Fri.Nov 16, 2012

Electrify Your Readers with Bolts of Information and Blast Away Boredom!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Have you ever read something really, really boring but struggled through it because you recognized the information was of high value? As students, we’ve all labored through massive, ancient textbooks, our eyes becoming heavier and heavier, our minds overflowing with dates and formulae.

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Asking For Money

Startup Professionals Musings

The first question most people seem to ask when contemplating a new startup is where they will get investor money. That’s certainly a valid question, but all the money in the world won’t make your business a success if you hate what you are doing, and you don’t have a plan to use it.

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What Great Leaders Have That Good Leaders Don't

Inc Startups

The difference between good and great leadership can be expressed in a single word: loyalty. “My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach.” ” --Navy SEAL Creed When you think of strong leaders, you probably think of people who are decisive, bold, confident, and fearless.

Lessons learned by local entrepreneurs

Taffy Williams

For some, small communities are more beautiful Big Council hosted a technology conference for entrepreneurs yesterday in Charlotte NC. The conference had panel discussions where VCs, CFOs, and entrepreneurs all participated in extended dialogue and question answer sessions.

Tony Hsieh: 'Hiring Mistakes Cost Zappos $100 Million'

Inc Startups

Tony Hsieh describes exactly how he set up's hiring process to avoid bad hiring decisions

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5 Apps That Make QuickBooks Better

Inc Startups

You're already using QuickBooks. Check out five ways to get more mileage out of it. You're likely familiar with the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Store, but what about the Intuit App Center ? Probably not on your radar. But maybe it should be.

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Web Of Trust Invited Into Facebook's AV Marketplace


Web Of Trust, the crowdsourced safe-surfing tool, has announced today that Facebook has invited the Helsinki-based service into it's Anti-Virus marketplace. Now Facebook users can download the browser add-on for free from the Facebook Security page.

5 Ways to Generate Good Fortune

Inc Startups

Some people seem luckier than others. The truth is that some people just are better at recognizing and capitalizing on opportunities. Here's how to improve your odds. I've never considered myself a lucky person per se.

The Viking StartupBus Hacks Their Way To LeWeb


Need cheap tickets and a ride to LeWeb? The Viking StartupBus is looking for hackathon extraordinaires with competencies in development, design, or marketing to apply for their rolling hackathon.

Freshii Founder's 5-Point Leadership Manifesto

Inc Startups

Rather than a business plan, Freshii restaurant chain founder Matthew Corrin wrote a five-point manifesto for how he would run his company

Are You Building A Business That’s ‘80 Miles Wide and An Inch Deep’?


by Lonnie Sciambi, author of “ Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success “ It never ceases to amaze me how many small business owners think that having multiple sources of revenue, often across multiple market types is a good business model.

Why You Need to Choose New Heroes

Inc Startups

It's great to have role models you admire--unless they're holding you back from reaching your true potential. Think about a person you truly admire in business, sports, politics, whatever. Whom you choose as your hero--and it is a choice--says more about you than about that person.

[Infographic] What Nintendo Means To The Gaming Industry


We may all be happily playing Halo 4 now on our Xboxes or racing to Forza Motorsport 4 on the PS3, but it’s all too easy to forget that video games pioneer Nintendo once helped save the video game industry way back in the 1980s.

4 Problem-Solving Analytics Tools

Inc Startups

Buried deep in your data are all kinds of clues you need to strengthen your business. Here's how to uncover them. When a business runs into trouble, sometimes all it takes to solve the problem is pulling one lever. The issue, of course, is finding exactly which lever to pull.

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Seeing Accumulation At 60km/h On A Micrometer Scale


Editorial note: This post is part of a series of posts in collaboration with Lappeenranta University of Technology to promote their expertise and tools in commercialising research based innovations. In our series with Lappeenranta University of Technology, we look at how the university has enabled researchers and entrepreneurs spinoff research based innovation into startups.

4 Ways to Take Advantage of Facebook Mobile Ads

Inc Startups

You're a few clicks and a few dollars away from reaching customers on Facebook mobile. Here are four simple ways to do so. With roughly half of all U.S. mobile subscribers using smartphones , Facebook is very focused on serving ads to mobile users.

“If You’re Not Aiming for Something a Billion Dollars or Larger, Why Waste Your Time”

Scott Edward Walker

Welcome to our weekly series “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we share a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.

3 Start-up Secrets From Jerry Maguire

Inc Startups

The founder and CEO of learned a thing or two about business from the (fictional) Dicky Fox. Here are Pablo Palatnik's favorite pieces of start-up advice from Jerry Maguire. The best advice you'll ever get as an entrepreneur can come from anywhere.

As a startup CEO, you wear many, many hats. The deck that Mark.

Mark Birch

As a startup CEO, you wear many, many hats. The deck that Mark Suster created ” Entrepreneurshit: The Truth About Building Startups ” has some solid thoughts. While the focus of the deck is on fund raising, this was the one image that stood out for something other than fund raising.

6 Ways to Survive a Holiday Work Party

Inc Startups

Here are six sure-fire survival tips for the inevitable holiday get-together. Many people dread the inevitable holiday work party. After all, why would you want to spend three hours in a room full of people you barely know, most of whom (like you) would rather be doing something else? Never fear.

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My psychedelic 360 journey

deal architect

As an author, I love flowery, poetic language, so I admired how Jamie Anderson of SAP opens his column at Forbes celebrating The Doors I can hear Ray Manzerek’s analogue keys (pounding bass notes) reverberating through my subconscious as I. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

How to Scale Your Lean Start-up

Inc Startups

You've identified a problem worth solving and created a viable product that meets customers' needs, but how do you accelerate growth with limited resources? In a recent article we told the story of Brightbox , a New York-based start-up that provides secure phone-charging stations to public venues.

Welcoming a new blog sponsor: Infor

deal architect

It is an honor to welcome Infor to the past and present gallery of innovators and disruptors who sponsor this and the New Florence. New Renaissance blog. The timing is impeccable as Infor has an all-new look that reflects its. Industry Commentary


2 Tools to Turn Customers Into Cheerleaders

Inc Startups

Incentivizing current customers to buy more and bring in new business is a huge opportunity you can't miss. As a business, you're always trying to acquire new customers, which is essential.

Three Things that One can do to build Second Line at Small & Medium Business (SME / SMB )


Building Second Line is the biggest challenge in SME’s. This may be due to the focus of entrepreneur which is very internal and personal. Development of Second Line needs a broader outlook and ability to think and create an environment of trust. Its also to do with the openness of SME owner to create wealth for their future leaders along with risk taking ability with people. . Identify: Not that every employee who joins you would grow to be a Second Line material.

How CEOs Can Close the Skills Gap

Inc Startups

Entrepreneurs may be missing out on the best hires by not doing this recruiting tip. The fight for the White House is over, but the Obama administration still has another uphill battle-;lowering unemployment. Roughly 12.3 million people are unemployed, and there are about 3.6

How to Use Anchor Pricing

Constantly Learning

Anchoring describes the human tendency to use the first piece of information presented when making decisions. The first thing offered is called the anchor. We use this anchor to make decisions about anything subsequently offered. Anchoring can be used multiple ways the most common being with product pricing and price negotiation. The most overly used example of anchoring is when Apple introduced the iPad. What should we price it at?" asked Jobs. "If

Justin Timberlake: Meet the New Myspace

Inc Startups

The social media site began its official comeback last night with a live demo that emphasized artist connectivity and discovery. Myspace revealed more details about its highly-anticipated re-launch last night via a demonstration led by shareholder and celebrity Justin Timberlake.

COVER FRIDAY: Knife Manual performed by Gas Huffer - I remember.

Mark Birch

COVER FRIDAY: Knife Manual performed by Gas Huffer - I remember the time when I was rummaging through a pile of used CD’s in a music store in Kenmore Square. I had been on a major Mudhoney kick, and I pulled up a disc single with Mudhoney donning kung-fu outfits on the cover. I thought this was gold, but I had never heard of the band featured on the other side.

Should Campaign Finance Work Like Kickstarter?

Inc Startups

A mix of tech entrepreneurs, investors and advocates asked for a move toward "small-d democracy" in a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"The road hasn’t been easy. It took over 16 months to bring a product to market. When we launched no."

Mark Birch

“The road hasn’t been easy. It took over 16 months to bring a product to market. When we launched no one cared and 24 months after starting we had only 10 paying customers and revenues of $99 per month. We moved into my parents’ basement for 3.5 years. But despite all the evidence pointing to our failure, we carried on. We loved our customers, our company and working together, and we’d discovered a passion to serve others.

Invincible Ball Brings Joy to Kids (& Lions)

Inc Startups

Soccer balls from the One World Futbol Project stand up to life in a refugee camp. Soccer is enduringly popular in many poor countries. Unfortunately, soccer balls are less enduring.

Grammaropolis featured in the iTunes App Store!

Startup Houston

Congratulations to Coert Voorhees, Mayor of Grammaropolis , prolific author , and Caroline Collective member for his latest achievement: a featured spot in the iTunes App Store! Coert and his development partners at Bouncing Pixel have created an interactive learning journey that makes words fun.

How I Got My Office to Lose Weight

Inc Startups

Let's face it: A healthy company is a productive company. And mine needed a boost. Here's how I created a friendly competition to get everyone thinking about fitness. I'm one of those entrepreneurs who subscribes to a work-hard-play-hard ethos.