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5 Ways To Use Google+ Social Circles Like A Pro

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Let me level with you: I am not a big fan of social media. I just don’t have the time and the energy for it, it’s that simple. However, social media traffic generation has always been and undoubtedly will remain one of the best referral traffic sources on the web.

Markets driven by fear and greed - Entrepreneurs by opportunity

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The investment market is driven by two things; fear and greed. Fear is temporary, greed is permanent. Markets over time always move up but there are periods of fear and doubt that cause investors to retreat. But only for a short time. Greed takes over when investors see others making money and want to get back in the game before the opportunities get away. This happens in the stock market and in VC investing. When fear takes over it consumes everyone. Everything looks black.

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Begin With the Customer Experience in Mind

Duct Tape Marketing

Begin With the Customer Experience in Mind This content from: Duct Tape Marketing When most businesses create a new product or service offering they initially develop the attributes of the product or service. Makes sense, you don’t have anything to sell unless you create something people want to buy.

Should You Meet With VC’s Early for Feedback?

Rob Go

I was on a panel yesterday on VC fundraising. One audience member asked how early one should start talking to VCs, and whether it made sense to meet with VC’s at all before raising money. My friend Jeff Bussgang suggested that it’s a good idea to meet with VC’s early, to get feedback and share your plans. The idea being that the VC will get to know you better over time, see how well you execute, and you’ll be in better shape when the time comes to raise money.

The World Is Just A Bunch Of Pixels

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday, we announced that we have invested in Occipital. You may know them as the creators of the popular iPhone app 360 Panorama , the creators of Red Laser (acquired by eBay) , or just a gang of the smartest computer vision guys you’ll come across. And when I say “computer vision&# , I don’t just mean the technical part, but also a vision of where it’s going.

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7 Skills Not Found at Birth in Most Entrepreneurs

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Many people believe that good entrepreneurs are naturally born, rather than trained or experienced in the art of business.

Doing the right thing

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One of my favorite services is unsubscribe.com. It’s a gmail plug-in that with one click lets you rid your inbox of unwanted newsletters. I recently analogized newsletters to tending a garden. You have to stay on top of the weeds or they get out of control. Unsubscribe.com lets you do that.

Top 7 Reasons to Fire a Client

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R ecently a good friend and fellow small business owner decided enough was enough and fired a pretty big client. It wasn’t an easy decision; she had been working with them for years and the money was good. But the client drained her.

Going Out With His Boots On

Steve Blank

He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. Shakespeare, Hamlet Act I, Scene 2. With 37 mllion people it’s remarkable that California has one of the most pristine and unspoiled coastline in the United States.

Tips For Emerging Young Entrepreneurs

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by Oliver Wilkinson , founder of SSL247 and co-founder of jobiso.fr. As a big believer in young business talent, I’d like to share some tips – learned through experience – about honing your skills as an entrepreneur.

5 Awesome Ways To Use Google+ Social Circles Like A Pro

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Let me level with you: I am not a big fan of social media. I just don’t have the time and the energy for it, it’s that simple. However, social media traffic generation has always been and undoubtedly will remain one of the best referral traffic sources on the web.

Flexible Focus #65: Shaping Your Future

Active Garage

What is the secret to a life of abundance, and is there a simple method for approaching it? We have seen how abundance, as well as lack, can be experienced in each of the 8 fields of life: Health, Business, Finance, Home, Society, Personal, Learning, and Leisure.

Give me an idea and I will make you POOR

VentureWoods

Standard and Poor says America is getting POOR. Economists ,capitalists,governments and people are discussing the fallout of such a situation. But what does it mean for an entrepreneur.In case somebody has misssed recent article by Jug Suraiya in TOI ,here it is [link] .Wherein Wherein the associate writer mentions that in this knowledge economy ,US started producing everying except goods and articles.And these goods and articles US started importing in majority from China.US

iPad in the Enterprise

Altgate

Yesterday I finally received and read iPad in the Enterprise that I had pre-ordered a while ago. If you’re involved in enterprise mobile whether it’s C-level strategy or implementation for a business unit, this book is worth a read. In truth, this book is really two books in one.

Twitter Link Roundup #97 – 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!

On being a bipolar VC…

StartupCFO

So, it’s been almost a year since I moved to the dark side. People still often ask me how I like it. The short answer: I love it! Can’t believe I get paid to do this. But it struck me yesterday that I need to be bipolar in this role. And I am sure most VCs, especially those that work at the early stages, feel the same way. Early stage, seed VCs focused on web are ever-present on the web themselves. From their blogs to Twitter, Quora , Namesake , etc, etc, etc. They’re out there.

Our Town – A Family Legacy

YoungUpstarts

Michael Plummer, Jr never really wanted to follow in his entrepreneurial father’s footsteps. His father Michael Plummer, Sr had built Florida-based Our Town from scratch since 1972, but Junior had never really wanted anything to do with it.

Summer Of Startups Moving Forward By Leaps

ArcticStartup

AaltoES is one of the more active organisers of different entrepreneurial activities in the Helsinki region in Finland and last night saw one of its programs coming to an end with the Demo Day of Summer of Startups 2011.

Special delegate rates for previous Business of Software attendees

Business of Software Blog

One of the reasons Business of Software has become such a great event over the years is that extraordinary people have taken a risk in paying with time and money to come. We know it is not a cheap conference to attend - or produce (I would not recommend running this type of event if you are want to make a quick buck). We want to say thank you to all those people who have supported us over the years by offering a discounted rate to attend the 2011 event.

Kristian Segerstrale Believes In Northern Europe

ArcticStartup

Kristian Segerstrale, the former CEO of Playfish , a social gaming company before it was sold to Electronic Arts for $300 million back in 2009. Today he leads the Playfish team in EA and invests through some smaller funds, like that of Lifeline Ventures here in Finland.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: AllBusinessCards.com

crowdSPRING Blog

Business cards supposedly reveal a lot about a person. There are seemingly dozens of decisions to be made when choosing a business card, rounded versus square corners to color choice to card stock thickness. Like it or not, people judge on the aesthetic merits of a business card. It has to be clean, professional, pleasing to look at, but also reflect what the individual or company wants to stand for.

Valkee Proves Their Point

ArcticStartup

Valkee is a Finnish technology company that has enjoyed a very controversial ride in the last year as people have questioned it for scientific backing regarding its claims. Valkee has created a device that shines light into the ear - somewhat like mobile music player where music is replaced by light.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Menlo Park and The Silicon Valley Renaissance

ReadWriteStart

During this week's roundtable, we started off by discussing the pre-incubation procedure we are recommending with audience members from different parts of the world.

How to Reach Anyone

Mark Birch

I get a lot of requests to meet. Everyday my inbox is filled with pitches and intros and requests to grab a quick coffee (which is never all that quick). These messages also come fast and furious from LinkedIn and Flavors.me and Twitter and anywhere else I may happen to have an online presence.

Doing the right thing

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

One of my favorite services is unsubscribe.com. It’s a gmail plug-in that with one click lets you rid your inbox of unwanted newsletters. I recently analogized newsletters to tending a garden. You have to stay on top of the weeds or they get out of control. Unsubscribe.com lets you do that.

Interesting News from Google Sure to Impact Your Website Marketing

Marketing Junkie

Entrepreneurs…Got an important Webpage that Google hasn’t picked up yet? Wanna make sure critical new or updated pages on your site are indexed quickly and properly by Google? Last week Google launched a new way for site owners to request specific web pages be crawled…The Crawl URL form. While Google has always had an “Add URL” form for requesting a URL be added to the search index, it was meant more for searchers who noticed a Webpage was missing.

The Bay Citizen: Not Like Every Other City's Bikers

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D-Store in SOMA (one of only three United States outlets for this high-end Italian motorcycle clothing. motorcycle clothing and gear retailer), designers, engineers, venture capitalists and motorcycle enthusiasts mingled over beer, wine

API Integration Challenges

Mark Birch

API Integration Challenges : Interesting (and somewhat counterintuitive) results from a survey released by Trove. Definitely read more and if you would like to voice your own opinion, join us for the Trove NYC Meetup and Hack Day this Sunday at WeWork Soho (link to sign up at the bottom of the linked post

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Internet bubbles: Of truth and consequence

EIN News

pre-money valuations for VC deals in the U.S. tech sector have more than doubled since. onto Lacy's more salient point: Even if venture capitalists have lost their heads (which she doesn't. can better afford to take the loss. Venture capital may only comprise a small part of

Peter Principle, Applied to Management

OnlyOnce

Peter Principle, Applied to Management. My Management by Chameleon Post from a couple weeks ago generated more comments than usual, and an entertaining email thread among my friends and former staff from MovieFone. One comment that came off-blog is worth summarizing and addressing: There are those of us who should not manage, whose personalities don’t work in a management context, and there is nothing wrong with not managing.

From More Debt to Savory Gojee

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 Starting Up… [link] Upgrade your finances at just the right time with the right bit of debt.

Google Please Hire Me, Interview with Mathew Epstein | Startup.

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Lightning Talks and Workshops - deadline extended to midnight PST, 14th August

Business of Software Blog

Stop wasting your time sending apologetic emails about being late to submit your Lightning Talk and Workshop ideas for Business of Software. We are a pretty easy going bunch so we have given you a little more time to get your ideas in. Please submit to info@businessofsoftware.org by midnight PST on 14th August. If you are coming to Business of Software and want to lead a workshop about a subject you are passionate or expert about, here is how you get your idea in:  [link].

The top 25 management books of all time according to Time Magazine

Business of Software Blog

Time Magazine just released their list of the 25 most important management books of all time. Congratulations to Business of Software 2011 speaker Professor Clayton Christensen who makes the list with,  The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail. I noticed The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  is on the list too. I bought this once, put it on my desk then promptly spilt a cup of coffee on it.