Mon.Feb 04, 2013

Avoiding Undue Diligence: My Strange Approach To Angel Investing

OnStartups

In a few weeks, I'm going to write a $25,000 check to invest in a company that currently does not exist. There is no company. There's no team. And I have no idea what the company will do or hopes to do. I'm investing almost completely blind. More on this craziness a little later in this article.

Investing in and Joining the Board of Rover.com

Feld Thoughts

We just announced Foundry Group’s investment in Rover.com this morning. We led a $7m financing in the leader in digital dog boarding that connects dog owners with approved, reviewed, and insured sitters. Rover.com is part of our marketplace theme , which now includes investments in SideTour and PivotDesk. I’m psyched to be joining the board, working with my good friend Greg Gottesman at Madrona on another Seattle-based company.

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Great Entrepreneurs Build Deep People Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurship is more about building a business than inventing a product. It’s more about the quality of the execution, rather than the quality of the idea.

Building a Consistent Blog Readership

Duct Tape Marketing

Many bloggers dream of writing that epic blog post. One that drives so much traffic, links and shares that the front page of Reddit is a foregone conclusion. photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc.

How to Create a Positive Attitude

Inc Startups

A positive attitude is never automatic. You have to work at it! Here's how to become a master of the mind. A positive attitude--optimism, expectancy, and enthusiasm--makes everything in business easier.

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9 Hidden Qualities of Stellar Bosses

Inc Startups

What your employees see you doing matters. But often it's what they can't see that matters more. Good bosses look good on paper. Great bosses look great in person; their actions show their value. Yet some bosses go even farther.

CallingCube – A Business Card In A New Dimension

YoungUpstarts

We all know the value of a good business card – it’s still one of the best tools for networking and marketing.

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What Makes Employees Unhappy

Inc Startups

Infographic: Employees may not be jumping ship, but a big chunk of the workforce is disgruntled. Take a look at why--and what you can do about it

Tips for Using Postcards as Direct Mail Coupons

Up and Running

As a small business owner, you are probably always on the lookout for the most effective way to promote your company, to draw new customers, and to encourage current customers to do business with you again. One excellent way to encourage prospects and customers to use your services or purchase your products rather than your competitors’ is with coupons. Send these coupons directly to consumers, and your chances for a high ROI are even greater.

How to Really Praise Employees

Inc Startups

Don't just say, 'Nice work!' Psychologist Carole Dweck emphasizes the need to compliment the specific effort employees put in. All employees want feedback and good bosses know that giving it appropriately is one of the single most effective ways to improve performance.

chaganomics.blogspot.com: London Black Cabs Saved By China

Chaganomics

London black cabs survive. thanks to the Chinese: Firm behind Capital's iconic taxis saved from. MailOnline [link] London Black Cabs Sold To Geely (China).[link] link] at 8:38 AM

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9 Traits of Companies That Beat the Odds

Inc Startups

What distinguishes perennially great companies from the pack? Innovative business strategies that work over the long haul. Companies usually start out with nobel intent: An idea, a product, or a culture that its founders hope will be different--the one that stands out among the many.

Apple's iOS (iPhone 5) vs Android (Nexus 4) - My Thoughts

Babbling VC

I just received the Nexus 4 from Google last week as I felt it was time to get to know Android a bit. I'm so accustomed to the iPhone that I felt technology may be passing me by on iOS. I had played with various devices running different flavors of Android in the past. I wasn't impressed. What basically made me feel that it was time to change my mind was the raving reviews the Nexus 4 was getting. There were multiple reports about how FINALLY, Android was competitive with the iPhone.

Think Employment Law Doesn't Apply to You? Think Again

Inc Startups

Even small businesses may find themselves subject to employment laws designed to cover big firms. So know the law. Quick quiz: You have 35 employees. One of your junior analysts is pregnant.

#Estonianmafia Is Going Strong: Gate.Me Wins At SeedCamp London

ArcticStartup

Tallinn based Gateme won at the latest SeedCamp event, which shows just how strong the ArcticStartup region really is. For some reason each time somebody wins at Seedcamp, it forces me to wonder what it really means to the company.

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on LinkedIn

Inc Startups

If your customers are other businesses or have specific industry interests, you might want to give LinkedIn a second look. A recent study showed that small business owners find LinkedIn to be the most beneficial social media platform--with 41% of respondents singling it out.

Slush Lightweight Winner Fishbrain Receives Funding From Almi Innovationsbron

ArcticStartup

Göteborg-based Fishbrain , sort of a mobile Facebook for fishermen, has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Sweden's Almi Innovationsbron. The capital will be used for the standard stuff - to accelerate the development and help Fishbrain reach new markets.

Leave Behind More Than Just Memories: How to Build a Legacy

Inc Startups

This isn't about people just remembering who you were. Here's how great leaders build a legacy that goes beyond fond memories.

Twitter hacked – reminder of connected Twitter apps

Eric Friedman

I was in the 250,000 or so users who “may” have had their Twitter account compromised last week. There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not this is connected to other security breaches elsewhere.

What a Killer Domain Name Is Really Worth

Inc Startups

Serial entrepreneur Jesse Stein bought the domain SportsMemorabilia.com for $12,500 and turned it into a $19.5 million retail business. As applications for the 2013 Inc.

iSideWith: Personalize Your Politics in New News Feed

Wired Wired West

You’re pro-open carry in classrooms and pro-Big Bird as long as your taxes aren’t paying his pension. You’re a proud Italian, Irish, African or Korean American, but don’t support amnesty. You’re pro marriage: but not for everyone. You’re a fan of cheaper produce but not psyched about federal farm subsidies or disaster relief. iSideWith, an [.].

Stealing Time: How Highly Productive People Get More Done

Inc Startups

You can get discouraged by all the things that take minutes here and there from your day--or you can steal some of that time back. Time is a precious and tricky resource. You only get so much, and when it's gone, it's gone for good.

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Why incumbents fail to respond to the threat of new entrants

The Equity Kicker

Fred Wilson posted yesterday about the emerging battle between Netflix and HBO. Netflix’s strategy of developing their own premium content is in full swing now that House of Cards has been released.

It Might Be Time to Break Up With Your Bank

Inc Startups

Banks still aren't lending much, but there's a universe of alternative financing to discover. During the recession the refrain that banks weren't lending to small businesses was heard so often, it should have its own meme.

Mojang Posts Turnover Of €133 Million for 2012

ArcticStartup

Indie game developers had their heads turned to Stockholm this weekend. Mojang , the independent game development company with the popular Minecraft title posted a turnover of SEK 1.15 billion (€133 million), and profits before taxes at SEK 580 million (€67 million).

JJ Ramberg: Never Say 'No' to a Potential Customer

Inc Startups

Instead, the host of MSNBC's Your Business says you want to talk up something you do offer. Here's how

The Structures of Social Enterprise

Business Plan Blog

We are beginning to see more and more companies begin to blend their traditional corporate structures with a more modern obligation to philanthropy and social awareness. Social Entrepreneurism is on the rise and suddenly profit isn’t the only driving force behind big business.

How to Let Down an Employee Who Isn't Ready for a Promotion

Inc Startups

Missing out on a promotion can be a huge blow to high-performing employees. Here's how to keep them from jumping ship. You've got a hard choice: Promote an excellent employee or bring in a better fit from the outside.

Cloak Protects Your Devices On Public WiFi

YoungUpstarts

If you’re a frequent user of public WiFi but are fearful of having sensitive data being intercepted over such open networks, you may want to take a look at Cloak.

Hello, Middle America. The SBA Wants to Get You Funded.

Inc Startups

Some 70% of start-up capital goes to just three coastal states. The SBA's chief says she wants to even the balance, and she has the programs to do it. I recently had the opportunity to participate in Inc.'s s first-ever Hire Power Awards event in Washington, D.C.

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This is not the search you are looking for…

Mark Birch

This is not the search you are looking for…. search Google humor LOL

Rule for Success: Emphasize Steady Progress

Inc Startups

Harvard Business School professor Teresa M. Amabile explains the importance of "inner work life." Harvard Business School professor Teresa M. Amabile asked 238 professionals to keep diaries of their "inner work lives" while engaged in research and development projects.

Win8 like a first time visit to WalMart

deal architect

I have been playing with my Win8 Ultrabook for the last week, gradually exploring its features. My friend Louis Columbus tells me Microsoft has bought into “Personas” in its development philosophy simulating how different roles navigate its software. I think

7 Floors to Millions of Dollars

Inc Startups

You've got a seven-floor elevator ride to sell your business idea to an investor. Can you do it? Probably not. Can you sell your business idea in a seven-floor elevator ride? You better be able to. Pitch opportunities are being compressed.