Small business

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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On vs. In: the entrepreneur’s dilemma

Mike | October 25th, 2010

One of the challenges entrepreneurs face every day is about managing their own capacity. Finding time to think, to plan, and to strategize gets more difficult the larger your business grows. Every day we have to find a balance between the day-to-day chores involved in operating a business and the high-level planning that goes into […]

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Tips for small business: 7 biases that can effect your decision making

Mike | October 18th, 2010

Einstein once said, “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” Common sense, Einstein was arguing, can often be the enemy of rationality, science, and fact-based decision-making. We are all guilty of this; every day our decisions are tinged by favoritism, rules of thumb, partiality, heuristics, predilection; call it what you will […]

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Not Everything That Can Be Counted Counts

Ross | October 11th, 2010

It’s tempting to count everything that can be counted. The current obsession with social media ROI is just one example – of many – showing how numbers influence our behavior. I had the opportunity to again think about this issue last week when I was on a panel at a Startup Bootcamp event in Boston. […]

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To Innovate, You Must Stay Dissatisfied

Ross | October 6th, 2010

Success can make people complacent. Some will bask in the glory of success and expect to continue to succeed by doing the things that made them successful. This is not always possible. To innovate, you must stay dissatisfied. Here’s why: Do you agree?

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Community creative – how we work

Mike | September 27th, 2010

Early this summer we surveyed over 500 Creatives on crowdSPRING to help us gain a better understanding of our community – who we are, how we work, and what drives us creatively. The results were fascinating and, although we are still sorting through the data, some really interesting information had come into focus. A few […]

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Free resources for small businesses from Google

Ross | September 21st, 2010

Google has many terrific free resources for small businesses. Below, we summarize our six favorite free resources for small business from Google. In each case, we describe the resource, help you understand why you should consider using it, and offer tips on using with links to additional information if you’d like to read more about […]

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