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Tag Archive | "entrepreneurship"

Bilkem Chowderhead

As a middle-aged guy with the flexibility of a drafting desk and as a native Minnesotan who considers 40 degrees Fahrenheit to be t-shirt and shorts time and the flexibility of a drafting desk, Bikram Yoga, or “hot,” as in 105 degrees hot, yoga, is not a cup of tea I’ve fancied with any great [...]

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The Roundup September 10

The Roundup September 10

Startup success comes from many things, but NEVER from wasting time watching garbage on TV. I’m not a businessperson in real life, but I play one on TV! Kevin O’Leary stars on ABC’s new business reality show Shark Tank as one of five executives who vet business ideas pitched by would-be entrepreneurs. O’Leary often delivers [...]

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A beginner’s guide to venture capital: the players

Shoestring Venture aims to be helpful to anyone and everyone starting a business, from solopreneurs operating a venture from their kitchen table to bricks-and-mortar small business owners to your standard, Sand Hill Road entrepreneur looking to score some big start-up money and create the next Twitter. Going the venture capital route is not for everyone [...]

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Shoestring Venture now on iPhone!

Shoestring Venture now on iPhone!

One more great reason to buy an iPhone . . . Shoestring Venture blog! Woo-hoo! We have now made the Shoestring Venture blog available on iPhone! We’ve just installed, tested (on Steve’s iPhone), and deployed the WordPress plug-in here at the Shoestring Venture blog and we’re happy to say it’s a winner. Now, it’s not [...]

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The Roundup July 21

The Roundup July 21

I never really understood paying some two bucks per shot on film that faded in two months. But there are millions who love the concept. Polaroid’s loss is one entrepreneur’s gain. Taking notes? When the Polaroid film factory in the Dutch town of Enschede shut down in June 2008, it seemed to signal the end [...]

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The Roundup July 10

The Roundup July 10

Your local bank will happily lend you a few cents. That’s why they’re called small business loans. Now we’re talking recovery. The Obama administration is developing an initiative to take money from the $700 billion rescue program for the banking system and make it available to millions of small businesses, which officials say are essential [...]

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Thank you for making us number one!

Thank you for making us number one!

However briefly, our book is now a bestseller. It’s Miller time! Shoestring Venture: The Startup Bible has officially broken into the bestseller category, especially on Amazon where we are now the number one book in Home-Based Business (or number two or three or four depending on the whims and fancies of the Amazon rankings system). [...]

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The Roundup July 6

There’s a new VC in town and he’s taking down names . . . Marc Andreessen and business partner Ben Horowitz launched a boutique VC fund Monday with an initial capitalization of $300 million that the pair intends to invest in “anything that involves chips and computers” at a clip of $50,000 to $50 million [...]

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We told you the outsourcing model was the way to go!

In the latest issue of the New York Times, Kermit Pattison talks about global outsourcing as a resource for small businesses and solopreneurs. Money quote: “This is one more step in the path to leveling the playing field between small and large businesses,” said Thomas W. Malone, a professor at the Sloan School of Management [...]

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The Roundup June 24

Before you give away the store, you might want to check with the franchisees who own the store. The sit-down casual segment of the restaurant industry has traditionally competed more on advertising and location than price, but these days, the chains appear to have little choice. Consumers hurt by the recession are eating out less. [...]

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“Just In Time” for a recession

In this must-read article in The Wall Street Journal, Phred Dvorak explores how the recession has hit the supply chain in the most ruthlessly efficient JIT (just-in-time) manufacturing industries, like high tech. While most readers of this blog at least partly subscribe to the fantasy version of entrepreneurship — where entrepreneurs deal directly with the [...]

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How Starbucks can win back its customers

Starbucks yesterday started a much-heralded, big dollar advertising campaign taking square aim at McDonalds and McCafe. If you haven’t heard the news, yet, McDonalds has become Starbucks number one competitor for the coffee-fix market and their newly launched McCafe’s are meant to go head-to-head with the whole Starbucks concept. In advertising as in politics, it [...]

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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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A long discussion of URL shorteners

As social networking — particularly Twitter and similar short-form messaging services — becomes more and more important to disseminating product and service information across a wide audience, we’ve seen an explosive growth of “URL shorteners,” services that are intended to take those long http-colon-slash-slash-tonsofgobbledeygookydogpilesfromyourcontentmanagementsystem and make them short-form friendly. Since we’re adding an entire section [...]

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The carpenter builds a house

I love this story which landed in my email box from Michael Josephson over at CHARACTER COUNTS! this morning. He’ll probably sue me from here to Thursday (he is, after all, a lawyer), but it’s worth sharing in its entirety. I have a much different take on it than Mr. Josephson — I see it [...]

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Financial structure, debt, and why they matter

Two recent articles in The New York Times deserve every entrepreneur’s close attention, the first dealing with small businesses caught up in the fireworks when their lenders go under and the second dealing with the impending bankruptcy of General Growth Properties, the second-largest owner of shopping malls in the country and the first major commercial [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 17

You see, the trick is in telling the difference. In discussing the delicate line that regulators must walk, he said: “The challenge faced by regulators is to strike the right balance: to strive for the highest standards of consumer protection without eliminating the beneficial effects of responsible innovation on consumer choice and access to credit.”. [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 16

What happens when your bank fails? Your overextended small biz loan becomes toxic. Clashes like this are increasingly taking place across the country, as banks struggle through their worst crisis in a generation. And Mr. Williamson is part of a niche industry that buys at bargain-basement prices the hard-to-collect commercial loans that the Federal Deposit [...]

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A decidedly disrespectful history of taxes and the folks what hate ‘em

Today is tax day! April 15! My wife and I received our refunds months ago, but people all over the country are celebrating tax day with Fox News-sponsored Tea Parties. Teabaggers from Beverly Hills to Greenwich Village are protesting tax hikes that have not in fact occurred, making Tea Parties the first protest in history [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 15

This is officially the definition of “deflation,” but, thankfully, without the “spiral” part. Consumer prices fell 0.4 per cent over the year to March, the labour department said yesterday, and dipped 0.1 per cent last month from February owing to weak energy and food prices. The drop in prices has lessened pressure on consumers who [...]

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