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A Surprising Tech Center Emerges In Upstate NY
It’s being shaped by the presence of dedicated business people with a sense of the region’s long manufacturing history.
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The Pandemic Showed Us What Works
Three ideas for investments in infrastructure to make us healthier.
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What You May Have Missed

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Big Social Media Doesn’t Work That Well For Small Business. But The Market Is Shifting.
A revelatory story by Lori Ioannou about the realities of dealing with big social media companies: For small businesses, they’re often expensive, with little result.
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Living the dream 

Buzzworthy Now that we’re returning to the office, it’s time to pay attention to body language again. In an issue on better relationships, Time Magazine quoted experts advising: Don’t cross your arms or legs. and don’t fidget. Do change your attitude — smiles help, not a tense look — and do tailor your actions to the context. “A firm handshake and a small smile might fit the bill for a third-round meeting with the boss.. Marching someone’s posture and commenting on the environment around you might be suitable if you’re striking up a casual conversation, said Nicholas Boothman, author of How to Make People Like You in 90 Second or Less.

Best Practices Spend no more than 10% of gross revenue on marketing, seek platforms other than Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (smaller platforms may work better because they’re more targeted) and establish a goal for engagements. These tips and more in the Times of E story on how big social media platforms have started failing small business.

What I’m Reading

story in The Economist uses home prices as a proxy for where people moved during the pandemic. People want sunshine and low prices.

This article in Futuriom details a new investor in an Alphabet cybersecurity spinoff called Sandbox AQ. The investor? The CIA. It was a reminder of the incestuous relationships between world governments and social media companies (aka defense contractors?).

Along the same lines, The Logic reported that the Canadian government has considered appointing a director to oversee the integrity and national security of the financial sector as the risks of cyberattacks grow.


4.5 Hour Workweek: A Productivity Hack

Use your calendar, rather than a to-do list. It will force you to think realistically about the time it takes to complete tasks.

Plantable Mothers Day Card

If you’re looking for a fast or bonus mothers day gift, you can send a card that blooms wherever it’s planted by the mother you want to celebrate. It’s available at Etsy for less than $5.

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1. Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies 

Annual startup competition run by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. Most Fundable Companies List winners will be featured in Entrepreneur™ Magazine and announced at the October Showcase in Malibu, CA. All US-based startups with <$10M annual revenue, in all industries, are eligible. They can be at any stage from pre-revenue/pre-seed through Series A. Affiliation with Pepperdine not required.

 Application Deadline: May 27
 Location: Application process is virtual. Finals in Malibu in October
 Link: https://pepperdine.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQVHTLIhNLbdO3b?sp=TE

2. A Course To Reach the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

In this free course developed by entrepreneurship professor John Lynn, professors and other entrepreneurship educators get a curriculum and supporting materials based on the influential book, The New Builders.

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Link: https://docsend.com/view/s/4gah7gde5yrguz8j

3. Black Ambition Prize

The Black Ambition Prize is a tiered opportunity for early-stage Black and Latinx founders to compete for more than $2,000,000 and learn with a network of talented founders and cross-sector business leaders. There’s also a separate Black Ambition HBCU Prize.

 Date: May 8
 Location: N/A
Link: blackambitionprize.com


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This story and others on New Builders Dispatch are made possible by a sponsorship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that provides access to opportunities that help people achieve financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity – regardless of race, gender, or geography. The Kansas City, Mo.-based foundation uses its grantmaking, research, programs, and initiatives to support the start and growth of new businesses, a more prepared workforce, and stronger communities. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org and connect with www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

A business journalist for 20 years, am the founder of Times of Entrepreneurship and the co-author of The New Builders.