In almost any real-world situation, you rarely have much time to make a first impression. A polished appearance is important, but that only goes so far - the first few things you say about yourself and your business (or, "what you do") is paramount to forging a new business relationship.
The other day I was having a meeting with the founder of a local startup, who some have described as a "serial entreupreneur". I asked him the "secret" to his success, and without hesitation, he said it was simply about "relationships." I immediately knew what he meant. I began my official
Starting a new project can be very stressful for a startup. Investors typically want to see a product, or series of products before jumping on board to help the business grow. Part of the early stages of a startup involves finding the funds you need to get those initial projects
Launching a new product or idea can be exciting, and undoubtedly most entrepreneurs have done at least some research into what works, and what doesn’t in their given industry. Unfortunately, being excited about a new business can make it easy to lose focus on some of the most important aspects
There are so many innovative, amazing startups here at thinkspace. This week I had the chance to meet and chat with Damon Danieli of Appuri, one of the residents of thinkspace, to learn a little more about what they're up to. What is Appuri, and what do you do? Appuri is a
Almost every startup I hear has the same three goals; launch a product, get users, and get on that blog. (You know which one I'm talking about.) Making money - let alone enough to be profitable - is rarely even a thought in the minds of young entrepreneurs. Getting press
The Wall Street Journal unveiled its third annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. companies backed by venture capital—A list that attempts to identify start-ups that could become the “Next Big Thing 2012". Geekwire reported "
image credit You’re a visionary. Your Idea will change the world!Every time you tell someone about your idea they instantly become a believer and start spreading the word. Your energy and passion for what you do is so contagious that you are attracting talent, people want to get involved. Only
Creating a company with a good friend or like-minded business partner is common, and allows you to both call the shots and make decisions that have a direct impact on your startup's future. Unfortunately, a startup founded by two people can be a tough sell. It opens the door for disagreements
Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz, has a corporate culture of transparency. Rand spoke to the local chapter of the Entrepreneur Organization recently. Based on the story that he shared with us, it sounded like he was a person that was not very transparent in the early days of Moz. However,