Posts Tagged ‘startup’

Small Business and the Death of Newspapers

Mike | October 1st, 2012

“We’re in one of those strange eras where the words of the last century don’t have meaning. What does news mean to you, when the vast majority of news is created by amateurs? Is news coming from a newspaper, or a news group or a friend? ” ~ Chris Anderson, editor Wired Magazine  People, and businesses, […]

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Small Business and Startups – 13 Great Reads From The Business Press

Mike | September 24th, 2012

One of my daily pleasures is to read the paper, the blogs, and the magazines. I typically scan the major stories domestic and international, take a dive into the political coverage, read the opinion pages top to bottom, skim the sports and entertainment sections and then head over to the business section to see what’s […]

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Small Business and Startups: The True “Lean” Movement

Mike | September 10th, 2012

Last week, Ross was contacted by an old friend, Ron May, who publishes an industry newsletter in Chicago and writes extensively about technology, startups, and small business in our region. Ron gets in touch periodically for updates on crowdSPRING so this was no great surprise. Ron’s email asked, “What the heck is going on with crowdSPRING? […]

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Labor Day! Let’s Celebrate the Workers

Mike | September 3rd, 2012 Labor Day New Your 1882

“The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.” ~ Samuel Gompers  Most of our posts on the crowdSPRING Blog focus on managing businesses and startups; we often write about best practices, and offer plenty of practical tips for managers. Today is a little different, because in the US, […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Public Relations and Focus

Mike | August 13th, 2012

“The three main elements of public relations are practically as old as society: informing people, persuading people, or integrating people with people” ~ Edward Bernays  Most startup entrepreneurs and marketing professionals will agree that a robust public relations strategy is crucial for startups and many small businesses. While there is no argument that these efforts […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Olympic Athletes

Mike | August 6th, 2012

When Gabby Douglas climbed on the balance beam last week en route to her gold medal for individual all-around women’s gymnastics she was the picture of calm focus. She was smiling, but she was also tense, and as she began her routine it was clear that she had completely tuned out everything around her. You […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Increasing Lifetime Value With Email Campaigns

Mike | July 9th, 2012

It is a truism of the business world that it costs more to acquire a new customer than it does to retain an existing one. It is also a truism that every business extracts a relatively predictable economic value from a given customer based on amount of money spent with a company minus the amount […]

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Small business and the Affordable Care Act: 5 Reasons Why Obamacare May Help

Mike | July 2nd, 2012

Last week the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (dba Obamacare). If you are a small business owner or manager, it really doesn’t matter whether you are in the 50% of Americans who were thrilled about this decision or the 50% who were […]

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Your Startup Or Small Business Sucks But You Can Fix It

Ross | June 28th, 2012

Don’t take it personally, but your startup or small business sucks. Most do. Here’s why. Even the best companies become complacent, over time. At its peak, Kodak controlled 90% of the US film market and was one of the most valuable brands in the world. Sony, not long ago, dominated the market for televisions, cameras, […]

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Startups and Small Business: 5 Things We Really Need From Politicians

Mike | June 25th, 2012

We hear a great deal of talk from the Presidential campaigns about what small businesses and startups really need to succeed. It’s “job creators, this” and “entrepreneurs, that” and “innovators, the other.” First of all we are not monolithic. Every small business has its own distinct needs and it’s own unique problems. For instance, my […]

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