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Dodge Phishing and Pharming Without Phreaking Out!

Chances are good that you don’t have a dedicated IT guy in your home office. So it’s up to you to stay on top of the latest news about how to protect your computer and yourself from criminals and overzealous marketers. I found this Network World site that explains many of the dangers. Just this [...]

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Who’d have thunk he’d write back?

Who knows what was going through Joey Hawilo’s mind when he sent an email to Mark Cuban? Joey is on the board of the Entrepreneur’s club here at U of M. They’re planning a conference for the spring, and are looking for keynotes. In a move that could be described as either bold or naive, [...]

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The power of ‘Word of Mouth’

Have you seen the results of a study done by Intelliseek and Forrester this fall? The study indicates that word-of-mouth is far and away the most powerful way to influence the decision making of customers. To quote, "Consumers are 50 percent more likely to be influenced by word-of-mouth recommendations from their peers than by radio/TV [...]

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Extra Credit

Like my cell phone and briefcase, credit cards are such an integral part of my life that I forget what life was like before I had one. In speaking with some of my younger friends here in the University of Michigan Entrepreneurs club and elsewhere, I realize that a LOT of 18-20 year olds don’t [...]

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Are You Waving a Red Flag Outside Your Office?

An accountant can really help you figure out what tax deductions you qualify for, and mine has suggested a myriad of things I didn’t know were deductible. I suggest if you don’t have an accountant, you consider hiring one. The Sloan Brothers offer this advice on how to choose the right accounting service. With that [...]

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Running late for the meeting

Every now and then, we throw a scenario your way–a common scenario from everyday business dealings. Here’s one that’s ever present, and some of us are more guilty than others: Being late for a meeting. While most of the time, we’re the ones testing peoples’ patience, this weekend we were the victims. We had set [...]

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Podcast Poolside Business Meeting

I’m at the inaugural Podcast conference in Ontario, California and it’s extremely fascinating. Podcasters from all over the world have converged on this town in the mountains east of Los Angeles to meet one another and discuss & learn the business model of this new podcasting phenomenon. In case you need to get up to [...]

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Why Finish College?

When I dropped out of college the first time, everyone asked if I would be going back. "Definitely not," I remember telling a friend of my then-girlfriend. It was the heady dot-com days and college degrees were archaic relics of an outdated superstructure. When I dropped out the second time, everyone asked if I was [...]

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Back from L.A., Looking for Mentors

We returned from our KABC radio seminar in L.A. with moderator Al Rantel with renewed excitement. We were hoping 120 people would turn out and it was standing room only… more like 160 people showed. It was a two-hour jamboree of taking important questions from the entrepreneurs in the room (about half wanting to start [...]

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Thank God for Entrepreneurs

It happens to me every day. Actually, it happens all day long. My life is impacted by an entrepreneur. Not only because I am a part of the StartupNation team and get to interact with entrepreneurs and people who are still working at their careers and dreaming about starting their own business. That is, of [...]

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Are You Ready For A Real Office?

Excuse me for forgetting where I read about this but my son was home sick with 103 fever, my dog has a bladder infection (don’t even ask about the carpet in my office), and my family obviously thinks working at home means I have all the time in the world to chat. What I remembered [...]

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Midterms

My Intro to Buddhism midterm was a few weeks ago, and this week I have my American Business History midterm. No, I’m not buried in Fluid Mechanics equations, but I’m no less stressed juggling the demands of a growing business and the demands of my professors. When your new business is making money, you’ll begin [...]

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Podcasting can launch your business

I am a podcast-aholic. I walk around all day long with white ear buds and long white dangling cords connected to my ipod. I am definitely suffering from an addiction to … FANTASTIC AUDIO CONTENT. Oh sure, I listen to a little bit of music, but I’ve been taking my ipod to bed with me [...]

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Happy Halloween

Once, I had to hire five people in two weeks. The first day, I interviewed about ten people. By the end of the day, I couldn’t remember which was which, or who said what. So on Day 2, I had a plan. I asked each person when the last time they dressed up for Halloween [...]

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‘I Have a Problem!’ (Or Do You?!)

Walk the halls of StartupNation and you feel like you’re living in a case study about entrepreneurship. Just like you, we work hard everyday to grow our business–our DREAM business. We’re smaller than you think. We have only a dozen (totally inspired) full-time people and another half dozen experts on contract. The output of our [...]

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Success Killers

Larry Thompson is an agent in Hollywood. He wrote a book called "Shine." I read about it in AARP Magazine. After observing stars–the Hollywood kind– he came up with these four tips for success: 1- Identify Your Talent: Stars are clear about what they excel in, whether it’s fixing cars, taking photos, working with children, [...]

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Looking for a web developer

Here at StartupNation we’re always in the mode of helping you, now we’re looking for you to help us. Our community has been loving what we’re doing with this website, our nationally syndicated radio show, online seminars, podcasting, etc. and you all have been clamoring for more, more, more! Ok, we’ve got plans to give [...]

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Dropped Cell Phone Call

We had a great radio show this weekend filled with coaching and stories from callers about their exploits and efforts… Toward the end of the show a guy named Ryan called in. He had been waiting a while on his cell phone to be brought on the air. When we went live with him, he [...]

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Idealistic Naivete

Every now and then, I speak to an aspiring entrepreneur who is amazed by the daring feats of business-building we all read about here on StartupNation, in magazines such as Inc., and anywhere else a business is being built. They perceive a huge chasm between where they are and where we entrepreneurs sit. This couldn’t [...]

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