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Tech - The three-year drought in California is making history, and not in a good way. It's officially the worst drought on record for the state, already costing over $2 billion and 17,000 jobs. Now start-ups from Silicon Valley, like the...
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#NYCTech - Investment bankers come up with code names for pending deals to keep the competition at bay. Now Goldman Sachs is taking the fun out of the name...
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Advice - Entrepreneurs know what it takes to get things done. When it comes to funding your ventures, making decisive management calls and propelling projects forward—you’re motivated and effective. But because of your intensely focused...
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Advice - In 2014, I think it’s safe to say that you can’t ignore social media. You can try, but in almost every industry, your buyers are on social media. They don’t necessarily transact on every platform, but they are broadcasting...
Sales for Startups
Advice - "We already have that" is never a real objection. When describing your product with prospects, do you ever get an inkling they already have something that does what you do? That is probably because, in order to get anyone to listen...
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Advice - Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. You need to find the skills or experience you don’t have in business, technology or money. The first question I usually get is what...
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#NYCTech - Another busy week in NYC Tech with no holiday slowdown edition... With so much going on in the city’s thriving ecosystem, it is easy to miss some of the happenings in the space.  We keep you abreast of a few of things that you...
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Advice - Many a startup was founded on a great idea, but it takes a great team to make sure that idea doesn’t falter before hitting the go-to-market finish line. The companies that end up with the best product and product design are those...
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Tech - HeatSync Labs, a so-called hackerspace in Mesa, Arizona provides members and the public alike a space to allow their creative juices to flow and make their tech dreams into a reality.
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#NYCTech - It's becoming faster and easier to get anything you want, when you want it. A lot of the thanks go to people like Sean Lyons, a 23-year-old bike messenger in New York City who rides between 20 and 25 miles a day. Lyons splits his...
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Tech - The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, which monitors foreign military movements, is more and more relying on "open source" information on social...
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Advertising - Welcome to the social era where your brand has officially been Occupied. The relationship between your image and your values is increasingly determined by your brand advocates. The future of your brand is subject to your community and...
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#NYCTech - Tutum, a company that’s working in a new, rapidly growing area of cloud computing called containers, raised $2.65 million from lead investor RTP Ventures, with participation from Azure Capital Partners, and a group of “awesome...
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Advice - “Why the hell isn’t this project done?!” “I’m going to initiate a chargeback on all the money we’ve paid you for the last year, since you can’t get this done.” Our customer was angry.
He felt we weren’t doing...
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AlleyTalk - Like most VCs, I get carpet bombed with pitches almost non-stop. They can range from the benign and harmless pitches all the way to the ones that were clearly written by someone who had just discovered bath salts. Most pitches are...

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