Fri.Jan 11, 2013

Who Owns Your UX Philosophy?

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been in three board meetings in the last month where it was painfully apparent that there wasn’t a person in the company who owned the UX philosophy of the product. I’m explicitly saying “UX” (user experience) rather than “UI” (user interface) as each company had an excellent designer and the application looked great. But the UX broke down quickly, especially as you went from novice first time user to experienced user.

Great Entrepreneurs are Masters of Business Chaos

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder I know talks about the chaos of their business, which they usually attribute to that burst of growth that is required to get to positive cash flow.

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Finding Your Audience: The Rise of Niche Markets

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As more entrepreneurs turn to the Internet in hopes of finding an audience, niche markets have risen in popularity and marketing power. Niche markets focus on specific consumers and goals rather than try to appeal to a massive audience.

Are Marketers Now Required to be Engineers Too?

Startup Marketing Blog

As much as I hate to admit it, online marketers with engineering backgrounds often have a significant advantage over non-engineering marketers. They are simply much more capable of “getting stuff done.” ” The rest of us waste a lot of time and creative energy figuring how to get the obvious stuff done.

How to Stay Calm

Life Beyond Code

Just to be more realistic, let’s slightly modify the topic to. How to Stay Calm (Most of the Time). as I don’t think there is anyone in my audience who are on the path to becoming a saint.

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"Maniacal Focus" Should be the Mantra of Every Start-up Entrepreneur!

Small Business Force

Years ago one of my then-business partners, who had earlier been a client, always used the phrase "maniacal focus" when it came to describing how his company then and our company, later, approached the marketplace.

How to Develop Young Leaders

Inc Startups

The young people in your company are ready to lead. Here's how to prepare them for the responsibility. “We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates, and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.”

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What I saw at CES, and the two things that blew me away

Jeff Hilimire

I made my annual trek to CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Vegas this week.

10 Critical Rules of Smartphone Etiquette

Inc Startups

Smartphones are everywhere. Do you take others into consideration when using yours in public? Here are 10 ways to show respect to others. You probably spend more time today with your smartphone than any other possession.

What is failure for you?

One thing I realised over the holiday period is that my definition of failure in a couple of things had changed considerably since the year before. In particular, in the year of 2012 I built up my gym routine to the point where for the final 3 months, I went to the gym consistently 5 times per week. During the holidays, I “failed” with my 5 times per week routine, but this meant that I still went to the gym 2-3 times a week during that time.


Why the 4-Hour Workweek Is a Myth

Inc Startups

Working less means you get less done. But that doesn't mean you need to work 24/7 either. Here's some real world advice.

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Twitter Link Roundup #161 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

'I Don't Know. What Do You Think?'

Inc Startups

If you have only one resolution for 2013, make it to say these seven words more often. In the early 2000s, Frank Maguire, an early senior FedEx executive spoke to my Vistage entrepreneur group. I was impressed by his focus on making employees feel good about themselves and their work.

Dear Buffalo Entrepreneurs & Geeks, 2013 is Our Year: Events Schedule and Call for Volunteers

Steve Poland

Tweet Buffalo, In 2006 I moved back to Buffalo after living across the US in Austin, Denver, Houston, Manchester, Boston and more. I was running a 40-client SEO/SEM firm and writing for a relatively unknown publication called TechCrunch. Moving home I made three commitments to myself: This was it, I’m home for good. I want to be apart of the growth/change in this great city for the next 20+ years. I’m going to connect the techies in this area, so we know who we all are.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Jeff Berger

Inc Startups

Jeff Berger, CEO of, didn't care much for school. But these three real-world lessons proved priceless. Jeff Berger--who is now president of Digital Media at the Universum Group and CEO of the value of experience early in his entrepreneurial career. Here's how.

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The Europas Shortlist A Good Lineup Of Nordic and Baltic Startups


Everyone loves a good list, so here's a bunch of 'em. The Europas startup competition has released shortlists of their categories, and we've noticed some Nordic and Baltic startups have received some intial recognition.

Put Your Personal Network to Work -- Drive Innovation

Inc Startups

To me, innovation is the cornerstone of leadership. Since starting LearnVest in 2009, we've worked hard to become a leader in the personal finance and financial planning fields by utilizing a network composed of investors, internal talent, and customers to drive innovation.

What Angel Investors Look For

Mike Michalowicz

Entrepreneurs seem to confuse “angel investors” with givers of free money grants. They’re not. An angel investor is an investor. Just like you buy Ford stock with an expectation for return, angel investors do the same. Instead of buying Dow Jones stock, they buy your company’ stock. And they too expect a return. Angel investors do grant your wishes for growth and stability, but they do it strategically. And now that I think about it, angels do it that way too.

What Would Peter Drucker Think of Your Business?

Inc Startups

Everything you need to know about management you can still learn from reading Drucker. What would he think of your business? Almost every day the UPS truck rolls into my driveway. Through the window, I spy a brown blur; then hear the screen door open and close.

The case for European venture

The Equity Kicker

I was chatting with a friend last night about the lack of institutional investor (LP) interest in European venture capital as an asset class.

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Spotted at CES: Singapore Start-ups

Inc Startups

A handful of global start-ups came to Vegas to help Singapore pitch itself as a breeding ground for new ventures. Never mind that Microsoft didn't go to the party.

Schemanator: Love Child of Deployinator and Schema Changes

Code as Craft

We’ve previously written about our sharded master-master pair database architecture and how that and the Etsy ORM allows us to perform schema changes while keeping the site up. That we can do this at all is really awesome but to actually do this is still hard, risky and time-consuming.

4 Tips for a Well-Timed Launch

Inc Startups

Pull the trigger too soon, and your half-baked idea will turn customers away. But waiting for perfection is no less dangerous. Deciding when to launch a new product is a challenge for most entrepreneurs.

Balancing Your Day Job and Your Startup

Business Plan Blog

For many entrepreneurs , it is often necessary to depend on a fulltime job during the launch and startup phase of a new business. Balance a fulltime job and launching a startup can be a huge challenge. Below are few tips that will help you get through this transition successfully.

12 Ways to Survive Workplace Gun Violence

Inc Startups

This post could save your life. Read it carefully, then forward the link to your friends and family. By all accounts, it's easy for nutcases to obtain firearms in the United States.

How to Run Effective Online Sweepstakes Campaigns


It seems that everyone is running some type of online campaign nowadays. Some of them good, some not so much. Here is our guide to running an effective and legal sweepstakes campaign online. First off, let’s define what a sweepstakes campaign is.

What Investors Want to Know Before They Commit

Inc Startups

A Fortune 100 investor outlines what questions he would ask before signing on the dotted line. This week we received a good schooling from a seasoned business executive.

Everplaces Offers Location-Based App Builder To Businesses, Bloggers


Last night Everplaces announced they're offering a new B2C app builder to business and bloggers who wish to create their own location-based app. The real value here is how easy it is to create your own app.

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3 Ways to Establish Your Company's Voice

Inc Startups

Having a unique personality can help you stand out from your competitors. Here are some tips to spiff up your brand voice.

Schemanator: Love Child of Deployinator and Schema Changes

Code as Craft

We’ve previously written about our sharded master-master pair database architecture and how that and the Etsy ORM allows us to perform schema changes while keeping the site up. That we can do this at all is really awesome but to actually do this is still hard, risky and time-consuming.

So You Want to Write a Business Book.

Inc Startups columnist and five-time author Phil Simon reflects on four hard-won lessons every aspiring writer needs to know. My fifth book is going through final edits as I type. I'm not going to lie: Even the fifth time around, the process is still hard.

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Vilnius' StartupHighway Accelerator Opens Applications


The Arcticstartup Region has been through a lot of changes in the past 5 years. The startup scene used to be inexistent but now you can apply to an accelerator nearly at any time of the year. Startuphighway, Lithuania based accelerator is now accepting applications for their third batch.

Business Partners: Date Before You Wed

Inc Startups

Think you're ready to commit? Not so fast. Consider these questions before making any big partnership decisions. Business partnerships are like marriage--only without the sex.

Friday Wrap-up


Hey Folks, it's Friday after a quick and busy week. I'm stating it's Friday because I need a reminder. It feels like a Wednesday. The big news at our office is that we announced some more details on the direction of ArcticStartup. If you're interested you can find it here.