Start ups

Lean Business: Pivot Point

Mike | April 8th, 2013

In 2010 the co-Founders of Burbn, a check-in app for mobile phones built on HTML5, raised $500,00o in seed funding for a service that was designed for quick mobile sharing between users. The co-Founders had labored for over a year on their app but it was not gaining traction and they were unhappy with its functionality and […]

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Lean Business: Capacity Management, Overhead, and Your Business

Mike | March 11th, 2013

Many smaller companies that provide creative services struggle every day to manage their capacity and their overhead. Because, as in many other industries, business is cyclical, these smaller agencies, design shops, and marketing firms tend to exist on boom/bust cycles throughout the year. In the creative industries this is an everyday fact of business: overhead […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: TripBucket

Amanda | January 23rd, 2013

Did you know that January is the considered by pseudoscience to be the most depressing month?  The holidays are over, the days are still short and, if you live in the Midwest, it means day-dreaming on how you’re going to get out of this icy, cold, snow-filled landscape. Might we suggest this week’s Small Business […]

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Small business Congress-watch: Two Reasons to Call Your Representative!

Mike | January 14th, 2013

On occasion we take a look at recent legislation coming out of our Federal government in Washington. While the news is often discouraging and the activities of our politicians typically frustrating, there are those times when truly great ideas are put forth and, every so often, these idea become actual laws. Hard to believe, but it is […]

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Small Business and Startups: 5 Threats to Your Online Security

Mike | January 7th, 2013

How often do we read about online security breaches, loss of data, or massive credit card theft? While these events typically involve larger companies or even governments, all businesses are vulnerable to fraud, theft, or other forms of malice or  just plain mischief. Most small businesses assume that it is only larger companies are at […]

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Small Business and Startups: Dear Santa

Mike | December 17th, 2012

Perhaps I am a couple of weeks late with this post, but it just occurred to me that there are some things I would like for Christmas this year and perhaps Santa can find a little spare room on the sleigh. No I am not asking for a new camera or some other gadget-of-the-moment. I have been […]

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The Science of Persuasion: How To Persuade Others To Do What You Want

Ross | December 13th, 2012

Most successful entrepreneurs and small business owners are skilled at persuasion and negotiation. Those skills are critical when hiring employees, negotiating with co-founders, investors and vendors, acquiring customers, and in many other situations. Did you know there are six scientifically validated principles that explain how you can better persuade others to do what you want? […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: miiCard

Amanda | December 12th, 2012

Let’s talk about passwords for a second.  Or rather, how outdated and insecure passwords are nowadays.  With sites like Dropbox, LinkedIn, and Yahoo! all experiencing major password breaches– and learning that most frequently used password is actually “password”– it’s clear the current system of rote memorization and hacking is not working.  But, what’s a better […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Standup Comics

Mike | December 10th, 2012

Great entrepreneurs are great observers. They carefully monitor the competition, the market, their team, and their various stakeholders. Great entrepreneurs learn from the world around them and they never, ever stop learning. This is the latest in a series of posts, musing on what we can learn from the most unexpected of sources. Sure we […]

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Small business: The Affordable Care Act, Part II

Mike | December 3rd, 2012

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about ways that Obamacare might help small businesses. At the time, the Supreme Court had just released it’s decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions and the dust was still settling on what it would all mean. Last month, President Obama won re-election, effectively removing the threat that […]

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