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Monthly Archives: November 2011

An Englishman in New York

We’ve just released a wide-ranging report comparing and contrasting the mood and behaviors of entrepreneurs in the US and Europe. Being an Englishman myself, adopted by the US last decade and living in New York, it reminded me of that famous George Bernard Shaw quote “England & America are two countries separated by a common […]

MyStartupStory: Raj Prasad, CEO, WDFA Marketing

After Raj quit his day job, he planned on taking three months vacation. Instead, he started his own company, WDFA Marketing.  WDFA is based in San Francisco, and specializes in guerilla, grassroots, and micro-marketing using creative online techniques, demographic mapping software, and street tactics. Raj reminds entrepreneurs that when you work for others, your time is divided between […]

If you’re going to shop, why not shop with small businesses?

Small Business Saturday on November 26 is an opportunity to focus your holiday spending where it will make the biggest difference. It’s the new shopping day created to bridge the gap between Black Friday – when people work off their Thanksgiving dinners by running around their local malls – and Cyber Monday – when workers […]

Thanksgiving: From Tech to Turkey

A thank you to our Hiscox small business insurance customers This weekend, while flicking through 1,997 cable channels to find something half watchable, I stumbled upon a Fox News interview with Sandra (Sandy) Lerner. She was the founder of Cisco Systems, over the years moving through various entrepreneurial ventures finally ending up running her own […]

The joys of bootstrapping your small business

Many entrepreneurs dream that within a few years they can turn an idea into a successful business and then into a big check that will offer them a chance at an early retirement. But, to achieve this, most entrepreneurs will need significant capital investors and the problem is that banks, venture capitalists and angel investors […]

MyStartupStory Contest Winner: Kurt Tomlinson, Open Hardware Hub

Congratulations to the 3rd place winner of the MyStartupStory Contest, Kurt Tomlinson! Kurt is the founder of Open Hardware Hub, an online forum to post and contribute to open-source hardware projects.  A student at Georgia Tech, Kurt was the youngest entrepreneur to participate in the #MyStartupStory Contest. Yet, this small business owner passed on a simple but […]

Is Google+ on its knees already?

As a small business owner, what do you think? Vote below! Google+ now has over 40 million users since its launch. This still lags Facebook (800 million+) by some way, but many believe Google+ is the fastest growing social network ever. Last week also saw the internet giant launch brand pages, and there is no […]

MyStartupStory: David Karp, Founder of Tumblr

David Karp, Founder of Tumblr, offers advice on starting a business and making the leap as he shares some of his own startup experiences. In this installment of My Startup Story, David talks about the struggles balancing a day job while starting up a new business. He learned it was best to follow your passion and trust […]

MyStartupStory Contest Winner: Erica Zidel, Sitting Around

Congratulations to the second place winner of the MyStartupStory Contest, Erica Zidel! Erica is the founder of Sitting Around, a babysitting cooperative, that helps groups of families in communities trade family care. A working mother herself, Erica faced a multitude of challenges.  Her biggest being the decision to bootstrap her startup rather than seeking investor funding or loans as she continued […]

MyStartupStory Contest Winner: Victoria Kidd, OMP Consulting Group

Congratulations to the winner of the #MyStartupStory Contest, Victoria Kidd! Victoria is the co-founder of OMP Consulting Group, a career management and resume writing firm. She identified that the employment problem was not a product of the recession, but rather, workers were unprepared in their job search. Best advice? Nothing ventured yields nothing gained. Victoria discusses how […]


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