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Monthly Archives:: August 2012

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Product Update: Easy Access

Our latest monthly product update went live on Wednesday, August 29. This release is light on new features because the team has been spending most of their time on a couple of larger projects that will go live within the next two months. You will, however, find a few notable additions in the product: Easier… Read more »

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Palo Alto Software Partners with the California Business & Entrepreneurship Center Program to Boost the State’s Economy

Palo Alto Software is proud to announce a new partnership with California Community College’s Business & Entrepreneurship Center program to provide software and educational resources. Eugene, OR August 31, 2012 Palo Alto Software (PAS) is proud to announce a new partnership with California Community College’s Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) program to provide LivePlan business… Read more »

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Why You Need to Know Your Competition

When you start a business it is important to assess the competitive landscape so you have a strong sense as to who is targeting the same customers as you, what resources they have at their disposal and the bases on which they intend to compete i.e. product features, service quality, price, focus etc. Why? If… Read more »

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6 Things to Check before Submitting Your Business Plan

Writing a business plan is no small feat. Whether you’re presenting to a bank, an angel investor, a venture capitalist, or entering a business plan competition, make sure you double check that you’ve done these six things before sharing your plan with lenders, investors or judges: Did you complete every section? Business plans have a fairly… Read more »

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Funding your company for growth

You are already writing your business plan. Once written you will not only have a great tool for managing your company, but also for getting the funding you need to grow your business. Whether you’re running a small home-based business, or you’re running a large biotechnology company – if you need to seek funding –… Read more »

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The Lean Startup: Benefits and Criticisms

The Lean Startup is a business approach that is synonymous with the work of Eric Ries (who has also published a book called The Lean Startup) and Stanford professor Steve Blank. It describes a new approach for startups and prescribes behaviours they should adapt to increase the likelihood that they will succeed. While the concept… Read more »

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Use Your Plan to Better Manage your Business

  The problem with “old-school” business plans The knock against the classic business plan document is that it has a short shelf life. You do all this work to produce a “finished” plan, but then things in the real world go differently than you expected, and important parts of your plan become outdated and unhelpful…. Read more »

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Getting the Most from a Tweet Chat: Tips & Tricks

Tweet Chats can be a powerful way to network, connect with like-minded folks, and provide insight and information that you just can’t get elsewhere. With a simple predefined # (hashtag), you are instantly connected to the other Twitter users participating in real-time. We use Tweet Chats in a couple of ways at Palo Alto Software. One… Read more »