Why Finders Are Losers

The Startup Lawyer

Whenever a startup considers paying a “finder&# for successful investor introductions, I have the same type of conversation with the founders that goes something like this: – Startup : “Finder&# knows a lot of investors and he’ll introduce us if we pay him [6]% of all capital raised through the introductions. Me : Is “finder&# a registered broker-dealer? – Finders are one of the startup world’s dirty little secrets.

Face.com Gets $4.3 Million from Russian Yandex and Rhodium

VC Cafe

The first deployment of Face.com’s technology is a photo finder application for Facebook, today’s largest photo sharing site, which scans public photos in the social network and suggests automated tags for untagged faces. Tags: Genesis Genesis Partners Yandex face.com Auto chewing gum com Draft face face recognition technology marketing campaigns photo finder recognition Rhodium Russian russian search engine Technology yandex CEO CTO

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Personality Types and Change Management

entrepreMusings

I’ve written on this blog several times about self analysis and assessments from Strengths Finder 2.0 diversity entrepreneurship singing social media social networks twitter change management entj infographic myers briggs resisting change strengths finder strengths finder 2.0Organizational alignment, managing change, and/or getting ready for company growth is not easy.

One Person’s Common Sense Is Another’s Quantum Physics

entrepreMusings

Earlier this year, I did the Strength’s Finder assessment. entrepreneur entrepreneurship networking affintus algebra bullet train career assessments kolbe michelle ewalt strengths finderBullet Train - China. How many times have you wondered why someone does not see what you see or get what you get? How many times have people questioned you when you didn’t do something the way they might do it?

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EntrepreneurFinder.com – Helping Entrepreneurs Find Talent, Investors And Each Other

YoungUpstarts

Entrepreneur Finder ( www.EntrepreneurFinder.com ) is a free interactive resource for entrepreneurs, skilled professionals, students and investors to find each other and designed to help startup companies grow. As founder Luke Deering would say, it’s like a “virtual Silicon Valley at your fingertips” Using Entrepreneur Finder is easy. The idea for Entrepreneur Finder came to Deering from a pain point he suffered as an entrepreneur himself.

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Experience is Training – How I Got Involved with the Free Dental Project

entrepreMusings

As a brand visibility manager, I have an important part in promoting the company and expanding its online network. Even though it’s not in our normal line of work, we recently created a unique Free Dental Care Finder to help people find free or low-cost dental care in their specific area. Every day I strategize ways to network with people and help people learn about the Free Dental Care Finder. Following is a guest post by Hannah Daniel.

How to Find the Right Online Communities

David Teten

The user experience in the big, ungated social networks is getting steadily worse: spam, bots, fake news. Second, I suggest using some of the search engines for finding online communities: Community-Finder.

Will Tapping Influencers Really Improve Sales?

YoungUpstarts

Build your own influencer network because you need more than one for an effective increase in sales. Marketing strategies continue to evolve, and with the dominance of social media, the rise of the influencer-marketing campaign is more prevalent than ever.

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Best Practices to Make a Successful Career Change in a Tech-Driven World

ReadWriteStart

These opportunities should pertain to job availability, salary potential, professional growth and advancement, networking, potential entrepreneurship down the road, and more. Armed with this information, you can easily narrow down your search and start networking with the right people.

Survival Tips From A Seasoned Digital Nomad Who Made It Out The Other Side

YoungUpstarts

by Martin Hunter, co-founder of Free Event Finder. Get two internet landlines and research to make sure the two providers do not run on the same physical network. They founded Free Event Finder. While many consider “ Who Moved My Cheese?

Oh, Yes. It’s Been A While….

entrepreMusings

I’ve been told (who knows if it’s actually true) that I’m a strong business networker with a credible reputation. Two of my Strength’s Finder strengths are “Woo” and “Communication” so it might be a good idea for me to start sharing some of my ideas on customer service. It’s been a while for many things in my life but as it relates to this blog, it’s been a an extra long while since I’ve posted.

Windows 8 And Windows Phone 8 For This Ramadan Season

YoungUpstarts

The app also provides useful tools such as Mosque locator, a Qibla Finder as well as a Quran calculator, to determine the number of pages that needs to be read to achieve one’s reading goal at the end of the Holy month. Users can choose to read and share translated Qur’anic verses, Hadiths and Quotes from notable religious personalities via SMS, Social Networks and Email. [ Screenshot from Prayer Times in Islam ]. The Holy Month of Ramadan has begun!

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Solving the "marketplace" business model

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

These companies typically make money either by charging sellers for listing (akin to the yellow pages) or by charging a sales commission (akin to a "finder's fee"). Or a flat "finders fee" per lead? Happy buyers before the network effect. eBay and Craig's List are counter-examples: Their value-proposition is "you can buy anything," which works only when the seller network is immense.

15 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Are Bold in Business

Hearpreneur

5- Participating in networking groups. I have taken a great interest in Gallup’s strength finder. You’ve probably heard that you have to be bold to be a successful business owner.

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28 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Hearpreneur

I went to bed and prayed for some guidance, and as odd as it sounds, I dreamed about a new product to invent, Finders Key Purse(r). in December of 2004 with just our one little product, and by the end of 2005 we had sold 1 million Finders Key Purse(r). Each business has a story.

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High On “App-titude”: Why Android Development Is Fast Becoming A Popular Career In IT

YoungUpstarts

In fact, IT Career Finder called mobile application developer the best computer job through the year 2020 because of its exponential growth rate: Mobile App Developer Career Projections | 2010 – 2020. Familiarity with APIs: A lot of apps today have a network-based element making it sometimes essential to work with different application program interfaces (APIs). by Madarapu Nagaraju, co-founder and director at KnowledgeHut.

How to Get Funding for a Business

Up and Running

The two most reputable sites in this area are: Gust Angel Network. Real angel investors want to deal with the startup team founders, not brokers, or finders, or consultants. Finders’ fees had a place in startup investment a few decades ago, but have become obsolete. Find available small business loan options with the Bplans Loan Finder. Most healthy businesses need business financing at some point.

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28 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

9- The thought of how knowledge of a network can be used for your own career. The idea of the name came from thinking how knowledge of a network can be used for your own creative career. in the domain finder. So, I was at a BNI networking meeting, and I introduced myself as “David Leonhardt, the Happy Guy”. The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea.

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House Passes Crowdfunding Bill: FAQ’s for Entrepreneurs

Scott Edward Walker

House of Representatives passed a crowdfunding bill that will allow startups to offer and sell securities via crowdfunding sites and social networking sites. No, startups are currently prohibited from selling stock or other securities via crowdfunding sites or social networking sites (such as Twitter or Facebook); they may, however, accept donations. Last week, the U.S.

Israeli and Palestinean Startups Cooperate to Organize the TLV Tech Tour Across US Campuses

VC Cafe

Here is a list of the startups that will be taking place of the Tel Aviv Tech Tour: Fiddme a guide to the best dishes around you, a social network for foodies, a friend-finder, and lots of fun! The service is available both as a web platform and an iPhone application and encourages users share their favorite dishes in eateries by taking a picture of the tempting plate in front of them and posting it in real time on the network for others to share.

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet

SoCal CTO

It was a great conversation and I thought it would be a good idea to do some visible networking with Aaron to get to know him better. We are not “finders” and usually serve the role of advisor and attorney. What do you think of the concepts of visible networking ? and online business networking ? I think visible networking and online business networking are both great ideas. Networking is about meeting people and getting to know them.

Top 25+ Staffing Agencies to Help You Hire Fast

Transformify - Recruiting

Having 70 000+ employees in 60+ countries, Adecco is also a member of National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network. Labor Finders. Founded in the 80s, Labor Finders specializes in temporary staffing services for the production assembly, electrical, carpentry, and construction sectors.

The Myth of the Top Investor

This is going to be BIG.

Was Fred a "great" investor before Twitter, or did the experiences and network that he picked up in that deal put him into an elite class? Is every Uber angel investor likely to be the finder of the next big deal? Someone asked me recently if they should raise a fund, because they had access to investments that were being made by "top, brand name investors". Whether there even is such a thing relies heavily on your perspective.

Brazil is using the law to push innovation, but here’s how it can do more

The Next Web

With immediate access to homegrown apps on their new smartphones, people can find services that are directly relevant to their needs (like local food delivery and Wi-Fi access finders). in recent years: accelerate smartphone penetration, increasing consumption of online video and social networking, and boosting mobile ad spending, e-commerce, and more. Eduardo Henrique is the head of U.S. operations for Brazil-based Movile , a mobile platform for content and commerce.

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7 Counterintuitive Rules for Growing Your Business Super-Fast

Reid Hoffman

We decided that what was missing was a Contact Finder, a version of search that would let a LinkedIn user find potential vendors. Operating on the embarrassment principle, we launched without Contact Finder. And quickly we discovered a far bigger problem: Unlike users of personal social networks like Friendster, which were growing explosively as new users invited their friends to join, LinkedIn users weren’t sending any invites.

Should I Borrow Money, Seek Investment, or Bootstrap My Business?

Up and Running

If you’re ready to start looking for a loan, try the Bplans small business loan finder. Finding angel investors is relatively straightforward: ask other entrepreneurs in your network, try AngelList, or check out the Angel Capital Association, which counts over 330 angel investor groups nationwide. Having a billion-dollar idea for a new company or a startup is great, but do you actually have a billion dollars to start it?

Business Startup Tools: A Curated List of Our Favorite Tools and Resources to Build Your Company

Up and Running

NameMesh : Part domain name suggestion tool and part domain name finder, NameMesh searches endless variants of your domain to find one that works for you. Bplans Loan Finder : If a loan is the right choice to launch your business, check out the Bplans Loan Finder. Fill out a short questionnaire and the loan finder will present you with multiple loan options. It’s simple and can create images that will work on all social networks.

Crowdfunding Bill Stuck in the Senate

Scott Edward Walker

House of Representatives overwhelming passed the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act , a crowdfunding bill which permits startups to offer and sell securities via crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or social networking sites like Facebook. Under current federal and state securities laws, startups are prohibited from selling stock or other securities via crowdfunding sites or social networking sites. In early November, the U.S.

19 Funding Resources for New and Existing Businesses

Up and Running

See Also Bplans Small Business Loan Finder. This site also functions like a social network, where you can interact with investors and build relationships through a secure channel. Whether you’re looking to start a business or want to expand an existing one, finding the cash to do so can be tough. While the most traditional option is to go to the bank for a loan, there are many other choices that you may not know about.

Where to Get Feedback on Your Business Pitch

Up and Running

See Also Bplans Small Business Loan Finder. Join a coworking space: Coworking spaces offer many benefits; not only do they give you a place to work outside of your home (often a “must” for new entrepreneurs, who don’t yet have an office), they give you an opportunity to network, build connections, and yes, get feedback. Have you considered asking a child what they think of your business pitch? No, really. Check out #9.

Is the House Crowdfunding Bill Being Killed in the Senate?

Scott Edward Walker

House of Representatives voted 407-17 to pass the “Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act,” a crowdfunding bill which permits startups to offer and sell securities via crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or social networking sites like Facebook. No, startups are currently prohibited from selling stock or other securities via crowdfunding sites or social networking sites; they may, however, accept donations.

The 10 Best Side Businesses to Fund Your Startup (Plus One Unexpected Suggestion)

Up and Running

You shouldn’t completely overlook traditional business funding paths such as loans—be sure to check out our small business loan finder —and it will never hurt to see what’s out there in terms of angel investors, if applicable to your business. Networking within your industry can often prove a great way to find freelancing work, as well as sites that help connect freelancers with jobs. So, you have a great idea for a new business?

You Can't Fund Your Business with Guesses, Wishes and Dreams!

Small Business Force

Be careful of "finders" who will promise you they have a boatload of contacts and attempt to take a % of any successful funding they introduce, but do nothing else.If If you like this post, by all means, share it with your networks and colleagues Whether it's in the early stages of your business' life, or in order to grow your business beyond simply what you can generate from cash flow, at some point, you'll probably need to raise capital to better fund your business.

Syndicate Funding on AngelList – A Company’s Perspective

VC Adventure

This is beneficial to the startup because neither AngelList nor Foundry Group take any of the investment funds -there is no “finders fee” or other fee to the startup for being part of the syndicate. Your networking should have brought you into contact with many people who are rooting for you – this is a way they can help you without investing money.

How to Make Mobile eCommerce Convert: What???s Effective In Mobile Design Right Now

ConversionXL

The home page features a very prominent search box (that actually asks a question rather than just saying search) in addition to a location finder, home button & log-in icon. From here, whenever a user shares the page via text, social network, etc, a unique share id is generated at the end. This is the second of a two-part series on mobile conversion.

How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Up and Running

Included in the books was a code to take the Strengths Finder test, which determines your top five “talent themes” (mine were Achiever, Ideation, Harmony, Learner, and Woo). By introducing yourself, you’ll be connected to a network that is sure to help you gain new experiences directly related to starting a business. “Know Thyself”—an ancient Greek maxim inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. What are you good at?

How HTML5 Is Aiding in Cross-Platform Development

mashable.com

Movies music myspace ONLINE VIDEO politics pop culture privacy Search small business smartphone social good social media social media marketing social networking social networks software sports startup startups tech television trending tv twitter verizon video video games viral video web video WordPress Yahoo youtube About Mashable Founded in 2005, Mashable is the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture.

How to Write a Business Plan for a Fix-n-Flip Real Estate Company

Up and Running

Promotion : Explain your advertising plan and marketing tactics, whether they are online , print, or networking. If you use a third party to find properties for you to flip, you owe them a finder’s fee. Flipping homes makes for good reality TV, but it can also make for good business. What they don’t usually show on screen on shows like Flip or Flop is that writing a business plan is a must.

Transcript of Using Technology to Build Connections in the Real World

Duct Tape Marketing

And in order to know this information, in order to know the trends that are going on in your industry, learn the new skills, see the latest research study, we have to count on each other because we’re finding more and more information through our network. You build a network. And then if you add LinkedIn, Facebook, all the other networks, writing articles, like we have books. I think you need a good network.

Smart Bear Live 6: Jared from Padseeker.com

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

There’s no way anyone says, “Oh, I can’t wait to be part of a network with an API.” Welcome back to Smart Bear Live, the call-in show with Jason Cohen, sponsored by Software Promotions. In this episode, Jason speaks with Jared from Padseeker.com. Pin It Listen to this episode if you want to hear a really tough conversation about refining a cool idea into a profit-making business.

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Syndicate Funding on AngelList – A Company’s Perspective

VC Adventure

This is beneficial to the startup because neither AngelList nor Foundry Group take any of the investment funds -there is no “finders fee” or other fee to the startup for being part of the syndicate. Your networking should have brought you into contact with many people who are rooting for you – this is a way they can help you without investing money.

Transcript of How to Use Technology to Create Real-World Connections

Duct Tape Marketing

And in order to know this information, in order to know the trends that are going on in your industry, learn the new skills, see the latest research study, we have to count on each other because we’re finding more and more information through our network. You build a network. And then if you add LinkedIn, Facebook, all the other networks, writing articles, like we have books. I think you need a good network.

What to Give Your Clients in this Season of Giving

Mike Michalowicz

Sign your client up as a club member in Members Hotel Network. Fun Key Finder – Does your client lose her keys constantly? Not everyone is a super shopper, especially me, and super-especially when it comes to great gift ideas for clients. Some of us need months to come up with the perfect gift for people we know and love. So what happens when we need a last minute gift idea to say, “Thanks!” or “I appreciate your business” to that special client? We totally freak.