Every Friday we list 7 of the best stories we’ve read throughout the week. Most involve something about business. Sometimes we add something else. Enjoy the stories below and please share something you’ve read this week.
Enjoy the 26th edition of Eyeball Worthy Links of the Week:
1. Top New Offers From Startup America Partners — Portfolio.com — Startup America has been making news this week, holding meetings at the White House and putting together resources to help small businesses. This slide show presents the newest partners of Startup America, and what they can do for small biz. Look closely at #7 to see Lendio. Their description reads: “An online platform that matches a business owner to dozens of loan options from more than 3,000 lenders nationwide, is offering free premium memberships and discounts on all related products, providing an estimated $54 million in savings to Startup America firms.”
2. Startup America Cranks Up — Portfolio.com — More information about Startup America, and the $billions from both the private sector and the SBA to help the creation and innovation of new businesses.
3. How startup failures drive economic success — Washington Post — “Entrepreneurs don’t often succeed with their first startups, and many continue to fail with their second and perhaps even their third. But that’s not the point on which policy makers should focus, according to several experts who spoke Thursday on the Hill.”
4. It’s Not China; It’s Efficiency That Is Killing Our Jobs — DYSKE — “The majority of wealth is now concentrated at the top of the social ladder. This is particularly true in the US, and the gap is widening every year. This, I believe, is because of efficiency, not China. Today the best ideas can efficiently and quickly propagate worldwide, and everyone can efficiently find them and buy them. This makes the owners of these ideas filthy rich, and those ideas that are not the best, can hardly survive. It’s not just transfer of information that is fast; wealth too is transferred very fast and efficiently.”
5. How Apple Disrupted Its Markets On A Shoe-String R&D Budget — Seeking Alpha — “… in contrast, Apple focused its R&D efficiently, putting the rest of large tech to shame, spending a surprisingly low $10 billion over the last 10 years to revolutionize its markets …”
6. There is No ROI in Social Media Marketing — Copyblogger — “It’s the online business equivalent of jeans that don’t make your butt look big. Social media ROI is everyone’s holy grail of the moment.”
7. The Branding of Occupy Movement — The New York Times — “Kalle Lasn, the longtime editor of the anticonsumerist magazine Adbusters, did not invent the anger that has been feeding the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations across the United States. But he did brand it.”
Now it’s your turn. What’d you see this week that is worthy of everyone’s eyeballs?