WINNING IDEAS - Tien Wong's Blog

This is the unedited version of my December 5, 2012 Blog Post which was published in the Washington Business Journal.

I’m really thrilled to start writing a weekly Blog post for the Washington Business Journal as of today.  Thank you Roger Hughlett and Alex Orfinger, Publisher, for the opportunity to express my opinions and thoughts about a wide range of business ideas and topics.

As a novice and inconsistent blogger, I now have a “boss” and weekly deadline, so there are no more excuses NOT to post consistently.  And to have the WBJ platform distribute my content?! What more could I ask for?

I’ll be blogging on leadership, entrepreneurship, technology (all kinds), strategy, private equity, venture capital, international business (particularly in China and Brazil), and probably a bunch of other random stuff.

Last week I had the pleasure, along with Devin Schain of CampusEd and Mark Richardson of…

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The Pinstriped Suit

So, we are now sitting in the fourth week of January and a lot of people have either abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions or never got to them in the first place.

Today, I want to offer up two valuable tools for maintaining those resolutions from two of my favorite entrepreneurs.

(Side note, I just finished reading “The Power Of Habit ” by Charles Duhigg and the best way to keep your New Year’s Resolutions is to make it a habit. Check out the book for more great ideas on developing habits)

Tool 1 – Write down 10 goals each day in a notebook. 

Tip taken from Brian Tracy, Entrepreneur, Sales Trainer and Business Coach

The specific practice is to write down 10 goals each day when you wake up to get you focused on what your life and professional priorities are. Brian recommends using a spiral notebook so…

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The Pinstriped Suit

Finding the perfect gift for your friends, family or significant other this holiday season can be stressful. How many times have you asked yourself “What do I get for the person who has everything?”.

Well, today I’m going to make your holiday shopping just a little easier.

Here are 10 gift ideas that are perfect for the entrepreneur or business person in your life. And hey, who says you can’t treat yourself to something special?

1) Audible Membership

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What better way to kill time on the bus or commute into work then to listen to an educational or fun (fiction) book? Catch up the latest best sellers while on the go. And if you work from home, you can load up your ipod with audiobooks and go to the gym!

2) Tim Ferris’s new book “The 4-Hour Chef

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I haven’t read this book yet but based on Tim’s…

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The WordPress.com Blog

For us, WordPress.com is our labor of love — we’re continually releasing new themes, upgrades, and features to help you create the best website and/or blog you can. In addition to great tools, we publish articles, prompts, and writing and photo challenges to inspire you to start posting and keep posting. While we’re never, ever done making WordPress.com better, we wanted to look back at some of the goodies we brought you in 2012.

We’ve got the look: 65+ new themes in 2012

We released themes at a rate of more than one a week in 2012. These beautiful themes look great no matter which device your visitors use to see your content. What’s more, if you’re a musician, restaurateur, bride-or-groom-to-be, or a civil servant looking for a simple way to share information with your audience, we’ve got you covered.

Custom Design puts you in…

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The WordPress.com Blog

This week, we’ve highlighted the responsive themes on WordPress.com. In our Theme Showcase, we have more than 50 responsive themes designed to provide a tailored layout depending on which device you’re using.

Today, two of our premium themes with responsive layouts are in the spotlight: Gridspace and Just Desserts.

Gridspace

Living in Saskatchewan, Canada, photographer Lyle Krahn is inspired by the wilderness around him. Exploring in his jeep and armed with a long lens, he spends hours looking for wildlife and capturing the perfect moment in nature. With Gridspace, Lyle showcases images on his front page in a clean and professional portfolio-style format.

Just like the other themes we’ve highlighted this week, Gridspace adapts to different screen sizes. This premium theme showcases vertical, horizontal, or square images. If you poke around on Lyle’s front page, you can toggle between two views — a list and a grid…

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The WordPress.com Blog

A simple way to add visual variety to your site’s front page is to publish your content using Post Formats. Over 50 of our themes support Post Formats, which means they can display various types of content — including images, videos, quotes, links, audio, and short snippets called “asides” — with different formatting, adding subtle but nice touches to your site.

The types of Post Formats you can choose from depends on your theme. To see what Post Formats your current theme supports, go to Posts » Add New in the dashboard and look for a Format module on the right, with various options like the one below:

Format Module

Using Post Formats is optional — if your theme supports them, you don’t have to use them, since the default (standard) format works well with any content you publish. Using Post Formats is also free: you don’t need to purchase the custom…

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VideoPressWedding

WordPress.com is all about making your special day something to remember, and you’ll now find that there are a number of beautiful themes for sharing your wedding with friends, family or the world at large. Earlier this week we looked at some creative uses of these wedding themes, and today we’ll talk about why and how you might want to use the VideoPress upgrade, a wedding theme, and one or more of the various WordPress mobile apps to capture even more of your memories. We’ll be looking at weddings specifically, but you can apply a lot of the ideas here to your bar mitzvah, graduation ceremony, birthday party, Thanksgiving, or any other important event you’d like to remember.

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