Wed.Jan 30, 2013

Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Steve Blank

I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth. From that day on, when I got asked about which corporate innovation program had the best process for idea selection, I started my list with Qualcomm.

The Colorado PUC Trying to Shut Down UberDenver

Feld Thoughts

In yet another insane move by government against entrepreneurs and job creators, the Colorado PUC is proposing a new set of rules that would shut down Uber in Colorado. This is protectionism and misuse of power in an egregious form. Government supporting powerful incubants (the taxi industry) that are threatened by disruptive innovators through regulation. As a Colorado entrepreneurial community, we shouldn’t stand for this.

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How to Use Social Media To Drive Sales

ConversionXL

According to a report by Nielsen on social media Americans spend three times more time on social media than reading their e-mail. of online time is spent reading e-mail and 23% on social. The juicy bit of the study is that more than 70% of social networks users shop online.

We Need to Have Sympathy for Those With Depression. It is an Illness

Both Sides of the Table

Somebody commented that in 2013 I have done a lot more personal posts than usual. I didn’t set out that way. It just happened. Lots of tragedies in the past couple of months. Aaron Schwartz. Sandy Hook. Now Jody Sherman.

Startup Visa Act 2013 Introduced By Udall (D-Colo) and Flake (R-Ariz)

Feld Thoughts

Today appears to be government day on Feld Thoughts. This morning I wrote about the Colorado PUC trying to shut down Uber in Colorado (bad). Now I get to write about Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) re-introducing the Startup Visa Act of 2013 (good). Mark – thank you – you’ve been an awesome supporter of this and leader of the effort since the first day we discussed it in 2009. Senator Flake – thank you for showing leadership on this issue.

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Seth Godin: Why Small Businesses Fail

Inc Startups

The famous marketing expert explains how small businesses can hone their market efforts. A few months ago, I traded emails with best-selling author Seth Godin on the subject of marketing inside small businesses. The more I read over the interview, the more I realize that his advice is priceless.

From Radio Shack, to Self-Taught SEO Expert, Court Tuttle Reveals How He Always Knows Which Keywords Are Profitable Online

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet [powerpress]. Download the Text Transcript in PDF. Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes. How is this for a claim to fame – earning at least $200,000 a year for the last four years straight online. That’s what Courtney Tuttle has achieved.

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8 Ways Happy People Are Different From Everyone Else

Inc Startups

Want to be happier? Steal a page from the perennial optimist's playbook. As a therapist-turned-entrepreneur (kinda), I have helped lots of people fight myriad mental and emotional setbacks.

The State of Business To Business (B2B) Content Marketing In North America

crowdSPRING Blog

MarketingProfs and the Content Marketing Institute recently released a report on 2013 Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends for North America.

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6 Email Marketing Myths

Inc Startups

Everyone knows you shouldn't send the same email twice, right? Wrong. Email marketing is one of the most effective ways drive traffic and increase sales. But there are many misconceptions about how to make a great email pitch.

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5 Things Your Referral Sources Desperately Want to Know

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Michael Port. photo credit: Kalexanderson via photopin cc. Most marketers are clear about targeting their marketing and advertising messages. but when it comes to referrals it seems that notion is no longer valid.

7 Iconic Bands that Changed the Business of Music

Inc Startups

These trailblazers all sparked major changes in the music business. Use their examples as inspiration to shake up your industry. Forget musical tastes. Ignore critical accolades. Set aside arguments about the merits of the music they created.

10 Criteria for a Memorable Name for Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

First things first – your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make. The name of your business has a tremendous impact on how customers and investors view you, and in today’s small world, it’s a world-wide decision.

Quick: Define Leadership

Inc Startups

If you don't know what your leadership is, how are you going to make it persuasive to others? When first working with a client, I ask, “What is your definition of your leadership?” ” Invariably, a pause follows. The eventual response is sometimes tentative, confused, or incomplete.

Passion For What You Do

Mike Michalowicz

My friend was the second child born to his parents. When he was about to have his own second child, his mother shared a story with him. She explained that when she was pregnant with him, she feared how she would share her love.

You Don't Have to Be a High-End Firm to Offer High-End Customer Service

Inc Startups

A recent trip using Enterprise Rent-A-Car reminds me luxury customer service isn't expensive, but hugely desirable. Whenever I rent a car, I call what I believe to be the high-end rental car agency.

Letter to Carmen Ortiz about Aaron Swartz

Andrew Payne

Stepping off my usual entrepreneurship topics, here’s a letter I sent to Carmen Ortiz, Stephen Heymann, and Scott Garland (the prosecutors in the Aaron Swartz case) earlier this week. I’m expecting precisely zero effect on anything here, but it captures my analysis of what happened. Apart from the sadness and tragedy, I think we all need to be very mindful of the growing gaps between technology and our laws. January 28, 2013. The Honorable Carmen M. Ortiz.

Facebook Fuels Online Advertising Start-ups

Inc Startups

Facebook beat fourth-quarter earnings expectations today. Online ad start-ups had already predicted positive news, thanks to the new FBX advertising exchange. Today, Facebook released its fourth-quarter earnings, beating analyst expectations with revenue of $1.59

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Evernote Founder's Rule for Success

Inc Startups

Phil Libin, the founder of Evernote, once used sleight-of-hand to play up strengths and downplay weakness. He's found a better strategy for building strong relationships.

Letter to Carmen Ortiz about Aaron Swartz

Andrew Payne

Stepping off my usual entrepreneurship topics, here’s a letter I sent to Carmen Ortiz, Stephen Heymann, and Scott Garland (the prosecutors in the Aaron Swartz case) earlier this week. I’m expecting precisely zero effect on anything here, but it captures my analysis of what happened. Apart from the sadness and tragedy, I think we all need to be very mindful of the growing gaps between technology and our laws. January 28, 2013. The Honorable Carmen M. Ortiz.

What it Takes to be a Later-in-Life Founder

Inc Startups

You're never too old to start a company. But you'll need to show the same commitment, passion, and willingness to sacrifice as any younger entrepreneur. One recent theme at the Triangle Startup Factory is that of the later-in-life entrepreneur.

Invest In Israel Newsletter – January 2013 Edition

VC Cafe

As every month, VC Cafe is re-posting the “Invest in Israel” Newsletter, published by the investment promotion center of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, which offers many helpful tools for prospecting investors. For the Invest in Israel archive, click here. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Toopher Closes $2M in Funding

Austin Startup

The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), in the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), is pleased today to announce that Toopher has officially graduated into the Incubator as an IT portfolio company. Enterprise

A Little Crazy, a Little Fun: Building the Right Company Culture

Inc Startups

You can't position your company as cutting-edge if your employees think it's run-of-the-mill. How we're giving our company culture a boost. It is impossible to position your brand as avant-garde and unique if your employees and partners don't believe it is.

Please tell me this isn’t Blackberry’s strategy to get back in the game…

Jeff Hilimire

Apparently, Alicia Keys is now the Global Creative Director of Blackberry. I assure you, this is not an article from The Onion…though wouldn’t it be funny if they just ran the exact same story?

Top Five Digital Health Trends For 2013

YoungUpstarts

By Melissa Thompson, CEO of Talk Session. Healthcare needs fixing. Regulations stunt innovation, people are uninsured or under-insured, physicians’ are mired in red tape, and politically driven laws have unintended effects on the healthcare system.

The Writer For Our Time?

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

A couple weeks ago, there was a terrific article in the New York Times Magazine about novelist George Saunders. Highly recommended for anyone interested in fiction, writing, or books generally. Some excerpts below. Is he the writer for our time?

5 Things That Could Slow Apple's Success

Inc Startups

Let Apple's example be a lesson to you: Staying on top of your game--no matter how successful you are--is a never-ending struggle. The press is wondering if Apple has lost its cool. Investors are punishing the company for slower iPhone sales than expected.

Beaches to Business Plans: A Market Pulse Interview with CEO Tyler Jensen

Business Plan Blog

Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of The Startup Garage Tyler Jensen speaks with Market Pulse on ESPN 1700 in San Diego. Tyler was invited to talk with Market Pulse for their weekly “Words of the Wise” segment.

Why Foodspotting Is Worth $10 Million

Inc Startups

OpenTable's acquisition of Foodspotting shows why entrepreneurs should pay close attention to their platform capital. Online restaurant reservation service OpenTable announced yesterday that it has acquired start-up Foodspotting for $10 million.

[Infographic] How Apple Spends Its Money

YoungUpstarts

Technology giant Apple may have recently gotten into the news for almost losing its crown as the most valuable company in the world in terms of market capitalization after ascending to that throne back in August 2012.

Is Seller Financing For You?

Inc Startups

In today's challenging business-for-sale market, buyers expect some form of seller financing. But if you aren't careful, seller financing could sink you. Seller financing is an integral part of today's business-for-sale marketplace.

The Toggl Team Launches TeamWeek To Keep Your Team In Line

ArcticStartup

The Estonian creators of Toggl time tracking software have launched their newest product, TeamWeek , which is targeted at team-management professionals.