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8 Key Skill Sets Required For Success In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience in large businesses as well as years of advising startups, I see far too much focus on product skills, and too little on people and process skills.

Do You Need a Business Plan? Scientific Research Says Yes

Up and Running

Should you spend some time developing a plan for your business, or just dive in and start, figuring things out as you go? There has been plenty of debate on this topic, but no one has pulled together the scientific evidence to determine if planning is worthwhile—until now.

AI in the enterprise: a reality check with John Sumser

deal architect

John Sumser, aka HR Examiner, has been focusing on "intelligent technology" including AI and machine learning as it morphs the HCM function. Trends in that function are a forerunner of what we will see across the enterprise. I recently caught. Analytics, Big Data Cloud Computing, SaaS

How Asking Someone How to #GiveFirst to Them Undermines #GiveFirst

Feld Thoughts

I got an email this morning from a close friend who asked how I reconcile a particular issue around the concept of #GiveFirst. Following is the setup from the email I got. “I I was thinking of you yesterday. I recently met with someone in town who was looking to connect. I took the meeting because, well, I always take such meetings. I’m just wired that way and you never know what good things can come from such random meetings. So I love doing them.

The Willingness to Learn and the Pressure to Be Confident

This is going to be BIG.

Being a founder means showing confidence. It’s nearly impossible to fundraise, hire, or lead without it—but at the same time, founders don’t know everything. There are many things they’re going to be doing for the first time that are ridiculous to expect them to know how to do right off the bat. Just because you start a company doesn’t necessarily mean you’re automatically a good manager, a good recruiter, or good at PR.

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3 Tips For Overcoming ‘Hidden Growth Killers’ That Harm Your Business

YoungUpstarts

by Mark Green , author of “ Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done “ A key part of any CEO’s or entrepreneur’s role is to make the “right” decisions, and then ensure they are enacted to advance the business.

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7 Keys To Timely And Compelling New Venture Progress

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most important skills for every entrepreneur is timely and effective decision making. In a startup, any decision is better than no decision. One of the primary roles of every founder is to solve problems, make a decision, and manage the decision to results.

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Book: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

Feld Thoughts

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History was awesome. Given that Sears filed for Chapter 11 today, I’ll start with some perspective from 1976. America is remarkably dynamic. Humans constantly create narratives about things and how they work.

How “False Expertise” Can Damage Your Business—and How to Protect It

ConversionXL

When I last checked, there were 987,119 “thought leaders” on LinkedIn. Soon, there’ll be more than a million. How many of those do you trust? False expertise” is misidentified competence: We perceive expertise where there is none or evaluate expertise based on irrelevant factors.

9 No-Nonsense Social Media Tips Your Business Can’t Ignore

YoungUpstarts

by Rachel Strella, founder of Strella Social Media. With social media a marketing staple for businesses in all industries and across all parts of the globe, it has become more competitively critical than ever for brands to get their acts together.

8 Tips For Quantifying Traction In Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

What is the definition of traction for a business startup today? According to most investors I know, traction is some clear evidence that the “dogs are eating the dog food” – usually meaning that you have at least one customer paying full price for your solution.

Designing the Ideal Board Meeting – Before the Meeting

VC Adventure

All good board meetings start well before the meeting itself, so let’s start there for this series on board meetings. Timing – how frequently should you meet? Most boards plan meetings a year at a time. That makes sense given busy schedules, but leads to the question of when and how often should a board meet. As a good rule of thumb, most startup boards meet quarterly (in fact, most boards of any kind meet about this frequently).

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Why Startups Should Use Content Marketing from Day One

The Startup Magazine

Well over 50% of all entrepreneurial startups fail within a year of launch. Some estimates go as high as 90%. It is never enough to just launch a product or idea into the marketplace and hope that it sells.

Take advantage of the good times to build stakeholder loyalty.

Berkonomics

Loyalty is a hard-earned commodity. There are several times when stakeholder loyalty is tested to the limit. For employees, a late or missed payroll is the ultimate test of corporate loyalty, divorced even from an employee’s ability to make do without a paycheck.

How Hashtags Can Supercharge Small Business Marketing

YoungUpstarts

by Katie Lundin of crowdspring. Hashtags can boost impressions, improve the searchability of your content, and encourage more people to talk about your brand.

6 Story Attributes Will Highlight Your Business Pitch

Startup Professionals Musings

The biggest challenge for every entrepreneur and every startup today is to get noticed and remembered in today’s information overload. The number of entrepreneurs worldwide is huge, starting an estimated 50 million new businesses per year, or 137,000 per day.

How I Turned Business Failure Into Runaway Success

YFS Magazine

If you’ve experienced a business failure or setback, it’s not the end of the road. Here are 5 steps I took to turn failure into a successful venture. Lead business failure failure leadership personal development

Passport Raises $3m to Build the Modern Shipping Carrier

ReadWriteStart

Ecommerce brands have seen innovations spring up for all parts of their business to help them compete more effectively with Amazon. Shopify makes it seamless to launch a great storefront. Instagram helps you build your audience (and even sell directly!). Whiplash and Shipmonk handle your fulfillment.

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Funding the Business

The Startup Magazine

A lot of people are choosing the entrepreneur life right out of college instead of finding a traditional job. People have ideas, and these startups are what fuel much of our economy. They’re important, but in order to propel these ideas forward, entrepreneurs need business funding.

4 Ways CEOs Can Overcome Mistrust And Make Marketing Their New Best Friend  

YoungUpstarts

7 Push-Backs That New Venture Founders Must Overcome

Startup Professionals Musings

In business, and in your personal life, the ability to anticipate and overcome criticism is one of the biggest differentiators between leaders, who make things happen, and followers, who may have great ideas but never seem to get things to go their way.

Chatbots vs. Live Chat: The Questions You Should Ask

ConversionXL

There’s a reason why people say “the first impression is the last impression.” Some 51% of customers never approach a business again after one bad experience. That puts pressure on every interaction—and every missed opportunity—with potential customers, recent purchasers, and long-time users.

20 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

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.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Look At Offshore Banking

The Startup Magazine

Global diversification is a great move for your investment portfolio, but you might want to start with a savings account in your home country before venturing offshore for greater investment or lending. However, entrepreneurs should consider establishing an offshore savings account instead.

Top Tips For Entrepreneurial Success

YoungUpstarts

No matter how much you might want it, success doesn’t happen overnight when you’re an entrepreneur. There are bound to be bumps in the road, the key is to be able to cope with these and stay on track.

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About B2C E-Commerce

YFS Magazine

Knowing the basics of business-to-consumer e-commerce will help you market and sell more effectively. Here's what you need to know. Grow Marketing & Sales company website e-commerce ecommerce tips marketing online business online marketing

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Announcing Version One Fund III

Version One Ventures

We are very happy to announce the launch of Version One Ventures III with $45M USD ($57M CAD) in commitments. With Fund III, we’re doubling down on all that has worked in our previous funds – our strategy, geography, investment thesis and philosophy. It’s an exciting time to be launching a new fund as our focus on network effects and broad geography are driving opportunities in both existing and emerging markets. About Fund III.

Are You Cut Out to Run a Kennel or Pet Boarding Business?

Up and Running

Man’s best friend could be your best business opportunity. From tail wags to sloppy kisses and long days filled with animal admiration, opening or buying a kennel can be rewarding far beyond your potential profits.

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How Your Law Firm Should Market To Millennials

The Startup Magazine

Millennials are now the largest living generation in the history. These savvy consumers that are now in their ages 16 to 36 are determined to define the economy as we all know it.

How To Build A More Cohesive Team – Better Communication And Collaboration Is Essential

YoungUpstarts

86% of employees and leaders believe that a lack of collaboration and ineffectual communication is responsible for problems in the work environment.

Why More Brands Are Investing In Live Events

YFS Magazine

Today's most successful brands are investing in live events. Here's a look at four reasons why event marketing is on the rise. Grow Marketing & Sales event event marketing Event Planning marketing

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But what will the robots want?

Start Up Blog

The exponential improvement of robotics is astounding. This dancing robot from Boston Dynamics is making me wonder if they should be called CyberDyne Systems ! But, what if the robots do get as ‘human’ as many technologists are predicting?

SaaStock Dublin 2018: Get inside your Buyer’s Head – Improve Conversion Rates

For Entrepreneurs

At this year’s SaaStock, I presented on one of my favorite topics: how to improve your marketing and sales funnel conversion rates using a deep understanding of what is going on in your buyer’s mind as the navigate through their purchasing process, and experience your marketing and selling. Using the techniques outlined in this presentation, Marketing SaaS Sales & Marketing Machine Startup Help

A Decade of Disruption – Future Scope at Uttishtha 2018

The Startup Magazine

The Startup Magazine was proud to be a media sponsor at this year’s E-Cell, IIM Kashipur flagship entrepreneurship event , Uttishtha’18, on 6 th October, 2018. The theme of this year’s event was, A decade of Disruption – Future Scope.

The Difference between Debt Financing and Equity Financing: Which Is Right For You?

YoungUpstarts

Getting the capital you need to run your business can be a struggle for any business owner. You need money for operations, but most importantly, you need money to grow. When you’re looking for extra funds, there are typically two options: debt financing and equity financing.

UPshow Founder Adam Hirsen Shares Flight Plan For Success

YFS Magazine

Do our hobbies impact our businesses? Adam Hirsen, CEO and co-founder of Chicago-based startup UPshow, suggests entrepreneurs can learn a lot from hobbies. Lifestyle aviation leadership lifestyle success

Priming your Audience with Targeted Ads with Mercer

ConversionXL

Are you sending the right ad to the right person at the right time? In this video, Mercer talks about the funnel BEFORE the funnel.