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Three baseball strategies that will help you win in business

“Baseball is like church. Many attend but few understand” as baseball great Leo Durocher famously said.  

While spring training gets underway, let’s explore how three little-understood strategies of baseball have major league applications in winning at business.

The top prerequisite for startups? Domain experience

Thanks to angel investors and VCs who have as much money to invest as
Kool-aid to drink, young entrepreneurs with an idea and a dream
increasingly have the opportunity to roll the dice.

Thankfully, most of
them aren’t trying to build the next Facebook. And while many are
technology-focused, a growing number are industry-focused. If you look down the list of YCombinator-backed startups, for instance,
you’ll see quite a few that are targeting a traditional vertical.

To be sure, this is a good thing. While building a consumer internet media play is sexy, there are so many opportunities for new companies to apply technology to industry’s greatest challenges. That entrepreneurs are increasingly trying to do so is a positive thing.

But how many of these startups will succeed?

Five profit-boosting techniques for affiliates

Being an affiliate can be extremely rewarding, but it’s often not easy. There’s a lot of competition, and depending on where you live, tax legisltation is a clear and present danger.

As with any business, being a successful affiliate means being smart about how you manage and maximize the bottom line. Here are five techniques for doing just that.