Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Trademarks are inexpensive to obtain and grow in value as your business grows. It is never too early to trademark your brand

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

The three spots where product development startups are most likely to stumble - and how to get around them

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Continuous delivery allows companies to deploy smaller sets of features more frequently.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

The latest technological advances promise increased efficiency and productivity but have prompted even more labor. Here's one entrepreneur's solution.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

We’ve all heard the saying that 'a team is only as strong as its weakest link,' but the number of business leaders choosing to ignore this sentiment is staggering. Don't make this mistake.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Accepting risks is a skill that can be learned. When you're ready to launch a venture, consider these five tips that have proven effective in the classroom.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Many entrepreneurs may be surprised to learn that federal laws have not addressed sexual-orientation or gender-identity bias inside private companies.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:56:00 -0500

'There are only so many photos you're going to want to share with friends,' the CEO said during an earnings call. 'There's just a lot more people want to express.'

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Three quotes shine a light on this much-discussed topic. The bottom line: Don't dive in until you're really ready to commit.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

To get attention on the crowded Internet, you have to devote time to your craft and plan well.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:36:00 -0500

James Proud, a former Thiel Fellow, has come up with a sleep-tracking system that is getting lots of love from the crowd.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

The winning companies will figure out how to deliver a seamless and exceptional experience that satisfies users -- before they even ask for it.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Past performance is no longer an accurate proxy for future success. In hiring, the most critical skill is the ability to learn on the fly.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Spending time with ambitious youth is one of the best things you could do to jump start your own ambition.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Take a minute per day to forget that you're an overworked adult and see your anxiety melt away.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Any outfit promising a super-speedy turnaround will probably deliver less than optimum results.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:25:00 -0500

A new survey from Sageworks finds that over 75 percent of small-business owners have never applied for a loan.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0500

Piinpoint helps businesses choose where to open based on facts, not just intuition.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Without face-to-face contact, it’s difficult to manage the conversation, navigate complex issues or deal with difficult personalities in the group. The good news is there are specific techniques you can use to improve these calls.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

The company missed expectations due to weak sales at Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S. and Baskin-Robbins' struggles abroad.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:39:00 -0500

The case of an Airbnb guest who overstayed his welcome and now is a legal tenant raises critical questions about what the home-rental platform can do to protect its hosts.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

For a close-knit team it is imperative everyone is on the page. If not, your startup could go into a tailspin.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

The must-have characteristics needed to start, grow and expand your company.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Startups that thrive manage to eke out the first profits that convince investors to put in the money that grows the company.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The wealthiest companies work hard to know where every dime goes. Startups literally cannot afford to do less.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Filling key roles in your company is both crucially important and a distraction. It's important to know what you can delegate and what you can't.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

The best venture investors may be the ones who can currently empathize with your status as a startup.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Don't just blame the Millennials. The struggle between the status quo and young up-and-comers is ageless, and important.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

A group of franchisees are accusing the convenience chain of trying to make a profit by systematically forcing South Asian immigrant franchisees out.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

The more information you can get on your competitor's website and online marketing efforts, the better.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

After 30 years in the corporate world, Skip Wyatt decided it was time to create jobs instead of finding ways to eliminate them.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Analyzing customer data is just more proof of what we've always known. Actions really do speak louder than words

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0500

Chick-fil-A and Chipotle are two of the hottest brands in food right now. Here's how they're cashing in on travelers' tastes.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

It turns out, products don't sell themselves, and customers enjoy interacting with people.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Meals and entertainment expenses can save on your taxes but you need to see it the way the IRS sees it.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Happy employees and great prices lead to devoted customers, or so the theory goes. A New England supermarket chain may sacrifice all this in a battle of cousins.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Make your client-support process a win for all involved, not excluding those answering the phones.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:47:00 -0500

Earlier this year, the toy company launched Lego Ideas, a strategy to crowdsource new designs.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

How do competitors deliver top performance when so much is riding on a single movement?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

If you like to read for escape, read these books to escape to the next level.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:45:00 -0500

The location-based social networking platform continues its rebranding efforts with a new logo.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

There’s one thing worse than watching an entrepreneur crumble under a fatal barrage of questions.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

There are many moral and ethical questions business owners face on a regular basis. Is there a right way to do things?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Facebook matters less as other social media platforms gain currency but it is still worth your effort, even if you need to pay for ads.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

To generate revenue, you need customers to buy your products or utilize your services. Here's how to get started on the way to a cost-effective plan.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:00 -0500

Turning business processes into games -- the idea behind the trendy buzzword “gamification” -- encourages frequent participation and makes mundane tasks entertaining.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:00 -0500

Technology execs gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities of this growing industry.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Reading the fine-print is important, but big picture items -- and a little humor -- go a long way.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Managing the risk properly is the challenge. Use the right intelligence to make your moves.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Not all investors are created equal. Here are some tips on finding the best investor for your startup and its needs.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Foster new relationships abroad by building trust and minding important social cues.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:10:00 -0500

Perhaps your greatest creative ideas will happen away from the keyboard, pen in hand.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

We're not talking about illegal practices, like email span, but rather strategies that fall under the gray areas of marketing etiquette.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Are you the total package? Work to create the best version of you.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

The steps you must take to turn a side hustle into a full-fledged business.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Officials believe the American-owned food supplier in China purposefully sold expired chicken to chains including McDonald's, KFC and Starbucks.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

These three tips can keep staff empowered and engaged – without micromanaging.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

You weren't afraid of risk when you launched your business, now take the risk of trusting your team to help you grow it.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Consumers can choose from an endless list of good products. They are loyal to brands as open about their values as their ingredients.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:00 -0500

After 10 years in the Marines and a bout with leukemia, this franchisee decided she wanted to be an entrepreneur.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Sure, mobile banking apps let you track your cash on the go, but they can also help you protect it, too. Here's how. It's easier than you might think.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

There’s no traffic on the extra mile.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

With so much of our work now being done at computers, music has become an important way to 'optimize the boring.' Here's how to do it right.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

With many unsatisfied with the current setup for giving feedback, find out how software can step into the breach.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Why events focused on the creative arts may be a more effective way to meet other innovators, find inspiration and reconnect with your entrepreneurial soul.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Domino's ad for Specialty Chicken features a reference to a failed cookie pizza just as Pizza Hut rolled out a cookie pizza of its own.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Websites don't always require costly features, gimmicks or tricks to scale. Often it just comes down to good content.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Shared experiences and live interactions can build a bond that lasts, creating a customer for the long run.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

After completing his challenge of taking 30 courses in 30 days, a businessman shares his insights.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

An author hawking his books in the park provides some examples for strategies that can easily be adapted for your business.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

More devices are expected to be connected at the end of the decade. Router-maker Belkin recently launched a new product line to get an early start.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:45:00 -0500

The consumer tech giant beat on profit and missed on revenue in the third quarter.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Those "cult'' brands that sell without apparent effort share some basics, regardless of product or market.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:21:39 -0500

The retailer will launch a line of head-to-toe outfits "best suited for different professions," including 'The Corporate Guy,' 'The Creative Guy,' and yes, 'The Startup Guy.'

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

The founder of startup Fusio-io used a technique that is critical to every entrepreneur in the world but seldom mastered.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:50:00 -0500

The mobile ad and analytics company is one of Yahoo's most expensive acquisition to date under CEO Marissa Mayer.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:41:00 -0500

Two courts disagree on whether the Internal Revenue Service can provide subsidies to those purchasing health insurance on the federal health insurance exchange.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Entrepreneurs seeking to market to educators would benefit from understanding how new apps and tools align with schools’ day-to-day needs.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Learn how to make your message stand out in the crowd by being fresh, relevant and interesting, and sharing and engaging with fellow community members.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:33:00 -0500

There are several important factors to consider before you license your invention. Here's a handy overview to help you out.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Effective sales teams are the product of the culture within the team, across the company and including customers.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Using content is cheaper and more effective than traditional advertising. Here are three things your strategy should entail.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:32:21 -0500

In this drawing, Apple's image for a smartwatch looks similar to other devices that are already out.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Tolerating interruptions is not the hallmark of a successful business leader.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:22:00 -0500

The venture signals that YouTube stars with palpable buzz and inbuilt fan bases have become increasingly enticing to the world’s biggest music corporations.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

These franchise founders are turning oddball menu offerings into serious business.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:55:00 -0500

Eighty-five investors can now say they own part of The Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Palm Springs, Calif.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

In the world of startups, entrepreneurs have very little time. To help organize tasks and responsibilities, consider these tips.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Do the following traits, characteristics and quirks describe you?

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Setting an ambitious goal at your company can act as a magnet to the best employees, who will want to stick around to see it through.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:15:00 -0500

Legal battles with franchisees, expired meat and another disappointing quarterly report: it's already been a hard week for McDonald's.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

One of the top issues for business owners is finding time, so technology solutions are needed to ease the burden.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

How asking ‘why’ can help you lock up the sale.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

You design your environment, and how you do so says as much about you, your passion, commitment and leadership style as it does about your company culture.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Apoorva Mehta’s company, the grocery delivery service Instacart, just raised $44 million and is expanding rapidly.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

To win at poker, consistently make the right bets on the right cards. Winning in business -- and in life -- is exactly the same.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

You don't need a massive budget to create high-quality commercial-like videos. You just need an iPhone and a few tips.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Twitter can be a great way to connect with new personal and business contacts. Here are the ways I use the social network to my benefit.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

When starting up, it's OK if you don't know what you're doing some of the time. Here's why you should always keep an open mind and keep learning.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Devang and Chaitali Kothari didn't realize that the biggest challenge in franchising would be learning to be good managers.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:11:00 -0500

Earlier this year, Europe granted its citizens the "right to be forgotten," meaning they can ask search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing to remove hits for their names that are irrelevant or outdated. A month into its going into effect, it's proven to be a logistical nightmare, in part because of Google's informing media organizations when it removes one of their stories from search, which leads the organization to re-earth the story and mention the incident that some European desperately wanted disappeared. In a post about the new right, Google's chief lawyer David Drummond made clear that the search giant isn't happy about the ruling but is doing its best to comply with a law with which it doesn't agree. Up to that point, there had been only negative anecdotes about people who wanted forgetting -- pedophiles, deceptive politicians and dastardly doctors -- but Drummond actually mentioned some sympathetic ones -- a man questioned for a crime he was ultimately cleared of and an abused daughter. But European data regulators aren't happy either. They may ask Google to change the way it's reluctantly complying with the law, reports Reuters.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:56:00 -0500

Gilt Groupe's executive team is getting a shakeup as the company approaches a rumored fall IPO. The ecommerce company's set to lose CMO Lizzie Francis and longtime vice president Jyothi Rao, sources tell Forbes, and laid off several employees in the reorganization of staff that's followed.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:43:00 -0500

Maybe you've been thinking about switching jobs, or maybe you want to put a toe in the water by applying for a job or two to see what happens.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:02:00 -0500

Who was the highest-paid female executive in the U.S. last year? Perhaps PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi comes to mind? Or Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer? While they feature prominently in the top 10 list of highest-compensated female executives, pole position was held by Safra Ada Catz, Oracle CFO and President, according to Find the Best research.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:28:00 -0500

Universal (a division of Corp.) has dropped this full-length theatrical trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey courtesy of NBC's The Today Show. The last ten seconds are arguably not safe for work, yet the trailer earned the green-band (for general audiences) approval.  There was actually a sanitized for network television version that debuted this morning on The Today Show which was followed by an interview with the cast and a clip from the film. This was actually preceded several days ago by what amounted to a teaser to the trailer presented by Beyoncé Knowles's Instagram account. The star of Austin Powers: Goldmember and The Pink Panther will be singing a version of "Crazy in Love" for the film adaptation of E.L. James novel, some of which is sampled in the above trailer. It was certainly a different way to drop a yet another teaser for a trailer.  But them's the breaks as the technology changes how marketing materials like this are dispersed. In this day and age, how a trailer is released is arguably as much of a news story as the existence of said trailer and what it contains about the film it is advertising.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:04:00 -0500

There may very well be a day when Apple executives set up an iPhone X rumour publication that consists of nothing but endless, daily, rumours of the next iPhone. They can call it the iPhone Bugle, or iPhone X Times. Just so long as ‘iPhone’ is in the title, Jimmy Tan has a grainy-picture gallery, and there’s a ‘Leaker Wars’ section where leakers accuse each other of leaking fake pictures of dummy models. That would save us all a lot of time. Until then, people like myself will have to diligently wade through the iPhone rumour sludge to present you, the eager public, with something to look forward to. This year’s rumour-mill feels like it has been in overdrive for the last seven months. We’ve seen rumours ranging from haptic feedback on the iPhone 6, to wireless charging, to automatic location-based unlocking. Some likely, some rumour-mill fairytales. Here, I’ll rundown the most believable rumours  reported so far. And be sure to check back here for updates as and when they come in. Screen The biggest and most likely rumour is that Apple is going to increase the size of the screen, possibly with two versions of the iPhone 6 on the way. We’ve seen dummy shots of both 4.7 and 5.5-inch versions, with the 5.5-inch device potentially scheduled for a 2015 launch because of production problems, according to Mac Rumours. However Chinese publication, Economic Daily, said that iPhone assembler, Foxconn, is ramping up production and hiring new staff for a double launch later this year.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:15:00 -0500

This weekend is the latest running of NASCAR's Brickyard 400 (officially the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500

Seven alleged cyber criminals have been arrested as part of an international cybercrime ring that hacked StubHub and laundered upwards of $1.6 million dollars, the New York D.A.’s Office announced Tuesday.  Two of the alleged criminals were arraigned in New York today, with bail set at $2 million and $500,000.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:42:00 -0500

The curtain closed quickly on this home!

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

One of the most compelling stories I heard at the recent Aspen Ideas Festival was from Brett Begemann, president and chief operating officer of .

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15 Reminders for Chaldeans Leasing or Renting
By Rita Abro :: Monday, May 04, 2009 :: 18865 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Business & Finance

California, USA – “You have to know your rights.  Otherwise they may take advantage of you when you rent from them,” says Khaloud “Kelly” Heso, a property manager in Orange Grove Townhouse and Apartments in a small town outside of San Diego, California.  “I once worked with a company that taught us not to share renter rights with the tenants.  I could not work for a company that operated in that way, so I left and came to Orange Grove.” 

Chaldeans should know what their rights are when renting and you don't have to be expert in landlord-tenant law to protect yourself. Chaldeans are reminded to review their rights when renting or leasing and to always read the agreement before signing the dotted line.

Laws that protect both landlord and tenant have become so complex that understanding your rights can be difficult. Since landlord-tenant law varies by state, the key is knowing your rights -- preferably before you even sign your rental agreement. Understanding your state law and the terms of your lease are your best guarantees against future problems.

15 common renters' rights all Chaldeans should know:

Although Chaldean renters' rights vary by region, many are similar and predictable. Here's a sample of rights likely to be addressed in your state's landlord-tenant law:

1. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to deny housing to a tenant on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, disability, family status, or national origin.

2. Residential rental units should be habitable and in compliance with housing and health codes—meaning they should be structurally safe, sanitary, weatherproofed, and include adequate water, electricity, and heat.

3. Many states limit the amount landlords can charge for security deposits. For Chaldeans in California the amount is 2 months' rent (unfurnished); 3 months' rent (furnished). Add extra one-half month's rent for waterbed.  In Michigan and Arizona the amount is one and one-half months' rent. In Nevada is 3 months and Illinois there is no statutory limit. 

4. A landlord should make necessary repairs and perform maintenance tasks in a timely fashion, or include a provision in the lease stating that tenants can order repairs and deduct the cost from rent.

5. A landlord must give prior notice (typically 24 hours) before entering your premises and can normally only do so to make repairs or in case of an emergency.

6. Illegal requirements in a rental agreement (section counter to state law) are usually not enforceable in court.

7. If a landlord has violated important terms related to health, safety, or necessary repairs, you might have a legal right to break your lease.

8. If you have to break a long-term lease, in most states landlords are required to search for a new tenant as soon as possible rather than charging the tenant for the full duration of the lease.

9. Damage or security deposits are not deductible for "normal wear and tear." Some states require that a landlord give an itemized report of any deductions.

10. Most states require landlords to return refundable portions of a security deposit within 14 to 30 days after the tenant has vacated the premises, even in the case of eviction.

11. Landlords usually can't legally seize a tenant's property for nonpayment of rent or any other reason, except in the case of abandonment as defined by law.

12. Landlords are legally prohibited from evicting tenants as retaliation for action a tenant takes related to a perceived landlord violation.

13. A landlord cannot legally change the locks, shut off (or cause to have shut off) your utilities, or evict you without notice; eviction requires a court order.

14. If a landlord makes life so miserable for you that it forces you to move, it may be considered "constructive eviction," which is usually grounds for legal action.

15. In many states, it's illegal for a lease to stipulate that the tenant is responsible for the landlord's attorney fees in case of a court dispute.

Chaldeans should protect themselves.  Before you move in, tour the premises with your landlord, and note and photograph any existing damage. When you move out, if your landlord withholds part of your damage deposit, ask for an itemized list of charges and the reason for the charges. If there's a discrepancy between this list and the one you made before moving in, let the landlord know immediately. Keep copies of all correspondence with your landlord, as well as dated records of phone and in-person conversations.