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Why Don’t We Make Learning A Computer Language A Requirement In High School?

Feld Thoughts

I spent this weekend at LindzonPalooza. Once a year Howard Lindzon gets together a bunch of his friends at the intersection of financing, tech, media, and entrepreneurship, we descend on The Del in Coronada, and have an awesome 48 hours together. Many interesting and stimulating things were said, but one I remember was from Peter Pham  over dinner.

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6 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Workplace stress is not inevitable. Here are some simple techniques to lower your own levels. Stress sucks. and social withdrawal. Do it anyway. 2.

Analysis Paralysis (and Blaming Lean Startup)

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Lately, I’m getting more and more feedback from entrepreneurs that Lean Startup is holding them back. I’m seeing this in action as well; startups that are “stuck” in a permanent mode of analysis with little to no action. Entrepreneurs blame the Lean Startup process. And then, you run. So be careful.

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4 Secrets of Great Critical Thinkers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The best problem solvers see a complex problem through multiple lenses. Here's how to become a better strategic thinker and leader yourself. percent.

Early Predictors of Long-Term Survival for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m always looking for evidence of early startup characteristics that might be predictors of long-term success. Spend more time on initial positioning.

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4 Golden Freebies to Outshine your Competition

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Beating your competition is the essence of good marketing and equates the success of one business over another.  Provide Better Service.

Better Way to Motivate Your Team

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A little friendly rivalry can boost employee performance. But if you don't handle contests carefully, they can backfire.

How to Build a Business That Cannot Fail

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Build a Business That Cannot Fail This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Jagz Mario via Flickr. Customer focus vs. business focus.

5 Leadership Lessons From the Trenches

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In the age of Pinterest and Instagram, 11 years in business seems like a long time. Here's what longevity has taught me.

Is your resistance to asking for help drowning your dreams?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Some weeks, I imagine what would happen if I had a hidden camera in my office. ” I would agree with you. Wrong. Can you help me?”

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6 Sales Lessons From Game of Thrones

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What do you need to know before going into battle for a big deal? The HBO hit has a few lessons that might apply. Politics is a game of influence.

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The Kind of Luck that Every Entrepreneur Deserves to Have

Growthink Blog

A lot of folks are frightened by the word luck. Especially for those of the capitalistic persuasion, luck can be a very uncomfortable word. It can offend our puritan sensibilities. Our sense of us as masters of our fate. And if we don't, we won't. Yes, shouldn’t our fate really rest not in our stars but in ourselves? May we all be so lucky.

Make Good Decisions: 4 Tips

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Wise decision making is not a constant, research shows. But you can set yourself up for success in these straightforward ways. Judgement counts.

End of the Android Road: Why I got an iPhone

This is going to be BIG.

I've always been one to veer away from what the masses are doing. never saw Titanic, didn't watch Lost and I'm not into American Idol. Seriously?

Build a Billion-Dollar Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Do you have a billion-dollar idea? The founders of Gilt Groupe explain how they changed the rules of retail. Our team always gave us great feedback."

Don't Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B

OnStartups

The following is a guest post by Chris Sheehan. Chris is a seed stage VC and angel investor at CommonAngels. When I hear this, I'm thinking: 1.

How to Keep Innovation Alive

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Clayton Christensen and Hal Gregersen, co-authors of The Innovator's DNA, on what makes the most innovative companies in the world tick.

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What has your logo done for your lately?

Up and Running

But how memorable is it? Retention has long been a challenge in establishing a solid (and profitable) brand persona. Does it: Communicate your message.

No Stupid Questions? Avoid These 2 Exceptions

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How to replace innovation-squelching vanity questions with some that Socrates would be proud of. Don't believe me? We just stop asking good ones.

5 tips for emerging women leaders

Sophia Perl of Wisdom

It’s been awhile since I’ve been out and about in the Valley. Last Saturday, I attended Santa Clara University’s Women in Business Conference at eBay’s north campus, aka PayPal.  I’m a bit of hard person to please when it comes to talks.  I get bored easily if the talk is too high-level, abstract with no takeaways.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Evan Kirkpatrick

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Evan Kirkpatrick, founder and CEO of Wendell Charles Financial, shares three key pieces of advice that shaped his development as a leader. Harris.

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What Not To Say in a Business Plan

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Sometimes I find that the company's founder is so far 'outside the box' that they 'stretch the envelope.' As an angel investor, I review more than 500 business plans each year. Unfortunately, many are so riddled with economy lingo, business jargon and clichés, that they do not communicate any real business value.

From eBay Store to a $24 million Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

5000 Applicant of the Week Nasty Gal transformed from a vintage clothing store on eBay into an international fashion website. But here we are

Seeking CEO+Cofounders for Spinoff of VC-Backed Startup, W. 36th St.

David Teten

- Do you have a great team but your product just isn’t working? - Are you thinking of applying to Y Combinator without an idea?

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Why Your Why Doesn’t Matter

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Most entrepreneurs have their inspirational Why for why they do what they do, but actually, it's not your why that brings in customers. Why not

Glue 2012 will be the best Gluecon yet

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

As you may know from reading prior posts on the subject the two days that comprise the Glue Conference (May 23rd and 24th, 2012) are some of the most information packed and interesting days of my year. There are only a sparse few events that are developer focused  – which makes Glue that much more important. CloudMine. ownCloud. Mortar Data. Tempo.

Can You Be a Business-Minded Environmentalist?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How one VP turned his passion for environmentalism into new business opportunities. Here are three of his lessons, in his own words: 1.

How to Choose a Startup Incubator

ReadWriteStart

Incubators are hot. There are more than a thousand in the U.S., and the proliferation is causing some tech-industry watchers to fret. Here's how.

Thought Readership #5: Telling Tales

Active Garage

If you’ve ever attended one of the Dale Carnegie introductory seminars you’ll be familiar with this “trick.”. And they do.

For Entrepreneurship Education, Experts Look to High School

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Looking to business schools for talent? They might meet a mentor. They might meet their future selves. It's an artificial experience," says Zamansky.

Minimum Viable Community: The Secret Behind Lasting Brands

Nick O'Neill

Many entrepreneurs who subscribe to lean startup methodologies would say that you need to develop a product that resonates with your target audience.

When It's Better Not to Pivot

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Customers often have their own ideas about how to build your products. That doesn't mean you should listen to them. ”

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That Uneasy Feeling

charliecrystle.com

You know it when you feel it. Something isn't right. There's some discussion happening somewhere else, and you aren't in it. Or the email isn't returned. Or the tone is guarded. You can feel that unease for a lot of reasons. Maybe it's a communication issue. But maybe communication is the symptom. You give the benefit of the doubt. And then nothing.

Jeff Bezos explains why gatekeepers are a brake on innovation

The Equity Kicker

Regular readers will no that I’m a long-time fan of Jeff Bezos and Amazon and also that I have a keen interest in the evolving roll of gatekeepers in the internet age (see here and here for two recent posts). And guess what – many of those improbable ideas do work, and society is the beneficiary of that diversity. Amazon Apple Facebook Google