Mon.Dec 05, 2011

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). I can rip any business idea to shreds. Movie-watchers are accustomed to the immediate gratification of browsing and selecting. People

Retrofit – Data Driven Weight Loss

Feld Thoughts

If you’re a regular reader, you know about my interest in the quantified self and exercise. You also know my struggle with losing that “last 20 pounds” which I’ve finally decided I am going to do once and for all. Retrofit uses a Fitbit  and a Withings scale to make tracking your sleep, activity and weighing yourself easy.

5 Easy Ways to Stay Motivated

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Face it: There are days when being an entrepreneur sucks. Here are a few simple steps to getting your mojo back. It’s all in how you see it!

Boulder’s Entrepreneurial Weakness – Space

Feld Thoughts

I’ve talked a lot on this blog about the great things about the Boulder entrepreneurial ecosystem. Over the past five years it’s been awesome to see things really blossom. But But there are always problems of some sort. The most visible problem her is that  Boulder’s booming businesses are running out of room.

10 Steps To Great Leadership

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

I never went to CEO school. But here's how I learned to drive my business forward profitably. Hint: Its not just about number crunching. ” 4.

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Using Evernote to manage your Startup

47 Hats

Whether it’s the latest set of Heroku commands or alternative revenue models for your startup, you need one place to store all the vital bits, ideas, and decisions. recommend Evernote. Dozens of posts culled from my RSS reader (Mr. For example, DeveloperMemory is not a flashcard application and won’t be marketed as such.

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Why Nobody is Talking About Your Company

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You're probably making these five classic public-relations mistakes. Here's how to stop sucking at publicizing your company. Using corporate-speak.

How to Use Instagram to Tell and Sell Your Marketing Story

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Use Instagram to Tell and Sell Your Marketing Story This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Postagram – This might be my favorite application.

Networking Tips from the Inc. 5000

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Want to be a power networker? We tapped 6 CEOs of the countrys fastest growing companies about how theyve networked for success, and how you can too.

How to Select a Company or Product Name

Developer Resource. Design. Developer. commerce. Hosting. General. Marketing. Licensing. Resellers. Search. Engines. Software. Conferences. Software. Organizations. Software. Store. Statistics. Support. General Marketing. Search: [advanced search] -->. How to Select a Company or Product Name. When building a business there is little more. or unique.

All My Employees Are in Sales

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Everyone at my company understands that the next sale begins when the customer says yes, and making that sale is part of their job. “WOW!”

Pound Around the World – My Thoughts from Random Hacks of Kindness

VC Cafe

This weekend, I took part in Random hacks of Kindness, a social enterprise hackathon taking place all around the world (Google is one of the sponsors).

Barbara Corcoran: 2012 Real Estate Outlook

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The real estate entrepreneur and star of ABC's Shark Tank talks about what to on the real estate market. percent. percent), Detroit had the best (up 3.7

End of a Business Does Not Have to be Failure

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Sometimes an entrepreneur reaches a crossroad. While the business that they have started shows potential, they may come to the realization that the only chance it has of being sustainable will require raising money to grow it to the next level. And investors will likely expect to become involved in major decision-making about the business.

Build a Website That Will Beat the Competition: 4 Tips

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A tale of two florists: Same product, same market. Here's why one company wins hands down. Business has always been about competition. You tell me.

How to Not Fail as an Entrepreneur

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Why do most entrepreneurs fail? Businesses fail everyday for a variety of reasons. They may have run out of money, may have underestimated the competition, may have not known how to operate efficiently, or may have had trouble keeping track of their accounting information. Most of these problems can be avoided if an entrepreneur does

First-Time Founder? 9 Things to Know

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Two serial entrepreneurs set out to succeed where failed. It's worked -- so far -- because they've followed these key principles. million.

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Horizontal specialization as a catalyst for startups

Chris Dixon

One of the most important events in the history of modern computing was the advent of “fabless” semiconductor companies. The story of fabless semi companies is similar to the recent history of internet startups: various forces led to a massive lowering of startup costs, which then led to a boom in innovation. startups

The 5 Crucial Sales Questions You're Afraid to Ask

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The five questions you're afraid to ask a buyer are actually the key to increasing sales and ramping up efficiency. love threshold questions.

Information Arbitrage - Tough love

Information Arbitrage


Reverse Engineering a Career

This is going to be BIG.

I run into a lot of people trying to switch careers and join a startup. They're trying to get product positions and marketing jobs in particular, but they don't have any prior experience. That leaves them in the infinite loop of not being able to get the job because you don't have experience, but not being able to get any experience, etc, etc.

Go Vertical

Seeing Both Sides

Start ups are great barometers for the future. Yet, in my own work with various incubators, I am often struck by the lack of vertical focus.

Top Five Ways To Recognize And Appreciate Millennial Workers


by Mike Byam, managing partner at Terryberry. – the heart and mind still works the same. Implement a social recognition network.

10 tips for naming your company, product, or service

About. Compliments. In the Media. Phonetic Visualization. Portfolio. Naming and Verbal Branding Services. Pay the balance on your naming package. 10 tips for naming your company, product, or service. Hosting that Biznik workshop on naming has inspired The Name Inspector to post some tips about the actual naming process. Why fortunately? Santos.

The Techcrunch Embargo


There are numerous different ways media companies generate news. Some focus to cover the bigger picture of events. The tail that wags the dog. Simple.

Invest in Israel Newsletter December 2011

VC Cafe

For the Invest in Israel archive,  click here. Below are the headlines for December 2011 (mid month update!). million it was claiming in 2009.

Investors Fund Solutions Rather Than Technology


Too many entrepreneurs develop a new product without regard for market demand , then build an entire strategy based on creating a need, rather than acting on an existing market need. Investors characterize this approach as a “solution looking for a problem.” These don’t get funded. Temper your product with actual market and customer feedback.

SBA Helping Owners Tap Their Real Estate Loans for Equity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Business owners may be overlooking a SBA program that helps them refinance commercial loans to obtain working capital. Financing is still the No.

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Check Your Tech – How to Avoid Unnecessary SEO Surprises

Rembrandt Communications

It’s been months since you did extensive, search engine optimization (SEO) keyword research and added the appropriate tags to your site. Lately, you’ve been focusing on other things like landing pages, newsletters, case studies, and more. But as you scan the Web one day, you notice that your site is not showing up in the [.].

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The Truth About Your Next Hire

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Obviously, job candidates' references are biased. Here's how you can find out what a potential employee is really all about.

Solving the Data Deluge

Peter Levine

Data underlies every Web site, gaming company, social network and enterprise computing environment. This is a problem that is not getting easier to solve. Solutions that enable us to more effectively store and manage data will quite possibly be one of the fundamental breakthroughs in information processing. Think about that.  The $33.5

NYC 3.0


Now that I’m back full time in NYC, I decided to run for the Board of NY Tech Meetup, a dynamic community of 20,000 entrepreneurs, investors, developers, designers and people interested in tech. Given the state of the economy and dwindling resources, these mechanisms are more crucial than ever for future growth. NYC 3.0: So what’s next? 

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How to Launch a Pop-Up Shop

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Tis the season to try out a retail store -- no long-term commitment required. Here's the one piece of technology you need to get started. Literally

The Rise Of The Context Graph

Nick O'Neill hit the web just two years ago and with it the rise of a basic concept: it should be extremely simple for people to express their identity on the web in a visually compelling way. Instantly, numerous companies took note and either duplicated (e.g. or integrated It’s too tedious though.