Tech Thursday (5/23): News From Kaufmann, LegalZoom, Zoho, Palo Alto, and HP

It’s Tech Thursday from Each week we take a quick look at business and technology news and updates for the small business community and share them with you in a quick and simple round-up.



Startup Business Owners Optimistic About Growth in 2013, Kauffman/LegalZoom Index Shows

Entrepreneurs’ confidence reaches the highest level since the quarterly survey was initiated

Early-stage business owners’ confidence is climbing, according to the first-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index, released April 30th, by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom. Eighty-four percent of entrepreneurs said they are confident or very confident in their companies’ prospects for profitability in the next 12 months, which is the highest confidence level since the survey launched early last year and reflects a 1 percent increase over the fourth-quarter 2012 survey. Furthermore, confidence levels of the youngest entrepreneurs – those 18 to 30 years old – started to rebound, as 96 percent reported they were confident or very confident that their businesses’ profitability will increase in the year ahead, a 3 percent jump over fourth quarter 2012. Confidence levels among other age groups fell as the entrepreneurs’ ages increased. Nevertheless, even entrepreneurs aged 61 and older – the oldest category – expressed 73 percent confidence in 2013 profitability.

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Zoho Launches Card Scanner App for iPhone

Zoho launches of Card Scanner, an online business card scanning application for Zoho CRM. 

Zoho announced the launch of Card Scanner, an online business card scanning application for Zoho CRM. Now, users can take a photo of a business card and Card Scanner intelligently converts the image to text that is automatically saved either as a new contact or lead in Zoho CRM or as a new contact in Card Scanner. Card Scanner currently supports the iPhone and will support iPad and Android devices going forward. With the launch of Card Scanner app, Zoho users can now eliminate the process of manually entering data into their CRM module. The Card Scanner extracts names, company information, phone numbers, email addresses, Twitter handles and other card information — regardless of business card size, font and format. Users who don’t use Zoho CRM can store card information in the Card Scanner’s native contact manager.

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Palo Alto Software Collaborates with MasterCard


Providing Innovative Lean Planning and Management Software Solutions to Small Businesses. New relationship aims to better serve the small business market.

Palo Alto Software announced at the Finovate conference in San Francisco a new relationship with MasterCard that will help drive small business success.
LivePlan, a business management tool from Palo Alto Software, will be available at an automatic discount to enrolled members of the MasterCard Easy Savings® Program. In addition, LivePlan will be integrated into the MasterCard Business Network, an online resource designed to streamline business operations and enhance productivity for small and mid-sized businesses.

LivePlan includes a pitch builder tool that helps business owners create a visual summary of their business model and market opportunity, a template for developing a lender-ready business plan, and a Scoreboard feature that allows a business owner to track their actual financial performance against their plan. If a company uses QuickBooks for Windows they can also connect their QuickBooks data to their LivePlan Scoreboard and see how their business is doing with a single click.

For all the details on LivePlan, click here.


HP Expands x2 Detachable PC Portfolio to Enable Ultimate Flexibility

New two-in-one detachable PCs with Android or Windows 8 offer mobility and productivity.

HP announced the HP SlateBook x2 and the HP Split x2, two detachable PCs that offer the full functionality of a notebook with a removable screen that also is a sleek tablet.
Powered by the Android and Microsoft® Windows® 8 operating systems (OS), respectively, these versatile two-in-one devices combine power and portability, giving customers the flexibility to create, consume and share content in more places.
HP’s unmatched portfolio of next-generation PCs is designed to enable users to connect with their information on devices that easily adapt to their needs. By releasing the magnetic hinge, users can move elegantly between the two form factors—tablet and notebook PC—all in one device.
The HP SlateBook x2 and Split x2 join the award-winning HP ENVY x2 as part of HP’s detachable PC portfolio. The HP SlateBook x2 also joins the HP Slate7 as part of HP’s push to offer access to the Google experience, and to provide access through multiple operating systems. 

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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (, an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.

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