Twitter Link Roundup #289 – All Sorts of Good Stuff For Small Business, Startups, and Designers! Mike | October 2nd, 2015

I love autumn. Why? Well in part, because I love pumpkin. The most delicious baked goods in the world start with the pumpkin, whether your tastes lean to the pumpkin breads or the pumpkin pies. Not to mention the pumpkin latte! And, when they start to rot and ferment? The possibilities for endless entertainment abound! Like this guy for instance – my advice to him is to never again eat that rotted out pumpkin left on someone’s front porch!

And my advice to you, dear reader, is to ignore the impulse to get yourself some fermented pumpkin and see how it feels to be like our little buddy here. I have an alternate idea…  How about this sweet set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account)! We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!

smallbusinessblog

How to Onboard New Clients the Smart Way with Paul Jarvis crowdspring.co/1LzpX2h

9 Ways To Profit From The Pope Visit crowdspring.co/1OVcy5Q

How to Work with Colleagues Who Are Less Creative than You | HBR – buff.ly/1KVDB15

startupsblog

Special Olympics and Microsoft Cloud crowdspring.co/1MspWvO

‘Make Something Beautiful’: A Father’s Business Lesson crowdspring.co/1gRDeqe

India Replaces China as Next Big Frontier for U.S. Tech Companies nytimes.com/2015/09/28/tec…

Lessons From Entrepreneurs Who Kept Their Day Jobs While Starting Their Businesses crowdspring.co/1WkFiHb

25 Quotes That Show How Bill Gates Became the Richest Person in the World crowdspring.co/1OUqXiz

Time Management Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making crowdspring.co/1L7ZZEE

Why I Fucking Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed – buff.ly/1MYiWd7

Dear startup advisors, you don’t always need to be right, but you have to be solid | Sneakerhead VC –buff.ly/1MTbboM

First-Time Managers, Don’t Do Your Team’s Work for Them –buff.ly/1Ff8rQ7

Life’s Work: An Interview with Andre Agassi – buff.ly/1L1fXAi

Tips for SaaS Roadmap Planning | Coding VC – buff.ly/1NPoYNj

Startup studios & Google’s change to Alphabet have a few things in common. twitter.com/RyanNegri/stat…

The Story Behind How Pocket Hit 20M Users with 20 People | First Round Review – buff.ly/1FgnGIt

Convertible Debt Explained in Entrepreneur English – buff.ly/1FgmOUb

“If you’re not ready to be uncomfortable, you’re not ready to be an entrepreneur.” – buff.ly/1NPTHd5

How we lost (and found) millions by not A/B testing –buff.ly/1OvhuPE

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Fresh from the SPRING: JALdesigns Audree | September 30th, 2015

When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project.

Let us start the slow clap for JALdesigns. Check out more great work on JALdesigns’ profile page.

Nicely done, JALdesigns, nicely done!

JALdesignsFFS

 

 

We Entrepreneurs Can Learn a Lot From Pope Francis (and VW) Mike | September 28th, 2015

I am not a religious guy. I do not come from a religious family. I am a business guy, so I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to religious leaders, no matter what flavor of spirituality they represent. But Pope Francis’s visit to the US this past week has been very hard to ignore and, as someone who reads the papers and pays attention to the world around me, I have to say that I am impressed with the way the Pope handles himself, his image, and his messaging.

Here is a guy who is the head of one of the world’s great religions and holds what is arguably the most powerful religious job in the entire world, yet his quiet message of humility and modesty speaks powerfully and carries an immeasurable moral weight. When the Pope declares that capitalism is a negative force in the world, whether you agree with his contention or not, he does so with authority and gravitas. He is a real leader: listened to, and followed because he leads his own life as an example for others to follow.

Interestingly, the Pope’s visit to the US coincided with the unfolding scandal at Volkswagen. It is rare that ethical examples can be drawn so sharply, but when we look at VW’s apparent attempts to circumvent regulation, to mislead customers, to hold the bottom line above all other values and when we compare that to Pope Francis’s message of care for the less advantaged among us, it serves only to further condemn the leadership at VW.

Francis is an ideal leader; the kind of leader that entrepreneurs can and should model themselves after. The leadership at VW provides the negative example. By leading quietly and and modestly, by speaking with authority and setting an example to follow the Pope teaches us to listen closely to other people, empathize with them, know their pain points and advocate for their issues. When we look to VW’s management, the lessons implied are to take advantage as much as possible, to ignore the greater good, and to inflict pain in the name of profits. For an entrepreneur this applies not just to your team, but also to your customers and how your company communicates with them, listens to them, and markets to them.

I have written before about how we can learn from kidsdogsmusicians, chefs and, most recently, diplomats – these all provide lessons from which we can learn. The Pope provides perhaps the most important lesson of all: lead by example and lead with purity of purpose and with the greatest or moral and ethical focus. And (by extension), don’t be VW.

Photo, Wikimedia: His Holiness Pope Francis delivers his message

Twitter Link Roundup #288 – Necessary Stuff For Small Business, Startups, and Designers! Mike | September 25th, 2015

Jack Anderson was a student at Dodge College when he made this video for his student thesis project. Clearly talent and hard work went into the project and it paid off with awards from major festivals and competitions, including recognition as a finalist in the 2015 Student Academy Awards, a finalist in the 2015 Student BAFTA Film Awards, and winning the Best Student Film honors at the Nashville Film Festival! Media coverage came pouring in from Fast Company, Vice, and even Popular Mechanics. The filmmaker started with a critical question: “What would happen when two creatures of logic have to start making more and more human decisions?”

Now, it’s time to ask yourself a question: What would happen after you’ve finished watching Anderson’s work? How about you get to work looking through the set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account)! We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!

smallbusinessblog

How to Map Out the Business That You Want to Build crowdspring.co/1g7wvIh

The 20 Jobs With The Biggest Salary Increases This Year crowdspring.co/1MrJksN

How to Make Sure Your First-Time Manager Succeeds crowdspring.co/1MKG9PP

Simple Things to Give Up If You Want to Succeed crowdspring.co/1OnY9yW

9/11 Memorabilia Makers Seek a Delicate Balance crowdspring.co/1LrKl17

What every political candidate needs to know about small business voters crowdspring.co/1UPpIRf

Ways Baby Boomer’s Businesses May Fail In Near Future crowdspring.co/1UN9gXc

startupsblog

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats | @crowdSPRING Blog – crowdspring.co/1Mh5JM1

Fashion week gets a new look crowdspring.co/1OnYcL6

The Terrible First Jobs of 7 Startup Titans crowdspring.co/1F6XuQe

First-Time Managers, Don’t Do Your Team’s Work for Them –buff.ly/1Ff8rQ7

How Singapore Has Become a Vital Bridge Between Silicon Valley and Asia crowdspring.co/1OnYaCU

7 Things I’m Going to Do to Take My Business Overseas This Year – Online Shipping Blog | Endicia crowdspring.co/1O8TUrK

TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Must Watch crowdspring.co/1K8cUTn

Personality Types and the Best Careers for Each One [Infographic] crowdspring.co/1O8Tu4L

First-Time Managers, Don’t Do Your Team’s Work for Them –buff.ly/1Ff8rQ7

How to Work with Colleagues Who Are Less Creative than You | HBR – buff.ly/1KVDB15

Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web – buff.ly/1Kwx2zS

Lessons From The Early Pitch Decks Of Airbnb, BuzzFeed, And YouTube crowdspring.co/1MkC4Sc

Helping Waste Pickers Earn A Better Living While They Keep City Streets Clean crowdspring.co/1OnXspe

How Income Inequality is Affecting America’s Next Generation of Business Leaders crowdspring.co/1LrK0eA

The Secret to Keeping Top Millennial Talent crowdspring.co/1K8ciNr

The Story Behind How Pocket Hit 20M Users with 20 People | First Round Review – buff.ly/1FgnGIt

Convertible Debt Explained in Entrepreneur English – buff.ly/1FgmOUb

How we lost (and found) millions by not A/B testing –buff.ly/1OvhuPE

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Fresh from the SPRING: p_krystev Audree | September 23rd, 2015

When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project.

Let us start the slow clap for p_krystev. Check out more great work on p_krystev’s profile page.

Nicely done, p_krystev, nicely done!

FFS-P_Krystev

 

Twitter Link Roundup #287 – Cool Stuff Small Business, Startups, and Designers! Mike | September 18th, 2015

Glenn Keane has been a Disney animator for almost 40 years and no one can accuse him of lacking an experimental gene. He has consistently embraced new tools and new technology, and to wonderful effect. Here is Mr Keane, drawing  – in the traditional sense as well as the distinctly non-traditional. Enjoy watching him use virtual reality tools to stretch what it means to draw.

Now that your creative juices are flowing, perhaps you’d like to read a bit about what others are doing? Good! Because it’s time for the set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account)! We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!

smallbusinessblog

How to Turn Bad News into Happy Customers crowdspring.co/1IWkA7c

How to Map Out the Business That You Want to Build crowdspring.co/1g7wvIh

8 Businesses You Can Start From Your Couch crowdspring.co/1i8Ew0X

startupsblog

The Episode That Explains the Future of Rough Draft crowdspring.co/1M8KjRn

How Listening More Than Promoting Buys You More Time crowdspring.co/1g7wxQq

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats | @crowdSPRING Blog – crowdspring.co/1Mh5JM1

A Better Way to Find Big Ideas (That Make You Stand Out) crowdspring.co/1JRCUSM

The Interchange-Plus Pricing Model and Why It’s Your Best Friend – Ecommerce Platforms crowdspring.co/1JPYrcq

What every political candidate needs to know about small business voters crowdspring.co/1UPpIRf

The 7 Attributes of the Most Effective Sales Leaders crowdspring.co/1EVVc6K

Facial Signals That Boost Your Success With Others crowdspring.co/1F6WUSt

How Income Inequality is Affecting America’s Next Generation of Business Leaders crowdspring.co/1LrK0eA

Reasons Smart Startups Establish ‘Coopetition’ crowdspring.co/1O8T4ev

The CEO of Bolthouse Farms on Making Carrots Cool crowdspring.co/1QxO1CG

What You Learn From 5 Days With Richard Branson, Daymond John, and Tim Ferriss crowdspring.co/1UN9bCS

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Fresh from the SPRING: jendralpiggy Audree | September 16th, 2015

When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project.

Let us start the slow clap for jendralpiggy. Check out more great work on jendralpiggy’s profile page.

Nicely done, jendralpiggy, nicely done!

FFS-Jendralpiggy

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats Mike | September 14th, 2015

War is crazy expensive. Just ask any monarch, president, prime minister or, well, diplomat. So any alternative to war will not only save money but save lives and property. Historically, the chief alternative to waging a war has been to conduct diplomacy. That’s right: talk is cheap. Not to mention that it is effective, practical, and productive.

No matter on which side of this month’s debate over the Iran nuclear agreement you happen to fall on, we all agree that talking beats destroying and even the most ardent foes of President Obama’s deal with the Iranian government will surely agree that the attempt at an agreement is preferable to a military option. Building as opposed to destroying is what diplomacy is about and business owners and managers can learn a great deal from the process of diplomacy. Not that I am advocating for a relaxation of your competitive drive, not am I suggesting that competitive business practices are analogous to war, but rather that diplomacy carries with it some strong lessons for best practices in management. The key tenets of diplomacy hold lessons for managers in practicing patience, strengthening communication, developing partnerships, and managing people.

In previous posts i have written about how we can learn from kidsdogsmusicians, chefs, and athletes – here are 5 more lessons about what we can all learn from diplomats and diplomacy.

1. Diplomats listen. Diplomacy is, as much as anything, about understanding the other party. But to understand where another person is coming from, one has to start by listening. Closely. The skill of listening to another person is not an innate ability, but rather one that is developed over time through practice and repetition. Of course, diplomats must talk (a lot) in order to do their job, but they also develop strong skills at reading other people, interpreting signals, and understanding their motivations and goals. Managers must also learn to listen to he people around them, and to understand the desires and motives of your customers, employees, investors, and competitors.

2. Diplomats build relationships. The very best diplomats (just like the very best managers) understand the importance of building and maintaining relationships. It takes  a meaningful investment of time and energy to forge associations that will pay off, but it is absolutely essential to meeting the long-term goals of any business or government. As in diplomacy, managers must work hard to construct the friendships and professional connections that will allow them to succeed.

3. Diplomats negotiate. One of the most important skills any manager needs is the ability to negotiate an agreement, a partnership, or a price. Hello. This is the most important skill a diplomat needs in their line of work. The art of reaching an agreement through discussion is the core of diplomacy and the core of business and this is a skill that should be grown and nurtured. Because most businesses do not control standing armies, or caches of missiles and bombs, how else to convince another party to give you what you want then to work out a mutualy satisfying arrangement?

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Twitter Link Roundup #286 – Ideas for Small Business, Startups, and Designers! Mike | September 11th, 2015

A bicycle-riding robot? What other wonders could the world yet hold? Why if we can get a small machine to balance and adjust its center of gravity like this little fella, how long can it be until those flying cars finally go on the market? Well, I’m not holding my breath, but it does give me some hope that technology may save us after all. Or at least give us some modest entertainment.

So stretch your legs and take a deep breath! Because it’s time for the set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account)! We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Enjoy!

smallbusinessblog

Ways to Stay Sane, Healthy, and Successful crowdspring.co/1Uoh8Oy

After 29 Years As Boss, I’m Not Rich Or Successful; Read This Anyway – Forbes crowdspring.co/1KsKnLn

5 of the Coolest Home Offices We Have Ever Seen crowdspring.co/1ijjyNb

Reasons to Quit Making Excuses and Start a ‘Hobby Career’ crowdspring.co/1MDoDLn

startupsblog

From the Vault: Labor Day! TCB and TCP | @crowdSPRING Blog – crowdspring.co/1NeTsYM

How much do startup founders pay themselves—and other questions you were too afraid to ask crowdspring.co/1LMkRhy

Why It’s Safe for Founders to Be Nice crowdspring.co/1ECx3Sm

Stop fooling yourself. Sales success is mostly random – buff.ly/1JRz3VO

Speaking in Human: What it Means and Why You Should Give a Darn – buff.ly/1JQ9B0K

Yahoo CEO’s Approach to Maternity Leave Could Influence Employees crowdspring.co/1NZa7P3

What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner crowdspring.co/1UYceoi

Lessons From the Student Who Exposed Facebook’s Massive Privacy Flaw crowdspring.co/1fwsqNE

How Playing With LEGO (the Right Way) Boosts Your Creativity crowdspring.co/1fwtNf7

A Sharing Economy Where Teachers Win nytimes.com/2015/09/06/tec…

How Certainty Transforms Persuasion crowdspring.co/1h1IMic

StubHub gets snubbed after publishing full prices crowdspring.co/1OaRMN0

The Power of Partnering Up … Instead of Down crowdspring.co/1ECxIDo

You Don’t Need to Adopt Holacracy to Get Some of Its Benefits crowdspring.co/1XiyUBN

What ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Teaches About Creativity crowdspring.co/1FkqHlv

6 Avoidable Phrases That Undermine Your Credibility crowdspring.co/1NbF3wx

DoorDash Inks First Non-Restaurant Delivery Deal With 7-Eleven (Sans Slurpees) – Forbes crowdspring.co/1Uoh9Cf

Ashton Kutcher Joins Mark Cuban in Backing E-Sports Company Unikrn crowdspring.co/1JA1iG8

Two “Magic Tricks” That Relieve Anxiety and Build Courage – Further crowdspring.co/1LhM6xy

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Fresh from the SPRING: nautilus Audree | September 9th, 2015

When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this print design project.

Let us start the slow clap for nautilus. Check out more great work on nautilus’ profile page.

Nicely done, nautilus, nicely done!Nautilus

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