Posts Tagged ‘startup’

10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Academics

Mike | April 9th, 2012

As college graduation weekends and summer business incubator announcements loom, I thought I would take a few minutes to consider the connection between the entrepreneurship and academia. Entrepreneurs, by definition,  take an idea or a concept and strive to make that idea into a operating business. To do this, we spend a great deal of […]

Read full post »

Work From Home Fridays

Ross | March 28th, 2012

We encourage our team to work remotely when they want. We care about performance, not face-time in the office. Did you know that the average commute is 45 minutes each way and that telecommuters report having 25% less stress? We leverage technology to work remotely: Basecamp and Campfire from our friends at 37signals, Skype and […]

Read full post »

Lean Marketing Tips: Hyperlocal Marketing Channels

Mike | March 26th, 2012

We write often about marketing strategies and tactics for small business and startups. These companies typically have limited budgets, thin resources, and strained capacity which combine to create a challenge for managers and owners: how to develop an effective marketing campaign using tactics that will work for their business. The Lean Startup movement provides a […]

Read full post »

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Ross | March 6th, 2012

When we come across successful products, services or startups, we often wonder – where did the idea come from? Why didn’t WE think of Pinterest, Facebook, or Google? In the following video, Steven johnson discusses ideas, innovation and how entrepreneurs and companies can groom environments to help incubate and promote good ideas. How do you […]

Read full post »

Small Business Tips: Foreign Payments, The Patriot Act, OFAC, and you.

Mike | March 5th, 2012

Every time I find myself on the security line at the airport, I watch the folks ahead of me anticipating that someone will be pulled from the line because their name appeared on the TSA “no-fly” list. I have yet to see this happen, but I sympathize with the poor schlub whose name matches that […]

Read full post »

10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Politicians

Mike | February 13th, 2012

‘Tis the season. Not for giving gifts or reflecting on peace on earth. This is the silly season where we have to opportunity to elect our next President of the United States. Every four years, our country engages in a ritual which will impact the course of our economy, our social policy, and our governmental […]

Read full post »

Small Biz and Startup Tips: 5 Ideas to Prepare for an Economic Recovery

Mike | February 6th, 2012

While economists (as usual) refuse to agree on the specifics, there is a general consensus that the recovery may (finally) be underway. Last week the Labor Department announced that in January over 240,000 new jobs were created and that the unemployment rate was at its lowest level in three years. In addition, tax revenues are […]

Read full post »

10 things entrepreneurs can learn from chefs

Mike | January 9th, 2012

Who among us doesn’t love a great meal? Whether we choose eat at home or in a restaurant, all of us appreciate and respect the work that goes into preparing and presenting our food. We love the humble diner which serves up a phenomenal burger and fries and marvel over the lavish cuisine served up […]

Read full post »

Small Businesses and Startups: Worst. Advice. Ever.

Mike | January 3rd, 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote about New Year ‘s resolutions for small businesses, but the other day I realized I had left one out. This one is not an action item, nor an intellectual exercise. It is at once very simple, but also incredibly difficult, especially when under pressure to get a new business […]

Read full post »

Five Tips To Improve Employee Performance Reviews

Ross | December 21st, 2011

Last week, Mike wrote about Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2011 Version. In that post, he briefly mentioned that the end of the calendar year is a good time to conduct employee reviews. I’m not a fan of end-of-year employee reviews. If you waited until the end of the year to give feedback to […]

Read full post »