Are Small Business Incubators the Future?

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iStock_000021656315XSmallI’ve been to Las Vegas once in my life. A group of friends and I made the trip in November 2009 to celebrate a close friend’s bachelor party. Yes, we had a good time. No, it wasn’t anything like the cliché “Vegas baby Vegas,” experience we’ve come to expect thanks to Hollywood.

Either way, the Vegas strip is an incredible spectacle. People are everywhere. Buildings stretch to the sky like a stack of chips on a heater. Roller coasters weave and duck right above the sidewalks and you can eat your weight at any of the mile-long buffets.

Think about the image you have of Las Vegas. Casinos, hotels, money, expensive food and live shows. Doesn’t exactly describe a mecca or hub for entrepreneurs and small business owners working to establish their product in a city overrun with people in search of nothing but brand names, or who are even aware Las Vegas exists beyond the four-mile-long strip.

As much as the casinos and hotel feed the city’s economy, most people on the strip are not citizens. They are tourists in town for two to five days and then gone faster than Lady Luck at the craps or blackjack table. Local businesses aren’t making money off tourists. They have to appeal to the citizens of Las Vegas in a location that appeals specifically to them. That’s why I found this recent story so fascinating.

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Zoho Projects iPhone / Android Mobile App updates

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A couple of months ago we made an announcement that our Zoho Projects Mobile Apps goes FREE for all users – both iPhone and Android Mobile App.

Fast forward now we’re pretty excited with the uptake it has got among our customers and were bombarded with lot of feed backs and suggestions to improve our Mobile Apps. We LISTENED to all your views and delighted to introduce a bunch of enhancements and bug fixes that makes it easier than ever for you to connect from anywhere and get your work done much faster with Zoho Projects.

Here’s the list of all the cool things you can try out on your mobile

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Salespoint for Zoho CRM: The iPad App for Field Salespeople

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This is a guest post by David Falk, CEO of Salespoint, a Barcelona-based field sales mobile app provider for manufacturing, insurance, electronics and food services.

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We believe that the key to successful CRM implementation is to create a win-win situation for sales reps as well as their management. If sales reps are made to realize how they can benefit by using the system (huge saving of time, access to interesting data, etc.), this would in turn enable their management to easily access the information they require for steering the organization.

Today, we’re proud to announce the integration of Salespoint with Zoho CRM.  Read more

Scheduled Maintenance

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As previously announced, we started upgrading our data center infrastructure. Additional details about this upgrade including the services affected are available here.

If you are a Zoho Mail user, you can find the affected services here. Accessing mail.zoho.com will redirect you to your Mail alone. For Calendar, please go to calendar.zoho.com. Other features like Tasks, Notes, Search etc will be available after the upgrade.

We will keep you updated on the progress. Thank you for your support.

UPDATE as on 2:40 am PDT: The infrastructure upgrade has been completed successfully. However, a few minor features within some services might be affected, we are working to restore these.

UPDATE as on 6:10 am PDT, on 2nd September 2013: All services and features are now fully operational. Order has been restored in the Zoho universe. Thanks for bearing with us through the maintenance period :)

Could You Work at a “Bossless” Office?

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Menlo Innovation headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. Photo by Elise Hu/NPR

Menlo Innovation headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Photo by Elise Hu/NPR

The modern workplace is at it again. Every day there’s a story about another company throwing conventional office rules out the window — no dress code, work from home, bring your dog, cat, parakeet, or python to the office — and blazing the trail toward a new way of thinking. This time, the traditional hierarchy of a company is in question.

No managers. No team leaders. No bosses.

If you’re a small business owner, this concept isn’t that unusual. In fact, most small business owners open their own place for just this reason. But can it work on a larger scale with 50 or more employees outside of Sir Thomas Malory’s Camelot or Alexandre Dumas’ 17th century France? Can a group of people govern themselves in an office environment with a “Round Table,” or “all for one, one for all,” mantra?

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Small Business Stories You Might Have Missed

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iStock_000019991402XSmallIt’s time for another installment in our ongoing series, “Small Business Stories You Might Have Missed.” At Zoho, we hope this series is helping you stay in touch with small business news and also giving you helpful tips to improve the state of your own business.

This week, we will be looking at everything from how good writing can improve your business’ online presence to the importance of embracing new technology.

Want to learn more about how you can better reach your audience in 2013 and the future? We have an article for that too.

So grab your laptop or tablet and a cup of coffee, and enjoy!

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Scheduled Maintenance on Aug 31, 2013

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Zoho now has more than 8 million registered users, and we are growing at a very healthy rate. Keeping pace with this growth means we need to scale up our infrastructure periodically. We are planning one such infrastructure upgrade in our primary data center on Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 between 10 am PDT and 10 pm PDT. We have planned it in such a way that there is a minimal disruption of service during the scheduled maintenance period.

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