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The Curator: Glocalization, Mobile Websites, Give Thanks, Holiday Tips, Startup Cash

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.

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Entrepreneurs Should Rollout Local, But Plan Global

New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one. This approach, popularly known as “glocalization,” means you have to design and deliver global solutions that have total relevance to every local market in which you operate.

 

Small business websites might as well go 100% mobile in 2014

Mobile devices are approaching half the traffic coming to restaurant websites — a sign that small businesses need to get smart about mobile website design. According to Goro Harumi, the founder of LetsEat, a website builder for restaurants, the average percentage of traffic to restaurant sites has risen from 3 percent fours years ago to 43 percent today. On weekends, the number approaches 50%.

 

Entrepreneurs, give thanks for lessons learned

This is my favorite time of the year. It’s that time when I break out the music, decorate the house and pull out all of the DVDs to usher in the holidays. Thanksgiving and the preparations around getting ready for that big day of feasting is how it all begins. It opens the season of giving thanks for the good things in life.

 

Why entrepreneurs need to be a little delusional

Ask any of the founders behind Harvard Business School’s most successful startup — from clothing swap service thredUP to website optimizer CloudFlare — and they’ll all point to a single key to getting a business off the ground: Tom Eisenmann, Harvard’s veteran entrepreneurship professor, whose legendary Launching Technology Ventures course has helped legions of budding entrepreneurs find their focus and bring their ideas to fruition.

 

6 Tips for Entrepreneurs During the Holidays

If you’re an entrepreneur or self-employed, chances are you struggle with taking any real time off. Sure, your lifestyle may allow you to “work from anywhere,” but you’re not recharging the batteries when you’re chained to your smartphone or iPad, even while sitting at the beach. It’s never easy for a business owner to take time off.

 

Here’s Where Your Startup’s Cash Went

Much is made of routines and what they might mean for success. Vogue editor Anna Wintour plays an hour of tennis at 6am before work. And Churchill famously read newspapers in bed through late morning, at which point he’d bathe, take a walk, and have a whiskey and soda. But when it comes to startups, routines are notoriously difficult to install. This is mostly on account of the panicky impulsiveness that governs small teams under stress.

 

Why entrepreneurs make the worst investors

Many entrepreneurs often neglect their finances, and some of the greatest portfolio losses that I have seen (sometimes in excess of 50%) have been in portfolios of previous business owners. So why is it that the business brains of Britain, who make successful business decisions for their companies, don’t do the same when it comes to personal wealth?

 

6 ways startups can improve sales lead generation (without selling their soul)

How can startups get better lead generation results – find more of the right companies that are interested in buying what you sell – while also do better at “authentic” sales tactics? Here are some tips to help startup entrepreneurs get better lead generation and sales results.

 

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