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Using Debt Like Growth Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you are in the venture or startup business and don’t read Dan Primack , consider changing that. He’s great. From his newsletter this morning: Indebted: Last week we noted that Wal-Mart subsidiary Jet.com had acquired ModCloth, an online retailer of vintage women’s apparel. Insiders could have stepped up but didn’t.

The Best Show on Television Just Provided the Best Definition of a Great Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

"Billions" is the best show on TV -- and also provided the perfect description of when a startup has "it

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The Investment Memo

View from Seed

VC evaluation of seed-stage startups can seem arbitrary or imitative at times. Internally, the scarcity of tangible business metrics – product usage or revenue multiples for example – can make an investment decision feel daunting. The discipline here – as with the whole memo – is being clear and concise.

Why Some Startups Win

Steve Blank

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validated solutions and was now scaling sales and marketing. All good news.

Starbucks Just Announced A New Food Option That's Very Painfully Foodie

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You're not going to believe this, in that way in which you surely are

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Amanda Mills Los Angeles: Transforming Loss into Hope and Inspiration

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

However, understanding that this is a possibility and actually doing it are often two different things. Personally? Professionally? Blog & Grow

The 4 Most Powerful Words You Can Use in Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Time and time again, I hear the same four-word phrase from successful investors and entrepreneurs. What's so powerful about these four magic words

Star Citizen Raises $145 Million from Crowdfunding

SiliconHills

By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Managing expectations for projects that have been crowdfunded can often pose as large hurdles for innovators whose creations depend on the support of a faithful and engaged community. Austin

6 Keys to Becoming an Influencer for More Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The most powerful way to grow your business and your career these days is to become a visible influencer in your domain. Whiddon. Whiddon

How to reference check your prospective investor

K9 Ventures

Of all the advice I have given founders over the years, one of the most important ones is to make sure they do reference checks on their prospective investors. When founders do their homework on investors, they make informed choices about who they will be working with for many many years to come. Asking the question itself is somewhat telling.

4 Things You Won’t Regret Spending Money on When Starting Your Business

Up and Running

When starting a business, the costs add up so fast that entrepreneurs are usually looking for ways to save money rather than increase costs.

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10 Mistakes Most People Make During an Interview (and What To Do Instead)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Discover the 10 huge mistakes that most people make during an interview and what they should do instead

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4 Steps To Creating A Vision For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

The problem is, most of us are too busy tackling the everyday challenges to sit back and look at what we’re doing and where we want to be.

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10 Writings Tips To Get Maximum Impact From Any Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Polish the overall look and feel.

Pakistan Teams with Austin for Global Entrepreneurship Opportunities

SiliconHills

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pakistan is working hard to grow a tech ecosystem, and this week signed agreements both with the City of Austin and Capital Factory to further those efforts. Austin

4 Insights From The Morning Routines Of Successful People

YFS Magazine

Which morning routines work the best? With these mindful practices, you can keep a clear perspective on even the most stressful of mornings.

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Tony Robbins: The Best Way to Raise Entrepreneurial Children

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The life coach and author explains how to help your kids grow up to be determined and successful

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How To Grow A Customer Database Of 1000 People In 3 Months

YoungUpstarts

Succeeding in business depends on scaling customer growth. Optimise the conversion process. Using effective calls to action. Demonstrating proof.

9 Ways To Spot An Opportunity For A New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups and entrepreneurs, I often hear the myth that all new businesses must start with a great idea. I have to disagree.

SXSW Shines a Spotlight on the Explosive Growth of Podcasting

SiliconHills

By TODD NEVINS Special contribution to Silicon Hills News SXSW Interactive was packed full of sessions and panels on the exponential growth of the podcast industry as well as meet ups and live podcast performances from local and global shows. Austin

Make this the next book you read, or better yet, listen to

Jeff Hilimire

I just finished listening to Trevor Noah’s book, Born a Crime , on Audible. He replaced Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. Random

Want to Start Your Own Business? 15 Signs You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Even if if you haven't started a company. (At At least not yet

Top Tips For Becoming a Web Developer in 2017

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Being a web developer is an extremely in demand profession, particularly as more and more businesses shift online. How To Become A Web Developer 1.

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5 People To Avoid In The Search For An Ideal Investor

Startup Professionals Musings

To be an effective negotiator, I agree that you first need to quickly identify and adapt to your opponents negotiating style. Marty Zwilling.

How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. And it is. LinkedIn Groups.

Why You Need A Business Plan – Finding The Best Style For You

YoungUpstarts

A business plan removes the blindfold, creates a map and prepares you for the certain bumps in the road. What Is a Business Plan? What’s Your Style?

Want To Raise Brave Girls? Science Says Do This (Most Parents Are Afraid To)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It makes sense, if you let it. Just watch this

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7 Qualities Of Successful Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

The most successful entrepreneurs share common qualities and personality traits that are crucial to success in business. Which ones do you possess?

6 Keys To Hiring The Best Team For Your New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup investors tell me they invest in a new venture with a higher caliber of people, rather than the product or service, and I agree.

Needed: Freedom Hackers to Fight Authoritarian Regimes

SiliconHills

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News The first time Afghan entrepreneur Roya Mahboob saw the internet, it changed her life. She lived, she said in a “predefined reality.” “We We live in a dark place we only see what the family chooses for us. We only hear what people say about the West.” Austin

The Importance Of A Local SEO Strategy

YoungUpstarts

by Amir Noghani, General Manager at GWM SEO Agency. Google’s main consistency is that it’s constantly changing. Profile views. Referring subnets.

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25 Little Ways to Be Happier At Work

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness

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The CIO is dead. Long live the CIO.

deal architect

Is there a company left which has not developed smart products and services which leverage software, sensors and satellites? I asked myself that question as I read two consecutive BusinessWeek issues with such smart products and services. Phillip Morris has. Industry Commentary

How to transition from a Product Manager to a Product Leader

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Avinash Bajaj (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Nis Frome]. Whatever the case maybe, you are here now.