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Planwise: We Give You the Tool, You Make the Best Financial Decision

Planwise: We Give You the Tool, You Make the Best Financial Decision

What is your product or service? Planwise is a free tool to help users project how their current finances impact future decisions. Why did you start your company? After 10 years developing software for banks in Australia there was a desire to be directly solving the problem that the consumer was having. Once we started [...]

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How To Build A Better Business: Go With Your Gut

How To Build A Better Business: Go With Your Gut

Jill Salzman is currently growing her third entrepreneurial venture, The Founding Moms, the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs. A graduate of Brown University and law school, she started a music management firm and then launched a baby jewelry company before creating her current venture. Jill has been featured in [...]

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Connect With Mobile and Remote Colleagues to Resolve Business Issues Faster Than Ever

Connect With Mobile and Remote Colleagues to Resolve Business Issues Faster Than Ever

Company name and URL: Directra www.directra.com What does the Directra smartphone app do? Directra helps business people in any location to connect and interact securely in their own private communication cloud using group text messaging, IM, email or voice (cell phone or land line), to resolve issues quickly regardless of their location or device. If [...]

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A few hundred dollars and a prayer - the bootstrap chronicles

$100 and an idea — the bootstrap chronicles

It seems like anyone with an idea and a few social-local-mobile buzzwords can raise millions of dollars today. Whether you’re Facebook or just one of the aspiring little guys, the frothy venture capital field can look pretty attractive. But we must remember that the Airbnb, Flipboard and Dropbox’s of the world are the exception — [...]

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Cracking Social Networking on a shoestring -BuzzE App launches today!

Name of your company? Frendz LLC Date started? April 2010 What is your product or service? Frendz LLC is a mobile software development company releasing its first product called BuzzE on the IPhone on April 20th 2011. BuzzE is a proximity based social networking application that lets users interact with people in their immediate vicinity [...]

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OfficeArrow: The Social Network for Entrepreneurs To Get Business Done

Who is responsible for the OfficeArrow site? Robert Ball started OfficeArrow after a very successful career as an consultant and upper level executive with Akamai technologies, the company that serves around a quarter of all the Internet traffic in the United States. Robert was responsible for opening Akami’s European market in the 90′s and 2000′s, [...]

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Hans Chung – Social Entrepreneur Planting Phones

Who is the person? Hans Chung, co-founder of PlantMyPhone. Before PlantMyPhone, I co-founded and sold a blog advertising network (CrispAds) that was acquired by Intela, a growing lead-generation company. Prior to doing startups, I was a business strategy consultant focused on advising large Asian technology companies about new growth opportunities. Name of Social Enterprise? PlantMyPhone What came [...]

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Akshaya Murthy

How Ideabing.com runs on a budget of $4 a day.

Company: Ideabing Media Website: Ideabing.com Ideabing.com was started in Feb 2010 to fill the void in the innovation blogging space. We wanted to bring to one platform the ideas that are going to change our lives in the next decade or so. We are at a juncture where mankind as a whole has to decide [...]

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The Roundup August 24

The Roundup August 24

I’m thinking we shoulda’ called it The Micro-Startup Bible, since that’s the new VC fashion. Venture capitalists learn a new fashion — micro-startups. Kind of like a shoestring venture, no? Two dozen companies displayed their wares on Wednesday in brief talks that are the graduation ceremony at Y Combinator, which invests up to $20,000 in [...]

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The Branding Myth, Part One

At some point in throwing together a small business or start-up, you’re going to drive headlong into issues of branding. It may be something you read online or, more usually, a topic brought up by an outside vendor — a designer, Web designer, PR specialist, or copywriter. Branding is a ubiquitous topic, a word that [...]

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The Roundup May 16-17

Apple to Microsoft: Thanks for the ads, man! The moment Microsoft decided to attack Apple, they increased Apple’s credibility. That’s a given any time you decide to respond to an opponent you previously didn’t acknowledge even had right to get into the ring with you. (“Would Bill Gates have aired Laptop Hunters?,” Fortune, May 17) [...]

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Outsourcing innovation

In my advocacy for small business and start-up outsourcing, I’ve given short shrift to the research and development end of things, but this is a big focus in my current research. The Economic Policy Institute published a major study a few days ago, The Offshoring of Innovation, on the consequences of outsourcing innovation to India [...]

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Must-reads for December 3

Let’s do something original and lead with Detroit since every one else seems to be ignoring it. :: “The U.A.W. president, Ron Gettelfinger, said the union would suspend its jobs bank, which requires carmakers to keep paying laid-off employees, and would consider changes to its labor contracts. The union has also agreed, Mr. Gettelfinger said, [...]

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