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Ramon Ray on the Potential of Microsoft & Skype, and the Google Chromebook

One month ago, Microsoft purchased Skype for $8.5 billion. Publisher of SmallBizTechnology.com Ramon Ray discussed the impact of this move with Brent Leary on Social CRM blog, as well as the overall first impressions of Google Chromebook. Listen here for … Read More

One on One: Cindy Bates of Microsoft

Welcome to another in our One on One series of conversations with some of the most thought-provoking entrepreneurs, authors and experts in business today. Cindy Bates, vice president of Microsoft U.S. Small and Midsize Business Organization, spoke with Brent Leary in this interview, which has been edited for publication. Show More Summary

In search of business model excellence: Interview with Alex Osterwalder

Two years ago, when I was on my book tour, I had the great fortune of speaking at a management conference in Estonia. There were a number of other speakers there from Europe, including Morten Lund and Alexander Osterwalder. Alex’s presentation was about business models, and I was immediately drawn in by the clear and simple [...]

One on One: Mike Muhney, Co-Founder of ACT!

Welcome to another in our One on One series of conversations with some of the most thought-provoking entrepreneurs, authors and experts in business today. Mike Muhney, co-founder of ACT! and one of the creators of the contact management industry, recently founded mobile relationship management application VIP Orbit. Show More Summary

Is your company built to sell?

I have been in business for myself for sixteen years. I can’t count the number of fun projects, amazing clients and life-changing opportunities this path has provided for me. But it wasn’t until yesterday, when I was reading John Warrillow’s Built to Sell, that I got the profound feeling that I was a total beginner in the [...]

The agony of creative blocks and how to remove them

I always know right before I am about to slip into hell. The day starts out innocently enough. I brew a strong cup of Peet’s French Roast. Then walk outside barefoot to get the paper, stopping to smell the fresh air, and see the bright sun peeking up from behind the Superstition Mountains. The stillness of the [...]

One on One: Tien Tzuo of Zuora

Welcome to another in our One on One series of conversations with some of the most thought-provoking entrepreneurs, authors and experts in business today. Tien Tzuo, CEO of Zuora, a leader in cloud-based subscription management for billing and payment solutions, spoke with Brent Leary in this interview, which has been edited for publication. Show More Summary

THAT’S MY BUSINESS!: Start Up Advice

In this episode, Rich Whittle talks with four entrepreneurs about what it takes to start a business. Listen Now: Or download: THAT’S MY BUSINESS!: Start Up Advice IAmAstuffedAnimal.com MyHusbandsNuts.com RunPee.com Skoy Cloth

Rick Mahn shares his networking secrets

Rick Mahn is a long-time friend, and recently launched his own business. He took time to talk to me about his online networking secrets, going to in person events, and the parallels between small cities and small towns. He also tells...Show More Summary

Presentation Hacks

Naval here. Adeo Rossi recently invited me to speak at the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. The topic was how to present to investors. [Nivi: There's a lot of new stuff in this presentation — I learned a lot that goes far beyond the topic of pitching VCs. I bolded my favorite parts in the transcript below.] SlideShare: [...]

Interview: How to close an angel round

Sean Ellis taught me that startups need to be as creative and thoughtful about their marketing as they are about their products. But we’ve never applied that thinking to Venture Hacks. We focused on writing stuff that doesn’t suck, didn’t engage in marketing histrionics, and figured the customers would come. More important, we simply weren’t [...]

FOLB Syndrome – Fear of ____ in Business

Gabcast! YE BizBytes #16 – F.O.L.B. Syndrome – Fear & The Entrepreneur What exactly is it that holds some entrepreneurs back and has others become wildly successful in a business of their own? Without a doubt fear plays a critical role in the success of any entrepreneur. Find out how the FOLB Syndrome plays a [...]

Entrepreneurs – Are They Made OR Born? Finally Proof…

Gabcast! YE BizBytes #11 – Are Entrepreneurs Made or Born? The age old dispute is settled once and for all by http://www.YoungEntrepreneur.com ’s lead business coach, Dan Nichols. The answer is… sorry ya gotta listen....

OMT Paradox – An Entrepreneur’s Pitfall

Gabcast! YE BizBytes #1 – OMT Paradox – Entrepreneur Psychology Did you ever think that if that one more thing was in your reach you would be able to start that business or grow that empire? Consider you’re probably playing a losing game.

How to optimize web apps with KISSmetrics

Thanks to KISSmetrics for supporting our interview with Sean Ellis. If you want an intro to KISSmetrics, send me an email. I’ll put you in touch if there’s a fit. Thanks. – Nivi Hiten Shah from KISSmetrics recently sat down with me to discuss how to optimize funnels with their upcoming analytics tool, KISSmetrics. You may know [...]

How to bring a product to market, Part 2 — after product/market fit

“Where the fuck is Part 2?” That’s what we’ve been hearing since we published Part 1 of our rare interview with Sean Ellis. Here’s part 2. In Part 1, Sean discussed what you do before product/market fit: how to get there, how to measure it, and how to survey your users so you can improve fit. In Part [...]

The Arrogant VC: Why VCs are disliked by entrepreneurs

Thanks to Atlas Venture for supporting Venture Hacks this month. This post is by Fred Destin, one of Atlas’ general partners. If you like it, check out Fred’s blog and tweets @fdestin. I’ve also generated an audio version of this post. Let me know if it’s useful. – Nivi Below is the summary of all [...]

How to measure product/market fit

Thanks to KISSmetrics for supporting our interview with Sean Ellis. If you want an intro to KISSmetrics, send me an email. I’ll put you in touch if there’s a fit. Thanks. – Nivi Hiten Shah from KISSmetrics recently sat down with me to explain how to use survey.io to measure product/market fit and find the “best [...]

Solar Franchise Update

(Solar Panels being installed to produce solar energy) When I present seminars on franchise ownership, 1:19 Joel Libava, WTAM 1100 AM Seminar Interview the topic of green franchise offerings always comes up. Always. During every seminar. I always mention solar...

Listen Up: Want to Home Office From Anywhere? Get Your Broadband, a Netbook & a New Way of Looking at Work

Can you work from anywhere? Home Office Highway sought to explore The Anywhere Office concept - and prove that with the right tools, almost anyone can work from almost anywhere. Whether you’re a home-business owner or a teleworker, what do you need? Broadband Internet, a computer (laptop or netbook, ideally), and a healthy dose of understanding [...]

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