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Open Source Funding Documents

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing. They are available on Cooley’s CooleyGo document generation platform and also on GitHub. Kudos to Cooley for doing this. We need to make the transaction costs of getting a financing done as low as possible and putting the legal docs into the public domain is a great step forward in doing that.

6 Ways To Spot Innovative Thinkers For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are usually highly creative and innovative, but many innovative people are not entrepreneurs. Since it takes a team of people to build a great company, the challenge is to find that small percentage of innovative people, and then nurture the tendency, rather than stifle it.


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Lessons From The Internet Bubble: Growth vs. Profitability

Feld Thoughts

Over the weekend, Mark Suster and Fred Wilson each put up awesome posts discussing the idea of profitability in startups. Mark’s is a master class about how to look at the financial characteristics of a startup and Fred’s discusses what he’s been working on with some of his more mature companies. They are both worth reading right now. I’ll be here when you get back.

Should Startups Care About Profitability?

Both Sides of the Table

There are certain topics that even some of the smartest people I talk with who aren’t startup oriented can’t fully grok. One of them is whether profitability matters.

Is Your Leadership Style Motivating or Demoralizing?

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business leader realizes their primary objective is to motivate people to do what is required, yet all of us with any experience in business tend to remember most those times when we felt highly demotivated by our leaders.

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What is the Right Burn Rate for your Startup?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable “burn rate” is.

Maybe this will spur SAP?

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I honestly cannot remember the last time SAP showed in the lower left quadrant – for niche players – in a Gartner MQ. But in the latest MQ for “Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises”. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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The 50 Most Annoying Office Jargon Phrases

Inc Startups

I'd like to run this idea up the flag pole, that the best practice and a win-win situation with plenty of value added is to stop using jargon. Are we on the same page? HR/Benefits


11 Austin Individuals, Companies and Nonprofit Organizations Chosen to Compete at WeWork’s Creator Awards


This week, WeWork announced 11 Austin companies have been selected as finalists for The Creator Awards South Regional Final, which will be held next week at ACL Line. WeWork selected the finalists from more than 2,000 applications from all across the south. The event is Tuesday, June 27 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, […] The post 11 Austin Individuals, Companies and Nonprofit Organizations Chosen to Compete at WeWork’s Creator Awards appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Why You Must Refocus Your Message On Problems Not Solutions

Duct Tape Marketing

Why You Must Refocus Your Message On Problems Not Solutions written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

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9 Keys To Maximizing Your Business Leadership Impact

Startup Professionals Musings

In this age of social media and world-wide Internet, message delivery from business leaders needs to change, just like the message changes from leaders in your personal lives.

Increase Employee Performance Through Perks and Bonuses

The Startup Magazine

The “customer is always right” is a motto a lot of businesses live by. While customers are important for any business wanting to continue to thrive, your employees and their perks should be considered just as important.

Meet the CEO of a Billion-Dollar Coal Company Suing John Oliver, Time Warner, and HBO

Inc Startups

Robert E. Murray, the CEO Murray Energy Corporation, is suing the late-night host for defamation--and he's got a long history of going after journalists and news outlets.

Medici’s Founder Clinton Phillips Talks About Disrupting the Healthcare Industry on Ideas to Invoices


A Native of South Africa, Clinton Phillips, a serial entrepreneur, recently founded Medici, a HIPAA-complaint telemedicine app, in Austin and raised more than $24 million in venture capital funding. Previously, Phillips founded and ran Aspen-based Aspen Back & Body, physical rehab clinic, that he sold to Laser Spine Institute.

Son of SMAC

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Cognizant popularized the acronym SMAC for the stack of Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud technologies where most innovation IT dollars are going. Indeed Malcolm Frank, EVP Strategy and Marketing was talking about it as far back as November of 2012.

9 Steps To A Balanced Business – Purpose vs Execution

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big proponent of building your business based on a higher purpose, rather than financial gain alone. Today I find that some entrepreneurs, are putting all their focus on a social or environmental cause, and perhaps naively expect that purpose alone will lead to a sustainable business.

Product Management & The Challenge of Globalization

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ladislav Bartos, lead a conversation around “The Challenge of Globalization”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…. About The Product Mentor.

Google Did an Internal Study That Will Forever Change How They Hire and Promote Managers

Inc Startups

Is it possible to engineer the perfect boss? Google was up to the task and found data that will forever change the keys to getting promoted.

UT Austin Spinout Startup GenXComm Lands $1.5 Million in Seed Funding


One of the latest startups to spin out of the University of Texas at Austin, GenXComm has received a $1.5 million seed round of financing. The Austin-based startup is focused on doubling the amount of traffic a wireless network can handle. Its patent-pending technology is called S-SIX. FAM Capital Partners led the investment with investments […] The post UT Austin Spinout Startup GenXComm Lands $1.5 Million in Seed Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Expertise during a data explosion

Start Up Blog

No one really knows how much data is being created in the world. We know that most of the data that exists was created in the past couple of years. Some people say it is doubling every year. The reason that this is even possible comes back to lower barriers of entry. Until we had low.

5 New Rules For Marketing In This Participation Age

Startup Professionals Musings

Have you noticed that more companies beg you to participate in their business today? It started with an email survey on your last stay at their hotel, but now includes requests for online product reviews, to social media input on the design of future products.

Hardest Lesson to Learn in Product Management

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

89 Percent of Parents Would Have Emotionally Healthier Kids If They Stopped This 1 Habit

Inc Startups

Study shows the 11 percent of parents who resist one temptation see fewer behavior problems. The Inc.


Culture can Make or Break a Technology Company


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and reporter with Silicon Hills News Creating a great company culture isn’t just about having perks like free lunches, Ping Pong tables, and nap rooms. They are important in a sense,” said Courtney Branson, head of culture at Square Root in Austin. Having a Ping Pong table does bring people together […] The post Culture can Make or Break a Technology Company appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

How Intrapreneurs Are The New Leaders In Corporate America


What do young people value most in the workplace? A 2015 study by Ernst & Young showed that millennial workers value time freedom, personal development and the opportunity to make a difference all above even a higher salary.

Do You Have The Right Stuff For A Growth Business?

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor, I get approached regularly by aspiring entrepreneurs who can talk endlessly about their latest great idea, and little else. While I recognize that every new venture starts with an idea, a successful business of lasting value is all about people and execution.

7 Must Have Elements of Every Small Business Website

Duct Tape Marketing

7 Must Have Elements of Every Small Business Website written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

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12 More Questions to Instantly Upgrade Your Small-Talk Skills

Inc Startups

More alternatives to the snooze-inducing "So, what do you do?".


An Uber Lesson for ICOs


I woke up this morning to the news that Uber’s board asked CEO Travis Kalanick to resign. After a year of allegations of sexual harassment, questionable competitive tactics and employee turnover, this isn’t much of a surprise.

The Movie “For Here or to Go?” Depicts the Plight of H1-B Visa Workers in the U.S.


Rishi Bhilawadikar created the movie, “For Here or to Go?” ” to tell the story of H1-B Visa workers in the U.S. living in limbo. He knows the story firsthand. For 12 years, Bhilawadikar, a native of India, has been in the U.S. first under a graduate student Visa at Indiana University and later as a […] The post The Movie “For Here or to Go?” ” Depicts the Plight of H1-B Visa Workers in the U.S. appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Kara Swisher interviews Mark Hurd

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As part of Recode Decode webinar series, Kara Swisher interviewed Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle on their Media Day in May. It’s always interesting to hear a consumer tech journalist interview an executive in enterprise tech. Kara did a nice. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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If the path before you is clear…

Jeff Hilimire

I love this quote so much. The post If the path before you is clear… appeared first on Begin the Begin. Random


Millions of Americans Got Free Amazon Credits From A Lawsuit. It Expires Saturday. Here's How to Check

Inc Startups

There were $400 million in credits. If you haven't used yours yet, they expire in a matter of days.


5 Small Business Marketing Ideas for Every Holiday

Up and Running

If your business just launched recently, you’re probably thinking about ways to attract customers and raise awareness about your brand. Holidays are an important time to increase your marketing efforts, whether it’s Independence Day or Black Friday.