Thu.Mar 15, 2012

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Why company names & URLs don't matter

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Some founders agonize over the name of their company and pay big bucks to purchase the domain name. At least not the way you might think it matters.

3 Things My Mentors Taught Me

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A great mentor won't actually do the work for you--but he or she will help you develop your own opportunities. Here's how. All of that was on me.

Key to Sustaining Rapid Growth

Startup Marketing Blog

After helping to bring several startups to market including Dropbox, LogMeIn and Lookout, I found that the key to sustaining rapid growth is understanding your “must have” experience and then aligning the entire business around that experience. This includes aligning the product roadmap, funnel optimization, and messaging. This is not a pivot.

How do you keep your footing when your life explodes?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Me, Guy Kawasaki and Sohaib Athar , SXSW 2012. He was kind enough to agree to be interviewed, and I included him in Chapter 5 of my book.

Don’t Think Big. There, I Said It.

Market by Numbers

Those who run in #LeanStartup circles know too well the problems encountered with language. Eric Ries, Steve Blank and others are criticized for choosing terms and phrases — lean, customer development, MVP, fail fast, etc. It’s generally not helpful to remove phrases from their context and critique them standing on their own.

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Innovative Courage: Are You Kodak, Britanica, or FujiFilm, Wikipedia?

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

This mornings Independent brings the story that Britanica is publishing its last set of encyclopaedias – after 244 years of continuous editions.

The Unsung Hero Behind Every Great Website

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Talented engineers and project managers both play key roles, but much of the success of your website hinges on this key person. Mea culpa!

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Why the NYC startup scene needs Sean Parker

This is going to be BIG.

I have never met Sean Parker. I don't know if the movie portrayal of him is accurate and I don't particularly care. What I do care about is that a person who is long on vision and has a knack for being around big companies early on is now living in New York City. He spotted Facebook in 2004 and Spotify in 2009. Sean Parker is one of those patterns.

Female Tech Entrepreneurs' Big Secret

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Yes, there is plenty of sexism out there. But even in Silicon Valley, being a female founder has its advantages. And yes, they are out there).

Time For a Change #6: Meeting Your Agenda

Active Garage

Raising the energy level of your meetings. The essential ingredient which determines the success or failure of any meeting is communication. LOCATION.

7 Classic Tech Blunders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Mistakes that will cost you time, money, and the security of your business. What could go wrong? Plenty. But there are two pricing plans.

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Five Ways To Know When You’re Done With What You’re Doing


There simply aren’t enough hours in the work day (or even the work week!) to accomplish everything on our to-do lists. Don’t overwrite emails. Jason W.

This Is What Small Business Success Looks Like

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

He never achieved fame. He never achieved fortune. But you might say this entrepreneur did something infinitely more important. Just different.

What is Duct Tape Marketing?

Duct Tape Marketing

What is Duct Tape Marketing? This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. It was an audacious idea at the time and it still is today.

Read Obituaries. And Lead to the Fullest

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Write your own eulogy today. Reflect on your life so far, and whether you're satisfied with the path you're on. I never met Benedict Freedman. Really.

Second Impressions

David Cohen

I’m an investor in a company called GiveForward which helps raise money for loved ones, for medical needs. link]. Second impressions matter.

Perfect Start-up Employee: Vets

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Hiring? Young veterans with a true entrepreneurial inclination can thrive at a start-up. Lockheed Martin's Clarence "Kelly" L. Yikes! No Tahoe yet.)

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The Alien Entrepreneur: Platform choice for startups should not just.

Alien Entrepreneur

I'm addicted to entrepreneurship, currently participating in multiple startups. CTO at ProspectStream, ScopiaRx, and

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Where to Get Free Help For Your Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Corporations, states and Uncle Sam offer loads of free help to women-owned businesses. Grab it and pull yourself up to the next level of growth.

Crossing the Invisible Line

Taffy Williams

In twoprevious posts, I wrote about sticking with the startup and having a can doattitude: “ AreYou Over Your Capabilities? ” and “ TheOne Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say.” Being aggressive and going after what you want is an extremely importantpart of making the startup a success. Do any of these potential annoyances soundfamiliar?

Are Your Talent Management Practices Out of Date?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Face it: Job hopping is a new reality. So stop thinking your old school loyalty-for-security approach will keep talent around for a lifetime.

10 Cool Gaming Tools in MBA Education


Despite their huge potential for facilitating learning, “games” have a connotation as being frivolous and time-wasting. Platform Wars. Second Life.

Opportunities in 3D printing

The Equity Kicker

You may have noticed that last year I blogged a couple of times about 3D printing. Since the beginning of this year I’ve stepped up my interest in the area in the hope of finding an investment opportunity in the short term. What is 3D printing good for. Cost effective short runs, one offs, customisations, prototypes. Highly accurate 3D objects.

5 ways to help remote workers thrive

Up and Running

Today, guest author Lior Levin provides tips to help you get up and running with remote employees or offices. Training. Constant Communication.

Everplaces Is A Breath Of Fresh Air Into Location Based Services


Everplaces is a new way to curate and save the favorite places you visit (or want to visit). Quality over quantity" as Thygesen herself put it.

Footsy – Socking It To Ya Online


You’ll find e-commerce sites touting almost any kind of product on the Internet. And very colorful ones, at that. Selling Socks. But why socks?

Canary in a Coal Mine


Canary in a Coal Mine. From Wiktionary : An allusion to caged canaries mining workers would carry down into the tunnels with them. If dangerous gases such as methane or carbon monoxide leaked into the mine-shaft, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners. In the really early days of the business, it was eBay.

Random Blog Post :: Downtown Portland Photographs

Scalable Startup

I lived in Portland for a few years and often miss the special magic that it has. A Day in the City « hilaryschaffnerphotography [link].

How to Save On Business Travel

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Six tips from Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, and Matt Mickiewicz, co-founder of 99designs

Address the five risks to increase your valuation.


In the creation of a new enterprise, there are five principal risks to be addressed by the entrepreneur. Professional investors will probe these five risk areas and make the decision to invest based upon comfort with each. First: Product risk. Second: Market risk. Are you ahead or behind the market with your product or service?

How the Healthcare Mess Hurts Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Our current healthcare system is messy and unfair. And it's hurting the competitiveness of our entrepreneurs. The U.S. What is sustainable?

Why You Shouldn’t Assume How Users Feel About Your Site


I wrote this short rant. Isn’t it fun? It’s totally cool! Yes, it’s that easy! It’s annoying when a website (or anyone for that matter) tells you what you should feel. Especially when you’re not feeling the feeling the website is telling you to feel. Don’t do it. ” – great!


PointCloud Browser Augments Reality For Metro Newspapers & The Whole Internet


Check out the video posted below the fold. Is this what 2012 is supposed to be like? Is this. the future we're living in? If you go to

I find this very annoying

Jeff Hilimire

So Kevin Rose builds up Oink to 100,000 users and then pulls the plug because it was just an experiment? Super for the 100,000 people that took the time to download and use the app. Appreciate it. Can’t wait to try his next startup. Where do I sign up? Start-ups