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The tech giant buys another company, this time a startup that lets people create infographics and videos out of social data. Read this article by Richard Nieva on CNET News.
Wow, got an email about my Vizify account today saying I'm getting a refund since Yahoo wrote a much bigger check than nine.
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Are you wondering if you should ask friends or family to invest in your new business? Learn the good, bad and ugly about this business financing strategy.
Should Friends and Family Invest in My Business?
Like walking on thin ice! The solution: treat them like professional investors, start with a great business plan!
Learn more here: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/free-business-plan-template.html
MartyGreat Pinterest board from the Founder Institute. The Founder Institute has a very defined startup accelerator program in Silicon Valley. Great board and Founder Institute looks cool and helpful.
CrowdFunde Accepted Triangle Startup (TSF) FactoryThanks to friends who wrote cards and letters and thanks to the team at Triangle Startup Factory, our Durham, NC based startup incubator, who are willing to take a risk on CrowdFUnde as we smash content marketing and crowdfunding together to see what happens. Our TSF session starts March 10th and we hope you will join us as we share this great startup adventure. CrowdFundehttp://www.crowdfunde.comHaiku Deck Pitch to TSFhttp://shar.es/QFOzU
Triangle Startup Factoryhttp://thestartupfactory.co/
Hardest thing any startup entrepreneur does is decide to pivot or persevere. Share your pivot or persevere stories & Join CrowdFunde buzz team.
My Pivot or Persevere Story
A new way to do business is emerging ! Do not hesitate to immitate and follow !
After @Hannah du Plessisshared a great post about Creativity being more important for startup entrepreneurs than passion I wanted to weigh in and share related experience growing up with the right side of the brain being my dominant hemisphere (lol). I share 5 ideas from the daughter of Gatorade's inventor: * Creativity Bigger Predictor Than Intelligence. * Creativity Can Be A Hard Row To Hoe. * Creativity & Structure. * Creativity can be learned and taught. * Creativity happens at intersection of disciplines. Great post hope my hard won experience contributes something helpful.
Creativity can guide your business growth!
Make the right brain and left brain intersect
CrowdFunde's Triangle Startup Factory incubator application is IN a day before their deadline tomorrow Sunday the 19th (YES).
Please follow @CrowdFunde and wish us luck in our application. Watch a video fo Me (Marty) explaining CrowdFunde here (with cameo from Lucian the crazy cat):http://youtu.be/CtLStPJ6C4k Wish us luck! #fingerscrossed Marty Now sleep is mandatory or "dead" isn't going to be so funny. Thanks for support from an army of friends such as Phil Buckley, Frank Pollack and Nick and the team at Smashing Boxes at the American Underground in Durham. You guys ROCK! Marty
Getting your tech startup covered in press isn't easy. Nonetheless, it's one of the most valuable activities which provides your endeavor with links and
Startup Press Coverage Couple of suggestions on top of this article. Follow these blogs before you send them an email asking for something. Follow their Tweets and get to know their blog voice and tone. Next check out their writers and publishers on LinkedIn. Get to know their backgrounds and what kinds of stories they like to cover and with whom. Writers have specialties. One writer might do all the new app cover another covers new CMS or CRMs. Finally make sure your web presence is solid before you seek coverage. Any ASK of a PR contact will result first in a visit to your site. Make sure your site is consistent with your email, engaging, exciting and full of the kind of candy the blog likes to discuss.
No business can be all things to all customers, especially a small business. Here's how to find a niche to set up your company for success.
Great 7 step process to define a market:
1. Make a wish list.
3. Describe the customer's worldview.
7. Go for it.
There is power in focus and it makes it easier for the consumers to identify you company with the one thing you do best. Consumers are so overwhelmed with messages that having a clear message about what your company does helps you to stand out#brand#influence#marketing
Essentials to find a niche for your success.... follow the 7 steps!
Tal Raviv is the co-founder of Ecquire. This post was originally published on OnStartups. There is an unspoken rule: to launch a startup, you need to build a product, and to ...
It's become fashionable to create Startups and use Developers. But anyone can start a business online, there are too many good tools around, and not only WordPress as the article suggests.
I built my site with SBI/Sitesell, and am very happy to see hundreds of visitors every day checking on funding information. SBI has many, many tools, all integrated in one package at $29.90/month or $299.00/year, less than a dollar a day. Take a look:http://www.sitesell.com/welcome23.html
Knowing how to get your project coded is as important as knowing how to code!
Top 10 Startups Revolution Scoops of All Time
http://sco.lt/63ybkv Infographic - How Startup Funding Works
http://sco.lt/4yXNnF Blog Post - Content Marketing, Storytelling & UGS are New SEO
http://sco.lt/7cLniz Infographic - Color of Startups: Infographics For Startups From Pinterest
http://sco.lt/7k20R7 - Blog Post - Learning Business Leadership From Superheroeshttp://sco.lt/8EwUrZ - Blog Post & Video- Steve Jobs On How Content Is Truly King
http://sco.lt/5Ssikz - Infographic - Why All Business Is Pesonal @HaggleApp Disrupts Commercehttp://sco.lt/7g7yCX - Infographic - How To Acquire Customers For Your Startup
http://sco.lt/8Hk3qz - Bog Post - Why Should A Startup Have A Social Media Presence
http://sco.lt/6NXF6f - Blog Post - Why Paper.li ROCKS
http://sco.lt/8t6PFx - Blog Post - Five Ways Your Logo Impacts Your Social Media Markeitng
Per a la pròpia biblioteca!
Interesting stuff, not for regular posting
Marty's Startup Journal: 10 DaysI thought it would be interesting to journal the last ten days before launch of the two biggest projects of my life:…
I decided to put this journal on GooglePlus since it is a great place for comments and supporting threads. https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/dzou5URuM2j
The above video is a conversation between Tim Ferriss, several first-time entrepreneurs, and Noah Kagan, CEO of AppSumo.com. In this video, Noah — who was an early employee at Facebook and Mint.com — covers his risk-minimizing methodologies:
In the first 20 minutes:- His career path, including failures.- How he has used low-cost testing in his own ventures.- Why focusing on the small things (even trivial things) is a big thing.- Common mistakes and coping mechanisms of first-time founders (e.g. seeking multiple co-founders).
In the second 40 minutes:
- Live critiques (in some cases, constructive tear-downs) of real companies and entrepreneurs.- How entrepreneurs can make the jump from theory to revenue… in real-time.- How you can immediately stop “playing business” without customer contact."
Interesting I would have not thought "risk averse" and entrepreneurs could go together so well, but Noah Kagan shares how he leverages out risk in the second 40 minutes of this excellent video for #startups.
Mapillary is a cool idea. Why run up and down city blocks taking pictures when your customers, advocates and contributors could do that for you. What it means to be a MAP is changing fast. Maps used to be those things you couldn't fold back up. Now maps are evolving into evolving stage sets. You need one "map" when its six pm and time for dinner. You need another map when you need groceries or toys for Christmas. As the line between virtual and real world collapse "map" is going to take on many new meanings. With GPS "Map" means place, time and tribe. Why tribe? Because, as FourSquare proved our phones are smart enough to know when our friends' phones are around us. Phones become living avatars walking a digital landscape by proxy, roads we wold walk if we could TRON-UP and jump into the machine. Since we can't become digital just yet MAP will take on many new meetings. Extend our new "map thinking" a little further and maps become games, commerce and content. These new "digital maps" will be how we tell time, know and relate to our friends and understand PLACE. Mapillary sees the future. They know maps are more than those things we used to not be able to fold back up :).
Over the past few years I have watched so many people in my entrepreneurial network walk away from their business and return to full time employment. Why? No doubt the economy is tough and in tough...
I loved this post and see myself some in it. I returned to full time work, something I will NEVER do again. I love creating companies. Why would I leave that then? Fear. Feat is a virus that infect an entrepreneur's ability to think, pivot and see patterns that must be seen. Fear isn't usually from where or what you would expect either. Some of the fear is related being out of step with "normal". By leaving the mainstream you leave more than you can imagine. You leave the easily available support systems that create self definition. An entrepreneur creates themselves. Support systems will never be there when needed since they won't kick in until success is assured and that is late. By the time "success" is well known enough that everyone knows the rough waters are past. Cancer taught me how to create a support system from friends and family and THAT lesson is why I will never work for another company I didn't start. The missing piece was learning how to cobble together a support system to successfully pass through the rapids. Now all five entrepreneurship dimensions are present:1. SELF BELIEF 2. SOUND PEER GROUP 3. TENACITY/CAN DO ATTITUDE 4. PASSION/PURPOSE (creativity) 5. BE IN FLOWGreat post here about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Interesting how MONEY never comes up :). M
I simply like to say that "I'm too stupid to quit!" I've operated with no cheering section or other support for over 15 years while I raise kids alone. I do what I do because I'm compelled to do it and don't see anything as a failure. Afterall, nothing is promised in life. Not even life itself. It's all about the adventure and just going for it. That alone keeps me content. Your best is all you've got in this life. Sometimes it'll be enough, other times it won't. It's just life. No worries!
Terrific article that mentions the importance of being 'in flow' with whatever you're doing in your entrepreneurial venture. And provides a link to a test you can do to find out what that is.
You have to be very tough and resilient when there is no salary cheque at the end of the month!
The Lean StartupEvery entrepreneur and wannabe entrepreneur should read Eric Ries' The Lean Startup. Here are 6 Tips from the book:* Build an "Innovation Factory" Using Lean Startup techniques.
* Validated Learning most important "product" in any startup. * Find what assumptions are BRILLIANT & which ones are CRAZY. * Create a testing & experimentation culture & experiment based on vision, core values and feedback.
* You don't know what "quality" is yet, so go early, ugly and fast and refine from feedback.
* Get Out of the Building meaning get your ideas in front of real customers as soon as possible. Highly recommend The Lean Startup and not JUST for startups. Great book for intrepreneurs, people trying to innovate within Fortune 1,000 companies, too.
I am recommend taking the advice from this book if you are planning strategy for a new entrepreneurial start-up or if you want to reinvent your current entrepreneurial venture...
Excellent for all nimble businesses (or those who would like to be).
Startups & ContestsMost #startups don't wake up thinking about #contentmarketing. Most startup entrepreneurs are builders. They want to build. Sometimes it is better to let others build FOR YOU. Better because our new Google marketing world is based on three things:* What You Say & Do. * What others Think about what you said and did. * Being LOVED by an increasing number of "brand advocates".Some startups may get all of those things from an APP store, but why risk putting all eggs in a single basket when content marketing isn't hard nor does it need to take much time. Contests are a favorite of mine. When STUCK and there's no time to cold call or no money to support "outbound sales" create content to bring who you need into your orbit. Contests are great for that. Give away something of value, such as a "better website", and review your entries. If a contest feels too random you may be right, so don't put all eggs in that basket either. Continue to work your personal network to find great partners and be sure to update your contest. Closer something gets to FULL the more people want it (lol).
Reviews & Fresh Content are Key !
And I agree 100% the new Google marketing world is based on three things:* What You Say & Do. * What others Think about what you said and did. * Being LOVED by an increasing number of "brand advocates".
Don't Ask The Wrong QuestionsStatup Investors Often Ask The WRONG Questions in the WRONG ways. Here are examples of GOOD questions to ask startup entrepreneurs:
* How many unique visitors will your site get daily in the first year?
* How many downloads (or sales) will your site make daily?
* What is projected cost of customer acquisition first through third years?
* Where will your website’s traffic come from? Top 3 – 5 sources?
* Who are you disrupting and what is the PageRank PageSpread and number of inbound Links.
Complete list is included in the linked post on CrowdFundehttp://crowdfunde.com/new-money-startup-investment-criteria/
What is the most important quality of an entrepreneur?
Working on my 4th company (CrowdFunde) I agree creativity is more important than passion. I've created companies based on passion and they don't dance as well. Passion can be limiting. The "blind side" of passion is bigger. When you develop a company that is the barest outlines of something you know will change 10x before launch it "dances" better. It is important to be passionate about your belief in the movement you've joined. Successful entrepreneurs don't make any money until one magic day they do.
Money is an important scorecard, one tht builds confidence and the ability to do it again (why there are so many "serial startup entrepreneurs"). But money can't be the main motivation or you will never make it out past the breakers. Any startup will wobble, fall and drown a little before it learns to surf. If money is the only motivation or you are so passionate you can't see the wave about to hit you and your new company then you drown. Drowning a little is also part of the game. So never give up. Come up for air, up your creativity and go again.
Creativity is the ultimate trump card for Entrepreneurs.
What do you think?
Startups are fun, creative & may be our best hope. This second of a two part Curatti series covers startup trends from digital homes to wearable tech.NoteNo sooner than I finished writing this second post in a 2 part series for http://www.curatti.com Editors of Chaos than one of the featured "Smart Home" startups sold to Google for $3.2B. Amazing. If that doesn't make you want to fire up a startup and start tinkering nothing will :). M This 2nd post in a two part series covers more than 25 cool startups from Smart Homes to wearable Tech:http://curatti.com/startup-trends-2014-ii/ Be sure to share your favorites if we missed them.
Start ups focusing on the internet of things, in-memory computing and location based services will dominate the news in 2014.
Durham, NC based startup incubator Triangle Startup Factory's application deadline for their spring class is 1.19. I plan to have a startup business plan for SpinSnip, new publishing and curation tools, plan in for consideration. How about you? You in?Applicationhttp://thestartupfactory.co/start-the-application/
Only 50% of the last "class" came from Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), so applications from all over are welcomed and considered.
If you’re looking to create a professional marketing brochure for your startup, here are 10 tips that will help you do so quickly and simply.
If you're running a startup company, time and money are both likely to be in short supply. Leaflet design, brochure printing and marketing, although they might be some of your top priorities, are things that are all too easy to push to the end of the to-do list while you focus on your core business.
Love these great tips, but if a startup dares create a pint piece before a website they should be shot or worse not funded.
You want to build the next big thing? The good news is that it's not beyond your skills and capabilities if you truly believe you have something great to offer the world. The bad news is that most ...
This is a great list and the piece starts with great quotes. I've started 4 companies. The biggest generated more than $16M in specialty gift sales and put products you may know into our popular lexicon (Magnetic Poetry Kit, Zen Board now Buddha Board). One idea I use to find the next thing to work on is creating a thought experiment. Thought experiments always start with a question. Last night I worked on an idea sparked by an interesting question from my tenure as an Ecommerce Director:Q: Is there a way to TEST before spending money? Quirky.com and Threadless harness the power of crowds to only product ideas with enough built in Day One support success is all but assured. My question was about how to create a process requiring little investment in time or capital that could help reduce the risk of any capial spent. I was able to answer that question in the affirmative and hope to share the idea soon (still in the could tell you but then would have to kill you stage :).
Isn't this something we would all like? We've got to keep looking.
Let's go !
Thank You STARTUPS and FOMs (Friends of Martin)That is me yelling at my doctor in the video image above (lol). Dr. Han van Deventer's Fibrocyte cure cancer research is now 45% funded after only a week on our brand spanking new #startup CureCacnerStarter.org (http://www.curecancerstarter.org). THANK YOU to my friends who run, are creating or want to create a new startup. Your support, ideas and encouragement is why we got HERE. And HERE is pretty cool Here is using the web to help cure cancer. It takes COURAGE to step up and use a new idea (bumps and strange things like wiping out your donation choice and moving it back to $5 after you save a creditcard). We are working on the car as we drive it, but to see people who have the courage to STEP UP and do something HERE AND NOW to change the world is inspiring. https://www.curecancerstarter.org/campaign/fibrocyte-cancer-research-at-unc-lineberger There are 4 other great cancer research campaigns on our startup too:Brain Cancer Vaccine From Roswell Parkhttps://www.curecancerstarter.org/campaign/roswell-braincancerresearch
Vitamin D & Lung Cancer From Froswell Parkhttps://www.curecancerstarter.org/campaign/roswell-lungcancerresearch
Creating A Reolution In Colorectal Cancer Care from UW Carbone
Saving Generations Of Lives In Malwai UNC Lineberger Cancer Center
https://www.curecancerstarter.org/campaign/treating-cervical-cancer-in-malawi YES would be how most people would answer this question. If you could change the world in 5 minutes for $50 would you? Hope you will join the brave dragon fighters that have already answered YES. Thanks to my fellow startups for your support!BTW, 100% of all CureCancerStarter.org donations go to cancer research. No house money here as we are funding with my Atlantic BT Marketing Director salary and a generous grant from Atlantic BT, best damn website and software developers on earth (or the southeast anyway :). Marty
The Social Startup explains how a competent content marketing program coupled with great social support helps startups increase valuations and lower costs.
I've created four companies and I've spent the last two years DEEP inside of content marketing. Most startups don't think they need social media and content marketing. They are wrong.This post proves that the OVER, what startups stand to gain, is so much greater than the UNDER, what creating a helpful social media and content marketing engine costs in time and resources that to NOT allocate the 400 hours (or so) a year required is foolish and a tragic waste of opportunity.
I agree if a startup doesn't use content to talk to their future unknown customers they loss the opportunity to connect on multiple touch points including social media.
Content also gives the potential buyers a spot to ask questions (comment) which in turn can help a startup improve their products and their message.
As the various comments say, content and social networks are now key for startups.
That is also one of the greatest opportunities for startups to get noticed and expand worldwide even with little resources.
Social allows to market to the whole world ... .