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Deleting Facebook

Feld Thoughts

I’m done with Facebook. However, it’s tough to delete your account. Read the message above. I exited out of this screen, suspended my account instead, but then went back 15 minutes later and actually deleted it. Well – I started the deletion process.

7 Lead-Generation Tactics Thrive On Limited Budgets

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular opinion, viral marketing has not eliminated the need for old-fashioned lead generation to bring customers to a startup.

7 Excuses For Giving Up Instead Of Persevering To Win

Startup Professionals Musings

When I heard a friend and business mentor say, “Your startup won’t fail if you don’t quit,” I realized that every entrepreneur should adopt “never give up” as their mantra. Rather than quitting, there are always alternatives, like pivoting the business model or merging with new partners for support.

Investor Friendly Terms

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we have always had simple and investor-friendly terms with the institutions and individuals that provide the capital we invest. I got thinking about that this morning in reading Brad Feld’s post about recycling management fees , something we do aggressively at USV (we have recycled between 20 and 25% of our mature VC funds). We have never charged a premium carry or off-market management fee, we return all capital before taking carry distributions, and we recycle aggressively.

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20 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

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24 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

Tips for Product Managers on their First __

The Product Guy

You just started a new product management job. What should you be focused on your first day, week, month, and beyond? More in the video with product management expert, Alisa Warshawski…. product management expert product manager

Every Generation Learns The Same Lessons

Feld Thoughts

While it’s easy to tell people things, it’s much more powerful to learn things. And, as I get older, I see the same lessons being learned by subsequent generations.

5 Indications That You Can Survive Startup Failures

Startup Professionals Musings

You can’t survive as an entrepreneur without resilience, because you are going to fail at least once, maybe multiple times. That’s the nature of trying something that’s never been done before. Resilience means not giving up, and being energized by what you have learned.

MassChallenge Texas Awards $510,000 and Prizes to 10 Startups


By Laura Lorek Publisher of Silicon Hills News The MassChallenge Texas accelerator transformed re:3d’s business. “We’ve We’ve grown by more than 30 percent since we’ve been in the program,” said Samantha Snabes, the startup’s co-founder.

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13 Powerful Ways You Can Manage Customer Expectations Better To Grow Your Business Faster Than Ever

crowdSPRING Blog

“…it looks cold in there…” A prospective customer looks to your business to provide something they need or want. This is the beginning of a very important story for your business.

Book excerpt: Commitments and time management

Jeff Hilimire

The book I’m writing, The Five-Day Turnaround , is written as a narrative, first-person story, and throughout I share tips and tricks on how the main character, Will, manages his time as a leader and CEO.

RSS: The Persistent Protocol

Feld Thoughts

One of our themes is Protocol. We’ve been investing in companies built around technology protocols since 1994. One of my first investments, when I moved to Boulder in 1995, was in a company called Email Publishing, which was the very first email service provider. SMTP has been very good to me. We made some of the early investments in companies built around RSS, including FeedBurner and NewsGator. RSS is a brilliant, and very durable, protocol.

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7 Keys To The Investor Challenge For Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

According to the entrepreneurs I advise, the biggest challenge they typically face in starting a new business is funding. It consistently takes a huge amount of time and effort to find an investor you can trust, and that constrains your efforts in developing the solution you envision.

Nothing permanent about Oracle-Rimini

deal architect

I cannot believe I am writing about another legal matter this week. I wrote earlier this week about litigation cases involving Oracle, SAP and Workday. Judge Larry Hicks of the US District Court in the District of Nevada has had. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Twitter Link Roundup #343 – Terrific Reads for Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Marketers, and Designers!

crowdSPRING Blog

If you’re like most people, you own a smartphone. And if you’re like most people, you use it. A lot. Full-time access to a smartphone has obvious benefits but comes at a price: that nagging feeling that maybe we should be spending our time doing more than just staring at a screen.

I Was Not Born A Writer Yet Writing Changed My Life All Thanks To A Blog by Yaro Starak

I used to dread writing. Yet, I’ve made a full-time income from writing a blog for over twelve years (since 2006).

How Seasonal Businesses Can Better Manage Cash Flow

Up and Running

While there are many advantages to running a seasonal business, one of the primary challenges is managing cash flow—having enough money on hand to get ready for the busy season, making the most of the revenue generated in season, and having enough money on hand to pay bills in the off-season.

10 Success Strategies Without Requiring Alpha Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

The reigning theory in business has long been that “alpha” leaders make the best entrepreneurs. These are aggressive, results-driven achievers who assert control, and insist on a hierarchical organizational model.

Product Management & When Other Departments Need Help

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Mark Jones (Mentee, Session 6, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Shelley Iocona]. Product people usually like to start with the problem. One problem many are familiar with is being the requirements resource.

Podcast Options for StartUps – Tips from Clients on Demand

The Startup Magazine

According to Podcast Insights , there are over a half-a-million active podcast options available, providing approximately 18.5 million episodes of listening in more than 100 different languages.

Technology Is Reshaping Real Estate: What You Need To Know

YFS Magazine

Technological advancements have a tendency to rapidly change industries. Tech is not just reshaping real estate; it’s revolutionizing it. In real time. Grow Technology real estate real estate investing technology

4 Ways to Urge Your Startup Toward Rapid Growth

Up and Running

The startup stage of a business is grueling. Chances are, you are overworked, understaffed, and functioning on a shoestring budget. Taking into account the statistic that only half of businesses survive the first five years, even the downtime can get stressful.

Your network is one of your most powerful assets, regardless of geography

Jeff Hilimire

Your network is one of the only true competitive advantages you can have. I believe your network just might be the deciding factor in whether or not you accomplish your goals and dreams. I’ve written many times about the importance of a strong network and how to build it , but I’ve never written about the connect that geography makes on your network. I was reminded of this when reading Adam ‘s recent blog post, titled Great advice I didn’t take, but maybe you should.

CognitiveScale Partners with Dell to Deliver Tailored Customer Service Using AI


The fourth industrial revolution is one in which machines and humans work together to solve problems and accomplish tasks. And it’s already here.

On The Road – Starting Your Own Mobile Business

The Startup Magazine

You love to drive and you don’t want to work for anyone any more. The next logical step would be to start a business that allows you to drive and brings you the control you want. Small businesses make up 99.7% of all businesses in the US and 60% of all new jobs created come from them. With over 56.8

4 Ways To Design A Website That Attracts Your Ideal Customers

YFS Magazine

No matter the aim of your small business, a crucial component to attracting your ideal customer is to help them find your brand via your company website. Uncategorized company website marketing website design website development

9 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Improve Their Marketing Tactics in 2018

Up and Running

In 2017, U.S. companies spent a combined $85.93 billion on digital marketing. Two years from now, nationwide digital marketing spending is expected to surpass $100 billion.

If I’ve ever helped you in any way…

Jeff Hilimire

If I’ve ever helped you in any way, even if its simply a blog post I wrote you that hit you at the right time, I’d be incredibly appreciative if you would consider supporting my wife’s upcoming Georgia 2-Day Walk for Cancer.

4 Excellent Tips For Choosing A Small Business Name


According to a recent study, nearly 70 percent of business owners incubated the idea for their venture while working for someone else. Before making the leap into owning a business of your own, you have to make sure your idea is feasible and has the ability to make money.

Why an investor rejection isn't a knock on you


A few years ago, a friend asked me if I could forward an email to Abc VC. I told him that since that Abc VC didn’t invest in my company, I wasn’t sure if Abc VC thought highly of me. Now that I sit on the other side of the fence, I realized that my thinking was flawed.

The Pros And Cons Of Office Politics

YFS Magazine

Ask most people about office politics and they'll say they'd prefer to avoid it. Yet, most also know that like most things there are pros and cons. Company Culture Grow company culture corporate politics organizational politics workforce development

Next-gen software executives

deal architect

I was pleased to see Salesforce has appointed Parker Harris to its Board and promoted Keith Block to co-CEO. I have long been a fan of Parker – just brilliant and a nice guy to boot. I think the enterprise. Industry Commentary

The unnegotiable component of a successful team

Jeff Hilimire

Ray Dalio’s book, Principles , is so spot on in so many ways. And here he just nails how a team should function. Debate all you want, but then get on board and row together.