Start ups

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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What Numbers Should Be Important To Startups And Small Businesses?

Ross | January 11th, 2010

A number of small business owners and young entrepreneurs have asked us what numbers and measurements are most important to crowdSPRING. We measure many different things, so there’s no simple answer to that question. But in thinking about the categories of numbers we measure, I came up with a list of five categories – I […]

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Small business and startup tip: managing bookkeepers, accountants, and the end-of-year mishegoss

Mike | December 7th, 2009

Ugh. Right? It’s December, so it must be time for those year-end activities so beloved by small business owners and managers. As much fun as it is (not), it is still necessary to go through the process of tying up the loose ends, making sure the books balance, and handing the entire package off to […]

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Leadership Is Not Management (but you need both)

Ross | December 1st, 2009

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker Many confuse leadership and management. They are not the same. However, successful businesses must have strong leaders and strong managers (this is increasingly important as companies hire more people). Strong leadership without strong management can result in chaos and inefficiency. Strong management […]

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Small business and startup tip: attack that bottleneck!

Mike | November 30th, 2009

When last I left you, I was off to enjoy my delicious hot pizza. Let me tell you, it was yummy! While eating it I was considering how we might help out this local business by offering to show them ways that they might increase efficiency by eliminating a bottleneck in their process flow. Just […]

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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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