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Connect and Be Productive: 5 Ways to Improve Teamwork

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Did you know that on any given day of business it is estimated that you and your colleagues spend approximately 74 minutes attempting to contact each other? Or that you spend almost an hour looking over duplicated content and communications. These are just but a few examples of ways that we waste time and block… Read more »


6 Team-Building Tips from the CEA Innovate! Conference

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This week, entrepreneurs like Nolan Bushnell and Paul Singh are converging on Arizona for the CEA Innovate! Conference, a three-day event bringing together big and small tech companies. The Wednesday schedule included a panel led by our CEO Frank Gruber, called “Startup Success Stories.” He was joined by Ximena Hartsock, president and cofounder of Phone2Action;… Read more »


Inside the Company Culture of Kansas City’s Red Nova Labs

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In Westwood, Kansas, down the street from Google Fiber’s building and over 20 other startups, you’ll find the headquarters of Red Nova Labs. The company opened its doors in 2009 as a startup incubator but – in true startup fashion – tested and iterated and refined into what they are today, an agency that provides… Read more »



4 Ways to Stop Sucking at Social Media

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Are you tweeting into a vacuum? Lacking likes on your Facebook posts? Only in your mom’s Google+ circles? You might be sucking at social media. You’re not alone. Countless entrepreneurs struggle with using social networking platforms to help develop an audience, grow a following, and build a community around their brand or business. Social Media… Read more »


5 Cost and Time-Saving Initiatives for Your Startup

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Time and money are two resources that cannot be spared in the fast-paced world of startups. As you create and manage your company, you will need to find reasonable ways to conserve time and money without cutting corners. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple ways to save two of your most valuable resources. Five initiatives… Read more »


7 Ways Web Animation Will Spruce Up Your Site

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One of the most effective ways to take a bland website and transform it into something beautiful, fresh, and appealing is to use animation. Unfortunately, back in the days when Shockwave and Flash were prominent, using animation and visual effects often meant bogging down the performance of your site. Web animation without Flash is better,… Read more »


Start With The End in Mind: 5 Rules for Selling Your Business

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As a long-time reader of business and motivational articles, I often come across mantras, mottoes, and slogans to guide business people through their daily lives. One has stuck with me more than the others – “Start with the end in mind”.  I can’t think of a more appropriate motto for tech company entrepreneurs who are… Read more »


Jim Salzano: Building a Scalable Startup Starts With People

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Jim Salzano, investor at Data Point Capital, shared some great thoughts about scalability during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas. Most recently, Salzano was the President of Clarks Americas and member of the Clarks Global Executive Leadership Team. During his time in the footwear company he helped increase revenues from just over $40M in revenues to over $1.1B… Read more »



Startups: Here are 3 ‘Real’ Problems to Solve

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Dear startups: What problem are you solving? If you’re looking for a new market to penetrate, let me help you to unearth markets that software has yet to eat and people who will adopt quickly because they don’t have an abundance of choice in solutions to their problems. A natural and good tendency for entrepreneurs… Read more »


What You’ll Learn Raising Capital

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Raising capital is one of the hardest jobs an entrepreneur has to do. Not only does it take time away from your company, but you also have to hear every reason about why your company will fail. “Your business model is garbage.” “I still have no idea what your company does.” “Yeah, that will never… Read more »


5 Tips to Easily Customize Website Templates

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Sometimes it’s better — and certainly faster — to run your website on a pre-built template rather than design it from scratch. Especially when your website is an important part of your strategy. There are two main scenarios for choosing ready-made templates: you either test your website and want to see how it performs with… Read more »


No More Yellow Pages: Getting Your Law Firm Online

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Research shows that as many as 90 percent  of consumers begin their hunt for any kind of service through search engine exploration and 70 percent of them do not even go past the first page of the results. While these statistics apply to almost all kinds of businesses, it is beneficial for attorneys to get their law firm online as… Read more »