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9 Keys To Effective Communication In Today’s Business

Startup Professionals Musings

When was the last time you changed how you communicate to your team and to your customers? The way you deliver your message is key to maximizing its impact, or even reaching the intended audience. Don’t count on people reading your Annual Report for breaking news.

Zoho's strikingly different global path

deal architect

I have heard Zoho talk about doing business in UAE and Nigeria. That is so different from other cloud vendors which tend to mostly focus on N. America and Europe. Over the last decade, their US revenues have steadily declined. Cloud Computing, SaaS Globalization and Technology

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5 Keys To Growing What You Have Planted As A Startup

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.

U.C. Santa Cruz Commencement Speech – 2019

Steve Blank

I was honored to give the commencement speech at the University of California Santa Cruz, right down the road from the ranch.

Why SEO Is The Best Marketing Strategy For New Startups


New startups frequently struggle with their approach to marketing. They don’t have much brand history to capitalize on, and they don’t have much capital to work with.

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We Make the Future We Invest In

Feld Thoughts

Over the past few years, you’ve seen me write about Glowforge, the 3D laser printer that made history with their crowdfunding campaign back in 2015. Glowforge launched that very campaign at a jam-packed World New York Maker Faire, where folks lined up for hours to get a glimpse at the shiny new machine. Over the next 30 days, they sold $28 million worth of pre-orders to an insatiable crowd of makers. More recently, Glowforge was named Make magazine’s 2019 Editor’s Choice for a laser cutter.

Stant: RPA in a Manufacturing setting

deal architect

When you think of automation on the shop floor you think robotics, IoT and AR/VR. On the other hand, when you talk to executives in white collar industries about automation, the conversation usually drifts to bots. Most SIs now have

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The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

VC Cafe

The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital - how CVCs passed traditional VC volume in the US in 2018, how does it compare to Europe and Israel and what are the drivers for this unprecedented level of. This is a content summary only.

How AI And Big Data Are Changing Century-Old Media Companies


by William Ammerman, author of “ The Invisible Brand: Marketing in the Age of Automation, Big Data, and Machine Learning “ In the early days of the internet, the news was always free.

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29/26/23 Anniversary

Feld Thoughts

Amy and I are celebrating our 29/26/23rd anniversary today. It’s the summer solstice, which is a special day for us. 29 years ago we officially started dating. 26 years ago we declared ourselves married (and eloped.). 23 years ago we signed an official piece of paper that was witnessed at the Boulder County Clerk’s Office because it was a pain in the ass to not be officially married.

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The IFS-Acumatica-EQT "powerhouse"?

deal architect

Part of me is excited by the announcement that EQT, the private equity investor in IFS is also buying Acumatica. I have been saying for a while even after two decades of cloud applications, there are shockingly few operational applications. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

5 Key Attributes That Foretell New Venture Survival

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position. In reality, getting there is not a random walk, and requires an understanding of the stages that every business must navigate and the organizational characteristics necessary at each stage.

Spotlight on Vault AI, the Moneyball for content

VC Cafe

The Moneyball thesis is simple: Using statistical analysis, small-market teams can compete by buying assets that are undervalued by other teams and selling ones that are overvalued by other teams. This is a content summary only.

5 Business Activities You Can Outsource To Set Your Startup In Motion


When opening a new business, time and cost management are extremely important, in order to get you that jumpstart you need as a new entrepreneur.

Friday Fun-isms: I’ve Seen This Movie Before

View from Seed

NextView Ventures has been around now for nearly a decade, having invested in over eighty seed stage companies along the way. On top of that, all four partners here spent meaningful time at other venture firms previously in our careers. So as a result, collectively we’ve been intimately involved with hundreds of startups and nearly a thousand financings (including follow-ons).

Cash Flow Crunch? Consider Invoice Factoring for Your Small Business

The Startup Magazine

Small businesses owners are the unspoken heroes of the American economy. These entrepreneurs and risk takers set out to change the landscape of an industry or do what they love.

5 Reasons Business Leaders Are Short On Relationships

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a business professional or owner today, success is more and more about relationships. People relationships are the key to career growth, more than results, and customer relationships build brands, rather than the other way around.

Open Plan Offices Kill Productivity. Here’s What to Do Instead.


For years, the business world lived under the false pretense that open plan offices were a killer idea. I myself even bought into the hype. At Netconcepts, the digital agency I founded (and sold in 2010), only the executives had offices with doors that closed.

Why Startups Love The One-Two Of Engaging, Affordable Quiz Marketing


by Boris Pfeiffer , CEO and Founder of Riddle. Attracting new customers to grow any online business can be tough. But for small businesses, like startups, carrying out an effective marketing strategy is critical to their very survival.

How to Make Sense of Your Small Business Financial Statements

Up and Running

How does your business assess its financial strength? No doubt you refer to your income statement (also called profit and loss statement or P&L) and your bank account for the basics. .

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Send Mass Emails By Yourself

The Startup Magazine

Mass emailing has been around for quite a while but it’s still a very effective way to communicate with a large number of people at the same time. There used to be a time when everyone had to personally send bulk email message from a regular email provider. Photo by Muukii on Unsplash.

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5 Elements Of Innovation That Are Not Product Related

Startup Professionals Musings

Having a breakthrough idea or technology alone does not assure business success. “ If we build it, they will come ” may have worked as a movie theme for Kevin Costner, but as an investor, I tell entrepreneurs a great solution is not enough.

Balancing the upside and downside of data sharing

Version One Ventures

This year we have seen privacy become top of mind for the general public, the media and “big tech.” The business model of Google and Facebook (collect as much data as possible about users for highly targeted advertising) is under attack.

Why You Should Buy Used Industrial Equipment


Instead of buying new industrial equipment a lot of businesses and people prefer to buy used ones. Honestly speaking, there are myriads of reasons to buy used industrial equipment. Do you want to find out why sometimes it is best to buy used equipment than new ones? If so, then keep on reading.

Top 5 Cities For Remote Entrepreneurs And Digital Nomads

YFS Magazine

One of the main reasons many entrepreneurs start their businesses is for locational flexibility. Yet, it can be hard to determine where to go. Culture Lifestyle digital nomad global travel lifestyle remote working

Why Your Business Needs Social Media in 2019

The Startup Magazine

Gone are the days when marketing of products and services was limited to mainstream media, the use of billboards, flyers, and word of mouth. Today, social media has become an essential marketing strategy in Houston for businesses of all sizes.

Startups Showcase their Ventures at MassChallenge Texas’ Austin 2019 Event


Austin-based Moolah U, which runs camps to teach students financial responsibility, chose to participate in the MassChallenge Texas accelerator to gain access to mentors and investors to scale its business. “We’ve We’ve been running these programs for 15 years and we’ve found that the best way to teach kids is through real experience,” said Ben Aubin, […]. The post Startups Showcase their Ventures at MassChallenge Texas’ Austin 2019 Event appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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This Is What Every Leaflet Should Include


When you are looking to market your product or service, you can achieve much with a highly targeted, well-designed leaflet. They are relatively cheap to produce and can quickly reach a broad audience. However, to be successful, a leaflet should include some essential ingredients.

Here’s What I Learned From Guest Lecturing At A University

YFS Magazine

It was soul food of the highest order, and I recommend it to anyone with a story to tell and knowledge, experience, and wisdom to share. Grow Marketing & Sales communication public speaking speaking tips

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Identity Crisis: Are You A Freelancer Or An Entrepreneur?

The Startup Magazine

The “work” situation, as we know it, has changed crazily since our parents knew it. While they worked for decades on in the same company, with the same people and sometimes even in the same position, we, as millennials, are nowhere close to this situation in our work lives.

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Technical Writers are Vital for Technology Startups


A technology start-up without a Technical Writer is similar to a new small business without a marketing plan.

Enboarder Establishes U.S. Headquarters in Austin and Lands $8 Million in Funding


By LAURA LOREK, Publisher of Silicon Hills News Ask anyone who has worked at multiple companies and they probably have a story about a bad experience joining a new organization.

How Healthy Eating Is Important For Your Startup Team


You want your team of employees and partners to work as efficiently, productively, and happily as possible—otherwise your business won’t get far.

Pitching VCs? 7 Questions You Should Be Prepared To Answer

YFS Magazine

Venture capitalists and angel investors are pitched by a lot of startups, every day and regularly say no. Give them a reason to say yes. Finance Grow angel investors investing investment pitch raising venture capital venture capital

Build Your Corporate Identity With These Simple Branding Tips

The Startup Magazine

A business–whether it is a startup or an established behemoth–has its own identity. Like human beings, it has its good qualities. It also has its not-so-good qualities and its own quirks. This refers to corporate identity, and this is what makes any company unique.

9 Steps to Assess Whether a Startup is Suitable for Investment


In the world of investing, there are numerous investment opportunities from which you can choose. The market is saturated so you will most certainly find a suitable investment opportunity that will match both your investing style and preferences. Acquires Austin-based Capsenta


Two Austin companies focused on data have joined forces. announced this week it has acquired Capsenta, founded at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015.