Startups and the new world of predictive lead generation

Doug Bewsher, Leadspace

By Doug Bewsher, Leadspace CEO Over the past few years, billions of dollars have poured into marketing automation tools. While these solutions, coupled with cloud computing and Big Data, have revolutionized the way startups find, attract, and retain customers, the real opportunity lies in … [Read more...]

An unsexy but important topic for growing startups: Getting payroll taxes right

Andy Roe, SurePayroll

By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager As you start a new business, the calculations surrounding payroll taxes may not be the first thing on your mind. You’re more likely thinking about bringing in new clients, promoting your services and developing your business plan. However, you are … [Read more...]

Don’t get stumped by financier questions: Techniques that will even satisfy the ‘Shark Tank’ investors

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By Richard Weinberger, Ph.D., CPA How many times have we seen small business entrepreneurs go before the investors on ABC’s hit show ‘Shark Tank’ and get tongue-tied when asked basic questions about their enterprise? It happens all the time, and the next thing we hear is: “I’m out.” That doesn’t … [Read more...]

Keys to startup success: Passion, drive…and the right IT plan

DanTully, ConduitSystems

By Dan Tully, Conduit Systems What Makes A Successful Startup? To be successful, startups need the passion, drive, commitment, and resolve to work through all the challenges associated with starting a new business. One method that startups are turning to is the Lean model of outsourcing. This … [Read more...]

Focus on growth: The experience of one entrepreneur in a ‘growth-obsessed’ city

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By Bill Reilly, Hands-on Garage co-founder Over five years ago, my partners and I sat down to hatch a business, Hands-on Garage, after my car needed a new starter and we were trying to fix it in my driveway. We massaged that germ of an idea into a scrappy startup and now a growth-obsessed venture … [Read more...]

Which is better for startups: In-house teams, outsourcing, or both?

George Deeb, Ensemble

By George Deeb, managing partner, Ensemble and Red Rocket Ventures Last summer, I introduced StartUp Beat readers to Ensemble’s ‘startup excubator’ model for ‘do-it-for-me’ entrepreneurs. In the last six months, we started to get calls from do-it-yourself entrepreneurs with their in-house teams … [Read more...]

It’s the people, not the space: Startups, culture, and ‘cool’ office spaces

Courtesy of Chicago Creative Space.

By Max Chopovsky, Chicago Creative Space founder We have highlighted some cool offices on Chicago Creative Space. Slides, bars, zip lines, graffiti, tattooed floors, you name it. Despite visiting dozens of companies, from startups to large corporations, I am still amazed at their innovation in … [Read more...]

Lessons from the trenches: Startup success is all about the journey…and the decisions you make along the way

Courtesy of Innovid.

By Tal Chalozin, Innovid co-founder and CTO My friends and I love video games. We also love drinking beer. One day, I was playing Guitar Hero with some buddies and thought: “Life would be perfect if we could combine the two simultaneously.” So, we set out to turn this fantasy into a reality. We … [Read more...]

Sifting through the noise of ‘unique visitors’: Focusing on what counts for startup success

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By Kyle Gerrity, Slader co-founder Every day, millions of websites are born on the web, vying for consumer attention. Sites like Buzzfeed or Pinterest are just two of the latest to take up space in the minds of the Internet audience—each with more than 177 monthly uniques combined (130 million … [Read more...]

Angel funding looks set to increase in 2014—how early-stage startups can best compete for a piece of the pie

Courtesy of Alan Lobock.

By Alan Lobock, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of SkyMall and Worthworm Many entrepreneurs dream about a Pinterest- or Uber-like round of funding, maybe even a big exit or IPO like Tumblr and Twitter. However, the reality is that most startups fail. For entrepreneurs preparing to seek … [Read more...]