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How to Stay Fresh and Focused in Business

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Common sense, down-to-earth tips. Good to remember.

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Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, April 15, 2014 6:40 AM

Recomendaciones importantes, sobre todo para los trabajadores solitarios, cada vez más numerosos.

Lynne M. Williams BS, MA, ABD★'s curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:39 PM

Great tips to plan each day!

4twenty2's curator insight, April 16, 2014 4:18 AM

7 Tips for keeping focused and relaxed through the day.  It will not only make you more productive, your team will follow suit.  The more relaxed your work environment is the more you can achieve and the more approachable you are to your team.  

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The Worst Thing Any Leader Can Do To High Performers

The Worst Thing Any Leader Can Do To High Performers | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

If you’ve managed a team for even a year, you know the crazy behavior that human beings can deliver.  As a CEO for 23 years, I remember dozens of times I sat with my head in my hands, wondering what a team member was thinking, if anything.  If you’re the type of leader who hates to confront people problems head on, this will be a painful (but essential) read.

In my last post, knowing that I’d be sitting with Hall of Fame quarterback and football legend Joe Montana, reader John O’Dea asked about the challenges of building a strong cohesive team out of so many high-octane individuals. He was thinking of the 49’ers team led by Bill Walsh, under whose leadership Joe Montana played most of his career. I was able to fire John’s question at Joe, and his answer came from the perspective of being one of the highest performing team members (not from being the leader).
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The team is more important than any high performing idiot. Good managers know that, and good team leaders will stand up to confrontations. Great article.

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Park East Group Inc-Strategic Business Planners - Google+ - What is collaborative marketing? It is a simple concept of… | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

It is a simple concept of sharing your marketing resources with other business to a similar target market to maximize coverage of your money.  However collaboration is more than just sharing content and information. It is about bringing ideas together, pooling resources and helping each other share customers.

Collaborative marketing helps local businesses which are targeting similar customers in a geographical location. If you run a pizza shop and the next door is a coffee shop, you can run combined ads in radio, television and-print media for the same price, doubling your chances of reaching customers. You can offer coupons to each other’s stores at the same time.

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Great concept. Small businesses should explore this concept. Maybe call it 'crowd-marketing'?

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6 Ways Startups Can Play Nice With Corporations - Entrepreneur

6 Ways Startups Can Play Nice With Corporations - Entrepreneur | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

It is safe to say that the majority of startups around the world have historically perceived large, established technology companies as poor dance partners. While startups, and the entrepreneurs behind them, are viewed as exciting, agile and risk-prone, large established companies are often times not viewed in the same light, even when this is not true.

Large technology companies have made significant efforts to better understand the needs of entrepreneurs. This has led them to adopt new approaches to working within the startup ecosystem, both in a particular company's "home country" as well as in geographic regions that are located far away from corporate headquarters.

In fact, large corporations have made such significant progress working with startups in foreign locales that they have become, in the most successful cases, an integral player in the local high-tech ecosystem and a valuable resource to the entrepreneurs building new technologies.

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As a startup you usually have big plans. Involve some big partners. Seek out potential business partners in your area.

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Camera-equipped soccer ball will bring new views to World Cup

Camera-equipped soccer ball will bring new views to World Cup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Get ready to see the World Cup from a whole new perspective.

Cameras are everywhere, and now they're going to be in the soccer ball that will be used in the World Cup in Brazil. Created by Adidas, the Brazucam is arguably the most high-tech soccer ball ever conceived. The custom soccer ball is equipped with six high definition cameras (GoPros, if you must know), which will be used to record the game from new angles.

What kind of angles and views can we expect? How about views from the ball flying in the air before it gets kicked by another player? Or views of the ball coming right into the goal? You can see a teaser for types of awesome angles the camera-equipped ball will enable.

By our calculations, though, the footage would greatly benefit from 3D. Yeah, imagine that, footage we actually want to see in 3D.

Adidas plans to release a new video on its YouTube channel every week as the ball travels around the world and ends up at the World Cup in Brazil.

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Technology keeps on offering great new perspectives. I'm sure that soccer fans will love this one.

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Two Pens's curator insight, April 6, 2014 1:05 PM

The reason they invented a camera-equipped ball is that there is an arms race for new, interesting visuals--whether in moving pix or print or on the web. Think Go-Pro for the foot.

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StartupVitamins for Startups

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Entrepreneur is just French for 'Has Ideas, does them'.

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The 7 Things Successful People Never Say

The 7 Things Successful People Never Say | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

You want to be successful. Everyone does. But your actual words might be undermining your chances of success. The things you say in the office, no matter how innocuous they seem to you, might be knocking you down the career ladder and putting the top position you dream about out of reach.

Your career is too important to be tanked by a few negative phrases. Here are the seven things you should strike from your workplace vocabulary if you want to achieve the success you richly deserve:

1. “That’s not in my job description.”

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Humor, flexibility, compromise, innovation, will bring much more respect than being defensive and referring to the 'rules'.

Try to think with the goals of the company in mind, and see what you can do to contribute. Again: stop the defensive thinking.

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10 Secrets of Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

10 Secrets of Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

I've been an entrepreneur most of my adult life. Recently, on a long business flight, I began thinking about what it takes to become successful as an entrepreneur--and how I would even define the meaning of success. The two ideas became more intertwined in my thinking: success as an entrepreneur, entrepreneurial success. I've given a lot of talks over the years on the subject of entrepreneurship. The first thing I find I have to do is to dispel the persistent myth that entrepreneurial success is all about innovative thinking and breakthrough ideas. I've found that entrepreneurial success usually comes through great execution, simply by doing a superior job of doing the blocking and tackling.

But what else does it take to succeed as an entrepreneur, and how should an entrepreneur define success?

Here's what I came up with, a Top 10 List:

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It's not just about having the 'big idea'? Of course not. Don't forget to
'Do it' too. Good article.

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Rhonda Hunter's curator insight, April 4, 2014 9:43 AM

What keeps you awake at night as a small business owner or entrepreneur?  Let LEGG (Lincoln Entrepreneur Growth Group) help you find those solutions...so we can all rest better!  Rhonda Hunter 704-732-1511 x 1 or www.lincolneda.org check out the Entrepreneur Growth tab and Tools for Business.

Cathy Matthews's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:30 PM

Great insights. - So true that no-one can do it all by themselves. It's important to find the smartest people around who can complement your strengths and 'run with the wind'. Giving back is also vital and  helps to make it all worthwhile.

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Design Thinking: A Unified Framework For Innovation

Design Thinking: A Unified Framework For Innovation | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Over the years the question of what makes some companies, and the people within, more or less creative than others has been studied ad nauseam. The idea of innovation within business has long been thrown around, it’s a kind of catchall term used for everything a company must do continue to remain relevant. We are led to believe that without a strong amount of “innovation,” your company is surely doomed. But the realities of innovation and creativity are much more complicated than simply a willingness to be more creative.

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Innovation makes the real difference. If you don't take part in it, sooner or later you'll miss the edge that put you in the lead in the first place. Make it a priority to be feed innovation, in yourself, your team and your company.

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How to Build a Culture of Innovation Pt. 2: The 12 Pillars of Innovation

How to Build a Culture of Innovation Pt. 2: The 12 Pillars of Innovation | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

In part one of this series on how to build a culture of innovation, I focused on the challenges organizations face as they inevitably face disruption from direct and emergent competitors. But it's not just external competition, it's also internal forces that prevent companies from unlocking creativity to compete. As Viktor E. Frankl once said, "It isn't the past which holds us back, it's the future; and how we undermine it, today."

 

Why do we need to change? We're profitable today! Change is for everyone else right?

 

Wrong.

 

Change happens to us or because of us. In an era of digital Darwinism, technology and society are evolving faster than the ability for many to adapt. We have a choice in how our story unfolds. But it's a classic story of leading or following. People around you want to see what others are doing to change. At the same time, those companies that are figuring out how to change are already ahead of the game. Here you are trying to justify it by way of examples. digital Darwinism doesn't wait or discriminate. Natural selection favors those that at least try.

 

You know in your heart that in order to change requires a new perspective followed by a new approach, supported only by relentless execution and learning. The good news is that there are companies that are successfully thriving in an era of digital Darwinism. You have precedent to lean on. But you and I know that even with examples, the real challenge is making the case and ultimately taking the first step. Once you do, momentum carries you forward.

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Innovation is inevitable in this fast changing culture of business. It takes courage, wit, imagination.

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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 31, 2014 8:18 AM

Good advice for how to create a culture of innovation and disruption within an organization.

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11 Leadership Lessons Men Can Learn From Women

11 Leadership Lessons Men Can Learn From Women | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

1. Situational Understanding

Males have a “fix-it” mentality when it comes to any situation, issue or problem that arises. While this is a great trait to have, one thing we can learn from women in business is to care about the person and situation at hand. Place a strong focus on that part of the equation. Listen, wait to speak and understand the human emotion that drives an issue before jumping in to fix things.
- Matt Shoup, MattShoup.com

2. Initiative

According to a recent article published in Business Insider, building on an ongoing study by leadership consultancy firm Zenger Folkman, women are perceived as more effective leaders particularly in the area of “taking initiative.” If this is a feminine trait, count me in! All effective leaders, regardless of gender, need the ability to see what needs to get done, and just do it.
- David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services

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Zian Peak's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:53 AM

Do men really not have these talents? I can certainly think of a few... however, perhaps on the whole these are female traits.

CEO_University's curator insight, July 18, 2014 5:47 PM

This is a great article.

Dale Roach's curator insight, September 14, 2014 10:52 PM

Some of the best team leadership skills I have ever discovered came when I was willing to listen to a woman's perspective.

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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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8 Signs You're a Control Freak

8 Signs You're a Control Freak | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
You might not know it, but your controlling behaviors are making your employees batty. Here are a few ways to ease up already.

Control freaks rarely know that they are one. They believe that they are helping people with their "constructive criticism" or taking over a project because "no one else will do it right."

They don't see their controlling behaviors as symptoms of what's really going on--their own anxiety has run amuck.

Irrational thoughts abound in our high stress world: If I don't get this contract, I'll get fired. If I'm not home by 6:00, I'm a terrible parent. If I don't get that raise, I suck at my job.  All of these thoughts might be true, but probably not.

Rather than tackle our own irrational thinking and massage it into more realistic thinking, we attempt to control the situation, usually by trying to control other people.

Want to know if you're a control freak? Here are eight signs for your self-diagnosing pleasure.

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Hot issue, in every aspect of who you are, in business and in your personal life. Of course, running a business or a startup requires a good balance of control. The last word hasn't been said about this.

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Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard

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Like James T. Kirk, Captain Jean-Luc Picard provides valuable insight for leaders in the present - and future.

“He’d ensure the safety of his ship and his crew
And then complete the mission
And make himself a better person
Bring peace to the galaxy
And do it for free
Oh yeah, that’s what Captain Picard would do.”

– from “What Would Captain Picard Do?” by Hank Green

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Leading your team takes courage, wisdom, understanding, and much more. The Jean-Luc Picard example is great, and the article is excellent.

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Startup Professionals Musings: Team Member Competency Is Critical To Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings: Team Member Competency Is Critical To Your Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Team Member Competency Is Critical To Your Startup

Most people think that the Peter Principle (employee rises to his level of incompetence) only applies to large organizations. Let me assure you that it is also alive and well within startups. I see startup founders and managers who are stalled transplants from large organizations, as well as highly-capable technologists trying to start and run a business for the first time.

Forty years ago, in a satiric book named “The Peter Principle”, Dr. Laurence J. Peter first defined this phenomenon. The principle asserts that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent, and there they remain, unless they start or join a startup to get the next level.

In all environments, the move to incompetence often occurs when competent technical people try to step into management or executive positions, for which they have no aptitude, interest, or training. How many technologists have tried to run startups and failed?

So what are the keys to avoiding this problem for yourself, and recognizing the signs and requirements in your own team, before the “level of incompetence” paralyzes your startup:

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Martin Zwilling's advice is excellent. Stay within your competency and find other people for other tasks. Get the ego out of the way. Make your team 'click'.

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Staples Begins Offering 3D Printing Service In Stores - 3DPrint.com

Staples Begins Offering 3D Printing Service In Stores - 3DPrint.com | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

We all knew it was bound to happen. Staples for the last year has been selling 3D printers within many of their stores here in the United States, but today they have begun offering 3D printing services within two of there U.S. locations; one in New York City, and the other in Los Angeles. This is not a first for Staples, who last year introduced 3D printing services at stores located in Europe.

Anyone can stroll into these two locations and print out an almost infinite number of items, of course for a fee. Staples hasn’t announced the exact pricing model they will be using, but the the pricing will range from a few bucks to potentially thousands of dollars for larger, more complicated items. Most of the items will be printed in the stores, however some of the bigger items will be done in partnership with 3D Systems, who will ship the printed products once complete. The decision to go with just two store locations, in two very high trafficked areas is part of a pilot program, that if it takes off, could expand to numerous other stores around the nation.

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Cool, finally ready to duplicate myself...!

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$1 Million for a Great Idea

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Behold the world's largest business idea competition. Eyes on the $1 million prize. Come and collect your cash ...

With $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million, six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards, 43North is setting out to turn the best new business ideas from around the globe into reality.

Winners also receive free incubator space for a year, guidance from mentors related to their field and access to other exciting incentive programs.

43North is open to applicants in any industry, with the exception of retail and hospitality. Winners agree to operate their business in the Buffalo, New York for a minimum of one year and provide 43North with 5% non-dilutive equity in their company.

The competition includes three rounds of judging:
        1.  Feb 5, 2014 to May 31, 2014: 43North accepts applications via 43North.org – apply here.
        2.  Sept 15, 2014 to Sept 20, 2014: Semifinalists present their plans via webinar
        3.  Oct 27, 2014 to Oct 30, 2014: Finalists present their plans during a weeklong series of events in Buffalo, NY

43North is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, which is driving new economic opportunities throughout Buffalo and Western New York. The competition operates through the support of New York Power Authority and Launch NY.

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Ideas finally get rewarded! This needs to be done everywhere, not just in the Buffalo,NY area.


Don't forget your business plan.

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25 Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Wish They'd Known Before Their First Startup

25 Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Wish They'd Known Before Their First Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Think you have what it takes?

Founding a company isn't for the faint of heart.

Every entrepreneur — no matter the size of their company — faces tough decisions and seemingly insurmountable struggles at some point in the process of getting their idea off the ground.

Think you have what it takes?

Rejoiner's Joseph Putnam teamed up with Grasshopper to ask more than two dozen founders for the advice and wisdom they wish they'd had before starting their first company. He gave us permission to share those insights. 

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The entrepreneurial life is different and can be hard at times. Here are a few good examples of those who are doing it.

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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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Entrepreneurs in the School of Hard Knocks...Literally

Entrepreneurs in the School of Hard Knocks...Literally | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

If you do the crime, you do the time. There’s nothing to dispute about that.

The laws are in place to protect the community, and are expected to be enforced when violated. Prison is the penalty for crimes committed against individuals, families, organizations and society in general.

Rightfully, America makes sure the punishment occurs.

For example, the population of Americans behind bars today, either in jail or prison, is 2.3 million people. That’s larger than the 4th largest city in America, Houston, Texas. This means 1 in every 100 Americans sitting behind the numerous penal systems as this blog is written.

The reality is that most of these people convicted will be release back into our communities and societies at some point in time. There are hundreds of offenders released everyday from jail and prison throughout the country. Chances are high, that if an offender commits a crime in a particular county, after being released from prison, they will be back in the same area the crime had originated by day’s end.


Studies have proven that ex-offenders are 60-70% likely to recommit crimes and end up back in prison within 3 years of being released.

Its fair to say that this is a widely debated topic, with many hardliners from each side of the political spectrum ready and eagerly to have their opinions stated. The “tough-on-crime” approach vs. the “what-needs-to-be-done-to-battle-recidivism” concept. It’s a social dilemma that is there, with its complexity of different variables and tangibles, such as offender’s drug addictions playing an impact, to the environment and employment status of offenders at the time crimes were committed. Not forgetting to mention how one was raised and the lack of family establishment. Of course, not all inmates have endured these sociological situations previously mentioned, but it’s safe to say that most have.

Whatever stance you have on the problem, whether right or left, Republican or Democrat, both sides and everyone in between can agree that there is a problem.

A problem means an opportunity, a favorable circumstance to undertake providing a solution. According to an entrepreneur, that is.

In the great state of Texas, where everything is considered bigger, including it’s prison population of 163,000 inmates, a program has made an amazing effort to combat this problem, by fusing offenders with entrepreneurship.

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (P.E.P.) is that program.

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Great initiative. This needs duplication. Also, if you know people in that situation, let them know. Read the whole article, very positive.

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How to choose a business name | Creative Boom Blog | Art, Design, Creativity

How to choose a business name | Creative Boom Blog | Art, Design, Creativity | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

When you're setting up your own business, one of the most exciting and creative things you'll have to do is choose a name for yourself. But it's also something you have to get right, not just for legal reasons but for creating the right impression for potential customers.

It's a definite fact that choosing the right business name isn't as straightforward as you might think. There's all sorts of things you might not have considered, which is why I've put together this guide to help you step in the right direction.

This article will show you how to choose the right name and what you'll have to do to ensure you're following the right rules, that's whether you're becoming a sole trader or limited company. Here are my top tips on how to choose a business name:

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Choosing a business name is absolutely essential. Don't go over it lightly. Test it, try it, say it, check it.

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Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone

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To be successful in business, you need to connect and collaborate.

Many people think that an entrepreneur is someone who operates alone, overcoming challenges and bringing his idea to market through sheer force of personality. This is completely inaccurate. Few entrepreneurs -- scratch that: almost no one -- ever achieved anything worthwhile without help. To be successful in business, you need to connect and collaborate and delegate.

Finding ways to meet with people in the real world and build business relationships is becoming ever more important in the digital age. While in some industries it’s possible for employees to limit their communications to email and, if they wish, avoid interacting with colleagues (and their managers), that’s not possible for entrepreneurs, since relationships built on trust are vital to doing business.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Richard Branson could never have built his empire without knowing how to collaborate. Business are built by people, the 'team'. In business funding, one of the main questions of the investor is, "Who is in your team"? Another question should be: "Do you know how to make a team collaborate"? Good article from Branson. That's probably one of his main secrets to success.

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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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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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Six tips for developing successful strategic partnerships

Six tips for developing successful strategic partnerships | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A strategic partner canprovide you with capital, or let you leverage their brand to give you more exposure. They could help you win business by offering services that you can’t, while you build out those competencies on your own team. When it works well, a strategic partnership can be just what you need to speed up the growth of your business.

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You've heard about strategic partnerships, but it's not as simple as just saying you want to have some good partners. Here are some great fundamental guidelines.

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11 Personal Branding Power Tips

11 Personal Branding Power Tips | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

You. Me. Michael Hyatt. Popeye.

Perhaps we don’t have that much in common. Ah, but we do. Personal brands are we. Our agendas may differ—better job, more clients, book sales, or (your goal here)—but we seek the same things: recognition, respect, influence and success.

You, my friend, are a brand. Our agendas may differ—better job, more clients, book sales, or (your goal here)—but we seek the same things: recognition, respect, influence and success. Here are five tips from online leader Michael Hyat and 6 more from me.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Great article from Barry Feldman. Well written and lots of information.

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Stefano Principato's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:06 AM

The focus of your blog—and all your content—must be your readers. What are their needs? What are their pains? How can you help?

What can you offer your audience? What will they get from investing their time in your content? Do you offer resources to help people work smarter? Do you offer leadership insights? 

Chris Shern's curator insight, March 23, 2014 6:08 PM

This article is packed with useful tips and guidelines.