Thu.Dec 13, 2012

Startup Struggles: The Most Common Challenges Entrepreneurs Face Today [Infographic]

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s no surprise that people want to be their own boss. Starting your own business gives you the freedom to call the shots and not have some overzealous manager — or art director — peering over your shoulder all day, telling you how your job should be done.

10 Tips To Help You Build A Successful Small Business Brand

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Ross Kimbarovsky – Enjoy! A brand is the sum total of the experiences your customers and potential customers have with your company.

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How important is a video pitch to investors for an early stage start-up?

Gust

There is no one thing (aside from integrity) that is an absolute, and what you need to have when fundraising for a startup will depend to some extent on how you are managing your funding process. A good list of just about everything you could possibly want to have in your arsenal is listed in the answer to What materials or software should I use to pitch a VC?

The Best Promotion Is Never Self Promotion

Inc Startups

Once you've been in the spotlight, it's really hard to step back into the shadows--but you should. Promoting yourself is easy. All it takes is a little guts, a little determination, and in extreme cases, very little self-awareness. We all try, to some degree, to promote ourselves.

Software Patents Have Become a Startup Nightmare

Startup Professionals Musings

I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation.

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7 Reasons to Build a Fitness-Oriented Company Culture

Inc Startups

The benefits start with you and extend to everyone on your team. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies.

13 Effective Traditional Marketing Strategies

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in Business on Main Everybody talks about online advertising—but traditional marketing still makes it into most company budgets. So, if companies are still investing in traditional marketing, what are they investing in, and why? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization composed of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

5 Leadership Fads to Ignore

Inc Startups

Forget the self-help books. If you want to be a leader, use common sense. Here are a few of the so-called trendy tactics you should ignore.

Getting Ready For Your Future Startup

Startup Noodle

I’m glad to introduce Zhou Kang as a contributor in SUN. Unfortunately, my Chinese is not as good as his, so Chinese events would be his thing. I’m glad to join forces with a local face to give a better view of the local scene. I’m looking for contributors from other cities [.]. General

Advice From a Prominent Start-Up CEO: Try to Fail

Inc Startups

Encourage failure, says serial entrepreneur Kim Kovacs. That's how you succeed. What's one of the most important stepping stones to start-up success? Failure, says one prominent start-up CEO.

Incentives without pricing?

Venture Cyclist

When I get to refilling a prescription on the CVS website I am amused, and then sickened, by the announcement that “Price will vary based on insurance”. When I click on the link “Why can’t you tell me the price?” I get the response in the pop-up as shown in this screen-capture.

3 Ways to Fix Your Company Culture

Inc Startups

Scheming, back-biting and gossiping do no good. How to put an end to it, now. Have you ever worked for a really exceptional company? For me, that company was McCaw Cellular Communications. Like many companies, McCaw had its list of company goals and values.

If you’re scared of flying, maybe don’t read this

Jeff Hilimire

I had an amazing experience yesterday thanks again to my Leadership Atlanta experience ( here’s a link to some of my other Leadership Atlanta experiences if you’re interested ). One of my classmates works at Delta and offered up a chance to take a tour of their operations center.

Tim Cook's Attention to Culture Will Grow Apple Even More

Inc Startups

How Tim Cook treats employees may leave him a legacy bigger than Steve Jobs'. Much has been written about the brilliance of Steve Jobs and the iconic company that he built. Many say that it was Steve Job's laser focus on the beauty and simplicity of product design that was the key to Apple's success.

mctop – a tool for analyzing memcache get traffic

Code as Craft

Here at Etsy we (ab)use our memcache infrastructure pretty heavily as a caching layer between our applications and our database tiers. We functionally partition our memcache instances into small pools and overall it works fabulously well.

Get Nosy. Pry a Little. You'll Win Big

Inc Startups

If you want to grow your business, nothing is more essential than a big dose of curiosity. Recently, I spoke to some high school students and one asked me: "If you had to give us an example of one thing that makes your business keep growing, what would it be?"

Localmind Acquired by Airbnb – Year One Labs has its First Exit

Instigator Blog

Today, I’m pleased to announce that Localmind has been acquired by Airbnb. See Techcrunch’s story and Airbnb’s blog post for more info. Localmind was Year One Labs’ first investment, and it’s our first exit as well.

Gifting Customers: Dos & Don'ts

Inc Startups

If you're sending a holiday gift to a customer, make sure it will build a better relationship. With the holiday season on us, you might be thinking about gifting your customers to help build a closer business relationship.

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The Art of Appreciation

Austin Startup

Something really bad has been going around Austin for a few years now, an approach by local start ups to “get as much as you can for free as long as you can.”. Editorial pay it forward personal brand personal note

Want to Grow in 2013? Use This Checklist

Inc Startups

Here are ten things that you should do before the end of the year to put your company on the right track for growth in 2013. December is a busy time in our personal and business lives, but it's an important time to take stock of your growth plan and prepare your business for the coming year.

mctop – a tool for analyzing memcache get traffic

Code as Craft

Here at Etsy we (ab)use our memcache infrastructure pretty heavily as a caching layer between our applications and our database tiers. We functionally partition our memcache instances into small pools and overall it works fabulously well.

Everything You Need To Know About the Fiscal Cliff

Inc Startups

Business owners are putting off all kinds of big decisions, waiting to see how lawmakers will deal with the fiscal cliff. Here's what you need to know.

America’s Farmstand, The Online Farmer’s Market

YoungUpstarts

Many of us love farmers’ markets – it’s often the only way to get access to all those organic, natural, artisanal produce fresh and direct from independently-run family farms.

Companies That Won Big in 2012

Inc Startups

We take a look back at the entrepreneurs and companies that made a splash over the past 12 months. As the economy continued to recover and tech innovators came of age, 2012 proved to be a momentous year for business.

Vivino Wine App Grabs $1 Million Series A Funding From Creandum

ArcticStartup

I'm sure a nice bottle of wine is getting opened in Copenhagen today. Vivino , the Danish wine app, has announced it has received $1 million in Series A funding from Creandum. Last year, the app received seed funding from SEED Capital and Skype co-founder Janus Friis.

How Not to Get Duped by a Consultant

Inc Startups

We learned the hard way how not to hire a digital marketing agency. What you can gain from our mistakes. Once that little company you've been operating out of your guest bedroom starts to grow, you're going to face some big, complicated questions about your company's growth.

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A Life Worth Ending

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Michael Wolff wrote an incredibly honest essay over the summer about his mother’s last years in hospital beds, and having to endure endless sessions with doctors where no one was willing to confront the elephant in the room: his mother was a vegetable. Hers was a life worth ending.

Your Terms of Use Might Be Illegal

Inc Startups

Here's how to tell if you're at risk for lawsuit--the way Zappos was when a court recently struck down its online Terms of Service agreement. If your business has a website, and especially if you conduct business online, then pay attention.

[ADV] DesignCrowd Enters Asian Market – Great Opportunity For Singapore Designers

YoungUpstarts

DesignCrowd is a renowned crowdsourcing platform that houses more than 95,000 skilled graphic designers from all over the world. DesignCrowd is the one stop solution for different kinds of graphic designing like website, logo, brochure, flyers, T shirts, business card or even banner advertisement.

'Go Spend $2 Million as Fast as You Can'

Inc Startups

Serial entrepreneur Frank Addante knew everything at his latest venture, the Rubicon Project, must scale from the very start

iZettle Launches in Spain. That's Seven Major European Markets For iZettle.

ArcticStartup

iZettle llega a España! Hope that Google Translate did it's job and it really does mean that iZettle is coming to Spain. With Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, UK, Germany and now Spain, it means that the Swedish start-up is well on its way to conquer Europe.

Ace Your Global Expansion: 3 Tips

Inc Startups

When expanding, choosing the right city, country, and continent can have lasting effects on a business--so choose correctly. After preparing for global brand status by protecting it to the fullest extent of the law, the next step is to figure out where in the world to set up shop.

The Unified Theory of Food Investing for Tech VCs

This is going to be BIG.

One of the aspects of running a venture fund that I am most excited about is turning over rocks that other VCs might not. I'm less likely to get excited about the next big photo sharing app coming out of YC, and more into going "where no VC has gone before.". Whatever I do, it needs to be in big enough spaces. What are the biggest opportunities? To be really basic about it, everyone on the planet eats, sleeps, and poops--so you could start there.

Why Pessimists Win

Inc Startups

Serial optimists, take note: The best thing for your business might involve throwing a big wet blanket on your bright-eyed predictions. I’ve got a pretty good idea what makes you tick. Given your entrepreneurial bent you must be a serial optimist. It’s a trait both necessary and vital.