The Curator: #Smallbiz Interns, Patent Trolls, Mentors, #Startup Attorney, Company Blogs, Internet Marketing, Angels

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.


Small Business Interns Less Likely 
to Stay With Company

“Compared with corporate interns, small business interns were more likely to change their minds about continuing work with the small business company after completing the internship, according to recent study results published in the Journal of Business Venturing.”

Small Business Under Attack by Patent Trolls?

“Congress and attorneys are taking on ‘so called’ patent trolls. Companies that buy up patents in bulk and threaten to sue other companies for infringement. They’re costing tech startups, especially, big bucks.”

How to Find A Small Business Mentor

“Do you want someone in your life that can kick your ass when you need it, and tell you how they found success? Someone that knows you should be playing a bigger game, and can help you get there? (Who doesn’t?) That is why I’m going to challenge you this month. You need a mentor.”

5 Reasons to Hire a Small Business Attorney

“As an entrepreneur, you probably take pride in doing things on your own. So why would you ever want to hire a small business attorney? Business owners know that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished. With so many tasks demanding your attention, chances are you’re not only bound to overlook some important considerations …”

Top 3 Reasons Your Small Business Should Blog

“Already have social media covered, but curious how you can generate more interest for your small business online? Think about starting a blog. Writing a blog can do a world of good for many businesses.”

Live Planning: The Key to Launching Sustainable Startups

“If you believe popular consensus, the answer to solving economic problems lies in Silicon Valley. According to a Kauffman Foundation study, startups are responsible for most of this country’s net growth. Yet, another study from the Harvard Business School found that three out of four startups will still fail. Startups need to grow sustainably to have any significant economic impact.”

Startup building blocks: Clients and charging

“Products from startups can sometimes be compared to circus animals. They attract a huge crowd and perform some cool acts on stage. They provide a lot of excitement and entertainment in the process, but if left to fend for themselves ‘in the wild’, would quickly die.”

Website Launch Checklist: 25 Things to Test Before Your Site Goes Live

“Launching a website is a little like making homemade soup. You’ve got many ingredients coming together, and before you’re done adding them, you sample it to see that you got it just right. But this step – the testing – is often ignored before a site goes live.”

Internet Marketing tips for small business owners

“Small business owners have a lot to gain from Internet Marketing. The Internet can help a business grow and Internet Marketing will help you take full advantage of all the opportunities created in the online world.”

Angel to (potential) Angel: Investing in Startups

“I am often asked by friends and colleagues – ‘Tell me about Angel investing – how does it work, what are the risks, and how do you pick the next Facebook?’. As we embark on the 4th Seattle Angel Conference in September, I thought I would share my answers more broadly here.”


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