Wed.Jan 23, 2013

Are Entrepreneurs More Prone To Depression And Divorce?

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I talk a lot about big issues, such as depression and divorce, in Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur. I’ve been speaking from experience on each of these topics, as I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression my entire adult life (the official DSM-IV code I have for my diagnosis from 1991 is 300.3 – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ) and, in 1990, I was divorced from my first wife.

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Funny Dilbert: I Can Fail at Any Speed You Like

VC Cafe

The daily Dilbert caricature this morning put a smile on my face this morning (image below). Lean Startup methodology is all about rapid prototyping and "Failing Fast". According to Dilbert, given a crappy idea, he can fail as quickly or as slowly as you'd like. [[ This is a content summary only.

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7 Failures of Corporate Executives as Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Mid-level or even top executives who “grew up” in large companies often look with envy at startups, and dream of how easy it must be running a small organization, where you can see the whole picture and it appears you have total control.

10 Little Things Entrepreneurs Do to Sabotage Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Many entrepreneurs are guilty of obliviously sabotaging their success by falling victim to certain behaviors and thought-patterns. Entrepreneurship is a constantly evolving world with no set rules on how to succeed, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or fall victim to bad advice.

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Does DC Know Startups?

Seeing Both Sides

The short answer is no, but perhaps there’s hope. The day after President Obama was inaugurated for a second term, I was invited to speak at the (MUCH smaller) inaugural meeting of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Compete on Value, Not Price

Inc Startups

Your customers care a lot about factors other than cost. Here's how quality, experience, and consistency can work for you. More than ever before, customers are choosing to buy from a company not just because it offers a product with a fair price, but also because that company has good values.

Five Things You Can Do In The Office Today


So it’s been a good week at the office so far – the sales team has reported some success with those new accounts, development on the new product is ahead of schedule, and there’s been no PR or customer service crisis so far. Even the plants in the corner office are finally thriving.

How to Break Bad Sales Habits

Inc Startups

The new year is the perfect opportunity to get rid of bad habits, especially when those bad habits are hurting your sales. Here are some tips to create good sales habits. New exercise opportunity to break bad habits.

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5 Simple Tips On Working At A Startup

Up and Running

If you’re interested in startups, especially working with one, you should read 17 Simple Tips On Working At A Startup , posted in LinkedIn by Dharmesh Shaw of the very popular Hubspot and the blog. . I’ll let the link here take you to his full list.

Is Marketing Truly Necessary?

Inc Startups

A marketing group is only useful if it's measurably increasing revenue or reducing sales costs. For the last two decades of the 20th century, management consultants asked: "Is Sales truly necessary?" The most common answer was a variation of: "Maybe, but not for long!"

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How to Wow Your Manager


How to Wow Your Manager. Last week, I talked about how to Wow your employees. Now I am going to discuss the converse of that – How to Wow your Manager. Why Wow your manager? Even if you are senior leader in an organization, the Wow factor is still important. What impact does a Wow have? It sends the signal that you are on top of things. Symbolism is important. It also advances the cause further and faster. Why do you want to foster Wow moments with your team?

Make Social Media Efforts Worth It

Inc Startups

Too many companies waste their time on social media. Ten objectives you should consider before you Tweet or post an update.

Sell More By Being Human and Building Relationships


Your customers are real people. They have friends, family, colleagues and yes – even feelings. How can acknowledging this help you sell more? Read here. This time we’re taking a closer look how you can build better connections and real lasting relationships with your customers.

9 Sentences That Could Ruin Your Career

Inc Startups

More people shoot themselves in the foot, get fired, or destroy promising careers by saying, emailing, texting, or posting things they shouldn't. More people shoot themselves in the foot, get fired, or destroy promising careers by opening their big fat mouths than any other way.

12 Month Total Online Presence Action Plan

Duct Tape Marketing

Last week I wrote a post that addressed the overwhelming amount of things you need to focus on in order to build a Total Online Presence. I broke it down into 12 months of action themes to make it easier.

What Happens When You're Too Productive

Inc Startups

There is such a thing as too much productivity and efficiency, say neuroscientists, at least when it crowds all play out of your day. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, according to the classic saying. But is all work also making Jack a dumber boy?

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How to get over 100 developers in a room, when you're not a developer

This is going to be BIG.

Next week, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures is running Devstackup. It's a monthly event where developers can hear from the tecnnical leads of startups using the same technology that they use--all in a fast paced format. Seven or so startups go up, talk about what they do, their team, the stack they use and the challenges they face. This month, we're focusing on iOS. Without fail, over 100 developers RSVP to these things every single time. And yet, I always hear people say it's so hard to find developers.

One Practical Way to Upgrade Company Culture

Inc Startups

For one day out of every month, don't focus on planning or executing anything. Focus on this instead. Illustrious management expert, Peter Drucker , has been quoted more than a few times that "culture eats strategy for breakfast."

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on the innovation blog Adobe Marketing Cloud The answer is blowing in the wind Consumer Reports Top Products at CES Disney’s MyMagic+ Dynamic pricing comes to retail The UAE as technology/innovation hub The Detroit Auto Show: the buzz is back. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

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Worn-out Employees: 5 Ways to Crank Up the Energy

Inc Startups

Maintaining employee motivation when expectations are high is extremely challenging. Here are five ways to generate renewed energy in your workplace. Many organizations like Formula are fast paced with incredibly high standards and expectations of its people.

Top 100 Startups in Finland


Having a flourishing startup ecosystem is great, but what is even cooler is to be able to see who are the most active participants. That’s basically what San Francisco , and Skyhood did when they introduced , a list of the “hottest” startups in Finland.

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John Mackey: Learn to See the Big Picture

Inc Startups

The founder of Whole Foods says the kind of intelligence that's helped him most in business is systems intelligence. Here's why. John Mackey is the co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods, a national supermarket chain based in Austin, Texas, which puts an emphasis on natural and organic foods.

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It's Not Me, It's You: 5 Ways To Avoid Another Horrible Boss

Inc Startups

A bad boss can drive you to the brink. How to make sure you never have one again. There's nothing worse than a bad boss, and nearly everyone ends up with one or two during their careers.

Sweden To Charge TV Tax For Anyone With A Computer or Tablet


Laugh your way to the bank: Sweden's SVT public television network is transitioning to the digital age and now offering all of its content free of charge, online. Unfortunately this also means that anyone with a computer or tablet will now have to start paying television license fees.

Want a Successful Business? Take Your Heart Out of It

Inc Startups

A business must be impersonal to the one who builds it, and entirely personal to the one who buys into it. There are many kinds of dreams.

Move Your Startup to Austin for Free at SXSW

Austin Startup

In conjunction with Capital Factory's Demo Day at SXSWi 2013, one company will receive a relocation package worth over $50,000 to move their startup to Austin.

Let Them Sniff, Customers Will Buy More

Inc Startups

Are profits and productivity hiding right under your nose? Here's how to take advantage of scent marketing. Regardless of your work environment, it's usually obvious that its appearance (lighting, paint colors, etc.) and sound (background music, noise, etc.)

Having Open Office Hours is the Best Way to Help People

Kevin Dewalt

Summary : Inspired by my friend Joel Gascoigne of Buffer, I recently created Open Office hours to give free advice to any entrepreneur in the world. In addition to meeting great people, learning a lot, and building passionate fans, creating Open Office hours was more productive for everyone.

Yahoo Is Trying to Lure Back Former Employees: Should You?

Inc Startups

Sometimes employees who leave or take a break return more qualified than before. In Yahoo's case, it smacks of desperation. Yahoo is trying to recruit back some of its former employees.

How invention timelines distort

Start Up Blog

The screen culture era that we have entered is clearly here to stay – but it does represent some interesting nuance in human perception. Given that we are in the middle of a technological upheaval there is a default belief that everything newer is better. And often it is, the real challenge is for us to train ourselves to stop and compare the new option with the existing method.

When Leaders Flame Out

Inc Startups

There's only one right way to ask for a second chance. The scandalous downfall of a public figure is nothing new.

Swedish AppBattler Launches Real-Money Tournament Platform For Android Games


With today's consumer expecting free-to-play games, developers are looking for more models than just in-app purchases and advertising to monetize their apps. One model that can potentially develop a big hook to your game is real money tournaments.