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 […]