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7 Inexpensive Company Perks That Will Make Your Employees a Lot Happier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

While money doesn't buy happiness, recognition can make your people feel great. Use these seven tips to make your employees happier

Using Debt Like Growth Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you are in the venture or startup business and don’t read Dan Primack , consider changing that. He’s great. From his newsletter this morning: Indebted: Last week we noted that Wal-Mart subsidiary had acquired ModCloth, an online retailer of vintage women’s apparel. Insiders could have stepped up but didn’t.

Why large companies acquire small companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Large companies don’t acquire small companies for their financials. So this trade is almost always a smart one. This had to be remedied. How-To

5 Signals To Evaluate To Test The Value Of Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

Brands are people first. Customers are people too, so customers tend to take their relationship with a brand personally. The price of progress.

Through the Looking Glass

Feld Thoughts

He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought — So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought. One, two!

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6 Keys to Becoming an Influencer for More Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The most powerful way to grow your business and your career these days is to become a visible influencer in your domain. Whiddon. Whiddon

Star Citizen Raises $145 Million from Crowdfunding


By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Managing expectations for projects that have been crowdfunded can often pose as large hurdles for innovators whose creations depend on the support of a faithful and engaged community. Austin

How to reference check your prospective investor

K9 Ventures

Of all the advice I have given founders over the years, one of the most important ones is to make sure they do reference checks on their prospective investors. When founders do their homework on investors, they make informed choices about who they will be working with for many many years to come. Asking the question itself is somewhat telling.

The 4 Most Powerful Words You Can Use in Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Time and time again, I hear the same four-word phrase from successful investors and entrepreneurs. What's so powerful about these four magic words

4 Steps To Creating A Vision For Your Business


The problem is, most of us are too busy tackling the everyday challenges to sit back and look at what we’re doing and where we want to be.

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10 Writings Tips To Get Maximum Impact From Any Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Polish the overall look and feel.

Pakistan Teams with Austin for Global Entrepreneurship Opportunities


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pakistan is working hard to grow a tech ecosystem, and this week signed agreements both with the City of Austin and Capital Factory to further those efforts. Austin

4 Insights From The Morning Routines Of Successful People

YFS Magazine

Which morning routines work the best? With these mindful practices, you can keep a clear perspective on even the most stressful of mornings.


10 Mistakes Most People Make During an Interview (and What To Do Instead)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Discover the 10 huge mistakes that most people make during an interview and what they should do instead


How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. And it is. LinkedIn Groups.

5 People To Avoid In The Search For An Ideal Investor

Startup Professionals Musings

To be an effective negotiator, I agree that you first need to quickly identify and adapt to your opponents negotiating style. Marty Zwilling.

SXSW Shines a Spotlight on the Explosive Growth of Podcasting


By TODD NEVINS Special contribution to Silicon Hills News SXSW Interactive was packed full of sessions and panels on the exponential growth of the podcast industry as well as meet ups and live podcast performances from local and global shows. Austin

Make this the next book you read, or better yet, listen to

Jeff Hilimire

I just finished listening to Trevor Noah’s book, Born a Crime , on Audible. He replaced Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. Random

Why Being Lazy Makes You Successful, According to the Bestselling Author of 'Moneyball'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

People waste years trying not to waste hours, says author Michael Lewis


The CIO is dead. Long live the CIO.

deal architect

Is there a company left which has not developed smart products and services which leverage software, sensors and satellites? I asked myself that question as I read two consecutive BusinessWeek issues with such smart products and services. Phillip Morris has. Industry Commentary

9 Ways To Spot An Opportunity For A New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups and entrepreneurs, I often hear the myth that all new businesses must start with a great idea. I have to disagree.

7 Qualities Of Successful Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

The most successful entrepreneurs share common qualities and personality traits that are crucial to success in business. Which ones do you possess?

Relationships Are 100/100, Not 50/50

Feld Thoughts

In a vox with my partner Seth recently, he said something that stuck with me. “Relationships are 100/100, not 50/50.” ” He was referring to a business dynamic between two people, but it applies to any relationship and any number of people. It’s a simple idea, but a great one. But we own our actions – good and bad.

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Tony Robbins: The Best Way to Raise Entrepreneurial Children

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The life coach and author explains how to help your kids grow up to be determined and successful


Needed: Freedom Hackers to Fight Authoritarian Regimes


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News The first time Afghan entrepreneur Roya Mahboob saw the internet, it changed her life. She lived, she said in a “predefined reality.” “We We live in a dark place we only see what the family chooses for us. We only hear what people say about the West.” Austin

The Importance Of A Local SEO Strategy


by Amir Noghani, General Manager at GWM SEO Agency. Google’s main consistency is that it’s constantly changing. Profile views. Referring subnets.

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How to transition from a Product Manager to a Product Leader

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Avinash Bajaj (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Nis Frome]. Whatever the case maybe, you are here now.

Enough with the unicorn bashing

The Equity Kicker

It’s fashionable in certain quarters now to slate some of the billion dollar startups that have been created recently and the investors that helped them get there. Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break is a good example. Companies that aren’t chasing unicorn status find it hard to raise money. What we need here is government intervention.

8 Ways Body Language Beats IQ

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's good to be smart, but brains will only take you so far.


The 64,000 Developer Questionnaire

Business of Software Blog

Stack Overflow’s annual developer survey is probably the most comprehensive overview of the development community. Unsubscribe anytime.

5 Entrepreneurs Explain What They’re Doing for March Madness


We asked a few entrepreneurs and business owners what they were doing for March Madness to help their business. #1 1 – FroYo Madness.

3 Ways Startups Can Generate Good PR For Their Business


There certainly isn’t time or money left over for a major marketing campaign to generate good PR for the business. Volunteer for Good Coverage.

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Economic Indicator: US New Home Sales


US New Home Sales (Feb) M/M 592K vs. Exp. 559K (Prev. 555K, Rev. 558K) US New Home Sales (Feb) M/M 592K vs. Exp. 559K (Prev. 555K, Rev.

Want To Raise Brave Girls? Science Says Do This (Most Parents Are Afraid To)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It makes sense, if you let it. Just watch this