Start ups

Small Business Tips: Foreign Payments, The Patriot Act, OFAC, and you.

Mike | March 5th, 2012

Every time I find myself on the security line at the airport, I watch the folks ahead of me anticipating that someone will be pulled from the line because their name appeared on the TSA “no-fly” list. I have yet to see this happen, but I sympathize with the poor schlub whose name matches that […]

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Why Cloud Is A Big Deal For Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ross | February 28th, 2012

Five years ago, a small business launching a new online product would traditionally have purchased their own servers and software, or leased servers, software and hosting services from one of many hosting providers around the world. The cloud has changed the way individuals and organizations of all sizes leverage technology. Cloud computing involves the delivery […]

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Secrets to Select and Evaluate Innovative Business Ideas

Adriano | February 22nd, 2012

While browsing the web I came across this useful guideline for selecting and evaluating business ideas made by the Board of Innovation. Very useful for when you have several solutions to solve a problem or create a new business and you want to avoid innovative ideas from falling to the cracks. A hint for scoring […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Politicians

Mike | February 13th, 2012

‘Tis the season. Not for giving gifts or reflecting on peace on earth. This is the silly season where we have to opportunity to elect our next President of the United States. Every four years, our country engages in a ritual which will impact the course of our economy, our social policy, and our governmental […]

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Small Biz and Startup Tips: 5 Ideas to Prepare for an Economic Recovery

Mike | February 6th, 2012

While economists (as usual) refuse to agree on the specifics, there is a general consensus that the recovery may (finally) be underway. Last week the Labor Department announced that in January over 240,000 new jobs were created and that the unemployment rate was at its lowest level in three years. In addition, tax revenues are […]

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10 things entrepreneurs can learn from chefs

Mike | January 9th, 2012

Who among us doesn’t love a great meal? Whether we choose eat at home or in a restaurant, all of us appreciate and respect the work that goes into preparing and presenting our food. We love the humble diner which serves up a phenomenal burger and fries and marvel over the lavish cuisine served up […]

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What It’s Like To Be An Entrepreneur – Eboo Patel

Ross | January 4th, 2012

We’re thrilled to be part of a new web/TV reality series – Trep Life – giving audiences a unique, 360-degree view of what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Each episode focuses on one company or organization. The first episode featured our friends Matt Maloney and Mike Evans from Grub Hub – a terrific […]

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Five Tips To Improve Employee Performance Reviews

Ross | December 21st, 2011

Last week, Mike wrote about Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2011 Version. In that post, he briefly mentioned that the end of the calendar year is a good time to conduct employee reviews. I’m not a fan of end-of-year employee reviews. If you waited until the end of the year to give feedback to […]

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Small Business and Startups: For Great Service, Speed Counts

Mike | December 5th, 2011

I have written several times about customer service and how important it is for small businesses and startups to deliver it effectively.  Great customer service is about several things: accuracy, honesty, fairness, efficiency, and – perhaps most important of all – speed of delivery. How many times have you sat on the phone listening to […]

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10 things entrepreneurs can learn from athletes

Mike | November 21st, 2011

Entrepreneurs can learn a great deal from the world of sport, and in particular we can learn from the professional athletes themselves. In the past year, I have written a number of posts about ways we can learn from others and from the world around us; I wrote about how much we can learn from kids, […]

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