Venture Capital and Angel Resources

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Raising funds for your start up or growth stage business is hard.  Here are some resources that could make it easier. Tools to Shop Your Deal and Submit to Funders Gust.com (formerly Angel Soft) is often used to submit your deal so funders can more easily compare your company, share it with their partners, and Continue Reading

Phil Everly’s Death Likely to Spread His Music to a New Generation

Nora Jones and Billy Joe Armstrong recreate Everly Brothers' sound impeccably.

In mid-December, a song on the radio took my breath away, causing me to pull out Shazam to find out what it is and who is singing it.  It sounded remarkably like the Everly Brothers’ style, but was a male/female duet – fresh, clean, spectacular.  Turns out it was Billy Joe Armstrong and Nora Jones Continue Reading

Americans don’t trust Facebook & Google, but use them anyway

Children trust automatically.  For adults, it should be earned.

  There’s an old adage about doing business only with people you trust.  And frankly, whenever I have dealings with somebody who doesn’t earn my trust consistently, it turns out not-so-good.  You know — when you are not quite sure you trust the other person, but give them the benefit of the doubt.  It’s that Continue Reading

2013 Christmas Gift Ideas

Not just a pretty bow on your pretty girl.  They're headphones in disguise.  Jersey Shore fashion statements.

Still looking for a gift that stands out from the crowd? Here are a few ideas that will likely be appreciated by your recipient: A Klingg (not a Klingon) Perhaps you want to buy something thoughtful for somebody who is active – you know, a runner who loves to go out with their iPod and Continue Reading

Computer Buying – Holiday style

Buying a Computer - 2013 holiday style

      As tablets continue their upward trend, many people are switching away from their traditional computers – but in many cases a traditional computer, whether laptop or desktop, is still the right choice.  Here are some things you ought to consider this year. Form Factor While tablets are really light and travel well, Continue Reading

The Best Feature of Apple’s iOS 7 iPhone Upgrade

My favorite screen in Apple's iOS 7 - ugly, but beautiful

  Apple has done a good job of providing “new phones” with some operating system upgrades. iOS 7 is a very different experience than anything that came before – and it’s available all the way back to iPhone 4.  (See my column in TEQ for upgrade tips and how the upgrade differs based on which Continue Reading

What a difference a Century Makes

Red Sox celebrations in 1903 and 2013

Thrival Festival a Success; Bobby Z “Gets” Customer Support

Thrival Logo

This weekend’s Thrival Festival, conducted by Thrill Mill was excellent.  The investor pitches that happened at Google’s Pittsburgh Office in Bakery Square were among the most polished pitches I’ve seen.  Then the evening’s music festival across the street was hopping. Early in the evening, I mentioned to Bobby Zappala (co-founder of Thrill Mill and organizer of Continue Reading

Modcloth – Model of Tomorrow (and Yesterday)

ModClothFactory-ForBlog

  I had the chance last week to visit the Modcloth fulfillment center – and boy was I shocked. (“Impressed” would work too – and be an equal descriptor). I’ve heard for a few years about how the company was growing on the strength of retro styled clothing (hence the yesterday) – and that they Continue Reading

Blackberry Camera Has Feature Whose Time Shift Has Arrived

Blackberry Z10 TimeShift

Group photo time!  Get everybody together – ready? Smile…>>click<< “Ah Dad! You got me with my eyes closed!” Sound familiar?  If so, you’ll be interested in a cool feature in the Blackberry Z10 called “Time Shift”.  With time shift, you can take a photo of a group; then adjust the photo so you catch everybody Continue Reading