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Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution, by Captain Obvious McClure

500 Hats

abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. menus should be online, so they can integrate user data & purchase history to customize selection, offer discounts, and to connect with friends for favorites and referrals / group offers.

Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth. All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. As I have said before, we have had the wind mostly at our back for the past seven years and I feel the winds changing on us. They are headwinds not tailwinds right now.

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Entrepreneurs Learn New Rules for Real Influence

Startup Professionals Musings

Successful entrepreneurs, like Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Casey Sheahan of Patagonia , have long since realized that influence is no longer something that you do to someone to get what you want, but requires listening and relationship building to do what they want, with a win-win outcome.

Hope Is Critical To A Strategy

Feld Thoughts

There has been a cliche going around the last decade or so that goes “hope is not a strategy.” ” It inspired a book titled Hope Is Not a Strategy: The 6 Keys to Winning the Complex Sale and is repeated often by VCs in boardrooms when they are confronted with companies that are flailing, especially when trying to reach their revenue goals.

How To Set Up A Stand Up Desk And Why It Could Save Your Life

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Tweet. Sitting Down Is Killing You. Recently in the news you may have heard some rather alarming data was released about the impact sitting down for long periods of time can have on your health.

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Love in an Elevator (Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Heads up. Describe your business in under a minute. Was it convincing? Now shorten it to 30 seconds. Still effective? How about one sentence that sums up what sets you apart from your competition? Not so easy, is it?

17-Point Program to Have the Best Year of Your Life

Life Beyond Code

Happy New Year. 2013 is days away. Here is a 17-point program to make it your best year. Get paid to move the needle: Quit thinking that you need to get paid for the hours you put into anything. If you get paid to move the needle, it will turn out to be a no-brainer value exchange.

Will 2013 Be Harder For Startups Than 2012?

Feld Thoughts

tl;dr: F**k, I don’t know. I’m not in the prediction business. But plan for it. And behave accordingly. A lot of people have been talking about how 2013 will be harder for startups and fast growing companies. Tiresome things like the endless discussion about the Series A crunch, more conservative behavior from VCs due to the performance of Facebook, Groupon, and Zynga in the public market, and overall concerns about the economy dominate.

Doubtliers: Erroneous Lessons From The Exceptional

OnStartups

There are great lessons to be learned from many exceptional companies like Google, Apple and Amazon. But, can you just copy the best practices from these amazing companies and use them to succeed at your own business? I doubt it. There is risk of pulling out the wrong lessons from these outliers.

Tips For an Awesome Social Media Campaign

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

For small businesses and international corporations alike, social media platforms have become an essential part of marketing strategies. It’s relatively inexpensive, and a great way to reach out to new customers, and give existing customers a platform to discuss your business. But it’s not easy.

How would you break down the process of raising an angel round of investment in 5-10 steps?

Gust

Understand your business. It sounds obvious, but the majority of entrepreneurs who pitch me have obviously never thought through many of the major issues surrounding their companies. You should know EVERYTHING about your business, product, customers and competition. You should know every metric regarding customer acquisition, conversion and retention. You should have a crystal clear understanding of your business model and your financials.

Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

Ask The VC

Q: As a rookie VC trial by fire is a great way to learn. Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist. In addition, there are a bunch of courses now using the book that are referenced on the web that include additional materials that are helpful.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boulder Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

David Cohen just put up The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boulder Startup Community. It’s a short presentation that you can look at below and is a great way to get a lay of the land in the Boulder Startup Community.

Never Try To Motivate Employees With Money

Mike Michalowicz

Money Does Not Motivate Employees. I can’t think of anything I love more than being acknowledged, unless it’s rewarded at the same time I’m being acknowledged. Employees are the same way. They love to be rewarded. Heck, we all do!

6 Approaches to Maximizing Good Business Habits

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs I know realize they have some bad habits, like maybe procrastination or not listening well, so they focus on dropping these.

Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth. All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. As I have said before, we have had the wind mostly at our back for the past seven years and I feel the winds changing on us. They are headwinds not tailwinds right now.

Embracing the mess of 2012 to invite the grace of 2013

Escape From Cubicle Nation

What has this year been like for you? Most people have had a whole series of accomplishments. Everything from finishing a blog post to getting the kids fed, clothed, out the door and on time for school three days in a row to winning an award or making a bunch of money on a product launch.

Where Is My Search Engine Traffic?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you build it, they will come. Well, that may work for Kevin Costner and a bunch of baseball-playing ghosts, but it doesn’t really work in today’s competitive world of websites and blogs. You can build a great website, or start and maintain a great blog, and get traffic from word of mouth alone.

3 Creative Ways to Grow Your Email List

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from DJ Waldow – Enjoy!

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What Talents Do You Need to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Small Business Force

Almost every day some aspiring entrepreneur raises the question with me or on some question board along the lines of "what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

Christmas Isn’t Awesome For Everyone

Feld Thoughts

This is a tough time of year for a lot of people. I used to be one of them. And I’ve gotten over it, and myself, which I attribute 100% to Amy helping me figure it out and not being willing to put up with my nonsense. But it’s a useful reminder for those who think it’s awesome for everyone. While the Christmas and New Year’s holidays can be a restful, restorative, wonderful family time, it can be excruciating for those who are depressed.

How to use Foursquare to market your business & reach a new audience

The Next Web

When we think of social media and business, the first few things to come to mind are Facebook and Twitter. Yet, there is one mobile app that tends to get overlooked by businesses: Foursquare.

Favorite Longreads of 2012

abovethecrowd.com

Over the past several years, I have become a huge fan of Mark Armstrong’s web service, Longreads. For those of you that don’t know, Longreads is a Twitter handle ( @longreads ), and a web service ( www.longreads.com ) that points to the best long form content on the Internet.

“Pay with a Tweet” and Other Growth Hacking Examples

VC Cafe

There are however, many clever ways to acquire users in the early stages, when your startup has no brand recognition. In the post, "Introduction to Growth Hacking for startups" we went through the. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Buffer Campuscred Growth Hacking Indisde the Launchpad Startup books StartupPlays The Referral Engine CampusCred Referral marketing User acquisition Ycombinator

6 Habits of Extremely Likeable People

Inc Startups

They're charming. They're genuine. And they can make an entire room full of people smile. When you meet someone, after, "What do you do?" you're out of things to say. You suck at small talk, and those first five minutes are tough because you're a little shy and a little insecure.

?????????? – Tenacity: How I Spent A Year One Night in Kiev

Steve Blank

This July I thought I had set the record for tenacity in my age group. Go ahead and take a moment to read the post , it’s short. I reminded my Startup Owners Manual co-author Bob Dorf this is how entrepreneurs played the game, blah, blah, blah. As usual Bob did one better.

What Is Conversion Rate Optimization and Why Does It Matter to Your Business?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you’re just beginning your entrepreneurial journey, you may have little time or money to spend on perfecting your website. You may also be overwhelmed by what you have to learn and do in order to establish a brand and sell your product.

Big Changes to 5 Important Online Tools

Duct Tape Marketing

Some of my favorite tools and services have gone through some pretty big changes recently – enough so that felt it warranted a post just to point the changes out. The first three, Gmail , Evernote and TweetDeck , are tools I use every day to run my business.

The Future of Sales Technology

Inc Startups

Salespeople are always the early adopters. Here's where they (and you) are heading. For the past two decades, salespeople have been the early adopters of technology that's later permeated the rest of the business world.

iA Writer Is My Killer App

Constantly Learning

It's taken me a long time to identify a killer app. Since purchasing the iPad, I've experimented with many different use cases attempting to find a justification for it. I love technology and Apple products, but, was hesitant when the iPad arrived. Other than being cool, I couldn't understand a device that lived between my phone and laptop. I held out on purchasing my iPad until the 3rd generation was released. It's taken me 6 months to find a reason for owning it.

Find the Right Celebrity to Promote Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Most startups dream of attracting a celebrity endorsement, and assume that it will take their startup to the stars.

“Has that horse bolted” - State of angel investment in India

VentureWoods

Sumanth posted this comment on my earlier post regarding 2013 predictions for startup ecosystem in India. The topic interested me enough to write a full post on the subject of where angel investors seem to stand in the ecosystem. I write this post as one member of angel investment community in India. First, an anecdote - I got a call from a very dear and active angel investor friend couple of weeks back. He is one of the better performing angel investors in the country.

8 Ways to Be Innovative (Even if You're Not)

Inc Startups

Can't be creative on demand? Not many people can. Fortunately, it's a skill you can improve. Trying to be innovative is, at least for most people, nearly impossible. Don't believe me? Try it. Right now. Think of something innovative. Come up with something new and different. I'll try it too.

Internet Growth Means Big Changes For How Businesses Connect

YoungUpstarts

By John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). When the Internet was first conceived as a better way for computers to communicate with one another, no one could predict the impact it would have on business communications.