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Techstars Studio and the Studio Model

Feld Thoughts

Today, Techstars announced a new initiative called Techstars Studio which will allow Techstars to source new company concepts from Techstars alumni founders, community leaders, venture capitalists, mentors, and corporate partners.

Creating the Next Big Startup Takes More Than Passion

Startup Professionals Musings

Every aspiring entrepreneur I know is convinced that his or her idea could be the next big startup, blossoming into a billion dollar unicorn.

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road. Yet we always dream that we are the exception to the rule. So once in a while it’s good to look at some facts to temper our imagination.

Done Right - a book review

deal architect

I was in Shanghai, China recently. As I have told my friends, I ended paying a “tourist tax” everywhere. Moneychangers, gypsy taxi drivers, tour guides who took me to pearl and silk stores where I am sure they got a

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How To Build A Sustainable Small Business

YoungUpstarts

by Joseph Brady, Senior Director of Digital Marketing for Reliant Funding. Starting a business, growing it and sustaining in the market are the three chapters of a small business story.

How To Avoid Startup Burnout And Stay Energized In Business

YFS Magazine

If you have recently started a new business, here are three powerful ways to stay energized, remain inspired and avoid burnout. Lead confidence health and wellness leadership mental health

Money Doesn’t Solve Problems. People Solve Problems.

Feld Thoughts

One of our favorite VC firms to work with is True Ventures. I’ve made many investments over the years with both Jon Callaghan and Tony Conrad, and I love being a co-investor with them. Recently, Tony told me a great Jon Callaghan quote. “Money Doesn’t Solve Problems. People Solve Problems.” ” I’ve learned this lesson 7,345,123 times. Every successful company I’ve been involved in had a least one near-death experience.

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Infor: a fork in the road

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Congratulations to Infor for the new funding and potentially more when they go IPO. Here is today’s announcement: “Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced an agreement to receive a $1.5 billion investment from. Enterprise Software (other vendors

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6 Leadership Habits To Develop In 2019

YoungUpstarts

by Mark Green , author of “ Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done “. Bad habits can be hard to break, and for business leaders who have them, they can be deal-breakers.

Alternative ways to fund your startup

The Startup Magazine

It has been discovered that over 25 million Americans currently own a startup business and this number is expected to increase. Still, it can be difficult to encounter much-needed funding in advance. Let us look at five methods which can produce viable results as well as the unique benefits of each.

Implicit Gender Bias in Startup Funding

Feld Thoughts

While there have been many words written about gender bias in the context of entrepreneurship and funding, I thought the following TED Talk from Dana Kanze presented one of the best frames of references, supported by a real research study, that I’ve seen to date. In addition, she has some clear, actionable suggestions at the end of the talk to help eliminate the bias.

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Oracle's stretch goal for its applications?

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Mark Hurd tells Bloomberg “In fact, the highest application percentage of any company in any segment is sort of mid-20s. This generation will see a leader that’s much more material than that, and I volunteer us to do it.” Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

The Professional Touch – Why Outsource Your Payroll?

YoungUpstarts

After paying salaries, retirement benefits, and health insurance, as well as any taxes associated with hiring employees, it is very easy for businesses to spend a lot of money on your employees.

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12 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Maintain Boldness in Their Business

Hearpreneur

We asked entrepreneurs and business owners on how they maintain boldness while running a business and here are the responses. #1- 1- Being open. Photo Credit: Nela Dunato.

Some Poetry Ends

Feld Thoughts

Amy’s favorite poet, Mary Oliver , just passed away at 83. In her honor, following is Amy’s favorite Mary Oliver poem White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field.

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Your New Venture IP Portfolio Sets Investment Value

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents.

A brief history of the 21st century: The Enterprise Tech chapter

deal architect

People in our industry like to call themselves futurists. My glasses don’t allow me to look that far out. My books have, however, forced me to become a pretty fair historian. In The New Polymath I looked at Renaissance Men. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

5 Steps Of Defining A Personal Brand

YoungUpstarts

by Steven Starks, Senior Career Counselor at University of Phoenix. In today’s increasingly competitive labor market, it is critical for employees to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Drillinginfo Buys MineralSoft

SiliconHills

Drillinginfo, an energy software and data analytics company, has acquired Austin-based MineralSoft. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. MineralSoft, which graduated from the Y Combinator accelerator program in 2016, had raised $9.2 million in funding to date, according to Crunchbase.

Book: Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Feld Thoughts

I read Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister recently. It was recommended to me by Tami Forman, the CEO of Path Forward and I was immediately cheered on by Amy when I started reading it. It was extraordinary. Every man I know should read it. I’m now officially a Rebecca Traister fan. I learned a lot, was forced to think about a bunch of uncomfortable stuff, and formed some new ideas about how to address some gender-related issues in our society.

Your Passion Can Breed Biases That Kill New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure we have all seen entrepreneurs with high levels of passion and confidence touting an idea that seems to make very little sense to us.

“Podcast Discovery” Is A Problem But It’s Not A Company

Hunter Walker

I love podcasts. Basically they’ve replaced satellite radio in my car and airpods + apple watch combo make it near frictionless to listen while walking between meetings.

Why Your Small Business Should Use Prepaid Cards

YoungUpstarts

Half of the United Kingdom believes that cash is going out, to be replaced by alternative payment methods. Only one in five carry it on a daily basis according to a study by First Bus.

RapidDeploy Opens US Headquarters in Austin

SiliconHills

By Laura Lorek, Publisher of Silicon Hills News RapidDeploy, a South African company that has created an emergency platform based on cloud technology, is branching out to Austin. The company officially opened its new U.S.

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How To Make A Great First Impression At Your Next Event

YFS Magazine

Don't miss these 10 tips to help you make the right impression at your next networking event and be remembered for the right reasons. Lead business networking conferences networking events personal development professional networking

15 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Make Bold Decisions

Hearpreneur

Entrepreneurship and decision making go hand-in-hand. Some decisions like firing employees require boldness which is not always a walk in the park. The decisions you make can make or break the future of a business hence due diligence is necessary before making bold decisions.

Two Portfolio Tips for First Time Seed Funds

Hunter Walker

Six years ago this week Satya and I took our Homebrew deck on the road (as far south as the Rosewood!) and began raising Fund I. Despite now being on our third fund, we still approach our work with a beginner’s mind, working hard to get better at what we do every day.

Learn the Secrets of Day Trading As A Beginner

YoungUpstarts

If you are familiar with stock market investing but new to day trading, there is a lot to learn about this particular niche.

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Brand-Owned Terms: The Power—and Process—of Naming a Movement

ConversionXL

Inbound marketing. Conversational marketing. The subscription economy. Growth hacking. Each term, now ubiquitous, had humble origins but a profound—and profitable—impact. The phrases have defined brands. Those brands, in turn, have nurtured and sustained the intellectual capital of the phrase.

What To Expect From The Franchising Industry In 2019

YFS Magazine

New developments along with general market indicators may leave potential franchisee's wondering which direction the industry is going in 2019 and beyond. Plan business trends franchising

5 tips for promoting your Spa/Beauty Business in 2019

The Startup Magazine

With the arrival of 2019, if you own a spa or beauty business, then it is time for you to reflect on 2018’s marketing plan for promoting that business.

The Parlay

Haystack

In gambling, particularly in sports, there’s a concept of “parlay.” ” The word can be used as a verb (“turn an initial stake or winnings from a previous bet into (a greater amount) by gambling”) or a noun (“a cumulative series of bets in which winnings accruing from each transaction are used as a stake for a further bet”).

How To Drive In More Customers To Your On-Site Event Screen Printing Business

YoungUpstarts

A successful event is the best source of publicity and also the best venue for customer acquisition. A study has shown that after a well-executed event, 74% of the consumers changed their mind about a brand and have a better opinion.

How to QA Ecommerce Email Campaigns to Increase ROI

ConversionXL

I don’t have to convince you that email is important: Email is a cost-effective way to get sales. Converting customers from your mailing list costs less than converting the same number via advertising. Email includes your most-interested customers.

Entrepreneurs Reveal Biggest Business Challenges Of 2019

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurs share the challenges they face this year along with practical insight on how they plan to (or have already) taken steps toward solutions. Lead business challenges business lessons leadership startup advice

Want to Start a Business? Hone Your Sales Skills

Up and Running

A lot of people call themselves entrepreneurs—but in reality, they’re not. They’re idea machines, or “wantrepreneurs.” ” They want to make something of themselves, but they don’t have the skills or the hustle to make things happen.

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Deal Opacity

Haystack

When I moved back to the Bay Area in early 2011, the technology and startup sector didn’t feel as big or expansive as it does today. In that time, Twitter was just getting its sea legs, the Quora private beta was one of the hottest tickets in town, and TechCrunch was the de facto powerhouse in tech/startup media attention.