Tue.Mar 13, 2012

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Games Where The Only Winning Move Is Not To Play

Feld Thoughts

By now the blogosphere, twitterverse, and even mainstream media is abuzz with the absurd decision that Yahoo has made to sue Facebook over ten software patents with the assertion that Facebook’s entire business is based on Yahoo’s patented inventions.

Parker: Open Source and For-Profit Companies

Ask The VC

On the heels of Yahoo suing Facebook for patent infringement followed by Tim Armstrong at AOL saying “hey Wall Street – look at me – I’ve got great patents also “, Andrew Parker (Spark) wrote a post that brought me out of my “intellectual property depression” titled Open Source and For-Profit Companies.

How to Prioritize When Everything is a Priority: 5 Smart Tricks

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's easy to be overwhelmed when the to-do list gets too long. Here's how to cut things down to size. I’m sure you know the feeling of getting up for work in the morning with the feeling of having so much to do that you don’t know where to start.

5 Branding must-haves for startups

Up and Running

This is a guest post from Amina AlTai , Marketing Director at Imagemme, a New York-based packaging design and branding agency. Building a memorable brand is more important than ever.

3 Biggest Entrepreneur Opportunities Now

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The cost of starting a business today is lower than ever. If you have an idea, pursue it. Or give one of these three arenas a hard look. I would (if I weren't already tied up in social media).

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Why This 29-Year-Old's Company Is Worth $400 Million

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox, said no to offers from Google and Apple, and is running one of the world's fastest growing Web start-ups. Drew Houston took the stage at SXSW looking like a typical 29-year-old: jeans, a hoodie, sneakers.

Learning to Let Go

The Entrepreneurial Mind

But delegating often turns out to be easier said than done. There are three common mistakes that entrepreneurs can make when delegating. The first mistake is being hesitant to delegate. When first beginning to delegate to employees, some entrepreneurs feel that no one can do what they do as well as they can do it. Employees don't seem to care quite as much as the entrepreneur does. After all, this is your business, and your reputation is tied to its success. To employees it is simply a job.

8 Steps to Squash a Customer's Complaint

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Before you rush to defend yourself or fight back remember to put yourself in your customer's shoes. Customer complaints are inevitable.

PBS Mini Documentary About Typography

crowdSPRING Blog

Typography is all around us. It’s on products we buy, in movies we watch, on websites we read, on street signs, and pretty much everywhere we look. Here’s an outstanding 7 minute PBS documentary about typography.

Get Great PR: 7 Things You Must Do

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In the quest to win the hearts and minds of the press, you're going to have to do all the work. I'm in the middle of trying to publicize my new series of technology focused parenting books called, The Modern Parent’s Guide.

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The Alien Entrepreneur: Startups Struggle to find Technical Talent.

Alien Entrepreneur

I'm addicted to entrepreneurship, currently participating in multiple startups. I love public speaking, flying, electronic music, restoring a '71 MGB, and all things related to technology. CTO at ProspectStream, ScopiaRx, and

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7 Cool Things You've Missed at SXSW

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Ideas, both fanciful and potentially instructive for your business, flowed over the weekend in Austin. Here are 7 interesting bits we observed.

Why Blogrepreneur.com Has a New Look

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As you might have noticed, Blogrepreneur.com has a new look. We’re very excited about it, and the feedback so far has been excellent. Everyone knows a good website or blog when they see it. Just the same, pointing out the terrible ones is just as effortless.

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Simple Way to Close a Sale

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You'll sell more if you make closing a natural part of your conversation with the customer. There comes a time in every sales conversation when you've got to "ask for the business." For many people—including those who sell for a living—closing is scary.

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A Crowded Space

6 Ways to Build Self-Confidence

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There's no room for self-doubt when you're launching a company. Here are half-a-dozen ways successful entrepreneurs keep faith with themselves.

Presentation Dynamics

Taffy Williams

During yourtenure as the CEO, you will give presentations extensively. Presentations are given to potentialpartners, funding sources, investors, conferences, and most anyone that willlisten. The objective is always toincrease value. You may even havedifferent presentations depending on the listener group and the lengths willvary depending on time requirements. Atsome point, public speaking becomes easier and the clarity of your style willimprove because of so much practice.

Run Your Business From Anywhere: 9 Tips

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You don't have to be beholden to a particular location. Advice from Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council and Andrew Lock, owner of HelpMyBusiness.com, a Web TV show

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Capital On Stage – the conference where VCs pitch to startups

The Equity Kicker

Please take a few minutes to read the passage below about the upcoming Capital On Stage conference in London.

8 Steps to Acquiring a Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How to apply Sun Tzu strategies to business acquisition. Just as we look at products or services in unique ways, so too do we consider starting or buying a company in unique and sometimes unbelievable ways. When considering purchasing a company remember Sun Tzu's quote: ".avail

Appearing on Charlie Rose

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Reid and I were on the Charlie Rose Show last week talking about The Start-Up of You and other topics. Here’s the 11 min interview. It was Reid’s third time on the show; my first.

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Land a Big Name to Advise Your Company

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, and others offer advice on landing celebrity advisors, how to offer them equity, and the best ways to leverage their clout. Plenty of start-ups would kill to have someone like Gary Vaynerchuk as an advisor.

Making it Virtually Easy to Deploy on Day One

Code as Craft

At Etsy we have one hard and fast rule for new Engineers on their first day: deploy to production. We’ve talked a lot in the past about our deployment , metrics , and testing processes. But how does the development environment facilitate someone coming in on day one and contributing something that takes them through the steps of committing code, running it through our tests, and deploying it with deployinator ?

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Your Prescription for Productivity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's how a mind-body approach can help you achieve peak performance--both personally, and company-wide. Imagine going to a doctor's appointment and everyone in the office seems to know you almost as well as you know yourself. No explanations or apologies needed. They already understand how you like to be treated—from whether or not you enjoy casual conversation to the way you prefer to receive information.

50 Killer Ikea Hacks To Transform Your Home Office


Whether you work at home every day, need a place to finish up projects from the office, or have to work on homework from college classes , having a comfortable and organized home office can be essential to getting ahead and maximizing productivity while you’re working on just about anything.

Inside the Mind of a Venture Capitalist

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Making an investment is like being at the racetrack: Sometimes we make investments based on gut decision, but the horse, jockey, and individual race matter, too. At a horse race , people bet on any possible indicator of success they can get their hands on.

8 Ways Writing a Book Is Like Starting a Company


If you've wondered why I haven't been blogging so much, it's because I have been been writing a full length book for Portfolio called the Ultralight Startup , from the same folks that brought you "Art of the Start" and all of Seth Godin's books.

5 More Habits of Customer-Obsessed Companies

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Firms like Intuit, eBay, and PayPal are intensely focused on improving online user experience. Here's five more ways you can be, too. I recently posted the Top 5 Habits of Customer-Obsessed Companies , gleaned from the work done at my digital consultancy, AnswerLab, with companies who dominate the digital space like LinkedIn, Intuit, and eBay. As promised, here are five more habits you can also use to build supremely useful digital products.

Instead of Filing That Patent, Why Not Just Post Your Product Design on a Billboard on the NJ Turnpike?

Small Business Force

While patents, ostensibly, provide the foundation for and the protection of intellectual property, without a strategy and plan to implement the underlying invention and the capital to defend it, you might just as well put your product design on a billboard on the NJ Turnpike.

Is Your Office Design Killing You?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Research shows the typical office design is pretty bad for your health. Here are a few tips for creating a healthy space for you and your employees. Sitting seems to be among the safest of activities , but new research shows it can actually kill you. The unsettling study found that spending most of your time sitting, and then attempting to make up for it with a few hours at the gym here and there, isn't really that healthy. But what are you supposed to do with this depressing insight?

Big Data Has Already Entered The Building

Austin Startup

Unless you’ve been under a big rock, you’ve heard the chat about big data. It describes the tools and practices associated with unlocking the value in large amounts of structured and unstructured data. If that sounds confusing, just think of of how much information is being created daily. Now think of what it takes to find the nuggets that matter. Big data means big business. According to analyst firm IDC, the big data market will [.].

Why Ego is Your Worst Enemy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Great entrepreneurs succeed because they're willing to do every job, ask every dumb question, and--above all--admit they can't do it alone. Talent is God-given, be humble. Fame is man-given, be thankful. Conceit is self-given, be careful.

LBO: Section 351 as a Surrogate for Section 368

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Section 351 postpones gain or loss on the contribution of appreciated property to a corporation in exchange for stock, assuming certain rules are followed. Section 351 is usually thought of in connection with the organization of unseasoned start ups

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Clean Tech: Bigger Than Web 2.0?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Why the start-up community remains bullish on the industry--despite its Solyndra-sized failures.