Dartmouth College has four valedictorians this year: Wills Begor, Glynnis Kearney, David Rogg and Jie Zhong. They are impressive kids. All have stratospheric GPAs. Most pulled off two majors and a minor. One developed a new social networking platform for the iPhone.
If you are a Web-based technology startup focused on the 2.0 version of the Web (a.k.a. Web 2.0), then you are not thinking outside of the box anymore. The Web is constantly evolving: innovating and implementing new technologies; adapting in a more timely manner to user feedback and needs; redefining the roles of business partners; and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. This is the first article in my four-part series about powering startups to become smartups. You can find the timeline for future installments of my series at the end of this article. If you’re still beating the Web 2.0 drum then you are not thinking outside the box.
Dave McClure, the brash-mouthed angel investor and entrepreneur-magnet, shares his lean start-up philosophy and his excitement about female entrepreneurs. 160 in Share Connect with Evernote: Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote The premier session of South by Southwest's "Lean Startup" track was a frank discussion between Lean Startup guru Eric Ries and Dave McClure, founding partner and "Sith Lord" of investment firm 500 Startups .
<img src="http://timebusinessblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/biz1.jpg?w=480&h=320&crop=1" alt="Entrepreneur" title="Entrepreneur"/> While the year of the protester has just passed, 2012 looks to be the year of the entrepreneur. Jobs are in scarce supply, and underemployment is at an all-time high.
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Please meet the third speaker of the "Innovation Drivers XXX" session: Garion Hall is CEO of abbywinters.com , a premium and successful adult pay site, with tens-of-thousands of paying members. They employ a staff of 22 talented experts in their Amsterdam office. The pay-site launched in 2000 and is still going strong (despite the Australian government causing them to move continents in 2010!). A strong team of experienced managers lead the staff of 22, and use robust systems to produce consistent works of a high quality and low cost, while empowering individual staff to excel and enjoy their work.
SWOT analysis, with its four elements in a 2x2 matrix. SWOT analysis (alternatively SWOT Matrix ) is a structured planning method used to evaluate the S trengths, W eaknesses, O pportunities, and T hreats involved in a project or in a business venture. A SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person.
For all you writers out there looking to monetize your verbal skills Kindle Publishing should be high up on your list. Gone are the days of a story coming to life on paper only to be squashed by the distribution gods and a publishing house; leaving authors frustrated with nothing to show for their hard work. The dawn of e-readers and content marketing ushered in a new era of content proliferation. Authors are able to publish their own books faster and more affordable.
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Last week, I stumbled across a personal post from a founder on his thoughts after first month of his startup . He writes in the post that he hasn’t been satisfied with the traction received so far and wonders whether existing product is the right path to continue on. I had exact same questions when I was starting up Wingify and now that we have seen some traction , I thought I should expand on a comment I made on how to know if your startup idea is the right one. When doing a startup, it is perfectly okay to wonder whether you are on the right track. It is not a sign of weakness. In fact, being too attached to one’s idea is a sure shot path to failure.
By Marty Zwilling, contributor After you have successfully attracted angels or venture capital with your million dollar product idea and you have a signed term sheet, there is still one more hurdle to overcome before investors write the check. This is the dreaded "due diligence" process. For no good reason, investor due diligence seems shrouded in mystery, when in fact it is nothing more than a final integrity check on all aspects of your business model, team, product, customers and plan.
Editor's Note: Entrepreneur Richard Branson regularly shares his business experience and advice with readers. What follows is the latest edited round of insightful responses. Ask him a question and your query might be the inspiration for a future column. Q: What were your most important managerial decisions -- the ones that changed your business?
11th January 2012 by Andrea The great thing about our entrepreneurial MOO customers – that’s you, by the way! – is that we know when we ask a question, we can count on a really diverse, useful and brilliant pool of answers in reply!
By ANGUS LOTEN Budding entrepreneur Eric Bolden had never met an angel investor until he tried pitching a business idea to a few of them. Entrepreneurs are finding that it's easy to start a business but hard to build one. Angus Loten discusses how entrepreneurs are linking up with angel investors on digits.