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Debt Ain’t A Dirty Word

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In the young startup space, it is acknowledged that finding investors is the Holy Grail. Oh those many hours of listening to presenters at conferences and reading the forests of articles written or how-to’s created – on better success at raising capital through investors. In truth, all this attention to finding investors can lead an… Read more »


Lionel Messi Surprises Fans on a Google Hangout

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Miami-based startup SWOL (Soccer Without Limits) and Google teamed up with Ballon D’or-winning Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi to surprise the player’s fans. This happened during a Hangout video session last week as a surprise to a group of unsuspecting soccer journalists and Barcelona fans. The Google Hangout panel included Sports Illustrated senior writer and New York Times… Read more »



10 Things PR Can Do For Your Startup

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Public relations are not properly understood by people today. Even if this domain of activity has been around for a long time, it is a shame to say this, but a lot of companies invest money in something else simply because they do not properly comprehend the importance of public relations. Bill Gates said: “If I… Read more »


4 Risks to Consider Before Moving to the Cloud

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Cloud computing technology is one of the most popular new technologies, and it has become widespread within a very short duration. Technologies are meant to simplify human efforts and deliver convenient usage of their products and services. There is no doubt about the fact that cloud computing has delivered a revolutionary solution to a wide range of… Read more »


3 Presentation Fails Entrepreneurs Can Avoid

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Entrepreneurs find themselves giving presentations often. From pitching at startup events to introducing your product to potential investors, being able to deliver a solid presentation is a useful skill for any entrepreneur. However, presentations can go awry as a result of technological problems and, of course, as a result of the human element. The technological… Read more »


Bring Your Own Device – 6 Steps for a Successful BYOD Program

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With smartphone use slated to reach 2 billion in the coming years, it’s no surprise that more than 65 percent of workers consider their personal mobile devices to be the most critical work device. The proliferation of mobile devices has encouraged employees to access work-related information on corporate networks through their personal smartphones and tablets. With the… Read more »


4 Tips For Startups Hiring Freelancers Online

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Let’s face it, hiring freelancers is a cost not every seed-stage startup can afford. One important lesson I have learned from my own experiences at an early-stage startup is that every dime counts, which is why I quickly familiarized myself with Elance, oDesk, Fiverr and Freelancer. Many startup founders are apprehensive about hiring professionals online. However, budget… Read more »



Online Project Management Software: Is it a Blessing or a Curse for Your Company?

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Swimming in a Sea of Subscription-Based Services There’s an ocean of online and subscription-based software out there trying to hook your attention. While newer companies and products bear the risk of disappearing into the murky waters of the ever-changing tech tides, the tried and true options seem almost menacing, as potential users (you and I) grapple… Read more »


How to Manage Startup Culture in a Corporate World

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There’s a poorly-kept secret in “new business” that the key to being successful is to be autonomous. This is not strictly true. The people who are able to raise a startup from nothing to something are people who can lead themselves, need barely any direction or feedback, and are able to see tasks to fruition… Read more »


Can’t Find Decent Talent? Breed Your Own!

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Nearly 40 percent of all startup managers claim finding people with the right skills is the most troubling problem facing their business. Increased incentives to work in the startup world have brought about intense competition in the hiring space. Top talent seems to be getting snatched up right out of college — so how can… Read more »


How to Leverage Diversity in Your Startup

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As our country and workforce become more diverse, smart companies are rushing to find ways to leverage this diversity to gain a competitive edge. After all, if the clients and customers you are serving come from a variety of backgrounds, shouldn’t your team as well? While diversity is studied in business schools and prioritized in… Read more »


How to Make Your Life a Little Less Hectic

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The word I hear most often from the people I work with is “overwhelmed.” People feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff going on in their lives and the level of responsibilities laid on them. They get stressed out by having too many emails, not having enough money, and not spending enough time with their… Read more »


Bring Your Own Device and the Power of Work Environment

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There are a lot of factors that can influence an employee’s satisfaction. They range from everything to how they are treated at work to how they fit the culture of the company. This year Forbes released its own list of how to increase employee satisfaction and included things such as leadership, communication and collaboration. The… Read more »


How to Build a Startup with Fabulous Customer Support

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Before we launched our startup, my brother Gary and I were musicians who also bussed tables, waited on customers, and tended bar. You might say we paid our dues. Today, he and I are CEO and Chief of Culture of Mad Mimi, a company with about forty employees and 175,000 customers. In the early days,… Read more »