The Value Elevator Speech for your Innovation | innovationexcellence.com


The Value Elevator Speech for your Innovationby Stephan Liozu

Are you able to clearly articulate the value proposition for your innovation, your business model, or your startup? Can you recite in one quick minute this value proposition and two to three value drivers that illustrate its power and monetized differential value? If you are a business leaders in the trenches, a multi-tasking entrepreneur or a busy innovator, chances are that you have not gone through the exercise and are not ready for it.

I was recently participating in a top management conversation at a fairly large high tech start up and I asked leaders around the room if they were able to articulate the business model value proposition and their critical value drivers. The question took them by surprise and generated some interesting internal discussions. I was invited to speak with them about their potential pricing problems but we quickly realized that the problem resided in the business model fundamentals and the overall value proposition. The conversation uncovered internal disagreements, some frustration among the various executives, and a real need to take a step back and reflect.

Case closed! How can one have a creative and constructive discussion on pricing models without have a clear idea of what your innovative business model is all about and what types of differentiating features you bring to your customers? This is fundamental exercise that every marketing manager, business manager, innovator,  and entrepreneur should go through to create a crisp value story that will create excitement and interest for customer, investors and partners.

There are three critical elements to work as shown in the figure below.

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Mark Cuban: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know Before Starting a Business


 

Mark Cuban is known for being outspoken and no-nonsense when it comes to business. This week, the billionaire tech entrepreneur, investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks participated in a question and answer session on popular social news site reddit where he discussed all things business, basketball and, of course, Shark Tank.

When starting a business, Cuban said every entrepreneur needs to know that it’s not so much about having a killer idea as it is about being completely prepared to take a product or service to market. “Everyone has ideas, most don’t do the work required to get the job done,” he wrote.

Another thing aspiring business owners need to keep in mind: Sales are the most important aspect of a small business, Cuban wrote. “No sales, no company.”

 

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How to Be an Entrepreneur at Your Day Job
by Cristi Young | image credit: ShutterstockHow to Be an Entrepreneur at Your Day Job

As an entrepreneur, two things are probably true at some point in your career trajectory.

First, thinking like an entrepreneur is nearly impossible to turn off. If you’re driven to be a self-starter and creator, odds are that you’re constantly thinking and planning. Secondly, there will come a time — barring any unforeseen angel investors or trust funds — that you’ll need to take a job before fully branching out on your own.

Although startup costs vary, launching your own vision does come as some price, which means many budding entrepreneurs find themselves working a day job — planning for their dreams while feeling chained to a desk.

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Stressed Out? Relax With These 5 Free Apps
by Cynthia Boris |image credit: Shutterstock

While technology is supposed to make our lives easier, it has also left many of us feeling more stressed. We have emails rolling in at all times, phone calls in the car and, thanks to Wi-Fi, we can conduct business almost anytime from anywhere. The workday never seems to end — and that’s not healthy.Stressed Out Relax With These 5 Free Apps

It may be impossible to unplug your life, so try these five, free apps for your iPhone, iPad or Android phone to help relieve stress:

1. Breathe2Relax: This simple app guides you through a series of deep, controlled breathing exercises that can relieve stress and leave you feeling more energized. Breathe2Relax uses a combination of visual and audio cues to slow your breathing rhythm while soft music plays in the background. The app allows you to adjust the inhale and exhale length, as well as the number of cycles.

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Time & Follow Through on Your Goals


Manage time and follow through

Work Awesome | Pooja Lohana

Several years ago, I moved to Silicon Valley to pursue a healthcare-related postgraduate degree. The first six months or so of school was the most rigorous academic experience I’ve ever had. Forty plus hours in the classroom per week plus study time crammed into short quarters was much more than I could handle.

After things started lightening up a bit, I began expanding my horizons in the local area. I started meeting people who were young like me, but working at some of the local famous tech companies. It seemed like everyone was incredibly busy at work but were always making time to meet with other people to talk about startup companies.

I soon started attending some of these meetings because my background was related to the tech industry. It wasn’t long after that when I decided I too wanted to try a startup.

I didn’t know where to begin so I started making a list of the most important things a startup needed. I started asking questions around venture-capital, fundraising, software development, and all the other things which can go into a new company. All of these things were great, but without a rock solid idea I didn’t think I’d have a chance of succeeding.

I partnered with a local entrepreneur who had experience building and selling companies. He also had experience in the healthcare space so we decided to do a healthcare startup. On top of all my personal responsibilities at school I spent long hours trying to manage my time and develop our idea into a fundable business.

It’s been a few years since we set everything in motion but now after countless hours of hard work we’re finally seeing the company take off.

It’s definitely been an interesting journey through the wilderness to get to where we are. We’ve had to set milestones and goals and work diligently to achieve them. Business plans don’t write themselves. Strategic partners aren’t formed on their own. Software coding doesn’t happen out of thin air. These must all be accomplished by making a target and aiming for it. If I had to sum it up in two things, I’d say I only succeeded in starting up my business because I learned to manage time and follow through my goals.

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Startup Websites for Design Inspiration | vandelaydesign.com


 

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Whenever I’m looking for design inspiration, i always end up on startup websites. They are, in my opinion, the best of the best in terms of what you can see online. And this, for one simple reason. The performance of a startup, online, directly correlates to how well designed their website is. This is why startup websites act as a great guide for me in my design process.

I think there is no better inspiration.

Below are 50 of the best startup site designs that i have seen out there, for your inspiration.

If you have any more, then let me know in the comments!

Enjoy.

StatusBoard

StatusBoard

This startup makes it easier to have an overview of your projects with a beautiful and easy interface.

Fundable

Fundable

Fundable is a crowdfunding startup based on rewards and equity.

A Small Orange

A Small Orange

A Small Orange provides web hosting to users in an innovatively small local business type of way.

TripLingo

TripLingo

With its hugely innovative app, TripLingo makes it super easy to learn a local language when you’re abroad.

Woothemes

Woothemes

Woothemes provides custom wordpress themes for all types of web publishers. Including both ecommerce stores and blogs.

Referly

Referly

Referly is a pinterest like site, where users earn more for referring items.

NotAnotherBill

NotAnotherBill

Not another bill is a unique startup out of the UK that sends interesting mails to users around the country. The mails include interesting gifts, such as a unique sundial or a vintage compass. Leer más “Startup Websites for Design Inspiration | vandelaydesign.com”

Create your own definition of innovation | game-changer.net


by Jorge Barba
innovation clarity

As part of my auditing process, one of the key questions I ask is: what was the most recent innovation in your industry?

Depending on how this question is answered, it will tell me a few things:

  • How this company both defines and perceives innovation
  • If they are focused on innovation
  • If they are keeping tabs on their respective industry

That question is followed up with a similar but less obvious question: who is the most loved in your industry and why?. This one tells me if they even care about delighting their customers. But it can also tell me if they associate customer loyalty with innovation. Leer más “Create your own definition of innovation | game-changer.net”

Secret: Your Age Doesn’t Matter


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Hey, baby face. Think you’re being judged? You’re not. In fact, you may be at an advantage when starting a business.

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If you have the sort of cute-but-less-than-authoritative face that causes random aunts to reach out and pinch your cheeks, is your career as an entrepreneur bound to suffer? After all, who would support the business ventures of someone who looks like he could still be mowing lawns for pocket change to go to the prom?

But baby-faced business owners and entrepreneurs who are genuinely young and look their age should take heart: Not everyone thinks your youthful looks are simply a disadvantage. For instance, a new study led by a professor of marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business finds that when hiring managers are given a choice between proven ability and apparent potential, they often opt for the excitement of the untested but promising candidate. Leer más “Secret: Your Age Doesn’t Matter”

Why Entrepreneurial Thinking Is For Everyone Now

“We need a new playbook,” says entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha. “The world has changed. The world of work has changed. Many of the assumptions that have guided how we think about careers in America are no longer true.”
The Start-Up of You, written by Casnocha and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, is that playbook. It argues that we can no longer expect to find a job, instead we mustmake our jobs. As Hoffman says, we have to “find a way to add value in a way no one else can. For entrepreneurs, it’s differentiate or die — that now goes for all of us.”*

Relevant for recent grads to mid-career professionals in the midst of a transition,Start-Up provides pragmatic, actionable advice, finishing each chapter with tasks to complete in the next day, in the next week, and in the next month.

I chatted with Casnocha — a longtime favorite blogger of mine — after reading Start-Up to explore the book’s themes in more depth and investigate his collaborative process with Reid.


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“We need a new playbook,” says entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha. “The world has changed. The world of work has changed. Many of the assumptions that have guided how we think about careers in America are no longer true.”

The Start-Up of You, written by Casnocha and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, is that playbook. It argues that we can no longer expect to find a job, instead we mustmake our jobs. As Hoffman says, we have to “find a way to add value in a way no one else can. For entrepreneurs, it’s differentiate or die — that now goes for all of us.”*

Relevant for recent grads to mid-career professionals in the midst of a transition,Start-Up provides pragmatic, actionable advice, finishing each chapter with tasks to complete in the next day, in the next week, and in the next month.

I chatted with Casnocha — a longtime favorite blogger of mine — after reading Start-Up to explore the book’s themes in more depth and investigate his collaborative process with Reid.
What role does passion play in a good career plan — if any?
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The Risk-Averse Entrepreneur’s Guide to Startup Success

1. Know how you’ll fund it. There are many costs to starting a business, even if it’s an online one. Do you have money saved up, or access to a credit line you could tap? Will you work a side job? Get relatives to help you? Have a strategy for how you will pay for business expenses.

2. Be realistic about ramp time. Even with a simple business idea, expect it will be at least six months to a year before the business starts throwing off enough cash to support you. Know how you will cover your living expenses until then.

3. Keep overhead low. See how you could start getting sales before paying rent on a big retail store. Try a kiosk, direct sales, e-commerce or even renting space within an existing store.


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Thinking about starting a small business? Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to launch your business in a low-risk way.Get the latest blog articles on…

So you’ve got an idea for a small business. Congratulations! Now, it’s time to figure out how to make it one that survives and even thrives.

Many would-be entrepreneurs are held back by fears of failure due to the risks of starting a business. But there are ways to lessen those risks — by taking a sane, step-by-step approach to getting ready to launch.

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How to Be a Successful Entrepreneur with the Right Mindset

Throughout my career I have met many different entrepreneurs starting out who have great ideas and visions for their company. They have all the right ingredients that make a successful entrepreneur: They know who their target market is, their problems and the solutions they seek, they know how to reach them and they have a sure-win marketing strategy to get them going.
However, some of these entrepreneurs don’t have the right mindset when starting out and this has a direct affect on their success. So how do you ensure you have a mindset geared for success?

It is said that 80% of the reasons holding us back from being successful are inside us and only 20% are on the outside – wow. . . I find this so interesting. How often do we take time to reflect on what is going on inside our minds and how this is affecting our outside world?
10 Habits of a Successful Entrepreneur…


 

Kirstin ODonovan | http://workawesome.com
Successful Entrepreneur

Throughout my career I have met many different entrepreneurs starting out who have great ideas and visions for their company. They have all the right ingredients that make a successful entrepreneur: They know who their target market is, their problems and the solutions they seek, they know how to reach them and they have a sure-win marketing strategy to get them going.

However, some of these entrepreneurs don’t have the right mindset when starting out and this has a direct affect on their success.  So how do you ensure you have a mindset geared for success?

It is said that 80% of the reasons holding us back from being successful are inside us and only 20% are on the outside – wow. . . I find this so interesting. How often do we take time to reflect on what is going on inside our minds and how this is affecting our outside world?

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Motivational Clips For Entrepreneurs: “At The End Of Pain Is Success” | ***POST DESTACADO***

Welcome to our weekly series “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we post a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs. Why? Because we know how tough it is being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching a venture, trying to execute your business model or raising funds, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward. I hope these videos are a little juice. Cheers, Scott


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by Scott Edward Walker

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because we know how tough it is being an entrepreneur; and whether you’re launching a venture, trying to execute your business model or raising funds, you need a little juice to help you push the ball forward.  I hope these videos are a little juice.  Cheers, Scott

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10 Most-Followed Users on Pinterest

Zoomsphere has released a list of the 10 most-followed users on Pinterest. The most popular user? Co-founder Ben Silbermann’s mom, Jane Wang.

Although Pinterest has not been able to confirm that the account is in fact run by Silbermann’s mother, we do know that is his mother’s name. A look at her Facebook profile, which is linked to her Pinterest profile, further indicates Wang’s identity: She is friends with several other members of the Silbermann family, including Ben, and is a fan of just about everything Pinterest on Facebook. Interestingly, the profile had made its way onto anumber of “top users to follow on Pinterest” lists, all apparently unaware of Wang’s biological tie to the founder.
SEE ALSO: How Pinterest Is Changing Website Design Forever

Beyond Wang and Pinterest’s two co-founders, the rest of the top 10 are a little more diverse. Five identify themselves as designers of various stripes, one is a style blogger and one is a marketer. We were impressed with the number of followers these users were able to attract, particularly because 1) many users prefer to follow individual boards, rather than users; and 2) Pinterest offers few user discovery options compared to other social media services. Users usually have to do a fair bit of clicking through to locate and then follow the original source of a pin, and the service doesn’t yet offer up recommendations on whom to follow.

Zoomsphere CEO Jakub Mach says the data was compiled with the aid of web crawlers, since Pinterest has not yet made an API publicly available.

See above for a preview of the top 10 accounts. We also encourage you to check out some of our favorite Pinterest users.


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2,389,154 Followers
118 Boards
13,921 PinsJane Wang is the single most-followed user on Pinterest — an impressive feat, even if her son is a co-founder of Pinterest. Wang maintains 118 boards across a broad array of subjects. Among the more quirky: “Small things that work very well” and an entire board for “Octopus.” (or octopi).


987,031 Followers
42 Boards
5,468 PinsChristine Martinez shares her Pinterest with her dog, Miles. Martinez’s boards are bright, graphic and feminine. We especially like her boards Wearable Wants S.S. and “Interiors I Dream Of.”


883,644 Followers
70 Boards
3,768 PinsIt’s no surprise Ben Silbermann made the top 10 list as he’s one of the co-founders of Pinterest. Silbermann’s boards focus on Pinterest’s more popular categories — such as home decor, DIY and gifts — catering to a more masculine and minimalist aesthetic.


877,759 Followers
50 Boards
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Success Plan 2012 – Committing to & Achieving the Dream – Protect Your Job and Boost Your Employability

We all have dreams and make resolutions for a more fulfilling life. Yet we fail achieving the dream with a solid plan of attack. Dream too long and you’ll look back on a life’s path scattered with the tombstones of lost opportunities. Try something new, and 2012 can be the year you change the trajectory of your entire life; all you have to do is wake up and smell the coffee, and then start walking towards it.

Job security is a thing of the past, but you can regain control of your life by replacing blind loyalty to faithless employers with a commitment to your own long-term economic survival. Make this the year you commit to understanding and applying the new career managementstrategies that will put security and fulfillment back in your life. It’s just a question of making time in an already hectic life.

Steal Time for Achieving the Dream

The average American gets home from work, watches five hours of TV (25% of it commercials), and goes to bed, not always in that order. Give up just one thirty-minute TV sitcom four nights a week and I’ll show you how to revolutionize your life. Steal just two hours a week and invest it in learning how to make your life better.

It starts with understanding that no one cares about your survival except you, and doing something about this situation: Learn what it takes to get back to work; protect the job you have; get a better job, get a promotion; plan and execute job or career changes. Simultaneously you can begin to think about your entrepreneurial dreams. These are the issues of modern career management that you ignore at your peril.

A Successful Career Is Not a Sprint; It’s a Marathon

When you think about achieving lifetime plans, think in terms of calendars not clocks. Most people sacrifice a life of fulfillment to the whims of instant gratification because a life of fulfillment requires hard work. It’s time to start living up to your dreams, not your income.

Whatever your goals, the sooner you start towards them the better. Begin with evaluating where you are now and where you want to be ten years down the road. “I want to be president of the company” and “I want to be president of my own company,” aren’t mutually exclusive: This is not an either/or world anymore. You can pursue multiple career goals and multiple career paths: climbing the corporate ladder, building a successful business, making your living in the arts. There are proven paths to make multiple career goals come true. Others do it every year, so why not you?

Given your goals, all you need is a plan of attack that steadily takes you from where you stand today to where you want to stand tomorrow. Just what will you have to do to get from here to there? You then break those big steps down into smaller and smaller steps, until there is some small action you can take today, and every day, that will bring you one step closer to realizing the goals that give your life meaning. You can build plans and the stepping stones for the achievement in your corporate career and in your entrepreneurial and dream careers.

For Your Core Corporate Career

Become the best you can be, to secure the job you have today and to land the job you want tomorrow. Simultaneously, commit to learning the employment skills you need to survive: How to write a resume, how to turn a job interview into a job offer, and the handful of other critical job search and career management skills that you must master to survive.


by Martin Yate | http://workawesome.com

We all have dreams and make resolutions for a more fulfilling life. Yet we fail achieving the dream with a solid plan of attack. Dream too long and you’ll look back on a life’s path scattered with the tombstones of lost opportunities. Try something new, and 2012 can be the year you change the trajectory of your entire life; all you have to do is wake up and smell the coffee, and then start walking towards it.

Job security is a thing of the past, but you can regain control of your life by replacing blind loyalty to faithless employers with a commitment to your own long-term economic survival. Make this the year you commit to understanding and applying the new career managementstrategies that will put security and fulfillment back in your life. It’s just a question of making time in an already hectic life.

Steal Time for Achieving the Dream

The average American gets home from work, watches five hours of TV (25% of it commercials), and goes to bed, not always in that order. Give up just one thirty-minute TV sitcom four nights a week and I’ll show you how to revolutionize your life. Steal just two hours a week and invest it in learning how to make your life better.

It starts with understanding that no one cares about your survival except you, and doing something about this situation: Learn what it takes to get back to work; protect the job you have; get a better job, get a promotion; plan and execute job or career changes. Simultaneously you can begin to think about your entrepreneurial dreams. These are the issues of modern career management that you ignore at your peril.

A Successful Career Is Not a Sprint; It’s a Marathon

When you think about achieving lifetime plans, think in terms of calendars not clocks. Most people sacrifice a life of fulfillment to the whims of instant gratification because a life of fulfillment requires hard work. It’s time to start living up to your dreams, not your income.

Whatever your goals, the sooner you start towards them the better. Begin with evaluating where you are now and where you want to be ten years down the road. “I want to be president of the company” and “I want to be president of my own company,” aren’t mutually exclusive: This is not an either/or world anymore. You can pursue multiple career goals and multiple career paths: climbing the corporate ladder, building a successful business, making your living in the arts. There are proven paths to make multiple career goals come true. Others do it every year, so why not you?

Given your goals, all you need is a plan of attack that steadily takes you from where you stand today to where you want to stand tomorrow. Just what will you have to do to get from here to there? You then break those big steps down into smaller and smaller steps, until there is some small action you can take today, and every day, that will bring you one step closer to realizing the goals that give your life meaning. You can build plans and the stepping stones for the achievement in your corporate career and in your entrepreneurial and dream careers.

For Your Core Corporate Career

Become the best you can be, to secure the job you have today and to land the job you want tomorrow. Simultaneously, commit to learning the employment skills you need to survive: How to write a resume, how to turn a job interview into a job offer, and the handful of other critical job search and career management skills that you must master to survive.

For Your Entrepreneurial Career… Leer más “Success Plan 2012 – Committing to & Achieving the Dream – Protect Your Job and Boost Your Employability”

Elevator Pitches Don’t Work ***RECOMENDADO***


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Brand Consultant Jeremy Waite explaining why elevator pitches don’t work anymore. Great advice for entrepreneurs and anyone who’s about to start their own business.

Magnetic Small Biz Brand: Raising CEO Kids

Name: Sarah L. Cook
Business Name: Raising CEO Kids
Niche: Parenting and entrepreneurship
Target Market: Parents of children who are or potentially want to be in business or parents who want their children to understand business, finance and life skills
Website: http://www.RaisingCEOKids.com

1. What are the three words that best decsribe your business brand?

Young, Bold, Creative

2. What is your business’ strongest feature? What makes you stand out?

The strongest feature in our business is consistent delivery of excellent content in the area of parenting young entrepreneurs and raising financially smart confident kids. Every day except for Sunday there is at least one new article on our site. In less than 14 months we have put together nearly 500 articles, two teleconferences, several online courses and monthly tweet chats.


Name: Sarah L. Cook
Business Name: Raising CEO Kids
Niche: Parenting and entrepreneurship
Target Market: Parents of children who are or potentially want to be in business or parents who want their children to understand business, finance and life skills
Website: www.RaisingCEOKids.com

1. What are the three words that best decsribe your business brand?

Young, Bold, Creative

2. What is your business’ strongest feature? What makes you stand out?

The strongest feature in our business is consistent delivery of excellent content in the area of parenting young entrepreneurs and raising financially smart confident kids.  Every day except for Sunday there is at least one new article on our site.  In less than 14 months we have put together nearly 500 articles, two teleconferences, several online courses and monthly tweet chats. Leer más “Magnetic Small Biz Brand: Raising CEO Kids”