Start ups

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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Startup and Small Business Marketing: Website Optimization Mistakes

Ross | October 19th, 2010

Conversion rate math is simple: by doubling your conversion rate, you double the effectiveness of every future marketing dollar. But while the math is simple, conversion optimization is not. There are many optimization pitfalls that can easily cripple startup/small business growth (if you’re interested in how crowdSPRING optimizes, I recommend you read Increasing Conversions Using […]

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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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Being pompous and learning from mistakes

Ross | September 14th, 2010

One of our senior engineers, Tal Liron, posted a comment earlier this year in response to a blog post about programming.The comment ended with this smart and valuable statement: It’s not that being pompous leads us to make mistakes. It’s that being pompous inhibits our ability to learn from mistakes, or even to recognize them […]

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5 great viral marketing campaigns (and what small businesses can learn from them!)

Mike | September 13th, 2010

At crowdSPRING we talk a great deal about how we can leverage our limited marketing resources to drive traffic and revenues and build strong community. Some of the traffic-tactics we use involve good old fashioned payola: paid search, banner ads, affiliate programs, etc. Other tactics leverage partnerships with other businesses to create mutual value and […]

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10 things entrepreneurs can learn from kids

Mike | August 30th, 2010

I have a couple of kids and, although they are getting older now and moving towards their own adult lives, I learn from them every day. Watching them grow, learn, and develop into individuals has taught me many lessons, including how to be a better entrepreneur. It is valuable to step back and consider ways […]

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Negotiation Tips For Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

Ross | August 11th, 2010

Not every entrepreneur, small business owner or freelancer is comfortable negotiating. Many dread the adversarial nature of negotiation. Even so, it’s difficult (and perhaps impossible) to operate a small business or startup and not negotiate agreements with employees, vendors, customers, and others. And it’s impossible to work as a freelancer without negotiating agreements with your […]

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6 tips for startups and entrepreneurs: give it a break, already.

Mike | August 9th, 2010

I left early this morning for the first “real” vacation I have had in over a year and I am looking forward to eating lobster rolls in Maine (hear me, Jeff?) and pouring real maple syrup on my pancakes in Vermont. For entrepreneurs, it is critical to find time periodically to get away, recharge the […]

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