Daymond Keynotes at Venture Draft 2012

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Daymond John will be the keynote speaker of Venture Draft 2012, a conference organized by former NFL player Brandon Williams and his business partner Lance McCarthy, where professional athletes come together with tech entrepreneurs seeking for investment.

The event will take place on August 10 – August 11 at St. Louis University. Click here to reserve your tickets.

What Do People Want?

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I’ve been getting in the routine of highlighting some news out there into a ‘Shark Bites’ posts weekly so that those who have very little time to spare to take advantage of resources out there can try to use it to read five articles in one shot just to get some kind of information that can be advantageous to them. I even put out a blog recommending books for the summer… but neither one of these received as much as a feedback as this Facebook post did:

Now I may not get as many responses here on this blog because it seems like plenty have already expressed their opinions on my Facebook post when I posted it up two days ago. And although a lot of the agreements sounded like a gospel choir (you can’t see it on this picture, but there were plenty of ‘Amen’s),  their responses show that there’s one thing people want that is important to businesses and other individuals, alike.

Businesses, small and large, as well as individuals, are always trying to figure out what is the best way to upsell–let alone, make a sale–with their customers. Sometimes the secret ingredient to what people want is the most obvious thing; immediately, the amount of engagement this post produced showed me that people value honesty more than anything one can offer. This only reinforces the notion that the truth is the easiest thing to sell.

Shark Bites – Week of July 23, 2012

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We get interesting information everyday from reading articles in newspapers, blogs, company websites and even from conversations we overhear or have ourselves. Shark Bites is an entry post where I share recent articles, events and conversations with you. Feel free to comment at the very bottom of each post while indulging yourselves with new information.. you’ll find that a bit of information a day will go a long way.


 

Videos that Turn Tough Topics into Child’s Play

Mashable puts together 10 complex topics that is simplified via YouTube videos for your better understanding. It’s pretty creative and may help some of you learn all ten things today. Here’s one on what a foreclosure is:

» Read the full article on Mashable

 

Ads on NBA Jerseys

 

At a recent press conference in Las Vegas, NBA’s Adam Silver said team owners were in favor of advertising on jerseys. Believe it or not, these 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch sponsor patches could generate $100 million per season for the league’s teams.

Basketball traditionalists may forever protest the non-traditional stance the NBA is taking, but this is a business, and in order to stay competitive change must occur. Do you think corporate ads on NBA Jerseys will help or hurt the NBA?

» Read the full article on Bloomberg Businessweek

 

3 Ways to Reinvigorate and Refocus Your Business

It’s a good idea to take some hours away from the email and computer every few months to refocus your small business. You just have to make sure that it’s well structured and that you know what you want to achieve from it (which goes back to goal settings). Whether it’s to organize those random Post-Its or attempt to fix a challenge you’ve always planned to do, set this time away for that. Here’s how Forbes suggests you can use this time to work on:

1. What I Want the Business to do Better
2. What I want to do better myself
3. What I’m currently thinking through

» Read the full article on Forbes

 

Essential Web-Based Tools For Small Businesses

We all know the popular websites that small business owners use, such as Facebook or Twitter, but have you heard of these other tools that can help you in other ways?

FreeScreenSharing 
If you’re interested in sharing your computer screen with others, FreeScreenSharing offers unlimited meetings with up to 96 participants at a time. They’ll even throw in a free, dedicated conference bridge you can use at anytime.

MarketWire
 If you’re looking to announce exciting news about your business, MarketWire provides you with top-notch distribution channels to maximize exposure. They also offer an extensive array of specialty niche channels.

In addition to the tools mentioned above, Forbes listed 8 other essential web-based tools for small businesses to use on a weekly basis.

Before I end this portion of Shark Bites, I’m going to plug Shopify here for those small business owners who are looking to sell their products online! Shopify is the ecommerce platform that allows individuals or companies to create the most beautiful online stores easily. They’re currently running a Build-A-Business competition that you can join, too!

 »Read the full article here on Forbes

 

The Google Search Calculator

Google has gone one step further, by giving you your sum, difference, dividend, or product on a virtual calculator. It has 34 buttons, including standard trigonometric functions, exponents and buttons for the transcendental numbers, pi and e, and works on your mobile device! Mashable conducted a quick test and found that it functioned properly in both Safari and Chrome on iOS and of course on Android as well. DS-11

Get started on doing a search for any equation, or click here.

» Read the full article on Mashable 

Daymond Keynotes at Venture Draft

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Daymond John will be the keynote speaker of Venture Draft 2012, a conference organized by former NFL player Brandon Williams and his business partner Lance McCarthy, where professional athletes and tech entrepreneurs come together seeking for investment.

Shark Bites – Week of July 16, 2012

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We get interesting information everyday from reading articles in newspapers, blogs, company websites and even from conversations we overhear or have ourselves. Shark Bites is an entry post where I share recent articles, events and conversations with you. Feel free to comment at the very bottom of each post while indulging yourselves with new information.. you’ll find that a bit of information a day will go a long way.


Six People you Need in Your Corner


Everybody needs somebody. Forbes sums six types of people you need in your life to accomplish the incredible! Do you have these in your life?

» Read the full article on Forbes

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The Power of Text Message Marketing

84% of Facebook news feed stories aren’t viewed, 71% of tweets get ignored and 88% of emails go unopened. Meanwhile, 98% of text messages are opened. So is trying to reach such a large audience always better? Check out these statistics comparing narrowcasting and broadcasting.

» Read the full article on Mashable

 

5 Sure Signs a Startup Firm Will Succeed

Not sure if your firm has what it takes? These 5 signs will help you to realize whether of not your business is on the path to success. See if you can answer “yes” to these statements:

1. My business has validated customers.
2. My business shows a strategic perspective.
3. My business is cash conservative.
4. My business operates with transparency.
5. My business is communicative.

» Read the full article on Forbes

Facebook to Face Senate Hearing on Facial Recognition

Facebook may be facing charges for its face recognition technology. It could hold the largest privately held face print database in the world, with a face print for 1 out of every 20 people on the planet. Do you think Facebook’s technology is helpful, or do you feel it is an invasion of your privacy?

» Read the full article on AdWeek

6 Ways Young Treps Can Make Time for a Vacation

Believe it or not, entrepreneurs need vacations too! Don’t think this is possible? Entrepreneur.com gives you six ways that even the busiest of small business owners can make vacation work because remember, one of the reasons why you chose to be an entrepreneur is so that you could be in control of your own life.

» Read the full article on Entrepreneur

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