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Cool Company of the day: Airforce Nutrisoda

Staying on the beverage theme…, I was passing through the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport friday of last week and was thirsting for a soda. So, I walked into the magazine/snack store. My eyes were instantly drawn to a cool array of slender cans in the open cooler. They were cans of "Nutrisoda," sold by Air Force. [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Tea Forte

We were let down when we went to TeaForte.com to research more about the product we’d recently been wowwed by – we thought we were on the cutting edge of discovering a hot new product. But at their site we learned that Oprah beat us to the punch when she announced in 2004, "if you [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Spot Runner

Ever wanted to do a TV ad campaign for your business? Not a problem. Even the thought of it sounds too pricey? Not a problem. Don’t know how in the world you’d shoot and create the commercial itself? Not a problem. Enter Spot Runner, a new service that packages up your specific advertising message with [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Zillow

Looking to buy a home? Wondering what your own home is worth? Has the value escalated the way you hoped? The people who created Zillow want to help you find out. The beta version of their site puts the power of maps, comparables, trend charts and more all at your fingertips. Is this destined to [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Vital Choice Seafood

This one comes from community member Carolyn – one of StartupNation’s biggest advocates and a huge healthnut! (We like that about Carolyn – we, too, try to live in a healthy and sustainable manner and she’s very inspiring that way.) The Cool Company is Vital Choice Seafood, and as the letter from the founder, Randy [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Cocktails by Jenn

Picture this: You’re in your hotel room in Vegas. You want to party BEFORE you even get down to the strip. You think, a Cosmo (=the popular martini beloved by women) would be great right now… You open your mini-bar and voila! There waiting to delight your thirst is a prepackaged collection of mixed drinks. [...]

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Cool Company of the day: The Evening Hatch

We all know how important it is to enjoy life… to live it to the fullest. In that spirit, we recently went on our first fly fishing adventure – something we’d heard people rave about but we’d never "taken the time" to do ourselves. The little business we chose to outfit and guide us was [...]

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The absolute number one best business to start

Full service car wash. You see, you probably thought I’d wimp out and not really name one. I mean come on, how can you pick just one business that’s the best for everyone. Isn’t it conventional wisdom that we all have unique personalities & gifts & styles? But I’ve decided. There is just no question [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Prosper.com

By our own experience and by the sheer volume of callers we talk to on our Radio Show, it’s clear that raising money is one of the most intimidating and difficult parts of starting up a business. That’s why we’ve chosen Prosper.com as today’s Cool Company. Prosper.com is a new kind of source of money [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Dogmatic for dogs

The Westminster Show that aired this week was another glowing example of just how crazy we all are about our dogs… We’re included in the craze – we have 7 (yes, seven) dogs total in our respective homes. And one of the most common things people do with their dogs is treat them like … [...]

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Your evolving business plan

I was going through old files recently, and came across some archived business plans from several past companies. Man, how things change… Business Plans are necessary inasmuch as they put your company’s strategy on paper. You’re forced to think about how you will accomplish your objectives, and if you’re raising capital, the business plan is [...]

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