Fri.Nov 02, 2012

4 Questions to get 2013 off to a roaring start

Escape From Cubicle Nation

I love planning. It could be a Virgo thing, since the smell of flip chart paper and new pens is almost as sweet as fresh leaves on a fall day. With November at our feet, it is a great time to start to plant some seeds for your 2013 career and business plans.

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8 Questions Investors Use to Bypass Startup Hype

Startup Professionals Musings

If you really want to impress a startup founder as a potential employee, or you want to be a smart investor, you need to know the right questions to ask.

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5 Deadliest Marketing Sins

Inc Startups

Sometimes your marketing messages can do more harm than good. Are you guilty of any of these mistakes? Marketing is a delicate art: Your goal is to influence people's thinking and choices, but it's easy to do more harm than good.

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Startups Start Local But Go Global. Is Europe Included?

VC Cafe

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Cities Summit Tel Aviv, in a session moderated by Mr Yossi Vardi. The topic was the "Innovative code" of cities. My talk focused on London and its. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Campus London European Startups Eze Vidra Innovation Endeavors europe Israel Israeli startups venture capital

24 Things You Can Do With an Extra Hour

Inc Startups

Daylight Savings is ending giving you an extra hour every day. Here are 24 things you can do to get the most from that extra hour. How odd that so much of life is dependent upon time. Lives are measured in years.

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Sell Like a Pro: 6 Easy Rules

Inc Startups

Top sales guru Jeff Thull, in his book Exceptional Selling, offers some unique perspective on closing the sale. If I were to make a list of my all-time favorite "how to sell" books, it would definitely feature Exceptional Selling by Jeff Thull.

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Screw the world, let’s get rich

The Next Web

Is Twitter making the world a better place? I think it is. You could argue it is just a short messaging service for people who want to share what they are eating, where they a going and what they are doing, but don’t most smart people agree there is something more to it than just that?

Best Advice I Ever Got: Andrea Lake

Inc Startups

Serial entrepreneur Andrea Lake, founder of and YogaJunkie, skipped college in favor of starting companies--a lot of them. Here's what she's learned along the way.

Venture Capital Must Change to Survive. Starting with Transparency.

VC Cafe

Back in May this year, the Kauffman Foundation published a very interesting paper titled “WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY… AND HE IS US” - Lessons from Twenty Years of the Kauffman Foundation’s Investments. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

World's Youngest VC-Funded Entrepreneur?

Inc Startups

He was just 15 when he landed his first chunk of change from VCs. Now this high-schooler counts Ashton Kutcher, Yoko Ono, and Mark Pincus as backers. Move over Brian Wong. You my have lost your title as the youngest-funded entrepreneur.

Startups: Dilemmas and Charters

Venture Cyclist

New startups are sometimes formed by teams that have known and worked with each other before, and some are formed by teams that just met each other at a founder dating website or event, and decide to work together after just a few weeks.

Pioneers Festival in Vienna Austria

Startup Marketing Blog

This week’s Pioneers Festival in Austria was a great surprise (I wasn’t sure what to expect). It’s very hard to make time for events, but I’m really glad I did for this one. Stepping back from day to day execution helps with perspective on my startup – especially when it’s with a bunch of other startups in a 300 year old castle in Vienna Austria!

Richard Branson: 'If You Don't Dream, Nothing Happens'

Inc Startups

"If you set seemingly impossible challenges," says Sir Richard Branson, "you make what people believed impossible possible


Pioneers Festival in Vienna Austria

Startup Marketing Blog

This week’s Pioneers Festival in Austria was a great surprise (I wasn’t sure what to expect). It’s very hard to make time for events, but I’m really glad I did for this one. Stepping back from day to day execution helps with perspective on my startup – especially when it’s with a bunch of other startups in a 300 year old castle in Vienna Austria!

Twitter Link Roundup #152 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

Friday PM Update: Post-Sandy Help for Small Business Owners

Inc Startups

Looking for assistance after Hurricane Sandy? Start here. As part of Inc.'s s ongoing coverage of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, we will bring entrepreneurs information about small business recovery services and resources in your area. Check back regularly for updates.

Boom, Inbox Zero

Jeff Hilimire

Ah, that’s a nice way to start the day. PS – that’s Sparrow , which I still love using on the Mac. Random


Head Versus Heart Investing

Inc Startups

Over the years, we've had lots of chances to invest in other businesses. But it never felt right. Until now. Last month, we did something we had never done. We invested in another company.

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Specialization Doesn’t Limit Your Business – It Grows It

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

In our evolving economy, the ability to diversify your business model can mean life or death. However, it may be more beneficial, in the long term, for a company to specialize.

3 Reasons Your Start-up Should Tackle Really Big Problems

Inc Startups

It's certainly not an easy entrepreneurial path, but one VC says there's never been a better time to pursue big ideas that solve thorny problems. Social networking is the flavor of the moment, and the market has brought forth an uncountable number of companies that create or enhance social networks.

Programming Makes You High

Constantly Learning

Runners experience a euphoria known as runners high. Programming creates similar feelings. There are multiple types of highs developers have. Each high can be enjoyed alone or mixed together to get really trashed. Everyone loves a rush of delicious endorphins. Finding A Problem Solving a problem in a programmatic way

Double Your Response on Pinterest & Twitter

Inc Startups

Jen Rubio, social media manager for Warby Parker, talks about the power of doing what's not unexpected on social media

Now THIS is an eyecatching way to pitch us a product

The Next Web

I remember a few years ago when I was lucky to be pitched one great app, gadget or story per day. Now, as The Next Web has grown, so has the volume of pitches we all receive, to the point where rarely a day goes by when one of us doesn’t complain about the state of our inbox.

Prep Your Business to Sell for Top Dollar

Inc Startups

A little polishing up today can boost the value of your business tomorrow. Here are three places to start. When you shop for a home, there are two types of properties: The “showcase”--renovated and staged to bring maximum bids for maximum dollar.

Defrag and Blur 2012

Feld Thoughts

Defrag and Blur are only two weeks away, and if you’re not yet registered to come, you should find a way. Makerbot will be there with the Replicator 2 in hand. And is there anything cooler than 3D printing right now? The agenda is absolutely incredible — Kevin Kelly, Jeff Ma, Rachel Happe, Paul Kedrosky, Bre Pettis, Andrew Tschesnok. The networking will be intimate and awesome, as usual.

Smart Accessories: Moleskine's New Evernote Smart Notebook

Inc Startups

The skinny on the notebook optimized for use with Evernote's note-taking app. Note-taking apps may be all the rage. But sometimes, nothing beats pen and paper. With that in mind, Evernote and Moleskine have joined forces to create a Smart Notebook optimized for use with Evernote's note-taking app.

The Big Data laggards

deal architect

In a panel on Big Data last week at Cognizant Community I cited several examples from the New Florence blog collected over the last few years – National Hurricane Center, Union Pacific, U of Washington’s ENCODE project, Social Media analytics. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

Give Your Employees Election Day Off. Here's Why

Inc Startups

Kiva, GOOD Worldwide, and a slew of other companies and non-profits are making Election Day a paid holiday. Should you? The Presidential campaign has been nasty, brutish, and long. Come Tuesday, nearly half the population will be gnashing its teeth.

Start something small

The other day I was listening to Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and and I found it amazing how this book, which has now sold over 15 million copies, originally started: I prepared a short talk. I called it ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People.’

Go National? Not This Fast-Growing Chain

Inc Startups

Bojangles' restaurants have a huge regional following among customers and franchisees. It could go national--but it doesn't. Here's why. The company wins industry awards. It ranks high in customer surveys. Potential franchisees want it to go national. but it doesn't.

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Niklas Zennström on Atomico’s investment strategy and Europe’s evolving startup ecosystem [Video]

The Next Web

A few weeks ago at the Dublin Web Summit, we caught up with Niklas Zennström , easily one of Europe’s most accomplished entrepreneurs with companies like Skype, KaZaa and Joost under his belt.

How is a Start-up Like a Religion?

Inc Startups

An unorthodox analysis of start-ups using the ideas of anthropology reveals what religion can teach small firms about team-building. Great ideas don't often appear out of thin air (legends of Newton and his apple and Archimedes in his bathtub aside). They're often mash-ups.

The NYC Marathon: Feasible, Beneficial, but not Advisable

This is going to be BIG.

I read a post today about Uber, the app driven black car service that really resonated: "Uber's an algorithm-driven company which responds to emotion with facts. However, especially in times of distress, people want to hear empathy, not data.In the wake of Sandy, Uber NYC implemented a set of decisions meant to increase supply (drivers) to meet demand (passengers). Uber probably didn't have a "what to do in a human tragedy" playbook and instead ran their normal operating procedures.

What Makes Your Company Distinctive?

Inc Startups

Josh Linkner, CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, says you should make your company known for one thing, or no one will remember you