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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.

The Economics of VCs Recycling Management Fees

Feld Thoughts

Several years ago, I wrote a post titled Why VCs Should Recycle Their Management Fees. From the start of Foundry Group in 2007, we have felt strongly about this.

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.

Does Your Business Have The Friendly-Factor?

YFS Magazine

People like friendly businesses. The friendly-factor doesn't require a large investment, but it does require thoughtful consideration. Company Culture Grow company culture customer experience Customer Service

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

8 Ways To Ensure That Your Website Is Winning For You

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s hard to be successful in any business when your customers can’t find you, or they find you and still can’t figure out whether your solution works for them. Thus I was surprised to see in a recent CNBC survey that 45 percent of small businesses still don’t have a website.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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

Why Investing In Property Is Perfect For Young Entrepreneurs


As a young entrepreneur, thinking about investment and planning your future is something that will become increasingly important as your business grows. As you expand and develop your business, it’s worth looking at ways you can invest your increasing capital.

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

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.

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.

Learn To Drive Customer Success With Live Chat

Startup Life

Customers and prospects have a number of ways to reach your team with sales and support questions, but none are as effective and immediate as live chat.

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.

Four Types Of Sales Objections (And How To Overcome Them)

YFS Magazine

Sales acceleration expert Jeb Blount identifies the four types of objections you'll encounter and offers some powerful techniques for turning them around. Grow Marketing & Sales direct selling personal selling sales sales objections selling

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Most Important Product Manager Responsibility

The Product Guy

Product managers have many very important responsibilities. However, none rises to the level of this one. Learn more from product management expert, Jordan Bergtraum. product management expert product manager

Hiring an SEO Agency for your Startup

The Startup Magazine

There is a lot to think about when working on your startup. It may seem like there is always one more thing to purchase. Quite a bit of money goes out before it ever starts coming in from consumers. Just getting the business site setup can be costly.

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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.

5 Ways Your Sales Team Can Get More Out Of The Company’s CRM


by Xavier Musy, Chief Architect of Swiftpage. CRM platforms are already firmly ensconced within the sales technology and strategies of most small and midsized businesses.

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