Advice for Entrepreneurs

March 2nd, 2011

As we moved into the heart of the Great Recession, many who were given pink slips decided that their best solution for employment wasn’t to get a job, where their livelihood was at the whim of someone else. So, they have joined the ranks of entrepreneurs.

Starting your own business at a time like this might seem crazy. Actually, there are many opportunities for people who can be adaptable and focused. Larger companies are more prone to hire people as contractors and to outsource work rather than increase payroll. This means that business is available.

This week on Business Matters, we offer some practical advice for anyone who is either thinking of going into business or is in the early stages of staring a new business. This advice can save you some, heartache and may help you gain some momentum as your new venture takes off.

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Brad Feld- Managing Director Foundry Group

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. He is the co-founder and  managing director at Foundry Group.. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars. and co-authored, Do More Faster, TechStars Lessons to Accelerate your Startup.

Brad served as chief technology officer of AmeriData Technologies. AmeriData acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. Brad had grown Feld Technologies into one of Boston’s leading software consulting firms prior to the acquisition.

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Dan Zarrella – Social Media Scientist

Dan Zarrella is an award-winning social, search, and viral marketing scientist at HubSpot and author of two O’Reilly Media books: “The Social Media Marketing Book” and The Facebook Marketing Book.

His Link Attraction Factors report helped readers determine which topics, days, times, and keywords attract links in social media stories for semantic content optimization, while his Viral Content report details the motivations, preferences and habits involved in online content sharing.

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Peter LaMantia, President of aplus.net

Peter is the President of web hosting company aplus.net. They are owned by Deluxe Corporation. Aplus has been the hosting company for this program since its inception. We talk with Peter about a meltdown we experienced with aplus on the 8th of February. Peter courageously answered our questions about this situation on the air. His stance for accountability and customer service have been exemplary. Listen to the story to find out how we got in to a pickle and the good news at the end.
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