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January 30, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • Crowdfunding company helps boost the solar-power industry
    A company called Mosaic, based in Oakland, Calif., is funneling money into the green-energy industry by allowing ordinary investors to make loans to support solar-power projects. "One of the fastest ways to build the clean energy economy is to allow more people to benefit from it," explained Billy Parish, the company's president. Forbes (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • 4 factors that are hurting your employees' creativity
    Employees may be prevented from reaching their creative potential by the circumstances in which they work, writes Margaret Heffernan. They may be discouraged from introducing new ideas because of fear or an overabundance of rules. "In aggressive or competitive cultures, people are more afraid of looking stupid than hopeful of looking creative," she writes. CBS MoneyWatch (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • How to create a presentation that will wow investors
    Rather than boring investors with a lengthy business plan, you should try to impress them with a short slide presentation, writes Alison Johnston of InstaEDU. Spend a lot of time refining your presentation, and be sure to address key issues such as the size of the potential market and the nature of the competitive landscape. "Share the main players in the space to show you've done your research -- then, more importantly, talk about why you're better," she advises. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How to keep your personal life organized
    It can be tough to keep your personal life on track while running a business, but there are a few tricks that can help you do just that, writes Jeanne Rossomme of RoadMap Marketing. Rossomme stays organized by using 15 minutes every morning to tidy up and by scheduling important events on a family calendar. She also maintains a central shopping list to keep track of what she needs to pick up from the store. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Tips for introducing a new product
    Some entrepreneurs try to avoid competition, but the truth is that there may be a valuable opportunity to introduce a new product in an existing market. You should focus on simplicity and be willing to adapt your offerings to meet the needs of your customers. Duct Tape Marketing (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Why failure is essential for innovation
    Failure isn't pleasant, but it can be an important part of the entrepreneurial process, writes Heidi Neck. "Without failure there is little forward progress; without failure innovation is rather incremental; without failure there is no reason to celebrate success," she writes. You should conduct frequent tests and involve your customers in the process as you seek to develop a successful product, she writes. And avoid using the word "failure." Forbes (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most people are infinitely more creative than their jobs allow them to be -- it's one of the principle reasons people leave their jobs to start their own businesses."
--Margaret Heffernan, writing at CBS MoneyWatch.
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