Fri.Dec 07, 2012

10 Key Entrepreneur Success Drivers May Surprise You

Startup Professionals Musings

We can all dream about what it takes to make our startup a success. From recent survey feedback, it seems evident that the urban legends leading to success are wrong.

Top 10 Must-Follow Entrepreneur Twitter Accounts

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Penelope Trunk. EntrepreneurInc. Magazine called Trunk, a dedicated author and blogger, “the world’s most influential guidance counselor.” As surprising as she is informative, her tweets regarding business and life showcase her wit and personality. Follow Penelope Trunk: @penelopetrunk.

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Why You Need to Be a Wordsmith

Inc Startups

A couple of high-profile business leaders insist their teams flex their atrophying writing muscles. Unless you're a professional wordsmith, it's unlikely you've written much of anything that's much longer than an email since college. That might come as a relief to many, and for good reason.

A new way to develop and present your business model

Up and Running

Here at Palo Alto Software , we’ve added a major new feature to our business planning app , LivePlan, that I think you’re going to love. It’s called the LivePlan Pitch and we’re really excited about it. But, before I dive into what our new feature does, let me give you a little context.

How to Think Globally

Inc Startups

Business smarts are not enough. The best global leaders are also political gurus and experts in dealing with the nonrational. CEOs are naturally students of the big picture.

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6 Simple Ways to Be a Better Boss

Inc Startups

Here are six changes to your management style that will make your employees happier. Last week, I described the 7 traits of extraordinary bosses. While that list has proven popular with readers, it doesn't contain any practical advice for bosses who want to improve their own performance.

“Never Underestimate What You Can Accomplish…”

Scott Edward Walker

Welcome to our weekly series “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we share a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.

How to Succeed in 2013

Inc Startups

We asked some of the brightest entrepreneurs we know what it's going to take to make money next year. Read on to find out which advice you ought to steal. We asked some of the brightest entrepreneurs we know what it's going to take to make money next year.

Barefoot running, Achilles tendonitis, and my recovery story

The Equity Kicker

Six months ago my achilles were trashed. The combination of low level pain and fear of making them worse meant that riding my bike or running were both out, and I could only walk at a snail’s pace – maybe 25% of my normal walking speed.

Web Analytics Scorecards--a CMO's Best Friend

Inc Startups

A scorecard is a great way to show progress on tactics and hold your team accountable. Here's what yours should look like. As a CMO, you don't have the time to develop a deep understanding of each team member's processes on a day-to-day basis.

Ex-Rovio Team Gets Funding To Create A Game That "Will Live On For Decades"



5 Surefire Ways to P**s Off Customers

Inc Startups

Frankly, there's no excuse for these offenses. If you want to succeed in business, you should take notes. We’ve all had customer service nightmares that never should have happened.

Snipbase Offers Photo-Based Shopping Lists For The Family


Even in this digital age, we're hanging on to handwritten lists for things we need to get from the store. I've downloaded to-do list apps to help me get things done, but none of them seem to stick - there's still something time consuming and inconvenient about typing in lists into your phone.

How Data Can Help You Land Top Talent

Inc Startups

Want to hire a bright star? It's time to revisit how long you takes you to make a job offer--and find ways to streamline it. Tech founders know that landing top-notch talent is key to their businesses. Bright stars in the employment pool are in high demand.

PriceFlurry Crowdsources Price Information For The Offline World


The internet has made a lot of things easier, but it's still difficult to collect offline information, like the prices of dishes at a restaurant, or how much it costs to get your car fixed. Aarhus, Denmark-based PriceFlurry seeks to solve this problem by crowdsourcing information on prices.

Why Your Company Needs a Virtual Doctor

Inc Startups

Healthier employees and a healthier bottom line--the benefits of virtual doctor visits. Anna Keyes, an employee at Mustang CAT, a Houston-based Caterpillar dealer, couldn't manage to shake the nagging congestion in her chest last August.

[Singapore] SIF Young Social Entrepreneurs Program 2013


Singapore International Foundation ‘s Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) program for 2013 – which looks to inspire, equip and enable youths to take up the mantle of social entrepreneurship in Singapore and beyond – is now open for applications.

Study: Job Seekers Want Socially Virtuous Companies

Inc Startups

A new study from Bain & Co. shows that workers are now more interested in a company's virtue than its pay rate. How important is your company's "virtue" to potential employees? Very, according to a new study. A Bain and Co.

[Infographic] The Future Of Big Data


The future of big data is, well, big. Big data in information technology is defined as a data sets so large and complex that it requires exceptional technologies to efficiently process such large quantities of data within a certain timeframe.

Google Apps for Business? Prepare to Pay Up

Inc Startups

Google announced that it will end the free version of its Google Apps for Business package--a move that could impede cash-strapped small businesses.

6 Ways To Get Promoted You May Not Have Considered


by Jennifer Carter, There comes a time during your professional career that you feel you are deserving of a promotion. However, your boss might not always recognize this moment at the same time you do, and may need a little nudge.

'I Grew Up Watching My Parents Fail Over & Over Again'

Inc Startups

Pinnacle Technical Resources CEO Nina Vaca grew up watching her entrepreneur parents fail repeatedly but learned what it takes to build a business

Nextdays Pivots To Badger And Tells Us About Recruitment


If you attended Slush this year, then you definitely have one of the Badger stickers, pictured on the left. After all, the team behind Badger gave out nearly 2 000 stickers at the event, I have one on my freezer and even my desk.


The Entrepreneur's Cookbook? Yep, Here It Is

Inc Startups

Featuring more than 70 recipes from the tech community, the new "The Start-up Chef" cookbook reveals what founders like to cook. Entrepreneurs spend almost all of their time growing companies, but apparently they do a little cooking on the side, too.

Apps4Finland Winners Take Advantage Of Finland's Open Data


Yesterday I got a chance to see the winners of the Apps4Finland competition, which gave out over €20,000 in prizes for people leveraging Finland's open datasets.


Why You Need to Market to Your Employees

Inc Startups

Marketing a new brand and product internally to your employees could be more important than what your customers will ultimately see. My marketing software company, VerticalResponse, has been around for 11 years.

mTrotter App Takes Care Of Travel Logistics Through Agencies And Companies


It seems I've grown suspicious of Swedish travel startups, or perhaps more specifically, social travel startups. Tripbirds had a really interesting social travel idea, but focused down on hotel booking with a few social features. Tripl was absolutely gorgeous, but shuttered recently.


End of the World Skeptics: 15 Ways to Prepare

Inc Startups

Some predict the world will end December 21, 2012. Not a believer? You can still get some important stuff done that will be beneficial if you survive. The end of the world is coming! Perhaps.

Eskimi Hits 10 Million Users


When we talk about the "big" startups from Northern Europe I think we still forget to bring up Lithuania-based Eskimi.

Why Money Can Hurt Your Marketing

Inc Startups

The size of your advertising spend has little to do with your success. In fact, sometimes too much cash can be a very bad thing. At this point, why would anyone other than a professional political operative or hard-core fan still want to talk about the 2012 U.S. presidential election?

New iOS WordPress and Snapseed apps

Jeff Hilimire

WordPress recently updated their iOS app – which is great because its never been a very good experience – and I wanted to give it a quick test run. Also yesterday Google made the photo editing software they acquired, Snapseed , free on iOS and I wanted to try it as well.

Coping with the NHL Lockout

Inc Startups

A hockey equipment retailer discusses the implications of the NHL lockout on his business. In 2005, the National Hockey League canceled its entire season after NHL owners and players failed to reach a labor agreement.

The December cS Award and the November cS Award Winners!

crowdSPRING Blog

Back in 2011, we announced a monthly cS Award to honor quality work by designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community. December cS Award. This month we are hosting a project for the Writers in our community! No, you don’t have to be a professional writer to participate – in fact any Creative who has an idea for a great blog post can enter. We’d like each of you to write a blog post on any topic to help designers or writers.

How Go Daddy Hired 1,400 People in 3 Years

Inc Startups

The company's chief human resources officer explains how they did it.