Thu.Nov 15, 2012

First Impressions Matter: The Importance of Great Visual Design


People make snap judgements. It takes only 1/10th of a second to form a first impression about a person, and websites are no different. It takes about 50 milliseconds (that’s 0.05

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How To Hire Hackers: A Realistic Guide For Startups


The following is a guest post by Iris Shoor. She's a co-founder at Takipi , a new startup looking to change the way developers work in the cloud. Previously, she was co-founder at VisualTao, a B2B startup acquired by Autodesk. Call them hackers, ‘ninjas’, or ‘rock stars’ if you’d like.

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A new model for understanding the stages of a startup

The Startup Toolkit

The language we use for startup stages (discovery, validation, customer creation, company building) is abstract. The lines are blurry. And if jumping ahead of yourself is the #1 cause of startup death[1], that’s a problem.

The Real Cost of Bad Bosses

Inc Startups

Infographic: Crummy bosses aren't just a pain; they're bad for business. But how bad? We've found the stats--and it's not pretty

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[Singapore] [Infographic] Top Childhood Dream Jobs: LinkedIn


When I was growing up, my childhood dream was to be a general. Yes, in the military, commanding soldiers in the fight against the enemy. My childhood hero was General George S. Patton, who once famously said, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.

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How to sell your startup


As a VC, I have a simple motive for investing: get out for way more than I paid. My fund only makes money when we sell our companies. So, it’s all about exits. You will often hear that the best companies are bought not sold. That’s b t. Do customers just show up and buy your product? Do key management hires just show up and ask for a job? Do investors just show up and offer to give you money?

Video and Yahoo

Mucker Lab

Sometimes, the quickest way to lose credibility is to tell people who are a lot smarter, accomplished and experienced than you are what they should be doing instead with their time. This is one of those times. But sometimes I just can’t help myself. Besides, I don’t have too much (credibility or fame or money)

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E-commerce 2.0

Jeff Jordan

We at a16z could not possibly be more bullish on the prospects for e-commerce, and we believe growth is poised to accelerate. Part of the reason for this is due to competitive market dynamics. As I’ve blogged before , e-commerce players have substantial cost advantages over their physical competitors. They are massively more efficient in terms of real estate and labor costs in particular, and as a result hold a significant pricing advantage over physical retailers.

Grow Your Company as Big as Zappos: 7 Tips From Tony Hsieh

Inc Startups

Tony Hsieh, serial entrepreneur and CEO of, offers leadership advice for fast-growing companies. When Tony Hsieh first got involved at in 1999, it was as an investor and advisor.

[Infographic] How Small Businesses Get Funding


One of the greatest challenges faced by entrepreneurs is raising sufficient funds to start, continue or even expand the business.

11 Ways to Sleep Better at Night

Inc Startups

You're a 24/7 entrepreneur. But you need to get some shuteye. Here's how to make the sleep you do get a whole lot better. Owning your own business has many cool outcomes.

How long should I work on my startup every day?

Startup Noodle

There are days, when you are saying to yourself: “Today will be a good day. I can accomplish so much. I’ve got tons of exciting things to do that will boost my Start up and take it to a whole new place. “ Here are some of the task you accomplish during [.]. General Start up Time management

Online Education Race Heats Up

Inc Startups

2U announces the upcoming launch of online undergraduate courses from schools including Duke, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt. In the past year, several companies have launched with the goal of making courses from the likes of Harvard and Stanford accessible to students around the globe.

The New Marketing Machine

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Aaron Dun – Enjoy! Don’t Wake Up With Your Website in a Ditch” Expand Your Content & Your Contributors to Keep Your Content Marketing Strategy Humming.

The World's Dumbest Sales Mistake

Inc Startups

A simple technique to make certain that people actually read your sales-oriented emails. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine asked: "So, what's the dumbest thing you can do when you're trying to sell something?"

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10 Tips to Help a Business Leader Quit While on Top

Startup Professionals Musings

For most business leaders, their current role is not where they intend to stay until they die. At the right time, they all intend to make a graceful exit, and leave while still perceived to be on top of their game.

The Entrepreneur's Creed

Inc Startups

Start-up founders follow their own code of laws. Here are nine of their commandments. Every religion has a canon--a code of laws adopted by its followers. Entrepreneurs are an irreverent group who follow their own code. Here are nine of their commandments. I will not be ashamed of failure.

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OutboundEngine Launches with $1.6M Series A

Austin Startup

OutboundEngine, the platform enabling independent professionals to nurture their customer relationships through automated, customized email and social media services, emerged from stealth mode today and announced it had closed a $1.6 million Series A investment round from top tier investors. One of the most sought-after investors in the valley right now is Mike Maples, Jr. [.]. Digital Funding OutboundEngine

Why You Need to Get Your Hands Dirty

Inc Startups

When a start-up grows to a larger company, strong leaders should stay hands on. When your start-up takes off and your team grows, it is tempting to delegate everything you can.

New Boulder Startup Genome Map

David Cohen

Be part of an awesome opportunity to help connect entrepreneurs, investors and resources in Boulder’s startup community. Startup Colorado , the Silicon Flatirons Center , Startup Genome , and Foundry Group have collaborated to develop the Startup Genome map , a curated social startup map for Colorado. The map is up and running, but it’s far from complete. In order to succeed, this community-driven project needs your support. Here’s what you can do to help: Put yourself on the map.

4 Cheap Ways to Find Sales Superstars

Inc Startups

How to find top salespeople--without hiring a recruiter A first-class sales team can make the difference between a company’s success and failure. But how do you find good salespeople? You don't have to spring for a recruiter--here are four inexpensive methods to find great salespeople.

Interview with Anthony Smith, Founder and CEO of Insightly

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Anthony Smith is founder and CEO of Insightly , a customer relationship management software for small businesses. More than 100,000 businesses worldwide leverage Insightly’s cloud-based technology, easy-to-use interface and freemium pricing model to organize and manage their business.

Raising Kids, Building a Business: Lessons From the Front

Inc Startups

One entrepreneur finds that building a business and raising kids have much in common. Earlier this year, the New York Times profiled three women entrepreneurs who were raising companies and kids at the same time.

The Starting Point to ALL Success

Growthink Blog

The REAL Reason Businesses Fail to Achieve Success Soon after entrepreneurs and business owners start businesses, they tend to become trapped in the day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month struggles.

Don't Let Your Blog Get You in Trouble

Inc Startups

Think the First Amendment protects you and your business when you write about yourself? Not exactly. Here's what you need to know to cover your legal bases. Many small businesses have taken to the Internet to promote their business or industry.

€2 Million Goes To For International Growth


Over the last couple of years, we have seen a lot of new start-ups that are trying to make it much easier to get your own personal (or business) website up and running. Some notable examples are Weebly and Edicy (From Estonia), who opened shop in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

3 Mistakes You Need to Avoid When Starting Up

Inc Startups

Founders look back at the biggest slip-ups they made when starting their companies--so you can avoid their mistakes. The school of hard knocks may be one of the world's best teachers, but it's certainly not the most fun way to learn.

What are the regulatory barriers preventing the emergence of a liquid market for equity in seed stage startups?


Parts of the answer are that (a) there are enormous regulatory requirements relating to secondary markets, and (b) there are no analysts tracking private company stocks.

Brightbox: Turning an Idea Into a Start-up

Inc Startups

A start-up that has developed a venue-based charging station for mobile devices offers some valuable lessons in defining and building a business model around an "aha!" moment. At a recent Inc.

Russian And Finnish Prime Ministers Meet At Renovated Startup Sauna Space


Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were in Otaniemi yesterday to visit the transformed Startup Sauna space.

Small Business Owners Expect Growth in 2013

Inc Startups

A new study reveals that small business owners expect to hire and increase revenue in the coming year despite trepidations about the national economy.

Twitter Link Roundup #154 – 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!

Take Coffee Grounds. Add Spores. See Success Sprout.

Inc Startups

With their popular mushroom kits, Back to the Roots' founders Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez are restoring the connection between people and food. Sometimes, shitake happens.

TechStars FounderCon 2012

David Cohen

Here I am interviewing Fake Grimlock. I'm the human on the right. I just got back to Boulder from an amazing week in Boston and I wanted to reflect on it while it is fresh in my mind.