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The Curator: Invest in Startups, Get Productive, IP Mistakes, Growth Hacks

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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4 Things You Need to Know Before You Invest in Startups

Investing in startups is a risky business. Here are 4 things investors, like yourself, need to know about startup investing. (Crowdsourcing.org)

 

Seven must-have tools for entrepreneurs in 2015

We asked our top columnists to recommend a favourite book or app to our Report on Small Business readers. The following list includes everything from project management software to inspirational books written by the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. (The Globe and Mail)

 

Many Entrepreneurs Are Too Busy, But Not Productive

If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. We all know people who are extraordinarily busy, but never seem to accomplish anything. For survival, entrepreneurs need to be all about accomplishing results that matter for themselves, their team, and their customers. That’s productivity. (Forbes)

 

Top 10 Small Business Resolutions For 2015

What do you want to achieve in 2015 for your small business? The beginning of January is the time for New Year’s resolutions, so here are 10 simple resolutions for small business owners and entrepreneurs. (Stuff)

 

Will 2015 Be The Year That Small Biz Rebounds?

Small business had an even more difficult recession than did the rest of the economy. The overall level of payroll employment (including government) fell 6.3 percent from the peak before the recession to the trough, while payrolls for small business (one to 19 employees) fell more, by 7.0 percent. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

 

Endangered Species: Young U.S. Entrepreneurs

The share of people under age 30 who own private businesses has reached a 24-year-low, according to new data, underscoring financial challenges and a low tolerance for risk among young Americans. (The Wall Street Journal‎)

 

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Stay Motivated Every Day

Entrepreneurs need motivation by the bucketful, but some days it’s easier to stir up than others. It’s fantastic to have big, long-term goals, but don’t underestimate the power of little, daily ones. These easier to attain goals keep you going even with a nightmare client, a nearing deadline, or when lose all your data in a computer crashes. (Forbes)

 

This Is What Top VCs And Entrepreneurs Read In 2014 And Recommend

We reached out to top VCs and entrepreneurs to find out what they’ve read this year and what they recommend for our readers. There is never a better time to make space for some reading than this holiday season. We had recommendations ranging from books related to startups and growth to history and philosophy to classics. (Yourstory.com)

 

Why We Need To Break The Student-Debt Stranglehold On Young Entrepreneurs

Student debt could be derailing future Mark Zuckerbergs from growing their businesses, based on recent research from the U.S. Small Business Adminstration’s Office of Advocacy. (Forbes)

 

10 Rules All Entrepreneurs Must Follow to Divorce-Proof Their Business Financially

America can be now be considered “the land of divorce.” In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, 40-50% of married couples in the United States divorce. The trouble is, when couples tie their business with their spouses, this can end in divorce. Being an entrepreneur does not bode well to this statistical fact. (Tech Cocktail)

 

What Investors Look For When Buying Into A Startup

So, what’s the kind of funding your startup needs; is this the right time to venture for capital; do you have the right business model; the right people? Read on to find out what investors look for when buying into a startup. (The Economic Times)

 

15 Successful Entrepreneurs Share the Best Advice They Ever Got

Building a successful business from the ground up isn’t easy, and no one does it alone. For the entrepreneurs who make it, the difference between giving up and persisting through the toughest times can be getting advice from people who have done it before–and being smart enough to listen. (LinkedIn)

 

The 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startups Must Avoid To Protect ROI

Early and growth-stage companies are justifiably focused on developing the next big idea, getting that idea to market and ensuring the company has enough financial runway to make it all happen. Missteps in protecting the startup’s intellectual property, however, can be devastating when it comes time to translate the company’s growth efforts into future investment. (Inside Counsel)

 

The Big Idea 2015: Inclusive Capitalism = A More Prosperous Capitalism

Capitalism is the greatest economic model in history. That said, sometimes it breaks, as we’ve seen. But one of its strengths is that it also can shift and change; and we may be on the verge of one such change, a change that will lead to a more prosperous capitalism. (LinkedIn)

 

10 Must-Try Startup Growth Hacks for 2015

It’s almost strange to think back to a time when “growth hacking” wasn’t a ubiquitous part of the startup lexicon. The term has firmly taken root and spread like a weed. In the process, it’s been heavily appropriated, applied to anything and everything — from truly groundbreaking new marketing techniques to old, time-tested best practices and simple trial and error. (OpenView Labs)

 

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