Mon.Dec 17, 2012

The Valuable Unsung Heroes of Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I got a call Sunday from a business colleague while I was sitting in the lounge at LAX waiting for yet another delayed flight. This colleague is a lawyer with whom I work on a deal and have done so for a couple of years. By all accounts I now consider him a friend.

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The Right Question(s) to Ask VCs about Their Availability of Capital

Genuine VC

Most first and second pitch meetings with VCs are fairly lopsided, where entrepreneurs spend the bulk of the time sharing their businesses, rather than being a true exchange of both parties in developing a relationship. However, there is typically (and should be plenty of) time for founders to ask VCs questions about their approach and working-style to help determine if there’s a mutual fit.

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Serious Entrepreneurs Master Media Training Early

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, training to meet the press and television reporters was a realm reserved for top business executives only. Now, even the earliest stage startup can rise to visibility or be forever lost by their first media spotlight, so it behooves us all to know the rules early.

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9 Mistakes You're Making on LinkedIn

Inc Startups

What separates the master networkers from the amateurs? The former tend not to make these mistakes. Lots of articles describe how to create a more marketable LinkedIn profile, how to find the right groups to join, how to choose the best profile photo. I should know, I've written about that.

The Far Reaching Implications of The Social Business Model

Duct Tape Marketing

For some time now I’ve been suggesting that social media as we’ve come to address it over the last few years doesn’t really matter anymore because it just is. We’ve given up on seeing it as some separate practice and accepted that it’s simply a function of marketing that must be integrated.

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Book Review: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen were close friends. They talked a lot about the novel’s ability to relieve loneliness.

5 Most Inspirational Videos of 2012

Inc Startups

These five short videos will remind you what's important in life and work. This has been a difficult few days for everybody, especially for those of us who have children in primary school. I had already selected the following five clips as the most inspirational and motivational videos of the year.

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Some things are beyond the entrepreneur control

Taffy Williams

Prepare in advance for those days you may be away ! People go through many different emotional states during each year. The emotions range from the excitement and joy to the horror of losses like those seen in the Sandy storm or the killings in Newtown, CT.

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Employee Engagement Is Not a Priority

Inc Startups

This is not a joke--it's every executive's dirty little secret. Here is the real list of priorities within successful companies. Employee engagement is all the rage these days. I’d even go as far as to call it the management fad of the millennium. But here’s the thing.

Can You Ski Off The Top Of The Train In Polar Express?

Feld Thoughts

Skiing off of Polar Express. I love the emails I get from readers of this blog. Yesterday morning, I got the following from Shane Schieffer of FitTrip and I just saw it as I was grinding through my morning backlog from the weekend. “Hi Brad, Happy holidays. My friend and I were watching Polar Express with our kids last night, and he commented on the impossibility of skiing down the top of a train towards the engine, even on a crazy steep slope.

Why You Should Be (Cautiously) Optimistic in 2013

Inc Startups

Infographic: We found a number of good reasons to be cheerful about next year. Not convinced? These stats might change your mind


Seven Ways To “Grow” An Entrepreneur (Instead Of A Boomerang Kid!)


by Michael Houlihan, coauthor of “ The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestseller “ Your child may still be in elementary school but you’ve already started worrying about the “boomerang” syndrome. It’s a valid concern.

Stop Avoiding Tough Conversations: 3 Ways

Inc Startups

Conflict may feel uncomfortable, but it's also costly to avoid. Putting off a tough conversation? Consider these strategies to get back on track. When Susan hired her sister as a sales representative in her growing company she understood that it was a risky move.

[Infographic] Music Wars – Can Google Music Beat iTunes?


iTunes has long been the leaders of the online music market – Apple’s music store has a commanding market share of 64-percent, while its closest rival Amazon MP3 comes in only 16-percent.

An App for Every Waking Minute?

Inc Startups

Do you have a mobile strategy? Even if you do, you probably need a new one. This article is part of Inc.'s s special report on How (and Where) to Make Money in 2013 (and Beyond).

Online shopping in the real world? Google nails it.

Jeff Hilimire

~ thanks to @gumboshowjoe for the link. Humor Technology

The Introvert Entrepreneur's Holiday Survival Guide

Inc Startups

The party-mania this time of year can be difficult for introverts. Here's how to make the most of the networking opportunities while keeping your sanity intact.

Getting Value From Your Virtual Office


by Lewis Edward, The Office Providers. Every single entrepreneur has to know how to deal with the problem of office space, since basically all companies need to have it.

5 Good Holiday Gifts for Your Employees

Inc Startups

Your business is nothing without your people. How will you sufficiently thank them this year? I remember my first Christmas working in Boston in 1995. My boss handed out turkeys. It was pretty amazing: the sight of him wheeling a supermarket trolley through the halls, handing out giant carcasses.

Whither the open web

The Equity Kicker

I’ve written a few posts now about the rise of new gatekeepers to the web – Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and how that changes the dynamics of innovation to the advantage of those companies and against the interests of both consumers and startups.

Start-up Conversations With Elon Musk, Tony Hsieh, Reid Hoffman & More

Inc Startups

s Leigh Buchanan talked to Clickable founder David S. Kidder about "The Start-up Playbook," his upcoming book of interviews with seriously-accomplished entrepreneurs. If you could seek advice about company building from one super-successful entrepreneur, who would it be? Elon Musk? Caterina Fake?

Learn Entrepreneurship By Volunteering

Mike Michalowicz

Learn Entrepreneurship By Volunteering. If I offered you a chance at an internship that would rock your business, and your business potential, more than any class you could take anywhere, would you sign up? OK, then get out there and volunteer somewhere. Volunteer? It’s a good thing. I mean, duh!

The Way I Work: Trina Turk

Inc Startups

When it comes to designing her $60 million clothing line, Trina Turk follows her gut. But when it comes to business, she has learned to be methodical. When it comes to fashion, Trina Turk makes decisions on the basis of what makes her happy.

Boost Turku’s Startup Journey Demo Day (Fall 2012)


Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Kostas Papageorgiou , a copywriter in Finland who creates engaging content for startups.

6 Must-Read Tips From Sara Blakely, Steve Case & Others

Inc Startups

David S. Kidder, serial entrepreneur and Clickable founder, divulges the most important advice that came out of interviews he did with the world's most successful entrepreneurs. Next month, serial entrepreneur and Clickable founder David S.

The Power of Full Engagement

Growthink Blog

I had the great good fortune this past weekend to co-host Growthink's third and final Business Blueprint Live event of the year.

Rise of the Microserver

Inc Startups

Go ahead and keep your data in-house. Thanks to some of the macro names in computing, servers are going micro and getting more efficient. Cloud services are all well and good, but often companies need to keep control of their data and operations in-house.

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The Future Is Here, The Qii Keyboard By Canatu


It is not the first time that we are covering Canatu , which is a Finnish technology company. The first time around, we thought that they will be a major breakthrough in the region and we might just claim that again now. ?Back

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'My Friend Fired 4 People Ahead of Obamacare'

Inc Startups

While lawmakers spar, business owners are taking action--and it isn't pretty.

FINHTML5 Conference Brings Together Speakers To Talk The Future Of HTML5


SC5 , the good folks that put together an ArcticStartup Windows 8 App for us, are hosting a pretty awesome day all about HTML5 by bringing together a lot of smart people to talk about the true nature and future of HTML5. The mini-conference will take place on January 24th at Adams in Helsinki in collaboration with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Nokia.

Don't Think You Need Change? Think Again

Inc Startups

Just because something's working fine, doesn't mean it can't be even better. My online marketing software company, VerticalResponse, sends out an information-packed newsletter every week to our customers and prospects. It's called the VR Buzz and it goes out to over 300,000 people.

Founder Restricted Stock 101

Early Growth Financial Services

By Sean Greaney: Originally published on Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Sean Greaney, attorney with Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP gives an informative introduction to Restricted Stock for startup companies. Sean’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market, emerging growth and development stage companies.

5 Simple Lessons From the Worst CEOs

Inc Startups

A business professor tells Inc. what you can learn from the mistakes of top chief executive officers. CEOs make mistakes. But some CEOs make really bad mistakes--so says Sydney Finkelstein, a professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, who has just released his annual Worst CEOs list.

The Dial Tone of Ops

Startups begin with hope and vision of success. That's great and important. But when it's time to really rock--you're ready to launch (or you think so), you're mapping out strategy, and you're ready for revenue. It's time to go from zero to one, the hardest part of building your company. What will your dial tone of operations be? If you're young enough, you might not even know what dial tone means. So let's go to the wayback machine and see.