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How We Do Hiring at MarketBeat

(Watch this Video on YouTube) The topic of hiring has come up a lot recently in the Startup Sioux Falls community and this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone given our city’s historically-low unemployment rate. Chelsea Giedd, a local boutique owner in Sioux Falls, recently published a series of podcast episodes about hiring and that …

How MarketBeat Does Email Re-Engagement and Sunsetting

When it comes to email marketing, having a bigger list is not always better. It’s not the marketer with the biggest email list that wins, it’s the marketer that has the most engaged audience that wins. Email service providers are looking at engagement statistics (open rates, clickthrough rates, subscriber replies, spam reports) more than ever …

South Dakota, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (Video)

I had the privilege of being on a panel with Ryan Swanstrom from Swanstrom Analytics and Jodi Schwan from SiouxFalls.Business at the South Dakota Technology Showcase event, which is put on by SDN Communications. During the panel, we discussed artificial intelligence initiatives from South Dakota companies, the role that higher education plays in training technology …

Why You Should Resist The Urge to Sell Your Business

In some entrepreneurial circles, having sold out of a business is a badge of honor. You created something from nothing. You built a profitable business and your business was so attractive that someone wrote you a big check and bought you out. You’ve got a pile of money in the bank and now you’re free …

When is Your Startup No Longer a Startup?

We all ascribe ourselves many labels that describe who we are to the world. One label I’ve carried for the last decade is “startup founder”, but I recently realized that MarketBeat is no longer a startup. In this video, I talk about the five signs that your business is no longer in start-up mode. Watch …

What Held Me Back from Hiring an Assistant (and Why I Finally Hired One)

For years, I resisted the idea of having an assistant at MarketBeat due to my middle-class mindset. I finally hired an assistant two months ago and that decision has forever benefited my ability to get work done and spend more time with my family. Watch on Facebook (Watch this Video on Facebook) Watch on YouTube …

Seven Bizarre Things That Happened to Me While Building Online Businesses

I’ve been building online businesses since 2006 and I’ve run into some interesting people in circumstances during that time. From the illegal translation of one of my books to the 80-year-old man that threatened to drive to Sioux Falls and beat me up, it’s been a wild ride. (Watch this Video on YouTube) Prefer to …