Deals Site “Doggyloot” Fetches Funding from Sandbox Ventures

We marketing folks often talk about whether or not the dogs are eating the dog food. Now, Sandbox Ventures has thrown a bone to a Chicago Startup called Doggyloot, which helps consumers save on pet food.

Doggyloot, which launched in February 2011, has rapidly grown into the most successful dog deals site on the web, while connecting merchants in the dog space to tens of thousands of dog owners and introducing dog owners to new products and services. The company runs three to four deals each week on everything from dog toys and treats to grooming supplies and accessories, all at a 50 percent discount or higher. doggyloot intends to continue growing its expanding user base while exploring other facets of the dog space, including an extensive content section of the site.

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Growing in the Asia-Pacific Marketplace, Part III

Steve Perrenod from Orion Marketing has posted Part III of his feature on Growing in the Asia-Pacific Marketplace.

In this third blog entry I look more specifically at an important consideration for business in the region – the unfortunate fact of corruption. There is an extremely wide variation in the level of corruption across the region. I tie together the business transparency score with the market potential as addressed in the first blog entry to arrive an an overall opportunity score for each of 14 nations. This is based not simply on population or GDP, but rather on openness and transparency of doing business combined with today’s potential market size, with US exports to each nation as a proxy for the latter.

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Young Entrepreneurs and the Greater Fool Theory

Tony Stubblebine writes that young entrepreneurs should consider a fundamental rule of business called the Greater Fool Theory:

There’s basically two ways to be financially successful as a company. One, you could rely on time-tested business fundamentals. I call this the Warren Buffet model. Two, you could rely on the greater fool theory, which is that with enough hype, smoke, and mirrors you can find a buyer who is an even greater fool than your investors.

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Video: Startup CPusage Sells Your CPU Cycles to Science


The Next Web brings us this video on CPusage, a Portland Startup that turns your excess CPU cycles into a public grid for scientific research.

The processing power of the idle computers (downloaded in one click for users) creates CPUsage’s Cirrus Grid which delivers a scalable and high powered Infrastructure-as-a-Service for high throughput and high performance computing. Good for SaaS and PaaS offerings, Cirrus Grid provides access to the raw processing power of thousands of physical nodes and is highly secure and able to run most batch-oriented applications and the libraries they require.

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Survey Reveals the New Entrepreneur

A recent survey by Deluxe Corporation suggests a a surprising global democratization of entrepreneurship:

With the bad economy looming and emerging technologies changing the way we brand and market our businesses, there is a new face of modern entrepreneurship. Now people from across the world are starting businesses, regardless of age, and we aren’t forced to tap into third parties in order to reach potential customers.

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Perfect PR Pitches for your Startup

Paul Sawers over at the Next Web writes some great tips for Startups looking for PR:

A key point to remember is that the relationship between a company and the media is a symbiotic one. On the one hand you, as a startup, want the public to read about your company in well-read publications, but also remember that we need you because you are what will ultimately give us good content.

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