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20/20/20 – Harley Earl: Design Icon, Seer of Our Autonomous Vehicle Future

View from Seed

Over the course of 2020, we are highlighting 20 innovators and entrepreneurs from the 20th century whose work continues to shape our everyday lives in the 21st century. . Unless you are a student of design or an aficionado of cars, you may not know the name Harley Earl.

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9 Keys To Finding The Perfect Angel Investor For You

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time advisor to entrepreneurs, and a former angel myself, I still find startups confused about the definition of an angel investor, and how and when to attract one.

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The "fog" of enterprise software

deal architect

So many data points cannot be wrong, can they? Larry Ellison talks about SAP's customers moving away during the Oracle earnings call. IFS runs a billboard ad suggesting the same. I get whispers from several other competitors suggesting SAP is. Industry Commentary

How Shaving My Head Changed My Business Approach


by Chris Clifford , Founder & CEO of HED Skincare. Like many entrepreneurs, I began starting businesses young. By 18, I was already pitching investors, hiring employees, and learning some hard lessons about what it takes to build a business.

Lessons from the First 20 Episodes of the #GiveFirst Podcast

Feld Thoughts

When David and I started doing the #GiveFirst podcast , I was told by a long-time podcaster that it takes about 20 episodes to hit your stride. Since then, several other podcasters have told me that the number is actually closer to 100. Given that hurdle, David and I are 20% of the way there.

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5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today.

20/20/20: Innovators & Entrepreneurs From the 20th Century Who Are Helping Shape the 21st

View from Seed

Welcome to 2020. I thought about writing a post looking forward into this new decade, or looking back at the prior decade (are we calling it the “teens” officially?). But instead I decided to do something a little different. We’re now 20 years into the 21st century. 1980 and the dawn of the PC era is 40 years ago… the space race kicked off roughly 70 years ago.

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5 Steps To A Successful Business Launch


Launching a new business can be a tough ordeal. There’s a lot of planning, brainstorming and risks involved. And not just planning, but re-planning and then re-planning again. Launching a new business is one thing that hardly ever goes according to plan. .

How To Handle Political Expression In The Workplace

YFS Magazine

Are workplace policies needed to control political expression at the office? Culture Economy Editor Picks entrepreneurship culture politics


6 Insights To Current Funding Trends For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact angel investors now fund over twice as many companies, according the Crunchbase.

My January Holiday Vacation Reading

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I didn’t feel like taking a Christmas or New Year’s vacation this year so we just hung around Boulder, worked, and did our thing. We then decamped to Mexico last week for warmth, sun, beach, and books.

Auditor Independence and ERP/CRM projects - a conversation with Francine McKenna

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Francine McKenna is a prolific commentator on the accounting, audit, and corporate governance issues affecting public and pre-IPO private companies. Since 2006, McKenna has been an investigative reporter and feature writer for publications including Dow Jones MarketWatch, Forbes, American Banker, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

How To Start A Successful Sunglasses Business


Business experts unanimously claim that no economic crisis may affect a number of “eternal” industries. Selling sunglasses is one of them. After all, the most tender organ is the eyes.

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How to Use Google Optimize & Tag Manager for Personalization


About two years ago, I wrote an article on using Google Tag Manager (GTM) to personalize your website. Even then, people asked why I wouldn’t just use Google Optimize. At the time, the answer was simple: Personalization was part of Google’s six-figure paid solution.

Startups Are Not Just The Realm Of Young Generations

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest myths in the business world is that startups are no place for Baby Boomers, that aging generation born between 1945 and 1964.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Prioritize Mental And Emotional Well-Being

YFS Magazine

Take steps to ensure that you are giving yourself the best possible chance to succeed in your personal and professional life. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle recommended

Welcoming Max Webster to the Version One team

Version One Ventures

In August 2018, we set out to add a third member to our team. A year and a half later, we are thrilled to welcome Max Webster as Version One’s new associate. It was A LONG journey. We received, reviewed and responded to almost 500 applications over this period of time.

A Brief Guide To Conference Call Etiquette: 6 Things You Need To Know


When it comes to conference calls, it’s crucial to have the utmost professionalism. Most employers judge conference calls more harshly than in-person meetings. Therefore, you want to make sure you give the best impression and follow simple conference call etiquette.

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Why We Shouldn’t Be In Love With Startups 


We all love a good story, especially those that involve rags-to-riches path. We love the zero-to-unicorn stories of Microsoft, Facebook and Uber.

5 Steps To A Winning Personal Brand For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Although most people believe that being a successful entrepreneur is all about having the right idea, I’m convinced from my years of experience as a startup advisor and investor that’s it’s more about you as a person.

The Difference Between Employee Leasing and PEO Companies

The Startup Magazine

There’s a common misconception that an employee leasing services and PEO company are exactly the same, but that’s simply not true. There are many differences between the two, which should be known before you begin shopping around for either.



I wrote a post in 2013 entitled Debunking the Myth of Hiring for Domain Expertise vs. Functional Expertise.

Eat Healthier At The Workplace With Healthy Meal Prep Delivery Services


The typical thinking of a post-modern man when there is no time to prepare for a delicious meal is to go for take-outs. And this especially at the busy workplace where we tend to eat whatever’s convenient nearby, or to chow down at the desk.

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Cynicism in Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

As I was reading The Atlantic article Silicon Valley Abandons the Culture That Made It the Envy of the World I kept flashing to the end of Anna Wiener’s awesome memoir Uncanny Valley. And it was no surprise to see this article in the Boulder Daily Camera titled Big tech in hot seat at congressional hearing at CU Boulder. Readers of this blog and my book Startup Communities know that I’m a huge fan of AnnaLee Saxenian. She has a great quote in The Atlantic article.

CTO-as-a-Service in Crucial Stages to Success


Being relatively a new service trend in today’s tech-driven world, CTO-as-a-Service (CaaS) is notably gaining its momentum. Though CTO as a traditional full-time position exists for decades, some companies do not feel they need a technology executive.

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What is the Difference Between GDPR and CCPA?

The Startup Magazine

Two recent laws that are affecting many businesses are the General Data Protection Regulation law, or GDPR, and the California Consumer Privacy Act law, or CCPA. Both of these are similar in that they provide more protections and power for consumers over their personal information.

4 Things you will need as you start your own business

Our Own Start-up

Starting a new business can often be a challenging process, and it can be difficult to know where to begin.

5 Practical Tips For Starting Your Own Business In 2020


It can be very fulfilling to work for yourself. It means you can do something that interests you or you’re passionate about it, choose your own hours, do other duties such as caring for your kids, and have more leverage over your earnings, among other things.

Tracking Multiple Domains: Setup & Reporting for Dozens of Sites


How do you coordinate the analytics setup of a web shop that sells their products all over the world—if you have to handle 10+ languages and currencies in over 80 countries?

How To Open Your Own Public Library

Hunter Walker

We opened our own public library this week. On our lawn. It’s modest in size but made us part of a worldwide network called Little Free Libraries.

5 Ways Video Can Help Skyrocket Your Business In 2020

The Startup Magazine

Video has always been a powerful marketing tool, but more so in this contemporary digital age where netizens worldwide simply seem to love videos. Video marketing creates a high rate of viewer engagement.

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4 Most effective practices of successful startup owners

Our Own Start-up

According to a report by IBM Institute, 90 percent of startups in India fail within 5 years of their inception. So, what is the reason? Startups practices of successful leaders practices of successful startup successful leaders successful startup successful startup owners

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Five Reasons To Take On Loans For Your New Startup


You have a brilliant business idea that you know will go through the roof once you’ve executed it. You’ve compiled all the necessary data and worked it out every step of the way. The only problem is, turning your dream into a reality will always need money; there’s no two ways to look at it.

Sample Letter to Remove a Board Member

Board Effect

Under the best of circumstances, when it’s necessary for a board director to leave the board, the director will realize it on his or her own and simply resign. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that most of the time.

Cannabis Marketing Without Paid Ads: How to Do it Right

Up and Running

With the U.S. cannabis market projected to skyrocket from $600 million to $22 billion by 2022 , there is no better time than now to master your cannabis marketing strategy. But that can be easier said than done.

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3 Of The Best Ways Startups Can Get Self Employed Loans

The Startup Magazine

Startup companies have many special requirements when it comes to getting startup financing. Traditional banks may not always want to lend money to an enterprise that is just starting out. As a result, startups often rely on self employed loans to get off the ground.

Literati Co-Founder Jessica Ewing Says She is Focused on Raising a Generation of Readers who like Print Books


Jessica Ewing, co-founder, and CEO of Literati called the founding of her company the summer of the pivot. She pitched so many different versions to investors including Etsy for authors, a curated enterprise book service for businesses, the first data-driven publishing house and others.