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Stories of the Week
A Surprising Tech Center Emerges In Upstate NY
It’s being shaped by the presence of dedicated business people with a sense of the region’s long manufacturing history.
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The Pandemic Showed Us What Works
Three ideas for investments in infrastructure to make us healthier.
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What You May Have Missed
Big Social Media Doesn’t Work That Well For Small Business. But The Market Is Shifting.
A revelatory story by Lori Ioannou about the realities of dealing with big social media companies: For small businesses, they’re often expensive, with little result.
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Living the dream 💭
Buzzworthy Now that we’re returning to the office, it’s time to pay attention to body language again. In an issue on better relationships, Time Magazine quoted experts advising: Don’t cross your arms or legs. and don’t fidget. Do change your attitude — smiles help, not a tense look — and do tailor your actions to the context. “A firm handshake and a small smile might fit the bill for a third-round meeting with the boss.. Marching someone’s posture and commenting on the environment around you might be suitable if you’re striking up a casual conversation, said Nicholas Boothman, author of How to Make People Like You in 90 Second or Less.
Best Practices Spend no more than 10% of gross revenue on marketing, seek platforms other than Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (smaller platforms may work better because they’re more targeted) and establish a goal for engagements. These tips and more in the Times of E story on how big social media platforms have started failing small business.
What I’m Reading
A story in The Economist uses home prices as a proxy for where people moved during the pandemic. People want sunshine and low prices.
This article in Futuriom details a new investor in an Alphabet cybersecurity spinoff called Sandbox AQ. The investor? The CIA. It was a reminder of the incestuous relationships between world governments and social media companies (aka defense contractors?).
Along the same lines, The Logic reported that the Canadian government has considered appointing a director to oversee the integrity and national security of the financial sector as the risks of cyberattacks grow.
4.5 Hour Workweek: A Productivity Hack
Use your calendar, rather than a to-do list. It will force you to think realistically about the time it takes to complete tasks.
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1. Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies
Annual startup competition run by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. Most Fundable Companies List winners will be featured in Entrepreneur™ Magazine and announced at the October Showcase in Malibu, CA. All US-based startups with <$10M annual revenue, in all industries, are eligible. They can be at any stage from pre-revenue/pre-seed through Series A. Affiliation with Pepperdine not required.
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In this free course developed by entrepreneurship professor John Lynn, professors and other entrepreneurship educators get a curriculum and supporting materials based on the influential book, The New Builders.
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3. Black Ambition Prize
The Black Ambition Prize is a tiered opportunity for early-stage Black and Latinx founders to compete for more than $2,000,000 and learn with a network of talented founders and cross-sector business leaders. There’s also a separate Black Ambition HBCU Prize.
📅 Date: May 8
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