Tue.Nov 27, 2012

Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

One of the great things about being a retired entrepreneur is that I get to give back to the community that helped me. I assembled this collection of free and almost free tools, class syllabi, presentations, books, lectures, videos in the hope that it can make your path as an entrepreneur or educator easier. Free: Startup Tools. If you’re building a startup, the Startup Tools tab on the top of this page has curated links to hundreds of startup resources.

The Difference Between Stealth Mode and Quiet Mode

Instigator Blog

A lot of companies still talk about being in stealth mode and aiming for a big hoorah type launch. It doesn’t usually work. Worse still, startups that are in stealth mode rarely talk to customers, prospects, users, partners or anyone else before their big reveal, which means they have little to no validation for what they’re doing. They haven’t given themselves the opportunity to learn anything while they’ve spent months building their “revolutionary” product.

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The Enterprise Is Cool Again, and Box CEO Aaron Levie Is Loving It


There’s a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about the decline of consumer Internet companies and the rising interest in companies that sell software to enterprises. After all, Zynga and Groupon, the darlings of the consumer wave, have tanked.

How To Help Startup Ecosystems: Be An Early Adopter


The following is a guest post by Sravish Sridhar. Sravish is the Founder and CEO of Kinvey, a Backend as a Service platform that makes it easy for developers to setup and operate backends for mobile, tablet and web apps.

But I know that he knows that I know

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

When two people in America need to make a boolean decision and a coin isn’t available, the go-to method of problem resolution is Rock, Paper, Scissors. Generally people feel this game is fair, meaning there’s an equal likelihood of each participant winning, losing, or tying.

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6 Ways to Get Customers to 'Yes!'

Inc Startups

Influence your customers to buy from you using these six easy methods. I've got some good news, some bad news, and then some even better news. The good news is that most customers truly want to say "yes!" The bad news is that, while people love to buy, they hate being sold to.

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How to Get More From Every Piece of Content You Produce

Duct Tape Marketing

This post is sponsored by Viewbix – Easily add apps and calls to action to your video. Content creation must involve strategy. That’s the part that you must understand or its production is little more than a chore. photo credit: markyweiss.

5 Smart Ways to Use Holiday Downtime

Inc Startups

With these five tips you can make the most of the holidays to prepare you for the coming year. I've come to accept that very little business, aside from retail, gets done between Thanksgiving and January 3rd.

UH Student Wins Beaker Prize, Needs Travel Budget

Startup Houston

A few months back, Chromemote founder and UH student Robert Dale Smith won the Startup Weekend Beaker Prize. He gets to go to Seattle, stay at the Startup Weekend corporate condo, and receive one-on-one mentoring for his startup. But he’s unable to cover the travel costs.

Meet the One-Size-Fits-All Website

Inc Startups

You could drive yourself crazy trying to build different versions of your website to fit every screen. Or you could try this strategy. Websites no longer live on the desktop.

Entrepreneurs must be excel at selling

Taffy Williams

Entrepreneurs learn to sell and negotiate or they never get to YES ! A recent comment via friends ( @ RevenueDoctor & @ Bill_Simmel ) on Twitter reminded me of the quote by Zig Ziglar: “ Every sale has 5 basic obstacles: No Need, No Money, No Hurry, No Desire and No Trust.”

Big Data: You Have No Idea How Much It Will Change Your Life

Inc Startups

Futurist Juan Enriquez on the mind-blowing changes that Big Data is about to unleash on your business, your health, and life in general. Most modern humans are now attempting to cram more data into their heads in a single day than most of our ancestors did during entire lifetimes.

Entrepreneurs Love the Learning and Ramen Noodles

Startup Professionals Musings

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. On the average, the entrepreneurs I know are living on Ramen noodles. But one thing they all seem to have in common is a love for learning and change.

Keep Your Team Together Through Tough Times

Inc Startups

Every business has setbacks. These three steps can help you create an atmosphere of trust and collaboration to navigate past the rough patches. It's easy to keep your team together when business is booming and growth opportunities abound.

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[Infographic] [Singapore] Salary Expectations Increase 35% With That First Private Degree: JobsCentral


Sponsoring that employee for a private degree course in the hopes that they’ll return better equipped to deal with their work?

Don't Delete Negative Comments. Say 'I'm Sorry'

Inc Startups

Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Media, explains how to best handle customer complaints made public on social media

Silicon Valley Tops, Singapore 18th On Startup Genome Ecosystem Ranking


Many startup ecosystems in the world want to be like Silicon Valley.

Make Your Business Meaningful

Inc Startups

Working hard is essential, but entrepreneurs also have a unique opportunity to make the world a better place in the process. Here's how. I don't get many opportunities to relax and watch TV. So when I do, I often veg out and watch fun shows that allow my mind to stop turning.

4 Crucial Presidential Leadership Lessons

Growthink Blog

With the 2012 presidential election wrapped up, and January's inauguration looming on the horizon, life is getting (somewhat) back to normal in the United States.

Windows 8: The Next Frontier for App Developers

Inc Startups

Pundits are skeptical about the future of Microsoft's operating system, but there are three reasons why it's a big deal for software entrepreneurs. So far, Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows RT (the tablet version of the operating system) aren't doing what the company had hoped.

What Exactly Is Skolkovo And How Did They End Up At Slush?


Editorial disclaimer: The interview below was done in Russian and due to the translation, some quotes may not be exact.

Ray Kurzweil: 'Users Should Be Passionately Involved in Every Stage of an Invention'

Inc Startups

Inventor Ray Kurzweil talks about how he created the first print-to-speech reading machine so blind people would use it. Also an author, Kurzweil's most recent book, How to Create a Mind, was published in November


Are You In Control Of Your Business?


by Monica Shepherd, TradeGecko. Are you in control of your business? I don’t mean are you the person calling the shots. I mean as in, if you had to make some critical snap decisions, do you know your business well enough that you could you make them with total confidence?

Why Price Isn't the Biggest Factor on Big Deals

Inc Startups

Most deals aren't won on price alone. Align your value proposition with your buyer's strategic needs and the deal will get bigger and possibly better.

Amazon’s Maps API now available to all developers, becomes part of Mobile App SDK

The Next Web

Amazon on Tuesday announced the release of its Maps API, now out of beta and integrated into the Amazon Mobile App SDK. The company is pushing for developers to get started using it for Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD apps over at its Mobile App Distribution Portal.

5 Tips for Negotiating a Big Deal

Inc Startups

How do you decide the price of your first big deal without pricing yourself out of business? Here are simple steps to a better negotiating strategy. The product is done and out there. The feedback is great. It’s not perfect, but you and your team have every right to be proud start-upers.

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Foreign Report: Startups Are The New Frenzy In The Middle East


Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Mikko Silventola, partner at Annia Capital. I landed to the Middle East a few months ago and I have already seen lots of networking events and buzz about entrepreneurship and especially new start-ups.

How Social Media Shapes the Conversation Around Israel & Hamas

Inc Startups

The Israel Defense Forces sophisticated approach to social media positions Israel as a defensive actor in the conflict in Gaza--and shows the power of the medium. For years now, businesses have been using social media to build brand awarenes and a special bond with fans and followers.

Samsung Partners With Beta-Launched Instabridge To Simplify Wi-Fi Access


When you need to hop on your friend's Wi-Fi, it's a given that everyone's going to hate their life for a few minutes. Your friend has to dig up a dirty post-it note from the back of a drawer, and you're left wondering if that's a 0 or a O or why your friend can't take a calligraphy class.

Do You Have an Expert-Backed Succession Plan?

Inc Startups

A majority of business owners believe their business will be successful after they retire, but few have consulted experts on their succession plan. It takes time and careful preparation to put a succession plan into place.

Interview With CEO Of Early Growth Financial Services, David Ehrenberg, On Starting Out With The Right Plan

Early Growth Financial Services

Naysayers and market collapse be damned! CEO David Ehrenberg founded Early Growth Financial Services at the end of 2008 when everything except inner belief must’ve told him that he was headed for doom. Continue reading → In the News

4 Tips to Help Veterans Succeed at Your Company

Inc Startups

Veterans can make for highly disciplined and skilled employees. Make sure you set them up for success with these tips. Thinking of hiring a veteran? It's the right thing to do and may come with tax incentives or other financial benefits.

Glass, Cars, Fiber: Is Google a Generation Ahead?

This is going to be BIG.

Yesterday, I posted about the Collaborative Web --which I suppose you could call Web 3.0, even though we all agreed that versioning for web software is stupid. But wasn't Web 3.0 supposed to be the "Internet of Things"? Sensors, objects, all sorts of non-desktop computer-like stuff that collected info and connected us to our physical world in a more interactive way was supposed to be the next big thing.

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Greeting Card Etiquette: 4 Tips

Inc Startups

Don't miss the opportunity to get noticed and make an impression with your seasons' greetings this year. I love the holidays, but two things really baffle me at this time of year: Fruitcake and holiday greeting cards. These are two time-honored traditions that I believe do more harm than good.