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Silly Startup, Savings Accounts are for Rich Kids


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I’ll make this short and sweet. When Gradspot was initially funded, I went to the bank with my co-founder and a big fat check, and with the aid of a banker, we opened up a bank account. Two to be exact. So what’s wrong with that? [Read more]

What About the Moment After You Succeed?


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Last night I attended the 9th Entrepreneurs Roundtable with guest Gil Beyda, and halfway through the discussion, he mentioned a very important aspect of business planning that most people overlook: what are you going to do the moment after you succeed? [Read more]

The Great Twitter Roll-Up


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Don’t you think there should be one? [Read more]

Try It Before You Buy It


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This phrase usually applies to products such as electronics, but when running a business, I think it needs to apply to anything you purchase…with a slant. [Read more]

PR Wags the Dog

Lately, I’ve noticed an uncharacteristic spike in articles, shows, and radio broadcasts about Hitler and the Holocaust. And while walking across Houston Street a few nights ago, the cause was staring right at me in the form of a huge billboard: Valkyrie, the story of one of the 42 plots to kill Hitler (I learned that there were 42 failed assassination attempts this weekend while watching a special on National Geographic Channel; case and point). And it’s premiering soon. Coincidence? I think not. [Read more]

Hosted Solutions Rock


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Let’s say you’re trying to build something. And as you are, you notice that someone else has already built exactly what you were building. But not only have they built it; they’ve perfected it, and are continuing to improve upon it. Would you still consider building yours? Maybe…

So let’s take it a step farther. What if they were willing to let you use it? For free. Would you? [Read more]

Some People Say the Best $20 You Can Spend is On…


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One of the more compelling posts about entrepreneurship I’ve read in a long time is over at GetRichSlowly.org, by guest blogger Ramit Sethi, entitled: The Best $20 You’ll Ever Spend. And I agree wholeheartedly with Ramit’s suggestion: if you want to start a business (or have started one), the best $20 you can spend is to take an entrepreneur out for lunch, during which, you spend 90% of the time learning about their successes, failures, and insights into an industry, and then the remaining 10% getting their opinion on your business/idea. In addition to learning about their business and yours (very valuable), you’ll also begin to spot trends (the cherry on top). Sounds solid, right? Right.

But I think you can take it several steps further, without spending a dime! [Read more]

Geo-Location RPGs are the Future of MMOs (and Video Games)


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I have something to admit. I used to play a text-based, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), and my character’s name was Balzario. And I thought it was cool. (Actually, I still think it’s cool.)

Back then, I probably would have been considered a hard-core gamer. I would play for hours on end, attempting to level up in order to learn the coolest spells or to find a unique cloak. As I got older and as my other (real) time commitments increased, I had to leave Balzario to his virtual, text-based world. But I was able to take two things away from the experience: (1) I learned how to touch type since everything was done via text-based commands, and (2) I also learned how deep people invest themselves into these virtual worlds and the extent to which they are willing to go for the coolest new toy (be that a spell, cloak, or something else).

And then came along the iPhone. [Read more]

Need to Hire? Don’t. Wait Until 2009.


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Is your company growing? Are you in the enviable position of needing to actually bulk up your team? Then the one piece of advice I can give to you is: Don’t. Not yet at least.

Why not? Well, it’s not because of the recession. There’s a better reason. [Read more]

Google’s SEO Guide

If your teacher were to have given you a test ahead of time, and tell you to read it so that you could figure out all of the answers for when you had to actually take it, would you read the test? I seriously hope so. (If your answer is, “no,” then stop trying to build a company; you’ve lost already.) Well - now you have an opportunity to apply this theory to the real world. [Read more]

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