Fri.Jan 04, 2013

6 Ways to Enhance Your Credibility

Inc Startups

You won't succeed in business if nobody believes in you. Here's how to make certain they do. Your success in business is directly proportional to how quickly (and how well) you can establish credibility with your customers, investors, and colleagues.

Don’t Delay Your First Startup to Get an MBA Degree

Startup Professionals Musings

I don’t have an MBA. I used to fear that this would put me at a disadvantage in starting my own company, but now I’m convinced that it may be the other way around.

9 Ways You're Ruining Your Online Reputation

Inc Startups

Everything you do on the Internet is like a tattoo you get late at night that can never, ever be erased. We all behave like idiots at times. It’s been that way since the dawn of civilization.

Five Career Predictions For 2013


by Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Vice President and Managing Director of Apollo Research Institute. We at the Apollo Research Institute see job growth ahead in 2013 – and in some surprising places.

6 Things Really Powerful Leaders Do

Inc Startups

Not everyone is ready or willing to lead. Here are six things you'll need to master to move masses, inspired by Seth Godin's latest talk.

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5 Online Marketing New Year's Resolutions

Inc Startups

Want to be a better online marketer this year? Here are five resolutions you should definitely keep. January is the time of self-reflection, good intentions, and reality checks. Want to hit the ground running and be a better online marketer this year?

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How to gain traction in two sided markets

Startup ideas that involve two sided markets are notoriously difficult to get off the ground. It’s the age-old chicken and egg problem. You need lots of buyers for the sellers to be interested, and you need lots of sellers for the buyers to be interested. The same goes for the recruitment space, and many other verticals too. I myself have failed in a two sided market, where I once tried to build a product which would kill the business card.

Why You Should Hire 'Athletes'

Inc Startups

We call them athletes, because they can tackle any position. And they're the best type of employees you can hire at a start-up. Here's why. After we closed our round of Series A funding for 42Floors , we began working on hiring the right people.

The IRC-Galleria Team Builds Ninchat, A New Communication Tool For Teams


How does your team communicate at work? There are a lot of team communication tools out there, but check out Helsinki-based Ninchat, a nicely designed and accessible browser-based chat client.

10 Big Start-up Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Inc Startups

From failing to supervise the sales team to being just a little too feedback-happy, these young entrepreneurs learned some tough lessons about running a start-up in 2012.

Sulake's CEO - Paul LaFontaine Steps Down


“2010 was a record year for Habbo Hotel in many ways. Not only did we celebrate our 10 year anniversary, but our user base, sales and profitability continued to increase,” was a comment by the former CEO of Sulake - Timo Soininen back in 2011.


Top 3 Interview Questions for Salespeople

Inc Startups

Streamline the interview process with these three questions that help you zero in on serious candidates. In tough economic times, the pipeline for a sales job is often glutted with hundreds of applicants.

R.I.P. Spider-Man

Jeff Hilimire

That's Peter Parker on the ground, he swapped minds with Doc Ock. See ya, Pete. In case you haven’t heard, Spider-Man died in the most recent (and final) Amazing Spider-Man #700. Well, he kinda died. See, Doc Ock…actually, just trust me, it happened.

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How China's Cultural Revolution Stirred Entrepreneur Ping Fu

Inc Startups

In her new memoir--and this Q&A--entrepreneur Ping Fu describes her journey from communist China to co-found Geomagic, a 3D imaging and design company. Ping Fu's American Dream emerged from nightmare.

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New Year’s Data Security Resolutions


by Phillip Alexander, author of “ Home and Small Business Guide to Protecting Your Computer Network, Electronic Assets, and Privacy “ Now that is 2013, here are some New Year’s resolutions to consider, with a data security angle.

Google's FTC Win: Web Businesses React

Inc Startups

Many online companies are disappointed with the FTC's recent ruling on Google's search results. But some of Google's direct competitors are surprisingly supportive of the decision.

WSJ: What is the most important issue that the venture capital industry faces in 2013?

Bryce Dot VC

WSJ: What is the most important issue that the venture capital industry faces in 2013? annimaniac: It’s the same issue that venture capital faces every year: Who will invest in the top 15 companies of 2013? That’s really the only question that matters

Google Antitrust Decision: What Does It Mean For Your Business?

Inc Startups

Probably nothing good--the FTC barely slapped Google on the wrist. Now, small businesses have to learn to live with it. After years of complaints about search results on Google, the Federal Trade Commission finally investigated and ultimately, took no formal steps against the company.

Friday Wrap Up


News : The Guardian's Michael Gregg writes : " On the press release for Finnish duo Phantom's excellent second single, Kisses (premiered here), the pair are described as "two Helsinki-based music tech-startup entrepreneurs and musicians".

What Your Daily Routine Can Tell You

Inc Startups

How much do you know about the relationship between your health and your productivity? Here's how to find out. The sluggish pull of our usual routine is often the death knell of even the most modest New Year’s resolution. Old habits are just too cozy, familiar, and tempting to shake off.

From the Sharing Economy to Refreshing Ideas

The Product Guy

Every week I read thousands of blog posts. For your weekend enjoyment, here are some of those highlights. What are you reading this weekend? On Product Management… [link] Happy New Year and Welcome to 2013! Time to get out the bad ideas and bring in the new!

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How to Get & Cultivate Customer Advocates

Inc Startups

Instead of climbing onto a rooftop and shouting, why not have everyone on the street singing your praises? You can shout from the rooftops about how awesome your company is until the cows come home, but is anyone really listening anymore? These days, probably not much, if at all.

whitneymcn: If we must have robot overlords, I hope that these.

Mark Birch

whitneymcn : If we must have robot overlords, I hope that these are they. heyitsnoah : This comment pretty much sums it up: “It’s like, how much more metal could this be? And the answer is: none. None more metal.”. via Compressorhead Ace of Spades - YouTube ).


Who Knew Coupons Were So Lucrative?

Inc Startups

Coupons don't sound like an exciting business. But is getting another look, hitting the $1 billion valuation mark this summer. Steven R. Boal is president and CEO of, which had raised money only from individuals until June 2011.

nasdaq: Instagram released a list of their top 10 most.

Mark Birch

nasdaq : Instagram released a list of their top 10 most photographed locations of 2012, and the destination with the #1 spot is not the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum, or the Empire State building, but Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand!

Baffled by Big Data? Use 'Small' Data

Inc Startups

Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal recently explained why most start-ups should forget much buzzed about big data and focus on plain, old data instead. Pardon the pun, but this past year big data was huge.

“You Gotta Want to Be Successful So Bad that You Forget to Eat” (via Jeremy Lin)

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. Because we know how tough it is being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching a venture, trying to execute your business model or raising funds, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward. I hope these videos are a little juice. Cheers, Scott. link].

How Your Affair Is Killing Your Business

Inc Startups

Entrepreneurs who have affairs within the workplace, or even outside it, are likely to see their companies suffer. Think your extra-marital affair or secret workplace relationship has no bearing on your company's success? You're wrong.

Traditional Education Is a Changin'

Constantly Learning

With every generation of educators the world becomes better at teaching. Most common knowledge today, wasn't common 100 years ago. For instance, modern calculus wasn't invented (discovered is a better word) until 1687, but is now the cornerstone of any scientific education. 300 years ago the concept was brand new but now it's a requirement! I'm fascinated by self-education versus traditional education systems. Our current education system is built around a foundational concept framework*.

The Romance of the Professional

Inc Startups

Extraordinary competence. Single-minded dedication. Infallible instincts about what's important. The most intriguing TV characters are also the best employees The conclusion of Homeland’s second season last month left many of us with two kinds of depression.

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How to End Your Job Search: Post Job Campaign Considerations

David Teten

Jim Kacena. This is a guest post from Jim Kacena , Career and Job Search Coach, in Chicago, IL. I received the article below via the International Executives Resource Group , of which I’ve been a long-time member. (The The IERG is a gated online community for senior executives with strong international background.). I couldn’t find this article online anywhere, so Jim graciously gave me permission to post it. Send your feedback/thoughts/requests for his services to jfkacena(@)

14 Legal Tips for Starting Up

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published in Inc. Starting a company means lots of surprises, but a lawsuit shouldn’t be one. Successful young entrepreneurs explain what they wish they knew about the law when starting up. The Young Entrepreneur Council asked 14 successful young entrepreneurs about which unforeseen legal issues pop up while starting up. Here are their best answers.

Tips for the New Facebook Marketer


Here is a guest post from Stanna Johnson who works at Qwaya. Completely outside my areas of experience. Enjoy… and thanks Stanna! Facebook Marketing for Startup Brands . With over a billion people on Facebook, it’s the most vibrant social media site in the history of the Internet. Naturally, thousands of new startup brands are pouring onto the site every week, all in hopes of creating a huge following and boosting their businesses.

COVER FRIDAY: Word Up! performed by Korn - Normally I.

Mark Birch

COVER FRIDAY: Word Up! performed by Korn - Normally I would assiduously avoid trawling in the dreck that is nu-metal. However, Korn had come up in the past week when the Brian Welch testimony video was played during church service last Sunday. I do recommend that video by the way, it is powerful stuff. Anyway, Korn has been complicit in some dreadful covers in the past, but this is not one of them.