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Social Media Time Management Tips

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Small business owners have a ton of responsibilities on their plates every day; unfortunately keeping up with social media isn’t usually on top of their lists. Social media has become a big part of most people’s lives these days, especially for business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s crucial to employ time management tips to stay on top of business… Read more »


Does Apple’s New iPhone 6 Mean War On Startups?

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The wait for Apple’s new iPhone is finally over, and it seems like they prepared to battle a few startups in the industry for users. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but their latest announcement showed that the iPhone 6 has new capabilities previously offered by third-party apps. From the looks of it, the new iPhone comes with many… Read more »


Cats and Company Culture at Cheezburger

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At our Tech Cocktail Sessions event last week in Chicago, Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh joined us to talk about everything from why entrepreneurs are like cats to his favorite book and other interesting tidbits. Many of the questions from the audience centered on hiring and managing employees, and Huh started to build a picture of the… Read more »


Get These 4 Things Right and Generate Revenue from your App

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Developing an app for your business is a big and critical investment, whether it is a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) or a Multi-National Company (MNC). Despite the high stakes involved in developing an app, businesses might jump onto the mobile application bandwagon without thinking about the consequences of taking this huge leap. The results… Read more »


3 Tech Tools to Hire Without Breaking the Bank

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Technology has opened up our world with thousands of networking platforms flooding the vast digital landscape of the internet. You can have billions of search results in front of your eyes in 0.31 seconds, and photos from friends and strangers buzzing into your phone from the other side of the world. We can find the… Read more »



How to Not Annoy Journalists at Conferences 

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Listening to a panel of investors at one of our events, I was amused to hear that they have many of the same pet peeves as journalists when it comes to pitches. Cc’ing all the partners at a VC firm or – even worse – bcc’ing your pitch to dozens of people with the salutation… Read more »


PR 101 for Startups: When, why, and how to hire a PR firm

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  “Can you get me some media attention?”  As the owner of a public relations and public affairs firm, I should be thrilled to hear these words from a potential client.  In reality, it’s a terrible place to start the conversation.  Too many times startups decide, for a cadre of reasons, that they want some attention. … Read more »


The Pygmalion Effect: You Control Your Employees’ Potential 

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In an (in)famous study of elementary school students, researchers tested their intelligence and reported to teachers which ones had performed exceptionally well. But their findings came with a warning: don’t treat these students differently, and don’t tell anyone about the results. The teachers were even observed to make sure they didn’t spend extra time with… Read more »


8 Productivity Tools for Startups

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Running a startup is fraught with challenges. Nurturing an idea into a product or service, impressing investors to invest in a startup, identifying the target audience, convincing people about its goods and services, collaborating with team members, and working within strict deadlines are some of the things that distract startup founders from daily productivity. Being… Read more »


5 Innovative Business Incubator Strategies

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So you want to join a business incubator?  Here are 5 key strategies to help you compare options. 1. Stake it to make it  If the incubator doesn’t have a stake in the companies, they are just selling real estate.  That’s a fine model, and it is innovative as a real estate strategy- just not all that innovative as… Read more »


Design Your Mobile Strategy for the Future

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If you had said the Facebook mobile app left something to be desired two years ago, you would find few people in disagreement. It was a slow, uninspired experience that failed not only to satisfy users, but also to make any money for the social media juggernaut. Then, in 2012, Facebook realized it needed to… Read more »


6 Ways to Stand Out as an Ecommerce Startup

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In the world of ecommerce, trying to stand out as a little fish in a gigantic online pond is tough. There are some people who think ecommerce startups can compete with the “big dogs” of ecommerce. But when pitted against behemoths like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, it can feel like an intimidating and impossible venture. However, with… Read more »


How Small Businesses Can Benefit From Cloud Storage

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Cloud storage options are quickly emerging as one of the most popular, and efficient methods of storing important data that you simply couldn’t bear to lose. Even though the concept of cloud storage has been around for a significant period of time now, many people still do not understand what it entails. Many small businesses… Read more »