Posts Tagged ‘smallbiz’

Small business Congress-watch: new laws and your company

Mike | May 23rd, 2011

Periodically I check in on the good people in our nation’s capital to see what they are up to and what they have been doing lately for (to?) us and our businesses. Our Congress has the ability to impact what we do every day and how we do it. The profitability of our companies, the […]

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5 Tips for Entrepreneurs: in praise of train schedules

Mike | May 10th, 2011

There is a myth that has developed over the years about entrepreneurs and their legendary 20 hour days. Everyone knows that we eat all of our meals at the office, sleep under our desks, never see our families, and forgo friends and social lives. Well there is a certain truth to that, but the entrepreneurial […]

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What It’s Like To Be An Entrepreneur – Mark Achler

Mike | May 4th, 2011

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 will focus on one company or organization. The first episode was about our friends Matt Maloney and Mike Evans from Grub Hub – […]

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10 Tips for small business: surveying your customers

Mike | May 3rd, 2011

One of the most important things a business can do is to invest the time to understand its customers. This can be accomplished in several ways: by collecting and analyzing business data, by observing customer behavior, or by studying comparable companies. Or, you could always just take the simple approach and ask them. This simple, […]

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Lean startups: Office space for the 21st Century

Mike | April 25th, 2011

When starting a company it is important to figure out not just how the team will work together, but where the team will work together. Lots of factors will drive this decision, including what type of company you’re launching, who your customers are, how large your team will be, what your budget is, and where […]

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10 tips for entrepreneurs on working with a partner

Mike | April 18th, 2011

After almost five years of working closely with a partner in an internet venture, I have had a great deal of time to think about how to do it better. At times it has been as easy as could be – enjoying the work together, assisting one another seamlessly, being greater than the sum of […]

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How Do You Know If Your Startup Idea Is Good?

Ross | April 12th, 2011

You get inspired and think you have a great idea for a new startup. How do you know if the idea is good and worth pursuing? In this 3 minute video, I share three things you can do to validate or disprove your idea. Do you have other tips to add or your own story […]

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Lean Marketing: Five Cheap Ways To Market Your Startup

Ross | March 28th, 2011

Every startup wants to get attention for their product or service. But it’s not easy for a young company to get attention, and can often be very expensive. In this short video, I offer five suggestions to help you get attention for your startup. Do you have other suggestions of ways startups can get attention […]

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10 things entrepreneurs can learn from musicians

Mike | March 21st, 2011

I have written several posts now about ways entrepreneurs can learn from people and from the world around them. A few months ago I wrote about how much we can learn from kids (e.g. kids know how to entertain themselves) and last month I shared thoughts about what we can learn from dogs (e.g. dogs love […]

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Lean Marketing: Customer service strategies for small businesses and startups

Mike | March 14th, 2011

Of the many things businesses can do well (or fail at) none is more important than customer service. Although the marketing textbooks, don’t consider it to be one aspect of a solid marketing plan, this key function should be considered as a part of your marketing and approached the same way you would approach any […]

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