Live Blogging the QuickBooks Connect Afternoon Keynote

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Bill Rancic: Giuliana Rancic is a master negotiator, and he should know ­čÖé

Giuliana Rancic is taking the stage now

Giuliana Rancic just told the crowd how couldn’t speak English when they moved to the States when she was younder and her teachers couldn’t speak Italian┬áso they spoke to her in Spanish; she learned from watching news anchors on tv.

Giuliana Rancic: “I started my first reporter job and didn’t realize they had hair and make up, so I walked in with my Kaboodle case.” Kickin’ it old skool!

Giuliana Rancic: “I’m me, and bringing my own style”

Giuliana Rancic: “Find a solve a problem in the marketplace”

Martha Stewart is on stage!

Martha Stewart: Her curiosity is what drives her to try new things

Martha Stewart: Working on Wall Street was a good education on how to businesses are run

Martha Stewart: I don’t think of them as obstacles, I think of them as problems to be solved

Martha Stewart: “I’m really good at hard work”

Martha Stewart: As an entrepreneur, find a void and fill it

Martha Stewart: It’s all well and good to work hard, but you need to compensated fairly for that hard work. (Yes!)

Martha Stewart: ┬á“When people tell you that something bad will make you stronger, tell them F – U – C – K you.” HAAAAAAA

Martha Stewart: I wasn’t trying to be an early adopter when I bought my first computer in 1982. I just needed one.

Martha Stewart: Her future involves making sure her brand has a good, long, strong life

Kevin Cleary from Clif Bars is on stage

Kevin Cleary: Entrepreneurs are like runners: every step is a choice between aspiration and activation

Kevin Cleary: The american dream is about executing a Start Up motivation over and over

Arianna Huffington is on the stage!!

Arianna: You can never overestimate the power of complete un-comprehensibility

Arianna: Nothing in business is worth jeopardizing your health over

Arianna: Tip 1 for small businesses owners: get 30 more minutes a sleep a night

Arianna: Tip 2: Remove your electronic devices from your bedroom

Arianna: Tip 3: Simplify. Many projects you can finish by dropping them so focus on the important ones

Arianna: The more present you can be, the more productive you can be

Arianna: If God and the CTO of Cisco can take a day away off, so can she

Arianna: We all get bad calls from the ref in life – the question is: Can we let it go?

Scott Cook is up on stage now ­čÖé

Scott: “I measure our success by the emotion of our customers”

Marc Andreessen being interviewed by Scott Cook

Marc: Pivot happening now with SaaS and small business will be able to deal with data like large companies, they’re more nimble and can make decisions and switch direction more easily

Marc: Good CEOs succeed with strategy/tactics, tilting into problems, being honest with their employees and themselves, knowing when to stick to or change a plan

Marc: Don’t ever take one person’s advice as the gospel

Marc: The internet is a huge lever that small business can use to compete with big biz

Marc: is a site every business owner should check out

Marc: Being scared is a part of the emotional roller coaster of being a business owner

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