Mon.Dec 05, 2011

Easy to criticize, hard to create

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

(Powered by LaunchBit ). I can rip any business idea to shreds. Take NetFlix: The costs of inventory logistics, millions of non-technical customers, the Postal Service, and loss from wear and delivery will make profit impossible with a reasonable retail price.

The Secret to Creating Raving Fans: Good Customer Service Isn’t Enough

Up and Running

I’m old school. I came up in a time when the customer was always right (even when they weren’t!). In my first job at Dunkin Donuts, I learned quickly what that meant.

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Direct From Google: How To Build A Quality Website In 2012

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I hear a lot of webmasters complain day in and day out about all the changes that Google constantly makes to its algorithm and how they affect our search engine placement. Let me break it to you: it’s not all about what Google has done and will do to update its algorithm. It’s about what you SHOULD BE doing. I… Read the rest of this entry » Search Engine Optimization Search Engine Optimization & Search Marketing Amit Singhal google panda google penalities matt cutts

Retrofit – Data Driven Weight Loss

Feld Thoughts

If you’re a regular reader, you know about my interest in the quantified self and exercise. You also know my struggle with losing that “last 20 pounds” which I’ve finally decided I am going to do once and for all. As part of this, I’m using a new program called Retrofit which was created by Jeff Hyman, a long time friend and entrepreneur, and some of the leading weight loss experts in the country .

Beware of fancy formulas and slick shortcuts

Escape From Cubicle Nation

When I used to teach the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira, new students would come in for their first class and watch the more advanced students doing flying kicks and ariel cartwheels. “Wow, how long before I can do that?” ” some would ask.

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5 Easy Ways to Stay Motivated

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Face it: There are days when being an entrepreneur sucks. Here are a few simple steps to getting your mojo back. No matter what you do for a living , the key to success is superlative performance, day after day after day.

Boulder’s Entrepreneurial Weakness – Space

Feld Thoughts

I’ve talked a lot on this blog about the great things about the Boulder entrepreneurial ecosystem. Over the past five years it’s been awesome to see things really blossom. But there are always problems of some sort. And we have a few here in Boulder which – in the spirit of helping understand how entrepreneur ecosystems work over time – are worth pointing out and talking about.

Reverse Engineering a Career

This is going to be BIG.

I run into a lot of people trying to switch careers and join a startup. They're trying to get product positions and marketing jobs in particular, but they don't have any prior experience. That leaves them in the infinite loop of not being able to get the job because you don't have experience, but not being able to get any experience, etc, etc. It's a solvable problem. You can do nearly absolutely anything within one or two years time--as long as you put your mind to it and construct a plan.

10 Steps To Great Leadership

Inc Startups

I never went to CEO school. But here's how I learned to drive my business forward profitably. Hint: Its not just about number crunching.

Horizontal specialization as a catalyst for startups

Chris Dixon

One of the most important events in the history of modern computing was the advent of “fabless” semiconductor companies. The story of fabless semi companies is similar to the recent history of internet startups: various forces led to a massive lowering of startup costs, which then led to a boom in innovation. Before the 1980s, if you wanted to invent a new semiconductor, you had to both design and manufacture it.

How to Select a Company or Product Name

www.developer-resource.com

Developer Resource. Design. Developer. E-commerce. Hosting. General. Marketing. Licensing. Resellers. Search. Engines. Software. Conferences. Software. Organizations. Software. Store. Statistics. Support. General Marketing. Search: [advanced search] -->. How to Select a Company or Product Name. When building a business there is little more. important than selecting an appropriate company. or product name. Names can be distinctive, unique. or descriptive.

End of a Business Does Not Have to be Failure

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Sometimes an entrepreneur reaches a crossroad. While the business that they have started shows potential, they may come to the realization that the only chance it has of being sustainable will require raising money to grow it to the next level. Bootstrapping is always a good path to start a business, but sometimes a certain level of funding is still needed to get to a sustainable scale that can earn the owner an acceptable income.

How to Not Fail as an Entrepreneur

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Why do most entrepreneurs fail? Businesses fail everyday for a variety of reasons. They may have run out of money, may have underestimated the competition, may have not known how to operate efficiently, or may have had trouble keeping track of their accounting information. Most of these problems can be avoided if an entrepreneur does

Why Nobody is Talking About Your Company

Inc Startups

You're probably making these five classic public-relations mistakes. Here's how to stop sucking at publicizing your company.

Information Arbitrage - Tough love

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All My Employees Are in Sales

Inc Startups

Everyone at my company understands that the next sale begins when the customer says yes, and making that sale is part of their job. “How many salespeople do you have?” ” I’m often asked that question, and I reply that we have 500. “WOW!”

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Seeing Both Sides

Start ups are great barometers for the future. Those of us who spend our time immersed in the world of young companies are priviledged to get a glimpse of what's coming around the corner by meeting with entrepreneurs who are trying to bring the future forward.

Invest in Israel Newsletter December 2011

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.

Networking Tips from the Inc. 5000

Inc Startups

Want to be a power networker? We tapped 6 CEOs of the countrys fastest growing companies about how theyve networked for success, and how you can too. The most valuable networking you'll ever do will have no obvious immediate gain.

Solving the Data Deluge

Peter Levine

Data underlies every Web site, gaming company, social network and enterprise computing environment. We’re talking massive quantities, too, created by users and computers, and getting bigger all the time.

Barbara Corcoran: 2012 Real Estate Outlook

Inc Startups

The real estate entrepreneur and star of ABC's Shark Tank talks about what to on the real estate market.

Top Five Ways To Recognize And Appreciate Millennial Workers

YoungUpstarts

by Mike Byam, managing partner at Terryberry. We’ve seen this pattern repeat itself time and time again in our work with employee recognition for businesses large and small – the college kids of today become the business leaders of tomorrow.

Build a Website That Will Beat the Competition: 4 Tips

Inc Startups

A tale of two florists: Same product, same market. Here's why one company wins hands down. Business has always been about competition. Online, it is competition on steroids. Depending on which study you read, online attention spans range from four seconds to 10 seconds.

The Rise Of The Context Graph

Nick O'Neill

Flavors.me hit the web just two years ago and with it the rise of a basic concept: it should be extremely simple for people to express their identity on the web in a visually compelling way. Instantly, numerous companies took note and either duplicated Flavors.me (e.g. About.me) or integrated flavors.me functionality into their own products and this trend continues today. Yet a broader trend is just beginning to emerge: contextual identity. Flavors.me

The 5 Crucial Sales Questions You're Afraid to Ask

Inc Startups

The five questions you're afraid to ask a buyer are actually the key to increasing sales and ramping up efficiency. Hey, no one ever said sales was easy. If you want to increase your sales conversion rate dramatically, stop selling to people who can’t or won’t buy.

The Path to Becoming a Venture Capitalist - DShen's Blogs

Dshen

Rob Go of NextView Ventures just wrote a great post: So You Want to be a VC? where he describes what it's like to be a VC, to the many people who tell him they want to get into VC. I thought I'd repost and expand on part of

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Forget About the Numbers

Growthink Blog

As any venture capitalist worth his salt will tell you, there is a chasm of difference between the mostly grounded-in-reality financial forecasts offered by public companies, and the almost never do come true "rosy scenario" projections offered as a matter of course by emerging technology companies.

Design Staff ? Tips for testing your designs with UserTesting.com

Design Staff

I love quick and dirty user research. I try to eliminate barriers that prevent teams from talking to and observing people using their products. And if you're not watching people use your product, you don't know what you're

Is a Bird in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush?

Taffy Williams

In arecent meeting, I asked company founders if they would take $10MM for theirtechnology and just walk away. Thequestion was a bit of a trick question. Any answer provided would be revealing valuable information about theteam. My intentions were to see if thefounders thought of the company as a life style company; i.e. a place to do the kind of work they wanted but not to makemoney for investors.

10 tips for naming your company, product, or service

www.thenameinspector.com

About. Compliments. In the Media. Phonetic Visualization. Portfolio. Naming and Verbal Branding Services. Pay the balance on your naming package. 10 tips for naming your company, product, or service. Hosting that Biznik workshop on naming has inspired The Name Inspector to post some tips about the actual naming process.

Check Your Tech – How to Avoid Unnecessary SEO Surprises

Rembrandt Communications

It’s been months since you did extensive, search engine optimization (SEO) keyword research and added the appropriate tags to your site. Lately, you’ve been focusing on other things like landing pages, newsletters, case studies, and more. But as you scan the Web one day, you notice that your site is not showing up in the [.]. SEO SEO Copywriting Copywriting sales search engine optimization site optimization

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First-Time Founder? 9 Things to Know

Inc Startups

Two serial entrepreneurs set out to succeed where Pets.com failed. It's worked -- so far -- because they've followed these key principles. At first glance , Alex Zhardanvosky and Joe Speiser don’t practice the “stick to your core competencies” mantra they preach.

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The Techcrunch Embargo

ArcticStartup

There are numerous different ways media companies generate news. Some focus to cover the bigger picture of events. A good example of this is The Economist. They dig deep into the story backgrounds and go beyond the obvious. Another more common way to cover stories online is the one of breaking news.

The Truth About Your Next Hire

Inc Startups

Obviously, job candidates' references are biased. Here's how you can find out what a potential employee is really all about. Checking references is a normal part of the hiring process.