4 Things Most Successful Entrepreneurs Have in Common Starting a business is always risky, and success is never guaranteed. Yet, entrepreneurs thrive every day. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach, successful entrepreneurs seem to share several traits that the rest of the pack lacks. SCORE, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping small businesses, recently released their infographic on what makes today's entrepreneurs successful. To thrive, entrepreneurs need professional experience, a business plan, the right personality and mentors, SCORE found. Ex-Foursquare Designers Focus On Sunrise, Want You To Do More With Your Calendar Two of the team of eight designers at Foursquare have recently left to focus on Sunrise, a calendar product to do more with your calendar, with data from Google Calendar, Facebook, LinkedIn and others. They currently offer a daily email and are actively working on the next version. According to them, the calendar can be a very powerful tool and nobody has figured it out yet. “Calendar apps today are mostly broken as they don’t show you useful information, even though you spend a lot of time adding items every day,” UX designer and developer Pierre Valade said in an interview.
The Platform Design Canvas: a tool for Business Design (The Italian translation follows / In Italiano in fondo al post) In just a few days from now, from the 2nd to the 4th of July, I will be back in Barcelona, at the Escuela Superior de Ingeniería de Diseño and Barcelona – ELISAVA to hold, for the first time – on the 3rd of July – a workshop I’m working on since a while. I will have the possibility to repeat the Workshop also in October, in Italy, during Frontiers of Interaction 2013, an established conference about innovation in Italy. I’m saying back *again* in Barcelona since just a few days ago I spent some wonderful days there: in fact I attended the third Ouishare Summit, during which I had the opportunity and duty to moderate the global barcamp with more than 60 participants.
Introducing Make Your Pitch If you are an entrepreneur with a new business or a breakthrough business idea, we want to meet you. I’m a business strategist (and a recovering investment banker), and I am inviting you to participate in The New York Times Make Your Pitch contest. Send us your pitch on video. Tell us about your product or service, your marketing plans, your customer base. Tell us what makes your business different — why it is one to watch? Do you need capital? How to get your first 10 customers Preface: the assumption for this essay is that you’re building a B2B app, and you have something built but you’re having trouble getting people to pay for it There are three problems with getting your first few customers: You (probably) don’t know how to sell thingsYou don’t know who you’re selling toYou don’t even really know what you’re selling
On Sale At Last: Twine, Your Gateway To The Internet Of Things A year ago, two MIT Media Lab graduates raised half a million dollars on Kickstarter to create Twine, a cigarette-pack-sized chunk of Internet magic that promised to turn any object in your home into a web-connected, interactive "smart product." Want your basement pipes to send you a text message when they’re in danger of freezing up, or your garage door to ping you if you forget to close it? No problem: With Twine, building your own personal "Internet of things" is supposed to be easier than programming a VCR. And now that the product is available for purchase, it looks like creators John Kestner and David Carr have very nearly delivered on that ambitious promise.
Crafting the business model – a key task for start-ups The sharing economy is ready to take over MRI machines, now that it has conquered bikes, cars and apartments. Berlin-based medneo is offering physicians and hospitals clinical MRI images on a pay-by-case basis, letting them skip buying the expensive machines. And it dramatically improves customer satisfaction by reducing the wait time for MRI scans from several weeks to few days. All this because they crafted an innovative business model in a mature industry. Startups are ideas looking for a business
Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon: Excerpt From ‘The Everything Store’ by Brad Stone Behind this week’s cover Amazon.com rivals Wal-Mart as a store, Apple as a device maker, and IBM as a data services provider. It will rake in about $75 billion this year. For his book, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone spoke to hundreds of current and former friends of founder Jeff Bezos.
The Secret, Selfish Side Of Social-Curation Sites Here’s my beef with social platforms today: I don’t think they’re very social at all. As much as Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest promise a way to connect, they’ve also promoted a disconnect--sharing on different platforms, proving a fragmented sense of keeping tabs on any social network. We can track our connections’ job promotions on LinkedIn, photos from their new office on Facebook, and hear their celebratory music on Spotify--but what about how these all link together?
9 Superb Website Builder Tools 2014 Share Tweet Email The design is basically the convention for crating any object and that object may vary according to various fields like business model, layout or it may be the proper structure that define the object in different fields. But, Let me go to our topic directly i.e building a website which requires proper knowledge about the programming language chosen for making the website. Apart from that it requires a lot of experience and skills in creating the best website that helps to establish the online business in any field.