Post to My Blog 10/12/2011
Posted: October 12, 2011 in everything and more
China Isn’t Suffering From Weak Consumer Demand, It’s Deliberately Slowing Its Economy
An NYT piece discussing weak consumer demand in China told readers that:
Marketo Debuts Marketing Software For Small Businesses Spark | TechCrunch
Marketo, a company that provides an on-demand marketing software that allows businesses to optimize their sales and marketing efforts, is launching a new product today tailored to small businesses. Similar to Marketo’s SaaS for the enterprise, Spark aims to help businesses create revenue via channels like e-mail, lead generation, and optimization of site visits.
iPad Facebook App: late but worth the wait | TechCentral
The official Facebook application for Apple’s iPad has supposedly been ready since as early as May of this year, yet it only showed up in the App Store on Monday. It’s arrival, albeit late, represents a combination of the world’s bestselling tablet and the most popular social network.
Tradeshift shifts up a gear with Instant Payments for businesses
Tradeshift, the free invoicing platform aiming to be a kind of social network for B2B processes, broke cover last year and since raised a significant $7m round from Notion Capital and already has angel investment from former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos and founding investor in Last.fm Stefan Glaenzer, alongside PayPal.
One step forward | ITWeb
SA has a long way to go to catch up to international Internet connectivity speeds and performance.
Social Media Marketing Isn’t a Popularity Contest – Technorati Advertising
For social media marketers it must be about monetizing their social media activities. Part of the inspiration for this approach comes from Wilson Kerr of Unbound Commerce. David Carter of Awareness and their Social Funnel ebook laid the groundwork.
Authenticity on Facebook | The Wall Blog
Facebook has created and launched a best practice guide for public figures and celebrities, with step-by-step advice on how to create, build and maintain a public presence on Facebook.
The Living Business Plan | Entrepreneur Magazine
Your business plan should be both functional and a tool for managing your business growth.
ARRIS Buys Digital Video Networking Company BigBand For $2.24 Per Share In Cash | TechCrunch
Global communications technology giant ARRIS has agreed to acquire struggling video networking company BigBand Networks for $2.24 per share, in cash, the company announced this morning. The purchase price equates to a diluted equity value of approximately $172 million, or $53 million net of estimated BigBand cash on hand.
How to Profit from Being the Underdog | Entrepreneur Magazine
In any market the little guys can quickly dominate by using their opponent’s size to their advantage. That’s because giant-killers can afford to shake things up and take bold steps.
There Is an Incubator Bubble—And It Will Pop | Xconomy
In any market where the number of new businesses triples in the course of two years, you know that something unusual is going on. (And make no mistake—most venture incubators are businesses, founded and funded by people hoping for real returns, whether social, financial, or both.) You naturally begin to wonder whether a bubble is forming, in the classic sense of an episode of vertiginous growth disconnected from economic fundamentals such as market demand. And since bubbles are, by definition, unsustainable, you wonder what’s going to happen when they pop.
Why Google+ is Important for Entrepreneurs
Just when you thought you had social media covered with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, now there’s Google+. And it turns out that for small businesses who don’t have as much time as they’d like for social media anyway, Google+ may be the most important one to start focusing on.
SA fifth on Ibrahim index
South Africa ranked fifth overall in the 2011 Ibrahim Index of governance quality in Africa, but fared poorly in the area of personal safety, the latest index shows.
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