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This is a great Steve Blank article explaining why the traditional business plan is totally inappropriate for startup ventures and what to do about it. Before you create one more pitch deck or pro forma for your startup, read this first. Read More
This is a fun list that describes a number of ways that bootstrapping an opportunity is better than trying to raise seed capital. It's sure to make for a spirited debate among BizSugar readers! Read More

Do Business Plans Improve Your Odds?

Do Business Plans Improve Your Odds? - http://www.babson.edu Avatar Posted by gimmesome under Startups
From http://www.babson.edu 4807 days ago
Made Hot by: on July 26, 2008 4:48 pm
This pioneering Babson study examines whether writing a business plan before launching a new venture affects the company's subsequent performance. Interestingly, the analysis revealed that there was no difference between the performance of new businesses launched with or without written business plans. Unless a would-be entrepreneur needs to rais Read More

The Top 10 Reasons Startups Fail

The Top 10 Reasons Startups Fail - http://www.squidoo.com Avatar Posted by gimmesome under Startups
From http://www.squidoo.com 4808 days ago
Made Hot by: on July 23, 2008 7:42 pm
New research by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that nearly six in ten businesses shut down within the first four years of operation. To avoid becoming a statistic yourself, here are the top reasons so many new ventures fail. Read More

Fifty Ways to Keep Your Customers

Fifty Ways to Keep Your Customers - http://www.insidecrm.com Avatar Posted by gimmesome under Customer Service
From http://www.insidecrm.com 4814 days ago
Made Hot by: on July 18, 2008 9:49 pm
Your company could offer the best prices and services around, but if your company fails to make customers feel wanted, you can consider the chances of repeat business out the door. When it comes to retaining customers, simple gestures go a long way. And yet, if studies are anything to go by, we have yet to learn the fine art of keeping customers f Read More

How do You Tell a Business Idea from an Opportunity?

How do You Tell a Business Idea from an Opportunity? - http://www.squidoo.com Avatar Posted by gimmesome under Startups
From http://www.squidoo.com 4816 days ago
Made Hot by: on July 15, 2008 7:35 pm
Contrary to what many aspiring entrepreneurs believe, the key to a successful startup does not rest upon having a unique, one-of-a-kind idea. A good idea is a necessary starting point for any new business, but that's all it is. As VC and entrepreneurship teacher Rob Adams points out, ideas are not scarce: they're commodities. Virtually any idea Read More

Bootstrapping for Fun and Profit

Bootstrapping for Fun and Profit - http://www.sandhill.com Avatar Posted by gimmesome under Startups
From http://www.sandhill.com 4819 days ago
Made Hot by: on July 15, 2008 4:19 am
A classic essay by Greg Gianforte about the virtues of bootstrapping and how it often yields better results than the "fund and burn" model of VC-backed startups. Read More

Eight Things That Are Better Than Free

Eight Things That Are Better Than Free - http://www.kk.org Avatar Posted by gimmesome under Marketing
From http://www.kk.org 4822 days ago
Made Hot by: sanssecret on July 9, 2008 1:38 pm
The internet is a copy machine. When copies are super abundant, stuff which can't be copied becomes scarce and valuable. From my study of the network economy I see roughly eight categories of intangible value that we buy when we pay for something that could be free. In a real sense, these are eight things that are better than free. Eight uncop Read More

How to Grow Your Business by Firing Customers

How to Grow Your Business by Firing Customers - http://www.squidoo.com Avatar Posted by gimmesome under Startups
From http://www.squidoo.com 4822 days ago
Made Hot by: on July 9, 2008 10:48 pm
Studies of customer profitability in many businesses have found that only a small percentage of accounts are responsible for all of the firm's profits once costs related to acquisition, service, and support have been factored in. The staggering truth is simply this: many customers cost more to serve than they bring in revenue! Read More
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