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Reasons Not To Make Decisions Today On Gut Instincts

Startup Professionals Musings

I still know some entrepreneurs who boast of simply following their gut instincts, rather than listen to anyone or any data, to make strategic decisions. We’ve all worked with autocratic leaders in large companies who seem to thrive in this mode.

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Merry Enterprise Season!

deal architect

Mark Hurd reported yesterday, Oracle’s two cloud ERP businesses, Fusion ERP and NetSuite ERP, delivered a combined revenue growth rate of 32% in Q2. Workday similarly reported 30+% growth in its latest quarter, and Salesforce in the high 20%.

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Matching All Colorado First Time Projects

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I decided to match all of the funding for first-time projects in Colorado on We are doing this through a gift from the Anchor Point Foundation and will be running it through the end of 2018.

5 Social Media Trends To Watch In 2019


by Rachel Strella, founder of Strella Social Media. As 2018 nears its conclusion, business owners and marketers should be thinking about what they can do to make their companies more successful in the New Year.

10 Global Female Entrepreneurs To Watch

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at ten female entrepreneurs that have certainly arrived on the scene. And we'd wager they are here to stay. People Success Profiles female entrepreneurs people women entrepreneurs women in business

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What Is Your 2019 Won’t Do List?

Feld Thoughts

In the world of entrepreneurship, there are endless things to do. Tasks, to do lists, new initiatives, new projects, and P1s. Leaders spend a lot of time planning, especially in the context of “we have to grow more, do more, and get bigger.” ” Lately, I’ve been suggesting to a few of the CEOs who I work with to make a “2019 Won’t Do List.” ” While this is a high-level list of things not to do, it can be on multiple dimensions.

7 Keys To Business Relationships That Lead To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors invest in people, not ideas. Customers buy from people, not companies. Employees rally for a great leader, not a brand. As an entrepreneur, you need relationships to succeed. That means relationships with team members, investors, customers, and vendors.

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Top 3 Hesitations Entrepreneurs Tackle Before Starting A Business 


by Dustin Ray of Incfile. When listening to podcasts or watching Youtube clips featuring entrepreneurs who own lucrative businesses, you tend to only hear about their success.

Apple to Expand in North Austin with a $1 Billion Campus with 5,000 More Jobs


Apple Thursday announced a new $1 billion campus in North Austin with 5,000 additional jobs. Apple also reports the 133-acre campus, which is less than a mile from its existing facilities, could grow to 15,000 employees and is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.

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Ramping Up For A March 2019 Marathon

Feld Thoughts

My running is going well so I’ve decided to do the Knoxville Marathon on 3/31/19. I’m putting a running team together for this, so if you are interested in being part of it, the only requirement is that you commit to doing the Knoxville Marathon. If you are interested, email me.

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7 Practices Reduce Risk In Even The Smallest Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In the last few years, I’ve heard more and more about a new type of small business, called a “micro-business” (or micro-enterprise). These are usually characterized as owner-operated, with five employees or less, and less than $250,000 in sales.

Three Ways to Pump Up Your Digital Marketing Efforts

The Startup Magazine

No matter what type of business you have, it is always a good idea to have a website that promotes your products and services online. After all, many people now spend a lot of time interacting and searching for new information on the web. Nowadays, websites are easy to build.

Have a Diverse Workforce? You’ll Need It To Compete.


by Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks , president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products. demographics have changed incredibly over the past two generations.

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Top 10 Technology Trends To Watch

YFS Magazine

Technology is embedded in everything we do, improving the ways we live, work, and experience the world. Here's a look at 10 technologies to watch. Technology technology technology trends

Foundry Group Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Feld Thoughts

Inspired by our friends at Techstars and their Techstars Holiday Guide , we thought it would be fun to highlight some of our direct and partner fund portfolio companies this holiday season.

Business Complexity Goes Up Dramatically As You Scale

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the entrepreneurs I advise today are ready to declare success when they get that first surge of traction with a real customer. This is a good sign, but they have no idea that the hard work of scaling the business is still ahead of them.

7 Things to Know Before Starting a Franchise

The Startup Magazine

For aspiring business owners who don’t have unique ideas to build their own startup from scratch, a franchise seems like the perfect opportunity. But they’re not as straightforward as they might appear.

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How To Retain The Best Employees


Keeping your best employees is critical to a business or company’s survival. Having them ensures consistent delivery of output, increased sales, higher customer satisfaction, and an overall engaged workforce. They are the company’s most tangible proof of a well-oiled organization.

Hypergiant Space Age Solutions Acquires Black Pixel


Hypergiant Space Age Solutions announced Tuesday that it has acquired Seattle-based Black Pixel. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Moment Your Realize You Aren’t Comfortable With What Your Wrote

Feld Thoughts

I just spent the last 30 minutes writing a blog post around a simple phrase that I like. I built out my thought process around it, used a handful of examples, and then filled in some additional ideas. I was proofreading it when I decided to go try to find the original source of the phrase. The first page of Google’s results surprised me. There was nothing on the phrase I liked, but there was a wall of vitriol and controversy around a phrase that is close but had a few different words in it.


5 Strategies To Overcome The Fears Of A New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest impediments to starting a new venture is the “ terror barrier ,” as popularized by Bob Proctor, a 75-year-old millionaire and world renowned entrepreneur.

A Manager’s Guide To Effective Meetings

The Startup Magazine

As a manager, it’s important to maintain communication with your employees. Though it may be tempting to fire off an email every time you have news to share, there are certain advantages that come from conducting staff meetings.

Why You Need To Prepare For Chargeback This Christmas


During the festive season, consumer spending habits vary wildly from their usual behaviour. This erratic change of credit card usage means that it becomes much harder for standard fraud protection software to detect and prevent fraudulent credit card activity.

Ten Books for Entrepreneurs Recommended by Austin Entrepreneurs


By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News In two seasons of the Ideas to Invoices podcast, Silicon Hills News has interviewed dozens of highly successful Austin entrepreneurs and many of them recommended books on their podcasts.

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How To Choose A WordPress Theme For Your Business Website

YFS Magazine

There are thousands of WordPress themes on the market today. Here are 6 quick and dirty tips that’ll help you pick the right one for your website. Grow Technology company website technology web design web development wordpress wordpress themes

Top 9 Myth Busters to Trigger Your Social Media Engagement


As business marketers, we are all bored of those clichéd tips. Almost all of them have ceased to work for increasing the social media engagement for our brand. However, we do want something that can trigger our social media engagement.

7 Ecommerce Trends Retailers Should Know About

The Startup Magazine

Ecommerce is growing rapidly. Each year, more and more people purchase goods online. There are huge advantages to this—both for consumers and brands. To that end, here are seven ecommerce trends retailers should know about. Ecommerce Trend Influences. Mobile Ecommerce Is Only Getting Bigger.

Pros And Cons Of Hiring Fresh Grads


There are many different philosophies around how to effectively hire employees and who to hire. Many CEOs of huge companies embrace the idea of bringing in more than just talent. Richard Branson of the Virgin Group believes in the idea of hiring more for personality rather than skill or experience.

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The 2018 State of Conversion Optimization Report


To assess the State of the Conversion Optimization Industry in 2018, we gave a 26 question survey to 701 people who work in the optimization space.

So you just raised your B round, now what?

Version One Ventures

In case you missed our posts from the previous weeks, we have been summarizing what founders should focus on at each stage of their startup’s journey. Priorities and strategies change as a company grows – starting with finding product-market fit after a seed round to figuring out distribution between Series A and Series B. And that brings us to the B Round. After raising your B Round, it’s all about building the organization. We have found that this is usually the toughest phase for founders.

I Have A Few Business Ideas – Now What?

YFS Magazine

If you have several business ideas, where do you start? Here are the essential first steps for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start a business. Plan business planning starting a business startup advice

Entrepreneur Estate Planning Questions Answered

The Startup Magazine

Business owners put so much effort into ensuring that their businesses grow from a small startup to a successful venture. However, when an entrepreneur passes on, most successful businesses will gradually start deteriorating.

Buying A Home? Don’t Make These Mistakes!


So you have decided that it’s finally time for you to become a homeowner. This is certainly a big decision to make, considering the wide range of implications it may come with.

How to Create a Marketing Campaign that Stands Out


Plenty of us have witnessed a marketing campaign gone wrong. Remember that recent Pepsi commercial featuring Kendall Jenner trying to settle a Black Lives Matter protest with a can of Pepsi? I just remember thinking (as I gagged), “How did that actually make it to market?!”.

2018: Year in review and a look ahead

Version One Ventures

2018 was a big year for Version One, and it’s hard to believe another year is drawing to a close. We invested in seven new companies and participated in many follow-on rounds. Of the new investments, one is in encryption, one is in security, one is in consumer hardware, one is in bio/healthcare, and three are in crypto/blockchain. We spent a lot of time in bio/healthcare and crypto/blockchain in 2018 and will continue the trend in 2019…. Crypto/blockchain.

The Business of Food: Pleasure As a Substitute For Size

YFS Magazine

Portion control can make all of the difference in a restaurant's profitability. If you don’t keep portions in line with food costs, you'll lose money. Grow Operations food and beverage startups food service entrepreneurs food startups

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The Mindful Entrepreneur: Three Strategies for Success

The Startup Magazine

To start a company is to believe in yourself. It takes a great deal of self-confidence to swallow the risk and forego a job with a salary. We entrepreneurs all believe in our own potential to create a company that will last.