Wed.Dec 26, 2012

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Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth. All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. That could be revenues but may not be.

Entrepreneurs Learn New Rules for Real Influence

Startup Professionals Musings

We now live in a world where even subtle persuasion efforts are suspect. Master listening to learn where other people live. Are you? Marty Zwilling.

Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

Ask The VC

Q: As a rookie VC trial by fire is a great way to learn. Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist.

Tips For an Awesome Social Media Campaign

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

For small businesses and international corporations alike, social media platforms have become an essential part of marketing strategies. Stay Engaged.

6 Habits of Extremely Likeable People

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

They're charming. They're genuine. And they can make an entire room full of people smile. When you meet someone, after, "What do you do?" Kidding.

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Why Perks Aren't Company Culture

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Just because you let your employees have dogs in the office, doesn't mean you have a great company culture. Here's why. What is it? So do that.

Favorite Longreads of 2012

Over the past several years, I have become a huge fan of Mark Armstrong’s web service, Longreads. I am an addict. Next year I aim to do better.

?????????? – Tenacity: How I Spent A Year One Night in Kiev

Steve Blank

This July I thought I had set the record for tenacity in my age group. Go ahead and take a moment to read the post , it’s short. No exceptions.”

Mashable's Pete Cashmore: 'I Obsessively Looked at the Numbers'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Pete Cashmore founded Mashable in 2005, when he was 19 and lived in Scotland with his parents.

iA Writer Is My Killer App

Constantly Learning

It's taken me a long time to identify a killer app. Since purchasing the iPad, I've experimented with many different use cases attempting to find a justification for it. I love technology and Apple products, but, was hesitant when the iPad arrived. Other than being cool, I couldn't understand a device that lived between my phone and laptop.

“Has that horse bolted” - State of angel investment in India


Sumanth posted this comment on my earlier post regarding 2013 predictions for startup ecosystem in India. The topic interested me enough to write a full post on the subject of where angel investors seem to stand in the ecosystem. I write this post as one member of angel investment community in India. The concern in his voice was evident. Ecosystem

Where Smart Entrepreneurs Go for Advice

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Sure, it's lonely at the top, but even business demi-gods need advisers. Do you have someone you ask for advice? If so, from whom? I appreciate it.

2013: Year of “How To” Lean Startup

Kevin Dewalt

Summary : Lean Startup advocates have won the theoretical argument and the meme is spreading worldwide. But what should I actually DO ?”

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Increase Your Chances of Start-up Success

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Launching a company isn't an easy path. Get your bearings before you travel the start-up road. Start-ups are like the gold rush of our era.

We Are All Artists Now

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Seth Godin. Few people have captured the post industrial world of work like Seth Godin. This act of hubris led to his demise.

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4 Reasons 2013 Will Be a Good Year to Sell Your Company

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Dealmaking was slow in 2012, but the stage is set for a rebound. The so-called “middle market” has driven U.S. Foreign Investment The U.S.

Four Apps For SMBs For A Less Stressful 2013


by Xenia von Wedel, VP at SocialRadius. Voxeet. Forget dial in numbers or pin codes, and you never again have to wonder who is speaking. Focus@will.

Your Office Needs This 'Dream Day'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Ditch the brainstorming meetings. Forget the annual off-site. We have, and we do it every year. This year's Dream Day was no different. No question.

Dying is Easy, Starting Creative Projects is Hard

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Michael Flannery was a comedy peer of mine back in the day. I’m going to relate it to starting anything creatively challenging. is this funny?

Make an Effective Mobile Web Site

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don't just shrink your site for mobile viewers, says AnswerLab CEO Amy Buckner Chowdhry

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Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Gain More Digital Market Share in 2013

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Focusing on these four major trends next year can up your credibility online and on mobile devices. Learning how to "dominate the digital shelf" (i.e.

New Business Idea? 13 Easy and Cheap Ways to Collect Feedback

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in Noobpreneur What’s a cheap, fast way to get feedback on a new business idea? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. Then, I’ll expand it further and continue to test it as I expand it.

Think the Fiscal Cliff is a Big Deal? Think Again.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Everyone's talking about the fiscal cliff. Please. Let's talk about small business' real problems. How nice for them. That's not helping the economy.

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Series A Crunch.just Darwin at work

Professor VC

Alas, we survived 12/21 and looks like we will have to get back to work in 2013. Is this a high success rate? Is this a low success rate? HELL YES!!!

How Warby Parker Reinvented Retail

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Warby Parker will finally get a conventional storefront in 2013. Here are four retail experiments that helped the brand get there.

7 Necessary Components For Your New Business Plan


by Lyndsey Freeman. Here are 7 things you need to include: 1. Executive Summary. Company Description. That is where the company description comes in.

5 Ways to Tell If Your New Business Prospect Is Worth It

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How to determine which prospects are a fit for your organization. Thus, new business outreach can never come to a standstill. Is there a formal RFP?

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Hüsker Dü live at Camden Palace in London This is about the best.

Mark Birch

Hüsker Dü live at Camden Palace in London. This is about the best quality video upload I have seen of a live Hüsker Dü performance.

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Hardware Wants to Be Free

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Technology is getting cheap--so cheap, in fact, that gadgets alone may cease to be the moneymakers. Tech start-ups, take note. Creation is expensive.

Call me Ishmael

deal architect

My friend Michael Krigsman has been running a series on "Industry Influencers". Personally, I cringe when I hear the term – I know it sounds ungrateful since many include me in the lists of influencers they compile. Trust me, I. Industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, AMR, others) Industry Commentary


Why the Small-Business Landscape Isn't So Gloomy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Instead of peering over the fiscal cliff, small business owners should turn their gaze inward. So why the pessimism? percent from the previous year.

ReadWrite – Predictions for 2013


Interesting post around startup predictions for 2013 here. Somewhat US centric, and I thought I’d overlay my comments for India alongside. Accelerators will slow down: India may see a lag in slowing down of accelerators, and this may not happen in 2013. We might in fact see more accelerators come up. The cash gap will fix the talent gap: Nope.

3 Ways to Reduce Employee Stress

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The New Year is a great time to help your employees manage stress better. Here are three easy ways to help give them a fresh start. ”