Fri.Feb 08, 2013

If It Weren't for All These Customers We Sure Could Run This Railroad!

Small Business Force

Years ago, when Yoda was just a mere wisp of a lad, I remember hearing this phrase uttered by an official from the old Penn Central Railroad in a television interview in the months just prior to the formation of Amtrak.

Why Business Relationships Take More Than Texting, Friending, And Online “Connecting”

YoungUpstarts

by Michael Houlihan, coauthor of “ The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestseller “. It’s official: Email, texting, and social media are no longer just helpful supplemental business tools. They’ve taken over the whole game.

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The Ultra-short Course on Seduction

Life Beyond Code

How can you seduce someone? Important Note: With the Valentine’s day around, the title can be misleading.

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Selling Face-to-Face Is Almost Obsolete

Inc Startups

The new salesperson is "plugged into" an industry rather than plodding from customer to customer. Traditionally, business-to-business selling involves face-to-face conversations.

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10 Partner Qualities to Test Before Sharing Equity

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One.” The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner.

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Draw Quest

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Drawing is one form of creative expression that has not made a rapid transition to the digital/online world. The tablet may well change that. Paper is. one of the most amazing tablet apps I have seen. It is beautifully made. and the art that people are creating on it is inspiring. seems like there is even more potential that can be unlocked with. drawing. Draw Something showed that everyone can draw something (no pun. intended). But Draw Something is a two person game. It is not massively.

Why You Should Keep a Work Journal

Inc Startups

Journaling isn't just for angsty teenagers. A work diary can help entrepreneurs pinpoint problems and improve their professional performance.

The Winners Of The Startup Life Win A Dinner

Feld Thoughts

As Amy and I sit in the sun at South Beach eating frozen grapes and waiting for the snowpocalypse to hit the east coast, we decided to pick the Startup Life Win a Dinner winners. There are two – one of Amazon orders and one for Barnes & Noble orders. Five times as many people entered on Amazon, so the odds were better for the B&N folks. Except, one B&N person entered 10 times (by buying 10 books).

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How to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Inc Startups

Do you need to take your business into uncharted territory to accelerate growth? Here are four areas of expansion to consider. Some companies can successfully serve a niche market for years.

Angel Developers – bypassing the Founder’s Dilemma

Startup Noodle

Note from Shlomo: I’m very glad to present additional partners of Startup Noodle. I have the privilege to work with Steve on a couple of projects and I highly trust Ikura’s agile process and tech skills to deliver the best prototypes for start ups who begin their journey with a brand new idea coming up. Take is away Steve! Tech-based [.]. General

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Attacked By Bears? 9 Craziest Excuses for Being Late

Inc Startups

Survey reveals that today's employees favor far more colorful excuses than, say, "My dog ate my homework."

The Five Phases of Fundraising

UC Berkeley

by Morten Lund, repeat entrepreneur based in Denmark, the chairman of LundXO and Tradeshift, and a prolific seed-stage investor. Backer of many of the most successful technology startups to come out of Europe, including Skype, BullGuard & Zyb. I’ve had the pleasure of being on both sides of the venture fundraising equation, having raised money and, later in my career, invested it. I can tell you that it isn’t easy.

Are You Really Disruptive? (Or Just Talking About It)?

Inc Startups

It's easy to say your company aims to shake up its industry. But are you taking the steps you need to follow through? Disruption is the goal of most entrepreneurs.

Gorilla Anti-Trust Posturing

Andrew Payne

As the big four (Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook) continue to wield disproportionate influence over the digital ecosystem, these gorillas are having to worry a lot more about anti-trust issues. Nobody wants to be broken up like the Bell System. For example, last month, Liz Gannes wrote about Facebook’s search plans: …the fact that Facebook has finally made its search intentions known could actually be really good for Google.

4 International 'Start-up Cities' to Watch

Inc Startups

Countries across the globe have begun to set up "start-up cities" that aim to foster entrepreneurship. The big question is: Will it work?

More New Renaissance

deal architect

On the Innovation blog Indoor Positioning Technology “Freeloaders” Big Data and Florists The GE Global Innovation Barometer The 787 Turbulence The New England Patriots: Butts in stadium seats House of Moves: Allergy as a video game Samsung in the Enterprise. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Your Employees Are Stealing (And They Don't Even Feel Guilty)

Inc Startups

Your data is following your employees out the door. How to stem the tide. Ever email a document to your home email account? What about transferring some specs to your iPad so you can study them on your flight? Did you delete them when you were done with them? You probably answered yes, yes, and no.

Gorilla Anti-Trust Posturing

Andrew Payne

As the big four (Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook) continue to wield disproportionate influence over the digital ecosystem, these gorillas are having to worry a lot more about anti-trust issues. Nobody wants to be broken up like the Bell System. For example, last month, Liz Gannes wrote about Facebook’s search plans: …the fact that Facebook has finally made its search intentions known could actually be really good for Google.

Top 5 Start-up Acquirers of 2012

Inc Startups

Large companies spent a collective $84 billion to buy tech start-ups last year. Check out who made the most deals and what motivated them. When you're an entrepreneur, getting acquired is always a possibility and one of the down-the-road exit strategies you keep in the back of your mind.

Gorilla Anti-Trust Posturing

Andrew Payne

As the big four (Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook) continue to wield disproportionate influence over the digital ecosystem, these gorillas are having to worry a lot more about anti-trust issues. Nobody wants to be broken up like the Bell System. For example, last month, Liz Gannes wrote about Facebook’s search plans: …the fact that Facebook has finally made its search intentions known could actually be really good for Google.

'Made in the USA' Gets a Makeover

Inc Startups

American manufacturing has a new artisanal image--and a new ad agency from the creative team of Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

Timbre App: how an odd investment process yields a promising partnership

Fred Destin

I had the funny / dubious distinction of being a headline item today as Techcrunch announced the funding of concert discovery app Timbre. Timbre is a simple and beautiful app to help you discover great live music around you.

Investors: Whose Money to Take (and Whose to Turn Down)

Inc Startups

The best investors aren't just those with the most cash. They're the ones who really care about what your company stands for. One the first goals--not to say obsessions--of any entrepreneur who wants to build a lasting, valuable company is to get funded.

How Many Life Units Is It Worth?

Mike Michalowicz

Before we get started here, I want to make sure we agree on something. Every hour of our life is an hour closer to our death. In other words each hour we spend, regardless of how we spend it, is a life unit.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Trevor Sumner

Inc Startups

The founder of LocalVox offers a few choice words of wisdom for ambitious self-starters hunting for a mentor. Start-up founders and employees have raw talent, but need real mentorship to thrive. Trevor Sumner offers his best career wisdom to would-be entrepreneurs.

Why I cheer when employees leave #blindpost

Jeff Hilimire

This is a blindpost suggested by @gumboshowjoe. He didn’t think I had the b&lls to write it. The original article, written by Chris Seper , can be found here. And as usual, I didn’t read the article before writing this… Let’s start with this fundamental point ~ there are two types of people that leave a company: those that you want to leave and those that you don’t want to leave.

Data Tracking: A Double-Edged Sword?

Inc Startups

Customers are increasingly reluctant to have their data mined by marketers, but marketers need it. Collision ahead? Perhaps.

Copenhagen-Based Click A Taxi Now Covers 50 Countries

ArcticStartup

Every now and then a startup pops out of the woodwork that we should have covered by now. Copenhagen-based Click A Taxi now covers 50 countries, a steep jump from the nine countries it previously covered.

Finding Simple Solutions

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

Steve Blank has one of the best definitions of what is a startup: “a startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” ” To ensure that a business is scalable, the problem the startup builds a solution for should have a large addressable market. An important aspect of it being a repeatable process is a function of how simple the solution is.

Demons, Wizards, and The New Barriers To Entry For The Gaming Industry

ArcticStartup

Gaming is probably the major industry buzzword in the region right now. Money, interest and talent is poured into it and as a result, we have more and more gaming companies such as Boomlagoon , Fingersoft (Hill Climb Racing) in addition to the two giants - Rovio and Supercell.

In the ‘shadows’ of big data

The Equity Kicker

I’ve just read Betaworks 2012 Shareholder Letter written by the CEO John Borthwick. At 43 pages its a long read. Its pretty dense too. But there’s an amazing amount of great insight there – from developments in the investment market to interesting startup themes.

Airbnb's Annual Report: We're Still Growing

Inc Startups

The booking website says it has grown 250%, but some of its users are still facing courts for illegal renting. Room-rental platform Airbnb published Thursday a glowing report that celebrated its growing user base--but made no mention of recent legal snafus.

Sellfy Adds Paymill, Stripe To Digital E-Commerce Platform

ArcticStartup

If you've got some digital goods you're looking to sell, Vilnius-based Sellfy probably offers the lowest-friction solution to get them moving.

Who Are Entreprenuers

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

I read this tweet by the Box.net founder yesterday: “I wish I had waited longer to do a startup,” said no one ever. Just go do it. — Aaron Levie (@levie) February 6, 2013. There hasn’t been a better time to start. Take the plunge today! Inspiration Entrepreneurship startups