Legal

7 Ways to Determine If Your Product Needs a Patent

By | Oct 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

Developing an intellectual property plan can be key to preventing mistakes that could impact future valuation of your company. But when is it the right time to get a patent on your product? We asked 7 entrepreneurs how they knew when/if a patent is…

Accelerator

7 Leadership Lessons You’ll Learn at Techstars

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

In November 2015, we embarked on our three-and-half-month journey to the accelerator. I hope to share what I learned from Techstars so that other teams from around the world could better understand what you’ll take away when you’re done. Here were the seven lessons…

Productivity

How to Improve Your Speed Reading Skills

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Are you a whole word or skimmer reader? The average reader can consume 300 words per minute, and if you are skimming, it can go up to 700 words per minute. With how much information you take in during the day, wouldn’t it be…

Public Relations

San Diego

5 Questions to Ask Before Launching Your Next PR Campaign

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Snuggie, Airbnb, Soylent and even Lyft arguably have something in common: epic timing. The notion “timing is everything” is a proverb relevant to many aspects of business, but it is particularly pertinent to public relations in terms of securing excellent media coverage. However,…

Tips & How To’s

6 Must-Know Influencer Marketing Tips for Your Business

By | Oct 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

An increasingly digital landscape is changing the way businesses function and customers make decisions. Clients act more on recommendations from third parties than any brand itself. An influencer can drive traffic to your website, enhance your social media exposure, and help you boost sales…

Data

Chicago

Chris Gladwin of Ocient on Revolutionize Big Data Analytics

By | Oct 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Chris Gladwin is the CEO and founder of Ocient, a startup building software that enables sophisticated users of data to handle massive amounts of information fast enough to make real-time decisions. Two years ago, Chris sold his data storage company Cleversafe to IBM for…

Productivity

How to Automate Tasks in Excel Like a Pro

By | Oct 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Think of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) like Excel on steroids. By gaining knowledge of VBA you’ll be able to streamline tasks in Excel and turbocharge your data handling capabilities. If you are a spreadsheet ninja or aspire to be, then the Microsoft VBA Bundle is…

Marketing

4 Habits Your Team Can Develop to Improve Customer Relations

By | Oct 26, 2017 at 7:15 am

If you work with business customers, as an account manager, an owner, a consultant or a customer happiness representative, you know that great service doesn’t mean that friendliness fixes the problem. Results trump even the most friendly interactions. For B2B client relationships especially, customer…

Marketing

Palo Alto

6 Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs on a Budget

By | Oct 25, 2017 at 8:30 am

Having participated in building numerous startups, I’ve seen many founders spend too much on their marketing efforts out of a perceived need that they have to spend money to make money, and get noticed. They end up struggling to continue. Plus, investors don’t look…

Tips & How To’s

Chicago

4 Ways to Improve Employee Experience at Your Startup

By | Oct 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Customer experience, customer experience, customer experience. When building a startup, it can feel like that’s all anyone is paying attention too. After all, customers essential run your business, as you couldn’t survive without their support. However, there is one set of people that is…

Productivity

How to Power Through a Project When You Get Off Track

By | Oct 24, 2017 at 7:15 am

When you write a book about letting go of control, you have to expect that you’ll learn a few lessons on the topic along the way as my project definitely didn’t go according to schedule. While I did turn out my manuscript on time,…

Productivity

7 Tips for Improving Your Application Monitoring System

By | Oct 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

If you’re running multiple applications on your network, you’re probably going to experience issues at some point. Traffic may spike unexpectedly, increasing the burden on your server and causing lag for your other users. An application may go down, making it unavailable when people…

Parenting

This Parent Task Managing App Takes the Stress Out of Organizing

By | Oct 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Soccer practice, buying groceries, taking the dog to the vet, picking up the cleaning, doctor’s appointments, oh and working full time – the list never ends. Does this sound like your daily schedule? If so, there is a simple life planner app that will…

HR and Recruiting

4 Unique Ways to Attract Millennial Employees to Your Startup

By | Oct 23, 2017 at 9:20 am

When millennials make up over one-third of the American workforce, businesses must consider the benefits and company features that attract, motivate, and retain this generation as employees. Big corporations, like Google and Facebook, offer travel opportunities, sleep pods in the office, and free healthcare,…

Marketing

5 Ways to Get Noticed at a Startup Showcase

By | Oct 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

Exhibiting at a startup showcase is a great way to introduce your product or service to prospective clients, capture leads and build brand awareness. One of the biggest advantage of showcasing is that you’ll be able to interact with prospective customers, investors and influencers…

Marketing

How to Avoid Common Ecommerce Marketing Mistakes

By | Oct 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

In this sea of established and growing businesses online, it can sometimes get tough to be noticed and reach out to your audience to sell your product and services. If you happen to be a young entrepreneur who is new to the online market,…

Psychology

Los Angeles

Effective Networking Starts With Empathy

By | Oct 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The better you understand someone, the more you will be able to relate to them in all areas of life. This is just some advice from Alejandro Rioja, CEO of Flux Ventures. We asked him about building relationships and advice for founders needing to expand…