Articles by: Philip Nowak
Philip Nowak is the founder of Firmology, technology focused news and insight for small businesses and online startups. He honed his entrepreneurial chops while working for his family's Chicago-based window manufacturing business. Philip graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Economics.

LinkedIn Acquires Newsle, The Google Alerts Of Professional News

July 15, 2014 11:06 am0 comments
LinkedIn Acquires Newsle, The Google Alerts Of Professional News

LinkedIn has acquired Newsle, the news alerts startup for your professional and social network. Newsle sends email alerts to its users whenever it finds news about their social network connections. We founded Newsle with a simple goal: to deliver important news about the people who matter to you. Three years and [...]

Read more ›

Deal Alert: Plantronics M155 Marque Bluetooth 3.0 Headset $9.97

July 11, 2014 8:38 am0 comments
Deal Alert: Plantronics M155 Marque Bluetooth 3.0 Headset $9.97

Get a refurbished Plantronics M155 Margue Bluetooth 3.0 Headset at Yugster for $9.97, which originally retailed at $59.99. The headset has a noise-cancelling mic, weighs just 7 grams, and has 5 hours of talk time. You can also use the Plantronics’ Vocalyst Service to manage emails, texts and update Facebook or [...]

Read more ›

Google Launches $100 Million Venture Fund To Invest in European Startups

July 10, 2014 10:36 pm0 comments
Google Launches $100 Million Venture Fund To Invest in European Startups

European entrepreneurs have a reason to celebrate this weekend as Google is bringing its bank account across the pond. Google Ventures announced today that they’re launching a new venture fund to invest $100 million in Europe’s most disruptive startups. “We believe Europe’s startup scene has enormous potential. We’ve seen compelling [...]

Read more ›

Deal Alert: Apple iPad 32GB 1st Generation For $114.97

July 9, 2014 8:32 pm0 comments
Deal Alert: Apple iPad 32GB 1st Generation For $114.97

Get a 1st generation Apple iPad from Yugster for $114.97 for WiFi only and $124.97 for WiFi+3G. The 32gb tablet is refurbished and may have scuffs or scratches on the back, bezel and screen. Generic accessories included. Will not come in original packaging. Get the Latest Deal at Yugster >>  [...]

Read more ›

Yelp Is #1 Review Site Consumers Use to Find Local Businesses [NIELSEN STUDY]

10:58 am0 comments
Yelp Is #1 Review Site Consumers Use to Find Local Businesses [NIELSEN STUDY]

According to a recent survey by Nielsen, Yelp is the #1 review site that consumers use to search for local businesses. The study, which was commissioned by Yelp, contained some interesting findings including: 78% of consumers find local businesses through review sites 85% make a purchase within a week of [...]

Read more ›

Box Announces BoxWorks Tickets for $150 Using Promo Code

July 6, 2014 10:38 am0 comments
Box Announces BoxWorks Tickets for $150 Using Promo Code

While Salesforce focuses on promoting Dreamforce, and giving away 24 free tickets to businesses that enter and win their Surfboard Sales Awards, Box is focusing on its own customer conference, BoxWorks 2014. The event is being held on September 2-4 in San Francisco and will feature keynote speakers such as [...]

Read more ›

More Free Stuff From Salesforce (New Ebook): 100 Ways to Run Your Business from Your Phone

July 1, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
More Free Stuff From Salesforce (New Ebook): 100 Ways to Run Your Business from Your Phone

Earlier, we posted about the 24 Free Passes to Dreamforce that Salesforce is giving away. We’re not sucking up to Salesforce, we swear. They just regularly provide a lot of good and educational freebies for businesses to take advantage of. Now, they’re giving away their latest ebook to promote its Salesforce1 [...]

Read more ›

Salesforce is Giving Away 24 Free Passes to Dreamforce

June 30, 2014 10:25 pm0 comments
Salesforce is Giving Away 24 Free Passes to Dreamforce

With keynote speakers such as Richard Branson, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton and music acts such as Will.i.am of the Black Eye Peas, Green Day, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Salesforce’s Dreamforce is by far the top conference that any tech company throws for its customers. And Salesforce knows it. [...]

Read more ›

Get A Refurbished Apple iPad For $109

9:51 pm0 comments
Get A Refurbished Apple iPad For $109

If you’re in the market for a cheap Apple iPad, take a look at the deals that Woot is running right now on first generation iPads. They may be sluggish and slower than the latest models, but if you don’t mind, the deals may be too cheap to pass up. [...]

Read more ›

Legal App Startup Shake Launches Pilot Program for Businesses

May 30, 2014 9:24 am0 comments
Legal App Startup Shake Launches Pilot Program for Businesses

Shake, the mobile-first legal app startup, announced today that it has launched a pilot program for businesses. The NYC-based company officially launched in 2013 with the goal of simplifying the process of creating binding legal agreements on a smartphone. Exited about @shakelaw going enterprise! With piloters @spotify @buzzfeed @Gundersonlaw @anomaly [...]

Read more ›

Small Businesses Throwing Away $13.1 Billion Each Year on Paper Checks

May 29, 2014 9:05 am0 comments
Small Businesses Throwing Away $13.1 Billion Each Year on Paper Checks

Interesting post on the Dwolla blog today on the financial burden small businesses face by maintaining paper check operations. According to Dwolla’s research, there are 23 million small businesses in the U.S. and 67% of them still issue paper checks. Dwolla estimates that businesses can cumulatively save $13.1 billion by [...]

Read more ›

Likeable Local Raising $500k to Help Small Businesses with Social Media

May 27, 2014 5:00 am2 comments
Likeable Local Raising $500k to Help Small Businesses with Social Media

Dave Kerpen, Founder and CEO, is used to doing big things. After getting married to his wife Carrie Kerpen in a corporate sponsored wedding in front of thousands of fans in a baseball stadium, the power couple launched their own word of mouth agency at the urging of their corporate sponsors. [...]

Read more ›

Box Opens Office in Tokyo and Launches Localized Product for Japanese Businesses

May 20, 2014 10:45 am0 comments
Box Opens Office in Tokyo and Launches Localized Product for Japanese Businesses

Today, at its first-ever World Tour, Box has announced the opening of a new office in Tokyo as well as the debut of a new localized product for Japanese businesses of all sizes from enterprise to small businesses. “A revolution is taking place across the world as mobile and cloud technologies [...]

Read more ›

Tech News for SMBs and Startups: Base, Dropbox, Google, iContact, Podio

April 15, 2014 8:21 pm0 comments
Tech News for SMBs and Startups: Base, Dropbox, Google, iContact, Podio

Podio is Holding a Live Support Event on May 6th, 2014. Podio, the Copenhagen-based project management platform, is holding a live support event for new and existing customers. The event will be held online, but those in Denmark really benefit as they get to check out Podio’s offices, meet the team, [...]

Read more ›

Dropbox Opens Office in Australia; Hiring IT, Sales, User Ops

9:45 am0 comments
Dropbox Opens Office in Australia; Hiring IT, Sales, User Ops

While Google is making news with the expansion of Google Computing infrastructure to startups within Asia Pacific, Cloud file storage provider, Dropbox, has announced its own with the opening of a new office in Australia. The Sydney office will be its fifth, the others in San Francisco (HQ), Dublin, Austin, and New [...]

Read more ›

Google Expands Cloud Platform to Asia Pacific

8:06 am0 comments
Google Expands Cloud Platform to Asia Pacific

Citing the success of Google Cloud Platform built businesses such as Angry Birds (Rovio) and Snapchat, Google has announced plans to expand its infrastructure to support companies in Asia Pacific. In addition to the platform itself, the website and developer console will be available in Japanese and Traditional Chinese. Google [...]

Read more ›

Deal Alert: Get 50% Off First Month Of Web Hosting at Bluehost

March 27, 2014 12:07 pmComments Off
Deal Alert: Get 50% Off First Month Of Web Hosting at Bluehost

If you’re thinking of starting a website or tired of your current website hosting provider, take a look at Bluehost. Bluehost powers over 2 million sites on the web, offers 24/7 support, a money-back guarantee, and easy one-click installation of platforms such as WordPress. Bluehost is currently offering 50% off [...]

Read more ›

Online Storage Startup Box Files For $250 Million IPO

March 24, 2014 10:12 pm0 comments
Online Storage Startup Box Files For $250 Million IPO

Box, the online file storage startup, has filed a registration statement with the SEC for a $250 Million IPO. The super hot tech company recently raised $100 million at a $2 billion valuation in December and leads the pack of pre-IPO cloud computing startups

Read more ›

5 Reasons Now Is The Best Time To Become An Entrepreneur

March 22, 2014 10:30 am1 comment
5 Reasons Now Is The Best Time To Become An Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is in the air. 54% of Millennials either want to start a business or have already started one according to a 2011 Kauffman Foundation Survey. In addition, 21% of freelancers are still enrolled in university. The barriers that discouraged previous generations’ entrepreneurial aspirations have all but crumbled for today’s [...]

Read more ›

The 3 Biggest Killers of Sales Productivity (And How To Combat Them)

March 21, 2014 10:30 am1 comment
The 3 Biggest Killers of Sales Productivity (And How To Combat Them)

To advance in the world of sales, productivity is the name of the game. You need to consistently make the most of your time in order to pull in the big deals. If everyone knows that being productive is so important, then why are some people more successful at it [...]

Read more ›

Welcome to Firmology

Firmology is a technology news site focused on helping small businesses and online startups.

Firmology has a variety of helpful resources including the latest information on new companies, products, services and innovative business strategy.

Firmology defined: the study of business
Firm [noun] a company or business
Ology [suffix] the study of (a particular subject)

Subscribe by Email

Sign Up for Free Email Updates

Join other small business owners who get free and fresh content delivered each time we publish.

Connect with Firmology!

 Subscribe in a reader