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Court Your Customers Into Real Love

Are you running your business like your lack-luster relationships? Maybe it’s time to face up to your fears and complexities and start giving your customers some real love. Make this Valentine’s Day and this year a time when you show your best love yet! Here are a few things to consider when courting your customers.

Venture School Info Sessions Begin Soon

Des Moines and the Cedar Valley will again host the Venture School program early next year. Venture School is an exciting, yet intensive, program created to accelerate the startup process while increasing chance for success.

Build It and They Will Come?

With my recent trip to Silicon Valley to take a deep dive into the lean startup methodology offered by Steve Blank and the National Science Foundation, several fundamental flaws in our approach to entrepreneurship were identified by Blank and his team.

Is Your Business “Ready for the Holidays”?

Someone telling someone else about your business is very powerful. And what makes a customer talk about a business? Usually the way they were treated in that business. Here are some ideas that can get you off on the right foot.

Venture School Des Moines Kicks Off

Venture School, a nationally recognized program for entrepreneurs developed by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), will begin Sept. 1 at the UI Pappajohn Education Center at 1200 Grand in Des Moines. Venture School increases the chances of a startup or new product launch’s success by helping teams align their businesses with the critical needs of their customers.

Venture School is back!

Venture School is designed to accelerate the startup process while increasing an entrepreneur's odds for success. It emphasizes real-world entrepreneurship through experiential learning, immediate customer feedback and structured mentoring.

Email Etiquette: Crystal Review

Last month I wrote about a predictive technology that would allow us to craft better emails and communicate more effectively. Here’s what I found...

University of Iowa Venture School Business Model Competition Winners

$20,000 was awarded to three winning University of Iowa Venture School Alumni teams. The 12 teams from all over the state of Iowa pitched their newest business models to group of investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs at the UI Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines.

Communication Got You Down At Work? Try Some Empathy.

Giving someone bad news is hard. Especially if that person is an employee or a friend. Wouldn't it be nice if there was some sort of technology to help us craft the perfect message to soften the blow?

Seinfeld on Startups: The Bicycle

Episode 13 was “The Seven” and at its heart was George’s name for his first born. “Seven Costanza” – it’s a great name for a boy or a girl. While that may be a subject for another day, I’d like to draw your attention to the bike.

              
             

 

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