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5 Common Startup Setbacks And How To Rebound Stronger

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs are so convinced that they are the disruptive element, they fail to anticipate that unknown facts or events can and will occur to disrupt their own well-laid plans.

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Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

Steve Blank

With in-person classes canceled, we’re about to start our online versions of Hacking for Defense and Hacking for Oceans (and here ). The classes are built on the Lean Startup methodology: Customer Discovery, Agile Engineering and the Business/Mission Model Canvas.

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Enterprise Software: Emergency Apps and Empathy

deal architect

I was talking to a vendor exec last week and I mentioned the agility and innovation I am seeing in various sectors - agile manufacturing, re-jigged supply chains, reshaped shopping experiences, last-mile delivery, telework, telemedicine, teleschool- as we are fighting. Industry Commentary

How to Make Sense of the PPP Loan Program for VC-Backed Startups

Both Sides of the Table

There is so much confusion and misinformation out there about the government sponsored “payroll protection plan” loans to companies that the heads of every small business CEO in the country must be spinning.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

NextView Partners Discuss the State of the Market In a Covid-19 World

View from Seed

Last week we held a virtual “Lunch and Learn” with Melody and Lee where they had a discussion about what they’re seeing in the market in a covid-19 world, made some predictions about where we are headed in the next couple of weeks to months, and took some questions about the state of VC funding.

5 Keys To The Startup Mindset Required For Breakthrus

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur advisor, I am surprised at how often I hear the same or very similar proposals of an incremental innovation to an existing process, versus a really new or breakthrough solution.

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How To Keep Your Company Alive – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in the Harvard Business Review. It’s been updated with new information about the U.S. Paycheck Protection program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. What cashflow-negative companies must do to survive. We’re in uncharted territory with the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s increasingly looking grim.

Please Wear a DIY Cloth Mask in Public

Feld Thoughts

The CDC finally issued guidance to Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19. If you go out in public, please wear a “Cloth Face Covering.”

COVID-19 Positive Points!

Rembrandt Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely changed all of our lives in very different ways, very quickly! Unfortunately, this is not an April Fool’s joke!

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6 Ways Gossiping Leads To A Toxic Workplace Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you should treat gossip among the members of your team as a reduction in productivity at best, and at worst, an indication of unhappy, un-empowered, or non-collaborative employees.

How To Use Staff Scheduling Software To Increase Your Productivity

YoungUpstarts

Advancements in technology have made virtually every aspect of our lives easier. In both our work and personal lives, we wield smartphones to do things faster and more efficiently, from ordering shopping to scheduling appointments, paying bills and creating invoices.

Hard Decisions Require Empathy

Both Sides of the Table

In the past two weeks we have entered perhaps to most surreal experience in any of our lives. I think intuitively many of us believe it may be a more lasting impact than just “60 days at home,” which is why we almost have a nervous laughter when we call (Zoom!) somebody we haven’t spoken to since before the crisis and acknowledge how bizarre we all feel right now.

Understanding Online Forex Brokerage: What Every New Trader Should Know

YFS Magazine

Successful forex traders use the best forex online brokerages to access straightforward pricing, the latest research, professional guidance and much more. Finance Grow business finance foreign exchange market forex investing recommended

Investing in Downturns

VC Adventure

TBH, I haven’t been thinking much about new investments at the moment. I’ve been asked many times how I think the Covid-19 crisis will change investor behavior and fundraising for startups.

8 Brand Models To Attract Your Perfect Fit Customer

Startup Professionals Musings

Attracting the right customers is the key to success in business, whether you have a new startup or a mature enterprise.

Leading In Uncertain Times: 10 Ways To Help Employees Cope With The Pandemic

YoungUpstarts

by Quint Studer, author of “ The Busy Leader’s Handbook: How To Lead People and Places That Thrive “ As the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, we’re all being impacted in various ways, many of them pretty dramatic. Everyone is feeling more than a little fear and anxiety about the future.

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Alternative tech job boards during Covid-19

VC Cafe

Startups are getting hit hard by the economic price of Covid-19. As the New York Times reported yesterday , many companies have started laying off people already. Social distancing means that in many cases, this happens via video conferencing.

How To Write Magnetic Content That Resonates With Your Audience

YFS Magazine

When you change your approach to content development, you create a package that’s both valuable and one of a kind –– just like you. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content marketing content strategy marketing

The Three Crises

Feld Thoughts

While everyone I know feels the weight of being in the midst of the Covid crisis, we are actually dealing with the overlap of three linked crises. Understanding this, and putting it in historical context, has been helpful to me as I process real-time inputs and prioritize my activities.

5 Steps To Get Ahead With The Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

According to Gallup surveys , job satisfaction for employees is at an all-time low. Only 13 percent of workers are fully engaged in their job. The sad part is that is seems to be getting worse, rather than better. One obvious alternative is to become an entrepreneur.

Is A Print On Demand Shop The Perfect First Business For You?

YoungUpstarts

A print on demand shop is a business venture that offers different custom-made items, such as t-shirts, hoodies, books, mugs, rugs, key chains, and household items.

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AI videos make COVID-19 information accessible to a global audience

VC Cafe

Click to watch AI video. The tech world is rallying to support the World Health Organization in the fight against COVID-19.

Meet your COVID-19 CFO

VC Adventure

A lot of companies are struggling to figure out how to respond to the economic crisis that was precipitated by COVID-19. Should they cut staff or should they furlough them (and what’s the difference)? Should they ask people to take a pay cut?

The Pros and Cons of Founding a Startup During a Recession

ReadWriteStart

With the economy in an inevitable tailspin toward the first recession in over a decade, there remains ample click bait apocalyptic article titles touting the economy’s inevitable downfall.

The Importance of Burn Rate and Cash Runway

Up and Running

It doesn’t matter if times are good or bad, cash is always the lifeblood of any business. You need cash in the bank to operate, to pay employees, and to keep the doors open. If you’re out of cash, you’re out of business.

Great Reasons To Have A Membership Program For Customers

YoungUpstarts

The business arena is fast-paced, which means that many businesses are diving into the industry to offer new products and services. Regardless of how new you think your offerings are, more often than not, several other businesses have already used the same idea to thrive in the market.

Version One quarterly news and COVID-9 response

Version One Ventures

This has been the longest quarter ever. Early January seems like an eternity ago. Countries, communities and households have been turned upside down. .

10 Tips to Help Ensure Your Startup Business Doesn’t Fail

The Startup Magazine

If you have an idea that you’re passionate about, turning it into a fully-fledged moneymaking venture can be difficult. When you take into account that three-quarters of startups face startup failure in their first year of operations, the last thing you want is to fall into that statistic.

VC Funding in 2020: What Investors Look for in Startups

ReadWriteStart

Venture capital investment is one of the top places startups look out for when seeking funding for their business alongside other popular options like angel investing and crowdfunding.

Tips For Working from Home From The Foundry Network

VC Adventure

Over the past week I’ve been gathering work-from-home tips from Foundry Group portfolio companies. Here are some of the best suggestions – from WFH veterans as well as some newbies quickly getting up to speed. I highlighted a few that I thought were particularly good ones. Work Space.

Five Mistakes Not To Make When Holding Online Meetings

YoungUpstarts

by Howard Tiersky, co-author of “ Impactful Online Meetings: How to Run Polished Virtual Working Sessions That are Engaging and Effective “ Working from home (or WFH) is quickly becoming “the new normal.”

eLearning Opportunities

The Entrepreneurial Mind

We are excited to announce that our digital educational content company, Entrepreneurial Mind LLC, is partnering with the eLearning platform, Eloquens. Through this new partnership, we can some of our courses directly to individuals wishing to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills.

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Learning the Hard Way: Top 3 Lessons You Won’t Learn in Business School

The Startup Magazine

How many times can you recall your parents telling you to do things so you won’t have to “learn them the hard way?” You probably heard it all the time, and what did you do? Well, if you’re like most kids, teens, and young adults, you completely ignored their advice and learned the hard way!

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9 Shopify Apps to Win More Ecommerce Sales

ConversionXL

With over 4,000 apps on the Shopify app store—and 3–5 added every day—it’s impossible for store owners to keep up with the changing app landscape. But that doesn’t mean there’s no pressure to keep up.

We’re Not Doing Enough to Help Small Businesses

VC Adventure

Elizabeth Macbride and I wrote an OpEd piece that was posted on CNBC this morning addressing what we believe to be significant shortcomings of the CARES Act and the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP).

10 Silicon Valley Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YoungUpstarts

Silicon Valley – a fantastic moniker that conjures lots of images, right? That’s because, in real life, it’s also a fantastic place. And entrepreneurs and business people agree! But just how interesting is this place outside of its fancy reputation and name?