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Herding Cats – Using Lean to Work Together

Steve Blank

When Colonel Peter Newell headed up the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) he used lean methods on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to provide immediate technology solutions to urgent problems.

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7 Simple Phrases That Make People Really Trust You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When it comes to business and life, trust is everything. Here's how to get more of it

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Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

6 Ways To Attract A Flock Of Angels To Your Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Fundraising is brutal. Actually, according to Paul Graham of Y-Combinator fame, “Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want.” More startups may fail for that reason, but a close second is the difficulty of raising money.

16 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Inspirational Business Quote

Hearpreneur

Share 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.

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How to Become the Most Persuasive Person In the Room

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How to persuade your coworkers to get the job done efficiently and in your best interest

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The Coming Ubiquity of Voice Tech [Traction Podcast #38: Adam Marchick, VoiceLabs]

View from Seed

Adam Marchick, CEO of VoiceLabs, sees the disruptive force on the horizon that is voice technology. Whether it’s voice-based apps or voice inputs and outputs, all of us in tech should be watching this trend, and Adam is at the forefront of it. Adam has led a remarkable career, spanning six different startups and seven-plus years as an investor.

Why these lawsuits should have started two decades ago

deal architect

MillerCoors is suing HCL for a botched SAP project. As usual there will be plenty of finger pointing and analysts saying everyone is to blame – the customer, SAP and the SI. Probably true but as in an auto accident

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 via the Amazon Kindle Matchbook program. Jason and I have been asking our publisher (Wiley) for this for a while and we are psyched they’ve agreed to it.

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.

Elon Musk Just Announced a New Company That's Truly Creepy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Try wrapping your head around this

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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. William anticipates a future with thousands, possibly millions, of blockchains that will enable frictionless value exchange and disrupt traditional business models.

“What’s exercise?” a question about the future of work

Start Up Blog

Let’s imagine you somehow got your hands on a working DeLorean – and took a trip back to the not-too-distant past of the pre-industrialised world. And when you arrived, you sat down with someone and asked them this simple question over a semi-dirty glass of water at their kitchen table.

Don’t even think of naming your business until you read this

The Next Web

I’ve learned a lot from the development of NameLayer, and I’m ready to divulge every trick in my arsenal. In this guide, I provide realistic solutions to the frustrations encountered when naming a company. Plus, I’ll have some fun analyzing both good and bad company names.

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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. Their vision, passion, and focus are so strong that they can’t imagine someone disagreeing, much less fighting them to the death.

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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eRelevance Corp. Adds New Executives

SiliconHills

eRelevance Corporation, an automated marketing service for small to medium sized businesses, announced it has added two new executives. The Austin-based company hired Michael Norman as vice president of software development and Melonie Poole as director of client success. “We are very pleased to add this level of leadership and expertise to our executive team,” […] The post eRelevance Corp. Adds New Executives appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Bringing Transparency to Startup Data: Our Data Repository Project

Version One Ventures

Two months ago, I first introduced my vision to create a startup data repository. Since then, I’ve chatted with many of you who share the desire to democratize access to information on startups and bring transparency to what’s been a traditionally private ecosystem.

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.

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. Since every business is built by unique individuals, I’m totally convinced that exceptional people are the key to an exceptional company.

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To Be an Exceptional Boss, Here Are 11 Things You Must Give Your Employees

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

No, the list doesn't include great pay and benefits. Shouldn't those be a given?) Great bosses go much farther

Zeynep Young Joins Next Coast Ventures

SiliconHills

Zeynep Young, an Austin entrepreneur and former foundation director, has joined Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm as Venture Partner. Young previously founded and ran Double Line Partners, an education technology startup in Austin, which sold to a private equity firm a few years ago. She also previously served as portfolio director at […] The post Zeynep Young Joins Next Coast Ventures appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

It’s Time To Overhaul Your Elevator Pitch — Here’s How

YFS Magazine

For many of us, our attention span powers down after the generic, "Hello, my name is Jane. Glad to meet you. What type of business are you in?" spiel. Lead business networking elevator pitch marketing networking professional networking

3 Ways To Avoid Being Seen As A Fraud In Your Crowdfunding Campaigns

YoungUpstarts

by Jesse Kaufman, CEO and founder of ShippingTree. Crowdfunding campaigns have gained popularity as a way to fund and earn support for a new product or project.

Story Telling in Technology World

deal architect

I heard a fascinating talk yesterday by Louis Richardson of IBM. He is part of their Watson cognitive computing group. Three things stood out a) His title – Chief Storyteller. Yes, seriously b) Almost zero content about Watson or IBM. Industry Commentary

This Simple Change in Your Daily Routine Will Help You Work Less (and Do More)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Want to boost your productivity? Become a morning person

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Runway: How much is enough?

Jeff Hilimire

In a follow up to my last post, ITS ALL ABOUT THE RUNWAY , I wanted to share a question I received recently from an entrepreneur regarding runway. She is starting a new business and asked me how much runway should she plan for. The answer is actually very simple: your runway should be long enough to give you enough time to figure out your business model and determine if you can actually pull it off. Yes, I’m aware that’s a bit vague. Unfortunately, the answer depends on the business.

Artificial Intelligence: Implications On Marketing, Analytics, And You

Occam's Razor

A rare post today. It looks a little further out into the future than I normally tend to. It attempts to simplify a topic that has more than it’s share of coolness, confusion and complexity.

UPS Goes Long With Eurasia Rail (Investing.com)

Chaganomics

UPS is adding more intermodel stations to China's mega Europe-Asia railway. The Atlanta-based parcel shipping giant recently added stations in China, Poland and Germany to its intermodel rail service between Europe and China. The London to Yiwu trip runs 12,000 km in 18 days.

The Growth Marketing Process: How to Shake Your Growth Hack Addiction

ConversionXL

Sean Ellis coined the term “growth hacking” way back in 2010. Since then, the term has taken on a life of its own.

9 Things Richard Branson Says You Should Do to Be Successful and Happy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Branson's approach to making the most of business and life can work for you too

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A Question About Risk That Founders Forget to Ask VCs

Hunter Walker

Here’s a question I recommend founders ask Seed or Series A VCs during their fundraising: “What’s a risk you’re more comfortable with than the average VC?” ” In four years and hundreds (1,000?) of pitch meetings, I’m not sure it’s been asked of me. But I think it’s a good question ¯_(ツ)_/¯. At the early stages, EVERY company still has significant risks associated with it.

7 Powerful Tips To Instantly Motivate Your Employees

YFS Magazine

As long as you have the right people in place and motivate them, business will soar. Motivate your employees with these 7 tips. Grow Human Capital company culture employee motivation leadership motivation

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. They’re a bunch of smart and talented adults, the don’t need someone peering over their shoulder, right?