September, 2016

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Working Hard is not the same as working smart

Steve Blank

Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies.

Why I Backed a 24-Year-Old Trying to Assess Human Potential

Both Sides of the Table

We led a $4 million investment along with Thrive Capital, GLG and Sound Ventures. How does one come up with the right idea to start a company?

Smart Entrepreneurs Build Startups Without Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I often encounter the myth that an initial startup requires investors.

Data should be the Common Language in an Organization

Instigator Blog

If I was to ask you what you do, I’m sure you could provide an answer. Most people lead with a title–“I’m an engineer working on software systems,” or, “I’m a senior marketing manager that drives marketing initiatives for our products.” ” Fair enough. That’s a reasonable answer.

Small Business Accounting 101: 9 Steps to Get Your New Business on Track

Up and Running

Running your own business is a journey of ten thousand miles, and you’re about to take the first step. Open a business bank account. Bills. Invoices.

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Turning Ideas Into A Business Requires Smart Selling

Startup Professionals Musings

Most aspiring entrepreneurs believe that a great idea alone will assure business success. Hardly anyone mentions selling principles. Marty Zwilling.

The Shape of Traction

Rob Go

Essentially, there is the sense that strong PMF is just around the corner. The simplest visualization of this would be a straight line.

14 Signs Your Website Is Causing You To Lose Sales

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at 14 tell-tale signs that your website is need of a refresh.

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11 Must Watch TED Talks That Will Make You Insanely Productive

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Spend a little time watching these talks now and you'll save a lot of time in the long run

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Working Hard is not the same as working smart

Steve Blank

Measuring how hard your team is working by counting the number of hours they work or what time they get in and leave is how amateurs run companies.

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures. could go on for a long time. Why? 1.

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5 Steps To Maximizing Your Startup Cash Flow Runway

Startup Professionals Musings

Cash flow is a basic survival metric for every startup. Desperate entrepreneurs lose their leverage and die young. You will make mistakes.

The Ultimate Work From Home Checklist

Up and Running

Of the 543,000 new small businesses started each month, approximately 52 percent of them are home-based. Assess your situation. dedicated phone line.

The Startup Rollercoaster is Real

Instigator Blog

You know what’s hard? Starting a company. You know what’s fun? Starting a company. There’s something about the insane challenge that makes starting a company so incredible. Having said that, I really don’t enjoy being told I’m wrong, or that my plan/idea/approach won’t work. (I don’t know many people who like that!) And when people […].

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25 Business Books You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A handful of underrated books for entrepreneurs that deserve a place on your bookshelf, even if they aren't on everyone else's

The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed. It was a good three days. Train the Trainers.

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

Both Sides of the Table

Rolf Winkler wrote a piece in the WSJ about A16Z’s returns in which he says they “lag behind Sequoia, Benchmark and Founders Fund.” Or not. Whoops!

10 Tried-And-True Strategies For Funding New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, every alternative has advantages and disadvantages, so any given one may not be available or attractive to you. Fund your startup yourself.

How to Write a Business Plan: Use This Checklist to Keep Yourself on Task

Up and Running

Most people think of the business plan as a one-time event, something used to accomplish a specific goal—getting funded, usually. What won’t work?

Google Finds That Successful Teams Are About Norms Not Just Smarts

Hunter Walker

Which Google employees has made the biggest impact to the company over the past decade? For example, a ratio of engineers to non-engineers.

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Science Says Do Any One of These 9 Things

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Or do them all. They work. Science says so

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 41: Chris Schroeder and Andy Cunningham

Steve Blank

There are only two emotions in startups — utter ebullient enthusiasm and outright terror. Here’s the big thing about tech companies: They all believe that if they build it, the world will come, but it doesn’t really work that way. But you must find ways to check those realities. Hubris can kill it. Chris Schroeder. Andy Cunningham.

Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

Both Sides of the Table

Collectively we have a voice. If we stand together and make it heard it can have an impact. We must vote anyways. Why does it matter? He is Racist.

Add A Personal Story To Make Your Business Memorable

Startup Professionals Musings

The biggest challenge for every entrepreneur and every startup today is to get noticed and remembered in today’s information overload. worthy goal.

Online Business Ideas You Can Start With No Money

Up and Running

If you’re not sure whether or not you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur, take our quiz;  otherwise, keep reading. Online retailer. Freelance writer.

Top 5 Realities Of Being An Early-Stage Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

There are five realities about being an early-stage entrepreneur that no one can escape.

Bill Gates Says These 5 Books Will Make You Smarter

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The richest person in the world still makes plenty of time to read. Here are five of his top book recommendations

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Top 25 SEO bloggers you should follow in 2016

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Looking for some SEO tips or want to hire someone to improve your website's SEO? Great Post to Read: Use Verticals To Increase Reach.

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Why you shouldn’t try to innovate anything from scratch

The Next Web

In 2010, Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to build a toaster from scratch. Thwaites had assumed the toaster would be a relatively simple machine.

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How To Counter Criticism Of Your Million Dollar Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, leaders are not remembered for their dreams, aspirations, or intentions – they are remembered because they achieved results.

5 Techniques Every Startup Can Use to Retain Customers

Up and Running

As part of a startup business, you’ll know that there is no greater desire to win your first customer or your tenth customer.

Embrace Fear, Listen To It, And Make It Work For You

YFS Magazine

Irrational fears keep us from moving forward in our business and life. Lifestyle health and wellness inspiration lifestyle personal development

Clear Your Head With These 5 Simple Office Workout Ideas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Exercising daily doesn't have to be a big time commitment, and the health and productivity benefits are huge

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How to Write Blog Posts that Increase Conversion Rate?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You’ve started a great blog and you’re really happy with the look, layout, and content and the traffic is starting to pour in. We’d love to know.