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Prep for CNBC’s The Big Idea

I’ve been appearing here and there on The Big Idea with Donny recently. Thought you might get a kick out of how the show comes together and the role of so-called experts (yours truly included) who are invited on the show. Below are the emailed questions I received from the producers in advance of my [...]

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How Accessible are your Emails?

One overlooked aspect of email and online marketing is the topic of accessibility. Many web sites have evolved over the years to become more accessible to people with hearing and visual impairments. In addition, new platforms, such as mobile devices, are transforming the way web sites and other online resources are accessed. While usually only [...]

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Anyone Else Have That Synching Feeling?

I have a rule: the number of things you have to do will increase in an exponential proportion to the number of gadgets, whizmos, and whatchee-macallits you own. The corollary, no matter how many gadgets, whizmos, and whatchee-macallits you have, none of them will ever synch up together. I used to keep mental notes. Then [...]

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I’m a Square Who’s Behind the Curve

I’m not a techno-phobe; I don’t fear technology. I hate it. Or it hates me. Either, or. Yesterday I read about Web 3.0, which was a little disturbing to me, since, until recently, I thought that Wikipedia was a book for witches and am still unable to switch my Facebook profile from French language-mode. Oh, and I [...]

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Holy Crisis, Batman!

For those of you who run a business or are trying to get one off the ground, I bet you’ve had a run-in or two with a crisis of some kind. It may have taken the shape of a loss of data, or a short-fall in needed cash. Perhaps it was a lawsuit or a [...]

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Skype Mostly Rocks as a Killer App for Startups

When you are a startup company you learn pretty quickly that your technology infrastructure is based on compromise. There are many aspects of your company that you simply will not consider accepting anything less than exemplary. Your customer service, attention to detail, daily planning, product performance – these all must be super great in order [...]

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My Answer To All The eBay Changes? Inflatablemadnessdvd.com!

Hi gang, Yeah,  eBay has been a tough marriage the last few years for us.   First they jack up my Store insertion fees 150%, then they institute undocumented policies concerning the feedback system and we almost get kicked off the site (neutrals are now negatives!),  then they announce fee structure changes that actually RAISE our [...]

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A Strong Foundation

Let’s hit the button on the “Way Back Machine” for a moment today. One of the things we took a great deal of time with as we started up Showcase U is talking about, evaluating, brainstorming and then painstakingly documenting the foundation for the company. This included a well researched business plan and moved to [...]

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eBay partners with Buy.com, gives large sellers the finger

Hi gang, It’s being widely reported this weekend that eBay has entered into a partnership with Buy.com to allow Buy.com to sell lots and lots of product on eBay.com.   As of this moment,  Buy.com has over 140,000 3-day listings active on the site.  In April Buy.com did roughly $700,000 in sales on eBay. None of that [...]

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Podcasts R Us

Hi gang, Boy, do I love to podcast with the Sloans!  Our latest effort appears here: eCommerce Tips To briefly summerize this,  I was asked to give 3 gems of wisdom in deciding your online attack.  Here they are: 1.  Decide where your product will sell for the most money.   There are unbelievable differences in [...]

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Alltop: A Site About Everything

I recently received an email from Guy Kawasaki about Nononina’s new venture, Alltop, and specifically the Alltop Small Business Section. Alltop is a collection of stories from "all the top" sites on the web in a single-page aggregation. The small business section includes links to sites like Escape from Cubicle Nation, Fast Company, Inc, and [...]

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Amazon: What’s All The Hubub, Bub?

Hi gang, This is the first of a 2 part series about Amazon and eBay.  I’m going to talk about each sites positives and negatives from a large sellers point of view. Please keep in mind that I am a dvd, cd, book, and video game seller – your experience may vary.  Side effects include nausea, [...]

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I’m giving gorilla tactics a whole new meaning

Hi gang, I am so honored and excited to be back in the Blogging fold here at SUN! (queue cheesy organ music) "When we last spoke to Inflatable Madness,  they were a top eBay seller, selling movies, music and games by the hundreds of thousands on eBay.  Kevin Harmon, their CEO, spoke with the Sloan [...]

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Web 2.0 Stuff

Yesterday we interviewed a candidate for a software developer position. When we got to the part of the interview where we ask if he has any questions for us, he asked me “why haven’t you updated your blog in a while?” I dug it a little bit and found out that part of his due [...]

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Critiquing Facebook’s new "Beacon" service

If you haven’t read about it already, Facebook is breaking new ground with their "Beacon" feature that associates purchases with purchases and creates member endorsements alongside ads.   Here’s a press release that describes the service: http://www.facebook.com/business/?beacon What do you think of this? getting on your "privacy" nerves? a good service to consumers trying to [...]

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RSS, Explained

I have done a lot of shouting in the past about why RSS subscriptions are good for you in terms of both time and resources—here, here and here are just a few examples. Today, however, I have found a great video that explains this all in very plain English for you non-techies. Enjoy!

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Unlocked Apple iPhone sells on eBay for $1500

Since a 17 year-old New Jersey kid figured out how to unlock the iPhone to work on any service carrier, not just AT&T (watch the YouTube video that has been viewed almost 600,000 times), people are popping up everywhere trying to leverage the situation for all it's worth, and what better place to do so [...]

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A New Site for Everything Productivity

Your personal productivity can have a huge impact on the success of your business. If you are an entrepreneur, your personal life and professional life probably jumble up into one big pile for you to sort through on a daily basis. That’s why today I am recommending that you add LifeRemix to your feed reader. [...]

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Sketchcasting

Sometimes an idea comes along that is so simple yet so brilliant, I can’t help but talking about it. Today, that idea is sketchcasting. What is sketchcasting? Sketchcasting takes the concept of giving a presentation at the whiteboard and puts it into a simple video format so that you can easily share your ideas in [...]

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