I believe that children are the future… That might be the old school way to set the stage for this post, but I’m going with something a little more modern. So, paraphrasing the words that have become the soundtrack for a generation: They are young; let’s help them set the world on fire and glow [...]
In its goal to make the world a better place for mothers and babies worldwide, Maternova has enjoyed landmark achievements since winning LivePlan’s $10,000 Boost business plan competition. Eugene, OR (PRWEB) February 14, 2013 Palo Alto Software announced today that it is excited to see the ongoing growth of Rhode Island-based startup, Maternova (http://www.maternova.net), the social venture [...]
This Monday is Presidents’ Day in the U.S. and in the spirit of the holiday we want to celebrate our favorite presidents and leaders. Namely: you! We appreciate Lincoln’s brilliant plans, FDR’s innovative new deals, and entrepreneurs’ dynamic business plans. We appreciate you, who rise every day to place executive orders, create bold new deals, and [...]
The world continues to turn, many new opportunities lie ahead, and now is the perfect time to fulfill dreams of taking charge of your future. 2013 is the year to kick business planning into high gear and start your own company. More opportunities than ever exist for innovative entrepreneurs to offer specialized services and products [...]
In part one, I shared some of the painful lessons I learned by not planning. We also reviewed the benefits of planning and then began to lay a foundation for the start of a web development business. Now, let’s go deeper.
I didn’t start with a plan. In 2006, I began accepting new web development clients. I hadn’t planned for it, they just came to me asking for work and I said yes. Business boomed. But I didn’t have a plan.
Dr. Seuss once said: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the one who’ll decide where to go.” It’s feasible to think that Dr. Seuss was talking to the [...]
You’ve got a great business idea, so now all you need is a great pitch, right? No need to spend time on a business plan, just put together a few slides and a five to ten minute speech and investors will be throwing money at you. Think again. A great pitch is important, everyone agrees [...]
Entrepreneurship continues to be a sexy topic for governments, with every country worth its salt trying to create its own tech hub, mimicking Silicon Valley. The appeal of promoting entrepreneurship is obvious. After all, entrepreneurs can do many good things, not least to create wealth and employment, pay taxes and help the balance of trade through [...]
Every year, the team here at Palo Alto Software looks forward to judging business plans for several prestigious collegiate business plan competitions. We all read multiple entries and then gather and talk about what makes a great plan and choose a winner. We also get to see the mistakes that ultimately cost people prizes in [...]