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December 3, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • A better way to keep your keg cold
    Max Chautin, who graduated from Johns Hopkins University last year, has created a product made out of foam and neoprene that can keep beer kegs cold. The product, KegSkins, looks like a giant "koozie" and has been used by clients such as Wrigley Field and Mom's Food Concessionaires. "It's pretty wild to create a concept and go through the whole process of [designing] and marketing it to having legitimate businesses and corporate brands using it," Chautin said. Entrepreneur online (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Don't let your meetings get stuck in the bike shed
    Too many high-level meetings fall prey to "bike-shedding" -- the notion that smart, powerful people will quickly sign off on important issues they barely understand but will spend hours arguing over trivial issues they think they understand, such as whether to build a bike shed. Avoid this trap by giving your team the information they need to make big decisions and shielding them from the small ones, advises Dan McCarthy. "If you’re the leader, exercise your decision making authority on the trivial stuff," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Governments pay billions in incentives to companies
    State and local governments are offering companies what amounts to billions of dollars a year in incentives in an effort to encourage them to create jobs, according to an analysis. Tracking the effects of such incentives can be difficult because officials might not know the value of their incentives or how many jobs they help to produce. "How can you even talk about rationalizing what you're doing when you don’t even know what you're doing?" economist Timothy Bartik said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Should you relocate your business?
    Different parts of the country are known for being home to certain kinds of companies -- Silicon Valley is a tech hub, for example -- and there might be advantages to moving your business in one of these hot spots, Peter Cohan writes. These areas might have a wealth of available talent, investment capital and mentoring opportunities that could help your business, he notes. Forbes (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • 13 ways to sharpen your focus
    Keeping your focus trained on the task at hand can be difficult, but you might be able to get better at it by breaking your lofty goals into achievable steps, avoiding procrastination and spending time outside every once in a while, Hoi Wan writes. It's also a good idea to do some crossword puzzles or other activities to keep your mind sharp. Lifehack.org (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why everyone needs to sharpen the skill of entrepreneurship
    No matter how secure you think your job is, changing market conditions could render your position obsolete, John Pavley writes. "If you are a student in college, a newly minted graduate, or an old guy like me, take the time to learn how to build and run a business," he advises. "This way, you'll never be out of work." The Huffington Post (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • What it takes to encourage creativity
    Experts in the field of creativity point to time and trust as among the critical factors that can help to foster a creative business culture. However, it's important to remember that creativity and innovation aren't the same thing, Susanna Bill writes. "Catering for creativity does not automatically create innovation," she notes. InnovationManagement.se (Sweden) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • How taking a break can improve your work
    If you've spent too much time working on a specific project, you might no longer be thinking clearly. It might be a good idea to put the project aside for a while and try to get some distance from it. "When you delay the work, you're given the opportunity to put a fresh set of eyes on it and make it better," Thorin Klosowski writes. Lifehacker (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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[T]here is no stable low-risk business. ... Entrepreneurship is the only thing I can count on."
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