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044 Five Ways to Perk Up a Normal Startup Day

It’s tough to stay motivated, rejuvenated and focused as an entrepreneur…especially during the summer months.  But with these 5 tips, you can perk up a normal startup day. There’s really no such thing as a “normal startup day”, is there?  For most entrepreneurs, no day looks exactly like another.  And sometimes, because of the hectic lives that many entrepreneurs lead, many can get run down…and fast.  It’s tough to stay motivated, rejuvenated and focused throughout the work week, especially during the summer months.  But this episode of Think Big Radio will give you the top 5 ways to perk up any startup day including…

043 Naming Your Business

Google.  Tumblr.  Twitter.  Zaarly.  They’re all successful companies, but where in the heck did their names come from?  When determining the name of your startup, there are a lot of things to keep in mind.  Do you want one of these “whacky” names that mean virtually nothing, or do you want to keep it simple like AutoZone, Burger King or Stanley Steamer?  There are multiple ways to go about naming your business, but before you do, be sure to ask yourself these 9 questions.

042 Startup Resources

A long time ago (and we mean a long time ago) we developed a top 10 list of some of the best online
and offline resources for entrepreneurs and startups in Kansas City. Now that almost three years have
passed, it’s about time we update this list with some of the newest and best entrepreneur and startup
resources in the Kansas City area. You may notice three years ago, we had a list of just 10 resources.
This year, we are publishing 11—and you’ll also notice how different these lists are from one another.
A lot of things have changed in the past three years—especially when it comes to the progression and
creation of new startup resources in the Kansas City area.

041 Spring Cleaning Tips for Entrepreneurs

April showers bring May flowers.  But what else do April showers bring?  Spring cleaning!  Although most of us dread spring cleaning every year, it’s a necessity in order for us to push our businesses and startups forward.  What are the best tips that entrepreneurs can use when spring cleaning?  In this episode of Think Big Radio, Derek and Allisonexplore the best things they do (or don’t do but wish they did) during spring cleaning.

040 Kelly Pruneau, Women’s Capital Connection

Think Big Radio sits down with Kelly Pruneau, network manager of the Women’s Capital Connection in Kansas City.  Kelly discusses the importance of angel investors in Kansas City and just what women investors can bring to the table. In the investment field, women don’t have quite as big of a presence as men do.  In fact, only 10-15% of angel investors and venture capitalists are women.  But Women’s Capital Connection (WCC) based in Kansas City, Missouri is looking to change that statistic.  In this episode of Think Big Radio, Derek sits down with Kelly Pruneau, network manager of the Women’s Capital Connection to learn exactly what the WCC does, how it is changing the investment industry, and just how important women investors are in the Kansas City area.

039 SXSW With Jeb Ory of Phone2Action

Derek sits down with Jeb Ory, co-founder of Phone2Action to discuss his experience at SXSW 2013.  At SXSW, Jeb had the opportunity to compete in the SXSW Interactive Accelerator, where he pitched against 7 others in the “news” category.  After a great pitch, Jeb and his Phone2Action team won their category and walked away with $4,000 cash (not to mention a lot of bragging rights and exposure).

http://www.thinkbigpartners.com/mp3/039Phone2Action.mp3

038 Top Ten Mistakes

We often learn more from our failures than we do from our successes.  But we don’t want to make too many mistakes, or else our startup may fail.  To warn you of what mistakes to look out for in the startup world, this episode of Think Big Radio, Derek and Allison will give you insight into the top 10 mistakes entrepreneurs make.