Thu.Dec 06, 2012

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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.

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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™. Do startups have a manual? How much?

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Build Social Media Into the Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Social media connections, if they exist, are buried elsewhere or reserved for monitoring purposes only. You need insider “deciders” here.

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


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. Uh oh.

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5 Essential Leadership Lessons From Tim Cook

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There's a lot you can learn from the CEO of the world's most valuable company. Check out some key insights. We want diversity of thought," he says. "We

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Punch Up Your Writing With Agile Combinations

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As an online entrepreneur, you no doubt understand the importance of good writing. Strike that. Great writing. Well, it’s kind of the same.

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Users Guide to Startup Advisors


What’s an advisor to a startup deal? Technically, advisor is one of those bucket terms that means anything and everything, depending on context. When advisors come up in a pitch, I immediately ask how advisors are compensated and what they really do. . Everybody’s busy. Equity is forever. Options can become equity.

Why VC’s Don’t “Crossover” Invest

Agile VC

I was talking with an entrepreneur recently about this phenomenon. Why is this? Why wouldn’t Fund IV invest at this stage?

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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. radio ads). read more.

Looking for Investors? Try City Hall

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

City officials in New York City, Philadelphia, and Portland, Oregon, launch their own venture capital funds to attract start-ups. million fund.

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


Okay, “kids” is a bit of a stretch. The marketplace we’re preparing our kids to enter doesn’t exist anymore. They think money can solve their problems.

The Renaissance of Enterprise Computing

Peter Levine

Everything that can be invented has been invented. Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899. Their jobs weren’t always so difficult.

[Infographic] Why Employees Leave Your Company


Facing high employee turnover and no idea why? And employee turnover can cost a company. It adds up.

The Power of a Single Compliment

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A recent study reveals that praise can enhance performance on simple motor skill tasks.

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! and always be clear and direct.

Are You Providing Answers to Magic Questions?


The best kind of visitor is the one looking to buy. She knows what she wants and has a credit card in her hand. What are magic questions? Image source.

How to Know If You've Hired the Wrong Person

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

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.

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

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

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. That’s impressive. Startup general interest

A Surprising Reason to Expand Overseas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You'd be surprised how important geography can be when it's time to sell your company. It can take years for a U.S. For example, a U.K.-based

How much stake (equity) is an idea worth?


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.

Only 25 Developers Generate Half of All Mobile App Revenue

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new report reveals how concentrated the mobile app landscape has become. The path may be harder than it looks. ”

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). Delineated roles drive better results and specialization of skills.


3 Management Lessons From Pro Sports

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said that running a football team is no different than running a business. Here's why. Beane didn't stop there.

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.

Buying a Brand Without Going Bust

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What entrepreneurs can learn from the hubbub over Twinkies, Sno Balls, and Wonder Bread. It’s the end of an 82-year era. Speed. Compatibility.

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.

Naveen Jain: Why You Should Not Take Venture Capital

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

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.


On Tour With the Boss

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

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.

The Secret (& Benefit) to Working With Family

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Pinnacle Technical Resources CEO Nina Vaca says that working with family is easy.


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


By Ron Kaufman, author of “ Uplifting Service: The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues, and Everyone Else You Meet ”. Say “Yes!”