Wed.Nov 28, 2012

10 Avoidable Mistakes Cause Entrepreneurs Much Pain

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve been advising and mentoring startups and growth companies for years, and find myself always pushing them to try something new, for the sake of growth and survival. When you try new things, you make mistakes, and I’ve seen many.

10 Proven Methods to Optimize Your Videos for Search

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you’re looking for effective ways to advertise your new website or startup, don’t forget the power of video. Internet surfers, and especially young people, conduct searches on Youtube second only to Google.

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Is There More Than One Type Of Convertible Debt?

Ask The VC

Troy Henikoff and I had lunch a month or so ago in Chicago and the conversation turned to convertible debt. I’d recently made an offer to invest in a company Troy was an investor in and the entrepreneur and I got tangled up in the definition of pre and post money in the context of existing convertible debt. In this case there were multiple traunches of convertible debt at different valuation caps.

Competencies vs. Behaviors


by Dr. Andrew L. Thorn, author of “ U-wun-ge-lay-ma “ I recently ran a marathon in Death Valley, California. The brutal course was made even worse by a nasty rain storm.

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7 Traits of Extraordinary Bosses

Inc Startups

Great bosses understand what employees truly need and then provide it to them. Why do some bosses attract the best and most loyal employees, while others constantly drive them away? The answer lies in the basic traits that each boss brings to the job.

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How to Be Happier Today

Inc Startups

Well-being is better achieved with small, defined actions, rather than grand goals, new research out of Stanford and Harvard Business School finds.

Should Your Small Business Engage In Newsjacking?


By Jeremy Goldman, author of “ Going Social: Excite Customers, Generate Buzz, and Energize Your Brand with the Power of Social Media “ To newsjack or not to newsjack?

The Perfectly Optimized Press Release

Inc Startups

If you want your press release to pop on search engines, hence increasing brand exposure and referral traffic, use these five easy tips. Optimizing your online press releases will increase brand exposure, referral traffic, and search engine optimization.

Are You Using Organic SEO?

Rembrandt Communications

Search Engine Optimization Offers a Competitive Advantage Many people often ask me to set up their SEO pay-per-click advertising strategies and campaigns. But one of the first things I ask is… What about organic SEO? Organic search engine optimization (SEO) is when you get a lot of people to visit your site without paying for [.]. Business Copywriting Marketing Pay-Per-Click SEO SEO Copywriting Web Copywriting Writing Tips copywriter sales search engine optimization

6 Signs You're Not Fit To Lead

Inc Startups

Leadership isn't forever. Here are six signs it's time to step down. Many leaders remain in power unless a clear “mistake” derails their tenure. Yet, many leaders also struggle with remaining fully committed to the challenges of leadership.


Information Arbitrage

Life is a series of interactions. How we manage these interactions plays a meaningful role in our future. This is particularly relevant for entrepreneurs and investors, between which exists a delicate symbiosis that teeters between cooperation and competition. This is further complicated by the fact that investors often work together, yet have the dueling agendas of doing right by their portfolio companies as well as their limited partners.

How CEOs Can Personally Recruit Top Talent

Inc Startups

Take a cue or two from Justin Yoshimura, a 23-year-old Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur who is his company's lead headhunter. I recently received a note from the CEO of a company in San Francisco who wanted me to check out a letter posted on his website that he uses to attract talented employees.

The Value of Paying Down Technical Debt


The Value of Paying Down Technical Debt. Our Engineering team has a great term called Technical Debt, which is the accumulation of coding shortcuts and operational inefficiencies over the years in the name of getting product out the door faster that weighs on the company’s code base like debt weighs on a balance sheet. Like debt, it’s there, you can live with it, but it is a drag on the health of the technology organization and has hard servicing costs.

Think Like Your Customers (& Keep Them for Life)

Inc Startups

At certain predictable points, customers start thinking about leaving you for someone else. How to find those points and intervene.

More New Renaissance

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On the innovation blog A grudging hat tip to O’Hare Field EcoATM: Kiosks to recycle your electronics The mother of all salvage operations You’ve got Nobel Kind of like fixing the Hubble telescope Apple in China Tampa Bay’s Image Uptick. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

The Next Big Thing in Ads

Inc Startups

With the help of NFC-enabled smartphones, ads are getting even more interactive. But are they right for your company? The secret to successful advertising is creating a campaign that affects people emotionally and intellectually. Now you can add physically.

This Christmas Will End The Debate Around Free-To-Play


The rise to prominence of the freemium business model is indisputable: freemium apps now comprise 77% of the App Store, up from just 4% in 2010.

Simon Sinek: 'What's Your Company's Purpose?'

Inc Startups

Simon Sinek, who writes about leadership and "the why," explains how you can identify yours

Memoto Camera Logs Your Life Two Times A Minute


One of the most interesting products I saw at Slush was the Memoto camera, a 36x36x9 mm wearable device that takes two geotagged pictures a minute, capturing your life as you move about all day.

'I Knew I Had a Great Idea When.'

Inc Startups

How do you know when you're finally on your way to building a successful business? Seven entrepreneurs share their stories. Starting a business is a bit like falling in love. You make a few initial forays into a relationship, then at some point you realize you have something real and lasting.

We Have An Early Christmas Present For You: The Next Web / ArcticStartup Helsinki Meetup - 13.12.2012


With the last few articles we could already feel the Christmas atmosphere all around us and it only keeps getting better. Robin Wauters, European Editor of The Next Web is coming to town and we are going to host a special TNW / ArcticStartup meetup on Thursday the 13th of December at 19:30.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Shrink

Inc Startups

The start-up life is lonely and stressful. Without solid emotional support, your new venture might be dead in the water. Being an entrepreneur can suck. It is stressful, lonely, and often depressing.

Reinforcing decisions – Wikipedia feedback

Start Up Blog

My post yesterday was about the simple yet great fundraising effort by Wikipedia. Well today I got a lovely follow up letter, which although I’m sure much of it is ‘form, it didn’t feel like it. It was also from ‘Sue’ with her actual email address and phone number (not included) not a ‘thankful robot’ Actually it said some smart stuff which reinforced my decision – which is something few brands bother to do. —-.

Kickstarter: We Won't Sell Out

Inc Startups

The world's most popular crowdfunding site, founded by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler, has helped 80,000 entrepreneurs and artists fund projects. Now, Kickstarter is working hard to stay true to its roots.

Mass Relevance Brings Social to Life with SocialPhoto

Austin Startup

In the world of social media, the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” has taken on new meaning for brands looking to involve their customers in their marketing efforts. Brands are encouraging consumers and fans to take photos that support advertising campaigns, live events, products and cause-related initiatives. The key for those brands is [.]. Enterprise mass relevance

Cyber Monday Soon to Be 'Mobile Monday'?

Inc Startups

Close to 13% of purchases on Cyber Monday were mobile. That translated to increases in mobile sales for e-commerce start-ups from Etsy to Gilt Groupe. For e-commerce start-ups, Cyber Monday may soon take on a second moniker: “Mobile Monday.”

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Retiring Grocer Gives Business to Employees

Inc Startups

The owner of Lueken's Village Foods plans to hand over the business to his employees through the ESOP qualified retirement program. Through an Employee Stock Ownership Program , 400 employees will soon own a small national grocery store chain called Lueken’s Village Foods.

Going to the mHealth Summit in D.C. Next Week?

Entrepreneur Success Blog

I wanted to personally invite my readers to an awesome event we are hosting with Kony Solutions during the mHealth Summit in D.C. on Tuesday December 4th. We are taking over the Cherry Blossom, a replica of a 19th century Victorian riverboat.

Naveen Jain Talks Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Inc Startups

Inc's Scott Gerber and the futurist and founder of InfoSpace and inome go deep on innovation, passion and the hardest lessons entrepreneurs can learn

Thinking about new market opportunities case study: 3D printed figurines

The Equity Kicker

Regular readers will know that I’m excited about the emerging opportunities that 3D printing technologies are enabling. In fact I’ve been looking for an investment in this area for nearly two years now.

Is Your Business Broker a Stud or a Dud?

Inc Startups

Working with a broker can take a lot off your plate. Here's how to choose the one that's the best fit for your small business sale. When it's time to sell your business, there's a good chance you'll hire a business broker.

Would you like a piping hot cup of coffee in your fancy,

Mark Birch

Would you like a piping hot cup of coffee in your fancy, expensive camera lens…. camera lens coffee mug thermos gifts humor


Outsource Your Coding: 10 Steps

Inc Startups

We may idolize coders, but that doesn't mean you have to hire them. Almost every start-up needs some sort of technology, but not every founder is a coder or went to school with a bunch of computer geeks.