Every Friday we list 7 of the best stories we’ve read throughout the week. Most have something to do with small business, entrepreneurship and getting funding or business loans.
Enjoy the stories below and please share something you’ve read this week.
The 45th edition of Links of the Week:
1. Cameron Herald: Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs — TEDX — This video raises some great questions about our society’s focus on raising children to get jobs instead of fostering their strengths and creativity to be entrepreneurs.
2. Why Aren’t Banks Lending to Small Business? Ask Bernanke — The American — “On March 29, at a lecture at George Washington University, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke innocuously remarked that lately “small businesses have … found it difficult to get credit.” Too bad that none of the students at the lecture thought to ask him why. A case can be made that the Fed is partially responsible.”
3. Why Innovation Dies — Steve Blank – “Faced with disruptive innovation, you can be sure any possibility for innovation dies when a company forms a committee for an ‘overarching strategy.’”
4. Traditional Advertising is Truly Dead — Copyblogger — “If you’re addicted to spending ungodly amounts of money in an effort to interrupt enough people into becoming “aware” of your product, service, or idea … skip this. You ain’t gonna like it.”
5. Why Marketers Must Optimize Emails for HTML AND Plain Text [Infographic] — Hubspot — “When you send an email, a lot goes on behind the scenes. And as mere marketing mortals, most of us probably don’t understand the process fully, especially when we rely on software to take care of all that technical mumbo-jumbo for us.”
6. Moz’s $18 Million Venture Financing: Our Story, Metrics and Future — SEOmoz — It’s rare to see companies as transparent about landing a big funding round. There’s a lot to learn about getting VC money from Rand Fishkin in this post.
7. Slugging It Out Over Business Loans — Wall Street Journal — “Banks aren’t racing to loosen pricing or lending criteria for mortgages, as reported in today’s Heard on the Street column. But that isn’t the case when it comes to business lending.”
Now it’s your turn. What did you see this week that is worthy of everyone’s eyeballs?