Wed.Feb 20, 2013

Simplicity, The Emerging UI, and Machine Learning

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Long title. Short post. Daring Fireball says : The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple’s innovation. It’s the simplest, most obvious “system” ever designed. It is a false and foolish but widespread misconception that “innovation” goes only in the direction of additional complexity. "Designed" "Designed" being the important word in that quote. Because we aren't done designing user interfaces. I think we are just getting started.

Entrepreneurs Need to Sell Themselves as the Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

The days are gone when a techie or a genius could build things in his garage and customers would find and buy the product, based purely on the “wow factor” of the technology. New technologies are everywhere today. People have seen so much that they are blasé, or actually fear pure technology.

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TechStars London Calling

Feld Thoughts

Jon Bradford and I have known one another since before the development of the Mentor Manifesto. Today we’re bringing Jon and his team at Springboard in London into the TechStars family as they re-brand to become TechStars London , our first international program. We have every confidence in them as a high-quality extension of the strong ecosystem we have already built here in the US.

Top 15 Books to Ensure You Kick Some Entrepreneurial Butt in 2013!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to either get started on that project you’ve been balking at or crack down on a current project you’ve been working on. One of the best ways to gain knowledge and motivation while simultaneously increasing personal morale is to read books!

The Democratization of Entrepreneurship

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

One of the great trends we’ve been witnessing over the past decade, and in particular the past 5 years, has been what you might call the “democratization” of entrepreneurship”. It’s a powerful trend and one that I think will have a huge impact not just on the US economy and workforce, but perhaps even more intensely on other areas of the world – particularly developing economies.

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5 Reasons Why You Need To Own a Marketing Routine

Duct Tape Marketing

This guest post features Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Kelly Weppler. The key to producing marketing results has a lot to do with consistency. If you’re guilty of ‘one and done’ marketing, it’s unlikely that you’ll see any kind of success.

7 Ways to Ensure Your Emails Get Read

Inc Startups

Tired of sending out emails and getting no responses back? An email expert shares seven tips to help make sure that your emails get read. Recently I connected with Jonathan Borge, an email expert who has mastered the art of getting emails answered.

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Is a Down Economy a Good or Bad Time to Start a Business?

Up and Running

Graphic by: Global Economic Intersection. Times of economic woe don’t mean you have to tuck-in your entrepreneurial spirit and settle for whatever job you can get. In fact, economic slowdowns can be prime opportunities to get your startup off the ground. Don’t believe it?

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The Real Reason Your Marketing Doesn't Work

Inc Startups

You may have a bunch of demographic stats, but do you really understand how your customers feel?

It’s Official: Springboard becomes TechStars UK

VC Cafe

US accelerator program Techstars, recently ranked #2 startup accelerator worldwide by Forbes, is moving to the UK, merging with UK accelerator program Springboard. Up until now, TechStars had operated a franchise model in Europe in the form of StartupBootcamp, but this one is different, said David Cohen. The official [.]. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Springboard TechStars London Techstars london

5 Reasons real leaders must listen and understand

Taffy Williams

Make sure you did not turn off your hearing or tuneout your team! Many years ago, a one of my relatives wore an older version of hearing aids. The device reminds one of the pocket radios with wired earphones. This person had been married for more than 60 years.

Big Presentation? Imagine It's Open Mic Night

Inc Startups

Successful comedians are deft presenters. 8 comedy lessons to apply to your next business presentation. What do standup comedy and business presentations have in common? More than you think. Comedians are entrepreneurs.

6 Smart Ways to Capture Emails


Email lists are key assets for any company. any 4-year old knows. The bigger your list and the better your relationship with the list, the more money you make. . Growing your email list starts with a great lead magnet – without it no tactic mentioned here will work.

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What Doesn't Kill You.Brings Out Your True Character

Inc Startups

We like to think that whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger, but the truth is that adversity only reinforces what's already there. We’ve all had lunatic bosses. Steve Jobs was actually fired from Apple, the company he co-founded, because his management style was considered toxic.

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Why Playing It Safe May Be the Riskiest Path of All

Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing podcast with Randy Gage. Back when I started my own business, some twenty-five years ago, I was a bit of rebel. I was taking a leap and doing something that many considered terribly risky. photo credit: jjay69 via photopin cc.

Why You Need to Stop Being So Nice

Inc Startups

For some entrepreneurs, prioritizing yourself can be one of the biggest challenges. Here's how to learn to say no and set boundaries. Helping others, sharing, being kind: These are the sorts of values that have been instilled in most of us since kindergarten.

PernixData Heralds a New Era in Software Defined Data Center

Lightspeed Venture Partners

PernixData introduces a software-defined “Flash Virtualization Platform” that aggregates and virtualizes flash storage distributed across servers into a scale-out data tier for enterprise data centers to provide low cost, deterministic high performance to any out-of-box application.

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8 Tips for Hiring and Managing Interns

Inc Startups

Sure, it's nice to help a college kid, but interns can also help your business. Think about it. Your business is small. Too small to have a fancy internship program or connections with universities. You may even be located in a town far removed from a school that has a major that fits your business.

Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It – Interview with Jody Thompson

Escape From Cubicle Nation

In 2010, Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson released their first book Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It , based on their experience leading a “Results Only Work Environment” (ROWE) while they were at Best Buy.

Create Your Own Active Online Community

Inc Startups

Google+, Facebook, and LinkedIn can provide a lucrative opportunity if you can attract an engaged audience. Here's how to do it.

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5 steps to putting your career on the right track

Jeff Hilimire

5 steps. Presumably leading to success ;). I’ve been talking to a lot of young(er) people over the past month about their career aspirations and if they are on the right path toward success at this point. It’s a great exercise for people to go through at any point in their career.

5 Ways to Tame Your Email Beast

Inc Startups

These five methods and applications can get the email monkey off your back. Email is a HUGE waste of time. It's not just SPAM (which is bad enough), it's your email-happy coworkers, employees, and customers.

The Democratization of Entrepreneurship

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

One of the great trends we’ve been witnessing over the past decade, and in particular the past 5 years, has been what you might call the “democratization” of entrepreneurship”. It’s a powerful trend and one that I think will have a huge impact not just on the US economy and workforce, but perhaps even more intensely on other areas of the world – particularly developing economies.

Get Motivated, Stay Motivated: 3 Tools

Inc Startups

We're all inspired by different things, but I'm betting at least one of these three motivators will work for you. Everyone wants to achieve greatness, but we’re all motivated by different things. Sure, money is an obvious inspiration.

Introducing TechStars London

David Cohen

Today is a big day for TechStars. With the announcement of TechStars London , we are taking a first step outside of the United States. We’ve always been cautious with our growth, always prioritizing quality over quantity.

4 Ways You Discourage Customers From Buying

Inc Startups

The relationship between buyers and sellers has changed. In the process, these four tactics have become major turn-offs. Something has happened between most companies and their customers--and it has led to a lot of lost sales.

Interview with Sunil Kanderi on launching Mokriya’s Craigslist App

Life Beyond Code

I have been watching my friend Sunil Kanderi and his team innovate, imagine, ideate, iterate and implement the Craigslist app for months and finally, today it’s getting released. Here is a quick Q&A with Sunil on the app and more.

A Non-Hipster Approach to a Co-Working Space

Inc Startups

A new initiative introduced by Arizona State University works with libraries to create co-work spaces where entrepreneurs can gain training and support. Though myriad co-work spaces already operate in public libraries across the U.S., Arizona State University is taking it to the next level.

Tesla Lost the Minute Musk Tweeted

Venture Chronicles

I have been watching with curiosity the battle of words between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the NYTimes. On balance I think Musk miscalculated and has come out on the losing side of the bigger issue he is confronting… complexity.

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Innovation, Ninja-Style

Inc Startups

Consumer Electronics Association head Gary Shapiro says small tech companies, when they're at their best, act like ninjas. Being president of one of the largest trade organizations in the world comes with a number of privileges.

Israeli Startup AfterDownload Sells to IronSource for $28M

VC Cafe

Israeli startups are now aquiring each other. In 2010, I wrote about Israeli startup Afterdownload on VC Cafe, and was really impressed with what I saw. Today, Carmel Ventures shared the news that AfterDownload was sold to IronForge, its Israeli partner, for $28 million. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Afterdownload carmel IronSource

3 Things the 'Harlem Shake' Reveals About the Workplace

Inc Startups

Sure, it's a ridiculous meme. But pay attention: Buried in those YouTube clips are some truths about why company culture is so important. What would make grown adults wear absurd costumes, bump and grind on chair legs, and benchpress small co-workers in pulsating rhythm? On a random Thursday morning?

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[Infographic] Small Businesses Continue To Lack Disaster Preparedness


Despite the slew of natural disasters that’s hit continental United States in recent months such as Hurricane Sandy and the winter storm Nemo, small businesses continue to lack a business preparedness or recovery plan in case they’re affected.

Here's the Tumblr Founder's Favorite Tumblr (and Why It Matters)

Inc Startups

As part of Social Media Week, David Karp chats about his personal favorite Tumblr. You might want to take notes.