Don’t Forget to Look Up

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Two months ago I was leaving the bank when I ran into a guy I knew casually but hadn’t seen in about a year. We had a fifty-five-second exchange during which we shared appropriate, cordial information and then mutually agreed to leave things at that. We didn’t even screw up the post-game handshake too badly. As I walked outside and stopped at the driver’s-side door of my mini-van, I thought, “That was nice. That made my day.” Then I realized that I couldn’t recall a single thing we’d talked about.

My generation, we’re a bunch of weird, clumsy people. Our lives are made much easier by the technologies we’ve embraced in the last twenty years, and yet, we’re awkward. We’re not good at making eye contact. We have bad posture and bad eye sight from staring at screens all the time...

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5 Signs Your Startup is Set for Smooth Sailing to Success

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Post by Dave Landry

It takes a real risk-taker and adventurer to take the journey as an entrepreneur and start a new business. Unfortunately, according to Forbes, 9 out of 10 startups go out of business because they fail to prepare themselves for the multiple challenges that lie ahead.

While starting a completely new venture in this economy can be tough, there is no denying that we have seen a lot of success tumble out of businesses that started out in their own garages. Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft — all started in a garage.

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Bad timing might be one reason for the failure of a small business or new product, but there are numerous reasons why some ventures are unsuccessful...

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Like it or Leave it: A Commentary on Facebook Etiquette

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Facebook-Like-Button-ClickFacebook can be an incredible platform that individuals use to express themselves. It can also be a smattering of half-formed opinions and food pictures. I’m not saying the two are mutually exclusive. I’m also not saying I’m very selective when it comes to Facebook friends. Whatever your attitude, this social media behemoth is likely a fixture in your daily routine.

Some use Facebook to stay caught up on the developing lives of their friends, some use it to espouse political views, some just aggregate articles about events, the conclusions of which you are unlikely to believe. In all cases, Facebook allows us to put ourselves out there. Unlike a diary entry, we know that the world will see our writings to Facebook. This is our chance to be vindicated. It’s not private; it’s personal...

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3 Ways To Finance Business Growth

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man climbing bar chart with telescopeThe University of Louisville athletic department has been highly successful in the two biggest revenue-generating sports, football and basketball. The Cardinals football team, led by NFL 1st round pick Teddy Bridgewater, defeated the perennial powerhouse Florida Gators in the 2012 Sugar Bowl. The basketball team went to the Final Four in 2012, and beat Michigan in the Championship Game the following year.

The university recently hired Johnson Consulting of Chicago to conduct a feasibility study on expanding Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The firm will not only determine potential costs of further expansion, but also whether the project will ultimately pay for itself as the Cardinals transition to big conference football in the ACC in 2014...

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New World Experiences: Wearing a Vest

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Note: One of Danny’s responsibilities at TSR is writing blogs — like the one below, or this one that already posted. When we discussed potential topics, I wanted to give him creative freedom, and told him he could write about anything, so long as it related to social media or the Internet in some form. And in true intern fashion, he ignored me and turned in this ∇ instead.

Who knows, maybe I am bad at explaining words. Maybe he’s playing like he can’t understand me. Maybe he just feels strongly about vests and needed to get the word out as quickly as possible. Either way, you get to read a blog about vests. (Which is totally true, BTW. He wore it to our important business meeting and zipped it up when the vent got too cold). Enjoy. — Bethaney

danny in a vestSomeone left a black fleece vest at...

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