Fri.Mar 30, 2012

Fall In Love With Your Business, Not Your Business Plan


That business plan, that business plan, I do not like that business plan. I do not like the writing part, I do not even like to start. I do not like them at a bar, I do not like them from afar. Dharmesh (with h/t to Dr. Seuss, who I read every day to my son).

Steve Jobs Focused on Network Intelligence

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I read Adam Lashinky’s new book Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–And Secretive–Company Really Works on my flight to Doha, and I picked up a bunch of nuggets.

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Confessions of an Ex-Manager

Inc Startups

Sure, there were successes along the way. But there were also mistakes--lots of them. An ex-manager reflects on his rookie days. Before I started writing full-time in 2001, I was a corporate manager for a large consumer electronics retailer.

How Small Businesses Can Protect Ideas: Trademarks, Servicemarks, Patents, and Copyrights

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Blog

The scenario. Patrica had just landed the largest account of her life with a multi-billion dollar corporation. She’d been waiting for this a long time.

15 Ideas for Keeping Your Employees Happy

Inc Startups

How motivated are your workers? We asked 15 successful young entrepreneurs to share secrets to sparking happiness and company loyalty around the office.

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Nice People Will Sabotage You

Inc Startups

How to keep quiet politeness from killing your sales, marketing and probably your business. I’ll admit it. I'm not a particularly nice person. In fact some consider me brutal with my honesty. Some just call me a New Yorker.) Either way they’re right. I don’t coddle.

Twitter Link Roundup #125 – 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!

17 Game-Changing Health Start-ups

Inc Startups

Unfit citizens. Underinformed doctors. Inefficient processes. Meet the brave start-ups that are taking on healthcare's biggest challenges.

Who Wins ARPA-E Grants?

Secret Formula

tl;dr: You can’t cheat your way to an ARPA-E grant by gaming the system. The program appears to be run in a remarkably unbiased fashion. Most folks in energy start-up land know that ARPA-E – the U.S.

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9 Ways to See Change Coming

Inc Startups

Great strategic thinkers have a gift for seeing threats and opportunities before anyone else. Here's what they look for. To get a business going, you need entrepreneurial vision. To keep it performing at a high level day to day, you need intense operational focus.

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Let the magic begin…

Life Beyond Code

In the world of some entrepreneurs, the process of making it happen goes like this: They have an idea. They put some time and effort to make it happen. Then the magic happens. They will walk to the bank laughing. This can happen, yes. You might have read a story in the magazines about one such story.

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Your Best Employees Always Ask 'Why'

Inc Startups

Conventional wisdom says they're a pain. In reality, they are doing you a huge favor. What you do and how you do it are important. But it’s the “why” that provides the real motivation to succeed. The Power of Why An experiment conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business demonstrates the power of “why.”

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Life Beyond Code

A friend on social media posted a photo on Facebook called Why complicate life? It has an uplifting message and knowing my friend, he had noble intentions for posting the same.

Weed Out Wannabes; Not Everyone Can Cut It At A Start-up

Inc Startups

Nine ways to know if the job seeker you're talking to has the personality, risk profile, and skill set for an entrepreneurial venture. They smile, they laugh on cue, and they have a rehearsed response for every conventional interview question.

VC Confidential: Pura Vida -- Life and Entrepreneurship

VC Confidential


5 Smart Moves to Steal from the Tech Industry

Inc Startups

Strategies every start-up and small business can take from Apple, Facebook, Google, and other leaders in high tech. Looking to model your startup or small business after the tech industry's titans? It's not just about cutting-edge technology.

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What makes a great marketing plan?

Up and Running

If you’re writing a business plan, you should at least be considering your marketing plan at the same time. A good business plan includes a marketing component, and most successful businesses have entirely separate marketing plans to guide them. So what makes a good marketing plan?

Friday Fail: The Most Bizarre Interview

Inc Startups

Tired of success stories? Every Friday on we bring you epic tales of failure and shame. Up this week: Awkward hiring situations. Most people like a good success story, but who can resist an epic tale of disaster, humiliation, embarrassment, and shame? I know I can’t.

Build a business from Vision to Exit, Guy Rigby | Startup Remarkable

Startup Remarkable

The Alien Entrepreneur: IBM's Product line up, circa 1938

Alien Entrepreneur

I'm addicted to entrepreneurship, currently participating in multiple startups. I love public speaking, flying, electronic music, restoring a '71 MGB, and all things related to technology. CTO at ProspectStream, ScopiaRx, and

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Why Timing is Everything in Hiring

Inc Startups

Like the Broncos signing Peyton Manning, getting the right person in the right role at the right time is key to the success of any organization. For football fans everywhere, but especially in Denver, the last two weeks have been a suspenseful ones.

Introducing Digital Fortress

Non-Linear Growth

Today, my Partners and I at Meritage Funds announced that we’ve established a new platform in the data center colocation market. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Digital Fortress operates nearly 50,000 square feet of data center colocation space, focused on delivering high-power density installations to enterprise customers. A Meritage Funds blog post announcing the investment has much more on our thesis and goals for the investment.

Kernel Debugging 101

Code as Craft

A dark fog had been rolling in that night, and we had been setting up a new cluster of servers. CentOS 6.2, LXC and random kernel panics were all there to lend a hand. The kernel panics were new to our party, having been absent at the previous cluster setup. The first set of servers we installed had been running happily, however this new set were not. They would always kernel panic under the slightest load, and sometimes without much load at all.

Greatest Living Entrepreneur: Round 4 Winners

Inc Startups

All of the Elite Eight contenders in Inc’s Greatest Living Entrepreneur Tournament are iconic leaders in their fields. But the ones who got the most votes tended to be those with more than one trick up their sleeve.

Stockholm Has What Finland Lacks


ArcticEvening Stockholm was held last night at the Hub Stockholm, where around a hundred people from the startup scene gathered to talk about startups, growth and everything else. The guests on the panel included Carl Waldekranz (Tictail), Peder Stahle (iZettle) and Hjalmar Winbladh (Wrapp).

Prepare Your Exit Strategy Now – Just in Case

Inc Startups

Here are four things you can do now to increase the value of your business-and give you a smoother transition out when the time is right.

Dilemmas of Being in Business #12: Every Choice-point Grows Leadership

Active Garage

Leaders aren’t made by titles, position, and prestige; they are made by the choices they make at points in their career, which in the moment seem to have nothing to do with becoming a leader.

Epcot Flower and Garden show

deal architect

My wife and daughter are driving to Disney World today to take in the always fabulous Epcot celebration of flowers. If you find yourself in Orlando before May 20, put this on your must-do list. Industry Commentary


BoS 2011 Lightning Talks: Corey Reid, Freshbooks; Karl Treier, Prospect Stream; Justin Goeres, JKI; Patrick Foley, Microsoft; Tyler Rooney, 4ormat.

Business of Software Blog

Below are the lightning talk videos from five speakers at the Business of Software conference 2011, starting with the winning talk by Justin Goeres of JKI. Lightning Talks are terrifying and very hard to pull off - each speaker was allowed 15 slides with 30 seconds for each slide. That's 7 minutes and 30 seconds in total.   Don't forget, registration for  BoS 2012  is open now.

It's Expansion Season For Scandinavian Music Streaming Services


It's expansion season for seemingly every music streaming service from the Nordics and beyond. With Spotify's rapid grabbing of market share, competing services are differentiating themselves and aiming to get an early hold on users in countries where Spotify has yet to launch.

Why everyone is making such a fuss about Pinterest

The Equity Kicker

Pinterest is the startup that everyone is talking about (this is my second post about them this week) and the data in the infographic below tell you why. Their growth in traffic and time on site over the last ten months are incredible.

The Alien Entrepreneur: Tips on Starting a Software Company

Alien Entrepreneur

I'm addicted to entrepreneurship, currently participating in multiple startups. I love public speaking, flying, electronic music, restoring a '71 MGB, and all things related to technology. CTO at ProspectStream, ScopiaRx, and

The Friday Wrap-Up


Another weekly wrap-up is here, summing up the news and events we didn't get a chance to write about. I'm hopping in and out of wifi in Stockholm after last night's ArcticEvening event, so here's a quick list with a few gems.

Of a Kind Founders Decide Fast, Iterate Later

Inc Startups

Soon after Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo launched Of a Kind, a fashion website, in 2010, they realized their initial web site ideas would always be wrong, and require changes

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