Wed.Nov 07, 2012

5 Key Ingredients of Satisfaction for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Building a startup is hard work for low pay, it’s risky, and it requires total responsibility to make it work. Yet, many entrepreneurs are the happiest people I know. On the other hand, I know many unhappy individuals who are always partying, have minimal commitments, and little responsibility.

Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator

The Next Web

What have you built lately? 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have created a urine powered generator. All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria.

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8 Things Wildly Successful People Do

Inc Startups

The most successful people in business work differently. See what they do--and why it works. I'm fortunate to know a number of remarkably successful people. I've described how these people share a set of specific perspectives and beliefs. They also share a number of habits: 1.

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9 Ways To Make Sure Your Small Business Is Better Off Four Years From Now


by Michael Houlihan, coauthor of “ The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestseller “ “Obama’s tax policies will cripple small businesses!” Romney cares only about bankers, huge multinational corporations, and the super wealthy!”.

The Skills Most Leaders Don't Have

Inc Startups

We've all heard about hard skills and soft skills. Those aren't the ones that trip up leaders. For too long, we’ve thought of “hard skills” and “soft skills” as mutually exclusive.

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6 Sales Lessons From the Election

Inc Startups

The recent election teaches important lessons about what really works in sales and marketing. All elections are sales and marketing campaigns, from their big spends on airtime to their word-of-mouth networking on the ground.

New Online Courses From Sympoz On Starting A Company

Feld Thoughts

Along with my partner Jason Mendelson and our friends Brad Bernthal (University of Colorado Law School) and Mike Platt (partner at Cooley LLP) we have launched a series of courses in conjunction with our portfolio company Sympoz on starting a company. This is a bidirectional experiment for us – we are helping Sympoz launch their new set of programs for startups and entrepreneurs while continuing to experiment with new forms of media around education on a topic we know well.

How Tariq Farid Made Fruit Baskets a $400 Million Business

Inc Startups

Tariq Farid says his family would "still be struggling" if they were in Pakistan. Instead, he's the CEO of the very successful Edible Arrangements. Born in Sahiwal, Pakistan, Tariq Farid moved to the United States at the age of 12 with his parents and five siblings.

Take a CopyWriter to Lunch. And an Editor to Dinner.

Up and Running

I’m a good writer. I know that. I’m proud of that. I write relatively fast, relatively finished non-fiction business writing. I have degrees to prove it, but of course they don’t. And I have published works to prove it, and they do. Google me. .

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If You Do One Thing on Social Media, Do This

Inc Startups

Aaron Aders, co-founder of Slingshot SEO, explains the first step you need to take on social media before anything else

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The Product Manager

Seeing Both Sides

My first job after business school was serving as a product manager for an Internet commerce software company (Open Market, IPO'96). Back then, we learned the "HP way" - methodical, waterfall, process-driven.

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How To Implement Recurring Billing In Any Business

Mike Michalowicz

Most entrepreneurs have two basic goals: (1) make money and (2) make more money. Considering the fact those are pretty simple, well-defined goals, not everyone seems to have the same amount of success achieving them.

5 Steps to Handling a Customer Complaint

Inc Startups

Your employees may be turning customers away. Teach them these simple steps to navigate through a customer service issue. Do you remember when the customer was king--when businesses lived by one simple credo: the customer is always right?

Sifting Through the Spam: How to Ensure Your Company’s Cyber Legitimacy

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Spam is subjective. Broadly defined, it refers to all business outreach. When it comes down to individual definitions of spam, some people are more discerning than others.

Fix How You Ask For Feedback

Inc Startups

Want to improve your product, speech, or website? Stop asking people whether they like it. You've worked long and hard on a product, presentation, report, or website, and you have the start of something you think has merit.

Encouraging empowering innovation

The Equity Kicker

Yesterday I wrote about the distinction between empowering innovation that creates jobs and economic growth and efficiency innovation which improves profits but destroys jobs and does little for growth. At the end of the post I wrote a little about what we might do to encourage more empowering innovation and today I’m going to add some more to that.

Why You Should Give Yourself a Raise

Inc Startups

Infographic: Research suggests entrepreneurs often take home smaller paychecks than their employees

Top 5 Happiness Tips For Business And Sales Professionals


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Modern Marketing: Turn Your Company Into a Magnet

Inc Startups

Brian Halligan, founder of marketing software company HubSpot, says you should toss out the rules of traditional marketing, and embrace a new philosophy

Tom Conrad

Google Ventures

Tom Conrad, CTO at Pandora , shares his inspiration for reinventing the radio. Founder Interviews


Women Are Less Likely to Negotiate Starting Salaries

Inc Startups

A new report shows that women are unlikely to discuss the salary for a new job unless asked. It isn't exactly a secret that there's a pay gap between male and female workers. But a new report may shed some light on how this gap is formed.

Innotech to Add New Women IT Conference

Austin Startup

With Innotech only a couple of days away, Matt Scherer, the public relations staff member for the Austin Innotech and our San Antonio correspondent, sat down with Amanda Justice, the chair of the 2012 Women of Information Technology Summit. Enterprise innotech

Why 57 Million People Voted for Mitt Romney

Inc Startups

Mitt Romney's campaign turned out to be a tribute to a quality every entrepreneur implicitly understands. Last summer, you may remember, Mitt Romney was all but beaten in the polls.

Have You Tested Selling Video Ads On Your Blog? by Yaro Starak

Before I tell you the background story and my own results so far with video ads, if you haven’t yet tried out CrankyAds , I recommend you give it a go. It’s a free WordPress plugin you can use to handle all advertising on your blog, and that includes offering video ads to your sponsors.

Election Behind; Fiscal Cliff Ahead

Inc Startups

Officials in Washington wasted no time in setting themselves heading straight toward the precipice. What does the "fiscal cliff" mean for your business? Was it a victory, or was it the start of a new battle?

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Nate Silver’s probability map vs. the actual map of the.

Mark Birch

Nate Silver’s probability map vs. the actual map of the Presidential electoral college results. Pretty close, no? (via via ilovecharts ). politics Nate Silver US election 2012 President probability submission


Don't Have a Schtick? Get One Now

Inc Startups

Richard Branson does crazy stunts. Another founder wears orange every day. Here's why adopting your own schtick could help you succeed. A lot of things need to come together for a new business to be successful. Great product, brilliant team, the right meetings--the list goes on.

Big Data Won the Election

Mark Birch

With all the euphoria / despondency from last night’s culmination of many months of electoral angst, many assume that the big story was that Barak Obama won election for a second term. You could be forgiven for thinking this is the true narrative.

Face It: Your Employees Cheat (or Used to)

Inc Startups

Here's how you can encourage your staffers to be ethical at work (even if they haven't always been). It has become fashionable at big corporations and banks to bring in ethics trainers--paid consultants who try to teach the workforce right from wrong.

Cruz Command Article Publishing Platform Review An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

The following is a paid review for written and reviewed by Michael Kwan. It is completely of Michael Kwan’s opinion and is not influenced by being paid. If you’re interested in having your site or product reviewed, please view my advertising page.

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What Investors Need to Hear from You

Inc Startups

NYC TechStars managing director David Tisch on the start-up metrics that savvy investors watch most closely

Atlanta Startup Weekend Is Back

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

So about five years ago I heard about Startup Weekend and reached out to Andrew Hyde to bring the show to Atlanta. Andrew was willing and able and with the help of a lot of folks Atlanta Startup Weekend was born in the fall of 2007. I ran it for three years before passing the baton to Jason Ardell and company who morphed it into StartAtlanta in the Winter of 2011. . My startup sista Jen Bonnett made things happen in the Spring of 2012 cranking back up Atlanta Startup Weekend.

4 Things Obama Should Do Before Dinner

Inc Startups

Obama's first priority should be helping entrepreneurs create jobs. Here's how he can get that done, fast. President Obama won a sweeping victory, capturing over 300 electoral votes. Now, his first priority needs to be job creation.

GRUNGE WEDNESDAY: Honey Bucket by Melvins - Not much to say here.

Mark Birch

GRUNGE WEDNESDAY: Honey Bucket by Melvins - Not much to say here other than we all need to hear some Melvins tonight. You can thank me later. music rock metal grunge Melvins Honey Bucket Houdini Seattle