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13 Business Books That Will Blow Your Mind

13 Business Books That Will Blow Your Mind
Having never taken a business class in college I find that I read and listen to a lot of business books to round out my education. The books usually aren’t “How to Manage Your Cash Flow” but rather get me to rethink the way I run my business, which–despite no business classes or diploma–continues to be in business 13 plus years after I started it. In that time, here are 13 of the books that had the biggest impact on how I run my business (in no particular order): Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink: If you supervise anyone in your business, this book is a must read. It shows that what science knows about motivation, business isn’t putting into practice. The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham: I wanted to have at least one book that was dedicated to small business and the entrepreneurial spirit. Related:  Entrepreneurial

83 Money Moves To Make Before You Are 30 Years Old Lets face it…there are some things that you need to do now if you want to be rich in the Golden Years of your life. If you want to retire and eat something other than Ramen noodles and live solely off of your Social Security benefits, you need to start planning for your retirement now. There are things that you need to do with your money, personal finances, and investing in order to set yourself up for success later in life. It is a shame that you have to think about these things right after graduating from college and/or entering the workforce, but you do. Why eighty-three money moves? Tagged as: Retirement, Tips Technology Review: Radical Opacity In shadows: Christopher Poole is the creator of 4chan, an online message board where anonymity reigns. Christopher Poole is 22 years old, and as is often true for men his age, his mental life has been punctuated by a series of passing enthusiasms: video games, online chat rooms, Japanese animation. Currently he seems to be going through a Robert Moses phase. Like many people, Poole thinks there are better ways than Moses’s to manage the tangled social, cultural, and infrastructural needs of a community of millions. Visited mostly by young men in their late teens and early 20s, 4chan is loosely organized by topics of interest–music, games, TV, animation (Japanese and otherwise). By no coincidence, 4chan stands out not only for the content its users generate but for the way they generate it: with a degree of anonymity almost unheard-of in the online world.

46 Ways To Start A Business With No Money Most people who want to start their own business don’t have a ton of money laying around and it’s probably one the most common questions I get emailed about: How can I get started without a lot of cash? Well I’ve put together a list below of the best ideas I’ve heard and personally used. I hope you find it useful! The three basic strategies to starting a business without much money are: Delay the normal “business starting” activities like incorporating, hiring, renting office or retail space, etc until AFTER your business has started earning money. Start With The Easy Stuff: Eliminate Expenses Don’t rent an office! Legal Stuff and Incorporating Make a website for your business Don’t pay a premium for a top end domain name, there are plenty of good ones leftTest out your ideas by writing to a blog, you’ll get feedback on what people like and don’t likeGet a free business website at www.wordpress.com or tumblr.com. Getting a Logo Don’t hire a fancy graphic designer. Accepting Credit Cards

What is the first document I should put in front of a VC? Twenty-seventh in a series of weekly posts by myself and Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief which answer the fifty questions you should ask before raising venture capital. We expect the series to run for a year after which we will collate the posts into a book. You can find the rationale behind the series here, and the list of questions here. We welcome your comments on any and every aspect of what we are doing. Hopefully the recent posts in this series have given you an idea of how VC evaluate companies, markets, teams and so on. My next three are going to deal with how to best get that in writing with the aim of getting productive meetings with investors. I use the term ‘productive’ very deliberately as I’m a big believer that ‘raising money’ is actually better described as ‘selling equity’ and hence should be treated like a sales process where qualifying prospects out quickly is key to being efficient. The other important thing is that the document should be short.

A Year of Success | Grab This Next Year By The Throat How to tell if your Company is Advanced: 10 Criteria Of Social Business Maturity Excited about your new Facebook page but don’t know what’s next? What does a truly advanced company look like in social business? They can say yes to seven or more of these ten criteria. We’ve been interviewing the most sophisticated brands in the world when it comes to social business for our upcoming report on “Enterprise Social Strategists Role”. How to tell if your Company is Advanced: 10 Criteria Of Social Business MaturityCorporations that have these and other following elements in place, may truly be sophisticated when it comes to social business: Clear understanding of customers’ socialgraphics. We’ve done research on the roadmap for companies to reach these 10 levels of nirvana, but have found few companies that have done a few, or even a majority of them.

Best 101 Entrepreneurship Quotes Ever · 14 Clicks I’m a big fan of quotes. I could read them all day long. Some quotes can shift your entire mindset on something while others are just nice to bring up in conversations. I’ve spent the last two years (off and on) compiling 101 of my favorite entrepreneurship quotes around success, failure, leadership, wisdom, humor, money, practicality, motivation, and a smattering of entrepreneurial proverbs. Success Quotes Failure Quotes “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Leadership Quotes “Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey.” Wisdom Quotes “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” Humorous Quotes “I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” Money Quotes “Formal education will make you a living. Practical Quotes

7 Ways To Promote Your Business Online For Free 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back. Here are some ideas to get you started: Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. Update: Read our follow-up to this post: 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself Photo by: Rob Brucker

Youtube Marketing Stats: Could Video Be the Missing Tabasco in Your Marketing Bloody Mary? : Social Media Marketing NYC Explains How IPhone App Developers Screw You Advertising does not work. It doesn’t. If you’ve ever spent $50,000 on a media blitz, you’ll agree with me. “If it works for Coke, it’ll work for us,” are the most famous last words I’ve heard from many corporate executives before launching a massive ad campaign and subsequently filing chapter 11. It’s even worse when you spend a couple hundred thousand with the New Jersey Nets and plaster your name (@GaryVee) all over a billboard ad to hear pins drop and crickets chirp – only, not both at the same time. The real problem is that inexperienced marketing executives and even Ivy B-Schools work off the logic that “since Coke has been doing this for a hundred years and is a success, they must know what they are doing.” Actually, the above it totally true. This is why ads work for Coke. Since Coke is positioned geographically and costographically at super low resistance, all you need is a super low impact suggestion to buy. You don’t have to go to the store for Coke.

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