Fri.Feb 10, 2012

Happy Birthday, I’m Unfriending You

Feld Thoughts

In December I wrote a post titled It’s Not About Having The Most Friends, It’s About Having The Best Friends. Since then I’ve been systematically modifying my social networking behavior and cleaning up my various social graphs. As a significant content generator in a variety of forms (blogs, books, tweets, videos) and a massive content consumer, I found that my historical approach of social network promiscuity wasn’t working well for me in terms of surfacing information.

Mobile is What’s Next (for me)

Tony Wright dot com

Photo by John O’Nolan. In the nearly 1.5 years since leaving RescueTime (still growing and profitable– woot!), it could reasonably be said that I’ve flailed about with my career.

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A Week in the Life of a Parent-Entrepreneur

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). In 2007 I wrote a post about what it was like raising a family and starting a company at the same time. Back then my second son, Quinn, had just been born, and I was starting Standout Jobs. I distinctly remember having fundraising conversations with investors while pacing outside the Children’s Hospital where my son spent a week sick. It was a crazy experience.

6 Tips to Create the Best Possible Work Environment

Up and Running

If you are the manager of a small business, then you know how difficult it can be sometimes to properly manage human resources. Organizing interviews, talking salary and mediating employee conflict are some of the less-glamorous aspects of the job.

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Functions over Titles


I’m sure this post has been written by someone before, but here goes. A few weeks back we had an intense speed-dating week at the fund interviewing the finalist candidates for the next Founderfuel cohort. We met some great people and out of all those interviews selected a group of amazing teams that begin their Founderfuel journey at the end of this month. Like most seed investors, we focus a lot on the people.

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Busting the 4 Most Common Copywriting Myths

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Have an uncanny ability to spice any conversation with your storytelling skills or a sparkling power to bust out an A paper for a 400 level college course in 3 seconds flat? Well, copywriting may not necessarily be for you. Writing copy means the writer must follow directions – then ignore them as needed, all

8 Tacky Business Moves to Avoid

Inc Startups

Don't be that person. Seriously. Some of these moves are just plain rude. Others are real reputation-killers. Don't be caught making any of them: 1. Your significant other publicly criticizes employees, customers, or vendors. No matter how justified, no matter how right, they don’t work there.

Red Flags To Avoid When Talking About Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most important questions you will be asked by potential investors is how your solutions beats the competition, not just today, but over the three to five year life of their investment.

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7 Steps to Turbo-Charge Your Efficiency

Inc Startups

We all want more time. But how do you get it? The answer is to become a master of efficiency. Let’s face it, one of the most valuable commodities in any busy person’s life is time. No matter how much we may wish for it, making more of it is simply outside the reaches of modern science.

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Twitter Link Roundup #119 – 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! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

Happy Family, Successful Start-up. Impossible?

Inc Startups

Yes, start-up life is hard on families. But do you have to be willing to give up a real bond with your kids to be an entrepreneur? The likes of Apple and Facebook were once scrappy start-ups battling to transform how we communicate and handle information.

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Unintended Consequences

Taffy Williams

One day someone will tell you to watch out for the law of “ UnintendedConsequences.” You willcertainly run into this law as you perform your entrepreneurialactivities. I mentioned a few examplesin the last article titled “ If It Ain’tBroke, Don’t Fix It.” Planning for your business is a time consumingactivity. Strategic planning isessential in order to accomplish the goals in the business plan.

How to Fix Your Presentations

Inc Startups

If you want your audience to make a decision, you need to tell a good story. Here's how to avoid Death by PowerPoint. Most business presentations are as boring as watching paint dry. in slow motion.

Seeing Beyond the Numbers

Duct Tape Marketing

Seeing Beyond the Numbers This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing podcast with Greg Cabtree (Click to play or right click and “Save As” to download – Subscribe now via iTunes or subscribe via other RSS device (Google Listen).

Why Women Want to be Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

Like Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, women are driven to do business better and more flexibly, and make work better for everyone. Every businesswoman who acquires any public profile has her family life raked over: How does she do it? What are the trade offs?

Mobile Technology And Travel Top Needs Of Small Business Owners: RapidBuyr


A customer survey conducted by B2B daily deals service RapidBuyr ( ) has found that mobile technologies and travel deals top the list of purchases that small business owners plan to make in the coming year.

Business Partners: 3 Essential Ingredients

Inc Startups

One individual may embody these characteristics, or four. In one way or another, you need these three traits to make your business thrive. Having partners can be a tremendous asset or a terrible liability. If you choose correctly and get the right mix, your team can be unstoppable.

Taking People With You - Book Review

Seeing Both Sides

"Leadership is the art of getting someone to do something you want done, because he wants to do it.". - Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Launch a Business on the Cheap: 3 Tips

Inc Startups

Thinking of starting a business, but not sure where youll find the cash? Here are a few tips on how to launch a business with little to no money out of pocket.

FBI on Steve Jobs: Snore

deal architect

The FBI has made public notes from the background check on Steve Jobs when President Bush wanted to consider him for an appointment. Sure there is some unflattering personal detail, but this was during Bush Sr’s (yes!) tenure – over. Industry Commentary People Commentary


Rebtel Hits 15 M Users Worldwide, 2011 Revenue Jumped 55% To $60 M


It's easy to think that Skype is the only kid on the block, but its VOIP competitors are hitting significant numbers.

Big Revenues vs. little revenues

Scalable Startup

Big Revenues vs. little revenues – a strategy question that startups often struggle with. Should we focus on a business model that supports small payments, subscriptions, etc., or look for major large chunks of money from partnerships or strategic investors?

Is it the jockey or the horse?


Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years. Do they bet on the entrepreneur (jockey) or the business idea and plan (the horse)? This is serious stuff.

Spotify Doubled Its Market Share In 2011


According to reports by IFPI and some other data available, it seems that Spotify doubled its market share in 2011 as compared to 2010. And by market share we mean the global streaming music market as followed by International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Also, according to public records the company had filed in the UK we can tell Spotify's revenue was $99 million in 2010. Towards the end of 2010 they also shared that they had some 750 000 paying subscribers world wide.

Ashoka U Exchange 2012 | “Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education” for a Few

Campus Entrepreneurship

A few of my colleagues from GMU, Phil Auerswald ( @auerswald ) and Greg Werkheiser ( @masonsocent ) are off to ASU this weekend for the AshokaU Exchange , to discuss “disruption in higher education” (topic so hot it could fry an egg). We generally love Michael Crow and his ideas for ASU. I am going to dial into a ‘ blogger conference ‘ call at 4 pm MT and will tweet ( @campus_entre ) during the call.

How Important Are Industry Clusters To Startups?

Austin Startup

If I suggested a way for your clean energy startup to set-up shop near a bunch of companies involved in things like renewable technology and the smartgrid, what would you say? If I sweetened the deal and told you the list of companies included a few of the Fortune 500 and a slew of established mid-market companies, you’d probably say, “sign me up!” So goes part of the argument for industry clusters, a term [.].

Cabforce Partners Up With Estonian Air


Travelers going to the Estonian Air website are given quick access to booking flights and to the typical add-ons such as car rental, hotels, travel insurance, and now taxi booking through Cabforce.

30 Under 30 | Confirmation

Inc Startups

Thank you! Applications will be reviewed by our panel of judges. During the selection process, you may be contacted by an reporter. The final list will be made public at the end of May


Thanks Junior Achievement and Chick-fil-A, for reminding me about the personal touches

Jeff Hilimire

Everyone is trying so hard to connect with their customers via digital, social and mobile. And those things are clearly important, no question about it. But sometimes, its the personal touches that matter the most.

UT 1 Semester Startup | Video Story | Student Startup

Campus Entrepreneurship

Fox News Story on 1 Semester Startup at UT Austin. videoplayer.swf?dppversion=11212. dppversion=11212. American Exceptionalism Campus as Market Campus Eco-System Entrepreneurship Programs Students

Product Friday: Hierarchy!


I decided to turn Friday on this blog into something I’m going to call “Product Friday” Each time I will showcase a product that is doing a great job selling itself. Today: Hierarchy T-Shirt by UIStencils.

Founders: stay part of the sales process when you hire a big hitting sales person

The Equity Kicker

Many startups come to the point when they need to hire a big hitting sales person to scale revenues to the next level. Deal sizes are getting bigger, contacts at customers are getting more senior, but sales are not growing as fast as they should. This is a common pattern and the most obvious response (and often the right response) is to hire an experienced sales person to take the business to the next level. The first thing to say is be careful.

How We Saved 30% on Our Benefits Plan

Inc Startups

When your business is built around talent, you cant afford to skimp on healthcare and other employee benefits. As a rapidly growing business , one of the last things we were focused on was our employee benefits plan.

COVER FRIDAY: Holy Diver performed by Killswitch Engage -.

Mark Birch

COVER FRIDAY: Holy Diver performed by Killswitch Engage - Continuing from the Metal Monday pick Ronie James Dio is a cover of what I consider to be Dio’s best song. When I first heard this cover, I was blown away as I did not think anyone could touch the original, but Killswitch Engage do a killer job. music metal Killswitch Engage Holy Diver Dio Cover Friday