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Looking for next Web ‘Idol’

Schilling to be judge in venture firm’s contest
By Frank Quaratiello  bostonherald.com
Sunday, November 18, 200
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Aspiring entrepreneurs will get a chance to pitch their ideas to a Red Sox [team stats] star who knows a thing or two about pitching.

Sox ace Curt Schilling [stats] is one of the judges looking for the next Google or YouTube or Facebook among the ideas submitted at YouBeTheVC.com, in what is the latest twist on the business plan contest concept.

F. Mark Modzelewski of Cambridge’s Bang Ventures, who conceived the idea, says the YouBeTheVC competition combines the ideas behind “venture capital and ‘American Idol’ with a little bit of wisdom of the crowd thrown in.”

Contestants submit their ideas by filling out an online application at YouBeTheVC.com by Feb. 1.

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Small biz startup: Backup My Info, How I did it

Starting a data-backup service was the dream. Doing it on a bare-bones budget was the challenge.jennifer_walzer.jpg

  • NAME: Jennifer Walzer, CEO
  • AGE: 34
  • BUSINESS: Backup My Info, a firm that provides businesses with automated online data-protection services
  • STARTED: 2002
  • CURRENT REVENUE: $1.5 MILLION

HOW I GOT THE IDEA: "A colleague called in a panic because his organization lost its data, which was stored on magnetic tape.

"I started looking around for alternatives, and it took me two minutes to figure out that this was a massive opportunity."

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The Art of the Self-Imposed Deadline

7:32 PM Wednesday March 25, 2009
Steven DeMaio / Associate Editor at HarvardBusiness.org

For people who work for themselves, the self-imposed deadline is a fact of life. Whether you're starting a business, writing a dissertation, or consulting for a dozen clients, paying attention only to your drop-dead dates would mean never meeting them. You obviously have to set up interim goals along the way.

But the art of self-scheduling is not unique to entrepreneurs and PhD students. It's one that I actively -- and successfully -- practiced for the two decades I spent working for other people. And it's now making my transition to freelance life a lot smoother. Here are the self-scheduling techniques that worked for me really well in the office -- and that remain the hallmarks of my working style out on the professional fringes:

1. Start your day as early as possible. Even if you're not a morning person, there's something intoxicating about planning to do A and B, and then discovering you've done A, B, and C by noon. Seeing C in the rearview mirror at lunch also makes D and E look a lot more inviting -- and Q not so far out of reach.

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