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Checklist: Is Your Business on Track for Success?

June 28, 2013 by Meredith Wood

The best way to start thinking about the future is to look at what you’re doing right now. Is the path you’re on now leading to a better future for you? To help you figure this out, we’ve made a checklist. If you can check all of these off, then chances are you’re well on your way to glory.[read more]

Valuation vs Ownership

June 27, 2013 by Fred Wilson

Understand what your investors are optimizing for. Many are optimizing for putting a lot of money out so they can get to their next fund and raise even more. It's a big money game of asset allocation. When you team up with VCs who are playing that game, you are playing that game.[read more]

Gartner: Anytime Anywhere Computing Driving Computer Market

June 26, 2013 by Steve King

Traditional PC shipments forecast to be down are 10.6% in 2013 while tablet (up 67%) and mobile phone shipments (up 4.3%) are increasing. The same trends hold true for 2014.[read more]

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Gain Control of Your Email Without Losing Control of Your Life

June 25, 2013 by John Rydell

You know what really grinds my gears? People in business who don't respond to emails reliably, or who don’t even bother responding at all. In everyday life, being ignored can be a nuisance, but in business it’s just downright unproductive.[read more]

What to Do When a New Idea Strikes

June 24, 2013 by Garrett Moon

Ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s the execution that counts. How do you execute a new idea? How do you make the leap? It is not as easy as it sounds. Move too quickly and we risk wasting time on an idea that wasn’t very good. If we wait too long, the big moment, that perfect opportunity, will pass and the idea goes unnoticed.[read more]

Breather: Startup Providing "Zip Car" for Offices

June 17, 2013 by Steve King

Generally speaking, most users of touchdown spaces spend a limited amount of time per visit and choose the space based on proximity to where they going after touching down. At touchdown spaces users tend to do light work tasks (surfing the web, getting caught up on email, meeting prep) and/or meet with 1-3 other people and/or relax.[read more]

4 Most Popular Business Ventures

June 14, 2013 by Small Biz Bee

If you are considering starting a small business, there are a lot of options. Hundreds of thousands of new businesses are started in the United States every year. So, what are some of the most popular types of new businesses?[read more]

In Praise of Internet Exceptionalism

June 13, 2013 by Albert Wenger

Selling online, you can sell to an entire country or potentially the entire world. And someone visiting your online store but not buying will tend to result only in negligible cost--unless you invest heavily in realtime online consultation. So now what should you obsess about? Top line growth suddenly becomes hugely important.[read more]

Zen and the Art of Entrepreneurship: A Few Books I'm Reading

June 12, 2013 by Brad Feld

One of my favorite books of all times is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I read it every few years and recommend that every entrepreneur read it early in their journey.[read more]

Aquaponics: Sustainable Urban Fish Farming [VIDEO]

June 11, 2013 by Steve King

Aquaponics creates a sustainable, synergistic food growing system. Fish waste from the fish tanks feeds the plants. The plants also clean and filter the water, which is then returned to the fish tanks.[read more]

Looking for B2B Leads in All the Wrong Places?

June 7, 2013 by Andrew Hunt

The big question you need to ask yourself is, “Where do my prospects spend their time, and how can I get their attention?” That doesn’t mean a flash ad. It means how can you demonstrate to them that you can help solve their specific problem? Once you have done that you will stop looking for leads in all the wrong places, and start making sales.[read more]

Internet and Income Inequality: We Need To Think Ahead

June 6, 2013 by Albert Wenger

Most people do not have the ability to stop working because they are in need of an income. We are facing a problem of dramatic oversupply of labor that we will ultimately only be able to address with redistribution of wealth most likely in the form of some kind of guaranteed base income and/or negative income tax rates at low income levels. That is not an individual choice but rather something we have to do as a society.[read more]

Why B2B Companies Need Social Media Marketing

June 5, 2013 by ZOG Digital

Facebook and Twitter both have a place in B2B marketing. The largest social network, Facebook will help your brand build a presence by way of promotions, events and client services. Similarly, Twitter allows for instant client feedback and real-time news. Both contribute to search optimization efforts.[read more]

Your Employees Need Feedback

June 4, 2013 by Deimar Gutierrez

Feedback, if used well and on time, is a key tool for increasing productivity and for motivating employees. If we consider that today's business leaders expect workers to be project-driven, results-oriented, the approach of many companies to give feedback once or twice a year is ineffective. Worse, in many cases there is no feedback at all.[read more]

The Transformation Agenda

June 3, 2013 by Jim Ewel

One of the toughest jobs for any marketer is to repair a damaged brand. Sometimes, it’s not repairing damage, but simply changing the attributes that the market associates with the brand.[read more]

McKinsey's 12 Disruptive Technologies

May 30, 2013 by Steve King

Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will transform life, business and the global economy is a new, 154 page report from the strategy consulting firm McKinsey and Company. It covers 12 technologies the authors feel could: "... drive truly massive economic transformations and disruptions in the coming years."[read more]

Can Supply Chain Visibility Save Lives?

May 29, 2013 by William Newman

Social and sentiment analysis can also play into that from a demand signal management perspective. Social plug-ins can see the sentiment analysis on brands, platform, and customer preferences. So what does this mean having a true voice of the customer in the wake of a horrific supplier event?[read more]

10 Ways to Amp up Loyalty for Your Business

May 28, 2013 by Daniel Kehrer

Is customer or employee loyalty lagging at your business these days? Even under the best circumstances it can happen if you take your eye off the ball for even a short while. With so many things to focus on, many business owners sometimes lose sight of just how important customer as well as employee loyalty can be.[read more]

Overcoming the Impossibility of Amazing

May 24, 2013 by Seth Godin

If you set your bar at "amazing," it's awfully difficult to start. Your first paragraph, sketch, formula, sample or concept isn't going to be amazing. Your tenth one might not be either.[read more]

Why Entrepreneurs Love Their Jobs

May 23, 2013 by Deimar Gutierrez
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Studies show that on average a self-employed person works 4.4 more hours per week than an average employee at a company, and they are also more likely to report higher levels of stress than a typical person who is employed by someone else. And yet they tend to be happier. Why?[read more]