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Holiday Shopping Tips From StartupNation

StartupNation Radio is your secret to holiday shopping. Okay, nobody else at StartupNation is making that claim, but my holiday shopping is almost done, and I couldn’t have done it without StartupNation. If you listen to any or all of the StartupNation radio shows online, you can learn about starting and running your business so [...]

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New stuff every day? We’re listening.

I love a website that has something new on it each day that I visit. If I know that a site will have something fresh for me every day, that’s one that I’ll revisit constantly. This is going to happen at StartupNation.com. We already do crank out a ton of great entrepreneurial content: articles, radio [...]

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Now Hear This!! (or you can listen later)

Are you a TIVO person? Recent surveys say that people with TIVO watch MORE tv than those who only watch their television shows live. I find that fascinating. What about how you listen to radio? Do you listen to StartupNation Radio live over the airwaves? Did you ever wish you could hear that great piece [...]

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How to be a market leader

Question: What do Microsoft, Martha Stewart, and "Double Your Dating" all have in common that make them market leaders? Answer: They own a platform When Microsoft was starting out, their mission statement went something like: "Computing power is moving inexorably to the desktop. To succeed, we must own the desktop." Smart move, that. Microsoft and [...]

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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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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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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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How Would You Use Community Boards?

If you haven’t noticed, our Blogs have received a bunch of comments from fellow entrepreneurs in recent weeks. It’s basically become our best place to have community dialogue — take for example the comments on the Blog entry about Jan and her startup conundrum. You have really poured on the support in a very productive [...]

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I”ll Tell Two People and They”ll Tell Two People

Brandi, who sells big and tall men’s clothing, was an inspiring guest on the StartupNation radio show talking about her EBay store. My fellow blogger, Joel, also wrote about how she created her company so she could spend more time with her son. But something else struck me about her story. I couldn’t help repeating [...]

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The future: global micro-brands

Walking the Via del Corso here in Rome, an American is exposed to all sorts of designers and boutiques that are uniquely Italian. You can find the same spirit in the Soho area of New York and on Haight Street in San Francisco, but secretly and quietly, this spirit is going global. The micro-brand is [...]

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Fleshing out our latest promotion

Well, the "Fleshers" have it. They’ve won the battle (see previous entry, "War of words"). Thanks for the corroboration folks! (did i spell that right?!). Now, to flesh out our latest promotion, I wanted to call to your attention the opportunity we’ve created jointly with Overstock.com, Microsoft, and Bobvila.com for all you home-based entrepreneurs. We’re [...]

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Lagniappe

With fabulous memories of New Orleans during better times, I was reminded last night of a New Orleans’ term , “lagniappe.” It means “a little something extra,” like an extra cherry on top of the sundae, or the prize in the cracker jack box. The word is used mostly in Louisiana and Southeast Texas, but [...]

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Summer of ’05: we will miss you

The leaves on the ground and the Michigan football victory on Saturday aren’t the only reminders that fall is upon us – there are also the roving masses of new and returning students here in Ann Arbor, and the almost complete unavailability of thefacebook.com as we all pound its servers uploading photos of ourselves from [...]

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An eBay Businesswoman Takes Care of Her Son

One of my favorite “start your own business stories” is of Brandi Ramos in southern Illinois. An army veteran, single mom with an autistic son, Brandi was motivated to start an eBay business so that she could earn a living while spending time at home with her son. But what to sell? She simply started [...]

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Everyone Says They Want the Big Order

Everyone says they want the big order. But beyond all the techniques and tricks of the trade you’ve heard about how to crank up your sales, here’s an ever-looming challenge entrepreneurs have to deal with: Would you take an order–sell, basically–a product or service only once it’s clearly developed, locked, loaded, and ready to go? [...]

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Lunch from hell

We’ve been to some real doozies of business lunch meetings…including some awkward situations where we had to make on-the-spot judgement calls on what was appropriate to do. Just to make sure we’re acting appropriately, we thought we’d tap your thoughts about proper etiquette during a business lunch. Here’s a typical scenario: Harry calls you at [...]

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Incredible outpouring of help

We owe a BIG thanks to the people who stepped up last week as volunteers to test drive our soon-to-be-released "10 Steps to Start Up" online process. You know who you are–BRAVO!!! We’ll be working with you closely in the weeks ahead. When the 10-Step program is released on StartupNation.com, we’re planning to list out [...]

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What is a Niche?

It’s an entrepreneurial mantra: find a niche and fill it. Not so obvious, perhaps, is the definition of a niche. Over lunch today with my very inspiring friend Scotty, we were discussing a retail idea of his, and how to market it. The idea itself is very unique, and has the potential to serve a [...]

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