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What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck?


So you’ve developed a game-changing product, formed a business with a killer team, quit your job, and are rolling the product out to market. Your business is the next unicorn, and all is good in the world. Fantastic. Now only one thing is inhibiting your company’s growth: you have no money. For many founders of high-growth startups, bootstrapping has limits. Read more >. The post What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck? appeared first on The Gust Blog.

A more realistic, less alarmist Oxford study on automation and jobs

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In my book, Silicon Collar and in several blogs I have critiqued the 2013 study by two Oxford researchers which reached this alarmist conclusion about the impact of modern day machines on jobs: “According to our estimates, about 47% of. Industry Commentary Silicon Collar


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Founder Friendly

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competitive for the best opportunities and we certainly do try to ingratiate ourselves and our firms to the entrepreneurs who will decide who gets to invest in their companies and who does not.

Working Outside the Tech Bubble

Steve Blank

Annual note to self – most of the world exists outside the tech bubble. —– We have a summer home in New England in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street. Drive down the road and you can see the tall stalks of corn waving on other farms. Most people aren’t in tech or law or teaching in universities; they fall solidly in what is called working-class.

15 Entrepreneurs Reveal What Entrepreneurship Means to Them


Being an entrepreneur is a source of pride. It also evidences an individual with a huge amount of discipline and focus to be able to build a business a lot of times from just an idea. It is the ambition of an entrepreneur that built the most profitable and successful companies.

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7 Barriers To Understanding Your Mentor Communication

Startup Professionals Musings

Most business mentors tell me that the single biggest problem they have to deal with in small companies is the lack of open, honest, and effective communication, both from the top down and from the bottom up. Some entrepreneurs forget that talking is not communicating.

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

Inc Startups

These 10 rules will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.


Use These Two Methods To Create Constructive Competition For Your Business


by Andrew Durlak, Co-Founder & VP of Operations at Scout RFP. One of the best ways for your business to increase savings is to foster competition.

3 Tips for a Strong Startup Company Culture

Up and Running

At BarBend , we like to think we know a thing or two about building strong, healthy bodies—and as a newer business, we’re also interested in creating a strong and healthy company culture.

7 Keys To Building Good Habits And Happiness At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Are you one of those people who believe that happiness at work is an oxymoron? If so, maybe it’s time to rethink your perspective, and perhaps start enjoying work for a change.

Understanding Complexity in Product Management with Cynefin

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.


Stephen Curry Reacted to Under Armour CEO's Resignation From Trump Council With Deft Intelligence (and All in Emojis)

Inc Startups

Sometimes, a CEO needs to know his superstars back him.


Five Ways To Find, Nurture, And Reward Your Superusers (And Make More Of Them) 


by Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “ The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue “ The fastest growing businesses today have a powerful secret weapon: superusers.

Polygraph Media is Disrupting the Advertising Industry through Data and Analytics


Chris Treadaway doesn’t chain smoke or drink cocktails all day at his office at WeWork at the Domain. But he is living a Modern-Day version of Mad Men, the AMC TV series that dramatized the lives of ad men in the 1960s at a fictional New York advertising agency. Today, Treadaway is involved in the […]. The post Polygraph Media is Disrupting the Advertising Industry through Data and Analytics appeared first on SiliconHills.

10 Key Business Domains With ‘Big Data’ Opportunities

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though ‘big data’ has now been around for several years, the opportunities for startups seem to keep growing, just as the amount of data keeps growing. According to IBM , companies have captured more data in the last two years than in the previous 2000 years.

Building Great Product Teams

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management.

Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things

Inc Startups

Greater happiness can be found in unexpected ways. Science says so.


How to Create Ridiculously Good Content

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Create Ridiculously Good Content written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Ann Handley. Podcast Transcript.

11 Startups Join DivInc’s Latest Accelerator Program


In 2016, Preston James, Ashley Jennings, and Dana Callender founded DivInc to bring greater entrepreneurial diversity to Austin’s technology industry. The 12-week accelerator program, based at Capital Factory, has graduated two cohorts so far and made a big impact on providing women and minorities with greater access to mentors, funding, partnerships and the overall inner […]. The post 11 Startups Join DivInc’s Latest Accelerator Program appeared first on SiliconHills.

8 Steps To A Positive Mindset And Business Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Many business executives and entrepreneurs I know are convinced that business success is all about having the right solution for the right price. These are indeed important, but we all know people who have failed, despite having a great solution, or have succeeded with a mediocre solution.

5 actually useful tips on how to grow your startup

The Next Web

How many startups launched last year? How many of them succeeded? Some data suggests that up to 95 percent of startups fail, but it’s difficult to exactly pinpoint why it happens.

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Blockchain Is Now Aiming To Disrupt Social Networks In A Major Way

Inc Startups

Recent news of Bitcoin going over $4300 helped highlight an Ethereum based platform aiming to disrupt social networks. Technology

5 Copywriting Tips That Will Explode Your Sales

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Copywriting Tips That Will Explode Your Sales written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Regardless of size and stature, all businesses have one thing in common: they all rely on words to sell.

Austin-based Press Raises $500,000 in Seed Funding to Expand On-demand Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service


Nobody likes to do laundry. But we all need clean clothes and many of us are too busy to fetch our dry cleaning and laundry. That’s where Austin-based Press comes in. The startup, based at Capital Factory, just raised $500,000 in seed stage funding to expand its business. The company, which began as a Longhorn […]. The post Austin-based Press Raises $500,000 in Seed Funding to Expand On-demand Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

6 Pragmatic Marketing Tips To Ramp-Up Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Marketing is everything these days. You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail.

Lead Scoring Startup Helps Princeton Review Close 200 Deals

The Startup Magazine

According to Christopher Penn , the Director of Sales at the Princeton Review, their sales team recently saw a significant increase in closed deals following the implementation of a new lead scoring sales tool. How significant?

3 Things Leaders With Impressive Communication Skills Always Do

Inc Startups

As a leader, your communication skills have the potential to leave a lasting impact on others -- make sure that impact is a positive one.


8 Ways to Make Better Live Videos on Social Media

Duct Tape Marketing

8 Ways to Make Better Live Videos on Social Media written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. As many small business owners can tell you, it can be a significant challenge to get noticed on social media and begin building relationships and brand authority.

Dealing With Recruiters: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly


by James G. Ward, MA, PCC, author of “ New Directions: Successful Strategies for Career, the Workplace, and Personal Growth “. This Spaghetti Western starring Clint E ast wood could very well have been an expose of the world of executive recruiters.

How to Master Entrepreneurship Without Breaking a Sweat

Up and Running

“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.” ― Robert L. Schwartz.

Takeaways from our first V1 Data Team Hangout

Version One Ventures

George Psiharis (the awesome VP of Business Operations at Clio ) reached out with a great suggestion: connect the data teams across our portfolio companies with the goal of building a peer network to share best practices, and together push the bar on data science innovation. A few weeks ago, we had our first virtual hangout with data scientists in our portfolio from San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, and New York.

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How to Find 100 New Sales Prospects in the Next 24 Hours

Inc Startups

You can make prospecting easier by using a variety of new techniques, so before you reach for the phone, consider using these tactics instead. Sales

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Vyze Lands $13.1 Million in Venture Capital


Vyze, a cloud-based financial technology company, has raised $13.1 million in venture capital to accelerate its growth and expand into new markets. Austin Ventures with additional investment from Fathom Capital and Starvest Partners led the Series C financing round. The company, founded in 2008, has raised $48.1 million including the latest funding round. As part […]. The post Vyze Lands $13.1 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Sales as a Service: Is It the Right Solution for Your Business?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The immensely competitive market and the need to keep overhead costs at a minimum are affecting the way businesses operate on the market today. Business owners are forced to be more creative when it comes to maintaining smooth operations.

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