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The Superhuman Change To My Current Email Tools

Feld Thoughts

It’s 2018. I’m still an incredibly heavy email user. It’s the primary tool in my workflow and has been since the early 1990s. I’ve tried a lot of different things over the years, but always come back to email. I’ve been a Gmail user for almost a decade. While I’ve tried client-side apps, Gmail in Chrome has been the only thing that has stuck for me. I’ve also tried many of the iOS email apps and always end up back at Gmail for iOS. Until now.

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8 Key Skill Sets Required For Success In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience in large businesses as well as years of advising startups, I see far too much focus on product skills, and too little on people and process skills.

Do You Need a Business Plan? Scientific Research Says Yes

Up and Running

Should you spend some time developing a plan for your business, or just dive in and start, figuring things out as you go? There has been plenty of debate on this topic, but no one has pulled together the scientific evidence to determine if planning is worthwhile—until now.

How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups

ReadWriteStart

Minnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have become a source of pride. But a new industry — technology — is taking Minnesota by storm, boosting the local economy […]. The post How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups appeared first on ReadWrite. Startups minnesota startups twin cities

Discover Some SEO Techniques That Do Not Help Your Company

YoungUpstarts

Search engine optimization is one of those aspects of running a company that can be very tricky. However, it is also one of those aspects that if you want your website to rank highly in the search engines you need to do.

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7 New Venture Scenarios That Rarely Attract Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly has similar limits on what makes a startup investable, or one to avoid at all costs.

How Asking Someone How to #GiveFirst to Them Undermines #GiveFirst

Feld Thoughts

I got an email this morning from a close friend who asked how I reconcile a particular issue around the concept of #GiveFirst. Following is the setup from the email I got. “I I was thinking of you yesterday. I recently met with someone in town who was looking to connect. I took the meeting because, well, I always take such meetings. I’m just wired that way and you never know what good things can come from such random meetings. So I love doing them.

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The Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

This is going to be BIG.

In almost every single investment I’ve ever made, I can think of a singular moment in my relationship with a founder that, no matter what came before or what might come after, defined our relationship. Often times, it came in a very vulnerable and down moment for the founder—perhaps they just lost out on a big opportunity, had someone from the team leave, or they’re running low on capital before sales have come around.

3 Ways To Have The Advantage In Business

YoungUpstarts

In today’s climate, businesses need to have an edge over their competitors if they are to succeed. The business world is very aggressive and every advantage you have will help. Learn From Your Competitors. Do not be afraid of competitors; instead, use them as a learning tool.

7 Keys To Timely And Compelling New Venture Progress

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most important skills for every entrepreneur is timely and effective decision making. In a startup, any decision is better than no decision. One of the primary roles of every founder is to solve problems, make a decision, and manage the decision to results.

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Passport Raises $3m to Build the Modern Shipping Carrier

ReadWriteStart

Ecommerce brands have seen innovations spring up for all parts of their business to help them compete more effectively with Amazon. Shopify makes it seamless to launch a great storefront. Instagram helps you build your audience (and even sell directly!). Whiplash and Shipmonk handle your fulfillment.

How “False Expertise” Can Damage Your Business—and How to Protect It

ConversionXL

When I last checked, there were 987,119 “thought leaders” on LinkedIn. Soon, there’ll be more than a million. How many of those do you trust? False expertise” is misidentified competence: We perceive expertise where there is none or evaluate expertise based on irrelevant factors.

Guest Post: Market Opportunity Navigator by Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch

Grasshopper Herder

Identifying your target market is crucial to product success. Use this method and guide to set a promising strategic focus. The post Guest Post: Market Opportunity Navigator by Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Business Model Canvas Customer Development Lean Startup Generative Market Research Generative Product Research prioritization Strategy

3 Tips For Overcoming ‘Hidden Growth Killers’ That Harm Your Business

YoungUpstarts

by Mark Green , author of “ Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done “ A key part of any CEO’s or entrepreneur’s role is to make the “right” decisions, and then ensure they are enacted to advance the business.

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8 Tips For Quantifying Traction In Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

What is the definition of traction for a business startup today? According to most investors I know, traction is some clear evidence that the “dogs are eating the dog food” – usually meaning that you have at least one customer paying full price for your solution.

Take advantage of the good times to build stakeholder loyalty.

Berkonomics

Loyalty is a hard-earned commodity. There are several times when stakeholder loyalty is tested to the limit. For employees, a late or missed payroll is the ultimate test of corporate loyalty, divorced even from an employee’s ability to make do without a paycheck.

B2B Marketing Attribution: Models, Tools, and Processes

ConversionXL

Talk to any B2B marketer about attribution and they’ll either roll their eyes or rant about how it’s important but hard to get right—long lead cycles, multiple contacts from a single organization, etc. Some might stare blankly and ask what you mean.

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How I Turned Business Failure Into Runaway Success

YFS Magazine

If you’ve experienced a business failure or setback, it’s not the end of the road. Here are 5 steps I took to turn failure into a successful venture. Lead business failure failure leadership personal development

How Hashtags Can Supercharge Small Business Marketing

YoungUpstarts

by Katie Lundin of crowdspring. Hashtags can boost impressions, improve the searchability of your content, and encourage more people to talk about your brand.

7 Push-Backs That New Venture Founders Must Overcome

Startup Professionals Musings

In business, and in your personal life, the ability to anticipate and overcome criticism is one of the biggest differentiators between leaders, who make things happen, and followers, who may have great ideas but never seem to get things to go their way.

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Funding the Business

The Startup Magazine

A lot of people are choosing the entrepreneur life right out of college instead of finding a traditional job. People have ideas, and these startups are what fuel much of our economy. They’re important, but in order to propel these ideas forward, entrepreneurs need business funding.

Cristal Glangchai, Author of Venture Girls, Says an Entrepreneurial Mindset is key to Success

SiliconHills

Cristal Glangchai, Ph.D., was the founding director of the Blackstone LaunchPad and the director of the Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange at the University of Texas in Austin.

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Chatbots vs. Live Chat: The Questions You Should Ask

ConversionXL

There’s a reason why people say “the first impression is the last impression.” Some 51% of customers never approach a business again after one bad experience. That puts pressure on every interaction—and every missed opportunity—with potential customers, recent purchasers, and long-time users.

5 Key Trends Impacting Company Performance

YoungUpstarts

by Brad Deutser, author of “ Leading Clarity: The Breakthrough Strategy to Unleash People, Profit, and Performance “ Financial indicators and market statistics represent an economy moving from strength to strength.

Announcing Version One Fund III

Version One Ventures

We are very happy to announce the launch of Version One Ventures III with $45M USD ($57M CAD) in commitments. With Fund III, we’re doubling down on all that has worked in our previous funds – our strategy, geography, investment thesis and philosophy. It’s an exciting time to be launching a new fund as our focus on network effects and broad geography are driving opportunities in both existing and emerging markets. About Fund III.

Make Your Restaurant Successful

The Startup Magazine

Starting a restaurant may seem like a huge leap of faith, but there are some very simple guidelines you can follow to make your restaurant a success.

20 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

Killer Marketing Plan For Startup Entrepreneurs

ReadWriteStart

Why break the bank for your marketing needs when you can brainstorm your way to a killer marketing plan? The best marketing ideas come simple and cheap but these ideas do not come out of the blue. Your actual business plan will require an out-of-the-box, innovative thought process. You’ll want to get your marketing wheels […]. The post Killer Marketing Plan For Startup Entrepreneurs appeared first on ReadWrite.

A Startup Business’ Guide To Accounting

YoungUpstarts

Starting a new small business is no easy feat. It takes more than just capital and time to get your startup ready for some action. As the business owner, you are hounded by everyday tasks that only you can perform.

How to Start Your Own Business While You’re Still Employed

Up and Running

“I quit!”. Don’t those two magic words sound like music to your ears if you have been dreaming of starting a company? You bet.

How Your Law Firm Should Market To Millennials

The Startup Magazine

Millennials are now the largest living generation in the history. These savvy consumers that are now in their ages 16 to 36 are determined to define the economy as we all know it.

The Story Behind My Investment In People.ai

Haystack

A few years ago, during a YC cohort (before Demo Day), a few sources told me about a SaaS founder in the batch who was on a mission. Once I hear a name or company a few times in a short period, I begin to investigate. Within a few days, I got connected to Oleg from People.ai, and he immediately put me to work. Oleg is a learning machine. In the very early days of the company, Oleg immediately demonstrated to me an intense desire to learn, to listen, and to sharpen his craft.

Why More Brands Are Investing In Live Events

YFS Magazine

Today's most successful brands are investing in live events. Here's a look at four reasons why event marketing is on the rise. Grow Marketing & Sales event event marketing Event Planning marketing

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5 Tips From A Writing Coach That Fiction Writers And Entrepreneurs Can Use

YoungUpstarts

by Annalisa Parent , CEO of Laurel Elite Books and author of “ Storytelling for Pantsers “ Last year, The New York Times published an article titled “Why Kids Can’t Write.”

Third Annual San Antonio Startup Week Underway

SiliconHills

The third annual San Antonio Startup Week is taking place this week at various venues downtown. Events run Monday through Friday. The sponsors include 80/20 Foundation, Geekdom, USAA and Trinity University.

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Worker Safety

The Startup Magazine

As an entrepreneur, one of your top-most priorities ought to be ensuring that your workers are safe when they are working. Worker safety entails providing an environment that is risk-free and conducive for work.

“Smart SaaS” – the next generation of enterprise apps

Version One Ventures

When Angela and I were pitching our newest fund to investors, we started using the term “smart SaaS” to describe the kind of SaaS companies we like to invest in. Before the SaaS explosion, software and data were only “on premise.” Then, SaaS came along and moved everything to the cloud, boosting efficiency and collaboration since everything was now digitalized and easily accessible. For us “smart SaaS” represents the next stage in this evolution.