Wed.Feb 13, 2013

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder


I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. It had a passionate group of 50 people attending. I promised to do this post as a follow-up to the session to provide additional links and information.

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My New FiberHouse in Kansas City

Feld Thoughts

I bought a house in Kansas City on Monday. It’s next door to the Homes for Hackers and KC Startup Village. It will have Google Fiber in it. I hope it becomes an integral part of the nation’s first Google Fiberhood. I’m not going to be living in it. Instead, I’m going to let entrepreneurs live / work in it. Rent free. As part of helping create the Kansas City startup community. And to learn about the dynamics of Google Fiber. And to have some fun.

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Top 10 Mobile Apps for Entrepreneurs on the Go

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Smartphones have pretty much taken over our world. Most entrepreneurs spend just as much time, if not more, on their phones than their actual computers. Thankfully, our phones can be used in a number of ways to improve our businesses and simplify our busy lives thanks to mobile apps.

How Your Customers Actually Read Your Emails


This is a guest post by Chris Hexton from Vero. Have you ever thought about how your customers actually read your emails? As in, how they approach them… mentally? How important is the subject line? Do headings in emails matter? Which links are customers most likely to click?

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How To Get Solutions From Employees That Are Better Than Yours

Mike Michalowicz

By Guest Contributor Sabrina Schleicher , PhD, PCC, BCC. No More Distractions. Does it ever feel like you could get more done, if only you had fewer interruptions from employees asking you, “How do I do this?”

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How Andre Chaperon Developed His Unique “Soap Opera Story” Email Newsletter Formula by Yaro Starak

Tweet Download the Text Transcript in PDF. Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes. Back in 2007 I met Andre Chaperon in Florida at one of the very first Rich Schefren Strategic Profits seminars.

The Best Content Marketing Is Free

Inc Startups

You could outsource this marketing. or you could tap a rich--but free!-- source of content right in front of you. You desperately need more online content: You want more people to talk about your products, your services, and your company. You could definitely use the SEO boost, too.

Should Companies Invest in Innovation or Leaders?


Business leaders pay far too much attention to innovation and far too little to cultivating talented entrepreneurs. Many focus on finding a great idea, creative and innovative, which assures the absolute success of their companies, and they spend their lives waiting for this idea to come.

How to Work When You Feel Like Crap

Inc Startups

It's well into the cold and flu season. If you get sick and can't take a sick day, here's how to push through and get the job done. The thing about being sick is that it always feels like this is the worst it's ever been. Like it's never going to end.

Do you think a rose is beautiful?

Life Beyond Code

While coming back from his swimming class, I asked Sumukh a simple question – “Do you think a rose is beautiful?” ” He said “Yes” immediately and looked at me as if I was asking about something super obvious.


8 Tips to Prevent a Social Media Meltdown

Inc Startups

You can ignore social media, but that won't make it go away. Here's how to manage when it goes off the rails. All publicity is good publicity? The rules on that have certainly changed in the social media era.

Would Anyone Care If Your Business Disappeared?

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with John Mackey. The title of this blog post is the gut wrenching, eye-opening question that every business must consider if they are to make a difference. photo credit: phill.d via photopin cc.

Why Failure is the New Black, and How To Wear it

Inc Startups

Just because failure has become fashionable doesn't mean it's easy to deal with. These 4 tips will get you going again. I just did a Google search of “succeed by failing” and got more than 18 million results. Not surprising.

Government Grants Cost No Equity, But are Not Free

Startup Professionals Musings

In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. A grant is not an equity investment, so the entrepreneur doesn’t have to give up a stake in the company either.


3 Questions You Must Ask Before You Make a Deal

Inc Startups

What is it that really separates super-successful entrepreneurs from average Joes? They really get to know the people they do business with. Here's how. If you've ever spoken with a highly-successful entrepreneur and felt like you were being interrogated, it probably wasn't your imagination.

Managing Stress as an Entrepreneur

Business Plan Blog

If you are trying to launch or run a startup business , chances are you have run into major amounts of stress. You are not alone, stress is a part of every entrepreneur’s life and there is no way around it; every entrepreneur will run into problems and turbulent times in their daily business life.

Most Effective Persuasion Technique You've Never Heard Of

Inc Startups

Over 40 separate studies affirm that this simple, practical technique doubles your chance of getting a yes, but surprisingly few people put it into use regularly. If we're all in sales , as the old saying goes, then we're all in the persuasion business.

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When To Forget Your Numbers. And When Not To

Up and Running

Proving, once again, that no generalization holds for long, it is not true in all cases that business owners have to know their numbers. Sometimes they don’t. . For example, when things are going extremely well.

Finally Get a Handle on Work-Life Balance

Inc Startups

Sure, you can get your own life relatively balanced--but what about managing an entire start-up full of workaholics? As employers, we all know that the New Year causes our employees to rethink their priorities.

4 Signs You’re a Weak Leader #blindpost

Jeff Hilimire

This blindpost was suggested to me by @spunstephanie. It’s based on the Inc article, “4 Signs You’re a Weak Leader” I just recently blindposted the 5 characteristics of a great leader , so this one was pretty easy for me to put out. More blindposts here.

After You Sell, What's Next?

Inc Startups

You're selling your small business for a reason, but your buyer may have other plans for you. After carefully weighing your professional and personal goals, you've decided that it's the right time for someone else to handle the herculean task of owning and operating your small business.

Make progress faster by cooperating: 4 tips to try with your co-founder or co-worker

For a number of years now, I’ve found that I generally always had a “training partner” for my entrepreneurial goals. A few years ago, this was my great friend Khuram , with whom I consistently had a weekly meeting for over a year.

Need an Idea? Try Reinventing the Obvious

Inc Startups

There's a better way to pay for dinner--at least according to this start-up. The founders explain the origins of the idea. The best opportunities for entrepreneurs often exist in those bits of life that we all take for granted. Restaurants are a perfect example.

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Opera Moves To WebKit


Well, we can follow one Opera story after another. Opera has announced 300 million active users, but the big news is that they're moving from Presto, their own rendering engine, to WebKit.

What Your Signature Says About You

Inc Startups

According to at least one study, the size of a CEO's signature has a direct link to personality and leadership abilities. What does a CEO’s John Hancock say about his or her personality? The larger the signature, the bigger the ego--at least, according to one study.

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Slam Dunk Tips for Attracting and Keeping Fans

Up and Running

Everyone knows the value of word of mouth marketing. It’s a concept as old as dirt, but not something most businesses know how to embrace.

The Indian Miracle is Over (Well, That Was Quick)

Inc Startups

India's growth rate has fallen off a cliff, and the prospects for an immediate rebound are dim. But reports of the economy's death are a bit exaggerated. Dreams died first, now reality is hitting hard.

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Pragmatism with Flavor


We build web and mobile applications, and we've been doing so for a little over fifteen years. To our delight, technology has evolved and improved in many ways over that time. Technology evolution can be cyclical, with some branches looping back to the past with surprising vigor and without much self-awareness. Platforms eschew threading and then re-invent threading anew. Client-side code is passé and then the client becomes the preferred runtime environment.

Best Way to Dump a Bad Customer

Inc Startups

There's one simple and foolproof way to get rid of a bad customer without taking on emotional baggage. If you run your own business, you've had this experience: A customer calls you up/walks in the door/sends you an email ordering your product or service. And your heart sinks.

Storage worries


In the 1980s, high-tech companies stored information about their customers on their sophisticated and high-cost computer equipment. Back then such practices were exceptional except at relatively large companies. Thirty years later, it's so commonplace that there are numerous services to store customer data for you "in the cloud.". A layperson would be excused to think that in 2012, questions about how to store data on computers have been worked out.


Are You Being Too Picky? How to Write a Perfect Job Description

Inc Startups

You should describe every quality you want in your new hire. Right? Wrong. You're actually excluding potentially great fits. While it sounds counterintuitive, if a job description is too detailed, it can actually deter qualified applicants from applying.

How Mobile Phones Can Help Tackle The World’s Literacy Problems


by Louise Miller. Literacy is not an overwhelmingly big issue for Singaporeans. Instead, it’s taken as a fact; 96.6 percent of men and 88.6 percent of women are literate, according to the millennial census – though this data is of course nearly 15 years old. In fact, 92.5

You Know Less About Your Web Analytics Than You Think

Inc Startups

Take control of your analytics--make sure you haven't fallen into one of these six common traps. It's 3p.m. Do you know where your Web analytics are? If you're doing any kind of online marketing, it's crucial that you have access to your analytics to be able to measure and learn.

The Innovation State of the Union

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Pamela Menges, Phd CEO of Aerospace Research Systems, Inc. President Obama made mention in his state of the union address that he wishes to expand the National Netowrk for Manufacturing Innovation concept.