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December 12, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Health startup wants to stop diabetes before it starts
    Diabetes presents a major health concern in the U.S., and a startup called Omada Health is looking to address the problem. Its website includes questions to help users understand their risk of developing the disease. Those who join a four-month program to reduce their risk are grouped together, and sent a scale and a pedometer. "Social connections and accountability lead to success in behavior modification," said Sean Duffy, the company's chief executive. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Stop trying to motivate your team
    The best bosses don't try to directly motivate employees, but instead focus on leading by example and encouraging people to harness personal beliefs and ideas, writes Garret Kramer. "In fact, those people in leadership positions who try to light fires for others tend to not keep their jobs for long," Kramer warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Obama addresses the Global Entrepreneurship Summit
    The third annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit is attracting officials, entrepreneurs and investors to Dubai. "[J]ust as democratic revolutions can be triggered by a lack of opportunity, democratic progress will depend on economic growth that is broad and sustained," President Barack Obama says in a video address for the summit. "And that demands entrepreneurs." The White House Blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How purchase-order financing can help fuel growth
    Purchase-order financing can help small companies raise money and maintain their cash flow, Sirangi Kalpana writes. "In situations where a small business might ordinarily be forced to turn down an opportunity, PO financing is there to share the risk and the success," Kalpana writes. B2C Marketing Insider (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Innovative products that would make great gifts
    An article of clothing that transforms into a bag, a piece of luggage that's also a scooter and speakers for your sneakers are just three of the innovative gift ideas this article suggests for the holidays. Other items on the list include a phone charger that uses solar power and a tent that can give you additional privacy while you're in bed. Lifehack.org (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The right mix of mentors for any entrepreneur
    Mentoring relationships can be extremely important for entrepreneurs, writes Joanna Lord of SEOmoz. "Asking for advice and bouncing ideas off of others is essential to the success of an entrepreneur's journey," she writes. Her suggestions include people who knew you before you started your own business, someone with a skill set similar to yours, as well as people who are different from you. Entrepreneur online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • How to spur more job-creating innovation
    So-called "empowering" innovations, which make expensive products more affordable for the public, are the key to creating new jobs, author Clayton M. Christensen asserts. However, most people focus on developing "efficiency" innovations, which actually decrease the number of jobs. The country needs to re-evaluate its tax policy to encourage more empowering innovations, he says. Forbes (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • What you can learn from the Air Force's billion-dollar failure
    The Air Force's decision to throw in the towel on a software-modernization project means the military branch will have little to show for the billion dollars spent on it. Reasons for the project's failure include changes to infrastructure and acquisition strategy that occurred during the course of the initiative, Brig. Gen. Kathryn Johnson has said. ITBusinessEdge.com (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Perhaps no voice matters more than the one that knew you before you had a startup."
--Joanna Lord, vice president of growth marketing at SEOmoz, writing at Entrepreneur online
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