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Understand Product vs. Service in Startups

by Tim Berry

Over the weekend I discovered Software by Rob, where Rob Walling blogs about software from the point of view of the one-person business, which he calls “micro entrepreneur.” A series of posts there reminds me of one of the fundamental facts about starting a business that relatively few people understand: There’s a huge difference between... Read more »

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Walking Billboard

by Palo Alto Software

My drive home is usually fairly boring. It’s a straight shot from my office in Eugene to my house in Springfield. Takes, on average, 15 minutes to drive (the speed limit) and if I catch the lights right, I only have to stop once the whole way there. There isn’t much traffic to speak of... Read more »

Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference

by Sabrina Parsons

Tim was recently invited to be the keynote speaker at the George Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Not only is it an honor for Tim, but also for Palo Alto Software. And now for the cherry on top, a post from Campus Entrepreneurship: Just listened to Tim Berry give the keynote address during lunch. Tim was... Read more »

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You Can’t Hide Bad Credit in a Corp

by Tim Berry

Over the weekend, someone asked me a variation of the corporate shield question again. Specifically, in this case . . . I read that if your personal credit is not that great, if you owned a corporation it is easier to get financing because your personal credit is not looked at. That bugs me because... Read more »

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Blogs you should be reading.

by Palo Alto Software

I will be the first to admit I read too many blogs. My RSS Reader is consistently over the 1000+ mark and I probably know too much about too many things I really have no business trying to understand. But then, there are a lot of smart people out there with good information to share.... Read more »

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Earth Hour

by Palo Alto Software

Turn out. Take action. Be part of this historic event. March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate... Read more »

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Looking for Venture Capital in Tough Times

by Tim Berry

I can’t say I like its title, but the post called “Earth to Venture Capitalists: Are You Out There?” on the American Express OPEN forum is a good reminder that there is some money available for new investments. And you might, if you need investment to get your startup going, just have to look harder.... Read more »

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Best Customer Service EVER… really

by Sabrina Parsons

About a month ago I reserved a condo in New York for a business trip I have coming up at the end of May.  I run the Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network and we run an annual conference every year in late May, and this year I am the one in charge, so I have to be... Read more »

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Mainstreet.com lists 20 essential tools for a new consultant

by Palo Alto Software

With unemployment on the rise, more and more people are looking to starting a new business or career. Over on MainStreet.com, Marc Kramer lists out his top tools for people looking to go into the consulting practice. Remember, companies still need professionals with a variety of skills but can’t afford to hire full-time people. You... Read more »

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Social Media Business Bulls**t

by Tim Berry

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Coincidence? Last night I wrote an e-mail to a nice woman roughly my baby boomer age answering her “should I put my business on Facebook?” question with a polite “probably not.” This morning I see Michael Gray’s post Web 2.0 Weenies and Bulls**t Social Media Economics. I... Read more »