Start-Ups

Business technology startups are increasingly attracting venture capital.

  • Webcasts // Jul 2010

    Small Business Rules: The Extreme Pizza Rule

    "Keep your friends close, and your franchisees closer." - The Extreme Pizza Rule. Todd Parent learned the ins-and-outs of his business before he started his company, even though it meant starting at the bottom of the restaurant eco-system. When Todd decided he wanted to open a restaurant, he didn't have...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    8 Great Business Ideas You Can Start Today

    Conventional wisdom says that starting a new business in an economic downturn is a bad idea. But we're learning that some industries are growing, despite the shaky economy. This paper provides some of the best ideas for starting a business right now. Most of them don't require much startup resources...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Pay Your Employees When Your Startup Is Just Getting Started

    Call it the Catch-22 of startup life. You need talented employees to help grow your business. But without enough cash flow, you can't get the money to pay them. "It's the dilemma every early-stage company faces," says Rosalind Resnick, CEO of Axxess Business Consulting in New York. Certainly, you might...

    Provided By American Express

  • Webcasts // Jun 2010

    Business Insights Webcast: Application Virtualization (App-V) Enterprise Return on Investment (Level 100)

    Quantifying the business value of IT investment is vital in today's tough economic climate. Every investment is expected to show strong and tangible financial return. To help organizations assess the economic impact (business value) of deploying Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), analysts Ben Gray and Jeffrey North of Forrester conducted an...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Alternate Financing For Small Business

    In a time when people are finding it hard to make ends meet, businesses are falling by the wayside. With money for operations hard to come by, many businesses are looking for alternate sources of business loans that were not available as readily a few years ago. Traditionally, money was...

    Provided By SooperArticles

  • News // Jun 2010

    Living Social customer testimonial video

    LivingSocial is a social application which allows people to share reviews of their favorite movies, books, games, music and restaurants. When their new local deals product launched, which pairs users with one-day deals at local restaurants, spas, sporting and events, they went from zero users to 35 million. Learn how...

    Provided By Rackspace Hosting

  • Webcasts // Jun 2010

    American Business: Start Me Up

    Starting your own company is not for the faint of heart. For most, the journey is filled with incredibly exciting times and moments of complete terror. Meet two entrepreneurs who have put everything on the line to turn their concept into a reality.

    Provided By American Express

  • Downloads // Jun 2010

    Innovators Demo Part II - Your Collaboration Desiny Continues

    Embark on this interactive journey with the Innovators agents. They clearly show you how to think differently, act differently, communicate and collaborate in new ways - even while on the move - making you and your team more productive and connected. The Innovators show you how to engage the value...

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    8 Things Every Startup Does And Does Not Need

    If you're working on a startup, it's going to consume you. If you're consumed by a project, there's nothing worse than being stuck in a dark, stuffy room where time is immeasurable. It's a sure fire way to get depressed and despondent. Spring for an office with windows you can...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Tools For Running Your Location Independent Business

    Your clients and customers don't necessarily need to know that you are running your business from across the globe. With the advent of the internet, outsourcing, and other services, you can operate your location independent business just as effectively from 2,000 miles away as you can from 20 miles away....

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Think Like A Bootstrapper

    It may be the high-growth, venture-funded companies that get a lot of press, but the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of businesses are started for under $10,000, usually provided by the entrepreneur's friends and family, credit cards, or their own pocket. While it's true that bootstrapped...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    The Innovator's Paradox

    Are you the most innovative person in your company? If so, you could be jeopardizing the future of your business. When you go to sell your company, you're going to have to convince a buyer that the business will run just fine once you leave. If you're the person who...

    Provided By American Express

  • Webcasts // Jun 2010

    Learning From The Pros: Jason Mraz

    He sings, he dances and he grows avocadoes. Award-winning songwriter Jason Mraz is an entrepreneur in his own right. The advocate for everything green doesn't need to look any further than his backyard for his entrepreneurial inspiration. Mraz has set the bar high and he's encouraging others to do the...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    M86 - Are Proxy Anonymizers Putting Your Enterprise in Peril?

    Chances are, your company deploys Web filters to fight off the threats lurking in cyberspace. And chances are, some of your employees have no trouble bypassing them. This whitepaper looks at how they maybe undermining your best efforts to defend the enterprise, and what you and your organisation can do.

    Provided By M86 Security

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Small Business Owners Stop Wearing So Many Hats

    Have you recently opened a new small business? What an exciting new time in your life! At the introduction of your company to the business world, you may be tempted to do everything yourself. This is natural, as the business is your own creation. However, there is not a single...

    Provided By SooperArticles

  • Webcasts // Jun 2010

    The Valley Absorbs Failure

    Innovation is not a monopoly of Silicon Valley, says venture capitalist Randy Komisar. But entrepreneurship as a profession, he notes, is practiced best on KPCB's home turf. Here, failure isn't personal, and it is tolerated for approximately 70 percent of the businesses that launch here. The Valley offers a unique...

    Provided By Stanford University

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Do Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread?

    Seed and startup stage companies have never been a favorite of investors for one obvious reason: They're risky. While the failure rate is nowhere near the mythical "9 out of 10 don't last a year" - it's closer to 6 out of 10 - the fact is that companies that...

    Provided By American Express

  • Tools & Templates // Jun 2010

    Mobility Management for Dummies

    Every day, more and more of your enterprise operates outside the four walls of business where you interact directly with your customers and wherever your employees are. This presents a key opportunity for your business to gain a competitive advantage by having the information necessary to take decisive action when...

    Provided By Sybase

  • Case Studies // Jun 2010

    KIOSK Information Systems and Dell Team Up to Win New Business and Reduce Kiosk Downtime by 50 Percent

    The KIOSK team knows that having a reliable computer at the heart of each kiosk is essential for keeping its customers in business. They wanted to win the kiosk business of the world's second-largest cell phone provider, which had been disappointed by hardware failures and service problems with other kiosk...

    Provided By Dell

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Building a Better, Faster, and Stronger IT Infrastructure

    Businesses of all sizes are faced with continual demands from all fronts (including clients, customers, workers, and even executives) to develop and maintain a faster and more reliable IT infrastructure that can not only cope with current demands but also be scalable to cope with changing workloads in the future....

    Provided By Hewlett-Packard (HP)

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Make A Big Difference To Your Small Business With The Right Financial

    When you embark on your new business there are several crucial areas of financial management that should be built into your overall business plans and your day to day operations. In this paper, the author takes a look at a few of these areas which will hopefully make your business...

    Provided By SooperArticles

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Let Your Competitor Feast On Leftovers: Creating Shortages Can Be A Strategic Advantage

    Nearly everyone has gone out to buy a hot new product and found the shelves empty, or arrived at a popular restaurant only to encounter a two-hour wait to get a table. Many might think that the popular restaurant could boost its profits by raising prices. However, recent research by...

    Provided By Northwestern University (Kellogg)

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Price Optimization: For New Business Profit And Growth

    To write more new business, property & casualty companies need to define the type of customer they want to attract and then understand how price-sensitive these customers are to their products. By effectively analyzing price sensitivity and expected sales volumes at varying profit levels, companies can increase new business conversion...

    Provided By Towers Watson

  • Webcasts // May 2010

    Better Your Business: Rieva Lesonsky & Lani Hay

    In this webcast Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media, and Lani Hay, President of Lanmark Technology, provide some tips on how you can better your business.

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Does Angel Funding Help Startups?

    If you are thinking of raising capital from a business angel, you probably want to know if getting that funding will help your business. More specifically, you are likely interested in learning whether angel financing will benefit you enough to justify trading equity in your company for the investment. Unfortunately,...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Solve The Mystery Of Staffing Your Accounting Department

    You are either spending too much or too little time and money to get what you need (and should expect) from your accounting and finance department. Most startup, entrepreneurial, and growing businesses struggle to solve the mystery of how to properly and effectively structure their accounting and finance department to...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Finding Money For A Startup

    You don't need a lot of money to start a company, sometimes none at all. But when you do need money to start a business, where should you look? Venture capital, private investors, or a bank? Maybe none of the above. Why aren't VCs involved in more startups? Because they're...

    Provided By American Express

  • Podcasts // May 2010

    Canadian Entrepreneur Plans Next Moves After Sushi Success

    Canadian entrepreneur Ken Valvur never tasted sushi until he arrived at Thunderbird in 1987 and decided to learn Japanese to boost his international career. "On pure commercial grounds, I picked Japanese," says the Thunderbird graduate. The decision has paid off for Valvur, who eventually returned from an expatriate assignment in...

    Provided By Thunderbird School of Global Management

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Franchising 101: How To Franchise Your Small Business

    For an entrepreneur looking to take their business as far as it will go, becoming a franchisor may be the ultimate goal. And, since franchisees provide the capital for expansion, a business can grow more rapidly as a franchise than it would through internal funds, equity financing, or bank loans....

    Provided By Bank of America

  • White Papers // May 2010

    The Transition Curve

    This paper is about the emotional intricacies of being a CEO or entrepreneur and the emotional roller coaster you'll ride, or are already riding. Marc Andreesen, co-founder of Netscape, once wrote: "First and foremost, a startup puts you on an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything you have ever experienced. You flip...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // May 2010

    One Fun Way To Avoid Becoming A Small Business Startup Fatality

    If you're an entrepreneur starting up a business, you've probably heard the following: The first year is going to be intense. You'll need to work 24/7 to get your business up and running. Then you'll have to work even harder to show a profit. Why, then, do so many entrepreneurs,...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Start A Home Based Internet Business

    As the author has stated numerous times since creating this blog, starting your own home based internet business is absolute best way to get out of your J. O. B. This is one of the few businesses that one can start inexpensively and has the potential to take you wherever...

    Provided By Home Based Business Adviser

  • Webcasts // May 2010

    Who Makes The Best VC?

    Is an operations background a mandatory prerequisite for running a start-up? Not necessarily, but it helps, says serial entrepreneur Marc Andreessen. While nearly anyone with any experience can manage a successful enterprise, it helps to have had hands-on experience in the event of layoffs, restructuring, and the like.

    Provided By Stanford University

  • Webcasts // May 2010

    Three Necessities For Start-Up Success

    Seasoned serial entrepreneur Marc Andreessen shares his three criteria for a successful start-up. He states that there must be a substantial market opportunity, a product that's a 10x better solution, and an outstanding team. Andreessen goes on to state that there can be some compromise in the product area, but...

    Provided By Stanford University

  • Webcasts // May 2010

    Defining The Voice Of A Start-Up

    The best entrepreneurs know how to talk about and sell their company, and the way they define their enterprise can often be a polarizing sport. Essentially, propelling a young company - either to investors or to talent - is a sales job, and one that a company founder must find...

    Provided By Stanford University

  • Podcasts // May 2010

    A Panorama Of Venture Capital And Beyond

    Serial entrepreneur Marc Andreessen offers the Stanford audience a rare opportunity to pose open questions. Topics addressed include everything from the state of VC and the stock market, to Facebook's market dominance, to the rebirth of consumer electronics. In addition, Andreessen offers ground rules for the start-up, including tips on...

    Provided By Stanford University

  • White Papers // May 2010

    What Street Vendors Can Teach Us About Bootstrapping And Entrepreneurship

    Some people are born wealthy enough to take the massive risk which funding a new business entails. Others get seed money from brilliant pitches, luck or connections. And then, there's the rest of us. Funding a business, or more precisely, risking losing money when starting a business, is the single...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Examining Success In The Motion Picture Industry

    We have all heard the old adage "You have got to spend money to make money", but will spending a lot of money lead to making a lot of money? Some movie companies have created their own interpretation of the proverb and figure that if one can make money by...

    Provided By Illinois Wesleyan University

  • White Papers // May 2010

    How To Get The Media To Cover Your Business

    It's true that every business is a publisher. In other words, every company has the opportunity to produce content, such as blogs and webinars and podcasts and so on, to attract attention and prospects and increase its profile. In essence, every business these days is, increasingly, the media. But nonetheless,...

    Provided By American Express

  • White Papers // May 2010

    When Small Businesses Get Bigger: Be Careful What You Wish For?

    In life, of course, there are consequences for the decisions one make. And so it is in business, too - and specifically in small business, where growth and evolution can bring surprising (and sometimes undesirable) consequences. In fact, what matters most to small business owners changes dramatically as their companies...

    Provided By American Express