Small business

Business plans for entrepreneurs – Part III: refinement

Mike | December 13th, 2010

In this installment of my posts for entrepreneurs about creating business plans I discuss the second of the “3-Rs,” Refinement. Iteration of your idea is critically important and I share some thoughts about this process and some ideas on how you can strengthen your own plan with a few simple techniques. Let me know what […]

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Ten Crowdsourcing Trends for 2011

Ross | December 8th, 2010

Crowdsourcing is fundamentally changing business, government, non-profits, education, research, and other sectors. Remarkably, we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Here are my picks for the top ten crowdsourcing trends for 2011: 1. Crowdsourcing marketplaces will earn significantly more market share. In 2010, the top two design crowdsourcing marketplaces (crowdSPRING and 99designs) together paid well […]

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Great reads on small business and entrepreneurship

Mike | December 6th, 2010

The fragmentation of mass media comes with its own set of benefits and detriments.  So while there is more and more great content available to us, it gets more difficult to track down the best bits. Starting with this post, I am compiling some of the articles I most enjoyed, found most thought-provoking, or felt […]

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Groupon, Cinderella and Opportunity

Ross | December 2nd, 2010

Most people know the classic folk tale Cinderella. It’s a story about a young woman living in obscurity and neglect who unexpectedly finds love and happiness. Cinderella’s story illustrates something that we often forget. There’s only one Cinderella. In our efforts to achieve success, we often try to emulate successful people and companies. Basketball players […]

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Small business and startup issues: choosing the wrong software

Ross | November 30th, 2010

More than ever, small businesses and startups must execute and bring their software-based products or services to market quickly. As Groupon has demonstrated, there is often (but not always) a huge first-to-market advantage. One risk of moving fast involves selecting software technologies that allow you to bring your products/services to market quickly, but that ultimately […]

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Small business and startup issues: paperwork galore

Mike | November 29th, 2010

Last year’s healthcare bill, love it or hate it, contained a provision that slipped in under the radar, but that will have a substantial impact on small businesses and startups. The bill contains two important changes to how 1099s have been used historically. First, 1099s will now have to be issued for goods as well […]

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Building Great Software: Less is More

Ross | November 23rd, 2010

My experience with crowdSPRING over the past several years has proven to me that with few exceptions, startups and established companies should strive to keep their software features simple. Simple features allow you to release software more often and to iterate and leverage feedback from users. Time and time again, we’ve made the mistake of […]

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Business plans for entrepreneurs – Part II: research

Mike | November 22nd, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I started a series of video posts for entrepreneurs on creating a business plan. I very much believe that this part of the process is critical to building a strong company. The short video below contains my thoughts on the research process. I hope you enjoy and will look forward […]

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Business plans for entrepreneurs: the three ‘Rs’ – Part I

Mike | November 8th, 2010

Some have argued that a business plan is not necessary when starting up your venture and that entrepreneurs can better spend their time on other things. I strongly disagree and argue that the very process of writing a business plan leads to a stronger, more sustainable business. In the following short video (the first in […]

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Small Business Marketing: Google Boost

Ross | October 26th, 2010

Google has released a new tool – Google Boost – that allows small businesses to connect with potential customers via Google Adwords. The program is still in beta and available to select local businesses in San Francisco, Houston and Chicago. Boost allows local businesses to create online search ads right from their Google Places account […]

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