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Stock Market Distrust Shown for Third Straight Year

Stock Market Distrust Shown for Third Straight Year

By Brian Powell April 21, 2014

As it currently stands, the stock market is in a fairly good spot. Interest rates on fixed income and cash are low, market returns in 2013 exceeded 30 percent, and the market itself is setting record highs. Despite all of …

President Signs JOBS Act for Small Biz Investing President Signs JOBS Act for Small Biz Investing

President Obama on signing the JOBS Act: “For start-ups and small businesses, this bill is a potential game-changer.” — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 5, 2012 With that tweet, the White House announced today the signing of the JOBS (Jumpsart Our …

Crowdfunding Is a Gamechanger for Entrepreneurs Crowdfunding Is a Gamechanger for Entrepreneurs
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Imagine you have an idea you want to get off the ground. Maybe it’s a children’s book you want to write and need to pay for illustration, layout or cover design. Maybe it’s an animated short film that’s burning a …

Lance Armstrong Invests In Mobli Lance Armstrong Invests In Mobli
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Mobli, a social networking startup focusing on sharing photo and video, just got some star power in the form of a new investor. Lance Armstrong, professional cyclist and seven time winner of the Tour de France, has invested an undisclosed …

Newspapers Finally Get Some Good News

It seems that the only time we write about newspapers these day is to gannett-logowrite another obituary or speculate on which newspaper is on its last legs

Skype Could Be For Sell, Would You Buy?

eBay has been busy announcing changes and fueling speculation around others. According to the WSJ the online skype-logomarketplace is going back to its roots as an “internet flea market” , as well as moving away from the retail model that Amazon owns and concentrating more on PayPal.

A Great Story Of Making A Sale On Twitter

Want to hear a great Internet marketing story? It has a very happy ending. Well, let’s not get ahead of the story.

Facebook’s Value Is Decreasing

If you’ve forgotten, just nine months ago, Microsoft purchased a 1.6% stake in Facebook for $240 million. Doing the math from that, the total value of Facebook last October was $15B.

MSN Money Wants Its Day In The Sun

Overcoming the inertia that keeps people going to other financial sites confronts Chris Jolley, group manager at Microsoft’s Financial Products Group, every day. He believe MSN Money deserves a look.

SES Chicago: The I-word, Discussed

If you want to build up investment interest in your SEO/SEM firm, you have to make your company compelling enough to separate capital from capitalists.

Microsoft’s CFO Discusses Facebook Investment

Chris Liddell, who serves as Microsoft’s chief financial officer, has defended the idea of spending $240 million on a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook.  His comments aren’t likely to reverse critics’ stances, however.

Chris Liddell

Wiki Investment Site Receives $2.5 Million

When it comes to financial matters, I like to play it safe.  Bubble Boy-safe.  So the concept of a wiki for investors makes me a little nervous.  But Wikinvest apparently inspired enough confidence in some onlookers to win $2.5 million in funding.

Kontera Scans More Investment Cash

In-text ad company Kontera received another infusion of venture capital from its backers to build upon an earlier investment in the company’s ContentLink product.

iCrossing Receives $62 Million In Funding
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Companies routinely receive three, five, or even ten million dollars in various funding rounds; reporting on it kind of dulls you to those huge amounts.  But iCrossing, a “global digital marketing company,” has just received $62 million, and that’s definitely worth a closer look.

Mrs. Brin Gets Google Investment

Google has dropped some cash in Anne Wojcicki’s 23andMe biotech firm, to the tune of $3.9 million for a minority holding in the company co-founded by Sergey Brin’s new missus.

Search Marketing and Direct Marketers

Monday, I presented to the Direct Marketing Association at their B2B Marketing Conference on the subject of Return on Search Marketing Investment. I love talking to direct marketers, because they understand how to market on the Web, but they don’t know they do. When I show them how to take what they know and apply it to this new online world, watching the light bulbs go on is very gratifying.

MS Needs More than Whizbang to Compete with Google

The Mercury News takes an in-depth look at the lack of ROI Microsoft is getting from its investment into web technologies, especially search.