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The Best Approach To A Board Package

Feld Thoughts

I joined my first board of a company other than mine in 1994 (NetGenesis). Since then, I’ve sat on hundreds of boards and been to a zillion board meetings. crushes my soul a little to think of the number of board meetings I have sat through that were ineffective, poorly run, or just plain boring. Voila – an interactive board package.

Top Entrepreneurs Have Follow-up, Not Ideas Alone

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone introduces me to an “idea person,” I automatically jump to the down-side conclusion that this person doesn’t do follow-up. Marty Zwilling.

Which Color Converts The Best?


Color is an essential part of how we experience the world. But do colors really matter for conversions? Experiments with color usage. Red means danger.

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5 Customers You Should Fire

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In 18 years of running my own business, I've found it's important to know when to turn the tables and fire a client. Here are those five times. Try it.

SaaS Metrics 2.0 – A Guide to Measuring and Improving what Matters

For Entrepreneurs

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it” – Lord Kelvin This article is a comprehensive and detailed look at the key metrics that are needed to understand and optimize a SaaS business. It is a completely updated rewrite of an older post.  For this version, I have co-opted two real experts in the [.].

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How to Write an Insanely Popular Blog

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The most popularly shared articles online, regardless of industry, topic, or even author, often share these similar traits.

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Negotiating tips summary and links

Taffy Williams

There is not magic wand in negotiating, only hard work! They must want what you have to offer. Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861.

8 Predictions for Private Companies in 2013

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Twitter will file to go public, Foursquare will fail, and other entrepreneur events that will unfold in the year ahead. Twitter will file to go public.

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Preparing Websites For The Unexpected | Smashing Mobile

- select -. Books. eBooks. Job Board. Books. eBooks. Job Board. Facebook. Twitter. Newsletter. Search Go! select -. Books. eBooks. Job Board. Coding.

$100M Deal That Solidifies Online Education Boom

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog, a 17-year-old online library of training videos, just raised $103 million, underscoring the massive online education boom. Congress.

Startup Summer 2013

David Cohen

Sure, it’s cold right now, but it’s time to start thinking ahead to summer if you want a chance to participate in Startup Summer 2013. Startups

Why We Need More Small Ideas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Big ideas get a lot of press. But there are plenty of small ideas waiting to be big businesses. These people are thinking too large. Car dealers.

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The Number One Mistake People Make When It Comes To Referral Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Bill Cates. Subscribe now via iTunes. Everyone loves referrals, but let’s face it – the real point of a referral is a customer.

Why Facebook Graph Search Is Huge for Start-ups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Search used to be a window onto new worlds, but it’s becoming a mirror, merely reflecting back to us what we and our friends already know.

When Men Start Pitching to Women

This is going to be BIG.

I have this vision. Someone gets all of the most powerful and connected women in NYC--Barbara Corcoran, Beth Comstock, and maybe even folks like Lady Gaga--and puts together a Founder Collective--like venture fund. Everyone could toss in 100k and you could definitely find 1:1 matching from various instructions to bring it up to $10mm.

Sales Tip: Know All 3 Decision-Makers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When selling to any but the smallest firms, you'll need to convince three "decision-makers" that it makes sense to buy. Like this post?

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What Are Qualified Conditions Of Debt Conversion?

Ask The VC

Q: On page 105 of the second edition of Venture Deals under Debt Conversion Mechanics, you state: “Therefore, having outstanding debt (that doesn’t convert) can be a bad thing if an entrepreneur ever gets sideways with one of the debt holders”  I infer this to mean that convertible debt cannot bring about the same bad results.

Is the Paperless Office Possible?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The good news, according to the site's State of the Paper Industry 2011 report, is that we're at least using less paper since 2006.

12 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2013

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Honestly, it felt a big dream sprinkled with magic dust.  Like I have written about before, marketing is is a marathon, not a sprint. An action plan.

Must-Know Tips to Measure Your Mobile Marketing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Everyone has a cell phone, but mobile marketing is notoriously tough to analyze and measure. Here's how to start. This equates to approximately 6.7

How To Break Free From Business Failure

Mike Michalowicz

Failure is an extraordinary enemy. It plays unfairly. It gets in your mind. How Failure Works. We are who we think we are. The Inner Voice. Break Free.

How to Partner in China in 2013

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Some business practices have changed drastically in China; others die hard. Three experts share the best ways to partner in China.

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How to Wow Your Employees


How to Wow Your Employees. Here at Return Path  we like to promote a culture of WOW and a culture of hospitality.  Some of you may be asking, Why Wow your employees?   The answer is, there is nothing more inspirational than showing an employee that you care about him or her as an individual.  The impact a WOW has is tremendous. 

The Real Reason Your Inbox Is Overflowing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Sure, there are lots of tools that promise to solve your email woes. But to truly fix the problem, look at the root cause. I get too much email.

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10 Good Reasons For Business Planning

Up and Running

Our thanks to Small Business Trends and the Young Entrepreneur Council   10 Reasons Why You Should Write A Business Plan. This is a very good list.

Lance Armstrong: What You Can Learn From His Failure

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Lying, denial, cheating: There have been plenty of Lance Armstrong's in the business world. That certainly appears to be the case with Lance Armstrong.

White Swans

Mucker Lab

In the past 30 days I’ve had sad and unfortunate conversations with around 5 entrepreneurs about the reality that their venture funded companies are headed toward their eventual end. some are indignant, some are accepting, and others openly sad. All of them have lost the passion that they once carried in their

When to Compromise on Your Mission

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How do you make the right decision when your new business idea doesn't align perfectly with your current mission? by the FDA in 2008.

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Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Use Technology to Win the Price War

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Need to keep an eye on what your competitors charge? Let software do the work for you. Maybe thousands. This was a case of algorithmic pricing.

11 Steps to Building Your Startup Business

Business Plan Blog

Step 1: Determine what kind of business you should start: - A part-time business, a unique business idea (i.e. Step 2: Write a business plan.

You Talk Too Much

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said four words from the bench -- his first in seven years of listening to oral arguments. ”

How to Choose a Business Plan Writer

Business Plan Blog

Writing a business plan is incredibly daunting for most business owners, whether because of difficulty, lack of time or lack of expertise.

A Life Without Expectations

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

When we expect nothing from anyone, we save ourselves from being disappointed. However, we have to work to be in it for the long term.

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