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Space-Scalable in the New Frontier

By on July 21, 2014 in Starting a Business
Space-Scalable in the New Frontier

If you’re a lover of all things space like I am, you might be interested in the upcoming Lightning Pitch 2014 sponsored by the NewSpace Business Plan Competition and the Space Frontier Foundation. This year they’re doing something between a fast pitch and a traditional business plan competition. It all takes place at the Space […]

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CYNK – A $6B Valuation and Nothing to Offer

By on July 14, 2014 in Business Smarts
CYNK – A $6B Valuation and Nothing to Offer

If you have been following the antics of CYNK Technology, you will be happy to learn that the SEC has finally suspended trading on the OTC penny stock that seemed to be manipulating the market with a social networking site, IntroBiz. The site was a barely functioning shell built on what looks like WordPress, with […]

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Facebook: When Is It OK to Manipulate People’s Behavior?

By on July 8, 2014 in Business Smarts
Facebook: When Is It OK to Manipulate People’s Behavior?

One of the big stories this past week was the discovery that Facebook’s Data Science team had conducted a psychological study of 700,000 users without their knowledge. It seems that users’ news feeds were manipulated to show either more positive or more negative posts in an effort to find out if these changes could influence […]

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Six Critical Moments When You Need to Pause

By on July 3, 2014 in Business Smarts
Six Critical Moments When You Need to Pause

Who can forget October 2010, when Netflix founder Reid Hastings was stunned by a third-quarter financial report indicating that the company had lost 800,000 subscribers and its stock had dropped by more than 30 percent. Customers were posting angry diatribes against Hastings who, without preamble, had decided to split Netflix into two services: DVD movie […]

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9 Leadership Rules for Entrepreneurs

By on June 27, 2014 in Business Smarts
9 Leadership Rules for Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs have more than enough to do: capital to secure, products to develop, websites to design, marketing campaigns to roll out. It’s no wonder that management often gets put on the back burner — something to be handled when there’s nothing else to do. And, of course, there’s always something to do when you’re […]

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Can You Trust Your Team? Test Them on the SFMTA

By on June 23, 2014 in Business Smarts
Can You Trust Your Team? Test Them on the SFMTA

This past weekend I was in San Francisco where public transportation really works, because it has to. Driving in the city is a nightmare. Little did I know that public transportation would teach me a very important lesson about trust that we often forget when we choose people to work with us. My husband and […]

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