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How Web Data Extraction Services Can Help Startups

How Web Data Extraction Services Can Help Startups | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Starting a business has its fair share of ebbs and flows - it can be extremely challenging to get a new business off the blocks, and extremely rewarding when everything goes according to plan and y...
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Found this a fascinating read. We thought about hiring a "scrapper" at Curagami. We weren't sure 1. who was reputable (scraping can show up as an attack if you aren't careful) and 2. how to engage those who we could trust to help. This post answers both those questions though some additional research on vendors is probably called for as the post has a salesy point of view.

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Zero To One = Startups Must Read by Peter Thiel

Zero To One = Startups Must Read by Peter Thiel | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

PayPal's Peter Thiel's book is a #mustread for startups. We love Peter's advice to NOT be BORG and follow but to imagine, think and go BIG. Life is too short to do anything else. Book's tone is as valuable as the writing. It is honest, true and cuts through the BS of some things people love (Lean Startup, MVP). Great read, great advice.

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33 Cool Apps Help Startups Create Visual Marketing FTW

33 Cool Apps Help Startups Create Visual Marketing FTW | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

We have put together a list of tools that can help you create amazing visual content like infographics, memes, gifs, etc. Must read for every online marketer.

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Great list mostly new to me. Missing one of my favorite visual marketing tools Haiku Deck: http://haikudeck.com/ . Haiku Deck is much more than a simple UI on the Creative Commons. If you are SMART you will use Haiku and some of these other #cooltools to create the kind of arresting visual marketing we all need and aspire to daily.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, November 19, 2014 1:32 PM

A wealth of information.

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Float Like A Startup Butterfly & Sting Like A Bee: Levels Launches 12 Startups in 12 Months | WIRED

Float Like A Startup Butterfly & Sting Like A Bee: Levels Launches 12 Startups in 12 Months | WIRED | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Can’t get enough of that animated GIF where Oprah unleashes a swarm of bees on her studio audience? Or the one where some guy gets hit in the face by a trashcan? You’re in luck. Soon, a new startup called Gifbook will sell you some flip books that recreate your favorite animated GIFs, so that…

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Levels is cool. I added Durham, NC to his Nomad List of great places to be work "in the wild". Love the idea of FAST and then FASTER startup creation. Reminds me of a lesson Alton Pickens taught before we realized what a bad painter I am (lol). }

In college Pickens had me line up 50 sheets of paper and create with a timer. Fast became faster. He was trying to destroy THINKING TOO MUCH. Levels is doing the same by floating like a startup butterfly and stinging like a bee.

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Gestalt of Coaching Entrepreneurs & Startups With Adzerk's James Avery - CrowdFunde

Gestalt of Coaching Entrepreneurs & Startups With Adzerk's James Avery - CrowdFunde | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

James Avery's sudden & bad realization - he was an asshole. He was giving advice the wrong way. Learn how he stopped giving bad advice to startups.

Lunch With Adzerk's James Avery
We had a great lunch with Adzerk CEO James Avery at Triangle Startup Factory on Friday. James realized he was giving advice the wrong way. This post is about how he shifted the way he shares experience instead of being so presumptuous as to "give advice".  

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7 Things I Learned As A 2nd Time Founder

7 Things I Learned As A 2nd Time Founder | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
I built and launched my first startup a few months ago. Although it failed, it just fueled my entrepreneurial fire to la…
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So true. Each time around the merry go round I learn more. On my 4th startup and still looking for the magic tipping point were easier and money go together (lo).

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10 Statup Dos & Don'ts With Scenttrail Comments

10 Statup Dos & Don'ts With Scenttrail Comments | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

What a startup company should avoid and what should imitate

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for startups


1. Don’t waste time creating huge Biz Plans.

AGREE Become a NOWIST (watch Joy Ito's TED Talk http://www.ted.com/talks/joi_ito_want_to_innovate_become_a_now_ist?language=en

2. Be Flexible
AGREE and don't let anyone tell you "startups do it this way" they are full of it. Startups do it every way.

3. Don’t imitate large companies.
AGREE small is the new BIG. Better to be nimble and fast these days. Trying to be something you are not is a fool's errand since everyone knows everything all the time.


4. Differentiation & USP Beat Innovation.
AGREE execution matters more than ideas no matter how sexy the idea.

5. No Org Chart Thinking.
AGREE, everyone needs to do everything all the time. Some roles and responsibilities need to be defined, but loosely so. Better to step on each other than create "not my table" thinking.


6. No Glam or Funky Titles
Agree, the Chief Party Hardy Man is dated and stupid. Don't go there and don't use big sounding titles. I prefer FOUNDER to CEO.

7. Don’t evangelize repeatedly your vision and strategy.
DISAGREE STRONGLY This is strange advice. I wear my startups logo DAILY and will give our elevator pitch to strangers and it gets a little better each time. Once I can do our pitch in my sleep and see recognition instead of a thousand yard stare upon reception then I will slow down the pitching practice.

8. Don’t look for extra skilled or over qualified personnel.
Agree there is no silver bullet and that includes people. If you get some massively talented guru level talent they will be too hard to work with in a startup environment. .


9. Don’t set numerous, unclear or unrealistic objectives.
Agree - see point #1 about becoming a NOWIST.



10. Don’t ignore the strength of the team.
Agree ad would add BECOME a team. You must be one for all and all for one with each member realizing and acting on the "sum of the parts is greater than the whole" idea. No I in team and that means sacrifice ego at the door of any startup. No one can do that 100% but TRY.

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Jeremy Barton's curator insight, December 11, 2014 2:41 AM

We sometimes spend too much time on we think we need to do and no time at all on what we don't need to do.

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Free Genius Lunch Columbus, Ohio November 16 - December 3

Free Genius Lunch Columbus, Ohio November 16 - December 3 | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Free Genius Lunches in Columbus Ohio
I'm living in Columbus, Ohio at the Blackwell Inn on the Ohio State University's campus from now until December 3rd (being treated by Dr. Byrd at the James Cancer Center). I love meeting, discussing and learning from fellow startups, entrepreneurs, artists and cool smart people.

I'm stealing @Phil Buckley Genius Lunch idea to see what is happening in Columbus. Team Curagami stands ready to answer Internet marketing questions and learn new tips, tricks and ideas. If you would like to have a Genius Lunch in Columbus check the calendar and email when you would like to meet. 

Lear More Here
http://bit.ly/Free-Genius-Lunch-Columbus  

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Why Bootstrapping Startups Is a Better Choice

Why Bootstrapping Startups Is a Better Choice | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

"In the age of startups and micro-enterprises, the first thing you hear about, when it comes to creating a new company, service or digital product is a whole new glossary of words starting ranging from venture capital to angel investors."


Via Robin Good, Wonil Lee Ph.D.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

I changed the title here because the longer you can bootstrap your startup the less you give up and the more you get for your hard work.

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Robin Good's curator insight, April 15, 2014 10:41 AM



Does a startup really need to raise venture capital?


I guess it depends on what its goals and values really are.


If you are after the magic opportunity to do what happens to one in a thousand startups when it is bought up by a giant company like Google, then you shouldn't hesitate to party down with the VCs. 


But if you are after creating something that has personal value for you beyond the money that it will make, if you want to keep steering the direction of your service and if you don't like to come down to many compromises, then be very careful about jumping on the VC funding train.


Here my own thoughts and ideas on why it is so important, for those in this second group, to avoid the funding dream and to go after a bootstrapping (and possibly crowdfunded) approach. 



Full article: http://www.masternewmedia.org/bootstrapping-startups-guide/ 



Brenda Collins's curator insight, May 8, 2014 3:37 PM

If you can boot strap your venture then do so before talking to investors. Gather around you people who have no vested interest in your company except your success and will speak honestly to you. 

OneView Tunis's curator insight, June 15, 2014 4:12 AM

Profitabilité vs. service rendu. Tout se décide dès le début