With winter raging outside, it closed its NYC office for two weeks and made all of its employees…
  • What The Heck Are My Startup Options Worth?

    John Greathouse
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. When joining a startup, there are seven important questions you should ask in order to answer the question: “What the heck are my stock options worth?” You just received a job offer from a startup which includes 50,000 stock options. That is wonderful…or is it? I reviewed and approved hundreds of employment offer letters at my various startups, all of which included stock option grants. The number of otherwise intelligent prospective employees who never ask relevant questions about their stock options was frankly shocking. If you…
  • Why Selling To The Government Can Destroy Your Startup

    John Greathouse
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. The US Postal Service pulled off another debacle with the Maya Angelou stamp. Their task was simple. Combine a photo of Ms. Angelou with one of her more memorable verses. Instead, the coupled her image with text written by Joan Walsh Anglund. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Twice Isn’t Charming Hey, everyone makes a mistake. Surely this is an anomaly for the always-on-the-brink-of-insolvency US Postal Service (USPS). Sadly, this is not the case. In 2010, as part of its…
  • Every Entrepreneur Has A Bob Dylan Moment – What’s Yours?

    John Greathouse
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Young Al Kooper did not miss his Bob Dylan moment. When Al was invited by Producer Tom Wilson to sit in on Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, Mr. Wilson made it clear to Al that he was a backup guitarist. He told him to sit quietly in the control booth and be ready to play if Dylan wanted to explore an arrangement that required two guitars. According to Al, “Me being twenty one years of age and very ambitious… I decided I was going to play on that session.” However, it was quickly evident to Al that his services wouldn’t be needed,…
  • How Tony Hawk And The Bones Brigade Broke The Rules & Owned The Market

    John Greathouse
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. In this second installment of my conversation with George Powell, Founder and President of Skate One, he describes how Tony Hawk and the other members of the Bones Brigade revolutionized skateboarding and made it cool again, after its near death in the late-1980’s. He also shares his frank thoughts regarding his long-standing relationship with Stacy Peralta. Skate One is now the world’s largest skateboard company, with best-selling brands such as Powell•Peralta Skateboards, BONES Wheels and Mini•Logo Skateboards. You can read…
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    Young Upstarts

  • 5 Things To Do To Make Sure Your First Hire Is A Good One

    Contributor
    29 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    by Andy Roe, General Manager of SurePayroll, Inc. Perhaps almost as exciting as starting a new business is making your first hire. The feeling of actually being able to employ someone is very gratifying. So the last thing you want to do is have it all go wrong by hiring someone who’s a bad fit, making mistakes with their paperwork or paycheck, or failing to do your proper due diligence on the candidate. As a payroll company for small businesses, we work with startups making their first hire all the time – this is often why they choose to hire a payroll service. So let’s break down some…
  • Six Components Of A Positive Workplace Culture — And Why Your Company Needs One

    Contributor
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, authors of “The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways To Engage and Empower Your People“ and “The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestseller“ There’s no denying that this isn’t your father’s Corporate America. Since Don Draper’s day, workplaces have become more casual, more connected, more innovative, and more flexible. But have they become fun? Maybe so — or at least, that’s what the latest crop of employees hope to find when they settle into their new cubicles. According to a recent report…
  • How PPC Management Services Can Transform Your Company

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The Internet has become an enormous platform for businesses to advertise and communicate to existing and potential customers. It is also where consumers first turn when looking for any kind of product or service, and this means that businesses in every industry need a strong online presence as well as a flawlessly-conceived internet marketing campaign. When you have a successful campaign in place it can attract customers and boost your business. More traditional forms of advertising and marketing, such as television or newspaper adverts, are still worthwhile, but they cannot offer the reach…
  • International Business Do’s And Don’ts

    Contributor
    28 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    by Scott L. Girard, Jr., Editor-in-Chief of ExpertBusinessAdvice.com and co-author of “International Business Basics: Learn What You Need in 2 Hours“ Doing business on an international scale is very exciting; it can also be overwhelming. Not only should you bring your “A-game” from a professional standpoint if you want to close the deal, you also have to bring it culturally as well. One misplaced word, hand gesture, or even inaction can deeply insult your overseas customer or partner. As such, the stakes are heightened to know what you’re doing. The bottom-line best advice…
  • Death Of The Small- To Mid-Tier Agency Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    Contributor
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    by Jim Lindsey and Paul Friederichsen Since the 1980’s, the anticipated shrinkage in numbers of the small- to mid-tier ad agencies (less than 100 people or so) has not happened. If anything, there are more of them! While worldwide mega-agency groups (starting with Saatchi & Saatchi back then) have continued to grow, merge, morph, and control more media dollars, the small, independent shops stubbornly remain. There are several reasons why even worldwide brands, as well as local or regional brands, prefer working with small- to mid-tier shops: Relationships matter. Most businesses are…
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    ArabCrunch... Arab Tech Arab Startups

  • UAE Unveils Details of First Arab and Muslim Mars Mission

    news
    7 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Yesterday top government officials unveiled plans for UAE and the Muslim world first Mars mission called “hope” or Amal in Arabic. The mission aims to provide  global picture of the Martian atmosphere through an unmanned probe to be launched in July 2020 to reach Mars in 2021, according The Gulf News. “Our science mission is to produce the first ever truly global picture of the Martian atmosphere. This is the first holistic study of the Martian climate and how the layers of atmosphere fit together,” Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager, said in the…
  • 8 Arab Crowd Funding Platforms You Should Know

    Gaith Saqer
    4 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    You must heard the term crowd funding, it exploded in the recent years in US with sites such as Kick Starter and Indiegogo. Crowd funding comes in many forms, the most popular is offering a donation for a cause or a product and there is collecting investments from the crowed for exchange of equity. Here is a list of 8 crowed funding platforms in the Arab world, if you plan to use any of them we advice you to do more du-diligence to make sure they are inline with Sharia and do not have affiliation with governments and suspicious NGOs : 1- Zoomaal Zoomaal is a crowed funding platform for the…
  • Yelp for the Arab World Jeeran Launches in Egypt!

    news
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The user review app and site Jeeran officially launched in Cairo and Alexandria this week to help customers make buying decisions and document their experiences with places around the city. With this launch, the Amman-based company now covers 39 cities in 6 countries across the region including Jordan, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE. The soft launch of Cairo and Alexandria has begun early this year with a local team working on the ground, collecting data, adding photos, and encouraging friends to document their own experiences with restaurants and cafes to make sure there is enough quality…
  • Anonymous and Other Hactivists Groups Hack Thousands of Israeli Websites, Routers and Emails in The promised Day of Electrician Holocaust #OpIsrael

    news
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Anonymous along with other Muslim hacktivist groups including Tunisian hactivist group Fallaga, Hackers from Pakistan and Indonesia announced around a month ago that today will be the day for operation Israel #opIsrael promising an Electronic Holocaust for the Jewish state as a punishment for occupying Palestine. As of reporting this story hackers has reported hacking thousands of Israeli websites, email and routers. Here is some lists Israel gov emails list By Anis Joker Dz #OpIsrael | 145 Israeli website #Hacked by #AnonGhost #OpIsrael | +600 Israeli website #Hacked by #AnonGhost 3000…
  • Uber Launches in AMMAN, Uber’s 300TH City

    Gaith Saqer
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    San Francisco based mobile-app-based transportation network Uber which allows consumers to submit a trip request via their mobile phones, which is routed to crowd-sourced taxi drivers has launhced in Amman Jordan. The launch in Jordan makes Amman the 300th city for Uber in the World.Yazeed Abul Failat, presenter of Jordan Star & Caravan on Christan owned Ro’ya TV  was the first passer at Uber. Uber faces competition in the region from Careem and Easy Taxi, Careem operates in GCC, Cairo, Lahore, Casablanca, Beirut Casablanca and Rabat and yet it does…
 
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    Startup Meme

  • Unboxing: The Infinix Hot Note X551

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    29 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Infinix Hot Note, finally received and doing what any blogger would do; Unbox and see what’s inside! http://startupmeme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Unboxing-Infinix-Hot-Note.mp4 Tags: hot note, infinix, infinix pakistan, mobile, pakistan, technology
  • Facebook Relaxes Rules For On-Page Competitions: Big News For Brands And Business

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    28 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    Saves the hassle associated to creating custom tabs on pages to run competition, especially those that required users to only comment or like to participate. We are talking about quick turn around time, leveraging key events on the go and removing the need to spend time exploring what new app to use. Thank you Facebook for being a bit lenient with the introduction of the change in policy. Facebook rolled out an update on the Page terms and conditions to enable businesses and brands to readily conduct quick promotions. There are however some restrictions associated to using native Facebook…
  • Update: Mobilink Reveals Its New Identity, Launches A Responsive Website

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    14 Jun 2013 | 3:09 pm
    Mobilink, Pakistan’s leading telecom provider has today revealed its new identity. Mobilink initiated its operations in Pakistan in 1994 and had recently come under the umbrella of Vimpelcom, when the Russian telecom giant acquired Orascom in 2011. Mobilink at present enjoys the leader position among the 5 telecom operators in Pakistan with over 36 Million subscribers. The process had been underway for quite some time and only recently did Mobilink initiate revealing hints about this new identity starting June 12th. This started with the Link that was showcased on all major newspapers…
  • Click.to: Your Copy and Paste Shortcut App For The Desktop

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    22 Aug 2012 | 12:28 am
    I am sure most of the folks reading this blog post, have problems when it comes to “copy and paste”. Especially when it’s copying a quote from your favorite blogger or entrepreneur to Twitter or Facebook. Click.to is one of those applications that simplifies the same. While I can go about writing lines and lines describing what it does, Click.to app is simply your “shortcut” to copy and paste. Now some of you might just think of this to be a pretty pointless app to share, but to prove you remotely wrong, one must try. The sheer simplicity it offers, saves time…
  • Adzine, A Pakistani Startup Experimenting With What’s Already In The Box

    Guest Author
    14 Aug 2012 | 9:18 pm
    Adzine is a new startup based in Pakistan focused on a more traditional business of Print Ads, however the founders have taken this initiative primarily as a study and have plans on taking a Digital Route with their Startup. We think it is quite logical for them to experiment with something that’s already in the box before attempting a new approach, especially in a market that is still adopting (fast) to the startup culture. Following is an interview with the Co-Founder, Khurram Salahuddin Khan: Q.1  Who are you and what’s your background? The adzine has been co-founded by…
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    StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod

  • How much churn is too much?

    mark
    28 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    I have often said that churn (the rate at which customers cancel their subscriptions or otherwise stop buying from you) is the most important metric for  a recurring revenue business. Why? The longer a customer stays, the more they are worth. The more they are worth, the more you can pay to acquire them. The more you can pay to acquire your customers, the faster you can grow. The faster you grow, the more capital you can raise to further accelerate everything. It’s a virtuous cycle. The question I often get then is how much churn is too much? If you sell to small business (i.e. your…
  • No more limits for Canadian Tech

    mark
    22 May 2015 | 3:42 am
    Yesterday was a huge day for the Canadian tech scene with Shopify‘s long-awaited IPO finally happening. In its first day of trading the company that began as Tobi’s little rails app gained 51% in market value and is now worth approx. ~ $1.8B. Having been involved in the Canadian startup scene since the 90s the big thing for me here is that there are no more limits. It was accepted wisdom for many years that we just couldn’t build big technology leaders here in Canada. Yes, we had some exceptions (Blackberry, Nortel, etc.). But by and large our tech companies have been…
  • The importance of board control

    mark
    19 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    I spoke with a friend recently who was forced to step down as CEO of his startup. The board felt he wasn’t getting the job done and that was that. Happens regularly. But in this case, he had only raised a small amount of capital, so his CEO job should never have been in question. The issue here was that this founder had ceded control of the board. What this means is that outsiders had a right to appoint the majority of the seats in the board. Thanks to some wise counsel from his seed investor Peter Thiel, Mark Zuckerberg knew the importance of board control at Facebook. It’s…
  • Can this be a $B Startup???

    mark
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    How often have you sat in front of VCs or advisors and been asked ‘Can this be a billion $ business?’. I have. I find it to be an incredibly frustrating question. When you’re at the start of your business, if you’re spending time thinking about how to be a billion $ business, you’re wasting time. Here are some stats: There are 100s of venture firms investing in many 1,000s of startups. Out of all of that activity there are 80 privately held technology companies worth $1B (source: CBinsights) in the US. In Canada, there are two (Shopify and Hootsuite). So most of us have no clue…
  • Do you want to work for a unicorn?

    mark
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Once upon a time, unicorns were a rare thing. In fact the use of the term ‘unicorn’ in the startup World was meant to convey that rarity. Only a precious few startups get to $1B+ in valuation. While this is true in relative terms, the absolute number of unicorn startups has never been higher. And the timeframe from inception to unicorn status is compressing. The poster child of this trend is Slack. In the last year it has gone from a $67M valuation to a $2.6B valuation. When I talk to founders these days, especially in the Valley, they tell me that they struggle to compete with…
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    IttyBiz

  • 55 Famous Alibis For Failure, as Described by Napoleon Hill

    Naomi Dunford
    26 May 2015 | 8:25 pm
    In our last instalment of Napoleon Hill Takes Us To Task, we talked about the 31 major causes of failure. And now we’ve got the “55 Famous Alibis by Old Man IF”. Hill states: “People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure, and have what they believe to be air-tight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement. “A character analyst compiled a list of the most commonly used alibis. As you read the list, examine yourself carefully, and determine how many of these alibis, if any, are your own…
  • 31 Major Causes of Failure, According to Napoleon Hill

    Naomi Dunford
    24 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Way back in the Great Depression, Napoleon Hill wrote a little book called Think and Grow Rich. I’ve read this book a few times and I have to say, there seems to be a lot more to the process than thinking, but the author is unavailable for comment. Within this book, he lists 31 explanations for “the overwhelmingly large majority of people who fail, as compared to the few who succeed.” (Aside: If anyone ever tells you they loved this book, ask them what they thought about the chapter on sex. That’s always a conversation starter.) In the mood for a little fearless moral…
  • Got Business Burnout? 4 Tips For Coming Back Strong

    Naomi Dunford
    23 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Today, I completely ran out of things to say. I wrote the introductions for my next seven newsletters. I found quotes for the next month. I wrote 53 emails, planned a trip, and took two sales calls. And I called my mother. I should note here that I’m writing this on a Saturday. I’m sure it comes as a surprise to nobody, but at some point in this process, I completely ran out of things to say. And poor you! You are sitting there, breathlessly waiting for your next instalment of the IttyBiz daily and I am dry. I got nothing. Hmm. It’s weird when this happens. You’re on…
  • 4 Options for Content Upgrades for The Lazy, Busy or Understaffed

    Naomi Dunford
    22 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Everybody’s talking about content upgrades these days. They’re all the rage. They’re hot. They’re the cat’s pajamas! They’re the bees’ knees! They’re the duck’s quack! Seriously, I could go on all day. (No, seriously. I could. Check this out.) So what the heck is a content upgrade, and how do you use them if you’re not made of time and money? Content upgrades are the new, hot way to get subscribers to your email list. The Old Way: One Freebie To Rule Them All In the old days, to incentivize people to get on your mailing list, you had…
  • Is It Really Safe To Let Your Freak Flag Fly?

    Naomi Dunford
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Every now and again on the internet, somebody comes out and loudly proclaims that they’re going to let their freak flag fly. Usually, they communicate this via a sentence with two clauses. The first clause says something freaky, and the second clause says, “and I’m PROUD OF IT.” Sometimes the something freaky is relatively commonplace. “I like to dance a lot”, for example, or “I watch American Idol.” These are small, simple things that probably don’t affect someone’s desire to do commerce with you. Sometimes the something freaky is a…
 
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    Business of Software USA

  • Three videos that will change how you think about Product Strategy

    Joe Glover
    28 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Product Strategy is hard. This is one reason that Des Traynor, co-founder of Intercom, is a Business of Software favourite. Every time he steps on the BoS Stage it is hard to not be impressed by his laser-guided focus on getting product strategy right by focusing on what makes your company special. Des has taken to a BoS stage three times now. Each time he has impressed and entertained. This year, he will be returning for BoS Europe – which is only 4 weeks away. You can book your spot to join us and Des here. See Des’ three videos below. We guarantee by the end you will be saying…
  • How to Create and Scale a Billion Dollar Company | Michael Skok | BoS Hangout Summary

    Joe Glover
    20 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    Michael Skok is one of those people who when he speaks, you simply need to listen and you will leave a wiser person than when he started talking. Last week we had the opportunity to catch up with him for a Google Hangout in the wake of his Business of Software USA Talk, which was focused on scaling a company from Zero to a Billion Dollars revenue. The hangout was incredibly wide reaching with a lesson a minute dished out – far beyond the realms of any summary article. The video above is best viewed for full effect. However, if you’re really short on time, here are some key points from…
  • Whatever Happened to the Laptop Computer? New York Times – 30 Years Ago

    Mark Littlewood
    14 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    So much to enjoy in this article from the New York Times almost 30 years ago on the demise of the laptop computer. (not just the telephone number to contact companies and the nostalgia of companies like Tandy.) An interesting lesson in what happens when new technology is introduced into the mass market. It is also fun to think about all the innovations and companies that have emerged over the years that make life with a laptop so much more practical now. “WHATEVER happened to the laptop computer? Two years ago, on my flight to Las Vegas for Comdex, the annual microcomputer trade show,…
  • Specific Strategies for Growing and Managing Your Mailing List | Rob Walling Lessons

    Joe Glover
    13 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Not so long ago I asked for your help to build the BoS, BLN email lists by sharing your knowledge of best practice in this pursuit. The BoS Community came shining through, with Rob Walling (also the subject of my first BoS video review) providing podcasts he has completed in his ‘Startups For the Rest of Us’ series which, among many useful things for start up people, has three podcasts based on this very topic. I have summarised the key learnings I took away from these podcasts, starting with the first episode, in the hope the knowledge I gained would be useful for the larger marketing…
  • BoS Video and Hangout | Building Products Into Valuable, Sustainable Businesses |Michael Skok

    Joe Glover
    5 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    “A story of Zero to a Couple of Billions of Dollars” We had Michael Skok share some of the learnings from his Harvard iLab class on “Building Products into Valuable and Sustainable Businesses” at BoS 2014. Now we have his video available to you, before a treat on May 13th… a Google Hangout with the man himself. The Hangout will be held at 5PM GMT+1, 12-1PM EST. Expect a highly interactive session of mutual learning – bring your questions for a interactive inquisition. Make sure to let us know you’re coming here. You will be able to ask questions to Michael…
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    The Hustle is Real

  • Retention is more important than acquisition

    Jun Loayza
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are a few experiences that I cherish in life that other people take for granted. For example, I absolutely love going to my dentist. There is no better feeling than beautifully polished clean teeth. Another example is getting an oil change. Most people go for the cheapest oil-changing option and get a mundane experience, but me, I pay extra for the Oil Can Henry’s experience. For a decade I’ve been going to Oil Can Henry’s for an oil change because they go above and beyond to make the experience wonderful. I’ve recommended many friends and family to Oil Can…
  • How I knew she was the one

    Jun Loayza
    20 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    I met Kim on Thursday, April 12, 2007. It was the very first event of Bruin Consulting, the kickoff event that would determine if my first entrepreneurial endeavor would prove to be a success. I had my business suit on, a hand-me-down from my dad that was 2 sizes too big for me, and was nervously preparing for my welcome presentation. To my surprise, hundreds of students showed up. And then I saw her. She was wearing a business casual suit and glasses. She had this vibrant hair that stood out among all others. And her face, her heart-shaped face sealed the deal for me. I’ll never forget…
  • How to create powerful recruitment videos

    Jun Loayza
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I joined Bunny Inc. when we were less than 12 full time team members. We now have over 60. Our biggest challenge thus far is recruiting world-class talent, both here in San Francisco and in Bogotá, Colombia. When I took the reigns of the company recruitment effort, my goal was to build a scalable, repeatable recruitment process that helps us recruit top talent for rotational (and the occasional transformational) tours of duty. We’ve started several initiatives ranging from Mentorship Partnerships with Google, to Hackathons with the top tech companies in Bogotá. All of these…
  • 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…
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    Growthink blogs

  • H.A.P.P.Y Business Intelligence

    Jay Turo
    27 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The power of business intelligence tools and technologies (BI) to provide managers and leaders accurate, real time visibility to the performance of all aspects of their companies - marketing, sales, operational financial - along with "automated" insight as to how to improve them has made BI one of the highest ROI arenas of business management in the world today.This is evidenced by both the huge sums of money companies are investing in BI (forecast by IDC to grow to over $52B in 2016) and by the research that show "BI Best in Class" companies enjoy double the revenue growth and triple the…
  • Where Do $2 Billion Startup Valuations Come From?

    Jay Turo
    22 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Last month, data management and dashboard start up Domo announced it had raised an additional $200 million in growth capital, bringing its total haul over the past four years to a truly remarkable $450 million.Now given that the company has yet to even come close to breaking even, this can be viewed as either a great validation of Domo's business model, or as more evidence of the “Bubble Mania” of the current technology financing landscape and a screaming signal to get out while you still can.For those in the bubble camp, Domo is a “Tech Unicorn,” a recent start-up…
  • The Big Secret to Raising Venture Capital

    Dave Lavinsky
    20 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Years ago I served on a funding panel with Tom Clancy. At the time, Tom was a partner at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital in San Diego.At the time (around 2003), many venture capital firms were licking their wounds. They had funded a ton of companies during the tech bubble phase, and most of them had failed. This led Clancy to make an important decision. He said that going forward, Enterprise Partners would wait at least six months before funding any new company they met.The rationale was solid. During the six months, he would see what the entrepreneur was able to accomplish. If the…
  • Who are the Investor – Entrepreneurs?

    Jay Turo
    20 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    A joy of my work is that I get to connect often with smart, “out-of-the box” businesspeople that can be best described as "Investor – Entrepreneurs.”The most talented of these fine folks evaluate opportunities through the complementary perspectives of the two mindsets.As investors, they do so dispassionately - with the lenses of risk and reward, and of expected value.As entrepreneurs, they are more operational, more tactical.They know that numbers on financial statements are byproducts of collective, human effort - of sales, marketing, and operational strategies and project plans, all…
  • Are You a Business Contender or Pretender?

    Jay Turo
    13 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    One of the great joys of my work is the unique opportunity it affords to meet and to learn from talented, committed, and effective executives - working hard and long on their entrepreneurial journeys.Men and women like Mike Kovaleski and Carrie Kessel of Mahar Tool, a Michigan-based, mid-sized automotive technology distributor that is reinventing how vendor partnerships are structured and maintained in the global, high-tech, and oh-so competitive modern car business.And as they do, they are creating both good jobs and an inspiring culture that's reflected in both the great longevity of their…
 
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  • Twitter Link Roundup #271 – Textbook Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    29 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    Too weird, right? Metallica? Mellow? But perhaps a great way to start the weekend, am I right? A hard act to follow, perhaps, but get yourself ready, because it’s time now for our weekly Roundup! This week’s set of lovely links and attractive articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account) is keyboard perfection! We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: Dragas

    Audree
    27 May 2015 | 6:12 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 Dragas. Check out more great work on Dragas’ profile page. Nicely done, Dragas, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks Fresh from the SPRING: Janisa
  • Twitter Link Roundup #270 – Exemplary Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    22 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Dan Deacon is an electronic musician with a huge following. Crowds go crazy at his live shows where audience participation and collaboration is a core element of the performance. So it is now surprise that Deacon put his head together with 9 animators to collaborate on a new video for his song, “When I Was Done Dying.” Sponsored by Adult Swim, the result is a mind-boggling mashup of styles and a musical and visual tour de force. Congratulations to Deacon and the animators, Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd,…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: ronaldmahaputra

    Audree
    20 May 2015 | 7:24 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 ronaldmahaputra. Check out more great work on ronaldmahaputra’s profile page. Nicely done, ronaldmahaputra, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: 5IVE_STAR_CREATIVE Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks
  • 5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kindergarten Teachers

    Mike
    18 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    If you remember the name of your kindergarten teacher, raise your hand. In a poll of adults, almost 70%  could recall the person with great clarity.  This is remarkable, because not only was this decades ago but the respondents were just 5 or 6 years old at the time! Our very first teachers were memorable because they were sources of inspiration, providers of fun, and among the very first people (outside of our parents and families) to instill in us expectations of how we were to behave in school and at work for the rest of our lives. So much of what we know about focusing, behaving…
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    Usman Sheikh

  • The Week in Review #20: Leading with Values

    Usman Sheikh
    24 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    This week I read the transcript of an interview with the CEO of Uni-lever which quite insightful. He is one of the few CEO’s of MNC’s that interviews entry level candidates. This showed the level of importance that is given to hiring at the company. During the interview he mentioned the one thing that he looks out for during interviews is the an alignment with company values. Purpose and values go hand-in-hand. One states what you want to achieve, and the latter defines how you want to achieve it. Together they form the foundation on which a company is built. In the early days of…
  • The Week in Review #19: We Don’t Sell Saddles Here

    Usman Sheikh
    16 May 2015 | 10:24 pm
    One of the success stories of 2014 was the meteoric rise of the business communication app called Slack. Countless of articles have been written about its exponential growth. This week, I stumbled upon a letter the founder had written to his team last year. What stood out in the post is the founders understanding of the customer need. On the surface it may seem like one of the hundreds of chat applications that are available. However, Slack was positioned as a tool to reduce the information overload plaguing companies across the world. This nuanced understanding of the problem is in my…
  • The Week in Review #18: Seneca on Gratefulness

    Usman Sheikh
    10 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    After listening to a podcast with Ryan Holiday and Tim Ferriss earlier this year, I started reading some books on Stoicism. Currently I am reading “Letters from a Stoic” by Seneca. It has been a fascinating read. I have never highlighted and bookmarked a book as much as this one. Yesterday I came across a passage which really resonated with me. This particular letter was on gratefulness and it’s importance in our daily lives. My favorite passage is reproduces below. “The ungrateful man tortures and torments himself; he hates the gifts which he has accepted, because he…
  • The Week in Review #17: The Finish Line Theory

    Usman Sheikh
    3 May 2015 | 2:56 am
    As entrepreneurs we are always in a rush to get to some preset goal. As we move from one milestone to the next we begin to lose sight of the race we are running. We get so caught up in the details, sometimes we don’t even remember what we were running for in the first place. The quote “Life is a marathon not a sprint” is a core building block of the highlighted article this week. Which talks about the vicious cycle that causes burn out among entrepreneurs. This causes them to throw in the towel before they ever get to a finish line. While motivation is a big component of…
  • The Week in Review #16: A Call to be Extraordinary

    Usman Sheikh
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:09 am
    What does success mean to you? I remember being asked that question by an uncle when I was barely 12 years old. It seemed like a straight forward question at the time. The world we live in does a great job of projecting what comprises of a successful life. It has the staples of working at a large company, married with kids and living in a beautiful home. Having these basics meant you are were all set for life. Our schools and education system are geared towards preaching this way of life. Resulting in a large majority of people spending their entire lives working towards some else’s…
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    29 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    29 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    29 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    29 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    29 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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    Xconomy

  • TernPro’s $395K Seed Round to Push Collaboration Software to Market

    Sarah Schmid
    29 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Sarah Schmid TernPro, the Detroit-based startup developing collaboration software called Slope, announced this week that it has closed on a round of seed funding worth $395,000. Slope’s investors include Bizdom, Venture for America, and angels based in Michigan, New York, and Ohio. The team behind Slope, which allows marketing and creative teams to store, organize, and collaborate on media content, is currently wrapping up a stint in the Microsoft Ventures accelerator in Seattle, and TernPro CEO Brian Bosche, a former Venture for America fellow, said the experience has proved to be…
  • Investment Banks Put Money, Data Analysis Into Visible Alpha’s Launch

    João-Pierre S. Ruth
    29 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    João-Pierre S. Ruth When five investment banks collaborate to create a startup, it is a fair bet it will have the backing to scale up quickly. Visible Alpha, based in New York, is working its way out of beta—though it still has a ways to go—with commitments for $30 million in financing in its pocket from a consortium of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, and UBS. What Visible Alpha does is make data and analysis models of corporate financials easier to understand and compare. That way analysts, institutional investors, and others who track the…
  • With Recent Investments, VMTurbo Growing Fast in Data Center Control

    Thomas Miller
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Thomas Miller The problem that Benjamin Nye faces selling VMTurbo’s data center control software is that his customers often hear what they expect to hear. Nye, the Boston company’s chief executive, tells customers that his software can give them control of their data center. But, he says, again and again all they hear is that it is just another monitoring system. “We are trying to make sure that people understand what we mean when we say ‘control system’,” he says. “When they see that and understand that, they get the ‘Aha!’” The difference between monitoring and control…
  • East Coast Biotech Roundup: Seres, Editas, PureTech, Pronutria & More

    Ben Fidler
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ben Fidler Call it the calm before the storm. All eyes in biotech this weekend will turn to the year’s big cancer meeting, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual bash in Chicago. There’ll be plenty of data to parse through over the next few days, as cancer immunotherapy once again takes center stage and hordes of companies jostle for the spotlight. But before that, take a breather and roll through this week’s East Coast biotech headlines, which are all rounded up below. —There was a milestone for the microbiome this week, as Seres Therapeutics (the Cambridge,…
  • Qualcomm Names First 10 Companies to Robotics Accelerator

    Bruce V. Bigelow
    28 May 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Bruce V. Bigelow Following a global recruiting effort that yielded hundreds of applications, San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) today named the 10 startups selected for the new robotics accelerator program it is operating with Techstars. The inaugural class includes two San Diego robotics startups, Inova Drone and CleverPet, San Francisco-based Carbon Robotics, and early stage companies from Singapore; Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy; Alberta, Canada; Berlin, Germany, and Bristol, England. The effort marks a substantial initiative by Qualcomm to accelerate the development of next-generation…
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    This is going to be BIG...

  • The Tedium of Being a Founder

    Charlie O'Donnell
    26 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    We glamorize the life of a founder--the big picture idea person who creates something big out of nothing.  They lead a team with vision and bold thinking, guiding a ship from the helm. Right?That certainly seems to be what people believe--because I can't tell you how many founders are surprised when they find out how much of the job is...  well...Mind-numbingly tedious.  So much of what you wind up doing as the founder of a company is dealing with a seemingly endless pile of boring crap.  You're pouring over legal documents, traffic analytics, hundreds of…
  • Disrupting the Screen: Backing Tinkergarten to Get Kids Out to Play

    Charlie O'Donnell
    14 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    A little more than a year ago, I got a note from Brian Fitzgerald, a Product Manager I met while I was at First Round.  He was "taking time with family" to figure out what's next.   Most people take that to mean that they'll stop spending as much time with their family and go on to work at another startup or be a founder themselves.   Brian, on the other hand, doubled down on family and decided to work on the side project he started with his wife Meg.  Brian and Meg are parents of three little girls.    They spent a lot of time thinking about who they would…
  • My Investment in Hungryroot: A Tasty Lesson in Products vs. Services

    Charlie O'Donnell
    13 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Brooklyn Bridge Ventures recently joined Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Crosslink Capital, and KarpReilly in Hungryroot's $2mm seed round.  The NYC based company makes ready-to-cook meals comprised of 100% organic, fresh-cut vegetable noodles paired with all-natural chef-designed sauces, toppings and optional pre-roasted proteins--and they're delicious.  The food has become a staple of my diet, which wasn't the case after trying various food delivery services out on the market.  I took this pic and then I ate the food.  Mmm....zucchini pesto. Services like Blue Apron and…
  • What the heck does a VC do all week anyway?

    Charlie O'Donnell
    11 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I have no idea.I just know what I do--and what I saw partners at other firms I've worked at do.That's one thing you have to realize about venture capital.  Every single firm is different.  How a partner at a firm spends their time is a function of the number of deals they do, the stage of the company, and their own personal style.  As a single GP (a firm with one investment decision making professional), I get asked a lot of questions about how I manage my time considering the number of investments I make.  So, I decided to actually take a look at past data and construct…
  • The Quality You Never Hear Pitched When People Want in to Venture Capital

    Charlie O'Donnell
    5 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    In my effort to rewrite the deck for my next fund, I've been spending a lot of time reflecting on what it is that I try to do.A lot of people can say they work hard, or work smart, but that doesn't leave me off where I think I'm setting my goals.  I've been trying to figure out if there's any differentiation in how I do my job versus how other people might assume it gets done.So I asked a few founders that I've worked with and they mentioned a word that struck me--because I've never heard any of the hordes of people in my inbox asking for internships, VC job recommendations and advice,…
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    Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

  • Lauren Shuttleworth: How This Stationery Entrepreneur Educates Girls, Helps The Environment & Makes A Profit At The Same Time

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    20 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Like many entrepreneurs I’ve always had a strong urge to help other people, not just directly helping customers with my business, but in a broader social sense too. Donating to charities is great, but I’ve never felt... The post Lauren Shuttleworth: How This Stationery Entrepreneur Educates Girls, Helps The Environment & Makes A Profit At The Same Time appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Subscribe To The EJ Podcast And I’ll Send You My Latest And Greatest Interviews

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    18 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The new EJ Podcast Email Newsletter is now up and running. Sign up today and I’ll send you my very best podcast interviews from my archives once week. You will also receive an email as soon as my latest podcast interviews are published. You can unsubscribe from any email at... The post Subscribe To The EJ Podcast And I’ll Send You My Latest And Greatest Interviews appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • How Dane Maxwell Created A Multimillion Dollar Passive Income Software Business By Age 32

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    4 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Dane Maxwell is one of those entrepreneurs with boundless enthusiasm for life, but particularly for his entrepreneurial activities. He has built a multi-million dollar software company and never has to work a day again in his life, but is fueled by a blazing passion to help others do what he has... The post How Dane Maxwell Created A Multimillion Dollar Passive Income Software Business By Age 32 appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • Double Your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcast And Other Social Media Followings With This One Simple Plugin

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:10 pm
    You may have noticed this little slider pop out from the left side as you scroll down posts here at Entrepreneurs-Journey. Since I added the Facebook slider a few months ago it’s responsible for adding over 6,000 new followers to my Facebook profile. Considering I only had about 2,000 followers... The post Double Your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcast And Other Social Media Followings With This One Simple Plugin appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
  • I Think I’m Turning Japanese

    http://ReplytoYaro.com (Yaro Starak)
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Don’t miss the first (Australia) and second (Hong Kong) laptop lifestyle travel diary posts that came before this one! Hello Tokyo! Touching down in Tokyo Narita airport I was well prepared. This was my first trip to Tokyo, although not my first trip to Japan. I spent a long weekend... The post I Think I’m Turning Japanese appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.
 
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    Men with Pens

  • How Maslow Can Help Your Marketing

    James Chartrand
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How Maslow Can Help Your Marketing first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you making these capitalization mistakes?

    James Chartrand
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Are you making these capitalization mistakes? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Stand Out in a Sea of Content

    James Chartrand
    12 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Stand Out in a Sea of Content first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why You Should Create a Series on your Blog

    James Chartrand
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why You Should Create a Series on your Blog first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again

    James Chartrand
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Startup Meme

  • Unboxing: The Infinix Hot Note X551

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    29 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Infinix Hot Note, finally received and doing what any blogger would do; Unbox and see what’s inside! http://startupmeme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Unboxing-Infinix-Hot-Note.mp4 Tags: hot note, infinix, infinix pakistan, mobile, pakistan, technology
  • Facebook Relaxes Rules For On-Page Competitions: Big News For Brands And Business

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    28 Aug 2013 | 10:00 am
    Saves the hassle associated to creating custom tabs on pages to run competition, especially those that required users to only comment or like to participate. We are talking about quick turn around time, leveraging key events on the go and removing the need to spend time exploring what new app to use. Thank you Facebook for being a bit lenient with the introduction of the change in policy. Facebook rolled out an update on the Page terms and conditions to enable businesses and brands to readily conduct quick promotions. There are however some restrictions associated to using native Facebook…
  • Update: Mobilink Reveals Its New Identity, Launches A Responsive Website

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    14 Jun 2013 | 3:09 pm
    Mobilink, Pakistan’s leading telecom provider has today revealed its new identity. Mobilink initiated its operations in Pakistan in 1994 and had recently come under the umbrella of Vimpelcom, when the Russian telecom giant acquired Orascom in 2011. Mobilink at present enjoys the leader position among the 5 telecom operators in Pakistan with over 36 Million subscribers. The process had been underway for quite some time and only recently did Mobilink initiate revealing hints about this new identity starting June 12th. This started with the Link that was showcased on all major newspapers…
  • Click.to: Your Copy and Paste Shortcut App For The Desktop

    Sardar Mohkim Khan
    22 Aug 2012 | 12:28 am
    I am sure most of the folks reading this blog post, have problems when it comes to “copy and paste”. Especially when it’s copying a quote from your favorite blogger or entrepreneur to Twitter or Facebook. Click.to is one of those applications that simplifies the same. While I can go about writing lines and lines describing what it does, Click.to app is simply your “shortcut” to copy and paste. Now some of you might just think of this to be a pretty pointless app to share, but to prove you remotely wrong, one must try. The sheer simplicity it offers, saves time…
  • Adzine, A Pakistani Startup Experimenting With What’s Already In The Box

    Guest Author
    14 Aug 2012 | 9:18 pm
    Adzine is a new startup based in Pakistan focused on a more traditional business of Print Ads, however the founders have taken this initiative primarily as a study and have plans on taking a Digital Route with their Startup. We think it is quite logical for them to experiment with something that’s already in the box before attempting a new approach, especially in a market that is still adopting (fast) to the startup culture. Following is an interview with the Co-Founder, Khurram Salahuddin Khan: Q.1  Who are you and what’s your background? The adzine has been co-founded by…
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    Marketing Zen

  • How to Succeed in your International Marketing Efforts

    Allison Grinberg-Funes
    28 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Here at Marketing Zen, not only are we based all over the world, but so are our clients. We have clients from Texas to Thailand and we pride ourselves on delivering the best marketing services for them no matter where in the world they are. But how do we ensure that the marketing we’re doing for a client will be successful in their market, if we’re here and not there? There are several steps to take when working on marketing efforts for a client in an international market. Here are some of our best tips on how to best optimize your efforts for success overseas: Understand Your Native…
  • The 5 Best Social Media Tools to Free Up 2 Hours a Day

    Katie Herum
    26 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Here at Marketing Zen, we are fortunate enough to be a virtual team. This means more or less that we all work from home, workspaces, cafes, or anywhere with Wi-Fi—and we love it. However, when you work from a remote location and don’t commute to an office, time tends to get away from you and you end up working long days (not on purpose). Our eyes are always peeled for new tools and apps to help us work more efficiently and of course, free up some time. Recently I did an interview with Media Shower where I shared some of my best advice on creating strategies that result in high...The post…
  • Why Should Marketers Start Thinking About Voice Search?

    Allison Grinberg-Funes
    20 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    Here at Marketing Zen, members of our team are always aware of the search marketing behind a campaign. Whenever we do work for a client, each team—social, content, and client relations—knows about search marketing and keeps it in mind. Why? Well, because we’ve got a kick-butt search team. But even more importantly, because they’ve taught us that every piece of content we publish on behalf of a client can improve their search engine optimization. Up until recently, we’ve worked around our knowledge of text-search, and many marketers have. But it’s time to step into the future,…
  • 4 Basic Rules for Approaching Influencers

    Allison Grinberg-Funes
    11 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    You’ve probably heard the word “Influencer” floating around the web lately. Yes, now those we follow and learn from have a name. While these influencers are members of our industry that we find authoritative, what’s cool about how they’re changing the industry is by creating a community. Labeling different companies, organizations, and people in industries who have an impact as “Influencers” is allowing us to have conversations with them and engage. It’s helping us build our followers and network to build stronger relationships. One of the ways we’re building relationships…
  • Should I Hire a Social Media Marketing Agency or Hire In-House? 4 Factors to Consider

    Allison Grinberg-Funes
    8 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    Being a marketing agency that does great work (if we do say so ourselves) for both B2B and B2C companies, you would assume that we would be all for promoting the outsourcing of your marketing efforts to an agency. And by all means, there is a time when that is the route you should take. But is there a time when it may benefit you more to bite the bullet and bring someone to the team to work in-house? The answer is yes. We wanted to revisit when you should outsource your marketing efforts, and when you should keep them in-house. Here are some things you need to consider: Time...The post Should…
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • How to Answer the Question “What Do You Do?”

    Gina Rubinstein
    25 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    It’s the first question we’re asked by almost everyone – “What do you do?” And it’s an invaluable opportunity to make a meaningful impression. You never know who could be asking the question. It could be your next biggest client or referral partner. So don’t squander the opportunity by sounding like everyone else. Here are some tips on how to make yourself memorable. 1. Don’t say “I’m a ¬¬¬________.” Giving the typical answer of “I’m a _____” makes you indistinguishable from all the other ________s in the room, and doesn’t lead to further conversation.
  • WixStores: the eCommerce Website Builder

    Greg Nunan
    24 May 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Are You Looking for an Easy Way to Launch an Ecommerce Website?   Chances are that if you have tried to build a website in the past you have ran into or at least seen the ads for Wix. Wix is a FREE and premium website builder platform that offers WixStores. WixStores are their version of ecommerce websites. Over thirty million users have built online stores and ecommerce websites using the Wix platform. Wix’s simple drag and drop builder makes it super easy to create a stunning website in no time. But how easy is it to create a stunning website and an online store at the same time??
  • How To Write an Executive Summary in 6 Easy Steps

    Taylor Johnson
    21 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
      Think of the executive summary as a one-page business plan – it provides a comprehensive overview of all the elements that will make your business model a success. Since it’s likely the first impression that investors will get from your company, the executive summary is your best chance of grabbing the attention of investors. Investors don’t have time to go through a 30-page document detailing a company that they know nothing about. Therefore the goal of the executive summary is to divulge your company’s most important info in a succinct, yet intriguing manner. So how do you…
  • 5 Invaluable Marketing Metrics for Business Growth

    Gina Hutchings
    20 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    It can be daunting looking at Google Analytics or your CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system and deciphering what you should and should not be monitoring. Some metrics are simply meaningless and will add no value to your marketing plan, while others are vital. So what are the vital stat’s you need to follow? Which will give you the best insight into your customers? And which will help you to make smarter marketing decisions? There are an abundance of metrics you can find in your analytics system from web visits, to conversions, page views and abandoned baskets to customer…
  • Tips to Turn Your Passion into a Real Business

    Phil Avent
    18 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    We all have a passion. Some of us may not think so at first glance, but if you take a minute to think about it, I’m sure you have one. Whether you see it as a hobby, a job, something born out of necessity, or just living your day-to-day life, being passionate about something brings out the best in you. So think of this – imagine if you could turn your passion into a real business. That’s right, a real business making money. You already have some of the most important ingredients to be successful; you’re passionate about the topic, willing to work hard at it, and you believe in it.
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    The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss » Blog

  • How to Build a Large Audience From Scratch (And More)

    Tim Ferriss
    28 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Sometimes, going weird allows you to go big. (Photo: My weird Instagram) In this episode, I answer questions submitted by you all. 50% of this episode is spent explaining how I’d build an audience from scratch, if I had to start over today. The other ~10 questions/topics are listed below. Do you like or dislike this type of episode? Please let me know in the comments, and I’ll do more or fewer based on that. For the movie recommendations I mention (shorts, documentaries, etc.), click here to see the growing list. Enjoy! Listen to it on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Download…
  • The Morning Cocktail I Drink Instead Of Coffee

    Tim Ferriss
    25 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Try this morning tea cocktail instead of coffee. It’s rocket fuel for the brain. I started experimenting with fat-plus-stimulant beverages in 1998 and 1999 while on the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD). For the above tea blend, I now add turmeric and ginger to the aged pu-erh, usually Rishi brand. The above video was shot while filming the parkour episode of The Tim Ferriss Experiment TV show. We filmed 13 episodes back-to-back and I needed a morning pick-me-up that could be prepared quickly but sustain me for hours. The tea prep might seem reminiscent of Bulletproof Coffee, and it is.
  • Is It Time to Kill Sacred Cows In Your Relationship?

    Ian Robinson
    20 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    [Preface: Would you like to sponsor The Tim Ferriss Show, the #1 business podcast on iTunes and one of the iTunes “Best of 2014″? Click here for details.] Dr. Astro Teller is a computer scientist and entrepreneur who currently oversees Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory. Dr. Danielle Teller is a physician specializing in intensive care and lung medicine; she has trained doctors and run research programs at Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh. Together, they are the authors of Sacred Cows. In this conversation — my first podcast with a couple — we cover…
  • How to Make Lock Picks Out of Common Household Items

    Tim Ferriss
    18 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    This short video might blow your mind. Using household items like paper clips or toothbrushes, you can easily defeat 70-80% of the padlocks out in the world. The teacher is Kevin Reeve of OnPoint Tactical. Kevin has trained and consulted for the FBI, Secret Service, SWAT, and elite military units like Marine Force Recon, SEAL Team 6, etc. He was also my teacher for the “Urban Escape and Evasion” episode of The Tim Ferriss Experiment, which is currently the #1 non-fiction TV show across all of iTunes. In that episode, Kevin teaches me (and therefore you): How to escape common…
  • Rick Rubin on Cultivating World-Class Artists (Jay Z, Johnny Cash, etc.), Losing 100+ Pounds, and Breaking Down The Complex

    Ian Robinson
    15 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Our conversation took place in a barrel sauna like this. “It’s [about] getting closer to the source and not being distracted by any nonsense…” – Rick Rubin Rick Rubin has been called “the most important [music] producer of the last 20 years” by MTV. Rick is also revered as something of a Zen master, and he is as deep as he is soft-spoken. He rarely grants interviews, and one condition of doing this one was the setting: his hyper-heated barrel sauna at home. In this episode, we delve into how Rick helps artists (e.g. Jay Z, Shakira, Johnny Cash,…
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    Caroline Middlebrook (v3)

  • SEO Case Study #3 – February – May Catch Up!

    Caroline Middlebrook
    15 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    I knew when I restarted blogging again a few months ago that I might be haphazard and go months without posting so apologies for that! I actually had 3 draft posts for this series all written up which I didn’t get around to posting but now things have changed so I need to post an update! What I have been doing for the last few months In the last post I described everything I had done to evaluate the niche and the specific keywords I would be going after. Nothing has changed there. What I did next was quite a lot of real work on the site and the link building. I’ll give you a…
  • 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).
 
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    TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

  • Setting Up a Holding Company and Improving My Real Estate Numbers

    Tyler Cruz
    28 May 2015 | 8:43 pm
    In my last real estate post, I mentioned how I was considering setting up a holding company. I thought about it for a while, read up some more basic information on it, and ran some analysis numbers. In the end, it definitely made sense to do so. The setup costs ended up being a lot less than I had thought. I thought it would be close to $15,000, but my accountant corrected me saying that that would only have been if I decided to set up a family trust as well. I decided to delay the setting up of a family trust until sometime in the not-too-distant future, since I think it’s a bit…
  • I Am Finally on Instagram: Add Me!

    Tyler Cruz
    23 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Surprisingly, I am a very late adopter when it comes to technology. I stayed with my Blackberry until just around 2-2.5 years ago, I didn’t sign up to Twitter until several years after it was already out, and I didn’t even have an Instagram account until just a few days ago. The reason for this is because with new technologies and social networking sites constantly coming out, I don’t want to waste my time trying to gain a presence on each one if I don’t know if they’re going to last. I decided to finally sign up to Instagram for a couple of main reasons: 1. Some…
  • Why I Prefer to MAKE Money versus SAVING Money

    Tyler Cruz
    14 May 2015 | 6:26 pm
    A lady named Jackie contacted me from PersonalCapital a few hours ago with the following question: "Your 20s are typically the perfect time to start planning for retirement, but sometimes life gets in the way. What did you do successfully in your 20s, or if you could go back in time, is there anything you would have done differently to ensure a better financial future sooner in life? In a post on TylerCruz, I would love to hear your thoughts on how you could’ve built your financial safety net in your 20s better–and how you can start it now if you haven’t already. What…
  • Commercial Lending, Holding Company, Balloon Payments, DSCR, and More!

    Tyler Cruz
    2 May 2015 | 8:06 pm
    I’ve been continuing to focus 100% on real estate lately, completely ignoring everything else. Mainly, I’ve been studying by reading countless articles and forum threads on BiggerPockets – an online community for real estate investors. Think of it like StackThatMoney but for real estate investors. I’ve also been rehashing my numbers over and over again and constantly improving my analysis spreadsheet and learning the numbers. Just when I think I have a good foundation on the numbers, new things constantly pop up. I’ve also been in constant contact with my realtor and…
  • An Addendum to my "Massive ROI’s" Post: SELLING Closing Costs

    Tyler Cruz
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    48 Hours after my last post, I’m already back with another one. This is actually a direct follow-up to my previous post where I show how the real money made in the rental properties I’m looking at is through the equity gain, not the cashflow. I’ve accounted for virtually every cost imaginable, but left some out such as market fluctuations (such as mortgage rates, rent increase, and the housing market in general (appreciation only hopefully). One of the costs I didn’t factor into my previous numbers was the closing costs when selling. I had accounted for the closing…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • The TSUNAMI Security System Will Help Make Your Community A Safer Place

    Paul Fitzgerald
    29 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Is there such a thing as a TSUNAMI that could save your life? But wait is there such a thing of a TSUNAMI that will make your community a safer place to live? If you ask Steve Teachout, then the answer is yes.
  • Weather Beaters: The Top 10 Twistered Stormchaser Vehicles

    Motors.new
    29 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    As any stormchaser worth his or her salt knows, when Mother Nature throws you a twister you'd best be driving something sturdier than Miss Gulch's bicycle. These 10 souped-up, battened-down and innovated-out storm chaser vehicles are designed to get supercell stalkers (and their little dogs, too) to the wildest weather systems and safely back again... in awesome, post-apocalyptic style.
  • Handheld Intelligent Robots Will Be The Foolproof Power Tools Of The Future

    Julia Bobak
    29 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Handheld tools were essentially humankind’s first technology, and many – consider the hammer – have remained largely unchanged in the eons since. The development of power tools meant that the operator no longer required physical strength to complete a task, but many such tools still necessitated a certain degree of skill and training to avoid serious injury. Now researchers are working to develop autonomous robot tools that will greatly decrease the risk associated with these devices.
  • X-Pot Is The Best New Line Of Outdoor Cooking Gear For Family Camping Trips

    Amber Leventry
    28 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Camping, backpacking, or day trips to the mountain are popular family destinations, and bringing your own food is not only necessary but economical. The pots and pans needed to prepare the food do not save you much space, though. The innovative new cooking gear from Sea to Summit will solve this problem with their award winning X-Pot.
  • InstaThief’s Instagram Heist, ‘Fair Use’ & The Cheshire Cat

    Ron Callari
    28 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Instagrammers are still reeling from the latest flurry of notoriety that 65-year old Richard Prince has been able to stir up in the intellectual property pot, both on-and-offline. As a self-proclaimed painter and photographer, critics have found a number of  derogatory monikers to label him:  ’InstaThief,’ 'AppropriationArtist,’ ‘FairUseAbuser' with hashtags such as #PrinceofAppropriation and #geniustroll.
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    mokoyfman.com

  • (via 12 Things To Search For At The Brand New Whitney Museum)...

    2 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    (via 12 Things To Search For At The Brand New Whitney Museum) Mary Heilmann, Chairs
  • "One might say that his subtlety was wasted on the young Yeshiva students he was mostly surrounded..."

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    “One might say that his subtlety was wasted on the young Yeshiva students he was mostly surrounded by. Filled with passion and impatience, a thirst for metaphysical certainty, they would look to him for clear and definitive answers. But they would never come; his endless contextualizations and qualifications were perhaps designed to frustrate his students, to show them the meaning of complexity, of nuance, of rigor and systematic thinking. The students of course would continue to ask, and they would in turn keep drinking from the cooling waters of this deep and capacious mind, learning,…
  • "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…
 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Europe and the Success of Female Entrepreneurs

    Simone Brummelhuis
    18 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    Europe, what is your plan as to the success of female entrepreneurs?In order to increase the economic power of developing countries, many entrepreneurial and education programmes are initiated in of developing countries that focus on women. read more
  • 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
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    The Wright Place TV Show

  • Crowdfunding Industry Spotlight #8: Letitia Wright

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    29 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Editor’s Note: Each week I put a crowdfunding industry thought leader in the spotlight and ask them ten questions to inspire and educate. This week Dr. Letitia Wright, talk show host, speaker, panelist and author of the upcoming book “101 Tips to Successful Crowdfunding” shares her insights. The post Crowdfunding Industry Spotlight #8: Letitia Wright appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Small Business Apps: Are they worthwhile?

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    29 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    This is a question I’m sure every small business owner or manager has thought about at some point.  To answer this question properly, you must first ask yourself “Is it worthwhile to have your products and services available in the pockets of every customer new and existing?” I hope your answer is YES!! Not only […] The post Small Business Apps: Are they worthwhile? appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Ted Farnsworth Scams | Facts About Theodore Farnsworth’s Business

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    27 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Ted Farnsworth is in the news quite frequently and because he is, sometimes you will see postings and comments on the internet saying that Ted is a scam artist. Everyone knows that scam artist do exist and everyone knows that scam artists are ruthless in their quest for money. However you can normally spot a […] The post Ted Farnsworth Scams | Facts About Theodore Farnsworth’s Business appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Digital vs. Print Collaterals

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    27 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Most of the time, your success to earn sales and branding depends on the materials you give out to the public. You probably engaged a Graphic Design Company to create a nice brochure for your business and then used another company delivering printing services Singapore to produce it so that you physically have something in […] The post Digital vs. Print Collaterals appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
  • Packet Port – International Parcel Delivery

    Dr. Letitia Wright
    25 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    International Parcel Couriers Predict That Deliveries Will Start To Track-Down Customers 2015 may well be the year that parcel deliveries go straight to customers or their Cars. New progresses in GPS and mobile phone tech means parcel deliveries can now be made straight to consumers or right into the boot of their vehicle. The technology […] The post Packet Port – International Parcel Delivery appeared first on The Wright Place TV Show.
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    Steve Blank

  • Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

    steveblank
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Startups focus on speed since they are burning cash every day as they search for product/market fit. But over time code/hardware written/built to validate hypotheses and find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling. These shortcuts add up and become what is called technical debt. And the size of the problem increases with the success of the company. You fix technical debt by refactoring, going into the existing code and “cleaning it up” by restructuring it. This work adds no features visible to a user but makes the code stable and…
  • Episode 3 on SiriusXM Channel 111: Kathryn Gould, Mar Hershenson, Sophie Lebrecht

    steveblank
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    My guests this week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM Channel 111 were: Kathryn Gould co-founder of Foundation Capital Mar Hershenson co-founder of the VC firm Pejman Mar Ventures Sophie Lebrecht co-founder and CEO of Neon Labs All three of my guests started their careers as scientists or engineers and ended up starting companies or venture capital firms. Kathryn Gould is the co-founder of the VC firm, Foundation Capital and the owner of Battle Mountain Vineyard. As one of the first women VC’s in Silicon Valley she founded Foundation in 1995, and went on to be…
  • Doubling Down On a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lite

    steveblank
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve known Edmund Pendleton from the University of Maryland as the Director of the D.C. National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node (a collaboration among the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins). But it wasn’t until seeing him lead the first I-Corps class at the National Institutes of Health that I realized Edmund could teach my class better than I can. After seeing the results of 500+ teams through the I-Corps, the NSF now offers all teams who’ve received government funding to start a company an introduction to building a Lean Startup…
  • Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

    steveblank
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.” Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion. At first glance it seems like a fire-ready-aim process. It’s time to update Build, Measure, Learn to what we now know is the best way to build Lean startups. Here’s how. Build, Measure, Learn sounds pretty simple. Build a product, get it into the real world, measure customers’ reactions and behaviors,…
  • How One Startup Figured Out What Could Really Help Deaf People

    steveblank
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thibault Duchemin and his team applied for our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley in 2014. We accepted them because it was clear Thibault was driven to solve a very personal problem – he grew up in a Deaf family, the only one who could hear. His team project was to provide automated aids for the hearing impaired. Here’s his story. ——- Lean LaunchPad: A Year After A month ago, Jason, one of my founder friends, shut down his startup. It failed because he forgot the No. 1 rule every founder hears over and over: Nobody wants your product until you prove it. How come so many…
 
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    First Class Fashionista

  • Wedding Registry Gift Ideas to Help You Create a Fun Reception Experience

    First Class Fashionista
    29 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Are you planning to marry soon? After a year of planning the wedding of her dreams, my daughter was married Saturday, May 9th at the opera house located in Denver’s theater district downtown. It was a beautiful weekend wedding that started with the rehearsal and dinner on Friday evening and concluded Sunday, which was Mother’s Day. The newlyweds hosted a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch to honor all the moms in the family. Three days later, they left for their honeymoon to travel 2 weeks in Europe…Well, everything went as planned. My advice to you, the newly engaged, is a…
  • How I Cleared My Acne

    First Class Fashionista
    29 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    Acne hurts both physically and emotionally. Those of us who suffer from it know it doesn’t matter if you have three or 10 pimples; a pimple is a pimple. I have adult acne. My story is, I really didn’t have acne until I had my first kid. I saw a dermatologist for years and tried a topical and an oral medication. But I felt I needed to do something different after my doctor said I would likely deal with acne until menopause. “No way,” I thought. Check out my personal acne-fighting tips for clearer skin published to the newly launched Mode.com, where stories inform and…
  • What to Wear to a Red Rocks Concert

    First Class Fashionista
    29 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Whether you are heading to an upcoming music festival or a three day show run at Red Rocks, such as Bassnectar this weekend – go ahead and get excited because I have rounded up three perfect concert go-to looks just for you. If you aren’t going to be headbanging your life away this weekend at Red Rocks, no worries, stay tuned because these three outfits are adorable and will certainly be sure to win some “street style” cred any where you go this summer! For those of you Coloradians who will be making a grand Red Rocks appearance this weekend…Here are your Friday,…
  • Gypsy Soule Swarovski Crystals Sandal: A new approach to glitz and glam

    First Class Fashionista
    21 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    A new approach to glitz and glam! If you are a gypsy who loves bling then FCF has found the perfect shoe for you. Gypsy Soule has not only transformed the every day sandal, but the company has completely reintroduced a new modernistic kind of sole. Let me put it this way, one word: Crystals. In fact, Swarovski crystals. Flip flops with crystal tops Pamper your feet in beautiful crystals from Gypsy Soule’s fancy footwear collections…I did! And needless to say, I’m in gypsy (footwear) heaven. These shoes are nothing short of practical, convenient, stunning and absolutely…
  • Spring/Summer Shoes for 2015

    First Class Fashionista
    20 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    After our recent dreary and snowy weather in Colorado, I am ready to write about what to wear in the sunshine! Despite the recent rain, the weather is expected to heat back back up sometime during Memorial Day weekend, and I have a lot of fun late spring and summer events on my calendar. What will you be attending? A spring gala? A summer wedding? Maybe you’re just trying to look good for those lunches on the patio. Whatever you’re looking for, I have you covered. There’s a shoe for every occasion, after all. You can trust a girl with a full closet of shoes. Flats When you…
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    Begin the Begin

  • Want to know what I’m excited about? 48in48!

    jeffhilimire
    29 May 2015 | 4:57 am
    I’m so excited to announce 48in48! Adam Walker and I have worked so hard to bring this event to life, and now we are finally ready to start spreading the word. Oh, right, what’s 48in48? We are going to build 48 custom websites for 48 Atlanta nonprofits. In 48 hours. Crazy, right? But it’s possible! The idea came to me over a year ago when I started thinking about all the hackathons that happen over a weekend. They’re almost always technology driven (building apps, for example) and rarely do they focus on the nonprofit community. So how could we apply that concept to…
  • Becoming Steve Jobs

    jeffhilimire
    20 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    Last week I finished the book, Becoming Steve Jobs. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in: entrepreneurship, Jobs / Apple, or success stories. Below are some of the passages that stood out to me: Most great Silicon Valley startups start out lean and simple. The advantage they have over established companies is the focus they can bring to a single product or idea. Unencumbered by bureaucracy or a heritage of products to protect, a small group of talented folks is free to attack a concept with speed and smarts. Eagerly working hundred-hour weeks, the employees want little more from the…
  • Optimizing my life: drive time

    jeffhilimire
    14 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    I’m continuing to work on how to optimize my life. Having five kids, running a company, being involved in community activities and my church, and somehow also trying to spend time with my close friends, is a constant struggle. One trick I’ve started doing is using my drive time to get things done. I recently got this car phone holder so that I could more easily use my phone for navigation, but it has the side benefit of forcing me not to use my phone at traffic lights and stop signs. This keeps me hands free so I can, you know, drive. Because reading more books is a big goal for…
  • A few weeks with the new Apple Macbook

    jeffhilimire
    8 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    (The new Apple Macbooks. I have the one on the left – Space Gray) I’ve had the new Apple Macbook (that I was so excited to get) for a few weeks now, and I’m ready for my official review. As a reminder, the new Macbook (it’s not a “Pro”, and its not an “Air”, its just a…Macbook) is Apple’s latest laptop. It’s the lightest, thinnest laptop they’ve ever made. It’s small (12in) and only has one port to plug stuff in to. And it has a terrific Retina display. What I like: - The battery is terrific. I don’t even keep…
  • 11 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow #blindpost

    jeffhilimire
    5 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    This is a #blindpost on the Techcrunch article, “10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow.” Per the #blindpost rules, I took the headline and wrote my interpretation of it, without reading the article itself. And I added one more for good measure ;) 11 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow 1. Know your customer. And learn your customer market fit. 2. Get a firm handle on your runway. Become obsessed with it. 3. Find mentor(s). Consider a resource like Advice For Good to get the ball rolling. 4. Embrace the fact that the journey you’re on will change. A lot. It’s…
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    TheFunded Founder Institute News

  • Why It’s So Hard to Get People to Support Your Startup (and What You Can Do About It!)

    29 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    In the early days as an entrepreneur, trying to find people who will support a startup idea, is a constant struggle one must face. But according to Rajesh Setty, this applies especially to first-time founders. As Rajesh says, "If this is your first startup, it gets more complex because of double-uncertainty – a) you don’t know whether your startup has legs and b) you don’t know whether YOU can pull this off successfully." Rajesh Setty, is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author who's mission in life is "to bring good ideas to life." Rajesh is also a mentor for…
  • Where the Next $1B Company Will Come From and Other Insights from Chamath Palihapitiya

    29 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    At the 16th Founder Showcase, audiences were treated to a special Q&A session between Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership, and owner of the NBA's Golden State Warriors; and Jessica E. Lessin, Founder & Editor in Chief at The Information. In the discussion, Chamath describes industry trends as a pendulum, swinging between two extremes, and applies the metaphor to everything from investing to sports. Chamath posits that the next big, game changing company will be the one that straddles the wave and combines the best of both sides of a…
  • Webinar: How to Find the Perfect Startup Co-Founder

    27 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “If you want to get something done, do it yourself” A common proverb that many founders mistakenly follow. Superman himself would fall prey to the adversity that comes with launching a startup. Entrepreneurs aren’t expected to be experts in each aspect of business, and that’s where one or even two co-founders come in handy. Whether you have considerable technology skills or extensive sales experience, recruiting the right co-founder can dictate your success as an entrepreneur. If you’re a solo founder in need of a partner in crime, our upcoming webinar “How…
  • These Innovative Startups Are Re-Inventing Outsourcing

    27 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    As entrepreneurs, we are often conflicted with the idea of hiring in-talent or outsourcing roles to other entities. Both options have their strenghts and weaknesses, but with innovative startups launching everyday, new companies are providing cheaper and more efficient alternatives to the hiring process. Need to find a great personal assistant to help you manage your tasks and schedule, or need to find a developer to build mobile applications for your startup? These Founder Institute-Graduate companies offer great solutions to finding a variety of talent individuals anywhere in the world.
  • How Alan Colmenares Became a Startup Ecosystem Leader in Latin America

    27 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Alan Colmenares, the Director of the Bogota and Medellin Founder Institute, has been crucial in helping the Founder Institute launch chapters in not only Colombia, but throughout all of Latin America. Since launching in the first Latin American chapter in 2011, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 75 startups in the region, including such well-known companies as Comparamejor, Mashpedia, and WomyAds. In fact, over $2 million has been invested in Alan's Graduate companies in Colombia. After brief tenures with InfoWorld in Silicon Valley as a…
 
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  • Ship without going to the post office

    admin
    13 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    Shipping no longer require your presence in the post office. With the application Shyp you just take a picture of the item you want to send, pick a courier and on of the Shyp employees will be there to get it in a couple of minutes. The application allows you to compare charges and carriers, so you can get the best shipping price. You can choose between U.S. Postal Services, FedEx and UPS for now. There is flat fee of $5 per order and this order can include multiple shipments. Also there is a tool that The company itself was launched in March 2014 in San Francisco, USA. From there it spread…
  • Causes – Spreading Philantropy Online

    admin
    18 Oct 2010 | 1:12 am
    Founded in May 2007 by Sean Parker and Joe Green, Causes applies viral principles to social causes and altruism. Users are helped to leverage social sites such as Facebook to raise money for charity. Causes primarily existed as a Facebook canvas application; at the moment it is also running off its own website, that is, Causes.com. The decision to make their service public via Facebook instead of launching their own website from the beginning was made due to the huge active user base of Facebook , users that were very likely to become actively involved in causes they believed in. The start-up…
  • Voxy – Learn a Language from Life

    admin
    10 Oct 2010 | 11:28 pm
    Voxy is a very modern and innovative way to learn languages, easy to use and fitting seamlessly into daily schedules. This language service works best for learners who are already quite fluent in the language, being actually a supplement. What Voxy offers is an integrated platform that works on web and on your mobile phone. It uses real-world content of your choosing, which is made relevant and up-to-date.This content is converted into accessible lessons that are both fun and addictive and that can be learnt anywhere, anytime. It is a really unique approach, based on pedagogic theories of…
  • Qwiki Introduces the Groundbreaking Information Experience

    admin
    6 Oct 2010 | 4:05 am
    Qwiki is a start-up that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco at the end of September 2010. The company also took the top prize of $50,000 in the Disrupt competition, which included a number of twenty-seven start-ups. Doug Imbruce, Co-founder, provided a strong proof-of-concept demonstration the software on-stage, impressing the start-up judges. What Qwiki offers is a new service, called the future of information consumption. The software runs on the web, as well as an application on mobile devices. Data about a wide variety of topics is presented in a visual way that is…
  • Soluto, Anti – Frustration Software for All PC Users

    admin
    4 Oct 2010 | 2:05 am
    Soluto, an Israeli based startup, also the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt in May 2010, offers people a solution to making their computers run better. The most user-annoying things monitored by this software include printing problems, resource hogs and crashy apps. What is very interesting and useful at the same time is that it also offers unique solutions for fixing computer issues. The technology developed by Soluto aims at bringing to an end the deeply frustrating experiences, often encountered by PC users. According to the company’s self-description, the solution provided by Soluto means…
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  • TED Talks and the Way We Present

    Catherine Morgan
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Lately, I have been immersing myself in the world of TED talks. Not only are the speakers often presenting fascinating topics, but studying their presentation and storytelling styles can be transferred to other aspects of my business. I am presenting my first TEDx talk on Saturday, May 30. What you may not realize, is that [...]
  • Take New Hires to Lunch and Other Posts

    Catherine Morgan
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Carol has been posting on several other sites lately. In case you missed them, here are a few of her recent posts. I couldn’t agree more about taking new hires to lunch. I worked for a company where it was an explicit policy that no new employee should eat alone for the first week. It [...]
  • 3 Tips to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Carol Roth
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    One major challenge that many small businesses and solopreneurs face (especially when they work from home!) is disorganization. They may have put in a full day ‘working’, but at the end of it, they’ve got 6 projects at various stages of completion, but nothing finished. So, if this is something that you struggle with, here [...]
  • Please Don’t Ask to Pick My Brain

    Catherine Morgan
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The working title of this post was “Be a Consulting Pro, Not a Consulting Ho.” I can argue that consulting might have come before what is generally considered to be the world’s oldest profession. And we are renting our bodies, too – our brains. Yes, fellow brain-renters, people pay us for our knowledge and expertise. [...]
  • A (Fictional) Powerbroker’s Rules for Success

    Lou Bortone
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ari Gold is the fictional uber-agent and star of HBO’s Entourage series, which is now a feature film.  Gold is played to perfection by Jeremy Piven, who gives the character his brash, over-the-top, but somehow lovable persona. Ari is said to be modeled after real-life Hollywood powerbroker Ari Emanuel, one of the most powerful (and [...]
 
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  • How to Find Cheap Airfare

    Matt Wilson
    28 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Hey guys, Everyone always asks us how they can score cheap flights and travel the world on a budget. Some of you may have read my article on Saving Money and Finding Cheap Flights a while back… and today we brought in an expert, Jamie Zeller, the author of The Travel Hacking Pocket Guide. Jamie is a U30X alum, runs a business where he can work from anywhere and he tells you exactly how to score cheap flights and travel for cheap! There is a lot to be learned in this episode of the Live Different Podcast, including some pretty impactful travel stories.  Check it out here. -Matt…
  • How to Be a Freak of Nature with Daniel DiPiazza

    Matt Wilson
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Daniel DiPiazza chillin in Costa Rica on one of our Custom U30X trips… Hey guys! If you don’t know my good friend Daniel DiPiazza it’s about time you guys met. Dan is a freak- and I mean that in the nicest way possible. He is the founder of of Rich20something.com, a bodybuilding fiend, jiu jitsu fighter, and all around cool guy. Daniel’s work is published all over including, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Dan and I also have no filter in this episode of the Live Different Podcast. Dan and I had a very candid conversation about everything from how to…
  • Podcast #2: How to Re-wire Your Brain and Body for Maximum Results

    Matt Wilson
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hey guys, I just got off the phone with Brandon Epstein from Entrepreneur Fitness and we absolutely crushed it recording this episode of the Live Different Podcast. Brandon just moved to Medellin, Colombia on a whim and runs fitness bootcamps for high performers.  I had the chance to have a candid conversation with him and we cover everything from what being a well-rounded fit person actually means, to some really deep stuff about finding your purpose, neuroplasticity, meditation, collective consciousness and integral theory. The fun part is that we didn’t know each other real well at…
  • Podcast #1: How to Screw Up and Still Succeed

    Under30CEO
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hey Under30CEO– I haven’t been this excited about a piece of content in a long time. Very few of you probably know that back in 2008 Under30CEO started as a Ning network for entrepreneurs and that my co-founder Jared O’Toole and I had a late-night webshow on Ustream… Photo credit: Caitlin Collins, Under30Experiences Iceland Well the podcast is back.  And after a few cocktails, we’ve never been more honest. We talk about just about everything on this recording including: How we overcame all our struggles and failures Why we never settled or did sh*t we hated How we paid the…
  • Hold Your Head High and Your Expectations Higher

    Under30CEO
    8 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Reality – Expectations = Happiness That’s the formula right? If you got out of bed today expecting every person you looked at to punch you in the face, then you could probably have a pretty great day when no one actually did that to you, huh? The premise is that if you don’t get overly excited about anything, you won’t be disappointed when it ends up being mediocre. If you don’t expect anything good to happen you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it turns out to be very average. That logic breaks my heart. It really does. Is disappointment really so…
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  • How to Find, Evaluate and Work With a Business Coach

    Chase Reeves
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re thinking about hiring a business coach, if you’ve ever wondered what to expect from working with a coach or if it’s worth the cost, this podcast episode is perfect for you. We discuss our experience with coaching (both working with the coach and being the coach) and share what you need to know before you get started, answering questions like: What, exactly, will you gain by working with a coach? How can you find and hire a coach (or a few coaches)? What mindset should you bring to a coaching relationship and what should you expect? How can you evaluate if a coach…
  • The Female Perspective on Startups and Lifestyle Businesses (FS111)

    Chase Reeves
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this episode we’re joined by a very special guest: the new Director of Member Success here at Fizzle, Steph Crowder. In Steph’s inaugural episode we explore the experience and perspectives of women in startups and lifestyle businesses. Is there discrimination against women in the indie business world? What has Steph’s experience been like? What steps can all of us take right now to discover where gender bias is limiting our content strategies? Plus a crap ton more. I mean it, we discuss a lot more, and Steph is so awesome. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!
  • The Five-Step System for Prospecting, Pitching, and Landing Freelance Clients

    Michelle Nickolaisen
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    You sit down at your laptop with a hot mug of coffee, ready to start your work day. First, you check Craigslist for relevant postings in the freelance gigs section. Then, it’s time to check the local Facebook group for any promising projects. Ok, just a few more things to check before you can actually start working: the job boards that have led to good work in the past, your email inbox for any incoming leads, that other Facebook group… And on and on the process goes. Sound familiar? Nothing is worse than an empty client pipeline It’s pretty standard for a freelancer’s workday to…
  • 38 Tips to Make an Engaging Course on the Cheap, Part 2 (FS110)

    Chase Reeves
    15 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is second and final episode in our series about how to make an engaging course on the cheap. You don’t need a bunch of equipment, you need a solid plan. This list walks you through that plan. In this episode we continue walking through 38 tips to help you make something excellent your first time around. (If you haven’t listened to it yet, here’s part 1 of this conversation.) Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download 38 Tips to Make an Engaging Course on…
  • 5 Tips to Help you Estimate how Much Time a Project Will Take

    Chase Reeves
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I had just had a good run of projects, doing good work I was proud of in the right amount of time… and then, a couple weeks ago, disaster struck. Here, let me tell you about it in this little video I made: I had a string of projects to do. So, I did my best estimate on how long each project was going to take. For example: The Shareable Images Course will take about 3 weeks, Then planning the Small Business Roadmap podcasts will take about 2 weeks, And then this other project will take about 4 weeks… I did a good amount of project planning, breaking up the steps, etc., to determine…
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  • Why one of Silicon Valley's top investors says 'don't follow your passion'

    Matt Rosoff
    29 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Ben Horowitz is the cofounder of Andreessen-Horowitz, one of the most successful venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. This week, he gave a commencement speech at his alma mater, Columbia University. The subject of his speech? "Don't follow your passion, and the world is not going to hell in a handbasket and the class of 2015 is not required to save it." His first point was particularly interesting because it conflicts directly with so much well-meaning advice that recent graduates receive. But he gave four reasons why recent college grads shouldn't follow their passions: Passions are hard…
  • Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reveals his one philosophy on work and life

    John Lynch
    29 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    In the last words of his 2006 autobiography, "iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak relays an exuberant and instructive message to his readers: "And have fun doing it."  During a press call for the upcoming National Geographic mini-series "American Genius," one reporter probed Wozniak about that particular passage, asking, "Have you always had fun with your life? There are a lot of people who are very successful who don’t seem to have much fun doing it." Wozniak responded with an all-encompassing life philosophy: You know what?  People running…
  • 10 bad habits that will keep you from getting rich

    Thomas C. Corley
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Successful, wealthy people do not just suddenly become rich and successful. Success is a process that takes place over many years. Long before most wealthy people become wealthy, they make a habit of living below their means. The following is a list of ten spending habits I've uncovered during my five-year study of the rich and the poor that will prevent you from ever achieving financial independence: 1. Charging ordinary living expenses on a credit card. If you are unable to afford meeting your ordinary living expenses and must resort to the use of a credit card to meet your monthly living…
  • Here's what new grads often forget to negotiate when they accept a job

    Rachel Gillett
    29 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    When new grads accept their first job, they're often advised to negotiate salary so they don't end up leaving money on the table. But there's another thing they should consider negotiating to ensure financial stability in the future: what one expert refers to as "conditions for success." "In negotiations, [recent graduates] are likely to focus more on salary because they don't understand that there are so many other facets to a package that might help in the long run," said Dr. Deborah Kolb, author of "Negotiating at Work" and codirector of the Negotiation in the Workplace…
  • Spontaneous sex is a myth — here's how a 'sex schedule' could save your relationship

    Joe Avella and Sam Rega
    29 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, the sexual dysfunction specialist and clinical director of The Medical Center For Female Sexuality, explains that a "sex schedule" is good for your relationship, and most happy couples have one (perhaps without realizing it).  Produced by Sam Rega and Joe Avella. Camera by Jason Gaines. Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story »
 
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    Boston Business News - Local Boston News | Boston Business Journal

  • Amherst College student sues over expulsion for alleged rape

    Eric Convey
    29 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Updated with statement from Amherst A student who says he was expelled from Amherst College over a two-year-old rape allegation because administrators wanted to show they were tough on sex offenders sued the prestigious school in federal court on Friday. The male student, who lists his name as John Doe, wants compensation in excess of $75,000 and a chance to resume his education, which was interrupted his senior year. He identifies himself only as an Asian student from New York. He says, in effect,…
  • Mammography made all the difference for Simmons College president (Video)

    Mary Moore
    29 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Helen Drinan, president of Simmons College, has not shied away from publicity about her struggle with cancer. Drinan was diagnosed last fall with breast cancer and has spoken openly about her illness and her treatment. Most recently, Drinan was honored at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s eighth annual the one hundred gala. Drinan shared some thoughts in the video above about what she has learned along her journey with cancer.
  • High-profile report on Boston Olympics skipped potential fallout for local charities

    Mary Moore
    29 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Researchers hired by The Boston Foundation to prepare what would become a widely touted and mostly positive economic analysis of a Boston Olympics dropped a proposal to consider likely effects on local charities, according to interviews and documents obtained by the Boston Business Journal. The omission is noteworthy because of evidence that prior Olympics badly hurt local charities in other host cities and because the Boston Foundation, which commissioned the report, is the region's pre-eminent…
  • Newton medical imaging company secures $17.5M for growth plan

    Jessica Bartlett
    29 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Newton-based lifeIMAGE is looking to scale its business yet again with a $17.5 million financing round, the company announced Thursday. The funding was led by Cambia Health Solutions, a nonprofit health technology company headquartered in Portland, Oregan, as well as existing investors Cardinal Partners, Galen Partners, Long River Ventures, Mass Ventures, and Partners Innovation Fund. According to a release, the six-year-old company plans to use the financing to expand resources for its customer…
  • BBJ Live: South Boston land could be acquired by public authority (Video)

    Catherine Carlock
    29 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    Recently obtained documents indicate that Boston 2024 crafted a vague and at times contradictory proposal to use a public authority to acquire dozens of acres of land in South Boston to support the region's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. At no point in the bid document is the term "eminent domain" mentioned, although the plan does say a "public authority" could acquire land in South Boston needed for the Games. The BBJ's Catherine Carlock spoke with NECN about some of the land-acquisition…
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  • 5 Patterns agile leaders must monitor

    Taffy Williams
    12 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Guess we should have checked before coming!  Small businesses are the back bone to our nation’s economy. But old-school business models are no longer cutting it when small businesses face unexpected changes. These changes could be large scale, affecting their industry or even the nation. They can also be local and specific to their individual business. Savvy business owners are often aware of the changes that can affect their business directly and plan for events such as vendor loss, product shortages and staff leaving. But changes in regulations, economic conditions and…
  • Agile entrepreneurs know anything is possible

    Taffy Williams
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    YES YOU CAN! It is easy to develop a negative attitude or receive advice from negative people.  This is especially true when tackling difficult situations.  In my first turnaround, I was repeatedly told to walk away from the company because of major failings in the financial market place.  The company was a text book case of a boiler-room style investment bank overselling the company’s stock in an IPO.  Adding to the complexity, the company’s technology was not advanced enough to keep sophisticated investors excited.  The over promotion caused the stock to move…
  • 2 Considerations for agile succession planning

    Taffy Williams
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    You may recall the character Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.  The comedy character was fashioned to resemble Mike Myers character, “Dr. Evil”.  While the movie as made for entertainment, the concept of having a Mini-Me is something many entrepreneurs and Boards of more established companies often neglect to consider before it is too late.  Succession planning is a critical part of building to maintaining a successful business.  Replacement of a key management figure may include a search firm seeking a new hire.  The fees…
  • 6 Important needs for great networking

    Taffy Williams
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Let's tag team the intros with the crowd!I have had discussions with young entrepreneurs that felt networking was not worth the effort.  They commented that it was impossible to meet big name people of interest to them in the bars and events.  The inability to meet high-profile people in events is difficult but that is not the goal of creating a great network.   Creating a great network involves meeting people, establishing relationships, maintaining relationships, growing the network, and eventually accessing to their network.  Proper networking eventually leads…
  • Outtake - Funding - Don't Cold Call on Twitter

    Taffy Williams
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    Taffy Williams is the author of:  Think Agile:  How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. He writes for the Startup Blog  and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is also  found on LinkedIn, Twitter @twilli2861 ColonialTDC  ,  photo  website,  Google+,  Facebook, and Startup  Group. 
 
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  • LeadsGate Review: Payday Loan Affiliate Program

    Vivek Krishnan
    6 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    If you are an American affiliate marketer working in the Payday loan niche then you need to spend a few minutes to understand how Leadsgate payday loan affiliate program can help your business rake in higher profits and become more successful. From my research, if I were to put a number to the growth, it would be about 30% increase in your revenues. Leadsgate is one of the best payday loan affiliate program for a bunch of reasons, which I will be explaining further: Auction-based lead selling: In any payday loan affiliate program I am always looking for the highest lead price that I can…
  • 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…
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  • BookSteam – Easy to use Appointment Scheduler

    StartUpLift
    12 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    BookSteam is an all in one cloud based appointment scheduling software. Target Audience: Small and Large Businesses Website URL: http://www.BookSteam.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. Feedback sought: 1)…
  • goingto.do – for all things to .do

    StartUpLift
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    goingto.do is the best and easiest way to find something to do Target Audience: Everyone Website URL: www.goingto.do 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. Feedback sought: 1) Look around the home page – what…
  • 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.
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  • Cloak & Dagger Melding Mystery and Comedy for Dinner and a Show

    Susan Post
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dinner with a side of murder is on the menu at Cloak & Dagger. Located at 447 E. Livingston Ave. in German Village, the dinner theater delights audiences with a comedic murder-mystery complete with singing and dancing. Cloak & Dagger started in 1992 and relocated to German Village in 2009 and moved into its current […]
  • The Modern Southern Table Wins The Food Fort’s First-Ever Fried Chicken Throwdown

    Kevin Brennan
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    On May 14, The Food Fort’s campus was transformed into a culinary battleground, pitting three of Columbus’ best-kept southern-style secrets against each other in The Food Fort’s first-ever Fried Chicken Throwdown. The cooking competition, held in front of an audience of over 150 local “foodies,” served as a showcase for The Modern Southern Table, a […]
  • Closing the Perception Gap: Dispelling Midwest Myths

    Susan Post
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The upcoming TrustBelt Conference is aimed at shaking up perceptions of the Midwest. But what are those assumed presumptions and what’s the actual story? Sophia Koropeckyj, a managing director at Moody’s Analytics, will share trends and economic indicators that tell the true story of the Midwest during her keynote speech, Closing the Perception Gap, on […]
  • CAUV Design Building Modern Yet Timeless Furniture

    Susan Post
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the age of IKEA, not all furniture is built to last (or it seems meant to be assembled in the first place). For those looking for something that lasts a little longer (aka a lifetime) CAUV Designs is springing onto the Columbus furniture scene. Craftsman Jospeh Cauvel’s pieces strike a balance that’s hard to […]
  • Compton Construction Amid Another Year of Rapid Growth

    Susan Post
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Chances are you’ve seen their logo on one of the many, many construction projects happening around Columbus, and it’s no wonder with their business doubling year over year since its founding in 2012. “When we started [Compton Construction] it was two full-time and two part-time employees,” says company President Blake Compton. “At the beginning of […]
 
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  • Find Best University For Study Through Plexuss

    VisionwizTeam
    28 May 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Plexuss: Plexuss is a new startup that aims to help students to find best university and for university it help them to find best students. How It Works: By utilizing Plexuss, colleges now have an opportunity to engage interested students throughout their high school education. A college on the East Coast now has access to students across the country and internationally. Colleges will have an opportunity to provide information that will impact a student’s decision. For example, a student in New York may have never known or considered colleges in Texas, and students in Florida may not know…
  • Basic Learning Principles For Entrepreneurs

    Martin
    27 May 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Aspiring entrepreneurs who rely only on traditional learning vehicles (teachers, classrooms, and risk-free practice) are doomed to failure in founding a startup today. Either they are never really ready to start, study an opportunity until it has passed, or fail with tools and techniques from a bygone business era. The Internet and the current information wave have changed everything. Being a successful entrepreneur these days requires a current insight to a myriad of issues, including many that haven’t yet been integrated into the traditional academic learning vehicles of textbooks and…
  • How To Identify Difference Between Real Business & Hobby

    Martin
    24 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    As a startup investor, I often see business proposals looking for funding that really look like expensive hobbies looking for donations. I recognize that entrepreneurs tend to substitute vision and passion for formal processes, but no discipline or process in building something new is a sure way to spend money, rather than see any return and build a self-sustaining business. I’m not suggesting that you model your startup after the complex corporate organizations you hated in your last job, but there are at least eight key functions and activities that every investor expects to find in a…
  • CityKart Will Deliver Groceries From Local Store

    Vineet
    21 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    CityKart: CityKart is a new startup that aims to help you deliver groceries from you local store within 2 hours of time at your doorsteps. How It Works: All you need to do is just choose your favorite local store then select the products you want and pick the time you want to receive them. Once your order completes then it will be delivered at your home within 2 hours. More at:http://www.citykart.net/#company
  • How To Foster Team Accountability In Your Startup Company

    Martin
    20 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Getting things done effectively in a startup requires total individual and team accountability. You can’t afford excuses and multiple people doing the same job. In my view, “taking responsibility” is the core element behind accountability. Many people hear responsibility as an obligation, but I hear it as “the ability to respond.” Unfortunately many people don’t have the ability to respond, because they lack confidence in themselves, or simply don’t have the skills required. Therefore an entrepreneur’s first requirement is to hire or team only with people who are accountable…
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  • Eliminate the Online Distractions in Your Life

    Chris Reimer
    12 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Someone or something online bothering you? Eliminate it. Slice it out of your life with no remorse. Take a walk, breathe fresh air, and return to doing YOUR work. We all have a shortage of time – never enough time to get it all done. Ignore meaningless external stimuli, as there is clearly no shortage […] The post Eliminate the Online Distractions in Your Life appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Chris Reimer is Available For Hire

    Chris Reimer
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    I don’t mean to darken your day, but I have some important news to share. Starting very soon, I’ll no longer be employed by Kaldi’s Coffee. Sad face emoji. I had been hired to be Marketing Director of both Kaldi’s Coffee and a sister company, Honolulu Coffee (they have common ownership). Since my hire, needs […] The post Chris Reimer is Available For Hire appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 38: Don’t Haze or Hate on Departing Employees

    Chris Reimer
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
      In Episode 38 of Happywork TV, we talk about the next commitment in the work code of conduct I’ve created called “The Happywork Agreement.” This is a commitment that employers are going to make to their employees. Here it is: “If an employee resigns, I will not make it hard on them. There’s no […] The post Happywork TV Episode 38: Don’t Haze or Hate on Departing Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 37: Happywork Has Launched!

    Chris Reimer
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
      Thanks to all who have played a role in bringing my art to the marketplace. Today, February 17, 2015, Happywork hits the streets, and I’m thrilled and honored. The post Happywork TV Episode 37: Happywork Has Launched! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork is On The Shelves At Barnes & Noble

    Chris Reimer
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    My book is now on the shelves at select Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. I stopped by the one near my house (170 & Ladue in St. Louis). They now have two autographed copies! Use BN.com to check in-store stock in your area (use the zip code field on the right side of the screen). The post Happywork is On The Shelves At Barnes & Noble appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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  • 50 Practical Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Follow

    Mike Calloway
    21 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    We all love quotes right? Quotes inspire us. They motivate us and see us through hard times. Quotes give us a glimpse into the thoughts of great minds. Quotes often live on long after those that once brought them to life. Every entrepreneur needs a source of inspiration. Let’s face it, it’s tough going at this journey alone. But quotes show us that there are other that understand us. Not only do they understand where we currently are, but how we can get through. Here are fifty practical quotes that you can apply to your life right now and start seeing a brighter future. 1.
  • 17 Books For Entrepreneurs That Will Change Your Life

    Mike Calloway
    9 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Let me tell you a story, there were two guys that graduated from college at the same time. Both of them wanted to be successful entrepreneurs someday. Directly after graduation, one of them gets a job, works hard, gets promoted, and achieved great success on his job. Five years later, he is now a manager and is making a six figure salary. Upon graduation, the other guy chooses to start a business. He understood that he did not know enough as college simply had not prepared him to run a business, but rather work in a business. So he started the journey to learn more and he bought many books.
  • Should Small Businesses Outsource Their Accounting Duties?

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    Odds are that you are not running an accounting firm. Still, earning revenue guarantees the need for proper bookkeeping, and that means your business has a decision to make. Should you handle all your accounting in-house or should you outsource it to a brokerage? Here are a few pros and cons of both solutions. Cheaper is Better By choosing to handle your own financial records, you save a significant amount of money that would otherwise go to an outside business. Hiring a part-time or salaried employee ensures that when any discrepancy occurs, you know exactly who is responsible for correcting…
  • The True Cost of Unused Software in Business

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    A recent study taken out by 1E (a software lifecycle automation company) has shown that many companies around the world are spending excessive amounts of money on computer software that is never being used! In the UK alone, 25% of software bought by companies remains stagnant, resulting in a loss of 3.5M. CEO at 1E, Sumir Karavi states ‘it’s not uncommon for larger organisations to do this, and something can be done to claim back the cost.’ “This data clearly demonstrates that organisations are not optimising their software assets in a way that reduces cost.” Provided by…
  • Slashing Expenses: Money-Saving Tips for UK Businesses

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Businesses throughout the UK are searching for reliable ways to cut costs and save as much money as possible. In these tough economic times, reducing costs is often integral to a business’s bottom line. The following tips can help your business reduce its costs so that it can steer its financial resources to fulfill other business needs. Shop Around Too often businesses get stuck in their old habit of doing business with the same providers when it comes to supplies, equipment and utilities such asbroadband and energy. Why pay exorbitant rates when you can slash those costs by anywhere…
 
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  • Social Contest Review – How it Compares to Kingsumo Giveaway Plugin!

    Dilip Kumar
    29 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Have you ever run a Giveaway? I am an absolute fan of Giveaways and Contests to build a list and I keep doing it regularly. It is these giveaways that has helped me build a list of more than 25K. While a lot of people argue that the list built using giveaways don’t convert, I […] The post Social Contest Review – How it Compares to Kingsumo Giveaway Plugin! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • A Simple Guide to Create Perfectly Search Engine Optimized Pages?

    Dilip Kumar
    25 May 2015 | 2:24 am
    Search Engine Optimization – That term gives you a Tony Stark like feeling and as if you are just about to get into an iron-man like suit and optimize some kind of engine that will search all the bad guys… That was a crappy joke, isn’t it? But when you look at that that term, […] The post A Simple Guide to Create Perfectly Search Engine Optimized Pages? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • DKSP EP05: How to Stay Organized and Productive in Internet Marketing

    Dilip Kumar
    17 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    One of the biggest problems that most people face in internet marketing is in staying productive. Because there is no schedules to govern you and because there is no laid out activities for you to do, most people find it difficult to stay organized and be productive. In episode 5 of “The DKSpeaks Podcast” we […] The post DKSP EP05: How to Stay Organized and Productive in Internet Marketing appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Install a Secured WordPress Blog in 3 Minutes Without Creating a Database!

    Dilip Kumar
    16 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    WordPress is one of the easiest scripts that I have ever seen. When I first used it about 8 years back, it was pretty basic, yet one of the best content management solutions you could find. And then, the famous 5-minutes install was the talk on the web. But, the fact was that the 5-minutes […] The post How to Install a Secured WordPress Blog in 3 Minutes Without Creating a Database! appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blogs using Content Discovery Platforms?

    Dilip Kumar
    9 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    What’s Your strategy to drive traffic to your blogs? Organic traffic has died down, thanks to the many algorithm changes made by Google. Competition has increased manifold and everybody and his dog has a blog and wants to drive traffic to them. Backlinks don’t work and neither is social bookmark link building. You keep refreshing […] The post How to Drive Traffic to Your Blogs using Content Discovery Platforms? appeared first on Internet Entrepreneurship skills | Learn How to Earn Money Online.
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  • Make start-up growth easy with six simple tips

    guestbloggerSUD
    18 May 2015 | 1:39 am
    You have an awesome product, but now it's time to scale. Other than word of mouth, how are you planning on bringing users to your product? If your answer is 'I don't know' or 'the subscribers' list' you might be in trouble. But don't fret; these quick tips that many start-ups ignore will help boost your growth without taking too much time out of your busy day. Get listed: There are numerous start-up listing websites that will help you build up backlinks – the main currency of search engines. Once you have backlinks, the Internet will do a lot of the work for you. Get press: If your product…
  • How to pick the winner from your business name shortlist

    guestbloggerSUD
    12 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Years of experience in coming up with business names has led me to develop these 12 questions I use to filter my shortlist. It's rare that more than one potential name makes it past each one, but when it does, I'm pretty confident it's a winner... 1. Is it short and sweet? Short is good, but remember, brevity isn't just about character count, it's more to do with syllables. So, a five or six letter name is great, but an eight-letter name with just two syllables is nearly as good. Pass: Eight letters or fewer; two or three syllables. Fail: More than eight letters; four or more syllables. 2.
  • Would your business employ any of the main political leaders?

    Mark Williams
    6 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    The UK's main political party leaders could be much less popular among the nation's small businesses than they'd like. According to a survey carried out by Crunch Accounting, based on responses from 500 freelancers and micro businesses, 27% "would not hire any of the political party leaders if they applied for a position". More than a fifth (22%) would hire David Cameron, while only 13% would give a job to Ed Miliband. The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon came third (12%), ahead of Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg (11%). Nigel Farage has said he'll stand down as UKIP leader if he loses the South…
  • Where do the political parties stand on key SME issues?

    guestbloggerSUD
    6 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Global office broker Instant Offices has created a graphic that gives a comparative summary of what the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Greens say they will do if elected on key issues that directly affect SMEs. These issues include corporation tax, business rates, minimum wage, zero hours contracts, energy bills and broadband and the information is taken from the parties’ manifestos. Click on image for full graphic and click again to enlarge.
  • Investment advice for start-ups

    guestbloggerSUD
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    Every business manager will know what a struggle money can be and one of the most difficult decisions can be how to get the funding needed to help your business grow. The banks aren't always an option and many people don't want to give up control of something they've worked hard for, but being the most obvious choices – what else is left? When it came to starting Taxicode, co-founder Nigel and I decided the best option would be to fund it ourselves. This meant control of the business was not split between investors; big loans were not hanging over our heads; and while growth has been slower…
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  • Bay Area Maker Faire 2015

    Theresa Shafer
    24 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    source: Maker Faire This weekend I attended the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015.  New this year was a Startup Pavilion with about 20 companies selling their products and looking for early adopters. Through out the show, I also found many startups looking for support for their kickstarter campaigns. OpenROV OpenROV is an open-source, low-cost underwater robot for exploration and education. Nexpaq Nexpaq a modular smartphone case. Crazyflie The CrazyflieNano Quadcopter is a miniature quadcopter that fits in your hand. MakerBloks MakerBloks are small, reactive electronic building blocks that allow…
  • Assessing Prospect Intent

    Sean Murphy
    21 May 2015 | 4:51 pm
    While asking for a letter of intent may seem like a useful shortcut to assessing prospect intent, it normally causes many more problems than it solves. Q: I am in conversations with a startup about evaluating their product and they have asked if our company would provide a pre-sale letter of intent. What has your experience been with this approach? A: The process of getting even a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) signed is often as onerous as pushing a real PO through. So you generate all of the visibility/scrutiny of a PO without the evidence from a successful trial. If the startup…
  • The Next Best Thing But Not Yet

    Max Murphy
    19 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    It will be twenty plus years before there is a 3D printer in most homes due to limitations of the cost of the machine, material, obtaining software and learning how to use the software. Other fundamentally problem that prevent 3D printers being adapted by the public are to understanding of design, physics, and material science and a change of behavior of making things at home. 3D printing is overhyped and its implications are not well understood.  The first area that is significantly overhyped is the trajectory of the effects of 3D printing on modern society. People and media expect 3D…
  • Online Marketing For Professional Services May-14 at PATCA

    Sean Murphy
    13 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I will be giving a evening workshop May 14 at PATCA on marketing professional services online. This is an interactive session for professional consultants. Prospects gain an appreciation for your expertise and ability to understand and to solve their problems through what you write, what you say, and what your customers’ say about you. You should have a plan for developing referrals and testimonials, but in this session we are focusing on opportunities to demonstrate your expertise and give prospects a reason to believe that you can assist them. These outbound messaging strategies will…
  • Checklist for Successful Products

    Theresa Shafer
    12 May 2015 | 9:31 pm
    There are broadly three categories of challenges a new product must address: it has to be feasible, it has to be desirable and it has to be profitable. Below is a simple checklist to help you evaluate product ideas. Feasible Can your product be built? What kind of skills are required to build it? How much will it cost? How can you build a prototype using existing products? What are the product development risks? How much time will it take to develop the product? Where are the schedule, cost & feature tradeoffs? What are the key feasibility risks? Desirable How have customers solved the…
 
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  • 50 Practical Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Follow

    Mike Calloway
    21 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    We all love quotes right? Quotes inspire us. They motivate us and see us through hard times. Quotes give us a glimpse into the thoughts of great minds. Quotes often live on long after those that once brought them to life. Every entrepreneur needs a source of inspiration. Let’s face it, it’s tough going at this journey alone. But quotes show us that there are other that understand us. Not only do they understand where we currently are, but how we can get through. Here are fifty practical quotes that you can apply to your life right now and start seeing a brighter future. 1.
  • 17 Books For Entrepreneurs That Will Change Your Life

    Mike Calloway
    9 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Let me tell you a story, there were two guys that graduated from college at the same time. Both of them wanted to be successful entrepreneurs someday. Directly after graduation, one of them gets a job, works hard, gets promoted, and achieved great success on his job. Five years later, he is now a manager and is making a six figure salary. Upon graduation, the other guy chooses to start a business. He understood that he did not know enough as college simply had not prepared him to run a business, but rather work in a business. So he started the journey to learn more and he bought many books.
  • Should Small Businesses Outsource Their Accounting Duties?

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    Odds are that you are not running an accounting firm. Still, earning revenue guarantees the need for proper bookkeeping, and that means your business has a decision to make. Should you handle all your accounting in-house or should you outsource it to a brokerage? Here are a few pros and cons of both solutions. Cheaper is Better By choosing to handle your own financial records, you save a significant amount of money that would otherwise go to an outside business. Hiring a part-time or salaried employee ensures that when any discrepancy occurs, you know exactly who is responsible for correcting…
  • The True Cost of Unused Software in Business

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    A recent study taken out by 1E (a software lifecycle automation company) has shown that many companies around the world are spending excessive amounts of money on computer software that is never being used! In the UK alone, 25% of software bought by companies remains stagnant, resulting in a loss of 3.5M. CEO at 1E, Sumir Karavi states ‘it’s not uncommon for larger organisations to do this, and something can be done to claim back the cost.’ “This data clearly demonstrates that organisations are not optimising their software assets in a way that reduces cost.” Provided by…
  • Slashing Expenses: Money-Saving Tips for UK Businesses

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Businesses throughout the UK are searching for reliable ways to cut costs and save as much money as possible. In these tough economic times, reducing costs is often integral to a business’s bottom line. The following tips can help your business reduce its costs so that it can steer its financial resources to fulfill other business needs. Shop Around Too often businesses get stuck in their old habit of doing business with the same providers when it comes to supplies, equipment and utilities such asbroadband and energy. Why pay exorbitant rates when you can slash those costs by anywhere…
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  • This edtech startup is bringing virtual reality to the classroom

    Stephen Babcock
    29 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    We recently got a chance to float down the Amazon, and take some pictures of the wildlife along the way. There were gators swimming up to the side of the boat, and a jaguar emerged from the grass. There was a perilous trip over a waterfall at the end, but we survived. The trip didn’t require a passport, and no more travel than a drive to West Baltimore. In fact, Alchemy Learning is looking to bring the trip to students from Baltimore, D.C. and beyond in the coming months. The Baltimore edtech startup is working on a platform for using virtual reality in the classroom. As a result of a…
  • Space mission to Europa will include 2 JHU devices

    Stephen Babcock
    28 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    When NASA sends a new probe to Europa, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab will have two devices onboard. NASA is sending a probe to Jupiter’s smallest moon after evidence collected on a previous trip suggested a vast saltwater ocean could lie beneath its icy shell. Where there is water, of course, it’s believed that there may be conditions for life. The probe, which has yet to be named, is slated to carry out 45 flybys, getting as close as 16 miles to the surface of Europa. Using its space savvy, JHUAPL managed to make the top nine out of more than 30 device proposals that…
  • Betamore just got gigabit internet service

    Stephen Babcock
    28 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    Betamore just got some fast internet from Comcast. The telecom giant installed 1 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) line at the tech nonprofit’s Federal Hill campus, the company said in a news release. The service, which is capable of scaling up to 10 Gbps, will help improve cloud access and large file transfers for devs. It will also expand videoconferencing capabilities out of Betamore. As part of the deal, Comcast Business was named the exclusive network services provider for Betamore. “Having a reliable network infrastructure not only provides these companies with the speed and capacity to…
  • Chesapeake Innovation Center hires new executive director: Michael Tentnowski

    Stephen Babcock
    28 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    There’s new leadership at Anne Arundel County’s startup incubator. Michael Tentnowski. (Courtesy photo) Michael Tentnowski was named executive director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center, the organization announced Wednesday. Tentnowski comes to the Odenton-based incubator from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where he managed the university’s business incubator. He also taught at business classes at the university. Since moving to a new location near Fort Meade, the CIC has signed new companies including QuotePie, MedEx Spot and Hippocampus Analytics to its…
  • Millennial Media’s new COO: former Nexage CEO Ernie Cormier

    Stephen Babcock
    28 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Late last year Millennial Media acquired Nexage for $107 million to expand its programmatic capabilities. Now the Canton-based adtech company is bringing on the Boston startup’s former CEO. Ernie Cormier is joining Millennial Media as its chief operating officer, overseeing the publicly-traded company’s product, technology and operations teams. Cormier has more than 20 years of experience in media and telecom, including stints with Nextel and Virgin Media. He also served as CEO of the gaming and electronics company Zeemote, which was sold to Aplix in 2009. “Ernie’s…
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  • Panel: Why Most Music Startups Fail

    Rich
    28 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    In this video, Kyle Bylin leads a panel discusson on “Why Most Music Startups Fail.” Recorded at Music Biz 2012. There are no shortage of startups working to transform how we discover, market and monetize music, but most of them will fail. Are they being defeated by licensing or are these technologists trying to fix problems that most consumers don’t really have? Panelists: Larry Marcus, Walden Venture Capital Mike Dougherty, Jelli Radio Joey Flores, Earbits Brenden Mulligan, OneSheet
  • Slidecast: Junar – Powering the Data Economy

    Rich
    20 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    In this slidecast, Diego May, co-founder and CEO of Junar presents: Powering the Data Economy. The new Startup is focused on delivering the easiest-to-use, cloud-based Open Data platform and providing best practices for its clients. Open Data is fast becoming the next defining theme for business and government because information drives innovation and collaboration,” said Diego May, CEO and co-founder of Junar. “And Junar is already the engine for hundreds of organizations who are opening data and for millions of end users who use that information today. As we rapidly move to a…
  • Video: Interview with Jason Calacanis from This Week in Startups

    Rich
    14 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    In this video episode of This Week in Startups, Google’s Don Dodge interviewed Jason Calacanis about his entrepreneurial background and his formative years in New York.
  • Video: Steve Case on Why Entrepreneurs Hold the Key to the Future

    Rich
    9 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In this video, Steve Case from Startup America and The Case Foundation shares his thoughts, insights and perspective on why entrepreneurship is the future of America. The talk was recorded at the Tech Cocktail’s Startup Mixology Conference on June 16, 2011.
  • Sumazi Startup Connects You With People You Should Know

    Rich
    4 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    In this video, the good folks from Sumazi show you how their Startup intelligently connects you to the people you don’t know but should. We leverage your personal and extended networks to discover and introduce you to the people and opportunities that can potentially change your world. Sumazi was founded by Sun Microsystems alum Sumaya Kazi. The service is currently in Beta, but it looks to be launching shortly.
 
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  • How to increase staff motivation – help with their dreams

    Banksy
    12 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    Want to increase staff motivation and loyalty? Then encourage them to pursue their dreams! Everyone has a dream. Whether it’s to earn millions, retire early, travel the world, own your own business, become a professional golfer, or have a family…. everyone has a dream. A number of years ago I read up about Google and the fact they give their staff 20% of their time to work on their own projects/ideas. A few of the Google products you know and love have come from this very mantra. Then a couple of years on I read about a company called MRY. They wholeheartedly encourage their…
  • Why ‘I’m really busy’ is a terrible phrase.

    Banksy
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    Go on admit it, you’ve said it yourself haven’t you? I have. I say it a lot. So much so in fact that I’m outing myself in an attempt to curb my use of this horrible phrase. Maybe you’ll join me? I recently read this except from someone on twitter: “Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with £86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every penny, of course? Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning,…
  • Why the young are our future

    Banksy
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    The first high jump event was recorded in the early 19th century. From then until 1964 athletes had all used something called the scissors technique. Essentially they approached the bar and jumped with one leg going over from the side first, followed by the second, all the time remaining bolt upright. Then in 1964 something remarkable happened. Dick Frosbury went against the norm and performed a completely different technique, jumping and ‘flopping’ over the bar backwards. He shocked (and perhaps you could argue, ‘changed’) the world. Later this technique would be known as the…
  • Do you actually want my business?

    Banksy
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is in danger of turning into a rant I’m afraid. Sorry about that. Recently I was in the market for a new car. I’d had my current wheels for about 6 years and although I loved them, they were getting a little old and my priorities had changed. Now it’s about showing my commitment to our growing family (currently a dog and a little one on the way). Anyway, onto my rant. I don’t know if my expectations are too high but does it sometimes feel like people don’t want your business or purposely make it difficult to do business with them. I work pretty hard in my life. I’m in the…
  • 6 things that changed my life in 2014

    Banksy
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    Yes folks its that time of year again. While I’ve been a little light on posts in 2014 there is one that must be written. This one. 2014 has been an interesting year, one which has seen a lot of change in both my personal life and business dealings. In a year that saw Optix Solutions turn 15 and new ventures being started by my business partner and I (hopefully more on those in years to come) we may just have tried to do a little too much. As you probably know I’m a huge fan of change and believe it completely necessary for success however sometimes it can feel like you’re…
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  • Boston Tech Events Look-Ahead: June 1 - 6

    joshboyle
    29 May 2015 | 4:39 am
    Release Date:  Fri, 05/29/2015 - 07:30 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Get out and network! Here are some of next week's top events... We all know how awesome the Boston tech ecosystem is, but does everyone take full advantage of it? It’s hard to balance getting out in the community and meeting new folks with hitting those deadlines and milestones. It’s probably even more difficult to keep track of everything going on around us. That’s what we’re here for! Our calendar…
  • Talent on the Move! May 29, 2015

    jackmulvaney
    28 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Premium Company:  Bullhorn Lavastorm Analytics nToggle SmartBear Software Release Date:  Fri, 05/29/2015 - 09:45 Author:  Jack Mulvaney - Account Manager, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Talent on the Move - May 29, 2015 - Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene! Talent on the Move - May 29, 2015Your weekly roll up of who is coming and going within the Boston tech scene!Looking to announce a recent hire?  Or, have a tip?  Email us here.Ian Roughley, Engineering Director @ nToggle.
  • Syft: Photo Sharing App Keeps You Closer to the People who Really Matter

    joshboyle
    27 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Release Date:  Thu, 05/28/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  Pingree, CEO, and Montgelas, CTO, are co-founders of Syft, a social mobile app that helps you re-discover forgotten photos and uncover classics from friends’ collections. Eben Pingree and Max Montgelas are fellow Williams College Alum. Although they were just one class apart (Montgelas the more senior) it wasn’t until several years had passed since leaving the Western Mass-based institution that the two…
  • The Essence of Branding

    joshboyle
    26 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Premium Company:  Actifio Release Date:  Wed, 05/27/2015 - 08:00 Author:  Michael Troiano - Chief Marketing Officer, Actifio Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  How to build a powerful customer experience around a single, simple idea. How to build a powerful customer experience around a single, simple idea.The conversation about branding is usually heavy on mystical mumbo-jumbo, and light on practical advice.Spending time at the Westin in Denver this week I was surrounded by a real world example of what it takes to build a brand today. I thought I’d share it…
  • CookRadar: Peer to Peer Food Exchange Creates Social Connections

    joshboyle
    26 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Release Date:  Wed, 05/27/2015 - 07:00 Author:  Sarah Urbonas, Marketing Manager at IDEA Thumbnail:  Home Page Image:  Teaser:  There’s an old saying that food brings people together. Italian native and entrepreneur Mario Berruti has taken this concept to the next level... There’s an old saying that food brings people together. Italian native and entrepreneur Mario Berruti has taken this concept to the next level, bringing Bostonians together with authentic international cuisine with his company CookRadar. Founded in September 2013, CookRadar gives amateur chefs…
 
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    Verge

  • Startup Allstars T.A. McCann & Chris Heivly to Keynote Innovation Showcase July 9th

    Jim Bartek
    29 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    T.A. McCann is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and board member of Startup Weekend Over 100 companies looking to raise capital have applied to pitch at The Innovation Showcase, the largest startup showcase in Indiana and possibly the Midwest.  Only 75 companies will make the cut and get to pitch to a crowd of over 1,000 people. The event includes an exhibit hall, company pitches, panel discussions and keynote presentations by T.A. McCann and Chris Heivly, both seasoned entrepreneurs with amazing stories. Who knows, maybe one of them will see a company they like and invest along with…
  • Why Learn Coding? w/ Scott Voicemail Inventor Scott Jones [VIDEO]

    Matt Hunckler
    21 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    I sat down into the red velvet seats of one of the greatest home theaters in the world. But I wasn’t in New York or Los Angeles. Voicemail inventor Scott Jones recently made his home (read: mansion) into one of the most ambitious undertakings in the field of education. With the unveiling of Eleven Fifty coding academy, Jones launched a new approach to learning to code software. Full disclosure: Eleven Fifty is a sponsor of Verge. And there are very good reasons why we decided to partner up… Watch the video below to see Scott’s answer to the question “Why learn coding?” and maybe…
  • Entrepreneurial Tips from a CPA CEO: Neil Berman on Founding, Leaving, Returning to and Growing Delivra

    Matt Hunckler
    5 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    When the stereotypical entrepreneur is a 20-something with a sales or marketing background shooting for the moon, Neil Berman stands apart. He had a career in accounting before founding Delivra, an email marketing service provider that’s a “unicorn” in its own way. The company itself is a rarity in the software world: it’s profitable. I spoke with the CEO about the advantages his accounting background gave him and what’s in store for Delivra. Watch the full interview with Neil Berman here: Dot-com Boom Beginnings The year was 1999. Adoption of the Internet was rising…
  • How to Steal the Best Digital Marketing Ideas

    Matt Hunckler
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Eric Clapton became a guitar god by first practicing riffs created by blues guitar legend Robert Johnson. Clapton developed his own style as he listened to other artists, played with new bands, and found the guitar licks that he grew to love. Becoming a master of digital marketing is no different. But first, you’ve got to get the right stuff into your brain (Clapton wouldn’t have become Clapton if he’d imitated amateurs). If you want to master digital marketing idea generation, you have to first get comfortable with borrowing things that work elsewhere. Use this 20-minute daily…
  • From Open Waters to Red Oceans: T.A. McCann’s Adventure as a Successful Sailor and Entrepreneur

    Matt Hunckler
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    T.A. McCann is one of the few people on the planet who can claim astronomical success in not one but two areas; in his case, sailing AND entrepreneurship. But are they that different? I sat down with the tech company founder and America’s Cup winner about both bouncing back from failure and tips for achieving success. Watch the full interview with T.A. McCann here: Adventures in Entrepreneurship and Sailing with T.A. McCann McCann got the entrepreneurial bug around the tender age of 12 when he started a lawn care business: “The feeling of independence and being able to control my own…
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    Startup Flavor

  • How To Sustain A Discounting Strategy For Your Small Business

    Alex Lawrence
    23 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    As the economic rollercoaster takes its course, digging into that old change pocket has become less comfortable for customers in all industries. Many business owners have resorted to marketing strategies that include daily discounts, special product offers and package deals, otherwise offering cheaper prices for particular services or products in order to attract more customers. With economic numbers looking more promising than ever, weaning your customers off the discounts while still seeing them walk through that front door is very crucial to your businesses success.
  • Devs Are The Real “Bubble”

    Alex Lawrence
    23 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    This post is not meant to enrage my many friends that are engineers/developers/programmers/etc. As a class of people, and in my experience, they are generally smarter then I am. Getting people who are smarter then me mad is not a good strategy. So before you read further, please know this – I respect technical talent ...
  • Uber Recruiting Drivers During Paid Rides Is Awesome

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

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

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

  • Restore 24-7 :Full Service Franchise Company

    Bob Debbas
    28 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Jack Hanks “, CEO of the Arizona – USA  based start-up “Restore 24-7″ Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? We are a full service restoration franchise company looking to grow our brand and franchise locations.  We provide emergency services, restoration, property management, property preservation, and home warranty.  2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? May 2014. And we open…
  • HiveFlux : Real-time Overview of What Everyone In the Company is Working

    Bob Debbas
    26 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Bruno Figueiredo”, CEO at the Lisbon – Portugal  based start-up “Hiveflux” Below is the interview we conducted with him: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? HiveFlux is a beautiful, simple project management app that gives you a real-time overview of what everyone in the company is working on. It’s also a great planning tool, letting you adjust your team’s daily workload, making sure everyone is productive and never overbooked. 2. When has your startup been…
  • Liquid : Platform to Easily Segment and Personalize Your Apps in Real-Time

    Bob Debbas
    19 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Mr. “Alexandre Vaz”, CEO at the Lisbon – Portugal  based start-up “Liquid” Below is the interview we conducted with him:   1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Liquid is a personalization platform that allows mobile app publishers to easily segment users and personalize their apps in real-time based on profiling, activity and without changing the code. 2. When has your startup been founded? And what stage is your startup currently at? The first lines of code of…
  • CallLevels : Finance StartUp in Singapore

    Bob Debbas
    14 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    Bob Debbas    We had an interesting chat with Ms. “Cynthia Siantar”, Co-Founder at the Singapore  based start-up “CallLevels” Below is the interview we conducted with her: 1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about? Call Levels Pte. Ltd. is a tech finance startup based in Singapore. We focus on building a mobile app, Call Levels, which is a simple market alert tool that allows users to track and set alerts for forex, commodities, stocks* and indices* of their choosing. It will also provide snapshots for quick market analysis based…
  • My Home Needs That : Search Engine Dedicated to Furniture and Homeware

    Bob Debbas
    11 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    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

  • Checklists for getting things done with Planio

    janschulzhofen
    19 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    You know those situations: There’s an open issue in Planio which hasn’t been completed yet and there are still a few things missing. You’re making note of each item in the issue history but over time it becomes hard to keep track.Of course you could create subtasks but really all the items are just very simple todos. Creating separate issues for each of them would be too much.Enter Checklists. Planio now allows you to add handy checklists to issues. Simply add one or more items and Planio will keep track as you cross them off the list.Have sets of todos that occur…
  • Business Chat made in Germany!

    janschulzhofen
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    It’s done. It’s ready. And we think it’s awesome. Planio’s new Team Chat App is finally ready and is now rolling out as a new Pro Feature to all Planio clients.A picture is worth a thousand words. So here it is:Beautiful, isn’t it?Planio’s new Team Chat will make your team work even more streamlined and productive. On the Web or using your favourite IRC client - Team Chat comes loaded with great features such as unlimited chat history, powerful search, smart links to Planio and external content and much more.But let’s not talk about it too much. Why not give it a try right…
  • 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…
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    Startup Champ

  • 5 Up and coming tech cities around the world  

    Gemma Falconer
    28 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Places like Silicon Valley, London’s Silicon Roundabout, and New York have established their reign over the start-up scene, but they are having to make room for up-and-coming tech cities. Many businesses are turned off by the fierce competition, lack of opportunities and the steadily rising cost of living, and have been setting up shop elsewhere. Cities you wouldn’t expect, all over the world, are becoming our new go-to places to find the hottest start-up talent. Here is our list of 5 up and coming tech cities around the world: Tel Aviv, Israel Tel Aviv city centre – ‘Kikar…
  • 5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Newsletter Subscribers

    Guest Author
    20 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    One of the most effective digital marketing forms is email. As such, it is an important part of every campaign. Offering a newsletter is one of the greatest ways to build your email list. Having a website with a form which gives people the option to opt in is simply not enough to build a subscriber list.  You will surely attract a few newsletter subscribers, but if you want to be more aggressive in your campaign, there are a number of options you can benefit from. 1.  Place an opt-in form immediately after each article in your blog. This is the perfect place to catch the attention of a…
  • Best Startup Ideas 2: Online T-shirt business

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 2:24 am
    Hey fellows, today is the day to unveil another trump card from our best startup ideas. Setting up an online t-shirt business is so fun and a really great idea. Of course, if you’re on reddit, you might not agree with us but we believe setting up a business like this can bring you great profits and experience. If you want to be an entrepreneur and can’t decide what to sell, start from this one. Even if you don’t make huge name out of it, you would certainly get the best kind of entrepreneurial experience that would help you in your future projects. So, what are the requirements for the…
  • Best Startup Ideas 1: Web Designing Firm

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Are you too bored with the monotonous 9 to 5 job and want to get something better out of your life? You need a startup idea, my friend. And our startup ideas series is going to give you exactly that. Every day on this very blog, we’re going to discuss about a new startup idea. We will discuss what the idea is or the concept, what would be the requirements to get started, how much investment in terms of time and money you would require and what the scope of it is. After that, we will have a special feature section where we will have tips and links to useful resources that can help you get…
  • Off-Site SEO Tricks You Can Do from Your Own Site

    Guest Author
    18 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    For some site owners, off-site SEO is rather complicated. There are a lot of things to do in order to have high quality backlinks and good off-site SEO in general, from contacting other site owners to writing guest posts and commenting on other sites. One way to get around the hassle is to hire the best SEO Canada Company to help you. Alternatively, you can use these next several off-site seo tricks we are about to discuss in this article to get started with off-site SEO from your own site. Quality Contents = More Backlinks Yes, you can get backlinks by posting guest posts on other relevant,…
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    IdeaMensch

  • Nathan Zielke – Founder of DreamCheaper.com

    IdeaMensch
    28 May 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Target the long term vision and then make it happen, the rest can and will be sorted out while on the way, but keep the same clear target all times. Nathan Zielke is founder and Managing Director of DreamCheaper.com, an innovative hotel price optimization service. It is dedicated to customers looking for the best rate for their planned business trip or vacation. Although branded as “the most hated startup in the hotel booking industry” by TechCrunch in March 2015, DreamCheaper is actually a helping hand for hotels to regain sales channel share from expensive platforms like booking.com and…
  • Antoinette Forth – Co-founder of Walkabout Collaborative

    IdeaMensch
    28 May 2015 | 2:59 pm
    If I were to start again I would save for two future events, my retirement and my entrepreneurship. In my career I saved for my retirement, took care of my obligations and spent the rest. Had I known that I would be embarking on an entrepreneurial venture I would have saved an amount equal to my retirement that I could use to start a new business or two. Antoinette Forth, entrepreneur, mentor and strategic advisor, is the co-founder of Walkabout Collaborative LLC a private talent cloud for executive independent workers and management consulting firm preparing mid-size companies to scale.
  • Jim Krause – Creator of Jim Krause Designs

    IdeaMensch
    28 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Do really good work; never miss deadlines; and be nice to people. It works. Jim Krause has lived in northwest Washington state and worked as a designer, photographer, illustrator, and writer since the 1980s. About 15 years ago Jim started authoring books aimed toward designers, photographers and other creative professionals. Since then, he’s written sixteen books, including the globally popular Index series (Color Index 1 and 2, Design Basics Index, and others) and his latest three titles are Color For Designers, Visual Design, and D30: Exercises For Designers. When Jim’s not working, he…
  • Mor Assia and Shelly Hod Moyal – Founding Partner of iAngels

    IdeaMensch
    26 May 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Market forces are strong and you have to constantly make sure your target hasn’t shifted and if it did, be agile enough and smart enough to change directions. Shelly Hod Moyal has an extensive financial and investment background. Prior to iAngels, Shelly was an Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs, a Research Analyst at Avenue Capital and a Financial Adviser in UBS. Mor Assia has an extensive technological and business background. Prior to iAngels, Mor held several corporate positions including Corporate Strategy Associate at Amdocs, Business Development Associate at SAP and Strategy…
  • Richard Hollis – Founder, Chairman and CEO of Holonis

    IdeaMensch
    26 May 2015 | 9:52 pm
    To continually grow, evolve, learn, visualize, and to think great thoughts. Thoughts become things and you evolve to what you think. Therefore, I recommend to think big. The career of Richard B. Hollis has been filled with extraordinary challenges, vision, and accomplishments, spanning more than three decades and ranging from medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and now digital technology. In his current capacity, he is the owner, founder, and CEO of Holonis Inc., based in San Diego, California. He used his unique blend and scope of experiences to build and craft a talented group…
 
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    jrodthoughts

  • EMC Acquisition of VirtuStream Closes the Door to a VMWare Spin-Off

    jesusmrv
    28 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    Two days ago, storage giant EMC announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire VirtuStream for $1.2B. VirtuStream is not the most well-known platform in the cloud market but one that has developed a considerable penetration in the enterprise space. This move follows the recent acquisition of CloudScalingrepresenting another step in EMC’s strategy to develop a robust cloud portfolio. While the acquisition brings very clear benefits to the EMC cloud stack from the capabilities standpoint, it has raised some interesting questions about the future of EMC’s crown jewel: VMWare. In…
  • 4 Reasons Why Big Tech Companies Continue Splitting

    jesusmrv
    21 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Computer Sciences, the giant IT consulting company founded in 1959, announced yesterday that it will be splitting into two different companies. Under the new structure, CSC Commercial will serve Fortune 1000 companies while CSC US Public Sector will focus on servicing government entities. Following HP, Symantec and eBay, CSC is the latest of a series of tech companies that have announced splits in the last year. Other legendary companies like EMC have been under constant pressure to spin off VMWare into a separate entity. This phenomenon is becoming a strong reality of large tech companies to…
  • Not All IOT Platforms are Created Equal

    jesusmrv
    14 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    A few days ago, I was part of a super interesting debate with several thought leaders in the internet of things (IOT) community about the evolution of IOT enterprise platforms. The core point of the debate was trying to identify the different channels by which enterprises will be exposed to IOT platforms. In the past, I’ve been very vocal that the enterprise IOT will inevitably produce a new type of platform. That thesis is no longer a theoretical argument as we are already seeing the first flavors of IOT platforms starting to make inroads in the enterprise. Even though this generation of…
  • The List of Companies that can Acquire Salesforce.com is Smaller than you Think   

    jesusmrv
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    Yesterday, Bloomberg broke the news that Salesforce.com have hired advisers to evaluate a potential takeover offer. The news spread incredibly rapidly and the CRM stock had to be halted due to volatility. When trading resumed, the stock was up 10% trading at an all time high. As media outlets started speculating about the potential Salesforce.com acquirers, there was a consensus that only IBM, Google, Oracle, Microsoft and SAP have the sufficient market cap and cash to afford what could be considered the second highest technology acquisition of all times. However, as we start analyzing each…
  • Will Open Source Platforms Dominate Enterprise IOT ?

    jesusmrv
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the key elements that will be required to make IOT successful in enterprise settings. While IOT is clearly dominating the discussions in technology forums, the ecosystem of enterprise solution is still in very early days. As a result, many of the key elements of enterprise IOT platforms are still to be defined. When we think about those key elements of IOT platforms, we naturally tend to focus on technology. However, lately I’ve becoming convinced that the development and distribution models (open vs. closed source) is going to…
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    Platform Thinking Blog

  • How platforms reconfigure industries: A pattern for upcoming platform opportunities

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    Will everything become a platform? Is a platform even the right model in all cases? History shows that platform-based and pipe-based business models will probably co-exist. Business models based on linearity are still going to be very important, but there will be opportunities for platforms to create greater scale than the traditional approach. Over the last decade the media industry has been repeatedly reinvented. Traditionally, the media value chain has been extended across the following parts: Content Creation Editorial Distribution Consumption The media value chain is a classic pipe…
  • Interview: Opportunities in digital transformation and regulation in a platform world

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    “I was recently interviewed by Ansgar Baums, Head of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at HP Europe. The below is a reproduction of the interview, with takeaways especially relevant to new business models emerging in manufacturing and more industrial sectors.” Ansgar: Sangeet – You are consulting companies worldwide on the questions how digital platforms transform business. On a very general level: Which companies typically do approach you? And what do they want to know? Sangeet: Two types of companies typically approach me. Startups that are building platforms…
  • APIs and Platforms: How interfaces and access enable the networked economy

    admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    This article was co-authored with Manfred Bortenschlager, API Market Development Director at 3scale Much has been written about the benefits of platforms as a basis for building successful and scalable businesses. Great examples about organizations that successfully deployed platforms include Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, Google, eBay, Flickr, Airbnb, and Spotify. The word “platform” is often used in a variety of situations. In an earlier article The Platform Stack, i had elaborated on different platform configurations using the platform stack as a design framework. Platforms have…
  • 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…
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    The Startup Videos

  • Make in India: An invitation to all

    bhuvana
    14 May 2015 | 12:42 am
    Make in India is an initiative by the Government of India, to encourage companies to manufacture their products in India. Simply defining, Make in India is a campaign to promote Indians to manufacture in India instead of importing. Where as “Made in India” is a product finished and finally packed in India or completely made in India. Manufacturing will be successful only if the government manages to convince companies to manufacture in India. So ‘Make-in-India’ aims at promoting India as an investment destination and establishing the country as a global hub for manufacturing,…
  • CreckJack – A whole new way to support content creators

    bhuvana
    5 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    CreckJack is an unique combination of social and crowd funding platform. This allows start-up to attract funding from sponsors to help and develop talents or to support their projects. At the same time, sponsors intend to receive cool rewards and get an access to exclusive content or rewards from the artists they are following. We had a short interview with the CEO: My name is Dima, I’m 24, and this is my friend Nick, he is 21, and we are founders of CreckJack. We are passionate about creative and beautiful things. A year and half ago, I used to play guitar and Nick used to be a DJ. We…
  • The story of an artist without an easel

    bhuvana
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Moloy Dey, is an Art College graduate. He always aspired for achieving a career that would give him creative freedom. He dreamt of becoming a fine artist, but also felt a strong urge for computer graphics and animation. His life changed when he was offered a job by a well paying corporate company in computer graphics soon after completing his Masters in Visual Arts. Moloy fell in love with the subject and started thinking, what can be done with computer graphics but he also realized that he was not the one who is going to take part in the rat race of corporate employment. He regularly browsed…
  • 8 Growth hacking Apps for Startups who don’t have fund

    bhuvana
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Startup entrepreneurs often need to juggle many roles, ranging from administrative assistant and accountant to project manager and marketer. But thanks to technology – Nowadays, apps become more prevalent and more powerful, entrepreneurs and small business owners are relying on these savvy tools to help their businesses grow and run more smoothly. And today things have become much smoother than before – Whether you want to create memorable presentations? Design awesome infographics? Manage team projects? Increase productivity or keep track of expenses?There is a wealth of apps…
  • Never miss out on a moment: The film of your life

    bhuvana
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Looking for an interesting app? Here is… Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life. Yes Everyday…! A new app for the iPhone. Cesar Kuriyama – Creative human person and the app developer: From 2011 to 2014, I’ve been recording 1 second every day, so I’ll never forget another day ever again. This project has had such a profoundly positive impact on my life, that I’ve passionately developed an App that will make it extraordinarily easy for anyone to do this too. Reliving every single day of my life at age 30 in 6 minutes has provided me with…
 
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    AlleyWatch

  • 4 Tax Write Offs Entrepreneurs Need to Know About

    John Rampton
    29 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    If you’re new to the world of freelancing, contracting, entrepreneurship or small business ownership, getting a CPA in your corner is a must. You’re about to delve in to a world brimming with tax write-offs, and since the IRS can (and does) change the rules each year, having a pro on your side ensures you keep as much of your profits as possible. (Worried about the cost of a good CPA? Don’t be — their services are also a tax write-off.) While I’m not a tax expert and you should consult with one before making any tax-planning decisions, I’ve found these tips to be useful in my own…
  • No Expert Has a Startup Checklist to Ensure Success

    Martin Zwilling
    29 May 2015 | 8:27 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 Checklist:…
  • Google Search Gives Twitter a Boost

    AlleyWatch
    29 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Google will now surface real-time tweets in search results on its app and mobile site.   Video not showing up? Click here
  • Do Unicorns Like Uber Point to a Tech Bubble?

    Tom DiChristopher
    29 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    It’s tough to say whether the private market for tech companies is in bubble territory, but lofty late-stage funding in Silicon Valley could benefit from public market discipline, the managing director at LererHippeau Ventures said Thursday. When it comes to late-stage funding rounds, it’s hard to know whether a company like transportation network Uber is worth $25 billion or $45 billion, Ben Lerer argued, when investors don’t have the public markets to regulate the pricing. Redpoint Ventures partner Geoff Yang was more definitive—saying he believes the late-stage private…
  • Developing Natural Audience: Lessons From The Creative World

    Under30CEO
    29 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    You’re an entrepreneur. You’ve identified a need that aches to be filled, and you’re building a business designed to fill the gap. The question is, how are you going to connect with the people who will become your allies, champions, loyal customers and clients? In other words, how are you going to discover and grow your natural audience? Writers, artists and professionals face precisely the same challenge, and they face it directly, because it’s their personal work and personal reputation on the line. Just like artists, as winning entrepreneurs, we must build good relationships with…
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    Startup Freak

  • ‘Digital platform for offline businesses to acquire, engage and manage consumer base in real-time’ Satish of Touch Point Data Sciences

    StartupFreak
    15 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Entrepreneurial Story of Satish Medapati who founded TouchPoint Data Sciences Private Limited (bounty app) located in Bangalore About: Mr. Satish Medapati – Founder, Satish has about a decade of experience across geos. He did coated steel sales, credit risk modeling, analytics-consulting, banking & service delivery before becoming an entrepreneur. He is passionate about solving problems that are integral to consumers through the use of mobile and data sciences. Anita heads the technology and has 18 years experience in building and managing large scale IT projects. Sandeep manages…
  • Youtellme.com – Smart Shopping in India

    StartupFreak
    14 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Company Name : Youtellme.com – Smart Shopping in India Description : YouTellMe.com is the leading online shopping price comparison site in India. Compare prices of Mobiles, Electronics, Home & Kitchen Appliances from 30+ stores. Company Overview : Online shopping in India is now made easy and fun, with YouTellMe.com! An engaging, new product discovery and price comparison site in India is designed to aid online shoppers in making an informed decision about any product they buy from a variety of different retails present on the web. From books, electronics, mobile phones, fashion and…
  • Packers and Movers Pune|Transport Services|09545015195

    StartupFreak
    14 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    Company Name : Packers and Movers Pune|Transport Services|09545015195 Description : A one safe packers and movers pune offering professional packing and moving services, bike moving,transport,household and office relocation services. Company Overview : is a professional moving services provider company based in Pune Maharashtra India. We have been moving families and corporate offices since 2006 and now we have our branches all over India. We take pride in our packing and moving work and are not satisfied until we fully please our clients. Whether it’s an office , household items, or a…
  • 12thGrade.in

    StartupFreak
    14 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    Company Name : 12thGrade.in Description : Our Mission is to provide information in a very simplified manner to students who would be applying for different All India Examinations to pursue their bright career in Engineering. Company Overview : 12thgrade.in provides here every information straight way from How To Apply To Important dates, Pattern Of Examination , Payment and all of that of different universities at one place. We Will be emailing you about the latest updates in the competitive world and you can also visit our site regularly for daily updates. Our Mission Our Mission is to…
  • kikbak

    StartupFreak
    14 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    Company Name : kikbak Description : KikBak Card is a brandable discount card Company Overview : KikBak Card is a brandable discount card which provides access to the largest network of high street discounts in the India including major high street brands and local retailers. The card provides savings at over 4900 locations nationwide. We provide our members with access to special offers and discounts that are not available to the general public. Kikbak card is dedicated to saving your money on anything & everything by finding the best deals. Whether you fancy going for a meal, shopping,…
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    Onboardly

  • LinkedIn Ads and Customer Acquisition: What Your Startup Needs to Know

    Shanelle Mullin
    27 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Note: This is the third and final installment in a special three-part series on social media advertising and customer acquisition for startups. With social advertising quickly becoming the most effective paid digital promotion channel, we wanted to empower our readers with the information they need to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to promote their startups. When I say ‘social advertising’, which platforms spring to mind? Twitter? Facebook? Maybe even Instagram and Snapchat. Regardless, I’m willing to bet LinkedIn isn’t necessarily at the top of your mental list. I’m…
  • 5 Steps to Building a PR Engine: Free Webinar!

    Heather Carson
    25 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Here at Onboardly, we’re all about the Startup PR (AND the bass). Handling public relations for a startup can be overwhelming -- and absolutely requires hustle -- but it’s totally do-able. We breathe it day-in and day-out, so it was about time we made that knowledge available to you, fellow startup. That’s exactly what we did with the launch of The Ultimate PR Machine, a six-week, six-module course that’ll have you running your startup PR like the boss that you are. Want to learn more? Sign up to attend our free webinar, 5 Steps to Building a PR Engine, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26th,…
  • Twitter Ads and Customer Acquisition: What Your Startup Needs to Know

    Shanelle Mullin
    21 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    Note: This post is the second in a special three-part series on social media advertising and customer acquisition for startups. With social advertising quickly becoming the most effective paid digital promotion channel, we wanted to empower our readers with the information they need to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to promote their startups. One of the most lucrative opportunities in the social advertising space comes from Twitter, whose ads are yielding much higher click-through rates than Facebook. This may be due in part to the versatility of Twitter’s ads, allowing…
  • Social Media Metrics That Actually Matter

    Renee Warren
    18 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    Let’s start off with a little startup heart-to-heart: building a business is hard work. It often involves long hours, thankless grunt work, and very little in the way of an immediate payoff. Moving the needle on the ‘big things’ -- customer acquisition, user retention, lead generation, etc. -- can take time, leaving you to go for long stretches without the satisfaction of immediate validation that comes from seeing your numbers move ‘up and to the right.’ For that reason, I’m not terribly surprised to see startups falling into the trap of using vanity metrics to measure their…
  • Startup Beat: May 2015 Edition

    Renee Warren
    15 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    Welcome to Onboardly’s Startup Beat, a roundup of what’s going on in the startup neighborhood. Each month, we put our ears to the ground so we can introduce you to new startups or developments, and why they matter. Discover something new and noteworthy yourself? Leave it in the comments below! Proposify Elevator pitch: Beautiful proposal software that's made for agencies. Why Onboardly believes this startup matters: We've used this product ourselves, so we know that it makes a big difference. Let’s be honest -- most of the time agencies struggle with not knowing what to include in…
 
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    The Grasshopper Blog

  • 7 Things Small Business Owners Are Tired of Hearing

    Elizabeth Wellington
    26 May 2015 | 10:47 pm
    For most people, going solo seems impossible. They imagine piles of debt, no benefits, and a whole lot of free time. Misconstrued ideas about being a small business owner are commonplace. You are bound to hear awkward comments at cocktail parties and meetings with prospective clients. So, what do you say when you that uncomfortable moment squeaks into your conversation? You break the tension with candid insights that highlight your entrepreneurial know-how. Here are some common things you never want to hear and some honest ways to respond: 1. “I can’t believe you do everything…
  • How to Reach More People with Less Effort Using Email

    Jessica Lunk
    26 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    As an entrepreneur, you’re used to wearing many hats and wishing you could be more places and do more things at once. Heck, you wish you could clone yourself. Since you can’t clone yourself, there are new ways you can reach more customers and prospects with less effort on your part. Email marketing is the old-school way to stay in touch with a larger audience in a more personalized way. Email is great because we all know how to use it, and most of us live in our inboxes. The twist is, new email marketing tools make it simpler than ever to send relevant, personalized emails to the inbox.
  • The Self-Sufficient Startup: How to Vacation-Proof a Business

    Kiera Abbamonte
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that Americans aren’t great at taking vacation time. Last year, U.S. workers left an estimated $52.4 billion worth of paid vacation days on the table. When it comes to entrepreneurs and small business owners, the number who actually go on vacation drops even lower. Over half of entrepreneurs didn’t take any vacation in 2014. None! Of those who did take vacation, they averaged less than half the vacation time that the average U.S. employee takes, and less than 15% of them disconnected from their businesses completely while they were away. We all know how…
  • Getting Sucked into the Black Hole of Social Media? Here’s How to Find Balance

    Elizabeth Wellington
    14 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    It happens to all of us. You get sucked in by click-baity tweets, read articles vaguely related to work, and ogle over competitors’ profiles. Yes, social media is a killer part of any good marketing plan. But the same tools that amplify businesses can pull the plug on productivity. As an entrepreneur, managing your social media accounts can easily bleed into the more important work of running a business. With 89% of businesses using social media, you’re not the only one staring down a world of digital distraction. Here are some ground rules for maximizing your time spent on social media…
  • 4 Amazing Sources for Customer Swag

    Kaleigh Moore
    12 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    Everybody loves free stuff. Therefore, any time you can tap into that positive association (and reinforce your branding at the same time), it’s good news. It’s not a new concept, either. Swag has deep roots in history–dating back to the election of George Washington in the late 1700s when promotional buttons were handed out to voters. Over time, swag evolved into yard sticks, pens, t-shirts, and more. Today, swag still holds and important place in many entrepreneurs’ budget. The question is, where do you go to find these products? And what should you invest in? In this…
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    e27

  • Don’t blame India for your failure to hire great engineers: Flipkart to Snapdeal

    Twishy Shahi
    29 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal’s tweeted this as a response to an industry report where Snapdeal’s Rohit Bansal allegedly commented on India’s lack of tech talent   Though India has a huge reservoir of engineering talent, Snapdeal, one of the country’s largest e-commerce companies, said that it’s not finding the coders it needs most, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The company is scouring the globe for programmers with a decade or more experience dealing with Big Data, cloud computing and the software used to interact with customers and suppliers. The…
  • AppLift acquires Singapore-based mobile ad buying app Bidstalk

    Donna Louisse
    29 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    With this, AppLift ventures into real-time bidding: Bidstalk’s platform will be integrated into AppLift’s mobile user-acquisition platform DataLift App marketing platform AppLift  announced today that it has acquired Singapore-based mobile ad buying site Bidstalk. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. AppLift allows app advertisers to acquire and re-engage returning or valuable users at scale. Currently, it has a user base of 500 clients, including match.com, Glu Mobile, Myntra and so on. AppLift CEO Tim Koschella says the company started out as a…
  • Surefire remedies for your Monday morning networking headaches

    Brent Angus
    29 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    Here’s a look at networking issues that flare up on Mondays, and simple, effective ways to solve them to run a smooth organisation Mondays usually come with a heavier workload and intense pressure to sort out the problems that have crept up over the weekend. Networking issues may slow down the business to a snail’s pace or even force it to a grinding halt. An organisation’s ICT network runs like a nervous system. A slow or dysfunctional network equates to a massive corporate headache that needs to be relieved to avoid permanent damage The tension headache: weekend configuration…
  • Meet the 3 startup graduates of PayPal India incubator

    Sainul Abudheen K
    29 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    The ventures are DoPartTime, a marketplace for jobs providers and seekers; Fantain, a sports fans analytics firm; and Kobster, a B2B e-com portal PayPal, the online payments subsidiary of eBay, has announced the graduation of three startups from its Start Tank Incubation Centre in India. The three ventures — DoPartTime, Fantain and Kobster — started their incubation at Start Tank between 2013-14. Here is a sneak-peak: DoPartTime Founded by Mohankumar Swaminathan and Arun David, DoPartTime is an online marketplace to bring together part-time job seekers and providers. The portal…
  • Use Google Maps without Internet connection soon

    Twishy Shahi
    29 May 2015 | 3:32 am
    This feature will allow users to get turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts At the annual I/O 2015 event in San Francisco, the search engine giant Google announced that Google Maps will soon work both online and offline. The offline support will be launching later this year but Google hasn’t mentioned whether or not it will be region-specific. This feature will allow users to get turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts even when they’re away from an Internet connection. Google showed off the technology on stage at Google I/O using a phone in airplane mode, and it worked…
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    Tech in Asia

  • Tech in Asia podcast episode 5: big investments, bigger burn rates

    C. Custer
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Yes, it’s true: after years of providing you top-notch text coverage of Asia’s tech scene, Tech in Asia has branched out into the world of multimedia. Meet the Tech in Asia Podcast, our weekly show where hosts Anh-Minh Do and Charlie Custer will take you through the week’s top Asia tech stories and then dive into deeper discussions on pressing issues with experts from all across Asia’s tech industry. This week: big investments and bigger burn rates. We take a look at Didi Kuaidi’s recent massive cash influx, and its even bigger spending spree. Plus big money for Baihe, Vietnam…
  • This Indian startup helps you become a designer and make money, for free

    Rahul Raj
    29 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    A fan of Modern Family would remember the T-shirts Jay Pritchett made for Claire, Haley, and Manny: Claire and Present Danger, Haley’s Comet, and Who Da Manny. Now who would forget the T-shirts Joey made for Ross for his bachelor party on Friends– the one with Ross Geller Bachelor Bash 1998 on the front and Best Man Joey Tribbiani printed on the back. Talking about custom-designed T-shirts makes me miss my college days when my gang and I got our group Tshirts made. Now imagine being able to design and produce your own T-shirts for a campaign, without worrying about the manufacturing…
  • Tripda thinks intra-city rides are key to popularizing carpooling in the Philippines

    Judith Balea
    29 May 2015 | 12:34 am
    The Philippines legalized ride sharing services earlier this month, opening the floodgates to a wave of such services racing to grab foothold. Recently launched Tripda is making a big push to introduce carpooling to Filipinos. The app by ecommerce giant Rocket Internet connects car owners who have spare seats with passengers heading the same direction. But unlike in other markets where Tripda deals with long distance travels, it’s initially offering immediate intra-city rides in the Philippines much like Uber. “Through Tripda, car owners can publish their seat availability for commuters…
  • After Daum Kakao acquires Path, here’s what we know so far

    Nadine Freischlad
    29 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    The Path acquisition by Daum Kakao is big news today, yet little is known about the terms of the deal and the future of Path as a product. Path claimed 23 million registered users in early 2014 and told Tech in Asia a few months later that at least four million of those are based in Indonesia. The social network’s relative strength in Indonesia prompted the company to open up an office in Jakarta late last year. Then WilliamTunggaldjaja was hired as Path’s country manager in February this year.Tunggaldjaja had left his position at Zomato to join the Path team. It’s obvious that…
  • Path sells to Asian tech giant to pursue the only country where it’s still popular

    Steven Millward
    28 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Path, the ailing social network that launched in 2010, has sold the app to Korean tech giant Daum Kakao. Path founder Dave Morin confirmed the move today in a Medium post (via The Verge) but didn’t reveal the financial terms of the deal. The acquisition covers only the Path and Path Talk apps, but not Morin’s entire startup (Path Inc) which continues with its newer products, such as the selfie app Kong. Daum Kakao operates the KakaoTalk app, which itself is struggling to assert itself anywhere other than in South Korea up against a host of messaging app rivals, such as Line,…
 
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    Swedish Startup Space

  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – May 27 Edition

    James Pember
    26 May 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! Helion are hiring a Mystery shoppers needed around Stockholm, Malmo, Goteborg 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…
  • Saturday Swedish Startup News – May 23 Edition

    Anders Hassis
    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Busy week? No time to check Swedish Startup Space? No worries – we’ve wrapped up the week’s most popular articles and latest jobs from #swedentech here for you! Most read this week Top Swedish Startup Jobs – May 20 Edition Jobylon, Sparta, Gears of Leo, Qapital are just a few of the Swedish startups currently hiring. Check out the jobs here! Metapic.se – the Gothenburg startup that changes the rules of blog advertising Metapic offers a tool for bloggers to tag a product in photos without having to create links in the text manually. Besides getting a much more aesthetically neat…
  • Metapic.se – the Gothenburg startup that changes the rules of blog advertising

    Per Bergström
    21 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    Metapic offers a tool for bloggers to tag a product in photos without having to create links in the text manually. Besides getting a much more aesthetically neat blog and giving the blogger an opportunity to earn money, it also makes it possible for the reader to click on a specific product and be directly transferred to its online store.

What started as a fun project in 2012 at Chalmers Innovation Startup Camp, a 10 week program at Chalmers University of Technology, has developed into a growing company with an interest of digital marketing. CEO Filip Askviken and his colleagues at…
  • Top Swedish Startup Jobs – May 20 Edition

    James Pember
    19 May 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…
  • NewsHubby is launching a new Press Release Guide: Funding

    Anders Hassis
    19 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    – Many companies want to reach out to the media, and journalists generally like writing about when companies have received funding. This fact makes the “Funding Guide” an important feature to provide to our users, says Alexandra Bylund, founder of NewsHubby. NewsHubby is a DIY service for creating, hosting and distributing press releases. The company achieves this by letting the users choose what kind of press release they want to create – for example about launching a company, when getting funding, about launching a new feature etc. – and then they answer…
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    Barcinno

  • There’s A New Sheriff In Town: What Does Mayor-elect Ada Colau Mean For Barcelona Entrepreneurship?

    Willow Novell
    28 May 2015 | 4:58 am
    Last Sunday, the townspeople of Barcelona elected Ada Colau as their new leader to run City Hall for the next 4 years. This act represents the democracy-in-action and  recognizes the freedom of the people, but it may also signal drastic changes in the way our city works. Barcelona has been for most of its time under the government of central-left party […] The post There’s A New Sheriff In Town: What Does Mayor-elect Ada Colau Mean For Barcelona Entrepreneurship? appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona’s FOREX Startup Kantox Raises $11M Series B

    Scott Mackin
    27 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Another London-headquartered fintech startup, albeit one with a development and marketing team in Spain, has raised more capital of its own. This time it’s the turn of Kantox. The currency exchange marketplace for SMEs right up to ‘mid cap’ companies has raised $11 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Partech Ventures, and […] The post Barcelona’s FOREX Startup Kantox Raises $11M Series B appeared first on Barcinno.
  • 7 Steps To Becoming An Awesome Startup Mentor

    Stewart Masters
    25 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    The Story Of One Startup Mentor Building a successful company is wicked hard. When creating a new business, you generally lack experience in one realm or another and you’re limited with how far you can go learning by your own methods. While you can navigate uncharted terrain alone, it’s not the quickest and most efficient way to go about building […] The post 7 Steps To Becoming An Awesome Startup Mentor appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Barcelona Startup Jobs: Senior UX Strategist @TravelPerk

    Scott Mackin
    25 May 2015 | 1:34 am
    Company:  TravelPerk Area: Business Travel Location: Barcelona Job type: User Experience Position: Senior UX Strategist At TravelPerk, we want to become the most user-centric travel company on earth. We are looking for a dynamic Senior User Experience Strategist for our HQ in Barcelona. What will you do in a typical day? Work closely with the product and […] The post Barcelona Startup Jobs: Senior UX Strategist @TravelPerk appeared first on Barcinno.
  • Could Wallapop Be Barcelona’s First Billion Dollar Startup?

    Scott Mackin
    20 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Do you Walla? If you live in Spain it’s highly likely that you already have the secondhand marketplace app Wallapop installed on your phone. Between their cheeky TV ads to their irresistible UI that just lets you keep scrolling, Wallapop has seemingly come out of nowhere to blow past Spain’s long list of competitors in the already crowded classified ads arena. In fact, […] The post Could Wallapop Be Barcelona’s First Billion Dollar Startup? appeared first on Barcinno.
 
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    NextShark

  • Posting About Your Significant Other on Facebook Means You Suffer From Low Self-Esteem

    Augustine Reyes Chan
    29 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Facebook users who post a particular kind of status update may be narcissistic or have low self-esteem. A new psychological study at Brunel University in London claims that people who post Facebook status updates about their romantic partners might be suffering from low self-esteem, while those who write about their diet, exercise rituals and overall accomplishments might be narcissists. While such things might seem obvious, this study is different, for few have explored what the psychologists at Brunel examined, which is the personality traits and motives that influence a Facebook user’s…
  • Early Racist Dr. Seuss Drawing at Auction for $20,000 Shows How Much People Can Change

    Waylae Gregoire
    29 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    There was once a racist side of Dr. Seuss that most fans of the classic children’s author never knew of, and that disturbing point is coming to light as one of his earlier drawings has gone to auction for a minimum bid of $20,000. Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, was the beloved author of childhood classics such as “Yertle the Turtle,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and “The Lorax.” But before his work promoted love, friendship, and the importance of the environment, Geisel was something of a small-minded and ignorant supremacist. The drawing, titled “Cross-Section…
  • This 5-Star Turkish Beach Resort is Looking For a Chief Instagram Officer

    Max Chang
    29 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Six lucky people will be spending a week of their summer working as the Chief Instagram Officer of a five-star beach resort in Turkey. You could be one of those lucky people. The Hillside Beach Club, located on the beautiful Kalemya Bay in Fethiye, Turkey, is searching for six Chief Instagram Officers to help promote the resort on social media this summer. As you can see, it wouldn’t be hard to snap some incredible pics in this cozy little bay in southwest Turkey: Duties include spending seven days at the resort, managing the Hillside Beach Club Instagram account, and hosting an Instagram…
  • Here Are All the Reasons You Need to Take Your Startup to New York City

    Editorial Staff
    29 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    We’re guilty, we admit it: Much like everyone else, we pay way more attention to Silicon Valley than Silicon Alley. For certain startups though — like those that concentrate on media, design, fashion, publishing, advertising or commerce (after all, Wall Street is, well, just across the street) — New York City is the place to be. But it can also be a good home for more urban-oriented techies too: Tech jobs in NYC have increased by 33% over the past four years. The Big Apple wants your tech startups too — it launched its Digital.NYC late last year to encourage and help grow…
  • One Infographic Sums up How to Give The Perfect Elevator Pitch

    Editorial Staff
    28 May 2015 | 6:52 pm
    You’re part of a growing startup and have just unexpectedly run into a potential investment opportunity with a very important person. Quickly: What do you say to sell your product or company? If the right words aren’t on the tip of your tongue, you’re in need of a good elevator pitch — a succinct sales pitch that you can level in the time it takes to ride an elevator, anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds. Fortunately, OpenColleges created the infographic below to help guide you through perfecting your elevator pitch. (click to enlarge) h/t: Business Insider Australia
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    Yapsody Blog

  • LET YOURSELF BE “CHARMED” BY YAPSODY’S RESERVED SEATING WIZARD

    Yapsody
    13 May 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Yapsody – Reserved Seating Wizard While Yapsody’s General Admission continues to let you enjoy many features for FREE, that you would otherwise be paying for if you were using other ticketing websites to sell tickets online, we thought we could try bewitching (pun intended) you by introducing the premium Reserved Seating Wizard. So get on those broomsticks as we fly you through the features of Reserved Seating, enchanting you all along, an exciting rebate offer hovering over your head like an impenetrable charm! ADD RESERVED SECTIONS With a single click of your mouse (quite similar…
  • BOX OFFICE TO FIT IN YOUR PALM? ‘POS’SIBLE!

    Yapsody
    13 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    BOX OFFICE TO FIT IN YOUR PALM? ‘POS’SIBLE! You must be wondering how a professional blog post could have such a hideous title that amounts to absolute nonsense, but with the release of Yapsody’s Point-Of-Sale (or POS, as we call it) app, we’ve realized that nothing in the world of online ticketing is im-POS-sible for Yapsody. We intend to justify ourselves by tracing the need of this app in the first place. Centuries ago (that’s a hyperbole), presenters used retail stores and booking offices to sell their tickets. This tedious procedure of distributing the tickets amongst the…
  • EVENTS ENGINEERING – TECH TIDBITS ABOUT PLANNING AN EVENT

    Yapsody
    13 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    A few years back in time, event organizers were usually people who were distinctly spotted in the middle of a mayhem carrying bundles of documents, bills and checklists stuffed hastily in mismatched folders, yelling instructions to their team as their hair shot out of maintenance pretty awkwardly under the band of a lopsided headphone with a mic. Now, however, technology has chilled these species out so much it is difficult to really figure out who is the planner, really! Learn how to squirm your way into this chilled out species by using technology for event planning: EVENTS ENGINEERING –…
  • EVENT PROMOTION – STOP FIDGETING, START WIDGETING!

    Yapsody
    13 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    EVENT PROMOTION – STOP FIDGETING, START WIDGETING! WHY? We realized it was high time you stopped experimenting with useless techniques to promote your event on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, and virtually every other social media platform that you can think of. Honestly, having a ten-line instruction set to guide your audience to your online ticket store is definitely not working because nowadays, people don’t even read their medical reports that sincerely. It doesn’t matter how rich or witty your content is – if it’s not a click away, it’s no good, anyway! To overcome…
  • FORMULA FUNDRAISER – EQUATING THE NINE VARIABLES OF PLANNING A FUNDRAISING EVENT

    Yapsody
    9 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    PLANNING A FUNDRAISING EVENT Whenever people hear the word “business”, they are often struck by the idea of black-n-white dealings & profit-n-loss statements. Basically, every part of business seems to be satisfying an equation. Even the one that’s allegedly a “risk” is actually working on probability equations. Fundraisers, on the other hand, have a softer edge and appear to be the only business arena where equations can’t be trusted. However, we seek to prove otherwise by enlightening you about the NINE IMPORTANT VARIABLES of fundraisers and how to handle them when it comes…
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    StartUp Beat

  • Big news, announcements at 2015 MakerCon in San Francisco

    Brita Muller
    29 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    San Francisco, CA — The business of Making is an increasingly hot topic as illustrated earlier this month at MakerCon, the only conference by and for leaders of the Maker Movement. Over 500 Makers and top Maker Movement leaders convened to discuss 3D printing, digital manufacturing, tool production, and other cutting-edge technologies May 12-13. The conference featured two days of presentations, meetings, networking, and exclusive announcements. Maker Media, parent company of Make: magazine and Maker Faire, hosted the event in partnership with presenting sponsors Intel and Cisco. The…
  • Solicitors offer to work for free on new legal bidding site

    Lucy Douglas
    29 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    A revolutionary new website is single-handedly challenging the establishment of the British legal profession – by encouraging lawyers to offer free consultations and bid online for work. LawSpark has certainly been causing fireworks since it launched in October last year. But they are for all the right reasons, insists its founder, former paralegal Lucy Douglas. She says the innovative online job board allows small businesses, entrepreneurs and other individuals and organisations to compare quotes from an affordable lawyer specialising in what they need help with. They do this by posting a…
  • Ground transportation captures record share of travel startup funding

    Phocuswright Media
    28 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Ground Transportation Captures Record Share of Travel Startup Funding NEW YORK, May 28, 2015 – Investors have poured more than US$12 billion into travel startups founded over the past decade – and more than half of that funding was raised in 2014 alone. According to a new publication by travel industry research authority Phocuswright (“Travel Innovation: The State of Startups 2005-2014” – www.phocuswright.com/Travel-Research/Technology-Innovation/Travel-Innovation-The-State-of-Startups-2005-2014), which tracks nearly 1,000 travel companies launched worldwide from…
  • Bindo launches integrated API retail solution for developers

    Catherine Lowe
    28 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    New York – May 27, 2015 – Bindo, a leading retail technology company with an iPad Point-of-Sale (POS) system for merchants, today announced the release of a powerful integrated API solution. The new technology will allow developers to take full advantage of Bindo’s systems and expand upon them, adding on the tools retailers need to take their businesses to the next level. Using the Bindo API, developers will be able to build custom applications such as external loyalty programs, third-party eCommerce plug-ins, sales dashboards and integrated back-end ERP systems. Bindo API taps…
  • Mobile and web incubator releases ForSaleToday

    Amy Veloz
    28 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Las Vegas, Nev. – Quake Interactive, a Las Vegas based mobile and web incubator, has announced the release of ForSaleToday.com. This project pulls the best deals from Amazon, with designs on becoming the top retail deals engine on the web. “We were very excited to get involved with this project,” Jay Goodwin, Managing Development Partner for Quake Interactive, said. “We chose this project to devote time and resources to because we feel it offers something no other site offers, in one location, and will be an industry leader on the web.” ForSaleToday.com is fully responsive, for easy…
 
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  • Mast Mobile is looking for a lead/head of marketing in NYC

    John Gannon
    13 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    MAST MOBILE, INC. Growth Hacker/Marketing Lead – NYC Contact: cv@mastmobile.com This role is on point to fuel growth at a company ready to change the way enterprises manage communications. Mast Mobile has developed a new communication software platform that is integrated deep into mobile networks, which enables capabilities that OTT players cannot provide. Our mission is to unleash the value of mobile for small enterprises. Our platform provides an end-to-end solution for communication that is mobile from the ground-up, radically simplifying the fragmented environments and tools that…
  • Startup Career Advice for 5/13/15

    John Gannon
    13 May 2015 | 5:11 pm
    James Cohane, who works on business development and partnerships at Axial, writes about what Business Development really is. Michael A. Affronti, Director of Product at ThinkingPhones, writes about how a product manager should be the most curious person in the room. Want more startup job posts and career advice? Subscribe to my mailing list to receive startup career advice and job postings delivered to your Inbox.  Email The post Startup Career Advice for 5/13/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Estimote is looking for an investment banking analyst for finance/biz ops role

    John Gannon
    12 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Hiring an investment banking analyst in a finance / biz ops role to help us build the future. Email steve at estimote. — Steve Cheney (@stevecheney) May 12, 2015 The post Estimote is looking for an investment banking analyst for finance/biz ops role appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 5/6/15

    John Gannon
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    CMX is announcing the CMX Summit Scholarship Program, Nepal support, and new workshops. InSparq is hiring a Digital Client Strategist 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 5/6/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
  • Startup Jobs for 4/29/15

    John Gannon
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    Signpost is hiring a Sales Data Operations Manager in NYC. Rocketrip is hiring a Head of Customer Success 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 4/29/15 appeared first on Startup Jobs and Career Advice from Startup Leaders.
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  • Tagillion: A Platform for Brands to Endorse Content

    Drew Thompson
    29 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    While we were at TechCrunch Disrupt NY a few weeks ago, we had the chance to meet with a bunch of different startups. One of the more interesting companies we were able to speak with was Tagillion. The Las Vegas based company has some pretty bold aspirations. Tagillion is a social-ish network that allows individuals to earn money from their photos. More or less, it allows individuals to quickly become brand ambassadors for businesses. The founder and CEO of Tagillion – Damon Nam whom we spoke to at TC Disrupt, video below – shared a little bit about the new network in a LinkedIn…
  • Rewind: Share your last 24 hours

    Brian Sanders
    29 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    Of all the events we go to every year, TechCrunch Disrupt NY is easily one of the best. Every year we are absolutely blown away by the quality of the startups at the event. This years event was no exception. One of our favorite startups at the event was Rewind. Rewind has one of the most interesting products we have seen in some time. It is somewhat similar to Snapchat, in terms of its purpose, but it is completely different in terms of execution. The idea behind Rewind is to share your last 24 hours. As such, any image or text that you share is deleted in 24 hours. In another stark contrast…
  • One Spark Creator HeroMe Launches new Product

    Drew Thompson
    29 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    HeroMe was one of the coolest companies that we saw at One Spark way back in April. In a nutshell, HeroMe allows kids to design and build their very own super hero action figures. Not only do they pick out the various parts – head, legs, arms – that make up the figure itself, but they create their very own backstory for each hero. Until now, these custom heroes were only male figures. However, the Jacksonville company just took to Kickstarter to start production on a line of female super heroes. The new product, dubbed HeroMe Girl, will follow nearly the same process as the…
  • FluentU: Learn Language in Context

    Brian Sanders
    29 May 2015 | 4:57 am
    FluentU What is FluentU? FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos. FluentU takes music videos, movie trailers, news, and inspiring talks, and turns them into language learning lessons. Why did you build FluentU? What problem are you taking on? Language learning products today are boring and don’t equip people to learn a language the way that it’s actually used. Instead, they train learners to learn words in isolation. Once learners go from the classroom into the real world, they find themselves completely unequipped to engage in actual conversation. And…
  • Oculus Acquires Augmented Reality Startup Surreal Vision

    Drew Thompson
    29 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    Earlier this week, the virtual reality (VR) startup turned Facebook subsidiary, acquired the Surreal Vision. No terms or figures for the acquisition were released. Surreal Vision has, to-date, focused on computer vision and what an Oculus blog post described as “real-time 3D scene reconstruction.”2 This acquisition is interesting for several reasons, but the fact that Surreal Vision operates more in the augmented reality (AR) space than the VR space could be a signal of things to come. Up until this acquisition, Oculus has maintained that the focus was 100% VR. However, Surreal…
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  • How Multiple Payment Methods Help Increase Conversions

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    26 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    In the past three years, we’ve recognised that credit & debit card payments coupled together with a digital wallet like PayPal, lets you cover the majority of online transactions in Europe. With that combination of payment methods, you’re able to cover over 90% of online purchases in the vast majority of European countries – which makes it a key factor to increasing conversions on your e-commerce website. We’ll take a look at three reasons how having multiple payment methods can help you increase conversions. Easier for customers to checkout Not everyone has a credit card, and…
  • What Online Merchants Should Know About E-commerce Fraud [Infographic]

    Clarissa Amaral
    21 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    Every day fraud and identity theft threaten online businesses of all kinds. As an online business owner it is important to understand how fraud has evolved as well as the prevention measures you can take to prevent it. In many cases, fraud can be prevented with human intervention in combination with technology. One common way is by integrating 3-D secure into your checkout, which is a security protocol that helps ensure the customer is actually the credit card holder. To find out more about e-commerce fraud, scroll down to check out our infographic which highlights some alarming numbers…
  • Top Startups From Munich

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    8 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    London and Berlin seem to always be making the headlines when it comes to startups. And for good reason too, as they’ve produced some successful startups the past years, such as MOO, SwiftKey, SoundCloud and 6Wunderkinder. But while these cities generate most of the buzz in the startup community, that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones. According to an EU study from 2014, Munich ranked as the number one European city when attracting venture capital in the technology sector. So while not much has been reported on the Munich startup scene (also home to PAYMILL), there’s…
  • 4 Practical Ways To Stay Close To Your Early Users

    Guest Blogger
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:33 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Marta Wadsworth who is part of the Marketing Team at Userlike Your relations with your early customers are the foundation for sustainable startup growth. Early customers are the ones who proof or disproof your product market fit, or guide you to the direction of reaching one. They have (or should have) a high impact on your product development, which is why staying close to them during the early stages of your company is so important. Sadly, many startups neglect the importance of actively maintaining their interaction channels. These startups take…
  • Why Generation Y Choose The Startup Life

    Kostas Papageorgiou
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    According to research by PwC, Generation Y (people born in the 80s and early 90s) will compose half of the workforce in 2020. However Generation Y (a.k.a. Millennials) are already quite established in the workforce today. And with startups and larger established corporations compete against each for the best talent – it’s important to know what exactly makes them tick. Not only for attracting talent to come work for you, but to also keep them with your company. “Generation Y will compose half of the workforce in 2020.”Click To Tweet A lot has already been published on the…
 
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  • The Unsung Hero: The Story of Umadevi

    Prateek Panda
    4 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    “It all began in 1995. I was going for table tennis to the Karnataka Government Secretariat and its then secretary Krishna Kumar took me to the Billiards room and thrust a cue in my hands.[...]
  • 11 “Internet of Things” Startups to Watch

    Team TechPanda
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:43 pm
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  • Fxkart: Fair.Fast.Free

    Trisha Niyogi
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Against the conducive backdrop of general optimism in the prospect of the Indian economy, as per the survey conducted by Ipsos, 53% of Indians are likely to increase their travel budget for the current year. This optimism[...]
  • Why Indian Society Badly Needs Generic Medicines?

    Guest Author
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    It’s a matter of great sadness that in India, there are thousands of people dying every day because they don’t have enough money to afford costly medicines and treatment. The sadder part is that the[...]
  • Top 3 Tablets With Voice Calls

    Team TechPanda
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Calling tablets are the new trend in the market. All the voice calling tablets in the market are more convenient to use due to their GSM calling facility that is an additional advantage. But many[...]
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  • Top 10 Tips for the Perfect Pitch

    27 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    For many entrepreneurs, having the perfect pitch is a big challenge, as they struggle to communicate their message to third parties in a clear and comprehensible way. This is something we are aware of and this is why, a year ago, we asked the amazing David Beckett to work with our startups during our accelerator programs in Amsterdam.
  • Which are the qualifications for a young to start and growth his/her enterprise?

    25 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    For many years researchers and practitioners tried to investigate the competency-based education, and the qualifications that should be taught to young people in order to be successful entrepreneurs. This curriculum development method does not necessarily consider the educational content as the starting point, but the competencies that should be acquired in order to be successful in a certain task or job. Competencies are seen as characteristics that a person brings to a job situation, which can result in effective and/or superior performance in such job and include among others motives and…
  • The Youth Entrepreneur Profile - Initial Steps - Part 4 of 4

    13 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    For many years researchers and practitioners tried to investigate the competency-based education (Stoof, 2005), and the qualifications that should be taught to young people in order to be successful entrepreneurs.
  • The Youth Entrepreneur Profile - Initial Steps - Part 3 of 4

    8 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    According to Javier (2008) the entrepreneur should also have a technical background, and previous job experience.
  • The Youth Entrepreneur Profile - Initial Steps - Part 2 of 4

    29 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    The youth profile was developed according to Caird (1992) suggestions and the job function analysis.
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    RapidResource Small Business Blog

  • New Ways to Pay: A Roundup of Recent Payment Technology

    21 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    As a child, did you ever think that one day - somewhere in the distant future - you'd be able to pay merchants by simply waving a small device?  Well that day has come. Smartphones have drastically changed the way we talk, shop and pay in the past decade or so. Forget cash and swiping credit cards - mobile payments are the future, and many companies have taken advantage of this technology by releasing their own apps and devices that can make transactions much easier for both buyers and sellers. So where do you begin?  Step 1: Acquire an NFC reader Before you can look into…
  • Infographic: 6 Ways to Create SEO-Friendly Copy for Small Businesses

    19 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    Small-business owners looking to increase the visibility of their websites must pay careful attention to their site's search rankings. Having meaningful content on your website can do wonders for your SEO strategy, which impacts where your website shows up on search pages.  Whether you're well-versed in SEO or just learning about it, there are a few surefire ways you can improve the quality of your site and put it in a good position to succeed. 1. Write Engaging Copy Content on your website has to do more than just exist - it has to entice readers. Get them to engage with your site…
  • Infographic: How to Keep Your Business Top-of-Mind for Customers Before the Season Starts

    18 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Staying on your customers' radars is easy during the busier times of the year, but what happens on the off-season? Some retail stores experience a significant uptick in revenue during the holiday season, but then deal with dips in sales during the first quarter of the year. How do you keep your customers engaged when they're not actively seeking your service? It's actually easier than you think. Try one of these tactics next time you're trying to entice your existing consumer base during your down time. 1. Offer incentives at the beginning of the season Prior to your peak season, offer a…
  • 5 Questions You Didn't Know You Couldn't Ask in an Interview

    13 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Interviews are a critical component for any growing small business. Adding more staff members to your venture allows you to increase the output of your brand, expanding both its size and reach.  You've been on the other side of the interview before, but have you ever conducted one yourself? If not, don't fear! These sessions are invaluable, as they allow you the opportunity to more about the personalities and skill sets of potential employees. You can ask about their job history, their successes and their hobbies, but did you know there are many questions you legally…
  • Small Business Week: Loan Advice for Small-Business Owners

    8 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    There are many things a small-business owner needs to start a new company: a vision, a plan and - of course - a bit of cash.  From employee salaries to rent for your store's space, there are many upfront fees you'll be responsible for covering before your business gets off the ground. While some entrepreneurs have a financial cushion from which they can draw, the majority need to seek alternate routes for funding their ventures.  If you're considering a small business loan, there are a few things to remember before approaching a potential investor. Review these five tidbits of…
 
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    TechJuice

  • 20 jargon words a startup must know to raise money

    Mohammad Farooq
    29 May 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Raising finances for startups may seem an uphill task, also pitching an idea requires using language that your potential investors read moreThe post 20 jargon words a startup must know to raise money appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Kaymu and Plan9 are partnering to stimulate entrepreneurship in Pakistan

    Mohammad Farooq
    29 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    Plan9 and Kaymu have partnered together to initiate mentoring of upcoming aspiring startups along with promoting entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Plan9’s read moreThe post Kaymu and Plan9 are partnering to stimulate entrepreneurship in Pakistan appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Anonymity enables individuals to exercise their rights says UN report

    Mohammad Farooq
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The United Nations outed a report Thursday which puts forth the argument that strong online encryption is critical to exercising read moreThe post Anonymity enables individuals to exercise their rights says UN report appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Brace yourselves: Animated gifs are coming to Facebook

    Fatima Rizwan
    29 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Facebook has started rolling out the animated GIFs feature for certain number of users on Facebook. TechJuice has personally checked read moreThe post Brace yourselves: Animated gifs are coming to Facebook appeared first on TechJuice.
  • Self-taught engineer builds a solar powered motorbike

    Sarwat Fatima
    29 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    Mustafa Mohammadi is a 30-year-old self-trained Afghani engineer who has built a three-wheeled solar powered motorbike. The vehicle was built read moreThe post Self-taught engineer builds a solar powered motorbike appeared first on TechJuice.
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    The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, Startup News, Startup Resources, Interviews

  • Delivering Premium Indian Tea At Your Doorstep- The Tea Shelf

    Prakriti Rudra
    28 May 2015 | 2:28 am
    While the popularity of tea is growing worldwide, very few companies in India cater to this demand. India produces half the world’s tea. Some of the finest tea is grown in India. Why then, aren’t more companies tapping into this growing market? This very question along with their love for tea made Atulit and Srinidhi Chokhani take their 150 years of tea experience and culture and share it with the world, and thus, introduced The Tea Shelf an online tea shop in January 2015. While Atulit was born to a family of tea lovers, Srinidhi married into one. Atulit and Srinidhi, Co-founders, The…
  • Intending To Inspire Millions Of Hindus Across The Globe, Wheresmypandit.com Lets You Experience Divinity

    Asish Das
    27 May 2015 | 7:40 pm
    On an average, Indians spend more than $1 billion on online religious projects and services. Some of the young entrepreneurs are trying to combine technology for all the religious needs and cater this huge $1 billion industry with innovation. Incepted in July 2014 to overcome the difficulties faced by Hindus for following their religion without any hassles or concerns, Mr. Arun Poddar, a CA by profession with 7 years of entrepreneurial experience, initiated a venture very close to his heart i.e. WheresMyPandit.com. He quoted while describing Where’s My Pandit, “It’s a project developed…
  • DrRiight Combines Technology And Healthcare To Transform Patients’ Experience

    Aishwarya Jain
    22 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    In today’s digital era where products and services reach the doorsteps of a consumer at a single click, there are areas of concern in the Indian healthcare sector-Due to the scarcity of reliable source of information on doctors which can be trusted by the patients, it makes online doctor appointment bookings tougher decision to make. DrRiight.com is an online service that assists patients in receiving better and faster care by offering detailed doctors’ profiles which includes their respective biographies, expertise, hospital affiliations and much more. With confirmed medical appointments…
  • TeerCounter – A One Stop Destination For Teer and Lottery Lovers

    Akanksha Samar
    22 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    Known to a very few, Teer is a game of dreams and gambling played in the state of Meghalaya wherethe sport of archery is intrinsic. In Shillong at around 4 p.m., and again at around 5 p.m., the Khasi archers assemble around a cylindrical target made out of bamboo thatch. For the next three minutes they shoot at the target, after which the total numbers of arrows that have hit the target are counted. Out of the total, the last two digits are taken as the winning number. The 4 and 5 p.m. sessions are considered the first and second round of this game respectively. Teer Game In this gambling…
  • Secret Celebrity Aspirations? Tips To Go From A Nobody To A Somebody Online

    Amit Ghosh
    21 May 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Admit it. Just the word ‘celebrity’ gives you the thrills. Back in the good old days, that word had a pretty defined meaning. It referred to that super-elite, superhuman segment of people that made looking good and being rich seem effortless. Today, being a celebrity is less about being an expert in a niche and more about being known and ‘followed’. Nope, we’re not recommending cultivating a stalker base here: we’re talking about an online fan following. It’s all in the numbers baby. The more people you’ve got checking in to whatever you’re offering online, the higher is…
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  • Lesson 7: Secrets, Dark Social And Posting Like a Social Media Rockstar

    Florin Muresan
    27 May 2015 | 2:39 am
    We’ve entered the world of Dark Social, which is such a fancy name. It also sounds so SciFi. Still, it’s not something you as a marketer can ignore. In a perfect world, we’d just go ahead right now and post to the communities that we’ve researched back in Lesson 6.…
  • Lesson 6: Enter Communities. The Final Frontier on your Way to 300 Readers for Each Blog Article

    Florin Muresan
    26 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    All that you’ve learned until now in this course has lead you to this point. This is one of the most powerful lessons from this whole course, but you couldn’t have gotten to it until now, because you just weren’t ready. Now that you finally have knowledge regarding the best…
  • Putting an End to Car Insurance Misconceptions

    Florin Muresan
    26 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Car insurance is a touchy subject when it comes to most people, especially those who use their cars for everyday activities. However, what most drivers fear more than dealing with the costs of insuring their vehicle, is uninsured drivers. Not only are they more likely to cause accidents, but they…
  • How Is Beacon Technology Relevant For Your Marketing Strategy

    Florin Muresan
    26 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    It’s simply amazing how much technology has evolved. Every day, IT people come up with some great technologies, specially designed to make our lives easier. Beacon technology is one of them. The insane number of people that are using smartphones, was thought as an opportunity for retailers to be in close proximity…
  • Introducing The Future Of Retail Shopping: The Ibeacon

    Florin Muresan
    26 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    The iBeacon: 100% connection between retailer and client is now possible She is a pretty tall young woman in a suit and high heels, her hair a flash of brilliant gold and her lips curled in a dainty pink smile. She is trotting casually down the street, she stops in…
 
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    PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech

  • Startup Ecosystem: Predators vs. Prey – Infographic

    Irfan Ahmad
    27 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    “The startup waters are murky and full of hidden dangers. Below the surface, the ecosystem rests in a delicate balance between predators and prey. To help you navigate these stormy seas, Udemy has created the infographic below. Read on to find out where you stand in the startup food chain.” The post Startup Ecosystem: Predators vs. Prey – Infographic appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • What Rozee.pk’s $6.5m funding means for the Pakistani Job Market

    Mehreen Omer
    25 May 2015 | 1:54 am
    Rozee.pk recently raised over $6.5 million in Series C venture funding from Vostok Nafta and Piton Capital Lead Investment to drive its growth. Considering Pakistan is world’s sixth-most populous country and has a growing middle-class, you will be see a massive surge in the number of job applications in the next few years which only... The post What Rozee.pk’s $6.5m funding means for the Pakistani Job Market appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • First-hand (or wrist) interview with an unlikely Apple Watch user

    Barb Abramson
    23 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    I’ve been really curious about the new Apple Watch and so I asked a lot of my friends if they were getting one. No one in my (baby boomer) circle planned on making that purchase. I heard indications that they would take a while to ship, but I was really curious to check one out,... The post First-hand (or wrist) interview with an unlikely Apple Watch user appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Social Innovation Lab Winks at a Business Revolution

    Mehreen Omer
    21 May 2015 | 11:52 pm
    There are people in this world who if you try to good for the society, would tell you that there’s no money in doing good, so unless you are super-rich, you better focus your efforts on how to sustain yourself. There’s one entity in Lahore that trying disprove this notion. Yes, you can earn money... The post Social Innovation Lab Winks at a Business Revolution appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • 3 Bahadur and Pakistan’s Animation Industry

    Mehreen Omer
    21 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    In recent years, Pakistan has witnessed an unprecedented growth in animation startups and with the release of animation movies like Burka Avenger and 3 Bahadur, the talent has only begun to unleash itself. But while Burka Avenger was a short video series, 3 Bahadur is Pakistan’s first full-length animation officially releasing in Pakistani cinemas on... The post 3 Bahadur and Pakistan’s Animation Industry appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
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    1CLICK Blog

  • How to look good while video chatting!

    Alinam Clifton
    20 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    In today’s fast paced world, rapidly improving technology is changing the world and making it a smaller place. Technology and communication play a colossal role in our day to day lives. Science and technology have developed so muc … Continue reading →The post How to look good while video chatting! appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • Best Practices for a Customer Hero

    Clifton Lobo
    15 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    BEST PRACTICES FOR A CUSTOMER HERO   Every customer interaction matters. You need to make the best out of each customer interaction and achieve the goal that any customer hero would have: To Win Over The Customer. Be it through se … Continue reading →The post Best Practices for a Customer Hero appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
  • CO-BROWSING: THE FUTURE OF CUSTOMER INTERACTION ONLINE.

    Clifton Lobo
    12 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Technology is rapidly evolving, and businesses across the online world are embracing technologies that influence the customer’s purchase and loyalty decisions. These tools are designed to enhance the customer’s experience and prov … Continue reading →The post CO-BROWSING: THE FUTURE OF CUSTOMER INTERACTION ONLINE. appeared first on 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 all, start-ups are based on the principle of taking fast an … 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. The statistics say it all, currently a third o … Continue reading →The post Video marketing for your online business appeared first on 1CLICK Blog.
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  • CallFire Helps Businesses Succeed And Reach More Customers

    SuperbCrew
    29 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Santa Monica, CA based CallFire is a cloud telephony SaaS provider that develops and provides web-based VoIP products and services. The CallFire self-serve platform has over 200,000 customers. Here is our recent interview with Punit Shah, Co-Founder of CallFire: Q: CallFire helps businesses engage customers and increase sales. For those who have never heard of it tell us something more? A: We help automate and streamline customer reach and retention efforts by providing easy-to-use, affordable voice and text services that allow businesses to communicate and engage with their prospects and…
  • Appery.io – Cloud Development Platform That Accelerates Mobile Innovation

    SuperbCrew
    28 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Appery.io is development platform that combines a cloud-based platform with visual development tools and integrated backend services. The Appery.io has recently announced support for the AngularJS and Bootstrap frameworks. Here is our interview with Max Katz, Head of Developer Relations at Appery.io: Q: Appery.io offers a cloud-based rapid development environment with integrated backend services, tell us something more about the company and your core services? A: Appery.io is the first low-code platform for the rapid development and deployment of cross-device applications. It combines a…
  • WorkStride Takes The Focus Off “Points” And Puts It On Communication

    SuperbCrew
    27 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    WorkStride is a new software platform powered by CorporateRewards that powers employee engagement and performance programs across the enterprise. The WorkStride platform supports a range of programs: recognition, incentives, safety, wellness, and training. Below is our recent interview with Tom Silk, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CorporateRewards: Q: CorporateRewards is an employee engagement software and service company. Tell us something more about the company and your history? A: CorporateRewards began in 1999 as a consumer business called Giveanything.com. Our…
  • Sqrrl – A Better Approach To Detecting And Investigating Cybersecurity Incidents

    SuperbCrew
    26 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Sqrrl is the Big Data Analytics startup that develops solutions for detecting, analyzing and visualizing advanced cyber security threats. Sqrrl raised a total of $14.2 Million in VC funding, $7.1 Million of which it raised in a recent funding round for its Linked data analysis toolkit. Below is our interview with Ethan Kopit from Sqrrl team: Q: Could you explain the function and advantages of your platform? A: Many current cybersecurity solutions focus solely on alert-oriented data, which are difficult to prioritize because they only provide a limited view as to what’s going on. A security…
  • Angel Capital Group Helps Innovative Startups Fund Their Future

    SuperbCrew
    25 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    The Angel Capital Group is a growing national angel investor network. Angel Capital Group, has recently announced an investment in a direct-to-fan concert booking startup Closeup.fm. Below is our recent interview with Eric Dobson CEO of the Angel Capital Group: Q: Tell us something more about Angel Capital Group? A: Angel Capital Group is a syndicate of angel groups and funds. We have hundreds of members who are subject matter experts, successful entrepreneurs, and venture investors to evaluate outstanding teams with innovative products, services, and business models. We do three things:…
 
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    Spectafy Blog

  • The Spark App is Live in the App Store!

    Eric Watson
    5 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    Check out Spark on the App Store to discover what’s happening nearby now! We’d love it if you checked out the app and let us know what you think. If you joined us in the app and gave an upvote, left a comment, or posted something cool it would legitimately make our day. Get discovering! The post The Spark App is Live in the App Store! appeared first on Spectafy Blog.
  • The Evolution of Spectafy

    Eric Watson
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Spectafy 2.0 is coming soon in the form of the all new Spark app brought to you by the same familiar team at Spectafy Labs. We owe a huge thank you to all of our fans in the Spectafy app – we really hope you all check out Spark. We’re super excited to be launching soon in April and to be going worldwide right away! Spark is, similar to the Spectafy app, all about connecting with what’s happening around you. It’s a simple social network centered around following what’s happening near you right now. Unlike how the Spectafy app required a question and answer from…
  • Big Things Happening at Spectafy – Announcing 2.0

    Eric Watson
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our early users for being an integral part of the Spectafy community. Feedback from early users has lead to some big changes, and we want to keep you involved as we move forward.  We’re very excited about our direction, and we think you will be, too. At Spectafy, our goal is to create the best possible platform for connecting you with what’s happening around you in real time. This week, we made the tough decision to move away from questions and answers, and towards something we hope will provide easier access to the content the…
  • Awesome New App Improvements!

    Ben Watson
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    We’ve been hard at work since our last App update in January, and we have once again added a bunch of new features we hope will increase the user experience and get the community excited! As always, to leave us comments or feedback, or to interact with the Spectafy team, head on over to our Support page or our Users Facebook Group or drop us a note at the bottom here! Far and away the new feature we are most excited about is the ability to post Specs without questions!  Read more below about that and other cool new updates. Something Cool Happening You Want to Share?  Post a Spec!
  • Our List of Can’t Miss San Francisco Events in February 2015

    Ben Watson
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Since we apparently aren’t having a winter season this year, let’s enjoy the outdoors! If we are going to have to hear about a drought for the foreseeable future, might as well make sure you get your farmers tan on! Here is hand selected compilation of the happenings the Spectafy team is most excited about for February 2015. Make sure you download the Spectafy app for Android or iOS and see what’s going down before you head out! SF Beer Week Who doesn’t love beer? February 6th-15th is SF Beer Week, so do yourself a favor and scope out the website to find out which events…
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  • Meet SocialCops, The Data PowerHouse

    KARAN CHOPRA
    28 May 2015 | 6:31 pm
    The data today is outdated and unstructured, result of which things got nothing but scattered across the web in obscure PDF documents & reports. Well what if we have some resource available which help us prevent us from this data collapse. Meet SocialCops, the data powerhouse. SocialCops power the world’s most important decisions through data from the grassroots. The company leverage mobile and software infrastructure to turn people into human sensors, tracking and monitoring data on a real time basis in the remotest parts of the world, enabling key decision makers to make data driven…
  • Roost Helps You Stop Wasting Space

    KARAN CHOPRA
    26 May 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Getting good storage facilities for storing your goods can be a difficult task for many, then no matter how many products you want to store. While sharing on some quick interesting fact that Americans every year spend about 30 billion USD on storage units while wouldn’t it be great if we could just find some affordable space. Meet Roost, the company which is the leading peer to peer marketplace for storage space in the US. Roost let’s you find storage in your neighborhood for half the cost on what a traditional storage unit while on other hand the storage hosts can make significant income…
  • Collect All Your Travel Ideas Via Bucket

    KARAN CHOPRA
    25 May 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Are you a traveller by heart? Are you always on hunt for new places? If either of question answer is yes, then our today’s startup roundup is for you. Meet Bucket, the company co-founded by two ex-Facebook employees letting you collect all your trip ideas in one place from any source (online or friends). Bucket lets you collect trip ideas from anywhere (i.e. any resources available) while further it lets you transform your ideas into a visual, interactive, trip guide with rating, reviews and recommendations, letting you go on your personalized adventure. Sounds amazing, visit Bucket today.
  • Rent Construction Equipments With BigRentz.com

    KARAN CHOPRA
    24 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Are you looking out to rent construction equipments? Are you in search for cheap as well as not much rent-expense equipments? If yes then our today’s start-up counts you in for the same. Meet BigRentz.com, an offering specializes in aerial equipment, such as scissor lifts, boom lifts and forklifts; dirt equipment, such as excavators, backhoes and skid steers; and jobsite services, including portable toilets, storage and fencing. In short, BigRentz.com is a one-stop shop which let you hire equipments in all over the United States covering all major U.S. cities, as well as most rural areas…
  • School, Reimagined With AltSchool

    KARAN CHOPRA
    21 May 2015 | 6:31 pm
    With the way things taking huge heights in recent times, it is very much important for all of us to prepare our kids well in advance for the changing scenario. While there are one-to-many phenomenal things one consider opting for, but the start-up which we are going to cover up today already making a huge impact. Meet AltSchool, a network of schools which runs by an interdisciplinary team of educators, technologists and entrepreneurs aiming to prepare kids for the changing world which we are experiencing on day-to-day basis. In short, AltSchool is a collaborative community of micro-schools…
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    Growth Hacking and Startup Advice - TimOsterbuhr.com

  • Crayon Crunch $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card + Personalized Book Giveaway

    Tim
    11 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Crayon Crunch is developing a printed personalized children’s book, whose main character can be customized to look like any child, including all ethnicities and disabilities. $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card + Crayon Crunch Personalized Book Giveaway 05/18 The personalized book will be shipped after the Kickstarter with the other books, the $100 gift card will be sent right after the giveaway ended. Thanks for your interest in our giveaway, here is a small sneak peek of the book The post Crayon Crunch $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card + Personalized Book Giveaway appeared first on…
  • How To Start An Etsy Blog In Only 10 Minutes: The Fastest Etsy Blog Video Tutorial

    Tim
    8 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Many Etsy shop owners have contacted me, because they saw a steep decrease in their sales over the last couple of months. Today, I want to share with you how I worked with some of these shops to turn their numbers around and in one case triple their sales. There is nothing better to increase sales than starting a blog. For most of you, Etsy has full control over your sales. Etsy decides whose products are shown in the search results and therefore control, which shops make the most money. I will show you, how you can create an additional way to send customers to your shop in only 10 minutes.
  • Etsy SEO: Increase Your Traffic In 4 Steps

    Tim
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    What is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimization can help you increase the number of customers that find their way to your Etsy shop by ranking your store higher in Google, Bing and Yahoo. The basics are not very difficult, but if you are targeting very competitive keywords it can get complicated. This guide will show you everything you need to know to get started: How to choose the best keywords for your store Optimizing your Etsy titles and descriptions Link building for Etsy What else should I be doing? Google determines the rank of a website by looking at hundreds of factors; some of the…
  • Top 10 Video Courses To Become A Growth Hacker

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

    Tim
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Even before the success of HBO’s TV show “Silicon Valley,” there has been great demand for startup jobs. Many people have asked me in the past about taking the right steps to find a startup job. Given a recent increase of questions, I spend some time drafting this post to provide you with a good base to get started. What you will learn: – The different early startup stages – When to get in – Job options at a startup – There are also non-engineering jobs – Where you can find startup jobs – Don’t even think about monster.com – Hacks and tips to get ahead…
 
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    Conversionaid: Create Software That Sells

  • 070: How to Find the Courage to Execute on Your Big Bold Plans

    Omer Khan
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Peter Shallard is known as The Shrink for Entrepreneurs. He’s a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade. He works with all types of entrepreneurs around the world and helps them get measurable results. He’s also the founder of CommitAction.com, a service that pairs accountability coaching with cutting edge digital productivity tracking tools. In this episode we talk about: How entrepreneurs should be optimizing for courage instead of productivity What people like Bill Gates and Peter Thiel do that you’re probably not…
  • 069: How Peter Shallard Teaches Entrepreneurs the Psychology of Success

    Omer Khan
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Peter Shallard is known as The Shrink for Entrepreneurs. He is a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade. He works with all types of entrepreneurs around the world and helps them get measurable results. He is also the founder of CommitAction.com, a service that pairs accountability coaching with cutting edge digital productivity tracking tools. In this episode we talk about: How Peter discovered his ‘superpower’ and became ‘The Shrink for Entrepreneurs’ How he’s helping entrepreneurs get measurable results…
  • 068: How 2 Guys Learned to Code and Then Made $2M Teaching Others

    Omer Khan
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Ankur Nagpal is the co-founder and CEO of Fedora, a platform that enables anyone to easily create and sell online courses. The company was founded in 2013 and to date has raised $2M in funding. Prior to launching Fedora, Ankur launched a business while at college building social widgets between classes which generated over a $1M. Bloomberg Business called him a widget mogul. In this episode we talk about: How you can create an online course, even if you’re not an expert How 2 guys learned to code and made $2M creating an online course How to get positive…
  • 067: How this Entrepreneur Built & Launched a Udemy Competitor in 3 Days

    Omer Khan
    18 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Ankur Nagpal is the co-founder and CEO of Fedora, a platform that enables anyone to easily create and sell online courses. The company was founded in 2013 and to date has raised $2M in funding. Prior to launching Fedora, Ankur launched a business while at college building social widgets between classes which generated over a $1M. Bloomberg Business called him a widget mogul. In this episode we talk about: How Ankur built Facebook widgets and earned over a $1M by the age of 21 How earning a million dollars created a sense of complacency and lack of drive How…
  • 066: How a Blog Post Led to Zappos’s CEO Investing in This Startup

    Omer Khan
    13 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Listen to this episode on iTunes Walter Chen is the co-founder and CEO of IDoneThis, an email-based productivity tool that allows people to track their productivity with a daily email reminder. You reply to an evening email reminder with what you did that day. The next day, you get a digest with what everyone on the team got done. The company was founded in 2011 and its investors include folks such as the CEOs of Zappos, Shopify & Wistia. Walter is a software engineer and former big law firm lawyer. In this episode we talk about: How a blog post Walter wrote got the attention of Tony…
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    Blogging Crowd Ownership

  • 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention

    Erik
    20 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Part 1. Press is Credibility Part 2. Press is Visibility Many startup company founders confuse the two statements above. As per getting press is concerned, the two statements actually exist in that order. Without credibility, your company/campaign will not get visibility. The reason why founders often confuse the two is because they’re focused on the goal (the end-result), … Continue reading 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention → The post 33 Tips to get Company Press Media Attention appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership

    Erik
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    What is Crowd Ownership Crowd ownership is real stake held by the community itself. This is usually in the form of a large partnership or distribution of company shares to the community. Crowd ownership works because long-term incentives are aligned. It powers further adoption as well as sustains the livelihood of the community. Crowd ownership refers to the … Continue reading Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership → The post Successful Startups Do Crowd Ownership appeared first on Blogging Crowd Ownership.
  • Crowd Ownership is RocketClub

    Erik
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Crowd Ownership is the New Black Recently, I published an article on Medium titled “The Crowd Ownership Manifesto“. In it I explained the genesis of the idea and reasoned why it will become part of the future. For those who are trying to figure out what this was about or the thesis behind this blog moving forward, it is a … Continue reading Crowd Ownership is RocketClub → The post Crowd Ownership is RocketClub appeared first on 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…
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    MAQTOOB

  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Lebanon

    Adil Gherib
    27 May 2015 | 8:28 am
      There was a time when nomads didn't belong to any country – they would be crossing borders, seeking pasture for livestock, or making a living on the go.   Nowadays, there are still some nomads here and there – the ones that consumer society hasn’t reached yet, despite the "missions" that are sent out regularly, offering free education, medical care and support of various NGOs to help them "get better" and ultimately push them into settling.    Meanwhile, some of us retain that streak of moving from place to place, meeting, mingling, and learning about…
  • Lebanon Part II: On War, Entrepreneurship, and Enchantment

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    20 May 2015 | 5:51 am
      Despite the dreadful war that is raging in neighboring Syria, Beirut is a city full of life and it's not uncommon to see groups of tourists on the streets and youth having fun in overcrowded pubs at night.  Even though more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees joined the original Lebanese population of 4 million, we were quite astonished how well (at least on the surface) the country is dealing with yet another catastrophe in the region.   For us the most palpable testimony was the unsupportable traffic, as the number of cars had increased together with the influx of new…
  • Growth Hacking On Steroids: 33 Powerful Tools To Maximize Number of Users

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 May 2015 | 10:59 am
      On one hand, "growth hacking" is quite an overused buzz word which personally makes me cringe, on the other one it well communicates the essence of experimental online marketing techniques adopted by startups and small businesses so as to extend their user base fast and cheap.   Big enterprises with copious budgets can usually afford to pour tens of thousands of dollars into traditional (e.g. print, TV, radio) and digital (e.g. search engine advertising, web banners, mobile advertising) marketing channels. Starting entrepreneurs, by contrast, truly need to think out of the box in…
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Rodolphe Dutel

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    6 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
      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:   Rodolphe Dutel Business Development at Buffer, Founder of Remotive.io      1. Moosti – A simple time tracker   "My go-to online Pomodoro timer to timebox everything I do."       2. YouTube 2x Speed Watching   "Surely saving 5+ hours per week through this one."       3. Noisli – Improve focus and boost…
  • Lebanon Part I: Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
      I learned one thing that day. When your luggage is delayed, it's bad. Yet, when the person you're waiting for at the arrival gate doesn't show up, your common sense leaves you completely.   On April 3rd, a taxi took me to the airport in Brussels, just in time to pick up Adil, co-founder of our startup, with whom I was about to set off on a bold one-year tour around the world. In approximately 3 hours, we were supposed to get on the plane to Beirut. As I waited, I was browsing my Twitter feed only to discover a TechCrunch article, published that very day, on Lebanon's bright future…
 
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  • Android M developer preview launcher gets a new layout

    Attiq Haroon
    29 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    There are many things announced in Google I/O 2015, that we are still absorbing, one of them are Google’s new Android M Developer preview. Just like lollipop, Developer preview is also made available for latest Android M. Full form of M is still kept secret and should be revealed with next Nexus phone. Rumors are […] The post Android M developer preview launcher gets a new layout appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Dark L Kitkat Rom For QMobile A900i, Primo H3 And Gionee Ctrl V5

    Daniyal Sheikh
    28 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    QMobile A900i is basically the upgraded version of A900i with different processor, gpu and more storage. We have already provided you the root and cwm recovery and the first kitkat based ColorOs v2 custom rom for A900i. As primo h3 and gionee ctrl v5 are the clones of A900i so all the development stuff of […] The post Dark L Kitkat Rom For QMobile A900i, Primo H3 And Gionee Ctrl V5 appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Lenovo P70 Review, Specs, Battery, Display, Benchmarks

    Attiq Haroon
    27 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    Lenovo P70 is one of the latest smartphones right now in the market. It has made quite a lot of buzz among the people because of its price/specs ratio. If I would have to describe the Lenovo P70 in 1 sentence then I would describe it as “Affordable yet powerful smartphone with an average camera”. […] The post Lenovo P70 Review, Specs, Battery, Display, Benchmarks appeared first on MGeeky.
  • How To Root Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Without Tripping Knox

    Daniyal Sheikh
    26 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Samsung is no doubt a great and top level innovative smartphones vendor in the world. The popularity of south korean giant have been increased a lot over a past few years because not only the company introducing flawless flagships but ensuring the maximum security of it. The feature which is really innovative in security measures […] The post How To Root Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Without Tripping Knox appeared first on MGeeky.
  • Stock Rom For QMobile A290

    Daniyal Sheikh
    25 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    QMobile A290 is a low end smartphone with dual core processor and 512mb of Ram. Its other specifications include 4GB internal memory, 5 inches screen and android 4.4.2 kitkat. Although this smartphone is not famous and hardly there are users of this smartphone but still we are sharing the stock rom of it for others, […] The post Stock Rom For QMobile A290 appeared first on MGeeky.
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    LifeBeyondNumbers » Startups

  • NoMyID – Empowering You To Email Without An Email Address

    Syed Muksit
    5 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    With the world shrinking into the mobile phones, have you realized that it has paralyzed us in a way? We don’t even remember the phone numbers and email addresses of our dear ones. And we bet that out of all the phone numbers you have stored in your mobile, for 80% of those people, you don’t have their email addresses. If in case you want to mail them something or anything urgent, all you have to do is call them up or text them asking for their email address. But what if we can email them via their phone numbers without the need of actual email addresses? NoMyID, a mobile…
  • GuideTrip – Empowering You To Travel More Like A Local

    Syed Muksit
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    A new place is more interesting if you can explore and know more about the people living there, languages they speak, different things they do and lot more. They make you rich in terms of experience and knowledge apart from the basic new things you have seen there. And if you are one of those who loves to pack up your bags to travel to a new place at every possible opportunity, you are not alone. Almost all of us love to break away to an unseen place to unwind, to create more memories and start planning the next trip before the current one finishes. However, there is a thin line that…
  • 10 Things I Learned Being A Woman Entrepreneur

    Rekha Narayan
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Being an Indian woman entrepreneur showed me that the road less travelled is quite different. Entrepreneurship allows freedom from a routine, an ability to be yourself, to think outside the box and show creative ways to add value. For many this is the road they wished they had taken. But it comes with its own drawbacks, so you need to go in fully aware of those. Like you don’t really know if you even have what it takes to succeed. And most of the time you are on your own establishing your product or offering. You also have to work twice as hard to prove you are great. And being a woman…
  • With 1 Crore INR Of Funding, EZMove Is Determined To Change Your Relocation Experience

    Priya Manelkar
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    In the last decade or so, our homes have evolved so much that pretty much everything happens either at a click of a mouse or push of a button whether it’s shopping for groceries online, furniture, kitchen gadgets, high definition TVs etc. But when it comes to relocation, our methods are still ancient. Right from packing of expensive goods and furniture, logistics, or even tracking our shipment. For many, relocation is a nightmare no one wants to experience but they have little choice because, there is no database or an official authority which can certify a good packer from an average…
  • ShopPirate – The Only Pirate You’ll Love While Shopping Online

    Syed Muksit
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    Money saved is money earned. Period. Birthdays are special. And to make one of her friend’s birthday more special, Kulpreet wanted to gift her friend a mobile phone. So in her quest for the same, she started looking for the best deal/coupon online. After spending hours and hours searching for the best offers, she only ended up with few invalid, non-working coupons. And she was disappointed. However, after some introspection, she realized that though there are many sites offering deals/coupons, there is still a gap that exists which needs to be addressed. A pirate was born in her mind.
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    Sunstone Communication - Blog

  • How You Can Help Improve SaaS Customer Onboarding

    19 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Building a SaaS business can feel like one long series of experiments. No-one can afford to just keep trying random ideas. My new project using Codigital provides a great engine for the startup community. We can collaborate to find the best ideas about customer onboarding. Everyone who participates in the project will benefit. Sometimes the SaaS recurring revenue model feels like a variation on an old cliche. Run enough A/B tests on enough scenarios and you will create a unicorn…in the end. Right now some start ups are raising enormous amounts of cash. You could be forgiven for…
  • #EIE15 - Building Business Mean Building a Community

    16 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Building and growing a startup is tough. Underneath all the Unicorns are hundreds of companies battling for investment. The growth of Slack or WhatsApp is record breaking. It challenges founders everywhere to hustle for traction. Read the endless articles on beautiful UX design. And remember the struggles to achieve product/ market fit. Maybe that’s why entrepreneurs often ask for more help. But the best source of help is within. Startups are the best source of innovation in business and technology. Teams also advocate powerful values. Openness, sharing and learning are at the…
  • Why DCF Can Tell You About LTV

    8 May 2015 | 11:16 pm
    A startup I know well posed an interesting question this week. The company is raising seed funding. The founder has taken a cautious path so they have good traction and a revenue model. Nonetheless this is their first formal round. One of the potential investors is unsure of the valuation. Said investor is proposing a discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation.  DCF is a well known and respected technique. Analysts use it to value companies and long term projects every day. What is it? Wikipedia has this definition:In finance, discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis is a method of…
  • Working together to crack the SaaS revenue model

    3 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    Tuesday 28 April was the third gathering of a group of SaaS companies in Scotland. I am lucky enough to facilitate the discussion. It is some of the most fun I have. This time round we concentrated in customer acquisition. You can see some of the ideas shared in more detail here. Follow this link to find a list of all the great companies that participate.The main topic was the benefits of Inbound v Outbound approaches. I also posted on Medium about some of the thoughts stimulated:The Best Way to Grow the SaaS Revenue Model?The in built resistance to change among enterprise buyers.
  • What SaaS SME Startups Can Learn From Google & Facebook Results

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    Facebook and Google both published quarterly results in the last week. I highlighted 3 lessons for startups from these numbers in my LinkedIn column:Mobile is the platform of today and for the future. This means smartphones not tablets. Design your user experience with this in mind.Global opportunities are truly global. Your markets and your competition will come from Asia and Africa as well as the US and Europe. Build a recurring revenue model that takes this into account.Even at the top it is a tough world. Google and Facebook are still investing hard in product development…
 
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    From Corporate To Career Freedom

  • 7 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use

    Lauren
    22 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Messy tables, non-stop ringing phones, sporadic schedules, team management troubles, email beeps, and what not; an entrepreneur often has stacks work of finish.  It can be quite difficult to manage all your tasks once your business in kicking-in and has finally started making profits. You don’t want to mess it up at this point of […] Read more... The post 7 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • If You’re Not Making Money on Instagram, You’re Doing It Wrong

    Lauren
    16 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Guest post by Melissa Camilleri, Founder of Compliment, Inc. and the 21-Day Insta-course Note from Lauren: I’ve lined up an amazing deal for you to access Melissa’s 21-day Insta-course – check at the details at the bottom of this post. As long as you haven’t been living under a rock the past couple years, you’ll know that Instagram […] Read more... The post If You’re Not Making Money on Instagram, You’re Doing It Wrong appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • The Cost Of Facebook Ads (And How They Grew My Business)

    Lauren
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:13 am
    I want to begin this post by revealing a shocking statistic I uncovered in my own marketing efforts these past few weeks, because the whole point of this post is to convince you of the benefit of advertising on Facebook, and these statistics strengthen my point far better than my meagre writing could. The Statistic […] Read more... The post The Cost Of Facebook Ads (And How They Grew My Business) appeared first on From Corporate To Career Freedom.
  • Leadpages.net Review

    Lauren
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    I’ve been using Leadpages for about 6 months now, so I thought it was about time I did an honest Leadpages.net review of the product, because I know it’s a tool that a lot of entrepreneurs consider for their business. So I hope this will help you make a decision. I’ll take you through some […] Read more... The post Leadpages.net Review appeared first on 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.
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    Onevest

  • Startup Investment: Business Models Which Work

    Onevest
    29 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    By: Michael WhitehouseA business model is the one of the most important aspects of a startup when considering investment. There are many different business models out there, but within startup investment there are four which have proven to be effective for others in the project. Before we discuss this, however; let's highlight an important distinction for any investor. Business Plan Vs Business ModelIn a previous article we discussed what makes a strong business plan to help investors determine whether a startup is ready for an injection of capital or not. But one important point has come out…
  • Understanding the Terms of Startup Investment

    Onevest
    21 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Michael WhitehouseWhether you are an investor looking to put money into a startup, or an entrepreneur attempting to bring finances into your project, it is critical that you understand the terms and conditions of any investment. While legal advice is of paramount importance to ensure that any contract of investment is above board, you still need to know what is being asked of you so that you can decide whether such stipulations are acceptable or not. Furthermore, showing that you have knowledge of such things will generate more confidence in you as an investor or a startup businessperson…
  • 5 Tips for Improving Your Startup Deal Flow

    Onevest
    19 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    By Tim HoughtenDeal flow is critical. Only with sufficient deal flow can investors uncover the best startup investments, and stay diversified. No one want capital sitting idle, especially not in today’s miserly low interest rate environment. A Forbes study of deal pipeline for VCs and angel investor groups shows they review 87 investment opportunities before committing to 1, on average. The new SEC Regulation A+ roll out is sure to make the landscape even more crowded with investors scrambling over the deal flow they can find.So how can investors improve…
  • Tips For An Effective Co-Founder Relationship

    Onevest
    14 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    By Tim HoughtenWhat really makes for an effective, and lasting co-founder relationship?Is the magical pixie dust that gives co-founder relationships wings really all about eHarmony style data matching? Or like a successful, and long-lived “celebrity marriage,” is it the result of a strong pre-nup, regular date nights, and a lot of patience and willingness to forgive?From curating the wisdom of leading entrepreneurs with decades of serial startup experience, and new partnerships; a successful co-founder relationship can really be broken down to 4 factors…1. Finding the Right MatchVia a…
  • Curation is Dead... Long Live Curation!

    Onevest
    12 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    By Tim HoughtenThe Curated Content Debate & Importance of Curated Investment Opportunities, and InvestorsThere are many risks involved with investing in startups, but curated opportunities and investors can help minimize those risks.  “Curation” has gone from being a hot hashtag to an unbearable cliché on the web. At least in the way it is used to describe what some startups are doing. For every 1,000 ‘curated’ spam sites there is a multibillion dollar valued masterpiece that is bringing priceless innovation online.So where did curation get lost? What types of curation…
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    Viola Notes

  • The obstacles of using MVP methodology (and how to avoid them in your startup)

    Roy Klieger
    20 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    The following is a guest post by Roy Klieger, Products expert, Technology geek, Web enthusiast & soccer hooligan. Whenever I use my microwave, I always wonder how many people use the many features available instead of just clicking “defrost” or “2 min”. It’s probably close to none, but despite that, thanks to fierce competition in consumer electronics, manufacturers usually feel the urge to add multiple features that demonstrate innovation, variety and some sort of added value (regardless of the fact that it will barely be used). In contrast, in the world of consumer apps…
  • Employing Millennials? Better think positive!

    Ronit Amiaz
    13 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    Every generation of employees has a reverse attitude to the former one. Millennials (a.k.a. “Generation Y”) – who are set to dominate the workforce by 2025 – were born between the 1980’s and early 1990’s into a world of technology. Many of them grew up with overworked parents so it’s no surprise that they strive for a more rounded work/life balance. But above all, they are powered by positivity, “culture fit” and a sense of fulfillment not just from their work but also from their work environment. It’s not that Gen-Y is a lazy generation (far from it), but for Millennials,…
  • “Mobile-First” isn’t just a design principle, it’s also a business strategy.

    Ofer Brandes
    11 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    “Mobile-First” is a term widely used to describe a design principle that’s usually applied to the creation of apps, websites, email newsletters etc., but we at Viola Group also use it when we evaluate the go-to-market strategy of companies that we consider investing in. Here’s what I mean: “Mobile-First” and Responsive Design The term “Mobile-First” (coined in 2009 by Luke Wroblewski) suggests that web applications and sites should be designed and built with ‘mobile’ in mind right from the beginning rather than adapted for mobile only after the PC version is complete. The…
  • 10 unexpected things I learned from interviewing marketing guru Neil Patel (one of them is about Vegemite!)

    Noya Lizor
    8 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    Ever heard what a crowd of teenage girls sound like when they’re in the vicinity of boy-band One Direction? Well that’s pretty much the sound I made when I got to interview online marketing guru, renowned SEO expert, growth hacking maven and serial entrepreneur Neil Patel at our Viola Group offices last week, only I was screaming on the INSIDE (because I’m nothing if not a true professional) and of course my adulation was for his professional expertise only (I wasn’t expecting Neil to break into song and bust a move or anything, just to dazzle me with his online marketing smarts –…
  • Why CAC Ratio stirs up so many emotions

    Ronen Nir
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Whenever I work with our SaaS portfolio companies I notice that nothing stirs up more emotions (both good and bad) than talking about Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) Ratio. Although companies measure numerous KPIs, CACR is viewed by many CEOs and investors as the #1 indicator of the health of the company. Also, since it’s an operational KPI and not an accounting parameter, the calculation of CACR is open to interpretation (and therefore debate). The emotion-stirring discussion about CAC Ratio usually revolves around 2 main issues: How to measure it, and what do the results mean. CAC…
 
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    MediaVidi

  • The Promising Future of Podcasts

    Sandra Giffin
    5 May 2015 | 11:24 am
      The advent of Wi-Fi enabled cars marks a new technology disruption – one that will kill radio as we know it.   But it opens a world of possibilities for On Demand Audio. What is On-Demand Audio? On Demand Audio lets you listen to what you want when you want.  Streaming music and radio services exist in abundance.  Here is a small sample: Pandora  iHeart Radio  iTunes Radio  Rhapsody  Spotify  Google Play all Access  Slacker  Radio.com  TuneIn Radio  Last.fm  Rdio  Songza  Stitcher  iTunes Podcasts  What is the potential of On-Demand Audio? The short answer…
  • Comparison – High Cost (Canon T5i) and Low Cost (Logitech C920 Webcam) Video for your BLOG

    Cristian Worthington
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Money may not buy you love, but does money buy you better video? Creating high quality video and audio for your BLOG is essential in any content marketing strategy. If you’re like me and you don’t have a background in audio and video, you will be anxious to get the best results. Inevitably, your mind will turn to the hardware and it won’t take you long to discover there is a world of choice of equipment. Prices for video and audio equipment can easily reach thousands of dollars. Does more money give you better results? I decided to challenge myself to an exercise in 20/20 hindsight…
  • Twitter Success in 30 Minutes a Day

    Sandra Giffin
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Having a social media presence is important and I enjoy it tremendously. My Strategy My preferred social media channel is Twitter. I tweet on my own account @SandraGiffin and on my blog’s account @MediaVidi. I have met incredible people on Twitter and I have had many fun interactions. I am amazed at the talented, dynamic and witty people on Twitter who will actively engage in conversations with you. But you can’t expect to have conversations in Twitter if you aren’t contributing. This is challenging for me as a Startup Founder because I have many competing demands on my…
  • How to Make a your Own Demo Video

    Cristian Worthington
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    I make my own demo videos for our MondoPlayer App (like this video about our new MondoPlayer Buffer Feature).  Learning how to make these videos has been a challenge and I’d like to share some of the lessons I have learned. I remember the first demo video I produced.  In a word, it was “bad”. I knew it was awful, but I had to get something onto our website. Things went from bad to worse when I showed it to my friends and investors.  They all went into Movie Critic mode! They were expecting a video that would compete with a million dollar TV commercial and they got something…
  • 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…
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    Guide 2 Startup

  • How to Add an “Under Construction” Page (WordPress)

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    As you grow your business, your website evolves too. Often, you need to make changes that will take some time to implement, but you don’t want your visitors to see your page in this half-done state. The solution is to The post How to Add an “Under Construction” Page (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
  • Adding Social Share Buttons to Your Blog (WordPress)

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    You can’t underestimate the importance of social share buttons on your blog. You work hard on your blog post and now it is done. You double and triple checked it and now you are ready to hit that Publish button The post Adding Social Share Buttons to Your Blog (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
  • Create a New Post with an Image (WordPress)

    admin
    3 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    You’ve got yourself a blog. You went out there, found an awesome website name, bought it, then got yourself a hosting and now you are in business. Now what? You sit and stare at your new WordPress site, but you The post Create a New Post with an Image (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
  • How to Add Contact Us Page and Plugin (WordPress)

    admin
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
    The Contact Us page is one of the most important pages on your site/blog. This is where your readers and potential clients can request the information from you, give you heads up about something they found broken on your site The post How to Add Contact Us Page and Plugin (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
  • First 5 Plugins You Need To Install (WordPress)

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:21 pm
    As a person who started my web-designing days coding HTML by hand, I have to tell you – I love WordPress. It’s simple, visual, intuitive and, my favorite part – offers a ton of functionality without a need to code. The post First 5 Plugins You Need To Install (WordPress) appeared first on Guide 2 Startup.
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    Startup Slingshot » The Lab

  • How To Maximize Your Relationships With Investors With Krishna Srinivasan of LiveOak Venture Partners

    William Griggs
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Most of you are running a company for the first time. Virtually every demand and experience you face is new. That includes both raising money and working with investors to build a successful business. With this in mind, I sat down with Krishna Srinivasan of LiveOak Venture Partners to learn how he works with the founders in his portfolio and what he suggests you can do to maximize your relationships with your investors. Enjoy! Have comments, questions, ideas, or feedback? I want to hear it. Tweet me at william_griggs.   Topics Covered In This Episode What are the most common situations…
  • Increase Your Startup’s Likelihood of Success With Better Product Decisions

    William Griggs
    19 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    As a startup founder, you always have more product ideas than resources with which to execute. With limited development resources, you have to be strategic when deciding what to build and when to build it. Failing to do so will delay your time to market and your ability to secure product/market fit. Such delays will force you to defer monetization opportunities causing you to burn through your precious capital. That’s where Rick Orr comes in. Rick is a multi-time, product-focused founder. In our time together, we cover how you can make better product decisions inside your startup. Enjoy!
  • This Nine-Figure CEO Shares His Methodology For Being An Effective CEO

    William Griggs
    12 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    While most startup CEOs won’t admit it publicly, they are scared. They scared they don’t have what it takes. They are scared they are going to be forced to give up the reigns. They are scared they are going to mess it all up. They are scared because they don’t know how to succeed in the role as the CEO. That’s where Joel Trammell comes in. Joel is an experienced entrepreneur, author, and blogger who has sold his companies for $230M. During our discussion, Joel shares a methodology you can use to succeed as a CEO. Enjoy! Have comments, questions, ideas, or feedback? I want to hear it.
  • The 4 Phases Of Startup Growth With Justin Petro of Thinktiv

    William Griggs
    5 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you want to succeed in building a successful startup, it’s crucial that you to understand where you are and where you are going. While having a vision of what you want to create and a product roadmap is great, it is not enough. In addition, you must internalize where your company falls in the startup maturation process. Doing so will enable you to make better decisions and secure the proper support for your company. That’s where today’s guest comes in. Justin is the CEO & Founder Thinktiv, a company that has helped over 200 startups launch and grow. During our discussion, Justin…
  • Increase Your Odds Of Startup Success Today With Brett Hurt of Bazaarvoice

    William Griggs
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    In this episode, I talk with Brett Hurt. Brett is an accomplished entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. Among his many accomplishments, he’s the co-founder of Coremetrics, which was acquired by IBM and Bazaarvoice, which he took public. During our time together, I focused on asking questions that cut through the clutter and get to the heart of what you can do to make your own luck and increase your odds of startups success. You won’t want to miss what Brett reveals. Enjoy! Have comments, questions, ideas, or feedback? I want to hear it. Tweet me at william_griggs.   Topics Covered In…
 
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    OK, Intrnt

  • The Lovechild Of Airbnb & Couchsurfing – Trampolinn

    Ok, Intrnt
    26 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Today on OK, Intrnt we speak to Hugo Allary, founder of Trampolinn – which is a lovechild of AirBnB and… The post The Lovechild Of Airbnb & Couchsurfing – Trampolinn appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • This just isn’t what you imagined wearable tech was!

    Ok, Intrnt
    20 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    So you thought wearable technology would be some sort of uncomfortable hardware attached to your face and shoulders. You thought… The post This just isn’t what you imagined wearable tech was! appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Finding the right cofounder for your dream startup idea!

    Ok, Intrnt
    16 May 2015 | 2:32 am
    They’re setting out on a long journey together, giving birth to something they will care for and nurture for years… The post Finding the right cofounder for your dream startup idea! appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • Take A Stand : Simplify + Politics = Simpolfy

    Ok, Intrnt
    12 May 2015 | 1:26 am
    When was the last time you checked the stand of your local representative on an issue? Or even checked your… The post Take A Stand : Simplify + Politics = Simpolfy appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
  • The ‘FIX’ Blog : Stuck on Survival

    Ok, Intrnt
    9 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    Starting with this post, on OK Intrnt, ‘The Mailman’ will bring to you a variety of interesting and informative blogs… The post The ‘FIX’ Blog : Stuck on Survival appeared first on OK, Intrnt.
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    SnapMunk

  • 4 Steps to Successful Fundraising

    SnapMunk
    22 May 2015 | 8:02 pm
      Raising business capital is no small task. It is a process that requires thoughtful preparation, especially on the part of the chief executive officer. Regardless of whether the fundraising is being done for the first time or it has been done several times before, the proper preparation remains vital to the success of the […] The post 4 Steps to Successful Fundraising appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Why A Large Round Might Be A Mistake

    SnapMunk
    22 May 2015 | 7:51 pm
      If you’re a start-up looking to raise money – especially for an Alpha or opening round – 2015 is a great time to be in business. The American economy is growing, Wall Street is flush and Venture Capitalists are throwing money at start-ups, hoping to find the next Uber or Buzzfeed. But the availability […] The post Why A Large Round Might Be A Mistake appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Managing International Offices

    SnapMunk
    22 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
      Starting and running any successful business is always stressful, but add into that having multiple offices and in other countries, and it can quickly become nearly impossible. Further, when you consider the issues related to others who are trying to work in these satellite locations, and you can encounter even more difficulties. Consider the […] The post Managing International Offices appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • Startup Issues You May Have Overlooked

    SnapMunk
    20 May 2015 | 7:34 pm
      To start a successful startup, you need to stay focused on that task at hand. Unfortunately, what often starts out as just that often ends up being a matter of being unable to see the forest for the trees. In other words, there are a lot of things that you can miss when you […] The post Startup Issues You May Have Overlooked appeared first on SnapMunk.
  • What to Ask the CEO in Your Interview

    SnapMunk
    20 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
      Most CEOs worth their salt will exude a tremendous confidence in their start-up’s potential for success. This enthusiasm comes from more than just their passion for their company. Understanding the basis for this confidence will provide you with insight into their leadership, vision and business acumen: – What is your passion? – What makes […] The post What to Ask the CEO in Your Interview appeared first on SnapMunk.
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