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5 Key Attributes That Foretell New Venture Survival

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position. In reality, getting there is not a random walk, and requires an understanding of the stages that every business must navigate and the organizational characteristics necessary at each stage.

Women Who Venture

Feld Thoughts

I recently met Renata George through a referral from Katie Rae (MIT Engine CEO, previously Techstars Boston MD). Renata told me about a book she was working on called Women Who Venture and asked me if I’d write the foreword. I was honored to be asked to do this. The foreword I wrote follows.

5 Reasons Business Leaders Are Short On Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a business professional or owner today, success is more and more about relationships. People relationships are the key to career growth, more than results, and customer relationships build brands, rather than the other way around.

U.C. Santa Cruz Commencement Speech – 2019

Steve Blank

I was honored to give the commencement speech at the University of California Santa Cruz, right down the road from the ranch.

Why You Should Buy Used Industrial Equipment

YoungUpstarts

Instead of buying new industrial equipment a lot of businesses and people prefer to buy used ones. Honestly speaking, there are myriads of reasons to buy used industrial equipment. Do you want to find out why sometimes it is best to buy used equipment than new ones? If so, then keep on reading.

Chewy S-1: Category Leadership + Conveyor Belt Into Consumers’ Homes

View from Seed

Chewy has rapidly grown from a startup to a multi-billion commerce company, establishing itself as the leader in pet e-commerce. Chewy sells tens of thousands of products from many 3rd party brands, as well as its own private label brands (though latter remains <10% of sales).

Every Lie We Tell Incurs a Debt to the Truth

Feld Thoughts

I watched HBO’s Chernobyl the past few nights. I finished it last night, took a deep breath, and said out loud to myself, “that was spectacular.” ” One of the final quotes that stuck with me is the title of this post.

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Stant: RPA in a Manufacturing setting

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When you think of automation on the shop floor you think robotics, IoT and AR/VR. On the other hand, when you talk to executives in white collar industries about automation, the conversation usually drifts to bots. Most SIs now have

5 Ways To Make Your Working Day Run Smoothly

YoungUpstarts

Kick-start your day with five simple tips to ensure you get organized and be extremely productive when you get into work. The key to your day running smoothly is preparation, whether you save yourself time the day before, or write an in-depth to-do list when you get to the office.

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The Importance Of Background Checks When Recruiting

The Startup Magazine

When your company is in the midst of recruiting more individuals, getting background checks done on the prospective employees is always worthwhile.

The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

VC Cafe

The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital - how CVCs passed traditional VC volume in the US in 2018, how does it compare to Europe and Israel and what are the drivers for this unprecedented level of. This is a content summary only.

How to Make Sense of Your Small Business Financial Statements

Up and Running

How does your business assess its financial strength? No doubt you refer to your income statement (also called profit and loss statement or P&L) and your bank account for the basics. .

Why Entrepreneurs Should Learn To Code

YoungUpstarts

If you’re an entrepreneur and you’ve ever heard someone talking about the debate between Python 2 vs. Python 3 or what the future of modern programming and coding might look like, you could feel lost.

Build Your Corporate Identity With These Simple Branding Tips

The Startup Magazine

A business–whether it is a startup or an established behemoth–has its own identity. Like human beings, it has its good qualities. It also has its not-so-good qualities and its own quirks. This refers to corporate identity, and this is what makes any company unique.

Finding and turning your flywheel

Version One Ventures

Good to Great is one of those iconic business books that every founder, CEO and business leader should read at some point. In the book Jim Collins identifies eight common traits that “good to great” companies share.

4 Strategies To Ramp Up The Total Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written recently about the requirement to focus today on the total customer experience, as a competitive edge or even for survival.

6 Aspects of Digital Marketing No Entrepreneur Can Afford to Ignore

Up and Running

Thanks to an always-evolving landscape and the nearly limitless availability of engagement resources, it feels like marketing gets more difficult with each passing year. This wealth of options, in fact, can put marketers in analysis paralysis while they try to figure out which direction to go.

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Why Startups Love The One-Two Of Engaging, Affordable Quiz Marketing

YoungUpstarts

by Boris Pfeiffer , CEO and Founder of Riddle. Attracting new customers to grow any online business can be tough. But for small businesses, like startups, carrying out an effective marketing strategy is critical to their very survival.

Founder Insights: Strategies for a Successful Startup

The Startup Magazine

Starting a new venture is exciting, but it can also be challenging: how do you go from having an idea to a successful business? As lawyers and entrepreneurs, we are often asked how to create successful products and a successful startup.

Opcity Plans to Open a New Engineering Hub in Downtown Austin with 200 Employees

SiliconHills

Opcity announced Thursday plans to open a second office in downtown Austin with up to 200 employees to serve as its product and engineering hub. The Austin-based startup plans to move into its new office at 901 E. 6th Street in the fall.

7 Societal Changes That Invite New Venture Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

If every entrepreneur could predict the future, starting the right new business would be easy. Since my experience and interests have been primarily with technology, I’ve been watching those trends for a long time, and I see rapid change, but predicting impact is a challenge.

Thoughts on my Wedding Day

This is going to be BIG.

I’m getting married today. At least, if she says yes. But, assuming that all goes according to plan, I have a few thoughts on how I got here—given that dating and relationships seem to vex a lot of people. I would say that the most important factor that went into both of us finding someone to marry was that neither one of us felt like we had to find someone to marry to be content.

What Are Apps Doing With Your Data? Five Things To Know About Data Privacy And Security

YoungUpstarts

by Anish Sebastian, Co-Founder of Babyscripts.

Online Entrepreneurs: 7 Simple Social Media Marketing Tips

The Startup Magazine

Thanks to the expansion of the Internet in this day in age, social media has become an integral component of everyday life. The number of social media users grows every day. The reason is the fact that people around the world use them for both fun and business.

In the land of the blind.the one-eyed man is King

deal architect

I only half-jokingly proposed that to my editor as the sub-title for SAP Nation 3.0. One of the reasons the book comes out, on balance, positive to SAP is because it is developing, acquiring, releasing a new generation of enterprise. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

How To Be A Business Leader As Well As Thought Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. They have the ability to recognize a market need, the skills to design and implement a solution, and the drive to start a business from that solution. It all comes from within themselves.

Balancing the upside and downside of data sharing

Version One Ventures

This year we have seen privacy become top of mind for the general public, the media and “big tech.” The business model of Google and Facebook (collect as much data as possible about users for highly targeted advertising) is under attack.

5 Business Activities You Can Outsource To Set Your Startup In Motion

YoungUpstarts

When opening a new business, time and cost management are extremely important, in order to get you that jumpstart you need as a new entrepreneur.

What is Microsoft Stream, and how could it benefit your business?

The Startup Magazine

It’s hard to deny the importance that video has taken in the online world.

You Have 8 Seconds To Grab My Attention, No Pressure

YFS Magazine

Eight seconds. According to a 2015 Microsoft report, that’s the average attention span of a human. It might sound crazy, but there's more! Grow Marketing & Sales blogging content creation content marketing marketing PR public relations

20 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Leaders They Look Up To

Hearpreneur

In our societies and business, there’re leaders who have demonstrated exceptionalities personalities and traits. Some of them alive and who continue to do great things while others we only read about them.

Failure to Execute vs Failure to Raise

Hunter Walker

14 for 14. Homebrew’s first fund (2013-2015) has 20 core investments of which 14 went market for a Series A. All 14 successfully completed this fundraise. The six who didn’t go out for a Series A either (a) shutdown/acquihired prior to this milestone [founder disagreement; lack of product traction], (b) exited due to an early M&A opportunity or (c) in one case, is currently an ongoing concern that hasn’t needed to raise additional capital.

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Improve Employee Productivity Using The Following Strategies

YoungUpstarts

The performance of an organization heavily relies on the performance of the employees in a particular enterprise. They play a significant role in achieving an organization’s objectives.

6 Social Media Sites & Directories Your Company Needs to Target Now

The Startup Magazine

Is your company’s online presence diverse and well-developed enough to stand out from the competition? If you’re not targeting most or all of the social media sites and directories on the list below, the answer may well be “no.” Here’s what you need to know about each. LinkedIn.

Here’s What I Learned From Guest Lecturing At A University

YFS Magazine

It was soul food of the highest order, and I recommend it to anyone with a story to tell and knowledge, experience, and wisdom to share. Grow Marketing & Sales communication public speaking speaking tips

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Improv for Business

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Improv is a Swiss Army Knife for Problem Solving. I just completed another workshop for high level executives in the use of Improv for Problem Solving. Most of the group were skeptical at the start.

Quickly Unpacking The Looker And Tableau Acquisitions

Haystack

Normally, I like to pounce on these big acquisitions quickly with some quick analysis, but big M&A in tech is happening too fast, and it’s graduation season for the toddlers, and family is in town, so for this installment of the blog, we will talk about both Looker and Tableau together, as they’re in the same space. So without further ado, here are my quick takeaways from both acquisitions: 1/ “Not Another BI Startup?” This phrase is a common refrain among many startup investors.