Sunday, December 8, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Written with love by the editorial team at Fueled, an award winning Android application design agency.
The hit reality show 'Shark Tank' offers a fascinating glimpse of a do-or-die drama as entrepreneurs attempt to hook a venture capitalist. Even though most entrepreneurs don't make their funding pitch in front of the cameras, the thrashing that goes on in that tank can actually add some clarity to what are murky waters for many. Here are five vital lessons that any entrepreneur can take away from 'Shark Tank':
1) Value your business intelligently
Venture capitalists are number crunchers, and they're experts at business valuations. Before you jump into a pool of money-hungry sharks, get some sound advice about what your business is really worth. Once you have that number in your head, decide the amount of equity that you're willing to give up to an investor. Retaining as much equity as possible shouldn't be your only goal. Trading the expert advice and guidance of a shark in exchange for a larger slice of the pie can translate into 50% ownership of a success, compared to 100% equity in a failure.
2) Have a good grasp of the numbers
To be taken seriously by potential investors, it's essential that you have an accurate understanding of the financial aspects of your business. If you can't discuss your sales figures or your cost per unit without getting confused, it raises a red flag to anyone considering putting their money into your business. You should also be able to communicate that you have a clear and logical plan for the funds you're seeking. If you can't back up your plea for cash with facts and figures, don't expect a shark to take the bait you're dangling.
3) Demonstrate your passion and commitment
Sharks don't want to put their money and expertise into a hobby business, because anything less than a full-time effort on your part directly impacts their chances of getting a decent return on their investment. They want to know that you live and breathe the business, and that you have the drive and determination to succeed. True dedication and passion can overcome any number of obstacles, and sharks understand this. If they feel you're lacking either, an investor might pass on your business even if it's profitable.
4) Understand your competition and your market
When you head into a meeting with potential investors, be ready to answer questions about who your competitors are, whether there's a market for your product or concept, and how you fit into the bigger picture. Scoping out the competition and performing market research are essential early steps for any startup, and sharks are keenly aware that overlooking either can spell disaster for a young business. In order to get the funding you need, you have to show a shark that your business offers the promise of longevity and profitability.
5) Define what you're bringing to the table and then bold it
Is your concept one-of-a-kind? Is your product patented? Sometimes, investors are sold on a concept or product, but occasionally, they'll see something in an entrepreneur that convinces them to invest even if the numbers aren't quite there yet. Before you look for funding, figure out exactly where your strengths lie, and put all you have into emphasizing them.
Are you an entrepreneur who's looking for investors to help catapult your startup to the next level? What lessons and strategies have you gleaned from watching the weekly feeding frenzy?
Written by the editors at Fueled, an agency thatmakes stunning iPhone apps.
You’ve got talent, great ideas, and plenty of ambition. You know that it’s just a matter of time before you’re entrepreneurial spark catches fire and ignites an explosion of consumer interest. Still, even the best young entrepreneurs need to keep their spirits up when things are challenging. These songs will keep you going as you build on your concepts and develop your business.
1. Billionaire (Travie McCoy)
This song captures the heart of the entrepreneur’s dream. McCoy sings about everything he would do if he were a billionaire, about how that fantasy is always lurking, always driving him “every time I close my eyes.” It’s a great inspirational song because it encourages you to keep a vision of what you want your life to be no matter what happens, and to set goals for what you’d do with your success.
2. Mean (Taylor Swift)
When you’re on your journey to the business big leagues, you’re undoubtedly going to have people who tell you “no,” or “you can’t” or even “don’t be stupid.” There are going to be people to want you to give up on everything you want to achieve. This song is a fantastic reminder that you shouldn’t let those kinds of comments stop you or get you down and that, one day, you’re going to overcome and leave those who put you down in the dust.
3. (It’s My Life) Bon Jovi
As an entrepreneur, you’re probably coming to realize that success requires you to take some chances. You’ve got to just go for it sometimes. This classic song pushes you, reminding you that you are in control of your destiny and to grab the opportunities that come to you in ways that leave you with no regrets.
4. Heart of a Champion (Nelly)
Making it in business means having an internal drive to succeed that squashes the doubts of everyone around you. It means being proud of yourself enough to stand up for what you can do and believe in. In this song, Nelly raps about how no one can beat him or hold him down because he’s got the “heart of a champion.” You bring that same attitude to the corporate table and you’ll make it.
5. Fight Another Day (Addison Road)
Not everything in business goes perfectly. In fact, sometimes things are downright disastrous. But you do not need to stay broken. You can learn from what happens and come up with bigger, bolder and better ideas and strategies. This song reminds you that, through whatever heartbreak you might face, you’ve got to get up and keep fighting. The courage to do this is what separates the barely-making-it businesspeople from the ones who become household names.
6. One Step at a Time (Jordin Sparks)
Getting a start as an entrepreneur can be tough. (Okay, really tough.) You likely will find yourself frustrated and impatient, wanting things to be easier and to move faster. This is especially the case if you’re doing a lot of your business work on your own without a strong support network. This work reassures you that everything will fall into place when its meant to. It reminds you to have faith in what you’re doing and that, if you just keep at it, little by little, you’ll get where you want to go.
Monday, November 4, 2013
The App's layout is beautiful, clean and easy to navigate. based on your location you can see all the coupons just like in the newspapers -- except this is in 2D. So instead of reading through the newspapers or other magazines and cutting out your Sunday Coupons and taking it to the store. Find the latest coupons and circulars on the app, save the coupon to redeem later by mobile device or printing them at home.
Users can also create Alerts to be notified about the latest coupons and circulars and be notified when they become available. Since it's all happening online, you can also access video, direct links to product pages and clip-able coupons. The app also helps you share these deals with you friends on Social Media. The App is available for both Mobile and PC. The app is brought to you by the Bonial International Group.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Lovingly written by Mai Bar from the editorial team at Fueled, London's premier iPhone app design agency.
Generation Y-ers love to be connected to the things they love as much as possible. Enter social media, blogging, smartphones, the whole gamut of interactive technologies that we so love.
I like to eat. And because I like to eat, I like to spend my time with,around, and thinking about food. It only makes sense that I would enjoy blogs dedicated to food and appreciating it in all its glory, and I know I’m not the only foodie out there who indulges in their obsession through the internet, so heres a list of the best food blogs in five tantalizing categories:
Best Food News Blog
As a New Yorker, I want to keep up with what is going on in my city. I can read the Times, or the New Yorker, or New York Magazine, but my interests span beyond the usual fare of New York news -- I want to know about food. Not just about the opening and closing of restaurants, I want to know about literally everything related to food in the five boroughs, and that is why Grub Street is the best food news blog out there. It is run by New York Magazine, so you can understand why it is so extensive: cronut imposters in Manilla, NYC’s fast food worker strike, hipsters making absinthe in their Harlem apartment basement’s, and why bars keep making clams so damn expensive. But the gamut runs beyond New York City limits, with the inclusion of out-there readable pieces for foodies like the video piece Porn Sex vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained With Food and how Alan Rickman is taking a stab at restaurant reviewing for GQ magazine. Besides the content, the site is sleek and is pretty much akin to NY Mag’s site so its navigable and nice, just like I want blogs to be.
Best Cooking Blog
Light on the layout but heavy on the pictures and narrative per recipe -- the perfect balance for a cooking blog. Alexandra Cooks got it right by having a compressed version of her entries with one enticing picture that you can then expand to read the full recipe experience. A lot of other writing-heavy cooking blogs make the mistake of having the entire entry take up essentially one page, making scrolling through recipes a time-consuming ordeal. A super helpful aspect of her blog is ‘The Essentials’ section, which shows you how to make everything from chicken stock and tomato sauce to pesto, vanilla extract and way more, all from scratch. Alexandra also boasts a great variety of things on her blog, which is why I love it: there’s healthy and unhealthy, sweet and savory, breads, breakfast, etc.
Best Restaurant Review Blog
Also as a New Yorker I love to dine out indiscriminately, but I lack direction, I need a guide, I need help! This is where the Immaculate Infatuation blog steps in -- a New York Metro Area restaurant reviewing blog that helps you find restaurants in a few ways. What makes immaculate infatuation stick out from the rest is the “perfect for” filter, where you select a need that needs to be met by the restaurant like BYOB, dining solo, [places with an abundance of] hipsters, or drunk hook ups (if you are so inclined..). The categories are humorous yet applicable and help a great deal. Another filter that really helps is the “proximity to” filter, in case you’re in a neighborhood for something specific like Irving Plaza, the MoMA or the UN, and you’re not trying to travel far to eat. Smart, right? Besides the features of the site, the reviews are as extensive as can be. There’s the review itself, always a few paragraphs of relevant information about the dining experience and then a food rundown - a breakdown of the dishes tasted, complete with photos to help you make meal choices when you make your own trip.
Best Baking Blog
I do not want a sickeningly sweet layout that screams cutsie and Martha Stewart-esque in style, and Sprinkle Bakes’s simple, yet subtly sweet layout is really what made me give it the title of the best baking blog. Sprinkle Bakes is also the best baking blog because it stayed true to its nature, you’d be surprised at how many blogs who boast themselves as being baking blogs dabble in cooking here and there. For all intensive purposes I like when my blogs stick to their intended guns. Sprinkle Bakes is filled to the brim with recipes (in alist-formatted categorized index): breads, cakes, candy, cookies, cupcakes, pies, tarts, cold desserts, even chocolate soup. Baking is also an art form, and Sprinkle Bakes embraces that with recipes for those who are a little more inclined to appreciate this facet of baking: matcha cake faux sushi rolls, bellini petal lollipops, icicle candy, and decorative meringue mushrooms. Sprinkle Bakes sticks to baking in the entirety of its definition - plain and simple.
Best Food Porn Blog
And when I’m not looking for food to eat or to make... I’m just looking for food to stare at. We are all familiar with the “food porn” trend that has been running rampant on the internet -- the Tumblrs and other blogs that are dedicated solely to the endeavour of making your mouth water and your stomach growl. Frankly, I love this fad and hope it stays forever. My favorite outlet to satisfy my food porn craving is the appropriately named blog FoodGawker with the even more appropriate tagline: “feed your eyes”. This website pulls food porn off of other cooking blogs (click on the picture it will take you to the page from the blog where it came from) and compiles them into pages and pages of glorious food, it literally has everything: gluten-free, vegan, pasta, pizza, drinks, foreign foods, comfort foods, you name it. The simplicity of the layout and the well-integrated ads make navigation much easier than some other food porn blogs.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Chromecast works with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and Music and soon Pandora. Chromecast is essentially Google's answer to Apple's AirPlay. You can use any device connected to the network. Which means you can start a video with one device and control it with another. It works very easy -- there is noting to learn to control the device. Simply plug-and-play and use your device to control the play, there is no need for a remote control.