Posts Tagged ‘startup’

Lean Business: Pivot Point

Mike | April 8th, 2013

In 2010 the co-Founders of Burbn, a check-in app for mobile phones built on HTML5, raised $500,00o in seed funding for a service that was designed for quick mobile sharing between users. The co-Founders had labored for over a year on their app but it was not gaining traction and they were unhappy with its functionality and […]

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Lean Business: Do Unto Others*

Mike | April 1st, 2013

The golden rule of word-of-mouth marketing: Be nice to thine customers and, lo, they shall be nice to you in return. The mechanical nuts and bolts behind this idea, in social psychology terminology, is represented by the concept of reciprocity. In short it referes to how people respond to a positive action with another positive action. […]

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Lean Business: Freelancers for ALL My Friends!

Mike | March 25th, 2013

This year a great deal of my blogging focus has been on the struggles many small businesses have with capacity. In the business context capacity can refer to the physical space a company resides in, or the manpower available for a company to leverage. There is another aspect of capacity that is equally important and […]

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Lean Business: Office Space – A Meditation

Mike | March 18th, 2013

Our lease is up at the end of the year and Ross and I have been discussing our options. We love our office: it has all of the features we need, plus a great location, fantastic light, a dramatic view of the downtown skyline, and plenty of space. Problem is, truth be told, it probably […]

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Productivity On the Go: 10 Apps to Help You do Business!

Mike | February 25th, 2013

In addition to a desktop computer at work and a laptop for home and on the road, I also own an iPhone 4s and an iPad 2. I am not a Road Warrior type – I travel perhaps 20 days per year – but do need to work when I am on the road and […]

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Lean vs. Mean – Small Business and Responsibility

Mike | February 11th, 2013

I have written often about strategies small business can use to operate modestly, spend wisely, and reduce cost by taking a lean approach to operations, marketing, and production. At crowdSPRING we try hard to manage our business and our team using tactics and strategy that have allowed us to construct a sustainable business, provide value […]

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Lean Business Tips: Hiring Contractors for Fun and Profit(ability)

Mike | January 28th, 2013

We write often about ways small business can reduce expense, increase productivity, and operate more efficiently through a lean approach to marketing, technology, and operations. Today I want to write briefly about a strategy we have used to very good effect when hiring new workers: outsource. When we hear that word, we typically envision massive […]

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The Work/Home Möbius Strip

Mike | January 21st, 2013

Today is Sunday and, as is the case with most Sundays, I am working at home. Not a ton of work, mind you. I will probably put in 4-5 hours today: writing this post, updating BI data, checking in with customer service, and answering the emails that demand attention. I also was abe to cook […]

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Small business Congress-watch: Two Reasons to Call Your Representative!

Mike | January 14th, 2013

On occasion we take a look at recent legislation coming out of our Federal government in Washington. While the news is often discouraging and the activities of our politicians typically frustrating, there are those times when truly great ideas are put forth and, every so often, these idea become actual laws. Hard to believe, but it is […]

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Small Business and Startups: 5 Threats to Your Online Security

Mike | January 7th, 2013

How often do we read about online security breaches, loss of data, or massive credit card theft? While these events typically involve larger companies or even governments, all businesses are vulnerable to fraud, theft, or other forms of malice or  just plain mischief. Most small businesses assume that it is only larger companies are at […]

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