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Highlights On The Business of Software (2012)

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a privately held IT consulting firm servicing enterprise customers with offices in Atlanta, GA ; Birmingham, AL ; Charlotte, NC ; Chattanooga, TN ; and Mobile, AL. With what I had seen over the past two years, I had full confidence that the 2012 lineup would be top notch.

Top 10 articles for 2012 from the Startup Blog

Taffy Williams

The articles below were the top 10 for 2012. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Startup Blog has been on line for about 2 years now.

Depression and Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

It doesn’t surprise me that I feel down and flat as I sit here in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport on my way to Lexington, Kentucky on day 16 of a 19 day trip. Amy and I wrote a meaningful amount about entrepreneurs and depression in Startup Life. Since we finished the final draft a few weeks ago, I’ve given several talks where depression came up as I’ve woven my own experience with depression into the short (less than 15 minute) version of my story.

U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days

allthingsd.com

July 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm PT. billion into 812 deals in the second quarter of 2012, their single largest quarter in more than a decade, according to CB Insights. July 15, 2012 at 11:15 am PT. July 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm PT. July 14, 2012 at 10:27 am PT.

Working hard is not enough

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This swan worked hard but never moved forward! It is easy to work hard and accomplish little. The objective is to work hard and accomplish great things.

Investors may be attracted to a startup for one of these

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I do not care what you are selling, let's talk about what I need! Investments come in different forms. Entrepreneurs think mostly in terms of money.

Bring something to the party when working with others

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. We certainly hope to get something good out of this! You want to develop a business relationship with a potential partner, investor, or strategic interest.

5 Actions may enhance customer diversity or allow you to recover from a loss

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. What plans do you have before they are GONE? San Francisco is a great place to visit and walk around. I often like to walk down to Fisherman’s Warf to look around.

Let your light shine on others

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Let your light shine on others by paying it forward If you are very lucky, encounters with standout mentors have made significant positive changes in your life.

Dilution concerns by founders and investors

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. What is the dollar value of your ownership in the company? Investors and co-workers in your startup often express dilution concerns.

Networking is not a one sided activity

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. What do you mean you want my help, knowing me should be enough Some new and established networkers may have missed the office memo: “ Networking is far more than asking for help.”

The best guru for entrepreneurship and startup for your company

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. There is Magic In Your Head, USE IT. There is no shortage of advice on the web by all the great gurus providing management, entrepreneurship, and startup guidance.

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Selling and closing are essential to the success of business

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Money: You got it and we want it! One of the best lines I ever heard came from a CFO during a meeting with potential investors. The investors asked what we wanted.

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Mergers and acquisitions take thought and planning

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. In a recent discussion with the CEO of a private company, an acquisition became the dominate topic. Starting a company and spending years building a business means the founders put their lives into the business.

Entrepreneurs are Different from the Crowd

Taffy Williams

Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurs are often willing to stand out from the crowd. Most do it with honor and dignity. It is part of the startup culture to be innovative and creative.

Your best customers sometimes kill your company

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Sorry I must say "Good Bye and I Am Leaving "! The old saying “ Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket ” relates to your customers as well.

Be known for reliability and honesty

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. How far out of the box are you willing to go? With the political season in full force, you hear stories from the candidates followed the news dissecting the info and presenting the fact checker analysis.

What Are You Talking About?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Have you ever spent 20 – 30 minuteslistening to someone and really have no idea what the person was talking about?You You heard them, but the presentation was not clear to you! The problem is a trap that plagues early stageentrepreneurs. They tend to forget thatthe listener may not have the history, background, interest, or otherattributes to allow them to follow the discussion.

Entrepreneurs are like artists

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. The start of a new company by an entrepreneur is like an artist creating a painting. The easel is blank and the artist creates a masterpiece from a vision. First, the sketch is drawn and then the colored.

Diversity of ideas can lead to novel solutions of problems or conflict

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Looks like stormy weather ahead; better call for help ! Entrepreneurs never have a smooth ride because problems arise all the time.

Founders behaving badly negatively affect the business

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I may look cute, but will certainly do dumb stuff ! I have interacted and/or observed many entrepreneurs and startup companies.

Photo tour of the life of an entrepreneur

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Every entrepreneur has dreams of great and wonderful things. This is normal and expected. They are highly motivated and dedicated to their technology and can find no flaws at all.

Keep your business dealings as simple as possible

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This path has more twists and turns than needed! In the Sands of Iwo Jima , Sgt. Stryker ( i.e., John Wayne) stated, “ Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid.

You Just Made the Sale, Now SHUT UP!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Pardon thelanguage, but the title says a lot. Itsometimes takes a very long time to convince a buyer to buy. This is the case whether the buyer is: · someonepurchasing a retail product, · apossible business transaction like partnering or M&A · providingfinancing in the form of debt or equity · ormost anything else.

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You may never see what I see

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. In my last two articles ( article 1 & article 2 ), I described that you must teach people enough that they are able to understand and agree with your vision.

A Corporate Spy Shop

Taffy Williams

Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Leaning what your competition is up to has a value to your business. OK, there is no real legal spy shop for corporate intelligence but there are things you can do.

Always be prepared for the sigma walk

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. The topic does not relate to the YouTube version of the sigma walk but one coined by a company previously called Sigma.

Are You Looking for Things the Correct Way?

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurswant money, intellectual property, staff, space, business intelligence and muchmore. Oddly enough, entrepreneursusually start by asking for the MONEY even if they have not done the backgroundwork to get it. Nothing is easy aboutyour startup, if it was everyone would do it. This is something you must remember from day one when you decide to takethe leap.

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Lessons learned by local entrepreneurs

Taffy Williams

For some, small communities are more beautiful Big Council hosted a technology conference for entrepreneurs yesterday in Charlotte NC. Unlike Boston or Silicon Valley, the Charlotte NC area has fewer companies and less VC groups with local funding.

Indecision can kill your business

Taffy Williams

Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. UP OR DOWN ? One of the most difficult problems to tackle is deciding between multiple options. Complicating the decision may be playing one option against others in an attempt to optimize the outcome. For example, suppose you have multiple investor groups with different term sheets for your financing. You may want all of the investors in the next round.

Leadership Lessons from the 3 Tenors

Taffy Williams

Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Really? The 3 tenors have lessons on leadership? Many have heard of the original 3 tenors: Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti.

Productivity and creativity can come via different styles of work and relaxation

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Quiet times can enhance creativity Have you ever spent the day at work wondering how a fellow employee gets away with what looks like goofing off?

Primal egos among professional

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. ?. Listen to me. I am bigger and better than you! ? Everyone has an ego, but some people have a much stronger sense of self-worth than others do. The number of self-defined experts increases every day. It seems hard to know those that have skills matching their sense of self-worth from those that may be overwhelmed with their own importance in life.

Now You See it, Now you Do Not!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of themost difficult of topics to discuss is the demise of your startup. There is nothing tosay in advance or after it happens to make you feel any better. No words exist that will take away the stingof the failure and you will relive aspects of the process the rest of yourlife. Many serial entrepreneurs havelived through at least one failure and some, more than one.

Your gut does not always lead you to the best decisions

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Do my eyes decive me? In a recent article , brief description of a key point, your gut may be wrong , was mentioned. Daniel Kahneman, “Thinking Fast and Slow ”, made this case in his best-selling book.

Have A Great Idea? Hold that Though!

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Interactingwith many entrepreneurs and inventors is rather interesting. You learn a lot, but you also have to cleanup many missteps. One of the more commonissues occurs with inventors. Inventorsoften get excited about new ideas and they want to share their enthusiasm andhave others be excited as well. Thetimings of the discussions with others and the information relayed can lead toproblems.

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Answer the Question

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of thefirst things you are likely to encounter when interacting with others is thequestion and answer interactions. Typical conversations with friends, interactions with staff orsupervisors, sales & marketing, business partnering discussions, raisingcapital and most every other kind of interaction has a Q & Acomponent. Listen to candidates indebates. They get questions and have toanswer.

Things are not always as they seem

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. New Mexico has some amazing areas with scenic views. One of the areas is Ghost Ranch a location where Georgia O’Keeffe spent time painting and developing her skills.

Business Modeling is Process, not an Event

The Entrepreneurial Mind

When we expanded our health-care business from Raleigh into Charlotte, N.C., As a result, our operation in Charlotte never reached profitability. Developing a sound business model is key to the successful launch of a business. But you should never assume the business modeling is finished once the business begins to grow. Keeping a business model current is critical for long-term success.