I started a company that designs language learning apps. Initial funding was through Kickstarter. That Kickstarter did very well, and the last 2 years have been spent developing 65 products, which have continued to sell well after the Kickstarter, so the company is now self sustaining. I have another ~half year of Kickstarter-related work to do, but after that, I'd like to develop a new, very complex, very high quality language learning app that's going to take a lot of money to get off the ground. I have lots of expertise in language learning and basically zero expertise in startups, market research, business, fundraising, app pricing, etc. These next steps are potentially going to move my little niche business into mainstream territory, and they're very large steps that require way more business expertise than I have. So...what do I do? I feel like I need to hire someone/an agency to tell me what to do next, but I don't know the job titles of these people, or how to find people who are so good and reliable that I can reasonably put my entire financial future in their hands. What do? [more inside]
I would like to study the history of the business of poetry publishing. Where should I look? [more inside]
I'm not talking about "information management" in terms of corporate IT, which is all you find when you search on Google. I'm talking about someone to help me develop a sustainable plan to process the absurd amount of information that constantly bombards me. I figure I need someone who can help my develop reliable, efficient systems and also probably the mental toughness to keep doing it. I've looked at so many books, but my situation is beyond any one of them. I feel like I need someone who understands the psychology, systematizing , and technology of the matter. [more inside]
I like my job, but not the location. I'd like to find something similar/related to what I'm doing now in Southern California, but don't really know where I should be looking, and would like some suggestions. [more inside]
I'd like to compile a list of businesses in New York City—starting with Manhattan—that have been around for 100 years or more. I'd also like to include places the public can visit that aren't "businesses" per se. I'm guessing this information is publicly available, but I don't know where to start. Any guidance would be extremely helpful. Thanks!
I am a research student who may have inadvertently invented something commercializable. What do I do now? [more inside]
I am bookmarking websites like crazy, as I do research and online reading, and it's a mess. Help! [more inside]
Durrrrrrr... What's a startup? [more inside]
I'm doing market research and am looking for companies like Gore Tex and eVent, developers of functional textiles for outdoor apparel. Where can I find such information?
My boss has asked me to work on getting our company a contract with the U.S. government's General Services Administration (GSA). I have been doing some research and reading everything I can about it, but I think this may be too big of a job for just me. Does anyone have any experience with working on a contract like this or know of any good resources for help? Anything that any of you can offer would be great. Thanks!
How do you make sure a business idea has merit before running with it? [more inside]
What are the best nonfiction books, novels or articles if I want to get a feel for city life in Seoul, South Korea in the 1970s or 1980s? [more inside]
Hunting for report/ article: Of the top ten/ hundred US/ World companies in 1900, only three still exist today. Is such a report apocryphal, or if not, do you know where it is?
My friend is trying to start a business and is currently writing his business plan. He needs to do market research, but is having trouble finding the information he needs on google or other searches. Any tips on how to do market research for free without paying for a consulting service? If that is the only way, what is the pricing like for those services? Thanks!
Is there a good on-line research tool for South American (most notably, Brazilian) companies? [more inside]
I'm looking for some freely available online business plan templates for a quasi-client who wants to start a training business catering to IT project management in government. [more inside]
What are the internal business processes I should concentrate on when evaluating a clothing retailer? What are some questions I can ask the owner to help me identify where the processes could use some improvement? [more inside]
Where could I find demographics about age groups and personal computer ownership? Specifically a percentage of people who own computers by age group [more inside]
i need help market sizing. Iam trying to figure out how many small IT shops there are with under 25 people. I was given a quote that there are 50,000 IT service providers with headcounts under 25 that are selling a service, i.e. Managed Service Provider (MSP). The source indicated this number came from Gartner.
I own a very small company, and I feel that my product is the best in its category. If I can just get my message to the masses, my company will be a success (otherwise I'll have to go back to work for "the man"). What's the best way to ge the message out? I realize that everyone is advertising-averse, and I don't want to consider anything that might irritate people.