Tue.Dec 04, 2012

Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact

Feld Thoughts

This article ( Business Plans Are An Historical Artifact ) first appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal The Accelerators Column , which I’m contributing to on a regular basis. . In 1987 when I started my first company (Feld Technologies), I wrote a business plan for a course at MIT that I was in called 15.375: New Enterprises. The textbook for the course was Jeffry A.

How to get attention from internet celebrities

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I get a constant stream of requests to look at new startups or to announce something that a startup just did.

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How Business Huddles Work

Mike Michalowicz

Touchdowns From Business Huddles Not Meetings. I’ve never seen anyone drag a table, chairs and a white board onto the football field or basketball court. Have you? Every successful (and not-so-successful) sports team on the field starts the game with a huddle. It’s all they need.

Houston, We Have Acceleration

Startup Houston

There was collective heartbreak in Houston when the Federal Government announced the end of NASA as we know it. When they cancelled the Space Shuttle program and the Constellation program , it left a hole in our identity, and a lot of unemployed engineers south of town.

Small Business Marketing: Best Times And Days To Send Email For Opens And Click-Throughts

crowdSPRING Blog

Email marketing is one of the most effective ways for small businesses to keep in touch with customers. It is inexpensive and, if done properly, can build brand awareness, loyalty, and increase sales. Email marketing also plays an important role in content marketing.

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Video interview: How do you Startup in Beijing? Jason lim from Koombah

Startup Noodle

How do you make the leap to start your own startup company in China? Jason is part of the live and kicking startup scene in Beijing. He runs Koombah, a local startup company helping foreigners to find suitable places to rent around town (If you live in Beijing, you should know [.].

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Evernote CEO: This Is How You Hire for Keeps

Inc Startups

Six battle-tested tips on finding and keeping great people, including one tip you don't want to hear. I don't think I can overstate this: Building, and keeping, a great team is the most important thing you do as CEO. That applies whether you're a five person start-up or a 50,000-head megacorporation.

Most Overused Buzzword On LinkedIn Profiles? Creative.


If there’s one word most people describe themselves with professionally, it’s creative. At least, that’s the consensus from professional network LinkedIn, who found that the description topped the list of the most overused words and phrases in its member profiles for 2012.

Meet America's Top Job Creator

Inc Startups

Steve Jones, co-CEO of Universal Services of America, turns janitors and security guards into leaders. He's created 17,330 jobs since 2008. Many people consider janitorial and security-guard positions to be the very definition of dead-end jobs.

Smart Startups Never Let Negatives Bury Positives

Startup Professionals Musings

Managing and motivating a team in a startup is more than just using the right interpersonal skills. It’s more than providing recognition, tangible incentives, and clear work goals.

Tableau Software – a great tool for Data Visualization and Analytics for Startups

Austin Startup

There is a great deal of discussion about the value of analytics and big data management in the technology industry today. Deloitte's Center for the Edge has research called "The Big Shift" that has looked at the changing world of global business.

Why I Only Hire High-School Grads

Inc Startups

FCi Federal, No. 19 on Inc.'s s Hire Power list, gives workers with no college the tools to pursue high-powered careers. What a difference a few years makes.

7 Biggest Tax Mistakes New Startups make

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in Forbes. If you don’t think about taxes until your company starts earning revenue, you’ve waited too long. While the IRS may not be especially interested in your company until you’ve been funded and have some capital, you need to think about taxes from the outset—to avoid tax trouble down the line, and to save money through deductions.

Likeable Is Not a Department

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Dave Kerpen. photo credit: br1dotcom via photopin cc. Dave Kerpen had the foresight a few years ago to lock up the term Likeable.

CoatChex – Changing The Bailment Industry With QR Codes


Imagine this scenario – you check in your coat at a bar or restaurant, had a great time until you were about to leave. That’s when you find out your coat has gone missing, most likely stolen, and now you have to endure a freezing walk home.

Insight HCL

deal architect

I am spending the day at the HCL Influencer Day in Boston today. I have long been impressed with HCL’s Product Engineering practice, which still has unlimited runway as it goes after the $ 1.4 trillion annual global R&D spend.

We Are Austin Tech: Andrew Allison

Austin Startup

Andrew Allison is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Main Street Hub, which provides great local businesses around the world with do-it-for-you products that make them stronger, at a price that works for them.

AppDirect’s Developer Incubator aims to help engineers become entrepreneurs through apprenticeship

The Next Web

AppDirect , the cloud-based services marketplace company, has set up a Developer Incubator program in order to help it staff up, but also to give engineers an opportunity to get some entrepreneurial experience without risking their paycheck.


A few months back I wrote a post bemoaning the sad state of the.

Bryce Dot VC

A few months back I wrote a post bemoaning the sad state of the startup pitch. . That post sparked a series of conversations, both online and off, about what makes a pitch great and how to best use the time a founder secures with a potential investor.

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Why a 50/50 Split is Almost Never Right for Co-Founders by @DaveParkerSEA


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Startup Workshops Update

Scalable Startup

This group is 8 months old, 400+ members, gaining nice momentum every week. I see people connecting and getting things done and real relationships building. And I’ve met some amazing people. is a funny place but I love the startup scene here. For 2013 I’m trying to figure out where to go next. One guiding premise of mine has been to spend minimal time on this; it’s just a meetup group, not a company.

Don't Make Unsubscribing From Email Hard

Constantly Learning

I sign up for a lot of new products. Any product or service which seems interesting or I can benefit from I will sign up for. But, in the rush to find new shiny things, my email address is put on many lists. Which means I get a lot of email. If I decide the emails I receive aren't benefiting me I will unsubscribe from the mailing list, opting-out of future updates. These emails aren't spam. Spam is unwanted email that you haven't asked to receive. These emails I've specifically asked to receive.

Inside the Minds of Top Job Creators

Inc Startups

For the smartest view of today's landscape for job creation, ask the CEOs who've done more of it than anyone else: The Inc. Hire Power Award winners

Scale your business by avoiding the entrepreneur’s trap

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Starting a business can be a huge challenge, with a million things to learn, and the uncertainty of landing your first customers. Once you pass that gauntlet and develop a thriving business, another snag appears — lack of focus, overwhelm and even burnout from trying to do everything yourself.

CEO’s Key Role

John Morris

The post CEO’s Key Role appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers. Do you find yourself complaining how little you get done? Do you feel that your day too frequently ends up with little accomplished. Too much of your day is lost due to a series of time wasting staff meetings and … Continue reading → The post CEO’s Key Role appeared first on Tapping the power of your peers.

The Five Ts of Marketing

deal architect

When I went to college I learned from Philip Kotler and the five Ps of marketing – product, promotion etc In recent years, it has evolved to the 5 T’s of Marketing. Marketing is all about technology. If you look. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Dumplings and Donations

Mark Birch

I had plans to host a couple of my NYC Chinatown dumpling tours the week of October 29 th and had quite a few sign-ups. I love hosting these tours.

The Soul of a Project #30: Dealing With Shame!

Active Garage

Ever have someone melt down right in front of you for no apparent reason? Or, has someone dug in unrealistically? What about another person feeding the gossip mill in a rather vicious manner working to get people to side with him?

When Culture Matters…for Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Back in those glory days at the University of Cincinnati, I was assigned a lovely little textbook to read for Freshman English class called “The Elements of Style” (by E.B. White and William Strunk). In a nutshell it’s all about how to write clearly.

I’m leading you right now…Really? I thought it would.

Mark Birch

I’m leading you right now…Really? I thought it would feel different. leadership consensus culture decision making Dilbert cartoon humor

It Takes Balls Of Steel To Cool Your Drinks. Really.


How does one cool down a glass of whiskey or other spirits quickly without the use of ice? The founders of OriginalBOS , Grant Vollmer and Matt Geddie, have more than an idea – they came up with a pair of them to do exactly that.

Graph that clearly explains the disturbing economics of higher.

Mark Birch

Graph that clearly explains the disturbing economics of higher education student debt in the US. This is not a sustainable trend. education higher ed college costs student debt loans economics

Does your event inspire Jukebox Heroes?

deal architect

The Foreigner hit tells the story of a fan who could not get into a show, but even standing outside in the rain, was so inspired by the music that he bought a used guitar the next morning and went


All you need to know about the growth in global smartphone.

Mark Birch

All you need to know about the growth in global smartphone penetration and upside potential. Regardless of whether you subscribe to the mobile first or web first view of the world, this is a trend you cannot ignore. mobile Internet smartphones trends tech