Tue.Nov 20, 2012

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

Both Sides of the Table

Every so often I find myself caught up in a really hectic 3-4 week schedule where it seems like I float endlessly betweens meetings. Pitches. Intros. Board Meetings. Conferences. And I get flooded with legal docs, end-of-quarter financial administration, recruiting, whatever.

Sorry, No Calls


The following is an article inspired by my earlier article, MustSayNo.com , which has literally been life-changing for me. Also, a quick apology for the somewhat self-indulgent nature of the article. I like to think that I'm not a complete schmuck because I do have a tough time saying no.

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How To Become Successful = Action, Balance, Dreams, Plans and Beliefs.

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Share this image with your social networks! A woman is on a long hike ride through breathtaking valleys and over majestic mountains. After sunbathing atop a cliff overlooking the water below, she sees she’ll have to backtrack in order to return home.

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Help Others Succeed and Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs forget that their success is more about helping other people than about personally becoming famous, or overcoming the odds and getting rich. A successful business has to satisfy customers with a strong team, by helping them solve problems, save money, or experience more pleasure.

How to Extend the Functionality of Every App You Use

Duct Tape Marketing

A rather new service called Zapier is poised to change how people work on the web. I know this sounds like a bold prediction, but here’s why I think it’s true. Web apps are awesome. In many ways they’ve given even the tiniest of businesses the ability to compete, manage and grow on a global scale.

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Lack Of Budget And Talent Inhibit Growth Of Digital Marketing In APAC Region


Marketers in the Asia Pacific region are upbeat and optimistic about the future of digital marketing, but many confess they still struggle or aren’t confident enough to push forward with digital marketing initiatives especially with budget and talent constraints.

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6 Tips for a Perfectly Timed Facebook Post

Inc Startups

To ensure your Facebook posts reach the most people, timing is everything. Here are some tips for getting it right. It happens all the time. You post on Facebook and the post does really well: You get hundreds of shares and comments and thousands of clicks and likes. Awesome!

[Infographic] More Singaporeans Shopping Online To Save Time: PayPal


In Singapore, online and mobile shopping is set to enter a new phase. According to a new PayPal survey conducted by market research agency GfK to measure the changing ways that consumers shop and pay, Singaporeans are planning to do at least half of their holiday shopping electronically this year.

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How to Criticize Employees: 6 Rules

Inc Startups

Sometimes a kick in the butt can be more effective than a pat on the back. Even if you're an experienced executive, it's likely you often find it very difficult to tell other people where they need to improve. Praising a good performance is easy; everyone likes to receive a compliment.

Behind the Scenes of Startups: Finance Overview (Video)

Early Growth Financial Services

Check out my financial strategy overview for startups, presented for The Design Business. This short video includes a good overview of startup finances including important tips and advice for startup accounting and finance. Have any questions about startup finance or accounting? Let us know in comments below or contact Early Growth Financial Services with your questions.

Amazon Launches Brand Pages

Inc Startups

The online retailer announced Amazon Pages today, which lets retailers create web stores and market through the Amazon network. Happy holidays: Amazon announced today that it is offering a comprehensive web retail service, called Amazon Pages.

Some thoughts on leadership and excellence

The Equity Kicker

This morning I went to a breakfast seminar hosted by PER , a private equity recruitment firm that I have known for a long time. Business speaker Jeff Grout gave a talk on leadership and excellence with a focus on sport and business.

2 Simple Keys to Define Your Brand

Inc Startups

What does your brand stand for? Probably a lot less than you think. Here's why you need to rethink it. Great brands stand for something. That means clearly defining your brand--but how do you do that? Here's another in my series in which I pick a topic and connect with someone a lot smarter than me.

My Lean Startups Haven’t Followed the Script

Kevin Dewalt

Summary: At long last, Lean Startup has become a global movement. While more an more of us are talking about Lean Startup, far fewer are talking about how tedious, frustrating, and tough it is in practice.

Listen More to Sell More: 3 Tips

Inc Startups

These simple steps will help you refine your sales pitches and win over potential clients. Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz once said, "I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions."

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Good enough!

The Startup Toolkit

Let’s say you want to know whether your business will work or not before you bet the farm on it. But perfect information takes forever to collect. It’s just not worth it. If your taco cart is successful, does that mean you can justify the 200k lease and kitchen refurb for your taco restaurant? Maybe, maybe not. But we need to build the whole dang restaurant to be totally sure.

5 Myths of Video Marketing (& How to Overcome Them)

Inc Startups

Are you making the most of your online video program? Here are five big misconceptions you should avoid along with effective remedies.

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Design Staff ? The product design sprint: decide (day 3)

Design Staff

At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. We call it a product design sprint. This is the fifth in a series of seven posts on

The Secret to Winning a Start-up Competition

Inc Startups

Your PowerPoint is awesome (and memorized). Your pitch is crystal clear. You're adequately caffeinated and totally pumped up. Here's why that's just not enough. There's probably no higher concentration of former debate-team captains and Wharton MBAs than at a San Francisco start-up competition.

Big data + machine learning + human artistry = even better underwriting

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Yesterday our portfolio company Zest Finance rolled out Hilbert, its newest generation of underwriting algorithm, and it got great coverage from both tech and finance oulets. American Banker leads off with: Merrill describes Hilbert as ‘ridiculously stunning.’ What I want to do is use math, science and art to give more credit to the underbanked. The goal is to help people save money and develop relationships with loan providers.’

Why "Old Doors" Are Your Best Sales Prospects

Inc Startups

Don't work so hard at getting brand new customers, and stop worrying about customers who leave. Do this instead. In my last column, I showed that failing to connect and cultivate your existing customers is the easiest way to miss out on incremental profits.

Design Staff ? How startups can learn more while building less

Design Staff

This article was originally published in GigaOm. If you're running a lean startup, launch and learn is undoubtedly a familiar mantra. But launching a new feature can take weeks or even months, and for a scrappy startup that's

Are You a Painkiller or a Vitamin?

Inc Startups

Before you talk to even one customer, know the answer to this crucial question. And prepare accordingly. The idea has germinated and some code has been written--you’re confident that your business idea has enough shape to be shown to a few customers and friends.

Not Shaking Hands

David Cohen

While I was at FounderCon last week I got really sick and spent an entire day in my hotel room. I’m not sure if it was food poisoning or stomach flu, but either way, it was no fun. The next day at Demo Day, I avoided shaking hands with hundreds of people, each time explaining that I was trying to keep them from catching whatever I had. Some people really appreciated it, but others seemed to be offended. At times it was very awkward.

Silicon Valley, New York, Tel Aviv: Here's the World's Start-up Hubs

Inc Startups

A new report reveals that Silicon Valley outpaces all other start-up ecosystems but cities around the world are catching up.

Why Your Customer Service Overhaul Has To Happen Fast And Furious


By Ron Kaufman, author of “ Uplifting Service: The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues, and Everyone Else You Meet ”. You know you’ve got unhappy customers so you’ve decided it’s time to do a complete service overhaul.

How Entrepreneurs Would Resolve the Fiscal Cliff

Inc Startups

The president asked corporate CEOs to weigh in. But what would small business owners say? We asked, and you answered.

The product design sprint: decide (day 3)

Google Ventures

At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. We call it a product design sprint. This is the fifth in a series of seven posts on running your own design sprint.

JJ Ramberg: Turn 'No' Into 'Yes'

Inc Startups

Even when a customer says 'no' is the final answer, you can turn that around. JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's Your Business, explains how

Reaktor Becomes Hands-On Seed Investor Through New POLTE Investment Arm


Reaktor , a Finnish IT company, is now moving to becoming a hands-on seed investor in Finland. Reaktor solves IT and software needs for large customers like Elisa (telecom), Rovio (one of the leading gaming companies in the world) and many other big names in Finland.

When You Should Hit 'Send'

Inc Startups

An e-mail marketing firm digs through more than 20 million messages to figure out when is the best time to send marketing e-mails. Earlier this year, content marketer Linda Formacelli called B.S.

"Live in the future, then build what’s missing."

Bryce Dot VC

“Live in the future, then build what’s missing.” - PG


Video Start-up's Fast Track to Growth

Inc Startups

Kaltura, a New York-based video software platform, just raised $25 million in Series D funding. It's on target to become the next billion-dollar video company.

Median CEO Compensation: $363K (private) vs. $9.6M (S&P500)

Scalable Startup

The median private company CEO compensation package totaled $362,900 in 2011 — just 3.8% of the $9.6 million median compensation package given to S&P 500 CEOs. Median total compensation for private company CEOs increased only 1.9% from 2010′s $356,133. The Board of Directors sets CEO pay in 58.5% of all private companies, but for companies with $100 million or more in annual revenue, this number increases to 73.9%. Only 54.4%