Start ups

Small business and startup tip: managing process flows to identify bottlenecks

Mike | November 23rd, 2009

Every business can be improved and efficiency increased. One method to identify ways to make your business more efficient is to evaluate the “process flow” you use to produce your business “output,” whether your output is a product or a service. There are several components to this analysis and I will walk you through a […]

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The coming flood

Pete | November 12th, 2009

Bethany’s post about the difference between ‘traditional PR chicks’ and ‘startup PR chicks’ reminded me of two great quotes that (as a ‘startup marketing dude’), I try to remind myself of daily. The first is a tenent from Guy Kawasaki’s great The Art of the Start. He puts it pretty simply: don’t let the bozos […]

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PR for Start ups – Green Eyed Monster or Underdog?

Bethany | November 11th, 2009

In the past few months, I have attended more networking events for PR, startups and social media than I ever thought even existed.  At each event I feel like I’ve learned something, taken away some great tips and even made some great connections with other PR professionals in Chicago.  When talking about my position and […]

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Choosing Technologies for Your Web Startup (Part 1)

Tal | November 10th, 2009

You have a great idea, a viable business model, and investors lined up. Now, you need to build your web site. Likely, you’ll start by hiring a consultant or consulting firm. Consultants can be valuable resources, and good relationships with them can be key to growing your company. The unfortunate flip-side is that bad advice […]

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How small businesses can manage people for competitive advantage

Mike | November 9th, 2009

Thinking about the health-care debate has caused me to reflect on our own approach to our team has given me a chance to consider some ways in which we add value to our own venture, create a stronger company, and (hopefully) achieve a real competitive advantage. When Ross and I started crowdSPRING, we were determined […]

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10 Ways Small Businesses Can Harness Big Crowds

Ross | November 4th, 2009

Would your small business benefit from reducing costs, improving product and/or service quality, more effectively competing with bigger companies, innovating more, enhancing your expertise, and better managing your own capacity and the capacity of your small team? You bet! In this post, I discuss 10 ways that your small business can leverage crowdsourcing. I’ll explain […]

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Small business, startup founders, and leadership.

Mike | November 2nd, 2009

Thinking about leadership in crisis, I was remembering the story of one particular venture. The leader who put together this tiny company was a visionary, a learner, and an insatiably curious individual. The venture was not his first; he had already served as a founding member of one team which launched a successful enterprise; had […]

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10 Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips, (Part 2 of 2)

Ross | October 28th, 2009

Last week I wrote Part 1 of this post – 10 Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips, (Part 1 of 2) – focusing on ways that small businesses can leverage social media. In part 1, I discussed the first five tips. Mashable, one of my favorite technology & social media blogs, offered to publish the […]

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Small Business Legal Issues: Copyright Basics

Ross | October 26th, 2009

Prior to crowdSPRING, I was a lawyer for 13 years – focusing on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. This is the first in what will be a regular feature in our blog discussing important legal issues that impact every small business. What is Copyright? Copyright is a form of legal protection provided to those […]

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