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November 7, 2012
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  • Startup seeks to marry social, political influence
    A company called Votizen is looking to create a new model of influence when it comes to elections. The company's product allows users to see where their friends on social media are able to vote so they can encourage their acquaintances to go to the polls. "Ultimately we'd like to replace the existing mass-media model of winning votes with something much cheaper and more democratic," he noted. Entrepreneur online (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Finance & Growth 
  • 3 financial thresholds that require companies to change
    Companies have to adjust their approach to operations as they grow and begin to generate more revenue, experts say. For example, once a company reaches the $10 million mark, they might need to introduce middle-management positions. After surpassing the $20 million threshold, a company must once again reconsider its organizational structure. "Gone are the days when the CEO could be involved in every transaction from office supplies to cold calls," Christopher Koch writes. "At $20 million, he or she can't even be involved in every major deal." B2C Marketing Insider (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How young entrepreneurs fit into the political landscape
    Young entrepreneurs have an interesting perspective when it comes to politics that is shaped in part by their work in the business world. "On social issues, they trend liberal. ... [T]hey're likely to be more conservative when it comes to fiscal issues and taxes," historian Neil Howe said. Entrepreneurs of all ages are interested in how political decisions will affect business opportunities during the next four years. YoungEntrepreneur.com (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • To eat or not to eat
    Business travelers have to weigh their aversion to unusual foods against the possibility of offending their hosts when deciding whether to eat delicacies such as fish eyes or fried crickets. "If something is cooked and steaming, most likely it's going to be pretty free of bacteria," said Phyllis Kozarsky of Emory University. If the thought of eating ant eggs makes your stomach churn, however, you might be able to save face by saying you're allergic or on a strict diet, according to Michael Soon Lee, author of "Cross-Cultural Selling for Dummies." USA Today (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Learn to innovate like a Nobel laureate
    Francis Crick, the Nobel laureate who helped discover DNA, accomplished great things because he was willing to be proven wrong time and time again, says fellow laureate Paul Berg. "I won a case of wine from him on a bet because he was wrong and I was right," Berg recalls. Crick "had 10 ideas for every one" that succeeded, but his persistence and imagination paid off in the end, Berg says. The Wall Street Journal (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Why electronic voting machines aren't a widespread success
    A number of problems have plagued electronic voting machines and only about a quarter of the country was set to use paperless systems in the election. The obstacles to innovation in this sector are many, and include the high cost of touch-screen machines and the challenge of meeting each state's individual requirements. Popular Mechanics (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Regardless of which political side you were on, it’s time to look forward and think like entrepreneurs. In other words, it’s time to look for the opportunities."
--J. Jennings Moss, editor, writing at the Upstart Business Journal
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