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What Happens When Startups Turn from Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence?

Both Sides of the Table

Nearly every successful tech startup I’ve observed over the past 20 years has gone through a similar growth pattern: Innovate, systematize then scale operations.

SWOT Analysis Examples

Up and Running

Editor’s note: This article was updated in November of 2017. One of the best ways to prepare to conduct a SWOT analysis is to use examples for help and inspiration.

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Location, Location, Location

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years: Startup investors prefer to invest locally. The younger the startup business, the more that is true.

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Why Your Next Startup Should Be In Insurance

YoungUpstarts

by Celina Kirchner, full-stack attorney at Michelman & Robinson, LLP. Yep, you read that title right. Insurance is the next big industry due for a disruption. And with that I know just what your thinking: insurance = SNORE.

A disturbing item in my morning tech news feed.

47 Hats

It’s one thing to read about something truly awful coming at you. It’s another to see that thing even if what you see is – for now – fiction.

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Referrals 101: Five Easy Tips To Help You Network And Discover Top Talent

YoungUpstarts

by Scott Wintrip, author of “ High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant “. Word of mouth is a powerful and often overlooked way to find great talent and fill open positions in your small business.

8 Ways That Creating A New Business Helps Your Career

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are one of the many professionals still trapped between jobs by circumstances outside your control, or are about to dump the loser job you have now, you should be actively defining and starting your own business, in parallel with looking for that ideal job.

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My Advice for StartUps Looking to do Business in China

The Startup Magazine

I run a consultancy where I advise organisations on commissioning artists – often within new build projects but also exhibitions and cultural strategy across the UK and China. Businesses are often curious about how to work with artists.

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Opcity Moves Into New Headquarters in Southeast Austin Amid Major Expansion

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Opcity’s staff moved this week into new headquarters at the Bergstrom Tech Center in Southeast Austin. The high-tech company occupies 50,000 square feet in Building 312, a two-story, glass and brick building built in 1985 for Lockheed Martin. “We We wanted a big home for our headquarters,” said […]. The post Opcity Moves Into New Headquarters in Southeast Austin Amid Major Expansion appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Business Quote

Hearpreneur

André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” Quotes are an important part of motivation, though many of them are repeats of another turn of phrase.

This National Entrepreneurship Month, Listen And Learn With These Bestselling Audiobooks

YoungUpstarts

by Christine Correia, Audiobooks.com. Are you brimming with bright ideas, but unsure of how to proceed next? You are not alone. Often times, entrepreneurs excel at innovation and creativity, but fall short on leadership and organizational skills.

What Great Bosses And Great Employees Have In Common

Startup Professionals Musings

Everyone in business loves to complain about their boss, and a classic Gallup study found that 50 percent of current employees have left at least one job in their career to get away from a bad manager.

Thinkers50 2017 Ranking: Spot the BoS Speakers

Business of Software Blog

The Biennial Thinkers50 2017 ranking was announced last night, and we were not at all surprised to see some familiar faces make the top 50. The Thinkers50 identify, rank, and share the leading management ideas of the moment.

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Tiff’s Treats Lands $25 Million in Funding

SiliconHills

Austin’s homegrown fresh baked cookie delivery company, Tiff’s Treats just closed on $25 million in funding to accelerate its national expansion. Tiff’s Treats, started by former University of Texas at Austin students Leon and Tiffany Chen in 1999, now has more than 700 employees at 34 stores in Texas and Atlanta. They will soon open […]. The post Tiff’s Treats Lands $25 Million in Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Key to Product Management Success: Building Team Morale

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Jenn Bornstein, lead a conversation around “Building Product Team Morale”. 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.

Building A Culture Of Diversity In The Workplace

YoungUpstarts

by Patricia Reed, mentor at Female Founders. Recent revelations on the alleged abuses of Harvey Weinstein and other powerful Hollywood figures have pushed the pitfalls of organizational culture into the limelight.

Deals are not done until they are done

OnlyOnce

We were excited to close the sale of our Consumer Insights business last week to Edison, as I blogged about last week on the Return Path blog. But it brought back to mind the great Yogi Berra quote that “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

10 Sharing Principles To Improve Your Business Image

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many customers have long felt distanced from many successful brands, seeing them as closed and mysterious environments, focused only on profits and killing competitors. They may not have noticed the wave of “open businesses,” spawned by the Internet and social media.

NTT Data Executive Reports Robots are Empowering Humans in the Workplace

SiliconHills

Virtual agents, virtual assistants, bots, and other automated technologies are supercharging workforces, said Doug Reeder, innovation leader at NTT DATA Services. These technologies easily execute tasks that are mundane and repetitive, Reeder said. They allow people to do less of the mundane things,” he said. Reeder delivered the keynote address Thursday morning at the InnoTech […].

5 questions I asked my team to help them figure out what really makes them happy

Jeff Hilimire

I took the Dragon Army team offsite last week for a 4-hour retreat to roll out our new Purpose, Vision, Tenets & Values. We had the retreat at the new co-working space downtown, Post Office (which also hosted 48in48 Atlanta a few weeks back!). One of the exercises I took the team through was focused on helping them identify what truly makes each of them happy.

How to Use A/B Testing and Personalization Best Together

ConversionXL

If you ask most marketers, they will tell you that A/B testing and personalization are two completely different things. I respectfully disagree, and I think this disagreement is at the root of how to use them best together.

A New Study Reveals 1 Surprising Fact About Leaders With High IQ

Inc Startups

New research in the Journal of Applied Psychology finds startling evidence about what too much intelligence can do to your leadership skills.

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Rebuild Your Credit to Get Emergency Funds

The Startup Magazine

If you have a bad credit history, there is no need to worry because you can get loans with bad credit history. With your smart choices, you can rebuild your credit history. It will feel overwhelming to get money with bad credit, but some planning can help you to arrange emergency money on time.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Tells UT Austin Students Empathy is the Key to Innovation

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Two tech giants took the stage at Hogg Memorial Auditorium at the University of Texas at Austin on Monday afternoon to talk about technology and Microsoft. UT President Gregory L. Fenves introduced them. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella visited Austin to meet with students, entrepreneurs and business partners. […]. The post Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Tells UT Austin Students Empathy is the Key to Innovation appeared first on SiliconHills.

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How To Launch Your Startup As A Student In 7 Steps

YoungUpstarts

Starting your own business as a student is a challenging experience. But university years are the best time for young people to build a startup. They have free research facilities, mentorship, and easy-to-reach customers.

FemaleFounder.Org

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Rebecca posted this to her Twitter yesterday: Excited to band together with a group of women that I’ve learned so much from to help women starting the next generation of breakout businesses. Female founders we’re so ready for you! Apply here: [link] [link]. Rebecca Kaden (@rebeccak46) November 13, 2017. FemaleFounder.org is a group of women VC investors who are doing regular “office hours” to advise and mentor female founders.

A Google Study Revealed That the Best Managers Use Emotional Intelligence And Share This 1 Trait

Inc Startups

Cutting your employees some slack could be just the thing they need to increase their effectiveness.

4 Invaluable Mobile Apps for Business

The Startup Magazine

Are you looking to take your business to the next level by using your mobile device? There are a wide range of business-related mobile apps that can truly change the way you do business for the better.

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The Ezra Klein Show: VC Bill Gurley on Transforming Health Care

abovethecrowd.com

In November of 2015, I posted a tweet that declared Benchmark was interested in discovering Internet healthcare investments. Our firm has had the good fortune to invest in many two-sided networks that used information aggregation, supplier aggregation, and user generated content to attract and inform consumers and resultantly disrupt and change different industries. Examples of such companies include Yelp, OpenTable, GrubHub, 1stDibs, DogVacay/Rover, Zillow, and Uber.

Lab Created Diamonds: Starting A Brand New Business

YoungUpstarts

Thousands of people are buying diamonds for their engagement rings every year. This tradition lasts for many years now, but a few years ago, diamond enthusiasts got a new option – lab created diamonds. More and more people are buying these diamonds because they provide many benefits.

Backing Up Your Stem Cells

Feld Thoughts

The science fiction of the last 30 years is rapidly becoming reality as technologies such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence are becoming more real and present with each passing day. While my jetpack still seems ponderously far away and cars are becoming self-driving instead of flying, we are making progress. In medicine, progress is methodical and incremental. As lives are literally at stake, it’s imperative to move forward in a logical and data-driven manner.

5 Habits You Need to Drop Immediately For a Successful 2018

Inc Startups

Whatever made you successful in 2017 probably won't help you much in 2018. Innovate

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Why Your Startup Website Will Always Be a Work In Progress

The Startup Magazine

One of the easiest ways for you to garner attention for your new startup business is by putting together a website for it.

Why Live Video is a Must and How to Get Started

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Live Video is a Must and How to Get Started written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. If your newsfeed looks like mine these days, then you’ve likely seen live videos showing up more and more. Live video is all the rage, and guess what, it’s here to stay. People love live video.