Every Friday we list 7 of the best stories we’ve read throughout the week. Most have something to do with small business and getting funding or business loans. Occasionally we’ll add something that’s completely off topic.
Enjoy the stories below and please share something you’ve read this week.
The 39th edition of Small Business Eyeball Worthy Links of the Week:
1. Scarcity of strong loan applicants shifts bargaining power to qualified borrowers — The Washington Post — “A litany of factors play into whether a small business is considered a “highly qualified” loan candidate, and each bank weighs those factors differently. But if you meet a lender’s test, you may hold the upper hand at the negotiating table given the current scarcity of such borrowers.”
2. Super Tuesday: Obama’s proposals would buoy small businesses — Washington Post — “President Obama might have finally gotten the message. “Starting with pushing through the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act last year as a down payment in making small businesses an active part of the economic recovery …”
4. Is Starting a Business an Art or a Science? — Entrepreneur — “Fact: Entrepreneurship is an irrational pursuit. Founding a company–much less one that could “change the world”–entails insane amounts of risk, ridiculously low chances of success and zero work-life balance.”
5. Risk and Riches in User Data for Facebook — The New York Times — As the largest social network in the world, Facebook is facing scrutiny on how it handles data it collects from 845 million people. As Facebook prepares to go public, it’s under pressure to find new ways to turn that data into a profit.
6. The future of advertising: Many, lightweight interactions over time — Think Outside In — “We build relationships with brands the same way we build relationships with people.”
7. Graphic: Will James Cameron beat Richard Branson to the bottom of the Mariana Trench? — National Post — This has nothing to do with business, unless you want to count anything Richard Branson does as business. But this jaw-dropping graphic of the deepest trench in the world is more than worthy of being here today. Film-maker James Cameron and zillionaire Richard Branson are racing to get to the bottom of this trench.
Now it’s your turn. What did you see this week that is worthy of everyone’s eyeballs?