Fri.Apr 06, 2012

If Steve Jobs Worked For You, You’d Probably Fire Him

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

There is a great deal being said and written about the late, great, Steve Jobs. He was a complex personality — and a remarkable leader. Folks often overlook the personality piece and focus on the leadership.

Many Entrepreneurs Never Leave Their Comfort Zone

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest impediments to starting a new venture is the “terror barrier,” as popularized by Bob Proctor , a 75-year-old millionaire and world renowned entrepreneur.

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Seriously, what’s up with old media not crediting bloggers?

Chris Dixon

From my March 16 blog post “ The myth of the overnight success “: Angry Birds was Rovio’s 52nd game. They spent eight years and almost went bankrupt before finally creating their massive hit. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing websites in history, but struggled for a long time.

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Why SOME Smart People Fall Hard From the Top?

Life Beyond Code

Why do smart people fall from the top? You can simply brush this off by attributing the cause to statistics. But the topic is worth exploring a bit more. Here is what I have on this based on a series of interviews, reflection and thinking. There are many reasons smart people fall hard from the top.

So Many Conferences – How Do I Choose?

Feld Thoughts

At this point I’m literally getting invited to a conference a day. I’ve never enjoyed going to conferences so I pick them carefully and am particular about the kind of things I go to. I regularly get asked how I choose which conferences to go to and I rarely have a good answer. So, after getting asked for the 4,317th time, I sent an email to Eric Norlin, who puts on three conferences that we have helped create and participate in ( Defrag , Glue , and Blur ) how he thinks about it.

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Twitter Link Roundup #126 – 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!

Long To-Do List? Make a Not-Right-Now List

Inc Startups

In todays digital age, it's hard to focus. But the Not-Right-Now list can help you get things done. Most people operate with To-Do lists. If you're like me, it seems as though that To-Do list never ends and you never check everything off of it. It's so easy to add new things to the To-Do list.

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Setting Your Business Free Through the Practice of Systematic Delegation

Duct Tape Marketing

Setting Your Business Free Through the Practice of Systematic Delegation This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. After owning a business for over twenty years now, here’s something I firmly believe. Your business is worthless until it can operate without you.

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3 Ways to Grow Your Business On a Budget

Inc Startups

You don't have to spend a lot to spread the word about your company. You just have to get creative. When Metal Mafia opened in 2004, most of the capital we had raised was committed as soon as our first line of products went into production and the corresponding catalogue was printed.

India Expansion - Acquire & Manage Culture not just the Business


In recent months I have had the great opportunity to work with organisations from around the world who have expanded their global footprint through Joint Ventures/strategic Buyouts or Acquisitions. I am happy to share, based on my experiences, some of the key elements/experiences which are important steps in business success in these types of situations. These are indicative and not an exhaustive reflection of my experience.

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The Case for Learning to Code

Inc Startups

Several experienced entrepreneurs argue that being a non-technical founder puts you at a severe disadvantage. It's time to learn to code, already.

Win Twice Maybe Even Thrice

Taffy Williams

Negotiatingcan have positive and negative aspects. Discussions often focus on what each party gets and whether they believeit is enough. When parties are too farapart, the discussions stall and people believe they are so disadvantaged thatthey want to walk away, or worse, they decide to take negative actions thatharm both parties. It is extremelyimportant to read the tealeaves and head this type of event off before it goestoo far.

Online Ads: 7 Dos & Don’ts

Inc Startups

You don't need an agency to manage your digital advertising. But if you're going to go it alone, you need to understand a few ground rules.

“You Gotta Lay Your Heart on the Line”

Scott Edward Walker

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar Welcome to our weekly series “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we post a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs. Because we know how tough it is being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching a venture, trying to execute your business model or raising funds, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward.

From Start-up to Billion-Dollar Giant

Inc Startups

Crocodile in the Yangtze , written and directed by Porter Erisman.'> A new documentary, Crocodile in the Yangtze, explores the founding of, Chinas first successful Internet company, from tiny start-up to global empire.

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Boundless Learning on the Open Web

Rob Go

When I grew up, my family owned a set of encyclopedia britannica’s. They were great – and saved me many times when writing papers or just satisfying my curiosity as a kid. But about 15 years ago, encyclopedias become obsolete. The internet changed everything. In short order, we had access to more information, more viewpoints, and in more formats than a thousand encyclopedias could ever offer.

Do Sales Goals Actually Work?

Inc Startups

The wrong focus can actually make it trickier to build a solid customer relationship. Make sure you're getting these right. Sales goals help you sell, right? Well, not really. In fact, sales goals can get in the way of a successful sale, if you spend too much time thinking about them.

The Google Effect On Media Business


This week has been a good week for ArcticStartup if you would quantify it over the traditional media metrics - pageviews and visits. Our critical piece on the Finnish government's decisions over a strategy group was read by some 25 000 people in just a couple of days.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Jesse Pujji

Inc Startups

The CEO and co-Founder ofAmpush Social successfully bootstrapped his company from three to 30 employees by following one rule of thumb: Do more, think less. Bootstrapping a start-up from three to 30 people (and counting) has, without a doubt, been the most challenging thing I've ever done in my life.

MassChallenge offers startups chance for funding, mentorship, and more

Up and Running

MassChallenge , now in its third year, is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition. It’s open to high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs from any industry and anywhere in the world, with no strings attached. The 2012 Startup Competition and Accelerator launched on March 1 and the final application deadline is on April 11 at 12:00 Noon ET (you’ll have to hurry, but there’s still time to apply!).

Sales Advice: Fix Your Storytelling

Inc Startups

You've already spent time perfecting your questioning and listening skills. But how good is your storytelling? There are three key skills that define a great salesperson: the ability to ask great questions, the ability to listen actively, and the ability to tell great stories.

The Soul of a Project #9: Escher and the “Truth”

Active Garage

Ever feel lied to? Is it hard to put your finger on what, exactly, is wrong with what is being said or done? It can feel like you are trapped inside an Escher drawing. What to do? My suggestion is, “Go with it!” If that is what is happening, then call it what it is. Let the team members and stakeholders know (in a calm voice, of course) that their closed arguments just don’t add up. And just how is this done without sounding like a loon yourself?

How Travis Kalanick Decided to Take On the Taxi Industry

Inc Startups

Travis Kalanick, the founder of Uber cab, talks about the day he knew his luxury car service was a disruptive technology company that needed a fearless leader

Think ahead, if you will need more money later.


Some businesses just can’t fit within the angel capital or friends and family model for raising funds. Sooner or later these businesses will have to seek venture capital and accommodate the needs of the venture community in negotiating the terms of an investment. First, VC’s in general cannot invest in ‘S’ corporations or limited liability companies (LLC’s). This is only a minor problem in that both forms can convert easily into ‘C’ corporations at low cost and little consequence.

First Step to Success: Avoid VCs

Inc Startups

Venture capital isn't right for every entrepreneur. Here are a few things to consider before looking for VC backing. Think about starting or growing a business, and it's not long before money comes to mind.

Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting | Student Social Entrepreneurs

Campus Entrepreneurship

At the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at George Washington University this past weekend, former President Clinton announced over nine hundred new projects that students and universities will undertake to improve the world.

Friday Fail: Worst Fireable Offenses

Inc Startups

Tired of success stories? Every Friday on we bring you epic tales of failure and shame. This week: Getting sacked. Most people like a good success story, but who can resist an epic tale of disaster, humiliation, embarrassment, and shame? I know I can't. Here's how the Inc.

Austin Tech Happy Hour, April 19th

Austin Startup

Austin Tech Happy Hour is coming up on April 19th from 6pm – 8pm at Molotov, courtesy of our sponsor Turnstone! The registration form is below, so make sure to register today! It looks a little funky in the iFrame … Continue reading → Events athh happy hour

Managing Angel Investors: It's Like Herding Cats

Inc Startups

Here, kitty, kitty. In today's funding environment there's a good chance you'll be seeking angel investment. Here's how to do it right.

The Friday Wrap-Up


Spring is playing with our emotions as a light snow falls here in Helsinki. But it's a long weekend, and hopefully all of you entrepreneurs are taking some time off for yourself.

The Not So Sexy Side of Business

Inc Startups

Systems are the building blocks on which success is built, but case studies on the subject can be yawn-inducing. Apple, however, has changed all that. Four days, 11 countries, 3 million devices–amazing. That's the only word to describe the launch of the latest Apple tablet.

Tax day is just around the corner. Are you ready?

Up and Running

If you’re a U.S. resident and you haven’t done your taxes yet, what are you waiting for? Why are you reading a blog about taxes when you should be compiling receipts, filling out forms, and scrambling to get it all done??? Taxes are due on April 17th this year, which means you’ve got just over two weeks to do all the paperwork and get it filed. Better get on it! Okay, no more lecturing.

Mobile First or Web First?

Mark Birch

There is a lot of talk about pursuing a mobile first strategy. This means that instead of building a robust first iteration of the concept as a website, the first iteration is instead a mobile app, usually of the iOS flavor for a very obvious reason.

25% off the AgileDotNet Conference

Startup Houston

I’ve obtained a discount code for the AgileDotNet conference on April 20, 2012, that I was told I could share with people in the tech and startup community. AgileDotNet is a one-day conference for people who are involved in Agile software development or are interested in the Microsoft development platform. The event is being held at Minute Maid park with free access to the baseball game that evening.