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Surviving Whatever Comes Next - Mattermark

Surviving Whatever Comes Next - Mattermark | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Don’t want your company to die? Here’s what to do. The startup fundraising environment is in flux, and over the past two weeks the pace of change has accelerated rapidly. Throughout the ecosystem, blogging VCs and entrepreneurs alike are urging that it’s time to raise, even if you can’t get the valuation you hoped for. Others … Read more: click image or title.




Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

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#Startup #Funding is changing rapidly. Read this article to be better informed and find out what to do next.

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So You Graduated and Want to Start a Company...

So You Graduated and Want to Start a Company... | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
It's starting to feel like everyone wants to own a start-up these days. We asked 13 successful young founders to share their best advice for actually starting a successful company.

Whatever you decide to do as a business, always start with a problem that a specific category of people have or one that you have experienced. Do not start up because market research states great potential for your industry or because you feel you can do a better job at what others are doing. Go the extra mile in finding out what is troubling people, and then build your product to address that. --Rahul Varshneya, Arkenea

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It's becoming fashionable to create a startup. This article gives some good advice from the ones who did it.

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5 Intriguing New Startups In Silicon Valley

5 Intriguing New Startups In Silicon Valley | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Y Combinator Demo Day took place today at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The room was packed with hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and members of the press trying to find the next billion-dollar startup.

Startup darlings Airbnb and Dropbox are Y Combinator alumni, for example.

Zynga founder Mark Pincus, SV Angel's Ron Conway, CrunchFund's Michael Arrington, 500 Startups' Dave McClure, early Facebook employee Andrew McCollum, and The Winklevoss twins all attended.

67 startups gave 2.5-minute presentations. Here is the first batch of rapid-fire pitches that stood out:

BatteryOS:  "You’ve never actually charged a battery to 100%," the founder explained to the audience. His logic: When a battery charges to near-completion, it begins to degrade. A black gunk begins to form in the battery, which eventually destroys it. BatteryOS says it's found a way to charge batteries all the way up without that residue forming. It claims that if Chevy Volt used its product, the car's battery would last eight years longer.  

"We can change every lithium ion battery on this earth and improve it," the founder said. His company has already signed a deal to ship 20,000 of its batteries.

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Startups come up with amazing solutions. Read the whole article to see all five.

It proves again that human creativity is not dead, and solutions can be found for many problems, even if you didn't know about them.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 26, 2014 8:51 AM

Wow, great article, great solutions.

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How Retailers Can Use Social Media To Attract More Customers

How Retailers Can Use Social Media To Attract More Customers | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

If your business marketing plan doesn't include social media strategies, you're already dead in the water. 


Via The Fish Firm, Ally Greer
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There's no way around it. Social Media are more important every day.


Watch this brief video presentation to find out about a great marketing template: https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/mpt/gt4045/

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Ellaine Wilson's comment, May 24, 2013 11:22 AM
There is no doubt that social media can bring in more traffic to your business
Oluwasemilogo Akinmuyiwa's comment, May 25, 2013 10:34 AM
My concern is the cost at which these things come to us marketer. There is no budget for small businesses.
Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, May 26, 2013 1:30 PM

Dead In The Water
Dead in the water indeed since your competitors are out there creating wiht social media, learning what works and building a following. Good luck catching up fast.

NOTHING happens all that fast in social media. You can create great campaigns that boost your social media 10x, but natural growth is SLOW and STEADY.

This means your social media strategy will need to DISRUPT to win and create trust at the same time. Those two ideas can be mutually exclusive so make sure to JUMP IN NOW or double your efforts now.

Rememer if you are not the lead sleddog the view is always the same :).

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The Sharing Economy Comes Of Age

The Sharing Economy Comes Of Age | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Talk about the new consumer values: transparency participation and collaboration. The LeWeb conference in London, which began with a theme of the "Collaborative Economy," should be a wake-up call to corporations, brands, and everyone in the advertising ecosystem. Your lives are about to change. The market has once again spoken, and if you think you've already been disrupted by social media, think again. You ain't seen nothing yet.

Loic Le Meur, LeWeb's cofounder, opened this year's event with a startling presentation on the Collaborative Economy, a new movement in which consumers, especially the highly coveted and targeted Millennials, have decided to share and rent rather than own things in a dramatic reversal of 50-year trends.


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eCOHOUSING.es's curator insight, June 8, 2013 1:10 PM

Compartir, intercambiar, prestar, regalar... una nueva forma de entender la economía está viendo la luz: la economía colaborativa. Más lógica, más sostenible, cambiará la forma en que producimos, valoramos y usamos los objetos.

Mark Cline Lucey's comment, June 17, 2013 2:28 PM
A recent issue of Yes! Magazine is completely dedicated to this exciting development. Check it out!
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50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management - Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog

50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management - Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
These 50 social media monitoring and management tools help you gather intelligence about your social media marketing efforts.


Some great new tools here.

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Pick up your 'Free Businesss Plan Template' here:

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Social Media Tools and Technology-101 magic tools and technology tips

Social Media Tools and Technology-101 magic tools and technology tips | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Here are 101 fantastic social media technology tool tips that you can use to promote your business on social media.
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Agree, lots of great information. Recommended.


I want to add one thing, if you're looking to build a website and

  • get all the tools and information to create traffic
  • write excellent content
  • find the best ways to monetize
  • blog directly from the site
  • integrate with the social media and much more, take a look at SBI/Sitesell. Tens of thousands happy members have built sites that end up in the 2-3% top traffic sites in the world. Over 300,000 Facebook supporters. Classes taught in over 30 universities around the world. Check out the CTPM process that makes it all happen: http://ctpm.sitesell.com/welcome23.html
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The Sandwich That Ate the World

The Sandwich That Ate the World | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
The founder of the world's largest restaurant chain explains how Subway became ubiquitous, and why surpassing his biggest rival came as something as a letdown.
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If you really intend to build a successful company like this, take a look at this presentation from Dave Lavinsky, President of Growthink, the company that has helped many entrepreneurs and startups to grow into million dollar businesses.


Dave explains how to access the information to grow an 8-figure business.


Dave has created tools and products to 'cut the corners', to avoid the most common mistakes, and to go for the 'home-runs'. He created funding formulas, his 'Insider Circle', the 'Growthink University', and much more.


Take 20 minutes of your time and watch his 8-figure presentation:

https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/8ff/gt4045/ Good info.

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The great Facebook exodus has begun

The great Facebook exodus has begun | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Facebook is shedding users. What's happening to the world's biggest social network?
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Have you spent less time on Facebook lately? I have. I was expecting something like this. My precious time goes to more essential tasks.

Like my site: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com Take a look, good information.

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5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated

5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
On the art of moving words that move people.

"The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up t
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This is excellent. Ever been worried about public speaking or presenting? Watch this.



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Growthink Business Plan Template Review

Growthink Business Plan Template Review | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Review of Growthink's Ultimate Business Plan Template by professional business plan reviewers
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Some more valuable Growthink products: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/growthink-products.html
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Lauren Maillian Bias: Cracking The Female Entrepreneur Code

Lauren Maillian Bias: Cracking The Female Entrepreneur Code | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

I recently caught up with Lauren Maillian Bias, who is the author of the new book "The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms". Bias is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing and branding consultancy where she brings her firsthand knowledge, expertise and passion for marketing to her clients. She is also the Founding Partner and Director of Operations for Gen Y Capital, an early stage venture firm. Prior to Luxury Market Branding, Lauren was the Proprietor, Creator and Chief Operating Officer of Sugarleaf Vineyards, the only African-American owned and operated winery in Virginia. The Winery became an award winning brand under her leadership within five years and was sold in 2011.

"You stand out naturally when you consistently exceed expectations, whether you are a man or a woman. Women who consistently exceed expectations and have other roles in life such as mother or wife, and in my case, being a single-mother, stand-out because it’s remarkable that the juggling act can be so graceful."

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Via Alldens Lane
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Have you ever doubted yourself? Of course. Take a look at what this woman accomplished, and how she did it.

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malek's curator insight, May 21, 2014 5:15 PM

I like the holistic approach to face the challenges of integrating work and family life.  A great  example of everyday reality

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Guest Post: Startup Business Development 101 – AVC

The Beginner’s Guide to Start-up BD: 15 Basic Rules

A lot of the rules below will seem like no-brainers to any seasoned business development manager, but I think it is worth putting them together in one list. I hope that they will be useful for teams that are building up BD teams from scratch or to those start-ups without a dedicated BD team and in which for example the founders or others take on BD as an additional responsibility. I don’t think this list is complete and I am planning to add additional rules over time. If you have any direct feedback, please tweet me at @holger.

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Is your Business Plan working? Is it Succeeding? http://bit.ly/1iHk8zP

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

From Fred Wilson's blog, this is great information for startups.Business Development is what building a startup is all about. It's not just having the big idea, or getting funded. The real work starts after that: build it!

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Business Intelligence Trends for 2014

Business Intelligence Trends for 2014 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Where's Business Intelligence going?
As anyone working with data these days knows, there is a massive wave of innovation in analytics today. Hundreds of companies from startups to Amazon and Google are making breakthroughs.

n the best spirit of innovation they are building on each other's work to make astounding progress on new concepts like NoSQL databases and cloud data warehouses.

But technology itself is never the whole story. People and organizations must absorb innovation to make it relevant. We see that happening at a mass level with some concepts that have been around for years, such as Agile Business Intelligence.

Flip through the slides on the right to see where we think Business Intelligence is headed in 2014.

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Great Jobs for Developers at Excellent Startups! 

at Fibonacci Sequence (US only)


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 28, 2013 1:05 PM

Keep on seeing the big picture and following the trends is a must. Great information.

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How to Market TO Startup Businesses - exploreB2B

How to Market TO Startup Businesses - exploreB2B | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
 Starting a new business is a challenging endeavor. Not everyone is cut out for it. And startups have unique requirements since they are in the early stages and need services and products that ...
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Some good points.



www.Business-Funding-Insider.com is all about StartUp Business.

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7 Essential Social Media Tools To Stand Out Online

7 Essential Social Media Tools To Stand Out Online | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Amongst the many online conversations I have with people each day, one of the key questions I get asked is: How do you keep up? I'm on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Quora, Foursquare,
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The Social Media scene is getting increasingly complex. Here are some good tools that make sense.


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find out about the Ultimate Business Plan Template, the one that delivers and gets it done in 8 hrs or less:  http://www.business-funding-insider.com/business-plan-template.html

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Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy | McKinsey & Company

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy | McKinsey & Company | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Twelve emerging technologies—including the mobile Internet, autonomous vehicles, and advanced genomics—have the potential to truly reshape the world in which we live and work.
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Great report from McKinsey, 'Need to Know'!

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'The Emergence of Africa'

'The Emergence of Africa' | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Several interesting facts about Africa

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Do you take Africa into account in your marketing? Take a look at some of these numbers. http://alphaomegatranslations.com/2013/01/08/the-emergence-of-africa/

Several African listings on my site for investments: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/deal-flow-listing.html#VisitorPages

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10 Things Every Customer Wants

10 Things Every Customer Wants | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, the best price and best value is at the bottom of the customer's priority list. See what's at the top.


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Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.)

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps. I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at Bran...
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Fabulous advice from Tim Ferris. Check out this strategy if you're serious about a succesful crowdfunding campaign.


Some basics about crowdfunding: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-startups.html


Use the Crowdfunding Pitch Formula from Dave Lavinsky to top it all off, watch the presentation video: https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/freemoney/gt4045/

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Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:03 AM

Exactly my point !

Thanks,

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20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch

20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Use these 'cursed words,' and many reporters and bloggers will delete your email. So will your employees. Plus, civilization might end.
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Excellent article. As business plan reviewers, we see the same thing. Using this kind of words, or saying that your are "The next Google" will get your business plan sorted... on the 'not interested' pile.


Check for more articles like this here: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/

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