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Everything a computer person needs to learn for her business, she can get from her mentors--when they become members of her advisory board. First they provide expertise in sales, marketing, management and money matters. Then, morphing into a board of directors, they keep her on budget, on time and focused on her exit strategy. But perhaps their best lesson is that learning should be passed along to others.
SAN JOSE, California — Born of too much brainstorming or not enough sleep, the names come flying out of nowhere — Crocodoc, Yext, Nowmov. They turn nouns into adverbs (Answerly) or aspire to become brand-new verbs in true “I-just-googled-her” fashion.
And in the process, they drop vowels like a clumsy waiter (Flickr), spell perfectly good words backward (Xobni) and insert punctuation points where they have no business being (Center’d). It’s the Great Internet Branding Gold Rush. And with tech startups in Silicon Valley and beyond falling over themselves to create cool names with an AdMob’s swagger and a Twitter’s zip, the word-play is getting wild. To make matters worse, as the supply of good available names dries up, the envelope is being pushed right over the cliff of clever into the canyon of overly cute.
Bill George, a Harvard business professor and the author of '7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis,' puts forth some proposals to revive employment growth in a declining job market.
An old friend used to write on his easel the words "Innovate, Emigrate or Evaporate." It was his shorthand way of saying that to compete in a globalized market, Innovation was essential.
Dave Waldman, CEO and Founder of Los Angeles-based Bccthis, a startup looking to add additional functionality and private messaging into both corporate emails and Twitter messages. Bccthis just announced a version of their product which plugs into Gmail. Dave discusses how and why he and his co-founders--both previously executives at Twistbox--decided to start their own startup, specifically outside of the mobile industry, and a bit about the product.
What a difference a month makes. Roughly four weeks ago, the Dow was at an 18-month high, Wall Street's fear gauge, the VIX , was at a three-year low
Second-quarter earnings -- which will be launched by Alcoa's (NYSE AA) profit report next week -- are expected to beat analysts' estimates across the board, but they are unlikely to match the huge year-over-year gains witnessed in the first quarter.
Last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, some of the New York City's most notable investors and entrepreneurs took the stage to talk about New York City's seed funding situation. The title of Startup Mecca still clearly belongs to Silicon Valley, but as panel moderator Erick Schonfeld notes, the number of startups making their way to the Big Apple is on the rise and dealflow in New York is quickly heating up.
Most entrepreneurs eventually face the question: is it time to sell my company? The issue often arrives with inadequate time to consider all of the issues. Assume the question will arise and game out possible scenarios.
Through university lectures and financial support, Maxine Clark is giving the next generation of entrepreneurs a leg up.
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