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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live. To get your question answered , email me at asmartbear -at- shortmail -dot- com.

The credentials trap

Chris Dixon

I talk a lot to people who are deciding between startups and established companies. They’re usually early in their careers and have been exclusively affiliated with well-known schools and companies. As a result, they’re accustomed to praise from family and friends.

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70 Israeli Companies and 35 Made-In-Israel Mobile Apps Exhibiting at MWC 2013 in Barcelona

VC Cafe

Most of the mobile industry players (hardware, software, networks, etc) converges to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona once a year to show off their latest innovations, sign deals and set the new horizon in mobile. The Israeli Pavilion has long been one of the top attractions of MWC, drawing [.]. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. MWC 2013 AMPhealth AMPinsure Anywhere Software CallApp MWC

5 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Started Late In Life

Mike Michalowicz

Entrepreneurship is for the young. After all you need energy, stamina, relentless focus, and the most important thing, time on your side. The key to successful entrepreneurship is simply doing it. Regardless of age or circumstance, when the opportunity presents itself, you must go for it.

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5 Ways to Generate Office Happiness

Inc Startups

Is your office feeling blah? Learn five ways to perk it up that may surprise you. Some days the office is filled with excitement, but on others it feels you're dragging though sludge. No workplace should ever feel drab and dreary.

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How Pertino is reinventing the future of business networking

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Almost a year ago, my partner Barry Eggers and I met with Craig Elliott and Scott Hankins to talk about their vision for a new company, Pertino. Over a coffee in a small office in Cupertino (yes, their name is related to their founding hometown), we talked about how it was the right time to build a new networking company due to the confluence of three major trends: cloud, software defined networking (SDN), and the consumerization of IT. The discussion struck a chord with us.

3 Simple (and Free) SEO Tips

Inc Startups

Here's how you can get your website found--even if you're not an expert in SEO. A friend recently asked me to write about the difficulties that start-up owners go through to optimize their website and get found.

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Big data doesn’t mean right answers

Venture Cyclist

My friend Judah Levine sent me a link to this great article in InfoWorld “ Big data's pitfall: Answers that are clear, compelling, and wrong ”.

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5 Traits of a Superstar Employee

Inc Startups

There is nothing more exciting than working for a start-up. But it takes a special kind of person to thrive at one. Anybody that's ever worked at a tech start-up can tell you it's a work experience unlike any other. It is fast paced and unpredictable.

The Real Deal: Chip Coyle on Rebranding a Software Company

deal architect

This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. The software industry is relatively young and there are few John Deeres which have revised its logo every few decades. So when I. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

Why High Stress Breeds Great Leaders

Inc Startups

All the greats know one thing: Nothing prepares future business leaders better than learning to survive and thrive under adverse conditions. We tend to think of stress, competition, and adversity in a negative way. If you have no aspirations or happen to live in Utopia, you might get away with that.

Women Bring Their Own Style to the Startup World

Startup Professionals Musings

Do you think men make better entrepreneurs than women, and why? I did some research on this subject a while back, and I found some interesting perspectives.

Jerry Maguire Was Right

Inc Startups

Two business owners decided to stop seeking wealth for its own sake and start putting their clients first. Here's what happened. This is a Jerry Maguire story, of a sort. Just like Tom Cruise's character in the movie, Joseph and JoAnn Callaway had a revelation one night.

6 Tools To Help Make Inspiring Presentations


By Alexa Garthwaite, Business Development Manager at Executive Offices. Not too long ago fancy clipart and animated text was enough to make your presentation stand out. Nowadays using default Microsoft presentation tools and art often ends with a presentation looking cheap and uninspiring.

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Got Funding? 7 Things to Do Now

Inc Startups

It's too easy to lose focus after reaching this all-important milestone. Stay the course post-funding with these tips. Sometimes growth is impossible without a significant chunk of funding to fuel that growth. But say you do manage to beat the odds and attract capital--then what?

The 5 Traits Of A Successful Entrepreneur

Mike Michalowicz

The 5 Traits Of A Successful Entrepreneur. That saying, “Every time one door closes, another opens,”? That saying was describing entrepreneurialism. Every year thousands of businesses open their doors. But thousands also close their doors.

The Way I Work: Will Dean, Tough Mudder

Inc Startups

The CEO of Tough Mudder is obsessed with company culture and strategy. And with finding new ways to make his customers uncomfortable. Electric shocks, anyone?) Conventional wisdom would suggest that forcing your customers to endure electric shocks is probably a bad idea.

IVC Report: The most active VC Funds in Israel in 2012

VC Cafe

A new report by IVC Research center, ranks the most active VC funds in Israel according to their first money investments. Carmel Ventures topped the list with 11 new investments followed by Horizons Ventures.

Too Big to Ignore: The Data Revolution

Inc Startups

Data is changing business as you know it. Check out this excerpt from the forthcoming book, Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data. The following is excerpted from Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data. John Wiley & Sons will be publishing this in early March 2013.

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One Sure-Fire (and Fast) Way to Get Rid of Office Politics

Inc Startups

Politics are the bane of company life. But eliminating them is a lot less complicated than you think. Here's how. I hate laying people off. I think everyone should. But recently I worked with a company that suffered from a lot of internal demons and an unpleasant, unproductive culture.

Turning on 2-factor authentication for gmail

Eric Friedman

I recently turned on 2-factor authentication for my personal Gmail account. I have had it on for my foursquare account for quite some time for security purposes, but I never thought about turning it on for my personal account.

Dear China: Stop Stealing My Intellectual Property, Or Else

Inc Startups

Competitors in emerging markets can't be allowed the advantage of pirated technology. On multiple occasions, I’ve come across images of wire and sheet metal baskets on Chinese and Indian competitors’ websites. They don't just look like our baskets.

Programming Resources

Spencer Fry

I started learning to program in earnest at the beginning of February 2012. Since then, I've compiled the programming resources that got me to where I am today. Various books, screencasts, online documents, and forums have helped me along the way.

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Suppliers: How to Get a Bigger Piece of the Pie

Inc Startups

With more companies seeking to diversify their supplier base, the opportunity is there to increase your share of the business. Here's how. Like it or not, single-sourcing for large contracts is becoming a thing of the past.

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What Happens When You Have Fewer Managers

Inc Startups

New research looks into the real effects of flattened firms and comes up with results that will surprise you. In the world of start-ups, flatter is generally better, and middle manager is almost a dirty word. Want examples?

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Top Legal Concerns for Mobile Application Startups

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally posted on Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. Ryan Azlein, Partner with Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP, addresses three of the most pressing legal concerns for founders of mobile application companies. What is the easiest way to form a legal entity between two people (51%-49%) who want to build a revenue producing mobile application? The first step is to determine of what form of legal entity best fits your needs and circumstances.

The Most Fascinating (and Depressing) Deal of the Day

Inc Startups

"Groupon clone" is perhaps the biggest Silicon Valley meme of the decade. News of a company merger illuminates why you should avoid getting anywhere near the clone wars.

Live From Tech Chill Baltics


Hi readers, today might be a funny day of publishing. We'll try to get a few stories out, but we'll also be keeping a live blog of the buzz happening here in Riga at Tech Chill Baltics. We'll be updating this post during the day, so be sure to check back.

Best Source for Awesome--and Free--PR

Inc Startups

Your company's best advocates may be hiding in the nearest cubicle. Your company's best advocates are not your PR team (no offense). Well, not just your PR team anyway.

Excited that Brooklyn Bridge Ventures is an Investor in Editorially

This is going to be BIG.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures became the largest investor in Editorially last fall and I couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to tell you about it. The round includes Lerer Ventures, who participated with the same level of support, Betaworks and a host of experienced angel investors from the design and creative community. When Cameron Koczon introduced me to the company, he said they had the “best starting web team he’s ever seen.” He wasn’t overselling either. Mandy Brown is a force.

A Better Way To Do a Deal

Inc Startups

Before they even start to negotiate, entrepreneurs and investors often start off on the wrong track. How to better understand the person across the table. What, exactly, is a 90-Day Wonder? It's a special kind of deal.