July 19, 2017

Book review: ‘Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups’

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Title: “Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000″
Author: Jason Calacanis
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Release date: July 18, 2017 on Amazon (hardcover & Kindle), in bookstores and at angelthebook

JD LasicaWith Silicon Valley at the center of tech culture – and much of pop culture these days – you might be tempted to get in on the startup action. Not founding a startup but investing in one … or a dozen … or, as Jason Calacanis advises in his new book “Angel,” investing $1.5 million in 50 startups over a three-year span.

Now that’s a bold and provocative set of marching orders. Which is what we have come to expect from Calacanis, the Brooklyn-bred journalist turned entrepreneur turned podcast impresario—and one of the top five angel investors in the world. Continue reading

June 14, 2017

8 creative ways to use customer feedback to improve your business

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How to evaluate & act on the information you gather

Target audience: Businesses, brands, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, Web publishers, email specialists

Post by Megan Totka
ChamberofCommerce.com

MeganTotkaCustomer feedback is the most valuable information your business can collect. It tells you what your customers like and don’t like, who your best customers are, and where you are failing. It’s also a great predictor of future success.

The real value of customer feedback lies in what you do with the information. Here’s how you can evaluate and act on the info you gather.

Fix product issues

1A pattern of product issue dissatisfaction may indicate a problem with your product or simply a problem with your advertising. If you’re over-promising what your product can do, your customers will be disappointed. Before you build a reputation of dishonest dealings, you can fix it by improving your product to meet expectations or by making your messaging align more closely with your product capabilities. Make sure you run your product past a group of beta testers at each stage of release. Continue reading

May 11, 2017

Context is king: Overcoming the language barrier

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While the use of Natural Language Processing technology is invaluable, social media giants may still have some fine-tuning to do

Ayelet NoffAs Bill Gates famously said, “context is king.” This saying is now more relevant than ever before since we live in such a global world that is predominantly connected through social media. We can now connect with people in some of the world’s most remote locations in real time, and understand the languages they speak by tapping the power of social media.

These days, even the concept of six degrees of separation has changed — as we now live in a world with only four degrees of separation, a direct result of social media’s growing presence in every part of the world.

However, is language still a barrier we must overcome? Are we living in a world that is only semi-globalized because we cannot truly connect with someone who speaks another language? The answer is no. Continue reading