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ARCTICSTARTUP Innovation Funding And The Crowd
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
Google was given its first $100 000 cheque before they had even established a company); however, many funding applications to governmental agencies require the preparation of "extensive" business plans in order for the assessors to be able to tick all the required boxes. Towards a startup rating community. will it make money?
UP AND RUNNING Tim Berry to be Featured on BusinessMakers Radio Show
| THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
Tim will share his experiences and expertise on business planning as well as his personal experiences as an entrepreneur. The discussion will also look at the importance of succession planning, recounting Tim’s transfer of management of Palo Alto Software to his daughter and current CEO, Sabrina Parsons.
THE VC IN ME the vc in me.: Advice on Pitching VC's
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2009
This blog broadcasts my thoughts on sectors of interest in my role as a venture capitalist as well as other ideas or tidbits on the business of entrepreneurship. If you are presenting your business to Mayfield i think it would be great if you read this before sending or presenting your exec summary or powerpoint. About.
YOUNGUPSTARTS Four Things To Consider When Taking Your Startup Global
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013
Consider your original business plan officially useless. different market represents a totally different business landscape. Recognize that in order to thrive in many markets around the world, you not only need to localize your product according to market needs but your business also needs to speak their language.
YOUNGUPSTARTS 7 Inspiring Corporate Executives
| MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
Business students and careerists alike can benefit from the inspiring words and actions of those they aspire to be. Mirroring your heroes and studying those in higher positions are excellent ways to develop desirable traits, and to learn the stories and values of those in the business world. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com. Ken Powell.
STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED Business ecology and the four customer currencies
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2009
Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, December 14, 2009 Business ecology and the four customer currencies Lately, I’ve been rethinking the concept of “business model for startups, in favor of something I call “business ecology. Constructing a working business model is a form of ecosystem design.
CROWDSPRING BLOG 10 tips for entrepreneurs on working with a partner
| MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011
You are (truly) in this together and the urge to compete with your partner can be greatly damaging to the relationship and to your business. If one has an aptitude with analytics and business intelligence, let him handle that; if the other is great at negotiating with vendors, then she should be the one who does that. Fight it.
YOUNGUPSTARTS Common Sense Business Advice You Don’t Need An MBA To Implement
| THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
If you are comfortable with the idea of learning as you go, then starting your own business can be an exciting way to begin to understand the world of commerce. Plan Everything. Regardless of what you may have heard, running a business by winging it is an extremely bad idea. In business, everything you do needs to be planned.
YOUNGUPSTARTS How Can I Beat A Bad Economy?
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011
by Melissa Evans, author of “ Sole to Soul “ Debt-ceiling debates, credit-rating crises and international economies teetering on a double-dip recession might just be more than enough to scare would-be entrepreneurs out of the risky business of pursuing their ambitions. But not all of them. Read more at www.soletosoulbook.com.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Why the World Needs Big Ideas
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012
With so many businesses thinking small, true audacity and vision mean more than ever. Sixteen years ago, Gigi Mander founded Outsource Resource International, a one-person business that markets other companies' products overseas. Finally, making a difference had to be part of the plan. Still, society needs its visionaries.
JOEL.IS Ways to bootstrap a startup: "working in waves"
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010
The ideal scenario is that you save up a certain amount of funds and then you get to work on your startup, and everything goes to plan. What happens next is painful, predictable, avoidable, yet built into to every startup business plan. d like to share some of my reflections on how to bootstrap a startup from zero funds. Waves?
- Driving Your Startup to Profitability is Job One
Build a business plan for profitability in your lifetime. Most Internet businesses should show profitability in two years, while new medicines may take ten years to pass FDA and other safety tests. profitability entrepreneur startup growth businessThe challenge is not to undermine growth by a blind focus on profits.
- 2011 May be the Year of the IPO for Social Media
But the word is out on Reuters that LinkedIn, Twitter, and maybe even Facebook are looking hard at going public this year, so all of a sudden the IPO option is back in business plans again as an exit strategy for startups. These can add millions to the cost of doing business. entrepreneur startup social media IPO business
- Track the Ten Elements of Value for Your Venture
In business, one important measure is the value of the company. In general, we want to do the things that increase the value of the business, and we want to avoid doing the things that reduce it. Customers: A company’s only sustainable source of cash is sales, so you need to keep track of your business development efforts.
SEED STAGE CAPITAL What Startups Can Learn From Sailors (Part Deux.
| SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011
In such situations, attitude is the primary determinant of whether the journey—or business—is a success or failure. Then, take action—leave the safety of the cockpit and execute the plan. The first installment can be found here. Part II of What Startups Can Learn from Sailors: A For Attitude. It impacts everything.
AUSTIN STARTUP Startup Weekend Debuts in Austin this Spring
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010
The program is an expedited process of idea development, business plan validation, infrastructure building, venture capital showcasing, and marketing output — all possible and available in one weekend. In the meantime, Gary Hoover, founder of Bookstop and Hoovers has already been secured to speak at the conference.
UP AND RUNNING Need Funds: What About Family and Friends?
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011
I’ve got a great idea for a business, but I don’t have any money to get it started! Where can I get money from the government or find investors to help me start my business?”. If I had a dime for every time I’ve been asked this question, I’d be wealthy enough to establish my own small-business loan company. Business experience.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG What's for Dinner? Ask These 7 Start-ups
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012
Business model: Gojee raised a venture round led by Kapor Capital, but it's planning on teasing out the revenue strategy over the next six to 12 months. Business model: Real Time Farms calls itself a "for-profit social enterprise" with a scalable business model that will allow it to grow. WHAT'S COOKIN'?
STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED Good enough never is (or is it?)
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
Or what if the features they demand we build are different from the ones we were planning to build? But when it comes to the specific of a product release, business plan, or marketing launch, all that matters is: do we have a strong hypothesis that will enable us to learn? We don’t need the best possible plan.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG How Turkish 'Dairy Boy' Hamdi Ulukaya Started $600 Million Chobani
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012
didn’t own a house, and my little cheese business couldn’t support the purchase of the plant, either. In one night I made a business plan. Turkish immigrant Hamdi Ulukaya always wondered why U.S. yogurt was so bad. Now, his New Berlin, New York-based Chobani is the leader in Greek-style yogurt. It was quiet.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG How We Got Funded: Visual Revenue
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
At a Yahoo conference in Boston in 2009, they stop complaining and hunker down over cocktails to lay out a business plan for their new venture, Visual Revenue. Mortensen pitches an investor from Bessemer Venture Partners over lunch at Balthazar, a tony New York restaurant, scratching a business plan on the back of a menu.
- How My Business Idea Grew Into a Social Mission
But his desire to earn his MBA lured him back to America, where a 2005 business plan competition at his school Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona helped Dodge solidify an idea that he'd been sketching in his journal for years. “I was a full-time student and ended up working as a full-time business owner.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Best Advice I Ever Got: Andrew Bachman
| THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012
The president of Scambook.com reveals why honest self-assessment is the key to launching a Web-based business, and other great advice he's received. Most college students are worried about what party to attend next, but I was busy thinking of innovative ways to make my first million. Being kind and respecting everyone is a must.
- Make My Business Analysis Intuitive, Please.
I’ve had a career focused on business planning, metrics, market research, and business analysis. That started for me with a couple of years at business school, during which I discovered that I love numbers, and patterns, and programming. Business Management Business Research myers-briggs personality types
STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED The Lean Startup Book is here
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011
If you've been waiting for a comprehensive account of the Lean Startup and how it can help you achieve dramatically better business results, this is it. Most of our management tools, like planning and forecasting, require a long and stable operating history. All of them are busy taking this idea and transforming it into a movement.
THE MOGUL MOM 3 Common Financial Pitfalls of Entrepreneurs
| SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011
ntrepreneurs can make a profit doing what they love, but that profit only comes with hard work and perseverance – as well as a great deal of financial planning and knowledge. The key here is to figure out which type of financing works best for you and your business model. Related posts: 10 Tax Tips for Small Business Owners.
- 5-Step Primer to Entering New Markets
'Expanding into a new market can be an effective way to grow your business. Expanding into a new market can be an effective way to leverage your core business for growth. But it takes a disciplined process to accurately assess the potential of each growth opportunity, because a bad bet can bog down your business.
- Venture Capital Investors Look Beyond Your Startup
'I’m a strong believer that investors invest in people, before they invest in a business plan, or an idea. But I continue to learn that there are a host of other factors, maybe not even related to you or your business, that could keep you from getting the funding that you need. No surprises here. Whites and Asians lead the race.
- The Vital Fresh Look for Business Survival
” I remember that day still because I’ve seen the same phenomenon so many times in the years since, in business. We — business owners and operators — are so obviously likely to fall into the same trap. What didn’t work in 2000 might be just what your business needs right now. He lives there.
- Get Into TechStars: Make a Cool Video
For Cohen, a team video should explain why, out of a million possible business plans, the founders have located this problem as the problem they want to solve. When Tisch invests in start-ups, he invests in the people, not necessarily the idea or business, so it's essential to explain precisely how the team functions. It's easy.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG How to Start a Business Without Really Trying
| THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012
But that's what he did--by thinking of the community first and the business second. As I spoke to founder Jake Nickell, I was struck by how Threadless became a business. There was no business plan, no marketing scheme, no sales goals--just a desire to support a community. to get his t-shirt designs in stores like Gap?
BABBLING VC Why You Should be Raising Money NOW
| MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
If for no other reason than to see what your business may be worth, get a business plan banged together and send it to some VC''s. . 'I''ve been watching in amusement some recent financings and realized the getting has never been so good when it comes to venture capital. Why do I think this is the case?
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Inside Chicago's Start-up High School
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012
How an unusual inner-city charter school plans to groom the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. In an entrepreneurship class students craft a business plan for their unique businesses. Some of them spend as much as three hours and several bus transfers getting to and from school. Only 150 will. ”
FELD THOUGHTS Take A Chance On Yourself
| SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010
Initially I didn’t see myself as a good fit, but decided to help out in any way I could (process development, statistical analysis, survey design, business plan, etc…). We are planning to show our first product in mid July to a small company. And – more importantly – what can I do about it?”
GROWTHINK BLOG How to Use Facebook for Business in 2012
| SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012
There's been a lot of talk about Facebook over the last few years, and many business owners feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the buzz and developments. Step #1: Create It If your business does not have its own free Facebook Page yet, I strongly suggest taking 10 minutes today to set one up. Then what? Run Facebook Ads.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Why Pessimists Win
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012
Serial optimists, take note: The best thing for your business might involve throwing a big wet blanket on your bright-eyed predictions. According to the small business stat-keepers, just half of new ventures will still be in operation five years down the line. I’ve got a pretty good idea what makes you tick.
STEVE BLANK Teaching Entrepreneurship in “Chilecon Valley”
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2010
The goal of course IIC3515 is that students get together in teams (probably of 4) and develop their business idea during the semester, developing the software that represents it. Teaching in Chile. Valaparaiso houses. Entrepreneurship and innovation in what I call “Chilecon Valley” is being talked about continually here. Teaching
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG It's the Time for Personal Strategic Planning
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012
In other words, the end of the year is rushing towards us, and as Kevin Daum recently pointed out here on Inc.com, it's time for small business owners to bust their excuses and sit down for some serious end of year strategic planning. Are you fulfilled? Harried? Productive? What people bring out your best work?
MARKET BY NUMBERS 5th Anti-Lean Startup Archetype – We Already Do It
| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009
The execs practice the same principles they always have in order to meet expectations set by a business plan written with hockey stick revenues based on market research designed to prove assumptions, rather than test them. If you build-it, they will come Engineers – Our product rocks, therefore we win. VCs want a proven CEO.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG A Great Way to Get Market Insight
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012
New analytics tools have made crowdfunding sites an excellent source for feedback on your business. The company now has plans to distribute the game through Web portals that reach those regions. So we changed our business plan. The response was overwhelming. That was changed. Every company should be so lucky
UP AND RUNNING Another Great Source of Real Info for Startups
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
I’m around, browsing about, answering lots of questions about business plans. I’ve been meaning to recommend Quora in this space for several months now, and then yesterday I caught “20 Recommended Quora Threads for Startups on Read/Write Web. That’s a great list, particularly tailored for startups. What
UP AND RUNNING Thinking About Strategy: Raise Prices
| MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010
In today’s world, low price means high volume only if you’re a capital-intensive location-intensive big business like McDonald’s, Costco, or Walmart. For the rest of us, especially the startups and the real-world small business, the high-value high-price strategy is far more likely to work. do you always buy by price?
STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS Startups Get No Help From an Investment Bank
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
Then I learned that these banks really negotiate investments and collect fees on the transactions, sort of like commercial banks do with loans to businesses. Commercial banking is also known as business banking. For these fees, they will develop a business plan, solicit investors, and negotiate term sheets to a closing.
- Trophy Entrepreneurs Can Land Trophy Investors
Business wisdom. Prized angel investors not only contribute money to an opportunity, but also important wisdom acquired from prior experience in areas such as stakeholder relations, employee hiring, and strategic planning. Tags: angel investor entrepreneur process trophy business By Joseph A. Emotional maturity. Expertise.
UP AND RUNNING On Sexism, Bad Taste, and Blogging
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011
This is what I wrote last year in 5 Points on the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship on Planning Startups Stories: At the very least, the men in the crowd can recognize that it’s there, think about it, and make sure that we’re not contributing to the problem. Tweet I dealt with some disturbing stuff on this blog yesterday. What happened?
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Daymond John: Why I Invest in People, Not Companies
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012
They have to know everything about their business and be educated in their space. You can talk about how great your business plan is and how well you are going to do. Shark Tank.'> Shark Tank's Daymond John reveals his most important factor in deciding an investment. What trait served you best in making FUBU a success?
GROWTHINK BLOG The 5 Most Common Funding Sources
| TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013
If you want to be successful in business, it is crucial to determine when, where, and how to obtain the funds you need. Whether you need $1,000 or $1 million to start or expand your business, if you can't raise this money, you can't build the business you want. For example, do you need all the funding now (e.g., read more.
CROWDSPRING BLOG Twitter Link Roundup #30 – Design, Copywriting, Marketing, Small Business, Social Media And More
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010
These posts and videos are about design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Good post about fundraising for startups – especially if you don’t have a business plan – [link]. Why diversity matters (the meritocracy business) – [link]. Web 4.0?
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG 7 Celebrities Bitten by the Entrepreneurial Bug
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
Miller operates two business channels. After gaining as much knowledge as you can about the marketplace and the business opportunity, you should then target partners who can help you convert your idea into something tangible. Stewart is involved as more than just a spokesperson and generates the ideas and business plans for products.
IP LAW FOR STARTUPS Weighing the Risk of Disclosure to Potential Investors
| FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010
To get both, they will have to tell people what they’re doing or what they plan on doing. There is a world of difference between disclosing your business plan to a professional investment firm and another company who may invest in your startup but has the potential to compete with it. Is disclosure worth it? Trade Secrets.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Female Veteran Entrepreneurs Struggle With Business Growth
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
A new report shows that women soldiers-turned-entrepreneurs face several hurdles to achieving business growth. When it comes to self-employment, women veterans revealed in a recent survey that they struggle to grow their businesses. 46% say that becoming a business owner helped them ease into civilian life.
YOUNGUPSTARTS [Review] Corporate Entrepreneurship
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012
Here, we’re taught the importance of a business plan, the selection and incentivization of corporate entrepreneurs and their team mates, how such ventures can be funded, as well as guidelines on implementing such a program on an enduring basis. What can large organizations do to retain talent while building innovative cultures?
- 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Asking For Money
That’s certainly a valid question, but all the money in the world won’t make your business a success if you hate what you are doing, and you don’t have a plan to use it. Do you have a passion for your idea and business opportunity? What type of business startup best fits your mentality? Do you have a viable plan?
MARK BIRCH Why Your Fundraising May Be Tough Going
| MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011
This is particularly true for people that are developing non-tech products or heavily services-based business models. These may be cash flow positive companies, but investors see “life-style” businesses and run. If you are relying on cold introductions and emailing business plans to VC’s, you are not going to have success.
YOUNGUPSTARTS 10 Famous People Who Flourished After Being Laid Off
| SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011
In the ’80s, Cuban worked as a salesman at a computer store, but found himself more interested in working on computers and developing business plans rather than manning a cash register and sweeping the floors. Being fired is by far one of the worst experiences a person can go through, but one thing’s for certain – you’re not alone.
ROBERT OCHTEL Entrepreneurs, A Bunch of Singles, and Not a Single Homerun Event is Usually the Path to Success for Start-up Companies
| MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010
This information was taken from Robert’s new book: “Business Planning, Business Plans and Venture Funding – A Definitive Reference Guide for Start-up Companies”. Most, if not all, entrepreneurs hope to take the short and quick path to success. Why is this important? of the time. Always Engage with Customers.
ROBERT OCHTEL Entrepreneurs, Using Outsourcing to Obtain Capital Efficiency Needs to be Thought Through to be Effective
| MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010
Today, “cloud” computing, or the “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) business model has taken a strong foothold in the software market and has changed it forever. On the other hand, not all of these same outsourcing groups have the same business models or objectives. “Cloud” computing is changing the landscape of the software world.
ROBERT OCHTEL Three Things to Consider When Developing a Successful Strategic Partnership for Your Start-up Company
| MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010
This information was taken from Robert’s new book: “Business Planning, Business Plans and Venture Funding – A Definitive Reference Guide for Start-up Companies”. Strategic partnerships can be extremely beneficial and profitable for both large and small companies. Available at www.amazon.com.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Why Your Crowdfunded Campaign Tanked
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
This is where crowdfunding has opened a new frontier for business owners. Dennis Caraher, together with his wife Janet Street, started a side business called Easy Keepers, which sells non-toxic bendable toys. Even if you make your Kickstarter goal, it doesn't mean you're going to make it in the business," Caraher says.
- Business Journalism Problem: Good Advice is Boring
Yes, it is: good journalism, not-so-good business writing, because it’s playing to a catchy headline. Business plan bashing , for example, goes on all the time, still, because not planning is contrarian, and trendy. Tweet I posted here yesterday about a Jay Goltz’ “Cash is Not King” post on NYTimes. It surprises people.
- It’s Easier to Maintain Business Momentum Than Overcome Intertia
It should have been: In business, just as in physics, and in life in general, it’s easier to maintain momentum than to overcome inertia. My two best examples are neither physics nor business: diet and exercise. I’ll bet that with those examples in mind you can think of a lot of examples in business. I’m sure.
VENTUREWOODS Sneak Preview: Proto.in Mumbai - January 30th, IIT Bombay
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010
Like any Start-up before it’s big release, we at the Team Proto have been extremely busy with the big event which is coming to town. The Angels in a panel discussion - where they iron out the demons in the Business Plan Pitch held earlier. As some of you should be aware, Proto.in Pradeep Gupta discusses his story. startu
STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS Non-Profits Require Philanthropists, Not Investors
| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
However, like anyone else, they will first need some collateral, or someone to guarantee the loan, and some evidence of a viable business, like receivables and inventory. You still start the process with a business plan, but then you look for a philanthropist rather than an investor. Individual and institutional donations.
- How Christine Syquia Started A Million Dollar Fashion Accessories Business
asked what business experience she brought to the table and she quickly impressed me with her story of starting a million dollar accessories business with her sister, with distribution in some of the largest fashion stores in the USA. mentioned it to my sister Jenny, and soon after we decided to start our own business.
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND More and More Young Entrepreneurs Arriving on Campus
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011
We have fully implemented the shift in our curriculum to the business modeling approach. While business plans are still part of what they learn, they are positioned simply as a tool to communicate the business model to investors. My favorite time of year. The beginning of a new academic year.
PLATFORMS AND NETWORKS A Compilation of the Web's Best Advice for Entrepreneurs
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009
Sequoia on elements of a great business plan Netscape and Ning co-founder Marc Andreessen on team vs product vs market as key factors for startup success and what to do when VCs say "no" (NEW 11/29 - thanks to Steve Blank) Entrepreneurial marketing guru Sean Ellis on milestones for startup success. business opportunities said.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG How to Lead a Fast Growth Company
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012
As you reduce chaos in the business and the company’s achievements are measured in weeks, months and years, look for ways to sustain momentum and build your platform for the future. It keeps strategic and tactical plans as well as job descriptions and performance appraisals from being disjointed. Strategic Plan a. link].
GET VENTURE When Do CEO's Scale?
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012
While they might be referring to a number of different dimensions of the CEO's role –thinking big, using sophisticated business planning and analysis, and beyond – they're typically referring to a CEO's ability to delegate. Here's why: I believe my leadership team has already scaled. This post originally appeared on Inc.com.
- The Myth of the Overnight Success
Moving your small business from plan to powerhouse always takes a ton of preparation--even if most people never see it. And in some ways, it was: I was open for business for just one day before I had to close my doors and figure out how to deal with massive demand for our services. But there’s another side to that story.
CROWDSPRING BLOG Twitter Link Roundup #61 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010
These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! You have to repeat your message seven times, especially in business – [link]. Richard Branson on What They Don’t Teach in Business School – [link]. Data is Easy.
ASH MAURYA Customer Development Checklist for My Web Startup – Part 1
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Click to Enlarge The 3,000 Foot View For a web startup, the purpose of Customer Discovery is to identify a problem worth solving, defining the “right minimum viable product to build, and testing the business model using 3 separate Build/Measure/Learn loops. was honored to be asked. Both use a subscription pricing model. It is a pitch.
STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED Why we need to teach MBA’s about modern entrepreneurship (and what Harvard Business School is doing about it)
| MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011
This week, the startup tribe from Harvard Business School is making their annual trek to Silicon Valley. We still have some collective scar tissue: the idea conjures up the hordes of dot-com hopefuls that descended on VC’s and angel investors with little more than a business plan. Who holds entrepreneurs accountable?
- Can You Have a Business Identity on Twitter?
m there talking about business planning and small business, you’re there talking about your favorite topics, and we probably share opinions and suggestions about other topics, like topics that come up. So we’re aware of our business selves and our various sets of expertise; but we’re still people. Or so it seems. get it.
UP AND RUNNING Tim Berry – The California Tour Edition
| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
Is All Good Business Inherently Social Enterprise? It’s doing well by doing good, I assumed, building businesses that help people. business doesn’t have to not make a profit to do good, so the idea of social entrepreneurship makes sense. This is just anecdotal, based on what I’ve seen in my business experience.
VC CAFE Human Engineering and Emotional Intelligence for Startups
| SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012
Based upon Coleman’s 5 Emotional Intelligence Dimensions, I’ve outlined the five ways EQ can help you build a successful business. What’s the core of your talent and what’s the core of your business? 3) Motivate yourself and your team – no one is going to lay out your strategy and plan for you.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Best Advice I Ever Got: Jeff Berger
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013
There were two constants for me growing up: my dislike for school and my curiosity for business. never understood how learning about subjects like medieval literature would have a practical application in my future endeavors in the business world. say "thankfully," mostly because my first start-up, Koda, did not go as planned.
STARTUP MARKETING BLOG Milestones to Startup Success
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009
Start Charging Another key step before growing your business is to implement a business model. The ideal timing for implementing your business model is discussed in this blog post. I believe the fastest way to grow is with a business model and explain why in this blog post. Building a successful business is hard.
ACTIVE GARAGE Mortgage Challenges for the Self Employed
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010
For the most part getting the business side set up and running has been relatively smooth, but personal finances have been a great challenge. Tags: Entrepreneurship active garage business financing Guy Ralfe loans mortgage personal finance support Another life lesson from my venture moving from the corporate world to self employment.
WATCHING WEBSITES How much is enough when it comes to Voice of Customer?
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2009
Through his speaking, writing, and evangelism, he was instrumental in legitimizing voice of customer analytics at a time when traditional web analytics still dominated the online business intelligence conversation. One of the best sources of business intelligence for companies of any size is raw Voice of Customer data.
READWRITESTART 6 Ways To Win Every Startup Competition You Enter
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012
Anyone entering a business plan competition should sign up for the mentorship. You get engineers and mathematicians who are starting companies and they get so bogged down in details they don’t do a good job of explaining what the business does. But what I will say is that I can articulate what my business does to anyone.
STARTUPSTUDENT.COM Random Thought: How much change has occurred?
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
To me it’s a very interesting point and I think that it really could affect your business planning. People are starting businesses when they can’t find jobs and working out of their homes. Also to cut costs, businesses are seeing the cost savings of allowing employees to work from home. Be daring…be creative!
- 12 Tips for Successfully Borrowing Startup Money from Family Members
Originally published in Small Business Trends. In reality, new businesses need money, usually more than that amount initially calculated alongside that very first draft of the business plan. However, borrowing capital from family members is risky business. And sometimes, those funds can come from family.
CROWDSPRING BLOG Twitter Link Roundup #116 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012
These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Small Businesses Spending More And More On Social Media – [link]. Surprising Business Plan. Small Businesses Spending More And More On Social Media – [link].
VENTURE HACKS A conflict of interests
| TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
How three copycat business plans will arrive in the same week, and how each one thinks they’re unique and protectable. If you’re a passionate entrepreneur , you can often see the vast potential for your product. In your head, the possibilities of the future branch out, with infinite forks and potential. The idea. The space.
- 3 Tech Benefits and 1 Threat for Guru Businesses
By guru business I mean the expert business, and particularly the one-person expert business. mean consultant, coach, adviser, researcher, business hired gun, life coach, trainer, and so on. was a business planning consultant for most of the 1980s and early 1990s, working almost always alone, just myself, no company.
- 5 Ways to Make Your Company Worth More
'It doesn''t matter when you plan to sell your company. The single biggest problem I see is that buyers want to look at each individual product or service that you provide and calculate the contribution that element of the company makes to the overall business. Do these five things, today, to get at better valuation at the finish line.
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD How to Create an Enchanting Pitch #OfficeandGuyK
| MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012
Over the next two weeks, I’ll cover everything a budding entrepreneur needs to turn an idea into an enchanting investment opportunity—from the perfect pitch to a killer business plan to financial forecasts. Slide 8: Business Model. embedded the sample deck for you to click through by using the PowerPoint Web App. Enjoy!
CROWDSPRING BLOG 10 Tips for Startups and Small Businesses on Naming Your Company
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010
Whether you leverage crowdSPRING’s community to help name your startup or small business or find a name on your own, you might find the following 10 tips useful: 1. Businesses located in rural areas and serving rural communities may want to project a smaller, hometown feel with their name. But there are risks. Avoid plain words.
CROWDSPRING BLOG Twitter Link Roundup #178 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More
| FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013
These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Steve Case on Risk-Taking, or Lack Thereof, in Business | NYT – [link]. They can make your business better. They can make your business better. The Business Plan.
- Without Deep Pockets, Profitability Trumps Growth
Build a business plan for profitability in your lifetime. Most Internet businesses should show profitability in two years, while new medicines may take ten years to pass FDA and other safety tests. profitability entrepreneur startup investor growth businessThe number of current potential customers is large and growing.
READWRITESTART Color's Epic Collapse: Why Everybody Is Loving It
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012
Companies with real business plans and real users struggle to raise seed rounds of $1 million or get a $5 million Series A. Imagine this: A startup with a vibrant and successful founder arrives with the vague notion of a good idea. The startup eventually releases a product that few understand or find useful. Color Made Few Friends.
- Which Is The Best Business Model For Your Startup – B2B Or B2C?
Choosing the right business to start is something that nobody can tell you except yourself. The ten answers that I can guarantee you’re not going to get are of the businesses that those entrepreneurs are currently in. What may be a cost-effective business now could be a nightmare waiting to happen. What Is “B2C ?
- How To Do A Business Model – Part 2 – Lord of the Rings Meets Business Analysis
In the last post , we took a look at an important business concept that is a mystery to entrepreneurs and business students young and old: The BUSINESS MODEL (an important underpinning of the business plan). What does the movie trilogy Lord of the Rings (LoTR) have to do with business models? Materials: A.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG A Gracious Host for Bloggers: A Small Orange
| SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012
But Hanna is confident that business is steadily humming—just not there. He puts in about 40 to 50 hours a week toward the business, which he calls a priority over school. It makes sense for Hanna’s business to be so high-tech and business-forward, A Small Orange LLC , is, after all, a Web hosting business.
VENTUREWOODS Entrepreneurship Week India from Feb 5th to 12th
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2011
Exercise’, a game that has them dreaming up, starting and running a business in a single day. week of exciting and unusual activities will be conducted by student E Cells in and outside their campuses, focusing on this year’s E Week theme: ‘Ideas for India’. Week@School. Exercise has been adapted to work for students aged 7 – 12 years.
FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG Meet the Newest Crop of Chicago Start-ups
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012
The real perk for the start-ups, however, is access to nearly 150 mentors, including Opentable’s Chuck Templeton, Groupon’s Brad Keywell, and TechStars’ David Cohen--all to help the young companies refine their business plans and pitches before Demo Day. It's Demo Day at Chicago-based Excelerate Labs. Watch out Etsy!
BERKONOMICS What I learned from losing a million…Market knowledge comes FIRST.
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010
That year, some of you will recall, the first digital cell phones were released to the market, smaller, cheaper and priced with roaming plans that made it no premium cost to carry these digital phones to cities far from home. For most brilliant new ideas and business plans, the competition is merely to do nothing. Back to 1996.
ARCTICSTARTUP Entrepreneurship Visa In Finland? Not Unless Your Startup Is Profitable!
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
Luckily, I saw that coming and was already building a small business idea on the side. We took it to a few potential customers and they said they could use something like this in their business! You see, I am not an EU citizen, which means I need a self-employement visa to engage in business activities in Finland.
READWRITESTART Why an Accelerator Could Be Right for Your Startup
| MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012
Through a business plan competition, Arch Grants selects promising startups to receive $50,000. Brad Pittenger, the CEO of IT solutions provider XIOLINK , reviewed more than a dozen business plans as a recent Arch Grants judge. So, just how hard is it to get accepted by an accelerator? Is the application process onerous?
YOUNGUPSTARTS Students To Make Biodegradable Plastic Bags A Reality
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011
Using technology developed by University of Minnesota biochemist Simo Sarkanen from its Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering , the four students started their company after creating a business plan around the technology for an entrepreneurship class. intends to make biodegradable plastic shopping bags into reality.
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