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5 Ways to Use Social Media and Your Online Presence to Drive People Offline

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Ways to Use Social Media and Your Online Presence to Drive People Offline This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. No matter what your business sells, how it sells it or how and where people buy you it, people are going online to find it, pure and simple.

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What Makes The Boston Start-Up Scene Special?

Seeing Both Sides

There continues to be great interest around the world regarding how to build innovation clusters. Inspired by a similar presentation that Fred Wilson did on the NYC start-up scene many years ago, I pulled this presentation together.

Takatkah: The Next Big Thing in VC

Ask The VC

Today’s VC Post of the Day is from Ahmed Takatkah, a VC in Jordan titled The Next Big Thing in VC. He starts with a question and the answer he often gets. What’s the next big thing in VC?” Whenever I see a VC from the states or even from the region, I ask this question, but none of them gave me a satisfying answer. I will share my answer here and hope that this will stimulate others to comment with different point of view.”

Startup Summer Colorado

Feld Thoughts

One of the fun projects I am involved with is Startup Colorado, a community focused initiative to spur new company creation in Colorado. One of Startup Colorado’s most promising projects is Startup Summer. Startup Summer is an immersive summer program offering the opportunity to work as a paid intern for a Boulder/Denver startup and attend a variety of evening events, including a weekly seminar series on entrepreneurship.

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Design Staff ? Micro-surveys: a faster way to learn about your users

Design Staff

Why did you click on this blog post? Right now, you're probably able to answer that question with relative ease. Micro-surveys are short and to the point. Similar to the question above, they only have one or two questions and

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What If You're Not CEO Material?

Inc Startups

It's your company--the product of your own passion and vision. But are you sure you're the right person to lead it? Deciding whether or not to bring in an outside CEO is one of the most gut-wrenching decisions that a founder will ever need to make. I’ve seen it many times before.

Twitter Link Roundup #120 – 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!

4 Top Myths About Start-up Pay

Inc Startups

I've been collecting data about startups and compensation since 2001. Here's what entrepreneurs think they know about startup pay--and what actually happens. Entrepreneurial decision-making is often guided by anecdotes, rules of thumb, and intuition.

Presenting Your Case to Investors is Rarely Free

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are new to the startup space and Angel investing, you probably don’t realize that some groups of Angel investors charge entrepreneurs a fee to pitch to their groups.

5 Reasons You're Getting Stalled

Inc Startups

If you can't get past the excuses, your deal is doomed. Make sure you've got these 5 elements in place.

Exits in Israel 2011: IPOs Pool is Dry, Buy M&A Activity up 134%

VC Cafe

On aggregate, putting a dollar into Israeli high-tech could yield you more than double the returns (if only these things worked on aggregate!).

Give it away

The Startup Toolkit

The quickest way to validate your value proposition is to give it away. If they aren’t lining up to take it for free then they aren’t going to buy it. If you want to open a consultancy, try having open office hours. If nobody knows you exist, you’ve got a visibility issue. If people hear about it but nobody shows up, then your value proposition is wrong. If they show up and never talk to you again, then you aren’t actually delivering the value you think you are.

Micro-surveys: a faster way to learn about your users

Google Ventures

Why did you click on this blog post? Right now, you’re probably able to answer that question with relative ease. Micro-surveys are short and to the point. Similar to the question above, they only have one or two questions and they’re extremely targeted.

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All Employees Deserve Paid Sabbaticals

Inc Startups

I've learned so much from my own wanderlust that I decided to pass it on to my employees: Everyone gets a free one-month trip every five years. Here's why. Plain and simple : Sabbaticals make business sense.

Beware of the overdraft protection

Life Beyond Code

An overdraft protection is a feature of a checking account in a bank. It allows an account holder to withdraw money even if that would mean the balance will go below zero. It is as good as the bank giving you an instant (very high interest) loan.


Book #6: Balsamiq Interviews is out!

47 Hats

So what’s the “secret sauce” of Balsamiq Mockups ? That’s what I set out to find out in Balsamiq Interviews ( available today , free download) – a set of 9 interviews of cheerfully rabid Balsamiq fans. The secret is this: Balsamiq affords a new kind of communication and interaction for UX experts, designers, developers, project managers, startup founders and money guys. All of these people wrestle every workday to express the rightness of intangible ideas.

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Localmind 2.0 – Tapping into Real-Time, Local Knowledge with “Area Questions”

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Localmind came out of Year One Labs (where I’m a Founding Partner.) They raised a seed round in July, 2011 after graduating from the accelerator.

3 Brilliant Mistakes: How Failure Can Be the Best Teacher

Inc Startups

Afraid of failing? You shouldn't be. Those who embrace their mistakes can find new meaning in failure. For most people, failure is limited to its definition: the nonperformance of something due, required, or expected.

TBPP2011: Advice from Chris Sarette

The Product Guy

What is quickly becoming tradition, we are kicking off the first series of the year looking at our most recent winner of The Best Product Person. Chris Sarette, The Best Product Person of 2011 , is the estimable subject of this series. Over the coming weeks I will be sharing a segments of a Q&A session I had with Chris — and lending some insight into why Chris truly is The Best Product Person of 2011.

The Alien Entrepreneur: Top 10 SaaS Applications for SaaS.

Alien Entrepreneur

I'm addicted to entrepreneurship, currently participating in multiple startups. I love public speaking, flying, electronic music, restoring a '71 MGB, and all things related to technology. CTO at ProspectStream, ScopiaRx, and

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Why God Loves Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

If you ever wondered whether starting a business is worth the hell you put yourself through, read this. Every time a new founder/billionaire is minted—and there have been plenty lately—people who aren't entrepreneurs tend to lose sight of what this calling is really about.

Clarity NOT Charity

Taffy Williams

Communication is one of the most important skills anexecutive or an entrepreneur needs, especially when it comes to running astartup with a highly focused and skilled team. The spoken words must convey the clarity and specificity needed to getwhat you want done completed. Clarity isespecially needed in making the value proposition for your startup. In an effort to not offend others, words are used in less than clear terms. The explanationsbeing something like “I was beingpolitically correct. ”

5 Blingy Things Your Website Just Doesn’t Need

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

These days having a great website is pretty much essential for any type of business to succeed. Even companies without any apparent need for a webpage a few years ago, now run the risk of falling the way of the dinosaurs without one. I mean really, when was the last time you saw a phone


10 Questions for Brooklyn's Innovation Community

This is going to be BIG.

Next Wednesday night, I'm hosting a roundtable discussion between Brooklyn innovation community stakeholders on how to make this side of the river a better place to create, build businesses and grow. There's no specific agenda or goal, other than to bring together all of the people that have an interest in this great community and its ability to incubate cutting edge and creative ideas.

Will a business plan help you raise money?

Up and Running

The necessity of a business plan is a controversial topic. What is the importance of a plan? Do you only need a plan if you’re looking for investment? Or can a plan help your business succeed in the long run? Do you think a business plan will help provide you with a leg up if you’re trying to raise money for your business? Share your thoughts! Business Planning

How Not to Become 'Shark' Bait

Inc Startups

Shark Tank' contestant Megan Cummins learned the hard way what can happen to investor promises. Five ways to make sure it doesn't happen to you. Megan Cummins learned the hard way what can happen to promises from VCs. Even when they're made on national TV the investor doesn't always follow through.

Launching Tech Ventures - Untitled Article

Launching Tech Ventures

When Managing Salespeople, Stage Matters by McCann, Erin Does sales management really come down to pushing back on excuses? Several founders have asked me this question in response to Mark Suster’s sales management advice. As a former tech sales executive, I agree with many of his lessons -- when applied to later-stage, post-traction point startups [1].

Announcing… Fantastic Spring Line-up of Classes from Power Teaching students

Escape From Cubicle Nation

In January, I ran another session of my Power Teaching class. Another extremely smart and enthusiastic group joined in intensive study of effective training design and development, and worked on real, live classes that they are launching this Spring.


At-The-Market Offerings - Current Trends and Developments

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

At-The-Market offerings ("ATMs") are one of the most efficient ways for public companies to raise capital. Any publicly traded company that meets the requirements to use an effective shelf registration statement may sell its shares over the existing trading market from time to time by engaging an investment bank as a selling or distribution agent. ATMs have been used more frequently than in the past. For example, U.S.

Use Video to Inspire Your Team

Inc Startups

Employees are looking for motivation. Here's how video can be an effective way to deliver it to them. Can you learn about leadership from watching a video?

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Mark Pincus

Scott Edward Walker

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we share a favorite video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.

How to Crowdfund to Raise Money

Inc Startups

Here's 4 tips to take advantage of social networks to raise money from investors. You'll also hear from Daniel Epstein, CEO of the Unreasonable Institute, which requires applicants crowdfund to pay its fees to attend

The Soul of a Project #4: Project and Poetry

Active Garage

How do you “grab” team members’ attention? What gets them going to the point they maintain a positive, aggressive sense of completing the project even when there are difficulties that seem insurmountable. Simple, use poetry.