Thu.Mar 15, 2012

Why company names & URLs don't matter

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Some founders agonize over the name of their company and pay big bucks to purchase the domain name. Save yourself lots of time and money because it doesn't matter. At least not the way you might think it matters. The best names start without any meaning at all.

Key to Sustaining Rapid Growth

Startup Marketing Blog

After helping to bring several startups to market including Dropbox, LogMeIn and Lookout, I found that the key to sustaining rapid growth is understanding your “must have” experience and then aligning the entire business around that experience. This includes aligning the product roadmap, funnel optimization, and messaging. Process for Uncovering Your Must Have Experience.

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How do you keep your footing when your life explodes?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Me, Guy Kawasaki and Sohaib Athar , SXSW 2012. When I was writing my book in 2008, I was looking for some examples of real people who had interesting business models.

Don’t Think Big. There, I Said It.

Market by Numbers

Those who run in #LeanStartup circles know too well the problems encountered with language. Eric Ries, Steve Blank and others are criticized for choosing terms and phrases — lean, customer development, MVP, fail fast, etc. — which unintentionally lure would be startup entrepreneurs into thinking about things Wrong and then doing them Wrong.

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Be Captain Of Your Destiny - Not Prisoner Of Wishful Thinking


The following is a guest post by Mike Troiano. Mike is a former New York ad man turned venture-funded entrepreneur, now a Principal at Boston-based Holland-Mark. You can follow him on Twitter at @miketrap , and connect with him elsewhere through About Me. It's hard to will a business into being.

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Time For a Change #6: Meeting Your Agenda

Active Garage

Raising the energy level of your meetings. We usually assume that an agenda is something prepared for a meeting, but unless the goals of the meeting are quite clear, it is likely that we will not meet our agenda.

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Fear of Failure & a $200 Million Payoff

Inc Startups

Ben Silbermann, founder of the uber-popular social bulletin board site, explains why he persisted in building Pinterest despite its super-slow initial growth. Ben Silbermann, the founder of Pinterest, navigated a roundabout path to founding a technology company.

Five Ways To Know When You’re Done With What You’re Doing


by Jason Womack, author of “ Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More “ The curse for many of us modern-day movers and shakers is that we never seem to have enough time to do everything that needs doing.

The Unsung Hero Behind Every Great Website

Inc Startups

Talented engineers and project managers both play key roles, but much of the success of your website hinges on this key person. Last week, I talked about all of the people involved in designing a website that drives business.

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What is Duct Tape Marketing?

Duct Tape Marketing

What is Duct Tape Marketing? This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. More than anything Duct Tape Marketing is an idea that started with the belief that marketing is a system and in order to operate that system there must be a very clear point of view about how to build a remarkable business.

Female Tech Entrepreneurs' Big Secret

Inc Startups

Yes, there is plenty of sexism out there. But even in Silicon Valley, being a female founder has its advantages. After reading some recent commentary by Vivek Wadhwa , you’d be forgiven for thinking that women who want to be entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley might as well pack up and go home.

Why the NYC startup scene needs Sean Parker

This is going to be BIG.

I have never met Sean Parker. I don't know if the movie portrayal of him is accurate and I don't particularly care. What I do care about is that a person who is long on vision and has a knack for being around big companies early on is now living in New York City. Parker made a huge dent in the web as co-founder of Napster, then built Plaxo up to 20 million users. Say what you will about either company, they got up to huge userbases and had audaciously big aspirations.

7 Classic Tech Blunders

Inc Startups

Mistakes that will cost you time, money, and the security of your business. You'd like to think of yourself as tech-savvy: You upgraded to the latest Web browser, started using CRM software in your business, and even added a new mail server running Microsoft Exchange. What could go wrong? Plenty.

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The Alien Entrepreneur: Platform choice for startups should not just.

Alien Entrepreneur

I'm addicted to entrepreneurship, currently participating in multiple startups. I love public speaking, flying, electronic music, restoring a '71 MGB, and all things related to technology. CTO at ProspectStream, ScopiaRx, and

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This Is What Small Business Success Looks Like

Inc Startups

He never achieved fame. He never achieved fortune. But you might say this entrepreneur did something infinitely more important. I feel terrible every time I drive by the old brick building. Years ago it was the home of a record store.

Crossing the Invisible Line

Taffy Williams

In twoprevious posts, I wrote about sticking with the startup and having a can doattitude: “ AreYou Over Your Capabilities? ” and “ TheOne Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say.” Being aggressive and going after what you want is an extremely importantpart of making the startup a success. The same is true for selling product, raising capital and mosteverything imaginable. There is theissue of the invisible line that you should be careful not to cross.

Read Obituaries. And Lead to the Fullest

Inc Startups

Write your own eulogy today. Reflect on your life so far, and whether you're satisfied with the path you're on. I never met Benedict Freedman. In fact I never heard of him, until I read his obituary in The New York Times. The loss is mine. Dr. Freedman died recently at the age of 92.

10 Cool Gaming Tools in MBA Education


Despite their huge potential for facilitating learning, “games” have a connotation as being frivolous and time-wasting.

Perfect Start-up Employee: Vets

Inc Startups

Hiring? Young veterans with a true entrepreneurial inclination can thrive at a start-up. Regardless of the size of an organization you will always find entrepreneurs. Lockheed Martin's Clarence "Kelly" L. Johnson comes to mind; specifically, the development of that organization's "Skunk Works."

Opportunities in 3D printing

The Equity Kicker

You may have noticed that last year I blogged a couple of times about 3D printing. Since the beginning of this year I’ve stepped up my interest in the area in the hope of finding an investment opportunity in the short term. Below are my emerging thoughts on what makes 3D printing interesting, some of the challenges today, some of the end markets, how the 3D printing value chain breaks down, and where the investment opportunities might lie. What is 3D printing good for.

Second Impressions

David Cohen

I’m an investor in a company called GiveForward which helps raise money for loved ones, for medical needs. This company has so much “heart” that it’s hard to describe. You feel it in the founders every day, and in the stories that come in from their customers.

Where to Get Free Help For Your Business

Inc Startups

Corporations, states and Uncle Sam offer loads of free help to women-owned businesses. Grab it and pull yourself up to the next level of growth. One of the constant refrains of business owners is how lonely the job is.

Canary in a Coal Mine


Canary in a Coal Mine. From Wiktionary : An allusion to caged canaries mining workers would carry down into the tunnels with them. If dangerous gases such as methane or carbon monoxide leaked into the mine-shaft, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners.

5 ways to help remote workers thrive

Up and Running

Last week’s post about the pros and cons of remote employees discussed how to tell if a remote worker situation would be a good fit for your company. Today, guest author Lior Levin provides tips to help you get up and running with remote employees or offices.

Everplaces Is A Breath Of Fresh Air Into Location Based Services


Everplaces is a new way to curate and save the favorite places you visit (or want to visit). The service is launching globally today from Copenhagen, Denmark. We talked to Tine Thygesen, one of the co-founders of the company about the company's plans and where they want to take it.

Footsy – Socking It To Ya Online


You’ll find e-commerce sites touting almost any kind of product on the Internet. Footsy ( ) an e-commerce startup from India, is little different – it focuses on socks. And very colorful ones, at that.

Are Your Talent Management Practices Out of Date?

Inc Startups

Face it: Job hopping is a new reality. So stop thinking your old school loyalty-for-security approach will keep talent around for a lifetime. Scientists believe our distant ancestors spent a lot more of their time noshing on leaves because they lived off the land.

Random Blog Post :: Downtown Portland Photographs

Scalable Startup

I lived in Portland for a few years and often miss the special magic that it has. You can try to put it into words – bridges, fog, Powell’s, fresh oysters and salmon, 23rd, Old Town. But it’s better in words, and Hillary caught some of the magic here.

Address the five risks to increase your valuation.


In the creation of a new enterprise, there are five principal risks to be addressed by the entrepreneur. Professional investors will probe these five risk areas and make the decision to invest based upon comfort with each. So it is important for the entrepreneur to identify, address and mitigate each of these in order to increase valuation and decrease the risk of ultimate loss of the business. First: Product risk.

Why You Shouldn’t Assume How Users Feel About Your Site


I wrote this short rant. Isn’t it fun? It’s totally cool! Yes, it’s that easy! It’s annoying when a website (or anyone for that matter) tells you what you should feel. Especially when you’re not feeling the feeling the website is telling you to feel. Don’t do it. You can guide the user, you can make your site easy to use – but you shouldn’t assume how the users feel. If the visitor uses your site and thinks “boy, this is easy!”


PointCloud Browser Augments Reality For Metro Newspapers & The Whole Internet


Check out the video posted below the fold. Is this what 2012 is supposed to be like? Is this. the future we're living in? The video shows a demo of Sweden's 13th Lab 's PointCloud browser used with the Metro Newspapers, who are the first to bring 13th Lab's technology into practice.

I find this very annoying

Jeff Hilimire

So Kevin Rose builds up Oink to 100,000 users and then pulls the plug because it was just an experiment? Super for the 100,000 people that took the time to download and use the app. Appreciate it. Can’t wait to try his next startup. I’m going to be super eager to waste time on it only to find out he had no intentions of ever making it into something real. Where do I sign up? Start-ups

FunBeat Social Fitness App Launches Outside Sweden


Swedish social fitness startup FunBeat will soon launch outside its home market, where it has found a strong following. The company established itself in 2008 and going to become the largest training site in Sweden, with 200,000 members today, with 6.5M

How to Save On Business Travel

Inc Startups

Six tips from Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, and Matt Mickiewicz, co-founder of 99designs