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8 Mind-blowing Uses of Wearable Technology (Seriously...)

8 Mind-blowing Uses of Wearable Technology (Seriously...) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Some of the most interesting applications of wearable technology will come from the fusion of technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.

What would your colleagues say if you asked them what wearable technology was, or what it can do?

You’ll quickly hear about smart watches like Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, fitness trackers like those produced by Fitbit and smart glasses projects like Google Glass.

As for what these products can be used for, after a bit of thought most people would come up with a few sensible use cases – like taking pictures using voice commands, keeping track of your daily calorie expenditure or receiving inbound messages.

Now try asking what wearable technology might be used for in the future – as in 10 years in the future?

It’s at this point that you’ll probably start getting blank looks.

In this research paper we describe 8 remarkable use cases for wearable technology that we believe will become possible within 10 years.

These 8 use cases are several full market cycles ahead of those that Google has  envisaged for Google Glass.

Some of the most interesting applications of wearable technology will come from the fusion of three different technologies:

Advanced wearable products: The three main wearable technology product categories are body sensors, smart glasses and smart watches. We expect dramatic improvements in all three categories in the coming years - in terms of capabilities, optimization of the user interface, size, battery life and price;
    
Artificial intelligence (AI) platforms: Technologies like Now (Google),  Siri (Apple), Cortana (Microsoft) and, most recently, IBM’s decision to provide mobile app developers with access to its supercomputer platform, Watson point to a future where it will be possible for users to carry out advanced web tasks simply by speaking or, in some cases, just thinking;
    
Big data: Whether it is the location of an individual, data about an individual’s search history or ad preferences or even information about what that person was looking at 30 days ago there is no shortage of data. If developers can gain opt-in programmatic access to very granular data about a user’s behavior – a goal that is extremely important to Google – then a whole panorama of new service possibilities will open up.

We think that when all three of these technological ingredients are combined then some truly remarkable and, in some cases, rather unsettling use cases will become possible:

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It's as if a door opens to a whole new industry. Many more startups with great ideas will take advantage of this and find their niche. Great article.

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8 Use Cases for Wearables, not so mind blowing as this list is not something that we haven't seen before, (if you read my postings), and this isn't the whole list of use cases for wearables, this industry is just getting started.

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10 Tips Mark Cuban Would Give His Younger Self

10 Tips Mark Cuban Would Give His Younger Self | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
As one of the most well-known sharks on Shark Tank, Mark Cuban didn't get where he is with luck alone. However, just like any other entrepreneur and investor, he had plenty of stumbles along the way. Just imagine how successful Cuban would be had he been able to give his younger self advice.

The next best thing is giving other young entrepreneurs advice. Are you willing to take the advice Cuban has to offer? If so, you can streamline the process and maybe even surpass his success one day. Here are ten tips Cuban would have given to his younger self that you can repurpose for your own goal setting:

1. Tunnel vision

"Stay focused and believe in yourself and trust your own ability and judgment," says Cuban. There will always come times when you doubt yourself, but they should be few and far between. Having a bit of tunnel vision can be very helpful to entrepreneurs as long as you're looking down the right tunnel.

2. On preparation

"If you're prepared and you know what it takes, it's not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there." Of course, that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of obstacles. Unfortunately, too many people give up too soon. It's the figuring out how to get there that separates entrepreneurs from wantrepreneurs. Read more: click on title or image above.





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"The team at Growthink delivered exceptional quality service in every aspect of their client services. Their staff of professionals were extremely instrumental in fine tuning my creative vision into a well developed business plan."
James E. Spence, Jr, Founder & CEO
At Bread Boutique





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Experience is a good teacher. Mark Cuban may have a few good things to say. This sounds like pretty good business advice to me.

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21 Things You Need to Know to Validate Your Startup Idea

21 Things You Need to Know to Validate Your Startup Idea | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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This is from a talk I gave today at Lean Startup Machine (LSM) in Silicon Valley. LSM is a three day workshop for learning customer development and Lean Startup techniques. I founded the workshop series five years ago and it’s been hosted in over one hundred cities around the world.

Make sure you check out #19, which is a key point. Since this post is somewhat of a rant, I’d like to confess I’ve been guilty of not doing almost everything below. I’m sharing this knowledge to help others who are about to walk the same path of entrepreneurship.

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"The team at Growthink delivered exceptional quality service in every aspect of their client services. Their staff of professionals were extremely instrumental in fine tuning my creative vision into a well developed business plan."
James E. Spence, Jr, Founder & CEO
At Bread Boutique

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Having a great idea is one thing. Testing and validating is the next step. You can't just fantasize on paper and jot down numbers. The idea needs to evolve. Trevor Owens describes the process in a very clear way. This is part of the information that you will put in a business plan, eventually. Highly recommended read.

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Women Entrepreneurs 2.0: What You'll Need to Thrive in a Male-Dominated Startup

Women Entrepreneurs 2.0: What You'll Need to Thrive in a Male-Dominated Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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Six traits that will help you surmount the challenges of a diversity-starved workplace.

Women are taking on more roles at startups in the traditionally male-dominated industries of high tech, engineering and bio-technology. Yet we still have a ways to go. According to a recent survey, nearly 40 percent of women with engineering degrees leave the profession or never even enter it. Silicon Valley, despite its recent push to change its own "women problem," has been criticized for still lacking in gender diversity. In most of these companies, males in technical positions outnumber females by more than four to one.

Luckily, for the past couple of years, there has been a groundswell effort to attract more women and bring more balance. Thanks to efforts by big-name technology companies, programs in schools and even games, like GoldieBlox and Roominate, that are geared toward young girls, more women are making a turn to consider high-tech careers as an option.

I myself was fortunate to be raised without certain gender-role beliefs. Growing up, I had a “We Can Do Anything” Barbie game complete with a doctor Barbie and a ballerina Ken doll. I also had female role models in school, including chemistry and calculus teachers who encouraged us girls to pursue math and engineering studies in college. During my own college experience, my field of study was equally balanced between males and females.

So I felt deeply supported in my venture into science and engineering. But since then, I have had to adapt to my (today somewhat less but) still male-dominated industry. Along the way, I've picked up some wisdom about what women need to do to thrive in these diversity-starved startups. Read more here: http://snip.ly/3IoS



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The Growthink team took our thoughts and ideas and transformed them into a well researched, operationally sound, top notch business plan. Most importantly, they kept us involved in the process and challenged us to build a better business model. I have and would recommend Growthink to any business.  
- John Gumersell Jr., Founder, Metroforce

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An article by a woman for women. Much to learn here, even if you're a man!

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14 Things You Should Give Up Chasing No Matter What Others Say

14 Things You Should Give Up Chasing No Matter What Others Say | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Find out why it's counterproductive to be chasing dreams, security, money, love and ten other surprising things others have told you to go for in life.

Whenever we chase after something, we take ourselves out of the present moment where life actually happens. The future doesn’t exist yet and the past is gone. The only really meaningful place to live is in the now and that’s generally where you’ll find what you’re looking for. Others may say you should be chasing these 14 things to be happy and successful, but take a deeper look and decide for yourself. You may think differently after you read this. Read more: click on title or image.





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I appreciate beyond measure all the information you provide - so many inside tips, w/o which I wouldn't have access to. There is so much to consider, and I've passed this particular email along to others for their respective ideas, and the foundation on which they may be built.
I like the style of presentation, the breadth of information given, and the myriad ways to apply the information. Great stuff - thanks so much!!
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Great weekend read. When choosing to build a business, do what you love to do, the money will follow. Don't try to find the business that brings the most money, it's the other way around. Do what comes natural to you.

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5 Ways the Smartest Entrepreneurs Avoid the Perils of Rapid Growth

5 Ways the Smartest Entrepreneurs Avoid the Perils of Rapid Growth | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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 It's a common occurrence--a young company rises fast then flames out. Don't let it happen to you.

It's a familiar story. A new company appears on the scene. Its products are highly popular, and soon its facilities, production, and marketing efforts are all growing exponentially. It appears to be an overnight success story--until one day the bottom drops out. Customers complain about poor quality or messed-up orders. Investors complain about falling revenues and non-existent profits. Soon the company is gone altogether, another victim of having grown too fast.

That's pretty much what happened to MJ Gottlieb, serial entrepreneur and author of How to Ruin a Business Without Really Trying. To help keep it from happening to others, he offers some sage advice for young companies faced with too many opportunities:

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Hey Dave,
Your BP template help me achieve the goals I've been trying for 5 years. The template led me to produce an effective tool to attract the investors I need.
Thanks
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Growing too fast comes with lots of challenges. It's like driving a racecar dowtown a big city. Learn from the story of an entrepreneur who was there. Good advice for any company.

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The 50% Rule for Traction

The 50% Rule for Traction | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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If you’re starting a company, chances are you can build a product. Almost every failed startup has a product.

What failed startups don’t have are enough customers.

Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape and VC firm Andreessen-Horowitz, sums up this problem:

“The number one reason that we pass on entrepreneurs we’d otherwise like to back is their focusing on product to the exclusion of everything else. Many entrepreneurs who build great products simply don’t have a good distribution strategy. Even worse is when they insist that they don’t need one, or call [their] no distribution strategy a ‘viral marketing strategy.’”

A common story goes like this: founders build something people want by following a sound product development strategy. They spend their time building new features early users say they want.

Then, after months of heads-down product development, they launch, only to become frustrated when customers don’t flock to them.

(This is guest post by Justin Mares, Co-author of Traction. If you build a great product in the forest, it will die too in the forest, unless you also build inroads to your product.
In this post, Justin shares this key lesson for when and how to pursue channel building while running lean.
Enjoy…  Read more:
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Develop a product and don't forget the marketing. Start doing it at the same time is the idea of this article. The 50% rule makes a lot of sense.

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Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups | TechCrunch

Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups  |  TechCrunch | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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“I’ve probably revised this investor pitch deck 200 times,” a founder told me recently. She’d met with more than 50 potential investors before closing a seed round last month. This might sound excessive to some, but her experience is not unusual.

Entrepreneurs often spend hundreds of hours raising funds from angel and venture capital investors. While these activities are clearly important, analysis of new data on startups suggests that founders should also dedicate significant time to something that many people overlook: recruiting great mentors. This simple strategy can increase a company’s odds of success more than almost anything else.

Discovering the secrets of the best founders

Our team studied thousands of tech businesses last year. We looked specifically at companies in New York City’s tech sector, which was the fastest-growing tech sector from 2003-2013 and is now the second largest tech hub in the world. The goal of this research was to investigate how local tech firms had become so successful.

Our analysts combined data from CrunchBase, AngelList and LinkedIn, and interviewed nearly 700 founders. (In total, New York tech founders dedicated more than a month of time to this project.) These sources enabled us to create the world’s largest database of a single entrepreneurship community.

We found that a number of characteristics that are often highlighted as predictors of success for startups – such as starting a company while in college – don’t actually make much of a difference. While these conclusions on traditional startup myths were interesting, we uncovered several other intriguing findings by examining the habits of the best firms and founders. Read more here: http://snip.ly/Y1Xg




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With Growthink on your side, you are in a win-win situation. They placed themselves in my situation and analyzed my business as if it were their own business. I could never recommend any firm but Growthink to provide business planning services at this level of quality. 
 Prem K. Kapani, CEO

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Mentors are a major advantage in the start up world. They can lead the way or facilitate specialized aspects of your business. They can open doors, and much more.

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4 Secrets to a Successful Product Launch

4 Secrets to a Successful Product Launch | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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Anyone can put something together and tell people to buy it, but it takes an intentional plan to do a launch right.

Launching a new product can be scary. Actually, it’s always a scary thing to share with the world some brand-new creation. What if people don’t like it? What if nobody buys? There is, however, a simple strategy to make sure none of those fears come true.

As an online business owner and student of successful product launches, I’ve identified four major keys to launching just about anything -- a book, business, or even a blog. Read more: http://snip.ly/e2OZ




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Launching a product can be done in many different ways. Maximize the event with these tips. The articles is followed by another one: 6 Steps to a Successful #ProductLaunch. Good information.

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9 Ways To Get Customers (Without Spending Any Money) - #infographic

9 Ways To Get Customers (Without Spending Any Money) - #infographic | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Are you wondering how to get more customers and grow your business without spending a lot of money? Then wonder no more!

Neil Patel of QuickSprout has put together this excellent infographic, filled with 9 tactics that you should be leveraging to acquire more customers.

Blogger and YouTuber outreach:

Reach out to bloggers and give free products in exchange for reviews. Dave Horn from ForWebsiteOwners.com was able to get 1 (normal) month worth of traffic in 2 days using the strategy of building relationships with influencers to share his content.

Reach out to your existing network:

Reach out to friends, family, co-workers, and social media connections and ask if they need your product.

If you provide a service, work for free:

Neil Patel was able to get exposure and generate lots of business through outlets such as TechCrunch and Gawker Media by providing them with free services in exchange for testimonials, PR and backlinks. make sure you provide services to those who can either refer business to you or have a huge network for target clients. See more, click on the infographic.





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"Growthink is a full-service business, representing you through the whole process - very important value-added service. We've been very impressed with the professionalism and kindness that Growthink has shown us in the rather complicated world of commercial financing."

Debra Soto
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Excellent tactics to make new sales and find new clients, for free.

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4 Steps to Finding a Small Business Lawyer

Every business needs the services of an attorney. Having access to one can help you navigate complex areas like patents, trademarks, copyrights, and contracts. They can also help you choose the best business structure for your company and create employment contracts and nondisclosure agreements, if you need them. Some attorneys specialize in helping small businesses and can be reasonably priced, even for the smallest budget.

Finding a Small Business Lawyer

Start by Identifying What You Need

Beyond identifying the areas you need legal expertise in, you’ll also need to determine what type of lawyer you need. Some can help with general small business tasks, while others specialize in trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Read more, click on title.




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"I am here to thank Dave and all contributors for their passion to assist and guide others along their way. I began receiving your emails some time ago and have just begun to realize that they are responsible for my now beginning to implement the business idea that has been growing in my head for the past 25 years. I now have a clearer picture as to how to begin and proceed. I have had ideas on paper but now I know what steps to take to move forward. My fear has abated (finally!...thank you)"
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Having an attorney for your small business is money well spent, especially setting up a startup or dealing with innovation.

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My Best Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Tech Startups | Xconomy

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By Shellye Archambeau

What an incredible time to be a tech startup! The opportunities out there are just tremendous. Digital payments, wearable technology, mobile healthcare, virtual reality and gamification, predictive analytics, and green tech—these are just a few of the startup areas that are expected to be big this year, according to venture capitalists and industry experts.

“Full stack startups” and “dis-intermediation” are the new buzzwords, as companies like Uber and Airbnb revolutionize the way business is done, and demonstrate how it is possible to cut out the middlemen.

Meanwhile, the “Internet of Things” is taking the world by storm, opening up new doors for entrepreneurs and organizations to develop software that can connect products and devices to the Web.

Education technology is also gaining more traction, creating new opportunities to improve education and learning experiences, and teach people new skills through the use of technology.

If you’re an aspiring tech entrepreneur, now is a great time to take the plunge. But before you do, here are a few pieces of advice, observations, and lessons learned from my own career and current role as CEO of MetricStream. Read more: http://snip.ly/d2lr




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"No matter how small a company may be, we believe that Growthink’s standard of excellence does not change from one client to the other and we would certainly welcome the opportunity to work with Melissa and her colleagues again."
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Southern Beauty Magazine

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The right formula for a great startup starts with hiring the right team, and following a few guidelines to stay on course. Shellye really summarizes it all in this excellent article. In the end, stick your neck out and go for it!

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Six Reasons Why VCs Reject Good Startups - Entrepreneur

Six Reasons Why VCs Reject Good Startups - Entrepreneur | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
The factors that affects why venture capitalists often decline to work with startups.

In one sense, successful entrepreneurs seem to say “no” more than the average person. Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, gave this advice to entrepreneurs on HuffPost Live: “The temptation all over the place... is to do more. The brutal reality of trade-offs is you cannot.” He urged entrepreneurs to “narrow their focus.” Entrepreneurs tend to have a vision and must avoid all distractions in order to achieve it. Someone who says “yes” to many things is probably saying “no” to more important things. In another sense, entrepreneurs often hear many “no’s” along the path to success. Young Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went on to build a creative media empire. Steve Jobs was fired from his own organization and returned to build Apple- turning it into one of the world’s most valuable companies. Oprah Winfrey lost her job as a reporter because she was “unfit for TV.” These three visionaries have all probably looked back on their “no’s” and said something to the effect of “Suckas!” Despite your own familiarity with the word “no”, rejection still hurts. As a venture capitalist, I have to say “no” to a lot of good startups and founders. It’s just the nature of the game- a firm can only invest in so many companies. In order to prime your expectations, and hopefully lessen the blow, here are the six main reasons why venture capitalists often decline to work with good startups. Read more: click on title or image.




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I am very satisfied with my business plan and financial plan. Your work is outstanding."
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Survive the Leap to Hyper-Growth with This Advice from Steve Blank - First Round Review

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Most startups die right before they enter hyper-growth. Steve Blank shares his perspectives on how companies can cross the chasm.

This article is by Steve Blank, entrepreneur, author and one of the founders of the Lean Startup movement.

Recently, I got a call from Patrick, an ex-student I hadn’t heard from for 8 years. He's now the CEO of a company and wanted to talk about what he admitted was a “first world” problem. Over breakfast he got me up to date on his life since school (two non-CEO roles at startups), but he wanted to talk about his third startup —the one he and two other co-founders had most recently started.

“We’re at 70 people, and we’ll do $40 million in revenue this year and should get to cash flow breakeven this quarter,” he said. It sounded like he was living the dream. I was trying to figure out why we were meeting. But then he told me all about the tough decisions, the pivots and firing his best friend, which he had to do to get to where he was. In short, he had been through heck and back.

“I made it this far,” he said. "My board bet on me to take it to scale. I’m going to double my headcount in the next 3 quarters. The problem is where’s the playbook? There were plenty of books for what to do as a startup, and lots of advice for what to do if I was running a large public company, but there’s nothing that describes how to deal with the issues of growing a company. I feel like I’m just driving without a roadmap. What should I be reading or doing?”

I explained to Patrick that startups go through a series of steps before they become a large company, and that he was smack in the middle of two big ones. Read more: http://snip.ly/0fEt



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After dealing with the hurdles of birthing a startup comes the real deal: building a great company, dealing with growth, HR, corporate structures, etc. This article gives some sources of information and ideas on how to move to the next phase.

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6 Practical Steps to Learning How to Build a Startup

6 Practical Steps to Learning How to Build a Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Starting a new and innovative business is not a highly structured process, and finding time for structured learning is unlikely.

Despite the rush in every academic institution to offer more courses on entrepreneurship, I still haven’t found it to be something you can learn in school. Of course, you can pick up the basic principles this way, but the problem is that the practical rules for success are changing so fast that no academic can keep up. The best thing you can learn in school is how to learn.

The successful entrepreneurs I have met and worked with over the years all seem to share that passion for learning, and they see rapid market change not as a problem, but as an opportunity for them to move ahead of the crowd in changing the world. Making big money is usually the last thing on their mind, and most are happy living on Ramen noodles in a sparse apartment.

From a practical standpoint, there are many ways to learn about business change, and the opportunities that may spring up at any moment. Here are six steps that every aspiring entrepreneur should take full advantage of:  Click on title or image to read more.




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When you're underwater, and resource-constrained, like most startups, Growthink can be a valuable partner to help you progress in areas like organizing and developing the business plan and pursuing funding.
Their service can be a well-managed extension of your own human resources. The people at Growthink care about their work and are very "hands-on", which is required in this process.
We found Growthink to be strong not only with the assigned projects, but also the extra things needed to get a company off the ground, and not always specifically laid out in the assignment - networking for advisors, funding sources, potential partners. We used them for more than one of our startups.  
- Marc Junkunc, Principal

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Martin Zwilling hits the nail right on the head. There is no school to learn how to create startups or how to be an entrepreneur. Just learn how to learn, see opportunities, adapt, be flexible... Great article.

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7 Strategies for Dealing With Negative People

7 Strategies for Dealing With Negative People | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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Pessimism is contagious. Have a plan to shield yourself from the people who know no joy.

We’ve all experienced the side effects of a negative friend, colleague or co-worker. Perhaps you work with someone who complains endlessly about his job but never offers any solutions. Or, a good friend speaks unfavorably about others in your circle and creates drama.

These negative people are markedly pessimistic and will exhaust anyone. Destructive energy and drama follow them everywhere. If you’re not careful, they can pull you into their chaos -- disrupting your focus and sidelining your goals.

Use these seven strategies to better deal with negative people in your life.

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Hello Dave,
You are a treasure to the Business community.
I have completed my business plan on the second day with your template.  And I had tried and failed for a year before.
Dawson

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Keeping negativity out of your life is important. It obstructs your productivity and clear thinking. Stay focused.

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Online video tutorials & training | lynda.com

Online video tutorials & training | lynda.com | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Join today and start learning.


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Discover the site that just got acquired by Linkedin for $1.5 Billion.

Unlimited learning in an amazing number of fields for a small fee. This woman had a great idea, built it out over the years and is now making a great exit. It took a lot of work, but she succeeded.

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How to Get Better at Almost Anything - Inc

How to Get Better at Almost Anything - Inc | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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By Sims Wyeth.


And guess what? Talent may not be necessary.

What is it that makes a speaker amazing? Is it a set of personal characteristics that enable great speakers to capture and keep our attention? Is it their brains? Their sense of humor? Their sincerity and empathy? Or were they born with a talent to talk?

We could ask similar questions about golfers, tennis champs, chess masters, or quarterbacks. Why is it that certain people get a disproportionate share of the talent? Science has something to say about this.

In fact, there are some researchers who say, discreetly, that the very existence of talent is not supported by evidence .

If this is true, our belief in this "thing we call talent" misdirects our efforts and undermines our potential to develop ourselves and others.

In fact, some scientists point to a more accurate view of how top performers in any field achieve their remarkable results. They call it Deliberate Practice.

In his book Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin lays out the elements of Deliberate Practice (DP).

DP is meant to improve performance.

It is engineered to address particular weaknesses that the performer has. It is almost always designed and implemented by a teacher, coach, or expert of some kind. Read more: http://snip.ly/4f2U



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Huge Game Changer For Wearable Technology - Indestructible Batteries

Huge Game Changer For Wearable Technology - Indestructible Batteries | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

ProLogium is a Taiwanese company currently in the field of battery manufacturing that having spent the last 7 years in deep R&D mode, developing, testing have finally released a radically new battery that marries high density output with a flexible ultra thin form like nothing you have seen before.

The product in question is currently known as an FLCB, or FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit) Lithium-Ceramic Battery. FLCB technology is very different from today’s Lithium Polymer batteries that we see in almost every type of device including smartphones and tablets. FLCB breaks the norm in terms of battery appearance, production technique and manufacturing technologies with ProLogium applying for several patents worldwide.

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As well as being lighter and much more flexible, FLCB-based batteries are also intrinsically safer. FLCB batteries do not catch fire, start to smoke or leak under almost any circumstances including physical, thermal or electrical impact. This is really good news for wearables which by their very nature will be close to the body, opening up several new applications that include today’s wearable technology in clothes, watches, jewellery, headsets and more. The FLCB batteries can be injection inserted or moulded in manufacturing processes that can reach temperatures of up to 2600 Celsius. They also don’t suffer from ‘Salting Out’ issues that plague electrolytic solutions and they can withstand cutting, piercing and even burning.


It’s also important to note that in terms of battery life, ProLogium claim their FLCB technology also provides exceptional energy density, with anywhere up to double that of standard lithium polymer batteries today, so there is no performance hit in terms of mAh figures with FLCBs. The most exciting aspect however, is the fact that an FLCB will continue to function after physical impact or even outright mutilation.


Being based on a printed circuit board, these FLCB batteries can also carry the signal and be joined to together as integral components in the device itself. This means that essentially the battery can be integrated in to the design, becoming part of the device itself, not a single and unwanted appendage that provides power.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 28, 9:31 PM

This could be the breakthrough that clothing manufacturers have been waiting for.  When your wearable technology gets dirty, just wash it and don't worry about the survivability of its power components. You now can be "wired for success."  This is totally "shocking"--pardon the pun.  Aloha, Russ.

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Richard Branson Hints At Electric Car From Virgin - Gas 2

Richard Branson Hints At Electric Car From Virgin - Gas 2 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

How much weight can you place on a few words spoken in an unguarded moment during an informal press interview? If the speaker is billionaire Richard Branson, the answer is, “Quite a lot.”

Branson was in Miami last week to watch his Virgin Racing team compete in the 5th round of the Formula E championship. He happened to be speaking with a reporter from Bloomberg News who asked him what racing in Formula E might lead to. Branson replied with this unscripted, off hand remark (via Bloomberg):

“We have teams of people working on electric cars. So you never know. You may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business. We will see what happens.”

It’s true that Branson’s Virgin Galactic company is working hard on commercial space flight, as is Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation. He’s also big into renewable energy these days. It’s not unusual for billionaires to compete fiercely with each other as a way of measuring their power, influence and manhood. Perhaps the irrepressible Branson is miffed that Musk is enjoying so much success in the car business with Tesla and just wants to divert the media attention his way a little bit.

Anything is possible, but one thing is for sure. If Richard Branson wants to jump into the car business, he has the means to do so. He is no stranger to challenges such as being the first man to travel around the world in a helium balloon. If he says “Do it!”, it will be done.

For the present season, Formula E rules do not allow any variations in motors, batteries, inverters. gearboxes or cooling systems. But starting next year, development of motors, inverters and gearboxes will be allowed and the following year, improved batteries will be permitted. So Branson and Virgin Racing will need to have some very talented engineers to remain competitive with the rest of the field. Could those same engineers be put to work on building a passenger car or two?

What do you think?

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Why Everyone Should Learn A Second Language

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If you're looking to earn more money, live longer, and be happier, then you need to learn a second language, says Kayla Matthews


With more online learning resources available than we know what to do with, there’s really no reason for you to not know a second language.

Being bilingual not only gives you some fun bragging rights, but it also makes you stand out in the increasingly competitive job market.

Learning another language can pave the way for salary increases and open up tons of amazing job opportunities that would be far beyond reach for someone who only knows one language. But it doesn’t stop there. Did you know it can help keep your brain healthy, for longer?

If you’ve ever considered learning a second language, below are just some of the many reasons why you should finally commit to becoming bilingual.

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Future of Fabrics Folding into Tech

Future of Fabrics Folding into Tech | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

So you walk into a store and the salesperson takes a 3D scan of your body then uses it to design custom clothing that can be printed especially for you. Sounds like science fiction but this is the future of fashion and it’s unfolding before our eyes.

A new wave of textiles being developed and brought to market create a fashion realm where customization comes standard, environmental inefficiencies are nearly eradicated, and innovative fabrics are available for the masses. To make things appealing on the outside requires the right combination of math, science and technology on the inside.

The namesake of Bradley Rothenberg studio envisions a future where design studios and retail stores create fashion using only 3D printers. For many, Rothenberg is best known for his 3D fashions for the 2013 Victoria’s Secret show.

In addition to tailoring a garment to a person’s exact body type, 3D printers let designers push the materials possibilities beyond fabric.

“We can decide where we want the different textile properties: perhaps see-through in one area and stiff and structured in another,” said Rothenberg, whose studio develops textiles using mathematical algorithms and a range of 3D printing materials.

“For the last 150 years – more or less – textiles have been made in pretty much the same manner. There’s knitting and there’s weaving,” said Rothenberg.

“This industrial process [3D printing] is a new way to think about textiles and fashion,” he said. Read more by clicking on image or title above.




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The day is coming where plug-n chargers for your digital devices will be a thing of the past. Wearable technology makes it possible to keep your mobile devices fully charged by going our for a leisurly stroll and spending some time in the sun at your local park or beach.  Some of these fashions are quite attractive and functional.  This is the fashion wave of the future.  Aloha, Russ.

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How we grew our startup to an early revenue stage

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If you are a very early stage entrepreneur, then the next 10 minutes reading this post will probably save you weeks of time.

Like you, we started out with just a vision in our heads and little experience in running a SaaS business. Most of the time we had little clue of what we needed to do to convert traffic into leads and leads into customers. We got some great ideas from experts in the field, but the amount of knowledge on Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for early stage startups.

So we did what we like to call as ‘experiments’ on CRO rather than have ‘strategies’. Some of these experiments have worked brilliantly for us and well, some have failed miserably. So we are sharing our learnings with fellow entrepreneurs who are starting out. The idea is to share our experience with young entrepreneurs just like us and to convey the message that it is a good practice to go with your gut instinct and experiment with options.

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How the Apple Watch could reinvent fashion as we know it

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The most important thing that the Apple Watch has already tapped into, and has in common with the fashion world, is our imagination.

On one of the coldest days of the year, a smartly dressed woman, defying the elements, stands at one of the last remaining newsstands in Manhattan flipping through the voluminous bible of fashion that is the March issue of Vogue. Amid the pages of waifish models blissfully tossing aside $1,000 scarfs and tableaus of beauty products promising transformative powers she happens upon something completely different: another, mini-magazine, devoted to the Apple Watch.

The message contained therein, all visual, no text, is obvious: The illusion of luxury, of another, better life — one filled with glamour, the right look and the people and places that go along with such trimmings of success — now includes a smartwatch.

It's an old message, aspirational luxury, but one made new by technology playing the starring role. But all stars aren’t created equal. And even the most brilliant sometimes fail to capture the public's imagination.

So now, with companies like Apple, Nike, Under Armour and many others betting billions on the chance that the marriage of technology and fashion might produce a hit, there's a key question that needs answering: Is wearable technology ready? And will the Apple Watch be the catalyst that takes it mainstream? Read more: http://snip.ly/Z7xu




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5 Things I Learned About Successful Startups From Steve Jobs

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Former chief evangelist for Apple shares what makes entrepreneurs reach the next level.


No one could have taught you more about starting a company than Steve Jobs, and I had the privilege and honor of working for him in the Macintosh division of Apple.

Over the course of several years, and then watching him for another two decades, these are the five most important things that I learned about startups from him. Read more here: http://snip.ly/oeWK



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3 Easy Ways to Create an App with No Experience

3 Easy Ways to Create an App with No Experience | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

App development isn’t as hard as it was in the past. Business owners who want to get into the mobile space can make an app and test it too using app-building tools available on the market.

While technical know-how is important to make a killer app, these platforms just help make the job a lot easier for you, increasing the speed of the development process. Most importantly, the platforms can be used to learn app development and come in handy for particular niche app development, even if you are looking to build social media apps.

Here is a look at three tools that can do wonders for you.

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