Category: Startups

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How to fire a client: Why pruning clients is a good thing

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Perhaps “fire a client” were not the best choice of words for this headline. “How to end a business relationship with grace,” is probably the more tactful and preferred headline. Business relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, people find themselves in situations where it is not a win-win, … Continued


Blake Newman

10 year work anniversary: Blake Newman, inQbation

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Ten years ago, I was living in Santa Monica, California and working 2 blocks from the beach. Every other person who came into my office seeking a website was either associated with Hollywood or was an aspiring entrepreneur wanting to start up a new tech company.  But, they only had a budget of $2,500.  Talk … Continued

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Work Anniversary: Luis Cuellar, 10 years at inQbation, Agileana

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In November 2007, I was seeking a tech co-founder who was well-connected with web designers and developers, who could work as a project manager, and help me launch inQbation, which ultimately spawned Agileana – also a web design and development company in the DC metro area. I could not have picked a better co-founder. Particularly … Continued


Deborah Holmstrom

Celebrating work anniversaries: Deborah Holmstrom, CFO

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At Agileana, we believe that work anniversaries are significant events – more so, in some cases, than birthdays.  This week, we are celebrating the first work anniversary of Deborah Holmstrom, our CFO. The CFO position is probably one of the most important positions in a company. If a company cannot meet its expenses, make it’s … Continued

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Internship at VA Web Development Company

Internship at VA Web Development Company

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Week 10 Blog Post: Final Thoughts on Summer Internship This is my day at inQbation and for the last blog post, I decided to do an overview of the internship experience. I’ll start with the company itself. inQbation is a small sized company, and while it couldn’t be strictly called a startup (founded in 2007), the … Continued

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Office space for rent CIT building Herndon, VA

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Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) building Office space for rent: 2-6 people Currently, we have 6 people working out of this office.  It is an ideal location and we have a huge sign on the front window.  Anybody who comes out of the auditorium or goes to the parking garage or the cafeteria must pass … Continued

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How to buy an already registered domain name

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When somebody has a great idea for a business, one of the first things they do is to go online to GoDaddy or Network Solutions and register every variation of the domain name around their brilliant epiphany.  Combine this with late-night drugs or alcohol and some folks will register thirty or forty domain names at … Continued

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How to get the most out of a 99 designs logo contest

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Your brand and logo is a very important component of your corporate identity and positioning.  Doing it right often means paying tens of thousands of dollars to a big city creative agency.  But, if you are on a shoestring budget and trying to get something up fast, then a 99 designs logo design campaign can … Continued

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Lean Startup: Starting a business in reverse order

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We named ourselves inQbation for a reason – back in LA circa 2007, entrepreneurs and wannabe entrepreneurs came to us to build a website.  But, we ended up doing more than that.  We ended up giving people business advice, business analysis, legal advice, financial advice, brand counseling, and strategic consulting.  We helped people to do … Continued

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How to avoid stupid mistakes by using a Knowledge Management System

How to avoid stupid mistakes by using a Knowledge Management System

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stu·pid mis·take /ˈst(y)oopid məˈstāk/ Repeating a past mistake and failing to change a course of action based on lessons learnt from past mistakes. “Coming here was a stupid mistake, I should have known better.” Stupid mistakes are those that should not have happened because people should have known better.  They should have been taught what to … Continued

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Small BusinessesTake Credit for Being More Mobile

Small BusinessesTake Credit for Being More Mobile

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The smart small businessman or woman knows that they must stay on top of the latest trends in the business world in order to remain competitive. With that being said, mobility plays a major role in this need to be up to speed with today’s technology. Quite simply, integrating and embracing mobile devices and apps … Continued

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Why Small Businesses Need a Website

Why Small Businesses Need a Website

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Almost all companies, large and small, have an internet presence. Businesses that are still taking advantage of all of the benefits that an online presence can afford them should know what they are missing out on. 1. Availability – Having an effective online presence allows your brand to be available 24 hours a day, seven … Continued


Does Your Business Get Mobile Marketing?

Does Your Business Get Mobile Marketing?

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As a small business owner, you should always be looking for how best to promote your company. Whether it is through traditional advertising, marketing, public relations or social media, you need to know what works best for you. With that being said, does mobile marketing have a place in your strategy playbook? If the answer … Continued

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