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Microsoft Just Announced These Three Cool Things That Will Impact Your Business

(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

Yes, the Microsoft community are a bunch of nerds. My firm is a Microsoft partner. So we should know.

But Microsoft loves these people. And can you blame them? They’re the ones that develop tools and technologies that help them – and us – make more money. During Microsoft’s Build 2019 conference, which wrapped up yesterday and which attracted approximately 15,000 of the company’s finest programmers, developers, partners and code-builders from around the world, Microsoft announced a bunch of super-nerdy programming tools that will not interest most business owners.

But the company also introduced three new things should interest business owners a lot. Read More…

Why Did the Guy Who Got $750K for Catching Barry Bonds’ Home Run Ball Give Half to His Friend?

(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

Back in 2007 Barry Bonds was chasing the single season home run record previously set by Mark McGuire. On August 7, Bonds broke that record by launching a fifth inning pitch into the right field stands for home run number 756.

Matt Murphy, 21, caught that ball.

It turns out that Murphy was only at the game on a whim. He and his friend, Amir, were on their way to Australia for a vacation and both decided to catch a Giants game while in San Francisco. Obviously, he caught a lot more than that. Read More…

Looking to sell your small business? Watch out for these things and you’ll likely get a better price

(This post originally appeared on Philly.com)

It’s still a strong market for business owners looking to exit.

According to a recently released report from BizBuySell, a popular online marketplace for buyers and sellers of companies, the number of firms that were sold during the first quarter of the year continued to remain at historically high levels even after falling slightly from the corresponding period in the previous year. The takeaway is that more business owners than ever are looking to exit. Read More…

10 Percent Of Twitter Users Create 80 Percent Of Tweets…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Pew: U.S. adult Twitter users tend to be younger, more Democratic; 10% create 80% of tweets.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that Twitter users tend to be younger and more Democratic than the general public. It also showed that Twitter activity is dominated by a small percentage of the overall population. In fact, the most active tweeters—just 10 percent of U.S. adults—send 80 percent of the tweets. Pew says only around 22 percent of American adults today use Twitter, and their median age is 40, compared with the median age of all U.S. adults, which is 47. (Source: Tech Crunch) Read More…

Really? CRM For The Cannabis Industry?

(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Oftentimes I meet with sales and marketing executives who work for manufacturing, distribution, field service, pharmaceutical or retail companies and they ask for CRM systems that are suited to their industry.  These are specific verticals. So why not cannabis?

The cannabis industry – as we all know – has been exploding. Billions of dollars in revenues have been created in the more than half of the states in the country that now allow the medical or recreational use of the product. Growers, dispensaries, distributors, and a whole host of other indirect companies have benefited from the legal marijuana trend. So why not CRM? Read More…

Everybody loves to hate the open office, but is it dead yet?

(This post originally appeared on Philly.com)

When I started working at my first job after college in the mid-1980s, the typical office was made up of cubicles, where every employee had his or her own private space. Offices have changed a lot since then. Now open-plan spaces, where workers share desks in large rooms without any barriers or cubicles blocking their views, seem to be everywhere.

Many large companies — from Apple to co-working locations, such as WeWork — have replaced ugly and claustrophobic little rooms with bright, open-space areas that offer wide views and a more team-oriented environment. Open-plan offices promised to help employees collaborate better and be more productive, improve workers’ health, reduce construction costs, and provide more flexibility as the workplace changes. Read More…

NYC: A regulation wonderland, a small business nightmare

(This post originally appeared on The Hill)

As a lifelong Philadelphian, I’ve never had much sympathy for the plight of New Yorkers, particularly Mets fans. But that’s all changing. I feel pretty bad for people trying to run a small business in that town. Believe me, Philadelphia has its challenges, but for small operators in the Big Apple, it’s a much tougher life.

Of course, businesses in New York City have a much larger pool of potential customers, but they’ve also got a lot of competition as well as higher taxes and rents. Yet, that’s not even the worst of it. The real challenge to New York City business owners is their own local and state governments. Read More…