Small business

Choosing Technologies for Your Web Startup (Part 2)

Tal | February 9th, 2010

In Part 1 of this blog series, I presented a rather dysfunctional conversation going on between software consultants and you, their client. I explained what consultants mean when they use the word “productivity,” why it gets convoluted, and how understanding this can lead you to making better choices for your company. I originally promised that […]

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Build A Strong Brand, Not Just A Strong Business

Ross | February 9th, 2010

There are thousands – perhaps millions – of social networks. Today, no company can control all the conversations that take place about that company’s products and services. This is an especially challenging problem for small businesses and startups because they have few resources and little capacity to participate on many social networks at once. This […]

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Micro marketing: 5 tips for small business and startups

Mike | February 8th, 2010

crowdSPRING is a B2B venture tapping into the ever-fragmented SMB market. This presents us with some specific challenges, including how to better convert the curious first time visitor to the site into a customer and how to continuously deliver value to existing customers to build long-lasting relationships. We use a “micro-conversion” approach that we believe […]

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Bootstrapping Your Startup or Small Business

Ross | February 3rd, 2010

I spent this past weekend talking with 100 brilliant people at ORD Camp in Chicago. ORD Camp is an invitation-only unconference, loosely based on Foo Camp. During the conference, I participated, among many other things (including an awesome presentation about roasting a pig!), in two discussions about startups. Although Mike (Thoughts for small businesses and […]

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Small business tips and tricks: reconciliation hell (or 12,716 ways to spend your weekend)

Mike | February 1st, 2010

Warning to readers: the topic of this week’s blog post is arcane, technical, and probably boring to roughly 95% of our audience. I hope that you “5-percenters” get something out of this and that the other 95% of you appreciate that what I am about to describe is how many entrepreneurs spend their Sunday afternoons […]

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crowdSPRING on U.S. National News

Ross | January 28th, 2010

Don’t worry – we’re not replacing Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. But we did, like Conan O’Brien, have a brief appearance on NBC (on the Nightly News tonight) in a special report about the reaction of small businesses to the initiatives that President Obama announced in his State of the Union speech last night. […]

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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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