Tue.Nov 06, 2012

Entrepreneurs as Dissidents

Steve Blank

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today

Inc Startups

If you want to be the best in your industry, you have to get rid of your outdated management style. You might not feel it day-to-day, but business management is in a major transition.

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How to Change Your Thoughts and Why You Must

Duct Tape Marketing

A few weeks ago I started a series of posts I’m calling Recover You. The series is focused on practices and habits that I believe lead to a healthier mind, body and spirit, a healthier business and ultimately a healthier economy. photo credit: Mait Jüriado via photopin cc.

Without Deep Pockets, Profitability Trumps Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

A question that I often hear debated these days is whether a new startup should focus on growth or profits. First of all, the glory days of “dot.coms” are gone, when investors “didn’t care” about profitability, and all the money went to growth.

Build the Best Team Possible (Drycleaning Matters, But Not Why You Think)

Inc Startups

Start by asking a potential hire his life's goals--and then draw a roadmap of how those can be achieved working for you. The most important ingredient to entrepreneurial success is talented employees. Even with lots of funding, an average team will only produce average results.

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Stop Procrastinating & Plan for 2013

Inc Startups

If you're not planning for the coming year then you better believe that your competitors are. Here are three solutions to get you going before it's too late. Hooray! The election season is finally done. The holidays are close behind, and 2013 is just around the corner.

Story-centered design: how to make a prototype in PowerPoint

Google Ventures

When I started my career as a management consultant, I was surprised at how versatile PowerPoint was. We used it for everything from seating charts to market-entry strategies for Fortune 500 clients. At Astrid , I found a new use for PowerPoint: building prototypes.

The Secret of Success – The Long, Straight Road

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Share this image with your social networks! A man is headed north to reunite with his long-lost family. He knows of only one route to arrive at his destination; a long, solitary road. He sets off one dewy morning full of resolve, pacing himself and stopping to smell the roses along the way.

Infographics Are Hot, Your Boring Data Is Not

Inc Startups

Turn your boring piles of stats, data and other information into an eye-catching infographic using these three steps. Last week my online marketing company, VerticalResponse, published a big social media infographic about how much time and money small businesses invest in social media activities.

Become An Entrepreneur In College: It’s Easy

YoungUpstarts

by Kevin Kaiser of Startup Biz Blog. There’s no reason to wait for graduation before diving into the world of entrepreneurship. College students who have a great idea and who believe that they can juggle their entrepreneurship with college should consider taking the dive.

Be Customer-Focused: 4 Basic Tactics

Inc Startups

Follow these four great ideas to keep your sales growing and your customers happy. Everybody talks about being customer-focused, but few people really know what it means.

Design Staff ? Story-centered design: how to make a prototype in.

Design Staff

When I started my career as a management consultant, I was surprised at how versatile PowerPoint was. We used it for everything from seating charts to market-entry strategies for Fortune 500 clients. At Astrid, I found a new

Want to Be More Effective? Try a Mental Detox

Inc Startups

Follow these four tips to get back on top of your mental game. Just as your body needs to detox if you overindulge in alcohol or unhealthy food, your brain needs to detox from negativity, overwork, and anxiety.

Workday: The Locker Room at Half-Time

deal architect

A few weeks ago, I wrote it is “Halftime in Enterprise Technology” Workday invited a group of analysts and bloggers to their annual Technology Summit, this year in conjunction with their user event, Rising. To me, the opportunity to mingle. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Want to Spy on Rivals? There's an App for That

Inc Startups

Social media can offer lots of clues into your competitors' strategies. The trouble is capturing all that data. A new app promises to do it for you. Smart companies keep a close eye on their competition. Now a new iOS and Android app called Perch claims it can make that task dead simple.

The Tipping Point State

Constantly Learning

The U.S. Presidential elections are today and I want to throw some interesting nerd commentary into the mix. While doing research on electoral voting and the U.S. presidential election I discovered a wealth of data at electoral-vote.com. The site aggregate all of the polling data from around the country and

5 Ways to Get Your Sales Team to Change

Inc Startups

Need to make big changes to what you sell or the way you sell it? Follow these five tips to get your salespeople on board. A company must be able to change if it wants to succeed. Yet, as many business leaders have discovered, change can be uncomfortable for employees.

Startup CEO – New Book in the Startup Revolution Series

Feld Thoughts

Matt Blumberg, the CEO of Return Path , has just put up a post about the new book he’s working on called Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Building and Running Your Company. I’m super excited that this is going to be the fifth book in the Startup Revolution series and the first book not co-written by me. Matt is an extraordinary CEO who I’ve had the pleasure to work with for a dozen years.

Silicon Valley's Hottest Commodity: The Design-Savvy Founder

Inc Startups

Don't get an MBA. Don't even learn to code. If you really want to start a great company, hone your design skills. Reams have been written about the importance of founders that can code--or, in Silicon Valley parlance, the "technical co-founder." The coder is important, sure.

On this Election Day, I wish…

Jeff Hilimire

Today the nation votes for the next President of the United States, and I have but one hope. Let’s (hopefully) agree that no matter who wins, the next President will do his best to improve this country. You or I might not agree with the tactics or the strategy, but the intention will be to make this country better over the next four years.

3 Critical Mobile Marketing Insights

Inc Startups

Former analyst and now VC Mary Meeker gave an unexpected mid-year update on Internet trends. Here are three you can't afford to ignore.

Mindset Lesons from the Navy Seals

Will Price

The Navy Seals are examplars of discipline, achievement, and overcoming adversity. The Navy studied the difference between the 25% of Seals who pass training and the additional 10-15% who should have passed but did not. The difference? Mindset. Here's a quick read from the blog The One Minute Mindset that highlights the learnings from Seal training success and failure. Goal setting Visualization Self-talk Arousal control/anxiety management

Give Your Business A Great Story

Inc Startups

A business idea is only as good as its story. Make your story great, and you'll be on the fast-track to success. If you believe you were born to be an entrepreneur, you may have envisioned greatness in your future many times.

Encouraging the right type of innovation

The Equity Kicker

Clayton Christensen article in the New York Times last weekend which argues that the poor performance of the American economy is explained by a lack of empowering (i.e. job creating) innovation. This is, I think, an important point. Fred Wilson has since blogged twice about it.

Why Your Accountant Is Your Biggest Asset

Inc Startups

If you want to know why your business has stopped growing, talk to your accountant. Starting and a growing a company is an inherently nebulous process.

Stages of Social Enterprise Capital

Business Plan Blog

Survival or Establishment Stage: Once initial seed capital is drying up and no profit has yet been earned, the challenge for a social enterprise will be to expand the customer base and increase the market penetration while preserving capital.

'Why I Voted for Mitt Romney'

Inc Startups

As a businessman and an employer, I'm just more comfortable with Mitt Romney in office. This past Friday I was at a business event outside of Philadelphia sponsored by a local bank.

grungebook: Stream the entirety of Soundgarden’s King Animal, a.

Mark Birch

grungebook : Stream the entirety of Soundgarden’s King Animal , a week before its official release, over at iTunes (U.S.). The rest of the world can hear it via NME.com. music rock grunge Soundgarden King Animal new album

How to Be a Great Radio Guest

Inc Startups

You may be a great speaker. But do you know how to shine on the radio? You're asked to appear as a guest on a radio program. You're thrilled. Radio has a huge reach. Radio can help you brand yourself in ways print or Web can't. If you're a good guest, that is.

The Long, Straight Road

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Share this image with your social networks! A man is headed north to reunite with his long-lost family. He knows of only one route to arrive at his destination; a long, solitary road. He sets off one dewy morning full of resolve, pacing himself and stopping to smell the roses along the way.

You Should Love Your Business's Difficulties

Inc Startups

Is running your own business difficult? Of course. Here's why that struggle can be a good thing. Close your eyes for a second and imagine the good life. Were you fishing? Lounging on the beach? Sipping a glass of wine while chatting with friends?

Politically Correct

deal architect

One good thing about this long and expensive election cycle is many folks are back to the adage of “Don’t talk politics in polite company” The pilot of this flight politely announced he would not be broadcasting any results and. Little to do with IT, but interesting

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'Why I Voted for Barack Obama'

Inc Startups

The 2012 presidential election promises to be a close one. As a small business owner, I support keeping President Obama in office for four more years.

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DAD: at his most huggable and corniest

deal architect

Dave Duffield is not slick - he kept forgetting his notes and guest mike at the podium. But during his talk at Workday Rising he was also generous and brought up several executive guests to the stage, thanked his growing. Cloud Computing, SaaS People Commentary