Archive for January, 2009

Advertising Dollars to Networking Dollars


By Cutter Mitchell ( guest post for 4entrepreneur.net )
With a slumping economy it goes without saying, even if it has been said, less money is being spent. For businesses this means less is being invested into advertising. This does not mean the budgets are entirely gone, companies are just being smarter with what funds they [...]

4entrepreneur featured article on The Printed Blog


The Printed Blog, a newspaper based out of Chicago and San Francisco included the 4entrepreneur featured article 9 Must Haves for Innovation on its inaugural edition. Check out a pdf version of the newspaper that went out this morning.
The Printed Blog is an independent media outlet that aggregates user-generated content from the Internet [...]

Too small to fail?


Excerpt from Columbia Business School Ideas At Work Blog
Innovative, upstart ventures have a crucial role to play in economic recovery, says Michael A. M. Keehner, who suggests it may be time to give entrepreneurs a stimulus package of their own.

Lately, the notion of getting a bailout has become embedded in American [...]

Energy: Use Less –Save More


Book by Jon Clift, Amanda Cuthbert

100 energy saving tips for everything in your home or business.
Did you know . . .

Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical home
Energy-efficient light bulbs last about 12 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and consume about 1/5 of the energy
If we all [...]

Tulane University Business Plan Competition


About Tulane Business Competition:
The Tulane Business Plan Competition is a $40,000 live-presentation competition held annually on Tulane’s uptown campus in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event, which is in its 9th year, is OPEN TO ALL students, both undergraduate and graduate, currently enrolled at an accredited university or college.
Participants must choose to submit their [...]

some pics from Go Green Expo


a sunny afternoon in downtown LA

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Go Green Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center


Business-to-Business Expo
Friday, January 23rd • 10am – 5pm
Open to Public
Saturday, January 24th • 10am – 6pm
Sunday, January 25th • 10am – 5pm
The Los Angeles Convention Center – South Hall J
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

6 upcoming MBA related events in Los Angeles


6 upcoming MBA related events:

2009 MBA Poker ChampionshipDate: Jan 16-18 2009Location: Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV
Hundreds of 1st and 2nd year MBA students and alumni from business schools around the country will participate in this tournament weekend.
- Play Texas Hold'Em- Network at Special Events hosted by Top Companies- Win Awards and [...]

Things every journalist should know


John Thompson for journalism.co.uk has written a handy guide of top 10 things that every journalist should know in 2009. Even though rules and best practices of online journalism are being defined as we speak, this list lays out a list of good pointers that everybody should be aware of.

Kids Write To President Obama: “No School On Fridays. Stop Global Warming.”


As part of election coverage at The Park School in Brookline, MA, fifth graders completed an online survey hosted by author Susan Goodman. In their survey answers, the kids expressed concern about taxes, jobs, immigration, and health care. More than anything else, these kids want the Obama Administration to help the environment.
According [...]

Text of Obama’s speech – ‘There is work to be done’


President Barack Obama's inaugural address, as prepared for delivery:
My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation [...]

Yet Another Proof that Social Media Works


After a long three months of job searching using every available tool, looks like I have landed myself a position as a Content Manager at a Forex startup. At the risk of giving myself a huge jinx before I even start the job, I wanted to share with you my experience over the [...]

Is Twitter A Market Manipulator’s Dream?


by Darren Rowse
Jonathan Fields from CareerRenegade.com and JonathanFields.com (follow him at @jonathanfields) asks whether Twitter is a Market Manipulator’s Dream?
On The Drill Down on Friday, Andy, Mu, Reg and Lid had a great discussion about the speed with which the twitterspere can bring news to the world, often breaking stories before even the [...]

Best Small Businesses to Start


By Matthew Bandyk
America's economic future is uncertain. Unemployment is up sharply. Credit is tight. People are worried about their savings. So is it a great time to start a business? "Are you crazy?" might be the quick answer.

But it's not necessarily the right answer. Starting a business has always been a bold, risky move. [...]

Hudson Crash on YouTube


How To Send Email Text Messages To Any Cell Phone (for Free) from your computer


Why am I blogging about SMS on a healthcare blog?   Many don’t realize they can send a text message from your computer to a cell phone, and it can be very helpful at times.  When you are on your computer, why stop and and pick up the cell phone to send a quick text message?  [...]

Web 2.0 is so over. Welcome to Web 3.0


By Jessi Hempel



(Fortune Magazine) — Financially speaking, Web 2.0 has been a total bust.

Social-networking companies such as MySpace and Facebook have loyal fan bases, but they're not exactly minting money. MySpace's projected $600 million revenue in 2008 falls far short of parent News Corp.'s (NWS, Fortune 500) billion-dollar sales target for the site. Messaging [...]

Circuit City Liquidation: 567 US Stores Closing


Bankrupt Circuit City Stores Inc., unable to work out a sale of the company, said Friday it will go out of business _ closing its 567 U.S. stores and cutting 30,000 jobs.
The nation's second-biggest consumer electronics retailer is the latest casualty of an unprecedented pullback in consumer spending that has driven other brands such as [...]

Q&A: How to Survive a Plane Crash


By Gilbert Cruz


A former executive producer at ABC's Good Morning America and a senior broadcast producer at NBC Nightly News, Ben Sherwood has written a new book, The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life, that discusses, among other things, what you can do to survive a plane crash. Sherwood [...]

Plane lands on the Hudson & Twitter documents it all


By IAN LAMONT, The Industry Standard, IDG
Published: January 15, 2009

Wednesday night, I took the red-eye back to Boston, and wondered during the safety demonstration: Would the passengers on board a commercial passenger jet really have much of a chance of surviving an emergency landing on the water?
Now I know the answer, thanks to Twitter: [...]

Web Design Trends For 2009


We Web designers are a fickle lot. We love to experiment with things. We love to observe how people interact with our work. And we love to try out unusual design approaches that might possibly go mainstream and become a classic approach. As result, new design approaches come up, and as [...]

U.S. Airways Crash Rescue Picture: Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work


Dan Frommer

Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone. Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness (see video below). News coverage at Google. Live video at Fox News. TV reports suggest that everyone survived [...]

“Slumdog Millionaire” Leads British Academy Awards Nominations With 11


LONDON — Underdog-turned-favorite "Slumdog Millionaire" picked up 11 nominations Thursday for the British Academy film awards, Britain's version of the Oscars.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages backward, also was nominated in 11 categories, including best film, best actor and best director for David Fincher.

"Slumdog Millionaire," a [...]

Miracle off 47th Street


Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

US Airways website had the plane's status, as of 4:05, as "departed":

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Who will replace Steve Jobs?


By Priya Ganapati

For millions of Apple fans, Steve Jobs is irreplaceable. But if there's one man Jobs himself trusts to stand in his shoes, it is his second in command, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook.
With Jobs on medical leave until June, Cook will be leading the team at Apple. And it [...]

Online Burger Promotion Pulled After Going Too Viral


By David Kravets

It seems as though a Carl's Jr. online promotion for a free $2.75 "Famous Star" hamburger coupon went a little too viral.
The Carpenteria-based chain promptly stopped honoring the coupons for their franchise burger after what seemed like a harmless online promotion was supersized by the net.
During a promotion at a [...]

Obama’s new BlackBerry: The NSA’s secure PDA?


Posted by Declan McCullagh 

President-elect Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry while riding on his campaign bus in Pennsylvania last March.
(Credit: Pete Souza/ Rapport Press )
Bill Clinton sent only two e-mail messages as president and has yet to pick up the habit. George W. Bush ceased using e-mail in January 2001 but has said he's looking [...]

The Art of Execution


- Guy Kawasaki
When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: “Whose?”—Don Marquis

In the movie The Candidate, the Robert Redford character mouths “Now what?” after he gets elected. Most entrepreneurs ask the same question after they get funded. The answer is, “Now you have to deliver.” And the next [...]

Rent-a-friend in Japan


In Japan, now back in recession, the economic situation has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent months. But the Japanese still like to use their money to have fun, as Duncan Bartlett has been finding out.

Japan's cat cafes lay on luxury accommodation for their felines

In pictures

Lola – [...]

NYU Reynolds 2009 Graduate Fellowship and Undergraduate Scholarship


The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship is designed to attract, encourage and train a new generation of leaders in public service. Each year, the program will expose a highly selective group of graduate and undergraduate students from throughout New York University to the cross-disciplinary skills, experiences and networking opportunities needed to advance [...]

Steve Rosenbaum on social video


Steve Rosenbaum, CEO of the video search and discovery network Magnify.net, shares details of the new social media tools and services the startup began rolling out this week.
The new features will allow users across any of Magnify.net's 33,000 partner sites to chat, share and discover videos based on their [...]

Segway inventor reveals ‘toughest question’


By Thom Patterson
(CNN) — Segway scooter inventor Dean Kamen freely admits it: He often suffers sleepless nights wrestling over whether to quit a project that's not panning out.

Knowing when to quit a fruitless project is difficult, says the father of the Segway, Dean Kamen, left.

"You end [...]

10 Ways Twitter Will Change Blog Design in 2009


by Rachel Cunliffe 

Rachel Cunliffe runs blog design company cre8d design and is co-founder of TV community network Throng.
In 2008, Twitter really started to hit the mainstream and bloggers began adding widgets to their sidebars to display their latest tweets.
In 2009, Twitter will become much [...]

Monetize Your YouTube Videos With Product Placement and Tadcast


by Adam Ostrow

Product placements – common in TV and film – have had a limited run in online video, the most notable example perhaps being Neutrogena’s placement of an “employee” in the LonelyGirl15 series.
Tadcast, a startup from a couple of Harvard Business School students, wants to create an [...]

entrepreneurs: what is your biggest challenge in this down economy?


50 Beautiful Examples Of Tilt-Shift Photography


Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model. Below we present 50 beautiful examples of tilt-shift photography. All examples are linked to their sources. We strongly encourage you to explore other works of the photographers we’ve [...]

The Difference Between Building a Business and Building a Brand


Don’t Confuse the Latter With Celebrity Index
by Al Ries
Published: January 05, 2009
Are you building a business? Or are you building a brand? Silly questions, you might be thinking. Naturally, you are trying to do both.
But that might be a mistake.
What’s good for the business is not necessarily good for the brand. And vice versa.
What’s a [...]

Five Must-Read Books For The Chastened CEO In 2009


David A. Shaywitz,
They'll help you avoid the seduction of easy answers and appreciate why a little well-placed skepticism can go a long way.
The economic downturn has brought even the most arrogant CEOs to their knees, and it has created a potentially valuable teaching moment for those would-be masters of the universe. To help them begin [...]

The Nine Inch Nails Theory of Entrepreneurship


Photo from Front Row Center
Mashable has a great post today about how Nine Inch Nails continues to be on the cutting edge in the way it treats its fans in the new digital area. For those of you unfamiliar with the industrial rockers, Nine Inch Nails is one of the groups that in the last [...]

Venture capitalist says U.S. losing green race


Zachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Doerr, whose early investments helped launch Google and Amazon, delivered a stark warning to Congress on Wednesday that the United States is on the verge of being left behind in the green tech revolution.

Doerr, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is betting billions [...]