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Why Some Startups Succeed And Others Fail: 10 Fascinating Harvard Findings

Why Some Startups Succeed And Others Fail: 10 Fascinating Harvard Findings

How To Increase Your Productivity 500% Altucher Confidential Posted by James Altucher I missed investing in Google. I missed investing in Foursquare. I made fun of the guy who started Lycos. I want to be productive, healthy, and happy.When you spend even two minutes mentally debating the worst people in your life (as I did the first two minutes after I woke up today) those two minutes add up. People say, “well I played too many games. Better to not have 80% of my thoughts (or more on some days!) Nine types of thoughts that will prevent you from succeeding at your business or in your job. 1) Pessimistic thoughts: For instance, judging myself too harshly. Or, before I give a talk, thinking that I’m going to do horribly despite the fact that I’ve prepared well and it’s a friendly crowd, etc. 2) Vice – My vice thoughts start when I wake up. Perfectionism is a form of bondage. 4) Possessiveness– there’s that Sting song, “if you love someone, set them free.” 5) Painful – We just had the Thanksgiving holidays. 6) Fear. 7) Obsessive. 8) Sadness.

5 Steps To Bootstrapping Your PR Efforts Public relations is just one of those things. It's something that every company knows they should do, but only see two ways of making it happen -- hire an expensive PR firm or cross their fingers and hope for the best. The latter is, well, not really much of a PR strategy. There is a third option, however. Bootstrapping. I've written in the past about how to bootstrap your PR efforts, but never really dug into the nitty gritty. Here it is, Moz family. Step 1 - The Mirror Check The first step is what I like to call the mirror check, something that gets glossed over far too often. Save your time, and more importantly, everyone else's. Step 2 - Building Your Publication List Once you've got a solid story, it's time to start building your list of publications. It's important to note that PR isn't a numbers game, as many think. Step 3 - Finding the Right Contact This is so important that it deserves its own step. The first three fields are fairly self explanatory, then we get into the meat of it.

Emprendedores: Cómo conseguir una buena financiación para tu proyecto. « Watching International Economy Hay siempre una necesidad latente en cada proyecto de emprendeduría. La financiación. Como nos explican en el blog TRW desde la evolución “desde la idea al mercado” de proyectos promedio de un emprendedor hasta su consolidación como empresa, se pasa por diferentes etapas de madurez que es necesario entender a la hora de escoger las herramientas existentes de apoyo. Cada etapa tiene unas necesidades diferentes y es por esto que existen, por tanto, instrumentos específicos de financiación adaptados tanto a las cuantías promedio requeridas como a las características de la etapa en la que se encuentran. De forma muy genérica, y sin ánimo de ser excesivamente rigurosos, las etapas de maduración de una empresa de este tipo podrían describirse como: Etapa 1: (0 – 15.000 €) A partir de una idea novedosa, o de resultados de investigación y tras un proceso de desarrollo, parte la idea de la creación empresarial. Me gusta: Me gusta Cargando...

500 Startups Peels Back The Curtain On Its Third And Largest Batch Yet It’s Halloween, so it’s the perfect day to unveil the newest group of 500 Startups’ “little monsters”. Yes, this is the name that founder Dave McClure and his partner in crime Christine Tsai give to all the rock star entrepreneurs that grace the halls of their Mountain View offices. 500 Startups, as you may have heard by now, is the early-stage seed fund and incubator program founded in 2010 by the globe-trotting angel investor, which seeds between $25K to $250K in each of its startups that meet its “Three Ds” criteria: Design, data, and distribution. The fall batch kicked off on October 10 and includes 34 awesome startups, which makes this its largest roster to date (the initial batch consisted of 12 startups and the second came in at 21, bringing 500 Startups’ total to 174). The “Demo Days” for this batch of startups has not yet been confirmed, but we do know that they will take place sometime in January 2012. 300milligrams is a priority inbox for team conversations.

Why Appreciation Matters So Much - Tony Schwartz by Tony Schwartz | 9:44 AM January 23, 2012 I’ve just returned from an offsite with our team at The Energy Project. As we concluded, I asked each person to take a few moments to say what he or she felt most proud of accomplishing over the past year. After each of their brief recountings, I added some observations about what I appreciated in that person. Whatever else each of us derives from our work, there may be nothing more precious than the feeling that we truly matter — that we contribute unique value to the whole, and that we’re recognized for it. The single highest driver of engagement, according to a worldwide study conducted by Towers Watson, is whether or not workers feel their managers are genuinely interested in their wellbeing. Feeling genuinely appreciated lifts people up. So why is it that openly praising or expressing appreciation to other people at work can so easily seem awkward, contrived, mawkish and even disingenuous? That’s unfortunate. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas March 2012 One of the more surprising things I've noticed while working on Y Combinator is how frightening the most ambitious startup ideas are. In this essay I'm going to demonstrate this phenomenon by describing some. Don't worry, it's not a sign of weakness. There's a scene in Being John Malkovich where the nerdy hero encounters a very attractive, sophisticated woman. Here's the thing: If you ever got me, you wouldn't have a clue what to do with me. That's what these ideas say to us. This phenomenon is one of the most important things you can understand about startups. [1] You'd expect big startup ideas to be attractive, but actually they tend to repel you. 1. The best ideas are just on the right side of impossible. The point when it became clear to me that Microsoft had lost their way was when they decided to get into the search business. Microsoft : Google :: Google : Facebook. The way to win here is to build the search engine all the hackers use. 2. Whatever you build, make it fast.

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation Through the years, I have been intrigued by the number of once powerful companies that are no longer around. Darwinian principles seem to apply in business as much as in biology. When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them. Companies that are unable or unwilling to adapt to the changes in such a Darwinian climate will become marginalized or extinct. It is not hard to understand how I come to this somewhat fatalistic view of business. More recently, Citi, which I joined as strategic advisor in March of 2008, has gone through its own near-death experience as a result of the financial crisis of the past few years. Why is it that some firms are able to go through ups and downs, yet survive and thrive? Cusumano is a professor in MIT’s Sloan School of Management, with a joint appointment in the Engineering Systems Division.

Startup Companies - Young Entrepreneur & CEO Interviews | Under30CEO The legal checklist every startup should reference I’ve been a corporate lawyer for more than 17 years, and there are certain fundamental legal mistakes that I’ve seen startups repeatedly make (many of which surface when investors are conducting their due-diligence investigation). Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to provide a simple checklist for startups that includes links to indepth posts for a more detailed discussion. Startup checklist: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. None of this is rocket science. Scott Edward Walker is the founder and CEO of Walker Corporate Law Group, PLLC, a law firm specializing in the representation of entrepreneurs. [Image via Yes Man/Shutterstock]

How to spot a lie Charges of lying are a regular feature of the headlinesPamela Meyer: People may be lied to as many as 200 times a dayShe says there are ways to spot liarsMeyer: Studying posture, body language and verbal clues can help to detect lying Editor's note: Pamela Meyer is the author of the book "Liespotting". She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Harvard MBA. (CNN) -- A glance at recent headlines indicates just how serious and pervasive deceit and lying are in daily life. Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is busy trading allegations of sexual harassment with several women; each side accuses the other of lying. Last week French president Nicolas Sarkozy was caught on an open microphone asserting to U.S. Interview: Pamela Meyer on lying Lying has destroyed careers and convulsed countries. Tales of cheating on school and college tests are rife. How much deceit do we encounter? TED.com: Malcolm Gladwell on the strange tale of the Norden bombsight How do you tell if someone is lying?

Crowdfunding Law Will Turn the Start-Up World Upside Down - Tim Rowe - Voices Remember that special moment when we all realized that the Web was going to remake yard sales and auctions, but we didn’t know yet who was going to win? (And then eBay left the rest in the dust?) Such a moment has come again, and with a choice prize: Investing in start-ups. What would this mean? Everybody likes the innovation and jobs that this could propel. Here’s how this is going to play out: Intermediaries (the future eBays of this space) will spring forward to handle the paperwork, do background checks on issuers (required), ensure that offerings are well described and enforce balanced investment terms. This could be big. Up next? Tim Rowe is the founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center, which houses approximately 450 start-up companies in a large office tower in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

40 Ways Small Business Owners Waste Their Money We were curious to see where business owners waste the most money in the early days. So we reached out and asked what small business owners thought was the #1 biggest money waster for small business owners. Some common answers focused on different aspects of office space, marketing and hiring staff. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. Where do you think small business waste the most money in the early days? Awesome People + Awesome Places Travel around the world while making new friends Under30Experiences curates awesome experiences around the world for young travelers. Tags: featured, small business, wasting money Category: Startup Advice

The Top 50 Entrepreneur Blogs to Watch in 2012 1) TopRank - TopRank Online Marketing is a digital marketing agency founded by Lee Odden and Susan Misukanis that helps companies increase sales, brand visibility online and develop better customer engagement. We specialize in content based customer acquisition and relationship programs that emphasize social media marketing, search engine optimization and email marketing. Companies hire us for consulting, training and implementation services. 2) Small Business Trends - Small Business Trends was founded in 2003 by Anita Campbell, in Cleveland, Ohio. Small Business Trends is the premier source of information, news and advice covering issues of key importance to the small business market. 3) The Small Business Newswire - SBWire is an online newswire specializing in the needs of small to medium-sized businesses. 4) KISSmetrics Marketing Blog 5) Thirty Six Months 6)The College Investor 7) Brian Solis Brian Solis 24) Smedio

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