Tue.Apr 17, 2012

The Magic Moment When You Shift To Executing As Fast As You Can

Feld Thoughts

There is this magical moment that happens when a startup finally puts the key components together to build a successful business. After months or years of iterating and pivoting, they finally have the right product for the right market at the right price.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

Both Sides of the Table

Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week. I always enjoy spending time with Brad as the antidote to the eco chamber. He is a unique human being with original thoughts & ideas and very limited concern for having to fit into other people’s narratives.

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10 Ways That Entrepreneurs Need to be More Open

Startup Professionals Musings

The emergence of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on “openness,” which leads to a new element of leadership, called “Open Leadership.” The mantra of open leadership is “Be Open, Be Transparent, and Be Authentic.”

5 Ways to Create Even More Facebook Engagement

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Ways to Create Even More Facebook Engagement This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Search around even casually and it’s likely you will find lots of people talking about how to get more Facebook likes or how to add tabs and pages and apps that go bang.

5 Etiquette Rules That Matter Now

Inc Startups

The word may sound stodgy. But courtesy and manners are still essential--particularly in business. The word "etiquette" gets a bad rap. For one thing, it sounds stodgy and pretentious. And rules that are socially or morally prescribed seem intrusive to our sense of individuality and freedom.

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7 Big Marketing Mistakes

Inc Startups

These goofs can stunt your revenue and growth, and maybe even put you out of business. In the decade or so that I've been writing about sales and marketing, I've interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs inside small and medium-sized companies.

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Move Your Startup to Chile-con Valley, Get $40,000!


It's the plight of every startup: mucho trabajo, poco dinero. What to do? Steve Davis packed his laptop and his Spanish phrasebook and moved to Chile. On arrival, a government program called Start-Up Chile handed him $40,000, no equity required.

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Would You Fire Someone for Blogging About Your Job Offer?

Inc Startups

A reporter announces he's gotten his dream job on his blog only to have the company rescind the offer in response. Who's in the wrong? Etiquette, like Jell-O, takes a while to set. Take job hunting, for example.

The truth behind what you need to do to develop true expert status

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Amplify Your Expert Status – Pam Slim Keynote at Infusioncon from Pamela Slim on Vimeo. Earlier this month, I was honored to present a keynote at Infusioncon , the user conference for Infusionsoft. Infusionsoft is a local Gilbert, Arizona business that provides marketing automation software for small businesses. It is a great product, that I use in my own company.

3 Tips to Perfecting Your Sales Pitch

Inc Startups

Some consumers are only interested in the best price. Others, however, may be more concerned with ability. To increase sales you must learn to tailor your marketing efforts.

Are You Ready to Rally to Fix Young America?


There's a notion, one you're no doubt all too familiar with, that America is in need of an economic refresh.

Why Every Company Needs a Culture Chief

Inc Startups

Lara Morrow has a knack for building caring, trusting relationships. So we made her Beryl's queen of fun and laughter. You need a Lara Morrow. A queen of fun and laughter.

Getting the most out of an accelerator programme

The Equity Kicker

Garren Givens, founder of social commerce site Dibsie , wrote a great post on Venturebeat explaining how founders should think about accelerator programmes. As the number of programmes mushrooms there is inevitably going to be some bad ones to go with the good ones, and so this is a topic that founders need to think more about. His main point is that at their heart accelerators are venture capital funds. They exist to make money for their investors.

Entrepreneurs' Secret Anti-Stress Weapon

Inc Startups

A new study shows even small amounts of meditation relieve stress and boost health. No wonder many business bigwigs turn to it. Science and religion are often at odds, but at least occasionally there is convergence. Buddhist monks and devoted yogis have long contended that meditation reduces stress.

Developers of NYC Startup Tour to Visit ff Venture Capital

David Teten

After work on April 18, thirty-five curious developers will visit the ff Venture Capital offices to learn about our fund and listen to technical talks by the founders and technical experts of Parsely and Movable Ink.

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6 Keys to Building a Service Culture

Inc Startups

If you don't take care of your customers, someone else will. Start by taking these six steps. No business can stay in business without customers. How you treat—or mistreat—them determines how long your doors stay open.

Nearing Bankruptcy, Fruugo Burned Through €40 Million to Generate €100K


Fruugo was one of the most talked about companies in the Finnish startup scene, perhaps due to the fact that the company was able to attract the top executives of the Finnish business world.

8 Pinterest Alternatives to Try

Inc Startups

Don't lock yourself into one platform. Here are 8 sites to get your wares in front of more click-happy shoppers. Have you pinned all of your marketing hopes on Pinterest?

Angepreneurs by David Lee

David Lee


Big Company Bureaucracy: 4 Ways to Cut Through It

Inc Startups

When working with or within a large organization, it's important to keep it simple and stay focused on the goal so you don't get consumed by bureaucracy. Even though many of us work in small teams or small companies, we also work with large organizations all the time.

Lies Lies Lies: What Internet Marketers Must Learn From The Advertising Industry

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I was really thrilled with how my previous article, Have Internet Marketers Lost The Plot was received. It was controversial, but I was pleased to discover my suspicion was correct – new Internet marketers and the customers and consumers of high profile and established Internet marketers want more ! And that is going to be the sentiment behind this blog… Read the rest of this entry » Branding and Publicity authentic marketing Internet marketing tips marketing lies online scams

The Frenetic Future of Crowdfunding

Inc Startups

A surge of competition and a struggle for market share will likely define the next few years of crowdfunding. When President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law last week, he ushered in what will likely become a new paradigm of investment opportunities and alternate avenues of start-up funding.

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Bureaucrats Gone Wild

Venture Chronicles

Q: Why would there have been no scandal in Columbia if the GSA accompanied the Secret Service? A: The GSA would have never haggled over $47 for a hooker. . Like most Americans I am outraged but not surprised by what is going on in government when it comes to stewardship of taxpayer (and borrowed from China) dollars.

Facebook Ads: Are You Paying More & Getting Less?

Inc Startups

Demand has driven ad prices higher even as click-through rates dropped. Have you checked your Facebook performance lately? Get less, pay more may sound like a terrible business proposition (at least if you're the customer), but it can work. if there is enough demand for what you want, logical or not.

Startup Sauna Accepts 20 Teams For Spring 2012


Spring is here, meaning a new crop of Startup Sauna teams have sprung up. The Helsinki-based program has continued to accept more teams over its 5 batches over the past 2.5 years.

The Case for Crowdfunding

Inc Startups

What does the JOBS Act have to do with the Statue of Liberty? The founder of Indiegogo breaks down the uniquely American benefits to new crowdfunding legislation.

Micro WHAT?

Taffy Williams

Entrepreneurs often were managers in a prior position. They had specific duties relating to a narrowfield like product development, business development, or some other uniquefunction. This was the case withme. I ran a major research programduring my early years and later was involved in business development. Yes, I did micromanage my team early on, so Iam telling you to do something I did not do well in my early years. TRUST YOURTEAM!

How Warby Parker Almost Broke

Inc Startups

Sudden success may seem like a happy problem to have. Until it happens to you. What happens when all your wildest dreams come true? Your startup launches with features in GQ, Vogue, and Daily Candy. You sell out of your initial product line in a matter of hours. First, you celebrate.

More Than Mobile

Rob Go

My friend Greg Bettinelli posed an interesting question on Twitter today about whether the iPad should be considered “mobile” He makes an interesting point. Compared to a phone, consumption of the web on tablets isn’t nearly as mobile. It’s not happening “in car after kid drop off” It’s more often on the couch, at least as far as commerce is concerned.

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Customer Research on the Cheap: 5 Tips

Inc Startups

In a start-ups early days, your most important task is to sort out the good ideas from the bad--without spending a ton of money. Heres how. Entrepreneurs often worry that someone else will steal their best ideas before they get going. That's understandable, but it's the wrong thing to be afraid of.

LBO: Prepackaged Bankruptcies

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

The emergence of Southland Corporation from Chapter 11 after six months in the bankruptcy court brings to the fore an old, but until the late 1980s little used, strategy of bankruptcy practice: the so-called "prepackaged plan." " (In Southland, since the prepackaged plan had to be resubmitted post-bankruptcy, it is actually an example of a pre-negotiated plan

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9 Unlikely Entrepreneurs Who Changed The Market


Starting a business is hard work, but making it successful is a whole other challenge. Some entrepreneurs want to do something that’s never been done before, while others want to build upon existing business niches or ideas and become a strong competitor.

2012 Wharton Venture Award Winners | Entrepreneurship Programs

Campus Entrepreneurship

Thomas Baldwin at the Wharton Journal has brief interviews with the 5 recipients of the Wharton Venture Award. After a highly competitive selection process, five student-led ventures were selected to receive the 2012 Wharton Venture Award (WVA).

[Infographic] The Anti-Aging Empire


It’s probably safe to say that we all want to age gracefully.