links for 2009-11-06

  • Let’s face it: as an entrepreneur, the odds are stacked against you. Most businesses fail after the first few years, and even if you do manage to survive, that doesn’t mean your business will redefine an industry, become profitable, or change the world. Getting off on the right foot is essential to navigating a startup from its infancy to profitability.
    Luckily, there have been countless entrepreneurs that have gone through the same toils building their own businesses, and most of them are happy to share their experiences to better prepare you for the journey ahead. In addition, there is now an array of social media and web apps that no entrepreneur has ever had access to before. Together, these resources can give you the edge in a fast-changing business worl
  • There are more than 130 million blogs on the World Wide Web today, and 1.5 million more are created each week, according to the blog tracking service Technorati. It is unknown how many of these are tainted by shameless self-promotion, mindless ranting, and other nonsense — but you can bet the figure is extremely high. So Inc. scoured the Internet, tabbed through Twitter, and asked the smartest people we know to help us come up with a list of bloggers who, if you pay attention, can help reshape your perspective. Here’s what we found.

  • In our quest to become great leaders we take on a constant stream of internal battles. Each and every day we choose our sides and try to do the right things, with the objective of achieving something great.
    There are 10 confrontations in particular that can make or break us, and we need to consistently be on the winning side of every one of them to reach the pinnacle of success.
    (tags: leadership)
  • Google is attempting to allay growing concerns about privacy by unveiling a one-stop shop for users to see what information it holds on them.
    The launch of Google Dashboard is the search giant’s response to critics who argue its dominance of the web allows it to collect too much personal data.
    The page lists details of the Google products and services the account-holder uses, from which YouTube videos have been viewed to details of their Gmail inbox.
    It offers a single place for people with accounts to adjust their privacy settings or delete content. Although the dashboard shows only what a user does when logged into a Google service, it reveals the breadth of the information collected.

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