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Valuable Lessons Learned In The First Year As A Startup CEO

Valuable Lessons Learned In The First Year As A Startup CEO | 4startups | Scoop.it
About a year ago I was approached by a stranger and was asked to join a Seattle startup. Here are the lessons from this past year.

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Interview with John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur On Fire

Interview with John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur On Fire | 4startups | Scoop.it
I am SUPER excited to bring this interview to you! One of my goals on Internet Business Passion was to network and text interview John Lee Dumas from EntrepreneurOnFire.

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Samuel Pavin's curator insight, October 1, 2013 8:50 AM

Thanks to Ryan for pushing this piece to me!

I like the tone and positive messages. Not to mention the valuable advice of course.

Always good to hear from entrepreneurs.

And there is also a bit about networking that can serve as a good tip too.

Ryan Cote's comment, October 1, 2013 8:34 PM
Thank you Samuel!
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How to Define Your Target Market & Make Them Love You!

How to Define Your Target Market & Make Them Love You! | 4startups | Scoop.it
When a small business is just starting out and marketing budgets are thin, the best benefit comes from speaking directly to a defined target market.

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What innovation projects do big companies need that startups can provide?

What innovation projects do big companies need that startups can provide? | 4startups | Scoop.it
We’ve all been to pitching events where startups present their solutions to gain investor interest or win prizes. How about an event where big companies present actual project needs to an audience of startups who can help them?

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Irene Ciuci's curator insight, October 18, 8:37 PM

Do you think good startups are just in SF? Then, have a look to those top 5 EU startups. Rock on.

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A Collective Approach to Local Entrepreneurship

A Collective Approach to Local Entrepreneurship | 4startups | Scoop.it

Locally owned shops were once cornerstones for products, services, employment and social networks in urban neighborhoods. The rise of automobiles, franchises and Internet shopping has forced many out of business or into niches that don't correspond with the needs of their local communities. However, in some cities they're seeing a resurgence due to creative initiatives that link grassroots activism with public- and private-sector resources.


In February, a special kind of shop opened in Amsterdam's Van der Pek neighborhood. It is called the Wisselwinkel, meaning "shift shop," because it hosts a new local entrepreneur every six months. If this trial period goes well, the entrepreneur receives assistance in setting up a more permanent location in the neighborhood.

Designed and constructed by MOS Collectief, the Wisselwinkel interior is flexible so that different startups can use it according to their needs. Along with the storefront, entrepreneurs receive practical guidance in connecting with support organizations, fulfilling legal requirements and attracting customers...


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15 Feature Films To Inspire Entrepreneurs

15 Feature Films To Inspire Entrepreneurs | 4startups | Scoop.it
Thinking of taking in a movie at home this weekend, check out these 15 feature films to inspire entrepreneurs , here.

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4 Money Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Must Avoid

4 Money Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Must Avoid | 4startups | Scoop.it
When it comes to personal investing, business owners should resist conventional wisdom (not to mention certain temptations).

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Young Female Entrepreneurs' Advice on Securing Funding - Entrepreneur

Young Female Entrepreneurs' Advice on Securing Funding - Entrepreneur | 4startups | Scoop.it
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As I mentioned before, the world better be prepared, because there is a new, fearless breed of young female entrepreneurs taking over.

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Innovative entrepreneurs want to be Worth-y success - Metro

Innovative entrepreneurs want to be Worth-y success - Metro | 4startups | Scoop.it
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Innovative entrepreneurs want to be Worth-y success
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Talented retail entrepreneurs eager to compete for a game-changing investment have flooded in to the Worth Foundation Fund competition, supported by Metro Business.

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Startup Struggles Infographic Because We Are ALL Startups Now

Startup Struggles Infographic Because We Are ALL Startups Now | 4startups | Scoop.it
Are you an eCommerce start-up? Here is a great info-graphic that shows some of the struggles that a start-up can... http://t.co/4YG4tR7w

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, January 4, 2013 7:09 AM

Lots of good stuff in this infographic for any business such as 50% easier to sell existing customers. In this much roil, thinking like a startup no matter how mature your industry or business is a very good idea.

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Startups Take Note: Why SMBs Don't Do Online Marketing

Startups Take Note: Why SMBs Don't Do Online Marketing | 4startups | Scoop.it

Why are small to medium sized businesses continuing to put money in ValPak and yellow pages? Habit, time and buying those traditional and no dying means of advertising a local business are EASY. Digital marketing is anything BUT easy and that should be a clarion call to Startups. 


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:01 AM

BizHive To The Rescue

This article should make startups sit up and take notice. This article won't be a surprise to Dave Walker and the team at BizHive.com, a startup dedicated to "normalizing" online marketing so things like email marketing, social media and digital coupons are easy for SMBs to buy.

Startups Take Note
Other startups take note. SMBs continue to put money into dead or dying ideas such as ValPak and Yellow Pages out of habit and because of past results. Many were burned by GroupOn Ads (see my post for New Media Leaders on Why Groupon Doesn't Work: http://newmedialeaders.com/getting-it-right/why-groupon-doesnt-work-380/

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Social Media Pearls | Give StartUps A Chance #GiveStartUpsAChance

Social Media Pearls | Give StartUps A Chance #GiveStartUpsAChance | 4startups | Scoop.it
Give StartUps A Chance is a Talkshow for entrepreneurs and startups. Join the interviews of leaders in this space.The show discusses the entrepreneurial and start up landscape.

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Shirley A Williams's curator insight, February 25, 2013 7:27 PM

Give StartUps A Chance Objectives

 

To better understand the entrepreneur and startup landscape

To share learnings and how-tos

To ignite conversations with startup leaders in their field

 

Give StartUps A Chance Target Audience include:

 

StartUps

Global entrepreneurs

Local entrepreneurs

Mumpreneurs

Dadpreneurs

Intrapreneurs

Business leaders

Those thinking about entrepreneurship and startup

 

The Four Segments of Give StartUps A Chance

 

1. The Entrepreneur Landscape

This segment will paint a picture of the local and global startup landscape and what it takes to succeed.

 

2. Taking Root. Resources Building Relationships [R3]

This segments will ask the questions of financing, making the right contacts to build relationships. It will share insights on how to progress along the startup lifecycle and it will also identify resources and agencies to give startups a chance.

 

3. Profiling Incubators & Accelerators

This segment will shine a light on those startups and entrepreneurs in the incubator and accelerator stage. The segment will share learnings, challenges and opportunities.

 

4. Leading The Way

This segment will share success stories and shine a light on leaders in the field.

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8 Takeaways from “SEO for Startups”

8 Takeaways from “SEO for Startups” | 4startups | Scoop.it

Last night I attended “SEO for Startups: Best Practices”, an SEO event organized by Stella Fayman and Tim Jahn of Entrepreneurs Unplugged. I must say the event was pretty damn good. The Chopin Theatre was the perfect venue. I loved the decor and the atmosphere. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I had never been in that theatre before having lived and worked about a block away for 2 years.

Read more: http://blog.seogroup.com/8-takeaways-from-seo-for-startups/


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Are Gamification Startups On Their Way To $5.5B? A: Yes and that is both GOOD and BAD news

Are Gamification Startups On Their Way To $5.5B? A: Yes and that is both GOOD and BAD news | 4startups | Scoop.it
Gamification startups are still finding innovative methods to stake their places in new niches while producing large profits (GB: Gamification Startups Are Finding New Niches and Greater Profits http://t.co/M2eaUXnzqY...

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, August 9, 2013 1:50 PM

Great short post about the many new "gamification" startups being created to feed one of the hottest trends in Internet marketing. A "gamification startup" can be many things including:

* A Company That Sells Gamificaiton To Others.
* A Software As A Service product to help gamify.

* A highly gamified approach to standard business models (B2C or B2B).
* A white label platform capable of gamifying the content or commerce of others.

Gamification is hot because it works. Yes there is a, "When everyone gamifies badly gamification doesn't work," snobbery going on from some companies. I was treated poorly by a gamificaiton company that had the audacity to charge more than $100K for their gamificaiton platform.

$100K is absurd since how YOUR website should be gamified is a unique journey it needs to take. Paying someone $100K to help you modify an off-the-shelf SaaS seems goofystupid. Put that money into creating great games and rewarding your gamers and most Internet marketers would be better off.

The HEAT that is on in the #gamification space is both good and bad news. Good news because new players will come in and those new players may help lower costs. Bad news because inflated prices for something most can do by reading a book (or two) are the result of so much HEAT.

You can read the Atlantic BT Gamification: Winning Hearts, Minds and Loyalty Online white paper I wrote for FREE :).



http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/gamification-white-paper-atlanticbt/

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3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video Games - Entrepreneur

3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video Games - Entrepreneur | 4startups | Scoop.it
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But, yes, entrepreneurs should take notice. There are important business lessons to be learned from video games and the gaming industry itself.

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6 Questions to Answer Before You Become an Entrepreneur

6 Questions to Answer Before You Become an Entrepreneur | 4startups | Scoop.it
Becoming an entrepreneur is an exciting and challenging ride. Answer these 6 questions to ensure you're ready for it!

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5 Challenges Women Entrepreneurs Face — And How to Overcome Them

5 Challenges Women Entrepreneurs Face — And How to Overcome Them | 4startups | Scoop.it
Each year, more and more women set out on the journey to become successful founders and CEOs of their own companies.

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Samuel Pavin's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:22 AM

A look at entrepreneurship and women.

Still a topic that lives on as people tend to differentiate entrepreneurs.

A founder remains a founder, an entrepreneur remains an entrepreneur, regardless of age, sex color, etc ... .

Anyway, as the topic is still alive, this piece is worth a share and taking note.

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When Entrepreneurs Sacrifice Too Much

When Entrepreneurs Sacrifice Too Much | 4startups | Scoop.it

How much would you give up to start a company? A car? Your own apartment or house? Heat? From prized possessions like a classic motorcycle to priceless things like time with friends and family ...


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Samuel Pavin's curator insight, September 21, 2013 11:06 AM

A question to be asked. A lot of successful entrepreneurs often speak about reaching a point where they were wondering about filing for bankruptcy but ended being successful. 

But, overall, can all entrepreneurs play with fire without getting burnt ? 

A great reflexion on that matter here.

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Why You Should be an #Entrepreneur

There’s always the age old chicken and the egg question about whether entrepreneurs are born or made, but the bottom line is that entrepreneurs are those who develop innovation after innovation ..."


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Samuel Pavin's curator insight, June 7, 2013 5:01 AM

A lazy read for a Friday ... only slides to watch.

But points that do make sense and sum up what entrepreneurship is about quite well. Enjoy being lazy! (mind you, it is far faster than reading text)

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8 Hats entrepreneurs often wear

8 Hats entrepreneurs often wear | 4startups | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs creating companies are often the only ones in the company at the start.


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Samuel Pavin's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:28 AM

A quickly-read article but a point to be made again (and a piece of advice for all entrepreneurs) that an entrepreneur is not only a guy with an idea.

There is usually quite a skillset required to not only found but also run a company - be it a startup or a well-established one.

taniaATenthuse.me's comment, August 21, 2013 9:11 AM
Thanks for sharing Samuel. As always, a nice read, especially for the inexperienced entrepreneurs!
taniaATenthuse.me's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:09 AM

Entrepreuneurs are expected to perform multiple tasks while starting their own business. Diversity in the roles and tasks they have to undertake is unavoidable. 

Taffy Williams mentions 8 hats an entrepreneur may wear over the life of her or his business:

1_Leader

2_Follower

3_Manager

4_Funder

5_Teacher & Writer

6_PR & IR

7_Firefighter

8_Cleaner 

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Google Launches Online Resource for Entrepreneurs

Google Launches Online Resource for Entrepreneurs | 4startups | Scoop.it
Google took the wraps off "Google for Entrepreneurs," a microsite that brings together information about Google's programs and partnerships for startups and entrepreneurs.

 

Google took the wraps off “Google for Entrepreneurs,” a microsite that brings together information about Google’s programs and partnerships for startups and entrepreneurs.

 

In a blog post, Mary Grove, head of global entrepreneurship outreach, said Google’s entrepreneurship activities are focused on three areas: 1) Partnerships with organizations that serve entrepreneurs in local communities; 2) Google-led programs that give entrepreneurs access to talent and tools; and 3) Placing relevant Google tools in the hands of startups as they are get off the ground and scale. The site is designed to serve as an index for these resources.

 

What does Google get out of it? It gets its tools in the hands of entrepreneurs early, ensuring that Google’s products becomes the building blocks of their businesses. It also helps Google keep an eye on promising acquisitions — just other incubators funded by big tech companies, such as Facebook’s FbFund and Google’s own Google Ventures do.

 

Along with the site, the tech giant launched a designated Google+ Page and announced it is hosting its first annual Google for Entrepreneurs Week, a series of events to be held in 28 cities across 13 countries.

 

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4 Misconceptions About Crowdfunding

4 Misconceptions About Crowdfunding | 4startups | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding is still a rather new concept to many businesses. The concept is to raise a little bit of money from a large crowd to fund your next project. On most platforms when the financial goal isn’t met, the company will lose the money raised. It’s important to know how crowdfunding works before diving in so that you can crowdfund successfully.

Check out these four misconceptions about crowdfunding.


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Best Program for Raising Money with Crowdfunding:

https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/freemoneypop/gt4045/


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 15, 2013 4:20 PM

For a well laid out plan on how to use the medium of crowdfunding, check out Dave Lavinsky's Crowdfunding Formula. This $97.00 program over-delivers. Dave offers a straight road to funding, avoiding the mistakes, using the strategies and tips that work. And, as usual, there are many very valuable bonuses included, worth a lot more than the price tag of this program. Click here for a 15 minute presentation on crowdfunding startups  by Dave.

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10 Good Web Marketing Tips for New Startups from John Doherty of Distilled

10 Good Web Marketing Tips for New Startups from John Doherty of Distilled | 4startups | Scoop.it
Today, Ebyline proudly presents an exclusive interview with John F. Doherty, head of Distilled New York, founder of HireGun, international speaker, blogger, and photographer.

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Robin Good's curator insight, August 14, 2013 11:29 AM



Excellent advice, in this short but content-rich interview published by Ebyline. In it, John F. Doherty, head of one of the top SEO companies in the US, shares ten key tips about marketing, SEO and where to start, that can be of good help to new online startups.


The advice and suggestions provided are simple, straightforward and easy to read, thanks also to the good formatting style of the article.


Some of the best tips shared, focus on:


- what's the first step to take to market one's own company online


- how to create a social media following when you have none


- how to compete with established companies in the SERPs

- how to avoid the top four reasons for which Google penalizes a site

among several other ones.



Useful. Rightful. Clear. 8/10


Full article: http://blog.ebyline.com/2013/08/interview-with-john-doherty-distilled-ny-director-seo-for-startups/




JM - Axioma WebLab's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:30 PM

Awesome tips.

Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, August 25, 2013 8:20 PM

Some nuggets to take away from this

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Startups Guide TO CHEAP Brochure Success, But... #startups

Startups Guide TO CHEAP Brochure Success, But... #startups | 4startups | Scoop.it

If you’re looking to create a professional marketing brochure for your startup, here are 10 tips that will help you do so quickly and simply.

 

If you're running a startup company, time and money are both likely to be in short supply. Leaflet design, brochure printing and marketing, although they might be some of your top priorities, are things that are all too easy to push to the end of the to-do list while you focus on your core business.

 
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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 20, 2013 7:58 PM

Love these great tips, but if a startup dares create a pint piece before a website they should be shot or worse not funded.

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Could New York be a better US base for European startups than the Valley?

Could New York be a better US base for European startups than the Valley? | 4startups | Scoop.it
For many technology startups today, Silicon Valley remains the quintessential place to look towards for inspiration, trends and - for some - a ... (RT @TechCrunch: Could New York Be A Better US Base For European Startups Than The Valley?

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Guillaume Decugis's comment, February 8, 2012 3:06 AM
Funny because I actually wonder about it... But one thing I'd add is that NYC is not focused the way SF is. Makes a lot of difference to me...
StartupLive's comment, February 8, 2012 10:48 AM
I agree @gdecugis. I met with Tony Conrad a few weeks ago, and he said that it's just not fair the advantage that we have here in this area in the startup arena. :-) I lived in NYC for a little bit and went to school 40 minutes from the city. I think there really is nothing like SF/Silicon Valley for startups. Although great entrepreneurs, like yourself, can make it anywhere -- as you successfully showed in Europe.
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The Color Of Startups: Infographics For Startups from Pinterest

The Color Of Startups: Infographics For Startups from Pinterest | 4startups | Scoop.it
Trendsonline is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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Nils Vesk's comment, June 28, 2013 3:19 AM
A diagram for a successful journey.
MARIE-ODILE COUDERT ANTONELLI's curator insight, June 29, 2013 6:41 AM

The start up marathon

Constance Jones Collier's curator insight, July 1, 2013 8:13 PM

Powerful Impact!