I know you’ve been thinking: Why hasn’t anyone on the internet combined the sage business acumen of Gwyneth Paltrow and Dr. Dre into a chimera of implacable capitalist know-how? Well, wait no longer, sir or madam. Your desires have been sated.
This week’s small business roundup will be the only place you can go to get business advice from the lady who starred in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and the guy who wrote a bunch of songs I can’t write the titles of without getting fired.
Some sound business advice from the founders of Instagram, the couple who started Zagat, and the Warby Parker fellows. You might ask, “why were you visiting goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet advice, tchotchke emporium?” I might answer, “uh, well. See. The thing about that is—LOOK BEHIND YOU.”
The sad and interesting tale of Beats by Dre and how one small company would be a lot bigger if hadn’t been a little out of its league in negotiations. As a man who pays full price at garage sales, I can only sigh and nod.
AOL still makes most of its money from subscribers, which is funny because that’s a thing that you don’t need to do any more.
The 7 worst marketing blunders small businesses make. Number 8? Copious swearing at the elderly.
We take the pulse of small business twice a year. Then we make an infographic. Sometimes, that infographic has smiley faces. This is one of those times.
A bunch of smartypantses tell you how they acquire users for their websites. Tellingly, none of them used the word “smartypantses.”
The rise of the permanent temp economy. This article is worth it for the awful yet hilarious sexist Kelly ad alone.
6 habits of remarkably likeable people. Notably absent? A penchant for collar popping.
And a reminder that most startups become something they never expected. Pinterest, for example, started as a just-for-kicks side project. Rovio took 50 some-odd attempts to hit on Angry Birds. And Instagram started as a service that allowed you to show me the sandwich you just bought.