The love affair with public clouds: Why public clouds make sense

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So you’ve decided to move to the cloud. What’s it to be? Public? Private? Hybrid? Multi-cloud? So many questions and so many options. You start studying the pros and cons of various options. You even check out what your competitors are using. It’s not a simple decision, and believe us, we truly understand. WHAT MAKES A CLOUD A CLOUD? So, is the cloud just a set of servers … [Read more...]

Five tips for raising capital for startups through MBA programs

Elad Shoushan, LTG Exam

The primary question that arises when you get an MBA in the U.S. with a startup is: Why did you come to study an MBA if you’ve already established or are in the process of establishing a company? I was asked this question a countless number of times during interviews for the business school I would later attend, MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as during the process of … [Read more...]

Outlook on small business and startup hiring better than it has been in years

Small Business Heats Up In Summer

As we head into mid-summer and the weather heats up, hiring in the small business and startup economy may start doing the same. There are several indicators pointing to a sustained hiring push. In a survey done by Paychex, 54 percent of small business and startup owners said they plan to hire in the next six months. And fewer than half of those were hiring in … [Read more...]

Building trust as a new business in an offline industry

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I got my feet wet in the online industry before launching my own local small business. Despite the cut-throat competition in the online world, building trust is easy. A good job always earns you a good review on Yelp or Google. With a good online strategy, it is possible to build a good bunch of genuine reviews from customers which will naturally help with future leads. But … [Read more...]

Three things every new entrepreneur should know about relationship management

Mike Muhney, VIPorbit

A killer idea for a new product or service is a great place to start a new entrepreneurial venture. But it takes more than a great idea to sustain success. Relationships—with customers, prospects, and even acquaintances—can be the “make it or break it” difference. Unfortunately, the era of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter has not equipped budding professionals particularly well, … [Read more...]

Four tips to drive offline sales

Manish Patel-Where2GetIt

Advertisements and valuable content can bring your audience to your website, but what is driving them to your store? Even though customers are able to view and purchase items online, over 90 percent of consumers are still more inclined to buy at a physical location. Some techniques—like direct mail and business cards—are old-fashioned ways of driving your offline sales, but … [Read more...]

Four tips for your self-funded startup

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Business concept: Check. Market research: Check. Funding? …oy vey. Despite the hard work and energy you may have dedicated to your startup, all of your efforts are for naught without the proper financial backing. That means, of course, spending time creating marketing materials and pitching them to potential investors, time which could otherwise be used further developing … [Read more...]

Need a reason to start a business? How about 15?

Andy Roe, SurePayroll

According to Business Insider, approximately 543,000 new businesses are started every month. That is a big number. That is also a number that may motivate you to do the same. You only need one good reason to start a business. For example, you may have come to the conclusion that branching out on your own will finally give you the flexibility you have been craving. Here … [Read more...]

Five prerequisites before raising startup money

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It’s frustrating as an investor every time a team of enthusiastic and energetic entrepreneurs are ill-prepared when raising startup money. The idea they have may be great, the team may rock but it’s disappointing to see teams who haven’t prepared for the most basic of questions on their startup. Putting in so much effort on the tech product or service, the team-build and the … [Read more...]

Successful networking tips for entrepreneurs

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For some of us, the very thought of networking with strangers for an hour might be just enough to make our skin crawl. Despite the uneasiness we may experience connecting with other professionals, experts tell us that embracing the awkward feelings pays off. A recent Gallup study indicates that those who know how to build meaningful relationships make highly successful … [Read more...]