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9 Striking Similarities Between the Housing Bubble and The Higher Education Bubble

(11) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:06 AM

With the collapse of the housing bubble and corresponding financial crisis of 2008 occuring just six years ago as of this writing (2014), concerns over a bubble in higher education are beginning to emerge. It's amazing how many similarities there are between what happened in housing and what's...

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How to Use Blogging and Social Media To Grow Your Professional Network

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Social networks present amazing opportunities for to meet new people and build professional relationships. The internet is an equalizer. Anyone with something that people want can and will be found. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter give networkers access to millions of people with the click of...

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Software is Eating Marketing

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Like so many industries today, technology is changing the field of marketing and advertising. The way people buy is changing. The way people consume media is changing. The way marketers can reach buyers is changing too. New technologies present both opportunities and challenges to marketers who are vying for buyer...

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11 Ways Get Out of Bed Faster and Have More Energy in the Morning

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 4:34 PM

You hear the wretched sound of your alarm...you awake...it's 7am on Monday and you have to be at work in two hours...you're tired and grumpy...and it's cold outside...you DO NOT want to get out of bed...

We've all been there and it's not fun. Having a good morning ritual can...

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Innovation in the Government Industry

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Government may be susceptible to the same forces that are currently changing many major industries. Software is eating government, too.

Therefore government must use customer development to better serve customers else it risks becoming the next Blockbuster, Borders, or what the large publishing and financial services companies are at...

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7 Tips for Generating Business Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Ideas can come from anywhere. There are no hard fast rules for generating startup ideas. Some of them may turn into profitable businesses, and some may not. There are however frameworks to keep focused, filter ideas, and identify opportunities. Below are some of the strategies I like for coming up...

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7 Common Customer Development Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 3:13 PM

When practiced effectively, customer development can be an extremely valuable practice for getting startup ideas, testing viability of an idea, or optimizing existing products or ideas. It can be used to gain deep customer insights to help build products people love. When done incorrectly, it can result in...

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What is Customer Development and Why Should Entrepreneurs Practice It?

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:26 AM

What exactly is customer development?

Developed by serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, customer development is the practice of gaining customer insights to generate, test, and optimize ideas for products and services through interviews and structured experiments. Customer development is used to help build products that customers want and...

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How to Be a Connector and Make Valuable Introductions

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 1:11 PM

"What makes someone a Connector? The first -- and most obvious -- criterion is that Connectors know lots of people. They are the kinds of people who know everyone. All of us know someone like this. But I don't think that we spend a lot of time thinking about the...
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How Startups and Large Companies Can Form Valuable Partnerships

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 8:31 PM

Below is a summary of an interview I did with Scott Pollack. Scott has over ten years of experience in business development in fortune 500 companies and startups. Currently he does digital partnerships and new product development at American Express. Scott also blogs, teaches, and will be publishing...

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How to Build an Awesome Professional Network

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 1:56 PM

For better or for worse, it's not just what you know or what you can do, it's who you know. In fact, who you know can sometimes be more important than your qualifications. Some doors simply can't be opened without an existing relationship or strong introduction. An introduction serves as...

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How Wiley Cerilli Used Customer Development in Building SinglePlatform

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Wiley Cerilli founded SinglePlatform in January of 2010 and led the company as CEO to it's acquisition by Constant Contact for $65 million plus incentives up to $100 million. Prior to SinglePlatform, Wiley was was EVP of Sales at Seamless. Seamless was acquired by Aramark. He currently serves...

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Competing in the Venture Capital Industry

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 8:25 PM

There's an unequal distribution of power in the venture capital industry: The best firms get the best deals and the best deals provide disproportionately higher returns.

The best deals are super competitive to get in to. Naval Ravikant has said VCs don't have proprietary deal flow, they...

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Startup Advice from David S. Kidder

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 8:37 PM

David S. Kidder is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Currently, he's the co-founder and CEO of Bionic, an enterprise innovation platform. Prior to Bionic, David served as the co-founder and CEO of Clickable (acquired by Syncapse). Prior to Clickable, Kidder co-founded SmartRay Network (acquired by LifeMinders), and Net-X (acquired...

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A Future Where Everyone Is a Startup

(7) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Technology innovation, disruptive new business models, and outsourcing have, and will increasingly continue to, make many jobs irrelevant. Robots are the new middles class. New technologies make old ones, and the corresponding jobs, irrelevant. What used to be done by an entitled young adults with a graduate degree is now...

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E-Commerce: Trends, Opportunities and Startups to Watch

(5) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Like so many other industries, software is eating commerce. Trends like increasing usage of mobile devices, massive amounts of publicly available personal data, new operating models, the social graph and new distribution channels are creating fundamentally new possibilities for commerce experiences.

Peer-to-peer commerce

Collaborative...

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What Exactly Is "Hustle"?

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Part-charisma, part-sales, part-hard work, hustle is hard to pinpoint, but, when you see it, you know it.

The hustler has something to prove. While the layman gets handed opportunities, the hustler takes them. The layman waits, the hustler asks.

They layman "should," the hustler already did....

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Real Money Gaming: The Next Billion Dollar Opportunity?

(5) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 3:34 PM

If online gambling laws continue to be relaxed across the United States, it could represent a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors.

Market size

Offline gambling is a massive market with validated demand, and many believe online gambling will be llarger. Overseas, online betting is generating an...

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Popping the Higher Education Bubble

(11) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:22 PM

In order to pop the current bubble in higher education we need to align incentives between the schools, students, and employers within this multi billion dollar market and apply more efficient means of credentialing.

Current Economics in Higher Education

The viewpoint that there's a bubble in education has recently...

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Founder Interview: Sarah Ware of Markerly

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 9:34 AM

Below is an interview I did with Sarah Ware, Co-Founder and CEO of Markerly. She provides great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and talks about her decision to pivot and her experience at 500 startups.

Tell me about yourself and your company.

I'm a Jersey girl. When I got tired...

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