7 Quotes for Your Business Startup by Harry Gordon Selfridge

Harry Gordon Selfridge Startup QuotesHarry Gordon Selfridge was born in mid-nineteenth century rural Wisconsin. He is best known for his founding Selfridge’s Department Store on the west end of London’s Oxford Street. This startup was a huge risk as the country had never seen a store of its kind and the market had not been tested for such an American concept. Selfridges was the first retailer of its kind in the UK. The business model was based on Marshall Field’s department store in Chicago where Selfridge had worked for 25 years—rising in the ranks from stocking product to junior partner. He didn’t have a lot of formal education, so his success can only be attributed to his drive and work ethic.

When it came to marketing acumen, Selfridge was ahead of his time. “Only _ More Shopping Days Until Christmas” was a promotional scheme born out of his head and went on to become a staple in retailers’ annual holiday ads even more than a century later. Selfridge lived and breathed the concept of “the customer is always right” and the quotes we share below seem to capture his overall approach to business and success. Some are extremely poignant considering Selfridge ran his business through a World War and the Great Depression. Here are seven things he said that we think will inspire other startups and entrepreneurs:

“There are no hard times for good ideas.”

“The boss says ‘Go’; the leader says ‘Let’s go!’”

“People will sit up and take notice of you if you will sit up and take notice of what makes them sit up and take notice.”

“Honesty always pays. Honesty alone will never build a business… but the policy of honesty, of scrupulous integrity, will—other things being reasonably equal—always win in the race for success.”

“Get the confidence of the public and you will have no difficulty in getting their patronage.”

“Treat [the customer] as guests when they come and when they go, whether or not they buy. Give them all that can be given fairly, on the principle that ‘to him that giveth shall be given’. Remember always that the recollection of quality remains long after the price is forgotten. Then your business will prosper by a natural process.”

“Whenever I may be tempted to slack up and let the business run for a while on its own impetus, I picture my competitor sitting at a desk in his opposition house, thinking and thinking with the most devilish intensity and clearness, and I ask myself what I can do to be prepared for his next brilliant move.”

—Harry Gordon Selfridge, Founder, Selfridge’s Department Store

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Logo Design News This Week (4.29)

We’ve been away for a few weeks but the arrival of Friday means its time for another update of logo design news. We’re hoping to cover a few of the items from weeks gone by that we might have missed while vacationing. Here’s what recently caught our attention that we thought was worth sharing:

Houston Logo DesignThe City of Houston has a new logo to help promote the region as the best place to live and work. The logo design appears to have a different background depending on the use. It’s a nice design as far as it goes, but as we’ve written many times before, it takes more than a logo to make a city desirable. The new logo is accompanied by a cool new website that promotes job opportunities offered by its members and compares the city to others around the United States. The city of Coeur d’Alene also has a logo, though not nearly as praiseworthy.

More Texas logo news, University of Texas football coach Charlie Strong has removed the longhorns logo from his team’s helmets, saying they need to earn the honor of wearing the logo. Nice.

2015 Allstar Game Logo DesignThe 2015 Major League Baseball All-star Game will be played in Cincinnati and as is always the case, the game has its own logo that will be used to promote the midsummer classic. We dig the “old-fashioned” look of the logo, especially inclusion of the mustached mascot and the old style hat. Really like this design.

More sports logo news: Emblemetric takes a look at the SEC’s “anti-modern” logo.

World Trade Center Logo DesignThe World Trade Center has a new logo that several writers have described as confusing, but that has some really nice design elements that add meaning to the design. The angle on the top of the logo is set at 17.76 degrees paying tribute to the height of the new One World Trade Center building. The five black lines represent the five buildings that make up the center and the three white spaces represent the memorial beacons. The two lower blocks represent the fallen towers. And of course the three top blocks form a very obvious W, which represents both the site and the shopping center. A really nice design tribute and logo.

Logo Removal Service is willing to take the logo off your t-shirt (or bag or umbrella) and replace it with something more arty.

It's Not Warming Logo DesignLogos can be effective for raising awareness. So well-known designer Milton Glaser (of I  NY fame) has created a new logo to raise awareness for global warming. Playing off the retort from critics that the planet isn’t warming and hasn’t for more than 15 years, the logo agrees that the planet isn’t warming, but it is dying. The logo is available as a button and purchases go to create more buttons for sale, that’s it. No bigger organization. Just a logo to raise awareness.

A couple more random items. First a proposed new logo for the Washington Redskins (may not be safe for work) and is this a logo rip-off? We don’t think so. And Reebok is offering a free one year membership to CrossFit to the person who gets the biggest Reebok logo tattoo.

Google Meteor Shower Logo DesignThis past week was the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. And Google celebrated with a logo video that showed shooting stars moving across a desert sky. You can watch the whole video here. Among the other Google logos we missed while away are Brazilian Father’s Day, Swiss National Day, and Robot Taekwon’s 38th Birthday. Check the links to see the logos.

Did we miss anything? Let us know.

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13 Pieces of Advice for Your Business Startup from B. C. Forbes

Robert Bertie Charles Forbes Writing at his DeskWe know the Bertie Charles Forbes (1880 – 1954) legacy simply by the name of the magazine he founded. The financial writer got his start in his home country of Scotland where he launched his career as a journalist after graduating from what is now the University of Dundee. He was a reporter and editor for newspapers in both Scotland and South Africa before immigrating to the United States in 1904 when he was 24. Once in New York City, Forbes continued in journalism and eventually landed a columnist position with Hearst as the financial editor of the morning paper. He held onto that column until 1942 while he pursued other editor positions, including of his own financial magazine startup, Forbes, in 1917.

Forbes published several books and received many honors over the years, including being recognized as a champion for 50 years of free enterprise and good business morals. His magazine survives today as one of the premier resources for financial and business information and rankings.

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”

“The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated.

“Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.”

“Uncertainty hurts business. It annoys individuals.”

“Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.”

“Madame Curie didn’t stumble upon radium by accident. She searched and experimented and sweated and suffered years before she found it. Success rarely is an accident.”

“What would you call America’s most priceless asset? Surely not its limitless natural resources, not its matchless national wealth, not its unequaled store of gold, not its giant factories, not its surpassing railroads, not its unprecedented volume of cheap power. Is not its most priceless asset the character of its people, their indomitable self-confidence, their transcendent vision, their sleepless initiative and, perhaps above all, their inherent, irrepressible optimism?”

“Remember, diamonds are only lump of coal that stuck to their jobs.”

“A business, like an automobile, has to be driven in order to get results.”

“I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day-to-day affairs that they had no time for friend-making…. They may flatter themselves that their unrelaxing concentration on business constitutes patriotism of the highest order. They may tell themselves that the existing emergency will pass, and that they can then adopt different, more sociable, more friendly habits. [But] such a day is little likely to come for such individuals.”

“Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing.”

“Success is finding, or making, that position which enables you to contribute to the world the very greatest services of which you are capable, through the diligent, persevering, resolute cultivation of all the faculties God has endowed you with, and doing it all with cheerfulness, scorning to allow difficulties or defeats to drive you to pessimism or despair.”

“Few marks are made in the world’s history by eight-hour-day men.”

—B.C. Forbes, Founder of Forbes magazine

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Logo Design News This Week (4.28)

Thanks to an overdue summer vacation, there won’t be a news update this week or next. Until then, we’ll post some startup quotes from B.C. Forbes and Harry Gordon Selfridge.

Or check out a few of the many Logo Design Updates we’ve posted over the past four years.

We’ll see you again in a fortnight.



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8 Quotes to Inspire Success for Startups, from W. Clement Stone

W Clement Stone Startup QuotesW. Clement Stone was an entrepreneur and business man of the 20th Century (1902–2002). Stone got his first paying job as a newsy in Chicago when he was only six. His father had died in debt three years earlier leaving his mother and he to support themselves. From these humble beginnings, through two World Wars and the Great Depression, Stone found sustained success. As a young man, he turned $100 in savings into Combined Insurance Company, which eventually became a multibillion-dollar insurance empire. New York Times columnist Douglas Martin described Stone as “a short man with a pencil-thin mustache… He wore patterned vests, vibrant suspenders and sometimes spats, and he said he always tried to keep a smile in his voice.” That smiling voice was no doubt a byproduct of Stones “Positive Mental Attitude” philosophy of which he wrote three books.

He donated millions of dollars to Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign and it is reported that Nixon later said nobody had given him more than Stone had, or asked for less. Stones most memorable quotes have to do with the positive attitude gospel that he preached and lived his entire life. Here are a few things he said that might inspire other entrepreneurs and startup owners:

“All I want to do is change the world.”

“Like success, failure is many things to many people… failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.”

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

“Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman—not the attitude of the prospect.”

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.”

“Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”

“Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.”

“Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.”

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.”

—W. Clement Stone, Founder

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Logo Design News This Week (4.27)

It’s time for this week’s look back at the news from the world of logo design. Here’s the stuff that we noticed:

Foursquare Logo DesignFirst up this week is the new logo released with the redesign of Fourscore’s app. And it’s a really nice update. The icon combines the letter F and a map pin to make a distinctive mark. The rest of the logo is made up of capital letters, unlike so many other tech companies that like to use lower-case letters, which people tend to think are “nicer”. The end result is a really strong logo design (some have compared it to a super hero’s logo). Now the trick will be to recreate the app in a way that supports the logo.

The hubbub over the new logo for AirBNB hasn’t died down this week. We won’t link to any more stories (see our wrap up from last week), but the internet can’t seem to get over the idea that the design represents a certain part of female anatomy. Which is really only the case if you are predisposed to see that kind of thing in the first place. We completely understand how no one on the design team thought of the connection, because we didn’t when we saw it either. We still like the logo and hope AirBNB sticks with it.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Logo DesignThe Louvre is in the process of opening a second museum under their brand moniker and they just released a new logo to help with branding. (This whole idea smacks of crazy doner funding requests.) From what we’ve seen the new logo design doesn’t appear to be well-liked. This seems to be a missed opportunity to connect the new museum with the old—after all, why call it the Louvre if not to make the connection? But perhaps the museum director wants none of that. In which case, he got exactly what he asked for.

The New Jersey Turnpike is suing a Florida Pizza Shop over their very similar logo design.

And here’s a great write up about the development of the Hartford Whalers fantastic logo.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games Logo DesignFrom our chair here in Edinburgh, we’ve seen a lot of news about the Commonwealth Games that just opened in Glasgow. Google noted the start of the games with a new logo shown in British Commonwealth Countries.


Did we miss anything? Let us know.

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12 Inspiriting Quotes for Startups from Entrepreneur Pete Cashmore

Pete Cashmore Startup QuotesStill under 30 years old, Pete Cashmore is a Scottish-born internet entrepreneur who currently splits his time between his home Scotland and his headquarters in Silicon Valley. He founded what has become one of the most visited blogs in the world: Mashable.

Cashmore started by writing a weekly column which focused on social media and technology, but the blog expanded over the years to cover business, entertainment, US and world news, as well as hot topics. Mashable describes itself as “a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation” and it all started from Cashmore’s Aberdeen home in 2005 when he was just 19. As one UK source reports, today Cashmore employs more than 120 people to maintain the site that receives 25 million monthly visitors and has more than six million social media followers (3.7 of them from Twitter).

Cashmore has been included on lists such as Inc.’s “30 Under 30”, The Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Game Changers” and Forbes’ “Top 25 Web Celebs” because of how he formulated a way to profit from social media. Today, his net worth is nearing $100 million dollars.

Here is what Cashmore has to say about being an entrepreneur:

“We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.”

“Execution really shapes whether your company takes off or not.”

“The talent that has to be learned is finding out what someone’s passion is and setting them up to realize that. You don’t get the best work from people if you’re guiding them versus them guiding themselves.”

“The idea that you could change the world from your bedroom was pretty compelling to me.”

“A lot of people start out with an exciting thing and they want to take over the world. But really, the people who do take over the world have a good plan of how to get there and the steps along the way.”

“Expose yourself to as much randomness as possible.”

“I don’t want to be normal. I want to be something else.”

“Long-term goals are dangerous. They limit you. They hinder you from reacting to new conditions.”

“Talk to people no one else is talking to.”

“I’m sure [entrepreneurialism] can be learned, but for a lot of entrepreneurs it seems to come from their character or early, early experiences. Personally, I’m just not good at obeying authority figures.”

“Keep investing, keep investing.”

“I think there’s a huge advantage to those who are early adopters on any platform (Twitter, Google Glass, etc.).”

—Pete Cashmore, Founder of Mashable

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Logo Design News This Week (4.26)

Time to take another look back at all the news from the world of logo design. Check out what caught our attention over the past seven days:

New Airbnb Logo DesignThe biggest logo design story of the week by far was the launch of a new logo by AirBNB. The launch went off without a hitch–unveiling a well-designed icon. Then someone noticed that it resembled a certain part of female anatomy. Or is it a butt? Or something else. And someone else noticed it looked an awfully lot like another logo (which incidentally no one said looked like anatomy). Once the criticism started, it didn’t let up. Now there are dozens of parodies (that last link is probably NSFW) of the new design. So are the critiques on the money? The logo may suggest certain body parts to some people, but that wasn’t our first thought. We actually like the new mark. And despite the controversy, some experts are suggesting that a logo is supposed to get attention… even if its the wrong kind. Our guess is that people will still be talking about this design next week.


That last item is a good example of the “endless series of drive-by shootings punctuated by the occasional lynch mob, conducted by anonymous people with the depth of barroom philosophers and the attention span of fruit flies” written of by Michael Beirut.

New Oxygen Logo DesignLast week we told you about three new television network logos. This week we have two more to add to the pile. Must be that time of the year… TruTV announced a tweak to its logo design this past week, raising the period and italicizing the TV at the end of the mark. In addition, Oxygen unveiled a new logo to be used in the upcoming season. The new mark also comes with a new tagline: Very Real.

Check out this diamond studded Disney logo created for the 60th birthday of DisneyWorld.

Liechtenstein Olympic Committee Logo DesignThe Liechtenstein Olympic Committee has a new logo. Let’s see if it has everything… Olympic colored rings? Check. Olympic Committee name? Check. Some symbol representing the country? Check, in this case, its a crown. Congratulations. Your Olympic logo looks like every other Olympic Committee logo in the world.



By the looks of it, the logo for the next NBA All-star Game has something to do with a subway transportation map. Or tinker toys. Or pipes.

Google Nelson Mandela Logo DesignWe finish up this week with the logo that Google created to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday. The design included a set of animations that accompanied several of Mandela’s best known quotes. Often we add a short description of why the person or holiday celebrated by Google deserves their own logo, but in the case of Mandela, no such explanation is needed.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

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12 Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs from Jack Nadel

Jack Nadel Startup QuotesJack Nadel is a global entrepreneur and an award-winning author of four books (The Evolution of an Entrepreneur; My Enemy, My Friend; There’s No Business Like Your Business; How to Succeed in Business Without Lying, Cheating, or Stealing). Think of any business transaction—founding, acquisition, operation, production—and Nadel’s resume covers it. He has worked as an integral piece of more than a dozen successful worldwide companies including Jack Nadel International which provides advertising and marketing solutions for brand and product launches, including but not limited to the ever-important marketing “swag” items.

At 90, Nadel’s efforts today are primarily focused on championing small business owners.

If experience is the best teacher, then he is a goldmine of wisdom. His blog is a public purging of more than 70 years’ worth of start-up advice and motivation. Every entrepreneur and small business owner should have a shortcut to Nadel’s blog in their browser menu. Despite his admittedly advanced age, Nadel still loves finding ways to contribute. He writes that he’s “simply trying to help the next wave of entrepreneurs succeed with accessible materials, whether they’re just beginning their journey or they’re farther along the path toward prosperity. Sometimes all it takes is just a little push to reach the next level.” Here’s some of his advice curated from his blog and books:

“There’s no such thing as a deal with no risk. The amount of risk is directly proportionate to the gain.”

“A strong sense of ethics and morality should surround every deal.”

“Every business that has ever existed successfully had to fill a real need. The greater the need, the greater the potential.”

“I’ll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin: ‘follow your passion.’ It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me. I have been successfully following my passion for seven decades.”

“You must translate your dream of success into a series of small and large goals and differentiate them from wishes.”

“I remain convinced that our country has a wealth of business opportunities waiting to be exploited.”

“Keep an open mind about following your passion. Be flexible. Don’t assume you will hit the center of the target on your first try.”

“Mistakes are a key element of growth and success, especially for new entrepreneurs. Those who ignore the lessons mistakes teach us won’t stay in business for long.”

“Don’t sit on the sidelines because of someone else’s opinion.”

“Great ideas are rarely born fully formed, and a new idea is like a two-year-old. It’s loud, it’s self-centered, and it’s completely without perspective.”

“No one knows your business as well as you do, so if your gut is telling you that something just isn’t right, listen to it. Dig into the problem, and take action to fix it, even if it means asking for help.”

“A lot is at stake here, and not just for would-be entrepreneurs. Our nation’s dynamic economy relies on constant inflows of creativity and energy. Without this pace of healthy change, the U.S. will drift downward, eventually coming to rest on a seabed of mediocrity. The good news is that the Millennial Generation is about to take the reins of our economy.”

—Jack Nadel, U.S. Veteran, Entrepreneur, Author

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Logo Design News This Week (4.25)

Each new Friday, we take a quick look back at the week that was in logo design and think to ourselves, “Wow, that week went by fast. And look at all the stuff that happened…” Let’s take a look at the logo-related stuff that happened over the past seven days.

Let’s start with a few new logo announcements related to television stations…

FYI Logo DesignThe first was related to the relaunch of the Biography channel as FYI,. The station change was announced earlier this year, but final details for the logo had not been worked out. We have to admit that we don’t like the new name or the new logo half as much as we liked the old Bio. logo. Click the link to see the old logo. The new name is intended to allow viewers to fill in the blanks, like: “for your information” or “for your imagination” or “for your inspiration” and is probably more versatile than the old name. It’s a nice idea, but the visual branding isn’t as strong as it was. We’ll see if the new branding holds up…

Next up is a new logo for Hallmark Moveis and Mysteries (formerly the Hallmark Movie Channel. Click the link to see the logo.

Discovery Life Logo DesignBut Biography and Hallmark aren’t the only stations changing their identities and logos. Discovery Fit and Health (a station we have to confess we’ve never heard of, which might explain our present girth) is changing its name to Discovery Life (not to be confused with the Lifetime channel). And of course the new name comes complete with a new brand identity shown here. The “new” channel will focus on relationships and target middle-age women. Another logo that doesn’t do much for us, but then we’re not in the target market.

Now let’s turn to the world of soccer. First, check out these “best of” Google logos celebrating the games of the World Cup.

New Inter Milan Logo DesignNext, a couple of soccer (or is it football?) teams (or sides as football fans call them) timed new logo announcements to go along with the World Cup final. First, lots of fans not really loving the great big huge chevy logo that will appear on the kit (that’s uniform to you Americans) for Manchester United. And Inter Milan introduced a new logo that is very similar to the old logo, except the letters are a bit thinner and the star is gone. Surely fans will notice, but probably no one else.

Another sports logo: the Sacramento Kings have a new logo to celebrate their 30th season in California’s capital city.

One more sports logo link: We’ve linked to this kind of article before, but here’s another. Check out the hidden images in these designs.

Clermont Logo DesignThis may be one of the worst logo redesigns we’ve ever seen, not because the logo is bad (though it is not very good), but for the ridiculous “branding bollocks” used to justify the change. Clermont is now the Choice of Champions, not the Gem of the Hills. And they have a new logo. But read the description of how the designers explained the “meaning” of the logo and try not to laugh. If you have to explain with words what a logo means, it’s not a very good logo. And how exactly is the city the Choice of Champions?

On the other hand, this one isn’t much better. Reminds us of the burner on a stove.

If you’re following Turkish politics, you might have noticed a similarity between the current President’s logo and the logo used by the Obama team. And the angry birds logo.

Tanabata Logo DesignThere were several World Cup related logos posted at Google—as noted above. So this week we wrap up with the new logo celebrating Tanabata, the Japanese star festival. The logo was only seen in Japan and celebrates a fairy tale about two stars, hopelessly in love, but separated by the vast milky way.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

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