Wed.Jan 16, 2013

The Best Approach To A Board Package

Feld Thoughts

I joined my first board of a company other than mine in 1994 (NetGenesis). Since then, I’ve sat on hundreds of boards and been to a zillion board meetings. I crushes my soul a little to think of the number of board meetings I have sat through that were ineffective, poorly run, or just plain boring.

Top Entrepreneurs Have Follow-up, Not Ideas Alone

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone introduces me to an “idea person,” I automatically jump to the down-side conclusion that this person doesn’t do follow-up. Of course there are people who are great at getting things done, but haven’t had an original idea in their life.

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Which Color Converts The Best?

ConversionXL

Color is an essential part of how we experience the world. But do colors really matter for conversions? Everything in our world is made up of things that are of various color. Different colors can lift us up, or bring us down.

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SaaS Metrics 2.0 – A Guide to Measuring and Improving what Matters

For Entrepreneurs

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it” – Lord Kelvin This article is a comprehensive and detailed look at the key metrics that are needed to understand and optimize a SaaS business. It is a completely updated rewrite of an older post. For this version, I have co-opted two real experts in the [.]. Building for Success SaaS Startup Help customer engagement customer retention SaaS business SaaS churn saas marketing SaaS metrics

TIME.com Redesign: a Responsive Global News Site | TIME.com

techland.time.com

fixed above the page and still position correctly -->. Skip to Content. Sections → NewsFeed U.S. Politics World Business Tech Health Science Entertainment Style Sports Opinion Photos Magazine Video LIFE.com Lists TIME Home. CES 2013. Gadgets. Video Games. Apps & Web. Reviews & Features.

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The Number One Mistake People Make When It Comes To Referral Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Bill Cates. Subscribe now via iTunes. Everyone loves referrals, but let’s face it – the real point of a referral is a customer. If you’re getting plenty of referrals, but few are turning into new clients, it’s time to change a few things about your approach to referrals.

Startup Summer 2013

David Cohen

Sure, it’s cold right now, but it’s time to start thinking ahead to summer if you want a chance to participate in Startup Summer 2013.

5 Customers You Should Fire

Inc Startups

In 18 years of running my own business, I've found it's important to know when to turn the tables and fire a client. Here are those five times. You may know Inc.com as I do: It's a veritable treasure trove of best practices when it comes to attracting and retaining key customers.

When Men Start Pitching to Women

This is going to be BIG.

I have this vision. Someone gets all of the most powerful and connected women in NYC--Barbara Corcoran, Beth Comstock, and maybe even folks like Lady Gaga--and puts together a Founder Collective--like venture fund. Everyone could toss in 100k and you could definitely find 1:1 matching from various instructions to bring it up to $10mm. Let's bring in both Clinton women, too, while we're at it.

5 Social Media Habits to Make This Year

Inc Startups

Start out 2013 with a new lease on your social networking life. Get more out of Facebook, Twitter, and more with these tips. Over the past year, I've experimented with social media in a number of ways. I wrote about Sprout Social , an app for tracking Twitter and Facebook success. (My

How to Wow Your Employees

OnlyOnce

How to Wow Your Employees. Here at Return Path we like to promote a culture of WOW and a culture of hospitality. Some of you may be asking, Why Wow your employees? The answer is, there is nothing more inspirational than showing an employee that you care about him or her as an individual. The impact a WOW has is tremendous. Being a manger is like being in a fishbowl. Everything you do is scrutinized by your team.

How to Write an Insanely Popular Blog

Inc Startups

The most popularly shared articles online, regardless of industry, topic, or even author, often share these similar traits. The most popularly shared articles online, regardless of industry, topic, or even author, often share a similar cadence, intonation, and anatomy--and that's no accident.

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What Are Qualified Conditions Of Debt Conversion?

Ask The VC

Q: On page 105 of the second edition of Venture Deals under Debt Conversion Mechanics, you state: “Therefore, having outstanding debt (that doesn’t convert) can be a bad thing if an entrepreneur ever gets sideways with one of the debt holders” I infer this to mean that convertible debt cannot bring about the same bad results. Is that correct? How can the company trip conversion so that debt holders cannot enforce these bad results?

8 Predictions for Private Companies in 2013

Inc Startups

Twitter will file to go public, Foursquare will fail, and other entrepreneur events that will unfold in the year ahead.

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12 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2013

Escape From Cubicle Nation

When I first started to blog in 2005, I was new to everything in the online business world. I had run my consulting business exclusively on referrals for ten years, so I was eager to learn as much as I could about reaching an audience using online tools.

$100M Deal That Solidifies Online Education Boom

Inc Startups

Lynda.com, a 17-year-old online library of training videos, just raised $103 million, underscoring the massive online education boom. Forty years ago, the United States government spent $16 billion on workforce and job training programs. Today, it spends less than half that amount.

How To Break Free From Business Failure

Mike Michalowicz

Failure is an extraordinary enemy. It plays unfairly. It gets in your mind. Failure is notorious for its stealthy ability to get lock you into a downward death spiral. And your business failure (or success) is a direct result of your failure mindset. How Failure Works.

Why We Need More Small Ideas

Inc Startups

Big ideas get a lot of press. But there are plenty of small ideas waiting to be big businesses. I'm always a little saddened when I see people who are unhappy with their current job and spend a lot of time sitting around waiting for the next big idea to drop into their laps.

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White Swans

Mucker Lab

In the past 30 days I’ve had sad and unfortunate conversations with around 5 entrepreneurs about the reality that their venture funded companies are headed toward their eventual end. some are indignant, some are accepting, and others openly sad. All of them have lost the passion that they once carried in their

Why Facebook Graph Search Is Huge for Start-ups

Inc Startups

Rather than using filters to sabotage search results, Facebook lets you use them to find exactly what--or who--you need I’ve been worried for a while about the so-called filter bubble--the process by which search engines tailor their results based on what they already know about you.

10 Good Reasons For Business Planning

Up and Running

Our thanks to Small Business Trends and the Young Entrepreneur Council 10 Reasons Why You Should Write A Business Plan. This is a very good list. The top-level summary: . the fact is that a business plan — even just a one-pager with a few financial projections — can be a valuable internal tool.

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Sales Tip: Know All 3 Decision-Makers

Inc Startups

When selling to any but the smallest firms, you'll need to convince three "decision-makers" that it makes sense to buy. When selling B2B, most people assume there is a single "decision-maker" who has the power to buy what you're offering.

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More New Florence

deal architect

on the innovation blog Google, Kurzweil and AI frontiers Kinect+Coke+AI+2PM = Japan’s Got Talent Pharma companies and beauty products Here’s looking at you kid Tech leverage of lower limbs 2013 CES Trends to follow Technology and auto accidents The New. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Is the Paperless Office Possible?

Inc Startups

Research shows how hard it is for offices to entirely kick their paper habit, but many small businesses are coming close, becoming more efficient (and greener) in the process.

11 Steps to Building Your Startup Business

Business Plan Blog

Step 1: Determine what kind of business you should start: - A part-time business, a unique business idea (i.e. a complete new product or service that you can obtain idea protection for), a franchise, purchase an existing business, or buy a license to sell an existing product or service.

Must-Know Tips to Measure Your Mobile Marketing

Inc Startups

Everyone has a cell phone, but mobile marketing is notoriously tough to analyze and measure. Here's how to start. As recently reported in Australia's Smart Company , six out of every 10 people on Earth, including children, the elderly and people in developing countries, have a mobile phone.

How to Choose a Business Plan Writer

Business Plan Blog

Regardless of whether you are a first time entrepreneur starting a new business or a seasoned entrepreneur seeking capital to leverage your existing business, any investor will require a business plan.

How to Partner in China in 2013

Inc Startups

Some business practices have changed drastically in China; others die hard. Here's how to build lasting, lucrative relationships in the world's second-largest economy.

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A Life Without Expectations

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

When we expect nothing from anyone, we save ourselves from being disappointed. Saving ourselves from that potential disappointment however comes at a cost. With lower expectations we make less of an effort… simply because we have chosen the easy way out!

The Real Reason Your Inbox Is Overflowing

Inc Startups

Sure, there are lots of tools that promise to solve your email woes. But to truly fix the problem, look at the root cause. I get too much email. Way too much. And I'm hardly alone in this regard.

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Startupbootcamp Open Pitch Comes To Helsinki

ArcticStartup

Is past performance and indicator of future success? Startupbootcamp , the biggest seed accelerator network in Europe, is on a roll at the moment. August's batch of 10 teams in Amsterdam is now funded. Berlin's 10 teams are all in negotiations.

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Lance Armstrong: What You Can Learn From His Failure

Inc Startups

Lying, denial, cheating: There have been plenty of Lance Armstrong's in the business world. But are these situations really as black and white as they seem? There's an age-old saying: "May you live in interesting times." The enigmatic phrase usually applies to famous or notorious people.

Confessions And Advice Of Venture Capitalists: Accel Partners, Creandum And Rubylight

ArcticStartup

In October 2012 we held the Arctic15 conference in Helsinki, where a panel discussion between venture capitalists took place.

When to Compromise on Your Mission

Inc Startups

How do you make the right decision when your new business idea doesn't align perfectly with your current mission? How do you make the right decision when your new business idea doesn't align perfectly with your current mission?