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KPI Examples: Top Financial and Banking Metrics | Klipfolio. The KPI Dashboard - Evolved

KPI Examples: Top Financial and Banking Metrics | Klipfolio. The KPI Dashboard - Evolved | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Financial KPIs and metrics are the ultimate measure of your organization's performance, whether your business is small or large. These are the measurements your stockholders, potential investors, and customers will use when assessing the performance of your business. That's why these financial metrics are an integral part of any executive or enterprise dashboard. By providing decision-makers with the right data, they can direct business initiatives more confidently to improve the performance and profitability of the entire organization.

 

To help get you started on your executive dashboard, we've put together a list of the top 10 financial ratios and metrics your business should monitor.

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Vincenzo Storti's curator insight, March 20, 2013 7:39 AM

Indicatori finanziari. Molto utili.

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5 Key Lessons Learnt from 2 Years of Content Marketing

5 Key Lessons Learnt from 2 Years of Content Marketing | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Maybe you will be surprised when you read this post. It speak about content marketing and the idea we (almost all people) have on this topic. Yes, it’s really interesting what Leo Widrich from BufferApp said. He has another approach what content marketing mean for a startup, I like it and you? [note Martin Gysler]

 

Not long ago, a few members of the Scoop.it team began discussing the answer to the all too popular question: how do I do content marketing if I’m a startup or professional without a big budget? With that in mind, we created the Lean Content Marketing meetup.

 

This evening, we were happy to host the co-founder of the awesome social media tool BufferApp, Leo Widrich (@LeoWid), who shared five awesome lessons that he’s learned over the last two years of developing his very own content marketing strategy.

 

Read more: http://leancontentmarketing.tumblr.com/post/36719728991/5lessonslearnedfromcontentmarketing

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Tiana Martin's comment, December 30, 2012 10:43 AM
great tips..........
Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2012 6:34 PM
Indeed Tiana ;-)
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Seth's Blog: The new rules of naming

Seth's Blog: The new rules of naming | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

For all those who are about to create their startup, this article about the name of the company is an essential and important. [note mg]


For a long time, I didn't like my name. I spent more than 30 years spelling both my first and last name in school and on the phone. It didn't help that I had a little trouble with my S's when I was a kid.


Of course, now I think it's fantastic that my grandfather overruled my mom when she wanted to name me Scott. (I think he had an issue with the branding of a type of toilet paper, but that's a different story).


Scott's a tough name in the Google world. Mark is even tougher. Michael is probably toughest of all.


We went through a lot of hoops in naming Squidoo. I realized as I was explaining the process to a friend the other day that the same logic applies to any product or service or company in our bottom-up world, so here goes:


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Bootstrapping a Startup - Business Exchange

Bootstrapping a Startup - Business Exchange | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Since long time you would like to start your own business, but it's the lack of finance is holding you back. Here's an article that will give you the information needed to make it through the bootstrap. An amazing post for everyone who want create their own startup. [note mg]


Bootstrapping a startup refers to starting a small business by funding it yourself or through customer receipts -- without getting any external investment. Companies that go the bootstrapping route have their own set of challenges to overcome. This topic covers the latest news and trends on bootstrapping a startup, including best practices for success.


Bootstrapping a Startup is part of Business Exchange, suggested by Anita Campbell. This topic contains 894 news and 374 blog items. Read updated news, blogs, and resources about Bootstrapping a Startup. Find user-submitted articles and reactions on Bootstrapping a Startup from like-minded professionals.


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The Recession is A Great Time to Start a Business

The Recession is A Great Time to Start a Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Are you ready for the fight?


Recessions are created for people who want follow this trend... why wouldn't you make your own trend and start your own business? An excellent post with some interesting insights and examples. [note mg]


Recessions are the perfect time to start a business: FedEx, Microsoft, Burger King and even GE were started during the recessions the U.S. has experienced over the last century and a half. If you’ve been thinking about starting a new business, the fact that the economy is down should not stop you. In fact, there are many reasons why the national economic situation should encourage you to start a new business now.


You Have Motivation...


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How To Get Media Coverage For Your Startup: A Complete Guide

How To Get Media Coverage For Your Startup: A Complete Guide | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A perfect post to read a Saturday and practice immediately after the reading. [note mg]


How to get the press and media to spread your startup's story. A detailed and comprehensive guide for mere mortals.


The Complete Guide to Getting Press Coverage For Your Startup


Whoa, this guide was long, long, long overdue. Over the past few months, a lot of people reached out for help on how to best get press for their startup. I could help them with a quick email response, but it never felt quite appropriate.


So from now on, just a link to this guide will hopefully be useful.


Over the past 6-9 months, I am extremely thankful for the amazing stories lots of great writers from news and tech sites have written about Buffer...


Read more: http://bit.ly/GJatFe

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Martin Gysler's comment, March 25, 2012 8:04 AM
I'm glad you like it and find it also useful. Have a great Sunday Namita :)
Namita Patel's comment, March 25, 2012 11:33 AM
Happy Sunday to you too Martin!
Martin Gysler's comment, March 25, 2012 1:10 PM
Thank you Namita :)
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Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Your Own Business

Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Your Own Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

How do you go about starting a new business? Ask yourself these simple questions before you take the plunge. This makes sense and you will save time later.  [note MG]


It is generally agreed that we need more business start-ups. Small businesses are engines for economic growth, innovation and employment. We need more entrepreneurial activity and that means more individuals taking the dangerous, difficult and courageous decision to start their own business. How do you go about starting a new business? Well obviously you need a good idea. Once you have one I recommend that you ask yourself these questions:


Read more: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/management/ten-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-start-your-own-business.html

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7 Lessons On Startup Funding From a Research Scientist

7 Lessons On Startup Funding From a Research Scientist | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

My wife isn't in business, but she is wise in the way of funding. Just as I have experience on both sides of the funding table (as an entrepreneur and as an angel), so does she. As a research scientist, she gets her own grants and also reviews grants from others. While she doesn't talk in startup lingo (pivots, minimum viable product, etc.), she has taught me that many of the issues we face as entrepreneurs have a corollary in science. Here's what I've learned from her.


1. Always seek funding from the best people, even when you have easier alternatives.


Before the bootstrappers hang me, I didn't say that you have to raise a lot of money or that you should be working fat. But consider this story: my wife was slaving away writing one particular National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant knowing that the funding rate was ~5%. Why not look for a less competitive foundation to underwrite it instead, I asked. I figured that this could save her time and trouble, and that she could proceed with her experiments that much faster.


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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

It’s true that I have a functional focus on three areas: Performance-based marketing, digital television and mobile computing. I try to invest in things that I know and that I believe I might have better knowledge and relationships than the masses of VCs.

 

I have other areas of interest & competence such as cloud computing and document management given my background.

 

It’s also true that I’m mostly founder driven, where the founding team & my personal relationship with them leads to a strong mutual working relationship. If that bond isn’t there or if it feels like I’m in a bidding process for the highest price, I might as well be Wells Fargo...

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Do You Have What It Takes to Run a Startup?

Do You Have What It Takes to Run a Startup? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Because startups like Airbnb and Dropbox are becoming very successful and making their founders millions, everybody wants to form a startup these days. But what most people don’t realize is that startups involve a lot of time, energy and sometimes even money.

 

So although it may seem rewarding to startup a company, it can be painful. So do you think you are up to the task? Well, if you are unsure, you should have your answer after you read this…

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7 Sneaky Ways to Turn Your Startup Into a Real Business

7 Sneaky Ways to Turn Your Startup Into a Real Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Isn’t running a startup fun? Well it is for a while, but unless you can figure out a way to make money you wont last very long.

 

Whether you are venture funded or you’ve bootstrapped your company, you have to figure out how to turn your startup into a real business. Although it my seem inconceivable, it’s not impossible.

 

Here are 7 tactics that will help turn your startup into a real company:

 

Never climb the corporate ladder

If you are trying to turn your startup into a real business, you need to increase your revenue. The best way to get money into your startup is to convince large companies to pay you as they are typically sitting on piles of cash...

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Guy Kawasaki "The Art of the Start" @ TiECon 2006

Guy Kawasaki presents The Art of the Start at TiECon, May 13, 2006." Garage Ventures & TiECon 2006...
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Lessons From a Failed Startup

Lessons From a Failed Startup | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Unlike over 99% of engineers who graduate in India, I decided that a job was not the way to go after graduation. Software companies expect me to do mindless so-called “programming” and pay me $6000 a year? What are you freaking kidding me?

It’s not so much the money (which is obviously insulting), but it’s the “programming” they make you do at Indian software shops. Sure, there are some better than others, but most of them are crap. I wanted something bigger, better and more challenging. After graduating in mid-2010, I attempted a startup – the product would be something on the lines of a web application that simplifies contact management.
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Business Model You

A quick presentation about Business Model You, the book where you learn how to ask the right questions to find the perfect job
Martin Gysler's insight:

A very useful book to drawing your new job, career or start-up or even a personal plan. I love this book.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 10, 2013 8:57 AM

A template for career choice and more, very useful.

Martin Gysler's comment, January 11, 2013 8:08 AM
Yes David, it's also my opinion.
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OnStartups Beta - Stack Exchange

OnStartups Beta - Stack Exchange | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

If you are an entrepreneur or if you want to become one, this site will give you lots of information and the opportunity to ask questions. [note mg]


This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for entrepreneurs looking to start or run a new business. It's a part of OnStartups.com, a blog on entrepeneurship by Dharmesh Shah. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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Startup Success: Is Hard Work Enough?

Startup Success: Is Hard Work Enough? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A good friend of mine has long argued that startups can succeed through vision and hard work. Because I only partially agree with his position, we have had more than one heated argument on the subject. It is my belief that hard work and a great idea are required ingredients for success, but that those two elements alone are not enough for a startup to become a success.


Imagine a great Amazonian rainforest. As your mind floats along the banks of a surging river in this rainforest, pause for a moment and take in the strength and beauty of the mightiest of the trees that you can see in front of you. Reaching above all of the other plants and collecting a shower of precious sunlight, this tree is over 100 feet tall, with sinewy roots reaching deep into the rich forest soil. Beautiful isn’t it?


Did this tree get to be the the giant that it is because of hard work? Not hardly.


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Whom Should You Hire at a Startup? (Attitude Over Aptitude)

Whom Should You Hire at a Startup? (Attitude Over Aptitude) | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Startups.We know the mantra: Team matters. Is this philosophy exaggerated? Overrated? Cliché? No. Team is the only thing that matters.


Whatever you’re working on now, the half-life of innovation is so rapid now that your product will soon be out-of-date. Your existence is irrelevant unless you continue rapid innovation. Your ability to keep up is dependent on having a great team of differing skills. Individuals don’t build great companies, teams do.


The nature of the Internet and global knowledge is such that even if you’ve stumbled on to a super interesting area of innovation there will be many teams tackling the same problem at exactly the same time. If you develop something novel that catches a spark you’ll have the world gunning for you over night. In this globally connected world product leads disappear in nano-seconds.


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How To Raise A $1M Seed Round

How To Raise A $1M Seed Round | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

You have a great idea but not funds... welcome in the real world! A very interesting post about this matter, if you search some investors, you should read it. [note mg]


When I talk to my friends who are not currently at startups, or the Silicon Valley, the perception is that VCs and individual investors are throwing around investment dollars like drunken sailors. Outsiders think that there is a bubble, and that any company with two engineers and an idea will get funded (though there is some truth to that in certain cases).


The reality is, competition has never been fiercer for startups, especially at the seed stage, to close a round. The pendulum may have swung for Y Combinator companies, but not everyone else.


I am a non-technical co-founder of Scripted.com – a marketplace for businesses to hire freelance writers. We recently closed a $1M seed round led by an institution (Crosslink Capital) – I wanted to highlight some of the lessons I learned along the way, and pass along a few tidbits for those of you who may be in the same situation.


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Entrepreneur Startup Advice

Entrepreneur Startup Advice | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Across 42 subjects, many tips for anyone who wants to become an entrepreneur or it already is. The author gives us information of his own experience, very interesting! [note mg]


I usually tell people that everything I learned about being an entrepreneur I learned by F'ing up at my first company.


I think the sign of a good entrepreneur is the ability to spot your mistakes, correct quickly and not repeat the mistakes. I made plenty of mistakes.


Below are some of the lessons I learned along the way. If there’s a link on a title below I’ve written the post, if not I plan to. The summary of each posting will be here but the full article requires you to follow the links.


For now it’s mostly an outline for me to follow (in no particular order). I’ve now started so be sure to look for links. If you want me to do one sooner rather than later leave a comment. If the topics seem interesting to you please sign up for my RSS feed or email newsletter on the home page.


Read more: http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/on-entrepeneurship/

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10 Ways to Become Stressed Starting a Business

10 Ways to Become Stressed Starting a Business | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Start a new business can become a real headache and especially a great source of stress. As you might imagine, this is not the best way to be effective. In this post you will find a guide that tells you what you should avoid in your new business activity to have as little stress as possible. [note Martin Gysler]


I quit my job in 2011 to build my own business. I was in for a bumpy ride – and I knew it. In an effort to obtain results at any cost, l adopted work habits that stressed me out and impacted my productivity.


Thankfully, I have pruned every one of them to a point where I can say that today I’m highly effective and at very healthy levels of stress.


However, in case you want to feel overwhelmed, guilty and stressed when starting your business or freelance practice in 2012, please pay close attention… hey, you may be practicing some of them already!


How to Make Sure You’re Stressed Starting a Business...


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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not? | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability.

 

I find it amusing when a journalist writes an article about a prominent startup (either privately held or preparing for an IPO) and decries that, “They’re not even profitable!”

 

I mention journalists here because they perpetuate the myth that focusing on profits is ALWAYS the right answer and then I hear many entrepreneurs (and certainly many “normals”) repeating the same mantra.

 

There is a healthy tension between profits & growth. To grow faster businesses need resources in today’s financial period to fund growth that may not come for 6 months to a year. The most obvious way to explain this is with sales people...

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BE ON FIRE

BE ON FIRE | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago a guest post titled Minimum Viable Personality appeared on Fred Wilson’s blog. The author was a Giant Robot Dinosaur who has been dishing out wisdom in all caps in the comments on Fred’s blog for a long time. I’m a huge fan of FAKEGRIMLOCK, occasionally commenting on his comments, but often laughing out loud or smiling with recognition of their brilliance when I saw them. And, I grinned with relief when I finally made his #NOEATFRIDAY list.

 

Recently, while pondering how Yoda would deal with Optimus Prime, I got a tweet from FAKEGRIMLOCK asking if I wanted a guest post from him. Without hesitation I said yes. Following in all its awesomeness (with illustrations), is another missive from my favorite Dinobot...

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The 10 Biggest Myths About Entrepreneurship

The 10 Biggest Myths About Entrepreneurship | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

Every entrepreneur needs to be honest about their strengths and weaknesses, and realistic about their reasons for choosing the startup route. For any entrepreneur, even the best business opportunities, if entered for the wrong reasons, will likely fail. Some of these reasons seem obvious, so forgive me for restating, but I still hear them too often.


Statistics show that at least 50% of new startups fail within five years, and many of the survivors eventually fail. If you don’t want to be part of these statistics, consider all the alternatives to starting your own business, especially if you have one of the following perspectives:...

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Startup Document Center

Startup Document Center | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it

You want start a new business and need some information and the basic documents. Take a look on this website.

 

Give your new business a jump start with Business Insider's selection of business and legal documents.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/document-center#ixzz1Xm0SqN00

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The Leader's Checklist For The Startup Manager

The Leader's Checklist For The Startup Manager | BUSINESS and more | Scoop.it
Sustained growth requires deft leadership. Here's a set of core principles for taking your enterprise to the next level.

When Margaret Whitman came in to build eBay in 1998, the company only employed 35. When she departed a decade later, its payroll had soared to 15,000.

When Liu Chuanzhi started Lenovo in 1984, he began with just two employees, including himself. Twenty-seven years later, he now runs the world's fourth largest personal-computer company, with more than 22,000 at work.

On arrival at eBay's office, Whitman found that her staff maintained no appointment calendars or any structure—none were required for the informal ways in which founder Pierre Omidyar had led the fledgling enterprise...
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