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6 Misconceptions Plague True Social Entrepreneurship

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur lifestyle that continues to gain in popularity these days is being a “social entrepreneur.”

The American Tailwind 

Feld Thoughts

Every year, one of my favorite things to read is the Berkshire Hathaway annual letter. The 2018 version is out and, as always, is a beautiful thing to read if you have any interest in business and economics. I particularly loved Warren Buffett’s reflections at the end of the letter in a section called The American Tailwind, which follows: On March 11th, it will be 77 years since I first invested in an American business. The year was 1942, I was 11, and I went all in, investing $114.75

7 Job Qualifications For Intrapreneurs In Any Company

Startup Professionals Musings

Every mature company I know is looking for more innovation from within. They are painfully aware that tenure on the list of S&P companies is shrinking – from thirty-three years back in 1964, down to twenty-four in 2016, and predicted to be just twelve by 2027.

Robin Hauser’s Film Bias at the Boulder International Film Festival 2019

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are long-time supporters of the Boulder International Film Festival. The 2019 fes tival starts soon and runs from February 28 to March 3rd. Bias , one of the documentaries that we helped fund, is making its Colorado Premier and showing on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Not Just A Buzz Phrase: How Disney’s Mission Drives Its Continuing Success


by Michael G. Goldsby and Rob Mathews, authors of “ Entrepreneurship the Disney Way “ Have you ever found yourself thinking that a mission is just a buzzword, and a mission statement is nothing more than corporate fluff? If so, you are not alone.

The One Thing That Great Leaders Understand

Both Sides of the Table

One Thing That Great Leaders Understand I was scanning Twitter this past week and I came across these great Tweets by Michael Seibel at Y Combinator. When I was young I thought management was about distribution/delegation of responsibilities.

Forged by fire

deal architect

Dennis Howlett writes about the "current levels of public angst among independent industry analysts at the state of enterprise software". He cites Raven Intel, Josh Greenbaum, Upper Edge, Brian Sommer, Jarret Pazahanick and me pointing to different problem areas in. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, AMR, others

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Simple Ways To Make Money Online


If you dream of staring your own business where you can make a regular income online, you are in luck. Thanks to advanced technology, it has become far easier for people to earn an income on a part-time or full-time basis from the comfort of their own homes.

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Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the things that founders have the most angst about is whom they should have on their board and at what stage of the business.

Next-gen Enterprise Apps

deal architect

I am reviewing the latest typeset draft of my next book. While much of the content is focused on SAP, its customers and its competitors, sprinkled throughout the book are glimpses of a rapidly changing enterprise apps market. Anshu Sharma. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

10 Clues That A New Business May Not Be Your Passion

Startup Professionals Musings

People who get stressed managing their own lives don’t make good entrepreneurs. Small businesses require multi-tasking, work prioritization, and decision-making, with no assistants or help from specialists. That’s why Fortune 500 executives usually don’t survive as startup CEOs.

Meet RVR from Sphero

Feld Thoughts

Sphero has announced RVR , a go anywhere, do anything programmable robot. It launched on Kickstarter today and is available , along with a bunch of other fun pre-order options. Over the last eight years, Sphero has made a bunch of different robots.

The Magic Of Merchandising – Putting Your Business’ Best Face Forward


When people think about merchandising, images of a product that has been oversold quickly come to mind.

Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

Startups that are backed by professional financial investors almost always have a Board of Directors that consists of some set of founders, investors and sometimes independent directors.

Starting Out on Your Work-at-Home Journey? Do These 6 Things Before You Forget

The Startup Magazine

According to Census data reported by Quartz at Work , a home office was the principal place of business for about 5.2% of U.S. workers in 2017, up from just over 3% in 2000.

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5 Indications That Your Work Culture Needs Attention

Startup Professionals Musings

Whether your company is a startup or a mature business, the last thing you need in the office is a toxic work culture. Yet, according to a recent study , more than half of tech employees see their current office culture as toxic.

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Re-entering The Job Market After Divorce


American psychologists and specialists in the field of relationships conducted a survey of divorced women and found that the majority of them, some time after their divorce, view the breakup of marriage not as a collapse of life but rather as the beginning of a new path.

Should All of Management Attend Board Meetings?

Both Sides of the Table

Should All of Your Management Team Attend Board Meetings? The age old question for every startup is whom to involve in the board meeting.

Three Questions with Bala Subramaniam

Version One Ventures

I recently caught up with my good friend Bala Subramaniam , who is the Head of Fulfillment at Instacart. You may remember Bala’s talk on supply-demand equilibrium at our data-driven marketplace meetup back in May 2017. Bala is a seasoned product, business, and technology leader.

7 Strategies To Accelerate Creativity In Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

Within the startup realm, there is a big difference between having an innovative product versus an innovative business. Some startups have a new technology, but stick to a tried-and-true business model. Others take an existing product, and give it new life with a creative business model.

How To Get A Job In Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

My partner Seth Levine has written several posts over the years on the topic of how to get a job in venture capital. His 2019 post, titled creatively How To Get A Job In Venture Capital is excellent. Things have changed in the last decade since his 2008 post titled How to get a job in venture capital (revisited) , which was an update from his 2005 post titled How to become a venture capitalist. All three posts are worth reading. Following is a teaser for each of the key points Seth makes.

Why You Should Hire A Translator For Your Business Meetings


Every businessperson wants to have a successful business meeting. Yes there are few factor which you have to keep in mind to have a successful business meeting, for this many people hire a translator that work as a chain between the owner and the client.

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This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

Both Sides of the Table

I understand that Adam Grant is a fairly popular professor at Wharton and has a book that some people loved called “Originals” (for me it interesting but not mind blowing, and I have some first-hand knowledge of some of its inaccuracies).

DivInc Partners with Notley Ventures


DivInc, the Austin-based early stage accelerator for women and people of color, on Thursday announced it is partnering with Notley Ventures. In addition, Notley is making a major philanthropic investment in DivInc.

10 Ways To Highlight The Credibility Of Your Website

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart people only visit and buy from credible and memorable websites. In the past, if your startup had a website presence, the company was credible by definition. In today’s world, a website is necessary but not sufficient for credibility. Dreamers and gamblers have found out that if the website isn’t validated as credible, it’s probably a scam, and everyone loses.

Meet Four Women Changing The Face of Global Tech

YFS Magazine

It's refreshing and exciting to witness female-led innovation in an industry with a glaring gender imbalance. Here's a look at four women in tech to watch. Grow People Technology female entrepreneurship technology women entrepreneurs women in tech

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6 Leadership Habits CEOs Need To Develop


by Mark Green , author of “ Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done “ Bad habits can be hard to break, and for business leaders who have them, they can be deal-breakers.

Why You Are More Likely to Succeed as an Entrepreneur Later in Life

The Startup Magazine

Magazine recently reported that the average age new entrepreneurs open their first startup is 40. While the media tends to publicize those who have become an entrepreneur in college or shortly thereafter, nearly all findings show that entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed later in life.

The Defense Innovation Center Officially Opens at Capital Factory in Austin


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Athena Security showed off its gun detection system at the official opening of the Defense Innovation Center Thursday at Capital Factory.

Should You Allow “Board Observers” on Your Startup Board?

Both Sides of the Table

Should You Allow Board Observers on Your Startup Board? Photo by Antenna on Unsplash A board observer is somebody who attends your board meeting but doesn’t have a voting right. There are also certain points in a board meeting where you can ask the board observers to step out of the room unless they’ve negotiated specific rights that preclude this. Why do board observers exist?

Four Highly Effective Ways Leaders Can Empower Their Teams

YFS Magazine

The most successful founders and CEOs respect each team member and inspire them to do good work. As a result, employees feel valued and appreciated. Lead leadership managing employees personal development team building

How To Start A Consulting Business


by Katie Lundin of crowdspring. Navigating the transition between a salaried employee and running your own consulting business can be tricky. If you’re ready to take the leap, we’re here to share 4 of the 10 steps you’ll need to know to get started.

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Branding Tips that All Startup Founders Can Use

The Startup Magazine

Starting a company is not all about the financial side of the story. You need to invest time and many other resources into transforming the startup in a successful company. The goals you set will influence how things develop in the future, so you need to have the big picture in your head.

Would You Put Your Job On Your Tombstone?

Hunter Walker

As a kid I’d prowl graveyards with my mother, tightly holding sheets of wax paper and thick, flat Crayolas. Macabre backdrop for sure, but our interest was in art not mischief.

Here are the 5 hottest startups in Poland

The Next Web

You may know Poland for its unpronounceable surnames and sour cabbage in absolutely every meal possible, however, this Central European nation is so much more than pickled vegetables and delicious comfort food.

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Want To Become A ‘Best Place To Work’? Focus On Five Things

YFS Magazine

By YFS Magazine. This wasn’t our first time on a 'Best Places to Work' list. How did we get here? Develop a winning workplace with these 5 tips. Company Culture Grow company culture employee retention leadership workplace development

Marketing Strategies Your Business May Be Overlooking


Businesses don’t get very far without a stellar marketing strategy backing them every step of the way. It’s what gets their name around town and beyond, and truly gives them a presence in the public conscious.