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December 14, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Launch today, sell tomorrow
    Contrail Systems, a small startup company, was acquired by Juniper Networks for $176 million just two days after it came out of stealth mode. Contrail is involved with software-defined networking, which allows companies to buy cheaper hardware. Juniper may be especially interested in Contrail because the startup could help it compete with Cisco. Business Insider (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
Finance & Growth 
  • Where to find free office space
    Finding office space can be expensive for startups, but there are some free alternatives. Some communities offer free space to attract entrepreneurs, and some universities provide space as part of incubator programs. Co-working space is another option. Entrepreneur online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What entrepreneurs need to know about the "fiscal cliff"
    The combination of potential spending cuts and tax increases known as the "fiscal cliff" is causing a great deal of uncertainty, but the truth is the issue will almost certainly be resolved eventually, writes David Lonsdale of Allegiance Capital. "Congress simply cannot afford to do nothing. All sides agree that allowing middle class tax cuts to expire would be a terrible idea," he writes. President Barack Obama's victory in the election indicates the deal may align more closely with Democrats' wishes than with those of Republicans, he writes. Inc. online (free registration)/The Capital Advisor blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How to get past morning grumpiness
    If you tend to come out of your night's sleep feeling like a crank, it could be because you aren't looking forward to the workday. In many cases, "morning grumpiness is simply a symptom of our over-scheduled life, with too little sleep and not enough things that bring us joy on a day to day basis," said Alice D. Domar of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health. One way to address the issue is to make sure your day includes an activity you like, suggests Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project." The Huffington Post (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Founders' advice on starting a company with a friend
    Many businesses are started by a group of friends or family members, but these arrangements sometimes go bad. Still, companies such as Babiators, Rhythm Superfoods and Cellairis are making it work. "It is important to evaluate your strengths and the strengths of your friends so you can determine what aspect of the business each person will lead," said Taki Skouras, one of the co-founders of Cellairis. Forbes (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • 5 steps to your next great idea
    It's important to understand that ideas are really just connections between multiple concepts, writes Tapha Ngum. You can enhance your idea-generation process by looking for unexpectedly successful things and analyzing them, Ngum advises. Every day, try to come up with a certain number of ideas and pick out the most promising ones. Lifehack.org (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Tell your workers that it's OK to fail
    Bosses should tell their workers that failure is to be expected and even welcomed, OptionEase CEO Kim Kovacs says. Failure is a learning experience, Kovacs explains, and also a sign that you're testing the failure points of your company's business model. "If you can recognize the failure before it becomes epic, that's a really good thing. You're going to learn way more every time you fail at something than when you are succeeding," she says. Inc. online (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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