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Film: American Muslim Storytellers

Feld Thoughts

Over the weekend, our Monthly Match for the National Immigration Law Center raised over $47,000, For everyone who contributed, thank you!

6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Win More With Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

The right answer is that not all of these are worth your attention, but it’s probably more than one. Collins (Stanford Business School).

The Bloomberg Startup Barometer

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the US startup ecosystem. will be keeping my eye on this new index from time to time.

Microsoft's CEO Sent an Extraordinary Email to Employees After They Committed an Epic Fail

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You can learn a lot about effective leadership from just a few, short sentences

Five Best Chat Programs For Your Small Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you work with a small business team, you know the importance of communication. There are many to choose from, depending on your team’s needs.

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Mark Cuban Says This Will Soon Be the Most Sought-After Job Skill

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The billionaire investor predicts one crushing reality of automation

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Should I Quit My Job to Start My Own Business? 9 Questions You Need to Ask

Up and Running

For many, the hardest part of starting a business isn’t coming up with the idea or choosing the right name. How do you know when to take the plunge?

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A Business Plan

YFS Magazine

A business plan is a very important business tool to have as an entrepreneur. When you write your business plan, avoid making these 7 common mistakes.

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Amazon

Feld Thoughts

Early this morning I saw an email from Dave that pointed me at a giant bundle of happiness. Bryan Cranston Will Bring Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams to Series. So – let’s go through all the parts of awesomeness of this. First, Philip K. Dick is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. It’s delicious. Moore. Enough said on that one.

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8 Key Ingredients to a Profitable Consulting Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The challenges for making money and survival in these professional services worlds are different, maybe even tougher. Don’t forget seminars and events.

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Psychology Says This is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The biggest contributor to happiness might surprise you -- and here's how to foster it

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The 90s called: They want you to reengineer again with Deloitte and SAP

deal architect

Michael Hammer was a rock star in the 90s with his reengineering books and his booming voice and entertaining speaking style.

San Antonio-based Xenex Raises $38 Million More

SiliconHills

Xenex Disinfection Services, which makes a germ zapping robot for hospitals, just announced it has raised an additional $38 million. The San Antonio-based company, founded in 2009, has raised $94 million to date. San Antonio

Monthly Match: National Immigration Law Center #NILCMatch

Feld Thoughts

Fred Wilson , Joanne Wilson , Amy , and I are doing our second Monthly Match. This one is in support of the  National Immigration Law Center. We will be matching $20,000 of contributions that our respective communities make to NILC. We’ve made it easy to contribute – simply go to this page on Crowdrise. Their mission is clear.

Why Good Marketing Campaign Costs Continue To Rise

Startup Professionals Musings

First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a long time ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth. Develop viral content. Seed viral activity.

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This Is How You Train Your Brain To Get What You Really Want

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Eventually, you can train your conscious mind to only focus on what you really want in life

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Product Management Insights – Walking in Another’s Shoes

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. tweet ). More to Come.

Certain Affinity Moves to New Building, Plans to Double in Size

SiliconHills

Max Hoberman grew up in Austin, graduated from the LBJ High School, now called the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy of Austin. Then he went on to get a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Communications. Austin

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Australia, We Hear You!

David Cohen

I recently spent a week in Australia. One of the things I often say when I travel to speak to startup communities around the world is: “We can’t hear you!” ” My point is that I want them to be loud and proud about what’s going on there. also ask them to start blogging. Start some dialogue. So they did ! And Startups

7 Lessons On How To Avoid A Quick Business Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Most budding entrepreneurs don’t realize that nine out of ten startups fail within 24 months. Add a buffer to your funding calculations.

10 Simple Habits That You Can Add to Your Life in 5 Minutes or Less

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Even doing just one of these things each day will make your day better

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How Fintech Startups Are Transforming Business

YoungUpstarts

Fintech affects every aspect of the financial sector, may it be investing, money transfers, online purchases or banking. Payment Processing Via Apps.

Must Have Homepage Elements

Duct Tape Marketing

Must Have Homepage Elements written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. The purpose of your website. Tell a story. Guide a journey.

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“No” Doesn’t Mean “You Suck”

David Cohen

I know it can be counter-intuitive, but just because an investor says “No,” it doesn’t mean they don’t love what you’re doing. Keep in mind that as venture capitalists, our job is to say “No” 99+ percent of the time! That means we often say “No” to things we love and founders we love. It’s just part of the game.

What’s in it for you? Nothing? Then you’re doing it right.

Jeff Hilimire

My aunt Kemie teaching children in Kenya to read. love her. It’s funny, heart-warming, eye-opening, and incredibly honest and thoughtful. Rando

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How to Structure Your Day Like a CEO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When I go to sleep, feeling satisfied and excited to share my ideas the following day

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Questions To Ask Before Conducting An Ideation Workshop

YoungUpstarts

by Diane Longmoor, Director of User Experience and a Partner at Fell Swoop. Prioritizing user groups is another key to this exercise.

Day-to-day Product Management Inspiration

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. tweet ). More to Come.

The coming changes to your house

Start Up Blog

It’s easy to forget that the places we live in are a direct reflection of our current technology. Televisions – 1956 in Australia.

How to Drive Product Growth with Behavioral Personas

ConversionXL

Retention is the key to building a great business. You’ll spread distaste for your product, not delight. Introducing Behavioral Personas.

7 Phrases that Scream Lack of Confidence (and Make You Look Weak)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These 7 phrases will undermine your confidence and make you look weak in the workplace. Avoid them and boost your confidence and reputation

Establishing Trust as a VC

This is going to be BIG.

There are a lot of relationships that would be a little weird if they hadn't become commonplace--the kind of thing where someone raised by wolves might not adjust to so easily. One relationship that isn't so commonplace is having a venture capital investor--especially for the first time. mean, didn't they say yes to your pitch? Why are you a VC?

Is Visualization The Key To Getting What You Want?

YFS Magazine

The key to achieving what you want—whether it’s more customers or increased business confidence—may lie in your ability to visualize it.

Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Not quite. Why design? The golden ratio of images.