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Wednesday July 23, 2014

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  • The Startup Line - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    Venture capital investment in Maine tops $16 million in Q2

    Venture capital investment in Maine startups topped $16 million during the second quarter of 2014, a significant increase from the same quarter last year, according to a new industry report. Venture capitalists, who typically invest in early-stage companies, invested nearly $16.1 million in two Maine startups during the second quarter, according to the MoneyTree Report, which was released Friday. PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association compiled the report using data from […]

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  • The Startup Line - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 8:18 am

    Maine bakery featured in Google economic impact report

    Fresh off her win at the Entreverge awards, Briana Warner and her Portland bakery business are now being featured in a national report from Google about the economic impact its search engine and advertising platforms have in the country. Google’s economic impact report is a publicity stunt, but it does include some noteworthy state-by-state numbers. The Internet giant claims in its report that its search engine and advertising platforms helped provide $286 million in […]

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    Heart at Work - Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    Bringing Clarity to Your Professional Brand

    In an earlier post on “Developing Your Professional Brand”, I mentioned Dorie Clark’s quote that your professional brand “is about figuring out who you really are and what you do best, and then living that brand out. It’s the essence of authenticity;” and that there are four cornerstones to be addressed when developing your professional brand: Purpose, Clarity, Focus and Strategy. This post focuses on Clarity. Clarity is about determining what you’re good at; what you like to do; […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 10:31 am

    LeBron James is Underpaid!

    This past weekend my best friend Matt and I attended the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland. We heard some great music, talked about family and friends, and stalked the best fried clams we could find (though we both also would highly recommend the Pho Sizzle food truck). Both of us were in a particularly celebratory mood, since on Friday, while Matt was on his way up from Albany, I […]

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    Commercial Confidential - Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 5:10 am

    Maine’s air pollution has been bad this week — but it’s getting better

    Did you notice a tickling feeling in your lungs during the hot weather last Saturday, or earlier this week? You wouldn’t be alone — Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has been issuing a string of “moderate” air pollution forecasts recently, and warning “sensitive people” to limit outdoor exercise and exertion. Forecast for Portland, ME: Jul 13 Moderate (Yellow) — Portland MaineDEP (@MEair_Portland) July 12, 2014 If you take the long […]

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    On the Job - Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 | 9:13 am

    More Women Are Staying Home With The Kids: But Is It A Choice?

    More mothers are staying home with their children. According to a recent Pew study, the percentage of moms who don’t work outside the home has risen dramatically in the past decade, from 23% in 1999 to 29% in 2012.  This is a major reversal from past decades, when the proportion of stay-at-home moms was steadily decreasing. Much of the news coverage of this trend has focused on the so-called “opt […]

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    Heart at Work - Friday Jul 11, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    Four steps to a more professional social media presence

    I’m delighted that my colleague, Amy Jaffe, offered to submit this timely post. So, I just joined Facebook! I know, I know, I’m very late to the party. One of the reasons I hesitated for so long is that social media can be scary. It’s a place where our professional and personal lives intersect, and one simple click can damage a reputation permanently. Having joined, I’m excited to catch up […]

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  • The Startup Line - Thursday Jul 10, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Time for ‘the real heavy lifting:’ Sustaining the momentum from Maine Startup and Create Week

    It’s been three weeks since Maine Startup and Create Week was the center of attention in Maine’s startup scene — and, if the event accomplished one of its goals, at least in the peripheral vision of the larger statewide community. Since then, I’ve been talking with people about how they plan to maintain the momentum created during the week, which consisted of 44 events spread over eight days that attracted more […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Jul 10, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    Show Me the Money: Are You Being Paid Everything You Are Entitled To?

    As a boy growing up in Cleveland in the 60’s and 70’s, I followed all the teams. The Indians were wretched. The Cavaliers were an awful expansion team. The only team with half a chance were the Browns. I like to tell people how I was at the first Monday night football game. Browns versus Jets, the year after the Jets and Joe Namath won the Super Bowl. Billy Andrews […]

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