Thu.Dec 06, 2012

My Smart Phone Is No Longer Working For Me

Feld Thoughts

I spent two weeks without my iPhone. I was completely off the grid for the first week but then spent the second week online, on my MacBook Air and Kindle, but no iPhone. I got home on Sunday and have had my iPhone turned on the past few days. I’ve used it as a phone, but I’ve largely stayed off of the web, email, and twitter with it. Instead, I’m only done this when I’m in front of my computer.

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Introducing Lean Planning: How to plan less and grow faster

Up and Running

Today, I want to introduce you to a new concept for starting and growing successful companies: Lean Planning™.

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Build Social Media Into the Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

As I visit the websites of many startups, as well as more mature businesses, I still too often see a “contact” page offering nothing but a sterile form for customers to submit, never to be heard from again.

How I Inadvertently Ran an MIT Student Hacking Contest For $3,001

OnStartups

It was 6:30pm on a random Tuesday evening in Cambridge. There I was, carefully counting a wad of crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope. I was parked in my car on Main Street, a block from the MIT campus. The bills were new enough that they sort of stuck together.

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The two most important stories of your life

Escape From Cubicle Nation

I was talking with a client the other day who was entering the job market after spending an extended period of time doing a mix of freelance work and raising children. He was concerned about holes in his experience, and the impact they would have on securing a good job.

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5 Ways to Improve Sales Without Selling

Growthink Blog

There is a big difference between marketing and sales. The act of selling generates revenue when a product is sold. Marketing, on the other hand, is the act of attracting attention, branding a product or person, and creating a buzz that will eventually result in sales.

Robotic Balls Dancing In Union Square

Feld Thoughts

28 Spheros + 1 Boombox. + 4 Android phones = Mind Blown. Wow – have you bought a Sphero for Christmas yet? My Investments orbotix robots sphero

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Seven Reasons Why Today’s Boomerang Kids Can’t Hack It In Business

YoungUpstarts

5 Essential Leadership Lessons From Tim Cook

Inc Startups

There's a lot you can learn from the CEO of the world's most valuable company. Check out some key insights. Tim Cook--unlike his predecessor, Steve Jobs--famously doesn't crave the spotlight.

[Infographic] Why Employees Leave Your Company

YoungUpstarts

Facing high employee turnover and no idea why? There are many reasons why employees leave: too heavy a workload, lack of career advancement or promotion opportunities, or even unrealistic job expectations.

The Renaissance of Enterprise Computing

Peter Levine

Everything that can be invented has been invented. Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899. Last month, we gathered 75 of the top CIOs from around the country to discuss the new generation of enterprise software and the redefined role of the CIO.

Lead So Others Will Follow: 6 Tips

Inc Startups

No matter what kind of leader you hope to be, you need to get people behind you. Here's how. In the early years of a business, it's easy to neglect -- or even forget entirely -- the importance of being a leader. A friend of mine who started a consulting business fell into just this trap.

10 Tested Tips to Improve Ecommerce Conversions Without Going Broke

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Alexia McCormick – Enjoy! There are a couple ways for an ecommerce company to increase performance.

Looking for Investors? Try City Hall

Inc Startups

City officials in New York City, Philadelphia, and Portland, Oregon, launch their own venture capital funds to attract start-ups. Lately, a few cities have taken on a new role: VC investor. New York City and Portland, Oregon, recently launched VC funds that provide seed capital to local start-ups.

Are You Providing Answers to Magic Questions?

ConversionXL

The best kind of visitor is the one looking to buy. She knows what she wants and has a credit card in her hand. Now it’s your job to seal the deal.

The Power of a Single Compliment

Inc Startups

A recent study reveals that praise can enhance performance on simple motor skill tasks. Sure, you know by now that praising employees goes a long way when it comes to job performance. But you may be surprised at just how powerful a kind word can be.

The Swoop Credo

High Contrast

I just updated the Swoop entry on my Linkedin profile with the following: Swoop is a native advertising platform that puts users first. Web democracy is powered by advertising-supported content. Traditional online advertising makes the Web suck. Swoop can fix (2). Tagged: LinkedIn , native advertising , online advertising , Swoop. Advertising Native Advertising Swoop LinkedIn native advertising online advertising

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Samsung is a powerhouse

The Equity Kicker

The FT’s Lex column has a piece on Samsung today which spells out how powerful the company has become. Anyone with an interest in consumer electronics will have noticed their success in the TV and smartphone markets in recent years.

How to Know If You've Hired the Wrong Person

Inc Startups

JJ Ramberg, the host of MSNBC's Your Business, weeds out bad hires using what she calls the cringe test

How much stake (equity) is an idea worth?

Gust

It depends on the quality of the idea. I’m a firm believer in Derek Sivers ‘ calculus, which goes like this: AWFUL IDEA = -$1. WEAK IDEA = $1. SO-SO IDEA = $5. GOOD IDEA = $10. GREAT IDEA = $15. BRILLIANT IDEA = $20. The real value, of course (as other answers here have noted), comes from executing on the idea. And to see how that calculation works, check out Derek’s classic, seminal article on the subject: [link]. original post can be found on Quora @ : [link] *.

'A Company That Starts in Crisis Gets a Head Start'

Inc Startups

GoodData founder Roman Stanek explains what happened when he started to seek financing on September 15, 2008, the same day Lehman Brothers collapsed

How to manage your inside sales team

Version One Ventures

For many SaaS companies, the effectiveness of the inside sales team is the key to scaling up. After all, other marketing channels often either hit a ceiling (i.e. inbound marketing, PPC, etc.) or simply aren’t efficient enough (i.e. all offline marketing activities). However, managing an inside sales team is tough and you need a well-oiled machine in order to get customer acquisition costs inline with other marketing channels.

A Surprising Reason to Expand Overseas

Inc Startups

You'd be surprised how important geography can be when it's time to sell your company. One of the reasons big companies buy smaller ones is to get access to a new geographic market.

Business Resolutions for 2013

Early Growth Financial Services

As we hurtle towards the end of another year, I find myself taking stock of how much Early Growth Financial Services has accomplished this year—and what I’d like to accomplish in 2013. All thoughtful entrepreneurs should approach the end of the year with plans to move their business forward for the upcoming year.

Only 25 Developers Generate Half of All Mobile App Revenue

Inc Startups

A new report reveals how concentrated the mobile app landscape has become. Think your mobile app start-up has what it takes to become the next Zynga or Rovio ? The path may be harder than it looks.

What Do Investors Look for in a Game Developer?

Lightspeed Venture Partners

In the past few years, the opportunities for game developers have exploded. With more places than ever to play — from proliferating smartphones to Facebook — games are the most popular category of applications. I’m often asked what I look for in a game company investment so I recently wrote a blog post for GamaSutra on the topic. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comments. Follow Lightspeed on Twitter @lightspeedvp.

3 Management Lessons From Pro Sports

Inc Startups

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said that running a football team is no different than running a business. Here's why.

Qunb wins the LeWeb 12 startup competition, helps users find and visualize numerical data

The Next Web

Le Web Paris 2012 has come to an end. So has the startup competition, an important part of the annual conference for Europe’s finest in tech.

Buying a Brand Without Going Bust

Inc Startups

What entrepreneurs can learn from the hubbub over Twinkies, Sno Balls, and Wonder Bread. It’s the end of an 82-year era. Hostess Brands is officially in bankruptcy. There are dozens of potential buyers swarming over its assets like, well, ants on a Twinkie.

Whither Outsourcing Advisory Services?

deal architect

Phil Fersht has a sarcastic post on the Insight HCL event we both attended on Tuesday. To start with I think he is a bit too tough on HCL. I thought they did a fairly good job with the event. Offshoring Negotiations/Best Practices Outsourcing Negotiations/Best Practices

Naveen Jain: Why You Should Not Take Venture Capital

Inc Startups

Naveen Jain, entrepreneur and futurist, takes sides in the fundamental conflict of interest between founders and "vulture" capital

Words of Wisdom from Steve Blank

Scott Edward Walker

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we post a short video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.

On Tour With the Boss

Inc Startups

Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball tour couldn't keep rocking without a crew of entrepreneurial companies. Here are four of them.

How to Stay On Your Customers’ “Nice” List This Holiday Season

YoungUpstarts

By Ron Kaufman, author of “ Uplifting Service: The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues, and Everyone Else You Meet ”. Generally, companies try to stay on their best behavior all year long.