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What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet. Many people, though, take the opportunity with a physical card to make an impression with a unique spin on their card (size, vertical orientation, etc.).

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How to Understand and Master Google+

How to Change the World

In 1983 I saw a Macintosh for the first time and fell in love. I loved Macintosh so much that I wrote a book about it. In 2011 I saw Google+ for the first time and fell in love again. And now for the second time in my career, I’ve written a book about a product: What the Plus!

What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet. Many people, though, take the opportunity with a physical card to make an impression with a unique spin on their card (size, vertical orientation, etc.).

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Intense Asymmetry and Self-Flagellation

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Erica Douglass bootstrapped her company and sold it for a million dollars while her friends were switching majors for the third time or dicking around at some entry-level job. She’s successful by any measure.

Free social-media webinar with Mari Smith and me

How to Change the World

Mari Smith and I are going to have a rocking time explaining the seven hottest social-media business trends in a FREE webinar. Sign up here: [link]. See you on March 28th

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Problems Don’t Exist

Grasshopper Herder

Entrepreneurs should stop talking about abstract solutions and frame their pitches in terms of solving real problems, but I was wrong. Problems don't exist. Lean Startups and Customer Development early adopters problems

How to Understand and Master Google+

How to Change the World

In 1983 I saw a Macintosh for the first time and fell in love. I loved Macintosh so much that I wrote a book about it. In 2011 I saw Google+ for the first time and fell in love again. And now for the second time in my career, I’ve written a book about a product: What the Plus!

The 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

Inc Startups

You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here's how to become the strategic leader your company needs. In the beginning, there was just you and your partners. You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza.

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Start a Spiral of Positive Creative Words

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Words of wisdom can echo through time. Words of positive creativity creates virtuous circles that can spiral for many years. I’m writing today of the words others have given me, and also, my own words. I occasionally hear from somebody who has read my business novel, Jack’s Notebook.

The power of the right intersection

Life Beyond Code

You already know the need for distinguishing yourself in the marketplace. The opposite of distinguishing yourself is to be a victim of commoditization. The immediate side effect of commoditization is erosion of value – your value.

6 Ways to Measure the Success of Any Project

Inc Startups

Want to go from the beginning to the end of a project more efficiently? Make sure your team understands what success should look like.

Free social-media webinar with Mari Smith and me

How to Change the World

Mari Smith and I are going to have a rocking time explaining the seven hottest social-media business trends in a FREE webinar. Sign up here: [link]. See you on March 28th! The post Free social-media webinar with Mari Smith and me appeared first on Guy Kawasaki

How to Gauge Business Potential for Your Invention

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m often approached by people who claim to have invented the next big thing, and ask me how much it’s worth, or complain that they can’t find an investor who will fund it.

Hard lessons lead to success – the story of RealLead

Up and Running

A few years ago, LivePlan customer Caroline Cummings considered herself an “entrepreneur in recovery.” ” After her first tech startup dissolved in 2009 (costing her a significant amount of money), she knew she needed some time to figure out what her next venture would be.

Digital Coupons as Real Time Conversion Content

Duct Tape Marketing

Digital Coupons as Real Time Conversion Content This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. Coupons have been with us for a very long time. In fact, they remain one of the last vestiges of the offline print conversion realm.

Diversify the Eggs in Your Marketing Basket

Inc Startups

Don't ever become so reliant on one form of marketing that, if it ceased, your business could go the way of the dodo. What would happen if your principal manner of marketing your product were to vanish overnight? Could your business adapt? Would it survive?

Apply For The Glue Conference Demo Pod By Friday

Feld Thoughts

The Glue Conference is happening again this year on May 23rd and May 24th in Boulder, CO. This is the awesome conference that Eric Norlin puts on around our Glue theme. 500+ people obsessed about mobile app development, cloud computing, and big data are going to be there this year. As part of the conference, Eric provides 15 early-stage startups with FREE exhibit space. Did I say FREE? Yes FREE! Alcatel-Lucent acts as the Community Underwriter for Gluecon and funds this activity.

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Leaders Around The World Fall Short Of Expectations: Ketchum

YoungUpstarts

According to a 12-country survey done by global communications Ketchum , people around the world are suffering a crisis of confidence in their chosen leaders, whether in the business, political or religious arenas. Belief in leadership around the world fallen and is going to get worse.

Is This Paradise for Entrepreneurs?

Inc Startups

What happens when a flood of highly educated, entrepreneurial young people return from studies abroad to tiny Cyprus? The answer offers a trickle of optimism. For a Mediterranean island about the size of Connecticut, Cyprus certainly produces an outsize number of graduates.

Hiring between portfolio companies – playing nice in the sandbox?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I put up a post this morning over on the Foundry Group site which I thought I’d repost here with some additional comments. It concerns whether companies in a shared venture portfolio should have any special rules of engagement about hiring from other companies in the portfolio.

Marketing Makeover: Fix This Email Pitch

Inc Startups

Email marketing fails when a message contains just biz-blab and fake emotion. Here's how to write a note that generates real leads. One of the weirdest phenomenons I see: otherwise articulate people who lapse into biz-blab and jargon as soon they try to write an email pitch.

12 Questions: Meet Catherine Faletanoai (New Zeland)

crowdSPRING Blog

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community.

Reid Hoffman Wants You to Invest His Money

Inc Startups

The LinkedIn co-founder is lending $1 million to struggling entrepreneurs around the world and you can help decide who gets it. Want to lend money to a struggling entrepreneur in a developing nation without using any of your money? I did, and for a little while longer, you can too. Here's how.

Supply Chain Studs

deal architect

They come in bunches – or LTL as logistics folks call less than a full truck load. This morning I had breakfast with Chris Jones, EVP of Marketing and Services at Descartes and he regaled me with tales of supply. Industry Commentary

Trapped in a Big Company? What to Do?

Inc Startups

Here's how to become an entrepreneur-in-residence -- even if that isn't your official title. At some time in your career you’re likely to be an entrepreneur trapped inside a large corporation.

TripBirds Launches Public Beta. Is This The Startup To Give Social Travel Wings?

ArcticStartup

Today a new travel startup is launching its public beta, which will allow users to explore destinations, plan trips, and get travel recommendations from friends. I know what you're thinking right now. Social travel? My heart's been broken too many times. I don't know if I can commit.

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What's Holding Up the JOBS Act?

Inc Startups

The bill passed in a landslide vote in the House earlier this month, but is stalling in the Senate. Here's why it is being held. Earlier this month, the JOBS Act, which seeks to create jobs by making it easier for start-ups to raise funding, breezed through the House with a vote of 390 to 23.

BoS 2011: Business of Software Talks from 2011 all in one place.

Business of Software Blog

If you came to Business of Software 2011, you can access all the talks from last year here using the passcode you were sent by email. Anyone registering for this year’s event will also receive a code to access the talks prior to their general release. Click on the talk you want to view and enter your passcode. The talks will be released, with transcripts, over the course of the year.

Don't Be Like Goldman Sachs: 5 Ways

Inc Startups

Regardless of what industry you're in, how can you make sure your company culture doesn't grow toxic over time? By now, everyone has weighed in on the Goldman Sachs crisis. Pundits have pilloried the firm for enabling a toxic and destructive culture.

BoS 2011: Business of Software Talks from 2011 all in one place.

Business of Software Blog

If you came to Business of Software 2011, you can access all the talks from last year here using the passcode you were sent by email. Anyone registering for this year's event will also receive a code to access the talks prior to their general release. Click on the talk you want to view and enter your passcode. The talks will be released, with transcripts, over the course of the year.

The Un-Cool Virtue That Defines Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

Between a great start-up concept and a great business lies a virtue no one much talks about any more. Do you have it? How many times have great brainstorms gone nowhere with your business partners? How many deadlines have been missed, promises unkept, to-do's never followed through on?

Unwired Nation Locks Down Rackspace as Distribution Partner

Austin Startup

Unwired Nation, the mobile-apps-as-a-service company, today announced it has joined the Rackspace Partner Program to help its SaaS customers deliver native mobile applications. Unwired Nation offers a great value-add to the thousands of SaaS companies who are today faced with the challenge of providing native mobile applications to the hundreds or thousands of customers that leverage their SaaS offering under each customer’s brand.

How to Leave Your Company in Good Hands

Inc Startups

Leaders who prepare their successors ensure the future of their organizations. When it's time to go, it's time to go. Really. It is so refreshing to watch an entrepreneur step back and hand the enterprise over to the next generation of management. And do it willingly.

Muxlim Debate A Great Reminder - Startups Far From Mainstream

ArcticStartup

Much of the Finnish startup scene has been debating the aftermaths of an article Helsingin Sanomat (largest Finnish daily) published on Sunday about the CEO and founder of Muxlim Inc, Mohamed El-Fatatry. The title of the article, directly translated, is Mohamed's Bubble.