Archive | February, 2011

Life360 – Your Family’s Private Safety Network

Who is the person behind this Social Enterprise? Chris Hulls is a young Bay-area entrepreneur who has been a leader in the emerging trend of geolocation technology. Chris also served in the U.S. Air Force for three years before getting his Bachelor of Science from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to work as a financial [...]

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Covered Call Investment Tools: Building A Profitable Web Service On A Shoestring – BorntoSell.com

From 2002 to 2008 I was a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley at two billion dollar VC funds. Prior to VC I had been an investment banker and a software engineer. During my time as a VC I read 15,000 business plans and invested $86 million of limited partner capital into a dozen high tech [...]

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Business Fitness: The Power to Succeed—Your Way

Author’s Bio Dawn Lennon, founder and owner of Big Picture Consulting, is a career strategist, mentor and coach for individuals and leaders in business organizations. For over twenty years, Dawn held senior manager positions at a Fortune 500 energy company in customer service, management development and training, and consumer programs. She has developed award-winning programs, provided expert [...]

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From Mom to Mompreneur on a shoestring budget

Name of your company? The name of my company is babybindle(TM) http://www.babybindle.com/ Date started? babybindle(TM) was founded September 2010 What is your product or service? Currently the SeatPak(TM) is our only product. The SeatPak(TM) is a grow with you bag. During the infancy stage it can be attached to the handle of an infant car seat, eliminating [...]

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Roam the Woods: Empowering Women in the Backcountry

Roam the Woods was a co-founded by Todd Soprych and Rosie Enos. Todd completed the Appalachian Trail in 2008 and had sought new adventures in the form of dog mushing in Bend, OR. Rosie had spent five years in the wilderness therapy field and found herself taking care of a hundred Alaskan Huskies alongside her [...]

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Barefoot Power: Empowering Developing Communities to Escape Poverty

Who is the person? What is their background? Stewart Craine and Harry Andrews, Barefoot Power Founders Stewart’s background is in civil and electrical engineering and he worked as a renewable energy specialist consultant for more than years. Stewart spent three years designing and constructing micro-hydro power stations in Nepal, and has worked extensively in Papua [...]

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Wedding Bliss Lane – The rise of an E-Commerce site for all things wedding related

My wife is a wedding invitation designer. The majority of her sales are through on-line marketplaces such as Ebay and Etsy. She was designing wedding invitations for her younger cousin who is in her mid twenties. In speaking with her cousin, she mentioned how she was doing everything for her wedding on line – ordering [...]

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Defy Gravity, Propel Your Business to High-Velocity Growth by Rebel Brown

Authors Bio Rebel Brown is a business growth expert, author, speaker and corporate gun for hire. As a global consultant, Rebel has worked with over 100 clients – from larger companies to smaller, more entrepreneurial concerns - in a variety of stages – in both the B2B and B2C markets. Her expertise focuses in three areas: Ramp-Up and [...]

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Ask Others, Trust Yourself – The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Key to Success

About the Author: Elisa Balabram is the founder and editor of WomenandBiz.com, a seven-year-old online magazine for women business owners. She also is a spiritual business/life coach and public speaker. Balabram was named the 2008 Business Champion of the Year for her commitment and support of small business by the NY District of the US [...]

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She’s having wedding cake and eating it too.

Keli Engleson, I DO Belize Weddings As a child, I worked for my family’s produce business. I remember working hard and waking up early hours by the time I was five years old. At a very young age I learned the importance of understanding your client, keeping up with changes and trends in your market, [...]

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Batchbook: Social CRM Built for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

What is the name of the site and URL? BatchBlue Software www.batchblue.com A brief synopsis of the website / application ? BatchBlue Software’s flagship product is Batchbook. Batchbook is a “social CRM”: a customizable, web-based contact relationship manager (CRM) that helps small businesses organize their contact data and manage their social network. Batchbook provides a [...]

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Anthurium Solutions: Unlocking Idle IQ™ for the Patient of Today

I founded Anthurium Solutions, Inc. in 2007 with the goal of creating technology solutions that would make work accessible to retired, semi-retired and other professionals anytime and anywhere. Due to overwhelming need, I decided to focus these solutions on health care to help provide accessible, efficient, and affordable care, especially for people suffering from chronic [...]

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ICanLocalize Helps Companies Globalize Their Web Presence With Translation Management

ICanLocalize offers a translation management solution and service for businesses to translate their websites, documents, mobile apps, and software into multiple languages. The company was founded in 2002 by Amir Helzer, CEO, and currently has thousands of users. More and more businesses are going global and need to have their marketing materials, software, and web [...]

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The Dragonfly Effect – Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media To Drive Social Change By Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith

Author Bios: Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith A social psychologist and marketer, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Her research spans time, money and happiness. She focuses on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think make them happy? [...]

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A New Recipe For Life: Celiebo Launches on Behalf of the Celiac and the Gluten-Free Community

What is the name and cause of your Social Venture? Celiebo is an advocacy group for the celiac and gluten-intolerant community, which I founded in 2010. The organization certifies restaurants as compliant with regulations that make them safe establishments for gluten-restricted diners. What was the genesis of Celiebo? For more than twenty years, I suffered [...]

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Propstar.com – A new online branded integration service expedites connections between brand manufacturers and Hollywood

Ever wanted to get your product into the hands of celebrities? Ever thought that getting into a big Hollywood movie would take your product/company to the next level? In previous years, it was difficult for smaller or international consumer product manufacturers to find out about, let alone participate in; product placement and brand integration opportunities [...]

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PeaceLove Studios, Changing the Face of Mental Illness

PeaceLove Studios is a growing community of mental health advocates and artists creating conversations of acceptance, understanding and hope. PeaceLove is dedicated to building a positive symbol for mental health disorders and providing individuals with creative, motivational, and interactive programs designed to help achieve peace of mind, and has been garnering nationwide attention – and [...]

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Swapping Kids Clothing – Catching up with James Reinhart, Chief Knitwit at thredUP

Name of your company? thredUP Inc. www.Thredup.com Date started? April 2010. What is your product or service? thredUP is a new swapping platform for kids clothing. We help parents across America exchange clothes their kids no longer wear, for clothes that fit. thredUP couples the simplicity of “hand-me-downs,” with a massive network of swappers online [...]

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Navigating Through the Risks of Credit Card Processing. The first book in the Series The Savvy Business Owners Guide by Bill Pirtle

Authors Bio William (Bill) Pirtle has been in the credit card processing business since 2004. His company, Merchant Processing Consulting & Training, LLC teaches business owners credit card processing procedures, security compliance and other good business practices. Like many agents, Bill also had experiences with bad companies early in his career, but now has great [...]

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Buddy Bike: Love Inspires Two Fathers to Build an Innovative Tandem Bicycle

In the early 1990s Robert “Bob” Gardner from Willits, California created what would eventually become the Buddy Bike. Bob, a bicycle enthusiast, was inspired to customize a bike to ride with his young son, Isaac. Bob added a seat and foot pegs to his bicycle so Isaac could ride in front of his seat. While [...]

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