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November 29, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Dreamstime.com founders explain how they started up debt-free
    Noelle Federico and the rest of the team at Dreamstime.com have been able to build their stock-photography company without getting loaded down with debt. They accomplished this feat by keeping their jobs while they were in the early stages of building the company. "If you're taking $100 from someone, you're not really thinking about how you're going to pay that back," she said. "If you have to earn money before you can move forward, you give it a lot more thought." BusinessNewsDaily.com (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Good leaders know when to be passionate
    The best leaders know how to manage their teams effectively -- and also how to inspire them and generate real passion for the company's goals, writes Joanna Riley Weidenmiller, CEO of The One-Page Co. "The kind of passion involved in leadership isn't overbearing and loud; it's a deep unwavering commitment to an overall mission," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Why startup CEOs must learn to love fundraising
    Fundraising might not be the most pleasant process, but doing it effectively can give you an advantage over other firms, Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital Partners writes. "Developing expertise in raising capital is more than a necessary evil, it's a competitive weapon," he writes. Business owners can also gather useful insights about their companies during the fundraising process. VentureBeat (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 5 questions to ask when seeking a market for your company
    When choosing a market for your products, you should consider factors such as the number of potential customers there are and how many other firms are vying for their attention. You should also think about whether these customers have a need that your company is able to address. CrowdSpring.com (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Study reveals the power of small steps on the road to happiness
    People might tend to focus on lofty goals as they pursue happiness, but the truth is small actions can have a large impact on a person's psyche, according to research from Stanford and Harvard Business School. "Small, concrete goals designed to improve the well being of others are more likely to lead to happiness for the giver than are acts with large, abstract goals -- despite people's intuitions to the contrary," the researchers found. Inc. online/Start It Up blog (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
Fortune from Failure 
  • This year's biggest marketing bungles
    Some of the most memorable marketing campaigns are those that completely bombed, Michael Estrin writes. From a vodka ad that seemed to condone assault to a failed Twitter campaign for a restaurant company, 2012 was full of marketing missteps made by major brands. iMedia Connection (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 3 tips for building a company that won't flop
    Failure is all too common in the startup world, but companies such as Kaltura, creator of an open-source video platform, are generating success, Ilya Pozin writes. You can learn from Kaltura's example by focusing on building a global brand and involving a large community in developing your product. "Holding source code and other technology close to the chest can stymie involvement and excitement in the startup world," he writes. Forbes (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartQuote 
Whining about fundraising, particularly to investors in the midst of the financing process, isn’t a winning approach."
--Jeff Bussgang, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, writing at VentureBeat
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