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The 10 Questions I Didn’t Expect to Be Asked by Investors

Up and Running

If you’re raising money for your company and you want to pitch to angel investors or venture capitalists , then there are a few important things to know that savvy investors care about.

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A tip for effective meetings: Always be capturing

Design Staff

At HubSpot , we recently did a product design sprint with the Google Ventures Design Studio. It was a great experience, not only to work alongside a team of highly accomplished designers, but to observe their design process and how they proceed through a project.

If It Ain't Generating Qualified Leads, Don't Do It!

Small Business Force

Regardless of glitzy campaigns, attempts to create videos that can go viral, no matter how many likes you have on Facebook or followers on Twitter, the ultimate purpose and very reason for the very existence of marketing is to generate qualified leads that can be converted into sales.

The Best Business Voicemail Greeting

Mike Michalowicz

There is a 97% chance that your office voice mail greeting stinks. That’s because there is a 97% it sounds exactly like this: “Hello, this is (insert your name blurted out too quickly to understand).

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Brian Halligan: 5 Ways to Build Trust Fast

Inc Startups

Today faith only goes so far. Earning trust is the sure path to success. Brian Halligan, CEO Of HubSpot, shares five tips for building trust fast. All collaboration is built on trust. Whether making sales, building a team, or managing people, without trust productivity falls apart.

Handwritten Notes: The Forgotten Business & Sales Tool

Mike Michalowicz

For Those Who Can’t Read My Handwritten Note. I admit, there is one downside to a handwritten note. sucky handwriting can’t be understood. So, just in case you can’t understand what I wrote, here is the text: Doing the expected is easy.

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Want to Start a Company? Stay as Ignorant as Possible

Inc Startups

Forget cramming to learn your new industry inside and out. When you're starting up, ignorance makes you more creative, unique, and effective. Maybe ignorance really is bliss.

A tip for effective meetings: Always be capturing

Design Staff

At HubSpot , we recently did a product design sprint with the Google Ventures Design Studio. It was a great experience, not only to work alongside a team of highly accomplished designers, but to observe their design process and how they proceed through a project. Our design team learned a lot from Google Ventures. We learned about designing quickly. We learned about keeping laser focus on the goals of a project. We learned about keeping the scope as small as possible (but no smaller).

5 Ways to Tell If You're Getting Great Advice

Inc Startups

When you hear it, advice is just that, advice. You only know if it's great after the fact. Wouldn't it be great if you knew in advance? The father of my college girlfriend once told me that digital electronics--semiconductors, to be specific--was going to be huge. That was in 1978. Embraces a Unique Approach for Reputation Management


BY IAN PANCHEVRE Reporter with Silicon Hills News , a San Antonio based startup in the review management space, started with humble beginnings but is now picking up momentum, and it’s all thanks to a unique approach to an enduring problem. Radu Istrate, the founder and CEO of MetroHi and a Boston College graduate, [.] The post Embraces a Unique Approach for Reputation Management appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Technology

How My Site Gets Tons of Traffic From Pinterest

Inc Startups

My company, Greatist, is the fastest growing health-and-wellness site on the Web. We wouldn't have that label without these tricks for using Pinterest.

Leadership is not a popularity contest

Jeff Hilimire

Delta’s President, Ed Bastian, took the time to chat with some of the people from my Leadership Atlanta class and we were all blown away. In all of these sessions, such as the one with Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer , I find myself furiously taking notes as I don’t want to miss anything that these great leaders are gracious enough to share with us.

Content Your Customers Actually Care About

Inc Startups

Offer expertise and knowledge to help customers--don't just sell to them. Content marketing seems to be all the rage right now, right? But as it turns out, businesses have been using content to give customer-value for over a hundred years.

Atlanta’s 6th Annual Startup Riot Throws Up Three Winners


Held as part of Atlanta’s Tech & Startup Week , the 6th Annual Startup Riot featured 30 local entrepreneurs pitching their ideas for a chance to win huge cash prizes, thousands of dollars in professional services and meetings with top venture capitalists and investors.

Bobbi Brown: You Have to Think on Your Feet

Inc Startups

Before she built a beauty empire, Bobbie Brown gleaned business instincts from her Cadillac-selling grandfather. Bobbi Brown may be the most famous entrepreneur in her family, but she wasn't the first.

An Investment Per Week: Reaktor's POLTE Invests Into Avansera


After investing into three companies (VALO, FUSION, and RBN), a finnish IT company Reaktor announced a new investment arm of the company - POLTE.

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Don't Just Play to Win--Win Beautifully

Inc Startups

Adopting a more vibrant approach to teamwork can improve the flow and performance of your organization. During a year on assignment in London in the early 2000s, I (Bill) took the opportunity to watch a lot of soccer. I learned a lot not just about soccer, but about business as well.

Twitter Link Roundup #167 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above shows a very cool 3D printing pen – a project currently on Kickstarter.

4 Ways to Sink a Press Conference

Inc Startups

Sony's underwhelming PS4 announcement suggests there is a right way and a wrong way to do a big product reveal. Here's what not to do. You know that old saw about any press being good press? That's one cliché you definitely want to throw out.

“If I Fail, I Try Again and Again and Again…It’s Not the End”

Scott Edward Walker

Welcome to our weekly series “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we share a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.

The Fashion Week You've Never Heard Of

Inc Startups

The runways in New York, Paris, and Milan may get all the attention, but most of the industry's business happens at a different event.

Friday Wrap Up: Crowdfunding Success, Tech Events And Pirates


Greg is away in Spain on a "business trip", enjoying the sun and getting to know the Finnish Start-Ups over there. Kinda smart to remain a Nordic startup but work from somewhere with a slightly warmer climate and cheaper conditions.

Review: 3 Great Backup Batteries

Inc Startups

Rechargeable battery packs for your smartphone or tablet. As many people learned during Hurricane Sandy, a low-battery warning on your smartphone can be panic inducing when you're in a power outage or simply away from an outlet. Rechargeable battery packs can help by adding hours of juice.

Rovio's SVP Of Marketing Ville Heijari To Open Helsinki PlayHaven Office


As Helsinki solidifies itself as the european gaming capital, PlayHaven, a lifetime value maximization platform for mobile games has hired Rovio SVP of Marketing Ville Heijari to start PlayHaven's international expansion. PlayHaven offers game companies the ability to acquire users, understand performance, and monetize through their platform that offers internal cross-promotion, virtual goods, rewards, and user segmentation.

Is the 'Hire Slow, Fire Fast' Theory Total Crap?

Inc Startups

The catchphrase 'hire slow, fire fast' is popular in the start-up community, but is it actually good advice? Depends on what you mean by hire slow. Danny Boice, the co-founder and CTO of Speek , declared the popular axiom 'hire slow, fire fast' to be "a bunch of BS."


Only the paranoid survive

deal architect

I have made a personal resolution – avoid watching shows like Homeland and 24. I find myself paranoid after watching them. Not sure, though, I can avoid conversations like below: a) I hear the term “paparazzi drones” from an exec. Industry Commentary

Holy $#%&: Cursing at Work Might Be Okay

Inc Startups

CEO David Farr was taken to task last week for his use of four-letter words. What does your choice to profane or not profane say to your audience?

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2 Start-up Tax Credits You Should Use

Inc Startups

As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, two tax credits popular among start-ups were retroactively extended through 2013. Don't miss out.

ZippyKid Featured on Slice of Silicon Hills News


This week on Slice of Silicon Hills News, host Andrew Moore interviews Vid Luther, founder of ZippyKid, a WordPress hosting site. The startup, founded in 2010, is based at Geekdom, a sponsor of Silicon Hills News. Moore interviews Luther at the Silver Fox Studios, which is also a sponsor of Silicon Hills News, on the [.] The post ZippyKid Featured on Slice of Silicon Hills News appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Technology

You Don't Get What You Deserve, You Get What You Negotiate

Inc Startups

When it comes to the 'art of the deal,' most of us hope we get what we deserve. The self-made wealthy ask for the most they can get. INFOGRAPHIC DETAILS: The book Business Brilliant is based on an original study of 800 households during the first three months of 2009.

Infochimps Raises $2.78 Million


Infochimps raises $2.78 million of a $3 million offering, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin Business Journal reported the “filing is an update to an April 2012 report in which the company received $305,000 of a planned $1.3 million financing from six investors.’ ’ “In 2010, about a year [.] The post Infochimps Raises $2.78 Million appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Technology

Would You Get Naked With a Customer?

Inc Startups

In some cultures, getting naked with customers is just part of doing business. Just to be clear, I'm not talking about anything overtly sexual.