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    • Marketing Judo: Building Your Business Using Brains Not Budget
      Marketing Judo: Building Your Business Using Brains Not Budget
      by John Barnes, Richard Richardson
    • The Money Bubble
      The Money Bubble
      by James Turk, John Rubino
    • Ayn Rand: The Playboy Interview (50 Years of the Playboy Interview)
      Ayn Rand: The Playboy Interview (50 Years of the Playboy Interview)
      by Ayn Rand , Playboy
    • Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government
      Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government
      by Yaron Brook, Don Watkins
    • The Objective Standard: Winter 2013-14, Vol. 8, No. 4
      The Objective Standard: Winter 2013-14, Vol. 8, No. 4
      by Craig Biddle
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    It is refreshing to see that you could turn an attack against your establishment, into a viral video ad, positive buzz and a new product (Bumbling Burglar's "So Good" Pastrami Sandwich). That is the real "taste of sweet revenge"! Could you have (freedom) fries with that, or should it be a pickle?



    Please share your examples on how to turn a bad experience into a positive thing for your business!

    Maybe I should try test crowdfunding for my next visit to the United States of America, on my quest for the perfect pastrami sandwich, testing chile pepper products, and exploring places serving great tea...


    Awarding Small Business Books

    What Business Books Have Inspired You?

    As small business owners, we often turn to experts to teach us how to start our businesses, market them, and grow them. Likely you’ve read a few business books to expand your knowledge.

    I invite you to nominate the best business books you read last year in the 2014 Small Business Book Awards. It’s a great way to show your appreciation to the authors that have helped you shape your successful business.

    As one of the Judges for this year’s Book Awards, I love seeing such amazing books nominated. It’s a true testament to the authors who do such a wonderful job of sharpening our business skills.

    This is the sixth year for the Book Awards, put on by Small Business Trends. Right now, you can nominate as many books as you like (as long as they were published in 2013). Nominations close April 30, and then you can vote for your favorites in May.

    So what are you waiting for? Go nominate those business books that make you a smarter business owner.

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    I am doing a play with words and hereby announce the following statement to the "public":

    It is time to update EGO Sole Trader website! It took me about 1 year before all pieces (pages) were in place. Now I need to do some site changes in the near future.

    Squarespace - A Better Web Awaits

    Feel free to give me suggestions and feedback on my site!

    I was thinking of adding an "under construction" image as a retro thingy! ;) I ended up with this beautiful photo by Walt Stoneburner:

    Things going through the pipeline:


    I recently got a phone call from a friend who asked me if I knew about the new site, Neurs. I said that I didn't recall the name, but I did a search in my Gmail and found a notification from Twitter that I had received a DM from Dr. Denis Cauvier on January 12.

    Could this site be the "holy grail" for entrepreneurs? I am not sure about it, but it could be worth to test it out. The initial impression is that the founders need to scale up their site, so they could take care of the interest in the site. I sent the following tweet message:


    I have been able to send out five invitations so far, after trying several times...

    What do you think about the business idea?

    If you want to have an invite to this new site, you could contact me, after I have managed to send out the sixth invitation, so I can get additional invites (24?)...



    It has taken a long time to develop my personalized kanban workflow system, but the pieces are coming together and I am starting to get an overview picture of the time management puzzle. I know that I should have one place for incoming stuff (ideas, notes, to-do activities, projects, etc.), but it is a struggle to do that due to all the different channels you have, e.g., email, note books, social media channels, and so on...

    I think that Fetchnotes could be a tool that will fit my worklife, using both low tech and high tech tools. The note taking app is based on the idea that you create hashtags for different contexts and areas in your life. You could then search on these tags and share the notes with others by using the @ symbol and forward the note via the contact information in your address book.

    Do you think that I will manage to integrate Fetchnotes in my daily routine and that it could become a habit to take notes in this way? I will take on the challenge and give it "3 weeks"...

    Since that launch in 2012 and graduation from Techstars Boston that winter, we noticed some interesting trends. The people who lasted about 3 weeks stayed users long-term (the product gets stickier the longer you use it), but forming that initial habit was really difficult — except for the people who shared with others.

    (One small step for a dog, one giant leap for Fetchnotes, November 13, 2013)

    Which is your favorite note taking app?

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