Best Business Plan Software
Best Business Plan Software: using the best software is a critical component of startup success. I have been practicing and teaching new business creation for 35 years and have tended to veer away from 'template' business plans for two reasons: first, they relieve you of thinking and questioning your own assumptions too hard, and second they encourage you to believe that there is a set formula. However, that was before I encountered LivePlan from Palo Alto Softwar...
Raising Capital with an Internet Go-Between
Entrepreneurs often come across finance brokers of various kinds, including many on the Internet, but I recently met Hall T Martin who founded TEN Capital in Texas. Hall T has created an organization that has been very successful in raising capital for new ventures in Texas. I forecast that we will see more of this kind of new Go-Between, elsewhere in the United States or across the globe, if TEN Capital doesn't get there first.
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Restaurant Startups Best Advice
My former student, Cody Durant, on the Marlboro College MBA in Managing for Sustainability has written an Ebook that all restaurant entrepreneurs would be well advised to buy and read right away. The book is called Redefining the Restaurant Experience: Transitioning to Sustainability. It is set out like a restaurant menu, with three courses and a desert. It is very nicely done and easy to read and assimilate.
The book is well illustrated and has many short inter...
Have fun with caricatures
A logo's job is to make an impression on your customers and be a visual reminder of who you are and what you do. Its frequent repetition is vital, no matter how clever the image. Think Coca Cola.
The logo has to make an appeal on a personal level, at least until it is so well-known that its connection with the business goes without saying. But you can have fun with caricatures to enliven your graphic presence. A reminder of your business or your business name can ta...
10 New Conditions of Business
I have just published a set of 1o New Conditions of Business, to help entrepreneurs recognize some really important trends that are most likely affecting their startup whether they know it or not.
They are all very important and complex. I don't begin to think that my introductions are the best in the world, nor is the list necessarily complete.
I invite readers to review what I have written, comment, add, or suggest improvements to the set of ten topics, which a...
Crowdfunding Set to Grow 92% in 2014
Crowdfunding Growth is Huge. In the past 5 years the crowdfunding industry has undergone remarkable growth – estimated to be around 1,000% – while, at the same time, it has provided around $10 billion in funding to startups and small businesses.
The crowdfunding industry’s exceptional growth is not likely to slow down this year either, since, according to early forecasts, the market is expected to grow by an additional 92%.
The main drivers for this year’s...
Nubie is a systematized startup process
Nubie is a systematized startup process. Loughlin Nestor and Bryan Clarke are brothers-in-law and founders of the business and, following much research, they established nine steps fundamental to string up in business.
Their vision is ‘To help everyone who wishes to create their own employment, do so, in a quick, easy, accurate, affordable and rewarding way. To create a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and to nurture and promote enterprise in Irela...
eBusinessPlan.com - a Game Changer
eBusinessPlan.com was conceived as a game changer and so it will prove to be.
In 2006, James Endicott was asked to be a Director of the Business Plan Competition at Brigham Young University. In this role he worked with hundreds of young entrepreneurs working to launch and build successful companies.
James soon found one of the most important keys to winning the national competitions and getting funding from Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, and e...
Twitter: my new learning
Twitter: I have been tweeting for a year or two, cern to anybody but me. I had no clue what all the fuss was about. Then I encountered 9Clouds and one of the brother founders, Scott Meyer, who ran a webinar on using Twitter for business. My eyes opened a crack as I saw the little blue bird fluttering around. My social marketing journey is only just beginning.
Learning by doing
Armed with enthusiasm and very little knowledge I have lunged in. Among serveral attempts ...
Apple's Guiding Policy is 3-Legged
Apple makes a serious commitment to three components of business strategy:
Customer intimacy is not the first thing that people associate with Apple, but it's the coherence of that policy with product leadership and operational efficiency that makes the whole guiding policy of the company so effective and successful.
AppleCare is probably the most significant action in th...
Will Keyser, the Startup Owl, is a wise old bird who has done several startups himself, and helped many others see the light of day: an arboretum, low-tech communication, green retailing, online fitness among many others.