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Why You Need to Reinvest Half of What You Earn Back Into Your Company

Why You Need to Reinvest Half of What You Earn Back Into Your Company | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
By putting money back into your business, you can help it grow quickly, learn from your mistakes and allows you to hire people to scale it even more.

Just a few years ago, I was saddled with $30,000 in student-loan debt after dropping out of college and taking on freelance jobs just to get by. Now, at the age of 28, I run a website that’s on pace to bring in millions of dollars this year.

People often ask how I turned a hobby blog into a lucrative business, and the answer is simple: Since the blog began bringing in money in 2011, I’ve reinvested half that revenue back into the business each year.

Here’s why reinvesting is the best thing you can do for your business, plus examples of how I’ve applied this strategy to my company. Read more: click image or title.




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You can either reinvest in your own company or work with outside money: loans, investors, VC money... Your own investments will always pay of better in the end.

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Tips for Startups on Raising Old Money and Crowdfunding - SiliconHills

Tips for Startups on Raising Old Money and Crowdfunding - SiliconHills | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Old real estate and oil money in town invested in San Antonio’s Rackspace early on, said Stephanie Chandler, partner with Jackson-Walker.

It was one of the first cases of old San Antonio money backing a startup technology venture here, she said.

Now with Geekdom, a technology incubator and accelerator in downtown San Antonio, the goal is to get even more local investment into startups, Chandler said.

“Over the last ten years there’s a much more significant uptick in what families are doing,” in investing in startup deals, she said. “Five years ago, we didn’t have the Rackspace founders looking at deals.”

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Here's a good look at an upcoming startup hub: Austin/San Antonio, and the funding situation for startups there as seen by an insider.

The new opportunities created by crowdfunding and the eagerness of 'old money' to play into new trends and profits. Combine that with the new requirements of equity crowdfunding, and you have a good and informative article.

Interesting read for any startup to see how 'smart money' thinks.

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What Is Snapchat?

What Is Snapchat? | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

A primer on the photosharing service that Facebook reportedly offered to buy for $3 billion.


.... How does Snapchat actually work?


Once you've found your friends on Snapchat, you can simply start taking pictures and sending them out to as many friends as you want.The app has a couple of distinguishing features in terms of photo taking. One, users can draw on their photos. So that's funny sometimes. Two, you can caption any photo. Three, you get to set how long — from 1-10 seconds — the photograph will be visible to receivers. Crucially, too, the app tells you when your snaps are opened by the receiver. You know they saw it....

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Focused around mobile and 'just having fun', this proves that the position of big social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are not the end, but just the beginning. Creative, and full of new challenges.

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Social media test's curator insight, December 9, 2013 6:33 PM

The new trend: small talk and short attention spans.

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:59 PM

Basically Snapchat enables people to send pictures or videos, which self-destruct, to people in their network. I believe this type of app is ideal for sharing sensitive information. For example, Kim and Vi have proposed a social media learning strategy for medical residents that may contain highly sensitive PII information. Snapchat may be the perfect tool to support this learning strategy aside from building an entirely new information sharing program.

 

Jamie Grooms's curator insight, October 25, 2015 5:11 PM

Obviously SnapChat is a great app for long distance couples. Send funny pictures, or serious ones to your significant other. Share your day through photos. Article by Alexis C. Madrigal. 

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VCs Advise U.S. Tech Startups To Go East Or Else - A Big Reverse - Forbes.com

VCs Advise U.S. Tech Startups To Go East Or Else - A Big Reverse - Forbes.com | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

What’s a U.S. tech startup without an Asian growth strategy? That’s what Silicon Valley venture capitalists want to know.

A panel discussion of leading Sand Hill Road investors at Silicon Dragon agreed they wouldn’t invest in a U.S. tech startup that has no plan to expand or operate in Asia’s emerging markets. That’s understandable given the growth curve of many of the region’s still-fast growth markets, their large-sized Internet and mobile sectors, and the entrepreneurial energy found in China, Korea and increasingly, India. The pace in Beijing, Bangalore and Seoul, in particular, can make Palo Alto seem a little sleepy. Plus, innovations are coming far more often from Asia’s leading tech hubs than even just a few years ago.

No savvy founder of a tech startup wants to be left behind — ask Guru Gowrappan of Quixey. See earlier post, Guru.

Several of the venture investors at the recent Silicon Dragon forum in the Valley have portfolio companies that are benefiting from a go-Asia strategy. They include some big name investors – Softbank and GGV Capital among them – both of them early investors in Alibaba.  See Silicon Dragon Video of VC panel discussion: Go East or Else.

The panel included Hany Nada of GGV, Chris Evdemon of Innovation Works, Eric Hsia of Translink Capital, Eric Kim of Goodwater Capital, Teddy Himler of Softbank and David Yuan of Redpoint Ventures.

The Go East trend has gained momentum as Alibaba showed the way by becoming mainstream. Now, mobile search app provider Quixey, TV remote app maker Peel, messaging app Tango and wearable device maker Misfit (to name a few) are scaling up with an Asian strategic plan.

Most of them are being led by their venture investor who have significant networks in the regions and can get, say Alibaba, Renren, Tencent to back their emerging companies.

By Rebecca Fannin on Forbes.




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Billion-Dollar Startup Club - WSJ.com

Billion-Dollar Startup Club - WSJ.com | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
The Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource are tracking companies that are valued at $1 billion or more by venture-capital firms. Today there are more than 30 such companies in the U.S., Europe and China.

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Dazzling numbers. Which ones are profitable?

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Companies to follow

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Unlocking India’s innovation potential - The Times of India

Unlocking India’s innovation potential - The Times of India | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Today we are at the edge of innovation in several fields including big data, clean energy, mobile and social computing.

Today we are at the edge of innovation in several fields including big data, clean energy, mobile and social computing. Yet, translating this into big rewards on the global stage continues to be a challenge for India. What are the opportunities and how do we leverage them as a nation?

The second most populous nation, the third highest GDP globally, a demographic dividend that has created vast base of young and educated workforce... yet, while much has been discussed on India's contribution to the world on the strength of our vast intellectual resources, unfortunately when it comes to innovation, we have a long way to go.

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Amazing to see these numbers. India's population between 15-29 is larger than the total population of the USA.

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