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Archimedes Labs Launches As An Incubator For Mobile Startups

Archimedes Labs Launches As An Incubator For Mobile Startups | Beyond No | Scoop.it

Archimedes Labs, a new incubator and investment vehicle focused on mobile. The incubator is co-founded by Keith Teare, a serial entrepreneur and a co-founder of TechCrunch. Teare explains that the thesis for the incubator is based on the premise that the future architecture of software and application is moving to an app and cloud-centric world where mobile is central and the web becomes less and less important. Archimedes Labs will be focused on investing, incubating and accelerating startups that are trying to exploit the shift in gravity from web to mobile." | via Tech Crunch

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The Pay-It-Forward Culture Of Startups

The Pay-It-Forward Culture Of Startups | Beyond No | Scoop.it

Over the last half a century in Silicon Valley, the short life cycle of startups reinforced the idea that the long term relationships that lasted were with a network of people — much larger than those in your current company. Today, in spite of the fact that the valley is crawling with IP lawyers, the tradition of helping and sharing continues. The restaurants and locations may have changed, but notion of competitors getting together and helping each other and experienced business execs offering contacts and advice has continued for the last 50 years. It’s the Pay-It-Forward culture." | via Venture Beat

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An Alternative To Incubators: The Co-Working Space

An Alternative To Incubators: The Co-Working Space | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"If you’re a startup, you’ve probably considered joining an incubator. But residency can be competitive and the requirements stiff. TechStars and Y-Combinator are well-known incubators that offer funding, mentorship, and access to a community of venture capitalists and anointed digerati — but only for a select few. Applicants also have to provide detailed business plans and disclose development, operational, marketing, and sales activities to get into the club. There’s another alternative that might actually be a better fit for the majority of startups: co-working spaces." | via Venture Beat

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Managing Yourself: The Paradox of Excellence

Managing Yourself: The Paradox of Excellence | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Why is it that so many smart, ambitious professionals are less productive and satisfied than they should or could be? High achievers often let anxiety about their performance compromise their progress. They have successful images to preserve, so instead of embracing risk, they hunker down and lock themselves into routines—at the expense of personal growth. Many high performers would rather do the wrong thing well than do the right thing poorly. However, it’s possible to break this cycle and make the next move toward professional growth." | via Harvard Business Review

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Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love

Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"It seems like just about everyone who has ever addressed a graduating class of high school or college seniors has said 'Do what you love, the money will follow.' Inspiring. But is it true? Based on the research we did for our book, we're convinced that when you're heading into the unknown, desire is all-important. You simply want to be doing something that you love, or something that is logically going to lead to something you love, in order to do your best work. And, it will help you persist. But, let's be real. None of this guarantees wealth, or even financial success." | via Harvard Business Review

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Becoming A Real-Life Problem Solver

Becoming A Real-Life Problem Solver | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Ari Wallach heads a consulting firm, Synthesis, that draws power from an eclectic mix of unconventional experts. In this interview, he contends, 'There is a false premise that innovation is about ideas. But ideas are actually relatively simple to come up with. True innovation is about culture and execution. The heart of innovation is conflict--you are challenging the status quo.'" | via Fast Company 

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Startup Leaders Today Mentor More Than Dictate

Startup Leaders Today Mentor More Than Dictate | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership. One that I hear discussed more these days, in this age of relationships, is called 'servant' leadership. What is servant leadership? The servant leader serves the people they lead through mentoring, direct assistance, listening, and acting on their employees input. Servant leaders are felt to be effective because the needs of followers are so looked after that everyone reaches their full potential, hence perform at their best, individually and as a team." | via Martin Zwilling

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Educating The Next Steve Jobs: How Schools Can Teach Innovation

Educating The Next Steve Jobs: How Schools Can Teach Innovation | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators. To succeed in the 21st-century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. To find out how to encourage these skills, I interviewed scores of innovators and their parents, teachers and employers. What I learned is that young Americans learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling—not because of it. In most high-school and college classes, failure is penalized. But without trial and error, there is no innovation. At the most innovative schools, classes are 'hands-on,' and students are creators, not mere consumers. They acquire skills and knowledge while solving a problem, creating a product or generating a new understanding." | via The Wall Street Journal

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The Dirty Little Secret Of Overnight Successes

The Dirty Little Secret Of Overnight Successes | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"What do Dyson, Angry Birds, and Groupon all have in common? They were "overnight successes"--or were they? When looking at the most successful people and organizations, we often imagine geniuses with a smooth journey straight to the promised land. But when you really examine nearly every success story, they are filled with crushing defeats, near-death experiences, and countless setbacks." | via Fast Company

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How To Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

How To Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Raising money is hard. And when you’re relatively new to the process it’s easy to be confused by the process. There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. Of course much of it is conflicting. Every company is different so it’s hard to listen to advice from the uber-successful fund raisers. Their story will likely be very different from yours. Fund raising is bloody hard. It takes a lot of work. Don’t believe otherwise. For those that want the answer without reading a long post – here it is. Fund raising (as is much of life) is a sale – pure and simple. The sooner you understand that the sooner you can plan your campaign." | by Mark Suster

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In Startups, Always Be...

In Startups, Always Be... | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"This is my Top 20 for start-ups. You need to come up with yours. Ours are unlikely to be identical, but the key elements of selling, recruiting and protecting the firm’s finances should be hallmarks of every Top 20 list. Because without customers, the best people and the liquidity to hire the best people and deliver a great product, the whole effort is destined for failure. So do whatever you can to increase the chances of success - including self-preservation…" | via Information Arbitrage

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7 Lessons On Building a Startup Culture

7 Lessons On Building a Startup Culture | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"When it comes to tech startups---especially in Internet software and app development---San Diego has been adrift. More than 200 people turned out to hear David Cohen talk at U.C. San Diego about TechStars, the early stage fund and accelerator program for Internet startups that he co-founded with three partners in Boulder, CO, six years ago. Cohen is the CEO, and by any measure, the startup program has been wildly successful. He discussed 7 lessons required for building a startup culture."

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What It Takes To Compete With Silicon Valley

What It Takes To Compete With Silicon Valley | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"For decades, people with ideas, programming talent, and the ambition to make their fortune as entrepreneurs have been moving to Silicon Valley, just as Mark Zuckerberg did shortly after founding Facebook. But now an increasing number of them are staying at home. You might think that Chicago was turning into a hive of startup talent, and you’d be right. According to BuiltInChicago.org, the number of digital startups created in the Chicago area in 2011 increased 56 percent over the year before, to 128 new companies. Even more impressive, the funding raised by those companies was up 431 percent over 2010, to $1.45 billion." | by Dylan Tweney

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How to Choose a Startup Incubator

How to Choose a Startup Incubator | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Incubators are hot. There are more than a thousand in the U.S., and the proliferation is causing some tech-industry watchers to fret. The flock of incubators is spawning a glut of wanna-be entrepreneurs ready to quit their jobs, commit their lives to a 10-week incubator program and end up with nothing but broken dreams and a souvenir hoodie. But that's their problem. Your problem-- if you're building a cool startup and you don't have millions --is how to choose the incubator that will nurture your company and launch you toward fame, fortune and acquisition." | Via ReadWriteStart

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Harvard Gets Its First VC Firm: The Experiment Fund

Harvard Gets Its First VC Firm: The Experiment Fund | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"As just about everyone should know by now, the seeds of what grew into Facebook were planted at Harvard. Might there be a bunch of mini-Zucks lurking in the dorms of Cambridge? If so, a new venture capital firm — the first housed right on the Harvard campus — wants to find them. Dubbed 'The Experiment Fund', the firm describes itself as 'a bridge between America’s oldest universities and storied venture capital firms.'" | via Tech Crunch

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Work On Stuff That Matters: First Principles

Work On Stuff That Matters: First Principles | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"I spent a lot of last year urging people to work on stuff that matters. First off, though, I want to make clear that 'work on stuff that matters' does not mean focusing on non-profit work, causes, or any other form of do-goodism. Non-profit projects often do matter a great deal, and people with tech skills can make important contributions, but it's essential to get beyond that narrow box. I'm a strong believer in the social value of business done right. We need to build an economy in which the important things are paid for in self-sustaining ways rather than as charities to be funded out of the goodness of our hearts. There are a number of half-unconscious litmus tests I use in my own life. I'm going to try to tease them out here." | by Tim O'Reilly

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Good Data Won't Guarantee Good Decisions

Good Data Won't Guarantee Good Decisions | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Global businesses have entered a new era of decision making. The ability to gather, store, access, and analyze data has grown exponentially over the past decade, and companies now spend tens of millions of dollars to manage the information streaming in from suppliers and customers. For all the breathless promises about the return on investment in Big Data, however, companies face a challenge. Investments in analytics can be useless, even harmful, unless employees can incorporate that data into complex decision making. At this very moment, there’s an odds-on chance that someone in your organization is making a poor decision on the basis of information that was enormously expensive to collect." | via Harvard Business Review

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The Rise Of The Independent Work Force

The Rise Of The Independent Work Force | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"I started my business as a workplace consultant in 2004, and since then I have seen more people take a similar employment path. In the last month, I’ve worked for five employers, bid on three projects, been a member of two virtual teams and participated in a conference call in the middle of the night. I am 36 years old and a 21st-century employee. A strong part of me is thrilled with this. I enjoy having the independence to do what I need to do when I need to do it. And given the direction the corporate world is going, I think that many workers need to prepare for the possibility of going out on their own someday. But, to be honest, I’m also tired." | via New York Times

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The Great Value Of Disaster

The Great Value Of Disaster | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"How you view the good and bad that happens in your life will affect your response to the events of life. And that ultimately changes your long-term results. Let me show you what I mean by sharing with you a story that I came across about Thomas Edison, a story I remarkably had never heard before." | via Business 2 Community

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John Cleese On The 5 Factors To Make Your Life More Creative

John Cleese On The 5 Factors To Make Your Life More Creative | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines 'the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative'. | via Maria Popova

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The Dangers of the Minimal Viable Product

The Dangers of the Minimal Viable Product | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"One of Steve Blank's disciples, Eric Ries, turned his wildly popular Startup Lessons Learned blog into The Lean Startup, one of 2011's best business books. I'm a huge fan of this work and suggest that all innovators study the movement closely. One area that deserves particular attention is the notion of the minimal viable product (MVP). The concept is pretty simple. Because it's next to impossible to be sure that your idea is good until you bring it into the marketplace, don't waste time trying to fine-tune a product that is destined to be wrong. Instead, put something "good enough" in the marketplace. Sometimes, though, a Minimal Viable Product turns into a Mediocre Value Proposition." | via Harvard Business Review

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The 'Grand Challenges Of The 21st Century'

The 'Grand Challenges Of The 21st Century' | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Tom Kalil of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy gave a presentation today about Grand Challenges, "ambitious yet achievable goals that capture the public’s imagination and that require innovation and breakthroughs in science and technology to achieve," like NASA's Green Flight Challenge and the Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges in Global Health. I think Tom's speech, delivered to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, does a terrific job showing why the grand challenge approach is a powerful way to tackle some pretty daunting problems."

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How to Help Your Startup Qualify For A Bank Loan

How to Help Your Startup Qualify For A Bank Loan | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"A common question I get is 'How do I get a bank loan to fund my startup?' The default answer is that it probably won’t happen, because most banks just don’t make bank loans to startups. The failure rate is just too high, and startups typically don’t have the assets or revenue stream to back up the loan. That’s why Angel investors are so sought after by entrepreneurs. In my experience, some startup founders do overcome these odds, but you need to be realistic and do your homework. Here are some tips and rules of thumb to improve your odds and help you understand when a bank loan or line of credit is possible, and how to get it...." | by Marty Zwilling

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Entrepreneurial Communities Must Be Led By Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial Communities Must Be Led By Entrepreneurs | Beyond No | Scoop.it

Brad Feld, of TechStars, recorded a short video for a meeting on entrepreneurial communities.  In the talk, he discusses his first of four principles of entrepreneurial communities, specifically that entrepreneurial communities must be led by entrepreneurs.  Additional principles include adopting a 20 year view from today, engage the entire entrepreneurial stack, and continually get fresh blood into the system. | by Brad Feld

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Is A Shortage Of Mentors Holding Some Back? The Mentor Advantage

Is A Shortage Of Mentors Holding Some Back?  The Mentor Advantage | Beyond No | Scoop.it

"Technology startups are booming. But is a shortage of mentors holding some back from success? As technology entrepreneurs seemingly get younger and younger, it's easy to forget that the difference between a bright technology idea and business success often comes down to the advice and connections of older advisors. Companies often 'begin to take off' only when a mentor gets involved." | via Technology Review 

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