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Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. He was in a later-stage financing round and was talking with many investors. Some started asking him for very specific analyses to be completed on his data and wanted his company to crunch the numbers.

Video Of The Week: How Play Made the Modern World

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I got to spend a fair bit of time with my friend Steven Johnson this past week, in preparation for our crypto talk on Thursday night and before and after that talk.

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Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

Both Sides of the Table

Why you should never have a data room?—?the the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever get I’m about to offer you some fund-raising advice that flies directly in the face of what most conventional wisdom will tell you.

How to Run Marketing Experiments The Right Way

ConversionXL

You need to run experiments. The one who runs the most experiments wins. BUT – most marketing experiments are done wrong. What’s missing is hypothesis driven testing across all inter-business disciplines.

Boulder Open Weekend for Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

For the second year Amy and I are supporting the Open Weekend – a celebration of neurodiversity in the startup community – through the Anchor Point Foundation. If you or a loved one have a mental health condition or just want to learn more or help out, I encourage you to check out the event. Friday, May 18th starts off with the Brain Crawl at Boulder Startup Week. My good friend Jerry Colonna and I spoke at this part of the weekend last year.

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Step Into The VC Time Machine

Feld Thoughts

One of the things humans are bad at is remembering the past and incorporating the lessons they learned from difficult experiences. I’m sure there’s a philosophical word for this, but I’ve now heard the phrase “this time it is different” so many times that it doesn’t register with me as a valid input. I woke up this morning to Howard Lindzon’s post R.I.P

Which Wolf Do You Feed?

VC Confidential

Question: If you lose your fear, do you lose your drive? It’s a question many entrepreneurs ask themselves. They seem to have bought into the idea that you can either be content or you can be driven, but those two states cannot coexist. But that idea is flawed.

Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

Both Sides of the Table

Every entrepreneur wants to hear “yes” during the fund-raising process but I would argue that being too risk averse and not pushing hard enough and be willing to hear a “no” is what holds back many people from “yes.”

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PowerPlex: Celebrating American Manufacturing

deal architect

I tend to take a lot of photos and talk a lot when I am invigorated by products, places or people. Two days in Detroit this week for Plex’s annual user conference yielded me over 200 photos and 50 conversations

Rare event in Palo Alto today: fireside chat with Lifograph and Microsoft

The Startup Magazine

Microsoft General Manager Dave Mendlen is in Palo Alto today to participate in a rare fireside chat with the CEO of Lifograph, Dea Wilson. Mendlen flew into Silicon Valley from Seattle specifically for this event to chat with the “Wiki of People” CEO.

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Using Message-Mining to Pinpoint a High-Converting Value Proposition for Your Product

ConversionXL

There are already a bazillion resources out there that spell out how to “craft the perfect value proposition.” In fact, the whole concept of “unique value propositions” (UVPs) is — at least at first glance — really Marketing 101 material. So why keep talking about it?

Deliver Outcomes, Not Features

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Jie Jin (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Andy Wadhwa]. The learning experience in the past few months with my mentor Andy Wadhwa has been profound. If I could pick just one thing to share, it would be: focus on delivering outcomes, not features.

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

Both Sides of the Table

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link. Here’s Why You Should Just Send the Deck I know you have your document sending tool to send your fund-raising deck to VCs and track who read your deck, which pages they read and how much time they spend on each page.

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Indeed Expands in Austin and Plans to Add 3,000 New Jobs

SiliconHills

Indeed, the world’s number one job site, Thursday announced plans for a huge expansion in Austin and plans to add 3,000 new jobs. The Austin-based company is adding 615,000 square feet of office space in two new offices. “We

4 Startup Funding Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Up and Running

Innovative products and business models are the foundations of a promising startup. However, you’ll also need a steady flow of funds, especially in the early stages, to turn those ideas into reality.

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How to Get Started with Machine Learning and AI for Marketing

ConversionXL

Artificial Intelligence is powerful and will open doors we don’t even know exist at the moment. But there are some steps you can take today to ensure that you are making the most of this new capability and are not left behind.

What’s Going On?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A lot, to be honest. It’s Crypto Week in NYC this week. The last two weeks have been a blur, with so many things happening that I can’t keep up or write about all of them. But, here are a few. 1/ The Rockets ended the sweep nonsense talk going on in the bay area with a trompsing of the Ws last night in Houston. Thank God. 2/ The Celtics are showing how great a job Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens are doing running that team.

From Adversity to Inspiration- Business-woman Helping Female Entrepreneurs Learn and Grow

Hearpreneur

At 21 she had a 1% chance to live. At 26, she is empowering and teaching female entrepreneurs how to succeed. This is Alexa Carlin, a 26-year-old who is bringing female entrepreneurs together to learn, to share and to network and to succeed.

How To Leave Your Work At Work

YoungUpstarts

by Michael Godfrey, founder and president of True Course and author of “ Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages “ Ever have a hard time changing channels from thinking about work to focus on leisure and family?

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Business

Up and Running

There’s no need to wait to launch your business until things are 100 percent ready to go. In fact, if everybody waited for everything to line up before getting started, there would hardly be any entrepreneurs. Still, there are some things you should have sorted from the beginning.

How To Use Military Strategy To Build A Better Business

YFS Magazine

By taking these steps, you put yourself in the position to scale your company and maintain an advantage against changing markets and new competitors over time. Operations business lessons business strategy military strategy

Having A Foot In Both Camps

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At our annual CEO Summit, which took place last week, we kick things off going around the room with each attendee (there are over seventy at this point) mentioning something they are struggling with right now. When it got to my turn, I said that I am struggling to be “all in” on crypto and also “all in” on my current portfolio companies. A few of my current portfolio companies are in the crypto space, which makes it easier. We have been investing in crypto since 2012.

Famed NC chef 'Mama Dip' dead at 89

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Mildred Cotton Council, aka "Mama Dip," has died, according to WRAL in Raleigh

Innovation and Implementation at BMW’s Collaboration Lab

The Startup Magazine

The BMW Financial Services Collaboration Lab accelerator program provides entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses in fintech and other fields with the opportunity to partner with BMW to develop and realize innovative solutions and game-changing new technologies.

Silverton Partners Closes on a New $108 Million Fund

SiliconHills

Silverton Partners, based in Austin, announced this month that it has closed on Fund V at $108 million. The venture capital firm, founded in 2006, focuses on early-stage companies and since its launch, the firm has made more than 50 investments in the enterprise and consumer technology categories.

The Website Services Worth Paying For—From a Scrappy Entrepreneur

Up and Running

As entrepreneurs, we don’t want to spend any more money than we have to. But, in some cases, a little extra spending makes your life a lot easier.

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The Magic Of The Little Pink Spoon

YoungUpstarts

by Laurie Richards , co-author of “ Ready, Set, Go! “ Having the best product available means nothing if you can’t get it into the hands that need it. To make that happen, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can learn from the success of the iconic little pink spoon.

NC public schools would have to post 'In God We Trust' signs under proposed bill

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

RALEIGH — North Carolina public schools could soon become a little more religious, if the General Assembly passes a new bill that would force schools to display signs saying "In God We Trust

Top 3 Startup Winner – Callbox Storage

The Startup Magazine

At this year’s FUND Conference in Austin, Texas, over 100 startups presented their early-stage companies in front of hundreds of investors and industry leaders. FUND is a national connector of entrepreneurs, VCs, angel investors, and industry experts with a focus on deal flow and making connections.

4 Powerful Lessons About Success And Entrepreneurship

YFS Magazine

Making the commitment to be where your feet are and practicing these skills every day will have a compounding effect on your success. Lead leadership personal development success advice success habits

Feeling Anxious? This Simple Navy SEAL Trick Calms Your Nervous System in 5 Minutes Flat

Inc Startups

Focus, concentration, innovation, creativity, and productivity are all linked. They require a relaxed body and alert mind. Here's a hack to get there.

5 Tips For Startups To Avoid A Financial Disaster

YoungUpstarts

by David Johnson, founder and CEO of TempCFO. You’ve probably heard it before – the majority of startups fail as soon as they attempt to take off.

Pastor: Mental illness drove NC man to ram car into his family at restaurant

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

BESSEMER CITY — A North Carolina businessman suffering from severe mental illness left a meal with his family, got into his sport utility vehicle and then drove at high speed into the restaurant, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law and critically

Influencer Marketing Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

The Startup Magazine

Having a strong online presence is very important for startups. Through digital marketing and a strong online presence, you can market your products and services to a highly targeted audience without spending a fortune in the process.