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5 Keys To Happiness, Even For New Business Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Building a startup is hard work for low pay, it’s risky, and it requires total responsibility to make it work. Yet, many entrepreneurs are the happiest people I know.

SAP Nation 3.0 excerpts: Chapter 7 Diversifier customers

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My new book is now available to buy here in print version, and in the Kindle eBook version. As with my earlier books, I am excerpting roughly 10% of the 400 page book in a series of posts on my. SAP Nation, the book

Drama in enterprise computing

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Ray Lane, a top-notch tech executive and investor over decades, said this about my new book "Don't be fooled by the title—the book is not just about SAP. It's about drama in enterprise computing." I then used "drama" in the. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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How To Start Your Own Craft Beer Business


by Katie Lundin of crowdspring. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of craft breweries in the US increased from 2,420 to 6,266 – an increase of 159%! It’s no wonder craft beer is so popular. Starting a brewing business is hard work. But we’re here to help.

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The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An Insider’s Perspective

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The Truth About the Scooter Economy?—?An

What exactly is a managed marketplace?

Version One Ventures

Over the past few years, the term “managed marketplace” has become so widely used that Bill Gurley from Benchmark recently tweeted that it is not clear to him what the difference is between a “managed marketplace” and a “true marketplace.”.

5 Problems To Solve With Unlimited Startup Potential

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via jisc Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve. Customers pay for solutions, but there is no market for ideas.

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5 Online Security Essentials all Startups Need

The Startup Magazine

If you are a startup, you need to ensure that all of your online data is kept safe, and there are a number of ways that you can guarantee this is the case.

The Top 5 Tips to Get Your Gym “Fiscally Fit” by Dean Carlson

Mike Michalowicz

As a fitness professional, you are a world changer. You do some of the most important work on the face of the earth; you create happy and healthy by helping people move better, perform better, look better, and probably most importantly, feel better. You are a superstar.

The joys of book reviews

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I saw an article aimed at authors and publishers on how to handle critical reviews. And I chuckled to myself "I could have written that myself" I took most heat for the first volume of SAP Nation - mostly from. Industry Commentary SAP Nation, the book


8 Positive Lessons From Facebook On Building Momentum

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by stockcatalog Many new business owners I know have learned the hard way that you can never be everything for everyone. As a startup, you need to use your limited resources to excel at a few core things for your best customers, in order to stand out and get the momentum going.

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Beginners’ Guide To Search Engine Advertising


Search engine advertising is more than just a buzzword. It’s a powerful way to drive traffic to your business. However, there’s a bit of a learning curve that keeps many businesses away from this area of online advertising. What exactly is Search Engine Advertising ?

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Preparing For Today And Tomorrow As An Entrepreneur

The Startup Magazine

Many people choose the entrepreneur lifestyle for the freedom it gives as far as self-development and how you actually manage to create an income.

AI Startup Imandra Moves its Headquarters from London to Austin and Lands $5 Million in Funding


By LAURA LOREK, publisher of Silicon Hills News In 2004, at the University of Texas at Austin, Denis Ignatovich and Grant Passmore met and became roommates soon after. They both enjoyed mathematics and solving difficult problems.

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The bad old days of consumer tech

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Not a day passes without some harsh story about Facebook and data protection. How un-innovative Apple has become. Why Amazon should be broken up. Why Google should be regulated. And I ask do these folks not remember the days when. Industry Commentary


How To Set A Balance Of User Growth Vs Profitability

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Max Pixel A question that I still hear debated often is whether a new startup growth strategy should focus on user count or profits. First of all, the glory days of “dot.coms” are gone, when investors “didn’t care” about profitability, and all the big money was focused on user count growth.

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Avoiding Complexity Makes You More Likely To Be Successful


If you’re an entrepreneur with a singular focus, the last thing you need is complexity. Complexity takes your time and attention away from your goals and can be a source of stress.

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Nando Caporicci: How Blockchain Outperforms Financial Institutions

The Startup Magazine

By now, it is very likely that nearly all investors have heard about blockchain at some point. After all, it has been over two years since the unexpected spike in cryptocurrency values took the world by storm.

What is the biggest enemy of a startup?

K9 Ventures

In 1998–1999, when I was running my first company, one of my investors, the late Don Jones , came by to visit us at the office. Don was totally a people person and just an all around great person to talk to. In fact, I can hear the intonation of his voice in my head as I type this. Our company was at a stage where we were recruiting, building product, and trying to find product market fit.

ERP: Moving Fast and Yet So Slow

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A guest post from Ton Dobbe, Chief Inspiration Officer, Value Inspiration "Every week I interview entrepreneurs and experts from around the world to share their big idea about new forms of value creation and the potential we can unlock when. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

7 Steps For Assuring Business Success And Fulfillment

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Is it possible to be successful in business and not fulfilled? The answer is a resounding yes today, and I’m convinced that it will be even more true tomorrow, as young idealistic entrepreneurs try to adapt to the long-standing business culture if success is only measured in the money you make for yourself and your business.

How To Maximize Your Meeting Culture


by Cory Treffiletti, Chief Evangelist and CMO for Voicea. Did you know more than 15% of any organization’s time is spent in meetings? 99% of the time this headline is followed by a statement of how much meetings can suck. I am 100% positive this is not how I want to think about it.

How to Start a Profitable Wedding Business in Florida

The Startup Magazine

Getting into the wedding industry can lead to a thrilling and fulfilling career in Florida. If you prepare correctly, your wedding business can also be profitable. Still, the Florida wedding business is saturated with companies designed to handle each step of the path towards matrimony.

Search Intent: How to Analyze and Optimize Your Site


What answer is a searcher looking for? For sustainable, valuable search traffic, you’d better provide it. Satisfying search intent is Google’s fundamental goal. But algorithms haven’t always kept pace.

Groan - yet another TLA

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Every good analyst is entitled to coin a couple of TLAs in their career. It is a badge of honor. So, I certainly understand why my friend Phil Fersht and his team at HfS have coined a new one IAP. Industry Commentary


6 Keys To Turning Your Failures Into Business Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Mark Cuban image via Flickr by jdlasica We all have had setbacks in business – the challenge is learn from each one to improve skills and decision making, rather than let failures get you down and reduce your chances of ever achieving success. The best entrepreneurs and business owners have experienced failure multiple times before bouncing back to a level of achievement they only dreamed of.

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The Benefits Of IoT In Various Parts Of A Business


Nowadays, with growing concern for the environment, many businesses want to create a greener working environment.

Aaron Gorin: How FED Rate Changes Influence Predictions of Recession

The Startup Magazine

In March 2019, the Federal Reserve let it be known that it would not raise interest rates in the coming year. Inflation has not made a serious impact on the economy in the past year and the growth of the economy is slowing but is still strong.

How much should you be paying your auditor?

VC Adventure

With April 15th right behind us, I thought this would be as good a time as any to write about the fun topic of Audit and Tax Prep fees for companies. I know you’ve been waiting for this, so here it goes….

How to Find an IT Provider for Your Small Business

Up and Running

As a small business owner, you’re no doubt aware that protecting your website and all your web- and network-based tools is crucial. Startups and small businesses are targeted in 58 percent of all cyber attacks , according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigation Report.

24 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


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. It could be a made up word you dream of one night and feel it has the right ring to it. Even still there are some people who study foreign words for the perfect meaning behind their chosen business.

Two-Thirds Of Startups Fail Within The First 5 Years. These Are The Toughest Lessons I’ve Learned Running One For 8 Years


by Chris Grey, co-founder and COO of CapLinked. In the uber-competitive startup world, surviving is success in itself. Conventional wisdom says that 90% of startups will fail.

Should Startups Use a Controversial Marketing Campaign?

The Startup Magazine

Many startup owners have seen controversy in action for marketing purposes. They secretly wonder whether there are advantages to using such a strategy. Creating a controversial marketing campaign may initially seem like a cool idea if implemented well.

Customer Interviews: Voice of the Customer and Jobs-to-Be-Done


Conversations with prospects or customers can improve practically every metric or user state model you’re aiming for. As Jen Havice noted here on the CXL blog , insights from customer interviews can: Accelerate the customer journey; Increase conversions; Drive more leads, sales, and revenue.

OJO Labs Gets a Swanky New Office at CityView in Austin


Soon, OJO Labs, an artificial intelligence startup, will have one of the best views in Austin. OJO Labs is moving to the top floor of CityView, a four-story building under construction at 1007 South Congress Ave.

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8 Powerful Ways to Improve the Security of Your Business

Our Own Start-up

Securing a business is of paramount importance just to keep things afloat and balanced. Growth Strategies Startups Improve the Security of Your Business profitable business Securing a business security of your business

How Your Small Business Can Start Accepting Credit Cards


by Kristen Gramigna, Chief Marketing Officer for BluePay. Offering multiple convenient payment options to your customers minimizes the chances of turning away potential sales. Few business decisions will have a greater impact on your bottom line than allowing customers to pay using credit cards.