Start ups

Small Business and Startups: The Trends for 2014 (Pt I)

Mike | October 14th, 2013

This morning I was awakened by a dream with a soundtrack of Christmas Carols running through my subconscious. As i pulled myself out of a sleepy torpor, I realized that the songs weren’t in my dream, but were actually playing on the bedside radio. Why? Because apparently Christmas advertising has begun! Yes, it is that […]

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Four Key Lessons For Entrepreneurs And Small Businesses From The World’s Best Brands

Ross | October 1st, 2013

  Over the past few years, I’ve shared lessons that entrepreneurs and small businesses can learn from the world’s best brands. For example, I wrote about five lessons small businesses and startups can learn from the world’s best Brands, the 10 key learnings from PSFK’s Good Brands Report 2009,  the lessons for small businesses and startups from Interbrand’s Best […]

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Small Business and Startups: What Would Mom (and Pop) Do?

Mike | September 30th, 2013

In the world of startups and entrepreneurism, we spend a great deal of time discussing, funding, modeling, online marketing, lean principals, minimally viable products, goals and strategy and tactics, data analysis, ROI, CPC, and CPM (IMHO). We  learn a great deal by reading various theories of business, analyzing principles of leadership,  dissecting case studies, creating gantt […]

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How To Launch Your New Business For Less Than $1,500

Ross | September 24th, 2013

  Many entrepreneurs delay launching their startup because they believe they don’t have enough money to move forward. Startups can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. The Founder Institute, an early-stage startup accelerator created an infographic (below) showing, in 10 steps, how you can launch a business for under $1,500. Incidentally, I’ve mentored at […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats

Mike | September 23rd, 2013

With the red-hot temperature around the crisis in Syria reduced to a mere boil, and the government in North Korea backing away from the brink I gave some thought this week to what entrepreneurs could learn from global leaders and diplomats in general. From Wikipedia we learn that Diplomacy comes from the greek word “δίπλωμα,” defined as […]

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Teamwork, Collaboration and the Rules of Improv Comedy

Mike | September 16th, 2013

One of the great challenges in leading teams is creating an atmosphere where people work together efficiently, collaborate effectively and, and respect one another. On countless occasions meetings can devolve into spitting matches or personal clashes which lead to bad decisions, poor relationships, and weaker teams. Improv comedy provides some great rules and a strong framework […]

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A Contrarian View: Hire Well, Nurture Carefully, Fire Prudently

Mike | July 29th, 2013

Much has been written on the “Steve Jobs” school of human resources. Jobs was an uncompromising believer in hiring the most talented team possible and believed equally in firing folks at will. That was all well and good for the most valuable company in the world, where an endless stream of applicants lined up at […]

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Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

Mike | July 22nd, 2013

On any given day at the crowdSPRING HQ, we will have anywhere between 1 and 6 people working in the office simultaneously. Of late, 1 is the more common number and 6 is becoming a rarity. Why is that? Well a year or two ago we instituted a policy (I say “instituted,” but really it […]

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If You Don’t Cannibalize Yourself, Someone Else Will

Ross | July 16th, 2013

Steve Jobs famously said “If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.” Most businesses protect existing products, services, and processes and fear change. Such fear comes at a great price. Remember Kodak? Xerox? Blockbuster? Book stores? The music industry is changing before our eyes. The publishing industry is collapsing under its own weight and fear.The […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Their Interns

Mike | June 9th, 2013

Periodically I post in this series about things that entrepreneurs can learn from others and from the world around them. The older we get, the more we discover that we are not to smart and that the best thing we can do is pay attention to the people around us. From them we can draw […]

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