Start ups

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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How Do You Align Your Form Assets?

Jeff | October 20th, 2009

There are three things that keep me up at night: Did Juliet really reset the island? What ever happened to Clusters cereal? How should I align things within my web forms? While not overshadowing options 1 and 2, the form alignment thing is a decision that probably effects a lot more people than the awesome Clusters […]

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10 Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips, (Part 1 of 2)

Ross | October 20th, 2009

One of the biggest challenges for small businesses who want to market using social media is capacity. crowdSPRING is a small business – there are only 10 people on our team – so we understand this challenge well. You must decide whether social media makes sense for your small business. There is no universal answer. […]

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Ideas for small business and startups: Value Disciplines

Mike | October 13th, 2009

Graduate school was one of the great times of my life: studying something that I absolutely wanted to study and surrounded by a group of folks who felt exactly the same way. Two years in business school went by with rocket-speed, but some of the ideas took root and continue to have an impact on […]

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Amen

Pete | October 9th, 2009

I found this ad in Advertising Age last night and I couldn’t help but share.  I’ll leave it to your imagination to decide what company’s logo should be at the bottom…

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Thoughts for small businesses and startups on raising capital

Mike | October 6th, 2009

So you have a great idea, right? You’ve written a fantastic business plan, researched the market extensively, have a deep understanding of the competitive landscape, and have a watertight financial model that shows how you can reach profitability even in the worst-case scenario. Now it’s time to get out there and find your funding. Easy, […]

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10 thoughts for small businesses and startups on financial modeling

Mike | September 28th, 2009

When Ross and I were working on the crowdSPRING business model late in 2006 we needed to prove something to ourselves before we asked others to risk an investment in our business: could our idea become a profitable and viable business? For both of us there was significant opportunity cost in pursuing this venture/dream and […]

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