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Information Week goes digital

Information Week goes digital

The PDF version of Info Week is now available at the super-low cost of free. Information Week is one of the two dozen or so magazines/newspapers I have read religiously over the last decade in various capacities. It has been such a rich resource of business technology news, that Steve and I had no qualms [...]

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The spreadsheet formulas every entrepreneur should know, Part One

The spreadsheet formulas every entrepreneur should know, Part One

The Series Introduction 1.) Internal Rate of Return 1a.) Modified Internal Rate of Return 2.) Net present value 3.) Payback 4.) Average 5.) Standard deviation Bonus!) Excel Solver If you’re like most entrepreneurs or business owners, you spend a fair amount of your productive poking away at some spreadsheet or other, but your demands of [...]

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Must-learn lessons from the Twitter hack attack

Heading up business news this week was the hacker attack on Twitter, who made off with some 310 sensitive corporate documents. But the biggest news in this attack for the rest of us is how darn easy it was. In a must-read article on TechCrunch, Nik Cubrilovic interviewed the hacker and published a general outline [...]

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A week for disasters small and large: Google, Rackspace, and Authorize.net

A week for disasters small and large: Google, Rackspace, and Authorize.net

There goes your Web site . . . On July 2, Google’s app engine went kablooie for still unexplained reasons, stranding thousands of Web application startups and businesses as well as tens of thousands of their customers who use those Web apps. Disasters, it seems, come in threes. For just last week, Rackspace, featured prominently [...]

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The 10 best ways to add a little Twitter to your site

As the social media toolbox grows, the challenge of integrating various and sundry friend feeds and twitter feeds and blog this and updates that with your total Web presence is becoming a major tactical and strategic puzzle. In particular, wholesale adoption of Web 2.0 marketing and communications threatens the traditional entire hub-and-spoke strategy built on [...]

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What digital television really means

What digital television really means

In just one more week, all broadcast and cable television will become digital. You’ve heard about it for years. All the hype and hoopla have probably lit a pretty raging fire under your feet to junk your old analog TV and shell out a month or two of salary for one of those wall-sized HD [...]

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What’s the most important document on your computer?

The answer will surprise you. Kroll Ontrack Inc. just released a survey of 200 executives across the U.S. and Canada which business documents they would try to save first in the event of a computer crash. 81% said their first priority would be to recover their email files. So I conducted an online survey of [...]

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The Top 10 Facebook Apps for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

The Top 10 Facebook Apps for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Ever since Facebook released its API (this is why you should care), all us dedicated Facebookers have been deluged with oceans of the most trivial time-wasters (which species of fungus are you?). Despite the fact that the average Facebook app is productive only in killing time, quite a generous seasoning of business-oriented apps have moseyed [...]

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Google Analytics: the race is on! Here’s my wish list . . .

Google today (literally about two hours ago) released the API for Google Analytics, a Web analytics package featured prominently in our book Shoestring Venture, and two upcoming books in the Shoestring Venture series now in development. Without going into details, this means that anyone who cares can now freely develop applications, add-ons, and plug-ins to [...]

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What the hell is an API and why the hell should you care?

As more and more of our computing migrates to the “cloud,” that amorphous nowhere lying just on the unknown side of our Internet connection, you as a business owner or entrepreneur will start hearing more and more about API’s. No, API’s are not bees buzzing about the Internet cloud (for both the readers of this [...]

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Cloud computing for startups

A large part of Shoestring Venture: The Startup Bible deals with exploiting cloud computing resources (like Web-based software) at incredibly low cost. In fact, we have an entire guide to cloud computing on the factory line even as I sepak. The recession, it turns out, is making cloud computing the cheap technology of choice for [...]

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Open-source opportunities

Sramana Mitra has an excellent piece in this week’s Forbes.com on developing software and services using open source foundations. Money quote: If you are an engineer pondering your career path, you can certainly look at commercial open source as a great model to innovate on a shoestring and jump-start your entrepreneurial career while the world [...]

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Project management software update: GeniusProject

I just came off of a product demonstration of Genius Inside. We talk about several SaaS project management software solutions in the Shoestring Venture book, but Genius Inside didn’t make it (it wasn’t out). Many of the solutions, such as Basecamp, are more or less fancy scheduling tools rather than full-throated project management tools. But [...]

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2009 will be the year of open-source

This was actually a sentence we put in our book but took it out for sounding, well, too much like a taped-glasses sort of thing to say. But Database Trends and Applications has released its list of earth-shattering events for the coming year, “Top 15 Information Management Trends for 2009, and slotting in at number [...]

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Ooma Core VoIP Phone — heads up!

Our writing elves are busy busting their butts on the second edition of Shoestring Venture which will be coming your way sometime in June. For those unlucky few who don’t already have a copy, you are missing our stupendously useful write-up on VoIP and how to use it to score big business savings. Well, we’ve [...]

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