Sat.Jan 14, 2012 - Fri.Jan 20, 2012

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

Raising money is hard. And when you’re relatively new to the process it’s easy to be confused by the process. There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. Of course much of it is conflicting.

It’s a torturous chaos until it isn’t

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

When you talk about explosive, profitable startup growth, a few darlings come to mind. DropBox is one. Hubspot is another. I mean, just look at their growth ( published on SEOMoz ): Was it always so powerful a growth engine? Was it always so clear that this was a company with a bright future?

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Focus on Outcomes, Not Organization

Feld Thoughts

I had a great breakfast meeting at the Cambridge Marriott with Michael Schrage , a research fellow at MIT yesterday morning. We had never met before and I loved the conversation – his brain was bubbling with ideas that are relevant to many of the things I’m interested in, he challenged some of my thinking, and we had a deep and awesome conversation about open source hardware, makers, and MakerBot.

Raising Money: What Not to Say and What Not to Believe #OfficeandGuyK

How to Change the World

Over the past two weeks via my partnership with Microsoft and Office Web Apps, I’ve provided templates of models for you to create enchanting PowerPoint pitches , Word business plans , and Excel financial models. They are all available for you to download from my SkyDrive account.

7 Ways to Avoid a Poor First Impression in Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are all about firsts, and the most important is you making a great first impression – on investors, customers, new team members, and strategic partners.

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How to Pick the Right Name for Your Business

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Competitive Differentiation that Matters

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). How you differentiate from competitors only matters if it matters to customers. Pick any differentiation you want – pricing, features, target market, market gap , performance , etc. – unless customers really, really, really care about the difference, you’re shit out of luck. Hell, pick two or three of them and it still doesn’t matter. You can’t pile them on and assume that’ll make the difference.

When Talent Can Easily Find New Opportunity, How Do You Retain Talent?

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Talent in Companies.

Design a Sam Adams beer

How to Change the World

Now this is a fun project. I’m helping Sam Adams “tap” the knowledge of beer drinkers and crowd source its next brew. Join the party by getting the app and designing your beer: The final brew will be released in Austin in the first week of March. sponsored

5 Ways to Get Your Customers to Create Content For You

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Ways to Get Your Customers to Create Content For You This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. You’ve heard enough about the need to produce content that I’m guessing you’re probably blogging away and curating, aggregating and filtering all manner of content.

A Recipe for Growth: Adding Layers to the Cake

Jeff Jordan

Businesses don’t grow themselves. One of the most important jobs of a CEO is to aggressively define and pursue a growth agenda for his or her business. Why is this important?

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Your Office Space is the Face of Your Startup

Genuine VC

Your office space is the face of your startup. Not only does it communicate an outward message, but like a face, a startup office provides insight into what’s going on underneath the surface. A startup’s space tells a story to everyone who is involved with a company spending time there: founders, employees, investors, and (potential)

The 30% Factor

Life Beyond Code

Every worthwhile project comes with varying levels of resistance throughout the lifecycle of that project. If you are one of those that can overcome this resistance, not just once, but throughout the lifecycle of the project, you will see the project through completion.

Startup Branding: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs


The following is a guest post by Mike Troiano. Mike is a former New York ad man turned venture-funded entrepreneur, now a Principal at Boston-based Holland-Mark. You can follow him on Twitter at @miketrap , and connect with him elsewhere through About Me.

A Seed Fund Grows in Brooklyn: Announcing Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. I am ecstatic to announce the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures --my new seed investment fund. It is the first venture capital fund based in Brooklyn--the city’s most exciting and creative borough.

Raising Money: What Not to Say and What Not to Believe #OfficeandGuyK

How to Change the World

Over the past two weeks via my partnership with Microsoft and Office Web Apps, I’ve provided templates of models for you to create enchanting PowerPoint pitches, Excel spreadsheets, and Word business plans. They are all available for you to download here.

One Earth

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

To the question, “Has an astronaut ever had a psychotic episode or mental breakdown while on a mission in space?”

Attitude Lessons From Multimillionaire Fashion Mogul Justin Herald by Yaro Starak

A few weeks ago I attended a seminar for entrepreneurs held by Justin Herald. Justin has made tens of millions of dollars in the clothing business , having launched his first brand, Attitude , with just $50 to his name. He was named Australian Entrepreneur of the Year back in 2004 and has written a stack of books on… Read the rest of this entry » Entrepreneur Profiles attitude clothing clothes business justin herald

A creative and Innovative ring strategy for resource optimization.


Not always the most logical and obvious way to use our resources is the most effective. The answer to our need for innovation and growth lies in knowing ourselves (our business) and environment (our niche and industry

4 Traits of Great Leaders

Inc Startups

Four easy-to-master traits from great leaders such as John F. Kennedy, Sam Budnyk, and Gene Kranz. It is often said that hindsight is 20/20. By looking to the past we can learn how better to adapt and achieve in the future.

A Bubble for Seed Stage Valuation

Angel Investing News

When entrepreneurs raise equity capital for startup companies, the investors’ percentage of ownership is determined by the negotiated valuation for the company at the time of investment. For example, if the negotiated pre-money valuation is $1.5 million and the investors provide $500,000 in equity investment, the investors are purchasing 25% of the company [$0.5 million ÷ ($1.5 million + $0.5 million)].

ETNow Venture Capital outlook for 2012


Interesting panel moderated by Sudhir, Discusses 2011 and the emergence of ecommerce, other investment themes in tech enabled businesses, exit expectations and where we are headed. Ecosystem

Information Arbitrage - The perils of "free riders"

Information Arbitrage


5 Things I Look for In a Great Job Interview

Inc Startups

After years of seeing it all in job interviews, here is what separates a good candidate from a great one. In my career I have reviewed thousands of resumes and conducted hundreds of employment interviews for both The Trademark Company and other businesses for which I have worked.

How to build a powerful and profitable mailing list

Escape From Cubicle Nation

If you have studied small business marketing, you may have heard the frequent cheer “The money is in The List!” ” And indeed, creating a strong email marketing list is a powerful foundation for any business, online or offline.

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The End of Business as Usual by Brian Solis

Grade A Entrepreneurs

“What are words for if not to inspire the hearts, minds, and actions of our employees and customers?”

Information Arbitrage - What's the big deal about Big Data?

Information Arbitrage


The Wrath of a Great Leader

Inc Startups

How Martin Luther King, Jr. wrestled with anger and what you can learn from his example. Average leaders focus on results, and that's it. Good leaders focus also on the behaviors that will get the results. And great leaders focus, in addition, on the emotions that will drive these behaviors.

7 Insights Every Blogger Should Know by Yaro Starak

What is more important: quality or quantity? The easy answer to this long and heated debate is both are very important – and I’ll give you that, they both are, but for free content I am in the quantity camp. Go ahead and paste me and leave 1,000 comments telling me I’m wrong – I don’t care, I will read… Read the rest of this entry » Blogs & Blogging Blogs and Blog Traffic blog marketing blog monetization blog traffic online business

The Macintosh Way by Guy Kawasaki: Ageless Insights into Entrepreneurial Audacity

Grade A Entrepreneurs

The huge success of Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs , shows the scope of our fascination for one of the top industry visionaries ever.

A Democrat's Defense of Romney

Seeing Both Sides

I am a card-carrying Democrat and supporter of President Obama. I will vote for him again in November. But the attacks against Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital - by both his Republican brethren and Democrats - and the demonization of the private equity industry are really starting to annoy me.

7 Must-Have Qualities to Look for in Employees

Inc Startups

The smaller your business, the more crucial it is to get every new hire right. If you find someone with these 7 traits, make an offer -- quick. While every hiring decision is important , the smaller your business the more important it is you hire the right people. When employee No.

Pre-Order The Start-Up of You

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Today, I’m finally ready to talk about a project I’ve been working on for a very long time! I’m coauthor, with Reid Hoffman, of a new book titled The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career , which comes out February 14, 2012.

4 Inspiring Ideas And The Entrepreneurs Behind Them by Yaro Starak

In my last article I wrote a few of my realizations and how I plan to adapt myself in 2012. In this sequel article I will share some of my personal inspirations , which have shaped me to become who I am, and how I think. I will also share with you one of my latest projects and my… Read the rest of this entry » Marketing, Business & Entrepreneurship ali brown andrew mason andrew warner derek silvers groupon open source reed hoffman