Posts Tagged ‘start-up’

Small business and customer service: 3 tips for creating a virtuous loop.

Mike | April 12th, 2010

At crowdSPRING we place a great deal of emphasis on customer service: quality, accuracy, and timeliness are critical measures of our ability to deliver this to our users. Customers are the life-blood of any business and small businesses particularly must focus on listening to their customers, responding, and making adjustments based on the feedback received. […]

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Thoughts on being a startup in Chicago: 3 tips for entrepreneurs

Mike | January 25th, 2010

In March, Ross and I will be hosting a talk at South by Southwest; it’s called “Third Coast: How to be a Startup Outside of Silicon Valley.”  We have been thinking a lot about this lately and discussing the challenges we have faced on our own path. When we first conceived of the idea that […]

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PR for Start ups – Green Eyed Monster or Underdog?

Bethany | November 11th, 2009

In the past few months, I have attended more networking events for PR, startups and social media than I ever thought even existed.  At each event I feel like I’ve learned something, taken away some great tips and even made some great connections with other PR professionals in Chicago.  When talking about my position and […]

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Thoughts for small businesses and startups on raising capital

Mike | October 6th, 2009

So you have a great idea, right? You’ve written a fantastic business plan, researched the market extensively, have a deep understanding of the competitive landscape, and have a watertight financial model that shows how you can reach profitability even in the worst-case scenario. Now it’s time to get out there and find your funding. Easy, […]

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10 thoughts for small businesses and startups: how to write a great business plan

Mike | September 16th, 2009

In the past 5 years, I have written or co-written at least 10 business plans. With each one it got a bit easier, and each one got a bit better as I practiced writing in “biz plan” style and learned what information was important to include and what information was extraneous. My first experience with […]

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Start-up tips: 10 Tips For Evaluating Your Competitors

Ross | August 3rd, 2009

If you’re working on a start-up or have an established company, there will come a time when you’ll need to evaluate your competitors. There are three components to a good competitive analysis: (1) defining the metrics and identifying the competitors you’re comparing, (2) gathering the data, and (3) the analysis. [NOTE: This post is a […]

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Ten Practical Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Tips

Ross | December 23rd, 2008

Mike and I stated working on crowdSPRING in the summer of 2006. We incorporated the company in May 2007 and launched the crowdSPRING marketplace in May 2008. We’ve learned many important lessons along the way. In some ways, our experience is typical of other start-ups. In other ways, it is not. I want to share […]

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Celebrate Incremental Success

Ross | November 20th, 2008

We have a daily five minute all-team meeting at crowdSPRING. At this meeting, we review key performance metrics from the day before. We share this information with the entire team because we believe in being transparent and because we want each person on the team to know how we are doing as a company and […]

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Five Reasons Why You Should Focus On Today And Not Tomorrow

Ross | November 11th, 2008

People often worry about the future and make decisions that may not have any impact for months or years. While it’s important to consider the future, doing so might cause you to lose focus about the present. This is particularly true when running a business, and especially true in today’s challenging economic times. So, let me offer five reasons […]

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Start-up Tip: Building The Budget Side Of Your Revenue Model

Ross | October 2nd, 2008

Mike and I stated working on crowdSPRING in the summer of 2006. We incorporated the company in May 2007 and launched the crowdSPRING marketplace in May 2008. We’ve learned many important lessons along the way. In some ways, our experience is typical of other start-ups. In other ways, it is not. I want to share […]

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