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8 Self-Check Questions That Keep Leaders Up At Night

Startup Professionals Musings

Even entrepreneurs who have built many startups, or sold their last one for millions of dollars, know they make occasional people leadership mistakes. They know leadership is all about managing their own complicated, illogical, and fallible human foibles, as well as the people they depend on.

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Friday Funism: JDCC

View from Seed

Like other investors, we at NextView have a number of frameworks which we use to evaluate decisions on making new investments. All early stage venture firms essentially look at some weighting of team, market, product, and traction.

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What the 5 Stages of Grief Teach Us About Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

How many times have investors heard startups start their pitch by touting that their technology is “disruptive?”

[Interview] William Ammerman, Author Of ‘The Invisible Brand: Marketing In The Age Of Automation, Big Data, And Machine Learning’


How you market your business is undergoing dramatic change. Sophisticated computer algorithms can test billions of targeted messages, measure the results, and rework how you attract and retain customers ? all in fractions of a second.

Deja Vu all over again

deal architect

I was in India last week and visited with a couple of outsourcing firms. In my travels, I got reminders of several due diligence visits I had helped clients with from 2003 to 2010. The Renaissance in Powai reminded me. Offshoring (TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant) Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS) Outsourcing (other vendors

Do distributed teams need new tools?

Version One Ventures

A question I have been pondering for some time now, especially since a lot of our portfolio companies are now distributed organizations …. This tweet sparked a lot of thoughtful reaction and discussion. Here’s where things have landed at the moment: .

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Why All-In-One Is Fast Becoming The Standard In CRM


by John Oechsle, President and CEO of Swiftpage. The conversation around CRM (customer relationship management) is always shifting.

SAP Nation 3.0:  Excerpt Chapter 12 - Manifest Destiny?

deal architect

I excerpt 10% from every book in a series of blog posts. I posted several on SAP Nation 3.0 in April, then took a break after the Sapphire event. This is the final batch I am excerpting. The book is. SAP Nation, the book


Raising a Series A Away From Home

View from Seed

This is a post about raising a Series A from an investor that is not based in your home city. Let me preface this by saying that if all things were equal, you would probably prefer to have a local series A investor.

Discover These Effective Strategies in Lead Generation

The Startup Magazine

A dependable source of new leads for your website, product, and service can set you up for success in more ways than one. Lead generation ideas and strategies you decide to pursue today could make a difference in the future of your company.

10 Innovation Myths For New Venture Founders To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process.

Tech Industry Hiring In Canada Continues To Grow


The tech job landscape across Canada has continued to grow. In 2018, Canada had a record-low unemployment rate and as a result we are seeing more companies, startups and online-based businesses dedicated to serving the niche-jobs industry.

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Get Ready To Announce Your New Product Launch

Rembrandt Communications

Tips For a Successful Product Launch. As a Chief Product Officer for a B2B, promotion may not be top-of-mind when you are in the conception and development stage. But, this is a good time to talk to your public relations’ (PR) team members.

How To Become The CEO Of Your Business (And Work Yourself Out Of A Job)

YFS Magazine

It’s possible for you to become the CEO of your business, where your business can make money and survive, even when you aren’t there. Here's how! Grow Human Capital hiring employees hiring freelancers HR human capital human resources scale your business scaling

Side Hustle : Things to Know About InboxDollars

The Startup Magazine

So you’re looking to make a bit of extra cash, are you? We’re guessing that’s why you’re an entrepreneur looking for a side hustle. There are a lot of websites out there which claim they’ll pay you to fill out surveys or something of the sort, but too many of them are scams.

Learn Corporate Communication Tricks In Slack


The world of corporate communication is increasingly moving online. People communicate in social networks, write each other emails or connect via video-calls.


5 Ways Blockchain Startups Can Appeal to Enterprises


Though enterprises see the appeal of using blockchain , companies often don’t want to take on the challenge of working with their business partners to create a new blockchain solution.

Watch out for unfair indemnity during acquisitions

David Cohen

Unfair by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images?. Recently, at Techstars , we’re noticing more and more that we are being asked to sign up for joint unlimited liability for fraud in the context of M&A with one of our portfolio companies.

Global Perspective: Current Opportunities for Low-Cost Manufacturing in China

The Startup Magazine

Businesses all over the world – including startups – have sourced their product manufacturing in China for over a decade now. Their primary motivation has been the fact that manufacturing costs in Chinese factories are lower than those in the US or Europe.

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10 Ways Your Startup Co-Founder Is Like A Good Spouse

Startup Professionals Musings

As a long-time business advisor and angel investor, I’m a believer that “two heads are better than one” in building a new business. Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader.

Five Key Productivity Mistakes For Entrepreneurs To Avoid


by Chris Grey, co-founder and COO of CapLinked. Most entrepreneurs are led to believe that successful business models prosper quickly and easily. However, in a study by Statistic Brain, “ Startup Business Rate by Industry Business ” the failure rate of all U.S.

How to Reduce Shrinkage: Loss Prevention for Small Businesses

Up and Running

Shrinkage—or loss of inventory due to employee theft, error, shoplifting, or fraud—is an issue no small business owner can afford to ignore. In fact, a 2018 survey from The National Retail Federation found that shrinkage accounts for 1.33 percent of retail losses every year.

“I wanted to do the deal but i couldn’t convince my partners” isn’t an Explanation, it’s an Excuse

Hunter Walker

While this hasn’t happened to any of our portfolio CEOs in a while, there’s one reason for a VC passing on a funding round that just sets me off: “I wanted to do the deal but couldn’t convince my partners.” ” This isn’t an explanation, it’s an excuse.


Leveraging Expired Domains for SEO

The Startup Magazine

Yup, expired domains can give an SEO head start. The fact that someone owned a domain (now expired) before you can imply a couple of things. For starters, it means that you’ll be getting some links, and if they aren’t spammy, then you’re in luck!

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Use Key Strategic Elements To Avoid Business Plateaus

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges I find for new business owners is for them to move from working in the business to working on the business.

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Hiring Their First Employee


As an entrepreneur, when you’re heading a startup in the early days, you are likely a team of one. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), there is double the number of entrepreneurs with no employees as compared to entrepreneurs who have employees.

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5 Things We Learned from Analyzing 28,304 Experiments


How do CRO professionals run experiments in 2019? We analyzed 28,304 experiments, picked randomly from our customers.

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How To Create High-Quality Content That Drives Traffic To Your Website

YFS Magazine

How do you create exceptional content that drives traffic to your website? Here are six proven and powerful ways to create content that delivers results. Grow Marketing & Sales content creation content marketing content strategy marketing

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Your Pitch to VCs is More Than a Deck


Pitch decks are underestimated and overestimated. Some founders dismiss the deck as pure “show” and cobble together a few slides for their venture capital (VC) audience. But I suspect that most founders spend tens of hours perfecting their deck.

Austin’s VC Investments Drop 52 Percent in the Second Quarter Following a Record First Quarter


Austin-based Everlywell, a healthcare testing platform, received $50 million early-stage investment in April, making it Austin’s top venture deal for the second quarter. Flosports, a sports media startup, claimed the number two spot with $47 million in expansion-stage financing, followed by Lung Therapeutics with $36 million, Arrive Logistics with $25 million and Elligio Health Research […].

7 Ways To Learn Stock Trading


Stock trading is interesting, to say the least. And like any financial endeavour, it is tricky and, naturally, involves risks. Like a game, you can learn it and master it over time.

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Marketing Project Management: A Reliable, Reusable Framework


Lurking beneath every goal are dangerous assumptions. The longer those assumptions remain unexamined, the greater the risk. – Jake Knapp, Sprint: How To Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just 5 days. Imagine this scenario.

How To Build A Strong Communication Culture In Your Business

YFS Magazine

Effective communication is essential for every leader who wants to lead well. Here are a few tips from author Diana Peterson-More on how to get started. Company Culture Grow communication company culture leadership

Financial modeling for early stage startups

Eric Friedman

Many early stage investors look for financial models for 3+ years from founders to make an investment. Entrepreneurs often don’t have this information, don’t know how to put it together for the first time, and often are confused by the request. Like most posts, this request/conversation has come up enough to turn it into my thoughts + the best resources I have to help founders. I have also backed businesses without this info based on other factors and don’t always think its required.