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Starting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Starting a company has gotten much easier over the past decade. The capital requirements to get started have come way down in both software and hardware businesses. The supply of seed and venture capital has increased dramatically as well. And there are all sorts of programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs get started. All of this has caused a rapid expansion of entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation. This is all great.

4 Chasms And 5 Customer Types That Kill Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone in the business world has heard of the old bestseller by Geoffrey A. Moore titled “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs have no idea how it relates to them.

Just Finish It

Feld Thoughts

An exec at a company I’m an investor in sent this to me this morning. Does this feel like your life at your company? I’m an enormous fan of Eric Ries and The Lean Startup. His, and Steve Blank’s, thinking and writing changed how we approach startups.

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

When you run a startup you’re always on borrowed time. You have cash in the bank, a monthly burn rate and a “cash out” date that few in the company truly comprehend.

Business Must Haves: Procedures in the Workplace

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Procedures and policies are the foundations on which the entire system of a business is established. Where policies set guidelines to achieving goals, procedures determine how every activity of the business should be operated. Without standard procedures, a business becomes vulnerable to failure.

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Techstars Austin 2017 Demo Day Spotlights 10 Startups


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter at Silicon Hills News At South by Southwest, Guy Goldstein came up with the idea for WriterDuet when meeting with screenwriters and filmmakers. Goldstein created a platform, similar to Google Docs, to allow writers to collaborate on projects. Today, WriterDuet has more than 25,000 monthly users with 2,000 new […] The post Techstars Austin 2017 Demo Day Spotlights 10 Startups appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Splitting vs. Expanding the Pie: Thoughts on the New Early-Stage VCs in Boston

Rob Go

Recently, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time with a number of the new early-stage investors in Boston. There are a lot of new folks in the space.

5 Things To Consider Before Applying For A Bank Loan


by Meredith Wood, Editor-in-Chief at Fundera. When most of us imagine applying for a business loan, we probably think of driving down to the local bank where we’ve done business for years, speaking with a loan officer, and going through the loan application process with that known and trusted lender.

This NFL Star Got A Note From A Family Sitting Behind Him On A Flight (It Might Leave You Speechless)

Inc Startups

He never expected this.


5 Key Ingredients Make A Happy Content Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

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. On the other hand, I know many unhappy individuals who are always partying, have minimal commitments, and little responsibility.

Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine


Optimizely, based in San Francisco, announced Wednesday it has purchased Austin-based Experiment Engine. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Experiment Engine, a graduate of the Austin Techstars program, creates tools and services that help companies test products online. Claire Vo, Experiment Engine’s CEO and Founder, will join Optimizely and continue to manage […] The post Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Startup Xpenditure turned down 20 VCs, but for what?

The Next Web

In the startup world, venture capitalists can find themselves treated as demigods. Feted by startup founders, by the media and by government, VC’s wield power, influence and, most importantly, money. Alternatives to VC rounds are rarely considered.

Home-Based Businesses – A Look Back In Time To 1985 And Beyond


by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing and author of “ Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA “. This month I celebrated my 32 nd year in business. How cool is that?

U.S. Court Sentences Multi-Millionaire Russian Hacker to a Record-Setting 27 YearsU.S. Court Sentences Multi-Millionaire Russian Hacker to a Record-Setting 27 Years

Inc Startups

Roman Seleznev made more than $17 million selling stolen credit card numbers. Technology

Could You Be A Business Coach, Or Do You Need One?

Startup Professionals Musings

We all know some peers in business who could use some coaching to unleash their potential and optimize performance, but would you know how to do the job if they asked you for help?

CTAN Members Invest $14.2 Million in 43 Companies in 2016


The Central Texas Angel Network reported its members invested $14.2 million into 43 companies in 2016. CTAN members made 15 new investments and 28 follow on investments into existing portfolio companies. That compares to $13.3 million invested in 43 companies in 2015. The nonprofit organization also saw a 40 percent increase in 2016 in the […] The post CTAN Members Invest $14.2 Million in 43 Companies in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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The importance of being an expert-generalist

The Equity Kicker

I am in the Elon Musk fan club. It’s hard not to be in awe of what he’s achieved – four multi-billion dollar companies and he’s only in his forties. I’ve even read his biography , not something I’ve done for many people. Lots has been written about why he is successful, mostly focused on his drive, vision, tenacity, resilience and intelligence, but I happened on a post morning which highlighted something that was new for me.

9 Online Funding And Financing Resources For Struggling SMEs


Whether you are just beginning your entrepreneurial journey or you have trod the business ownership path for years, you should know the golden rule: Your business needs money.

Why You Need to Stop Traveling for Work

Inc Startups

As fun as it may be to travel for work, sometimes we could really use a break. Secrets of the Inspired Traveler


Smart Entrepreneurs Favor People-Centric Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business needs repeatable processes to grow and thrive, but modern business processes need the right people to make them efficient and productive. In addition, today’s customers judge a company by perceived people relationships through social media, phone conversations, and sales experiences.

Announcing our next meetup: Data-Driven Marketplaces, San Francisco, May 16

Version One Ventures

Back in October, we hosted our first marketplace-themed meetup on the topic of The Holy Grail of the Marketplace: The Virtuous Cycle. More than 75 marketplace founders and investors attended and made it a great evening.

5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When We Reimagined Our Business

Up and Running

My team and I launched crowdSPRING in early 2008. For the following eight years, despite seeing great growth in our business, we made a mistake many entrepreneurs make: we operated the business as though the competitive, technological, and economic landscape was the same as when we started.

9 Lessons Learned from Running a CRO Agency


Run an agency? Offer conversion optimization services? Then you know it can be hard. I’ve been running an optimization agency for 6 years now. Here are my top lessons I’ve learned along the way. Build a name, build an audience.

6 Ways to Keep Your Millennial Employees From Quitting

Inc Startups

Worried that your millennial employees are going to quit on you? Maybe you shouldn't be.

How I Generate 3 Extra Source of Income Just By Working 8 Hours a Day?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You can’t go wrong with earning a little extra money. Extra income can have a major impact on your finances and will allow you to act more freely when it comes to your expenses. You’d be surprised how an extra $500 each month could really go a long way and help you out.

45 days with the Bullet Journal

Jeff Hilimire

Above is my current desk at work. It’s a standing desk, and on the left is my notepad complete with some of my favorite black-and-white stickers. I’ve spent the last 45 days using the Bullet Journal method for task management and daily organization. The Bullet Journal – described on its site as an analog system for the digital age – is essentially a way to organize your notes, tasks, and priorities the old fashioned way (pen and paper.).

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Optimizing the SaaS Funnel from Top to Bottom

For Entrepreneurs

In my talk at the 2017 SaaStr Annual conference, the goal was to offer a simple model of a SaaS business and highlight key areas for optimization within the SaaS funnel. Watch the video presentation to learn the key levers a CEO can pull to make the greatest impact to their business.

Winston-Salem lands two NCAA championship events

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

The Triad and North Carolina are back on the NCAA neutral-site championship map for the 2018-22 cycle

The Science Behind What Really Drives Employee Happiness (It May Surprise You)

Inc Startups

What is the most ideal and positive employee experience in today'sworkplace? Globoforce's WorkHuman Research Institute study reveals the answer.

5 Myths About Your Clients and Social Media That You Should Forget Right Now

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Myths About Your Clients and Social Media That You Should Forget Right Now written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. When it comes to social media marketing, any small business can utilize their online presence for lead generation.

5 Hacks for Increasing Traffic to Your E-Commerce Site

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Traffic and Your Online Store Traffic is important for any online store that’s looking to succeed. There’s just no arguing that. If you want your ecommerce site to do well, you need to receive a lot of traffic on a regular basis.

The Top 3 Essentials for Your Startup Business

The Startup Magazine

So, you are done with school and are now ready to venture into the world of business. You are interested in being an entrepreneur, and you have no idea of where to start or how to go about it.

Some Recommended Reading for Investors

David Cohen

There’s a lot of advice out there for new (and experienced) investors, and it can be hard to sift through it all to find the best stuff. So when I find something particularly helpful, I like to pass it along. Paige Craig , a founder and managing partner of Arena Ventures , has some excellent blog posts in which he shares his own experiences in a really honest and transparent way. His stories and advice have some incredibly useful insights for both investors and entrepreneurs.

3 Things All Great Leaders Know

Inc Startups

Use uncertainty as a tool! Pivot: Reinvention Central