April 8th, 2016 by editor

Idealab founder Bill Gross describes what he considers to be the keys to startup success at the Knight Foundation’s 2014 media innovation event at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Gross has had a hand in launching more than 125 businesses including UberMedia, CitySearch, and Knowledge Adventure.


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March 11th, 2016 by editor

Figures released by indicate that the combined City and County of Limerick had the 4th highest number of new business startups in 2012 so far. The positive figures have been accredited to the business startup services on offer from the County and City Enterprise Boards and groups such as the National Franchise Centre amongst others.


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January 31st, 2016 by editor

Manos is the co-Founder and CTO of AbZorba Games, a Greek Startup which was recently acquired by Greentube, Novomatic! Manos was the creator of AbZorba’s flagship casino title ‘Live BlackJack 21′ on Android which attained Top 10 US App Store ranking in ‘Cards & Casino Games’ category organically. That success gave Manos the perspective to design and build the team delivering the full suite of multiplayer social casino titles. AbZorba Games raised 225,000 euros from an English angel investor back in February 2012 and today employs 20 people. The company had a turnover of more than 2 million dollars in 2014 with more than 7 million downloads up to date. The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world. The group employs more than 22,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries.

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January 26th, 2016 by editor – SUPPORT ME

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I run a jewelry making business and its still small I really need to get an office to ensure more sales and to embark on the next phase of my plan which is to start a training center. But a lot of friends and coleagues are advicing me against it saying its not yet time and I should hold on till I can conveniently afford it without taking a loan or asking for favours but my gut is telling me the time is now and I should take the risk even if it involves a loan.
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January 14th, 2016 by editor

If you do nothing but survive over the next 5 years, you will do better than 98% of other businesses. There’s 3 things you can do to deal with competition.

1. Survive. Don’t go out of business. Don’t make big bets and risk the whole business.

2. Spend more time talking with customers than thinking about the competition.

3. Invest time building a world class team that will be able to overcome any obstacle.

I believe that your first 12 employees will dictate the success of your business.

The best feedback I am going to get is not from watching what my competitors are doing, it’s by actually talking to my customers!
Focusing on your competitor is just such a waste of energy and time because it really doesn’t matter. There’s nothing you can do to control what they do.


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January 8th, 2016 by editor

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January 7th, 2016 by editor

How to Build a Startup and Get it Acquired for $24 Million in 7 Months
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This episode features my interview with Karl Chong, CEO of Groupon Singapore, which is one of the fastest growing companies in Singapore. Karl is the driving force behind Beeconomic, a group buying site which he started in May 2010, which got acquired by Groupon less than seven months later for a whooping $24 million!

This interview with Karl has him speaking from the position of someone who has been running the highly successful Beeconomic / Groupon Singapore for three years and has grown it from a humble startup of two people (just his brother and him in 2010) to 160 employees today!

Get ready to hear Karl dish his best entrepreneur advice in this interview, including the following:
* Karl’s journey as an entrepreneur—that it started as early as when he was in high school
* Is entrepreneurship for everyone? How you can be an entrepreneur no matter who you are or what you do
* The 3 P’s to achieve happiness in career/business
* Why an eye for profits is not the most important criteria when it comes to being successful in business
* What led Karl to quit his high-flying investment banking career in Macquarie Bank in 2010 Shoto start Beeconomic
* Should one start a business with the end objective to get acquired?
* Key factors which led to Beeconomic’s success and eventual acquisition by Groupon
* What Beeconomic had at that time which made it the best partnership candidate for Groupon (in 2010) over other deal-of-the-day competitors
* Importance of having a competitive advantage in running a startup and how Karl created his competitive advantage for Beeconomic/Groupon Singapore
* Why lack of funds should not stop you from starting your business
* What you should do if you have family obligations
* Biggest challenges Karl faced in starting Beeconomic and how he overcame them
* Key factors that enabled Karl to land his first merchant deal
* Karl’s thoughts on the key traits needed to succeed in business in today’s world
* How to handle failure in life and business

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3) How To Get From Earning $6/hr to $1,000/hr:

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January 5th, 2016 by editor

Mark interviews Eric Ries, author of the New York Times Bestseller The Lean Startup. This episode is all about building businesses in the most efficient and effective way possible. This includes having a “business hypothesis,” knowing when to go after the money, and how to “Fail Fast” while continuing to build a better product.

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00:00 Welcome, our guest is Eric Ries, founder of the Lean Startup Movement.
00:45 Intro to Eric
01:17 Background, before the Lean Startup
01:53 Yale during the Dot Com Bubble
3:35 The real entrepreneurs come out during a down economy
4:15 Eric’s startup history
6:30 Why did it take so long to ship?
8:17 How did you decide to go with either shrinkwrap or web only product?
9:14 What was the root cause of the failure of your first company?
11:00 Mark on over-hyping PR
11:50 Startup problems!
13:43 Why would you talk to journalist? Why waste energy?
14:20 People go too fast to internationalize
14:45 Eric: The vital function of a startup is to learn how to build a sustainable business
15:40 Discussion of
17:30 Can you make startups science?
19:30 A teachable moment for entrepreneurs: HAVE A HYPOTHESIS! What do you do better, different, or what do you want to achieve?
20:42 Looking for the “Up and to the Right” charts
21:20 Starting points for business should be a problem
22:10 Eric: Innovation Accounting
22:53 Eric’s book: The Lean Startup
24:00 Big money vs. Little money
25:40 The fundamental goal should be to eliminate waste
26:44 Too much capital is not good
26:54 Mark on the negatives of the “Fail Fast” movement
27:45 Eric: The thing that is supposed to fail fast is your bad ideas, not your company
31:10 Mozy Pro Ad
34:00 Imvu
35:29 Why people use social media. Will these norms change?
36:30 Eric: Social media is great for people with social capital
38:00 Should you use avatars?
40:05 What happened after Imvu
41:00 Transitioning from software to writing
42:20 Did agile development influence you?
43:20 The inception of Lean Startup
44:45 Telling an entrepreneur to focus is like telling a fat person to lose weight
46:18 iOS Vs. Android
46:50 Engines of Growth
48:30 Vanity metrics
49:00 Startups are all naked in the mirror
51:10 Astrology and causality in startups
52:00 Actionable metrics
53:35 Opposition to departmental silos
54:20 Semi-autonomous teams
57: 00 How do you rectify company mission and customer demand
58:00 Apple is iterative
1:01:01 Why Steve Jobs got fired
1:01:45 Fenwick and West AD
1:03:03 So what comes next?
1:03:35 Eric: what is society going to do? Most people are working on failing ideas.
1:05:35 Middle class job of the next generation: software development!
1:06:05 The skills gap
1:07:15 The “College Deal” and why it needs to change
1:09:50 We need education!


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December 27th, 2015 by editor

Why did they decide to start their business in Lisbon?
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Claire Chung, Chinese American,
Ekaterina Zhilina, Russian,
Mariano Kostelec, Argentinian,
Jesse Biroscak, American,
Nitin Puri, Indian,
Saurabh Khanna, Indian,
Alisson Ávila, Brazilian,


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