Thu.Jan 10, 2013

Being Behind, Effort, and Comparing Yourself

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

NCAA basketball teams that are behind by one point at halftime are more likely to win than teams that are one point ahead. That’s the intruiging finding of two professors who studied more than 6,000 games.

The 15 Business Trends To Avoid This Year

Mike Michalowicz

Every day it seems like there are a dozen new trends that I “need” to jump on to give my business a competitive edge. The truth is most new trends, aren’t really trends yet. Most are flashes in the pan.

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4 Ways to Be a Force for Good

Inc Startups

You're in a position to do more good than you think, starting right inside your own company. Like many of you, I am still reeling from the events in Connecticut a few weeks ago. What I saw unfold was almost enough to turn this Director of Happiness into a nihilist.

How much capital should you raise?

Version One Ventures

One of the biggest questions facing any entrepreneur is how much capital to raise for their startup. It’s a delicate question…one that can have a significant impact on the fate of any startup.

Videos and Secrets Draw More Referrals

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Scott Yates – Enjoy! photo credit: fensterbme via photopin cc. We are in a funny spot at my company, BlogMutt.

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Kick-Start Your eCommerce Business for $100 or Less

Startup Professionals Musings

If you have a unique creation or invention, and you are not selling it around the world on the Internet, now is the time to start. The cost of entry has never been lower. Anyone can be an entrepreneur today, without a huge investment, bank loans, venture capitalists, or Angels.

An Absurdly Easy Negotiating Trick

Inc Startups

Getting to the proverbial "win-win" situation requires getting everyone on the same team.

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ArcticStartup Looking Forward


It’s 2013 and ArcticStartup is back. Well, to a casual observer we really didn’t go anywhere. But a few months ago we were nearly on a path to shut down. As it turns out, passion and community support can do wonders.

Working Hard? Crank That Music

Inc Startups

Start-up mode can be a lonely time for driven entrepreneurs. Music can be a perfect companion to keep you energized. Here's the case for keeping some "flava' in ya' ear." You just never know where or when inspiration is going to strike.

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Nine “Resolutions” For Creating The Best Odds For Business Success In 2013


by Bill McBean, author of “ The Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows that You Don’t “. The confetti has fallen, the ball has dropped, and the champagne has been popped — 2012 is officially over, and 2013 is underway.

3 Simple Steps to Sharpen Your Focus

Inc Startups

Use these three simple steps to increase productivity at work and boost your accomplishments. There are two types of people in this world: those who make lists and those who make piles. You know what I am talking about. A list person's office is always meticulously organized.

StartupVitamins – The Poster Boy In Startup Motivation


Hitting a rough patch and facing failure when you’re building and running a startup – and that’s going to happen relatively often – can be downright depressing.

Quality Over Quantity: Nurture Your Most Profitable Customers

Inc Startups

Profitable growth is more achievable if you focus on identifying your most valuable customers--and keeping them happy. One of our clients in the security business found itself facing significant headwinds to achieving profitable growth.

The PCI ASV Process Sucks

Constantly Learning

"Security and PCI-DSS aren't exact sciences." - Approved Scanning Vendor Grader. At McAfee, I worked on a product that helped companies comply with PCI-DSS requirements. McAfee was an Approved Scanning Vendor and helped fulfill a certain part of the PCI-DSS requirement. An Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) is an organization that works on behalf of the PCI council. An ASV determines if Internet facing hosts are within PCI-DSS compliance.

Your Start-up Needs to Grow Up

Inc Startups

There comes a time when a start-up needs to make a conscious effort to mature. Here's how to do it. I just got back from vacation with my family, which includes both a 30-year-old daughter and a 19-year-old son.

7 Best Strategies for Maintaining Equity

Early Growth Financial Services

Of utmost concern to many entrepreneurs is how to retain maximum equity in their startups. Rightly so. It’s a constant balancing act: growing your company without losing control of it. Whether you’re funded, seeking funding, or still bootstrapping, here are some of the best strategies for avoiding dilution and maintaining maximum equity: 1. Milestone raises. In my opinion, the best strategy for retaining maximum equity in your startup is to do milestone raises.

Pump Added Value Into Your Business

Inc Startups

As a small business owner, the best thing you can do for your business is to start building business value now. Value is the driving force behind a successful small business exit/sale.

Here comes the Gold Stack

deal architect

SAP today announced its apps would run on its in-memory engine HANA. My reaction, as a CIO, would be “Here we go – the Gold stack now” (Gold as in prominent in the German flag and in SAP’s gold plated. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Hire Your Soulmate? eHarmony Could Be Onto Something

Inc Startups

eHarmony announced this week it's moving into the job search space, using a one-on-one matching approach. Research indicates this might work.

The Anatomy of an SAP event

deal architect

There are a few truisms when it comes to an SAP event: a) The production quality is usually slick In my review of 2012 events, I complimented Sapphire's excellent event production. Today, SAP is planning as my friend Predrag (PJ). Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Does Social Media Content Have Any Credibility?

Inc Startups

High-tech innovation either works or it doesn't -- you can't fake it or dress it up. One big exception: social media content. One of the best things to come out of the high-tech revolution is the ultimate triumph of function over form. When it comes to innovation, it either works or it doesn't.

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: David Kelly

Scott Edward Walker

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we share a favorite video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics. This week, we present David Kelly , the Chairman and Co-founder of IDEO , the Donald W.

5 Things I Resolve Not To Do in 2013

Inc Startups

Half of New Year's Resolutions fail within six months. Time to figure out what not to do instead. It’s the time of year when everyone resolves to make changes for the better, but nearly one-quarter of all resolutions are broken in the first week alone.

Free Mini-reviews (Part 3)


Part 3 of my annual free mini-reviews. Here are part 1 and 2. Disclaimer: I haven’t seen any analytics or survey data for any of these websites, and all my comments are only based on my experience in the field. I’m only spending very little time on each site, so there’s going to be superficiality.

5 Tips to Pack Like a Travel Pro

Inc Startups

You might be a frequent flyer, but flight attendants and travel editors are in the air even more than you, and they have tips to make business travel more painless. We've come a long way from the days of breezy security, cheerful staff and plentiful free drinks on planes.

Cambridge, MA, January 22: How to Identify Market White Space

David Teten

The Harvard GSAS Business Club is hosting me on January 22 in Boston; I hope you can join us. I’ll be speaking on: “The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”. Thursday, January 22nd, 6pm, Location TBD, Cambridge, MA.

State of Family Businesses: 5 Things You Need to Know

Inc Startups

The family business is a cornerstone of American entrepreneurship. So how is it going? The health of established family businesses can be a barometer of the broader entrepreneurial environment. PricewaterhouseCoopers released the findings from its biennial U.S.

From evolutionary biology to the attention economy–fantastic short intro video from Jason Silva

The Equity Kicker

A MIND MADE FOR MATING! by @JasonSilva from Jason Silva on Vimeo. This ninety second video from Jason Silva is a wild and entertaining intro to a range of ideas from evolutionary biology to the attention economy.

Why You Can't Innovate Alone

Inc Startups

Sure, it's fun to come up with new ideas. But do you have a real innovation? No one at your company can tell you that. I’ve started and grown several healthcare businesses over the past 25 years--made mistakes, failed and succeeded.

NetSuite deepens Retail presence

deal architect

I have written about the attractiveness of NetSuite’s cross-channel “commerce-as-a-service” capabilities to fast growing retailers like Ibex. Ibex uses NetSuite to manage customer interactions across smartphones, tablets, PCs and brick-and-mortar stores. So, I am not surprised to see NetSuite acquire. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

How to Build an Extraordinary Salesforce

Inc Startups

Live: The Metal Mafia founder explains how you can ramp up your recruiting and interviewing process to get the best possible sales team

Quality of a Person’s Life

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ” Vince Lombardi. Inspiration quotes Vince Lomabordi


Rhapsody CEO: Freemium Doesn't Work

Inc Startups

A free streaming plan has helped both Pandora and Spotify get thousands of users. Rhapsody's John Irwin says it's a losing strategy in the long run. I used to be a Rhapsody user. Actually, Rhapsody bought me when it acquired Napster.


"Out of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat, it was Tumblr, the blogging site best."

Mark Birch

“Out of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat, it was Tumblr, the blogging site best known for single-subject blogs and animated GIFs, that dominated the space with 61 percent of teenagers and 57 percent of young adults. Facebook, by comparison, drew in 55 percent of the 13-to-18-year-old and 52 percent of the 19-to-25-year-old audiences.