Author Archives: Darren Marchal

Why Twitter should focus on even more local features

I had an unusual experience this morning at my local cafe. While sipping my latte, I overheard an elderly couple at the next table discussing Twitter’s market cap and what Twitter’s future revenue opportunities are. Twenty-four months earlier, that very same couple may not have even known what Twitter was, let alone how they intend…

Amazon Tests Drones for Same-Day Parcel Delivery, Bezos Says

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is testing drones to deliver goods as the world’s largest e-commerce company works to improve efficiency and speed in getting products to consumers. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos unveiled the plan on CBS’s “60 Minutes” news program in the U.S., showing interviewer Charlie Rose the flying machines that can serve as delivery vehicles. Bezos said the gadgets,…

The Fast Track to Retirement: Reduce Consumerism

The quickest way to grow a nest egg is to cut expenses as much as possible. It’s almost Thanksgiving and retailers are going all out on advertising this year. Plus, 2013 has a shortened shopping season because Thanksgiving is later than usual. As a result, retailers are opening even earlier on Thursday. For example, Kmart will…

Want a Mentor for Your Business? Look for These 3 Qualities

When you’re starting a business — or even just thinking about it — the advice you’ll get again and again is to find a mentor. But here’s what’s more important: finding the right mentor. The mentor-mentee relationship is a lot like dating. You must share mutual interests, really want to spend time together and be equally committed….

6 Insider Strategies to Speed Angel Funding

Wealthy individuals who invest in startup companies are called “angel” investors.  The problem with this angelic term is the tendency for first-time entrepreneurs to assume that wealthy angels are warm-hearted and will rescue entrepreneurs and small business owners from the perils of a cash crisis. The truth is that angels, especially members of angel investment…

Changing Careers? 4 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Crafting an excellent résumé can be difficult. Even more difficult is crafting an excellent résumé when you’re a career changer competing against other applicants who already have work experience in the field you’re trying to break into. But the fact that you haven’t had a job in your new industry before doesn’t mean you don’t…

3 Things That Can Kill Your Brand

Every so often I like to convert my personal misfortunes into marketing insight for small business owners. Well, today is that day. A couple of weeks back, my family and I made our way out of the house in the morning for a typical day of work and school.  However on this particular day, my…

Angry Over U.S. Surveillance, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has spent months and millions of dollars encrypting email, search queries and other information flowing among its data centers worldwide. Facebook’s chief executive said at a conference this fall that the government “blew it.” And though it has not been announced publicly, Twitter plans to set up new types of encryption to protect messages from snoops….