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Artificial Intelligence Can Help Or Hurt Any Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Everyone has heard about the big potential for using artificial intelligence (AI) to expand your business, but many of the small businesses I mentor are still wary of embracing it, because they don’t understand how it works, and fear losing control and unintended consequences.

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Merriam-Webster defines ecology as a "branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments". If ecologists were to study today's software vendors they would be fascinated not just by how the core organism functions but by the.

[INTERVIEW] Brandon Seigel, President, Wellness Works Management Partners, Madison, Wisconsin


Brandon Seigel is targeting his business talent toward helping health practitioners in private practice, and at the same time filling a niche he recognized when helping a family member shore up a practice that was in a tailspin.

How To Deal With People Asking For Intros To Me

Feld Thoughts

I got the following note from a friend this morning. Over the past 6 to 12 months, I seem to be getting more requests from individuals in the City-1, City-2, and City-3 asking for introductions to you. Curious as to your preference in how to handle some of these. Many words on the web have been written about double opt-in email intros. This is the best and simplest way when you know the person asking for the intro and think the intro would be a good one.

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Never ask anyone to be your lead investor

David Cohen

Let me explain why you should never ask anyone to be your lead investor. First, if you’re talking to a venture capital firm that writes large checks (>50% of the round size you’re seeking), just ask them to commit to investing. Let them know they’re wanted.

10 Key Principles To Drive Customer Decisions Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are overloaded and overwhelmed by too much information, so making a decision is a challenge.

Oracle Applications: a new chapter?

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Steve Miranda, EVP, Applications Product Development at Oracle briefed analysts about this week's co-located Modern Business Experience (MBX) and Modern Customer Experience (MCX) in Las Vegas. He also blogged about it: "we are bringing together marketing, sales, and service with. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Birth of An Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

In the past 24 hours, I’ve gotten a bunch of emails with positive feedback about my 81st birthday tribute to my dad and the Storyworth history I posted on how we ended up in Dallas. I woke up this morning to another Storyworth history from him, this time titled Birth Of An Entrepreneur: Brad Feld. I read it and loved it, especially since it reflected so significantly on how integral he was to the entrepreneurial path I ended up on.

Trading Precious Metals Online

The Startup Magazine

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to trade in precious metals online. Online brokers make it nice and simple for residential investors to buy and sell gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals. How to Trade.

5 Keys To Relying On Intuition In Business Decisions

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay With all the progress in analytical tools and big data available, many people feel there is no place in business today for intuition and gut instincts.

Here comes the sun.and the book

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It is a glorious Spring day and I heard the Beatles this morning - this song cheers me up no matter what time of the year. Then I got an email from Amazon "Congratulations, the paperback edition of your book. SAP Nation, the book

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Entrepreneurial Essentials – The Foundations Of A Successful Startup


So you have a great business idea, you’ve done your research and due diligence, you know your market and you are good at what you do. What could go wrong?

What If Your Future Was Determined By The Color Of Your Eyes

Feld Thoughts

If you are looking for something powerful, creative, provocative, and beautifully done, go look at True Blue by Eliot Peper and team. In 2017, I wrote a post titled A Clever Short Story About Discrimination about the short story that Eliot had written. It was an idea that David Cohen had.

Exceptional Leaders Learn Faster To Lead Further

YFS Magazine

In today's marketplace change seems to happen at lightning speed, making it essential for leaders to learn faster and apply knowledge systematically. Lead leadership learning personal development

5 Investor Types Who Will Test Your Negotiating Style

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Every entrepreneur seeking funding loves the challenge of getting customers and investors excited, but dreads the thought of negotiating the terms of a deal with potential investors.

SAP Nation 3.0: Early Book Reviews

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I got very nice feedback from tech executives I respect who had seen early copies of the book "Don't be fooled by the title - the book is not just about SAP. It is about drama in enterprise computing. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) SAP Nation, the book

Employment Gaps Raise Red Flags, But They Can Be Overcome


by Steven Starks, Senior Career Counselor at University of Phoenix. Throughout the course of a career, working professionals may experience brief or extended gaps of unemployment between positions.

Gluecon 2019 Diversity Scholarships

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are underwriting the Gluecon 2019 Diversity Scholarships through our Anchor Point Foundation. Eric Norlin, who runs Gluecon has had a simple goal around diversity at the Gluecon for many years. The goal is quite simple: to create as diverse and welcoming a conference environment as we can. The diversity scholarships are one approach to this. The Gluecon code of conduct is another.

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25 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Most Coveted Self-Care Rituals

YFS Magazine

How do entrepreneurs approach self-care? How we start our days, end our days and manage the time in between impacts how we show up in life and business. Lifestyle health and wellness mental health personal development self care

5 Keys To Boosting The Performance Of A Business Team

Startup Professionals Musings

It takes an effective team to attract and serve a community in business these days.

Importance of Finance to Your Business

The Startup Magazine

Finance is one of the very subtle sectors of a business that can make or break entrepreneurs. Ideally, all companies need finances for daily operations. This is what makes the concept of finance very important as an area for all organizations to cover.

4 Tips For Small Business Online Marketing


Not sure how to launch or improve your small business’s online marketing? Should your business include social media buzzwords in your communication strategy? What type of content is the most alluring?

Happy 81st Birthday Dad

Feld Thoughts

My dad turns 81 today. He’s one of my best friends. He loves the color green. And, a few of my other friends have a birthday today (happy birthday Dave.). Lots of people don’t realize that I grew up in Texas (did you know that 33.3% of the Foundry Group partners are from Texas?)

OJO Labs Raises an Additional $45 Million in Venture Capital


OJO Labs, an artificial intelligence startup, has raised $45 million in additional funding. The Austin-based company plans to use the funds to accelerate its development and market expansion. It plans to hire more employees in the areas of engineering, data science, product and design.

9 Simple Approaches To Creating A Sure-Fire Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Jisc As an advisor to startups and entrepreneurs, I often hear the myth that all new businesses must start with a great idea. I have to disagree. I believe the best entrepreneurs start by finding a large opportunity, and only then use good ideas to capitalize on that opportunity. The best opportunities are recognized from painful needs, plus a growing population of customers with money to spend.

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Forensic Accounting: When Do You Need It

The Startup Magazine

The need for forensic accounting is fast growing in this day and age. Private individuals, as well as big corporations, rely on forensic accountants when they need to resort to court action to address their problems.

[ADV] Tips On Moving Your Start-Up


With all the hope and confidence in the world, you started a company. And guess what? It’s doing very well! It’s time to move your start-up to the next phase of your business plan, but how do you do that?

A Robot, A Puppy, and An Arduino

Feld Thoughts

Happy National Arduino Day from Misty Robotics. The post A Robot, A Puppy, and An Arduino appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Investments arduino misty puppies


This 27-Year-Old Started A Healthy Meal Delivery Service And Sold 5 Million Meals

YFS Magazine

Inspired to help her father overcome life-threatening health issues, Laureen Asseo launched a healthy meal delivery service that would later serve millions. People food delivery services food startups health and wellness

How to Write Better B2B Case Studies: 2 Lessons from Psychology


Third-party endorsement is powerful. As marketers, we know that customers are our best salespeople. Their reviews and testimonials build credibility and trust. Congrats if you’re among the 73% of marketers who publish customer case studies to win hearts, minds, and pockets.

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The Steps to Making Enough Money to Live a Comfy Life

The Startup Magazine

Most people have the goal of living comfortably without having to worry about money. For anyone who wants to reach this goal, they need to consider the different factors like income and lifestyle can affect their goal.

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[Infographic] Essential Business Leadership Characteristics


Managers and executives shoulder an impressive amount of responsibility for their company, which is matched by their impressive paychecks. Top executives make upward of $100,400 a year. ( 1 ) Not all leaders are equal in value, though.

Do You Love Your Job?

Feld Thoughts

My dad’s posts over the past two days put me in a reflective mood about work. I’ve been working hard around computers and entrepreneurship since the summer between my senior year in high school and my freshman year at MIT. That first real job was as the first employee of Petcom, a company started by a husband and wife team that grew to about 20 people before the oil and gas market for software evaporated in 1985.

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28 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. For each business owner, the story of their journey can range from monetary needs or the passion for a unique project.

How to Build a Restaurant Sales Forecast

Up and Running

This article is part of our Restaurant Business Startup Guide —a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your restaurant business! With restaurants, as with most businesses, there is no single right way to do a sales forecast.

Startup Pay Too Low? Here are Your Options

The Startup Magazine

Being underpaid can be troublesome, especially if you work at at startup. With all of the bills, utilities, and expenses that you need to pay, having your startup pay that is less than what you deserve is problematic.


How To Start A New Business


by Amanda Bowman of crowdspring. It’s not easy to start a new business. About two-thirds of businesses with employees survive 2 years and only about half survive five years. Businesses that survive and thrive have an unfair advantage.