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Ex-500 Startups, Paul Singh Puts Up $50M Crystal Tech Fund in DC

Ex-500 Startups, Paul Singh Puts Up $50M Crystal Tech Fund in DC

by Bill Flook | shared from Washington Business Journal | Paul Singh, the former 500 Startups partner who last year founded analytics startup Disruption Corp. (maker of Dashboard.io), announced plans on Thursday to return to the role of funder. The Crystal Tech Fund, which is tied to Disruption Corp., will put as much as $1 million in funding into revenue-generating startups “that have achieved a level of product-market fit.” A Securities and Exchange Commission filing suggests Singh and his ...

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Google Apps Referral Program Debuts with Google’s $15 Offer Per New User

Google Apps Referral Program Debuts with Google’s $15 Offer Per New User

by Sarah Perez | shared from TechCrunch | Google announced today the start of a new referral program for customers of its online office and productivity suite, Google Apps, which will encourage the company’s current users to recommend the service to others in exchange for a $15 bonus per user. The announcement was made via a brief post on the Google Enterprise Blog. The initiative, explains the blog post, is meant to continue ...

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Ellen at the Oscars: A Million+ Retweets

Ellen at the Oscars: A Million+ Retweets

by Avtar Ram Singh | shared from Social Media Today | Apart from having 26.1 million followers on Twitter, Ellen DeGeneres is known for being absolutely hilarious. Maybe it should be the other way around, but we’re social media marketers, and all we can think about sometimes is the community size. When Ellen started hosting the Oscars, it was obvious that there would be many media bits and bites that we’d ...

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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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A Dr. Seuss-Inspired Guide to Twitter

A Dr. Seuss-Inspired Guide to Twitter

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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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Mobile Advertising: Why It’s Called the Small Screen Giant

Mobile Advertising: Why It’s Called the Small Screen Giant

shared from The Qadabra Blog | Digital banner ads spending is on the rise in a big way; and it’s not slowing down anytime soon! According to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, internet ad revenues grew an impressive 18% year over year in the first half of 2013, overtaking the total media market, which grew only 3% in the same time. USA remains the biggest market, followed by Japan, China, Germany ...

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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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6 Social Media Marketing Myths To Avoid

6 Social Media Marketing Myths To Avoid

by Monique Torres | shared from Business2Community Despite its relative youth, social media marketing has proven itself to be a valuable addition to the marketing mix. As reliance on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms continues to grow, business owners and marketing managers must educate themselves on the myths and realities of social media marketing. By recognizing the following six myths, you’ll be better able to improve your social ...

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