I recently linked with Bill Schmarzo, the CTO of Dell EMC, on LinkedIn, since I wanted to learn more about how the volume, variety, and velocity of data can be well managed. Of course, in corporations, it starts with what Bill calls the four M's, "Make me more money."
Bill knows that a great data strategy involved knowing what your goals are, not just looking through the data to see what you can find. I asked him these questions to help IT professionals plan for 2018.
I recently met Philip Lima, the Founder of Mashey, at a 12 Mavens Mastermind group for Founders a few weeks ago. He shared with me that his business is a 2 year old data analytics consultancy. That means that they help larger companies get their data organized, pull valuable insights, and build automation around that to improve the team's performance. I got really jazzed about that because...
Tell us about your background: I'm a serial entrepreneur with a deep love for community building based on the givefirst ethos. I have a deep appreciation for entrepreneurs and the journey we all experience. I am passionate about mental health in the entrepreneurial realm as I believe that the happiest healthiest entrepreneurs are the most focused, productive and ultimately the most profitable. I am the founder of a boutique placement firm called Technical Integrity. We have been leading an ethical revolution in recruiting, bolstered by our givefirst approach to bringing people together in the startup realm, with no expectation of anything in return. We love what we do. It has been a winning approach.
Imagine, for a moment, a saloon in the Wild West. It's a bunch of regulars, and a few out-of-towners, and things are all right. Then someone walks in through the bat wing doors.
Someone in a broad, flat-crowned hat, with silver spurs. The room goes quiet, and the whispers start.
He might be just a man, but people have heard tell of him. They know those low-slung guns, and that scar along his right hand. Before he even opens his mouth, everyone in the room is thinking about shaking his hand.
Just kidding, that's just what I have dreams about, but you get the idea.
Have you ever tried the "sharing economy"? I've always been the first out of my group of friends to try stuff and take risks. In my opinion, it presents entrepreneurs some of the best passive income and part-time/flexible incomes while launching their startup.
I've been an Airbnb host (I rented out extra rooms in my house to other entrepreneurs for cash), I have an unused garage space in an investment property on my friends app Stow, and most recently, I made the decision to list my car on Turo, where you can rent your car to people for cash... First trip went just fine. Second one, my car was totalled...
Today, I'm at NamesCon 2017 (Domain Name Industry conference), and learning a ton about domain names and marketing. There's a session I really wish you could be here attending"Why Content Marketing Matters for Growing Your Business" Sound familiar? Here are my takeaways for you. Having blogged weekly for over two years, I'm not a stranger to trying to balance writing content that is optimized for search engines while also trying to make an 'human' post that is designed for you, the reader.
What is Startup Grind? Startup Grind is a global community of over 400,000 entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, and is active across 200 cities in 98 countries around the world. Startup’s values are to Give First, Make Friends and Help Others. Their entrepreneurial membership benefits by learning from the best, sharing what works, and acting as a mastermind community, par excellence.
Not only can side hustles make you extra income, but they can also be fun.
A lot of the time they require startup costs or transportation you don't have, so here's some you can focus on.
It is very difficult to have a lawn mowing business if you do not even have enough disposable income to buy a lawn mower, after all. But luckily there are ways to make money on the side without putting money in up front. Here are some ways to do it.
Yep, I had just graduated with my MBA and almost $100,000 of student loans. I was an entrepreneur and didn't want to settle for any of the job offers I was getting. Plus, I had made some money with my first 'startup' in the auto industry while in undergrad. I told myself, "I got this!"
Kickstarter was just becoming 'a thing' and I was browsing for cool ideas that I could help support. I found one called Devium, and it seemed like it was on it's way to hit it's funding goal of $40,000!
Content Marketing and Social media marketing can be two of the best ways to drive customers to your business if done properly. To start with, let's look at the definition of content marketing:
"Content Marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action".
With so much emphasis on social media marketing, it’s easy to overlook a time-tested, true tactic that still remains relevant in 2016: email marketing.
It's an essential component to your overall inbound marketing plan. As you build your lead list, it’s your email strategy that will move your subscribers to becoming customers and loyal advocates of your brand
Today, I'm mentoring at Boulder Startup Weekend. I do this because startup weekends are one of the best spots to launch your startup, or make the jump of quitting your 9to5.
I figured writing about this would accomplish two goals:
One, I could ask each team for their 'elevator pitch,' which is the quick overview of what their idea or startup is. Startups often times get so deep and into the work, they fail to be able to describe it in two sentences. No one understands it and your startup is not going anywhere until others can quickly grasp it.
Two, I could share with YOU, the reader who is entrepreneurial, but hasn't made the jump yet, why you should attend a Startup Weekend.
Last January, I attended the Domain Name conference NamesCon 2016 and learned a ton about domain name investing. If you haven't heard of this, it's actually really important for new entrepreneurs. You have own your domainname.com, since that is basically the equivalent to owning the land that you build your house on.
Additionally, if you can purchase your competitions land, you're going to have the upper hand (no I don't recommend investing in trademarked domains). Or if your competition owns your domain, you'll learn how to get it back (if possible) and not overpay.