Start ups

10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Academics

Mike | April 9th, 2012

As college graduation weekends and summer business incubator announcements loom, I thought I would take a few minutes to consider the connection between the entrepreneurship and academia. Entrepreneurs, by definition,  take an idea or a concept and strive to make that idea into a operating business. To do this, we spend a great deal of […]

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I’m in Unicode Love: The Curator’s Code

Mike | April 2nd, 2012

Attribution on the web is a controversial topic; ideas, stories, videos, graphics are copied and pasted over and over again, propagating their way across the virtual universe. As an entrepreneur and blogger, I am always pleased when I see my articles shared on other sites, or linked to in the social media. While I would […]

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Work From Home Fridays

Ross | March 28th, 2012

We encourage our team to work remotely when they want. We care about performance, not face-time in the office. Did you know that the average commute is 45 minutes each way and that telecommuters report having 25% less stress? We leverage technology to work remotely: Basecamp and Campfire from our friends at 37signals, Skype and […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Hyperlocal Marketing Channels

Mike | March 26th, 2012

We write often about marketing strategies and tactics for small business and startups. These companies typically have limited budgets, thin resources, and strained capacity which combine to create a challenge for managers and owners: how to develop an effective marketing campaign using tactics that will work for their business. The Lean Startup movement provides a […]

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Ross | March 6th, 2012

When we come across successful products, services or startups, we often wonder – where did the idea come from? Why didn’t WE think of Pinterest, Facebook, or Google? In the following video, Steven johnson discusses ideas, innovation and how entrepreneurs and companies can groom environments to help incubate and promote good ideas. How do you […]

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Small Business Tips: Foreign Payments, The Patriot Act, OFAC, and you.

Mike | March 5th, 2012

Every time I find myself on the security line at the airport, I watch the folks ahead of me anticipating that someone will be pulled from the line because their name appeared on the TSA “no-fly” list. I have yet to see this happen, but I sympathize with the poor schlub whose name matches that […]

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Why Cloud Is A Big Deal For Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ross | February 28th, 2012

Five years ago, a small business launching a new online product would traditionally have purchased their own servers and software, or leased servers, software and hosting services from one of many hosting providers around the world. The cloud has changed the way individuals and organizations of all sizes leverage technology. Cloud computing involves the delivery […]

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Secrets to Select and Evaluate Innovative Business Ideas

Adriano | February 22nd, 2012

While browsing the web I came across this useful guideline for selecting and evaluating business ideas made by the Board of Innovation. Very useful for when you have several solutions to solve a problem or create a new business and you want to avoid innovative ideas from falling to the cracks. A hint for scoring […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Politicians

Mike | February 13th, 2012

‘Tis the season. Not for giving gifts or reflecting on peace on earth. This is the silly season where we have to opportunity to elect our next President of the United States. Every four years, our country engages in a ritual which will impact the course of our economy, our social policy, and our governmental […]

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Small Biz and Startup Tips: 5 Ideas to Prepare for an Economic Recovery

Mike | February 6th, 2012

While economists (as usual) refuse to agree on the specifics, there is a general consensus that the recovery may (finally) be underway. Last week the Labor Department announced that in January over 240,000 new jobs were created and that the unemployment rate was at its lowest level in three years. In addition, tax revenues are […]

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