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7 Excuses For Giving Up Instead Of Persevering To Win

Startup Professionals Musings

When I heard a friend and business mentor say, “Your startup won’t fail if you don’t quit,” I realized that every entrepreneur should adopt “never give up” as their mantra. Rather than quitting, there are always alternatives, like pivoting the business model or merging with new partners for support.

RSS: The Persistent Protocol

Feld Thoughts

One of our themes is Protocol. We’ve been investing in companies built around technology protocols since 1994. One of my first investments, when I moved to Boulder in 1995, was in a company called Email Publishing, which was the very first email service provider. SMTP has been very good to me. We made some of the early investments in companies built around RSS, including FeedBurner and NewsGator. RSS is a brilliant, and very durable, protocol.

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The Economics of VCs Recycling Management Fees

Feld Thoughts

Several years ago, I wrote a post titled Why VCs Should Recycle Their Management Fees. From the start of Foundry Group in 2007, we have felt strongly about this.

Investor Friendly Terms

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we have always had simple and investor-friendly terms with the institutions and individuals that provide the capital we invest. I got thinking about that this morning in reading Brad Feld’s post about recycling management fees , something we do aggressively at USV (we have recycled between 20 and 25% of our mature VC funds). We have never charged a premium carry or off-market management fee, we return all capital before taking carry distributions, and we recycle aggressively.

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20 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.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we report to our investors on our portfolio and performance four times a year, once a quarter. We produce an audited report once a year, with our Q4 results. We do that in writing and we also do a quarterly call for our investors three times a year (we combine our Q4 and Q1 calls since our annual audit process slows down our Q4 reporting). In our annual and Q2 written reports, we prepare a short update on every one of our portfolio companies. We call these “one-pagers.”

24 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

The 5 Tools I Use To Stay On Top Of Everything


by Yiannis Gavrielides, CEO of Covve. I have always been organised and I don’t like to let anything drop; I am an 80:20 person and I look for efficiency in everything I do; I love gadgets and technology and I am an early adopter.

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7 Keys To The Investor Challenge For Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

According to the entrepreneurs I advise, the biggest challenge they typically face in starting a new business is funding. It consistently takes a huge amount of time and effort to find an investor you can trust, and that constrains your efforts in developing the solution you envision.

13 Powerful Ways You Can Manage Customer Expectations Better To Grow Your Business Faster Than Ever

crowdSPRING Blog

“…it looks cold in there…” A prospective customer looks to your business to provide something they need or want. This is the beginning of a very important story for your business.

18 Entrepreneurs Share Their Thoughts on the Future of Women Entrepreneurs


Women entrepreneurs are on the rise. This is partly due to improvement in technology that has helped scale their online visibility and allow ease of collaboration. Gone are the days when it was an all-man’s business world.

How Seasonal Businesses Can Better Manage Cash Flow

Up and Running

While there are many advantages to running a seasonal business, one of the primary challenges is managing cash flow—having enough money on hand to get ready for the busy season, making the most of the revenue generated in season, and having enough money on hand to pay bills in the off-season.

8 Ways To Ensure That Your Website Is Winning For You

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s hard to be successful in any business when your customers can’t find you, or they find you and still can’t figure out whether your solution works for them. Thus I was surprised to see in a recent CNBC survey that 45 percent of small businesses still don’t have a website.


Feld Thoughts

What do these numbers mean to you? At a recent offsite, during our conversation about evolving our communication patterns (which I refer to, in my head, as “the Matrix”), Ryan said “16-49-81.”

Book excerpt: Commitments and time management

Jeff Hilimire

The book I’m writing, The Five-Day Turnaround , is written as a narrative, first-person story, and throughout I share tips and tricks on how the main character, Will, manages his time as a leader and CEO.

Mobile Payments: Say Hello To Google Pay “Smart Tap”


by Mark Sands, Co-Founder and CEO of High Risk Merchant Account LLC. Google has just launched the new Google Pay redesign, with a new interface and overhauled on the payment app. Google Pay will replace the older Android Pay platform.

4 Ways To Design A Website That Attracts Your Ideal Customers

YFS Magazine

No matter the aim of your small business, a crucial component to attracting your ideal customer is to help them find your brand via your company website. Uncategorized company website marketing website design website development

10 Success Strategies Without Requiring Alpha Leaders

Startup Professionals Musings

The reigning theory in business has long been that “alpha” leaders make the best entrepreneurs. These are aggressive, results-driven achievers who assert control, and insist on a hierarchical organizational model.

On The Road – Starting Your Own Mobile Business

The Startup Magazine

You love to drive and you don’t want to work for anyone any more. The next logical step would be to start a business that allows you to drive and brings you the control you want. Small businesses make up 99.7% of all businesses in the US and 60% of all new jobs created come from them. With over 56.8

Next-gen software executives

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I was pleased to see Salesforce has appointed Parker Harris to its Board and promoted Keith Block to co-CEO. I have long been a fan of Parker – just brilliant and a nice guy to boot. I think the enterprise. Industry Commentary

4 Ways to Urge Your Startup Toward Rapid Growth

Up and Running

The startup stage of a business is grueling. Chances are, you are overworked, understaffed, and functioning on a shoestring budget. Taking into account the statistic that only half of businesses survive the first five years, even the downtime can get stressful.

The Pros And Cons Of Office Politics

YFS Magazine

Ask most people about office politics and they'll say they'd prefer to avoid it. Yet, most also know that like most things there are pros and cons. Company Culture Grow company culture corporate politics organizational politics workforce development

10 Tips To Strategic Decisions Made Without A Crisis

Startup Professionals Musings

Strategic decisions set the overall direction for your business, whereas operational decisions set day-to-day operations.

Product Management & When Other Departments Need Help

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Mark Jones (Mentee, Session 6, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Shelley Iocona]. Product people usually like to start with the problem. One problem many are familiar with is being the requirements resource.

Twitter Link Roundup #343 – Terrific Reads for Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Marketers, and Designers!

crowdSPRING Blog

If you’re like most people, you own a smartphone. And if you’re like most people, you use it. A lot. Full-time access to a smartphone has obvious benefits but comes at a price: that nagging feeling that maybe we should be spending our time doing more than just staring at a screen.

9 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Improve Their Marketing Tactics in 2018

Up and Running

In 2017, U.S. companies spent a combined $85.93 billion on digital marketing. Two years from now, nationwide digital marketing spending is expected to surpass $100 billion.

If I’ve ever helped you in any way…

Jeff Hilimire

If I’ve ever helped you in any way, even if its simply a blog post I wrote you that hit you at the right time, I’d be incredibly appreciative if you would consider supporting my wife’s upcoming Georgia 2-Day Walk for Cancer.

Technology Is Reshaping Real Estate: What You Need To Know

YFS Magazine

Technological advancements have a tendency to rapidly change industries. Tech is not just reshaping real estate; it’s revolutionizing it. In real time. Grow Technology real estate real estate investing technology

I Was Not Born A Writer Yet Writing Changed My Life All Thanks To A Blog by Yaro Starak

I used to dread writing. Yet, I’ve made a full-time income from writing a blog for over twelve years (since 2006).

Why Investing In Property Is Perfect For Young Entrepreneurs


As a young entrepreneur, thinking about investment and planning your future is something that will become increasingly important as your business grows. As you expand and develop your business, it’s worth looking at ways you can invest your increasing capital.

CognitiveScale Partners with Dell to Deliver Tailored Customer Service Using AI


The fourth industrial revolution is one in which machines and humans work together to solve problems and accomplish tasks. And it’s already here.

Podcast Options for StartUps – Tips from Clients on Demand

The Startup Magazine

According to Podcast Insights , there are over a half-a-million active podcast options available, providing approximately 18.5 million episodes of listening in more than 100 different languages.

Four Types Of Sales Objections (And How To Overcome Them)

YFS Magazine

Sales acceleration expert Jeb Blount identifies the four types of objections you'll encounter and offers some powerful techniques for turning them around. Grow Marketing & Sales direct selling personal selling sales sales objections selling

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How to Run a Productive Monthly Business Plan Review Meeting

Up and Running

This article, which originally appeared on our LivePlan Blog , is part of our “Business Planning Guide” —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! Most people think that meetings are a waste of time. They’re right.