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Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

I’ve written previously about why we created Foundry Group Next. It starts with the people. We also know many of the entrepreneurs in their portfolio.

Goodbye Forever, Orange Fingers--Eating Cheetos Could Get an Epic Upgrade

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

With these brand new 'snackwear' options, the constant battle between clean fingers and Cheetos may finally be over

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Using Debt Like Growth Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you are in the venture or startup business and don’t read Dan Primack , consider changing that. He’s great. From his newsletter this morning: Indebted: Last week we noted that Wal-Mart subsidiary Jet.com had acquired ModCloth, an online retailer of vintage women’s apparel. Insiders could have stepped up but didn’t.

Why large companies acquire small companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Large companies don’t acquire small companies for their financials. So this trade is almost always a smart one. This had to be remedied. How-To

5 People To Avoid In The Search For An Ideal Investor

Startup Professionals Musings

To be an effective negotiator, I agree that you first need to quickly identify and adapt to your opponents negotiating style. Marty Zwilling.

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How to Build Your Business Relationships Like An Introvert

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

By taking control of her networking fears, women & money financial expert Manisha Thakor has built a vibrant investment advisory firm

9 Ways To Spot An Opportunity For A New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups and entrepreneurs, I often hear the myth that all new businesses must start with a great idea. I have to disagree.

Relationships Are 100/100, Not 50/50

Feld Thoughts

In a vox with my partner Seth recently, he said something that stuck with me. “Relationships are 100/100, not 50/50.” ” He was referring to a business dynamic between two people, but it applies to any relationship and any number of people. It’s a simple idea, but a great one. But we own our actions – good and bad.

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4 Things You Won’t Regret Spending Money on When Starting Your Business

Up and Running

When starting a business, the costs add up so fast that entrepreneurs are usually looking for ways to save money rather than increase costs.

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How to reference check your prospective investor

K9 Ventures

Of all the advice I have given founders over the years, one of the most important ones is to make sure they do reference checks on their prospective investors. When founders do their homework on investors, they make informed choices about who they will be working with for many many years to come. Asking the question itself is somewhat telling.

How to Stop Saying Yes When You Want to Say No

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here are 17 smart ways to say no when you need to

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7 Rules For Turning Business Conflicts Into Win-Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs are not prepared for conflict, or actively avoid it. Each of the three types requires different strategies and tactics. Be flexible.

4 Steps To Creating A Vision For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

The problem is, most of us are too busy tackling the everyday challenges to sit back and look at what we’re doing and where we want to be.

The CIO is dead. Long live the CIO.

deal architect

Is there a company left which has not developed smart products and services which leverage software, sensors and satellites? I asked myself that question as I read two consecutive BusinessWeek issues with such smart products and services. Phillip Morris has. Industry Commentary

4 Insights From The Morning Routines Of Successful People

YFS Magazine

Which morning routines work the best? With these mindful practices, you can keep a clear perspective on even the most stressful of mornings.

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3 Companies Bringing Content Marketing Back to Life

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Companies just need to take advantage of trends in content marketing and determine how to make content work for them -- and their audiences -- again

7 Ways to Use Data and Analytics for Strategic Change

Startup Professionals Musings

More than ever, businesses need to take full advantage of automation, data, and analytics to run their business more productively and competitively.

How to Balance Cash Flow in a Seasonal Business

Up and Running

When you’re considering the importance of cash flow, it’s necessary to look at cash flow for a seasonal business. Nurture forecasting.

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The Business Blockchain: the future of authenticity and trust on the web

David Cohen

I recently read The Business Blockchain by William Mougayar, which provides a really strong description of the practical applications of this important new technology. This goes way beyond bitcoin. A blockchain injects trust into the network. He also includes practical examples of how to implement the blockchain within specific industries. Startup

4 Questions You Must Answer to Develop Your Marketing Strategy

Duct Tape Marketing

4 Questions You Must Answer to Develop Your Marketing Strategy written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Why do you do what you do?

Sorry, Everything We Know About Smiling and Happiness Might Be Wrong

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new book about emotions and the brain sheds new light on whether smiling makes everyone happy

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6 Reasons Why The Google Leaders Were An Exception

Startup Professionals Musings

I tell entrepreneurs that Google was an “exception” to all the investment and startup rules, but I’ve always wondered what it takes to be an exception.

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The Shocking Problems Poor Employee Management Can Cause

YoungUpstarts

It’s incredible how underrated employee management is. Many people think they should just leave their employees to do their own thing.

Worst Thing About Being a Product Manager (and making it better)

The Product Guy

Out of the hundreds of nominations, and amazing finalists, the 7th annual winner of The Best Product Person is … Chris Butler. tweet ). More to Come.

Enough with the unicorn bashing

The Equity Kicker

It’s fashionable in certain quarters now to slate some of the billion dollar startups that have been created recently and the investors that helped them get there. Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break is a good example. Companies that aren’t chasing unicorn status find it hard to raise money. What we need here is government intervention.

The Top 15 Blogs All Startup Managers Should be Reading

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These blogs are packed full of great advice on everything from running an entrepreneurial venture, to managing employees and more

Why We’re Paying for Content These Days

Hunter Walker

In a recent New York Times column, Farhad Manjoo celebrated the fact that more consumers seem to be paying for content , which A Good Thing. Patreon’s CEO Jack Conte says “I do think something has changed culturally. This new generation is more concerned with social impact. Direct transaction via Stripe. Marketplaces like Etsy. Upside.

3 Ways Startups Can Generate Good PR For Their Business

YoungUpstarts

There certainly isn’t time or money left over for a major marketing campaign to generate good PR for the business. Volunteer for Good Coverage.

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The 64,000 Developer Questionnaire

Business of Software Blog

Stack Overflow’s annual developer survey is probably the most comprehensive overview of the development community. Unsubscribe anytime.

Middle East Oil Producers Pre-Selling Oil

Chaganomics

In the face of long term low prices for oil, Middle East producers are pre-selling their oil and future produced reserves.

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7 Inexpensive Company Perks That Will Make Your Employees a Lot Happier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

While money doesn't buy happiness, recognition can make your people feel great. Use these seven tips to make your employees happier

OutboundEngine Completes Acquisition of ReadyChat

SiliconHills

OutboundEngine, which makes an online marketing platform for small business owners, on Monday announced it has completed its acquisition of Toronto-based ReadyChat, a web-based live chat service for real estate and mortgage companies. OutboundEngine acquired ReadyChat in December of 2015. But the company remained in stealth mode until now. Austin

Venture Deals 3rd Edition Available via Kindle Matchbook

Feld Thoughts

If you have purchased the hardcopy edition of Venture Deals 3rd Edition, you can now buy the Kindle version also for $2.99

The future of startup growth

The Next Web

When I decided to start freelancing for startups, people kept advising me to always ask for the client’s budget right at the very beginning.