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50 Best Websites A Startups Revolution

50 Best Websites A Startups Revolution | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

For entrepreneurs, time is especially precious. Every wasted minute is a lost opportunity for networking, growing the business, and of course making money.



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Some of these resources such as Quora I know, but most are new to me and worth investigation. 


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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, September 19, 8:55 AM

It's handy having all of these on one page.

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Why Do People LOVE & HATE Startups?

Why Do People LOVE & HATE Startups? | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Why Do People LOVE & HATE Startups?
Biggest startup haters? Answer: Other Startups. To be fair the VAST majority of fellow startups at the American Tobacco Campus and American Underground are AWESOME and HELPFUL.

Some have been abusive and mean. We got to thinking about what might be making some fellow #startups so snarky and angry. We think it may be the process.


This post shares the strange WALK THIS WAY undercurrent inside the startup ecosysem and wonders if David Amerland's New Value System might "beat the dogs" less and accomplish more.

We've been down this road so many times in life. Going to football camp as a kid first thing everyone had to know was if you could get hit. The next thing everyone wanted to know was could YOU hit. So much testosterone so little time (lol).

Why do you think people love or hate startups? Share your experiences and I will curate into the post. Thanks and have a great weekend. Marty

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massimo scalzo's curator insight, August 16, 12:44 PM

Required Reading !

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13 Teenagers Who Are Changing The World | Tech-shutter

13 Teenagers Who Are Changing The World | Tech-shutter | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Technology has always been the bastion of the young, and to celebrate our teen birthday, here are some impressive teens

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Don't know if I agree "technology has always been the bastion of the young" at least not exclusively, but I love these 13 teen entrepreneurs setting the hard course to change the world. 

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SOAR Helps Female Startups. We Are IN, What About YOU?

SOAR Helps Female Startups. We Are IN, What About YOU? | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

SOAR is an important project. Glad we have a chapter in the Triangle ares of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). We want to support SOAR anyway we can including putting our startup @CrowdFunde into the mix and writing some checks. This initiative is long overdue and we are all in. 

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, March 21, 9:26 PM

I want to interview everyone about their efforts at SOAR. It's great to know that there's support for this project. 

Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, March 21, 9:44 PM
I think our CrowdFunde startup is going to set up a fund, ask for matching donations of time and money and do whatever we can to help SOAR @Lori Wilk since its long overdue. Marty
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Mapillary: See The Map, Add Photos To the Map, Be The Map | MIT Technology Review

Mapillary: See The Map, Add Photos To the Map, Be The Map  | MIT Technology Review | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

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 :).

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Startup Motivation Pinterest Board From Founder Institute Inspires

Startup Motivation Pinterest Board From Founder Institute Inspires | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Marty
Great 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.

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Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity

Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

After @Hannah Kramershared 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.

 

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Dennis Staples's curator insight, February 19, 2:35 PM

Creativity can guide your business growth!

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 7, 4:08 AM

Make the right brain and left brain intersect 

Dennis Staples's curator insight, April 2, 5:30 PM

Make cREATIVITY the foundation of your actions

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Entrepreneurs The Startup Factory Spring Deadline Is This Sunday 1.19.14!

Entrepreneurs The Startup Factory Spring Deadline Is This Sunday 1.19.14! | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Get The RIGHT Startup Education
Twice a year my friends Chris Heivly and Dave Neal offer their "how to start a successful company" experience to another "class" of startups. What started as a Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC) idea is quickly gaining traction across America. 

Triangle Startup Factory's last class was 50% from outside the Triangle. You can read about TSF's last graduating class on a post I wrote for Atlantic BT when I was Marketing Director: http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/triangle-startup-factory-fall-2013-showcase/

If you have "startup dreams" I highly recommend Chris and Dave. I'm applying for TSF's spring class. Even if CrowdFunde doesn't make it the business plan and I will be better for the experience! I can schedule some "open office' time and find out where I missed and what Chris and Dave would change too. 

Chris and Dave take a position in companies they include in their "incubator", but they didn't create such an influential "school" for money. Money, once you get to their level, is a scorecard, another feedback loop. Like everyone they would like to have more, but they will spend what they have supporting entrepreneurs with dreams. 

Supporting entrepreneurial dreams is what Chris and Dave love to do. They are all in and their joy, intelligence and insight are easy to see. Least someone think helping with TSF's content marketing means anything other than my admiration (lol).

I know Chris and Dave well enough to know if my idea doesn't have it they will tell me (by rejecting :). How valuable is that? I have ideas all the time, but figuring out THE idea to spend the next few years of my life and what is left of my poor 401k (after http://curecancerstarter.org), but have Chris and Dave's

But that's okay. Startups are the ultimate meritocracy. Your idea either scales or it doesn't :). Sure I have the best wishes of my "tribe" of supporters. As soon as I stop tweaking CrowdFunde I will share it for open comments before submitting to Chris and Dave. 

Help is always appreciated and how can I fail with the amazing friends I'm lucky enough to know. Friend who, like Chris and Dave, look for way to help and are living their lives for love not money. Funny, my friends who have been rewarding with the most money are grounded, love what they do, believed in themselves and others and wouldn't be stopped come Hell or High Water. 

Get your App into Chris, Dave and the team at TSF for Spring 2014 and maybe I will see you there :). Marty  

 

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How Risk-Averse Startups Win With Low-Cost Testing - Noah Kagan, CEO AppSumo.com [Video]

How Risk-Averse Startups Win With Low-Cost Testing - Noah Kagan, CEO AppSumo.com [Video] | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

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."


Via Tania Kowritski
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

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. 

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3D Printing Is HOT & Bound To Generate Cool Support Work For Crafty Starutps

3D Printing Is HOT & Bound To Generate Cool Support Work For Crafty Starutps | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model.3D is achieved using an additive process.


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3-D printing can't get any HOTTER. We had Tom Simon come show us the latest and greatest in 3D printing last week at Atlantic BT. I suspect there will be all kinds of "fast prototyping" and "mobile warehousing" offshoots from 3D printing for the wise #startup #entrepreneur. 

Remember the people who made the real money in the gold rush wasn't the miners but Sears and Roebuck. First one to figure out a cool use case for 3D printing please share.  

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OneSpring's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:33 AM

Brings a whole new dimension to visualization!

Startup Weekend Brest's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:27 PM

Envie d'en voir une en vrai ? RDV les 17/18 & 19 janvier pour le startup weekend Brest.

 

 

Conversations for Inquiring Minds's comment, August 1, 2013 9:37 PM
It pushes the prototype market into hyperdrive, allowing the check for flaws to go forward immediately instead of waiting for full scale fabrication.
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Innovators Dilemma Author Clayton Christensen Discusses Disruption via Startup Grind [Video]

Innovators Dilemma Author Clayton Christensen Discusses Disruption via Startup Grind [Video] | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
I recently found this great interview that Mark Suster did with Clayton Christensen, who is without argument, the master of disruption.

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Disruption In BSchool Education

Most of this talk is about disruption in education, but Christensen is the "master of disruption" and this conversation with Mark Suster is fascinating for Internet marketers.

Lack of technological core means an industry can't be disrupted. Education was in this boat for a long time. Online learning brings to education a "technological core" matched with pricing that has lost touch with reality means disruption is possible and likely.

Online learning and corporate learning programs are killing Harvard Business School. Christensen says half of the University business schools are in trouble and will be forced to get with it or close in ten years.

Apple Computer
Fascinating discussion of Apple & proprietary architecture at 10:33. The inevitable opening of a once proprietary operating system means prices fall and the money is made in "sophisticated manufacturing". "It really is scary," says Christensen about the loss of sophisticated manufacturing.

He goes on to blame business school for looking to layoff costs because of the way we teach people to measure things.

Freemiums
Another fascinating conversation about Fremiums at 14:30. "As a general rule if you have a product that doesn't get the job done you have to offer it for free," with Suster weighing in on charging for services. Modularity drives commoditization and that drives profit out.

Crowdfunding
Free usually means there is money to be made, "Above and below and you can invest or be an entrepreneur there and you can make money". Suster then talks about Venture Capital disruption and crowdfunding at 19:50.

Royalty Capital
Royalty Capital = movement in Boston to license capital as a way around limitations of venture capital at 24:00. When revenue starts there is a royalty rate returned to the capitalists. Fascinating alternative financing experiment going on in Boston.


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José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, May 7, 2013 7:33 AM

Grande site e grande entrevista com Clayton Christensen.

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Bad Girl Klein Inspires

Bad Girl Klein Inspires | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Mother Of Crowdfunding
Attended a great class on crowdfunding with Candace Klein from SoMoLend.com. Candace is a new breed of startup entrepreneur. This new generation is comfortable with COPE (Create Once Publish Everywhere), live at ever increasing speeds to create, give away and create again. 

Too cool. Candace has many lessons for entrepreneurs, Internet marketers and crowdfunders.  

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Entrepreneurship Through Lens of Venture Capital: Jules Maltz, IVP On Customer Retention [video Stanford]

MS&E 71SI: Entrepreneurship through the Lens of Venture Capital: Disruption in Venture Capital The course explores disruption in venture capital and how successful startups navigate funding,...


Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

This is a class at Stanford so it takes a bit for this video to get going, but stick with it as late stage investor Jules' thoughts on customer retention and his 5 Things are worth listening to. Great thoughts on "creating retention".


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Can An Elephant Jump Over The Moon? Yes... as every Startup Knows

Can An Elephant Jump Over The Moon? Yes... as every Startup Knows | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Every Startup Is An Elephant High Jumper
Every startup entrepreneur reading this knows what I'm talking about. Everyday team Curagami (http://www.curagami.com) tries to make the graceful dancing and jumping elephants we see so well in our mind, dreams and brainstorms.

We rub the bottle hoping for I Dream of Jeanie.

We know ODDS and OBSTRUCTION are against us. In the boring world of limited possibilities elephants don't dance. In our world elephants sit at the table and worry about their hair before a night of Disco Inferno.

It is not that our dreams are unrealistic. All dreams are unrealistic. No, the real challenge is in turning the crank ONE MORE TIME. When we rode bicycles from Durham to Santa Monica there were days when that single thought was all we (really me since the rest of the team was 20 years younger lol) could think about.

Turn the crank one more time.

Don't give up. Never give up because you can ONLY discover what it looks like to see NO MORE ROAD by continuing to turn the crank. And on that day, the day when you see nothing but ocean, you will have achieved something NO ONE can take from you ever - the knowledge that YES Elephants can jump of the moon as every startup knows.

Here's hoping YOUR startup elephant is a jumper :).

Marty & Team Curagami,
American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC



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The No Asshole Rule: Don't Give Advice Like One Or Listen To 'Em - CrowdFunde Startup Journal

The No Asshole Rule: Don't Give Advice Like One Or Listen To 'Em - CrowdFunde Startup Journal | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Prepare For Presumption & The No Asshole Rule
I'm guilty. I've given advice this way before, "Why don't you try to combine x and y". I don't mean to be an ASSHOLE but sometimes it happens. You will never be more assaulted than creating a startup.

Something about "startup" brings out the BATTLING BICKERSONS in people. I'm waiting for the first discussion that begins like this, "WOW, what a cool idea, wish I'd thought of that". Suspect I will be waiting a long time.

My LEARNING (from Adzerk CEO James Avery) is to easily share my EXPERIENCE and THINKING but say away from going the extra mile to presumption. Everything we do online is immediately TESTABLE so one person's philosophy is just as good as another anyway. Customers decide.

SO, if you are a startup or thinking about creating a startup time to thicken your skin is NOW. The rub is knowing when to stick to your guns and when to change based on good advice. Good rule of thumb we've discovered is someone who presumes to tell you how your idea should function better is an unlikely source for good advice.

Adzerk's CEO James Avery got it right. He realized he was being an ASSHOLE and he stopped. He decided he would share his experience and thinking but NOT JUDGE so much. James Avery is a MENSCH and the kind of MENSCH you want to have lunch with, listen to and learn from.

James isn't going to presume he is smarter than you. He is there to help. Today I had an experience where someone LOOKING at an ecommerce website TOLD ME what the person managing that site would do. When I mentioned I managed and ecommerce site with a great team that made more than $35M over 7 years it didn't slow the presumption down even a little.

The KEY learning for startup entrepreneurs is FIND a handful of people like James Avery and hold on to them TIGHTLY. I'm guilty of being too presumptive and am working on that. To those I've dis-respected by my presumptions I apologize and appreciate that you were more graceful and kind with me than I would probably be if roles were reversed.

My CrowdFunde co-founder Phil put today's experience into proper perspective. We need to explain what we are doing better, Phil Said. He is right and we are working on that too. So we are adjusting to the feedback that is valuable such as the name is confusing and trying to do as I say and not as I AM with absurd feedback from goofystupid presumptive people.

When I mess up and am presumptive give me a smack (lol). Marty

Wrote about our great James Avery meeting on CrowdFunde over the weekend:
http://www.crowdfunde.com/featured/dont-be-an-asshole-gestalt-coaching-entrepreneurs-startups/

Read James Avery's How I Learned To Stop Giving Advice
http://jamesavery.io/how-i-learned-to-stop-giving-advice/


Still hadn't written my way out of how angry a meeting made me today, so this post continues on GPlus:
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/4tF6GV1Fypc

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Is Capital Flowing To Entrepreneurs & SMBs? (Infographic)

Is Capital Flowing To Entrepreneurs & SMBs? (Infographic) | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
A look at the financing landscape for business owners, plus some tips for finding alternative funding opportunities.

Via Hannah Kramer
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great infographic showing some capital easing. Capital is the oil that keeps our economic engine running. Have always loved the irony of locking out SMBs and entrepreneurs (and you and me) from capital assets after they were put at risk by others, but that is just the way the game is played in the "too big to fail" era.

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Marshall Van Fleet's curator insight, March 19, 7:54 AM

Great infographic showing some capital easing. Capital is the oil that keeps our economic engine running. Have always loved the irony of locking out SMBs and entrepreneurs (and you and me) from capital assets after they were put at risk by others, but that is just the way the game is played in the "too big to fail" era.

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Are You An Entrepreneur? Do You Have What It Takes?

Are You An Entrepreneur? Do You Have What It Takes? | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
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...

Via harish magan
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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 FLOW

Great post here about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Interesting how MONEY never comes up :). M

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David Bembry's curator insight, February 26, 11:15 AM

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!

Tagmotion's curator insight, February 26, 8:52 PM

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.

Ernest Collett's curator insight, February 28, 3:57 AM

You have to be very tough and resilient when there is no salary cheque at the end of the month!

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Startups When In Doubt Create A Contest: CrowdFunde Partner Contest

Startups When In Doubt Create A Contest: CrowdFunde Partner Contest | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Startups & Contests
Most #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).  

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AslamB's comment, February 13, 8:59 AM
You're welcome Martin!
Glenn Laken's curator insight, March 3, 3:51 PM

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".

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Creativity More Valuable Than Passion for Startup Entrepreneurs

Creativity More Valuable Than Passion for Startup Entrepreneurs | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
What is the most important quality of an entrepreneur?

Via Kamal Bennani, Hannah Kramer
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

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.  

 

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CAP Brand Marketing's curator insight, January 29, 4:26 PM

Creativity is the ultimate trump card for Entrepreneurs. 

Ernest Collett's curator insight, February 4, 2:59 AM

What do you think?

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Marty's Startup Journal - What Its Really Like To Launch 2 BIG Websites & Risk It All

Marty's Startup Journal - What Its Really Like To Launch 2 BIG Websites & Risk It All | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Marty's Startup Journal: 10 Days
I thought it would be interesting to journal the last ten days before launch of the two biggest projects of my life:
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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


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jmwakasege's comment, September 26, 2013 11:45 PM
Martin, I was at Google plus, I loved the story Inspiring I can say. If for anything I can do, just throw me a wire. :)
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Basic Marketing Strategies For Startups

Basic Marketing Strategies For Startups | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Marketing is one of the most important features in a business. A good marketing strategy makes a business look more appealing and gives it a larger exposure. It gives a jumpstart and makes the owner a better marketer.
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"Basic" Startup Marketing
The linked post provides a good overview of "basic marketing" strategies. Startups have some different needs. The nature of being a startup is some things that many businesses know startups do not.

Startups are organic, quickly evolving and strategies must keep pace. Here are 5 Startup Marketing Tips Not covered in the post:

Marketing For Startups

1. Uniqueness - What is your "Unique Selling Proposition" or USP?

2. Values - Who are you and what principles guide your actions.

3. Flexible Tactics by estimated ROI (how will you make money now?).

4. Brand Persona & Values - what UCA (Unique Customer Aspirations) does your brand promote (see Stengel's Brand Ideals here: http://sco.lt/8RPl7x ).
5. Save The World - how is your marketing related to saving the world in some meaningful and measurable way?

You can think of each of these five ideas as stories you need to tell, stories you must be able to tell in an elevator, at dinner or in passing. What and who you are must be automatic and confident. Know these 5 stories and your startup can create winning marketing, marketing that is aligned, concise and clear.


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, August 9, 2013 2:42 PM
Thanks Jan :). Marty
Agnipravo Sengupta's comment, August 11, 2013 1:51 AM
Hey Marty, it's so awesome to know that you liked my write-up... Thank you!!
Angela Heath's curator insight, August 19, 2013 2:16 PM

I'd add to this....share with customers what you know about them...without telling them directly -- naturally.  It's important to let your market know you understand and feel their pains.  It's great when you share there pain.

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Peter Relan launches Incubator 9+ Mobile and Infrastructure Startup School

Peter Relan launches Incubator 9+ Mobile and Infrastructure Startup School | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Amazing opportunity to work with serial entrepreneur and VC Peter Relan. Will be applying for this. Peter has already raised $2M for the project, so could be good. 

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Joy Montgomery's curator insight, July 22, 2013 9:00 AM

I wish they did something like this in London.

 

Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 25, 2013 10:09 AM
Joy don't wait create it yourself. I can put together the funding if you have the contacts to make it happen :). Marty
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Why US Companies Drool Over Israel's Amazing Startup Scene

Why US Companies Drool Over Israel's Amazing Startup Scene | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Here's why they call Israel the "Startup Nation."

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I've met and worked with several startups from Israel and they ROCK. 

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malek's comment, April 26, 2013 7:34 AM
mind opening, thank you.
Pascale Mousset's comment, April 26, 2013 7:41 AM
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Business In Red Shoes – Women In Business Imperative [book review]

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It is imperative more women start businesses especially in technology. Women see things differently, bring fresh perspective and can be more collaborative and less proprietary. I know sweeping generalizations are dangerous, but go to any tech startup weekend and it may be as much as 80% male. In my 30 year business career I've noticed an important truth - diversity trumps all else.

Diverse teams perform better (read Wisdom of Crowds for why). Teams rich in diversity perspectives, background and gender perform consistently at a higher level. Hope this new book encourages more women entrepreneurs especially in tech.

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