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Managing Money

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]

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]

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]

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]

Just How Optimistic Should Small Business Owners Be?

May 9, 2013 by Meredith Wood

Given the fact that small business employs over half of the private sector and contributes to half of the private GDP, a pessimistic small business community is not good for our economy. However, another survey claims that not everyone is pessimistic.[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]

Fed Meeting Statement Points To Continuing Low Interest Rates

May 2, 2013 by William Doom

The Fed will continue monitoring inflation, but does not expect inflation to rise more than 0.50 percent above its target rate of 2.00 percent over the next one to two years.[read more]

How to Choose the Right Business Model for Your Startup

May 2, 2013 by John Jantsch

Lots of people talk about business models these days, but what does it really mean? When it comes to starting or planning for business success your model is essentially your decision about how you intend to add value – which is another way of saying – how you intend to make money.[read more]

Earn Your Change Chips Early

April 29, 2013 by Steve Roesler

If we're in a position to initiate something new or different, the time we've invested building solid relationships can determine our ability to gain support and moment. The leader who spends time playing corporate video poker may revel in his individual genius, but lacks the relational chips needed to convert that genius into action.[read more]

The Rise of the Underground Economy

April 26, 2013 by Steve King

Last year we suggested growth in the underground economy is likely a key reasons workforce participation has fallen so much in the U.S. Others are starting to also suggest this. Noted author James Surowiecki's New Yorker article The Underground Recovery points out: "Ordinary Americans have gone underground, and, as the recovery continues to limp along, they seem to be doing it more and more."[read more]

An Approach to Team Building

April 25, 2013 by Small Biz Bee
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The point of the event or meeting is to educate and enthuse, to encourage growth and camaraderie and “team build." So what are you going to do to get everyone’s attention and get them working together? Introducing periodic elements of fun that still serve a purpose will go a long way, but you should set the tone from the beginning.[read more]

The Emerging Gender Gap Favoring Women

April 15, 2013 by Steve King

Men still out earn women on average. But the gap has significantly closed over the last 2 decades and we are forecasting earnings parity between the sexes will occur within the next decade. We also believe women's earnings growth will outperform men past that point and by the 2030 time frame women, on average, will substantially out-earn men.[read more]

7 Entrepreneur Attributes that Imply Execution Ability

April 12, 2013 by Gust Blog

According to Professor Sean Wise, who claims to have worked with more than 15,000 entrepreneurs, no matter how great the idea and the opportunity, in the end it is only the execution that creates change and generates wealth.[read more]

Where Are Your Assets?

April 8, 2013 by Seth Godin

Some of the assets you can build, not just buy: Your brand. A brand isn't a logo. It's a promise and an expectation. Also, your expertise. You might lose your job, but they can't take away what you've learned.[read more]

Can You Be a Big and a Small Business at the Same Time?

April 8, 2013 by Barbara Weltman

States often adopt more stringent definitions to force smaller companies to offer benefits and rights to employees than otherwise required under federal law. Check your state’s laws carefully to make sure you are in compliance.[read more]

Overworked?

April 6, 2013 by Barbara Weltman

Working longer than eight hours increases the chances of coronary disease by 40% to 80%. You certainly don’t want this for yourself or your staff.[read more]

The Rise of Small Business Crowdfunding

March 28, 2013 by Steve King

While crowdfunding is best known for raising money for non-profits, a growing share of crowdfunding money is going to small businesses and startups. Games and gadgets are the most common type of business funded. The best known of these is Pebble, a maker of smart watches that raised over $10 million on Kickstarter.[read more]

How to Take Control of Your Business Debt

March 26, 2013 by Small Biz Bee

Whether you’re a small business and just one entrepreneur or a global business and hundreds of employees, business debt can be very scary. But as a small business on the verge of being in the red a little bit too far or a start-up worrying about the future, there are a number of ways that can help you slash your debt and get back into the black once more.[read more]

Americans Donated $370 Billion to Non-Profits in 2012

March 15, 2013 by Steve King

Americans are a generous people. According to the Atlas of Giving they donated $370 billion to charities of various types in 2012. This is up 6.7% from the prior year and well about what is was a decade ago.[read more]