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February 1, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • Social Annex sells social skills to small retailers
    Marina Del Rey, Calif.-based Social Annex has grown to 70 employees who provide products and services aimed at helping small online retailers connect with prospective customers on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest. "The problem is that they don’t know how to do social. They want to make their site as powerful as a ShoeDazzle," said founder Al Lalani. Los Angeles Business Journal (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • How leaders can be better sellers
    Every leader is a salesperson at heart, spending their days pitching ideas, deals and products to potential customers, employees, suppliers, corporate partners and the board, writes Daniel Pink. To carry out that role successfully, it pays to strike a balance between introversion and extroversion. The best bosses are those "who can talk smoothly but also listen keenly, who know when to turn on the charm but also when to turn it off, who combine the extrovert's assertiveness with the introvert's quiet confidence," Pink writes. The Washington Post (1/28), The Washington Post (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Legal tips for launching a startup
    It may seem natural to split equity evenly among the ownership team, but this isn't the best strategy, writes Aaron Lumnah, drawing on advice from Mick Bain of the law firm WilmerHale. One of the founders will be contributing more than the other ones, and this person should have decision-making authority. Among other legal tips: Structure your business as either an S-corporation, a C-corporation or a limited liability company, and incorporate in Delaware. BostInno (Boston) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • What would Benjamin Franklin do?
    If you want to get more productive, follow Benjamin Franklin's example and join a group of driven individuals, writes Samuel Bacharach. "A community of intellectual support will motivate you to get to work, sharpen your ideas, and impress your peers," he writes. It's also important to understand, like Franklin did, that time is valuable and in short supply. Inc. online (free registration)/Pragmatic Leadership blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Don't neglect your retirement
    Many entrepreneurs, focused intently on their businesses, owners fail to prepare adequately for retirement. Betting on the sale of your business can be a risky retirement strategy. Other options for entrepreneurs include SIMPLE IRAs, individual 401(k)s or SEP IRAs. U.S. News & World Report (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Good innovators know that less is more
    The best innovators focus on getting rid of stuff, and developing products and processes that deliver memorable and meaningful results with the least effort possible, writes Matthew E. May. "They adopt a 'less is best' approach to innovation, removing just the right things in just the right way in order to achieve the maximum effect through minimum means," he explains. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
Don't expect to be perfect. But don't go jump into things expecting to fail, or eager to fail, either."
--Samuel Bacharach, director of Cornell's Institute of Workplace Studies, writing at Inc. online's Pragmatic Leadership blog.
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