Successful Strategic Alliances (and Marriages)

B.J. Kharrazi : February 6, 2011 2:34 PM : Blog

A while back in the Harvard Business Review, Rosabeth Moss Kanter posted: “Unlike full-blown mergers, in which two really do become one because one company disappears, alliances and partnerships resemble modern marriages: separate careers, individual checkbooks, sometimes different names, but the need to work out the operational overlap around household and offspring.”

art of strategic alliancesMoss Kanter lists 15 traits that optimal strategic alliances share with personal marriage —

1. Be open to romance, but court carefully. At the beginning of new relationships, selective perceptions reinforce dreams, not dangers. Potential partners see in the other what they want to see, believing what they want to believe. Hopes, dreams, and visions should be balanced by reality checks.

2. Know yourself. Build your strengths. An organization seeking partners should identify assets that have value to partners and strengthen them. Networks of the weak do not survive. The best alliances join strength to strength.

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More on Merchant Cash Advance

B.J. Kharrazi : October 22, 2010 6:46 PM : Blog

The newest small business financing technique – also known by several other names, such as business cash advance, merchant funding, merchant account cash advance, or merchant cash advance – provides retail and service business owners with credit card sales, quick and easy access to working capital financing.

Los Angeles Businesses need working capital to function. In a sense, working capital is the grease that keeps all businesses running smoothly. Without it, they would cease to operate smoothly and get further and further behind their competition.

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We need working capital for things like paying bills, buying inventory, marketing or making payroll. What generally happens to the many businesses that try to function with a deficit is that they dig themselves into a hole that becomes more and more difficult to get out of.

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$2.2 billion – Mobile app market for 2010

B.J. Kharrazi : August 30, 2010 1:58 AM : Blog

Mobile Merchant Payment ProcessingAnd that’s just for the first half of 2010.

The smartphone app market continues to grow – in total volume of downloads and sales, the mobile app market is growing fast, beating 2009 numbers in just the first half of 2010. That’s the analysis from, who reported this week that the global smartphone apps market reached $2.2 billion in the first half of 2010 – topping the $1.7 billion in revenue for all of 2009.

From Rich Karpinski |

Downloads are growing rapidly too, reaching 3.9 billion in the first half of this year versus 3.1 billion for all of last year.

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Consumers Using Credit Cards Less

B.J. Kharrazi : August 28, 2010 10:39 AM : Blog

More people are paying down their credit card balances. AP reported that the amount consumers owed on credit cards in the second quarter “dropped to the lowest level in more than 8 years.” According to figures provided by TransUnion, the average combined debt for bank-issued credit cards dropped to just under $4,951 in the three months ended June 30 – that’s down more than 13 percent from $5,719 in the same period a year ago.

Ezra Becker, director of consulting and strategy in TransUnion’s financial services unit said more borrowers are making on-time payments, and the rate of cardholders past due by 90 days or more also fell .92 percent down from 1.17 percent last year.

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Google Engineer Matt Cutts Explains Basic Website SEO

B.J. Kharrazi : August 8, 2010 4:21 PM : Blog

Matt Cutts works for the Search Quality group in Google, specializing in search engine optimization issues. He is well known in the SEO community for enforcing the Google Webmaster Guidelines and cracking down on abusive SEO practices. Cutts also advises the public on how to get better website visibility in Google.

Matt Cutts joined Google as a Software Engineer in January 2000. Before Google, he was working on his Ph.D. in computer graphics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on the Talking Tech web video show interviews  Matt Cutts on how to get your website to the top of Google with 5 basic common sense SEO tips.



What is a Facebook Member Really Worth?

B.J. Kharrazi : August 8, 2010 2:47 PM : Blog

Facebook and Small Business Credit Card ProcessingWe at the BizEdge Blog, along with a majority of marketing and social media enthusiasts has espoused the virtues of a paradign shift convergence of all things search and social related, especially where small business is concerned – “Facebook beats Google traffic” – “Twitter phenomena undeniable – yada yada.  But now a true industry pioneer and visionary is pouring a little much-needed cold water on the ‘dream-scape’.  Mr. Pace Lattin has analyzed the value of a Facebook member and put things back into perspective. –BJK


From SiteProNews – “In perhaps the fastest growing industry ever, one person has made a name for himself as a leader and innovator. Pace Lattin, the publisher of the top newsletters in new media and online advertising, is one of the inventors of many of the technologies and methods that have become standards in the industry. He has been called many things, including a rabble-rouser, a guru, an innovator and a watchdog — but one thing stays the same: he is one of the most interesting leaders and commentators in the online advertising industry. Marketing Sherpa, a leading marketing research publication called him the most influential journalist in online media for a reason.”

One-Third of All US on Facebook, Yet Users are Worthless?

Pace Lattin – “First of all, I don’t hate Facebook anymore than I dislike any internet fad. One of my 30,000 readers asked me why I always write negative things about Facebook. First of all this isn’t quite true, since I’ve written a few articles about how to make money on Facebook and the top ads on Facebook. I just like to question what is going on, look beyond the headlines and the spin.

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Is Your Website Still Relevant?

B.J. Kharrazi : August 6, 2010 2:44 PM : Blog

Scott McDonald wrote an intriguing post at that every small business owner needs to consider.  He suggests that its no longer “all about the website”. Well that is not exactly news, except for the highly uninformed, but he raises several great points that provide a quick reference for those struggling to come up to speed with this convergence of “destributed web”.

Website Magazine at Credit Card Processing Merchant Services Los AngelesScott McDonald:  Remember the day a few years ago when you reviewed your website traffic and discovered that most of your visitors were no longer entering through the homepage? Instead, they were landing on lower-level content or product pages, usually from a search engine.

From that day on, your homepage was no longer the center of your online universe — just one of many points of entry to consider as you fashioned your online business presence.

Now it may be your website’s turn for a demotion. And you can blame it on the distributed Web.

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