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20 useful gifts that no one would buy for themselves

Perhaps the most underrated gift category? Gifts your recipient didn't know they needed.<p>As <i>The Atlantic</i> cited in 2014, many gifts fall flat because …

Shopping

If Gary Vaynerchuk Were Starting Over Again, This is the 1 Thing He Would Spend His Marketing Dollars On

Wondering which social media strategy is right for your business? Gary Vaynerchuk says the decision should be simple.<p>In his keynote at AdExchanger's Industry Preview, Gary Vaynerchuk (marketing mogul and entrepreneur), had this to say:<p>"If you're a practitioner, if you really had to sell to survive, …

Social Media

101 Fun and Interesting Questions To Perk Up Boring Gatherings

A few years ago, our family had a holiday season jam-packed with car travel and a series of festive dinners at nice restaurants. As the mom of four teenagers at that time, I saw the writing on the wall: our idyllic holiday break could easily devolve into everyone staring at their own electronic …

'Don't Write Business Plans': Advice For Startups From One Of Silicon Valley's Top Seed Investors

“Don’t write business plans,” warns venture capitalist and angel investor, Dave McClure, of 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, McClure and many of his colleagues has a pedigree from Facebook and PayPal. His firm employs a “cast a wide net” approach, with a particular focus on emerging …

Startups

How to take over the app store in 48 Hours

<i>Gilad Bechar is the co-founder & CEO of Moburst, a global mobile marketing agency helping first tier startups and brands grow their mobile business.</i><p>It’s obvious enough that a newly launched app can’t really take off on its own – vast marketing efforts are vital to accomplishing any kind of exposure …

Build A Better Business: Seven Guidelines For Choosing, Launching And Growing Your Online Startup

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>It has been almost two years since I started working on my startup pricena.com, a price comparison site in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt …

Small Business

Former Google architect launches location-tracking API for mobile apps

Today Sam Liang, former lead architect for Google’s locations platform, is launching an API to give mobile app developers a way to more precisely track a users location. The release is the next step towards creating next-generation search — ambient search.<p>Last year Liang’s company, Alohar Mobile, …

Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led by General Catalyst

You would think that combining a health and fitness app with social networking features had kinda been done for a while. Strava has a sort of network where I can follow my friends’ runs. And other apps have similar features. But it would seem there’s a qualitative difference to some fitness …

What Startups Can Learn From LearnVest’s $250 Million Acquisition

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joe Polverari is chief strategy and development officer of Yodlee.</i><p>When LearnVest, one of the hottest startups in fintech, announced its acquisition by Northwestern Mutual, the $250 million deal raised some eyebrows. While this partnership may seem unlikely at first, it actually makes …

Small Biz Ahead

Allie Johnson<p>If you're a hands-on small business owner, it's crucial to plan for a day when a crisis — a sudden illness, family emergency, or travel …

Universal Avenue Gives Businesses On-Demand Access To A Direct Sales Team

B2B startups often rely on word-of-mouth and online advertising to get the word out about their products. Over time, they often add a marketing and sales department, but they typically don’t have the resources to build a full-blown salesforce for their products that can pitch business owners …

Salesforce

How FullContact helps make Gmail contacts less lame

<i>Editor’s note: Brad Feld’s firm, Foundry Group, is an investor in FullContact.</i><p>I live in Gmail. Gmail Contacts has been lame for a long time. Within an email, it’s even lamer on the right side bar, especially since it could be so amazingly useful.<p>FullContact has just released its FullContact for …

Clean CRM Data Starts With A Great Mobile Experience

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Andy Byrne is founder and CEO of Clari, a mobile-first sales productivity platform. Prior to Clari, Andy was part of the founding teams at Clearwell Systems and Timestock, Inc.</i><p>There is no doubt that Salesforce is one of the most widely used customer relationship management systems. …

7 Big Ways Mobile CRM Has Changed The Face Of Sales

CRM allows businesses to keep organized customer data that can be accessed throughout the company in an effort to better serve their clientele. But as technology becomes more and more mobile, businesses are discovering that perhaps the best way to maintain a positive relationship with customers is …

Ondigo Launches In Battlefield With A Magic Automated Mobile CRM Tool

From starting one of the first clubs in Tel Aviv to hanging out in front of a Home Depot in Palo Alto, Calif. in 2013 handing out doughnuts for surveys and running from the cops, it’s been a long road for the founders of mobile CRM tool ONDiGo, which has been in stealth beta and is launching at …

Marc Andreessen teaches startups what disruption is really about (in 17 tweets)

You’ve probably heard about “disruptive innovation,” a concept from Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen. But prominent Silicon Valley Marc Andreessen wants to be sure that you actually understand disruption — because the term does get thrown around a lot.<p>In his latest onslaught of …

Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding news, in one place

Here’s a list of today’s tech funding stories, updated as the day unfolds. Tip us here if you have a deal to share.<p>With $53M, flash storage startup Kaminario will keep challenging incumbents<p>Kaminario, a startup that sells all-flash storage hardware for companies’ data centers, can now put more …

Amobee promises to help marketers ID people regardless of what device they’re using

You know all those connected devices we’re using — smartphones, laptops, tablets?<p>We’re driving marketers crazy.<p>Our visits to sites and our use of applications from different devices hugely complicate their ability to identify and target us across devices, especially if we’re not logged in.<p>In an …

Crowd investing: Could you be backing the next Google?

<b>Investing often used to seem like a closed shop - the preserve of a wealthy, privileged elite keeping business opportunities all to itself.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessUltra HD gives firms clearer pictureTranslation tech talking businessUkraine's green tech start-ups bloomRecycling …

How Hyper-Targeting Got my Startup in Gear for Growth

<i>This article is part of a series written by speakers featuring at TNW USA Conference on December 10 in New York.</i><p><i>Alexandra Chong is CEO & Founder of Lulu, a private network for women to share their experiences and make smarter decisions, starting with relationships.</i><p>I often get asked whether Lulu …

Pinterest-LinkedIn investor Jeremy Levine makes his next unsexy bet: Gift cards

Gift card marketplace Raise.com confirmed Tuesday that it raised (heh) $18.1 million from Bessemer Venture Partners. As part of the deal, BVP …

50 Recipe Projects to Tackle This Weekend

Epic moussaka, layers of lasagna, tamales, soup dumplings, and more recipes that are worth the work.<p>Are you counting down to the weekend and/or a nice long break from work? You're probably planning on going to a museum, cleaning your house, or catching up on your favorite TV shows. But why not …

Cooking

Compass Raises $3 Million For Business Intelligence Toolkit, Launches New Product

Businesses looking for ways to provide insights based on data around benchmarks and industry analysis are a big draw in venture capital these days. From our fellow AOL brand CrunchBase, to data and analytics companies like Compass, these types of services offer multi-million dollar opportunities …

Humin lands on iOS to make your phone app more human

As much as our smartphones have evolved to become smarter, sometimes even more than us, the “phone” part of our devices have changed very little …

Apps

Why Humin Could Replace Your iPhone's Phone App

We took an early look at Humin, an impressive contacts app for the iPhone, back in January this year. Finally, it’s launching onto the App Store in the US today and it’s even better than when we first tried it.<p>Humin works best when it’s placed in your dock in place of the default Phone app. It …