Tue.Oct 04, 2011

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The Myth Of Work/Life Balance: Seven Ways To Rethink Your Approach To The Daily Grind

YoungUpstarts

by Jon Gordon , author of “ The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work “ In a perfect world, “work” and “home” would balance out neatly. We’d work from 8 to 5 each day, take an hour-long lunch, and then come home and spend uninterrupted time with our families. But for those of us here in the wake of the Great Recession, firmly entrenched in an “always on” society, this notion seems hopelessly outdated.

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Top 10 Signs You Need To Retool Your Business

ReadWriteStart

The folks at Heller Communications Design have this wonderful "About" page that has some pointers on when a potential client should hire them. The list spoke to me, not because I need a design firm or some other consultant, but because there is a lot there that any entrepreneur can use as warning signs that they need to restart their efforts, or perhaps rethink the direction that they are taking their business. So here is my own top ten list, somewhat modified from Heller's. Sponsor.

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Students To Make Biodegradable Plastic Bags A Reality

YoungUpstarts

Most plastic bags we use today will either get incinerated or end up in a landfill somewhere. But not if four University of Arkansas student have anything to say about that – the founders of cycleWood Solutions Inc. intends to make biodegradable plastic shopping bags into reality.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Pivoting on Investor Feedback a.k.a Beware of Mentors

Grasshopper Herder

Don't outsource your decision making. Even if it's someone you respect and they've tried a similar business model before, do the customer development yourself. Customer Development Entrepreneurship Investment Lean startup experts mentors pivot

[Review] Six Pixels of Separation

YoungUpstarts

Published in 2009, Mitch Joel’s book on business strategy in the age of social media titled “ Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone Is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone ” is a laudable effort to tie in the disparate threads of the online world for those keen to experiment in this space.

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Do you have a plan for the success of your team?

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. One of the most knowledgeable angel investors out there, Jeff Stewart , told me that the definition of success as an entrepreneur was when you walk into work, and there's nothing for you to do. At that point, you've hired someone better than you at all of the tasks you did previously as a founder. You've built a well oiled machine and it works without kicking, prodding, or you being a key cog.

1,000 True Fans – Still Relevant?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I remember my first business plan. Well, to be honest, it wasn’t much of a business plan, because in 1995, I knew next to nothing about ‘business’ After reading an article about how critical it was to have one, I put pen to paper and jotted down some notes to myself. And then, I plugged numbers into a template.

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SXSW Eco, ArtPrize and GigaOM: 7 Days, 3 Events Apps

Austin Startup

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich The past week has been a whirlwind of travel and events: from San Francisco to Grand Rapids to Austin. Along the way, I’ve had a chance to try out apps for each event, using my trusty iPhone 3GS – yes, I’m one of those who skipped 1st gen iPhone 4 and am likely to be a 4S purchaser! Here are some impressions of the event apps, working backwards, with a [.].

3 Quick And Dirty Secrets To Online Success

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

We’re all capable of success online. In fact, let’s define success before we go any further. If we were going to use a dictionary definition for success it’d look something like this: suc-cess [suh k-ses]. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like. A successful performance of achievement: The play was an instant success. A person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show.

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Applications now open for ERA January 2012 class!

David Teten

Applications are now open for the January 2012 class ERA class; Application deadline is November 20th, 2011. Benefits: * Get a $25,000 investment for your startup. * 3 months of free collaborative office space in the heart of NYC at. Times Square (January 9th, 2012 – March 30th, 2012). * 200+ mentors from the NYC startup community. * One-on-one, hands-on support. Speakers and seminars from leading entrepreneurs, technologists, and. industry experts.

1,000 True Fans – Still Relevant?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I remember my first business plan. Well, to be honest, it wasn’t much of a business plan, because in 1995, I knew next to nothing about ‘business’ After reading an article about how critical it was to have one, I put pen to paper and jotted down some notes to myself. And then, I plugged numbers into a template.

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How Do You Change Corporate Culture?

Up and Running

I just finished a strategic planning meeting with one of my client organizations. They wanted to know if it is possible to change corporate culture. Interesting question, since I always thought theirs was one that worked for them. Apparently I was wrong because they wanted, as part of their strategic plan, to figure out how to change corporate culture at their company. We started by exploring how they defined their current corporate culture.

Slice of Lime Celebrates 10 Years and Focuses on User Interface Design

Feld Thoughts

As some of you may know, we made a modest investment in Slice of Lime in 2007. This year, Slice of Lime is celebrating 10 years of being in business. This is a huge accomplishment and we couldn’t be more proud of the business Kevin, Jeff, and Daniel have built.

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Idea Generation is Not Efficient (and you don’t want it to be)

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I really have to say something about this notion that brainstorming / idea generation / ideation can be made into an efficient process. I’ve read a couple of interesting pieces on this lately, this idea it can be made more efficient, so you only get “good” ideas. If only it were so… I’ll grant you [.].

3 Quick And Dirty Secrets To Online Success

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

We’re all capable of success online. In fact, let’s define success before we go any further. If we were going to use a dictionary definition for success it’d look something like this: suc-cess [suh k-ses]. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like. A successful performance of achievement: The play was an instant success. A person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show.

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The October cS Award and The September cS Award Winner

crowdSPRING Blog

Earlier this year, we announced that we would issue a monthly cS Award to honor quality work by designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community. October cS Award. We have been working hard to establish a new reputation system for our community. We are doing this because we recognize that our community works hard, creates wonderful design and writing work, helps one another, learns from one another, and contributes energy, time, and creativity to projects on the site.

Take An Improv Class

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I woke up today and saw that Josephine Forsberg has passed away. Jo was the founder of Players Workshop of Second City in Chciago. Bill Murray went there — along with many other comic luminaries. She will be missed. She gave the world a gift, and, it’s a gift you can receive. If you are [.]. Creativity and Self-Expression Creativity improv Innovation Josephine Forsberg players Workshop of Second City

12 Questions: Meet Kate Casey (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

crowdSPRING Blog

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice. We’re very proud to feature Kate Casey (crowdSPRING username: katecasey ) today.

Too Lijit

VC Adventure

This morning Federated Media announced that it has acquired Lijit Networks in a private stock deal. I’m incredibly proud of what the Lijit team has accomplished in the almost 4 years we’ve been investors in the business – charting a course that wasn’t exactly always a straight line, but one that has always placed publishers first. As a result of this never wavering focus on web publishers, Lijit has built a large and ultimately very valuable company.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Copper Penny Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

A penny isn’t much. It doesn’t buy anything really and the amount of copper in it is pretty negligible nowadays. However, as Melinda from this week’s Small Business Spotlight points out, most everyone has a pretty specific, penny-centric memory. For me, it’s collecting pennies with my dad and bringing to the bank for some extra spending cash. Copper Penny Marketing believes marketing should be like a penny: subtle, relatively inexpensive, but highly evocative.

Keeping things in perspective

Jeff Hilimire

It’s amazing how things in your life can have such a powerful impact on how you view the world and the way you live your life. Experiences shape us into who we are and I’m sure that continues to be the case as long as we’re on this earth. Or at least that continues to be my experience after 35 years of running around this place.

Five-part Series on Building a Global Company

Ben's Blog

My partner John has posted the conclusion to his five-part series on building a global company. Best Practices Business