Fri.Jan 18, 2013

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Why I’m Off The Grid Today To Reset My Brain

Feld Thoughts

If you are reading this on Friday, 1/18/13 I’m probably  doing one of a couple of things right now. She could hear fatigue in my voice.

The Early Stage VC Decision Making Process Infographic

VC Cafe

Interesting infographic from Anna Vital in San Francisco, from the Kickstarter campaign "Becoming an Entrepreneur" Kickstarter campaign.

6 Things Every Customer Wants

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Contrary to popular belief, customers are less interested in price than in these six things. Well, sort of. Move to the close.) Like this post?

Seed and Later Investments for Startups are Booming

Startup Professionals Musings

Seed investments” are early stage financings (typically less than $1.5 million) made by either Angels or venture capitalists, or both. Stay alert.

Sidetracked? 10 Biggest Time-Wasters

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you've got to have a laser-like focus, something that's harder to do now than ever before. Be my guest.

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5 Reasons to Schedule More Business Lunches

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Have an important meeting? Here are five reasons to do it over lunch, and some tips to make the most of it. Maybe it's the client of your dreams.

An Entrepreneur's First Hire Can be the Foundation of Future Success!

Small Business Force

Hiring the first employees in a start-up is an epochal event in an entrepreneur's and a business' life cycle. It's a living breathing organism!

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Brilliant Designers Live By These 3 Rules

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Lots of unloved devices are ripe for reinvention. Here's how Matt Rogers, one of the former Apple designers behind the Nest thermostat, did it.

Seth Godin on The Icarus Deception, risk-taking and why it’s better to be sorry than safe [Video]

The Next Web

Yoyodyne was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. “They used to be the same thing. ” Godin & The Icarus Deception. He explains. Feature Image.

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5 Ways Older Workers Benefit a Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Forget Millennials. You wouldn't want anyone to discriminate against you before they even get a chance to meet you." They're not alone. Probably a lot.

Should I Have A Plan B?

Mike Michalowicz

Should you have a Plan B? The answer seems obvious: Hell yes! But it isn’t that cut and dry. The real answer, the right answer is “sort of.”.

Surprising Way to Keep Employees

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How's this for counterintuitive? Maybe the best way to get employees to stick around is to encourage them to leave. Offer lavish stock options?

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Twitter Link Roundup #162 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Encourage Your Managers to Butt Heads

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The more you faciliate your leadership team to debate, the better your company will be. Here's how. mean more than who-reports-to-whom.

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A new use for Evernote – store your greeting cards

Jeff Hilimire

I’m maybe the biggest Evernote fan out there. And yet, I keep finding new ways to use this amazing software! Products Start-ups Technology

5 Ways Getting Married Helped My Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In writing his vows to his future wife, this CEO learned he ought to make similar promises to his employees. Who knows? Through thick and thin.

Top five typical frustrations and confusions in the fundraising process

The Equity Kicker

If you’ve been paying attention you will know that Nicholas Lovell and I are writing a book for entrepreneurs who want to raise venture capital. It’s tentatively titled Get Funded. Then it will cut to the second section where Nicholas and I give answers. These are my best guess at those to five frustrations and our one to two sentence response. 1.

Welcome to SBA Ventures LLC.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Small Business Administration is getting into the start-up business, helping fund high-growth companies through licensed investment companies.

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Elephanti – Stomping Into The Mobile Marketing Space


The problem, of course, is that many of them are traditional outfits with nary an idea of how to approach this challenge.

Investigators Probe Shady Crowdfunding Sites

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The JOBS Act paved the road for new crowdfunding portals. Now regulators are sussing out the potential fraudsters. The 29-page.pdf

7 Things Investors Use To Determine Valuation

Early Growth Financial Services

I’ve already addressed formal valuation for startups in previous posts: Generating Your 409A Valuation and Calculating Your Equity Valuation. Now I’d like to look at how a potential investor determines your company valuation. In other words, how can you figure out how much an investor will be willing to pay for your company?

How Your Business Can Avoid Extinction

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Businesses can learn from the evolutionary prowess of penguins and Facebook. The nearly 20 extant penguin species vary in size from 3.3

Rocketbank Of Russia Joins Holvi, Transferwise and Isepankur In Disrupting Banking


The idea of disrupting one of the largest industries in the world has become quite popular in our region. The idea for Rocketbank was born.

How to Deal With Addiction

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A Harvard Medical School psychiatrist explains how to tell if a team member is slipping towards a substance abuse problem, and what to do about it.

Stripe launches Checkout with overlay payment form and mobile support optimized for Android and iOS

The Next Web

For developers, implementing Stripe Checkout is very simple; all you have to do is drop it in as a single tag: <script.

What Closed Doors Could Be Costing You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

An expert makes the case that internal communications should be made through social networks. Do you agree?

Submarine Cable Between Iceland And Denmark To Make Icelandic Data Storage More Attractive


Iceland is getting hooked up to Denmark with an upgraded submarine cable connection, which promises faster speeds and greater redundency.

An Easier Way to Work With the Government (Yes, Really)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The SBA, in conjunction with the White House's Presidential Innovation Fellows, launched a new marketplace for small business. It's a win-win."


Friday Wrap-Up


Hi folks, it's the Friday Wrap Up, the best part of your work week. Right? Well this week it is if you're trying to get hired.


Why Your Shipping Policy is Losing You Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you're a small retailer, you've got it hard enough; don't lose a potential customer because of bad customer service and annoying store policies.

May the math and stat majors inherit the tech world

deal architect

I started my career at PW as an accountant. have a long since expired CPA certificate as memory. Industry Commentary


In Solar, Innovation Doesn't Pay

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Solar manufacturers in the U.S. are fighting a losing battle with China. Here's why the future is particularly dim for start-ups. billion asking price.

Successful Hiring

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” ” Marc Benioff. Strategy

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California Start-ups: Your Tax Bill Just Got Bigger

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The state has nixed one of the chief tax incentives for starting a business there. But it gets worse: The consequences are retroactive. Exclusion.