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What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet. Many people, though, take the opportunity with a physical card to make an impression with a unique spin on their card (size, vertical orientation, etc.).

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Why You Should Think Twice Before You Send That Intro Email

Both Sides of the Table

Intros.They’re the lifeblood of networking – the currency of mavens. They are your route to angel money. Your entrée to sales meetings. We couldn’t live without them.

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A Postcard A Day

Feld Thoughts

I’ve described this magic approach to staying connected with family when you are far away three times in the past few days. The first time was to a set of entrepreneurs in TechStars New York who were from Vancouver and have spouses and significant others back home. The second time was to an entrepreneur at the NewMe Accelerator who has a spouse and kids in Atlanta. The third was last night to a team of entrepreneurs we are in the midst of closing a financing with.

Investors Seek Entrepreneurs With Fire in the Belly

Startup Professionals Musings

I’ve noticed that some entrepreneurs seem to have no trouble attracting investors, while others with a great business plan struggle with it. The reality is that angel investors are humans, and personal traits often make or break the relationship, even before the investment is considered.

What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet. Many people, though, take the opportunity with a physical card to make an impression with a unique spin on their card (size, vertical orientation, etc.).

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How to name your company and product

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Company names and product names can be a very expensive and time consuming process. It shouldn't be because company names and URLs don't matter. One of the first things you do when starting a company is come up with a name. Most times the name you come up with is already taken for the.com URL.

The Monastic Startup

Feld Thoughts

Last week at our Yesware board meeting, we talked about the idea of “the monastic startup.” ” This was a phrase that Matthew Bellows, Yesware’s CEO, came up with, and it characterizes the culture they are creating at Yesware. It embodies two concepts: The monastic startup is a place where engineers do the best work of their lives. This place involves work with long stretches of uninterrupted time. This idea sung to me.

Do you really need an explanatory video for your startup?

47 Hats

By Marc Strong, Founder, Wienot Films. The world is drowning in information–at least I know I am! In 2011, we created an estimated 1.8 zettabytes of data. What’s a zettabyte anyway!? Mashable says 1,800,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes is enough information to fill 57 billion 32 GB iPads.

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Intense Asymmetry and Self-Flagellation

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Erica Douglass bootstrapped her company and sold it for a million dollars while her friends were switching majors for the third time or dicking around at some entry-level job. She’s successful by any measure.

5 tips to getting small business financing

Up and Running

It’s no secret that small businesses can have a hard time getting financing. So before you approach lenders, make sure you ask yourself: how can I maximize my chances of getting credit approval? Here are five simple things you can do to up the odds of getting your funding approved.

9 Things to Know About Influencing Purchasing Decisions

ConversionXL

If you want to get people to buy your stuff, you need to understand how people make purchasing decisions. Product quality and seller reputation matter , goes without saying. What about when the product matches the customer’s needs and wants, and they trust the seller?

Doing > Talking

Startup Lessons Learned

I had an incredible couple of days at SXSW. The Lean Startup track was successful beyond my wildest imaginations (we'll have video up soon ). My personal highlight was watching newly-appointed United States CTO Todd Park receive a standing ovation from a crowd that is decidedly skeptical about government. What inspired the crowd that day was not just his personal charisma or what he said, but rather, what he had done.

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7 Low-Budget Small Business Marketing Ideas

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The very things that are considered drawbacks of owning and running a small business can be easily leveraged to become your company’s greatest strengths. By simply building that close, one-on-one rapport with your contact list, you’ll inevitably be ahead of the multitude of faceless mega-chains.

10 Good Reasons to Get a Mentor

Life Beyond Code

There is a good chance that you don’t have a mentor right now and are not even considering entering into such a relationship in the near future. Yet athletes have mentors, actors have mentors and business leaders have mentors. Why not technology professionals?

How To Get Media Coverage For Your Startup: A Complete Guide

OnStartups

The following is a guest post by Leo Widrich , co-founder of Buffer, a smarter way to post on Social Media. Note: I'm an angel investor in Buffer and love what they're doing]. The Complete Guide to Getting Press Coverage For Your Startup. Whoa, this guide was long, long, long overdue.

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Design Staff ? Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think.

Design Staff

When I first started designing interactive products, it was a struggle. Small projects were fine. But when the interactions got more complex, I noticed that tools, team communication, and even my own thinking started breaking

Free social-media webinar with Mari Smith and me

How to Change the World

Mari Smith and I are going to have a rocking time explaining the seven hottest social-media business trends in a FREE webinar. Sign up here: [link]. See you on March 28th

Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think like a user

Google Ventures

When I first started designing interactive products, it was a struggle. Small projects were fine. But when the interactions got more complex, I noticed that tools, team communication, and even my own thinking started breaking down. I see many startups facing these same problems today.

Women, Invent Your Future: Attend Ruth Stergiou’s conference in Sunnyvale (CA) this week!

Grade A Entrepreneurs

Invent Your Future is the name of a Conference that Ruth Stergiou co-founded with Denise Brosseau in 2005 and of which Ruth is the CEO. The event will take place on March 22, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

How to Discover Your Perfect Target Customer in 5 Steps

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Discover Your Perfect Target Customer in 5 Steps This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. One of the most important elements of a marketing strategy is the development of an ideal target customer profile.

The Importance of a Social Media Schedule for Your Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

We’ve all rolled our eyes at the repetitive spam mails from companies you’d rather never hear from them again. It’s probably pretty hard to think of a company at the top of mind that doesn’t contact quite enough , right? You’ve likely forgotten about them!

Why There’s No Space for Competition on a Lean Canvas

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Why isn’t there a box for Competition on the Lean Canvas? Someone asked me this question recently, and it’s a good one. Understanding your competition is important, but ultimately it should have very little impact on what you do. For starters, your biggest competitor is likely not another company, but in fact the most difficult alternative to overcome: doing nothing.

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How I Overcame My Fear Of Public Speaking

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

On Saturday last weekend as I type this article, I was a guest speaker at a live event on the Gold Coast in Australia. I spoke in front of 200 people for about an hour.

Top Benefits of Playing at Work | Deimar ~ Business Tips and.

Deimar

Today's business environment can be very stressful and demanding. People need to be able to meet deadlines and goals, while dealing with the emotional burdens generated by the dynamics of a team and the personal lives

10 Principles of Effective Pricing Pages

ConversionXL

If you run a SaaS (software as a service) business or only sell one product (with some options), you probably have a dedicated pricing page for the whole thing. Here’s how to get it right. Simple is best. Some fundamental truths: People don’t read, they skim.

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Problems Don’t Exist

Grasshopper Herder

Entrepreneurs should stop talking about abstract solutions and frame their pitches in terms of solving real problems, but I was wrong. Problems don't exist. Lean Startups and Customer Development early adopters problems

The Power In Thinking Small When Starting Your Business

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Many of us, as entrepreneurs, start off with big intentions to do big things. Although I love dreaming big and hear a lot about people thinking big, I find that there is power in thinking small when we are getting started as entrepreneurs or solo-preneurs. Thinking small when you’re just getting started gives you permission to start where you are… Read the rest of this entry » Marketing, Business & Entrepreneurship entrepreneur tips start a business start-up advice

How to Understand and Master Google+

How to Change the World

In 1983 I saw a Macintosh for the first time and fell in love. I loved Macintosh so much that I wrote a book about it. In 2011 I saw Google+ for the first time and fell in love again. And now for the second time in my career, I’ve written a book about a product: What the Plus!

Build On Your *Underlying* Strengths When Adapting

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Play to your strengths. It’s common advice , and it makes sense. People go farther by figuring out what naturally comes easy and organizing their activities accordingly, instead of working overtime to compensate for weaknesses.

Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week is Useless

Inc Startups

Research shows that consistently working more than 40 hours a week is simply unproductive. For many in the entrepreneurship game , long hours are a badge of honor.

Start a Spiral of Positive Creative Words

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Words of wisdom can echo through time. Words of positive creativity creates virtuous circles that can spiral for many years. I’m writing today of the words others have given me, and also, my own words. I occasionally hear from somebody who has read my business novel, Jack’s Notebook.

Should You Outsource Your Internet Marketing?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

We’re not in Mayberry anymore! Long gone are the days of those small-town marketing plans, based upon a simple phonebook ad and 2-inch by 2-inch advertisement in the Sunday paper. It used to be that small mom and pop businesses could depend upon neighborhood business and self-made brochures printed off the home computer as sufficient marketing. These days, we are on a whole different level.

The power of the right intersection

Life Beyond Code

You already know the need for distinguishing yourself in the marketplace. The opposite of distinguishing yourself is to be a victim of commoditization. The immediate side effect of commoditization is erosion of value – your value.

6 Traits of Great Leaders

Inc Startups

The best entrepreneurs are passionate, innovative, demanding and caring. See what makes them excel.