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The Curator: Mark Cuban Rules, Christmas Retail Rebound, Top Mobile Apps, Sony Cyberattack Lessons

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

Weekly Buzz: Sit back, relax, and enjoy our curated reads. 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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Mark Cuban’s 12 rules for startups

Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My “rules” below aren’t just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work for them, as well. (Fortune)

 

Online Retailers Rebound After Last Year’s Christmas Delivery Debacle

Last year, online retailers played Scrooge. This year, they were feeling a little bit more like Santa. A year after winter storms and over-capacity delivery services led to a rash of orders that didn’t arrive in time for Christmas, online retailers got back on track this season, according to a study from the startup StellaService, which measures a variety of customer service attributes of online retailers. (re/code)

 

6 Best Practices to Optimize Your Twitter Ad Campaigns

Twitter advertising can be a great way to generate leads, and thanks to Twitter’s lead generation cards it’s now easier and more effective than ever. (OpenView Lab)

 

New York’s Startup State of Mind

New York City heading into 2015 is not only a welcoming community for aspiring entrepreneurs, but a hub of the tech industry growing out of the shadow of San Francisco’s Silicon Valley. Going to the West Coast used to be the goal for techies the way actors dream of Hollywood. (U.S. News)

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Top 20 Mobile Productivity Apps of 2014

Here are my favorite new mobile productivity apps of 2014. There are content creation and discovery tools, scheduling and networking apps, secure communication utilities, a smart keyboard, and even an app to make you smarter. Several of these are new standalone apps from large establish Internet players. All of these apps are free. (Practical Ecommerce)

 

5 Ways Washington Is Actually Helping Small Businesses

If you’re a small business owner you’ve got plenty of reasons to complain about leaders in Washington: high taxes, enormous deficits and debt, regulations, healthcare rules, gridlock…you know about this. But here’s something you probably didn’t know: The U.S. federal government is actually making your life as a business owner easier and more profitable. (Inc.)

 

Small Business Advice: What Your Company Can Learn From The Sony Cyberattack

Many small business owners mistakenly believe that they are too small to be a target of cyber crime. However, what happened at Sony can happen to your company. In fact, small businesses are often at greater risk for cyber crime, simply because hackers know they don’t have robust network security to protect themselves.(Washington Post)

 

6 Small Business Trends To Watch Out For In 2015

Small businesses are driving the U.S. job recovery, according to a recent blog post by Maria Contreras-Sweet, the administrator of the Small Business Administration. In her post she points out that about 7 million of the 10.9 million jobs added since the Great Recession were created by startups and small enterprises. (Forbes)

 

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10 New Year Tips for Your Small Business

To ensure success in the new year, most small businesses don’t realize that the process begins long before January 1. Instead, a lot of work goes into setting your business up for a running start when the clock strikes 12. Don’t wait; start now with this list of 10 New Year Tips For Your Small Business. (Huffington Post)

 

Keyboard Waffle Iron Sells Like Hotcakes, Surpasses Kickstarter Goal

Chris Dimino set a bold goal for his keyboard waffle iron project. The Kickstarter effort needed to raise more than $50,000 by Christmas Eve in order to go into production. With just a couple days left, the waffle iron was still more than $5,000 short of the target.(re/code)

 

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