Friday, March 6, 2015
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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:30:00 -0600

If you value business or product development as a constant work in progress, the lean startup approach can give you the framework to help your business flourish.

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If you're seeking inspiration, try these five avenues.

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While the heavy hitters of the tech world often have their first choice in engineers, a new and formidable competitor is emerging: the startup.

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Companies need to build a strategy that emphasizes a product's value proposition for the more desirable label of "affordable."

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:00:00 -0600

The actual inventing may be done, but you're far from finished getting your product out there.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:47:48 -0600

Hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are vulnerable to attacks exploiting the recently uncovered security vulnerability, Microsoft says.

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Enter at Your Own Risk: From video game rentals to solar panel manufacturing, these sectors are losing business to new technology and international competitors.

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Hard times often call for deeper self-analysis to help excavate new personal insights that determine our willingness to keep on keepin' on.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:00:00 -0600

There is enormous crossover between the skillset required for success in comedy and the one that defines a strong business leader.

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Raising capital can go much more smoothly when you come to the table prepared.

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Choosing some things and saying no to others, even if it would be nice have those too, is the secret to staying sane.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:30:00 -0600

Before you quit your day job, tax all your friends and investors for money, or max out your credit cards, take this quiz.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:00:00 -0600

"Everything seems possible in a 100 years, so it's both useful and important to focus the big vision," says the head of a digital agency.

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Meerkat, which enables users to stream live videos over Twitter, is one of the most buzzed-about apps on the market today.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0600

Keep the passion alive that motivated you to start your business by remembering where you began and celebrating how far you've come.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:14:00 -0600

These fun facts and figures reveal everything from some of the now incredibly successful companies that initially launched at SXSW to what attendees are eating and drinking while in Austin.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:00:00 -0600

Consider these four factors when deciding what your policy is for paid-time-off.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:52:00 -0600

Turns out Allstar's 'buy one, get one free' ad hook was allegedly cloaked in trickery. Now the as-seen-on-TV giant is forking over $8 million to settle charges that it hoodwinked customers.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:30:00 -0600

No matter what industry you are in, there is one certainty every business needs to prepare for: competition.

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Congress joins the franchising industry in seeking explanations.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0600

Design can play an integral role in aligning the future workplace with the new expectations of a younger workforce.

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A self-service platform or website might do the trick. But here's a way to be sure.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:30:00 -0600

Royce Leather has successfully made the transition from parents to sons by passing along values as well as the business.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0600

The image-sharing site can be one of the best, most up-to-date ways of generating buzz and enthusiasm for your business -- if used correctly.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:45:00 -0600

A modest budget can yield impressive results, if you stretch every dollar with careful analysis and patient remarketing.

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If you're often chided to be nice and fit in, it might be a sign you should follow your own path.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:03:17 -0600

Amazon opened a store on Alibaba's Tmall site this week.

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This week's edition recaps Fab's fire sale, the FCC's historic decision on net neutrality, Pebble's record Kickstarter and more.

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The transactions stemmed from breaches at retail giants including Home Depot and Target.

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Rather than cramming tons of new features into the phones, Samsung improved on a few core elements including design, build quality, and the fingerprint sensor.

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A successful strategy is more than just tactics and procedures. It must align with how you see your business and what is possible.

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Nostalgic memories helped inspire Michael and Logan Moore decided to open a Ritter's Frozen Custard of their own.

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Constantly striving for excellence in every area of your life is ultimately what will determine the quality of your life, no matter what you do for a living.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0600

With over 100 billion emails sent every day, it's getting harder and harder to stand out from the other scores of attention-seeking messages your customer deals with each day. But it's far from hopeless.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:30:00 -0600

Rebranding presents a unique opportunity to examine a company's cultural climate in light of its goals.

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Choosing the right software for your business can be downright daunting but being cautious and putting in the effort on the front end will pay dividends in the long run.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:30:00 -0600

Just who is starting businesses in the U.S., and what makes them tick?

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Utilize these programs to maximize your daily productivity.

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The renowned life and business strategist shares the top financial lesson that has shaped his life and how you can take the very same step.

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A lawyer turned technology startup founder found out about these lessons the hard way.

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A few key lessons have come up as I've sought out, trained and let my team take on my business this last year. Here's what I've learned.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0600

Companies that manage to get their feet on the ground have a long way to go before they become a top player in an industry.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:15:00 -0600

Remote workers have many advantages but one co-founder finds there is no substitute for the creative spark of everyone coming to work.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:00:00 -0600

What if you could replicate that experience of the day before a vacation, when you plow through tasks?

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:40:00 -0600

Feeling like a failure? Gain some perspective with help from these famous quotes.

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Even if you run a scalable Internet business, you should still look beyond online channels for product validation and sales strategy support.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:03:12 -0600

Facebook's CEO shared wisdom on hiring and delegation during the latest installment of 'Q&A with Mark.'

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Businesses collect data constantly but are not always so consistent evaluating if it best serves the strategy.

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Unusual working environments often boost productivity. Give them a try.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:08:00 -0600

With a new customizable burger platform and minimum wage on the agenda, McDonald's image revamp may end up costing franchisees.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 -0600

Ambiverts are individuals with characteristics of both introverts and extroverts. Could this balance equip them to be superior business leaders?

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:45:00 -0600

K-cups are everywhere. And its waste is, too, thanks to the fact that the cups are almost impossible to recycle.

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Small businesses are doing a lot more without having to hire new workers.

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The Cupertino, Calif.-based colossus is looking for a way to make its smartphones, tablets and laptops resistant to the kiss of death for electronics: moisture.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:15:00 -0600

From how and when to break the news to how to avoid getting sued, here are the pro-tips you need to know when letting an underperformer go.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0600

Twitter's co-founder plays 'Finish This Sentence,' sharing what he's reading, how he unwinds and the characteristics all innovation must share.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:55:00 -0600

The bubble today comes from private investors who are investing in apps and small tech companies. And there in lies the rub.

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Organic reach across fan pages is at an all-time low, largely because Facebook insists on quality content. That's not a bad thing for users or advertisers.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:15:00 -0600

Here are some tips to help make your bedroom more sleep-friendly. (Hint: that light emanating from your smartphone isn't helping.)

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0600

It's all about propsecting, conversations, closing and then the promised land: Revenue.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:45:00 -0600

One of best ways to find new customers and clients is through your own network. Here's what you need to know about charging and paying finder's fees for referrals.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:32:24 -0600

A new study says revenue could come from mobile internet services and products, even if occupants spend only a fraction of their free time on the web.

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The success of the Girl Scouts' selling diet-busting boxes of cookies, year after year for generations, rates as one of the best marketing programs ever.

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A little love from the media can do wonders for your business -- you just need to know what to give them.

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The tool lets users create graphics overlaid with text in order to fuel engagement on social media and blogs.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:48:00 -0600

The tech giant is holding off due to delays involving the supply of display panels, according to reports.

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Of all the events out there, SXSW is the best for judging whether it is worth attending for your business.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:21:00 -0600

The online marketplace cited losing its authenticity as a risk factor in its IPO filing.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:00:00 -0600

An entrepreneur's fears and small vision are the greatest limits to success. Overcoming those brings every goal within reach.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:30:00 -0600

He may be a business sage, but this piece of advice has nothing to do with stocks and investments.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0600

Business partners John Jarvis and Mike Confalone spill on the challenges and triumphs of running a TITLE Boxing Club.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0600

While many entrepreneurs want to grow their business and offer products with a competitive edge, they neglect techniques and systems that generate a flood of valuable ideas.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:00:00 -0600

Jumping head first into a startup may appear very promising and rewarding, but these triumphs do not come without great risk.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:38:00 -0600

Having been a serial entrepreneur and now the vice president of Small and Medium Business at Microsoft, Thomas Hansen is looking to take your questions about entrepreneurship and how to use technology to get a competitive edge.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:30:00 -0600

Sites such as Farmers Only and Christian Mingle have a customer filter built right into the names.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:03:00 -0600

Social media can change the entire course of your company's future.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:00:00 -0600

As your company grows, new team members won't know the values you launched with unless the leadership team makes it a priority.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:45:00 -0600

Brand marketers will be able to showcase more images on the photo-sharing smartphone app.

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Both entrepreneurs and competition judges focus too much on the product, forgetting that customers and staff are more important.

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Identifying the tactics of your marketing plan should flow smoothly out of the strategies you've identified that will drive your business forward.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0600

The founder of a startup accelerator's process to get through hundreds of emails per day.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:15:00 -0600

Virtual reality goes high-definition courtesy of a new company in Prague.

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Esteemed leaders in business and politics have long shared remarkably similar advice for what is required to perform best and continue growing.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:44:00 -0600

The top court will start hearing arguments in the King v. Burwell case Wednesday, and the cost of insurance could be at stake.

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The ridesharing tech company says geolocation and navigation technology is a big part of what keeps it running efficiently.

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Low overhead and fewer commitments makes young adulthood an ideal time to become an entrepreneur.

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The team at IDEO, an innovation and design firm, is inspired by Barbara Beskind's unique perspective and enthused by her resolve.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:00 -0600

The world's most successful people are those who have streamlined their lives to a seamless flow of productivity and focus.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0600

In business, some people who are kind get crushed but others come out ahead of the people who aren't very nice at all. Science has an explanation.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:29:00 -0600

The fast-food chain rolled out a new antibiotics policy in an effort to mend its reputation.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 22:02:00 -0600

As we await a decision in the big Obamacare Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, progressive pundits have continued to predict a health care apocalypse if the Court sides with challengers to the Obama administration. That’s a wild exaggeration. But there will be some disruption, and Republicans in Congress have been debating the best way to mitigate that disruption. That’s where Associate Justice Samuel Alito comes in. At oral arguments on Wednesday, Alito hinted at another way to overturn illegal subsidies while avoiding near-term problems for the newly insured.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0600

For the first time, Valve has come out with a detailed listing page for its partner-made Steam Machines. To date, promotion for the various boxes has been murky at best, and this is really the first opportunity fans have to see all their “home PC console” offerings in one place. [...]

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:41:00 -0600

Nothing is permanent. It is easy to forget that. Day after day, you take the same commute to work. Month after month, someone - your client or boss, perhaps - manages to annoy you. They are unreasonable, over-demanding, insensitive. You long for the day when no one is your boss. Not so [...]

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:04:00 -0600

There are many reasons you could be underpaid despite being excellent at what you do. Once underpaid, in order to get your salary back up to market value, you will need to negotiate a higher starting salary or raise than you have received before.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:26:00 -0600

Teasing that she couldn't be caught, the Queen of Tax Fraud got 21 years in prison. But when an appeals court ordered her re-sentenced, she got the same long 21 year prison term.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:19:00 -0600

Competition in the young energy storage market is heating up nicely. SunEdison's announcement today of its purchase of an energy storage startup is the latest example of that. This is a good time to look at who are the other developers in this market, which is driven by a federal rule [...]

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:41:00 -0600

At GDC this year, Valve has one again proved to be a perplexing force in the industry. Rather than showcasing any long awaited new games, they joined the herd and unveiled that they too were entering the VR space with their Vive headset that they’re making in partnership with HTC. The [...]

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:30:00 -0600

Samsung is taking a big risk with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge...

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:34:00 -0600

VideoIt's a good time to be Graham Yost. The creator of Justified finished shooting the last episode of the FX series only days ago. He's still got to finish editing the last couple of episodes, and then his work on one of the most stylish and entertaining shows on television [...]

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:57:00 -0600

Iowa State troopers can keep more than $30,000 in cash taken during a traffic stop, even though the owner was found not guilty, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled last week.

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 14026 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

California, USA - Chaldeans are fast learning the importance of legislation and politics and how the two can impact their business bottom line.  The Chaldean Caucus has long banged the drums of needing business savvy politicians from local to federal positions.  In Michigan, the Caucus moved forward in promoting and supporting three Chaldean political hopefuls.  Two of which have extensive business backgrounds. 

The Chaldean Caucus also monitors the judicial bench and the rulings they make that impact business.  The Supreme Court's 2006–2007 term was particularly kind to the small business community. The Chaldean Caucus estimate that at least half of the docket included cases with a substantial business interest. Here's a review of some major decisions for Chaldean small-business owners:

Court Limits Pay Discrimination Claims
A landmark 5–4 decision by the Supreme Court enforced the 180-day time limit for filing a discrimination charge. The case that spurred the decision was Ledbetter v. Goodyear.  The basic question was how many salary reviews a plaintiff could contest within the 180 day window of a discrimination charge after the alleged unlawful employment practice may have occurred.

A number of small business groups and legal foundations filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief supporting Goodyear and warning the court that an employer's ability to tell their story dissipates sharply as time passes. Memories fade; managers quit, retire or die.

The court's determination that there is a limit as to how far back a plaintiff can reach for damages represented an important victory for small businesses.

Limits on Union Dues Are Upheld
Another key constitutional victory was upheld when the court ruled that a Washington state law that requires unions to obtain nonmembers' consent before using union fees for political purposes does not violate the First Amendment. Small business groups have long worked to defend limitations that protect nonunion employees from unwittingly or unwillingly financially supporting political causes with which they do not agree.  Examples include issues like abortion, same sex marriages, and one party support. 

Business groups argued that there's a long judicial history of prohibiting organizations from forcing nonmembers to support a union's political activities.

Tort Reform Prevails
Trial attorneys fought to have juries impose damages suffered by people who were not parties to a case.  Tort-reform advocates felt it unfair that defendants can be punished for harm to non-parties.  The Supreme Court agreed.   The case of Phillip Morris USA v. Williams sent a clear message that punitive damage litigation has gone astray. 

The precedent established by the court arises in a number of other types of cases, including product liability and environmental litigation.

"Punitive damages have unreasonably exploded in both frequency and size.  This is partially because of the celebrity tabloid attention to big awards, the broad brush stroke that all business is bad, and other unfair stereotypes and prejudices.  Unfortunately this has led to an out-of-control spiral of the legal system.  The backbone of America is business, innovation, and the ability to earn what you merit," says Karen Halibu, director of business and government affairs office for the Chaldean Caucus. "The Supreme Court made the right decision. Punishing defendants for harms that have not been tried in court is simply unfair and should be ruled unconstitutional."

Chaldean small businesses are likely to see more opportunities whereby the courts advocate for entrepreneurs says Halibu. “Given the Roberts' court propensity for defending the core of American freedom and innovation, we are likely to have a number of opportunities to advocate for small business in the upcoming term.”