Wed.Feb 22, 2012

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Recruit Top Talent Before and While Raising Capital

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Hiring is an ongoing endeavor. You know you’re doing it right (at least partially) when you’re always doing it, even if you’re not actively trying to fill roles. One of the CEO’s main jobs should be recruiting top talent. Raising capital is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.

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Things Entrepreneurs Never Confess To Their VCs


Note: This is intended be a light-hearted piece that hits just close enough on some counts to (hopefully) be funny. Well, he was kind of a schmuck. 2.

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10 Common Sales Mistakes to Avoid

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you blow it at a face-to-face meeting, you'll have wasted both your time & your client's. Being late to the meeting. Acting way too friendly.

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Whatever the question, “create” is the answer

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Rosie in the kitchen, solving all the world’s problems with a paintbrush. Be thy labor great or small, do it well or not at all.” Create.

How Twitter and Facebook create social ads

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Today I saw an advertisement in my Twitter stream. Not off to the side in a sponsored area, but right in my main stream. This could be big!

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How to find great participants for your user study

Google Ventures

“It’s too hard to find users for usability tests.” Startups often point to recruiting users as one of the biggest reasons they’re not regularly talking to their users. The process can seem mysterious and time-consuming; just a big hassle. But it’s actually pretty simple and straightforward when you know how. Don’t wait. Be selective.

How to Give Your Startup Idea The Sniff Test

Startup Professionals Musings

I have a certain friend who called me a while back, all excited about his latest revelation. No known patents filed. Large and growing market.

The Customer Is Not Always Right

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In some rare cases it may become necessary to fire a customer that disrespects your team. In those cases, show your team that you have their backs. know some of you who just read this headline are clutching your proverbial pearls, especially if you’re in the business of serving customers. Let me explain. My time is valuable, yours, less so.

NextView Ethos – Tribe

Genuine VC

As we dig deeper into the remaining characteristics, I wanted to talk a little about what we mean by “Tribe.”

Design Staff ? How to find great participants for your user study

Design Staff

It's too hard to find users for usability tests. The process can seem mysterious and time-consuming; just a big

Collaborative Consumption is Creative

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I don’t plug a lot of videos on this blog — how many video’s are all that relevant to creativity and innovation? This is the exception, I have one I’d really like you to watch, after you read this Jay Leno style “set up” Growing up in anti-communist America the world was black and white. [.].

Inside Chicago's Start-up High School

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How an unusual inner-city charter school plans to groom the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. Only 150 will. ”

Stick to "Clean Business"

Babbling VC

This is the opening scene as well as "outro" of Nicolas Cage's film "Lord of War". I'm not going to write much! Watch this opening scene.amazing.


It’s Time to Shutter Your Facebook Shop

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

So much for so-called f-commerce. Four reasons why Facebook users aren't buying. You'd think that Facebook would be a natural place for companies to sell their products and services. After all, the company claims far more than 800 million active users. But such big companies as Gamestop, J.C. That's why shopping malls can be so successful.

Today I’ll be at my favorite event #startupriot

Jeff Hilimire

First off, @sanjay runs a great event, which is not an easy thing to do. Audience members get to help pick the top three winners.

Join a Gym, Be a Better Boss?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new study offers another reason to break a sweat that's specifically relevant to entrepreneurs: You're less likely to be a jerk to your employees.

My 3 Most Important Lessons Learned in Business School

Rob Go

My Three Most Important Lessons Learned at Harvard Business School. Business school sometimes get a bad rap in the startup world. Some of it is deserved – it’s big opportunity cost, and until fairly recently, the approach to most business schools to entrepreneurship has been more about theory than practice. Thankfully this is changing.

Hiring a Leader? Vet How She Treats Subordinates

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

We all know senior-level employees who talk up to the boss, but down to staffers. Don't hire them. It happened to me not too long ago.

Secrets to Select and Evaluate Innovative Business Ideas

crowdSPRING Blog

While browsing the web I came across this useful guideline for selecting and evaluating business ideas made by the Board of Innovation. What about you?

Report: Black Women Make Great Leaders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new study finds assertive black women leaders are viewed positively while just as assertive white women in the same roles are viewed negatively. When comparing leadership styles , it’s often been proven that men who are more assertive are viewed positively, while women who exhibit dominant behavior are viewed negatively. ”

SEC Adopts Private Fund Risk Reporting

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Late in 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted Rule 204(b)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the "Advisers Act"). The new rule will require SEC-registered advisers with at least $150 million in assets under management attributable to private funds to report certain information to the SEC on newly created Form P

Buying a Coffee Shop? Do This First

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you're thinking about pursuing an entrepreneurial dream, do this mental exercise to make sure you've got the passion to make it work. friend of mine bought a coffee shop. It was his dream. Now he owns a dream–but alas, a dream is not always a business. Nor is it even, for him, a passion. passion is an ongoing burning that compels you.

Just Say No


Just Say No. An OnlyOnce reader submitted this story to me a couple months ago: Went to a small, high-end restaurant last night. There were ~10 people there when our party of 9 arrived. Another group of 10 arrived soon after – amusingly, the chef declined to allow them to be seated. like 30% of what he could have made that night).

It Shouldn't Take a Genius to Understand You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

So, you're smart. But stop it already with the inflated vocabulary. To make the biggest impact, take a cue from the simplicity of Apple's branding and ditch the big words. I'm Bill Gates. Takes a genius to understand me." —Rapper Flo Rida in Good Feeling I hear that song on the radio and cringe. It's an easy mistake to make.

Dilemmas of Being in Business #10: The Gangrene Effect

Active Garage

A startup company in Houston is facing a crisis. Their top thinker and engineer, Jason, isn’t contributing to the project the way he used to.

4 Lin-sane Leadership Lessons

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In business terms, Jeremy Lin is the underdog that took on the 800 pound gorilla and won. Here's what entrepreneurs can learn from him. Lin-sanity, they call it. On Sunday, February 20, the Knicks played the defending-champion Dallas Mavericks. They deliver in such a spectacular and graceful way that you can’t help but admire them.

5 Apps You Can Use To Customize Your Facebook Timeline


Social networking giant Facebook launched Facebook Timeline last December as a new way for people to share their (entire) lives online. Pinterest.

6 Ways to Find A Technical Co-Founder

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't just sit there while the clock is ticking on your business idea. Go where the nerds are. Almost everywhere you look, the barriers to starting a company are falling. Seed funding is easier to come by, startup costs are lower than ever, markets have never been more open. If you are an entrepreneurial engineer, the world is yours for the taking.

Brave new world…


Think about what role the mobile operator has been playing to-date: They own a pipe to transmit information (voice + data). They own a touch point to the customer (and hence impact the choices I make). They own a mechanism to charge the customer - either stored value or monthly billing. Long-term which of these will be critical?

Corporate Tax Overhaul: What it Means for Small Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

President Obama and the Treasury Department proposed a major overhaul to the corporate tax rate. Here's what it means for small business. percent).

What does the price of gas have to do with your business?

Up and Running

This week, the national average price for a gallon of gas hit $3.57, according to an article in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune. Prices are expected to reach $4 per gallon by April, and may surpass the previous all-time national average high of $4.11 (July, 2008). High gas prices don’t just have an impact on our personal driving habits.

Outsmart Your Competitors Every Time

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How to leveraged a low-cost structure into a strategic growth plan focused on low-risk, low-cost acquisitions. Of course you would.

Mobile Acceleration Week Debuts In Finland


Editor's note: This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Microsoft Finland. You can read the other posts over here. Download the free tools.

Learning from Placebos, Mexican Coke & Acupuncture

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Our expectations have everything to do with how much we like a new product or experience. Your marketing needs to reflect this.