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Startup Lessons Learned

After the 2012 conference I viewed it as an opportunity to reflect on the growth and evolution of the movement as a whole. It's a big tent.

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Entrepreneurs Experience – Do It and Learn It

Steve Blank

In 2012, in partnership with  Stanford University ,  U.C. Berkeley  and  NCIIA ,  Jerry Engel  and I first offered the  Lean LaunchPad Educators Class.

Yes, Introverts Can Be Great Public Speakers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Author and advocate for introverts Susan Cain offers three tips for quiet types to master the art of public speaking. But that’s wrong.

10 Trends That Will Dominate the Tech Startup World in 2013

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

There will be a few obvious trends this year as well as a few surprising ones. Get Off the Trend Bandwagon. Big Data will Rise. Mobile Apps Will Boom.

How to Build a Network of Contacts

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are useful tools, but building a business network requires the personal touch. That takes a more personal touch.

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Always Running Late? It Could Cost Your Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has a reputation for being late. You really don't want to be like her. If you or your team members are late. You'll lose money.

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Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

Both Sides of the Table

first met Ethan in 2005. I was preparing to move back to the US from London after 11 years abroad. And we wanted a head of global marketing. He did.

Should You Email Like a Man? (There's a Difference)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Whether you hail from Mars or Venus may say a lot about how you email--and how your colleagues perceive you. What does that mean, exactly?,

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The Simple Truth That Everyone With a Coach Understands

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Robert D. Smith – Enjoy! Image Credit: marcello99. You need honesty.

4 Characteristics of the Ultimate Start-up Hire

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When you launch a new company, each additional employee makes an enormous difference. Here's exactly what you need to look for. Most fail.

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Startups are here to save the world

Venture Hacks

“He cares deeply about… the advancement of humankind, and putting the right tools in their hands.”. Laurene Powell Jobs on her husband, Steve. Startups aren’t here to change the world, they’re here to save the world—by bringing us innovation that advances humankind. Super companies. call them super companies. Our duty. Entrepreneurs.

Vanity Keywords: A Useless SEM Strategy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Ranking for 'Vanity Keywords' simply doesn't achieve the same marketing ROI as a long-tail approach. Here's why the practice should be put to rest.

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Don’t Let the Peter Principle Kill Your Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people think that the Peter Principle (employee rises to his level of incompetence) only applies to large organizations. Marty Zwilling.

When Good Ideas Bear Fruit

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How is a business like an apple tree? Sharpen your pruning shears and find out. Today, we're about to launch two products. Was that a mistake? Hokey?

Did You Forget These Communication Tools for Success?

Rembrandt Communications

We all know that communicating with your associates, customers and team members is a key to success, but with taxes, events, monthly meetings, and everything else going on at your organization right now, your communications efforts may be lagging. Here are three, key questions to ask yourself to help stay on track with your business [.].

Who You Sit Next to Matters More Than You Think

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Chicago incubator 1871 operates on the assumption that brilliant tech ideas only get better when they're in proximity to others. You run 1871.

Designing for viral growth

The Equity Kicker

I don’t post many infographics here, but this is a great one. Follow us on Twitter. Consumer Internet

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Best Advice: Fake It Until You Make It

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Transitioning vision into reality for a new business, a new model, or simply an internal process may require pushing well beyond the status quo.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Drawing is one form of creative expression that has not made a rapid transition to the digital/online world. The tablet may well change that. Paper is one of the most amazing tablet apps I have seen. It is beautifully made and the art that people are creating on it is inspiring. But Draw Something is a two person game. Enter DrawQuest.

6 Ways to Avoid Turning Your Company Into a Bureaucracy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Bureaucrats aren't just in governments, utilities, and health care companies--they infect companies big and small. Better meetings. That's just nuts.

10 Essentials for Setting Up Your Accounting Function

Early Growth Financial Services

If your company is in the early stages, pre-funding, now may not be the right time to worry about 409A valuations or top-down financial projections. But it is the time to set up your simple accounting function—if you haven’t already. To set up your accounting function for your pre-funded startup, consider the following: 1.

Why Digital Health Start-ups Are Hot

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

According to one estimate, funding for digital health start-ups soared 46 percent in 2012. Check out some of the companies on the receiving end.

[Singapore] Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Deploys Samsung NFC Solution


Despite the introduction of NFC technology into Singapore a number of years back, it hasn’t quite taken off.

Twitter Link Roundup #165 – 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.

Elisa acquires Sulake


Elisa , the Finnish telecommunications and ICT services company, has acquired Sulake , the makers of Habbo.

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Silicon Valley Hits Dot-Com Era Growth Levels

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Bay Area surpassed pre-recession employment numbers in 2012. Silicon Valley’s growth rate of 3.6 percent employment growth. percent.

The State of Human Resources

Spencer Fry

Back office work is one thing I've had a lot of experience in doing while running TypeFrag , Carbonmade and other companies. Paperwork is distracting.

Crowdfunding Roundup: Invesdor Launches In Swedish Markets


Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to bring you crowdfunding options in the region. Find SenseM at Find CiboApp at

Improve the Click Through Rate on Your Twitter Links

Soho Solutionist

Social media can sometimes be daunting, so when you come across a quick tip to make things a wee bit easier, you should jump all over it!

Will No Saturday Mail Delivery Hurt Business?

Duct Tape Marketing

As you’ve likely heard the U.S. Postal Service has proposed ending 1st class mail delivery on Saturdays. It’s also no secret that the Post Office is hemorrhaging money and needs to find ways to stem the losses. Reaction to the idea was both swift and in some cases emotional. would love to get your take. If You Liked This Post.

Square Awards $200,000 to Small Business Owners

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Use Square Wallet? These 20 small businesses did and they got a hefty reward. It was a contest that these businesses didn't even have to enter.

Kiosked Showing Funding Ties Through Partnership With Rovio


This partnership shows the ties between the two Finnish companies. Last June, Kiosked raised €4.5 stake in Rovio Entertainment a year ago.

A story from Sir Tim

Start Up Blog

I had the good fortune this week to meet the inventor of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners Lee. Mainly so it wouldn’t interfere with my family.

Go Daddy's Super Bowl Smooch: The Nerd Is Hotter Than the Girl

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Plenty of Super Bowl commercials pair models with muggles. So how did Go Daddy's spot turn viewers into customers? Turns out, Go Daddy scored big too.