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.

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.

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 Dumb Rules That Make Your Best People Want to Quit

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Sometimes the dumbest rules can drive away the best employees

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.

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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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7 Things Steve Jobs Said That You Should Say Every Single Day

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What you do is based on what you think. so borrow a few thoughts from Steve

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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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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.

Facebook Marketing: A Small Business Guide

Up and Running

When I first started using Facebook in 2009, I would never have predicted just how influential the platform would grow to become for businesses.

7 Due Diligence Steps Will Validate Any New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

But how does any entrepreneur know which ideas to implement, and which ones are best left behind? Now we soon expect a computer on every wrist.

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.

This New USB Stick That Anyone Can Buy Destroys Almost Anything It Is Plugged Into

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here is what you need to know about the "USB Killer" device that destroys electronic devices to which it is connected with a surge of power

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The Creativity Conundrum: An Ugly Mix of Endorphins and Self-Sabotage

crowdSPRING Blog

That creativity may not always manifest in the same way, but without an active imagination, none of us would ever achieve anything worth anything.

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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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Cash Flow: A Curated List of Everything You Need to Know

Up and Running

A solid understanding of cash flow is incredibly important to small business success. According to a U.S. Cash Flow 101: The Basics.

Entrepreneurs Need The Right Mindset Before Products

Startup Professionals Musings

The entrepreneurial lifestyle is a tough one under the best of circumstances, and it’s one you have to love in order to succeed. Martin Zwilling.

Create a Successful Blog Strategy: A Step by Step Guide

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Following this step by step guide will help you to be more successful than others, or than you already are. What areas will need to be strategized?

20 Brutal Truths About Life No One Wants To Admit.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Read these twenty brutal truths about life that no one wants to admit so that you can start getting more out of life

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Gamechanger ahead for Apple-centric Software Vendors

47 Hats

Apple is moving its developers and customers to auto-renewing subscriptions instead of outright purchases on all Apple platforms, including Mac OS. And it’s high time too. Looking at you Microsoft Word and ScreenFlow and lots of others.). How many pdf readers or editors does the average customer need? 10, 20, 50? The Future

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.

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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A New Venture Needs Connected Leadership To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

Most startup ideas begin in the mind of an individual, but an idea is not a business. It takes a team, with effective leadership, to build a business.

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6-Step Checklist for Revamping Your Small Business’ Online Presence

Duct Tape Marketing

6-Step Checklist for Revamping Your Small Business’ Online Presence written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. photo credit Pexels.

7 Crucial Lessons People Learn Too Late In Life

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

As long as you learn them sometime, right

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Trying to keep the cup from overfloweth-ing

Jeff Hilimire

Jeesh, things are busy. Good-busy, as people say, but busy for sure. If you weren’t aware, we already have five children and a 3-year old dog.

25 Successful Copywriting Experts You Should Know

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Looking for some copywriting tips or wanting to hire someone who can write a persuasive message for your audience so that they can convert?

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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?

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.

How we can find our ‘flow’

The Equity Kicker

‘Flow’ is the almost magical state of extreme creativity and productivity. It’s good. The “How do you eat an elephant?”

15 Characteristics That Require Zero Talent That Will Help You Succeed

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Talents and hard skills, while sought after, can go overlooked and underappreciated, which leads me to believe that talent alone is a little overrate

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How To Find Investors For Your Startup

YFS Magazine

Remember that an investor is not a bank, but is a well-connected strategic partner. Finance Grow investment pitch investors money

15 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Share Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Photo Credit: Steve Creasy.

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.