The Curator: UK vs. US Startups, #Smallbiz CRM, Coworking, Corporate Ecosystem, Business Plans, Make Change Happen

Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.

Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.

Survey Finds UK Startups Upbeat On Growth And Revenues, Downbeat On Fundraising

“Startups in the UK are upbeat about the future and usually more profitable (comparatively) than their US counterparts (which tend to focus on growth over revenues). But they find raising Series A money difficult, with 90% of entrepreneurs saying the UK fundraising environment is “challenging” …” (TechCrunch)

Why Your Small Business Needs CRM

“A CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is probably one of the most valuable systems that any small business can implement. It is as important as the people that are hired and will have a more significant effect long term than any one employee.” (Forbes)

Five Reasons Startups Should Consider Coworking Spaces

“Co-working schemes are on the rise, which is great news for startups looking for their first office space. They are a fantastic alternative to leasing your own office, which brings with it long term contracts that can be impractically inflexible for a small business.” (TechVibes)

What Startups Need to Understand About The Booming Corporate Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

“Every year, large corporations spend billions of dollars on supporting, investing in, marketing to, and donating to small businesses, startups, and the organizations that support them. These numbers are rising dramatically as interest in the entrepreneurship ecosystem rises. Startups who understand this new landscape stand to save money via discounted products and services, receive money via loans, investments, licensing, procurement, and acquisition, build brand & customer base via partnerships, and access startup support.” (Forbes)

Real Entrepreneurs Don’t Write Business Plans

“Steve Blank pities those poor professors stuck teaching tired business plan courses. ‘I’d be embarrassed if I was on a faculty teaching ‘How to Write a Business Plan for New Ventures,’ says the serial entrepreneur turned business school professor. Blank is at the forefront of a growing movement of B-school professors teaching the next generation of Mark Zuckerbergs. Entrepreneurship, he argues, is about getting out into the world and doing—not simply researching and writing.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)

10 Questions Startups Use to Make Change Happen

“Change is hard. I see entrepreneurs every day who are trying to change the world with a new idea, and startups that are trying to survive their hyper-growth phase by changing processes to meet demand. In both cases, it’s easy for them to become frustrated and give up, since most have never been trained in change management, and don’t even know what questions to ask.” (Forbes)

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