Start ups

SXSW – Third Coast: How to be a Startup Outside of Silicon Valley

Mike | February 22nd, 2010

Ross and I have been invited to speak at South by Southwest next month and we hope that you’ll join us there! They also asked us to produce a podcast to give a taste of our discussion at SXSW. Enjoy the podcast and see you in Austin!

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How I Stay Efficient – My Three Hour Rule

Ross | February 16th, 2010

Some people are more efficient than others. There are many reasons for this: ability to focus, complexity of the work, distractions, etc. But while some  have unique skills and intellect to get things done quickly, most people must develop systems to help them improve their efficiency and balance many diverse tasks. Some rely on to-do […]

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5 thoughts for startups and small business on managing the work vs. home wrestling match

Mike | February 15th, 2010

Well today is Valentines Day and, being the tool that I am, I’m sitting at the computer writing tomorrow’s post. Like many startup entrepreneurs I gave up much to follow the dream, and friends and family have definitely taken a hit. Ross and I work seven day weeks, have little vacation time, and have essentially […]

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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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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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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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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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