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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. Some of the firms in the syndicate agree to (or require) having a partner from their firm join the Board of the company. If you look at the roughly dozen boards I am on, most of them have multiple venture capitalists on them.

10 Guidelines For Storytelling To Hype Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

The entrepreneur’s challenge is to effectively communicate their value proposition, not only to customers, but also to vendors, partners, investors, and their own team. Especially for technical founders, this is normally all about presenting impressive facts. But in reality facts only go so far.

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Guest Post: Introducing The Customer Happiness Canvas

Grasshopper Herder

The Customer Happiness Canvas is a tool for teams to visualize strategies for getting and keeping customers. The post Guest Post: Introducing The Customer Happiness Canvas appeared first on

Why a Company Can’t “Be More Like a Startup”

Steve Blank

This article originally appeared in the Harvard Business Review. As more and more companies face disruption from globalization, new technology, and startups that have more capital than the incumbents, the continuing cry from Wall Street investors is, “Why can’t companies be as innovative as startups?”. Here’s one reason why: Startups can do anything. Companies can only do what’s legal. Startups can do anything.

I Don’t Accept This Apology

Feld Thoughts

I don’t believe that one starts an apology with the sentence “ The past 24 hours have been the darkest of my life.” In my world, the apology is to another person. It’s not a tone setting exercise, or a plea for sympathy, for the one making the apology. I was fuming after seeing the public apology on Axios from Justin Caldbeck. I could be wrong, but it felt like it was written by a crisis management PR firm. I spent most of Friday evening angry and upset. Embarrassed by the behavior of some men.

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We Have A Moral Obligation

Steve Blank

I was in Boston and was interviewed by The Growth Show about my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies.The interviewer was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast. It’s worth a listen. At the end of the interview I got surprised by a great question – “What’s the Problem that Still Haunts You?” ” I wasn’t really prepared for the question but gave the best answer I could on the fly.

Women Forward in Technology Scholarship Program

Feld Thoughts

Are you a woman who is an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the US, in a STEM field? If you are, you now have an opportunity to apply for a Women Forward in Technology Scholarship. Distil Networks just led a group of us, including Foundry Group, Techstars, Cooley, Yesware, Help Scout, Cloudability, Kulesa Faul, FullContact, and Anchor Point Foundation, to raise $50,000 to advance female representation in technology.

11 Questions to Help Your Business Start Off on the Right Foot

Up and Running

It’s easier than ever to start a business! Which is great, except too many people jump into entrepreneurship without any preparation. There’s a learning curve no matter what you do, but I’d much rather see your business start off on the right foot than struggle unnecessarily.

7 Business Lessons You Can Learn From A 7-Year-Old

Startup Professionals Musings

Parents, it’s never too early to start nurturing entrepreneurial talents in your kids! As an active business advisor and angel investor, I’m convinced that we are rapidly entering a new age of the entrepreneur, and those who are best prepared will be the first to reap some big rewards.

Seven Reasons Why Workplace Diversity Will Help Your Business Win


For businesses that intend to compete on a global playing field, a workplace – and workforce – that reflects a diversity of generations, cultures, values and thinking is a prerequisite to success.

The 1 Reason Ritz-Carlton Has Incredible Service and You Don't

Inc Startups

Do you want world class customer service? Here is how customer service champion Ritz Carlton does it consistently.

Increase Employee Performance Through Perks and Bonuses

The Startup Magazine

The “customer is always right” is a motto a lot of businesses live by. While customers are important for any business wanting to continue to thrive, your employees and their perks should be considered just as important.

11 Austin Individuals, Companies and Nonprofit Organizations Chosen to Compete at WeWork’s Creator Awards


This week, WeWork announced 11 Austin companies have been selected as finalists for The Creator Awards South Regional Final, which will be held next week at ACL Line. WeWork selected the finalists from more than 2,000 applications from all across the south. The event is Tuesday, June 27 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, […] The post 11 Austin Individuals, Companies and Nonprofit Organizations Chosen to Compete at WeWork’s Creator Awards appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

5 Reasons NOT To Start With A Non-Profit Business

Startup Professionals Musings

A common misconception I often hear in the startup world is that non-profits are easy and safe, since they don’t have to pay taxes, and they don’t have to make a profit for their shareholders. In reality, from the feedback I get from non-profit executives, exactly the opposite is true.

Stop Asking Busy People to “Catch Up” With You

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

“Don’t be transactional. Build genuine relationships. Play the long game. Don’t keep score. Give first.” ” All good advice when building your professional network. The Start-up of You is full of these sorts of lines. But good advice taken to the extreme becomes bad advice. Here’s how. Say you want to maintain a relationship with someone busy in your network. Heck, maybe you even have a specific question or favor to ask of that person. But you don’t want to seem transactional.

7 Odd Things Successful People Do Over the Summer That Lazy People Do Not

Inc Startups

I bet you don't do these. Innovate


Highly Effective Product Management

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.

Medici’s Founder Clinton Phillips Talks About Disrupting the Healthcare Industry on Ideas to Invoices


A Native of South Africa, Clinton Phillips, a serial entrepreneur, recently founded Medici, a HIPAA-complaint telemedicine app, in Austin and raised more than $24 million in venture capital funding. Previously, Phillips founded and ran Aspen-based Aspen Back & Body, physical rehab clinic, that he sold to Laser Spine Institute.

5 New Rules For Marketing In This Participation Age

Startup Professionals Musings

Have you noticed that more companies beg you to participate in their business today? It started with an email survey on your last stay at their hotel, but now includes requests for online product reviews, to social media input on the design of future products.

Top 5 Things Every Employee Would Love To See In The Workplace


When it comes to designing an office space, it is imperative that you not only consider costs and functionality, but that you also consider the needs and interests of your employees.

How Silicon Valley Is Turning Itself Into Detroit

Inc Startups

Huge campuses like Apple's new headquarters will be abandoned wastelands in the not-too-distant future. Innovate

Product Management & The Challenge of Globalization

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ladislav Bartos, lead a conversation around “The Challenge of Globalization”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream…. About The Product Mentor.

Artificial Intelligence Startup SparkCognition Closes on $32.5 Million


Austin-based SparkCognition, a startup focused on artificial intelligence, announced Monday that it has closed on $32.5 million in funding. Verizon Ventures led the Series B funding round with participating from The Boeing Company, through its Boeing HorizonX unit. SparkCognition has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence to bring unparalleled advancements to many of the world’s […] The post Artificial Intelligence Startup SparkCognition Closes on $32.5

Do You Have The Right Stuff For A Growth Business?

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor, I get approached regularly by aspiring entrepreneurs who can talk endlessly about their latest great idea, and little else. While I recognize that every new venture starts with an idea, a successful business of lasting value is all about people and execution.

6 Reasons All Businesses Need Online Marketing

The Startup Magazine

Wait, your business doesn’t use online marketing strategies to grow? If not, your business is seriously losing out on customers. Luckily, if you want to compete with everyone else online, it doesn’t take long to put together an online marketing strategy.

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How to Learn Anything Faster, According to Albert Einstein

Inc Startups

The genius offered simple, enjoyable advice to his young son on how to learn more quickly. Innovate


An Uber Lesson for ICOs


I woke up this morning to the news that Uber’s board asked CEO Travis Kalanick to resign. After a year of allegations of sexual harassment, questionable competitive tactics and employee turnover, this isn’t much of a surprise.

8 Things Small Businesses Should Outsource


by Liam Martin, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Time Doctor. As a small business owner, it can often feel like you have 1,001 things to do in the run of a day, and not nearly enough hours to get everything done. You really don’t need to have this kind of stress.

HomeAway to Expand to a new 16-Story Office Tower in The Domain


Austin-based HomeAway announced it has signed a lease to occupy a new 16 story office tower in The Domain in the first quarter of 2019. The vacation rentals company reports the new 315,000 square foot location will be able to accommodate more than 2,000 employees. “As As a global company headquartered in Austin and as the […] The post HomeAway to Expand to a new 16-Story Office Tower in The Domain appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Why Customer Experience Is the Key to an Amazing Business

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Customer Experience Is the Key to an Amazing Business written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

How I Motivated Myself During My Darkest Times

Inc Startups

Here are a few tips on How I Motivated Myself During My Darkest Times. Work-Life Balance


10 questions that can dramatically change your life (and your business)

The Next Web

The quality of our questions determines the quality of our lives. A few years ago, I was in a dreary situation that I didn’t know how to get out of. I was not passionate about the work that I was doing, I wasn’t surrounding myself with the right people, and I felt like a hamster running in circles.

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How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees


by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING. Not every entrepreneur or business owner is comfortable negotiating. Many dread the adversarial nature of negotiation.

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Feld Thoughts

I’m a huge Charlie Munger fan. I spent the weekend stewing on a few things, including why human beings do what they do. Andrew Wilkinson sent me this animated and abridged video of a famous Charlie Munger speech called The Psychology of Human Misjudgement.

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