Owen Linderholm

    Owen Linderholm

    Owen Linderholm, Yahoo! Small Business Advisor Senior Editor
  • Art of the Deal: A Business Rockstars Minute

    Ever wanted to read The Art of the Deal and not had the time or couldn't stomach wading through hundreds of pages of Donald Trump to get to the gold? Ken Rutkowski has the one minute summary of everything you need to know to master The Art of the Deal in this Business Rockstars Minute.

  • Kiva.org: A Business Rockstars Minute

    A tough challenge for those who believe in small business and entrepreneurship is helping kids and relatives understand what it is like to be part of building something yourself - a real business. In this Business Rockstars Minute, Ken Rutkowski talks about how you can do that for real using a microinvesting platform where you put in real money in very small amounts and get to participate in the growth of new businesses all over the world. It's educational, life changing and a great thing to try. Take a look.

  • The .com Gift: A Business Rockstars Minute

    Still looking for a perfect last minute gift? If you know any aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those who might want to start a personal business like a consultancy or a lifestyle business, then Ken Rutkowski has a great suggestion in this Business Rockstars Minute. It's a great suggestion for anyone at all who wants some kind of roots or home online in any form as well. Take a look.

  • Kidma Proof: A Business Rockstars Minute

    In this Business Rockstars Minute, Ken Rutkowski discusses an approach to product design and philosophy for any new company that is intended to make whatever it is that you choose to do appeal to as wide an audience as possible. What is it? Well the secret lies in the word Kidma which stands for both a kid and a grandma. Want to know more? Take a look.

  • Net and Gross: A Business Rockstars Minute

    Do you understand basic accounting and bookkeeping? And do you need to? Well, yes and no. In the grans scheme of things as an entrepreneur if you succeed big, then you succeed big. But for most of us the devil is in the details and you need to understand the basics of how money works in your business. Which means understanding properly what things like net and gross mean as they apply to your business. Ken Rutkowski is here to set you straight in this Business Rockstars Minute.

  • Never Give Up: A Business Rockstars Minute

    There's light at the end of the tunnel. That's a pretty trite phrase but it is grounded in reality. Success in business is a struggle and there are many 'tunnels,' but if you get through them there will be a light at the end. In this Business Rockstars Minute, Ken Rutkowski talks about why and how you should never give up in the struggle to succeed with your business.

  • Men or Women? A Business Rockstars Minute

    In this Business Rockstars Minute with Ken Rutkowski, he takes a look at the controversial topic of comparing men and women in business and the unfortunately very real perceptions that exist. He is going to banish a few hidebound misconceptions and challenge some old assumptions. But the bottom line is that while there are real differences, gender isn't any kind of barrier or influence on success when you start your own business.

  • Social Planning: A Business Rockstars Minute

    In this Business Rockstars Minute with Ken Rutkowski he takes a look at how you can be more effective in your use of social media. When you take a break or when you are busy, you really want to find a process and tools that can help your social media engagement and posting keep humming along.

  • Free Education: A Business Rockstars Minute

    Ever wanted a better education? Or more education? Or even any education? How about if you could take courses from schools like Harvard or MIT or almost any global elite university - and you could even take them for free? Ken Rutkowski tells you how in this Business Rockstars Minute.

  • Take A Break: A Business Rockstars Minute

    In this Business Rockstars Minute video with Ken Rutkowski he takes a look at a completely counter-intuitive idea - that taking a break is great for business. But it's true. Taking a break for work done at the right time and in the right way can be the best thing for your work that you can do. Want to know why and how to do it successfully?

  • Exerting Control and the Federal Reserve: The basics of the economy

    But the reality is that the policies of the Fed, as it is known, probably have more to do with small business than any official policies from the rest of the Federal Government that ostensibly affect small business.

  • The 30K Millionaire: A Business Rockstars Minute

    In this Business Rockstars Minute video with Ken Rutkowski he talks about a strange group of people that he calls the $30K Millionaire. These are the people that are masquerading as someone they are not. They seem to be useful to you but turn out not to be. Watch out for these people because they can use up your valuable time, energy, contacts and ideas. It always pays to make sureyou are dealing with the right people.

  • Recap of Live Twitter Chat on Recognition for Small Business with Jonathan Hirshon of Horizon

    We held a live twitter chat yesterday on recognition, publicity and PR for small business with Jonathan Hisrshon. Called 'The Guru of Silicon Valley' by BusinessWeek, Jonathan is the principal of Horizon Communications, one of Silicon Valley's premier high-tech PR agencies.

  • Trust but Verify: A Business Rockstars Minute

    In this Business Rockstars Minute video with Ken Rutkowski he talks about your attitude to prospective partners and even customers. The basic message is to be open to opportunities but not to naively believe everything you hear and to do that he suggest emulating a famous dictum from back in the Cold War: Trust but Verify. How do you do that?

  • Product, Process and Innovation: The Roadside MBA

    The Roadside MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business takes a look a look at an innovative small business in Southern California that has combined its innovation with process and product expertise along with highly skilled employees to create the largest and best industrial mixers in the world.

  • The Four No's: A Business Rockstars Minute

    Getting the sale is one of the toughest challenges a business owner faces. Maybe not one sale, but sales again, and again, and again. Sales people have to be persistent and creative without being annoying. And as a business founder and owner you are going to be a sales person whether you like it or not. What does it take? Find out in this Business Rockstars Video with Ken Rutkowski. He lets you in on a secret to just how persistent you really need to be.

  • Tragedy of the Commons: The basics of the economy

    Depending on your political views, beliefs and other factors, you will react very differently to it but please bear with us. Our mandate here at Yahoo Small Business Advisor is to encourage and support small business owners. And typically that means VERY small businesses. Like under 5 employees small. How is that relevant? Well the question is what does our global pool of natural resources have to do with you? The answer is actually not very much. You may or may not make use of them in a small way as part fo the resources going in to your business. But no matter what they are somewhere between meaning nothing to you and meaning a very small amount to you in terms of your business.

  • Your Favorite Animal: A Business Rockstars Minute

    Perhaps the single biggest challenge in any form of business, but especially in starting a new venture, is trusting people and knowing with whom to partner and who you should stay away from. It's a challenge and one that can make the difference between strong partnerships and success and between misplaced trust and failure. And the same skill is useful again and again. IF you can successfully evaluate new people that you meet.

  • Social Media: A Business Rockstars Minute

    Social media is a bit of a touchstone for business. there are businesses that understand it, make use of it and embrace it. And there are businesses that don't. The ones that don't are just plain missing out. Social media works for business. It just takes finding the right channels and the right way to address your customers and it becomes another way to connect to them. Ken Rutkowski explains in this Business Rockstars Minute.

  • Change is upon us: A Business Rockstars Minute

    In this Business Rockstars Minute with Ken Rutkowski, he takes a close look at change and what it means for business in general and your business in particular. What does that mean? Innovating, embracing the shifts in the world around us, moving forward. If you don't then your business may be one that is swept away. And what about if you haven't started yet? Well then look for those changes, see the pattern shifting and take advantage. Want to embrace change?