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Offshore Outsourcing: How to Scratch The Three- or Four-Year Itch
8/23/2007
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An in-depth look at "offshore outsourcing" technology services, this excellent article reveals that relationships not continuously reviewed, maintained, and adjusted become "stale" within three years. Both quality and cost savings can drop to the point at which point a company needs to drop the practice itself.

Go To Source (www.cio.com)
The Art of Distribution
8/23/2007
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Virality. Adjacency. Eyeballs. "Distribution" now means more than getting products from the factory to the store shelf. But there is a constant in the chaos: revenue production. If you run a consumer-facing venture, pay attention.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
The Art of the Layoff
8/23/2007
Summary:

Did we learn anything about laying off employees during the dot-com bubble of 2000? Business pundit Guy Kawasaki thinks so, but just in case . . . he's provided in this blog thirteen on-target tips for entrepreneurs on the bubble now, even if they don't know it.

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The best-kept secrets of the world's best companies
8/23/2007
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Profiling twenty-five methods used by consistently successful companies to stay ahead, often way ahead, this article will at the very least give you great ideas you can adapt and at best spark a few of your own. The innovative, highly effective techniques range from extreme tracking of competitors' numbers (Hewlett-Packard) to providing thousands of toys and gadgets to spark creativity (Ideo) to betting on new-product launch dates (Microsoft) to bright red "bad news" file folders (Colgate-Palmolive) that can head off catastrophe.

Go To Source (money.cnn.com)
The Competitive Intelligence Handbook
8/23/2007
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In effect a promotion for "The Competitive Intelligence Handbook," this link is nonetheless of value because it provides the first four chapters in full, including an overview of the industry and some axioms entrepreneurs should understand. Links to other resources are a practical bonus.

Go To Source (www.combsinc.com)
The Essence of Leadership
8/23/2007
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Managing the day-to-day, conceptualizing a better future, and making it happen form the foundation for the "essence" of leadership: "Leaving your footprint in your area of passion." This article is a perceptive discussion about leadership and lists the eight qualities required to lead "paradigmatic change."

Go To Source (hbswk.hbs.edu)
The Five Biggest Network No-Nos
8/23/2007
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Even if it's "in place," your network requires continual vigilance and improvement. This article provides five "no-nos" that will help you keep up to date and up to speed by avoiding big mistakes.

Go To Source (www.optimizemag.com)
The Interview: How to Survive an Expert Grilling by a Banker or Prospective Investor
8/23/2007
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Brief and focused, this article offers a solid outline of the questions venture capitalists and other potential funders ask before they show you the money. Only a well-prepared entrepreneur can supply the answers.

Go To Source (www.angel-investor-news.com)
The Nonstop, 24-7 CEO Salesman
8/23/2007
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An exhilarating ride with Pat Cavanaugh, sales rep supreme and CEO of the promotions company he founded in college, this lengthy article can't help but make you a better salesperson. It provides information, insight, and inspiration for entrepreneurs who need to sell. And who doesn't?

Go To Source (www.inc.com)
The Parallel Entrepreneur
8/23/2007
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Serial entrepreneurs start a company, move on, and start another one. Parallel entrepreneurs do that, too, but with several companies at once. This VC blogger likes the idea, for the most part, and explains why: Such diversification can be synergistic.

Go To Source (avc.blogs.com)

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