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The Pitch: 11 Tips on How to Woo Venture Capitalists

The Pitch: 11 Tips on How to Woo Venture Capitalists

shared from NestIdeas | Every couple of months at NEST we have pitch day. For 15 minutes the founders of different companies have the opportunity to pitch their business idea for the chance to join the NEST incubator and to receive seed capital. These are my top 11 tips for how to pitch to a startup incubator or a venture capitalist: 1. Be 100% Committed One of the greatest reasons companies fail is ...

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7 Steps to Master the Skill of Success

7 Steps to Master the Skill of Success

shared from BrianTracy.com | Your ability to set goals and make plans for their accomplishment is the “master skill” of success. This ability, developed through practice, will do more to assure your eventual success than anything else you ever learn. The 10/90 rule says that, “The first 10 percent of time you spend planning and organizing will often account for 90 percent of the value of the entire process.” Here is ...

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Insurance Woes Plague Growth of Rideshare Firms

Insurance Woes Plague Growth of Rideshare Firms

by Lauren Hockenson | shared from Gigaom.com | Rideshare companies are struggling to navigate the nuances of auto insurance policies, which currently leave drivers to rely on personal insurance in between rides. While ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar continue to expand their reach, the biggest threat to their success could be the mundane task of owning auto insurance. According to a report from Reuters, the nuances of insurance policies are preventing ...

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How One Small Business Owner Sketched His Way to Success

How One Small Business Owner Sketched His Way to Success

by Brandon Plson | shared from The UPS Blog | Life’s greatest opportunities often rise from life’s greatest challenges (and even failures). That’s the story of so many small business owners, and that’s certainly the case with Mark Rivard, owner of Rivard Art LLC. I first learned about Mark when I saw him tweetabout packing and shipping some skateboard blanks at his local The UPS Store in Minneapolis. Shortly after, I spoke with Mark and ...

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This Small Business Runs, Thanks to Other Small Businesses

This Small Business Runs, Thanks to Other Small Businesses

by Tracy Spahr | shared from the UPS Blog | As part of our series of posts leading up to small business Saturday, we’re shining the spotlight on Steve Crain, co-owner of A> Prompt Computer Service, LLC. He took some time to talk with us about his journey as small business owner. Tell me about your company. After I retired from the military, I founded a full-time IT business. Back then I acted ...

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The Future of Media & Advertising: Mobile is Still It!

The Future of Media & Advertising: Mobile is Still It!

by Richard Ting | shared from TheAtlantic.com | We’re about to enter a world where there are more tablets and smart phones than PCs. If you’re in the mobile advertising business, your rocket ship takes off in five, four, three … This is the dawn of the smartphone age. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at mobile advertising spend. Last week in this space, Derek Thompson showed that consumers ...

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How to Create a Hot Website

How to Create a Hot Website

shared from The Qadabra Blog | In a world that is arguably ruled by what people see online, if you’ve got a concept in mind for a new blog, website, or an online business, now’s the time to make it happen! But even if you’ve got the best idea in the world, it won’t go anywhere without a site that gets people talking.  Talk = Visitors, Visitors =Traffic and Traffic ...

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Lessons This Startup Learned: They Raised $2M [After 150 VCs Turned Them Down]

Lessons This Startup Learned: They Raised $2M [After 150 VCs Turned Them Down]

by Hollie Slade | shared from Forbes The Muse is a job search website that wants to inject some oomph into a lengthy and often dispiriting process. Using video interviews and photos to give users an insiders’ view of the companies they’re applying to, The Muse offers an alternative to the generic black and white listings on LinkedIn LNKD -0.4% or Monster. Led by Kathryn Minshew, an ex-McKinsey consultant turned entrepreneur, The Muse recently raised ...

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Wow! From Grad Student to Social Media Millionaire

Wow! From Grad Student to Social Media Millionaire

by Matt Villano | shared from Entrepreneur.com Skeptics say social media hasn’t existed long enough to produce experts. Clearly, those folks haven’t met Shama Kabani. The 26-year-old wrote her master’s thesis for the University of Texas at Austin about Twitter–when it had only 2,000 users, not the 175 million it has today. She hosts a web TV show about technology. Her 2010 book, The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to ...

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Learn This Now: How To Win When You Fail

Learn This Now: How To Win When You Fail

by Joshua Steimle | shared from Entrepreneur.com If you’re an entrepreneur, you will fail. I don’t mean your business is going to fail and you’ll go bankrupt. I mean that sometime, somewhere, to some degree, you will fall short. You will forget to follow through on a commitment to an employee, partner or customer. You’ll be late to a meeting. You’ll make a bad choice. You’ll exercise poor judgment. You will ...

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Social Media Marketing: Sporting Goods Company Ups Facebook Reach 366%

Social Media Marketing: Sporting Goods Company Ups Facebook Reach 366%

by Courtney Eckerle | shared from MarketingSherpa | Sometimes the most impactful marketing isn’t created by marketers, it’s just facilitated by them. With a goal of increasing the U.S. audience on Facebook, global sporting goods company Amer Sports created a social media contest for customers to submit photos and ambitions for the year. Along with expanding its U.S. audience, the results of this contest were 2,000 entries consisting of photos, stories and ...

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