Posts Tagged ‘business’

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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Small Business and Startups: Seasonal Peaks and Valleys

Mike | September 9th, 2013

Summer is drawing to a close and with it the August doldrums. After 5+ years in business, if we have learned anything it is about the seasonality of our own business and the cyclical demand for creative services. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many businesses launch projects in September when everyone is back […]

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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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Is Social Media Making Us Less Human?

Ross | December 28th, 2010

A few days ago, I read an essay in the New York Times by Robin Dunbar. For those not familiar with Dunbar – Dunbar is a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford and author of a popular book – “How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks.” I’ve long been […]

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Buyer Beware: Generic Logo Design

Audree | July 13th, 2010

Finding a great logo design for your business is an important part of creating your brand identity. You want to have a logo design that is simple, memorable, and a good representation of what you do. Many people, in an effort to appear modern, choose a current design trend for their logo. One risk when […]

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What if business schools offered an MBA in www?

Mike | March 29th, 2010

Every year thousands of  newly minted MBAs will earn their degrees from over 165 graduate business programs in the US alone. These bright folks will walk through those gates with training in finance, accounting, marketing, economics, strategy, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, statistics, research, business law, negotiating, ethics, and leadership. Many of the young MBAs have […]

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Ideas for small business and startups: Value Disciplines

Mike | October 13th, 2009

Graduate school was one of the great times of my life: studying something that I absolutely wanted to study and surrounded by a group of folks who felt exactly the same way. Two years in business school went by with rocket-speed, but some of the ideas took root and continue to have an impact on […]

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Googley Principles – Not For Design Only

Ross | June 27th, 2008

Late in 2007, Google’s User Experience group articulated design principles that guide Google designs around the world – design the “Googley” way. The team defined those principles as follows: 1. Focus on people—their lives, their work, their dreams. 2. Every millisecond counts. 3. Simplicity is powerful. 4. Engage beginners and attract experts. 5. Dare to […]

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Purpose, business, and values

Mike | March 29th, 2008

We have been re-thinking lately whether crowdSPRING needs or wants a “Mission Statement.” Although we had rejected the notion a number of months ago, we are wondering whether it might have value for us. Many businesses have one, but many more choose not to (whether consciously or not) . After bouncing this around a bit, […]

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