Wed.Nov 14, 2012

10 Key Metrics To Take a Startup to the Next Level

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs have no trouble focusing on how to build a product, and the good ones know how to find and nurture those first critical customers. Many, however, don’t know how to take their small business to the next level.

How to lose at meetings

The Startup Toolkit

Every meeting is either won or lost. There are no “good” meetings. You’ve lost the meeting when you leave with a compliment or a stalling tactic. The parody version is “Let’s talk again after Christmas… Don’t call me, I’ll call you[1].”

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Every Entrepreneur Has Foundation Beliefs from Which They Operate?Most of Them Just Don't Realize It!

Small Business Force

5 Things Really Smart People Do

Inc Startups

Don't get in the way of your own learning. Here are five ways to step aside and continue to increase your smarts. Most people don't really think much about how they learn. Generally you assume learning comes naturally.

{App of the Month} Pinterest for Business

Soho Solutionist

Pinterest is not just for personal pinning anymore. Yes, it’s always been business friendly, but now it’s offering business owners the opportunity to create a company profile or to convert an existing personal profile. Something to keep in mind — [.]. Blog Social Media For Business pinterest

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Memories of an Unconnected Era: Searching for Sugar Man

Both Sides of the Table

Many people reading this will be digital natives. These are people who don’t remember an era in which we were unconnected. There is no doubt that technology brings benefits to our lives and I have been a heavy user of tech since I was 13 (in 1981).

3 Best Ways to Say 'No'

Inc Startups

Struggling with productivity and time management? Try these simple guidelines to improve your focus simply by saying "no." Sometimes it feels like there's just way much to do and too little time. You may believe that, but it's not necessarily true.

Big data (very) geek humor

Venture Cyclist

Hat tip to Paul Bleicher, love this very geeky take – from 2009 – but just as relevant to today. Cartoon by John Muellerleile.). Big Data Whimsy


6 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Inc Startups

A handful of sage speakers lay out research and advice business owners everywhere should heed. is just about the best place to hang out online if you have a few minutes to kill.

Try to avoid making key decisions under adverse emotional conditions

Taffy Williams

It is hard to make tough decisions when depressed People often have problems that go well beyond the work place. Home life for one is a place where issues arise that can leave one with a heavy heart and feelings of despair. Look at all the people in New York affected by Sandy for example.

9 Leadership Myths--and How To Overcome Them

Inc Startups

These nine myths can hamstring you, your company, and your employees. How to get beyond them. Every age has its leadership myths. Thousands of years ago, the ability to lead was thought to be conferred by the gods.

Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, As Real As It Gets

Nick O'Neill

If you read the large number of technology and startup bloggers who covered Bravo’s latest “startup-focused” T.V. show, you might think it was a complete disaster, however after watching the first two episodes, I have a completely different take. The Relevant Parties. Without watching the t.v. show, you have to wonder what the expectations should be. The expectations and subsequent impact of the show depend on who you are. There are a number of relevant parties. The Producers.

Choose a Great Name For Your Company: 3 Tips

Inc Startups

We thought we had a great name and logo for our company. But we made three simple--and costly--mistakes. When I started my business, my husband and I decided to name our company after something that resembled our clientele: exotic, bold, and beautiful.

Can enterprise SaaS products be viral?

Version One Ventures

Yammer sreenshot “Going viral” is often the holy grail for Internet startups, who hope to quickly scale to hundreds of thousands of users (then hundreds of millions) with relatively low user acquisition costs.

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4 Magic Questions That Create Success

Inc Startups

These questions, answered in this order, transform you into an irreplaceable resource. Regular readers know that I'm big on simple ideas that can have a huge impact on personal success.

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Amazon Top 10 Business Books of 2012

Feld Thoughts

I just found out that Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City made the Amazon Top 10 Business Books of 2012. I’m not a huge “made that list person” but as a writer this is a very cool thing, especially when I look at the other books, and writers, on the list. I’m downloading all of the other books right now and taking them on my two week vacation which is coming up.

Demystifying Small Business Valuation

Inc Startups

A successful small business sale begins with a solid grasp of business valuation. Here's what you need to know to set your company at the right price.

A Look at Notorious Hackers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Believe it or not, the Internet — as most Americans tend to know it — is about 25 years old. A timeline of Internet history points to 1987 as the start of commercialization, even though hardcore techies will know the Internet existed before then through the Arpanet and other avenues.

8 Ways to Find the Best Long-Tail Keywords

Inc Startups

Here are some simple and effective ways to identify the kind of keywords that keep the traffic coming. Ranking well for competitive keywords is incredibly tough for the average small business. That's why more specific and less competitive keywords can make a huge difference.

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[Review] Beam, Straight Up


What does it mean to create and dominate an entire category in an industry? Fred Noe may know a little about it; after all, his family – with the surname Beam – pretty much created one, and proceeded to build one of the largest and most iconic companies in the alcohol business.

3 Basics of Facebook Analytics

Inc Startups

You've got a few months' worth of Facebook activity under your belt. Now's the time to dig into the data and see what's working. You've spent a significant amount of time setting up your business's Facebook presence and are feeling pretty good about it.

Excellent fantasy football parody video

Jeff Hilimire

So funny, especially for people like @interpolate who are having a monstrously terrible fantasy football year. Thanks to my bro-in-law for passing this on. Humor fantasy football humor video

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Leadership Lessons: Petraeus & The Value of Failure

Inc Startups

If you never fail, you come to believe you are invincible. And that, of course, is the problem. As former CIA director David Petraeus gets his first taste of unemployment this week, he will have plenty of time for reflection.

Techstars Boston 2012 – The Startup Forge

Fred Destin

Today is TechStars Boston Demo Day and as usual you can expect a spectacular display of pitching bravado and entrepreneurial glitz. For a view of who's pitching at #tsdemoday, head over to BostoInno.

What Should My Marketing Goal Be?

Inc Startups

Brian Halligan, founder of HubSpot, answers questions about marketing in the new digital age

I’ve made no secret of my interest and belief in wearable.

Bryce Dot VC

I’ve made no secret of my interest and belief in wearable computing. And we’ve been putting our money where our mouth is in this category over the last year. . Today, Misfit Wearables , one of our portfolio companies, is pulling the wraps off their first wearable computing device- the Misfit Shine.

3 Ways Smart Business People Will Profit Under Obama

Inc Startups

Business advice for the next four years from a small business owner who voted for Romney. President Obama won re-election to a second term. How does the country respond? Let's see. Twenty states filed petitions to peacefully secede from the union. Newt Gingrich is "dumbfounded."

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Some thoughts on your ABBA round

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I’ve noticed an ongoing trend over the past year or so that’s worth highlighting and commenting on. As valuations have risen (become “frothy” in VC speak, which is our nice way of saying “too high”) companies have started raising much larger Series A rounds.

Working From Bed on the Rise

Inc Startups

Recent studies found that laptops and mobile devices make it easy for employees to bring office work to their bedrooms. Is your bed your new desk? Apparently, research shows there has been an increase in not just working-from-home, but working-from-bed.

Power Seduction War and Mastery

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Robert Greene. photo credit: gnackgnackgnack via photopin cc. It’s funny how pretty much everything is instructional in one way of another. When Robert Greene published the now cult classic The 48 Laws of Power people were a bit polarized.

Your Employees Could Be a Lot More Engaged. Here's Proof

Inc Startups

A new online tool helps you measure the strength of your company culture. Check out the results so far. A few weeks ago, I challenged you to take a quick 10-question survey to measure how you perceive your company's internal culture and how engaged your employees are.

[Infographic] Enabling Workforce Certainty In Certain Times


During difficult economic times, many business owners think about rightsizing their companies or thinking about how to grow their workforces. The question is: how does one really go about it?


4 Ways to Win the Holiday Shopping Wars

Inc Startups

Holiday retail sales are expected to rise. But with big box retailers battling over who can offer the lowest prices, how can small businesses compete?

CMO CTO COO Equity and Compensation


I was just asked about a particular startup situation (seed stage, CMO hire, non-founder) and particularly what compensation and equity is appropriate.