Freemium – The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Freemium a marketing strategy employed by online businesses, the success or failure of the freemium business model is totally dependent on a product or service that is extremely good, immensely useful, extraordinarily fun or some combination thereof.

Startups: The Idea Is Not Enough

There are countless reasons for business failure but if you examine each response, however varied the responses may be, the root cause can invariably be traced back to a failure in execution at some level.

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

The immigration policy concern is not that the issue of immigration is being debated; rather the concern is that the extremists in the debate are not being honest with regard to the facts. The public and public policy makers cannot make honest appraisals in the absence of honest facts.

StartUp 2.0 Act—Lucid or Lame

Of Immigrants, Entrepreneurs and the Road to Serfdom – Part IV As promised in the concluding paragraph of part three, we begin with a candid look at the StartUp 2.0 Act, introduced June 5, 2012 in the House of Representatives as H.R. 5893 and in the Senate May 22, 2012 …

Partisan Politics Out! Immigrants In!

Of Immigrants, Entrepreneurs and the Road to Serfdom – Part III In part two, I spoke of the need to amend our approach to immigration. As France begins to self-destruct under the medieval tax policies of President Francois Hollande, Canada’s predominantly French speaking province of Quebec has an initiative in …

Of Immigrants, Entrepreneurs and the Road to Serfdom

This series of articles will focus on the immigration policy of the United States as it relates to our economic growth, particularly through entrepreneurial enterprise. While this is the intended focus, I may necessarily stray into other, seemingly unrelated, areas of the topic in question. It is my sincere hope …

Pitfalls of Building on Someone Else’s Platform – Part 3

A House Divided In this, the final segment of the series, we examine developments in social media platforms, the future for developers in social media and finally, the ramifications diminished developer participation may have on the ecosystem. As of November 2012, the top five social media sites were Facebook, Twitter, …

5 Ways To Ensure Your Startup Won’t Get Funded

Startup Mistakes That Drive Angel Investors and VCs Away! Part 2 In part one, we began an examination of the many mistakes entrepreneurs can make when pitching to angel investors and/or venture capitalists. That examination and analysis continues here, in part two. Delusions of grandeur Even if they concede that …

Pitfalls of Building on Someone Else’s Platform – Part 2

Developers beating a retreat from Twitter’s platform In our first article, we focused on Facebook and Twitter as examples of companies that have wreaked havoc on entrepreneurial companies dependent on those platforms. We spoke of Facebook tweaks that resulted in companies like Virtue, Context Optional and Buddy Media practically forced …