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The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

“…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. ”. The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland. Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community. They are a reaction to the “red queen problem” but aren’t actually solving the problem. Here’s why. In the 20th century our nation faced a single adversary – the Soviet Union.

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You can have two Big Things, but not three

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Forget work/life integration for a minute. How much time do you have, regardless of partitioning? From your 24-hour daily allotment, the 1950s-style break-down is 8 hours for work, 8 for home and commute, and 8 for sleep and ablutions.

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My Partners Blogging In 2017

Feld Thoughts

My partners Chris Moody , Seth Levine , and Lindel Eakman are all blogging right now. My other two partners, Ryan McIntyre and Jason Mendelson have blogged in the past, ut took a break in 2017. Also, the Foundry Group blog is always active, with occasional thought pieces but mostly updates on initial financings both for companies and other funds that we invest in.

6 Insights On Social Media Trends You Need To Know

Startup Professionals Musings

Isn’t it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities?

What I Learned About Entrepreneurship by Diving Into a Saturated Market

Up and Running

I started my first business at eight years old, buying and selling Beanie Babies, to afford an electric guitar. I liked the feeling of buying something for a low price, then selling it at a markup at the right time. Little did I know, I’d just discovered my passion for growing young companies.

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10 Winning Entrepreneur Insights That May Surprise You

Startup Professionals Musings

Every aspiring entrepreneur would love to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos, but most have no idea what really sets these guys apart from all the rest. Conventional wisdom has them looking for a painful problem, a very large opportunity, and minimal competitive barriers to entry.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Want an Innovation Breakthrough? Prepare, Then Brainstorm. Most brainstorming doesn’t work. The literature bashing brainstorming is extensive. Sessions often fail, and there are many reasons. Ideas are still needed to fill pipelines!

Embrace Artificial Intelligence & Move Your Startup Forward

YoungUpstarts

by David Kosmayer, CEO and Founder of Bookmark. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for a long time but it’s only in recent years that people have begun to understand how pervasive it’s become.

MassChallenge Texas Kicks off in Austin

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News MassChallenge Texas kicked off Monday evening with a big crowd at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin. “I I want Texas to be the place where startups come to innovate,” said Mike Millard, managing director for MassChallenge Texas. The global accelerator is now accepting applications […]. The post MassChallenge Texas Kicks off in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Blockchains and Society

thebarefootvc

In July, I sat down The Falkes Group, organizers of the annual Women’s Private Equity Summit in Half Moon Bay, to talk about my fund, and how I got interested in investing in bitcoin and blockchain technology in 2013.

How To Use A Checklist To Build An Innovative Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

A common request I get while mentoring entrepreneurs is for a copy of the startup checklist they need to follow, in order to build a successful new business. I wish it was that easy.

Data Centers – On-Premise, Cloud, or Hybrid – What’s Best for Your Company

The Startup Magazine

Whether you are a startup, a small- to mid-sized business, or a large corporation, data management can make you cringe. It is no secret that security is priority one, with hacked-data stories populating the news seemingly each week.

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10 Tips To Be A Better Public Speaker

YoungUpstarts

by Topher Morrison, author of “ The Book on Public Speaking “ If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, chances are you have had to face the microphone and give a speech at one time or another. Maybe it was a keynote, or perhaps a more formal lecture.

Digital Analytics + Marketing Career Advice: Your Now, Next, Long Plan

Occam's Razor

The rapid pace of innovation and the constantly exploding collection of possibilities is a major contributor to the fun we all have in digital jobs. There is never a boring moment, there is never time when you can’t do something faster or smarter.

Fostering Austin’s Global Connections During Austin Startup Week

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Austin made a major push to cultivate relationships with other countries during the first International sessions at Austin Startup Week. Representatives from Australia, Colombia, Mexico, Pakistan, Ireland and the European Union made presentations at Capital Factory on Thursday. Capital Factory has had 20 international startups set up […].

Romances Are Common At Work, But The Risks Are Great

Startup Professionals Musings

We all have to communicate and collaborate with other people at work, but most of us start out instinctively trying to maintain an emotional distance from others in the work environment.

How to Quickly Prioritize Your Product Backlog

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Christopher Davis (Mentee, Session 4, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Jonathan Berg]. As a product manager, you’ll often find yourself with a growing backlog of user stories and product defects that need grooming and scheduling. But which ones should come first, and why?

How Finance Can Usher In Digital Transformation With One Key Resource

YoungUpstarts

by Andrew Durlak, Co-Founder & VP of Operations at Scout RFP. Businesses are well-versed in leveraging technology in customer-facing activities. Internal business operations, on the other hand, are a different story entirely.

5 Ways To Become A Well-Rounded Entrepreneur

YFS Magazine

Here are a few ways you can become more well-rounded and gain the knowledge you need to succeed in business. without racking up student loan debt. Lead leadership personal development success success habits

48in48 Atlanta 2017 – 3rd time’s a charm!

Jeff Hilimire

Once again, we did it! For the 3rd straight year we pulled off a 48in48 event in Atlanta, and it just keeps getting better. Over 300 volunteers came and donated their weekend to the cause (to build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours), providing over $1.5

7 New Initiatives To Fearlessly Grow Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Growth has always been fundamental to business success, but it’s never been more critical than it is now, nor more difficult. Every opportunity is global, but so is the competition.

Product Managers and Designers — Evolving Towards a Better Future

The Product Guy

From The Best Product Person of 2016, Chris Butler, …. Looking Forward. More to Come. The Best Product Person (TBPP) is the leading international award honoring excellence in Product Management. Established in 2010, TBPP is awarded annually in association with The Product Guy and The Product Group.

The 5 Core Values That All Great Leaders Have

YoungUpstarts

by Shawn Vij, author of “ Moral Fiber: Awakening Corporate Consciousness “ The leaders of all organizations have a number of things in common. They set the tone for the entire company, determine what it stands for and make sure the business stays on course.

I Built My Startup To A $15M Valuation – While Living In A Van

YFS Magazine

Over a course of two years, I bootstrapped a startup to a $15M valuation – while living in a van. After that experience my sense of reality was redefined. Editor Picks Lifestyle digital nomad lifestyle location independent personal development starting a business startup advice

Line Manager’s Guide To Managing Performance

The Startup Magazine

Effective performance management is beneficial for everyone within an organisation. When these systems work well, employees perform at their best and they are more likely to engage with their companies’ goals and take pride in their jobs.

6 Principles For Driving Online Reputation Management

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup fears that one angry and unfair customer who can jeopardize the business by a negative post on Ripoff Report , Yelp , or one of the hundreds of other consumer complaint and review sites on the Internet.

If You Say Yes To Any of These 7 Questions, You're Much More Successful Than You Think

Inc Startups

Numbers come and go, but feelings are forever -- especially when those feelings involve how you feel about yourself.

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Publication Day for "The Startup Way"

Startup Lessons Learned

Today, my new book, The Startup Way , finally hits bookshelves! It's a huge day for any author, but I also hope it can be a huge day for the future and growth of the startup movement and for the future of our country.

A speech from Bobby Kennedy that I wish could be given today

Jeff Hilimire

I finished the book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon , this past weekend. Learning about Bobby Kennedy’s story for the first time inspired me immensely. His Ripple of Hope speech in South Africa and his speech in Indiana after learning of MLK’s assassination (if you haven’t listened to this one, please do) are just incredible. But its more than his speeches that inspire me.

Do You Know How Your Business Is Doing and Where It’s Going?

Up and Running

I think it’s safe to say that most new business owners don’t jump into their entrepreneurial dream because they are financial experts or are particularly excited about spending a lot of time knee deep in their business’s financial reports.

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Do This, Not That Email Marketing Edition

YoungUpstarts

by Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft and co-author of “ Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy “ Email marketing is one of the oldest and most effective methods of digital marketing.

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Kevin O'Leary: The 1 Thing that Separates Successful Companies from Failures

Inc Startups

"Fear is your greatest friend" says Kevin O'Leary, co-founder of O'Leary Funds. Respect it and let it motivate you.

2017 Private SaaS Company Survey – Part 1

For Entrepreneurs

For the sixth year in a row, we’re proud to work with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific Crest Securities) to share results from a survey of over 400 private SaaS companies. The survey represents deep benchmarking data and insights on growth and operations of private SaaS companies. Thank you to the readers of forEntrepreneurs who participated in. SaaS Metrics SaaS SaaS business Sales & Marketing Machine Sales and Marketing Startup Help

Book update – I have an agent!

Jeff Hilimire

Wow, its been over a year since I’ve given an update on the book I’m writing! In that post (where I shared that I decided not to self-publish but rather find a book publisher to represent the book) I shared the process I’m following. It goes something like this: Find an editor/writing partner ✔. Create a proposal for the book ✔. Write a sample (in my case, the first 25 pages) ✔. Find an agent. Agent finds a publisher. Work with publisher and agent to write/finish the book.