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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]

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]

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]

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]

What is Quantum Computing?

May 22, 2013 by Steve King

The announcements that Google and Lockheed Martin have purchased quantum computers has led to a lot of recent coverage on the topic. Quantum computers are very, very fast. Instead of using the traditional approach of a string of 1's and 0's that are either turned on or off, quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits.[read more]

Tumblr and Yahoo

May 20, 2013 by Albert Wenger

I am excited about the combination with Yahoo. When Marissa took over Yahoo, I expected that acquisitions would play a role in her transformation of the company. At the time I wrote that the ideal target would be “startups that have very talented people and also interesting products but could benefit from the scale of Yahoo.”[read more]

Self-Employment Shifting to the Creative Class

May 16, 2013 by Steve King

Well known author and academic Richard Florida has written extensively about the rise of the creative class. According to his work, the creative class - a grouping of knowledge-based professions - has rapidly increased its share of total employment over the last 2 decades and now comprises about one third of all U.S. jobs.[read more]

Your Manifesto for Success

May 8, 2013 by Gavin Heaton

Harvest ideas. Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.[read more]

Self-Employment Increases with Age

May 7, 2013 by Steve King

Self-employment increases with age, peaking with over a quarter of workforce participants 65 and older being self-employed. This works out to about 1.9 million 65+ self-employed workforce participants.[read more]

Maybe the Luddites Had It Right

May 2, 2013 by Barbara Weltman

Earlier this year, AP reported “Some occupations are beneficiaries of the march of technology, such as software engineers and app designers for smartphones and tablet computers. Overall, though, technology is eliminating far more jobs than it is creating.”[read more]

Why We Should be Grateful for Difficult Customers

May 1, 2013 by Des Walsh

Even the most zealous advocate of superior customer service will surely agree there is a limit to how far we should be expected to go with the old “customer is always right” principle. Because, objectively speaking, sometimes customers can be quite unreasonably demanding, or just plain rude. But it’s not good business to allow our initial or even abiding sense of annoyance or indignation to waste what is paradoxically a gift to our business by passing up the learning opportunity.[read more]

My Interview with Venture Capitalist Vic Gatto [VIDEO]

May 1, 2013 by Jeff Cornwall

Jeff Cornwall interviews venture capitalist Vic Gatto. Gatto co-founded InfoTech, a software company in Boston, which grew from three to over 250 employees when sold in 1999.[read more]

Better Benefits Won't Create Employee Engagement

April 30, 2013 by Paul Hebert

A lot of discussion on engagement has focused on providing new and quirky benefits – foosball tables, unlimited vacation, and gourmet food in the cafeteria. Those are all great things. But in my mind, they are the “benefits” of working at a particular company.[read more]