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Small Experiments, Often

Feld Thoughts

This post first appeared in the WSJ Accelerators series titled The $100,000 Experiment in response to the question “When should you make a substantive change to one or more parts of your business model?” ” During the past few years, the word “pivot” has become one of the most overused words with regard to startups. For some, it means a tiny incremental change in the business.

Where Can I Find Information on Starting Salaries for a SaaS Startup?

Ask The VC

Q: Where can I get some good starting salary information for a SaaS startup? I need the information for CEO, CFO, CIO, CINO, Director of Sales. How much should the starting salaries vary for a startup with $5 million vs $10 million gross revenue? A (Brad): First of all, you can find a great deal of info on structuring employee compensation right here on Ask the VC.

Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The first cavewoman (or caveman) to open her mouth and utter an intelligible word changed the game for the local tribe. After some time, humans gained the power of language, and eventually, figured out how to write things down. Suddenly information could be transmitted and retained.

19 Things We Can Learn From Numerous Heatmap Tests

ConversionXL

Heatmaps are great for analyzing the behavior of your visitors. They can lead to insights you can’t find using other methods, which can greatly increase your conversion rate. Heatmaps are roughly divided between mousetracking heatmaps and eyetracking heatmaps.

How to Create a Total Content System

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with John Jantsch. photo credit: the camera is a toy. via photopin cc. As content becomes increasingly important in the marketing mix, it must take on an elevated place in your strategy and planning.

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Are We Entering 2013 in Crunch-Mode?

Genuine VC

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013. According to all of the blogosphere chatter over the past month, seed-funded internet startups are entering this year gearing up for the now-near-infamous Series A Crunch. The CB Insights report specifically which came out just before the holidays put a bright light on the supply-demand imbalance of the seed-stage companies searching for Series A capital.

Top 5 Business Books of 2012

Inc Startups

The best (and bestselling) business books of this year were mostly about exposing corruption. Through most of the past decade, the most popular business books were "How I Did It" autobiographies of successful big-company CEOs, like Jack Welch's Winning. But that's no longer true.

The Unbundled Mobile Software Stack

Agile VC

I’ve been using Google’s Chrome browser on my iPad Mini for about a month now. There are several things I prefer over Apple’s Safari, including the bookmark and search history sync with my other Chrome usage (on laptop) and some small UI touches. But for now there’s no way to make an OS-level switch to make Chrome my default browser. So if I click on a URL in another app, say an email reader or Twitter or whatever, iOS me to use Safari.

6 Best Business Planning Tips I Ever Got

Inc Startups

Your company will face weak links and unexpected turns. Don't get caught flat-footed. Soon after I bought my company, I learned that I had a major problem with a key vendor. Whatever money we paid him, he’d take it down to Atlantic City and bring back double--or nothing.

10 Reasons Your Destiny This Year May be a Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Many budding entrepreneurs struggle mightily with that first step – out of their comfort zone and into the unknown. They keep asking people like me whether the time is right, and the truth is that there’s never an ideal time to start your own business.

Top 5 CEOs to Watch in 2013

Inc Startups

Yes, it's about Zuckerberg. Add a sagging Internet behemoth and a chance to change the way we pay for things, and you've got a big year ahead. We’re watching these five CEOs because they’re almost guaranteed to make news in 2013. Some of them are already pretty famous.

Do You Wake Up Productive?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet I’ve always been of the belief that success begins and ends in the mind. Techniques and systems work, but if the driver is inefficient and ineffective, failure is more likely than success. I consider myself a lifelong student of mindset, in particular my own.

Hire Autistic People; Here's Why

Inc Startups

People with autism are detail-oriented, fastidious, and reliable--and the largest generation is about to graduate high school. Jeremy is autistic. He is also very bright, observant, and, it now appears, synesthesiac: he sees people, ideas, and feelings in colors.

Where Can I Find Information on Starting Salaries for a SaaS Startup?

Ask The VC

Q: Where can I get some good starting salary information for a SaaS startup? I need the information for CEO, CFO, CIO, CINO, Director of Sales. How much should the starting salaries vary for a startup with $5 million vs $10 million gross revenue? A (Brad): First of all, you can find a great deal of info on structuring employee compensation right here on Ask the VC.

Sharp as a Lawyer: 10 Legal Myths

Inc Startups

I've never met a successful businessperson who couldn't negotiate a solid agreement and didn't know how to protect his company's intellectual property. Legal matters are too important to leave to the lawyers. We live and work in a nation of laws.

My Thoughts on Creating Meaningful Work

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

“It’s one thing to work on stuff that seems sexy because it’s socially cool and financially rewarding. But fulfillment doesn’t come much from money or cool-power — all the money in the world can’t buy you a searing sense of accomplishment.” ” Umair Haque.

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Content is King…Even on Wall Street

VC Cafe

Traditional media companies had an amazing year on Wall Street. While the Dow Jones Index increased a respectable 6.7%, the US Broadcasting and Entertainment Index surged 40%. In fact, other than. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Why Brainstorming Doesn't Always Spark Innovation

Inc Startups

Traditional methods of generating innovative ideas--like brainstorming--are badly out of step with current neuroscience, according to a Columbia professor.

Learning with Flippa

The Startup Toolkit

Flippa is a marketplace where small websites are bought and sold, typically for $1k–10k. If you spend some time browsing through recent purchases , you’ll see a few types of sites appearing over and over.

5 Anti-Resolutions for 2013

Inc Startups

These five New Year's anti-resolutions will help you achieve your real goals for 2013. Every year, countless numbers of my optimistic peers will write a list of New Year's resolutions. These lists will include lofty ambitions such as "get a promotion" as well as easier goals like "go to the gym."

College Grads Can Make The Best Businessmen

YoungUpstarts

by Kevin Kaiser of Startup Biz Blog. A lot of business professionals make the mistake of looking at the college crowd and viewing them as young kids who do not have enough knowledge or experience to make it in the real world just yet.

Spend Money to Make Money

Inc Startups

It's hard to invest when the economy is poor. But that's exactly when you need to do it. This economy is making us way too conservative.

Planeetta Internet Launches Jellastic Cloud Platform In Finland

ArcticStartup

Planeetta Internet , a Helsinki-based hosting firm, tells they've launched the Jelastic cloud platform in Finland, which might be interesting to some local startups. Jellastic is a similar platform to Heroku, except it claims to be easier in some ways to set up. Users only need to copy-paste their code, with out any complicated installations, taking the hard stuff away. And like most other hosting solutions, their solution is designed to scale up your startup, however you need it.

What Will Your Leadership Obituary Be?

Inc Startups

Your leadership will be fully evaluated once you're no longer in a leadership role. What will your colleagues say? What will people in your organization say about your leadership after you leave your current role? The answer is your leadership obituary.

Find and build recurring revenues.

Berkonomics

Most every business can take advantage of continuing, recurring revenues from its customer base. Sometimes, products are designed to make all of their profit upon the recurring revenues from supplies or support.

4 Tips to Making Sales Goals a Reality

Inc Startups

Don't lose sight of your objectives for the new year. Here are four ways to keep them in view. Now is a great time to think about new sales goals for 2013 and beyond. Unfortunately, much like New Year's resolutions to lose weight or get organized, many sales goals never become a reality.

Morning Coffee + Evening Happy Hour = Day of Networking

Startup Houston

Did you miss GroundUP Houston this morning? Or were you there and just can’t get enough of energetic, optimistic startup people? Event 1/~40 over. On to Event 2: Come on out to the Health 2.0 Happy Hour this evening at Komodo’s Pub. Details here. Events

A Billion Dollars, Through Acquisitions & Perseverance

Inc Startups

Patrick Grady, founder and chairman of Rearden Commerce, talks about his company's $1 billion valuation. Patrick Grady founded e-commerce company Rearden Commerce just before the dot-com bubble burst.

The January cS Award and the December cS Award Winners!

crowdSPRING Blog

Back in 2011, we announced a monthly cS Award to honor quality work by designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community. January cS Award. For the New Year, we want to encourage a New You !

A High Tech Start-up Eyes Broadway

Inc Startups

One of New York's hottest shows is also a small business. Here's how iLuminate came to wow audiences during the holidays. Miral Kotb may be the only software engineer with dreams of putting on a Broadway show.

Less Feature. More Cloud.

deal architect

One of my favorite enterprise software executives is Steve Miranda, who heads applications development at Oracle. His title is a bit narrow. He is also a key customer interface and the unofficial CIO at Oracle. This gives him a unique. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Silicon Valley Is Sinking (No, Really)

Inc Startups

Surrounded on all sides by a rising ocean, the high-tech hub is ill-prepared for the risks of environmental devastation. Silicon Valley is sinking. Literally. At least, according to Scientific American.

Overcoming the Execution Gap

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

With the new year in full swing, many of us may have set goals towards what we aspire to achieve in 2013. However, there is a big difference between setting goals and achieving them. Essentially the execution gap in the middle is where many fall.

You Control the Fate of Business

Inc Startups

Stop hiding behind taxes and the government. All it takes is one simple choice to keep business moving this year. I recently finished reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.