Alvin Ooi

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Meeting culture needs to die

<i>In our meeting today, we are going to focus on our top ten priorities.</i><p><i>I am not exactly sure why we are scheduled to meet, but let’s just go ahead and meet anyway.</i><p><i>Sorry I am late; my first meeting ran long; can you catch me up on what we were discussing?</i><p>I hear these statements all day long. (And I …

Which app store optimization tool can you actually trust?

App developers are familiar with the importance of App Store Optimization – the holy grail of organic traffic. After all, most downloads stem from basic App store search, and making sure your app is among the first options presented to users is the best way to drive traffic more organic than …

Apps

16 Entrepreneurs Share 16 Tools They Cannot Live Without

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the thralls of startup battle, efficient teams figure out how to maximize their precious resources. Bootstrapping time, money and personnel effectively can be the difference between the teams that survive to battle another day, and the …

This Is How You Turn Your Blog Posts Into Killer Sales Tools | Inc.com

You've heard it on this site and pretty much everywhere else--content is vital to success in today's marketplace. So you spend a lot of your time writing blog posts and creating videos, or you pay someone else to do it. And you wonder, is it worth the investment? What are the chances that your …

Marketing

The Simple Customer-Service Mistake That Cost $800

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I travel quite a bit and as a result, have racked up customer “status” in a variety of customer loyalty programs, including those related to airlines and hotels.<p>I had a disconcerting experience at one of the hotel chains where I had …

How I setup an online course worth $100k

Although I have 17+ years being a freelancer, I wanted to know what made other freelancers tick. What they struggled with, what they wished they could do better, what their perfect career would look like if they had it. I spent a few weeks talking to freelancers on the phone and surveying them via …

11 Strategies to Change How You Email

Managing email can be a chore. It can steal time from more important tasks and even dull your brain. A University of London study found that those who constantly check their e-mail could see an IQ drop of 10 points, a steeper drop than from smoking pot. Not only that, some estimate businesses can …

Why writing is like flossing

<b>3. Slowly increase the habit to a realistic level</b><p>Let’s say your goal is to write for five minutes every day after eating your lunch. For the first week you just do your five minutes each day. At the end of that week you’ve written for 25 minutes. You now need to increase the time, perhaps adding …

Behavior

SEO in 2015 - new methods in optimizing content

Every business or product has something unique about it. Even if you are competing in a crowded space, if your business has enjoyed any kind of success it’s because you’ve offered something that no one else has. Whether it’s a focus on cost-savings, or a quirky sense of humor, or an emphasis on …

Marketing

One Man Shares Startup Advice to Himself 5 Years Ago

For those who have been in the startup game for a few years, what would you give to be able to go back and share some startup advice with yourself …

The 33 Directories Every Start-Up Should Be Registered On

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth at Twoodo building the future of teamwork. He’s also a Growth Evangelist at Growth Tribe. Follow him on Twitter or G+. This post first appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>If you subscribe to the notion, “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, …

Startups

Rocket Internet Fashion Group GFG Raises $35M, Poaches Amazon Exec To Lead It

Rocket Internet — the Berlin-based startup incubator that went public in October 2014 — is today adding more muscle to the Global Fashion Group, a cluster of five of its emerging market fashion sites that consolidated into one bigger operation last September. The GFG has raised €32 million ($35 …

Do Things That Don’t Scale – Infographic

This essay by Paul Graham shows how you need to think in startups – literally. Nothing happens in a startup until you do something. <i></i> Create an …

Startups

Making a Tough Decision? Ask These Five Questions First. | Inc.com

Leading is mostly about making decisions. Sometimes you have the wind to your back and those decisions are easy, but in most cases the wind pushes against you, making decisions anything but easy.<p>The same applies in our personal lives. Decisions are tough, rarely clear-cut, and often made with less …

Leadership

4 Ways To Improve Customer Experience Using Data

<i>Sara Vera is a data scientist at</i> <i>Insightly</i><i>, a CRM and project management tool.</i><p>In marketing, data is power. Surveys of marketers across industries suggest that brands of all shapes and sizes have hopped on the big data bandwagon. The Direct Marketing Association found that 84 percent of respondents …

YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

Gradberry is launching today out of Y Combinator to connect US companies with vetted technical talent. Candidates quickly build a talent profile, connecting their GitHub, online portfolios and projects, and LinkedIn account. The talent profile is then vetted by the Gradberry team and approved …

The Secret Behind Making Your Day Job Work for Your Startup | Inc.com

Most aspiring entrepreneurs face a dilemma. They want to start a new business but they don't want to give up their jobs--and the security of their paychecks--until they absolutely have to. On the other hand, launching a successful company is consuming enough without combining it with full-time …

Intellectual Property

Legal Tech Startup Casetext Raises $7 Million Series A Round Led By Union Square Ventures

Casetext, a Y Combinator-backed legal tech startup that is both a community site for attorneys to share knowledge and a service that gives users free access to legal texts annotated by attorneys, today announced that it has raised a $7 million Series A round led by Union Square Ventures. Other …

The 10 Commandments of Leadership | Inc.com

A group of archaeologists digging through ancient corporate archives recently uncovered two mysterious tablets (aka "wall plaques") engraved with the following laws:<p>I. Thou shalt remain optimistic.<p>Since thy employees look to thee for leadership, thou must not let thy worries and concerns cast a …

Employment

Automated Copywriting Startup Persado Raises $21M

Persado, a startup that says it can automatically create and test different marketing emails and other promotional material, is announcing that it has raised $21 million in Series B funding.<p>Co-founder and CEO Alex Vratskides told me that the automated approach allows marketers to try out many more …

Tsunami Millionaires: How Two Orphaned Brothers Survived Tragedy And Built A Business

Ten years ago, Rob, Paul, Matty and Rosie Forkan lost their parents in the Boxing Day tsunami that devastated much of coastal South East Asia.<p>Aged from eight to 17, they faced a harrowing 200km trek across Sri Lanka to try to find out what had happened to their parents before flying back to the …

5 questions VCs are thinking after your first meeting

<i>The following story is by Chirag Kulkarni, a serial entrepreneur and advisor. He is currently the CEO of C&M Group, an entrepreneurial strategy consulting firm focused on growth and new product innovation for startups to Fortune 500s. Previously, he cofounded STR, a B2C and B2B racquet-stringing</i> …

3 Reasons Why You Must Give Your Customers Deadlines | Inc.com

"Let me have a little more time to think about this." 3 weeks go by and then you hear back with, "Sorry, we need more time." 3 more weeks pass and you get hit with "We're still interested, but we aren't ready to make a decision yet. Can we set up another follow up meeting?"<p>This is a common scenario …

Time Management

Six Customer Trends That Will Build Or Break Your Business

<i>Here are six trends in customer expectations and behavior that have</i> <i>affected your business in the past year and will continue to do so moving forward. Have you adapted to these yet? If not, I suggest you step on it.</i><p><b>Customer Trend #1: The Demand</b> <b>for the Instantaneous</b> <b>and the Expectation of …

See How These Fast-Growing Companies Are Turning Up the Heat in 'Magic City' | Inc.com

Miami might not be the first place you think of when you hear the word entrepreneurship--particularly on Christmas Eve--but this year’s <i>Inc. 5000</i> list will have you dreaming of palm trees in no time.<p>With 122 companies on the 2014 <i>Inc. 5000</i>, Miami has proven itself as a popular destination for …

Startups

Productivity Advice I Learned From People Smarter Than Me

<i>Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of</i> <i>The Obstacle Is The Way</i><i>, the founder of</i> <i>Brass Check Marketing</i> <i>and gives</i> <i>monthly book recommendations</i> <i>to 30,000 people here.</i><p>Like all people, I’d like to think I am a productive person. If I am, however, it’s because I’ve been ruthlessly efficient at one thing: …

3 Things Every Company Should Know about How to Hire Great Tech Talent

<i>Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and cofounder of</i> <i>Y Combinator alumnus HackerRank — a tech talent community for developers and companies that hire developers.</i><p>The world is speeding up. Today, every company is a software company on some level. Developers are pushing the envelope, creating, iterating and …

Xiaomi And Shunwei Capital Make $300M Strategic Investment In iQiyi, One Of China’s Largest Online Video Platforms

Xiaomi, which announced earlier this month that it plans to invest $1 billion in online video content, has been very busy spending that money. The hardware maker confirmed today that it and Shunwei Capital have together made a $300 million strategic investment in iQiyi, the video platform that is …

Prezi Secures $57M Growth Round From Spectrum And Accel, Passes 50M Users

Prezi, the cloud presentation platform that has been gradually eating away at Microsoft’s Powerpoint market share for the last few years, is poised to become a far more mainstream product than some might have previously thought. It’s making two major announcements today. The first — announced today …