What if it’s 1996, not 1999?

Seeing Both Sides

In May 1996, Open Market completed a successful IPO and more than doubled on the first day of trading, ending with a $1.2 If investors observing this extraordinary phenomenon in 1996 were to have concluded that the technology market was in the midst of an unsustainable bubble, they would not have been wrong. But what if it’s actually more akin to 1996? 2011 is the first year where it feels like a real boom – much like 1996.

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The Olympics for every industry

deal architect

The country won just one Gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Britain is a remarkable Olympics turnaround story. Embarrassed and focused, it has gradually improved every four years and in London it is running 3rd behind China and. Industry Commentary

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Point Health Acquires Austin-Based The Karis Group

SiliconHills

The Karis Group, founded in 1996, brings decades of pricing data, healthcare navigation, and bill negotiation experience to Point Health, according to a news […].

Sense Corp. Moves Headquarters to Austin From St. Louis

SiliconHills

The company, founded in 1996, already had an office in Austin. A consulting company focused on data and artificial intelligence, Sense Corp., is moving its corporate headquarters from St. Louis to Austin. It also has operations in Dallas, Houston, Columbus, and Minneapolis.

The Average Startup Overnight Success Takes Six Years

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. 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.

A Sad and Scary Day In Boulder

Feld Thoughts

The King Soopers was the one that Amy and I shopped at from 1996 – 2014 when we lived in Eldorado Canyon. A mass shooting happened at a King Soopers on Table Mesa in Boulder Monday afternoon. Amy and I are safe. So are our friends and family.

Austin-based SpareFoot Acquires SiteLink

SiliconHills

SpareFoot, the Austin-based online self-storage marketplace, announced Thursday plans to acquire SiteLink, a software maker for the self-storage industry, founded in 1996 and based in Raliegh, North Carolina. As part of the deal, Cove Hill Partners, a private equity firm in Boston, will acquire a majority stake in the combined company. The financial terms of […]. The post Austin-based SpareFoot Acquires SiteLink appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

8 New Ways To Focus On Customers For Trust And Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, part of the change is that Gen Z (born after 1996) now outnumbers the Millennials (born after 1981). As an advisor to entrepreneurs, I find that I often have to remind them that the world of customers has changed since they started their last business.

Can You Beat Amazon In The Race To Overnight Success?

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. 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.

Joshua Baer Rejoins Email Marketing Firm PostUp

SiliconHills

Baer founded the Austin-based company under the name of Skylist in 1996 and later sold it. Joshua Baer, serial entrepreneur and cofounder of Capital Factory, has joined the board of directors of PostUp, formerly known as PulseConnect, an email marketing software company. “Although I founded the company almost 20 years ago, PostUp still offers a […] The post Joshua Baer Rejoins Email Marketing Firm PostUp appeared first on SiliconHills.

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Baby Boomers May Be Your Biggest Startup Competitors

Startup Professionals Musings

These could convince you that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3 Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs.

How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. 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.

I Choose Austin

Austin Startup

He founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He's currently the CEO of OtherInbox and Director of Capital Factory. Joshua has helped start a dozen companies, sold four of them, invested in more than fifty of them, and is a mentor to many others.

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Your Next Startup Will Likely Be Run By a Boomer

Startup Professionals Musings

These indicate that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The number of Baby Boomers starting a business from 1996 to 2011 rose nearly 7 percent, while the start-up rate by those aged 20 to 44 fell about 5 percent. In every single year from 1996 to 2010, Boomers between the ages of 55 and 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than Gen-Y, aged 20–34.

Every Entrepreneur Dreams of an Overnight Success

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. 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.

Two Business Tools That Boost Your Marketing Efforts 

YoungUpstarts

Content is King” is what Bill Gates famously said in an essay from 1996. In our time, there is a constant focus on being as efficient as possible, when it comes to doing business. All departments are being streamlined down and designed to be the most productive levels of themselves.

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See everything, meet everyone, and launch your career to new levels as my Chief of Staff

Austin Startup

Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs.

Guess How Long Overnight Success Really Takes

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. 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.

Franchise Business: An Option For Millennial Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

Believe it or not, millennials—defined as anyone born between 1981 and 1996, or ages 24–39 — have launched twice as many companies as baby boomers, according to a report by BNP Paribas Global. If you don’t think there’s a millennial behind your favorite business or franchise, think again.

Remote Hiring For Success

YoungUpstarts

She began her work-at-home career in 1996 with the launch of her first website: Home-Based Working Moms. by Lesley Pyle, MSc., founder of HireMyMom.com .

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Encore Entrepreneur Is The New Baby Boomer Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

These could convince you that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3 Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs.

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

Our first LPs from 1996 were industry players who put us in business: Carrefour (the large European retailer), DLJ (the former investment bank) and a billionaire software exec. I recently read a blog post by Beezer Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Ventures about why entrepreneurs should care about from whom their VC funds raise their capital. I spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures.

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Disneyland & Fingerprints

Austin Startup

All the way back in 1996, Disney added a magnetic stripe to their park pass. On the other hand, they started collecting fingerprints back in 1996 and the system is still in use today and is widely accepted. It may surprise many people but the Walt Disney Corporation is an enthusiastic and early adopter of biometric technology. Instead of the bar-coded laminate photo IDs traditionally used, the new pass had no photo and minimal printed information.

Baby Boomers Are Surpassing Gen-Y As Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

These indicate that the correct icon for an entrepreneur may now have gray hair, rather than the warm glow of youth: The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3 Contrary to what most of you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity over the last few years is not Gen-Y young upstarts, but Baby Boomers in the 55-64 year age group.

The Best Time To Invest In Something Is …

Feld Thoughts

” Fred is one of my closest friends in the VC business and someone I’ve learned an amazing amount from him since first meeting him in 1996 when he was just starting to work with one of my male soulmates Jerry Colonna. At 18 minutes into this awesome talk that Fred Wilson did at MIT a few weeks ago , he finishes the statement “ The best time to invest in something is.” ” “ … when nobody wants to invest in it but you.”

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Overnight Startup Successes Usually Take Years

Startup Professionals Musings

In April, 1996, Yahoo! Google - Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on Google in 1996 – but three years later in 1999, few people had even heard of it yet. 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.

What You Need To Know Before You Hire Your Next Remote Team Member

YoungUpstarts

She began her work-at-home career in 1996 with the launch of her first website: Home-Based Working Moms. by Lesley Pyle, MSc., founder of HireMyMom.com . Both large and small businesses share a need for quality team members.

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The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Freeloader — On $3m invested, sold for $38m in 1996 — shut down in 1997. It’s appalling what passes for “successful entrepreneurship” in the press or the Valley, but it’s not their fault. Witness, for example, this terrific Fast Company article on Bill Nguyen , serial entrepreneur who’s seventh startup “Color” famously raised $41m for a new mobile app before it even launched. The launch, by the way, was a failure.

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Rory Brown Sheds Light on the Integration of Virtual Banking and Healthcare Technology

The Startup Magazine

HIPAA, otherwise known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, lists compliance regulations for those in the healthcare sector. When it comes to the healthcare payment system transactions, there is usually a headache involved.

GRP Announces $200 Million Fund. Rebrands as Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

We have previously raised funds in 1996 ($200 million), 2000 ($400 million) and 2008/9 ($200 million). I am super excited to announce that today is a day of lots of new things for my partners & me: A new fund, a new office and a new brand. Let’s start with the fund. This month we closed our 4th fund of $200 million. If you’ve been following the press about VC funds you’ll know this is no small feat.

Prevailing Wisdom

Mucker Lab

1996 – “It’s impossible to get to build a billion dollar company selling widgets at $15 and taking $1 commission one at a time”. 1994 – “Consumers are fickle and unpredictable. Consumer products and services are hit driven, it’s really hard to build a scalable consumer company”. Internet). eBay). 1998 – “There is no room for personal productivity software startups – Microsoft will eat your lunch when you get big enough and Symantec will take the crumbs”. Evernote, Dropbox).

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

The number of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business has grown from 14 percent in 1996 to over 30 percent last year. Since the recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before.

When A Startup Chooses IPO Most Founders Are Out

Startup Professionals Musings

IPOs in 2008, the market was up to a still trivial 128 in 2012 (compared to 675 in 1996). Many entrepreneurs still dream of “going public,” making billions of dollars, and playing with the big boys. They don’t realize that this option would likely be their worst nightmare, since it costs millions for the road show, usually dilutes your equity to a tiny fraction, and takes away all your entrepreneurial control. Consider the recent example of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.

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Boy! If I had only learned this before spending a million!

Berkonomics

Fast forward just a few years to 1996. Back to 1996. Know your market and competition, or don’t spend a dime on anything else. I love absolutes – statements with no wiggle room for gray-area responses. Well, here is one of those, and it deals with market research first and foremost. Close. Let me tell you a short story at my own expense.

Prevailing Wisdom

Mucker Lab

1996 – “It’s impossible to get to build a billion dollar company selling widgets at $15 and taking $1 commission one at a time”. 1994 – “Consumers are fickle and unpredictable. Consumer products and services are hit driven, it’s really hard to build a scalable consumer company”. Internet). eBay). 1998 – “There is no room for personal productivity software startups – Microsoft will eat your lunch when you get big enough and Symantec will take the crumbs”. Evernote, Dropbox).

Does a VCs Culture Really Matter? The Upfront Story

Both Sides of the Table

But as LA as a tech community grew massively the percentage of our LA deals went from 15% to 50% from 1996 to 2010 and it has remained solid since then. I’m often asked about the differences between being at a VC and being an entrepreneur and whether I prefer one or the other. The biggest difference I cite is that Venture Capital often feels like an “individual sport” while startups are a “team sport.”

Tips for Marketing Your Restaurant to Different Generations

Women Entrepreneurs Can

The most recently named generation, Gen Z, are those born from 1996 to 2015. As a restaurant, you want your customers to walk through your door once only to want to keep coming back.

A New Era For Entrepreneurs And Startups Has Begun

Startup Professionals Musings

The percent of entrepreneurs who are Baby Boomer starting a business since 1996 has grown from 14.3 Since the recent recession, and at least partially sparked by it, I’m seeing a real resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit, and more startup activity than ever before. I believe the days of the “job work” mentality are thankfully waning, with more people looking to get satisfaction by making the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work to fund enjoyment elsewhere.

Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups

Steve Blank

But Xerox instead chose to shut XTV down in 1996, despite its external success. Henry Chesbrough is known as the father of Open Innovation and wrote the book that defined the practice. Henry is the Faculty Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation , at U.C. Berkeley in the Haas Business School. Henry and I teach a corporate innovation class together. —— Thanks to Steve for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you all.

The Magic of Dealing With Your Demons

Feld Thoughts

I’ve known and worked with Jerry since 1996. Jessi Hempel from Backchannel just wrote an amazing profile piece on my close friend Jerry Colonna. It’s titled This Man Makes Founders Cry. Medium estimates that it’s an 18 minute read and I assert that it’s worth every minute. I now get to call him my neighbor as he moved from New York to Boulder a few years ago. If you want a taste of our relationship, I’ve written a lot about him over the years.

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Do You Have A Mission That Matters? 3 Key Tips For Creating Truly Inspiring Business Mission And Vision Statements

YoungUpstarts

He founded eCommerce giant MarketLive in 1996, which he sold to Vista Equity Partners in 2016, and authored the online sales playbook, “ Intelligent Selling: The Art & Science of Selling Online ” ,as well as hundreds of industry articles. by Ken Burke, author of “ Intelligent Selling: The Art & Science of Selling Online “ Your vision and mission statements are the heartbeat of your entire business. Your business was likely born out of an audacious dream.

Tips For Hiring An Independent Contractor

YoungUpstarts

She began her work-at-home career in 1996 with the launch of her first website: Home-Based Working Moms. by Lesley Pyle, MSc., founder of HireMyMom.com . Independent contractors can change the way your business operates.

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Episode 50: Video Content and Profitability with Seth David

Mike Michalowicz

Seth graduated from Pace University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Seth also worked as an Auditor for United Government Services, a division of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin auditing Medicare cost reports under contract with HCFA (Health Care Financing Administration) from 1996 to 1998. Seth graduated from Pace University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Accounting. Also Available On. Show Summary.

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