Thu.Dec 27, 2012

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Love in an Elevator (Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Heads up. Describe your business in under a minute. Was it convincing? Now shorten it to 30 seconds. Still effective? Not so easy, is it? Tell a Story.

4 Non-negotiable Traits of a True Entrepreneur

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Successful founders are as different from each other as they are from everyone else. You must be up for an adventure. You have to be patient.

How would you break down the process of raising an angel round of investment in 5-10 steps?

Gust

Understand your business. It sounds obvious, but the majority of entrepreneurs who pitch me have obviously never thought through many of the major issues surrounding their companies. You should know EVERYTHING about your business, product, customers and competition. Understand what investors are looking for , what they usually invest in, and why.

8 Ways to Be Innovative (Even if You're Not)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Can't be creative on demand? Not many people can. Fortunately, it's a skill you can improve. Don't believe me? Try it. Right now. I'll try it too.

Embracing the mess of 2012 to invite the grace of 2013

Escape From Cubicle Nation

What has this year been like for you? Most people have had a whole series of accomplishments. Then, there have been the not so great moments. Name it.

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Few Entrepreneurs Achieve Extreme Leadership Status

Startup Professionals Musings

By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. It all comes from within themselves. Most entrepreneurs are not both. Generate energy.

Start-up Funding: Where to Start

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What's the best source of capital for your company? Every option comes with pros and cons, so weigh them carefully. Good luck with that nowadays.

“A-Commerce” To Rise In 2013, Says Schedulicity

YoungUpstarts

It’s accepted that the more than 27 million small businesses operating today in the United States form the bedrock U.S. economy.

10 Guiding Principles for Start-ups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

To build the most successful small business in the world, it takes 10 key principles. Every small business owner wants to succeed.

Learn from my Customer Development…What Works, What Didn’t

Startup Noodle

Are you doing customer development right now? want to learn from you! I’ve been working on Go Finish for a couple of months now. As with Lean startups, we are currently on the discovery stage. This means that we are trying to find what is the product we are [.]. General

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Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Making warm and fuzzy promises to yourself doesn't work. Here's what does. They usually take one of five forms: 1. Want to know what I think? Great.

Newsflash: Winning Is Everything

YoungUpstarts

?. By Andrew Collins, Founder & CEO of Mailman Group?. Winning IS everything. Winning is everything and it should be treated as such. It’s

Meet the Latest Start-up to Take on Space

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Golden Spike, a start-up founded by the former chief of NASA's space and earth science programs, has plans to reach the moon by 2020. Richards.

How The Press Calls Two Data Points “Analysis”

Nick O'Neill

I’ve read multiple articles today about how Facebook’s Snapchat competitor, Poke, is a flop. This news comes less than a week after the company launched the product. The application effectively debuted at #1 in the app store and has since dropped to around 50, just above Google Chrome (clearly a horrible position). Hardly. Analysis

Dennis Crowley: 'Our First Instinct Was That We Broke Something'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Foursquare co-founder describes how he adjusted the app in response to the way people used it (differently than he expected

How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups

David Teten

ff Venture Capital is executing just about every strategy he discusses in this article. Recruiting is a major bottleneck for hyper-growth startups.

4 Ways to Protect Your Assets From Your Great Ideas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

By all means, pour everything you have into that brilliant idea. But don't drain your assets. You have to go large. Find a partner. Let's hope so.

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Tough Love for Southwest Airlines

deal architect

I sent Gary Kelly and Herb Kelleher of Southwest the letter below on December 9. Within a week, I started getting calls from their reps.

Anxiety: How It Impacts Decisions

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Think anxiety heightens your senses and makes you cautious? Research out of Wharton and Harvard finds quite different results. The takeaway is simple.

Links for a Lazy Day

Startup Houston

Consider this the calm before the storm. While you’re relaxing in the holiday afterglow, here are a few links to pass the time: David Brake (of Houston startup LRNGO) reflects on his journey as a startup CEO. Chris Schulz outlines next steps for the New Orleans startup community. hat tip Marc Nathan ). Not every story is a success story.

Why Predicting Customer Behavior Is Problematic

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Like playing the next level of Angry Birds?) Predictive analytics are all the rage. Take the Grokr example, for a moment.

[Singapore][Event] Ideas.Inc 2013 Looks For New Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

The Ideas Inc. If you meet the criteria , you can submit your idea here.

How to Close the Big Sale

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When the numbers get big, the risk factor--for everyone--grows. As an entrepreneur, you have two big, important jobs. The other is to sell. Guess what?

Punt to Fred: Following Through

charliecrystle.com

Fred has a great post on following through with your promises. The context is important to note as well--a ton of startups raised seed rounds from angels over the past 18 months. Some of them have or will raise a follow-on round from the angels; fewer will raise a formal venture round. And a lot will shut down because they didn't focus on revenue.

Danny Meyer: How to Find Employees Who Go Beyond

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't ask candidates if they have integrity, says the founder of Shake Shack and Union Square Cafe. Do this instead

Two nations separated by a common language

deal architect

This time of the year brings even more memories of the UK. I met Margaret during a posting in London in 1989. Globalization and Technology

JJ Ramberg: 'Remember Everything You've Done Throughout the Year'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Advice on how to wrap up the year from the host of MSNBC's Your Business and co-founder of GoodSearch.com.

Warm pork curry soba noodles…simply perfect. (at Cocoron.

Mark Birch

Warm pork curry soba noodles…simply perfect. (at Cocoron Soba

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Do You Even Need to Form a Partnership?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Before you get into the nitty-gritty of contracts and cost sharing, ask yourself if you actually need a partner.

COVER FRIDAY: Nutshell performed by Ryan Adams - There are many.

Mark Birch

COVER FRIDAY: Nutshell performed by Ryan Adams - There are many great Alice in Chains songs that have been covered, but none seem to be performed as much as this tune off the Jar of Flies album. Why is that? Because despite the loneliness that the lyrics evoke, it is one of the most accessible songs out of the the entire AIC catalogue.

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Scott Harrison: From Nightclub Promoter to Entrepreneur

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The charity: water founder talks about his troubled youth and how he started over

Measure Interest Before Building Products

Constantly Learning

Before you ever sell a product you should be marketing to everyone. Unlike traditional marketing, which includes branding, this is a different approach. You determine the interest of users before you ever try to sell your product. Joel Gasgoine of Buffer did this before launching Buffer. He setup some simple landing pages to test the idea.

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Do Entrepreneurs Destroy Businesses?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Entrepreneurs are calculated risk takers, but do they have the right skills to manage a sustainable business? I'm bored.

Hollow by Alice in Chains - This is a band that is both as.

Mark Birch

Hollow by Alice in Chains - This is a band that is both as revered as it is cursed. Revered in the sense that AIC stands as one of the greatest metal bands of the 90’s, in large due to the dynamic song writing duo of Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley. have been on the fence with the post-Staley era. Clearly, Jerry is hugely talented.