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Young and Entrepreneurial: How then 24 year-old Sameer Mehta Sold His First Startup to Mark Cuban then Cofounded His Second Startup with Blake Griffin and Kevin Love

David Ongchoco | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Not many people, let alone college students, would go out of their way to cold-email more than 100 seasoned entrepreneurs and investors asking for feedback on their startup.

Turning Complaints Into Closer Relationships to Improve Your Business

Ira Kalb | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Just about every comprehensive study done on this subject points to greater success for companies that turn the negatives represented by complaints into positives.

Gaming & Gambling in Today's Smartphone Drenched World

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.24.2015 | Weird News
Lee Traupel

Mobile is taking an increasing bite out of our lives - there is no longer any place safe zone from someone next to you texting, gaming, surfing or w...

Is Weed Going to Be the Next Billion Dollar Buffed Vertical?

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.23.2015 | San Francisco
Lee Traupel

San Francisco's cultural legacy of identifying a need and then fulfilling it with a service is anchored by another Yahoo like web site, with a listing of San Francisco Cannabis Clubs. And, if you don't think there is a local or national market, check out their advertising rates.

Restaurants That Should Go Out of Business

Maile Keone | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Maile Keone

As people who know me are well aware, I love to eat out. And when you travel, there is a built in reason to visit new restaurants and pretend a kitchen exists solely to store shoes.

Travel Insurance is Now a Prerequisite for a Worry Free Vacation

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Lee Traupel

Travel insurance exists to protect you from the slings and arrows of modern travel: lost or stolen luggage, medical issues on the road, unforeseen mishaps of just about any kind -- it can take the sting out of potentially serious issues that can ruin a trip or your financial position.

The Evolution of the Modern Point of Sale System

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.23.2015 | Technology
Lee Traupel

Every business today is dealing with a world that constantly forces a business to think and act "smarter" in order stay abreast of competition and differentiate products and services.

How Disney Creates Magical Experiences (and a 70% Return Rate)

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Gregory Ciotti

Perhaps the most unexpected finding when evaluating Disney's penchant for "magic" is the focus on process--the drive and ability to optimize the mundane.

Is the Rise in E-Cigarette Use by Teens a Positive Thing?

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lee Traupel

In this brave new world of everything technology enabled we now have electronic devices that deliver a nicotine-laced fluid, which as/when vaporized...

Reputation Managment Is a Necessity for on the Go Brands

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Today, savvy brands embrace online reputation management or risk losing revenue and brand cachet. Many marketing execs and small business owners don't grasp how important online reputation management is to their business.

Boomer Lifestyle Tools and Products for the Post Woodstock Generation

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty
Lee Traupel

Woodstock it was a mess and don't let anyone tell you different. It was hot, cold, dirty, muddy, and smelly and most of the time you couldn't even hear the music. But, epic nevertheless.

Is Siri Really Going to Replace Your Insurance Agent?

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.17.2015 | Money
Lee Traupel

The business model was predicated upon a small business owner (an "agent") who was active in the community, built relationships up over time and knew most of their customers on a first name basis.

How to Talk to Your Angriest Customers

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
Gregory Ciotti

Customers want to be treated with respect. The day you stop talking to them like regular people is the day you lose touch and relevance. After that, you start losing customers.

7 Ways You Can Earn Your Customer's Loyalty

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

Acquiring new customers to your company is an important part of business, but not as important as maintaining the customers you already have.

Why Support Stories Spread Like Wildfire

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Gregory Ciotti

Customers' words can either polish or stain your company's luster, and in a world where every customer has a microphone, by nature people will talk about you and your employees, products, or services.

Why Mobile Apps are the New Coin of the Realm for Busy Brands

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Lee Traupel

Mobile phone saturation has arrived, regardless of the county, culture or demographics. They are embedded in our lives and an integral part of any marketer's digital reach and strategy.

The Customer Always Remembers

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Gregory Ciotti

Directing your tone and language to create positive, lasting memories for your customers is a staple in support. Not only should the whole experience be good, but most importantly, how that experience ends ought to be good.

How to Listen to Your Customers and Give Them What They Want, Like McDonald's

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Though bigger companies have the luxury of testing new products in select locations with minimal risk, there's something to be said for listening to what your customers want and giving it to them.

Why I (Almost) Broke Up With IKEA

Julie M Green | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Just as more and more businesses are opening their doors to kids with differences, you weren't able to think outside your own big blue and yellow box that afternoon.

How the Cloud Is Reshaping Business Communications

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Lee Traupel

Big enterprise level companies discovered the "cloud" five to seven years ago for lowering costs, reducing head count and enabling virtual teams to work together more cohesively in and outside the company.

Modern Tools and Vendors Reshaping the Canadian Citizenship Process

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.09.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Canada has for centuries been known as a county that believes in and supports immigration as a contributor to the core DNA of the country! Each ye...

Transformative Trends Reshaping the Insurance Industry

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Lee Traupel

The insurance industry is moving into a digital era, with analytics, mobile, the social cloud and privacy issues moving front and center in terms of how they engage with "mobile in hand consumers."

Let's Make Business Personal Again

Amy Callahan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Amy Callahan

Brands that cultivate their personal connections will not only create a competitive advantage with strong customer loyalty, they ultimately will be better positioned for long term success.

The Tech Assault on Traditional Real Estate Is Gaining Minimal Traction With Consumers and Related Fees

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.05.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

During the last 10 plus years the Internet has permeated the bedrock of the U.S. economy. And, the smartphone is accelerating the digital economy in ways that are hard to predict.

Cultivating Brand Romance in Today's Always-on, Distracted World

Lee Traupel | Posted 04.01.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

All start-ups and brands in need have the same marketing challenge. Cost-effectively finding, keeping and motivating customers to support your business, in a world where distraction rules and attention spans are just seconds.