Mon.Dec 03, 2012

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Almost every large company understands it needs to build an organization that deals with the ever-increasing external forces of continuous disruption , the need for continuous innovation , globalization and regulation.

Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money

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Is Your Brand Magnificent At Digital Marketing? A Diagnostic Framework.

Occam's Razor

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

Startup Professionals Musings

The popular view of a real entrepreneur is someone with a big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen.

The Things Successful People Don’t Do

Mike Michalowicz

Excuses are a dime a dozen, and successful people aren’t. Do you see the correlation? Here are the 35 things successful people don’t do (and you better not do, too).

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Entrepreneurs, Don't Just Create Products or Services?Create a Legacy!

Small Business Force

My Dad was a builder. He designed and built houses, managed the construction of significant office buildings, even built two stadiums.

mHealth is Booming – What to Expect in 2013

VC Cafe

There is no doubt that mobile devices are transforming healthcare. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. There is no doubt that mobile devices are transforming healthcare.

Who are the Good and the Lucky?

Growthink Blog

The saddest lament of entrepreneurs and owners of private companies seeking to sell and exit their companies is that they want their businesses to be valued on their future potential , and not its CURRENT profitability.

Authentic Leadership

Scott Weiss

“There are a bunch of aggressive, ivy-league educated, high IQ people working in Bentonville whose careers are going nowhere because they never learned how to connect with other people.” ­­­— Lee Scott, (now former) CEO of Walmart, circa 2008. During my short tenure at Cisco, I attended a leadership offsite where Lee Scott was the featured speaker. I certainly knew of Walmart but had never heard of Lee Scott before this meeting.

Why your marketing is not working

Escape From Cubicle Nation

I get lots of questions about marketing. “What new techniques should I be using to grow my business? I have been (blogging) (Tweeting) (attending a networking group), and I don’t seem to be getting many results.” ” “How long have you been doing it?” ” I ask.

Using Dashboards to Drive What Matters

Duct Tape Marketing

A dashboard is such an important concept when it comes to easily accessing the health of a business. photo credit: istargazer via photopin cc.

Inc.'s 10 Most Popular Stories of 2012

Inc Startups

We culled our data to find the most read, shared, and commented Inc. articles this year. Don't miss even one. Entrepreneurs are arguably the most time-strapped group of the workforce--but, not surprisingly, you take the time to read Inc. for advice, inspiration, and relevant news. Which Inc.

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The Campaign’s Over – Is Nate Silver back in his Sepulcher?


He tuned in a great blog post this weekend on the biases in internal polling. Apparently internal GOP polls for key states were biased toward Romney by an average of 4.7%. Independent polls also turned out to have been slightly biased toward Romney, but internal polls were twice as far off, and that level of inaccuracy and bias is typical.

Wow – That Was Intense

Feld Thoughts

As they wheeled me into surgery, I thought to myself “If this is the end it has been pretty amazing.” ” This is a photo my brother Daniel took of me just after they wheeled me out of the recovery room and back into my little cubby hole where Amy and Daniel were hanging out.

Why Kickstarter Sucks For Large Hardware Projects

Nick O'Neill

A few months back I ended up making my first significant purchase on Kickstarter. It was $200 for a well designed time-lapse motion control device. It was expensive but I was a big fan of the product design. As such, I backed it. On August 25th, the project ended, raising over $400,000 for their device design. At the time, they estimated that the product would be delivered by December. However I’d bet that they weren’t expecting the overwhelming demand that they experienced.

Great book: Google+ for Small Businesses by Lynette Young

Grade A Entrepreneurs

I met Lynette Young at Guy Kawasaki’s party at SXSW earlier this year. She contributed to one of the chapters of Guy’s landmark book, What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us. No wonder, Lynette represents the elite of “female googlers,” with over 1.5M followers.

Book value matters

Information Arbitrage

Solving an important problem is generally the credo of most entrepreneurs. However, the solutions can take a variety of forms: core technology (e.g., a new database); business model (e.g., peer-to-peer lending); or service (e.g., next-gen mobile optimized retail banking). Certain businesses give rise to differentiated intellectual property which is sometimes patentable and often salable.

Craft Breweries Buck Discount Trend With Seasonal Releases


Shmaltz Brewing Company’s holiday gift pack featuring eight seasonal beers. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Christmas and festive shopping – it’s the season for discounts!

Different ways of looking at investment opportunities

The Equity Kicker

Chris Dixon wrote an interesting post yesterday which described two different ways of thinking about startup opportunities – the finance lens and the product lens.

Don't blame the game, blame the playas

This is going to be BIG.

Apparently, venture capital is a cruddy asset class where you can't get returns over the long term. Not only that, but there's a "Series A Crunch" that we've been talking about since October of 2011 where good companies can't seem to get to their next round of funding. And tech journalists talk about these things as if they're some kind of structural problem or at least a trend with the asset class. That might make sense, if venture capital was an asset class.

Rapportive – ee all info on anyone who emails you

Scalable Startup

Rapportive. via Rapportive. Business Development startup CEO Tom Nora venture CEO blog CoFounder early stage tom nora

Noam Wasserman – Understanding Founder’s Dilemmas

Business of Software Blog

This is a summary of Noam Wasserman ‘s Business of Software 2012 presentation. Startup Failures. Most startups fail. Let’s accept that. However, there are things we can learn about these failures that can move the chances in our favor.

Elon Musk Plans to Colonize Mars at 500K per Pioneer | How Big is Your Vision?

Campus Entrepreneurship

Amazing article about Elon Musk’s plans for colonizing Mars! This guys think HUGE! Are you viewing the world like Musk? I hope so. From Rob Coppinger of via Yahoo News : “At Mars , you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big,” Musk told an audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on Friday (Nov.

Man or Machine

Austin Startup

Technologist, I am calling you to the mat. Every profession comes with its own its own language. With the proliferation of human interaction with computers and the rapid adoption of ICT’s over the last 20 years, entirely new industries, new languages and consequently new cultures have been born. Biologist Mark Pagel theorizes that humans evolved [.]. Editorial


Entrepreneurs, Don't Just Create Products or Services.Create a Legacy!

Small Business Force

My Dad was a builder. He designed and built houses, managed the construction of significant office buildings, even built two stadiums.

This definitely wins the prize for best Onepager of the.

Mark Birch

This definitely wins the prize for best Onepager of the year…a contest for fans to suggest the key ingredient for the Dogfish Head and Grateful Dead collaborative beer American Beauty. beer contest Dogfish Head Grateful Dead American Beauty brewery Onepager


[Review] Secrets To Entrepreneurial Success


If you’re a young entrepreneurial Padawan in a world of extreme evil that’s out to make sure your fledgling startup doesn’t succeed, what you need may be a master to train you and give you an edge to overcoming those evils.

shopcoletteclayton: Jason Becker, born July 22 1969. At 16 he.

Mark Birch

shopcoletteclayton : Jason Becker, born July 22 1969. At 16 he along with his friend, Marty Friedman formed a band, Cacophony. They released 2 albums and broke up shortly after to concentrate on their solo career. In 1988, he released his first solo album and later joined David Lee Roth band.

Customer Service and Customer Satisfaction

Constantly Learning

Great customer service makes a lasting impression on every user of your product or service. The impression can be so strong it increases the lifetime value of the customer while bring new customers through a referral channel.

The Question of Scale

Mark Birch

The team is awesome and the product is great, we are just not sure it can scale. I often hear some version of this quote from conversations with investors. Just the other day in fact this line came up almost verbatim with a VC partner.

Thought Readership #18: 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions by Victor Oliver

Active Garage

Call me fifty shades of confused ! Why is it that so many books have numbers in their titles?



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You Don’t Need to Be Nomadic to Be Focused

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Derek Sivers writes that he’s giving up on maintaing a home base and giving up on maintaining physically proximate friends, events, activities. Instead, he’s directing his energies “globally” (i.e.,

Who do you serve?

Start Up Blog

We can can choose to invent demand for what we make, or or fill supply for what is desirable. The former takes a certain type of creativity and endeavour, it’s been the bellwether of many large industrial stalwarts. Sure they incrementally change the offer – but only to justify making noise as part of the demand generation process. The alternative is to make something people really want. To anticipate genuine needs and fill them, no matter how difficult it seems for our supply chain.