Mon.Dec 10, 2012

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. I LOVED it because, the presenting part was over quickly and we got into specific issues that the founders had in terms of getting things built.

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Some Quick Sage Advice for Young Employees Early in Their Careers

Both Sides of the Table

My wife & I have a close friend who recently entered the workforce for his first-ever job. On his first day of work my wife was kind enough to write down words of wisdom from her years on the job. I don’t write about Tania very often – mostly at her request.

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Google Announces the Launch of Campus Tel Aviv

VC Cafe

I'm thrilled to share the news that today, 9 months after the launch of our beloved Campus London, Google announced the launch of Campus Tel Aviv, a floor in the new Google Tel Aviv office, dedicated. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

I don’t care about crowded markets

StartupCFO

One of the most common objections you hear from investors is that the market you are going after is too crowded. I have been on the receiving end of this many times and had to convince investors about the vision we saw for disrupting that market despite the existing players. As an investor, I don’t care if a market is crowded. And history backs me up on this. Online search was crowded before Google showed up. Anyone remember Geocities or Ask Jeeves?

Sometimes, Poor Customer Service Starts Right at the Entrepreneur's Desk!

Small Business Force

Every entrepreneur or small business CEO I have ever known has always put "great customer service" at the top of any list of company strengths or company objectives, or both.

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How to Make Your Content Mobile Friendly

Duct Tape Marketing

When I think about the work I do these days very little of it actually needs to be done on a “real” computer. Writing a post like this, creating a PowerPoint deck or maybe editing a video are things that are still best done by me using lots of computing power and a large screen or two.

8 Beliefs That Make You More Resilient

Inc Startups

What you believe about work either weakens you or makes you stronger. Most people live lives of quiet desperation because they focus on things that they cannot control: outside events, stuff that happened in the past and what other people are thinking.

Where We Invest in 2013 and Beyond

Rob Go

What I find funny about the noise about the series A crunch and the difficulties of consumer applications is that it was predicted and reasonably explained 1-year ago by Mike Maples in this outstanding blog post.

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Top 5 Skills Every Leader Must Have

Inc Startups

The world moves fast and if you can't keep up, you're company is doomed. Here are five skills that every leader must have to run a company in today's culture. A few years ago, I saw a video by a Harvard professor on competences for adapting to a changing world. Frankly, it was embarrassing.

What Do Jeff Bezos and Alesandro Giuliani Have in Common?

Growthink Blog

Last night, I read this fantastic article in Fortune Magazine about one of my business heroes - Jeff Bezos - who was named this year's Fortune's Businessman of the Year.

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5 Biggest Leadership Lessons From 2012

Inc Startups

What a year, right? Check out what events should shape your leadership goals for 2013. It's been quite a year for leadership lessons.

10 Perspective Checks on Your Startup Aspirations

Startup Professionals Musings

Every entrepreneur needs to be honest about their strengths and weaknesses, and realistic about their reasons for choosing the startup route. For any entrepreneur, even the best business opportunities, if entered for the wrong reasons, will likely fail.

5 Steps to Creating a Great Company Culture

Inc Startups

Unhappy employees? Customers not returning? You can change all of that in five simple steps. Quick, what's the first company that comes to mind when you think "great company culture"? For me it's Zappos.

Be the Startup I Want to Fund

This is going to be BIG.

The other day, I'm in a meeting where someone told me an industry magazine that would be relevent to one of my companies. I texted the founder and got the following response: " Yeah. We were in their last issue.". Oh, umm. well, carry on. A lot of times, I take meetings with companies that feel a lot more like they're on the outside looking in than they should. They're raising money to try and make the connections to clients they don't have yet.

7 Tips to Successfully Grow Your Business

Inc Startups

Regardless of the industry you are in, you can be highly successful if you live by these very simple ideologies. Like many business owners, I wasn't born to be an entrepreneur, I never planned on running a business, and I most assuredly had no experience in successfully growing one.

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Interview with Shaul Weisband, Co-Founder of the Gifting App, Jifiti

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

What is Jifiti? Jifiti is an in-store gifting platform that allows shoppers to spot something they love, share it with the world, and have their friends and family purchase it for them or chip in for it directly on Jifiti.com.

2013 Trend: Ads Will Be Articles & Vice Versa

Inc Startups

Forget banners and pop-ups. Instead, connect with consumers via blogs, videos, white papers, and more. This article is part of Inc.'s s special report on How (and Where) to Make Money in 2013 (and Beyond). Read on for game-changing trends, bold predictions, and hot markets to watch next year.

APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch: a must-read

Grade A Entrepreneurs

APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch is an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to write a book and self-publish. It’s packed with information, advice, tips and resources.

Why You Should Schmooze Like Don Draper

Inc Startups

Forget GChat. To really connect with customers, vendors and staff, sometimes you've gotta go old school, whether that means deep sea fishing or ordering every dessert on the menu. But maybe skip the strippers.) Don Draper was onto something.

Why Did Mass Relevance Move Downtown?

Austin Startup

Many have asked me "Why did you move downtown? How has it been?" As a public service to fellow entrepreneurs, I'd like to share our experience. Startup 101 mass relevance Sam Decker

21 Things That Beat Your New Year's Resolution

Inc Startups

These goals are probably easier to accomplish than that new diet--and they're likely more rewarding, too. The main problem with deciding on a New Year's resolution is the waiting part. Why put off doing something you really want to do until a certain day?

Facebook Tip: Use “Get Notifications” to Reach More Fans

Soho Solutionist

You’ve all probably heard how difficult it is to get the people following your Facebook business page to actually see the content you post. And, you’ve probably also heard that you need to pay for them to notice you in [.]. Blog Social Media For Business Tech Tips Facebook

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2 Best Ways to Divide Your Work Day

Inc Startups

Why business owners should divide their time into "in" days and "out" days to supercharge their productivity. Small business owners wear many hats.

Shark Tank 2012 Holiday Episode Breakdown

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Although Sharktank has been running reruns on Fridays the last few weeks, the show ran a Sharktank 2012 Holiday special on Tuesday night. The most interesting company to present was The Coop , a modern, design-focused, indoor-outdoor children’s playspace in Los Angeles.

Google+ Communities: New Social Option for Businesses

Inc Startups

Like Facebook, now Google+ offers a way to connect with--and presumably market to--like-minded people. If you use Google+ there's a good chance within the last day or so you've been inundated with invitations to join various "communities" on the social network. That's because on Dec.

Happy Chanukah

Venture Cyclist

My family, along with many others, is currently celebrating Chanukah, which is a minor Jewish festival made more significant only by its proximity to Christmas.

Lessons in Learning How to Program

Inc Startups

Here's one way to be a better communicator: Start treating people more like computers. Last month, I mentioned that I've been taking a class in Ruby on Rails, a programming framework that powers tens of thousands of websites worldwide. Why go back to school? A couple of reasons.

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The evolution of culture at a startup

joel.is

It’s now 2 years since I launched Buffer , and the company has grown from just myself (working from my bedroom) to a team of 7. In the last few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about culture and asking many other founders about different aspects such as having an office, having company values and different forms of communication like team meetings and 1:1 meetings.

6 Ways to Spread the Holiday Spirit

Inc Startups

Aside from a holiday party, there are lots of creative, inexpensive ways to bring your "office family" together. December is the busiest month for many companies, including mine.

6 Ways to get Your Customers Saying – Please take my Money!

Active Garage

Right. You don’t hear that very often. In fact, you probably don’t even think it! In fact, the reverse is usually what we hear – in stories, from our friends, from our colleagues and pretty much every where from customers.

Keep It Real: How to Stay Authentic As You Grow

Inc Startups

As a business grows, it's important to maintain the authenticity that consumers fall in love with. People fall in love with small brands because they have a sort of sixth sense about them. It's personal.

Use Reality TV To Get Your Business More Exposure

Mike Michalowicz

Use Reality TV To Get Your Business More Exposure. Television has changed in more was than just getting skinny enough to hang on the wall. There have been some amazing changes inside the TV set as well as outside of it.

3 Keys to Authentic Cause Marketing

Inc Startups

Here's how your company, your cause, and your customers can all benefit from your socially-minded efforts. Carol Cone, managing director of public relations firm Edelman, is often referred to as the mother of cause marketing.

[Interview] Rajbir Singh Chopra, CEO of Weston Corporation

YoungUpstarts

The past year has seen exciting growth for online and mobile commerce in Asia , and that trend looks set to continue all the way through 2012 into 2013.