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Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution, by Captain Obvious McClure

500 Hats

abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. yeah, it may be hard, but still easier than ever before.

Hope Is Critical To A Strategy

Feld Thoughts

There has been a cliche going around the last decade or so that goes “hope is not a strategy.” In it Dov has a great punch line. “No doubt you’ve heard the old business cliché that hope is not a strategy. During the recent presidential election one candidate in fact said this very thing in an attack ad against the other.

Entrepreneurs Learn New Rules for Real Influence

Startup Professionals Musings

We now live in a world where even subtle persuasion efforts are suspect. Master listening to learn where other people live. Are you? Marty Zwilling.

Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

Ask The VC

Q: As a rookie VC trial by fire is a great way to learn. Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist.

How To Set Up A Stand Up Desk And Why It Could Save Your Life

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet. Sitting Down Is Killing You.

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Business Tips For Women Business Leaders

Mike Michalowicz

Business Tips For Women Business Leaders. The business environment has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. And, I feel, it is a good thing.

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Christmas Isn’t Awesome For Everyone

Feld Thoughts

This is a tough time of year for a lot of people. used to be one of them. And I’ve gotten over it, and myself, which I attribute 100% to Amy helping me figure it out and not being willing to put up with my nonsense. But it’s a useful reminder for those who think it’s awesome for everyone. As I got older, I got crankier about it.

17-Point Program to Have the Best Year of Your Life

Life Beyond Code

Happy New Year. 2013 is days away. Here is a 17-point program to make it your best year. 1. It has the same effect in general. 3. Think! Entrepreneur.

Love in an Elevator (Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Heads up. Describe your business in under a minute. Was it convincing? Now shorten it to 30 seconds. Still effective? Not so easy, is it? Tell a Story.

Video Of The Week: NY Enterprise Tech Meetup Talk

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Earlier this week I attended and spoke at the NY Enterprise Tech Meetup. Here it is: Venture Capital and Technology

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6 Habits of Extremely Likeable People

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They're charming. They're genuine. And they can make an entire room full of people smile. When you meet someone, after, "What do you do?" Kidding.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boulder Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

David Cohen just put up The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boulder Startup Community. Boulder startup communities

Tips For an Awesome Social Media Campaign

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

For small businesses and international corporations alike, social media platforms have become an essential part of marketing strategies. Stay Engaged.

How to use Foursquare to market your business & reach a new audience

The Next Web

When we think of social media and business, the first few things to come to mind are Facebook and Twitter. Why Foursquare? Getting started.

The Future of Sales Technology

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Salespeople are always the early adopters. Here's where they (and you) are heading. Cold calling will become impossible. CRM will become invisible.

6 Approaches to Maximizing Good Business Habits

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs I know realize they have some bad habits, like maybe procrastination or not listening well, so they focus on dropping these.

Doubtliers: Erroneous Lessons From The Exceptional

OnStartups

There are great lessons to be learned from many exceptional companies like Google, Apple and Amazon. doubt it. That didn't seem to stop Amazon.".

How would you break down the process of raising an angel round of investment in 5-10 steps?

Gust

Understand your business. It sounds obvious, but the majority of entrepreneurs who pitch me have obviously never thought through many of the major issues surrounding their companies. You should know EVERYTHING about your business, product, customers and competition. Understand what investors are looking for , what they usually invest in, and why.

4 Non-negotiable Traits of a True Entrepreneur

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Successful founders are as different from each other as they are from everyone else. You must be up for an adventure. You have to be patient.

Never Try To Motivate Employees With Money

Mike Michalowicz

Employees are the same way. They love to be rewarded. Heck, we all do! But, believe it or not, money probably isn’t the best way to reward employees.

?????????? – Tenacity: How I Spent A Year One Night in Kiev

Steve Blank

This July I thought I had set the record for tenacity in my age group. Go ahead and take a moment to read the post , it’s short. barred the door.

Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth. All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. That could be revenues but may not be.

New LinkedIn Profile Changes Made Easy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

LinkedIn keeps changing things up. Frustrating? Maybe. But if you want a power-profile make sure to check out the most recent changes.

Embracing the mess of 2012 to invite the grace of 2013

Escape From Cubicle Nation

What has this year been like for you? Most people have had a whole series of accomplishments. Then, there have been the not so great moments. Name it.

Favorite Longreads of 2012

abovethecrowd.com

Over the past several years, I have become a huge fan of Mark Armstrong’s web service, Longreads. Next year I aim to do better. Fantastic.

Where Is My Search Engine Traffic?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you build it, they will come. You can build a great website, or start and maintain a great blog, and get traffic from word of mouth alone. Link Up.

Test Every Entrepreneur Must Take

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Why you decide to start a business of your own matters almost as much as what kind of business you start. Almost everyone raised their hands.

What Talents Do You Need to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Small Business Force

Well it takes certain talents � those innate characteristics that define you as an individual, which can and should be developed and honed.

3 Creative Ways to Grow Your Email List

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from DJ Waldow  – Enjoy! It’s imperative that list growth be ongoing.

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What Is Conversion Rate Optimization and Why Does It Matter to Your Business?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you’re just beginning your entrepreneurial journey, you may have little time or money to spend on perfecting your website. Quality can be costly.

8 Ways to Be Innovative (Even if You're Not)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Can't be creative on demand? Not many people can. Fortunately, it's a skill you can improve. Don't believe me? Try it. Right now. I'll try it too.

“Pay with a Tweet” and Other Growth Hacking Examples

VC Cafe

There are however, many clever ways to acquire users in the early stages, when your startup has no brand recognition. In the post, "Introduction to Growth Hacking for startups" we went through the. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

4 Startup Tenets for Extreme Focus on Customers

Gust

Image via Facebook. Customer centricity is far more than providing excellent customer service, although that’s a step in the right direction.

Big Changes to 5 Important Online Tools

Duct Tape Marketing

The first three, Gmail , Evernote and TweetDeck , are tools I use every day to run my business. Themes: New HD themes are now provided by iStockphoto.