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Doing The Heavy Lifting

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.

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

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Open Source Funding Documents

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing. They are available on Cooley’s CooleyGo document generation platform and also on GitHub. Kudos to Cooley for doing this. We need to make the transaction costs of getting a financing done as low as possible and putting the legal docs into the public domain is a great step forward in doing that.

Lessons From The Internet Bubble: Growth vs. Profitability

Feld Thoughts

Over the weekend, Mark Suster and Fred Wilson each put up awesome posts discussing the idea of profitability in startups. Mark’s is a master class about how to look at the financial characteristics of a startup and Fred’s discusses what he’s been working on with some of his more mature companies. They are both worth reading right now. I’ll be here when you get back.

6 Ways To Spot Innovative Thinkers For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are usually highly creative and innovative, but many innovative people are not entrepreneurs. Since it takes a team of people to build a great company, the challenge is to find that small percentage of innovative people, and then nurture the tendency, rather than stifle it.

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Is Your Leadership Style Motivating or Demoralizing?

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business leader realizes their primary objective is to motivate people to do what is required, yet all of us with any experience in business tend to remember most those times when we felt highly demotivated by our leaders.

This Famous Airline Will Let You Pay Extra To Do One Thing You've Always Wanted To Do On A Plane

Inc Startups

How much is this worth? Secrets of the Inspired Traveler


Maybe this will spur SAP?

deal architect

I honestly cannot remember the last time SAP showed in the lower left quadrant – for niche players – in a Gartner MQ. But in the latest MQ for “Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises”. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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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

Why You Must Refocus Your Message On Problems Not Solutions

Duct Tape Marketing

Why You Must Refocus Your Message On Problems Not Solutions written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

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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.


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

Inc Startups

I bet you don't do these. Innovate


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.

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.

Son of SMAC

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Cognizant popularized the acronym SMAC for the stack of Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud technologies where most innovation IT dollars are going. Indeed Malcolm Frank, EVP Strategy and Marketing was talking about it as far back as November of 2012.

9 Steps To A Balanced Business – Purpose vs Execution

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m a big proponent of building your business based on a higher purpose, rather than financial gain alone. Today I find that some entrepreneurs, are putting all their focus on a social or environmental cause, and perhaps naively expect that purpose alone will lead to a sustainable business.

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


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.

UT Austin Spinout Startup GenXComm Lands $1.5 Million in Seed Funding


One of the latest startups to spin out of the University of Texas at Austin, GenXComm has received a $1.5 million seed round of financing. The Austin-based startup is focused on doubling the amount of traffic a wireless network can handle. Its patent-pending technology is called S-SIX. FAM Capital Partners led the investment with investments […] The post UT Austin Spinout Startup GenXComm Lands $1.5 Million in Seed Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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7 Must Have Elements of Every Small Business Website

Duct Tape Marketing

7 Must Have Elements of Every Small Business Website written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

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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.

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


Hardest Lesson to Learn in 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.

Culture can Make or Break a Technology Company


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and reporter with Silicon Hills News Creating a great company culture isn’t just about having perks like free lunches, Ping Pong tables, and nap rooms. They are important in a sense,” said Courtney Branson, head of culture at Square Root in Austin. Having a Ping Pong table does bring people together […] The post Culture can Make or Break a Technology Company appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Expertise during a data explosion

Start Up Blog

No one really knows how much data is being created in the world. We know that most of the data that exists was created in the past couple of years. Some people say it is doubling every year. The reason that this is even possible comes back to lower barriers of entry. Until we had low.

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.

The 50 Most Annoying Office Jargon Phrases

Inc Startups

I'd like to run this idea up the flag pole, that the best practice and a win-win situation with plenty of value added is to stop using jargon. Are we on the same page? HR/Benefits


How Intrapreneurs Are The New Leaders In Corporate America


What do young people value most in the workplace? A 2015 study by Ernst & Young showed that millennial workers value time freedom, personal development and the opportunity to make a difference all above even a higher salary.

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.

A Call to Brains: Can We Mobilize Education Like Manufacturing in WWII?

This is going to be BIG.

"In May 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the production of 185,000 aeroplanes, 120,000 tanks, 55,000 anti-aircraft guns and 18 million tons of merchant shipping in two years. Adolf Hitler was told by his advisors that this was American propaganda; in 1939, annual aircraft production for the US military was less than 3,000 planes.

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The Movie “For Here or to Go?” Depicts the Plight of H1-B Visa Workers in the U.S.


Rishi Bhilawadikar created the movie, “For Here or to Go?” ” to tell the story of H1-B Visa workers in the U.S. living in limbo. He knows the story firsthand. For 12 years, Bhilawadikar, a native of India, has been in the U.S. first under a graduate student Visa at Indiana University and later as a […] The post The Movie “For Here or to Go?” ” Depicts the Plight of H1-B Visa Workers in the U.S. appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Meet the CEO of a Billion-Dollar Coal Company Suing John Oliver, Time Warner, and HBO

Inc Startups

Robert E. Murray, the CEO Murray Energy Corporation, is suing the late-night host for defamation--and he's got a long history of going after journalists and news outlets.

Kara Swisher interviews Mark Hurd

deal architect

As part of Recode Decode webinar series, Kara Swisher interviewed Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle on their Media Day in May. It’s always interesting to hear a consumer tech journalist interview an executive in enterprise tech. Kara did a nice. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Focus on Your Sales Funnel FIRST

The Startup Magazine

I love watching the venture funding show Shark Tank for entertainment and education purposes, especially with my two teenage boys who have caught the e-commerce fever.