Small business

Five Suggestions About Working With Lawyers

Ross | January 28th, 2010

Prior to crowdSPRING, I practiced law for 13 years. During that time, I counseled and represented clients (from internet startups to Fortune 100 companies) in transactional matters and in complex trials. I’ve set at the table as a lawyer, and now have the perspective of an entrepreneur. This week on my personal blog, I’ve been […]

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Thoughts on being a startup in Chicago: 3 tips for entrepreneurs

Mike | January 25th, 2010

In March, Ross and I will be hosting a talk at South by Southwest; it’s called “Third Coast: How to be a Startup Outside of Silicon Valley.”  We have been thinking a lot about this lately and discussing the challenges we have faced on our own path. When we first conceived of the idea that […]

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A New Perspective on Creativity

Ross | January 19th, 2010

In 2009, Mike and I spoke at a Chicago Convergence conference about creativity. In our presentation- A New Perspective on Creativity – we talked about the democratization and evolution of the creative industries. We believe that the creative industries are undergoing a rapid change. Those who think they can resist the change can learn valuable […]

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The post-mortem: how small businesses and startups can learn from their mistakes

Mike | January 18th, 2010

As you may be aware, last month we launched our fully re-factored site after many months of effort on the part of the team. Not only did this re-launch mean a 100% new code-base, it also meant 100% new hardware at our hosting provider. Our goal was a faster, more stable site, and a code […]

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Interview with crowdSPRING (by Tim Jahn)

Ross | January 15th, 2010

A few days ago, Tim Jahn of Beyond the Pedway spent the morning talking with us about crowdSPRING, crowdsourcing, chia Lincoln (see the video!), and our community. Tim did a very nice job editing – here’s a concise version of our conversation: Beyond The Pedway is a weekly video podcast dedicated to discovering creative companies […]

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Startup and Small Business Tip: Don’t Chase Your Own Tail

Ross | January 14th, 2010

We laugh when we see dogs chasing their own tail – it looks funny and we wonder in amazement why they don’t understand that they’re chasing THEIR tail. Some startups and small businesses (we’ve made this mistake from time to time at crowdSPRING) do the same thing – by focusing on distractions and things that […]

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What Numbers Should Be Important To Startups And Small Businesses?

Ross | January 11th, 2010

A number of small business owners and young entrepreneurs have asked us what numbers and measurements are most important to crowdSPRING. We measure many different things, so there’s no simple answer to that question. But in thinking about the categories of numbers we measure, I came up with a list of five categories – I […]

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New Features for Buyers and Creatives

Ross and Mike | December 21st, 2009

Last week, after many months of development during 2009, we released 100% new software code for crowdspring.com. While rewriting the code that powers our site, we made a number of improvements – for both buyers and creatives. Here’s a list of those improvements and a brief description of each: Improvements for Buyers Ability to save […]

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Site Maintenance on December 11, 2009

Ross | December 10th, 2009

On Friday (December 11), to improve the speed and stability of our site, we’ll be upgrading both the hardware and software that powers crowdspring.com. During those upgrades, our site will be offline – but we’ll update you about our progress when you visit our homepage. We will begin the maintenance at 9:30 am CST/ 3:30 […]

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Small business and startup tip: managing bookkeepers, accountants, and the end-of-year mishegoss

Mike | December 7th, 2009

Ugh. Right? It’s December, so it must be time for those year-end activities so beloved by small business owners and managers. As much fun as it is (not), it is still necessary to go through the process of tying up the loose ends, making sure the books balance, and handing the entire package off to […]

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