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Bad Ideas Rock!  A Lesson Every Startup Should Learn

Bad Ideas Rock!  A Lesson Every Startup Should Learn | Startup Revolution |

How Bad Ideas Become Good Ideas

Haunting, miserable and heartbreaking failure is nothing anyone every thinks will happen to them. Yet, failure is a necessary step says this Inc process post every startup should read.

Inc's focus is on how bad ideas impact design, but truths shared, far from self-evident, are good to learn. Bad things become good things by recognition and listening. Bad design becomes a good design by tweaking, testing, and more listening.  

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Haunting miserable failure is a necessary condition of good design. For every charmed life capable of creating winning design from the jump there are thousands that must fail first. The "Charmed" are clearly exceptions to the rule as this Inc post shares. 

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Pricing A Revolution - @Curagami Adds A Waitlist

Pricing A Revolution - @Curagami Adds A Waitlist | Startup Revolution |
Please Note: Waitlist Thanks to our friends at FedEx Curagami’s agency business, our incubation lab where we invest in customers and they invest in us, is currently CLOSED. With 4 active clients we have no room at the Inn. This doesn’t mean we can’t help. We have friends in every aspect of online marketing. Friends …
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3 Things 5,000 Startup Entrepreneurs Know You Should Too via @HaikuDeck

3 Things 5,000 Startup Entrepreneurs Know You Should Too via @HaikuDeck | Startup Revolution |

Wiki-ization of Marketing: Moving From Brands To Communities

As digital marketing becomes more about communities and less about control Wiki-like meritocracy is taking over.

Invisible Giant: Why the new SEO Is So Hard To See

The new SEO is being obscured by the social / mobile web, Google changes and the rapidly changing nature of content marketing & curation.

Tomorrow's Ecommerce Today

Is it possible to design tomorrow's ecommerce website today? Yes

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How To Buy Web Design via @HaikuDeck

How To Buy Web Design via @HaikuDeck | Startup Revolution |
After almost 14 years an Internet marketer and the last two as Marketing Director for Raleigh's largest web and software design agency I know people need HELP buying web design.
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Cloud Website Development Demystified [infographic]

Cloud Website Development Demystified [infographic] | Startup Revolution |

“ How does cloud computing really work? What is the Cloud? Demystifying the Cloud is an infographic that pulls the curtains back on the cloud and explains it all!”

Via Peter Azzopardi, massimo facchinetti, Paul Aneja - eTrends, walter Bongibault, Emeric Nectoux, Djebar Hammouche
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Stay with this infographic because its subject, how cloud computing changes website development, information architecture, mobile computing and....well everything, is important. Important enough to decipher this dense infographic (lol).

Marshall Van Fleet's curator insight, February 22, 2014 8:26 AM

I found this article answered many questions I had about "The Cloud"...I thought I would share it with you...

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 16, 2014 9:15 AM

Not that complicated, isn't it? I even manage to explain it to my mother the other day :)

Now, thanks to these infographics, you even have the means to find out the ROI for your own organisation,

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5 Ways Your Logo Impacts Your Social Presence | BusinessBlogs Hub

5 Ways Your Logo Impacts Your Social Presence | BusinessBlogs Hub | Startup Revolution |
Social media presence is essential to business success. It is the most efficient way for companies to communicate with their target market and express what they have to offer.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

TRUST is built on many things your logo, you website's nonverbal communicaiton, how easy it is to understand and about 100 other CSFs (Critical Success Factors). This post takes a hard look at how your logo impacts creation of online trust. 

Silvano Bonini's curator insight, July 16, 2013 10:11 AM

Ogni nuova Azienda deve essere riconoscibile con un logo ben studiato, per sviluppare una forte presenza sui social network, un logo accattivante incoraggia la condivisione di contenuti e di conseguenza la crescita della presenza nella comunità social.

Amanda Groover's curator insight, October 28, 2013 1:42 PM

Your brand awareness is important!  Everywhere your logo appears is an opportunity for your business to succeed or fail.  Great article on logos and social media. 

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Piccsy Investor Pitchdeck [Infographic]

Piccsy Investor Pitchdeck [Infographic] | Startup Revolution |
Detailed information about Piccsy for investors.
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Great Startup Investor infographic. Great way to take investor through a cool product and how it is scaling ahead of plan.

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Headphones Game Icons Design Contest - LAST DAY

Headphones Game Icons Design Contest - LAST DAY | Startup Revolution |

Headphones Game Icons Design Contest
We're creating a cool new "Headphones Game" for friends at We need KILLER icons, so we're looking for a great designer on 99Designs. 

Our Headphones Game icon design contest ends in 4 days. Share your ideas on 99Designs: 


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Our Favorite FREE SEO Tools In SEO For Web Designers @HaikuDeck

Our Favorite FREE SEO Tools In SEO For Web Designers @HaikuDeck | Startup Revolution |

SEO For Web Designers
Web designers shouldn't be SEO experts since keeping up with DESIGN is a full-time job. But web designers are where SEO rubber meets the Google Road so understanding a handful of ideas is critical to the online success of any designers creations.

This Haiku Deck includes a list of our favorite FREE SEO tools and how to use them to create a content marketing map. Content marketing maps help move your site to the first page of listings for keywords that matter (to your business or nonprofit).

Many of the tips included in SEO for Web Designers are universal and so helpful to anyone creating online communication...and who ISN'T creating online communication these days?

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Startups Avoid the Talking To Yourself About Yourself Blackhole

Startups Avoid the Talking To Yourself About Yourself Blackhole | Startup Revolution |

Popping Startup Bubble
As we create our Triangle Startup Factory funded startup called Curagami ( we operate largely in self imposed bubble. Books such as The Lean Startup explain the need to get OUT THERE working with customers to create validated learning as soon as possible.

We can see why. Problem solving can be solipsistic. Problems can create more problems on into infinity. Since our tool is about know what content matters and why the irony of falling into the problem black hole would be crippling. Here are a few ideas for how to break out of the startup bubble:

* Work with "beta customers" who are almost part of your team but running businesses your tool can help (such as Moon-Audio and Vestique for Curagami).

* Start forming community ASAP. We stumbled a little on this when our Curator Contest got swamped with my need to have chemo again. We ill get back on the horse because forming community is a CSF (Critical Success Factor).

* Create Key Performance Indicators for EXTERNAL validation metrics such as whitepaper downloads, unique visitors, time on site and email list growth.

* Curate content from a wide range of experts and sources because curation is easier and cheaper than content creation, more relevant to what is happening now and it helps your brand because you gain in authority by curating content from authorities.

* Define your "competitive space" BROADLY. Don't just look directly across the table discover who and what is competing for your customers mindshare and then steal the good stuff and lead with asynchronous marketing.

* Find a universal topic such as seasonality (locally "universal" and others can easily empathize with HOT and COLD) and the weather.

* Create asynchronous marketing and if that sounds disruptive and as if you should blow shit up you are getting the idea. Sometimes you should do some strange things JUST TO SEE how they blow up. Try not to blow up the good stuff :).

When startups do any two of those ideas they are less likely to fall into the talking to themselves about themselves black hole that can easily swallow a startup whole.

The link to Google Plus shares more information about how to use universal signals to create empathy and community:

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Creating CrowdFunde's New Logo - Crowdfunde

Creating CrowdFunde's New Logo - Crowdfunde | Startup Revolution |

Creating CrowdFunde's new logo includes our rough drafts along with a short description of why the graphic design ended up where it did.

As I share in this post about the process of creating a logo any graphical communication should lead, follow or get out of the way (lol). In this case's designer Rachelle Leath suggested something I didn't see - she made Funde green.

That may seem like a small thing, but it isn't. I've been working on this logo for months and felt like I had it close. I needed another pair of eyes, a pro graphic designer to supplement my amateur efforts (lol).l

Once I saw Funde i green my immediate reaction was, "That tells a better story". Every element needs to tell a story especially a logo. Sometimes I have the logo creation story all worked out. Not this time.

This time I had a good design, but I missed Rachelle's idea to emphasize CROWD and Funde. This emphasis helps tell CrowdFunde's brand story. The positioning of crowdsourcing and content marketing FUNDED by crowds is easier to SEE now. This new logo begins to tell that story right off.

When you create a hook like Funde in green the minute you explain it your visitors will have a V8 moment. They will smack their head and your story and graphic will feel easy, understandable and fun.

Great job by Rachelle and WTE team helping to create a new CrowdFunde logo. Now our job, as the marketing team, is to craft a brand story consistent with the new logo. I like to write a short story ABOUT the logo. Why?

A good logo prompts curiosity, so answer the unstated but prevalent question of why we crafted the logo the way we did provides another brand positioning and storytelling opportunity.  

Jaap de Witte's comment, April 7, 2014 9:26 AM
nice man
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Lean Design Movement: Why Web Designers Will Design Less And Collaborate More

Lean Design Movement: Why Web Designers Will Design Less And Collaborate More | Startup Revolution |
Create Conversations NOT Websites A V8 SLAP About State Of Web Design TODAY
Wow what a HUGE realization today working on…...
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

I lifted Eric Ries' Lean Startup book cover on purpose. Today I realized that what a #startup actually IS has changed a lot. Lisa Gansky hinted at these changes in her book Meshing It, but creating is making the need to design conversations and collaborate with existing scaled partners a clear WINNER for any startup.

GOOGLE is the reason. Google's system now rewards existing trusted site almost to the exclusion of everyone else. Startups don't have the TIME needed to create the TRUST required so find a partner and hop on their back... at least for a little bit while you are through the now very brutal MVP (minimal viable product) phase. 

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Easy To Use Webydo Creates Websites Even Designers Love [Video]

Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Cool web design app from a trusted source (Ana).

DeBorah Beatty's curator insight, May 11, 2013 8:41 PM

This looks like something to check into! Too bad it's frame based, though.

MrAnalytic's curator insight, May 12, 2013 6:44 AM

very nice design!

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, May 12, 2013 12:43 PM
Too kind of you Marty! Thank you!