With so many music streaming options sprouting up online, unsigned and indie music artists might find themselves bewildered about where and how to gain an online streaming presence.

According to a new article from the LA Times, “lean-back listening,” as Slacker CEO Jim Cady describes it, might be the next hip business model for music streaming.  Many listeners, as Cady explained, are weary of the streaming sites that require constant customization.  In this fast-moving age, many fans don’t have the time to create their own playlists.  They simply want to click Play and go about their business.

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Have you ever tried creating a Facebook group or mass e-mail to discuss and plan an upcoming event?  Whether you’re planning a surprise birthday party or a large corporate gathering, you probably already know that collaborative scheduling can be extremely time-consuming and exhausting.  If you’re the one organizing it you know there are major problems when it comes to finding the right time, right place and managing all the responses.

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It is becoming well-known that crowdsourcing platforms are available to fulfill almost any business function.  This fact can be a massive benefit to cash-strapped startups that are not at the point where they can staff entire departments, or even for startups that opt to remain lean.  Of course, which business tasks should be crowdsourced depends on the business model and resources available.  It is not a good idea to assume that we should arbitrarily crowdsource everything.

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If you’re running a small-to-medium sized business (SMB), then you probably already know the importance of social media marketing or social networking.  However, social networking is just like any other aspect of technology: it evolves over time.

One of the latest evolutions in social networking is Vine, a service that allows you to use your smartphone to create a 6-second video and post it on Twitter.  Here’s how some businesses are already using Vine for social media marketing.

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You’re a small business, and you’ve just started to experience some real success in your enterprise.  You’ve worked hard to develop a growing customer base, and you love that you have clients whom you can invoice for your work, which means you’re counting on some healthy receivables coming in as a reward for your efforts.  That’s the problem.  The cash is coming in, but in the meantime, you still have to make payroll, pay the rent and pay your vendors for the materials and technology you had to purchase to complete those jobs, and the flow just isn’t there to fill in the gap.

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Software as a Service (SaaS) applications are reaching a level of full business saturation and maturity.  As a sign of how widespread SaaS has become, examine this breakdown of all of the leading apps in analytics, collaboration, CRM, demand generation, document management, finance, HR, and social enterprise.  Given that there are dozens of providers linked above, it is not a surprise that Gartner has predicted the SaaS market to reach $22.1 billion in 2015.  With this market veering toward a winner-take-all model as well as being set to explode, let us take a look at some of the keys to a successful SaaS app.

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