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Starting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Starting a company has gotten much easier over the past decade. The capital requirements to get started have come way down in both software and hardware businesses. The supply of seed and venture capital has increased dramatically as well. And there are all sorts of programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs get started. All of this has caused a rapid expansion of entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation. This is all great.

The Best Time To Invest In Something Is …

Feld Thoughts

At 18 minutes into this awesome talk that Fred Wilson did at MIT a few weeks ago , he finishes the statement “ The best time to invest in something is.” ” “ … when nobody wants to invest in it but you.”

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4 Chasms And 5 Customer Types That Kill Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone in the business world has heard of the old bestseller by Geoffrey A. Moore titled “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs have no idea how it relates to them.

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

When you run a startup you’re always on borrowed time. You have cash in the bank, a monthly burn rate and a “cash out” date that few in the company truly comprehend.

Avoiding the trap of low-knowledge, high-confidence theories

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We’ve all laughed at detailed renderings of constellations overlaying a paltry set of stars that are in fact quasi-random.

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How To Be A Great Leader

YoungUpstarts

by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING. Many people confuse leadership and management. They are not the same. As you build and lead your teams, how can you ensure that you don’t suck as a leader? During my career, I’ve worked with a few remarkable leaders and managers.

Science Says You've Probably Been Making Decisions All Wrong (Here's What Works)

Inc Startups

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom's method of making decisions might be wacky, but the science behind what he does is rock solid. Innovate

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What Do Pepsi and Shea Moisture’s Recent Issues Teach Us About Brand Authenticity?

Brandanew

Pepsi was recently in a soup as it tried to hop on to the activist bandwagon and released what critics called a ‘tone deaf’ advert with Kendall Jenner. It appeared to solve police brutality issues, trivializing the black lives matter movement with a can of Pepsi.

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7 Key Steps From a Million Dollar Idea To a Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own experience as a startup investor, and feedback from like-minded friends, we all get pitches for at least ten startup ideas for every one new business plan. New business founders need to remember that investors fund business implementations, not ideas.

How I Generate 3 Extra Source of Income Just By Working 8 Hours a Day?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You can’t go wrong with earning a little extra money. Extra income can have a major impact on your finances and will allow you to act more freely when it comes to your expenses. You’d be surprised how an extra $500 each month could really go a long way and help you out.

Home-Based Businesses – A Look Back In Time To 1985 And Beyond

YoungUpstarts

by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing and author of “ Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA “. This month I celebrated my 32 nd year in business. How cool is that?

Microsoft's CEO Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in One Sentence

Inc Startups

Don't be a know-it-all. Be this instead.

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Some Recommended Reading for Investors

David Cohen

There’s a lot of advice out there for new (and experienced) investors, and it can be hard to sift through it all to find the best stuff. So when I find something particularly helpful, I like to pass it along. Paige Craig , a founder and managing partner of Arena Ventures , has some excellent blog posts in which he shares his own experiences in a really honest and transparent way. His stories and advice have some incredibly useful insights for both investors and entrepreneurs.

5 Public Speaking Opportunities To Make Your Company

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, I talk to a fair number who may have a great vision and a strong engineering background, but have a negative interest in the role of public speaking in business.

The Beginner’s Guide to Google Optimize

ConversionXL

Chances are, you’ve heard of Google Optimize by now. It’s Google’s solution for A/B testing and personalization. It launched in beta last year, which left optimizers around the world waiting in line to try it out.

Real Growth Is Hiding Where You Aren’t Looking

YoungUpstarts

by Taddy Hall, Eddie Yoon and Linda Deeken from The Cambridge Group. Years of researching and advising clients around the world on innovation and growth strategy, we have made this observation: Nearly everyone wants innovation and growth.

The Complete Guide to Getting a Raise at Work

Inc Startups

10 Critical Things You Need to Understand to Get the Raise You Deserve. HR/Benefits

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The negative space of your words

David Cohen

We see quite a few pitches at Techstars. And we also therefore are involved in many Q&A sessions afterwards. In one recent session, I noticed lots of what I call “negative space” so I wanted to down some thoughts. When answering questions, especially in a group or public setting, you can show mastery by answering questions quickly and succinctly. Anticipate the normal questions and practice your answers. Make sure they’re short and clear answers.

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8 Characteristics Of Paradigm-Shifting Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

What sparks paradigm-shifting innovation in any business? It’s a special mix of entrepreneur and company, regular in every respect except for having the courage and foresight to make an idea happen that was supposed to be impossible.

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What Does the Nordstrom Brand Gain Out of Fake Mud Jeans?

Brandanew

If you’ve not been living under a rock (pun intended), then you probably know that Nordstrom created a social media stir by listing a pair of jeans. A pair of jeans isn’t something shocking for the multi-brand retailer, but this is one covered with fake mud.

John Stuart Mill’s Life, In a Sentence

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

“Mill’s [life story] is of a man out in the pure sun of reason and rational inquiry, lit at night by the romantic moonlight of a little bit of love and just enough madness.” ” That’s from Adam Gopnik’s wonderful account of Mill’s life. The opening paragraph of the piece contains this: “Certainly no one has ever been so right about so many things so much of the time as John Stuart Mill.” ” Mill made it onto my icons list of 2009. Rando

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Delta Air Lines Kicks Man Off Plane Because He Went To The Restroom Just Before Takeoff

Inc Startups

Yes, of course there's video. Secrets of the Inspired Traveler

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3 Tips on How to Recruit Your First Remote Team

Up and Running

If you’ve never recruited for a remote team, you’re probably wondering if the recruitment process looks different than the traditional hiring process. The answer? Yes, it does. However, this shouldn’t worry you.

Could You Be A Business Coach, Or Do You Need One?

Startup Professionals Musings

We all know some peers in business who could use some coaching to unleash their potential and optimize performance, but would you know how to do the job if they asked you for help?

What They Don’t Tell You About Entrepreneurial Leadership

YFS Magazine

The freedom of being a leader comes with hidden shackles. We personify our companies, and if we look disheveled, so do our businesses. Lead leadership managing stress personal development stress

Whats CRM anymore?

deal architect

Asked Josh Greenbaum, speaking for a group of analysts Microsoft briefed during CRM Evolution on Monday about updates to its Dynamics 365. What used to be a HR recruiters playground in LinkedIn a few years ago is becoming a salesperson’s. Enterprise Software (other vendors

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8 Things That Differentiate Us From Billionaires

Inc Startups

Who Wants To Be a Billionaire? 8 Ways Billionaires Are Different Than Us. Money

How Google Updates Will Impact Online Businesses in 2017?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

All throughout 2016, Google has been releasing a flurry of updates to its Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) and search algorithms while online businesses scurry to adapt. In the wake of all these changes, the online world has become remarkably Darwinist with only those who can acclimate, survive.

Finding Startup Developers - First Email Contact

SoCal CTO

Here is the most recent version of an all too common email inquiry from a startup founder. I've removed the two words that described the market - otherwise this is verbatim.

Every entrepreneur should watch this 15 minute Mark Cuban interview

Jeff Hilimire

The post Every entrepreneur should watch this 15 minute Mark Cuban interview appeared first on Begin the Begin. Random

The three crucial elements of a good business lawyer

The Startup Magazine

All companies are susceptible to legal action and can easily find themselves in a situation in which they need to act in the court of law or take certain measures that prevent the situation from going that far.

This NFL Star Got A Note From A Family Sitting Behind Him On A Flight (It Might Leave You Speechless)

Inc Startups

He never expected this.

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Top Degrees to Study if You’re Thinking of Becoming an Entrepreneur

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Over recent years, more and more people have turned to entrepreneurship as a career path after seeing the freedom, fun and passion that can be had in working for themselves. As well, with jobs often tough to get, creating one’s own opportunities can be very worthwhile.

Can Your Business Run Without You? If Not, Read This

YFS Magazine

Businesses can be sometimes overwhelming, and that's why it's best to give it a little breathing space. Start delegating—and make money on your terms. Back Office Grow delegation lifestyle outsourcing productivity workflow

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