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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

One thing we’ve learned from the diet crazes since the 1980s is that every single thing has been alternately touted as healthy or poison. No-fat, carb-heavy. Scratch that, no-carb, fat doesn’t matter. Scratch that, it’s only about low-cal. Scratch that, whole-30 and don’t track calories.

Startups Need Employees Who React Like Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. Then they are surprised to see productivity and creativity take a big dip.

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India is Facebook’s Largest Market – But Not for Women


India just overtook the United States in having the largest Facebook audience in the world. Although it looks honky dory for the network, there’s something very unique about the Indian audience. It is heavily skewed towards young people and men.

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How to Pick a Partner Who Will Amplify Your Efforts

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time business advisor and angel investor, I’m a believer that “two heads are better than one” in building a new business. Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader.

The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

This showed up in my inbox the other day from a friend of 20 years. He’s been involved in a number of companies that we’ve invested in over the years in different senior and/or co-founder roles, including CEO. It was short and sweet but captured the essence of something I often talk about with founders. Heard you and Jerry on CPR this morning , nice job!

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Create High-Impact Data Visualizations: Nine Effective Strategies

Occam's Razor

I believe deeply in the value of making data accessible. In service of that belief, there are few things that bring me as much joy as visualizing data (smart segmentation comes close).

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Inc Startups

Google spent years studying successful teams and discovered insights that could forever change how teams are assembled.


15 Tips For Managing Your Own Payroll


by Graham McKenzie, Global Tax Director at activpayroll . There’s more to the payroll process than delivering wages on time – beyond the number-crunching and pay-deadlines, your system needs to remain compliant with a complicated set of rules and regulations.

Startup Tax Planning for Better Cash Flow Management

Up and Running

Small business owners know a larger than expected tax bill could put a wrench in their company’s cash flow management , a scenario everyone is eager to avoid. But accurately forecasting your tax obligations may seem difficult, particularly when you’re busy running a company.

10 Business Idea Assertions Mask The Real Challenge

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process.

The Clover-Leaf Talent Economy

deal architect

In analyzing factoids from the recent listing of the Fortune 500, I came up with a startling data point. The F500 have a combined total revenue of $12.1 trillion equal to 65% of the US GDP. Yet they only employ

This CEO Tests Interviewees With An Especially Crude Form Of Emotional Intelligence

Inc Startups

Would you find this acceptable? Is it clever?


Will Your Ego Be The Death Of Your Career? 


by Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig, coauthors of “ Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age “. This may be good news or bad news, depending on who you are: The day of the aggressive know-it-all who steamrolls over colleagues is drawing to a close.

User Onboarding in Enterprise SaaS #prodmgmt

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Prakhar Agarwal (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Sara Varki]. Introduction. Nowadays, we all consume applications and platforms (software) over the web. Software installation” is quickly becoming an old concept, especially for end users.

5 Stages of Technology Adoption Compared To Grieving

Startup Professionals Musings

How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?”

What Millennial Women Leaders Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship

Up and Running

In 2013, a Pew Research Center study revealed some sobering insights into the reasons why 34 percent of millennial women weren’t interested in becoming a boss or top manager.

How Amazon Messed Up.And what your company can learn from it

Inc Startups

How Amazon Messed Up.And what your company can learn from it. Sales

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Automating Your Business With Phone Apps


by Ian Naylor, founder and CEO of AppInstitute. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you’ve likely heard that the “ automation revolution ” is here.

Things Great Product Managers Do Every Day

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

6 Ways To Learn From Failure, And Beat Success Odds

Startup Professionals Musings

Aspiring entrepreneurs and new business owners often ask me for a secret formula for success, and they seem surprised when I tell them there isn’t one.

Designing a digital health platform for Generations X & Y: What you can learn

The Startup Magazine

Designing a user experience for both Generation Y and Generation X is not simple. They’re demanding, they’re used to fast, easily streamed, top quality, low cost products and top customer service. It’s definitely easier when built by a young team, aligned with the generations’ mindsets.

Working from Home Makes You Happier and "Massively" More Productive, According to Science

Inc Startups

A company in Singapore made half its employees work from home for two years. The results will astound you. Productivity

10 coworking spaces in New York City that make regular offices feel like medieval torture

The Next Web

Gone are the days of working in a traditional office setting, where cubicles separate colleagues and the only social interactions occur around the water cooler.

Austin-based Telestax Lands $4.7 Million in VC Funding


Telestax announced this week it has raised $4.7 million in funding. Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners led the funding round. The company plans to use the money on product development, customer support and marketing. “We We are thrilled to bring Telestax into our portfolio of promising companies. The exceptional team, high-value technology and resulting customer adoption of […]. The post Austin-based Telestax Lands $4.7 Million in VC Funding appeared first on SiliconHills.

Nominate a Great Product Person Today! #prodmgmt

The Product Guy

Today, nominate someone you know who is great at Product Management…. link]. The Best Product Person ( #TBPP ) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group. If you know a great product person, nominate them today. Past winner’s of The Best Product Person …. Submit your nomination today!

The Importance of Planning Ahead

The Startup Magazine

Sometimes surprises can be fun, but they are definitely not welcome in business, and one way to prevent those unwanted surprises is by planning ahead. Mapping out the future of your business can be tricky, especially with so many external influences at play, but it is not impossible.

Engage, Excite, and Empower. 3 Things Great Leaders Do That Help Deliver Amazing Results.

Inc Startups

Engage, Excite, and Empower. 3 Things Great Leaders Do That Help Deliver Amazing Results.


Ecommerce in the Middle East: Amazon’s entrance and difficult legislation

The Next Web

In the last couple of years, entrepreneurs across the Middle East have launched new products, businesses, and shown the possibility of creating a vibrant startup scene similar to Europe and the United States. Startups from the region have shown great promise with big exists.

4 Startup Realities That May Shock You

YFS Magazine

Startup success is attainable. Just know what it will cost, and most importantly if that cost is ultimately worth it to you. Plan business plan starting a business startup advice startup lessons

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National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington

Steve Blank

Two good things just happened in Washington – these days that should be enough of a headline. First, someone ideal was just appointed to be Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Second, funding to teach our Hacking for Defense class across the country just was added to the National Defense Authorization Act. Interestingly enough, both events are about how the best and brightest can serve their country – and are testament to the work of two dedicated men. Soldier, Scholar, Entrepreneur.

How to stand out from the crowd in an interview

The Startup Magazine

Got an interview coming up? Want to stand out from the crowd? Then read on to discover some great tips for success. Do your research. Before the interview, do research on the company and about the specific role.

LinkedIn Begins Offering Video. Here Are the Top Two Reasons Marketers Are Excited

Inc Startups

LinkedIn's new video feature gives marketers a new way to tell their brand's story. Marketing

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8 Online Tools to Improve Your Business Social Media Profile

Duct Tape Marketing

8 Online Tools to Improve Your Business Social Media Profile written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. The truth is that it’s particularly important to maintain an appropriate social media profile in order to ensure that everything is handled as per the highest industry standards.

Cooper vetoes controversial bill that could force community newspapers out of business

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Roy Cooper issued a veto Monday of a controversial House bill affecting newspaper legal notices in Guilford County and also eliminating a statewide exemption on worker’s compensation for newspaper carriers that has been state law for more than 20