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The Curator: Facebook’s Stealth Launch, Internet of Things, Revenue Streams, SEC Snubs #Smallbiz

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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Facebook (Sort Of) Launches Facebook at Work

At long last, Facebook will offer a few users a sneak peek of its workplace tool Facebook at Work… The long-rumored Facebook at Work looks and operates a lot like regular Facebook — there’s a News Feed, messaging and groups — but your network is limited to your colleagues instead of your friends and family. (Re/code)

 

10 Lessons Learned From Working With 85-Plus Startups

After working with more than 85 startups, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes for a startup to thrive. I’ve worked with notable brands like Thought Catalog, NY Tech Meetup, Clubs.com, DateMySchool, Udemy, Skift and Wanderfly, which was acquired by TripAdvisor. Here are 10 of the most important lessons I’ve gleaned in the process. (Forbes)

 

SEC to Small Business: We’re Just Not That Into You

If you haven’t read ”He’s Just Not That Into You”, it can be summed up in a sentence: If he isn’t calling you, asking you out, sleeping with you, or otherwise treating you like he really cares, he’s just not that into you. This of course means you should move on. This pretty much summarizes the stance the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seems to have taken with Small Business. (VentureBeat)

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Internet of Things

Smart locks, smart thermostats, smart cars — you’ve probably heard some of these terms lately, and you’re going to hear them even more as the year goes on. But what are these things exactly — and what makes them so smart? These devices are all part of an emerging category called the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. At its very basic level, IoT refers to the connection … (Re/code)

 

3 Simple Reasons Why Most Entrepreneurs Have Multiple Revenue Stream

Entrepreneurs have multiple revenue streams because they realize that having all their eggs in one basket, is not always such a great idea. Entrepreneurs think that putting all of their investment money into one stock, just doesn’t make sense. Successful entrepreneurs have multiple revenue streams because they understand that by diversifying their business portfolio, they’ll have a better chance of receiving higher returns. (Pulse)

 

Questions Every Mentor Should Ask Entrepreneurs (If They Don’t, Ask Yourself)

In a mentorship relationships, questions are usually more important than answers. After all, how can you help prepare someone if you don’t know exactly what they want to accomplish? That said, not all mentors are created equal… (ReadWrite)

 

90% Of Startups Fail: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 10%

As an entrepreneur, I know about failure. I’ve made mistakes, pretty stupid ones. At the same time, though, I’ve been fortunate enough to succeed a few times, too. Along the way, I’ve been able to understand some of the lesser-known reasons that some startups fail, and more importantly why a few succeed. (Forbes)

 

5 Tips for Buying Retail Inventory, for Ecommerce

Smart wholesale buying can lead to ecommerce success and good profits. But the act of buying products to sell on an ecommerce site can be more of a challenge than one might at first imagine. With the possible exception of certain kinds of digital or downloadable products, most business-to-consumer ecommerce retailers buy products — apparel, knickknacks, or whatever — and sell those same products. (Practical Ecommerce)

 

Resolutions and Risks: Why America Is Losing Young Entrepreneurs

If you’ve already written your resolutions for 2015, here’s one item that’s probably not on your list: Take New Risks. I’m not talking about new risks like sky diving, or sampling cannabis. I’m referring to risks that test your ability to fulfill your deepest ambitions, including starting a new business or becoming an entrepreneur. (Forbes)

 

14 Things Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Each Other

About three months ago, a member of the Onevest Linkedin group created an intriguing entry. The Startup & Investor Network was presented with an invitation to share the best advice they got from their fellow startup founders in one or two words. 338 comments later, it might seem that “capital, team and commitment” are among the overriding points on the list; however, there were additional contributions that were worth surfacing. (Pulse)

 

Do Startups Matter?

You’re familiar with “lean startups,” no? Travel in certain circles, read certain publications, or simply use a smartphone, and these agile little companies will confront you at every turn, talking to their customers, pivoting, iterating, bringing minimum viable products to market, selling out to Facebook for $22 billion — all that fun stuff. (BloombergView)

 

Five Marketing Truths That So Many Coaches (And Small Business Owners) Fail To Understand

As a career coach and consultant with a global practice and numerous online programs, I hear from hundreds of coaches a year who are struggling, flying through all their money, and feeling desperate for a silver bullet that will help them make money in the field they used to love (but now dread). (Forbes)

 

State Of The Union 2015: Obama Cites Small-Business Owner, Recovering Veteran As Proof Of American Momentum

President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to give Americans an idea about who his guests will be when he delivers the 2015 State of the Union address in front of Congress Tuesday night. With pundits expecting Obama to focus on immigration, education and the economic resurgence, the president used Saturday’s remarks to highlight stories that prove the U.S. has rebounded from a rough recession. (International Business Times)

 

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