Mon.Jan 14, 2013

7 Startup High Risk Factors That Scare Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

We all know that every startup is risky. No risk means no reward. Yet every investor has his own “rules of thumb” on what makes a specific startup too high a risk for his investment taste. You need to know these guidelines to set your expectations on funding.

The Endless Frontier: U.S. Science and National Industrial Policy (part 1)

Steve Blank

The U.S. has spent the last 70 years making massive investments in basic and applied research. Government funding of research started in World War II driven by the needs of the military for weapon systems to defeat Germany and Japan.

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Last Chance to Apply to TechStars in NYC

Feld Thoughts

Techstars (Photo credit: Wikipedia). TechStars New York City has just been a great program.

Blog Content 2.0: How To Create Pillar Articles In Today’s New Media Obsessed World

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet. Many years ago I coined the phrase “ Pillar Article ” or sometimes called, “ Pillar Content “, to describe how to create great blog content.

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The Biggest Facebook Mistakes To Avoid

Mike Michalowicz

We are far past the wild west days of Facebook, yet many users continue to treat it arbitrarily making faux pas after faux pas. Just like you wouldn’t go to a networking event with horrible b.o. and shoving your cards in peoples face, you need to stop doing the virtual equivalent on Facebook.

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Your Employees Just Aren't That Into You

Inc Startups

A new survey shows that employees who aren't into their jobs cite their relationship with their boss as the biggest problem. If you think employee engagement is one of those warm and fuzzy phrases found in the self-help aisle, think again.

The paradox of how bugs and downtime can be a good thing

joel.is

Often if I give a talk or I speak with someone about getting their idea off the ground, the topic of how solid the product should be comes up. In particular, people very frequently wait far too long before launching.

8 Simple Steps to Extreme Personal Productivity

Inc Startups

How to turn an ordinary workday into an incredibly productive day - no programs, expensive tools, or fancy apps required. Teaching others to improve their personal productivity is big business: Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, David Allen.

How to Be Decisive and Lead without Regrets in 2013

Up and Running

This post was previously published on Forbes.com. . As entrepreneurs, we know that running a business brings a lot of headaches and worries along with the more positive experiences of leadership. Every day seems to be filled with decisions that affect your success and the success of your employees.

10 Things Better Than Money

Inc Startups

Money does buy happiness, but happiness also creates wealth. A recent Gallup poll, quoted in The Atlantic, found that "well-being rises with income at all levels of income, across countries." In other words, as the article's title states, the poll proves that " Yes, Money Does Buy Happiness.

The “No Update” Update

Eric Friedman

Thanks to Rob Wilk , VP of Sales at Foursquare, I have become a big fan of what he calls the “no update” update. Defined by rob its; “An effective way to make someone comfortable with a deliverable that you are working on that isn’t quite ready yet” I have used it countless times without giving it a proper name, but now its great to be able to give someone direction on the team to provide the “no update” update.

Essential Leadership Lessons for Gen Y

Inc Startups

It might be a brave new world, but an old-school approach to leadership still works. Take notes. Wish I knew then what I know now. You hear that sort of thing all the time; a lament to the wisdom that seems to come too late in life, or at least later than we'd like it to.

chaganomics.blogspot.com: Oldest Microwave Seen Recently

Chaganomics

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4 Easy Stress Busters

Inc Startups

You need peace of mind to work efficiently and make smart decisions. Get back some of your sanity--and productivity--with these tips. You could say that stress is one of those #firstworldproblems. But if you're an entrepreneur, stress is far more than a hipster hashtag on Twitter.

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Life is hard. Go help someone (or ask for help)

This is going to be BIG.

I wrote this in my newsletter this morning. Honestly, I’m feeling kind of conflicted on what to write this week… It doesn’t feel right for me to comment on Aaron Swartz—I didn’t know him and I don’t know enough about the details of his case to go around placing blame. So instead, I’ll just say this… Life can be extremely trying sometimes.

Windows 8: Epic Fail of the Decade?

Inc Startups

Before you institute a company-wide upgrade, read this. Microsoft's newest operating system may not be worth the trouble. It all started with a bang. Now, Windows 8 seems like a belly flop.

Will your startup be around for the long term?

Venture Cyclist

Who wants to know whether your startup will be around for the long term? Everyone. Investors want to invest in a company that will be around long enough to have a chance of making money. Customers don’t want to spend time and effort bringing on a new product or service that might go away. Employees (and their spouses) want to know the paycheck and benefits are at least somewhat stable (no matter how many stock options you give them).”

Go From Employee to Entrepreneur: 4 Tips

Inc Startups

Use the skills, industry knowledge, and contacts you have today to set your business up for success. Sick of working for someone else? Want to go out on your own as a solopreneur or running a small business, but not sure how to get started?

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Dear Disney…have you been reading my diary?

Jeff Hilimire

Freaking. Disney in the coming months plans to begin introducing a vacation management system called MyMagic+ that will drastically change the way Disney World visitors — some 30 million people a year — do just about everything. In contrast, MyMagic+ will allow users of a new Web site and app — called My Disney Experience — to preselect three FastPasses before they leave home for rides or V.I.P. seating for parades, fireworks and character meet-and-greets.

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5 Secrets for Catching a Whale

Inc Startups

Corporate America wants to buy from you! Learn how to crack the code to this trillion-dollar marketplace with these surprising strategies. According to a study by the Small Business Administration, nearly 70% of U.S. sole proprietorship companies earned just $25,000 in 2010.

Sandy Hook Promise and Tech Activism

Both Sides of the Table

The tech community has become more politically active over the past 5 years and this is a good thing. We live in a representative democracy and organizing, having a voice and expressing views is critical to our functioning democracy.

Set Your Financial Goal for 2023 Today: Here's How

Inc Startups

If you want to be financially successful, you'll outline a plan to get there. Here's the five steps that will get you to your 10-year goal.

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How Many Angel Investments?

Possible Insight

As regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of the AIPP data set collected by Rob Wiltbank. In this TechCrunch article from a while back, Rob corrected the mistaken assertion that angels don’t make money.

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First-time Managers: Don't Micromanage

Inc Startups

If your company culture is all about empowering employees, your managers need to know how to step back and just listen. I love promoting people to first-time managers.

Ray Lewis and Neil Saban: Effort is Eternal

Growthink Blog

I usually hesitate to analogize from the world of sports that of business. In contrary to many motivational videos, these are two very different realms of human endeavor and there is not a clear line between the attributes and mindsets that drive success in one as compared to the other.

Want a Raise? Work at a Small Business

Inc Startups

The big boys like Facebook may attract all the media hype, but the strongest wage growth these days is actually at small businesses, a new report claims. There are lots of reasons to love small businesses. They're more likely to have happy employees.

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How To Ask For Help, In Seven Steps

Mike Michalowicz

How To Ask For Help, In Seven Steps. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones said it best, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Mick’s still right about that. At one point or another, we all need some form of help, usually from our friends, but not always.

Where to Do Business in India

Inc Startups

Overall, India's economy struggles with corruption and over-regulation. But these five places are far, far friendlier to business than the national reputation suggests.

Northern Europe: Keep The Tech Chill Baltics Conference On Your Radar

ArcticStartup

TechHub Riga is throwing another winter conference after the success of the TechCrunch Baltics conference last year. The conference, now dubbed Tech Chill Baltics, is hosting a great lineup of speakers, interesting startup pitches, and locally brewed beer on February 12th.

The Growth Company's Dilemma

Inc Startups

When your business isn't a start-up but it isn't yet acting like a "big" company, your role as CEO must evolve from jack-of-all-trades to team-builder. There is no owner's manual on how to run a growing business and there is no job description that defines how a CEO can best grow a company.

[Singapore][Event] Echelon 2013

YoungUpstarts

Echelon is back for its 2013 edition – it takes place on 17 and 18 June this year – and it’s currently on the hunt for more of Asia’s most promising startups.

Inside Uber's Latest Taxi Launch

Inc Startups

Armed with a new transportation bill that's still awaiting the mayor's signature, the sedan-hailing app now calls certain cabs in Washington, D.C. Here's how it happened. Standing on the corner of Connecticut Avenue and K Street, right arm held high? That's so last year.

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Amsterdam’s Rockstart Accelerator Sees Good First Year, Announces 2nd Edition

YoungUpstarts

Amsterdam-based startup accelerator Rockstart last year launched a program to find and support ten teams of startup founders in Europe. It recently announced the results of its incubator program – and the results look promising.

Investment Thesis for Life

Constantly Learning

Everybody against me. Why me? I have not brought violence to you. I have not brought Thug Life to America. I didn't create Thug Life. I diagnosed it. Tupac Shakur. When I saw Reid Hoffman speak to a small group at StartX, he stated that he used an investment thesis for everything he does. An investment thesis helps investors set up goals and metrics for their investments. It helps investors determine whether the investment is on track for success.